Obituaries May 17, 2009

Gladys Higginbottom
BOONEVILLE – Gladys Alma Case Higginbottom, 77, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1931, in Grassy, Ala., to Ben Fred Case Sr. and Dora Ann Hollander Case. She was a homemaker and a member of The House of Prayer. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, fishing and going to yard sales.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Unity Broadcasting Auditorium with Bro. Michael Williams, Bro. Tim Dixon, Bro. Robert Chumley and Bro. David Baker officiating. Burial will be in The House of Prayer Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Dora Baker of Booneville; one sister, Jewel Owens of Booneville; one stepson, Ray Higginbottom of Fulton; three stepdaughters, Shelia Gentry (Jackie) of Fulton, Kaye Morphis (Tony) of Belmont and Donna Salter (Robert) of Florence, Ala.; two granddaughters, seven stepgranddaughters, five stepgrandsons, two great-grandsons, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Higginbottom, on April 22, 2008; her parents; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Rebecca Gentry; four brothers, Buford Case, Clendy Case, Cecil Case and Ben Case; a stepson, David Higginbottom; a stepdaughter, Betty Reeves; two nephews, Billy Wayne Lambert and Dual Don Case.
Pallbearers are Billy Franks, Jeff Davis, Steven Baker, Buddy Baker, Kelly Baker and Ken Case.

Taylor Smith
SMITHVILLE – Taylor O’Neil “T.O.” Smith, 14, died Friday, May 15, 2009, as the result of drowning in the Buttahatchie River. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Emmitt McVey Jr.
BOONEVILLE – Emmitt J. McVey Jr., 72, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. He was a retired automobile mechanic and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Dixon officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Carrie McCool of Denver, Colo.; three sons, Donnie McCool (Cindy) of Illinois, and Eddie McCool (Ruth) and Cecil McCool, both of Booneville; one brother, Jimmy McVey of Indiana; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emmitt J. Sr. and Carrie McVey; six sisters, Juanita Michael, Mauveline Elliott, Helen McVey, Una Dunaway, Virginia McVey and Mildred Moore; and two brothers, A.C. McVey and Robert McVey.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Monday at the funeral home.

Sheryle Studler
THAXTON – Sheryle Studler, 61, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Waymon Harris
GREENWOOD, Ark. – Waymon Harris, 74, died Thursday, May 14, 2009, in a Fort Smith, Ark., hospital. He owned and operated Harris and Sons Concrete Construction Company. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Dayton Church of Christ.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Dayton Church of Christ. Burial will be at Old Union Cemetery. McConnell Funeral Home of Greenwood, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of the home; two daughters, Sandy Mosby (James) of Greenwood, Ark., and Samantha Harris of Fort Smith, Ark.; two sons, Don Harris of Lavaca, Ark., and Doug Harris (Becky) of Greenwood,. Ark.; two sisters, Marilyn Turvaville of Marietta and Marjorie Klek (Bill) of Booneville, Ark.; two brothers, Wyndell Harris (Eledith) and Kenneth Harris of Marietta, MS; 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Lena Harris; two brothers, Bobby and Pounds Harris; and a sister, Nancy Harris.
Viewing will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home where the family will visit with friends from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ted Jutman
COLUMBUS – Theodore R. “Ted” Jutman, 93, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at The Homeplace in Columbus. He was born on April 8, 1916, in Pittston, Pa., to Andrew and Mary Jutman. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1942-l945 during World War II. In l945, he moved to Mississippi where he was employed by Southern Airways and later General Tire and Rubber. He was a communicant of Annunciation Catholic Church and volunteered at the Greater Columbus Learning Center. He enjoyed reading, golfing, gardening, feeding the birds and watching Jeopardy.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Plantersville Cemetery in Plantersville. The Rev. Kenneth Corley and Father Henry Shelton will officiate. A visitation will follow the graveside service at the home of his daughter, Jean Jutman, in Plantersville. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of local arrangements. A visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home, 716 2nd St., Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Frances Spruill Jutman of Columbus; his daughter, Jean Jutman of Plantersville; a stepdaughter, Carol Toyama (Nate), and three grandchildren, Aaron, Bess and Lucy Toyama, all of Sacramento, Calif.; his niece, Doris Yager of Utica, N.Y.; a host of other nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Al and Mary Clarke of Pittston, Pa. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and mother of his daughter, Virginia Partlow Jutman of Plantersville; his former mother-in-law, Granny “Miss Dena” Partlow; three sisters, Mrs. Robert (Mary) Scheideman, Mrs. Raymond (Elizabeth) Sims and Mrs. Michael (Ella) Merlini; and a brother, Andy Jutman.
Memorials may be made to the Annunciation Catholic School, 223 North Browder St., Columbus, MS. 39702 or to a charity or church of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be emailed to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.
Luther Cossitt
RIPLEY – Retired U.S. Army Master Sergeant Luther Merritt Cossitt, 72, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army with 23 1/2 years of active service and five years in the National Guard. He was a member of the Tiplersville Baptist Church, but attended North Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at North Ripley Baptist Church with Bro. Lamar Grisham, Bro. Tim Bass and Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in the Tiplersville Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Street Cossitt of Ripley; four daughters, Sandy Burton (Bart), Karen Brotherton (David), Pam Richardson (Rusty) and Lisa Cossitt, all of Ripley; three sisters, Katherine LaBarreare of Falkner, and Trudy Hamilton and Kay Graves of Ripley; one brother, Ray Cossitt (Barbara) of Tiplersville; six granddaughters, Kristy Goins, Britney Fitzgerald (Tommy), Cindy Luttrell, Kristie Burton, Whitley Brotherton and Kalee Brotherton, all of Ripley; four great-granddaughters, Jenna Fitzgerald, Montanna Luttrell, Anna Luttrell and Kathleen Lindsey, all of Ripley; special friends, Dale and Bonnie Showalter of Mt. Vernon, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest Merritt and Fannie Alberta Brumley Cossitt; one sister, Beatrice Rowland; three brothers, Allan, Billy and Tom Cossitt; one son-in-law, Shane Stroupe; and one great-granddaughter, Jasmine Lutrell.
Pallbearers will be David Brotherton, Bart Burton, Rusty Richardson, Barrett Chapman, Thomas Moffitt, Kerry Elliott and Jerry Reed. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Griffin, Dale Showalter, Joe Bates, Mary Sue Luna, Alana McMilllin, Luther Cook and all his nephews.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, Ripley Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 4, Ripley, MS; or ALSAC, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the North Ripley Baptist Church. To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Edith E. Lancaster
GOLDEN – Edith E. Lancaster, 79, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Visitation will continue until service time today. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Tigrett
BOONEVILLE – Virginia Chittom 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. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John M. Lamb Jr.
EGGVILLE – John Marvin Lamb Jr., 79, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native and lifelong resident of the Eggville community, he was born May 5, 1930, to John Marvin and Maude Weathers Lamb. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 294 in Saltillo and was a KCCH 32nd degree Scottish Rite. He was a member of the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church. Previously he was a longtime member of the Eggville Free Will Baptist Church, were he was a Sunday school teacher, director of the Sunday school department, a deacon and a trustee. He also served on the Eggville Cemetery committee. Early in his life, he worked a short while for R.C. Cola Bottling Company in Tupelo. For over 50 years, he was a master brick mason. Also, he taught hunter safety classes for many years. He enjoyed outdoors sports, gardening, and, along with his brothers, beekeeping and aviation.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. A graveside service with Masonic rites will be in Eggville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Billie Jo Robbins Lamb of Eggville; one daughter, Janet McReynolds of Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Douglas Lamb of Rena Lake; four stepchildren, Pam Johnson (Bobby) of Mooreville, Paula Parker (Bobby) of Middleton, Tenn., Nora Coggins (Joe) of Saltillo, Christopher Robbins (Pam) of Saltillo; one sister, Sarah Hardin (Bobby) of Eggville; two brothers, Ecolee Lamb of Eggville and Robert Gene Lamb (Brenda) of Saltillo; one brother-in-law, Vernon Keith of Eggville; three grandchildren, Lt. Josh Lamb of the United States Navy, and Brett and Brooke McReynolds of Nashville, Tenn.; five stepgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of more than 50 years, Charlie Mae Buse Lamb; and one sister, Loeva Keith.
Pallbearers will be Lt. Josh Lamb, Brett McReynolds, Jackie Ganus, Ben Hardin, Chris Robbins and Willie Gene Estes. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Saltillo Masonic Lodge.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Robert Pilgrim
KINGWOOD, Texas – Robert Gray Pilgrim, 71, formerly of Starkville, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was retired from Simmons, Littlejohn and Pilgrim, CPAs, after 46 years. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Starkville. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Agatha R. Pilgrim of Kingwood, Texas; his children, Bob Pilgrim (Susan) of Tupelo, Susan Ankenbrandt (John) and Janet Ware (Robby) of Kingwood; grandchildren, Katie Pilgrim, James Pilgrim, Logan Ankenbrandt and Morgan Ankenbrandt; and sister, Sadie Stigler (Calvin) of Memphis. He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Katie Pilgrim, and his first wife, Connie Pilgrim.
Memorial donations may be made to Memorial Hermann Hospice, 16538 Air Center Blvd., Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77032; or to the charity of choice.
Guests can sign the guest register online at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Jimmy Ray Dixon
CORINTH – Services for Jimmy Ray Dixon, 65, will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with the Rev. Rodney Whittemore officiating. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Anita Dunaway
GUNTOWN – Anita Dunaway died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at her home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Aileene Tarrant
PONTOTOC – Aileene Sledge Tarrant, 87, died Friday, May 15, 2009, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Born in Pontotoc, she was the daughter of Lilly and Webb Sledge. She graduated from Pontotoc High School. She moved from Clinton to Rosewood Residence in Tupelo in December 2000.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Bobbie Sledge Thompson, and two brothers-in-law, Reuben Thompson and Beryl Ferguson, all of Pontotoc; 12 nieces and nephews; several great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alan C. Tarrant; her parents; sisters, Mary Harkins, Madge Sledge and Hilda Ruth Ferguson; and brothers, Webb Sledge Jr. and Sonny “Bill” Sledge.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.

