Obituaries June 16, 2009

Charles Kennedy
CORINTH – Charles W. “Snooky” Kennedy, 64, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at his home in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.

Zereda Field
FULTON – Zereda Field, 78, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Willie Joe Thacker
BURNSVILLE – Willie Joe Thacker, 72, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Harmony Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; (901) 578-2805; or www.stjude.org/donate.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Agnes A. Kennedy
AMORY – Agnes A. Kennedy, 89, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frank Manley
RIENZI – Ovid Frank Manley, 73, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Colin Blanchflower
OXFORD – Colin Anthony Blanchflower, 78, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at his home in Oxford.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Moss Family Funeral Home in Batavia, Ill. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite I, Memphis, TN 38134 or American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland, MS 39158-2178.

Janie Potter
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Janie Cordella Taylor Potter, 85, died Friday, June 12, 2009. She was born Dec. 13, 1923, in Tallahatchie County to James and Francis Taylor and was reared in Leflore County. She worked at Leflore County Court House for several years before moving to Florida. She had resided in Pensacola since 1957. After working at Chemstrand for over nine years, she and her husband established Potter’s Auto Repair in 1965. She will be sorely missed as a loving sister, mother, grandmother, aunt and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Faith Chapel Funeral Home in Pensacola with the Rev. Darryl Eubanks officiating. Burial will follow at Eastern Gate Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, June and John Kent; grandsons and their wives, Johnathan and April Kent, and Jamie and Kathryn Kent; three great-grandchildren, Brooke, Madilyn and Jackson Kent; her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Roy Logan of Tupelo; three brothers, HP of Crystal Springs, Allen of Starkville, and Archie and Mardis Taylor of Lake; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, James Riley Taylor; and her husband, Bunt Potter.
Pallbearers will be John Kent, Johnathan Kent, Jamie Kent, Carl Kent, Roy Logan and John Logan. Honorary pallbearers will be Herbert Hines, Larry Rich and Dr. Amos Prevatt.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Shackelford
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – John Francis Shackelford, 96, died April 6, 2009, in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born Aug. 23, 1912, in Eden to Irvin Miller Shackelford Sr. and Jennie Beal Shackelford.He was a self-employed businessman with several retail and agricultural interests. He was a Navy Seabee during World War II and a member of Eden Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Amanda Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Lucy Webb Eason Shackelford of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven nieces and nephews; many great- and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth Blanton and Doris Hines, and a brother, Irvin Miller Shackelford Jr.

Tommy Cheney
THAXTON – Tommy Edward Cheney, 59, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at his residence. He was a member of the Thaxton United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and an employee of Carnes Frames.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in Thaxton Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Rickie Bevill Cheney of Thaxton; his father, Howard Cheney of Ecru; one daughter, Kim Dillard (Michael), and one son, Chad Cheney (Vickie), both of Thaxton; two sisters, Betty Gail Brummett of Water Valley and Martha Jo Cheney of Pontotoc; one brother, Richard Cheney of Houlka; three grandchildren, Olivia Hope, John Edward and Gracie Claire. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Francis Weeks Cheney.
Pallbearers will be Glen Cheney, Nicholas Bevill, Jeff Gooch, Allen Tutor, Leslie Wilder and Jamie Cheney. Honorary pallbearer will be D.J. Pulley.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Thaxton United Methodist Church, 10426 Hwy. 336, Thaxton, MS 38871.

Benjamin Fisher
MEMPHIS – Benjamin Fisher, 44, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at his home in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Alice Kendricks
COMO – Alice Kendricks, 98, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at the Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.

William Beene
FULTON – William Ronald Beene, 57, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, in Fulton. He was born Sept. 16, 1951, in Itawamba County to Verlon C. and Dewdrop Stovall Beene. He was employed at Wrangler Manufacturing for a number of years. He was a member of Friendship Methodist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Methodist Cemetery.
Survivors include his fiancée, Francis Elrod of Fulton; one nephew, Ben Baggett of Mantachie; his aunt, Joyce Senter of Fulton; his great-aunt, Selma Beene of Fulton; a brother-in-law, David Baggett of Mantachie; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Karen Regina Baggett.
Pallbearers will be Dale Fikes, Jimmy Humphries, Adam Carroll, Ben Beene, David Beene and Tom Beene. Leburn Leathers will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

John D. Evans
TUPELO – John D. Evans, 52, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Ben Powell Jr.
CORINTH – Ben Powell Jr., 76, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

Betty Lenoir
WEST POINT – Betty Lenoir, 93, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Plain Missionary Baptist Church in Prairie. Burial will be 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.

