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Obituaries for September 14, 2002

Gladys Rencher

CORINTH - Gladys Grimes Rencher, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at her daughter's home in Athens, Tenn. She was born Oct. 27, 1922, in Alcorn County to John Virgil and Jennie Moore Grimes. She was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Kara Blackard officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Evelyn Mayhall and her husband, Mike, of Athens, Tenn., Diane Rencher of Corinth, and Sarah White and her husband, Donnie, of Corinth; a sister, Hazel Benjamin of Corinth; two sisters-in-law, Hermie Grimes and Ella Grimes of Corinth; five grandchildren, Virginia Lee Mayhall, Leslie and Eric Anderson, Candice White and Jennie Mae Rencher; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady L. Rencher, and two brothers, Leroy and James W. "Jake" Grimes.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Rencher, Sidney Rencher, Bob Rencher, Jerry Grimes, Thomas Galyean and Billy Willis.

Jack Y. Scott

Jack Young Scott, 74, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at his home in Tupelo after a brief illness. A native of Arizona, he was born Sept. 1, 1928, on the San Carlos Indian Reservation in Maricopa County, Ariz. He was a Chiricahua Apache (now known as White Mountain Apache). He moved to Mississippi in the 1930s and was reared as the son of Frank and Pauline Scott. After attending East Tupelo Schools, he entered the U.S. Marines. He also was a veteran of the U.S. Army. In 1963 he opened Trailer Equipment Inc.. He was instrumental in the design and development of the hi-cube furniture van which helped the North Mississippi area furniture industry to thrive. He served as an advisor to the Mexican government in the 1970s. In 1982 he started the Tupelo Automobile Auction. He was a Master Mason and a Baptist. He loved his family, was proud of his heritage, loyal to his friends and faithful to his Creator.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Gary Blair officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park with full Masonic rites.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Bette Davidson Scott of Tupelo; a son, Frank Y. Scott and his wife, Peggy, of Brewer; four grandchildren, Jacque Stanford and her husband, Dewayne, of Saltillo, Scott Parten and his wife, Misty, of Elgin, Texas, and Jon M. Scott and Tami Scott of Brewer; five great-grandchildren, Daniel Mabry, James Davis, Courtney Stanford, Brandon Stanford and Cameron Parten.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sheryl, and his parents, Frank and Pauline Scott.
 

Willie James Turner

Willie James Turner, 43, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, as the result of a train and truck accident. He was a member of New Lebanon M.B. Church, where he was an assistant Sunday school teacher, and a member of the male choir, adult choir and Usher Board. He was an employee of Quaker Fabrics in Verona for 15 years. He was a 1978 graduate of Tupelo High School. He enjoyed fishing and playing basketball.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Spring Hill District Building in Tupelo with Pastor Billy Rainey officiating. Burial will be in Porter's Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Celestine Turner of Tupelo; two sons, Tyrone Lawrence and Christopher Lawrence of Tupelo; two daughters, Solita Turner and Whitney Turner of Tupelo; a grandson, Isiah Lawrence of Verona; three sisters, Mary Gunn, Sue Hamilton, and Eire Young and her husband, the Rev. John Young; three brothers, Robert Turner and his wife, Brenda, Lawrence Turner, and Rickey Turner and his wife, Rita; his mother-in-law, Lucinda Newman of Crystal Springs; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.L. Turner and Susanna Lipsey Turner, and a niece, Denita Turner.

The body will be placed in the Spring Hill District building one hour before services today.
 

