Miscellaneous Lee County, Mississippi Obituaries

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Cleo Baker
PONTOTOC : Cleo Baker, 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at his home. He was a retired salesman and a Baptist. He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW. His family and friends are fortunate to have had such a wonderful man in their lives. He will be sorely missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with Bro. James Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Nadine Baker of Pontotoc; one son, Vandy Baker of Belden; one daughter, Sharee Grazda of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Blanche Benjamin of Oxford and Opal Hall of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Justin, Jason and Corey Turk, Cris Baker and Sims Baker.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Alice Little
BRUCE : Alice Laurette Little, 58, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at the Greenwood Leflore County Hospital in Greenwood. She was a member of Liberty Road Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Dwight Brown officiating and the Rev. Billy Hill assisting. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Lloyd J. Little of Bruce; one daughter, Pamela L. Griffin of Water Valley; three sons, Gary Little of Walls, Jimmy Little of Memphis and Joe Little of Horn Lake; her mother, Lera Mason Ward of Bruce; two brothers, Jimmy Miller and Billy C. Miller, both of Bruce; 14 grandchildren.

Tommie K. Hollis
SULLIGENT, Ala. : Tommie K. Hollis, 93, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at her home. A lifelong resident of Sulligent, she was the daughter of the late James Lee Hollis and Mary Louella Pennington Hollis. She was a member of the Sulligent United Methodist Church and a retired dairy farmer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sam Graham and Bro. David Parker officiating. Burial will be in the Hollis Family Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Peggy H. Adair of Guin.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Katherine and Bessie Hollis, and two brothers, Ned and Bob Hollis.

Johnny Hollis
SULLIGENT, Ala. : Johnny Hollis, 76, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born Feb. 18, 1921, in Lamar County, Ala., to Ola Kizzire and John Hollis. He was the husband of the late Mary Frances Hollis. He was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church in Sulligent, a jailer for the Lamar County Commission and an Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Freewill Chapel Freewill Baptist in Sulligent with Bro. Jerry Smith and Bro. Edward Puckett officiating. Burial will be in Sulligent City Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James Hollis, and his wife, Judy, of Sulligent; one daughter, Sarah Hill, and her husband, Tommy, of Sulligent, Ala.; two brothers, Willie Hollis of Gardendale, Ala., and Bill Hollis of Hamilton, Ala.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Willie Irene Parker
MEMPHIS : Willie Irene Mundy Parker, 85, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in Rosewood, N.H. She was a retired private nurse.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Beginning Bibleway Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery. N.H. Owens & Son Funeral Home of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary V. Gunn of Memphis, Ruby D. Barkley and Alma Wray, both of Wisconsin, and Gertrude Proctor of New Mexico; seven stepdaughters, Irene Ransey, Luetta Person, Lola Holston, Susie Burress, and Bessie Crayton, all of Toledo, Ohio, and Anna Collier and Mildred McClendon, both of Guntown; three sons, Ernest Mundy of Guntown, Roosevelt Mundy of Delaware and Roger Mundy of New Albany; two stepsons, Luther Parker of Toledo, Ohio, and Erskin Parker of Milwaukee, Wis.; three sisters, Velma Briggs of Chicago, Birdie M. Graham of New Albany and Lula Hepburn of San Francisco, Calif.; 38 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren.

Timothy Langford
MYRTLE : Timothy Carl Langford, 39, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998. He was born July 14, 1958. He was the owner of Langford's Pool and Spas. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of Beulah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Wallerville Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Chasity Marie Langford of New Albany; his father, Roger Clinton Langford, and his mother, Shirley Kate Duggar, both of New Albany; one brother, Michael Lynn Langford of Myrtle; one sister, Rhonda Langford Worthy of Oak Grove, La.; his grandmother, Pauline Langford of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Roger Langford Jr.
Pallbearers will be Steve Duggar, Larry Joe Duggar, Andy Duggar, Terry Duggar, Rickey Medlin and Bobby Williamson.

