Obituaries Nov. 19, 2009

Meghan Mattox
BOONEVILLE – Meghan Murphy Mattox, infant, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Memorial services for family and friends were Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Gaston Baptist Church with Bro. Matt Brown officiating. Burial followed in the Gaston Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Mike and Amanda Murphy Mattox of Booneville; her sister, Erin Mattox of the home; her grandparents, Jimmy and Martha Murphy of Booneville, and Ladron and Judy Mattox of Corinth; her great-grandmothers, Mary Murphy of Booneville and Sara Pannell of Corinth; an uncle, Brad Mattox; and three aunts, Jennifer (John) Orman, Sarah Mattox and Katie Mattox.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Pete Pannell, Oliver and Mattie Mattox, John Murphy, and Neal and Lena Thompson.
The family request memorials be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Gaston Baptist Church or Union Baptist Church.

Rudolph Sanford
NEW ALBANY – Rudolph Sanford, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Luda Patterson
RAMER, Tenn. – Luda Helen Patterson, 65, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Cypress Creek First Baptist Church in Selmer, Tenn. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Luke.

Erie Downs
OKOLONA – Erie Bell Dearing Downs, 84, died Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 24, 1925, to George Dearing and Ellen Gillespie Dearing. She moved to St. Louis in 1951 and returned to Mississippi in 1999.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cedar Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Henry Brownlee officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, William Earl “Sonny Hutt” Dearing (Shelia) of Okolona; two daughters, Betty Jean Hutt Craig of Chicago and Patricia Ann Downs of Okolona; one sister, Lentine Dearing Box of Chicago; two brothers, Eldrige Lee Dearing (Denise) of Chicago and Earl Dearing of Okolona; one brother-in-law, R.D. Hyde of Aberdeen; two adopted grandsons, Patrick and Toran Downs, whom she helped rear.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Willie Box.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.

Elizabeth Garner
WREN – Minnie Elizabeth “Neg” Garner, 89, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at her home. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born June 14, 1920, to Frank and Ludie Bell Dixon Grady. She married James Lewis Garner in 1943; he died in 1995. She had worked at the Prairie Ordnance Plant, where she made shells. She was a homemaker and a member of the Grady’s Chapel Methodist Church. She enjoyed yardwork, gardening, collecting teddy bears and dolls, making crafts, and talking on the phone with her friends.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Harrison Upshaw officiating. Burial will be Haughton Memorial Park .
Survivors include two sons, Danny Garner (Ik Su “Kim”) of Wren and Donnie Garner (Cindy) of Wren; one daughter, Brenda Garner of Wren; a sister-in-law, Arlie Mae Grady of Tupelo; four grandchildren, David Phillips, Shawn Phillips, Su Chin “Susie” Garner Hale and Kieth Garner; four great-grandchildren, Cody Phillips, Cole Phillips, Stone Garner and Conner Garner; one stepgreat-grandchild, Chase Gains; a nephew, Billy Grady of Tupelo; and many other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Buford Grady.
Pallbearers will be Guy Parker, Lann Wilf, Mike Wilf, Terry Garner, David Renfro, Sammy Brown and Ronnie Garner.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Loudis C. Wren
BOONEVILLE – Loudis C. Wren, 71, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Claude Moore
BYHALIA – Claude Casey Moore, 97, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at his home in Byhalia. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Jean Young
OXFORD – Jean Allen Young, 97, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the church.

