Obituaries Sept. 25, 2009

Peggy Little
OXFORD – Peggy Petty Little, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford,
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.

Leroy McGee
BALDWYN – Leroy “Lee Boy” McGee, 44, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church with Pastor Wayne Myles officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Demetrius Ragin and Telvis Ragin of Baldwyn; his mother, Catherine McGee of Baldwyn; two sisters, Sherry Miller (Donnie) and Jackie Beard (Steve) of Baldwyn; three brothers, Warren Miller of Booneville, and Danny McGee and Felix McGee of Baldwyn; a special freind, Valerie Barnett; two aunts, Annie Faye Bush of Chicago and Martha Helen Beene of Nashville, Tenn.; two grandchildren; and a godson, A’Quil of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Marcellus Jimmerson
HOLLY SPRINGS – Marcellus Emonz Jimmerson, 29, died Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident in Holly Springs. He was a graduate of Northwest Community College and Aviation School. He was a member of South Ashland Church of Christ and the NAACP. He was an aircraft mechanic for Cash in Transit in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ashland High School gym with Pastor James Norman officiating. Burial will be in Samuel Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery in Ashland. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cortina Evans Jimmerson of Holly Springs; three children, Alexia Bianca Evans, Myles Emonz Jimmerson and Macy Marcella Jimmerson, all of Holly Springs; his mother, Marjorie Watkins Jimmerson of Michigan City; his father, Marvin Jimmerson of Michigan City; a sister, Shikina Jimmerson of Memphis; two brothers, Marcus Jimmerson of Michigan City and Marcel Looney of Memphis; his grandmothers, Chessie Jimmerson of Memphis and Ida Watkins of Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the family hour from 4 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at Ashland High School gym from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Ike Little
NEW ALBANY – Ike Little, 85, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was a member of Union Prospect M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Prospect M.B. Church with Pastor John Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, Willie E. Clemons of New Albany; nephews, nieces and cousins.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.

Billy Fields Jr.
OKOLONA – Billy Fields Jr., 71, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Kristie Thompson
MYRTLE – Kristie Rena Beard Thompson, 36, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born on Feb. 10, 1973, in New Albany. She loved cooking, flowers and her family. She was a member of the Harmony Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Jody Anderson and the Rev. Gary Yates officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Thompson of Myrtle; her parents, Charles Michael “Buddy” Beard and Edna E. Hill Beard of Myrtle; two sons, Justin Ray Thompson and Shawn Bradley Thompson, both of Myrtle; her grandmother, Marjorie Beard of Myrtle.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John A. Beard, and Earl Hill and Eunice Hill.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lura W. Stinson
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lura W. Stinson, 65, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Musgray Road and Hwy. 178 E. in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Mt. Teamer CME Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Julius Gist
BOONEVILLE – Julius Lee Gist, 67, died Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009, at his home.
The family will have a memorial service at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Church of Christ with Minister Tommy Baragona officiating. There will be no visitation. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Arbelle Barkemeyer
WEST POINT – Arbelle Webber Barkemeyer, 97, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at her residence. She was born Jan. 27, 1912, in Clay County to Benjamin Franklin Webber and Della Cliett. She was a member of Siloam Baptist Church and a retired school teacher. She was the first special education teacher in the West Point School District.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Siloam Baptist Church. The Rev. Payton Myers will officiate. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Williams (Joel) of West Point; her son, Eric Barkemeyer (Nancy) of Davidson, N.C.; four grandchildren, Ginger Harvey of Benton, Ky., Forrest Williams of Pass Christian, Julie Barkemeyer of Washington D.C. and Richmond Barkemeyer, stationed in Iraq; three great-grandchildren, Patrick Harvey, Caitlin Harvey and Walker Williams; a brother, Leslie Webber of Montpelier.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pete Barkemeyer.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Brand, Patrick Harvey, Michael Harvey, Ernest Cothran, Forrest Harvey and Charles Waide. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. T.N. Braddock, Delores Manning, Juanita Manning, Bobbie Crowley, Rosie Vance, Annie Bess Wyatt and Richmond Barkemeyer.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church, 2686 Hwy. 47, West Point, MS 39773 or Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060.

