PONTOTOC – Willie Linton “Mr. Shorty” Ferguson, 80, was reunited with his son and other family members in Heaven on March 2, 2011. He was born April 15, 1930, to Albert Morris and Connie Brasher Ferguson of the Topsy community near Randolph. He died at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church, where he served as a chairman of the deacons and in a deacon position for several years. He was a plumber, electrician and Mason. He enjoyed ballgames, spending time with family, and drinking coffee with his buddies. He was an avid Ole Miss fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, 2011, at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton and Bro. Gerald Buckley officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carrie Ann McClusky Ferguson; one daughter, Brenda Foster (Larry); three sons, Terry Ferguson (Donna), Jeff Fersuon and David Ferguson (Vicki); grandchildren, Susan Harmon (Joe), Scott Foster (Jill), Lee Michael Ferguson, Patrick Ferguson, Presley Ferguson, Taylor Ferguson, Braeden Ferguson and Olivia Ferguson; four great-grandsons; one brother, Merle Ferguson (Mary); one sister, Faye Ferguson Robbins; two sisters-in-law, Perla Ferguson and Jean Ferguson; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mike Ferguson; siblings, Mavis Ferguson, Mavie Ferguson Hooker, Junior Ferguson and B.C. Ferguson.
Pallbearers will be Scott Foster, Patrick Ferguson, Presley Ferguson, Lee Michael Ferguson, Danny Taylor, Donny Taylor and Ricky Hooker. Honorary pallbearers will be the Hardee’s coffee drinkers.
Visitation will be at West Heights Baptist Church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to West Heights Cemetery Fund.
HOUSTON - Ruby Ann Snowden Brassfield, 52, died Thursday, March 3, 2011. She was born Jan. 30, 1959, to Woodrow Wilson Snowden and Addie Mae Davis Snowden in Wayne County.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Fedora Cemetery in Waynesboro with Bro. Ricky Williams officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Kelly Jean Snowden of Houlka; a grandson, Keshawn Daniel Snowden of Houlka; and two brothers, Jessie Wilson Snowden and Bill Snowden of Waynesboro.
She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Ray Brassfield; her parents; and one brother, Jerry Wayne Snowden.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
WALNUT - Robert Lee "Bubs" Kimery, 56, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Oakland, Tenn.
VARDAMAN - Bonnie Martin Naron, 94, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the Trace Regional Medical Center in Houston. She was born May 1, 1916, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church, where she was in Merry Hearts. She was a member of Calhoun County Homemakers Club. She loved her church and was very active when she could be.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Vardaman with the Rev. Dale Easley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Daphna (Paul) Cook of Vardaman, Patsy Lence (Jackie) of Ripley and Bettie Wright of Vardaman; one sister, Mery Ruth Johnson of Houston; one brother, Dale Martin of Leland; 10 grandchildren, Gayle Stafford, Jan Houston, Jeff Wright, Andy Yarbrough, Martin (Buck) Yarbrough, Terri Stanford, Traci Cook, Kim Hardy, Mitzi Baecher and Blake Cook; 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ira Naron; her parents, Mike C. Martin and Addie Mae Hardin Martin; three sisters, Bernice Castleman, Pearl Malone and Ann Edwards; and seven brothers, Felix Martin, Manley Martin, Wayne Martin, James Martin, Paul Martin, Mike Martin Jr. and Charles Martin.
Pallbearers will be Martin (Buck) Yarbrough, Jeff Wright, Andy Yarbrough, Kevin Stafford, John Stafford and Don Stafford.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Vardaman First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Sav-A-Life, P.O. Box 1351, Ripley, MS 38663; or the Alzheimers Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
MEMPHIS - Harlod Lee Cook, 64, formerly of Water Valley, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Oak Grove CME Church Cemetery in Water Valley. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Greg Tindoll Sr.
HATLEY - Gregory "Greg" Wade Tindoll Sr., 50, died on Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his residence. Born on June 1, 1960, in Kosciusko, he was a son of the late Norman Edward Tindoll Sr., and Lida Faye Belk Tindoll. He was a graduate of Clarksdale High School and attended Coahoma Junior College. For 34 years, he had been employed with Kroger and working in the Tupelo stores last 25 years. He was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church and an Eagle Scout. Humorous and talkative, he never met a stranger. A good husband and father, he cherished time spent with his family. Hardworking and a provider, he was passionate about Sav-A-Life of Monroe County. He enjoyed sitting and talking with people, gospel and country music, playing chess, and watching the History Channel, the News Channels and sports on television.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. A private family burial will be held in Hatley Cemetery at a later date.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sandra K. Tubb Tindoll of Hatley; daughter, BreAnna Kaye Tindoll of the home; sons, Kevin Bradley Tindoll of the home, SSG Gregory W. (Lisa) Tindoll Jr. with the U.S. Army in Killeen, Texas, Eric Gentry (Tonya) Tindoll of New Site and Robert Carroll (Alesia) Tindoll of Everett, Wash.; sister, LaDonna Stelly of Beaumont, Texas; brothers, Chris (Renee) Tindoll of Heber Springs, Ark., and Eddie (Leanna) Tindoll of Conway, Ar.; grandchildren, Colton and Cameron Tindoll, Haley, Taylor and Kevin William Tindoll, and Kaylee Brooke Hall; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, James (Alicia) Hall of Brandon and Nathan (Ellen) Ratliff of Amory.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Michael Tindoll; father-in-law, Ivy C. Tubb; and sisters, Selena Sargent and Leslie Tindoll.
