Obituaries Oct. 19, 2009

Jack Pugh
ABERDEEN – Jack Pugh, 71, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Fannie Blackburn
TISHOMINGO – Fannie Blackburn died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka.

Juanita Cole
HOULKA – Juanita Davies Cole, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
She was born Nov. 11, 1916, in Hoxie, Ark., to Grover Cleveland Davies and Ida Davies. She was a retired schoolteacher, bookkeeper, and a member of Houlka First Baptist Church.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. at Houlka First Baptist Church with Rev. David Blackwell officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Cheryl Andrews (Mike) of Starkville; a son, Jim Cole of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Terry Cole, Ginny Cole Allen, Jerry Cole, Mark Cole, Cole Andrews and Anna Catherine Andrews; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Cole, in 1999; her son, Jerry Cole, in 1993; and her sister, Lucille Mastin.
Pallbearers will be Garry Turner, Gerren Turner, Burt Easley, William Alvin Collums, Carl Daniels and Jimmy Guy McDonald.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online register at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Alcie Pickens
MYRTLE – Alcie Pickens, 88, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Cleta Gann
IUKA – Cleta Hood Gann, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at the Iuka Hospital after a brief illness. She was born Oct. 3, 1918, in Aimwell, La., but had resided in Iuka for the past 58 years.
She graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing with honors in 1937, and completed her education at the Anesthetist School of Nursing. In 1942 she joined the 64th General Hospital Unit of the United States Army. She served in North Africa and several locations in Italy. She continued to work as a nurse anesthetist at the Whitfield Hospital in Corinth and Iuka Hospital.
She was an active member of the Iuka Baptist Church. She was an avid bridge player and a member of the Friday Bridge Club. She was a Best Friend of the Iuka Library.
Survivors include her four children, Janet Gann Fulton of Iuka, Debbie Gann Hamrick (Jeff) of Trussville, Ala., Pam Gann Kern (Jack) of Nashville, and Judy Gann Hawkins of Marietta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Hughens of Shreveport, La., and Lynna Granger of Lake Charles, La.; and a special niece, Elizabeth Vaughn of Shreveport.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Gann, in 1989.
Services will be held at Iuka Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Tuesday with Bro. Ronnie Hatfield and Bro. Jim Manley officiating. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorials may be made to Iuka Public Library, 204 Main St., Iuka MS 38852; Boys and Girls Club of North Mississippi, P.O. Box 1191, Iuka MS 38852; Iuka Baptist Church; or a charity of your choice. An online guestbook may be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Cooper
SALTILLO – Mildred Cooper, 90, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the Community Hospice House in Verona after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Landon Spradling
MANTACHIE – Landon Keith Spradling, 3 months, died suddenly at his home on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie.

Daisy Howell
BALLARDSVILLE – Daisy Howell, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.

Jo Ann Blanks
TUPELO – Jo Ann Blanks died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo.

Nancy Rhodes
CORINTH – Nancy Ruth Rhodes died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at the Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation Facility in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Julia Kerr
WEST POINT – Julia Elizabeth Kerr, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at her sister’s home in West Point. She was born April 13, 1923, in Tyronza, Ark., to the late Lottie Beatrice Johnston Kerr and John Brice Kerr. She was an elementary school teacher, having taught first grade for 43 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, EPC.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, EPC with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. The body will lie at the church from 9:30 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Frances Kerr Botsford of Benton, Ark., and Dorthy Jean Kerr of West Point; seven nieces and nephews; and many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her twin brother, John Brice Kerr, and a sister, Martha Eileen Addkison.
Pallbearers will be Joe Salmon, Wade Willmott, Ryan Daniel, Richard Daniel, Randy Simmons, Frank Swoope, Bill Cade and Brice Kerr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock, Frank Autrey, Billy Faye Simmons, Jake Garrett and Lamar Powers.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, EPC, P.O. Box 366, West Point MS 39773.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Charles Hill
CALHOUN CITY – Charles Henry Hill, 77, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 12, 1932, in Webster County. He was a veteran of the Navy and a retired automobile dealer and salesman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Duncan Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Derick Finley and Bro. Benny Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Duncan Hill Cemetery in Derma.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Spencer Hill of Calhoun City; three sons, Mike Hill of Calhoun City, Jamie Hill of Vardaman and David Hill of Calhoun City; a daughter, Pam Hill Woods of Hernando; four sisters, Louise Rauenhorst of Calhoun City, Jean Kimbrough of Calhoun City, Dot Cobb of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Paullette York of Wake Forest, N.C.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.O. and Marie Fleming Hill; a brother, W.J. Hill; and a sister, Betty Hill Robinson.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Visitation will be from 3-6 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City.

Robert Culver Jr.
WATERFORD – Robert Lee Culver Jr., 83, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at the Culver Family Cemetery in Waterford. Visitation will be tonight from 5-9 at the funeral home.

Hermie Hall
DUMAS – Hermie Ruth Crawford Hall, 85, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
She was born July 15, 1924, to the late Callie Alexander Crawford and Geneva Bartlett Crawford. She was a lifelong member of Pine Grove Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for more than 40 years. She worked at IBS in New Albany, Blue Bell in Ripley and Futorian in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Tippah County with Bro. Billy Foley and Elder James D. Hall Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane Roebuck (Mike) of Dumas and Karen Stephens (Ricky) of Blue Mountain; one son, James D. Hall (Peggy W.) of Pontotoc; one daughter-in-law, Connie Hall of Sipsey, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Virginia Crawford of Dumas; seven grandchildren, Beth Geoghgan (Hal), Michael Hall (Valarie), Missy Wadford (Terry), Eric Grose, Kelley Armstrong, Danny C. “Chip” Hall (Katie) and Nick Stephens; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Hall Sr.; her parents, one son, Danny C. Hall; one grandson, Cole Stephens; and two brothers, Earl Crawford and Fred Crawford.
Pallbearers will be Michael Hall, Chip Hall, Brent Powell, Nick Stephens, Kevin Crawford and Jodie Crawford. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Wright and deacons of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
The body will lie in state from noon until service time today at the church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Earl W. Repult
TUPELO – Earl W. Repult, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at his and his daughter’s residence in Saltillo.
He was born in Plantersville on July 20, 1942, to William Earl and Ethel Mae Witt Repult. He was raised in East Tupelo and graduated from Tupelo High School. Afterwards, he immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. While serving in the Marines, 8th Marine, 2nd Marine Division, he participated in the ground defense of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in 1962 while a member of the 1st Battalion under command of RLT 6. He received a Good Conduct Medal and a Rifle Sharpshooter Badge.
He worked as a security guard a number of years and later as a police officer in Nettleton and Verona. He worked eight years as manager of Babers Leasing before his retirement. He enjoyed fishing and most importantly he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Dempsey Roland officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Plantersville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Marguerite “Margie” Repult Goddard of Saltillo; two grandchildren, Bradly and Taylor Goddard of Saltillo; two sisters, Penny Coleman (James) of Corinth and Brenda McCormick of Tupelo; and one brother, Bobby Repult (Ann) of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Noelene Philpot; and a special uncle, Gerald Witt.
Pallbearers will be members of the Patriot Guard.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

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