Obituaries October 15, 2013

Mattie Speck

SHERMAN – Mattie Speck, 83, went to meet her Lord Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born in the Auburn community on March 24, 1930, to John and Georgia Christian Williams. She graduated from Tupelo High School. Her joy in life was taking care of others and spending time with her friends. She was a very dedicated wife, mother and grandmother and put her heart and soul into whatever she did. She believed that there was nothing you couldn’t do and her smile and laughter would brighten up the room. She was a charter and faithful member of Sherman Church of Christ for many years and worked for Red Line Grocery for over 30 years until she was forced to retire a few years ago due to health complications. Her race is finished with no more pain as she walks the streets of gold.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Oct. 15, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Minister John Connell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Harry Speck of Sherman; her daughter, Shelia Strunk (Lindell) of Sherman; her grandson, Joshua Strunk (Tina) of Plantersville; her sister-in-law, Georgia Lee Speck of Sherman; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers and sisters.

Pallbearers will be Allen Williams, Josh Strunk, Shawn Harrison, Billy Johnson, Steve Williams and John Williams.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Juanita Rogers

GUNTOWN – W. Juanita “Pete” Rogers, 83, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 18, 1929, to Dophus and Vernes Ashley. She was retired from Guntown Junior High School Cafeteria with more than 17 years of service. She was a member of Church of the Living Waters. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, going to yard sales and talking on the phone.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Sammy Raper officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Earl Rogers of Guntown; one son, Jimmy Rogers (Nancy) of Guntown; two granddaughters, Lisanne Marie Rogers and Amy Joann Petty Neal; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Edna Lofton of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Ravanell Anderson of Zion, Ill., and Burton Stockton of Belmont; two brothers, Charles Ashley (Sue) of Belmont and Paul Ashley (Kathy) of Golden; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by; parents; sisters, Ruby Hall, Ruble Timmons and Ruth White; and brother, W.D. Ashley.

Pall bearers are Joe Ashley, Johnny Stockton, Eddie Ray Lofton, Richard Terry, Nicky Sides and Leland Timmons.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Mike Seago

GUYS, Tenn. – Michael Wayne “Mike” Seago, 62, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Doris Robinson

CORINTH – Doris G. Robinson, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Dogwood Plantation.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery at Rienzi.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Kenneth Finley

DANVILLE, Ky. – Kenneth T. “Dude” Finley, 86, formerly of Memphis, died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. He was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Danville to Walter E. and Thelma Wylie Finley. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Southern Law School in Memphis. He was a U.S. Army veteran and attorney at law, who spent most of his career in Memphis.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery in Hickory Flat. Stith Funeral Home of Danville, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Chad Bailey, Jimmy Forester, Mike Forester, Malcom Leath, Steve Martin and Kyle Fitzpatrick.

He is survived by his wife, Stella Wanda Forester Finley; a brother-in-law, J.A. (Sarah) Byers; a sister-in-law, Mary (Malcom) Leath; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations are suggested to Ebenezer United Methodist Church c/o J.A. Byers, 1020 CR 2, Hickory Flat, MS 38652.

Online guestbook is available at www.stithfuneralhome.net.

Sylvia McBrayer

SALTILLO – Sylvia Ann McDonald McBrayer, 73, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point following an extended illness. She was born Dec. 18, 1939, in Tupelo to Allen McDonald and Mildred Fay Hankins McDonald. She married Juston McBrayer on Oct. 19, 1984, and they shared 29 happy years together. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed cooking for her family whom she loved dearly, making floral arrangements, traveling, singing, spending time with her dog, Blue, and having a midnight milkshake. Her favorite time of year was the Christmas season when she could make candies for the grandchildren. She was a member of Emmanuel Assembly of God Church in Nettleton.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jeff Robbins officiating. Private burial will follow in Fellowship Cemetery in Saltillo. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Juston McBrayer of Saltillo; one daughter, Sherry Wood (Phil) of Tupelo; one son, John Presley (Ronnie) of Tupelo; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; and mother-in-law, Lois Wimbs.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Hankins, John Micah Presley, Jeffrey Clark, Bishop Robertson, Brian Wood and Terence Sutterfield.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Charles Curry

