Obituaries May 7, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Opal Curtis
BELDEN – Opal Fern Curtis, 89, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Fulton native, she was born April 27, 1924, to Wiley and Ora Penny Rae Morse. In 1937, she married John Riley Curtis. For many years, she worked as a nurses’ aide at the Fulton Hospital. Later, she worked as a seamstress at Rosetto’s Clothing Manufacturing Company, from which she retired. She was an avid reader, a NASCAR fan and loved playing bingo. She was Baptist by faith.
Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Pierce and the Rev. David Lann officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, John Curtis (Annis) of Belden and Steve Curtis (Sandra) of Plantersville; nine grandchildren, Jeff Curtis, Stephanie Clippard, Allison Sudduth, Jackie Presley, Cindy Hawkins, Rodney Curtis, Sonia Rios, Michael Helms and Machelle Brodrick; great-grandchildren, Candace, Ariel, Mandy and Derek, Megan, Kaylee, Derek, Lyndsey, Kayla, Cherish, Brittini, Jason, Cody, Mackenzie and Erica; several great-great-grandchildren; and three cousins, Ray Blyth, Beth Hodges and Evell Hawkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Riley Curtis; seven children, Clifton Curtis, Sandra Helms, Jerry Curtis, JoAnn Curtis, Danny Curtis and twins, Robby and Bobby Curtis; one grandson, Michael; two half brothers, Bruce Morse and Son Morse; three half sisters, Chatty Ridings, Corrine Spradling and Floy Lesley; and one stepsister, Grace Spradling.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Moore
NEW SITE – Ruby Christine “Mama Ruby” Moore, 90, of New Site died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Booneville. She was born Jan. 21, 1923, to Burlin and Lora Floyd Taylor. She was a housewife and member of East Prentiss Baptist Church. She was a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, and she managed the Booneville meetings for many years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at East Prentiss Baptist Church with Dr. Kenneth Bishop officiating and Phyllis Barnes delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Yvonne (Paul Ray) Mayo of New Site; seven grandchildren, Danny (Cammie) Mayo, Dennis (Lori) Mayo, Amy (Harvey) Shook, Terry (Phyllis) Barnes, Garry (Cindy) Barnes, Angie (Brad) Wilemon, and Lori Carpenter; 15 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Moore; her parents; two daughters, Martha Barnes and Sandra Harris; one brother, Prentiss Taylor; three grandchildren, Ricky Mayo, Leigh Anne Harris, and Angela R. Harris; and one great-grandson, Hunter Mayo.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Mayo, Preston Mayo, Danny Mayo, Scotty Mayo, Cadan Mayo, Tyler Shook, Dylan Shook, Terry Barnes, Garry Barnes, and Jeremy Barnes.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Opal Curtis
BELDEN – Opal Fern Curtis, 89, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Fulton native, she was born April 27, 1924, to Wiley and Ora Penny Rae Morse. In 1937, she married John Riley Curtis. For many years, she worked as a nurses’ aide at the Fulton Hospital. Later, she worked as a seamstress at Rosetto’s Clothing Manufacturing Company, from which she retired. She was an avid reader, a NASCAR fan and loved playing bingo. She was Baptist by faith.
Services will be 11 a.m., Wednesday at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Pierce and the Rev. David Lann officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, John Curtis (Annis) of Belden and Steve Curtis (Sandra) of Plantersville; nine grandchildren, Jeff Curtis, Stephanie Clippard, Allison Sudduth, Jackie Presley, Cindy Hawkins, Rodney Curtis, Sonia Rios, Michael Helms and Machelle Brodrick; great-grandchildren, Candace, Ariel, Mandy and Derek, Megan, Kaylee, Derek, Lyndsey, Kayla, Cherish, Brittini, Jason, Cody, Mackenzie and Erica; several great-great-grandchildren; and three cousins, Ray Blyth, Beth Hodges and Evell Hawkins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Riley Curtis; seven children, Clifton Curtis, Sandra Helms, Jerry Curtis, JoAnn Curtis, Danny Curtis and twins, Robby and Bobby Curtis; one grandson, Michael; two half brothers, Bruce Morse and Son Morse; three half sisters, Chatty Ridings, Corrine Spradling and Floy Lesley; and one stepsister, Grace Spradling.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mike Wilson
FULTON – Michael Daniel “Mike” Wilson, 61, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at East Fulton (White Church) Cemetery with Bro. James Wilson officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Lee Jefferies
FALKNER – Jimmy Lee Jefferies, 72, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at his home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will follow in Wiers Chapel Cemetery in Ripley.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home, and from noon until service time Wednesday.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net

Ruchell Hill
RIPLEY – Ruchell Hill, 69, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Golden Living Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Jewel Wright
AMORY – Jewel B. Wright, 94, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Billy W. Garrison
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Billy Wayne Garrison, 79, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Sammy Eaton Sr.