Maxine Boyd

CLARKSDALE - Maxine Brandon Boyd, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Aug. 11, 1921, in Pontotoc. She was a graduate of Pontotoc High School. She was a retired secretary for Delta Wholesale Hardware, where she worked for 40 years. She was a member of Oakhurst Baptist Church and the church's Esther Sunday School Class.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at National Funeral Chapel in Clarksdale with Dr. Jeff Holland officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include a sister, Elaine McCollum of Gainesville, Fla.; two brothers, Wayne Brandon of Clarksdale and Mitchell Brandon of Ridgeland; eight nephews; two nieces.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Hugh Allred

NEW ALBANY - Hugh Thomas "Hughbo" Allred, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Nov. 25, 1910, in Union County to the late William Leland and Eliza Bishop Allred. He was a retired security guard for Laher's and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Rank Boyte and the Rev. Earl Farley Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Dessie Lee Allred of New Albany; three daughters, Ruth Russell of Pontotoc, Margie Adair of New Albany and Joyce Peters of Baldwyn; five sons, Bobby Allred, Randy Allred, Danny Allred, David Allred and Benny Allred, all of New Albany; 26 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two sons, Larry Allred and Hulon Allred.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Allred, Bradley Rhea, Brad Allred, Marty Baker, Greg Allred, Tony Shackelford, Timmy Clifton and Jason Allred.

Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Russell, Terry Russell, Jackie Russell, Adam Allred, Seth Allred, Lamont Cook and Phil Baker.
 

Mattie Davis

ABERDEEN - Mattie Maude Davis, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at the Beverly Nursing Home in Hueytown, Ala. She was born Nov. 1, 1916, in Houston to William Thomas and Visie Louisiana Naron Guest. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen and lived in Adamsville, Ala., the past three years. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Aberdeen.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Todd Bowen officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery on Coontail Road.

Survivors include a daughter, Thelma Davis Williams of Adamsville, Ala.; three sons, Clarence Davis Jr. and his wife, Marie, of Amory, and Cecil Wayne Davis Sr. and his wife, Judy, and Charles Edward Davis and his wife, Ruth, all of Aberdeen; a sister, Annie Lou Sizemore of Amory; two brothers, Hollis Guest and his wife, Olene, of Columbus and Douglas Guest and his wife, Margaret, of Aberdeen; 20 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence Davis Jr.; a son, Sidney Terrel Davis; three sisters; four brothers; a granddaughter; and a great-granddaughter.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.
 

Willie B. Mitchell Jr.

CORINTH - Willie B. Mitchell Jr., 57, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of the Wenasoga Church of Christ. He was a sales specialist for Jim Bennett Yacht Sales, where he was named a top salesman for Gibson Boats. He was a supervisor at ITT for 18 years. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home's Chapel of Memories with Bro. Jim Bennett and Bro. Ricky Hutson officiating. Burial will be in Henry Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Joyce Mitchell of Corinth; two sons, Terry Mitchell and his wife, Rhonda, and Brian Mitchell and his wife, Stacie, all of Corinth; a daughter, Beverly Kaye Trantham and her husband, Danny Wayne, of Corinth; his parents, Willie B. Mitchell Sr. and Virble Harmon Mitchell, both of Corinth; five grandchildren, Codey Mitchell, Avery Mitchell, Tyler Trantham, Taylor Trantham and Weston B. Mitchell; the mother of Terry and Brian Mitchell, Shirley Maddox and her husband, Bill Parnell, of Corinth; three sisters, Brenda Sanders and her husband, Danny, and Jackie Sweat and her husband, Bobby, all of Corinth, and Vickie Downs and her husband, Marty, of Wheeler; a sister-in-law, Wanda Milligan and her husband, James, and her son, Shane Hall and his wife, April, all of Michie, Tenn.; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie and Maizie Mitchell, and Willie Emma and Monroe Harmon; his father-in-law, James Henry; and his mother-in-law, Mary Jewel Henry.

Pallbearers will be Bo Bennett, Todd Hutchinson, Jimmy Phelps, Jim Kennedy, Deward Meeks, Ron Martin, Jerry Stewart and Rodney Vanhoose.

