Obituaries June 13, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

J.T. Farris
MANTACHIE – James Troy (J. T.) Farris, 76, passed away Friday, June 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 24, 1935, to Jessie Troy Farris and Jimmie Lee Trammel Farris. He was a resident of the Tombigbee Community and a member of Lakeland Southern Baptist Church. Mr. Farris served as Justice of the Peace of Itawamba County from 1972 to 1984. He also served as Second District Supervisor in Itawamba County from 1988 to 2000, and vice president of the Board of Supervisors for 12 years. He served on the Three Rivers Board, Tombigbee River Water Management Board, Policy Council Board for Mississippi Action for Progress (Headstart) and Itawamba County Development Council. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Center Star Lodge. He was also a member of the Mantachie Lions Club and the Houston Bird Club. He was a tremendous basketball player at Mantachie High School. He scored 73 points in one game and scored 1,300 points in one season, which is still a Mantachie High School record.
Mr. Farris worked at Rockwell International (Delta) for 30 years. He was co-owner of F & W Tool and Die for 16 years and worked two years for New Era Gear in Rochester, Michigan. J.T. and his son, Terry, have run FF Farms all his life. All his life he loved to garden, hunt, and take care of his bees. He loved to play Dominoes with his friends from Mantachie and Fulton. He loved for all the boys in the community to help him garden and work on different projects. He was always trying to teach them about work, how to do things, and life in general. He never met a stranger and always treated people the same. He believed in helping people in any way he could. He was honored that the people elected him to public office for 24 years. One of his greatest honors was in 2007 when Mantachie High School awarded him an honorary high school diploma.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Lakeland Baptist Church with Bro. Castor Buse, Bro. Buddy Rushing, and Bro. C.D. Currie officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Sue Spradling Farris; one son, James Terry Farris, both of Mantachie; three sisters, Wanda Cantrell and Earnestine Elliff, both of Tupelo and Avanell Sewell of Ocean Springs; one brother, Jack Arron Farris of Mantachie; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Maxine Westmoreland of Atlanta, Ga., Quanna Witt of Birmingham, Ala., and Betty Jean Farris of Mantachie.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Cantrell, Tom Childs, Scotty Farris, Tommy Rogers, Donnie Turner, Charles Kirksey, Mike Jones, Kaylon Dill and John Spradlin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Malcom Jones, Aubrey Jones, Blake Turner, Jordan Rose, Nathan McIntosh, Alston Dill, Adam Dill, Andrew Dill, and all his Domino buddies from Mantachie and Fulton.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time today at Lakeland Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lakeland Baptist Church, 5719 River Road, Mantachie, MS 38855.

J.C. Patterson
PITTSBORO – J.C. “Bird” Patterson, 65, died June 9, 2011, in Pittsboro. He was born March 1, 1946. He was a member of Oldtown Baptist Church and the owner of Patterson Heating & Cooling and Ice Company. He was a graduate of Bruce High School. He served in the Mississippi National Guard.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Justin Gates officiating. Burial will be in Oldtown Cemetery in Pittsboro. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Mildred Cagle of Malvern, Ark.; one nephew, John McNamee and wife, Cyndie of Houston, Texas; and one great-nephew, Blake McNamee of Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Gladys Murphree Patterson; and his brother, James Olan “Pat” Patterson.

Dorothy Tate
CORINTH – Dorothy Tate, 85, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at noon Tuesday and will conclude at service time.
Condolences may be left at

William Dogan
PONTOTOC – William Lloyd Dogan, 86, died Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was born to Charlie and Irene Williams Dogan in Pontotoc. He was a member of McDonald United Methodist Church, where he served as a steward. He was an Army Veteran of WW II and a member of Garfield Lodge # 61 P.H.A. He was a retired factory worker. He was also retired from City Cleaners.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at McDonald U.M. Church. with the Rev. Maurice Smith officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ada Bell Dogan of Pontotoc; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Dogan of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Leon and Trae Dogan of Pontotoc; four sisters-in-law, Barbara (Robert) Moore of Springfield, Ill., Joyce (L.C.) Addison of Milwaukee, Wis., Gretrude Kimp and Roberta Kimp, both of Pontotoc; and one brother-in-law, Lamar Kimp of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by two children in infancy; and his son, Kenneth Leon Dogan.
Visitation will be from noon until 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today, all at the funeral home.