PONTOTOC – Charles Maron “Hot Shot” Curry, 67, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Fulton. He was born June 5, 1946, in Tupelo to George M. Curry and Beatrice Duke Curry. He grew up in the Palmetto community and was a lifelong resident of Lee and Pontotoc Counties. He graduated from Shannon High School in 1964, where he excelled in football, basketball and all sports. His employment career started with Penn Tire until it closed. Later, he joined the Pipefitters Union, working first for Grinell as a pipefitter. He stayed with the Pipefitters Union in various capacities until his retirement at age 55. He enjoyed drag racing, car shows, riding motorcycles including being a “wheelie” king, traveling, hunting and story-telling. He won numerous trophies including the 2005 Pro Points Champion at both Fulton and Byhalia Dragways. He was a member of the Possum Trot Cruisers. Living his retirement to the fullest, he loved life, loved his only daughter and granddaughter, his son-in-law, and his wide range of friends. He was a member of Palmetto Baptist Church. He was one of the modern South’s genuine characters.

A celebration of life service will be at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 15, in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Steve Holland, Kenny Hankins and Mitchell Scruggs speaking, including a time for reflection from his friends. Private burial will be at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Visitation will be from 4 until service time today.

Survivors include his daughter, Nikki Curry Ray and her husband, Chris and granddaughter Kristin of Pontotoc; his daughter’s mother, Shirley Bigham of New Albany; one brother, George Wayne Curry of Horn Lake; three sisters, Mary Evelyn (Carl) Vinson of Palmetto, Ruth (Lamar) Grisham of Dumas and Patty (Kenny) Simmons of Amory; his special friend, Wanda Bowen of Fulton; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Curry, in l972; and his mother and father.

Pallbearers will be Chris Ray (son-in-law), Kenny Hankins, Fred Lee, Larry Crosby, Gary Stone and Ted Wood. Honorary pallbearers are the members of Local 669 Pipefitters Union.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Randy Thompson

SALTILLO – Randy Quinn Thompson, 67, formerly of Corinth, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.

Scottie Knowles

NETTLETON – John Scottie Knowles, 73, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born on Feb. 29, 1940, in Lee County to John Benjamin and Lucille Kimble Knowles. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton, a retired employee of Tombigbee Electric Power Association of Tupelo for 39 years and a member of Tupelo Church of God. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, working in his garden, listening to his Indian music and being with his family.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Tupelo Church of God with the Rev. Jack Ezell, the Rev. David Laman and the Rev. Gary Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in Gray’s Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton will be in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Marolyn Franks Knowles of Nettleton; two sons, Jeff Knowles (Rhonda) and Perry Knowles (LaDean), all of Nettleton; one sister, Vera Sue Collier Harris of Nettleton; two brothers, Medford Knowles Sr. (Dot) and Jack Knowles (Mott), all of Nettleton; one brother-in-law, James Gibson of Nettleton; three granddaughters, Karrie “Dumplin” Carroll (Daniel), Morgan “Cricket” Knowles and Amberly “Blossom” Knowles; one grandson, Colby “Peanut” Knowles; and one great-grandson, Ace “Littlehawk” Carroll.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Johnnie Knowles Gibson, Day Knowles House (Henry) and Peggy Ann Knowles.

Pallbearers will be John Knowles, Stanley House, Johnny Collier, Jody Collier, Bennie Gibson and Eddie Kimble. Honorary pallbearers will be the Tombigbee Electric family.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 4:30 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be made to The Tupelo Church of God, 1813 Briar Ridge Road, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Robert Waldron

HURRICANE – Robert Dean Waldron, 70, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his home. He was an employee of the 2nd District in Pontotoc County.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Hurricane Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sand Springs Cemetery. Everyone is invited to a reception at the church after the funeral. Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Rebecca Waldron; four daughters, Theresa Rutledge (Kenneth) of Pinedale, Patricia Shettles of Hurricane, Cassandra Killough (Terry) of Enterprise and Christina Waldron (Tommy Stewart) of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luster Waldron; his mother, Louise Harmon; and two sisters, Wilma Canfield and Lillie Graham.

