Obituaries June 5, 2009

Horace Jones Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Horace Jones Jr., 74, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Thyatira Church of Christ in Senatobia. Burial will be in Carter Sunset Memorial Garden in Senatobia. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Billy Moorman
MYRTLE – Billy Harold Moorman, 76, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born Nov. 29, 1932, in Pontotoc to Earnest Moorman and Loyce Griffin Moorman. He was a farmer and a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Myrtle. He enjoyed raising cows and baling hay.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Lottie Neuman Moorman of Myrtle; one son, Scott Moorman (Gail) of Myrtle; one sister, Lynette Hamra (Phil) of Cordova, Tenn.; a brother, Louis Moorman (Janice) of New Hope, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Emma Hillbrecht of Myrtle. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathrine Allison; and two brothers, Gene Moorman.
Pallbearers will be Randy Whiteside, Tim Sanders, Burl Walton, Joe Kizer, Matt Kizer and Jason Kizer. Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Bell, James Knighton, Ike Williams and John Potts.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Hazel Smith
PHEBA – Hazel Cousins Smith, 74, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, in Beaumont, Texas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the UFCW Local 1991 Bryan Union Hall in West Point. Burial will follow in Lower Prairie Creek Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Edell Stanford
SALTILLO – Edell Stanford, 89, died June 4, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a former resident of the Unity community and Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She retired after being employed by Blue Bell Mfg. in Baldwyn, Reed Mfg. and Premium Poly. She enjoyed quilting and gardening. She was a homemaker and a member of Mayfield Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Lott and Bro. Adam Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Unity Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bob Stanford (Anita) of Saltillo; one sister, Edith Waldrip of Hernando ; three grandchildren, Felicia Stanford (Gary), Tammy Rodgers (Greg) and Christie McDonald (Todd); six great-grandchildren, Corie Stanford, Chase Stanford, Tyson Rodgers, Hunter Rodgers, Austin McDonald and C.J. McDonald. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.C. Stanford; her parents, Frederick and Minnie Pugh Letson; three brothers, Hal Letson, Hunter Letson and Arnold Letson; two Sisters, Emoline Berthay and Zana Mae Nelson.
Pallbearers will be Todd McDonald, Austin McDonald, C.J. McDonald, Greg Rodgers, Tyson Rodgers, Hunter Rodgers, Gary Stanford and Chase Stanford.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Rickey Hendrix Sr.
TUPELO – Rickey Joe Hendrix Sr., 52, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his home in Tupelo after a long illness. 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. today at the funeral home.

Chad Tapp
WALNUT – Chad Ray Tapp, 61, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brush Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 10 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Darlene Maxwell
DENNIS – Darlene Maxwell, 74, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Aug. 5, 1934, in Prentiss County to Rufus and Mollie Smith Gann. She was a factory worker employed by Blue Bell from which she retired. She was a member of Palestine Community Church. She enjoyed gardening, and loved quilting, but loved spending time with her family the most.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Palestine Community Church at Paden with Bro. Danny Young officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are her husband, Bobby Maxwell of Dennis; three daughters, Brenda Hastings (Jeff) of Booneville, Patsy Wanner (Roger) and Sandra Leathers, all of Belmont; two sons, Ricky Wooten of McAllen, Texas, and Terry Wooten (Melissa) of Golden; four sisters, Freeda Smith of Belmont, Barbara Mock of Paden, Edith Russell (Terry) of Paden and Linda Patterson (Rex) of Red Bay, Ala.; one brother, Jimmy Dale Gann ( Bonnie) of Tishomingo; seven grandchildren, Jaclyn Day, Elise Wooten, Tara Wanner, Angie Patterson (Bobby), Zack Wanner, Colby Aldridge and Aaron Aldridge; three great-grandchildren, Jasmine, Isiah and Kurtland Patterson; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Butch Wooten; her parents; and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Dale Gann, Dale Gann, Steven Patterson, Terry Woods, Jerry Smith and Timothy Smith.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Palestine Community Church and continue until service time on Saturday.

