NEW ALBANY – Eleanor W. Ray, 84, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, after a lengthy illness. She was born on Nov. 20, 1928, in the Pleasant Ridge community near New Albany to Howard and Mozell Watson, and was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, William “Bill” Watson and J.H. Watson, her husband of 35 years, Howard Lee Ray, and her son-in-law, Richard Bell.
Shortly after graduating from Mississippi State College for Women in 1950, Mrs. Ray met and married Howard Lee Ray, and they soon moved to New Albany, where he became a successful businessman and civic leader and she taught home economics in the Union County schools before becoming a full-time homemaker. In later years, she helped her husband in his real estate development activities and became an astute businesswoman herself by managing her husband’s commercial properties in New Albany, Pontotoc and Ripley after his death in 1987.
Mrs. Ray was a loving wife, devoted mother and grandmother, and trusted friend whose graceful demeanor, concern for others and gentle, loving spirit were a blessing to all who were privileged to know her. She was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church in New Albany, which she served faithfully in many leadership capacities, and also the Marjorie Houston Sunday School Class. She was a charter member of the New Albany Mothers’ Club, served Meals on Wheels until she was nearly 80, gave generously of her time and energies to various civic and charitable causes benefitting her community – including UNITE (Union County/New Albany Initiative to Excel) – and actively supported economic development in New Albany and Union County through her participation in the New Albany Main Street Association and the Union County Development Association.
She is survived by her sons, Howard Lee Ray Jr. (Trae) of Summerville, S.C., and John T. Ray (Alyson) of Florence, Ala.; her daughters, Melinda R. Bell of Tupelo and Donna R. Starnes (Rob) of Memphis; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and her sister, Frances Hill of New Albany.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at First United Methodist Church in New Albany, with the Rev. Barry Male officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in Wesley Hall across from the church sanctuary. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any memorials be sent to First United Methodist Church or the Boys & Girls Club of New Albany.
For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
J.E. Hardin Sr.
TUPELO – James Ellis “J.E” Hardin Sr. died Thursday , Sept. 19, 2013, at his home in the Richmond community. He was born May 1, 1943, in Houston to James Ottis “J.O.” and Pauline Melinda Coyle Hardin. He was retired from Mueller Copper Fittings. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid crappie fisherman.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 21, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Dorsey with Keith Carpenter officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lois Kelley Hardin of the Richmond community; two sons, Jay Hardin (Melissa) and Trampis Hardin Sr. ( Alisha); the mother of his children, Lynn Sullivan, all of Houston; three stepdaughters, Renee Webb of Richmond, Denise Phillips (Jerome) of Fulton and Tammy Jones (Jeff) of Baton Rouge, La.; one brother, Jimmie Coyle Hardin of Arlington, Texas; one sister, Lynette Armstrong of West Point; 12 grandchildren, Jordan, Katelyn, Justin, Megan and T.J. Hardin, Ayana Pettit, Matthew Webb, Jennifer Conley (Jeff), Kayley Phillips, Jessica, Allen and Kelley Jones; and two great-grandchildren, Lily and Seth Conley.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Ed Webb; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord Cemetery in Houston.
Online condolences and a guestbook may be accessed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
HAMILTON – Reva Hanson Hull, 95, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at her residence in Muscle Shoals, Ala. She was born July 23, 1918, to Jessie Verdo Hanson and Ethel Mae Knight Hanson in Itawamba County. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton, where she was a member of Hamilton United Methodist Church. She worked at Conoco Chemicals in Aberdeen and retired from South Monroe Sportswear.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Pullen (Larry) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; two sons, James E. Riggan (Mary Anna) of the Lackey community and Johnny Hull (Debbie) of Hamilton; one sister, Laura Elaine Garrett of Waukegan, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Tracy Turman, Angie Beckman, David Turman, Ginger Stahl, Jim Ed Riggan, Misty Hollis, Wendy Poole and John David Hull; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Garvis Riggan; her second husband, Winfield Hull; one sister, Heldia Hanson; and four brothers, Audrey Hanson, Virgil Hanson, Burlene Hanson and Verdell Hanson.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
SALTILLO – Linda Tutor Ray, 64, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 13, 1948. She was a graduate of Shannon High School. She graduated from Itawamba Junior College with a nursing degree. She worked as a nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center and also as a lab analyst for 13 years with ESG Operations. She loved her grandchildren. She enjoyed playing bingo, visiting her family in Las Vegas and spending time with her puppies.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Tupelo with the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. A graveside service will follow at Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include five children, Sherry Riley (Sean Gambles), Tracy Riley (Kevin Valentine), Dallas Tutor, all of Saltillo, Rachel Idol (Brian) of Kesler Air Force Base and Rebecca Sudduth (Donald) of Saltillo; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earlene and Robert Jowers; and her fiancé, Rick Kennedy.
