WEST POINT – Johnnie Pearl Randle, 78, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at her home in West Point. She was born Dec. 26, 1930, in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. R.J. Matthews officiating. Burial will follow in the West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Matthews and Robert Matthews; three daughters, Cynthia Jo Moses, Palma J. Lee and Vivian Marie Cooperwood; three brothers, Henry Crawford, J.T. Griffin and Wayne Crawford; and two sisters, Ruby Gholston and Annie J. Young; 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Asley Randle Jr.; her parents, Earnest Griffin and Alice Ross Crawford; and five brothers, Robert Crawford Jr., Wheeler P. Crawford, Felix Crawford, Earnest Griffin Jr. and James Griffin.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Helen Marie Cossitt Murry, 77, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 28, 1931, in Blue Mountain to Hubert P. Cossitt and Edith Foley Cossitt. She retired from the Ripley Drug Store after 45 years. She was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Steve Hill and the Rev. Creighton White officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shelia Murry Thomas (Elvis) and Tammy Murry Hill (Terry), and one son, Rick Murry (Rita), all of New Albany; one sister, Johnnie Cossitt Wood (Keith) of Ashville, N.C.; three brothers, Hubert Paul Cossitt (Meadie) and Bill Cossitt of Tupelo, and Bob Cossitt (Paulette) of New Albany; nine grandchildren, Melanie Clayton Anderson (Bert), Brad Clayton (Jamie), Toby Hill, Ryan Murry (Ashley), Renee Murry Ewing (Stephen), Tyler Hill, Tony Hill, Tracy Thomas Godsey (Keith) and Christy Thomas Woods; 11 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald Murry; an infant daughter, Donna Marie Murry; a sister, Mildred Cossitt Young; a brother, Charles David Cossitt; and a special niece, Tina Cossitt Boyd.
Pallbearers will be Brad Clayton, Bert Anderson, Ryan Murry, Stephen Ewing, Toby Hill, Tyler Hill, Tony Hill and Bobby Mays.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be made to Ebenezer ARP Cemetery Fund, 601 CR 713, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
WALNUT – Ernest Laviod Burrow, 76, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at his home. He was born April 7, 1932, in Alcorn County to John and Ruby Nabors Burrow. He was a farmer and a logger. He was a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ Temple Apostolic Church. Bro. Clay Hall, Bro. Kevin Wallace and Bro. J.C. Hall will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Billy Burrow (Shelia) of Pocahontas, Tenn., and Ricky Burrow of Walnut; five daughters, Brenda Pittman (Rickey) of Corinth, Loretta Sweeton (John) of Pocahontas, Tenn., and Polly Martin (Aaron), Karlene Brown (Jackie) and Billie Sue Miles (Eric), all of Walnut; two brothers, Harold Burrow and Terry Wayne Burrow, both of Walnut; two sisters, Eva Joyce James and Jewell Derrick, both of Walnut; 25 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joyce Burrow; one grandchild, Kendal Wayne Burrow; one sister, Glenda Mavis Stacy; and one brother, Hardell Burrow.
Pallbearers will be Brandon and Tyler Pittman, Troy and Cody Martin, Kevin Burrow, Jonathan, Chad and Brian Sweeton and Aaron Martin Little.
Matthew Thurman will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be at the Burrow home from 10 a.m. today until 9 a.m. Saturday, and will continue from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at Christ Temple Apostolic Church.
AMORY – Roy Green Ausbon, 85, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. He was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Monroe County to Ellie Hue and Ozema Goodson Ausbon. A lifelong resident of the Amory area, he attended Smithville Schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific aboard the USS Oak Hill. He owned and operated Ausbon Ice Company from 1940 until 1969, and Ausbon Electrical and Hardware Supply from 1969 until 1988. He was street commissioner one the City of Amory Board of Alderman for several terms. He was a member of the Amory Church of Christ, the Lion’s Club and VFW. He loved spending time with his family, working in his yard and gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Amory Church of Christ with Philip Hathcock and Keith Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ona Faye Herndon Ausbon of Amory, whom he married July 11, 1946, in Amory; one son, Sidney Howell of Amory; two daughters, Jan Minch (Dennis) and Martha Wilkes, both of Amory; five grandchildren, Jason Minch (Kristen), Ashley Minch, David Howell (Tammy), Melissa Harper (Frank) and Michele Bridges; five great-grandchildren, John Michael Howell, Merideth Harper, Will Harper, Jenna Bridges and Jansen Bridges.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Elbert Ausbon; four sisters, Irene Williams, Vera Phillips, Ruth Bryan and Earnestine Hamilton; and a grandaughter, Meredith Minch.
