Obituaries October 18, 2013

Mac Waldrep

CHEROKEE, Ala. – George Malcolm “Mac” Waldrep, 85, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Helen Keller Hospital in Tuscumbia, Ala. He was a member of Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder for 55 years. He loved working at the church, enjoyed square dancing and antique cars. He retired from Reynolds Aluminum.

Visitation is scheduled for 12:30 until 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 1925 Allsboro Road, Cherokee, AL 35616.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Church, officiated by Dr. Don Thomas and Rev. J.B. Burns. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Pallbearers include Lyn Waldrep, Jeffery Whitaker, Jeff Whitaker, Raymond Wallace, Patrick Curtin and Luther Bishop. Honorary pallbearers include Donnie Dexter, Ronnie Dexter, L.O. Bishop and Lonnie Stumbaugh. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.

He is survived by two sons, George Dexter Waldrep (Melba) of Florence, Ala., and Malcolm Patrick Waldrep (Wanda) of Cherokee, Ala.; a daughter, Angela Dale Johnson (Jimmy) of Cherokee, Ala.; a brother, Omar Patrick “Pat” Waldrep (Jane) of Cherokee, Ala.; a granddaughter, Sarah Britney Waldrep.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Mary Jane Dexter Waldrep, and his parents, George and Ruby Mae Waldrep.

Memorial contributions may be made to Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery Fund, c/o Jason Morgan, 4850 Allsboro Road, Cherokee, AL 35616.

The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of Helen Keller Hospital and the Southern Care Hospice for their kindness and care during this time.

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

Velma Pernell

COTTON PLANT – Leah Velma Dickerson Pernell went home to be with her Lord on Oct. 16, 2013. She was born to John Addison and Dora Cox Dickerson in Tippah County on April 4, 1916.

She married Reuben Pernell of Cotton Plant on Jan. 5, 1948. He preceded her in death in 2004 after 56 years of marriage.

Mrs. Velma had a sweet, gentle spirit. She never spoke an unkind word against anyone, nor did she ever become angry. She lived her faith in every way. The most important thing in her life was her family – her husband, Reuben; her daughter, Nancy (whom she affectionately referred to as “MY NANCY”; her parents; her three brothers; and her son-in-law, Jim Cobb.

She graduated from Ripley High School in 1934. She was a member of Academy Baptist Church, where she served as church clerk for many years. A family or church dinner was never complete without a piece of Mrs. Velma’s chocolate pie. She was an excellent seamstress, making all her family’s clothes.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Academy Baptist Church at Cotton Plant with the Rev. Jimmy Carr and the Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating. Eulogy will be given by her niece, Janet Jo Dickerson Ransom, and special words by John Haynes. Burial will be in Academy Church Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Pernell Cobb and her husband, Jim Cobb, of Ingomar; her sister-in-law, Clara Bow Roberson Dickerson of Okolona; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuben Pernell; her parents, John Addison and Dora Cox Dickerson; and three brothers, Wilson Dickerson (Evelyn), Dr. W.M. Dickerson (Mary Elizabeth) and Milton Dickerson.

Pallbearers will be Jeffery Pernell Smith, Dr. W.M. Dickerson Jr., Wendell Trapp, Bruce Krumcke, Dudley Cox and Paul McAlister. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Magnolia Place Personal Care Home.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, Oct. 18, 2013, at the funeral home and beginning at 10:30 a.m. to service Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Academy Baptist Church.

For online guest registry and condolences go to www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Ruby Ashcraft

SHANNON – Ruby Coley Ashcraft, 99, passed away, surrounded by her loving family, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Searcy, Ark. She was born Aug. 29, 1914, in Old Union community to William Alexander James and Alta Pearl Crum James. She was a loving mother, grandmother and a homemaker. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church in Shannon.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, in the Old Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Franklin officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 1 p.m. to service time only. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Joni Mackey (James) of Searcy, Ark.; her son, James Coley of Tupelo; 18 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by both of her parents; first husband, O.J. Coley; second husband, William “Bill” Ashcraft; a daughter; two sisters, Adale Bradley and Peggy Lewis; two brothers, William J. James and Leroy F. James.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to your favorite charity.

Condolences may be emailed tohollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Felix Coggin Jr.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Felix Braxton Coggin Jr., 76, received his final orders from his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He officially reported to Heaven on Oct. 15, 2013. He heard, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith through life and this 10-year journey with Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy.”

