Obituaries Nov. 15, 2009

Bobbie Nance
OKOLONA – Bobbie Raina Hampton Nance, 40, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, she was born March 8, 1969. Her parents were Bobby Joe and Billie Joy Hampton. She married Christopher Nance on Feb. 22, 2008. She loved her family, especially her daughter and granddaughter. She was a good mom and a good role model.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hope Church with Bro. Randy Clark and Robert Leach officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Christopher Nance; one daughter, Amber Nicole Coleman; one granddaughter, Dawn Louise Sullivan, all of Okolona; two sisters, Cynthia Lynn Loniecki of Wyandotte, Mich., and Sandra Ann Alfreds (Skip) of Tupelo; one brother, Jody Lee Hampton (Tonya) of Lake Piomingo; and her mother, Billie Joy Hampton of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Joe Hampton.
Visitation will be from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday at Hope Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bobbie Nance Funeral Fund, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Tina Ralston
TUPELO – Tina L. Easter Ralston, 39, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at her home after a sudden illness. She was born June 30, 1970, in Amory to Louis J. and Mary Ann Jernigan Easter. She married Gary Ralston in 2000 who survives. She was a homemaker and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Thomas Warren and Bro. William Warren officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Ralston of Tupelo; her parents, Louis and Ann Easter of Hatley; two daughters, Stephanie Nickole Watson (Sanders) of Tupelo and Brittany Joanne Franks of Tupelo; three stepdaughters, Kelly Ralston, Sherry Lamb (Jim) and Cory Ervay (Brad), all of Granite City, Ill.; two brothers, Christopher Louis Easter (Janet) of Hatley and Tony Ray Easter (Melissa) of Hatley; one sister, Myra Mitchell (Kerry) of Hatley; and seven grandchildren, Jennifer Watson, Allen Griffin IV, Abigail Sandlin, Justin Sampson, Neely Sampson, Marcy Lamb and Ally Lamb; and a special daughter, Casey Diane Walters.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tiffany Franks; two grandsons, Bently Louis Franks and baby Ralston; a granddaughter, Saundra Watson; her grandparents, Marvin and Margaret Jernigan and Charlie and Annie Kate Easter; and two uncles, Greely and Larry Jernigan.
Pallbearers will be Austin Mitchell, Adrian Mitchell, Evan Easter, Sanders Watson, Marty Warren and Matthew Keith. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Easter, Tony Easter and Kerry Mitchell.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Marcus Mounce
ECRU – Marcus Mounce died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at his home. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Thomas Byars Jr.
PARSONS, Tenn. – Thomas Evans Byars Jr., 64, formerly of Houlka, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. He was born July 20, 1945, in Houlka to Thomas E. Byars Sr. and Edith Laverne Farr. He was a retired truck driver and dispatcher for Astro-Lounger. and a member of Houlka United Methodist Church.
Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Houlka Baptist Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Stout Byars of Parsons; two daughters, Genger Byars Smith of Houston and Thomasina Byars (Larry Suthard) of Tupelo; one son, David Byars (Brandy) of Houston; six grandchildren, Shelby Smith of Houston, Kaylei Baldwin of Phinix City, Ala., Brooklyn Byars of Houston, Presley Byars of Houston, Montanna Byars of Tupelo and Colton Byars of Houston; one sister, Jan Moorman (Earl David) of Pontotoc; his mother-in-law, Annie Carver (Baby) of Linden, Tenn.; brothers-in-law, Dennis and Danny Stout of Parsons, Rex Stout (Freida) of Jackson, Tenn., and Tony Surratt (Teresa), also of Jackson; and a sister-in-law, Alice Emerson (Jeff) of Cookville, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Monday at Houston Funeral Home and from 12-2 p.m. on Tuesday at Houlka Baptist Church.

