Obituaries July 30, 2013

Major Edward Murphy
PONTOTOC – Retired Major Edward “Murf” Vincent Murphy, 73, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born to Vincent Edward and Rosemary Daly Murphy on Aug. 30, 1939, in New York. He married Donna Patterson Murphy on Dec. 2, 1978. Murf’s family says he lost his New York accent only six months after marrying Donna, a native of Pontotoc. This was about the same time he learned where “over yonder” is.

Listening to Murf’s friends and family speak of him, it is clear that he lived a life of significance. He was a Christian and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pontotoc. He served in the United States Air Force for 21 years. Though he was offered a football scholarship at the University of North Carolina, he chose to accept a scholarship to play football at LeHigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. After college, Murf had the opportunity to play professional football for the New York Giants, but he chose to enter the Air Force where he flew the F100 fighter plane, and served for one year in Vietnam. Murf held masters degrees in counseling and computer science. He served as a flight instructor at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus and taught computer science at Mississippi University for Women, also in Columbus.

Murf often said he had been very fortunate to have two careers he really loved, serving in the Air Force and serving as a teacher. Always a teacher, Murf taught Sunday School at Central Methodist Church in Columbus. He especially enjoyed the music ministry at the church. Murf enjoyed camping, especially in state parks, and was a Dallas Cowboys fan. For 20 years, Murf served as a trainer and phone volunteer for Contact Helpline, a 24-hour crisis helpline in Columbus. His influence on his friends and family was evident at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo Sunday evening when he passed away surrounded by his wife, sister and a room full of children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be Tuesday, July 30, at the First United Methodist Church in Pontotoc at 2 p.m. with Bro. Brian Scott and Bro. Milton Whatley officiating. Burial will follow in the Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Murf leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Donna Patterson Murphy; three daughters, Kathy M. Merkel (David) of Atlanta, Ga., Eileen M. Skaines (Mike) of Dumfries, Va., and Peggy M. Leiser of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons, Patrick E. Murphy (Beth) of Atlanta, Ga., and Brian T. Murphy (Cyndi) of Miami, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Myka Murphy, Sarah Merkel, Rachel Merkel, Jordan Skaines, Nikki Skaines, Michael Murphy, Matthew Murphy and Carson Leiser; stepchildren, Aneva Holloway of Columbus, Lisa Levering of Oklahoma City, Okla., Gary Holloway of Pontotoc and Richard Holloway of Columbus; stepgrandchildren, Amanda Stokes, Lindsey Myers, Robert Levering, Thomas Levering, Delaine Holloway (Emma), Kaden Holloway, Rylan Holloway, Arron, Austin and Adam Boyd, Heather McGloflin, Hannah Cranfield and Jamie Webb; stepgreat-grandchildren, Gunnar James, Gabe McGloflin, Annalyn McGloflin and Reliegh Boyd; one sister, Monica M. Johnson of Suffern, N.Y.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Vincent Edward and Rosemary Daly Murphy.

Visitation will continue today, July 30, from 1 p.m. until service at the First United Methodist Church in Pontotoc.

Pallbearers to serve will be David Merkel, Mike Skaines, Richard Holloway, Jeff Patterson, Jordan Skaines and Robert Levering. Honorary pallbearers to serve will be Doug Patterson, Max Patterson, Jim Patterson, Rachel Lowe and Earl Johnson.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House of Tupelo or First United Methodist Church of Pontotoc.

Condolences may be expressed at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.

P.K. Sanderford
SALTILLO – Perry King Sanderford, 58, passed from this life in the early hours Monday, July 29, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 20, 1955, to Richard Fred Sanderford Jr. and Opal Laverne Perkins Sanderford. While his contagious smile and quick wit will be greatly missed, he is now resting peacefully with his beloved children. For 24 years, he worked tirelessly with TVRHA. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. An avid NASCAR fan, he also loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. George Rogers officiating and reflections from his nephew, Ricky Sanderford. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Rhonda Powell Sanderford of Saltillo; one daughter, Melissa Sanderford of San Antonio, Texas; one granddaughter, Gabby Sanderford; one stepdaughter, Amy Counce (Phillip) of Guntown; one sister, Carol Sanderford McVay of Plantersville; one brother, Richard Sanderford (Carol) of Olive Branch; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Marie and Lee Felker of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Renee Payne of Tupelo and Hope Wilson (Stacy) of Tupelo; two brothers-in-law, Lynn Powell (Sharon) of Tupelo and Ricky Powell (Michelle) of Dry Creek; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, R.F. Sanderford Jr.; his mother, Opal Sanderford; his son, Dewayne Powell; his daughter, Sandra Sanderford; and his brother-in-law, David E. McVay.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Sanderford, Stoney Sanderford, Austin Sanderford, Blake Sanderford, Jason McVay and Perry Payne.

Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Sanderford, Chris Payne, Alex Wilson, Reid Powell, Ricky Powell, Lynn Powell, Adam Hildenbrand, Luke Counce and his co-workers from TVRHA, Saltillo.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Saltillo Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Jean Hurley
PALACIOS, Texas – Mary Jean Majors Hurley, 76, passed away on June 12, 2013, on the first anniversary of her husband, Drexel Hurley’s, death. She was born on May 10, 1937, to the late Artemous and Elsa Tubb Majors. She was born and raised in Monroe County, and was a longtime resident of Amory, prior to her death in Palacios, Texas.

She was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Amory. She had been married to Drexel Hurley for 54 years. A beautiful lady, she loved fashion and reflected that love her entire life. Mary Jean and Drexel lived in Zion, Ill., where they raised their family. They dreamed of retiring to Mississippi and living among their sisters and brothers. They were blessed with a 25-year retirement in Amory surrounded by the love of their siblings.

A double memorial service for Drexel and Mary Jean Hurley will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at St. Andrews Methodist Church in Amory. A reception will follow immediately at the church.

Survivors include her sister, Arvella Cox; a daughter, Linda Faro (Danny) of Plymouth, Ind.; sons, Tim Hurley (Janet) of Bay City, Texas, Terry Hurley (Sandy) of Russell, Ill., Tony Hurley (Mike) of Seattle, Wash.; beloved in-laws, Claudeen Pannell (Wayne), Pat Dixon (Jim) and David Hurley (Robbie); eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ann Deason; brothers, Archie Majors and Ernest Majors; a son, Bob Hurley; and grandsons, Jason Faro and Corey Hurley.

Melinda B. Patterson
FURRS – Melinda Ann Baughman Patterson, 42, died Monday, July 29, 2013, as the result of an anuerysm while attending church services on Sunday. Born in Tupelo on Feb. 13, 1971, to Jerry B. and Linda Susan Kelly Baughman, she graduated from North Pontotoc High School and attended Itawamba Community College. Melinda was the owner/operator of Chesterville Grocery. She enjoyed life and living, was completely devoted to her family whom she loved, adored and doted over the “babies,” and was a delight to her many customers and friends. She had a contagious laugh and jovial personality, enjoyed traveling anytime and anywhere, and was a hard worker whose constant goal was providing for her family. She enjoyed playing the piano and loving and serving God, her family, neighbors and all humanity. She was an active member of the Nettleton United Pentecostal Church.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Larry Davis, the Rev. Jordan Davis and Bro. Wesley Stephens officiating. Private burial will follow in the Old Chesterville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to service time on Wednesday.
Survivors include her husband, Timmy Patterson; her children, Brianna Wigginton and Gabriel Patterson; her parents, Jerry and Susan Baughman; her brothers, Brian Baughman and Jerel Baughman (Brandi), all of the Furrs community in Pontotoc County; three nephews, Jackson Baughman, Tanner Ellis and Coldin Baughman; two nieces, Laken Baughman and Madison Baughman; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dorsey Eugene and Jewel Kelly, and Buddy and Josephine Baughman.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Kelly II, Jeremy Kelly, Chris Holder, Mason Lee, Wesley Lee and Robert Patterson.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Christine Francis
TUPELO – Christine Freeman Francis, 87, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born Aug. 18, 1925, to Curtis and Mamie Ann Strawbridge Freeman. She attended school at New Harmony in Pontotoc County. After retiring from Blue Bell Industries, she became an insurance agent with AFLAC where she worked for more than 20 years. She was a faithful member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church, where she served the Lord in numerous capacities.

