Obituaries May 27, 2009

Mary Alyce Gilliam
TUPELO – Mary Alyce Gilliam, 94, died Saturday, May 24, 2009, at the Courtyard Community Living Center in Fulton after a brief illness. A Yocona native, she was born Jan. 1, 1915, to Henry Hewlett and Fro Knight Johnson. She had been a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church for 60 years. She was a member of Lively Hearts, Merrymakers, Thursday Culture Club and Eastern Star. She was an active volunteer at the Global Outreach and a volunteer at the North Mississippi Medical Center for over 40 years. She was a homemaker and a loving, strong supporter of her grandchildren. An avid Braves fan, she enjoyed fishing, golf and crossword puzzles.
Services were Tuesday, May 26, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfield officiating. Burial was in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan McDonald of Tupelo Jan Kirchoffer of Jacksonville, Fla.; one daughter-in-law, Cathy Gilliam of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren, Chris Hollaway (Cammie), Alice Ross, Neal Gilliam, Brent Gilliam (Courtney) and Kim Gilliam all of Tupelo, Steve Greenoe (Liz) of England, Amanda McDonald of Amory, Lucas Lawrimore of Dallas, Texas, and Wyn Kirchoffer (Christina), Ben Kirchoffer and Luther Kirchoffer, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Neal Gilliam; one son, Dan Gilliam; and three brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers were Neal Gilliam, Brent Gilliam, Jacob Whittington, George Ross, Riley Ross and Guy Hollaway. Honorary pallbearers were Wyn Kirchoffer, Ben Kirchoffer, Luther Kirchoffer, Lucas Lawrimore and Steve Greenoe.
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.
Icie Austin
SHANNON – Icie Whiteside Austin, 95, died Monday, May 25, 2009. She was born April 5, 1914, in Mooreville to Albert Lee and Cloe Edna McKinney Whiteside. She was a longtime resident of Shannon and was active in the Shannon United Methodist Church.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. today at Founder’s Chapel, Auburn United Methodist Church with Dr. George Mathison officiating. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Shannon Cemetery in Shannon. Fredericks Funeral Home of Opelika, Ala. is in charge of the arrangements. Holland Harris Funeral Directors is assisting locally.
Survivors include her daughters, Dr. Sara Johnson (Jim) and Wanda Vollor (Tim); grandchildren, Allen Chittom (Suzanne), Lee Ann Chittom, Dawn Vollor Blankenship (Murry), Timothy Vollor (Jan), Austin Vollor (Laura), Jennie Vollor, John Vollor and Zach Vollor; nine great-grandchildren; other relatives; and a family friend, Lisa Rembold.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Allen Watson Austin; son, Albert Allen Austin; three brothers, Gerald, Felix and Kenneth Whiteside; and two sisters, Eunice Sullivan and Hassell White.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to the service.
The family requests memorials to be made to Auburn United Methodist Church, Auburn, AL; or to Shannon United Methodist Church, Shannon, MS.
Noah Krech
BOONEVILLE – Noah Landon Krech, 20 month old son of Jacob and Casey Krech, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Walter Shumpert
SHANNON – Walter Shumpert, 67, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Gloria D. Carr
MONROE, LA. – Gloria D. Car, 81, died Monday, May 25, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church of Monroe with burial to follow in the Mulhearn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Mulhearn Funeral Home of Monroe, La., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Monroe Building Fund.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.mulhearnfuneralhome.com
Victoria Rutherford
IUKA – Victoria Rutherford, 89, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was a member of Rutledge-Salem United Methodist Church and enjoyed gardening and sewing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Del Blackman and Bro. Doug Christy officiating. Burial will follow in Rutledge-Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Bolton of Destin, Fla.; one son, Harold Rutherford of Iuka; three sisters, Flora Lowe of River Rouge, Mich., Ann Reinhard of Tupelo and Peggy Hopkins of Iuka; seven grandchildren, Marty Rutherford of Iuka, Pamela Harwell of Atlanta, Ga., Tamela Dugger of Columbia, Tenn., Joseph Rutherford of North Carolina, James Stephen Rutherford and Jodi Lynn Rutherford, both of Tennessee, and Larry Rutherford Jr. of Florida; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Rutherford; two sons, James Ray Rutherford and Larry Wayne Rutherford; a grandchild, Monty Rutherford; and three brothers, Charlie, Reggie and Refus Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Aubrey Harwell, Tim Dugger, Curtis Seago, George Monroe, Gerald Hopkins and R.C. Bolton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rutledge-Salem Cemetery Fund. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Cynthia Dunn
TUPELO – Cynthia Danee Dunn, 86, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Green Houses after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Anthony Rollins
AMORY – James Anthony Rollins, 39, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at the DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Lorenzo Justo
TUPELO – Lorenzo Vargas Justo, 19, died Sunday, May 24, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 10, 1989, in Veracruz, Mexico to Miguel Vargas and Jilberta Justo. He worked in construction in New Albany and was a Catholic.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor and Rev. Elquan Gonzales officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Miguel Vargas; his mother; Jilberta Justo; one sister, Vantola Justo; and five brothers, Erasmo, Daniel, Lazano and Ernesto Justo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Billy Joe Rucker
PONTOTOC – Billy Joe Rucker died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at his residence. He was born May 9, 1930, in Pontotoc to the late John Peter Rucker and LueCendia Wade. He was a member of Morning Star M.B. Church and was a retired Public Assistant worker in Pontotoc County .
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Morning Star M.B. Church in Tupelo with Pastor Torrence McIntoch officiating. Burial will be in the Verona City Cemetery in Verona. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his two sisters, Willie Mae Frieson and Annie Jean DePriest, both of Tupelo; one brother, John Henry Rucker of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.
He is preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Gean Rucker and Mae Katherine Rucker; and two brothers, Benny Rucker and John Clark.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue one hour prior to service time at the church on Thursday.
An online guestbook can be accessed at nljonesandson.com
Jerry Page
SALTILLO – Jerry Alonzo Page, 60, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born August 22, 1948, to Mae Ardella Page and the late Alonzo “Lonnie” Washington Page. He was the retired owner/operator of 45 Radiator, which he ran for 25 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will be in the O’Neal Cemetery in Lee County. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Mary Bea Page of Saltillo; four children, Richard Page and Michael Page, both of Guntwon and Jason Page and Renee Page, both of Saltillo; six grandchildren, Brittney, Nathan, Miranda, Jacy, Lyndsy and Austin; two step grandchildren, Luke and Ally; his mother, Mae Ardella Page of New Albany; five sisters, Clara Mae Kegley of Nevada, Molly Ann Moody, Inez Ferguson and Joyce Clayton, all of New Albany and Tammie Styles of Georgia; three brothers, Kenneth Page, Charles Page and Roy Page, all of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his father; three brothers, Lacy, Larry and James Page; and one grandson, William Alexander Page.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Everett Jr., Felix George, Joe Rogers, Jimmy Dale Mardis, Bobby Hare and Jamie New.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Dakota Nanney
BOONEVILLE – Dakota James Nanney, 11 year old son of Jamie and Sondra Nanney, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Northport, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church on Highway 30 East of Booneville.
Virginia Sanders
WEST POINT – Virginia Taylor Sanders, 86, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the West Point Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Eddie Hobson
PONTOTOC – Eddie Hobson, 61, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
JoEtta McClain
SELMER, TENN. – JoEtta Sweat McClain, 82, died Saturday, May 23, 2009. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church in Selmer.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer with J.E. Sims, Jim Adkins and Joel Sweat officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Selmer. Shackelford Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Louise G. Sweat of Saltillo; niece, Deborah Blaylock of Guntown; nephews, J.E. Sims of Mantachie and Mike Sims and Joel R. Sweat, both of Saltillo; and a host of great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl McClain; parents, Claude and Ocie Sweat; brothers, Joel and Raymond Lee Sweat; and sister, Sylvia Ramer Sims.
Eva Jo Kent
FAYETTEVILLE, TENN. – Eva Jo Kent, 73, died Monday, May 25, 2009. She was born Aug. 28, 1935, in Helena, Ark., to Gordie and Estell Smith Newsome. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Paul officiating. Burial will be in the Halltown Cemetery in Red Bay, Ala. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jackie Kent of Huntsville, Ala. and Melody Yates of Mobile, Ala.; two sons, William Kent (Kimberly) of Fayetteville, Tenn., and Nathan Kent (Shelia) of Ostella, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Pat Woody of Meridianville, Ala.; three brothers, Freland Newsom of Livingston, Texas, and Derrell Newsom and Larry Newsom, both of Louisburg, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vardaman Franklin Kent Sr.; son, Vardaman Franklin Kent Jr.; and sister, Ruth Nadine Newsome.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Childs, Heath Jones, Pay Keith, Jeff Yates and Corey Kent.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today.
William Brown
STARKVILLE – William Davis Brown, 87, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the Starkville Manor Nursing Home in Starkville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Living Manna Church in West Point. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mable Lee Jameson
WEST POINT – Mable Lee Strong Jameson, 73, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the St. Matthews Church of God in Christ in West Point. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Queen Marshall
WEST POINT – Queen Victoria Marshall, 92, died Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the Rush Foundation Hospital in Meridian.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Liberty Methodist Church in Eupora. Burial will follow in the North Union Cemetery in Bellfountain. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
George Shelton
WEST POINT – George Gregory Shelton, 40, died Friday, May 22, 2009, at the Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the St. Matthews Church of God in Christ in West Point. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Arlie F. Spencer
OXFORD – Arlie F. Spencer, 83, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Austin Rhodes
BOONEVILLE – Austin Dale Rhodes, 16 year old son of Chris and Kandy Rhodes, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Northport, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church on Highway 30 East of Booneville.
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. today 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.

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