Obituaries May 13, 2011

Rusty Swords
NEW ALBANY – Ret. TSgt John Rusty William Swords Jr., 77, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his residence. He was born July 13, 1933, in New Albany to the late John William “Willie” Swords Sr., and Cordie Horton Swords. After graduating from Ingomar High School he attended the Draughan Business School in Memphis. After completion of his studies he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent 20 years serving his country in the armed services. Tours of duty did include deployment to France and Thailand, but the majority of his enlistment was spent stationed at the Pentagon with the 15th. A.F. (SAC) where he retired as a Technical Sergeant. During his enlistment, he was decorated for meritorious service, receiving the U.S. Air Force Commendation Metal for his professional skill, knowledge and leadership. He was a computer technical specialist. He also received the National Defense Metal and the 1st and 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster Commendation Medals. After retirement he continued to serve his country by enlisting in the Civil Service program. He worked for the Secretary of Defense, CIA, Department of the Navy and Department of the Army. He was highly involved in the development of the Worldwide Satellite Communication System, today known as the Internet. He served through the Civil Service program in Thailand and Germany. He retired in 1991 after 20 years of Civil Service. After retirement he returned to his home community of Ingomar and loved spending time with his friends. He kept busy with carpentry projects, helping his wife in their shop, Florals N More by Pat, and spending time with his beloved dogs Jack, Shasha and Snoopy. He was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Pound and Rev. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery with full military honors. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Diane Swords of New Albany; two daughters, Cindy Swords of Virginia and Jennifer Loudermilk (Ronnie) of Georgia; two stepdaughters, Cindy Ramey (Michael) of Marietta and Marsha Roberson (Nathan) of New Albany; a son, William Barry Swords (Mary) of Virginia; a sister, Cybil Nolan Richardson of Aberdeen; four grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and a special niece, Susan Goss (James) of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Dorothy Jean Swords Stanford.
Pallbearers will be Mike Maier, Will Goss, Randy Richardson, Mike Richardson, Michael Ramey, Nathan Roberson and Donnie Richardson.
Honorary pallbearers will be James “Bubba” Goss, Jimmy Cobb, Billy Woods and Harry Adair.
   Visitation will be 5 till 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
   In honor of Mr. Swords, United Funeral Service, Inc., will fly the flag of the United States Air Force at the funeral home during visitation and service.

Dr. Bert Lyle
DENTON, Texas – Dr. Berton Edward Lyle Jr., also known as “The Ole Coach,” was called home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. He was 83 years old and a resident of Denton since 1964. Dr. Lyle was a former track coach and athletic director at Texas Women’s University. He coached the track team from the mid 1960s through 1981 and continued as athletic director for many years after that. A true pioneer of women’s track and field, his team won the very first Women’s Collegiate Championship in 1969 along with two others after that. In addition to coaching at TWU, Dr. Lyle traveled the globe coaching U.S. teams in the Olympics and World Championships. Many of his athletes from TWU participated in the Olympics as representatives of several countries including the United States. He truly loved the sport of track and field and loved even more the relationships he had with the athletes, coaches and others that he met along the way. His track girls were family and his house was always open to them. Dr. Lyle received many prestigious awards for his coaching and contributions to the sport.  His detailed analysis of tape and technique was taught to, and utilized by, athletes and coaches all over the world. Most recently, he was inducted into the 2010 Hall of Fame Class of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Dr. Lyle was born in Tupelo on May 8, 1928. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University where he was a pre-season All American in football and also lettered in baseball and basketball. He served in the Air Force from 1953-1956 where he was named to the All Air Force Football Team. He received a Master’s Degree from Southern Methodist University and his Doctorate Degree in Physical Education from The University of Texas. Dr. Lyle enjoyed his basset hounds and thought they made excellent assistant coaches. In the late 1960s and 1970s he was often seen driving them to and from the track with their big ears flapping in the wind. He was a master gardener and bird watcher and would not hesitate to stop the car immediately upon spotting a plant, flower or feathered friend of interest. He was always teaching and wanted others to understand the importance of “stopping to smell the roses along the way.” He had a tremendous sense of humor and a deep Southern drawl to deliver it. He was quick witted and very intelligent. He loved his family dearly and was a born leader, teacher and coach. He cherished his relationship with God which grew even stronger in the last few years.   He knew that he would continue his journey in the Kingdom of Heaven and will save places for us all. He will be dearly missed but his love, life and teachings will be with us forever. He would surely tell you today that his greatest accomplishment in this life was his marriage of over 56 years to Eula Mae “Pris” (Bass) who was always by his side in whatever endeavor he was pursuing. 
He is survived by Pris and their two children, Bert E. Lyle, III of Huntsville and his wife Susie and Frank Lyle of Argyle and his wife Julie. Bert and Susie’s children are Kristopher and his wife Jayna, Austin and Alexis Mae, “Lexi.” Frank and Julie’s children are Blake and Chad. Dr. Lyle is also survived by a niece and nephew, Kathryn Lyle and Jeff Lyle of Washington, DC. 
He is preceded in death by his brother, Frank Lyle; his mother, Beatrice Chilcoat Lyle; and his father, Berton E. Lyle Sr.
If desired, and in lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Bert Lyle Scholarship Fund at Denton Area Teachers Credit Union, 225 W. Mulberry St., Denton, TX, 76201 or P.O. Box 827, Denton, TX, 76202.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Mulkey Mason Funeral Home in Denton. A funeral service will be conducted  at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Denton followed by a reception from noon until 1 p.m.