Pallbearers will be Pat Bryan, Mike Bryan, Fred Heckart, Walt Hester, Jimmy Sullivan and Phil Sullivan. Honorary pallbearers will be City of Amory employees and past aldermen who served on the Board with Mr. Ausbon.
Visitation will continue at the funeral home until 10:30 a.m. today.
Memorials may be given to Amory Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 371, Amory MS 38821.
HOULKA – Birdette Smith Buggs, 85, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Oct. 6, 1923, in Houston to William Raleigh Smith and Cherry Bell Davison Smith. She was an active member of Second Baptist Missionary Baptist Church, where she was choir director. A multi-talented person, she loved singing and word search puzzles. She was considered a clever seamstress, a super cook, an outstanding homemaker and a talented hairstylist. She was the widow of Willie Frank Buggs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Missionary Baptist Church in Houlka with Pastor Henry Conway officiating. Burial will be in the Thompson Chapel Church Cemetery in Houlka. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Walter (Elsera) Buggs of St. Louis, Mo., Velsia (Joe Lee) Dean of Cedar Bluff and Florence Buggs of Irvington, N.J.; one stepdaughter, Willie Mae Buggs of Louisville; two sisters, Deara Beaty of Houston and Edna Hamilton of Albany, N.Y.; 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 11 stepgrandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.
EVERGREEN – Charles Lynon Thorn, 91, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. A native of the Mt. Pleasant community, he was born Aug. 3, 1917, to Charlie Walker and Minnie Cole Thorn. He attended school in the Fairview community, but lived over 60 years in the Evergreen community. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Company H, 155th Infantry, 31st Dixie Division, in the South Pacific. He achieved the rank of corporal and received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with two Bronze Stars, one Bronze Arrowhead and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star. He was a farmer most of his life, but had also worked 10 years for Arvin Industries. He married Juanita Holley Thorn on Nov. 21, 1942. He was a longtime member of Evergreen Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bobby Robbins officiating. His grandson, Brad Christian, will deliver the eulogy. Burial with military honors will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Linda Christian (Bill) of Snellville, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Rosie Thorn of Nettleton and Martha Holley of Holly Springs; his brother-in-law, Rev. Marion Holley (Elizabeth) of Shannon; two grandchildren, Brad Christian (Abby) of Moyock, N.C., and Heather Dodd (Jason) of Cumming, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Juanita Thorn, on March 10, 1995; his sister, Laverne Collier (Thomas); and his brother, Ted Thorn.
Pallbearers will be Joe Hester, Butch Collier, Mike Thorne, DeWayne Thorn, Jim Mullins and Charles Mullins. Dale Cox will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. and will continue from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WALNUT – J.W. Hodum, 66, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 1, 1942, to James Earnest and Minnie Mae Mathis Hodum. He was affiliated with the Methodist Church. He was the owner of Hodum Logging Inc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Estes and Bro. Lyndle Davis officiating.Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Glissen Hodum of Walnut; one daughter, Cynthia Hodum Settlemires (Steve) of Walnut; three sons, Rickey Hodum (Whitney Owen Hodum) and Greg Hodum, both of Walnut, and Johnny Hodum (Cindy Shackelford Hodum) of Kossuth;three sisters, Overa Hodum Waldon, Olene Hodum Meeks and Mary “Baye” Hodum; 11 grandchildren, Clint Settlemires of Jacksonville, Fla., Ethan Settlemires, Rick Hodum, Morgan Hodum, Jonathon Hodum and Jake Hodum, all of Walnut, Marlee Hodum and Audrey S. Childs(Jeffrey), both of Ripley, Allison Hodum of Kossuth, and Josie Hodum and Elizabeth Hodum, both of Coden, Ala.; four great-grandchildren, John Thomas Hodum, Laikin Hodum, Sarah Kate Childs and Charles Whit Hodum.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Virgil Earl Hodum and Joe Lee Hodum.
