Obituaries June 25, 2009

Margaret Grisham
RIPLEY – Margaret Roberta Grisham, 96, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Annie Robinson
HOLLY SPRINGS – Annie Louise Thomas Robinson, 77, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.

Willie C. Townsend
OKOLONA – Willie C. Townsend died Friday, June 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell M.B. Church. Burial will be in Lower Prairie Creek Cemetery at Mantee. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Sign the online guestbook at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

William Earl Jones
FULTON – William Earl Jones, 79, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 4, 1930, to Walter and Rader Barnes Jones. He was a factory worker and also worked at F.L. Crane and Sons. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Fulton.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Jones of Fulton; four sons, Johnny Jones (Tina) of Saltillo, Roger Jones (Vaness) of North Carolina, James Jones (Lucy) of Wisconsin and Mike Jones of Saltillo; two daughters, Judy Knipp (Greg) of Illinois and Mary Jones of Saltillo; two sisters, Evon and Rethie; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister and his parents.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Zeke Christensen
FULTON – Ezekiel Thomas “Zeke” Christensen, 9, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born March 18, 2000, in Tupelo. He attended Pine Grove Church of Christ. He was a student at Itawamba Middle School. He loved his music and his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Jeremy Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his father, Howard Christensen Jr. of Houlka; his mother, Lynette D. LeClair Christensen of Fulton; one brother, Eliah Christensen, and one sister, Emery Christensen, both of the home; his grandparents, Howard (Ann) Christensen Sr. of Long Beach, Jim (Margaret) LeClair of Fulton; aunts, Rhonda Whaley, Deann Pepito, Crystal Morris, Cynthia Mayhall and Priscilla Henry; uncle, Tony (Amanda) LeClair; and a host of cousins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Arlie Wright
TREMONT – Arlie Nicholas Wright, 2 months, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. He was born April 7, 2009, in Birmingham, Ala., to George Arnell and Brandy Lane Burroughs Wright.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ with Bro. Kenny Finlayson officiating. Burial will be in Shady Valley Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, George and Brandy Wright of Tremont; one brother, Isaial Wright, and two sisters, Kamron and Kaitlyn Wright, all of the home; his grandparents, Brenda and Daniel Johnson of Tremont, David and Margie Burroughs of Guntown, Jennie Maki of Fulton and Bob (Raygina) Wright of Dorsey; his great-grandparents, Alice Maki, Mauline Bennett and Clara Mae Burroughs.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.

Melba Caldwell
PONTOTOC – Melba Sloan Caldwell, 87, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 10, 1921, in the Cherry Creek community to Roy and Kitty Sloan. She was a homemaker and a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, growing flowers, and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. J.W. Owen Jr., Bro. Kennedy Davidson and Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband, Barry Caldwell; one son, Billy Caldwell; two daughters, Brenda Conlee and Patricia Franklin (Rodney), all of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Tommy Caldwell (Jennifer), Jackie Caldwell, Amanda Conlee, Shannon Conlee, Randal Conlee (Brandi), Robby Franklin and Michael Franklin (Jamie); and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Spurgeon Sloan, Lee Roy Sloan and Luther Sloan; and a son-in-law, Roy Dean Conlee.
Pallbearers will be Tommy and Jackie Caldwell, Shannon and Randal Conlee, and Robby and Michael Franklin. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Sloan and Kaleb Conlee.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 3 p.m. Friday.

