Obituaries June 2, 2010

Nelda N. Dalton
CORINTH – Nelda N. Dalton, 85, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at the Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living in Corinth.
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church, where Mrs. Dalton was an active member and former Sunday School teacher. The Rev. Tony Pounders, the Rev. Bobby Hankins and the Rev. Pat Ward officiated. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Mrs. Dalton was born to Perry and Kennie Wright Nash in the Farmington community. She was one of 11 children. After attending Wood Junior College, she began her working career as secretary to the Alcorn County Agent in Corinth. For more than 10 years, Mrs. Dalton was secretary for the principal of Corinth High School and later retired as sales manager for World Book Encyclopedia. She was a longtime member of the Town & Country Homemakers Club. She loved to cook for family and friends, to tell jokes and stories, to travel, and to meet new people. Mrs. Dalton was an excellent sales person, and a loving mother, with a contagious smile, who valued God, her family and friends.
Mrs. Dalton was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Fred B. Dalton, in 2007; her parents; and brothers, Willis Nash, G.W. Nash, Clifford P. Nash and W.F. Nash; and sisters, Lillie Surratt, Lois Stoope and Jewel Prothro.
Mrs. Dalton is survived by her son, Don Dalton and wife, Bonnie, of Raleigh, N.C.; a daughter, Debbie Cooksey and husband, Harold, of Pontotoc; a sister, Carlie Bradley of Corinth; grandchildren, Rev. Pat Ward and wife, Sarah, and Mary Lee Ward, all of Oxford; great-granddaughter, Sawyer Belle Ward; also, other family, Brian Cooksey and wife, Dana, and daughters, Amber and Kaitlyn, and Heather C. Mitchell and husband, Torrey, and son, Lane, all of New Albany; several special nieces and nephews, and friends.
Pallbearers were Terry Stoope, Warren Richardson, Greg Williams, Brad Bennett, David Owen and Billy Ashcraft.
Honorary pallbearers were Brian Clausel, Bill Dennie, Gordan Evans, Bobby Goddard, Terry Payne, Dean Pearce, Dr. Leonard Pratt, Harold Smith, Jimmy Thompson and Sherman Wilson.
Memorials may be made to the Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church, 1803 Hwy. 72 W., Corinth, MS 38834; or The Orchard United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 487, Oxford, MS 38655.

Margaret Hanson
TUPELO – Margaret Hanson, 87, died Monday, May 31, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born March 24, 1923, in Hickman, Ky. A graduate of Corinth High School, she then went on to Mississippi University for Women. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, PEO, and many clubs and organizations. She cherished her family, music and travel.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803; or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Gibbs Jr.
BALDWYN – Bobby Glen Gibbs Jr., 50, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010. He was born March 26, 1960, in Memphis to Bobby Glen Gibbs Sr. and Patsy George Gibbs. He was a cable technician for Comcast Cable. He attended the Methodist church.
Services were Thursday, May 27, at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Adamsville, Tenn. Burial was in Pine Hill Memory Gardens near Adamsville.
Survivors include his wife, Betsy Tapp Gibbs of Baldwyn, whom he married Feb. 29, 2000; his parents, Bobby Glen Gibbs Sr. and Patsy George Gibbs of Adamsville, Tenn.; a sister, Kathy Gibbs Milford and husband, Chris, of Adamsville; two nieces, Kellie Milford and Kristina Milford, both of Adamsville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clyde and Jewell Tapp of Baldwyn; a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews in Baldwyn; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins in Adamsville.