He was reunited with his loving wife of 52 years, Doris Coggin, exactly two years to the day and hour of her departure in 2011.

A graduate of Nettleton High School, he was retired from the U.S. Navy as a well-decorated Master Chief after 31 years of service. Following retirement he spent two years loving and nurturing his granddaughter, Holly. Next, he was employed by Virginia Beach Public Schools for 15 years as a carpenter.

He was known for his total devotion to his family, strong work ethic, gentle kindness and unwavering faith in God.

He leaves behind daughters, Theresa and Angie Coggin; granddaughter, Holly Pallett and husband, Clay; and great-grandson, Alexander. Also surviving are his brothers and sister from Nettleton, Buddy, Jimmy and Glenda, along with a host of family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Felix Sr. and Mary Eunice Thompson Coggin.

The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the people who provided support, care and surrounded Felix with love. They are also grateful to the numerous medical personnel who never gave up on him.

A graveside service will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the New Chapel Cemetery in Itawamba County. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Gray

TUPELO – Robert LaShaun Gray, 31, passed away Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Chicago on Oct. 29, 1981, the fifth child of Doris “PeeWee” Gray and Robert “Quack” Hunt.

A celebration of his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Victory Temple Holiness Church with Pastor Willie Thornton officiating. Interment will follow in Porters Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four sisters, Sharon D. Betts of Plantersville, Alfreda (Jeffery) Forshee and TaKwasi Garth of Tupelo, and Sharita Davis of Chicago; three brothers, Richard (Pamela) Marion of Jacksonville, N.C., Daryl (Sonika) Gray and Anthony Gray of Tupelo; three stepsisters, Latasha (Freddie) Anderson, NaTisha Stewart and Starnetta Stewart, all of Tupelo; one stepbrother, Micheal Stewart of Tupelo; eight nephews; six nieces; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his grandmothers, Dorthey Brock and Mary Lee Brooks.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday.

Online condolences can be made to the Gray family at www.graysonporters.com.

Lue Jennings

WOODLAND – Lue E. Jennings, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 6,1933, in Marks to Willie Guilty and Virgie Harell Guilty.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at New Hope M.B. Church in Woodland. Burial will be in Callahan Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Jerry Ivy (Orlando) of Tupelo; three sons, Charles Jennings of Woodland, Bennie Jennings of Columbus, Ga., and James Jennings (Hortensia) of Houston; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Ben Jennings; and a daughter, Gean Guilty.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Charles Rowe

AMORY – Charles Davis “Nug” Rowe, 81, died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Golden Living Care Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was the son of the late Richard Rowe Sr. and Narvell Gilleylen. He was a member of the Jehovah Witnesses. He attended school in Prairie and West Amory High School. He was a former employee of Amwood Products and Walmart. He enjoyed shooting pool, reading, listening to gospel music and watching TV, especially his favorite program, Word Network. He loved the Lord.

A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. David McCoy officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Sylvia Rowe Hogan of Amory; two brothers, Elery C. Rowe and Raymond Rowe; six sisters, Rosie Dancy, Lora Dobbins, Sarah Moore, Ever Houston, Allie Beans and Alice Congious of Aberdeen; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Charles Rowe Jr.; one brother, Richard Rowe Jr.; and one sister, Essie Roberts.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service on Saturday.

Ouida McGregor

PLANTERSVILLE – Ouida Jones McGregor, 80, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Milton, Fla., after an extended illness. She was born on Dec. 17, 1932, in Carroll County to Harvey and Hester Nail Jones. She had lived in Plantersville most of her life. She was a retired spot welder at Krueger International in Tupelo and a Baptist. She enjoyed listening to country music.

Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mark Hoover officiating. A private family burial will in union cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Helen Grubbs (Keith) of Milton, Fla., and Carolyn Cournoyer (Joe) of Marietta, Ga.; two siblings; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mac “Roland” McGregor; and four siblings.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

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

Clara Mae Clark

TUPELO – Clara Mae Lee Clark, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Sherman to Gertrude Gladney Edwards and Rolland Lee. She was a member of Blackland M.B. Church. She married to Nathaniel “Son” Clark Sr. on Sept. 15, 1951.

