Miscellaneous Winston County, Mississippi Obituaries

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June Love Leggett
November 5, 2002
Services for Mrs. June Love Leggett, 80, of Mathiston, were held November 7, 2002 at Fellowship Baptist Church and interment in Fellowship Cemetery in Choctaw County. 
Mrs. Leggett died November 5, 2002 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a Homemaker and a Member of Fellowship Baptist Church. Mrs. Leggett was a longtime contributing editor of the "Fellowship News" in the Webster Progress, Choctaw Plaindealer and Choctaw Chronicle Newspapers. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Vollie Leggett. 
Survivors: Sons, Edward Leggett of Mathiston, MS, Floyd Leggett of Mathiston, Malloy Leggett of West Point, MS; 7 Grandchildren and 8 Great-Grandchildren. 
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements. 

Master Sergeant Jesse Davis Kerr
Nov. 11, 2002
Funeral services were held November 14, 2002, for Master Sergeant Jesse Davis Kerr, 67, at Porter Funeral Home Chapel in Louisville. Burial was at Hopewell Cemetery. He died November 11, 2002. Rev. James Yarbrough officiated.
Born Feb.8, 1935 in Choctaw County, Kerr was retired from U.S. Air Force and served in Korea and Vietnam. He earned the rank of Master Sergeant while in the service.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Smith Kerr of McCool; his two daughters, Deborah Kerr of Slidell, LA, and Betty L. smith of Quanah, TX; one son, Marion Davis Kerr of Louisville; mother, Nora Jessie Kerr of McCool; two sisters, Becky Ray of Terry and Peggy Clinton of McCool; one brother, Henry Kerr of Vidalia, GA; and two grandchildren.
Porter Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.

Bobby C. Morgan
November 9, 2002
Services for Bobby C. Morgan, 69, of Washington, were held November 12, 2002 at Deiters Funeral Home in Washington with Rev. Steve Hardin officiating and burial in the Hillcrest Memory Gardens in Morton. 
Mr. Morgan passed away November 9, 2002, at Proctor Hospital in Peoria, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Morgan was a veteran of the US Army serving in the Korean War. He retired in 1982 as a foreman from Caterpillar Tractor Co. after 31 years of service. 
Survivors: Sons, James A. and Debra Morgan of Morton, IL, terry D. and Buffie Morgan of Houston, TX, Douglas W. and Laurie Morgan of Spring Hill, TN; One sister, Margie and Farrell Eddleman of Madison, AL; 6 Grandchildren and 2 Great-Grandchildren. 

Eddie Mae Hudson 
Oct. 17, 2002
Funeral services for Eddie Mae Hudson, 81, were held Oct. 24 at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie Jones officiating. Interment followed at the at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville.
Born April 7, 1921 in Louisville, Hudson was a homemaker and and member Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church. She died at her daughter's home in Davenport, IA on Oct. 17.
She is survived by one son, Bailey Gaitheright of Davenport, IA; 8 daughters, Virgie Lampkin and Emma Triplett both of Louisville; Quilma Burrage, Dorrothy Jones, Mildred Everett, Callie Parks, Olivia Jones and Sheila Smith of Davenport, IA; two sisters, Veonia Jones and Christine Walker both of Louisville; 31 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.
Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.

Naomi Willis Ryals
October 27, 2002
Funeral services for Naomi Willis Ryals, 89, were held Oct. 28 at Porter Funeral Home with Dr. Charles Lloyd officiating. Interment followed at Plattsburg Baptist Cemetery in Louisville.
Born Nov. 24, 1912 in Neshoba County, Ryals was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. She died at the Care Centere in Louisville on Oct. 27.
She is survived by one daughter, Caroline Cummins of Louisville; two sons, Howard Ryals and Roy T. Ryals both of Louisville; three sisters Hazel Johnson of Philadelphia, Dixie Jordan of Kosciusko, and Zudye Bell Smith of Philadelphia; one brother, Dr. Lester Willis of Ecru; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Porter Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Hill Burkes
October 27, 2002
Funeral services for Geneva Hill Burkes, 87, were held Oct. 30 at Nowell Funeral Home with Joyce Murphy and Kenneth Hall officiating. Interment followed at Fulton Cemetery in Winston County.
Born Sept. 5, 1915 in DeKalb, Burkes was a retired Assistant Dietician at the Tri-County Nursing Home.
She is survived by two daughters, Dot Knighton of Louisville and Gean huntley of Buckhead, GA; one son, Don Burkes of Dothan, AL; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband, Freeman Burkes and grandson Curtis Huntley.
Nowell Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.

