Obituaries May 2, 2009

Lazette Metcalfe Miller
PALMETTO – Lazette Stone Metcalfe Miller, 92, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident of the Palmetto community, she was born Aug. 26, 1916, to Dr. Clyde and Willie Gandy Stone. She was a homemaker and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her many friends and family. She was a member of Palmetto Baptist Church. She was the widow of Lamar Metcalfe and Bill Miller.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Palmetto Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Palmetto Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, John Lamar Metcalfe (Carol) and Clyde Metcalfe, all of Palmetto; four grandchildren, Annalisa Potts (Ric) of Memphis, Johnny Metcalfe (Janice) of Pontotoc, Melissa Metcalfe and Melinda McKnight of Palmetto; six great-grandchildren, Hannah, Katie, Megan, Sarah, John and David; one sister, Maxine Tullos of Jackson; one brother, Max Stone (Nettie) of Palmetto; and a sister-in-law, Irene Stone Bristow.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lamar Metcalfe and Bill Miller; her parents; her brothers, Clyde Stone, Woodrow Stone and Bunyan Stone.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Metcalfe, Ric Potts, Joe Spencer, Joe Davidson, Tom Cox and Max Lynn Stone.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; The Lee County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, Box 1, 1800 West Main, Tupelo MS 38801; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Jessie Clark
IUKA – Jessie Clark, 65, died, Friday, May 1, 2009, at Tishomingo Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Lee Williams
OXFORD – Lee Williams died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his residence. Services will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford.

Buneva McGreger
RANDOLPH – Evelyn Buneva McGreger, 88, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, after an extended illness at the Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was born May 15, 1920, to Windom Sullivan and Lillian (Bishop) Sullivan in Pontotoc County. She was married Nov. 28, 1940, to Quay McGreger, her husband of 68 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Randolph Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and worked in the nursery for many years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed being a member of the Golden Oldies in Randolph.
Services will be 2 p.m. today in the Baldwin – Nowell Chapel with Bro. Gerald Finley and Bro. Terrell McGreger officiating. Burial will follow in the Randolph Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Quay McGreger of the Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru; five daughters, Brenda Mize (Curt) of Shannon, June Lantrip (Larry) of Longview, Teresa Baldwin (Danny) of Juda, Tammy Bass (Mike) of Furrs, Robyn Riddle (Jody) of Algoma; one son, Barry McGreger (Regina) of Friendship; one sister, Jean Tutor (Billy) of Southaven; one brother, Jimmy Hipp of Dallas; 18 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three children, Joseph Kent, infant son; Sylvia Cowsert and Paul McGreger.
Pallbearers are grandsons, Mike Mize, Gary Cowsert, Wesley Kisor, Jeremy Baldwin, Derik McGreger, Lane Bass, Randy Gray and Ben Riddle.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

Mary Luann Tumlin Soto
BALTIMORE, Md. – Luann Tomlin Soto, 45, died Saturday, April 25, 2009, at her home. She was a project coordinator for Manekin Construction Company. She was active in many city projects and charities.
Services were Thursday, April 30 in Baltimore.
Survivors include her husband, James W. Soto; stepchildren, Dominic and Mario Soto of Baltimore; her parents, Mark and Brenda Tumlin of Mechanicsville, Va.; a sister, Manda Simon (Steve); a brother, Will Tumlin (Stephanie); nieces; and various aunts and uncles, including Eddie Carson, Earl Carson and Linda Rye of Iuka, William Carson of Florence, Ala.; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Howard and Valerie Carson of Iuka, and William “Bill” and Artie Tumlin of Tishomingo; and an uncle, Wilford Carson of Iuka.
Memorials may be made to Paradise Methodist Church in Tishomingo or to the fight against breast cancer.

Lila Ruth Barnett
IUKA – Lila Ruth Barnett, 80, died Friday, May 1, 2009.
Services will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in South Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery in Tishomingo.
Survivors include a son, Terry L. Barnett (Janeene) of Sommerville, Tenn.; three daughters, Paula Humber (Denton) of Gallatin, Tenn., Teresa Aldridge (Pat) of Iuka, and Loretta Nunley (Marcus) of Maud, Ala.; a brother, James Burleson of Iuka; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Mattie Brown Burleson; her husband, Trelvie L. “Ted” Barnett; a son, Gary Barnett; two brothers; a sister; and her stepmother, Louise Burleson.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka.

