Obituaries Nov. 16, 2009

J.T. Alsup
IUKA – J.T. Alsup, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Lanie Harrelson
GUNTOWN – Lanie Harrelson, 97, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn. Visitation will be tonight from 5-9 at the funeral home.

Clifton E. Spencer
WALNUT – Clifton Eugene Spencer died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 12-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Carlton L. Dover Jr.
VARDAMAN – Carlton Lee “Tiger” Dover Jr., 20, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, as the result of a motor vehicle accident. A native of Calhoun City, he was born March 24, 1989. He was a 2008 graduate of Calhoun City High School and was employed by Chandler’s Fresh Produce in Calhoun City. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. at Southern Funeral Chapel with Brother Benny Hill officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery in Randolph.
Survivors include his father, Carlton Lee Dover Sr. of Vardaman; his mother, Melinda Lee Schmidt of Thorn; three brothers, Joe Seth Dover of Pontotoc, Elton Chester Dover of Pontotoc and Christopher Lucas Dover of Houlka; three sisters, Carlyn Leigh Jenkins of Paris, Miss., Dana Lanell Ninnemann of Savannah, Ga., and Brandy Presley of Houston; and his grandmother, Willie Lee Schmidt of Derma.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.
The online registry may be visited at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Dr. Charles Geyer
NEW ORLEANS – Dr. Charles H. Geyer, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, in New Orleans after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 8, 1939, in Amory to the late Charles Henry and Irene Williams Geyer. He was a 1957 graduate of Amory High School, a graduate of the University of Mississippi, and a graduate of the Loyola University School of Dentistry. He married Linda Conte in 1975 who survives. A longtime resident of New Orleans, he was a self-employed dentist. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was Catholic and was an avid spectator of the New Orleans Saints, the Ole Miss Rebels and the Yankees.
A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. today at St. Helen’s Catholic Church in Amory. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Geyer of New Orleans; one daughter, Erin Geyer-Gilman (Billy) of New Orleans; and one grandchild, Liam Gilman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Billy Gilman, Dr. Robert Conte, David Hodo and David Banks.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905.

Boyce Boles
CORINTH – Boyce Boles, formerly of New Albany, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Quinton Holloway
PONTOTOC – Quinton Holloway, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born June 26, 1926, in Pontotoc County to Eric Holloway and Odell Crowson Holloway. He married Marie Munlin with whom he shared many years before her death. He was a loving father and grandfather and enjoyed spending time with his family and going places after his retirement. He was a dedicated member of Schoona Chapel.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Schoona Chapel with Bro. Charlie Swords officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Forest Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Alesia Holloway (Boyce) of Pontotoc; two sons, Duayne Holloway (Reba) of Pontotoc and Tommy Holloway of Pontotoc; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Peggy Franks and Patricia Jenkins; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Anthony Holloway, Jeff Holloway, Samuel Holloway, Sha Holloway, Cade Holloway, Michael Franks, Tim Franks and Blake Holloway.
Visitation will be today until service time at Schoona Chapel.

