Obituaries Nov. 2, 2009

Tiffany Franks
TUPELO – Tiffany D. Franks, 18, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Ralph Roy
ABBEVILLE – Ralph Gallegly Roy, 72, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at his home.
Services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Abbeville Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, Wahabi Shrine Center, P.O. Box 2750, Jackson MS 39207.

Joyce Chambers
CORINTH – Joyce Ann Elder Chambers, 62, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at her residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time.

Danny H. Putt
SALTILLO – Danny H. Putt, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at his residence after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Dale Rademaker
BLOUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Dale Rademaker, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at his home after a lengthy illness.
He was born in Baldwin, Wisc., on Nov. 15, 1927, to William and Ella Rademaker and was a former resident of Tupelo. He was a member of Restoration Fellowship Church and a devoted Christian husband and family man. He was loved and respected by all who knew him and had a reputation as a man of integrity, and as a master craftsman and carpenter. He loved singing hymns, Handel’s “Messiah” and listening to acappella Christian music. He enjoyed spending leisure time gardening and tending flowers, and in his younger years training horses and dogs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Gunter officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Bradshaw Rademaker of Blountsville, Ala.; three sons, Terry Rademaker Willie (Beth) Rademaker, all of Anchorage, Alaska, and Tim (Linda) Rademaker of Phoenix, Ariz.; three daughters, Mary Jo (Bill) Dawson of Prescott Valley, Ariz., Ellen Politz of El Rancho, N.M., and Susan Stubnar of Big Springs, Texas; two stepsons, DeVone Hobgood and Phillip Hobgood; one brother, Verne (Rachel) Rademaker of Oostburg, Wisc.; 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Alice; two sisters, Kathryn and Inez; one brother, Ray; and a grandson, Jesse.
Pallbearers will be James “Zeb” Rademaker, Tommy Rademaker, Aubrey Askew, Dwayne Hobgood, Rex McCay and Michael David Perkins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Beacon Hospice, 1901-C 2nd Avenue East, Oneonta AL 35121.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit

Carson McKinney
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Carson Tyler McKinney, 22 months, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.
He attended Trinity Assembly of God.
Graveside services will be on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Little Hope Cemetery in Falkner with Bro. Joe Street and Bro. Robert Lovett officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his father, Donald Wayne McKinney Jr., and his mother, Kimberly Nicole Kennamore, both of Blue Mountain; his grandfather, Glenn Kennamore of Blue Mountain; his grandmother, Regina McKinney of Ripley; his great-grandparents, Martha Greer of Falkner and Birdie Mae Kennamore of Jackson, Tenn.; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Sweatman Kennamore; and his grandfather, Donald McKinney Sr.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Brewer, Steve Kennamore, Lee Tanner and Ryan McKinney.
No visitation will be held. To view and sign the online guestbook, visit
Louise Anderson
WEST POINT – Louise Wilkins Anderson, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.
She was born Sept. 3, 1914, in Brooksville to the late Willie Hopkins Wilkins and Tyson Wilkins. She was a teacher in high school and elementary schools in George County and West Clay High School for 15 years. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church and was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women. She married James L. Anderson on Feb. 25, 1940, in Brooksville and he predeceased her on Aug. 10, 1957.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Shuqualak Cemetery on Highway 21 with the Rev. Danny Avery officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Louise Elizabeth Fisher (Bill) of Ridgeland; two sons, James L. Anderson Jr. (Kathye) of Brooksville and Joe Anderson of West Point; four grandchildren; James L. Anderson III, Lynne Fisher, Lee Fisher and Lydia Fisher Specht; three great-grandchildren, Jacob Anderson, Julia Anderson and Andrew Fisher; two sisters, Sara Elizabeth Ellis of Lexington and Dorothy Fraley of Macon; and two brothers, T.J. Wilkins (Dorothy) and Bill Wilkins (Peggy), all of Brooksville.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Joe Tyson Wilkins; and her grandson, John Anderson.
Pallbearers will be James Anderson III, Michael Wilkins, Lee Fisher, Dr. Barrie Bounds, Darryl Wilkins, Bill Wilkins Jr., Ronnie Durham and Sam Heard Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Waverly Care Home and the staff of Dugan Memorial Home, with special thanks to Heart to Heart Hospice and Community Hospice. Memorials may be made to donor’s choice.
Visitation will be from 1:45 p.m. until service time at Shuqualak Cemetery.
Friends may leave a memory message at