Allen Mann
BRUCE – Robert Allen Mann, 55, died June 12, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Nov. 10, 1955, in Vardaman. He attended the Bruce Church of God of Prophecy. He was disabled. He was an artist and an avid chess player. He loved family, fishing and music.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bishop Billy Adams and Bishop Sherman Adams officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Hattie A. Brasher of Bruce; special friend, Sherry Lenard of Bruce; two daughters, Amy Michelle Capoccia of Nesbit and Kacey C. Mann of Pontotoc; one son, Dalton Mann of Pontotoc; one sister, Kathy Mann Goodson and husband, Steve of Calhoun City; one niece, Haley Goodson and fiancé, Ryan Vaughn of Calhoun City; one nephew, Beau Goodson (Morgan) of Big Creek; and one great-niece, Lily Kate Goodson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Hardin Mann; stepfather, Gordon E. Brasher; grandparents, W.B. and Mittie Adams and Richard D and Annie Mann; and step grandparents, Elmo and Kathleen Brasher.
Pallbearers will be Bill Adams, Kenny Adams, Jonathan Capoccia, Devin Douell, Beau Goodson and Boyd Mann.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Bruce Church of God of Prophecy, P.O. Box 73, Vardaman, MS 38878.
Online condolences may be made at

Mary Burton
CORINTH – Mary “Red” Burton died Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at her home in Corinth. She was born May 9, 1926, to Frank and Viola Burton. She was a member of City Road C.M.E. Church. She served on the Pastor’s Aide Committee and was a member of the Missionary Society. She often hosted a “soup kitchen” for the church and the community. She started the “Sunday School Breakfast” for the youth at her church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at City Road C.M.E. Church in Corinth with the Rev. Robert Fields officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, Harvey (Doris) Burton of Chicago, Ill. and Calvin (Margaret) Burton of Memphis, Tenn.; two adopted brothers, Sylvester (Virginia) Williams and Johnny (Paulette) Agnew, both of Baldwyn; five nieces, Linda McKinnon of Corinth, Dena Burton of Los Angeles, Calif., Jori (Christopher) Thibodeaux of Minneapolis, Minn., Jocelyn Robinson of Memphis, Tenn. and Kelsey Rae Agnew of Baldwyn; five great-nieces, Nakeitra Hill of Ridgeland, NaToya Hill of Ridgeland, Cori Thibodeaux of Minneapolis, Minn., Roslyn Robinson of Memphis, Tenn. and Jamila Robinson of Memphis; three great-nephews, Jai Thibodeaux of Minneapolis, Minn., Roger Robinson Jr. of Memphis and Braxton Curlee of Corinth; one god-daughter, Phylis “Niecie” Alexander of Corinth; and special friends, Amy Crawford, Soon Cha “Pok” McGee, Steve Hill, Louise Agnew and Jessie Burt, all of Corinth.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the church. Family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service Tuesday at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest register at

