Obituaries Sept. 24, 2009

Rev. Ray Hickinbottom
OXFORD – The Rev. Ray Hickinbottom, 66, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born in Lafayette County to Roy and Lottie Hickinbottom. He was a member of New Hope M.B. Church. He served as NBC superintendent and on the bus ministry. After being called into the ministry, he pastored Flint Hill M.B. Church in Etta for 23 years. He loved to fish and hunt.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. The Rev. William Woods Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in East St. Peter’s Cemetery in Abbeville. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Ruth Higginbottom of Taylor; two sons, Ray Charles (Rochell) Hickinbottom of Water Valley and Jackie (Rita) Hickinbottom of Oxford; three sisters, Evelyn (Willie) Hudson, Zella Mae Jones and Levell (Rev. John) Jones, all of Oxford; four brothers, Ira (Rachel) Hickinbottom of Oxford, Joel Hickinbottom of Indianapolis, Ind., Aron Hickinbottom and Noel Hickinbottom both of Fayetteville, N.C.; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joy Cowley
SMITHVILLE – Joy Grace Edwards Cowley, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Aug. 1, 1934, to Sam and Ila Wright Edwards. She married Doyle “Red” Cowley in 1953; he died in 2003. Before her retirement she was a seamstress at Glenn Mfg. and Monroe Trousers. She was a member of the Trace Road Baptist Church. She enjoyed housekeeping, cooking and gardening.
A state room service will be at 10 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Jamie Stark officiating. Burial will be in the Maxey Cemetery near Smithville.
Survivors include one son, Richard Cowley (Martha Spruiel) of Smithville; one sister, Sandra Cope of Kentucky; two grandchildren, Blake Cowley (Brandi) and Melanie Cowley Lafayette (Jeremy); and five great-grandchildren, Millie Grace, Tate, Thomas Jay, Will and Livi.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Memorials may be made to the Maxey Cemetery Fund, c/o Renasant Bank, Smithville, MS 38870.

Robert Coleman
TUPELO – Robert Lee Coleman, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Robert Sanders
BOONEVILLE – Robert Sanders, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. He was a member of Little Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Castor Buse and Bro. David Haynes officiating. Burial will be in the Zion’s Rest Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Sanders; one brother, Roy Sanders; two stepsons, Donald Wayne Smith and Ronald Glen Smith (Ann); and two stepgrandchildren, Blake and Brady Smith, all of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Shelby and Vivian Vandevander Sanders, and one sister, Mary Lou Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Bill Hodges, Francis Whitley, A.C. Nix, Doug Vandevander, Jamie Holcomb and Larry Jones.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Marvel Jean Karsten
OXFORD – Marvel Jean Karsten, 72, died Tuesday, SEpt. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Scattering Garden at Coleman Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Peggy Little
OXFORD – Peggy Petty Little, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1942.

