Obituaries June 21, 2009

Maggie Cherry
PONTOTOC – Maggie Cherry, 94, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at her residence in the Algoma Community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Susan Williams
TUPLEO – Susan Crossett Williams, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at her residence in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
James Luttrell
RANDOLPH – James Thomas “Jim Tom” Luttrell Sr., died June 19, 2009, at his residence in Randolph after an extended illness. Born April 6, 1932, he was a member of Carey Springs Baptist Church in Randolph. He was a veteran of the Korean War, a retired employee of Power Equipment of Memphis, Tenn., for 38 years, a member of the Banner Masonic Lodge for 50 years and a faithful husband for 54 years. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, gardening, hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Carey Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Junior Richie and Bro. Jackie Douglas officiating. Burial will follow at the Salmon Cemetery in Randolph. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ara Tutor Luttrell; son James Thomas “Tommy” Luttrell Jr. (Judy); daughter, Wykeemah (Kim) Luttrell Coker; grandsons, James Thomas “Trae” Luttrell III and Tanner Lamar Luttrell; granddaughter, Victoria “Tori” Coker Self (Robbie); great-grandson, Ethan Gage Self; sister-in-law, Vara Tutor Waldo (J.D.); and brother-in-law, Drs. Forrest Tutor (Janis).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis and Marjorie Edwards Luttrell of Sarepta; and his in-laws, Harvel and Cleo Anderson Tutor of Randolph.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Luttrell, Trae Luttrell, Tanner Luttrell, Robbie Self, Darryl Waldo and Rex Fred “Pistol Pete” Peden.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Forrest Tutor, J.D. Waldo, Jeffrey Waldo, Gerald Waldrop, Kent Anderson, ElRod Torrance, Flake Fooshee, and Billy Turner.
Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Martha Whitehead
BALDWYN – Martha Whitehead, 76, died June 19, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. She was a retired dental assistant and a loyal Mississippi State fan. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Cossey officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Joe Harve Whitehead (Becky) of Baldwyn; one sister, Ruth White of the Jericho Community; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Whitehead; her parents, Harve Wallis and Bess Arnold; one sister, Lucille Wallis; one brother, John Wallis; and one daughter, Elizabeth Whitehead.
Pallbearers will be Jim Taylor, Kyle Taylor, Justin Grant, Will Grant, Keith Grant, Bart White, Scotty Glissen and Eric Roberts.
Dorothy Leech
TUPELO – Dorothy “Dot” Leech, 74, died suddenly, June 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Harold Randall
BALDWYN – Harold Edwin Randall, 49, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at his residence. He was born Dec. 8, 1959, in Hot Springs, Ark., to Anita Louise Coutlee Rosado and the late Harold Eugene Randall. He lived in Amory, Becker and in Baldwyn for 16 years. He was a Baptist. He worked as a licensed automotive technician for Tupelo Auto Sales and he enjoyed rebuilding old cars, especially ’57 Chevys. He was a licensed Mercedes technician and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Anita L. Rosado (Sam) of Amory; one son, Austin Lee Randall of Richmond Hill, Ga.; one daughter, Lindsey Marie Randall of Richmond Hill, Ga.; two sisters, Cynthia Diane Kelly (Roger) of Covington, La., and Peggy Suzanne Pitre (John) of Amory; and special companion, Sheila Beaty of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by his father and by his grandparents, Vera Coutlee and Lawrence Coutlee.
Pallbearers will be Keith Knowles, Roger Kelly, Nathan Kelly, John Frabbiele, Michael Thorne and John Pitre IV.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Pitre III, Jim Worthey and the staff of Tupelo Auto Sales.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
Sue Rich
TIPLERSVILLE – Elizabeth Sue Mullins Rich, 79, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at the Pine Meadows Care and Rehab in Bolivar, Tenn. She was a homemaker and a member of Campground Methodist Church near Walnut.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jay Biedenharn officiating. Burial will be in the Campground Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her brother-in-law, Lee Reece Gatlin of Middleton, Tenn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Reed Rich; her parents, Hattie Bennett Mullins Wilbanks and her husband William Cecil Wilbanks; her father, Martin “Mart” Neely Mullins; one sister, Naomi Mullins Gatlin; four brothers, Fred Mullins and infants, James Elroy Mullins, Lloyd Erwyn Mullins and Baby Mullins; and one sister-in-law, Lee Earl Mullins Wilbanks.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Louis M. Vanlandingham
OKOLONA – Louis M. Vanlandingham, 68, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Betty Traffanstedt
TUPELO – Betty Jean Bennett Traffanstedt, 77, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at her residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born June 12, 1932, in Cherokee County, Tenn., to the late John Rufus Bennett and Myrtle Hatmaker Bennett. She lived much of her adult life in Colbert County, Ala., before moving to the Tupelo area eight years ago. She had worked in the office for the Muscle Shoals Electric Utility Department many years and was a master homemaker. She was a member of the Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Colbert County. She enjoyed her family and her home dearly and fondly cared for both all her life. She will be missed.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at the Colbert Memorial Chapel with burial following in the Colbert Memorial Gardens. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Dianne Traffanstedt of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Brian Inman (Heather) of Florence, Ala., Ashley Beth Cleveland of Mooreville and Terry “Cotton” Cleveland of Tupelo; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joan “Jo” Bobo (J.E.) of Collinsville, Ala. and Geneva Powell of Findlay, Ohio; and one brother, Harry Frank Bennett (Joyce) of Springsville, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today and will continue one hour prior to service time on Monday at the funeral home in Tuscumbia, Ala. There will be no local visitation.