Jean Hodges
DUMAS – Eugenia Faye “Jean” Hodges, 82, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Feb. 20, 1929, to Samuel and Vera Grisham Story. She was a retired from Foot Caress. She was a member of Dumas Baptist Church. She enjoyed talking to friends; spending time with her grandchildren, friends and family; cooking and crocheting. She enjoyed working in flowers and her garden.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dumas Baptist Church. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Roy Hodges of Dumas; two daughters, Phyllis Hill (Wayne) of Tiplersville and Pat Rowland (Charlie) of Booneville; one son, Danny Roy Hodges (Janet) of Baldwyn; one sister, Elizabeth Moore of Baldwyn; eight grandchildren, Suzanne Shoup (Bryan) of Ripley, Allison Wood (Thomas) of Mantachie, Amy Smith (Shane) of Byhalia, Barry Rowland (Michelle) of Amory, Christy Cagle (John) of Booneville, Sam Hodges of Greenwood, Seth Hodges of Dumas and Brande Shackelford (Kevin) of Ripley; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pall bearers will be Bryan Shoup, Thomas Wood, Shane Smith, Barry Rowland, Sam Hodges, Seth Hodges, Benny Hodges and Stevie Hodges.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe Jones, Tommy Elder, Dr. Troy Cappleman, Susan Cappleman, Nurses and staff of Golden Living.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhomecom.

