Obituaries June 25, 2010

Gertine Evans
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Herman Gertine Garrison Evans, 78, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. She was born June 28, 1931, in Union County to Earl Garrison and Addie Williams Garrison. She was a retired seamstress for Fashion Products in Memphis. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Millington, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Charles Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
She is survived by her son, Anthony Leon Hood of Millington, Tenn., and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Kenneth Ray Evans; a son, Roger Neal Hood; and three sisters and four brothers.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Russ Kennedy
IUKA – Russell “Russ” Kennedy, 71, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Patrick Cemetery at Iuka.
Terry Roberson
NETTLETON – Terry Roberson, 49, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at The North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 3, 1961, in Marks to Charlie and Shirley Marie Roberson. He was a self-employed carpenter until he became disabled 10 years ago. He was a collector of many things but especially enjoyed collecting Coca-Cola products. He enjoyed horses and livestock. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and father.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Jones Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Raymond Roberson officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Roberson of Nettleton; three sons, Chris Roberson (Deanna) of Smithville, Terry Roberson of Greenville and Bradley Roberson of Lexington, Tenn.; one daughter, Donna Taylor of Nettleton; his father, Charlie Roberson (Doris) of Greenville; six sisters, Yolana Boland, Lize Finch, Yvette Lamb, Lorretta Ellis, Kim Flores-Olvera and Christy Flores-Olvera; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Marie Roberson.
Pallbearers will be Chris Roberson, Bradley Roberson, Billy Ray Taylor Jr., Gale Merchant, Gerald Clayton and Bubba Humphrey.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Frances Hunt
TUPELO – Frances Helen Hunt died Friday, June 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She graduated from George Washington Carver High School and attended Stillman College. She ironed for the public for many years, which she loved doing. She was a person of strength and encouragement.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Springhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Gary Long officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Denise Pulliam (Steve), Dezzie Hickman and Virgaree Hunt, all of Tupelo; one son, Chris Hunt of Tupelo; one brother, Ira Stone Jr. (Alice) of Tupelo; one niece, Betty Stone of Tupelo; 23 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and a host of great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins; special friends, the Sims family, the Rutledge family, the Woods family and the Pulliam family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy Hunt Sr. and Dezzie Stone; one son, Raymond Lee Hunt; three sisters, Claudette Hunt, Dorothy Hunt and Sarah Fenton; one brother, Raymond Long; and two nephews, Ira O’Neal Stone and Darren Fenton.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Michelle Pullen
HOULKA – Gara Michelle Gregory Pullen, 42, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on Oct. 28, 1967, in Pontotoc. She was a seamstress at Affordable Furniture in Houlka and a Nazarene.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Rev. Chris Kiepe officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
Survivors include her sons, Brian Pullen of Philadelphia and Keith Pullen of Houlka; her sister, Renea Gann of Rienzi; her brothers, Tim and Pam Gregory of Houlka, Jim Gregory of Houlka, and Frank Jr. and Deborah Hodges of Houston; and her grandfather, Winston Collums of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Margie Fay Collums Hodges, and her grandmother, Fay Collums.
Pallbearers will be B.J. King, Jerry Patton, Tim Crowe, Tim Kilgo, Craig Kilgo and Mike Gregory.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Barney C. Helm
EUPORA – Barney C. Helm, 84, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in Spring Valley Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturdayat the funeral home.
Elizabeth Campbell
RIPLEY – Elizabeth Story Campbell, 84, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a member of Bethlehem M.B. Church at Falkner. She served as a Sunday School teacher and a home missionary. She was retired. She loved to cook.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Bethlehem M.B. Church at Falkner. Pastor James Howell will officiate. Burial will be in the Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Louise Rayford of Arlington, Texas, Donnell (Jimmy Sr.) Sorrell of Corinth, Ollie Faye (Alex) Broom of Atlanta, Ga., Nina (Allen) Johnson Sr. of Ripley, Sarah (Fletcher) Judon of New Albany, Florence Stewart of Elkridge, Md., and Dorothy Campbell of Tupelo; son, Lucian (Mary) Campbell Jr. of Ripley; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday at the church.