John Portera
WEST POINT : John Paul Portera, 83, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. He was a daily communicant and a member of the Young at Heart Fellowship at the church. He was an Army veteran of World War II and served in the European and Pacific theaters. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 38 and the Hamlin-Durret Post of the VFW.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with the Rev. John Vollor officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Nowell-Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Rose Portera of West Point; one son, Dr. Joseph J. Portera of Jackson; three brothers, Frank Portera, Louis Portera and P. Joe Portera, all of West Point; six grandchildren, Kathryn Rose Portera, Caroline Lorraine Portera, Johanna Haley Portera, John Anthony Portera, Sarah Elizabeth Bryan and Valerie Williams.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Anthony Portera, and a grandson, John Scott Portera.
Pallbearers will be Paul Ray, Paul Portera, Chuck Portera, M.J. Marascalco, Billy Portera, Joey Michael and Dr. Johnny M. Portera.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Scalzo, Bill Caskey, Randy Williams, Dr. Harvey Flowers, Dr. J.R. Powell, Dr. R.T. Lott, Dr. Marvin Jeter, Dr. John Cox, Dr. Thomas Woolridge, Dr. Martin Lee and Dr. Gregory Hale.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today. A rosary will be said at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church building fund, the American Cancer Society, the American Kidney Foundation or the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

Randy Robinson
FULTON : Randy Robinson, 35, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in Booneville. He was born Dec. 10, 1962, in Baldwyn to Kenneth Wade Robinson and Mildred Clouse Robinson. He was a construction worker and a member of Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his mother, Mildred Robinson of Fulton; two sisters, Connie Lewis of Fulton, and Deborah Ann Smith and her husband, Larry, of Tupelo; two nephews, Stephen and David Lewis of Fulton; his grandmother, Loraine Clouse of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Wade Robinson, in 1989.
Pallbearers will be David Guth, Wade Umfress, David Lewis, Mike Huling, Keith Huling and John Martin.
Danny Robinson will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.

Jessie A. Riley
FULTON : Jessie A. Riley, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was the son of Clifford B. and Lizzie Sheffield Riley. He was a retired L.P. gas salesman for Loden Gas Co. and a member of New Home Baptist Church. He enjoyed cattle farming.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Hardin's Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Johnny Riley, and his wife, Clara, of Mantachie; five brothers, Clifford Riley, Titus Riley, Carl Riley and Charles Riley, all of Fulton, and Mack Riley of California; two sisters, Flossie Dulaney of Fulton and Rachael Riley of Kenosha, Wis.; three grandchildren, Jeremy Riley, Jessica Riley and Jered Riley, all of the home.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Riley; a son, Jimmy Riley; three brothers, E.W. "Buck" Riley, Douglas Riley and Robert Riley; and a sister, Sallie Prestage.
His nephews will be pallbearers.
Employees of Loden Gas Co. will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Nina Mae Standfield
VAN VLEET : Nina Mae Standfield, 77, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Sept. 6, 1920, to Lillie Bell Hopson and Jim Hill. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church in Houlka and a lifelong resident of Van Vleet.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Center Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. J.C. Humphrey officiating. Burial will be in the Bluff Cemetery in Houlka. Fields Funeral Home in Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Lillie Mae Standfield of Houston; six sons, George O. Standfield, Jim Earl Standfield, Lee Fulton Standfield, John R. Standfield, M.C. Standfield and Wayne Buchanan; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fulton Standfield; a son, L.C. Standfield; and a daughter, Mary Ruth Moore.

Beth Leech
SMITHVILLE : Elizabeth Anne "Beth" Leech, 41, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at her home in Smithville. She was born in Kenosha, Wis., and attended the Achievement Center in Kenosha. She lived in Kenosha until moving to Smithville in 1991, She was a Baptist. She enjoyed working puzzles.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Bruch Funeral Home in Kenosha, Wis. Burial will be in the Sunset Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, James Edward Leech and Gladys Corinne Rye Leech of Smithville; two brothers, Jerry Leech and his wife, Diane, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Rick Leech of Kenosha; three sisters, Sandra Carter, Phyllis Giomeetti and Tina Leech, all of Kenosha; six nieces and npehews, Tim Bolitho, Rick Nichi, Amanda Leech, Audrey Leech, Jordan Leech and Shawnna Smith.
She was preceded in death by one brother, James Dale Leech.
Memorials may be made to the Kenosha Achievement Center, 1218 79th Drive, Kenosha, Wis. 53143.

