Obituaries March 27, 2013
Thomas Richard “Rick” White, 55, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his home. He was a former truck driver. He loved his family and loved playing music.
Services were Wednesday, March 20, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial followed in the Campbelltown Cemetery in Guntown. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Christina Hyland and Dawn White of Pontotoc; three sons, James White, Taylor White and Ryan White; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maryann Copeland and Regina White; two brothers, Dewayne McMillan and Ronnie Scott; and her stepmother, Mary White.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Katherine Wells; his father, James Thomas White; and his wife, Cynthia Jean White.
Betty S. Holland
Betty Sue Holland, 79, died Monday, March 18, 2013, at her residence.
Services were Wednesday, March 20, at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with Bro. Phillip Logan officiating. Interment followed in Cypress Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Donald Holland (Felicia) of Red Bay, Ala.; two daughters, Pat Stewart (J.P.) of Tuscumbia, Ala., and Lynette Kemp of Belmont; three brothers, James Hayden Taylor of Iuka, and Doug Taylor and Harry Taylor, both of Olive Branch, MS; three sisters, Glenda Lovell of Rienzi, MS, and Jan Tyson and Nina Frederick, both of Pontotoc; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, T.B. Holland; her parents, J.H. and Velma Hopkins Taylor; and a sister, Gail Gleaton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Moriah Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Dixie Kitchens, 75, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Tupelo Hospice Care. She was born Feb. 3, 1938, in Belzoni to George Robert Holliday Sr. and Sarah Bates Holliday. She lived in the Laurel area. She was a retired cashier.
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 24, at Serenity-Autry Funeral Chapel in Pontotoc.
Survivors include four children, Lewis Hitchcock of Columbus, Ronnie Hitchcock of Lawrenceville, Ga., Jo Hitchcock of Caledonia and Patricia Haynes of Pontotoc; two brothers, Clinton Bates Holliday of Corpus Christi, Texas, and George “Bob” Holliday Jr. of Ridgeland; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
James Hugh “Tody” Thompson, 71, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He served in the military under the Army National Guard Reserve. He was a retired truck driver with Ashley Furniture in Ecru.
Services were Sunday, March 24, at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Terry Cutrer officiating. Entombment was in the Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Survivors include his daughter, Theresa “TeeCee” McCullough of Ingomar; three sons, Mike Thompson (Sandy) of New Albany, Geryl Thompson (Rhonda) of Ingomar and John E. Thompson (Jennifer) of Murphreesboro, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elgin Thompson (Carolyn) of Hickory Flat and Joe Thompson of New Albany; his wife, Louise Mask Thompson of Tupelo; one special granddaughter, Amy Mask of the home whom they raised as their daughter; a special sister-in-law, Geneva Kabban of Sherman; two stepsons, Gary Mask (Sherry) of Alpine and Wayne Mask (Sherry) of Brewer; and numerous other step-grandchildren.
The family requests that memorials be made to North Mississippi Medical Center Inpatient Hospice, 422A E. President St., Tupelo MS 38801.
For online condolences and guest registry, please visit leememorialonline.com.
Mary Madge Gillespie Roye, 93, of Pontotoc, born Nov. 7, 1919, died peacefully March 18, 2013, at Cedars Rehab Facility with family at her bedside after being involved in an automobile accident one week prior. God finished her mansion that day and needed another angel in heaven. Mrs. Roye was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She retired from Action Industries after 30 years of service. Mrs. Roye was a hard worker and enjoyed fishing, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services were Friday, March 22, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley and Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are daughter, Bettye Wicker (Tommy); son, Bobby “Cob” Roye (Barbara); daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Roye; four grandchildren, Cynthia Purdon, Bobby “Dip” Roye Jr., Lori Blaylock and Julia McDowell; nine great-grandchildren, Darren Rodgers, Justin Henry, Isabella and Taylor Blaylock, Eliza Lee McDowell, April and Michael Roye, Joseph and Charity Purdon; two great-great-grandchildren, Tyler and Dekota Roye.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Presley and Julia Gillespie; her first husband of 37 years, Horace Roye; her second husband of 25 years, James Roye; son, Jimmy Roye; great-grandson, Tyler Henry; four brothers; two sisters.
