Obituaries September 7, 2013

Travis Britt

SALTILLO – Travis Wayne Britt, 53, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 14, 1959, in Pontotoc County to Doyce Britt Sr. and Ruth Gregory Britt. Travis lived in the Tupelo area most of his life. He was a 1977 graduate of South Pontotoc High School and attended Itawamba Community College, earning an associate’s degree in civil engineering. For 27 years, Travis worked in the construction industry for Hayes Construction, now Prairie Construction. At his death he was in charge of project estimates. He married Pam Bennett, on Aug. 11, 2012, and was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church.

He enjoyed golf and was a member of Pontotoc Country Club, where he served on the board. He was about all things Elvis. He was a great outdoorsman, enjoyed sports including golf, Ole Miss football, NASCAR, Atlanta Braves, and recently, he became a hiker, completing a hike across the Grand Canyon.

He enjoyed life to the fullest and will be missed by his family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with his brother, Minister Doyce Britt Jr., officiating. A family graveside service will follow on Monday at 11:30 a.m. in Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time on Sunday only. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Pam Bennett Britt of Saltillo; two daughters, Ashley Britt of Madison and Mallory Britt of Nashville, Tenn.; in-laws, Dr. Ed Bennett and Joyce Bennett of Kosciusko; brother, Doyce Britt Jr. (Carol) of Amory; four sisters, Ruby Britt Hale of Rossville, Ga., Linda Griffin (Alvin) of Pontotoc, Faye Hodges (Keith) of Rossville, Ga., and Phyllis Williams (Joe) of Fulton; and numerous nieces, nephews and their children. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, J.C. Britt and Larry Britt.

Pallbearers will be Joey Britt, Doyce Britt, J.D. Griffin, Robert Hale, Jim Sewell and Jerry Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be members and golfing buddies of Pontotoc Country Club, and past and present employees of Prairie Construction.

Memorials may be made in memory of Meagan Britt, to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Jerry Bishop Sr.

TUPELO – Jerry T. Bishop Sr., 72, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born Nov. 13, 1940, in Tupelo to Ned and Tempie Bishop. He was a 1959 graduate of Tupelo High School and furthered his education at Itawamba Community College. He married Callie Charline Dillard on March 25, 1960, and they made their home in Tupelo where he retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was owner and operator of B&S Pawn Shop and Custom Tape Duplicating. He was a member of Furrs Baptist Church.

A celebration service will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 7, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Brad Hill officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time today. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Callie Charline Dillard Bishop; two sons, Jerry T. “Tommy” Bishop Jr., and Steve Bishop, Both of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Lauren and Trae; one brother, Charles H. Meeks (Barbara); a sister-in-law, Jackie Parker (Joe); a brother-in-law, Billy Wayne Dillard (Shirley); and a special caregiver, Sonja Carruthers.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Pallbearers will be his cousins, Eddie W. Gregory, Billy Reives, Tommy Reives, Marlin “Butch” Smith, Gerald Bishop and Benny Farr.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Carolyn Liner

COLUMBUS – Carolyn Liner, 74, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Evangel Church in Columbus. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time at the church.

Kenneth Null

WALNUT – Kenneth J.L. Null, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the church.

Elder Bennie Vasser

AMORY – Elder Bennie Frank Vasser, 76, died on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, at his home. Born March 11, 1937, he was a son of Bennie and Mattie Vasser. A lifelong resident of Amory, he attended West Amory High School, where he became a super football player who was known as “Pig Iron.” He was in the business of masonry by trade and was often referred to as the concrete man. He loved his family, pastor and church. He became a member of Rose of Sharon Church and later he became a preacher and pastor.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Rose of Sharon Church with Elder Willie D. Morgan officiating. Burial will immediately follow. Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Georgia Ann Vasser of Amory; three sons, Willie Frank Kimble of Memphis, Edward Earl Gilleylen and Willie Earl Gilleylen, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six daughters, Mary Deloris (Minister Harvey) Lee of Northport, Ala., Christy (Minister Bobby) Ward of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Ulinda (Ali) Smith of Starkville, Jan (Needum) Doss, Felecia Vasser and Kimberly Lashay (Shun) Spratt, all of Amory; one brother, Leonard Lee (Etonia) Vasser of Atlanta, Ga.; seven sisters, Mary McKinney of Grand Rapids, Mattie Gilleylen of Amory, Hattie Talley, Gracie Klyce, Barbara (Curtis) Bell and Alice Smythe, all of Grand Rapids, and Quintella Griffin of Amory; 29 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Vickie Vasser; one son, Bennie Frank Jr. Vasser; and three sisters, Ella Lou Braylock, Helen Wilkerson and Rena Mae Vasser.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service on Sunday.

