Obituaries May 14, 2009

Bill Chew
BYHALIA – Bill Benjamin Chew, 50, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville in Collierville, Tenn. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Matthews M.B. Church in Byhalia. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday.

Otis Belk
PHEBA – Otis Lee Belk, 61, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home in Starkville. Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Pheba. Burial will follow in the Pheba Community Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Central Farrow
WATERFORD – Central Asalee Malone Farrow, 88, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a retired farmer and a member of Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Waterford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. The Rev. Don Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in the Greenfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Bettye F. Williams of Memphis, Rev. Dr. Mavis Johnson of Matteson, Ill., and Dr. Deloris Moore of Waterford; five sons, Kelon Farrow of Oxford, Jack D. Farrow of Philadelphia, Pa., Leonard Farrow and Melvin Farrow of Waterford, and Angelo Farrow of Washington D.C.; 31 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Farrow; a son, James Willie Farrow; and a daughter, Nadine Moore.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with a family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

James Pounders
VICTORIA – James Norfleet “Pops” Pounders, 76, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at his home. He was a retired employee of I.C. Railroad and a member of Meadow Brook Baptist Church in Desoto County. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of Byhalia Masonic Lodge 115 and past Worthy Patron of Byhalia Chapter 396 Order of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Forest Hill Funeral Home South in Memphis. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Mary Ann Pounders; three daughters, Brenda Pounders and Marilyn Edmondson (Dennis) of Houston, and Debra Willard of Pontotoc; a sister, Patricia Horn of Pottsville, Texas; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

Howard Skelton
LAMAR – Howard Julian Skelton, 80, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Briarcrest Extended Care in Ashland. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Collierville, Tenn. Bishop Roy Stambaugh will officiate. Burial will be in the John C. Skelton Family Cemetery in Lamar. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the family home at 2407 Clear Creek Road at Lamar and continue from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.

Odessa Shell
VERONA – Odessa Wright Shell, 79, died Sunday, May 10, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of the late Johnny Wright and Le Vera Cunningham Wright.
Service will be at noon Friday at Second Baptist Church in Verona with the Rev. Larry Stone officiating. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her stepmother, Rennie L. Wright of Mt. Clemens, Mich.: two sons, James “Poolum” Shell of Tupelo and Jessie “Teen” Shell of Verona: two brothers, Johnny B. Wright of Mt. Clemens, Mich., and James “Boo” Wright (Alice) of Memphis: two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:45 Friday at the church. Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

E.G. Lindsey
BOONEVILLE – E.G. Lindsey, 62, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after a brief illness. He was a retired auto body instructor at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy C. Hicks and Jimmy Crane officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. Visitation will continue until 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday.
Survivors include his wife, Martha J. Pike Lindsey: three sons , Jeff (Meloney) Lindsey, Eric (Kristie) Lindsey and Scotty (Kim) Lindsey, all of Booneville; three sisters, Betty Shook, Margaret (Charles) Cheatham and Marianne (Roy) Holley; four brothers, H.B. (Annette) Lindsey, Jackie (Becky) Lindsey, Mac (Lafonda) Lindsey and Jobie (Lisa) Lindsey; his mother-in-law, Trana Pike; two sister-in-laws, Sue Lindsey and Elizabeth (L.Q.) Mathis; one brother-in-law, Jerry (Georgie) Pike; four grandchildren, Ethan Lindsey, Madelyn Lindsey, Madison Lindsey and Cole Lindsey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbel B. Lindsey Sr. and Annielou Lindsey; one brother, Hobert Lindsey; his father-in-law, J. Carey Pike; and one sister-in-law, Linda Martin.
Pallbearers will be Richard Shook, Traye Lindsey, Hobie Lindsey, Carey Martin, Jonathan Lindsey, Matt Lindsey, Carter Holley and Collin Holley.

Flora Phillips
TUPELO – Flora Heatherly Phillips, 79, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. A Belden native, she was born July 21, 1929, to Christopher and Inez Horton Heatherly. Raised in Verona and a graduate of Verona High School, most of her life was spent in Lee County. She worked 20 years as a seamstress at Henry I. Segal Mfg.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Stateroom at W.E. Pegues with Dr. Ron Richardson officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery near Belden.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Langston (Howard) of the Fellowship community.
Visitation will be 2:30 to service time today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jimmie Henson
SHANNON – Jimmie I. “Pawpaw Jim” Henson, 77, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at his residence in Shannon after a brief illness. A native of Hot Springs, Ark., he was born Nov. 8, 1931, to William Robert and Mary Matthews Henson. He was an employee at Aircap MTD for 42 years, retiring in 2000. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Doty Chapel Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher, a church trustee and the director of discipleship training.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Mike Smithey and the Rev. Jim Manley officiating. Burial will be in Doty Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Annie Lorene Henson of Shannon; two sons, John Henson of Tupelo and Stanley Stidham of Plantersville; three daughters, Mary Lindley (Charles) of Palmetto, Judy Flood of the home and Angie Smith (Steve) of Jackson, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren, John Henson II of Verona, Holly Dilberian (Brian) of Tupelo, Christa Henson of Southaven, Jason Stidham (Sherry) of Shannon, Justin Stidham (Kayla) of Pontocola, Dawn Cornelison (Brian) of Jackson, Tenn., Jeremie Smith ( Hannah) of Jackson, Tenn., Bridgett Smith of Kentucky, Colin Lindley (Jessica) of Germany, Erica Ratliff (Thomas) of Palmetto, Becky Adams (Aaron) and Madonna McClain of Fulton, Kathleen Christopher (Matt) and Beverly Jones (Tim) of Brewer, and Lindsey Miller (Cody), William “Scooter” Henson (Courtney), Jimmy John Henson (Brandi), and Stephen and Paul Spears, all of Nettleton; and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Faith Kimble Salas; and one son, William Henson.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Jimmy Henson, Scooter Henson, Jason Stidham, Justin Stidham, Jeremie Smith and John Henson II.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Louise Gentry
PONTOTOC – Louise Gentry, 87, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. She was born May 5, 1922, to Ulton and Callie Modeen Munn in Pontotoc County. She was married on June 1, 1942, to Roy Nelson Gentry, her husband of 68 years. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She was a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church and a dedicated homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Melvin Crawley officiating. Burial will be in the Immanuel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Nelson Gentry of Pontotoc; one son, Eddie Gentry of Pontotoc; two brothers, Hayward Munn and Jimmy Munn (Deloris) of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Erik Gentry, Austin Gentry and Alek Gentry, all of Pontotoc. She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Dorothy Witt, Gladys Dillard and Faye Stubblefield.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Summers, Mike Blizzard, Jim Jumper, Beau Jumper, Mike Griffin and Toby McMullen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Friday.

