Obituaries Sept. 9, 2009

Marie Kent
NETTLETON – Marie Pate Kent, 77, met with her Lord and Savior Sunday evening on Sept. 6, 2009. She was born on March 24, 1932, in Lee County to Floyd and Josie Raper Pate. She was a lifelong resident of Nettleton and attended both Pine Grove and Nettleton schools. Marie’s working career included Reed’s, Blue Bell and Glenn Manufacturing Companies with her last place of employment at Arvin Industries in Verona. She enjoyed working crossword and word search puzzles, listening to gospel music and spending time with her family. She was a member of Calvary Assembly Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Ben Raper and the Rev. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
On Nov. 7, 1953, she married her husband of 55 years, Travis Junior Kent of Nettleton. She had two sons, Bobby Kent (Tammy) of Nettleton and Paul Kent (Carol) of Brandon. She had two grandchildren whom she cherished, Austin Travis Kent and Anna Catherine Kent.
She is survived by her husband, sons, daughters-in-law and grandchildren, along with three sisters, Opal Parker (Gordon) of Shannon, Ova Jo Hall (Robert) of Mooreville and Dovie Pate of Tupelo; three brothers, William “Buddy” Pate of Tupelo, Gerald Pate of Aberdeen and Marcus Pate (Betty) of Sherman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Sanders; three brothers, Floyd Pate Jr., John Michael Pate and Jackie Pate.
Pallbearers will be Joe Pate, Roger Sanders, Euvel Kent, Jeff Hall, James Doyle Kent, Will Pate, Jackie Lynn Pate and Jeremy Pate.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Billy Ray Rodgers
BIG CREEK – Billy Ray Rodgers, 44, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at his home. He was born Dec. 26, 1964, in Ottawa, Ill. He was disabled.
There will be no service. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge.
Survivors include his father, Thomas Rodgers, and a brother, Mark Rodgers, of Big Creek.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Sylvia Edwards Rodgers.

Lillie G. Ward
VERONA – Lillie G. Ward died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Danny G. Jones
GATTMAN – Danny Gene Jones, 57, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Amory after a short illness. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born May 13, 1952, in Aberdeen to S.D. “Sam” and Annie Grace Bailey Jones. Before becoming disabled, he was a truck driver for Ruan/Ceico. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and motorcycles. He was a member of the DePriest Freewill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the DePriest Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Don Taggart officiating. Burial will be in the Easter Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Sammy G. Jones of Gattman; one sister, Martha Ann Jones Hall (Redus) of Gattman; three aunts, Tommie Jean Bailey of Gattman, and Lillian Brown and Belle Smithing, both of Texas; and two cousins, Billy Phillips and Margret Wise, both of Gattman.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Terry Cummin, Lyn Galloway, Tulon Griffin, Johnny Northington, Doyle Brooks, Don Browning, Bubba Dozier and Jimmy Northington.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.

Shirley Moffitt
RIPLEY – Shirley Garner Moffitt, 73, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Hope United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jacobs Chapel United Methodist Church in Ripley. The Rev. William Johnson and Bro. Terry Hall will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Karen “Kay” Moffitt Hall (William) of Ripley; one sister, Jo McBryde (Bobby) of Ripley; four brothers, James B. Garner, Jack Garner (Gayle) and Danny Garner, all of Ripley, and Bill Garner (Linda) of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Wesley and Shanna Hall of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jodie Albert “Abb” and Edith Ernestine “Johnnie” Stanford Garner; one sister, Carolyn Garner Dunnam; and one brother, Gene Garner.
Visitation will be until service time today at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Panny Goodson
BALDWYN – Frances “Panny” Goodson, 84, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at her home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Billy Joe Murphy
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Billy Joe Murphy, 71, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Asphalt Rock Cemetery.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Benjamin Reed
HOLLY SPRINGS – Benjamin Thomas Reed, 22, died Friday, Aug. 25, 2009, in Holly Springs. He was born Jan. 20, 1987, in Memphis. He was a student and an Episcopalian.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Bruce McMillan officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Bruce Ellsworth Reed of Holly Springs; his mother, Valerie Spisak Ogle of Chickasaw, Ala.; one sister, Heather Reed of Batesville; his grandparents, Anne Reed of Holly Springs, and Thomas and Diane Spisak of Chickasaw, Ala.

