Obituaries June 18, 2010

Emon Cathey Sr.
MEMPHIS – Emon Cathey Sr., 62, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion CME Church in Benton County. 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 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Gearldine McCluskey
SLATE SPRINGS – Gearldine McCluskey, 79, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born July 27, 1930. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs. Bro. Bob Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Leroy (Faye) McCluskey Jr. of Grenada; a sister, Ruth Ann Gregg of Calhoun City; a brother, Eugene Reeves of Vernon, Ala.; his grandchildren, Stephanie McCluskey and Luke McCluskey; his great-grandchildren, Victoria McCluskey and Jamie McCluskey; and a special nephew, Carroll Gregg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy McCluskey Sr., and a brother, Marvin Reeves.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Flora Hoyle
ASHLAND – Flora Lee Malone Hoyle, 77, died Friday, June 11, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 16, 1932, in Hardeman County to Grady and Walter L. Spencer Malone. She was a faithful member of Union Hill M.B. Church, where she served on the Usher Board. She married Frank Hoyle Sr. on April 25, 1948. They had 22 children. She worked for UCAC in Ashland for 15 years until her health began to fail. She was loved by everyone who knew her.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hardaway M.B. Church in Michigan City. Pastor Randy Woodard will officiate. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery at Ashland. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include 15 children, Willie Hoyle of Bolivar, Tenn., Walter Lee (Rose) Hoyle of Whiteville, Tenn., Grady Lee Hoyle, Larry (Linda) Hoyle, Linda Kaye (Willie) Jones, Jimmy Lee (Elizabeth) Hoyle and Luther Hoyle, all of Grand Junction, Tenn., Tommie Lee Hoyle, Alva (Bill) Simpson, Alvin Hoyle, Lincoln F. Hoyle, Charlie B. Hoyle and Willie J. (Shelly) Hoyle, all of Ashland, Florence (George) Webb and Effie Mae (James) Morgan of Michigan City; eight stepchildren; 81 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosie Lee Kennedy of Philadelphia, Pa., and Dorothy Mae (Ricky) Edgeston of Ripley; three brothers, Joe Lewis (Carrie) Malone of Memphis, and C.L. Hoyle and Roosevelt (Alma) Hoyle of Michigan City; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by seven children, her parents, one brother, one sister and one niece.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Sammie Haynes Sr.
NEW ALBANY – Sammie Lynn Haynes Sr., 63, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. He was born in Union County on April 15, 1947, to J.L. Haynes and Lorene Stanford Haynes. He was employed by Walmart and worked in the Garden Center. He enjoyed working in his yard and his garden, and doing woodwork in his shop. He was a member of Martin Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Chris Moody officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Pamela Sanders Haynes of New Albany; two daughters, Sharon McCullough (Jimmy) of New Albany and Melissa Scott (Harold) of Ecru; two sons, John Haynes (Patricia) of Laurel and Sammie Lynn Haynes Jr. (Janet) of Nettleton; nine grandchildren, Cody, Leslee, Dustin, Nicholas, Hannah, Karly, Christian, Hunter and Dustin Charles; five stepgrandchildren, Nicholas Blake, Bailey, Tobby, Andrew and Laken; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Lane, Collin, Christian and Maddie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Bill Haynes; and one grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Coleman, Mike Fredrick, Jay Potts, B.J. Whiteside, Justin Robbins and Jason Robbins.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Edna McLarty
TUPELO – Edna Faye McLarty, 79, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. A Union County native, she was born Feb. 4, 1931, to Adam and Pearl Lee Dye. She enjoyed flower gardening and cooking for family. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Sammy Lansdell officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Teresa Hall (Charles) of Dorsey; four sons, Jimmy Lee McLarty (Nancy) of California, Ron McLarty (Barbara) of Saltillo, Ricky McLarty (Debbie) of California and Michael McLarty (Diane) of Saltillo; three sisters, Nettie Mae Hughes of Arkansas, Maureene Donahue of New Albany and Betty Hopkins of New Albany; one brother, James Dye of New Albany; 10 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ray, Clay Raper, Charlie Hall, Adam Loden, Ron McLarty and Teresa Hall.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sammuel Friar
BOONEVILLE – Sammuel Eugene Friar died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at his home in Booneville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church in Booneville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. S&S Chapel Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
All flowers should be directed to Springfield’s Chapel in Corinth.
Neva Spain
AMORY – Neva Katherine Spain, 76, died Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born July 8, 1933, in Samburg, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Jefferson and Ula Owl Gandlett Denton. She married Bro. Virgil Spain in 1950; he died in 1997. A devoted pastor’s wife, she served with her husband in churches in Tennessee, Illinois and Mississippi. A homemaker, she enjoyed reading her Bible, playing the piano, singing and working puzzle books. She was a member of the First Assembly of God in Amory.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Ray Carroll officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Edwin Spain (Nancy) of Plymouth, Ill.; one daughter, Linda S. Spain Carroll (Ray) of Amory; one brother, Willford Denton (Mayme) of Union City, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Harvell, Hubert and Claudie Denton.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Thompson, Johnny Reed, Lionell Stegall, F.B. Boozer, Robert Boozer and Jeff Boozer.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Lee Philpot
DENNIS – Lee Ellen Philpot, 54, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
There will be no funeral service. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is assisting the family.

