Obituaries May 26, 2009

Olivia Sudduth
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Olivia Jewel Sudduth, 93, died April 23, 2009, at her retirement home in Hilton Head Island, S.C., after a brief illness. The daughter of William Johnson and Georgia Erin Lowry Sims, she was born Nov. 30, 1915, in Pontotoc. She attended Pontotoc elementary, middle, and high schools, and graduated from what is now Delta State University. She began a career as a home economics teacher at the Tupelo High School in 1945. She was married for 62 years to Herschel Cochran Sudduth. She taught Sunday school and Bible study at the Bethesda Presbyterian and Fourth Presbyterian churches while residing in Maryland. An avid reader, she enjoyed music, taught classes in dress design and tailoring, and traveled extensively with her husband in the Far East, Europe and the Middle East.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the White Zion Presbyterian Church in Pontotoc. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, David (Bonnie) of Hilton Head Island, S.C.; and two grandchildren, Erin of Raleigh, N.C., and Christian of Cockeysville, Md. She was preceded in death by her husband and a son, Robert Lawrence “Larry” Sudduth.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.

Davis Dillard
MANTACHIE – Davis Allen Dillard, 69, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 29, 1939, to Mitchell and Mable Dearman Dillard. He was a salesman for Triangle Distributors for over 25 years. He then was owner and operator of Dillard Supply Company for past 25 years. He enjoyed his work in the building supply industry the past 50-plus years. He loved being around his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Clint Smith officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Cherry Dale Dillard; two sons, Greg Dillard of Mantachie and Mitch Dillard (Chanda) of Tupelo, and their mother, Carolyn; one daughter, Cindie White of Tupelo; three stepsons, George DeVaughn Jr. (Denise), Geoffrey DeVaughn (Angie )and Scotty DeVaughn (Brenda), all of Mantachie; four grandchildren, Blair White, Blake Dillard, Miles Dillard and Sarah Grace Dillard; one great-grandchild, Cora Westmoreland; five stepgrandchildren, Caleb DeVaughn, Brent DeVaughn, Allie DeVaughn, John Curtis DeVaughn and Seth DeVaughn; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Joyce Burton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Martha Russell
SUMNER – Martha Russell, 85, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Home. She was born Aug. 14, 1923, in Kansas. She was a longtime resident of Sumner before moving to Tupelo to be near her daughter, Linda. She loved the Lord and was a member of the Sumner Church of God.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Sumner Church of God. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home of Clarksdale is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the church.
Survivors include four sons, James Russell Jr. of Merigold, William Russell (Patty) of Hattiesburg, Joey Russell (Sandra) of Ruleville and Barry Russell of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Linda Stanley (Joey) and Lynn Brown (Connie) of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hattie Murphy and Jessie Hahn; her husband, James Howard Russell; two daughters, Joyce Szot and Nadine Hahn; and a brother, Jimmy Hahn.

Carrie Lipsey
TUPELO – Carrie Lipsey died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
Faye Keenum
BOONEVILLE – Dorothy Faye Keenum 75, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab Center in Booneville after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 16, 1933, in Prentiss County to Claude Carlton and Lillie Dickinson Short. She worked in the area furniture industry for many years before opening Keenum’s Fabric and Upholstery. Upon retirement, she and her husband owned and operated a salvage grocery store in Jumpertown. She was a member of the Jumpertown First Baptist Church. She enjoyed people, music, fishing and making crafts.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Milton Koon and Bro. Danny Short officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Survivors include a son, Gregory D. Keenum (Barbara) of Biggersville: one granddaughter, Blythe Leigh Keenum Lollar (Tim) of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Marlin Short and Arliss Short; and one sister, Edith Short Moore.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Ricky Roland
BURNSVILLE – Ricky Roland, 50, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He enjoyed spending time with his family and he enjoyed his nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Wayne Napier and the Rev. Ann Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in Patrick Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, James and Maureen Roland of Iuka; two sisters, Monice Roland of Iuka and Maurita Roland of Cordova, Tenn.; 10 nieces and nephews, Corey Glidewell, Nikki Glidewell, Kylie Glidewell, Chloe Glidewell, Christi Glidewell, Justin Glidewill, Jeremy Glidewell, Andrea Roland, Joseph Roland and Ava Roland. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Randy Roland; and his grandparents, Johnny and Beatrice Roland, and Ernest and Thelma Defoor.
Pallbearers will be Hubert Earl, Billy Crab, Larry Carolyn, Chuck Wegners, Earnest Ray Rorie and Doyle Rorie.
Memorials may be made to the Patrick Cemetery Fund. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Bob Butler
WEST POINT – Bob Butler, 56, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Diane Brophy (Don) of Durant, Iowa; one son, Dr. Robert Allen Butler II (Julie) of Starkville; four grandchildren, Tori Butler, Carrie Wammack, Aiden Reese Butler and Austin Riley Butler; his mother, Sara “Bitsy” Weaver of West Point; one brother, Samuel Boyd Butler (Sandy) of West Point; several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Suite 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Estelle R. Ivey
WEST POINT – Estelle R. Ivey, 85, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at her residence in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Survivors include her husband, W.D. Ivey of West Point; one daughter, Linda Rhea (Bennon) of Cedar Bluff; one son, Danny Ivey (Georgene) of West Point; three grandchildren, James Pointer, Bill Pointer and Martha Poss; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

