Obituaries Sept. 21, 2009

Charlie Bails
PONTOTOC – Charlie Bails, 62, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford.
A former New Albany resident, he was born Aug. 14, 1947, in Ripley to Hubert Bails and Lizzie Carruth Bails.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Serenity Funeral Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be in Ripley City Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Joslin Bails of Pontotoc; three children, Sherette Bails and Steve Mike Bails, both of New Albany, and Nicholas Bails of Pontotoc; one brother, Wilson “Pat” Bails of Indianapolis, Ind.; three sisters, Jamie (Curtis) Barnes of Jayess, Hattie Louis and Billie Winding, both of Memphis; one grandchild, Madison Skylargrace Bails of New Albany; and a host of other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be today from 1-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
James O. Spraggins
MANTACHIE – James O. Spraggins, 75, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at his residence after a long illness. He was a retired railroad employee.
Services will be today at 11 a.m. at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel
with Bro. Toby Mears officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in New Haven, Ohio. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Wayvone Spraggins of Mantachie; two sons, Russell King of Mantachie and Richard King of Louisiana; one daughter,
Roberta Segvich (Michael) of Indiana; two sons, James Spraggins Jr. and Thomas Spraggins, both of Ohio; one daughter; Kathleen Spraggins of Ohio; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Gene Spraggins (Carol) of Ohio; two sisters, Susie South of Tishomingo and Sadie Flemming (Bobby) of Marietta; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Josie Spraggins; and one brother, Eulas Wilder.
In lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sherry Decker
West Point – Sherry Ann Decker, 56, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Feb. 16, 1953, in Columbus to Mary Sue Barrett Coward and the late Webb Coward. She was a special education teacher in Monroe County for 32 years. She received a master’s and a specialist degree from Mississippi State University and Mississippi University for Women and was a member of Old Aberdeen Road Church of Christ. She married Robert Wayne Decker on June 17, 1987, at the Athens United Methodist in Monroe County.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Michael Ellis, assisted by Dr. James Towery, officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Decker of West Point; two daughters, Anna Elizabeth Decker and Mary Ellen Decker, both of West Point; her mother, Mary Sue Coward of Hamilton; two sisters, Brenda Coleman (Thomas W.) and Sarah Darty, both of Hamilton; and her mother-in-law, Doris Roberts Decker of West Point.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Wayne Decker Jr.
Pallbearers will be Sterling Coleman, Donnie Yarbrough, Danny Weathers, Jordan Hawkins, Terry Barham and Les Pollard.
Honorary pallbearers will be the physicians at the Leukemia Center in Jackson, Dr. Julian Hill and Dr. John Stanback.
Memorials may be made to the Sherry Ann Decker Scholarship Fund, c/o Cadence Bank, P.O. Box 837, West Point MS 39773.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Mary B. Jumper
NETTLETON – Mary B. Jumper, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton.

Mildred Thomas
NEW ALBANY – Mildred Thomas, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Joyce Allen
TUPELO – Joyce Allen died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Darlington Oaks in Verona.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Eda Fain
MEMPHIS – Eda Clarke Wilbanks Fain, 92, beloved mother of Eda C. Fain, and mother-in-law of Vince Lemorrocco, departed this life on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at Bright Glade Convalescent Center in Memphis following a lengthy illness.
She was the daughter of Annie Blackwell Green Wilbanks and R.P. Wilbanks Sr., of New Albany, whose families were descended from early Mississippi settlers.
Mrs. Fain, nicknamed “Willie,” graduated from New Albany High School, where she was active in the theatre program, played on the basketball team for three years, and was honored during her senior year as a state champion guard and center.
An early interest in medicine led to graduation from the Nurses’ Training School at Gartly-Ramsay Hospital in Memphis as a registered nurse. Upon graduation, her first patient was her father, who had suffered a back injury and was hospitalized in Memphis at Campbell’s Clinic. Early in her career, Mrs. Fain was eager to “go out West” and obtained a nursing position at the Deming Hospital in Deming, N.M.
During World War II, she worked at the Laredo, Texas, Army Hospital, where she met and married the love of her life, Fred Glenn Sankey. Sgt. Sankey, a South Dakota Golden Gloves boxer and descendant of Great Plains pioneers, stationed at the Laredo Army Airfield Gunnery School, died suddenly before he was scheduled to ship out for overseas duty. She was later married to L.D. Fain, Jr., of Tallahassee, Fla.
During a nursing career that spanned five decades, Mrs. Fain served as a surgical supervisor at Memphis Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital, as an industrial nurse with the American Snuff Company and Memphis Furniture Manufacturing Company, and as a clinical supervisor at John Gaston Hospital (now the Med). She was a member of Audubon Park Baptist Church for many years.
Mrs. Fain was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Robert Paul Wilbanks Jr., of Redwood, Calif., and a sister, Pauline Wilbanks Hart, of Halls, Tenn. In addition to her daughter and son-in-law, she leaves behind three nieces and nephews, Elisabeth Ann Vaden, Bobby Hart and Laurey Wray Hart, all of Halls.
Visitation will be held at Memphis Funeral Home, Poplar Chapel, today from 4-6 p.m., with a memorial service immediately following at 6 p.m. Interment will be in New Albany. Memorial contributions may be made to Theatre Memphis.

