Obituaries May 15, 2009

Maxine Staggs
RIENZI – Maxine Robinson Staggs, 79, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Feb. 8, 1930, in Alcorn County to Keener and Alma Michael Robinson. She was a member of Gaston Baptist Church. She loved gardening, flowers, working crossword puzzles, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Milton Koon officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Charles Staggs; one son, Bill (Marilyn) Staggs; three sisters, Margie (William) Bridges, Oma (Dave) Drinkwine and Earnie Yarrington; three brothers, K.B. (Louise) Robinson, Charles “Buddy” (Sharon) Robinson and Joe (Sandra Kay) Robinson; five grandchildren, Michael (Sandy) Staggs, Dena (Scott) Knight, Josh (Terah) Sparks, Becky (Mark) Luker and Caleb Sparks; seven great-grandchildren, Drew Wren, Elijah Staggs, McKayla Maxine Knight, Isabella Knight, Alex Hall, Sam Luker and Isaiah Sparks; a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Earline Robinson, Christine Staggs and Mable Tice; and two brothers, Hill Robinson and Shell Robinson.
Pallbearers will be Michael Staggs, Josh Sparks, Caleb Sparks, Gary Johnson, Ronnie Johnson and Sam McCoy. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy McCoy and Eugene Gifford.
Visitation will continue until service time today. Visit the website at www.mem.com to leave a personal tribute for the family.

Blanche Hollingsworth
MERIDIAN – Blanche Duke Hollingsworth, 76, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Rush Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ashland United Methodist Church in Ashland. The Rev. William Kemp will officiate. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Hollingsworth (Becky) of Byhalia and Terry Hollingsworth (Angie) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one daughter, Ann Paterson (Gerald) of Meridian; grandchildren, Hunter and Boyce of Byhalia, Trey and Justin of Atlanta, and Chris, Samantha and Madi of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two brothers, Bobby Duke of Tupelo and Tommy Duke of Pontotoc; two sisters, Betty Sue Walls (Danny) of Pontotoc and Juanita Gray of Holly Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Hollingsworth, and a brother, Pete Duke.
The family requests memorials be made to Ashland United Methodist Church, 32 2nd St., Ashland, MS 38603.

Erma Finney
SALTILLO – Erma Finney, 90, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Marjorie S. Morgan
SPRING HILL – Marjorie S. Morgan, 56, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Dollie Martin
HOLLY SPRINGS – Dollie B. Jones Martin, 90, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs. She was a member of Yarbrough Chapel CME Church, an usher and a member of the Mother Board. She was a homemaker and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Yarbrough Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Sylvester Martin Jr., Ervin Martin and Clarence Edward Martin, all of Holly Springs, and Lawrence Martin of Chicago; 15 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mattie Lee Martin of Memphis and Arlille Finley of Holly Springs. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sylvester Martin Sr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.

Ruthie Gill
WEST POINT – Ruthie Diane Gill, 50, died Wednesday May 13, 2009, at her residence in West Point. She was born Sept. 2, 1958, in Visalia, Calif. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Robinson Chapel with the Rev. Mike Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John Gill of West Point; a son, Benjamin Davis of Starkville; four daughters, Tanawa Bauer of Kosciusko, Candice Thomas of Pheba, Delta Nichols of Coffeeville and Dyandra Gill of West Point; three brothers, Joe Mathis, Wayne Mathis and Steve Mathis, all of West Point; stepfather, Lowell Walker of West Point; six grandchildren, Billy Triston Gill, John Colton Gill, Kaylee Elizabeth Bauer, Alyson Elise Thomas, John Tyler Bauer and John Paul Gill; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Paul Collins, Mac Carver, Jody Guest, Preston McKee, Richard Mathis and Ben Gill. Honorary pallbearers will be David D. “Blue” Jones, Houston Dearing, Brian Nicholson, Shawn Kelly and Josh Rhodes; a host of nephews; and the NMMC Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Palestine Cemetery Fund c/o Jim Murry 18515 Hwy. 46 Pheba, MS 39755.

Minnie Alexander
WEST POINT – Minnie Ruth Alexander, 51, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will follow in the Gospel Temple Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mae King
BYHALIA – Mae Lee Hankins King, 70, died Saturday, May 9, 2009. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Valley M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Jane Lunceford
CALHOUN CITY – Jane Merritt Lunceford, 79, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Grenada. She was a homemaker and a retired merchant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church. She served as chairperson of the Grounds Committee and as a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was a member and past president of the New Century Club. She found joy in tending her flower garden and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dax Summerhill and the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John Rupert Lunceford of Calhoun City; two sons, Bob Lunceford (Janie) of Oxford and Michael Lunceford (Missy) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, April Sullivan (Stan) of Brandon, Jana Alley (Justin) of Ilwaca, Wash., Matt Lunceford (Crystal) of Mobile, Ala., and John Lunceford and Anna Lunceford of Tupelo; four great-grandchildren, Molly Sullivan, Delaney Sullivan, Sam Sullivan and Jackson Alley. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Gorman Merritt and Vivian Goodson Merritt.
Pallbearers will be Matt Lunceford, John Lunceford, Nelson Herrod, Stan Sullivan, James Webb, Bobby Webb, Sammy Webb and E.C. Daves.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the National Diabetes Foundation or the Baptist Children’s Village in Clinton.