Honorary pallbearers will be Don Armstrong, Jim Bennett and James Milligan; the employees of Jim Bennett Yacht Sales; and former employees of ITT.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Dexter Ham

IUKA - Dexter Ham, 85, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at the Iuka Hospital. He was a farmer and a retired employee of Robbins Floor Products. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Mt. Joy Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger Wood and Bro. Bill Flippo officiating. Burial will be in Rutledge-Salem Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Luttrell Ham of Iuka; four sons, Ronald Ham of Tishomingo, and Danny Ham, Lanny Ham and Kevin Ham, all of Iuka; three daughters, Linda Harber and Ginger Turner, both of Tishomingo, and Janie Hodge of Clemson, S.C.; a brother, Edgar Ham of Iuka; two half brothers, J.C. Puckett and Lucian Puckett of Iuka; a half sister, Helen Brunner of Florida; seven grandchildren, Mandie Sie of Charlotte, N.C., Julie Ham, Heath Ham, Brandy Hairrell, Devin Ham and Kelsey Turner, all of Iuka, and Dustin Page of Charleston, S.C.; six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Dexter Wayne Ham.

Pallbearers will be Roger Durham, Tommy Lomenick, Karl Ragan, Charles Hardwick, James Crowell and Berlon Durham.

James Mobley will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
 

Bobby Hall

MEMPHIS - Bobby Lee Hall, 65, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, at his home in Memphis. He was a retired mechanic for Mid-South Generator and M&W Generator.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Clinton Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Mary Louise Wood Hall of Memphis; two daughters, Betty Jane Burress and Terry Lynn Gehl of Memphis; his mother, Mary Ellen Hamblin of Tupelo; a sister, Martha Dean Hill of Baldwyn; a half sister, Annie Catherine Bryson of Baldwyn; two brothers, Jimmy Stokes Hall of Memphis and Jerry Wayne Hall of Baldwyn; six grandchildren.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
 

Jack Bennett

CHALYBEATE - Jack Bennett, 89, died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Chalybeate Baptist Church for 80 years and a Tippah County Election Commission member/chairman for 45 years. He was a distinguished U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chalybeate Baptist Church with Dr. Jack B. Bennett officiating, and Dr. Bruce Ingram and Jimmy Nowell assisting. Burial will be in Union Cemetery in Chalybeate. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Jack Boyd Bennett and his wife, Rebecca Briscoe Bennett, of Chalybeate; three brothers, James Bennett of Memphis, David Bennett of Ashland and Joe Bennett Sr. of Aberdeen; a sister, Mary J. Bennett Wilkins of London, England; five nephews; four nieces.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolie Gertrude Boyd Bennett; his parents, Thomas Miles and Sarah Corinne Garrett Bennett; a sister, Eva Sue Bennett; and a brother, Dr. Thomas M. Bennett Jr.

There will be no visitation.

Memorials may be made to the Union Cemetery Trust Fund, 271 CR 276, Walnut MS 38683; or Briscoe-Bennett Scholarship Fund, Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain MS 38610.
 

Virginia Garrett

MERIDIAN - Virginia Jones Garrett, 83, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Anderson Hospital. She was retired as manager of Office Supply Company. She was a member of the Pilot Club, Girl Scouts and the Junior Auxiliary.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Webb Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian with the Rev. Jimmie Harrison officiating. Burial will be in the Magnolia Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, James T. Garrett of Meridian; one daughter, Linda Helms and her husband, Jim, of Columbus, Ga.; two sons, Douglas Garrett and his wife, Mae, of Jackson, and David Garrett and his wife, Felicia, of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Christian Helms, Steven Garrett, Jennifer Richardson, Drew Garrett, Christ Garrett and Jason Garrett; four great-grandchildren, Kristen Richardson, Samatha Garrett, Maxine Lang and Marie Parke.

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Jacob Alexander Garrett; one sister, Jewel Hearn; and one brother, O.C. Jones.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Dona Wood

EVERGREEN - Dona Comer Wood, 99, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Rosewood Assisted Living Center in Tupelo. She was born March 27, 1903, in the Fawn Grove community to the late Frank and Jane Patterson Comer. She was a homemaker and was the oldest member of the Homemaker's Club. A member of WMU, she was an active member of Evergreen Baptist Church where she was a long-time Sunday School teacher and Bible School worker. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, crocheting and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Robbins and Bro. Mike Todd officiating. Burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Leraue McDaniel and her husband, J.C., of Evergreen, and Dorothy Thompson of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Sharon Young, Lisa Hawkins, Holland McDaniel and John Thompson; six great-grandchildren, Jay Hawkins, Mary Frances Hawkins, Blake Young, Elise Young, Evan Thompson and Patsy Thompson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martell Francis Wood, in 1989; her parents; two sons-in-law, T.H. McDaniel and Tommy Thompson; two sisters, Ethel Bradley and Lula Turner; and four brothers, buster Comer, Golden Comer, Ruben Comer and Audie Comer.