Sharon Powell

RED BANKS – Sharon Elizabeth Powell, 54, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at her home in Red Banks. She was born July 5, 1959, in Beauford, S.C., to Orvill Glen Rowe and Sylvia Chapman. She was a canteen manager at the VFW and president of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 684.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the VFW Post 684 on Raines Road in Memphis. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, John D. Powell of Red Banks; her mother, Sylvia Cook of Byhalia; a sister, Stephanie Bruce of Nashville, Tenn.; nieces, Briana Bruce of Nashville and Kelly Bruce of Kingston Springs, Tenn.; great-nephews, Bryson Thompson and Mason Thompson, both of Kingston Springs, Tenn.; and a special friend, Trish Gifford of Byhalia.

Jamie Brigance

PONTOTOC – Jamie White Brigance, 90, passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2013, at home. She will be greatly missed and remembered for her kindness to all.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 7, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Jerry Grammer and Bro. David Barnett will officiate. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include a nephew, Lynn Dowdy; multiple great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and cousins, Billy Jo White of Olive Branch, Sara Robinson of Kennet, Mo., and James White of Johnson City, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Verna Lowery White and James Carter “Jimbo” White; three brothers, Lowery White (Willie), Eugene “Gene” White (Lula) and Wilson White (Opal); a sister, Linda White Dowdy (Bud); two nieces, Elsie Dowdy and Lora Ethel Dowdy Coley (Q.C.); and a nephew, Bill Dowby (Inez).

Visitation will continue from 1 to 2 p.m. today.

James Smith

HOUSTON – James Wilson Smith, 78, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 17, 1935, in Van Vleet to Woodrow Wilson Smith and Ola Pauline Duke Smith. He was a retired carpenter and a regular patron of Moore’s Restaurant in Houston.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Sept. 7, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery.

He is survived by three daughters, Connie Rucker (Charler) of Houston, Linda Sue Baynham (Mike) of Houston and Patricia Ann Turman (Kevin) of Mantee; one son James Shelton Smith of Mantee; two brothers, Donald Carol Smith of Houston and Toma Jack Smith of Money; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Charles Henry Smith, Edward Eugene Smith and Woodrow Allen Smith; and one son, James Lewis Smith.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made toward his funeral expenses.

Online condolences may be made to www.southernfuneralchapel.com.

Temp Chapman

RIPLEY – Ivon Templin Chapman, 80, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 17, 1933, to Hollis Randolph and Dottie Sue Mauney Chapman. He was a member of Chapman Church of Christ and a factory worker. He was a member of AQHA Quarter Horse Association and chairman of the Tippah County Rodeo for 47 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church of Christ Cemetery.

He is survived by his wife, Josephine McClain Chapman of Ripley; two daughters, Linda Muir (Tom) and Cindy Pruitt (Mike), all of Ripley; three sisters, Mardell Nance (Wiley) of Baldwyn, Ann Faulkner of West Memphis, Ark., and Kay Nance of Ripley; three grandchildren, Stonny White of Jackson, Tenn., Michael Pruitt (Leigh Ann) and Christopher Pruitt, both of Ripley; one stepgranddaughter, Brandy Waldrop; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Tiffany, Dalton and Christopher; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Nickey Nance, Torri Nance, Chat Gattis, Jackie Childers, Greg Chapman and Steve Childers. Honorary pallbearers will be present and past members of the Tippah Co. Fair Rodeo Committee and Doc Collins.

Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.

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

Joyce Knight

BOONEVILLE – Joyce Ricks Knight, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at her home. She was a member of Worship Center Baptist Church. She enjoyed being at home working in her yard. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 7, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Neal Davis and Bro. Robert Wood officating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Wanda Kesler (Ronny) of Booneville; three grandsons, Clay Kesler (Brandy), Cayson Kesler(Samantha) and Sam Kesler (Cammie Tedford) all of Booneville; three grandaughters, Carlie McGrew of Jackson, Callie Lyons (Forrest) of Mobile, Ala., and Emma Grace McGrew of Booneville; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Karsyn Kesler of Booneville; and four sisters, Sue Rowlette of Houston, Edith Kurress of Memphis, Bobbie Taylor (Kenneth) of Rison, Ark., and Linda Byrd (Bill) of Wheeler.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dora Cravens; her husband, Buddy Knight; one son, Jeff McGrew; and one grandchild, Josie Faye McGrew.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Ricky and Bubba Thompson, Jimmy Rowlette and Tony Taylor.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time.

