Obituaries September 10, 2013

Louise Allen

NEW ALBANY – Alice Louise Johns Allen, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Jan. 5, 1933, in Shreveport, La., to James Odum Johns and Alice Frances Porter Johns. She was a homemaker and a seamstress who loved painting, gardening and flowers. She was a champion at horse shows and barrel racing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Omega Hall, the Rev. John Parker and the Rev. Larry Dukes officiating. Burial will be in Canaan Baptist Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, J.W. Allen of Hickory Flat; a daughter, Marie White (Tony) of Hickory Flat; three stepdaughters, Barbara Bridges of New Albany, Brenda Swift of Memphis and Glenda Chism (Dale) of New Albany; two sons, Jim Robinson (Penne) of Waterford and Anthony Robinson (Son Cha) of St. Louis, Mo.; two stepsons, Gary Allen (Judy) and Johnny Allen (Vickie), both of New Albany; three sisters, Betty Pinckley (Vernon) of Colfax, La., Lydia Harvey (Larry) of Millington, Tenn., and Nora Louise Weatherly of Jackson; a brother, Alvin “Buddy” Adams (Janice) of Shreveport, La.; 16 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ricky Robinson; and a sister, Hattie Mae Jones.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Howard Davidson

BOONEVILLE – Howard L. Davidson, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. Born on Aug. 26, 1921, in Oxford to Roy Lunsford and Garna Aileen Davidson, he lived in Booneville for 50 years. He was the Chevrolet-Buick dealer until his retirement in 1994. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a Shriner, Scottish Rite and Mason for more than 50 years, and a member of American Legion and VFW. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Helbig and the Rev. John Semmes officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peters Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Brewer Kerr of Jackson, Tenn.; a sister, Jean Davidson Crawford (Kirby) of Oxford; a brother, Whit Davidson (Clara) of Oxford; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Helbig Davidson; daughter, Nancy Brewer Evans; his parents; and two brothers, Edward Davidson and Gordon Davidson.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 924 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 or The University Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Betty Barber

CLINTON – Betty Louise Renshaw Barber died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. She was a native of Shannon.

Services were Friday, Sept. 6, at First Baptist Church in Clinton. Burial was in Harpersville. Wright Ferguson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

An online guestbook can be signed at www.wrightferguson.com.

Hazel Smith

PONTOTOC – Hazel Reynolds Smith passed away Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 24, 1922, in Pontotoc County to Tobe and Ellen Reynolds. She was known for her beautiful singing voice and caring spirit. She became a Christian at an early age and was a member of Reynolds Chapel Church. She married L.J. Smith on March 3, 1952, and she traveled with him while he served in the U.S. Navy. They were stationed in various United States locations including California, Alaska, New Jersey and Tennessee. In 1972 they returned to Pontotoc, where they made their home until her husband’s death in 2012.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Greg Herndon will officiate. Burial will follow in the Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Patsy Smith Griffin (Tim) of Tupelo; a son, Carlos Smith (Amy) of Decherd, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Ryan Smith, Elliot Smith, Carlee Smith, Kevin Griffin and Jayme Griffin; a sister, Mamie Gobert (Dual) of Nettleton; a brother, Paul Wayne Reynolds (Avis) of Pontotoc; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, L.J. Smith; sister, Jewel Ray; and brothers, Carl Reynolds, Leroy Reynolds and Travis Reynolds.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Reynolds, Toby Reynolds, Randy Reynolds, Keith Ray, Paul Wayne Reynolds and Dual Gober.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Sanctuary Hospice House.

Oliver Grissom

SALTILLO – Oliver Wendell Grissom, 85, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Oct. 2, 1927, to Oliver Burton Grissom and Verlie Pearl Wiggington Grissom. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Saltillo. He worked at American Motors (Chrysler) in Kenosha, Wis., for 37 years. He was an expert welder. He loved working with his hands, whether building or gardening.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Mack Brown and Robert Fortney officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Margaret Putt Grissom, whom he married March 24, 1950; five sisters, Mildred Tucker of Mantachie, Lora Ray of Rocklin, Calif., Fay Cross of Tucson, Ariz., Helen Gilbert and Myra Harper (Karl), both of Birmingham, Ala.; three granddaughters; nine great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and two daughters-in-law, Pat Grissom of Wisconsin and Mary Grissom of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by five sons, David Allen Grissom, Donnie Grissom, Pete Grissom, Bruce Wayne Grissom and Ronnie Grissom; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be David Baker, Wayne Baker, Joel Baker, Terry Watson, Matt Kreeger and Tyrone Moss.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie.

Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

F.C. Church

SOUTHAVEN – F.C. Church, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home. He was born June 12, 1927, to Oscar and Myrtie Penny Church. He married Norma Church on Aug. 12, 1953, and they lived in Southaven for the past 50 years. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to many. He was very talented in woodwork and making new creations. He was an avid fisherman and loved being in the garden. He was a wise man full of good advice and always willing to share his wisdom with family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 10, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Gary Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery.

He is survived by three daughters, Wanda Hardy of Southaven, Teresa (Sammy) Estes of Hernando and Denise Howe of Horn Lake; three sisters, Delma Faye Frye of Booneville, Shirley (Truman) Lovell of Jackson and Linda (James) Hamblin of Booneville; two brothers, R.V. Church of Memphis and Myrl (Winnie) Church of Bartlett, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Brad) Ward, Chad (Christina) Adcock, Derek Howe and Alicia (Jeremy) Ferguson; and four great-grandchildren, Garrett Ward, Lauren Ward, Layla Adcock and Mackenzie Ferguson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Church; his parents; two brothers, Earl Church and Carl Church; and one sister, Vertie Mae Michaels.

Pallbearers are Myrl Church, Chad Adcock, Sammy Estes, Brad Ward, Brian Church and Derek Howe.

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfunealhome.com.

Larry Easley

HOUSTON – Larry Wayne Easley, 57, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013. He was born Dec. 21, 1955, in Chickasaw County to George Guinn Easley and Mabelene Lewis Easley. He was of the Primitive Baptist faith. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and his family, working with his farmers and drag racing on the weekends. He was someone who would give his shirt off his back before thinking of himself.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 10, at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Randy Hays officiating. Burial will be at Enon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy Denise Collums Easley of Houston; his daughter, Angela Dawn Blakely (James “Dee”) of Houston; his parents, George and Mabelene Easley; four grandchildren, Stephen Wayne Winter Jr., Tristen Brady Winter, Heather Rae Blakely and Makayla Dawn “K.D” Blakely, all of Houston; one sister, Sarah McCrary of Houston; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be his farmers he served and his racing friends.

Donations may be made to Enon Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 927 CR 53 Houston MS 38851

For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Jameele Shabazz

CHICAGO – Jameele Shabazz, 59, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at the University of Illinois Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Rita Dorman

MARIETTA – Rita Ann Thomas Dorman, 58, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 29, 1954, in St. Louis, Mo., to Bobby and Emogene Gillentine Thrasher. She worked at Rockwell International before becoming disabled. She was a member of Ozark Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, flowers, hummingbirds, and talking with her friends and family. She especially loved her dog, Binky.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Ozark Baptist Church with Bro. Dempsey Rowland and Bro. Douglas Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, Danny M. Dorman of Marietta; her mother, Emogene Sanneman of Fulton; one son, Jamie “Bugz” Thomas of Marietta; one stepdaughter, Tabitha O’Bannon (fiancé, Greg Wilson) of Atlanta, Ga.; one stepson, Matthew O’Bannon (Courtney) of Athens, Ga.; two brothers, Barry Thrasher (Connie) of Mantachie and Robert Thrasher of Marietta; one sister, Cindy Baker of Southaven; six grandchildren, Ollie O’Bannon, John Thomas, Taylor Thomas, Shauna Wilburn, Matt Wilburn and Rachael Wilburn; one great-granddaughter, Isabelle “Izzy” Bennett; a special sister-in-law, Debbie Dorman Thompson, of Saltillo; and two special friends, Linda Hendrix of Saltillo and Judy Sheffield of Mantachie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitchell Thomas, in 1990; her father, Bobby Thrasher; and her grandparents, Voy and Verna Gillentine, and Henry and Mattie Thrasher.

