Obituaries March 31, 2009

Inez Smith
ABBEVILLE – Inez Herod Smith, 87, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.

Annie Sue Turman
HOUSTON – Annie Sue Bennett Turman, 83, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at her home. She was born April 15, 1925, in Smithville to Columbus Beeson Bennett and Francis Kelly Bennett. She was a homemaker and a member of Houston First Pentecostal Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Houston First Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Charles Flake and the Rev. Kenneth Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a special nephew, Walter Turman and Hilda of Nesbit; and two sisters-in-law, Mary Anna Gann of Houston and Francis Bennett Booker of West Point.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marion H. “Dick” Turman; six brothers, Melvin Bennett, Elmer Bennett, Dallas Bennett, Elvin Bennett, L.W. Bennett and Robert Bennett; and four sisters, Loncia Barrett, Lonie Smith, Lillian Simpson and Lela Gilmore.

Pallbearers will be Matt Bennett, Ronnie Cole, Max Brassfield, Heath Soden, Derrick Vance and Jeff Flake.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Houston First Pentecostal Church.

Martha Mitchell
STEWART – Martha Joe Mitchell, 63, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at her home in Stewart. She was born May 24, 1945, in Winona. She was a homemaker and a member of Reeds Chapel Baptist Church in Webster County.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. Johnny Lollar officiating. Burial will be in Reeds Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Jerry L. Mitchell of Stewart; two sons, Tim Mitchell of Eupora and Todd Mitchell of Stewart; one sister, Jackie Bond of Grenada; one brother, Fred Tierce Jr. of Stewart; her grandchildren, Seth Mitchell, Haley Mitchell, Caitlyn Mitchell, Brianne Mitchell, Taylor Mitchell and Amy Mitchell; and one great-grandchild, Chloe Smith.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tracie Lynn Mitchell, and a brother, Lynn Tierce.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Freddy Stone
NEW ALBANY – Freddy Manning Stone, 93, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Magnolia Place in New Albany. He was born Feb. 28, 1916, in Meridian. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was the first licensed embalmer in New Albany. He and his wife, Edith, owned and operated a small cafe shortly after moving to New Albany. He was a former chairman of Connie Davis Fishing Rodeo for years. He and his wife were involved in several local charities and causes, and they were founding members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. He touched thousands of lives during his funeral service career and many stories about him from families and funeral professionals can be heard all over the South.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Jerry Daniels and Father Tim Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors are his son-in-law, Hayden Ferguson of New Albany; three granddaughters, Becky Story of Jackson, Deborah Flynt (Gary) of Foxworth and Catherine Rouse (Tim) of Arlington, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren, David Flynt, Miriam Story, Jake Rouse, Caitlin Flynt, Emily Story and AnnaBeth Rouse; and a nephew, Buddy Shivers.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith; his daughter, Paula Ferguson; two sisters, Pauline Stone and Laura Shivers; and a son-in-law, LCDR W. Patrick Story.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staffs of Magnolia Place and Unity Hospice.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with a rosary service at 8:30 p.m.

Robert Robbins
MEMPHIS – Robert David Robbins, 78, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Oct. 18, 1930, in Union County to William Martin Robbins and Mary Jane Smith Robbins. He was a retired supervisor for Fruehauf and a member of Colonial Baptist Church in Memphis. He enjoyed fishing and golf.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Randy Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery at Etta.

Survivors include two daughters, Donna Garner (Dennis) of Sturgis and Susan Jackson (Monette) of Madison; one sister, Opal Shettles of Hernando; six grandchildren, Cager Garner (Maris) of Memphis, Travis Garner (Alicia) of North Port, Ala., Joby Garner of Sturgis, and Chad Akins, Tyler Akins and Dalton Jackson, all of Madison; one great-grandchild, Avery Garner of North Port, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Frances Robbins; one sister, Lucille Mayhew; and two brothers, Hub Robbins and John Robbins.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633.