Pallbearers will be Trey Tindoll, Michael Wofford, Nathan Ratliff, Phillip Tackett, Jeff Avery and Alex and Nick Comer. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Kroger.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For those who prefer, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sav-A-Life, P.O. Box 544, Amory, MS 38821 or to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 16 Northtown Drive, Jackson, MS 39211.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE - Robert Lewis Buchberger died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at his daughter's home in Elizabethtown, Ky. He was the son of Alfred and Bertha Fischer Buchberger and he grew up in Marathon, Wis. He graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., with a degree in electrical engineering. He joined the Army when he was 18 years old and served in World War II in Europe and Africa. He and his family moved to Booneville in 1962, where he and his wife, Elizabeth, were instrumental in setting up the Booneville branch of Marathon Cheese Corporation. He was manager and vice president at Marathon until his retirement. He was a faithful Catholic throughout his life and his faith was central to his life. He is a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council for many years.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m. Saturday at St, Francis of Assisi Church with Father Richard Smith officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Seubert Buchberger; a sister, Arnetta (Lloyd) Eckes of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; a brother, Alvin Buchberger of Chippewa Falls, Wis.; five children, Michael Buchberger of Hollandale, Marie (G. Neil) Yates of Elizabethtown, Ky., Greta (Donald) Prather of Shelbyville, Ky., Lisa Trace of Booneville and Karl (Rebecca) Buchberger of Florence, Ky.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church or Catholic Charities.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
SOUTHAVEN - Leon J. "Jack" Beck Jr., 75, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holly Springs Funeral Home.
CALHOUN CITY - Curtis Bush died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Grove Church in Derma with the Rev. W.M. Jones officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Letha Powell.
He was preceded in death by a son, Curtis Bush Jr.; a daughter, Beatrice Lawrence; a brother, Earl Bush; and a sister, Becky Wilson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online guest registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
VARDAMAN - Ethelene Bailey Tedder, 73, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at her home. She was born May 10, 1937, in Bruce. She was a retired employee of Pep in Houston and a member of Midway Southern Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Midway Southern Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Midway Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Lee Tedder Wells and husband, Dr. Charles R. Wells, of Vardaman; one son, Hubert Thomas Tedder of Calhoun City; one sister, Janie Ruth Bailey Trusty of Foley, Ala.; two grandchildren, Rory Lee Wells and Joshua N. Wells of Vardaman;
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Tedder; her parents, Hubert Dewey Bailey and Elzada Bailey; a brother, Carl Edward Bailey; and a nephew, Randy Carl Bailey.
Pallbearers will be Rory Lee Wells, Joshua N. Wells, Mike Bailey, Brandon Baker, Sonny Fugett and Mark Fugett. Honorary pallbearer will be James Moore Trusty.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
IUKA - Joan Leffler Hollingsworth, 81, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Iuka Hospital. She was born Sept. 25, 1929, in Evansville, Ind., to Ralph and Mary Elizabeth Leffler. She was a Catholic, and an artist and writer.
Graveside services were Thursday, March 3, at the Blackland Cemetery with Pastoral Minister Sheila Przesmicki officiating. McMillan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Tamara (Jerry) Pagitt of Iuka and Christine Marshall of Lake Okeechobee, Fla.; two sons, James Hollingsworth of Iuka and Gene Hollingsworth of Waco, Texas; three grandchildren, Holly Pagitt, Jennifer Dulaney and Dominic Muhlenbruch; three great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE - Miley Jade Kesler, infant daughter of Coty and Corie Kesler, died Wednesday, March 3, 2011, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock, Ark.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Seth Kirkland officiating. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery.
Survivors include her parents, Coty and Corie Kesler of Booneville; her grandparents; Jimmy and Angella Nanney of Rienzi, Kimberly and Paul Wilbanks of Rienzi, Felisa Kesler of Booneville, and Tommy of Cindy Kesler of Baldwyn; three aunts, Haley Lowery (Bart) of Kossuth, Hope Wilbanks (Brandon) of Tupelo and Neketa Kesler of Booneville.