Geneva Jones Lovvorn
October 18, 2002
Services for Geneva Jones Lovvorn, 77, of Sturgis, were held October 21, 2002 at Friendship Baptist Church in Sturgis, MS with Rev. Halton Davis, Jr. & Rev. Russell Mord officiating and interment in McClelland Cemetery. 
Mrs. Lovvorn died October 18, 2002 at Oktibbeha County Hospital. She was a Homemaker and a Member of Sturgis Baptist Church.
Mrs. Lovvorn is survived by Daughter, Sandra Sanders of Ackerman; Son, Louis Jones of Sturgis; Sister, Lottie M. Files of Sturgis; Three brothers, Frank Jones and Fletcher Jones both of Sturgis; Willie C. Jones of Portage, Ind.; 6 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren. 
Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund. 

Edith Skelton Oliver
October 14, 2002
Services for Edith Skelton Oliver, 82, of Eupora, were held October 17, 2002 at Eupora First Baptist Church with burial in the Eupora City Cemetery. 
Mrs. Oliver died October 14, 2002 at her home of congestive heart failure. 
Mrs. Oliver was born August 26, 1920, to Spencer and Naomi Ruth Skelton and lived most of her life in Eupora. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Welty Oliver, Sr. Following World War II in 1947, the Olivers established Oliver Funeral Home, building the business together as they ministered to many families in and around the area. 
Mrs. Oliver was an active member of First Baptist Church for more than 50 years, participating in WMU, teaching children's classes and singing in the choir for as long as she was able. She was also a former member of the Eastern Star and 20th Century Club. 
"Miss Edith" was the matriarch of the Oliver Family and loved each and every one of them with her big heart. She is survived by her daughter, Amy Stephens and son-in-law Loye Stephens; son, Charles Welty "Charlie" Oliver Jr. and daughter-in-law Becky Oliver, all of Eupora; four grandchildren, Stephanie Stephens of Ridgeland, MS, Suzanne Stephens of Starkville, MS, Edie Oliver and Casey Oliver of Eupora; one great grandson, Collin Stephens of Ridgeland, MS; two sisters Pauline Boyd of Corinth, MS and Ruth Witherington of Bartlett, Tn. and two caregivers Martha Rogers and Ann Fondren of Eupora, MS
Memorials may be made to the Choir Fund or the Building Fund of the Eupora First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 268, Eupora, MS 39744.
Pallbearers: Pete Fortner, Charlie Ward, Jackie Savage, Clayton Allen, Jimmy Witherington, James Earl Oliver, Johnny Elkins, Don Steen. 
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.

James T. 'Buddy' Davis
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- James T. 'Buddy' Davis, 62, was killed in an automobile accident in Memphis on Oct. 20.
Mr. Davis was born Jan. 1, 1940, to Filder and Willie M. Davis in Eupora. He worked for many years for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and was owner of Davis Enterprises in Memphis.
Survivors include two sons, James T. Davis and Michael Davis; two daughters, Sherry Blackwell and Judy Davis; three grandchildren and six stepgrandchildren, all of Little Rock, Ark.; and two sisters, Mary Kimble of Wappapello, Mo., and Betty Nail of Columbus.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert W. Davis and Donald R. Davis.
Graveside services were Oct. 25 at Eupora City Cemetery with the Rev. William Stewart officiating.
Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society or the American Diabetes Association.

Thomas Seth Johnson
STARKVILLE -- Thomas Seth Johnson, 20, died at his residence in Maben on Oct. 22..
Mr. Johnson, who was born in Hinds County, was a student at East Mississippi Community College. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Maben.
Survivors include his mother, Susan Johnson of Kilmichael; his father, Thomas Johnson of Maben; and two brothers, Cass Johnson and Andy Lamar Johnson of Maben.
Services were Oct. 25 at First Baptist Church of Maben with the Revs. Randle Poss, Brian Amason and James Reed officiating. Burial was in Clear Springs Primitive Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Clear Springs Primitive Baptist Cemetery Fund. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville was in charge of arrangements.

Mamie Lee Medders
Mamie Lee Medders, 69, of Mathiston died Oct. 2 at Webster Health Services.
Mrs. Medders, a homemaker, was born in Choctaw County on Oct. 12, 1932. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Mathiston.
Survivors include her husband, James Alton Medders of Mathiston; two daughters, Linda Faye Medders of Mathiston and Anita Medders Chambers of Joppa, Ala.; a son, Charles Medders of West Palm Beach, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Services were Oct. 5 at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Coy Fulgham and Douglas Browning officiating. Burial was in Mt. Pisghah Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Medders Jr., Wesley Murphy, Jerry Fountain, Doug Naron, Kenneth Prisock and Clyde Medders.

Clara Chambliss Chappell
October 15, 2002
Funeral services for Clara Chambliss Chappell, 89, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 17, 2002 in the Tilgham Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jeny Lundy, officiating and Rev. Henry Thornton, assisting.
Burial was in Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
She died at Winston Medical Center in Louisville.
Tilghman Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements
Mrs. Chappell was a homemaker and member of Harmony Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and past church clerk for six years.
Survivors include: one daughter, Fay Chappell Boothe and husband Joe Boothe of College Station,, TX; one son, Richard Chappell and wife Jane Chappell of Byram; two sisters, Donie Whitehead of LouisviIle, Elsie Kirk and husband William of Louisville; one sister-in-law, Jewell Chambliss of Louisville; one brother-in-law:J.V. Talbert of Sequin, TX; 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren
A host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by his husband: Clem Chappell; two daughters Joy Chappell Woodruff, Ida Mae Chappell; one son, Clement Chappell; and grandson, Brian Chappell.

Saul T. Worthy
Oct. 17, 2002
Funeral services for Saul T. Worthy, 75, were held Oct. 25 at Little Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C. L. Guyse officiating. Interment followed at the Little Calvary Baptist Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville.
Born Sept. 27, 1927 in Louisville, Worthy was a retired auto worker and a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. He was also a member of Little Calvary Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. He died at his home on Oct. 17.
He is survived by his wife, Allie Carter Worthy of Louisville; three daughters, Linda Liggins of Saginaw, MI, Mary Kay Worthy of Omaha, NE, and Ann Swann of Fresno, TX; three sons, Curtis Worthy of McCool, Larry Worthy of Atlanta, GA, and Ricky Worthy of Saginaw, MI; three brothers, Booker T. Worthy and J. D. Worthy both of Milwaukee, WI and Jerry Worthy of Saginaw, MI; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Beck Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements.

Michael Adcock Kemp
October 19, 2002
Funeral services for Michael Adcock Kemp, 48, were held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 in the Tilgham Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Mike Ingrain, officiating and Rev. Bobby Joe Butler, assisting
Burial was in Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.
He died at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, TN.
Tilghman Funeral Home of Louisville was in charge of arrangements
Mr. Kemp was a graduate of Mississippi State University and an avid MSU fan. He was a member of the MSU Bulldog Club. He was also a member of Good Hope Baptist Church. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant.
Survivors include: his wife, Mary Ann Kemp of Cordova, TN; mother, Peggy Joyce Kemp of Louisville; Step-son, Luke Mosley of Fulton; two sisters: JoAnn Dempsey (Jimmy Boyd) of Louisville, Vicky Dempsey (Gerald Ray) of Louisville; one brother: Cecil Kemp, Jr. (Patty Ruth) of Franklin, TN. 
He was preceded in death by his father,Cecil Kemp, Sr.
The family prefers donations to the memorial fund of C/O MSU Bulldog Club PO Box 5327 Mississippi State, MS 39762

