Obituaries July 31, 2009

Elouise Conner
WEST POINT – Elouise Tillman Conner, 83, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at the West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Third Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Julia Davis
WEST POINT – Julia Mae Davis, 95, died Thursday, July 23, 2009, in Meridian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Strong Hill Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Junita King
TISHOMINGO – Junita King died Wednesday, July 29, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka.
Elmer Butler
BALDWYN – Elmer Rone Butler, 93, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born July 29, 1915, in Prentiss County to Lucian Anderson and Neelie Ann Prather Butler. He was a retired market man. He loved fishing and gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by three daughters, Sherry Ann Long (Jerry) of New Albany, Charlotte Sue Haskins (Sam) of Covington, Tenn., and Bonnie Blue Coulter (Lawrence) of Blue Springs; four sons, Wilson Ray Butler (Joyce) of Pontotoc, James Robert Butler of Memphis, Donnie Joe Butler (Shirley Fay) of Wren and Richard Allen Butler (Elizabeth) of Mission, Texas; one brother, Jewel Smith Buttler (Mickey) of Byhalia; 28 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dortha Helen Wilson Butler; a daughter, Norma Kaye Oppenheimer; a sister, Earnestine Rone; and a brother, Glenford Butler.
Pallbearers will be Jody Long, Zach Haskins, Donnie Butler Jr., Dale Butler, Jon Lee Butler and Gary Wright Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Cary Butler, Micah Butler, Richard Allen Butler and Cordell Butler.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
The family request memorials be made to the Make A Wish Foundation of the MidSouth, 1780 Moriah Wood Blvd. Suite 10, Memphis, TN 38117.
Leslie Thomas
BRUCE – Leslie Boyd amp”Lesamp” Thomas, 73, died Jan. 10, 2009, at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth after an extended illness. He was born on July 3, 1934, in Bruce to Buster and Leila Davis Thomas. He was a truck driver.
The body was cremated. A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Bruce Cemetery in Bruce. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is assisting the family.
Survivors include his companion of 35 years, Stella Frances Bucey of Huntingdon, Tenn.: his brother, Herman Thomas of Eads, Tenn.; and a sister, Annette (Ann) McPherson of Ecru.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Leila Thomas; his daughter, Belinda Joyce Thomas; and two sisters, Ruth Lyles and Erma Williams.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Mississippi, 405 Fontaine Place, Suite 103, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Alice Starks
PHEBA – Alice L. Montgomery Starks, 58, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at the Heart to Heart Hospice.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bluff Creek M.B. Church Cemetery at Maben. Burial will follow in Bluff Creek Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Myra Hancock
HOUSTON – Myra Etta Rhodes Hancock died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Floy Dyer Manor after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 21, 1925, to Charles Lee Rhodes and Lola Estelle Evans Rhodes in Houston. She was the widow of James Edwin Hancock. She was retired from Houston Ceramic Tile and a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Houston and a former member of the Trace Regional Hospital Auxiliary.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with the Rev. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will be at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston.
Survivors include three sons, Edwin Hancock and his wife, Wanda, of Woodland, Jake Hancock of Pickwick, Tenn., and Bob Hancock and his wife, Divinia, of Houston; seven grandchildren, Gary Hancock and his wife, Missy, of Houston, Cindy Cockell and her husband, John Paul, of Houston, Suzanne Moore and her husband, Dewitt, of Houston, Allyson Moore and her husband, Darrell, of Tupelo, Mark Hancock and his wife, Nikki, of Houston, Philip Hollingsworth and his wife, Kellie, of Houston, and Anthony Hancock and his wife, Mallory, of Houston; 16 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Burgess of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Edwin Hancock, on Feb. 13, 1981; her daughter, Linda Ann Hollingsworth, on Feb. 24, 1987; her grandson, John Hancock, on March 1, 1991; her brothers, Bethard McKibben, Charles Rhodes, Johnny Rhodes, Cecil Rhodes and James Ed Rhodes; and her sisters, Esta Clark and Martha McKibben.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Harmon, Rick Huffman, John Fred Lancaster, Kirkham Dendy, Michael James and Rodney Griggs.
