Obituaries May 22, 2011

Virgie Wilkinson
TUPELO – Virgie Dalyne Wilkinson, formerly of West Point, died Saturday May 21, 2011, at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home of West Point..
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in West Point.

Eleanor Coopwood
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eleanor Oliver Moore Coopwood, 98, died Friday, May 20, 2011.
She is survived by her daughter, Eleanor Carole Coopwood Robison; two grandchildren, Charles Lanier Robison III and wife, Caroline and Eleanor Huntington Robison Horton and husband, Robert; and five great-grandchildren, Lauren Austin Robison, Charles Lanier Robison IV, Grace Ann Robison, Anna Carroll Horton and Robert Harrison Horton.
She is also survived by very special great-nieces; great-nephews; and many loyal friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mayor Samuel David Coopwood; and her parents, Dr. Thornton Austin Moore and Flora Huntington Oliver Moore.
Eleanor was born in Red Banks and moved to Holly Springs in infancy, where her father practiced medicine and she lived the rest of her life. She attended Synodical College. She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Milton Whatley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be made to www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Iris Wood
EUPORA – Iris Kathleen Kolb Wood, 79, homemaker, died Friday May 20, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mrs. Wood is survived by two daughters, Linda Wood Wallace of Tupelo and Donna Wood Fowler of Eupora; a brother, Harvey Kolb of Eupora; and two grandchildren, Nicole and Matthew Fowler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack D. Wood.

Valine Dendy Pulaski
COVINGTON, La. – Valine Dendy Pulaski, after a fun filled life, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the age of 97 with her own teeth. She was the beloved wife of the late Maurice R. Pulaski, mother of Michael T. and Robert V. Pulaski and sister of the late Opal Gore, Laurice Dendy and Forrest Dendy.
She is also survived by seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was a native of Woodland and a resident of Covington, La. for the past 23 years.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the graveside service in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, 183 County Road 416, Woodland, MS 39776 on Monday, May 23, 2011 at 3:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to Bethel Baptist Church.
Memorial Funeral Home of Houston in charge of arrangements in Mississippi. E.J. Fielding Funeral Home of Covington, La. is in charge of local arrangements.
Sign Guest Book online at www.ejfieldingfh.com.

Kenneth Myrick
BALDWYN – Kenneth W. Myrick, 61, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth. He was a member of the U.S. Army and a Baptist. He was employed as a maintenance technician at Walmart Distribution Center. He enjoyed fishing and working on old cars.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jill Myrick of Baldwyn; daughters, Melanie Koehn of Greenville and Amanda Hill and Ashley Hill, both of Baldwyn; sons, Kenneth Myrick Jr. of Baldwyn, Ernest Myrick of Texas; sisters, Paula Gonzalez of Greenville, Sandra Burton of Benton, Ark., Julia Wringt of Greenville, Carol Brewer of Tampa. Fla.; brothers, Bo Gill of Cleveland and Charles Myrick of Queens, N.Y.; and grandchildren, Chris Koehn, Shane Koehn and Matthew Myrick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest George and Faye Howell Gill; and son, Michael Myric.
Pallbearers will be Carl Griffin Jr., Steven Griffin, Christopher Koehn, Kenneth Myrick Jr., Arnold Whitson and Joshua Whitson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
L.D. Willis
CHEROKEE, Ala. – L.D. Willis, 87, died Thursday, May 19, 2011, at his home in Cherokee, Ala. He was born Aug. 7, 1923, in McNairy County, Tenn. and moved to Tupelo at a young age. In the early 1950’s, he was the original owner of Willis Motor Company in Tupelo. He graduated from Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn. in 1953. In November of 1961, he moved his family to Cherokee to become the pulpit minister for the Cherokee Church of Christ. He was a Church of Christ minister for over 60 years, having preached in many states and foreign countries. For the past 30 years, his primary emphasis was raising funds for various mission works of the church.
Visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Cherokee Church of Christ, 330 North Pike. His body will lie in state and the funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday with Wayne Barrier, David Conley and Rickey Collum officiating. Burial will be in the Willis Family Plot at Gilvo Cemetery, located in the Skyline Community of Tupelo.
Prior to burial, there will be visitation only from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Skyline Church of Christ, Hwy 178, Tupelo, MS. There will be no graveside service.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Pat Willis; his daughters, Mignon Willis of Cherokee, Ala. and Monica Willis Cochran of Tuscumbia, Ala.; granddaughters, Micki Chenille Cochran of Cherokee, Ala. and Randi Danielle Cochran Logan and her husband, Kyle Logan; great-grandson, Preston Drake Logan, all of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; brother, Jerry Willis; sister, Wanda Rogers, both of Tupelo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi and Dove Willis; brothers, Billy Joe Willis, R.C. Willis, Robert Willis, Smythe Willis and Victor Willis; and a newborn daughter, Margot. Pallbearers will be family members and friends.
The family is making a special request that no flowers be sent. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be sent to World Evangelism Missions, c/o Wayne Barrier, P.O. Box 93, Cloverdale, AL 35617; to Red Rock Church of Christ, 2190 Red Rock Road, Tuscumbia, AL 35674 for tornado relief; to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; or to a charitable organization of choice. Arrangements by Morrison Funeral Home of Cherokee, Ala.

