Miscellaneous Mississippi Obituaries


Katherine Weaver

SAHUARITA, Ariz. - Katherine Reagh Weaver, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1912, to Ivan Carl Reagh and Ona Maxie Reagh. She grew up in Sherman. She was a retired school teacher with 27 years of service. She served on the Sahuarita School Board for 10 years. She enjoyed needlepoint, and cooking for and entertaining family, friends and colleagues. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Endville Baptist Church with the Rev. Paul Sims officiating. Burial will be in Endville Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Wallis W. Weaver of Sahuarita, Ariz.; a daughter, Virginia W. Juettner of Anchorage, Alaska; a son, Wallis W. Weaver Jr. of Willow Creek, Calif.; three grandchildren, Bonnie M. Juettner and Emma K. Juettner of Chicago, and John E. Juettner of Eagle River, Alaska.

The body will lie in state at the church 45 minutes before services.
 

Dennise L. Stockman

SARASOTA, Fla. - Dennise L. Stockman, 48, formerly of New Albany, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002. She was born Dec. 17, 1953, in Miami Beach, Fla. She lived in Orlando, Fla., before moving to Sarasota, Fla., in 1995. She was executive director of Cordia Commons in Bradenton, Fla. She was a member of Christian Business Women and Sarasota Baptist Church.

A memorial service was held Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Sarasota Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Robert J. Stockman; two sons, Matthew W. Dishman and Devin M. of Sarasota, Fla.; her parents, George W. Dishman of Lorida, Fla., and Dolores Dishman of Winter Park, Fla.; a brother, George W. Dishman II of Friendswood, Texas; two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1750 17th St., Suite A, Sarasota FL 34234; or Hospice of Southwest Florida, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238.

Thurston Merriman

HOUSTON - Thurston Eugene Merriman, 66, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 22, 1936, in Sardis to William Heney and Esther Pauline Merriman. He was a member of Amity Baptist Church and self-employed.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jack Inmon officiating. Burial will be in Amity Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Bertha M. Merriman; two sons, Randy Merriman and his wife, Suzanne, of Houston, and Jimmy Merriman and his wife, Teresa, of Covington, Tenn.; a daughter, Judy Voltz and her friend, Gary Spencer, of Ripley, Tenn.; three sisters, Atha Stacey of San Antonio, Texas, June Fowlks of Dewitt, Iowa, and Renda McCalligan of Monomy Falls, Wis.; a brother, William Merriman of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Howard C. "Sonny" Merriman; and two sisters, Deretha Rogers and Christine Hardin.

Pallbearers will be Jim Pierce, James F. Gregory, David Tidwell, Wayne Gregory, Dwight Smith and Barry Dendy.

Honorary pallbearers will be James R. Gregory, Ronnie Williams, R.D. Williams, Tom Taylor, T.O. Martin, Henry Bullard and Barry Martin.
 

Lurell Powell

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Lurell Powell, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at Park West Hospital. He was born Sept. 16, 1929, in Tupelo. He retired in 1991 after a long career as a subcontractor of carpet installation. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1949-1950.

A memorial service was held Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at Berry Funeral Home in Knoxville, Tenn.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Laverne; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Randy Balogh of Lebanon, Ohio, and Brenda and Hobbie Sealy of Montgomery, Ala.; a son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Julie Powell of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Fred and Jonathan of Tupelo; two sisters, Agnes Johnson and Mary Nell Farris of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Ginger Cronogue of Cordova, Tenn., Emily Sealy of Montgomery, Ala., and Joshua, Anna and Zachary Powell of Knoxville, Tenn.; a great-grandson, Jacob Cronogue of Cordova, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Claude and Maudie Mae Powell; three brothers, Bordo, Razzie and Ernest; and four sisters, Claudia, Azilee, Mattie Sue and Regina.
 