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

Evia Amerson
IUKA – Evia Amerson, 84, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was born Aug. 15, 1924, to Bob and Estella Helton of the Holcut community. She married Wallace Amerson in 1942. During the 1940s and 1950s, she farmed and raised a family. She worked at the Tishomingo County shoe and shirt factories, retiring in 1992. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Jon Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Amerson (Sue) and Bob Amerson (Beth), both of Iuka; one daughter, Sybil Jones of Corinth; two brothers, Noonan Helton (Jane) of Burnsville and Dellus Helton (Faye) of Iuka; one sister, Lola Randolph of Iuka; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Amerson; her parents; one sister, Arvie Dees; and one brother, Robert Elam Helton.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Tyler Quinn
CORINTH – Tyler Judson Quinn, 20, died Sunday, March 20, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. He was a 2008 graduate of Corinth High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society for Academics. He was a student at Northeast Mississippi Community College. He loved his family and friends. He enjoyed playing tennis, fishing, cooking, and spending time with friends and family, especially his brothers.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Dr. Randy Bostick will officiate, and Matt Quinn and Jordan Quinn will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Rick and Sharon Strickland Quinn of Corinth; two brothers, Matthew Brandon Quinn (Jessica) of Corinth and Jordan Michael Quinn (fiancŽe, Angel) of Atlanta, Ga.; his grandmothers, Eunice Quinn of Iuka and Joy Strickland of Tishomingo; several aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Edward Quinn and E.W. “Pro” Strickland.

Pallbearers will be Cory Quinn, Will Ramsey, Cody Ramsey, Michael Rickman, Andrew Bloomfield and John Fowler.

Honorary pallbearers will be the employees and staff of Medical Plaza and Prescription Shoppe; and the Corinth High School Class of 2008.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Connie Twitty
PONTOTOC – Connie Russell Twitty, 99, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Graceland Health Care in Pontotoc. She was born Aug. 31, 1909, in Alabama to William and Margaret Russell. She was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church and an accomplished seamstress. She loved working in her flowers and especially enjoyed her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with the Rev. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Twitty (Edna) of Tupelo and William Twitty of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Judy Warren (Mike) of Oxford, Rick Mooneyhan of Pontotoc, Lynn Burwell of Gulfport, Shelly Gandy (James Ray) of Hickory Flat, Richard Twitty (Lisa) of Selmer, Tenn., Russell Twitty (Rhonda) of Madison and Ree Hester (Dr. Chris) of Tupelo; 13 great-grandchildren, Dr. Craig Warren of Toledo, Ohio, Joseph Burwell of Gulfport, Destin Mooneyhan of Tupelo, Anna Burwell of Gulfport, Jacob Burwell of Gulfport, Mallory and Madison Twitty of Ramer, Tenn., Drew Buckholt of Holly Springs, Hunter and Jackson Twitty of Madison, and Reese, Beck and Hamp Hester of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Brayden Warren of New Albany and Dalton Warren of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Elmer S. Twitty; a sister, Earleen Smitherman; three brothers, Holley, Jim and Albert Russell; a daughter, Pat Mooneyhan; a son-in-law, Boyce Mooneyhan; a daughter-in-law, Ann Twitty; and a great-grandson, Ben Warren.

Pallbearers will be James Ray Gandy, Richard Twitty, Russ Twitty, Rick Mooneyhan, Dr. Chris Hester and Mike Warren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 Wednesday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Daniel Davis
OXFORD – Daniel Lee Davis, 64, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at his home in Oxford. He had moved recently to the Oxford area from Meridian. He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a retired information coordinator and a Baptist. He enjoyed various sports, but his primary enjoyment came from spending time with his family.

There are no plans for a memorial service at this time. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Green Davis of Oxford; one daughter, Dona Michelle Davis of Oxford; one son, Allen Fitzgerald (Marilyn) Davis of Little Rock, Ark.; and two sisters and five brothers.

Rexford Grierson
IUKA – Rexford Donovan Grierson, 69, of Iuka and Henderson, La., died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at his home. A native of Moss Point, he was a retired journalism professor. He is survived by his wife, Rheta.

Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at www.donate.americanheart.org or (800) AHA-USA1.

Ivia Westmoreland
PITTSBORO – Ivia Westmoreland, 86, died Monday, March 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home.

John Mobley
RED BAY, Ala. – John William Mobley, 80, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at the Helen Keller Hospital. He was born June 29, 1928, in Vina, Ala., to Sterling and Ludie Peck Mobley. He attended Bible College in Springfield, Mo., for two years. He was a member of Vina First Baptist Church and an employee of Mueller Brass for 47 years.

