By NEMS Daily Journal
Rader M. Keith
MOOREVILLE – Ms. Rader Mae Hood Keith went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center following a sudden illness. She was born in Fulton on Nov. 17, 1922, the third child of eight born to Richard and Effie Rogers Hood. She married Leon Keith on Nov. 19, 1939, in East Tupelo. Radar loved being a master homemaker, enjoying sewing, gardening, flowers (especially roses) and music. She supported her community in the Mooreville area by volunteering her time as a precinct worker during elections. She taught herself to play the piano, serving as pianist for over 50 years at Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy, where she was a member. Rader was a beautiful lady who loved God and her family. She was fondly known as “Great Gran” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A full generation of Christmas shoppers in Tupelo and the surrounding area were served by Rader Keith in both the original mall and the Barnes Crossing Mall for the last 40 years. Rader was always young at heart, one of a kind, and will long be remembered for her love of God, her Church, her family and her community.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy with her grandson-in-law, the Rev. Marvin Eskew, officiating. Private burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and Friday from 11 a.m. to service time at the church.
Rader centered her life around her loving family of two daughters, Earline Keith Woods (Cecil) of Mooreville and Linda Keith Yielding (William) of Mantachie; grandchildren, Anita Woods Eskew (Marvin), Kim Yielding Jackson (Butch), Amy Woods Worsham (Wayne) and Matt Yielding (Crystal); great-grandchildren, Tara Simmons, Ryan Eskew, Aubree Eskew, Austin Eskew, C.J. Jackson, Victoria Jackson, Jon Taylor Worsham, Emma Worsham, Clay Finney, Ethan Yielding and soon to be Maggie Mae; two great-great-grandchildren, Hunter Simmons and Carson Simmons; two sisters, Lorene Montgomery of Mooreville and Odell Franks of Verona;; a brother, Wayne Hood of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon; a beloved granddaughter, Lisa Woods Finney; and her siblings, Haskell Hood, Ruple Grimes, Olene Bell and Eugene Hood.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Worsham, Butch Jackson, and all the great-grandsons.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABERDEEN – Jessie Wayne Holley, 46, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 16, 1966, in Aberdeen to Robert Clifton Holley and Dorothy Lee Holley. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a maintenance technician and a member of Tranquil United Methodist Church.
Services will be announced at a later date. Tisdale-Lann Memorial of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Dorothy Holley of Aberdeen; one brother, Clifton Lee Holley of Aberdeen; one sister, Anna May Duncan of Aberdeen; two nephews, Taylor Lee Duncan and Cody Glenn, both of Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
ADEL, Ga. – Sue Rumph Tyner, 67, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at her home following a long illness. She was born on Feb. 7, 1946, in Valdosta, Ga., to L.C. and Audrey Sally Simpson Rumph. She was a resident of Cook County for the past 20-plus years in Adel, Ga. She was an LPN and a licensed real estate agent. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church in Adel. She loved her special companion, her dog Rudy.
She is survived by her husband, Donald O. Tyner of Adel, Ga.; a daughter, Suzy Rusk of Albany, Ga.; a son and daughter-in-law, Andy and Penny Moran of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Adrian Johnson and Aaron Johnson, both of Albany, Ga., Michael Moran, Josh Moran and Morgan Moran, all of Tupelo; one great-granddaughter, Emma Moran; two brothers, Robert (Lois) Rumph of Adel, Ga., and Thomas (CeCe) Rumph of Valdosta, Ga.; four sisters: Jean Davis of Long Beach, Pat Godwin of Valdosta, Ga., Barbara (Jake) Bodiford of Daphne, Ala., and Joyce (Bill) Ostean of Powder Springs, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Wanda Rumph of Valdosta, Ga., and Janette Lee of Jonesboro, Ark.; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Wilma Wylene Rumph, and her brother, Raymond Hollis Rumph.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, in the Chapel of Boone Funeral Home in Adel, Ga., with the Rev. Tom Studstill officiating. Entombment will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery Annex in Adel.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Boone Funeral Home in Adel, Ga.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Hasan Shrine, “Flowers for the Living,” 1822 Palmyra Road, Albany, GA 31701; (220) 432-1011.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.boonefunerals.com.
