TUSCUMBIA, ALA. – Laura Bell Seay died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Sunbridge Nursing Home after an extended illness

Laura Seay
TUSCUMBIA, ALA. – Laura Bell Seay died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Sunbridge Nursing Home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.
Thomas E. Owens
FULTON – Thomas Edward “Eddie” Owens, 70, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Evelyn Desrosiers
SMITHVILLE – Evelyn L. Desrosiers, 89, died Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Nov. 3, 1919, in Rhode Island, to the late George and Alphonsina LaMorge McCrea. She grew up in Providence and Cranston, R.I., and she lived in Lowell, Ma. and Hollywood, Fla. before moving to Smithville 18 years ago. She married Jospeh A. Desrosiers in 1939, who later died in 1994. She was a homemaker and attended Bigbee Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Pearce Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Douglas E. Desrosiers (Jackie) of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; one daughter, Pamela J. Wigginton (Hubert) of Smithville; one sister, Ruth Ducette of R.I.; and two grandchildren, Lindsey Desrosiers and Kyle Desrosiers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three sisters, Blanche, Gertrude and Doris.
Pallbearers will be Roger Clardy, Wayne Carter, Randy Leech, Paul Gregory, Boyd Duncan and Mitch Norris.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Hazel Cox
RED BAY, ALA. – Hazel Cox, 77, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the ECM Hospital. She was born Sept. 5, 1931 in Alabama, to Jessie Green and Bertha Ray Mitchell. She was a homemaker and attended Patterson Chapel.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. with Bro. Paul Ryan officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Benny Cox and David Cox, both of Red Bay, Ala.; one daughter, Dinah Gresham of Red Bay, Ala.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rollin “Buz” Cox on March 23, 2009; two sons, Dennis Cos and Ricky Cox; her parents; and her siblings, Della Lofton, Guy Mitchell, Ella Holt, Arch Mitchell, Vonna Raper, Annie Mae Mitchell and Alla Mitchell.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue until service time on Monday.
Mamie Ruff
PLANTERSVILLE – Mamie Ruff died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Helen Juanita Jones
FULTON – Helen Juanita Jones, 80, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Tremont to Clint and Lucille Kennedy Stone. She was an active member of the Fulton United Methodist Church where she participated in the Methodist Women, various Bible Studies and other activities of the church. The majority of her working life she took care of her children. She was also an accomplished seamstress. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary where she had served as President and Historian. She was also a member of Delta Psi Omega, a national dramatic organization. She was happiest when visiting with her family and friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Fulton United Methodist Church with Rev. Jim Fisher and Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Gardens. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Rita Ann Jones of Fulton; a special cousin, Charles Stone of Tremont; one niece, Judy Mitchell of Tarpon Springs, Fla.; two nephews, Tom Mitchell (Andrae) of Pace, Fla. and Jim Mitchell (Celia) of Dothan, Ala.; and a host of great and great-great nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Jones; one sister, Louise Mitchell; one brother-in-law, Kelly Mitchell; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Charles Stone, Jim Hargett, Tom Mitchell, Jim Mitchell, Mike Ketchum and Brent Farrar.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday, both at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.
Houston Luttrell
IUKA – Deward Houston Luttrell Sr., 88, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II having served in the Philippines. He was a former teacher and a farmer and cattleman.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Charles McGill officiating. Burial will be in the Rutledge-Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Deward H. Luttrell Jr. of Iuka; and one sister, Moselle Edmondson of Iuka.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Colene Luttrell; and a daughter, Linda Gail Finch.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Kay Busenlehner
NETTLETON – Sara Kathryn Shumpert Busenlehner, 90, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at her residence in Nettleton after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 27, 1918, on the Riley family farm in rural Lee County near New Chapel to the late Lester Shumpert and Bessie Riley Shumpert. She grew up in the Nettleton area and graduated from Nettleton High School. She attended the South Highland Infirmary School of Nursing in Birmingham, Ala. and became a registered nurse. She joined the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and saw much active duty service time as a Flight Nurse in the European Theatre. She was a full fledged red blooded American who always defended her country as part of her civic duty and responsibility. After her distinguished service in World War II, she lived in Florida for most of her adult life. She continued her formal education receiving degrees from the University of Florida, Stetson University and Florida State University, ultimately obtaining a Masters Degree in Nursing Education. After working in various Florida hospitals and several years in private duty nursing, she helped found the School of Nursing at Daytona Beach Community College and served over 25 years there retiring as Dean of Nursing. She had a stellar career in nursing that spanned over 40 years. She was originally a member of the Nettleton United Methodist Church but practiced the Catholic faith most of her adult life until retiring to Nettleton in 1992, after the death of her husband, J.D. Busenlehner, where she again became a member of the Methodist Faith. She was a world traveler, a voracious reader of quality literature and books, especially about the military and its leaders, and a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many.
Survivors include her sister, Hilda Shumpert Bell (Col. Sam) of Nettleton; two nephews, Lt. Col. Douglas Bell (Tricia) of the United States Marine Corps. and Sam Bell (Lane) of Tupelo; three great-nephews; three great-nieces; and a brother-in-law, Eugene Pettigrew (Pat) of Nettleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a sister, Hazel Shumpert Pettigrew.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Friends may e-mail condolences to holland-harrisfuneralhome@comcast.net.
