Obituaries July 8, 2009

Charles H. Hall
NETTLETON – Charles H. Hall, 64, died Friday, July 3, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona after a long illness. He was born Feb. 17, 1945, in Lee County to William Hall Sr. and Evie Lee Hall.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton with the Rev. Lesley Mabry officiating. Burial will be in Mullen Cemetery in Nettleton. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Evie Lee Hall of Nettleton; daughters, Lynette Hall of Pontiac, Mich., and Hope Hall of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, William Hall Jr.; two sisters, Brenda (Jimmy Wayne) Washington and Lendia Ray Hall, all of Nettleton; four grandchildren; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Hall, Danny Shumpert, Sammy Hall and Leonard Springer.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour before service time at the church.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Ralph D. Lancaster
CORINTH – Ralph Donald “Little Ralph” Lancaster, 75, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services with military honors will be at noon today at the Chapel of Memories at Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Travis R. Harlow
PONTOTOC – Travis R. Harlow, 71, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 16, 1938, in Pontotoc to A.B. and Ruby Walls Harlow. He was a carpenter and a member of the Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a member of the American Legion and the Military Order of Kooties. He was the current commander of the VFW Post 4057 in Tupelo and a former state VFW commander. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mortimer Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Robert Kingsley and Paul Gibbs officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Harlow of Pontotoc; five daughters, Kathy Kramer and Regina Huey of Pontotoc, Karen Suto (Ryan) of Memphis, Sandra Anderson (Scott) of Pontotoc and Becky Newell (David) of Mooreville; one son, Joseph Lombas of Canton, Texas; one brother, Clifton Harlow (Wanda) of Pontotoc; 11 grandchildren, Denise Prust (Mike), Jessica Washington, Matt Guin, PV2 Anthony Huey, Amanda Dunaway, Lindsey Rose Anderson, Madison Rea Anderson, Travis Martinelli, Malanda Anderson, Andrew Anderson and Dana Newell; four great-grandchildren, Avery Prust, Jada Washington, Rody Washington and Kalie Byrd; and his caregivers, Kathy Kramer, Debbie Clifford and Sandra Anderson.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bernice Moorman and Beatrice Sellers; one brother, Rudolph Harlow; one granddaughter, Melissa Martinelli; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Terry Carlock, Paul Gibbs, John Wayne White, Glover “Bud” Powell, James “Flip” Baumgardner and Ray Toy. Jerry Chandler will be an honorary pallbearer.
Jackie Bennett
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jackie Wayne Bennett, 58, died Saturday, July 4, 2009, in Southaven. He was born July 30, 1950, in Itawamba County to Roy Clifford and Ruby Tallant Bennett. He was a 1968 graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School in Fulton. He earned a degree in industrial engineering at Mississippi State University. He was an employee of Benchmark Electronics in Huntsville and a member of the Eagles Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Mike Yielding officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Sonya White of Aynor, S.C.; three granddaughters, Brooklyn, Breanna and Kaitlyn; three brothers, Roy J. (Johnnie) Bennett of Smithville, Roy C. (Patricia) Bennett Jr. of Starkville and Jerry Bennett of Huntsville; four sisters, Lillie (Mack) Frederick of Huntsville, Nellie (Jim) Gault of Saltillo, Etoyl (Jerry) Alred of Beaumont, Texas, and Pattie (Jim) Armstrong of Shannon; one brother-in-law, James Brown of Fulton; 22 nieces and nephews; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Geraldine Brown; and a brother, Jimmy Bennett.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Brown, Jeb Brown, Steve Frederick, Mike Frederick, Riley Frederick, Evan Gault, Cliff Bennett, Brian Bennett and Jack Meaut.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Robert Evans
TUPELO – Robert Eugene Evans, 31, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford after a brief illness. He was born June 22, 1978, in Tupelo to the late Roy C. Evans and Shirley Black Evans. He was a special needs child who loved life and his family. He spent almost 10 years living at Mill Creek in Magee before making his home at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford in 1999. He was a beloved resident of Oak Grove Cottage there and greatly enjoyed watching TV, especially golf and tennis, and playing and listening to music. He was a member of the Mount Vernon Baptist Church. In death he gave the gift of life as an organ donor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Jim Manley officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Survivors include his mother, Shirley Black Evans of Tupelo; his brother, Brad Evans of Memphis; several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy, and his grandparents: Eugene Mayfield “Slim” and Burma Evans, and Robert and Stella Black.
Pallbearers will be Michael Gable, Jerry Gable, David Mann, Drew Mann, Brian Sullivan and Kerry Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers are his caregivers and his many friends at the North Mississippi Regional Center.
Memorials may be made to the Patient Care Fund, c/o North Mississippi Regional Center, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
Vernelle L. Clark
TUPELO – Vernelle Lindsey Clark, 92, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Nov. 27, 1916, in Dennis to Thomas Oscar and Naomi Messer Lindsey. A graduate of Tishomingo High School, she attended Delta State University and Mississippi State College for Women. A resident of Tupelo since 1946, she worked 27 years as a secretary and radio dispatcher for the Mississippi State Highway Department. She was an active member of Gloster Street Church of Christ, where she taught Bible classes and was instrumental in organizing The Wednesday Friends, which served the community in various projects. She also volunteered at Faith Haven and the Good Samaritan Free Clinic. She was the widow of David Edward Clark, who died Oct. 19, 1974.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Ministers Chad Ramsey and Joe Connell officiating. Private burial will be in Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Joyce Clark Swain (Willis) of Tupelo; three grandsons, David Clark (Patsy) of Brandon, Jon Clark of Tupelo and Chris Clark (Kelly) of Tupelo; one great-grandson, Austin Clark of New Albany; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Cory Gates of Savannah, Ga., and Tiffany Carr (Brian) of Saltillo; one great-great-granddaughter, Alyssa Gates of Savannah, Ga.; her sister-in-law, Lucy Clark of Birmingham, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, David Edward Clark Jr. and David Lindsey Clark Sr.; and two sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Taylor Clark, David Price, Jim Peden, Clark Price, Larry Humphreys and Floyd Hale. Honorary pallbearers will be the elders and deacons of Gloster Street Church of Christ.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Good Samaritan Clinic, 420 Magazine St., Tupelo MS 38804; or Pinevale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, No. 1-A, Corinth, MS 38834.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Pauline Reynolds
MANTACHIE – Johnnie Pauline Reynolds, 91, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at the Landmark Nursing home and Rehab Center in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Family Worship Center in Mantachie.
Kai Roberts
WEST POINT – Kaiser Neumie “Kai” Roberts, son of Brian and Nikole Roberts of West Point, died Monday, July 6, 2009 in Maryland. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Arrangements are incomplete and will be anounced later by Robinson Funeral Home of West Point.
Jimmy Barber
NETTLETON – James “Jimmy” Barber, 75, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born Dec. 29, 1933, in Calhoun County to James Azzle and Jeanette Moody Barber. He had lived in Nettleton for the past 53 years. He was a retired inspector at Eljer in Verona, a graduate of Shannon High School and a member of Thaxton United Pentecostal Church. He served as a seaman in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He enjoyed going fishing and camping, and he was a model airplane enthusiast.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Ben Raper and the Rev. John McAlister officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Richardson Barber of Nettleton; two sons, Mike Barber (Carolyn) and Tim Barber (Penny), all of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Cory Barber (Amanda), Kevin Barber (Mindi), Angel Barnett (John), all of Nettleton, and T.J. Barber (Amanda) of Red Banks; and three great-grandchildren, Savannah, Tyler and Dawson Barber. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Cory Barber, T.J. Barber, Kevin Barber, John Barnett, Kevin Martin, Bill Tomason.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Rev. Andrew Toliver
VERONA – The Rev. Andrew Toliver, 57, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Rodney A. Manning
SNOW LAKE SHORES – Rodney A. Manning, 89, died Sunday, July 5, 2009, at Briarcrest Extended Care in Ashland.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ashland City Cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Tracy Onsby
RANDOLPH – William Tracy Onsby, 70, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at his home. He was a riverboat captain for 18 years and a retired farmer. He was a wonderful father, husband and granddaddy. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and attending Hebron Church with his wife.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Tracy Griffin and J.T. Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Onsby; two sons, Kelly Onsby and wife, Tammie, and Dale Onsby and wife, Karen; one brother, Joey Onsby; one sister, Billy Jay Holloway; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Bertha Onsby, and his father, Jay Onsby.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Mooneyham, Royce Robinson, Daniel Robinson, Michael Onsby, Shane Onsby and Ed Breedlove.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today.
Annie Mae Hill
RED BANKS – Annie Mae Hill, 45, died Monday, July 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Marcia Marble
WEST POINT – Marcia Melinda Marble, 45, died Thursday, July 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Third Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. 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.
J.B. Barnett
CALHOUN CITY – J.B. Barnett, 79, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Providence Baptist Church. Burial will be in the New Providence Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday at the church.