Eloise Floyd
ZION REST – Eloise Caldwell Floyd, 77, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born March 13, 1932, to Jim and Ila Mae Todd Caldwell. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Rest Church of Christ and the “Golden Girls.” She enjoyed flower gardening.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Zion Rest Church of Christ with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Rest Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Randy Floyd of Zion Rest and Jeff Floyd (Michele) of Marietta; two sisters, Elizabeth Gray of Marietta and Sherlene Haynes of Lambert; sister-in-law, Vonceil Pharr (Milton) of Zion Rest; four grandchildren, Brandi Thomas, Hope Pierce, Tilman Floyd and Davis Floyd; great-granddaughter, Brittney Lindsey; niece, Shirley Gray Pharr (Gene); and nephew, Larry Gray (Diane).
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Lee Floyd; daughter-in-law, Wanda Dale Floyd; sister, Earlene Barron; and six brothers, H.L., Spain, Emmitt, Vance, Carnice and James Caldwell.
Pallbearers will be Michael Pounds, Blake Pounds, Milton Pharr, Wesley Adams, Bill Warren and Allen Caldwell. Honorary pallbearer will be Gene Pharr.
Visitation will be until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kaden Sanders
SOUTHAVEN – Kaden Blake Sanders, infant son of Albert Kalen Sanders and Briana Rena Abbott Sanders, both of Southaven, died Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, at The Med in Memphis. He was born Sept. 4, 2009, in Memphis. He was a Baptist.
Private family services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cornersville Baptist Church. Bro. Joe Epting will officiate. Burial will be in Essary Springs Cemetery in Essary Springs, Tenn. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents; one sister, Kaylee Alizabeth Sanders of Southaven; his grandparents, John and Joyce Wilbanks of Pocahontas, Tenn., Buster and Cherry Renfrow of Oxford, Carolyn Sanders of Dekalb, Margie Morgan of Carrouthersville, Mo., and Virgil Clayton of Oxford; his great-grandparents, Debra Abbott, James Shoffner, and Randall and Helen Clayton, all of Potts Camp, Kirk and Vicki Sanders, and Kellye Fortune, all of Southaven, and Darrell Cook of Decatur, Ala.

William Pate
BOWIE, Texas – William Douglas Pate, 79, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at the Bowie Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
James Cook Sr.
TUPELO – James Alford Cook Sr., 82, died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born on Sept. 3, 1927, in Pulaski, Tenn., to John Elvin Cook and Vera Bain Cook. He married Ethel Lee Rial Cook on July 14, 1945. They made their home in Lee County, where he owned his own milk company. He later worked for over 34 years as a route man for Barber’s Milk Company before retiring in l991. After his retirement, he drove cars for Carlock Automotive. He was a faithful and devoted member of the Harrisburg Baptist Church for 58 years. He held many positions at Harrisburg, including serving as a deacon, a Finance Committee member and Sanctuary Sunday School Class treasurer. He counted the Sunday offering on Monday morning for many years. He was an avid conversationalist who loved visiting with family, friends and customers, and an active participant at the Hardee’s Coffee Club. He loved his yard, especially his backyard, and taking care of his prized tomatoes. He was a true Southern gentleman who will be missed by a grateful family, church and community.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Private burial will follow at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years: Ethel Lee Rial Cook of Tupelo; three sons Jim (Rhonda) Cook of Memphis, Don (Sandi) Cook of Port Arthur, Texas, and David (Darlene) Cook of Thomasville, Ga.; five grandsons, Mike (Sara) Cook of Eads, Tenn., Chad Cook of Birmingham, Ala., Jason (Leann) Cook of College Station ,Texas, Brent (Kam) of Whitney, Texas, and John Cook; one granddaughter, Kelsey Cook of Thomasville, Ga.; one stepgrandson, Jeffery (Suszanna) Pace of Sterling Heights, Mich.; one stepgranddaughter, Kayla (Ricky) Frey of Memphis; two great-granddaughters and six great-grandsons; one sister, Naomi Love of Savannah, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Murray Cook.
Pallbearers will be John Cook, Jason Cook, Brent Cook, Mark Cook, Bobby Rial and Freddie Love. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Sanctuary Sunday School Class and his car driving buddies at Carlock Automotive.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4865 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Cedric Nelson
OXFORD – Cedric “Blue” Nelson died Monday, Sept. 7, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.