Sherman Edwards
WEST POINT – Sherman Edwards, 90, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Carrington Nursing Home in Starkville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Strong Hill 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.

Victor Winslow
OXFORD – Victor Dean Winslow, 77, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cambridge United Methodist Church. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Jeff Potts
BLUE SPRINGS – Jeff Potts, 31, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Curtis L. Armstrong
SHERMAN – Curtis L. Armstrong, 56, died Friday June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Red Hill M.B. Church in Blue Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home.

Paul Strong
BOONEVILLE – Paul T. Strong, 74, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Longwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. He was born April 4, 1935, in Walnut to Lacie Taylor Strong and Belva Willis Strong. He was a member of Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Tishomingo. He was a truck driver and a minister. He enjoyed fishing and riding horses, and he loved animals.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Bill Burcham and Bro. Bobby Goode officiating. Burial will be in Cain’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda G. Lindsey of Tishomingo and Connie Madison (David) of Coldwater; a special daughter, Carla Robinson (Tony) of Belmont; a sister, Naomi Stokes (Lester) of Highland Home, Ala.; two grandchildren, Amber Thomas (Cliff) of Laurel and Adam Lindsey of Amory; a great-grandson, Grant Thomas of Laurel. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Nathan Strong.
Pallbearers will be Danny Carr, Robert Frost, George Crowe, Bobby Moxley, Kenneth Berryman and Lester Stokes.

Etoy Patton
ECRU – Etoy Patton, 87, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at the Golden Living Care Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Shirley Ray
NETTLETON – Shirley Gene Montgomery Ray, 72, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at her residence in Nettleton. She was born on Feb. 5, 1937, in Lee County to Novel and Clara Belle Ivy Montgomery. She lived her entire life in Lee County. She graduated in l955 from Tupelo High School, where she was a standout athlete, playing basketball and running track. She was a bookkeeper for several area businesses during her working career retiring in March 2009 from Tigrett Steel. She was a faithful and active member of the Nettleton United Methodist Church, where she was a choir member and a charter member of the UMW. Active in civic life in Nettleton, she was founder of the Nettleton 5K run, a strong volunteer with the Food Pantry and a member of the Chamber of Commerce. She formerly served as an Alpha House for Boys director and was in the Soroptomist Club in Tupelo. Her real passion in life was young people as evidenced by over 40 years involvement with softball activities. She recently retired as chief administrator of the Missisisippi Amateur Softball Association as well as from the Board of Commissioners of the Amateur Softball Association, where she had missed only two national convocations since l977, literally traveling in most all the states representing Mississippi. Her responsibilities included statewide and nationwide scheduling, administration, umpiring clinics and even coaching. She was singularly responsible for bringing many softball tournaments to Tupelo over the years including Tupelo being the host site for 15 slow pitch regionals between l990-2006. She mentored many young girls and boys in softball play and many played on state championship teams. She proudly proclaimed herself the “mother” of Nettleton Girl’s Softball activities. An avid conversationalist, she will long be remembered for her good spirit, her winning ways, her love of everybody and her selfless devotion to her own children, grandchildren and to the betterment of youth everywhere.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Brooks officiating and Mississippi ASA Commissioner E.T. Colvin delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include two daughters, DaLisa (Bobby) Neal and Romona (Randy) Harmon, and one son, Kenneth Ray (Beth), all of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Kelli Neal (fiancé, Chris Smith), Kevin Neal, Nikki Ray and Jon Ray all of Nettleton; one sister, Ann Clement (Butch) of Tupelo; four brothers, Robert Montgomery (Pat) of Kennesaw, Ga., James (Mary Alice) Montgomery of Furrs, Roy (JoAnn) Montgomery of Mooreville and Larry (Patsy) Montgomery of Tupelo; her special friend, Carolyn Holley of Nettleton; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Brad Clement, Randy Todd, Ryne Montgomery, Chris Montgomery, Bryce Montgomery, Michael Montgomery and Mark Montgomery.
Memorials may be made to either the Church Choir or the Christian Life Center at Nettleton United Methodist Church, 160 Verona Ave., Nettleton, MS. 38858.

Pinkney Grubbs
NEW ALBANY – Pinkney Grubbs died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Danny Barneycastle
TUPELO – Danny Barneycastle, 55, died Monday, June 15, 2009, in west Tupelo after a five-month illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

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