Obituaries Oct. 6, 2009

Johnny McGregor
VICKSBURG – Johnny Lee McGregor, 58, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at his home after a long illness. A native of Sarepta, he had lived in Vicksburg since 1969. He was a retired engineering technician for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and an avid outdoorsman.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Home Chapel in Vicksburg with Bro. Tim McMillian and Bro. Keith Benefield officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Campbell McGregor of Vicksburg; two sons, Ian Scott Derrick of Vicksburg and Justin Wesley McGregor and wife, Amber, of Memphis; one stepdaughter, Dana Louise Derrick of Vicksburg; one granddaughter, Sarah Kathleen McGregor of Memphis; and a sister, Jo Ann Smith and husband, George, of Wears Valley, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Edna McGregor, and his parents, John Wesley “Junior” and Nelta Lee Zinn McGregor.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Mississippi Division, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213.
Dale Smith Sr.
NORTHPORT, Ala. – Dale Keith Sr., 80, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at DCH in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Greens Creek Baptist Church in Carson with Bro. Wayne Woolwine officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Sunset Funeral Home of Northport, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Loraine Smith; two sons, Dale Keith Smith Jr. (Kathy) of Hamilton and Conn Smith (Tonya) of Northport, Ala.; one sister, Bradine Smith Green of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Norman Hugh Smith of Tucumcari, N.M., his grandchildren, Colton Smith, Cooper Smith, Kendyl Smith, Keyton Smith, Amanda Black, Lesly Baggett, Kayla Kendall and Tara Smith; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, David Brady and Velma May Smith; two brothers, Hurlon Glen Smith and James Terrell Smith; and a granddaughter, Amy Elizabeth Smith.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in Columbus.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DCH Cancer Center, 809 University Blvd. East, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
A.C. Watts
BAY, Ark. – A.C. Watts, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at St. Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark. He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Mississippi County, Ark., to the late Ernest and Christine Watts. He worked for a tire manufacturing company. He was an avid golfer and liked to hunt and fish.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at the Kirkville Cemetery at Marietta. Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, A C (Peggy) Watts Jr. of Wauconda, Ill, Keith Gordon Watts of Chicago and Bart (Lana) Watts of McHenry, Ill.; two sisters, Iris (Bill) Taylor of Bay, Ark., and Linda Jane (Jack) Hancock of Baldwyn; a brother, Jerry (Linda) Watts of Jonesboro, Ark.; five grandchildren, Jeremy Watts of Aurora, Ill, and Cheyenne Watts, Mykala Watts, Dylan Watts and Eric Watts, all of McHenry, Ill.
Personal condolences may be sent to the Watts family at www.greggfunerals.com.
Evelyn Lewis
TIPLERSVILLE – Evelyn Geneva Ayers Lewis, 73, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital. She was born June 29, 1936, to Hugh Ayers and Faye Hopper Ayers. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a member of the Red Hat Club.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks and Bro. Robert Buse officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Polly Hall (Dale) of Ripley; one sister, Colleen Jackson of Falkner; one brother, Billy Hugh Ayers (Linda) of Falkner; two grandchildren, Kelly Hall and Steven Hall, both of Ripley; a sister at heart, Linda Murchison.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Lewis; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Brad Ayers, Jake Hodum, Jonathan Bates, Ricky Bates, Butch Roberson, Cole Roberson and Justin Bates.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
George Winders
VERONA – George Irvin Winders, 57, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at his home after a sudden illness. He was born March 9, 1952, in Lee County to Clarence George and Jo Bell Irvin Winders. He had lived in Verona for 23 years. A graduate of Nettleton High School, he graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in marketing. He worked as manager for Burleson’s Greenhouse. He enjoyed flower gardening and computers, but the joy of his life was his 10 grandchildren. He was a member of Palestine Baptist Church in Nettleton.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tommy Winders officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Susan Potts Winders of Verona; two daughters, Ashley Hogan (Jonathan) of Guntown and Kim Weaver (Todd) of Shannon; his son, Kevin Lothorp (Kim) of Tupelo; one brother, Wiley Winders (Andrea) of Marietta, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, Christian and Alyssa Tutor, Bentley Stephens, Jamison Parker, Michael Fondren, Autumn Weaver, Kasey Manley, Cameron Weaver, Kaden Lothorp and Klay Lothorp; a sister-in-law, Sis Estes of Shannon; a host of nieces and nephews; a special friend, Danny Dorman of Marietta; a special niece and nephew, James and Karen Burleson of Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be James Burleson, Mark Burleson, Jeff Burleson, Ken Estes, Joey Estes, Bobby Hall and David Hall.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo-Lee County Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster Street, Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Ben Hal Buchanan Jr.
