Obituaries July 31, 2010

Idell Jones
OXFORD – Idell Jones, 80, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at her son’s home.
Visitation will be 10 a.m until 3 p.m. today at Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Philadelphia M.B. Church with burial in church cemetery.

Emma Curry
WATERFORD – Emma Curry, 76, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Lora Mae Davis
WEST POINT – Lora Mae “Nannie” Davis, 90, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center, West Point. She was born April 12, 1920, in Ingomar, to Lena Swords and Clifford C. Raines. She worked at Knickerbocker Manufacturing for 20 years. She was a member of West End Baptist.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Sunday from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerome Key officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Jill Renee (David) Shurden of West Point; two sons, Billy (Joyce) Davis and Donald Roy Davis, all of West Point; six grandchildren, Timmy Davis, Melissa Vest, Teresa Atkins, Mitch Shurden, Monica May and Tabbie Hazzard; six great-grandchildren, Thomas Griffin, Carl Griffin, Jonathon Hazzard, Katelyn Vest, Murff Davis, Hamp Chism; and three great-great-grandchildren, Kaleb Griffin, Landon Griffin and Emma Kate Griffin; three brothers, W. C. Raines of Ft. Smith, Ark., Larry Raines of Crenshaw and Bobby Raines of Little Rock, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jewell Hayward Davis, on Feb. 15, 1970.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Griffin, Carl Griffin, Tim Davis, Mitch Shurden, Jonathon Hazzard and John Hazzard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., staff of the North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point, including the Green Pod Nurses, dietary, X-ray and the respiratory staffs.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217 or to Palmer Home for Children, P. O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Visitation will be 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

LaKeith Jones
HOLLY SPRINGS – LaKeith Demon “Ke Ke” Jones, 33, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, in Waterford. Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Strawberry MB Church in Holly Springs. Burial will follow in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge.
Visitation will be noon until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and at the church Monday from 10 until 10:55 a.m.

William James Jr.
RIPLEY – William James Jr., 87, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at his home. Services will be 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Ebenezer Cemetery near Walnut. Visitation will be 7 a.m. until service time today.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Leola C. Morgan
ATLANTA, Ga. – Leola C. Morgan, 90, who was born in Hickory Flat, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at The Sunrise Chapel of Arlington Memorial Park in Atlanta. Arrangements by H.M. Patterson and Son, Arlington Chapel.
Gerald L. Higginbotham
WEST POINT – Gerald L. ‘Jerry’ Higginbotham, 72, died Thursday July 29, 2010, at NMMC-West Point. He was born June 17, 1938, in West Point to Iola Smith and John Higginbotham. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from B&W as a C fitter. He was a minister at the Church of God for several years and was a member of the Pentecostal Gospel Light House Pentecostal Church of God.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Monday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Monte Crosswhite and the Rev. Robert Henley officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include two brothers, John Huey Higginbotham of Aberdeen and Benny Bentley of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Pat Clinton of West Point; and eight nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Josh Busbin, Jamie Busbin, Jason Hannah, Doug Hannah, Elvis Strickland, Elvis Strickland II, Treavor Hill and Tim Williams.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home Monday.
Memorials may be made to Gospel Light House Pentecostal Church of God P.O. Box 175 West Point, MS 39773.

