Obituaries June 22, 2009

Susan Higgins
TUPELO – Susan Furr Higgins, 42, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Diretors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ouida Wilemon
AMORY – Ouida Wilemon, 76, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Louis M. Vanlandingham
OKOLONA – Louis M. Vanlandingham, 68, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 14, 1940, in Bruce to the late Wesley and Lorene Vanlandingham. He was a member of Egypt Baptist Church. He retired from the United States Navy and was a Vietnam War veteran. His greatest joy was being actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America where he served as scout master of Troop 77. He served the scouts for over 40 years and developed nine eagle scouts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Tackett officiating. A burial at sea will take place at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Vanlandingham of Okolona; three children, Joseph D. (Sheryl) Vanlandingham of Tupelo, John C. (Kathy) Vanlandingham of Montgomery, Ala., and Darla J. (Tui) Poutoa of Okolona; two sisters, Ruth (Richard) Lacey of Pontotoc and Del (Bobby Gene) Young of Okolona; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Boy Scouts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Boy Scouts Yocona Counsel.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com
Christine Bishop
PONTOTOC – Opal Christine Bishop, 88, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at her residence. She was a member of West Heights Baptist Church and retired from Riveria Shirt Manufacturing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Kevin Wallace, Rev. Ray Ware and Bro. James Francis officiating. Burial will follow in Old Monroe Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Lora Mae Stegall (Jimmy); her brother, Duane Tutor (Rachel); three grandchildren, Scotty Stegall (Martha), Christi Wallace (Kevin) and Debbie Beasley (Fiance’ Gary Hall); nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Tutor and Clyde Ferguson Tutor; her husband, Alvis Bishop; two sons, Ed Bishop and Tommy Bishop; one daughter, Betty Bishop; three brothers, Carnice Tutor, Glen Tutor and Leon Tutor; and one sister, Gladys Parsons.
Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Zach Beasley, Casey Beasley, Matthew Wallace, Andrew Wallace, Jordan Stegall and Grayson Stegall.
Visitation will continue from 12 to 2p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Heights Baptist Church, 328 Oxford Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Dorothy H. Leech
TUPELO – Dorothy H. “Dot” Leech, 74, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 30, 1934, in Baldwyn to the late Kirby and Myrtle Miller Hill. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo and was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a medical transcriptionist for over 30 years at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She loved spending time with her family and her dog Heidi.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Rev. Jim Oberkircher and Rev. David Elridge officiating. Burial will be in the Pratts Cemetery near Baldwyn. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband Joe Leech of Tupelo, whom she married March 31, 1969; one daughter, Debby Morgan Garrison (Jim) of the Auburn Community; one son, Mike Bishop (Sandra) of Pratts; two stepdaughters, Jo Ruth West (Mark) of Melber, Ky. and Sheila Oberkircher (Jim) of Houston, Texas; two stepsons, Larry Leech (Deborah) of Mayfield, Ky., and Craig Leech of Houston; one brother, Jerry D. Hill (Cathy) of Baldwyn; one sister, Mauveline Minor; four grandchildren, Carey Morgan (Kayla) and Eric Morgan, both of Plantersville and Becky Bishop and Kayliegh Bishop, both of Baldwyn; one great-grandson, John Marlin Morgan of the home; five step grandchildren; and three step great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother-in-law, Carey Minor; one son-in-law, Freddie Morgan; and one great-grandson, Charlie Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Carey Morgan, Eric Morgan, John Oberkircher, Walker Garrison, Shawn Hutcheson and Andrew Shelton.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Nataline Smith
GUNTOWN – Nataline Huckaby Smith, 80, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born July 12, 1928, in Lee County to Milton and Jewell Huckaby. She was a lifelong resident of Lee County and an active and faithful member of Camp Creek Baptist Church where she was a teacher in the children’s Sunday School Department for more than 50 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Camp Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Martin Jacks, Bro. Felix Hutcheson Jr. and Bro. Wayne Frederick delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Kandye Bailey (Tony) of Guntown; two grandchildren, Mitch Bailey (Lori) of Pascagoula and Cassie Flanigan (Cory) of Hattiesburg; one great-granddaughter, Morgan; one sister, Bobbie Donahue (Ray) of Guntown; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Smith; her parents; and her brother, Gaston Huckaby.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Tommy Armstrong, Ray Smith, John Wade Smith, Rickey Donahue, Johnny Park, Ben Russell, Joe Huckaby, Gaston Huckaby and Garrod Huckaby.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of The Sanctuary Hospice House, Deacons of Camp Creek Baptist Church, Rickey Rogers, Perry Landsdell, Luther Moore and James Gorden Robinson.
Memorials may be made to Camp Creek Baptist Church; or to The Sanctuary Hospice House.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to service time Tuesday at the church.
Barry Ward
BOONEVILLE – William Barry Ward, 50, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 23, 1959, in Memphis, Tenn., to William Lucian Ward and Gloria Ann Lucy Ward. He was a manufacturing production worker and he was a Baptist. He enjoyed building and collecting model cars.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Craig and Bro. Danny Short officiating. Burial will be in Allen Line Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Laurie Bain Ward, whom he married July 7, 2007; two daughters, Amelia Bain and Iris Bain, both of Corinth; two sisters, Terry Johnson (Harold) of Booneville and Lana Bobbitt (Harold) of Morgan City, La.; and two special friends, Randy “Preacher” Huguley and Bill Felks, both of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Felisha White and Pamela Snyder.
Pallbearers are Ken Ivy, Bradley Bullock, Daniel White, Randy Johnson, Nathan McKinney and Bill Felks.

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