Obituaries May 9, 2009

Alma Thompson
SMITHVILLE – Alma R. Thompson, 92, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory. She was born July 20, 1916, in Lamar County, Ala., to John H. and Lona Odell Harris Ray. She married Elmer Murry Thompson in 1934; he died in 2007. She was Baptist and a homemaker and enjoyed baby sitting. She loved her flowers and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Smithville with Bro. Jimmy Mathis officiating. Burial will be in the Young Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Nell Thompson of Splunge and Renetta Thompson of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, John Paul, Willie and Dennis “Dink” Ray; and a nephew, John Paul Ray Jr.
Pallbearers will be Greg Kennedy, Ira Kennedy, Dewey Hannon Jr., Matt Hannon, Jody Powell and T.J. Armstrong.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and until service time Monday at the funeral home in Smithville.

Jessie F. Harwell
OXFORD – Jessie F. Harwell, 44, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County and a construction worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford with the Rev. Eddie Goliday officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Daysha Clayton of Oxford; his mother, Florine Harwell of Oxford; one brother, James Harwell, Oxford; four sisters, Denise Harwell, Judy Woods, Delphine Stewart and Christine Harwell, all of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
R.L. Jennings Jr.
WEST POINT – Rube Leon “R.L.” Jennings Jr., 77, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at his home, in West Point. He was born May 6, 1932, in Cedar Bluff to Amanda Rebekah Myers Jennings and Rube Leon Jennings Sr. He was a retired U.S. Air Force senior master sergeant for 20 years and 9 months. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War periods. He worked as an electrician following his retirement. He was a Baptist. He loved playing ball with his great-grandson and great-granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel of West Point with a U.S. Air Force chaplain officiating. Burial with full military graveside burial honors will follow in Cedar Bluff Methodist Cemetery at Cedar Bluff.
Survivors include three daughters, Debbie Jennings Wilson of Columbus, Lisa Jennings Keeton (Bill) of Maryville, Tenn., and Annette Jennings Atkinson of West Point; three sons, John Paul Jennings (Maie) of Ft. Walton, Fla., Charles Norman Jennings (Monica) of Vero Beach, Fla., and Rube L. “Lee” Jennings III of Ridge Crest, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Chase Wilson and Skailyr Jennings Scott; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters and brothers, Ora Cardwell, Lucille Dowdle, Elmer Jennings, John Jennings, W.C. Jennings and Clara Belle Hill.
Pallbearers will be Joey Myers, Ryan Boykin, Heath Jennings, Curt Kisner, Blake Miller and Robert Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be J.B. Kisner, Wayne “Pee Wee” Wray, Grady Ivy, Donnie Walker, Kenny Ingram, Dr. Robert Boland, Scotty Allen, Butch Boykin, Dr. Robbin Faulkner, Roger Blake and his military retiree friends, Earl Vaughn, Ted Burton, Doc Adams and Jim Obenchain.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff Methodist Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Mary Rose Lyon, 419 McCord Street West Point, MS 39773.

Annette Frierson
OXFORD – Irene Annette Frierson, 39, died Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a native of Hampton, Ark. She was a former employee of the North Mississippi Regional Center and Watts-Bishop Orthodontists. She was a member of New Hope M.B. Church in Oxford, where she served as an usher, choir member and nursery school teacher. She loved going to church, visiting senior citizens and lending a helping hand.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. The Rev. Eric Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Lester Frierson Jr. of Oxford; two sons, Brandon Bush and Torrick Bush of Oxford; her mother, Melveen Moore of Las Vegas, Nev.; her father, Chester Johnson of Hattiesburg; three sisters, Cassandra Agee of Hattiesburg, and LaTonya Evans and Shenell Johnson of Las Vegas; five brothers, Tyrone Bush of Oxford, and Jonathan Williams, Levell Johnson, De’Marcus Shaw and Casey Moore, all of Las Vegas; her father-in-law, Lester Frierson Sr. of Oxford; and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Monday with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Leotis Pate
PHEBA – Leotis Pate, 75, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home in West Point.

