Obituaries June 17, 2009

Inez Catledge
SOUTHAVEN – Inez Holbrook Catledge, 93, died Monday, June 15, 2009, in Hernando. She was born June 5, 1916, in Ashland. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Mark McNair officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ashland.
Survivors include two daughters, Connie Parker (Ray) of Hernando and Peggy Winters (Billy) of Batesville; one son, Jimmy Holbrook of Southaven; one brother, Thomas Miller of Blue Mountain; two sisters, Sarah Collins of Hickory Flat and Lottie Lunday of Memphis; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Lee Holbrook, and her parents, George H. Miller and Annie Whitehead.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday.
Agnes Kennedy
AMORY – Agnes A. Kennedy, 89, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born May 10, 1920, in Itawamba County to Casper W. and Travis Ann Gideon Kennedy. She moved to Amory with her family at 2 years old. She was a graduate of Amory High School. She worked for the Mississippi Gas Co., J.O. Prude Sr., Attorney, Caldwell Furniture, and American Funeral Insurance Co., where she worked as an underwriter until her retirement at age 75. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory, where she worked with the primary children’s department. She was an active member of the Aurora Club for 66 years. She enjoyed yard work and sewing.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Warren Coile officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Charles W. Kennedy of Amory; nieces, Cathy Kennedy of Nashville and Becky Pedersen (Bill) of Lake City, Fla.; great-niece, Travis Niolet of Sarasota, Fla.; great-nephew, Damian Niolet (Deborah) of Anchorage, Alaska; and great-great-niece, Calista Niolet of Anchorage. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Ray Clark, P.O. Box 299, Amory, MS 38821.
Philip L. Thompson Sr.
BARNWELL, S.C. – Philip L. Thompson Sr., 81, died Monday, May 25, 2009, in Columbia, S.C. He was born in Pontotoc to William E. and Josie Parham Thompson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He attended Seven Pines Baptist Church and Draughan’s Business College in Memphis. A master machinist in tool and die, he worked for many years at Dupont, Avco Lycoming and Kimberly Clark. He taught at Trident Technical College and Aiken Technical College and with his son for more than 35 years at Thompson’s Collision Center of Barnwell.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Watford officiating. Mole Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Philip L. Thompson Jr. (Tammy) and Bill Thompson of Barnwell; one daughter, Debbie Carroll (Don) of St. Helena; two brothers, Verral Thompson and Norris Thompson (Geraldine) of Pontotoc; two sisters, Celestine Jones (Winford) and Nelda Thompson of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Kay Thompson of Pontotoc; special grandsons, Bobby and Wesley Thompson; special granddaughter, Christy Foreman; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Billy W. Cooper. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Frazier Thompson; a son, Michael W. Thompson; and a brother, Robert Thompson.
Pallbearers were friends and co-workers from Dupont and Kimberly Clark.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Cora Pennington
ABERDEEN – Cora Murff Pennington, 93, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Oct. 4, 1915, to Elbert Lee Funderburk and Elizabeth Lizzie Duncan Funderburk in Franklin County, Ala. She lived most of her life in Monroe County, where she retired as a seamstress at Seminole Manufacturing. She was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Jack Inmon officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Woodie Murff Jr. (Minnie Lou) and Bobby Gene Murff (Elanie), both of Aberdeen; one sister, Earnestine Wheat of New Mexico; two grandchildren, Tim Murff and Kimberly Dodds. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Woodie Wilford Murff Sr.; and one grandchild, Vickie Stanford.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of New Prospect Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Verdie Lee Keith
PONTOTOC – Verdie Lee Keith, 84, died Monday, June 15, 2009 at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mortimer Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Opal Clark
TUPELO – Opal Montgomery Clark, 88, formerly of Kilmichael, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Kilmichael United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Friendship Cemetery in Kilmichael. Oliver Funeral Home of Winona is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kilmichael United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 329, Kilmichael, MS 39747.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.ofhwinona.com.
Zereda Feild
FULTON – Zereda Jane Feild, 78, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at the Care Center of Red Bay. She was born April 16, 1931, in Itawamba County to Newt and Hattie Merkel Grissom. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School and attended Itawamba Junior College. She retired from Charm Step after many years of service. She was a member of the Harden’s Chapel Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Harden’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Chris Higginbottom officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Reggie Higginbottom of Red Bay, Ala.; two grandsons, Chris Higginbottom (Ashley) of Golden and Jason Higginbottom (Jennifer) of Belmont; and three great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Chandler and Caylie Brooke Higginbottom.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Feild, in 1987; her parents; two brothers, Bill Grissom and George Grissom; and her son-in-law, Johnny Higginbottom.
Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Victor H. Sims Sr.
ST. CHARLES, Mo. – Victor H. Sims Sr., 100, died Friday, June 12, 2009, in St. Charles, Mo., after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 22, 1908, in Estabutchie to Waldo and Idell Nixon Sims. Already an expert mechanic, he completed the Coyne Electric School course for electricians in Chicago. In 1932 the family moved to a farm north of Vancleave on Sims Mill Pond Road, where he restored and built the water-powered grist mill there for grinding grain. He worked as an electrician at Ingalls and at International Paper in Kreole, where he retired. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union 733 and the Masonic Lodge for over 60 years. He was married to Inez Havens. After her death in 1961, he married Elnora King Breland. He was an avid reader and maintained a keen interest in history, current affairs and science.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawapa. Burial will be in the Machpelah Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Elnora, of St. Charles, Mo.; his daughter, Elizabeth (David) of Corvallis, Ore.; his daughter-in-law, Glenda, of Portland, Ore.; his stepson, Elton Breland (Joanne) of St. Charles, Mo.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bruce Sims; his sister, Grace McCaffrey; his first wife, Inez; and his son, Hugo.
To access the online register book at www.heritagefuneralhome.us.
Jeff Potts
BLUE SPRINGS – Jeffrey “Jeff” Daniel Potts, 31, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at his residence. He was an automotive technician and a member of Sherman Baptist Church. An accomplished musician, he was a drummer for the band OCD. He was an excellent cook. He was a beloved son, brother, grandson and uncle.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service in New Albany with the Rev. Bud Wheatley officiating. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery in Blue Mountain.
Survivors include his wife, Regina Lynn Potts of Fulton; his mother and stepfather, Mary Elizabeth and Bill O’Callaghan of Blue Springs; his father and stepmother, Robert Glenn and Shelia Potts of Tupelo; three sisters: Angela Louise Whittaker of Peppertown, Mandy Webb of Tremont and Tonja Richardson of Blue Springs; his grandparents, Robert and Helen Potts of Tupelo, and Bobbie Nell O’Callaghan of Blue Springs; a special uncle, Jerry Potts of New Albany; and special cousins, Wes Potts, Amanda Potts, Melissa Childers and Crystal Gordon.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dan and Louise Burns, and B.M. O’Callaghan Jr.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
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 on the Board of Directors of Alpha House for Boys. She 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 state J.O. commissioner of the Mississippi Amateur Softball Association as well as from the Board of Commissioners of the Amateur Softball Association, where she had missed only two national conventions 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. today 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 10 a.m. to service time 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, and their father, Doyle Ray of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Kelli Neal (fiancampé, 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. and Matthew 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.
Shun Gatewood
HOLLY SPRINGS – Shun Fenyota Gatewood, 30, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at the Americare Health Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Fellowship Church of God in Christ at Slayden. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Willie Carothers Sr.
OXFORD – Willie Frank “Brother” Carothers Sr., 56, died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Tobby Tubby M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Loree McCord
BOONEVILLE – Pearl Loree Michael McCord, 88, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dan Barneycastle
TUPELO – Danny Ray Barneycastle, 55, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at his residence in Tupelo after a five-month illness. He was born May 22, 1954, in High Point, N.C., to Kent Grayson Barneycastle and Dorothy Rice Barneycastle. He grew up in High Point, graduated from high school there and began a lifetime career in the furniture business. At his death, he was the self-employed owner of Associated Sales Inc., a furniture supply company. A Quaker by faith, he had lived in the Tupelo area since l980. He was a master salesman with a salesman’s heart and soul. He enjoyed good conversation, merriment with his family and friends, golf and watching NASCAR on TV.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris with his family and friends celebrating and paying tribute to his life. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to service time with a reception before and afterward in the funeral home dining hall.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Yuhasz Barneycastle; two sons, Richard “Ricky” Barneycastle and Dustin Barneycastle (fiancampée, Kristen Bailey), all of Tupelo; one grandson, Cody Ray Barneycastle of Tupelo; his brother, Kenny Barneycastle of Layton, Utah; his mother-in-law, Nelda Yuhasz of Palmetto; two brothers-in-law, Joseph Yuhasz of Franklin, Tenn., and Mark Yuhasz of Palmetto; his business associate, Richard Morris of Charlotte, N.C.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to either the American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 1, Tupelo, MS. 38802 or to the American Lung Association, Mississippi Affiliate, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland, MS 39158.
Ronald 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. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Methodist Cemetery.
