Obituaries Sept. 22, 2009

Ella Ree Jeffries
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ella Ree Jeffries, 57, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. today.
Levi Stutzman
HYDRO, Okla. – Levi Stutzman, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at his home in Hydro, Okla. He was born July 15, 1923, near Weatherford, Okla., to Ruben and Mary Yutzy Stutzman. He attended Swan Rural School and worked on the family farm. He married Amanda Thomas on Oct. 21, 1943. He served 2 1/2 years of civilian public service. He continued to farm and enjoyed carpentry work.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Pleasant View Mennonite Church, north of Weatherford. Burial will follow in the Cedar Mennonite Cemetery, northwest of Hydro. Lockstone Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Amanda, of their home: sons, Nathan Stutzman and companion, Deb Adair, of Dublin, Texas, Tim Stutzman and wife, Angela, of Weatherford, Okla., and Titus Stutzman and wife, Grace, of Hydro, Okla.; daughters, Miriam and Ed Ratzloff of DeRidder, La., Mary Ann and Howard Martin of Okolona, and Katherine and Errol Koehn of Okolona; two daughters-in-law, Regina Stutzman of Okolona and Kim Suter of Weatherford, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Cora Beachy; and one granddaughter, Kelly Stutzman Jantz.

Mattie Williams
MEMPHIS – Mattie Lou Glass Williams, 101, formerly of Michigan City, died Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church at Walnut. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

James Cooper
MELBOURNE, Fla. – James Wayne “Jim” Cooper, 65, formerly of Amory, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the William Childs Hospice House in Palm Bay, Fla. He was born May 25, 1944, in Smithville to Hildra Thompson Cooper and J.W. Cooper. A resident of Melbourne, he had lived in Hamilton, Ga., and in Palm Coast, Fla. He worked in insurance and real estate. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the New Hope Church of Christ. He was an avid golfer and he had coached Little League baseball. He enjoyed his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Philip Hathcock and Hoyet Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Hildra Cooper of Amory; two sons, Jason Cooper of Tallahassee, Fla., and Rick Bartlett (Tracy) of Longmont, Colo.; one daughter, Diane Wells (John) of Buford, Ga.; two brothers, Jerry Cooper (Janette) and Harold Cooper (Sherryel), both of Amory; one sister, Nell Cooper (Ron Classen) of St. Augustine, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Zack and Niki Wells, and Anna and Kelly Bartlett.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, Momon and Emmer Thompson, and William and Nelle Cooper.
Pallbearers will be Scott Cooper, Chad Cooper, Shay Cooper, Barney Vann, Gary Prestridge, Justin Cooper and James Maxey.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday.
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 Feb. 6, 1938, in the Brewer community to James Duel and Nellie Tate Dye. He was 20-year retired E 7 Chief petty officer in the United States Navy, serving in the Vietnam War. In 1977, he and his family settled in Saltillo, where he has lived since. He was former owner of Dye Refrigeration and 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.” He was a member of the Mayfield Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today 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, Kadance 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, Joe Dye and Merle Baker. Honorary pallbearers will Kadance Ann Young, Jeffrey Todd Young Jr., Earl Bell, Emajean Gibson, Billie Jo Rogers and Joel Rogers.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bill Scarbrough
BYHALIA – Alton “Bill” Scarbrough, 81, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a retired employee of the Veterans Administration. He served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Byhalia.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Felix Hutcheson Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include his stepchildren, Belinda Biggert and Rusty McClure, both of Byhalia; two sisters, Mary Francis Dennis of Columbus and Louise Degeorge of Biloxi; one brother, Bob Scarbrough of Virginia; grandchildren, Kevin Biggert (Brenda), Kelly Biggert (Kristi), Russ McClure (Heather), Amy McClure and Jason McClure; and great-grandchildren, Logan Biggert, McKynzie McClure, Miya McClure and Kyleigh McClure.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 35 years, Jane Hutcheson Scarbrough.
Pallbearers will be Rusty McClure, Kevin Biggert, Kelly Biggert, Russ McClure and Jason McClure.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Barbara Jethrow
WEST POINT – Barbara Jethrow, 51, died Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Town Creek M.B. Church in West Point. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lura W. Stinson
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lura W. Stinson, 65, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Musgray Road and Hwy. 178 E. in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Thomas Rivers
TUPELO – Thomas Lamar Rivers, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 7, 1933, in Neshoba County to Curtis Hugh Lee and Mavis Dallas Rivers. A 1952 graduate of Meridian High School, he attended Meridian Junior College and East Mississippi Junior College, where he played basketball. In 1958, he graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor of science degree. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954 to 1956 during the Korean War. A longtime resident of Huntsville, Ala., he worked as a technical writer at Redstone Arsenal for the U.S. Army Missile Command. He was married to Jackie Spiers Rivers, who preceded him in death on Feb. 12, 2009. He lived in Tupelo since 2007. He enjoyed golfing and fishing, and he was an avid fan of Mississippi State University sports. He loved spending time with his family. He was a member of Hillsboro Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Hillsboro Heights Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala. Graveside services will follow at Faith Memorial Gardens in Huntsville. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements. Local visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at W.E. Pegues in Tupelo.
Survivors include three daughters, Suzanne Crow (Allen) of Belden, Judith Jackson (Lex) of Starville, and Stephanie Lenox (Dave) of Eva, Ala.; two brothers, Wyndell Rivers of Liberty Hill, Texas, and Bob Rivers of Meridian; four grandchildren, Sara, Emily, Austin and Erin.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Paul Rivers.
Members of his family will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Traceway Retirement Center, 2800 West Main, Tupelo MS 38801; or Hillsboro Heights Baptist Church, 3614 Drake Ave., Huntsville, AL 35805.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Bell Jumper
NETTLETON – Mary Bell Williams Jumper, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on Jan. 22, 1920, in Monroe County to Dave and Lela Mae Dixon Williams. She was a native of Wren, but had lived in Nettleton for the past 28 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Gradys Chapel Methodist Church in Wren. She enjoyed working in her flower beds and being with her family.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Burial will be in Gray’s Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Murry Jumper Jr. of Nettleton; one daughter, Janice Graham of Nettleton; one sister, Lorine Archer of Wren; two grandchildren, Ken Graham of Wren and Wesley Graham of Starkville; three great-grandchildren, Leah, Joe and Katie; one great-great-grandson, Karson Webber.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Thomas Williams; and one son-in-law, Leland Graham.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Archer, Ronald Archer, Walter Archer, Jimmy Williams and Bailey Haney.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
J. Barry Caldwell
PONTOTOC – Jack Barry Caldwell, 90, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 29, 1919, in Pontotoc County to Artemus and Lula Caldwell. He was a farmer and a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed his John Deere equipment, farming, his cattle, and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. J.W. Owen Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Billy Caldwell, and two daughters, Brenda Conlee and Patricia Franklin (Rodney), all of Pontotoc; his grandchildren, Tommy Caldwell (Jennifer), Jackie Caldwell, Amanda Conlee, Shannon Conlee, Randal Conlee (Brandi), Robby Franklin and Michael Franklin (Jamie); and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Melba Sloan Caldwell; his parents; one brother, Howard Caldwell; seven sisters, Francis Jackson, Clara Brassfield, Blanche Stewart, Sally Stewart, Lula Mae Wheat, Ruth Caldwell and Mary Lee Caldwell; and a son-in-law, Roy Dean Conlee.
Pallbearers will be Tommy and Jackie Caldwell, Shannon and Randal Conlee, and Robby and Michael Franklin. Honorary palbearers will be Kaleb Conlee and lifelong friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home for funeral expenses would be greatly appreciated.