Minnie Bailey
HOLLY SPRINGS – Minnie Irene Colston Bailey, 91, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Christophers. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Holly Springs. She was lovingly called Mawmaw and loved her Lord, her children and her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Lewis Bailey, Ralph Bailey, Emmett Bailey, Moody E. Bailey, Lorene Foster and Gail Williams, all of Holly Springs; a brother, Danny Colston of Holly Springs; a sister, Mamie Lee Smith of Holly Springs; 10 grandchildren, Janet, Bruce, Karen, Stephanie, Lori, Wesley, Linda, Missy, Wendy and Christy; and 22 great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Ben, Garrett, Christian, Ethan, Eliza, Alexis, Nicholas, Connor, Madison, Delayna, Kaelyn, Dylan, Bailey, Kirsten, Karys, Hannah, Tyler, Tanner and Kate.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Moody Bailey; and two great-grandchildren, Catherine and Bradley.

Eloise McCarter
NEW ALBANY – Ommie “Eloise” McCarter, 88, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a resident of New Albany and a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany. She worked for Firestone during World War II and was a caretaker and homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and was a loving person.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Glenfield Funeral Home with Bro. Rick Blythe officiating. Burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include one son, Manley Earl McCarter (Marlyn); three daughters, Sherry Berryhill (Howard), Janice Quay McCarter and Betty Ruth Berryman; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Verl Fernell McCarter; her parents, Jefferson Manley High and Minnie Belle Knight McCarter; two brothers, Merl High and Ollie High; and three sisters, Edna Irene Vaughn, Hattie Mae Christene Bryant and Norma Jean High.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Tabitha Moore
SHANNON – Tabitha “Ta-Ta” Bettina Barnett Moore, 28, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on Jan. 28, l981, in Tupelo to Larry and Helen Boren Barnett. A lifelong Shannon resident, she was a l999 graduate of Shannon High School. She worked in child care before being diagnosed with leukemia on Nov. 14, 2008. She was a loving wife and mother, and a wonderful daughter and great sister. She enjoyed camping with friends and family, riding motorcycles with her husband and spending time with the people she loved. She was a die hard Ole Miss Rebels fan, loved teaching and helping children grow and mature, and was a lifelong active member of West Main Church of Christ with her family.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Ministers Charles Tharp and Doug Greenway and Bro. Dempsey Rowland officiating. Burial will follow in Shannon Cemetery. Visitation will be anytime today before services.
Survivors include her husband, Dewayne Moore of Shannon, to whom she married Dec. 17, l999; her son, Halen Moore of the home; her parents, Larry and Helen Barnett of Shannon; her brothers, Jeff Smith (Tammy) of the Ozark Community, Shannon Wade (Heather) of Mooreville and Joey Barnett of Shannon; three sisters, Tina, Kayla and Madison Barnett, all of Shannon; her grandmothers, Lydia “Mom-mom” Boxx of Victoria and Myrtle Oliver of Shannon; her mother in law, Edith Moore; her sister-in-law, Renee Scott and fiancé, Mike Ross, all of Booneville; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; and special friends including the ICU and 3 West staffs at NMMC, the United Blood Services staff and donors, the Hematology and Oncology at Bridgepoint staff, Amy West, and W.J. and Kathy Shoemaker.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers; her sister, Pam Barnett; and her father-in-law, Harold Moore.
Pallbearers will be Jon Jon Coleman, Daniel “Chicken” Coleman, Zack Smith, Keith Houser, Jimmy Lavigne and Devin Dickie. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Morris, Dr. Max Taylor, Dr. Terry Pinson and City of Tupelo employees.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Mississippi, 405 Fontaine Place, Suite 103, Ridgeland MS 39157 or to the West Main Church of Christ Benevolence Fund, 2460 W. Main St., Tupelo MS 38801.