Scott McMillen
GUNTOWN – Scott McMillen, 36, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at his home. He was a maintenance mechanic.
Survivors include a daughter, Zoey McMillen of Guntown; his mother, Janie Thornton (Richard) of Kosciusko; his father, Kelly McMillen of Marietta; two brothers, Bruce McMillen (Micki) of Guntown and Jeff McMillen of Wheeler; a special friend, Rachel Calvary; two nieces, Casey McMillen and Meadow McMillen; and a nephew, Josh McMillen.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.

Dr. David Stratman Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Dr. David Stratman Sr., 84, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at Alliance Health Care. Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Bill Creekmore
BOONEVILLE – William A. “Bill” Creekmore, 66, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at his home. He was born Jan. 6, 1943, in Red Bay, Ala., the son of William Hersey Creekmore and Flora Jones Creekmore. He was a member of Tuscumbia Baptist Church. He worked for General Binding Corporation in Northbrook, Ill., from 1958 to 1979, working his way through the ranks to become plant superintendent. He worked as production manager at the Day-Brite Lighting plant in Tupelo from 1982 until his retirement in 2005. He enjoyed genealogy and landscaping, and he especially enjoyed his work.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lee Dillard and Bro. Merl Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscumbia Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Guinn King Creekmore, whom he married Dec. 25, 1961; two daughters, Angela Creekmore Seawright of Booneville and Michelle Creekmore Jones (Al) of Belden; a brother, Raymond Creekmore of Red Bay; four sisters, Maxine Sanford of Salem, Ind., Evelyn Ermis of Okolona, Earline Markham of Red Bay and Lillian Sweeney of Alexandria, Va.; and five grandchildren, Chris Seawright of Booneville, Jodi Wheeler, Chase Jones, Tripp Jones and Trevor Jones, all of Belden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert Creekmore and Jerry Creekmore; and a sister, Rosetta Creekmore.
Pallbearers will be Keith Creekmore, Robert Newell, John King, Joel Sheffield, William Markham and Jimmy Shook.

Tom Childress
HOUSTON – Tom Childress, 63, died Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 6, 1946, to William Lockhart and Lucille Childress in Houston, where he grew up and graduated from high school. He served four years in the Air Force and graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in civil engineering. He was employed by the City of Meridian as a civil engineer for most of his career. After retirement, he moved to Olive Branch, where he and his wife, Riki, lived on a small “ranchette” with their horses, dogs, cats and birds. His hobbies included playing guitar, singing bluegrass and working the land on his mother’s tractor, “Miss Lucy.” He performed with the Porch Dogs Band in Meridian and later with RRT in Memphis.
Memorial services will be 4 p.m. today at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Another service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Southern Funeral Home in Houston. Burial will follow in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Ricki; brothers, Bill and Daniel; stepdaughter Deanna; and cherished nieces, Catherine, Suzanne, Rachel, Danielle, Cachel and Kayleigh.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bobby and Jack; and son, Zachary.

Ellis Smith
BOONEVILLE – Ellis Jehue Smith, 93, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born May 9, 1915, in Alcorn County, to Earlie and Lillian Gertrude Wilhite Smith. He was a member of the Glory Hill Church. He was a sawmiller, a farmer and a security guard. He loved to dance and play his harmonica.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wilford Knight officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Virginia Taylor or Tishomingo, Eva Butler (David), Loretta Lancaster (Robbie), of Memphis, and Debbie Wells of Burnsville; three sons, James Smith of Booneville, Anthony Smith (Martha) of Michie, Tenn., and Billy Smith of Memphis; a brother, Elbert Smith of Burton; a special friend, Beverly Poczok; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Syble Smith, in 2005; a daughter, Ozella Smith; a brother, Herbert Smith; a sister, Beatrice Gann; and two grandsons, Paul Ray Taylor and William Earl Taylor.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today.

