Obituaries September 24, 2013

Lucas McCraw

SOUTHAVEN – Luke McCraw, 4, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis after a lifelong illness. He was born June 12, 2009, in Southaven.

Brantley-Phillips Funeral Home in Hernando is taking care of his cremation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. His ashes will be buried in McCraw Family Cemetery in Bay Springs.

He is survived by his parents, Robert and Christy McCraw, and two brothers, Austin and Hunter McCraw of Southaven; his grandfathers, Bobby McCraw of Aberdeen and Rick Allred of Mooreville; and his aunts and uncles, Nancy and Jason Cantrell of Aberdeen, Brandy Allred of Laurel and Rick Allred Jr. of Mantachie.

He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Judith McCraw and Cynthia Allred.

Memorial donations may be made to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis.

Rev. Sidney Gattis

MEMPHIS – The Rev. Sidney Earl Gattis, 84, passed away Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. He was born Oct. 2, 1928, in Tupelo to Sidney Freeman Gattis and Sarah Whitaker Gattis. He was an evangelist.

Survivors include his wife, Wilma Wilson Gattis; his three daughters, Carolyn Gattis, Jeanette Riley (Johnny) and Bethel Wallace; three sisters; four brothers; his great-granddaughter; and great-great-granddaughter.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; six sisters; and two grandchildren, Michael and Michelle.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 24, at Family Funeral Care in Memphis.

Online condolences may be made at www.FamilyFuneralMemphis.com.

Gordon Comer

ABERDEEN – Gordon Ray Comer, 91, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Oct. 1, 1921, to Joseph Sanford Comer and Virdie Stovall Comer in Fulton. He graduated from Itawamba High School. He lived in Aberdeen since 1946. He was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club. He was founder of Comer Packing, where he worked for 51 years, retiring in 1997.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 24, at Aberdeen First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Keith Williams officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy Comer (Carol) of Aberdeen; one granddaughter, Carla Arevalo (Michael) of Aberdeen; one grandson, Ray Comer (Anne) of Aberdeen; two great-granddaughters, Brindley Comer and Allie Comer; and one sister, Wilma Creely (Jack ) of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth Grimes Comer; one brother, Graden Comer; and two sisters, Christine Pate and Tarlene Weatheford.

Pallbearers will be Ray Lacey, David Houston, George Grimes, John Bales, Charles Caraway and Tom Seymer.

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at Aberdeen First United Methodist Church.

To sign the register and leave condolences , visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Travis Kitchen

MILFORD, Conn. – Travis C. Kitchen, 90, passed away Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Wallingford, Conn. He was born in Lee County to Richard Alvin Kitchen and Vernie Lessel Kitchen. He attended Camp Creek school and Cedar Hill school before moving to Tupelo. He served with honor in the U.S. Air Force in the 20th Air Force 348 Service Group. He received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Bronze Star. In 1946 he was one of the original founders of the VFW Post 7788 in Devon, Conn. He was a master carpenter in the Milford, Conn., area for many years.

He is survived by one son, Richard T. Kitchen, and one daughter, Judith Evans, both of Milford, Conn.; one grandson and several great[grandchildren; his brothers, Murle Kitchen of Tupelo and Charles Kitchen of Saltillo; and three sisters, Mildred Gore and Betty Young of Tupelo, and Dorothy Kettleman of Richland.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Farrell Kitchen; and a sister, Nona Wayne Houston.

A prayer service was held on Friday, Sept. 20, at Cody-White Funeral Home of Milford, Conn.

Betty Martin

PONTOTOC – Betty Jean Stacy Martin, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, as a result of an automobile accident. She was born to A.J. and Elma Stacy on June 18, 1931, in Pontotoc County. She was a Christian and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, an accomplished seamstress, farmer, factory worker, 4-H Club leader and a member of the Algoma Home Demonstration Club. A disciplined gardener, she was known for her decorative flowers and her beneficial generosity and as a beef cattle owner who built sturdy fences.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating and the Rev. Roger Stacy assisting. Lisa Williamson will deliver the eulogy.Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Pat George of Pontotoc; a son, Joe Martin (Mary) of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Brad Bailey and Josh George; two sisters, Dorothy McCoy of Algoma and Helen Duncan of Amory; a sister-in-law, Imogene Stacy of Pontotoc; and host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis Martin; a son, Kenneth Martin; her parents; a brother, Ike Stacy; and a sister, Robbie Nell Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Gary Cobb, Buddy Hitchcock, Dale Stacy, Josh George, Brad Bailey and Doug Pannell. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Neal Simmons, Ernie McCoy, Randy Anderson, Kevin Pannell, Elvis Saxon, Junior Baldwin and Mike Stacy.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Regional Rehabilitation Center, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801 and the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Carlton Crane

FULTON – Carlton Lee Crane, 61, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 31, 1951, to N.C. Crane and Dollie Yielding Crane Harbor. He retired from F.L. Crane and Sons after 30-plus years of service. He was a member of Pine Grove Church of Christ. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and hunting. He dearly loved his children and grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton. Bro. Garry Smith and Minister Ryan Ary will officiate. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Crane of Fulton; his mother, Dollie Harbor of Fulton; two daughters, Carly (Charlie) Agnew of Louisville and Kerry (Alan) Todd of Fulton; four grandsons, Braxton Agnew, Weston Agnew, Jameson Agnew and Bronson Agnew, all of Louisville; and two granddaughters, Ally Jo Todd and Kerigan Todd, both of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his father, N.C. Crane; a brother, Bob Crane; and his stepfather, Jim Harbor.

