Obituaries May 14, 2011

Geraldine Fulgham
STARKVILLE – Geraldine Pollard Fulgham, 81, passed away on May 12, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo surrounded by her husband of 63 years and her five daughters, after a short battle with cancer. She was born August 7, 1929, in Choctaw County to Lacy and Ruth Pollard. She had lived in Starkville for the past 60 years. Geraldine was a kind, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who had a gift for making everyone feel special. She loved her Lord which was evident through many years of Christian service. Geraldine was a long time member of First Baptist Church and the Lydia Sunday School class. She was also a member of the Green Thumb Garden Club and Longview Homemaker’s Club. She loved sewing, tending her roses, decorating, and in her later years she especially enjoyed long visits with family and friends.
 She was preceded in death by her parents; and five brothers, Amos S. of Gulfport, James of Mathiston, Lacy Jr. of West Point, and Raymond and Norman, both of Starkville.
 She is survived by her husband, C.E. (Gene) Fulgham of Starkville; daughters, Wilda Morris (Danny) of Brooksville, Janis Montfort (Frank) of Houston, Texas, Pat Wesson (Malcolm) of Tupelo, Cathy Chandler of Mantee and Martha Kegley (Russell) of Fort Worth, Texas; grandchildren, Barry and Andy Morris, Lindsay Montfort Oman, Jennifer Wesson Strunk, Julia Wesson Tutor, Jared Wesson, Chris Chandler and Bradley Chandler; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Maggie Burgess of Maben; and four sisters-in-law.
Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, May 15th from 4 to 6 p.m. at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville. Funeral services are scheduled for Monday, May 16th at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church Sanctuary in Starkville. Dr. Chip Stevens, Rev. Clifton Curtis and Rev. John Foles will conduct the service. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.
 Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund in Starkville.
Sign the guest register at www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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.

Rosemary Kerr
MEMPHIS – Rosemary Shannon Kerr, 84, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Harbor View Nursing and Rehab in Memphis.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Oxford Memorial Cemetery with Rev. Robert Frierson officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter, 196 Charmant Dr., Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
For additional information or to send an online condolence visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
Larry Bryant
BRUCE – Larry Steve Bryant, 61, died Thursday, May 12, 2011. He was born Aug. 29, 1944, in Bruce. He was a retired 1st Sgt. in the Mississippi Army National Guard with 32 years of service. He was the Constable of Calhoun County for the past 4 years. He was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church and was known as “Poppie Steve” to all his grandchildren. He was loved by all who knew him.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating and Bro. Darrell Logan assisting. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery with full military honors. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Barbara Simmons Bryant of Bruce; four daughters, Suzette (Mark) Tedford of Bruce, Haley (Lee) Womack of Houston, Lori (Toby) Edmondson of Vardaman and Melissa (Keith) Parker of Bruce; one son, Chris (Melissa) DeVall of Big Creek; 12 grandchildren, Ashlyn Tedford, Anna Leise Tedford, Garrett Womack, Blakelee Womack, Tyler Edmondson, Maggie Edmondson, Colton Edmondson, Rebecca Parker, Kennon Parker, Justin DeVall, Lane DeVall and Braden DeVall; one brother, Wade (Alice) Bryant of Seattle, Wash.; and five sisters, Erma (A.D.) Spratlin of Bruce, Ann (Charles) Herring of Bruce, Wanda (Bootsy) (Tom) Longest of Bruce, Barbara (Lou) (Joe) Akins of Blue Mountain and Susan (Jim) Beckett of Bruce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Selma Bryant and Verlon Ferguson Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Ken Akins, Justin DeVall, Chuck Herring, Bruce Longest, Harvey Longest and Art Spratlin.
Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday school class, his coffee shop buddies, Chris DeVall, Toby Edmondson, Keith Parker, Mark Tedford and Lee Womack.
Visitation will be from noon until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Bruce, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Wilborn Jones
OXFORD – Wilborn Lane Jones, 82, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmy Sockwell officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery in Pontotoc. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in his honor may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Research Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, 50 North Dunlap, Memphis, TN 38103-9984.
For additional information or to send an online condolence visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.

Edna Walters
ABERDEEN – Edna Walters, 48, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Community Hospice Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Bill Russell
OXFORD – Wilbur Woodson “Bill” Russell Jr., 76, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in North Mississippi.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Semmes and Rev. Jonathan Scanlon officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
For additional information or to send an online condolence visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.

