Obituaries Oct 29, 2009

Harold Hughes
BATESVILLE – Harold Hughes, 35, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

John Westmoreland
RICHMOND – John Reed Westmoreland, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at his home in the Richmond community after an extended illness. A Lee County native, he was born Nov. 21, 1925, to Robbie and Dorothy Westmoreland. He was married to Charlie Mae Umfress for over 60 years. He retired from the Navy and began a career in farming and raising cattle. He enjoyed gardening and sharing his bounty with family and friends. He was a member of the Lee County Cattlemen’s Association. He was a member of Unity Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and treasurer for over 30 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Unity Presbyterian Church with Dr. John Armistead and the Rev. B.F. Lee officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Charlie Mae Westmoreland of the Richmond community; two daughters, Jane Swanson (Reid) of Los Angeles and Judy Sellner (Craig) of Atlanta; his son, Rod Westmoreland (Kimberly) of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Ryan Swanson, Clair Sellner, and Samantha and John Westmoreland; his sister, Dott Criss; his brother, Clarence Westmoreland (Erwin); and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Keeling; and one brother, Victor Westmoreland.
Pallbearers will be Mike Rausch, Willie Schumpert, Richard Vandiver, John Allen Estes, Sam Hubbard and Mac Reedy.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Unity Presbyterian Cemetery Fund, c/o Mac Reedy, 1998 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

James L. Nelson
OLIVE BRANCH – James L. Nelson, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a short illness. A native of Berry, Ala., he was born March 7, 1929, to Thomas Howard Nelson and Mary Ida Patton Nelson. He was a resident of Tupelo and had lived in Olive Branch for the past two years. He worked in management in the steel industry. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict as a Ranger with the 82nd Air Borne Division. He was a Baptist and a huge Alabama football fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the All Saints Episcopal Church with the Rev. Paul Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Bud Nelson and wife, Lynn, of Tupelo, Tom Nelson and wife, Karen, of Holly Springs, and Andrew Nelson of Olive Branch; one daughter, Sue Floyd of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; one brother, Rex Nelson and wife, Clara, of Berry, Ala.; one sister, Mary Honeycutt of Fayette, Ala.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Elizabeth Nelson of Oxford, Jessica Leslie Nelson of Tupelo, and Mackenzie Nelson and Eric Nelson, both of Holly Springs.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nepa Nelson, in 2003.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bobbie Garmon
PALMETTO – Bobbie Lene Morris Garmon, 53, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of Floss L. Morris and Ida Mae Morris.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Palmetto CME Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Freeman officiating. Burial will be in the Blackland Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Melvin Lee Garmon of Tupelo; her mother, Ida Mae Morris of Tupelo; three daughters, Hattie and Cindy Morris, and Felicia Garmon, all of Tupelo; six sons, Robin, Willie and Michael Morris, and Fred, Dennis and Chris Garmon, all of Tupelo; one sister, Haddie Morris of Tupelo; seven brothers, Roy Lee (Marie) Morris of Pontotoc, Tommy W. Morris of Pontotoc, Larry Joe (Carolyn) Baker, Billy Morris, Oscar J. Morris, Willie (Toni) Morris and Donnell Morris, all of Tupelo; 24 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the church home.
Family and friends may sign the guest register at www.agnewandsons.com.
Victor Garner
HOLLY SPRINGS – Victor Eugene Garner, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at his home. He was born March 26, 1929, in Holly Springs to Dan and Ledora Tomlinson Garner. He was an engineer for the U.S. Agriculture Department, retiring after 25 years. He was a veteran.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include six nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard Garner; two sisters, Jessie Garner and Betty Howell; one niece, Linda Howell; and one great-nephew, Michael James Derryberry.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday.

Sarah Bruce
ASHLAND – Sarah Ione Bruce, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the Holly Springs Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ethel Mae Taylor
BOONEVILLE – Ethel Mae Holley Taylor, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1922, in Booneville to Leland and Minnie Scott Holley. She attended New Hope School and graduated from Burton High School. She taught at New Hope School, worked at Blue Bell, and then was a homemaker and mother. She was a member of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Herman Clark and Bro. Terry Harmon officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dayton Taylor; two sons, Donald Taylor (Carolyn Ruth) of New Site and Douglas Taylor (Carolyn) of Booneville; four daughters, Doris Pace, Freida Lambert (Roy), Jeanne Benson and Karen Michael (Bud), all of Booneville; one brother, Harold Holley (Betty) of Como; two sisters, Lucille Hoard of Marietta and Grace Rogers of Booneville; 14 grandchildren, Greg Taylor (Kay) and Dana Ratliff (Chris), all of New Site, Dale Riddle (Geraldine), Al Pace, Brad Wilemon (Angie), Doug Taylor (Katrina), Rod Taylor (Lori), Amy Whitehead, Harold Whitehead, Jamie Robinson, Jared Benson, April Benson, Holly Michael and Brandon Michael, all of Booneville; 19 great-grandchildren, Michael Riddle (Melanie) and Kayla Tice (Tripp), all of Booneville, Crystal Kent (Brandon) of Fulton, Chandra Hancock of Booneville, Joey Pace, Josh Pace and Amanda Pace, all of Sherman, Brittney Taylor, Heather Taylor and Jonathon Ratliff, all of New Site, Nikki Taylor, Sara Grace Taylor, Cody Taylor and Marlee Taylor, all of Booneville, Ashley Fore (Brandon) and Kayla Fore, all of Hazard, Ky., Kelly Heavener, Tracy Heavener and Lori Heavener, all of Booneville; five great-great-grandchildren, Tyler Riddle, Elle Tice and Dusti Tice, all of Booneville, Aynsley Kent of Fulton, and Kadyn Bates of Hazard, Ky.; her caregivers, Geraldine Riddle and Mickey Lambert, both of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Clarence Holley.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James McCarver Sr.
PONTOTOC – James Lewis McCarver Sr., 84, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a Baptist. He was retired from U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Forestry Division where he worked from Nov. 30, 1954, to Jan. 8, 1982. He also raised dairy cattle and farmed. An avid fox hunter, he was president of the Pontotoc County Fox Hunters Association for many years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving from 1944 to 1946. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and provider for his family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Ecru with Bro. Patrick Collins officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Jean Collins McCarver; his three sons, James McCarver Jr., Harold Ray McCarver and Gary McCarver (Ellen Elizabeth); his sister, Jean Loftin; seven grandchildren, Raymond McCarver, Peyton Ryals, Billy Ray McCarver, Jason Massey, Kellie Massey, Amanda McCarver Cotton and Matthews McCarver; and four great-grandchildren, Christopher Len Jensen, Kristin Massey, Colton Gage Borden and Kennedy Paige McCarver Cotton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William McCarver and Elizabeth Huey McCarver; two brothers, William Ross McCarver and Kenneth Wayne McCarver; a sister, Juanita McCarver; and a daughter, Gloria Diane McCarver.
Pallbearers will be Billy Ray McCarver, Jason Massey, Christopher Len Jensen, Jimmy Cotton, John Mack McCarver and Harvey Collins.

Ben Kelly Jr.
ABERDEEN – Ben Kelly Jr., 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Mary Giles
AMORY – Mary Giles died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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