Obituaries September 30, 2013

Mary Alice Gillentine Christian

TUPELO – Mary Alice Gillentine Christian, 91, went to be with her Lord Friday, September 27, 2013, at Magnolia Manor. The youngest child of eleven, Mary Alice was born in Lee County on July 25, 1922, to George Washington and Lelia Rebecca Payne Gillentine. After being raised during the depression, she developed a “don’t waste” philosophy that would continue throughout her life. A first for her family, she graduated from Mooreville High School. She lived in Eutaw, Alabama, for many years and lived in Tupelo since 1975. She worked many years at the North Mississippi Medical Center on the pediatric floor. Due to her hard work and example, she raised three sons, who are two certified public accountants and a pharmacist. She adored her family, especially her grandchildren who thought she never raised her voice. She loved roses, gardening and never let a pine cone stay in her yard. She was a member of Priceville Baptist Church and also for a time had attended Auburn Baptist Church.

A celebration of her life will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 1, 2013, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Tim McMillan officiating and a eulogy by her granddaughter, Cynthia Sprich. A graveside will follow at Gilvo Cemetery.

She is survived by her three sons, Bill Morgan (Belinda) of Tupelo, John Poole (Diane) of Trussville, Alabama and George Poole (Rebecca) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama; six grandchildren, Bryan Poole (Katie), Cynthia Sprich (David), Dana Morgan Booth (Isiah), Mary Grace Edmonds (Kyle), Betsey Poole and Andy Poole; six great-grandchildren, Jack Poole, Frank Poole, Jordan Sprich, Madison Sprich, Laine Edmonds and Pierce Edmonds.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, John Morgan, Jack Poole and Dexter Christian; five brothers and five sisters; her grandson, John Vernon Morgan.

The family will receive friends from 4-8 p.m. today, September 30, 2013, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ida Oliver

VERONA – Ida Bell Oliver, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab. She was born Oct. 4, 1926, in Tishomingo County to George and Jean Prestige Ashley. She served her church as a Sunday school teacher and was currently a member of Verona First Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, owned and operated a fabric store and assisted her husband, Mr. Oneal, in his construction company. She enjoyed sewing and reading but got the most enjoyment by being a wife, mother and grandmother.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marc Howard officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Ann Harris (Ron) of Tupelo and Judy Miller (Ray) of Verona; four sons, Edwin Oliver (Sarah) of Tishomingo, John Oliver (Linda) of Red Bay, Ala., Larry Oliver of Tupelo and Billy Oliver (Brenda) of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 67 years, Oneal Oliver who died on July 17, 2013; four sisters, Virginia Pendegraph, Leona Garrison, Pearl Ashley and Estelle Bostick; and five brothers, Perdie Ashley, Ray Ashley, Alfred Ashley, Earvin Ashley and Dewey Ashley.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Mark Harris, Brian Oliver, Patrick Oliver, Greg Oliver, Chris Oliver, Joey Horton and Christopher Oliver.

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

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com/.

Arnold Collums Sr.

HOULKA – Arnold Gene Collums Sr., 78, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 3, 1934, in Calhoun County. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, a veteran and a self employeed logger.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Sept. 30, at Thorn Church of God with Bro. Arnold Amason officiating. Burial will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mavis Marie Barnette Collums of Houlka; two daughters, Vicky Holder (Doug) of Vardaman and Betty Jean Shields of Houlka; one son, Arnold Gene Collums Jr. of Houlka; 10 grandchildren, James Glenn Tharp Jr., John Roy Tharp, Brittney Rena Tharp, Amy Collums, Wendy Shields, Crystal Shields, Jessy Ann Collums, Josey Marie Collums, Brandy Holder and Brittany Austin; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister, Sue Clark of Potts Camp; and one brother Jimmy Collums of Houlka.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Henry Collums and Eula Mae Prewitt Collums; one great-grandchild, Nathen Tharp; and three brothers, Billy Joel Collums, Winston Collums and Laverne Collums.

