Obituaries May 30, 2009

James Pinson
TUPELO – James Alvin Pinson died Monday, May 25, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was born June 29, 1950, to Henry Pinson Sr. and Noble Lee Berry in Pontotoc. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Chesterville. He touched the lives of so many with his vibrant smile, his charismatic spirit and the love in his heart for his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Chesterville. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Latonya (Aundra) Payne of Tupelo; his son, Fredrick Pinson of Plantersville; two granddaughters, Umayah and Lalen Cox, and one grandson, Lawren Wilson, all of Tupelo; six sisters, Eloise Vortise of Atlanta, Ga., Della (Ray) Stuckey of Chicago, Ill., Ethel (James) Jones of Tupelo, Ollie Pinson of Kansas City, Mo., Sarah (Erbey) Mays of Benton Harbor, Mich., and Minnie Pearl Traylor of Verona; four brothers, Henry (Jeanette) Pinson of Belden, Preston Pinson of Toledo, Ohio, Ray (Esther) Satterwhite of Tupelo and James Satterwhite of Belden; his best friends, Raymond Berry, Janice Dabbs and James Larry Vaughn.; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and three nephews, Donny Pinson, Tony Hill and James Gregory Cummings.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Walter Shumpert
SHANNON – Walter Shumpert, 67, died Monday, May 25, 2009. He was a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was a graduate of Siggers High School and a retired supervisor for Futorian.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Shannon with the Rev. George L. Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery in Shannon. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Eloise Shumpert of Shannon; his father, Percy Shumpert of Shannon; three children, Walter (Eurieka) Shumpert Jr. of Shannon, La’Tanya (Rev. Tirrell) Spragin of Mesquite, Texas, and La’Keysha (Randle) Weatherspoon of Plantersville; three grandchildren, Candace Shumpert, Brandon Shumpert and Tirrell Spragin II; two sisters, Dorothy (Frank) Harris of Shannon and Betty (James) Hollis of Verona; three aunts, Johnnie Edwards of Tupelo, and Ruby Williams and Ruth Abbot of Cleveland, Ohio; a host of nieces and nepheews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lula Calmease Shumpert.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Birks, Dexter Clay, Anthony Hendrix, Antonio Martin, Rickey McCleandon, Marcus McCoy and Sanquillen McDowell.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time today. Online condolences can be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

Carrie Lee Lipsey
PLANTERSVILLE – Carrie Lee Lipsey, 75 , died Sunday, May 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m Sunday at Red Oak Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Red Oak Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior service time at church. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today and the family from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home.

John Huffman
WREN – John Wayne Huffman, 69, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 25, 1939, in Chickasaw County to James Andrew and Madia Elizabeth Pilgreen Huffman. He had worked in the garment industry at Indian Creek Apparel and for Refreshments Inc. He married Carolyn Clark in 1959. He was a member of the Wren Church of Christ. He enjoyed gardening, collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia, antiques, sports, and attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Lawson and Bro. Jamie Stark officiating. Burial will be in the Coontail Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Huffman of Wren; two sons, Mike Huffman (Nina) of Hatley and Richard Huffman (Kathy) of Becker; one brother, James David “Jim” Huffman of Wren; and four grandchildren, Amber Huffman, Jordan Huffman, Laura Beth Huffman and Kyle Huffman. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Huffman, Jordan Huffman, Bobby Clark, Marty Huffman, Tommy Gann and Sydney Oakley. Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Autry, Jim Waits, Tony Browning and Joey Clark.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

Emogene Walton
FULTON – Emogene Walton, 78, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at her home. She was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Lee County to James and Elizabeth Pate. She was a member of Ballardsville Baptist Church and a retired employee of Reed’s Manufacturing. She enjoyed gardening and cooking for family and friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Ballardsville Baptist Church with Bro. Thelbert Hill and Bro. Roger Franks officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce Loague (Junior) of Fulton and Betty Franks (C.G.) of Mantachie; two grandchildren, Misty Sheffield (Justin) and Sonya Loague of Fulton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Noon Walton, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tyrone Bell, John Franks, Larry Walton, Jerry Walton, Larry Guess and Jerry Guess.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clara Riley
MANTACHIE – Clara Thomas Riley, 51, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 14, 1957, in Texas. She was a nurse for 27 years and a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association. An avid reader, she enjoyed helping people. She loved her animals and cherished her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Harden’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Riley of Mantachie; one daughter, Jessica Riley of Mantachie; two sons, Jeremy Riley of California and Jered Riley (Shelley) of Mantachie; her parents, Max and Ramona Thomas of Dallas, Ga.; five grandchildren, Chacie Funderburk, Keleigh Funderburk, Case Riley, Caelan Riley and Issac Riley; two sisters, Paula Culver of Dorsey and Tammy Loague of Baldwyn; one brother, Clayton Thomas (Jayne) of Atlanta, Ga.
Pallbearers will be Matt Lesley, Jacob Thomas, Brian Funderburk, Victor Umfress Jr., Ricky Smith and Larry Culver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

