Obituaries July 9, 2013

Bob Frazier

SALTILLO – C.S.M. E-9 Robert Lewis “Bob” Frazier, 84, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his home at Saltillo Fishing Club Lake. He graduated from Tupelo High School in the Class of 1948. He served over 20 years in the United States Army. During this time, he served in Korea and two tours in Vietnam where he was involved in several elite military units. He received numerous decoration, awards and Company Ribbons. After retirement he worked for the sheriff’s department while Robert Herring served as Lee County Sheriff. Most recently, he worked for the Lee County Court as Bailiff. He enjoyed making his home and yard beautiful and spending time with his family. His granddaughters and great-granddaughter were his greatest joy. He was Church of Christ by faith.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, July 9, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Leon Willis and Bro. Billy Langley officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

He leaves behind his wife, Paulette Frazier; his daughter, Suzette Ethridge and her husband, Anthony; two granddaughters, Kelsie Hankins and her husband, Andy, of Tupelo and Taylor Witt and her husband, Stuart, of Saltillo; one great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Mae Hankins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe D. Frazier; stepfather, Robert B. Seal; and mother, Louise K. Seal.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Herring, Darren Herring, Elliott Witt, the Class of 1948 and his good friends and coffee drinking buddies, Robert Herring and Eddie Alexander.

Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P,O, Box 2177,Tupelo, MS 38803.

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

Sidney Lenoir

PRAIRIE – Sidney Lenoir, 95, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his home. He was born April 23, 1918, in Monroe County to Jimmie and Addie Ewing Lenoir. He was a retired carpenter and farmer. He attended Baptist Grove Church in Prairie.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Baptist Grove Church with the Rev. James Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Lenoir’s Cemetery in Prairie. Belle Memorial of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Annie Mae Lenoir of Prairie; two siblings, Jimmie Lenoir and Bessie Gide of Detroit, Mich.; four sons; and four daughters.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Kenneth and Bernard Lenoir; five brothers; and two sisters.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home.

Dr. Lewis Ragins Sr.

GULFPORT – Dr. Lewis E. Ragins Sr., 60, passed away on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. He was born in Prentiss County to the Rev. Bill and Katherine Ragins. He was pastor of Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church for 22 years and president of Mississippi Baptist Seminary and Bible College of Jackson. He was a member of the Springhill M.B. Church in Booneville, where he served as Sunday school superintendent and deacon. He attended Wick Anderson and graduated from Booneville High School in 1971. He graduated from Northeast Mississippi Community College with an A.A. degree in data processing and was a board member of the Booneville Municipal Separate School District. He was employed at FMC Corp. in Tupelo for 18 years.

After accepting his call into the ministry, he became the pastor of Pleasant Grove at New Albany and Mt. Pleasant at Kossuth, and was later called to pastor Springhill Baptist Church in Booneville. He had a deep spiritual desire to study God’s word and enrolled in Mississippi Baptist Seminary and earned his B.Th. degree. Desiring to go farther in the preaching, teaching and proclaiming God’s word, he resigned from FMC to enroll at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans and earned a master of divinity degree and a doctorate of ministry. He served as dean of Mississippi Gulf Coast District Association. He was past president of General Missionary Baptist State Congress of Christian Education and was a faculty member of National Baptist Convention, USA Inc.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Marsha Thompson-Ragins; four children, Oki Ragins-Williams (George), Lewis E. “Chip” Ragins Jr. (Christi), John Ragins and Khelle Ragins, all of Gulfport; two sisters, Dorothy (Charles) Harris of New Albany and Mary Miller of Booneville; one aunt, Dorothy Shinault of Booneville; and six grandchildren, Kasey Dalton Clayton, Khyla, Caleb, Caden and Coby Ragins, and DeAsia Williams, all of Gulfport.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Morning Star M.B. Church in Gulfport. The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Morning Star M.B. Church with visitation beginning at 9 a.m.

Visitation also will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill Baptist Church in Booneville. The service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Unity (TV 53) Broadcasting Facility in Booneville, with visitation beginning at noon. Interment will be in Spring Hill Cemetery at Booneville.

Lockett-Williams Mortuary Inc. of Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Morning Star Building Fund in memory of Dr. Lewis E. Ragins Sr., 2050 Thornton Ave., Gulfport, MS 39501.

Sign the online registry at lockettwilliams.com.

