Obituaries September 15, 2013

Anne Lee Roberts Thurmon

PONTOTOC – Anne Lee Roberts Thurmon, 87, died Saturday, September 14, 2013, at NMMC in Tupelo after a nearly 39 month residency at Sunshine Nursing Home in Pontotoc.

She was born May 18, 1926, just South of Algoma in Pontotoc County, as the second child and first daughter of Hattie Lou Davis Roberts and Andrew Jackson Roberts.

Anne attended Pontotoc County Schools at Beckham and Algoma until her family moved to Sunflower County, where her father was employed in administration at the State Penitentiary in Parchman.

She was an excellent student and basketball player and a graduate of Drew High School in the Class of 1944. She attended what is now Delta State University to attain teacher certification, and after her family returned to Pontotoc County in 1944, she taught in the one room school in the Robbs Community.

After her marriage in late 1945 and a short time working in Pontotoc County, she and her husband moved to Memphis, where except for a brief time in Nashville, she lived in the Memphis area until June 30, 2010, when she returned to Pontotoc County for her final time.

Anne was an industrious and dedicated employee her entire life, remaining fully employed until just prior to her 83rd birthday.

She was employed at various times at Sears Roebuck, St. Jude’s Hospital, and several automobile dealerships, which she dearly loved and where her talents as a title expert were always sought.

Anne had a wide circle of friends, including all her colleagues and co-workers, with whom she was always sensitive and supportive. She loved her family, friends, Church, animals and the Moose Lodge; and she enjoyed sports, music, traveling and especially, politics. She inherited her interest in politics and always had a favorite candidate in every race in Memphis and Shelby County as well as supporting her Mississippi relatives.

She is survived by her niece, JoAnne Roberts Bradley and Jerry of Pontotoc, and their daughter, Dr. Jerri Lamar Kantack and Keith of Tupelo and their daughter, Emma Driscoll Kantack

Anne is further survived by her nephew, James L. Roberts, Jr. and Rose of Pontotoc as well as a host of Roberts and Davis cousins and their descendants; and friends and co-workers.

She was predeceased by her parents; her grandparents, W.C. Scott Roberts and Sally Wages Roberts and John Calhoun Davis and Cora Etta Harvison Davis; her brother and sister in law, James Lamar Roberts and Dorothy B. Roberts; her great nephew, James L. (Jaymar) Roberts, III; her two former husbands, Fred A. Daniel and Harry M. Thurmon; and her dear friend and companion, Suzanne Lloyd.

Anne’s Memorial Service will be at 4:00 p.m. today, September 15, 2013, at the Pontotoc First United Methodist Church with its Pastor, The Reverend Mr. Milton Whatley officiating.

Music will be provided by Anne’s great niece, Dr. Jerri Lamar Kantack, and a eulogy will be given by her nephew, James L. Roberts, Jr.

Visitation will be at the Church from 2-4:00 p.m. just prior to the service today. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge. Pallbearers will be Roberts and Davis Cousins. Interment will be in the family plot at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens on Highway 9 North.

Memorials may be made to the Pontotoc First United Methodist Church, Delta State University, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Maness Bartlett

BOONEVILLE – Milton Maness Bartlett, 92, of Booneville, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a former Jackson County supervisor and entrepreneur in the fields of furniture manufacturing and construction, among other ventures.

Mr. Bartlett was often described as a man who could walk into any room and own it. Anyone who crossed his path knew this to be true. He had an amazing sense of humor and a contagious laugh. He never met a stranger and could find something in common with just about anyone. Mr. Bartlett was known for his storytelling abilities, and he had lots of life adventures that kept his audience captivated while he spoke. No one dared get in a political argument with him, unless he wanted to end up in agreement with him. He was a feisty man with a loving heart who loved his family dearly. His legacy will live on in the hearts of his sons, as well as in the heart of soul of his “partner,” his beloved grandson, Braxton.

Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Greg Polluck officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery.

He is survived by two sons, Buddy (Leigh) Bartlett of Madison, Miss. and Tyler Downs Bartlett of Wheeler, Miss.; one grandson, Braxton Bartlett of Madison, Miss. and the mother of his son, Buddy, Darlene Tillman of Canton, Miss.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Blanch Sheffield; and two brothers, Gerald Gray Bartlett and Ted Bartlett.

Visitation will be from noon until 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

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Harrison Henry Hood

FULTON – Harrison Henry Hood, 73, passed away Friday, September 13, 2013, at the Courtyards Community Living Center. Harrison was born February 21, 1940, in Lee County to Haskle Henry and Beatrice Lavelle Montgomery Hood.

He enjoyed cars and trucks. Harrison has many wonderful memories of hanging out at the Willis Brothers Car Lot in Skyline. He was also passionate about bicycles. He owned twelve of them and spent countless hours taking care of them.