Willie B. Chew
PONTOTOC – Willie B. Chew, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Anderson Newcomb
BURNSVILLE – Anderson Newcomb, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Burnsville Tabernacle.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Bobby Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Johnson, 71, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Dwight Brown
ALGOMA – Dwight Leon Brown, 86, formerly of Algoma, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Senior Suites in Broken Arrow, Okla. He was born Feb. 4, 1923, in Memphis to Dwight and Gara Sewell Brown. He grew up in North Mississippi and served aboard the USS McGinty in World War II. In 1946 he married Frances Bost and had two daughters. He worked for many years at Mid South Packing Plant and in later years was a general manager for Hancock Fabric Stores in Mississippi and Louisiana. He and Frances retired to Pontotoc County and remained in Algoma for over 20 years. He was an avid gardener and a wonderful cook. He resided the last two years in Tulsa, Okla., with his daughter and son-in-law.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Tom Campbell officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his two daughters, June Braun (David) of Bakersfield, Calif., and Susan Ponville (D.J) of Tulsa, Okla.; one grandson, Josh Braun (Sarah) of Ithaca, N.Y.; two granddaughters, Terri Ponville Brown (Kash) and Jamie Ponville, both of Tulsa, Okla.; two great-grandchildren, Bayleigh Cox and Harlow Brown both of Tulsa, Okla.; his sister, Virginia Gober; and many nieces and nephews in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a brother, J.C. Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Drew Baker
FULTON – Drew Baker, 23, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009, in Portsmouth, Va. He was born in Chadron, Neb., and moved to Philadelphia early in life. He was a graduate of Philadelphia High School. He had served in the U.S. Coast Guard for the past 3 1/2 years and was currently stationed in Portsmouth, Va., as Operations Specialist 3rd Class, assigned to Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Bear. He was a Baptist by faith.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McClain-Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia with the Rev. Dennis Duvall officiating. Graveside services with military honors will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Dorsey Cemetery in Fulton.
Survivors include his mother, Dawn Nicholson Baker Stewart of Fulton; his father, Allen Stewart of Fulton; one sister, Meredith Jean Baker of Fulton; his fiancée, Nicole Herbert; four stepbrothers, Chris Stewart of Fulton, Josh Stewart of Fulton, Ryan Klauck of Huntsville, Ala., and Adam McBrayer of Philadelphia; his grandmother, Katherine Stewart of Fulton; his great-grandmother, Delphia Hood of Fulton; aunts, Debbie Hodges of Philadelphia and Leah Adkison of Ridgeland; uncle, William Hodges of Philadelphia; great-uncle, Fred McEachin of Philadelphia; and cousins, Brittany Hodges, Brooke K. Wells and Charlie Wells.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, David Allen Nicholson and Jean McEachin Adkison.
Honorary pallbearers will be shipmates of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bear.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Philadelphia High School athletic football program.

Alice West
RED BAY, Ala. – Alice West, 85, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the Care Center of Red Bay. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Jan Riley
NETTLETON – Jan Waycaster Riley, 59, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at her home in the New Chapel community near Nettleton. She was born Dec. 18, 1949, in Tupelo to Elizabeth Fancher Waycaster and George Mitchell “Tee” Waycaster. She was a cosmetologist, but most recently was a floral designer at Bishop’s Flowers in Tupelo. She was a member of New Chapel United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women’s Association. She married William H. “Bill” Riley on June 1, 1967, at the New Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at New Chapel United Methodist Church in Nettleton with Bro. Lance Presley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Riley; one daughter, Suzanne Looney (Eddie); two sons, Tony Riley and Jason Riley (Jessica); two grandchildren, Terra and Misha Riley; and one brother, Phillip Allan Waycaster (Darlene), all of Nettleton.
Pallbearers will be Tony Riley, Jason Riley, Paul Wayne White, Bubba Bennett, Danny Chumney and Kelly Woolven.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lloyd Waggoner, Robert Wright, Hershel Bennett and Lee Barnes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to New Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1191 Section Line Road, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Willie Tabb Sr.
NETTLETON – Willie James Tabb Sr., 85, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Belle Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. An online register book can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Dot Johnston
CORINTH – Doris “Dot” Johnston, 73, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to service time Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 4127 Westside Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Jones Robins
MEMPHIS – Jones Robins, 78, formerly of Guntown, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Baptist Tipton Care Facility in Covington, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Bethel CME Church in Guntown. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Anthony Funeral Home of West Memphis, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie P. Robins of Memphis; two daughters, Linda Robins of Romaville, Ill., and Angeline Robins of Memphis; one sister, Elaine Robins of Guntown; one brother, Arzell Robins of West Memphis, Ark.; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; seven nieces and five nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Central Chapel Baptist Church in Memphis and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Bethel CME Church in Guntown.

George Duff Sr.
BRUCE – George William Duff Sr., 81, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Light House Church of Christ Jesus. Burial will be in the Duff Cemetery at Sarepta. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday. To access the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Maggie Lee Griffin
NETTLETON – Maggie Lee Griffin, 76, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at her home in Monroe County. She was born Sept. 25, 1933, to Woodie Pierce and Rosie Lee Merritt. She was a member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Saturday at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. George Taylor officiating. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include seven children, Rosie Steele, Elmer Griffin, Robbie Dilworth, Gloria Cummings, Leon Griffin, Sharon Griffin and Trela Maddox; three sisters, Nancy Westmoreland, Vernell Shannon and Beatrice Booth; two brothers, Tyrone McIntosh and Charlie Pierce; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

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