Obituaries June 11, 2010

Dorothy Sykes
EUPORA – Dorothy Pendergrast Sykes, 87, died Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Ocala Health and Rehabilitation Center in Ocala, Fla.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be 5:30 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Riley Kuykendall
SMITHVILLE – Riley Clay Kuykendall died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Women’s Center in Tupelo.
Private graveside services will be Saturday at the Haughton Memorial Park in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge.
Survivors include his parents, Nathan and Krystal Riley Kuykendall of Smithville; his grandparents, Larry and Diane Kuykendall of Smithville, and Jimmy and Barbara Riley of Cason; and his great-grandmother, Reba Riley of Amory.

Nicholas Travis
WEST POINT – Nicholas Alexander Travis, infant son of Ronald and Christy Benson Travis, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at West Point Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Payton Myers officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Ronald and Christy of West Point; his grandparents, Milton R. and Nora Benson of West Point, and William A. and Angela Parker of Maiden, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Verley Jean Benson.
Terry Nowlin
NEW ALBANY – Terry West Nowlin, 60, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born July 3, 1949, in New Albany to Henry West Nowlin and Elizabeth Nowlin. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the Baptist church.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Louie Williams officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his father, West Nowlin, and his stepmother, Mary Nowlin, of Myrtle; two sisters, Pam Turner (Tommy) of Myrtle and Cindy Nowlin (Scott Sanders) of Waynesville, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Nowlin, and a brother, Tim Nowlin.
Visitation will be from 9 till 10 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Kently Harris
GOLDEN – Kently Ann Ree Harris, infant daughter of Jason and Michelle Wiygul Harris, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Private services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Russ Crosswhite will officiate. Burial will be in Saucer Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include her parents, Jason and Michelle Harris of Golden; one brother, Jason Wiygul Harris; one sister, Emma Grace Harris; her grandparents, Billy and Peggy Harris of Golden, and Jerry and Rhonda Wiygul of Fulton; her great-grandmothers, Ollie Ree Wiygul and Louise Harris, both of Fulton; an aunt and uncle, Lacie and Tim Edge of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, John Harris, W.D. and Mamie Campbell, Elmo and Luoma Kent, and Quinton Wiygul.

Rachel Groves
RIPLEY – Rachel Bryant Groves, 63, died Thursday, June 10, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sallie Mae Ruff
ST. LOUIS – Sallie Mae Shumpert Ruff died Friday, May 21, 2010, at DePaul Medical Center in St. Louis. She was born Oct. 24, 2010, to Boline Pounds and Carey Shumpert. She grew up in Plantersville, where she attended public school. She married Lee Roy Ruff on Feb. 16, 1946. They moved to St. Louis in January 1953. He preceded her in death in June 2000.
Services were May 28 at the Austin Layne Normandy Chapel in St. Louis.
Survivors include one daughter, Maggeline (Wilbert) Sanders; one stepson, Willie W. (Ruby) Ruff of Florida; three grandsons, Kevin and Terrence (Jaimee) Sanders, both of St. Louis, and Derrick Ruff of Kingsville, Texas; two granddaughters, Shari Townsend of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Felisha Ruff of Nettleton; two great-grandsons, Johnathan White and Brandon Sanders of St. Louis; three great-granddaughters, Zandria Gillard of Nettleton and Talina and Breaunna Sanders of St. Louis; four sisters, Sadie Rogers and Myrtle Seals of Tupelo, Olene Marshall of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Lorene (George) Seals of Plantersville; a brother-in-law, Tom Henry (Fannie Mae) Ruff of Beloit, Mich.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Ralph (Dorothy) McCloud, Earline Kizer, Rudy Ruff and Evelyn Spann of St. Louis, Fred (Esther) Stevenson of Rolla, Mo., and Victor (Dorothy) Thomas of Battle Creek, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Willie B. Cumming and Treamon Shumpert.

Samuel Gilliam
TUPELO – Samuel Gilliam, 80, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Rev. Bill Smith
TUPELO – The Rev. William P. Smith III died Thursday, June 10, 2010, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Ollie Pounds
VERONA – Ollie Edward Pounds died Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 19, 1933, in Itawamba County to Aranza Pounds and Evie Whiteside Pounds. He was a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher and secretary. He was a group leader for the Boy Scouts. He attended Rust College. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Benevolent Society-Camp 32. He was a retiree of General Motors in Flint, Mich. After retiring, he moved back to Dorsey to help take care of his elderly parents.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Dorsey with the Rev. Greg Pegues officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Margie Henry of Flint, Mich.; four grandchildren, Tameka (Janar) Stenson, Katesha Henry and Kleonard Henry, all of Flint; one niece, Sally Enos Williams of Plantersville; two nephews, Lamar Martin of Nettleton and Bruce (Gloria) Enos of Plantersville; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elzie Lee Pounds; and two grandchildren, Terrence and Renada Henry.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Cecil DeGarmo
ORLANDO, Fla. – Cecil Clyde DeGarmo, 84, died Monday, June 7, 2010, at his home. He was born March 13, 1926, in Racine, Wis., to Cecil and Rose DeGarmo. He attended school in Racine until he joined the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during World War II. When he returned home he married Meta Jesperson, who preceded him in death. He worked at Moeller Manufacturing in Racine until he was transferred to Greenville. He married Margaret Collins in 1968 and they lived in Greenville until 1985 when they moved to Orlando. They were the owners of Margaret’s Hallmark Store until 2005. He was a Baptist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Orlando. He was a member of the Orlando Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a Mason. He was an avid Magic fan.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Billy McCord officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret DeGarmo of Orlando, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Nancy Collins Cater of New Orleans, La.; a sister, Lolita Ketchourn of Racine, Wis.; several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Johnnie T. Rogers
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – Johnnie T. Rogers, 86, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Rogers Spring Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frances Harrison
AMORY – Mary Frances Harrison, 86, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at the Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Born July 25, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Earl and Mary Louis Owings Johnson. She married Ed Harrison in 1943; he died in 1996. She enjoyed cake baking and catering, cooking for her family and friends, and flower gardening. She was a member of the Meadowood Baptist Chuch.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Boyd (Donald) of Amory; two sisters, Earlene Sanderson (Dick) and Mable Hood, of Amory; two grandchildren, Niki Boyd Zemnes (Les) and Brad Boyd; and three great-grandchildren, Harrison Zemnes, and Blake and Braden Boyd.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one son, Edward Harrison Jr.
Pallbearers will be Steve Sanderson, Rick Sanderson, Bill Morrow, Willis Bryan Owings, Bart Owings, Eddie Johnson and Justin Duke.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Meadowood Baptist Church, 1510 Hatley Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Lee Brown
ASHLAND – Lee Frances Brown, 51, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sand Hill M.B. Church in Lamar. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.

Melody Harlow
PONTOTOC – Melody Jane Harlow, 48, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, after a lengthy illness. She was a member of Horton Memorial Baptist Church. She was a graduate of North Pontotoc High School Class of 1980 and a former supervisor at Ashley Furniture. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Horton Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. Owen Hitchcock officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Harlow of Pontotoc; her mother, Louise Horton Thompson of Pontotoc; one daughter, Crystal Harlow (Jason) of Palmetto; three sons, Dustin Matthews (Jennie), Reed Harlow (April) and Jackson Harlow, all of Pontotoc; one brother, Gary Thompson (Judy) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Thomas Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. All the visitation will be at Horton Memorial Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
Jerry Harbin
SKYLINE – Jerry Harbin, 66, died Thursday, June 10 , 2010, at the Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Oct. 24, 1943, in Itawamba County to Verlon and Velma Woodham Harbin. He worked as a truck driver and in the printing industry in Tennessee and Illinois. He also worked for Collier-Windham Custom Cabinet Shop until his retirement. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War before being honorably discharged.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Eddie Boutwell and Bro. Wesley Kingsley officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Harbin (Stephanie) of Knoxville, Tenn., and Bryan Harbin of Greensboro, N.C.; two daughters, Renee Harbin and Rebecca Harbin, both of Knoxville, Tenn.; three brothers, J.R. Harbin and Stanley Harbin, both of Mantachie, and Edker “Doc” Harbin of Skyline; one sister, Helen Fay Grubbs of Mantachie; one granddaughter, Ashley Harbin; one grandson, Dominic W. Harbin; one great-grandson, Brody Parrish, all of Knoxville, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Sandy Bennett and Frank.
He was preceded in death five brothers, Wilburn, Elvin, Arlon, William “Bill” and Carlous Harbin; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Mel Harbin, Ken Grubbs, Larry Harbin, Roger Harbin, Mike Harbin and Billy Harbin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Fulton.

