Obituaries June 26, 2009

Maggie Cherry
PONTOTOC – Maggie Cherry went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, June 19, 2009, at her residence. She is survived by her loving grandson, Larry J. Witherspoon of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two great-granddaughters; a wonderful and loving niece and caregiver, Mary Roberson of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy; daughter, Clastine Witherspoon; three sisters, Addie Reed, Birdie Lee Owens and Lillie Mae Watson; and one brother, Lester Prude.
To her grandson, Larry, she made coming home to Mississippi a place of love, happiness, peace, fun, fishing, repairing and wonderful trips to the stores a joy. Ninety-four years of loving the Lord and 75 years of marriage makes her a living memory in the minds and hearts of all she touched.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the New Salem M.B. Church. Her nephew, Rev. Lefate Owens, will officiate. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is handling arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carolyn Bivens
OKOLONA – Carolyn Kay Lambert Bivens, 62, left to be with her Lord on Thursday, June 25, 2009. Born in Bruce to the late James and Prebble Lambert, she worked many years in the furniture industry where she was a supervisor and loved by everyone who worked for and with her. She believed in an honest days work and being outdoors around her family and friends. She had a collection of Croc shoes that she added to every chance she got and wore them proudly for everyone to see. She loved all people, and her door and table were always open to everyone and she never turned her back to lend a helping hand or give you a hug.
She attended Bethany Church of God of Prophecy in Okolona and loved her church family. She never missed a chance to give thanks for her blessings and her life. She will be missed by many loved ones and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bethany Church of God of Prophecy on Hwy. 32 West in Okolona with Bro. Edwin Pharr and Bro. William Clay officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery near Bruce. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time on Saturday, all at the church.
She is survived by two sons, Hank and Terry Bivens of Okolona; one daughter, Tammy Bivens of Okolona; nine grandchildren, Christopher, Nicole, Cody, Courtney, Terin, Lauren, Dustin, Joshua and Alazah; three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Billy Joe Lambert (Becky) of South Carolina, James Ray (Cindy Lambert) of Troy and Michael Lambert of Lexington, Tenn. two sisters, Paula Box (Calvin) of Wren and Renee Tackett (David) of Okolona.
Pallbearers will be Billy Lambert, Calvin Box, James Ray Lambert, Michael Lambert, Billy Tackett and Daniel Tackett. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.

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.
Serving as pallbearers will be Kevin Thomas, Jon Nicholson, Randy Webb and Neil Naron.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, 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 to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Haley Cooper Bennett Memorial Fund at any Tupelo branch of Regions Bank.
For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Margaret Grisham
DUMAS – Margaret Roberta Craig Grisham, 96, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Tippah County Nursing Home. She was born in Tyronza, Ark., on May 3, 1913, to Robert C. and Alice Maude Cates Craig, and grew up in Covington and Memphis, Tenn. She married Leland Grisham and they moved to Tippah County in 1942, where she lived the rest of her life. She was a homemaker and faithful member of Dumas Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for over 50 years. She was a Godly and gentle woman, much loved by her many friends and adored by her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Dumas Baptist Church. The Rev. James Lewis will officiate, and the Rev. Scott Hudson will assist. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons and one daughter: Jackie Grisham (Paula) of Ripley, Chester Grisham (Sissy) of Lake Mohawk, Dennis Grisham (Lynda) of Dumas, Laura Medley (Russell) of Huntsville, Ala., and Kenneth Grisham of LaMesa, Calif.; 12 Grandchildren, Sharon Hutchinson, Paige Cook, Lee J. Grisham, Micah Fogerty, Ashley Grisham, Paul Grisham, Bill Walter, Tommy Walter, Jill Bennett, Chrissy Curtis, Margaret Shaner and Kody Grisham; and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Leland Jackson Grisham; two grandsons, Jason Grisham and Craig Grisham; her parents; a sister, Lois Craig; and two brothers, Maurice Craig and Buford Craig.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Bill Walter, Tommy Walter, Paul Grisham, Lee J. Grisham, Kody Grisham; grandsons-in-law, Todd Hutchinson, Jeffrey Cook, Flynn Fogerty, Brandon Curtis, Tommy Shaner; and a nephew-in-law, Rick Brissette.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class, Dumas Baptist Church, including anyone taught since the 1940’s to this present time.