Pallbearers will be Harry Ward, Mike Curtis, Jimmy Lee Wilhite, Jimmy Crow, David Horton and Jay Wolfe.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Hollaway, Dr. Tommy Simpson, Joe Pipkin, Kenny James, Morris Crum, L.W. Settlemires, Mark Duncan and David Wayne Jackson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Earlene Partlow, 87, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
ABERDEEN – Gregory “Greg” McRae, 51, died Friday, March 20, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. He was born Oct. 11, 1957, to the late Booker T. McRae and Ethel Donald McRae in Gary, Ind. He was a 1976 graduate of the Dune Land School and a former employee of the Trade Winds Training Center in Gary. He was a member of Clarks Chapel M.B. Church. He enjoyed music, dancing, word finding puzzles and riding motorcycles.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clarks Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. J.D. King officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sister and caregiver, Carolyn McRae King (Rev. J.D. King) of Okolona; three nephews, Jamal (Nadra) Grimes and Jamar (Renise) Grimes, both of Okolona, and James King III of Lacey, Wash.; three nieces, Tanisha McRae of Denver, Colo., and Kathy (Ralph) Brown and Deidra King, both of Lacey, Wash.; one uncle, Don L. and Joan Donald of Gary, Ind.; five aunts, Mattie Carter and Evelyn Dillard, both of Meridian, Catherine McGee of Quitman, and Julia Tilmon, and Dorothy and Charles Hardiman, all of Gary, Ind.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today. A wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
Grover C. Coker
Grover C. Coker, 82, died Monday, March 23, 2009, at his home. He was born on July 11, 1926, in Smithville and grew up in rural communities of Northeast Mississippi. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Tupelo at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, with visitation on today at Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, from 5 to 7 p.m. The family will greet visitors at the church on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, attaining the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Grover worked with International Harvester Corporation for many years before moving to Tupelo as an agent with Hardware Mutual Insurance (now Sentry Insurance). He and his family moved to Jackson when he became state manager of Hardware Mutual. He worked with Allstate insurance briefly before becoming an officer with Bankers Trust, at which time he and his wife, Irene, moved back to Tupelo. For several years he was joint owner of a home building company in Tupelo. During this time his wife Irene died (November 1977). He later married Louise Boren and began assisting her in managing apartments in Tupelo, work he continued to the end of his life.
Grover was very active in Tupelo Homebuilders Association and in the Mississippi Homebuilders Association. His work with the homebuilders occupied a major part of his later life. He and Louise loved traveling to state and national meetings and represented homebuilders well in Jackson and Washington.
Throughout his adult life he was extremely active in the United Methodist Church. St. Luke’s UMC in Tupelo and Christ UMC in Jackson were two new churches that were strongly influenced by Grover’s presence and leadership. He served on the Administrative Board, was a lay speaker, sang in the choir along with Irene, and was an adult counselor for Youth Fellowship groups in many churches. In the late 50’s, he and Irene traveled to Hawaii to assist a national group in establishing a UMC Young Adult Fellowship in the islands.
As his three boys grew up he coached baseball teams and enthusiastically attended football, baseball and basketball games that the boys played. He was an avid reader and loved attending concerts and plays.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Irene, and his second wife, Louise; his father, Audie V. Coker; his mother, Laura Smith Coker; his sister, Catherine Coker Reynolds Flannery; and great-grandson, Gary Coker Jr. He is survived by three sons: Tim Coker (wife, Cheryl) of Jackson, Mike Coker (wife, Lisa) of Wetumpka, Ala., and Gary Coker (wife, Jane) of Kennesaw, Ga. He has nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Three stepdaughters survive him: Myra Page, Becky Webb and Kathy Hughes.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1400 Clayton, Tupelo, MS 38802; Millsaps College Department of Performing Arts, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39210. or a charity of the donor’s choice.
