Obituaries October 4, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Marvel Allen
LAMAR – Marvel Allen, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at his home in Lamar.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery at Lamar.
Sign the online guestbook at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Lloyd Medders
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Lloyd Irvin Medders, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011, in Atlantis, Fla.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today Tuesday at Bluff Springs Baptist Church in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Jessie Mae Hardy
WEST POINT – Jessie Mae Hardy, 84, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Carrollton in Pickens County Ala., to Jeddie Cook Wilson and Troy Wilson. She was a seamstress working in manufacturing and she later did alterations for B&S Laundry. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Pee (Jimmy) of West Point; three sons, Paul Waits (Priscilla) of Columbus, James Thomas Waits of Elberton, Ga., and Robert “Bob” Hardy (Myra) of Tupelo; 18 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Helen Strub (Mike) of Hot Springs, Ark.; two brothers, Robbie Wilson (Janina) and James Troy Wilson (Nina), all of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edwin Hardy, on Oct. 24, 1990; her parents; a brother, Talmadge Wilson; and a daughter-in-law, Sheila Diane Harden Waits.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Pee Jr., Patrick Waits, John Allen Waits, Paul Waits Jr., William Haughton and Mark Glasson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andrew Wartak, Jay Montgomery and her friends at the Henry Clay Retirement Community.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-South Chapter, 4219 Hillsboro Road, Suite 306, Nashville, TN 37215.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Polly Davis
CLINTON – Polly Ann Davis, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson. She was born Nov. 11, 1931, in Pittsboro. She was a retired college professor at East Texas Baptist University and a teacher of history for 30 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Marshall, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pittsboro Cemetery with the Rev. Hollis Bryant officiating. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Nancy Nielsen Davis of Clinton; an aunt, Mary Alice Flanagan of Gore Springs; a niece, Dana Morris (Dr. Jeffrey S. Morris) of Houston, Texas; great-nieces and great-nephews, Taylor, Brooke and Eavan Morris.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Sidney Davis and Olive Marie Flanagan Davis.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Clayton Stewart
RIPLEY – Clayton Randell “Bubba” Stewart, 15, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth as the result of a four-wheeler accident. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a sophomore at Falkner High School. He enjoyed riding his four-wheeler on Hatchie, hanging out with friends, watching four-wheelers on the computer, deer hunting and Jason Aldean music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Lyndell Davis officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his parents, Ronnie and Gwen Stewart of Ripley; a sister, Jessie Stewart Pannell (Tyler) of Ripley; a brother, Sam Stewart of Ripley; his grandmother, Colleen Weeks (William) of Ripley; his grandfather, Odis Mathis (Peggy) of Blue Springs; his great-grandmother, Vadeen Whitehead of Falkner; and his special four-wheeler friend, Brandon Sipes.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Mary Frances Stewart; his grandfather, Herman “Ham” Stewart; his great-grandfather, Estel Whitehead; and his uncle, Randy Mathis.
Pallbearers will be Brian “Bump” Vick, Ethan Hatcher, Jimmy Jarvis, Dustin Gibens, Nick Gibens, Dylan Lewellen and Steven Vick. Honorary pallbearers will be the Falkner High Class of 2014 and Brandon Sipes.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To sign the guestbook online, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Felisha Ruffin
MANTACHIE – Felisha Mae Ruffin, 36, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 8,1975, in Pontotoc, where she was raised. She attended South Pontotoc High School. She moved to Tupelo after getting married. She was a domestic technician, home decorator and a customer service worker in the restaurant business. She was an avid reader.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Al Buford officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Dexter Ruffin of Mantachie; two sons, Jaunce Gregory and Mason Ruffin, and one daughter, Quentanya Rey-Ann Gregory, all of Mantachie; her parents, Calvin and Molly Graham of Cookeville, Tenn.; four sisters, Becky Speedy (Homer) of Washington, Ind., Twila Butler (Dale) of Pontotoc, Angela Robinson (Ryan) of Amory and Leila Stout (Jo) of Cookeville, Tenn.; a special uncle and aunt, Charles and Wilma Hawkins of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Cleodus McMorris
SHANNON – Cleodus “Noonie” McMorris, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 17, 1937, in Lee County to Cleodus McMorris and Canary Gilliam McMorris. He was a resident of Pine Grove community and a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church. He attended Lee County schools. His employment began as a painter for 12 years at Tupelo Manufacturing. He worked in construction, building bridges in Meridian and Philadelphia for eight years. He retired early in the lumber industry with Leake & Goodlett Inc. after 29 years. Throughout his life, he was an encourager, a cheerful giver and a lending hand. He genuinely loved his family who gave him much devotion and earnestly appreciated his loyal friends. An avid viewer of CNN News, comedy classics and westerns, he enjoyed fishing with friends and nephews. In past times, he pitched for 12 years for his father’s semi-pro baseball team, Pine Grove Jets.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors in Tupelo. The Rev. John Cox will officiate. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery.
He is survived by a son, Ronnie (Juanita) Johnson of Shannon; two daughters, Sharon Bogan of Shannon and Erica (Willie) Berry of Verona; a brother, Foster Hodges of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Derrick (Latoya) and Aric Johnson, both of Shannon, Nesheka (Michlin) Shumpert of Alexandria, Va., Isaiah, Elizabeth Grace, Destiny and Naquisha of Verona; seven great grandchildren; a godchild reared as a granddaughter, Cassandra “Shelle” Ford; caregivers, nephew and nieces, Clyde A. Fields Jr., Deborah (Kirthman) Sharp, Teresa (Kenneth) Roberts, Valerie (Michael) Magee, Sandra (Conway) Goree, Janice, Yvonne and Janette Fields of Shannon, and Marilyn (John) of Tupelo; a special and loyal friend, James Shannon of Shannon; and a host of other nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.

