Obituaries Oct 22, 2009

Addie Lee Thompson
AUBURN – Addie Lee Mills Thompson, 101, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 1, 1907, in Chickasaw County to John Rufus and Sallie Lee Magness Mills. She lived the majority of her life in the Auburn and Saltillo areas, but had lived at Graceland Nursing Home for one year, 10 months. Mrs. Addie was the last surviving member of 10 siblings.
A great centurian, she was loved by all who knew her. Mrs. Addie saw a lot of history in her lifetime, from the steam engine to super sonic. The world got too fast for her, but she loved every minute of it. She believed you “spare the rod and you spoiled the child” and she knew quite well how to use the “Rod Rule,” and for this, Mom, we love you!
Mrs. Addie received the Key to the City of Tupelo from Mayor Ed Neeley on her 100th birthday. There was a big celebration held at the Auburn Community Center with music and a host of friends and relatives. She thoroughly enjoyed music and did not mind doing a little step or two. She was a seamstress for Reeds Manufacturing in the 1930′s and early 1940’s. She lived through two World Wars, the Great Depression and the Tornado of 1936, which almost destroyed Tupelo. She lost several family members in this storm. She was a member of Eggville Free Will Baptist Church.
A Celebration of Mrs. Addie’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E Pegues with the Rev. Wesley Kingsley officiating. Burial will be in Boguefala Cemetery in Mooreville.
Survivors include four daughters, Marie Mallette of Saltillo, Marine Garrett of Auburn, Corrine Culver of Tupelo and Lorene Holcomb (Rev. Joe Holcomb) of Pontotoc; 23 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandson; and a host of special nieces and nephews whom she loved; and one very special grandson, Danny Ray Garrett, whom she dearly loved.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Carlos Jackson Thompson; three sons, baby Leon Thompson, Kenneth Ray Thompson, who died at the age of 4, and Clinton Wade Thompson; two daughters, “Miss Pearl” Pearl Rabinowitz and Baby Liz Thompson.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Jason Rabinowitz, Dr. Mattew Rabinowitz, Dr. Adam Rabinowitz, Barry Garrett, Rev. Joey Holcomb, Harold D. Scruggs and Harvey Mallette Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Lee Mills, John H. Mills, James Mills, Ralph Mills, Billy Dickerson, Dewayne Dickerson, Brandon Garrett, Bradley Cox, Owen McLevain, Todd Moore and Harvey Mallette Sr.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Lawrence Stinson
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lawrence Henry “Pee Wee” Stinson, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Herbert Bowden
CORINTH – Herbert Bowden, 56, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Lorraine Baptist Church Cemetery in Michie, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Albert Brassell
OXFORD – Albert Brassell, 68, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.

Leland Allen
NEW ALBANY – Leland Allen, 91, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Nursing Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Jackie Wadkins
IUKA – Jackie Wadkins, 52, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at her residence. She was the former owner of Jackie’s Restaurant and Ice Cream. She was formerly employed at Sunflower and Nelson’s Supermarkets and at Old Tyme Shaved Snowball.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Franky Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her father, Clayton Hall of Burnsville; one son, Jamie Wadkins of Franklin, Tenn.; one daughter, Ginger Wood of Iuka; one brother, William Hall of Burnsville; two sisters, Peggy Gray of Burnsville and Kathy Calton of Corinth; five grandchildren, Jerika Thompson, Nathan Wood, Eden Wood, Emily Wood and Madeline Grace Wood, all of Iuka; and her former husband and caregiver, Jimmy Hale of Iuka.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Celeste Hall, and her former husband, Edgar Earl Wadkins.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Mary Etta Cooper
PONTOTOC – Mary Etta Miller Cooper, 87, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at the Sunshine Nursing Home in Pontotoc. She was born Aug. 2, 1922, to L.V. Miller and Ida Creekmore Miller. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Park in West Helena, Ark.
Survivors include five daughters, Bonnie Wilson and husband, Frank, of Imboden, Ark., Joyce Golden of Senatobia, JoAnn Ward of Senatobia, Pat Chambers and husband, Bobby, of Thaxton, and Becky Sowell and husband, Tim, of Hernando; one son, Harvey Cooper and wife, Elizabeth, of Ripley; one brother, V.C. Miller of Elaine, Ark.; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Isom Gletis Cooper; two sisters, Esterine Smith and Arvey Patton; two brothers, Edward Miller and J.C. Miller; and a son-in-law, Carlon Golden.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite H, Jackson, MS 39216.

