Obituaries Sept. 5, 2009

Minnie Gordon
OXFORD – Minnie Hill Gordon, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Oxford.
Willie Hutchcraft
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Willie Everett Hutchcraft, 52, died Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

Christa Harrison
SLATE SPRINGS – Christa Margret Harrison, 68, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be at Edgeworth Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Deborah White
GUNTOWN – Deborah White, 58, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at her residence. She was a nurse at Cedars Health Clinic.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Grady Wigginton officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Brenda Comans and husband, Gary, of Blue Springs, Lee Anderson and wife, Jamie, of Indiana, Adam Henry and wife, Liza, of Nevada, and Samuel Henry and wife, Chasity, of Louisiana; her grandchildren, Justin and David, Daden, Brooklyn, Samantha, Lexi, Abby and Richard; one brother, David White and wife, Mona, of Guntown; one niece, Laura White; one nephew, Doug White and wife, Lynn.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte, and her parents, Mack and Jean Hutcheson White.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home.

Annie Ruth Senter
PONTOTOC – Annie Ruth Senter, 67, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

James Riley
TUCKER, Ga. – James Isaac Riley, 72, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at Emory University Hospital in Tucker, Ga. He was born on Feb. 7, 1937, in Lee County to Gilford Isaac and Lois Coggin Riley. He had lived in Tucker, Ga., since 1973. He was a retired store manager at Hancock Fabrics in Tupelo and a salesman for Craftmatic Bed Company in Atlanta, Ga. He was a veteran of the Mississippi Army National Guard and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Nettleton. He enjoyed doing home repairs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Nettleton with the Rev. David Brooks officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Ramage Riley of Tucker, Ga.; three sons, Jeff Riley (Nancy) of Birmingham, Ala., Tony Riley (Heather) of Dunwoody, Ga., and Mark Riley of Atlanta; one sister, Jonell Conn (Flois) of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Will, Gage, Chloe and Rowan Riley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, George Robert Riley and Johnny Mack Riley; and one sister, Mary Ellen Estes.
Pallbearers will be Danny Riley, David Riley, Mike Conn, Wendell Morrison, Dennis Whitehead, Larry Whitehead, Joey Stewart and Kevin Stewart.
Visitation will continue at the church from 10:30 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Atlanta Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Association.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Bonnie Calhoun
INDIANAPOLIS – Varnell Bonnie Cooper Calhoun, 70, formerly of New Albany, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at Spring Mill Meadows Care Home in Indianapolis.She was born July 12, 1939, in Memphis to Ernest Cooper and Gussie Braddock Cooper. She joined Halls Chapel CME Church at an early age and was a very active member. She graduated from Union County Training School and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education at Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Watson Grove M.B. Church in New Albany. The Rev. Avence Pittman will officiate. Burial will be in Cherry Creek Cemetery in Ecru. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn (Kelly) Washington of New Albany; her siblings, Addie Mae (Robert) Cobb of Milwaukee, Bessie (James) Gordon-Douglas of Indianapolis, and Evelyn Johnson of Chesapeake, Va.; two grandchildren, Paul Washington of Jacksonville, Fla., and Kuri Washington of Hattiesburg.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the church.

John S. Jordan
WEST POINT – John S. Jordan, 78, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born in Oklahoma City on Jan. 6, 1931, to Florence Lee Frye and Robert William Jordan. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Korean War and Vietnam. He was a decorated career pilot with 23 years of service. After his retirement he founded Jordan Pecan Acres.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church in Strong with the Rev. R.D. Cline officiating. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Mary Jo Jordan of West Point; two sons, John Robert Jordan (Sheryl) of Huntsville, Ala., and Jason Craig Jordan of Chicago, Ill.; two daughters, Vicki Lee Rivard (Leo) of Holdrege, Neb., and Peggy Ellen Durden of Moss Point; a sister, Edith Elizabeth Jackson of Plano, Texas; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert William Jordan.
Pallbearers will be Donny Bateman, Tommy Bateman, Robert Duke, Charles Kornegay, Taylor Williams, Tylor Williams and Tommy Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be John Gillreath and U.G. Booker.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 77, Aberdeen, MS 39730.

Cora Stoddard
ABERDEEN – Cora Catherine Price Stoddard, 70, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at her home in Aberdeen. She was born May 3, 1939, to William Price and Eva Plunkett Price in Aberdeen. A lifelong resident of Aberdeen, she was a seamstress for Sharp Garment and South Monroe Sportswear.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Delores Funderburk and husband, Gary, of Aberdeen; one son, Danny Neal Stoddard and wife, Viola, of Aberdeen; two brothers, Bobby Price and wife, Ann, of Athens and Billy Price and wife, Shirley, of Wren; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Neal Stoddard; a sister, Dorothy Kimbhal; and a brother, Leroy Price.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Bill W. Switcher
CORINTH – Funeral services for Bill W. Switcher will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Kemps Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.

Benjamin McGaha
CORINTH – Benjamin “Boot” McGaha, 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Hopewell Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Bo Jaggers
OKOLONA – Thomas Edward “Bo” Jaggers, 65, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on Aug. 18, l944, to James Edward and Julia Lovett Jaggers. He was a retired employee of the Columbus and Greenville Railroad. He served many years in the Mississippi National Guard.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona with Bro. Eric Boykin officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be from noon-service time today at the Okolona Chapel.
Survivors include one sister, Mary Kate “Sissy” Jaggers of Okolona; two nieces, Karen Jones and Liz Perry (Morris) of Okolona; and several cousins.

