Obituaries Oct. 7, 2009

Billy Harper
GUNTOWN – Billy Harper, 74, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at his home. He was a retired employee of Marshall Durbin and Bassett Furniture Plant. He was a United States Army veteran and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Oneal Butler officiating. Burial will be in Keownville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Pat Chism (Randy) of New Albany; one son, Steve Harper (Rhonda) of Ingomar; his wife, Betty Harper of Blue Springs; two sisters, Maudie Sue Oswalt of Baldwyn and Sara Medley of Trenton, Tenn.; one brother, Gerald Harper of Brighton, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Christy Harper Tompkins of Mississippi, and Nicholas Harper and Mallory Harper of Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Bart Tompkins, Crystal Tompkins and Deonna Harper; five stepchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Velma Speck Harper.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Pannell, Randy Tutor, Jack Tutor, Scotty Harper, Marty Oswalt and Donnie Oswalt.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home.
Tom Haney
WREN – John Thomas “Tom” Haney Jr., 82, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at his residence. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born Nov. 13, 1926, in Wren to John Thomas Haney Sr. and Mattie Mae Williams Haney. He married Erma Nell Strawbridge in 1966; she died in 2005. He was an employee of Gilmore Puckett, a self-employed painter, and a retired employee of Amory Garment Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Tranquil United Methodist Church. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Arlis Lee and Bro. Harrison Upshaw officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include one sister, Ora Lillian Trenor of West Point; two sisters-in-law, Willa Dean Reeves of Sulligent, Ala., and Derenda Foreman of Amory; five brothers-in-law, James Strawbridge of Wren, Lealon Strawbridge (Eudene) of Amory, Ray Strawbridge (Robbie) of Amory, Edward Strawbridge (Lonie) of Sherman and James W. Davis of Amory; nephews, Chester Johnson (Reid), Jim Trenor (Bobbie), Tommy Trenor (Carol Ann), Jim Strawbridge, Ricky Reeves, Eddie Strawbridge, Keith Davis, Kirk Strawbridge, Shane Strawbridge, Steve Strawbridge and Julian Strawbridge; and nieces, Debbie Lewis, Kim Sweeney, Ruthie Strawbridge, Shelia Strawbridge, Stephanie Governor, Teresa Wilbanks, Frances Roberts, Tanya Powell, Angelita Jones, Crystal Alvarado and Lisa Tomlin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; three brothers-in-law, James L. Trenor, Fred Strawbridge and Maxwell Reeves; one sister-in-law, Shirley Strawbridge Davis; and a niece, Sherry Strawbridge.
Pallbearers will be Chester Johnson, Jim Trenor, Tommy Trenor, Charles Ellis Williams, Roy Haney, Gene Haney, James Richard Haney, Bailey Haney, Jim Strawbridge, Ricky Reeves, Steve Strawbridge, Eddie Strawbridge and Alan Haney.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Danny L. Wilbanks
WALNUT – Danny L. Wilbanks, 57, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at his home in Walnut.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Community Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday at Community Pentecostal Church.
Dee Rickman
CORINTH – Clarence Dee Rickman, 58, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Graveside services will be at noon today at Pebble Hill Cemetery in Michie, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
Willie Ganey
FULTON – Willie Lettoa Ganey, 93, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 21, 1916, in Mississippi to Henry and Mae Miles Keeton. She married William Ganey in 1933; he died in 1975. She lived in Walker County, Ala., for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Old Union Cemetery near Eldridge, Ala., with Minister Levi Sides officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Earl Ganey (Faye) of Graysville, Ala., Eual Ganey (Mariruth) of Graysville, Ala., Roy Harlin Ganey (Charlotte) of Graysville, Ala., and Russell Ganey (Darlene) of Carbon Hill, Ala.; two sisters, May Belle Williams and Joyce Lantrip, both of Amory; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and five brothers, Daley, Grady, Curtis, Coolidge and Bud.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Danny Dodson
HOUSTON – Danny Joe Dodson, 47, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 16, 1962, in Munford, Tenn., to James Henry Dodson and Ophelia Leverne McAnally Dodson. He was disabled. Born into the kingdom of God on Sept. 15, 2009, he was baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit on Oct. 2, 2009.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuel officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his father, James Henry Dodson of Houston; his mother, Ophelia Leverne McAnally Dodson of Houlka; his stepfather, John Johnson of Houlka; two brothers, Jamie R. Dodson of Memphis and Steven W. Dodson of Greenwood; one sister, Sandra G. Pennington of Houston; five nieces, Tiffany Nichols, Amy Nichols and Kayla Fisher, all of Houston, Jessica Pennington of Sardis and Haley Wolfe of California; two nephews, Justin Pennington and Larry Pennington, both of Sardis.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mary Lou Dodson, Ardell Dodson, Bernice Florence McAnally and William Andrew McAnally.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Griffin, Justin Pennington, Robert Criddle, Cleveland McAnally, Mike Pettit and Brandon White.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at Memorial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery Fund.
Joyce Kee
MARIETTA – Joyce Ann Kee, 65, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a member of Parker Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Guin and Bro. Loyd Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Kee Huddleston (Brian); one son, Jamie Kee; two grandchildren, Stephanie and Christopher Huddleston; two sisters, Maxine Guin and JoAnn Fitzsimmons (Tony), all of Marietta; three brothers, James Fleming of Baldwyn, Bobby Fleming (Sadie) of Marietta and Loyd Fleming (Gearldine) of Baldwyn; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Buford Melton and Ora McAnally Fleming; her husband, James “Wrather” Kee; one sister, Linda Reeves; and two brothers, J.W. Fleming and Kenneth Fleming.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time on Thursday.
Luella Roach
BURNSVILLE – Luella Cordela Roach, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at her home in Burnsville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in the Burnsville City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Rita Jones
