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Obituaries for Sept. 18, 2002

Calvin Fitzpatrick

HOUSTON - Calvin Bunyon Fitzpatrick, 83, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at his home in Houston. He was a retired farmer and auto worker. He was a veteran, a Purple Heart recipient, and a member of the VFW and the DAV. He was a Mason.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Lynn Brock officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Sue Caradine Fitzpatrick of Houston; a daughter, Debra Martin and her husband, Billy Ray, of Houston; three grandchildren, Brandy Byars and her husband, David, Eric Martin and Kelly Martin; three great-grandchildren, Brooklyn, Presley and Colton Byars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Calvin Fitzpatrick and Nancy Dora Bailey Fitzpatrick.
 

Lois Kimmons

HOLLY SPRINGS - Lois Kimmons, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was a member of Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church in Hudsonville and a retired employee of the City of Holly Springs Sanitation Department. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Mae Mott Kimmons.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Powell Chapel M.B. Church in Holly Springs with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Kimmons of Kankakee, Ill., and Lena Bulloch of Holly Springs; three sons, Walter Kimmons of Chicago, and Raymond Kimmons and Arthur Willie Kimmons of Aurora, Ill.; 20 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Byron Todd

AMORY - William Byron Todd, 81, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Beverly Health Care after a long illness. He was born March 9, 1921, in Pratt City, Ala., to the late William Alzworth and Roxie Gray Todd. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he grew up in Greenwood Springs and graduated from Greenwood Springs High School. He had lived in Amory for the past 55 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Amory. He was a retired salesman for Shobe Inc. of Memphis and a retired loan officer for the Bank of Amory. He enjoyed his grandchildren, yard work and the history of Greenwood Springs. He married Evelyn Nix on May 30, 1943, in Houlka.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Prentiss Gordon Jr. and the Rev. Steven Keen officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Nix Todd of Amory; a son, William Richard Todd and his wife, Jo, of Ripley; a brother-in-law, Bill West of Amory; three grandchildren, Jennifer Mauney and her husband, Joey, Shelley Barkley Todd and John Richard Todd, all of Ripley; a great-grandchild, Max Mauney of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Mildred Goodgame, Louise Faulkner and Corinne West.

Pallbearers will be Bill West, Dr. Joe Raper, Dr. Richard Hollis, Tommy Crook, Kent Jones, Dean Ricketts, Dr. Leonard Goodgame, Archie McKinnis and Dr. Bert Hill.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory MS 38821.
 

Edith Chandler

NASHVILLE - Edith Sykes Chandler, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at the Summit Medical Center. She was born Nov. 16, 1921, in Chickasaw County. She was a retired employee of Kellwood and a member of the Church of Christ.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Troy McNutt officiating. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery in Vardaman.

Survivors include a daughter, Carolyn Valent of Hermitage, Tenn.; three sons, Jessie Chandler of Portland, Tenn., Rex Chandler of Grenada and Curtis Chandler of Shelbyville, Ky.; a brother, Aaron Sykes of Houston; three sisters-in-law; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Francis Chandler, and her parents, Jessie Sykes and Lora Harper Sykes.

Pallbearers will be Mike Chandler, Mardy Chandler, Marshall Valent, Chris Mullins, Benny Chandler and William Lewis Chandler.
 

Pearl V. Holliman

BATESVILLE - Pearl V. Holliman, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born March 15, 1912, in Paris, Tenn., to Harvey and Lottie Beavers Vancleave. She was a homemaker and a member of the Batesville Church of Christ.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with Robert Rawson and Chip Horton officiating. Burial will be in Longtown Cemetery in Crenshaw.

