Obituaries March 20, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction:
The visitation for the service for Coretta Lavern Hudson has been changed. Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the Miracle Temple Salt & Light Ministries Church in Lamar.

Edna Ford
PRESTON – Edna Harbour Holloway Ford, 87, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at her residence in Preston.
Graveside services will be held today, March 20, 2010, at 2 p.m. from Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian with Rev. Ron Schwake officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia is in charge of arrangements.
Edna graduated from Meridian High as valedictorian and class president with highest honors and penned the Meridian High Alma Mater. She earned bachelor’s and masters’ degrees from Mississippi State University and graduated with Special Honors and Who’s Who Among Students in Colleges and Universities.
Edna’s love of literature and English inspired countless students to share her enthusiasm and love for great literature. She taught secondary, college and Sunday school classes for 49 years.
Edna was honored by former students Dr. John and Beth Clay when they established the Edna Harbour Ford English Literature Scholarship presented annually to a deserving student at East Mississippi Community College where Edna taught 16 years. Edna was Dean and first director of Lifetime Quest for Learning in Retirement at Meridian Community College in her so-called retirement years.
As a docent of hard hat tours of the Meridian Opera House, she enjoyed watching the restoration to the present Riley Center. In 2000, she was serving an unprecedented fourth term as president of the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and helped bring the National Symphony Orchestra to Meridian. Edna was most recently honored at the death of her dear friend, Emma McCain, who, through a generous bequeathal to the MSO, continued funding for the Edna Ford Children’s Concerts for all fourth graders in Lauderdale and surrounding counties.
Edna’s dedication to advocacy for the arts earned her the Mississippi Ageless Hero Creativity Award in 1999. She served as president of the Jackson chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Edna loved being a part of Trinity Presbyterian and Poplar Springs Drive United Methodist, where she served as Mississippi’s Moderator of Presbyterian Women and taught Sunday school. Clubs she loved were Fortnightly Music Club, Pierian, Galaxy, Samuel Dale Chapter of DAR, Spendthrifters and Merrehope. All were an important part of her life in Meridian, the city Edna loved most.
Edna is survived by daughters, Olivia (Hal) Reese and Dr. Beth (Tommy) Jackson; grandchildren, Edie Reese Montalvo, Caroline Reese Gilder, Benjamin Reese III, Jennifer Jackson Bond and Leigh Jackson Yates; and great-grandchildren, Maurice Duplantis IV, Hal Duplantis, Suzannah Gilder and Josephine Gilder.
Edna was preceded in death by husbands, R.A. Harbour, Robert Holloway and Dr. Kinsman Ford; her father, Oliver Brown; mother, Lillian Davis; brothers, Davis Brown, Oliver Brown Jr. and Morris Brown; and sisters, Louise Neal and Alta Jones.
Pallbearers are Dr. Lamar Neal, Goldsmith Brown, Gene Livingston, Jefferson Gilder, Ben Reese III, Chad Bond and Jesse Yates.

Willie Morgan
AMORY – Willie Lucille Shuford Morgan, 92, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Oct. 10, 1917, in the Quincy community, she was the daughter of the late Willie Lee and Allie Swan Shuford. She married Leemon McClure Morgan in 1938; he died in 1988. She was a graduate of Burroughs Business College. She had lived in Birmingham before moving back to Amory 23 years ago. Before her retirement, she worked as an audit manager for the Sears Roebuck and Co. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory, she was in the Friendship Sunday School class and involved with U.M.W. She was a member of the AARP. She enjoyed reading, flowers, crossword puzzles and watching game shows, especially Wheel of Fortune.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Warren Coile and Rev. Steven Keen officiating. Burial will be in the New Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Morgan Reed of the home and Kaye Morgan Reeves (Mark) of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Butch Reed (Margaret), Michael Reed, Nancy Hearn (Nick), Curry Hammond, Steve Hammond (Heather), Jennifer Kouns (Will) and Kiesha Bell (Ryan); 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Hersel, Grady and Charles Shuford.
Pallbearers will be Butch Reed, Michael Reed, Curry Hammond, Steve Hammond, Mark Reeves, Joe Hal Morgan, Tyler Reed and Rick Sims. Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Roberts, Clarence Duckworth, Ed Hunter, Jerry Camp, Frank Camp, Michael Swan, Tony Swan, Dale Swan and the Friendship Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Sunday at the funeral home in Amory.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821.