J.C. Bennett
FULTON – J.C. “Hollywood” Bennett, 82, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born April 15, 1927, in Fulton to Rural and Mauveline Dozier Bennett. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for Rowe Construction and a member of Move of God Fellowship in Hudson, Ill., American Legion Post 0653 in Illinois and Local Union 649.
Services will be held in Bloomington, Ill., at a later date. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Garden in Bloomington. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Betty Jean Peugh (Steve) of Fulton, Oleda Punke (Herman) of Hudson, Ill., Geneva Compton (Clyde) of Hope, Ill., and Melba Wilson (Keenan) of Cheona, Ill.; one son, Rockey Lee Bennett (Regina) of Fulton; 21 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Umfress and Eva Lois Tucker, and three brothers, Bobby Bennett (Irene), Sammy Bennett (Nell) and Joe Bennett (Ann), all of Fulton. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Grace Bennett; a son, Charles Jay Bennett; his parents; two sisters, Thelma Sims and Mary Ellen Bennett; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Denny Herald, Don Follick, Fred Rickert, Trey Shickel, Dustin Hodges, Cody Seilier and Damien Rickert.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Virginia Sanders
WEST POINT – Martha Virginia Taylor Sanders, 86, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009. at the West Point Community Living Center in West Point. She was born May 29, 1922, in Clay County to Beatrice Bean Taylor and Julius E. Taylor. She was a Public Relations person at Walmart for 26 years and a member of the First Christian Church. She married Jesse F. Sanders on Feb. 6, 1940, in Columbus. She had served as secretary and treasurer of AARP; a member of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross; a member of the Clay County Board of Economics and a member of the Hall of Fame for United Way. She received the Distinguished Service Award in 1976. She received the Auxillary Award in 1996 from State of Mississippi. She received the Citizen of the Year Award in 2000 from West Point. She was a member of Luncheon Civitan Club and awarded the Civitan of the Year Award. She was president of her Sunday School class and a Sunday School teacher for five years.
Services were Friday, May 29, at the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Pastor Larry Ferguson officiated. Burial was in Memorial Gardens in West Point.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Teasley (Tom) of Southaven and Joyce Wood of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Lauren Johnson (Chris) and Shannon Petty (Rob); four great-grandchildren, Meredith Johnson, Hayden Johnson, Kyler Petty and Jessica Petty. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse, on Oct. 3, 1994.
Pallbearers were Jack Danovsky, David Gill, Chris Johnson, Richard Teasley, Larry Stafford and Jerald Andrews.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church P. O. Box 208 West Point, MS 39773.