Mary E. Johnson
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Mary E. Johnson, 93, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the Beatitudes Care Center in Phoenix. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Willie Brooks
OXFORD – Willie “Po-Boy” Brooks, 71, died Monday, May 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County and a retired construction worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Buford Chapel United Methodist Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Buford Chapel Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include eight daughters, Margaret Frison of Indianapolis, Ind., Annie Price and Patricia Thompson of Toledo, Ohio, Alberta Price of Detroit, Mich., Patrice Thompson of Marlin, Va., Joaddie Price of Washington D.C., Tracy Lewis of Oxford and Sonia Young of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Alvin Archie of Chicago, Jeffrey Archie of San Diego, Calif., and Link Brooks of Oxford; three sisters, Gertrude Barns of Detroit, Lillie Jackson of Gary, Ind., and Eloyce Hampton of Oxford; one brother, Albert “Bill” Brooks of Gary, Ind.; 24 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Michelle Herren
TOCCOPOLA – Karen Michelle Herren, 42, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a member of Toccopola Baptist Church, where she worked with the youth. She was a painter by trade and worked with her father in construction. She was a certified volunteer firefighter for the Toccopola Fire Department and she served on the Board of Aldermen. She was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and above all, mother. She touched many lives with her love for life and for Christ.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Toccopola Baptist Church. Following her wishes, her body has been donated to the University of Mississippi Anatomical Center in Jackson.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Jeffrey Herren; a daughter, Teah Herren, and a son, Lane Herren, all of Toccopola; her parents, Gary and Mary Alice Leach of Thaxton; a sister, Angie (Evans) Garner of Water Valley; and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Alice Faye McCharen Sewell and Wilbert Sewell, and Ola and Walter Leach; her great-grandfather- and great-grandmother-in-law, Pappy and Nanie; her father- and mother-in-law, Gene and Gwin Herren; and a brother-in-law, Rodney Herren.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, American Cancer Society, Toccopola Fire Department or the Toccopola Community Center.

James Sprayberry
DUCK HILL – James Earl Sprayberry, 70, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was born May 14, 1938, in Webster County. He was a retired farmer and a veteran of the Army National Guard. He was a member of Bradford Chapel Baptist Church and a Mason with McKey Lodge 488 in Slate Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bradford Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. T.J. Murphy and the Rev. Jon Haimes officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Chapel Cemetery at Gore Springs. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Grace Sorenson Sprayberry of Duck Hill; two daughters, Rachel Allen Sprayberry White (Michael Glen) of Crosby, Texas, and Gwendolyn Sprayberry Lordeon of Sabougla; two sons, James Ellis Sprayberry (Tami) of Eupora and Earl Denton Sprayberry (Brenda Martin) of Sabougla; two sisters, Belinda Allen Sprayberry Murphy (Tommy) of Columbus and Martha Sue Sprayberry Rodgers (Lynn) of Calhoun City; his former wife and the mother of his children, Janie Marie Denton Sprayberry of Sabougla; seven grandchildren, James Eric Sprayberry, Colby House Sprayberry, April Nichole White Cronan, Jonathan Glenn White, Kristen Marie Sprayberry, Joshua Martin Sprayberry and Thomas Edward Lordeon; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Arthur Sprayberry and Mary Allen Sledge Sprayberry, and a son-in-law, Jack Edward Lordeon.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. Joshua Sprayberry and Thomas Lordeon will be honorary pallbearers.
Memorial donations may be made to Gideon Bibles.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the church.

Vester Burcham
BOONEVILLE – Thomas Vester Burcham, 100, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 18, 1908, in Prentiss County to George Alexander and Maggie McCoy Burcham. He was a retired farmer. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marshall Tennison and Bro. Haskel Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Jacinto Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Tucker of Booneville; three sons, Jerry W. (Shirley) Burcham of Sullivan, Mo., Donald Joe (Sheila) Burcham of Cairo and Jimmy L. (Tracey) Burcham of Jacinto; 14 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elva Mae McAnally Burcham; a son, Tommy Burcham; and 12 brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Theodore Huffman
THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Theodore Gilmore Huffman, 93, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at The Woodlands, Texas. He was born July 8, 1915, in Woodland to Nollie Criddle Huffman and Alfred Huffman. He was a 1932 graduate of Woodland High School. He received a B.A. degree and an M.A. degree in 1949 from the University of Mississippi. He completed an LLB in 1948 at the Jackson School of Law. He also completed coursework for an Ed.D. at Ole Miss. He was elected superintendent of education for Chickasaw County prior to completing officers training in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the Army and later in the Air Force Strategic Air Command during World War II and the Korean War. He remained in the Reserves until 1959, retiring as captain. He retired after many years of service to the Veterans Administration in Jackson. After retiring he moved to the Houston, Texas, area to be near his grandchildren. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in The Woodlands, Texas.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at the Houston National V.A. Chapel. Klein Funeral Home of Tomball, Texas, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Frances Allen Huffman; daughters, Ann Marie King (Dr. Roy King) and Dr. Louise H. Bethea (Dr. Henry L. Bethea); grandchildren, Mary Frances Bethea, Samuel Rice Bethea and Sarah Ann Bethea.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the First Baptist Church of The Woodlands, Texas.

Hattie M. Burress
BOONEVILLE – Hattie M. Burress died Friday, May 8, 2009, at her home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.