Edith Carson

IUKA - Edith Carson, 77, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a member of Rocky Springs United Methodist Church and a former employee of Genesco Shoe Company. She enjoyed quilting.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Jennings officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, W.T. and Brenda Carson of Iuka, Charles and Linda Carson of Corinth, and Donald and Pam Carson of Cherokee, Ala.; a brother, Morris Pugh of Decatur, Ala.; two sisters, Louise Barton of Brewton, Ala., and Ola Wakefield of Double Springs, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Bruce Carson and his wife, Rebecca, of Florence, Ala., Neal Carson and his wife, Shannon, of Iuka, Jeff Carson and his wife, Dawn, of Hernando, Stacey Sitton and her husband, Scott, of Corinth, Alecia Marlar and her husband, Matt, of Memphis, Brooke Carson of Florence, Ala., and Chris Carson of Corinth; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Carson of Iuka, Hannah Sitton and Carson Sitton of Corinth, and Jordan Carson of Florence, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Carson, and an infant son, Royce Lee Carson.

Pallbearers will be Bruce Carson, Neal Carson, Jeff Carson, Chris Carson, Scott Sitton, Matt Marlar and Johnny Rhodes.
 

Judy McMillen

Judy Lynn McMillen, 41, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Clarence S. Walker

MT. PLEASANT - Clarence S. Walker, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at his home. He was born April 2, 1924, in Memphis to Sterling and Jessie Darling Walker. He was a TV repairman and a member of Carey Chapel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Carey Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. O.E. Langner and Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery at Mt. Pleasant. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Carrie Walker of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Cheryl Mitchell of Mt. Pleasant and Sheila McDade of Memphis; three brothers, Walter Walker of Memphis, Marion Walker of Denver, Colo., and Robert Walker of Booneville; a sister, Katherine Lewis of Mt. Pleasant; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
 

Mildred Patrick

TIPLERSVILLE - Mildred White Patrick, 83, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Tiplersville Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Jerry Owen officiating. Burial will be in Tiplersville Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Karl D. Patrick of Tiplersville; three sisters, Marie W. Graves and her husband, Winston, of Utica, Mavis W. Bennett of Tiplersville, and Bette W. Rasco and her husband, Jim, of Arlington, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ned Patrick; her parents, Wilburn C. and Minnie Lindsey White; a sister, Naomi White; and two brothers, W.C. White and James White.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the Tiplersville Cemetery Fund, c/o Fred Moore, P.O. Box 36, Tiplersville MS 38764.
 

Gaston Ford

DRY CREEK - Gaston Ford, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a long illness. He was a retired farmer, and a member and deacon of Concord Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of both World War II and the Korean War.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Concord Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Vera Olive Ford; two sons, Jackie Ford and his wife, Sandra, of New Albany, and Ricky Ford and his wife, LuAnne, of Booneville; a sister, Erma Prather of Booneville; a brother, Randolph Ford of Wiggins; seven grandchildren, Mark, Aaron, Lauren, Daniel, Suzanne, Ben and John Peter Ford.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Jefferson and Evelena Huddleston Ford; two sisters, Lou Etta Bryant and Mae Bradford; and two brothers, Jessie and Troy Ford.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Crawford, T.C. Mauney, J.C. Prather, Mark Ford, Aaron Ford and Lyle Bullock.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until 1 p.m. Thursday.
 

J.R. McKibben Jr.

EUPORA - J.R. McKibben Jr., 44, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 18, 1958, in Choctaw County. He was an employee of the City of Eupora, and a member of Mt. Nebo Methodist Church in Choctaw County and the National Guard.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Nebo Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeep Pepper and Bro. James Vaughan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Margie McKibben of Eupora; two daughters, Elisha Rose Newman and Elizabeth Ivy McKibben of Eupora; a son, J.R. "Sonny" McKibben III of Eupora; a sister, Cynthia Landrum of Ackerman; three brothers, Sullivan McKibben of Eupora, Sam McKibben of Ackerman and Willie McKibben of Gaithersburg, Md.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charlie James

AMORY - Charlie Wesley James, 77, died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 11, 1925. He was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church and a graduate of the Monroe County Training School. He was a former employee of Gilmore Puckett Lumber Company. He later worked for the City of Amory Water Department until his death.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Marquette Rogers officiating and Evangelist Linda Rogers assisting. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Orpha James of Amory; two sons, Bobby Barrentine and Willie Barrentine of Amory; six daughters, Tezzie Hampton White, Lillian Williams, Linda Faye Kantorski and Annette Barrentine, all of Amory, Marilyn Devonne Stacy of Memphis and Margie Jean Baker of Nettleton; three brothers, George Edward Darden of Amory, Doyle James of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Robert Bobby James of Cleveland, Ohio; three sisters, Ruth James Wax of Amory, Mary Sue Haynes of Detroit, Mich., and Mavis J. Chambliss of Jackson; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, John R. James, and his mother, Lula Darden James.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.
 