Martin Garner
SHERMAN – Frank Martin Garner, 58, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of North Mississippi, he was born May 23, 1950, to John Frank and Edna Starkey Garner. He graduated from Overton High School in Memphis and attended the University of Memphis. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked at Walmart for the past five years and had also worked 15 years in Memphis for Thomas and Betts. He enjoyed nature, and spending time outdoors planting things and watching them grow. He loved his family and was loved by all who knew him, especially his Walmart family. He attended Tri-County Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Larry Taylor and the Rev. Billy Foster officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery near Belden.
Survivors include his wife of 2 1/2 years, Janice Garner of Sherman; two daughters, Jackie Wages (Mickey) of Saltillo and Lana Nobles (Gerald) of Sherman; his father, Frank Garner of Tupelo; two brothers, John Garner (Martha) of Memphis and Howard Garner of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Chandler and Jared Coleman of Sherman, and Tanner Brown and Kaytlon Wages of Saltillo. He was preceded in death by his mother, Edna Garner.
Pallbearers will be Chandler Coleman, Jared Coleman, Tanner Brown, David Gullick, William Garner and Andrew Garner. Honorary pallbearers will be the associates of Walmart on Gloster Street.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Frances Weatherly
ABERDEEN – Frances Adams Weatherly, 77, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born Jan. 14, 1932, to Pete Adams and Willie Tate Adams in Aberdeen. A lifelong resident of Aberdeen, she was a caregiver and a seamstress for Sharp Garment. She attended Itawamba Community College in Tupelo for two years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Sheila Harvey (Michael) of Aberdeen; one son, Gary Smith of Starkville; two sisters, Mae Owen (Johnny) of Aberdeen and Gladys Hanson (Fred) of West Columbia, Texas; one brother, Walter Adams of Amory; two grandchildren, Sherry Rasberry and Jay Smith; two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters and brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Online registry and condolences may be made at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Ruby Emerson
FULTON – Ruby Clayton Emerson, 79, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Dogwood Plantation in Fulton. She was born Jan. 11, 1930, in Itawamba County to Fred and Vera Mae Smith Clayton. She was a factory worker and a member of Pine Grove Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Johnny Emerson, Fred Clayton and Rubel Clayton officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Sue Emerson (Johnny) of Robertsdale, Ala.; one brother, Rubel Clayton (Patti) of Dunlap, Tenn.; her caregiver, Willard Chism of Fulton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Emerson.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.

Edna Masula
BELDEN – Edna Mae Blalock Masula, 87, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. She was born on Nov. 21, 1921, in Tupelo to Van and Lela Bishop Blalock. She graduated from Belden High School and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, honorably discharging as a Pharmacist’s Mate II. She married James W. “Jim” Masula on May 7, 1945. She and Jim lived in the Pittsburgh, Pa., area most of their adult lives before retiring to the Belden area in l978. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, where she participated in cooking for functions and families in need. She greatly enjoyed her garden, her flowers and running in the Gum Tree Festival Run, which she did well into her 70’s.
Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lolar and Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in Union Cemetery near Belden. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Jim Masula; her daughter, Dianne Pirani; and her grandson, Jason Masula, all of Belden; one brother, Brnest Blalock (Gusti) of Charleston, S.C.; one sister, Dovie Beasley (George) of Belden; a brother-in-law, Ronald Masula of Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Charlie Blalock.
Pallbearers will be Jason Masula, Charles “Smokey” Young, Lamar Hunter, Steve Cook, Wayne Scoville and Rocco Pizza.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel with a prayer service at 7 p.m., and 30 minutes before services at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

Joshua Hughes
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Joshua Hughes, 78, formerly of Holly Springs, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Cardinal Nursing & Rehab Center in South Bend, Ind. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Free Branch M.B. Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. The Rev. Joe Tunstall will officiate. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Neal H. Smith
UNA – Neal H. Smith, 92, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home in West Point. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hubert Zachary
MEMPHIS – James Hubert Zachary, 79, formerly of Houlka, died at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born Feb. 4, 1930, in the Robbs community of Pontotoc County to John Henry Zachary and Clarcie Bray Zachary. He was a retired salesman for Raiford Shoes and a member of Grimes United Methodist Church in Memphis. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Bev Farnsworth officiating. Burial will follow at Houston Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Mike Zachary of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jon Keith (Laura) Zachary of Katy, Texas; one sister, Beatrice Oswalt of Houston; six grandchildren, Joseph, Christopher, John, Myklia, Brandon and Loren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Norman Zachary, in 2000.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Family and friends may sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Jimmy Reed
TUPELO – Jimmy Hershall Reed, 58, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at St. Alexis Hospital in St. Louis. He was born on June 12, 1950, in Tupelo to I.R. Reed and Lillie Albritton Reed. He grew up in East Tupelo and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He lived in the greater St. Louis area for 30 years, where he was a truck driver. He was a Pentecostal and loved taking care of kids and grandkids.
A graveside service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the Union United Methodist Church Cemetery, south of Plantersville, with Bro. Jordan Davis officiating. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Lillie Albritton Reed of Tupelo; his daughters, Crystal Reed of Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Tara Reed of St. Louis; one son, Christopher “Chris” Reed of Kansas City, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; three brothers, Jeff Reed, Roger Reed and Mike Reed, all of Tupelo; his companion of many years, Linda Askin of St. Louis; and his former wife, Patricia Reed of Cape Girardeau. He was preceded in death by his father and three brothers.
Memorials may be made to the Union Cemetery Prepetual Care Fund, c/o Pauline Hawkins, 30010 Hawkins Rd., Nettleton, MS. 38858.

Ashley Neal
OKOLONA – Ashley Neal, 26, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plains M.B. Church at Prairie. Burial will be in Okolona Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm. today.

Gladys Higginbottom
BOONEVILLE – Gladys Case Higginbottom, 77, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

MaeLean Chandler
HOUSTON – MaeLean Chandler, 56, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Creek M.B. Church in Pheba. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visit the online register book at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Larry Joslin
PONTOTOC – John Larry Joslin, 65, died at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

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