Pallbearers will be Danny Sheffield, Matt Wilburn, Derek Sheffield, Brent Kitchens, Mike Langley and Rusty Curry.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 until 11 a.m. Wednesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie and from noon until service time Wednesday at Ozark Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Imogene Wages

TUPELO – Frances Imogene Garrison Wages, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 25, 1925, in Tippah County to Richard Oliver Garrison and Mary Frankie McElroy Garrison. She was a retired beautician and substitute teacher. She was a member of Wallerville Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 10, at Wallerville Baptist Church with the Rev. Ray Burks officiating. Burial will be in the Wallerville Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Kaye Brown (Bruce) of Tupelo; a son, James Richard “Ricky” Wages (Gaynell) of Cheraw, S.C.; a sister, Nadie Winton of Memphis, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Susan Wheeler of Providence, R.I., Emily Marra of Columbia, S.C., Michael Schroff of New Albany and Shelley Reason of Tupelo; and two great-grandchildren, Sally Wheeler and Nathan Wheeler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Shelly Venoy Wages; a sister, Martha Ruth Davis; and a brother, Billy Wayne Garrison.

Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 until 2 p.m. today.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Genetta Alexander

RIPLEY – Genetta Alexander, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Kathleen Hays

EUPORA – Kathleen “Missy” Wooten Reid Hays, 51, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at her home in Eupora. She was born April 30, 1962, in Lufkin, Texas, to Mary Alice Talbott Wooten and Emery Dewitt Wooten. She was a cashier at Kroger for 20 years and a member of the Catholic church. She loved animals and enjoyed working with arts and crafts. She married John Wiley Hays on July 30, 2005, at Church of Living Waters in West Point.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 10, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Minister Brandon Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Hays of Eupora; two sons, James D. Reid of Maben and Phillip Hays of Eupora; three sisters, Mary Alice Wooten Taylor (Glenn) of Point Clear, Ala., Susan B. Wooten Skelton (Robert) of Las Vegas, Nev., and Elizabeth Ann Wooten of Pontotoc; and one brother, Emery D. Wooten Jr. of Fairhope, Ala.

Pallbearers will be Rayburn Hunt, Warren Hunt, Ronnie Burchett, James Fletcher, Dewayne Gatlin and Nate Prather.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Stephen Patterson

PONTOTOC – Stephen Wayne Patterson, 47, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Mary Hopper

CORINTH – Mary Lee Hopper, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Condolences can be left at www.memorial.com.

Ernest Foley

MEMPHIS – Ernest N. Foley, 88, passed away Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013. He was a World War II Army veteran and a retired clerk from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a longtime elder and Sunday school teacher for Graceview Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews, including David and Ernie Foley; and his caregivers, William Foley and Sue Marques; and two close friends, Gary and Becky Deason.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Foley, and a brother, Herbert Foley

Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today, Sept. 10, at Memorial Park Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. today at Memorial Park Funeral Home.

Breattia Bennett

HICKORY FLAT – Breattia Keria Bennett, 21, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at her home.

Services will be at noon Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Rising Star M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in McKay Cemetery at Hickory Flat. Serenity Fuenral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.

Joyce G. Williams

NEW ALBANY – Joyce G. Williams, 87, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Born in Memphis, she was the daughter of Leonard and Pearl Gustafson. She married the love of her life, Ivan Jerry Williams. They would have been married 65 years on Sept. 23, 2013. She was a bookkeeper at Joy Supermarket for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, traveling, cooking, fishing and working with flowers.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Glenfield Methodist Church with the Rev. Brownie Tohill and the Rev. Wes Schrickel officiating. Private burial will be in Ebeneezer Cemetery at Myrtle. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, I. Jerry Williams; two sons, Eric B. Williams and Ernest L. Williams (Judy), all of Columbus; daughter, Evelyn W. Nolan; six grandchildren, Tori Pugh (Andy) of Millport, Ala., Erin Williams of Columbus, Thomas D. Williams of Myrtle, Abigail R. Williams of New Albany, A. Zane Nolan of New Albany; and two great-grandchildren, Alexia M. Williams and Rebecca D. Vancil.

She was preceded in death by her son, Jerry Williams Jr.; her parents; five brothers, Howard, Louis, Ernest, Millard and Neil Gustafson; and two sisters, Lillan Gustafson and Evelyn G. Bell.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

Lois Lewis

EUPORA – Lois Wincey Lewis passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Long Term Care in Eupora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at White Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in White Hill Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the church.

Mike Featherstone

OXFORD – Mike Featherstone, 72, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Compassion Ministry, 904 N. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655 or The Pantry, 713 Molly Barr Road, Oxford, MS 38655.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Marion Holley

SHANNON – The Rev. Marion Holley, 91, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, at his daughter’s residence in Cordova, Tenn. He served as pastor at Union Chapel Baptist Church for 17 years after retirement.

A celebration of life service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with burial at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to service time Thursday only. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements. A full obituary will follow in the Wednesday edition.