Obituaries November 11, 2010

Walter Porter
ENTERPRISE – Walter R. Porter, 95, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gussie Davis
HICKORY FLAT – Gussie Davis died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born on Oct. 10, 1940, in Byhalia to Mamie Wooley Pulse and Kelsy Wooley. She was to Freddie Wayne Davis. They had three children.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat with the Rev. Jimmy Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery in Booneville. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Ashland is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, John (Karen) Davis, Fay (Randy) Gross and Jimmy (Penny) Davis; five grandchildren, Adam Davis, Brittany Gross, Marcie Davis, Cindy Davis and Loren Davis; five great-grandchildren, Zander Davis, Cadance Davis, Jandy Gross, Anthony Ivy and Kaylen Jones; three sisters, Lillian (Troy) Baker and Peggy Sappington, both of Hickory Flat, and Alice (Dave) Swift of Myrtle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Friday.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Earlene White
CALHOUN CITY – Earlene Harrison White, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 26, 1923. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and a retired homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Buford Usry officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Yalobusha County.
Survivors include one daughter, Jessie Louise Harrison of Calhoun City; a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

James Robbins
OXFORD – James Hugh Robbins, 91, a retired mechanic and truck driver, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at his home in Oxford. Born in Union County, he was an avid hunter, a Mason, a Shriner and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was president of the College Hill Water Association and served as a volunteer Lafayette County sheriff deputy. Mr. Robbins was retired from Search and Rescue and the Lafayette County Fire Department.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today at College Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Eleanor Robbins of Oxford; one son, Norris Dean Robbins and his wife, Patricia, of Blue Springs; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In honor of Mr. Robbins’ service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to College Hill Presbyterian Church, 339 CR 102, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visitation will be from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
To sign the online condolence registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Nannie Sullivan
MOOREVILLE – Nannie Lou Sullivan, 81, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Osceola, Ark., to Samuel Walker and Laura Bell Herring White. She grew up in Nettleton. She worked for Reeds Manufacturing in Nettleton and Amory for over 20 years. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, but most of all, she loved spending time with her family. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Margie Morris (Jimmy) of Mooreville, Debra Smith (Nickey Bennett) of Saltillo, Wanda Keith of Verona and Susan Pearson of Tupelo; four sons, Tony Pearson of Nettleton, Jimmy Pearson (Sharon) of Verona, David Pearson (Gay) of Shannon and James Pearson of Mooreville; her half brother, Robert “Pete” White of Evergreen; 36 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by four children, Bobby Haywood, Patricia Pearson, Randy Pearson and Teresa Davis.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jeff Pearson, Zachary Pearson, Tommy Morris, Anthony Pearson, Cody Pearson and Ray Pearson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth White, Wayne White, Matthew Pearson and Jerry Russell.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Patricia Armstrong
BLUE SPRINGS – Patricia Ann Armstrong, 57, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2010, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Feb. 7, 1953, in Tupelo. She grew up in Belden and lived in the Red Hill community. She worked over 17 years at Rosato Clothing and over 20 years at Bauhaus Furniture. She was a member of the Red Hill M.B. Church in Blue Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Red Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Willie Bogan officiating. Burial will be in the Red Hill Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 40 years, Phillip Larry Armstrong of Blue Springs; three children, Derrick (Chandra) Armstrong of Blue Springs, Retina Armstrong of Tupelo and Daphne (Anthony) Maeweather of Evans Mills, N.Y.; six grandchildren, Aeriel Armstrong, Derrick Armstrong Jr., Jordan Armstrong, Emonie Armstrong, Khaliah Armstrong and Anthony Maeweather Jr.; one great-grandchild, Rylei Lester; four sisters, Linda Armstrong, Walter Teresa (Moran) Triplett, Vernisa (Elton) Ledbetter and George Ann Parks; four brothers, Harvey Lee Harris, Charlie (Ilda) Harris, George (Janie) Cowleyand Edward (Peggy) Harris; aunts, Ophelia Robinson and Betty Bond; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Dennis Jumper
BOONEVILLE – Dennis Ervin Jumper, 74, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 1, 1935, to Sam F. and Irene Koon Jumper. He farmed in his early years and still enjoyed owning cattle. He was a foreman in the steel building industry for the majority of his working years. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Hatfield and Bro. Milton Koon officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judith Browning Jumper; three daughters, Judith (Don) Perrigo and Martha (Archie) Mitchell, both of Jumpertown, and Toni (Mike) Hatfield of Kissimmee, Fla.; one brother, Douglas (Martha) Jumper of Booneville; seven grandchildren, Shawn (Tabitha) Perrigo, Samantha Perrigo, Joshua (Keri) Hatfield, Judson Hatfield, Jonathan Hatfield, Misty Mitchell and Lacie (Brandon) Talley; two great-grandsons, Caleb and Clay Hatfield; niece, Renata (Benny) Eaton; nephew, Art (Mitzi) Jumper; and special friends, Charles Melvin and Donna Geno.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Merle Jumper; and one sister, Leista Belue.
Pallbearers will be friends he considered extended family.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Florence Jernigan
OKOLONA – Florence Davis Jernigan, 96, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at the Dugan Nursing Home in West Point. She was born Sept. 18, 1914, in Counce, Tenn., to Winfred and Nora Blakney Davis. She married Wayne Jernigan of Okolona in 1936. An accomplished homemaker, seamstress and cook, she had a true servant heart and used these talents to minister to others. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Okolona where she served as a leader in the Women’s Missionary Union and Girls’ Auxiliary, taught Sunday School, and sang in the choir.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel are in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Janice Harrelson and her husband, Ken, of West Point; her son, Jerry and his wife, Frances, of Plantersville; five grandchildren, Bradley Harrelson (Kasey) of Box Elder, S.D., Ben Harrelson (Sarah) of Starkville, Betsy Jernigan Wilburn (Chris) of Signal Mountain, Tenn., Jud Jernigan (Beth) of Tupelo and Bubba Jernigan (Randee) of Eupora; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sisters, Virginia Simpson and Oma Landwerlin; and her brother, Lawrence Davis.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Harrelson, Ben Harrelson, Jud Jernigan, Bubba Jernigan, Chris Wilburn and Jonathan Carter.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 201 W. Main St., Okolona, MS 38860.