Patricia Ann Healy
TUPELO – Patricia Ann Healy, 62, died at her sons’ residence in Tupelo after a lengthy illness. Services and burial will be in Pensacola Gardens in Pensacola, Fla. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of local arrangements.
Dorothy O’Kelly
DUMAS – Dorothy Hall O’Kelly, 94, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. To sign the online registry, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Cecil Poyner
PONTOTOC – Cecil Poyner died Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Murdice McWhorter
BLUE SPRINGS – Murdice McWhorter, 56, died Tuesday, July 7, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Lila Ware
ABERDEEN – Lila Garth Ware died Monday, June 29, 2009, at the Aberdeen Care Center. She was born April 13, 1921, in Monroe County to John Riley Garth and Patty Ewing Garth. She was a great wife and mother, and a dedicated member of Athen United Methodist Church until her health failed.
Services were Sunday, July 5, at Athen United Methodist Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Benjamin Wax officiating. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Clovis Lee Ware Jr. (Judy), Larry Ware and O’Neal Ware Sr., all of Aberdeen; her grandchildren, Jeffery (Robin) of Smithville, Barry (Shelonda) of Amory, O.J. of Orangeburg, S.C., Renea of Memphis, Dominique, Denisha and Benard, all of Aberdeen, and Tyler of Columbus; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clovis Lee Ware Sr.; her parents; and her brothers and sisters, Annie, Queen, Aldra, Buddy, Sadie, Dorthy, Corean, Clif, Lilan, Arthur, Ky and Clyde.

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