Evie Parson
CORINTH – Evie Lois Parson, 95, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, in Memphis, Tenn. She was born and raised in Corinth and loved working in her garden with her flowers. She enjoyed baking for others and her Sunday afternoons were spent trading flower bulbs with her sisters. Her pride was helping to raise her special grandson. She will be greatly missed by all.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Minister W.G. Childs officiating. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Brenda Rencher (Bob) of Memphis, Tenn. and Barbara Lazzaro (Jimmy) of Tupelo; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Parson; her parents, M.E. and Annie Strickland Haynie; eight brothers and sisters; and one granddaughter.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Rainie Watkins
CORINTH – Rainie Mae Watkins, 77, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the Cornerstone Health and Rehab. She was a member of West Corinth Tabernacle and a homemaker. She was a member of the Red Hat Club and enjoyed playing bingo, listening to gospel music and her Red Hat Days.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Holly Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, James Marcus Watkins (Brenda) of Corinth; her daughter, Deborah Morgan of Guntown; 10 grandchildren, Emily Watkins, Jody Watkins, Wesley Watkins, Melissa Hill, Natasha Turner, Amber Watkins, Mega Geer, Robert Walker, Timothy Watkins and Sky Watkins; six great-grandchildren, Kayle Watkins, Blake Watkins, Chelise Hill, Ashley Turner, Jessica Watkins and Hannah Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, John F. Watkins; a son, Timothy Gerald Watkins; a son-in-law, Pete Morgan; her parents, George Wesley and Eddie Ellon Keenum Holland; and her sisters, Gladys Simonowiz and Bertha Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Martin Morgan, Wesley Watkins, James Braddock, Tony Burcham, Benny Morgan, Randle Morgan, Donnie Perriggo, Paul Huggins and Jerry Kirk.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from noon until service time Monday, both at the funeral home.
Ruth Grant
NEW ALBANY – Annie Ruth Aldridge Grant, 91, died Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Baptist Desoto Hospital. She was born Feb. 20, 1918, to the late Alonzo Tate Aldridge and Jessie Garrison Aldridge. She was a lady of many talents, one being a school bus driver. She was an active member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church with Bro. Creighton White officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mildred Ruth Grant Milstead of Walnut; one son, Donald Lewis Grant (Glenda) of Hernando; two sisters, Billie A. Richey (Roy) of New Albany and Louis Hester (Ed) of Benoit; three grandchildren, Deana Ruth Milstead Mears of Baldwyn, Andy Hugh Milstead (Chandra) of Walnut and Carol Alicia Grant Sims (Zack) of Olive Branch; four great-grandchildren, Richard Grant Mears, Jacob Charles Mears, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Mears of Baldwyn and Tytan Grant Sims of Olive Branch; nephews, Keith Allen Richey of New Albany, James Timothy Hester (Guy) of Atlanta, Ga. and Beryl Melinda Hester of Hendersonville, Tenn.; four great-nephews; and one great-niece.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Zack Lewis Grant; and one son-in-law, Hugh Dean Milstead.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy McBryde, Gene Chism, Butch Cobb, Johnny Owen, Gilbert Stokes, Larry W. Goudelock, Benny Rakestraw and Lynn Fitts.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Yarbrough, Jimmy “Pops” Cobb, Tim Hester and Keith Richey.
Visitation continue from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Olivet UMC; or to the Mt. Olivet UMC Cemetery Fund, c/o Butch Cobb, 1945, State Highway 30E, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Robert Hall
NEW ALBANY – Robert Young “Bob” Hall, 84, died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona. He was born May 27, 1924, in Union County to Ben B. Hall and Carrie Lou Wilhite Hall. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired highway maintenance worker for the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He was a farmer and a member of Neely Baptist Church.
Services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the United Funeral Service Chapel. The Rev. Jason Pilcher, the Rev. Jeremy White and the Rev. Shawn Davis officiated. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery. United Funeral Service handled the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Stanford Hall of New Albany; two daughters, Shirley Hall White (David) and Cindy Hall Cossitt (Mark), both of New Albany; one stepdaughter, Lajune Cook (Donald) of New Albany; one daughter-in-law, Norma Hall of New Albany; nine grandchildren, Robby Hall (Dana), Michelle Lawson (Cooper), Michael Hall (Sandra), Jeremy White (Laurie), Ben Hall (Michelle), Matt Cossitt, Rebecca White, Joel Hall and Cecily Andrews (Dusty); 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eula Mae Kidd Hall; two sons, David Hall and Danny Hall; one stepson, Tommy Jennings; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Robby Hall, Michael Hall, Jeremy White, Ben Hall, Matt Cossitt and Joel Hall.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Etha Wallace
CORINTH – Etha Rhodes Wallace, 87, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Alcorn County. She was a member of the Jerusalem Church of Christ and a retired seamstress with a garment factory along with being a homemaker, gardener and caring for her children. She enjoyed fishing, crafts and making quilts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Ricky Fields officiating. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Billy Wayne Wallace (Melba) and William Bethel Wallace (Betty), both of Corinth, Douglas Wallace (Mary Ann) of Tupelo and Jerry Wallace (Andi) of El Paso, Texas; one daughter, Janice Fortenberry of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Wallace; sisters, Lillie Haynes, Verdie Lamb and Letha Johnson; brothers, Eldridge and William Rhodes; and her parents, Will and Bell Rhodes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donnie Lindsey
AMORY – Donnie R. Lindsey, 51, died Saturday, March 28, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

 

Judy McGhee