Benjamin Hal Buchanan Jr., M.D., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and brother, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. He grew up in Greenville, 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, Ga., 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 continue at Calvary Baptist Church from 1 to 2 p.m. today, Oct. 6. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. at Calvary. Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers 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.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church or Book Link in care of Calvary Baptist Church.
Albert Alexis Jr.
EUPORA – Albert Alexis Jr., 72, died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2009, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Eupora. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Eva Fulgham
EUPORA – Eva M. “Tince” Fulgham, 70, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Double Springs Baptist Church in Oktibbeha County. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Lee Roy Guyton
MEMPHIS – Lee Roy Guyton, 89, died Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. M.J. Edwards Funeral Home Whitehaven Chapel of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
William Bowen
POTTS CAMP – William “Billy” Bowen, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born March 24, 1932, in Benton County to Jack Bowen and Louise Hoover. He was retired from the Mississippi State Highway Department after 38 years of service. He was a member and a deacon at the First Baptist Church. He was an alderman for the Town of Potts Camp for 20 years and a member of the Board of Directors at Marshall Academy for seven years. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite of Free Masonry and a member of Lodge 35 in Holly Springs. An avid gardener, he loved sharing with friends and neighbors.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Potts Camp. Bro. Wayne Gullett and Bro. Chuck Fowler will officiate. Bro. Andy Roe will direct the music. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Bowen of Potts Camp; one daughter, Dianne Burton (Bruce) of Memphis; one brother, John Bowen (Betty) of Oxford; two sisters, Ruth Bowen of Memphis and Betty Brower of Winona; one grandchild, Bo. Bear (Cher) of Pittsburgh, Pa., and one great-grandchild, Isabella Grace Bear of Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Smith, Billy Mitchell, David Alderson, Carl Pipkin, Art Humphreys, Randy Walker and Kenneth Alderson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James T. Borden
IUKA – James T. Borden, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Iuka.
Frank Humphreys Sr.
BOONEVILLE – William Frank Humphreys Sr., 82, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born May 12, 1927, in Union County to William Thomas Humphreys and Bonnie McCarty Humphreys. He graduated from Clark College. He was a retired farmer, an insurance agent, a deputy sheriff, a realtor at Lake Mohawk and a co-founder of the Dry Creek VFD. He was a member of Macedonia-Deentown Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Ripley and a 32nd degree Mason. He lived at Lake Mohawk for over 30 years. He loved his family, the church and the community in which he lived. He enjoyed fishing, and he loved his pets, Jack, Bubba and Cookie. He served the Lord by preaching, working with others and serving in the church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Hall and Bro. Edd McCafferty officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill South Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Beverly Humphreys of Booneville; three sons, William David Humphreys (Sherry) of Saltillo, Traugott “Tee” Humphreys of Tupelo and Bill Humphreys of Memphis; one daughter, Jena Powell (David) of Kingsport, Tenn.; two stepsons, Jamie Miller (Tina) of Ripley and Donnie Miller of Saltillo; eight grandchildren, Joel Humphreys, Jessica Humphreys, Chase Lowry, Katelin Miller, Allen Humphreys, Ian (Hanna) Powell, Heather (Robert) Hubble and Brian Powell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John Humpherys; and two brothers, James Humphreys and E.V. Humphreys.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Hall, Mike McCarty, David McCarty, Eddie Humphreys, Donnie McCarty and Tom Humphreys. Honorary pallbearers will be Luther Bedford and T.C. Mauney.
Roy West
ATHENS – Roy E. West, 69, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at his residence. He was born Jan. 25, 1940, in Monroe County to Roy Clifton and Gwendolyn Boyd West. He married Martha Carol Sykes in 1967. Before his retirement, he was a welder for Babcock amp& Wilcox in West Point. He was a member of the Paine Memorial Methodist Church. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and enjoyed working Sudoku puzzles, which he recently taught his granddaughter how to play. He enjoyed riding his grandson on the Gator.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Steve Jackson and Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Carol West of Athens; one daughter, Lisa Carol Colvin and special son-in-law, Adam, of Tupelo; one brother, Louis T. West of Athens; two sisters, Betty Jane Phillips (Bro. Mac) of Amory and Mary Lou West of Athens; two grandchildren, Reagan and Weston Colvin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Crump, Dwayne Brown, Tommy Head, Lee Thomas Crump, Marty Huffman and Boyd Duncan.
