Obituaries Nov. 20, 2009

Melvin Willis
HOUSTON – Melvin Willis, 91, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home in West Point.

Alice West
RED BAY, Ala. – Alice Opal Cochran West, 84, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the Care Center of Red Bay.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Community Center Baptist Church in Red Bay. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour before the service.
Rudy Sanford
NEW ALBANY – Rudolph “Rudy” Sanford, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born Sept. 11, 1923, in Good Springs, Ala., to George Washington and Minnie Jones Sanford. He was a retired electrician for Alabama Power Company and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the New Albany Church Of Christ.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Minister Ray Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Dessie Lee Allred of New Albany; his cousin and caregiver, John Sanford of New Albany; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vera Mae Hanley Sanford, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Andy Baker, Jason Allred, Brad Allred, Greg Allred, Danny Allred, David Allred, Seth Allred and Benny Allred.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
In honor of Rudy Sanford, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Navy at the funeral home during visitation and service.

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. today 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 continue from 11:30 a.m. to service time today 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.

George Burgess Jr.
RIDGELAND – George Marshall Burgess Jr., 57, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, in Flowood. He was born on Dec. 19, 1951, in north Hinds County. He graduated from high school at Magnolia Academy and and graduated from Southern Mississippi University in 1974. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jackson Madison Campus. He was a retired captain of the Pearl Police Department and the director of security at Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company. An avid reader and huge history buff, he enjoyed his family, cooking and motorcycle riding. and his dog, Gus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today Friday at First Baptist Church of Jackson Madison Campus, in Gluckstadt with Dr. Kevin Cooper and Dr. Tommy Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Lula Baptist Church Cemetery (Williamson Family Cemetery). Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home on Highland Colony Parkway is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survieved by his wife, Gwen Cook Burgess of Ridgeland; two sons, Marshall Fielding Burgess and wife, Lisa, of Clinton and Jacob Duke Burgess of Clinton; his mother, Katherine Jirikowic and his stepfather Ed, of Jackson; one sister, Anita Shales (Roger) of Mandeville, La.; a nephew, Julian Shales, and a niece, Samantha Shales.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Marshall Burgess Sr.
Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 31954, Jackson, MS 39286-1954; or the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216, (601)815-8010.
Dorothy Henry
CORINTH – Dorothy Jeanette Henry, 79, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born March 22, 1930, in Mississippi to Thomas Vick and Lela Elam Essary. She was retired from ITT after 26 years of employment. She loved flowers, sewing, any kind of jewelry, all sorts of collectibles and reading, and she looked forward to Christmas.
Services were Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Burial was in the Lone Oak Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ancel Henry; four sons, Jimmy Henry and wife, Vicky, of Saltillo, and Jeff Henry and wife, Diane, Joey Henry and wife, Shelia, and Aaron Henry and wife, Cathy, all of Corinth; two daughters, Gail Hill and husband, Johnny, of Dumas and Mira Vaiden and husband, Charlie, of Middleton, Tenn.; three brothers, Honell, Buddy and Gerald Essary, and one sister, Jean Joy, all of Corinth; 16 grandchildren, Brad Hill, Kelly Fryar, Abby Roberts, Patrick Henry, Shelby Henry, April Bullard, Curtis Henry, Matthew Henry, Justin Henry, Tyler Henry, Christie Irvin, Heather Sharp, Hailey Henry, Melissa Hopper, Tony Robinson, and Charlie Robinson; 24 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Irene Ellis.
Pallbearers were Brad Hill, Patrick Henry, Justin Henry, Tyler Henry, Curtis Henry and Robert Sharp.

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. The Rev. Jeffrey Freeman will officiate. 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. today at Central Chapel Baptist Church in Memphis and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Bethel CME Church in Guntown.

