Perry Kenneth Quinn
Perry Kenneth Quinn, 71, was born on July 26, 1939, and died at his home in New Albany on May 13. Mr. Quinn was a well known educator from the area, having retired as Superintendent of New Albany School District in 2000, after a 40-year career in education as a teacher, coach and administrator. He was honored as Mississippi’s Superintendent of the Year in 2000 by the Mississippi Association of School Administrators and was recognized for his achievements at the American Association of School Administrators in San Francisco. Quinn’s top priority as an educator was the students, always seeking ways to improve the schools and to provide the students with excellent opportunities to achieve success in school and to have productive futures as responsible citizens.
In addition to his prowess as an educator, Mr. Quinn was well known for his love of the outdoors and for his unique abilities as a hunter and fisherman. His avocation was conservation and preservation of wild life. He revered his family, with whom he had lived in New Albany since 1965. He was a faithful member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and on numerous committees.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. on Monday, May 16 at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Dr. Kermit McGregor, Reverend Dean Timbes, Reverend Bill Everett, and Reverend Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in the Falkner Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany will be in charge with visitation to be held at Hillcrest Baptist Church from 5 to 9 p.m. today, May 15.
Mr. Quinn was reared in Walnut the son of the late Perry and Natalie Wright Quinn of Walnut. His wife of more than fifty years is Anna Jackson Quinn of New Albany. His children are Sherri Quinn Bullard (Duane) of Ripley and Charles (Chuck) Kenneth Quinn (Angie) of New Albany. His beloved grandchild is Natalie Blair Bullard of Ripley. He is also survived by two sisters—Betty Nell Brown (Jim) of Midwest City, Okla. and Mary Jane Jackson (Donnie) of Walnut. He is survived by one brother, John Nathaniel Quinn (Janet) of Memphis, Tenn. and by a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Rosemary.
Pallbearers are Rick Howell, Jim Johnson, Buck Buchanan, David Quinn, Bill Wright, Jackie McMillin, Leroy Jackson, and Donnie Jackson.
Honorary pallbearers are his many friends in education circles, deacons of Hillcrest Baptist Church; as well as, his hunting and fishing buddies.
Memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, to the American Cancer Society, or to the Dean Provence Endowment for Education in New Albany.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
PONTOTOC – James C. Williams, 74, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at his home. He was born June 30, 1935, to Jeff and Mary (Johnson) Williams Sr. in Lee County. He met and married the love of his life, Ann “Granny Baby” in 1998. They enjoyed traveling, vacationing in Florida, cooking for his extended family and collecting and rebuilding John Deere tractors.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. J.T. Pennington officiating. Burial will be in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Annice C. Williams; four sons, Jimmy Williams (Debbie) of Georgetown, Ill., Ralph Williams (Teresa) of Nesbit, Jim Austin (Amber) of Pontotoc and Ralph Stivala (Danielle) of Avon Park, Fla.; four daughters, Rita Nightingale of Jacksonville, Fla., Debbie Gillespie (Tommy) of Randolph, Phyllis Harris (Barney) and Kay Koerber, both of Pontotoc; two brothers, Joe Williams (Renee) of McCook, Neb. and Jeff Williams (Edna) of Pontotoc; 21 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a special nephew, Joe Williams and wife, Teresa of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Gerald Austin; and one granddaughter, Tiara Tharp.
Pallbearers will be Lain Gillespie, Kyle Gillespie, Kenny Williams, Jake Estes, Josh Harris and Brent Austin.
Honorary pallbearers will be additional grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Pontotoc.
SELMER, Tenn. – Dallas Gober, 92, died Friday, May 13, 2011. He was a native of Pontotoc County. He was retired from Ford Motor Company.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Shackleford Funeral Directors of Selmer. Shackleford Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jewell; sons, Dennis Ray (Linda) Gober of Pontotoc and Mike (Connie) Gober of Elyria, Ohio; daughter, Shelby Jean (Bill) Darlington of Debary, Fla.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, Mae Jean Dillard of Ecru, Jettie Bell Beasley of Tupelo, Christine Griffin of Pontotoc, Frank Oliver Gober of Cullman, Ala. and Dual Gober of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Ernal Louise Tidwill.
