WEIR – Elder Samuel Clyde "Sambo" West, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at his home in Weir

Elder Samuel West
WEIR – Elder Samuel Clyde “Sambo” West, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at his home in Weir. He was born Aug. 2, 1931, in Choctaw County. He was retired from Weir High School. He was the pastor of Greenhill Primitive Baptist Church and a member of Friendship Baptist Church at Winona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Wills officiating. Burial will be in Weir Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Survivors include his wife, Mutelle West of Weir; five sons, Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy West, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy West, Billy West, Jerry West and Larry West, all of Weir; two sisters, Sue Tidwell of Madison and Annie Mae Edwards of Montgomery, Ala.; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mack West; three sisters, Clara Leonard, Clotel Estes and Mary Biggers; and two brothers, Merle West and Robert West.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Earlene Partlow
TUPELO – Earlene Partlow died Thursday, March 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Will Bankhead and Hattie Mae Pulliam and the wife of the late Earl Partlow.
Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home in Verona with the Rev. W.B. Sampson officiating. Burial will be in the Porter Memorial Garden in Tupelo.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Ann Burks and Annie Marie Lewis (Robert), both of Chicago; and one son, Larry Joe Partlow of Tupelo; 17 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
She also was preceded in death by two sons, Charles Evans and Tommy Lee Spencer; and her siblings, Alberta Sampson, Ann Bankhead, Annie Mae Bankhead, Billy Bankhead, Susie Stone, Tommy Bankhead and Willie B. Harper.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Dorothy M. Copeland
CORINTH – Dorothy M. Copeland, 83, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born May 13, 1925, in Prentiss County to Leonard and Annie Sample Miller. She was a retired waitress and homemaker, and a member of the North Corinth Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Corinthian Funeral Home. Bro. Travis Smith will officiate, and William Copeland will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Concord Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Copeland and James L. Copeland (Olta), both of Corinth; one daughter, Patricia Banks (Robert) of Corinth; one sister, Orta Lee Miller Stevenson of Booneville; grandchildren, Paul Copeland, Kimberly Hastings, Waylon Banks, Jerry Copeland and Joshua Copeland; stepgrandchildren, Sherry Plunk, Michell Harris and Clyde McLearin; three great-grandchildren, 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton L. Copeland; her parents; a son, Larry J. Copeland; a grandson, David Wayne Copeland; and two brothers, Delmous Miller and W.C. Miller.
Pallbearers will be Billy Stevenson, David Hopple, Scott Hopple, Kevin White, Anthony Copeland and Robert Copeland.
Honorary pallbearers will be Waylon Banks, Paul Copeland, Jay Copeland, Josh Copeland, Chris Torrence, Donnie Davis and Clyde McLearin.
Visitation will be from noon to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Betty Sue Shirley
SALTILLO – Betty Sue Shirley, 78, wife of Bill Shirley, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at her residence in the Natchez Trace Villas after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Mary Ann Arnold
IUKA – Mary Ann Arnold, 76, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She supported the Layman’s Home Missionary Movement and studied the Bible her entire life. She was a multi-talented woman, who could do anything from operating a crosscut saw to threading an IV. She was retired from nursing. She enjoyed gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Jon Hanning officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Roe Arnold (Donna Marie) and Wendel Arnold, both of Iuka; one daughter, Roberta White (Perry) of Iuka; two brothers, Harris O’Neil Brown and Richard Brown (Carolyn) of Iuka; seven sisters, Clara Elizabeth Cook (John) of San Diego, Calif., Susie Bell Arnette of Iuka, Polly Harmon (Tommy) of Iuka, Faye Cooper (Jackie) of Iuka, Louise Kingan (Bill) of Margerum, Ala., Linda Gail Patterson (Danny) of Hattiesburg and Judy Marie Cassell of Petal; three grandchildren, Anna White, Kristina Marlene Dunn and Max Arnold; two great-grandchildren, Richard Cole Norris and Brianna Arnold.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ida Brown; a daughter, Lou Arnold; a brother, Jimmy Lee Brown; and an infant great-granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to Bible Standard Ministries, 1156 St. Matthews Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425-2700.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Joan Sneed
AMORY – Joan Herring Sneed, 69, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the International Church of God. She loved her family and traveling with her sisters. She enjoyed all kinds of birds, especially hummingbirds, of which she would have hundreds feeding.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Roger Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Lamar Sneed; three sons, Randy Lynn Sneed, Ricky Sneed and Kevi Patterson (Jamie); four grandchildren, one great-grandchild; three sisters, Dorene Maddox of Oakland, Tenn, Phyllis Potts of Saltillo and Brenda McCreight of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Dwaine Sneed and Scottie Sneed; a daughter, Carol Reynolds; a grandchild; her parents, Cleo and Mattie Herring; and a brother, Dwight Herring.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Haven Children’s Home in Tupelo.
