Obituaries Oct. 8, 2009

Ruth Joliffe
TUPELO – Ruth Joliffe, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Detroit, she had lived in Tupelo since 2000. She was a minister, ordained under the Lord’s Family Ministry in Michigan. She was also a homemaker, caregiver, artist, poet and an adventurer who loved to travel. She was a member of Word of Life Church of Tupelo.
Ruth’s favorite pastime/ministry was handing out homemade scripture cards to everyone she came in contact with.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday in the sanctuary of Word of Life Church on Cliff Gookin Boulevard.
Survivors include two sons, David Waggoner (Ann) and John Waggoner (Zoraida) of Tupelo; three daughters Norma Gardenhire (Wesley) of Oklahoma City, Okla., Faith Urbanski (Al) of Detroit, and Christy McLeod of the home; 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfie Joliffe; her parents, Ada and Jack Wilson; and two daughters, Ada Waggoner and Elsie Morgan.

Verle Hall Jr.
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Verle Hall Jr., 77, formerly of Mantachie, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1931, in Norfolk, Va., to Verle and Ruby Cox Hall Sr. He had worked at Daybrite and in the maintenance department at Foamex. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a member of VFW Post 4313. He was a member of the Monument Drive Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Kevin Humen and Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Friday at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Quay Hall, of Cordova; one son, Terry Hall (Brenda) of New Bern, N.C.; one daughter, Darlene Kindle (Greg) of Memphis; three granddaughters, Nicole Spangenberg (Nick) of Memphis and Courtney Hall and Lindsay Hall, both of New Bern; two great-grandsons, Hudson Spangenberg and Hayden Spangenberg, both of Memphis; one brother, Bill Hall (Armilda) of Pearland, Texas; one sister, Geraldine Baker (Roland) of Jonesboro, Ark.; one aunt, Clara Baker of Jonesboro, Ark,; cousins, Joyce, Golden, Jo Ann and Arnita; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Maxine Potts
Saltillo – Maxine Phillips Potts, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 19, 1933, in Etta, to Rex Norwood Phillips and Shirley Phillips Sr. She grew up in the Macedonia community of Union County, and graduated from Macedonia High School in 1951. On March 7, 1953, she married Louis Potts, a career military man who was also a Macedonia graduate. She enjoyed her many years of travel as a “Navy Wife.” After retirement, they returned to Mississippi, residing in Potts Camp, where her husband preceded her in death in 1995. She was a member of Potts Camp Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. Maxine said once of her life, “I have tried to do the best by all, especially my children and grandchildren, and I would do it all over again with love.” All who knew her agree that she did.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at United Funeral Home, New Albany. Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home with Brother Jim Buchanan officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Harville (Gerald) of Saltillo, and Candy Potts, of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Holly Seago (Bo) of Kossuth, Warren Ray (Leslie) of Blue Springs, Bobby Ray (Leigh) of Mooreville, and Heidi Brock (Bo) of Belden; five great-grandchildren, Alli Seago, and Brock Seago of Kossuth, Anna Elizabeth Ray of Blue Springs, Max Ray, and Gus Ray of Mooreville; two sisters, Carolyn Conklin (George) of Bartlett, Tenn., and Patricia Wren, of Cordova, Tenn; one brother, Robert Phillips (Judy) of Oxford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved identical twin sister, Christine Phillips Watts and one brother, Shirley Phillips Jr.
Pallbearers will be Warren Ray, Bobby Ray, Bo Seago, Bo Brock, Ronnie Joe Bennett, and Don Jamison.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bonnie Bennett
CORINTH – Bonnie Bennett, 65, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. She was born July 7, 1944. She was a food service worker at Wheeler Grove Learning Center. She was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church in Vina, Ala., with Dr. Kara Blackard and Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in Wright Cemetery. Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church and from noon until service time Friday at Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett of Corinth; daughters, Sherry Holland (David) of Vina, and Kim Davidson (Nathan) of Red Bay; a stepson, Prentiss Bennett (Anneliesa) of Marietta; grandchildren, Tracy Holland, Heather Holland, Joshua Holland, Emily Davidson, Matthew Davidson and Landry Bennett; a brother, Hollis Holland (Louise) of Red Bay; and a sister, Sue Crumpton (Jimmy) of Red Bay.
She was preceded in death by her first husband and father of her children, Phillip Underwood; her father, Clyde Holland; her mother, Hattie Wright Holland; brothers, Hubert Holland and Ernest Holland; and a sister, Evelyn Gibson.