Paul Winters

TUPELO – Paul B. Winters, 77, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 4, 1935. He was a lifelong resident of Lee County, growing up in the Saltillo area. He retired from Cemco Supply Co. in Tupelo. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. He was a devoted dad, grandfather and brother. Friends and family will long remember and miss his unique wit.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 9, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Paul W. Winters (Lynette) of Hernando; three grandchildren, Mareda, Paul and Jonathan Winters; two sisters, Evelyn Stanford (Tommy) of Mooreville and Cynthia Winters of Tupelo; one brother, Bob Winters (Janette) of Pontotoc; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Marty Winters, and Dale, Perry, Steve and Mike Stanford.

Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time today.

L.C. Jenkins

WATER VALLEY – L.C. Jenkins died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Batesville as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Rosie Crumb

HOLLY SPRINGS – Rosie Mae Crumb, 65, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Loyd Williams

HOUSTON – Loyd Loranzie Williams, 76, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at his home in Houston. He was born April 2, 1937, in Montevista to Jack Loranzie Williams and Ella Mae Crowley Williams. He was a retired produce seller and truck driver for Rea Construction. He was an Army veteran of Vietnam, serving in Germany. He was a member of Montevista Baptist Church.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today, July 9, at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Sammy McMillen and the Rev. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Lana Ray Williams of Houston; his daughter, Amy and Michael Weathersby of Tupelo; his sons, Brian and Robbie Williams of Houlka, Dale Williams of Eupora; his grandchildren, Jay Linley, Kealy and Keagen Weathersby, Brook, Damien and Joshua Williams, Christina and Robert Cooper, Justin Williams and Stacy Sitko; and his sister, Evaline Newland of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Jim Tom and Alfred Williams; and his granddaughter, Alexis Williams.

Pallbearers are Brian Williams, Dale Williams, Doug Winter, Junior Yager, Billy Yager and James Jones.

Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Loyd Goolsby

RIPLEY – Loyd Henry Goolsby, 77, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born July 9, 1935, to James Thomas and Bessie Rainey Goolsby. He was a member of Cross Pointe Ministries. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired automotive body man.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 9, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Norman and Carol Jacobs officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Alice McCollum Goolsby of Ripley; one daughter, Donna Goolsby of Ripley; three sons, Jeffrey Goolsby of Memphis, Gregory Goolsby (Michelle) of Tupelo and Kelly Goolsby of Nashville; four grandchildren, Stephen Goolsby, Amber Larson (Nick), Nick Goolsby and Mike Goolsby; three great-grandchildren, Mallory Goolsby, Carter and Collin Larson; two sisters, Sue Glissen of Ripley and Norma Lou Blythe of Lucedale; and one brother, Wayne Goolsby (Doris) of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Dorothy Duncan, Jewel Reeves and Ella Hershel Birdsong; and two brothers, J.T. Goolsby and James Travis Goolsby.

Pallbearers will be Steven, Nick and Mike Goolsby, Nick Larson, Barry Johnston and Tim Meize.

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

Garry Bevill

MICHIGAN CITY – Garry Van Bevill, 68, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Michigan City.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Donald Casey

CORINTH – Donald Ray Casey, 77, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 9, at Central Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Clyde Smith Sr.

BOONEVILLE – Clyde Virgle Smith Sr., 76, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Memphis V.A. Medical Center. He was born Aug. 28, 1936, in Memphis to Frank Smith and Creldia Lawrence Smith. He was a Baptist, and he was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a warehouse supervisor at Wyeth Labs in Memphis and later a salesman for National Training Service.

Services were Saturday, July 6, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Travis Smith officiating. Burial with military honors was in Prentiss Memorial Garden.

He is survived by two sons, Johnnie Smith (Sandi) of Albuquerque, N.M., and Clyde Virgil Smith Jr.; a daughter, Teresa Smith of Booneville; two sisters, Frances Smith Maynard of Memphis and Wanda Smith Simmons (Chuck) of Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, LeAnn Major (Vance), Shane Smith (Jennifer) and Shanda Smith; and one great-grandchild, Erin Marie Major.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Smith, on March 10, 1995; his infant twin brother, Clarence Franklin Smith; two other brothers, Lawrence G. Smith and Charlie G. Smith;and six sisters, Lenora Lakey, Vanolar Gayhart, Nawneeder Edwards, Lucille Linke, Janett Jones and Linda Smith.

Billy Cross

MEMPHIS – Billy Hugh Cross, 83, died Sunday, July 7, 2013. He was a former resident of Tippah County and the son of Algie Freeman and Eula Mae Cross. He was a farmer and truck driver for Mason & Dixon Truck Lines in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Neenam officiating. Burial will be in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.