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Holliman Carr of Batesville and Naomi Holliman McWilliams of Houston, Texas; a son, C.H. "Bud" Holliman of Senatobia; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Mary Estelle Cubley

ABERDEEN - Mary Estelle Peugh Cubley, 93, died Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002, at her daughter's home in Okolona. She was born Aug. 17, 1909, in Aberdeen to William Grantham and Maude Estelle Brown Peugh. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and Blue Mountain College. She taught school in Nettleton and Aberdeen and retired from the Monroe County Department of Welfare. After retiring, she and her husband worked one summer at Yellowstone National Park. She was a member of the Aberdeen First Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher of small children for 23 years. She was an active member of the Women's Missionary Union and Keenagers, and a conference instructor for the Mississippi Baptist Sunday School Department. She was a member of the Aberdeen Woman's Club, and national, state and local camping clubs.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Mark Anderson, the Rev. R.D. Cline and the Rev. Mark Stokes officiating. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Alice Estelle Owens and her husband, Charles, of Okolona; four granddaughters, Candy Baldwyn and her husband, Phillip, Jamie Lee Bledsoe, Sonya Estelle Owens, all of Tupelo, and Mary Melinda Anderson and her husband, Mark, of Hattiesburg; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Thomas Cubley; and three brothers, William G. Jr., Charles Brown and Walter Stephen Peugh.

Pallbearers will be Bill Peugh, Bob Peugh, Mark Bledsoe, Phil Baldwyn, Larry Fears and Finely Watson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 545, Aberdeen MS 39730; or Baptist Children's Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton MS 39060-0027.
 

Wilma Walker

IUKA - Wilma Gladys Holmes Walker, 91, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center. She was a member of the Iuka Church of Christ. She enjoyed flower gardening and was well-known for her ham and biscuits, German chocolate cake, and chicken and dumplings.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Iuka Church of Christ with Perry Taylor and Lance Foster officiating. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Walker Ervin and her husband, Jerry, of Iuka; seven stepchildren; two sisters, Naomi Hughes of Columbus and Eleanor Duty of Texas; eight grandchildren; numerous stepgrandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted L. Walker; a son, Edward Eugene Stutts; a grandson, Jacob Alan Ervin; and her parents, Arthur Edward and Clemmie Gertrude Jacobs Holmes.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Library Fund or the Doug Pharr Scholarship Fund at the Iuka Church of Christ, P.O. Box 323, Iuka MS 38852.
 

James Thompson

NEW ALBANY - James Thompson, 91, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
 

Dezzie Rogers

SHANNON - Dezzie Rogers, 71, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorials Funeral Home of Okolona.

Hugh H. Rather Jr.

HOLLY SPRINGS - Hugh H. Rather Jr., 86, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at his home. He was born May 29, 1916, in Memphis to Hugh Henry Rather Sr. and Marie Butler Rather. He was an architect/designer and a member of Christ Episcopal Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, Marshall County Historical Museum and Mississippi Forestry Association.

Services wll be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Bruce McMillan officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Wright Rather of Holly Springs; a son, Dr. H. Henry Rather and his wife, Carol J. Rather, of Holly Springs; a brother, Edward Rather, of Holly Springs.

Pallbearers will be Donald Crain, John Edward Rather DMD, Bobby Mitchell, Ben Seale, C.B. McClatchy, Steve Elgin, Boyce Delashmit and Stephen Cash.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lance F. Butler, Donald Cash and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

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

The family requests that memorials be made to the Christ Episcopal Church or the Marshall County Historical Museum.
 

Jessie Lee Walker

WEST POINT - Jessie Lee Walker, 47, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the Clay County Medical Center. He was born March 20, 1955, in Clarksdale. He was disabled and a member of the Moon Valley M.B. Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Moon Valley M.B. Church with the Rev. Ronnie Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Walker; four sons, Anthony Shelton and Daniel Jessie Walker, both of West Point, and Erick Hughes and Derrick Hughes, both of Chicago, Ill.; six daughters, Erica Monee Walker, Victoria Leigh Walker and Lisa Shelton, all of West Point, Roschell D. Walker and Melinda Shelton, both of Flint, Mich., and Felieca Walker of Chicago, Ill.; five brothers, L. C. Walker, Jammie Lee Walker, Tommie Lee Walker, Al Walker and Wilbert Walker, all of Chicago; three sisters, Minnie Webb, Dorothy Walker and Cassandra Walker, all of Chicago; five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Willie J. Walker.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the mortuary in West Point.
 