Gene Sullivan
BELDEN – Marlin Eugene “Gene” Sullivan, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
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. today 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.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Robert Corley
OKOLONA – Robert Frank Corley, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 5, 1930, the eldest son of James William and Alice Loraine Pilgreen Corley. He was a lifelong resident of Chickasaw County. He worked over 40 years in the furniture industry. Throughout his adult life, he pursued his passion for golf and was a lifetime member of the Okolona Country Club.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Bill Harrison and the Rev. Frank Millender officiating. Burial will follow in the Cemetery at Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, and from noon to service time Friday.
He is survived by his wife, Bobbie, of Okolona; daughter, Susan Reifers Stewart; granddaughter, Natalie Reifers Wagner; and great-grandsons, Daniel and Matthew Wagner, all of Madison; brothers and their spouses, Clayton and Lottie Corley, William and Jeanne Corley, Douglas and Carlene Corley, all of Okolona, and Kenneth and Glenda Corley, of Pontotoc; sisters, Frances Allen of Houston, and Martha Cole and her husband, Stuart of Gulfport; brother-in-law Don Rhode of Oakfield,Wis.; numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Janelle Rhode; and brother-in-law, Wilburn Allen.
Pallbearers are Krister Corley, Jim Corley, Anthony Corley, John Lancaster, Marion Cook, Joe Ellis, Rob Cole and Charlie Bronc Anderson, whom he considered an adopted grandson. Honorary pallbearers are Eddie Corley, Billy Smith, Eddie Roberts, Bobby Gene Young, Glen Vance and Fred Travis Ogg.
Memorials may be sent to Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 496 County Road 411, Okolona, MS 38860 or the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 350 W. Woodrow Wilson Ave, Suite 2470, Jackson, MS. 39213.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Garry Lynn Tate II
SCOTTSBORO, Ala. – Garry Lynn Tate II, 24, died Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, in Woodville, Ala., as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 26, 1985, in Tupelo to Garry Tate and Lisa Tate Jumper and attended Tupelo Public Schools. He was self-employed with Tate Barbeque.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his father, Garry Tate of Scottsboro, Ala.; his mother, Lisa Jumper (Randy) of Pontotoc; his son, Braylnn Alee Zander Tate; one sister, Courtney Nicole Tate; a special friend, Stefany Tate; his nephew, Dalton Hanna; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Rick Clayton, Jon Gillentine, Matt Malone, Josh Orman, Burks McCullough and Rodney Sides.
Virginia Bobo
GUNTOWN – Virginia Donald Bobo died Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009. She was born April 22, 1945, to D.T. Cox and Kathleen Jones. She was a lifelong member of Trinity CME Church, where she served as president of the Usher Board, was a member of the Missionary Society and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Homemakers Club. She attended Lowe’s High School in Guntown, Piney Woods College and Mississippi Valley State University. She married Robert Joe Bobo on June 24, 2004.
Services are 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity CME Church with the Rev. Robert Joe Guyton and the Rev. Bettye Clifton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Bobo; three children, Pamela Donald of Horn Lake, Greg Donald (Clara) of Tupelo and Saneki Donald (Dwane) of Guntown; six brothers, Lenny and Alvin Jones of Bridgeport, Conn.; Derome Cox II of Memphis, Arthur James Cox of Jackson, Dewey Cox of Verona, Dvane Cox of Texas; six sisters, Arlene Downs, Alma, Linda Jones and Mary Grace, all of Bridgeport, Sherry Pettyway of Atlanta and Jacqueline Austin of Jackson; stepfather, Alfred Jones of Bridgeport; four stepchildren, Renee, Damah, Tyrus and Kim Bobo, all of Dorsey; stepmothers, Earlie Mae Cox of Tupelo and I.J. Cox Littleton of Jackson; an aunt, Lucille Johnson of Verona; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. today with family time from 6 until 7 p.m. and an hour before the service Friday at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors chapel.

James Brewer
LACKEY – James Edward Brewer, 73, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 22, 1936, to Floyd Brewer and Cora Lee Willis Orr. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a member of the Pentecostal church. He was an Army veteran and retired from Walker Manufacturing after 33 years.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Bro. Danny Hollis officiating. Burial will follow in Camp Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Faye Smith Brewer of Hamilton; a daughter, Debbie Richardson of Hamilton; a son, James Mitchell Brewer (Darlene) of Caledonia; a sister, Brenda Brewer of Aberdeen; two half-sisters and three stepsisters; a brother, Albert Brewer of Hatley; one half-brother and three stepbrothers; three grandchildren, Adam Law, Britt Richardson and Kelsey Brewer; and one great-grandchild, Madison Richardson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sarah Joy Sandlin; and two brothers, Willis Brewer and Eddie Brewer.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Smith, John Michael Perkins, Scott McNeese, Staley Herron, Donald Herron and Vance Herron.
You may sign the register book at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Georgia Makamson Bell
MABEN – Georgia Makamson Bell, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. She was a homemaker. Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora with burial in Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Oktibbeha County. Visitation will be 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charlene Jones
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charlene Greer Jones, 99, died Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009, at her home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Greenwood MB Church in Lamar with the Rev. Gerald Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge.
Visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, and continue from noon until 12:55 p.m. Friday.
Irene Mauney
RIPLEY – Irene Richardson Mauney, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo. She was a homemaker and a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, flower gardening and listening to music.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home with the Rev. William J. Connolly and Elder Gary Dunaway assisting. Burial will follow in Westminster Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Vicky Ruth Estes (Bob) of Cross City, Fla., Teresa Carol Bennett, Lydia Darlene Walker (Bobby) and Susan Paulette Mauney, all of Ripley; four sons, Gary Wayne Mauney (Donna) of Falkner, David Roy Mauney of Searcy, Ark., Dennis Michael Mauney (Lisa) and Roger Neal Mauney (Lisa) all of Ripley; a daughter-in-law, Carol David Mauney of Ripley; a sister, Jean Smith of Tiplersville; a brother Harold D. Richardson of Pearl; 19 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Victor Wayne Mauney; her father, Dewitt Richardson; her mother, Thelma Hopper Jones; a son, Charles Phillip Mauney; two grandsons, Samuel B. Mauney and Joshua P. Willis; a brother, A.C. Richardson; and a son-in-law, Terry Bennett. Pallbearers will be Kevin Mauney, Erik Mauney, James Estes, Alex Mauney, Bentley Mauney, Jeremy Bennett, Grady Bennett, Jake Walker and Adam Mauney. Honorary pallbearers will be Chelle McClain, Ashley Bowman, Tricia Gutierrez, Giny Bennett, Molly Mauney, Callie Estes, Lydia Estes, Emily Mauney, Marcie Walker and Breonna Mauney.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today and 7 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Westminster Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Mike Carter, 654 E. Walnut St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneral home.com.

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