Obituaries May 28, 2009

Noah Krech
BOONEVILLE – Noah Landon Krech, 20 months, died Monday, May 25, 2009, at his residence. He was born Sep. 21, 2007, to Jacob and Casey Krech.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor David Krech and Bro. Sammy Womble officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents; a brother, Jonah Krech of the home; grandparents, David and Lisa Krech, Allen and Lisa Miles and Kerry and Tonya Moore, all of Booneville; great-grandparents, Billie Bethay, Larry and Polly Garrett, Sarah Brownlee, Betty Moore and Jesse and Lenovia Miles, all of Booneville; Godparents, James and Diana Word; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He preceded in death by his uncle, Jordan Krech; and great-grandparents, Willie T. Moore, Charles and Sharon Faulk and Joe David Brownlee.
Pallbearers will be his Uncle Justin (Jabo) Miles and Uncle Brian Stewart and close friends, Steven Wilbanks and Charles Wright.
Honorary pallbearers will be Uncle Jesse Miles, Uncle Cody Hendrix, Cameron Faulk and J.D. Stewart.
Memorials may be made to the New Covenant Family Worship Center Building Fund, 511 Outlet Road, Booneville, MS 38829.

Artie Maness
BOONEVILLE – Artie Bell Maness, 80, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. She was a housewife and a member of Jacinto Church of Christ.
Services were Wednesday, May 27, at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Roberts and Bro. Ed Floyd officiating. Burial was in the Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, J.W. Maness of Booneville; one daughter, Wanda Robinson (Rickey) of Rienzi; three granddaughters, Corie Robinson, Christie Basden (Chris) and Candice Johnson (Jarret); and two great-grandchildren, Callie and Carleigh Basden.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Eunice Odom Beard; and two sisters, Thelma Gilley and Yvonne Lowrey.
Pallbearers were Carey Dodds, Durand Windham, Lloyd Beard, Benny Gilley, Randy Maness, and Cleston Beard.

Cynthia Daree Dunn
TUPELO – Cynthia Daree Dunn, 86, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Green Houses at Traceway after an extended illness. A Tupelo native and lifelong resident, she was born Feb. 23, 1923, to Earlie Freeman and Mary Agnes Mills. She was the widow of L.R. Dunn. She was a loving babysitter for many moms and worked as a child care provider for West Jackson Street Baptist Church, First Christian Church of Tupelo and East Heights Baptist Church. She was a faithful member of East Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Jason Marlin officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Michael Brown (Kim) of Lincoln, Neb., Ike Brown of Tupelo and John Dunn and his special friend, Pam Cummings, of Booneville; one sister, Winifred Taylor of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and nine brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Aguirre, Rocky Howell, Mike Maynard and Gwin Berryhill.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Austin Rhodes
BOONEVILLE – Austin Dale Rhodes, 16, of Fayette, Ala., died Saturday, May 23, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Tuscaloosa County. He was born Dec. 19, 1992, in Tupelo and formerly lived in Booneville for 14 years. He was an active member of the Southside Baptist Church and the Swam, Swag, Souled Out and Church Youth Group. He was a 10th grade student at the Fayette County High School and a member of the Fayette County High School Band and Choir. He was an Eagle Scout and loved hunting Turkey and Deer.
A joint funeral service for Austin Rhodes and Dakota Nanney, age 11, will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church on Highway 30 East of Booneville, with Bro. Robert Parrish, Bro.Rick Bowling and Bro. Joe Cotton officiating. Burial will follow in Martin Hill Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Chris and Kandy Rhodes of Fayette, Ala.; his brother, Braxton Rhodes of Fayette, Ala.; his grandparents, Dexter and Sherry Nanney and Roger and Mary Rhodes, all of Booneville; and his great-grandparents, Bessie Mae Nix of Booneville and Cletus Rhodes of Haleyville, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Corrine Rhodes; his great-grandfather, James Nix; and great-grandmother, Ruby Rhodes.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Johnson, Steven Lambert, A.J. Lambert, Kyle Coker, Jarod Billups and Jessie Griffin.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Boy Scout Troop 37 of Booneville.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church in Booneville.
Memorials may be made to the Fayette County High School Band Program, c/o Bonita Nolen, P.O. Box 98, Fayette, AL 35555; or The Austin Rhodes Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o Southside Baptist Church, Fayette, AL 35555.