James McDivitt
SALTILL0 – James “Farley” McDivitt, 69, died Sunday, May 30, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. A native of Calhoun County and a longtime resident of Saltillo, he was the son of James Lamar and Noble Goodwin McDivitt. He enjoyed gardening, and working on small engines and motors. A very loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he loved spending time with his family. He was a Mason and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Scott Witcher and Rev. Scott Cockrell officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, June Gable McDivitt of Saltillo; his children, Rosland Hopkins (Petey) of Guntown, Debra McHann (Billy) of Pontotoc and Brian McDivitt of Saltillo; six grandchildren, Leigh-Anne Wages (fiancé, Trey Hill), Justin Wages and Brooke Wages, all of Guntown, Chassity McCord (Wesley) of Pontotoc, Austin McDivitt and Zachary McDivitt, both of Saltillo; two great-grandchildren, Tucker Wages and Carrie Hill; his triplet brother, Franklin McDivitt (Brenda) of Aniston, Ala.; and his brother-in-law, Charles Grantland of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his triplet sister, Eleanor Grantland; a brother, James Rayburn McDivitt; and two granddaughters, Lauren and Laken McDivitt.
Pallbearers will be Eric Garner, Perry Mason, Joe Beasley, Richard Vaughn, Rex Jones, Roger Raines, Michael Gable and Kevin Lindley.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Harold Christie
NEW ALBANY – Harold Douglas Christie, 71, died Monday, May 31, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto County. He was born Oct. 24, 1938, in Marked Tree, Ark., to Walter Christie and Pearl Eddings Christie. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired employee of Piper Impact in New Albany and a Baptist.
There will be no service. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at United Funeral Home in New Albany.
He is survived by two daughters, Tonia Christie of Ripley and Kimberly Fooshee (Lee) of New Albany; a son, Walter Christie (Teresa) of New Albany; two sisters, Judy Sutton of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Betty Johnson of Dowgiac, Mich.; five brothers, Dennis Christie of Southaven, Mich., Wayne Christie of Benton Harbor, Mich., Paul Christie of Fort Smith, Ark., Kenneth Christie of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Lonnie Christie of Fort Smith, Ark.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and two brothers.
In honor of Mr. Christie, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Air Force at the funeral home during visitation.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Delores Towery
SMITHVILLE – Delores Gene Towery, 76, died Sunday, May 30, 2010, at her home after a long illness. Born Aug. 28, 1933, she was the daughter of Leslie and Vital Edom Towery. She worked in the Amory and Smithville areas for many years. She was an active member of the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church before her health failed. She enjoyed needlepoint and flower gardening.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Smithville with Bro. Eddie Harlow officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include many cousins; and her caregivers, Mike and Linda Patrick, and Amanda Woodham.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Elvin Patterson, Joe Holland, Riley Kennedy, Clinton Hathcock and Ellis Ray Harris.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home in Smithville.

Louise Clifton
CORINTH – Louise Clifton, 86, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Corinth National Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.