Beathrice Lawrence
CALHOUN CITY – Beathrice Lawrence, 72, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Double Springs M.B. Church in Slate Springs. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
To access the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Bobby McIntosh
AMORY – Robert “Kansas City Star” McIntosh, 71, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 11, 1938, in Monroe County to Phillip and Dezzie Pierce McIntosh. He attended school in Wren and Okolona. He worked in a steel mill in Kansas City, Mo. He was a member of the New Prospect M.B. Church of Nettleton, MS. He enjoyed music, singing and joking with his friends and family, and earned the nickname “Kansas City Star.”
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at New Prospect M.B. Church in Nettleton with the Rev. George Taylor officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Lawrence Morgan of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Dorothy Jean McIntosh of Wren; two brothers, R.T. Mcintosh (Francis) of Wren and Pierce Mcintosh of Indianola; three sisters, Annie Ritts Cook of Tupelo, Adrian Haynes (Coleman) of Nettleton and Janice Iona of Atlanta, Ga.; one aunt, Lorine Mcintosh of Kansas City, Mo.; one uncle, Author Mcintosh of Kansas City, Mo; six grandchildren. He was preceded in deaths by his parents.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and family hours from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Frances Martin
BELMONT – Francis Martin, 80, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at the Tishomingo Living Center in Iuka. She was born Oct. 28, 1928, in Tishomingo County to Tommy D. and Mattie Mae Powell McClung. She was a factory worker and a member of Liberty Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ron Deaton and Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one son, Larry “Buck” Martin of Belmont; one daughter, Linda Chism (Mike) of Belmont; six grandchildren, Christie Crane, Jodie Martin, Connie Grubbs (Tony), Brent Chism, Cody Chism and Chris White (Krystal); and nine great-grandchildren, Jake Miller, Rollen Ewing, Bryce White, Alyssa Grubbs, MauriJo Grubbs, Audrey Anna Senter, Baylee Senter, Gracie Mae Crane and Lexi Chism. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo “Dobbin” Martin; her parents; a daughter, Charlotte White; a great-grandson, Tyler Senter; a sister, Minnie Lee Patterson; and three brothers, J.C. McClung, Tom McClung and Joe McClung.
Pallbearers will be Brent Chism, Cody Chism, Tony Grubbs, Chris White, Dennis Gann and Greg Robinson.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Gavin Williams
HOUSTON – Gavin Daniel Williams, infant, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women;s Center in Tupelo.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery in Woodland with Bro. James Hilderbrand officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Tanya Williams; two sisters and one brother; his grandfather, Ronnie Forsythe; two aunts, Tina Thomas and Ronda Colten; one stepgrandfather, Lloyd Weaver. He was preceded in death by a grandmother, Linda Weaver.