Earl E. Daniel
ASHLAND – Earl E. Daniel, 79, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, in Holly Springs. Born Sept. 22, 1930, in Memphis, he was the son of the late Willard Daniel and Willie Bradley. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retail milk distributor and a member of Ashland Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ashland Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Crews officiating. Burial will be in the Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Davis of Ashland; two sons, Mark Daniel (Dawn) of Collierville, Tenn., and Don Daniel (Laura) of Ashland; two daughters, Jeannie Burton (Alfred) of Michigan City and Susan Daniel of Ashland; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Conn Daniel, Logan Daniel, Jerry Thompson, Stephen Daniel, Joey Burton and Mitch Carroll.

Waymon T. Ray
ASHLAND – Waymon T. Ray, 65, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at his home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Janie D. Sprayberry
SABOUGLA – Janie Marie Denton Sprayberry, 70, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Grenada Living Center in Grenada. She was born June 23, 1939, in Calhoun County. She was a retired nurse and a member of Sabougla Baptist Church. She was a supporter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Bro. Charles Abbey and Bro. Thomas Denton officiating. Burial will be in Sabougla Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include two daughters, Rachel Allen Sprayberry White (Michael Glen) of Crosby, Texas, and Gwendolyn Sprayberry Lordeon of Sabougla; two sons, James Ellis Sprayberry (Tami) of Eupora and Earl Denton Sprayberry (Brenda) of Sabougla; two sisters, Edna Lois Easley (Robert) and Genevieve Edmondson (Carl), both of Vardaman; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ellis Denton and Rachel Hardin Denton.
Grandsons, nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Barbara Justice
EUPORA – Barbara Justice, 81, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Guy Michael
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Guy Michael, 92, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, in Rockwall, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Nicey Townsend
PONTOTOC – Beverly Denise “Nicey” Townsend, 49, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of the late Richard Vaughn and Rannie Lee Roberson Vaughn. She was a member of New Salem M.B. Church, where was a faithful member of the Young Adult Choir. She was a 1978 graduate of North Pontotoc Attendance Center and a former employee of Carpenter Company in Pontotoc. She loved to sing and shop for jewelry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, March 22, 2010, at the New Salem M.B. Church. The Rev. Carl Shack Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis Townsend of Pontotoc; one son Andre Laquin (Jennifer) Townsend; two daughters, Wykemah Shanta (Alex) Wright and Zanariah Reeshemah Townsend, all of Pontotoc; one sister, Gloria Pegues of Pontotoc; one brother, Michael (Rheakesha) Vaughn of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Aveonna, Shamya and Malasia Wright; her mother-in-law, Lucille (Lucy) Townsend of Pontotoc; and a godsister, Donna Pannell of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert Lee “Buck” Vaughn.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday with family hour from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral Home.

Clara Thompson
ABERDEEN – Clara Farley Thompson, 91, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Feb. 10, 1919, to Joseph Edward Farley and Alice Powell Farley in Monroe County. She attended Mississippi University for Women. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County, where she was active in the Aberdeen Women’s Club and Evans Memorial Library. She was an active member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church. She retired as a secretary for the American Red Cross.
Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Larry Maugh officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Catherine Dianne Schlosser of Fairfield, Conn.; one son, James Oliver Thompson Jr. of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Mary Alice Richardson of Springfield, Mo.; one grandchild, Michael Foster Schlosser Jr.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Oliver Thompson; and a number of brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 10 a. m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Evans Memorial Library or Aberdeen First United Methodist Church.
Sign the register or leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Rosemary Larkin
SALTILLO – Rosemary Barrett Larkin, 86, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. She was a graduate of Saltillo High School. She was a retired clerk for the Mississippi State Board Of Health. She was a homemaker, a grandmother and an amateur horticulturist.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in the Parrish Hall at St. Thomas Catholic Church with Father Tom Lolar officiating. Burial will be in the St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Francis J. Larkin of Saltillo, Edmund V. Larkin of Winder, Ga., and Jerome J. Larkin (Lani) of Carr Acres; two sisters, Virginia Barrett Bishop of Saltillo and Regina Barrett of Cullman, Ala.; two brothers, Edmund Barrett of Saltillo and Robert Barrett of Baton Rouge, La.; two grandsons, John M. Larkin of Athens, Ga., and Bryan T.. Larkin of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; her caregivers & friends, Ellis Resendez, Jonathan Lopez and Emily Morales.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis J. Larkin Sr.; her parents, Edmund Trammel and Rose Allen Barrett; one son, Robert Lewis Larkin; and two brothers, Frank Barrett and James L. Barrett.
Pallbearers will be Ray Bishop Jr., Joseph Allen Bishop, Brandon Barrett, Joseph Allen Barrett, Dennis Barrett, Richard Barrett, John Larkin and Phillip Bishop.