Herman Keeton
RED BAY, Ala. – Herman Alonzo Keeton, 86, died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at Crown Health Care & Rehabilitation in Montgomery, Ala. He was born Feb. 17, 1923, in Red Bay, Ala., to Harrison Lonzo and Lola Mae Bostick Keeton. He was a business owner and a member of First Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay.
Survivors are two daughters, Connie Popp (Jim) of Auburn, Ala., and Nancy Long of Montgomery, Ala.; three grandchildren, Sid Dassinger (Mary Lewis) of Little Rock, Ark., Barton Dassinger (Michelle) of Chicago and Bobby Long (Felicia) of Montgomery; and four great-grandchildren, Sidney Dassinger and Keeton Dassinger of Little Rock, and Sarah Dassinger and Sage Dassinger of Chicago; one sister, Jean Keeton Grisham of Athens, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Amy Timbes Elledge Keeton; his parents; an infant daughter; a sister, Sarah Keeton Cobb; and a brother, William Hoyt Keeton.
Pallbearers will be Sid Dassinger, Barton Dassinger, Bobby Long, Jim Popp, Nicky Nixon and Hal Keeton.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Christine Morrow
RED BAY, Ala. – Christine Vinson Morrow, 87, died Thursday, May 7, 2009. She was born March 7, 1922, in Halltown to Oscar and Dessie Vinson. She was a homemaker and mother. She was a lifelong member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Gober of Alton, Ill., Peggy Hendrix (Terry) of Baldwyn, Marilyn NeSmith (Jack) of Florence, Ala., and Sara Morrow of Red Bay; seven grandchildren, Tony Shewbart (Beverly) of Counce, Tenn., Jeff Shook (Sherry) of Belmont, Matthew NeSmith of Florence, Ala., Mark Johnson (Debra) of Birmingham, Ala., Mary Beth Al-Rouson (Bil Eal) of South Carolina, Cindy Gober of Alton, Ill., and Morgan Gray and Montanna Gray of Red Bay; one sister, Magdelene Page of Red Bay; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Houston Morrow; two daughters, Jane Shewbart and Pam Hardin; a grandson, Samuel Shewbart; her parents; two brothers, Elic Vinson and William Vinson; two half brothers, Lother Hester and Fred McNatt; three sisters, Lucille Morrow, Mildred Yarber and Myrtle McLemore; three half sisters, Mary Osborn, Blanche Lindley and Dot Bottoms.
Pallbearers will be Tony Shewbart, Jeff Shook, Matthew NeSmith, Marc Johnson, Noah Johnson and Marlin Gober Jr.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

George Brooks
CORINTH – George Brooks died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
Alice Smith
ABERDEEN – Funeral arrangements for Alice Smith are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary.

Essie Cary
ABERDEEN – Funeral arrangements for Essie Cary are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary.

Maxine Johnson
PONTOTOC – Maxine Stutsy Johnson, 81, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born March 4, 1928, in Randolph to Oma Cruse Patterson and William Monard Patterson. She was a member of Gershorm Baptist Church. She was a retired factory worker and homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Donnie Finley and the Rev. Marvin Ward officiating. Burial will be in Gershorm/Williams Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Smith (Johnny); two sons, Jerry Mack Stutsy (Dianne) and Mike Stutsy; one stepson, Barry Johnson (Jennifer); five sisters, Wilma Hattox, Thelma Todd, Cornelia Conlee, Mary Loyce Purvis and Doris King; five grandchildren, Jamie Stutsy (Faye), Shaun Stutsy (Vanessa), Kim Robinson (Billy), Bridget Smith and Mandy Stutsy; seven great-grandchildren, Kaytlin Stutsy, William Mack Stutsy, Julianna Stutsy, Shane Robinson, Jonathan Robertson, Jadyen Smith and Isaac Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands, Mack Stutsy and Olen Johnson; one sister, Gynell Akers; three brothers, Stanley Ford Patterson and Carl Wayne Patterson and an infant, William Boyd Patterson; and a grandson, Johnny Shane Smith.
Pallbearers will be Billy Robertson, Jamie Stutsy, Shaun Stutsy, Van McWhirter, Rodney Mooneyhan and Phil Weeks. Honorary pallbearers will be Herbert Walker, Sherill Weeks and Tommy Stutsy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Wylma Ommen
TUPELO – Wylma Rose Ommen, 71, died Friday, May 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

R.B. Lambert
BOONEVILLE – Roy Buford “R.B.” Lambert Jr., 62, died Wednesday, May 6, 2009, at the Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corinth. He was born Aug. 16, 1946, in Booneville to Roy Buford Lambert Sr. and Dorothy Inez Dodds Lambert. He was a restaurant manager and a Methodist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and reading. He was an avid NASCAR fan. He was a very active member of the Thrasher Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Trey Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include a brother, Larry Lambert (Lisa) of Booneville; a sister, Carol Cook (Reagan) of Lake Charles, La.; a nephew, Jason Lambert of Booneville; and a niece, Amanda Taylor (Brandon) of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

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