Blount Taylor
SHANNON – Blount Taylor, 91, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at his home. He was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church, where he was once church secretary and served on the Trustee Board. He was a retired employee of Leake & Goodlett Inc., and a former schoolteacher, farmer and electrician. He loved gardening and always kept a community garden. He could be counted on to help anyone in any way he could. He was a devoted father, grandfather, uncle and friend.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Pine Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. George Kendrick officiating. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Thomas (Bobbie) Taylor, Herman Taylor, DeFarest (Helen) Taylor, Orelia T. Thomas, Rosie Taylor, Winston (Mary) Taylor, Margarett (Rev. Lonnie Jr.) Snow, Nancy (Earnest) Taylor, Anglenetta (Charles) Miller, Kerrex (Lisa) Taylor and Jimmie Bynum; his caregivers, Maurice Dancer and Sandra Goree; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Zillman and Seretha Jane Taylor; his wife, Jessie Reed Taylor; one brother, Herman Taylor; three sisters, Inell Marray, Sarah Mae Thornton and Marie Fields.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the J.W. Porter Chapel. Visitation will continue from 10:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Online condolences can be made to Taylor family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Bolivar Hill
HORSESHOE LAKE, Ark. – Bolivar B. Hill, 89, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at Covington Manor Nursing Home in Covington, Tenn. He retired from Kellogg’s after 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Hughes Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Shawn Weaver and Minister Eric Franks officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Oak Ridge Church of Christ Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
He is survived by a son, Terry (Patsy) Ryan of Atoka, Tenn.; one sister, Allie Hill Farley of Rockford, Ill.; two grandchildren, Teresa (Leonard) Rovery and Michael (Jenifer) Ryan; two great-grandchildren, Thomas Rovery and Peyton Ryan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eldred Coats Hill; his parents, William A. and Maude Hill; three sisters, Ollie McAnally, Jewel Davis and Zella Moore; and three brothers, Oliver Hill, Hindman Hill and Tince Hill.

David Grimes
FULTON – David Grimes, 85, died Thursday, June 24, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.

Faye Brown
AMORY – Faye Franks Brown died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at her home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Carl Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Carl Johnson, 71, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born March 16, 1939, in Booneville. He was a United States Navy Seal, a Deputy United States marshal for 13 years, and a New York City policeman for 20 years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, NASCAR, drag racing, working on his Corvette and being with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Bishop officiating.
He is survived by a daughter, Lori McKinney (William) of Booneville; two sons, Michael Johnson (Ada) of Pembroke Pines, Fla., and Christopher Johnson (Leyla) of Keansberg, N.J.; his mother, Charlene Johnson of Booneville; a brother, Bobby Johnson (Betty) of Booneville; a sister, Pat Gray (Gerald) of Booneville; seven grandchildren, Robert Manna, Elizabeth McKinney, Marie McKinney, Rickey McKinney, Logan McKinney, Christopher Johnson and Jade Johnson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harlen Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to a charity or church of the donor’s choice.
Fred Metcalf
OKOLONA – Fredrick Rondell “Fred” Metcalf, 41, died Monday, June 21, 2010, in Okolona. He was born July 26, 1988, to Matielean Metcalf Thomas. He grew up in the Egypt community and later moved to Okolona. He was a member of the Eastern Star M.B. Church and an employee of United Furniture.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Spring M.B. Church with the Rev. Nolen Elzie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Matielean Thomas of Okolona; his father, Willie Earl Thomas Sr. of Pontotoc; one daughter, Essence Metcalf of Tupelo; one son, Gary Trice of Shannon; four brothers, Willie Earl Thomas of Okolona, and Stanley Ray Metcalf (Cindy), Terdarrin Whitfield and Micheal Stone, all of Tupelo; one sister, Vicky (James) Golden of Caledonia; two aunts, Eva M. Metcalf and Debra Metcalf of Okolona; three uncles, Lonnie (Phyllis) Bailey, Bobby Metcalf and Leroy Metcalf; his grandparents, Lorine and Eli Thomas Sr.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harold and Lorine Metcalf.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today and a wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lester Brown
DORSEY – Lester Hollis Brown, 88, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at his home in the Dorsey community. He was born Feb. 19, 1922, to Paul Wayne and Lethie Burcham Brown. He retired from Krueger Metal and he was a farmer. A Baptist, he attended Greenwood Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II. He entered military service in 1943 and fought in England, France, Belgium and Germany with Company C, 163rd Engineer Combat Battalion. He was injured and returned home in 1945. A member of the American Legion Post 51 and the VFW, he was one of the men who presented the flag to fallen brothers and sisters at memorial services across Lee and Itawamba counties for many years. He loved fishing, gardening and deer hunting. He loved people and he loved life. He helped anyone he could and generally brought joy to all.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. American Legion Post 51 will present the flag. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruby Faye Williams Brown; two sons, Thomas Lester (Marcell Schumpert) of Dorsey and Timothy Wayne of San Francisco, Calif.; one granddaughter, Regina Michelle Beyer (Richard), and two great-grandchildren, Garrett Browning and Maggie Kate, all of Dorsey; three sisters, Mae Patrick, Elvie Lue Clouse and Coraphine Cooley, all of Mantachie; and two brothers, Kenyon and Dee, both of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Wayne and Lethie Burcham Brown, his sister, Sue Lamb; and two brothers, Jay and Ray.
Pallbearers will be Charles Brown, Eugene Patrick, Rodger Brown, Gary Harden, Larry D. Brown, Bobby Joe Clouse, David Brown and Junior Lamb.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Johnny Beard
OKOLONA – Johnny Lynn Beard, 46, died at his residence in the Chalk Bluff community southwest of Okolona. He was born in Chickasaw County on Dec. 8, l963, to Bobby Dean and Glenda Putt Beard. He worked most of his life in the furniture industry with Action Industries and other furniture manufacturers before becoming disabled. He attended Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a NASCAR fan, and enjoyed watching the Discovery Channel and all sports, particularly football.
A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bill Harrison officiating. A private burial will be in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to service time on Saturday only at the Okolona Chapel.
Survivors include his parents, Bobby Dean and Glenda Beard; a daughter, Taylor Beard of Okolona; two brothers, Jimmy Dean Beard (Vickie) and Ronnie Gene Beard, all of Okolona; two nieces, Morgan Beard of Okolona and Allison Harris-Verner of Nettleton; five aunts, four uncles and 18 first cousins.
Memorials may be made to the Boone’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Bank of Okolona, P.O. Box 306, Okolona, MS 38860.
W.C. Ball
ECRU – W.C. Ball, 49, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at his residence. A native of Ecru, he was the son of H.C. and Ozell Ball. He was a member of Ecru Second Baptist Church and an employee of American Furniture in Ecru. He loved fishing, hunting, all outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Cherry Creek M.B. Church in Ecru. The Rev. Terry Baber will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Kasey McKnight of Pontotoc; one son, DeVon McKnight of Ecru; one granddaughter, Amiyah McKnight of Ecru; the mother of his children, Barbara McKnight of Ecru; three brothers, Carl (Diane) Ball of Ecru, and James Ball and David Ball, both of Pasadena, Calif.; five sisters, Rose Thompson and Emma Ball, both of Milwaukee, Wis., Earnestine Hudson of Ontario, Calif., Callis Ball of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mary Moore of Victorville, Calif.; and one uncle, Troy Cook of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the funeral home.

