Obituaries Oct. 3, 2009

Stanley Jamison
CHICAGO – Stanley Jamison, 42, formerly of Byhalia, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, in Chicago.
A graveside service will be at noon today at the Davis Family Cemetery in Byhalia. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Judge Carroll White
TUPELO – The Hon. Carroll Eugene White, 76, distinguished Lee County attorney and longtime municipal judge, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 20, 1932, in Helena, Ark., to O.N. and Beatrice White. He was married to Edna Sue Rasberry White for 46 years. He lived in Helena until the age of 11 before moving to Moorhead. He was a graduate of Sunflower County Agricultural High School, Sunflower Junior College and Florida State University. He served two years in the Navy Reserve at Pensacola, Fla. He entered the University of Mississippi and received his law degree there. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo and served as an elder and deacon. He served as Tupelo municipal judge for 26 years until his retirement and was serving as Judge Ad Litem for New Beginnings Adoption Agency until his death. He was a member of the Lee County and American Bar Association and was held in highest esteem by fellow attorneys and a grateful community. He had a love for books, especially history, and was keenly interested and involved in the history of Tupelo, Lee County and Northeast Mississippi, and his family pet, Cinnamon.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holland Funeral Directors in Tupelo with Dr. John Staggs and Dr. Tom Groome officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Sue White of Tupelo; a son, George Andrew White of Tupelo; and two sisters, Norene Ragland(Rowland) of Paso Robles, Calif., and Elaine Gries (David) of Ithaca, N.Y.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Chandler, Dan Davis, Roy Parker, Bill Caples, Wayne Washington and Spencer Harris. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Holley, Blair Hill and members of the Mississippi Bar Association.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801; the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS. 38802; or to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Robert Wadley
OXFORD – Robert Wadley, 61, died Saturday, Sept 26, 2009, at his residence in Oxford.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 2 at East St. Peters M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Madelyn Payne
OXFORD – Madelyn Payne, 64, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at her residence in Oxford.
Memorial services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Philadelphia M.B. Church with the Rev. Larry Payne officiating. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Charlene McGill
NEW ALBANY – Charlene Ash McGill, 78, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at her residence. She was born July 20, 1931, in Marshall County to James Guy Ash and Mary Birdie Simmons Ash. She received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Mississippi. She was a school teacher and had also worked in quality control for Blue Bell in Baldwyn. She was a member of the American Angus Association, and showed and raised cattle. She was a member of Lebanon United Methodist Church in Baldwyn and an affiliate member of the First United Methodist Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Leslie Nabors and Bro. Barry Male officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas McGill of New Albany; two sisters, Sidney G. Pipkin of Blue Mountain and Christine Hatchett (Hugh) of Waterford; two half sisters, Sue Bolen and Bonnie Ash; seven half brothers, Gene Ash, Lonnie Ash, Ricky Ash, Henry Ash, Danny Ash, Jacky Ash and Michael Ash.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Wilford Ash, James G. Ash Jr., Russell Ash and Cecil C. Ash; and two sisters, Stanley Fesmire and Irene Lawrence.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Taylor, Ronnie Ash, Charles E. “Eddie” Ash, Shane Gray, Eddie Lawton, Jimmy Pipkin, Mitchell Davis and Mitchell Watson.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Johnny Keenum
RIPLEY – Johnny Dale Keenum, 54, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Life Pentecostal Church in Ripley. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the New Life Pentecostal Church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
T.C. Sheffield
MATHISTON – T.C. Sheffield, 77, formerly of Nettleton, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at his son’s home in Mathiston after a long illness. He was born Sept. 23, 1932, in Lee County to Trannie Cantrell and Ada Burleson Sheffield. He lived in Lee County most of his life and in Mathiston for the past six months. He was a retired factory worker and a painter. He was a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church of Mooreville. He was an avid fisherman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Sibley (Dan) of Pendleton, S.C., and Jarvis Taylor (Don) of Sherman; two sons, Mike Sheffield of Mathiston and Wendell Sheffield (Brenda) of Pontotoc; one sister, Willow Jean Markham of Nettleton; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Janice Jenkins Sheffield; his parents, four sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Don Taylor Jr., Joe Coptane, Wendell Sheffield Jr., Michael Sheffield, Larry Alred and Jackie Lynn Pate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Pate and Sammy Hall.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
William Sims
BELDEN – William Ellis Sims, 84, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on March 1, 1925, in Chickasaw County to William Henry Sims and Mettie Arizona Clemons Sims. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged as a Seaman 1st Class after three years active service. He spent his working life working in the dairy industry in Northeast Mississippi. He retired after 16 years at New Albany Dairy (Turner Dairy) and 23 years at Grenada Farms. He was a member of the Dry Creek Baptist Church. His hobbies include hunting, gardening and fishing, and he was an avid conversationalist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Richard England and Bro. Allen Casteel officiating. Burial will follow at 1 p.m. in the Double Springs Cemetery near Mathiston.