Samuel Willis Jr.
WREN – Samuel Eugene Willis Jr., 76, died Friday, May 13, 2011, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Born on Oct. 7, 1934, in Haleyville, Ala., he was a son of Wilma June Hadder and Samuel Eugene Willis Sr.
Mr. Willis was a graduate of Haleyville High School. He played football for the University of Alabama before leaving to honorably serve in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He played football while in the Army. After being discharged, he graduated from IJC and from Florence Teachers College. Mr. Willis received his Masters in Education from Mississippi State University.
Dedicated to education and to children, he retired after 41 years as an administrator, teacher and coach, having worked in the Aberdeen, Amory and Monroe County School Systems. As an educator and parent, he was fair, generous, and truly cared about every student. Mr. Willis was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed collecting old coins, pocket watches, looking at and trading automobiles, helping others, being outdoors, working in the yard, sports of all types and watching Westerns, especially ones with John Wayne. In 2006, Mr. Willis was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. He treasured the time spent with his family and his Jack Russell terrier dogs.
A celebration of life service will be at 1:30 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Ray officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Wren Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Judy Pruett Willis of Wren; daughter, Rebecca W. (Stacey) Hathcock of Florence, Ala.; sons, Chris Willis of Wren and Walt (Susan) Willis of Amory; sister, Angela W. (Ray) Russell of Jacksonville, Fla.; Jimmy (Betsy) Willis of Aberdeen; grandchildren, Christopher (Hannah) Willis, Stephanie (J.P.) Holloway, Jonathan Hathcock, Matthew Hathcock, Aynslee Willis and Whitt Willis; great-granddaughter, Kaylen Willis; and nieces and nephews, Mary Carlisle, Dennis Thompson Jr., Chris Willis, Marybeth Meyers, Samuel Chauvin and Crystal Chauvin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Rosemary Willis Young; and a nephew, Scott Young.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Murphree, Randy Nicholson, Dennis Thompson, Tim Pearson, Buddy Carlisle and Phil Sullivan.
Honorary pallbearers will be his former co-workers and teachers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wren Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 491, Aberdeen, MS 39730, or to Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
GARDENDALE, Ala. – Glenda Joyce Bishop Erwin, 78, of Gardendale, formerly of Tarrnat, died Friday, May 13, 2011. She was born and raised in New Albany. She was a longtime member of Springdale Baptist Church. Joyce worked for many years as a dental assistant for Dr. Jack Nolan and Dr. William Crandall, who both became her dear friends; as well as, employers. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed dearly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ridout’s Gardendale Chapel with the Rev. Tim Tidwell and the Rev. Winston McNeil officiating. Burial will be in Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. Ridout’s Gardendale is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her dear and loving husband of 55 years, John Milton Erwin Sr.; her son, John Milton “Butch” Erwin Jr. and his wife, Teresa; grandchildren she loved and adored so very much, John Spencer, William Clinton and Julianne; her sisters, Grace Martin and Dorothy Goforth, both of Tupelo; her loving niece, JoAnn Tatum; her dear and lifelong best friends, Edward and Barbara Sims; and a host of loving nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Varah Faster Bishop; brothers, Lamar Bishop and Wayne Bishop; and sisters, Nell Bishop, Alene Shettles and Maxine Dye.
Pallbearers will be Spencer and Clinton Erwin, Ray Goforth, Larry Treadaway, David Dye and Ronnie Erwin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ABERDEEN – Helen Sciples Clark, 90, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Personal Place Assisted Living in Aberdeen. She was born March 13, 1921, to John Chester Sciples and Lora Robinson in Kemper County. She lived in Aberdeen for the past 65 years, where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Aberdeen St. Marks Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with Sue McGrew officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, John C. Clark and wife, Carol of Fredericksburg, Texas; one sister, Bonnie Shouse of Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Ralph Sciples of Kemper County and Ronald Sciples of Shuqualak; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Frank Clark.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home in Aberdeen.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
OZARK – Girdean Boren Spigner, 99, died May 13, 2011. She was the daughter of Sid and Alice Boren. She was born and lived out her life in the Ozark Community of Itawamba County. She was a member of Ozark Methodist Church, joining at a very early age.
