Obituaries June 8, 2009

Ella Jones
COMO – Ella Jones died Sunday, June 07, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis.
Martha Taylor
OXFORD – Martha Corinne Overstreet Taylor, 87, died Saturday, June 6, 2009 at Comfort Care Nursing Center in Laurel. Born in Brownwood, Texas, she was a devoted wife and mother. She was a former resident of Paris, Miss., a member of Paris United Methodist Church and she was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenny McMinn officiating. Burial will follow in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Tresia Roddey of Ellisville; four sisters, Alice Taylor, Laura Reid and Betty Gresham, all of Oxford and Lila Blount of Ripley; one granddaughter, Stephanie Nixon of Ellisville; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a son, Odis Carroll Taylor.
The family has asked that memorial contributions in Mrs. Taylor’s memory be made to Paris United Methodist Church, c/o Pencie Latham, 61 County Road 430, Paris, MS 38949.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit http://www.wallerfuneralhome.com

Beebe McCuiston
BOONEVILLE – William C. “Beebe” McCuiston, 84, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at his residence. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service and a member of Grace United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Wallace officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Wanda Bain McCuiston; one son, Billy McCuiston (Lonia) of Gainesville, Fla.; and one Godson, Gary Walker of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis M. and Madie E. McCuiston; and one brother, Francis M. “Junior” McCuiston Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Mayo Clinic, 4500 San Pablo Road, Jacksonville, FL 32224.

Walter Tatum Stokely
TUPELO – Walter Tatum “Tate” Stokely, 94, died Friday, June 5, 2009, at his residence after a brief illness and a long, happy life. A Drew, Mississippi native, he was born April 16, 1915, to Isaac Ernest and Emma Belle Bibb Stokely. For 42 years he lived in Drew, before moving to Jackson, where he lived 13 years. He and his wife moved to Tupelo in 1991. He was a graduate of Sunflower Junior College in Moorhead and a retired businessman. Hunting, fishing, golf, and bridge were a few of his favorite hobbies. Tate Stokely was a devoted family man and a lifelong member of the Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Andy Ray officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park with a private graveside service. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Tate Dodge (Henry) of Tupelo; one son, Ernest Mitchell Stokely (Joan) of Birmingham, Alabama; four grandchildren, Mitchell Stokely (Carmen) of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Stokely Bowdler of Dallas, Texas, Henry Dodge III of Santa Monica, California, Bess Dodge Leathers (Nat) of Tupelo; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha Bess Mitchell Stokely; and one brother, E. J. Stokely.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wesley Fellowship Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 412 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
The Tate Stokely Family would like to thank Cherry Payne (Thomas) and her caregivers for the love and kindness during this difficult time.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Cowboy Thomas Jr.
PONTOTOC – Charles Roger “Cowboy” Thomas Jr., 36, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1972, in Pontotoc to Charles Roger Thomas Sr. and Martha Pauline Huckaby Thomas.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Gregg Herndon officiating. Burial will follow at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Katlyn Rose Thomas of Pontotoc; a son, Charles Roger Thomas III of Pontotoc; his mother, Pauline Thomas of Pontotoc; his father, Charles Roger Thomas Jr. (Betty) of Water Valley; three sisters, Deborah Huffman of Houlka, Carla Nell Thomas of Pontotoc and Melissa White (Scott) of Pontotoc; his grandmother, Annette Thomas of Houlka; and the mother of his children, Renee Weeks of Pontotoc.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign an online registry at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Ethel Parmer
TUPELO – Ethel Feltman Parmer, 90, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born April 19, 1919, in Marion County, Ala., to the late Claude Wilton Feltman and Maryann Avery Feltman. She had lived in the Feemster Lake area since 1962, and was a charter member of Skyline Baptist Church for over 50 years. She was a faithful and loving mother. She loved gospel singing and had a beautiful alto voice. A dedicated Christian, she read her daily bible readings every day for over 50 years. She married Grady Parmer on Sep. 18, 1932, and six children came to bless this union.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Billy Langley and Rev. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial will be in the Priceville Memorial Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Mann (Roy) of Tupelo and Imarie Hughes (Steve) of Mooreville; four sons, Grover Parmer (Doris) of Fulton, T.G. Parmer (Carolyn) and Wexford Parmer (Wanda), both of Tupelo and Winford Parmer (Joan) of Selma, Ala.; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Myrtle Bishop, Ruby Wigginton and Lillie Knierim; and one brother, Claude Feltman.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Len Mann, Tim Parmer, Dennis Parmer, Delane Parmer, Jonathan Parmer, Mike Parmer, Jason Farris and Jeffery Farris.

