Obituaries October 22, 2013

Linda Martin

NEW ALBANY – Linda Pinion Martin, formerly Linda Madden, won her battle with cancer on Oct. 20, 2013, at her residence. She was born on April 8, 1946, in Lambert to the late Elmer and Louise Pinion. She grew up in a musical and farming family where she discovered her love of teaching by helping the sharecroppers who worked on the farm and their children learn to read.

She graduated from Delta State University with a bachelor of music degree, where she was a Delta Belle. She completed her education degree and master’s degree in English from the University of Mississippi. Mrs. (Madden) Martin taught public school for 33 years during which she received many awards such as “Teacher of the Year” and “Who’s Who Among American College Students.” She served on the LIFT Board for many years. Through her years of teaching, she touched many lives and she loved each and every one of her students.

Mrs. (Madden) Martin was director of music for many years at Hillcrest Baptist Church and started the senior citizen’s choir, “The Hillcrest Hilltoppers,” and was also the pianist at First Baptist Church of New Albany. She was active in the choir at First Baptist as long as she was able.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at First Baptist Church of New Albany with the Rev. Ricky Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Lambert Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Joseph A. Martin Sr.; her children, Tanya Madden Coombs (Chris), Jennifer Madden Howe (Alan), Lee Madden and Leslie Madden Russell (Tyler); her sister, Delores Pinion Campbell (Milton); her brother, R.E. “Hot” Pinion (Carolyn); her grandchildren, Anna Millender, Gunner Goudelock, Emma Pinion Russell and Matthew Russell; several stepchildren, stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters, Betty Pinion Sharpe and Ruth Pinion Slaughter; and her brothers, Mike Pinion and Glen Pinion.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Martin, Sam Walker, Jake Walker, Carson Coombs, Braxton Coombs and Adam Coombs. Honorary pallbearers will be Gunner Goudelock, Adam Martin, Simon Martin, Dalton Howe, Si Martin, Math Martin, Chris Coombs, Alan Howe, Tyler Russell and Lee Russell Gray.

Visitation will be today, Oct. 22, 2013, from 5 until 9 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, from 10 until 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of New Albany.

In lieu of flowers, make donations to The Linda Madden Martin Foundation, c/o Strategic Wealth, 333 Franklin St., Tupelo, MS 38804, which provides scholarships for underprivileged students desiring to major in music.

For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Ruth Umfress

MOOREVILLE – John Ruth Umfress, 97, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013. She was born in Lee County on Dec. 26, 1915, to the late John and Earle Duncan and was a graduate of Draughn’s Business College in Memphis. She had lived in Mooreville until approximately four years ago when she moved to Traceway Manor.

Ruth had a passion and zeal for working and was the first female manager for United Cities Gas Company in Tupelo. After the company relocated, Ruth worked with the Lee County School Systems until the age of 88. Also she enjoyed working weekends at the Tupelo Flea Market selling baseball cards and Fenton Glass. She was also an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

Ruth was the oldest living member at Boguefala Baptist Church where she devoted her time as the church Sunday school secretary for over 40 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Boguefela Baptist Church with Rev. David Perry and Rev. Royce Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Boguefala Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include three children, Lynda Umfress of Georgetown, Ky., Pat Rizzio of Tupelo, Nelda Umfress of West Point; one sister, Betty Taylor of Mooreville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Earle Duncan; two brothers, Will Hoyle Duncan and Trice Duncan.

Pallbearers will be John Duncan, Sam Taylor, Ken Dillard, Rusty Cummings, Jackie Massey and James Carnathan.

Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today, Oct. 22, 2013, at the funeral home and will continue on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.

Memorials may be made to Boguefala Baptist Church Building Fund, 690 Hwy. 371, Mooreville, MS 38857.