In addition to raising cattle for close to a half century, Ms. Spigner was a seamstress for 51 years at Reed Brothers of Tupelo. She loved her family and her home. She always grew a vegetable garden. She also had a fondness for all kinds of flowers, and she would surround her home with them.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie with Bro. Dempsey Rowland and Minister Delbert Turner Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one granddaughter, Cherie Spigner Judd of Pensacola, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Mary Sue Spigner, the widow of her only son, Billy Dean, of Tupelo; her youngest sister, Vernell Pitts of Ozark; several nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews; and one special nephew, Phillip Ray Pitts of Booneville.
In addition to her parents and seven brothers and sisters, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer H. Spigner; her second husband, Cullen Spigner; and her son, Billy Dean Spigner in 2010. He was a beloved basketball coach at IAHS.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Billy Spigner Athletic Fund, c/o the Athletic Department of IAHS, Fulton, MS 38843.
TUPELO – Jerry Lewis Franks, 57, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at North Mississipi Medical Center after a brief illness. Mr. Franks was born in Hattiesburg on June 26, 1953, to Lewis Alexander and Imojean Kendrick Franks. He grew up in Texas and attended public schools there. Jerry was a master journeyman electrician, working for building contractors throughout the South and Southwest before becoming disabled. He was an avid Harley Davidson owner and rider. He enjoyed his miniature horses and piddling. He loved gospel and country music, especially Alan Jackson. His greatest passion and pleasure was his family.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bobby Barfoot officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time Tuesday only. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cyndi Bond Franks of Tupelo, whom he married on Oct. 4, 1988, in Tupelo; a daughter, Lisa Michelle Franks (Michael “Tookie” Estes) of Tupelo; two sons, Jerry Lewis Franks Jr. (Chelly) of Tupelo and Curtis Terry of Angleton, Texas; his grandchildren, Zoey Lewis, Ivey Raine Franks, Shelby Kittrell, Braxton Terry, Madyson Terry and Kile Terry; his sisters, Trease Fullingim of Rockport, Texas and Rocksand Franks of Kingsland, Texas; four brothers, Rick Franks of Austin, Texas, David and Dale Ledet of Baxterville and Danny Ledet of Columbia; and his best friends, Mitch Burleson of Tupelo and Lloyd Crowell of Laport, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers will be his motorcycle riding buddies and his Tuesday night “eating out” friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 607 C. West Main, Tupelo, MS 38804.
WHEELER – Russell Gulmar Glenn, 64, died May 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 04, 1947, to Alvin and Marcella Sparks Glenn. He loved reading his Bible and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a janitor and bus driver for Wheeler High School for 21 years before becoming disabled in 1998. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He also loved camping. He was A 32nd degree mason and a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Scott and Bro. Brad Ball officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Betty Scott Glenn of Wheeler; two daughters, Tammie Kennedy (Henry) and Melanie Owens (Phillip), both of Booneville; four grandchildren, Courtnie Jo Kennedy, Maggie Beth Kennedy, Jett Ryan Owens and Isabella Rose Owens; one brother, Alvin Glenn (Grace) of Marietta; two sisters, Faye Wenzel (Ronnie) and Maye Rowland (Gerald), both of Booneville; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Tim Glenn; and his father-in-law, Junior Scott.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Dunaway, Lonnie Murphy, Kenneth Chism, Joe Lindsey, Frank Gamble and Larry Gambill.
Honorary pallbearers will be Shady Grove Hunting Club members.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BELDEN – Crystal “Christi” Sheffield Orick, 35, died suddenly Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel
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. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Libby (Lee) Barnhill of Kailua, Hawaii; 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.