PLANTERSVILLE – Brenda Cecile Clayton Payne, 67, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at her home north of Nettleton. She was born Feb. 24, 1942, in Tupelo to K.S. Clayton and Louise Waycaster Clayton. She was a beautician for many years and a master homemaker. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church south of Plantersville. She enjoyed cooking, being with her family and friends, dressing up, shopping and vacationing in the Smoky Mountains. She loved her home, especially her front porch swing. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Lynn Fair officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Fred Allen Payne of Plantersville, whom she married on Dec. 28, 1963; one daughter, Lisa “Sissy” Burroughs (Dewayne) of Nettleton; two sons, Tommy “Dude” Payne (Jennifer) of Nettleton and James Earl Young (Ann) of Virginia Beach, Va.; her mother, Louise Clayton of Plantersville; two brothers, Raymond Clayton (Brenda) and Steven Clayton (Kim), all of Plantersville; two sisters, Lou Roberson of Plantersville and Kay Patterson (Terry) of Nettleton; three granddaughters, Mary Kaitlyn Payne, Jessica Young and Jordan Young; one grandson, Beau Payne.
She was preceded in death by her father, King Solomon Clayton Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Union United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 56, Plantersville, MS 38862.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teresa Carter Cotton
SALTILLO – Teresa Carter Cotton, 47, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She fought valiantly a five-year battle with lymphoma.
She was a native of St. Louis, Mo., and was employed as a financial claims specialist at Lane Furniture.
Funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors. Burial will follow at McNeil Cemetery on Birmingham Ridge Road. Visitation will be today from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time.
She was the light of our lives and a friend to all. Her strength and spirit make us proud and privileged to know her. She leaves behind many friends, admirers and loved ones. Her spontaneous laughter, marvelous singing voice and contagious sense of humor lifted many spirits.
Teresa was a loving and nurturing mother and stepmother, proud of her children and stepchildren in all of their endeavors. She was a beautiful, caring, sweet wife who was also my best friend and favorite companion, no matter where we went or what we did, if even only to the grocery store.
Teresa is survived by her husband, Richard Cotton of Saltillo; daughter, Bethany Rodriguez, and son, Ryan Rodriguez, of the home; sister, Ruth Pranaitis of Godfrey, Ill.; brothers, Terry (Linda) Carter of Pontotoc and Randy (Yvonne) Carter of Farmington, Mo.; stepdaughters, Yani Cotton and Letitia Cotton Chenevert, both of Gonzales, La., and Meagan Cotton of Memphis; grandson, Rodie Green of Gonzales, La.; nieces and nephews and her beloved Gabby.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Shirley Kellum Carter, and brother, Andy Carter.
Pallbearers are Chris Allen, Chad Chenevert, Mike Koon, Brian Mayo, Nash Stanford and Rudy Strahan.
Donations may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
CORINTH – Myrtle Cook Woodruff, 96, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Whitfield Nursing Home. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church and a retired seamstress. She loved her family and friends. After her retirement, she enjoyed working in her flower garden, quilting and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Lakeview Baptist Church with Bro. Charles Martin officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Randall Woodruff (Sharon) of Corinth; two daughters, Carolyn Ann Fields and Glenda Gale Woodruff, both of Corinth; nine grandchildren, Ricky Fields (Kimberly), Kim Strickland (Stevie), Keith Fields (Heather), Lisa Bingham (Drannon), Wayne McCoy (Deedra), Dawn Alldread (Casey), Mark McCoy, Jennifer Woodruff and Julie Woodruff; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard Cook (Ruth) of Corinth; two sisters, Velmer Howard and Bernice Allen, both of Corinth.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Elmer “Lawrence” Woodruff; a granddaughter, Vickie Ann Fields; a son-in-law, Lamar Fields; her father, Andrew Jeff Cook; her mother, Holley Dalton Cook; three brothers, Everett Cook, J.T. Cook and Charles Cook; a sister, Ruby Rencher; and a brother-in-law, Otis Woodruff (Pearl).
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Ricky Fields, Keith Fields, Wayne McCoy, Mark McCoy, Stevie Strickland, Drannon Bingham and Casey Alldread.
The body will lie in state at Lakeview Baptist Church from 10 a.m. to service time today.