Kim Curry
BRUCE – Hugh Kimbriel Curry Jr., 70, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at his home. He was born April 11, 1941, in Eupora. He was a research assistant at the Archaeology Dept. at the University of Mississippi where he received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Hugh Curry, III of Olla, La.; one brother, Bill Curry of Dallas; and two grandchildren, Reed and Meagan Elizabeth Curry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Hugh Kimbriel Curry Sr. and Inez Harpole Curry Crocker.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Cristine Walker
NETTLETON – Cristine Walker died Friday, May 13, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Porter’s Mortuary.

Jimmy Melton
VARDAMAN – Jimmy Lee Melton, 77, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born June 9, 1933, in Calhoun County. He was retired from Bryce Inc.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Earl (Kim) Melton of Southaven and Jimmy Lee (Melanie) Melton Jr. of Vardaman; four sisters, Sally Franklin of Houlka, Tot Edmondson of Vardaman, Ann Newman of Houlka and Betty Fleming of Derma; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and a special caregiver, Mary Alice McDonald.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Catherene Baker Melton; his parents, Johnny Melton and Dora Hardin Melton; a brother, Charles Melton; and two sisters, Etoyle Mason and Emma Jean Ward.
Pallbearers will be David Baker, Steve Baker, Joseph Dauzat, Terry Dauzat, T.J. Dauzat, David Halloway, Kyle Skeen and Dusty Mason.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Beckel, Steve Beckel, David Featherstone, Darron Kelly, Tommy Mason and Jerry Moore.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfunerlahomes.com.

Annie Jackson
HOUSTON – Annie Marie Jackson died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona.

Bob Knighton
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tenn. – Robert Edward “Bob” Knighton, 73, died Friday, May 13, 2011. He was a native of Union County. He retired from the U.S. Navy as Master Chief with 22 years of service and was an engineer for TVA at several nuclear power plants.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Lane Funeral Home, Ashland Terrace, in Chattanooga with Dr. William Dudley officiating. Lane Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Julie Chappell Knighton; his daughter, Cherie; his son, Patrick; his sister, Mava Ruth Espanto; his brothers, James, Roy, Bobby Joe and Billy; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Travis.
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Clinton Scott
MYRTLE – Robert Clinton Scott, 59, died suddenly at his home Thursday, May 12, 2011. He was born on Jan. 9, 1952, in Union County to Robert Dale and Opal Christine Mannon Scott. He was a 1971 graduate of Myrtle High School, where he was active in basketball and was named All-County and All-Conference. He was retired from Century Telephone Company, had worked for MDOT and was currently employed by Union County Road Dept. He was a member of Myrtle Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Robby Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Gerizim Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his 20 year companion, Janice Goudy Purvis and her daughter, Kellie (Steve) Treadaway and their daughter, Charlie Kate, all of New Albany; two sisters, Chris (Danny) Rowland and Lynda (Jerry) Bramlett, both of Blue Springs; one nephew, Robby (Felesha) Rowland of Ripley; one niece, Jennifer (Clay) Cain of Avon, Calif.; and two great nieces, Tuesdae Rowland and Page Rowland of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Monica Carol; his maternal grandparents, Walter and Lillie Bell Wilder Mannon; and his paternal grandparents, Sterling K. and Lucille Tarrance Scott.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Pickens, Eddie Turner, Jonathan Callicut, Wade Ligon, Jerry Davis, Allen Pannell and Johnny Patterson.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Charles Ragland
MICHIE, Tenn. – Charles Thomas Ragland, 85, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.

