Obituaries Oct. 12, 2009

Jamie Wise
GUNTOWN – James Anthony “Jamie” Wise, 46, died Friday evening, Oct. 9, 2009, of a sudden heart attack at his residence in Guntown where he had lived the last 13 years. Jamie was born in Chickasaw County on Dec. 26, 1962, to James Avery and Dell Frazier Wise. He grew up in Okolona, graduated from Okolona High School and played football there. He had been employed the last 13 years at Norbord in Guntown where he worked as a computer technician that programmed the heating units at the plant. He attended the North Gatlin Street Church of Christ in Okolona growing up. Jamie had an outgoing personality and was a forgiving soul who never met a stranger and never had anything bad to say towards anyone. He enjoyed life especially the great outdoors raising his beagles and hunting and fishing, and he enjoyed pool. He was known for years for his big Ford pickup trucks which he highly prized. He was a master cook on the outdoor grill and was known for his feasts which he shared with his family and many friends. He loved to eat and was especially fond of his Mama’s biscuits. He will be sorely missed by his family and many friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Ministers Chad Ramsey and Doyce Britt and the Okolona Mennonite Choir officiating. A committal service will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens with Minister Chris Carter officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m.-service time today at the Okolona Chapel, 300 Main St., Okolona.
Survivors include his mother and dad, Pap and Dee Wise of Okolona; his sister, Hope Crosswhite of Okolona; and three nephews whom he adored, Eric Crosswhite, Grant Wise and Stone Houston, all of Okolona; one great-niece, Lakan Crosswhite; one great-nephew, Nicholas Crosswhite; his best friend, Wade “Tank” Nicholson of Okolona; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Tank Nicholson, Tommy Moore, Devan Hanna, Steven Colbert, Dickie Wise, Dustin Russell, Herbert Word and Tommy “Peacock” Jaggers. Honorary pallbearers will be his Center Point Hunting Club buddies and his domino playing friends.
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Rev. Danny Minnix
BOONEVILLE – Surrounded by his family, Rev. Danny Harold Minnix, 63, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
He was born in Roanoke, Va., on Feb. 14, 1946, to Elmer and Margaret Minnix. After graduating from William Byrd High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served two years as a Chaplains’ Assistant at the Army base in Savannah, Ga. Upon his discharge, he enrolled at Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville and graduated in 1970 with degrees in Religion and Philosophy.
For the last 40 years, he pastored churches in Alabama, Kentucky, Texas and Mississippi. The first 25 years of his ministry were with the Church of the Nazarene and the last 15 years with the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. At the time of his death, he was the pastor of the Coffeeville United Methodist Church in Coffeeville.
“Brother Dan” was a loved and respected pastor. Psalms 116:15 reads “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His Saints.” Family and friends can find comfort in the assurance that he is with his Master he so faithfully served.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Tony Pounders and Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in the Carolina Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Mary Simpson Minnix; three children, Benjamin Minnix (Angie) of Nashville, Bethany Smith (Paul) and Mark Minnix, all of Tupelo; one grandson, Xavier Taylor, and one granddaughter, Isabella Smith, both of Tupelo; his mother, Margaret Minnix of Roanoke; a brother, Jerry Minnix of Roanoke; and special extended family, Michael and Tonya Taylor of Iuka and their daughters, Alexandria and Jasmine.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Dean Minnix; and two brothers, Jessie Dean Minnix and David Minnix.
Pallbearers will be Rev. Dwight DeNegley, John Baird, Jeff Simpson, Paul Smith, Michael Taylor and Xavier Taylor.

Walter Rogers
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Walter Ezell Rogers, 97, died Friday, Oct. 9, 2009, at his home in Blue Mountain.
He was the custodian for Blue Mountain College, retiring in October 2003 after 71 years of service. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, joining at an early age. He enjoyed fishing and working with his horses.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church in Blue Mountain with the Rev. Lawrence McKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery in Blue Mountain. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley has charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Strickland Rogers of Blue Mountain; five daughters, Rosie Carter of Ripley, Agnes McLaurin of New Albany, Elizabeth Anderson (Carl) of Blue Mountain, Mary F. Clark of Blue Mountain and Jennifer M. Garner (Dwight) of Ripley; one son, Arthur L. Rogers (Lisa) of New Albany; one special son-in-law, Rickey Anderson of Booneville; a family friend, Gail Pearson of Memphis; 11 grandchildren, Denise McLaurin of New Albany, Michael Steele of Ingomar, Corey Steele and Lawanda Steele, both of Walnut, Anthony Clark of Ingomar, David Clark of Blue Mountain, Brittany Rogers of Houston, Texas, Brian Rogers of Memphis, Paige Hatch, Pagin Anderson and Passion Anderson, all of Ripley; and a host of great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Mary Waldrop Rogers; two sons, Terry Joe Rogers and Walter Lee Rogers; one daughter-in-law, Linda Steele Rogers; and one brother and four sisters.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 8-11 a.m. today at the funeral home, and from 12 p.m. until service time at the church.
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Melinda Mayfield
HOLLY SPRINGS – Melinda Mayfield, 38, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, in Batesville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Edna Sullivan
NETTLETON – Edna Earl Ganaway Sullivan, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the Homeplace Assisted Living Facility in Saltillo.
She was born March 18, 1928, in Dorsey to Curtis and Virgie Bradley Ganaway. She worked as a supervisor in the planning department for Boeing-Rockwell in Los Angeles before retirement. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, traveling and making ceramics.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Doug Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Libby Schukei, of Prattville, Ala.; two grandchildren, Brandon Schukei of Atlanta and Kim Baker (James) of Prattville; four grandchildren, Kelly, Blake, Katie and Scott Baker; one brother, John Ganaway of Dorsey; two sisters, Lola Bailey (Fred) of Las Vegas and Faye Gangloff of Fort Worth, Texas; special friends, Elowayne and Bill Jones of Mantachie; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elliott “Pat” Sullivan; her parents; one brother, Carlos Ganaway; and a son-in-law, David Schukei.
Pallbearers will be Mark Jones, Carl Ganaway, Steve Ganaway, Chris Ganaway, David Webb and Stephen Ganaway.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Howard Earp
HOULKA – Bennon Howard Earp, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.
He was born July 2, 1936, in Chickasaw County to John Sydney Earp and Clara Ward Earp. He was the owner of Earp Farms for 40 years and a former employee of Houlka LP Gas.
Services will be today at 11 a.m. at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Bean officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Logan Earp of Houlka; a daughter, Linda Harmon (Mike) of Houlka; two sons, Jamie Earp (Joy) and Ricky Earp (Diana), all of Houlka; eight grandchildren, Karen Winstead, Andrea Adams (Brian), Derek Earp (Danielle), Dex Earp, Mallory Murphree (Justin), Timothy Smith, Sydney Earp and Morgan Earp; seven great-grandchildren, Logan Winstead, Andrew Winstead, Greg Earp, Cambry Earp, Caden Earp, Emma Earp, Blake Heair; three sisters, Rose Margaret Burgess (Billy) of Lucedale, Martha “Boots” Mooneyham (Ottis) of Houston, Ann Bean (Eddie) of Waynesboro; and three brothers, Tom Earp (Sharon) of Greenwood, John Sidney “Hick” Earp (Carolyn) of Houston and Jim Earp (Lisa) of Wren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Beatrice Moss.
Pallbearers will be Derek Earp, Dex Earp, Justin Murphree, Brian Adams, Timothy Smith and Nick Earp.
Family and friends may sign the online register at

Michael R. Bright
POTTS CAMP – Michael R. Bright, 46, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be today at Ashland Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Ashland Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs has charge of arrangements.
Charles Greer
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charles Greer, 65, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Emma West
WEIR – Emma Mutell West, 77, died Friday, Oct. 10, 2009, at her residence in Weir.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in the Weir Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Julia Ruffin
OXFORD – Julia “LuLu” Ruffin, 52, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.