Sarah L. Pulliam
TUPELO – Sarah L. Pulliam, 71, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Col. Van D. Bell Jr.
NETTLETON – Col. Van Daley Bell Jr., 90, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Col. Bell was born Aug. 25, 1918, in Atlanta, Ga., to Van D. Bell Sr. and Grace Hicks Bell. He grew up in Miami, Fla., and enlisted in the Marine Corps in l936 at the age of 17. He honorably and bravely served his country for 39 years, retiring with the rank of colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps. After boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., Col. Bell went to China and served with the 4th Marines during the Sino-Japanese War. He spent several years in China and served throughout the Pacific aboard the flagship of the Asiatic fleet, the USS Augusta, serving as an orderly and bodyguard for Admiral Yarnell. During his China years, he won the Asiatic Pacific and All Navy boxing championships. During World War II, Mst. Sgt. Bell participated in the battles of Gaudalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa. After World War II, 1st Lt. Bell was ordered back to China. He later served in the Korean War, where he became company commander of A/1/7. Lt. Col. Bell served as the battalion commander for the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines, in Vietnam for two consecutive tours. In l967, Col. Bell returned from Vietnam to serve as inspector for the 2nd Marine Division at Camp LeJeune, N.C. He then went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was commanding officer of Marine Barracks and Ground Forces Defense Commander for the U.S. Naval Base. He later was Chief of Staff for Landing Forces Training Command in Coronado, Calif. In l973, he went to Okinawa as commanding officer of Camp Butler. Upon returning to Camp LeJeune, he retired after 39 years service in the Marine Corps, starting as private and retiring as colonel.
His distinguished and highly decorated service to his country made him among the most decorated and respected Marines of all times. His decorations include two Navy Crosses (the nation’s second highest decoration), two Silver Stars, Legion of Merit with Combat V, Bronze Star with Combat V, five Purple Hearts, Combat Action Ribbon, four Presidential Unit Citations, four Navy Unit Citations, Good Conduct Medal with two Stars, Yangtze Service Medal, China Service Medal with Bronze Star, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two Gold Palms and one Gold Star among others. He enjoyed attending military reunions around the country. After retirement to Nettleton, Col. Bell completely devoted himself to country living and raising his two sons. He enjoyed fishing with them and gardening. He was a member of the Nettleton United Methodist Church.
Marines all around the country are diminished at Col. Bell’s passing and he will be remembered for years to come among America’s great military leaders in the mold of the “Greatest Generation.”
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. David Brooks officiating. Col. Bell will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. among the nations’ military heroes.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Shumpert Bell of Nettleton, whom he married Jan. 7, l967; two sons, Lt. Col. Doug Bell (Patricia) of Camp LeJeune, N.C., and Sgt. Sam Bell (Lane) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Cayman Bell, Ryan Bell, Riley Bell, Carson Bell and Garrett Bell; a sister, Wilma Grace (Don) of Tampa, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Eugene Pettigrew (Pat) of Nettleton. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Brownlee; three brothers, Murray, Jimmy and Eugene Bell; his in-laws, Lester and Bessie Riley Shumpert; and a sister-in-law, Kay S. Busenlehner.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday only.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Veteran’s Memorial Park, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS. 38803.

Wendell Holt
BURNSVILLE – Wendell Carroll Holt, 51, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his home.
Services will be Saturday at the Burnsville Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Palestine Cemetery at Paden. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Burnsville Church of Christ.

Ed Cole
ABERDEEN – Ed Cole, 102, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at the Greenwood Leflore Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kings Chapel United Methodist Church. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The online registry is located at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
John Wood
VALENCIA, Calif. – John Allen Wood, 42, died Sunday, May 31, 2009, at his home in Valencia, Calif., after a long illness. He was born Sept. 12, 1966, in Bruce and grew up in West Point. He attended Oak Hill Academy and graduated from West Point High School. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy, serving time in Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy with top honors, he worked in the real estate market as division manager and vice president of sales for several years. He enjoyed spending time with his daughter, Bailey, and his family and friends, golf, fishing and camping. He lived life to the fullest.
A memorial service will be Monday at Faith Baptist Church in West Point. The Rev. Ben Yarber will officiate. Visitation will be two hours before the service. Rose Family Funeral Home of Simi Valley, Calif., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dawn, and daughter, Bailey Wood, of Valencia, Calif.; his parents, Allen and Betty Wood of West Point, and Jean Posey of Amory; his grandmother, Wilma Bailey of Bruce; his father-in-law, Joe Hudak of Valencia; two sisters, Tonya (Cricket) Miller of Nettleton and Sonya (Eddie) Shaw of Columbus; two brothers, J.W. (Mary Ann) Posey of Amory and David (Crissy) Wood of West Point; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Winfred Bailey; his grandparents, Bob and Gladys Wood; a sister, Donna Cook; and his mother-in-law, Dottie Hoehn.

