Obituaries May 17, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Cleo Ruby Bain
TISHOMINGO – Cleo Ruby Bain, 80, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the New Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Lovejoy Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today, and from noon until service time on Wednesday at the church. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.

Brenda Smart
NETTLETON – Brenda Lee Smart, 47, died Saturday, May 14, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Cecil Phifer
IUKA – Cecil Phifer, 88, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a member of Fifth Street Baptist Church, and was a 50-year member of Iuka Lodge #94 F&AM. He served on the City of Iuka Board of Aldermen for 16 years, and worked at Cutshall Funeral Home as a licensed funeral director for 44 years. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening.
Funeral services are 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by Bro. Greg Woodruff and Bro. Tony Curtis. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Whitfield (Jimmy) of Iuka; two sons, Noonan Phifer (Lila) of Talladega, Ala., and John Norris (Mitzi) of Jackson; two brothers, L.D. Phifer of Iuka, and M.B. Phifer of Burnsville; four grandchildren, Mary Jane Whitfield Collins (Al) of Bailey, David Noel Whitfield (Cindy) of Iuka, Megan Norris Jones (Matt) of Knoxville, Tenn. and Joshua Norris of Jackson; and seven great-grandchildren, Lillian Collins, Georgia Collins, Elizabeth Collins, Austin Whitfield, Andrew Whitfield, Alex Whitfield and Lydia Jones.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Lillian McMasters Phifer and Rosa Parham Phifer; a son, Billy Ray Norris; and two brothers, Oris and Owen Phifer.
Pallbearers include David Whitfield, Austin Whitfield, Andrew Whitfield, Alex Whitfield, Al Collins, Joshua Norris and Bobby Phifer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fifth Street Baptist Church in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Elaine Pope
MOOREVILLE – Elaine Mize Pope, 83, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at her daughter’s home after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 20, 1927, in Pontotoc to John and Addie Mize. She was retired from Cedars Health Care, where she worked as a nurse’s aid. She enjoyed reading, listening to Gospel music, working in her yard, growing flowers and watching humming birds. She loved her family, who remembers her keen sense of humor and wonderful homecooked meals. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Ryan Louvvorn and Dr. Martin Jameson officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Long (Buddy) of Mooreville, Shirley Hall of Tupelo and Betsy Dunn (Danny) of Nettleton; one son, Charley Gregory (Laura) of Pontotoc; her stepson, Forrest Pope Jr. of Calhoun City; eight grandchildren, Mark Long (Kaye) of Mooreville, Kevin Long (Shannon) of Mooreville, Greg Bishop (Kathy) of Nettleton, Corey Bishop (Heather) of Mooreville, Jeanna Witt (Steven) of Tupelo, Clarissa McCain (Colee) of Tupelo, Christopher Whittle of Camp Lejeune, N.C. and Kristie O’Briant (Paul) of Calhoun, La.; 13 great-grandchildren, Tyler Long, Andrew Long, Analyse Long, Sarah Long, Jacob Long, Logan Bishop, Michael Bishop, Noah Bishop, Chase Bishop, Hayden Bishop, Addie Grace Witt, Jordan O’Briant and Cooper O’Briant; and two sisters, Delavenia Haley of Pontotoc and Katherine Sisk of South Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Gregory; her second husband, Forrest Pope Sr.; an infant son; and her brother, Thomas Mize.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons, Mark Long, Kevin Long, Corey Bishop, Greg Bishop, Tyler Long, Christopher Whittle, Andrew Long, Jacob Long and Logan Bishop.
Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Witt, Colee McCain, Chase Bishop, Noah Bishop and Michael Bishop.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mickey Lann
TUPELO – Michael James “Mickey” Lann, 56, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Mickey was born Feb. 7, 1955, in Zion, Ill. to James and Frances Stone Lann. He worked 21 years for Daybrite Lighting in Tupelo before becoming disabled. He married Mary Ann Bradley Lann in l991, and she died in Aug. 2009. He enjoyed watching TV.
Services and burial will be private. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include an aunt, Ann Jones of Fitzgerald, Ga.; and his local cousins, Ed Harrell (Shirley)and Terry Harrell (Dot) of Fulton.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.
Eileen Fulper
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Eileen Fulper, 83, of Little Rock, Ark., died Friday, May 13, 2011. She was born in Trenton, N.J., on Aug. 22, 1927. She and her husband, Norman Fulper Jr. raised six kids on a dairy farm in Booneville. In 1994, after Norman died, she moved to Little Rock to live with her eldest daughter and her family. She enjoyed the successes of her six children and visits with her 19 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She spent her days volunteering at UAMS hospital and knitting with her fellow “knit wits.” In her 83 years, she touched many lives and brought joy to anyone who knew her. She will be deeply missed.
She is survived by her brother, Bernard Driber; her daughters, Laura Hutchins (Steven) of Little Rock; Rebecca Marvin (Tom)of Fort Smith; her sons, Peter Fulper (Martha) of Gretna, Va., David Fulper (Alexandra) of Clearwater, Fla. and Chris Fulper (Roseanne) of Booneville; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Ellen Driber; her husband, Norman Fulper; her brothers, Thomas and Lester Driber; her sisters, Claire Wagner and Rita Durr; and her daughter, Marilyn Fulper.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. today at Christ the King Catholic Church. Arrangements by North Little Rock Funeral Home.
Online obituary and guest register at www.nlrfh.com.
Memorials may be made to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, 4301 W. Markham, Little Rock, AR, 72205 or Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 N. Rodney Parham, Little Rock, AR, 72212.

