Obituaries Sept. 15, 2009

Eugene Allen
INGOMAR – Eugene Allen, 84, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. A lifelong resident of Union County, he was the son of the late Walter Allen and Anna Lue Hopper Allen. He was a retired, self-employed carpenter. He was a member of Neeley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Bro. Kenny Adair will officiate. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Stanley Allen (Fran) and Machael Allen of Ingomar; two daughters, Joyce Smith and Cindy Vernon, both of Ingomar; two brothers, Odis Allen of Ingomar and J.W. Allen of Myrtle; one sister, Elisabeth Roper of Southaven.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Herma Ree Allen, and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Brenda Kirkman
WALNUT – Brenda Kay Bates Kirkman, 62, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at her home in Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Margie R. Wright
BATESVILLE – Margie R. Wright, 71, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Baptist Desoto Hospital in Southaven. She was born Oct. 13, 1937, in Quitman County to Lush and Jennie Mae Allred. She was a member of Askew Baptist Church and the owner of Wright’s Cafe in Crenshaw.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville. The Rev. Joe Barnett will officiate. Burial will be in Longtown Cemetery in Crenshaw.
Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Wright Tidwell of Batesville and Machelle Barlow of Sarah; one son, Jeffrey Wright of Sardis; one sister, Annis Allred Barnett of Bruce; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Beth Carpenter
HOLLY SPRINGS – Beth Lafever Carpenter, 84, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 22, 1925, in Holly Springs to Marshall Lafever and Lucy Jones. She was a homemaker and a member of Slayden Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include two sons, Cary Carpenter of Nashville, Tenn., and retired Col. Paul Carpenter of West Point; three daughters, Esther (Ecky) Leak of Lamar, Lisa Cox of Senatobia and Leigh Skelton of Ashland; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Irby Watkins Carpenter; her parents; and two sons, Gary Carpenter and Irby Wayne Carpenter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Slayden Baptist Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Walterine Thompson
QUINCY – Walterine Easter Thompson, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 24, 1925, in Quincy to Delbert Ryan and Anita Terrell Adams Easter. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County, born and reared in Quincy. She married Ted Thompson on April 29, 1944; he died in 2006. She worked in the local garment industry until her retirement. She was a member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Donald Edge officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Benny Clyde Thompson and wife, Pat, of Quincy; one daughter, Wanda Thompson Sullivan and husband, Jerry, of Shepherdsville, Ky.; one brother, Herbert Easter of Columbus; two grandchildren, Randle Scott Thompson and Misty Leigh Sullivan; one great-grandchild, Hannah Brooke Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Glaydon Easter.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be at the funeral home and will continue until service time today.
Bill Sullivan Jr.
TUPELO – Clarence Leonard “Bill” Sullivan Jr., 79, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Birmingham Ridge, he was born June 25, 1930, to Clarence L. and Lynette Parker Sullivan. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was retired from Truck Center after 37 years of employment. He was a faithful member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and sang in the choir. An advocate of health and exercise, he was a lifetime member of the Wellness Center. He loved spending time with his family and friends, fishing, repairing small engines at his home shop, and taking care of his dog, Mendi. He was considered by many as a most sincere and humble man.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield, Rev. David Langerfeld and Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Mary Estes Sullivan of Tupelo; two sons, Rev. Dennis Gene Sullivan (Kathlene) of Aberdeen and Dr. Len Sullivan (Phyllis) of Saltillo; his stepdaughter, Lisa Estes Ford (Wayne) of Tuscaloosa,Ala.; four grandsons, Dennis, Ben, Joshua and Micaiah Sullivan; his granddaughter, Rachel Sullivan; two stepgrandsons, Forrest and Hunter Ford; three great-grandchildren, Kaira, Jeremiah and Madison Sullivan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Peggy Cooley Sullivan.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Bullard, Myrl Carlock, Darwyn Cozart, Smith Heavner, C.W. Jackson, Billy Kendrick, Tony Mason and James Wilemon. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Duncan-Moore Sunday School Class.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ray Holliday
RIPLEY – Toy “Ray” Holliday, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Howard Norman
BYHALIA – Howard Norman, 64, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

