Obituaries Nov 3, 2009

William Edward Brown
MEMPHIS – William Edward Brown, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at his home. He was formerly of Holly Springs.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Harris Chapel MB Church in Benton County. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The remains will lie in repose at J.F. Brittenum & Sons Funeral Home in Holly Springs from 2 until 6 p.m. today, and from noon until the hour of service Wednesday at the church.
Tiffany Franks
TUPELO – Tiffany D. Franks, 18, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born Sept. 10, 1991, in Amory to Tina Easter Ralston and Donnie Ausborn Franks. She was a resident of Tupelo and attended the First Baptist Church in Verona. She enjoyed spending time with her children and especially spending time with her friend, Casey Walters.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Thomas Warren and Bro. William Warren officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Tina Ralston (Gary) of Tupelo; her grandparents, Louis and Ann Easter of Amory; one daughter, Elizabeth Abbigail Sandlin of the home; one brother, Corben Franks of Amory; two sisters, Stephanie Nickole Franks Watson of Tupelo and Brittany Joeann Franks of Tupelo; one niece, Jennifer Michelle Watson; and one nephew, Allen Douglas Griffin V.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marvin and Margret Jernigan; two great uncles, Larry and Greely Jernigan; and a son, Bently Louis Franks.
Pallbearers will be Austin Mitchell, A.J. Griffin, Sanders Watson, Corey Sandlin and Adrian Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Easter, Chris Easter and Kerry Mitchell.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home in Amory.

Christopher Otis
HOUSTON, Texas – Christopher Arden Otis went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at the Park Plaza Medical Center, Houston, Texas, after a brief illness. An Eagle Scout, Chris was a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School and a member of the Golden Wave Band. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1986 with a degree in accounting. He was CFO of General Plastics Corporation of Houston. He was active in the Community Gospel Church where he sang on the Praise Team and taught Bible study. He enjoyed collecting antiques and Murano glass, boating and travel. He was the son of Larry Otis and the late Julia Griffin Otis.
He is survived by his father, Larry Otis and Sharon Fanning-Otis; two brothers, Keith Otis and Cavett Otis; a sister, Kate Otis Joyner; three nieces, Leslie Otis Plesants, Laura Otis Zumwalt and Emma Grace Joyner; 2 nephews, Will Otis II and Cooper Joyner; and his great grandmother, Blanche Hill Otis.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and his grandparents, Emmett C. Otis, and Dr. and Mrs. Roy Griffin.
A family graveside service will be conducted at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus after a memorial service at his church in Houston, Texas.
Memorials may be made to Boy Scouts of America-Troop 12 of the First United Methodist Church of Tupelo.

Patrick Willis Thompson
TUPELO – Patrick Willis Thompson, 21, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
John Barrett
AMORY – John Richard Barrett, 69, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at his residence after a short illness. He was born July 4, 1940, in Itawamba County to Robert and Jesca Lee Johnson Barrett. He lived in the Peaceful Valley community and in Amory for many years. Before his retirement, he worked as a mechanic for 30 years. He married Violet Cantrell in 1979. He was Baptist and he enjoyed fishing.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. David Rock officiating. Burial will follow in the Turon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Violet L. Barrett of Amory; two sons, Stanley Gene Barrett (Shirley) of Gattman; a stepson, Tommy Hugya of Amory; a stepdaughter, Sharon Hugya Pope of Lewisville, Texas; three sisters, Nola Mae Barrett Wall of Smithville, Ola Faye Barrett Irvin of Amory, and Dorothy Sue Barrett Smith (Buddy) of Amory; one grandson, Christopher Ian Barrett; and six stepgrandchildren, Stephanie Hugya, Jennifer Hugya, Joey Pope, Timmy Pope, Tyler Pope and Ashleigh Pope.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Eddie Wayne and Ricky Lynn Barrett; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Carlos Walls, Daniel Walls, Richard Walls, Jerry Walls, Lee Kozlowitz and Chris Barrett.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