Jewell Witt
SHANNON – Jewell Sprayberry Witt, 78, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 23, 1930, in Monroe County to Luke Oren and Lucian V. Hester Wilson. She lived most of her life in Shannon. She owned and operated a business in which she custom made leather handbags. Earlier in her life she worked as a seamstress in the furniture industry. She was married to Marvin D. Sprayberry, who died in 1978. She later married Rubel Witt, who died Sept. 12, 1996. She loved her family and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Until her health declined, she was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting. She was a member of the Baptist church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Larry Hill Sr. and the Rev. Larry Hill II officiating. Burial will be in Doty Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Dianne Thompson (Bobby) of Marietta and Kathy Bailey of Tupelo; one brother, Orville Wilson (Rebecca) of Old Union; two sisters, Laverne Mims (Larry) of Plantersville and Linda “Joy” Edge (Clint) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Robert L. Thompson IV, Jimmy Thompson (Samantha) and Martin Thompson, all of Marietta, and Tracye Nance (Brian) of Tupelo; 12 great-grandchildren, Bailey and Tanner Nance of Tupelo, Michelle Sisk (Joe) of Marietta, Ashley Thompson (William Durham) of Tupelo, Hunter Thompson of Marietta, Austin Thompson, Alex Thompson, Samuel Thompson and Will Tucker, all of Marietta, and Corbyn Thompson, Melody Thompson and Samantha Barnett, all of Fulton; five great-great-grandchildren, Autumn Weaver, Cody Thompson, Jamye Sisk, and Madison and Jerimiah Durham; her sister-in-law, Earlene Wilson of Blue Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husbands; two brothers, Maburn Wilson (Jo) and Rex Wilson; one grandson, Terry Grubbs Bailey; and her son-in-law, Mark D. Bailey.
Pallbearers will be Robert Thompson, Jimmy Thompson, Martin Thompson, Brian Nance, Austin Thompson and William Durham.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Kathryn L. Gardner
TUPELO – Kathryn Leona Gardner, 92, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Little Rock, Ark., she was born May 25, 1916, to A.C. and Nell Collins. She married Woody Gardner on Aug. 14, 1932. They moved to Tupelo in 1951 to open a new business, Tupelo Refrigeration Co., which later became Gardner-Watson Inc. She was the company’s bookkeeper for many years. After retirement, she and her husband spent time at their second home on Lake Okeechobee, Fla. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 58 years and belonged to the Annie Mae Weaver Sunday School Class and the Senior Friends.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tupelo Memorial Park with the Rev. David Eldridge officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Gardner Watson (Charlie) of Tupelo; one son, Gene Gardner (Donna) of Highland, Texas; six grandchildren, Kirk Gardner, Charles Watson, Lisa Gardner Gilbride, Woody Watson (Traci), Kathy Brashears (Austin) and Ryan Gardner (Leslie); nine great-grandchildren, Brittany and Woody Watson II, Mallori and Kaylie Watson, Trey and Meg Brashears, Victoria Gardner, and Bradley and Jessica Gardner; and a special friend, Willodean Nelms.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 70 years, Woody Gardner; a brother, Aurthor Collins (Marion); and special friends, James and Elizabeth Bain.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Gardner, Kirk Gardner, Woody Watson, Ryan Gardner, Austin Brashears and Charles Watson II.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1008, Tupelo, MS 38802; The Orchard, 1379 N. Coley Rd., Tupelo MS 38801; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Judy Guthrie
BURNSVILLE – Judy Guthrie, 66, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She enjoyed quilting and gardening, and she loved her cats.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Little Flock Cemetery. Bro. Raymond Richardson will officiate. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Rock Allen Guthrie (Carline) of Crump, Tenn.; two daughters, Elaine Odle (Kenneth W.) of Corinth and Deana White (Terry) of Iuka; one sister, Magelene Guthrie of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; five grandchildren, Brad Guthrie, Barron Guthrie, Abby White, Luke White and Sarah Guthrie; and three great-grandchildren, Gravlee Guthrie, Gavin Guthrie and Garrin Guthrie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Aubrey Guthrie, and her parents, Cap and Mae Arnold.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Carpenter
LAMAR – Virginia Carpenter, 92, died Thursday, April 2, 2009, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. She was born Dec. 6, 1916, in Springfield, Mo. She was a secretary for Coated Abrasive Co. and a member of Lindenwood Christian Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Slayden Cemetery.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Turner Carpenter, and her parents, C. Ed Grundburg and Georgia Shepherd.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Larry Hamer
HOLLY SPRINGS – Larry Hamer, 51, died Wednesday, April 1, 2009, at Capital Nursing Home in Baton Rouge, La. He was born Feb. 22, 1958, in Marshall County. He was a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Serenity Funeral Home in Holly Springs with Bro. Jason Hamer officiating.
Survivors include his father, George Scales of Holly Springs; two children, Jason Hamer of Byhalia and Miriam (Chris) Harris of Holly Springs; his siblings, Loyce Hamer, Cara Hamer and Marc Scales, all of Holly Springs, Jocelyn Raimey and Tomara Jackson of Hattiesburg, Patricia Hamer of St. Louis, Virginia Ware of Olive Branch and Ann Thomas of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mordeen Talley Cato and a brother, David Hamer.
Oscar Stevens
BOONEVILLE – Oscar “Toot” Stevens, 76, died Friday, April 3, 2009, at his home after a brief illness. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a retired mechanic.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Blakney officiating. Burial will be in the Old Mormon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dixie Stevens; one daughter, Gena (Joe) Mardis of Booneville; two sons, Robert “Buckwheat” (Emma) Stevens and Gary “Rat” Stevens, both of Booneville; one sister, Mavis Stevens of Thrasher; seven grandchildren, Pam McKinney, Bobby Stevens, James Ray Lambert, Brandie Stevens, Ginny Lewis, Angel Roberts and Jessica “Jet” Roberts; four great-grandchildren, Shayleigh McKinney, Briana McKinney, Allie Kitchens and Braiden Blythe.
He was preceded in death by five brothers.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Judy McGhee