Service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Palmetto CME Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Earlie Eddie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include nine sons, Richard (Carrie) Clark of Memphis, Billy Clark and Nathaniel Clark Jr. of Palmetto, Dennis (Ressia) Clark of Shannon, Ricky (Rubye) Clark of Milwaukee, Wis., David (Vivian) Clark of Collierville, Tenn., Louis (Carla) Clark of New Jersey, Danny Clark of Oklahoma; six daughters, Linda (Robert) Johnson of New Albany, Bettie (John) Dunn of Tupelo, Delois (Carl) Holden of Berkley. Ill., Debra Clark of Tupelo, Dorothy Clark-Garmon of Verona and Traci Clark of Tupelo; 31 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one sister, Flossie (O.D.) Pounds; two stepsisters, Francis Lipsey and Leola Shawvers; one brother, Curtis Lee; three stepbrothers, Henry (Christine) Blanchard, Johnny B. Shawvers and Tom (Gail) Blanchard; her stepmother, Adella Lee of Sherman; and several special cousins, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Christopher Clark; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

B.J. Copeland

TREMONT – Billy Joe “B.J.” Copeland Jr., 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, at his home in Tremont. He was born May 10, 1957, the son of Billy Joe Copeland Sr. and Joy Friday Copeland Walton. He was reared by his mother and stepfather, John Walton. He was a 1975 graduate of Mantachie High School and attended Itawamba Junior College where he played football. He was a factory and construction worker. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing the guitar and entertaining people.

There will be no public services. Burial will be in Dorsey Memorial Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Seth Houston Copeland, of Tupelo; one daughter, Kathryn Olivia Dancy (Adam) of Peppertown; a half brother, Tim Copeland; two half sisters, Sherri Speck (Mike) and Juli Turner, all of Shannon; and three grandchildren, Houston Copeland, Greylynn Copeland and Maddy Kathryn Dancy.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joy and John Walton, and Billy Joe Copeland Sr.; his grandparents, Guy Houston and Jewel Friday, and Noon and Jean Walton; and a half-brother, Kipper Copeland.

Online condolences may be accessed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Boggan

ABERDEEN – Georgia Ruth Boggan, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born July 5, 1930, to Edgar Woods and Luevada Jones Bowen in Aberdeen. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. She had lived in Amory for the past three years. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and a member of North Mississippi Worship Center. She was a retired sales clerk at Walmart in Columbus.

A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. today, Oct. 18, at Greenbrier Cemetery with Debbie Boggan officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Kay Whatley (Don) of Hamilton, Connie Tedder (Bobby) of Gastonia, N.C., and Lisa Elam of Aberdeen; three sons, James Kenneth Boggan Jr. of Aberdeen, Stephen W. Boggan (Debbie) of Wren and Walter T. Boggan (Tina) of Houston, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Kenneth Boggan Sr.; one daughter, Deborah Lynn Boggan; and one son, Joel David Boggan.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Community Hospice, 3289 McCullough Blvd., Belden, MS 38826.

To sign the register and send condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Johnnie Patterson

CALHOUN CITY – Johnnie Bervis Sutton Patterson, 87, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 13, 1926, in Webster County to Willie Ray Sutton and Winnie Ann Hardin Sutton. She was a homemaker and a member of Calhoun City First Baptist Church, Gideons International Auxiliary Ladies Club and the WMU of Bethany Baptist Church and Calhoun City First Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Winford Patterson of Calhoun City; two daughters, Linda Kay Johnson of Counce, Tenn., and Teresa Lynn (Charles) Johnson of West Point; two sons, James Irby (Catherine) Patterson of Calhoun City and Boyd Wayne Patterson of Counce, Tenn.; one sister, Connie Sutton Vaughn of Starkville; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Ray Sutton and Winnie Ann Hardin Sutton; great-granddaughter, Hope Dowdle; son-in-law, Paul Johnson; and sister, Clara Bell Roy.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bethany Baptist Church in Slate Springs. The Rev. Jimmy Vance will officiate. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Sidney Langston, Willie Joe West, Kevin Johnson, Jonathan Johnson, Chris Patterson, Ben Patterson and Stanley Criss.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gideons.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Baptist Church in Slate Springs.

Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

Tommy Orman

ASHLAND – Tommy Wayne Orman, 75, died Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at Ashland Health & Rehab.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Orman Cemetery in Benton County.

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

To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Sarah Lane

WEST POINT – Sarah A. Lane, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in West Point.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Mt. Pisgah M.B. Church. Burial will be in Tibbee Community Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elvira Leshore

HOLLY SPRINGS – Elvira Hughes Leshore, 91, formerly of Rochester, N.Y., died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, at Ashland Health & Rehab in Ashland.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Free Branch M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Leon Wills

STEWART – Leon Wills, 86, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 18, at Crape Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church.