Obituaries Sept. 4, 2009

Mavis Bell
YUCAIPA, Calif. – Mavis Helen Gann Bell, 76, formerly of Houston, died Monday, Aug. 24, 2009, in Yucaipa, Calif. She was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Chickasaw County to Bobbie Lee Gann and Gertrude Gann. She was a 1951 graduate of Houston High School. She served in the WACs (Women’s Army Corps) from 1951 to 1955. She was a retired business owner and a member of the Church of Christ.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Elmira Cemetery in Vacaville, Calif. A memorial service for family and friends will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Houston. Houston Funeral Home in Houston is assisting the family.
Survivors include one daughter, Joann Patterson (Phil) of Yucaipa, Calif.; one son, Bruce Bell of the home; her mother, Gertrude Gann of Houston; three grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; two sisters, Mary Jo Baird (Tommy) of Houston and Barbara Ann McKibben (Don) of Algoma; a sister-in-law, Sue Gann of Houlka; three brothers, William F. Gann (Mable) of Houston, Hubert Gann (Monette) of Vardaman and Bobby L. Gann (Barbara) of Starkville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Bell; her father and two brothers.
Friends and family may sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Jamie Gilbert
VERONA – Jamie Edward Gilbert, 20, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 2, 1989, to Chris Brownlee and the late James Thomas Gilbert.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Plantersville Middle School Gym with the Rev. Jessie Gilmore officiating. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery, Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include his mother, Chris Brownlee of Verona; five brothers, Robert “Lil Rob” Brownlee Jr. of the home, Willie Gilbert of Shannon, Danny Gilbert (Wendy) of Verona, Thomas Gilbert (Stasha) of Grand Rapids, Mich., and James Shumpert (Cynithia) of Verona; one sister, Deborah Gilbert of Shannon; his girlfriend, Keana Lyons of Verona; his grandmother, Mae Belle Clark of Verona; his grandfather, Edward Boone (Inez) of Detroit, Mich.; five godbrothers, Deonte Thomas, Brian Heard, Chris Graham, Marco Langston and Jamie Staples; three special aunts, Sue Bowens, Dorothy Lattimore and Gail Clark; four special uncles, Larry Boone, Tim Boone, Roger Clark and Ricky Clark.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the gym one hour prior to service. Family and friends may sign the guest book at www.agnewandsons.com.

Armand DeSollar
DYERSBURG, Tenn. – Armand Barry “Sonny” DeSollar, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Oakwood Community Living Center in Dyersburg, Tenn. He was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Rock Island, Ill., to Marion W. DeSollar and Araminta Wyatt DeSollar. He lived in Aberdeen for 40 years and in Dyersburg, Tenn., for 10 years. A graduate of Mississippi State University, he was an industrial engineer and a retired plant manager for Harrison Manufacturing. He was a retired bus driver in Collierville, Tenn., and a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. John Porter officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Pat Ausborn and husband, Chris, of Aberdeen and Kim Hendrix and husband, Timothy, of Halls, Tenn.; one son, Armand DeSollar and wife, Elise, of Simpsonville, S.C.; one brother, Brian DeSollar and wife, Linda, of Pekin, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Jamie Ausborn, Wyatt Ausborn, Natalie DeSollar, A.J. DeSollar, Brandi Smith, Amanda White and Craig Hendrix.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mager Bryan DeSollar.
Pallbearers will be Chris Ausborn, Wyatt Ausborn, Armand DeSollar, A.J. DeSollar, Craig Hendrix and Austin Smith. Phillip White will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Dyersburg, Tenn., and from 1:30 to service time Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign the guest registry and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Johnnie Sue Hall
RIPLEY – Johnnie Sue Hall, 64, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at Regional Medical Center in Corinth. She was born Sept. 4, 1944, to Victor and Worthy Velma Potts Richardson. She was a member of New Life Mission Church. She was a caregiver and a retired seamstress.
Services were Thursday, Sept. 3, at New Life Mission Church with Bro. Paul Baggett, Bro. Clyde Davis, Sister Kathy Davis and Bro. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial was in Cedar Mound Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bill” Hall of Ripley; two daughters, Teresa Plaxico (Kevin Gates) of Booneville and Christal Rickman (Ben) of Corinth; one son, Garry Hall (Sherry) of Ripley; one stepdaughter, Sandy Kuchenmeister (Jerry) of Rienzi; three sisters, Rachel Plaxico of Ripley, Ethel Hall (Ernest) of Corinth and Charlep Sexton of Walnut; one brother; J. D. Richardson (Ann) of Ripley; and eight grandchildren, Laken Smith, Destiny Rickman, Cadence Rickman, Lander Rickman, Abby Grace Hall, Shane Strickland, Shaun Strickland and Charles Lane.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James Richardson.
Pallbearers were Ben Rickman, Randy Mullins, Ricky Thrasher, Charles Plaxico, Larry Jackson, David Willis and Don Plaxico.

