Obituaries March 25, 2009

John E. Horgan
WATERFORD – John E. Horgan, 58, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He served as a staff sergeant in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a former federal prison guard in Memphis. An avid motorcycle rider, he loved to fish and hunt. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, and a proud American. A caring, strong man, he was loved by everyone.

A graveside memorialservice will be held at a later date in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis with Bro. Alvin Davis officiating. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Horgan of Waterford; one daughter, Karen Byrd of Waterford; two sons, Christopher Horgan of Wesson and Nathan Horgan of Portage, Mich.; one brother, Raymond Horgan of Mount Pleasant; and five grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to thePulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 1332 N. Halsted Street, Suite 201, Chicago, IL 60642-2642.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Linda Hall
BOONEVILLE – Linda Diane Taylor Hall, 58, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at her daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dorothy Sowell
LAMAR – Dorothy A. Sowell, 72, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at her home. She was born Feb. 5, 1937, in Benton County to Spence Alexander and Wilma Morton Alexander. She was a homemaker and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Feathers officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ashland.

Survivors include her husband, Leon Sowell of Lamar; three sons, Alton Holmes Jr. of Abbeville, and Edward Holmes and Kenneth Holmes, both of Waterford; one brother, Wayne Alexander of Lamar; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Orine Critz
STARKVILLE – Orine Petty Critz, 97, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home in Starkville. She was born Dec. 23, 1911, in Oktibbeha County to Roxie White and Lee Petty. She was a homemaker and a member of Adaton United Methodist Church. She married John Barry Critz on Feb. 12, 1929, in Oktibbeha County. He preceded her in death on Jan. 28, 1956.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Adaton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Barry Robinson officiating and the Rev. Prentiss Gordon assisting. Burial will follow in Adaton United Methodist Church Cemetery in Starkville. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Mavis C. Stennis (Tom) of Starkville; one son, Guy B. Critz (Nancy) of Starkville; six grandchildren, Barry Critz (Eva), Paula Crosby (Bob), Ginger Anderson (Charlie), Lamar Stennis (Sonia), Janet Stennis, and Karen Stennis; 10 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mickey Graves (Merlin) of Columbus.

Pallbearers will be Jordan Stennis, Alden Stennis, Carl Graves, Rick Graves, David Pitalo and Sydney Petty.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Adaton United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773 or to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.

Arthur Crump
WEST POINT – Arthur Lee Crump, 68, died Friday, March 20, 2009, at his home in West Point. He was born June 29, 1940, in West Point.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Strong Hill Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. The Rev. Israel Lee will officiate. Burial will follow in Strong Hill Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Nelle Crump; two sons, Kenneth Fredrick of Huntingdon, Pa., and Rodney Hill of West Point; one daughter, Carolyn Davidson of West Point; two brothers, Cleotis Crump and Kenneth Crump; one sister, Eula Adams of Chicago; five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George Crump Sr. and Marguerite Edwards Crump, and one brother, George Crump Jr.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Flaudie Duff
RIPLEY – Flaudie Juanita Duff, 73, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tenn. She enjoyed playing bingo, being with her family and doing family activities.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Juliette Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne J. Byrd (Donna) of Walnut and Paul Taylor (Carol) of Collierville, Tenn.; one daughter, Gloria Stowell (Jim) of Silver Hill, Ala.; her grandchildren, Carly Burnett (Brian), Chase Stowell, Michelle Stowell, Devin Byrd, Nick Byrd, Ryan Taylor and Josh Taylor; her great-grandchild, Justyn Wilson; one brother, Vernon T. Byrd (Catherine) of Walnut; three sisters, Bernice Burkeen and Faye Isbell (Jimmy), both of Collierville, Tenn., and Barbara Sanchez (Caesar) of Royal Oak, Calif.; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marshal Byrd; her mother, Ruby M. Chase Byrd; a brother, Marshal Byrd Jr. and a brother-in-law, Leo Burkeen.