Services will be at noon today, July 30, at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include two sons, James Francis (Jo Anne) of Pontotoc and Wayne Francis (Nan) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Rob Francis (Melanie) of Saltillo, Rae Ann Francis of New Orleans, La., and Amber Francis of Pontotoc; three great-grandsons, Grayson Francis of Saltillo, Caleb Clifton and Gage Strevel of Pontotoc; one brother, Doc Freeman (Nancy) of Endville; one sister, Bobbie Jean Frost (Rufus) of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Floyd Francis, on Dec. 12, 2008; one sister and two brothers.

Pallbearers will be Trey Wilemon, Buddy Davis, Billy Langford, Rob Francis, Don Carr and Tommy Vickers. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Parks, Junior Wilemon, Grayson Francis, Caleb Clifton, Gage Strevel and the staff of AFLAC in Saltillo.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

George Estes
IUKA – George W. Estes, 74, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, July 30, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Relma Kemp
BLUE SPRINGS – Relma Lockridge Kemp, 102, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born May 23, 1911, to Calloway and Flurry Lockridge. She was a faithful member of Red Hill M.B. Church, where she was an usher, Sunday school teacher, and a member of the Mother Board and Heroines of Jericho.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Red Hill M.B. Church with Pastor Willie Bogan delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Laveren Kemp; a grandson, Jason Kemp; a granddaughter, Jan Kemp; and two great-grandsons, Jason and Jalen Kemp.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mariah Hassell
BALDWYN – Mariah Hassell, 94, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a housewife. She enjoyed cooking and loved gardening and working in her flowers. She was the oldest member at First Christian Church in Baldwyn.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Chuck Hassell, Bro. Kelly Carmichael and Bro. Joe Caraway officiating. Burial will be in the Pratt Cemetery.

She is survived by her son, Thomas Hassell (Sandra) of Pratt; two sisters, Sue Minga of Amory and Nell Turner of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Pam Trantham (Ray) of Odessa, Ukraine, Chuck Hassell (Tami) of Deland, Fla.; stepgrandchildren, Gregg Tucker (Lori), Kim Jenkins (David), Jennifer Richardson (Dan), Brad Tucker (Kristy); six great-grandchildren; 13 stepgreat-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Hassell; parents, Deb and Clela Philpot; one brother and one sister.

Pallbearers will be Adam Russell, Darrell Adams, Johnny Davidson, Terry Taylor, Mike Harbor and Jon Grisham. Honorary pallbearers will be Rusty Hassell, Taylor Hassell, Jamie Hassell, Tucker Jenkins and Derrell DeRoche.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Eunice Rucker
TUPELO – Eunice P. Rucker, 62, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Harry Knight
BAYTOWN, Texas – Harry Francis Knight, 92, formerly of Guntown, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Baytown, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.

Marie Sykes
AMORY – Edith Marie Goode Sykes, 71, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at her residence in Amory. She was born Feb. 13, 1942, to John Monroe Goode and Gladys Stone Goode in Tennessee. She lived most of her life in Monroe County where she was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church. She graduated from Hamilton High School. She retired as secretary at Continental Engineering.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 30, in Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. George Collins officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Stan Rooker of Amory; one sister, Frances Easter (Buford Jr.) of Daphne, Ala.; one brother, Neal Goode of Bartahatchie community; one grandchild, Rachal Rooker of Wren; two great-grandchildren, Carly Kate Rooker and Skyler Peyton Rooker; one stepdaughter of Memphis; one stepson of Sherman; and two nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Sign the register and leave expressions of sympathy and condolences online at wwww.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Donna MaeDavidson-George
SALTILLO – Donna Mae Davidson-George, 74, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born March 20, 1939, to Merville Howard and Esther Mae Plummer Thompson. She was a professional licensed dry cleaner. She loved animals and her pets and she was an avid reader.