FULTON – Rita Ann Jones, 62, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 9, 1947, to Sam and Helen Juanita Stone Jones, who preceded her in death. She graduated from the Mississippi State College for Women. During her teaching career, she taught at Tremont High School, Winona High School and Holmes Community College, where she retired. At Holmes, she was a speech instructor and director of drama, winning many awards for the plays she directed. She was a devoted member of the Fulton United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Wesley Sunday School class, the church representative for the Itawamba County United Methodist Cluster and an active part of the women’s prayer group. She was a member of the administrative council, where she was in charge of communications. She helped start the nursing home ministry and wrote monthly articles for the church newsletter.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Fulton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her cousins, Judy Mitchell of Tarpon Springs, Fla., Tom Mitchell (Andrae) of Pace, Fla., Jim Mitchell (Celia) of Dothan, Ala., Charles Stone of Tremont, Richard Stone (Barbara) of Brandywine, Md., and Teresa Mills (Bob) of Red Bay, Ala.
Pallbearers will be Tom Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Charles Stone, Richard Stone, Brent Farrar and Joey Steele.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Mildred Baker
TUPELO – Mildred Nancy Baker, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. A native of Berry, Ala., she was born Jan. 16, 1927, to Dude and Nancy Alma Smallwood Davis. She was a retired telephone operator with 30 years of service. She was the widow of W.O. “Hightower” Baker, who preceded her in death March 1, 2009. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she loved and appreciated her Sunday School Class, the Faithful Followers. The special time she spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was the joy of her life.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with her son, Ron Baker, officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Pearce (Donney) of the Auburn community; one son, Ron Baker of Jerusalem, Israel; her brother, Dr. Glenn Davis of Omaha, Neb.; two grandchildren, Jessica Turner (Matt) of Tupelo and McCain Pearce of Auburn; and two great-grandchildren, Rob Turner and Pearce Turner.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 60 years, W.O. Baker, and 11 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Donney Pearce, Ron Baker, Matt Turner and McCain Pearce.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Johnnie L. Franks
FULTON – Johnnie L. Franks, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born April 9, 1915, in Tupelo to John and Molly Irvin Priddy. She was a member of Ballardsville Baptist Church, where she had been a Sunday School teacher. She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing in Fulton. An avid gardener and Atlanta Braves fan, she enjoyed spending time with her dog, Peanut.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Thelbert Hill and Bro. Roger Franks officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, C.G. Franks (Betty) of Mantachie and John Franks (Judy) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Jeff Franks (Tina), Chris Franks (Becky), Nick Franks, Leigh Franks and Misty Sheffield (Justin); six great-grandchildren, Cory Franks, Luke Franks, Danielle Franks, Makinley Franks, Madison Parker and Bayleigh Sheffield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil G. Franks Sr.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Franks, Chris Franks, Nick Franks, Cory Franks, Luke Franks and Bobby Irvin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
James Clemmer
LAMBERT – James Edward Clemmer, 73, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the Quitman County Hospital in Marks. He was born June 28, 1936, in Tippah County to James William and Gertrude Summers Clemmer. He was a retired sawmill owner/operator and logger. He was a member of the Community Independent Baptist Church.
Services were Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the Community Independent Baptist Church at Lamar. The Rev. Raymond Roberson officiated, and Brian Jenkins assisted. Burial was in Lambert Cemetery. Kimbro Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Clemmer of Lambert; one son, Mike Clemmer (Christie) of Ripley; three daughters, Teresa Hill (David) of Blue Mountain, Shelley Jenkins (Brian) and Christi Meeks (Timmy) of Ripley; the mother of his children, Norma Clemmer of Ripley; a stepson, Greg Ward of Como; three stepdaughters, Carla Collums of Senatobia, Renee Rodgers and Irene Sbravati of Lambert; two sisters, Francis Edwards (Vernon) of Memphis and Louise Harrison (James) of Ripley; four brothers, John L. Clemmer and Sidney Clemmer (Jean) of Falkner, and Houston Clemmer (Joyce) and Laverne Clemmer (Judy) of Ripley; 19 grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Brandon Clemmer; and his parents.

Ruth Jean Jolliffe
TUPELO – Ruth Jean Jolliffe, 80, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 25, 1928, in Detoit, Mich., to Jack and Ada Maude Jagoe Wilson. She was a homemaker and a member of Word of Life Church. She enjoyed art work and writing poems. She was the widow of Eugene Waggoner and Alfred Jolliffe.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Word of Life Church. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Christie McCloud of Tupelo, Faith Waggoner of Detroit, Mich., and Norma Gardenhire of Oklahoma; two sons, John Waggoner (Ann) and John Waggoner (Zoraida), all of Tupelo; 27 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands; and two daughters, Ada Waggoner and Elsie Morgan.
There will be no public visitation.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Garry Tate II
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Garry Lynn Tate II, 24, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, in Woodville, Ala., as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home in Verona.

Irene Mauney
RIPLEY – Irene Richardson Mauney, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Hugh Harkness
ALGOMA – Hugh Clark Harkness, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 15, 1933. He was a carpenter for more than 40 years. He was good at heart and a good family man.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, David Harkness Sr., and one grandson, David Harkness Jr.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Della M. Harkness.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the graveside.
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. today 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; one great-grandson, Elijah James Sanders; 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.
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.

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