Pallbearers will be Michael Williams, Chauncey Rutledge, Robert Shettles, Jessie Killough, Colton Killoubh, Tyler Lucas and Randy Rutledge.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Shettles, Cheryl Lawson, Doc Williams, Ricky Dale Williams and Larry Dale Waldron.

Baylon Hall

NEW ALBANY – Baylon Paisley Hall, 14 days, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with the Rev. Jon Vasquez officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her parents, Brian K. and Leather Kiddy Hall; two brothers, Landon and Brody Hall; maternal grandparents, Michael and Amy Kiddy; paternal grandparents, Jeff and Shelia Hall; great-grandparents, Ezra and Louise Butler, Wayne and Rachel Smithey, Charles Kiddy, Charles and Wanda Jones, and Charles and Kathy Hall.

Pallbearers will be Charlie Hall, David Kiddy and Lavon Kiddy.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Murry Jumper Jr.

NETTLETON – Murry Jumper Jr., 92, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Oaktree Manor Assisted Living in Amory after an extended illness. He was born on June 19, 1921, in Lee County to Murry Jumper Sr. and Lottie Kennedy Jumper. He was a lifelong resident of the Nettleton area. He was a retired dairy farmer and a Methodist. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theatre in which he received the Purple Heart. He was an avid Atlanta Braves baseball fan, and enjoyed watching and going to Atlanta Braves baseball games with his grandsons and working outside. He was a true believer of a place for everything and that everything had its own place.

Graveside services with military rites will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 15, at Gray’s Cemetery with the Rev. David Westmoreland officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton will be in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Janice Graham of Nettleton; two grandsons, Ken Graham (J.J.) of Wren and Wesley Graham of Atlanta, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Leah Graham, Joe Graham and Katie Graham; and two great-great-grandsons, Karson and Jude.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Bell Williams Jumper; his parents; one son, Billy Jumper; one son-in-law, Lowery Leland Graham; and a special friend, Adolphus Wren.

Pallbearers will be Sammy LaGrone, Sykes LaGrone, John LaGrone and John Ira Smith.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Alice McNabb

ETTA – Alice F. McNabb, 75, formerly of Somerville, Tenn., passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She attended Philadelphia Baptist Church at Etta. She had many friends and never met a stranger.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland, Tenn. Interment will be in the Hood Cemetery in the Warren Community of Fayette County, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes & Cremation Center – West Chapel at Oakland is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Norwood (Terry) of Etta; three sons, Robert McNabb (Martha) of Somerville, Tenn., John McNabb of Etta and Joshua McNabb (Farrah) of Somerville, Tenn.; four sisters, Betty McDaniel, Eunice Pennington, Patricia Pennington and Sandra Pennington; a brother, Charles Pennington; grandchildren, Addison, Katelyn, Seth McNabb, Ben and Toby McNabb, Franklin and Jacob Norwood and Dr. Allison Norwood-Tate; one great grandson, Lemuel Norwood Tate; and special friends, Ling Rumpkins, Mary Horn, Katherine Melton, Mary Jordan and Bro. Bobby Irwin.

He was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin R. McNabb; her parents, Vernon and Pauline Pennington; sister, Paula; and brother, Joel.

The family requests that memorials be directed to the Philadelphia Baptist Church, 456 County Road 255, Etta, MS 38627 or Gideon’s International, 1102 Van Buren Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

Cullen B. Curlee III

CORINTH – Cullen B. “Len” Curlee III died Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at his home after a long illness.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at First Baptist Church in Corinth. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First Baptist Church of Corinth.

Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.