Visitation will be from 5 from 8 p.m. Tuesday and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Billy Merle Harper
GUNTOWN – Billy Merle Harper, 74, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Tom Haney
WREN – John Thomas “Tom” Haney, 82, died at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Nancy Coggins
DORSEY – Nancy Faye Coggins, 46, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. An Okolona native, she was born Oct. 25, 1962. She worked at KC’s Mart in Mooreville. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Agnew (Robert) of Guntown; two sons, Matthew Williams (Serena) and Don Williams, both of Dorsey; her mother, Lottie Edwards of Nettleton; two sisters, Sue Sullivan and Sarah Sullivan (Johnny), all of Nettleton; three brothers, Tony Reeves and Wayne Reeves of Nettleton, and David Edwards of Pontotoc; her stepparents, William amp”Dayboamp” and Cindy Edwards of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Gloria and Destiny Williams of Mooreville, Malaya and Jaylon Agnew of Guntown, Christopher Birmingham of Dorsey, Josh Polege (Chasity) of Jumpertown; three great-grandchildren, Jace, Jayla and Jaxton Polege of Jumpertown; a special friend, Tony Lee of Nettleton.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Troy Lee Edwards; her grandmother, Jettie Williams; and her aunt, Lucile Clayton.
Pallbearers will be Josh Polege, William Smith, Robert Agnew, Tony Lee, Christopher Birmingham and Danny Nickelson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Crinford and Marky Jo Williams.
Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Larry Young
TISHOMINGO – Larry Wayne “Blaze” Young, 58, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1951, in Tennessee to Robert Basil and Lois Mock Young. He was an electrician for 10 years and a member of IBEW Local 852. He was a Mason and a member of Paden Lodge 412.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Palestine Church at Paden with Bro. Scotty Young, Bro. Dwight South, Bro. Robbie Crane and Bro. Hayward Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are three children, Scotty Young (Rachel) of Corinth, and Deedra Hollon (Brad) and Chris Young, all of Tishomingo; one sister, Judy Chaney (Charles) of Graham, Ky.; three brothers, Perry Young (Patricia), Roger Young (Joann) and Danny Young (Lanelle), all of Tishomingo; two grandchildren, Norah Grace and Katie; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judith Nichole Young, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Wilson, Jason Hicks, Terry Mack Whitehead, Doyle George, Mark White and Kirby McClung. Honorary pallbearers will be David Smith, Alan Wayne Belue and Jackie Johnson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at Palestine Church.
Freddie Fay Austin
CORINTH – Freddie Fay Austin, 63, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at the home of his son in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Holland Creek Church in Savannah, Tenn. Burial will be in Holland Creek Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fred Austin Memorial Fund, 506 Kilpatrick St., Corinth, MS 38834.
Bro. Don Sparks
MANTACHIE – Bro. William Don Sparks, 66, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Jan. 27, 1943, in Jacinto to Jessie Paul and Audra Ramey Sparks. He was a retired United Methodist minister, serving 40 years in the New Albany and Tupelo district area. He attended the Mantachie United Methodist Church after retirement. As a minister, he especially loved working with the youth and taking the senior citizens on trips. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was an accomplished construction worker and enjoyed RV traveling.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Mantachie United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin and the Rev. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Memorial Cemetery at Booneville. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Carolyn Eaton Sparks of Mantachie; one daughter, Alicia Monts (Tom) of Plantersville; two grandchildren, Cameron and Lindy Monts of Plantersville; one sister, Delene Gann of Booneville; and one brother, Lawrence Sparks (Patti) of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by one son, Kipp Sparks; his parents; and one brother, James Richard Sparks.
Pallbearers will be former youth members of churches he served.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Rita Jones
FULTON – Rita Ann Jones, 62, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Alexander Dilworth
CORINTH – Alexander Dilworth, 62, died Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today.
Merle J. Atkinson
CORINTH – Merle J. Atkinson, 92, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Hospital. She has been a residence of Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living for the past two years. She was born June 1, 1917, in Geraldine, Mont., to B.W. and Irene Armstrong of Geraldine. She married Chesley B. Atkinson in 1935. They traveled the U.S. following his service career in the Navy. He died in 1984 after 49 years of marriage. She was a homemaker and loved crafts and sewing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Northridge Woodhaven Funeral Chapel in Millington, Tenn. Burial will follow.
