Obituaries May 16, 2009

Larry Joslin
THAXTON – John Larry Joslin, 65, died at his home. He enjoyed life in the country, raising cattle and fishing. He also enjoyed trips to Tunica to play the slot machines.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Steve Phillips and Bro. Justin Gates officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Oxford.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Houser (Ellis) of Horn Lake; two sisters, Peggy Moore (Will) of Red Banks and Ann Phillips (Donald) of Oxford; two brothers, Wayne Joslin (Willene) of Kirkville and Jimmy Joslin (Sheila) of Thaxton; one godson, Frank Gordon of Banner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Harmon Joslin; his parents, John Malone and Essie Clayton Joslin; and a brother, Travis Joslin.
Pallbearers will be Troy Reid, Jimbo Joslin, Marty Gillespie, Frank Gordon, Greg Joslin, Jon Nic Phillips and Collin Phillips.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Fannie Lyles
HOLLY SPRINGS – Fannie Louise Waller Lyles, 62, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at her home. She was a member of Hopewell No. 1 M.B. Church in Holly Springs and a former member of the Low Riders Motorcycle Club. She was a self-employed entrepreneur.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hopewell No. 1 M.B. Church with the Rev. Leroy James officiating. Burial will be in Bowens Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Elmo “Coo Man” Lyles of Holly Springs; three daughters, Rita Banks of Holly Springs, Sherry Wicks of Atlanta and LaTonya Coleman of Jonesboro, Ark.; two sons, Gilbert Wicks and Corey Wicks of Atlanta; six grandchildren; her mother, Clara Rucker Waller of Holly Springs; four sisters, Brenda Waller, Tina Zinn, Nicole Washington and Erika Washington, all of Holly Springs; six brothers, Elbert Waller of Atlanta, Ralph Waller and Donald Waller of Holly Springs, Clinton Waller and Larry Waller of Aurora, Ill., and Mike Waller of Las Vegas. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Jessie Turnage, Maelena Aldridge, Barbara Jean Washington, Sheila Waller, Hubert Waller, Fred Waller and Mark Waller.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Margie Morgan
SPRING HILL – Marjorie Sue Morgan, 56, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton after a brief illness. A native and lifelong resident of the Spring Hill community, she was born Oct. 8, 1952, to Gaston and Betty Dozier Morgan. She was a member of Eggville Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed bingo and spending time with the nurses and staff at The Meadows, and she especially loved cats. Anyone who knew her thought of her as an angel on earth and she blessed many during her short life.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Eggville Free Will Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Gann officiating. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sister, Teresa Mitchell (Mike) of Mooreville; two nieces, Elizabeth Mitchell and Laura Mitchell of Mooreville. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Thomas Morgan; her grandparents, Clifford “Click” Dozier (Willie) and Burl and Ivy Morgan; and her grandmother, Lula Marie Dozier.
Pallbearers will be Roger Deaton, Chris Deaton, Jeff Malone, Tim Malone, Gabby Figuroa and Andy Dozier. The nurses and staff of The Meadows will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Annie B. Amos
WEST POINT – Annie B. Amos, 88, died Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point. Burial will be in Poole’s Memorial Gardens in West Point. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Lynda McAlexander
POTTS CAMP – Lynda Ash McAlexander, 65, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at her home. She was born June 31, 1943, in Potts Camp. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp and the office manager for the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp. Burial will be in the Potts Camp Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Madalynne Simmons Ash of Potts Camp; two stepsons, Billy Carl McAlexander of Rossville, Tenn., and Glenn McAlexander of Collierville, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Tammy Crump of Somerville, Tenn.; seven cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy McAlexander, and her father, Martin Ash.
Pallbearers will be Randy Walker, Stan Simmons, Tommy Ash, Ron Nichols, Ricky Alderson, David Randolph, Jimmy Ash and Wayne Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be MDOT employees.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.

Gladys Higginbottom
BOONEVILLE – Gladys Alma Case Higginbottom, 77, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Unity Broadcasting next door to Booneville Funeral Home.

Kimberly Robinson
WEST POINT – Kimberly Keta Robinson, infant daughter of Olivia Robinson and Willie Edwards Jr., died Monday, May 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Poole’s Memorial Gardens in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Carey Matthews
WEST POINT – Carey Williams Matthews, 46, died Monday, May 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Union Star Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Neal Smith
WEST POINT – Neal Hunter Smith, 92, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Cantrell Cemetery at Una. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Cantrell Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Linda Smith, 271 L.W. Harper Road, West Point, MS 39773.