Elsie Wallace
ETTA – Elsie Edna Davis Wallace, 91, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born March 22, 1918, in Pontotoc County to Clarence V. and Grace Truman White Davis. She was a retired LPN for Union County General Hospital. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing and gospel singing. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
Services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Kyle Ivy and Rev. Jeff Lawrence officiating. Burial will be Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Rheta Ann West (Wayne) of New Albany; two sons, Carlton Wallace (Sylvia) of Etta and Tommy Wallace (Diana) of Mooreville; two sisters, Mary Kathryn Holladay of Houlka and Marie Gambel of Memphis; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Loyt C. Wallace; a sister, Alva Sweeney; and a brother, Bill Davis.
Pallbearers will be David Taylor, Charles Collier, Harold Jumper, Ferrell Garrett, Joe Moody and Richard Lawrence.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Joseph M. Lee
RIENZI – Joseph M. Lee, 47, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Reno Cancer Center in Mexico. He was the son of Cullen and Wilma Lee. He was a member of Rienzi Church of Christ. He was the owner and operator of Lee Logging Inc. Logging was his passion.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Daniel Holloway and Bro. Paul Ray Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Sardis Cemetery.
He is survived by his parents, Cullen and Wilma Lee; the mother of his son, Jennifer Burcham; one son, John Dylon Lee, all of Booneville; three brothers, Jerome Lee (Paula), Ricky Lee and Dale Lee, all of Rienzi; one special cousin, Cheryl Perry; special friends, Steve and Sandy Glenn; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Lee, and Mr. and Mrs. Ace Davis; and one nephew, Rickey “Matthew” Lee.
Pallbearers will be Gary Keenum, Rickey Bearden, Chad Potts, Johnny Donahue, Grant Saylors and Pueblo Saltillo.
Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Hilburn and Tommy Davis.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Teena Wallace
CALEDONIA – Sylvia Christine “Teena” White Wallace, 52, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at her home in Caledonia. She was born Nov. 13, 1957, in West Point to Mary Christine Gregory White and Donald Herman White. She was a professor of English at Mississippi University for Women, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. A lifelong learner and educator, she was a 1975 graduate of West Point High School, and a 1979 graduate of M.U.W. with a degree in English. She received her master’s degree in English from Mississippi State University in 1987 and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi in 2000. Presently she was working on a master’s degree in history at Mississippi State University. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Columbus. She married Steven Carl Wallace Sr. on October 4, 1992, in Columbus. She loved life, was a devoted Christian and devoted to her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul’s Episocopal Church in Columbus with the The Very Reverend James F. Carlyle officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Steven C. Wallace of Caledonia; two daughters, Christine Andrea White of West Point and Clara Bailey Wallace of Caledonia; three sons, Bill Sugg III and Gregory White Sugg, both of West Point, and Colt Wallace of Caledonia; one sister, Andrea White of Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, Donald Gregory White (Mary) of Gainesville, Va.; and her niece and nephews, Nicole Randall, Jack Randall, Benjamin White and Stephen White.
Pallbearers will be John Andrew Gregory, Jack Gregory, Judge James T. Kitchens Jr., Danny Sprouse, Sid Caradine, Colt Wallace and E.J. Gregory.
Memorials may be made to the Christine G. White Mathematics Scholarship Award, Attn: Linda Farr, P.O. Box 656, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home. The body will lie at the church from 10 a.m until service time Monday.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Rochelle Hawkins
CALHOUN CITY – Bettie Rochelle Hudson Hawkins, 84, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born May 28, 1925, in Calhoun City. She was a former math teacher and bookkeeper for Hawkins Chevrolet Co. She was a member of the First Baptist Church for 75 years, joining on April 7, 1935. She was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Dax Summerhill officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun City Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Connie Taylor (Rowan Jr.) of Jackson; two sons, Mike Hawkins (Christy) of Columbus and Jeff Hawkins of Oxford; one sister, Myrl Hudson Bean of Columbus; two brothers, Roger Hudson of Jackson and Lee Hudson of Corpus Christi, Texas; four grandchildren, Audra, Katie, Whitney and Ro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bilbo Hawkins; her parents, Grover Cleveland Hudson and Connie Myrl Lackey Hudson; and a brother, G.C. Hudson Jr.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Altie Beckworth
NEW ALBANY – Mary Altie Beckworth, 91, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born July 21, 1918, in Union County to Robbie and Minnie Greer Gray. She was a homemaker and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where she kept the nursery for many years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Foley officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. United Funeral Service will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Myra Lee Stonesifer of Lucedale; two sons, Randy Beckworth of Memphis and Alton Beckworth of Myrtle; one brother, Bobby Joe Gray of Memphis; five grandchildren, Miranda Gayle Beckworth, Connie Carnes, Mike Doty, Tammy Caldwell and Sandy Dean; and a large number of great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Lee Beckworth, and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state from 2 p.m. until service time Sunday at Macedonia Baptist Church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Willie Washington Jr.
SHANNON – Willie Lee “Blackie” Washington Jr. died Wednesday.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at High’s Chapel C.M.E. Church. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Vistitaton will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Monday.
Online condolences can be made to the Washington family at www.grayson-porters.com