Pallbearers will be Jim Hawkins, Jay Hawkins, John Thompson, Charles Young and Blake Young.

Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Gray, Dale Cox, Perrin Snipes, Larry McTune and Billy Shumpert.

Memorials may be made to the Evergreen Baptist Church c/o Larry McTune, 4755 New Chapel Road, Nettleton, MS 38858.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 

Dellie Cleveland

FULTON - Dellie Mae Cleveland, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka. A lifelong resident of Itawamba County, she was born May 9, 1930, to Joseph William "Bob" Devall and Emma Reese Devall. She retired after 22 years from Monroe Trousers in Smithville, before becoming disabled. She was a member of the Cardsville Baptist Church. She enjoyed yard work, cooking, cleaning and spending time with her friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Caster Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Bourland Cemetery.

Survivors include her daughter, Brenda Edge and her husband, Prentiss, of Guntown; two brothers, Lee Devall of Fulton and James Devall of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Hattie McCreary of Fulton, Martha Frazier of Delhi, La., and Nancy Walton of Fulton; two grandsons, Steve Lindsey of Tremont and Chris Lindsey of Oxford; two great-grandchildren, Kelsie Roberts and Justin Andrew Roberts.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Cleveland, on Dec. 3, 1985; one brother, Charles Devall; and three sisters, Melba Dennis, Johnnie Johnson and Rose Hood.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
 

Joan Orear

GOLDEN - Joan Orear, 66, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at her residence. She was born Nov. 23, 1935, in Algonquin, Illinois to Elmer Senne and Marie Cuplin Senne. She was a factory worker for Itawamba Manufacturing. She was a born again Christian.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Lial Orear of Golden; three sisters, Phyllis Crowford, Joyce Derrick and Violet Derrick, all of Lakeland, Fla.

Pallbearers will be W.T. McClain, Dexer Orear, Jeff Blanton, Gary Elrod, Pat Elrod and Kevin Orear.

Visitation will be from 7:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
 

Albert B. Walker

Albert B. Walker, 77, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.
 

"Pappy" McBride

PONTOTOC - Richard "Pappy" McBride, 53, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at the Pontotoc Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
 

John Pegues

PONTOTOC - John Elgin Pegues died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

William E. Watts

PONTOTOC - William E. Watts, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at the Jackson Madison County Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was a retired farmer, a member of Liberty Baptist Church and a Mason.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Norris Garner and Bro. Carl Teel officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Forest Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Fay Garner of Hot Springs, Ark., and Nona Teel of Henderson, Tenn.; one son, Noel E. Watts of Water Valley; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma M. Watts; his second wife, Lodie B. Watts; and a son, Waymon Watts.

Pallbearers will be Michael Watts, Steve Watts, Leslie Watts, Jerome Teel, Alan Teel, Vaughn Garner and Patrick Teel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Vance Garner, Ted Watts and Neil Watts.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until noon Sunday at the funeral home.
 

Autie C. Nelson

CORINTH - Autie C. Nelson, 102, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Alcorn County Rehab and Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 

Eugene A. Hubbard Jr.

IUKA - Eugene A. Hubbard Jr., 76, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later b Cutshall Funeral home of Iuka.
 

Dock W. Luster

TIPLERSVILLE - Dock W. "Sonny Boy" Luster died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Grayson Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
 

Flora Gray

AMORY - Flora Gray, 91, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Obituaries for September 15, 2002

Autie Nelson

CORINTH - Autie Timbes Nelson, 102, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Alcorn County Rehabilitation and Health Center. She was a member of the Forked Oak Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Jack Nelson of Iuka and Travis Nelson of Corinth; two daughters, Annette Byrum of Memphis, Tenn., and Jimmie Marie Darwin of Corinth; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Nelson.