James Pinson
TUPELO – James Pinson died Monday, May 25, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Tammy Coleman
TUPELO – Tammy Rose Russell Coleman died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 22, 1963, in Oxford to Maxine Stewart Rooker and the late William Allen “Buddy” Russell. She lived most of her life in the Tupelo area. She worked several years at Marshall Durbin before becoming disabled. She enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, music and going to church, and she loved all children. She was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Pastor David Perry officiating. Burial will follow in the New Chapel Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include her children, Rocky Kyle Coleman and Ashley Rose Ripley of Tupelo; her mother, Maxine Rooker of Tupelo; her stepfather, Lee Rooker of Tupelo; her brothers, Donny Carwile (Lori) of Dorsey, Rawdy Rooker (Carolyn) of Mooreville and Teddy Rooker (Rhonda) of Corinth; a sister, Samantha Browning (Nelson) of Tupelo; her grandmother, Mary Rose Stewart of Verona; several aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, William Allen “Buddy” Russell; her grandfather, James Lloyd Stewart; and a brother, Rocky Allen Stewart.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

Mary Alyce Gilliam
TUPELO – Mary Alyce Gilliam, 94, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the Courtyard Community Living Center in Fulton after a brief illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Global Outreach Ltd., 136 S. Thomas St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Billie Coker
IUKA – Billie Coker died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church for 55 years. She enjoyed participating in many volunteer organizations and loved her local library.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Iuka Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Terri Gray (Jim) of Olive Branch, Leigh Darby (Ronnie) of Batesville, Joy Kuebler of Jackson and Kaye Stackpole (Frank) of Salt Lake City, Utah; seven grandchildren, Brad Gray, Elizabeth Gray, Billie Claire Darby, Hunter Darby, Louie Kuebler, Banning Kuebler and Richard Kuebler; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Louie L. Coker.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the Iuka Baptist Church. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to the Iuka Library, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or the Palmer Home.

Mildred Redding
OXFORD – Mildred Gray Redding died Monday, May 25, 2009, at her home in Oxford. Born in the Union community of Lafayette County, she was the widow of James Robert Redding Jr. She was a homemaker, a former schoolteacher, and a loving mother and granny. She was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church, where she was active in WMU and Young at Heart. She was a member of the PTA and the Burgess Homemakers Club.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Clear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Baptist Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1:30 until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby R. Redding (Carolyn) of Clinton and James W. Redding (Carol) of Oxford; one sister, Tiny Varner of Oxford; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Idelle Samson and Rachel Kisner; and four brothers, Leland Gray, Elmer Gray, William Gray and Dwight Gray.
Memorials may be made to Browning Cemetery Fund, c/o Libby Calicoat, 324 CR 321, Oxford, MS 38655 or Clear Creek Baptist Church, 48 CR 313, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.
Noah Krech
BOONEVILLE – Noah Landon Krech, 20, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at his home. He was the son of Jacob and Casey Krech. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Clemon Keith
CORINTH – Clemon Keith, 62, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Willie Earnest Jr.
CORINTH – Willie L. Earnest Jr., 18 months, son of Cynthia Nicole Jones and Leon Earnest, died Tuesday, May 19, 2009.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Grayson’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

John Burcham
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – John Allen Burcham, 84, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at his home. He was born April 15, 1924, in Tupelo. He was an employee of Wonder Bread and a member of the Somerville Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Leo Powell and Bro. Chris Coil officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Terry Burcham of Somerville; two sons, Jerry Burcham of Memphis and Ted Burcham of McKinney, Texas; two sisters, Louise Caldwell of Eads, Tenn., and Bernice Saddix of Atoka, Tenn.; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fake Burcham and Evie Cochram.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

Pick Noble
TUPELO – Pickens Alfred “Pick” Noble Jr., 66, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born Aug. 14, 1942, to Pickens A. Noble Sr. and Dorothy Bell Noble. His family moved from Greenville to Tupelo in 1944. He attended Tupelo City Schools, graduating in 1961. He lettered in football and baseball at Tupelo High School. He attended Itawamba Junior College on a football scholarship and lettered in football and baseball. He and teammate Donnie Harris were to have played in the Junior College All-American game in Albuquerque, N.M., but the game was canceled that year due to the death of the organizer. He transferred to Mississippi State University in 1963 and graduated in 1966 with a B.S. degree. While at State, he was a part of the MSU football network, serving as a spotter for the legendary Jack Cristil for 18 years. He also wrote a sports column for the student newspaper, The Reflector. He was Tupelo’s first sports director for the Parks and Recreation Department. In 1967, he got into the food industry and spent the rest of his career there and in the insurance industry until 2006. He was owner/operator of Custom Cooking, aka Pick’s BBQ. At his death, he was serving as a substitute teacher in the Tupelo Public Schools. He was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church, serving in the Eucharistic ministry, lector, usher and member of the parish council. He was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus and served his local council as recorder, Deputy Grand Knight and trustee. On the state level, he was four times convention chairman for K of C hosted in Tupelo. He enjoyed life, merriment, and the love and fellowship of his family and many friends.
Mass will be said at 10:30 a.m. today at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lolar officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Montgomery Noble of Tupelo; two daughters, Becky Weatherford and Stephanie Noble of Tupelo; his father-in-law, Ernest Montgomery of South Carolina; his sister-in-law, Lynn Dorris (David) of Maryville, Tenn.; his brother-in-law, Greg Montgomery (Michele) of Arlington, Va.; four grandchildren, Joshua, Maggie and Mary Weatherford, and Grace Noble; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded by his parents and a granddaughter, Bailey Elizabeth.
Pallbearers will be Mark Dye, Jeff Houin, David Friloux, Brian Friloux, Gene Ingram, Keith Merrit, Alvin LeBlanc, Jerry Woods, Jerry Bristow and Peter Sukanek. Honorary pallbearers are Knights of Columbus, state officers and councils of District 1.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802, or LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, 50 North Dunlap, Memphis, TN 38103.
Vera Mitchell
BELMONT – Vera Mitchell, 89, formerly of Belmont, died March 9, 2009. She was born April 1, 1919, to Mr. and Mrs. Ira Harris of Belmont. Everybody who knew her was better off for their experience of loving her and receiving her love. She will be greatly missed by friends and family.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Belmont.
Survivors include one son, Travis Mitchell, and two daughters, Deloris Spencer and DeRita Elfsfruno; and five grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Belmont.

Pete Crum
MOOREVILLE – Peter J. “Pete” Crum, 73, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 4, 1936, in Alcorn County to Alfred and Sarah Mahandro Crum. He worked in construction much of his life, having been employed with JESCO, Pryor Construction and Tupelo Housing Authority. His hobbies included coon hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He loved his grandchildren who affectionately knew him as “Big Daddy.” He was a Pentecostal. He was a hard worker and loved to help others.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. Curtis Shelton officiating. A committal service will follow at 1:30 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church on Hwy. 2 between Kossuth and Ripley with burial to follow in the family plot at the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Elizabeth Frances Crum of Mooreville; two daughters, Sherry Wood (Jeff Little) of Belden and Julie Rogers (Mike) of Auburn; one son, Joseph Bridges of Mooreville; six grandchildren, Ryan and Lacey Wood, Hannah Bridges, Dayton, Jayla and Cheyenne Rogers; two sisters, Margaret Ruth Garrett and Hattie Mae Crum, and one brother, Donald Crum, all of Kossuth; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bonnie Mullins.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Crum, Travis Mills, David Gilford, Jimmy Neese, Bobby McGoy, Jerry Wilbanks, Bobby Wilson and Jimmy Wilbanks.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today and after the committal at Mt. Pleasant.

Carol Ross
PLANTERSVILLE – Carol Elaine Babb Ross, 43, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Oct. 24, 1965, in Rumford, Maine, to Nora Jones and David L. “Sarge” Babb. She lived in Plantersville all of her life. She was a Baptist. She graduated in 1985 from Shannon High School, where she was a member of the FFA. She had a passion for drawing and she loved all types of animals and spending time with her grandson, Devin.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro Sammy Hardin officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
Survivors include her parents, Nora and David Babb of Plantersville; four sons, Colin Andrew Thomas Babb and Dallas Kendall Babb of Plantersville, and Christopher Brentt Floyd and Korri Dalton Floyd of Saltillo; one grandchild, Devin Lawrence Babb; one brother, Jeffrey Wade Babb of Brookhaven; and a sister, Patricia Babb Clark (Barry) of Saltillo.

 

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