Michelle Cockerham
HAMILTON – Michelle Cockerham, 38, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at her home in Hamilton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Lavon Bass
RIPLEY – Lavon Windham Bass, 72, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born to Albert and Katie Ethel Hicks Windham on Thursday, Oct. 15, 1938, in Ripley. She was a retired employee of Walmart with 14 years of service. She also worked for Foot Cares for many years. She was a member of Community Baptist Church in Ripley. She was a member of the WMU and volunteer at Northeast Christian Academy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Fellowship Baptist Church in Ripley with Bro. Tim Latch officiating and Bro. Randy Latch assisting. Burial will be in Jacobs Chapel Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include eight sons, Wayne Bass (Sherry), Barry Bass (Nikki), Ray Bass (Betty), Ronnie Bass (Lori), Steve Bass (Cheryl), all of Ripley, Rodney Bass (Debbi) of Walnut, Timmy Bass (Brandie) of Mercer, Tenn. and Wesley Bass (Raleigh) of Blue Springs; one brother, Paul Windham of Baldwyn; 15 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Neil Bass; her parents; and several brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Gene Greer, Caleb Austin, Britt Bass, Neil Bass, Michael Bass, Asher Bass, Keith Richardson and Clay Bass.
Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters and Dan Windham.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 p.m. until service time today at the church.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Taylor
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Kenneth Taylor, 72, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Methodist Germantown Hospital after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 21, 1939, in West Point to Wiley Wicks and Callie Elizabeth Taylor. He was a graduate of West Point High School and Mississippi State University and a member of Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Fraternity. He was a longtime employee of Purnell’s Pride and Hancock Fabrics, where he retired as a computer programmer. He was an active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. He was a HAM radio operator with an amateur extra license. He loved the outdoors, photography and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Graveside Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Park with Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Kay Jackson Taylor of Cordova, Tenn.; one daughter, Kim Taylor Miller of Germantown, Tenn.; one son, Kirk Jackson Taylor of Memphis; one brother, Glenn Taylor (Mary Alice) of Point Clear, Ala.; four grandchildren, Brittany Elizabeth Taylor, Merrick Taylor Miller, Reese Elizabeth Miller and Sarah Grace Taylor; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Loyd Taylor and Gerald Taylor.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tupelo Amateur Radio Club.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Travis Thompson
CORINTH – Travis Thompson died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
R.D. Deaton
TISHOMINGO – Royal Desmond “R.D.” Deaton, 87, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at Tishomingo Living Center in Iuka. He was born in Tishomingo County to James Carmack and Margaret Elizabeth Crawford Deaton. He owned and operated Deaton & Son Truck Repair for a number of years and was a member of Paden Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Dennis Wellington officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery in Paden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Keith Deaton (Michelle) and Robert Deaton (Debbie), both of Tishomingo; one brother, Colas Deaton of Iuka; four grandchildren, Andy Deaton (Kendra), Kristy Deaton, Amy Middleton and Matthew Puckett; three great-grandchildren, Collin Middleton, Darby Deaton and Jacey Deaton; a special neighbor, Carlton Brown of Tishomingo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Iona McAnally Deaton in 1994; a son, Carlton Deaton; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Martin, Kenneth McVay, Terry Hutcheson, Marty Tennyson, Richard Thompson, David Luttrell, James Crane and Hugh Bates.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Carlton Brown, Mackie Vandiver and Jerry Hutcheson.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Charles Turnage
MT. OLIVE – Charles E. “Bill” Turnage, 98, formerly of Griffith Community in Clay County, died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Covington County Hospital in Collins. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Enon Baptist Church in Clay County.

Roy Bean
HOULKA – Roy C. Bean, 84, died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

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