Obituaries Oct. 31, 2009

Correction
A sister was omitted in Minnie Jamison’s obituary on Friday. Mary Knowles is the sister who preceded her in death.

Ben Pipkin
WATER VALLEY – Ben Pipkin, 62, of Water Valley died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Baptist Hospital – Oxford. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today. Burial will be in Goshen Cemetery in Yalobusha County. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Sue Conwill
BREWER – Thedore “Sun” Conwill, 86, longtime Brewer community resident, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Cy Young
BELMONT – Claude Ray “Cy” Young, 95, died Thursday, October 29, 2009, at Red Bay Hospital after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1914. There will be no public services. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Barbara Essary
MERIDIAN – Barbara Jean Nagle Essary, 69, of Meridian died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Reginald P. White Nursing Facility.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, until service time at the funeral home. Burial will be at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Bro. Jason Pellizer and Pattie Essary Duke will officiate.
Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kevin York Jr.
MANTACHIE – Kevin Hugh York Jr., 18, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at his home in the Eggville community after a long bout with cancer. He was born July 1, 1991, in Tupelo to Kevin Hugh and Jennifer Lynn Looney York Sr. He was a student at Mantachie High School. He enjoyed watching television, building Leggo models and electronic flight simulators. He had aspirations of being a pilot. He was an avid reader.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece – Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Wayne Thorn and Bro. Curtis Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the Center Star cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Kevin and Jennifer York Sr. of Eggville; grandparents, William and Ann Looney of Mooreville, Donnie and Sharon York of Tupelo; one great-grandmother, Annie Mae Gaines of Tupelo; aunts and uncles, Earl and Julie Sweeney of Cordova, Tenn., Mike and Tonya Kelly and Terri Taylor, all of Tupelo, and Kitty White of Mantachie; special friends, Stephen Pettigo, Scott Blackley, and Dr. Sandra Jackson; and several cousins.
Pallbearers will be his school buddies.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kevin York Fund, BancorpSouth, P.O. Box 8, Mantachie, MS 38855.

Marie Smith
IUKA – Marie Smith, 80, of Iuka died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital- DeSoto in Southaven. She was a retired Iuka merchant and a former “demo” lady at Walmart. She had served as past secretary-treasurer of the Ladies’ Auxiliary of the VFW and a member of Southwood Baptist Church.
Service will be Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at 3 p.m. at Southwood Baptist Church. Bro. Ron Plymel and Bro. Billy Credille will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Smith; and her parents, Dewey and Pansy Sartain.
She is survived by three sons, Merle Smith of Trussville, Ala., Kenneth Smith of Southaven and Bro. Jerry Smith of Santa Claus, Ind.; two brothers, Billy P. Sartain of Belmont, and B.D. Sartain of Dennis; two sisters, Ramell Huddleston, Booneville and Timmie Lee Cadle of Selmer, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, from 1 p.m. until service time at Southwood Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Watson
VERONA – Elizabeth Carolyn Watson, 67, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Martha “Esther” Castleberry
BURNSVILLE – Martha “Esther” Castleberry, 95, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, in Burnsville. She was born May 29, 1914, in Alcorn County. A loving aister and aunt, She was devoted to her family, and a good friend and neighbor to her Holt’s Spur Community. Even growing up during the depression era she got a 10th grade education, and taught for a short while in a one-room school house. She passed her love of reading down to her nieces and nephews.
Visitation was Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Service was at 2 p.m. Friday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial is at New Lebanon Cemetery in Cairo. The Rev. Herman Clark officiated.
She is survived by a sister, Rubye Castleberry Johnson; one sister-in-law, Anna Bea Castleberry; three nieces, Linda Miller Brock, Sharon Johnson and Leta Castleberry Stocton; one nephew, Jim Edward Miller; four honorary nieces and nephews, Wayne Bain, Teresa Duncan, Charlotte Massengill, and Dennis Bain; eight great-nieces and nephews, Leigh Ann Brock Spencer, Mechelle Stocton, Jamie Miller, Amy Miller Rutledge, Jennifer Miller, Nickie Polk, Chris Miller, and Jamie Beth Castleberry; 11 great-great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Maried and Maggie Ellen Castleberry; two brothers, Jim L. Castleberry and Charles Edward Castleberry; two nephews, Larry Dale Castleberry and James Kim Castleberry; one great-great niece, Presley Miller.

