Obituaries Oct. 2, 2009

Curin Oliver
HOLLY SPRINGS – Curin Miller Oliver, 83, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Morning Star Church of God in Christ in Memphis. Burial will be in Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. 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.

Sidney Cunningham
OKOLONA – Sidney Cunningham, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Hospice. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Mary Waldrop
BOONEVILLE – Mary Isabella Waldrop died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Longwood Community Living Center, where she had lived since early 2003. She was born Sept. 15, 1922, to Dr. Henry Griffin Waldrop and Isabella Agnew Waldrop at Bethany in Lee County. Before moving to Booneville the family had lived at Baldwyn, Dumas, Shubuta, Caledonia and Ripley. Mary and her older sister, Rachel, had also lived in Saltillo when Rachel taught in the elementary school there and Mary taught piano. She was a graduate of Ripley High School and attended Union University in Jackson, Tenn.
She loved animals and always had many pets. For several years she had a kindergarten in her home. She also enjoyed working with the youth in the Booneville Presbyterian Church. Each month they helped her publish the church newsletter. (This was in the days of mimeograph machines.) Through the years she gave private piano lessons in her home. For the past several years she was a member of Bethany AR Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Henry Waldrop Jr., who was lost at sea during World War II; and her sister, Rachel, who died June 17, 2003.
She is survived by many cousins, among who are Jim Spruiell, her conservator, Catherine Spruiell of Sulligent, Ala., Floyd Miller of Madill, Okla., and Lynn Fusinato of Richardson, Texas; a host of friends among staff and residents of Longwood; and special friends, Dr. Charles Holland and wife, Betty, of Ripley, Willie Frances Rutherford, Tonya Wood, Annette Howe, and Ruth Galloway, all of Booneville. Family and friends appreciate the personal attention give by Dr. Cliff Cartwright.
Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements. Funeral services will be Saturday morning, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Dr. Charles Holland will officiate. Visitation will be prior to the service.

Sue Davis
TUPELO – Sue Marie Davis, 58, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at her home in the Auburn community after an extended illness with cancer. She was born on Aug. 26, 1951, in Tupelo to William Corbet Palmer and Mary Ellen Palmer of Saltillo. She worked at Purnell’s Pride in Tupelo for nine years, Bassett Furniture for nine years, Berkline for 10 years and was a part-time employee of North Mississippi Medical Center as a nursing assistant for several years. She completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program and was scheduled to begin working full time at the North Mississippi Medical Center before becoming ill. Mrs. Davis was a loving, dedicated wife and mother and was very proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Many weekends you could find her at the ballfield watching her children and grandchildren playing softball. She was an active participant in American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and a lifelong contributor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Mrs. Davis loved to attend church services with her children at both Living Water Community Church in Eggville and Cross Pointe Ministries in Tupelo. One of her greatest joys was her Pekinese, Precious. She also enjoyed reading books, mostly Christian novels.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. John Steele and Bro. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will be at the Beech Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Raymond Davis; four daughters, Donna Trim Kingsley (Robby) of Mooreville, Lisa Trim of Saltillo, Ella Charlene Davis of Tupelo and Ellen Marie Davis Steele (John) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Joe Kingsley (Cecily) of Saltillo, Jordan Kingsley Smith (Bobby) of Plantersville and Halee Steele of Tupelo; four great-grandchildren, Payton McLarty and Libby Kingsley of Saltillo, and Callie Smith and Allie Smith of Plantersville; mother, Mary Ellen Palmer of Saltillo; sisters, Betty Clark of Shannon and Debbie Coleman of Saltillo; brother, Roger Palmer of Saltillo; and the special people in her life, Lola Fielder, Sherry Acker (Byron), Linda Holcomb and Melissa McKenzie. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her father, Corbet Palmer, of Saltillo.
Pallbearers will be James Conley, Daniel Conley, Josh Conley, Mike Beasley, John Beasley, Brian Beasley, Byron Acker and Donnie Simmons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.

Marie Bray Kurzeak
PONTOTOC – Marie Bray Kurzeak, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Magnolia Health and Rehabilitation, Magnolia, Ark. A native of Pontotoc County, she was born April 29, 1928, to the late William J. Weatherly and Mary Elizabeth Warren.
Marie was a well-known beautician in both Tupelo and Pontotoc. She was co-owner of Fran-Marie’s in Tupelo and later opened her own shop in Pontotoc, Marie’s Coiffures.
Upon moving to Heber Springs, Ark., with her husband, she continued her career as a volunteer beautician in the nursing homes there and among the house bound in her community. She was a member of the Heber Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed participating in all of their activities as long as she was able.
Services will be Sunday, Oct.4, at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel, officiated by Rev. Melvin Crowley. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, following a brief graveside service.
She is survived by a grandson, John-Phillip A. Bray and wife, Julie Featherston Bray; a great-grandson, Elijah Cayson Bray of Shongaloo, La.; and a daughter-in-law, Sandi Bray of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers and sisters; her son, the Rev. Phillip M. Bray of Pontotoc; and her husband, Joseph Kurzeak of Heber Springs, Ark.
Visitation will be from noon until services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Arrangements for pallbearers are incomplete at this time.

