Obituaries Sept. 12, 2009

Nora McGhee
ABERDEEN – Nora Elaine Brewer McGhee, 89, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born Oct. 22, 1919, to Lon Brewer and Esther Wehrman Brewer in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a member of Tranquill United Methodist Church. She attended Wren High School. She was a homemaker and worked as a seamstress in the garment and furniture industry. She loved to garden and grow flowers and sit on her porch. She was known to her grandchildren and friends as “Nonnie.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Upshaw officiating. Burial will be in Tranquill Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Fowlkes and husband, Wayne, of Amory, and Debra Ridings and husband, Eddie, of Aberdeen; two sons, Billy Dean McGhee and wife, Barbara, and Ray McGhee and wife, Barbara, all of Aberdeen; three sisters, Laverne Pulliam and husband, Hap of Una, Doris Bowen of West Point and Lottie Williams of Millport, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 54 years, Evans D. McGhee.
Pallbearers will be William Ridings, Brad Ridings, Matthew Fowlkes, David Fowlkes, Lonnie Williams, Billy McGhee Jr., Jimmy Ray McGhee and Kyle Christopher.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
To sign the online registry and send condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Mary Joe Bridges
AMORY – Mary Joe Baird Bridges, 89, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Hamilton, Ala., to Robert and Essie Baird. She married Joe R. Bridges Sr. in 1941; he died in 1991. She lived in Minnesota and Georgia and in Amory for many years. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed pets, birds and flowers, and especially enjoyed housekeeping.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sundayat the Masonic Cemetery in Amory with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Janet Bridges of Amory; and a granddaughter, Zaran E. Bridges of Amory.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one son, Joseph R. Bridges Jr.
Lloyd T. Allen
MEMPHIS – Lloyd Travis Allen, 61, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born Jan. 16, 1948, in Tupelo to Lawrence Allen and Maudie Allen Henderson. He was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church and a retired tower crane operator with more than 40 years of service. He was a devoted husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather. He loved his family and friends, and enjoyed spending time with them. An avid sports enthusiast, he enjoyed watching football and playing with his dogs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Ray Bennett and Bro. Shane Evetts officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of nine years, Debbie Walton Allen of Memphis; sons, Travis Allen and Leeann of Verona, Tracey Allen and wife, Kerri, of Nettleton, and Mitch Wilson and wife, Melissa, of Fulton; daughter, Vanessa Murphy of Fulton; stepson, David Dean of Arkansas; stepdaughters, Davida Derryberry of Arkansas, and Jessica Hamilton and husband, Freddie, of Fulton; grandchildren, Laken Mask, Caitlin Mackenzie Allen, Austin Trey Allen, Alaina Wilemon, Alex Wilson and Alstin Wilson; brothers, Kenneth Allen of Corinth and Harry Allen and wife, Ellen, of Booneville; sisters, Lucy Scruggs, Connie Newman, Joann Williams and husband, Robert, Rita Brimingham and husband, Eulice, all of Corinth, and Tammie Dolan and husband, Thurman, of Alabama; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Cathy Taylor; a son-in-law, James Murphy Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Paul Scruggs.
Pallbearers will be Eric Dolan, Chad Allen, Johnny Williams, Royce Williams, Roger Yarbrough, Raylin Williams, Tyron Allen, Kevin Allen and Stevie Allen. Honorary pallbearers will be Dewey Leonard and Donnie Leonard.
The body will lie in state at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Ralph Harrington Sr.
HOUSTON – James Ralph Harrington Sr., 89, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 9, 1919, in Woodland to John Box Harrington and Clytee Martin Harrington. He was a retired farmer and taxi driver. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Daniel Heeringa and Dr. Jim Harrington officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Blissard (Kenneth) of Houston; one son, Dr. Jim Harrington (June) of Amory; five grandchildren, Jennifer Harrington Street (Matt) of Monroe, La., Jill Harrington Miller (Chuck) of Spartanburg, S.C., Kellan Blissard of Houston, Clint Blissard of Houston and Becca Johnson (Rome) of Hattiesburg; three great-grandchildren, Addison and Olivia Miller and Ella Capri Johnson; three sisters, Ruth Hill of Okolona, Doris Hicks of Woodland and Stennis Fortner of Woodland; one brother, Oliver Harrington of Pineville, La.; one sister-in-law, Lourette Harrington of Woodland.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Bean Harrington; his parents; one brother, Durelle Harrington; and one sister, Erline Weaver.
Pallbearers will be Kellum Blissard, Clint Blissard, Chuck Miller, Matt Street, Barry Bray and Rick Bray.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Children’s Village.