Jeffie Bridgman
PONTOTOC – Jeffie Louise Bridgman, 86, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at her home. She was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Desoto County. She married Lenward Owen Bridgman in April 27, 1940. She worked in a factory for many years before retiring. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed working Thomas Kincade puzzles. She was a longtime member of Fairview Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Keith Williams and Bro. Ted Burcham officiating. Burial will follow in Jernigan Cemetery.
She is survived by eight daughters, Linda Dougherty (Robert), Peggy Brown (Charlie), Billie Inmon (Marlin), Shirley Caldwell (James Lawrence), Nancy Coleman (Jerry) and Kim McCord (Benny), all of Pontotoc, Frances Ahmad (Falih) of Stephenville, Texas, and Lisa Bridgman of Hoover, Ala.; one son, Ricky Bridgman (Donna) of Pontotoc; two sisters, Mildred Parrish and Mattie Owen of Pontotoc; two brothers, J.C. Sexton of Sardis and Claude Sexton of Pontotoc; 21 grandchildren, Julie Rosado, Tammy Montgomery, Bill Russell, Pat Dougherty, Cindy McGregor, Joy Pitts, Will Tutor, Andra Hammond, Glen Inmon, Cathy Purdon, Brad Caldwell, Jason Caldwell, Christy Davis, Dana Wilemon, Shane Bridgman, Shaye Bridgman, Tracey Grimes, Brian McCord, Meredith May, Matt Coker and Ashley McCord Collins; 36 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Raymond Sexton Sr. and Sarah Cook Sexton; her husband, Lenward Owen Bridgman; two sisters, Ruby Burress and Sarah Stallings; and six brothers, Lonnie, Sterling, Sam, Bill, Herman and Austin Sexton.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Bill Russell, Will Tutor, Glen Inmon, Brad Caldwell, Jason Caldwell, Shane Bridgman, Brian McCord and Matt Coker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Lavaughn Akins
RIPLEY – Edward Lavaughn Akins, 82, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jonathan Kilgore
OXFORD – Jonathan Kilgore, 32, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Betty Jo Johnson
CORINTH – Betty Jo Martin Johnson, 82, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waldron Street Christian Church. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and after the service Wednesday at the church.

Leroy McGee
BALDWYN – Leroy McGee died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home in New Albany.

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