Obituaries Nov. 13, 2009

Douglas Jones
AMORY – Douglas Allen “Al” Jones died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 5, 1959. He was a member of the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ. He was a graduate of Amory High School and loved playing sandlot football and wildcat basketball. He was a member of Scout Troop 120. He was a former employee of Fortune 1 Inc. in Amory. He loved his daughter, sisters and brothers.
Services will be at noon today at the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ with Superintendent Jessie L. Hutton officiating. Burial will follow at United Memorial Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Gossie Lee and Clee Jones of Amory; one daughter, Kamesha Karess Jones of Syracuse, N.Y.; three brothers, Gossie Lee Jones Jr. (Boonie) of Amory, Beltson (Bert) Bernard Jones of Atlanta, Ga., and Lee Andrew Morgan of Chicago; five sisters, Dianne (Van) Wilson of Amory, Kethy Denise (John) Williams of Jasper, Ala., Patricia Ann (Pattie) Jones , Shelia Demetrius Hogan and Mary Jacqueline Jones, all of Amory; an aunt, Dorothy McCariey of Aurora, Colo.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Bertha Alford
HOUSTON – Bertha Mae Shuler Alford, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born May 13, 1926, in Orangeburg, S.C., to Lee Shuler and Ida Mae Bazzard Shuler. She was a member of Thorn Church of God and a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Jeff Flatt officiating. Burial will be in Ellzey Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Bray of Houston and Willie Mae Heppe of Thorn; one stepson, Wyndle Alford of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eurbane Alford; three children; and six brothers.
Pallbearers will be Wyndle Alford, Charles Terry Jr., Donald Capps, Frank Hodges Jr., Dale Mooneyham and Otis Mooneyham.

Robert E. Ashby
FULTON – Robert Earl Ashby, 56, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Henry Hogan
WREN – Henry Jeff “Mr. Baseball” Hogan, 85, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at his home after a long illness. A native of Monroe County, he was born Sept. 26, 1924, to Dorsie and Willie Mae Hogan. He was the oldest member of Union Grove United Methodist Church., where he was a class leader. He attended Wren Consolidated School. He was a retired employee of True Temper Sports. He worked as a security guard at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, River Birch Golf Course and Sherrer-Richardson Nursing Home. He was an employee of Haney’s Auto Sales. He was a baseball coach and mentor for many young men in the West Amory community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Union Grove United Methodist Church in Nettleton with Pastor Steve Owens officiating. Burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Willie Hogan of Wren; four sons, Willie Clinton Hogan of San Francisco, Willie James “Joe” Hogan, Henry Earl “Bodley” Hogan and Bobby Wayne Hogan, all of Wren; one daughter, Rev. Gloria McKinney of Picayune; 20 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Mary Sue Hogan; two brothers, Charlie and Willie James Hogan; and three sisters, Mary Emma, Maggie Lee and Ollie Mae.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.

