By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Hosea Manfred Ray, a retired lawyer, died at his home in Tupelo on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. He was 86. Born in the south Alcorn County community of Hinkle to Thomas Henry Ray and Isabelle Dunlap Ray in 1924, H.M. grew up on the family farm located on Hinkle Creek. He graduated from Biggersville High School in 1942 and studied for one year at the University of Mississippi before volunteering in the U.S. Army Air Force for service as a bomber pilot in World War II. He flew missions from England late in the war. H.M. returned to Ole Miss in Fall 1945 and enrolled in law school there in Fall 1946. He was awarded his law degree in 1949. At Ole Miss, H.M. was a member of Sigma Chi social fraternity and selected for listing in Who’s Who. While a law student, H.M. was elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives from Alcorn County for the 1948-51 term. The legislature’s “Class of ‘48” included a number of war veterans who passed a progressive agenda, including a Workmen’s Compensation Act, which among the 48 states only Mississippi then lacked. H.M. practiced law briefly in Corinth before being recalled to active duty as a U.S. Air Force intelligence staff officer in London during the Korean Conflict. Following that service, he resumed law practice in Corinth with his brother James Hugh Ray, including service as Alcorn County Prosecuting Attorney from 1956-57 and 1958-61. In 1960 he served as chairman of the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport Commission. Upon President Kennedy’s nomination and confirmation by the U.S. Senate, H.M. took office as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi in 1961. He served with distinction in that office, and was re-appointed by Presidents Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter until his resignation in 1981. At the request of U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson in 1973, H.M. served with 14 other U.S. attorneys as a founding member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys. He chaired the committee in 1976-77 for Attorney General Edward H. Levi, and served until 1978. In a 1989 history of U.S. Attorneys, one of H.M.’s successors in the Northern District wrote that beginning “in 1962, U.S. Attorney H.M. Ray…with the support of President John Kennedy and Attorney General Robert Kennedy, litigated for years, under very difficult circumstances” seeking to secure civil rights and did so again in “nationally significant litigation with the school desegregation cases of the late 1960s and 1970s.” Following his federal government service, H.M. practiced law with the Wise, Carter, Child and Caraway firm in Jackson and then with the Mississippi Attorney General’s office where he drafted white collar crime legislation for Mississippi before retiring in 1989. H.M. was active in the life and work of First Presbyterian Church of Corinth, First Presbyterian Church of Oxford, Fondren Presbyterian Church of Jackson and First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo and served as a Presbyterian elder for many years.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. A graveside service will follow at 1:15 p.m. at Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
H.M. is survived by his sons, Howard Manfred Ray of Skokie, Ill., and Mark Andrew Ray and his wife Sallie Kate of Tupelo. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Howard Manfred Ray Jr. of Highland Park, Ill., Jennifer Ann Ray of Toledo, Ohio, and Mark Andrew Ray Jr. and Mary Taylor Ray of Tupelo; and by great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Merle Burt Ray, in 1993; his parents; his stepfather, Andrew Jackson McCord; and his brothers, Thomas Henry Ray, John Eugene Ray and James Hugh Ray.
Visitation with the family will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time in McFadden Hall of the Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 322 Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS 38801 or a charity of choice.
LAMAR – Frances Hampton Brown, 91, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sand Hill M.B. Church in Lamar. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday at the church.
PITTSBORO – Richard Ellis Mooneyham, 92, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services. He was born Feb. 22, 1919, in Calhoun County. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired law enforcement officer. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Weldon and Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Claudia Benson Mooneyham of Pittsboro; three grandsons, Casey Mooneyham, Chancey Mooneyham and Jamie Mooneyham; two stepdaughters, Kelly Hendrix and Lisa Sinclaire; one stepson, Tab Benson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Ellis Mooneyham and Ester Elizabeth Bryant Mooneyham; two sons, Richard Earl Mooneyham and Donald Ellis Mooneyham; six sisters, Estelle Weldon, Opal Huffman, Magiline Jureski, Flora Dye, Lestine Clark and L.M. Mathews; and five brothers, Q.T. Mooneyham, Charlie Mooneyham, Macon Mooneyham, Joe Ben Mooneyham and Jessie Ray Mooneyham.