Paul Thomas
BALDWYN – Earnest Paul Thomas, 93, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab. He was born Oct. 20, 1916, to J.R. and Mae Foreman Thomas. He was a retired salesman and an active and dedicated member of the Beulah Primitive Baptist Church in Saltillo for many years. He was married to Lillian Marie Mauldin Thomas for 62 years. She preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 1998.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Ed Easley officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his children, Robert Thomas (Virginia) of Baldwyn, Grover Thomas (Margaret) of Houston, Texas, Jerry Thomas (Patricia) of Montgomery, Ala., and Paula Bridges (Danny) of Florence, Miss.; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Rausine Edwards of Lakeland, Fla., Myrtle Ashmore of Michigan City, Ind., and Louise Moore of Coco, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two brothers, William L. Thomas and Leland Thomas; a sister, Beatrice King; and a grandson, Joe Thomas.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be tonight from 5-7 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Beulah Primitive Baptist Church of Saltillo or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Ed Adams
TISHOMINGO – Kenneth E. “Ed” Adams, 80, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 17, 1929, in Paden to Newie and Lou Gena Beard Adams. He was retired from the Natchez Trace Parkway and attended Iuka Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Services will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Lance Foster and Bro. Bill Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Allen Line Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Ila Mae Adams of Tishomingo; two sisters-in-law, Lila Faye Rhodes and Connie Ann Lambert, both of Middleton, Tenn.; two brothers-in-law, Sonny McCarter and Lester Gene McCarter, both of Middleton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters; and six brothers.
Pallbearers will be Lavon Ware, Max Ray Whitehead, Jim Wilson, James Lee Short, Andy Crawford and Joe Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Scott Segars and Marion Crawford.
Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Eugene Sparks
BELMONT – Ivy Eugene Sparks, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009. He was born on Dec. 1, 1930, to Orbie and Mamie Sparks. He married Suzanne Riley on Aug. 11, 1949. He served as pastor in Baptist churches in Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois and Missouri before retiring. After his retirement, he then went to work for the Montana Baptists as an Intentional Interim and pastored several churches for almost nine years. He also owned and operated the Hi-Lo/Sparko Dollar Stores in Amory and Nettleton. He later worked for Sparko, Inc. in various capacities. He and his brother started the business in the 1960s.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Belmont. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a brother, Hollis Sparks of Belmont; his daughter and caregiver, Susan Riley Sparks Bolding (Edwin) of Belmont; his son, Daniel Eugene Sparks (Virginia) of Pascho, Wash.; his grandchildren, Erica Bolding Lundy (Josh) and Natalie Bolding Bird (Ryan), both of Belmont, Daniel, Becky, Thad and Stephen Sparks of Pascho, and Matthew Sparks, currently stationed in Korea; his great grandchildren, Riley Beth Lundy, Tallie Grace Bird, Cheyenne Sparks, Ryann Sparks and Clayton Sparks.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Building Fund at the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 855 Belmont MS 38827.

Melvin C. Smith
CALHOUN CITY – Melvin C. Smith, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at his residence. He was a retired plant manager for Caviness Woodwork in Calhoun City. He was a member of the Calhoun City Church of the Nazarene. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with Rev. Danny Spratlin officiating. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Yancydine Harpole Smith of Calhoun City; four daughters, Melinda Hood and friend, Jay Mann, of Okolona, Teresa Moses of Tupelo, Brenda Grimes (Geof) of Mooreville and Sandra Mooneyham (Jimmy) of Vardaman; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Dorothy Harrelson of Calhoun City and Donice Terry of Bruce.
He was preceded in death by his father, Earnest Marvin Smith; his mother, Sammy Golson Sims Smith; his brother, Prentiss Smith; a sister, Doris Suggs; and a daughter, Sheila Smith.
Visitation will be today from noon until service time at the funeral home.

Duron Newell
PONTOTOC – Morris Duron Newell, 65, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Elnora Montgomery
PLANTERSVILLE – Elnora Montgomery died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Home of Tupelo.
Marcus Mounce
ECRU – Marcus Hitt Mounce, 89, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at his home. He was a farmer and disabled veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Charles Stubblefield officiating. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mounce; three sons, Eddie Mounce, Tim Mounce and Willie Mounce; and five grandchildren, Ryan Mounce, Abby Mounce, Tierra Zinn, Skiyah Young and Christian Mounce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.C. and Sarah Mounce; a sister, Mary Mitchell; and two brothers, Noah Mounce and Gerald Mounce.
Pallbearers will be Bruce McCoy, Scott McGee, Wayne Stokes, Chris Gargus, Phil Stokes and Dennis Bramlett. Honorary pallbearer will be Charlie Mitchell.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Lena Brewer
WALNUT – Lena Pearl Brewer, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Polly Hutson
TUPELO – Ola “Polly” Hutson, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Terry Wood
TUPELO – Terry Wood, 79, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. He was a longtime Tupelo area photographer, businessman, civic and community leader and former mayor of Sherman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo. Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Conner Monaghan
ABERDEEN – Conner Monaghan, 1 month, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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