Loudis C. Wren
BOONEVILLE – Loudis Cecil Wren, 71, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 5, 1938, in Prentiss County. He owned and operated a carpet installation business in Booneville for many years. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed playing cards and dominoes, cooking, camping, fishing and watching “Wheel of Fortune.” He loved animals.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Wallace, Bro. Russell Lormand and Bro. Harold Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by a son, Tommy Wren of Booneville; two daughters, Damita Billingsley (Kim) of Booneville and Deniece Roaton (Dwayne) of New Albany; three granddaughters, Monica Roaton and Cortney Finch, both of New Albany, and Crystal Johnson of Somerville, Tenn.; five grandsons, Andrew Johnson of New Albany, Maury Billingsley of Booneville, Dakota Wren and Austin Wren, both of Iron City, Tenn., and Chris Roaton of New Albany; five great-granddaughters, Nicole Roaton, Abby Roaton and Emma Claire Roaton, all of New Albany, Morgan Johnson and Kayla Johnson, both of Somerville, Tenn.; and eight great-grandsons, Trevor Roaton, Lane Johnson, Sawyer Finch and Noah Johnson, all of New Albany, Cody Johnson of Somerville, Tenn., Walker Roaton and Hunter Roaton, both of New Albany, and Mason Johnson of Somerville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ema Jean Wren, in 1994; his parents, Thomas Peyton Wren and Mattie Floyd Wren; a grandson, Trevor Wren; and 19 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers are Wilson English, David English, Geary Wren, Andrew Johnson, Maury Billingsley, Junior Eaton, Chris Roaton, Jerry Wayne Eaton, Ronnie Eaton, Eric Finch, Barry Roaton, Dakota Wren and Austin Wren.
Harry Walker Jr.
TUPELO – Nathan Harry Walker Jr., 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Benton, La., to Nathan Harry Walker Sr. and Ida Mae Moore Walker. He graduated from Plain Dealing High School in Plain Dealing, La., and attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He made his home in Mount Propect, Ill., for many years before moving to Tupelo in April 1992.
He had a stellar career at Kraft Foods, where he pioneered and built their modern distribution system. He retired after 42 years of service but was called back by the company as a consultant and moved to Tupelo to cover the Mid-South.
He and his wife, Ellen, grew to love Tupelo and devoted untold hours in volunteer work here. He was appropriately known as one of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club’s best workers. He served as club treasurer and as chairman of so many projects including flag flying, the fruit cake and Boston butt fundraisers and was known all over town delivering and servicing the candy boxes in so many local businesses. He was a personal contributor to the International Civitan Scholarship programs and devoted untold hours providing service above self in the fight against mental retardation and developments disabilities which Civitan supports.
He worked part time in Lee County Tax Collector Leroy Belk’s office. A lifetime entrepreneur, he formerly owned a carpet cleaning business, a house painting business, sold real estate, and made and sold wooden writing pens right up to his death. He was a faithful and devoted member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo and had the church doors opened every Sunday morning by 6:30 a.m. He was a “man among men,” a great mentor to his family and many friends, and a quiet, gentle hardworking man.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Ron Richardson officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday only at McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ellen Falesch Walker, whom he married Nov. 27, 1988; his daughters, Patricia Ann Parello (Dennis) of Waukegan, Ill., and Linda Kay Stelk of Palatine, Ill.; his sons, Larry Walker (Jan) of Brandon and Don Walker (Lisa) of Viera, Fla.; a stepson, Richard Wozny (Cathy) of Niles, Ill.; 14 grandchildren, Jessi, Callie, Margie, Kaylee, Jolie, Keith, Curtis, Cindy, Deanna, Melissa, Julie, Brittany, Cory and Andrew; two great-grandchildren, Nate and Jaden; one brother, Edward Walker (Pat) of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Bettye Jo Walker, in 1986 and a sister.
Pallbearers will be his fellow Civitan Club members.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be e–mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Claude Moore
BYHALIA – Claude Casey Moore, 97, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at his home in Byhalia.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the Byhalia Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. with a wake from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leon Hall
RED BANKS – Leon Hall, 66, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday.
Maggie Grisham
BALDWYN – Margaret “Maggie” Grisham, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

