Obituaries September 23, 2013

Lillie Eaton

DENNIS – Lillie Eaton, 72, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. She was born Dec. 20, 1940, in Mississippi and was a homemaker.

Services will be 11 a.m. today, 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 in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include 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 step grandchildren, Josh Brown (Ashley), Courtney Holcomb (Chad) and Coby Eaton; one great-grandchild, Devin James; three step great-grandchildren, Jayden, Calie and Maverick; two sisters, Dorothy Daniels (Vernon) and Ruth Harris (Jimmy); one brother, Calvin Ozbirn (Patsy); and sister-in-law, Irene Ozbirn.

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 continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Olen J. Parsons

IUKA – Olen J. Parsons, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at home.

Services will be 11 a.m. today, Sept. 23, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Holder Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Holder Cemetery Fund in Burnsville.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Orville Pace

BOONEVILLE – Orville Pace, 80, of Booneville, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born April 29, 1933, to Johnny and Ettie Chase Pace. He was a retired truck driver and a member of the National Trail Riding Association. He loved horses, buggy riding and telling jokes.

Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Forked Oak Baptist Church with Bro. Ricky Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Forked Oak Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Bible Pace; one daughter, Nita (Sammy) Atkins of Tupelo; one son, Gary (Pam) Pace of Saltillo; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Clay Whitfield

IUKA – Clay Whitfield, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at his residence.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Joe Swords

RANDOLPH – Sherman Lee “Joe” Swords, 71, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at home. He was a factory worker, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Wayne Cobb and Bro. Joey Swords officiating. Burial will be in County Line Cemetery in Randolph. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Clara Nell Swords; three sons, Joey (Tammy) Swords of Pontotoc, Tim (Lesa) Swords of Bruce and Scottie (Carla) Swords of Water Valley; one daughter, Tammy (Jessie) Wiggins of New Albany; six grandsons, Matt Swords, Dutt Swords, Jonathan Swords, Jamie Hollings, Jerry Killough and Archie Swords; one granddaughter, Emily Swords; one great-granddaughter, Carsen Swords; one great-grandson, Logan Swords; three brothers, Kenneth Swords, Charlie Swords and Dean Merritt; and one sister, Margerta Mayo.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie “L.N.” Guinea Swords and Lettie Bell Swords; two brothers, James Herbert “Hub” Swords and Jack Merritt; and one great-grandson, Hayden Swords.

Pallbearers are Matt Swords, Dutt Swords, Jonathan Swords, Archie Swords, Jamie Hollings and Jerry Killough.

Honorary pallbearers are Emily Swords, Carsen Swords and Logan Swords.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Gladys Richey

BOONEVILLE – Vera Gladys Richey, 91, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Prentiss County to William Carl Moran and Laura Geno Moran. She was a charter member of Jumpertown First Baptist Church and a retired employee of Prentiss Manufacturing Company. She enjoyed crafts, reading her Bible, singing and writing gospel songs.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Sept. 23, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Scott officiating and Susan Woodruff delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by a sister, Lorraine Richardson of Booneville; a stepson, William Lindon Richey; a brother, James W. Moran of Booneville; and nieces and nephews, Margaret Watson of Portland, Ore., Susan Woodruff (Larry), Judy Stephens, both of Booneville, Wanda Harris (Bill) of North Little Rock, Ark., Patricia Whirley (Roger), Bill Richardson (Star), both of Corinth, David Corliss of Tupelo and Carolyn Berryhill (Jeff) of Nesbit.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William W. “Jack” Richey; her parents; a sister, Vivian Corliss; and a nephew, Charles Nabors.

Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Milburn Reed

NEW ALBANY – Milburn Ross Reed, 97, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Jan. 10, 1916, in New Albany to Terrell and Ollie Plumer Reed. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his daughter, Marbeth Reed McCarley (Greg) of Brownsville, Tenn.; his son, Ross Reed (Virgie) of New Albany; his brother, Cliford Reed of Memphis; five grandchildren, Kerri Bridges, Melissa Todd, Kelly Reed, Rob Kelly and Reed Kelly; and six great-grandchildren, Morgan Michael, Samantha Bridges, Kaycee Todd, Mason Todd, Will Kelly and Anne Kelly.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ervie D. Rakestraw Reed; his parents; six brothers; two sisters; and one great-grandchild, Collin Todd.

Pallbearers will be Reed Kelly, Mark Bridges, Hughey Rakestraw, Rob Kelly, Danny Todd and Josh Black.

