Obituaries June 2, 2009

Imogene Harbor Grissom
MANTACHIE – Imogene Harbor Grissom, 81, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Countrywood Plantation. She was born June 8, 1927, in Itawamba County to Woodie Reldon Harbor and Hattie Nichols Harbor. Imogene graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School. She worked at L.P. McCarty in Tupelo as a bookkeeper and at Auburn University during her husband’s educational years. Among her treasures was a special “PHT” (Putting Husband Through) certificate presented in her later years from the Auburn University Department of Veterinary Medicine.
She was interested in all things political and was involved in the election process for 30 years, eventually serving as ticket commissioner for her area. She was an officer with the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary and a volunteer for the March of Dimes, Mother’s Marches. With a natural artistic gift, she enjoyed her Homemakers Club, sewing for her four daughters, and arranging beautiful bouquets of roses for family and friends. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Tupelo.
She doted on her family, and as with many grandparents, was convinced that her grandchildren were the most exceptional, brilliant and talented ever. She took time with them and was patient and loving with every action and activity. She spent days planning special summer projects, thinking it would take a couple of weeks for an 8-year-old to create a sewing box or learn to cook a meal. Without fail, the grandchildren had the activity figured out and completed in about an hour, leaving three more weeks to creatively fill. Thank goodness for target practice at the old home place. Grandmother was without a doubt her favorite role.
Survivors include her daughters, Melinda Kruyer of Cincinnati, Lisa Grissom, Jan Hernandez and Angela Forst of Suwanee, Ga.; her grandchildren, Matt Kruyer, Anna Kruyer, Taylor Forst, Tanner Forst and Kent Hernandez; her brother, Loyce Harbor, and sisters, Betty Bramlett, Sue Sharp and Nancy Ingram; her sister-in-law, Miss Johnnie Grissom; a host of loving caregivers at Countrywood Plantation guided by Rachel Leathers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hattie and Woodie Harbor; her husband of 57 years, Dr. Price Grissom; her brother, Tracy Harbor; and an infant brother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, June 2, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with the Rev. Hershal Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Todd Forst, Taylor Forst, Tanner Forst, Kent Hernandez, Matt Kruyer and Steve Bramlett.
Visitation will be 1 hour before the service.
Ed Cole
ABERDEEN – Ed Cole, 102, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Patsy Mills
ATLANTA – Patsy Louise Faulkner Howell Mills, 90, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, in Tucker, Ga. She was born Sept. 15, 1918, in Monroe County to Leonard Meek and Clara Faulkner. She worked for 27 years at Richs Inc., traveling extensively as a picture and mirror buyer. She was instrumental in founding the Cokesbury Methodist Church on Sheridan Road in Atlanta with her husband, Joel Thomas Howell. Moving to Gainesville, Ga., in 1963, they became members of Redwine Methodist Church. After his death in 1997, she married Dr. Hugh Milton Mills in 1998 and helped establish West Hall Baptist Church. She was a prolific quilter, finishing more than 200 quilts in her later years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in the Greenbrier Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Hugh Mills; one daughter, Delores Howell Howison (Jack); two sisters, Alene Warner of Jackson and Jean Blount of Ft. Myers, Fla.; three grandchildren, Kelly Howison Foster (Jeff), Kimberly Howison Jewell (Matthew) and Sean Thomas Howison; and five great-grandchildren, Andrew John Foster, Christopher Lee Foster, Gillian Marie Jewell, Jack Henry Jewell and Thomas Sean Howison. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Joel Thomas Howell; five sisters, Doris Nell Faulkner, Marie Verch, Maudeen Brasfield Kennedy, Fleta Bussell Paich, and Sarah Stenger; and one brother, Leonard Graden Faulkner.
Visitation will be noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Nellie Barnes Lindley
TUPELO – Nellie Barnes Lindley, 82, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at her residence after a sudden illness. A native of Hamilton, Ala., she was born Oct. 29, 1926, to Dewy Francis and Lydia McKay Weeks. She lived in Lee County most of her life. She worked for Lucky Star Industries for over 40 years and was a supervisor at the time of her retirement. She was active in the Belden Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Services were Monday, June 1, in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Jim Holcomb and Dr. Knox Chamblin officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Shelia Barnes Holley (Larry) of Baton Rouge, La.; one granddaughter, Brandi Holley of Oxford; two grandsons, Chad Holley (Clarie) of Los Angeles, Calif., and Michael James Holley (Kathryn) of Nashville, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Nate and Jack Holley, and Harper and Kate Holley; many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jim Edd Barnes; her second husband, Shelly Lindley; one son, Michael Edward Barnes; two sisters, Lula Clark Beaty and Joann Gable; and one brother, Oscar Weeks.
Pallbearers were Johnny Grammer, Phillip Holley, Eddie Frederick, B.L. Phillips, Jimmy Barnes and Edward Herndon.
Memorials may be made to the Belden Baptist Church or to a favorite charity.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Beatrice Lawrence
DERMA – Beatrice Lawrence, 72, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