Ramona Targett
ECRU – Ramona Shettles Targett, 62, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Horton Memorial Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Owen Hitchcock officiating. Burial will be in the Ecru Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Ure Shettles; son, Van Shettles; daughter, Nicole Preston; grandchildren, Amber Preston, Aaron Carlos, Blake Shettles, Crystal Shettles, Cody Shettles, Cayla Shettles, April Chauvin, Tedd Terrington III, Summer Manzella and Kirstie Manzella; and great-grandchildren, Isabella Shettles, Addison Ernest, Keaton Ernest, Cymbree-Anna Shettles and Caleb Chauvin.
She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Shettles; a daughter, Angelika Shettles; and a grandson, Antonio Carlos.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Wilder, Ronald McKnight, Ricky McKnight, Patrick Cantrelle, Kevin Chauvin and Cody Shettles.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Charles Whitfield
SMITHVILLE – Charles Whitfield, 72, died Saturday, June 6, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Olon W. Thrasher
RED BAY, ALA. – Olon W. Thrasher, 86, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Helen Keller Hospital. He was born May 7, 1923, in Tishomingo County to Cim T. and Leora Willingham Thrasher. He was a barber for 26 years and then was employed with TVA for 24 years. He attended Golden Chapel United Methodist Church and was a member of the Disabled Veteran’s. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was discharged as a staff sergeant. He enjoyed gardening, flowers and visiting with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Golden Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. Rowe Wren officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Jerry Thrasher (Lynn) of Decatur, Ala., Rita Brown of Helena, Ala., Donald Thrasher (Janie) of Golden and Kerry Thrasher (Lisa) of Belmont; five grandchildren, Lee Brown (Sarah), Barclay Harden (Brett), Christi Cleveland (Dan), Milli Thrasher and Kerisa Thrasher; five great-grandchildren, Bo Harden, Mattie Harden, Sims Harden, Campbell Brown and Barclay Brown; two sisters, Lessie Mae Wren of Russellville, Ala., and Ruth Griffus of Red Bay, Ala.; and one Brother, Omer Thrasher of Red Bay, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Ruth Barker Thrasher; four brothers; and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be David Thrasher, Brett Harden, Lee Brown, Dan Cleveland, Bo Harden and Jason Thrasher.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church.

Homer Avery
SENATOBIA – Homer Loyd Avery, 84, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial will be in the Senatobia Memorial Cemetery. Pate-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association; or to the Mississippi State Veteran Home.

Damon A. Herring
New Albany – Damon A. Herring, 80, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born April 25, 1929, in Union County to the late Troy F. Herring and Mary Dunlap Herring. He was former owner and operator of the Bar B.Q. Grill Restaurant in New Albany for many years. He was an Army veteran serving during the Korean War and he was a member of Wallerville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Hampton Herring; two sons, Danny Joe Herring and Timmothy Michael Herring, both of New Albany; stepdaughter, Donna Pettigo of Guntown; grandchildren, Brian Herring, David Herring, Sarah Herring and Mattie Grace Pettigo; two brothers, Verqil Herring of Blue Springs and Edward Herring of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his first wife of 50 years, Maxine Herring.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Polly Morgan
MANTEE – Helen Virginia “Polly” Stephens Morgan, 86, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 2, 1922, in Mathiston to the late Charles Houston Stephens and Verdie Haney Stephens. She was a homemaker and a member of Mantee Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Bo Farrior officiating and Rev. Paul Stevens assisting. Burial will follow at Midway Cemetery in Vardaman. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Gore (Jimmy) of Houston; two sons, Charles Morgan (Cindy) of Starkville and Ronnie Morgan (Judy) of Vardaman; nine grandchildren, Valerie Pulliam, Jay Gore, Jennifer Clark, Laurie Wissman, Rachael Carter, Michelle Guyton, Stephen Morgan, Bobby Crestman and Randy Crestman; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hermit William Morgan; three brothers, Aubrey, Paul and Pervy Stephens; two sisters, Lottie Drain and Mattie Grace Scott.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Morgan, John Guyton, Chad Carter, Jay Gore, Stan Pulliam, Dr. Steve Clark, Eric Wissman and Dr. Joe Pulliam.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; or to Mantee Baptist Church.
Family and friends may visit and sign an online registry at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com

Delbert Hicks
BALDWYN – Delbert W. Hicks, 66, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Billy Hester
NETTLETON – Billy Hester, 70, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Lenore Floyd
RIPLEY – Lenore Floyd, 80, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George Pate
AMORY – George Pate, 75, died Sunday, June 7, 2009 at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Gladys Davis
SHILOH – Gladys Geneva Davis, 84, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Anna Ator
TEXAS – Anna Ator, formerly of Tupelo, died in Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Tetha Billups
FULTON – Tetha Lue Billups, 86, died Sunday, June 07, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

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