Mary Ann Vaughn
AMORY – Mary Ann Vaughn, 65, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Feb. 27, 1946, in the Tilden community of Itawamba County, she was a daughter of E.T. and Ova Mae Guin Knight.
She attended Tilden and Smithville schools. She was of the Baptist faith. Before retiring, she worked as a seamstress for Amory Garment and Monroe Trousers. Outgoing and fun-loving, she enjoyed watching hummingbirds, working puzzles, fishing and listening to Gospel music and music by Alabama. A very caring mother and grandmother, her children and grandchildren were very important to her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert Vaughn of Amory; daughter, Tammie Renea Vaughn; special friend, Clara Bush of Smithville; son, Robert (Jennifer) Vaughn Jr. of Smithville; sisters, Martha (Robert) Fowlkes and Margaret (Billy) Hall of Amory, Mavis (Bobby Joe) Towery of Smithville, Melissa (Tommy) Terry of Aberdeen and Lynn (Earl) Capps of Saltillo; brothers, Earnest (Marsha Gail) Knight of Amory and Etness Knight of Smithville; sister-in-law, Shirley Vaughn; grandchildren, Les, Rebecca and Piper Vaughn; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Jimmy and Charlotte Puckett, Carolyn Galloway, Edith Allen, Iva Nell West and Mary Bolin.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Joe Knight.
Pallbearers will be Jason Knight, Bobby Joe Towery, Bruce Benton, Billy Hall, Lance Knight and Earl Capps.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rubel Berryhill and Keith Towery.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Wade Cornelius
FULTON – Wade Cornelius, 48, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, in West Virginia. He was a truck driver for Thunder Transportation and a Baptist. He enjoyed being with his family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Wayne Cornelius officiating.
Survivors include his mother, Faye Johnson of Fulton; two sisters, Karen Sasser of Dorsey and Lynn Pounders of Fairview; one brother, Scott Gray of Louisiana; six nieces; and six nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Cornelius.

Robert White
JACKSON – Robert White, 91, disabled, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at St. Dominic Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Double Springs Baptist Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Riki Matsufuji
OXFORD – Riki Matsufuji, 87, former owner/operator of Riki’s Foods Grocery Store, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at his home in Oxford. Born in Sacramento, Calif., Matsufuji was a member of the Exchange Club and Oxford-University United Methodist Church, where he was a choir member. As an adolescent, he studied at the Speas Conservatory of Music in Sacramento and also at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. During the 1940s and World War II, he was interned in the Tule Lake Detention Camp in Newell, Calif., where he was placed due to his Japanese/American heritage. During his time, he founded and led the Down Beats Dance Band. As a soloist, he performed as Dick Wong, The Chinese Ambassador of Song. One of his lifelong dreams was to sing in a full stage opera. He fulfilled his dream in Puccini’s “Turandot” in his late 60s.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Black and the Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home and again prior to the service from 10 until 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Survivors include his wife, Reba Matsufuji of Oxford; three daughters, Pamela Ann Matsufuji of Tustin, Calif., Cynthia Fay Galante (David) of Olive Branch and Mary Yoshino Johnson of Oxford; one son, Richard Riki Matsufuji of Oxford; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Mr. Matsufuji’s memory may be made to the Oxford-University United Methodist Church Choir, 424 S. 10th St., Oxford, MS 38655, Oxford Lafayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655, Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157, or the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Price
BOONEVILLE – Mildred Price, 95, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born July 8, 1915, to William David and Lucille Keaton Floyd. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, UMW and the Woman’s Club. She and her husband owned Price’s Jewelers. She enjoyed playing bridge.
Private funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Betty Price (John) Donahoo of Hampton Cove, Ala.; one son, John David (Amanda) Price of Booneville; two sisters, Martha Floyd (Bunch) Gardner of Shannon and Margaret Floyd (Bob) Burgess of Vivera, Fla.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Price; her parents; and one brother, Elmer Floyd.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to favorite church or charity.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