Arnold Stanford
OXFORD – Mr. Arnold Harvey “Sal” Stanford, 98, retired supervisor of trucking with the University of Mississippi Physical Plant, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Funeral services will be Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Kramer officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Born in Lafayette County, Stanford served as a United States Army corporal during World War II where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a charter member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
Survivors include his wife, Fleda Oswalt Stanford of Oxford; two sons, Steve Stanford and his wife, Ann of Jacksonville, Fla., and Don Stanford of Oxford; three grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
The family has asked that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mr. Stanford’s memory be made to St. Andrews Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 6, Oxford, MS 38655 or Compassion Ministries, P.O. Box 91516, Portland, OR 97291.
In honor of Mr. Stanford’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Contact Waller Funeral Home at (662) 234-7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.
Annie B. Cook
NETTLETON – Annie B. Cook of Nettleton died at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Feb. 18, 1942, to the late Lacey and Hattie Bell Towns in Nettleton. She professed a belief in Christ at an early age and joined East Springhill Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful member until her health failed. A retired factory worker, she spent her time doing what she loved to do, cooking.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. at East Springhill Baptist Church in Nettleton. Burial will be at East Springhill Baptist Church in Nettleton. Pastor Ernest Lindsey will officiate.
She is survived by two sons, Ivy Lee Cook of Jackson, Elbert Lee Towns of Nettleton; two granddaughters: Jessica Latisha Daws of Amory; Sakina Panson of Nettleton; five sisters: Verlene (Bobby) Patrick of Smithville; Nettie (Gillie) Walton and Siller (Willis) Miller, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Helen Burks-Shannon; Suzzetta (James) Hughes-Verona; one brother: Robert Walton-Grand Rapids, Mich., and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband: Nathaniel Cook, two children, her parents, two sisiters and four brothers.
Visitation will be today from 5-7 p.m at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at church. You may also sign guestbook at nljonesandson.com.
N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Nell Sharp Thomas
MICHIGHAN CITY – Nell Sharp Thomas, 97, of Michigan City, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Somerville Hospital in Somerville, Tenn. She was born April 12, 1912, in Slayden to John Sharp and Maggie Langley. She was a Methodist and a postal clerk for the USPS.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Harris Chapel. Bro. William Kemp will officiate. Burial will follow at Valley Grove Cemetery in Michigan City. Visitation will be today at 2 p.m. at Harris Chapel.
She is survived by one son, Kenny Thomas of Kansas City, Mo.; one daughter, Marjorie Burrow; one stepdaughter, Catherine Pope of Bolton, Tenn.; one grandson, Kelly Thomas; and two great-grandchildren, Anna Catherine Thomas and Reid Thomas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Reid Thomas.

Danny R. Burton
HOLLY SPRINGS – Danny R. Burton, 59, of Holly Springs died on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Baptist Desoto Southaven Hospital. He was born Jan. 3, 1950, to Winfred Julian Burton and Helen Austin. He was a Baptist and was employed in construction.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at Hillcrest Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
He is survived by three sons, Danny Burton and Tommy Burton, both of Kokomo, Ind., and Billy Burton of Scotts Hill, Tenn.; one daughter, Cindy Smith of Kokomo, Ind.; three brothers, Bobby Burton of Red Banks, Norman Burton of Hernando and Terry Burton of Sardis; four sisters, Glenda Raines of Hernando, Shirley Bryant of Sarasota, Fla., Penny Baird of Memphis, and Julie Moore of Harrison, Ark.; and several grandchildren.
Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Durham
BATESVILLE – Mr. Robert Marvin “Boots” Durham, 85, owner of Durham’s One Stop, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Tri Lakes Hospital in Batesville. Funeral services will be Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be prior to the service, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born in Lafayette County, Durham served in the United States Army during World War II and worked for the state of Mississippi as motor vehicle comptroller. He was a member of the VFW and First Faith Baptist Church at Cole’s Point. Durham also served as chief of the Cole’s Point Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Durham was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Maxey.
Survivors include one son, Mike Durham of Holly Springs; three stepsons, Tony Hallmark of Columbus, Johnny Hallmark of Horn Lake, and William Larry Thweatt of Walls; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In honor of Mr. Durham’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
For further information, please contact the funeral home at (662) 234-7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences and guest registry.

