Obituaries Sept. 18, 2009

Howard Norman
HOLLY SPRINGS – Howard Norman, 64, died Sunday, Sept. 13, 2009, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Paul M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Steven Bowden
NASHVILLE – Steven Douglas Bowden died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Church in the Buena Vista community near Houston. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point, Montgomery Mortuary of Houston and Terrell Broady Funeral Home of Nashville are in charge of the arrangements.
A family hour will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the V.O. Taylor and Tommie Free Memorial Chapel at Montgomery Mortuary in Houston.

Gene Scruggs
HOLLY SPRINGS – Gene Autry “Bud” Scruggs, 61, died Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Smith Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.

Artis Sullivan
FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – Artis Sullivan, 73, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She was born Jan. 20, 1936, in Drew to James Fred and Frances L. McIntire. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and friends.
The body was cremated. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sept. 26 at Salem Methodist Church in Chester. Bro. Rob Faulk will officiate.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Ralph Eugene Sullivan; two sons, Rusty Sullivan of Fort Walton Beach and Steven Sullivan of Ackerman; one daughter, Susan Campbell of Ackerman; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Virginia Collier of Thaxton, Peggy Gates of Pontotoc and Maybelle Sandifer of Nettleton; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and two sisters.

Jimmie Lee Pearce
BALDWYN – Jimmie Lee Pearce, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born March 29, 1949, in Lee County to the Rev. Earnest and Pearleather Pearce.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Agnew & Sons Funeral Home in Baldwyn with the Rev. J.S. Agnew officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Baldwyn.
Survivors include one sister, Rosie Pearce of Saltillo; two brothers, Willie B. Pearce of Saltillo and George Pearce of Mt. Clemen, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today. Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Margaret Dye
NETTLETON – Margaret Dye, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. A native of Birmingham, Ala., she was born Feb. 28, 1921, to Charles Gates and Carrie Hingle Moreland. She grew up in Talladega, Ala., and attended Jacksonville State Teachers College in Jacksonville, Ala. She married Arvad Dye on Dec. 24, 1941. They settled in Nettleton in 1957. She worked keeping the books for her husband’s business, Dye Contruction. For 30 years, she served as a Girl Scout leader. She enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, and taking her daily three-mile walks. She was recognized for winning her age division at the Gumtree 10K. She was a longtime member of Nettleton United Methodist, where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir. She also published the church bulletin for her home church as well as Shiloh United Methodist Church for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Nettleton United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Arvad L. Dye of Nettleton; two daughters, Jane Spraberry of Abilene, Texas, and Judy Harrison (Perry) of Blue Springs; one son, Ken Dye (Phyllis) of Brewer; one brother, Jimmy Moreland (Nell) of Mobile, Ala.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Hinds (James) of Glen Cove, Texas, David Hatfield (April) of Hawley, Texas, Stephanie Putt (Steven) of Oxford and Jacob Arvad Dye of Brewer; five stepgrandchildren, Vance Harrison (Dena) of Heber Springs, Ark., Chris Harrison (Sharon) of Germantown, Tenn., Tripp Harrison (Heather) of Oxford, Micah Monaghan (Courtney) of Pelham, Ala., and Jessica Ian Monaghan of Brewer; 15 great-grandchildren; her caregivers, Curtis Hilt, Christy Hilt, Mary Kennedy, Jimmie Hendrix and Josephine Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Elizabeth Hannigan and Dottie Miller; one brother, Bud Moreland; and one grandson, Jared Dye.
Pallbearers will be Robert Allen Godfrey, Curtis Hilt, Jimmy Hinds, David Hatfield, Jake Dye, Vance Harrison, Chris Harrison and Tripp Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of the Disciples Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Nettleton United Methodist Church, 160 Verona Ave., Nettleton, MS 38858; or a favorite charity.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Molly Miller
STARKVILLE – Molly Eugenia Miller, 57, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens Park. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the White Station Church of Christ on Colonial Road in Memphis. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801; Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, No. 1-A, Corinth, MS 38834; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
J.T. Stephens
TUPELO – James Thomas “J.T.” Stephens, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at his residence after a brief illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, he was born Dec. 30, 1936, to Allen and Jewell Mae Short Stephens. A 1955 graduate of Mooreville High School, he attended Itawamba Community College. He married his wife, Elizabeth, on Aug. 14, 1965, and they made their home in the Eggville community the past 43 years. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard for 10 years, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was a terminal manager for Shumpert and Dean Truck Lines for 20 years. From 1980 until the present, he farmed and owned a dump truck. He enjoyed raising cattle and working his land, meeting people as he worked. He also enjoyed watching football, basketball and baseball, and playing cards and dominoes. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Pierce officiating. Bro. Leon Willis will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth Robison Stephens of Tupelo; his daughter, Amanda Gail Dean (Michael) of Kosciusko; his son, Charles Allen Stephens (Amanda) of Tupelo; two foster sons, Joey Carter of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Michael Dutcher (Stephanie) of Mooreville; his sister, Dottie Hale of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Lillian and Matthew Dean of Kosciusko, Brandon and Jordan Dutcher of Mooreville, Madalyn and Allen Stephens of Tupelo; and a stepgranddaughter, Melissa Latham of Simms, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Charles Allen Stephens.
Pallbearers will be Dewayne Clayton, Ken Robison, Nathaniel Causey, Andy Baldwyn, Stephen Dillard, Josh Stanford and Michael Dean.
Scotty Dillard and Tommy Raines will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1 St. Jude Way, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sherry Wouldridge
SMITHVILLE – Sherry Faye Wouldridge, 33, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, in Itawamba County as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Dec. 1, 1975, in Winfield, Ala. She lived most of her life in Smithville and she attended Tabernacle Baptist Church. She worked in social services. She enjoyed being around people.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Phil Kidd and Bro. Paul Kidd officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include her parents, Tommy and Bernice Easter of Smithville; two sons, Brent Lochridge and Jordan Tyra, both of Smithville; and one brother, Gary Wouldridge (Kellie) of Amory.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Wouldridge, Greg Ball, Thomas Easter, Etnes Knight, Tommy Merchant and Ricky Adams.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Wayne Gray
FLORENCE – Richard Wayne Gray, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was born May 28, 1938, in Fulton to Harvey Wayne Gray and Cutah Richardson Gray. He was a construction superintendent and a veteran of the Mississippi National Guard. He was a member of McLauren Heights Baptist Church in Pearl. An avid Mississippi State University athletic fan and New Orleans Saints fan, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Mike Deaton and Dr. Richard Price officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Marolyn Bean Gray of Florence; two daughters, Carol Ann (Joe) Boggan of Benton and Christi (Dr. Richard) Price of Madison; three sons, Richard Wayne “Buddy” Gray Jr. (Emily) of Hernando, Scott Gray (fiancée, Ashley) of Florence and Britt (Leah) Gray of Ridgeland; three brothers, Wade (Myrna) Gray of Fairview, Robert (Glenda) Gray of Fulton and Archie (Sun-Ae) Gray of Melbourne, Fla.; one sister, Myra Jones of Clermont, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Lauren Boggan, Ben Boggan, Spencer Gray, Mary Elizabeth Gray, Zack Gray, Victoria Gray, Nicholas Price, Joseph Price, Olivia Price and Carlie Gray; his father, Harvey Gray (Carice) of Belmont.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Cutah Gray, and a granddaughter, Lydia Boggan.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center, Ridgeland, MS 39157; or to Gideons International.

Dr. Mack Breazeale
OXFORD – Dr. Mack A. Breazeale, 79, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at his home in Oxford. Born in Leona Mines, Va., he was a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church and a retired senior scientist at the University of Mississippi.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Shipley Cemetery near Bristol, Tenn. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Hanna Scott Breazeale of Oxford; one daughter, Jennifer Lee Breazeale Ball (David) of Knoxville, Tenn.; two sons, David Mark Breazeale (Karen) of Corinth and William Carl Breazeale of Sacramento, Calif.; two stepsons, Charles M. Scott Jr. (Rebecca) of Clinton and Stephen H. Scott (Linda) of Flora; one brother, Clarence W. Breazeale of Morristown, Tenn.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Joanne O’ Dell, and by his stepdaughter, Amy Louise Scott.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Berea College, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404; or to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 S. 10th St., Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.

Doyle Jones
VERONA – Doyle Jones, 69, formerly of Pittsboro, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Vernitte Davis
OCEAN SPRINGS – Vernitte Wells Davis, 66, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, in Ocean Springs. She was born on Feb. 11,194,3 in Moss Point. She enjoyed going to church, working in the yard with her flowers, traveling, fishing, yard sales and flea markets, having barbecues, but she mostly enjoyed her grandkids and any family gathering.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel at Heritage Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff Saska officiating. Burial will follow in Serene Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Escatawpa.
She is survived by her husband, John W. “Bill” Davis of Ocean Springs; her children, E. Gail (Stewart) Shmidt of Ocean Springs, Kenneth Y. Stewart Jr. of Lucedale, Timothy E. (Theresa) Stewart Sr. of Moss Point, Ronald J. (Patricia) Davis of Lucedale, Melissa V. (Coyt) Erkhart of Lucedale; her brothers and sisters, Lynette (Robert) Crowley of Escatawpa, Alvina Wells Belance of Torrance, Calif., John Wells of Ocean Springs, and Virginia Wells, Seaman Hurlen (Joann) Wells, Clyde (Liz) Wells, Betty Wells Garner and Jimmy Dell (Mickie) Wells, all of Moss Point; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, J.T., T.J., Toby, Stephen, Tiffany, Amanda, Courtney and Kyleah; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orie and Nettie Wells.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.
To sign the online register book, visit www.heritagefuneralhome.us.

Willie Mae Waldrep
CEDAR BLUFF – Willie Mae McDougal Waldrep, 95, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born Oct. 8, 1913, in Cedar Bluff to Hattie Ophelia Murphy McDougal and Edward Monroe McDougal. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She married Thomas Olen Waldrep Sr. on Jan. 14, 1933, in Waddell; he died on March 9, 1990.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with her grandson, Father Jeffrey Waldrep, officiating. Burial will follow in Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff.
Survivors include two daughters, Mildred Faye Johnson (Ben) of Houston and Shirley Smith (Billy) of West Point; one son, Joe Ed Waldrep (Mary) of West Point; 18 grandchildren; 37 great grandchildren; and five great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Annie Hamby and Evie Watson; a daughter-in-law, Mary Frances Waldrep, all of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her children, Thomas Olen Waldrep Jr. and Alice Ray Freeman; and her brothers and sisters, Jodie Harrison McDougal, Minnie Lou Woolbright, Ruth Mae Blakeney, Jessie Lee Jones, Willie Marie Henley, Bessie Mae Seymore, Lucille Wright and Edward McDougal.
Pallbearers will be Danny Waldrep, David Dwayne Waldrep, Troy Michael Waldrep, Thomas Freeman, Steve Freeman, Corey Smith and Shayne Smith.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

William Thomas
WALNUT – William Hal Thomas, 49, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Macedonia Deentown Baptist Church in Blue Mountain. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery in Hickory Flat. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

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