Obituaries September 1, 2010

John Bray
NEEDHAM, Ind. – Johnie Eugene “John” Bray, 82, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at his residence in Needham, Ind. He was born in Burnsville on July 21, 1928, to Benjamin and Cora Grissom Bray. He married Fannie Lee “Polly” McCalister on June 24, 1950, in Corinth. He was employed as a machine operator at Arvins for 38 years, retiring in 1991. He enjoyed woodworking and gardening, and he loved helping people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Jessen Funeral Home, Franklin Chapel, in Franklin, Ind. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Fannie “Polly” Bray of Needham, Ind.; two sons, James M. (Alice) Bray of Rienzi and Donnie E. (Maureen) Bray of Franklin, Ind.; two daughters, Debbie A. King of Bargersville, Ind., and Cindy (Jim) Smith of Franklin, Ind.; eight grandchildren, Shannon Robinson, Angela Brumley, Scott Bray, Hal Underwood, Michael Weddle, Ryan Smith, Eric Smith and Ciara Smith; eight great-grandchildren, Devin, Alec and Lakin Robinson, Graham and Anna Brumley, Hal Jr. and Hallie Underwood, and Rachel Weddle.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers; a daughter, Frankie Howell; and three grandchildren, Andrew Weddle, James E. Bray and Elizabeth Underwood.
Friends and family may call from 4 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Online condolence may be sent to www.jessenfuneralhome.com.

Trey Clemmer
NEW ALBANY – Tredaron Andreus “Trey” Clemmer, 23, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born April 22, 1987, in New Albany to Cathy Clemmer and Harvey Jones. He was a 2006 graduate of W.P. Daniel High School. He was accepted to the Fashion Institute in Nashville, Tenn., but was unable to attend because his health began to fail. He was skilled in many areas and had a great sense of humor.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Beaver Dam M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Beaver Dam Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother and caregiver, Cathy Clemmer; his father, Harvey Andrew Jones; two sisters, Aisha (Thomas) Beasley and Nhsharra Clemmer of Memphis; his grandmothers, Mary Cannon and Hattie Sue Jones of New Albany; his godmother, Betty Jean Stubbs, and his godfather, Ray Turner; two nieces and one nephew; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Francis Lusk
OLIVE BRANCH – Francis Morgan Lusk, 65, died while vacationing in Athens, Greece. She was born Nov. 11, 1944, in Itawamba County to Gurney and Maurine Roberts Morgan. She graduated from Mooreville High School in 1962. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling with her husband, Glenn, and their friends. She was a hairstylist and partner at Uptown Cuts in Olive Branch. She loved her work and the many clients who became dear friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Olive Branch.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Mantachie with Dr. John Adams officiating. Burial will be at Stephens Cemetery near Mantachie. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Glenn Lusk; two sons, Neal Ellis (Amy) and Shawn Ellis of Mantachie; one daughter, Natalie Bean (Dennis) of Little Rock, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Kim Herriott (Dr. Mark Herriott) of Kansas City and Kathy Lusk of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren, Trey, Trent, Luke and Levi Ellis, and Ty, Olivia and Ellis Bean; three sisters, Anne Carnathan of Mantachie, Joan Coker (David) of Ellistown and Julie Spradling of Memphis; one brother, Jerry Morgan (Linda) of Cumming, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Frankie Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Trey and Trent Ellis, Chris Stone, Mark Carnathan, Brandon Spradling and Tracy Loden. Honorary pallbearers will be Todd and Tate Morgan, Terry Loden, Tom Thomas, Russ Carnathan, Brad Robinson and Zachary Herriott.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the church.

