Obituaries Nov. 23, 2009

J.T. Miller
FULTON – On Saturday morning, Nov. 21, 2009, J.T. Miller left this world quietly and peacefully with his daughters by his side. He was born July 6, 1934, in Itawamba County. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He leaves behind a host of family and friends who loved him dearly. He was employed by the Itawamba County School System. J.T. was known for his hard work and willingness to help others. He was a true friend. He loved dancing and will be missed by all his dancing buddies at the Young at Heart in Tupelo and country oldies in Sheffield, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grover Laird, Bro. Ashley Pettus and Teresa McNeece officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Shelia Carnathan (Mike) of Mantachie and Lisa Moore (Delvin) of Killen, Ala.; five grandchildren, Jeremy Wood (Shannon) of Mooreville, Thomas Wood (Allison) of Mantachie, April Ferguson (Joseph) of Killen, Ala., Tera Johnson (Anthony) of Mantachie, Chase Coleman of Fulton; one stepgranddaughter, Leigh Franks (Rodney) of Mantachie; one brother, Chester Miller (Ella) of Tupelo; three sisters, Eulla Mae Johnson, Liz Morrow (Frank) and Ollie Rea Wiygul, all of Fulton; 14 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Haylee and Cassidy Wood, Clayton, Brooke and Carly Wood, Weston, Kasidye and Taylor Ferguson, Lexie and Baylee Rayburn, Macie Johnson, and Laken and John Weston Franks; a special friend and employer, Teresa McNeece; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.H. and Ethel Mae Tubb Miller; three brothers, Ellie Hue, Bobby and Pete Miller; four sisters, Naomi Wouldridge, Pearl Bolton, Jimmie Mae Miller and Flora Lee Miller; two infant siblings; and a stepgrandson, Michael Carnathan.
Pallbearers will be Keith Johnson, Brad Thomas, Billy Williams, Jeff Senter, Doyle Johnson and Ted Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be William Leech, Bill Wilemon, Bill Devaughn, Bob Robinson and “Rabbit” Kennedy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1942.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today.

Frances Rutledge
Frances Cook Rutledge, 87, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and child of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, was peacefully called home to be with her Master on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. Born to Clyde and Minnie Biffle Cook in Pontotoc on Feb. 1, 1922, she moved with the family to the Florida Keys, where Clyde worked helping build the Miami to Key West railroad. Later they moved to Gladewater, Texas, where Clyde and brother Alvis worked in the east Texas oil fields. Frances graduated from Gladewater High School. She attended Kilgore Junior College and later graduated from North Texas State University with a degree in medical technology. Frances worked in hospitals in the Dallas area during World War II. During this time she met and married Laney Rutledge. Through the remainder of her husband’s 30-year career in the service, Frances had four children and lived on Air Force bases all over the United States and two years in England.
Moving to Pontotoc in 1961, Frances began her teaching career at Beckham Elementary in 1962, where she taught 5th and 6th grades. She then taught biology and English at Algoma High School, and finally taught biology and English at South Pontotoc High School, where she retired in 1984 after teaching for 22 years.
Frances was a member of Algoma Methodist Church, where she was the church pianist for many years. She also taught Sunday school and served the church in many ways before moving to Magnolia Manor Assisted Living and finally to Pontotoc Nursing Home. Frances wrote the Algoma news for the Pontotoc Progress for several years. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Algoma Homemakers and Pontotoc Retired Teachers. Frances loved crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and reading.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kerry Powell and the Rev. Matthew McGrew officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Cook Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Frances is survived by daughters, Donna Wages (Gerald) of Tupelo, Mary Lea (John) of Tulsa, Okla., and Cynthia Duke (Jm) of Algoma; a son, George (Judy) of South Pontotoc; grandchildren, David Wages, Mike Lea, Bethany Lea, Brennan Lea, Hannah Duke, Sarah Todd (Ryan), Holly Rutledge; great-grandson, Max Todd; a niece, Judy Jung of Austin, Texas; and a nephew, Wayland Jones (Debbie) of Longview, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children; a brother, Alvis Cook; sisters, Icy Cook and Jesca Cook; and a grandson, Benjamin Lea.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Wages, David Wages, John Lea, Jm Duke, Mike Lea and Ryan Todd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Algoma Methodist Church, Old Cook Cemetery Fund at First National Bank of Pontotoc or the charity of choice.