Private family services will be Wednesday, July 31, at Beech Springs Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Patrick Patterson of Baldwyn; two daughters, Trisha Havens of Baldwyn and Kendra Jackson of Leighton, Ala.; one stepson, Felix George (Wanda) of Marietta; one stepdaughter, Ronna Lewis of Guntown; one sister,

Phyllis Davis of Jacksonville, Ore.; two brothers, Victor Thompson and Gordon Thompson, both of California; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; special friends, Babs, Betty and Petra; and her husband of 16 years, Gerald George of Saltillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Terry Patterson.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Caldwell, Elijah Havens, Chris Humphrey, Gregory Caldwell, Nicholas Caldwell and Andrew Caldwell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Hunt
TUPELO – James B. “Jimmy” Hunt, 76, went to be with the Lord Sunday, July 28, 2013, after an extended illness. He was born in Mooreville on Dec. 18, 1936, to Bluford and Louise Estes Hunt. He graduated from Mooreville High School and attended Itawamba Junior College. He served in the Army during the Berlin Crisis. He retired from Martha White and General Mills as a salesman. He was the past president of the Tupelo Jaycees, and a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Adult 4 Men’s Sunday School Class. He enjoyed crappie fishing and having an annual fish fry for his Sunday school class. He also enjoyed vegetable gardening, cooking and spending time with his family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. David Eldridge officiating. Burial will be at Itawamba Memorial Gardens in Fulton. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jan McKee Hunt; son, Jamey Hunt (Leslie) of Biloxi; daughter, Leigh Ann Billingsley (James) of Tupelo; grandchildren, Mackenzie, Carter and Sam Hunt of Biloxi and Avery, Matt and Molly Billingsley of Tupelo; sisters, Joyce Cox and Janice Conniff, both of Oneonta, Ala.; brothers, Bobby Hunt (Shirley) of Columbus, Wayne Hunt of Tupelo and Lamar Hunt (Janice) of Jackson, Tenn.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Larry and Katie Pate of Fulton; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jerry Hunt; and a brother-in-law, Billy Cox.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult 4 Men’s Sunday School Class and the West Main Hardees’s afternoon coffee drinkers.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be given to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Westmoreland
ENDVILLE – Mary “Sis” Westmoreland, 86, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Darlington Oaks/ Community Hospice in Verona after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 1, 1926, in Mantachie to Albert Cockrell and Ethel Whitaker Cockrell.

She married Thurman Westmoreland of Pontotoc County on Jan. 12, 1946, and they made their home in the Endville community where she lived for more than 60 years. She worked in the garment industry for Joyner-Fields Manufacturing for 36 years before retiring. She spent the past four years living in Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was a master cook, known for her famous teacakes, enjoyed crocheting and quilting, and having family gatherings. She was the last surviving sibling.

She was one of the oldest members of Endville Baptist Church where she was active in WMU, and 55 and Above Club.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Tommy Tackett, the Rev. David Westmoreland and the Rev. Josh Westmoreland officiating. Private burial will follow in Endville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Survivors include one son, Bro. David Westmoreland (Lisa) of Endville; six daughters, Joyce Thomason of Olive Branch, Peggy McGill (Bobby) of Guntown, Betty Tutor (John) of Endville, Mary Lee Tackett (Bro. Tommy) of Pontotoc, Pat Hogue (Terry) of Endville and Louise Franklin (Jimmy) of Endville; 17 grandchildren, Gabe Thomason (Ambry), Callie Hudson (Kenny), Kim Chism (Danny), Lane Davis (Sandy), Wesley Tutor (Candice), Jennifer Clements (Wayne), Scott Tackett (Amy), Nathan Tackett (Marie), Jason Hogue, Melissa Davis (Michael), Heather Roberts (Chad), Josh Westmoreland (Dixie), Lee Franklin (Karie), Terah Sparks (Josh), Derek McGill (Renee’), Kevin McGill (Leighanne), and Michael McGill (Jennifer); 35 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend of the family, Vickie Westmoreland of Endville.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 38 years, Thurman Westmoreland, who died May 11, 1984; brother, Homer Cockrell; sisters, Lou Ellen Cobb and Lora Pearl Graham.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and honorary pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law.

Memorials may be sent to Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1028, Verona, MS 38879.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Acel Moore
FULTON – Acel Mattox Moore, 97, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at her home after an illness. She was born Nov. 20, 1915, in Friendship community of Itawamba County to Joe Tom and Lora Mattox, and resided in Itawamba County for virtually her entire life. She graduated from Wood Junior College in Mathiston and worked for Itawamba County Health Department until 1978. She was a tireless servant of her family and community, In her alleged retirement, she continued to lead the Sunday school class at Fulton First Baptist Church she had taught since 1952. She also delivered Meals on Wheels for the Three Rivers Agency on Aging, cared for her two teenage grandsons and a disabled daughter, and volunteered for a host of local causes. She enjoyed gardening and sewing in the spare time she somehow managed to find. At the time of her death, she was the oldest living member of Fulton First Baptist Church.