Mary Lois Thrasher

BLUE SPRINGS - Mary Lois Thrasher, 74, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Cedars Health Center after a short illness. She was a native of Holmes County and longtime resident of Blue Springs. She was retired as an employee of Indianapolis Glove Company of Houlka after 20 years of service. She was a member of the Blue Springs Baptist Church. She loved gardening and raising fruit trees. She was the widow of James N. Thrasher

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Lois Patricia Bigham and her husband, Jerry W., of Sandwich, Ill.; three sons, Rayford A. Thrasher and Kenneth W. Thrasher, both of Blue Springs, and Dwight Thrasher of Tupelo; one daughter-in-law , Paulette Thrasher of Fulton; two sisters, Lena Causey of Madison and Jean Easterling and her husband, Billy, of Raleigh ; five grandchildren, Heather Leigh Parham of Hatley, Christina Thrasher of Lebanon, Mo., Corey D. Thrasher of Tupelo, Gregg Thrasher of Fulton and Nathan Allen Adkisson of Roseville, Ill. ; four stepgrandchildren, Dedra Cato, Mark Ritter and Melana Pennington, all of Nettleton, and Shonie Colbert of Amory.

She was preceded in death by one son, James L. Thrasher.

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

Boone Eaton

RIPLEY - Tyra Junior "Boone" Eaton, 80, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a farmer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific during World War II. He was a Methodist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rolland and Lily Little Eaton; two brothers; and three sisters.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Larry Creel officiating, with a tribute given by Mr. Fred Smith. Burial will be in the Tippah Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Jackson Eaton of the Buena Vista community; two sons, Richard Eaton and his wife, Kay, of Ripley, and Mike Eaton and his wife, Marsha, of Fulton; two brothers, Bliss Eaton of the Pleasant Ridge community and Doyle Eaton of Blue Mountain; four grandchildren, Rodney Eaton and his wife, Cyndi, of Ripley, Stephanie Eaton McGee and her husband, Wade, of Cordova, Tenn., Laura Eaton and Mallory Eaton, both of Fulton; two sisters, Madge Baggett of Ripley and Fern Morris of Baldwyn.

Pallbearers will be Keith Clark, Joe Menees, Ronnie Grisham, Mat Griffin, Joe Babb and Johnny Carter.

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

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main Street, Ripley, MS 38663.
 

Dorsey White

Thomas Dorsey White, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at the Beverly Health Care Center. He retired from Blue Bell Mfg. and was a farmer. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bert Harper and Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Wanda Nanney of Baldwyn; three sisters, Kathleen McNutt of Blue Springs, Bernice Parham of Canton and Charyle Newman of Long Beach; two grandchildren, Roxanne Nanney of Brandon and Renae Nanney of Carmel, Ind.; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 551Ú2 years, Sara Lee Outlaw White; his son-in-law, Jack Russell Nanny; his parents, Thomas and Susan White; four brothers; and five sisters.

Pallbearers will be Jake Duncan, Earl Stone, Joe Blassingame, Van Duncan, Nelson Miller, Lane Scott and T.A. Scott.
 

James Key

BALDWYN - James R. "Red" Key, 58, formerly of Mobile, Ala., died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He worked for Bender's Shipyard in Mobile, Ala., for more than 20 years and later became disabled. He served two tours in the Vietnam War. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Radney Funeral Home Chapel in Saraland, Ala. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery in Saraland. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of local arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Charlene Key of Baldwyn; a son, Bryce Key of California; four sisters, Joyce Chism of Baldwyn, Jo Ann Patton and her husband, Tommy, of Guntown, Irene Wallace of Selmer, Tenn., and Janice McMillan of Gulfport.

He was preceded in death by a son; his parents, Guy and Bettie Cox Key; and three brothers.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Radney Funeral Home in Saraland, Ala.
 

