Obituaries March 27, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Annie Posey
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Charlotte Anne “Annie” Posey, 65, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was born in Houston. She moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., from Plainville, Conn., in 2003. She was a retired quality control specialist for Johnson & Johnson.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline Posey (Michael); a brother, Benan Rhea, and a sister, Alice Faye Griffin, both of Mississippi; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Lavoie and Joanne Champagne, both of St. Petersburg; her grandchildren, Rylee Mauro and Niko Principi, both of Connecticut.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Joseph Posey, and a brother, Jimmy Rhea.
Taylor Family Funeral Home of Pinellas Park, Fla., are in charge of the arrangements.

Andy Topps
TUPELO – Andy Topps, 94, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Felisha Brownlee
CLANTON, Ala. – Felisha Brownlee, 35, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Chilton County Hospital. She was born Nov. 17, 1974, to Liza Brim and the late Raymond Edwards in Tupelo. She accepted Christ on Sept. 18, 1983, and joined Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church, where was director of youth development, an usher and a Sunday School teacher. She later joined Hopewell M.B. Church, where she worked with the youth department. She was a graduate of Shannon High School and Itawamba Community College with a major in early childhood education. She continued her studies at Mississippi State University. She was a teacher at Elmore Autauga Community Action in Maplesville, Ala. She married John Brownlee on March 4, 2000.
Services will be at noon today at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Tupelo with Pastor Larry Sailes officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John Brownlee; her children, Sydney, Justin (Francis), Tarvis, Marcus, and Katelyn; her mother, Liza Hykes and her husband, Willie; her sister-in-law, Kim Foster; her mother-in-law, Katie Brownlee; her grandparents, Victoria and James Edwards; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Sign guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Vernell Gentry
RED BAY, Ala. – Vernell Gentry, 82, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala. She was born Aug. 11, 1927, in Franklin County, Ala., to Webster and Nora Bonds McKinney. She was retired as a nurse after 25 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Cedar Creek Cemetery in Red Bay with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one sister, Charlene Hellums of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; two brothers, Ray McKinney of Cherokee, Ala., and Jack McKinney of Belmont; and a special friend, Junior Boyd of Red Bay.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Gentry; her parents; and a son, Jerry Hutto.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Hellums, Mike Hellums, Billy Bolton, Brad Bolton, Stephen McKinney and Colton McKinney.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cedar Creek (White Oak) Cemetery Fund at CB&S Bank, P.O. Box 6779, Red Bay, Al. 35582.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Lucille Clayton
ELLISTOWN – Lucille Clayton, 77, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Darrell Marcy
AUBURN – Lonnie Darrell Marcy, 62, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a two-year illness. He was born in Tupelo on Dec. 4, 1947, to Lon and Ruby Spradling Marcy. He grew up in the Auburn community. He graduated from Messick High School in Memphis. He had a 30-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. After retiring, he worked at Traceway Manor as a mail clerk until he became ill. He was a U.S. Army veteran with service in the Vietnam War and during Desert Storm. For his bravery, he received several medals including the National Service, the Vietnam Service, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Marksmanship Medal and the Purple Heart. He later served in the Mississippi National Guard 155th Battalion, 1st Calvary, for many years. A member of the Auburn Baptist Church, he enjoyed the outdoors, his family and his many friends.
Services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bob O’Neal officiating. Burial will follow in the Auburn Cemetery.
Survivors include his son, Daniel Marcy, and two daughters, Tonia Marcy and Tami Hutcherson (Trent), all of the Auburn community; two granddaughters, Jaylin Marcy and Marley Hutcherson; one sister, Lynda Marcy Moses (Tommy) of Auburn; one nephew, Chris Moses; two nieces, Andrea Collier (Lee) and Lezlee Knight (Anthony); three great-nephews, Randy and Andrew Collier, and Hunter Moses; two great-nieces, Meagan Knight and Savannah Moses; his special aunt, Hazel Marcy of Auburn; his uncle, Leon Marcy (Doris) of Tupelo; and special friends, Jim Patterson, Sandy Young and Dewrand Mills.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Randy.
Pallbearers will be Jim Patterson, Chuck Buchanan, Sean O’Brien, Dr. Bill Marcy, Jimmy Carnathan, Jackie Williams, Carl Moses and Carlos White. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Tupelo branch of the U.S. Postal Service.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to service on Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 2800 West Main, Tupelo, MS 38801; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Sara Quin
ABERDEEN – Sara N. Williams Quin, 83, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born March 21, 1927, in Winona, she was the daughter of the late David L. and Roberta Payne Williams. She married Murray Edward Quin in 1947. Before her retirement, she worked for the Walter Reed Medical Center. She lived in Frederick, Md., for over 43 years, moving to Aberdeen in 1995. She enjoyed reading.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Murray E. Quin of Aberdeen; one son, Murray David Quin of Frederick, Md.; one sister, Patricia A. Watson of Aberdeen; four grandchildren, Rebecca Kreps, Peter Quin, Jennifer Quin and Clayton Quin; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one son, Stephen Michael Quin.