Bon Jean Caldwell
NEW ALBANY – Bon Jean Caldwell, 83, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at the Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born Aug. 24, 1925, in Union County to Joel Anderson Wood and Lillie Purvis Wood. She was a retired seamstress and a member of Hopewell ARP Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Billy Lee Foley and Bro. Dan Hazen officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Lucille Dowdy (Van) of Pontotoc; nieces, Barbara Wood Bullock of New Albany, Judy Dowdy Cobb (Hilton) of Pontotoc and Dr. Carla Caldwell Stanford (Allen) of New Albany; nephews, Larry Wood (Brenda) of New Albany, Dwight Wood (Barbara) of Blue Springs and Jeff Dowdy of Pontotoc; several great- and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James T. Caldwell; her brothers, Truitt Wood, Marvin F. Wood and Purvis Wood.
Pallbearers will be Chris Bullock, John Bullock, Joey Wood, Kevin Wood, Will Stanford, Zack Cobb and Josh Dowdy.
Memorials may be made to Hopewell ARP Church Building Fund, CR 121, New Albany, MS 39652.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Alfred Morrisson
ETTA – Alfred Irvin Morrisson, 93, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 19, 1915, in Arlington, Tenn., to Irvin Bailey Morrisson and Madge Stringfellow Morrisson. He was a professional bird dog trainer and a member of Salem United Methodist Church. An avid reader, he loved poetry and literature, and enjoyed bird hunting. He loved his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Salem United Methodist Church in Etta with Bro. Bill McAlilly and Bro. Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be in the Morrisson Family Cemetery in Etta. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Boyer (Mike) of Marietta, Ga., and Joan Nickels of Thayer, Mo.; three sons, Robert Morrisson (Linda) of Marietta, Ga., Jerry Morrisson (Sue) of Etta and Phillip Morrisson (Carla) of Etta; two sisters, Thelma Ragland of Memphis and Velma Bryant of Baltimore, Md.; one brother, Roy Morrisson of Arlington, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, Kim Prado (Rob), Laura Morrisson, Beth Corey (Cannon), Jonathan Morrisson (Stacy), Jamie Mills (Mark), Ben Morrisson (Penny), Zach Morrisson, Randy Morrisson, Jenna Morrisson, Kathryn Neidhart (Chris) and Julie Nickels; eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sylvia Olene Long Morrisson; his son, Jim Morrisson; four brothers and one sister; two grandchildren, Jennifer Elizabeth Morrisson and Melanie Flynn.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church. For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

John Campbell
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – John Elbert Campbell, 76, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at the Onslow Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jones Funeral Home in Jacksonville, N.C.

Chad Wallace
SHANNON – Chad Wallace died Friday, May 29, 2009, as the result of an auto accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Maxine Massey
BRUCE – Maxine Massey, 78, died Friday, May 29, 2009, in Bruce. She was born May 2, 1931, in Bruce. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. W.R. Harrelson officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Joe Thurman Massey of Bruce; one daughter, Vicki Harrelson (Kenneth) of Bruce; three sons, Perry Massey (Linda) of Batesville, and Terry Massey (Tink) and Joe Massey (Ann) of Bruce; two sisters, Sherry Webb (Roger) and Susie Calder (Billy) of Bruce; one brother, James “Buddy” Coston (Polly) of Gulfport; 10 grandchildren, Shannon Massey (Amanda), Teddy Massey (Susan), Greg Massey, Nicole Perkins, Amanda Gulledge (Chris), Alicia Pharr (T.J.), Satrina Massey, Bobby Kilvanish, March Kilvanish (Charley) and Tommy Kilvanish; 13 great-grnadchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Otis Coston and Mary Grace Pryor Coston.
Pallbearers will be Teddy Joe Massey, Shannon Massey, Chris Gulledge, T.J. Pharr, Faron Sullivan, Greg Massey, Tim Sullivan, Roger Webb Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Kulvanish, March Kulvanish, Steve Coston and Donnie Coston.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tommy Pugh
HAMILTON – Thomas Ray Pugh, 60, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Dec. 8, 1948, to Thomas David Pugh and Mary Helen Pugh in Fayette, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He graduated from Hamilton School and High Forest Academy in Nashville, Tenn. He was an elder and clerk of session at Hamilton Presbyterian church. He worked as a medical technologist/EMT at Eupora and Aberdeen, and he was working for Dr. Brown in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Freddie Rasberry and the Rev. Charles Caldwell officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery in Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Pugh of Hamilton; one daughter, Nichole Pugh of Hamilton; one son, Jan PUgh (Bryndi) of Hamilton; one sister, Tammy Bowen (Larry) of Hamilton; two nieces, a special niece, Analeigh Bowen, and Kimberly Rowell; two nephews, Dustin Marshall and Justin Bowen. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Sharon Delane Marshall.
Pallbearers will be Hank Vaiden, Jeffery House, Marty Richardson, Jeremy West, Wesley Lawrence and Issac Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Arthur Brown and staff; Willie Malone; Ben Smith; and elders of Hamilton Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clayton Jones Sr.
HAMILTON – Clayton Evans Jones Sr., 82, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at his home in Hamilton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Margaret Dixon
MUNFORD, Tenn. – Margaret Glidewell Dixon, 84, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Milllington Healthcare. She was a retired bookkeeper for the Tipton County School System. She was a lifelong member of Munford United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir for more than 50 years. She was a Cub Scout den mother and an excellent cook. She loved to play cards and share her corn patch with friends, family and neighbors.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Munford Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Helen Crigger Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, Randy Dixon (Julie) of Burlison, Tenn., John David Dixon of Memphis, Daniel R. Dixon (Angelia) of Baldwyn and Don Dixon (Rubye) of Munford, Tenn.; two sisters, Wylodine Hathcock and Mary Jo Quinley of Munford, Tenn.; seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin Owen Dixon; two brothers, Nashville Leonard Glidewell Jr. and Glenn Glidewell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

James Trice
TUPELO – James Edward Trice, 61, died Thursday, May 21, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo.
Services were Friday, May 29, at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Home of Tupelo.