Ouida Hamilton
ECRU – Catherine Ouida Bush Hamilton, better known as “Mrs. Ouida,” 91, peacefully and gracefully journeyed to be with her Lord and Savior as her grandchildren sang praises to her heavenly Father and read the scriptures that she had so often read to them. She made this journey on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, following her husband who made this journey on Nov. 20, 1969.
She was born Sept. 18, 1918, in Greenwood to Flonnie Arant and Albert Jasper Bush Sr. At an early age, she professed her faith in the Lord. She was a living legacy of faith as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She received her bachelor’s degree in math and science from “The W” and began her teaching career in Randolph, where she met her future husband, J. Brooks Hamilton, whom she later married on May 30, 1941. She taught high school mathematics at Ecru High School until her children were born, at which time she and her husband established Hamilton Manufacturing Company. After her husband’s death, she went to Mississippi State University, where she received her master’s degree in Special Education. Upon receiving her degree, she helped Margaret Woods pioneer the special education program in Pontotoc County at Beckham School for special needs children and later taught Special Education at North Pontotoc. After retiring, she stayed involved with the local school system as a volunteer while privately tutoring children and teens for many years in her home. She was known as a gifted and inspiring teacher who cared deeply for the well-being of her students and their families.
As a devoted Christ-follower and servant of her Lord, she led Pontotoc County Southern Baptists in receiving training in Christian education and the discipling of others. She spent several summers at Gulfshore Baptist Assembly in Mississippi as a youth counselor and chaperoned additional youth groups to Ridgecrest and Glorietta Baptist Conference Center in New Mexico. Known as a teacher of God’s Word, she was a cherished Sunday School teacher at Ecru Baptist Church for over 50 years and at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru for 13 years. In addition, she had the privilege of beginning the Bible Drills program and was also instrumental in beginning Woman’s Missionary Union work at Ecru Baptist Church.
With a love for proclaiming God’s Word, she enjoyed being involved in mission work with her family throughout Mississippi, across the nation and internationally in Korea, Honduras and Belize. She was known for her generous spirit and zeal for life as she spent her days ministering to and loving others through visiting shut-ins, teaching about missions, volunteering at the local food pantry, and participating in other local ministries.
The past two and a half years, she has resided at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru, where Lorna and the staff tenderly and graciously cared for her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Brooks Hamilton; her sisters, Blanche Jones and Dorothy Stewart; and her brother, Albert Bush Jr.
She is survived by her daughter, Elise Cornwell, and her son, Bush Hamilton, and wife, Jannie, all of Ecru; six grandchildren, Ney Gore and fiancée, Melissa Arnold, of Dallas, Texas, Amy Davis and husband, Jason, of Spring Hill, Tenn., Brooks Hamilton and wife, Brandy, Abigail McMillen and husband, Justin, Amber Hamilton and Rebecca Cornwell, all of Ecru; and great-grandchildren, Katie Brooke Hamilton, Allie Grace Hamilton and Hayden Cade Hamilton, all of Ecru; sisters, Mary Turner of Sunflower and Virginia Foresman of Denver, Colo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Ney Gore, Brooks Hamilton, John Bailey, Jimmy Farris, Rex Mooney and Shawn Moore. Honorary pallbearers were Justin McMillen and Waymon Bigham.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22, at Ecru Baptist Church. United Funeral Service of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.

Effie Brown
BALDWYN – Effie Mae Brown, 96, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ faith. She attended the Baldwyn Church of Christ and Mayfield Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Adam Miller officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include her caregivers, Grace Johnson and Mitch Caver; and a host of cousins and other relatives in and out of state.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Gurtiss Lamb
AMORY – Gurtiss Bell Allred Lamb, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A native of Itawamba County, she was born May 2, 1926, to Ethel and Fannie Pearson Allred. She married Stanley Lamb in 1950; he died in 2001. She was a homemaker and Pentecostal. She was a devoted wife and mother, and she loved Jesus. A lover of nature, she enjoyed tending her flowers and having quiet time to be outside and watch her hummingbirds.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Sammy Raper and Dr. Phil Kidd officiating. Burial will be in the Andrew’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Lamb of Cason and Russell Lamb (Ojean) of Evergreen; four daughters, Jewel Garrett of Amory, Emma Jean Reese of Amory, Martha Ann Westmoreland (Wendell) of Fulton and Debbie Keith (Don) of Plantersville; one sister, Magalene Ray of Nettleton; 17 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Roger Dale and Randal Earl Lamb; one brother, William Allred; and one sister, Ruby Davis.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Keith, Donthaniel Keith, Daniel “Boone” Strickland and Randy Presley. Honorary pallbearers will be Wendell Westmoreland, Jr. and Charles Pearson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Drennon Davis
AMORY – Drennon Dred Davis, 92, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Oak Tree Plantation after several months’ illness. A lifelong resident of Amory, he was born May 23, 1917, to Dred and Aretha Weaver Davis. He married Joycelyn Wolverton, who preceded him in death. He married Marie McVey, who also preceded him in death. He later married Josephine Sugg. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Amory and attended Amory Church of Christ. Before his retirement, he was an engineer for the Frisco/Burlington Railroad and served as the president of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers. He also worked as a barber. He was a Mason and enjoyed gardening.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and Minister Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Josie Davis of Amory; one son, Lance Davis (Brenda) of Amory; one stepson, Andy Hood (Barbara) of Amory; one stepdaughter, Emily Morris (Bill) of Cleveland; a daughter-in-law, Allyson Davis of Huntsville; a sister, Laverne Davis Lann of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Laura Davis Gale (Tom), Grant Davis (Colleen), Megan Davis and Jarrett Davis; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first and second wives; a daughter, Linda Norris; and a son, Michael Davis.
Pallbearers will be Masons.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821; Amory Church of Christ, P.O. Box 371, Amory, MS 38821; and to the J.A. Mayfield Masonic Lodge, Amory, MS 38821.