Herbert Farmer
WEST POINT – Herbert Farmer, 91, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Trinity Place Retirement Community in Columbus. He was born Nov. 25, 1917, in Carroll County Mississippi to the late Clara Dell Teasley and William Byrd Farmer and had worked in the Receiving & Inventory Department of Babcock and Wilcox Company for 28 years, retiring in 1980. He was a member of First Baptist Church and a Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II and later served in the Army National Guard. He married Catherine Pope Farmer on Feb. 2, 1942, in Biloxi.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Dale Funderberg and the Reverend Ron McDougal officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Pope Farmer of Columbus; and three sisters, Margaret Farmer McCarty of Pearl, Harriett Farmer Wood of Summitt and Patricia Farmer of Purvis.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Robinson, Russ Walker, Larry McCary, Kenny Hudson, Burton Nix and Millard Long.
Charlie Rutledge will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Tommie G. Gunter
ABBEVILLE – Mrs. B.R. “Tommie” Gunter, 96, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Abbeville Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Abbeville, P.O. Box 80, Abbeville, MS 38601.

Ilean Griffin
ABERDEEN – Ilean Griffin, 47, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Matubba Church of Christ in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com

Edith Vick
BALDWYN – Edith Vick, 69, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 today at the funeral home.
Rosemary Deering
TUPELO – Rosemary Deering, 91, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at The Griffis Green House t Traceway after an extended illness. She was born March 7, 1918, in Neenah, Wis., to Joseph and Anna Arambajsa Zebik. She was a retired employee of Aurora Health Care Inc. in Milwalkee. She was an avid reader, loved her family and always appreciated the care she received from the Green House staff.
There will be no public services, but expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Goll (Jerry) of Hartford, Wis. and Patricia Ranguette of New Albany; one son, John Deering of Millwaukee, Wis.; one brother, Louis Zebik of Detroit, Mich.; a special nephew, Gene Zebik (Mary) of Merrill, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Peter Goll of Los Angeles, Calif., Andrea Harris (Mark) of Rockford, Ill., Laura Werner (Ron) of Milwaukee, Wis., Nicola Ranguette and Nadine Ranguette, both of New Albany, Robert Deering of Oshkosh, Wis., and Thomas Deering of Green Bay, Wis.; and numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Katherine Stetter; and three brothers, John, Stephen and Andrew Zebik.

James Higgins
OXFORD – James “Jim” Tolliver Higgins, 35, died, Sunday, May 24, 2009 at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Jim’s memory be made to The Wounded Warrior Project (877) 832-6997, www.woundedwarriorproject.org; The American Cancer Society (800) ACS-2345, www.cancer.org; The Mississippi Paralyisis Association – Thomas Lunardini Scholarship (601) 924-0452; or make concerted efforts to ensure that true accessibility exists for everyone, in Oxford and beyond. For more information please visit Waller Funeral Home’s website.

J.C. Pruitt Jr.
POTTS CAMP – J.C. Pruitt Jr., 38, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Alliance Healthcare Services in Holly Springs. He was born March 9, 1971, in Memphis, Tenn., to J.C. Pruitt Sr. and Louise Warnock. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Holly Springs and employed in transportation with Geo Correctional Fac. in Holly Springs. He served 18 years on the Potts Camp Fire Department and served one and one half years as Chief before retiring for medical reasons. He enjoyed grilling out and spending time with his family and loved watching his children play ball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Temperance Hill Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Tracie Fair Pruitt; son, Jonathan Michael Pruitt; daughter, Cheyenne Nicole Pruitt; mother, Louise L. Pruitt, all of Potts Camp; three brothers, Danny Jackson (Terri) of Oblong, Ill., Jimmy Jackson (Deb) of Southaven and Dale Jackson (Terri) of Holly Springs; and three sisters, Betty Echols (John) of New Braunfels, Texas, Bonnie Gurley (Phil) of Potts Camp and Janice Marsh (Bart) of Batesville, Ark.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Buddy Kirk
BELDEN – William Calvin “Buddy” Kirk, 68, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at his residence in Belden. He was a retired construction worker, working for many years at Chicago Bridge and Iron Company.
Graveside services were held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Tippah Memorial Gardens. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lovie Rose Smith Kirk of Belden; two sisters, Shirley Smith of Walnut and Norma Smith of Middleton, Tenn.; and a brother, Jerry B. Kirk of Walnut.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. and Beulah Bell Kirk; and two brothers, Billy C. Bell and Charles Kirk.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Billy Eaton
BOONEVILLE – Billy Coe Eaton, 64, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
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 Tuscaloosa County, Ala., near Northport. He was born Aug. 15, 1997, in Tupelo, the son of Jamie and Sondra Nanney. He was an honor student, a percussionist in the sixth grade band at the Howard Long Booneville Middle School and he was a First Class Boy Scout. He was a hard working member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church and he enjoyed serving in the Sign Language Ministry there. He enjoyed playing football and the outdoors and he was an avid yo-yoist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church on Highway 30 East of Booneville, with Bro. Rick Bowling, Bro. Robert Parish and Bro. Joe Cotton officiating. Burial will be in Martin Hill Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents; a sister, Cheyenne Nanney of the home; his grandparents, Dexter Nanney Sr. and Sherry Nanney of Booneville, and Lonnie Stafford Sr., and Michael and Glenda Schneider of Colorado Springs, Colo.; his great-grandparents, Bessie Mae Nix of Booneville, and John S. O’Rourke of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two aunts, Kandy Rhodes (Chris) of Fayette, Ala., and Suzette Thomas (Rick) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two uncles, Ricky Nanney (Kristie) of Dumas, and Shawn Stafford (Samantha) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his God-parents, George and Maureen Ramsey of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by grandfathers, James Nix Sr. and C.P. Nanney; grandmother Evelyn Nanney; great-grandmother Mary O’Rourke; aunt Wanda Nanney; uncle Lonnie Stafford Jr.; and special cousin, Jon Andy Nanney.
Pallbearers are Charles Page, James Hurst, Lee Bethay, Boyd Parker, Jackie Nix and Junior Nix.
Honorary pallbearers are member of Boy Scout Troop 37.
Memorials may be made to the Dakota Nanney Memorial Fund c/o First American National Bank, 1102 N. Second St., Booneville, MS 38829, or to Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church, 287 Hwy. 30 E., Booneville, MS 38829.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church.

