Obituaries May 11, 2009

Henry Clay Foster Sr.
BLUE SPRINGS – Henry Clay Foster Sr., 78, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Union County to the late Zachariah Oce Foster and Zula Josephine Jackson Foster. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the United States Army. He was retired district manager for the Tupelo Daily Journal circulation department. He was an elder in the Antioch Church of Christ. He loved baseball, westerns and reading his Bible.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Antioch Church of Christ with Bro. Ferrell Hester and Bro. Darrell Beard officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Sybil Foster of Blue Springs; one daughter, Trena Nean Stanford of Pontotoc; one son, Henry Clay Foster Jr. (Lana Caldwell) of Sherman; two sisters, Janie Owen (Charles “Todd”) of New Albany; Ruchie Teague (Terry) of Temple, Texas; five grandchildren, Shea Beane of Saltillo, Seseme Stanford of Tupelo and Courtney Foster, Trae Foster and Noelle Foster, all of Sherman; two great-grandchildren, Gaibe Beane and Foster Beane, both of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bridges, J.B. Harpole, Danny Crump, Steve McBrayer, Randy Hitt and Ray Gibson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Hamblin and Buddy Hitt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Faris Lillis
SHANNON – Faris F. Lillis, 82, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the Tupelo Health and Rehabilitation Center where he had briefly resided. He was born in Philadelphia, Neshoba County on June 11, 1926, to the late Frank and Bessie Chamblee Lillis. He had lived in the Shannon area for 40 years. He was a retired self employed heavy equipment operator and master bulldozer man all his working life. He loved the land and the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He raised and sold hunting dogs including pointers and setters.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Okolona Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Truman Carter officiating. Burial will follow in the Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Holland-Harris, Okolona Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter and caregiver, Linda Carnathan (Gary) of Okolona; three sons, Thomas Lillis, Gary Lillis and Roger Lillis, all of Philadelphia; three grandchildren, Chris Black (Andrea) of Shannon and Jonathan Black and Johanna Carnathan, both of Okolona; and one sister, Enearst Richardson of Philadelphia.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, June Lillis on May 13, 2007; his parents; two young daughters, Sarah and Betty; and a brother, Cleazie Lillis.
Pallbearers will be Chris Black, Jonathan Black, Edward Richardson, Harold Richardson, Jason Sullivan and Mike Black.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday, both at the Okolona Chapel.
George W. Keys
NEW ALBANY – George W. Keys, 76, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 8, 1933, the seventh of 16 sibings. He attended Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. After retiring from the Air Force he moved back to Mississippi where he worked at Masterbilt and served on the Sheriff Dept. and Police Dept. He attended ICC where he became certified in Refrigeration and also studied Law Enforcement. During his lifetime he served with the Masonry Lodge, American Legion and helped in founding The Ford Foundation.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in New Albany with Pastor James W. Dye officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Foster amp& Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Ruby Wade Keys; one daughter, Keenah Keys Dye (Ricky); one son, Carl Slocum; five brothers, James Keys (Daisy), Charles Keys (Frances), Aunzia, Laverine, all of New Albany and Carl Keys (Carlena) of Milwaukee, Wis.; five sisters, Romie Beard (Odell) of New Albany, Qubell Cannon of Columbus, Lorrine Keys Nicholes (Katie Mae) of Milwaukee, Wis., Willie Keys Terry (James) of Indianapolis, Ind. and Sadie Mae Keys Ballard (Winston) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; and a host of brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. W.C. Keys and Mary Sue Keys; three brothers, Willie C. Keys Jr., Lonnie Keys and Curtis Keys; and two sisters, Mentoree Keys Green and Rossie Lee Keys Estes.
Visitation will be from 12 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home, with family hour to follow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the church.
J.C. McCrary
CORINTH – J.C. McCrary, 85, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a United States Army veteran, a member of Foote Street Church of Christ and a retired distributor for Bowes Seal Fast for 37 years. He enjoyed helping people.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Charles Curtis and Blake Nicholas officiating. Burial will with military honors will follow in the Corinth National Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Nelda Barry McCrary; daughter, Jaylene Whitehurst (Gerry) of Corinth; son, Tim McCrary (Cindy) of Huntsville, Ala.; Grandson, Seth Whitehurst (Heather); two step grandchildren, Bill and Holly McCormac; and great-granddaughter, Cadance Whitehurst.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Arnold and Ethel Meeks McCrary; one son, Stephen Jay McCrary; and a sister, Ottie Mae McCrary.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Elaine Allen
TUPELO – Elaine Bramlett Allen, 97, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Community Hospice House – Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born March 29, 1912, in Stewart, Mississippi in Chocktaw County to the late William Chester Bramlett and Sarah Eudora Bruce Bramlett. She was the widow of Henry Pate Allen, a homemaker and a member of the Verona Church of Christ. She loved crocheting, crossword puzzles, dominoes and bingo and she loved to go and be a part of the Senior Citizens Center of Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Wayne Cox officiating and Bro. Joe Connell assisting. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Denise Queen and Eva Johnson, both of Tupelo, Annie N. Cortez (Romie) of Salins, Calif., Dannie L. Raney (Sam) of Amory and Elaine Kelly (Mike) of Savannah, Ga.; one son, Billy Wayne Allen (Mary) of Reno, Nev.; 32 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, five sons, Pete Allen, Verell Allen, Roy Lane Allen, Mims Allen and Jeff Allen; four grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Pallbearers will be David Nelson Sr., David Nelson II, Andrew Wilbanks, Curtis Brock, Chris Oliver and Steve Wilbanks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chester Bramlett, Billy Oliver, Michael Ard-Kelly and Jeffery Kelly.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Verona Church of Christ; or the Community Hospice House of Verona.