Evateen Miller
IUKA – Evateen Phifer Miller died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home. An online guestbook can be accessed at

Zepporah Gladney
ABERDEEN – Zepporah Gladney died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Home of Tupelo.with photo of Thomas Leach

Winston Ward
BRUCE – Paul Winston Ward died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Thomas Leach
NETTLETON – Charles Thomas Leach, 45, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at his residence on Metts Road in Nettleton after a 4 1/2-year battle with cancer.
He was born in Okolona on May 29, 1964, to James Homer Leach Jr. and Willo Jean Sheffield Leach. He grew up in the Old Union Community of Lee County and had lived in Nettleton all his adult life. He was a Baptist and attended Foster’s Cosmetology School in Sherman, working as a hair stylist for several years. He was a supervisor at Lucky Star in Nettleton and was manager of a convenience store before becoming disabled. He enjoyed fishing, was an artist and a home decorator, and was an avid conversationalist, bringing joy and laughter to all who knew and loved him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jason Howell and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will follow in the Old Union Cemetery west of Shannon. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today and from noon-service time on Tuesday. Condolences may be e-mailed to
Survivors include his mother, Jean Markham of Nettleton; a sister, Rita Faye Whitt of Nettleton; two brothers, James Rudy Leach of Nettleton and Bobby Wayne Whitt of Branson, Mo.; his nieces and nephews, Jimmy Dale, Daniel, Luta, Lacinda and Miriah; his special friends and caregivers, Ricky Haughton, Phyllis Buchanan, James Davis, Essie Hawk, Terry Capps, Loretta and Charles Upton, Nelda McCay and Frankie McCay; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Junior Leach; his brother, Forrest Jackson Whitt; and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Richey, Jimmy Hall, Charles Sutphin, Jimmy Underwood, James Davis and Joshua Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Capps, Mondo Rivera and Sam Wages.

Violet Watson Baggett
BALDWYN – Violet Watson Baggett, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
She attended Parkview Baptist Church. She retired from Marietta Manufacturing. She sang with the Baggett Family for many years. She was also known for home sitting with the sick.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Kesler Funeral Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Paul Reynolds and Bro. James Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include four sons, David Baggett of Mantachie, Billy Baggett (Diane) of Baldwyn, Jerry Baggett (Brenda) of Bradenton, Fla., and Joe Baggett (Teresa) of Mantachie; two daughters, Nancy Ewing (Bobby) of Fulton and Valerie Aliotta (Tony) of Bradenton; 15 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Baggett; her parents, Blount and Loudy Watson; two brothers, Geoffory and Emory Watson; three sisters, Grace Robison, Dovie Watson and Estella Morrow; and one granddaughter, Lauren Wren.
Pallbearers will be David King, Nathan King, Jonathan Robison, Matthew Baggett, Brandon Baggett and Josh Wren.
Visitation will be from 5-9 p.m. today.

Charles Clegg
HAMILTON – Charles Ray Clegg, 68, died Saturday, Oct. 10, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
He was born Oct. 12, 1940, to Lester Lloyd Clegg and Laura Mildred Pounders Clegg. He was a retired maintenance supervisor for Tegrant Corporation. He resided in Hamilton for the past three years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Wayne Clegg and Rev. Bobby Pounders officiating. Burial will be in McDuffa Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl Marie Seda and husband, Joe, of Oak Grove Village, Ill.; three brothers, John Wayne Clegg and his wife, Glinda, of Bastrop, La., Arthur Eugene Clegg and his wife, Cathy, of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Tommy Dean Clegg and his wife, Peggy, of Hamilton; and four grandchildren, Daniel Seda, Elizabeth Seda, Rebecca Seda and Jonathan Seda.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Juston West, Jason West, Jeremy West, Mark Gilliland, Donald Davis and Wayne Logan.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. You may sign the register book at

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