She is survived by her four daughters, Joan Cantrell (Ray) of Millington, Tenn., Joyce Sigman of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Leslie Reed (James) of Walnut and Pam Shipp (Jim) of Sparks, Nev.; one brother, Henry Armstrong of Geraldine, Mont.; 10 grandchildren, Gary Sigman, Leigh Cantrell, Glen Sigman, Diane Whitehead, Gina Rawls, Jamie McCaskill (Rex), Christy Cantrell, Michelle Moore (Ricky), Michael Reed (Donna) and Jimmy Shipp (Kristen); 12 great-grandchildren, Samantha Zvolanek, Cassidy and Carley Whitehead, Mindy Rawls, Haley, John Austin, Madison and Addyston Moore, Shaleigh Clingan, Travis and Morgan Reed, and F.J. Shipp; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; one grandson, Gregg Bartlett Sigman; one granddaughter, Susan Lynn Shipp; two sisters, Opal Armstrong and Nina Anderson; and a son-in-law, James “Sig” Sigman.
Pallbearers will be James Reed, Michael Reed, Jim Shipp, Jimmy Shipp and Ricky Moore. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601.
Visit the website at www.northridgewoodhaven.com or call (901) 872-3375.
Sandra Manley
DECATUR, Ga. – Sandra Lee Manley, 68, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of the Atlanta, Ga., area, she was born July 4, 1941. She was married to Charles L. Cook, who died Aug. 15, 1976. She later married William A. Manley, who died Feb. 29, 1996. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Melwood Cemetery in Stone Mountain, Ga. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Kenny Cook (Kathy) of Tupelo; one sister, Martha Jean Stanley (Joe) of Decatur, Ga.; two stepchildren, Marshall Cook of Atlanta, Ga., and Sheila Sykes of Austell, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Haley and Noah Cook of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Lee and Gertrude Jones Rainwater, and a sister, Muriel Wallace.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Renewed Hope, 22792 Centre Drive, Suite 290, Lake Forest, CA 92630.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Lundy Pulliam Jr.
PRAIRIE – Lundy Pulliam Jr., 78, died Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
Sidney Cunningham
OKOLONA – Sidney Cunningham, 63, died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice. He was born Jan. 24, 1946, to Willie and Gertrude Cunningham. He was a 1967 graduate of Fannie Carter High School in Okolona. He lived in Gary, Ind., for many years, where he worked for United Steel Mill. He worked for Chandler Furniture until retiring one year ago.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Jerry Cunningham officiating. Burial will be in the Okolona Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six sisters, Georgia Moore of Oxford, Verniece Stanfield of Gary, Ind., Winifred Harrison of Dallas, Texas, Pastor Merthell Sanders of Baton Rouge, La., Earlyn Larry of Racine, Wis., and Rhonda Cunningham of Austin, Texas; two brothers, Jerry Cunningham (Olona) of Birmingham and Olinford Cunningham (Edna) of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Willie C. Cunningham; three brothers-in-law, Rev. M.T. Moore, District Elder Melvin Sanders and Deacon George Larry.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with a wake and family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Dale Hendrix
SHANNON – Dale Hendrix, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Lee County on April 26, 1928, to John and Cora Hendrix. He was a longtime member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a longtime farmer and worked many years for Southern Pipe, eventually retiring from Action Industries. He loved his family and put them first in everything he did. He quit school in the 6th grade to help raise his siblings. He was married to his wife, Evelyn, for 58 years until her death in 2007.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Payne officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include three sons, Robert (Linda Lipford) Miller of Pineville, La., Al (Jean Mitchell) Miller of Lewisburg, Tenn., and Ed (Cathy Carnathan) Hendrix of West Monroe, La.; two brothers, Bobby (Glenda) Hendrix of Nettleton and Lester (Lueen) Hendrix of Tupelo; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Evelyn Hendrix; three sisters, Daphene Sullivan, Martha Jo Randolph and Helen Saxon; and two brothers, Marion “Peanut” Hendrix and David Hendrix.
Pallbearers will be Matt Hendrix, Andy Miller, Michael Miller, Justin Sanders, Darrin Hendrix, Keith Simmons, Scott Simmons and Greg Simmons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Acct. No. 245-329-04.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Jacky Wood
OKLAHOMA CITY – Jacky Keith Wood, formerly of Corinth, died Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, in Oklahoma City, Okla.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Vanderford Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to service time and after services on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Northeast Mississippi Regional Library, 1023 Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834.
Hugh C. Harkness
ALGOMA – Hugh C. Harkness, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.

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