Pallbearers will be Devin Byrd, Nick Byrd, Ryan Taylor, Josh Taylor, Chris Byrd and Tyler Lawrence.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Robby Shockley
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Robby “NMN” Shockley, 69, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was a native of Fulton and a graduate of New Site High School in Prentiss County.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hickory Withe First Baptist Church in Hickory Withe, Tenn. The Rev. Eddie Little will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hickory Withe. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home-West Chapel of Oakland, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Shockley of Eads, Tenn.; two daughters, Lisa Kee (Richard) of Whiteville, Tenn., and Nina Ludwick (John) of Indianapolis, Ind.; one son, Michael Shockley (Jennifer) of Bartlett, Tenn.; three sisters, Bess Hunkapiller of Booneville, and Emma Floyd and Dean Jackson, both of Blue Springs; two brothers, James Shockley and Bobby Joe Shockley, both of Booneville.

Pallbearers will be Bob Dacus, Curtis Helms, Max Kemp, Bill Leavitt, Buddy McBride and Pat Rowlett.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to the Hickory Withe First Baptist Church Building Fund at Hickory Withe, Tenn.

Troy Russell
CORINTH – Troy L. Russell, 85, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 31, 1923, in Pontotoc County to Johnny and Lena Russell. In 1978 he started Russell Beef House, now run by his grandson, Russell Smith. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Curtiss. He was a member of the American Legion for 52 years, serving as past commander in New Albany. A member of the Magnolia Car Club, he enjoyed collecting antique cars.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.

Survivors include one daughter, Maury Sills (Bill) of Corinth and Jackson, Tenn.; one son, Dennis Russell (Ann) of Germantown, Tenn.; his grandchildren, Russell Smith (Julie), Ed White (Denise) and Rhonda Powell; his great-grandchildren, Lucy Smith, Isabella Powell, and Ellie and Emily White; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Russell; his parents; four brothers, Audley, Autrey, John Olen and Harley Gay Russell; and four sisters, Velma Russell, Orice Hudson, Otis Walker and Opal Sneed.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, First Baptist Church of Corinth or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Margin Palmer
FULTON – Margin Edwin Palmer, 80, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 30, 1928, in Itawamba County to Eugene Curtis and Myrtle Irene Harper Palmer. He was a member of the Plainview Church of Christ. He was retired from self employment in the logging business. He enjoyed playing music in his younger years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Fred House and Minister Tom House officiating. Burial will follow in New Home Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Bess Palmer of Fulton; one brother, Franklin Palmer of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Berenda Craig (Richard) of Jackson, Tenn.; three stepsons, Larry Gates (Regina), Marty Gates (fiancŽe, DeShaun Boyd) and Brad Gates (Carol), all of Fulton; six grandchildren, Jodie Wheeler, Bradley T. Gates, Annie Lesley, Candace Little (John) and Haley Gates, all of Fulton, and Leah Weathersby of Amory; five great-grandchildren, Amber and Audrey Wheeler, and Taylor Lesley, all of Fulton, and Kealy and Keagen Weathersby of Amory.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Charles Allen Palmer.

Pallbearers will be Larry Gates, Marty Gates, Brad Gates, Richard Craig, John Little and Jimmy Parker.

Rollin Cox
RED BAY, Ala. – Rollin McKinley “Buz” Cox, 79, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born Jan. 1, 1930, in Alabama to Bert and Catherine Cox. He was a logger for 25 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. David Humbers officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Hodges, Ala.

Survivors include his wife, Hazel Cox of Red Bay, Ala.; two sons, Benny Cox and David Cox, both of Red Bay; one daughter, Dinah Gresham of Red Bay; five sisters, Polly Marques, Elaine Keller, Cathleen McDonald, Jewell Ballard and Sue Cox, all of Alabama; one brother, Leburn Cox of Cullman, Ala.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Dennis Cox and Ricky Cox; and one sister and two brothers.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Helen Crawford
HAMILTON – Helen Ruth Mattox Crawford, 82, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Garden Suites Assisted Living in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 5, 1926, to David Marshall Mattox and Mary Ruth Goddard Mattox in Monroe County. She lived in Aberdeen for 20 years and in Hamilton for 62 years. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and a charter member of the Aberdeen High School Band as a majorette.

