Obituaries Sept. 1, 2009

Jettie Wise
NEW ALBANY – Jettie Mae Langford Wise, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Nov. 26, 1916, in Union County to Isaac and Viola Grubbs Langford. She was a member of Wallerville Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and had previously worked at Security Signal Co. in Cordova, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Harvey Sewell officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Ralph Wise (Nancy) of Selmer, Tenn., and Roy Wise (Earlene) of Memphis; one brother, Guy Langford of New Albany; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elmer Wise; and two brothers, Clyde Langford and I.P. Langford.
Memorials may be made to Wallerville Baptist Church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Catherine Bowen
BLUE SPRINGS – Catherine Melinda Faith Bowen, 18, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at her home. She was born Nov. 24, 1990. to David Joseph Bowen and Olivia Benefield Bowen. She was a student at East Union Attendance Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Marvin Cox officiating. Burial will follow in the Warren Cemetery.
She is survived by her parents, David Joseph Bowen and Olivia Benefield Bowen of Blue Springs; two half sisters, Sherie Janet Carroll of Greenbriar, Ark., and Monach Lyons of New Albany; two half brothers, David J. Bowen and Shawn Carroll, both of Blue Springs.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Doyle Bowen and Danny Bowen; and her paternal grandmother, Mamie Bowen.
Pallbearers will be Travis Carroll, Mike Rakestraw, Timmy Pannell, Brent Martin, Charles Freeman and Chad Martin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Lora Cook
BRUCE – Lora Elizabeth Cook, 85, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Bruce Community Living Center. A native of Calhoun County, she was born June 10, 1924. She was a graduate of Bruce High School and Douglas Business School in Jackson. She was a retired administrative assistant. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church and a former Sunday School teacher. She was a past member of the DAR and Colonial Dames.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne will officiate, and the Rev. Rex Wilburn will assist. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include two nieces, Carol Cook Collins of Brandon and Jimmie Ruth Melvin of Warrensburg, Mo.; two nephews, Fred Hawkins and Charles Cook, both of Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William F. Cook and Ella Lewis Cook; two sisters, Clara Davis and Cleo Hawkins; and a brother, Jim Cook.
Pallbearers will be Bill Cook, Michael Cook, Sam Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Steve Melvin, Bill Hawkins, Wade Hawkins and Alan Hawkins.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Marjorie Bullock
NEW ALBANY – Marjorie H. Bullock, 85, formerly of New Carlisle, Ohio, died Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, in New Albany. She was born April 5, 1924, in Hampstead, N.C., the daughter of the late Durwood and Bertel Simpkins Howard. She was a member of the Altar Guild at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Carlisle and Christ the King Lutheran Church in Tupelo.
Services were Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in New Carlisle, Ohio, with the Rev. Peter Kruse officiating. Entombment was in Rose Hill Burial Park. Trostel, Chapman, Dunbar and Fraley Funeral Home in New Carlisle, Ohio, was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Paul; her children, Michael P. Bullock of Xenia, Ohio, and Sandra and David Frost of Fairborn, Ohio; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; a sister, Doris B. Doom of New Albany; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Durwood B. Howard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gilbert’s Hospice Home Care, P.O. Box 3293, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.trostelchapman.com.
Billy Edge
BOONEVILLE – Billy Wade Edge, 60, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at his home. He was born Jan. 7, 1949, in Dundee to J.M. and Vister Frances Allen Edge. He was a restaurant owner. He enjoyed fishing, poetry and playing dominoes.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Covenant Family Worship Center with Bro. Jimmy Newby and Bro. David Krech officiating. Visitation will be at the church following the memorial service. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by a son, Jimmy Edge (Beverly) of Booneville; a daughter, Karen Dunn of Baldwyn; a brother, Marshall Edge (Stella) of Baldwyn; three sisters, Dorothy Barnes (Jerry) of Booneville, Shelia Hall (Pert) of Baldwyn and Trish Mize (Ricky) of McRae, Ark.; and five grandchildren, Coty Edge, Samuel Edge and Matthew Edge, all of Booneville, and Kati Dunn and Miracle Dunn, both of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and by a brother, Larry Edge.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations toward funeral expenses.