Pallbearers will be Benjamin Nelson, Jack Nelson Jr., Mike Densmore, Travis Nelson Jr., David M. Darwin and Ben Matthews.

Honorary pallbearers will be J.F. Byrum and Johnny Byrum.

Memorials may be made to the Forked Oak Cemetery Fund.
 

Keith Strange

Keith Strange, 41, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

F.E. Steverson Sr.

RIPLEY - Forest Edwin "F.E." Steverson Sr., 88, formerly of Starkville, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was a retired service technician for Mississippi Valley Gas Company for over 30 years. He served on the Starkville Volunteer Fire Department for 40 years and served as Assistant Fire Chief for over 20 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lafayette and Mollie Eaves Steverson; two brothers, Willie Steverson and Jack Steverson; and one granddaughter, Terri Ethridge Al-hijari.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Starkville. Burial will be in the Odd Fellow Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley and Welch Funeral Home of Starkville are in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Maude Gregg Steverson of Starkville; two daughters, Pat Steverson Ethridge and her husband, Billy Wayne, of Collinsville, and Bessie Steverson Langston and her husband, Carlos, of Oak Vale; two sons, F.E. "Buddy" Steverson Jr. and his wife, Barbara, and Wayne G. Steverson and his wife, Deborah, all of Ripley; nine grandchildren, Susan Bobo and Wayne Ethridge of Collinsville, Ken Ethridge of Las Vegas, Nev., Gregg Steverson of Belle Chasse, La., Stacey Krause, Jody Steverson and Rusty Steverson, all of Ripley, Steve Langston of Fort Myers, Fla., and Cindy Langston of Long Beach; 11 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons: Wayne Ethridge, Ken Ethridge, Gregg Steverson, Steve Langston, Jody Steverson and Rusty Steverson.

Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley and from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.

Earnest O. Smith

BALDWYN - Earnest O. Smith, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Albert B. Walker

Albert Bedford Walker Sr., 77, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 8, 1925, in Corinth to the late Brooks and Inez Weaver Walker. He was graduated from Corinth High School and attended Baylor University. He served in the 84th Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War II and was later called into service at Fort Hood during the Korean Conflict. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

He was employed for 38 years with the Tupelo Coca Cola Bottling Company, serving 25 years as manager. He was a past president of the Mississippi Bottlers Association. He was assistant scoutmaster of boy Scout Troop 3 for over 25 years, earning the Silver Beaver Award. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo for 53 years serving in the choir, as an Elder and as a member of the Brotherhood Sunday School Class. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner, a former member and secretary of the Kiwanis Club and was actively involved in the 12 and 12 Group at First Presbyterian.

He married Sara Elizabeth Wilson on Dec. 28, 1948.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today in the Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Coy Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Tupelo. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sara "Sabo" Walker of Tupelo; two sons, Dr. Albert Bedford Walker Jr. of Magnolia Springs, Ala., and Brooks Wilson Walker and his wife, Debbie, of Plantersville; one daughter, Sara Elise Walker Jones and her husband, Bob, of Bloomington, Ill.; his first cousin, Inez Merrill Willoughby and her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Clair, all of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Jeffrey Brooks Walker and his wife, Rebecca, of Tupelo, Jennifer Joyce Walker of Hattiesburg, Evan Walker and Kyle Walker of Plantersville, Brooks F. Walker of Magnolia Springs, Ala., and Seth and Stephen Dane Jones of Bloomington, Ill.; four stepgrandsons, Hugh, Seamus, Brien and Sean Jones; two great-grandchildren, Morgan, Molly; and one step great-grandchild, Austin.

Pallbearers will be his six grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Brotherhood Bible Class of First Presbyterian Church.