Bobby Steadman
WEST POINT : Robert Cecil "Bobby" Steadman Jr., 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at his home. He was born in Clay County to Robert Cecil Steadman Jr. and Doris Miller Steadman. He was a graduate of West Point High School, where he was very active in sports. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, serving with the 5th Armored Division at the Battle of Pork Chop Ridge, Old Baldy, Heartbreak Ridge, Tinga Ridge and the Iron Triangle. He received the Distinguished Service Award. He was employed with Bryan Foods of West Point for 45 years, serving as a supervisor over the loading dock. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Adrienne Hood Steadman of West Point, whom he married April 4, 1951; one daughter, Adrienne E. "Libby" Steadman of Houston, Texas; one brother, Malcom R. "Mac" Steadman of West Point; three sisters, Jeanette S. Pyle, Doris S. Bruce and Katherine S. Davis, all of West Point.
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Robert Steadman, in 1956 and a brother, Charles Hugh Steadman, in 1950.
Pallbearers will be Walter "Crow" Simmons, Al Lozes, C.M. Miller, Hal Hill, Bobby Wooten, Jimmy Stevenson, Caradine Young and Billy Whitfield.
Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Autrey, Charlie Goode, Joey Michel, Ted Berry, Andy Carter, Bobby Bryan, Henry Vaughn, George Bryan, John Bryan Jr., John Bryan III, Jim Swoope, Dr. Gordon Hazard and Jimmy Bryan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 966, West Point, Miss. 39773 or the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 657, West Point, Miss. 39773.

Tony C. Brumley
IUKA : Tony C. Brumley died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.

Viola Pearson
STEWART : Viola Simpson Pearson, 90, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Kilmichael Hospital. She was born Oct. 4, 1907, in Choctaw County. She was a homemaker and a member of New Haven Baptist Church in Choctaw County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Haven Baptist Church with the Rev. Howard Davis and the Rev. Sammy Clyde West officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wise-Nowell Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, C.E. "Pete" Simpson of Stewart; two stepdaughters, Eloise Burnam of Thibadeaux, La., and Marie Livingston of Louisville; two stepsons, William Charles Pearson of Stewart and Hubert Pearson of Augusta, Ga.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

Donald Coyle
BATESVILLE : Donald Kelsey Coyle, 23, died Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born May 22, 1974, in Crowley, La., to Walter Allen and Linda Kemp Coyle. He was a member of the Hosanna Family Worship Center in Pope.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Damon Keith Plummer officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Daniel Coyle of Batesville; one daughter, Alexandria Renee Coyle of Batesville; one stepson, Charles David Darby of Pope; his mother, Linda Coyle Cline and his stepfather, Don Cline, of Batesville; one sister, Michelle Lee Cline of Batesville; four brothers, Danny Coyle of Arizona, Mickey Coyle of Little Rock, Ark., Ray Coyle of Batesville and Billy Coyle of Oxford; his grandparents, Wilber and Naomi Martin of Beaumont, Texas.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday.

J.C. Murphy
IUKA : J.C. Murphy, 80, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at the Iuka Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel with Howard Stanford and the Rev. Perry Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include two sons, Edward Murphy and William Murphy, both of Iuka; two daughters, Anna Mitchell of Chicago and Peggy Simmons of Iuka; one brother, Grady Murphy of Iuka; one sister, Amy Murphy-Clark of Iuka; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Alvin Edward Stone
HOLLY SPRINGS : Alvin Edward Stone, 87, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1998, at Holly Springs Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 17, 1910, in Potts Camp to William Bennett Stone and Lucy Clayton Stone. He was a supervisor with the Mississippi Game and Fish Commission. He was of the nondenominational faith.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel with Minister George Lee and Minister Lonzo Nealon officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Garnet Hitt Stone of Holly Springs; one son, Bennett Edward Stone of Memphis; four daughters, Angelia Gephart of Hernando, and Marsena Sparks, Sara Russom and Lois Holland, all of Holly Springs; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Seale, Randy Harbur, Ed Holland, Robert Holland, Richard Alvin Stone, Kenny Dickerson, Brody McEwen, Derrick Sharp, Charles Gephart, William Bennett Stone, Ken Headrick, Rojar Garner, Jimmy Light and Michael Edward Stone.
Visitation will begin at 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jettie Dowdy
PONTOTOC : Jettie Dowdy, 77, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, at the Holland Nursing Center in Springdale, Ark. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Larry Wise officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jim Bailey of Fayetteville, Ark., and George Bailey of Atkins, Ark.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.


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