Obituaries Sept. 30, 2009

Christopher Scott Williams
January 30, 1968 to September 27, 2009
Christopher, who was known as Scott to friends and family, was born in Auburn, Ala., to Paul J. Williams and Sandra J. Williams. Scott passed away peaceable at home in Tishomingo and has gone to be with the Lord. Scott graduated high school in Atlanta, Ga., in 1986. He loved the outdoors and traveling. His hobbies included fishing, camping, cooking and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paul J. Williams; aunts, Elayna Thomas and Amanda Reymann; and grandmother, Juanita Palmore.
He is survived by his mother, Sandra J. Williams; brother, Sean C. Williams; stepfather, Patrick Malandruccolo; grandmother, Joy Phillips, and grandfather, William M. Phillips; stepgrandmother, Deloris Phillips; uncles, Daniel Phillips and Jim Phillips; and the love of his life, Piper Gurley; and many other family and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Scott on Thursday, Oct. 1, at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. Visitation is from 3 to 5 p.m. with memorial service at 5 p.m.

Amanda Westmoreland
TUPELO – Amanda Turner Westmoreland, 29, died Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, at her residence. A Tupelo native, she was born Aug. 6, 1980, to Paul Edward and Marketta James Turner. She lived most of her life in Tupelo and a brief time in Pontotoc. She married Jonathan Westmoreland on June 26, 1999. She loved her three sons and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Paul Stupka officiating. Burial will be in Longview Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 10 years, Jonathan Westmoreland of Tupelo; her three sons, Boston Jude Westmoreland, Hayden Elijah Westmoreland and Dylan Isaiah Westmoreland, all of the home; her parents, Paul E. and Marketta Turner of Pontotoc; four sisters, Layla Murphree (Danny), Sara Turner, Anna Turner and Cara Turner, all of Pontotoc; four brothers, Paul Turner Jr. (April) of Tupelo, and James Turner, John Turner and Joseph Turner, all of Pontotoc; one sister-in-law, Rachel Westmoreland of Pontotoc; two brothers-in-law, Jody Westmoreland (Brandi) of Ecru and Ethan Westmoreland of Pontotoc; her parents-in-law, Dennis and Jill Westmoreland of Pontotoc.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sam Schwalenberg
HOUSTON – Sam Schwalenberg died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.
Blanche Meeks
TIPLERSVILLE – Blanche Marie Patrick Meeks, 89, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at her son’s home in Tiplersville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tiplersville Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Jerry Owen and Minister Garry Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Tiplersville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Cook (David) of Ripley; five sons, Dr. Ralph Meeks (Margaret) of Washington Crossing, Pa., Eddy Meeks (Marcia) of Walnut, Dr. Jimmy Meeks (Judy) of Tiplersville, Dr. Rudy Meeks (Joan) of Jackson, Tenn., and Danny Meeks (Lisa) of Tiplersville; 22 grandchildren, Sharon Rook, Carol Steele (Jonathan), Patrick Meeks, Jason Meeks (Lisa), Melissa Meeks, Emily Meeks, Tricia Matthews (Bryan), John Meeks (Jessica), Richard Meeks (Lydia), Lisa Hall (Kevin), Jessie Meeks (Amber), Neal Meeks (Jackie), Ben Meeks, Sarah Harrington (Jonathan), Lee Meeks (Stephanie), Ryan Meeks, Erica Pennington (Andy), Bethany Meeks, Jenny Thompson (Justin), Anna Cook, Libby Meeks and Landon Meeks; 18 great-grandchildren, Nacy Rook, Aiden Steele, Mary Lib Steele, Kimberly Matthews, Karley Matthews, Keaton Matthews, Jayla Meeks, Josie Meeks, Tuesday Hall, Liam Hall, Mackenzie Meeks, Erin Meeks, Brandon Meeks, Ethan Meeks, Kyla Meeks, Abby Meeks and Elle Pennington.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie LeRoy “Roy” Meeks; one son, Dr. Doyle Meeks; her parents, James Henry and Annie Lenora Shappley Patrick; one sister, Ima Patrick Jackson; and five brothers, James Adolphus, Jewel, Gordon, Ned and Raymond Patrick.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Tiplersville Church of Christ, c/o Minister Garry Martin, 131B CR 317, Tiplersville, MS 38674.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Bobbie Sue Russell
SALTILLO – Bobbie Sue Russell, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Phillips Personal Care Home after a sudden illness. A native of Lee County and longtime resident of Saltillo, she was born Aug. 30, 1930, to Joel Cleveland and Leona Barber Mabry. She was a retired employee of Hunter-Sadler Manufacturing and was previously a longtime employee of Playcraft in Saltillo. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, growing her flowers and gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was the widow of James M. Russell, who died in June 2001, and the last member of her immediate family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Ken Anderson and Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Jo Ann Marks (Howard) of Saltillo; her son, Ronnie Russell (Christy) of Mantachie; two grandchildren, Michelle Shidler (Joey) of Saltillo and Yvonne Hoard (Mike) of Booneville; one great-grandson, Connor Shidler of Saltillo; her caregivers, Edna and Dwight Phillips of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and four sisters, Pauline Gould, Agnes Mabry, Dorothy Hicks and Faye Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Randy Taylor, Steve Brooks, Scotty Brooks, Carey Russell and Marc Russell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main, Box 1, Tupelo MS 38801; or the Alheimers Society, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Frances Herod
BLUE SPRINGS – Frances Wilhite Herod, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George Johnson
OKOLONA – George Johnson, 60, died Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Sarah Brooks
HOUSTON – Sarah Moore Brooks, 76, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was born Sept. 22, 1933, in Thorn to Ezekiel Thomas Moore and Sevellar Higginbotham Moore. She was the retired owner of the Mug ‘N Cone and a member of Houston First Baptist Church. She will be remembered as someone who received pleasure by serving others in the community with her gift of cooking, especially her coconut cakes and Mug’s fried chicken.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Houston First Baptist Church with the Rev. Al Gaspard and the Rev. Kevin White officiating. Burial will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Brooks of Houston; daughter, Vicki and Rev. Kevin White of Van Buren, Ark.; sons, Randy and Beverly Brooks of Houston, “Bub” and Deloris Brooks of Van Vleet; brothers, James Moore and John “Pap” Moore of Houston; grandchildren, Stephanie Martin, Jason Brooks, Jeremy Brooks, John Paul Brooks, Clare Brooks, Cayla Brooks, Brooks White, Drew White and Landon White; great-grandchildren, Sera Grace Hall, Cade Hall, Bentley Martin, Makenzie Brooks, Kendall Brooks, Steele Brooks and Kase Brooks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, three sisters and one grandson, Will Brooks.
Friends and family may sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Lillie McKee
WALNUT – Lillie Virginia “Gen” Brown McKee, 66, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 30, 1943, in Walnut to Leo Brown and Amy Iris Keith Gunn. She married R.L. McKee on April 15, 1961. She was an ombudsman for over 20 years with the State of Mississippi and had worked a total of 30 years for the state. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Middleton, Tenn. She was an avid collector, specializing in dishes and antiques, and one of her biggest hobbies was her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Middleton, Tenn., with Stacy McKee and Steve McKee officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery at Walnut. Shackelford Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, R.L. McKee of Walnut; two daughters, Nancy Mauney and husband, David, of Paris, Tenn., and Donna Benefield and husband, Jeff, of Tupelo; two sons, Steve McKee and wife, Kerry, of Middleton, Tenn., and Stacy McKee and wife, Michelle, of Ripley; two sisters, Doris Sartain of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Martha Goolsby and husband, Lonnie, of Ripley; a brother, Joe Brown and wife, Frances, of Walnut; her stepfather, Sewell Gunn of Walnut; seven grandchildren, Cole Benefield, Jacob Benefield, Kaylyn McKee, Alyssa McKee, Tyler McKee, Cody McKee and Bryce McKee.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly Iris Mauney.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
James Todd
NETTLETON – James Eldridge Todd, 78, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Lee County to Benjamin Franklin and Lula Bell Wilson Todd. He grew up in Nettleton. He was a graduate of Shannon High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He was a Baptist. He was a self-employed upholsterer before his retirement. After retirement he owned a flea market, to which he was very dedicated. A conversationalist, he loved his family dearly. He enjoyed NASCAR racing, sports, bowling and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammy McVay (Gary) of Nettleton; one son, Terry Todd of Nettleton; one sister, Marlene Cobb of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Clay Coggin (Ashley), Ben McVay, Annalisa Mayo (Andy) and Michael McVay; five great-grandchildren, Jordan, Jaden, Molly, Chandler and Jay; and a special friend, Lynn Malone of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Helen Jackson Todd, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Reggie Russell, Chuck King, Glynn Harlow, Andy Underwood, Rickey Harris and Jamie Scates. Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Johnson, Danny Randolph, Jimmy Sisk, Bobby Butler, Paul Riley and Jordan Bishop.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends may sign the online guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Minnie Foster
FULTON – Minnie Lee Kelly Horton Foster, 89, died Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, at the Courtyards Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 10, 1920, in Lee County to Simon Peter and Alma McMillen Kelly. She worked for Blue Bell Manufacturing in Fulton for many years, Aaron Controls in Zion, Ill., National Men’s and Ladies’ Clothing, and One Hour Martinizing in Tupelo as an alterations seamstress. After retiring, she loved cooking Sunday meals for her family and friends, and working in her yard and garden. She was a devout Christian and loved watching W39CD TV daily.
Services will be at 1 p. m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Kenneth Davidson officiating. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Thomas Wayne Horton (Donna) of Fulton; one daughter-in-law, Ruby Horton of Tupelo; two granddaughters, Kristi Lee Bruno (Tony) of Maple Grove, Minn., and Tami James (Ronald) of Saltillo; two great-grandchildren, Alexander Thomas Bruno and Katherine Amanda Bruno; and a special cousin, Janet McMillen.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Leepel G. Horton and Jesse Wade Foster; one son, Leo D. Horton; her parents; her twin sister, Linnie Mae Heatherly (Cleveland); a half brother, Troy Lee Donald; and a half sister, Rena Mae Donald Stevens.
Pallbearers will include Bonner Heatherly and Dean Coker.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Ronald Bryant
OXFORD – Ronald Bryant died Monday, Sept. 21, 2009, in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Oxford.

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