Emma E. Johnson
LULA – Emma E. Johnson, 73, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 13, 1935, in Flea Harbor to Virginia and Hollon Ellingburg. She was a graduate of Lula-Rich High School. She was an officer manager for Johnson Farms and a member of Lula Baptist Church. She served as a board member for the Town of Lula.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lula Baptist Church with the Rev. Buron Roberts and the Rev. Gerald Castilo officiating. Burial will be in Barbee Cemetery at Lula. National Funeral Home in Clarksdale is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Roger Allen Johnson of Lula; two sons, Roger Allen Johnson Jr. (Beverly) of Powell and Charles Bryant Johnson (Catherine) of Lula; one brother, Marvin Ellingburg (Brenda) of Southaven; one sister, Hellon Cannon of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Paige VonKanel, Roger Allen “Trey” Johnson III, Elizabeth Milano, Charles Bryant Johnson Jr., Laura Michelle Johnson and Scott Humbert; seven great-grandchildren, Tucker VonKanel, Cameron VonKanel, Ann Marie VonKanel, Carson Milano, Chase Milano, Lucy Kate Johnson and Charles Bryant Johnson III. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Glenn Ellingburg; a brother-in-law, Maxi Cannon; and twin great-grandchildren, Bryant and Avery Parks Johnson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Lula Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Robert E. McDade
SHANNON – Robert E. McDade passed away on June 23, 2009, at the age of 84. He was born in Marie, Ark., to Roberta Derdeyn McDade and Clarence R. McDade. His family soon moved to North Mississippi and purchased a small farm in Shannon, where Robert lived and worked for the remainder of his life.
Robert graduated from Shannon High School in 1944. After proudly serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Robert met and married the love of his life, Sarah Vivian Pearce. The two of them shared 43 wonderful years together before his beloved Sarah passed away in 1994.
A devout parishioner of St. James Catholic Church for over 80 years and a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, Robert enjoyed spending much of his time assisting with the various charitable activities performed by the Knights of Columbus.
Always active in his church, Robert was named Father of the Year by his church parish in 1964.
Throughout his life, Robert maintained a passion for gardening and fishing, passions in which he shared with his friends and family.
Robert leaves a legacy of morality, strength, tenacity, love, generosity, gentle spirit and kind humor to his two sons and their wives, Robert E. “Gene” McDade Jr. and Nancy Leigh McDade of Tupelo, and William R. “Randy” McDade and Rhonda McDade of Columbus; and to his four grandchildren, Caitlyn and Will McDade of Columbus, and John Henry and Ander Pearce McDade of Tupelo.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at St. James Catholic Church on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Shannon Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Billy Hoing, Keith Merritt, Marcel Crudele, Ken Valentine, Mark Dye and Roy Jeagers.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Knights of Columbus Council 8848.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Knights of Columbus United in Charity Fund, One Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510; or online at www.kofc.org.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Johnny Lee Rea
PONTOTOC – Johnny Lee Rea, 61, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 11, 1947. He was a 1966 graduate of Pontotoc High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member and deacon of West Heights Baptist Church. He traveled on many mission trips and served as choir president. He was employed by the City of Pontotoc for more than 20 years. He enjoyed fishing and his antique truck.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton and Dr. Dan Robertson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Sandral; his mother, Corean Rea; a brother, Ricky Rea; his mother-in-law, Grace Lantrip; his sisters-in-law, Frances Horton (H.B.) and Linda McKnight (Mickey); one niece, nephews, and great-nephews and great-nieces. He was preceded in death by his father, John Rea, and his son, Justin.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Forman, Ralph Martin, Tim Kimbrell, Terry Keith Weeks, Steve Russell and David Young. Pontotoc city employees will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to West Heights Baptist Church, Sanctuary Hospice House or the Cancer Society.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time today at the church.

Erma Tomich
RANDOLPH – Erma Tomich, 84, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru, where she had lived the last nine months. She was born March 23, 1925, in Bruce to John Henry and Collie Ree Caldwell. She grew up in the Sarepta Community. During World War II, she worked as a welder in the Gulfport Shipyards. She married Emil Tomich in Stockton, Calif., in 1947. They lived in Green River, Wyo., where she was known as an excellent cook, immaculate housekeeper and avid gardener. She loved camping, hunting and rock hunting in the Wyoming mountains and deserts, but longed to return to Mississippi. She moved home to Mississippi eight years ago following the death of her husband. She had several devoted friends both in Wyoming and Mississippi and was cared for by her cousin, Roger White.
A memorial graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Old Antioch Cemetery near the Sarepta community. The Rev. Carol Mead will officiate. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Tom Wood Jr.
WREN – Thomas Elkin “Tom” Wood Jr., 74, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at his residence in the Wren community, where he lived most of his life. He was born in Okolona on Dec. 1, 1934, to Thomas Elkin Sr. and Geneva Hood Wood. He graduated from Wren High School in l946 and served for eight years in the Okolona Unit of the Mississippi National Guard. He retired in l989 after 35 years service with the GM&O Railroad. He married Helen Grissom Phillips on April 21, 1970. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona. He was a 32nd degree KCCH Scottish Rite Mason affiliated with Prairie Lodge 86 in Okolona and active in the Hamasa Shrine organization. In his early life, he enjoyed fishing, houseboating and hunting. His great joy came from his large family and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately knew him as “Big Daddy.”
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Eric Boykin and Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. A Masonic committal service will follow in the chapel. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. today and one hour prior to service on Friday.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Helen Grissom Wood of Wren; his six daughters, Catherine Jane Pannell (Vick) of Little Rock, Ark., Linda Lee Smith (Dr. Don) of Tupelo, Sarah Ellen Flake (Travis) of Okolona, Margaret Elkin Callahan (John) of Pontotoc, Paula Gaye Anglin of Tupelo and Shelia Ann Sassar of Tupelo; one sister, Mary Armon Gilliland (Edward) of Wren; one a brother, Allen Cox Wood (Sandee) of Clinton, Ky.; 12 grandchildren, Kevin Thornton, Lisa Phillips (Todd), Carl Breedlove (Chasity), Lauren Smith, Mary Margaret and April Callahan, Scott Jones, Rachel Pickett (John Mark), Jody Pannell, Jim Flake (Johnna), Brandon and Allison Anglin; his great-grandchildren, Hannah, Allie, Kelsey, Tyler and Jackson Phillips, Baylee, Cole and Kendall Breedlove, Benji Jones, Anna Claire Anglin and Trey Riley, Tyler and Ethan Pannell, and Cade and Grayson Pickett. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Clyde Anglin.
Pallbearers will be Vick Pannell, Dr. Don Smith, Travis Flake, John Callahan Jr., Todd Phillips, Kevin Thornton, Brandon Anglin, Carl Breedlove and Benji Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Bill Stewart Sunday School Class from First Baptist-Okolona.
Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38103.Condolences may be e-mailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.

Mamie Manning
NEW ALBANY – Mamie Lou Manning, 88, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Corrie Belle Darling
BLUE SPRINGS – Corrie Belle Barber Darling, 93, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Sept. 8, 1915, in Marshall County to Henry Alton Barber and Sophia Edna Bonds Barber. She was a homemaker and a member of the Blue Springs Baptist Church. She loved her dogs, Jack and Little Boy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Don Wilson and Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Smith (Raymond); one son, Edward Darling (Barbara); seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Gardner Darling; a sister, Robbie Germany; and two brothers, Henry Barber and Paul Barber.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Gary Darling, Daniel Darling, David Smith, Mark Smith, Benjamin Smith, Jason Hubbard and Jonathan Shoup.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Estella Hadley
AMORY – Estella Hadley, 86, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Hospital in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home in Amory.

O’Neal Mears
BALDWYN – Henry O’Neal Mears, 74, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was employed by John Deere Parts for 44 years, having worked at Baldwyn Implement for 25 years, Trulove Implement and Hills Sales in Corinth for 19 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a member of Pratt Christian Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Caraway and Bro. Toby Mears officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruby Anglin Mears of Baldwyn; one daughter, Annice Pruitt Guin (Rickey) of Baldwyn; one brother, William G. Mears (Gloria) of Baldwyn; two grandchildren, Stephanie Dugger (Mark) and Jamie Guin (fiancée, Melanie); two great-grandchildren, Maggie and Mollie Boren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy O. and Pearlie Ivey Mears, and a brother, Willard Mears.
His pallbearers will be Jamie Guin, Mark Dugger, Robbie Adams, Dennis Smith, Hayden Hughes and Anthony Fleming. Honorary pallbearers will the men and women of Pratt Christian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main, Tupelo MS 38801.

