Obituaries Oct. 16, 2009

Jane Lusk
OXFORD – Jane Farrar Lusk, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. She was born in Crystal Springs. She was a homemaker and a former member of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Foundation Christian Fellowship Church in Oxford with the Rev. Chris Kelly officiating. Graveside services will be at noon Monday at Beauregard Cemetery in Wesson. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Tracy W. Lusk of Oxford; three daughters, Laura Allen and husband, Richard, of Brandon, Terry Lyons and husband, John, of Oxford and Susan Krigbaum and husband, Lynn, of Germantown, Tenn.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Buddy Farrar.
Visitation will be from noon to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Foundation Christian Fellowship Church, 1740 Jefferson Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.

Zenia Ragland
OXFORD – Zenia Mae Ragland, 89, died Thursday, October 15, 2009, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christ Temple C.M.E. Church. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Mary Helen Mabry
TUPELO – Mary Helen Mabry, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 9, 1941, in Shannon to Early and Lottie Bell McKinney. She was a member of Inspirational Community Baptist Church where she was on the Mother Board and the Missionary Board. She was a retired employee of the Beverly Health and Rehab. She was a devoted mother and a mentor to many young men and women in the community. She loved gardening, fashions and listening to gospel music.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Inspirational Community Baptist Church in Tupelo with Pastor Cordell Phillips officiating. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her seven children, Connie Mabry Norwood, John (Missy) Mabry, Jewel (Terry) Bumphis, Kim Mabry Pannell, all of Tupelo, Sylvia (Rev. Steve) Mayhorn of Memphis, and Angela Mabry of Atlanta, Ga.; two aunts, Aquila Rogers of Chicago and Genell Holmes of Pontotoc; 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Terry Bumphis, Alfrazo Pannell, Tytus Howell, Terence Bumphis, Ryan Mabry and Joshua Bumphis.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Kenneth Hoey
HOLLY SPRINGS – Kenneth Hoey, 40, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beverly Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Lorine Snow
LAMAR – Lorine Dowdy Snow, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Kimbrough Chapel M.B. Church at Lamar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.

Lloyd Eaton
SARASOTA, Fla. – Lloyd Tom Eaton died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was formerly of Farmington, N.M., and Tupelo. He was a retired decorated Vietnam War veteran.
A military memorial service will be today at the National Cemetery in Sarasota, Fla. A memorial service will be Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sarasota. Good Earth Crematory of Bradenton, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey, of Sarasota, Fla.; one son, Lloyd Todd Eaton (Linda) of Houlka; one daughter, Pam Elrod (David) of Tupelo; grandson, Ryan Elrod of Tupelo; granddaughters, Michelle Farley (Robert) of Oxford, and Robin Eaton and Haley Chenault of Houlka; great-grandson, Aedan Farley of Oxford; sisters, Shirley Cherry of Snowflake, Ariz., Bunny Schadler of Farmington, N.M., and Diane Hamby of Casa Grande, Ariz.; stepdaughters, Cynthia Huntsman of Aztec, N.M., and Beverly Herrera of Sarasota; three stepgrandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren, all of Sarasota.

Asee House
WEST POINT – Asee House, 87, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Pool’s Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pool’s Memorial Gardens in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Farris E. Cummings
FLINT, Mich. – Farris E. Cummings, 90, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, in Flint, Mich. He was born May 22, 1919, in Itawamba County, where he graduated from high school. He served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1946 and was honorably discharged. He began working for General Motors in 1956 and retired after 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and carpentry.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Warren Chapel CME Church in Mantachie with Pastor Oscar Booth officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Bertha; two sons, Rev. Roy Dallas (Beverly) Cummings and William E. (Monica) Cummings of Flint, Mich.; one stepdaughter, Ann Davis-Clement of Flint; three stepsons, David Prince, Allen Prince and William Prince, all of Flint; six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; the mother of his children, Jeffie Cummings; two sisters, Francis Marie Lyles of Chicago and Wilma (Rev. Jimmy) Ellis of Columbus; 10 nephews; and four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Rilla Ward Cummings; his stepmother, Easter Cummings; a son, Ross Douglas Cummings; a daughter, Gloria Cummings-Tolbert; and one sister and seven brothers.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Cora Boxley
HOLLY SPRINGS – Cora Mae Clayborne Boxley, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Henry Frazier Jr.
APTOS, Calif. – Henry Luther “Holbert” Frazier Jr., 78, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, in Aptos, Calif., where he had lived for many years. He was born Jan. 7, 1931, in New Albany to Ida Tera Frazier and Henry Luther Frazier. He was retired from Lockheed Aircraft.
A memorial service will be held today in Aptos. There will be no local service. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is assisting the family.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; a daughter, Laurie (Kurt); two sons, Daniel and David; two grandchildren; a brother, William A. “Jay” Frazier of New Albany; and many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Cards of condolence may be sent to: Frazier Family, 417 Dorcey Ave., Aptos, CA 95003.

Lynn Mayfield
HOLLY SPRINGS – Melinda “Lynn” Mayfield, 38, died Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009, at the Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Strawberry M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Douglas Johnson
BRISTOL, Ind. – Douglas R. Johnson, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, in Bristol, Ind. He was a member of McCoy Memorial Baptist Church in Bristol, Ind., where he served on the board of trustees, organized the men’s breakfast and church picnics, and coached softball coach. He served in the Alabama National Guard and retired as a plant manager from Foamex in 2002. After retirement, he worked as a courier at Speedy Delivery in Bristol.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the First Baptist Church in Athens, Ala. Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home of Elkhart, Ind., is assisting the family.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Johnson of Bristol, Ind.; two sons, Madison M. (Michelle) Johnson of Blue Mountain and Daniel R. Johnson of Bristol; three grandchildren; two sisters, Jewell Smith of Athens, Ala., and Jean Walters of Huntsville, Ala.; and three brothers, John W. (Elsie) Johnson of Somerville, Ala., James B. (Fran) Johnson of Rogersville, Ala., and Donald E. (Cathy) Johnson of Athens, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leland M. and Evie L. Landers Johnson.

Tony Mulkey
BRUCE – Tony Neil Mulkey, 52, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at his home. He was born Sept. 22, 1957, in Lambert. He was a cutter operator for Lovorn Logging.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church in Bruce. The Rev. James Taylor and the Rev. Tracy Griffin will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Rita Chrestman Mulkey of Bruce; one daughter, Tonya J. Hogan (Ben) of Bruce; one son, Mitchell Neil Mulkey of Bruce; four sisters, Priscilla Murrah of Southaven, Rita Allen of Marshall, Texas, and Betty Ellen Cooper and Sandy Ferguson, both of Bruce; five brothers, Billy Dean Mulkey of North Carolina, Sean Mulkey of Vardaman, and Larry Mulkey, Gary Joe Mulkey and Andy Mulkey, all of Bruce; two grandchildren, Wyatt C. Berry and Hailey C. Hogan; and his parents, Jimmy and Ann Mulkey of Bruce.
Pallbearers will be Larry Mulkey, Colon Walls, Robin Nolan, Shone Mulkey, Joe Mulkey, Andy Mulkey, Mike Winter, Greg Lovorn, Dean Wright, Joey Winter, Matt Winter and “Big Mike” Walls.