Mildred Martin
HOUSTON – Mildred Hobson Martin, 94, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility in Baldwyn. She was born June 25, 1914, to Leland Curry Hobson and Ida Amelia Patterson Hobson. She was a retired secretary for the Superintendent of Education of Chickasaw County School System, a member of Houston Presbyterian Church and a charter member of Houston Pilot Club.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Houston Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Don Locke officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two granddaughters, Susan Cockrell (Stuart) of Baldwyn and Beth Bailey (Mike) of Brandon; one grandson, Mike Gregory (Kerri) of Fairhope, Ala.; one sister, Blanche George of Pontotoc; seven great-grandchildren, Taylor Cockrell, Haley Cockrell, Tucker Bailey, Katherine Bailey, Jordan Gregory, Jamie Gregory and Gates Gregory.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, William Ralph McKnight and Joe Bob Martin; and a daughter, Lynne Gregory.
Pallbearers will be Mike Bailey, Hershall George, Larry Bonds Jr., Kim Chrestman, Jimmy Hood, James Meyers and Stuart Cockrell.
Family and friends may visit and sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhome.com.

Ilene Waldo
RANDOLPH – Ilene Tutor Waldo, 80, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and family. She also enjoyed gardening and her flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Tootie Ward officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Tutor (Marty) of Mantee, Jerry Tutor of Toxish and John Paul Tutor (Julie) of Springville; three daughters, Betty Tackitt (Clyde) of Grenada, Patsy Holley (Joey) of Randolph and Lesa Tutor (David Swords) of Ecru; three sisters, Eurene Lantrip, Robbie Ann Smith and Joan Waldo (Gaither), all of Pontotoc; one brother, John Belk (Peggy) of Toccopola; five grandsons, eight granddaughters, 22 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby Tutor and Roger Tutor; her parents, John and Daisy Austin Belk; and a sister, Inez Hupsey.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today.
Russell Jackson
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Russell Lee Jackson, 66, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Fredericksburg, Va. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Gladys Waide
WEST POINT – Gladys Marie Whitmire Waide died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, after a long illness. She was born on April 14, 1920, to Seldon and Molly Whitmire of Choctaw County. She was reared in the Panhandle community of Choctaw County and graduated from Weir High School in 1938. She married James Daniel Waide Jr. in 1942 and spent the rest of her life on the Waide family farm in Clay County. He preceded her in death in 1978. She was affectionately referred to as “Snooks” by her children.
Services were Thursday, June 25, at Siloam Baptist Church. Burial was in Palo Alto Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers were Pete Dexter, John Elliott, Ray Millard, Bubba Todd, Allen Wray, John Webber, Robbie Robinson and Johnny Wray.
She is survived by her children, Jim Waide of Tupelo, David Waide of West Point, Sarah Parks of Houston, Mo., and Charles Waide of West Point; a sister, Dorothy Wray of West Point; a brother, Donald Whitmire of Louisville; eight grandchildren, Sara Waide of Phoenix, Ariz., Whit Waide of West Point, Lea Waide of Tupelo, Natalie Parks of Houston, Mo., Linda Bess Waide of Atlanta, Laurin Boeving of Louisville, Ky., Daniel Waide of Clinton and Jonathan Waide of West Point; two great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942; or Palo Alto Cemetery, c/o Jack Elliott, 9010 Hwy. 47, West Point, MS 39773; or Siloam Baptist Church, 2686 Hwy. 47, West Point, MS 39773.

