Obituaries Oct. 5, 2009

Dr. Ben H. Buchanan
TUPELO – Benjamin Hal Buchanan Jr. M.D., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 4, 2009. He grew up in Greenville, Mississippi, attended Delta State University, and graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical School in 1969. He then completed an Internship at Memorial Hospital in Savannah, Georgia, before returning to Jackson to complete an Orthopaedic Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He was certified as a Fellow by the American College of Surgeons and certified as an Orthopaedic Surgeon by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He settled in Tupelo in 1974 to practice at the Tupelo Orthopaedic Clinic. Ben loved practicing medicine and was chosen as NMMC Physician of the Year in 1990.
He had many other interests, including raising cattle and quarter horses, leading Lee County 4-H Clubs, and boating. He was a member of the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association and was chosen Cattleman of the Year. He also belonged to the American Quarter Horse Association and was a director representing Northeast Mississippi in the Mississippi Quarter Horse Association. Ben and Sadie were chosen as Eugene Butler Fellows for their contributions to the Mississippi State University School of Veterinary Medicine. In his retirement he was an avid yachtsman and earned his Coast Guard Master Boat Captain’s License.
Ben has been a member of Calvary Baptist Church since coming to Tupelo in 1974. He and his wife co-taught Sunday School for the young married couples and hosted city wide youth gatherings at their barn (The Loft).
He is survived by his loving wife, Sadie; children, Benjamin Hal Buchanan III and his wife Leigh, and their two sons, Benjamin Hal Buchanan IV and Brock of Tupelo; Vontice Hembree and her husband Frank and their children, Blake and Haley of Oxford; Brad Buchanan and his wife Elizabeth of Jackson; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill Buchanan and his wife, Linda, of Tupelo, and Bob Buchanan and his wife, Theresa, of Madison. One of Ben’s greatest joys was finding occasions to get his whole family together on a boat, at his home, in his barn.Wherever his family gathered he was happiest in the midst of them.
Visitation will be Monday night, October 5, from 4:00 to 8:00 at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home on Jefferson Street. Visitation will also be held at Calvary Baptist Church from 1:00-2:00 on Tuesday, October 6. The funeral will be at 2:00 at Calvary. Pall bearers and honorary pall bearers will be Charles Bryson, William Covington Buchanan Jr., Jimmy Buchanan, David Buchanan, Sammy Buchanan, Colin Maloney, Carl Smith, Cary Smith, Steve Bryson, Tom Bryson, and members of the Norris Caldwell Sunday School Class.

Winston Robbins
PONTOTOC – Winston Robbins, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at his residence. He was a retired furniture factory supervisor and a World War II Marine veteran, having served in Guam and Iwo Jima as a corporal and received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Victory Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Faye Jarrett Robbins; one daughter, Donna Roye (Donny); two sons, Mitch Robbins and Jerry Robbins (Julie), all of Pontotoc; one sister, Beatrice Merritt of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Allison Huey (Trey), Brent Robbins, Jackson Roye, Will Robbins, Austin Roye, Hart Robbins and Ivy Robbins; two great-grandchildren, Ella Robbins Huey and Sailor Kate Huey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Hester Robbins and Lottie Mae Matkins Robbins; and his siblings, Windham Robbins, Itra Bevill and Violet Todd.
Pallbearers will be Will Robbins, Austin Robbins, Mike Brown, Jackson Roye, Brent Robbins and Jeff Warren. Honorary pallbearer will be Ward Warren.
Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. today.
Lillian Rutherford
RIPLEY – Lillian Graves Rutherford, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley.
She retired in 1978 with 35 years of service as deputy clerk for the Tippah County Board of Supervisors. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Ripley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by one son, Douglas G. Rutherford of Ripley; two nieces, Carolyn Smith of North Little Rock, Ark., and Marilyn Dedeaux of Madison; five nephews, Larry McGee of Weatherford, Texas, James Nickles of Memphis, William Nickles of Albany, Ga., Stanley Harris of Cordova, Tenn., and Eddie Graves of Baltimore, Md.; and special friends and caregivers Willie and Marie Bryan of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.H. “Dickie” Rutherford; her parents, William Douglas and Sally Childers Graves; five sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Willie Bryan, Gary Bryan, Stacy Bryan, Mike Bryan and Jeff Bryan.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 202 E. Pine St., Ripley MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Louis Bassie Jr.
BYHALIA – Louis Bassie Jr., 52, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, in Olive Branch.
He was born Aug. 21, 1957, in Clarksdale. He was a Christian, a welder and an Air Force veteran.
Services will be today at 2 p.m. at The Flame in Byhalia with Dr. Jim Biedenharn, Rev. Victoria White and Father Bob Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Byhalia Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Polly Woods of Byhalia; a daughter, Lauren Paige Bassie of Arlington, Texas; seven sisters, Vicki Fioranelli, Darlene Warren, Toni Canon, Susan Bassie, Dorothy Russell, Mary Frances Griffin and Dixie Hart.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Bassie Sr. and Melissa Gorseline; and a sister, Betty Lou Schlesser.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Clayton, Allen Howell, Buck Hobbs, Blaine Hart, Marvin Shackelford, Lynn Cox, Jay Woods and Michael Russell.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today.