Survivors include his children, James E. Sims (Saundra) of Tupelo, Charles R. Sims (Betty Sue) of New Albany, Teresa Taylor (Mike) of Grenada, Martha S. Owens (Tommy) of Belden and Terrell Sims (Lisa) of New Albany; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruth Blaylock of Cleveland; one brother, Louie Sims of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Sims; and two daughters, Mary Lucille Tate and Barbara Gail Sims; and seven brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be the grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Dry Creek Baptist Church, 947 CR 601, Baldwyn, MS 38824.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Richard West
AMORY – Richard Junior West, 83, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Amory after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 23, 1925, in the Bartahatchie community of Monroe County to Richard and Zula Whitaker West. He married Goldie White Vesterby, who died in 2001. He lived most of his lifetime in the Hamilton and Smithville areas. He worked as a logger and farmer, and he was also employed by American Motors. He was a Jehovah’s Witness. He enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening, and watching western movies.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Wayne Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Egger Cemetery in Lowndes County.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky Lane West of Smithville and Tony Lynn West of Selmer, Tenn.; five daughters, Barbara Ann Knight (Roger) of Aberdeen, Sandra Dean Dickerson (Jim) of Denver, Colo., Janet Elaine West of Denver, Colo., Glenda Faye Tucker (Phil) of Amory and Tammie Denise Yeager of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, Thomas Earl West and Marlin Gene West, both of Hamilton; three sisters, Vera Chaffin of Hamilton, Clifford White of Columbus and Dorothy Allen of Amory; numerous grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
Pallbearers will be Marlin West, Nicklas West, Cory West, Steven West, John Umfress, Johnny Walgren, Brandon Tucker and Phil Tucker.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Virginia Bob
GUNTOWN – Virginia Bob died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Finley Williams
TUPELO – Finley Williams, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Dianne Lee Porter
SALTILLO – Dianne Lee Porter, 62, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 1, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after decades of struggle with lupus. Ms. Porter was born in Vicksburg on Aug. 13, 1947, to Russell and Inez Puckett. After graduating from Cooper High School in Vicksburg, she attended Hinds Jr. College in Raymond and Southern Miss in Hattiesburg. Upon her marriage to Bill Porter, she lived in Claiborne County for about 30 years and raised her three sons, Brian, Brad and Ben there. Ms. Porter had moved to Saltillo some six years ago to be closer to Brian, daughter-in-law Jennifer, grandson Will and future granddaughter Ali, and later Ben moved to Guntown.
In spite of her illness, Ms. Porter was the principal caregiver for her mother for about 15 years and after her mother’s recent passing, Dianne’s health began to rapidly decline. Her 30-plus year battle with lupus, perseverance, keen sense of humor and willingness to serve others stands as a testament to her inspiration for those of us around her. She has touched many lives among family members, friends, passers-by and many of her caregivers. We will surely miss her and remember her, especially when we begin to think that our burdens are too heavy to bear. Peter, the Disciple, tell us in I Peter 5:7 that we should cast our worries on God because He cares for us and in 5:10 that He will restore us and make us strong, firm and steadfast.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating and Jerry Puckett delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Among the survivors are Bill Porter of Houston, Brian, Jennifer, Will and Ali Porter of Tupelo, Ben Porter of Guntown, Russell Puckett of Vicksburg, Jerry and Shirley Puckett of Texas, and Donna Puckett of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her son, Brad, and both of her parents.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Minnie Lee Gunter
HICKORY FLAT – Minnie Lee Gunter, 98, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at the Sunshine Inn Assisted Living Home in Myrtle. She was born Oct. 19, 1910, in Union County to William Albert and Mary Robertson Smith. She retired after 35 years of service from the Irwin B. Schwabe Co. She was a member of the Church of Christ. She loved gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Ray Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery in Benton County.
She is survived by nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Thomas Gunter; and her brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Curtis Odom
ABERDEEN – Curtis Odom, 85, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joyce Mapp
PONTOTOC – Joyce L. Mapp, 74, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a charter member of Troy Baptist Church. A loving mother and grandmother, she was a housewife for 40 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Greg Herndon and Roger Shock officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy and Mickey Mapp; one grandson, Jacob Mapp; one granddaughter, Kerri Ann Turner; two great-granddaughters, Chelsea and Gracie Brook Turner; one sister, Mary Elizabeth McCreight.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Ray Mapp; one son, Tony Mapp; her parents, Lois and James Robert Lauderdale; three brothers, James Robert, Herbert and Max Lauderdale; and her mother-in-law, Myra B. Mapp.
Pallbearers will be John Max Lauderdale, Kelly Russell, Joe Hitchcock, Kelly Luther, Rayburn Mapp and Kyle Walker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.
George Cayson
TUPELO – George Cayson died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

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