Obituaries Sept. 23, 2009

Martha Fondren
TAYLOR – Martha Fondren died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home.

Mildred Thomas
NEW ALBANY – Mildred Fowler Thomas, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at the Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. She was born March 31, 1918, in Summerville, Ga., to Charles S. Fowler and Minie Hammond Fowler. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in New Albany. She was a member and past president of the Pilot Club and a member of the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County’s Hospital Auxiliary. She was a retired kindergarten teacher with the First United Methodist Church. She loved cooking, needlework, and arts and crafts.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Leslie Nabors officiating. Burial will be in Senatobia with the Rev. Patrick Alexander officiating.
She is survived by a daughter, Kay Thomas Campbell (John) of Ocala, Fla., and a son, Kelly Thomas (Diane) of New Albany; three grandchildren, Susan Campbell Eaton (Fletcher) of Gainesville, Fla., Martha Jane Thomas Alexander (Patrick) of Morristown, Tenn., and Jay Campbell (Ginnie) of Ocala, Fla.; five great-grandchildren, Mary Grace, Brock and Bethany Eaton, and Mitchell and Walker Campbell; and a longtime friend and caregiver, Ann Howell of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, J.K. Thomas Jr.; one sister Margaret Hardy; and two brothers, Charles Fowler and Max Fowler.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Kathy Alexander
BEACON HILL – Kathy Ruth Alexander, 55, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009 after a long illness. She attended Blue Springs Baptist Church. She loved tending to her flowers and spending time with her grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Blue Springs Baptist Church with Bro. Neil Davis officiating. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammie Hall of Myrtle and Mary Page (William) of Keownville; one son, Tommy Miller of Beacon Hill; two sisters, Shirley Allen (Bill) of Blue Springs and Charlene Matkins (Harold) of North Haven; one brother, Jimmy Garrett of Beacon Hill; seven grandchildren, Ashley Hall, Devin Page, Dustin Page, Summer Miller, Victoria Allred, Heather Grace Miller and Jasemine Miller; a host of nieces and nephews; and a close friend, Kathy McDonald.
She was preceded in death by her parents, R.V. “Bozo” Garrett and Annie Ruth Garrett; a niece, Amanda Fredrickson; and her grandparents, Auther and Luvenia Garrett, and Jim and Claudie Davis.

Opal Chittom
TUPELO – Opal Garner Chittom, 93, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born on Oct. 31, 1915, in Lee County to Lewis E. and Miley P. Garner. She married Aubrey Harmon Chittom on Jan. 12, 1935. She earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education at what was then Mississippi State College in Starkville. She began her teaching career at Mantachie School when she was 19 years old. She continued her career in the Lee County and Tupelo School Districts for more than 30 years. Upon her retirement she enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada and abroad.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at East Main Church of Christ with Ministers Gary Williams and Darrell Beard officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Dr. Jean Smith (Bob H.) of Tupelo and Janice McKinney (Robert E.) of Fulton; three grandchildren, Robert Earl McKinney (Brandi) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Leonard Bedna Schaefer III (Melissa) of Tupelo and Alice McKinney Henton (Nathan) of Oxford; her great-granddaughter, Miley Opal Henton of Oxford; her three sisters, Roberta Garner Davis (C.B.) of Memphis, Dois Smith (James Lee) and Laverne Garner Dearman, all of Tupelo; nieces and nephews, William Louis Dearman (Charlotte) of Tupelo, Terry Garner Dearman (Karen) of Saltillo, Julia Dearman Wood (Ewing) of Dorsey, Janet Dearman Byrge (Jerry) of Helenwood, Tenn., Fay DeVaughn Wood (Bill), Larry Murphy Chittom (Marilyn), Martha Kirksey Senter (Pat Jr.), all of Tupelo, Richard Brooks Archibald (Marsha) of Saltillo, Ann DeVaughn Moore (Nolan) of Dorsey and Charles Chittom (June) of Tulsa, Okla.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Arvy Garner; her brother, Clyde Roland Garner; and her nephew, David Owen Dearman.
Pallbearers will be Richard Archibald, Larry Chittom, Jason Dickinson, Eric Gibens, Kenny King, Matthew Nichols, Jonathan Nichols and Eddie Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and elders of East Main Church of Christ.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to East Main Church of Christ Library, 1606 E. Main St. Tupelo, MS 38804; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Thomas McGrone
FULTON – Thomas McGrone, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Shiloh CME Church in Fulton. Burial will be in Fulton Community Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be two hours before service at the church.
Jonathan Kilgore
OXFORD – Jonathan Robert Kilgore, 32, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at his home in Oxford. A was the son of Norma Floyd Kilgore and the late Robert C. “Pee Wee” Kilgore. He was born Nov. 4, 1976. He was a lifelong resident of Houston, living in Oxford for the past two years. He was an electrician in the Oxford area. He was a 1995 graduate of Houston High School, a graduate of Itawamba Community College and a lifetime member of the ICC Alumni Association. He was an avid sports fan and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. A devoted, loving father, he was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Scott Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Kelly Lambert Kilgore of Oxford; one son, Riley Garrett Kilgore of Oxford; his mother, Norma Floyd Kilgore of Houston, one sister, Monica Aldridge (Lamar) of Tupelo; one brother, Jordan Kilgore (Serena) of Woodland; two nieces, Reagan Aldridge and Emma Grace Kilgore; one nephew, Ben Aldridge; his grandmother, Grace R. Floyd of Tupelo; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, William and Frances Kilgore, and Hubert Floyd.
Pallbearers will be Trent Barnett, Chris Lancaster, Brandon Uhiren and John Moore.
Memorials may be made to the Riley Kilgore Scholarship Fund, c/o BancorpSouth, P.O. Box 112, Houston, MS 38851.