Mamie Manning
NEW ALBANY – Mamie Lou McMillen Manning, 88, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born July 11, 1920, in Union County to Macon Pete McMillen and Lillie Wray McMillen. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ingomar United Methodist Church. She was very active in her church and in her community, and she loved quilting.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Kerry Powell and Bro. Charles Smith officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Gossom of Pensacola, Fla., and Kathy Gillespie (Arthur) of Greenwood, S.C.; one son, James Manning (Lula) of New Albany. five grandchildren, Jimmy Manning of Oxford, Bradley Manning of New Albany, Marie Gossom of Dallas, Texas, Anna Gillespie of Greenwood, S.C., and Nathan Gillespie of Greenwood, S.C.; four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph Manning; an infant child; all her brothers and sisters; and three grandchildren.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Clifford Worsham
CORINTH – Clifford Green Worsham, 92, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at his home. He was born March 7, 1917, in Corinth to Ben Frank and Helen Boone Worsham. He graduated from Corinth High School and received his BSCE from the University of Mississippi in 1939 with special distinction. While at Ole Miss he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity, where he received numerous honors and awards. He worked as an engineer for Mississippi State Parks and Dupont. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served in World War II, earning four Medals of Distinction. After the war in 1946, he returned to Corinth and joined his two brothers in forming Worsham Brothers Construction Company. He was an active member of the community as well as First United Methodist Church. During his life he served as the University of Mississippi Alumni president in 1974-1975, was a member of the Ole Miss Athletic Committee, and was honored in the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1989 he was awarded the Corinth Junior Auxiliary Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award. He considered his primary accomplishment as “returning from World War II and marrying the girl next door, Mildred Mercier.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul, the Rev. Dennis Smith and the Rev. Merl Dixon officiating. Burial will be at Henry Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home.
Survivors include two daughters, Becky Dalton (Bill) and Cathy Wheeler (Jim), both of Corinth; one brother, Leroy Wesley Worsham (Sara) of Corinth; three grandchildren, William Tolbert Dalton III (Ashleigh) of Johnson City, Tenn., Laura Catherine Leonard of Norfolk, Va., and Frank Worsham Leonard of Corinth; and two great-grandchildren, Zela Frances Dalton and William Tolbert Dalton IV of Johnson City, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mildred Mercier Worsham; one brother, Ben Frank Worsham Jr.; and one grandson, Clifford Dewitt Dalton.
Pallbearers will be Hank Leonard, Will Dalton, Hayden Worsham, Wesley Worsham, John D. Mercier II, Dr. Bill Jackson, Jody Criswell and Ronnie Wilmuth.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 901N. Fillmore St, Corinth, MS 38834; Clifford G. Worsham Scholarship in Engineering, The University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677 (checks payable to The University of Mississippi Foundation); and Clifford D. Dalton Memorial Endowment Scholarship, MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762 (checks payable to MSU Foundation).

Willie Dale Poss
WOODBINE, Ga. – Willie Dale Poss, 53, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. He was born June 17, 1955, in Amory to John C. and Mary E. Adams Thompson Poss. He lived in the Nettleton/Amory areas and lived in Georgia for the past eight years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. He attended Nettleton Schools and was self employed in construction. He attended Cason Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR and fishing.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. James Rutledge officiating.
Survivors include one stepdaughter, Sissy Poss of Tupelo; one brother, Jimmy Thompson of Aberdeen; and four sisters, Dorothy Harlow of Nettleton, Nellie Vernon of Amory, Alice Perry of Wax Haw, N.C., and twin Brenda G. Floyd of Savannah, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, % Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821.