Mary H. Pittman
CORINTH – Mary H. Pittman died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at Whitfield Nursing Home.
Services were Friday, Sept. 11, at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial was in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery.

Faye Rees
RIPLEY – Dorothy Faye Rees died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Julis Mitchell
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Julis Wayne Mitchell, 77, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Jack Reese
PRAIRIE – Audie Jackson “Jack” Reese, 86, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born April 18, 1923, in Clay County to the late Minnie Lenora Huffman Reese and William Dayton Reese. He was a TVA journeyman for more than 30 years and a member of Lawson Chapel Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He married Princess Hazel Smitherman Reese on Sept. 13, 1941, in Monroe County; she died on Dec. 31, 2008.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Minister Hoyt Hathcock officiating.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Odom (Brunson) of Aberdeen, Wanda Kay Thornton of Prairie and Terri Lee Roseborough of Hesperia, Calif.; one son, David G. Reese (Mary) of Prairie; 14 grandchildren, Leigh Fairbanks, Billy Jack Thornton, Brie Thornton, Jason Thornton, Amanda Odom Howell, Erica Odom, Adrian Anne Odom Smith, Heather Smith, Reese Jordan, Ashlee Roseborough, Alissa Roseborough, Rebecca Reese, Mary Katherine Benavidez and Christopher Brian Reese; 25 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Flora Lee Brand of McCondy, Cleo Faye McCrory of Okolona and Viola Inez Neyman of Coldwater; and one brother, Billy Reese of Grants Pass, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his parents; and a brother, William Dayton Reese Jr.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main St., Suite 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Amanda Decanter
FALKNER – Amanda Louise Decanter, 21, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Walnut as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Jan. 31, 1988, to Bonnie Bennett Miskelly and Jerry Lee Edward Decanter. She was a member of Falkner Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a former employee of Ashley Industries.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Conan Zane Decanter of Falkner; her mother, Bonnie Miskelly of Falkner; her father, Jerry Decanter of Ripley; two brothers, Jonathan Decanter and Ryan Miskelly, both of Falkner; one stepbrother, Matt Miskelly of Falkner; her grandparents, Margaret Bennett of Falkner and Ruth Decanter (Kenneth) of Blue Mountain; the father of her son, Beenji Sutton of Falkner.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Walker Bennett and Leland Decanter, and one stepbrother, Cody Miskelly.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries and sign the online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
August Roe
TUPELO – August Vernon Franklin Roe, 81, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on Aug. 1, 1928, in Florence, Mo., to the late Vernon and Viola Rasa Roe. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. In l956, he and his family moved from Stover, where he farmed and worked for the Co-op, to Tupelo. A Baptist, he locally attended West Jackson Street Baptist Church. He was employed for 36 years as a dairy selector for Malone and Hyde Grocery Supply Company, retiring in l992. He married Charsie Dill Roe on December 31, 1950; she died April 25, l997. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and a true Christian. He enjoyed gardening, spending time with family and friends, tinkering with old cars and trucks, and listening to gospel music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his son-in-law, David Buchanan, officiating. Burial with graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Kipp/Stover Cemetery in Stover, Mo. Local visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel. Visitation in Stover will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Stover.
Survivors include his eight children, Carolyn Roe of Tupelo, who was his primary caregiver, and Shirley Sheperd (Alan) of Eupora, Vernon Roe (Susan) of Cole Camp, Mo., Barbara Buchanan (David) of the Old Union community, Robert Roe (Lisa) of the Palmetto community, Norma Buse (Terry) of Guntown, Billie Nabors (Brad) of Fulton and Tony Roe of Mississippi State University and the home; 1l grandchildren, Buddy Alan Sheperd, Molly and Megan Roe, Kenneth and Johnathan Buchanan, Devin and Nikki Roe, Terry Buse II, Chance and Will Sheffield, and Will Nabors; a great-grandson, Eli Nabors; one brother, Melvin Roe of Cole Camp, Mo.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Charsie; an infant son, Jessie; and three brothers, Dale, Ray and Paul Roe.
Pallbearers will be his children and grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation, 200 Office Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35223; or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236.

Nick Wilbanks
WALNUT – Nicholas Shawn Wilbanks, 16, died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, at Walnut. He was born Feb. 20, 1993. He attended Walnut Baptist Church. He was a student at Walnut High School and attended Tippah County Vo-Tech.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Teddy James Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Chalybeate.
Survivors include his mother, Peggy Wilbanks of Walnut; one sister, Elizabeth Wilbanks of Walnut; his grandparents, Peck and Joann Wilbanks of Walnut; two aunts. Pam Beavers and Paula Wilbanks, both of Walnut.
Pallbearers will be Ryain Alexander, Matt Ragan, Kerry King, Will Roberson, Jesse Williams, Travis Walls, Joel Skinner and James Alhum.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Wayne Tutor
SNOW LAKE – Wayne Tutor, 66, formerly of Memphis, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Southaven. He was born in Pontotoc. He was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a good friend of Bill Wilson. He enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Tracy Quinlin and Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery in Randolph.
Survivors include his children, Sonya Tutor Castillo and David Wayne Tutor; four sisters, Era Faye Abbott, Shelby Jean Hendrix, Jimmie Nell Lancaster and Judy Lynn Tutor Pugh;and his grandchildren, Jacob Wayne Hopper, Dalton Kitchens, Hunter Kitchens and Reina Olivia Castillo.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Tutor; his father, George Tutor; and a sister, Nelda Tutor.
Pallbearers will be Julian Seay, Scott Day, Kenneth Brock, David Brock, Wesley Lambert, Kevin Crossfield and Mike Aspen.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

H.T. Nabors
CORINTH – H.T. Nabors, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bethlehem Baptist Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lois Crouch
HODGES, Ala. – Lois Crouch, 85, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel of Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Williams Sanctuary in Hodges, Ala.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Aline Crump
TUPELO – Aline Crump, 89, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Agnew & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Verona. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemtery in Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today. Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Lillian Duke
AMORY – Lillian Fears Mann Duke, 94, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born July 5, 1915, in Amory to the late James Henry and Orlena Mundy Fears. She married Jack Mann in 1935; he died in 1981. She later married Hubert Duke in 1999; he died in 2004. She lived in Aberdeen from 1935 until moving to Amory in 1999. She was a 1935 graduate of Amory High School. Before her retirement she was a librarian at the Evans Memorial Library in Aberdeen. A member of the Aberdeen Genealogical Society, she published indexed copies of the 1850 & 1860 Monroe County census. She was a member of the Methodist church, Eastern Star and the DAR.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Dr. James Eric Pierce officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Mann Claxton of Aberdeen; one brother, Charles Reed Fears (Darlene) of Amory; two sisters, Glenn Jones Gray of Columbus and Virginia Pierce Keys of Matthews, N.C.; three grandchildren, Kathryn Elizabeth Claxton (Tom Davis), Thomas Cary Claxton Jr. (Melody Marion) and Rachel Ann Claxton Harris (Britt); eight great-grandchildren, Joshua Claxton, Katie Claxton, MaryBeth Claxton Ewing (Chris), Leah Kathryn Graham, Brittney Harris, Michael Rex Harris, Chase Wilson and Mary Lillian Davis; and four great-great-grandchildren, Analeigh Claxton, Emma Ewing, Eli Claxton and Karson Weber.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three brothers, Norvel, Ira and Rubel Fears.
Pallbearers will be Tom Davis, Britt Harris, Scott Fears, Larry Fears, Chase Marion and Ron Pierce.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue until service time on Sunday.

Tab Nix
BUCHANAN – Talmadge Marion “Tab” Nix, 86, died Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 30, 1923. He was a lifelong resident of the Buchanan community and a longtime member of Buchanan Baptist Church. He was a retired farmer and a supervisor of the 2nd District for 12 years. He was a member of the Ecru and Pontotoc Masonic Lodges for more than 50 years, a Master Mason and a Shriner.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Buchanan Baptist Church with James Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Reba Nix; a daughter, Charlotte Witcher; grandchildren, Penny Finch, Shasta Jones, Shaye Bryant and Shane Witcher; great-grandchildren, Tanner Turk and Collins Finch; and a brother, Garth Nix of Dallas, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wilma Dean Bramlitt; her father, John E. Nix; her mother, Altie Tucker Nix; four brothers, J.T. Nix, J.C. Nix, Raymond Nix and Wilmer Nix; and a sister, Ruth Smith.
Pallbearers will be Chad Jones, Greg Bryant, Spencer Nix, Johnny Bramlitt, Nathan Montgomery, Oneil Grant. Honorary pallbearers will be Tanner Turk, Collins Finch, Rex Mooney, O.L. Foley and Randy Finch.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Buchanan Baptist Church.

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