Elder Ronald Cockrell

HOUSTON – Elder Ronald Ray Cockrell, 70, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at White County Medical Center in Searcy, Ark. He was born Aug. 13, 1943, in Bastrop, La., to Jualen Cockrell and Lilian White Cockrell. He was a minister at Mount Herman Primitive Baptist Church in Vardaman.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Elder James Hall and Elder Rusty Wise officiating. Burial will be at Mount Herman Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Vardaman. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Shephard Cockrell of Houston; three daughters, Amy Cockrell and Wendy Cockrell, both of Tampa, Fla., and Julie Hicks (Justin) of Lakeland, Fla.; one son, Eric Cockrell of Searcy, Ark.; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Linch of Monroe, La., and Linda Sue Harkness of Tyler, Texas; and one brother, Harold Cockrell of Bastrop, La.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.

For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Cheryl Ann Bullock

MADISON – Cheryl Ann Bullock, 64, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi and later worked with the Hattiesburg Board of Realtors. She was promoted to C.E.O. of the Jackson Association of Realtors, where she retired in 2007. She was a faithful member of Alta Woods Baptist Church, where started the Media Ministry. She was an active member of the Southern Baptist Lay Renewal. She founded Solitary Dreams, which are inspirational videos. She devoted her time to many charities including Santas for Seniors, Habitat for Humanity, Resource Center Network for Abused Women & Children and Gateway Mission.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Alta Woods Baptist Church. Natchez Trace Funeral Home in Madison is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Alta Woods Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sister, Linda Wilburn (Ronnie); nephews, Michael Howard Jr. and Kirk Freeman; three great-nephews; uncles, Fred Slawson and Johnny Slawson; an aunt, Jewel West; and numerous cousins.

Memorials may be made to Media Ministries at Alta Woods Baptist Church, 168 Colonial Drive, Jackson, MS 39204.

Mark Dendy

WOODLAND – Mark David Dendy, 57, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 25, 1956, in Houston to Paul Dendy and Agnes Felo Dendy. He was a loving husband, father and son. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Sammy McMillian officiating. Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Ladonna Gore Dendy of Woodland; three sons, Michael Weaver of Oceanside, Calif., Joseph Dendy and Hunter Dendy of Woodland; one daughter, Hannah Dendy of Woodland; five grandchildren, Connor Weaver, Aaron Weaver, Lea Grace Dendy, Mathew Dendy and Abby Dendy; his mother, Agnes Dendy of Woodland; and one brother, James Dendy of Woodland.

He is preceded in death by his dad, Paul Dendy, and his brother, Paul Michael Dendy.

Pallbearers will be Doug Nichols, Jim Blissard, Josh Brown, Curt Jernigan, Brett Dendy and Dustin Dendy.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church.

For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Gordon Pettit

WEST POINT – Gordon Stewart “Smokey” Pettit, 73, passed away on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, at his home in West Point. He was born Feb. 19, 1940, in Houston to Syble Iris Walters Pettit and Perry James Pettit. He was a “B” fitter-welder for Babcock & Wilcox Company for 33 years. He was of the Methodist faith. He married Patsy Beatrice Merideth Pettit on June 18, 1961, in Walthall.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow in Chickasaw Memorial Garden at Houston. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Patsy Merideth Pettit; one daughter, Syndy Pettit Andrews (Alan); one son, David Pettit (Lisa), all of West Point; five grandchildren, Merideth Doss (Tim), Jim Andrews, Anna Andrews, John Gordon Pettit and Madalynn Pettit; four great-grandchildren, Dylan Doss, Phillip Andrews, Olivia Andrews and Kayden Doss; two sisters, Margie Harden of West Point and Loudean Vaughn of Houston; and one brother, James Pettit (Martha) of Houston.

His brother, Charles Kenneth Pettit, preceded him in death.

Pallbearers will be Bill Johnstone, Brian Griggs, Johnny Hancock, James Allen Pettit, Bruce Vaughn and Keith Neely.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Ellis Huddleston

BOONEVILLE – Ellis Earl Huddleston, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.