Obituaries June 27, 2009

Shelly Ellis
MAYHEW – Michelle “Shelly” Nichols Ellis, 44, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Clay County Medical Center in West Point after a six-month illness. On Aug. 11, 1990, she married Melvin C. Ellis III. She was supervisor for the tutor program at Mississippi State University for the past five years. She was a graduate of Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, and St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas. She received her law degree from the University of Mississippi in December 1990. She was an attorney for 10 years in Tupelo in private practice with her husband. She was a fan and supporter of Mississippi State University and its programs. She loved going to Disney World with her family, cooking, reading and being with her family.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mayhew Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Davis and Father Jerry Hurley will officiate. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Melvin C. Ellis III of Mayhew; daughter, Calloway “Callie” Nichols Ellis of Mayhew; son, Melvin “Beau” C. Ellis IV of Mayhew; parents, James Larry and Jean Cappadonna Nichols of Fort Myers, Fla.; sisters, Stephanie Nichols Baker of Dallas, Texas, and Phyllis Nichols Henderson of Tampa, Fla.; mother-in-law and father-in-law, M.C. and Frances Ellis of Mayhew; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leslie and Teresa Ellis of Tupelo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. The online register may be signed at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund for Callie and Beau has been established at CB&S Bank, 303 Hwy. 12 W., Starkville, MS 39759, (662) 324-4864. Or memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Wade Easley Jr.
HOULKA – Wade Easley Jr. died Friday, June 26, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Annie Miller
TUPELO – Annie Marie Grayson Miller, 81, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at her home. She was born July 23, 1927, to Estes Grayson Sr. and Lorene Beaugard Grayson. She was a homemaker and a member of Spring Hill M.B. Church. She loved spending time with family and friends.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Ind. Dr. Frank Moore will officiate. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Stant Clark Jr. (Doris) of Indianapolis, Ind.; one grandchild, Anthony Orlando Clark Sr.; one great-grandson, Anthony Orlando Clark Jr.; one brother, Robert Grayson of Los Angeles, Calif.; three sisters-in-law, Ollie Grayson of Corinth, Valeria Porter Grayson and Darletha Grayson, both of Tupelo; her caregiver, Monshell Prewitt (Tommy) and children of Tupelo; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ivory Miller; her parents; four brothers, Estes Grayson Jr., William Grayson Sr., Harry L. Grayson Sr. and Boyce E. Grayson Sr. three Sisters; Virginia Collins, Louise Griffin and Maude Sexton.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Monday at the Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis, Ind.
Online condolences may be made to www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

Alice Patterson
DECATUR, Ga. – Alice “Attee” Hunter Patterson died Thursday, June 25, 2009, in Decatur, Ga. She was born Oct. 7, 1928, in Tupelo. She graduated from Tupelo High school in 1946 and attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., before transferring and then graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1950. Upon graduation, she married Tommy Patterson of Tupelo, MS, and they lived in Nashville, Tenn., Vidalia, Ga., and finally Dublin, Ga., where they lived for over 50 years and raising all four of their children there. She was an active member of the Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder, taught Sunday School, and served as both president of the Women of the Church and moderator of Presbyterian Women. In addition to holding an honorary life membership in Presbyterian Women, she held many other offices within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), both locally and on the presbytery level. She was a 1993 graduate of the Savannah Presbytery School of the Laity. She was active in volunteer work in Dublin, including Cub Scouts, Girls Scouts, and Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Forthian Club and the Dublin Service League. After moving to Decatur in 2007, she joined Rehoboth Presbyterian Church, the Third Thursday Book Club and the Pine Glen Ladies Club.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Rehoboth Presbyterian church in Decatur, Ga., and at 11 a.m. Monday at Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ga. A.S. Turner & sons of Decatur, Ga., is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Thomas K. Patterson; her son, Tom Patterson Jr. of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and her daughters, Calli Patterson of Montgomery, Ala., and Jill Patterson Tolbert of Decatur, Ga.; her sons-in-law, Kimble Forrister and Joel Tolbert; six grandchildren: Ned Hunter Coleman, Sarah Alice Coleman, Adam Owen Tolbert, Clare Patterson Forrister, Daniel Hunter Tolbert, and Michael Thomas Tolbert; a brother, Fraser Lee Hunter of Southern Pines, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice Adams and John Pitman Hunter; a sister, Catherine Hunter Sadler; one brother, John P. Hunter; and a son, John Hunter Patterson, in 1996.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be given to either Henry Memorial Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Ga., Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Decatur, Ga., or the charity of the donor’s choice.
Wilma Flanagin Black
DORSEY – Wilma Flanagin Black, 71, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Nov. 4, 1937, to Yancie and Fannie Barnes. She was a member of the Dorsey Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, sang specials, and loved working with the children in the nursery. She worked at Reed’s Manufacturing and retired from North Mississippi Regional Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Dorsey Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Rushing and Bro. Jerry Estes officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Todd Flanagin (Doris); one daughter, Toni Taylor (Joe) of Tupelo; one grandchild, Dillion Flanagin of Hamilton, Ala.; and a special friend, Major Kirk of Iuka.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Boyd Flanagin and Will Black; two half sisters, Estelle Hallmark and Vera Barnes; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church.