Donald J. Sanders
CORINTH – Donald Joe Sanders, 72, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was an Army Spec 4 Corporal Veteran who loved his country and honored his flag. He served his community as a City Alderman in Corinth from 1986 to 1994. He enjoyed country music as well as spending time with his coffee buddies. He was a member of SCV, VFW and the American Legion. His hobby was loving his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Hight Funeral Home with Charles Curtis and James Horton officiating. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Diana Gibbs Sanders; son, Todd Sanders (Nanci); daughter, Allison Harrison (Michael); grandchildren, Morgan Harrison, Tice Sanders, Rebecca Sanders, Katherine Harrison and Rachel Sanders; sisters, Dora Berry, Edna Owens (Earl) and Linda Adams (Ernest); and brothers, Bill Sanders (Mazie), Travis Sanders (Betty) and Wayne Sanders (Mary Lee).
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Velma Sanders; brothers, Horace Sanders and Bob Sanders; and in-laws, S.O. and Nina Gibbs.
Pallbearers will be Jack Roberts, Bruce Hammer, Randy Jones, Bob Morphis, Cray Franks and Jason Grisham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Reggie Anderson, Von Michael, Bingham Wade, Kenny Kelly, Ben Page and Doug Strickland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation; the American Heart Association; or the American Cancer Society.
Talmadge Clay
ENTERPRISE – Talmadge Wesley “Dick” Clay, 83, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Enterprise Baptist Chruch with Rev. Taylor Wallace, Rev. Richard Cothern and Rev. Arlis Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Enterprise Cemetery. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to service time at the church.
Hattie Mae Burress
BOONEVILLE – Hattie Mae Burress, 83, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at her residence. She was born Dec. 23, 1925, in Prentiss County to the late Ed Agnew and Fannie Mae Judd Agnew.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Oak Hill M.B. Church in Booneville with Rev. Houston Owens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Buchanan of Plantersville; two sons, Eddie Burress of Tupelo and Willie M. Agnew of Booneville; one daughter, Gloria Jean Agnew of Booneville; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m with family hour to follow from 5 to 6 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com
Vinie Spencer
CALHOUN CITY – Clara Vinie “Big Mama” Spencer, 94, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was a member of Reedys Chapel Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family and doing for others.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Poss and Bro. Derick Finley officiating. Burial will be in the New Providence Cemetery in Derma. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Donald Spencer (Linda) of Pensacola, Fla.; daughter, Betty Hill (Charles) of Calhoun City; 23 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lonnie and Mattie Taylor Reedy; her husband, C.L. Spencer; a son, John Frank Spencer; two sisters, Jewel Reedy and Ellen Therrel; five brothers, Tom, Freddy, Willie, Jim and Eli Reedy.
C.L. Naron Jr.
VARDAMAN – Custis Lavern Naron Jr., 76, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at his residence. He was born July 28, 1932, in Houston to the late Custis L. Naron Sr. and Ada Lee Streeter Naron. He was a farmer and owner of C amp& L Rodeo Company. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Vardaman and a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Ramage officiating. Burial will be in the Rhodes Chapel Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Sylvia Lynn “Sissy” Mahan of Pontotoc; one son, Charles Ray Naron of Vardaman; three sisters, Doris Ellis of Tupelo, Murlee Lane of Grenada and Martha Smith of Vardaman; and three grandchildren, Joe Hood of Pontotoc, J.T. Naron of Vardaman and Christi Lee Long of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Levy Mae Naron on April 8, 1994; his parents; two sons, Travis Lee Naron and Morris Dale Naron; one sister, Gertrude Hill; and one brother, Bobby Naron.
Pallbearers will be Joe Edmondson, Randall Langford, Mike Holder, Darin Tedder, P.K. Edmonson and Naron Morgan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign an online registry at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com
Thelma T. Nichols
VARDAMAN – Thelma Tedder Nichols, 85, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the Calhoun Health Service Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 19, 1923, in Vardaman to the late Wilma Lee and Ella Mae House Tedder. She was a retired floor supervisor with Kellwood Co., a former school bus driver for over 16 years with Vardaman School District and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. J.R. Eaton officiating. Burial will be in the Elzey Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Lester of Vardaman and Marie Stewart (Steve) of Greenwood; two sisters, Clara Mae Pounds of Woodland and Wilma Rae Johnson of Vardaman; six grandchildren, Dale Lester (Martha) of Columbus, Misty Meredith (Toby) and Amy Smitherman, both of Greenwood, Barry Lester (Shelia) and Melissa Robertson (Joe Allen Mitchell), both of Vardaman and Chasity Vonderheide (Brian) of Tupelo; 12 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.L. Nichols Jr.; her parents; grandson, Coy Stewart Smitherman; son-in-law, Bobby Lester; grandson-in-law, Tim Robertson; brothers, George, Thomas Lee and Melvin Tedder; and sister, Eugenia Lantrip.
