Obituaries Sept. 16, 2009

Jasper Davis
NEW ALBANY – Jasper W. Davis, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at the Union County Health and Rehab. He was born April 16, 1924, in Benton County to Newton Jasper Davis and Sally Johnson Davis. He was retired from Futorian Furniture Manufacturing. He was a member of the Enterprise Baptist Church, a Mason for 50 years and a member of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Jack McQuary officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park.
Survivors include his daughter, Nancy Roberts (Martin) of Bartlett, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Marlene Mathews, Marbeth Roberts, Marty Roberts and Burton Bridges; two great-grandchildren, Will Mathews and Nickolas Mathews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nickol Douell Davis; a sister, Sara Stroud; and five brothers, George Davis, Raymond Davis, Lois Davis, Robert Davis and Louis Davis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 318, Memphis, TN 38101.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Harry G. Alderson
COLUMBUS – Harry G. “Paw” Alderson, 67, left this life at his home surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 11, 2009. Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Columbus with Rev. Terry Maynard officiating and Gunter & Peel Funeral Home directing. The interment immediately followed in the Beersheba Church Cemetery.
Harry was born April 16, 1942, in Oxford to the late Vettra Curtis and Louise Mathis Alderson. He graduated from University High School, Oxford, and the University of Mississippi. He retired from the State of Mississippi, 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, in 2002. He was a member of Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was preceded in death by a brother, George Presley Alderson, sister, Virginia A. Johnson, sister-in-law, Amber Jo (Jackie) Alderson, and brother-in-law, O.K. (Ken) Stephenson.
He is survivied by his wife, Linda S. Alderson of Columbus; son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Tammy Alderson; grandsons, Matthew Alderson and Christopher Alderson, all of Columbus; brother, Judge V. Glenn Alderson of Oxford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sue and Johnny Brown, and Ann and Jerry Locke, all of Oxford; baby sister, Sylvia Jenkins of Southaven; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Nina S. and Matthew Ferrante of Columbus, and his sister-in-law, Pat Cochran-Stephenson of Murphysboro, Ill.
Pallbearers were his nephews, Johnny Brown, Keith Brown, Danny Briscoe, Jerry Mac Locke Jr., Walter Locke, Glenn Alderson Jr.and Jeff Jenkins.
Harry was a wonderful and loving husband, father, and amazing No. 1 Paw to his grandsons. He was loved by many, a friend to many more, and will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Memorials may be made to Beersheba Cumberland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 1736 Beersheba Rd., Columbus, MS 39702 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Nubbin Payne Shattles
BOONEVILLE – Mittie Pearl “Nubbin” Payne Shattles, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born Feb. 13, 1932, to Samuel and Lillia Ellis Payne. After growing up and living a number of years in Lee County, she also spent 20 years on Pickwick Lake after her children were grown. She had lived in Booneville the past 12 years. She was married to Raymond Shattles, who died Jan. 5, 2009. An accomplished musician, she sang on the Mississippi Slim radio show on WELO. In 1945, she won second place in the Mississippi Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo, beating Elvis, who came in fifth. She is recognized at the Elvis Presley Museum in Tupelo for that accomplishment. She was also featured on the Biography Channel on the life of Elvis and in the book, “Elvis, The Tupelo Years” by Bill Burke. According to Burke, she recorded an album which sold “20 million copies less than Elvis.” Her singing career came to a halt in order to start her family, which took priority in her life. She was an avid gardener, wonderful cook, and loved her children, grandchildren and her dog, Peanut. She was a longtime member of the Church of Christ and loved God with all her heart. She leaves a legacy of faith for her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Payne Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Jewel Reeves (Robert) of Booneville, Susan Whitmon (Bro. William) of Mooreville and Renita Brown (Robert) of Booneville; four sons, Danny Stevenson of Mooreville, Rick Stevenson (Sherry) of Enid, Bobby Taylor of Southaven and Jon Mark Taylor (Jamie) of Nettleton; one sister, Patsy Carr of Mooreville; one brother, Era Gilmore of Nettleton; one stepsister, Martha Dickerson of Tupelo; two stepbrothers, Charles Gilmore of Nettleton and Bobby Gilmore of Tupelo; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 33 years, Raymond Shattles; one son, James Ralph Stevenson; and two brothers, Sam Thomas Payne and J.B. Payne.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jeff Reeves, Rusty Lemmon, Richard Johnson, Gregory Johnson, Corey Taylor and Jesse Stevenson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Gene Upchurch
OXFORD – Horace Eugene “Gene” Upchurch, 76, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, he was an airman 1st class in the United States Air Force. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church and served as the official greeter. He was a former deacon and served on the church’s Recreation Committee. He was a retired contractor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Anchor Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial will follow in Anchor Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Upchurch of Oxford. He was preceded in death by his son, Mike Upchurch.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to Anchor Baptist Church Building Fund or Anchor Cemetery Statue Fund, 1009 Hwy. 7 S., Water Valley, MS 38965.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Sue Taylor