John Curl
OLIVE BRANCH – John Brickey Curl, 52, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. He was born Aug. 13, 1958, in Memphis to John Eura Curl and Olean Brickey. He was a farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Dr. Don Labelle officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Christy Davis Curl of Olive Branch; two sons, Aaron Curl (Kristen) of Mt. Pleasant and Paul Curl (Anne) of Red Banks; two daughters, Jessica Arar (Rayan) and Rebecca Curl, both of Olive Branch; three grandchildren, Justin Curl, Emma Grace Arar and Taylor Curl.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lucile Friday
WEST POINT – Lucile Dexter Friday, 97, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born Nov. 18, 1912, in Clay County to Daisy Beatrice Lofton and Eugene Hamilton Dexter. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation in West Point. Mrs. Friday married Curtis Roy Friday Jr. on Dec. 26, 1940, in Starkville. He preceded her in death on June 24, 1986.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Father Karl Schaffenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Scarborough (Doug) of Cocoa, Fla.; two sons, William A. Friday (Rita) of Huntsville and Curtis R. Friday III (Sylvia) of Columbus; a son-in-law, Paul Murray of Starkville, eight grandchildren, Anita Currie (Paul), Clay Scarborough, Sarah Butler (Kevin), Mary Beth Cope (Jamie), Jennifer Harthcock, Frank Scarborough, Jan Scarborough and Billy Scarborough; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; nephews, James Fowler (Maudine), Joe Fowler (Janice) and Gene Fowler (Ruth), all of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her daughter, Virginia Dexter Friday Murray; a grandson, Steven Scarborough; her parents; a stepbrother, John (Mary Ott) Fowler; a nephew, Roy Fowler; and a niece, Johnette Etheridge.
Honorary pallbearers will be her church family at the Church of the Incarnation.
Memorials may be made to Episcopal Church of the Incarnation, P.O. Box 316, West Point, MS 39773; or Bryan Public Library, P.O. Box 675, West Point, MS 39773; or Trinity Heath Care, 230 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn Brown
IUKA – Marilyn Brown, 68, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at her residence. She was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church. She was a licensed practical nurse and retired from the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and attending church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Freewill Baptist Church. Bro. John Shamblin will officiate. Burial will follow in Shady Valley Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Donald Brown, Henry Brown (Anne Marie), William Brown (Sherry) and Charlie Brown (Tammy), all of Iuka; three daughters, Jennifer Thrasher (Jackie) of Belmont, and Karen Grantham and Robin Coker (Johnny), both of Iuka; two brothers, Mark Vernon (Shelia) of Saltillo and Harry Vernon of Tremont; 20 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Lee Brown, and her parents, T.G. and Bessie Vernon.
Pallbearers include Jason McDuffy, Jamie Grantham, Joshua Coker, Daniel Coker, Hayden Tigner, and Johnny Coker. Honorary pallbearers include Benjamin Coker and Nathan Brown.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time today.
Memorials may be made to First Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund or LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Faye Taylor
TUPELO – Faye Taylor, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at her residence after a brief illness. A native of Troy, she was born Aug. 22, 1922, to J.W. and Cynthia Eddington. Throughout her life, she worked as a waitress, but her life’s calling was taking care of her home. She lived half of her adult life in Flint, Mich., before returning to this area. She loved spending time with her family, especially her great-granddaughter, Taylor. She was an avid animal lover and supporter, and was particularly fond of cats. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Waymon Taylor. She was a member of Gloster Street Church of Christ.
Services were Sunday, Aug. 29, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Chad Ramsey and Bro. Joe Connell officiating. Burial was in Springville Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Riggan (Bill) and Sandra Taylor, all of Tupelo; one sister, Eva Wilhelm of California; one grandson, Mark Riggan of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Jennifer Sellars (Bo) of Saltillo; one great-granddaughter, Taylor Sellars; several nieces and nephews, including Carol Titus and Gail Wilson, who considered her a second mother.
She was preceded in death by her son, David Taylor; her husband; her parents; a nephew, J.W. “Cub” Eddington; and two sisters and five brothers.
Pallbearers were Ed Mattox, Don Easterling, Henry “Cubby” Lafayette III and Lamar Walls.
Memorials may be made to Gloster Street Church of Christ, 307 N. Gloster St., Tupelo MS 38804; or the Lee County Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Annie Lou Allen
TISHOMINGO – Annie Lou “Granny” Allen, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at her residence. She was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Iuka to Charlie and Bertha Nelson Thompson. She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a Mother of the Church and president of the Welcoming Committee.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church in Tishomingo. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery at Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two children, Mollie Alexander (Vester) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Charles Allen (Frankie) of Tishomingo; daughter-in-law, Mayrene Allen of Tishomingo; one sister, Beatrice Owens of Jackson, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Finley, Gene Fant, Nathan Allen, Anna Allen, Brad Alexander, Cedric Luster and Austin Luster; special grand-goddaughter, Jada Luster; 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan Allen; a son, Harold “Grey Fox” Allen; her parents; a sister, Mollie Hodges; and a brother, Charlie Thompson.
Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the church.