James Lindley

BOONEVILLE - James "Tully" Lindley, 58, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at his residence. He was an electrician and an active member of J.A.T.C. and I.B.E.W. Local 852 for 29 years. He was a member of the U.S. National Guard and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Redd officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Delores Ann Lindley of Booneville; one sister, Cynthia Mink of Joliett, Ill.; two daughters, Angie Jackson and her husband, Monty, of Booneville, and Rebecca Yarbrough of Tupelo; one stepson, Tim Neeley of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Alison Yarbrough of Tupelo, and Craig Jackson and Clay Jackson, both of Booneville.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mansel and Annie Mae Lindley; his sister, Mary Katherine Garrett; and his sister-in-law, Barbara Tittle.

Pallbearers will be members of the J.A.T.C. and I.B.E.W. Local 852.
 

Beatrice Dill

BROOKSVILLE - Beatrice Dill, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 24, 1911. She had worked at a dry cleaners. She was a widow and a member of Harrison Grove M.B. Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Harrison Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Stella Henderson; nine grandchildren, Debra, Sharon, Bridgette, Ivy, Ricky, Henry Jr., Larry, Latrece and Palitta; one nephew, Sonny Green.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.
 

Reben Thrasher

NETTLETON - Reben "Whitey" Thrasher, 53, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, in Hammond, La., as the result of a truck accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.
 

Sanford Mason

BELDEN - Sanford "Shorty" Mason Sr., 66, of Belden, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, as the result of a truck accident in Hammond, La. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Obituaries for September 19, 2002

Clara Whitehead

ABERDEEN - Clara Elizabeth Whitehead, 80, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 25, 1922, in Monroe County to Robert Clinton and Mattie Lou Nichols Thompson. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, where she was valedictorian. She was a retired Civil Service employee, working as a configuration specialist on C5 aircraft.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with the Rev. Andy Cotten officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Leroy Whitehead of Amory; two sisters, Lucille Vaughn of Aberdeen and Louise Cloy of Dallas, Texas; two sisters-in-law, Reecie Lou Thompson and Clara Thompson, both of Aberdeen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Janice Lee Whitehead; and three brothers, Clifton "Sam" Thompson, Oliver Thompson and Jake Thompson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Dr. Gail Finney

OXFORD - Dr. Zona Gail Finney, 50, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford after a brief illness. She was a pharmacist at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. She was a member of North Oxford Baptist Church, where she sang in the Sanctuary Choir and was active in Women on Missions. A native of Fort Smith, Ark., she graduated from Hendrix College at Conway, Ark., with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry and moved to Oxford in the mid-1970s to attend the University of Mississippi, where she subsequently earned a master of science degree in medicinal chemistry, a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy and a master of science degree in hospital pharmacy. In 2000 she was awarded a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She formerly served as an instructor in clinical pharmacy at the University of Mississippi. She was a member of the Mississippi Society of Health-System Pharmacists, the Mississippi Pharmacists Association, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and four honor societies - Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Chi, Phi Kappa Phi and Rho Chi. She held a license to practice pharmacy in Mississippi and Arkansas.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at North Oxford Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Richardson and the Rev. Shawn Finney officiating. Burial will be in North Oxford Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a brother, Lyndon Finney and his wife, Donna, of Little Rock, Ark.; two nieces, Christa Finney and Merritt Finney of Little Rock; a nephew, the Rev. Shawn Finney and his wife, Pam, of Columbia, Tenn.; a special friend, Dr. Henry B. Pace of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Nolan and Louise Finney.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home and from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at North Oxford Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford MS 38655.
 

Norman Morris Sr.

GULFPORT - Norman L. Morris Sr., 72, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, in Gulfport. He was a native and lifelong resident of Gulfport. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was in the National Guard. He was a registered pharmacist at Jones Brothers Drug Company and Revco Drugs in Gulfport. He was a member of the Gulfport Church of Christ, where he was a deacon and a member of the Board of Trustees. He was a former member of Cleveland Avenue Church of Christ in Long Beach, where he was a deacon. He graduated with highest honors from the University of Mississippi Pharmacy School in 1957. He was a former member of the American Pharmaceutical Association. He was a charter member of the Great Southern Club in Gulfport and a member of the Diamondhead Country Club. He was active in local activities in Gulfport. He enjoyed working in his yard and fishing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Riemann Funeral Home in Gulfport. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Gulfport.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Martha Wilburn Morris of Gulfport; his father-in-law, Owen Wilburn of Tupelo; a brother, Edward R. Morris of Brandon; a sister, Dorothy Morris Brand of Biloxi; two grandchildren, Ashley C. Morris and Norman Lee Morris III of Biloxi.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Myrtle Morris; a son, Norman Lee Morris Jr., M.D.; a brother, John Morris; and his mother-in-law, Elaine Wilburn.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 638, Gulfport MS 39502.
 