Chad Wallace
OKOLONA – Chad Lamont Wallace died Friday, May 29, 2009, in Okolona. He was born May 17, 1972, to Beatrice Buchanan and Rudolph Young Sr. He was a member of Higher Heights Church. He attended Shannon High School. He married Marguerite Richardson on July 10, 1998.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Shannon High School gym with the Rev. Nathan Brown and the Rev. Jeffery Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Johnson Chapel Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marguerite Wallace; two daughters, Chasity Wallace and Yahweshia Payne; one son, De’Auntay Payne; his parents, Beatrice Buchanan and Rudolph Young Sr.; two sisters, Daphne Wallace and Benita Cook; three brothers, Ezell (Desiree) Wallace, Nathan (Stephanie) Brown and Rudolph Young Jr.; his father- and mother-in-law, Knowledge and Artie Richardson; one brother-in-law and four sisters-in-laws; two aunts and seven uncles; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie and Beatrice Buchanan; uncles, Corsit and Toby Buchanan; and cousins, Josephine Dawson and Christopher Buchanan.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour before service time at church. The guestbook may be accessed at www.nljonesandson.com.

Dave Williams
FULTON – William David “Dave” Williams, 49, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born May 21, 1960, to Whell “Tim” and Bobbie Jean Tyra Williams. He was self-employed as a trim carpenter. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid NASCAR fan.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Williams of Fulton; one daughter, Nicole Dickerson (Josh) of Mantachie; one stepson, Anthony Whitten (Erin) of Tremont; one brother, Eddie Williams (Liz) of Sardis; one sister, Lisa Davis (Rodney) of Saltillo; the mother of his daughter, Vicki Lamb (Barry) of Mantachie; nine grandchildren, Braxton Lovvorn of Fulton, Brooklyn Dickerson and Brody Dickerson of Mantachie, Courtney Whitten, Megan Whitten and Savanna Whitten, all of Fulton, and Eron Worley, April Worley and Heather Worley, all of Tremont; his parental guardians, Newell and Betty Jane Williams of Mooreville; and his extended family, Mike Williams (Christy), Mark Williams, Missy Williams (Dwayne), Joy Easterling and Jeffrey Williams (Kim), all of Mooreville, and Matt Williams (Kayla) of Mantachie. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Morris, Bobby Bennett, Mark Foster and Steve Ramey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House or the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund.

Willie Joe Marshall
ABERDEEN – Willie Joe Marshall, 90, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church only.
Bobby Peel
IUKA – Bobby Peel, 70, formerly of Glendale, Ariz., died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a loving father and grandfather, always providing for his family as best as he could. He enjoyed his 1950 Mercury which won many awards at car shows. He also enjoyed gardening and St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield officiating. Cremation will follow.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Peel of Iuka; four daughters, Linda Emmons (Allen) of Fallon, Nev., Cathy Hoffman of Kingman, Ariz., Denise Wright (David) of Chandler, Ariz., and Bobbie Crowe (Gerald) of Iuka; one brother, Bill Peel of Arizona; two sisters, Anna Shreeve (Kent) of Little Rock, Ark., and Laura Peel of Kennett, Mo.; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Willie Peel, and a sister, Ona Lovelady.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and www.cancer.org.

Gladys Justice
TUPELO – Gladys Justice, 93, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at Cedars Heathcare Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born July 3, 1915, to R.N. and Winnie Dell Whitlock. She enjoyed the time she had at Cedars and appreciated the loving care she received. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Dwain Ard and Rev. Tony Piraino officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include her stepsister, Faye Cantrell of Tupelo; one brother, Colonel Thomas W. Whitlock, USAF (RET) of Fort Walton, Beach, Fla.; her good friend and pastor, Rev. Dwain Ard. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Harry Whitlock; and her husband, Charles Justice.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, PO Box 42, Tupelo MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Grace Wiygul
STARKVILLE – Alma Grace Todd Wiygul, 92, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville.

Antonia Gardner
CORINTH – Antonia Gardner, 39, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mason St. Luke Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lynn Owens
BALDWYN – Lynn Kitchens Owens, 54, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Hamblin officiating.
Survivors include one son, Michael Owens Jr. (Stacey) of Guntown; two grandchildren, Katlin Owens of Guntown and Kadin Owens of Guntown. She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Ione Hogue Kitchens, and an uncle, John Kitchens.
Pallbearers will be David King, Brad Samples and John Samples.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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