Pallbearers will be Dale Lester, Barry Lester, Toby Meredith, John Smitherman, Colt Robertson and Clint Lester.
Her great-grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Berchie Ora Roten
RIPLEY – Berchie Ora Roten, 99, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gatha Jumper
JUMPERTOWN – Gatha Dees Jumper, 66, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 20, 1942, to the late Herschel and Louvenia Dees Jumper. He was a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church, a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He loved his wife and “his girls” as he called his three daughters. He enjoyed having his family and friends around him and loved to cook and prepare meals for the ones who would stop by every evening around supper time.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dean Larson officiating and Bro. David Huffman assisting. Danny Jumper will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mary Evelyn Jumper; his stepmother, Lu Jumper of Jumpertown; three daughters, Donna Jumper of Jumpertown and Kathy Rutherford (Michael) and Tammy Davis (Wally), both of Booneville; six grandchildren, Brandon Blankenship (Jessi), Bonnie Blankenship, Gatha Lee Wren (Chasity), Brooke Wren, Sam Rutherford and Madison Davis; several aunts and uncles; a host of nieces and nephews; several cousins; a special nephew, David Inman (Tammy); and a close family friend, Steve Guyton of Kosciusko.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Inman, Devin Garrett, Kent Dees, Luke Chittom, Jamie Nelson, Les Jumper, Charles Melvin Geno, Ryan Eaton and Max Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers will be his close friends, co-workers and fellow farmers.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Tuesday, both at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Jumpertown United Methodist Church Flag Pole Fund, 888 Highway 4 West, Booneville, MS 38829.
Larry Warren
RANDOLPH – Larry Wayne Warren, 64, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired self-employed carpenter. He was also a loving brother, father, uncle and Poppa. He enjoyed working, spending time with family, fishing and Ole Miss Football. He was a member of the Randolph High School, Class of 1962.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Wayne Cobb, Bro. Pate Gregory and Bro. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will be in the Carey Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Joann Warren; two daughters, Rhonda Shuler (David) of Randolph and Lisa Gregory (Danny) of Robbs; one son, Jesse Warren (Erica) of Randolph; one brother, James Warren (Nancy) of Calhoun City; a sister-in-law, Brenda Warren of Pontotoc; three grandsons, Cole Gregory, Cody Gregory and Brandon “Bubba” Shuler; and one granddaughter, Tiffany “Tootsie” Shuler.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bluford and Lena Warren and Andrew and Lillie Gregory; his parents, Autice and James Warren; and one brother, Lynn Warren.
Pallbearers will be Joey Onsby, Jerry Lynn Brown, Kelly Luther, Roger Brown, Steve Morgan and Tammy Morris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Patsy Walker, Jesse “Tut” Stockard, Carlton Moore and Walton Houpt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue from 12 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Odessa Shell
VERONA – Odessa Shell, 79, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Earnest Randle
OKOLONA – Earnest Randle died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Okolona, he was born to the late Albert Randle and Pattie Griffin Randle. He was a member of the Eastern Star Community Church. He loved singing and was a former employee of the City of Okolona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Eastern Star Church with Rev. Anthony Rainey officiating. Burial will be in the Okolona Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sisters, Shirley Head, Patricia Parker (Lester), Brenda Moore (Willie) and Tammy Randle, all of Houston; and 10 brothers, William Randle (Maxine), Albert Randle (Faye), Leon Randle (Nadine), Felix Randle (Joyce) and Eddie Griffin, all of Okolona, Freddie Griffin (Kim) of Aberdeen, Ray Randle of Arkansas, David Randle of Houston and Robert Randle of Chicago, Ill.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home followed by wake from 6 to 7 p.m.
Sue O’Neal
TUPELO – Sue amp”Suzyamp” O’Neal, 65, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at her brother’s residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Jack Cox
AMORY – Jack V. Cox, 83, died Saturday, May 9, 2009 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Elota Knight
AMORY – Elota Bell Cannon Knight, 92, died Saturday, May 9, 2009 at the Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory. She was born March 15, 1917, in Itawamba County to the late James William and Lela Bell Nichols Cannon. She married Dewey Knight in 1939, who later died in 1976. Before her retirement, she was a seamstress for Glenn Mfg. She enjoyed gardening and writing letters.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the Liberty Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and siblings, Quannah McIntosh, Vardie and Vonnie Cannon, Eva Hartung, Armon Cannon and Corrine Morgan.

 

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