Obituaries June 20, 2010

Mary Anderson
HOUSTON – Mary Irene Anderson, 90, died June 18, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 3, 1920. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and a retired homemaker and factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Bufford Usry officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Clifford (Sandra) Anderson, Clayton (Dorthy) Anderson and Benny (Faye) Anderson, all of Woodland; her daughter, Marilyn Smith of Houston; her sister, Earlene White of Houston; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Fred Anderson; and her daughter, Lacy Jean Smith.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church.

Bobbye Turner
HOULKA – Bobbye Ruth Murphy Turner, 83, died June 18, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 10, 1927, in Pontotoc County. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and MSU Alumni Association. She was a graduate of Holmes Jr. College where she attended on a basketball scholarship. She was a graduate of Mississippi State University with B.A. and M.A. degrees. She was the first teacher in Calhoun County to receive an AAA degree. She taught sixth grade in Houlka for a number of years before teaching in Bruce and later retiring from the Calhoun County School District as Federal Programs Coordinator.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Danny Kelley officiating and Bro. Clay Stegall assisting. Burial will be in Collums Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Wade Burt and wife, Debbie of Houlka; and six grandchildren, Gency Snellings, Stacy Magee, Jason Burt, Jon Burt, Sid Burt and Seth Burt.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Sid Burt and George Rayburn Turner; her son, Tony Burt; and her parents, Jess M. Murphy and Muriel Collums Murphy.
Pallbearers will be Brad Brown, Jason Burt, Jon Burt, Seth Burt, Sid Burt, Jake Magee, Trea Magee, Andrew Snellings, Keith Snellings and Phil Webb.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Jennifer T. Neely Memorial Scholarship c/o Central Hill Academy, 2894 Raymond Bottom Rd., Raymond, MS 39154 or Collums Cemetery Fund c/o Cliff Easley, 119 S. Newberger St., Bruce, MS 38915.

Merle Cook
ODENVILLE, Ala. – Merle H. Cook, 90, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at U.A.B. Hospital in Birmingham after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 13, 1919, in Lee County to Charlie and Bunia Cook. He lived most of his early life in Nettleton before moving to Birmingham.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethal Baptist Church Cemetery in Moody, Ala. Kilgore Funeral Home in Leeds, Ala. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Homer Cook (Pat) of Moody and Johnny Cook (Lisa) of Pinson; two sisters, Doris Causey of Nettleton and Minnie Wesson of Amory; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Hill Cook; his parents; one sister, Mary Corrine Cook; and four brothers, Olen, Arlen, Ruben and Virgil Cook.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home in Leeds, Ala.
Memorials may be made to the U.A.B. Palliative Care, 1713 6th Ave. South Birmingham, AL 35233.

Willis Morgan
EUPORA – Willis Morgan, 89, retired supervisor of Futorian Mfg., died Friday, June 18, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Helen Driskell
ADAMSVILLE – Helen J. Shelton Driskell, 77, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Tri County Convalescent Center.
Services will be at 3:15 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Coln Cemetery in Michie. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Tommy Robertson
NEW ALBANY – Tommy A. Robertson, 59, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Burma Lee
NETTLETON – Burma L. Lee, 76, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Cross Pointe Fellowship in Nettleton.

Douglas Calvert Jr.
SMITHVILLE – Douglas Foster Calvert Jr., 78, of Smithville, died on Friday, June 18, 2010, at his home. He was born in West Point to Douglas Foster Calvert Sr. and Minnie lee Melton. He was retired from B&W with 32 years of service, and he was a lifetime member of the VFW. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the First Christian Church in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Julia Calvert Fields of Smithville and Mary Lee Wilem of Gulfport; one sister, Helen Calvert Takacs of Starkville; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Field Sims (Delwin), Fredrick Douglas Field, Benjamen Foster Field, James Melton Field, Michael J. Garcia, Christopher C. Garcia and Brittany Michele Wilem; and one great-grandson, Jason Travis Sims.
He was preceeded in death by two sisters, Mazie Elizabeth Calvert and Louise C. Killough.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today.
Pallbearers will be Benjamen Field, Melton Field, Delwin Sims, Doug Golson, Wilson Lippincott, Van Ritter and Frank Owen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fredrick Field and the employees at Mel’s Diner.
Memorials may be made to Senior Adult Ministry at Meadowood Baptist Church, 1512 Hatley Road, Amory, MS 38821.

Jim Witt
TUPELO – James Allen “Jim” Witt, 64, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Baldwyn, Lee County on May 12, 1946, to Melvin Witt and Allene Ryan Witt Young. He attended Mooreville High School, graduating in l964 and earned a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University. His engineering career included Cook-Coggin Engineers and Airport Engineer for the Miss. Aeronautics Commission. He was the founder of Witt and Associates Consulting Engineers which he established in l983. In l998, the firm was purchased by APAC where he continued his employment as Division Engineer until his retirement in 2005. He was a longtime member of the Mississippi Engineers Society with affiliations in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana. He also held a license as a Mississippi Registered Land Surveyor.
He served as Town Engineer for Shannon and was instrumental in the engineering design of several major public works projects including the Tupelo Regional Airport and the Corinth Airport, on whose Board of Directors he served for many years, and Highways 45-A, 78 and 82 which resulted from the l987 Highway Program. One of his most personal and prideful designs was a cutover timber property in the Auburn Community which he meticulously developed as a master retreat. He honorably served in the Mississippi National Guard and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He enjoyed working in his garden and sharing his produce with friends and neighbors, spending time at his lake property in Auburn, wood-working and carpentry. His two granddaughters were the light of his life.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his uncle, Dr. Roy Ryan and Bro. Roger Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Roebuck Witt of Tupelo; a daughter, Amanda Witt May and husband, Mark of Tupelo; a son, Ryan Witt and wife, Leighanna of Fort Benton, Mont.; two granddaughters: Katie Elizabeth May and Anna Caroline May; his mother; Allene Young; a sister, Sandra Witt; and a brother, Rick Witt and wife, Anita, all of Saltillo;
He is also survived by a brother in law, Larry Roebuck and wife, Denise of Tupelo; a sister in law, Doris Williams and husband, Cedric of Birmingham; a special cousin and friend, Kitty Franks and husband, Buddy; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin; a brother, Bobby Witt; his stepfather, Joe Young; and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Harold Loftin, Rodney Caples, Norman Nichols, Bill Odom, Jerry Gifford, Tom Abernathy, Wayne Caldwell, Mike Bogue, Alan Barnett, Tom Morgan and Earl Stone.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at Holland Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 1 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS. 39236.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comast.net.

Blount Taylor
SHANNON – Blount Taylor, 91, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Detra Burton
BIRMINGHAM – Detra C. Burton died June 18, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Montgomery Mortuary Service of Houston.

Larry Dye
PONTOTOC – Larry W. Dye, 65, died June 19, 2010, at his home.
There will be no services. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Heard
OXFORD – Dorothy Elizabeth Heard, 86, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Rev. Annie Whitmore
GUNTOWN – Rev. Annie M. Agnew Whitmore, 60, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at her home in Guntown. She was born June 7, 1950, to Lee Wilson and Della Mae Davis Agnew. She was a member of Bethel C.M.E. Church in Guntown and the pastor of Morgan Chapel C.M.E. Church in Aberdeen She was a 1968 graduate of Lee-Prentiss High School in Baldwyn and received a Bachelors Degree in English from Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs in 1973. She retired from Daybrite Lighting Co. after thirty-two years of service.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Community Church in Guntown with Bishop Thomas L. Brown Sr. delivering the eulogy and Elder Leo Wright officiating. Bro. J.S. Agnew is the host pastor. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Guntown. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Lesha M. Agnew (Raymond Hampton) and Andrea Cobbs (Frederick), both of Guntown; four grandchildren, Austin, Michael, Alyssa and Adrian, all of Guntown; two brothers, William C. Agnew (Earsie) and Jimmie Agnew (Lucille), both of Baldwyn; one sister, Brenda Agnew of Baldwyn; two sisters-in-law, Lottie A. Agnew and Luedella Agnew, both of Baldwyn; and one aunt, Audra Allsop of Long Beach, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Bobby C. Agnew, Carl C. Agnew, Thomas L. Agnew and Charlie C. Agnew; and two sisters, Willie Lou Agnew and Emma Rene Agnew.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service Monday.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.

Beulah Springer
HOUSTON – Beulah Labon Ward Springer, 98, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. She was born Sept. 17, 1911, in Webster County to Robert Alexander Ward and Ida Bell Lancaster Ward. She was a housewife and a member of Bethal Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Maxine Nabors (Reginald) of Eupora, Emma Kate Johnson (C.W.) of Vacaville, Calif., Beth McDonald (Bill) of Madison, Ala. and Nancy Davis (Kenny) of Houston; four sons, Ed Springer of Starkville, Alex Martin Springer (Linda) of Grapevine, Texas, Larry Springer (Margaret) of Houston and Sid Springer (Judy) of Madison; 28 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Amma Springer; her parents; one daughter in law, Allene Mitchell Springer; and eleven brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Memorials may be made to the Palmers Home in Columbus.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lummie Lou Henry
BOONEVILLE – Lummie Lou Key Henry, 85, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Booneville to William Anderson Key and Mary Frank Lauderdale Key. She was retired and a member of Gaston Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, feeding the birds and watching the church channel.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Randle Henry of Booneville; a daughter, Sue Rian (Daryl) of Booneville; one special grandchild, Kristin Chittom (Luke); and eight other grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Henry (March 28, 2006); her parents; a son, Russell Henry; two grandsons, Robin Ihrke and Ronald Scott Ihrke; and two daughters-in-law, Veronica Henry and Judy Henry.

Francis Hickman
TUPELO – Francis Hickman, 75, died Saturday, June 18, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

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