Jewell Murphree
CALHOUN CITY – Jewell Murphree, 86, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Calhoun County Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born March 15, 1923, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of the Kellwood Co. and a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She enjoyed her great-grandson and sewing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Wayne Cobb will officiate, and the Rev. Carl Morris and Dr. David Grumbach will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include one daughter, Joy Logan (Homer) of Derma; one granddaughter, Tammie Grumbach (David) of Tallassee, Ala.; one great-grandson, Logan Grumbach of Tallassee, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Ottis Murphree; her parents, Joe Collins and Annie Massey Collins; a granddaughter, Anita Joy Logan; two brothers, Ruble Collins and Glenn Collins; and three sisters, Ruby Joyce Collins, Faye Collins McDonald and Mable Collins.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Collins, Danny Collins, Logan Grumbach, Tommy Collins, Jim Beckett and Johnny Brummett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Emma Jean Floyd
GUNTOWN – Emma Jean Floyd, 79, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born July 11, 1929. She was a lifelong resident of Guntown. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of the Guntown Assembly of God.
Services will be at noon today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Sanders and Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty McCollum (Paul) and Becky Johnson (Steve), both of Guntown; three sons, Harvey Floyd (Mary), Robert Floyd (Lynn) and Johnny Floyd, all of Guntown; a daughter-in-law, Jane Floyd of Guntown; one brother, Jake Pettigo (Martha); two sisters, Beatrice Raines of Baldwyn and Irene Floyd of Verona; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Archie Floyd; a son, Earl Floyd; her mother, Gradis Pettigo; a brother, Cecil Pettigo; and a sister, Dorothy Pettigo.
Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Lilburn Davis
RIPLEY – Lilburn Tony “Dave” Davis, 81, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Memphis. He was born July 16, 1927, in Naugatuck, W.Va., to William H. Davis and Julia Davis. He attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He was a truck mechanic and worked at Indian Head Sporting Goods. He served in the United States Army during World War II and during the Korea conflict. He was a Mason and a member of the VFW.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his wife, Zilpha Reeves Davis of Ripley; five sons, Jesse Young (Merlene) of Tremont, Cecil Young (Ginger) of Novi, Mich., Floyd Young (Dianne) of Freeland, Mich., Wade Young (Loretta) of Blue Mountain and Matt Young (Debbie) of Lexington, Mich.; two sisters, Sarah McNeeley of Columbus, Ohio, and Analee McNeeley of Louisiana; two brothers, Roscoe Davis of Alabama and William Curtis Davis of Columbus, Ohio; 21 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. and Julia Davis; one sister, Willow Davis; and two brothers, Millard Davis and Charles Davis.
Pallbearers will be William Reeves, Rob Young, Bob Young, Randy Vuncannon, Joey Bennett and Jerry Gates. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Young, Justin Young, Kyle Brock and Brad Brock.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Daisy Bowden
CORINTH – Daisy McClellan Bowden, 84, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at noon today at St. Mark Baptist Church in Corinth. The Rev. Larry Darnell Alexander will officiate. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Corinth. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Johnnie F. Bowden of Corinth; one son, Raymond R. McClellan and wife, Claudette, of Corinth; one stepson, Frankie Bowden of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, D’Ella Slade of Conway, Ark.; four grandchildren, Vickee Jones, Teri Green, Sonya Luter and Bryan Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Ardealure Staps Alexander, and 25 brothers and sisters.

Zera Johnson
ZION REST – Zera Vandevander Johnson, 87, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Little Creek Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was the valedictorian of her Marietta graduating Class of 1939.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Little Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Paul Graham and Bro. David Haynes officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Rest Cemetery. McMillan Funeral HOme is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time Saturday at the church.
She is survived by one son, Ronny Johnson and wife, Becky, of the Zion Rest community: one sister, Gretchen Johnson of New Site; three grandchildren, Chris Johnson and wife, Jennifer, Brad Johnson, and Rebecca Elliott and husband, Brandon; five great-grandchildren, Kristen, Bryan, Chandler, Reece and Ava; sister-in-law, cousin and best friend, Olene Johnson of the Zion Rest community; sister-in-law, Helen Johnson of Jumpertown; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Jefferson Johnson; one sister, Ollie Hoard; and one infant brother, William Horace Vandevander.