Joyce Swinney

CHICAGO - Joyce Swinney, 54, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, in Chicago. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Naomi Swetland

GRENADA - Naomi Turner Swetland, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born Jan. 26, 1920. She was a retired assistant city clerk for the City of Grenada and a member of Central Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Garner-Harper Chapel in Grenada with Bro. Bill Lee and Bro. Cecil Fayard officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Grenada.

Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Julia Swetland; a sister, Norma Myers of Grenada; two grandchildren, Melissa Kirk and Hallie Battle.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Otis Swetland, and a son, Mike Swetland.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1507 Strong Ave., Greenwood MS 38930.
 

William Murphy

PONTOTOC - William Hubert Murphy died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002. He was born April 12, 1922, in Saltillo and lived there until moving to Pontotoc in 1964. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Euclatubba Baptist Church.

Stateroom services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Clyde Patton officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Cemetery.

Survivors include a brother, John Flavis Murphy of Saltillo; a sister, Margaret Anglin of Baldwyn; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curtis and Edna Langston Murphy, and three brothers, Cleveland Murphy, Merle Murphy and James Murphy.
 

La Reta Rick

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - La Reta N. Rick, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, in Lee's Summit, Mo. She was a native of Delphis, Kan., and a former resident of Kansas City, where she owned four variety shops and a dress shop. She was a former resident of Pass Christian, where she was a real estate agent. She was president of the West Coast Board and governor of the Mississippi Council of Realtors. She received the Mississippi Realtor of the Year Award and the West Coast Realtor of the Year Award twice.

Services were Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Pass Christian. Burial was in Live Oak Cemetery in Pass Christian. Riemann Funeral Home of Pass Christian was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Claibourne Rick Jr. and his wife, Rhonda, of Fulton; a daughter, La Reta Godsey and her husband, Gerald, of Kansas City, Mo.; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claibourne Rick; a daughter, Barbara Tabor; her parents, Charles Edward and Ruth Margaret Hashman Norcross; three brothers; one sister; and an infant grandchild.
 

Dorsey White

Thomas Dorsey White, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at the Beverly Health Care Center. He retired from Blue Bell Mfg. and was a farmer. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bert Harper and Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Nanney of Baldwyn; three sisters, Kathleen McNutt of Blue Springs, Bernice Parham of Canton and Charlye Newman of Long Beach; two grandchildren, Roxanne Nanney of Brandenburg, Fla., and Renae Nanney of Carmel, Ind.; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 1/2 years, Sarah Lee Outlaw White; his son-in-law, Jack Russell Nanney; his parents, Thomas Jefferson White and Susan Isabelle White; four brothers; and five sisters.

Pallbearers will be Jake Duncan, Earl Stone, Joe Blassingame, Van Duncan, Nelson Miller, Mark Palmer, Larry Newman and T.A. Senter.

Ellen Sagely

TISHOMINGO - Ellen Sagely 58, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, in Tupelo. She was a member of Palestine Nondenominational Church. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and spending time with her grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Palestine Nondenominational Church with Bro. Danny Young officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery in Shiloh, Tenn. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, William Sagely of Tishomingo; a son, Mitchell Sagely of Tishomingo; three daughters, Kathy Balch, Shirley Clayton and Carolyn White, all of Tishomingo; three brothers, Mack Walls, Daniel Walls and Angus Walls, all of Kentwood, La.; two sisters, Pearl Simmions and May Lindsey of Kentwood, La.; nine grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, William Monroe Sagely Jr., and her parents, Willie and Mary Walls.