GREENBELT, Md. – Vanessa Aretha Curry, 47, formerly of Waterford, died Sunday, March 22, 2009, at her home in Greenbelt, Md. She was a member of the Church of the Redeemer Presbyterian Church USA in Washington D.C. She was affiliated with Sargent Memorial Presbyterian Church USA. She was human resource consultant for Kaiser Permanente Insurance Co. She was a member of the Prince George County alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She also worked with the Girl Scouts.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium at Rust College in Holly Springs. A Eulogy of Reflection will be given by Minister Evelyn Elliott, Dr. Terrlyn Curry Avery and Alvin Curry. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Elmira M. Curry of Waterford; her father, Eleue N. Curry of Waterford; one daughter, Yazmine Blake Curry of Greenbelt, Md.; six sisters, Lavora Blake and Evelyn (Dewitt) Elliott, all of Waterford, Devarieste Curry of Washington D.C., Loretta Curry of Bowie, Md., Regina Curry of Snellville, Ga., and Terrlyn Curry (Dion) Avery of Griswold, Conn.; three brothers, Robert Curry of Holly Springs, Alvin (Carliss) Curry of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Ephram Curry of Covington, Ga.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Rust College from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenfield Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 37, Waterford, MS 38685; or the American Cancer Society.
SMITHVILLE – Evelyn McCrea Desrosiers, 89, died Wednesday, March 25, 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.
IUKA – Dorothy Earlene Scruggs Jourdan, 75, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Jimmy Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Jourdan of Burnsville; two daughters, Portia Lindsey of Burnsville and Myra Raitt of Corinth; one son, Danny Ray Jourdan of Ruralville; one brother, Gerald Scruggs of Iuka; two sisters, Irene Scruggs and Beatrice Scruggs, both of Iuka; five grandchildren, Phillip M. Stidham of Oklahoma City, Okla., Sherri Angelina Swanson of Atlanta, Ga., Portia Deanna Brown of New Orleans, La., Jordan Brian Raitt of Denver, Colo., and Garret Tremaine Raitt of Huntsville, Ala.; four great-grandchildren, Amber Kyle, Reagan Shelby Brown, Larae Belle Stidham and Kinsley Grace Raitt; and two great-great-grandchildren, Braxton and Gracie Kyle.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleve and Minnie Scruggs; two brothers, Cleve and Harold Scruggs; and four sisters, Lula Mae Bishop, Lois Barnes, Thelma Yarbrough and Ruby Scruggs.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Stidham, Steven Brown, Bobby Roach, Ronnie Garrett, David Gray and Donnie Yarbrough.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Robert Young “Bob” Hall, 84, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona. He was born May 27, 1924, in Union County to Ben B. Hall and Carrie Lou Wilhite Hall. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired highway maintenance worker for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He was a farmer and a member of Neely Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel. The Rev. Jason Pilcher, the Rev. Jeremy Wilhite and the Rev. Shawn Davis will officiate. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Stanford Hall of New Albany; two daughters, Shirley Hall White (David) and Cindy Hall Cossitt (Mark), both of New Albany; one stepdaughter, Lajune Cook (Donald) of New Albany; nine grandchildren, Robby Hall (Dana), Michelle Lawson (Cooper), Michael Hall (Sandra), Jeremy White (Laurie), Ben Hall (Michelle), Matt Cossitt, Rebecca White, Joel Hall and Cecily Andrews (Dusty); 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eula Mae Kidd Hall; two sons, David Hall and Danny Hall; one stepson, Tommy Jennings; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Robby Hall, Michael Hall, Jeremy White, Ben Hall, Matt Cossitt and Joel Hall.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
FULTON – Nannie Dimple Young, 89, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born April 15, 1919, to Walter and Samantha Brown Presley. She was a member of Tremont First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and worked at Monroe Trousers for several years. She enjoyed crocheting in her younger years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Ray Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery in Fulton.
Survivors include one daughter, Eunita Brasfield (Jerry) of Fulton; one sister, Myrtle Roberts of Fairview; three grandchildren, Michael Brasfield and Jimmy Brasfield (fiancŽe, Talisha), all of Fulton, and Kristal Johnson of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Sadie Brasfield, Sorayla Brasfield and Cody Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Young, in 1996; four brothers, Paul Presley, Carrol Presley, Clarence Presley and Basil Presley; two sisters, Madie Hayes and Mabel Lentz; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
IUKA – Cleao Elizabeth Brents, 88, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Jessie Massey officiating. Burial will be in Eastport Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include eight sons, Lawrence Barkley (Betty), Paul Jr. Brents (Sidney), Phillip Brents (Nancy), Donald Brents, Ronnie Brents, Clifford Brents (Connie), James Brents and Ronald Brents, all of Iuka; 12 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Brents; her parents, John and Avlena Bachuss; and one daughter, Norma Jill Brents.
