Obituaries June 28, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

Juanita Deese
IUKA – Juanita Elizabeth Johnston Deese, 88, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Carrington House Assisted Living Center.
Services will be at 8:30 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Balhalla Memorial Garden in Eight Mile, Ala. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Beatrice Southern
WEST POINT – Beatrice Davis Southern, 94, died, Saturday, June 27, 2009 at her sister’s home in West Point. She was born Jan. 5, 1915, in Tuscalooosa, Ala., to the late Nan Fancher Davis and Fred Davis and was former owner Compton Grocery on Murff Row. Later she and her husband established Kwik Shop Food Store. She was a member of Siloam United Methodist Church and she married James Henry Southern on March 7, 1936, in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with Rev. David Schultz officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Mary Lou Walker of West Point; brother and sister-in-law, W.V. and Mary Helen Southern of West Point; sister in law, Frances Cordray of Columbus, Ga.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband on June 27, 1988; three sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Mac Steadman, Joey Michel, Jimmy Pee, Sonny Duke, David Duncan, Brad Gable, Jimmy Stevenson and Gene Baldwin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Gene White, James Hawkins, Bobby Speed, Ed Chaney, Kenny Arnold, Rocky Fulgham, Bobby Huffman, Shane Elliott, Frank Gibbs, Joey Johnson, Thad Nelson, C. F. “Sonny” Alsup, Brad Walker, Will Friend, Dan Chaney, Billy Caskey, John Caskey, Paul Caskey, Ray Cox and her many friends and former patrons of Compton Grocery and the Kwik Shop.
Memorials may be made to Siloam United Methodist Church, 2686 Hwy 47, West Point, MS 39773; or to the organization of the donor’s choice.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kerry Robertson
PONTOTOC – Kerry Don “Buck” Robertson, 60, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at his residence. He was a construction worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Maury City, Tenn., Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Maury City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Kerry Robertson, Tracy Robertson and Jamie Robertson; six grandchildren, Kaitlin, Kelsey, Preston, Ethan, Evan and Brenna Lynn; and one brother, Randy Robertson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Robertson; his mother, Peggy Sue Tucker; his wife, Helen Kay Robertson; and one sister, Sonja Loretta Gillen.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Pontotoc and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church in Maury City, Tenn.
Margaret Hall
VERONA – Margaret Dorothy Cope Hall, 72, died Thursday, June 25, 2009, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Tupelo where she had briefly resided. She was born in Hellertown, Pa., on Feb. 6, 1937, to the late Ralph Cope and Clara Mae Heckman Cope. She was a housewife and had lived in the Lee County area for 20 years, moving here from Bethlehem, Pa. She attended the Verona Pentecostal Church and enjoyed working word puzzles and watching television, especially “The Price Is Right.”
Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with family and friends bringing personal reflections. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Stephen “Steve” Cope (Patricia) of Kernersville, N.C., and Raymond “Ray” Stein of Bethlehem, Pa.; three grandchildren, Valerie Salinas (Benito) of Tupelo, Stephen A. “Junior” Cope of North Carolina and Joshua Cope of California; and great-grandchildren, Julia Salinas, Azalee Staples, Bryson Cope and Camden Cope.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time on Monday evening only.