Pallbearers will be Robert Clayton, Ricky Pruitt, Sidney Ricks, Percy Ricks, Bobby Walden and Garner Walden.

Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the church.
 

Whitey Thrasher

NETTLETON - Reben "Whitey" Thrasher, 63, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, in Hammond, La., as the result of a truck accident. He was born Oct. 6, 1938, in Alcorn County to the late Ruben and Sylvia Thrasher. Before becoming disabled he was a truck driver for Independent Furniture. He was a member of the Verona First Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John McAlister and the Rev. Ben Raper officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine Bullard Thrasher of Nettleton; five sons, Phillip Thrasher, Bobby Thrasher, Jimmy Thrasher and his wife, Pam, Michael Thrasher and his wife, Stephanie, and David Putt and his wife, Melissa, all of Tupelo; a sister, Irene Floyd; three brothers, Wilburn Thrasher, Raymond Thrasher and Marvin Thrasher, all of Baldwyn; seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Gary Lee Thrasher; and a brother, James Thrasher.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Thrasher, Gary Thrasher, Willie Osborne, Newell Allred, Nathan Grammer and Danny Tucker.

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

Amos Puckett

BELMONT - Amos Reid Puckett, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at his home. He was a native of Alabama. He was a retired butcher for Wrigley Supermarket after 15 years and a member of Liberty Church of Christ. He was an avid gardener and fisherman.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Ron Deaton, Greg Allen and Tim Spivy officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Eddis Puckett of Belmont; two daughters, Sue Ashley and her husband, Charles, of Belmont and Terry Bolton and her husband, Billy Joe, of Iuka; a son, Bobby Hugh Puckett and his wife, Dottie, of Golden; three sisters, Evelyn McKinney of Belgreen, Ala., Lillian Bailey of Russellville, Ala., and Rachel Shotts of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Debbie Raper and her husband, Roger, of Red Bay and Denise Hulsey and her husband, Jeff, of Russellville, Ala.; a stepson, Jim Feltman and his wife, Barbara, of Vina, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 43 years, Bernice Puckett; a son, Gary Leigh Puckett; a sister, Rebecca Summers; a brother, Carnie Puckett; a granddaughter, Regina White; a great-grandson, Chandler Ashley; and a stepgranddaughter, Nikki Raper.

Pallbearers will be Bob Tiffin, David Tiffin, Benford Pierce, Raymond Carr, Don Lee and Tommy Moody.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
 

Audrey Baggett

BOONEVILLE - Audrey Chapman Baggett died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Shorty Mason

Sanford "Shorty" Mason Sr., 66, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, in Hammond, La., as the result of a truck accident. He was a native of Pontotoc County and a longtime resident of Tupelo. He was the owner of Mason Sales and a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of the Galilean Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed softball, fishing, hunting and his dogs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Sam Hamilton and the Rev. Phillip McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Maxcy Cemetery.

Survivors include his special friend and caregiver, Martha Thrasher of Tupelo; four daughters, Margie Foster and her husband, Bobby, of Elk Horn, Wis., Darlene Mason of Sulligent, Ala., Dee Dee Lowery of Ripley, and Lea Anne Wijesinghe and her husband, Harsha, of Horn Lake; two sons, Bucky Mason and his wife, Deanna, of Plantersville, and Robert Mason and his wife, Melinda, of Belden; a sister, Betty Reece of Belden; a brother, Alvis "Bud" Hester and his wife, Catherine, of Pontotoc; two stepchildren, Michael Thrasher and his wife, Stephanie, of Shannon, and David Putt and his wife, Melissa, of Shannon; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton Mason and Margaret Baggett Key, and a grandson, Christopher Grady.

Pallbearers will be Shane Foster, Cecil Foster, Michael Herndon, Eddie Hester, Aaron McAnally and Chris Hester.

Honorary pallbearers will be his truck driving buddies.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
 

Robert Norris

KENOSHA, Wis. - Robert Norris, 64, formerly of Fulton, died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, in Kenosha, Wis. He was born Dec. 28, 1938, in Grenada to the late Lonnie and Lourse Edna Thomas Norris. He was a painter by trade.