Sandra Manley
ATLANTA – Sandra Manley, 68, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

George Winders
VERONA – George Irvin Winders, 57, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at his residence in Verona.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Allen Wilson
TUPELO – George Allen Wilson, 83, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness.
A native and lifelong resident of Tupelo, he was born Nov. 29, 1925, to Joel Sylvester and Alma Jackson Wilson. Immediately after graduating from East Tupelo High School in 1943, he joined the United States Navy. During World War II he was a tail gunner on a dive bomber stationed on the USS Saginaw Bay. While in the Navy, he was one of two sailors selected out of every 300 for aerial gunnery school where he was recognized for dismantling and assembling a 50-caliber machine gun in 318 seconds, which was the record during WWII. After the war, he helped survey and worked on the construction of the Natchez Trace Parkway. He was the warehouse manager for Purnell’s Pride Chicken where he worked for over 37 years. Earlier in his life he was a member of the Industrial Club of Tupelo.
He was married Dec. 1, 1949, to Joanne Posey who preceded him in death March 2, 2000, after 50 years of marriage. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church and was recognized for 40 years of invaluable service keeping the Church Sunday School Records. He also was an assistant Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 4 at the church. He was known for his large tomato garden and his generosity in giving the tomatoes he grew away. He was an avid Mississippi State fan and was a contributor to the Bulldog Club and was an MSU baseball season ticket holder. He also enjoyed playing golf.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Joe Lusby officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Steven Allen Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., and Gregory Dean Wilson of Tupelo; three sisters, Edna Wilson Brazil of Tupelo, Louise Holcomb of the Chesterville Community and Ann Lusby of Tupelo; and four grandchildren, Cole Jamison Durant of Flowood, Elise Noelle Durant of Hattiesburg, and Ellis Allen Wilson and Madelyn Marie Wilson both of Cary, N.C.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Gail Wilson Durant, on Nov. 23, 1996; two brothers, Eugene Wilson and Joel Wilson; and two sisters, Bernice Meador and Clara McDaniel.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ken Burnside Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, members of his Friday Morning Breakfast Club and Charles Brazil.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to First Baptist Church, 300 N. Church St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Lewis
TIPLERSVILLE – Evelyn Geneva Lewis, 73, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-9 tonight at Ripley Funeral Home.

William Humphreys Sr.
BOONEVILLE – William Frank Humphreys Sr., 82, of the Lake Mohawk Community, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice house in Tupelo.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5-9 tonight at Ripley Funeral Home.
Clyde Alderson
POTTS CAMP – Clyde Wright Alderson, 75, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
He was born May 5, 1934, in Potts Camp to the late George Clyde Alderson and Myrtle Cook Alderson. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Potts Camp. He was a farmer and an Army veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Potts Camp with Bro. Ronnie Dickinson officiating. Burial will be at the Alderson Family Cemetery in Potts Camp.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Mansel Alderson of Potts Camp; two sons, Ricky Alderson (Marie) and Randy Alderson, all of Potts Camp; four sisters, Dorothy Declue of Southaven, Mary Jarrett of Potts Camp, Loretta Houston of Holly Springs and Shirley Bell of Hickory Flat; two grandchildren, Leanna Stacks and Deanna Alderson; and one great-grandchild, Haily Stacks.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Barnett, Rusty Houston, Lonnie Cook, Mark Jarrett, Wendell Thomas Jr. and Neil Mansel.
Visitation will be from 5-8 tonight at Holly Springs Funeral Home.

Nancy Coggins
DORSEY – Nancy Coggins, 46, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at her home in Dorsey after an extended illness.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Sidney Cunningham
OKOLONA – Sidney Cunningham, 65, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Darlington Hospice House in Verona.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

C.L. Hendrix
TUPELO – C.L. Hendrix, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

James T. Borden
IUKA – James T. Borden died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka.

Roy E. West
QUINCY – Roy E. West, 69, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at his home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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