He loved his family and they loved him. He is survived by six siblings, Virginia Dickey and Martha Foster both of Mooreville, J.R. Hood of Columbus, Frances Williams (Mack) of Tupelo, Eva Dunn of Nashville, Tennessee and Phillip Hood of Mooreville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Haskle and Beatrice Hood; two brothers, James Hood and Jessie Hood; one uncle, Eugene Hood; brother-in-law, Jimmy Dickey; nieces, Jessica Hood Marcy and Lynn Parker Rushing.

A celebration of his life will be 3 p.m. today, September 15, 2013, at the Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy with Rev. Shane Ray officiating. A graveside service will follow at Union Grove Cemetery with pallbearers, Paul and Terry Green, Robbie and Ronnie Harris, Mike Mitchell and Ralph Montgomery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you of gratitude to Pamela Sparks, L.P.N., Michael Nash, R.N., Michael Leech, C.N.A., Cindy Hashins R.N. and other staff at the Courtyard Living Center in Fulton for the wonderful care and friendship given to Harrison.

Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. today prior to the service at the Church.

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Frances Street

RIPLEY – Frances A. Richardson Street, 85, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at her home. She was born on May 29, 1928, to John Adams Sr. and Ollie Blythe Richardson in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Whittentown Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bob Trotter and Bro. Edd McCafferty officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Benefield (Rusty) of Ripley; son, Johnny Street (Evelyn) of Chesterfield, Va.; brother, John A. Richardson Jr. (Vivian) of Dumas; sister-in-law, Opal Richardson of Southaven; grandson, Allen Street (Christy) of Purvis; three granddaughters, Leigh Estes (Allan) of Ripley, Lauren K. Street (fiance, Ben Grey) of Dinwiddle, Va. and Molly Street of Greenville, S.C.; five great-grandchildren, Ava and Lauren L. Street of Purvis, Olivia Hill, Grace Ann Benefield and Allyson Estes, all of Ripley; special friends, Ruth Linebarger and Steve Glidewell; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene T. Street; her parents; son, David Eugene Street; two sisters, Marie Dunnam Linebarger and Lorena Lewellen Thigpen; and six brothers, Roy, Emmitt, Ellis, Eugene, Arthur, and Hardie Richardson.

Pallbearers will be David Elton Street, Ronnie Street, Kenneth Richardson, Jimmy Lewellen, Allan Estes and Ron Sanderson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Verdis Gates, Larry Street, Billy Hoyte Richardson, Jerry Richardson, Craig Richardson, Darrell Dunnam and Jessie Williams.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Gideon’s International c/o Ripley Camp, P.O. Box 4, Ripley, MS 38663.

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Sybil Haber

GOLDEN – Sybil Paden Haber, 78, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

Claude Clay

PADEN – Claude Travis Clay Jr., 70, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Burchia Milligan

IUKA – Burchia Scruggs Milligan, 93, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.

Services will be 3 p.m. today, Sept. 15, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Toy Bonds

IUKA – Toy Bonds died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Roger D. Law

SMITHVILLE – Roger D. Law, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are in the care of E.E. Pickle Funeral Home and will be announced later.

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Edith Stockton

STOCKBRIDGE, Ga. – Edith Golden Stockton, 94, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, in Georgia. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Rickey Cowley

SMITHVILLE – Richard Allen “Rickey” Cowley, 59, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on Dec. 13, 1953, in Amory, he was the son of Jessie Doyle “Red” Cowley and Joy Grace Edwards Cowley. He was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1972. On May 4, 1971, he married Martha Spruiel. He worked as a shipping supervisor with ITT Fabri-Valve for 20 years and worked in the shipping department with Bryce Corporation for five years. He attended New Bethel Baptist Church and later attended Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. He was a Christian and a hard-working and quiet man who liked his privacy. He took great pride in his children and grandchildren, took care of his parents, and was passionate about Vietnam veterans. He enjoyed working in the garden and doing yard work; listening to music by The Doors, The Beatles and Van Morrison; watching Jeopardy; and making his routine visits to Smithville Hardware and Country Boys.

Services will be held 2 p.m. today, Sept. 15, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Spruiel and Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Friendship North Cemetery in Detroit, Ala.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Spruiel Cowley of Smithville; daughter, Melanie C. Lafayette (Jeremy) of Amory; son, Blake Cowley (Brandi) of Amory; grandchildren, Millie Grace, Tate, Thomas Jay, and Will, Livi, and Luke Henry; sisters-in-law, Margaret Masengale and Joyce Finch; and brothers-in-law, Arley Masengale and Edward Finch.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carroll Ray and Livia Cowley and Sam and Ila Edwards.

Pallbearers will be Arley Masengale, Edward Finch, Darrell Stafford, Allen Duncan, Jeff Morgan and Rollin Turnage.

Honorary pallbearer will be Charles Cummings.

Memorials may be given to First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.

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