Liddie Head
QUINCY – Katie Liddie Bell Heard Head, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Sept. 19, 1924, to Lenus Bryant and Myrtle Jane Polk Heard. She married William Wheeler Head in 1940; he died in 1995. Before her retirement, she worked for Amory Garment Co. She was a member of the Quincy Methodist/Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, canning, and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes and Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, John William Head (Elaine) of Quincy; one daughter, Myrtle Ann Head Mercer (Ron) of Quincy; one daughter-in-law, Joyce Head of Hatley; eight grandchildren, Harvey Wallace, Lola Lee, Karen Adams, Denise Rone, Juanita Norris, John Harris, Evangline Head and Jamy Head; 13 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by one son, James Bryant Head; three daughters, Billie Mae Harris (Clyde), Charlotte Kay Head and Baby Girl Head; four sisters, Willie Mae Goin, Maggie Jane McNeese, Thelma Louise Cook and Mary Alice Langley.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Billy Wingo
IUKA – Billy Wingo, 79, formerly of Southaven, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Memphis for many years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mission Lighthouse Church with Bro. John Gwatney and Bro. Dennis Wingo officiating. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Wiley Wingo (Jewel) of Iuka; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl Wingo; his parents, Daniel and Ruth Wingo; and nine brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Isaac Wingo, Chris Wingo, Jonathan Sanders, Scott Shackelford, Jason Moore and Seth Wingo. Roger Wingo, Bryan Gwatney and Johnny Bivins Jr. will serve as honorary bearers.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
George Woodson
HOLLY SPRINGS – George Louis Woodson, 68, died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was a member of Finley Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs. He was a church trustee, a member of the financial committee and grounds committee, and the oldest male member of the church. He was a member of Masonic Lodge Woodland 450. He was a self-employed business owner.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Finley Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs with the Rev. James Green officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Woodson, Mattie Woodson and Josephine Bownes-Stewart, all of Holly Springs; two sons, Robert L. Woodson of Tucson, Ariz., and Roger Woodson of Holly Springs; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a sister, Catherine Freeman of St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Saturday.

Lucille Dees
CORINTH – Lucille Dees, 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at her home. She enjoyed gardening, tending to her flowers, taking care of her family, and working with special needs children. All who knew her loved her.
Services were Thursday, Sept. 24, at Hight Funeral Home Park Chapel with Dwain Whitehurst officiating. Burial was in the Forrest Memorial Park Garden of Reformation.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Loyd Dempsey Dees; daughters, Barbara Griffith and husband, Dan, of Saulsbury, Tenn., and Brenda Parker and husband, Gary, of Corinth; one brother, William Luther Barnes of Smyrna, Tenn.; grandchildren, Greg Hopper, Hope Lewis; great-grandchildren, Faith, Kayley and Rachel Lewis.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, John C. Barnes, Leon Barnes, Robert Barnes and James Barnes, and one sister, Mildred Barnes.
Pallbearers will be Dan Griffith, Gary Parker, Chris Lewis, Jerry Dees, Tim Barnes and Gary Whitehurst. Honorary pallbearers will be Al Hamlin, Joe Watkins, J.R. Franis, Wayne Colvin, John Crismon, Fonzie Mason and Ray Carender.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heritage Hospice Inc., 301 E. Waldron St., Corinth, MS 38834.