C A Teffeteller
ABERDEEN – C A Teffeteller III, 68, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. He was born Nov. 28, 1942 to C A Teffeteller Jr. and Edith Crisp Teffeteller in Maryville, Tenn. He lived most of his life in Aberdeen. He graduated from Hinds Jr. College in Jackson. He retired after 40 years as a machinist tool and die maker at True-Temper.
A graveside service, with military rites, will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with Bro. Greg Herndon and Bro. David Foreman officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the service.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Roberts Teffeteller of Aberdeen; two sons, Mike Laird (Marilyn) of Troy and and Matt Teffeteller (Dawn) of Meridian; his mother, Edith Crisp Teffeteller of Aberdeen; a sister, Pat Baker (Jim) of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Buddy Teffeteller (Lynn) of Aberdeen; three grandsons, Cody Laird, Mason Teffeteller and Aaron Teffeteller; and one great-granddaughter, Gracie Laird.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, Bill Lemmons, Bob Lemmons, Steve Baker, Mark Baker, Jay Dickens, Todd Belk, Ron Teffeteller and Charlie Teffeteller.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Dallas Gober
SELMER, Tenn. – Dallas Gober, 92, died May 13, 2011. He was a native of Pontotoc County. He was a veteran of WWII with the U.S. Navy. He was retired from Ford Motor Company.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Monday at Shackleford Funeral Directors of Selmer, Tenn. 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.
Christeen M. Walker
NETTLETON – Christeen M. Walker, 76, died Friday, May 13, 2011. She was born Jan. 23,1935, to James Lee and Lissie Lee Meredith. She was a member of Jolly Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona, where she sang in the choir. She was retired from North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Jolly Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona with Pastor Raphael Terry officiating. Burial will follow in Jolly Church Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Mary Jo (Eddie) Jordon of Shannon, Eddie Frank (Peggie) Walker of Wichita Falls, Texas, Ruby Nell Dilworth of Shannon, Linda Frank (Romie) Huddleston of Nettleton, Carolyn Denise (Willie) Pierce of Saltillo, Juanita (Roberts) Birks of Shannon, Jimmy Earl (Tomeka) Walker of Baldwyn, Cynthia (Dan) Walker of Shannon, Anthony Walker of Nettleton; one sister, Stella B. Ward; two brothers, Jimmy Lee Meredith and James Lee Ligon, 32 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Frank Walker; one daughter, Barbara Ann Buchanan; a son, William Earl Walker; two grandchildren, Roderick Walker and Marcus Huddleston; a sister, Evelena Babbitt; four brothers, Ervie Lee Meredith, J.C. Kyles, U.L. “Sonny” Meredith and William Meredith.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service on Wednesday.
Online condolences can be made to the Walker/Meredith family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Wayne Guess
MANTACHIE – David Wayne Guess, 79, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at his son’s home in Mantachie. He was born May 20, 1931, to Carl and Foye Reynolds Guess. He worked at Tupelo Manufacturing toy plant, was a truck driver for Purnell’s Pride, and worked for Itawamba County Third District as a road hand during his working years. He was a Methodist. He was a Veteran, serving in the United States Army. He enjoyed gardening and politics, and was an avid fisherman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with his grandson, Shay Guess, officiating. Burial will be in Walton Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Steve Guess of Mantachie; a brother, Bobby Dale Guess of Lenoir, N.C.; two sisters, Linda Steele of Fulton and Kay Fennell of Mantachie; four grandchildren, Shay Guess (Michi), Talana McKinney , both of Mantachie, Stevi Bogan (Jerrod) of Mooreville and Christi Pounds (Ryan) of New Site; and great-grandchildren, Kagen McKinney, Noa Guess, Nehemia Guess, Anna Pounds, Jaden Lusk and Clayton Pounds.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Guess; a son, Anthony Guess; a brother, Hoyle Guess ; a sister, Lamoise Sheffield; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Robert Gatlin, Garvin Gann, Jerry Holliday, Mackie Guess, Larry Sheffield, Roy Norris, Kagan McKinney and Noa Guess.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home in Mantachie.

