Obituaries October 24, 2013

Beebe Wright

MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Beebe Suzanne Wilson Wright, 42, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville due to injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Alcoa, Tenn. She was born in Baldwyn on June 12, 1971. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. She graduated from Tupelo High School in 1989 and was a member of the famous Tupelo High School Marching Band and the Color Guard. She graduated from Itawamba Community College Operating Room Technology Program, and worked as an OR Tech at North Mississippi Medical Center and Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham. Loving the outdoors, she worked a short time at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, enjoying camping, hiking, the great scenery and an abundance of wildlife. Being an animal lover, she changed her career to pet grooming and was an immaculate groomer, loving all her animal clients and their parents. She worked several years for PetSmart in Tupelo, Alcoa and Knoxville. She then took a grooming job at Rocky Hill Veterinary Clinic in West Knoxville, and in November 2012, she opened her own business, Prim and Proper Pet Styles by Beebe, in Maryville, Tenn.

In October 2000, she met the love of her life, Elizabeth Wright. They were united in holy matrimony in the beautiful snow-covered mountains of Vermont on Feb. 14, 2002. They made their home in Tupelo until 2007, when they moved to Maryville, Tenn., near the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Beebe loved motorcycles, especially Harleys. She owned a beautiful Harley Davidson Sportster that she called “Ruby Red.” She and Elizabeth were members of a Harley Davidson Sportster Forum who met for rallies every year with members from as far away as Canada. This July, the group traveled to West Virginia. She and Elizabeth spent many miles together on Ruby Red. She loved riding in the Smokies and in her words, “there was no place that made her feel any closer to the Lord than riding Ruby in those mountains.” Please respect those motorcycle riders! They cannot stop on a dime!

Beebe was a social butterfly, never meeting a stranger, and if she met you once, you were a friend for life. She had friends from coast to coast that she met in all walks of life. Friends were as important to her as family and she cherished each and every one of them.

Visitation with family and friends will be Friday, Oct. 25, at The Orchard in Tupelo from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a celebration of Beebe’s life at 6 p.m. with Pastor Bryan Collier officiating. The family is respecting her wishes of cremation, Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her spouse, Elizabeth Wright, whom she cherished; her precious granny, Anna “Sue” Long Swinney; her mother and best friend, Relda Fugitt (Ed); her sweet sister. Stephanie Wilson (Aaron Dunn); her sweet and loving niece, AnnaJae Pappa; a loving sister-in-law, Catherine Honan (Shane), and their precious children, Lucas and Sarah; her father-in-law, James Dement; a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins whom she greatly loved; and so very many dear friends that meant so much to her that it is impossible to list them all; and her dogs and cats that she dearly loved. Juke, Mojo, Scarlet, Ripple, Sydney and Rachel. She was preceded in death by her sister, Bonnie Wilson, in 1996; her grandfathers, Horace Long and Maynard Swinney; two grandmothers, Ann Wilson and Frances Fugitt.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Cancer Card Xchange (Beebe was a three-year bladder cancer survivor), to ASPCA, to The Orchard, or to a charity of your choice.

Kimberly Bailey

NETTLETON – Kimberly Lynn Hogan Bailey, 42, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Wing after a long illness. She was born Nov. 9, 1970, to Ollie Mae Hogan and Alvin Sims. She was a member of Union Grove United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Amory High School Class of 1989.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Union Grove United Methodist Church in Nettleton. The Rev. Perry Carr will be officiating. Interment will be Union Grove Church Cemetery. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Choi Bailey; her daughter, Lynika Bailey; her sister, Shirry (James) Lockett; her three brothers, Roy (Barbara) Braylock, Robert (Bennie) Allen and Cecil D. Hogan; two aunts, Sue W. Hogan and Callie M. Hogan; and her godmother, Lucille Hood.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ramona Boxx

BALDWYN – Ramona Boxx, 86, died at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Baldwyn. She attended Wheeler High School, where she played basketball. She was a cosmetologist for 50 years. She enjoyed watching the game show network and listening to country music. She loved her grandchildren dearly.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at First Baptist Church in Baldwyn with Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Bass (Mike) of Tupelo and Meda Vassar (Matthew) of Pontotoc; two sons, Jimmy Boxx (Teresa) of Clinton and Greg Boxx of Saltillo; 10 grandchildren, Chris Bass (Kristy) of Southlake, Texas, Tim Bass (Melissa) of Cape Canaveral, Fla., Brian Boxx (Tamara) of Naples, Fla., Julia Harrington of Biloxi, Jason Vassar (Kaitlyn) of Memphis, Haley Vassar of Oxford, and Molly Parks (Brad), Misty Haselhorst (Jeremy) and Macala Boxx, all of Clinton; six great-grandchildren; one brother, Milton Cox (Charlene) of Glen Carbon, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Douglas Boxx; her parents, Hite and Virgie Cox; a grandson, Justin Boxx; and a brother, Ramond Cox.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and Jerry Conlee.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House.

Ruth Rainey

RIPLEY – Mildred Ruth Rainey, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Tippah County Nursing Home. She was born March 12, 1923, to Hubert and Lola Thrasher Glissen. She was a member of New Life Pentecostal Church. She was a homemaker and a factory worker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at New Life Church with Bro. Herman Hancock and Bro. Bobby Goode officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Gates of Ripley; two sons, Estel Rainey (Nellie Sue) of Walnut and R.C. Rainey of Duck Hill; one sister, Elzader Tatum; daughter-in-law, Estell Rainey; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and 19 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Arie “Tip” Rainey; one daughter, Dimple Rainey; two sons, Raybon Rainey and Ebin “Curly” Rainey; two daughters-in-law, Sue Rainey and Geneva Rainey; one brother, Earl Glissen; and a son-in-law, Bobby Gates.

Pallbearers will be Brian Gates, Josh Rogers, Kerry Gates, Johnny Rainey, Dusty Rainey and Adam Gates. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Gates, Edwin Taylor and Kelly Gates.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time on Friday, at New Life Pentecostal Church.

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

Pauline Huffman

FORT WORTH, Texas – Pauline Collum Huffman, 97, formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton. Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Bill Blankenship

BALDWYN – Bill Joe Blankenship, 87, of the Blackland community died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served as a paratrooper during World War II. He was a former commander in the American Legion 130 and he was a Mason. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his nephews. He retired from Diviney Construction and he was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Waters Funeral Home with Dr. Danny Rowland and Bro. Brad Ball officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Cemetery.

He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Nicholson (Billy) and Donna Tucker (Terry), both of Baldwyn; two sons, Billy Dale Blankenship (Becky) of Guntown and Jimmy Blankenship (Belinda) of Booneville; nine grandchildren, Kevin Nicholson (Regina), Steven Nicholson, Melissa Sharp, Westley Blankenship, Whitley Blankenship, Brandon Blankenship, Bonnie Blankenship, Katie Blankenship and Alanna Blankenship; seven great-grandchildren, Laken Nissen, Tucker Sharp, Lauren Blankenship, Zoey Blankenship, Beau Blankenship, Austin Nicholson and Brytan Gargus; great-great-grandchild, Kaelyn Nissen; and host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Nadine Blankenship; his parents, William and Nina Brock Blankenship; brother, Leroy Blankenship; and four sisters, Elora Mills, Ila Ross, Lenora Wroten and Opal Seago.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Norris Strickland

GOLDEN – Norris Strickland died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Earl Millsaps

BOONEVILLE – Rufus Earl Millsaps, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Aug. 26, 1927, in Pittsboro to Rufus Edgar Millsaps and Trudie Mae Rasberry Millsaps. He enlisted Aug. 14, 1945, in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged with the rank of seaman first class. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as marksman instructor and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant first class tech. He was awarded the Purple Heart and other citations.

He entered Civil Service in 1955, working for the Department of Defense at Brookley AFB in Mobile, Ala. He retired in 1982 as Supervisory Security Specialist at Robins AFB in Warner Robins, Ga. He served his nation in these capacities for 34 years, 11 months and 10 days.

He was ordained a deacon in December 1963 by Riverside Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., and subsequently served in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi as a deacon at each church where he was a member. He was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church of Booneville where he was a member of the Isaac Sunday school class and The Joymakers group. He was a member of the William Gray Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Col. W.P. Rogers Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He loved and served his Lord, his family, his neighbors and his country.

Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 24, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bill Duncan and the Rev. Jason Dukes officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ila Pearl Ray Millsaps, whom he married Nov. 8, 1952; a daughter, Rebecca West (David) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Ray Bob Millsaps, Elizabeth Ann West and Stephanie Williford (Joey), all of Booneville; three great-grandchildren, Abigail, Joseph and Isabel Williford, all of Booneville; two sisters-in-law, Ann Davis Millsaps of Mantee and Annie Ruth Millsaps of Greenwood; two stepbrothers, Rev. Jackie Cooke (Susan) and Glenn Cooke (Charlotte); and two stepsisters, Barbara Moseley (Bill) and Erma Arnold.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Earl Ray Millsaps; three brothers, his twin, Richard Zearl Millsaps, and Gene Austin Millsaps and Thomas Edgar Millsaps; and his stepfather, Edward Forrest Cooke.

Pallbearers are Blake Johnson, Preston Sullivan, Dr. James Stanley Long, Philip Sullivan, Roy Gray, Richard Sullivan and Jerry Ivy.

Honorary pallbearers are the men of the Isaac Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-9908 or The Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.

Otis Ezell

NEW ALBANY – Otis “Skeebo” Ezell died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.

Bea Benac

AMORY – Jewel Beatrice “Bea” Benac, 93, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Clay

TUPELO – Dorothy Pennington Clay, 89, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Ray Miller

CALHOUN CITY – Ray D. Miller, 49, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

Howard Ferguson

RANDOLPH – Howard Ferguson, 71, died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.