Obituaries September 5, 2013

Don Hobson

TUPELO – Roger Don Hobson, 73, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at his Oxford residence. He was born Jan. 19, 1940, in Picayune to the late Roger Hobson and Edna Bilbo Hobson. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal. He was a retired employee of Gen Pac, where he worked as a general manager.

Private graveside services will be held at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 5, 2013. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by two sons, Brett Hobson (Kara) of Oxford and Blake Hobson (Leslie) of Tupelo; a sister, Nancy Nicholson of New Orleans, La.; a brother, Payne Hobson of Hattisburg; and four grandchildren, Luke Hobson, Kylie Hobson and Shelby Hobson, all of Tupelo, and Parker Hobson of Oxford.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Tommye Lou Porch Hobson; a son, Stacy Hobson; and a sister, Sally Ann Hobson.

Pallbearers will be Bill Bailey, Jay Bailey, Steve Bailey, Mac Porch, Joe Porch, Caleb Easterling, Ryan Walker and Onasis Ward.
Visitation will be today, Sept. 5, 2013, from 4 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, 848 Adams Ave., Memphis, TN 38103; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

The family would like to express their appreciation for the compassionate care that Dr. Paul Perry and his staff gave to Mr. Hobson during his illness.

In honor of Mr. Hobson, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Marine Corps at the funeral home during visitation and service.

For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Byron Lehman

THE WOODLANDS, Texas – Byron Wesley Lehman, 67, passed away on Sept. 3, 2013, in The Woodlands, Texas. Mr. Lehman was born in Wichita, Kan., on Feb. 10, 1946, the younger of two boys born to Robert Eden Lehman and Ruth Stinson Lehman. His passing was attended by his wife and four children. Byron spent his youth in Wichita, growing into an outstanding basketball player. When his father brought Air Cap to Verona in 1962, Tupelo High School welcomed his talent with open arms. As a senior, he garnered All-State honors while leading Coach Kermit Davis’s Golden Wave to the championship game in 1964. He would go on to play basketball for Delta State, earning the nickname “Socrates” for his uncommon intelligence (and perhaps his play!). He and his roommate, Norris Ashley of Ingomar, both shared the dream of coaching basketball and would remain lifelong friends. Byron married his high school sweetheart in 1968, slowing just enough to yield to her pursuit. He and his new bride rushed off to Starkville, where he would go on to earn a master’s degree. Over the years, he found a lot of assistance in remembering this peculiar honeymoon destination.

Byron realized his dream of coaching, and would coach in Ponchatoula, La.; for his alma mater in Tupelo; at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa; and at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Eventually, his coaching and recruiting took him too far from his growing family for comfort. Bringing out the best in others had long motivated his desire to coach basketball, but found the new team at home far too tempting to pass on. He retired from coaching following the ’82-’83 season to remain at home with his children.

His passion for teaching was particularly troubling for his children who couldn’t quite figure the value of having a father at home singularly dedicated to their education. Family meetings were often accompanied by homework of their own! Byron never sought happiness for his children, but goodness. Byron later began a second career as a printer and owner of Pro Graphics, moving him to Tupelo for a third time, and presenting him with a new family in Betty, Brenda, Lynda and Marty. His years as a traveling grandfather would begin with another child of his own, when he adopted Marissa in 2001.

Constantly aware, constantly working, Byron possessed the unusual ability to both dream and work. He will always be remembered for his generosity of spirit, sharp mind, eternal integrity and love of family.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Sherry Dye Lehman, of The Woodlands, Texas; his daughters, Dr. Ashley Wright of Montgomery, Texas, Laura Blackwell of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Marissa Lehman; his son, Wesley Lehman of Coral Gables, Fla.; his brother, Robert Earl Lehman, of Tupelo; his six grandchildren, Alec, Ethan and Olivia Wright, Davis and Emory Blackwell, and Henry Lehman; and his nieces and nephews, Bobby, Debbie, Mallory and Lex.
An informal gathering for family and friends to remember Byron will be held at the home of his niece, Deborah Lehman Kellett (4774 Sunningdale Drive, Belden, MS 38826) on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. Memorials may be sent to Project Hope, P.O. Box 4236, Tupelo, MS 38803-4236.