Neda Vicknair
PONTOTOC – Neda Faye Vicknair, 57, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at her home. She was a retired factory worker. She loved her family and her flowers. She also loved sitting outside on her swing with her grandkids and watching her hummingbirds. She loved sitting at the kitchen table at night and looking out the window at her solar-powered flowers, butterflies and bird feeders lit up. She loved to work in her puzzle book and to go to yard sales.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Fr. Tim Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Tina Russell (Jason) of Ecru and Tonya Lopez (Ignacio) of Algoma; one son, Chad Boyd of Pontotoc; one sister, Diane Harrison of Pontotoc; five brothers, Bill Warren of Clarksdale, Dale Alexander (Diane), Hank Alexander, Lonnie Alexander, all of Pontotoc, and Jimmy Alexander of Booneville; five grandchildren, Meagen Russell, Carlos Lopez, Breanna Lopez, Emily Lopez and Isabella Lopez.
She was preceded in death by her father, J.D. Alexander; her mother, Vara Mae Alexander; two brothers, Cecil Warren and John William Alexander; two sisters, Winnie Warren and Minnie Warren Wilbanks
Pallbearers will be Carlos Lopez, Constantino Lopez, Jason Stevens, Danny Dito, Garydale Alexander and Michael Lyons.
Honorary pallbearer will be J.J. Waldo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made at the funeral home.

Curley Hampton
HOLLY SPRINGS – Curley Hampton, 87, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at Alliance HealthCare System.
Services will be held at noon Monday at Sand Hill M.B. Church in Lamar. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and 11 a.m. until 11:55 a.m. Monday at the church.

Girdean Spigner
OZARK – Girdean Spigner, 99, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Traceway Retirement Community Greenhouses in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.

Norman Grimes
DENNIS – Norman B. Grimes, 81, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his home. He was a native of Itawamba County and was retired from Johns-Manville. He attended Dennis First Baptist Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Korean Conflict.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. James Lewis and Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Pineview Cemetery in Beach Park, Ill. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally Snyder (Barry) of Elgin, Ill., and Connie Lewis (James) of Buford, Ga.; one brother, Marvin Grimes (Nora) of Humble, Tx.; nine grandchildren, Daniel (Krissy), Audrey (David), Luke, Natalie, Paul, Matthew, Angela, Aaron and Andrew; and two great-grandchildren, Kaira and Emma.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Iris Grimes; his parents, Sylvestor and Cora Grissom Grimes; and brothers and sisters, Herman Grimes, Daniel Grimes, Edward Grimes, S.V. Grimes, Sarah Martha Shear and Wynton Grimes.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made for travel expenses.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Maurine Duncan
BOONEVILLE – Annie Maurine “Sister” Duncan, 95, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at her home in Booneville. She was born June 10, 1915, in Prentiss County, to James Robert and Fannie Pugh Logan Hill. She was a descendant of James Jackson and Lucy Floyd Hill, Prentiss County pioneers from Anson County, N.C. Graduating from Wheeler High School, she attended Blue Mountain College. Returning to the Meadow Creek Community she loved, she became a teacher at the Hopewell School. In 1949, she became the bride of William Howard Duncan. Tragically, she became a widow in 1950 when she lost her husband in the National Guard Armory explosion in Booneville. She never remarried, as he was the love of her life. She spent the rest of her life serving her family, church and community. A longtime member of Meadow Creek United Methodist Church, she served as Sunday school teacher, MYF sponsor, member of the administrative board and church secretary.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Meadow Creek United Methodist Church with Bro. Dalton Brown officiating. Burial will be in Meadow Creek Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a special niece, Susan Barron, who lovingly cared for her in her last years; a sister, Mary Edith Barron of Booneville; nieces and nephews, Martha Ruth Whatley of Columbus, Ga., David Hill of Baldwyn, Beverly Bolton of Fresno, Calif., Katie Jo Lindley of Booneville and Jim Hill of Booneville; sisters-in-law, Zana Hill of Booneville and Rachel Ryan of Zion, Ill.; brothers-in-law, Jake Duncan of Baldwyn and Roy Duncan of Booneville; and special caregiver, Alma Vuncannon
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Maurice Logan Hill and James Melville Hill; brothers-in-law, Harmon Barron, Charlie Duncan and Wade Duncan; and sisters-in-law, Maggie Cage, Willie Miller , Betty Jo Hill, Ollie Miller, Molly Cagle and Fannie Moore.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meadow Creek United Methodist Church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jake May
SALTILLO – Jerry Wayne “Jake” May 59, died Thursday May 12, 2011, after an extended illness. He was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church and actively involved at Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church where he sang on the choir. He was a hard working man who made his living in the logging business. His passion was raising and working large draft horses, and he loved hitching them to a wagon and going on long rides. Everyone who knew him loved him, and he spent his life giving to others and loving with his whole heart.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Holland and Bro. Adam Vinson officiating. Burial will be in Old Birmingham Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Little May of Saltillo; his son, Jacob May of Hatley; his stepson, Michael Leslie (Leslie) of Saltillo; his stepdaughter, Melody Byars (Brent) of Tupelo; his granddaughter, Kylie Byars; his grandson, Cameron May; five brothers, James May (Gay) of Bruce, David May (Jane) of Saltillo, Fred May (Martha) of Saltillo, Roger May (Laura) of Saltillo and Tim May (Pam) of Saltillo; one sister, Teresa May of Saltillo; two sisters-in-law, Judy May of Tupelo and Ann Roberts (Keith) of Tupelo; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jerry and Ann Garrett of Tupelo; his father-in-law, Gerald Little of Tupelo; his brother-in-law, Marty Little (Sissy) of Saltillo; his sister-in-law, Allison Pounds of Tupelo; and several nieces and nephews that were all very special to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dow Leroy and Ester Merle Bramlett May; and three brothers, Mike May, Gary May and Tom May.
Pallbearers will be Barry Raines, Kenneth Childs, Steve McBrayer, Jerry Duffy, Randy Greenwood, Joe Hostetler, Henry Hostetler, Enos Hostetler, Tony Young and Charles Harris.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Bluff Springs Baptist Church and all his “Tennessee Buddies.”
The body will lie in state at Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church one hour prior to the service.
His requests was that all memorials be made to Bluff Springs Baptist Church c/o Rev. Adam V. Vinson 143 Vinson Road, Byhalia Ms. 38611 or Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.

