Obituaries May 25, 2010

Arthur D. Hannah
MEMPHIS – Arthur D. Hannah, 83, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, May 17, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Betty Stokes
MERIGOLD – Betty Louise Bailey Stokes, 74, died Friday, May 21, 2010, at her home in Merigold. She was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Montgomery County to William Oscar and Mattie Pearl Bailey. She spent her life as a homemaker, loving and caring for her nine children. She loved to play bingo, the outdoors, and spending time with and caring for her dogs. Most importantly, she enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ray Funeral Home with Bro. James McNally officiating. Burial will follow at Lambert City Cemetery in Lambert.
Survivors include her sons, James Stokes (Linda) of Cleveland and William Stokes (Misty) of Ruleville, Charles Edwin Stokes (Patsy) of Cleveland, and Jimmy Dale Stokes of Merigold; her daughters, Floy Jean Ross (Jerry) of Fulton, Martha Louise Jenkins (Jack) of Shaw, Sara Ann Stokes of Cleveland and Mary Francis Grantham of Cleveland; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Stokes of Gould, Ark.; two sisters, Ethel Yeager of West Helena, Ark., and Pauline Mc. Knight of Cleveland; 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Marion Stokes; son, Robert Lee Stokes; and a granddaughter, Stephanie Ross.
Roy Wood
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Roy Houston Wood, 82, died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at his residence. He was born in March 3, 1928, in Union County to Fred Cecil wood and Viola Littlejohn Wood. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber, where he worked in mangement for 30 years. He enjoyed watching sports on T.V., fishing, and restoring Edsel cars. He was a member of the Thrifthaven Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service of New Albany with Dr. Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park Cemetery.
Suvivors include his wife of 56 years, Lois Easley Wood of Millington, Tn.; one daughter, Betty Wood Overmyer of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; three sisters, Glenda Adair (William), Lenda Weeden (Billy Charles) and Ann Wood, all of New Albany; one grandchild, Jason Overmyer of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and one sister-in-law, Doris Wood of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Billy Charles Wood. The American Legion will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Wood’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Navy Flag during his visitation and his service.
For online condolences, visit www. unitedfuneralservice.com.

Dr. Lavone Lambert
OXFORD – Dr. Lavone Lambert, 72, died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Pisgah, Ala., Dr. Lambert was an Extension Service agent for Mississippi State University before beginning his research career at USDA in ARS in Stoneville, where he developed a new soybean cultivar resistant to insects that has benefited the world. He was very much a naturalist, enjoyed the outdoors and canoeing, and loved old time music.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home with Joe Mullrooney officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Laurel Lambert of Oxford; one daughter, Terena Lambert Boone and her husband, Paul, of Knoxville, Tenn.; one son, Adam Lavon Lambert and his wife, Wendy, of Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jean and Thomas Greenway of Oxford; four sisters, Mary Ellon Preston, Gay Bane and Doris Goff, all of Pisgah, Ala., and Elma Fay Christopher of Delonagah, Ga.; one brother, Denver Lambert; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carson Lambert and Ellon Hix Lambert; one brother, David Lambert; and a sister, Wanetta Cline.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Glover Morton
CALEDONIA – Henry Glover Morton, 75, died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at his home. Born Oct. 31, 1934, in Lowndes County, he was the son of the late Clinton and Clytee Freeman Morton. He married Olena Allen in 1952. Before his retirement, he was market manager for Piggly Wiggly. He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing and he was a devoted father and grandfather.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory. Burial will be in the Egger Cemetery near Caledonia.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Olena Allen Morton of Caledonia; one son, Allen Morton; two daughters, Carol Flippo (Glen) of Nettleton and Sherry Flippo (Paul) of Savannah, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Jason Flippo (Brandy), Jeremy Flippo (Tonya), Josh Flippo (Shondra), Tammy Luckey (Lance), Zack Flippo (Rebecca), Terry Flippo (Nickie) and Tracey Montgomery (Jason); and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Tom Morton; his parents; a brother, Kelly Morton; and a daughter-in-law, Sherrie Morton.
Pallbearers will be Ed Payne, Jeremy Flippo, Zack Flippo, Jason Flippo, Lance Luckey and Donny Flippo. Honorary pallbearers will be men of the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church: Dr. Thomas, Jason Dunn, Ralfe Tennison, Wayne Blankenship and Burdette Honnoll.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home in Amory.
Tristan Hoffpauer-Stanford
AMORY – Tristan Andrew Hoffpauer-Stanford, infant son of Jason Matthew Stanford and Heather Nicole Hoffpauer, died Saturday, May 22, 2010.
Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. today at the Haughton Memorial Park in Amory with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Heather Nicole Hoffpauer and Jason Matthew Stanford of Amory; two brothers, Braxton Hoffpauer and Michael Stanford; one sister, Kaylee Stanford; his grandparents, Jason Stanford (Elizabeth), Chrissy Stanford (Randy), and Cindy Michael; his great-grandparents, Margaret and Jim Rye, and Charlie and Donna Roane; his great-great-grandparents, Thalia and Howard Nash; his aunts, Madison Stanford, Christina Stanford, Brittney Stanford, Brandi Stanford, Jesse Stanford, Brandy Hoffpauer and Hali Hoffpauer; and an uncle, Kevin Stanford.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Wayne Hoffpauer.
Pallbearers will be Nick Ballard and Matthew Stanford.

Ronnie Johnson
AMORY – Carlos Ronnie Johnson, 67, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Born March 2, 1942, in Smithville, he was the son of the late Carlos Johnson and Lorene Cox Johnson Clayton. He married Mary Nell Haney in 1960. A graduate of Amory High School, he retired from Mueller Brass as a supervisor after 50 years. He was owner/operator of Western Auto in Amory and he did landscaping and lawn irrigation work. He enjoyed working in the yard, trading cars and traveling. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Amory. He loved his family.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Nell Johnson of Amory; one son, Tim Johnson (Jill) of Amory; two daughters, Renea Randle (David) of Amory and Mindy Maxcy (Brian) of Birmingham; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Hall, Matthew Randle, Michael Randle, Zack Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Joe Maxcy and Luke Maxcy; and one great-grandchild, Tripp Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Randle, Michael Randle, Zack Johnson, Ethan Johnson, Corey Baker and Scott Baker.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.

Nathan E. Lofton
RED BAY, Ala. – Nathan E. “Yank” Lofton, 84, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born Dec. 2, 1925, in Alabama to Claude and Dellar Mitchell Lofton. He was a pipeliner for 30 years, a Mason and a Christian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Hollis Boyd, Bro. Eddie Lofton and Bro. Carlton Lofton officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Survivors are his wife, Ruth Lofton of Red Bay; one son, Carlton E. Lofton Sr. (Betty Carol) Red Bay; one sister, Betty Wilemon of Red Bay; two brothers, Joe Lofton and Charlie Lofton, both of Red Bay; five grandchildren, Carlton Lofton Jr., Rebecca Patterson, Donald Six, Emery Six and Jennifer Six; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Lofton Six; a son, Billy Wayne Lofton; and his first wife, Iva Christine Lofton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Booker T. King
AMORY – Booker T. King, 92, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Betty Morris
EUPORA – Betty Morris, 89, died Monday, May 24, 2010, in the NMMC LTC, in Eupora.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in Calvary Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dewayne Stevens
STARKVILLE – Dewayne Stevens, 70, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Starkville. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Park. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Starkville.
Memorial donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803 or First Baptist Church of Starkville, 106 E. Lampkin St., Starkville, MS 39759.
To sign the online guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Ruby Ezzell
BELMONT– Ruby Bruton Ezzell, 80, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at her residence. She was born July 12, 1929, in Alabama to Whitt and Maxine Gray Bruton. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Belmont.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church with Dr. David Eldridge and Bro. Ray Burks officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Bill Ezzell of Belmont; two children, Donnie Ezzell (Cynthia) of Belmont and Judy Ezzell Govatos of Tupelo; one sister, Betty Henry of Orlando, Fla.; one brother, Elton Bruton (Rachel) of Belmont; four stepgrandchildren, Mitch Davis (Marie) of Red Bay, Ala., and Kelli Davis, Bart Davis and Drew Davis, all of Florence, Ala.; three great-grandchildren, Jade Walker, Kelsey Davis and one very special great-granddaughter, Gracie Davis; and four nieces, Rajama Johnson (Randy), Suzan Mills (Wesley), Lana Baker (Bennie) and Charlotte Henry.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harold Bruton.
Pallbearers will be Randy Johnson, Izaac Johnson, Donald Bolton, Wayne Gray, Keith Sykes and Leon Sparks. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Joe Gann, Raymond Carr, Wallace Williams, R.C. Byram, Bobby Joe Reed, Jeff Holt, Jimmy Goza, Robert Williams, Jimmy Horn, Ellis Carr and Darrin Caldwell.
The body will lie in state from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 855, Belmont, MS 38827; First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 616, Red Bay, Al. 35582; or Calvary Baptist Church, 501 West Main, Tupelo, MS 38804.
James Taylor
HOLLY SPRINGS – James Russell Taylor, 79, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, in Holly Springs. He was born June 13, 1930, in Benton County to Hubert Taylor and Beulah Perkins. He did auto body work for Memphis Equipment. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Temperance Hill Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include four sons, Russell Lynn Taylor of Sardis, James Ricky Taylor of Hickory Flat, John Edward Davis of Hernando and Michael Davis of Myrtle; two daughters, Teresa Taylor Lesure and Tammy Taylor, both of Holly Springs; three sisters, Ruby Carter of Holly Springs, Minnie Lindsey of Potts Camp and Warene Cozart of New Albany; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Penny Crittendon Taylor; his parents; and a son, Roger Dale Taylor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tracey Yates
RIPLEY – Tracey Colleen Meeks Yates, 48, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at her home in Ripley. She was born Jan. 10, 1962, in Memphis to Clarence Collier and Pansy Crawford Meeks. She was an employee of Timber Hills in Ripley and a member of the Ripley Church of Christ. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She loved talking about her children and grandchildren, going to church, and being with her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ripley Church of Christ with Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ray Booker Yates of Ripley; two daughters, Mary Raye Yates Gooch (Grant) of Thaxton and Carol Ann Tates of Ripley; three sisters, Michele Elliott (Bob) and Leslie Meeks, both of Ripley, and Lizabeth Fortier (Ken) of Whitehall, Mont.; one brother, Sonny Meeks (Karen) of Ripley; two grandchildren, Levi and Quay Gooch of Thaxton; her mother-in-law, Eudora Yates Patrick of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Trent Carter, Robert Elliott, Ryan Grisham, Randy Jeter, Robert Koon and JIm Miller.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Ripley Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Ada Curtis
CORINTH – Ada Pearl Doles Curtis, 88, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at the Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. Ms. Curtis was born July 17, 1921, in Tennessee to Ralph and Gertrude Roberts Parmley. She loved quilting, sewing, and her “baby.” Before moving to Mississippi Care Center, she was active in church and Sunday school at Ramer Baptist Church, where she was a member.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery near Michie, Tenn.
She is survived by one granddaughter, Elaine Doles Dildy; two great-grandchildren, Kayla and Cody Dildy; three sisters, Helen Parmley, Nell Dickey and Ethel Newcomb; two brothers, Ralph and Leroy Parmley; one stepdaughter, Ruby Jo Kennedy and her husband, Bobby; one stepgranddaughter, Connie Lynn Kennedy; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Kristin Ellis; and several nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Curtis; her daughter, Francis Deshaies; her son, Terry Doles; and four brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time on Wednesday.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Dave Pulley
GERSHOME – David Lee “Dave” Pulley, 67, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a longtime auto mechanic and the owner of Pulley’s Auto and Truck Service. He was entering his 10th term as Worshipful Master at John S. Cain Lodge 259 in Houlka. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Ted Chandler officiating. Burial will be in Williams Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Judy K. Wages Pulley of Houlka; one daughter, Vicki Pulley (Steve) of Houlka; two sons, Scott Pulley (Lisa) of Houlka and Brandon Pulley (Heather) of Paragould, Ark.; brothers, Art, Ricky (Ann) and Jerry Pulley of California, Neal (Deanna) and Richard Pulley of Tennessee; grandchildren, Ashton Collums (Brad) of Houlka, Amber Pulley (Dean) of Pontotoc, Brodee and Kenzie Moore of Houlka, D.J. Pulley of Houlka, Alexis, Amerra and Conner Pulley of Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Alanna Collums of Houlka, Rusty Patterson of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Ruth Pulley; three brothers, Ronald, Carl and Ted Pulley; and a sister, Sue Cardoza.
Pallbearers will be his Masonic brothers. Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Stegall, Brodee Moore, D.J. Pulley, Conner Pulley and Rusty Patterson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Brandi Malone
PONTOTOC – Brandi Nicole Tutor Malone, 33, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at her home in Pontotoc. She was a 1994 honor graduate of South Pontotoc High School and an honor graduate of Itawamba Community College. She was a teacher at Pontotoc Head Start for 12 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Turnpike Baptist Church. Bro. Pete Gregory, Bro. Junior Ritchie and Bro. Dan Young will officiate. Burial will be in Cruse Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Frank Ladell and Ann Tutor of Pontotoc; her grandmother, Cornelia Conlee; one son, Logan Chase Malone; aunts, Wanda Rutledge (Bill), Donita Martin (Tim) Sara Chrestman (Harold) and Brenda Conlee; uncles, Larry Conlee (Teresa), Tim Conlee (Tammy), Terry Conlee, Scott Conlee (Harlene) and Chris Conlee (Jeanie); a godsister, Destinee Ruth; and a host of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Roy Conlee, and Louise and Moody Tutor; and two uncles, Roy Dean Conlee and Thomas Self.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Martin, Daniel Conlee, Shannon Conlee, Randal Conlee, Steven Conlee, Eric Conlee and Paul Conlee.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at Turnpike Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Frankie Parker
HOUSTON – Frankie Parker, 83, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Montgomery Mortuary Service in Houston.

Emmit Golden Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Emmit Golden Jr., 60, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Ecclesiates Martin
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ecclesiates Sylvester Martin, 69, died Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at his home in Holly Springs.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Yarbrough Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Birdie Young
BOONEVILLE – Birdie Mae Young, 93, died Monday, May 24, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.

Lara “Wendy”Gilbert
DECATUR, Ala. – Lara Wendell “Wendy” Cunningham Gilbert, 74, died Sunday, May 23, 2010, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born Aug. 4, 1935, in Elora, Tenn., to Earl and Alta Cunningham. She was a homemaker and a retiree of Regions Interstate Billing Service. She bravely battled lung cancer for over three years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Roselawn Funeral Home in Decatur, Ala. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Gilbert (Terri) of Nashville, Tenn., and Rick Gilbert of Little Rock, Ark.; two daughters, Susan Gilbert Hayes (Drew) of Shelbyville, Tenn., and Amy Gilbert Robinson (Mike) of Tupelo; the father of her children, Jerry Gilbert; a sister, Jeanette Cunningham Dale (Calvin) of Brentwood, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, Richard and Jessica Gilbert, Meagan, Maleah, Micah, Meredith and Morgan Hayes, and Lindsay, Rebekah, Michael and Jeffrey Robinson.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Cunningham, and her mother, Alta Cunningham.
Pallbearers will be Micah Hayes, Drew Hayes, Mike Robinson, Calvin Dale, Matthew Dale, Todd Patterson, Michael Robinson, Jeffrey Robinson and Kyle Turnbow. Honorary pallbearers will be classmates of 1953 at Central High School in Fayetteville, Tenn.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Naveen Lobo and the staff at Clearview Cancer Institute and Dr. McCormick at Decatur General Oncology Center.

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