PONTOTOC – Barney Luther, 88, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. He was born Jan. 16, 1925, in the Buckhorn community to Jacob Elmer and Irene Black Luther. He married Jane Frances Wood on Jan. 16, 1954. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. He received his B.A.E. from Florence State Teachers College and his master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. He owned Luther Motor Company. He served as an alderman for the city of Pontotoc and as superintendent of education in Pontotoc County. He proudly served his country in World War II with the 6th Division of Company C of the U.S. Marine Corps in the South Pacific.
A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. today, June 20, at the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Dr. David Hamilton will officiate. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Luther of Pontotoc; his children, Barney Lavon Luther (Sandy) of Baldwyn, Linda Luther Windham (Wally) and Dennis Luther (fiancée, Dana Gates), all of Pontotoc, and Lisa Luther Magro (Steve) of Oxford; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Mona Allen Luther.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; three brothers; and a grandson, Hunter Magro.
Pallbearers will be Bruno Zinn, Ricky McGregor, Greg Hall, Bob Peeples, Gary Moorman and Johnny Campbell. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Russell, Dr. Charles Harrison, Judge Jimmy Roberts, Judge Fred Wicker, Talmadge Holloway, Billy Montgomery, Ted Foster and the staff at Church Street Personal Care Home.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. today.
The family requests that memorials be made to support and honor our fighting men and women of the military through Wounded Warrior, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
OXFORD – Spurgeon Leon Bishop, 50, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Cora L. Westbrook
OXFORD – Cora Lynn Frison Barr Westbrook, 59, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, she was the daughter of Charlie Frison and Cora Bell Houston Frison. She was a member of East Providence M.B. Church. She was a former employee of Emerson Electric Company. She loved to fish, cook, work puzzles and read the Bible.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at East Providence M.B. Church. The Rev. Will Owens will officiate. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery. Kenneth I Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Cassandra Toles of Oxford; three sons, Edward C. Barr Jr. of Kentucky, James L. Barr and Christopher Barr, both of Oxford; one sister, Lucy Martin of Abbeville; three brothers, Clifton Houston of Abbeville, Robert Frison of Las Vegas, Nev., and William Frison of Battle Creek, Mich.; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at East Providence M.B. Church.
BURNSVILLE – Lessie Mae DePoyster Newcomb, 93, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was of the Baptist faith and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution Chief Tishomingo Chapter. She received a master’s degree in education from the University of North Alabama, and retired as a teacher in both Tennessee and Mississippi.
Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. The Rev. Robert L. Long will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include two grandchildren, Ray Marsh Jr. and Guy Richard Marsh, both of Huntsville, Ala.; and nine nieces and nephews, Shirley Perez of Ft. Smith, Ark., Robert Long of Ruskin, Fla., Mae Correll of St. Marys, Ontario, Peggy Sutterfield of Ft. Smith, Ark., Pat Burnside of Southaven, Bobbie Sue Vincent of Nashville, Tenn., David Moore of Michie, Tenn., Tommy Moore of Counce, Tenn., and Jack Moore of Michie, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Newcomb; a daughter, Donne Marsh; and a nephew, Bill Moore.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
HERMITAGE, Tenn. – Joyce Pugh Duke, 87, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Hermitage, Tenn., after a brief illness.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Burial will follow in Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the children’s building fund at the First Baptist Church in Starkville.
Access the online guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
OKOLONA – Nancy Hays Fondren, 86, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at her home in Okolona.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at the First Baptist Church in Okolona.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. A full obituary will be released later.
RIPLEY – Jane Frances Andrews, 87, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
TUPELO – Elsie Trout Francis, 95, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
OKOLONA – Thennie Wade died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Pioneer Health Services in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
PONTOTOC – Billy Galloway, 48, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday.
ABERDEEN – Monte Partlow, 17, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
OXFORD – Thomas L. Brooks died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater St. John M.B.. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Jessie Mae Mister
GUNTOWN – Jessie Mae Mister, 62, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.