Visitation will be after the services today only in McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Mary Nell Fulton

NEW ALBANY - Mary Nell Fulton, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Green Oak Manor in New Albany. She was born Oct. 7, 1923, to Tom and Effie Beckham in Amory. She retired as secretary from Mattie Thompson Elementary School in New Albany. She was a member of the New Albany Presbyterian Church, the Women's Circle, the Order of the Eastern Star and served as a volunteer with the Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Before her illness she loved to travel, read, square dance and spend time with her family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the New Albany Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Everett officiating, with Chaplain Mark T. Holmes assisting. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two children, Tommy Fulton of Tupelo and Melissa Tate of New Albany; her son-in-law, Paul Tate; four grandchildren, Robert Lee Fulton of Tupelo, Zach, Katie and Eli Tate, all of New Albany; two sisters, Jean McKee of Memphis, Tenn., and Betty Holmes of Gulfport; three brothers, Fred Beckham of Beaumont, Texas, Richard Beckham of River Falls, Wisc., and Nelson Beckham of Atlanta, Ga.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Steamboat" Fulton; one daughter, Kathy Fulton Lamberth; and one sister, Eleanor Welch.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Monday.

Memorials may be made to Palmer Children's Home of Columbus, Heritage Hospice in Corinth or to the New Albany Presbyterian Church.

Mary Baron

WEST POINT - Mary Baron, 50, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Detroit, Michigan, she was a Protestant and a homemaker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Partin officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.

There are no immediate survivors.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Beatrice Rea

HAMILTON - Beatrice Oliver Rea, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at her residence in the Hamilton community. She was born March 18, 1916, in Alabama to the late Charlie and Manie Holcomb Oliver and had lived in Hamilton since 1933. She was a homemaker and former employee of South Monroe and T.I.L. Garment plants. She was a charter member, since 1958, of Fig Hill Church of God. She was the widow of Walter Grady Rea, who died in 1978.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Fig Hill Church of God with Bro. Tony Rooks and Bro. Ricky Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in the Fig Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Onie Dell Rea and his wife, June, and Jimmy Harold Rea and his wife, Patricia, all of Hamilton, and Danny Larry Rea and his wife, Brenda, of Tremont; one sister, Katie Gibson of Hamilton; one half-sister, Betty Mailhott of Buffalo, New York; two half-brothers, Sam Oliver and his wife, Lena Mae, of Hamilton and Herschel Oliver and his wife, Louise, of Amory; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three grandchildren.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Monday.

Virginia Garrett

MERIDIAN - Virginia Jones Garrett, 83, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Anderson Hospital. She was retired as manager of Office Supply Company. She was a member of the Pilot Club, Girl Scouts and the Junior Auxiliary.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Webb Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian with the Rev. Jimmie Harrison officiating. Burial will be in the Magnolia Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, James T. Garrett of Meridian; one daughter, Linda Helms and her husband, Jim, of Columbus, Ga.; two sons, Douglas Garrett and his wife, Mae, of Jackson, and David Garrett and his wife, Felicia, of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Christian Helms, Steven Garrett, Jennifer Richardson, Drew Garrett, Chris Garrett and Jason Garrett; four great-grandchildren, Kristen Richardson, Samatha Garrett, Maxine Lang and Marie Parke.

She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Jacob Alexander Garrett; one sister, Jewel Hearn; and one brother, O.C. Jones.

Jack Green Sr.

WEST POINT - Jack Green Sr., 82, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the Mississippi State Veteran's Home in Kosciusko. He was a native of Tibbee, the son of the late Alexander Stuart Green and Iona Bond Green. He was maintenance fleet superintendent at Bryan Foods for 35 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force and during World War II he was a Master Sergeant Aircraft Inspector with the Fighter Command of the 8th Air Force Group. He was stationed for two years and four months in England and Germany. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will be in the West Point Memorial Garden Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nell McClain Green, whom he married July 28, 1951; two daughters, Peggy Green Coleman of West Point and Pat Green Reynolds of Jackson; one son, Jack Green Jr. of West Point; five grandchildren, Ralph Hicks Weems IV, Anna Ruth Weems and Mary Katherine Reynolds, all of Jackson, Jack Howard Coleman and Bonner Clark Coleman, both of West Point; one brother, Roye Green of Gulfport.