Ruby Logan
BRUCE – Ruby Lee Nix Logan, 79, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born May 7, 1931, in Calhoun County. She was a retired cashier for Mt. Moriah Grocery and a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Tracie Griffin and Bro. W.R. Harrelson will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include four sisters, Peggy Burt of Bruce, Jean Burt of Florence, Carolyn Nix of Bruce and Shirley Edwards of Bruce; one brother, James Nix of Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Randall Logan; her parents, Bryan Nix Sr. and Lilly B. Nix; and a brother, Bryan Nix Jr.
Pallbearers will be Jam Burt, Mike Burt, Steve Burt, Tim Logan, Larry King and James Paul Winter. Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Nix, Ricky Nix, Charles Rogers, Jerry Bowles and Chick Hensley.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Muse Sr.
BARTLETT, Tenn. – James Donald Muse Sr., 69, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. He was born March 6, 1941, in Cornersville. He was a Pentecostal, a truck driver and a veteran.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Montgomery and Bro. David Mosley officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include one son, James D. Muse Jr. of Greenbrier, Ark.; two daughters, Karla Habben of Bartlett, Tenn., and Melony Henshaw of Greenbrier, Ark.; two brothers, Billy Muse and Kenneth Muse, both of Memphis; three sisters, Virginia Ash of Warton, Texas, Mary Mannon of Potts Camp and Glenda Isner of Atoka, Tenn.; three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, John William Muse, and his mother, Pauline Beatrice Butler.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Brendon T. Wood
LOCUST HILL – Brendon Tyler “Bren” Wood, 18, began his wonderful life in Heaven Tuesday, June 22, 2010, after being involved on May 22, 2010, in an automobile accident on Endville Road. He was a blessing received Dec. 1, 1991, in Tupelo to Stan and Casey Wood, putting a smile on their faces and joy in their hearts for 18 years. Brendon graduated May 20, 2010, from North Pontotoc High School in Ecru. He was involved in many school plays and was elected to Who’s Who every year while in Junior High and High School. Brendon’s first love was music, as was shown by his integral role in several bands. He was especially involved with “Ignite the City,” which he helped form and was the lead vocalist. Bren lived to write music and lyrics, play his guitars and keyboard. He loved to make people laugh and left a lasting impression on many people who enjoyed his music and comic personality. Bren was a member of Waterbrook Baptist Church in Sherman. He brightened up the world with his kind, caring heart, his love of laughter and his music. Heaven is being entertained by his wit and his musical talents.
A celebration of Bren’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his teacher and friend, Jason Varnon, delivering personal reflections and Bro. Jim Varnon officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with the arrangements.
He leaves behind his beloved family awaiting to meet him again: his parents, Stanley Ivan “Stan” Wood II and Casey Gafford Wood; big sister, Liz Taylor, and little brother, Van Wood, all of the Locust Hill community; his grandparents, Stanley and Clara Wood of Locust Hill, Ray and Gayle Gafford of Porterville, and Billie Cheryl Weaver of Saltillo; and Isa Piccoli, an exchange student from Brazil who lived with Wood family and was like a sister to him.
Pallbearers will be Christian Thomas, Bryant Nichols, Luke Werner, Terry Sypes, Miles Snyder, Michael West and Adrian Novak. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of his band, “Ignite the City,” Travers Bray, Jacob Moore, Dustin Cleavland and Josh Dahlke, and his manager, Trey Rick.
Memorials may be made to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Mississippi Chapter, P.O. Box 97845, Pearl, MS 39288; ARDS Research Foundation, 3330 Dundee Road, Suite C-4, Northbrook, IL 60062; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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