Will Evans

ABERDEEN – Arther “Will” Evans, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He accepted Christ and became a member of Ebernezer M.B. Church. He retired from General Motors in Lordstown, Ohio, after 30 years of employment. He enjoyed singing with the Gospel Chosen Travelers, cars, traveling and attending Cleveland Indians baseball games.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Sept. 7, at Ebernezer M.B. Church. Pastor David James will be officiating. Burial will be in the Ebernezer Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge.

He is survived by two sons, James A. Evans (Virginia) of Aberdeen and Calvin Evans (Cesondra) of Nettleton; three daughters, Bular Daniels (Essie) and Elizabeth Evans, both of Aberdeen, and Tanisha Graham of Youngstown, Ohio; one brother, Wardell Evans of Aberdeen; two sisters, Geneva Gathings (John) and Betty Hoskins, both of Aberdeen; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Angie M. Stone

PITTSBORO – Angelia Maria White Stone, 54, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Aug. 19, 1959, in Memphis. She was former employee of Glenn Slacks and Robert E. Sharp Co. of Memphis. She was a Baptist. She was a collector of Mickey Mouse, muscle cars and four-wheel drive vehicles, especially Chevy. A member of Ashley’s Angels, she loved making children happy.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Bruce.

She is survived by her husband, Edward L. Stone Jr. of Pittsboro, whom she married Feb. 15, 1986.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff White and Thelma Lynn Murphree White.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Susan Morgan

FULTON – Susan Lee Morgan passed away on Aug. 12, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Corinne Cannon Morgan and Clyde Whittier Morgan of Fulton.

She is survived by her siblings, Betty Burton Wheeler, Marjorie Morgan Moss, Carolyn Clyde Morgan and Samuel Whittier Morgan.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at New Salem United Methodist Church. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, her family asks that she be remembered by donations to the the New Salem United Methodist Cemetery Fund, 3007 Highway 25, Fulton, MS 38843.

Brenda Kennedy

AMORY – Brenda Kennedy, 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Willie Myatt Sr.

AMORY – Willie Guy Myatt Sr., 79, died on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home. Born April 14, 1934, he was a son of Purvis Connie Sr. and Clara Bell Bee Myatt. A lifelong resident of Becker, he graduated Becker Schools in 1953 and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Stationed in Cheyenne, Wyo., he met his future wife, Joan Bryant, whom he married in January 1956. Guided by his faith and service to the Lord he was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for many years. He farmed with his father and worked in the garment plants, appliance repair and in maintenance at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. Before his retirement he was working for MTD in Verona. He continued farming with his brother after his retirement until his death. He enjoyed hunting, farming, spending time with his family and spending his summers at his home in Maine.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Rodney Waycaster officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Joan Myatt of Amory; two daughters, Rebecca Joan Neely (Gary) of Trenton, Tenn., and Clara Edith Smith (Paul D.) of Amory; one son, Willie Guy Myatt Jr. (Lisa) of Amory; one brother, Naum Lee Myatt of Amory; six grandchildren, Shon Myatt, Trey Childers (Latisha), Ruth Neely, Joshua Neely (Kendra), Alonzo Myatt (Kristin) and Joseph Neely; two great-grandchildren, Breana Childers and Houston Neely; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Purvis Connie Myatt Jr. and Calvin A. Myatt; and a granddaughter, Nicole Myatt.

Pallbearers will be Shon Myatt, Alonzo Myatt, Trey Childers, Joseph Neely, Joshua Neely and Tony Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Barrett, Mike Steele, Kenny Moffett, O’deen Adams and Naum Myatt.

Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, 1500 Highland Drive, Amory, MS 38821.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Tony Derrico

TUPELO – Anthony Joseph “Tony” Derrico, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo. Born Dec. 14, 1929, in Schenectady, N.Y., to Peter and Pauline DeMarco Derrico, he lived in New York, California and Oxford, and, for many years, in Columbus. His working career included General Electric and Pitney Bowes, but his great love and joy was being a jazz pianist, leading, in his last years, the Too Jazzy Band. He was joyful, creative, funny, with a quick wit and a master storyteller. A Catholic by faith, he last attended the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Columbus.

A service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Columbus with Rector Sandra DePriest officiating. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Survivors include his wife, Priscilla Buxton Derrico of Aberdeen; two daughters, Marciana Derrico Vequist of Lawrence, Kan., and Theresa Russell (Garth) of Anaheim Hills, Calif.; a son, Thomas Derrico (Kim) of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; his father-in-law, R.G. Buxton of Aberdeen; one sister-in-law, Bonnie Buxton Conner (Lane) of Aberdeen; one brother-in-law, George Buxton (Marion) of Moorpark, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three siblings.

Memorials may be made to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Food Bank, 510 Seventh St. North, Columbus, MS 39701.

Fred Brasher

OKOLONA – Fred Brasher, 67, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Linda Duncan

BALDWYN – Linda Jane Duncan, 61, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2013, at her home.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at United Funeral Service in New Albany. A private graveside service will follow.

Amy Hutcheson

GOLDEN – Amy Shewbart Hutcheson, 42, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at her residence. She was born June 12, 1971, to Edgar and Elaine Haugen Shewbart. She enjoyed crocheting, working in her yard, especially her flower beds, spending time with her grandchildren and helping others.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Lowell Sartin officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery.

She is survived by her daughter, Terena (Justin Wilson) Shewbart of Golden; her son, Slade Allen of Dickson, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Aubrey Shewbart and Laina Christian; two grandsons, Austin Wilson and Isreal Christian; one sister, Angela Shewbart of Fulton; and four brothers, Rocky Shewbart of Fulton, Eddie (Margaret) Shewbart of Cleveland, Ohio, Edward Shewbart of Fulton and Tim (Glenda) Shewbart of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Elaine Shewbart; and a brother, Scott Shewbart.

Pallbearers will be Slade Shewbart, Justin Wilson, Danny Dill, David Chilcoat, Phillip Swindle, Josh Shewbart, Marty Allen and Jason Reich.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home.

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

Mabel Mullinnix

TUPELO – Mabel Moore Mullinnix, 92, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness.

A service celebrating her life will be at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Cedar Hill community.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 3 p.m. to service time Friday.

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Valley United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Moore, 975 Highway 348, Guntown, MS 38849 or United Methodist Senior Services, 2800 W. Main, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Paul Drewery

FALKNER – Paul Curtis Drewery, 41, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at his home in Falkner. He was born Aug. 7, 1972, to Paul M. Drewery and Brenda Carter Churchill. He attended Pine Grove Baptist Church. He was a heavy equipment operator working in construction. He enjoyed hunting and attending dog races.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Cobb and Bro. Perry Reed officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery.

He is survived by his father, Paul M. Drewery of Falkner; one sister, Lynn Shackelford (Steven) of Ripley; one stepsister, Ruthie Churchill of Corinth; one stepbrother, John Churchill (Sheri) of New Albany; grandmother, Loyce Carter of Falkner; niece, DeAnna Shackelford of Ripley; and nephew, Dillon Shackelford of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his mother; his stepfather, Presley Churchill; and his grandfather, Ray Carter.

Pallbearers will be Steven Shackelford, DeWayne Hall, Daryl Hall, Bobby Johnson, Karl Gaillard, Keith Lowry, Heath Vuncannon and Ryan Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be James Caviness and Ed Jackson.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

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

Bessie Hill

RIPLEY – Bessie Hill died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Tim McCuiston

ETTA – Timothy Carl “Tim” McCuiston, 51, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 13, 1962, in Ackerman to William Danny and Carolyn Wise McCuiston. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was an employee of General Atomics and a member of the Pinedale Volunteer Fire Department.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Jason Pilcher and the Rev. Harvey Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Willard McCuiston; his parents; one daughter, Nicole McCuiston Ray (Jason) of Etta; two sons, Joshua Blake McCuiston of Jackson and Brian Lesley McCuiston (Kristi) of Myrtle; one sister: Susan Green of Myrtle; one brother,

Dale McCuiston of Myrtle; and two grandchildren, Baylor McCuiston and Blakley Ray.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Sharon Renae McCuiston.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service Friday.