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 services will be at 3 p.m. today 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 the arrangements.
Survivors include his grandmother and legal guardian, Elnora Howell of New Albany; his parents, Delilah Colyer and her husband Timothy; and sisters and brothers, Car Richardson, Alexis Braxton, Nicole Colyer, Karen Esken (Damain), Patricia Colyer, Aubrey Braxton and Elias Colyer.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time today in the gymnasium.
James E. Rogers
CORINTH – James E. Rogers Jr., 85, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was born on April 28, 1924, to the late James E. and Gaither Smith Rogers in New Albany, where he lived for 75 years before moving to Henderson, Tenn. He moved to Corinth in November of 2008. He was a World War II Naval Air Corp Veteran and a Lion Oil Company Distributor for over 35 years. As a former member of New Albany church of Christ, he served as a deacon for 18 years and an elder for 18 years. He was involved in mission work in Idaho Falls, Idaho; Prentiss, Russia and Ghana, West Africa, and conducted singing schools in nine states and Russia. He was an adult Sunday School teacher and preached occasionally. Most recently, he was a member of the Foote Street church of Christ. He served on the board of Mid-South Youth Camp for about 45 years. The lake at MSYC was named the Rogers Lake in honor of his leadership in rebuilding it in 1977. He received a B.S. degree in Bible in May 2005 at the age of 81, distinguishing him as the oldest person ever to graduate from Freed-Hardeman University. In 2006 he was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University. He was named president of the Advisory Board of FHU for 1990-1991 after 20 years of service, and he continued to serve on the board until his death. He was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2002. He and his wife served as the official grandparents of the university students for a number of years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Foote Street Church of Christ with Ministers Roy Sharp, Ben Flatt, Billy Smith and Milton Sewell officiating. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Altha Dodd Rogers, whom he married Sep. 22, 1946; three daughters, Becky Cargile (Ken) of Henderson, Tenn., Connie Walton of Corinth and Jean Simmons (Kurt) of Richardson, Texas; eight grandchildren; and 4 great grandchildren. He was the uncle of Dr. John Dodd of Corinth.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Steve DePriest, Dr. John Dodd, Stephen Dorris, Greg Harrison, Jesse Robertson and Harold Russell.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Brown, Jimmy Coley, Everett Day, Taze Lofton, Harold Montgomery, Bill Steelman, Bob Williams and Vance Witt.
Family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Rogers-Dodd-Conger Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman University, Henderson, TN; or Mid-South Youth Camp c/o Freed-Hardeman University.
Wade Easley Jr.
HOULKA – Wade Earnest Easley Jr., 70, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 14, 1939, in Chickasaw County to Wade Earnest Easley Sr. and Mary Opal Griffin Easley. He was a retired employee of MDOT, a “shade tree jack of all trades”, a member of Victory Baptist Church and a Navy veteran.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Schooner Valley Baptist Church in Houlka with Rev. Danny Kelly officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Joann Brown Easley of Houlka; two daughters, Mary Ernesta Smith (Wesley) of Booneville and Marsha Ranae McVay (Charles) of Pontotoc; one grandson, Samuel A. McVay; two stepdaughters, Barbara Spratlin (Larry) of Germantown, Tenn., and Marta Tunnell (Joe Boy) of Bruce; two brothers, Charles Easley (Doris) and Rhea, both of Houlka; and one sister, Mary Kinard of Hernando.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Thomas Ann Logan Easley; three brothers, Bro. Buford Easley, Donald B. Easley and Theo M. Easley; one sister, Marjorie Caviness; and one brother-in-law, Roy Kinard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Rose Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Ken Westmorland, P.O. Box 128, Houlka, MS 38850; or to the Collums Cemetery Fund, c/o Toni Brown, 1518 CR 20, Houlka, MS 38850.
Family and friends may sign an online register at houstonfuneralhomems.com
Wayne Warren
HURRICANE – Wayne Warren, 76, died Saturday, June 27, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member and longtime deacon of Hurricane Baptist Church and former Vice President of Basic Wood Products in Pontotoc. He was founder and owner of W.W. Wood Products of Hurricane and he was a United States Army veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hurricane Baptist Church with Bro. Philip Brock and Bro. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie S. Warren of Hurricane; one daughter, Jil Frohn (Eric) of New Albany; one son, Phil Warren (Stephanie) of Hurricane; five grandchildren, Olivia Wells, Mary-Colston Warren, Anna Grace Warren, Will Frohn and Elizabeth Frohn.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Warren, Chris Russell, Chad Russell, Charles Short, Cason Short, Jeff Warren, Johnny Fears and Jimmy Hardin.
Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Hurricane Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and will continue from 10 a.m. to Noon Monday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Monday.
Memorials may be made to the Hurricane Baptist Church Building Fund.

Ray W. Barber
FULTON – Ray Wendell Barber, 79, died Friday, June 26, 2009, at the Dogwood Plantation in Fulton. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher. He retired from Knight Brothers Furniture. He was a big dog handler and served as secretary of the Natchez Trace Beagle Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett and Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Barber, of Fulton; one son, Mike Barber of Peaceful Valley; one daughter, Nan Jernigan (Jerry) of Lake Butler, Fla.; one stepson, Rick Smith (Cynthia) of Fulton; one sister, Thelma Knight, of Mantachie; four grandchildren, Chris Barber, Becky Graham, Erica Parrish and Jessica Simpson; two step grandchildren, Leigh Smith and Jason Smith; four great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Barber; his parents, Shelby Reginal and Tennie Lou Beene Barber; one stepson, Larry Smith; and his daughter-in-law, Patty Barber.
Pallbearers will be Jason Smith, Pat Young, Mike Barber, Chris Barber, David Knight and Brant Graham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Johnnie Graham, Charlie McCarthy, Charles Reeves, Buddy Hood and John Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.