Norman Bush
TUPELO – Norman Deed “Fiddler” Bush, 76, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Fiddler grew up in Bogalusa, La. and loved his family, dogs and garden. He served his country in the U.S. Navy and worked in farming and sales.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Henry Jenkins officiating.
Survivors include his wife of more than 30 years, Marie George Bush; five children, Mike (Lori) Fitzgibbon of Hortonville, Wis., Steve (Ellen) Fitzgibbon of Panama City, Fla., Cindy (Ronnie) Cannon of Oxford, Christy (Les) Hall of Fulton and Todd Bush of Titusville, Fla.; a sister, Carol Terrell Warren; nine grandchildren, Joe Fitzgibbon, Zac, Margie Claire and Caden Cannon, Ashley Mabry, Tyler Young, and Ricky, Jessica and Matthew Bush; and two great-grandchildren, Kellen Mabry and Tatum Young.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother and sister.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. unitl service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Box 1, Tupelo MS 38801; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Way, Memphis TN 38105.
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Eddie Collums Jr.
TUPELO – Eddie “Boogle” Rayburn Collums Jr., 23, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A Tupelo native, he was born Aug. 9, 1987, to Eddie Rayburn and Elizabeth Hollie Collums. He worked as a roofer for A-1 Roofing. He enjoyed riding 4-wheelers, fishing, and camping.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. James Wilson and Bro. Ray Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Tremont Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Collums of Tupelo; one sister, Brandie Rayburn (Gary) of Tremont; two brothers, Charles Collums (Shelia) of Walnut and Brandon Collums of Tupelo; his grandmother, Mary Hollie of Tupelo; three nieces, Joy Rayburn, Isabelle Rayburn, and Lona Beth Collums; and one nephew, Gary Rayburn Jr.; his step father, Doc Wilson of Tupelo; his step brother, Rudy Wilson of Tupelo; and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Rayburn Collums; his grandparents, Claymon Collums Sr. and Marie Collums; and a cousin, L.J. Buchanan.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Buchanan, Philip Kent, Joe Johnson, Scott Collums Jr., Nick Rose, Dusty Rose, and Jason McNair.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

‘Bubba’ Halfacre
ABERDEEN – Tannie James “Bubba” Halfacre, 59, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 25, 1951, in Monroe County to Tannie James Halfacre and Cora Anderson Viars Halfacre. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a contractor. He was plant manager of Alan White Furniture, a life member of the NRA and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Roy McHenry officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Tanya Pearson and husband, Michael of Aberdeen; two sons, Jamey Halfacre and wife, Chasity of Aberdeen and Jake Halfacre and wife, Kayla of Monett, Mo.; one sister, Jeanie Halfacre Morrissette and husband, Ron of Covington, Va.; and two grandchildren, Abby Pearson and Macy Pearson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home in Aberdeen.
Contributions may be made to St. Jude Hospice or the to a charity of choice.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at

Carla Hacker
VINA, Ala. – Carla Berry Hacker, 49, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at her home. Services will be at 6 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay.
Visitation will continue until 9 p.m. following the service.
Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Charlie Payne
PLANTERSVILLE – Charles Earnest “Charlie” Payne, 81, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. Charlie was born on Aug. 1, 1929, in Tupelo to Davis Clarence Payne and Esther Whitaker Payne. A lifelong Lee Countian, he made his home in the Plantersville area. He worked 20 years at Pennsylvania Tire Company before becoming the longtime maintenance supervisor for the Town of Plantersville and the City Point Water Systems.
Charlie could do anything with his hands, including plumbing, carpentry and mechanics. He was ever ready to provide help to his family and the greater community around Plantersville. He was a kind, gentle soul who knew few enemies and had numerous friends. He was a longtime member of the Plantersville United Methodist Church, where he for decades helped maintain the Church facilities, served on the Board of Trustees and was an usher. Charlie was a front line infantryman, serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War honorably discharging with the rank of Corporal and an American Legion member. He enjoyed his well maintained farm and garden and was well known as a master vegetable gardener. He revered the land and all its produce.
Services, with military honors, will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Lynn Fair and Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Omie Jean Buchanan Payne of Plantersville; his son, David Payne (Susan) of Plantersville; two daughters, Elizabeth P. Scott (Gary) of Nettleton and Cindy P. Googe (Boyce) of Saltillo; his stepchildren, Debora Hernandez (Joel) of Plantersville, Janet Harris (Jerry) of Huntsville, Ala. and Scott Sandefer (Cristi) of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Grant Scott (Staci) of the Union Community and Charlie Elizabeth Googe of Saltillo; two great-great-grandchildren, Reagan Scott and Lindsey Scott; six step grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Jame R. and John Wilson Payne, Mary Wilma Vinson, Katherine Rial and Ima Sue Scott.
Pallbearers will be Grant Scott, Gary Scott, Boyce Googe, Mark Hunt, Phillip Lindsey and Jerry Harris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron Helms, Don Spradling, Bill Langston and Joel Hernandez.
Memorials may be made to the Plantersville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 56, Plantersville, MS 38862 or to Community Hospice, P.O. Box 333, Sherman, MS 38869.
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