Eddie Venson
SAREPTA – Eddie Lewis Venson, 97, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Church of God in Christ in Bruce. Burial will be in Duff Chapel Cemetery in Sarepta. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
L.B. Paige
ASHLAND – L.B. Paige, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at his home in Ashland.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hebron 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 and the family will receive visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Alexander Dilworth
CORINTH – Alexander Dilworth, 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Marzee Speck
VALDOSTA, Ga. – Marzee Wiseman Speck, 95, died Monday, Oct. 13, 2008. She was born Oct. 23, 1912, in Pontotoc to Thomas Jackson and Etta Marzee Powell Wiseman. She moved to Memphis in 1944. She was a homemaker and owner of rental properties in Memphis. She was a member of Sherman Baptist Church. She took a course at Patricia Stevens School of Modeling and modeled for John Gerber’s and Goldsmith’s department stores for a few years. During the 1970s she was an active member of the Gray Panthers. She collected funds for the American Heart Association. She enjoyed sewing, embroidery, smocking, oil painting and gardening.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Sherman Baptist Church. Interment will be in Sherman Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Peters of Valdosta, Ga.; her son, Tom Speck of Black Mountain, N.C.; two granddaughters, Rachel Speck of Black Mountain and Sarah Isaacs of Memphis; 13 nieces and nephews, Jacqueline Stokes of Pontotoc, Norma Tollison of Sherman, Rosemary Sudduth of Tupelo, George Beasley of Tupelo, Bill Roy Wiseman of Southaven, Janie Pannell, of Greenwood, Lois Fulton of Audubon, Penn., Bonnie Montgomery of Clawson, Mich., Ted Wiseman of Oxford, Frances Eller of St. Louis, Mo., Allen Wiseman of Morrison, Mo., James Wiseman of Pontotoc and Lee Jack Wiseman of Sedalia, Mo.
She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Melvin Peters, and 10 siblings, Wilbur, Auber, Charlott, Carl, Marvin, Lacy, Claudey, Joshua (Jeff), Mary Florence and Kenny.
Memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Joe Stutts
MICHIE, Tenn. – Laiford Dee “Joe” Stutts, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Lebanon Methodist Church Cemetery in Michie, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Hugh Hurst
WEST POINT – Hugh Richard Hurst, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Walker County Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Ala. He was born April 1, 1927, in Mantee to Hettie Jennings and Jim B. Hurst. He worked in construction and trucking. He was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Judy Elmore officiating. Burial will follow in Chickasaw Memorial Garden in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lois Woodall Hurst of Jasper, Ala.; six daughters, Linda Best (Jr.) of Jasper, Dorothy Williams (Ricky) of Asheville, N.C., Marilyn Gann of Houston, Maxine Wilk (Dean) of Buford, Ga., Nancy Huffman of Clinton and Donna Stewart of Jasper; one son, Hugh Travis Hurst (Sara) of Cedar Bluff; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Katherine Hodnett of Doris, Calif., and Estelle Montgomery of Mantee; one brother, Joe Dempsey Hurst of Mantee.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Charlene McGill
NEW ALBANY – Charlene Ash McGill, 78, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dorothy Russell
BENTON – Dorothy Russell, 67, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at County Line Baptist Church. Burial will be in the County Line Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at County Line Baptist Church.
Randy Bailey
CALHOUN CITY – Randy Carl Bailey, 56, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, in Calhoun City. He was born Sept. 11, 1953, in Bruce. He served in law enforcement for 30 years and retired from the Calhoun City Police Department after 25 years. He was a Mason and a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Brown officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one daughter, Tania Dawn Hatfield (Kevin) of Oxford; one son, Justin Heath Bailey of Oxford; his mother, Peggy Bailey Cowsert of Bruce; one sister, Carol Baker (Mark) of Bruce; one brother, Michael Bailey of Calhoun City; and two grandchildren, Morgan Hatfield and Gavin Hatfield.
Pallbearers will be Benny Langford, Jacob James, Tito Lopez, Brandon Baker, Nolan Baker and Heath Bailey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George Johnson Jr.
OKOLONA – George Washington Johnson, Jr., 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Kings Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery East in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Christine Gray
CORINTH – Christine Gray, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kendrick Road Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Kendrick Road Church of Christ.

T.C. Sheffield
MATHISTON – T.C. Sheffield, 77, formerly of Nettleton, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at his son’s residence in Mathiston after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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