Sarah Kelly
BLUE SPRINGS – Sarah Kelly, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Tommy Turner Jr.
FULTON – Tommy Lee Turner Jr. died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 17, 1949, in Crawford to Tommy Lee Turner Sr. and Leona Turner-Shields.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Friendship M.B. Church in Dorsey with the Rev. Richard Carroll officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Dorsey. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Shumpert of Dorsey; a special father and the man who reared him, Nick Shields; three daughters, Beverly Turner and Betty Patton, both of Tupelo, and Patricia Turner of Cordova, Tenn.; two sons, Timothy Shumpert of Plantersville and Karaodus Turner of Hanford, Calif.; three sisters, Francis Shields Heavens of Tupelo, and Pocahontas (Lincoln) Shields-Dillie and Shelly Ann Shields, both of Jackson; four brothers, Mack Turner Sr., John C. Turner, Nick (Cynthia) Shields Jr. and Walter (Myra) Shields, all of Tupelo; one aunt and five uncles; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Lee Turner and Velma Bean; and three brothers, Robert Turner, Terry Shields and Louis Shields.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home.The body will lie in state one prior to service time.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Zepporah Gladney
Zepporah Gertrude Jones Gladney on May 12, 1921, was a true blessing given to the late Turner Jones Sr. and the late Sarah Thomas Jones in Houston, a daughter full of faith. She confessed her faith in Jesus the Christ at an early age in the A.M.E. Church of Houston and later transferred her membership to the Second Baptist Church of Houston. She attended and graduated from the Chickasaw County High School in Houston and was Salutatorian of her class. After graduation she attended the Ministerial Institute College in West Point.
On Sept. 2, 1945, she was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Rev. A.L. Gladney. To this union was the birth of three children: Henry Edward Gladney, Elizabeth Ann Gladney and Willie Ira Gladney (deceased). Zepporah shared her life doing the work of the Lord along with her husband for 43 years until he departed from this life on May 15, 1989.
In her days after retirement from the Amory Garment Manufacturing of Amory at the age of 79, her passions of teaching, singing and playing the piano did not retire. As a member of the Second Baptist Missionary Baptist Church of Prairie, she served faithfully even as her health was failing as a Sunday school teacher, President of the Missionary Ministry and pianist for the children and adult choir. In addition to her love for the service of the Lord she enjoyed using the talents that God gave to her for sewing and gardening. When she was younger, if she could not find what she wanted to buy, she made it for she was always known as a “well dressed lady.” And she would say that “a well dressed lady will always wear a hat.” She was blessed with a “green thumb” because whatever she planted whether vegetables, flowers or plants, they would always grow into beautiful gardens.
She took flight from this life on Oct. 10, 2009, at the age of 88 and leaves to forever cherish her memories: Son, Rev. Henry E. Gladney (Yvonne) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Minister Elizabeth Denard (Charles) of Detroit, Mich.; brother, Daniel Jones (Margaret) of Solo, Ohio, and stepdaughter, Willie Etta Holmes of Houston sister-in-law, Christine Ware of Troy; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, Eric F. Gladney (Tajh and Tearia), Ellaria Theres (Dionysius D. and Adrianna F.), Carlos W. and Lynette Gladney (Camille); Altermese L. Kendricks (Alexander); Henry E. Jr. and Carmaleta Gladney (Darian, Brianna, Calem); Felicia Stallworth (Elijah, Emmanuel, Alexah, Amaryah); Sharon R. and Isaac Walker (Isaiah); Michael A. Gladney; Eboni W. Denard and Charles E. Denard II; special grandchildren, special great-grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today, Oct. 16, 2009, at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home, 2510 S. Gloster St. Tupelo.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, at Second Baptist M.B. Church at 10575 Old Magnolia Hwy., Prairie, with Pastor John E. Smith officiating. Body will be taken to the church at 10 a.m. for a special time for friends with the family prior to funeral service. Interment will be at the Second Baptist M.B. Church Cemetery.