Condolences may be e-mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net
Bill Rice
GUNTOWN – William E. “Bill” Rice, 83, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was a retired meat cutter with Mid-South Packers and Southern Quality Foods. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. at the Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bryan Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Community Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Bonnie Jean Rice of Guntown; daughter, Billie Jean Stewart (Otis) of Tupelo; son, Larry Rice (Judy) of West Point; sister, Mary Alice Messer of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Athena Mathis (Jimmy) of Saltillo and Wesley Rice of West Point; and two great-grandchildren, Travis and Calvin Mathis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Lucille Stephens Rice; a daughter, Sherrye Moore; and a sister, Laverne Rice.
Pallbearers will be James Rodgers, Gerald Hardy, Glen Higginbottom, and members of the Guntown Lions Club.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Alex Hurst
CORINTH – Alex Hurst, 20, died Thursday, June 18, 2009.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday.
Barbara A. Witt
BELMONT – Barbara A. Witt, 58, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Iuka Hospital. She was born Oct. 17, 1950, in Amory to the late Bernard and Ann Majors Butler. She was an employee of Sunshine Homes in Red Bay, Ala., and was a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in the Ridge Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Larry Witt of Belmont; two daughters, Cindy Howie (Brad) of Iuka and Lori Vaughters (Mark) of Granger, Ind.; one son, Jason Witt (Katie) of Southaven; five grandchildren, Colten Howie, Calli Howie, Matthew Vaughters, Luke Vaughters and John Vaughters; three sisters, Wanda Mills of Red Bay, Ala., Nancy Riley of Fulton and Debbie Thompson of Pontotoc; and one brother, Robbie Butler of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Ralph Butler.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Chuck Hovater, Todd Witt, Brad Witt, Joey Witt, Terry Witt, Carey Todd Mills and Jim Bo Thompson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time Monday, both at the church.
The family requests that memorials be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Fred Holliman
WEST POINT – Fred Douglas Holliman, 80, died Sunday, June 14, 2009, at the Baylor Regional Medical Center in Grapevine, Texas. He was born August 3, 1928, in Neshoba County and was a retired educator after 28 years of service.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Herman Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Timothy Brinkley officiating. Burial will follow in the Memorial Garden Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alvernia Perry Holliman; daughter, Avis Williams (Thomas); five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Keither and Estella Holliman; and a son, Rashal Holliman.
Pallbearers will be friends and the Deacons of Mt. Herman Baptist Church. Flowerbearers will be the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion #212 and Les Femme Club members.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joyce Doyle
CORINTH – Joyce Hooten Doyle, 72, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at her residence.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with Burial in Polk Memorial Gardens in Columbia, Tenn., with an afternoon Committal Service. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 901 North Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834; or to the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Davis, 6509 N. Shiloh Rd., Corinth, MS 38834
Nellie Mae Wooten
DENNIS – Nellie Mae Wooten, 82, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at her residence. She was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Cotton Springs to the late Cecil and Dolly Adams Leathers. She was retired from Blue Bell and HIS and was a member of Mt. Carmel Church of God of Prophecy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. James Gray, Bro. Billy West and Bro. Kerry Peden officiating. Burial will be in the Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five sons, W.D. Wooten (Mable), Jimmy Wooten (Peggy), Nathan Wooten, Larry Wooten (Linda) and Donnie Wooten (Teresa), all of Dennis; one daughter, Ann Nunley (Vernon) of Cherokee, Ala.; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nim Wooten; her granddaughter, Melissa Ruple; her grandson, Nathan Nunley; her parents; five brothers; and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Cleveland and the remaining great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday, both at the funeral home.
Bernell Ledbetter
TUPELO – Bernell Ledbetter, 89, formerly of Belmont, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Barry Ward
BOONEVILLE – William Barry Ward, 50, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at his residence after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Pauline Willis
CORINTH – Pauline Susan Willis, 77, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Lone Oak Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 10 a.m. to service time on Monday, both at the funeral home.
Essie Mae Green
CORINTH – Essie Mae Green, 68, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home.

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