P.J. Scott
RED BAY, Ala. – Phillip Jr. “P.J.” Scott, 18, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born Aug. 4, 1991, In Mississippi to John and Martha Stokes Scott. He was a junior at Red Bay High School.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Belmont with Dr. Rex Manasco, Bro. Barry Lofton and Bro. Jimmy Massey officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his mother, Martha Stokes Morris (Shelby) of Belmont; his father, John Scott (Leshay) of Red Bay; one son, Braylen Connor Scott of Red Bay; his girlfriend, Gina Deaton of Red Bay; seven brothers, Andrew, John, Heath, Danny, Devon and Matthew Scott, and Kerry Morris; three stepsisters, Katlin Norman, Brianna Morris and Shelly Morris; his grandmothers, Alice Stokes of Tishomingo and Violet Lopez of Red Bay; one uncle, Anthony Stokes (Renee) of Fulton; two aunts, Alicia Brown (David) of Tupelo and Shirley Scott of Florida; and a host of great-aunts, great-uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Phillip Stokes and Jr. Scott; his grandmother, Onesta Walton; and an uncle, Danny Scott.
Pallbearers will be Dillion Massey, Brooks McCreary, Evan Robinson, Tyler Edwards, Zack Smith, Chris Bertrand, Kyle Senkbeil and Kevin Wells. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Borden, Michael Borden Sr., Andrew Scott, John Scott, Kerry Morris and Dustin Wilemon.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Magdelene Lindsey
DENNIS – Magdelene Lindsey, 86, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Liberty Church of Christ at Dennis.

Faye McKinney
BOONEVILLE – Faye McKinney, 88, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Clarence Heavener Jr.
IUKA – Clarence Ray Heavener Jr., 44, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.

Barbara Merchant
NETTLETON – Barbara L. Merchant, 54, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Helen Childers
HAMILTON, Ala. – Helen Virginia McPherson Childers, 78, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 2, 1931, in Alabama to Neb C. McPherson and Dela Lee Holliday McPherson. She was a homemaker and a factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton, Ala., with Edgar Childers and Curtis Sutton officiating. Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Harvey Childers and Wes (Judy) Childers; three daughters, Jackie (Mark) Quarles, Janie (Kenneth) Terrell and Wanda (Bobby) Sprayberry; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Jean Shotts and Orean Nix.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray; a granddaughter, Jessica Childers; her parents; brothers, G.C. McPherson, Charlie McPherson and Foy McPherson; and two sisters, Viola Stone and Maxine Adams.

James Young
NEW ALBANY – James Harold Young, 87, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a retired optometrist and a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with the Rev. Kenny Adair and the Rev. James Rutledge officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.
Survivors include two sisters, Evelyn Nabors of Nashville, Tenn., and Marlene Roberts of Byhalia; one brother, William J. Young of Southaven; several nieces and nephews; a special friend and caregiver, Ruth Hearn of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jearldine Young.
Pallbearers will be Joe Johnson, Wade Young, Kirk Rutledge, Richard McCullough, Darrell Martin and Larry Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Edith Heflin
TUPELO – Edith Parham Heflin, 73, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. An Auburn native, she was born Aug. 11, 1936, to George Dewey and Irene Franks Parham. She was active in basketball before graduating from Mooreville High School in 1954. She married Robert Heflin in September 1956. She had several jobs in the Tupelo and Hattiesburg areas as a bookkeeper and worked for Walmart in Tupelo for the past 13 years. She was a devoted mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with her grandsons, Jonathan Chaney and Allen Chaney, officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
She is survived by a daughter, Teresa Dunn and husband, Bill, of Munford, Tenn.; two grandsons, Alan Chaney of Nashville and Jonathan Chaney of Tupelo; a brother, Dennis Parham and wife, Kathryn, of Tupelo; three sisters-in-law, Tootsie McVey of Baldwyn, Nancy “TeNiny” Grissom of Tupelo and Waurene Heflin of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews; and her special caregivers, Jeanne Roberson and Susan Kahauolopua.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Robert Heflin; her parents; and her six brothers, Fred, Hoyt, Douglas, “Bobby,” Dan and Guy.
Pallbearers will be Nicholas Roberson, Landon Roberson, Ian McVey, Shaun McVey, Colby McVey and Rob Steele.
Honorary pallbearers will be her Walmart co-workers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sanford Whitehurst
CORINTH – Sanford D. Whitehurst, 74, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.