She was preceded in death a brother, Steven Nanney.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Kimberly Carmen Buford-Patterson, 28, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Jordan Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
SALTILLO - Larry Wayne Morse, 69, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. An Itawamba County native, he was born Aug. 4, 1941, to Johnnie and Blanche Bostick Morse. He graduated from Mantachie High School and worked as a tradesman in the tool and die industry before he became disabled. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Rex Yancey and Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Kevin Morse (Phatema) and Brent Morse (Monica), all of Saltillo, and Sara Morse of Tupelo; his stepson, Carter Lowery of Byhalia; his grandchildren, Cole Morse, Anna Lauren Morse and Matthew Morse, all of Saltillo; three sisters, Marilyn Summerford of Smithville, Betty Hood (Wayne) of Baldwyn and Carolyn Wesson of Dallas, Texas; a brother, James Morse (Myrtle) of Olive Branch; his sons' mother, Linda Hall Morse of Shannon; special friends, Jessie M. Berry and Angie Patterson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Eloise Morse Shine; his brothers, Denford Morse and John Paul Morse; and the mother of his daughter, Patricia Goolsby Morse.
Pallbearers will be Rob Clayton, J.C. Coggin, Neil Dulaney, Eric Garner, Jeff Gladney, Jason Herring, Brian McDivitt and Scott Wood.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Saltillo First United Methodist Church Children's Building Fund, 737 Old Hwy. 45, Saltillo MS 38866 ; or The American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main Street, Box 1, Tupelo MS 38801; or a charity of the donor's choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO - Bobby Ray Isby, 49, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1961, to George Isby and Kate Bradford Isby.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Tupelo. The Rev. George Pritchard will officiate. Burial will be in Porter's Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Kartina Isby; three daughters, Shanta, Jacqueline and Jasmine Doss; one stepdaughter, Mezziah; four sons, Tony, Monreal, Bobby and Brayden Isby; four sisters, Catherine Brandon of Shannon, Georgia Nichols and Brenda Isby, all of Verona, and Annie Sue Isby of Detroit, Mich.; two brothers, Robert Isby of Tupelo and Michael Isby of Jackson; two half brothers, June and Bobby Berry of Tupelo; his father-in-law, Mack Turner Sr.; his mother-in-law, Bernice Turner; two brothers-in-law, Mack Turner Jr. and Tremell Williams Jr.; three sisters-in-law, Kelcie Williams and Nakita Williams of Tupelo and Carlos Bailey of New Albany; and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.
Edward Mays Jr.
HOUSTON - Edward Johnson Mays Jr., 71, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 2, 1939, to Edward Johnson Mays Sr. and Daisy Lee Walker Mays in Water Valley. He was a resident of Houston. He was a construction worker and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church of Houston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Charles Mays officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include the mother of his children and his caregiver, Gail Mays Barfield of Houston; one son, Dr. Edward Mays III of Dallas, Texas; one daughter, Sabrina Mays of Houston; one brother, Charles (Rose) Mays of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Carolyn (Gerald) Hawkins of Baton Rouge, La.; two brothers-in-law, Ricky (Sindy) Vance of Houston and Mackey Pepper of Tennessee; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
NEW ALBANY - Carl Swofford, 83, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Herman Delbert Dillard, 63, formerly of Potts Camp, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baptist Hill M.B. Church in Potts Camp. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Wilma Gean Wright
CHEROKEE, Ala. - Wilma Gean Murrell Wright, 67, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. She was born April 16, 1943, to Leroy Bill and Avalou Moore Murrell. She was a loving wife and mother. She was a seamstress and worked at Blue Bell Manufacturing for many years. She will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery in the Dorsey community of Itawamba County.
Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Billy Ray Wright; one son, Tay Smith (Deena) of Ripley; four stepsons, Ed Smith of Ripley, Jim Smith and Jeff Wright, both of New Albany, and Billy Wright Jr. of Illinois; one granddaughter, Avery Smith, and one grandson, Justin Smith, both of Ripley; a host of stepgrandchildren; her mother-in-law, Mary Beth Jackson of Baldwyn; her sister-in-law, Betty Murrell of Harrisburg, Ark.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Grady Murrell and his wife, Louise Murrell, and J.W. Murrell; one sister, Willa Dean Phillips; and one nephew, David Dodd.
Pallbearers will be Lee Rousch, Reggie Waddle, David Hurt, Tim Smithey and Darrell Bateman.
Honorary pallbearer will be Gene Taylor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Willie Bob McClendon
SHANNON - Willie Bob McClendon, 77, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Amory.
Services will be in at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Palestine Baptist Church Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
BROOKSVILLE - Paul Johnson, 55, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Centerville, Ill.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Toliver Chapel M.B. Church in Brooksville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
QUINCY - Herbert Mize, 83, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Sunday at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS - Anthony Leigh, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at his home in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Highland Heights Church of Christ in Memphis. Burial will be in Leigh Cemetery in Tillatoba. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.