Lisa Freeman
NETTLETON – DeLisa Dawn Oliver Freeman, 45, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on June 29, 1964, in Lee County to Ruble Eugene and Mary Louise Yeager Oliver. A lifelong resident of Nettleton, she was a 1985 graduate of Nettleton High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tupelo Church of God. She was an avid dog lover and enjoyed going fishing and singing gospel music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Church of God with the Rev. Jack Ezell and the Rev. David Layman officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Freeman of Nettleton; her father, Ruble Eugene Oliver (Anna) of Nettleton; two brothers, Eugene Oliver (Sandra) and Mike Oliver (Crystal), all of Nettleton; her grandmother, Frances Yeager of Nettleton; four sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law, four nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Louise Yeager Oliver; her grandfather, Jessie Yeager; and her grandparents, Wilson and Ida Mae Oliver.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Oliver, Billy Joe Oliver, John Raper, Larry Yeager, James Cooper and Woody Oliver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Tupelo Church of God.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

James Riley
TUCKER, Ga. – James Riley, 72, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Emory University Hospital in Tucker, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Norvil Lindley
VINA, Ala. – Norvil Strickland Lindley, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 21, 1930, in Alabama to Bose and Molcie King Strickland. She was a homemaker and seamstress for more than 50 years. She was a member of Red Bay First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Larry Hill and Bro. Danny Stanford officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery.
Survivors are one daughter, Gloria McKee (Howard) of Red Bay, Ala.; one son, Anthony Lindley (Rhonda) of Detroit, Ala.; three sisters, Nettie Armstrong of Zion, Ill., Hettie Pendegraph of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Una Armstrong of Red Bay, Ala.; two brothers, Orvil Strickland (Earline) and James Strickland (Bonnie), all of Red Bay, Ala.; five grandchildren, Health McKee (Imelda), Anna Lynn Lindley, Mary Ellen Burks (Michael), Alex Lindley and John Lindley; one great-granddaughter, Madison McKee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Junior Lindley; her parents; a grandson, Shane Corble; a sister, Pearl Morrow; and four brothers, Wason, Clint, Harvey and Morris Strickland.
Pallbearers will be Heath McKee, Alex Lindley, John Lindley, Terry Strickland, Stewart Strickland and Randall Armstrong.
Visitation will be from 5:30 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Mary Ruth Haynie
NEW ALBANY – Mary Ruth Dowdy Haynie, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Magnolia Place Personal Care Center. She was born April 9, 1928, in Smithville to James and Lillian Johnson Murphree. She was a nurse and a certified operating room technician at Union County General Hospital before it became Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Chris Aldridge and the Rev. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in the Shady Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Wood (Larry) and Ann Dorrough (Melvin), both of New Albany; two sisters, Joyce Red of Arkabutla and Shirley Grisham (Clyde) of Texas; two brothers, Larry Tanner (Pat) of Texas and Bobby Tanner of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Joey Wood (Tina), Melanie Shannon (James) and Jeremy Dorrough; four great-grandchildren, Jacob Wood, Luke Wood, Tucker Shannon and Lilly Shannon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Edith Brown and an infant sister, Lura Murphree; two brothers, Wayne Murphree and Troy Murphy; and one great-grandchild, Thomas Shannon.
Pallbearers will be Richard Carr, Wayne Barkley, Tony Speck, Jerry Towery, Bill Wigington, Dylan Reeder, Leon Williamson and Frank Dorrough.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Thomas Wood Shannon Memorial Fund in care of First Methodist Church of New Albany.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Mary Ann Mason
ASHLAND – Mary Ann Hodges Mason, 77, died Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke Church of God in Christ in Ashland. Burial will be in the Shiloh M.B. Church Cemetery in Ashland. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday.

John Jordan
WEST POINT – John S. Jordan died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home.
James Ford
NEW ALBANY – James Keylon Ford, 86, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 7, 1923, in Union County to James Arthur Ford and Florence Hines Ford. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a farmer and a member of the Wells Chapel Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be at the Wells Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include a brother, Glen Ford of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Opal Grubbs, Alene Roberts and Avis Ford.
Pallbearers will be Lelon Grubbs, Carlton Grubbs, Phil Grubbs, Paul Roberts, Kenneth Roberts and Mike Harrison.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lizzie Gates
OKOLONA – Lizzie Gates, 60, died Friday, Aug. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Williams Memorial Chapel in Okolona. Burial will be in Okolona Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary “LuLu” Hill of Tupelo; one son, Ricky “Lil Bo” Hill of Okolona; three brothers, Jimmy Hill of Moss Point, Earnest Hill of Arkansas and Sharon Herron of Tennessee; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, three special great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today.

Deborah White
GUNTOWN – Deborah White, 58, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Bonnie Calhoun
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Varnell Bonnie Cooper Calhoun, 70, formerly of New Albany, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Spring Mill Meadows Care Home in Indianapolis, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

William Hill
PEARL – William Lathan Hill, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery in Vardaman.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Billy Bowen
CORINTH – Edward “Billy” Bowen, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Union Baptist Cemetery.

Martha Woods
WALNUT – Martha Louise Hodge Woods, 84, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Community Pentecostal Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at Community Pentecostal Church in Walnut.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Ervin Underwood
GOLDEN – Ervin Underwood, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

Lora Gray
RED BAY, Ala. – Lora Gray, 105, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the Care Center of Red Bay. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

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