Obituaries Nov. 25, 2009

Susie Gravatt
MEMPHIS – Donna Sue “Susie” Holley Gravatt, 56, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home.

Johnnie Bowden
CORINTH – Johnnie F. Bowden, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Bessie Bates
PICAYUNE – Bessie Moore Bates, 101, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, in Picayune. She was born in Itawamba County on July 27, 1908, to Chester and Cora Lee Brown Moore. She and her husband reared their family in Columbus, where she taught Sunday school at the First Baptist Church for 50 years. In 1997 she moved to Picayune to be near her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to many.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Picayune. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Additional services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Columbus First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. at the church. McDonald Funeral Home of Picayune is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Mary Frances Reese-Sofio of Carriere; a son, Paul Franklin Bates Jr. of Oakland, Maine; a son-in-law, Ernie Colquette of Oldsmar, Fla.; a brother, Charles Moore of Fulton; her grandchildren, Robert Reese and Paul Reese, both of Picayune, Jennye Case of Brandon, Thomas Reese of Daphne, Ala., Kelly Hanley of Wilmington, N.C., Philip Colquette of Denver, Colo., Stephen Colquette of Mission Viejo, Calif.; 14 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; and a special niece, Patricia Moore Vaughan of Starkville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Franklin Bates Sr.; her parents, Chester and Cora Lee Brown Moore; a daughter, Nancy Lee Colquette; and four brothers and three sisters.
The Family wishes to express special thanks to Covenant Rehabilitation and Health Center and Magnolia Personal Care for their loving care over the last four years.
Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church of Picayune, First Baptist Church of Columbus or the charity of choice.
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Jimmie T. Poole
OCEAN SPRINGS – Jimmie T. Poole, 77, of the St. Martin community died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, in Ocean Springs. She was born in Pontotoc County and had lived on the Gulf Coast since 1971. She was a successful businesswoman who owned and operated JR’s Furniture Sales in Biloxi. After retirement, she spent many years as a caregiver for her dear friend, Jan Ruehling. She was a member of LeMoyne Boulevard Baptist Church, where she was active in the choir and the senior adult ministry.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home in Ocean Springs. Burial will follow in Crestlawn Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia (Virgil) Dunbar of Ocean Springs; one son, Robert (Angie) Park of Lamar, Mo.; three sisters, Louise Creely of Tupelo, Edie (Howard) Wallis of Pontotoc and Adie (Glen) Harris of South Carolina; two grandchildren, Jimmy (Michelle) Park of Biloxi and Preston Dunbar of Ocean Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Effie Curry; six sisters; and three brothers.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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Bobby Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Joe Johnson, 71, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Jan. 31, 1938, to Olen and Selma Bullard Johnson. He was retired from Intex Plastics and a member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a former member of the Mississippi Army National Guard. He loved to hunt and fish, and spend time with his “special” children.
Services were Friday, Nov. 20, at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ruth Wood, Bro. Larry Hamlin, the Rev. W.L. Wallace Jr., the Rev. Steve Pannell and Bro. Ray Hall officiating. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Shirley Sanders Johnson; one sister, Billie Johnson Hamlin of Drummonds, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Caitlyn Miller and Christian Miller; eight sisters-in-law; 10 brothers-in-law; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Claude Crabb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Todd Johnson; three sisters, Marie Wilemon, Molly Greenhill and Lola Mae Egnew; two brothers, Houston “Buster” Johnson and L.O. Johnson; his father-in-law, John (Odie) Sanders; his mother-in-law, Mattie B. Floyd Sanders; and a special aunt, Edna Massey.
Pallbearers were his nephews. Honorary pallbearers were Shirley’s nephews.

Armon Kent
RIPLEY – Armon Kent, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Peter Hodo Jr.
WEST POINT – Peter Thomas Hodo Jr., 82, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born on June 13, 1927, in Amory to Peter Thomas Hodo and Nona Mary Seay. He was a member of the Amory High School graduating class of 1945, where he was class president and Mr. Amory High School. He served one year in the United States Navy. He attended Hinds Junior College, where he played football, basketball, baseball and ran track. He was a 1951 graduate of the University of Alabama, where he lettered in track and was a member of the A Club. He started his banking career with the bank of Amory and he managed the branch at Smithville. He moved to West Point in 1961, serving as assistant cashier of the First National Bank of West Point. He retired as chairman of the board in 1997 after having served as president. He was active in his community, serving on numerous boards and committees. Of particular importance to him was his service on the West Point Municipal School District Board for almost 20 years, and his service to his church, where he taught Sunday school, led youth groups and served on various church committees. As a young man he enjoyed flying and outdoor activities. Later in life he enjoyed gardening and time with his grandchildren and watching and supporting University of Alabama athletics.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Amory Masonic Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Patsy Milstead Hodo of West Point; two sons, Peter Thomas Hodo III (Cindy) of West Point and Patrick William Hodo (Marsha) of Hattiesburg; sisters, Carolyn Hodo Cope of Jackson, Winnie Hodo Frey (Melvin) of Lansing, Ill., and Gaila Hodo Williams of Hamilton; four grandchildren, Cierra Marie Hodo, Peter Thomas Hodo IV, Jack Mercer Hodo and Hayden Elizabeth Hodo; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Frances Hodo Pierce.
Pallbearers will be Peter Thomas Hodo IV, Mark Hazard, Sonny Jameson, Billy Milican, Kyle Chandler, Steve McKinney, Bud Tumlinson and Jim Helveston. Honorary pallbearers will be former employees and directors of the First National Bank of West Point and his classmates of the Amory Class of 1945.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773; or the Bryan Public Library, P.O. Box 675, West Point, MS 39773.