Pallbearers will be Jason Blane, Russel Dufak, Stanley Williams, Jimmy Hughes, Eddie Goss and J.C. Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jordan Waldrop, Chuck Clark, Randy McDuffy and Randy Williams.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BALDWYN – Willard Leon Davidson, 77, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a truck driver and a member of Oakhill Baptist Church.
There will be no public service. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Wilson Davidson of Baldwyn; four brothers, Clinton Davidson of Baldwyn, and William “Bill” Davidson, Lee Allen “Jobo” Davidson and Jerry Wayne Davidson, all of Guntown.
MEMPHIS – Virginia Gann, 87, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Mississippi to Johnny Melvin and Beulah Estelle Moore Roberts. Formerly of Itawamba County, she was a homemaker and a member of Brookside Baptist Church in Olive Branch.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. John Bomar officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery.
Survivors include six sons, Willie D. Gann, Darrell Gann, Ronnie Gann, Kenny Gann and Paul Gann, all of Memphis, and David Gann of Middleton, Tenn.; three daughters, Marilyn Jackson of Booneville, Cheryl Ann Gann of Memphis and Carolyn Sue Holdford of Pine Bluff, Ark.; three brothers, Joe Allen Roberts of Illinois, Billy Roberts of Arizona and John Roberts of Hot Springs, Ark.; one sister, Syble Chamblee of Fulton; 19 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Denver D. Gann, and one son, James Edward Gann.
Her grandsons will be pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
ABERDEEN – Clearman Yarbrough, 75, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at his home in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Bobby E. Stewart
CORINTH – Bobby E. Stewart, 72, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at his home. A native of Tippah County, he was a longtime resident of Corinth. He was an associate of Refreshments and had been with the company for the past 40 years. Before that, he was associated with Fraley’s Drive-In. His first job was with McPeters Mortuary. He was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was a friend to all, always willing to lend a hand. He enjoyed being with people, especially the elderly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McPeters Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include two brothers, Bill Stewart (Faye) of Booneville and Elmer Wayne Stewart of Corinth; one sister, Doris McCoy of Corinth; nieces and nephews, Keith Fowler, Marilyn Sims, Stephen Stewart, Dianne Stacks, Renee Donaldson and Randy Stewart; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and special friends, Bernice Fraley and Shelia Grimes.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady B. and Gladys Sweatman Stewart, and a sister, Edith Laverne Felker.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Williams, Lee Williams, Terry Cartwright, Joe McKewen, Lyle Rich, Sam Kemp, Larry Sanford and Taft Little.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Corinth Kiwanis and the Corinth Rotary Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Davis, 6508 N. Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS.
BOONEVILLE – James “Kim” Castleberry, 49, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Sara Cannon Cancer Center in Nashville. He was born Sept. 21, 1959, in Booneville to Jim L. and Anna Bea Smith Castleberry. He was a graduate of Booneville High School and a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. His love of farm life and the outdoors began at age 12 when he began working on the farm with his Uncles Virgil and Kenneth Nicholson. He became a certified electrician and worked across the South before owning and operating Castleberry Backhoe and Castleberry Trucking. He returned to electrical work and followed his father’s career path with TVA.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Russell Clouse officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Katy Ingram Castleberry; one daughter, Jamie Beth; his mother; one sister, Leta Stockton; a special niece, Michelle Stockton, and one great-niece, Ava Grace Parada, all of Booneville; two aunts, Ruby Johnson and Esther Castleberry of Burnsville; his father-in-law, Bob Ingram (Jan) of St. Louis; a sister-in-law, Cindy Truitt (Bubba) of Ft. Gibson, Okla.; a brother-in-law, Bobby Ingram (Chris) of St. Louis; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; an infant brother, Larry Dale Castleberry; a brother-in-law, Terry Stockton; aunts, Ruth Miller, Troyace Nicholson and Lola Walden; uncles, Charles Castleberry, Bill Johnson, Rex Miller, Virgil Nicholson and William Walden; his grandparents, Maried and Ellen Castleberry, and Baxter and Maudie Smith; and his mother-in-law, Jackie Lann.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Nicholson, Donald McKinney, Jeff Long, Billy Martin, Dewayne Morgan and Wayne Walden.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jamie Castleberry Trust Fund, c/o Johnsonville TVA Employees Credit Union, 209 Hwy. 641 N., Camden, TN 38320.