Sue Martin
SARDIS – Sue Edwards Martin, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at North Mississippi Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born on Nov. 20, 1946, in New Madrid, Mo., to John and Dorothy Edwards. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Yazoo City and attended St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Oxford.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Charles Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Hollis Martin; two sons, Christopher Martin of New Orleans, La., and Jeffrey Martin of Denver, Colo.; her mother, Dorothy Edwards; two sisters, Dorothy Leigh Poore and Betty Edwards; one brother, John Edwards Jr.; two grandchildren, Ali and Hale Martin of New Orleans; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews, Lance Martin, Martin Davis, Nathan Martin, Andy Carroll, Bill Reeves and Donnis Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Kent Montgomery, Si Burnsworth, Pat Brabston, Gene Kent and Ben McPhail.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Kenneth Kent
DUMAS – Kenneth C. Kent, 63, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. He was born June 25, 1946, to Clarence H. Kent and Annie Lou Bryant Kent. He was a member of New Harmony United Methodist Church in Dumas. He was a union electrician for 30-plus years and a member of the Local IBEW 852. He was an Army veteran.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Vick Kent of Dumas; one son, Jason Kent of Dumas; one sister, Brenda Bennett (Ron) of Ripley; and two brothers, Charles Kent (Mary) of West Point and Bobby Kent (Alice) of Como.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To sign the online guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Owen Wilburn
TUPELO – Owen Wilburn, 95, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born in Itawamba County on Nov. 29, 1913, to G.B. and Annie Mae Perry Wilburn. He grew up in Itawamba County. He married Jimmie Elaine Mann on April 10, l936, a marriage that lasted 66 years before her death on July 12, 2002. They lived several years in Kenosha, Wis., where he worked for the railroad before returning to the Tupelo area. They became charter residents of the Lee Acres Neighboorhood in Tupelo in l964, where they lived until their deaths. He was the oldest member of the Gloster Street Church of Christ at his death. He worked many years in maintenance at the Penn Tire Plant in Tupelo before retirement. He was a small engine repairman and thoroughly enjoyed fixing his friends and neighbors lawnmowers. His yard was a great source of pride for him, especially his backyard flowers and plants. An avid fisherman, he loved his boat and the waters of Lake Lamar Bruce and Elvis Presley Lake; conversation with family and friends; and especially cherished his grandchildren, who knew him as the best Granddaddy on earth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Minister Chad Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time on Sunday only.
Survivors include his daughters, Martha Morris of Gulfport, and Nan Brown and husband, Ray, of Saltillo; two grandchildren, Angela Fountain of Memphis, and Joel Brown and wife, Tina, of Brandon; five great-grandchildren, Ashley, Lee, Lauren, Courtney and Collin; a great-great-grandson, Franklin; three sisters, Ruth Donald and Catherine Witt of the Peaceful Valley community, and Dorothy Leslie and husband, Carroll, of the Richmond community; two brothers, “Did” Wilburn of the Peaceful Valley community and Junior Wilburn and wife, Delores, of Dorsey; and his caregiver, Freddie Morris of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elaine Wilburn; his son-in-law, Norman Morris; his grandson, Dr. Lee Morris Jr.; and five siblings, Burrell and James Wilburn, Lema McDaniel, Paula Whitten and Velda Loden.
Pallbearers will be Joey and Eddie Wilburn, Charles Sheffield, Justin and Jerry Loden, and Jordan Dozier.
Memorials may be made to the Gloster Street Church of Christ, 307 North Gloster St., Tupelo, MS. 38801.

Ervin M. Underwood
GOLDEN – Ervin Marcell Underwood, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at his residence. He was born May 17, 1936, in Itawamba County. He was a truck driver.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Antioch Baptist Church at Golden. Burial will be Hodge Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 51 years, Judy Underwood of Golden; eight sons, Dean Underwood (Brenda) of Fulton, Dale Underwood, Tracy Underwood, Kevin Underwood and Kim Underwood, all of Golden, Gary Underwood (Judy) and Terry Underwood (Rose), all of Dennis, and Byron Underwood (Rita) of Belmont; one sister, Peggy Underwood of Fulton; four brothers, Bervin Underwood (Nell) and Murlis Underwood (JoAnn), all of Nettleton, and Larry Underwood (Nola) and Troy Underwood (Peggy), all of Golden; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clovis and Cora Pruitt Underwood.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Lora Gray
RED BAY, Ala. – Lora Jackson Gray, 105, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at the Care Center of Red Bay.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Vina First Baptist Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Betty Jo Akins
FAIRFIELD, Ala. – Betty Jo Akins, 77, died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009, at her residence.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Baggett Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mabel Swords
CAIRO – Mabel Virginia Welch Swords, 86, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was a member of Cairo Baptist Church and a retired employee of the shirt factory. She enjoyed spending time with her church family, the “Factory Girls,” her flowers and being the “Community Mother.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cairo Baptist Church with the Rev. Marvin Ward and the Rev. Marty Browning officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Ecru is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Frank Swords (Vicki) of Holly Springs and Phil Swords (Debbie) of Tupelo; her six grandchildren, Vicki Swords, Cindy Swords, Mandy McMinn, Holly Barker, Amy Mask and Leslie Swords; eight great-grandchildren, Dana Messer, Sterlin McMinn, Kera McMinn, Joshua Mask, Juston Mask, Michael McMinn, Eva Barker and Grayden Barker; one great-great-grandson, Dominic Peterson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Henderson Welch and Eva Wiley Newsum Welch; and her husband, Lester Swords.
Pallbearers will be Tim Holcomb, James Matthews, Jim Whitehead, Sonny Stubblefield, Dennis Foster and Jimmy Hamblin. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Hamblin, Keith McCullough, Perry Mask, John Bates, Kyle Barker, Doug McMinn, Sterlin McMinn and Paul Carruth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Cairo Baptist Church.

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