Chris Mills

PUNXSUTAWNEY, Pa. - James Christopher "Chris" Mills, 30, died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at the Shadyside Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was born Sept. 27, 1971, in Huntsville, Ala. He was a 1989 graduate of J.M. Tate High School in Pensacola, Fla., and a 1997 graduate of the University of Southern Florida with a degree in chemical engineering. He had lived in Punxsutawney, Pa., since June 1997, and worked as quality control manager for Symco in Sykesville, Pa. He attended the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Presbyterian Church in Punxsutawney, Pa., with the Rev. Kent E. Holmes officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery in Summerville, Pa. Deeley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Jody Buffington Mills, whom he married Aug. 15, 1992; a daughter, Jordan Elisabeth Mills; his parents, James Anson and Emily McNeece Mills of Pensacola, Fla.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dr. Gary and Millie Buffington of Pensacola; his grandparents, Kathryn Buffington and Ellen Kerr of Punxsutawney, Pa., Lillie McNeece of Fulton, and Anson and Irene Mills of Cullman, Ala.; a brother-in-law, Gary Buffington III and his wife, Ronda, of Tampa, Fla.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael Anson Mills.

Memorials may be made to the Chris Mills Playground Fund, c/o S&T Bank, Hampton Avenue, Punxsutawney PA 15767.
 

William Mann

BELMONT - William Henry Mann, 92, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at his home. He was a native of Mississippi. A retired teacher, he taught history and mathematics at several high schools in Alabama and Mississippi, and served as principal in several Mississippi schools. He was a member of Old Union Baptist Church and the Belmont Masonic Lodge. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion. He enjoyed farming and gardening.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Old Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Wellington officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Sue Bain and her husband, Billy, of Glen; three granddaughters, Kathy Ward and her husband, David, Vicki Davis, and LeAnn Tucker and her husband, Mike, all of Glen; six great-grandchildren, Billy Tucker, Kayleigh Tucker, Phillip Davis, Cari Davis, Rebecca Ward and Matthew Ward, all of Glen; nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Steve Cain, Phillip Cain, Jim Hargett, John Timbs, Jeff McCain and Mike Tucker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Travis Cain and L.C. Bridges.

Henry Swindle

Henry Murl Swindle, 53, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at his home after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 14, 1948, in Lee County to Chester and Betty Swindle. He was a Baptist. He had a long career as a floral designer. He was a former member of the Lee County Florist Association. He enjoyed antiques and interior design, and he had a booth at Jackie's Antiques for years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Hicks officiating. His cousin, Tina Swindle, will deliver the eulogy.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Swindle of Tupelo; a sister, Betty Rhodes and her husband, James, of Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; a brother, James Swindle and his wife, Marilyn, of Tupelo; four nephews, Brian Swindle, Steven Swindle, David Rhodes and Robert Rhodes; a special cousin, Tina Swindle.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester Swindle; and his grandparents, Earl and Middie Swindle, and Granville and Ada Wells.

Pallbearers will be Brian Swindle, Steven Swindle, David Rhodes, Robert Rhodes, Tom Swindle Jr. and Terry Caver.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday.

Memorials may be made to the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice, 600 W. Main St., Tupelo MS 38801; or St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo MS 38804.
 

Tommy Murphy III

STARKVILLE - Carl Thomas Murphy III, 48, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at the Rolling Hills Developmental Center in Starkville after a long illness. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Starkville. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed attending games at Mississippi State University and spending time with his friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sammy Hardin officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his parents, James L. and Joan Lamb Sanders of Tupelo; two brothers, Joseph Allen Sanders and his wife, Regina, of Houston, Texas, and Timothy Loyd Sanders and his wife, Kim, of Thaxton; three sisters, Lana Franks, Lisa Taylor and Mitzi Phillips, all of Tupelo; his grandmother, Ruby Murphy of Tupelo; his stepmother, Tobi Murphy; a special friend, Steve Holland.

He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Murphy Jr.; a sister, Jana Dell Sanders; his grandparents, Hazel and Joe Lamb, and Carl Thomas Murphy Sr.; and a stepbrother, Pete Murphy.