Leonard Holland
VINA, Ala. – Leonard Nolan Holland, 86, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Georgina Clayton
TISHOMINGO – Georgina Clayton, 68, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at her residence.
The body will be cremated. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Alvie Lyons
GUNTOWN – Alvie Finney Lyons, 88, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born May 30, 1921, in Itawamba County to Tobe Shields and Celie Shields Sheffield. She loved gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and playing with her grandchildren. She attended Mayfield Church of Christ and formerly attended Second Baptist Church of Tupelo. She is retired from Reed’s Manufacturing of Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Clyde Mize officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Prayer at Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, James Lyons; two daughters, Elizabeth Lamb and Myra Gray of Tupelo; one son, Shelby Lyons (Evelyn) of Lee County; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Geraldine Hutchinson; and all of her brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Williams, Nathaniel Lamb, Daniel Lamb, David Lamb, Steven Lofton, Randy Lofton, Jason Cory and Rusty Lyons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Ouida Wallace
BIRMINGHAM – Ouida Whitehead Wallace, 61, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. She was born June 16, 1947, in New Albany to Elbert O. and Loretta Carter Whitehead. She was a Human Resource director and a member of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Fredonia Baptist Church in New Albany with Dr. Mark Cushman officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Anesia Wallace of Birmingham; two grandchildren, Hayden Wallace and Harrison Wallace. She was preceded in death by her parents and a granddaughter, Pressley Wallace.
Pallbearers will be Rex Simpson, Steve Mack, Tim Broom, Brian Whitehead, Gary Walker and Chris Weaver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Betty Dulaney
SPRING HILL – Betty Dulaney, 79, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Grenada Lake Medical Center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Wise Funeral Home in Eupora. Burial will be in Embry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lila Ray Carson
ASHLAND – Lila Ray Carson, 89, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Bethel United Methodist Church in Blue Mountain with the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Grace Carson of New Albany; a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Henry and Effie C. Clark Carson; three sisters, Betsy Jane Akins, Cora Lee Wilkerson and Myrtle Williams; and five brothers, Edgar, McDuff, Robert C., Wallace and Loyd Carson.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Rad Keys
PONTOTOC – John Rad Keys, 83, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at his residence in Pontotoc. He was born May 5, 1926, in Pontotoc County to John and Charlotte Keys. He was a member of Cherry Creek M.B. Church in Ecru, where he was past chairman of the deacon board and a member of the senior choir. He was also a member of the Pontotoc District Association and the Pontotoc, Union and Lafayette Counties Singing Convention. He was a member of Garfield Lodge 61 and Oxford Consistory 32. He was retired from Dean’s Manufacturing and Genesis Furniture, and he was a licensed funeral director and insurance agent with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Terry Baber will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel “Sis” Keys of Pontotoc; one daughter, Teresa Keys of Pontotoc; one son, Carl (Janice) Keys of Pontotoc; two sisters, Emmer Crudup of Pontotoc and Odell (Napoleon) Bonaparte of Lincoln, Ill.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rebecca Old
HOLLY SPRINGS – Rebecca Sue Old, 56, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born Aug. 9, 1952, in Memphis to Anthony Raggio and Jean Saylors. She was a retired lab technician and a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs. She enjoyed painting, pottery and woodcarving.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs with Dr. Curtis Ferrell officiating. Visitation will begin at noon today at the church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Quentin Old of Holly Springs; a son, Michael Allen Old of Holly Springs; a daughter, Sarah Smith of Abbeville; three brothers, Michael Raggio of Grassvalley, Calif., Steven Raggio of Louisville, Ky., and Ron Raggio of Vicksburg; three sisters, Judy Blythe of Memphis, and Connie Smith and Sheila Williams of Baldwyn; and one grandchild, Emily Paige Smith.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Jeffery D. Patterson
CORINTH – Jeffery D. Patterson, 5, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Ida Gray
NETTLETON – Ida Mae Wright Gray, 76, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at her home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton.

Earnest Morris
VARDAMAN – Earnest Morris, 69, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmy Sparks
ASHLAND – Jimmy Lee Sparks, 72, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at Cedar Brook Assisted Living. He was born Oct. 24, 1937, in Oxford to Hubert C. Sparks and Lorene Stewart. He was employed with the Postal Service.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Springdale Cemetery in Oxford. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Mark Anthony Sparks; and one sister, Imogene Paulk.
William Henry
TROY – William “Bo” Henry, 66, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, in Okolona. He enjoyed riding his bicycle.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Eddington Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Sylvia (Jeff) Lytal of Booneville; two sons, John (Candace) Henry and Ricky Henry of Pontotoc; three sisters, Jimmi (George) Brazzil of Benton, La., Haley (Bob) Richard of Germantown, Tenn., and Claris Bethune of Pontotoc; 10 grandchildren, Christopher Henry, Heather Henry, Madison Henry, Samantha Henry, Nikki Henry, Austin Henry, Cody Henry, Consuela Henry, Sloan Henry and Juelanna Henry. She was preceded in death by his wife, Consuelo Henry; his mother, Inez Kilpatrick; his father, James Edward Henry; and two brothers, James Henry and Jo Henry.
Pallbearers will be Ken Henry, Tony Bethune, Jeff Bethune, Luke Bethune, Luther Wages and Larry Donald. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Gillian, Glen Patters, Tom Russell and Ronnie Rogers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Marjorie Armstrong
BALDWYN – Marjorie Letson Armstrong, 70, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alice Johnson
MILWAUKEE – Alice Johnson, formerly of New Albany, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, in Wisconsin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Beasley Funeral Home in New Albany. Burial will be Wednesday in the Shiloh Cemetery.

Willie Joe Marshall
ABERDEEN – Willie Joe Marshall died Friday, May 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Douglas Graham
FULTON – Douglas Graham, 63, died Monday, June 1, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jim Smith
TUPELO – James W. “Jim” Smith, 85, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Brandy Stepp
PONTOTOC – Brandy Alison Stepp, 31, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

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