John E. Bell
TUPELO – John Edward Bell, 30, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. A Tupelo native and lifelong resident, he was born March 9, 1981, to John and Joy Bell. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School and attended Itawamba Community College. He worked for the Furniture Outlet in Tupelo. He enjoyed reading, fishing, spending time outdoors and with his daughter. He was very expressive of his love for his family through actions and words.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bryan Collier officiating.
Survivors include his daughter, Mya Ann Bell of Tupelo; his parents, John and Joy Bell of Tupelo; his sister, Amy Schultz of Olive Branch; three nieces, Caroline Watson, Emma Grace Watson and Lillian Schultz; and a nephew, Logan Schultz.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Edward E. and Patricia Bell and Kelly and Lucille Whiteside; and a sister, Angela Renee Bell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Clayton, Ben Elmore, Luke Holliman, Brian Connor and Justin Wood.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Orchard Building Fund, 1379 North Coley Road, Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lorene Singleton
RED BAY, Ala. – Johnny Lorene Holland Singleton, 87, died Monday, May 16, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Hoyt Holley
FULTON – Hoyt Holley, 70, died Sunday, May 15, 2011. He was born March 23, 1941, in Itawamba County to John and Freddie Viola Lentz Holley. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church Fulton, he had also served as a deacon at Antioch, New Bethel and Calvary Churches, being ordained at age 26. He served other positions in the church as long as he was able. He loved his church, his family and his friends and enjoyed spending time with them. He enjoyed Southern gospel, blue grass and country music and liked to play his guitar and sing. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, member of Fairview Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Mason and Scottish Rite. He was owner of Holley’s Body Shop in Belmont and was retired from Tiffin Motor Homes.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Chapel with Bro. Tommy Winders and Dr. Ken Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in Belmont Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his wife, Shara Sparks Holley of Fulton; a daughter, Tanya Wright (Timmy) of Fulton, two grandchildren, Collin and Katie Wright of Fulton; one sister, Bettie Crouch of Fulton; a brother, Hollis Holley (Sue) of Decatur, Ala.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Lynn Thompson; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Holley and Maxine Holley Jarnigan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Eupal Hall and an infant sister; two brothers, Roy and Truman Holley; a nephew, Eddie Hall; three brothers-in-law, Dayton Hall, Junior Wood and Don Crouch.
Pallbearers will be Buddy Collins, Wade Wood, Robert Lee, Gerald Sparks, Rex Hollingsworth and Vern Rogers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Belmont and Fairview Masonic Lodge, New Beginnings Sunday School Class, Wayne Grissom and Jerry Thompson.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. until service time today at Senter Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Memorial Missions Fund at First Baptist Church or GO IN MY PLACE (GIMP) Fund at Bethel Baptist Fulton or a mission in your church.

David Pryor
CALHOUN CITY – David Evans Pryor died Monday, April 18, 2011, at the Neighborhoods at Quail Creek in Springfield, Mo. He was born in Houston on Aug. 3, 1932, to Evans Eugene Pryor and Virginia Griffin Pryor of Calhoun City. He was a graduate of Calhoun City High School and Millsaps College, where he earned a degree in chemistry. For several years after college, Mr. Pryor worked for the quality control division of the Coca-Cola Company. In 1958, he joined his father in operating Pryor Implement Company. After his father’s death, he continued to build the business until becoming disabled in 1998. Mr. Pryor was a life long member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church in Calhoun City, where he served on the administrative board and sang in the choir. He was a former director of Union Planters Bank. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and golfer. For the last 13 years, he made his home near his daughter in Springfield, Mo.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday in Calhoun City Cemetery with Dr. Anthony Kay and Dr. Scott Wright officiating. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a son, David Evans Pryor Jr. of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Camille Pryor Sistrunk and her husband, William W. Sistrunk; and three grandchildren, Ann Weston Sistrunk, Katherine Coleman Sistrunk and William Evans Sistrunk.
The family requests memorial gifts be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, for their food pantry, P.O. Box 14, Calhoun City, MS 38916 or to a charity of choice.