Pallbearers will be Donald Sudduth, Kevin Valentine, Sean Gambles, Brian Idol, Greg Patterson and Dan Martin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Jeanette Page, 97, passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on July 9, 1916, to David and Ottie Green in Verona. She was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, where she served many years in the choir and Altar Guild. She was also active in the Jr. Women’s Club and Northeast Mississippi Art Association. She enjoyed golf, bridge, oil painting and card making. She was in business with her husband, Herman Page, at Page’s Super Markets and Page’s Super Drugs, and also was the owner of Page’s Ben Franklin.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Tim Alexander officiating. Burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her twin daughters, Ann Board and Jane Clegg (Jim); her son, Ed Page (Betty); six grandchildren, Jeff Spencer, Paige Repult (John), Heather Thornhill (Jody), Chad Hoos (Amy), Sheri Hall (John) and Jay Page (Courtney); and six great-grand children, Taylor Thornhill, Sawyer Spencer, Sadler Spencer, McCarthy Ann Repult, Cosby Repult and Sarah Page.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Page; her parents, David and Ottie Green; and two brothers, Jimmy and Leroy Green.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House or Good Samaritan Clinic.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BURNSVILLE – Alma Fay Vanderford Hendrix, 88, passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born May 10, 1925, to Aaron and Sula Vanderford. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church in Burnsville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Temple Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Leatherwood and Bro. Edward Stacy officiating. Burial will be at Jacinto Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two daughters, Doris (Bradley) Rorie and Cathy (Tommy) DeGraw; one son, Donnie (Barbara) Hendrix; two sisters, Linda (W.C.) Byrd and Brenda (Jimmy) Sunningburg; two brothers, L.Q. (Kathleen) and Cletus (Charleen) Vanderford; six grandchildren, Kerry and Lynn Hendrix, Randy Rorie, Mary Phillips, Amanda DeGraw and Samantha Bearden; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband Thurman Hendrix; one son, Clovis Leo Hendrix; her parents; two sisters, Ouida Vanderford and Mae Carter; and four brothers, Milton, Ray, Bobby and Rufus Vanderford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Sunday at the church.
HOUSTON – Jesse Voyles, 82, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 31, 1930, in Calhoun County to Parker Luther Voyles and Stacey Virgie Mitchell Voyles. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW and a Baptist. He was a man who always went around with a smile on his face. He loved telling jokes and loved blowing his crazy horn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Samples, Bro. Randy Rinehart, Bro. Arnold Amason, Bro. Bobby Brock and Bro. Patrick Black officiating. Burial will be at Monte Vista Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Louise Crowley Voyles of Houston; two daughters, Nancy Voyles (Pancho) and Wanda Johnston (Greg), both of Houston; four sons, Billy Voyles (Anita), Charles Voyles, David Voyles (Tracy) and Tracy Voyles (Karen), all of Houston; his grandchildren, Chastity Mincy, Jeremy, Corey, Tyler Voyles, Jacob Cervantes, Jason Voyles, Brandi Holloway, Cody Voyles, Samantha Underwood, Melissa Roberts, Jonathon Betts, Paul Betts, Brandon Voyles, Chase Voyles, Jasmine Voyles, Trae Voyles, Christopher Voyles and Josh Voyles; two special granddaughters whom he raised, Stephanie and Crystal Garcia; great-grandchildren, Lucas and Lauren Mincy, Trent Sanders, Kyler Morris, Cayson Pierce, Cainen Pierce, Jaylee Betts, Arrinton Voyles, Dante, Nikki, Devin, Dustin Martin, Hannah and Kennedy Voyles, Hayden Holloway, Ryan and Emily Voyles, Abby Cook, Kareleigh and Rylan Voyles; one sister, Edna Parker of Houston; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by two sons, Tommy and William Dale Voyles; his parents, Parker and Stacey Voyles; two brothers, Olen Voyles and Otha Voyles; one sister, Annie Beth Voyles; and one great-granddaughter, Makynli Voyles.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
Donations may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
MANTEE – Mary Alvana Campbell Smith, 78, passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at her home, in Mantee. She was born Sept. 19, 1935, in Lilbourn, Mo., to Ora DeRousse and Jack Campbell. She was a homemaker and she was of the Pentecostal faith. She married William Jasper Smith on Oct. 13, 1955; he preceded her in death on Aug. 1, 1997.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bryron Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Methodist Cemetery at Una. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, William Hunter Smith (Cheryl) of Mantee, and David Lee Smith (Debbie) of West Point; nine grandchildren; William Tanner Lee Smith, Meagan Michelle Smith, Teresa Leigh Edmonds, Joshua Hunter Smith, Andrew Lee Smith, Catherine Reanneay Goff, Stephen Jasper Smith, Sherie Danielle Lee and Jordan Ryan Sinko; 13 great grandchildren; three sisters, Della Mae Cribbs of Lilbourn, Mo., Lois Littrell of Marston, Mo., and Louise Cribbs of Flint, Mich.; one brother, Mack Campbell of Flint, Mich.; and special friend and caregiver, Rebecca Myrle Turman of Mantee.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her siblings, Carl Campbell, Pete Campbell, Herman Campbell and Elnora Elowsky.