Bobby Lynn Suggs
WATER VALLEY – Bobby Lynn Suggs, 54, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Everdale M.B. Church in Water Valley. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the church. To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Martha J. Stricklin
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Martha J. Stricklin, 66, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Kathryn Steele
WEST POINT – Kathryn Richey Hill Steele, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born July 25, 1921, in Vardaman to Naomi Brown Hill and Avery Alexander Hill. She had worked as a operator for Southern Bell and later she worked as a secretary for the Baptist Convention. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating and Bro. Larry Ferguson assisting. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Dick Steele of West Point; three brothers, William A. “Bill” Hill (Linda), B.W. Hill (Ruth) and Hal E. Hill Jr., all of West Point; five nieces and nephews, Sandra Hill Crawford, Hal Hill Jr., Debbie Hill Billington, Angie Hill McCollum and Donna Hill Ross; a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Morgan Billington, Gary Billington, Ross Billington, Stephen Ross, Clay McCollum and Clark McCollum. Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Elliott, Pete Dexter, Toby Dexter, David Waide, Jack Wilson and Mort Stroud.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 797, West Point, MS.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Friday at Calvert Funeral Home. Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

William Smith
HORN LAKE – William M. “Rabbit” Smith, 59, formerly of Booneville, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto County. He was born Feb. 7, 1950, to William Ervin and Mildred Shelton Smith.He was employed with Cleo, Inc. in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville. Burial will follow in the Gaston Cemetery.
He is survived by three sisters, Shirley Gallagher of Bensenville, Ill., Kay Jourdan of Booneville and Faye Brawley of Bennettsville, S.C.; six brothers, Ray Smith of Guntown, Kenneth Lee of Baltimore, Md., Junior Lee of Phoenix, Ariz., Larry Smith of Memphis, Denny Smith of Starkville and Gerald Smith of Booneville; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James Lee.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Bernice Haynes
ABERDEEN – Bernice Haynes, 48, died Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Waymon Heard
ECRU – Waymon H. Heard, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the Pontotoc Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at Cairo Baptist Church at Ecru.
Gilbert Holloway Jr.
HOULKA – Gilbert Lafayette Holloway Jr., 63, formerly of Calhoun City, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Hollis R. Nelson
RED BAY, Ala. – Hollis R. Nelson, 84, died Monday, Oct. 19, 2009, at Helen Keller Hospital.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.

Cleo Rogers
RIPLEY – Dewey Cleo Rogers, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a retired employee of the Davis Company and a member of Rogers Chapel Church. He had worked for 1 1/2 years with Elvis Presley at Precision Tool Company in Memphis.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Russell Hamm and Bro. Eugene Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Rogers Chapel Church Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Lynda R. Mills (A.C.) of Memphis; one son, Harrell Dee Rogers (Vonda) of Ripley; four grandchildren, Phillip Rogers of Ripley, Lisa Marie Morrison of Rienzi, Kimberly Kidd of Orlando, Fla., and Anthony Christopher Mills; two great-grandchildren; three sisters and one brother; one niece and four nephews; and one grandniece and three grandnephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Inez Phifer Rogers; his parents, James Richard and Lettie Velma Jeanes Rogers; and one sister and one brother.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Truvette Kelly
FULTON – Truvette Jenkins Kelly, 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Oct. 4, 1917, in Itawamba County to Willis Delbert and Reba Harbor Jenkins. She was retired from Itawamba Manufacturing Company. She was a member of the Tombigbee Baptist Church. She was a special caregiver to many people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Paul Graham and Bro. Nick Ulmer officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Opal Graham of Golden; three nephews, Bro. Henry Jenkins, and David and Danny Graham; one niece, Bonnie Rhyne; special friends, Charles and Gordon Johnson, Prebble Jones and Jimmy Bruff.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard H. Kelly, in 1964; four brothers, Connie Lee, Royce, Bobby and Ronald Jenkins.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Tombigbee Baptist Church: Sid Kirksey, Red Jones, Wade Nanney, Joe Harden, Mark Jenkins and Grant Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Gordon Johnson, Charles Johnson, Scotty Thompson, Kelly Thompson and Bill Wilemon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.
Carol Schwalenberg
HOUSTON – Carol Ann Schwalenberg, 62, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 24, 1947, in Vardaman, but she lived most of her life in Thorn. She was a charter member of Thorn Volunteer Fire Department, Thorn Fire Dept. Ladies Auxilary and the Chickasaw County Fire Services. She was a longtime officer of the Mississippi Firefighters State Auxilary, a charter member of Mississippi Association of Public Fire Safety Educators, a member of the Mississippi Firefighters Association and a member of the Mississippi Burn Camp Foundation. She worked statewide on fire safety education and received national, state and local honors for her work in fire prevention.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rusty Keen officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Calhoun County.
Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Schwalenberg of Tupelo, and Angela Williams and Tom of Eupora; one grandson, Jeremy Schwalenberg of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Amber Williams of Eupora; one sister, Gail Barfield of Houston; one brother, Ricky Vance and Sindy of McLeod, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larandall Schwalenberg, on Jan. 24, 2008; her parents, Clifton and Helen Vance; and one infant son.
Chickasaw County Fire Service members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online registry: www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Woodrow Jordan
ASHLAND – Woodrow Jordan died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at Briarcrest Nursing Home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home.