Pallbearers will be Josh Sanders, Paul Hardin, Ray Hill, Richard Bryant, Joe Hussey and Bobby Williams.

Roy Barnett will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rolling Hills Developmental Center, 200 Womack Road, Starkville MS 39759.
 

Elzie Holcomb

Elzie Lee Shackelford Holcomb, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong resident of the Richmond community, she was born June 9, 1918, to Raymond and Lena Bacon Shackelford. She was a homemaker and a retired seamstress for Reed's Manufacturing in Tupelo. She was a member of the Palestine Baptist Church. She enjoyed visiting residents of the nursing homes, and she loved her family.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Nettleton with the Rev. Marvin Murphy and the Rev. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Betty Westmoreland and her husband, Joe, of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Holcomb of Nettleton; a son-in-law, Rex Thompson of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Joe Westmoreland Jr. and his wife, Pam, Kenneth Westmoreland and his wife, Vicki, Denise DuBois and her husband, Paul, Eric Westmoreland and his wife, Dale, and Jennifer Schlicht and her husband, Trey; 14 grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Birdell Holcomb; a son, James "Buddy" Holcomb; a daughter, Janet Thompson; her parents; and a brother, Zeke Shackelford.

Pallbearers will be Joe Westmoreland Jr., Kenneth Westmoreland, Eric Westmoreland, Paul DuBois, Jonathan Westmoreland and Cory DuBois.

Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. to service time today.

Don O. Spearman

PLANTERSVILLE - Don O. Spearman, 74, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at his daughter's home after a brief illness. He was a retired welfare director for Lee County. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a Methodist and a 32nd Degree Mason.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Rickey Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Latham and her husband, Billy, of Plantersville; two sons, Don "Butch" Spearman Jr. of Baton Rouge, La., and Kirk Spearman and his wife, Cindy, of Arab, Ala.; his mother, Annie Spearman of Baton Rouge; a sister, Mary Edwards of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren, Paul Spearman, Bill Latham, Kim Ellis, Lauren Spearman and Leah Spearman.

He was preceded in death by his father, Owen Spearman, and a son, Roland Spearman.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Goff, Paul Wood, Charles Sheffield, Lennell Luckett, Billy Shumpert and Glenell Weeks.
 

Mary Starling

MANTACHIE - Mary Lee Starling, 57, died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002, at her home. She was born May 23, 1945, to Hershel and Mabel Burleson Bennett. She lived in Eggville before moving to Mantachie 20 years ago. She was a member of the Eggville Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed collecting antique dolls.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Castor Buse and Bro. Ben Hardin officiating. Burial will be in the Eggville Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Horace Starling of Mantachie; three sons, Gary Starling and his wife, Kathy, of Trussville, Ala., Tim Starling and his wife, Renae, of Mantachie, and Rodney Starling of Nettleton; her mother, Mabel Morgan of Eggville; a brother, Bobby Hardin of Eggville; four sisters, Pat Robbins of Eggville, Brenda Johnson of Tremont, Glenda Causey of Nettleton and Jaenette Cote of Las Vegas; six grandchildren, Ashley Starling and Kelsey Starling of Trussville, Ala., Minda Starling and Miranda Starling of Mantachie, and Jessica Starling and Todd Starling of Nettleton.

She was preceded in death by her father, Hershel Bennett; a brother, Tommy Hardin; and a grandchild, C.J. Starling.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today.
 

Charles Jennings

Charles Murray Jennings, 51, died July 23, 2002, in Memphis. He was born April 11, 1951, in Brawley, Calif., and moved with his family to Pomona, Calif., in 1955. He graduated from Ganesha High School in June 1969. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam from 1969-1971. After his discharge, he trained as a pipeline welder and worked for local gas company contractors. He married in 1980 and moved first to Arkansas and then to Tupelo. He enjoyed the outdoors, camping, boating, hunting and fishing.

Graveside services were Friday, Aug. 16, 2002, at the Sequoia Lawn section of Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, Calif.

Survivors include his father, Ray M. Jennings, and stepmother, Cynthia; a son, Ray Edward of Nettleton; a stepsister, Valerie Fox; a nephew, Scott Walker; a niece, Beth Neuenschwander; several aunts and cousins; a special friend, Gladys Roberts.