Christine Betts
SALTILLO – Christine Lansdell Betts, 66, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Lee County, she was born Nov. 2, 1942, to M.H. and Clara Mae Williams Lansdell. She was a graduate of Tupelo High School. She attended Itawamba Community College LPN school. She was retired from Cedar Grove Christian Academy, where she taught for over 16 years. She was a faithful member of Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church. She was actively involved in Sunday school, which she taught for over 30 years. She helped in the ACTS class and jail ministry. Her passions were teaching children, and spending time with her grandchildren and family. She was always willing to help others in anyway she could. She will truly be missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Danny Robbins and the Rev. R.P. Kloepper officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 48 years, Charlie Betts of Saltillo; two sons, Charles Ray Betts (Cindy) of Corinth and Glenn Betts (Michelle) of Saltillo; four brothers, Herman Lansdell (Debbie), Sidney Lansdell (Joan) of Tupelo, Sammy Lansdell (Alma) of Saltillo and Billy Lansdell (Rhonda) of Baldwyn; five grandchildren, Jed, Jeb and Josiah Betts of Corinth, Daniel Betts of Saltillo and Steven Fennell of Mooreville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Cecil Lansdell; and one sister, Margaret Purvis.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Mike Lansdell, Kevin Lansdell, Phil Lansdell, Chris Lansdell and Clay Lansdell. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons and ushers of Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church, P.O. Box 1129, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Clyde Wilson
ABERDEEN – Clyde Thompson Wilson, 78, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at his home in Aberdeen. He was born Aug. 22, 1930, to Byron Wilson and Thelma Louise Hill Wilson in Aberdeen. He was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and a 1950 graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College in Wesson, where he was a member of the Blue Wave Show Band and played saxophone in the Stage Band. He earned a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Pride of the South Band. He graduated with honors from Vandercook School of Music in Chicago with a master’s degree. He served in the U.S. Army as a corporal in the 101st Infantry Division, the Screaming Eagles, at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.
He was the band director at Copiah-Lincoln for 10 years. Under his leadership, the Co-Lin Band and Colettes became one of the most outstanding junior college show bands in the nation, performing at such events as the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
In 1968 he returned to Aberdeen to take over the family-owned business, Wilson Grocery. He was also a successful artist. His oils were shown in six successful one-man shows throughout the state. He served for many years as a news reporter for the Aberdeen Examiner.
He was inducted into the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Band and Colette Alumni Hall of Fame during ceremonies at homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2008. He was the owner, publisher and editor of the Tombigbee Country Magazine with distribution in all 50 states.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. James Rutledge officiating. Burial will be in Beeks Cemetery.
Survivors include a number of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be J.W. Benson, Charles Luker, Randy Benson, Randy Perkins, Ron Witchman and James Hairston.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Coleman, Chris Rieves, Mike Hawkins, Thomas Young, Justin Hairston and Harvey Morrison III.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the Copiah-Lincoln Band and Colette Alumni will accept memorial grifts for band scholarships in his name.
To sign the guest register and leave condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Robert Hancock
HICKORY FLAT – Robert Earl Hancock, 65, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at his home in Hickory Flat. He was retired and a Baptist.
Services will be at noon Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Jimmy Walker officiating. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
Survivors include four sisters, Bernice Lambert of North Carolina, Ann Hudson of Myrtle, Carolyn Hancock Tapp of New Albany and Carla Baker of Hickory Flat; three brothers, Don Hancock of Kossuth, Leon Hancock of Ripley and Junior Hancock of Hickory Flat; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Woodrow and Olivia McCollum Hancock.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Hancock, Bill Hancock, Matt Harrington, Louis King, Kenny Pannell and Gary Hancock. Honorary pallbearers will be Charity Huff, Stevie Huff, Joey Cox and Steve Brock.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Henry B. Fitzpatrick
CHICAGO – Henry B. Fitzpatrick, 65, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Chicago. A native of Pontotoc, he was the son of Sterling and Mable Fitzpatrick. He was a self-employed mechanic and carpenter. He loved to watch cartoons and westerns.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Usher Valley United Methodist Church in Pontotoc. The Rev. Donnell Cherry will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Cherry Fitzpatrick of Pontotoc; two daughters, Tammy (Travis) of Gainesville, Ga., and Sandra of Chicago; four sons Willie Jr. of Chicago, Michael (Patricia), the Rev. Lavert (Evelyn) and James (Annie), all of Pontotoc; 22 grandchildren; five brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dana Cockrell
TUPELO – Dana Marie Grissom Cockrell, 26, died Thursday, July 30, 2009. She was born June 13, 1983, in Red Bay, Ala. She was a medical physician assistant. She attended Big Oak Baptist Church most of her life. She enjoyed water sports and horseback riding, and she loved her dog, Rocky.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Davis Event Center on the campus of Itawamba Community College in Fulton. Bro. Doug Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Janice and Wayne Sullivan, and Mark and Angela Grissom, all of Fulton; her grandparents, Robert and Margaret Loden, and Wayne and Jennievee Grissom, all of Fulton; one brother, Eric Grissom (Brooke) of Fulton; two stepsisters, Emily Lamb (Justin) and Jaime Martin (Chad), all of Fulton; uncles, Dr. J.D. Loden (Elizabeth) of Belden, Bryan Grissom (Mary Margret) of Cordova, Tenn., and Jerry Grissom of Fulton; several nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be T.J. Miles, Shay Collum, Justin Lamb, Chad Martin, Eric Grissom, Dr. J.D. Loden, Cory Maxwell and Stephen Blake.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dana Grissom Cockrell Scholarship Fund, Itawamba Community College, 602 W. Hill St., Fulton, MS 38843; or Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Nita Hunt
TUPELO – Nita Hunt, 60, died Thursday, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Betty Collins
COLUMBUS – Betty Sue Page Collins, 66, formerly of Tupelo and wife of John Colllins, died Thursday, June 30, 2009, at the Home Place in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Arlisa Fitts
HOLLY SPRINGS – Arlisa Teresa Fitts, 29, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Valley M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
John Spight
HOLLY SPRINGS – John Willis Spight, 47, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday.