George Mason
BRUCE – George Boyce Mason, 84, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Bruce. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and a retired maintenance worker for the City of Bruce.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Robert Earl Alexander will officiate, and the Rev. John Lancaster will assist. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Geri Smith of Kenosha, Wis., and Jeanette Hardin and Renee Mason of Bruce; six sons, James Mason of Wesson, Jimmy Grooms of Milwaukee, Wis., Jeff Grooms of Pontotoc, Stan Rochelle of Hernando, and Kenneth Mason and Mike Mason of Calhoun City; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Conaway Mason; a daughter, Patricia Bailey; and four sons, Roy Grooms, Bill Grooms, Robbie Grooms and Bobby Mason.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Hardin, Mike Hardin, Gabe Fulgium, Steve Penick, Kyle Pettit and Robert Coggins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Maxine Rowan
BALDWYN – Maxine McGee Rowan, 82, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at her home. She was a former owner of Lakeside Grocery in the Alpine community. She was a member of Jericho Baptist Church. She enjoyed ceramics, puzzles and fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Jericho Baptist Church with Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Clifton (Gary) of Booneville; sisters, Sue Alexander (J.M.) and Hazel Hardy (Billy) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Jeff Clifton of Memphis and John Clifton of Booneville; nephews and nieces, Tommy Alexander (Kathy), Ricky Hardy (Cindy) and Billie Ruth Reed (Phil), all of Baldwyn. She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard L.“Sap” Rowan; a son, Eugene Rowan; and her parents, Tom and Mable McGee.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Alexander, Ricky Hardy, Phil Reed, Chris and Daniel Hardy.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Judy Brown
PICKWICK – Judy Brown, 61, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.

Iris Culver
SALTILLO – Iris Wicks Culver, 73, died Saturday, May 16, 2009, at her home in Saltillo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.

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