Edward Underwood
MANTACHIE – Edward Wilson Underwood, 91, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a sudden illness. He was born Oct. 4, 1918, to George and Sarah Hood Underwood. He married Jamie Kyle on March 1, 1941. He worked for Sylvania in Elk Grove Park, Ill., for 28 years before retiring back home to Mantachie. He also worked as a “shade tree” mechanic all his years, which he loved to do. He was a loving and giving father to his children, Papaw to his grandchildren and Pappy to his great-grandchildren. He was always generous and would help everyone he could. He enjoyed being outdoors, animals, and being with and playing with children.
services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Castor Buse and Bro. Chris Sanchez officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Martha Dodson (Larry Sr.) of Mantachie and Paulette McMillen (Junior) of Saltillo; three sons, Jerry Underwood Sr. and Davis Underwood (Pam) of Mantachie, and Paul Underwood (Peggy) of Houlka; one sister, Wynell (James) Lyles of Birmingham; 11 grandchildren, Debbie Rose, Larry Dodson Jr. (Wanda), Tabitha Underwood, Jerry Underwood Jr., Fara Adams (Gary), Melisa Sanchez (Chris), James McMillen (Janice), Paul Anthony Underwood (Jackie), Wyatt Underwood, Kyle Underwood (Samantha) and Blaine Underwood; 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Jamie Underwood; his parents; and three brothers, Hollis Underwood, Lester Underwood and Ellis Underwood.
Pallbearers will be Larry Dodson Jr., Jerry Underwood Jr., James McMillen, Tyler Smith, Chance Underwood and Blaine Underwood. Honorary pallbearers will be the great-grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Neal Denton
PONTOTOC – Richard Neal Denton, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at his residence. He was a member of Troy Methodist Church. He had worked in the furniture industry and was the owner of Denton’s Grocery in Troy. He enjoyed coaching softball and spending time with his family at their cabin in Colorado.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Brian Scarbrough and the Rev. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will follow in the Troy Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Janet Priest Denton; two daughters, Deirdre Brown (Scott) and Tanya Edwards (Barry); one son, Greg Denton (Rhonda), all of Pontotoc; his mother, Bennie Johnson Denton of Pontotoc; his sister, Sherrye Simmons (Billy Neal), and his brother, Mike Denton (Debbie), both of Algoma; seven grandchildren, Chase Denton, Brooke Denton, Mackenzie Denton, Ryan Adair, Alyse Adair, Cole Brown and Cade Brown.
He was preceded in death by his father, Malone Denton, and an infant daughter, Baby Girl Denton.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Adair, Chase Denton, Johnny Johnson, Leith Roye, Billy Neal Simmons, Scott Brown, Cole Brown and David Steward.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dorothy Smith
HOULKA – Dorothy Jean Hobson Smith, 72, died Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born to Frankie Coleman Hobson and the late Dewitt Hobson in Houlka. At an early age she united with Thompson Chapel CME Church, where she served as secretary. Later she united with New Hope M.B. Church in Milwaukee, Wis., where she served on the Nurse’s Guild. She received her education at Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs. She taught for 25 years in the Calhoun County School System and the Chickasaw County School System. She enjoyed arts and crafts, decorating, and cooking. She was preceded in death by her father and brother, Carl Hobson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thompson Chapel CME Church. Elder Glenn Huggins will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Linda (Robert) Williams of Jackson; two sons, Clayton Smith and David Smith, both of Houlka; her mother, Frankie Hobson of Houlka; two stepchildren, Nicole (Cory) Coleman of Milwaukee and Ronald (Beverly) Smith of Miami, Fla.; three sisters, Lavenita (Albert) Rayford of Houlka, Delois Love of Racine, Wis., and Grace (Rev. Johnny) Jointer of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today, with the family present from 6 to 8 today at the funeral home.

Cricket Spencer
BOONEVILLE – Christine “Cricket” Spencer, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was a member of the West Booneville Church of Christ. She was a housewife and a retired employee of Brown Shoe Company.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Ward Hogland officiating.Burial will be in the Zion Rest Cemetery. Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Beard and husband, Wayne, of Booneville; five grandchildren, Mike Beard, Steve Beard, Cory Beard, Pete Spencer and Vickie Burchell; one daughter-in-law, Zelma Spencer of Booneville; two sisters, Francis Farrar of Knoxville, Tenn., and Ivy Holt of Bay, Ark.; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude N. Spencer; one son, Noel Spencer; her parents, Clinton and Mary Gann; five sisters, Lorene Murphy, Mildred Horn, Odell Crawley, Fannie Gann and Letavon Gann; three brothers, Wrather Gann, Erastus Gann and Willie Gann; and one granddaughter, Lisa Beard.

Jewel G. Babb
CORINTH – The Rev. Jewel G. “J.G.” Babb, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab in Corinth. He served as a United Methodist minister from 1953 to l989. He served churches in Mississippi included Potts Camp, St. Andrews, Amory where he was a leader in building a new Sanctuary, Columbus, Ripley, Fulton, Merigold, Hernando, Leland, Kossuth and Charleston. Following retirement he continued his ministry with local churches until he developed severe eye problems. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He served overseas in the European Theater. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College, Lambuth University, Union University, Memphis Theology School and Emory University. He was a native of Corinth and son of the late Jewel G. Babb Sr. and Althea Whitehurst Babb.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Box Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will be in the Corinth National Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice W. Babb of Corinth; one daughter, Anne B. Roberts (Hank) of Greenwood; two sons, Robert Babb of Carrollton, Texas, and Richard Babb of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Joe Babb, Ellen Babb, Elizabeth Babb, Emalee Babb, Alexandra Babb and Christopher Babb; two great-grandchildren, Cate Babb and Ava Babb.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Angleyn Jobe and Martha Pittman.
Memorials may be made to Box Chapel United Methodist Church in Corinth.

