Obituaries May 7, 2011

Bill Laster
PONTOTOC – William “Bill” Melvin Laster, 83, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Sunshine Health Care Center in Pontotoc. He was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Tyler, Mo., to William Melvin Laster and Ollie Bell Newcomb Laster. He was the last child of seven children. He married Hilda Mae Higgins on March 1, 1947. They enjoyed 64 years together. He was a farmer and security officer at Washington Furniture before becoming disabled. He was a member of Tyler Baptist Church in Tyler and attended Algoma Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Cruse Cemetery in Pontotoc. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda (Curley) Laster; two daughters, Sue Weeks (Tom) of Algoma and Audrey Thomas (Jim) of Saltillo; one son, Melvin Laster (Hilda) of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Karla Robbins (Ronnie), Kollette Roberts (Greg), Kourtney Mathews (Barry), LaShae Wortham (Adam), Maggie Patrick (Chuck), Cody Laster, Ashley Thomas and Emily Thomas; 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Denver Wayne Laster.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Cody Laster, Greg Roberts, Barry Mathews, Ronnie Robbins, Kyle Robbins, Adam Wortham, Chuck Patrick and Willey Jackson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Charles Glosson
BYHALIA – Charles Audley Glosson, 57, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Greenleaf Cemetery in Independence. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time on Monday at the funeral home.

Bozo Rye
AMORY – James A. “Bozo” Rye, 79, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory. He was born Jan. 2, 1932, in Amory, to James Alber and Clete Wright Rye. He was a graduate of Amory High School, class of 1950. He graduated from IJC, attended Mississippi College and graduated from Ford Motor College in Detroit. He was a truck driver, did roofing and insulation work and owned his own business. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, was a Mason and was a member of Eastern Star Chapter 41. He always looked forward to working at the Masonic Barbeque fundraiser for the Eastern Star and Masonic Lodge. A diehard sports fan, he lived and breathed football. He was a wonderful man and mentor, and he cherished time spent with his family. He enjoyed telling jokes.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Tom Cheatham and Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial with masonic rites will follow in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Margaret V. Rye of Amory; his daughter, Diane Francis McNeal of West Columbia, Texas; his sons, Kevon O. Rye of Amory, Kraig A. Rye of Golden, Keith A. Rye of Raleigh, N.C., Kent R. Rye and David A. Rye of Baytown, Texas; his sister, Virginia (Hank) Hood of Smithville; his brother-in-law, Ralph (Terri) Huggins of Aurora, Minn.; his mother-in-law, Thalia (Howard) Nash of Hatley; his grandchildren, Richelle, Tyler, Brocton, Kraig Jr., Shelby, Kamoron, Lauren, Brandy, Heather, Hali, Harley, Kristen, Savannah and Andrew; six great-grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews, Holly, Melissa, Randy, Leigh, Laura and Paul.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Kenneth Rye and John Hoffpauer.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Forbus, Wayne Childress, Wayne Arrant, James Dean, Ed Cole and John Ritter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Dwight Thomason
BLUE SPRINGS – Dwight Foster Thomason died. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Services.Gay Moorehead
HICKORY FLAT – Eulan Gay Moorehead, 92, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 11, 1918, in Hickory Flat to Watson Ray Moorehead and Gertha Scott Moorehead. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. He was a retired farmer, production control manager and self-employed pallet maker. He was a member of the Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Lawanda Dickerson Moorehead of Hickory Flat; two sons, Robert Watson Moorehead (Delores) of Wellington, Ohio, and Eulan Stanley Moorehead (Linda) of Seabrook, Texas; a brother, Wells Rufus Moorehead (Helen) of Austin, Texas; three grandchildren, Marcus, Tracey and Kimberly Moorehead; and two great-grandchildren, Ashleigh and Kaela Moorehead.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mildred Armstrong; and a brother, Henry Clay Moorehead.
Pallbearers will be Warner Bradford, Johnny Elliot, Jack Gadd, Sid Ayres, Don Taylor and Marcus Moorehead.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In honor of his service, United Funeral Service, Inc., will fly the flag of the United States Navy at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bobby Massey
VINA, Ala, – Bobby Gene Massey, 48, died Thursday, May 5, 2011.
Services will be held at noon today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.Roberta Reed
FALKNER – Roberta Roberson Reed, 97, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Feb. 10, 1914, to Jim and Belle Rooker Roberson in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a longtime faithful member ofMt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Falkner with the Rev. Richie Lockhart officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Falkner. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Rutherford (Tate) of Falkner and Ann Reed Tidwell (Joe) of Rutherford, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Melrose Roberson of Ripley; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elisha Allen Reed; her parents; four brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be in the Elders of Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 480 CR 401, Falkner, MS 38629.
An online guestbook can be found at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Tommie Yielding
MANTACHIE – Tommie Rea Yielding, 93, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at the Shearer Richardson Nursing Facility in Okolona. She was born April 28, 1918, to Thomas Earl and Emma Brown McFerrin. She was a member of the Unity Church of God of Prophesy. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, making quilts and cooking. She loved her cats and her dog, Snoopy.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Curtis Shelton and Bro. Tim Winters officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Dale Yielding (Evelyn J.) of Mantachie and Sidney Earl Yielding (Linda) of Pontotoc; one daughter, Martha Nell Lidtke (Roger) of Mantachie; two sisters, Bernice Sims of Bartlett, Tenn., and Dona Mae Nanney of Fulton; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.P. Yielding; one son, Edward Yielding; one sister, Jane Grimes; and two brothers, Kenneth Earl McFerrin and Billy Brown McFerrin.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie.

