Obituaries June 13, 2009

Willie Carothers
OXFORD – Willie Frank Carothers died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.

Aaron Martin II
CORINTH – Aaron Lee “Bubba” Martin II, 25, died Saturday, June 13, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday with burial in the Forrest Memorial Park. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the home of his grandparents, located at 118 County Road 405.
Verdie West
FULTON – Verdie Mae West , 98, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Courtyards Nursing Facility in Fulton. She was born April 7, 1911, to the late Nathan and Alma Hood Johnson. She was the oldest member of East Fulton Baptist Church. She retired from Blue Belle Manufactoring after many years. She enjoyed going to Church and was a giving and loving person. She enjoyed gardening and working with her flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the East Fulton Baptist Church with Bro. Eugene Digby and Bro. Grover Laird officiating. Burial will be in the East Fulton Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, James W. Johnson (Betty); one sister, Thelma McPherson, both of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred West, who died in 1992; her parents; three brothers, Hollis Johnson, Claude Johnson and Troy Johnson; and four sisters, Louise Senter, Euple Wilson, Pearl Dulaney and Mazietta Johnson.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Johnny Wilson, David Wilson, Joey Johnson, Terry Johnson, Wayne Wheeler, Lowell Dulaney and Billy Johnson.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to service time at the church.

Johnnie Carroll
PONTOTOC – Johnnie Myrtice Carroll, 96, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a longtime member of Pontotoc County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Scott Cockrell officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four grandchildren, Mike Carroll, Johnny Carroll, Pam Carroll and Paula Hardness; two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orbie Carroll; and one son, Robert R. Carroll.
Pallbearers will be Victor Kelly, Jim Williams, Phil Roye, Josh Alexander, Michael Graham and Steve Tackitt.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38803
Bob Kneisly
PRATTS – Robert Craig “Bob” Kneisly, 70, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Dayton, Ohio native, he was born Nov. 23, 1938, to Ralph and Marietta Shoup Kneisly. He graduated from Avondale High School in Avondale Estates, Ga. He then went on to the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where graduated with a degree in political science. While at Sewanee he was a member of the football team and the Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He was a 1st Lt. in the United States Marine Corps. He was co-owner of the Alf Company for 40 years where he served as president until his retirement in 2002. He helped establish and coach the girls soccer programs in Tupelo and Baldwyn. He was a Mississippi naturalist through studies at Crows Neck Environment Center. He was a devoted family man and served as a foster parent. Last year, he was inducted into the Sewanee Athletics Hall of Fame. He was a member of Baldwyn United Methodist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bruce Little officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne of the Pratts Community; one dughter, Natalie Kneisly of Saltillo; three sons, Craig Kneisly (Cara) of Katy, Texas, Jody Kneisly (Jodi Lynn) of Pocono Mts, Pa., and Nathan Kneisly of Jackson, Tenn.; his father and stepmother, Ralph and Wilma Kneisly of Saltillo; nine grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marietta Shoup Kneisly; one daughter, Marie White; and one brother, Randy Kneisly.
Visitation will be noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Abbie’s Alley for garden maintenence and environmental studies at the University of the South, Office of University Relations, University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37375-9900
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

James Powell
AMORY – James Andrew Powell, 86, died June 12, 2009, at the Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory. He was born June 17, 1922, in Becker to the late Robert Allen Powell and Mamie Hunell Powell Gosa. He lived in Becker before moving to Amory. He married Louise Miles in 1956, who survives. He worked for Wilson’s Mfg., the City of Amory sanitation department and he was a farmer. He was a member of the Trace Road Baptist Church and he enjoyed gardening. He especially enjoyed taking care of his stepgrandson, Frankie Miller.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Bill Payne officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Louise Miles Powell of Amory; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Robert Allen Powell Jr.; two half brothers, Joel and Noel Gosa; one sister, Mary Powell; one stepdaughter, Paulette Gosa Miller; and three step grandchildren, Frankie, Jerome and Mary Elizabeth Miller.
Pallbearers will be Mike Edgeworth, Will Fowlkes, Neil Palmer, Jake Clement, Drew Edgeworth, Vincent Miles and Chuck Clement.
Honorary pallbearers will be the People’s Drug Store Coffee Group.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 42048, Memphis, TN 38174.