Lora Wesson
MANTACHIE – Lora Vee Wesson, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Dec. 25, 1919, in Itawamba County to Farris and Ella Hall Brooks. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. She enjoyed gardening.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlene Pierce (Billy Joe) and Peggy Alvarez (Ed), both of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Barry Joe Pierce of Tupelo, Monica Webb of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jeffrey Webb of San Diego, Calif.; six great-grandchildren, Benjamin Pierce and Brantley Pierce, both of Starkville, Lexi Lum of New Hope, and Wesson Pierce, Peyton Pierce, and Peri Pierce, all of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady Wesson, in 1981; her parents; and a grandson, Billy Joe Pierce Jr.
Pallbearers will be Ed Alvarez, Billy Joe Pierce, Barry Pierce, Wesson Pierce, Benjamin Pierce and Brantley Pierce.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Kennamore
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Mary S. Kennamore, 43, died Monday, Oct. 12, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Union County. She was an employee of Albany Industries in New Albany and a Baptist. She was a hard worker and a faithful caring Christian. She was a loving wife and mother and a great Nana, who enjoyed being with her family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Joe Street and Bro. Robert Lovett officiating. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
Survivors include her husband, Glen Kennamore of Blue Mountain; two daughters, Kim Kennamore and Brittany Kennamore, both of Blue Mountain; one son, Spec. Steven Kennamore, stationed in Iraq; one brother, Tommy Edwards (Julia) of Walnut; one sister, Connie Blythe of Baltimore, Md.; two stepsisters, Jane Chapman (Ronald) and Vicki Black (Ronnie), both of Ripley; four stepbrothers, Ronnie Wilson (Peggy) and David Spears, both of Blue Mountain, John Wilson (Wanda) of Ashland and Calvin Spears (Glenda) of Ripley; one grandchild, Carson McKinnie of Blue Mountain.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Norma Jean Callihan Spears; her stepfather, Calvin Spears; her father, Russell Sweatman; and one brother, Jerry “Butch” Edwards.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Brewer, Billy Kennamore, Brad Stroud, Calvin Spears Jr., Mike Frazier and David Clark.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Tanner and Rodney Page.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Micheal Holmes
WOODLAND – Micheal Holmes, 21, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009, in Woodland as the result of an automobile/four-wheeler accident.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calahan M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Edward and Rochelle Pratt Holmes of Woodland; three sisters, Angel Holmes of Woodland, Shelia Holmes of Columbus and Bridgette Hill (Micheal) of Houston; his grandmother, Gladys Holmes of Woodland; a special niece, Ericka Holmes.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruby Austin
PONTOTOC – Ruby Austin, 97, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mortimer Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Mary E. Crum
RIPLEY – Mary E. Rogers Crum, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at her home in Ripley. She was born Aug. 9, 1929, to Jack Rogers and Quillar Bobo Rogers Prince. She was a member of Hatchie Chapel Church. She was an employee of American Biltrite and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hatchie Chapel Church in Alcorn County with Bro. Kimble Crum and Bro. Floyd Crum officiating. Burial was in Hatchie Chapel Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, James M. Crum of Ripley; three daughters, Kay Kilzer (Ricky) of Walnut, Tina Sanford (Richie) of Ripley and Tracy Jeter (Layne) of Ripley; two sons, Richard Crum (Lynn) of Michigan City, Ind., and Tony Blades (Wanda) of New Albany; two sisters, Effie Wilbanks of Ripley and Marie Culver of Corinth; four grandchildren, Candy Crum of Hartselle, Ala., Rick Kilzer of Ripley, Rusty Kilzer of Walnut and Nichole Sanford of Ripley; two great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and five sisters.
Pallbearers will be Richard Crum, Layne Jeter, Richie Sanford, Rick Kilzer, Rusty Kilzer and Ricky Kilzer. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Hatchie Chapel Church.
Visitation will be from noon today until service time Saturday at Hatchie Chapel Church in Alcorn County.
To view obituaries and sign the guest ook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Louise Helton
IUKA – Louise Sanders Helton, 74, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was a dearly loved mother, wife and grandmother. She loved her cat, Bat.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Jimmy Daniel and Bro. Greg Woodruff will officiate. Burial will follow in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Helton of Iuka; two daughters, Diane Schafer (Harry) of Olive Branch and Debby Babin (John) of Walls; two stepdaughters, Louisea Helton and Debby West (Carl), both of Iuka; two stepsons, Tim Helton of Iuka and Tony Helton of Paden; two grandchildren, Angela Hitchcock of St. Charles, Mo., and Marty Massey (Misty) of Cordova, Tenn.; a great-granddaughter, Zoe Massey.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Frances Smith
GUNTOWN – Frances Glaspy Smith, 72, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at The Courtyards Nursing Facility in Fulton after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Salena Maldonado
OKOLONA – Salena Valentina Maldonado died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at University Hospital in Jackson. She was born June 26, 2009, in Jackson.
A graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Amity Cemetery with Bro. Scott Griffin officiating. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Kimberly Gregory and Hilario Maldonado of Okolona; her grandparents, Thomas Leon “Sonny” and Bobbie Gregory of Houston, and Bertha Maldonado Santos and Hilario Salome Maldonado Santos of Guatamala; many aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters.
For an online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