RIENZI – Sammy Eaton Sr., 69, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his home. He was born May 4, 1944, to Sam J. and Oletta Lancaster Eaton. He was a truck driver and a member of Thrasher Baptist Church. He enjoyed raising horses and dogs.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Rakestraw and Bro. Dale Ross officiating. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Crabb Eaton; three daughters, Julie (Marlon) Bingham of Booneville, Keri (Frank) Dillworth and Cortney Eaton, both of Rienzi; two sons, Eddie Storey of Tupelo and Sammy Eaton Jr. of Rienzi; one sister, Deborah Eller of Niceville, Fla.; one brother, Darvis Eaton of Jumpertown; two sisters-in-law, Gloria Berry and Wanda Alford; 10 grandchildren, Robin Storey, Josh Storey, Caitlen Eaton, Lexie Eaton, Justin Coats, Bryson Coats, Colt Bingham, Catlin Bingham and Whitley Bingham; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Robby Storey; his parents; his grandparents, Dewey and Mary Eaton and Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Lancaster; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Crabb.
Pallbearers will be Marlon Bingham, Frank Dillworth, Mark Long, Ryan Lovvern, Clay Phillips and Tyler Phillips.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Shelia Bates
NEW ALBANY – Shelia Diane Farris Bates, 63, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Aug. 1, 1949, in Memphis to O.E. Farris and Rachel Davis Farris. She was an employee of the New Albany Light, Gas and Water.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ed Murry officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Sheri Shurden (Jim) of Winona; a son, Shane Bates (Terri) of Myrtle; a sister-in-law, Shelia Farris; two brothers, Ricky Farris (Cindy) of Pontotoc and Ray Farris (Leslie) of New Albany; and four grandchildren, Bailey Bates, Kyler Bates, Taylor Shurden and Reagan Shurden.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Blane Bates; and a brother, Bob Farris.
Pallbearers will be Ray Hall, Matthew Gooch, Jonathan Kent, Kevin Roberts and Scotty Smith.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lon Pickens Jr.
RIPLEY – Lonnie Jackson “Lon” Pickens Jr., 89, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born June 30, 1923, to Lonnie Jackson Sr. and Nannie Bell Hamilton Pickens in Tippah County. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1941. He was a member of the Ripley Presbyterian Church for over 73 years, serving as a Deacon and Elder with 53 years of perfect attendance in Sunday school. He was a past alderman for the city of Ripley, retired from the Ripley Fire Department with 36 years of service and a charter member and co-founder of Mississippi Antique Car Club, Chartered in 1950. He owned and operated Pickens Woodshop for 40 years. Children knew him as “the Two-Dollar Bill Man” because he gave many $2 bills to young children.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II. He was a private first class in Company G Infantry. He entered service March 9, 1943, and received training at Ft. Jackson, S.C., and Camp Pickett, Va. He went overseas Feb. 11, 1944, to New Guinea, East Indies, Philippines. He was awarded Combat Infantry badge, two battle stars, Philippine Liberation ribbon, Bronze Star, Bronze Arrowhead, Good Conduct Medal and a World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged Jan. 24, 1946.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William J. Connolly, the Rev. Jody Hill and Elder Brad Crump officiating. Burial is in Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his sister, Billie Mae Pickens of Ripley; nephews, Eugene Brown (Rachel) of Ripley, Gerald Brown (Betty) of Ripley and Tommy Brown (Teresa) of Clayton, N.C.; and special friend, Sandra Wilkins of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Summerall Pickens; his parents; sister, Loretta Pickens Brown; brother-in-law, Lonnie Brown.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Benson, Leland Stokes, Shane Bourg, Justin Mansell, Calvin Fitzhugh, Ben Reaves, Tom Dulaney, Will Long and Ty Long. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Lee Nance, Carlos Langston, members of Mississippi Antique Car Club and members of Fidelis Sunday School Class of the Ripley Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Heart Song Fund-Ripley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 556, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign online guest book, www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Beatrice Maples
OXFORD – Beatrice “Bea” Hall Maples, 79, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at her home. Born in Pontotoc County, she was married to J.B. Maples. A member of Pine Bluff Church of Christ, she worked in the repair department at Whirlpool, but enjoyed a hobby as a seamstress. She especially enjoyed making dresses. She and her husband enjoyed spending time together, particularly enjoying the outdoors, nature and all their surroundings.