Frankie A. King
DENNIS – Frankie A. King, 75, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at DCH in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born May 3, 1934, in Lynn, Ala., to Thomas Irvin King Sr. and Virginia Jessie Goza King. He was a retired logger and was well-known in the community as he continued to work mowing yards for many people. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. One of his favorite things in life was to host his family and friends to fish fries and cook-outs at his home. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and loved camping and fishing with his children and grandchildren. He was well-loved by his family, nieces and nephews who share many fun memories of good times with him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Dennis with Bro. Scott Wilson and Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Bonnie King of Dennis; two sons, Gregory King of Dennis and John King (Kim) of Fairview; two daughters, Pamela Carpenter of Corinth and Leah Rowland (Richard) of Baldwyn; three brothers, Quinton King (Inez) of Haleyville, Ala., Tommy King (Martha) of Tishomingo and Joe King of Russellville, Ala.; five sisters, Neva Slaughter and Perry Ross (Dennis), all of Dennis, Virginia Summers of Red Bay, Ala., Barbara Hicks of Canal Pt., Fla., and Glenda Ozbirn (Bill) of Golden; two brothers-in-law, Roman Ryniec (Ula) and Leszek Ryniec, all of Poland; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three grandchildren, Brandon King, Michelle Borden and Jacob King.
Pallbearers will be a grandson and nephews, Kevin Robinette, Mike Thompson, Terry Evans, Timothy Slaughter, Christopher King, Eric Ross, Kirk Ross and Heath King. Honorary pallbearers will be other nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 10 p.m. today at Emmanuel Baptist Church and until service time on Thursday.

William Edwards
BLUE MOUNTAIN – William Junior Edwards, 68, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Kenneth Horton
RED BAY, Ala. – Kenneth Hoyt Horton, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala. He was born July 21, 1936, in Franklin County, Ala., to Obon and Evelyn Coats Horton. He was a salesman for Sunshine Mills and Alabama Paper and Metal. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Red Bay.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one brother, Jim Horton (Brenda) of Knoxville, Tenn.; one sister, Lanell Young (Nelson) of Kansas City, Mo.; one nephew, Jim Horton Jr.; two nieces, Amy Pering and Mary Beth Lissna; two great-nieces and one great-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ross Horton.
Pallbearers will be Vollie Pierce, John Roberts, Forby Collum, Flavous Puckett, Jim Horton and Nelson Young.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Billy Crawley
BOONEVILLE – Billy Gene Crawley, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the V.A. Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was born Nov. 23, 1931, in Prentiss County to James Thomas and Edna Mae Leathers Crawley. He was a retired apartment manager and a Mormon. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Private family funeral services will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three sisters, Mildred Henson of Booneville, Beatrice Ricks of Callahan, Fla., and Mayno Senter of Booneville; one brother, B. Wayne Crawley of Memphis; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters, Lila Mae Williams, Annie Lou Thomas, Pauline Downs and Lamoise Madison; and a brother, C.D. Crawley.