Katie Garrett
ABERDEEN – Katie Beatrice Daniel Garrett, 98, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital. She was born June 16, 1912, in New Albany, to Smith and Addie Jane Daniel. She married Noble F. Garrett on April 16, 1934. They moved to Amory in 1942. Retiring from the city of Amory Water and Electric Department, she worked as a teller and cashier and always greeted everyone with a friendly smile. She was a member of First Baptist Church and L.L.L. Club. Her family, especially her grandchildren, her church and serving and helping others were important to her. An encourager, she enjoyed young people, crocheting, sports (she was the Bingo champion at Personal Place), raising flowers and baking.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara G. Kendrick of Northport, Ala.; a son, Billy F. (Patricia) Garrett of Darracutt; her grandchildren, Laddie (Debora) Kendrick, Lynn K Kirkley, Evelyn G. Jones, Barbara Mae (Rex) Shackelford, Kevin G. Kendrick and Garrett Jones; her great-grandchildren, Guin D. (Sarah) Kendrick, Seth (Leslie) Kendrick, April Strawbridge, and Ryan N. Kirkley; her great-great-grandchildren, Jacob Ryan Deese, Lexie Bradberry, Sawyer Kendrick and Mary Ella Kendrick; and her nieces and nephews, Jack Coley, Mary K. Deen, Shelby (Bill) Eldridge and Ronnie (Saundra) Daniel.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Noble F. Garrett in 1988; a son-in-law, Lushen Kendrick; her sisters, Mary Vance Coley and Estelle Parker; and brother, Aubrey Daniel.
Pallbearers will be Garrett Jones, Guin Kendrick, Seth Kendrick, Kevin Kendrick, Ronnie Daniel and Rex Shackelford.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today.
Memories and condolences may be given to Darracott Fire Department, P.O. Box 711, Aberdeen, MS 39730; First Christian Church, P.O. Box 669, Aberdeen, MS 39730; First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821; or Eagles’ Wings, Inc., a care home where one of her grandson’s will be living, 2205 9th Ave., Northport, AL 35476.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Maxon Magers
BALDWYN – Maxon Lane Magers, infant, was born and died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at 1:35 a.m. at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Graveside service were held Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He was survived by his parents, Marc and Christin Magers of Baldwyn; his siblings, Lily Floyd and Marlee Magers; his grandparents, Dawn Magers of Brewer, John Monaghan of Baldwyn and Steve and Cassie Magers of Staples, Minn.; a special great-aunt, Cindy Price of Baldwyn; great-grandparents, Bud and Mary Sue Henley, Charles and Hilda Magers and Peggy Anderson; a great-great-grandmother, Mildred Magers; an aunt, Brandi Monaghan; an uncle, Eric Magers; and many great-aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Linda Monaghan.

Brandon McCurdy
NEW ALBANY – Brandon Leslie McCurdy, 26, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. He was born July 6, 1984, in New Albany to Pamela McCurdy. He was a membeer of Northside Baptist Church and was in the National Guard for three years.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Northside Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kristina Brady McCurdy of New Albany; two children, Natalie Jade McCurdy of New Albany and Madison DeAnn McCurdy of Ingomar; three stepchildren, Eli Brady, Heaven Cannon and Tristan Cannon, all of New Albany; his mother, Pamela Lemar of New Albany; his stepfather, Kenneth Lemar of Myrtle; two brothers, Woody Harlow of Texas and Loyd Lemar of Myrtle; a stepsister, Miranda Smith of Ripley; his grandparents, Carol and Billy Butler and Eddie and Gail Rodgers of New Albany; his mother-in-law, Melonie Cunningham of New Albany; and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Joyce Ball
PONTOTOC – Mavis Joyce Ball, 67, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at her home. A native of Pontotoc County, she was the daughter of Wilbert Ball and Beatrice Ball. She was a graduate of Pontotoc Attendance Center; she was employed at Wal-Mart of Pontotoc. She was a member of Cherry Creek M.B. Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cherry Creek M.B. Church in Ecru with Rev. Cornelius Metcalfe officiating. Burial will in the Cherry Creek Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Geneva Sanders and Wilma (Thomas) Mason of Racine, Wis.; and two sisters-in-law, Gertrude Ball of Pontotoc and Beatrice Ball of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Lee Ball, Wilbert Ball Jr., Cleo Ball, Martin Ball, James Ball and Cecil Ball; and two sisters, Mavis Finley and Orelia Roberson.
Condolences may be left at www. kennethrobersonfuneralhome.com.