Jiles Lynch
February 21, 2003
Funeral services were held for Jiles Lynch, 87, of Noxapater at Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church Feb. 22. Interment followed at Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Rev. L.L. Logan officiated. Lynch died February 21, 2003.
Lynch was born March 6, 1915 in Louisville. He was retired truck driver and a member of Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife Juanita Loving Lynch; three daughters, Florean Moore, Aldean Hathorn, both of Chicago, Il, Leseea Coburn of St. Louis, Missouri; five sons, Hearchel Lynch, Walter Lynch, Billy Lynch all of Noxapater, Van Lynch and Arthur Lynch of Chicago; thirty seven grandchildren; and sixty three great grandchildren. 
Williams and Herring Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mavis Sellers Wright
February 22, 2003
Funeral services were held for Mavis Sellers Wright,85, of Louisville at First Presbyterian Church Feb. 24. Interment followed at Ellison Ridge Cemetery. Rev. Sam Smith officiated. Wright died February 22, 2003.
Wright was born July 15, 1917 in Louisville. She was homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Dale W. Green of Louisville; two sons, Dannie D. Wright and Terry Wright, both of Louisville; one brother, Audrey Sellers of San Antonio, TX; six sisters, Minnie Mae Eaves, Maggie Lee Haggard, Avis Hill, all of Louisville, Gwen Burrell, Modean Moore, both of Slidell, LA, and Marvine Kelleyof Ocena Springs; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. 
Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Louisville or the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus.

Homer Floyd Dalton
February 15, 2003
Funeral Services for Homer Floyd Dalton, 62, of Mantee were held February 17, 2003 at Providence United Methodist Church in Maben and burial in the Church Cemetery. 
Dalton died February 15, 2003 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. 
He was a retired maintaince electrician from Babcock and Wilcox, a member of Providence United Methodist Church in Maben and a native of Webster County. Dalton was the son of Eddie and Sallie Ruth Dalton. 
Survivors include fiance' Betty Cordell of Maben; three sons, Tim Dalton of Nesbit, Mike Dalton of Caledonia, Stacy Dalton of Olive Branch; two grandchildren, Kayla and Lauren Dalton. 

Elmo Fondren McClain
February 18, 2003
Elmo Fondren McClain, of Miami Lakes, Florida, passed away on February at his home in Florida. 
A Memorial Service will be announced at a later date. 
Survivors include four sisters, Helen King of Atlanta, GA; Reba Harris of Augusta, West Virginia; Bobbie Gore of Starkville; Betty Boyd of North Augusta, South Carolina; one brother, George McClain of Starkville and a host of nieces and nephews. 

Lester B. Ray
February 18, 2003
Funeral Services for Lester B. Ray, 56, of French Camp, were held February 20, 2003 at Oliver Chapel in Winona with Rev. Jimmy Latham and Rev. Gary Jackson officiating and burial in Bethsaida Cemetery near French Camp. 
Ray died February 18, 2003 at his residence of cancer. He was a member of Natchez Trace Masonic Lodge, Local 624 Operating Engineers and a Supervisor for Latex Construction Co. in Atlanta, Ga. 
Survivors include wife, Virgie Ray of French Camp; daughter, Sherry Fowler of Houston, TX; sister, Helen Braswell of Winona; brothers, Burt Ray and Glynn Ray both of Kilmichael