Tommy White
RIPLEY – Tommy D. White, 65, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at his residence in Ripley. He was born May 15, 1945, to Hoy D. White and Arzella Box Akins. He was a member of Blue Mountain Church of The Lord Jesus Christ and a factory worker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Springdale Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Dees White of Ripley: two sons, Jackie Hopkins (Amanda) of Blue Mountain and Joe Luna (Belinda) of Ripley; three daughters, Michelle Jean of Ripley, Denise Jack (Tommy) of Collierville, Tenn., and Stacey Watkins (Glen) of New Albany; two brothers, Jimmy Boren (Cleo) of Ripley and Randy Akins of Tremont; five sisters, Bobbie Mason of Red Bay, Ala., Wanda Rogers (Harold) of Red Bay, Ala., Nancy Graham (Walter) of Blue Mountain, Becky Webster of Oswega, Ill., and Joanne Tate (David) of Tocca, Ga.; 11 grandchildren, Jacklyn Hopkins and Hunter Hopkins, both of Blue Mountain, Linsey Clemmer, Emily Criswell, Drestin Clemmer and Rachel Luna, all of Ripley, Kenneth (Bo) Ballard and Austin Cole Hill, both of New Albany, Ashley Jack, Alex Jack and Amanda Jack of Collierville, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gerald White; and one grandson, Sean Hill.
Pallbearers will be Sam Miller, Billy Wayne Joshlin, Neal Dillard, John Clark, Harold Rogers and Danny Johnston.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Springdale Baptist Church.
To view obituaries and sign the online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Woodrow Roberson Sr.
WEST POINT – Woodrow Roberson Sr., 87, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at Regency Hospital in Meridian.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Pheba. 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.

Malister Marshall
WEST POINT – Malister Marshall, 81, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cross Road CME Church in Muldon. Burial will be in Sykes Cemetery in Aberdeen. 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.
John A. Betts
TUPELO – John A. Betts, 60, died Sunday, June 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 28, 1949, in Pontotoc County. He was a member of New Salem M.B. Church of Pontotoc, but later he joined Poplar C.M.E. Church in Saltillo, where he was a faithful member. He served as a choir member, usher and steward. He served 20 years in the U.S. Army and National Guard, retiring as Sgt. 1st Class in 1997. He was employed at K.I. in Tupelo for more than 40 years.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at H.L. Coleman Convention Center in Tupelo with Elder Eric Newberry officiating. Burial will be in the Porter’s Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Gladys Betts of Tupelo; two daughters, Christie Parks-Betts of Shannon and Chinny Enos (Chris) of Plantersville; two sons, Merl Brown of Tupelo and Stacy Betts of Chicago; three grandchildren, Darius Smith of Nettleton, Stacy Betts Jr. and Constance Betts of Chicago; five sisters, Roberta McKinney (Willie) of Memphis, Emma Pannell of Belden, Velma Betts of Tupelo, Ruth Faye Betts of Mt. Clemens, Mich., Ezera Garmon of Tupelo; six brothers, Willie Betts (Pearlene), Henry Betts and Curtis Betts, all of Tupelo, Herbert Betts, Willie Betts and Lee Ernest Betts, all of Mt. Clemens, Mich.; stepmother, Beatrice Betts of Mt. Clemens, Mich.; a special niece, Lenora (Henry) Sorrell of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Lizzie Betts, and Quitmore Garmon; one daughter, April Miller; one grandson, Langston Rogers; six sisters, Cora Long, Lueanna Carruthers, Laura Beena, Agnes Betts, Kate Garmon and Ella Topps; four brothers Julian Garmon, Richard Garmon, John Lee Garmon and Buddie Garmon.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed at the H.L. Coleman Convention Center one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Rev. Annie Whitmore
GUNTOWN – The Rev. Annie M. Agnew Whitmore, 60, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at her home in Guntown. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Rev. Shine Price Jr.
WEST POINT – The Rev. Shine Price Jr. died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at noon Monday at the Northside Christian Church in West Point. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Louise McCoy
HARVEY, Ill. – Louise McCoy died Sunday, June 13, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Moriah Holiness Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