Joe Parvin
CORINTH – Joe Ed “Pops” Parvin, 77, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be tonight from 5-8 and Tuesday from 12 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Alton Scarbrough
BYHALIA – Alton Scarbrough, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Arvad L. Dye
NETTLETON – Arvad L. Dye, 94, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at his residence in Nettleton only four days from the passing of his wife of 67 years, Margaret. He was born Oct. 22, 1914, in the Brewer Community to James Rufus and Gladys Nicholson Dye. An Army Veteran of World War II, he spent 26 and a half months in the South Pacific, the last of which was in Japan prior to returning home after the war.
He owned and operated Dye Construction, Inc., which was passed on to his son. He was a charter member of the Nettleton Lions Club. He loved hunting and fishing. He was a longtime and faithful member of Nettleton United Methodist Church where he served on the Administrative Board, Finance Board, and for many years was Chairman of the Trustees. He was also a faithful member of the Disciples Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Nettleton United Methodist Church with Rev. David Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane Spraberry of Abilene, Texas, and Judy Harrison (Perry) of Blue Springs; one son, Ken Dye (Phyllis) of Brewer; 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; and her caregivers, Curtis Hilt, Christy Hilt, Mary Kennedy, Jimmie Hendrix, and Josephine Williams.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Virginia Ward and Lottie Bowles; three brothers, Johnnie Dye, Evis L. Dye and Duel Dye; and one grandson, Jared Dye.
Pallbearers will be Robert Allen Godfrey, Joe Hester, Frank Riley, Glyn Hester, Leon Pettigrew and Wade Holley.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton United Methodist Church, 160 Verona Ave., Nettleton MS 38858, or a favorite charity.

Marie M. Summar
PONTOTOC – Marie M. Summar, 70, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 31, 1939, to Henry Elbert Winfrey and Parlee White Winfrey in Sipe Springs, Texas. She married Hayden Hall Summar in 1964 who died in 1980. She had spent the past 32 years with James L. Jolly, her faithful companion. Marie was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She attended Black Zion Pentecostal Church.
Services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Black Zion Pentecostal Church with Bro. Mark Riddle and Bro. David Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the New Hope Methodist Church Cemetery at Okolona.
She is survived by two daughters, Maggie Ray of Ecru and Donna M. Summar of Pontotoc; one son, Robert Hershul Summar (Sadie) of Pontotoc; one sister, Minnie Winfrey of Prescott, Ariz.; six grandchildren, Jimmy Malone (Robin), April Ray (Dusty), Allen McKissack (Jessica), Miles Whitehead (Joni), Destanie Summar and Gary Winfrey; 10 great-grandchildren, Camron Condor, Crossland Malone, Baby Kerra Malone, Journey Malone, Savannah Ray, Chase Ray, Elianna Kiddy, Eli Kiddy, Hayden McKissack and Audumn Whitehead.
She was preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Hayden Hall Summar; one son, Jerry Winfrey; two brothers; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Allen McKissack, Miles Whitehead, Jimmy Malone, Robert Summar, Stephen Summar and Johnny Grisham.
Visitation will be today from 5:30-9 p.m. at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home and Tuesday from 12-2 p.m. at the church.
Willis G. Sanders Sr.
AMORY – Willis Gerald Sanders Sr., 68, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 25, 1941, in Monroe County to the late Tommie L. and Stella Florence Moon Sanders. He married Peggy Wilbanks in 1960 who survives. A resident of Amory for 37 years, he had lived in Zion, Ill., and was retired from Red Kap Industries. He was a member of the Bigbee Baptist Church and he enjoyed his grandchildren and Ole Miss football.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include four sons, Willis Gerald “Butch” Sanders Jr. (Susan) of Amory, Thomas Andrew Sanders (Lauren) of Southaven, Quitman Jason Sanders (Gayla) of Ridgeland, and Jeffrey Lynn Sanders of Amory; one brother, Harold Lloyd Sanders of Becker; one sister, Linda Diane Johnson of The Villages, Fla.; six grandchildren, Paige Sanders, Morgan Sanders, Caelin Sanders, Bailey Sanders, Whitney Loving and Zack Golden; and two great-grandchildren, Addison and Jackson Loving.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Tommie Ray Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Wilbanks, Larry Adams, William Jones, Dale Wilbanks, Devor Campbell and Dudley Cantrell.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Kenny Graham
WHEELER – Kenny Joe Graham, 57, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at his residence. He was a retired furniture factory employee and carpenter. He loved cooking and family gatherings.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Jerry Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Kenny Ray Graham (Veronica) of Blackland and Tyler Graham of Thrasher; one daughter, Tonya Sterling (Travis) of Bakersfield, Calif.; one brother, Larry Graham (Allene) of Wheeler; six grandchildren, Bryce and Blake Sterling, Tori Graham, James Graham, and Zack and Zane Gargus.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Ella Graham; and one brother, Jerry Graham.
Pallbearers will be Benny Herring, Jeffery Fuggit, Fred Cummins, Steven Stokes, Michael Harvey, Marty Hendrix and Don Glissen.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mary Cromeans
FULTON – Mary Lou Cromeans, 79, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at the Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, Ala. She was a housewife and a chicken grower. She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindi Pierotti of Daphne, Ala., and Deborah Ramos of Yuma, Ariz.; one sister, May Ola Tate of Peppertown; three grandchildren, Maranda Parker and Megan Pierotti, both of Daphne, and Gabriel Williams of Dallas; three great-grandchildren, Kaili, Joseph and Christopher, all of Daphne; two nieces, Brenda Hare of Peppertown and Freda McCabe of Corpus Christi, Texas; and one nephew, Rickey Tate of Peppertown.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Agrah Dale “Red” Cromeans; her parents, Ivy Lee and Bessie May Stovall; her stepmother, Hattie Bell Stovall; and a brother, Dolan Stovall.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Joe W. Blissard
PHEBA – Joe W. Blissard, 74, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at his home in the Cairo Community. He was born Oct. 4, 1934, in Houlka to the late Eva Adell Lowery and Jonathon Alonzo Blissard. He was an electrician for American Can Company for 30 years and a member of Enon Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean War. He married Eunice Nell Young Blissard on Jan. 17, 1958, in Houston.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Avery Jones officiating and Rev. Danny Avery and Bro. Larry Haggard assisting. Burial will follow in Cairo Cemetery in Clay County.
Survivors include his wife, Nell Young Blissard of Pheba; one daughter, Ruth Wooten (Scotty) of Montpelier; one son, Tony Hill (Becky) of Cedar Bluff; six grandchildren, Tonya Williams, Toby Wooten, Yancy Wooten, Katina Smith, Trisha Dorroh and Jana Hill; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Verlie Hinton of Houlka.
He was preceded in death by one brother.
Pallbearers will be Toby Wooten, Yancy Wooten, Stan Dorroh, Carl Hinton Daniels, Chris Turner and Mike Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lucian Poss, Toni Dichiara, Johnny Hamblin, Henry Johnson, James Rowe, Albert Mattox, Dudley Williams and the Enon Baptist Church Family.
Memorials may be made to the Cairo Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Jack Thompson, 5381 Hopewell Road, Cedar Bluff MS 39741.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. until service time at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Douglas P. Bass
OXFORD – Douglas Phillip Bass, 88, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. A Lee County native, he was born March 1, 1921, to Phillip Mount Bass and Olga Hussey Bass. He joined the United States Army on Oct. 12, 1942, and was honorably discharged after becoming disabled as a result of serving in World War II. He was a member of the Richmond Baptist Church. He had lived the past seven years at the V.A. Nursing Home in Oxford. In his earlier years he had enjoyed gardening and loved dancing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Andrews Chapel Cemetery with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Gayle Hillhouse (Joe) of Plantersville; one son, Mike Bass (Wanda) of Tupelo; one sister, Winnie Estes of Plantersville; one brother, Lowery Bass (Patsy) of Tupelo; two granddaughters, Melanie Henderson (David) and Emily Foster; two grandsons, Chris Bass (Kristy) and Tim Bass (Melissa); and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe Glen Bass, Thomas Bass and Rich Bass; and one sister, Thelma Young.
Visitation will be from 4-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Dye
SALTILLO – James Tate “Jimmy” Dye, 71, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born in the Brewer Community to James Duel and Nellie Tate Dye on Feb. 6, 1938. He was a 20-year retired E7 Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy having served in the Vietnam War. In 1977, he and his family settled in Saltillo where he lived ever since. He was former owner of Dye Refrigeration and had also owned Dye Concessions in Saltillo. He was an avid gardener and had for many years maintained a truck farm. He loved hunting and fishing and was known as a “jack of all trades.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday in the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Clyde Mize officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery.’
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Barbara Rodgers Dye of Saltillo; one daughter, Priscilla Dye Young (Jeffery) of Mooreville; two grandchildren, Cadance Ann Young and Jeffery Todd Young Jr.; two sisters, Sue Frederick (Bill) of Palmetto and Dale Grubbs of Brewer; one brother, Joe Dye (Diane) of Brewer; his mother, Nellie Tate Dye; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Hankins, Robert Gibson, Dee Scruggs, Leroy Long and Merle Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will Cadance Ann Young, Jeffrey Todd Young Jr., Earl Bell, Emajean Gibson, Billy Jo Rogers and Joel Rogers.
Visitation will be from 2:30-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kathy Alexander
NEW ALBANY – Kathy Ruth Alexander, 55, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home.

Betty Johnson
CORINTH – Betty Jo Martin Johnson died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Arrangement are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.

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