Eddie Mink
RED BAY, Ala. – Eddie Wilson Mink, 103, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Burns Nursing Home in Russellville, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Belvin Eller
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Belvin Eugene Eller, 90, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at the Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C. He was born May 25, 1919, in Davidson County to Charles F. and Lessie Viola Jenkins Eller. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Southwest Pacific. He was a member of Midway United Methodist Church. He retired from AT&T in 1981 with over 30 years of service. He was a former resident of Creekside Terrace in Winston-Salem.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Midway United Methodist Church Cemetery with Rev. John C. Woods officiating. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Richard W. and Diane T. Eller of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bill Huffman of Tupelo; two grandsons, James and Joshua Huffman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Virginia Hege Eller.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Dr., Greensboro, NC 27407 or to the Midway United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 9795 Old Hwy. 52 South, Lexington, NC 27295.
Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com.

Blackcat Lewis
MOOREVILLE – Calvin D. “Blackcat” Lewis, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at his home. He served eight years in the U.S. Army. He was a truck driver. He loved playing dominoes and cards, fishing, watching sports on T.V., spending time with family and friends, and good food.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Billy Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Methodist Church Cemetery at Peppertown.
Survivors include one son, James D. Lewis; two daughters, Teresa Johnson and Trish Asbury; one stepson, Danny Dill; two stepdaughters, Melissa Thayer and Trina Turner; eight grandchildren, eight stepgrandchildren, one great-grandchild; one brother, Marvlee Lewis; one sister, Marie Ewing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Elmer and Donie Pearl Lewis; his wife, Patricia D. Lewis; a son, Jerry Wayne Lewis; and a brother, Basil Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Michael Wood, Eric Walters, James Walters, Kirby Turner, Danny Dill and Mike Wood.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dan Tanner
GOLDEN – Daniel Oren Tanner Jr., 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 23, 1940, in Georgia to Daniel Oren and Mary Elizabeth McCall Tanner. He graduated from Coffee County High School in 1959 in Douglas, Ga. He then attended The Citadel on a football scholarship. He attended Mt. Carmel Church of God of Prophesy. He was retired from Lasalle Dietche Company in 1990. He was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew him.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Mt. Carmel Church of God of Prophesy with Bro. Donnie Wooten officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Pearson Tanner; four daughters, Barbara Sims (Stevie) of Red Bay, Ala., and Dana Tanner and Jimmy Cavett of Tupelo, and Jennifer and Lisa; one son, Daniel Tanner (Shannon) of Golden;one brother,Bryan Tanner (Pam) of Tupelo; one sister, Sandra Wright (Bill) of Albany, Ga.; nine grandchildren, Tiffany Adams, Jimmie Adams, Leanna Adams, Christina Adams, Jailyn Cavett, Amiah Cavett, Davin Tanner, Brady Sims and Sarah Sims; two great-grandchildren, Jerome Adams and Zacara Travis; a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Stevie Sims, Kevin Pounds, Josh Ridge, Kevin Ridge, Richard Pearson and Dustin Kelton.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.

Lorretta Welch
BRUCE – Lorretta Welch, 50, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, in Bruce.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Church of God in Christ in Bruce. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery at Slate Springs. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Addie Mae Leopard
HERNANDO – Addie Mae Barnes Leopard, 64, formerly of Ripley, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at her sister’s home in Hernando. She was born May 16, 1945, to Birttle Tucker Barnes of Hernando and the late J.D. Barnes. She was a factory worker and a member of the Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Herman Hancock and Rev. Shephard officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Vick (Ricky) of Dumas; two sons, Charles Douglas Leopard of Dumas and Thomas Earl Leopard (Lucy) of Ripley; three sisters, Deena Bryant of Hernando, Wanda Davis (Bobby Lee) of Hernando and Shelia Phillips (William) of Ripley; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Douglas Leopard, and her father.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Susie Mae Pack
AMORY – Susie Mae Pack, 73, died Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Jan. 15, 1936, in Dora, Ala., to T.J. and Daisy Barnes. She was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church, where she was a member of the Missionary Board and the Kitchen Committee, an usher, and worked in the Vacation Bible School. She worked with the Girl Scouts of America. She loved to fish and go to church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saint Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Amory with Pastor Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Letha Mae Spratt of Amory; five brothers, Clifford Barnes of York, Pa., Jessie Barnes of Okolona, Lucious Barnes of Detroit, Mich., Micheal and LeRoy Barnes, both of Dora, Ala.; four sisters, Rosa Whitfield, Margaret Barnes and Gwendolyn, all of Dora, Ala., and Cherita Barnes Jones of Birmingham; two aunts; two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Rose Mary Wammack
RIPLEY – Rose Mary Cutshaw Wammack, 55, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at her residence in Ripley. She was born Feb. 24, 1954, in Selmer, Tenn., to Robert W. Cutshaw and Shelby Childers Cutshaw. She attended West Ripley Baptist Church. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and working in her yard, and she loved her family. She was a volunteer for the Good Samaritans in Ripley, and a supporter of People for Ethical Treatment of Animals, Humane Society and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Randy Latch officiating.
She is survived by her husband of 30 years, Joe E. Wammack of Ripley; four nephews, Thomas Beavers (Rachel), Willie Beavers and Randy Beavers (Ashley), all of Bolivar, Tenn., and Stewart Beavers (Debbie) of Mifflin, Tenn.; one great-niece, Katie Beavers of Bolivar, Tenn.; two great-nephews, Matthews and Adam Beavers of Bolivar, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Mose Bell
WEST POINT – Mose Bell, 79, died Saturday, Nov. 7, 2009, at the West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Whites Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rosie Davis-Lenoir
WEST POINT – Rosie Lee Davis-Lenoir, 77, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Union Star Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Terry Ott
OXFORD – Terry Ott, 71, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
A Life Celebration/Reception will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center in Oxford. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is assisting the family.