Pallbearers will be Pete Weldon, Joe Weldon, Steve Long, Joe Mooneyham, Carl Mooneyham and Jimmy Mooneyham.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
WOODLAND – Willie Doff Echoles, 72, died Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Satruday at Popular Springs M.B. Church in Calhoun City with Rev. James Clark officiating. Burial will be in Popular Springs M.B. Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Jeremy Shane Moore, 24, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, in Benton County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
SMITHVILLE – Dustin W. Egger, 21, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, in Monroe County. He was born Oct. 26, 1989, in Amory to Adrienne Hathcock and Donald Wade Egger. He was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 2008, and was a graduate of Jefferson County Community College Railroad Division graduating as a conductor. He was a member of the Mississippi National Guard. He completed his basic and advanced individual training at Fort Knox, Ky., serving in Troop A 5/15th Cavalry Training Company. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Army Service Ribbon. He was an electrical technician at Norbord Guntown. He was a member of Smithville Baptist Church. He was a very affectionate person, and his family was a very important part of his life. He loved playing sports, hunting and riding motorcycles.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Clyde Stephens and Luke Gardner officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Adrienne and Jason Hathcock of Vernon Ala.; his father, Donald Wade Egger of Sulligent; his sisters, Logan Waldon of Vernon and Riley Egger of Hamilton; his brothers, Braxton Hathcock, Jace Hathcocok and Haden Hathcock, all of Vernon; his grandparents, Richard and Carol Abston of Vernon, Wilburn and Pat Hathcock of Greenwood Springs, John and Judy Hardy of Sulligent, Ala., and Donald and Mary Egger of Sulligent; his great-grandmothers, Virginia Ruffin of Vernon and Daisy Lee Egger of Sulligent; and his special friends, Cody Haynes and Justin Tate.
Pallbearers will be Cody Haynes, Drake Young, Tyler Leech, Blaine Adair, Luke Gardner, Bud Cox, Brian Pierce, Justin Tate and Ken Roberts.
Honorary pallbearers will be his three brothers, Braxton, Jace and Haden; classmates of Smithville High School Class of 2008 and members of HG 1-98 CAV Reg.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and continue until service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to Smithville High School Athletic Department Rebuilding Fund, 60017 Hwy 23, Smithville MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Clara Jean Austin Waller, 55, died Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Hamilton Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery in Waterford. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Judge Lyonel Senter
ABERDEEN – Retired U.S. District Judge, Lyonel Thomas Senter Jr., 77, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 30, 1933, to Lyonel Thomas Senter Sr. and Eva Lee Jetton Senter in Fulton. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He graduated from Aberdeen High School, University of Southern Mississippi and Ole Miss Law School. He was a high school quarterback until he was stricken with polio. He was an Elder and Sunday school teacher at Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church. After working as an attorney and serving as a state judge, he was nominated to the federal bench by President Carter in 1979. He later became chief of the Northern District, sitting in Aberdeen, where he garnered a reputation as a thoughtful, fair and even-tempered jurist who combined small-town practicality with a scholarly interpretation of the law. The judge, who sometimes introduced himself as “Tommy” outside the courtroom, played trumpet with a jazz band in college. He once used the trumpet to ease tensions in a case between attorneys. In 1998, Judge Senter became a senior judge, and he relocated to the Southern District of Mississippi in 2002.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sandra Sisson and Rev. Wayne Bruchey officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the services.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Dickson Senter of Aberdeen; one daughter, Elizabeth Senter Van Eepoel and husband, John of Orlando, Fla; one son, John Thomas “Jay” Senter and wife, Jeannie of Tupelo; two sisters, Eva Lee Henley of Aberdeen and Nancy Brown of Amory; two grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Van Eepoel and John Thomas Senter, II; one stepgrandchild, Dylon Eaton; and one daughter-in-law, Mary Senter of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Stuart Dickson Senter.
Pallbearers will be Arch Bullard, Paul Hurst, Jerry Read, Ron Cochran, Bruce Vail, David Crews and Arlen Coyle.
Honorary pallbearers will be Honorable Michael P. Mills, Honorable W. Allen Pepper, Honorable Sharion Aycock, Honorable Neal B. Biggers, Honorable Glen H. Davisdon, Don Kruger and Dewitt Hicks.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aberdeen First Presbyterian Church, 401 West Commerce Street, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Send condolences online www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
CORINTH – Sara Elizabeth Biggers Worsham, 90, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was a graduate of Corinth High School and Mississippi State College for Women.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dennis Smith and Rev. Bill Bradford officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Leroy Worsham of Corinth; two daughters, Jan Wood (Walker) of Corinth and Sally Sharlow (Jeff) of Ocean Springs; one brother, Dr. J.D. Biggers, III of Corinth; three grandchildren, Jim Wood (Jenny) of French Camp, Emily Cadle (Nick) of Clinton and Burton Rabby of Ocean Springs; and five great grandchildren, Hayes, Halea, and Sadie Kate Wood of French Camp and Claire and Jake Cadle of Clinton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.D. and Adrienne Taylor Biggers; and one sister, Janis Biggers Reece.
Pallbearers will be Jim Wood, Nick Cadle, Burton Rabby, Hayden Worsham, Hank Leonard, Ben Worsham, Wesley Worsham, Chuck Reece, Lon Taylor, III, and David Biggers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials be made to the David Biggers Orphanage, c/o First Presbyterian Church, 919 Shiloh Road Corinth, MS 38834 in lieu of floral arrangements.
Condolences may be made to www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
BRUCE – Helen L. Davis, 81, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Parker Memorial Funeral Home.