Pallbearers will be Ralph Weems IV, Jack Howard Coleman, Bonner Clark Coleman, Ronnie Cliett, Danny McClain, David McClain, C.M. Miller, Auvergne Smith, Robert McClain and Larry McClain.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., Dr. Gary Holdiness, and all men in the fleet maintenance shop at Bryan Foods.

Leon Tallant

PONTOTOC - Frank Leon Tallant, 83, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was the owner of T & T Feed Mill at Hurricane for 30 years and the owner of a Rolling Store. He retired from Action Industries at age 76. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc, a previous Sunday School teacher, a 32nd Degree Mason - Cherry Creek, a member of the Eastern Star and a veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will be in the Carey Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mallie Tallant of Pontotoc; one stepdaughter, Rita Roberson and her husband, Robbie, of Paris, Tenn.; two stepsons, Nicky Robbins of Cullman, Ala., and Johnny Robbins and his wife, Earline, of Pontotoc; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Myrtle Tallant; and his first wife, Lou Jean Gray Tallant.

His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of his Sunday School Class and J.C. Chism.

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 31 Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Flora Gray

NETTLETON - Flora Bailey Gray, 91, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 11, 1910, in Houston to John and Dee Burt Bailey. She had lived most of her life in Nettleton. She was a member of the Nettleton Pentecostal Church. She was a homemaker and enjoyed visiting and riding.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Nettleton Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Larry David and the Rev. Bennie Randolph officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Lillian Freshour of Nettleton, Adelene Randolph and her husband, Wallace, of Pontotoc, and Earnestine Roberts and her husband, Ken, of Amory; two sisters, Hazel Tate of Hernando and Ann Williams of Little Rock, Ark.; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sons, Wesley Gray and Willie Gray.

Pallbearers will be Billy Randolph, Benny Randolph, Dale Gray, Donnie Freshour, Ronnie Pierce, Stephen Randolph, Freddie Randolph, Michael Lumpkin, John Baker, Randy Gray and Jake Stanford.

Visitation will continue until noon today at the funeral home, and from 1:30 p.m. until service time at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Pentecostal Church, 108 Pentecostal Avenue, Nettleton, MS 38858.

Jettie Lee Lewis

BLUE MOUNTAIN - Jettie Lee Thomas Lewis, 81, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born April 26, 1921, to the late Jess Thomas and Cassie Hall Thomas. She was a retired factory worker at R.M. Kofman and was a member of the First Apostolic Church of Ripley.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Apostolic Church with Bro. Richard Jolly officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas E. "Jack" Lewis of Blue Mountain; three daughters, Faye Hall and her husband, Omega, of Blue Mountain, Betty Lee and her husband, Glenn, of New Albany, and Shirley McDonald and her husband, Wayne, of Ripley; three sons, Gene Lewis and his wife, Shelia, of Linden, Tenn., Jimmy Lewis and his wife, Carol, of Ripley, and Mike Lewis and his wife, Donna, of Blue Mountain; two sisters, Jessie Faye Gates of Myrtle and Earlene Segers of New Albany; two brothers, Calvin Thomas of Blue Mountain and Clifton Thomas of Aurora, Ill.; 23 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Danny Lee Lewis; three grandsons, Mark Anthony Lewis, Tony Hall and Keith Lewis; two great-grandchildren, Kimberlee Bennett and Christian Bennett.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will continue until service time Monday. All visitation will be at the church.

