BILOXI – Roye Green, 84, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Emeritus Assisted Living Center in Biloxi. He was born April 1, 1927, in Tibbee to Iona Bonds Green and Alexander Stewart Green. He was a retired vice president of construction/maintenance and engineering at Sara Lee/Bryan Foods. He was a member of First Baptist Church in West Point. He was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of World War II.
Graveside services will be at noon Saturday, April 21, at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Judge Lee Sorrels Coleman will officiate, and Kenny Green will assist. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Dorothy Kellogg; and four brothers, Culton, Bernard, Alexander and Jack.
Visitation will be from 11:45 a.m. to noon Saturday at the cemetery.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Carlton Cecil Staggs, 75, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories at the funeral home. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
NETTLETON – Janette Elaine Owens Simmons, 54, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 27, 1957, in Aberdeen to Boyd Alba and Artvie Palmer Owens. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. She looked forward to spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren. Passionate about animals, her pets were her hobby. She enjoyed watching television with her husband and listening to country music.
A private family gathering was held at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband, Harris Clay Simmons of Nettleton; daughter, Nickey Pope of Shreveport, La.; son, Zach Zepeda of Nettleton; stepson, Justin Simmons of Becker; sisters, Geneva Dodds of Aberdeen, Judy Hardeman of Montana, Pat Jones of Aberdeen, Shirley Owens of Nettleton and Betty Mills of Aberdeen; brother, Tony Owens of Saltillo; and seven grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, James L. Pope.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS – The Rev. Don Johnson, 82, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Memphis.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Burial will follow in Forest Hill East Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
OXFORD – Robert “Bobby” Joseph King, 65, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North in Oxford.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or Clear Creek Cemetery Fund, 50 CR 313, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
HICKORY FLAT – Bruce Hicks, 43, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at his home. He was born July 29, 1968, in Union County to Elvie Hicks and Betty Hicks Boatner. He was an employee of Riverside Traffic Systems. He was a member of the Amaziah Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jason Howell officiating. Burial will be in the Amaziah Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his stepfather and mother, John L. Boatner and Betty Hicks Boatner of Hickory Flat; two sisters, Patricia Higgins (Bo) of Hickory Flat and Vivian Kidd (Larry) of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Lawrence Hicks (Deloris) of Thaxton; his fiance, Jacqueline Lemly of Potts Camp; and six nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elvie Hicks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – Glenn Long McCullough, 83, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at his home after an extended illness. A fifth generation native of Tupelo and lifelong resident, he was born in the Tupelo Hospital March 4, 1929, to Glenn Lee and Margaret Long McCullough. Growing up in Tupelo, he was a member of the Bachelor’s Club and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1947. He earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture from Mississippi State University in 1953. He served his country in the Mississippi Army National Guard and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for leadership in Korea in 1952. Known to his many friends as “Cotton,” he was a lifelong farmer and businessman who founded McCullough Steel Products in 1974. A conservative Republican, he served in the administration of Gov. Kirk Fordice. A dedicated Christian, lay minister and Bible school teacher, he was a faithful member of Lee Acres Church of Christ. He was a gifted storyteller and had a great love of history, particularly that of his home state. He loved his farm and was an avid bird watcher and gardener.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Minister Gordan Hogan and Dale Carr officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Lanier Hudson McCullough of Tupelo; three children, Glenn McCullough Jr. (Laura) of Tupelo, Mary Connor Adcock of Tupelo and fiancé Wesley Victoria and Sarah McCullough; his sister, Mary McCullough Formby of Searcy, Ark.; three grandsons, Vance Hudson McCullough (Rachael) of Atlanta, Glenn Thomas McCullough (Sally Beth) of Starkville and David Shaw Adcock Jr. of Tupelo; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul R. McCullough; and a sister, Edna McCullough Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Vance H. McCullough, Glenn Thomas McCullough, D. Shaw Adcock, Dr. Robert A. Dale Jr., Dr. Kenneth P. Mitchell and Clifton O. Morrow.
Honorary pallbearers will be H.B. Hussey, Larry Fruge’, Wesley Victoria, Derek Rousseau, Robert Gaines, Eddie Carnathan, Pete Poland, Charlie Weatherly, Dr. Henry Nash, Jeff Cole, Fred Nabors and Lindbergh Collier.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Mississippi State University Foundation, Glenn McCullough Endowed Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 9760, Mississippi State, MS 39762; Habitat for Humanity C/O CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802; or Lee Acres Church of Christ, Stone Soup Ministry, 1400 Lawndale Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
POTTS CAMP – Lena Fay Work, 91, died Monday, April 16, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Jan. 15, 1921. She was a member of Potts Camp First Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Potts Camp First Baptist Church with Bro. Paul Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Andy W. “Bubba” Work (Connie) of Potts Camp, Jerry M. “Bandit” Work of Hickory Flat and Kenneth Lee Work (Gail) of Potts Camp; one daughter, Shirley Vance (Ray) of Potts Camp; one stepdaughter, Betty Smith of Memphis; one brother, Orville Rhynes of Potts Camp; four sisters, Hazel Foote, Pauline Hutchins and Marie Smith, all of Potts Camp, and Dean Pegram of Holly Springs; grandchildren, Tammy Work, Timothy Work, Phillip Work, Lendsay Work, Robert Marcus Work, Kent Work, Craig Work, Mike Owen, Steve Owen and Patricia Smith; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Andy Work; and her parents, Noble Rhynes and Pearl Free Rhynes.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Alford Billy “Cotton” Farley, 75, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012. He was a member of Little Bear Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Colbert Memorial Chapel with Bro. A.G. Stepp and Bro. Hollis Retherford officiating. Private burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Shiloh, Tenn. Colbert Memorial Chapel of the Shoals is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Wicker Farley; sons, Steve, Mark (Paula), Joe and Sgt. John Kevin Farley (currently serving in Afghanistan); a brother, Alton (Berlene) Farley; a grandchild, Katie Medley; stepsons, Tommy (Lisa) and Timothy Wicker; mother-in-law, Gladys Randolph; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne (Peggy) Parker, Charles (Linda) Coleman and Barbara Adams; special friend, Lillie Belle (Granvil) Coons; two stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Colbert Memorial Chapel.
