Obituaries June 6, 2009

Bobby Jackson
TIPLERSVILLE – Bobby Matthew Jackson, 69, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at his residence in Tiplersville. He was born June 25, 1939, to Melvin Eugene Jackson and Faye McDowell Jackson. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. He was retired from Bench Craft.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jay Biedenharn and Bro. Larry Meeks officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Shelia Crum Jackson of Tiplersville; two grandchildren, Jessica Waldon Mills (Brandon) of Tiplersville and Dustin Waldon of Walnut; two great-grandchildren, Jaden Duncan and Brody Mills; five sisters, Sue Earney (Billy) of Coldwater, Jean Vick (Robert) of Ripley, Dorothy Lindsey (Malcolm) of Ripley, Judy Collins (Ronnie) of Collierville, Tenn., and Vicky Hatcher of Dumas. He was preceded in death by one son, Ronnie Jackson; his parents; and one sister, Shirley Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Earney, Robert Vick, Eric Vick, Michael Lindsey, Colby Collins, Chad Collins, Bradley Hatcher, Jason Jackson and Mark Lindsey.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries and sign guestbook online, visit

Samuel Quimby
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Samuel Hunter Quimby, formerly of Tupelo, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, S.C. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Willie Dean
SALTILLO – Willie James Dean. 60, died Saturday, May 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of the Church of the Living God. He was a former employee of Randy and Pat Bean, and the Goodman Family. He was devoted to his family and friends. He loved cooking, watching sports, playing cards and spending quality time with family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Living God. Pastor Theodore Roch will officiate, and Elder Emma Morrow will deliver the eulogy. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Robin Morris of Tupelo, Calvin Westbrook of Pontotoc and Shatina Dean of Calhoun City; a brother, Robert Gaston of Memphis; two aunts, Ardeen Warren of Saltillo and Eloise Howard of Baldwyn; five uncles, Frank Lester (Glisteen) Cook of Saltillo, and Darlee Gaston, John Lee Gaston, Ashby Gaston and Sonnie Lee Gaston, all of Chicago; special cousins, Alijah Westmoreland and Amarion Westmoreland of Saltillo, Kimberly Enos of Plantersville, Eunice Doxey of Tupelo; a special friend, Kathy Quarles of Tupelo; four grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee Gaston and Bernice Cook Dean; his grandparents who raised him in their home, Ephriam Cook and Maggie Kohleium Cook, Annie Jane Gaston and Robert Gaston, five brothers Allen, Eugene, Willie Allen, Otha and Burley.
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Francis 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 were Friday, June 5, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ron Deaton and Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial was in Belmont Memory Garden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont was 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 were Brent Chism, Cody Chism, Tony Grubbs, Chris White, Dennis Gann and Greg Robinson.

William McCuiston
BOONEVILLE – William McCuiston, 84, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
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. today 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 and E.L. 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.
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Elona Franks
RIPLEY – Aliph Elona Hood Franks,70, died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Sept. 20, 1938, to Ben and Callie Meadows Hood. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a retired waitress and cook.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Copeland and Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Franks of Ripley; one son, Kenny Vires (Sue) of Booneville; and one granddaughter, Kayla Vires of Booneville. She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Suzanne Vires and Amber Vires.
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Philip Robbin
HOLLY SPRINGS – Philip Robbin, 81, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 11, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be Wednesday at the funeral home.
Rickey Hendrix Sr.
TUPELO – Rickey Joe Hendrix Sr., 52, died Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was born Jan. 26, 1957, in Lee County. He lived most of his life in Nettleton, but had lived in Tupelo for the past 10 years. He was a former maintenance supervisor for PeopLoungers in Nettleton for 26 years. He was the owner of Hendrix Complete Lawn Care. He loved going hunting and fishing. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Bill Payne officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Faye Patty Hendrix of Tupelo; his father, Lester Hendrix (Louine) of Tupelo; one daughter, Aimy Carr (Bob) of Mooreville; two sons, Jeff “Les” Hendrix (Melissa) of Nettleton and Justin Hendrix (Jessica) of Amory; two sisters, Joy Parks of Tupelo and Ann Smith of Belden; a half sister, Tina Robertson (Dave) of Vernon, Ala.; a stepsister, Cheryl Russell of Brewer; two stepbrothers, Ricky Allen Collier (Becky) of Booneville and Steve Collier (Cindy) of Tishomingo; eight grandchildren, Gracie Mae Hendrix, Lakyn Vaughn, Austin Hurley, June Taylor Hendrix, Casey Peden, Payden Bell, Brylen Carr and Ashlen Carr. He was preceded in death by a son, Rickey Joe Hendrix Jr., and his grandmother, Cora Hendrix.
Pallbearers will be Rick Moore, Delane Hester, Larry Hester, Scotty Mayo, Junior Herrington and Keith Bishop.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at

Burma Rheaume
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Burma Williams Rheaume, 83, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at her home in Bartlett, Tenn. She was born Sept. 11, 1925, in Tupelo. She was a member of Bartlett Baptist Church. She was a manager of the Peabody Hotel for many years and a hostess for Colonial Country Club until her health failed.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Roller Family Funeral Home. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Survivors include a brother, Benny (Maxine) Williams; a sister, Sarah (Buddy) Gray of Tupelo; nieces, Vicki (Larry) Goddard, Mitzi (Jim) Bridges and Patti Rowan; great-nieces, Melinda McKnight and Melissa Metcalfe; a great-nephew, Caleb Goddard; and her closest friend of 50 years, Billie Nonemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Rheaume, and her parents, Walter and Mattie Bell Williams.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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 were Friday, May 5, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Dwain Ard officiating. Burial was 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.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, PO Box 42, Tupelo MS 38802.
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Barbara Branham
AMORY – Barbara Wigginton Branham, 74, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Feb. 27, 1935, in Monroe County to Edward and Cleo Dill Wigginton. She married Hubert Branham in 1966; he died in 1998. She worked for Glenn Mfg. and Amory Garment Co. before her retirement. She was a member of Gregory Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, helping others, collecting angels and her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Arlis Lee, Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Benny Loveless officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Charley Branham (Anita) of Amory and Robert Culpepper (Carol) of Okolona; two daughters, Jenny Tacker (Bill) of Smithville and Felecia Higgins (Tommy) of Amory; two brothers, Hubert Wigginton (Pam) and James Wigginton (Ethel), both of Smithville; three sisters, Marie Sanderson of Amory, Mildredge Kendrick of Smithville and Faye Pearson of Amory; a special niece, Jean Taylor (James) of Smithville; eight grandchildren, Carrie Moffett (Bryan), Suzanne Tacker, Bubba Tacker (Candy), Bethany Branham, Evin Branham, Adam Higgins, Elizabeth Higgins and Angie Harmon; 11 great-grandchildren, MaKinley Branham, Billie Claire Goode, Mary Sue Tacker, John Robert Harmon, Lexie Harmon, Clay Tacker, Dustin Moffett, Devin Moffett, Dyllan Moffett, Katie Moffett and Baby Boy. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Sue Wigginton Hathcock; and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Andy Farrar, Jim Taylor, James Ray Taylor, John Mills, Kenny Gilmore and Jerry Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. William E. Yoe, Dr. Danny Moore and Dr. Croot.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 60197 Parham Gin Rd., Amory, MS 38821.

Grace Wiygul
STARKVILLE – Alma Grace Todd Wiygul, 92, died Thursday, June 4, 2009, at her home. She was born April 5, 1917, in Itawamba County to Emmett Rufus and Vallie Leigh Hester Todd. She married V.O. Wiygul in 1934; he died in 1979. She was a charter member of the Meadowview Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She was a homemaker and enjoyed crocheting and cooking. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville with Bro. Jason Middleton and Bro. Jason Green officiating. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Wiygul Cemetery in Itawamba County. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Montgomery-Chambliss (David) and Ginger Williams Carver (Jimmy), both of Starkville; three grandchildren, John Montgomery, Jason Williams and Jeff Williams; four stepgrandchildren, Ben Carver, Jessie Carver, Aaron Carver and Sara Wadford; four great-grandchildren, Jacey Rae Williams, Drew Todd Williams, Madeline Grace Montgomery and John Nathan Montgomery; and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Dakota Ford, Joe-Lee Ford and Hayes Carver. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Rufus Todd and Baudie Todd; and one sister, Marie Watson.
Pallbearers will be Jason Williams, Jeff Williams, John Montgomery, Ben Carver, Jessie Carver and Aaron Carver.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Meadowview Baptist Church, 300 Linden Cr., Starkville, MS 39759; or the Gideons, c/o Rex Coker, 1500 Highland Dr., Amory, MS 38821.
Dorothy West
HICKORY FLAT – Dorothy Cornell West, 70, died Thursday, June 4, 2009. She was born Feb. 1, 1939. She was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church and a school janitor.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery at Ashland.
Survivors include her husband, Hugh Jack West of Hickory Flat; two daughters, Linda Gail West of Michigan and Valerie West of Hickory Flat; one brother, Billy J. Taylor of Ashland; one sister, Faye Sprayberry of Ashland; three grandchildren, Michael West, Todd Gietzen and Greg Gietzen. She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry J. Taylor and Mattie Rogers, and a daughter, Barbara Joyce West.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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 Whewell “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. today 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 Erin 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 (Karen), Mark Williams (Christy), 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, Cole Haynes and Brad Haynes.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House or the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Building Fund.

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