Obituaries Oct. 30, 2009

Annie B. Cook
NETTLETON – Annie B. Cook, 67, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
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 Palmetto; her mother, Ida Mae Morris of Tupelo; three daughters, Haddie Lee Morris 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, Hattie Ann 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 (Tasha) Morris of Nettleton and Donnell Morris, of Tupelo; three special grandchildren she raised as her own, Shirley, Robert and Taytay; 21 other grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Family and friends may sign the guest register at www.agnewandsons.com.

Mary Inez Parker
BIG CREEK – Mary Inez Campbell Parker, 90, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, in Charlotte, N.C. She was born June 10, 1919 in Blytheville, Ark.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Hill cemetery in Big Creek.
Survivors include three daughters, Judy Naanes (Mike) of Memphis, Nezalee Brown (Phonzie) of Nashville and Connie Skinner (Billy Wayne) of Vardaman; a son, Forrest Parker Jr. (Charlotte) of Charlotte, N.C.; a sister, Virginia Parson of Perryville, Mo.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.

Jimmie L. Johnson
MABEN – Jimmie L. Cromwell Johnson, 99, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. A native of Cumberland, Miss., she was born May 25, 1910, to Nettles Cromwell and Minnie Spann-Cromwell. She was a homemaker.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Maben with Minister Erusia Culpepper officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge.
Survivors include a son, Steward Spraggins of Maplewood, N.J.; a daughter, Mable Barton of Chicago; two sisters, Annie M. Barnes and Carrie M. Culpepper, both of Maben; 13 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Buck Culpepper; two daughters, Katie B. Worthy and Kreather B. Chandler; a brother, O.B. Cromwell; and a sister, Willie L. Tuggle.
Visitation will be 3 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.

Vertella Hankins
BYHALIA – Vertella Hankins, 63, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at her sister’s home in Byhalia.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Valley MB Church in Byhalia with the Rev. Joe L. Richmond officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will lie in repose at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs from 2 until 6 p.m. today, and from 10 until 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Eric Paine
ABERDEEN – Eric Eugene Payne, 39, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born June 29, 1970, in Chicago to Bernice and Eugene Payne Jr. He was a 1989 graduate of Aberdeen High School where he enrolled in auto mechanics. He was a drag racing fan. He was a member of Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. He was part owner of the former Payne Auto Care of Aberdeen. He was a former employee of Navastar in West Point. He was also employed at Tecumseh in Tupelo for 16 years and Walmart for 6 years.
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church with the Rev. James Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include his parents; his brother, Lashawn Payne; his three boys and five girls, all of Aberdeen; a nephew of Huntsville, Ala., and a great-nephew of Aberdeen; and a special friend, Leatha Hogan of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; two aunts and one uncle.
Visitation will be 1 until 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

David Shankle
CALHOUN CITY – David Harold Shankle, 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a lifelong resident of north Mississippi, residing in the Duncan Hill community outside Calhoun City. He was retired from work as a self-employed meter-reader with the Natchez Trace Electric Power Association. An adept jack-of-all-trades, he loved working with his hands and above all, spending time with his family. He was a member of Grace Southern Baptist Church in Calhoun City.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman with the Rev. Jon Haimes, nephew, the Rev. Carl Morris and the Rev. Sherman Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Taylor Church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Erma Faye Owens Shankle of Calhoun City; their three sons: Dave Shankle of Calhoun City, Barry (Tammie) Shankle of Calhoun City, and Stacey Shankle of Jackson; and their four grandchildren, Blair McKelroy, Laken Shankle, Karrigan Shankle and Scott Shankle.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, James David Owens, Tony Owens, Jeff Shankle, Brandon Shankle, Tim Parker, and his son, Stacey Shankle.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213.

Berklen Summers Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Berklen Summers Jr., 71, died Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Alliance HealthCare System.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove MB Church in Red Banks with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will lie in repose at J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs from 2 until 6 p.m. today, and from 10 until 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
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 continue until service time at the funeral home.