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

In honor of Mr. Reed’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

John Kellum

HOLLY SPRINGS – John Kellum, 60, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Eunice Clayton

PONTOTOC – Eunice Roberson Clayton, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc. She was born Oct. 29, 1924, to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Roberson in Mississippi. She later married Travis Clayton on June 24, 1943. She was a homemaker, Christian and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and friend.

A celebration of life service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Felix Hutcheson and Bro. Melvin Crawley officiating. Burial will follow in Immanuel Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of more than 70 years, Travis Clayton; one son, Frank Clayton (Linda); two grandchildren, Junior Clayton (Jamie) and Mitzie Jenkins (Jimmy); and six great-grandchildren, Krysta Meek (Tyson), Brady Jenkins, Dustin Clayton, Brandon Jenkins, Colton Jenkins and Parker Clayton, all of Pontotoc.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Henry Roberson; and four sisters, Berlon Hankins, Velma McCord, Jennie Seals and Vinnie Mattox.

Pallbearers will be Vernon Clayton, Tyson Meek, Dustin Clayton, Brandon Jenkins, Brady Jenkins and Colton Jenkins.

Honorary pallbearer will be Parker Clayton.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be made to family at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.

Joe Rowland

BOONEVILLE – Joe Ellis Rowland died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

James E. McKinney

BOONEVILLE – James E. McKinney, 62, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 5, 1951, to Cleston L.C. McKinney and Scottie Sue Pettit McKinney. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and being outdoors. He went to Trades Training School for Certifying Tennessee Walking Horses and to train bird dogs.

A celebration of life will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Midway Baptist Church on Siloam Road in the New Site Community with Bro. Danny Short officiating. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Iris McKinney of Booneville; daughter, Kathy McKinney (Glen) Riddle of Booneville; son, James Nathan McKinney of Booneville; stepdaughter, Toni (Ryan) Henderson of Booneville; stepdaughter, April (Ron) Gollihugh of Memphis; granddaughter, Selena Riddle; grandson, Carson McKinney; granddaughter, Madison Henderson; grandson, Cody King; grandson, Tristan Franklin; brother, William Charles McKinney of Booneville; sister, Rita Page of Red Bay; brother, Larry Cleston (Rhonda) McKinney of Booneville; and brother, Barron Lee (Barbara) McKinney of Booneville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleston L.C. and Scottie Sue McKinney; and one brother, Mackie Dale McKinney.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday prior to the service at the church.

The family requests that no flowers be sent.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Carlton Crane

FULTON – Carlton Crane, 61, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

Onlne condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Rudolph Pettit

VERONA – Milford Rudolph Pettit, 87, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his residence in Verona after an extended illness. He was born in the Carolina community of Itawamba County on March 12, 1926, to Jessie Daniel “J.D.” Pettit and Vera Bethay Pettit. He grew up in Carolina, graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School and joined the U.S. Marine Corps proudly serving in Guam, the Philippines and at Iwo Jima during World War II. Upon his honorable discharge from military service, he returned stateside and married his sweetheart of more than 64 years, Rebecca McDaniel, on Aug. 13, 1948. He spent his working career as a tool and die maker first at Rockwell Manufacturing. and retiring as supervisor at Tecumseh Manufacturing. He was a member of the Verona United Methodist Church for more than 60 years where he faithfully served in many capacities. He was a strong supporter of public education having served many years on the Board of Trustees of the Verona Schools. His hobbies included multiple outdoor activities: fishing, hunting and water sports, including skiing; but his great love was participating in all sporting and school activities of his children and grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life will be at 6:30 p.m. today, Sept. 23, at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. A private family burial will be Tuesday in the Pettit Family Plot at Verona City Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his daughter, Michelle Pettit Prince and his son, Marty Pettit and wife, Mimi, all of Verona; his grandchildren, Mack Pettit and wife, Nina, stationed at Great Lakes, Ill., Jacob Prince of Tupelo, Ashley Prince of Atlanta and Maggie Pettit of Starkville; his siblings, Guy Pettit and Patsy Pettit of the Carolina Community and Reid Pettit (Emma Frances) of the Dorsey Community; and special friends, Verna Copeland and Kathryn Johnson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rebecca in 2012; a brother, Billy Wayne Pettit; a son, Mack; and grandson, Ryan on Nov. 19, 2010.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today only at Tupelo Chapel.

The family requests memorials be made to the Ryan Pettit Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS. 38801.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.