Pallbearers will be Sammy Hill, Keith Reese, Richard West, Michael West, Frankie Yielding and Terry Robinson. His grandchildren will be honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.

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

John Collier

MADISON, Wis. – John Collier died Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Hattie Wilson

PRAIRIE – Hattie Harrison Wilson, 95, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, at Dugan Nursing Home in West Point.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Northside Christian Church in West Point. Burial will be in Sykes Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

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

Willie Mae Thomas

HARPER WOODS, Mich. – Willie Mae Thomas, 95, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Ford Continuing Care Center-Belmont in Harper Woods, Mich. She was formerly of Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Milton Stewart

CHICAGO – Milton Stewart, formerly of Baldwyn, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in Chicago. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

William Huddleston

MEMPHIS – William Treadwell Huddleston, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Signature Health Care in Memphis. He was born April 11, 1929, to John William and Effie Lenora Brotherton Huddleston in Ripley, the third of six children. He attended Shady Grove School. He married Mable Grace Sanderson Huddleston on April 10, 1948. He served his country in both the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Theodore Chandler and in the Air Force Reserves. He was a member of Macon Road Church of Christ for 45 years. He was a retired truckdriver for Signal Delivery and Sears.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Antioch Cemetery in Ripley. Burial will follow. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mable Grace Sanderson Huddleston; a daughter, Linda Long (Jeff) of Memphis; a son, Darrell Huddleston of Memphis; two sisters, Annie Ruth Tally of Millington, Tenn., and Pauline Bennett of Shelby Forest, Tenn.; two brothers, Bobby Huddleston of Michigan City and Eddie Huddleston of Blue Mountain; eight grandchildren, William Darrell Huddlston II (Holly), Lisa Marie Rutledge, Wesley Keith Long, Jonathan Randall Long, Dennena Billings (Kerry), Shawn Huddleston, Shanah Michelle Smith (Shane), Shane Huddleston (Gina); and eight great-grandchildren, Virginia, Henry and Clay Huddleston, Dalton Rutledge (Darrell), Cabel Smith, Pedan and Landen Billings (Steve) and Dillion Huddleston (Jimmy).

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Jimmy Dale and Michael Steve Huddleston; and one sister, Virginia Bennett.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Esta Martini

RIPLEY – Esta Lee Curtis Martini, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Dec. 6, 1924, to Jacob and Mellissie Lytle Curtis in Warren County, Tenn. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ.

A private graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Harmony Cemetery at Walnut. Dr. Jack B. Bennett will officiate. Burial will follow. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three daughters, Linda Barkley of Ripley, Gina Clifton (Donnie) of Middleton, Tenn., and Annette Martini (Jimmy Wilkerson) of Ripley; four sons, Don Martini of Falkner, Frank Martini (Lynn) of Alpharetta, Ga., Tony Martini (Tonya) of Vonore, Tenn., and Perry Martini (MIchelle) of Bartlett, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and two nieces.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Martini; her parents; a son, Johnny Martini; and a brother, Reggie Curtis.

Pallbearers will be Mike Martini, Steve Martini, Jobe Martini, Paul Martini, Dom Martini and Mariah Martini.

Visitation will be at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society, The Peoples Bank, ATTN Roger Childs, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663; or to the VFW.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Robert Crump

NEW ALBANY – Charles Robert Crump, 70, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Ludell Baird

HOUSTON – Ludell Elizabeth Hulsey Baird, 87, died Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at Floy Dyer Manor Nursing Home in Houston. She was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Chickasaw County to Thomas J. Hulsey and Minnie Dell Mahan Hulsey. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Houston and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial will be at Houston Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her three daughters, Patricia Archer (Walter) of Houston, Jane Holcomb (Wayne) of Myrtle and Carol Whitt (Jimmy) of Okolona; five grandchildren, Mathew Archer, Anna Archer, Allison Whitt, Jordan Whitt and Jacob Holcomb; and one sister, Vivian Ellison of Noxapater.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Lockwood Baird; her parents, Thomas and Millie Hulsey; and her brother, T.J. Hulsey.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Sanderson, Tommy Ellison, Beau Ellison, David Baird and Keith Reese.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church, 230 N. Jackson St., Houston, MS; or VFW Ladies Auxiliary, in care of Carlene Crump, 115 Pittsboro St., Houston, MS.

For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Joe Rowland

BOONEVILLE – Joe Ellis Rowland, 63, died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mae White

PONTOTOC – Lora Mae Kidd White, 75, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at her home after a brief illness. She was born June 14, 1938. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. She was a very loving person to all she knew. She enjoyed playing bingo, fishing, her pets, gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandson, Brett Jacob White.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Ronnie Owen will officiate. Burial will follow in the Thaxton Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her twin sister, Bena Faye Wood of Lonestar; her brother, Thomas Benjamin Kidd (Annie) of Thaxton; nine children, Betty White Franklin, Martha Maharry (Riley), Earnest Eugene White Jr. (Kathy), Thomas Lee “Skip” White (Mary) Billy Joe White (Rachel), Patricia Faye Cossey (Rusty), Timothy Wayne White (Teresa), James David White (Angela) and Jacky Alan White (Natalie), all of Pontotoc; 26 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Erma Letha Kidd and Ben Kidd; her husband, Earnest Eugene White Sr.; a son, Robert Earl White; grandchildren, Charles Ray Pickens, Michael Ray Wheeler and Samantha Madison Lynn White.

Pallbearers will be Michael Lee Merritt, Justin Cossey, Steven Cossey, Daniel Cossey, Danny Chesteen Jr. and Kenny White.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

John Kellum

HOLLY SPRINGS – John Edward Kellum, 60, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at his home.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.