Annie Richmond
BYHALIA – Annie Catherine Richmond, 58, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
James O. Birks
NETTLETON – James O. Birks, 73, died Friday, May 13, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 16, 1937, to Erskin and Sudie Mae Springer Birks. He was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton. He was employed at Gulf Oil for many years until he retired.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m.Wednesday at Palestine United Methodist Church with the Rev. Maurice McIntosh officiating. Burial will be in Mullin Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Aline Birks of Nettleton; three daughters, Cynthia (Andre) Smith of Nettleton, Regina Birks and Machelle Birks, both of Tupelo; five sons, Leon (Lisa) Birks of Wren, Michael Birks and Jameson (Sissy) Birks, both of Nettleton, Gary (Mitzi) Birks of Canton and Dwight McGaughy of Clearwater, Fla.; goddaughters, Jennifer Shack of Tupelo and Laverne Thompson of Memphis; two sisters, Lela Mae Morrow and Dorothy Jean Cox, both of Nettleton; two brothers, Agatha “Buck” (Maggie) Birks and Robert (Mary) Birks, both of Nettleton; 20 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren; one aunt, Ophelia (Wood) Blair of Cincinnati; one uncle, Willie (Clara) Sims of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a special cousin, Lucille Miller of Detroit; and a special son, Willie White of New York.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Jimmy Birks.
Visitation will be from 1 until 5 p.m. today, with family hour from 5 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service Wednesday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Janet Pannell
NEW ALBANY – Janet Carson Pannell, 75, died May 14, 2011. She was one of three daughters born to Robert C. and Irma Ruth Luna Carson of Blue Mountain. She was the wife of the late Carl Hodges Pannell and sister of the late Helen Carson Hogue, wife of Thomas “Billy” Hogue of New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Springs Baptist Church. Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany. Entombment will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include a daughter, Lisa Pannell Lopez (Jimmy) of Wildwood, Fla.; two grandchildren, William Carl Pannell of Jacksonville, Fla. and Sara Ellen Pannell Snyder (Michael); three great-grandchildren, Madison, Madilyn and Wyatt Snyder, all of New Windsor, Md.; a sister, Shirley Carson Wilson (Oneal); six nieces, Karen Wilson Lang (Billy), Patricia Wilson Roberts (Barry), Regina Wilson, Janet Wilson Messer (Richard), Sandra Hogue Gaines (David), Donna Hogue Robertson; and one nephew, Robert Hogue (Sherry), all of New Albany.
Anna Rhodes
PONTOTOC – Anna Frances Roberts Rhodes, 73, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 3, 1937, in Myrtle to Aubrey Roberts and Dossie Moody Roberts. She was a retired pharmacy technician, a member of the Retail Clerks Union and a Bonne Bell beauty consultant. She was a member of the West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She and her husband, Charles, were charter members of Lakeview Baptist Church in Vermilion, Ohio, where she served as a Sunday School teacher and director of the Women’s Missionary Union.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Dan Robertson officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Everett Rhodes of Pontotoc; a daughter, Gina (Dan) Ashline of San Antonio, Texas; a son, Jeffrey (Carla) Rhodes of Pontotoc; a sister, Annie Mae Canerdy of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Michael, Brooke, Abbie, Casey, Sean and Chad; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Daisy Fay Berryhill; and a brother, William Carol Roberts.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Ann Whitesides
SHANNON Ann Marie Mangum “Ann” Whitesides, 84, died Monday, May 16, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

John Garner
TUPELO – John Frank Garner, 86, died May 16, 2011, at Oxford Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Christ the King Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Gardens. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday.

Ellen Looney
COFFEEVILLE – Ellen Mariea Looney, 64, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Wesley Kingsley and the Rev. Kevin Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Charles Ragland
MICHIE, Tenn. – Charles Thomas Ragland, 85, died Thursday, May 12, 2011, at his home.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Acton Church of Christ. Burial will follow in Acton Community Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge.