Obituaries October 2, 2013

James Muffi

TUPELO – James Vincent Muffi, 74, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 1, 1939, in Philadelphia, Pa. He was a member of the United States Air Force. He spent his career in the furniture industry which he loved. He worked for Futorian, Stratolounger, Action Industries, and in 1979 he started at PeopLoungers Inc. in Nettleton.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his daughter, Anna Muffi Bowen (Mark Bowen) of Tupelo; his brothers, John Muffi (Cathy) of Laurel Springs, N.J., and William Muffi (Chris) of Frederick, Md.; six grandchildren, James Vincent Muffi, Violet Ann Muffi, Joseph Raymond Muffi, Alexandria Rashall Bowen, Mark Edwin Bowen II, and Ginger Victoria Bowen, all of Tupelo; one great-grandchild, Emma Caroline Smith of Tupelo: and his beloved companion, Muffi.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Vincent Muffi and Anna Dorothy Cavalieri Muffi; one brother, Dominic Muffi; and his son, Mark Vincent Muffi.

Pallbearers will be James Vincent Muffi, Joseph Raymond Muffi, Mark Edwin Bowen II, Mark Edwin Bowen, John Muffi and William Muffi.

Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Angela Sweatman

PONTOTOC – Angela Morrison Sweatman, 50, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Angela was truly “Fabo,” touching everyone she met, especially children.

She is survived by her husband, Jim Sweatman; parents, Walter and Jean Morrison; brothers, Carl (Stacy) and Mark Morrison; and her beloved niece and nephew, Danielle and Christopher.

Angela was known for her events, wit and compassion to others. Those who know and love her will cherish their memories of the woman who God called all too soon.

Thanks to all of her caregivers as each was exceptional.

Visitation will be at Browning Funeral Home, Pontotoc, on Thursday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at West Heights Baptist Church, Pontotoc, with visitation one hour prior.

Pallbearers will be Steve Morrison, Wendell Morrison, James Ray Morrison, Lamar Morrison, Dexter Warren and Ernest Galloway.

Robert Hamblin

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. – Robert Lee Hamblin died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at Levine & Dickson Hospice House. He was born June 29, 1928, in Hamilton, Ohio, to Millard Filmore Hamblin Sr. and Rhoda Alice Muncy Hamblin. He grew up in Memphis, where he felt the call to be a minister while he was a high school student. He graduated from Memphis Technical High School and Union University, where he received a bachelor of arts degree. Later Union University conferred on him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, having received the bachelor of divinity degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree. He also received the Doctor of Divinity degree from Mississippi College in Clinton.

He was pastor in Tennessee, Texas and Mississippi. He served as pastor of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo for 22 years. He served for six years as professor at New Orleans Baptist Seminary. He also served as vice president of the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board). He was an active leader in the Mississippi Baptist Convention, serving as a member of the Executive Committee and president of the Convention. He was a trustee at Southwestern Theological Seminary. He has been a popular preacher for many years. He has preached in all 50 states and in more than 40 countries around the world. He has written eight books and numerous articles on preaching, evangelism and Biblical interpretation. New Orleans has established the Robert L. Hamblin Chair of Biblical Exposition in his honor. Dr. Hamblin retired in 1998, and he and his wife moved to Huntersville, N.C., where he continued to preach and serve churches as interim pastor.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mary Ruth Miller Hamblin; and children, Bobbie Ruth Hamblin Monger (Warren Allen Monger) of Maryville, Tenn., Karis Jan Hamblin Kremers (Mark Stuart Kremers) of Cornelius, N.C., and Mary Carole Hamblin Dibble (Sweyden Ernest Dibble) of Manchester, Conn.; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Paige Monger (Paul Franklin Davis), Alex Stuart Kremers, Adam Hamblin Kremers, George Robert Kremers, Arden Nicole Dibble, Christopher Jacob Dibble, Michael Patrick Dibble, Sabrina Cheyenne Dibble; and great-granddaughter, Hadley Logan Davis.

He was preceded in death by three sisters, Rachael Elsie Langham, Ethel Martin and Mildred Helena Vinson; and by five brothers, William Luther Hamblin, Clarence Elijah Hamblin, Earl Hartman Hamblin, Thomas Raymond Hamblin and Millard Filmore Hamblin II.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at First Baptist Church in Huntersville, N.C., with burial following in the church cemetery. James Funeral Home of Huntersville is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 119 North Old Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC 28078, to be designated to the Building Fund.

Visit the website at www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com.

Alvin Marlar Jr.

BURNSVILLE – Alvin T. “A.T.” Marlar Jr. died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Candy Gower

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Candy Boswell Gower, 62, died Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. She was a member of West Franklin Baptist Church and a believer and follower of Christ. She was a good and faithful servant who was very active in her church. She was raised in Amory, where she attended Amory High School. She later received a B.S. degree in chemistry from Millsaps College in Jackson. She then went on to earn a master’s degree in education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She was a dedicated teacher at Franklin High School from 1992-2009. More than anything she was a beloved wife and mother of four.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Don Gower; sons, Aaron (Allison) Gower and Evan (Jessie) Gower; daughters, Meg (Craig) Luttrell and Memry (Greg) Smith; and 10 grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Madlyn King Boswell; and a sister, Sue Boswell Witcher.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at West Franklin Baptist Church. Dr. Jim Harvey will officiate. Burial will be at Williamson Memorial Gardens. Williamson Memorial Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Franklin, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Williamson Memorial and one hour prior to service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).

Roger Higgins

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – E. Roger Higgins, 78, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Greenville, S.C., after a sudden illness. He was born Feb. 15, 1935, to John L. and Jeannetta Andrews Higgins of the New Harmony Community in Union County.

He is survived by two sons, Roddy Higgins (Sue) of Uniontown, Pa., and Scott Higgins (Cory) of Hookstown, Pa.; a daughter, Kimberly Rowe of Greenville, S.C.; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Reggie Higgins (Bonnie) of New Carlisle, Ind., and Ross Higgins (Loretta) of Conway, Ark.; one sister, Lanelle Tate (Jimmy) of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Baczewski; his parents; a sister and brother-in-law, Katie and Travis Knighton of Amory; and a sister, Kathy Higgins.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 4, in Pittsburgh. United Funeral Service of New Albany is assisting the family locally.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Charles H. Anderson

TUPELO – Charles H. Anderson, 94, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 28, 1918, in Tupelo. He served as the credit manager at J.J. Rogers. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 2, at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Adrian Horne officiating. Burial will be in White Zion Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Jeanette Anderson Maharrey (Robert D. Maharrey, Ph.D.); two grandsons, Phillip Charles Millwood and Robert Charles Maharrey; three great-grandsons, Keller, Mac and Jackmin Maharrey; son-in-law, Jerry Millwood; and daughter-in-law, Dr. Elizabeth Kvale.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Effie Anderson; one daughter, Mary Jane Millwood; and his parents.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorials to be made to the charity of your choice.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Robert Bagwell

WEST POINT – Robert Bagwell, 66, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Betty Woody

BALTIMORE – Betty Jean Woody, 84, of Tupelo died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, while staying in the home of her daughter, Beth Varner, in Sparks, Md. She was born April 9, 1929, in Gloster to Ruth Elizabeth Travis and William Harlan Cooley. She was a retired bookkeeper, having worked for Giles Frosty Foods in Verona and for the Tupelo Uniform Center. She loved puzzles, crafts, sewing, playing cards with family and friends, and spending time with her family. She was a longtime member of Wesley United Methodist Church of Tupelo and enjoyed going to Epworth United Methodist Church in Cockeysville when staying with her daughter in Maryland.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon. Services will be at noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at Chancellor Funeral Home – Byram Chapel with Rev. Sid Johnston officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery.

A Tupelo memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Wesley United Methodist Church with Rev. Raymond Rooney officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Survivors include one sister, Patt Cain (George) of New Mexico; two daughters, Beth Varner (Hugh) of Maryland and Judy Woody Silas of Tupelo; one son, Joe Woody of Florida; seven grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren from California to Pennsylvania.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ruth Thomas, and a daughter, Babs Davenport.

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

Ricky Montgomery

PONTOTOC – Richard “Ricky” Montgomery, 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Springville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

James Swinford

ASHLAND – James Leon “Snowball” Swinford, 79, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at his home in Ashland.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Idell Rucker

POTTS CAMP – Idell Rucker, 58, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Lena Pearl Griffin

RIPLEY – Lena Pearl Boutwell Griffin, 96, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, at her home in Ripley. She was born Oct. 18, 1916, in Newton to Green and Dovie Lee Boutwell. She was an active member of Ripley First Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher, choir member, church secretary and in numerous other roles in her love for the church. She was a 1938 graduate of Mississippi University for Women, where she played basketball. She was known for her love for garden work, flower arrangements and drying flowers. She was a lifetime member of the Mississippi Garden Clubs, the oldest Mississippi master gardener and the owner of Dried Originals. She taught school at Buena Vista, Palmer, Shady Grove and Jumpertown. She also helped found and worked with her husband for 40 years in Griffin Tractor Co. and Griffin Steel Builders.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Dr. Rex Yancey will officiate. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley.

Survivors include one brother, Kenneth Boutwell of Newton; two sons, William (Sharon ) and James (Judy) of Ripley; two daughters, Peggie of Attalla, Ala., and Linda of Lexington, Ky.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Paul Griffin; a daughter, Vonda Jean; a brother, Osborn Boutwell; and a sister, Lucille Montgomery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 2, Clinton, MS 39060 or My Choices, P.O. Box 1351, Ripley, MS 38663.

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

Flora Loden

SHANNON – Flora M. Loden, 64, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.