Odessa Michael
BOONEVILLE – Odessa Michael died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Landmark Nursing Facility in Booneville. She was a housewife, and she enjoyed gardening and quilting. She was a member of East Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in East Mt. Zion Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four sons, Larry Michael (Barbara) of Saltillo, Gary Michael (Phyllis) of Tupelo, Jimmy Michael (Christy) of Baldwyn and David Michael (Anita) of Baldwyn; four daughters, Ellen Grissom (Roger) of Baldwyn, Carolyn Kitchen (Melvin) of Pontotoc, Sherry Johnson (Steve) of Senatobia and Penny Darst (George) of Booneville; 17 grandchildren, 28 great-gandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lank Michael; 13 brothers and sisters; and her parents, Hubie S. and Edna Braden Farrar.
Pallbearers will be Joe Roberts, Eddie Scott, Buck Edge, Terry Dale Roberts, Ralph Roberts and Danny Michael.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimers’ Association.

Betty Naron
MANTACHIE – Betty Vance Naron, 104, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Countrywood Plantation. She was born April 28, 1907, in Chickasaw County to George Coleman and Martha Ann Kellum Vance. She married B.F. Naron in June 1930. She moved to Amory with her family in 1939, where she lived until moving to Tupelo in 1996 to live with her daughter. In 2008, she moved to Countrywood Plantation Assisted Living in Mantachie. She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Tupelo and a former member of East Amory Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, church treasurer and clerk. She was a homemaker and sewed for the public. Her faith and family were very important to her. She enjoyed listening to gospel music, watching Gospel Channel 39, cooking, sewing and gardening. She loved babysitting.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Bob O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Bettye Jo “B. J.” (Bill) Hagan of Tupelo; her daughter-in-law, Gay Naron of Port Orchard, Wash.; her grandchildren, Tim (Sandra) Walls of Amory, Darlene (Phillip) Waycaster of Nettleton, Lynn (Charles) Dinwiddie of Camden, Tenn., Jerrie (Bill) Greever of Bartlett, Tenn., Frank (Tina) Naron of Spenceport, N.Y., Wendell Naron and Rhonda Steward of Port Orchard and Todd (Regina) Hagan of Corinth; 16 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, B.F. Naron in 1987; a son, Harold F. Naron; and daughters, Bobby Ruth (James) Walls and Jimmie Nell (Burtis) Brewer.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, great-grandsons and great-great-grandsons.
Memorials may be given to Countrywood Plantation Assisted Living Activities Program, 145 Watson Dr., Mantachie, MS 38855.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sam Willis
WREN – Sam Willis, 76, died Friday, May 13, 2011.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Wanda Lee
BRANDON – Wanda Harmon Lee, 83, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Heritage House. She was born May 19, 1927, in Amory to John and Inez Kendrick Harmon. Attending Becker and Hatley Schools, she graduated from Amory High School, Class of 1945. She was a member of the band and the basketball team. After graduation,she moved to Memphis to attend Memphis School of Commerce and worked at Plough, Inc. Returning to Amory in 1947, she began working for Gilmore-Puckett Lumber Company. She and John Lee were married on Sept. 10, 1948. Living in Amory until 1965, they moved to Charlotte, N.C., where she worked at First Union National Bank. When her husband was transferred back to Memphis in 1970, she worked at Leader Federal Savings and Loan. In 1987, they returned to Amory. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, serving on the Evangelism, Family Life, and Pastor-Parish Relations committees and the Administrative Board. She was a member of UMW, the Fidelia Club and Junior Auxiliary.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today in Haughton Memorial Park with Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Amanda “Mandi” Lee Cobb (Kyle) Beckham of Greenville; great-grandchildren, John Kyle and Hannah Beckham; sisters, Miriam (Jimmie) Kirkpatrick of Becker and Faye Banks of Brandon; brother, Bob Harmon of Braselton, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Lee; daughters, Patti Cobb and Ginger Lee; and brother, Douglas Harmon.