Jefferson Davis
EUPORA – Jefferson Elijah Davis, 84, of Florida died Thursday, June 25, 2009, in the Golden Living Center in Eupora. Born in Baltimore, Md., he was a son of the late Vernon and Isabelle Damon Davis, and husband of the late Edwina Hardin Davis. He was a veteran of World War II, where he was the youngest member of the Flying Tigers at the age of 17. He earned his doctorate degree in literature at the University of Mississippi. He was a professor of literature at H.B. Byers School, the University of Miami and the University of Virginia, and recently received an award by Who’s Who in America in Literature. He was a member of the Dictionary Society of North America, the American Dialect Society and the I.Q. Society of America, which includes Mensa, Intertel and Triple 9. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Scottish Rites and a Shriner.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Burial will follow in Blue Mountain Cemetery. Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, N.C., and McBride Funeral Home in Ripley are assisting the family.
Survivors include a granddaughter, Laura Narmour and husband, Mike, of Eupora; three great-grandsons, Will Hart, Hunter Hart and Brett Chapman, all of Eupora; a great-granddaughter, Kayla Narmour of Eupora and Dot Pressley of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edwina Hardin Davis; and his parents.
Condolences may be e-mailed by going to the Webb Funeral Home website www.webbfh.com., selecting obituaries, clicking on the name to be viewed and signing the guestbook.
Harvey Wayne Cummings
FULTON – Harvey Wayne Cummings , 67, died suddenly Friday, June 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 9, 1942, in Itawamba County to Harvey Clifford and Vivian Maxine Pearson Cummings. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving nine years. He retired as a supervisor from the power plant industry in Indiana. After retirement, he moved back to Fulton 12 years ago. He was an accomplished woodworker and gardener. He was a licensed pilot and he enjoyed building motorized model airplanes.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Charles Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Cummings of Fulton; one son, Harvey Wayne Cummings Jr. (Dolly), and one daughter, Holly Christine Mayfield (Earnest), all of Texas; three sisters, Helen Taylor of Fulton, Hazel Hendrick (Donald) of Golden and Linda Moore (Jerry) of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Richard Allen Beam Jr., Tony Taylor, Jeffery Lee Shumpert, Bud Spencer, Ray Spencer, Jim Spencer and Dennis Spencer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Henry Gulledge
RED BANKS – Henry Gulledge, 87, died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mt. Newell M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Monday.

Jerry Clark
BYHALIA – Jerry Bland Clark, 62, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Jacob’s Chapel Cemetery in Ripley.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

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. today 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 Rudolph Wilson, 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 7 a.m. to service time today 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.