Jim Burns
TISHOMINGO – James Edward “Jim” Burns, 71, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at his home. He graduated from Tishomingo High School and obtained his bachelor and master degrees in science from the University of Mississippi. He was a lifelong and active member of Tishomingo Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees, as a Sunday School teacher and in many other administrative positions. He was a 32nd degree Mason. He began a career in public education in Andalusia High School in Andalusia, Ala., and later taught science at Iuka High School, Tishomingo High School and Alcorn Central High School during a 35-year career in education. He also worked for Reynolds Aluminum and World Color in environmental protection.
He was devoted to the Town of Tishomingo and its citizens. He had served 32 years as an alderman and would have been sworn in for another term on July 7. He was also a longtime volunteer fireman who used his own funds to purchase tools to repair fire hydrants in the early years of the town’s fire hydrant system. He also was a dedicated volunteer for the Tishomingo County Red Cross. He owned and operated the Tishomingo Car Wash for many years. In addition to his volunteer activities, he was an avid photographer and he established and maintained a photo lab to teach students at Tishomingo High School how to take and develop photos. The first computer he owned, he built, and he continued to take a great interest in the advances of technology and science and shared that experience with his students. He loved water sports and taught many young people to waterski. He was always a children’s advocate and over the years anonymously helped many area young people in need.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Tishomingo Methodist Church. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay and Eva Finch Burns, and a sister, Janette.
In keeping with his wishes, in lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to benefit children. Two of his favorite charities were the Dennis Methodist Church’s Watson House and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Mack Ford
WHEELER – McCarthy Mack Ford, 81, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Landmark Nursing Facility after an extended illness. He was a cattleman and farmer after retiring from Barber’s Milk Co. with 30-plus years of service.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Cossey officiating, Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include: his wife of 33 years, Nell Y. Ford of Wheeler; two sons, Jerry A. Ford (Anne Marie) of Booneville and Mike Ford (Cindy) of Baldwyn; two stepdaughters, Debbie Perrotta (Joe) of Atlanta, Ga., and Cathy Frederick (Benny) of Wheeler; two grandchildren, McCarthy Shea Ford (Laurie) of Germantown, Tenn., and Annabeth Ford of Baldwyn; two great-grandchildren, Jack and Sarah Ford of Germantown, Tenn.; four stepgrandchildren, Nick and Andrew Perrotta, and Danielle and Trevor Frederick; special friends, James “Bat Cat” Garner and Tony “Tommy” Welch.
He was preceded in death by infant son, Stephen McCarthy Ford; a stepson, Danny Wright; his parents, Eugene and Nannie McCarthy Ford; three brothers, Hoyle Ford, John Duggar Ford and Carlton Ford and one sister, Evelyn Witcher.
Pallbearers will be J.P. Davis, John Olen Cunningham, Wayne Turner, Jerry Turner, Freddie White, Shea Ford, Jimmy Scott and Jeff “Buzz” Niblett.
Honorary pallbearers will be J.T. Cartwright’s Sunday School Class at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Emma Jean Floyd
GUNTOWN – Emma Jean Floyd, 79, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Martha Woodall
TAYLOR – Martha Woodall, 82, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at her home in Taylor. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.

Susan Williams
TUPELO – Susan Crossett Williams, 55, died Friday, June 19, 2009, at her home in Tupelo. She was born in Newberry, Mich., on Oct. 2, 1953, to Leonord L. Crossett and Bernice E. Webb Crossett. A native American Odawa Indian, she was raised in Newberry, Mich., lived in Oregon several years and moved to the Tupelo area 10 years ago. She was working with the Tupelo Furniture Market at the time of her death. She was a talented seamstress and enjoyed cooking.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time on Friday, followed by a private burial.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Williams of Tupelo; three sons, Tommy (Barbara) of Pontotoc, Dewey Oaks (Becky) of Tupelo and Reed (Christina) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Evan Ray Oaks, Riley Todd Oaks, Kayla Kelly and Crystal Carroll; four brothers, Leonard (Cathy) Crossett of Sherwood, Ore., John (Sherri) Crossett of California, Eddie (Tanja) Crossett of Portland, Ore., and Bobby Crossett of Tupelo; five sisters, Anna (Jim) Justice of Portland Ore., Ida Dodge of Gladstone, Ore., and Dorothy Buren, Linda (Mark) Hagg and Mary Crossett, all of Portland, Ore. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Daniel Crossett; and an infant sister.

Marshuan Braxton
NEW ALBANY – Marshuan Braxton, 17, died as the result of an accident in Costa Rica. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home in New Albany.

Jones Williamson
NEW ALBANY – Jones “Joe Scooter” Williamson, 71, died Monday, June 22, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. J.C. Williamson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Williamson (Addie) and Terry Williamson (Kathy); one daughter, Wanda Knox (Stacy), all of Pontotoc; one brother, Rev. J.C. Williamson (Helen); three sisters Lucille “Nancy” Russell and Mossie Ruth Oliver, both of Indianapolis, and Mary Ease W. Beasley of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Friday.