Services will be 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Dr. David Ard officiating. Graveside service will follow in Shiloh Cemetery in Oxford.
Survivors include one son, Randy Maples (Pat) of Oxford; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Benny Maples.
Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to N.A.R.F.E. Alzheimer’s Fund, c/o Geneva Maples, 252 CR 303, Oxford, MS 38655 or the American Cancer Society, attn.: Breast Cancer Research, 1800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
To sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Jean Minser
OXFORD – Shirley Jean Minser, 76, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at her home. Fondly remembered by her family as “The Best Candy Maker In The World,” she had a green thumb and was an avid gardener. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and was a wonderful cook, often using vegetables from her garden. She was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Debi DeLong (Mike) of Palm Harbor, Fla., and Cathy Avent (Jim) of Oxford; one son, James Minser (Brenda) of New Albany; three sisters, Betty Helmkamp of Divernon, Ill., Pat Fregia of Arkansas and Sally Thompson of Nashville; five brothers, Bill Thompson of Dudzura, Calif., Bob Townsend of Moreno Valley, Calif., John Thompson of Alicia, Ark., David Thompson of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Hank Thompson of Washington; and five grandchildren, Heather Minser, Andrew DeLong, Jamie Minser, Catherine Avent and Trey Minser.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Edna Maude Thompson; her father, Henry Charles Thompson; her stepmother, Mary Eleanor Thompson; and a son, John Edward Minser.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Yellow Leaf Baptist Church, 50 CR 435, Oxford, MS 38655 or to Baptist Homecare and Hospice, 548 Highway 6 East, Batesville, MS 38606.
To sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Kathie Cavness
IUKA – Kathie Cavness died Monday, May 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Richard Johnson
SOUTHAVEN – Richard Johnson, 77, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.

Peggy Martin
SENATOBIA – Peggy Joyce Martin, 79, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at her daughter’s home after a brief illness.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Steve Farmer
TUPELO – Clarance Stephen “Steve” Farmer, 73, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit. Mr. Farmer was born in Tupelo on Dec. 11, 1939, to Columbus Aaron “Dutch” Farmer and Thelma Kelly Farmer. He graduated from Tupelo High School and attended Mississippi State University, where he earned a BS degree in civil engineering. He later continued his formal education with a MS degree in civil engineering from the University of Memphis. He and his family lived in Memphis and Vicksburg where he had a stellar career as a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He held memberships in Society of American Military Engineers and the American Society of Professional Engineers. After retirement in 1998, he and his wife returned to Tupelo where he served as chief engineer for the city of Tupelo from 1998-2003. His local work included membership on the Major Thoroughfare Committee where his engineering skills were greatly beneficial. A consummate family man, Steve’s retirement years included spending quality time with his children and grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed RV and camping as well as golfing. Steve was a faithful and active member of the West Jackson Street Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon and served many years on the Building Committee. His life was spent in service to God, his family, his church and his country.