Pallbearers will be John Roy Tharp, Nick Ruth, Jack Hurst, Mike Collums, James Tharp Jr. and Arnold Gene Collums Jr.

Honary pallbearers will be Ron Nolan, Elvis Langford and Dave Westmoreland.

For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Weytha Nunley

IUKA – Melba Weytha Clingan Nunley, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, graveside at Old Union Cemetery. Interment will follow in Old Union Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.

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

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

Kenneth Henderson

WHEELER – Kenneth M. Henderson, 44, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at his home. He was mechanically inclined and could fix and do almost anything. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He truly loved his family.

Survivors include one daughter, Danielle Henderson of Wheeler; one son, Matthew Henderson of Wheeler; two brothers, James Henderson (Mitzi) of Booneville and Steve Henderson (Rita) of Long Beach; two sisters, Billie Hartman (Scott) of Gulfport and Brenda Hutcheson (Randy) of New Site; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Linda Henderson

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is assisting the family.

Jerry Goforth

SMITHVILLE – Jerry Richard Goforth, 65, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home. Detailed arrangements will be announced later.

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

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mac A. Johnson

WALNUT – Mac A. Johnson, 73, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Richard James Jr.

EUPORA – Richard James Jr., 79, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Sept. 30, at Maben Church of God with Bro. Brian Amason officiating. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery in Fame. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Barbara Harrell

WEST POINT – Barbara Kyte Harrell, 81, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis, Tenn. Barbara was born Aug. 17, 1932, in Knoxville, Tenn., to Gladys Basinger and Billy Kyte. She was a florist and a manager for Sears Roebuck for 17 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church where she was an avid Sunday school teacher for 15 years. She loved to shop. She loved and breathed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. When they arrived and surrounded her, it never failed to bring a smile to her face. She married Clarence Harrell on Dec. 24, 1949, in Knoxville, Tenn., and he preceded her in death on Aug. 29, 2010.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Woodlawn Cemetery in Knoxville, Tenn. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Harrell Turner (Mark) of Starkville and Patty Hare (Michael) of Fulton; a special family friend, Sandy Henley (Tommy) of West Point; four grandchildren, Christie Sims (Alex), Marc Weaver (Davlynn), Mark Turner Jr. and Leslie Scott (Stephen); and 10 great-grandchildren, Chris Garner, Alexis Weaver, Trista Weaver, Kaitlyn Weaver, Blake Meeks, Savanah Meeks, Hunter Meeks, Abby Scott, Sarah Scott and Lauren Scott.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Turner, Tommy Henley, Marc Weaver, Chris Garner, Michael Hare, Mark Turner Jr., Alex Sims and Stephen Scott.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.

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

Louise Hutchens

POTTS CAMP – Lottie Louise Hutchens, 89, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Dec. 10, 1923, in Union County to Roy Butler and Madie Hudson Butler. She was a member of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and a homemaker.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with Bro. Steve Wilson and Bro. Jon Vasquez officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Buford Hutchens of Conway, Ark., Faron Hutchens of Potts Camp and Kenneth Hutchens of Hickory Flat; four daughters, Lavon Owens of Saucier, Virginia McCallen of Hickory Flat, Denise Hamby of Lakeland, Tenn. and Lynda Williams of Potts Camp; one brother, Ezra Butler of Myrtle; two sisters, Velma Patterson of Hickory Flat and Shirley Wiseman of New Albany; 27 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one son, Chester E. Peewee Hutchens; one daughter, Katherine Stroud; grandchildren, Heather Hutchens, Tina Hudson, Lee Warrington and Stewart Howell; daughter-in-law, Maralyn Hutchens; and son-in-law, James Williams.

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

Joe Farrell

LOUIN – Joseph Martin “Joe” Farrell, 61, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are pending and will be announced later, including a full obituary, in Tuesday’s paper by Holland, Tupelo Chapel.

Hattie Powell

RIENZI – Hattie Powell, 93, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Old Danville Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ruby L. Cunningham

PRAIRIE – Ruby L. Cunningham, 79, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.