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

Jimmie Miles

BOONEVILLE – Jimmie Lloyd Miles, 66, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at home. He was born Nov. 28, 1946, to Roy and Ordean Knight Miles. He was retired from Tri Green Equipment in Corinth, a member of Love Joy Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Mark McCoy and Bro. David Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

He is survived by three sisters, Ilene (Jimmy) Russell and Faye (James) Thomas, both of Booneville, Joyce (Wayne) Littlejohn of Corinth; seven nieces, Vickie Bearden, Tena Rodgers, Loretta Tobias, April Ronowski, Madeana Mock, Mary Ann Bass and Kristin Chittom; five nephews, Jimmy Lee Brown, Randy Bearden, Clay Morgan, Wesley Thomas and Luke Chittom; 29 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 14 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his fiancée, Linda Chittom; a sister, Elaine Roach; an infant brother, Roy Miles Jr.; and an infant great-nephew, Kaylan Bearden.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Beebe Wright

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Beebe Wilson Wright, 42, formerly of Tupelo, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, as the result of a motorcycle accident near Aloca, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Ruby Tutor

PONTOTOC – Ruby Elaine Finley Tutor, 89, passed away Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born to Theodore R. and Eula Lee Todd Finley on Jan. 21, 1924, in Ashflat, Ark. She later married Warren Reed Tutor. She was a Christian, wonderful mother, homemaker and a member of Toccopola Baptist Church. She loved riding the motorcycle with her son.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gerald Finley and Bro. Donnie Finley officiating. Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, James Tutor (Jodie) of Enid and Glen Tutor of Brewer; three grandchildren, Bridget E. Tutor, James R. Tutor Jr. (Kathy) and Jeana Baumbaugh (Joseph); six great-grandchildren; one brother, O.L. Finley (Wilma) of Pontotoc; one brother-in-law, Doug Ward; one sister-in-law, Betty Finley; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warren Reed Tutor; one daughter, Wanda Miller; two sons, Wayne Lee Tutor and Danny Keith Tutor; three sisters, Melba Smith, Erma Winters and Dell Ward; and three brothers, Marvin Finley, Jack Finley and Everett Jean Finley.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey Tutor, Mark Tutor, Nathan Tutor, Sherald Finley, Bro. Donnie Finley and Delaine Finley.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.

J. Lee Stricklen

BOONEVILLE – Jefferson Lee “J. Lee” Stricklen 82, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in Corinth National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to East Booneville Baptist Church Transportation Fund, 602 E. Church St., Booneville, MS 38829.

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

David Jones

BRUCE – David Bernard Jones, 47, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

Mildred Purnell

NEW ALBANY – Mildred Monell Purnell, 89, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born June 22, 1924, in Utica to Daniel Weeks Currie and Allie Mae Cudd Currie. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. She enjoyed traveling, reading, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Services will be at noon today, Oct. 22, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Gerizim Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Alan Hale (Vicki Smith) of Myrtle and Scott Alvie Hood (Debi) of Hattiesburg; three grandchildren, Michale Hale Hewlett, Ronald Scott Hood and Amber Hood; and four great-grandchildren, Beue Von Senter, Heather Nicole Potter, Austin Hale Hewlett, and Ethan Lane Hewlett.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Elizabeth Morrison and Marvis Elaine Woods.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home.

For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Trent Pannell

TUPELO – Trentice “Trent” Pannell, 76, passed away Oct. 20, 2013, at Traceway Manor Green Houses after an extended illness. A Lee County native, he was born May 31, 1937, to John Ed and Willie Snipes Pannell. A retired carpenter and painter, he spent most of his life in Tupelo. He was a very creative man with a passion for wood working and refurbishing all things made of wood. He enjoyed fishing and building. He was a charter member of Old Union Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Rev. Billy Langley officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.