Virginia Poole
TUPELO – Virginia Cole Poole, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Ray Curtis
IUKA – Ray Curtis, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at his residence. He was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church. He was retired from the Iuka Post Office, where he was the Postmaster. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Iuka Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Allen Curtis of Iuka; three daughters, Lori Wahlstrom (James) of Iuka, Becky Bradley (Glenn) of Hopkinsville, Ky., and Melinda Malone (Mike) of Cherokee, Ala.; and five grandchildren, Lindsey Wahlstrom, Clint, Clay and Emily Malone, and Phillip Bradley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Dock and Ellen Curtis; a son, James Ray “Jimmy” Curtis; and a brother, Roy Curtis.
Pallbearers include Bob Cheney, James Grisham, Mack Milligan, Charles Sweeney, David Nichols, Dale Moore and Gary Williams. Roland Craddock will serve as an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heavenly Hospice Benevolent Fund, 127 Pratt Drive, Corinth, MS 38834, or by calling (866) 837-5858.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Noah Lee
ABERDEEN – Noah Jacob Lee, 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at his home in Aberdeen. He was born April 6, 1933, to Jacob Lee Sr. and Anna Schrock Lee in Bay Minette, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He retired after 20 years with Walker Manufacturing and he worked as a reflexologist at his home for about 20 years. He was a member of Mennonite Christian Church.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Mennonite Christian Cemetery with Stephen Luker officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Amanda Schrock Lee of Aberdeen; six daughters, Malinda Luker, Carolyn Luker, Sheila Luker and Arleen Luker, all of Aberdeen, Rebecca Helton of Hamilton and Diane Phillips of Smithville; three sons, Andrew Lee and Levi Lee of Aberdeen, and Jonah Lee of Prairie; three sisters, Lena Luker, Susan Luker and Kathleen Luker, all of Aberdeen; six brothers, Ananias Lee of Memphis, Menno Lee of Pasadena, Calif., and Norman Lee, Milton Lee, Jacob Lee Jr. and Donald Lee, all of Aberdeen; 53 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Rachel Luker; two sisters, Emma Schrock and Esther Luker; and two brothers, William Lee and Levi Lee.
Visitation will be at the home until service time Friday.
To sign the guest registry and send condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Gerald Oliver
VERONA – Gerald Oliver, 56, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Joyce Allan
SHANNON – Joyce Mevaline Allan, 78, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona after a brief illness. She was born April 7, 1931, in the Pontocola community to James Samuel and Sallie Mae Copeland. She was a member of Verona Christian Church. She was a receptionist for a Veterinarian Hospital and a longtime employee of Burger King. She enjoyed gardening, reading and spending time with her family.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Park with Dr. Adron Horne officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, David Allan of Sturkie, S.C.; two daughters, Cynthia (Mark) Kilbourne of Shannon and Mevaline Allan of Jackson; three sisters, Mildred (William) Christian of Shannon, Mary J. Simpson of Tupelo and Elizabeth Lindley of Shannon; two brothers, James Hoyle (Dorothy) Copeland of Roswell, N.M., and Robert (Joy) Copeland of Kentucky; four grandchildren, Matthew (Jennifer) Kilbourne, Elizabeth Kilbourne, Erin Kilbourne and Stephen Kilbourne; one great-grandchild, Jimmy Traylor III.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Loretta Perry; and a great-grandson, Deante Traylor.
Pallbearers will be Clinton Hester, David Allan, Stephen Kilbourne, Matthew Kilbourne, David Long and Jeff Gilmore.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Darlington Oaks Hospice.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Marcelle Shewbart
RED BAY, Ala. – Marcelle Shewbart, 64, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at his residence. He was born Feb. 8, 1945, in Alabama to William and Fannie George Shewbart. He was a farm equipment salesman for Darrell Harp Enterprise for 19 years and a member of New Union Missionary Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Union Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Greg Philamlee and Bro. Keith Shewbart officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Carol Shewbart of Red Bay; six children, Rose Ledbetter (Jimmy) of Tallahassee, Fla., Kathryn Irish (Kevin) of Hampton, Va., Patricia Shewbart, Greg Haithcock (Rene) and Larry Haithcock (Phyllis), all of Red Bay, and Tamie Haithcock of Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Wade “Jimmy” Shewbart (Jane) of Vina, Ala., and Keith Shewbart (Lexie) of Glenwood, Ariz.; two sisters, Freda Hightower (Randal) of Addison, Ala., and Teresa Brown (Steve) of Red Bay, Ala.; five grandchildren, Evie Irish, Josi Haithcock, Hunter Haithcock, Dillon Haithcock and Shyann Haithcock; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Carl McNeill, Rodney Shewbart, Sam Stevens, Mark Lovette, Greg Haithcock and Larry Haithcock.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William Edwards
NEW ALBANY – William Junior Edwards, 68, formerly of Blue Mountain, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park Cemetery in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

William Wilbanks
WALNUT – William Wilbanks died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Albert Bush
WEST POINT – Albert Earl Bush, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Third Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Brooksville. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Sarah McIntyre
TUPELO – Sarah Joyce McIntyre, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Golden Living Center after an extended illness. She was born on Feb. 11, 1927, to Ulysses S. McIntyre and Lotta Meeks McIntyre. She made her home in Lee County, moving to Tupelo 20 years ago. She lived and worked at the North Mississippi Regional Center, serving as a member of the WORC. She moved to the Golden Living Center, where she lived for the remainder of her life. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church. An upbeat lady, she enjoyed many different things in life including listening to music, enjoying cats and dressing up. She was full of humor, was loved by many and will be missed by all, especially her friends at the Golden Living Center.
Graveside services will be at 11a.m. Friday at the McIntyre Plot at Henry Cemetery in Corinth. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her cousin, Bill McPeters (Judy) of Corinth; her caregiver, Jean Lamons of Belden; a special friend, Robbie Brazil of Tupelo.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members and residents of the Golden Living Center.

Liddie Head
QUINCY – Liddie Head died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Corine Robinson
GUYS, Tenn. – Corine Robinson, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, in Corinth.
Services will be at noon Friday at Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Gail Farr
RIENZI – Brenda Gail Farr, 66, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glendale Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society Hope Foundation Memorial Lodge, 2008 Charlotte, Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.

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