Louise Nickerson
MOUND BAYOU – Louise S. Nickerson, 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home in Okolona.
Sammie R. Dunnam
RIPLEY – Sammie R. Dunnam, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home. He was born Aug. 27, 1930, to Roy Dunnam and Annie Lee Ledbetter Dunnam. He was a member of Lowry Methodist Church and a self-employed automobile mechanic.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rex Yancey and Bro. Scott Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Glenda Anderson (Freddie) of Ripley; one son, Garry Dunnam (Colleen) of Ripley; three sisters, Ann Studdard (Max) of Ripley, Bonnie Goolsby of New Albany and Erna Paseur (Elmer) of Ripley; two grandchildren, Lisa Anderson of Covington, Ga., and Robert Wilbanks (Tammy) of Ripley; two great-grandchildren, James and Jesse Wilbanks of Ripley.
Pallbearers will be Robert Wilbanks, Garry Dunnam, Greg Studdard, Randy Pasuer, Billy Floyd Hopkins and David Pasuer. Honorary pallbearers will be Kerry Criswell, Jodie Criswell, Jr. Meeks, Terry Bridges, Randolph Mullikin and Lynn Beard.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Nell Holliday and Leila Waldon.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Jettie Koon
CORINTH – Jettie Mae Koon, 96, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2009, at her home after an extended illness. She was born July 7, 1913, in Tippah County to Marion Dee and Mary Jumper Tollison. She was a housewife and a member of Kossuth Church of Christ. She was a member of Freed-Hardeman Associates. She loved reading, cooking, sewing and gardening.
Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tim Childs and Dr. Jonathan Pharr officiating. Burial will follow in the County Line Cemetery in the Dry Creek Community.
She is survived by two daughters, Wanda (Euel) Wilemon of New Site and Linda (Jerry) Childs of Corinth; five grandchildren, Clayton Wilemon, Carolyn Maxcy, Kay Wilemon, Jennifer Markham and Kim Pharr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Daniel Koon; two sisters, Winnie Koon and Leola Mills; and one brother, Ruey Mansel Tollison.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Pharr, Joey Markham, Clayton Wilemon, Brad Wilemon, George Estell and Riley Malin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Gerald Ferguson
RANDOLPH – Gerald Glenn Ferguson, 62, died Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a graduate of Randolph High School. He was a member of Carey Springs Baptist Church and a former member of the National Guard at Pontotoc. He was an employee of Futorian before becoming disabled.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will be in Guinn Cemetery.
Survivors include brothers, Beryl Ferguson, Wayne (Bobbie Ruth) Ferguson, Bill (Ann) Ferguson, Jimmy (Elaine) Ferguson, Bobby (Bobbie) Ferguson; sister, Virginia (John) Holloway; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Ferguson; his father, William Ferguson; a brother, Raymond Ferguson; and a nephew, Randy Ferguson.
Pallbearers will be Tim Ferguson, Matt Butts, Raymond Jordan, Scot Spragins, Tommy Harrison and Doug Patterson.
Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

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