A private memorial service will be at 5 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include two sisters, Hazel Nichols and her husband, Bro. Waldo Nichols, of Fulton, and Maxine Martin and her husband, Aron Martin, of Dorsey; a brother, Chester Norris and his wife, Lanette Norris, of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Frances Nichols; and a brother, R.C. Norris.

Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today.
 

Dr. Phillip Boyd

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Dr. Phillip Gerald Boyd, 53, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Vanderbilt Hospital. He was a native of McMinnville, Tenn. He was a member of North Boulevard Church of Christ and a teacher at Lavergne High School. He was a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College. He received his B.S. degree, his M.Ed. degree and his Ed.S. degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Ed.D. degree from Tennessee State University. He also attended Mississippi State University. He was a teacher for 31 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodfin Memorial Chapel with Winston Schlott officiating. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in McMinnville, Tenn.

Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Blair Boyd; his parents, Gerald and Mary Helen Lentz Boyd of Smyrna, Tenn.; a stepson and his wife, John and Chandra Elliott of McMinnville, Tenn.; a stepdaughter and her husband, Lauren and Bert Sinks of Nashville; two brothers, Dennis Boyd and his wife, Holly, of Nashville and Carl Boyd and his wife, Karen, of Smyrna, Tenn.; two grandchildren, John Weslee Elliott and Anna Lynn Elliott; two nieces, Michelle and Brittany Boyd; three nephews, Adam, Conner and Marshall Boyd.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
 

Minnie Carter

AMORY - Minnie Lee Stanford Carter, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
 

Lula Smith

AMORY - Lula Smith, 80, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Gilmore. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Willie Wright Jr.

WEST POINT - Willie Wright Jr., 76, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired employee of Artex and a member of Macedonia M.B. Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Shady Grove M.B. Church at McCondy. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Bettie Wright; four sons, Calvin Wright and Kenny Wright of Jackson, Willie Wright of Atlanta and Wavie C. Wright of Modena, Ill.; three daughters, Brenda South, Barbara Wilson and Linda Wright, all of Jackson; a brother, Robert Earl Wright of Chicago; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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

Virginia Edwards

PONTOTOC - Virginia R. "Sis" Edwards, 67, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was retired from Smith & Nephew (formerly Richards and Comfort Care). She enjoyed spending time with her family and keeping her grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Eddie Wren and Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in Thaxton Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mattie Gordon and her husband, Dale, and Wannie Graft and her husband, Brendon, all of Pontotoc; two brothers, Windham Dillard and Bobby Joe Dillard of Pontotoc; three sisters, Sarah Dillard and Ann Smith of Pontotoc, and Martha Joyner of Ecru; eight grandchildren, Joye Dillard, Melanie Dillard, Ryan Gordon, Whitney Matthews, Ben Matthews, Paul Graft, Sydney Graft and Ansley Graft; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Edwards; her parents, John T. and Winnie Dale Dillard; and a brother, Pervin Dillard.

Pallbearers will be Bubba Bartlett, Brandon Bartlett, Lewis Leach, Tommy Dillard, Russell Coker, Junior Hall and Cody Tidwell.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.
 

Larrie Willard

NEW ALBANY - Larrie Dawson Willard, 66, died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at his home. He was born July 21, 1936, in Pace to the late Bennie Lafayette Willard and Nora Robbins Willard. He was a retired ward clerk for Kaiser Hospital in Vallejo, Calif.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Robert Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery near Hurricane.

Survivors include three sisters, Juanita Murphree of Myrtle, Dale Spears of Kerman, Calif., and Berda Gay Prewitt of Cleveland; two brothers, Leaton Willard of Memphis and Cecil Willard of Vallejo, Calif.

Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
 

Etta Weaver

ABERDEEN - Etta Gilliland Weaver, 100, died Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2002, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
 

Steven Bray

OKOLONA - Steven Bray, 43, died suddenly Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Okolona/Lee Memorial Funeral Home.


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