Obituaries March 28, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Harris D. Riley Jr., MD
NASHVILLE – Dr. Harris D. “Pete” Riley Jr., physician and educator, was an advocate for children’s health, especially in Tennessee and Oklahoma for over 60 years. He died on March 26, 2010, at the age of 85. Born on Nov. 12, 1924, to Harris and Louise Allen Riley, he grew up in Tupelo. Following his graduation from Tupelo High School in 1942, he entered Vanderbilt University where he graduated in 1945. At VU, he served as president of DKE fraternity.
After serving in both the Navy and the Air Force, he returned to VU where he graduated from medical school in 1948. It was at Vanderbilt that he developed his life-long interest in pediatrics while studying under Dr. Amos Christie. Following medical school, he completed his internship at Johns Hopkins. He completed his residency at Case Western Reserve Children’s Hospital where he met his future wife, Margaret Barry, who was a nurse at Case Western. Dr. Riley returned to VU and joined the faculty of the Department of Pediatrics where he served until 1957.
In 1958, Dr. Riley was appointed Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma. At age 32, he was the youngest chair of a major medical department in the country. At OU, he recruited a talented faculty, attracted national grants and was widely recognized as a prolific writer/researcher, who published over 500 medical books and articles. During his time at OU, Dr. Riley trained countless pediatricians, who served all across the United Sates. He created a network of pediatricians, who shared his passion for treating and healing children. At his retirement from OU in 1991, his former students and residents established the Harris D. Riley Jr. Pediatric Society that sponsors a lecture in his honor each year at the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. In 2008, the University established the Riley Chair in Pediatric Education.
In 1992, Dr. Riley returned to Vanderbilt as Professor of Pediatrics where he continued to teach, care for children and lead the Amos Christie Scholars Program. He received a number of awards during this time at Vanderbilt. In 1994, he received an award from the Christie Society for his teaching contributions; in 1995, he was given the Brittingham Award as the outstanding clinical teacher of the year; and in 1996, he was named Outstanding Physician and Role Model by the Department of Pediatrics. At the time of his death, Dr. Riley was Professor Emeritus of Pediatrics and was writing a history of Vanderbilt’s Pediatrics Department.
Dr. Riley was an enthusiastic life-long supporter of Vanderbilt University. In addition to serving as president of the Oklahoma City Vanderbilt Club, he was also national president of the Vanderbilt Alumni Association in 1974-1975, a member of the Board of Trust at Vanderbilt from 1976-1986 and named Distinguished Alumnus in 1986 by Vanderbilt Medical School. In 1980, he and his family established the Riley Scholarship at Vanderbilt.
An avid historian and historical writer, Dr. Riley was an active member of the Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee Historical Societies; as well as, the World War II Study Group. His fine collection of Civil War books were donated to Vanderbilt in 2007.
Dr. Riley married Margaret Barry of Mt. Vernon, Ohio in 1950; she survives him. They have three children, who also survive him: Steven Allen Riley (Laura) of Nashville, Mark Barry Riley (Becky) of Atlanta and Margaret Riley Sisson (Fred) of Atlanta. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mary Louise Riley, Margaret Reed Riley, Allen Trickett Riley, Robert Harris Riley, John Sanders Riley, Frederick Riley Sisson and Sarah Sisson. He is also survived by his brother, Frank Allen Riley Sr. (Jane) of Tupelo; and cousins, Dr. William G. Riley (Christine) of Meridian and Frances Lee Riley Sweat (Tommy) of Corinth.
A private memorial service will be held at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Chapel. In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Harris D. Riley, Jr., Chair in Pediatric Education at University of Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, 940 East 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104 or to the Riley Scholarship, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 37240.

Andre McGaha
CORINTH – Andre Lee McGaha, 3, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Reva Burk
SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Reva Burk, 75, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Georgia Kuykendall
AMORY – Georgia Kuykendall, 92, died Friday, March 26, 2010, 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.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory.
Bro. Wayne Vines
ABERDEEN – Bro. Arthur Wayne Vines, 65, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 27, 1944, in Smithville to Issac Cluster “Bud” Vines and Willie Mildred Vines. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a Baptist minister. He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corp.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at New Prospect Church with Bro. John Maxie and Bro. Jim Harrington officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Pace Vines of Aberdeen; two sons, Stan Vines and wife, Mary of Millport, Ala. and Keith Vines and wife, Kim of Aberdeen; one sister, Lora Jean Chester of Senatobia; eight grandchildren, Logan Vines, Zade Vines, Mackenzie Vines, Meaghan Vines, Chad Cowart, Lexie Ballard, Lucas Moye and Levie Moye; and one great-grandchild, Aniston Vines.
He was preceeded in death by his parents; and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Clayton Johnson, George Collins Jr., Richard Pace, Bill Thompson, Joe Reeves, Boyd Duncan, Phillip Duke and Kenneth Lackie.
Honorary pallbearers will be all of the medical staff involved in Wayne’s care.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the church of your choice or to a special needs program.
An online guest registry may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Lytle Shelton
RIPLEY – Lytle Shelton Jr., 79, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Henry Floyd
BLUE SPRINGS – Henry Lawrence “Slick” Floyd, 69, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illiness. He was a retired tire tech for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. He was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening and yard work.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home With Bro Felix Hutcheson Jr, Bro Marvin Robbins and Bro Merle Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Hall Floyd of Blue Springs, his children, Shirley West (Terry) of Alpine, Jennifer Mize (Bruce) of Dumas and Joshua Oswalt (Shannon) of Baldwyn, Melissa “Missy” Parker (Billy)of Saltillo, Regina Hamm (JR) of Mooreville, David Floyd of Indian Hills, Eric Floyd (Kim) of Fairview, Chris Floyd (Diane) of Guntown and Michael Floyd (Angela) of Saltillo, his mother-in-law, Hattie Hall of Halltown; his in-laws, Becky and Billy Dale Blankenship, Sarah and Colin Greenwood and James Billy and Marilyn Hall; his sister, Clair Baswell of Saltillo; his brothers, Tommy Floyd and Willie Floyd; his half brother, Vert Pettigo; his half sisters, Dora Lee Thrasher and Ann Bonds; and a number of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Joe Gaylon Oswalt Jr; a grandson, Zachary Dwayne Parker; his parents, Willie Lee and Lucille West Floyd; and his father-in-law, Boyce Hall.
Pallbearers will be West Blankenship, James Hall, Don Greenwood, Dean Hutchens, Roy Baswell, Tim Floyd, Steve Floyd and Bradley Grisham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Boyles, Dustin Hall, Ryan Kelly, Michael Gentry, Chase Hall, Craig Hutchens and Gerald Thornton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary Betts
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mary Lloyd Betts, 76, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, in Holly Springs. She attended United Methodist Church of Holly Springs. She was a legal secretary for many attorneys in Holly Springs including: Glen Fant, Bob Crutcher, D. Rook Moore III, Billy Spencer, Eugene Brown, Peggy Jones and Bill Schneller. She retired from Jones and Schneller in 2004. She loved her dog, Precious.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Milton Whatley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Majorie Young Betts of Holly Springs; her cousin, Victoria Smithey (Jeremy) of Myrtle; and her cousin, Jack Holland of Holly Springs.
Pallbearers will be Bill Schneller, Fred Carlisle, Jim Robinson, Ellis Stubbs, Dwight Smith, Chuck Thomas and Bruce Day.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Spencer, Bob Crutcher, Gene Brown, Kerry Moore, Peggy Jones and Jack Holland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ellis Armstrong
INGOMAR – Morgan Ellis Armstrong, 87, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1923, in Attala County to Emmett Armstrong and Clara Haynes Armstrong. He owned and operated Angus Steak House in New Albany with his wife, Shirley. He had also owned many businesses in Pensacola, Fla. and Union County. He was a member of the Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Truman Thompson and the Rev. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 12 years, Shirley Swords Armstrong of Ingomar; a stepson, Mike Swords (Judy) of Sherman; two step grandchildren, Lori Swords of Jackson and Dayton Swords of Sherman; a brother, Clyde Armstrong (Rita) of Zephyr Hills, Fla.; a sister Velma Hill (Pete) of Windham, Maine; and a special nephew, Ben Thomas of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Evelyn Brown Armstrong; a sister; and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Larry Davis, Bobby Hall, Codie Rasberry, John Henson, William Cook and Scott Hill.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lucille Clayton
ELLISTOWN – Lucille Phillips Clayton, 77, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 10, 1933, in Saltillo to William Francis Phillips and Ruby Cockrell Phillips. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ellistown Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in the Ellistown Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Sherry Putt (David) of Saltillo and Diane Hall of Ellistown; three sisters, Peggy Stults (Quay) of Saltillo, Francis Cresap (Jimmie) of Eupora and Sarah Flanagin of Senatobia; a brother, James Phillips (June) of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Tracie Putt, Janie Putt, Brad Putt (Kelli), Dana Stout (Kelly) and Chad Hamm (Rebecca); three step grandchildren, Joseph Clayton (Jennifer), Keith Clayton and Kerri Pannell; six great-grandchildren; and three step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Clayton; a son-in-law, Jimmie Hall; a sister, Dorothy Easterling; and a stepson, Lanny Clayton.
Pallbearers will be Chad Hamm, Mickey Phillips, Michael Phillips, Jeffery Phillips, Jamie Scates and Brad Putt.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons, Scottie Elder, Jacob Elder, Camden Putt, Adam Putt and Andrew Hamm.
Online condolences may be made at unitedfuneralservice.com.
Jimmy Martin
NEW ALBANY – Jimmy Eugene Martin, 80, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at Union County Health & Rehab. He was born July 30, 1929, in Tippah County to Ewell Winston and Jettie Lou Witt Martin. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was the owner of Beacon Hill Grocery for 18 years. Prior to that, he was a store manager for Hancock Fabrics for a number of years. He was a graduate of Tippah-Union High School and Memphis State. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He loved to travel with the senior adults at Hillcrest and loved to spend time drinking coffee with his friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Kermit McGregor and Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Martin; one daughter, Debra Cook (Terry) of Myrtle; and two grandsons, Brandon Cook and Bryan Cook, both of Myrtle.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Keyron Wilbanks; and five brothers, Spurgeon Martin, Rosco Martin, Nola Martin, Talmadge Martin and E.W. Martin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lloyd Stroupe
BOONEVILLE – Lloyd Tommy Stroupe, 67, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 20, 1942, in Tippah County and lived in Jumpertown for most of his life. He was a roofer and a furniture factory worker. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He loved his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robbie Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Church of Christ Cemetery.
He is survived by three daughters, Tracey Hargett (Rayborn) of Jumpertown, Tippie Griffith (Ricky) of Booneville and Elaine Stroupe (Michael Bridges) of Mantachie; two stepdaughters, Debra Skinner (John) and Darlene Owens; eight grandchildren, Tanya Norris (Dustin), Amy Downs, April Hargett, Deanna Pettigo, Christopher Griffith, Alisha Griffith, Benjamin Bridges and Tori Bridges; six step grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Luttrell Stroupe; his parents, Mark and Tora Newby Stroupe; and five brothers, Lee, J.P., Arnold, M.L. and Floyd Stroupe.
Pallbearers will be Art White, Lester Hargett, Tony Griffith, Robert Hester, Dale Hester, Michael Bridges, Josh Melson and Elvis Allred.

Harrel Anderson
BLUE SPRINGS – Harrell Douglas Anderson, 80, died March 26, 2010, at his home. He was a retired farmer. He owned and operated Anderson’s Grocery for over 50 years and helped start Ellistown Fire dept. He was a U.S. Veteran of the Korean War and a member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Helen Billingsley Anderson of Blue Springs; four daughters, Rejeana Mask (Donnie) of Saltillo, Renee Basden (David), Rebecca Mahon (Wayne) and Remona Wade (Jeff), all of Tupelo; one son, Doug Anderson (Patti) of Collierville; one brother, Larry Anderson (Jeanette) of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren, Brent, Jenny, Beth, Belinda, Ben, Austin, Emily, Abby, Conner, Carly and Mallory; and six great-grandchildren, Ridge, Caydee, Roxie Jo, Jorja Jewel, Lilly and Ethan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Steven Carl and Roxie Timmons Anderson.
Pallbearers will be Bob O’Callaghan, Pat O’Callaghan, Steve Adams, Jacob Adams, Bill O’Callaghan and Ronnie Rakestraw.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Tim May, Sam Bridges, Gene Timmons, Buddy Ellis, Devon Freeman and Danny Malone.
Jacquelyn Bray
CLOVIS, Calif. – Jacqui “Jacquelyn” Opal Gist Bray, 78, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.

Howard Gibson
TUPELO – Howard Francis Gibson, 89, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Community Hospice House in Verona after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors-Jefferson Street.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors-Jefferson Street Chapel.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Roy Eaton
BOONEVILLE – Roy Baxter Eaton, 52, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sylvia Hall
DUMAS – Sylvia Ann Hall, 59, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Alma Bain
BURNSVILLE – Alma Elsie Bray Bain, 86, died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Lovejoy Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Mildred Suitor
PORTAGE, Ind. – Mildred Clements Suitor, 90, formerly of Corinth, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at St. Anthony Hospice in Indiana.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of local arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Anthony Hospice, 203 W. Franciscan Dr., Crown Point, IN 46307.

Elaine Bailey
NEW ALBANY – Elaine Bailey died Saturday, March 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.