Obituaries Oct. 20, 2009

Robert Tackett
ALGOMA – Robert “Bulldog” Tackett, 28, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Morgan City, La. He was a veteran of the United States Army.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc with the Rev. Pete Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his father, Grady Monroe Tackett of Pontotoc; his mother, Liddie Hanley Tate of Pontotoc; one daughter, Destini Cheyene Rogers of Fulton; one brother, Anthony Tackett of Southaven; and one stepbrother, Grant Letson of Corinth; one stepsister, Tiffany Thomas of Illinois; his grandparents, Ray and Ruby Kuykendall of New Albany, John Hanley of Helena, Ark., and Robbie Tackett of Pontotoc.
Pallbearers will be Steven Christian, Troy Cox, William Tackett, Shane Fowler, Lester Roberts and Grant Letson.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bernice Haynes
ABERDEEN – Bernice Haynes, 48, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Joe C. Steele
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Joe C. “JC” Steele, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, after a long illness. He was born Nov. 12, 1924, in Itawamba County. He attended the University of Mississippi and Florence State Teachers College in the field of chemistry. He was an entrepreneur in many areas: Quick change oil, hardware store, tractor business, insurance, builder/developer and real estate business. He and his wife founded Joe Steele Realty in 1966. He was a charter member in the Real Estate Leaders of America, co-founder of Bestline Builders, and charter member of the Huntsville Multiple Listing Service. Real estate sales and development were his passion. In 2003, he was inducted into the Huntsville/Madison County Home Builders Hall of Fame. In April 2009, the National Association of REALTORS named him REALTOR Emeritus. He always worked to help in the Huntsville community as chairman of the Huntsville Heart Association, hosting record breaking MDA fundraisers and sponsoring the first marathon in the state, “Joe Steele Rocket City Marathon,” in 1977. He was a charter member of Twickenham Church of Christ. He never met a stranger and will be dearly missed by his friends and family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mayfair Church of Christ. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Laughlin Service Funeral Home of Huntsville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Willena Steele; his sons, Michael Steele of Otto, N.C., Steve Steele and wife, Mariam, and Steve Cawthon and wife, Lynn; two daughters, Mae Beth Steele Chiarella and husband, Sam, of Atlanta, Ga., and Teena Steele Williams and husband, Danny, of Birmingham; 10 grandchildren, two great-grand children; one brother, Edward Steele; three sisters, Nell Gaylord, Marcelle Harrison and Jane Yarbrough.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Loren Steele and Evie Mae Steele, and two brothers, Prentiss Steele and Clovis Steele.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Family Care or Russell Hill Foundation c/o Clearview Cancer Institute.