Pallbearers will be Phil Roberts, Rick Gault, Buddy Bryant, Wes Kirkpatrick and Frank Banks, II.
Honorary pallbearers will be Virginia Harris, Karen Gault, Mary Lib Francis, Nita Ricketts and Fann Bost.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. today at the funeral home. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 2:45 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216, or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mildred Bennett
AMORY – Mildred Margaret Scruggs Bennett, 85, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born Oct. 29, 1925, to John Scruggs and Thelma Davis Scruggs in Silas, Ala. She lived most of her life in Monroe County. She was a graduate of Butler High School and Hinds Junior College. She was a registered nurse working at the Aberdeen Monroe County Hospital and Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was a member of Hamilton Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Center Hill Cemetery in Hamilton with Rev. Robert Moore officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William E. Bennett of Amory; one daughter, Thelma Connie Thompson and husband, Wayne of Hamilton; one granddaughter, Sayonia Thompson Garvin and husband Drew of Hamilton; one grandson, Carlos Thompson of Hamilton; two great-grandchildren, Caleb Garvin and Sarah Garvin; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her first husband, George Carter James.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guest register is available at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Bill Kilburn
BARTAHATCHIE COMMUNITY – William “Bill” Kilburn Jr., 81, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his daughter’s home in the Bartahatchie Community. He was born Jan. 20, 1930, to William “Billie” Kilburn Sr., and Juanita Seely Kilburn in Aberdeen. He graduated from Greenwood Springs High School, East Mississippi Community College and attended Ole Miss. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County where he was a farmer. He retired in 1989 after working for 29 years as a chemist at Kerr McGee. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of Bartahatchie Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Phillip Lindsey and Bro. Julian Thompson officiating. Burial will be with military rites in Egger Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Flora White Kilburn of the Bartahatchie Community; one daughter, Mary Reeves of the Bartahatchie Community; one son, Robert Kilburn and wife, Virginia of the Bartahatchie Community; two sisters, Anita Gilmore of Detroit, Ala., and Linda Stanford of the Bartahatchie Community; one brother, Earl Kilburn of South Carolina; three grandchildren, Cory Kilburn, Allen Kilburn and Beth Reeves; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two baby sons, William Kilburn, III and David Kilburn; and one brother, Bobby Kilburn.
Pallbearers will be Tony Adams, Tim Adams, Andy Adams, Mike Gilmore, Gordon Parker and Richard White.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.
An online register for condolences can be found at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

James Birks
NETTLETON – James Birks died Friday, May 13, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona.

Jerry Franks
TUPELO – Jerry Franks, 57, died Friday, May 13, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.

Honey Agan
GOLDEN – Honey Agan, 74, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Red Bay Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Visitation will be Sunday afternoon at Life Unlimited Church.

Celeste Weeks
TUPELO – Celeste Azrael Weeks, the infant of Bryant Weeks and Davida Henry, died.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Chapel Grove East Church Cemetery.

Alex Higdon
IUKA – Rev. Alex D. Higdon, 59, died Thursday, May 12, 2011.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oak Cemetery in Sheffield, Ala. Ludlam Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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