Gail Avent
MATHISTON – Gail Avent, 61, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
A’Darrious Finley
HOLLY SPRINGS – A’Darrious Deonta Finley, 9, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at his residence. He attended Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks and Rising Star M.B. Church of Holly Springs. He loved basketball, football, baseball and loved to ride his four wheeler. He was a fifth grade student at Holly Springs Intermediate School.
Services will be at 12 p.m. Monday at the Pleasant Grove M.B. Church with Rev. Robert McClain officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Asanta Boxley Finley; father, Andre Finley; sister, Amiya LaRose Finley; a brother, D’Andre J. Finley; grandparents, Eloise Finley, Oliver Finley Jr. and Jerry Faulkner, all of Holly Springs; great-grandparents, Annie Earl Foster of Holly Springs, Mamie D. Malone and Henderson Miller, both of Waterford and Oscar D. Watson of Red Banks; great-grandparents, Cora Mae Boxley of Holly Springs and Viola Watson of Red Banks.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m today at the funeral home and will continue from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Monday at the church.

Ilene Smith
BOONEVILLE – Carmon Ilene Smith, 70, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was a member of Little Brown Freewill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Fields officiating. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Paul Jack Smith of Booneville; three sons, Jackie Smith (Mary) and Keith Smith, both of Booneville and Jerry Smith (Tammy) of Clinton; and five grandchildren, Carter Smith, Carmen Smith, Jonathan Smith, Jacob Smith and Samantha Smith.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Austin and Vera Price Holder; and one sister, Alene Harris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday.

Cecil H. Edwards
NEW ALBANY – Cecil H. Edwards, 72, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 30, 1936, in Alabama, to the Late Martin Estelle Edwards and Dolly L. Adams Edwards. He was a self-employed Carpenter and a United States Army veteran and a veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2009, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Randy Kolb officiating. Burial will be in The Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Leach Edwards of Dumas; four daughters, Wanda E. Hattaway and Sandra R. Lynn, both of Alabama, Kitty S. Garvine of Georgia and Tammy J. Burrelson of Alabama; two sons, Cecil H. Edwards Jr. of Alabama and Chuck Edwards of Mississippi; two stepsons, Jimmy Jarvis and Michael Jarvis, both of Mississippi; two stepdaughters, Diane Burns and Paula Dettor, both of Mississippi; one brother, Mack Edwards of Alabama; 27 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Jarvis Jr., Sidney Willard, James Willard, Lee Horton, Richard Horton, C.R. Burns and Allen Leach.
Visitation will be today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Chloe Newman
WALNUT – Chloe Grace Newman, infant child, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Facility in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at County Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Walnut. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mozell Hardin
BURNSVILLE – Mozell Robbins Harding, 82, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at her residence. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church for forty years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Harmony Hill Baptist Church in Burnsville with Bro. Louie Williams and Dr. Leonard Pratt officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lucian Robbins and Ada Robbins; her brothers, Elmer Robbins, Jack Robbins and R.C. Robbins; and a sister, Pearl Rorie.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, William (Bill) Hardin of Burnsville; sons, Larry Hardin (Connie) of Corinth; Troy Hardin (Sandra) of Booneville; daughter, Tammie Lloyd (Cliff) of Burnsville; grandchildren, Mark Hardin (Hope) and Stephen and Lindsey Hardin; great-grandchildren, Ben, Anna, Keylin, Mackenzie and Braiden Hardin.
Pallbearers will be John Rorie, Earnest Ray Rorie, Doyle Rorie, Terry Rorie, Charlie Castile, Rick Bascomb, Charlie Murray and Truman Williams.
Bro. Bill Paul Feltman will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue from 1p.m. until service time at the church.