Ida Price
OXFORD – Ida L. Price, 76, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tobby Tubby M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Lucius Burt
OXFORD – Lucius Burt, 54, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Latresha Fullilove
TUPELO – Latresha Fullilove, 25, died Tuesday, July 28, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Tommy Mathis
CORINTH – Tommy Mathis, 61, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in gravel Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Joyce Underwood
MANTACHIE – Joyce R. Underwood, 60, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Mike Mansell
FORT WORTH, Texas – Jerry Wayne “Mike” Mansell, 52, died Monday, July 27, 2009, at his home in Fort Worth, Texas, after a sudden illness. He was formerly of Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Velma Cheney
PONTOTOC – Velma P. Cheney, 74, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Colin Cockrell
TUPELO – Funeral arrangements for Colin Cockrell, 29, are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Vera Copeland
CORINTH – Vera Bell Copeland, 68, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Cecil James
CALHOUN CITY – Cecil James, 83, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 31, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in the New Gauley Cemetery.
Kyle Broyles
OXFORD – Kyle Eugene Broyles, 57, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at his home near Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will be in the Yocona Cemetery at Taylor.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Willard Snipes
NASHVILLE – Willard Snipes died Wednesday, July 29, 2009. She was born March 4, 1916 ,to Lottie and Oscar Murry. She was a member of the Belden Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will follow in the Vista Memorial Park.
Survivors include her son, Kenney Snipes and wife, Shelia, of Nashville; two sisters, Jewell Mitchell and Rose Bryant, both of New Albany; and a sister-in-law, Francis Murry of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenlock Snipes; her parents; and her brother, Manuel Murry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Jason Tutor
BRUCE – Jason Tutor, 31, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at the Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born June 7, 1978, in Tupelo. He was a graduate of Bruce High School Class of 1996. He was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church and attended Bruce First Baptist Church. He was an employee of Bruce Farm Supply. He was an avid sports fan and sportsman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne will officiate, and the Rev. Joey Hamilton will assist. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include his wife, Lauren Yarbrough Tutor of Bruce; one son, Jace Clark Tutor, and one daughter, Lily Kate Tutor, both of Bruce; his father, Jerry Wayne Tutor (Rhonda) of Bruce; his mother, Cindy Wooten Williams of Bruce; one sister, Emily Snelllings (Shawn) of Bruce; two brothers, Craig Tutor (Sandee) and Scott Tutor, all of Bruce; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Phil and Vickie Yarbrough of Bruce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William D. and Minnie Raye Wooten, and R.V. Tutor and Wayne Tutor.
Pallbearers will be Cody Clements, Chase Clements, Ben Hellums, Chad Baker, John David Embry, Archie McCormick, Chad Lee, Jeff Lee, Michael Havens, Terry Dan Davis, Benny Bryant and Eric Davis.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Craig Hiser
PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Craig Randall Hiser, 56, died Monday, July 27, 2009, at Halifax Health Medical Center in Port Orange, Fla. He was born Jan. 31, 1953, in Adrian, Mich. He was self-employed as a construction worker for 30 years.
There will be no service and no visitation. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is assisting the family.
Survivors are two sons, Jason Hiser (Leisa) of Hodges, Ala., and Chad Hiser (Neesha) of Red Bay; one daughter, Savannah Hiser of Florida; his parents, William and Marilyn Hiser of Adrian, Mich.; three brothers, Barry Hiser (Sue) and Rusty Hiser (Lisa), all of Michigan, and Steve Hiser (Susie) of Birmingham, Ala.; and six grandchildren, Maggie, Eli, Katlyne, Kurtlan, Collin and Caiden Hiser.
Nathaniel Macon
BALDWYN – Nathaniel Hale Macon, 64, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at his home in Baldwyn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Nebo CME Church in Baldwyn. Burial will be in the Old Sandhill Cemetery in Baldwyn. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
Walter Sorrell
CORINTH – Walter Sorrell, 55, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, in Ellenwood, Ga.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell Baptist Church. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Stanley Lindsey
PONTOTOC – Stanley Lindsey, 65, died Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Marcus Nabors
PONTOTOC – Marcus Nabors, 31, died Thursday, July 30, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

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