Marcelle Shewbart
RED BAY, Ala. – Marcelle Shewbart, 64, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Deward Chrismond Jr.
EUPORA – Deward Chrismond Jr., 76, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marie McCord
RIENZI – Mary Lois Marie Wren McCord, 88, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Old Danville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Bud Phillips
CORINTH – Jayda “Bud” Phillips 77, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Farmington Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Barry Jones
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Barry Maxwell Jones, 36, formerly of Falkner, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at his home in Phoenix, Ariz. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Primitive Baptist Church, 756 Cooper St., Ripley.

Jeffie Louise Bridgman
PONTOTOC – Jeffie Louise Bridgman, 86, passed away Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at her home. She was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Desoto County. She married Lenward Owen Bridgman on April 27, 1940, and 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 today at 2 p.m. in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Williams and Bro. Ted Burcham officiating. Music will be presented by Scott Wilemon. 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), Kim McCord (Benny), all of Pontotoc, Frances Ahmad (Falih) of Stephenville, Texas, and Lisa Bridgman of Hoover, Ala., and 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 Mayo, Matt Coker and Ashley McCord Collins; 36 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Claude Raymond Sexton Sr. and Sarah Cook Sexton; loving husband, Lenward Owen Bridgman; sisters, Ruby Burress and Sarah Stallings; and 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 today from noon to 2 p.m.

Junior Martinez
PONTOTOC – Eloy Jose Martinez Jr., 46, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, in Houlka. He was born April 9, 1963. He was a carpenter. He had a big heart and loved spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Demeka Martinez of Houston and Frankie Martinez of Albuquerque, N.M.; his mother and stepfather, Bonnie and Kenneth Gregory of Randolph; two brothers, Leamon Martinez and James Gregory; his sisters, Betty Self, Melodie Self, Jan Scott, Nickey Hellums, Lorrie Chunn, Tootie Martin and Felecia Fernandez; 29 nieces and nephews; 22 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Eloy Martinez, and his grandparents, Bud and Virgie Brown, and Aron and Mary Martinez.
Pallbearers will be Brian Self, Jody Self, Barry Martinez, Robbie Hellums, Wade Chunn and Donald Chunn. Honorary pallbearers will be Jarrett Chunn, Landon Martinez and Mikey Scott.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday.

Mildred L. Simmons
TUPELO – Mildred L. Simmons, 52, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Faye Hoard
BOONEVILLE – Faye Hoard, 60, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at noon today at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville. Visitation will continue until service time today.

Ray Curtis
IUKA – Ray Curtis, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Vada Bugg
IUKA – Vada Bugg, 89, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She enjoyed cooking and talking and visiting with friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Malcolm Garrett officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Ray Bugg (Linda) of Mt. Juliet, Tenn., Jimmy Wayne Bugg (Deborah) of Canton, Ga., and Harold Bugg (Teresa) of Huntsville, Ala.; one daughter, Lillie Mae Helton (Chester) of Iuka; five grandchildren, Tammy Hobbs (Barrett), Lynn Helton (Jeanie), Ginger Byrd, Jimmy Bugg Jr. (Stephanie) and Trevor Bugg (Sherry Pannell); three great-grandchildren, Harrison Lynn Hobbs, Justin Byrd and Avery Cable.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ezekiel Bugg; her parents, Lon and Della Morris; three brothers, Carroll, Raymond and Alvie Morris; and a sister, Mary Meeks.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Helton, Jimmy Bugg, Trevor Bugg, Justin Byrd, John Byrd and Barrett Hobbs. Michael Parrish will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Lavaughn Akins
RIPLEY – Edward Lavaughn Akins, 82, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at his home in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Angelina Buchanan
TUPELO – Angelina Berry Buchanan, 25, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Corine Robinson
GUYS, Tenn. – Corine Robinson, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Corner Stone Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

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