William Hurst
BOONEVILLE – William Parker Hurst, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Landmark Community. He was born Feb. 10, 1938, in Beulah, Miss., to Rubin and Iris Brasher Hurst. He grew up in Sherard and Clarksdale and attended school in Friars Point. He served in the Army in Korea and at Fort Polk, La., during the Berlin Crisis. He retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard with 28 years of service, and Emhart Corporation in Clarksdale after 44 years of service. When he was younger, he was an avid hunter and fisherman. He love the outdoor life and was a former member of the Coahoma County Conservation League.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at National Funeral Home in Clarksdale. Burial will follow in Coahoma County Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.
Survivors include two sons, the Rev. William “Opie” Hurst (Pam) of Baldwyn and Robert David Hurst of Tupelo; a daughter, Mary Louise Craig (Bill) of Rock Hill, S.C.; a brother, Charley L. Hurst of Brandon; a sister, Billie J. Fraizer of Cathedral City, Calif.; 10 grandchildren, Harrison, Benson, Gabriel, Jameson and Dallas Hurst of Baldwyn, Parker Hurst of Clarksdale, Mary Margaret Kimmel of Oxford, Meredith Kimmel Buford of Starkville, Luke Kimmel of Greenwood, Sarah L. Craig of Rock Hill; one great-granddaughter, Jane Kimmel Buford of Starkville; and his friend, caregiver and mother of his children, Marietta Green Massey of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Winnie Ann Stanley; brothers, James Raiford Hurst and John Wesley Hurst.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Hope Family Ministries, 2754 Mattox St., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Restoration Ranch, P.O. Box 767, Tuscumbia, AL 35674.

Amy Black
NEW ALBANY – Amy Swords Black, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was a lifelong resident of Union County. She was the daughter of Lacy Swords and Itra Williams Swords. She was a retired employee of Futorian Furniture, where she worked 32 years. She was also a homemaker and a member of Freedonia Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home with Bro. Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will follow in Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, B.L. “June” Wells (Carlene) of New Albany; a niece, Swanda Boyd of New Albany; a grandchild, Dean Wells of New Albany; and a great-grandchild, Olivia Wells of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ruby Newsum.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today.
James Anthony Taylor
HICKORY FLAT – James Anthony “Tony” Taylor, 46, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, in Holly Springs as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 6, 1963, in New Albany to James Anderson Taylor and Myrtle King Taylor. He was formerly a truck driver for Big M and Kiser.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Serenity Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Jason Howell officiating. Burial will follow in McKay’s Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include his mother; two daughters, Shelly Nichole Taylor and Alisha Dawn Taylor of Hickory Flat; and numerous family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Knighton, Lee Elliott, Chris Shoffner, Ricky Taylor, Phil Cox and Carroll Taylor.

Alan Lane
BLUE SPRINGS – Alan Wade Lane, 51, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 18, 1958, in Memphis to Oscar and Jimmie Wamble Lane. He was a former factory worker. He was disabled.
No services are planned at this time. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Allison Lane of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Nancy Paslay (Burney) of Statesville, N.C., and Bonnie Burk of St. Petersburg, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Daniel Lane.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Charlotte Wrenn
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charlotte Ann Wrenn, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at her home. She was born Aug. 26, 1945 in Greenville to James Holley and Margie Dalton. She was a Baptist and a tax preparer.
Services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Survivors include two sons, John E. Wrenn of New Iberia, La. and Stacey M. Wrenn of Holly Springs; a daughter, Debra Hubbard of Southaven; a nephew, Jimmy Frazier of Horn Lake; nieces, Crystal Holley, Shanna Holley and Renee Evans, all of Greenville; a great uncle, Tony Allbritton of Grand Junction, Colo.; grandchildren, Dustin Wrenn of Liddia, La., and Austin Wrenn of Memphis; and a special friend, Kenneth Wolff of Holly Springs.

Dianna Swann
NEW ALBANY – Dianna T. Swann, 68, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 14, 1941. She was a retired executive secretary for Ole Miss and more recently had worked at West Union School in Union County.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany.
Survivors include one sister, Nancy Wiggs (Howard) of Owenton, Ky.; three sons, Robbie Swann and Tim Swann (Donna) of New Albany and John Swann (Faye) of Coffeeville; two granddaughters, Taylor Swann and Chrystal Holcomb; two grandsons, Johnnie and Mitch Swann; four great-grandchildren, Isabel and Chip Holcomb and Will and Katherine Swann; several nieces and nephews and numerous friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elaine Taylor, and a brother, Johnnie Taylor, all of Kentucky.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS.

Stacie Peters
IUKA – Stacie Peters died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka.