He is survived by one daughter, Janice Dunford (Ben) of Germantown, Tenn.; one son, James David Cross of Union County; one sister, Mary Jo Anne Pyron (Charles) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Darnell Cross; and one daughter, Theresa C. Massey.

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

Jimmy Bray

PONTOTOC – Jimmy Quay Bray, 67, passed away Sunday, July 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 4, 1945, in Pontotoc to C.A. and Verdie Bray. He was a graduate of Ecru School and a retired industrial maintenance supervisor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and taking care of his family and others. A born again Christian, he loved the Lord and his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. John Box will officiate. Burial will be in Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Nalda M. Bray; two sons, Terry “Mike” Bray (Lisa) of Shannon and Timothy “Bo” Bray of Pontotoc; one sister, Deloris Crowe (Harold) of Myrtle; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Bray Choat (Daniel) of Tupelo and Lorie Bray of Shannon; one great-grandson, Andruw, and one great-granddaughter, Aubrey; five nieces; and eight nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.A. and Verdie Bray; one sister, Nellie Faye Bray; two brothers, Brooks A. Bray and Billy Joe Bray.

Pallbearers will be Neal Bray, Wesley Bray, Doug Wiggins, Tracy Dillard, Jay Oswalt and Greg Laprade.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Brian Irons

GUYS, Tenn. – Brian Irons, 16, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at The Med. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Jonathan Malone

ABBEVILLE – Jonathan Roves “Jon Jon” Malone, 24, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Dewitt Howell

CORINTH – Services for Dewitt Howell, 87, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Leland Mitchell

STARKVILLE – Leland Noyal Mitchell, 72, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2013, at his home in Starkville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Starkville. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 97078, www.christopherreeve.org.

Online guest register can be accessed at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Beth Keys

COLUMBUS – Elizabeth Ann Keys, 75, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born on Sunday, July 11, 1937, in Montpelier to Ray and Nell Rose Moore Vail. She graduated as valedictorian from Montpelier High School, and she graduated from Mississippi University for Women. She was an active participant in the following civic organizations: Belle Fleur Garden Club, charter member, 1992 president; Columbus Jr. Auxiliary, life member, past president; Civic Arts Council, charter member, secretary treasurer; Columbus Symphony Association, charter member; Columbus Concert Association; Columbus Chamber of Commerce; GTR Medical Foundation Board; Pink Lady at GTRMC; First Baptist Church, teacher, Sanctuary Choir and Ladies Hand Bell Choir; American Heart Association, industry leader; MUW Alumni Association; Bacchus Pilgrimage Krewe; Columbus Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association, charter member; volunteer with United Way, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, Contact, Mentally Handicapped Individuals. She taught ballroom dancing and taught the court the waltz for the Columbus Pilgrimage Ball. She also taught Bible and elementary school at Columbus Schools.

Her business accomplishments include owner/partner in one of the very first Real Estate franchised companies in Columbus/Lowndes County with 30-plus years in real estate; consistent Million Dollar-plus producer for 20 years; charter member and life member of Columbus Board of Realtors Million Dollar Club. She shared top honors with her husband, while affiliated with Century 21/Deep South Properties as regional Centurion and as the local top sales, listing and referral agent. She has been a guest instructor at MUW and CAFB in the Business and Economics Department on Real Estate Trends, the local market and conditions, and Real Estate as a career.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 9, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Friendship Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Bob N. Keys of Columbus; one daughter, Kendyl Keys White (Mike) of Albany, Ga.; one son, Bobby Keys (Kimberly) of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Kaye Faulkner of Montpelier; nine grandchildren, Rachel Reynolds Cox (Ben), Taylor Reynolds, Reed Reynolds, Max White, Zach White, Matt Dickey, Brad Dickey, Steely Keys and Evan Keys.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kim Keys Dickey, her sister, Sue Jordan; and her brother, Ronnie Vail.

Pallbearers will be Matt Dickey, Brad Dickey, Ben Cox, Kevin Faulkner, Ken Faulkner and Reed Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Griffin, Sonny Richardson, Howard Fisackerly, Billy Swedenburg, Chris Dickey, Ben Chilcutt and Les Berry.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Second Mile, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 829, Columbus MS 39703.

Gerald Taylor

BOONEVILLE – Gerald Wayne Taylor, 71, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at New Bethel Church of Christ. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church for one hour prior to the service Wednesday.

Kit Posey

TUPELO – Kit Posey died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Offie Hickman

SALTILLO – Offie Hickman died Saturday, July 8, 2013, at her home in Saltillo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Susan Johnson

EUPORA – Susan Farley Johnson, 59, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 9, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County.

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