James E. Rogers
CORINTH – James E. Rogers, 85, formerly of New Albany, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Foote Street Church of Christ. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sudie Mae Pettigo
SALTILLO – Sudie Mae Pettigo, 76, of the Hebron community, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, she was born Jan. 7, 1933, to Lewis B. and Rennie Lyles Lyons. Earlier in her working life, she worked a number of years with Vend Foods and worked 18 years with Lee Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of the Baptist church. She enjoyed fishing and taking care of her dog, Tootsie. Before her health declined, she loved working in her flower beds and vegetable gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Wesley Kingsley officiating. Burial will be in the Eggville Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 60 years, James Andrew Pettigo of the Hebron community; three daughters, Sue Martin of Springhill community, Elsie Pettigo of Mantachie and Shelia Hall of the Hebron community; two sons, Prentiss Pettigo and wife, Charlotte, of Saltillo and James L. Pettigo of Mooreville; two sisters, Geneva Pearson and Mittie Smith, both of Saltillo; one brother, James Lyons of Saltillo; sisters-in-law, Delois West of the Ballarsville community, Lois Pettigo of Arkansas, Clara Mae Pettigo of Piggott, Ark., Sallie Pettigo of St. Charles, Ill., Carol Pettigo of Lombardi, Ill.; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Jefferson Pettigo of Piggott, Ark., and Dewy Edward Pettigo of Columbus; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; special friend, Martha Dean Saylors and her daughter, Carol M. Saylors, of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by one son, Gary Ray Pettigo, in 1976; one granddaughter, Sarah Pettigo; one grandson, Douglas Pettigo; and one brother, Robert Lyons.
Pallbearers will be Tim Pettigo, Anthony Pettigo, Billy Pettigo, Jimmy Pettigo, Frankie Martin, Zack Worley, Skylare Worley, Dewayne Pettigo and Shane Angle. Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue Sunday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Russell Jackson
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Russell Lee Jackson, 66, died Wednesday, June 24, 2009, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Fredericksburg, Va. He was born Feb. 12, 1943, in Marietta to Condo and Earline Hall Jackson. He lived most of his life in Nettleton, but had lived in Virginia for the past five years. He was a retired car dealer and an avid car enthusiast. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Jim Manley officiating. Burial will be in the Jackson Family Plot at Salem Cemetery in the Fairview community.
Survivors include two sons, Chadwick Jackson (Ruth) of King George, Va., and Christopher Jackson of Fayetteville, Ark.; two sisters, Bobbie Garrett of Verona and Brenda Jackson Russell (Phillip) of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Christopher Jackson II (Hannah) of Amory, and Blair, Chadwick Jr., Jewell, Derek and Lindsey Jackson, all of the home.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Todd (James); two brothers, Maurice Jackson and David Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Chad Jackson, Chris Jackson, Chris Jackson Jr., Reginal Russell, Kenneth Jones and Jamie Burrow.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marshuan D. Braxton
NEW ALBANY – Marshuan D. Braxton, 17, died Sunday, June 21, 2009, in Costa Rica. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Youth Choir, Missionary Group and Junior Council. He would have been a senior at the New Albany High School, where he played football and ran track. He also was a member of the step-team and the chorus, and manager of the basketball team. He was employed by Movie Reel and involved in many more activities.
Memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the New Albany Middle School Gym with the Rev. Amanda Gordon officiating. Burial will be in the Gerizum Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his grandmother and legal guardian, Elnora Howell of New Albany; his parents, Delilah Colyer and her husband, Timothy; sisters and brothers, Car Richardson, Alexis Braxton, Nicole Colyer, Karen Esken (Damain), Patricia Colyer, Aubrey Braxton, Mariah Waldrop, Tammy Peaches and Elias Colyer.
Tommy Busby
OKOLONA – Thomas Calton “Tommy” Busby, 56, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, Minn., after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 26, l952, to Billy and Lurinne Harris Busby. He grew up in Okolona and attended Mississippi School for the Deaf in Jackson. He worked for the Post Office in Memphis, Tenn., for 31 years and received many awards for his achievements before retiring on disability. He was one of the first deaf persons to be hired by the postal system. He was a member of the Kirby Woods Baptist Church in Memphis. He loved his family and friends, his computer and video phone.
He will be sorely missed by a grateful family and large host of friends. The family offers special thanks to Kathy Vogelphol, his wife’s sister, for all her support and help, and to a special friend, Joe Angle.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 28, 2009, at the Okolona Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Rev. Frank Millender, Dr. Larry Newell and John Michael Tacker officiating. Burial will follow in Shannon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday only at the Okolona Chapel.
A luncheon at the First United Methodist Church in Okolona will precede the visitation and all friends and relatives are invited.
Survivors include his wife of seven months, Virginia L. Busby of St. Paul, Minn.; two sons, Bruce Alan Busby of Baltimore, Md., and Daniel James Busby of Memphis, Tenn.; his mother and father, Lurinne and Billy Busby of Okolona; one brother, John Robert Busby (Mary Ann) of Pontotoc; one sister, Bonnie Wells (Barry) of Pontotoc; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Betty Busby, on March 29, 2008; his grandparents: Mr. and Mrs. Floyd T. Harris, and Mr. and Mrs. Calton Busby.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Busby, Ripp Wells, Tripp Tacker, John Michael Tacker, Barry Wells and Joe Angle. Honorary pallbearers will be James A. Wise and R.C. Culpepper.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 55802, Jackson, MS 39296 to advance research in kidney diseases or to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 436, Okolona, MS 38860.

Neriah Catledge
HOUSTON – Neriah Catledge died Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at his daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona.

Queen E. Pickens
HOUSTON – Queen E. Pickens died Friday, June 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

James Jowers
MT. PLEASANT – James Jowers, 94, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at Christopher’s Personal Home Care. He was born April 5, 1915, in Mt. Pleasant to James Jowers and Francis Person. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant. He was an employee of International Harvester for 29 years and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church in Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Scott Broughton officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Annette Croft Jowers of Mt. Pleasant; three nieces, Judy Hays of Cordele, Ga., Wanda Carroll of Adamsville, Tenn., and Lisa Croft of Collierville, Tenn.; one nephew, Bob Lee of St. James City, Fla.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm. today at the funeral home.

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