Gerald Oliver
VERONA – Gerald Oliver, 56, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was a lifelong Lee Countian, born Nov. 14, 1952, to Frank and Opal Oliver. He was employed with Bearing & Supply of Tupelo for 30 years, involved in inside and outside sales. He was the former owner of Studio One Photography and worked with Terry Wood Photography. He was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Verona. He attended Verona Jr. High School, graduated from Tupelo High School, and attended Itawamba Community College and Mississippi State University. He served as a board member and coach of Verona Summer Youth Baseball League and was involved with Tiger Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in various positions. He loved Mississippi State football and his family, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. David Hamilton officiating and Jeff Young delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Donna Oliver of Verona; one daughter, Chastity Barker Oliver of Corinth; one son, Christopher Michael Oliver of South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; two grandchildren, Dalton Barker and Madelyn Barker, both of Corinth; four sisters-in-law, Annette (Tony) Tuchton of Verona, Jeanette (Bob) Pacovsky of Booneville, Debbie Akers of Houston and Robin Fields of Jackson; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his special aunt, Dottie Warren.
Pallbearers will be Donny McKnight, Mickey McKnight, Deral McKnight, Joey McKnight, Tony Tuchton and Bobby Pacovsky. Honorary Pallbearers will be Rusty Curry, Danny Dorman and employees of Bearing & Supply of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon to 2 Saturday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Alma Hastings
GOLDEN – Alma Hastings, 96, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Illinois. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Virginia Poole
TUPELO – Virginia Cole Poole, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of Guntown, she was born Nov. 11, 1918, to Leander Valentine “Volly” and Johnnie Shell Cole. A 1936 graduate of Baldwyn High School, she went to Electric Mills Nursing School, where she graduated in 1939. That same year she married C.S. Poole who preceded her in death Oct. 21, 1985. She worked as a registered nurse at the Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, then at the Tupelo and Baldwyn Hospitals, retiring after more than 20 years of service. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Baldwyn and a longtime dedicated member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. For 54 years she taught Sunday School and was also very active in the WMU. She was a member of the Sorosis Club and her Canasta Card Group and enjoyed working out at the Harrisburg Wellness facility. She loved her family and church friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfeld and the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Lynn Hood of Tupelo; two sons, Charles Poole of Fairbanks, Alaska, and James Poole (Lisa) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, John Clark Poole, Harrison Cole Poole, Sarah Grace Poole, Samuel Joseph Haase and Andrew BJ Haase; one great-grandson, Weston Clark Poole; nine nieces and nine nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 46 years, C.S. Poole; two brothers, Looman Cole and W.L. “Pete” Cole; and four sisters, Maude Dillard, Carrie Cole, Cecil Love and Millie Mae Ragland.
Pallbearers will be Teddy Love, Jackie Cole, John Poole, Harrison Poole, Justin Hall and Chuck Herrington. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Fidelis Sunday School Class of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo MS 38801.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Barry Jones
PHOENIX, Ariz. – Barry Maxwell Jones, 36, formerly of Falkner, died Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was a graduate of Ripley Christian School, Northeast Mississippi Community College and the University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in parks and recreation management. He was employed with the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo before moving his family to Phoenix, where he was employed by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation. He loved his Lord, his country and his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Issac Guess officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Falkner. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine; daughter, Alexis, and her mother, Tracy, all of Phoenix; his mother, Brenda Williams (Larry) of Falkner; his father, Rayford Jones (Judy) of Amory; one brother, Reggie Jones (Renee) of New Albany; one sister, Terri Kennedy of Ripley; a half brother Leslie Jones (Rachel) of Memphis; a stepbrother, Kenneth Clemons (Annette) of Tupelo; one stepsister, Kim Johnson (Vince) of Smithville; 13 nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Ripley Primitive Baptist Church, 1152 W. Cooper St., Ripley, MS 38663; or Good Samaritan Kitchen, St. Andrews United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821.
Visitation will begin at noon today.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

