Obituaries June 5, 2010

Chris Christian
MANTACHIE – Christopher James Marshall “Chris” Christian, 47, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 4, 1962, to James Christian and Gloria Gregg. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Friendship Methodist Church in Peppertown. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sisters, Theresa (Mark) Sheffield of Mantachie and Cindy (Terry) Kelly of Saltillo; two brothers, Matthew Christian and Noah (Christina) Christian of Jackson; his stepmother, Marilyn Christian of Jackson; his nephews, Michael Kelly, Preston Sheffield, Mark-Alan Sheffield, Marshall Christian, Alan Sheffield and Tripp Christian; his nieces, Morgan Kelly and Marley Christian; his aunt, Selma Beane, numerous cousins; and his lifelong friend and hunting buddy, Kirk Boyd of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by parents; his grandparents, Clyde and Willie Mae Christian, and Homer and Grace Batey.
Tammy Kidd
BOONEVILLE – Tammy Kidd, 44, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Larry Abston
HOLLY SPRINGS – Larry Abston, 45, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.
Services will be at noon today at Hopewell No. 1 M.B. Church. Burial will be in Bowens Cemetery in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. today.

Elbert Skelton Jr.
LAMAR – Elbert “Buddy” Skelton Jr., 77, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at The Med in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rice Chapel Cemetery at Lamar.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joe Waldrop Jr.
NEW ALBANY – Joe Waldrop Jr., 45, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Emmett Harrison
WEST POINT – Emmett Harrison, 70, died Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at the West Point Community Living Center.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of visitation, the guest register may be sign from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thurman Hicks
BELDEN – Thurman Wesley Hicks, 80, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at Church Street Personal Care in Ecru. He was born May 14, 1930, in Derma. He was retired from the U.S. Forestry Service with more than 32 years of service. He was a member of New Faith Baptist Church, a Mason and a Gideon.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pinecrest Memorial Garden with the Rev. Chris Moody officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Evelyn Anderson and husband, Don, of Tupelo; one son, Steve Wesley Hicks and wife, JoAnn, of Randolph; one sister, Myrtis Newsom of Pontotoc; one brother, Talmadge Hicks of Pikeville, Tenn.; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Grace Hicks; a son, Christopher Hicks; his parents, Spurgeon “S.O.” Hicks and Ruby Helms Hicks; and a brother, Royce Hicks.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today.
Bessie Mae Swinney
BOONEVILLE – Bessie Mae Swinney, 81, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. She was a member of the Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church. She was a retired seamstress for Blue Bell. She enjoyed helping others and participating in activities at the Landmark.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Marshall Boyd and Bro. Rickey Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Kaye Skelton (Michael) of Hattiesburg, Connie Gambill (Frank) of Booneville; sisters, Charlene Lovell of Baldwyn, Pat McBrayer of Saltillo; brother, R.D. Boren Jr. (Geritta) of Booneville; sister-in-law, Madene White of Booneville; grandchildren, David Michael Skelton, Rodney Gambill (Kelley), Wesley Gambill (Beth), Lacy Bullock (Eric), Grant Duncan; great-grandchildren, Ashton Skelton and Olivia Gambill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell D, Boren and Erma Magers Boren; her husband, Kirksie Swinney; one daughter, Renee Duncan; brothers and sisters, Elton Boren, J.C. Boren, Billy Wayne Boren, Lula Faye Lovell, Geraldine Heavener and Avis Ryan.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Hutchens, Mitchell Boren, Donny Boren, Russell Boren, John Brazel, Perry Brazel and Rickey Heavener. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Deno Corley
OKOLONA – Bevlia Dean “Deno “ Corley, 69, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 18, 1941, in Chickasaw County to Bevlia Lee Corley and Jewel Conwill Corley. A lifelong Chickasaw Countian, he spent much of his childhood with his grandmother, Sudie Lee Corley. He retired after a lifetime of working as a carpenter, electrician and farmer. He was a Methodist and a Master Mason, affiliated with Prairie Lodge 87 in Okolona. He loved his family dearly as was evident by the nicknames he gave all his family members. He was a practical jokester and avid conversationalist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Wayne Clegg and Bro. Kenneth Corley officiating. Burial will be East Chickasaw Gardens in Okolona.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Corley; two daughters, Daphanie Corley and Paula Jaggers (Eric), all of Okolona; one brother, John Lee Corley of Hatley; one sister, Janet Sue McKay (Hal) of Bruce; his grandchildren, Brooke, Lindsy and Hayden Jaggers; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Lee and Sudie Lee Jolly Corley, and John and Mary Young Conwill; and his brother, Billy Corley.
Pallbearers will be James Lee Corley, Robert Corley, Larry Dale Prewett, John Parker Davis, Danny Buskirk Jr. and Jim Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Moore, and Gary, Bobby and Robbie Joe Carnathan.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Becky VanArsdall
OXFORD – Sarah Rebecca “Becky” Delp VanArsdall, 85, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at her home in Oxford. She was born in Tishomingo County on Oct. 28, 1924, to Mamie Kennedy Delp and Daniel Boone Delp. She attended the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. As a military wife, she traveled extensively both in the United States and Europe. She was a gifted writer, writing a column for the Daily Corinthian and later for the Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Ala. While residing in Oxford, she was employed by the University of Mississippi Library and later worked as the secretary for the Lafayette County Youth Court until her retirement.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday in Wesley Hall. The private family interment will follow on Tuesday at Henry Cemetery in Corinth. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Danny Dean and his wife, Margaret, of Memphis, Ralph Dean and his wife, Tis, of Oxford and Scott Riker VanArsdall of Oxford; two sisters, Weesie McKenzie of Collierville, Tenn., and Virginia Mercier of Corinth; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677 or Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 S. 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit the website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences.

Jerry Griffin
MEMPHIS – Gerald Van “Jerry” Griffin, 60, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at Allen Morgan Health and Rehab in Memphis. He was born Dec. 11, 1949, in Houston to Lundy Columbus Griffin and Elsie Gaye Barnes Griffin. He was a retired probation officer for Shelby County Department of Children’s Services. He was a Vietnam Army veteran.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Macedonia Cemetery in Houston with Rev. Steve Griffin officiating. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Elsie Griffin of Round Rock, Texas; his brother, Glen Griffin and wife, Dot, of Round Rock, Texas; his nieces, Stephanie Blackburn of Bossier City, La., and Amy Goode of Hutto, Texas; five great-nieces and great-nephews; his close friend, Kathy Crisp of Memphis; and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lundy C. Griffin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Bertron Hollowell
ABERDEEN – Bertron Terry “Pops” Hollowell, 62, died Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at his home in Aberdeen. A lifelong resident of Aberdeen, he was born Oct. 20, 1947, to Bertron “Buster” Hollowell and Frances Bell Hollowell. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1965 and from Mississippi State University with an engineering degree. He was a member of Aberdeen First Baptist Church. He served as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Roy McKay officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one uncle, James Hollowell, and his wife, Thelma, of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
To sign the register and leave online condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
James Brown
PONTOTOC – James Willie Brown, 67, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a 1960 graduate of Algoma High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who was honorably discharged on July 19, 1966. He was a member of Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church and a former member of the Masonic Order of the Royal Arch. He was a loving grandfather.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Chris Moody officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Ann Brown; a son, James Matthew Brown and his wife, Tiffany Brown; a daughter, Rachel Ann Brown Davis and her husband, Ben Davis; grandchildren, Amber Michelle Brown, Adelene Jewel Brown, Morgan Danielle Brown-Davis, Brian James Ward Brown-Davis and Tracy Mattie May Brown-Davis; one brother, Lewis Brown; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Brown; his mother, Mattie May Brown; and a brother, Edward Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Brown, Lewis Brown, Ben Davis, Brian Davis, Dalton Humphres, Dylan Chandler, Don Anderson, John Micheal Baker, deacons of Bethlehem Free Will Baptist Church, Dennis Lyons, Roger Willard, Tom Dubose and Eric Dubose.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Eugenia Talbot
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Eugenia Jones Talbot, 86, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 24, 1924, to Harold Evans Jones and Mattie Sue Hollingsworth Jones in Monroe County. She graduated from Greenwood Springs High School. She was a homemaker and had lived in Monroe County since 1989. She was a member of Paine Memorial Methodist Church in the Athens community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Aubrey Boren officiating. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Gerald Bruce Talbot of Greenwood Springs; one son, Gerald Bruce Talbot Jr. of Greenwood Springs; one sister, Helen Atkins of Amory; one grandson, Christopher Marcus Talbot; three great-grandchildren, Kennedy Lera Talbot, Molly Ann Cockerham and Hayley Elise Minga.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Clayton “Bud” Jones.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Atkins, Sammy Atkins, Joe E. Jones, Marty Sanders, Wayne Pope, Clayton Jones and Ronald Dahlem.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sign the guest register and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
James Taylor
RIENZI – James Ward Taylor, 81, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, in Rienzi. He was a member and trustee at Bethel United Methodist Church. He was a retired employee of the Coca Cola Bottling Company. He also trained and hunted coon dogs. He was a member of the Woodmen of the World and a former member of the Rienzi Rescue Squad. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed working, his tractor and growing truck patches.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Home in Corinth with the Rev. Jerry Kelly and the Rev. Jimmy Glover officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Katherine Pittman (Don) of Petal; three sons, Charles R. Taylor of Corinth, and Lanny Taylor and Jimmy Taylor (Donna) of Rienzi; grandchildren, Laura (Noal) Cochran, Samuel Don Pittman, Rick (Shannon) Taylor, Pam (Phillip) Verdung, Chasity Taylor, Chad (Lisa) Taylor, Robert Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Shanda Taylor, Bart (Jennifer) Taylor, Jennifer (Matt) Phillips, Justin Taylor, Shane Holland and John Taylor.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ruth Taylor; a son, Jeffery Taylor; his brother, Thomas Allen Taylor; and his parents, James Franklin and Katie Ward Taylor.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Yancey, Ray Massengill, Olan Voyles, Bill Sanders, James Roy Maricle, William Lee Bridges, Jerry Benjamin, Robert Suitor, Sandy Williams, Dr. John Prather, Dr. Leonard Pratt and the men of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church, 40 CR 7200, Booneville, MS 38829.

Fannie Lee Cook
PONTOTOC – Fannie Lee Cook, 90, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.

Otis Berry
PONTOTOC – Otis Berry, 52, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Cecillia Jones
CORINTH – Cecillia Jones died Friday, June 4, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Hospital after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.

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