Sign the online guestbook at www.colbertmemorial.com.
FORT WORTH, Texas – James Carey Jeter, 63, died Sunday, April 15, 2012, in Fort Worth. He was born Sept. 15, 1948, in West Point to Alvanell Kennedy and Marvin Homer Jeter Sr. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. He served as a youth pastor at the University Baptist Church in Fort Worth and youth director at Colonial Heights Baptist Church and Carriage Hills Baptist Church. He was married to Karen Gower of Memphis in 1972.
The family and friends will congregate at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. A memorial celebration will be next week in Dallas-Fort Worth. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Alvanell Jeter Christopher; his brother, Dr. Marvin Jeter Jr. and wife, Betty; two daughters, Angele Jeter and Renee Jeter; nephew, Marvin Jeter III and wife, Brenda; nieces, Elizabeth Cox and husband, Jason, and Janell Cason and husband, Garrick; two granddaughters, Hope Jones and Grace Jones; four great-nephews and one great-niece.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bridges of Hope International, P.O. Box 211254 Bedford, TX 76095.
Friends may leave condolences online at www.robinsonfh.net.
AMORY – Larry Donnell Varnes, 49, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Golden Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
TISHOMINGO – Velma Alexander Allen, 81, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka. She was a native of Alabama and worked as a case worker for Tishomingo County. She dedicated her life to Christ at an early age.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carters Branch Cemetery in Tishomingo with Bro. J.B. Burns officiating. Burial will be in Carters Branch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include seven children, Perry Alexander of Flint, Mich., Marvin Allen (Terry) of Vaden, Phillip Allen, Gerry Allen (Ramona), Patricia Southward and Jerry Allen (Katie), all of Tishomingo, and Felecia Rogers (Jason) of Belmont; two brothers, Harold Alexander and Vester “Eddie” Alexander (Molly); one sister, Susie Thorn; two special grandsons, Brandon Allen and Jamie Allen; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Allen; a daughter, Ruth Allen; her parents, Vester and Ola Alexander; two brothers and one sister.
Visitation will be from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
TISHOMINGO – Methyl E. “Tiny” Parker, 86, died Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka after many years of illness. She was a native of Prentiss County. She had been an employee of Blue Bell and then was a retail store manager. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tishomingo City Cemetery in Tishomingo with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Hildred Tidwell of Belmont; one sister, Erin Callicutt of Virginia; one sister-in-law, Madine Tidwell of Monticello; son-in-law, Jimmy Ramsey of Iuka; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Cladron Parker; a daughter, Sherry Ramsey; a son-in-law, Billy Tidwell; her parents, John Elliott and Ella Autrey Elliott; five brothers; and four sisters.
Memorials may be made to Le Bonheur Neuroscience Institute, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174-1817.
HODGES, Ala. – Mildred Barnett Overton, 85, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012.
Services will be at noon Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Overton Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Ira Lee Rupert, 83, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born to Clarence Rupert and Annie Thompson in Clay County on Sept. 10, 1928. He was a member of Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church and the Henry Elks Lodge #781 where he served as a secretary for many years. He was an graduate of George Washington Carver High School and Alcorn State University and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a retired teacher for the Lee County School system. He was a quiet, private person who loved the 23rd Psalm, his church and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Long Sr., officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his uncles, Willie (Sue) Rupert, Henry Wallace (Louise) Rupert and Robert (Jimmie Mae) Rupert, all of Tupelo; two aunts, Lucille Randle of Cedar Bluff and Clara (Charles) Staples of Tupelo; a special cousin, Willie C. (Margaret) Randle of Cedar Bluff; two brothers-in-law, Cecil Brown and Knowledge Brown of Tupelo; special friends, Gwendolyn Ellis, Janet Hampton, L.C. Bownes and Ray Cole, all of Tupelo; and a host of nieces, nephews, other cousins and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Hampton Elks Lodge #781. Active pallbearers will be Deacons Board of Spring Hill M.B. Church.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at J.W. Porter’s Chapel and one hour prior to service time on Saturday.
Online condolences may be made to the Rupert family at www.grayson-porters.com.
RIPLEY – Lois A. McDonald, 52, died Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born July 20, 1959, to Joanne Edgeston and Herman Edgeston. She was a member of Christ Is Life Ministry Church in Ripley.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem M.B. Church with Louie Banks officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery in Falkner.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Larry Lavern McDonald; one daughter, Janay Shonte’ Oliver (Arthur Mane Oliver) of Savannah, Ga.; two grandchildren, Keiston Oliver and Kiora Oliver; four sisters, Joyce (Excell) Turner, Vickey Edgeston and Renea Edgeston, all of Ripley, and Penny Edgeston of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Twenton Edgeston.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday.