Obituaries Nov. 29, 2009

Martha Grimes
CORINTH – Martha Grimes died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Bruce Alexander
BOONEVILLE – William Bruce Alexander, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth after a long illness. He was an auto repairman for more than 40 years before retiring. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the First Baptist Church of Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with the Rev. Chris Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ruby Jean Alexander of Booneville; three sons, Dan Alexander (Frank Kirkowski) of New York, Eddie Alexander (Billie Sue) of Memphis and Ronnie Alexander (Vickie) of Walnut; two sisters, Lula Mae Rowan of Baldwyn and Annie Pearl Waters of Booneville; one brother, James (J.M.) Alexander of Baldwyn; four grandchildren, Chris Alexander (Merideth) of Knoxville, Tenn., Kelly Bunker (Scott) of Douglasville, Ga., Aubrey Broome (Neal) of Jackson and Ryain Alexander of Walnut; two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Bunker and Alex Bunker, both of Douglasville, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Exie Morris Alexander; one sister, Virginia Rowan; and two brothers, Eland Alexander and Leroy Alexander.
Pallbearers will be Neal Broome, Scott Bunker, Ryain Alexander, William Scott, Tommy Alexander and Kelly Bunker.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Janie Howell
AMORY – Janie Evelyn Tubb Howell, 95, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Sept. 22, 1914, to Prentis and Mary Isabell Whitehead Tubb. She married William Ernest Howell in 1931; he died in 2008. She was a homemaker and a member of the Enon Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, flowers and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Elder Bobby Payne officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Ernest Howell (Martha) of Amory and Jerry Reed Howell of Amory; two sisters, Grace Newell of Amory and Kay Colburn of Amory; two grandchildren, Jeffrey Howell and Kathy Wilson; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, James and Hansel Tubb; her husband; one son, Harold Howell; one great-grandchild, Reagan Wilson; and four sisters, Fairybelle Hathcock, Ruth Hensley, Muriel Lawrence and Nell Tubb.
Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Howell, Michael Wilson, Dwight Hathcock, Gary Prestridge, Mark Johnson and Gerald Christian.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Monday at the funeral home.
Mickey Box
BOONEVILLE – Ventrice “Mickey” Box, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at Landmark Assisted Living in Booneville after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 3, 1918, at home on the banks above Tibbee Creek in Clay County to Sloan Miller and Constance Mary Wren Emery. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Booneville. She has served as president of Group 4 United Methodist Women, President General for United Methodist Women, and District Officer of the New Albany District United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Wesley Sunday School Class. She always made it a point to get to church early to have coffee before Sunday school. She loved plants and gardening.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phillip Box and Rev. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas E. Box of Booneville and Bill Box of Jackson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Sloan Miller Emery Sr. and Constance Mary Wren Emery; her husband, Thomas Hoyt Box; and one brother, Sloan Miller Emery Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Murry Sanders
BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Murry Edward Sanders, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2009, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. A native and longtime resident of Lee County, he was born Nov. 2, 1921, to Harvey and Flora A. Roberts Sanders. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving as a member of the 464th Coastal Artillery Anti-Aircraft Battalion, which was the first American ground-based group in the China-Burma-India Theater in 1943. He was a farmer and also worked for Barber’s Milk for many years. He was a Mason and a member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church. He always enjoyed tinkering on various projects.
Services were Saturday, Nov. 28, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bobby Holland and the Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Burial was in McNeil Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, William Wimbs of Rayville, La., and Tommy Ray Sanders of Saltillo; two sisters, Louise Wimbs of California and Dale Wigginton of Saltillo; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha Evelyn Sanders; a daughter, Brenda Jo Sanders; and two brothers, Raymond Sanders and John Sanders.
Pallbearers were Mark Sanders, Craig Sanders, Andrew Sanders, Bo Russell, Randy Wigginton, Tim Wigginton, Terry Wimbs and Bobby Byrd.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Gerald S. Scott
BELDEN – Gerald S. Scott, 81, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at his home in Belden. He was born in Tishomingo County on Oct. 17, l928, to Anzley and Flora Holcomb Scott. On June 30, l951, he married Irene Stanphill. They had one daughter, Cindy. The longtime owner of Scott’s Body Shop, he was a self-employed body repairman for over 30 years in the Belden area. He was an active member for over 40 years and deacon at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church. A great outdoorsman, he loved his farm at Belden, where he raised cattle and horses and often worked with his bulldozer. He was known far and wide as a man of integrity and for taking care of those he loved.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Douglas Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Irene Scott; his daughter, Cindy Scott Stewart; one grandchild, Sam Stewart, all of Belden; three sisters, Nan Elliott, Yvonne Smith (Ron) and Jett Smith (James), all of the Belden/Mt. Vernon area; a sister-in-law, Bobbie Scott; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lapaz McAnally and Verbal Dewdrop; and two brothers, David Scott and Mac Scott; a brother-in-law, Elton Elliott; a sister-in-law, Jeanine Scott; and one nephew, Terry Scott.