Mattie Campbell
WATER VALLEY – Mattie Campbell, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.
Lee Thomas Jr.
OXFORD – Lee Thomas Jr., 81, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.
Lois Wood
TUPELO – Frances Lois Wood, 68, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born Aug. 21, 1941, in Trenton, Tenn., to Raymond and Myrtle Ragsdale Gibson. She has lived in the Lee County area for the past 35 years. A resident of Lake Piomingo, she enjoyed evening rides on the pontoon boat and watching her great-grandchildren play She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Sammy Lansdell officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Joe Wood of Lake Piomingo; two daughters, Loretta Boland (James) and Anita Smith (Larry Bauer), all of Lake Piomingo; one brother, Frank Gibson (Sandra), and one sister, Mary Helen McKinnley (James), all of Trenton, Tenn.; one grandson, Bobby Oswalt of Lake Piomingo; two great-grandchildren, Kara Gibson and Blayze Oswalt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Robert and Bud Gibson; a sister, Doris Evelyn Gibson; and a son-in-law, Ernest K. Gipson.
Pallbearers will be Larry Bauer, Bobby Stephens, Bobby Oswalt, James Boland, Gary Wood and Ross Smith.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Rufus Ward Jr.
OXFORD – Rufus Henry Ward Jr., 79, formerly of Vardaman, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Wilma Easter
HATLEY – Wilma Foote Easter, 81, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born April 12, 1928, to Wilson Bud Foote and Margie Dell Owings Foote. She was a homemaker and a retired employee of Dollar General. She was a member of Bethel Apostolic Church in Amory.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Stanley Blaylock officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Valentine and husband, Ted, of Fulton and Becky Lindsey of Aberdeen; two sons, Claudie Easter Jr. and wife, Judy, of Hamilton, and Phillip Easter and wife, Shirley, of Aberdeen; one stepdaughter, Barbara Miller of Aberdeen; one stepson, Clayton Easter and wife, Evelyn, of Simpsonville, S.C.; three sisters, Jo Ann Luke of Union, Doris Walters of Greenville and Peggy Buse and husband, J.W., of Tupelo; one brother, W.B. Foote of Mooreville; four granddaughters, Kim Fretwell, Rachel Caldwell, Jennifer Cole and Julie Cole; one grandson, Bradley Easter; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Claudie Clayton Easter Sr.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Sawyer, Sammy Sawyer, Steve Sawyer, Daniel Jimenez, David Allen and Matthew Allen. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenny Shields and Eric Fretwell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sign the registry and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Joe R. Hardin
RIPLEY – Joe Renford Hardin, 79, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley. He was born March 25, 1930, to Clarence Hardin and Mary Sue Neil Hardin in Webster County. He was a member of New Hope Methodist Church. He was owner and operator of Hardin Construction Company. He was a member of the American Legion and the Ripley Lodge, and he was a 32nd degree Mason. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Hope Methodist Church with Bro. William Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Crawford (Gerald) of Walnut; one son, David Hardin (Karen) of Ripley; four grandchildren, Holden Crawford and Hayden Crawford, both of Walnut, and Shannon Goolsby (Matthew) and Molly Hardin, both of Ripley; three great-grandchildren, Allie, Dylan and Evan Goolsby of Ripley; a special friend, Kathleen Britt of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Murry Hardin; his parents; and an infant sister, Shirley Hardin.
Pallbearers will be Bill Baker, Stacy Murry, Rodney McBryde, Billy Hugh McBryde, Bobby Fay McBryde, Shea Murry, Trent Carter, Wayne Steverson and Tony McBryde.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Julia Roberson
NEW ALBANY – Julia Roberson, 56, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Sharon Putnam
IUKA – Sharon Lomenick Putnam, 45, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Kenneth White and Bro. Dennis Wingo officiating. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Janet Lomenick of Iuka; two sons, Logan Putnam and Joey Enlow, both of Iuka; one daughter, Shyannie Putnam of Iuka; two sisters, Carolyn Paul (Kevin) and Adena Luttrell, both of Iuka; several aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her father, James C. Lomenick; her grandparents, Sterling and Ruby Lomenick and Mickey and Jean Campanaro; an uncle, Joey Campanaro; an aunt, Shirley Robinson; and four cousins, Susan Luttrell, Robert Lomenick, Vanessa Cannon and Shandra Lomenick.