Sidney Webb
CALHOUN CITY – Sidney Walton Webb, 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Golden Living Center. He was born March 14, 1928, in Calhoun County. He was retired from Mississippi Department of Transportation. He was a Baptist, a member and Deacon at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Phillip Caples and Buford Usry officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Springs in Derma.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Russell Webb of Calhoun City; five sons, James Webb of Oxford, Bobby Webb and Sammy Webb, both of Senatobia, Wayne Russell of Russellville, Ark., Marion Russell of Calhoun City; two daughters, Dorothy Gregg and Ramona Spencer, both of Calhoun City; a sister, Mary Cathrine Webb of Calhoun City; and 17 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hank and Josie Coker Webb; and his first wife, Merle Lunceford Webb.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons.
Minnie Jamison
TUPELO – Minnie Lee Edwards Jamison died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Oct. 28, 1936, in the Palmetto community to Lawrence and Fannie Edwards. She was the ninth of 12 children and professed a hope in Christ at an early age at Palmetto CME Church. Minnie graduated from George Washington Carver High School and married her high school sweetheart, Robert James Jamison in 1954. She attended Mississippi Industrial College for two years before leaving in 1957 to begin her family. She was employed with LIFT, Inc., Head Start, Business Services, Inc. and WTVA-TV. She was the first African-American female receptionist in the WTVA Traffic Department and retired in 1995 after 22 years of service.
Upon retirement, Minnie was a devoted and active member with several community organizations and her church. She served as president of the Lee County Section of the Nation Council of Negro Women (NCNW). She was a member of Kissia Clifton Temple #671 of the Elks, the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary and the Tupelo Park and Recreation Lively Hearts Senior Citizens Program. She loved people and touched many lives with encouraging words, community service and kind deeds. Her service in the community included delivering meals to the homebound, visiting local nursing homes, working with the Salvation Army and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program and missionary work with her church.
Her service and leadership was recognized with several awards: RSVP America Reads Challenge Award (1998); NCNW State Convener Award (2001); Black Business Association “People Who Make A Difference” Award (2004); Lee County NAACP Community Service Award (2008): NEWMS “Women of Distinction” Award (September 2009). As a member of People’s Community Baptist Church, she was active in the Senior Choir, General Missionary Society, Senior Woman Sunday School and Golden Agers Senior Auxiliary. She was a member of the Springhill District Minister’s Wives and Northeast MS Ministers’ Wives Councils. She served as president of the General Progressive Baptist State Convention Ministers’ Wives and Past President of the Springhill District Pastors and Ministers/Deacons and Deaconess Council.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Hope Church, 2094 McCullough Blvd. with the Rev. Bragg Lampkin officiating. Burial will follow at Porter’s Memorial. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, the Rev. Robert James Jamison Sr.; a son, Robert “Fonda” (Sharon) Jamison Jr. of Silver Spring, Md.; three daughters, Searcy (Ray) Taylor of Gulfport, Marcy Jamison of Tupelo, Venita Goins of Gulfport, four grandchildren, Christen Jamison, Julicia “Gigi” Taylor, William Goins, Jamison Goins; two sisters, Leora Edwards of Verona, and Fannie Freeman of St. Louis; three brothers: Eddie (Victoria) Edwards, Clyde Edwards and Obie Edwards of Verona; two sister-in-law, Jennie (Marion) Kincaid and Ann (Harold) Turner of Milwaukee, Wis.; one brother-in-law, Tyree Jamison of Landover, Md., and numerous nieces , nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings, Althea Turner, James Edwards, Glenn Edwards, John Edwards and Lawrence Edwards.
Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. today, with family hour 6 until 7 p.m. at the People’s Community Baptist Church, 1202 Lawndale Drive. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday. You may also sign guestbook at nljonesandson.com.

Helen Robbins
TUPELO – Helen Immogene Robbins died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at her daughter’s residence in Tupelo. She was born in Lee County to William Monroe “Bill” Rayburn and Nora Lee Roberts Rayburn. Her paternal grandparents were Steve and Callie White Rayburn and her maternal grandparents were William Spencer and Carrie Cobb Roberts, all of Lee County. She was a 1949 graduate of Mooreville High School and spent her adult life working as a code inspection clerk in the garment industry. She was a lifelong member of the Protestant faith and reared her children as members of Priceville Baptist Church.
Private services were held graveside at Lee Memorial Park with The Very Reverend Father Troy Mashburn, Father Nicholas Meyers and Sub-Deacon Joshua Armitage officiating. She was buried next to her husband, Oscar L. Robbins, who preceded her in death of Huntington’s disease in 1979. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her three children, Sheila Robbins Sudduth, William Scott Robbins and Leslie Allen Robbins; her aunt, Ludie Patterson Braziel, her sister, Billie Robbins Lamb; her grandchildren, Ashley Robbins Dye, Ashton Drake Robbins, Tyler Robbins, Patrick Allen Sudduth, and Brent Robbins; and one great-grandchild, Madison Leigh Dye.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and brothers, Hoyle Wayne Rayburn, Master Monroe Rayburn, and Private Lyndon Rayburn.
Honorary pallbearers were Jason Dye, Christopher Robbins, Jim Roberts, and Joe Coggins.

Ruby Keeton
ELGIN, Ill. – Ruby Chesteen Long Parrish Keeton died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until noon Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Joel Cemetery in Dennis.

Wenford Griffin
AMORY – Wenford R. Griffin, 60, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Jimmie Spratt Sr.
ABERDEEN – Jimmie Charles Spratt Sr., 61, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at the Pioneer Community Hospital. He was born Sept. 17, 1948, in Aberdeen to Jessie Ruth Spratt and Callie Mae Spratt. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Aberdeen, where he served as an usher, also at Johnson Chapel. A graduate of Shivers High School, he was a wide receiver for Shivers High football team. He was a member of the NAACP. He was a former employee of Sharp Garment, Walker Mfg. Company, and most recently, the Aberdeen Housing Authority. He loved fishing and was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Davis Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellow Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Vernice Spratt of Aberdeen; two sons, Jimmie C. Spratt Jr. of Tennessee and Jason L. Spratt of ABerdeen; four daughters, Georgia Williams (Earl) of Aberdeen, Antiwnett J. Spratt, Collette Fears (Rodney) and Keria Grear (Tony), all of Aberdeen; three brothers, William Spratt (Barbara) of Shannon, Douglas Spratt and Robert Spratt, both of Aberdeen; four sisters, Mary R. Spratt, Birdie Ephriam, Gracie L. Tyes, all of Aberdeen, and Tina Pinkard of Ohio; and 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be 2 until 5:30 p.m., with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.

Mary Nell Giles
AMORY – Mary Nell Clayton Giles, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at her residence. She was born May 22, 1924, in Tilden to the Ezell Clyde and Rena Nell Wallace Clayton. Supporting the war effort for World War II, she worked at Reynolds Aluminum in Florence and served in the USO. She left that job to marry John Perry “Jack” Dabney and helped to run Dabney Wholesale Grocery. After Jack’s death she met, dated and married Frank Giles, at which time she moved to Amory and had her son, Dave. Following Mary Nell’s divorce from Frank, she raised Dave while working as a bookkeeper at a local car dealership. When Dave went to college, Mary Nell spent her time caring for elderly people, and she was exceptionally proud that she was able to have a positive impact on these people and their families. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was also a member of the Triple L Club and the Lydia Sunday School Class. She was a member of the Domino Club, Aurora Club and Gilmore Fitness Center.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Dave Franklin Giles (Kimberly) of Glen Mills, Penn.; her sister, Diane Roberts of Fulton; two grandsons, Cooper Sullivan and Everett Clayton Giles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband; her second husband; stepmother, Cora Lee Roberts Clayton; brothers, Rogers Earl Clayton and Ezell Clyde Clayton Jr; stepbrother, William Thomas Bullard; sister, Peggy Roberts Clayton Turner.
Pallbearers will be Van Lee Burroughs, Landon Vance Burroughs, Dr. John Dempsey McKee, Victor Patterson McKee Jr., Stephen Holace Morris and Fernando Alberto Verde.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O.Box 540, Amory MS 38821 or Gilmore Fitness Center, GMRMC Sports & Wellness Center, 1111 Earl Frye Blvd, Amory MS 38821.
Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue Saturday until time for the service to begin.