Clara Patterson
CORINTH – Clara Boyd Patterson, 61, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

Henrietta Green
TUPELO – Henrietta Green died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

Oleta Senter
FULTON – Oleta Johnson Senter, 99, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at her home. She was born June 24, 1912, in Itawamba County to the late John E. and Catherine McKee Johnson. She was the widow of Hoyt Senter, who died Aug. 7, 1993. She was the oldest member of East Fulton Baptist Church, where she previously served as a Sunday School teacher. She was a member of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron. She is being laid to rest in one of her Eastern Star dresses at her request. She was a graduate of I.A.H.S. and Mississippi State University with a B.S. in elementary education. She taught school for 35 years in Itawamba County at Fairview, Clay and Fulton Grammar Schools.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grover Laird, Bro. Gary Smith and Bro. Dewitt Bain officiating. Songs will be by Carol and Lemois Oswalt. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Hildred J. Howell of Fulton; one brother, Wiley Lester Johnson of Fulton; six sisters-in-law, Mondell Johnson, Eva Lois Johnson, Marie Johnson, Barbara Senter, Joyce Senter and Ruvene Adams; three nieces, Carol Oswalt, Atty. S. Janice Howell and Cynthia Syarto; five nephews, Dr. Charles Johnson, Dr. Dwight Johnson, Dr. Michael Howell, Richard Johnson and Dr. Gary Johnson; her caregivers, Wanda Winstead, Cathy Brazil, Charlotte Owens and Myra Sparks.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two sisters, Beatrice Stephens and Vera Johnson; and six brothers, Elmer, Alvia, Lemois, Vester, Alton and Dalton Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Johnson, Dr. Dwight Johnson, Dr. Gary Johnson, Dr. Michael Howell, Scotty Senter and Richard Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.

Marie Norman
WEST POINT – Marie Norman, 98, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at Baptist Health Systems Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Sept. 21, 1913, in Lyman to Edda Dickson Norman and Lonnie Norman. She was an office manager for Bryan Foods-Sara Lee for 40 years, retiring in 1975. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 1:45 p.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her nephew, Norman McLeod (Susan) of Brandon; her great-nephew, Mack McLeod (Shelley) of Brandon; her great-niece, Leigh Ann King (Stephen) of Tulsa, Okla.; her great-great-nephews, Ross, Will and Collin.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Nancy Norman McLeod.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Organ Fund, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Betty Ellis
NEW ALBANY – Betty L. Ellis, 68, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Marvin Shelton
WHEELER – Marvin “Big Hat” Shelton, 83, died Monday, Oct. 3,2011, at the Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville after a long illness. He was a member of Prospect Baptist Church. He was retired from Mid-South Packers. He loved drinking coffee with his friends and working on lawnmowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Prospect Baptist Church with Bro. Johnny Hamblin officiating. Burial will be in the Prospect Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Kay Queary, Michelle Zieagler, Joan Chen and Marilyn Mullins; three sons, Alan, Dallas and Darrell Shelton; one brother, Glen Shelton of Wheeler; numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Myrtle Shelton; three sisters, Mildred Smith, Kathline Kitchens and Bessie Bailey; two brothers, Richard and Royce Shelton; and a special friend, Louise Hall.
Pallbearers will be James Lee Thompson, Tommy Harp, Earl Underwood, Kevin Hall, Larry Powell and Adrian Crabb.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time Wednesday at the church.

Sheryl Sanders
KNOXVILLE – Sheryl Moore Sanders, 62, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at her residence. Born on April 8, 1949, in Amory, she was a daughter of the late Tasca Alton and Clara Nell Betts Moore. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1967, and a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in accounting. Working in the banking industry all her life, she was a senior director at Elavon Inc. of Knoxville, a subsidiary of US Bank. She had lived in Memphis and Louisville, Ky., before moving to Knoxville. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Knoxville. An avid seamstress, she designed her own clothing, knitted sweaters and did needlework. One of the sweetest people one could know, she enjoyed flower gardening and loved pets.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy H. Sanders of Knoxville; a daughter, Jennifer D. White of Montgomery Village, Md.; her mother-in-law, Gertrude Sanders of Amory; a sister, Clara Beth Moore of Huntsville, Texas; and a grandson, Ryder Allen Harbison of Maryland.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Robert and Clara Crump Betts, and John Tasca and Maggie Elizabeth Bookout Moore; and her father-in-law, R.B. Sanders.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jim McKee, Robert Sanders, Bobby Hall, Johnny Leech, Dickie Miller and Robert Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to UT Home Hospice, 2200 Southerland Ave., Ste. 102, Knoxville, TN 37919.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.