For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Rev. Dan Minton

WYNNE, Ark. – The Rev. Dan Minton, 76, passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at his home. He was a graduate of Vanndale High School. He served in the Navy aboard the USS Holder 819. He served as pastor at Sneed Street Baptist in Marked Tree, Ark.; Second Baptist in Forrest City, Ark.; Cherry Valley Baptist Church in Cherry Valley, Ark.; and Newark Baptist Church in Newark, Ark.; and three churches on two different occasions, Harris Chapel Baptist Church at Wynne and Immanuel Baptist in Paragould, Ark.; and Fifth Street Baptist in Iuka.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Edge Minton; children, Ricky Dan Minton of Springfield, Mo., Zachary Minton (Nichole) of Harrisburg, Ark., Richard Minton (Krystal) of Rucker Air Force Base, Ala., and Danielle Walker (Zach); grandchildren, Isaac Minton, Kaeden, Kaeleb, Kaeleigh Belle Minton, and Adriana and Zoey Walker; two sisters, Bettye Brown of Liberty, Texas, and Donna Evans (Bruce) of Bradenton, Fla.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Kernodle Funeral Home in Wynne, Ark. Burial will be in Arkansas Veterans Cemetery at Birdeye, Ark.

Bill Gale

FULTON – Bill Gale, 82, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.

Mary Lois Scott

RIPLEY – Mary Lois Childers Scott, 93, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born May 12, 1920, in Tippah County to Obie and Lona Matlock Childers. She retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing with 20 years of service. She was a homemaker and a faithful member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Sept. 5, at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ripley. Bro. Marvin Robbins, Dr. Rex Yancey and Bro. Bill Baker will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by one son, Robert Lee Scott Jr. (Carrie) of Ripley; two grandchildren, Kristy Scott Gaillard and Jason Scott (Shea), both of Ripley; three great-grandsons, Nathan Gaillard, and Reed and Ryan Scott.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Scott Sr.; her parents; four sisters, Lydia McMillin, Josephine Price, Betty Hugh Stroupe and Hazel Rowland; and four brothers, Willie, Obie Grady, Truman and Ray Childers.

Pallbearers will be Jason Scott, Nathan Gaillard, Gary Dunnam, Ronald Stroupe, Tim Childers and Lynwood Shackelford. Honorary pallbearers will be Reed and Ryan Scott and the faculty and staff of Rest Haven Nursing Home.

Visitation will be from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time today at the church.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, c/o Lynwood Shackelford, 1510 CR 540, Ripley, MS 38663.

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

Charles Doss

PONTOTOC – Charles Lee Doss, 82, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, at Pontotoc Health Service. He was born Oct. 6, 1930, in Pontotoc to Earlie Doss and Etole McKnight Doss.

A memorial service will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Serenity-Autry Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc.

He is survived by six sons, Charles Doss Jr., Michael Doss, Charles Blane Doss and Jerell Doss, all of Denver, Colo., Michael Doss of California and Ronald Doss of Arizona; two daughters, Jolene Webber of Denver and Charlene Gillespie of Florida; one brother, Robert Doss of Chicago; one sister, Clastine Doss of Chicago; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mildred Reives

WEST POINT – Mildred Brown Townsend Reives, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at New Hope M.B. Church. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nona Moore

HERNANDO – Nona Blythe Moore, 82, passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Carolyn Kiddy

CORINTH – Carolyn Kiddy, 64, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Jack Barrett

SALTILLO – Jack Barrett, 60, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at The Med in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.