Obituaries Oct. 15, 2009

Bing Crausby
PONTOTOC – William Lynward “Bing” Crausby, 75, of Pontotoc, took flight to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009. He was a member and Deacon at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, a member of the Jail Ministry, a former fireman, the Baptist Association bookkeeper, owned a refrigeration business, a truck driver, a pilot, the manager of the Pontotoc Airport from 1963 to 1992, and a retired Plant Engineer at Ram Golf Mfg, where he worked from 1972 to 2008. “Bing” was an accomplished “fix it man,” having completed the Fundamentals of Tooling for Injection Molding from the New York University, the Proper Refrigerant Usage from Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and Level III Training from the Tooling Institute Center for Tool making Advancement in Hanover, MA. “Bing” loved his county, Pontotoc and First Baptist Church. He was a wonderful husband, father, Grandfather, Father-in-Law and brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Valley Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ginger Jaggers Crausby of Pontotoc; his two daughters, Carol Crausby of Houston and Cheryl Posey (Lane) of Pontotoc; his sister, Shirley Boyd of Memphis; his two brothers, Don Crausby (Mildred) and Max Crausby (Jane), both of Pontotoc; and his two grandsons, Lane and Peyton Posey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mallie Reno Crausby and Beulah Jane Plunk Crausby.
Pallbearers will be Shorty Harkness, Billy Ray Ferguson, Marlin Chunn, Tommy Butler, Bobby Orr and Johnny Wilder. Honorary pallbearers will be Gerald Robbins, Charles Thomas, Dr. Terry Woods, and the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church Building Fund at 31 Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Nancy Haynes
RIPLEY – Nancy Haynes, 77, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born June 4, 1932, to Sam Barber and Fannie Mays Barber. She was a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Genesco.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Howard Goolsby officiating. Burial will be in Weirs Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Connie Haynes of Ripley; one son, Charlie Haynes (Renae) of Ripley; and two grandchildren, JonBenet Gonzalez and Carlos Gonzalez of Ripley; and two stepgrandchildren, Josh Snider and Charity Boggs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Haynes; her parents; and one sister, Bobbie Barber.
Pallbearers will be Arthur Cockrell, Jamie Cockrell, Kerry Cockrell, Carl Lee Nance Jr., Jimmy Haynes and Gary Cockrell.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Glen Snell
PHEBA – Glen McClellan Snell, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Starkville Manor Nursing Home in Starkville. She was born Nov. 12, 1916, in Pheba to Annie Lee Parker and John Samuel McClellan. She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Bluff Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 50 years. She married John Edd Snell Sr. on Jan. 5, 1936, in West Point. He preceded her in death on June 10, 1991.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Nap Clark officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Bluff Cemetery near Mantee.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty McNeel of Pheba; a daughter-in-law, Shirley Snell of Chattanooga, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Shannon Eaton (Lonnie), Lee McNeel (Jeanie), Jeff Snell (Stephanie) and Sharon McGee (Barry); and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a son, John Edd Snell Jr.; and four sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Lee McNeel, John Glen McNeel, Lonnie Eaton, Codie Silver, Dillan Silver, Barry McGee, Jeff Snell, Cooper McNeel, Matthew Snell and Michael Regan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sammie McNeel, Darold Neal, Donald Moore, John Crowley, Bobby Stone, Dan Vaughn, Mike Cliett, Lamar Dendy, Guy Vaughn, LeRoy Hill, Ray Kratz, Gary Waddell and Milton Trice.
Memorials may be made to Pine Bluff Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Betty McNeel, 7999 Colony Road, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Jamup Saylors
BOONEVILLE – Alton L. “Jamup” Saylors, 72, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born May 25, 1937, in Tippah County to Ed and Della Wallis Saylors. He was of the Methodist faith. He loved everybody and held a special place in the hearts of all who knew him. He served as Grand Marshall of the Booneville July 4th parade.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Steve Lampkin and Bro. Jason Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in the Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by his sister and caregiver, Azell Windham of Booneville; six nieces, Barbara Livingston, Carolyn Haun, Kathy Yelverton, Paula Smith, Jeanne Ann Waldron and Jamie Garner; 12 nephews, Buddy Saylors, Kenny Saylors, Billy Beck, Bobby Beck, David Curry, Danny Saylors, Steve Saylors, Kirby Windham, Denny Windham, Guy Windham, Norman Donahue and Craig Donahue; host of great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Emogene Curry (Dave), Avie Donahue (A.C.) and Annie C. Beck (Paul); two brothers, Van Saylors (Marie) and Olin Saylors (Maxine); and a brother-in-law, Jeb Windham.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Charles Hardin Sr.
TUPELO – Charles William Hardin Sr., 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born May 28, 1926, in Calhoun County. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Tupelo. Upon graduating from high school in Calhoun City, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He later attended Mississippi College, where he played football and received Little All American honorable mention. He continued playing scholarship football at the University of Mississippi, where he earned bachelor of science and master of arts degrees. He later obtained an AAA degree from the University of South Alabama. He retired after 34 years in public education in schools in Mississippi and Georgia, serving as a teacher, coach and administrator. He served on the board of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges for two terms. He was active in various civic organizations and he was a deacon in the Baptist faith. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed gardening and all things Ole Miss.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in Crestlawn Cemetery in Ocean Springs.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Jane Moorer Hardin of Tupelo; one daughter, Missye Turner (Bill) of Covington, Tenn.; two sons, Gary C. Hardin of Oxford and Charlie Hardin (Nicole) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Jenni Turner Stevens, Matt Turner, Amee Turner Cromwell, Tripp Hardin, Jeffrey Hardin, Henry Hardin and Tyler Hardin; five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Hardin and Ivory Christian Hardin; a son, Gerald C. Hardin; a sister, Mary Hardin Odum; three brothers, Chester Hardin Jr., Clinton T. Hardin and Van H. Hardin; and wives, Eleanor McLaurin and Julia McHann Hardin.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Louise Bailey
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Louise Bailey, 70, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Church of God Our Father and The Lord Jesus Christ in Pittsboro. Burial will be in Muddy Creek-Elm Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Fay Smith
DECATUR, Ala. – Gola Fay Smith, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
David Griffith
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – David Lamar Griffith, 20, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Va. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Presbyterian Cemetery in Alexandria. A reception will held in the Westminster fellowship hall after the service. Everly Wheatley Funeral Home of Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Lanny and Susan Griffith, and his sister, Sally Hamilton Griffith, all of Alexandria, Va.; his grandfather, George O. Griffith of Corinth; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Contributions in David’s memory may be made to the David Griffith Memorial, Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2701 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA 22302.
For online condolences, visit www.everlyfuneralhomes.com.
Willie L. Hamilton
TISHOMINGO – Willie L. Hamilton, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Carrington House in Iuka. He was born Jan. 15, 1924, in Red Bay, Ala., to Rev. W.C. and Sally Self Hamilton. He was a brick mason and a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II, and of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean Conflict.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Eddie Hamilton and Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are three children, Eddie Hamilton (Dot) and Betty Carol Sellers (Michael), all of Carthage, and Kathryn Frederick (Tommy) of Iuka; one sister, Lucille James of Iuka; one brother, Billy Hamilton of Cherokee, Ala.; six grandchildren, Stephanie Fortenberry, Will Hamilton, Lisa Buck, Jeff Frederick, Jenna Sellers and Brandon Sellers; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Imogene Green Hamilton; his parents; and six brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Wendell Phifer, Gary Taylor, Jared George, Andy Hamilton, Royce Howie and Harold Boothe.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday at Tishomingo Baptist Church.