Van Gillespie
PONTOTOC – Van Dewayne Gillespie, 55, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. He was a member of Springville Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joey Swords officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Robyn Gillespie; two sons, Billy Moore (Joy) of Pontotoc and Terry Moore (Desi) of Nashville; one daughter, April Schamberger (Chris) of Florida; his mother, Pauline “Polly” Gillespie; one sister, Peggy Roberts (Billy Ray), both of Pontotoc; one brother, Randy Gillespie of Grenada; three grandchildren, Melissa Moore of Pontotoc and Jessie and Zoey Schamberger of Florida; one niece, Cathy Hardin (Bim); three nephews, Jimmy Roberts (Debra), Bill Roberts (Kristie) and Nic Gillespie (Anna), all of Pontotoc; and several more nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James T. Gillespie; his grandparents, Theron “Blue Eye” Gillespie and Agnes Moore, and Scott and Lettie Watkins.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Roberts, Bill Roberts, Nic Gillespie, Thomas Pennington, Perry Bolton and Bim Hardin.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Janice Wallace
BALDWYN – Janice Wallace died Tuesday, May 3, 2011. She was a retired certified nursing assistant for home health. She loved her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting, crafts, going to yard sales and porcelain dolls.
Survivors include two daughters, Tanna Chisholm Jango of Maine and Nikki Wallace of Baldwyn; one son, Marty McDaniels of Baldwyn; four sisters, Joyce Webb of Tupelo, Phyllis Burch of Belden, Wanda Devaughn of Jumpertown and Mickey Scott of Baldwyn; her grandchildren, John Jango, Karlie Jango, Michael Jango and Mark Jango.
She was preceded in death by her son, John Chisholm; her brother, Sammy Garrett; her sister, Edith Coates; and her parents, Bythel and Gladys Gardner Garrett.
Memorial visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home.