James L. Rogers
PLANTERSVILLE – James L Rogers, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Jimmy Gibbs
FULTON – James “Jimmy” Gibbs III, 71, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Mary Kate Bowden
TUPELO – Mary Kat Bowden, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthews Church in Houston with the Rev. David Walker officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in the Buena Vista community. Visitation will be 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday at the old Carter Funeral Home, now Montgomery Mortuary in Houston.
Nell Ross
WEST POINT – Nell Ross, 70, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at the Regency Hospital in Jackson. She was born Jan. 9, 1939, in Simpson County to Tokie Bennett Grantham and Hugh Grantham. She worked in banking for 26 years. She was a member of Real Life Church in Columbus. She had worked with the Ladies Auxiliary at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point. She married Thomas E. Ross on April 5, 1957,in Rankin County.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Martin Andrews officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery of West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include husband, Thomas E. “Tom” Ross of West Point; one daughter, Donna R. Buchanan (Mark) of Pawhuska, Okla.; two sons, Greg Ross and Mike Ross (Terresa E.), all of West Point; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Melvina Byrd (L. B.) of Florence; and one brother, J. W. Grantham (Mary Lou) of Madison, S.D.
She was preceded in death by two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Benny McClure, Joe Stuckey, Wesley York, LeRoy Atkins, Milford Forrest and Lewis Harrington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Byrd, Mark Buchanan, Friends at Real Life Church in Columbus and all her former banking friends.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Marcy Garner
ECRU – Marcy Anne Garner, 42, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Pontotoc Hospital. She was a homemaker who loved to cook, spend time with her children and grandchildren and going to church. She loved the outdoors, camping and gardening.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Barry Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Union County.
Survivors include a son, Timothy Henry of Ecru; daughter, Stacy Garner of Finger, Tenn.; son, Trey Garner of Finger, Tenn.; her mother, Mary Henry of Ecru; husband, Blair Garner of Finger, Tenn.; sister, Cindy Gatewood of Southaven; grandmother, Bettie Huffstatler of Ecru; father, Donald Henry of Florida; and grandchildren, Peyton Garner and Presley Lipford, Carly Henry and Tyson Henry, all of Finger, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, C.A. Huffstatler.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Henry, Robert Magill, Chad Gatewood, Justin Gatewood, Mickey Lipford and Corey Ledbetter.
Visitation will be noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dr. James Rhodes
CORINTH – Dr. James Leslie Rhodes, 75, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at Cornerstone Health & Rehab.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery. Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time today.
Joyce Callahan
CORINTH – Joyce Fern Callahan, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Eastview Pentecostal Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Wayne Isbell and the Rev. Merl Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in Rockhill Cemetery.
Survivors include sons, James Allen Callahan (Nancy) of Oxford, Lee Edward Callahan of Corinth, Tommy Keith Callahan (Sherry) of Guys, Tenn., Mark Callahan (Becky) of Corinth; daughters, Brenda Kay Callahan and Debbie Robinson (Larry), all of Corinth; brother, Eugene Rhoads (Shirley) of Rule, Texas; sister-in-law, Edna Grissom of Corinth; grandchildren, Rodney Callahan, Misty Harmon, Mary Callahan, Ben Callahan, Conner Callahan, Jessica Stacy and Zack Stacy; two great-grandchildren, Alaila Harmon and Landry Callahan; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred N. “Buddy” Callahan; a son, Raymon Douglas “Doug” Callahan; her parents, Miles and Lillian Mauldin Powell; a stepbrothers, Miles Owen Powell and Irwin Powell.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Callahan, Ben Callahan, Conner Callahan, Zack Stacy, Matthew Grissom and Jon Isbell.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Ione Bruce
ASHLAND – Sarah Ione McAlister Bruce, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born in Tippah County on Jan. 30, 1933 and was a 60-year resident of Ashland. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Benton County.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland with Bro. Brad Hill and Bro. Don Harding officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Roy E. Bruce; a daughter, Deborah Monroe (John); a granddaughter, Sally Busby (Joe); great-grandchildren, Jack and Ingrid Busby; and an extended family of sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Irene Wooley McAlister Martin, Oliver McAlister, Robert Martin; six brothers, Arville McAlister, James McAlister, Ray McAlister, “Junior” McAlister, R.B. “Bob” McAlister and John Elbert “J.E.” McAlister; her parents-in-law, Jewell and John Douglas Bruce.
Pallbearers will be Tim Needham, Jerry Clifton, W.C. Bruce, Sammy Taylor, Roger McAlister and Joe Busby.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 2250, LA, Calif 90036 or autismspeaks.org.
Velma Keele Rhodes
CORINTH – Velma Keele Rhodes, 91, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Farmington Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Nall and the Rev. Roy Bostick officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge.
Visitation will be 3 until 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.

Annette McInnis
MOSS POINT – Annette Boyd McInnis, 59, died Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, at her residence.
Services will be noon Wednesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Moss Point with the Rev. Robert Pitman officiating. Burial will follow in Scrantons Cemetery. Millernder Funeral Home in Moss Point is in charge.
Survivors include her husband, James McInnis of Moss Point; daughters, Camille Ross (Kenny) of Gulfport and Kenya A. Hudson (Maurice) of Gautier; parents, Frankie and James Boyd of Corinth; siblings, Francis Long (Satchel) and Kimberly Boyd of Corinth; three grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Mary Brown
CHICAGO – Mary Virgie Brown, 83, formerly of Houston, died Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Chicago.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Second Baptist Church in Houston with the Rev. Jimmy L. Washington and the Rev. Eugene Brandon officiating. Burial will follow in Houston City Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge.
Visitation will be 3 until 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state an hour prior to service time. Sign guestbook at nljonesandson.com.

Christian Tyler Payne
FULTON – Christian Tyler Payne, 2 months old, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at home. He was born August 14, 2009, and was full of laughter and joy.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at New Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Luther Minor officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include his parents, Reginald Ahkeen Payne and Latasha Marie Walls, both of Fulton; a brother, Jamarion James Perks of Fulton; a sister, Khyla Anise Walls of Fulton; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Perks of Fulton, Edward Walls and Phyllis Walls, both of Fulton.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. today.

NEMS Daily Journal