Obituaries June 11, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

Debra J. Walker
ABERDEEN – Debra J. Walker, 53, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Fluker-Reed Activity Center. Burial will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The body will lie in state at the activity center one hour prior to service time Friday.
Phyllis Hardy
MEMPHIS – Phyllis Carrico Hardy died Monday, June 8, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. She was born in Elizabethton, Tenn., to Walter and Mable Carrico. In her younger days, she worked as a security guard at Graceland. She was a former employee of Ezon Automotive, where she worked in packaging for 27 years. She was an animal lover and over the years had many pets which would grieve her deeply at the loss of one of them.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Tina Stewart; and a brother, John Carrico.
Survivors include her husband, Charles “Chuck” Hardy; a brother, Larry Carrico (Shirley) of Jackson, Tenn.; two sisters, Linda Barker (Ray) and Patricia Carrico of Memphis; a brother-in-law, Norman Hardy (Tina) of Southaven; a nephew, Austin Glen Hardy; her mother-in-law, Martha Hardy of Hickory Flat; and special friends, Steven and Becky Stewart, and children, Weston and Allison, of Southaven.
Dana McKibben
BRUCE – Dana Max McKibben, 87, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford following a brief illness. He was born March 24, 1922, in Calhoun County to Dana Albert and Joyce Johnson McKibben. He was a member of Parker Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. He spent most of his life as a farmer working with his wife, Cozette, on their farm west of Bruce. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, having been featured in several hunting and fishing publications in the Southeast. An accomplished turkey hunter, he had been recognized on numerous occasions by the National Wild Turkey Federation for his commitment to preserving and maintaining the turkey population in Mississippi. He bagged the first legal turkey in Calhoun County in the 1970s and subsequently bagged the limit each year since, including 2009. Aside from hunting and fishing, summertime was the highlight of each year when he was able to share vegetables from his garden to friends and family both far and near. He also enjoyed spending time talking with his friends on his CB radio.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Billy Hill, the Rev. Forrest Poindexter and the Rev. Paul Morris officiating. Burial will follow in the Bruce Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include three sons, Dana McKibben (Claudia) and Kenny McKibben (Jeannie) of Oxford and Mike McKibben (Gail) of Bruce; two sisters, Ruth Williams of Waynesboro, N.C., and Martha Joyce Smith of Carroll County; four granddaughters, Heather Sullivan, Jessica Haltom, Rebecca Hurt and Elizabeth McKibben; one grandson, Dusty McKibben; four great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Eddie Morgan of Starkville and sister-in-law, Elaine Borland of Indianola, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cozette Morgan McKibben, on Jan. 20, 2009; his parents; and a sister, Annie Kate Kenwright.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Edwards, Steve Gulledge, Dale Morgan, Arthur Wesson Newman, Benny Stewart and Brown Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers John Robert Collins, Leon Floyd, Howard Harrell, Edmond Hellums and Stephen Morgan.
Memorials may be directed to the Reasons Cemetery Fund, 497 CR 235, Bruce, MS 38915.
Tetha Billups
FULTON – Tetha Lue Billups, 86, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Itawamba County, she was the daughter of Edd and Letha Clifton. She was a member of Shiloh CME Church, where she served on the missionary board and the kitchen committee. She love to fish, sew and keep children. She was the widow of Tom Billups.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Shiloh CME Church. Elder Larry Clifton will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Fulton Community Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Annie Bell Clifton of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Laura Buchanan and Mazie “Cookie” Jones, both of Fulton; one son, John Thomas Billups of Ypsilanti; one sister, Alta Roach of Ypsilanti; 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 41 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at Shiloh CME Church.

Ralph W. Smith
TUPELO – Ralph W. Smith, 70, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a retired businessman and a Lutheran.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Rusty Miller officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Langford Smith of Tupelo; one daughter, Cathy Riley (Wayne) of Memphis; two sons, Tom Smith (Linda) and Dave Smith (Diane) of Florida; his brother, Royce Lee Smith of Mantachie; five grandchildren, Trevor Smith, Wesley Smith (Naomi), Stephanie Smith, Matthew Smith and Sarah Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fletcher and Pauline Smith; and three brothers, Ray Smith, Troy Smith and Roy Smith.
His grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home.