Clara Mitchell Bridwell
BRUCE – Clara Mitchell Bridwell, 88, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Hospice Ministries, Inc. in Ridgeland. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Garan, Inc. Textile Factory in Lambert. She was a member of Heighland Baptist Church in Senatobia.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Junior Richie and the Rev. Will Turner officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Mitchell Burdine of Hattiesburg and Thresa Mitchell Hearn of Pearl; three sons, Larry Dean Mitchell of Lima, Ohio, Donald Mitchell of Newman, Ga., and Gail Mitchell of Clarksdale; one brother, Lennon Ray White of Calhoun City; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charlie Dean Mitchell and Wayne Bridwell; her parents, Earnest Carroll White and Elizabeth Winter White; two sisters, Dorothy Ivy and Kathleen Brasher; and one brother, Zulie White.
Pallbearers will be Edwin Lee Parker, Jimmy White, Boyd Falvey, Danny Ivy, Gary Ivy and Travis England.

Laverne Jones
NEW ALBANY – Laverne Jones, 76, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneral service.com.

Annie Sherrod-Walker
BELDEN – Annie Beatrice Sherrod-Walker died Monday, April 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at the H.L. Coleman Convention Center in the Haven Acres community with the Rev. Larry Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church Cemetery at Chesterville. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state one hour before service time today at the church.
The online guestbook may be accessed at www.nljonesandson.com.
Carolyn Ruth Drewery
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Carolyn Ruth Drewery, 58, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at home. She was born Oct. 2, 1950, in Alabama to James C. Hicks and Winnie M. Russell. She was a Christian and a homemaker.
Services will be private.
Survivors include a son, Christopher A. Gray of Collierville; daughters, Janet L. Drewery, Sandra (Greg) McClain, all of Collierville, Karen M. Drewery of Sarasota, Fla.; a brother, Edgar Hicks of Texas; sisters, Jean Johnson of Orum, Utah, Francis Johnson of Jasper, Tenn., Mary Brown of Sarasota; and four grandchildren, Jonathan McClain, Joshua McClain, Kaitlyn Kissinger and Meghan McClain.

Troy Eaton
DENNIS – Troy Herbert Eaton, 90, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Iuka Hospital. He was born Jan. 2, 1919, in Mississippi to John and Catherine “Cassie” Moore Eaton. He was an employee of Mid-South Telephone Company for 12 years and also a farmer. He was a member of Liberty Primitive Baptist Church. He loved gardening and his family.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, with Bro. Doug Thornburg and Bro. Jeremy Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Joel Cemetery in Dennis.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Mary Eaton of Dennis; four children, J.T. Eaton (Lillie), Roy Eaton (Cathy), Larry Eaton (Marion) and Barbara Blunt (Phillip), all of Dennis; one sister, Syvilla Henry of South Pasadena, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Debbie Ferguson (Larry) of Winter Haven, Fla., James D. Eaton (Lenora) of Golden, Brandon H. Eaton of Burnsville, Eric R. Eaton of Dennis, Jeff Eaton (Donna) of Red Bay, Jennifer Eaton of Knoxville, Tenn., Tim Blunt (Jennifer) of Iuka, Mark Blunt (Kristy) of Tishomingo, Roy Eaton Jr. of Chicago; seven great-grandchildren, Jordan Blunt, Summer Blunt, Ben Blunt, Charlie Blunt, Naomia Eaton, Talise Eaton and Colby Eaton; one great-great-grandchild, Jaden Smith; one stepgrandchild, Lisa Bennett (Roger) of Jumpertown; and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Jordon Hester, Whitney Lovelace and Kimberly Brook.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Odell Eaton, Omer Eaton, Coyie Eaton and John E. Eaton Jr.; and one sister, Hilda Mae Eaton.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Eaton and Bill Seles.
Visitation will be 6 until 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, and until service time Sunday.

William Pafford
PONTOTOC – William Terry Pafford, 62, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at home. He was born in Memphis and was a Baptist. He loved his grandchildren and fishing.
Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Pafford; a son, Jody Pafford; two sisters, Sherry Bishop (Brian) of Florida and Susan Wilson (David) of New York; one brother, Kenneth Pafford (Christina) of Memphis; and three grandchildren, Kesha, Michael and Cody Pafford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virginia and William Pafford.
Visitation will be noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

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