William Wilbanks
WALNUT – William Nevoid “Peck” Wilbanks, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Sept. 4, 1934, to Andrew Jackson Wilbanks and Dora Alma Stewart Wilbanks. He was a Baptist, a member of the American Legion and a self-employed electrician. He worked with Illinois Central Railroad for 25 years. He served in the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Pulpit Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Union Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Martha J. Wilbanks of Walnut; three daughters, Pamela Beavers, Paula Wilbanks and Peggy Wilbanks, all of Walnut; one sister, Elna Jane Wilbanks of Walnut; one brother, Andrew R. Wilbanks of Kossuth; three grandchildren, Chris Beavers, Michelle Beavers and Elizabeth Wilbanks, all of Walnut; and one great-grandchild, Kristan Beavers of Walnut.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Nicholas Shawn Wilbanks; one great-grandchild, William Wesley Beavers; three sisters; and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Doug Wilbanks, A.J. Wilbanks, Tim Wilbanks, Chuck Wilbanks, Bryan Wilbanks, Randy Wilbanks, Mike Wilbanks, and Marvin Wilbanks. Honorary pallbearer will be Grant Wilbanks.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Cornisha King
ABERDEEN – Cornisha King, 25, died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at Pioneer Community Hospital. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, where she was an honor student and a member of the band in grades 6-12. She was a customer service manager at Walmart in Amory and a member of Daniel Baptist M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church with the Rev. Alonzo Sykes officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Frederick King; two sons, Cody Boykins and Braxton King; one stepson, Cameron King; one stepdaughter, Alexsus King; her mother, Lucy Boykins; her father, Willie C. Boykins; one brother, Tywan Boykins; and four sisters, Jocelyn Betts, Sherita Payne, Anitra Boykins and Acazia Boykins.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cynthia Tutor
RANDOLPH – Cynthia Rena Tallant Tutor, 47, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a graduate of Lafayette High School in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at County Line Baptist Church with Bro. Wayne Cobb and Bro. Rodger Hunter officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery in Toccopola. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Tutor; a son, Mason Tutor; her mother, Mary Ruth Tallant; two brothers, Stan and Gary Tallant; and a sister, Michelle Cook, all of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her father, Adrian “Peanut” Tallant; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Avin Tallant, and Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Britt.
Pallbearers will be Daniel White, Josh Dollins, Brandon Collums, Andrew Morris, Kyle Gillespie, Chris Garrard. Honorary pallbearers will be Dusty Tallant, Cody Tallant, Justin Tallant, Mitch Ward and Kennon Fergerson.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the church.

Evelyn Albright
GOLDEN – Evelyn Rollins Albright, 90, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Aug. 29, 1919, in Franklin County, Ala., to James Yancy and Leona McKinney Baggett. She was a factory worker and a member of Golden Central Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. David Holcomb and Bro. Greg Allen officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala.
Survivors are five daughters, Christine Allen and Carolyn Works (Jim), all of Golden, Betty Mahan (James) and Geraldine Holcomb (Allen), all of Belmont, and Joyce Rich (Bob) of Dennis; one stepdaughter, Haskell Shackleford of Hackleburg, Ala.; one brother, Eugene Baggett of Rogersville, Ala.; two sisters, Eloise Parker of Red Bay, Ala., and Bernice Britnell of Hackleburg, Ala.; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James A. Rollins and Eugene Albright; and her parents, five brothers, three sisters and a son-in-law.
Pallbearers will be Mike Rich, Jeff Mahan, Tim Mahan,Danny Works, Randy Allen and Brandon Harbin.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Christine Craig
PONTOTOC – Christine Luther Craig, 98, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. She was born March 19, 1911, in Buckhorn to Ella Belk Luther and John Luther. She was a homemaker and a member of Black Zion Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Sam Chandler and the Rev. Johnny Tullos officiating. Burial will follow at Hopewell Cemetery in Buckhorn.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Stacey of Houlka and Carolyn Branch of Pontotoc; three sons, Billy Craig of Brandon, Johnny Craig of Pontotoc and Jimmy Craig of Pontotoc; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Leland Craig; two sons Hubert Craig and Herman Craig; two grandchildren, Cecil Craig and Mary Craig; three sisters, Martha, Gladys and Mabree, and five brothers, Ed, Dan, Bud, Bill and Hood.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Ray, Tommy Ray, David Ray, Nathaniel Craig, Terry Craig, Trent Ray, Jeremy Ray and Craig Hamilton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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