John McLarty
RIPLEY – John Gary McLarty, 53, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Candace Webb
CALHOUN CITY – Candace Ann Walker Webb, 50, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at her home. She was born June 20, 1959, in El Paso, Texas. She was a former employee of Cottage Lane Furniture and a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Jim Vance will officiate.
Survivors include one daughter, Rhiannon White of Calhoun City; two sons, Billy Miller of Memphis and Michael L’Italien of Fort Polk, La.; her father and stepmother, Willie D. and Carolyn Walker of Harlem, Ga.; one sister, Dawn Trogdon of Harlem, Ga.; two brothers, Jimbo Walker and Billy Walker, both of Harlem, Ga.; one granddaughter, Laci White; special friends, Jimmy and Linda McPhail, and Chuck Wade, all of Calhoun City.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell D. Webb, and her mother, Rebecca Mays Walker.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Marjorie Murff
ABERDEEN – Marjorie Elaine Murff, 64, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born Oct. 20, 1944, in George County to Houston Lane Eubanks and Ruth Ella Dungan Eubanks. She lived in Monroe County most of her life. She was a member of the Amory Church of Christ and a retired seamstress for Sharp Garment Plant in Aberdeen. She enjoyed shopping. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she was a great encouragement to all who knew her.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Marshall Eubanks Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery near the Westville community.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Bobby Gene Murff; one daughter, Kimberly Dodds of Aberdeen; one son, Timothy Gene Murff of Aberdeen; her mother, Ruth Ella Dungan Eubanks of Mobile, Ala.; seven sisters, Joann Dabbs and husband, James Roy, of Amory, Judith Williams and husband, Farrell, of Aberdeen, Eleanor Kemp and husband, Ray, Ima Eubanks, Deborah Thomaston and husband, Don, and Cynthia Williams and husband, Richard, all of Mobile, Ala., and Sandra Christopher of Nettleton; one brother, Marshall Eubanks and wife, Mary, of Amory; seven grandchildren, Brandon Ray Murff, Christopher Samuel Mitchem, Jessica Lee Murff, Nathan Gene Murff, Noelle Miranda Murff, Michael Randolph Dodds Jr. and Breanna Elaine Dodds; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and a daughter, Vicki Lynn Murff.
Pallbearers will be Richard Williams, Farrell Williams, James Roy Dabbs, Ray Kemp, Don Thomaston and Chris Benson. Honorary pallbearers will be Patrick Williams, David Dabbs, Ronnie Carter, Andrew Willingham, Michael Guy and Kevin Henderson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks, 107 Skeet Drive, Verona, MS 38879.
Sign the guest registry and send condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Lila Furtick
RIPLEY – Lila Marie Furtick, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Oct. 2, 1928, to Oscar Bartlett and Mirtle Voyles Bartlett. She was a housewife.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Foster officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery in Walnut.
Survivors include one daughter, Myra Roberson of Walnut; three sons, William Roberson (Diane) of Middleton, Tenn., George Roberson (Brenda Kight) of Ripley and Danny Roberson of Tempe, Ariz.; one sister, Hazel Montgomery of Chalybeate; five grandchildren, Kyle Roberson, Tiffany Roberson, Robin Webb, Eric Roberson and Myra Ardell Boyd; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, James William Roberson and James Adam Furtick; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Kyle Roberson, Eric Roberson, Lynn Webb, Jimmy Walker, Barry Busby and Jerry Roberson.
To view obituaries and sign the online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Sue Taylor
BURNSVILLE – Sue Taylor, 52, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Dorman McCarver
LAKE CITY, Fla. – Dorman McCarver, 89, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at the V.A. Medical Center in Lake City, Fla. He was formerly of Ecru. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Ecru.

Elijah Faulconer III
DANVILLE, Ky. – Elijah P. Faulconer III died Aug. 18, 2009. A memorial service was held Monday at St. Phillips Episcopal Church in Harrodsburg, Ky.

Jasper W. Davis
MYRTLE – Jasper W. Davis, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Billy J. McLarty
SALTILLO – Billy J. McLarty, 75, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Jane L. Payne
MEMPHIS – Jane L. Payne, formerly of Corinth, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Corinth.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Govie Culver
MYRTLE – Govie Joyce Hale Culver, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, at her home. She was born in Union County to George Burman and Rosie Motes Hale. She was a homemaker and a member of Neely Baptist Church in New Albany. She enjoyed fishing, flowers and going to yard sales.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Robert Daniel, Bro. Kenny Adair and Bro. Jason Pilcher officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Mack Culver of Myrtle; five sons, Bo Hardin (Rickie), Johnny Hardin (Deana), Tommy Hardin Sr. (Donna), Billy M. Culver (Robin), all of Myrtle, and John Cecil Culver (Janice) of Baldwyn; one sister, Mattie Hale Puffer of Myrtle; one brother, Joe Hale of Myrtle; 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Fredia Joyce Hardin; and three sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Hardin, Rodney Hardin, Tyler Hardin, Tommy Hardin, Josh Hardin, Nick Hardin and Travis Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Hardin, John Hardin and Hunter Culver.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Janie Hopkins
RIPLEY – Janie Hopkins, 52, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Lecia Pannell
NEW ALBANY – Lecia Pannell, 48, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Home in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rita Forsythe
RIPLEY – Rita Paula Forsythe, 63, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

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