She was a mother of five, a homemaker, and an avid local historian and genealogist. A member of the Aberdeen Women’s Club, she served on the Evans Memorial Library board and was honored by the library with the naming of the new reading room. She was chosen by Aberdeen’s Junior Auxiliary as the 1988 Woman of the Year. She was a member of several organizations, including the Tombigbee Chapter of DAR and the Monroe County Historical Society.

Regarding local county and Northeast Mississippi history, events and people, she contributed articles for newspaper publication. She was the co-author with her husband of a book about the Depression era in Monroe County, titled “Something Good About the 30s.”

In 1979 she and three friends published Dr. W.A. Evans columns of local history into book form. The book, “Mother Monroe,” included Monroe County history in pioneer times and the earliest cemetery records.

In 1982 she again joined other writers in making available a book called “Expenditures of the Chickasaw Fund,” an 1843 report originally printed by the U.S. government as a record of the Chickasaw removal to the Oklahoma territory.

She was a frequent contributor to Evans Memorial Library Historical and Genealogical Section. She also conducted the initial survey of the F.S. McKnight glass negative collection from 1897 to the early 1930s, which was later featured in National Geographic magazine.

She was an antique collector and early 1960s antique shop owner. In later years her 1852 family home, Cedarwycke, was open to the public in Hamilton.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bo Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Sarah Sue Wright (Don), Connie C. Long, O.D., and Carol Crawford Burfield, DVM (Anthony), all of Hamilton; two sons, Sam Wilburn Crawford Jr. (Kathy) of Hamilton and Marshall Mattox Crawford (Marietta) of Stockbridge, Ga.; 11 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Sam Wilburn Crawford; and a brother, D.M. Mattox Jr.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Long, Michael Crawford, Trey Crawford, David Wilson, Britt Long and Don Wright.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Evans Memorial Library or the Hamilton Library.

Grover Coker
TUPELO – Grover Coker,82, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at his residence in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel.

Alton Johnson
FULTON – Alton Johnson, 87, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 19, 1921, in Itawamba County to John E. and Catherine McKee Johnson. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church and an employee of Fan Steel. He was a U.S. Army veteran. An avid guitar player, he also loved antique clocks.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Johnson of Golden; one daughter, Cynthia Syarto (Gene) of Vero Beach, Fla.; one son, Richard Alton Johnson (Maria) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Joan Long of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one stepson, Thomas Miller (Sandra) of Crystal Springs, Fla.; five grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Oleta J. Senter and Hildred Howell, both of Fulton; one brother, Lester Johnson (Mondell) of Fulton; and one sister-in-law, Eva Lois Johnson of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, his twin, Dalton Johnson, Elmer Johnson, Lemois Johnson, Vester Johnson and Alvis Johnson; and two sisters, Beatrice Stephens and Vera Johnson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Margaret Hisaw
RED BAY, Ala. – Margaret Hisaw, 64, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Mable James
RED BAY, Ala. – Mable Florence James, 81, died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday.

Roger Welch
BALDWYN – Roger Dale Welch, 53, died Friday, March 20, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born May 10, 1955, to Claudie and Ervin McGee Welch in Prentiss County. He was a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Baldwyn.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church with the Rev. Wayne Myles officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include seven sisters, Mary Nell McGee, Willie Mae Wade, Martha Tate and Donnie Mae Starks, all of Baldwyn, Betty E. Clark (Buddy) of Saginaw, Mich., Cynithia Jenkins (Ulysess) of Detroit, Mich., and Ruby Nell Willburn of Danville, Ill.; a special aunt, Alma McGee of Baldwyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles Welch, Robert Welch and James Jerningan; and two sisters; Mildred Griffin and Annie Ruth Miller.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

 

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