Ann Wigginton
BOONEVILLE – Ann Wigginton, 73, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Roger Rast
IUKA – Roger Rast, 54, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Vernon Church in Tishomingo. Burial will be in Rutledge Salem Cemetery in Tishomingo. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Douglas Barnes
GUNTOWN – Douglas Barnes, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Santuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a retired owner and operator of Barnes Tire and Frame Shop. He was a Baptist and a U.S. Navy veteran. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Mitch Decanter officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Teresa Maniscalco (Joey) of Guntown; two sons, Charles Douglas Barnes (Lynda) of Tupelo and Eugene Barnes (Bertha) of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Betty Ann Finney (Billy Joe) and Elizabeth Tapp (Tommy); 13 grandchildren, Roy, Bob, Charlie and Reed Barnes, Matt Hardy, John Hardy, Chad Barnes and Leonardo Galleges. Adrian Trancozo, Nicole, Maria, Patricia and Leigh Barnes; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lois Barnes; two daughters, Patricia Ann Barnes and Roberta Gale Barnes; and his parents, Roy and Gertrude Barnes.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Chad Talamo
LAKE CHARLES, La. – Chadwick Michael “Chad” Talamo, 41, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Lake Charles, La. A native of Marrero, La., he had lived in the Westlake/Lake Charles area for the past several years.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Chauvin Funeral Home in Houma, La. Burial will be in the St. Francis de Sales Cemetery No. 2.
Survivors include his father, Joseph Talamo and wife, Diana, of Houma, La.; his mother, Phyllis Walls Talamo of Vardaman; son, James Nixon of Westlakd; stepsisters, Mandy Poche of Houma and Greta Songe of Jacksonville, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Anthony and Lena Talamo, and Ernest and Effie Walls.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Thomas W. Carnes
MEMPHIS – Thomas W. Carnes, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital-Bartlett. He was a graduate of Baldwyn High School in Baldwyn. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He was employed by Western Electric, Lucent Technology and Mastec.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Parkway Chapel. Entombment will be at Memory Hill Gardens Mausoleum.
Survivors include his sons, Jon Thomas Carnes and wife, Susan, and Mark Richard Carnes and wife, Ruth, all of Collierville, Tenn., and Andrew Mowery of Memphis; grandsons, Thomas Randolph Carnes and Ian Michael Carnes; granddaughters, Kelsey Taylor Brownlee and Courtney Anne Carnes; brother, Jimmy Carnes of Ellinwood, Kan.; sister, Jeanette Emmons and husband, Ray, of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda G. Carnes; his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Lennie Seale Carnes; and three sisters, Mary Ann Barnett, Nancy Robinson and Linda Harp.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Evelyn Everitt
TUPELO – Evelyn Everitt, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 15, 1921, to Arthur and Eva Harrell in Quitman. She married William Frederick Everitt Jr. on Feb. 24, 1942. She was a graduate of Quitman High School and attended the Mississippi University for Women. She was a longtime secretary and a member of the Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, playing the piano and taking care of her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cecil Pumphrey officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, William Frederick Everitt Jr. of Tupelo; two sons, Dr. William F. Everitt III (Freda) of Tupelo and Arthur Lee Everitt (Kathy) of Iuka; two grandchildren, Jessica Leigh Everitt and William F. “Eric” Everitt IV, both of Tupelo; and one sister, Flora Alice Shultz (Ralph) of Tupelo.
Pallbearers will be Dr. William F. Everitt III, Arthur Lee Everitt, David Pumphrey, Tim Clouse, Donathan Enlow and Tony Ford.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today.
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Tommy Rodgers
WEST POINT – Tommy Rodgers died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 28, 1962, in West Point. He was a graduate of West Point High School. He was self-employed, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at West Point Memorial Gardens with the Rev. R.C. Bryan officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Chris Rodgers,West Point; one daughter, Emma Claire Rodgers of West Point; his mother and father, Mildred and T.J. Rodgers; three sisters Kim Harmon of West Point, Kay Talbot of Byhalia and Tracy McVaugh of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Keefer Cole, John Brown, Jason Easter, Greg Ross, Kent Watson, Scott Brent and Steve Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Goodson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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