Obituaries Jan. 7, 2009

Maudie Eloise Quillen Maudie Eloise Quillen, 81, of Dennis, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Dec. 29, 1927 in Hodges, Ala., to Fred and Lilly Scott Dill. She was retired from the Iuka Shoe Factory and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church. Services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009 at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont, with Bro. Ed Kennedy and Bro. Hal Holt officiating. Burial was in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home; Belmont was in charge of arrangements. Survivors include five children: Jerry Morgan (Barbara) of Bowie, Texas, Gail Wilbanks (Marvin) and June Wilbanks (Jimmy) both of Walnut, Jimmy Quillen (Teresa) of Tishomingo, and Jacky Quillen of Dennis, one Sister-Marie Pike of Belmont, one brother-Scotty Dill (Alba) of Belmont, 15 grandchildren; 17 great- grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James William Quillen; her parents; two Sisters-Mossie Simmons and Faye Sparks, and two Brothers-Hubert Dill and Oneal Dill. Pallbearers were her grandsons-Shane Williamson, Marc Page, Brad Morgan, McQuade Quillen, Mitchell Page, and Alan DeWayne Quillen. J. C. NANCE James Cossitt “J. C.” Nance, Sr., 86, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born March 26, 1922 to the late James H. and Aldie Cossitt Nance. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Ripley. He attended Mississippi State and Mississippi College. He was a WWII Army Veteran, served in the South Pacific theater and was ranked Sergeant 1st Class. He was the owner of J. H. Nance Grocery from 1945 – 1998. He kept the local records for the National Weather Bureau. Services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Rex Yancey and Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial was in Ripley Cemetery. Survivors include one daughter, Judy Nance Carone (Dean) of Cumberland, R.I.; one son, James C. Nance, Jr. (Margaret) of Ripley; and two grandchildren, James (Trey) Nance, III of Oxford, and Cannon Nance Carone of Cumberland, R. I. His wife, Mary Horton Nance and his parents, James H. and Aldie Cossitt Nance, preceded him in death. Pallbearers were Griff Ladner, Carl Nance, Donnie Cousar, Chuck Balch, David White, Marshall Horton, and Joe Brown Street. Honorary Pallbearers were Harold Howell, Leland Mauney, Carl Lee Nance, Frances Reid, J. D. Thomas, and Frank Humphrey. To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com VIRGIL HODUM Virgil Earl Hodum, 75, of Walnut died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008 at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Aug. 5, 1933 to the late James Ernest Hodum and Minnie Mae Mathis Hodum. He was a member of Shiloh Independent Methodist Church. He was a retired sawmill operator and truck driver. Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell Hamm, Bro. Randy Estes and Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Methodist Cemetery in Tippah County. Survivors include three sisters, Overa Hodum Waldon of Walnut, Olene Hodum Meeks of Ripley, and Baye Hodum Box of Tiplersville; one brother, J. W. Hodum and his wife, Margaret, of Walnut; nieces and nephews, Lee Boyd Waldon, Jimmy Waldon, Danny Waldon, Dennis Waldon, Randy Waldon, Dorothy Plaxico, Billy Wade Meeks, Timmy Meeks, Hope Box, Rickey Hodum, Johnny Hodum, Greg Hodum and Cynthia Hodum Settlemires; and a host of friends. His parents, James Ernest Hodum and Minnie Mae Mathis Hodum, two infant sisters and two brothers, Joe Lee Hodum and an infant brother, preceded him in death. To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com BESSIE MAY BEIBER Bessie I. May Beiber, 95, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008 at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born July 25, 1913 to the late Edgar Spight May and Bertie Leon Looper May. She was a member of Ripley Church of Christ. She loved her family and friends. Her hobbies included yard work, cooking, and decorating her home. Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Min. Glen Fann and Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial was in Tippah Memorial Garden. Survivors include four daughters, Norma Imogene Russell of Bartlett, Tenn., Carolyn Medlin (Bobby) of Ripley, Marilyn Reaves (Bonnie) of Columbus, and Judy S. Edgar of Linden, Tenn.; one son, Gerald Sim Beiber (Sandra) of Germantown, Tenn.; one sister, Amy May of Ripley; one brother-in-law, Calvin Ursery of Ashland; eight grandchildren, Barry Russell, Gary Russell (Kristi), West Beiber, Stoney Medlin (Deanna), Craig Jones, Jason Edgar, Rhonda Hollister (Michael), Amanda Redman (Edwin), and Russ Edgar (Robin); and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Sim Beiber; her parents, Edgar Spight May and Bertie Leon Looper May; her grandson, Stephen Allen Jones; four sisters, Nettie Ketchum, Leota Jumper, Ollie Ursery, and Beatrice Shackelford; two brothers, Elmer May and George May; and her son-in-law, Jimmy Russell. Pallbearers were Barry Russell, Gary Russell, West Beiber, Craig Jones, Jason Edgar, Stoney Medlin, Russ Edgar, Edwin Redman, and Michael Hollister. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to Ripley Church of Christ, 1300 Hall Drive, Ripley, MS 38663. To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com DORIS FREEMAN Doris Elizabeth Nabors Freeman, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Services were at 1 p.m. Jan. 2, 2009 at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Andy Stoddard and the Rev. William Connolly officiating. Burial was in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. Survivors include five daughters, Carla Benson (Bobby), Kay Clark (Bernard), Connie Braddock (Danny), Sue Stokes (Leland) and Carol Childs, all of Ripley; one son, James M. “Jimmy” Freeman of Myrtle; one brother, James B. Nabors (Jo) of Youngstown, Ohio; 14 grandchildren, Skip Benson (Becky), Tommy Benson (Kim), Keith Clark (Mendy), Chris Clark, Dan Braddock (Melinda), Jeff Stokes, Lonnie Childs, Matt Childs (Jennifer), Angie Mansell, Teresa Cooper (Brad), Candi Draffin (Jeff), Libbi Ward (Perry), B.J. Horton (Stan) and Pat Long (Witt); and 28 great-grandchildren. Her husband, Hubert Milton Freeman; her parents, Lonnie Fant and Lou Etta Hodges Nabors; and a great-grandson, Matthew Clark Mansell, preceded her in death. Pallbearers were Skip Benson, Tommy Benson, Keith Clark, Chris Clark, Dan Braddock, Jeff Stokes, Lonnie Childs, and Matt Childs. Memorials may be made to Benson/Freeman Scholarship Fund, c/o Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610; or First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley, MS 38663. To view and sign the online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com. WAYNE FRYAR Jerry Wayne Fryar, 50, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital. He was born Dec. 10, 1958. Services were at 2 p.m. Jan. 4, 2009 at Foster & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Elder Terry Smith officiated. Burial was in Academy Cemetery at Blue Mountain. Survivors include three sisters, Roxanne (Tom) Jackson of Ripley, Gloria (Lee Russell) Gray of Blue Mountain and Edna (Russell) Currin of Indianapolis, Ind.; six brothers, Eddie (Nell) Fryar, Lee Russell Fryar, Charles Cook and Thomas (Stella) Johnson, all of Ripley, and Billy (Jessie) Johnson and David Johnson, both of Blue Mountain; and one aunt, Nicie Fryar of Jackson, Tenn. SCOTT MORTON James Scott “Big Foot” Morton, 45, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident. He was employed as a construction worker for L & T Construction working on the Toyota plant. He was a former truck driver. He was a Baptist and attended Cornerstone Baptist Church. His passion was driving an 18-wheeler. He loved his family and was a friend to all he met. Services were at 1 p.m. Jan. 5, 2009 at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Hamilton, Bro. Robby Rowland, and Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was charge of the arrangements. Survivors include his parents, Jerry Don Sr. and Mary Ann Crumpton Morton of Ripley; three daughters, Mindy Morton and Kelly Morton, both of Ripley and Abby Morton of Falkner; one son, Dylan Morton of Ripley; his grandmother, Inez Crumpton of Ashland; two brothers, Don Morton (Tina) of Talbott, Tenn. and Mark Morton (Missy) of Ripley; his nieces and nephews, Kayla, Kara, Mason and Dalton Morton, all of Ripley; Robby Ford (Mandy) of Colliersville, Tenn.; Trey Morton and Adam Morton, both of Talbott, Tenn.; the mothers of his children, Janet Mauney of Ripley and Susan Wood of Falkner; and Linda Crawford (Jerry) of Chalybeate who was a second mother to him. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Oliver Crumpton and Robert and Loretta Morton. Pallbearers were Robby Ford, Trey Morton, Adam Morton, Danny Morton, Wayne Bass, Shack Meadow, Billy Bell, and Rodney Mansell. Honorary pallbearers were the 1980 Ripley High School Football Team and Coach Larry Cole and the Northeast Tiger Football Team and Coaching Staff. To view and sign online guest book: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com AVA KENNEDY Ava Kennedy, 51 of Ramer, Tenn., died Jan. 1, 2009 at Magnolia Regional Healthcare, Corinth. Mrs. Kennedy was a sales associate in the vision center for Wal-Mart in Corinth. She was a member of the Cypress Tank Church of Christ, Selmer, Tenn., active with Relay for Life; fought a long and courageous battle with cancer, and loved her family and friends. Services were Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009 at 1:30 p.m. at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Selmer. Burial was in Lake Hill Memorial Gardens, Bethel Springs, Tenn. Shackelford Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her husband Wayne Kennedy of Ramer, a daughter Tammy Robertson and husband Kerry Lane of Ripley, son Jason Kennedy and wife Stacy of Ramer, his mother-in-law Merle Kennedy of Ramer, brother-in-law Bill Kennedy and wife Judy of Corinth, four grandchildren Katie Robertson Latch and husband Jeremy, Josh Robertson, Shayne Fowler, and Shelby Kennedy and one great-grandson to be Noah Latch. He was preceded in death by his father James O’Brine McNew; his mother Mary Evelyn McNew.

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