Landon Spradling
MANTACHIE – Landon Keith Spradling, 3 months, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at his home. He was born July 19, 2009, in New Albany. He was dearly loved by his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Jerry Lowery and Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Cory Blake and Erin Rachel Williams Spradling of Mantachie; one brother, Logan James Spradling of Mantachie; his grandparents, Mark and Carla Spradling of Mantachie, and James “Buddy” and Betty Williams of New Albany; his great-grandparents, Don and Pat Spradling, and Myra Soden, all of Mantachie, and Carl Soden of Arkansas; his great-great-grandmother, Grace Soden of Amory; two aunts, Anna Grace Spradling of Mantachie and Megan Robinson (Brad) of Tupelo; two uncles, Brandon Spradling (Dana) of Tupelo and Chad Williams (Leslie) of New Albany; and cousins, Colin Williams, Evan Williams, Morgan Robinson and Hailee Spradling.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Wilma Warren, Estle and Alta Williams, and Jack and Rachel Dowdy; one aunt, Susan Lee Williams; and a great-uncle, Keith Spradling.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jack Pugh
ABERDEEN – Jack Wayne Pugh, 71, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. He was born July 16, 1938, in Limestone County, Ala., to Earl Lee Pugh and Ivis McLemore Pugh. He lived in Aberdeen for the past 32 years. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. He retired as fire inspector from Columbus Air Force Base and as owner of Jack’s Cleaning Service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Roy McKay and the Rev. Henry Gladney officiating. Burial with military rites will be at Center Hill Cemetery in Hamilton.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Jeanette Drake Pugh of Aberdeen; two daughters, Jackie Benson and husband, Randy, of Aberdeen and June Holdiness and husband, Roy, of Louisville; one son, Michael Pugh and wife, Linda, of Hamilton; one sister, Charolette Delarosa and husband, Arnold, of Kodak, Tenn.; two brothers, Jimmie Pugh, and Barton Pugh and wife, Pat, all of Athens, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Kasey Herndon, Joshua Herndon, Chris Benson, Brandon Benson, Johnalee Flanery, Jacalyn Pugh and Chad Childers; four great-grandchildren, Rylee Kate Flanery, Drenon Benson, Elaina Grace Benson and Caiden Benson.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Jason M. Pugh.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Benson, Chris Benson, Kasey Herndon, Josh Herndon, Barron Pugh and Robert Flanery. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerome Pugh, David Pugh, Bryan Pugh, Joe Delarosa and Rick Herndon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To register and send condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Daisy Howell
FULTON – Daisy Loden Howell, Ph.D., 84, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, in the Greenwood community at the home of her niece, Stella Loden Renick. She was born June 6, 1925, in Itawamba County to James Thomas and Daisy Riley Loden. She was a graduate of Blue Mountain College and received both master and doctorate degrees from the University of Mississippi. She was a retired educator with more than 40 years of service. She taught in several Delta area schools and was a member of the Math Department at Delta State University. Upon retirement, she was Dean of Continuing Education at Delta State. She had resided at Avonlea Assisted Living in Tupelo until recently. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland and had served on the Board of Trustees at Blue Mountain College. She enjoyed growing flowers and herbs. She was an avid reader and worked crossword puzzles every day. She was a dog lover and had several beloved pets over the years, most recently Toby and Sugar.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tommy Arinder officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include her nieces, Stella Loden Renick (David), Evelyn Loden Terry, Mary Helen Loden White (Travis), Melba Loden Tatum (Thomas), Mondell Loden Johnson (Lester), Mary Belle Howell Tonos (Joe), Florence Howell Crow (Kenneth) and Eunice Ann Howell Fowler ( Joe); and one nephew, Thomas Howell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tully Howell; her parents; four brothers, Ellis, Edgar, Cullen and E.O. “Dick” Loden; one nephew, Tommy Loden; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church, 1300 Lamar St., Cleveland, MS; Delta State University; or Blue Mountain College.

Alcie Pickens
MYRTLE – Alcie Rossell Pickens, 88, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born March 18, 1921, in Union County to Will and Alma Beard Rossell. She was a member of Enterprise Church of Christ. She was a door greeter at Walmart.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Betty Jean Hall (JB) of Myrtle; two sons, Charles Quay Pickens (Pat) of Falkner and Dwight “Peanut” Pickens (Betty) of Myrtle; one sister, Plutie Hearn of Pinedale; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Malvin Pickens; and five brothers.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bobby Suggs
WATER VALLEY – Bobby Lynn Suggs, 54, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
Rhee Gregory
PONTOTOC – Rhee Grisham Owen Gregory, 97, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. She was a retired saleslady and seamstress for Michael’s Department Store. She was a devout member of First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. Her hobbies throughout the years included sewing, quilting, crocheting, cooking, and learning more from her favorite evangelist, Billy Graham.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Anne Owen Clark of Ecru; one brother, Jim Grisham of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, Debbie Clark, Mike Clark, Owen Clark, Nita Clark, Mona West, Shelia Abby and Jim Owen; and many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Corinna Hodges Grisham and Lonnie Grisham; three brothers, Ewing Grisham, Dewey Grisham, and Jewel Grisham; three sisters, Gwin Grisham Yarber, Laura Dee Grisham Owen and Ruth Grisham May; one son, Jimmy Owens; and two grandsons, Jody Clark and Kyle Clark.
Pallbearers will be Staten Grisham, Max Grisham, Owen Clark, Mike Clark, Bobby May and David Grisham.
Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until service time today.

Helen Russell
WEST POINT – Helen Buchanan Russell, 75, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at St. Martin’s in the Pines in Birmingham, Ala. She was born Dec. 13, 1933, in Prairie to Ola Smith and Raymond Buchanan. She retired from the Lowndes County School System, where she worked as a teacher’s aide and a school bus driver. She was a member of Crawford United Methodist. She married Donald Russell on April 18, 1951, in Macon. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 2002.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Hunter officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one daughter, Donna Patricia Eaves of Carrollton, Ga.; three sons, Gary Kevin Russell of Kingsville, Texas, David Alan Russell of Trussville, Ala., and Gregory Scott Russell of Mountain Brook, Ala.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; one sister, Nora Vernon of West Point; and two brothers, Rubert Buchanan of Meridian and Hubert Buchanan of Crawford.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; five brothers and sisters; and a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Perry Russell.
Pallbearers will be Brad Vernon, Ronnie Vernon, Gilbert Dale Buchanan, Doug Buchanan, Jerry Buchanan and Mike Holloway.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Lamar Hale
HURRICANE – Lamar Hale, 82, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a retired farmer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Sand Springs Church with Rev. Joe Morse officiating. Burial will be in the Warren Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Nelda Ruth McLaughlin Hale of Hurricane; one daughter, Rhonda Lynn Russell (Wendell) of Hurricane; one granddaughter, Amber Lynn Hale and fiancé, Jim Austin; and one sister, Wilma Spears of Oxford.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Milburn V. and Gertha Graham Hale; one sister, Darrah Helms; and one brother, Lowell Hale.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at Sand Springs Church.

Donna Derryberry
RAMER, Tenn. – Donna Derryberry, 58, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at her sister’s home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Indian Creek Cemetery.

Fannie Blackburn
IUKA – Fannie R. Blackburn, 84, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka.

Harold Lindsey
NETTLETON – Harold Douglas Lindsey, 84, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lawrence Stinson
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lawrence “Pee Wee” Stinson, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at his home in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Hafford Hammett
CORINTH – Hafford Lee Hammett, 94, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Dogwood Assisted Living in Corinth. He was born Aug. 15, 1915. He formerly worked for the U.S. government’s atomic plant in Oakridge Tenn. He was a Farm Bureau agent. He taught an aircraft sheet metal class at the National Defense School. He was an ASCS board member and a security guard at ITT. He was an avid farmer and landowner who received several awards for his cotton. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Christ United Methodist Church. A dedicated choir member, he loved to sing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Bro. Steve Kennedy will officiate. Scott Counce, Jason Counce, Todd Hammett and Torey Hammett will deliver eulogies. Burial will be in Box Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Lee Hammett and wife, Pat, of Corinth; one daughter, Norma Hammett Counce and husband, Leck, of Corinth; his grandchildren, Michael Counce and wife, Carol, Scott Counce and wife, Katherine, Jason Counce and wife, Michelle, Todd Hammett and wife, Kristy, and Torey Hammett and wife, Jenny; 10 great-grandchildren, Mackenzi Counce, Norah Counce, Lucy Counce, Lila Counce, Rip Counce, Bailey Hammett, Hayden Hammett, Layton Hammett, Jordan Hammett and Ryan Hammett; two sisters, Hilda Dowd Renegar and husband, Bill, of Winchester, Tenn., and Letra Wigginton Smith of Corinth; a sister-i-law, Faye Wigginton of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Susan “Norrine” Hammett; two sons, Hafford Wayne Hammett and wife, Jo Ann, and Maury Scott Hammett; his father, Lee Hammett; his mother, Teira Hammett Wigginton and husband, Dennis; two brothers, Howard Hammett and wife, Ruth, and Travis Wigginton; two sisters, Leota Powers and husband, Richard, and Mabel Hanna and husband, Rayburn F.; one granddaughter, Angela Renee Hammett; one great-grandson, Collin Parker Counce; and a brother-in-law, Verlon Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Nancy Jo Rhodes
CORINTH – Nancy Jo Ruth Rhodes died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab Facility in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Davis, 6508 N. Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS 38834.

