TUPELO – Michael Keith Holley, 33, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lee Roy Howell
AMORY – Lee Roy Howell, 58, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Med Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
CORINTH – Danny White, 47, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
Robert R. Walls
OXFORD – Robert R. Walls, 85, a retired employee of Royal Box Company, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at his home in Oxford. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served as a Private in World War II.He was a member of South Lamar Baptist Church and enjoyed woodworking, mechanic work and gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Province officiating.Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery.Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Whiteaker Walls of Oxford; three daughters, Alice B. Walls of Mesa, Ariz., Elizabeth A. Walls of Oxford and Patricia Walls Stacey of Water Valley; five sons, Robert S. Walls and David A. Walls, both of of Oxford, Leonard W. Walls of Chicago, Ill., Jimmy W. Walls of Abbeville and George Walls of Vicksburg; five brothers, Earl Walls and Jettie Walls, both of Oxford, William T. “Bill” Walls of Iuka, James M. Walls of N.C. and William Ales of Tupelo; 17 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Walls service to his country, the flag of the United States Army is being flown at Waller Funeral Home.
For online condolences and guest registry please visit http://www.wallerfuneralhome.com
HICKORY FLAT – Wendell Rowe Stewart, 75, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at his residence after an extended illness. Born Oct. 23, 1933, He was a retired Master Gunnery Sergeant with the United States Marine Corps. He was a member of Fleet Reserve Association, retired from Contract Fabricators and a member of Hickory Flat Methodist Church, where he was a lay leader, choir director and Sunday School teacher. He was also a member of the Hickory Flat Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion Post 103.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Lynnette Harter Stewart; two daughters, Paula Stewart Tice (Tony) of New Albany and Amy Stewart Heaton of Hickory Flat; four granddaughters, Laura Beth Goolsby, Leah Paige Goolsby, Erica Heaton and Adrienne Heaton; two grandsons, Brett Tice and Neal Tice of Baldwyn; two great-grandsons, Ethan and Gabe Tice of Baldwyn; and two sisters, Gail Knotts (Jack) of Shirley, Ark. and LaWanda Wade (Emmett) of Nesbit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar and Mary Stewart; one brother, Melburn Stewart; and a son, the late Gregory Allen Stewart.
Pallbearers will be members of the Marine Corps League.
WEST POINT – Robert Earl Parson, 57, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Clay County Medical Center. He worked as a general mechanic.
Services will be at 12 p.m. Wednesday at the 2nd Baptist M.B. Church in Prairie with Rev. John Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, M.C. Parson (Annie) of Prairie and Willie Parson of Aberdeen; and two sisters, Essie Gillespie of Aberdeen and Callie White (Sammy) of Prairie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, George Parson, James Parson, Tony Curtis Parson and Larry Parson; and one sister, Katherine Shaw.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and will continue from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
Please visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com for an online guestbook.
BOONEVILLE – Ronnie Staggs, 59, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at his residence. He was a retired Construction worker and loved fishing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Kesler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in the Sumners Chapel in Marietta. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Tracy Adams of Booneville, Tammy Adams of Baldwyn, Lori Dawn Newcomb of Saltillo and Kelly Burt (Robert) of Smithville; three sons, Clint Adams, Shane Adams and Jeremy Adams (Alisha), all of Booneville; three sisters, Brenda Edge and Glenda Baldwin (Terry), both of Booneville and Taffie Cagle (Larry) of Booneville; three brothers, Dale Staggs, Terry Staggs and Bobby Staggs (Barbara), all of Booneville; 12 grandchildren; and five stepchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard Staggs and Reba Stennett; a daughter, Terri Adams; and his wife, Joan Staggs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 9 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.