Lawrence Talley
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lawrence E. Talley, 55, died Monday, Nov. 9, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Comfort CME Church at Laws Hill. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Calton
IUKA – Robert Calton, 74, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Rowland Mills Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 61 Broadway, New York, NY 10006; by phone at (212) 315-8700; or at www.lungusa.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Nancy C. Hopper
RIENZI – Nancy C. Hopper died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at The Med in Memphis.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.

Cliff Owens
BOONEVILLE – Clifton Marlin “Cliff” Owens, 82, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roy Joshlin officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Owen K. Knudson
LAKE PIOMINGO – Owen K. Knudson, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at his residence. A native of Winger, Minn., he was born June 21, 1927, to Benny and Olivia Engen Knudson. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater on the USS LCS4-77 and achieving the rank of 1st Class Petty Officer. He also served in the National Guard during the Korean War. He lived in Northern Minnesota, where he owned newspapers in Fertile, Winger and McIntosh, Minn. He also owned a theater in Fertile. He moved to North Chicago in 1960, where he was a printer through the mid-70’s. He then moved to Northern Wisconsin, where he owned three printing businesses in Tomahawk, Schofield and Athens, Wis. He was married to Marion Knudson who died November 10, 1983. He moved to Lake Piomingo in 1999. Earlier in his life he enjoyed fishing, camping and bowling. He was a longtime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Mason.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove Cemetery with Pastor Ryan Napalo officiating. Private graveside services will be in Union Grove Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Deborah Olesak of Eggville; his daughter-in-law, Susan Knudson of Ft. Collins, Colo.; three granddaughters, Dana Roberts (Kevin) of Eggville, and Amy and Kylie Knudson of Ft. Collins, Colo.; two great-grandchildren, Callie and Brody Roberts of Eggville; five stepchildren, Thomas Markiewicz (Teresa) of Lake Piomingo, Danny Markiewicz (Beth) of Santa Rosa, Calif., John Markiewicz of Milwaukee, Wis., Cathy Huber (Rick) of Illinois and Debbie Fowler of Beach Park, Ill.; numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Marlene Remmel of Kansas; two brothers, Boyd Knudson and Allen Knudson, both of North Dakota; his longtime partner, Betty Markiewicz of Lake Piomingo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and his son, Dennis L. Knudson, on March 2, 2008.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Pearlie Stokes
LEBANON, Tenn. – Pearlie Mary Stokes, 91, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at The Pavilion in Lebanon, Tennessee. She was born Oct. 31, 1918, in Georgia to Joseph and Betty Haney. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed gardening and canning.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Little Brown Cemetery with Bro. Eldon McVey officiating. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Shirley Barrow of Lebanon; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvie Buford Stokes; her son, Billy Eugene Burkes; her son-in-law, Jerry Barrow; two brothers and five sisters.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today and until noon Saturday at the funeral home.

Tina Ralston
TUPELO – Tina Easter Ralston died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at her home in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Jimmy Craig
ROBBS – Jimmy Craig, 59, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at his home in the Robbs community. He was a frame builder and did other odd jobs. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and loved spending time with his granddaughter, and visiting his friends and brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Robbs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Craig; one son, Terry Craig; one daughter, Misty Tucker; one granddaughter, Kayla Craig; one daughter-in-law, Sheila George; and one son-in-law, Jimmy Tucker; and all of his sisters and brothers.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Christine Craig; his father, John Leland Craig; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Paul Lancaster, Cecil Foster, Jammie Black, Danny Gregory, Carl Ray Mooneyham and Sherman Collins.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.

Erie Downs
OKOLONA – Erie Downs died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

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