Mildred Cooper
SALTILLO – Mildred Cooper, 90, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona. She retired from Playcraft Mfg. in Saltillo. She enjoyed quilting and sewing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Ezell and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating and Bruce Polheber delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Kirkville cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Hood (Wayne) of Saltillo; two sons, Jimmy Rogers (Charlotte) of Oklahoma and Rickey Cooper (Nancy) of Tupelo; one sister, Pauline Ryan of Saltillo; six grandchildren, Cindy Coleman, Todd Weatherford (Patti), Julie Polheber (Bruce), Janet Luna (Ivan), Andrea Long (Chris) and Michelle Dailey (Pat); nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Sherrie Herring and Shelia West.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Zelda Long Mills; her children, Alberta Weatherford, Bert Cooper Jr. and Earlene Marie Cooper; two brothers, Robby and Bobby Mills; and three sisters, Gladys Mills, Ruby Mills Bennett and Ruthie Mills Hood.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Hood, Pat Bailey, Chris Long, Bruce Polheber, Keith Mills and Wayne Hood.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Nancy Thomas
PONTOTOC – Nancy Thomas, 66, died Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Reading, Penn., she was born March 14, 1943, to Edgar and Mary Cataldi Palmer. She was the office manager for Industrial Express Trucking Company and a member of the Catholic church. She enjoyed cooking and playing bingo.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Charles Thomas of Pontotoc; two daughters, Cynthia Dierolf (Mike) of Sinking Springs, Penn., and Jean Thomas of Pontotoc; one son, Michael Allen Thomas of Pennsylvania; one sister, Georgia Marabella of Wyomissing, Penn; and seven grandchildren, Kerry Waldman (Emily) of San Diego, Calif., Sharlee Snowden (Devin) of Collinsville, Britney Dierolf and Joshua Dierolf, both of Sinking Springs, Penn., Jacqueline Thomas-Waldman, Jasmine Thomas-Waldman and Jesse Thomas-Waldman, all of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Edgar A. Palmer Jr.
There will be no public service, but expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Jo Ann Blanks
TUPELO – Jo Ann Berry Blanks, 66, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Rising Star M.B. Church, where she served on the Kitchen Committee, the Missionary Board and wherever her services were needed. She was a 1962 graduate of George Washington Carver High School, where she was a member of the marching band. She was a 1965 graduate of Rust College with a bachelor of arts degree in elementary education. She was a former teacher at George Washington Carver High School, Green Street Elementary School, Lawhon Elementary School and Milam School, retiring in 1995 after 30 years in education. In 1996 she started her career as a bail bonding agent with the Mississippi Bonding Company. She was a member of the Mississippi Teacher Association, National Teacher Association, Nu Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Kissia Clifton Temple 671, where she served as Daughter Ruler. She had many friends from all walks of life, and she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at White Hill M.B. Church in Tupelo. The Rev. Jeffery Daniel will officiate, and the Rev. Runney D. Patterson will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Cherry Creek Cemetery at Ecru. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Henry “PeeWee” Blanks; her daughter, Bridgette Wilson (Fred); and two grandsons, Robben and Bryson Wilson, all of Tupelo; two sisters, Gloria Hodges (Johnny Williams) of Belden and Barbara Miller (George) of Coldwater; her brothers-in-law, William Blanks and Nathaniel Blanks, both of East St. Louis, Ill., Benjamin Blanks (Dean) of Chicago; her godsons, Eddie Tate of Jackson and Michael Sanders of Tupelo; her godparents, Joe and Lucinda Washington of Tupelo; her caregivers and special friends, Victor Garmon, Freddie Hickman and Mattie Gamble, all of Tupelo; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Vera Hilliard and Faye Berry; and her brother, Ray Berry.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Hole in One Golf Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Rising Star M.B. Church. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
Online condolences may be made at www.grayson-portersmortuary.com.

Red Hughes
AMORY – Phillip Douglas “Chick Chick Red” Hughes, 56, died Friday, Oct. 16, 2009, at his home. He was born Aug. 15, 1953, in Tishomingo County to Clarence and Sarah Ottis Lindsey Hughes. He was a Baptist and a truck driver. He was a Dallas Cowboy fan and enjoyed woodworking, NASCAR and motorcycles.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Earl Wilson and Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Fulton City Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Tisha Hughes of Pontotoc and Laurn Mask of Shannon; four sisters, Diane Warren (Billy) of Amory, Billie Krauss (Dennis) of Rossville, Tenn., Maelene Miller (Bobby) of Holly Springs and Geraldine Wigginton of Belmont; a brother-in-law, Jimmy Parker of Fulton; 22 nieces and nephews, 19 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Parker, and a brother, C.T. Hughes.
Pallbearers will be Eric Wilson, Michael Ross, Jimmy Ross, Kelly Byers, Tony Parker and Boyd Boland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Rachel Plaxico
RIPLEY – Rachel Plaxico, 79, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at New Life Mission Church.

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