W.T. Summers
BELDEN – Walter Troy “W.T.” Summers, 86, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the Golden Living Nursing Center in Tupelo. He was born and raised in Mantachie on Nov. 1, 1922, to the late Walter and Ivy Murphy Summers. He graduated from Fulton High School and lived in Itawamba County until moving to the Belden area in l949. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a self employed farmer all his life. He and his late wife, Jean Young Summers, owned Two Sisters Dress Shop in Tupelo many years. He was a longtime member of the Belden Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. An avid Mississippi State University fan, he loved the land and all its produce and the great outdoors.
Services, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Dr. Don Baggett and Bro. Owen Riddick officiating. Burial will follow in the Belden Cemetery. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Janice S. Leach of Belden; two sons, David Summers (Janice) of Tupelo and Walt Summers (Ginger) of Belden; nine grandchildren, Chad Leach and Dana Langley (Joseph), both of Belden, Ryan Summers (Angela) of Corinth, Mark Summers (Amanda) of Mantachie, Clay Taylor (Whitney) of Hattiesburg, Shawn Summers (Jennifer) of Tupelo, Chris Summers (Kelly) of Belden, Landon Summers (Jennifer) of Starkville and Katie Gann (Scott) of Tupelo; nine great- grandchildren; one sister, Annie Lou Roebuck of the Furrs Community; and one brother, Trent Summers (Martha) of Belden.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from noon to service time on Friday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Belden Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 92, Belden, MS. 38826.
Annie B. Cox
MEMPHIS, TENN. – Annie B. Cox, 88, formerly of Bruce, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the St. Peter Villa in Memphis, Tenn. Born Sep. 22, 1920, in Calhoun County, she was retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital after 25 years years of service. She was a member of Frayser Baptist Church and the widow of the late Franklin Benton Cox.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jay Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Margaret C. Morgan and Mary Ann Dunlap, both of Memphis, Tenn., and Sue L. Bradford of Eads, Tenn.; two sons, Jerry O. Cox and James E. Cox, both of Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, James Harold Gordon of Calhoun City; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Charles Cox; and her parents, James Harold Gordon and Annie Rorie Gordon.
Pallbearers will be Harld Hearl, Richard Mayfield, Shannon Mayfield, Ronnie Gordon, Eddie Gross, Chip Doty, Thomas Earl Latham and Wayne Gordon.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Ellen Clark
RIPLEY – Sarah Ellen Bullock Clark, 62, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was a secretary at Springdale Baptist Church where she was a member. She loved her church, her church family and most of all her loving family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Springdale Baptist Church in Ripley with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating and Bro. Stacy McKee assisting. Burial will be in the Fellowship Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Kristy Davis (Jeffery) of Booneville; two sisters, Nellie F. Hill (Billy Joe) of Ripley and Mattie L. Ross (Winston) of Thaxton; two brothers, Bonnie Ray Bullock (Vicky) of Jumpertown and Arnold Bullock of Ripley; two grandchildren, Jayden Elizabeth Davis and Kameryn Lee Davis, both of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisa Karen Clark; her parents, Rucker E. and Leola Garrison Bullock; and one brother, Jessie Bullock.
Pallbearers will be Keith Bullock, Timmy Bullock, Mitch Lewellen, Gerry Goforth, Buddy Buchanan and Scott Bullock.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Ladies Sunday School Class at Springdale and Melissa Cottone.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue from 7 a.m. at the funeral home Friday and from noon until service time at the church on Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Springdale Baptist Church Building Fund, 581 East Walnut Street, Ripley, MS 38663; or to Fellowship Cemetery, 3680 CR 701, Ripley, MS 38663.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Edith Black
RED BAY, ALA. – Edith Black, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at the Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Shawn Sims
CORINTH – Shawn Sims, 28, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home.

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