She is survived by one sister, Vola Senter of Fulton; two daughters, Brenda and Robert Duffey of Milan, Tenn., and Dianne Moore; two grandsons, Nick and Sarah Nunnally of Royal Oak, Mich., and Derrick and Meg Nunnally of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two great-grandsons, Lucas and Parker Nunnally, and one step-great-granddaughter, Alexis Farquharson, all of Royal Oak.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dorsey, who died in 1992; her parents; and her brother, Jack Mattox.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Fulton First Baptist Church with her nephew Bro. Joe Senter, and Bro. Casey Hughes officiating. Private burial will be in East Fulton Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers are Derrick Nunnally, Nick Nunnally, Carl Comer, Gary Moore, Eddie Moore, Randy Beane, J.R. McCrimon, Jerry Senter and Mike Todd.

Honorary pallbearers are Clay Moore, Corey Moore, Dan McCrimon, Jacob Beane, Josh Beane, Joseph Senter and Timothy Senter.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons Memorial Bible Program or to First Baptist Church, 108 Piercetown Road, Fulton, MS 38843.

Tyler Goddard
BELMONT – Tyler Hunt Goddard, 23, died Sunday, July 28, 2013. He was born Feb. 8, 1990, in Corinth and was a team lead-Toyota Boshoku.

A life celebration will be at 4:30 p.m. today, July 30, at Tishomingo United Methodist Church in Tishomingo with Bro. Tim Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery in Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son, Colt Leon Owens of Tupelo; his parents, Danny and Phyllis Goddard of Belmont; grandparents, Diane Pruitt of Tishomingo and Dorothy Goddard of Belmont; great-grandmother, Ora Pruitt Jones of Iuka; special friend and brother by heart, Charlie Fernandes of Columbus; godmother and aunt, Mickie Gatlin of Saltillo; childhood friends, Zach Eaton, Zack Tidwell, Mason Smith, Jared Goddard and Dylan Carr; aunts and uncles, Teresa McLain (Alan) and Randy Goddard (Michelle); cousin, Brantley Goddard; and second father and close friend, Steve Smith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ray Pruitt and Darrell Goddard; great-grandmothers, Jeania Rae Nash and Bernice Goddard; great-great-grandmother, Ottie Parrish; and godfather and uncle, Tommy Gatlin.
Pallbearers will be Mason Smith, Zach Eaton, Charlie Fernandes, Jared Goddard, Zack Tidwell and Jeff Hurt. Honorary pallbearers will be the Toyota Boshoku Team.

Visitation will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. today at Tishomingo United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tyler Goddard Memorial Fund, c/o First American National Bank, P.O. Box 837, Belmont, MS 38827.

Surue McCoy
WHEELER – Surue Bennett McCoy, 94, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. She was born May 4, 1919, to Willie Clifton and Mildred Harp Bennett. She was a member of Wheeler Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy (Nelson) Ryan of Wheeler and Deborah Crawford of Memphis; three sons, Joe (Linda Kaye) McCoy of Brandon, Jim (Betty) McCoy of Baldwyn and Phil (Judy) McCoy of Madison; two sisters, Avernell Savage and Nellie (Neal) Houston, both of Tupelo; two brothers, Leroy (Mildred) Bennett of Germantown, Tenn., and Clyde (Mildred) Bennett of Huntsville, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Carolyn (Larry) Brown, Dana (Homer) Lancaster, Benny (Susan) Goff, Lori (Jimmy) Ballard, Courtney (Clinton) Streeter, Lee (Leticia) McCoy, Amy (Steve) Benson, and Clayton (April) McCoy; 23 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Elvis McCoy; one daughter, Jane Goff; and her parents.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wheeler Baptist Church, 2 CR 5510, Wheeler, MS 38880.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Col. Harry Stuart
AMORY – Col. Harry Jackson Stuart, 84, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Greenhouses in Tupelo. Born July 22, 1929, in Amory, he was a son of the late Harry E. and Jewell Jackson Stuart. He married Bonna Wallace on Feb. 7, 1954. He graduated high school in Springfield, Mo., and received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Mississippi. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army and retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard after serving 23 years on the Adjutant General’s staff as deputy chief of Staff Operations and Training. Among his many military service accomplishments are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal and the Mississippi Magnolia Medal. He completed his airborne training at Fort Benning, Ga., to become a member of the Special Forces. He was the director of Operations for the Mississippi National Guard during the recovery efforts during Hurricane Camille and vital in restructuring the Mississippi National Guard. He was a teacher at Shannon, Amory and Hatley, where he was named Star Teacher in 1989. More than anything else, he loved his family dearly. He was an avid reader, book collector and coin collector; and he loved to hunt and the outdoors. He was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church and American Legion.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Bonna Wallace Stuart of Tupelo; sons, Jeb E. Stuart of Bay St. Louis and Andrew W. Stuart (Connie) of Saltillo; daughter, Tina Wade (BJ) of Memphis; sister, Sue Delle Young (Col. Charles D.) of Harrisonburg Va.; brother, Col. Ted Stuart of Hattiesburg; six grandchildren, Drew Stuart (Katie) of Tupelo, Joshua Stuart of Oxford, Blake Stuart of Gulfport, Anna Katherine Stuart of Jackson, Gracie Wade of Memphis and Stuart Wade of Memphis; one great-grandchild, John Andrew Stuart of Tupelo; very special friends Buddy and Mavis Chism of Amory; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Virginia Stuart.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweat, Dr. Jimmy Stewart, and Drew Stuart officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Harmony Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons and cousins, Bill Jackson, Ron Jackson and Jeff Jackson.