Opal Windham
NEW ALBANY – Opal Windham, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at Grayson Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth.

Louise Hilliard
CORINTH – Louise Cox Hilliard, 95, died Monday, Nov. 8, 2010, in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Crossroads. Burial will be in the Hollywood Cemetery in Jackson, Tenn. Hight Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.

Jerry Mayhall
FULTON – Jerry Mayhall died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010. A native of Itawamba County, he was the son of the late Howard Dock and Ernestine Moore Mayhall. He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. An avid hunter and outdoorsman, he also enjoyed woodworking.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Amos and Bro. Bobby Crenshaw officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his wife, Dorris Mayhall; one daughter, Angela Mayhall Webb (Chad Guin); a special friend, Shane Turner; special little buddies, A.J. Mayhall and Bradley Thomas; two sisters-in-law, Helen Mayhall of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Sue Walls of Tupelo; one niece, Karen Mayhall of Guntersville, Ala.; one nephew, Tim Mayhall of Tuscumbia, Ala.; three great-nieces, Courtney Mayhall, Emma Fancher and Amme Fancher; and one great-nephew, Dock Mayhall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James “Jim” Mayhall.
Pallbearers will be Steve Steele, Kenneth Lynch, Larry Cromeans, Charles Elrod, Steve Gaddy and Billy Waddle. Kelly Moses will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Al Wheelock Jr.
GOLDEN – Alfred James Wheelock Jr., 64, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 9, 1946, in Port Henry, N.Y. He was a security specialist in the U.S. Navy and served in Vietnam. He attended Salem Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Bob O’Neal and Bro. Kerry Peden officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are four children, Lori Oaks (Chuck) and Bobby Tate (Sherry), all of Golden, and Melanie Depaul (Steve) and Michael Wheelock, all of Florida; one sister, Peggy Dziadul (Eddie); nine grandchildren, Kaitlyn Boyd, Logan Oaks, Blake Oaks, Isaiah Oaks, Briana Glissendorf, Dillon Tate, Harley Tate, Heather Warren (Josh) and Cory Tate (Brandi); one great-grandchild, Jacob Warren; and a special family friend, Hope Maxwell Shewbart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Alfred Wheelock Sr.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Cleveland, Kane Harris, Adam Shewbart, Clyde Robbins, Josh Warren and Joe Ridings. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Chester and Jim Golf.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Salem Baptist Church and until service time on Friday.

Madge E. Joyner
RANDOLPH – Madge E. Joyner, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at the Pontotoc Hospital. She was a Baptist and a retired nurses aide. She loved spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Robbs Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Joann Warren and Margie Edington of Randolph; nine grandchildren, Vonnie Conlee, Billy Edington, Rhonda Shuler (David), Carla Kohl (Tom), Regina Phillips (Tommy) and Amy Anderson (Brad), all of Pontotoc, Becky Davis (Bobby) of Ecru, Lisa Gregory (Danny) of Robbs and Jesse Warren of Randolph; 14 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Worthy; her parents, Marshall and Vonnie Cole; two brothers, Ggeorge and Fred Cole; and one son-in-law, Larry Warren.
Pallbearers will be David Shuler, Rodney Gregory, Eric Conlee, Tom Kohl, Terry Conlee and Brad Owen. Danny Gregory will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday.

Ronald Williams
TUPELO – Ronald “Ronnie” Williams, 57, formerly of Pontotoc, died Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, from injuries received an in automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Laura Rutherford
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Laura Mae Rutherford, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the United House of Prayer in Blue Mountain with Bishop Henry Finley officiating. Burial will be in the Rutherford Family Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Harvey “Tommy” Rutherford; six sons, Lee (Marie) Satterwhite and Kelsey (Kesha) Rutherford of New Albany, Steve (Noreka) Rutherford of Ecru, Harvey (Mary) Rutherford, Ernest (Minnie) Rutherford, Donnell (Judy) Rutherford, all of Blue Mountain; 10 daughters, Daisy (William) Foster, Susie (Robert) Grayson, Tracy Rutherford, Diane Triplett, Sandra (Larry) McAlister, Peggy Conners, Tenielle (Orlander) Foster, Brenda (Lamar) Sanders, Linda (Elder Donald) Smith, all of New Albany, Tommie Lou (Elder Fredrick) Moore of Blue Mountain; a special sister, Earnestine Ivy; 36 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Lucy Bailey
NEW ALBANY – Lucy Bailey, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Feb. 25, 1925, in New Albany to Gordon Keys and Gustava Kimmons Keys. She was a member of Halls Chapel Church, serving as missionary president and choir members. She was also a member of the Busy Bee Club. She was a beautician, and she worked for the Union County Headstart for 23 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Halls Chapel CME Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, James “Pete” (Michelle) Bailey; a sister, Bennie Ruth Elzie, both of New Albany; grandchildren, Stephanie (Kelvin) King, Torey (Nicole) Bailey and Sydnie Grace Bailey; a great-grandchild, Kendle James King; nephews and niece, Danny Elzie, Terry Foote, LaTasha Keys and Ra’Sheed Keys.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bailey; her parents; and a brother, John Keys.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

James Miller
EUPORA – James Wilton Miller, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Milligan Springs Cemetery in Montgomery County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

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