Lucy Hardin
SALTILLO – Nola Lucille “Lucy” Hardin, 79, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, she was born Nov. 9, 1930, to William Clarence and Nola Mae Adderholt Cantrell. She was a retired sales representative for Aflac Insurance Company after 26 years of employment. She took great pride and dedication in taking care of her policy holders, treating them as she would her family. She loved her special time spent with family and grandchildren. She was a member of Oak Hill Methodist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Cathy Shipp (Dan) of Starkville, Pam Coward (Kevin) of Tupelo and Melodee “Dee Dee” Smith (Stanley) of Saltillo; two sisters-in-law, Clara Cantrell and Frances Cantrell, both of Saltillo; six grandchildren, Daniel Shipp (Laura) of Nashville, Bethany Shipp of Orlando, Fla., Ashley Coward and Kara Beth Coward, both of Tupelo, and Will Wells and Noah Wells, both of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Roberta McGuff and Cleo Sigler; and two brothers, Clarence “Hoppy” Cantrell and Preston Cantrell.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Shipp, Will Wells, Noah Wells, Jeff Franks, Jamie Franks, Mike Hartline and Brad Shirley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Cantrell, David Cantrell and Mike Sigler.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Oak Hill United Methodist Church Building Fund or The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Rev. Ben Jones
FULTON – The Rev. Ben J. Jones, 76, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at his home. He was a retired pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church where he served 28 years. He was a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the North East Deacon Union Class as an instructor, the Lee County Chapter of the NAACP, the Spring Hill District Bulding as an instructor of ministerial and past moderator. He was a former Scout Master, a member of the Abney Lodge #2238, where he served as chaplain, 32nd degree Masons, served as past Worship Master, a member of the Eastern Star Ruth #466, Queen Shumpert #308 Court. He was an Army veteran and retired from the Mississippi National Guard. He was the widower of Ora Mae Jones.
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Dorsey Elementary School gym with Dr. James L. Tucker delivering the eulogy and the Rev. Greg Pegues officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Church Cemetery with Military Honors. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge.
Survivors include five children, Larry Wayne Jones of Grady, Ark., Rickey Jones of Fulton, Adrian Devon (Cassandra) Jones of Shannon, Jacqueline Denise Shumpert, Pamela (Willie) Mabry, both of Fulton; three brothers, Joel Jones and Tommie Jones, both of Fulton, and Toaddie Jones of Chicago; three sisters, Maelean (the Rev. Leon) Easterling of Unionville, Va., Clorene Davis and Florene William, both of Detroit; one uncle, the Rev. William (Louise) Johnson of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several niece and nephews, including a special nephew, Mike Woodruff of Saltillo.
Viewing will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, with family and friends hour from 4 until 6 at the J.W. Porter Chapel. Viewing will be at the gym an hour before services on Monday.
Online condolences can be made to the Jones family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Harold Gordon
TUPELO – Harold Curtis Gordon Sr., 79, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at the Golden Living Nursing home. He was born March 10, 1931, in Louisville to Estel and Virginia Ruth Golden Gordon. He served in the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Army and the National Guard as a mechanic. He was a 100 percent Disabled American Veteran.
Private family graveside services were Aug. 4 at the Corinth National Cemetery, with full military honors, with the Rev. Dr. Prentiss Gordon Sr. and the Rev. Dr. Prentiss Gordon Jr. officiating. Holland Funeral Directors was in charge.
He is survived by his wife, Jean of Tupelo; four sons, Harold C. Gordon Jr. of Ackerman, William E. Gordon of Columbus, Leon E. Gordon of Tupelo and John C. Gordon of Ripley; two daughters, Debra I. Oakes of South Charleston, Ohio, and Annie R. James of Scobey; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren; a brother the Rev. Dr. Prentiss M. Gordon of Starkville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Irene M Gordon; a son, Jonathan R. Gordon; a daughter, Laurel J. Gordon; three sisters and two brothers.
Memorials may be made to Good News Church, P.O. Box 2940, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Melba Dyer
GOLDEN – Melba Jean Dyer, 78, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the Sanctuary
Hospice House. She was born July 16, 1932, to William Vardaman and Lonie Smith Fennell. She was a member of the Salem Baptist Church and had worked at Blue Bell Manufacturing for 32 years. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Wayne Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James Dyer, of Golden; three sons, Bobby Samples (Linda) of Fort Wayne, Ind., Dale Samples (Lynn) of North Carolina, and Danny Samples (Marlana) of Smithville; one daughter, Irene White (JohnSandvoal) of Bertram, Texas; one brother, James Paul Fennell (Kay) of Golden; three sisters, Evelyne Cooper of Kenosha, Wis., Marjie Steele (Doyce) of Fairview, and Dianne Crane (Phillip) of Golden; seven grandchildren, Amy and Shannon of Florence, Ala., Jessica Mobley of Amory, Brad Samples of Fort Wayne, Ind., Angela Perry of Beach Park, Ill., David White of Abilene, Texas, Michael White of Lampasas, Texas, and Cindy Sandbower of Kingsland, Texas; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, G. B. Fennell.
Pallbearers will be Shane Turner, Hal Hale, Tony Steele, Michael Fennell, Roger Crane and Stan Williamson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home.

Cecil Spearman
SHANNON – Cecil Edward Spearman, 92, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. A native of Itawamba County, he was born Jan. 17, 1918 to Oscar and Maude Sanderson Spearman. He was retired from Air Cap Industries after 30 years of service as a mechanic. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he served 635 days in combat in the South Pacific. He loved gardening, fishing and his dogs, Baby and Barbie Elvis. He was of the Church of Christ faith.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Jim Holcomb and Bro. Larry Lott officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Rebecca McCarley (Frank) of Shannon; his son, Jackie D. Spearman (Gail) of Belden; one sister, Clytee Wood of Belden; one brother, Virgil Spearman of Shannon; five grandchildren, Sherry Bentley (Chris) of Shannon, Ashley Loveless (Curtis) of Tupelo, Sandra Tedford of Bentonville, Ark., Stacy Spearman (Jennifer) of Mooreville, and Shae Spearman of Birmingham, Ala.; and eight great-grandchildren, Abbie Bentley, Skyler Loveless, Drew Moses, Blake Moses, Jet Hooper, Rob Moses, Jack Thomas Spearman and Sydney Spearman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jewel Spearman, who died March 2, 2009; his son, Thomas Wade Spearman, who died Jan. 15, 2001; one sister; and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Drew Moses, Stacy Spearman, Curtis Loveless, Chris Bentley, Blake Moses and Kevin Coker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Moses, Rob Moses, Jack Thomas Spearman, Skyler Loveless and Jet Hooper.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Radfred Crane
TISHOMINGO – Radfred Lee Crane, 77, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, at Shoals Hospital in Muscle Shoals, Ala. He was born May 9, 1933, in Mississippi to Eugene and Flossie Moody Crane. He worked in general maintenance as a mechanic and electrician for more than 50 years. He was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church. He was a veteran of four years in the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict and four years in the U.S. Navy.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Tishomingo Baptist Church, with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Jackson Camp Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Kathy Crane of Tishomingo; one son, Robert Crane (Brenda) of Tishomingo; one grandson, Robbie Crane (Kim) of Tishomingo; two great-grandchildren,Jordan Crane and Kalynn Crane; two brothers, Eudell Crane (Dott) of Belmont and James Crane (Hildred) of Tishomingo; one sister, Betty Ann Hendrix of Bartlett, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Greg Crane, Kevin Hendrix, Danny Blunt, Bobby Rooker, Howard Gumm and Raines Russell.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Sarah Field
OKOLONA – Sarah Fields, 103, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial in Aberdeen.

Gregory Lance
Phelps Sr.
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Gregory Lance Phelps Sr., 59, formerly of Ripley, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Peebles West Funeral Chapel of Oakland, Tenn.

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