VARDAMAN – Jean Bailey Baecher, 79, died Saturday, March 28, 2009. She was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Derma. She retired from Kellwood Co. as an inspector and she was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Julie Tabor (Ken) of Olive Branch; her son, Eugene Baecher (Mitzi) of Vardaman; three sisters, Emma Lane Pounds of Derma and Frances Hobbs and Beatrice Caldwell, both of Hernando; two grandchildren, Lance and Nicole Baecher of Vardaman; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe Bailey and Florence Bailey; her husband of 56 years, Julian Baecher; four sisters, Corene Moreland, Audia Mosley, Lucille Wood and Dorothy Terry Smith; and one brother, Dale Bailey.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
AURORA, ILL. – Lizzie Ruth Jones Keys, 83, formerly of Holly Springs, died Saturday, March 21, 2009, at the Provena Mercy Medical Center Hospice Care in Aurora, Ill. She was a member of the Greater Love M.B. Church where she served on the Mother’s Board and Pastor Aid Committee. She was employed 25 years at the Vendo Manufacturing Company in Aurora and also at the Association for Individual Development.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs with Rev. John E. Nabors officiating. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Neal (Albin) of Montgomery, Ill.; two sons, Odell Brannon and Ernest Jones (Marceha), both of Aurora, Ill.; 14 grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Juliet Williams of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Prince and Sallie Brannon; a son, Prince Brannon; a grandson, Larry “Chippy” Brannon; and sisters, Selena and Mary.
Pallbearers will be Rennell Stewart, Alvin Simmons, Earl Collins, Lonzo Harden, Leon Harden and Rev. Larry Clark.
FULTON – Thomas Edward “Eddie” Owens, 70, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 22, 1938, in Itawamba County to the late Thomas Homer and Ollie Mae Green Owens. He was a Baptist, a loving father and grandfather and an avid fisherman and gardener. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He brought McDonald’s to Tupelo in 1972, and was the owner and operator until his retirement in 1982.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Jarrell, Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Jason Watts officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Harriet Schroeder Owens of Fulton; four daughters, Teresa Owens of West Point, Cindy Milam (Joe), Deanna Houston (Richard) and Missy Johnson (Marty), all of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Jason Milam (Jessica), Chris Milam, Megan and Lauren Johnson, Casey Nichols (Scotty), Russ, Klay and Kole Houston; one great-granddaughter, Mallie Beth Milam; five sisters, Dorothy Jamerson, Ruby Sturdivant, Fairy Nell Bates, Hilma Sue Dulaney and Judith Lewis (L.C.), all of Fulton; one brother, Jack Owens (Lynne) of Olive Branch; four stepsisters, Ruth Dopp of Michigan, Patricia Shields of Georgia, Delores Moore of Texas and Agnes Plunkett of Fulton; one stepbrother, Glen Huling of Wyoming; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a special uncle, Fred Huling; two sisters, Reba Hankins and Mary Joyce Busby; two stepsisters, Edna Petroski and Rosemary Popp; and one step brother, George Huling.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Bates, Eddie Hood, Terry Jamerson, Heath Johnson, Tim Lewis, David Tyra, Darrell Gasaway and Paul Hood.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, Hubert Johnson and Dan Waddle.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. today until service time at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Connie Twitty, 98, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at the Graceland Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Brownings Funeral Home of Ecru.
Glen R. Vest
TUPELO – Glen R. Vest, 87, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Walnut Grove, Mo. native, he was born Aug. 27, 1921, to Russell M. and Ruth M. Lowry Vest. Prior to the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor, he was based in Reykjavik, Iceland, serving on submarine patrol in the United States Navy on the USS Wilson. After the formal declaration of war, he was transferred to the Pacific Theater where he served on the USS Guam. After the war, he attended college in Jacksonville, Fla. and then worked as a manager for a bookbinding business in St. Augustine, Fla. where he learned the trade and later worked in sales for the same company for a number of years. After moving to Tupelo in the early 1960’s, he co-founded a bookbinding business and later started his own bookbinding business, Glen and Evelyn Vest Bookbinding. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and a long-time member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. He was an avid and talented photographer and earlier in his life had enjoyed hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn McDonald Vest, of Tupelo; one daughter, Diane Sudduth of Tupelo; one sister, Verlie Reed of Durant, Ark.; three grandchildren, Tim Sudduth (Allison) of Tupelo, Mickey Sudduth (Jennifer) of Tupelo and Donald Sudduth (Rebecca) of Mooreville; eight great-grandchildren, Megan Sudduth, Kaylee Sudduth, Brian Sudduth, Faith Sudduth, Katie Sudduth and Blake Sudduth; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vernon Vest and Leon Vest; and one sister, June Rost.
Pallbearers will be Louiedean Ball, Billy Langford, Marvin Hoard, Calvin Smith, Wally Hare and Tommy Carr.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
TUPELO – Marvin M. “Arkansas” Robbins, 81, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at his residence in the Mt. Vernon Community. He was born Dec. 11, 1927, in Pontotoc County to Benjamin H. and Jenny Benjamine Robbins. He was joint owner of Mt. Vernon Foam Sales Inc. and a member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. He loved gardening, farming and growing flowers. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of three years, Jessie Robbins of the Mt. Vernon Community; six children, Merle Ferguson (Mary) of Pontotoc, Rev. Bobby Robbins (Ann) of Guntown, Billy Joe “B.J.” Robbins (Barbara) of Baldwyn, Dale Robbins (Mitzie) of Blue Springs, Terry Robbins (Karen) of Guntown and Randle Robbins (Kelly) of Henderson, Tenn.; two stepsons, Lewis Holloway (Bridget) of Pope and Barry Sullivan of Plantersville; one sister, Alice Saxton (Travis) of Eldarado, Ark.; three brothers, James Robbins (Camill) of Pontotoc, Robert Westmoreland (Johnie Fay) of Vardarman and Novial Hollis (Cheryl) of Tocopola; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife on February 01, 1999, Clara Mae Malone Robbins; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Tim Ferguson, Joey Robbins, Terry Wayne Robbins, Josh Robbins, Brian Martin, Shane Robbins, Jessie Walton, Phillip Jimenez and Bobby W. Robbins
Honorary pallbearers will be Ben Simons, Nelson Addison and the Deacons of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue from 9 to 11:30 Tuesday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Mt. Vernon Church one hour prior to service.
Memorials may be made to the Women’s Sunday School Class of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
PLANTERSVILLE – Mamie Lou Ruff, 86, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She wasborn Oct. 29, 1922, in Lee County to the late James Davis and Annie Partlow.She was reared in the home of Fannie Partlow. She was married to the lateCharlie Ruff. She was a memberof New Zion M.B. Church in Plantersville,where she served as an usher and chairman of the kitchen committee. She was a retired employee of the Sample and Borden Family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at New Zion M.B. Church with Rev. Celester Davis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Arnita Louise Ruff Moore(Harvey), Shirley Francine Ruff Freeman (Chink) and Dorothy Jean Ruff Shannon (Sextus); six grandchildren, Perry Antone Freeman, Nakita Moore, Antoinette Arlinda Freeman, Alex Moore, Rashad Shannon and Whitney Sierra Shannon; four great-grandchildren; Madalyn Brooke Bails, Christopher Shannon, Ashtyn Shannon and Cambry Shannon; special family members, Vernia Mae Brown (James), Hazie Ruff, Carrie Gibson, Harry Marion andTroy Marion (Mable); a specialdaughter, Kerri Sands; and Special son, A. J. Johnson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today, followed by family hour from 6 to 7 p.m.and will continue one hour prior to service on Tuesday at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com
AMORY – Donnie Ray Lindsey, 51, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a sudden illness. He was born May 29, 1957, in Russellville, Ala. to the late Resel and Wilma Boyd Lindsey. He lived in Amory most of his lifetime and he was Baptist. He worked in construction before becoming disabled. He was an avid outdoorsman and a member of the NRA. He enjoyed NASCAR, his animals and his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dempsey Roland officiating. A graveside service will be 4 p.m. at the Sandy Springs Cemetery in Itawamba County. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jesse Lindsey (Barley) of Amory; one daughter, Brandy Lindsey of Brookhaven; his fiancŽ, Cindy Weaver of Amory; two sisters, Sherry Hendrix (Jimmy) of Mooreville and Karen Goodrich of Verona; aunt, Betty Davis (Jim) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; one grandchild, Reed Lindsey; three nieces, Crissy Kyle (Roger), Anita Gilland (Elmer) and Rhonda Cox; two nephews, Jon Pounds and David Keeton; four special children, Brandy Weaver, Amy Weaver Cox (Michael), Austin Adams and Cameron Cox, all of Amory; and the mother of his children, Dian Wilemon.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lynn Beasely; grandparents, Lush and Leola Lindsey and Hosea and Henrietta Lindley Boyd.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Lindsey, Roy Dale Lindsey, Benny Hill, Freddy Harris, Billy Harris, Ricky Mink, Joey Bennett and Ottis Boyd.
Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and great nephews.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.