GOLDEN – Rita Lee “Honey” Agan, 74, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Red Bay Hospital. She was born in Oklahoma on Sept. 26, 1936, to C.K. and Louise Talbert Reynolds. She was a member of the Life Unlimited Church of Golden and a pastor’s wife for over 40 years. A dedicated Christian woman who truly loved God and all people, she lived her entire life serving the Lord and was a true inspiration to her family and all who knew her. She traveled the country with her husband, Bro. Doc Agan, preaching the gospel of the kingdom; as well as, pastoring a home based church. No other love did she know but the love of Christ. A woman of great faith and determination to serve God, she will be deeply missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Life Unlimited Church with Bro. R.B. Row and Bro. Rex Leitner officiating. Burial will be in Hodge Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bro. Doc Agan of Golden; three daughters, Debi Priutt (John) of Golden, Terri Mills of Yuba City, Calif. and Twyla Agan of Golden; one son, Richard Lee Martin Jr. (Vanessa) of Wagoner, Okla.; grandchildren, Brittany N. and Joshua M. Martin, Jimmy Rogers, Jason and Michael Baker, Daniel Ivy and Kathryn Niccum (Eric); great-grandchildren, John Martin, Jaclyn Rogers, Madison, Kiera L. and Ashton Ivy and Mason, Major and Cali Niccum.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three grandchildren, Tara and William L. Rogers and Jeromy M. Baker.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time Monday at the church.
CORINTH – Wilma Davis, 94, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center. She was born March 9, 1917, in Tippah County to Oscar and Minnie Brooks. She was a former seamstress and a member of Danville Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Jones and Bro. Harold Pounders officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Jodie Crowe and her husband, Vernon of Rienzi; her sons, J.R. Davis his wife, Imogene of Walnut, Taylor Davis of Double Spring, Ala., Garvin Davis, Gene Davis and his wife, Dorothy Nell and Ellis Davis, all of Rienzi; a special friend, Faye Jones; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Davis; her parents; her brothers, Joel, William Lee and Jeff; and her sisters, Maudie, Gurt, Glen, Lois and Beatrice.
Pallbearers will be Kerry Davis, Scotty Davis, Eddie Davis, Chris Davis, Brian Davis, Doyle Davis, Jimmy Lee Davis, Timothy Crowe and Shane Crowe.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
MYRTLE – Anna Rhodes, 73, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
TUPELO – Steve B. Young, 61, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
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. today 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; one brother, Charles Melton; six grandchildren, Nikki Melton, Joshua Melton, Carolann Melton, Mike Melton, Kyle Skeen and Katie Skeen; one great-grandchild, Joshua Pax Melton; 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.
CALHOUN CITY – Jessie Price Easley, 71, died May 13, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services. He was born May 23, 1939, in Baileyville. He was a farmer and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He served in the Army Secret Service.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Bro. Danny Spratlin officiating and Bro. Dale Easley assisting. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Grady Lee Easley Sr. of Bruce; his wife, Linda Diane Worrells Easley of Calhoun City; three sons, David Easley (Ave) of Blountville, Tenn., Matt Easley of Calhoun City and Johnny Easley (Tiffany) of Brandon; one sister, Yvonne Easley Vance of Water Valley; three brothers, Larry Easley of Jackson, Bro. Dale Easley of Vardaman and Lee Easley of Calhoun City; six grandchildren, Jacob Easley of Calhoun City, Jon Ross Easley of Calhoun City, Nathan Easley of Blountville, Tenn., Rachel Easley of Blountville, Tenn., Gabrielle Easley of Blountville, Tenn. and Riley Easley of Brandon. He was preceded in death by his mother, Francis Vernon Chandler Easley.
Pallbearers will be Chris Easley, Steve Easley, Charles “Booter” Fulgham, David Keeton, Brent Parker, Keith Spencer, Earl Sprayberry and Wade Worrells.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
PONTOTOC – Lucille Conaway Martin, 96, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 9, 1914, to Earl and Maggie Conaway. She was a homemaker, who enjoyed caring for her husband and family, babysitting her grandkids and working in her garden and flowers. She will be missed dearly by her family. She was known as “Ma” to many, including her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc with the Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery in Pontotoc. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Ralph Martin (Ann); four grandchildren, Balford Patterson (Judy), Kathy Stewart, Christy Pennington (Scotty) and Lance Martin (Tammie); four great-grandchildren, Clint Patterson, Cassandra Stewart, Leah Pennington and Landon Pennington; and one great-great-grandchild, Drake Ray.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie D. Martin; her daughter, Virginia Patterson; her son-in-law, O.B. Patterson; her sister and brother-in-law, Pauline and Howard Cain.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Cain, Balford Patterson, Lance Martin, Clint Patterson, Scotty Pennington and Tyson Franks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Carey Springs Cemetery.
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