A life celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. today at West Jackson Street Baptist Church. Bro. Keith Cochran, Bro. Chris O’Daniel and Dr. Brian Eads will officiate. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Freda McCarter Farmer of Tupelo; two children, Dr. Stephen Farmer and wife, Susan of Tupelo and Michelle Farmer Caldwell and husband, Tim of Spanish Fort, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Rachel Farmer, Sarah Farmer and Hannah Farmer, all of Tupelo, and Jay Caldwell, Aaron Caldwell, Stephen Caldwell and Delane Caldwell, all of Spanish Fort, Ala; one brother-in-law, Jim Woods and wife, Jennifer of Northport, Ala; two nieces, Cindy Woods of Birmingham, Ala. and Pattie Crocker of Spartanburg, S.C.; two nephews, Mike Woods (Kelly) of Birmingham, Ala., and Jack Sallis (Lori) of Spartanburg, S.C.; and numerous cousins and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Thelma and Dutch Farmer; and his sister, Dianne Woods.
Pallbearers will be Marvin Hoard, Derrill Rea, Tommy Vickers, Walter Billingsley, Bob Lyons, Greg Davis, Gerald Powell and Ken Robbinson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at West Jackson Street Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 2647, Tupelo, MS. 38801. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

James McBryde
OLIVE BRANCH – James Sylvester McBryde, 86, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Marie Harville
PONTOTOC – Marie Benefield Harville, 75, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born in Alabama on April 6, 1938, to Richard and Lillie Mae Gentry Benefield. She was reared in the Goodwater community area in Alabama and was a 1956 graduate of Goodwater High School. She met her future husband, Bro. Charles E. Harville, at Clarke College in Newton, and together they ministered in several Baptist churches for many years. She and her family located to the Longview/Bankhead area in Pontotoc County in 1966. She worked in several area garment manufacturing companies, and later in life, she was a nurse’s aid, working nearly 20 years with Pontotoc Nursing Home. She enjoyed reading and working crossword and word puzzles. A lady of faith, she taught Sunday School and sang in the church choir for many years. She was an active and faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Melvin Crawley and Rev. Tommy Tackett officiating. Burial will be in the White Zion Cemetery on the Pontotoc County Line.
Survivors include four children, Allan Harville (Bonnie) of the Dorsey community, Trish Watson (Richard) of the Alpine Community, Mike Harville (Beverly) of Pontotoc and Becky Haley (Lynn) of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Lee, Hannah and Rachel Watson, Shawn (Keshia) and Candies Harville, and Tara, Laken and Cameron Haley; two step-grandchilden, Tina Smith (Shaun) and Eric Aldridge; three great-granddaughters, Madison Waters and Micayla and Jayden Harville; two brothers, Frank Benefield (Jackie) of Childersburg, Ala. and Charles Benefield (Pat) of Sylacauga, Ala.; and four sisters, Mary Johns of Sylacauga, Ala., Hazel Frost of Alpine, Ala., Naomi Smith (Carroll) of Rockford, Ala., and Ruby Ford of Phenix City, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bro. Charles E. Harville on May 20, 2000; and three brothers, M.D., Hubert, and Aubrey Benefield.
Pallbearers will be Danny, Randy and Ricky Harville, Don and Scott Witcher, Jeremy Staggs, William Anderson, Freddie Ray Russell and Richard Warren.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Tameko Pargo
BUFFALO, N.Y. – Tameko Pargo, 34, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Roswell Park Institue in Buffalo, N.Y. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Betty Googe
BOONEVILLE – Betty Jo Martin Googe, 78, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on May 24, 1934, to Chester Gorden and Luverne George Martin. She was a homemaker and a member of Liberty United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Glover officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Gardens. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Charles Googe; one daughter, Susan (William) Jones; one son, Charles Googe Jr. of Memphis; one sister, Carolyn (J.C.) Holley; one brother, Jimmy (Clara) Martin; and two grandchildren, Shelby and Preston Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Danny George, Larry George, Greg George, Ronnie Martin, Randy Chisholm and Marty Holley.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Udave Luna
BAY MINETTE, Ala. – Udave Viola Wingo Daniel Luna, 97, formerly of Ripley, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Oakwood North Baldwin Center in Bay Minette, Ala. She was born Feb. 8, 1916, to Hugh B. and Nora Garrison Wingo. She was owner and operator of Wingo Beauty Shop and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Mr. John Earl Chason officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Elise D. Russell (T.H.) of Bay Minette, Ala.; one son, William Tate Luna Jr.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Elmo Daniel; her second husband, William Tate Luna Sr.; and her daughter, Mary Nerene Daniel Mitchell.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Paul Ryan Jr.