AMORY – Larry Wayne Outlaw Sr., 73, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at his home. He was born on June 19, 1937, to Jonas Quitman and Daisy Williams Outlaw in Aberdeen. He was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, Class of 1957. He married Beverley Miller on Feb. 21, 1959. He was a Frisco-Burlington Northern Railroad employee from Dec. 5, 1957, until Jan. 1, 1993, when he retired. He was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church. He enjoyed making his friends laugh at his jokes. After retiring, he drove cars for dealerships, watched NASCAR and loved working in his garden, playing golf and traveling.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro Wade Cook and Rev Rusty Keen officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Beverley Miller Outlaw of Amory; his son, Joel Outlaw of Amory; his daughters, Ellen Hester (Mike) of Nettleton and Allison Black (Jim) of Saltillo; his sisters, Barbara Cook (Wade) of Smithville and Sheron Parten (Charles) of Port Arthur, Texas; his brother, Lyndon ‘Peg’ Outlaw (Teenie) of Durham, N.C.; his brothers-in-law, Dickie Miller (Gail) and Bo Miller, all of Amory, and David Miller of Gulfport; his sisters-in-law, Patsy Robertson of Diamond Head, Catherine Outlaw of Aberdeen, Reveland Wheat of Brandon, Bobbye Brinson of Amory and Sarah Richardson (Bobby) of Morton; his grandchildren, Libby Grier (Matt), Pamela Lyda (Ryan), Jordan and Brody Outlaw, Ryan and Jimmy Black, Jonathan Hester and Kayla Moore (Joseph); special nieces and nephews, Mary Margarete and Will Miller, Cooper Miller and Amy Pruitt; and special friends, Bob Angle and Charles Pierce.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Wayne Outlaw; his brothers, Joel, Milton and Merritt Outlaw; and a sister, Dorothy Bolding Pruitt.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Howard, Gary, Vaughan, Kenneth and Jim Outlaw; Ken Cook, Joel Wright, Jim Wheat, Cooper Miller, L.P. Gaddis, Will Miller, and Edwin Bolding.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Wallace, Bob Angle, Charles Pierce, Lynn and Jim Dye; Frisco-BN Railroad retirees; employees of Legacy Hospice and his driving buddies.
Memorials may be sent to St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 1123 Legion Dr., Amory, MS 38821; or Legacy Hospice, 231 N Main St. Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Diana Krutz, 57, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
PONTOTOC – Hollis E. Ishee, 79, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Pontotoc Health Services. He was the District Forester for the Northwest District of the Misssippi Forestry Commission, a Forester/Biologist for the Grenada Corp of Engineers and Urban Forester for the City of Grenada. He was presented the Mississippi Most Outstanding Forester’s Award and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation Award. He was a member of the Society of American Forestry, Grenada Forestry Association and the Pontotoc Forestry Association. He had served as Music Director for Central Baptist Church, Enon Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church in Grenada. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a member of the Pontotoc Rotary Club where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. He was most interested in young people and his desire was to help and encourage.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Larry Windham, Rev. Gladwin Carpenter, Rev. Fred Hartley and Rev. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Dallas Ishee of Pontotoc; four nieces, Diane Sauers, Pam Dallas, Sandy Butler and Paula Quarles; two nephews, Tony Dallas and Mark Dallas; two aunts, Verna Myrick and Doris Myrick; and his caregivers, Faye Johnson and Helen Payne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B.V. Ishee and Estelle Myrick Ishee.
Pallbearers will be Jack Sauers, Tommy Butler, Billy Belk, Bob Piazza, Sam Marter and Ramon Pierce.
Honorary pallbearers will be Maurice Ferguson, Don Bell, Barry Moss, Damon Blakley, John Arreche, Wayne Myrick, Ricky Harwell, Al Denton, Tim Travgott, Bob Campbell and Skeeter Pierce.
ANDERSON – Addie Curry Harris, 75, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.
Graveside services were held Friday, May 6, 2011, at Graceland East Cemetery. Liberty Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Judge Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Bobby Skinner Jr.
WALNUT – Bobby Wayne Skinner Jr., 28, died Saturday, May 14, 2011, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Temple Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with Bishop J.C. Hall and Bro. Clay Hall officiating. Burial will bein Christ Temple Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. today until service time Saturday at the church.
FULTON – Billy Ray Crews, 65, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at his home. He was born July 21, 1945, to Clyde and Sula Sanderson Crews. He attended Piney Grove Church Of God. He had worked at Charm Step and Itawamba Industries. He enjoyed word search puzzles, reading the Bible and watching Unity Broadcasting.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Harold Ozbirn and Bro. Tim Winters officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, James Crews; one sister, Nelda Williams; a special niece and caregiver, Amy Moore, all of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Bertha McAfee; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Brent Moore, Marty Williams, David Dodson, Mike Bennett, Jamie McAfee and Daniel Luther.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Elizabeth Buchberger, 85, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.