He leaves a great legacy as a servant of God. He always showed great wisdom and discernment, teaching many through instruction, and his own example, to love and follow God. He served several churches throughout the years as a deacon, songleader and Sunday School teacher. He also helped start many churches while living in Illinois. He always worked hard wherever he saw the need and showed love and kindness as a truly great son, brother, husband, father, granddaddy, popaw and friend.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Steve Ledbetter and Bro. Jerry Swimmer officiating. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Elois Mobley of Red Bay; four children, Linda Garrison (Danny), John Thomas Mobley (Tracy) and Leisa Mobley, all of Red Bay, and Deborah Verchot (Ed) of Springfield, Va.; one brother, Hubert Mobley of Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Eulajean Hester of Vina, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Jena Dillilngham, Edgar Verchot, Kristy Blunt, Josh Garrison, Lori Carpenter, Eric Verchot, Anna Mobley and Ethan Mobley; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and eight brothers and sisters, Ralph Mobley, Edith Osbirn, Wilburn Sterling Mobley, Elizabeth Moomaw, Frances Griswold, Nellie McDonald, Jack Mobley and Charles Mobley.

Pallbearers will be Edgar Verchot, Eric Verchot, Josh Garrison, Mark Blunt, Jimmy Shewbart and Brian Moomaw.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday.

Ishmael Patterson
CORINTH – Ishmael Emanuel Patterson, 29, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Guys, Tenn. He enjoyed art and singing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hopewell M.B. Church at Rienzi with Pastor Gabe Jolly III officiating. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, Virgina and Daryle Peake; two sons, Jeremy and Jermiah McGee; two brothers, Pactrick Patterson and Micheal Patterson; two stepbrothers, Dewayne Pecke and Brandon Fannon; three sisters, Jennifer Patterson, Iesha Fowler and Michelle Patterson; his grandmother, Shirley Williams; aunts, Rosie Patterson, Heidi Thompson, Della Patterson, Ann Hill, Brenda Tucker, Mary (John) Ragin and Darlene Porter; uncle, Anthony Williams; his stepgrandparents, Monti and Betty Monroe.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Patterson; a brother, Joey Patterson; and his grandparents, Louis E. Williams, and Georgie and Robert Gilmore Sr.

Memorials may be made to Hopewell M.B. Church.

Andrew Waweu
ACTON, Tenn. – Andrew Lee Waweu, 19, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at Hardin County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Keith Holley
SALTILLO – Michael Keith Holley, 33, died Sunday, March 29, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 5, 1976, in Monroe County to Jimmy and Brenda Sullivan Holley of Amory. A native of Lee County, he was a graduate of Nettleton High School. He was a Baptist and a delivery person for Mitchell Distributing Company of Tupelo. He enjoyed singing, playing his guitar and playing men’s softball.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Tommy Galloway and the Rev. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Heather Hawkins Holley of Saltillo; his parents; one daughter, Calin Holley of the home; one son, Kade Holley of the home; one sister, Shay Steele (Nathan) of Amory; one brother, Chris Holley of Amory; his grandmother, JoAnn Fowler of Mooreville; and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Seth Dover, Steve Shelton, Wayne Parnell, Jessie Patterson, Todd Johnson, Danny Trantham, Cary Parnell, Trip Richmond, Michael Green and Mike Barnes.

Honorary pallbearers will be the employee of Mitchell Distributing Company of Tupelo.

Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

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

Louise Adair
OKLAHOMA CITY – Louise Crawford Adair died Wednesday, March 25, 2009. She was born Aug. 8, 1955, to Mattie and Fred Crawford. She graduated from Woodland High School in 1974. She completed a two-year administrative program at Itawamba Community College. She married James M. Adair on June 10, 1977. They moved to Oklahoma City in August 1982, where she worked at the University of Oklahoma Health and Sciences Center and joined Tabitha Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, cooking and take care of her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Prospect Baptist Church of Woodland. Pastor Tyrone Orr will officiate. Burial will follow in Houston Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, James M. Adair; a daughter, LaToyna Adair-Ragland; a son, Derrick Adair; a grandson, Trevon A. Ragland; two brothers, Wilbert (Dorothy) Crawford and Sam (Idella) Crawford; four sisters, Freddie Jean Higgenbotton, Bernice Higgenbotton. Ruth L. Body and Inez (Ray Charles) Green; her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Adair.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Lois Crawford.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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