Christine Puckett
OKOLONA – Eve Christine Puckett, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of Tishomingo County, she was born Dec. 24, 1923, to Marion B. Parsons and Minnie Lee Lambert Parsons. She and her late husband, Robert, lived in Okolona for 65 years. She spent her entire working life, over 40 years, in the women’s sportswear industry, first working at Meadow Sportswear and Delta Trousers. She founded and operated Puckett Sportswear for many years in Okolona. The Okolona Chamber of Commerce honored her for the many years of contributions to the manufacturing industry. She and her husband were founders and original members of the North Gatlin Street Church of Christ in Okolona, where she was a Sunday school teacher.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the North Gatlin Street Church of Christ in Okolona with Ministers Tommy Lawson and Michael Bates officiating. Minister Ken Dye will officiate at the grave side service to immediately follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel.
Survivors include her children, Mickey Puckett (Anita) of Pontotoc and Martha Ann Puckett Kincade (Earl) of Brentwood, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Chuck Kincade (Mandy), Christopher Kincade (Laura Lake Smith), Brooks Puckett (Christie), Brock Puckett (Amanda) and Brant Puckett; four great-grandchildren, Shane, Will, Blake and Taylor Puckett; two brothers, Merl Parsons of Seattle, Wash., and Jack Parsons of Wiggins; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special caregiver, Ruby Jean Hood of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Puckett; her parents; four brothers, Harley, Travis, Curtis and Dub Parsons; and six sisters, Kathleen, Helen, Bennie Lee, Louise, Mozelle and Francine.
Pallbearers will be Merl Kincade, Craig Kincade, Sammy Joe Washington, James Bethune, Tony Bethune, Jeff Bethune, Bronco Anderson and Pete Worthey.
Memorials may be mailed to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802; or North Gatlin Street Church of Christ, 113 N. Gatlin St., Okolona, MS 38860.

Farris Cummings
FLINT, Mich. – Farris Cummings, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
James Farris
NEW ALBANY – James C. Farris, 81, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Aug. 9, 1928, in Union County to Newt and Mary Carpenter Farris. He retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He raised and trained champion Tennessee Walking Horses, and loved gospel music. He was a member of the Mount Gilead Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Marvin Cox and the Rev. Larry Bain officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Sarah Potter Farris; special nieces, Judy Maxcy and husband, Terry, Kim Sullivan and Nicole Young; special friends, David and Dewana McMillen, Ashley, Abby, and Amelia Grace; a sister-in-law, Ruby Bramlett of New Albany; and great-nieces, Annie and Tiffany Young, and Brandi, Kiana and Tyra Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jewel Farris; and a brother, Talbert Farris
Pallbearers will be Johnny Dyson, John Wooley, Jake Davis, Mike Rost and Harold Rutledge.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Sam Creekmore, Dr. Tim Thompson and Dr. Brad Scott.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Danny L. Campbell
RAMER, Tenn. – Danny L. Campbell, 55, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at his home after a long illness.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Berea Church of Christ. Burial will be in Adams Chapel Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bonnie Wade
PONTOTOC – Bonnie Wade, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I, Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Julia Ruffin
OXFORD – Julia “LuLu” Ruffin, 52, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Tallahatchie Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Glover
BALDWYN – Billy Glover, 81, formerly of Baldwyn, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, in Wilson, N.C., after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Buster Vaughan
EUPORA – Buster Vaughan, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County.

James Spears
CORINTH – James Spears, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.

Rita J. Bankhead
WATER VALLEY – Rita J. Bankhead, 61, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at the Yalobusha Nursing Home in Water Valley.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County, 440 North Lamar Blvd., Suite 5, Oxford, MS 38655.

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