Haley Cooper Bennett
SALTILLO – Haley Cooper Bennett went to heaven to play with her big brother, Will, on Thursday, June 18, 2009. She was the precious daughter of Michael Carter Bennett and Kristi Parham Bennett. We were blessed to hold her and see her sweet little face and beautiful red hair; we will cherish those memories until the day we see her again. While this is, again, beyond our understanding, we know that God has a much bigger plan, and we put our trust in Him. Cooper is much loved and will be greatly missed. We consider it to be an honor and privilege to be her family.
Cooper is survived by her parents, Mike and Kristi Bennett, and sister, Jenna, of Saltillo; a brother and sister, Michael Jr. and Meghan of Clearwater, Fla.; grandparents, Dennis and Kathryn Parham of Tupelo, and Larry and Debbie Bennett of Tampa, Fla.
In God’s playground, Cooper joins her big brother, William Charles Bennett.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 26, 2009, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brian Collier officiating. Interment will be in Babyland at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
For online condolences visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Earl DuBoise
BOONEVILLE – Earl P. DuBoise, 87, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 31, 1921, to William Marion and Ollie Claire Ryan DuBoise. He was retired parts and service manager for Walden Motor Company and a member of First United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Maurine Gullett DuBoise; one son, MSG Mike DuBoise of Tupelo; one grandson, Timothy DuBoise of New Orleans, La.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lum DuBoise; one grandson, Michael Ashley DuBoise.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Friday.

Larry C. Galloway
OKOLONA – Larry Clay Galloway, 58, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Pontotoc County on Dec. 28, l950, to William Edward and Eunice Carwyle Galloway. He lived most of his life in the Okolona area, where he worked in the furniture and garment industries before retiring. A pioneer pattern designer, he created the sofa “pocket” design while at 2Oth Century Furniture Manufacturers, their most successful design ever. An honorably discharged U.S. Marine, he loved Chickasaw Indian history and was an avid hunter, collector and trader of Indian artifacts, especially arrowheads. He enjoyed fishing before becoming ill.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. Private burial will follow in Upper Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Survivors include his son, Chad Galloway of Houston; two daughters, Melanie West (Jerry) of Houston and Crystal Galloway Hicks (Kenny) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Andrew, Kayla and Kimberlyj; two sisters, Mary Lee (John) of Okolona and Jean Lowery (Jimmy) of Jackson, Tenn.; a brother, Ricky Galloway of Okolona. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Bobby Galloway.

Ilene Waldo
PONTOTOC – Ilene Waldo died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Graceland Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Bobbie Sue McCormick
SALTILLO – Bobbie Sue McCormick, 79, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was devoted to the care of her sister, Martha Jean Taylor, and helped out at the nursing home where her sister lived. She then stepped up to the task of mother and grandmother to her sister’s family and was dearly loved for doing it. She loved her friends and was loved in return. She will be missed for her love, sassy ways, sense of humor and her wonderful cooking.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will follow at Farmington Cemetery.
She is survived by her son, Jack McCormick (Janet) of Atlanta; grandchildren, Brian and Alicyn McCormick of Atlanta, and Megan McCormick of Athens, Ga.; great-granddaughter, Madalyn Kay McCormick; sister, Martha Jean Taylor of Tupelo; nieces and nephews, Jerry and Ann Taylor of Saltillo, Darlene and Les Huntington of New Albany, Robin and Rick Wages of Birmingham, Tracy and Patricia Taylor of Tupelo, Gina Tyra of San Antonio, Texas, and Dale and Dawne Taylor of Saltillo; great-nieces and great-nephews, Misty and Matt, Angie, Denise, Kristi and Jason, Andrew, Joey and KoKo, Kelli, Jessica, Eric, Ali and Clay; great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Olivia, Cade, TAylor, Katie, Chris, Jacob, Faith and Colin. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mittie Marie Key, and aunt and uncle, Avo and Herod Voyles.
Pallbearers will be Jack McCormick, Brian McCormick, Jerry Taylor, Tracy Taylor, Ricky Wages, Andrew Wages and Eric Tyra.
The family will receive friends and family today from 11 a.m. to service time today.

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