Memorials may be made to the Snowdown Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Curtis Burchfield
THAXTON – Curtis Burchfield, 86, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born in Hurricane to James “J.M.” and Eula Spears Burchfield. He was a veteran of World War II. He served in the Army Air Force, 20th Air Force, 73 Bomber Warred, 550 Bomber Guard, 330 Air Service in Sue Pen. He was a self-employed farmer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Mark Jones and Bro. Ronnie Galloway officiating. Burial will be in Sand Spring Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include his wife, Lavern Spears Burchfield; a son, Dean Burchfield and wife, Rita, of New Albany; and one sister, Martha Lancaster of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Burnell Burchfield and James Burchfield; and two sisters, Jimmy Neal Goggans and Earline Burchfield.
Pallbearers will be Garry Graham, Billy Wigginton, C.J. Jackson, Eugene Dowdy, Rev. J.W. Owen and Rev. Tom Burchfield.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James T. Simmons III
HOULKA – James T. “Nip” Simmons III, 41, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, in Houlka. He was a 1986 graduate of Houlka High School. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Houlka and a former employee of Waste Management. He loved his family, friends and community, and was willing to help anyone at any time.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Houlka with Pastor David Blackwell and Pastor Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Greta Simmons, whom he married Jan. 6, 2009; one daughter, Alexis, and one son, Cody; his mother, Annette Simmons of Pontotoc; his father, Sheriff Jimmy Simmons of Houlka; his grandmother, Loreane Wilson of Houlka; brother, Chad Simmons; nieces, Lauren Roseberry of Corinth and Briana Simmons of Houlka; one nephew, Ethan Sherrill; a great-niece, Blakelyn, and a great-nephew, William Levi.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Buren Walls and James Travis Simmons; his stepgrandfather, Theo Easley; his grandmother, Venita Buchanan Alexander; his great-grandmother, Venia Lindsay.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Pete Wisniewski, Michael Paden, Ethan Sherrill, Steve Ford, Mike Ford, Bubba Edwards, Brad Chrestman, Sam Russell and Brian Barnes.
Visitation will be at the First Baptist Church of Houlka from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
James Thompson
HICKORY FLAT – James Edd Thompson, 86, died at his home in Hickory Flat after an extended illness. He was born June 24, 1923, in Benton County to the late Walter Iley Thompson and Bertha Hopkins Thompson. He grew up in Benton County and moved to Memphis, where he worked for the True Tagg Paint Co. for over 35 years. After retirement he moved to Hickory Flat and made his home there. He was an active and faithful member of the Faith Assembly of God Church in Myrtle, where he served on the Board of Trustees and was a past Sunday School superintendent. He was a devout Christian who loved life, family, friends and his pet, Sugarfoot, and a generous, caring, compassionate and loving person who will certainly be missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Faith Assembly of God Church in Myrtle with the Rev. T.M. Wiginton officiating. A private burial will be held at the Mary Nell Wiginton Memorial Cemetery located at the church. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Ella Cox Thompson of Hickory Flat; sons, James Walter Thompson of Olive Branch and Charles Ray Thompson of Little Rock, Ark.; grandchildren, Amanda Thompson of Little Rock, Ark., Ryan Thompson (Summer) and Brandon Thompson (Nichole), both of Memphis; great-grandchildren, Shelby Thompson and Alayna Thompson; sisters, Mildred Autry (W.T.) and Ruth Phillips (Rev. William), both of Hickory Flat, Floy Graves of Ripley, Doris Maxey of Tupelo and Shirley Tysseland (Terry) of Hunington Beach, Calif.; a host of nieces and nephews; a cousin, Jean Elliott.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Terry Joslin, Tommy Graves, James Maxey, Gary Phillips, Chuck Redwood and Frank Woods. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Cox, Jack Cox, Terry Tysseland, Doyle Boatner, W.C. Hall, Tim Wiginton, Joey Rakestraw, Micky Crutchfield, Walter Gadd and Roger Lacy.