Buddy Priest
PONTOTOC – Rufus Clenton “Buddy” Priest, 69, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church and a retired factory worker.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Stegall Priest; two daughters, Didi Chapin (Rick) and Melena House (Quentin); four sons, Donnie Priest (Melisa), Ronnie Priest (Sandra), Marty Priest (Lorie) and Shea Priest; three sisters, Elaine Sanders, Vertie Mae Alford and Martha Kennedy; one brother, Mike Priest; and 18 grandchildren, Ty and Trent Priest, Lacy, Holly, Dixie, Candy, Amy, Remington and Russell Priest, Clint, Colt and Addie Priest, Zack Priest, Marshall, Logan and Aidin Chapin and Deacon and Mason House.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Mary Magill Priest; one sister, Minnie Lou Smith; and one brother, Bit Priest.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Sara Livingston
CORINTH – Sara Livingston, 77, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Country Cottage Assisted Living. She was a member of Oakland Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling with her friends and church family and was well known for her love for shopping.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Dr. Randy Bostick and Bro. Dyer Harbor officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park Garden. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Survivors include one son, Kenny Sprouse (Gingo) of Corinth; four grandchildren, Prentiss Butler (Bo), Misty Timbes (Derrick), Michelle Sprouse and Jason Sprouse; seven great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Paul Canon (Judy).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Livingston; her mother, Flossie Duncan; one brother, Paul Gibbs; and one sister, Beryl DeGarmo.
Pallbearers will be Dale Fortenberry, Truman Stockdale, Gene Calvary, Tommy Sharp, Bob Campbell, Bobby Warren and Bro. Donal Sculley.
Memorials may be made to the Amen Food Pantry 104 W. Linden Street Corinth, MS 38834 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Condolences may be made to www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Jake May
SALTILLO – Jerry Wayne “Jake” May, 59, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Ize Westbrook
MEMPHIS – Ize Westbrook, 65, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Primacy Rehabilitation Center in Memphis.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at New Sherron M.B. Church in Cayce. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
The body will be at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. today and again from 9 to 9:55 a.m. Saturday.

Susie Coln
CORINTH – Susie E. Coln, 95, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Strickland Church of Christ with Bro. Brad Dildingham and Bro. Frank Williams officiating. Burial will be in Johns Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church.

Bud Thomas
NEW ALBANY – James Daniel “Bud” Thomas, 63, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home. Burial will be in Adair Gresham Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

Billy Thomas
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Billy R. Thomas, 58, died Thursday, May 12, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka.

Bernice Floyd
BOONEVILLE – Bernice Floyd, 73, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 7, 1937, in Prentiss County to Wiley and Lucy Copeland. She was a member of Booneville Church of Christ.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Springhill M.B. Church in Booneville with Rev. Antonio Magee officiating. Burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery in Booneville. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Ray Sullivan of Booneville; one daughter, Carolyn Sue Floyd of Booneville; eight half brothers and sisters; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Brandy Shinault; a special niece, Darlene Leach; and one sister-in-law, Caroline Coeland
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friend may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Molene Lann
NETTLETON – Molene Christian Lann, 87, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 8, 1924, in Fulton to Ottis Graden and Evelyn Nettie Hobbs Christian. She graduated from IAHS and beauty college. Working as a seamstress and utility float in the garment industry, she worked at Amory Garment, Glenn Mfg., Wilson Mfg., and retired from Reeds Manufacturing. A former member of Cason Baptist Church where she was saved, she was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed listening to bluegrass music, gossiping with her close friends, gardening and eating chocolate. Her family, especially her boys, was important to her as were raising her bulldogs and all her animals.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. David Lann and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Jackie L. Lann of Nettleton; a brother, Clint G. Christian of Fulton; her grandchildren, Jennifer, Jerry and Jana Lann, Jeff Cayson, and Jason, Mike, Sonya, Jessica and Justin Wright; her great-grandchildren, Tyler Barton, Matthew and Christopher Waddell, Janson, Jessilann and Jaylann Ettinger, Brandon, Cory, Jade, Tyler and Dylan Cayson, Keisha Whitehead, Morgan and Janie Kay Wright, Dylan Phillips, Jasmine and Zack Gilmore, Tanner Hall and Terra and Mishia Riley; and her great-great-grandchildren, Jess, Braxton, Jamie and Kayle.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Lann; a daughter, Janice Wright; and a grandson, Jamie L. Lann.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Lann, Tyler Cayson, Justin Wright, Heath Ettinger, Joe Coptane and Paul Oatsville.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Johnson, Chuck Sullivan, Shane, Chris and Dylan Cayson and Cory Fuller.
Visitation will continue from 11:30 a.m. until the service hour today.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Clinton Scott
MYRTLE – Robert Clinton Scott, 59, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Odessa Michaels
BALDWYN – Odessa Michaels, 88, died at the Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Norman Grimes
DENNIS – Norman Grimes, 81, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Monique Elliott
OKOLONA – Monique Elliot died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona.

Wade Cornelius
FULTON – Larry Wade Cornelius, 48, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in West Virginia. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

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