Pallbearers will be Dewayne Williams, Jonathan Smith, Stephen Jasper Smith, Dusty Goff, Tanner Smith and Mike Huffman.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Ulyssies G. Moore, 97, died Aug. 31, 2013, in Alameda, Calif.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Towncreek Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
NEW ALBANY – Christine Evelyn Spears, 46, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1966, to Authur “Bill” Spears and Maurice Rutherford Spears in Mississippi. She was an employee of Graceland Health Care in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery at Blue Mountain.
She is survived by her mother, Maurice Spears of New Albany; her siblings, Authur Lee Spears and Hattie (Gregory) Opra-Nadi of Jackson, Curtis Spears of Myrtle, Florice (Daniel) Wade, Annie (Junior) Graham, Annette Spears, Catherine Spears and Roberta (Michael) Knowles, all of New Albany, Margaret Spears of Blue Mountain and Mary Spears of Nashville; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, Hubert Spears.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
BLUE SPRINGS – James Montgomery, 85, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
RIPLEY – Flora B. Crum, 72, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 14, 1940, in Tippah County to Azzie Crum and Freddie L. Vance Crum.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 21, at Foster & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Kevin Crum officiating. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Denise Hill (Robert) and Angela Smith; four sons, Timothy Smith (Sharon), Kenneth Smith, Floyd Davis and Randle Ransaw; three sisters, Helen Johnson (Charlie), Margie Ann Johnson (Henderson) and Beatrice Cowan; five brothers, Sammie Crum (Martha(), Anthony Crum (Shelia), Hillman Crum, Gary Crum and James Jr. Crum (Mary Sue); and a host of granddchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service today.
TREMONT – Willis Hutson, 63, passed away Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 12, 1950, to Argie and Cleo Kerr Hutson. He retired from Itawamba Community College after 35 years of service. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church in Tremont. He enjoyed gardening, watching his hummingbirds, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Tim Harris officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sisters, Cindy Hutson of Tremont and Nancy (Ottis) Wilson of Fulton; and two brothers, Wendall (Sandie) Hutson and Jack (Debbie) Hutson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Wayne Hutson, Willard Hutson and William Hutson; three sisters, Mary Duvall, Sarah Duvall and Sherry Richardson; and three brothers-in-law, Bud Duvall, Joe Duvall and Robert Richardson.
Pallbearers will be Chris Wilson, Chad Wilson, Matt Wilson, Roy Summerford, Jim Bennett and Noel Kennedy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
DENNIS – Lillie Eaton, 72, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. She was born Dec. 20, 1940, in Mississippi. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Mike Deaton and Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Assembly of Christ Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband of 25 years, James T. Eaton; two daughters, Renee Pafford (Mike) and Renita Harrison (Billy); stepdaughter, Debra Ferguson (Larry); stepson, Jamie Eaton; five grandchildren, Jessica Pafford, Jennifer James (Gary), Jonathan Pafford, Joshua Harrison and Caleb Harrison; three stepgrandchildren, Josh Brown (Ashley), Courtney Holcomb (Chad) and Coby Eaton; one great-grandchild, Devin James; and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Jayden, Calie and Maverick.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Emily Clack Ozbirn; her father, Grady Calvin Ozbirn; a brother, Charlie Odell Ozbirn; and an infant son, Michael John Credille.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Harrison, Caleb Harrison, Jonathan Pafford, Josh Brown, Jamie Eaton and Larry Eaton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Monday.
VINA, Ala. – James R. “Jim” Horton, 73, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Al. and until service time on Sunday.
BLUE SPRINGS – Billy Wayne Hutcheson, 71, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his residence in the Ellistown community in Union County. He was born July 26, 2013, to the late Earl and Christine Hutcheson. He was an employee of Hutcheson Electric. He was a Mason and a member of the First Baptist Church of New Albany. He enjoyed traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Hope officiating. Burial will be in the Ellistown Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Vickie Ramirez (Greg) of Blue Springs, Kenny Hutcheson of Blue Springs, Alan Hutcheson (Amy) of Saltillo; grandchildren, Matt baker, Heather Hutcheson (Josh), Casey Hutcheson, Nick Ramirez; great-grandchildren, Tristan Hutcheson and Cole Jennings; sister, Edith Tate (Walton) of Blue Springs; sisters-in-law, Joyce Hutcheson of Indianapolis, Ind., and Nell White of Starkville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Jeanette Hutcheson; and a brother, Earl Hutcheson Jr.
Pallbearers will be Matt Baker, Casey Hutcheson, Josh Jennings, Nick Ramirez, Kenny Hutcheson, Alan Hutcheson, Geri Grubbs, Greg Ramirez and Bruce White.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
SNOW LAKE – Clara Mae Word Overstreet went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, after a long illness.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Ashland Baptist Church. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Clarksdale. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 8 to 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
CORINTH – Hazel Dildy Latch, 94, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Sunday.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.
ASHLAND – Dorothy M. Fitzpatrick, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at Ashland Health and Rehab.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday.
RED BAY, Ala. – Elvie Rollins, 103, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Generations of Red Bay.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery at Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home.
RIPLEY – James Holliday, 66, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
VINA, Ala. – William Wesley “Wes” Griffus, 90, died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at the Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Shottsville Cemetery at Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home.
HODGES, Ala. – Rex Houston Hudson, 70, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday and from 8 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home.