Guy Herring
BALDWYN – Guy Douglas Herring 73, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was a faithful member of East Mt. Zion Baptist Church. He retired from NMMC after 28 years of employment as a facility operations supervisor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Cagle and Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in the East Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Mickey Herring and Hugh Herring (Angie) of Baldwyn; two grandchildren, Marlina Stanford (Casey) of Iuka and Anna Lauren Herring; three great-grandchildren, Triston, Katelyn and Makayla Dawson; brother and sister-in-law, Bro. Gerald and Becky Cagle; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mauveline Cagle Herring, in 2007; his parents, Clyde and Beatrice Hopkins; and his first wife, Sue Raines Herring.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Scott, Joe Roberts, Tim Johnson, Nathan Ray, David Hendrix, Jerry D. Hill, Buck Edge, Jake Duncan, Earl Stone, Jerry McBride and Tim Pittman. Honorary pallbearer will be Jimmy Michael.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38801.
Anna Ator
AMARILLO, Texas – Anna Bob Beckham Ator died Sunday, June 7, 2009, after an extended illness. She was the daughter of Robert C. and Elizabeth Long “Betty” Beckham of Tupelo. She was known by her childhood nickname, “Teensy.” She married Lloyd George Ator on April 15, 1942. A military wife, she traveled with her husband to various places across the country. Until her retirement in 1992, she was employed in the medical records department of hospitals and clinics as an expert transcriber of operation notes. Upon her husband’s retirement, the family moved to Denton, Texas, where she continued to live after his death in 1975. In 2005, she moved to Amarillo to live with her daughter, Becky.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Lloyd Ator Jr. and Robert Ator, both of Silver Spring, Md., and Anna Elizabeth “Becky” Ator Koen of Amarillo, Texas; her grandchildren, Melissa Ator Parisi, Justin Koen, David Koen, Laura Koen Sanders and Marianna Ator; and great-grandchildren, Kyle and Eva Parisi, Symphony Koen, Hunter and Bella Sanders, and Willa Koen. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Billy Stout Jr.
NEW ALBANY – Billy “Little Bill” Wayne Stout Jr., 43, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born March 27, 1966, in Pontotoc to Billy Wayne Stout Sr. and Ruth Murphree Stout. He was a member of Apostolic Revival Center and Lighthouse Apostolic Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service of New Albany with the Rev. Steve Denton and the Rev. Buddy Gordon officiating.Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in Union County.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle Leigh Graham Stout; a daughter, Stephanie Stout; two sons, Billy Wayne Stout III and Christian Stout; his grandmother, Juanita Murphree; a special niece, Emma “Gracie” Graham; and four nephews, Tyler Graham, Drake Graham, Tyler Thomas and Josh Eaves, all of New Albany. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Robyn Eaves.
Pallbearers will be Billy Stout, Christian Stout, Corey Graham, Tyler Thomas, Bro. Tim Franks, Chance Taylor, Mitchell Stout and Huey Coleman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at United Funeral Service. For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Mamie Ruth Foote
IUKA – Mamie Ruth Foote, 85, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at Cutshall Funeral Home. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 409410, Atlanta, GA 30384-9410.
Mable Johnson
NEW SITE – Mable Edwards Johnson, 83, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. She was a member of the Siloam United Methodist Church. She was a housemaker, and a devoted wife and mother.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Siloam United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn (Benny) Taylor and Judy (Wayne) Stutts, all of New Site, and Debra (Jackie) Searcy of Saucier Creek; two sons, Stanley Johnson and Clifford F. “Bo” (Lisa) Johnson, all of New Site; two sisters, Ann Adams of Paragould, Ark., and Shirley McAlister of Jericho, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Doug Taylor, Rod Taylor, Jacqulin Deaton, David Johnson, Anthony Searcy, Paul Johnson, Morgan Johnson, Daniel Stutts and Hannah Johnson; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, A.F. Johnson, and two sisters, Flossie Marotti and Relda Brand.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Preston Brown
TUPELO – Preston Stanley Brown, 65, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Amory to Stanley Libran and Mazie Mitchell Brown. He married Methel Suddieth in 1989. Before retiring, he was a truck triver, traveling all 50 states. He was a member of the Eggville Freewill Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed raising dogs, church activities and talking about his truck driving experiences.
Memorial services will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Eggville Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Gann officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Methel Brown of Tupelo; and one sister, Winona Faye Brown Hicks of Fulton. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John Walton
TUPELO – John Walton, 59, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Leonard Osborn
IUKA – Leonard Osborn died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Hubbard Salem Church. Burial will be in the Hubbard Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Hubbard Salem Church for two hours prior to service time Saturday.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Miller S. Brown
PONTOTOC – Miller S. Brown, 86, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at his residence. He was born Oct. 10, 1922, in Pontotoc County to William Frederick Brown and Leona Mae Russell. He retired from Colonial Baking Company after working 26 years as a sales rep. He was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the recipient of five Bronze Stars and one Silver Star. He was a charter member of the Cahaba Shrine of Huntsville, Ala. He was a member of The Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Birmingham Valley, Ala. He was a Master Mason and a member of Pontotoc Lodge 89. He was a member of the American Legion and the DAV.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Oak Hill Baptist Church with Bro. David Westmoreland and Bro. Scott Cockrell officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Baldwin -Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Crane Brown of Pontotoc; one daughter, Cynthia Brown Zickos; three grandsons, Brian Zickos, Craig Zickos (Jennifer) and Chad Zickos (Karisa); one great-grandson, Westin Zickos. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and deacons of Oak Hill Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Burns, Doyle Williams and Joe Hardy.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.

Vera T. Collier
HOLLY SPRINGS – Vera T. Collier, 87, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Tavaris Shelton
VERONA – Tavaris Lashawn Shelton, 15, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, as the result of an accidental drowning. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Earline Hodges
EUPORA – Earline Allred Hodges, 69, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Choctaw County.

Robert Holland
SELMER, Tenn. – Robert Holland, 67, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at his home in Selmer, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.

Willie Dismuke
WEST POINT – Willie Mary Gardner Dismuke, 93, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will follow in the West Point Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Joe Fair
WEST POINT – Joe Clifton Fair, 64, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove Pool’s Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will follow 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.