Rethie Hutson

BURNSVILLE - Rethie Virginia Hamm Hutson, 63, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 28, 1938, in Alcorn County. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Calvary Baptist Church in Tishomingo County. She enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, liked country and gospel music, and shopping and fishing.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Hodum officiating. Burial will be in the Wheeler Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Hutson, to whom she was married for 45 years; her mother, Frances Savannah Hamm of CORINTH; two sons, Justine Wayne Huston Sr. of Olive Branch and Kenneth Hutson Jr. of Burnsville; three daughters, Frances Ann Hutson of Iuka, Dale Ann Hodum of Walnut and Sharron Genice McKeen of Bolivar, Tenn.; four brothers, Arlen B. Kilgo of Glen, Tex Hamm of Corinth, Mack Woods of Burnsville and Jack Hamm of Theo; three sisters, Rosie Brown of Memphis, Tenn., Shirley Woods of Texas and Rachel Hasting of Kossuth; nine grandchildren, Jonathan Hutson, Gennie Hutson, Cody Hutson, Justin Wayne Hutson Jr., Misty Nelson, Marty Freeland, Nickolas Clark, Elijah Thomas Hodum and Caleb Matthew Hodum; six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Rethie Hamm; and one son, Dale Hutson.

Pallbearers will be Scottie Kilgo, Justin Wayne Hutson Jack McKeen and Johnson Hutson.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gene Hubbard

IUKA - Eugene "Gene" Hubbard, 76, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Iuka Hospital. He attended the Iuka Church of Christ and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He retired from Jourdan Lumber Company and was formerly employed with Reid Brothers Clothing Store. He loved riding horses and motorcycles.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Mr. Lance Foster officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Hubbard of Iuka; two sons, David Hubbard and his wife, Joyce, of Harrisbburg, Ill., and Mike Hubbard and his wife, Kathy, of Iuka; two daughters, Viola South and her husband, Howard, and Jeanie McKee and her husband, Billy, all of Iuka; one brother, Billy Hubbard and his wife, Margaret, of Iuka; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Ruby Mae Hubbard; two grandchildren, B.J. Hubbard and Jessica Hubbard; two sisters, Eva "Little Bit" Carson and Ruby Till Marlar; one brother, David Clifton Hubbard.

Pallbearers will be Arthur Bonds, Webster Robertson, Mark Odom, Dewayne Hubbard, Michael Powers and Melvin Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iuka Lions Club.

Dot Phillips

IUKA - Dot Phillips, 82, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Iuka United Methodist Church. She was the former co-owner and operator of Phillips Hardware in Iuka. She was a member of the 20th Century Club and was a Cub Scout Den Mother for many years. She loved to play bridge and to travel.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Iuka United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ed Temple officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Nick Phillips and his wife, Adrienne, of Iuka, and Gary Phillips and his wife, Cindy, of Brandon.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Biggs, Curtis Seago, Kirk Rutledge, Stan Dexter, Scott Segars and Crimon King.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ted Castleberry and Reuben Grisham.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, NCICFUL, P.O. BOX 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368 or to the Iuka United Methodist Church, 101 Eastport Street, Iuka, MS 38852.

Hollis Hill

MEMPHIS  - James Hollis Hill, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a piano tuner and technician and a printer for the Hattiesburg American Commercial Appeal. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Corinth National Cemetery with family members offering the eulogy. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Lancaster Hill of Memphis, Tenn.; one daughter, Neena McKee of St. Joseph, Mo.; one son, James Randel Hill of Tampa, Fla.; four grandchildren, Matt McKee, Kevin McKee, Rachel Hill and Josh Hill; two great-grandchildren, Ashlyn McKee and Page McKee; other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.V. Hill and Jewell Stringer Hill.

Visitation will be from 9:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Bruce Speck

MYRTLE - Bruce Carlton "Bud" Speck, 71, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at his residence. He was born July 19, 1931, in the Jericho community to the late Earnest L. Speck and Bonnie Lee Sample Speck. He was a retired school bus mechanic with the Union County School System. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the United Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. P.J. Scott and the Rev. Phillip Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include one foster son, Tim Moore of New Albany; three sisters, Ernesteen Roberts of New Albany, Thelma Smithey of Myrtle and Jean Dove of Ecru; seven nieces and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Rebel Elizabeth Yarbrough Speck.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Duckworth, Bill Rossell, Steve McCollum, Phillip Cooper and Bo Boatner.

Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213.


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