BURNSVILLE – Susan “Sue” Cagle Taylor, 52, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial will follow in Rowland Mills Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
Memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church or Rowland Mills Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Mary Williams
AMORY – Mary Sue Williams, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Lecia Pannell
NEW ALBANY – Lecia Gail Hall Pannell, 48, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at her residence. She was born Sept. 16, 1960, in Union County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and she enjoyed cross-stitching, camping and vacationing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with Bro. Don Wilson and Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Eddie Pannell of New Albany; her parents, Leon Hall and Betty Sanford Hall of New Albany; a daughter, Megan Hogue (Pactrick) of New Albany; a son, Colby (friend, Anna Bramlett) of New Albany; a sister, Shelia Greer (Terry) of New Albany; a brother, Olin Hall (Sonya) of New Albany; two grandchildren, Logan Hogue and Reese Lynn Hogue; a niece, Anna Greer; four nephews, Devin Hall, Ryan Hall, Jeremy Greer (Krista) and Bubba Greer (Lauren); and two great-nieces, Elizabeth and Cherish.
Pallbearers will be Craig Allred, Brad Allred, Joe Spencer, Brent Bullock, Jalon Bullock and Ricky Sanford.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 to 2 p.m. today.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Billy Joe McLarty
SALTILLO – Billy Joe McLarty, 75, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital of Booneville after an extended illness. A Lee County native, he was the son of Quay Grover McLarty and Verna Ward Bass McLarty. He married Betty Harris in 1953 and they recently celebrated 56 years of marriage. In the earlier years of their marriage, they lived in many areas of the country, including California. He lived many years in the Eggville and Hebron community and the last 15 years in Saltillo.
A celebration of his life will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the family home. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty McLarty of Saltillo; four sons, Bobby McLarty (Kappy), Billy McLarty (Helen), Charles McLarty (Lois) and Douglas McLarty (Susan); one brother, Horace McLarty (Ophelia) of Montera, Calif.; three sisters, Betty Lackey (Al) of Tupelo, Helen Gilileo (Don) and Marilyn Fitzgerald (Gary), both of Leesburg, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Edna McLarty of Tupelo; his aunt and uncle, Billy and Opal Grant of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Rodney Kipp McLarty; and two sisters, Barbara Sorrell and Shirley Albritton.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Jaco
OXFORD – Barbara Ann Vaughn Jaco, 61, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Forrest Cemetery in Randolph.
Born in Toccopola to Virginia Dale Jackson and James Robert Vaughn, she was a member of Abbeville Baptist Church. She was a retired materials service coordinator with Bell South. She served as president of TelCom Pioneers of Oxford for two years. An avid gardener, she enjoyed the outdoors, collecting arrowheads and crappie fishing.
Survivors include her husband, Rubin Lee Jaco of Oxford; a daughter, Sherry Jaco Nations of Lakeland, Fla.; and two brothers, Bobby Lynn Vaughn of Glendora, Calif., and Danny Ray Vaughn of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donations may be made to TelCom Pioneers, P.O. Box 371, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Jerry McGee
HOUSTON – Jerry Dean McGee, 50, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at his residence in Houston. He was born Nov. 27, 1958, in Calhoun County to Biver Doyle McGee and Margaret Burrage. He was a carpenter and a member of Parkway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Dean McGee (Rachel) of Houston; one daughter, Barbie Brassfield Gill (Richie) of Houston; his mother, Margaret Burrage; two brothers, Mickey McGee (Donna) of Warner Robins, Ga., and Dale McGee (Diane) of Coldwater; six sisters, Sandra Langley (Frankie) of Big Creek, Shirley McAnally (Cleveland) of Houston, Cindy Cofield (Ken) of Saltillo, Bettye Wright (Joe) of Murphreesburo, Tenn., Nettie Ware (T.K.) of Tupelo and Lisa Stewart of Memphis; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Biver Doyle McGee; an infant son; and a sister, Barbara McGee Crenshaw.
Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Clara Black
TISHOMINGO – Clara Jane Kennedy Black, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at her residence. She was born March 15, 1918, in Tishomingo to Thomas W. and Annie Paden Kennedy and was married to Woodrow Black for 49 years. She was a homemaker and retired from Tishomingo County Headstart. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Charles Kennedy Black and wife, Marcia Black, of Tishomingo; one grandson, Alan Thomas Black of Tishomingo; a brother and sister-in-law, Dwight and Francis Kennedy of Tishomingo; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two sisters, Veatress Offutt and Virginia Holley.
Pallbearers will be Harry Bowman, Danny McClung, Kirby McRae, Eric Powell, Anthony Stone and Paul Whitlock.
Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. Thursday at Tishomingo Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Tishomingo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 89, Tishomingo, MS 38873.

Brenda Kirkman
WALNUT – Brenda Kay Bates Kirkman, 62, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at her home in Walnut.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Wier’s Chapel Cemetery in Ripley.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Gerald Meadows
BRUCE – Gerald Meadows, 64, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 20, 1944, in Craighead County, Jonesboro, Ark. He retired from Snap-On in 2006.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include three daughters, Cindy Therrell (Baine) of Tampa, Fla., Gwen Collins (Shelby) of Bruce and Christy Bowling (James) of Tunica; four sisters, Gilfa Merrill of West Memphis, Ark., Maxine Carter of Memphis, Carolyn Cates of Southaven and Rena Reynolds of Kansas; two brothers, Prosper “Jack” Meadows of Jacksonville, Ark., and Billy Meadows of Kansas; four grandchildren, Shelby Collins Jr., James Collins, Nathan Terrell and Bettie Terrell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Aldy Meadows; his parents, Gilbert Alden Meadows Sr. and Mildred Faye Thomas Meadows; a sister, Patsey Bowman; and a brother, Gilbert Meadows.
Pallbearers will be Shelby Collins Jr., Delaine Moore, Kenneth Kellum, Aaron Vanlandingham, James Boland and Athen Collins. Honorary pallbearers will be Shelby Collins Sr., James Collins and Robert Collins.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Paula Forsythe
CORINTH – Rita Paula Pannell Forsythe, 63, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Oct. 4, 1945, to James Grady Pannell and Dorothy Mae Joshlin Pannell. She was a member of New Harmony United Methodist Church. She was formerly employed by Hill Brothers Construction Company.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Charles Castle officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Tippah County.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammy Thomas of Corinth and Shelia Wilbanks (Jeremy) of Walnut; one son, James Timothy Morton (Tina) of Lorain, Ohio; one stepdaughter, Ellen Shelton of Glen; two stepsons, Tommy Maness of Glen and Jeremy Maness (Cindy) of Corinth; one sister, Donna Kay Jeter (Sammy) of Ripley; 12 grandchildren, Jacelynn Morton, Presley Morrow, Jimmy Morrow, Searra Wilbanks, Logan Wilbanks, Brittany Morton, Amber Morton, David Morton, Courtney Morton, Dylan Morton, Haley Morton and Jamie Morton; four stepgrandchildren; and longtime companion, Thomas Ray Maness.
Pallbearers will be Jacky Blankney, Timothy Morton, Jimmy Wayne Morrow, Greg Fowler, Jason Jeter, Ryan Jeter and Daniel Wofford.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Junior Morris
RANDOLPH – Loyce “Junior” Morris Jr., 70, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was a retired logger. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. David Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Gwen Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Morris; two sons, Tim Morris and Randy Morris; three daughters, Melissa Gregory, Amanda Foster and Holley Morris, all of Randolph; one brother, Woody Allen Morris of Randolph; one sister, Bobbie Nell Sledge of Nashville, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Thersia Morris; his father, Loyce Morris; three brothers, Travis Morris, Billy Morris and Tommy Morris; and a great-grandson, Landen Cole Finley.
Pallbearers will be James “Bubba” Morris, Mark Morris, Tim Morris, Cody Morris, Woody Allen Morris and F.G. Tutor.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today.

Clifford Kizer
CORINTH – Clifford Holmes Kizer, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

John McLarty
RIPLEY – John Gary McLarty, 53, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be in the Abbeville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Prentiss Garvin
BOONEVILLE – Prentiss Rubel Garvin, 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Wayne Gray
FLORENCE – Richard Wayne Gray, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday.

Clarence D. Hall
CORINTH – Clarence D. Hall, 88, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth.

Jimmy Lee Pearce
BALDWYN – Jimmy Lee Pearce died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

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