W.C. Turner
MEMPHIS – W.C. Turner, 69, died Monday, June 7, 2010, at Rainbow Health and Rehab Center.
Graveside services were Friday, June 18, at Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs was in charge of the arrangements.

Joe Jr. Martin
NEW ALBANY – Joe Jr. Martin, 62, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Graceland Health Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Alexis Williams
HOUSTON – Alexis Jade Williams, infant, was stillborn Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at University Hospital in Jackson.
Graveside services will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Cemetery in Houston with Rev. Johnny Cherry officiating. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the services.
She is survived by her parents, Season Kellum Williams and Brian Williams of Houston; her grandparents, Wanda Kellum of Houston, and Loyd and Lana Williams of Houston; her great-grandmothers, Doris Edmonds of Starkville and Bobby Ray of Mathiston; her sister, Brooklyn Nicole Williams, and her brother, Damien Paul Williams; her aunt, Amy Weathersby; and uncles, Dustin Kellum and Dale Williams.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Elnora Hightower
BRUCE – Elnora Hightower, 86, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
Doris Alexander
TUPELO – Doris Haynes Alexander, 72, died Thursday, June 17, 2010. She was born in Union County to Fred and Dollie Haynes on July 27, 1937. She was a longtime resident of New Albany prior to moving to Tupelo. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. She kept many children over the years in her home and she was affectionately known by them and their parents as “Mamma Doris.” She was a great, respected and admired woman by those who knew her.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Bro. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include Roy Alexander of New Albany; her daughters, Phyllis Jane (Neal) Uzzle of Raymond and Teresa Ann (Chico) Smith of Guntown; three grandsons, John Davis Grant and Michael Alexander Grant, both of Pearl, and Dustin Cory Broadway of Guntown; a special friend considered by her to be her son, Robert Clay Pannell of New Albany; one sister, Montez (Tommy) Parr of Troy, Tenn.; two brothers, Freddie (Betty) Haynes of Oklahoma and Curtis (Ruth) Haynes of Utah; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Haynes; and three brothers, Bobby Haynes, Dewey Haynes and J.D. Haynes.
Pallbearers will be John Davis Grant, Michael Alexander Grant, Dustin Cory Broadway, Robert Clay Pannell, Chico Smith and Neal Uzzle.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Danny Roberts
TUPELO – Danny Leo Roberts, 55, died suddenly Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at his residence in Tupelo. He was born in Union County on Oct. 5, 1954, to Lindsey E. and Ozell Dillard Roberts. He lived all his life in Union and Lee Counties. He graduated in l972 from East Union High School where he was chosen Mr. East Union and had 12 years perfect school attendance. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. At his death, he was an active, dedicated and valued employee at United Parcel Service (UPS) with 35 years service as a package deliverer. He had a perfect 35-year safe driving record with UPS and was inducted in the Million Mile Club several times. He was widely known by his many friends and customers by his CB handle, “Hard Times.” He was a longtime member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where he formerly served as a deacon and was a youth Sunday school teacher for many years. He coached little league T-ball, baseball, basketball and soccer for years and was highly respected and beloved by area youth and parents. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, sports, country music but most importantly, spending time with his grandsons who affectionately knew him as “PaPaw.”
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his nephew, Chad Roberts, officiating. Private burial will follow in New Harmony Cemetery near Blue Springs. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Rakestraw Roberts, whom he married Aug. 20, 1972; three children, Dana Roberts Maharrey (Mark), Lindsay Diann Roberts (fiance, Jeremy) and Daniel Jacob “Dan” Roberts, all of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Matthew Caldwell Maharrey and Carter Allen Maharrey; two sisters, Lynn Roberts Rakestraw (Roger) of Blue Springs and Connie Roberts McGinnis (Mark) of Fort Smith, Ark.; a brother, Jimmy E. Roberts (Susie) of Madison; his mother-in-law, Dorthy “Dot” Rakestraw of the New Harmony community; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Charles Rakestraw; and a niece, Mary Rakestraw.
Pallbearers will be Mark Maharrey, Matt Maharrey, Jimmy E. Roberts, Jeremy Rushing, Randy Cain, Terry Ferris, and Mike Gentry. Honorary pallbearers will be past and current UPS associates.