Estella Hadley
AMORY – Services for Estella Hadley, 86, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Smiths Chapel Holiness Church with Pastor Mammie L. Parks officiating. Burial will be in Burns Memorial Cemetery in Athens. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Estella Hadley was born Oct. 12, 1922, to John and Rosie Lee McPhearson in Monroe County. She attended school in Athens. She was a member of the Smiths Chapel Holiness Church in Aberdeen, and a member of the Mother’s Board, Kitchen Committee and Sewing Club. She was a great cook and a mother to many in the community.
Survivors include four sons, Taylor Reese Hadley and Leon (Louise) Hadley, both of Aberdeen, and Nehemiah (Alberta) Hadley and Tommy Lee (Kathy) Hadley, both of Detroit, Mich. four daughters, Jeraldine McNairy and Alma Mae (William H.) Williams, both of Aberdeen, and Betty Brady and Esteria (Odell) Woods, both of Detroit, Mich.; 44 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, 20 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Luke Hadley; and several brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Martha Woodall
TAYLOR – Martha Woodall, 82, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at her home in Taylor.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery in Taylor. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Edwin Dees Sr.
RIPLEY – James Edwin Dees Sr., 79, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was a retired florist and a retired bus driver for the South Tippah School District. He was a member of Springdale Baptist Church and a 3rd Degree Mason.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. David Greer and Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Wier’s Chapel Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Virginia Childers Dees of Ripley; one son, Jim Dees (Cheryl) of Brandon; two grandsons, Bradley Dees (Natalie) and Jeremy Dees (Jessica), all of Brandon; two sisters, Jean Holley (J.M.) and Joan Boyd (Sidney), all of Ripley; a half brother, Darrell Dees of Memphis; a special niece, Amy Nance (Michael) of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Hildreth Smith Dees, and his father, Vance Dees.
Pallbearers will be Michael Nance, Jonathan Childers, Steve Boyd, Jeff Boyd, T.C. Morrison, Homer Richardson, Harold Waldon and Ken McCoy.
Honorary pallbearers will be Edward Carter, Stephen Childers, Sean Greer, Heath Greer, Chris Holley, Sonny Childers, Steve Holliday and his fellow Masons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 16 Northtown Drive, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211-3058.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Earnestine Sandlin
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Earnestine Sandlin, 63, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Sulligent First Assembly of God. Burial will follow in the Sulligent City Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Shelley Ellis
MAYHEW – Shelley Ellis died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Welch Funeral Home of Starkville.
Earl Kent
RIPLEY – Earl Murry Kent, 88, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at his home in Ripley. He was a member of Palmer Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II. He was a retired dairyman, fondly called “the milkman.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Palmer Baptist Church in Ripley with Bro. Don Wilson and Bro. Richie Hatcher officiating. Burial will be in Palmer Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Willard Linville Davis Kent of Ripley; one son, David Earl Kent (Martha Anne Paul Kent) of Ripley; one brother, Armon Kent (Marie) of Ripley; two granddaughters, Jennifer Kent Locke (Charles) of Amory and Christina Kent Nunnally (Miles) of Ripley; and one graet-grandson, James David Nunnally II of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Armon Young and Mary Elizabeth Wren Kent; and one brother, Robert Kent.
Pallbearers will be Joe Morton, Charles Bryant, Stanley Ralph, Barry Hobson, Mike Davis and Larry Hobson.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Palmer Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 to 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, then from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Baptist Church Building Fund, 3270 CR 813, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Doris Clark
EUPORA – Doris Jean Randall Clark, 77, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Philidelphia Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rev. Carey Myers
TUPELO – The Rev. Carey Myers, 75, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. During his years as a Baptist minister, he pastored seven Mississippi churches. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 20 years of service. He was awarded numerous medals and honors, including the Bronze Star.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Bobby E. Cobb officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Shelba Myers; four daughters, Chandra Mathis (Mike) of Meridian, Melanie Griffin (Bill) of Blackwater, Terri Reese (Rick) of Houston, Texas, and Suzanne Franks of Blue Springs; one son, Carey Myers (Belinda) of Horn Lake; two sisters, Doris Myers of North Carolina and his twin sister, Carolyn McClannan (Roy) of North Carolina; one brother, Roland Myers (Lala) of South Carolina; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lillian Myers; five brothers, Taylor, Victor, Harold, Clifford and Donald; two sisters, Grace and Rachel; and a niece, Kathy Taylor.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, his sons-in-law and a great friend, Donald Scott.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday.

Margaret Hall
OKOLONA – Margaret Dorothy Hall, 72, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the Golden Living Retirement Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors.

Thomas Busby
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Thomas Busby, 56, son of Lurinne Busby and Billy Busby, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
Lola Wages
PONTOTOC – Lola Frances Pitts Wages, 93, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at the Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was a housewife and a Baptist.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Terry Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Pauline Welch of Tupelo and Audry Ball Reeder of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Joann Baker; and two brothers, Grover Hugh Pitts and F.E. Pitts Jr.
Pallbearers will be Michael Harkness, Ronnie Pitts, Ernest Wilder, Martin Ball, Jeff Harkness and Bill Collins.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today.

Essie Green
CORINTH – Essie Mae Elliott Green, 68, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She attended Easom High School and graduated from Jackson Merry High in Jackson, Tenn. She loved cooking and working hard. She loved her family dearly and her dogs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark M.B. Church with Lamar Walker officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Grayson’s Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Willie Green Jr. of Corinth and William Earl Green (Ann) of Indianapolis, Ind.; five daughters, Rachel B. Green, Muriel C. Taylor (Ira), Carmel D. Davis (Calvin) and Tunerular Yvette Green, all of Corinth, Sheryl Burton (Charles) of Finger, Tenn.; 19 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 39 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Green Sr.; brothers, William Oliver, Elliott Morris, James Arthur, Elliott Morris; a sister, Mary Catherine Parham; his mother, Mary Willie Chambers, and his father, Authur Elliott and ; sister, Mary Catherine Parham.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

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