Pallbearers will be Gary Scott, Ronnie Smith, Donnie Smith, William Riley, Billy Walton, Scott Riley, Lane Scott and Payton Cosgrove.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 937 Mt. Vernon Road, Tupelo, MS. 38804.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Ray Elliott
NETTLETON – Johnny Ray Elliott, 57, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ruth Rush
MOBILE, Ala. – Ruth Eubanks Rush, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Providence Hospital in Mobile, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Connie Thomas
NEW ALBANY – Connie Gene Thomas, 69, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Imogene Livingston
WILMINGTON, Dela. – Imogene Crump Livingston, 90, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, in Wilmington, Dela., after a brief illness. Born June 16, 1919, in Blue Springs, she was a graduate of Blue Mountain College. After college graduation, she was a teacher and homemaker. She was the founding teacher of Bible Study for Today, which began as a home Bible study in 1967 and grew into studies in many neighborhoods in the Wilmington/Newark, Dela., area. She was a member of Brandywine Valley Baptist Church in Delaware from its founding. She was known for bringing joy and giving love.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Fairfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Blue Springs. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, David, and his wife, Pam, of Greenwood Village, Colo.; her daughter, Stanna Galbraith and husband, Tom, of Durango, Colo.; grandsons, Daniel Meyers and wife, Erica, of Portland, Ore., Jesse Livingston of Denver, Colo., and Andrew Livingston of Ypsilanti, Mich.; and her great-granddaughters, Julia and Sophia Meyers of Portland, Ore.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, H. Stanley Livingston.
Memorials may be made to Bible Study for Today, c/o Ginny Zuber, 16 Burnett Drive, Wilmington, DE 19810; Fairfield Presbyterian Church; or Delaware Hospice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Dan Wiggs
RIPLEY – Daniel Arthur “Dan” Wiggs, 97, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was the owner and operator of NAPA Ripley Parts Company since 1946. He truly loved Tippah County and was very knowledgeable of Tippah County history. He was a charter member of the Ripley Lions Club, where he was a member for more than 60 years. He was the founder of an anti-litter campaign in Tippah County and he was credited as beginning the Keep America Beautiful Adopt-A-Highway program. He was the first recipient of the Heart of Tippah County Award. He was a faithful member of Ripley First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Andy Stoddard and the Rev. Joe Keith Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Beatrice “Bea” Prather Wiggs of Ripley; one daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Wiggs Kuykendall (Bill) of Ripley; three grandchildren, Erin Elizabeth Kuykendall of Ripley, Anna Katherine Kuykendall Cagle (Rob) of New Albany and Blake Wiggs Kuykendall of Ripley; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marcus Morrow and Mary Elizabeth Keith Wiggs; one son, Daniel Joe Wiggs on May 8, 1976; and five sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Fred Permenter, Rob Cagle, Gary Mauney, Kyle Smith, Lloyd McClusky and John Reid.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Sunday School Class at Ripley First United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Ripley First United Methodist Church, 302 N. Main St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Allen Walker
ABERDEEN – Allen Walker, 51, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at his home in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. To access the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Van B. Chaney
TUPELO – Van B. Chaney, 78, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 10, 1931, in Rosedale to Mary and Van B. Chaney Sr. He married Peggy Galloway on May 29, 1960, in Rosedale. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Alaska as a radar mechanic during the Cold War. He retired as the vice president of manufacturing from K-Dee Metal in Belmont. He was very creative and artistic and after retirement, he painted and remained very active as a coopersmith for many years. He created beautiful works of art which were highly sought after all over the state. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at All Saints Episcopal Church with the Rev. Paul Stephens officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Peggy Galloway Chaney of Tupelo; two sons, Van Galloway Chaney (Miranda) of Seattle, Wash., and Christopher Kevin Chaney (Lavon) of Birmingham, Ala.; two granddaughters, Blake Chaney and Sloan Chaney; one grandson, Seth Chaney; two sisters, Lura McKinney of Savannah, Ga., and Inez Dunlap of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to All Saints Building Fund, 221 N. Madison St., Tupelo MS 38804 or Sanctuary Hospice House, 1879 N. Coley Rd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jay Vanderford
CORINTH – Bobby Joe “Jay” Vanderford, 75, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hight Funeral Home Park Chapel.

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