Jeffrey Hayes
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Jeffrey Hayes, 41, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Hollis Pendley
WEST POINT – Hollis M. Pendley, 92, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home in West Point. He was born Nov. 21, 1918, in Lynn, Ala., to Clearcie King and Daniel Arthur Pendley Sr. He was a general agent for the C and G Railway for 32 years. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a Sargeant during World War II. He married Geonette Harrison Pendley on Nov. 2, 1940, at the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Parsonage.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Columbus. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 701⁄2 blessed years, Geonette Harrison Pendley; one daughter, Gen Pendley Thomas (Ben), all of West Point; two granddaughters, Cynthia Thomas Dannan (Matt) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Kate Thomas Nevins (Reid) of Hamilton; one sister, Martha Stokes (Morris) of Oxford, Ala.; and one brother, Dan Pendley Jr. (Eleanor) of Caledonia.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene Pendley, Orval Pendley and Nathaniel Pendley.
Pallbearers will be Ben Rosencrans, Billy Buck Staggers, Ray Millard, Belk Weems, Sonny Jameson and Hugh Cooper.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Bible Class, the Wesley-Wasson Sunday School Class, Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr. and Staff and Jeana Whitacre.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Edna Hayes
CALHOUN CITY – Edna Spratlin Hayes, 98, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born Oct. 8, 1912, in Calhoun City. She was a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church, the Eastern Star, the Women’s Missionary Union and the New Century Club. She and her husband owned the Volunteer Food Store in Calhoun City. She later served as the dietitian at Hillcrest Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Calhoun City Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Wanda Kay Hayes Mitchell of Bruce; her nephew whom she raised, Roger Foshee of Oxford; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence M. Hayes; her parents, William M. Spratlin and Sophia Dye Spratlin; 19 brothers and sisters, Irene, Forrest, Claude, Author, Oren, Clara, Winfred, Pearl, Vara, Hulette, Herbert, Rabon, Ivan, Clifton, Eurice, Ruel, Dean, Erma and Mary Evelyn; and two grandsons, Steven Hayes Mitchell and James Milton Mitchell, III.
Pallbearers will be Hal Reese Jr., George Mart Mounger, Fred Spratlin and Nick Doles.
Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Bruce Community Living Center.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Chris Gipson
NEW ALBANY – LeChristopher “Chris” Gipson, 22, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born Feb. 18, 1989, in Union County to Bonnie Kay Gipson and Tony Allen White. He graduated from Lafayette High School and was a member of the Lafayette football team. He was a machine operator for Ashley Furniture Corp.
Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at T.O.M.B. Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in Flint Hill Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Bonnie Kay Gipson of Etta; three brothers, Jay Holland and Jeffery McIntosh of Etta and Keaton White of New Albany; his grandparents, Alice Joyce White of New Albany, Pearlie Gipson of Oxford and Henry Gipson of Abbeville; his great-grandmother, Robirta Gipson of Abbeville; a special friend, Tounia Dixon of New Albany; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tony White.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Monday at New Albany Serenity and from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Serenity Martin in Oxford. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Tuesday.

Gary Sneed
HURRICANE – Gary Neil Sneed, 63, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. He was Mr. Hurricane and class president in 1965. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi in mechanical engineering. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, gardening and playing dominoes. He was a member of the Union Church of Nazarene.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cecil Russell officiating. Burial will be in Union Nazarene Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three children, Mary Nell Nanney (David) of Shannon, Laura Sudbeck (Jamey) of Jackson and Christopher Sneed of Thaxton; four grandchildren, Brittany and Michael Evans, Tristan Trott and Mackenzie Sneed; one great-grandchild, Vincent N. Kilbourne; three sisters, Betty Jo Coward (Murry) of Tupelo, Charlie Ruth Montgomery (Billy Q.) of Pontotoc and Jeanette Jones (Rivers) of Belden; and two brothers, Billy Ray Sneed (Arah) of Thaxton and J.C. Sneed of California.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lourine Frankline and Nadine Spears of Thaxton; and two brothers, L.D. Sneed of Blue Mountain and “Hooter” Sneed of New Albany.
Pallbearers will be Randy Jones, Stephen Montgomery, Ray Sneed, Kevin Coward and Joseph Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Elkin Paden
PONTOTOC – David “Elkin” Paden Sr., 76, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at his home after a brief illness. He was born July 6, 1934, in Tupelo to Jessie and Beatrice Davis Paden. Born in Tupelo and a graduate of Shannon, he lived in and around the Lee County area all his life and had lived in Tildon and Pontotoc the last several years. He attended Highway 15 Church of Christ for the past year. He was a truck driver for many years for Super Sagless before retiring in 1988. He loved hunting, fishing and farming which was evident by the beautiful gardens he worked every year. He had a great sense of humor and was loved by everyone who came in contact with him. He was absolutely crazy about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors in the Tupelo Chapel with Minister Robert Kingsley and Minister Danny Rogers officiating. A private burial will follow at a later time. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Linda, whom he married on Jan. 19, 1956; his daughters, Melinda Allen (Jim) of Little Rock, Ark., Sandy Russell (Sid) of Pontotoc and Sherri Webb (Randal) of Decatur, Ala.; a son, David Paden Jr. (Kelly) of Tildon; eight grandchildren, Jenny Price (Will), Wesley Allen, both of Little Rock, Colin and Jacob Russell of Pontotoc, Olivia, Madison, Riley and Andrew Paden, all of Tildon; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Elyss Price of Little Rock; a sister, Agnes Page of Tupelo; and a brother, Paul Paden of Hernando.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177 Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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