IUKA – Paul Richard Ryan Jr., 56, died Sunday, May 5, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Kim Ryan of Iuka; two sons, Paul Ryan III of Massachusetts, and Robert Taylor of Counce, Tenn.; one daughter, Tiffany Ryan; one brother, Robert Ryan of Florida; one sister, Gyle Gillam of Florida; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Richard Ryan and Ethalyn Gleason Ryan.
Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangments.

Hazel Adkins
EUPORA – Hazel Adkins, 69, died Sunday, May 5, 2013.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tressa Monts
PONTOTOC – Tressa Monts, 73, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a life long resident of Pontotoc. She was loved by many people, and she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed planting flowers.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Serenity Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Bishop officiating. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Diane Edwards of New Albany, Jonell Williams of Pontotoc, and Linda (Ricky) Terry of Nettleton; one son, Donnie Gray of Nettleton; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, the Harlow Brothers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Monts; two sons, James E. Edwards “Cotton” and Ricky Woods “Woody”; a grandson, Kenneth Ransom; four sisters, Shirley Edwards, Lily Dykes, Linda Easterling, and Helen Pierce.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Rawson, James Powell, Bobby McDonald, Jerry Paul, Chris Roy, and Cody Cummins.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Serenity Funeral Home.

Susan Igleheart
OLIVE BRANCH – Susan S. Igleheart, 59, bookkeeper for Ozark Motor Lines, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at her daughters’s home in Olive Branch. She was born March 4, 1954, in Memphis. She enjoyed being outdoors, working in her yard and spending time with her family. She also enjoyed Memphis Tigers Basketball.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven.
She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Whitlock Brasfield and her husband, Brandon of Olive Branch and Ashley Igleheart Hodges and her husband, Brent of Southaven; two sisters, Sharon S. Moore and her husband, Red of Ripley and Sheila S. Dawson and her husband, Barry of South Carolina; and three grandchildren, Peyton Thornburg, Ansley Brasfield, and Abygail Brasfield.
She was preceded in death by one son, Terry Whitlock; her parents, Ed and Shirley Sparks; and one sister, Sandy S. Stegall.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
The family welcomes floral tributes; however, if you would rather send a memorial, please donate to the American Cancer Society.

Bettie Robbins
TUPELO – Bettie Van Robbins, 76, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Crosby native, she was born Feb. 8, 1937, to Wesley Vanshack and Eva Lee Cole King, and she lived in Tupelo for the past 50 years. After graduating from Crosby High School, she went on to attend Hinds Junior College. She and her first husband built the first Burger King and Western Sizzlin in Tupelo. She loved working in her yard and her flower beds. She was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Keith Cochran and Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Doc Robbins of Tupelo; one daughter, Angel Williams (Rick) of Decatur Ala.; one son, Lance Young of Tupelo; one grandaughter, Emma Kate Williams of Decatur, Ala.; one grandson, Sam Wooley of Dallas, Texas; and son-in-law, Eric Davidofsky of Collierville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Robert Young; one daughter, Tracee Davidofsky; three sisters, Maxine “Mickey” McGraw, Mildred Campbell and Erma King; one brother, David King; and infant son, Forrest Young.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Powell, Gerald Stanford, Greg Harris, Brad McGraw, Michael Williams, and Mark Durham.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Haven Inc., P.O. Box 835, Tupelo, MS 38802 or to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.