Edith Byram

CHATTANOOGA – Edith Byram, 94, formerly of Iuka, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Ruthie Coplin

NETTLETON – Ruthie Mae Coplin, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. Born May 13, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Elmon and Lula Terry Gray. She attended Amory School. She was employed as a sewing machine operator at area garment plants, and she was a member of Independent Church of Lord Jesus Christ. Deeply devoted to God, she enjoyed reading her Bible, playing her guitar and singing. A true matriarch, she devoted her life to raising her family, especially her grandchildren, one of whom she raised as her own, Eric Coplin. She enjoyed watching and feeding her birds and squirrels, working in her flowers, entertaining during Christmas and other holidays and making her famous biscuits.

She is survived by daughters, Ruth Ann Duncan (Randy) of Nettleton, Kay Alvis (Rodney Roberts) of Nettleton, Reine Lacy (Richie) of Advance, Mo., and Mina Jenkins (Sam) of Franklin, N.C.; sons, Amos Coplin of Arma, Kan., Don Coplin of Nettleton, Troy Coplin (Carol) of Advance, Mo.; sisters, Arvie Lou and Zada Lou Causey, both of Nettleton; a brother, Osvell Gray of Moss Point; 14 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Ila Jane Coplin; grandson, Christopher Coplin; sisters, Luraine Roberts, Jimmie Morris, Zetty Malone, Ruby Nell Seymore, Ophelia Gray and Lancy Sue Buckner; and brothers, Leander, Junior, Alfred, Charlie and Zipper Gray.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 7, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Monaghan and Bro. Sammy Raper officiating.

Pallbearers will be Eric Coplin, Tesheenia Holte, Roy Coplin, Lacey Kimble, Gary Alvis, Crystal Lynn Shirrell, Crystal Dawn Coplin and Aaron Coplin. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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

Jimmy Hastings

RED BAY, Ala. – Jimmy Ray Hastings, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Willard Tigrett

BOONEVILLE – Willard Lucille Gann Tigrett, 87, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at The Home Place in Madison. She was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church and was retired from South Central Plastics. She loved playing basketball, Scrabble and working in the yard.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Carly Walker (Chris) of Madison; one son, Phil Tigrett (Mary Leta) of Madison; nine grandchildren, Sherwood Colette, Zachery Colette, Madeline Balius, David Tigrett (Victoria), Julie Tigrett (fiancé, Zachary), Clair Balius, Caroline Sims (Matt), Elizabeth Wilkins (Joel) and Bradford Walker (Catherine): one brother-in-law, Gene Murphy of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, David W. Tigrett; three sisters, Vera Murphy, Sylvia Denson and Sybil Ford; and two brothers, G.W. “Washie” Gann and Gene Gann.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to East Booneville Baptist Church Senior Adults Ministry or The Home Place, P.O. Box 720, Madison, MS 39130.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Pounders

ABERDEEN – Herbert Kenneth Pounders, 69, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born April 17, 1944, to Daniel Pounders and Della Smith Pounders in Hamilton. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a graduate of Hamilton High School. He was a veteran, serving as security police in the U.S. Air Force and then served as a rifleman for the U.S. Marines. He was a member of Hamilton Church of God.

A graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at McDuffa Cemetery in Hamilton. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by three sisters, Garah Redditt (J.W.) of Vicksburg, Linda Barham (Duke) of Mountain View, Okla., and Enzena Ellis of Hamilton; and two brothers, Charles Pounders (Jean) and Dea Pounders (Doris), all of Aberdeen.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Allen Head and Willene Gilliland; and one brother, Samuel Pounders.

Pallbearers will be Mike Pounders, Chase Pounders, Grady Pounders, Cole Pounders, J.W. Reddit and Duke Barham.

Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Marty Plant

ABERDEEN – Lamar “Marty” Plant died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Aberdeen.

A.D. Bobo

CORINTH – A.D. Bobo, 77, died at his home.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 7, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Salem Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

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

Eugene Smith Jr.

ABERDEEN – Eugene Smith Jr., 76, died Friday, Sept. 6, 2013, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Howard McClure

RED BANKS – Howard Leland McClure, 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Byhalia.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 7, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery at Mt. Pleasant.

Grady Hightower

BRUCE – Grady Hightower, 52, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.