John Kloha
HOLLY SPRINGS – John Kloha, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at Christopher’s Personal Care Home in Holly Springs.
The Detroit, Mich., native was a Korean War veteran and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University where he was president of the Michigan State Marching Band.
In 1960, he located the Wurlitzer Piano Co. in Holly Springs where he served as procurement manager for 21 years. He retired from Oxford Wire and Cable Services as vice president of manufacturing.
A Rotarian for 47 years, he served as president of the Holly Springs Club and received a Paul Harris award from the Oxford Club. In 2004 he co-chaired the Rotary District Conference.
He was a director of the Oxford/Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, commissioner for the Regional Mental Health Center, president of Tallahatchie Manufacturer’s Association and was recognized for 45 years of perfect attendance at the NMIDA annual meeting.
He was a charter member of Zion Lutheran Church and served on the Marshall Academy Board of Directors. His hobbies included golf, railroad modeling, steam locomotives and antique fire engines.
Services will be at 12 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Ruth; one son, John F. Kloha; three daughters, Debbie Hallman (Ken) of Arlington Heights, Ill., Pam Barnett (Jimbo) of Los Angeles and Carole Elliott (Steven) of Olive Branch; six grandchildren, Anna, Rick and Blake Hallman of Arlington Heights, Allie Barnett of Los Angeles, and Charlie and Jack Elliott of Olive Branch; and one brother, David Kloha (Betty) of Carleton, Mich.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
James D. Weathers
TUPELO – James Dudley Weathers, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness.
Born July 12, 1925, he was a lifelong resident of Lee County and a longtime member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
In 1958, he founded Weathers Auto Supply, which he owned and operated for 40 years. He expanded the Tupelo location by opening six additional stores throughout the Southeast. He earned a private pilot license and purchased an aircraft which he used extensively in his business. Quite the entrepreneur, he also founded several other businesses including a funeral coach and limousine leasing business and a funeral supply. A very generous individual and devoted advocate for education, he was involved in many philanthropic efforts including the Boy Scouts and Gideons.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Burial will be at Lee Memorial Park.
He is survived by a son, Larry Weathers of Tupelo; a grandson, Todd Weathers (Kristen) of Austin, Texas; one great-grandchild, Olivia Leigh Weathers; one brother, Karrie Weathers (Barbara); one sister, Juanita Franks; and several nephews and a niece. He is also survived by the mother of his son, Charlene Weathers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Denver and Louie Weathers.
Pallbearers will be Steve Weathers, Mark Weathers, Perry Franks, Michael Franks, Woody Watson and Terry Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be former employees.
Memorials may be made to the Harrisburg Baptist Church Music Ministry, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo MS 38801.
Visitation will be from 5-7 tonight at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Eleanor McMillen
NEW ALBANY – Eleanor Fairy McMillen, 94, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at Magnolia Place in New Albany.
She lived her life in Ingomar. She worked as a factory worker and was a homemaker. She was a member of Fredonia Baptist Church and was the wife of the late Lenox McMillen, to whom she was married for 76 years.
Services will be on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Glenfield Funeral Home with Dr. Chris Aldridge and Bro. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Johnnie Wheeler of Verona; one brother, Randle Sutherland of Bruce; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Carroll and Audrey Sutherland; and three brothers, Jimmy Ray Sutherland, Charles Sutherland and Lee “Bill” Sutherland.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Fredonia Baptist Church.
William Barner
ATLANTA – William George Barner III died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Emory Hospital Midtown.
Formerly of Ruleville and Greenville, he was born Sept. 23, 1926, in Ruleville to William George Barner Jr. and Elizabeth Mangum Barner. He was a graduate of Cleveland High School. He graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Ole Miss band and Sigma Chi Fraternity. He then pursued a graduate degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
He worked in Tupelo at the Daily Journal and in Charleston, S.C., at the News and Courier before joining an advertising firm, Burke, Dowling, Adams in Atlanta, Ga. After his retirement, he worked with Emory University Adult Education. He was active in the Ole Miss Alumni Association and was an officer in the Hugenot Society. He retired as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He had recently published a book, “The Egg Bowl,” a history of the football rivalry between Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
Graveside services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Greenville Cemetery with the Rev. Julia Moore of St. James Episcopal Church officiating. All services are under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home in Greenville.
Survivors include his sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Champion of Tupelo; two nieces, Betty Champion Dickey and her husband, Dr. Danny Dickey, of Tupelo and Caroline Champion Woods and her husband, Dan Woods, of Destin, Fla.; two grand-nieces, Tiffany Umland and her husband, Dan, of San Antonio, Texas, and Alison Schmelzer and her husband, Jody, of Ridgeland; three grand-nephews, Sidney Easterling and his wife, Allison, of Destin, Dr. Drew Dickey and his wife, Erin, of Ridgeland, and Adrian Dickey of Oxford; and special friends Fred Cleghorn and Tetia and Neil Denis of Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Willie Watts
FALKNER – Willie Harold Watts, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at his residence.
He was born Aug. 20, 1920, to the late Green Watts and Mary Harrell Watts. He was a member of Pine Hill Primitive Baptist Church. He was an installer and repairman with Bell South.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Darren Owens and Elder Tim Cannon officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Lucille “Mama Cill” Cox Watts of Falkner; two daughters, V. Diane Jackson (Leroy) and Patsy Wohlfarth, all of Falkner; one son, Thomas Michael Watts (Nina) of Pittsboro; two sisters, Lucille Mohundro of Horn Lake and Louise Ashe of Texas; eight grandchildren, Tommy Wohlfarth (Chandra) of Bartlett, Tenn., Michael Ragland of Memphis, Pepper Watts (Kayla) of Bruce, Christy Wilbanks (Scott) of Falkner, Ryksie Brown (Chris) of Aberdeen, Brandon Daughtry (Kevin) of Baton Rouge, La., Jeanine Herrmann (Fred) of Birmingham, Ala., and Pansye Watts of Memphis; 13 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Daughtry, Fred Herrmann, Scott Wilbanks, Verne Gibbs, Chris Brown, Leroy Jackson, David Bennett, Jim Wohlfarth and Tommy Labarreare.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Becky Miller and Tish Reed Hill; and two brothers, Jeffrey Watts and Pete Watts.
Visitation will be from 5-9 tonight at Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit

James Taylor
HICKORY FLAT – James Anthony Taylor, 46, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Holly Springs as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Phillip Cox
MANTACHIE – John Phillip Cox, 53, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at his home.
He was born Oct. 7, 1956, in Tupelo to Jimmy and Dorothy Edwards Cox. He was a graduate of Nettleton High School. He was an employee of Hancock Fabrics for 15 years. He was an avid golfer until he became disabled. He loved professional football and was an avid Alabama fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Gary Lambright and Bro. Tim Holsonback officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Kaci Cox of Mantachie; one sister, Suzanne Hartley of Warrenville, S.C.; one brother, Michael Rye of Warrenville; three nieces, Hailey and Mattie Silas and Abbie Hartley, all of Warrenville; two nephews, Christian Hartley of Warrenville and Thomas Bustamante of Mantachie; his aunts, Peggy Smith (John), Martha Randolph and Linda Jackson (Cecil), all of Nettleton, Jimmie Lou Griggs (Bobby) of Aberdeen and Mary Francis Bryson (BJ) of Brices Cross Roads; his uncles, James Edwards (Barbara) of Baxley, Ga., and Robert Cox (Jennie) of Tupelo; his sister-in-law, Sonya Bustamante (Ruben) of Mantachie; his mother-in-law, Nell Lollar of Mantachie; and the mother of his daughter, Tina Harris of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Sonya Carver; one brother, James Cox; an uncle, Mack Randolph; and his grandparents, Jim and Freda Edwards and John and Mary Young.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Christian, Jeff Jones, Johnny Farris, Lanny Whitaker, Tracy Brown, Dennis Farris, Chad Cooley and Thomas Bustamante. Jeff Kidd will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5-8 tonight at the funeral home.

Lucille Bray
HOULKA – Lucille Partee Bray, 95, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
She was born Dec. 14, 1913, in Pontotoc to Era Lester Partee and Ruth Dodson Partee. She was a homemaker and a member of Houlka First Baptist Church.
Services will be on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. David Blackwell and Dr. Craig Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Williams Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include her son, Glen Bray of Houlka; her sisters, Nellie Davidson of Columbus, Ga., and Billie Jean Greer of Macon, Ga.; her grandchildren, Glenda Huffman (Victor) of Houston and Tammy Bray of Maumelle, Ark.; her great-grandchildren, Justin Earnest and Sullivan Bray; and a great-great-grandson, Aram Earnest.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Talmadge Bray, on June 28, 1966; her son, Danny Bray; two brothers; and four sisters.
Visitation will be from 5-7 tonight at Houston Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Friends and family may sign the online register at

John Barrett
AMORY – John Barrett, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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