Ailene Tarrant
PONTOTOC – Ailene Tarrant, 87, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Machellah Crump
TUPELO – Machellah Lo’Rae Crump, infant daughter of Sherretta Gatewood and Christopher Crump, died Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Tupelo Memorial Park with Elder Gerald Smith officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Sherretta Gatewood and Christopher Crump of Tupelo; her grandparents, Loretta Gates (Wade) of Tupelo, Sammy Culp of Byhalia, Charlotte Crump of Tupelo and Malcolm Crump (Dottie) of Tupelo; great-grandparents, Norvia Ella Gatewood of Byhalia, Alderine Wardlaw of Hamilton, Samuel Owens of Memphis and Helen Boyd of Memphis.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Erma Finney
SALTILLO – Erma Louise “Granny” Finney, 90, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 3, 1918, in Pontotoc County to Cecil and Lula Elizabeth Bolton Scruggs. She retired from Hunter Sadler in 1986, where she was employed as a seamstress for 33 years. For many years, she attended First Baptist Church of Saltillo. She will be remembered by most as a good friend and generous neighbor, but most of all as a loving wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, sister and aunt. She loved and cared for her family unconditionally and with great generosity. She enjoyed tending her garden, planting flowers and caring for her many pets., and especially enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Rick Burton officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Campbell (Jan) of Southaven; four grandchildren, Suzanne Ericksen (Steven) of Guntown, Carrie Martin (Kevin) of Helena, Ala., Greg Finney (Rita) of Baldwyn and Keri Sims (Jr.) of Milton, Fla.; nine great-children, Coley Davis, Burke Ericksen, Jake and Eli Martin, Brett and Ryan Finney, T.C. Cassius, Eric and Andy Dalgliesh; two brothers, Cecil Scruggs of Dallas, Texas, and Hansel Scruggs (Mary) of Okolona; a number of nieces and nephews; and her dear friends, Ronnie and Sharon Dunaway. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Bonner Campbell and B.C. Finney; one son, Marine Corps Major Charles Campbell Finney, who died in Vietnam; and four brothers and a sister.
Pallbearers will be Steven Ericksen, Kevin Martin, Greg Finney, Ronnie Dunaway, Rick Tapp and Rocky Dunaway.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo funeral home.
Memorials may be left to the Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Arletta Steinke
BOONEVILLE – Arletta Marie Steinke, 84, died Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at Chriswood Assisted Living in Booneville. She was born July 9, 1924, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Peter Paul and Helen Sikorski. She was a homemaker and a Catholic.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Sis. Colette Fahrner officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Paul Steinke of Katy, Texas; two grandchildren, Trevor Steinke and Kaity Steinke of Katy, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Steinke.
Visitation will be noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Jimmy Dixon
CORINTH – Jimmy Ray Dixon, 65, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
Robert Johnson
DUMAS – Robert Neil Johnson, 64, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. He was born July 7, 1944, to Mark Edgar Johnson and Lula Mae Keenum Johnson. He was a Baptist. He worked at Tippah County Hospital as an ambulance driver for 37 years and for Tippah County 5th District Maintenance Department for 16 years. He loved fishing, his grandchildren and his family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Isbell officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jama Kay Nelms Johnson of Dumas; one daughter, Michelle Rakestraw of Ripley; three sons, Mike Johnson (Judy) and Mark Johnson (Anna) of Ripley, and Jon Erwin of Dumas; three brothers, James Johnson of Ripley, and Johnny Johnson (Elizabeth) and Perry Johnson (Nylene) of Falkner; five grandchildren, Micah Johnson, Pierce Johnson, Parker Rakestraw, Jamie Johnson and Ivy Johnson, all of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Jean Smith; and two brothers, Billy Johnson and Chester Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Craig Rowell, Jeff Richardson, Harry Richardson, Larry Richardson, Hank Chapman, Blain Chapman, Kerry Criswell and Ray Holland. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Williams, Kenny James, Mike Hall, Mack Ketchum and Ben Childs.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

David Brandon
ENDVILLE – Clifford David Brandon, 57, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at his home in the Endville community in Pontotoc County. He was born Dec. 6, 1951, in Pasadena, Texas. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1973-1981. He was the co-owner of Brandon Machine and Welding, and a former employee of True Temper. He loved spending time with his family, friends and his wife, Margaret.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Ricky Parks and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Brandon; one son, Steve (Melissa) Brandon of Brandon, Fla.; three daughters, Stephanie (Mike) Gunter of Plantersville, Sonyia (Colin) Lilly of Mildenhal AFB, England, and Angela Miller of Aberdeen; his mother, Jane Brandon of Endville; two sisters, Patricia (Tommy) Pound of Longview and Linda Holcomb (Ricky) Burleson of Endville; 10 grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Clifford E. Brandon, and a brother, Wayne Brandon.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Wayne Tadlock, Rob Bryan, Ricky Franks, Brent Tucker, Rex Shackleford and Chris Edwards.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Maxine Rowan
BALDWYN – Maxine Rowan, 82, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the Scottsdale Personal Care Home in Booneville after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Quincy Duffy
TUPELO – Quincy Duffy died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Luther M. Cossitt
RIPLEY – Luther M. Cossitt, 72, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Emmitt McVey Jr.
BOONEVILLE – Emmitt Joseph McVey Jr., 72, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Laura Dyer
CORINTH – Laura L. Dyer died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.

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. today at Johnson Creek M.B. Church in Pheba. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to service time today. Visit the online register book at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Henry H. Holt
OLIVE BRANCH – Henry H. Holt, 84, died Thursday, May 14, 2009. He was an active member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for 19 years, where he served as deacon.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. A second service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Spring Hill Baptist Church near Oakland. Burial will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Holt; a daughter, Pat Arwood (Kenny), and a son, Henry H. Holt III (Linda) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a brother, George Holt (Sue) of Tupelo; three grandsons, Charlie and Hunter Holt, and Alex Arwood, all of Chattanooga; a great-grandson. He was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Adams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Virginia Tigrett
BOONEVILLE – Virginia C. Tigrett, 81, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

 

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