Alicia Morris-Smith
YPSILANTI, Mich. – The immortal existence of Alicia D. Morris-Smith became a reality on Saturday, June 12, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan Hospital. Born Nov. 12, 1967, in Tupelo to the parentage of Otis and Frankie Morris, Alicia was reared and nurtured in a Christian home. Alicia acknowledged the need for salvation at the age 12 and accepted and received the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona under the leadership of Dr. James Leodis Tucker. At Calvary Baptist Church, Alicia discovered her God-given vocal talent of singing, speaking, inspiring and uplifting all with whom she came in contact. Her oratorical skills were realized as she was acclaimed the highest honors at the Spring Hill District Oratorical Contest, The State Sunday School Congress of Christian Workers, The General Progressive Baptist State Convention and The National Baptist Convention of America Inc.
Alicia’s life touched so many people that it would be impossible to estimate her influence. Through her talents and abilities she attained many honors and accolades that include: Miss Elks, 1986 Henry Hampton Elks Lodge, Kissia Clifton Chapter and runner-up in Miss Hospitality Pageant, 1989 Tupelo. In 1992, Alicia became the first African American female to proudly adorn the title of Miss Tupelo. Consequently, she was a participant in the Miss Mississippi Pageant in which she received a scholarship for her vocal talent.
Alicia received her formal education in the public school systems of Okolona and Tupelo. She attended Mississippi State University in Starkville, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Merchandising and a Masters of Art in Business Administration. At Mississippi State University, she was awarded a scholarship and an appointment to the Holmes Scholar Network. In this position she traveled extensively throughout the United States in collaboration with administrators of high schools and universities to enhance educational opportunities for students. Furthering her educational and career aspirations, she accepted a position at University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) as an ambassador for the UAB Division of Student Affairs. To this end, she served as the representative for the Inter-fraternity, the National Pan-Hellenic and the Pan Hellenic Councils where she mentored and advised the members of Greek fraternities and sororities.
Alicia was united in holy matrimony to Richard L. Smith II. To this union two boys were born: Richard L. Smith III and Zachary Tyler Smith. Alicia was known for her innate ability to encourage others to reach their full potential. She was empowered to excel in her professional career that began at Ameritech. Being recognized for her leadership skills as high-potential manager, she was accepted into the Ameritech Leadership Development Program. As an employee of AT&T, Alicia was Sr. Labor Relations Manager. In this role she was an arbitrator between the Company, local unions and employees in which she negotiated settlements and resolved issues on behalf of the company.
Alicia was loyal member of Second Baptist Church of Ypsilanti, prior to joining Second Baptist Church of Ann Arbor, where she was also active, capturing hearts of many with her inspirational and melodious voice of gospel renditions. Alicia served in the Missionary Outreach Ministry (delivering motor meals), the Women’s Fellowship, and was a member of the Voices of Praise.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Hope Church at 2094 McCullough Blvd. in Tupelo with Dr. James L. Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Those left to rejoice in the promise of eternal life are her loving and dedicated parents, Mr. Otis and Mrs. Frankie Morris of Tupelo; two brothers, Mr. Reginald Terrell Morris Sr. (Lynnette) and Mr. Otis Marlo Morris Jr. of Kansas City, Mo.; two sons, Richard L. Smith III and Zachary Tyler Smith, and their father, Mr. Richard Smith of Ypsilanti, Mich.; an uncle, Mr. Horace Morris (Varis) of Batesville; a great-uncle, Reverend Spencer Houseworth, and great-aunt, Mrs. Geneva Dent of Jackson; godmother, Mrs. Geraldine Gillespie of Tupelo; a very special friend, Ms. Johanna Evans of Ypsilanti, Mich.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, June 18, 2010, at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

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