James Nolen Moore
FULTON – James Nolen Moore, 77, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton. He was born Sept. 20, 1932, in Itawamba County to Edgar Houston and Ethel Wood Moore. He was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School, Itawamba Community College and Louisiana State University’s Banking School of the South. He retired from Deposit Guaranty in Fulton as an officer and manager. He was a member of the American Legion, Rotary Club and United Way. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Martin Jameson officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ann Devaughn Moore of Dorsey; one daughter, Carol Rutland (Ricky) of Dorsey; one son, Phillip Moore (Carol) of Baton Rouge, La.; four grandsons, Matthew Rutland (Rosa) and Joseph Rutland (fiancée, Elise Pearce), both of Dorsey, Brett Lanphere (Hillary) of Birmingham, Ala., and Samuel Moore of Baton Rouge; one great-granddaughter, Isabel Rutland of Dorsey; one sister, Marilyn Christian (Thomas) of Dorsey; two brothers, Holland Moore (Joyce) of Tupelo and Wood Moore of Oxford, Ala.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Arva Rae Hayes, Beulah Sheffield and Fleta Olean Moore.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Moore, Bob Moore, Greg Christian, Steve Hill, Mike Bunch, Jon Hill, Michael Blalock and Vic Nigri.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Bobby Priest
SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Bobby Gene Priest, 59, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2009, at the Hardin County Medical Center.
Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Whitehouse Cemetery in Michie, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the cemetery.

Jimmie L. Moore
WEST POINT – Jimmie L. Moore, 67, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at UFCW Local 1991 Bryan Union Hall in West Point. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Whites 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.

Robert Ashby
FULTON – Robert Earl Ashby, 56, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh CME Church in Fulton. Burial will be in Fulton Community Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Wille B. Chew
PONTOTOC – Willie B. Chew, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a native of Pontotoc and a member of East Baptist Church, where she served as an usher. She loved to cook and do gardening.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at East Baptist Church. The Rev. Artis Webber will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Sylvia (Holly James) Gregory; three sons, Thomas (Auther Mae) Chew, Terry (Lena) Chew and Roy (Gwen) Chew, all of Pontotoc; one sister, Josephine Laws of Pontotoc; 20 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otho Chew, and three sons, Paul Chew, Sonny Chew and Elbert Chew.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m.
Sandra Griggs
OKOLONA – Sandra Marie Poss Griggs, 61, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born on Oct. 21, 1948, in West Point to Howard Poss and Rainie Barnes Poss. She and her family have lived in Okolona for 12 years, moving from Prairie, where she grew up and lived much of her adult life. She married Jerry D. Griggs Sr. on Dec. 29, 1964, in Aberdeen. Her working career included assisting in the family business, Poss Fur Company, and working many years as a tax preparer for the H&R Block Company. A member of Carnation Baptist Church, she was a master housewife and enjoyed reading and studying the Bible. She dearly loved her family which included four children. After her daughter, Renee, died in l996, she became mother to her granddaughter, Hannah Page. All her grandchildren were “Mamaw’s” pride and joy. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and cooking, especially when her family was together.
A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Una community. Bro. Truman Carter will officiate with family reflections delivered by her children. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Okolona Chapel and after the service on Sunday at the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Una.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Griggs Sr. of Okolona; one daughter, Tanya Jones (Wayne) of Okolona and the granddaughter she reared, Hannah Page of the home; two sons, Jerry D. Griggs Jr. (Lisa) of Marion N.Y., and Jacob L. Griggs (Hilari) of Gibson; two brothers, Lucian Poss of Una and Charles Poss (Sara) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Ella Jane White (Irwin) of St. Petersburg, Fla.,and Betty Jo Bowen (Howard) of West Point; six grandchildren, Hannah Page, Brenna, Jordan, Austin, Ethan and Coltan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Angela Renee Griggs, in 1996; and four brothers, Ernie, Jimmy, Wallace and Gary Poss.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Brenda Henley, Prairie, MS. 39756.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Charlie Mae Hester
AMORY – Charlie Mae Loden Hester died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie B. Moore
WEST POINT – Willie B. Moore, 80, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 23, at Town Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Jim Stanfield
OKOLONA – Jim Edward Stanfield died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

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