Herman Smith
BOONEVILLE – Herman Albert Smith, 89, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley after an extended illness. He was a Mason and a member of the Eastern Star. He was employed for 18 years at the Booneville Dodge Store.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Scotty Young officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Tressal Lindley of Booneville; two granddaughters, Carol Chaffin and Janet Suber (Danny) both of Booneville; and four grandchildren, Eric Gray, Danielle Gray, Harrison Gray, and Storm Chaffin.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Emma Rutherford Smith; his wife, Eather Smith; four sisters, Gene Stubblefield, Eula Smith, Christine Green and Bertie Green; two brothers, Bill Smith and Gordon Smith; one greatgrandson, Jordan Chaffin; one son in law, Billy Lindley; and one grandson in law, Mark Chaffin.
Pallbearers will be Eric Gray, Harrison Gray, Danny Suber, Roger Davis, Wade Green and Benny Chaffin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Monday.

Opal Scott
MYRTLE – Opal Christine Mannon Scott, 90, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Aug. 26, 1918, to the late Walter Scott and Lillie Belle Wilder Mannon. She was the widow of Robert Dale Scott, whom she married on Oct. 10, 1942. She worked at Myrtle High School in food services for over 25 years. She was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. She was a beautiful lady, loving her Lord and her children above all.
Services will be Monday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Marty Merritt and Rev. Randy Hamilton officiating with an eulogy by her daughter, Lynda and her nephew, Kent McDaniel. Burial will be in Gerizim Cemetery in Myrtle. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her two daughters, Lynda Bramlett (Jerry) and Chris Rowland (Danny), both of Blue Springs; a son, Robert Clinton Scott of Myrtle; two granchildren, Robby Rowland (Felesha) of Ripley, currently serving as summer missionaries in Poltova, Ukraine and Jennifer Leigh Rowland (fiance Clay Caine) of Denver, Colo.; two great-granddaughters, Tuesdae Nacole Rowland and Lauren Page Rowland, serving with their parents in the Ukraine; a sister-in-law, Lou Mannon of Sulphur Springs, Texas; a special family friend, Janice Purvis; and a wonderful host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant daughter, Monica Carol Scott; five sisters, Vera Mannon, Lassie Stewart, Maggie Clemmer, Helen McDaniel and Roe Potts; and four brothers, Ellis Mannon, J. T. Mannon, Russell Mannon and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Pickens, Wayne Littlejohn, Don Bramlett, Bob Thomas, Scott Goode and Dallas Perkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be the entire staff of Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to Gerizim Cemetery Fund or charity of donor’s choice.
For online condolences and registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Mary Hudspeth
HICKORY FLAT – Mary Ailene White Hudspeth, 89, died Friday, June 12, 2009. She was born Oct, 25, 1919, in Benton County to Wilburn E. White and Mamie E. Courson White. She was a longtime and active member of First Baptist Church and the community of Hickory Flat. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and crocheting in her spare time.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Hickory Flat with Bro. Johnny Rakestraw officiating. Burial will follow in the McKay Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William Thomas (Will T) Hudspeth; one brother, James White (Helen) of Madison; one son, Ronnie Hudspeth (Carol) of Greenville; one daughter, Sherry Chrestman (Lee) of Rockwood, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Brent Hudspeth (Nicole) of New Albany, Brian Hudspeth of Tampa, Fla., Brandon Hudspeth of Oxford, Kyle Chrestman of Knoxville, Tenn. and Courtney Chrestman of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and three great-grandchildren, Caleb Hudspeth, Shelby Hudspeth and Joshua Hudspeth, all of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Charles White.
Pallbearers will include her grandsons, Brent Hudspeth, Brian Hudspeth, Brandon Hudspeth, Kyle Chrestman and family friends James Smith and Lawrence Winburn.
Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the services.

Ken Moore
NASHVILLE, TENN. – Billy Kendall Moore, 47, formerly of Iuka, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at his residence. He was self-employed in the jewelry industry and in real estate. He enjoyed traveling.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield officiaiting. Burial will follow in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangments.
Survivors include his parents, Bill and Judy Moore of Iuka; one brother, Philip Moore (Paula); a niece, Marli Moore; and a nephew, Jake Moore, all of Iuka.
Pallbearers include Jimmy Ramsey, Buddy James, Mike Marlin, Tommy South, Frank Williams Jr. and Scott Marlin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Snowdown Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

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