Obituaries Sept. 19, 2009

Curtis Smith Sr.
WREN – Curtis Taylor Smith Sr., 73, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at his home after an extended illness. A lifelong resident of the Wren community, he was born Aug. 3, 1936, to Benjamen Franklin and Gertrude Blaylock Smith. He graduated from Wren High School in 1955. He married Illa Ree Basham in 1956. He was a self-employed diesel mechanic and he also worked for Shumpert Truck Line and Roadway. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. A member of the Central Grove Baptist Church, he served as a deacon and Sunday school superintendent for 25 years. He farmed and enjoyed his family.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Illa Ree Basham Smith of Wren; two sons, Curtis T. “Buddy” Smith Jr. (Susan) of Wren and Robert Earl Smith of Amory; two daughters, Vickie Langford (Dale) and Barbara Jane “B.J.” Gadd (Ronny), all of Wren; two brothers, Roy Harold Smith (Opal) of Wesson and John Raymond Smith of Wren; seven grandchildren, Taylor Langford, Kelly Matthews (Jim), Hannah Gadd, Harley Gadd, Adam Keyes (Ashley), Ashton Hood (Jason) and Addie Keyes; and two great-grandchildren, Mary Haley Hood and Camden Hood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of the Central Grove Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Masons.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Jed Mitchell
MEMPHIS – James Milton “Jed” Mitchell III, 50, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at the Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 2, 1958, in Houston. He was a distribution clerk for the U.S. Postal Service.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Gene Foshee officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include his mother, Wanda Kay Hayes Mitchell, and his grandmother, Edna Hayes, both of Bruce.
He was preceded in death by his father, James M. Mitchell Jr., and a brother, Steven Hayes Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Hal Reese Jr., A.W. Lee, William Price Wright, James Milton Baker and Roger Foshee.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Burl Megginson
NEW ALBANY – James Burl Megginson, 96, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born May 24, 1913, in Murray, Texas, to James Manning Megginson and Viola Kerr Megginson. He started the Crosstown Barber Shop in Tupelo during the early 1950′s. He served as Justice Court judge in Lee County from 1962-1966. In 1968 he and his family moved to New Albany, where he purchased Hitt’s Barber Shop, which he ran for many years. He was a very active member of First Baptist Church in New Albany, where he taught a Sunday School class. He cut hair at Roselawn Retirement Home. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church in New Albany with Rev. Ricky Blythe and Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be in the New Albany Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one daughter, Mary Jane Buse (Larry) of Cherokee, Ala.; one son, Richard A. Megginson (Shiela) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Beau Buse (Beth), Brandy McClain (David) and Rich Megginson (Peggy); three great-grandchildren, Logan and Torrin Megginson, and Bennett Buse.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorette Bennett Megginson; two sisters, Mary Long and Lillian Simpanen; and one brother, Herman Megginson.
Pallbearers will be Bill Kitchens, Lugie Brown, Dan Skinner, Gilbert Daniel, Jerry Brooks, Alan Cousar and Walter Grace. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Dye Kirkland Sunday School Class.
The body will lie in state from 10 to 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, 200 Bankhead St., New Albany, MS 38652; or to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneral.com.

Doyle Jones
PONTOTOC – Doyle Lane Jones died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mays Chapel Church in Pittsboro. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery at Vardaman. Serenity Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Meredith Davidson
OLIVE BRANCH – Meredith High Davidson, 27, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at her home in Olive Branch. She was born Feb. 28, 1982, in Birmingham, Ala., to Henry and Lynn Cork High. She attended Tupelo public schools and graduated from Faith Christian Academy in 2000. She married Cody Davidson on Jan. 7, 2006. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends and loved taking her son to the zoo and park. She was a loving and compassionate individual, gifted in relating to children with disabilities. She was creative with a keen sense of style and excelled in making artistic designs. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and grew up at All Saints’ Episcopal Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Paul Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of nearly four years, Cody Davidson of Olive Branch; her son, Lennox Christian “Lex” Davidson of the home; her parents, Henry and Lynn Cork High of Tupelo; three sisters, Jennifer Medders (Cliff) of Cleveland, Leslie Wood (Andrew) of Saltillo and Catherine Stegall (Charley) of Pontotoc; one brother, Jason Silcox (Paige) of Nashville; two nieces, Kaylee Wood and Nora Silcox; two nephews, Charles Allen “Cas” Stegall and Davis Silcox; her grandparents, Rev. Ferrell and Billie Cork of Tupelo; her uncle, Steve Cork (Cheryl) of Tupelo; two cousins, Collin and Cade Cork of Tupelo; her aunt, Mary Allen High and uncle, Jim High, both of Tupelo; her mother-in-law, Wanda Davidson of Tupelo; two brothers-in-law, Matthew and Hunter Davidson (Debra); two sisters-in-law, Leigh Pritchard (John) and Jill Maddline (Steve).
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Because of her love for the time she spent at the zoo with her son, the family requests memorials be made to Memphis Zoo at www.memphiszoo.org; or a favorite charity.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Chappell
GUYS, Tenn. – Mary Chappell, 45, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Roger Wilder
HARVEY, La. – Roger Dale Wilder, 50, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, in Harvey, La. He was a loving son and brother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with J.W. Owen officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Daisy Smith Wilder; his father, Franklin Duane Wilder; brother and sisters, Rebecca Wilder Bennett, Regina Wilder, Shirley Staten, Charlotte Smith, Linda Verrett, Malcolm Walls and Danielle Gobin; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Erskin and Jewell Wilder, and John and Della Smith.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Murray, Davis Verrett, Ray Staten, Chuck Earwood, Neil Delhomme and Ronnie Mueler.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Lealon Harris
CORINTH – Lealon Ray Harris, 69, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church, where he served as an usher. He was a retired construction contractor and the co-owner of East Lawn and Magnolia Apartments. He was a former deacon and trustee at Biggersville First Baptist Church and East Corinth Baptist Church. He was the past state president of the Mississippi Homebuilders Association and Corinth-Alcorn County Homebuilders. He was inducted into the Mississippi Homebuilders Hall of Fame in 2008. He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oakland Baptist Church with Dr. Randy Bostick, Bro. Raybon Richardson and Bro. Bengy Massey officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Linda Massengill Harris of Rienzi; one son, Lamar Harris and wife, Angie, of Corinth; one daughter, Laura Harris Holloway and husband, Danny, of Corinth; five grandchildren, Lydia Holloway, Lee Ann Holloway, Abby Harris, Maggie Harris and Lauren Swindle and husband, Derek; two brothers, Loyal Harris and wife, Marjorie, of Marietta, Ga., and Roy Harold Harris and wife, Linda Joyce, of Kennesaw, Ga.; two sisters, Lorene Meador and husband, Lyman, of Oakridge, Tenn., and Doris Fields of Woodstock, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Judy Hearn and husband, Ray, of Germantown, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bolivar Guston Harris; his mother, Velma Nash Harris; two brothers, Thurman Harris and Dwane Harris; a sister, Vernona Pollard; and his parents-in-law, Redius and Zera Massengill.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Chapel of Memories at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Faye Roberts
FULTON – Faye Johnson Roberts, 88, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 4, 1921, in Itawamba County to William Allen and Sarah Emily Hughes Johnson. She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove Church of Christ. She enjoyed gardening and flowers and loved her family unconditionally.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Fowler and James Atkinson officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, John Allen (Susie) Roberts of Waukegan, Ill., Nan (Ronald) Houston of Fulton, and David Wayne (Brenda) Roberts, James William (Melinda) Roberts and Mary Roberts, all of Tremont; her twin sister, Raye Gholston of Fulton; four sisters-in-law, Jean House, Mildred Johnson, Ruby Johnson and Louise Sweatman; seven grandchildren, Ferrane (Waylon) Wilson, Paula (Wes) Smith, Stephanie (Anthony) Cooley, Phillip Oatsvall Jr., Jeffrey Oatsvall, Peanut Oatsvall and Jennifer Oatsvall; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Roberts, in 1969; three grandsons, Michael Roberts, Chris Roberts and Matthew Underwood; her parents; two sisters; and seven brothers.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Georgia Carter
MEMPHIS – Georgia Ruth Carter, 80, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She was born Dec. 18, 1928, in Missouri. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She was the widow of William Carter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Memphis Memory Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Michael Carter of Lakeland, Tenn.; two daughters, Constance Dimilo of Pascedo, Texas, and Sandra Gail Travis of Iuka; one brother, Gene Rigdon of Cauldwell, Idaho; three sisters, Stella McGinn of Topeka, Kan., Frances Skipton of Garden City, Kan., and Mary Sue Smith of Simi Valley, Calif.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild; many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home.

Jimmy Robinson
SOUTHAVEN – Jimmy Wayne Robinson, 67, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in Southaven after a brief illness. He was born Feb. 25, 1942, in Iuka. He received degrees from Memphis State University, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. He was a lifelong educator, serving as principal of Ashland High School for 30 years in 1970-2000. He will be greatly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hight Funeral Home of Corinth.
He is survived by four sons, Brooks Robinson and wife, Heather, of Shreveport, La., Rod Robinson and wife, Sharon, of Hernando, Erich Robinson and wife, Kendra, of Keller, Texas, and Bruce Robinson and wife, Kim, of Hernando; one daughter, Allyson Robinson Shelby of Southaven; 15 grandchildren, Jessica, Jennifer, Zach, Brooks, Spencer, Cole, Parker, Cameron, Matthew, Joshua, Mackenzie, Luke, Jenna, Jake and Ian; two great-grandchildren, Alex and Abigail; one brother, Tal Robinson; three sisters, Altha Lambert, Georgia Hancock and Becky Harville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Orlando, Marvin, Robert Jr. and Fred; and two sisters, Edith and Nell.
Pallbearers are Randy Harville, Greg Harville, Tim Harville, Phil Harville, Whitney Wilburn, Alan Tatum, Brooks Robinson and Zachary Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ike Little
NEW ALBANY – Ike Little died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Cornisha King
ABERDEEN – Cornisha King died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Mary Lou Cromeans
FULTON – Mary Lou Cromeans, 79, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at the Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Thomas McGrone
FULTON – Thomas McGrone, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Edith Thurmond
RIPLEY – Nannie Edith Thurmond, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. She was born Nov. 8, 1919, to George P. and Emmalou Ila Chunn Stanford. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Bolton (Lee) and Kay Turner, all of Courtland; one son, John Eddie Thurmond of Columbus; one brother, Ellis Hugh Stanford of Palm Coast, Fla.; three grandchildren, Beverly Stubbs, Angie Reed and Shelby Turner; one stepgrandchild, Dylan Bolton; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. J. E. Thurmond, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Terry Stanford, Tom Meek, Duncan Reed, Austin Reed, Scott Stubbs and Lee Goudelock.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

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