Memorials may be made to Faith Assembly of God Church.
Virginia Nabors
RIPLEY – Virginia Irene Stubbs Nabors, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009, at her home. She was born Dec. 25, 1919, to Wiley Young and Elizabeth Stubbs. She graduated from Palmer High School in Ripley and attended Freed-Hardeman College in Henderson, Tenn. She was a homemaker and a stay-at-home mother and grandmother for many years. She previously worked at the ASCS office and as an assistant librarian at the Ripley Library. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was active in Women’s Circle No. 3. She was an assistant Troop leader for her daughter, Jean’s, Girl Scout Troop. She was a great supporter of the Ripley High School Band and all their efforts. She will be remembered for baking chocolate chip cookies for school functions, Scout Troops and church functions. She enjoyed working alongside her husband when he was Scoutmaster for Ripley Boy Scout Troop 38. She was always a strong supporter of her children and grandchildren’s activities.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Andy Stoddard officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Anne Nabors Castle and husband, Bobby, of Georgetown, Texas, Jean Nabors Davis and husband, Larry, of Ripley, and Linda Nabors Epting and husband, David, of Ripley; a sister, Joyce Scott of Ripley; a brother, John Embry Stubbs and wife, Kathleen, of Ripley; five grandchildren, Cindy Castle Weathers and husband, Doug, of Keller, Texas, Jim Smith and wife, Angela, of Ripley, Rob Castle and wife, Christi, of Keller, Texas, Chris Castle and wife, Jennifer, of Houston, Texas, and Tracey Epting and Ricky Kennamore of Ripley; nine great-grandchildren, Claire Weathers, Catherine Weathers, Luke Castle, Joshua Castle, Eva Castle, Julia Castle, Caden Castle, Alyssa Castle and Paxton Kennamore.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Howell; her parents; her brothers, Wiley Young Stubbs, Reese Stubbs and James Stubbs; and a grandson, Michael Epting.
Pallbearers will be Steve Stubbs, Mark Stubbs, Jim Stubbs, John E. Stubbs Jr., Larry Joe Nabors, Steve Reid, John Stubbs and Sean Akins.
Visitation will be from 7 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time today at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley, MS 38663; or Michael Epting Memorial Fund, c/o The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Ruth Mathieu
BELMONT – Ruth Mathieu, 69, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was born March 8, 1940, in Belmont to Richard “R.A.” and Lora Wigginton Weathers, who preceded her in death. She was a nurses aid and a member of Fairview Holy Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fairview Holy Church of Christ in Belmont with Bro. Don Rouse officiating and James Newcomb officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are her husband, Rex Mathieu of Belmont; one son, Brandon Mathieu of Kentucky; and one brother, Dean Weathers of Belmont.
Pallbearers will be James Newcomb, Bill McCreary and David Woods.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Fairview Holy Church of Christ and continue until service time on Wednesday.

Vera Hopkins
WALNUT – Funeral services for Vera Hopkins, 75, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hatchie Chapel. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the church and continue until service time Wednesday.
Nick Robinson
BOONEVILLE – Nicholas “Nick” Robinson, 30, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was of the Baptist faith and a former employee of Daybrite.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Hall and Bro. Pete McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Kemps Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother and step father, Betty Jane Massey (Billy) of Marietta; one son, Dayton Corey Robinson of Marietta; two sisters, Stephanie Brasfield(Mitch) and Tracy Robinson of Pisgah; and two nieces, Hilary Robinson and MacKenzie Stark.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hill Robinson.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
John Malosh
SALTILLO – John Malosh, 66, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Essie Haughton
PRAIRIE – Essie Haughton, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at her home.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Mt. Union M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Grover Moore
NEW ALBANY – Grover Moore, 91, died Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
William Gifford
FULTON – William Randall Gifford, 63, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Salem Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Lizzie Gates
OKOLONA – Lizzie Hill Gates, 60, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

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