Visitation will be on Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Arianna Pulliam
HOULKA – Arianna Gabriel Pulliam, 10-day-old daughter of Cassandra Pulliam and Marcus Stevens, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be today July 30, at East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her twin sister, Abrianna Chantel Pulliam of Houlka; and her grandparents, the Rev. David and Mary Pulliam, and Amanda Griffin, all of Houlka.

Barbara Joyner
KIRKVILLE – Barbara Windham Joyner, 85, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a long illness. She was a housewife and a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, July 30, at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Thomas Loyd, Bro. Toby Mears and Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Eloise Garrison and Darrell of Mantachie, Betty Kimbrough and Ray of Sheffield, Ala., and Debbie Rorie and Wane of Rienzi; one sister, Shirley Collum of Tupelo; one brother, Ken Stephens of Verona; seven grandchildren, Lisa Loyd, Tammy Allen, Brenda Hill, Mark Kimbrough, Ander Goodman, Kris Rorie and Renae Rorie; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Windham, and a son, Johnny B. Taylor.

Pallbearers will be Kris Rorie, Frank Plavka, Benjamin Loyd, John Loyd, Larry Bridges, Jamie Guin and Ander Goodman. Honorary pallbearers will be her extended family and the caregivers and staff of the Baldwyn Nursing Facility.

Blanche Frasier
BOONEVILLE – Blanche Hamblin Frasier, 91, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at her residence after a brief illness. She was a retired seamstress in the garment industry.
Private services will be held at a later date. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 71 years, William Frank Frasier of Booneville; a sister, Macie Coley of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James L. and Iva Speck Hamblin; one brother and one sister.

Kenneth Thrasher
TIPLERSVILLE – Kenneth B. Thrasher, 72, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Nov. 4, 1940, to Joe and Elmer Glidewell Thrasher in Alcorn County. He was a self-employed dog breeder and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, July 30, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Skippy Rowland will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Lois Kellum (J.W.) of Tiplersville; one nephew, Joe Kellum (Cynthia) of Ripley; one great-niece, Crystal Wlkins (Nathan) of Ripley; and two great-great-nephews, Jacob and Joey Wilkins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Joe Kellum, J.W. Kellum, Colby Mullins, Jackie Mullins, Keith Bullock and Waymon Meeks.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Bobby Buchanan
HOUSTON – Bobby Lee Buchanan, 76, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Center Hill M.B. Church of Houston. The Rev. Colbert Graham will officiate. Burial will be in Houston City Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Lula Buchanan of Houston; one son, Armonte Buchanan of Houston; one daughter, Marla (Eric) Baker of Erie, Pa.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; six sisters; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.

Billy Dobbins
CORINTH – Billy G. Dobbins, 79, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Romanian American Mission in care of the First Baptist Church, 501 Main St., Corinth, MS 38834.