He is survived by two daughters, Venetia Mallory (Jacob) and Derinda Reid (Frank), both of the Old Union Community; and five grandchildren, Christopher and Lauren Mallory, and William, Kaylan and Kristen Reid, all of the Old Union community.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Dick Williams, Charles Frederick, Bill Frederick, Doug McCraw, Tony Carr and grandsons, William Reid and Christopher Mallory.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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

Bob Whitehead

NEW SITE – Elzie N. “Bob” Whitehead, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He worked for the highway department, TVA and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway before retiring. He was a trustee for the local school board of New Site High School for 17 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. David English officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Whitehead of New Site; one daughter, Joan Jacobs (Gerald) of New Site; one son, Lyle Whitehead (Debra) of New Site; four grandchildren, Gena McKee (Larry), Justin Jacobs, Daniel Whitehead (April) and Deanna Whitehead, all of New Site; one great-grandchild, Lucas Whitehead; two sisters, Jane Pike and Geraldine Bearden; and two brothers, Max and Harold Whitehead.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Rose Wright; and his parents, Elzie and Ellie Whitehead.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church.

Helena Shurden

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Helena Shurden, 68, died Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at her residence near Blue Mountain after a lengthy illness. A Columbus, Ohio, native, she was born May 5, 1945, to William Printice and Helen Corrine Averill. She was raised in Fairfax, Va., and had lived a number of years in Tupelo, where She served as a paralegal for several area attorneys. From 1984 to 2000 she was actively involved with a number of Civil War reenactments and also ran a sutlery (in camp store) where she sold wares of the period for numerous reenactments. Among the many battle reenactments she participated in were Shiloh, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Vicksburg and Murfreesboro. Of particular interest, she worked as an extra in the ABC Civil War miniseries “North & South.” Helena was an avid Ole Miss fan and, along with most good Ole Miss fans, maintained a long lasting disdain for LSU.

A memorial service honoring her life will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley at a later date.

Survivors include two sons, Nathan Lowe of Blue Mountain and Andrew Shurden (Lea) of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and one grandson, Turner Lewis Shurden of the home.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Col. William Printice and Helen Corrine Wagner Averill; and one brother, William “Bill” Averill.

Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at W. E. Pegues.

Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, 223 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Suite 301, Nashville, TN 37203, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Debra Strickland

RIPLEY – Debra “D.J.” Strickland, 54, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany.

Ruby Boothe

IUKA – Ruby Nell Sanderson Boothe, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a member of Iuka Church of Christ. She loved spending time with her family and attending ladies Bible class on Tuesdays.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Iuka Church of Christ with Lance Foster officiating. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Flurr and Lovie Phillips Sanderson; her husband, Johnny Boothe; six brothers, Hurschel, Herbert, Clyde, Calvin, Edward and Claude Sanderson; and three sisters, Lillian Booker, Sybil Wooten and Gladys Kyle.

She is survived by two sons, Barry Boothe (Cindy) and Phil Boothe (Patty), all of Iuka; and one grandchild, Lily Boothe of Iuka.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Iuka Church of Christ.

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

Jimmy Gardner

BOONEVILLE – Jimmy Louise Hudson Stuckey Gardner, 57, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. She was born on Nov. 21, 1955, to Jim Hudson and Emily Faye Hansberger in Mel Rose Park, Chicago. She married Larry W. Gardner on June 23, 2001. She worked at APMM. She was a Baptist.

Services will be at noon Thursday, Oct. 24, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her father, Jim Hudson of Arkansas; her mother, Emily Faye Hansberger of Pontotoc; her husband, Larry W. Gardner of Dry Creek; her son, Tony Stuckey; her stepmother, Joe Hudson; one sister, Donna Taylor; one stepsister, Janice Cox; one stepbrother, Mark Hudson; one niece, Robin Taft; and one nephew, Artie Taylor.

She is preceded in death by one son, John David Stuckey.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.

William Brand

ABERDEEN – William Louis Brand, 76, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral home in Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

James Curry

NETTLETON – James Lee Curry, 55, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at his home after a short illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel.

Byron Lewis

TUPELO – Byron Lewis, 63, died Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.