James H. Pendergrass
SHREVEPORT, LA - Funeral Services for James H. Pendergrass, 82, were held at Wednesday, February 19, 2003 at Rose-Neath's Logansport Chapel. Terry Slack FCA Director officiated. Interment followed in O.E. Price Memorial
Cemetery, Logansport, LA.
Pendergrass was born July 20, 1920 in Noxapater. He passed away Sunday, February 16, 2003 in Shreveport, LA. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Franklin, LA. and member of Elk's Club No.122. He was a retired production superintendent for Sonat Exploration. He served four years in the Navy durinq WWII.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James
Pendergrass:two brothers, J.E. Pendergrass and Harvey Pendergrass.
Pendergrass is survived by his wife, Nora Horn Pendergrass of Shreveport, LA.; son, James R. Penderqrass and wife, Pam of Houston, TX., Michael E. Pendergrass of Baton Rouge, LA; daughter, Joy Pendergrass Tyer and husband, Keith of Bossier City, LA.; three grandchildren, Gregory, Jonathan and Stephen all of Bossier City, LA and sister, Annie Pendergrass of Noxapater.
Pallbearers were grandsons, Greg, Jonathan and Stephen Tyer, sons, J.R. and Mike Pendergrass and nephew, Rodney Ramsey.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial be made to American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or American Lung Association.
Funeral arrangements were handled by Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Louisiania.

Odella Jones
February 19, 2003
Odella Jones, 85, died Feb. 19, 2003. Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Greenwood Chapel in Fort Worth , TX. 
Odella was born Oct. 9, 1917 in Louisville. She graduated Louisville High School as valedictorian. She was a member of Travis Avenue Baptist Church since 1961 and an active member of Pro America. She retired from All Church Home for Children in 1987 after 20 years. She served a bookkeeper, acting director, historian, and public relations.
Surviors include: Marianne Alderman and her husband, Hale; Lind Taliaferro and husband, Jerry; son, John Jones; five grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren.

Roger Agent
February 18, 2003
Funeral services for Roger Agent, 90, were held Thursday, Feb. 20 at the chapel of McClain-Hays Funeral Home. Rev. Tim Parker officiated. Burial was in the Old Pearl Valley Cemetery. Agent died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2003 in Winston County Nursing Home. 
Agent was born and reared in Neshoba County and lived in Jackson for a number of years. He lived in Louisville the last 18 years. He was a member of Pearl River Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Marilyn Belding of Louisville; two sons, Kenneth Agent of Louisville and Norman Rush Agent of Ridgeland; one sister, Ruby Hill of Jackson, LA; six grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
McClain-Hays was in charge of funeral arrangements.

Viola Irene Green
February 23, 2003
Funeral services were held for Viola Irene Green,83, of Duck Hill at Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Ackerman February 25. Interment followed at McCurtains Creek Cemetery. Revs. Dan Beardin and Sam West officiated. Green died February 23, 2003.
Green was born January 18, 1920 in Alabama. She was homemaker and a member of Huntsville Church of Christ.
She is survived by three sons, Mike S. Green of Stewart, Stevie Joe Green of Weir, and Paul Green of Stewart; one daughter, Elaine Flananan of Duck Hill; one sister, Evelyn Thurmond of Chattanooga, TN; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to McCurtains Creek Cemetery Fund.

Frank Fox
February 20, 2003
Funeral services for Frank Fox were held Saturday, Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. from Noxapater United Methodist Church. Rev. Tommy Murphy and Rev. Everette G. Fox, Jr. officiated. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Noxapater under the direction of McClain-Hayes Funeral Home. Fox died Feb. 20, 2003 at Beverly Health Care-Broadmoor in Meridian. 
Fox was born and reared in Noxapater where he made his home all his life. He was a member of the Noxapater United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include two sisters, Sue Wells of Philadelphia and Mary Nell Price of Demopolis, AL; three brothers, James Harvey Fox of New Hebron, Joe Charles Fox of Lena and Everette Fox of Meridian; and a host of nieces and nephews.


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