Marjorie Davis
VERONA – Marjorie White Davis, 79, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Jo Crumpton
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Florene Eugenia “Jo” Crenshaw Crumpton, 83, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at her daughter’s home. She was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Memphis to Thomas B. Crenshaw and Pearl Beloate Crenshaw. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethesda Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Chris McCord officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by a daughter, Gayle Crumpton Jarvis (Larry) of Blue Mountain; a son, Bob Crumpton (Robin) of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Peggy Crumpton of New Albany; a sister, Anne Campbell of Little Rock, Ark.; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, the Rev. E.L. Crumpton; a daughter, Ruth Ann Crumpton; two sons, Rogar Dale Crumpton and Billy Crumpton; two sisters, Mary Lenahen and Kate Sawyer; and five brothers, Emmet Crenshaw, Frank Crenshaw, William Thomas Crenshaw, Richard Crenshaw and Bubba Crenshaw.
Pallbearers will be Adam Fitts, Terry Dowty Jr., Gerald Bogue, Lance Baecher, Jody Hall, Nick Lineberry, Tracy Dye and Tim Milten. Honorary pallbearers will be Riley Bogue, Owen Jordan, Terry Dowty Sr., Scotty Jarvis, Joey Black and Kevin Wilson.
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Ruby Bumpas
CORINTH – Ruby Bumpas, 94, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, in Corinth. She enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and fishing. She loved her children, her grandchildren and her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home Park Chapel with Bro. Randy Bostwick and Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Dimple Yarber; four sons, Jim Bumpas, Dennis Bumpas, Bobby Bumpas and wife, Johnie, and Wayne Bumpas and wife, Ginna, all of Corinth; one sister, Jean Russell of Memphis; 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy D. Bumpas; her parents, Victor and Effie Elliott Lancaster; brothers, Beecher and Bill Lancaster; and one sister, Margret Tankersly.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Oakland Baptist Church, 1101 S. Harper Road, Corinth, MS 38834.

Robert W. Gafford
GREENWELL SPRINGS, La. – Robert W. “Dub” Gafford, 88, died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009. He was a native of New Albany and a resident of Greenwell Springs, La. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Union County with the Rev. Bill Foley officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Gafford; three sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Dianne, Tommy and Sheila, and Todd and Ina; sisters and brother-in-law, Ulemah Yarbrough, and Doris and Jack Evans; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Joy; 14 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, I.B. Gafford.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
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Pete Ledbetter
WEST POINT – Neily F. “Pete” Ledbetter, 78, died Monday, Nov. 23, 2009, at the Speciality Hospital of Meridian. He was born June 5, 1931, in Nashville, Tenn., to Ferrell Lee McPherson Ledbetter and Neily Taft Ledbetter. He was a supervisor for 17 years with Bryan Foods. Then he worked as a sales representative for Vee Chemical Company for 20 years. He was a member of West End Baptist Church. He was the former Quarter Master of the Durrett-Hamlin V.F.W. Post 2098 in West Point. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He married Doris Virginia Moore Ledbetter on June 14, 1953, in Bremerton, Wash.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Jonathan Childress officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include his wife, Doris M. Ledbetter of West Point; two daughters, Debbie L. Turman (Steve) of West Point and Kim White (Charlie) of Cedar Bluff; one son, William F. Ledbetter of West Point; two grandsons, Chris McCarter and Carey Turman.
Pallbearers will be William Wilson, Terry Martin, Mike Weeks, Tim Boatner, Justin Atkinson and Wayne Crosswhite.
Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Wilson, William Wilson, Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., Dr. Jason Dunn, members of Durrett-Hamlin V.F.W. Post 2098, and the nurses and staff of Northeast Mississippi Home Health Services.
Memorials may be made to Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157-5225.
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Dr. Helen Naugle
ATLANTA – Dr. Helen Bernice Harrold Naugle died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, in Atlanta, Ga. She was born on Aug. 11, 1920, in West Point. Her education in 19th Century English included a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mississippi College for Women, a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. She had an illustrious career as a teacher in Puerto Rico, Guam, Woodward Academy, and as the first female professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was recognized with numerous awards. She was voted Outstanding Teacher four years in a row and delivered the 1978 commencement address at Georgia Tech. She was also a beloved wife, mother, Bible study leader, volunteer, tutor, gardener and friend. She supported Georgia Tech student programs including Omicron Delta Kappa honor society, Wesley Foundation, and Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She served as head of the Regents exam committee, the Rhodes Scholar search committee, and presented at international conferences. She was an active member of St. John United Methodist Church. Upon retirement she continued to be active in sharing her love for literature and people through teaching at Elderhostel and North Atlanta Senior Services.
A memorial service was held on Monday, Nov. 23, at St. John United Methodist Church in Atlanta. A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Jefferson B. Naugle; a sister, Ida Judson Harrold Wilkerson; a daughter, Helen Naugle Deibler; her granddaughters, Elizabeth Deibler Gadsby, Kathryn Deibler, Nancy Deibler Brannon and Julie Deibler Bray; and her great-grandchildren, Clarkston and Wesley Brannon.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Helen Weddle Harrold, and her father, Judson Nixon Harrold.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. John United Methodist Church or Georgia Tech Wesley Foundation.

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