Hattie P. Coleman
TUPELO – Hattie P. Coleman, 68, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Reuben D. McCluskey
EUPORA – Reuben D. McCluskey, 59, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Eupora. Burial will be in the Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Katie Gibson
HAMILTON – Katie Delmar Oliver Jones Cook Gibson, 95, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 9, l914, in Alabama to Charles Elliott Oliver and Mamie Catherine Holcomb Oliver. She had lived in Monroe County for the last 35 years. She was a retired machine operator for EKCO Productions.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev.Tommy Galloway officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery in Hamilton.
Survivors include one daughter, Ann Lockhart and husband, Eddie, of Hamilton; four sons, William Jones and wife, Billie, of Hamilton, Jesse Jones and wife, Karen, of Cullman, Ala., Howrd Jones and wife, Martha, of Aberdeen and Jr. Cook of Hamilton; a half sister, Betty Oliver of Buffalo, N.Y.; a half brother, Herschel Oliver of Amory; 37 grandchildren, and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceeded in death by her parents; her husbands, Ben Jones, Orson Cook and Jim Gibson; children, Orville Jones, Charles Jones, Cecil Jones, O.C. Jones, Ruby Jones and Johnny Jones; and several brothers, sisters and grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Rebecca Jo Phyfer
WEST POINT – Rebecca Jo Phyfer, 87, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born on Jan. 16, 1923, in Pontotoc to Pearl Patterson and James Cyrus Sneed Sr. She was the co-owner of Phyfer Furniture Co. in West Point. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in West Point. She was very active in the church, serving many years as a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the West Point Garden Club and West Point Jr. Auxiliary.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. The Rev. Don Bishop will officiate. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Portera (Bill) and Carolyn Jane Hay (Will), both of West Point; two sons, Harry Phyfer (Marcia) of West Point and Cy Phyfer (Becky) of Plano, Texas; 10 grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law: Eric Phyfer, Robert Phyfer, Nick Phyfer, Will Portera, Will Hay, Brice Cambas, Cy Phyfer and Russ Latino III.
The family will receive visitors and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the home of her daughter, Rebecca Portera.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773, or Bryan Public Library, P.O. Box 675, West Point, MS 39773.

Alton Anderson
MEMPHIS – Alton Anderson, 62, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Milan Healthcare in Milan, Tenn. He was born June 19, 1947, in Holly Springs to James Anderson and Mytice Wilson. He was a Baptist and a carpenter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn Gibson of Memphis and Carolyn Anderson of Minco, Okla.; one brother, William Anderson (Ruby) of Nashville, Tenn.; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Anderson, and his parents.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Walter A. Evans
LAMAR – Walter A. Evans, 62, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Ashland High School Auditorium. Burial will be in Harris Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery in Ashland. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Clyde Nance
CORINTH – Clyde Nance, 99, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the Mississippi Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Cecil Ellison
HOUSTON – Cecil Lynn Ellison, 63, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Tupelo. He was a retired forester with National Resource Conservation Service and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Frieda Ellison of Houston; one son, Travis Ellison of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; one daughter, Teresa Ellison of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Kellie (Jason) Havens of Houston; one stepson, Brian (Eva) Vance of Houston; his mother, Vivian Ellison of Noxapater; one brother, Tommy (Joyce) Ellison of Noxapater; and his grandchildren, John Forrest, Azelonde and Gracie.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil H. Ellison.
To sign the online guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Harrel Anderson
BLUE SPRINGS – Harrel Anderson, 80, died Friday, March 26, 2010, after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Richard T. Webb
WICHITA, Kan. – Richard T. Webb, 65, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010. He was born April 4, 1944, in Amory. He retired from Kansas City Southern Railroad after 30 years.
Services will be Tuesday at Antioch Bible Baptist Church in Gladstone, Mo. White Chapel Funeral Home of Gladstone is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Webb; a son, Jason Webb, and his wife, Melissa; his mother, Oleta Webb; a brother David Webb; two sisters, Judy Griffie and Martha Jenkins; and a granddaughter, Kaitlyn Webb.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sampson Webb.
Visitation will be Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Antioch Bible Baptist Church.

Rev. Wayne Vines
ABERDEEN – The Rev. Wayne Vines died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Ellis Armstrong
NEW ALBANY – Morgan Ellis Armstrong, 87, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Online condolences may be left at www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Tillman Rodabough Sr.
ABERDEEN – Tillman Bascom Rodabough Sr., 92, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 16, 1917, in Mississippi to Harry Webster Rodabough and Texana Rosalie Smith Rodabough. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a retired machinist for Mississippi State University in Starkville. He was a member of Tranquil Methodist Church, a veteran of World War II and a Mason. An active outdoorsman, Mr. Rodabough introduced his two sons to hunting and fishing at young ages and spent time each year with them, their grandchildren and finally great-grandchildren. Their “Papaw” was their model for fun in the outdoors. He loved his family and traveled to visit them all over the USA with his sons and daughter. He particularly liked traveling with his daughter to South Carolina to spend time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Similarly, he spent time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Amory and Saltillo. Even in recent years, he continued to maintain a lawn with beautiful flowers, a vegetable garden, which he shared with neighbors and friends, and his bee hives. It wasn’t unusual to drive by and see him on top of his house examining his roof to determine the need for repairs or to see him out picking up pecans on hands and knees because of his low vision.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Tranquil Methodist Church with Harrison Upshaw, J.C. Burks and Wallace Cason officiating. Burial will be in Tranquil Cemetery. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. until service time at the church. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Judye Rodabough Clisby and husband, Michael, of Irmo, S.C.; one son, Dr. Tillman Rodabough Jr. and wife, Carolyn, of Waco, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Delma Frazier Rodabough of Amory; 10 grandchildren, Tillman Rodabough III, Teri Moy, Timothy Rodabough, Kyle Cole, Karan Field, Jeff Cole, Marlane Dunn, Jennifer Rodabough, Geneva Clisby Burton, Christopher Michael Clisby and a number of great-grandchildren.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; wife, Geneva Lucas Rodabough; and son, Lamar Rodabough.
Pallbearers will be the grandchildren, Tillman Rodabough III, Teri Moy, Timothy Rodabough, Marlane Dunn, Jennifer Rodabough, Geneva Clisby Burton and Christopher Michael Clisby.
Donations and memorials can be made to the Tranquil Cemetery Fund.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday, March 28, 2010, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.