Beatrice Simpson
RIPLEY – Beatrice Edwards Simpson, 90, of Ripley died Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She and her husband were owners and operators of Simpson Grocery and she was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. View Baptist Church in Ripley. Bro. Randy Hurt will officiate. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Benton County. Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, and will be from 7 to 10 a.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until service time at the church.
She is survived by one daughter, Pam Simpson Roberson of Ripley; one grandson, Bradley Roberson and wife Nicole of Oxford; one great-granddaughter, Riley Roberson of Oxford, and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawson Ferrell Simpson; her parents, Charles and Celie Bain Edwards; one infant daughter, Shelia Ann Simpson; three sisters, Gladys Terry, Donnie Briggs and Josie Shelby; and one brother, Chester Edwards.
Pallbearers will be Benny Mullins, Gerald Clark, Eddie Orman, Ronnie Hurt, Bruce Wallis and Mike Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Glynn Roberson, Charles Brown and Eddie Drewery.
McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Gibbs
FULTON – James M. “Jimmy” Gibbs, III, 71, died Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Memphis. He was born Dec. 15, 1937, in Fulton to James M. Gibbs, Jr., and Mildred Bradley Gibbs. He was a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church. He was retired after 20 years as a SFC in the U.S. Army. He worked in civil service work for 15 years. He previously served as the Itawamba County Veterans Service Officer.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Roy D. McAlilly, the Rev. Glyn Wiygul, and Chaplain Dennis Neenan officiating. Carl Comer will deliver the eulogy.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Survivors include his wife, Louise “Tootsie” Gibbs, of Memphis; one son, Frank B. Gibbs (Michelle) of Jonesboro, Ark.; two daughters, Sandra K. Bailey Palmer and Teracia Killian, both of Fulton; nine grandchildren, Bradley Gibbs, Eric Gibbs, Michael Killian, Jacqueline Killian, Elijah
Killian, Ashley Bailey, James Bailey, Alex Bailey, and Sawyer Taylor; two great-grandchildren, Anna Bella Gibbs and Dahlia Killian.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Martha Ellen Prude.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday, Nov. 2, 2009, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Bonnie Donahue
GUNTOWN – Bonnie F. Donahue, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She retired as a professional care giver. She was an animal lover and a member of the First Baptist Church of Guntown.
Services will be Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Robbins and Bro. Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in the Campbelltown Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Jerry Donahue of Guntown; 2 daughters, Donna Wages (Mike) and Shelia Watson (Tom Hall) of Guntown; one son, Jeff Donahue (Kathy) of Guntown; two sisters, Stella Turner of Guntown and Patti Westbrook of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Dwana White, Eric Wages (Heather), Corey Donahue, Dee Dee Donahue, Cody Watson; three great-grandchildren, Tyler White, Jacob White and Waylen Michael Wages; 10 special nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home.

Dwight Frazier
WALNUT – Dwight Allen “Wildman” Frazier, 48, died Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born June 16, 1961, to Karen Ashby Frazier of Corinth and the late Henry Frazier. He was a member of Charity Church in Chalybeate. He worked as a logger for 20 years and for Terry Abby in metal trades. He loved his family and friends, and loved to hunt and fish.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Charity Church in Chalybeate with Bro.Tim Watson officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery near Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Frazier of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Ruby Diane Huggins of Jackson; his mother, Karen Frazier of Corinth; three sisters, Teresa Rennicke (Delton Mercer) of Walnut, Lisa Frazier (Terry Guynes) of Walnut, and Sherry Jones (Johnny) of Walnut; four brothers, Darwin Frazier (Katherine) of Booneville, Michael Frazier (Jennifer Schilling) of Corinth, Melvin Frazier (Suzy) of Walnut, and Ed Frazier of St. Louis, Mo;
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Frazier.
Visitation was Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at Charity Church in Chalybeate.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Ben Kelly Jr.
ABERDEEN – Ben Kelly Jr., 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. She was born Sept. 4, 1915.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Union MB Church. The Rev. Willie A. Davis will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Survivors include eight children, Cora Thomas, Bennie Lewis Coleman, Minnie Jacobs (Rev. Willie), Josephine Langford (Rev. John), Annie Goodman-Smith (Otha), Ben T. Kelly, Ted Kelly, and Rev Andrew Kelly (Charlene); a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; two sisters, Anna Fort and Maggie Moore; and two brothers, Robert Kelly and Roy Neil Kelly.
Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m until service time today.
Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.