Pam Clearman
OXFORD – Pam Clearman, 45, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at Grenada Lake Medical Center. Born in Mishawaka, Ind., she was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and she worked at Cambridge United Methodist Church. She was a supervisor with Cobra Security. She was active in the Yocona International Folk Festival and Relay for Life.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cambridge United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Peterman and Rev. Taylor Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Cambridge Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Frances and H.G. “Ham” Fuller of Oxford; her father, Charles Poynter of Niles, Mich.; her daughter, Allison Clearman of Oxford; her former husband, Jeff Clearman of Mobile, Ala.; two sisters, Bobbie Jo Kelly of South Bend, Ind., and Lynn Poynter of Niles, Mich.; and her grandparents, Eugene Eber and Dorothy Eber of Oxford, and Charles Poynter Sr. of Birmingham.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
The family has requested that memorial donations be made to Cambridge United Methodist Church, 212 Ross Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit the website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Paul Gentry
BOONEVILLE – Luther Paul Gentry, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a retired maintenance worker from Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Wallace officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by one sister, Nell Thornton of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Cleveland and Cora Gentry; three sisters, Margie Carpenter, Mildred Strong and Nita Gentry; and three brothers, Kelley, James and William Gentry.
Visitation will be from 1 until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

B.J. Yant
WEST HELENA, Ark. – Billy Joe “B.J.” Yant, formerly of Verona, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in West Helena, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Rebecca Carter
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rebecca Jackson Carter died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010 in Knoxville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Ludie Dorrough
NEW ALBANY – Ludie Clite Dorrough, 82, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Fredonia Baptist Church, where she enjoyed participating in the senior adults group. She was a retired employee of Irwin B. Schwabe in Ecru.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Rev. Joe Herndon and Dr. Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will follow in the Warren Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her three sisters, Edith Ilene Whitehead of Ingomar, Jeanette Jones of New Albany and Bernice Miller of Oxford; a special brother-in-law, Bob Bailey of Ingomar; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Arthur Dorrough and Eunice Graham Dorrough; three sisters, Fairy Marie Dorrough, Eula Mae Short and Ruth Bailey; and two brothers, James Theron Dorrough and Junior Dorrough.
Pallbearers will be Andy Kirk, Adam Kirk, Ricky Kirk, Ray Smith, Jason Weeden, Justin Weeden, Richard Byrd and Melvin Dorrough.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningecru.com.

Jane Roberts
IRVING, Texas – Jane Austin Roberts, 77, formerly of Algoma, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at her home after a long illness. She was born in Pontotoc County on Aug. 31, 1932, to Gerald Autra Austin and Ola Jane Massey Austin. She graduated valedictorian of her class at Algoma High School and attended Mississippi State College for Women, where she studied piano and cello. She taught music in Randolph and Houlka Schools. She went to work for the Navy Department in Washington D.C. and later the General Accounting Office in Dallas, Texas, where she met her husband, Carroll. In 1978 she obtained an M.A. in psychology from Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, and pursued a career as a family counselor. She was dearly loved and a blessing in the lives of her family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Lisa Louis and husband, Jason, of Olathe, Kan.; two sisters, Shirley Brady of Dallas, Texas, and Carole Pitt of Arlington, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carroll Horton Roberts, and both of her parents.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

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