Gladys Stone
BALDWYN – Gladys Stone, 98, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home.
Lorene Hartley
VARDAMAN – Lorene Hartley, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at her home. She was a homemaker and a retired inspector for Kellwood. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with the Rev. Gladwin Carpenter and the Rev. Parish Hartley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include her husband, Samuel Harrison Hartley of Vardaman, whom she married on Nov. 12, 1933; one daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Bush (James) of Vardaman; two sons, “Jerry” Wayne Hartley (Doris) and Charles “Fred” Hartley (Glenda), all of Vardaman; one sister, Maxine Robertson Reese of Calhoun City; six grandchildren, Jerrie Leah Nix (David) of Calhoun City, Angie Hartley of Mendenhall, Parish Hartley (Jeanne Ann) of Helena, Mont., and Genia Ruth (Gene), Rachel Hartley and Holli Card (Rickey), all of Vardaman; 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Marshall Robertson and Myrtis Dye Robertson, and three brothers, Raymond, Charlie and John Robertson.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Williams, Gene Ruth II, Lee Parker, Gene Ruth, Rickey Card and David Nix.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Williams, Danny Clark and Kenneth Alexander.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mattie Clark
DETROIT – Mattie Mae Clark died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, in Detroit, Mich. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Lora E. Barnett
NEW ALBANY – Lora E. Barnett, 57, died Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 9, 1952, in Biloxi to Grover C. Jennings Jr. and Sallie Ganger Jennings. She was an R.N. at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville for many years.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Enterprise Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Benefield officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby J. Barnett of New Albany; one daughter, Jade Jones of Booneville; three stepdaughters, Krystal Barnett of Pontotoc, Cindy Barnett of Booneville and Martha Cooper of Baldwyn; one stepson, Joseph Barnett of Booneville; four sisters, Brenda Stanton of Etta, Janie Hall of New Albany, Mary Ruth Clayton of Myrtle and Jo Ann Norris of Florence, S.C.; three brothers, Grover C. Jennings III of New Albany, Junior Benefield of Myrtle and the Rev. Mike Benefield of New Albany; four stepgrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Patsy Price and Linda Fletcher; and a brother, Thomas Jennings.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Olan Hargett
HAMILTON, Ala. – James Olan Hargett, 71, died Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 29, 1938, in Alabama to Ross Lavaun and Thelma Stone Hargett. He worked in quality control at Mueller Brass. He was a born-again believer. He was a member of the NRA and an avid outdoorsman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jimmy Lucas officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Kitchen of Bowling Green, Ky.; one son, Jamie Hargett of Biloxi; two grandsons, Michael Keith Hargett (Marcia) and Michael James Kitchen; one great-grandson, Braydon Frank Hargett; six stepsons, Terral Brock (Sandy) of Ripley, David Godwin (Kim) of New Albany, Joe Godwin (Jeanie) of Dorsey, Todd Grady of Tremont, Tony Gray (Lynn) of Golden and Mike Hood (Tammie) of Smithville; the mother of Tony, Todd and Mike, Carolyn Grady Hargett of Tremont; stepgrandchildren, Jake, River, Tristan, Blake, Brannon, Kara, Kirby, Jeffery, Alan (Jessica), James Michael (Laura), Amanda and Lee; stepgreat-grandchildren, Caleb, Haydan, Lizzy, Samatha and Magan; one brother, Ross Hargett of Battle Creek, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Hargett.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Hargett, Keith Hargett, Michael James Kitchen and Todd Grady.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.

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