Obituaries May 3, 2009

George Russell
OXFORD – George Elton Russell, 85, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Graceland Care Center of Oxford. Born in Rogerville, Ala., he was the widower of Geneva Dale Russell. He was a member of First Pentecostal Church of Oxford and enjoyed music. A talented musician, he played the piano, guitar and banjo. He was a retired maintenance man from Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Pentecostal Church of Oxford with Rev. John Vanderford and Bro. Tony Monk officiating. Burial will follow in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne Russell (Juanita) of Myrtle and Randy Russell of Biloxi; four sisters, Dorothy Chaffen of Hot Springs, Ark., Doris Boyles of Pontotoc and Kathy Reed and Marie Bendo, both of Onalaska, Texas; one brother, Glenn Russell of Water Valley; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son George Lee Russell; and a sister, Cynthia Echols.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
June Ferguson
BRUCE – June Roberts Ferguson, 72, died Friday, May 1, 2009. She was born June 13, 1936, in Natchez to the late Edgar Roberts and Lola Bertha Flaherty Roberts and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Holiday and Rev. Joe Barnett officiating. Burial will be in the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Pittsboro. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Veottis Ferguson of Bruce; son, Leo Forester of Ferriday, La.; stepson, Donald Ferguson (Devy) of Smithville; stepdaughters, Donna Jones (David) of Smithville and Denise Booth (Ricky) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Becky Clarkson of Leesville, La., and Emma Jean Coates of Harrisburg, La.; five step-grandchildren, Kayla Morgan, Caitlyn McKenzie, Megan Booth, Josie Booth and Chloe Ferguson; five step-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Alda Wheeler and Melba Roberts; and four brothers, Jimmy Lee Roberts, Walter Ray Roberts, Nelson Roberts and A.D. Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Smoky Barefield, Clardis Bennett, Jeff Bennett, Matelon Ferguson, E.L. McCormick, J.D. McCormick and Billy Bennett.

Billy Jack Harper
WEST POINT – William Jackson “Billy Jack” Harper, 69, died Friday, May 1, 2009, on his farm. He was born March 10, 1940, in West Point to the late Leslie Wallace Harper and Orene Ford. He was a member of Hope Baptist Church in West Point and was a retired truck driver, welder and farmer.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Robinson Chapel with Rev. Barry Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Kelly Harper of West Point; two daughters, Cheryl Portera of West Point and Deborah Kimble (Lee) of Nettleton; brother, Wallace Harper Jr. of Corinth; five grandchildren, Shanna Cliett, Marcus Allen Hall, David Dewayne Abrams, Joseph Kelly Abrams and Sandra Leigh Portera, all of West Point; five great-grandchildren, Mikie Blakeney, Sarah Cliett, Chandler Jackson Cliett, Isabella Abrams and Alexis Kathrine Allen.
Pallbearers will be Brad Allen, Kelly Abrams, Paul Ware, Doug Abrams, Ricky Blake and Rodney Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Abrams, Billy Poss, O.M. Johnson, Rodney Johnson, Frank White and Marc Hall.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Lila Barnett
IUKA – Lila Ruth Barnett, 80, died Friday, May 1, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the South Crossroads Baptist Church Cemetery in Tishomingo. Ludlam Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Terry L. Barnett (Janeene) of Sommerville, Tenn.; three daughters, Paula Humber (Denton) of Gallatin, Tenn., Teresa Aldridge (Pat) of Iuka and Loretta Nunley (Marcus) of Maud, Ala.; one brother, James Burleson of Iuka; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd Burleson and Mattie Brown Burleson; her husband, Trelvie L. (Ted) Barnett; one son, Gary Barnett; two brothers; one sister; and stepmother, Louise Burleson.
Lucille Keith
PONTOTOC – Lucille Keith, 89, died Saturday, March 2, 2009, at her residence. She was born Feb. 18, 1920, in Pontotoc County. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Woodland Baptist Church and she was a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her three daughters, Helen Hatton (Jack) of Byhalia and Elsie Matthews (Jack) and Brenda Clark (Terry), both of Pontotoc; two sons, Larry Keith (Linda) and Gerald Keith (Linda), both of Pontotoc; 22 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mose and Meldie Hester; her husband, Lester Keith; three sons, Roy “Bud” Keith, David “Red John” Keith and an infant son; six sisters; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Hopkins, James Keith, Gerald Keith Jr., Kojack Chambers, Terry Wayne Clark and David Vernon.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Roger Hall
NETTLETON – Roger Dale “Bulldog” Hall, 54, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Darlington Oaks – Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Oct. 6, 1954, in Lee County to Marvin and Sula Hall. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton and a former employee of Peoploungers Furniture in Nettleton for 28 years. He enjoyed fishing, cooking, watching Ole Miss sports in television and was a member of Richmond Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Payne and Bro. Sammy Raper officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Louise Oliver Hall of Nettleton; one daughter, Contina Louise Newcomb (Terry) of Mantachie; two sons, Jimmy Hall (Christy) of Nettleton and Kenny Hall of Tupelo; two sisters, Sarah Fowler of Nettleton and Annie Allred of Tupelo; three brothers, John C. Hall (Peggy), Thomas Hall (Geneva) and Donald Joe Hall (Ellen), all of Nettleton; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Earl Hall, Robert Hall and James Hall; and one sister, Florine Guess.
Pallbearers will be Dan Raper, Johnny Holland, Donnie Green, Paul Wright, Donnie Freshour and Ellis Carter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Newcomb, Jonathan Hall and Will Evans.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Darlington Oaks – Community Hospice, P.O. Box 1028, Verona, MS 38879.
Family and friends may sign the online guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com