Wade Dixon Sr.
AMORY – Wade “Baseball” Dixon Sr., 97, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at his home. He was born April 12, 1912. He grew up in Macon and lived in Columbus. After moving to Amory he worked as a loader for the Frisco Railroad and the Mississippian Railroad for many year. He worked for the City of Amory, then retired from True Temper Sports in Amory. He played baseball until 1955. He was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church in Amory. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed riding his bicycle, fishing, hunting and gardening. He was known for his famous curve balls and his dedication to Christ. He married Ruby Jane Banks in September 1947.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Freewill Gospel Temple in Amory with Elder Willie D. Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Sammie Lee Dixon of Birmingham and Charles E. (Anita) Dixon of Amory; five daughters, Mary Louise (Elder Willie) Morgan, Lois (William) Blunt and Edna Ruth Williams, all of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Susan Irene (Donny) Nichols and Linda Renna (Dalton) Leatherwood of Amory; 40 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Helen Brownlee of Amory and Ella Dixon of Chicago. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Jane Banks Dixon; his father, Willie Dixon; and his mother, Lou Ella Moore Dixon; his children, J.W. Brownlee, Willie Lee Dixon, Elma Dixon, Wade Dixon Jr. Ola Jean Jones, Debra Carol Dixon and Aaron Wade Dixon.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bobbie Tigrett
BOONEVILLE – Bobbie Rette Tigrett, 74, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a member of Jumpertown Church of Christ. She retired as a seamstress from Prentiss Manufacturing after 35 years of dedicated service. After retirement, she and her husband enjoyed going to the mall to shop, and she enjoyed watching her grandchildren play ball. She loved her family and took an extra interest in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery. Visitation will continue until service time today.
Survivors include two daughters, Tracie Gross (Billy) and Judy Noe of Booneville; three sisters, Eva Crawford, Romia Palmer and Sandy Newby (J.C.), all of Ripley; one sister-in-law, Jeanette Rickles of Ripley; one brother-in-law, Billy Tigrett (Linda) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Jeff Staggs (Amy), Ashley Bridges (Justin) and Chasity Poelege (Josh); seven great-grandchildren, Jordan Staggs, Taylor Staggs, Jace Noe, Ally Bridges, Ella Kate Bridges, Jayla Poelege and Jaxton Poelege; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert Raymond and Fannie Frances Chapman Rickles; her spouse, Milton J. Tigrett; one brother, Max Rickles; and one grandson, Christopher Noe.

James Pipkin
HOLLY SPRINGS – James Clyde Pipkin, 62, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009. He was born Oct. 5, 1946, in Holly Springs to James C. and Mamie Hudson Pipkin. He was a member of Heritage Apostolic Church and worked in R.V. sales at American R.V.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Cooper Pipkin of Holly Springs; one son, Michael Jay Derryberry of Potts Camp; two daughters, Vickie Lambert of Iuka and Kristy Hudspeth of Abbeville; one brother, Scooter Pipkin of Holly Springs; one sister, Tricia Teachnor of Elwood, Ind.; five grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Maxine Staggs
RIENZI – Maxine Staggs, 79, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Arletta Steinke
BOONEVILLE – Arlette M. Steinke, 84, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Chriswood Assisted Living in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Charles Atterberry
LOS ANGELES – Charles Easker Atterberry, 56, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, in Los Angeles. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Spring Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery in Brooksville. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be Friday at the church. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services Saturday. Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

Leuvenia Gillespie
TUPELO – Leuvenia McWhirter Gillespie, 92, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the Golden Living Center. She was born May 1, 1917. She was a graduate of Algoma High School and Moorehead College. She taught school in Pontotoc County and later worked as a seamstress. She enjoyed quilting and crocheting. After retiring she enjoyed going to the Senior Citizens Center. She was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Martin Jacks and Bryan Gillespie officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.
Survivors include Telethia Wilder (Ernest), Tensley Gillespie (Darylena) and Timothy Gillespie (Beverly); eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Eunice McWhirter; a brother, Carson McWhirter; a grandchild and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Charles Kevin Owen, Kenneth and Dean Meeks, Rodney Wilder and Chris Simmons.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today.

Barbara Hill
CORINTH – Barbara Denise Hill, 29, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.

 

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