Survivors include his fiancampée, Francis Elrod of Fulton; one nephew, Ben Baggett of Mantachie; his aunts, Joyce Senter of Fulton and Vona Morgan; 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 8 a.m. to service time today.
Imogene Holcomb
BELMONT – Imogene Elizabeth Holcomb, 97, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Terrace Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Russellville, Ala. She was born Oct. 3, 1911, in Mississippi to Keifer and Mary Newell McFadden. She was a homemaker and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Belmont.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. William McClellan, Bro. Tony Gasaway and Bro. Dewayne Wells officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two children, Rochelle Dill (Donald) and Donald Holcomb (Linda), all of Red Bay, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, Bonnie Johnson, Martha Medina, Wayne Bridges (Teresa), Peggy Craig (Johnny), Diane Channell, Michael Sparks (Pam), Cindy Dobbs, Greg Robinson (Loretta), Angel Gasaway (Tony), Julie Doss (Lee), Anthony Cross (Carrie) and Maggie Cross; 19 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Verner R. Holcomb; an infant daughter, Charlene Holcomb; two daughters, Geraldine Oaks and Betty Bridges; one son, Paul Holcomb; and a son-in-law, Kermit Oaks.
Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Cheerful Null
WALNUT – Cheerfull Irene Crabb Null, 92, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Briarcrest Nursing Home in Ashland.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Campground United Methodist Church in Walnut. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to service time Thursday.
Roy Jordan
NEW ALBANY – Roy Wade Jordan, 69, died Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born Sept. 24, 1939, in Baldwyn to James and Sara Prather Jordan. He was a veteran of the United States Army, the National Guard and Reserve Units. He was a dairy farmer for 29 years. Then he was a self-employed truck driver. He was a deacon at Wells Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed teaching and reading his Bible.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Johnny Rakestraw and Bro. Floyd Carpenter officiating. Burial will be at Wells Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Freida Roberts Jordan of New Albany; one daughter, Pam Jordan Vaughn (Michael) of New Albany; one son, Pat Jordan (Kelli) of New Albany; one brother, Danny Jordan (Tommie) of New Albany; one stepsister, Kathy Chism (Bob) of Myrtle; one stepbrother, Wallace Leath (Brenda) of Ecru; six grandchildren, Jordan Taylor, Trey DeCanter, Sara Beth DeCanter, Paxton Jordan, Preston Jordan and Payton Jordan, all of New Albany. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, David Jordan.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Jordan, Rodey Jordan, Danny Jordan Jr., Jason Jordan, Rodney Eaton and Hollis Rakestraw.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Pinkney Grubbs
BLUE SPRINGS – Pinkney Grubbs, 95, died Monday, June 15, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born June 24, 1913, in Union County to Israel Z. Grubbs and Mary Roberts Grubbs. He was retired from F amp& S Snack Bar. He was a member of Center Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Billy Lee Foley, the Rev. Ronnie Galloway and the Rev. Tommy Vinson officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery in Blue Springs.
Survivors include four daughters, Martha Chunn (W.D.) of Blue Springs, Linda Lucas (Woody) of Albertville, Ala., Peggy Hollis (Tony) of Blue Springs and Julia Baskin (Richard) of New Albany; two sons, Wayne Grubbs of Memphis and Harold Grubbs (Mary) of Pinedale; 15 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 76 years, Lucille Snipes Grubbs; a grandson, Steve Wayne Grubbs; and a daughter-in-law, Dorris Grubbs.
Pallbearers will be Curtis Grubbs, Shane Chunn, Mark Grubbs, Dalton Grubbs, Charles Grubbs, Mike Meinz and Justin Hollis. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Sam Creekmore and Dr. Brad Scott.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Howard Thorne Jr.
SALTILLO – Howard Thorne Jr., 68, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after a long illness. A Booneville native and lifelong resident of North Mississippi, he was born July 22, 1940, to Howard C. Thorne Sr. and Mildred Joyner Thorne. He was a retired truck driver and a barber for 40 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and an avid fisherman.
Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues. His ashes will be spread over his favorite fishing spot in Canton at a later date.
Survivors include his son, Michael Thorne (Krista) of Camp Lejeune, N.C.; three daughters, Sharon Hawes (Eric) of Eupora, Kristie Bridges of Saltillo and Amanda Thorne of Hattiesburg; two brothers, Cecil Thorne (Harley Ann) of Toccopola and Billy Thorne (Nina) of Canton; a sister, Liz Anderson of Las Vegas, Nev.; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Leroy Thorne and Jerry Thorne.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1028, Verona MS 38879.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
James Holland
PONTOTOC – James Earnest Holland died Saturday, June 13, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Blackland M.B. Church in Verona. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Thursday. To access the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

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