James R. Smitherman
PONTOTOC – James R. Smitherman, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Donna Marett
POTTS CAMP – Donna Lois Harrison Marett, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Sept. 24, 1913, in Marshall County to James M. and Amma Rattfield Harrison. She was a retired machine operator for Irwin Mfg. Company. She had been a member of Cornersville Baptist Church for 65 years. She loved quilting and making afghans.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Billy Foley and the Rev. Joe Epting officiating. Burial will be in Cornersville Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include her son, James W. Gray and wife, Ann, of Hickory Flat; three stepsons, Lynn Greer of Oxford, Jackie Greer of Myrtle and David Greer of Hickory Flat; one stepdaughter, Molly Byers of Dickson, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Tammy Walls (Kevin) of Pontotoc, Phillip Gray (Pam) of Potts Camp and Heath Gray of Myrtle; nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Warren R. Gray, L.D. Greer and E.J. Marett; two sisters, Grace Echols and Dale Edwards; and one stepson, James Norris Greer.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Tidwell, Kevin Walls, Gary Swain, Larry Rhea, Allen Hancock and Doyle Boatner. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Greer and Lynn Greer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condonlences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bonnie Gean Wade
PONTOTOC – Bonnie Gean Wade, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was a native of Houlka and the daughter of Farris and Nancy Hobson Eubanks. She was a member of East Baptist Church, where she was a choir member and on the missionary board. She loved her grandchildren, baking, reading and writing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at East Baptist Church. The Rev. Artis Webber will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Charlie Wade of Pontotoc; one daughter, Linda Wade of Pontotoc; two sons, Farris Wade and Charlie A. Wade, both of Pontotoc; one brother, Raymond (Dorothy) Eubanks of Pontotoc; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ware Eubanks and Mary Lee Bean, both of Pontotoc; one brother-in-law, Leroy Wade of Tennessee; 11 grandchildren and 25 great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Lynn Wade.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cleo Thompson
OKOLONA – Cleo Thompson died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.

Thomas Tittle
PONTOTOC – Thomas Eugene Tittle, 43, formerly of Houlka, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Rob Bitter
RIPLEY – Robert “Rob” Walter Bitter, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at his residence. He was born July 30, 1928, to George John Bitter and Katherine Hermann Bitter. He was a member of Whittentown Baptist Church and a retired heavy equipment manager for the Civil Engineers. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a Seabee veteran of the Korean conflict, Vietnam and Desert Storm. He had 20 years of military service and 20 years of civil service. During his career he lived all over the world, including Gulfport, Key West, Fla., Port Hueneme, Calif., Adack, Alaska, Memphis, Japan and Guam. He retired to Ripley in 1993 after a lifetime of service to his country.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Edd McCafferty and Bro. Bob Trotter officiating. Burial will be in Whittentown Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Dwalia South-Bitter of Ripley; two stepsons, Jesse Williams and Jack Williams, both of Ripley; one brother, Reynold Bitter (Ceil) of Columbus, Neb.; two sisters, Marion Bruhn of Leavenworth, Kan., and Katherine Hascall of Millstadt, Ill.; and one stepgrandchild, Jacie Williams of Ripley.
Pallbearers will be Dan Alcock, Dennis Buss, Larry Byrd, Michael Carroll, Tommy Covington, Jack Ohler, Tim Satterfield and John Wall. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post 81.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lacey Presley Bitter; his parents; one sister, Elsie Hoth; and four brothers, Carl Bitter, William Bitter, John Bitter and Herman Bitter.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Whittentown Baptist Church, c/o Sandra Benefield, 1031 CR 425, Ripley, MS 38663; or Seabee Historical Foundation, P O. Box 657, Gulfport, MS 39502-0657.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries and sign the online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Bill Boggs Jr.
ABBEVILLE – William Francis “Bill” Boggs Jr., 71, died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at his home in Abbeville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Abbeville Bus Fund or the Puppet Ministry, P.O. Box 80, Abbeville, MS 38601.

Marie Holland
TUPELO – Marie Holland died Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at Rosewood Residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

David Monteith
NETTLETON – David Wayne Monteith, 50, died Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2009, at his home in Nettleton. He was born Oct. 29, 1958, in Belleville, Ill., to Dale Thomas Sr. and Joan Mary Maher Monteith. He lived most of his life in Pensacola, Fla., but had lived in Nettleton for the past four years. He was a former air medic in the U.S. Army and a registered nurse. He graduated with honors from the R.N. nursing program at Pensacola Junior College. He enjoyed reading and going fishing.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating.
Survivors include his mother, Joan Mary Maher Monteith of Nettleton; two daughters, Candice Lynn Frei and Alisha Monteith, both of Kenosha, Wis.; one son, Dale Henry Monteith of Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Cathy Riley (Jerry) and Connie Phillips (David), all of Nettleton; two grandchildren, Kelsey Lynn Frei and David Frei; five nieces, five nephews and one great-niece.
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Eddie and Johnny Monteith; and a nephew, Jordan Monteith Riley.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

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