Sonny Chew
PONTOTOC – Sonny Joe Chew, 62, died Thursday, April 30, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced with Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
James Owens
GOLDEN – James Wesley Owens, 60, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 12, 1948, to Frank and Louvirdie Hendrix Owens. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing music. He was also a veteran of the United States Army.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Roy Allen Joshlin officiating. Burial will be in the Old Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his five children, John Owens (Dalane) of Booneville, Chris Owens of Toone, Tenn., Travis Owens and Avis Owens (Danielle), both of Lockport, Ill., and Genese Ford of Cartersville, Ga.; 14 grandchildren; three brothers, Tim Roberts (Lisa) of Fairview, David Roberts (Lillian) of Golden and Rocky Roberts (Rita) of Meridian; three sisters, Unice Fair (Curtis) of Booneville, Ponda Brown (Bobby) of Fairview and Kathy Jane Harris (David) of Whitfield; and one stepsister, Jetty Roberts of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Travis and Jerry Owens; one stepbrother, Frankie Roberts; and his first wife, Margaret Faye Howard.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Belmont.

Laverne Jones
NEW ALBANY – Laverne Orman Jones, 77, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Born in Tippah County on Sep. 6, 1931, to the late Floyd Roberson Sr. and Mary Bell Smith Roberson, she worked for Futorian and The New Albany Gazette. She enjoyed cooking and loved her grandchildren and enjoyed doing things with them. She enjoyed doing things with her special friends and was a member of Northside Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. W.L. Oaks and Bro. Lou Zemek officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy Gail Allen (Gary) of New Albany; one brother, Floyd Roberson Jr. of Ashland; one grandchild, Selena Little of New Albany; two great-grandchildren, Haley Little and Kacey Little, both of New Albany; and two nieces, Pam and Debbie of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Sidney Orman; and one brother, Herman Roberson.
Pallbearers will be Chris Orman, Steve Orman, Cody Orman, Al Gray, Ruben Campbell, Larry Fooshee, Rodney Little and Rickey Williams.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Jessie Clark
IUKA – Jessie Clark, 65, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at the Tishomingo Living Center in Iuka. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Rick Fields officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Billy Clark (Donna) of Tishomingo; and two nieces, Laura King of Belmont and Denise Bullock of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Ruby Clark.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com
E.L. Poland Jr.
TUPELO – Maj. Eustis Leland “Pete” Poland Jr., U.S. Army Retired, 90, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at his residence in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born June 29, 1918, in Galveston, Texas, the son of Eustis Leland Poland Sr. and Shelby Blackburn Potter Poland. He was a graduate of Fishburne Military Acadamy and attended William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va., until he joined the Army in the throes of World War II. During the War he participated in the Allied invasion of Normandy June 6, 1944, and came ashore to Utah Beach on the U.S.S. Susan B. Anthony which was sunk that day while approaching Omaha Beach. He was awarded two Bronze Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army Occupation Med (Ger), EAME Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal. After the War he continued his military service in the Korean Conflict and retired from the Army Jan. 23, 1962, with twenty years service. After his military service, he was purchasing agent for Purnell’s Pride Chicken for 12 years, and later Aircap for 11 years. A lifelong Episcopalian, he had been a member of All Saints Episcopal Church since 1956, had served on the Vestry and had also served as Senior Warden of the church. He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club serving as club president, 1965-1966.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at All Saints Episcopal Church with The Rev. Paul Stevens and The Rev. Gene Asbury officiating. Graveside services with full military honors will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Angela Grillo Poland; two sons, Pete Poland III (Belva) and Paul Poland (Sandra), both of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Mandy Meek (Scott) of Conway, Ark., Kelly Marlin (John Michael) of Tupelo, Michael Poland (Natalie) of Blue Springs and Jonathan Poland (fiancée, Lane Russell), both of Tupelo; five great-grandchildren, Sarah Grace Meek, Madison Meek, Charlie Meek, John Luke Marlin and Jake Marlin.
Pallbearers will be George Bobo, Frank Anger, Jack Phipps, Andrew Battaile, Mike Ferris, Bob Lehman, Don Boyd and Charles Watson.
Visitation will be from Noon until service time Monday at the Church.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, PO Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Willie Chism
NEW ALBANY – Willie Pearl Chism, 83, died Friday, May 1, 2009, at her residence. Born in Union County on Dec. 21, 1925, to the late Jim Floyd and Bithia Medlin Floyd, she was retired from Mohasco Furniture Manufacturing Company and a member of Keownville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Keownville Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin Chism; three daughters, Kathy Willard (Jacky), Doris Williams and Wanda Simpson, all of New Albany; five sons, Jerry Chism of Mayfield, Ky., Raymond Chism (Janie), Curtis Chism (Kay), Dean Chism (Mary Nell) and Ricky Chism (Kim), all of New Albany; one sister, Annie Bell Coker; and two brothers, Travis Floyd and Billy Floyd; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Dearl and William “Wormie” Chism; two sisters, Vera Mae Dye and Nancy Sanford; and a brother, Clifton Floyd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Ruby Pannell
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Mae Pannell died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Longwood Nursing Home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home.

Josie Humphrey
BALDWYN – Josie Rivers Humphrey, infant daughter of Brandi Humphrey and Jeff Webb, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Gertrude Brassfield
HOUSTON – Gertrude Laura Brassfield, 94, died Saturday, May 2, 2009, at the Floy Dyer Manor. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.

 

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