Dewayne Stevens
STARKVILLE – Dewayne Stevens, 70, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a retired Human Resource manager for Eka Chemical. He was a master sergeant in the Mississippi National Guard, where he served for 21 years. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Starkville. He was a member of Kiwanis International and Sherm Group and a former member of Civitans. He was active in the Mississippi Manufacturing Association.
Services were May 26 at First Baptist Church. Dr. Chip Stevens and Rev. Clifton Curtis officiated. Burial was in Memorial Garden Park.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Adams Stevens; his daughter, Christy Savage (John) of Starkville; his son, Michael Stevens (Brenda) of Russellville, Ala.; his mother, Nettie Gregory Stevens of Smithville; one sister, Ann Clark of Smithville; one brother, Donnie Stevens of Smithville; and grandchildren, Matt Savage, Harley Stevens and Triston Stevens.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Stevens, and a brother, Jimmy Stevens.
Memorial donations may be made to Sactuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803 or First Baptist Church of Starkville, 106 E. Lampkin St., Starkville, MS 39759.
Sign the online guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Carlton Stewart
FULTON – Carlton Lee Stewart, 91, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Courtyards Community Living Center in Fulton.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Eddie Robinson Funeral Chapel in Grenada. Burial will be in Stonefield Cemetery in Cascilla.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Chelsea Jackson
RIPLEY – Chelsea Blythe Jackson, 21, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Dumas as the result of an automobile accident. She was a student at Northeast Mississippi Community College and a Baptist. In her short life, she laughed, loved, lost, smiled, hurt and had been through more than most people experience in a lifetime.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Randy Hurt will officiate. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Tiplersville.
Survivors include her mother, Donna Braddock Bullock of Ripley; her father, Charles Alvis Jackson of Blue Mountain; and a sister, Lindsey Jackson of Corinth.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Tamara Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Nick Lindsey, Brandon Hall, Nick Gibens, Ethan Hatcher, Cody Moffitt, Bryan Vick, Chris Freeman and Tyler Hill.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Interstitial Cystitis Foundation at www.icnetwork.com.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Donald Hall Sr.
CORINTH – Donald Ray Hall Sr., 72, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Billy Pounds
BOONEVILLE – Billy Ray Pounds, 79, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Lytal officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Buddy Myers
CORINTH – James W. “Buddy” Myers, 74, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Isaac Cooper Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Isaac Lee Cooper Jr., 62, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive M.B. Church Cemetery in Byhalia. 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 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday.

Willie Anderson Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Willie Lee Anderson Jr., 53, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium at Rust College in Holly Springs. 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 and the family time will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Rust College from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

Sandy Parker Sr.
VICTORIA – Sandy Parker Sr., 90, died Monday, June 7, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Newell Chapel CME Church in Victoria. 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 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

Lindy Delbridge
OXFORD – Lindy Delbridge, 55, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at East St. Peters M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joyce Tyler Gravlee
TUPELO – Joyce Tyler Gravlee, 85, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born April 12, 1925, to Luther F. and Lucille Higdon Tyler in Picayune. She graduated from Blue Mountain College in 1947 and then moved to Tupelo to teach high school English and Spanish. Later she taught remedial reading at Church Street Elementary School and American history at Milam Junior High School. She was a life member of Junior Auxiliary, where her special interest was the Crippled Children’s Clinic.
Joyce was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a choir member for many years, taught Sunday School and worked with children and youth, taught children’s Bible drills for 35 years, and taught an adult ladies’ class from 1985 to 2005. Woman’s Missionary Union was always her special love.
She supported many events in which her grandchildren participated. For many years her grandchildren spent every Tuesday night with GG and Granddaddy.
A Celebration of GG’s life will be 3 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. John G. Armistead and Dr. David Eldridge officiating. On behalf of the grandchildren, a eulogy will be delivered by her grandson, Chris McAlpin. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Guy Gravlee Jr., whom she married in February 1948; her daughters, Lynn McAlpin (Jim) and Joy Kellum (Mark); her grandchildren, Chris McAlpin (Christie), Luke McAlpin (Genna), Sarah Gravlee Otts (Michael), Tyler Kellum and Darby Kellum; and four great-grandchildren, Kate, Rachel, Megan and Liam McAlpin. She is also survived by her precious daughter-in-law, Myara, her “sister-in-love,” Joan Tyler Michael, and her friend and caregiver, Linda Maynard Riley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Dr. Charles Tyler and Dr. Terrell Tyler; a great-grandson, Justis Michael Otts; and her son, Guy Gravlee III, who died June 4, 2010.
Pallbearers will be Bill Beasley, Dr. Ken Harvey, Bryan Hawkins, Brent Heavener, Joey Hutto, Mike Marecle, Rick Maynard and Jimmy Long.
Visitation will be 2 p.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 W. Main St., Tupelo MS 38804; or to Russian Mission Project, Park Place Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1497, Brandon, MS 39043.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

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