James Aaron Williams
ABERDEEN – James Aaron “Pete” Williams, 78, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
Danny H. Putt
SALTILLO – Danny Hale Putt, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at his home after an extended illness. A Baldwyn native and longtime Saltillo resident, he was born June 3, 1945, to George Washington and Mary Elizabeth Harville Putt. He was a graduate of Saltillo High School and the owner of Danny Putt Construction Company. He was a six-year Army veteran and served 32 years with the Nation Guard 155th Division from which he was activated to Desert Storm during the Persian Gulf War. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family. He was a member of Mayfield Church of Christ. He was a loving husband and father and will most definitely be missed.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Adam Miller, Bro. Clyde Neaves and Bro. Mike Stanford officiating. Burial will follow in Mayfield Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Joyce Williams Putt of Saltillo; a daughter, Melissa Holder of Pontotoc; four sons, Danny W. Putt of Fairbanks, Alaska, Lanny A. Putt of Saltillo, James E. Mayo (Stacy) of Jonesboro, Ark., and Robert D. Hare of Saltillo; two sisters, Mary Edith Sandlin of Saltillo and Shirley Kelly (Steve) of Tupelo; 14 grandchildren, Stephanie Watson (Chris) of Baldwyn, James Anthony Holder of Sherman, Andrew Simmons of Fairbanks, Alaska, Jessica Simmons of Fairbanks, Marcus Alan Putt, Michelle Leigh Putt, Emily Paige Putt, all of Saltillo, Alisha Noble of Ellisville, Kayla Mae Noble of Verona, Jacob Ray Mayo and Malery Shae Mayo, both of Jonesboro, Jeffery Ray Mayo of Saltillo, Haley Brooke Hare and Megan Elizabeth Hare, both of Dorsey; two great-grandchildren, Zachary Watson and Laken Sheffield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, George Wesley Putt, and one sister, Betty Marie Hedge.
Pallbearers will be Jason Kelly, Dale Kelly, Jeremy Foster, Marcus Putt, James Holder and Chris Stacks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Williams, Pat Carr, Gerald Adderholt, David Buchanan and Tim Stacks.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Clifton Delane Moore
PONTOTOC – Clifton Delane “Soggum” Moore, 84, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at his residence in the Juda community. He was born April 11, 1925, in Calhoun County and married Kathleen Tutor Moore May 15, 1954. During his earlier years, he enjoyed his job working in construction. He also worked in furniture manufacturing. He attended Hopewell Baptist Church in Pontotoc County and was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Montgomery, Bro. Jeff Lamb and Bro. Kevin Purdon officiating. Burial will follow in Carey Springs Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Kathleen Moore of the Juda community; three daughters, Patsy Murphree (Donald) of Randolph, Mitchealine Cowsert and Jill Chrestman (Bobby), all of the Juda community; two sons, Don Stepp (Peggy) of Houlka and Travis “Jack” Montgomery (Katherine) of Byhalia; two sisters, Louise Parker of Pontotoc and Clara Willingham of North Port, Ala; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley Moore and Mary Louella Dayberry Moore.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Lamb, Jacob Samuell, Jason Ritchie, David Jenkins, Jeff Barefield and Corey Jenkins.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today, and from noon until service time Wednesday.

Collie L. Ivory
SHANNON – Collie L. Ivory, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 31, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter Funeral Home in Tupelo.
Bobby Roberson
NEW ALBANY – Robert Lee “Bobby” Roberson, 75, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at his residence. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Stephen Miller
HURRICANE – Stephen W. Miller, 61, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Graceland Manor in New Albany.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today at Bethel Cemetery in Pinedale with Bill Thompson officiating. Tutor Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Mary S. Miller; sons, Christopher W. Miller (Amanda) of Amory and John DaCosta (Kendra) of Horn Lake; a daughter, Tina Palmer (Bill) of Horn Lake; and four grandchildren, Corey, Cameron, Kayde and Manuel.
Memorials may be made to Busby Hospice of Ripley or Bethel Cemetery Fund, Pinedale in Union County.

Leola Gladney
BRUCE – Leola Gladney, 72, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at her home. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mays Chapel. Burial will follow in Canecreek Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. today at Belle Memorial Funeral Home.

Paula Michelle Chandler
AMORY – Paula Michelle Dobbs Chandler, 42, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden & Sons Funeral Home.

Joyce Ann Chambers
CORINTH – Joyce Ann Elder Chambers, 62, died Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at her home.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will follow in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today.

Jonathan Huggins
IUKA – Jonathan Keith Huggins, 43, died Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at his home.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ Cemetery with Leroy Brown and Charlie Browning officiating.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home.

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