Bobby J. Johnson
IUKA – Bobby J. Johnson, 72, died Monday, May 31, 2010, at Tishomingo Manor. He was born Aug. 11, 1937, in Iuka. He was an operating engineer and a member of Tishomingo United Methodist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner, and he worked with the Red Cross.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Tishomingo United Methodist Church with Bro. Tim Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Forked Oak Cemetery at Burton. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Annette Johnson of Iuka; one son, Jack Johnson of Bolivar, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Morgan Price of Dayton, Tenn.; four half sisters, Jennie Faye Brewer (Russell) of Burnsville, Patricia Scott and Connie Alexander, both of Alabama, and Annette Curtis of Tennessee; a half brother, Ronnie Barnett of Alabama; his stepmother, Nell Barnett of Iuka; an aunt, Lou “Teetie” Rhodes of Iuka; three stepchildren, Edwina Welch (Mike), Donna Trickey (Tim) and Tracie Jones (Chuck), all of Iuka; four stepgrandchildren, Justin Trickey (Jessica), ReAnna Barnes (Jeromy), Bailee Jones and Chase Jones; and three sisters-in-law, Joann Walden (Bob), Edith Cox (Larry) and Fredia Hale.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jane Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Ted Day, James Tennyson, Tim Cox, Tommy Pounders, Dale Price, Justin Trickey and Larry Cox.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at Tishomingo United Methodist Church.
Hon. John A. Rasberry
TUPELO – Hon. John Allen “Red” Rasberry, 93, a longtime Lee County Chancery Clerk, civic, business and church leader, died Monday, May 31, 2010, at his residence at Traceway Cottages.
Mr. Rasberry was born Feb. 20, 1917, the second of five sons and one daughter of the late Frank Elliott and Jennie Sue McCullough Rasberry. A lifelong Lee Countian, he graduated from Tupelo High School, where he was a standout athlete, playing center on the championship football team. He attended Mississippi State University as manager of the football team and served as a night watchman at Scott Field.
He later returned to Tupelo, entering business as owner/operator of the “1100 Service Station” located at the corner of Main and Green Street. He entered local politics in l948, being elected Lee County Chancery Clerk, a position he held for 20 years, retiring in l968. He was chosen by his peers as president of the Mississippi Chancery Clerk’s Association in addition to holding other offices with the association. He answered his country’s call to duty by joining the U.S. Army in l940, honorably serving in World War II and Korea. He had an illustrious military career which spanned 25 years, retiring as a Major from the U.S. Army Reserve and the Mississippi National Guard. He was a member of Battery C, 114 FA BN and Battery S-932FA Bn Pof-Tupelo. He trained for deployment and OCS hundreds of Guard troops from all over Northeast Mississippi.
Mr. Rasberry served his community in countless capacities over a lifetime of civic responsibility including being a founding member of the Community Development Foundation and the RCDC. However, his pride and joy was his lifelong commitment to citizens with disabilities. He was a founder of the Regional Rehabilitation Center in Tupelo and served as the Executive Director for 40 years, retiring at age 79 on Sept. 27, l995. His devotion to citizens with physical, occupational, speech and audiology challenges is legendary and, due to his efforts, the RRC remains a stable beacon of hope for literally hundreds of thousands of children and adults all over Northeast Mississippi. He additionally served as president of the Cerebral Palsy-Handicapped Persons Center. He was a founding member and former chairman and executive director of the Northeast Mental Retardation Commission which led to the founding of the McDougal Center (Region III Mental Health Center) in Tupelo. He founded the Harbor House program there, helped organize the first special education program in the Lee County School System and was instrumental in the first Vocational Education programs at Itawamba Community College. He helped organize and direct the Work Opportunity Resource Center (WORC). He held memberships and offices in the State Vocational Education Programs, the National Rehabilitation Association, Mississippi Association of Rehab Facilities and the American Association of Workers of the Blind. He received a Presidential Commendation for Meritorious Service to the Handicapped and was later honored by the Mississippi Governor’s Committee on the Employment of the Handicapped.
Mr. Rasberry served as chairman of the CDF in l970-1971. In l969, he was named by the Tupelo Junior Auxiliary as “Tupelo’s Outstanding Citizen.” A charter member of Lee United Neighbors (United Way) and recipient of the l990 Julius Berry Award for Outstanding Volunteerism, he also served as a board member of CREATE Inc. and the North Mississippi Medical Center. In l967, he was a delegate on the committee which secured Tupelo the honor of being named “All American City”. In l966, he joined Tom McGrath and other local businessmen in founding McGrath-Rasberry Funeral Home. He was a longtime member of the Tupelo Lions Club, a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He was a lifelong active member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and ruling elder.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Tupelo’s First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Tom Groome and the Rev. Dr. Ron Richardson officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Rasberry family plot at Tupelo Memorial Park on Joyner Street. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to service time Thursday at McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Emily Barber and husband, Charlie; a son, John “Ras” Rasberry and wife, Pat; a grandson, Chuck Barber and wife, Tina; three great grandchildren, Chip Barber, Ella Barber and Ryan Bel, all of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews; his primary caregiver, Emma Bowers of Tupelo; and other caregivers.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Lora V. Rains Rasberry, on May 11, 2005; a sister, Frankie Sue Vaught; four brothers, Herbert T. Rasberry, Mitchell C. Rasberry, Thomas H. Rasberry and Harold Rasberry; two nephews, Herb and William Rasberry.
Memorials may be made to the Regional Rehabilitation Center, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801 or First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Oliver Staggs
HICKORY FLAT – Oliver Staggs, 82, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Golden Care Living Center in Ripley. He was born Dec. 16, 1927, in Benton County. He was a dog trainer and a farmer. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Flat Rock Church in Hickory Flat. Bro. Gary Yates will officiate. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his grandchildren, Barbara Crunk, Missy Bumpus, Kevin Staggs, Perry Colston and Ricky Staggs, all of Hickory Flat; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Frankie Coleman Staggs and Katherine R. Staggs; and two children, Oliver Doyle Staggs and Loronda Gail Colston.
Pallbearers will be Bob Colston, David Bumpus, Kevin Staggs, Perry Colston, Rodney Crunk and Ricky Staggs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Brock
TISHOMINGO – John Brock died Monday, May 31, 2010, at the Iuka Hospital after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.

Brenda Hodges
ECRU – Brenda Hodges died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Ecru.

Glenda Morrow
EUPORA – Glenda Biggers Morrow, 72, died Monday, May 31, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Eupora. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willo Jean Markham
NETTLETON – Willo Jean Markham,72, died Monday, May 31, 2010, at her residence in Nettleton after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel.

Bobby Hare
FULTON – Bobby Joe Hare, 70, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at his home after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.

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