Ernest Bowen Jr.
TUPELO – Ernest L. Bowen Jr., 88, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

James Leverett
SMITHVILLE – James F. Leverett, 72, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 15, 1936, in Birmingham, Ala., to Dewitt Talmadge and Myrtle Lou Kennedy Leverett. He lived in Huntsville, Ala., Orlando, Fla., Germany and Smithville. He was a retired aerospace engineer for Lockheed Martin as an aerospace engineer. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a Scottish Rite Mason. He enjoyed music and playing the guitar.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. James Gillentine officiating. A graveside service with Masonic rites will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 4, at the Lann Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph L. Leverett of Orlando, Fla., and James F. Leverett Jr. of Smithville; the mother of his children, Glenda L. Leverett of Oneonta, Ala.; one sister, Marilyn Phillips of Chapel Hill, N.C.; and one grandson, Joseph L. Leverett Jr. He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Polly Watson, Evelyn Murray and Catherine Leverett.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Sunday and until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Julia Bowen
SMITHVILLE – Julia Ray Dabbs Bowen, 90, died Friday, May 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville. Visitation will be Sunday afternoon at the funeral home in Smithville.

Patsy Mills
TUCKER, Ga. – Patsy Louise Faulkner Howell Mills, 90, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, in Tucker, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Billy Eaton
BOONEVILLE – Billy Coe Eaton, 64, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 10, 1944, in Prentiss County to the Rev. Jerry Coe Eaton and Rita Wayne Cole Eaton. He enjoyed yard work and watching TV, and he loved Corvettes. Most of all, he loved spending time with family. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dwayne Kirk officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Rita Eaton of Jumpertown; two sons, Robby Eaton and Reggy Eaton of Jumpertown; one daughter, Kim Eaton Culwell (Robert) of Corinth; three sisters, Regina Elaine Hodum (Joe) of Michigan City, Ind., Peggy Vanessa Hart of Bedford, Ind., and Gina Michele Eaton of Corinth; four grandchildren, Jessica Switcher, Tyler Culwell, Brice Culwell and Robin Eaton; a great-grandson, Jarret Culwell; a nephew, Easton Coe Delaney; and a niece, Erica Eaton. He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. Jerry Coe Eaton, and an aunt, Eunice Cole.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Culwell, Brice Culwell, Tyler Switcher, Jim Berry Myhand, Jason Cooper and Craig Delaney.

Elvis Christian
TUPELO – Willie Elvis Christian, 86, died Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Home Place after an extended illness. An Itawamba County native and longtime resident of Tupelo, he was born Oct. 3, 1922, to Reese and Sarah Hood Christian. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. Earlier in his life, he worked as a truck driver. He later worked for the City of Tupelo as a police officer and then for the Tupelo Public Works Department, retiring in 1988. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a Baptist. He loved his toy poodle, Maggie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sarah Carpenter Christian; one daughter, Sylvia Papp (Frank) of Lake Worth, Fla.; one son, James Eldon Christian (Teresa) of Georgetown, S.C.; five grandchildren, Jeffrey Papp of Lake Worth, Catherine Frumenti (Carl) of Boyton Beach, Fla., David Papp (fiancée, MaryAnn) of West Palm Beach, Fla., Angie Christian of Tupelo and Leah Bazuik of Phoenix, Ariz.; five great-grandchildren, Cody and Sydney Papp, Cara and Lia Frumenti, and Jacob Bazuik; one sister, Laura Christian Caldwell of Southaven. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be David Papp, Carl Scherff, Carl James Scherff, James Christian, Kenneth Carpenter, Brad Carpenter and Chris Carpenter.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com,

D. Hugh Williams
TUPELO – D. Hugh Williams, 78, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, at Park Cities Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas. Restland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of local arrangements.
Visitation will follow the service on Tuesday.

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