James E. Cotten
TUPELO – James Edward Cotten, 65, died suddenly Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, in Tupelo. He was born on March 29, l944, in Rena Lara, in Coahoma County to Clifton David Cotten and Mayda Holt Cotten. He lived in the greater Clarksdale area much of his adult life before moving to the Tupelo area in l991. A l962 graduate of Sunflower High School, he served a tour of duty in the U. S. Army. He formerly worked for Williams and McWilliams Dredging Company and had retired as an offshore drilling employee. In retirement, he worked as an independent tree man. A Baptist growing up, he loved the outdoors and hunting, especially deer hunting, riding four-wheelers and drag racing, having won the Arkansas National competition. He had a great sense of humor and was beloved by his grandkids who affectionately called him “Papa Skeet.”
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Pastor Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne Mills Cotten of Trace State Park in Pontotoc, to whom he married Sept. 12, 1966; his mother, Mayda Holt Cotten of Grenada; two sons, Michael Cotten of Birmingham, Ala., and Allen Cotten of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; three daughters, Jamie Cotten McAnally of Amory, Sandra Ann Cotten of Fulton and Rhonda Ann Berryhill of Saltillo; two sisters, Mary McDaniel (Garland) of Houston and Frances Newman of Memphis; one brother, Louis Cotten of Bruce; two half-brothers, Floyd Harris of Bruce and Wayne Harris of Grenada; seven grandchildren, Kelly McAnally, Jessie, Michael, Carley, Dillon, Haley and Summer; and four great-grandchildren, Peyton, Jacob, Kensey and Michael.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Michael Harper, Jessie McAnally, Mike Mills, Jamie McAnally, Brandon Lyle and Jerry Mills.
Visitation will be from noon-service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.

Ralph Bridges
POTTS CAMP – Ralph Edward Bridges, 72, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Baptist Hospital East-Memphis. He was born Oct. 3, 1937, in Ripley to Haywood Bridges and Mary Glenn Jones Bridges. He was a logger most of his life and enjoyed hunting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Bethany Baptist Church in Potts Camp. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his seven children, Roger Bridges (Norma) and Coby Bridges (Andrea) of Potts Camp, Nancy Bridges of Pontotoc, Shelly Crow (Shane) of Arkansas, Whitney Bridges of Walls, Brittney Bridges of Tate, and Windy Lyles of Olive Branch; four brothers, James Cook of Potts Camp, Harvey Cook of Lamar, Jerry Cook of Hickory Flat and Michael Cook of Blue Mountain; one sister, Martha Bolden of Lamar; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Monday at Bethany Baptist Church.

Glendora Barber
TUPELO – Glendora Ford Barber, 89, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Green Houses at Traceway. She was born June 21, 1920, in McComb to Thomas Earl and Julia Pearl Ford. She retired after 21 years with the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (the “ASCS”), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. After retirement she began a second career as a real estate agent in Greenwood. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Greenwood where she attended Mass daily for 50 years until she moved to Tupelo in 1988 after the death of her husband. She then attended St. James Catholic Church and attended Mass daily until her illness.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. at Oddfellows Cemetery in Greenwood. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Gwen Barber Sanders (Dr. C.J. Sanders) of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Claire Jenkins (B.G.) of Tupelo; two grandsons, Judge Dave Sanders (Bobbie) of Greenville and Chris Sanders (Jessica) of Dallas, Texas; four great-grandchildren, Abbey Sanders, Emma Sanders, Caleb Sanders and Ford Jenkins; and one sister, Jacquelin Grant of Jackson.
She was preceded in death in 1988 by her husband of 48 years, Guy “Red” Barber; and her son, David Barber, in 1960.
Pallbearers will be Dr. John Sanders, Ronnie Sanders, John Sanders, Taylor Sanders, Doug Grant and Maurice Roy.
A Rosary will be held at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire Dr., Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Catherine Rowan
BOONEVILLE – Catherine Rowan, 65, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was a housewife and a member of Wolf Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Wolf Creek Baptist Church with Rev. L.A. Springfield officiating. Burial will be in the Wolf Creek Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Robert Dilworth (Phyllis), Carolyn Ford (Dennis), Melody Fernando, Cherice Rowan, Rickey Rowan (Jessica) and Jason Haley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Rowan.
Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home.

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