Pallbearers were Darren Rodgers, Justin Henry, Joseph Purdon, Greg Ellis, Michael Roye and Shawn McDowell.
Mollie Anna Suzy Victoria McKinley, 97, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at her home in Hampton, Ark.
Services were Saturday, March 23, at First Baptist M.B. Church in Harrell, Ark. Burial was in Palestine M.B. Church Cemetery in McGehee, Ark. Davis-Strickland Funeral Home of Dermott, Ark., was in charge.
Survivors include three daughters, Annie Pearl (JB) Stephens of Hampton, Ark., the Rev. Joanne (Rev. Larry Sr.) Cunningham of Belden and Gwendolyn (James) Cokeley of Little Rock, Ark.; one sister, Dorothy Vickers of McGehee, Ark.; eight grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a special niece, Thelma (Ricky) Williams of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Betty Anne Sims Vance, 65, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services were Friday, March 22, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Bro. Jimmy Vance and Bro. Danny Spratlin officiating. Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City.
She is survived by three sons, Lee (Beth) Vance, Cory (Christie) Vance and Blake Vance, all of Calhoun City; two sisters, Francis (Joe) Nichols of Houston and Jill Joudan of Florence, Ala.; two brothers, David (Anita) Sims of Calhoun City and Jack D. Sims of Ecru; and four grandchildren.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Murry Neil Montgomery, 55, died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at his residence. He was a member of Sand Springs Community Church. He graduated from North Pontotoc High School in 1975 and attended Itawamba Junior College. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in education. He taught school for a total of 34 years. He taught chemistry, physics, and at the Alternative School and had been the Pontotoc County Drug Education coordinator. He enjoyed photography, sports, tennis, chess and spending time with his family.
Services were Saturday, March 23, at Sand Springs Community Church with the Rev. Charlie Ransier and the Rev. Troy Montgomery officiating. Burial followed in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sister, Sondra McGann of Sale Creek, Tenn.; one brother: Tranny Montgomery (Zelda) of Hurricane; a sister-in-law, Jerry Ruth Montgomery; three nieces, Becky Montgomery Tutor, Nicole Montgomery Simmons and Beth Montgomery Wray; three nephews, Nathan Montgomery, Michael McGann and Mac McGann; and nine great-nieces and great-nephews, Emma, Ben, Leah, Luke, Dalton, Savannah, Makenzi, Natalie and Stone.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Thurman Montgomery and Eura Faye Benjamin Montgomery; his brother, Johnny Montgomery; and a niece, Natalie Montgomery Bailey.
Pallbearers were Jason Wray, Nathan Montgomery, Mac McGann, Michael McGann and Shane Montgomery.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Tristan David Stafford, 17, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013, due to an automobile accident. He was born to Richard Stafford and Natalie Stafford of Pontotoc in Tupelo, MS, on March 8, 1996. He was a Christian, a member of Charity Baptist Church and a Junior at Pontotoc High School. He worked part-time at Sav-A-Lot. His greatest love was spending time with family, especially his mother and hunting with his dad, enjoyed hanging out with his friends, getting stuck in the mud and riding 4 wheelers. He was loved by his large family and many friends.
Services were Tuesday, March 26, at Charity Baptist Church with Bro. Kerry Nelson and Bro. Kevin Merritt officiating. Private Family Graveside Service will be at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his father, Richard Stafford; his mother, Natalie Stafford (special friend Gary Dedeaux); his brother, Richard David Stafford, Jr.; grandparents, Wayne and Dorothy Cox; special girl friend, Macie Atkinson; four uncles, Chris Hutcheson (Mary Lise), Tim Berry (Valerie), Mayor Jeff Stafford (D’Anne) and Roger Stafford; three aunts, Nita Wages (Dean), Cherie Matthews (Jimmy), Alecia Larkin (Jeff); and hosts of great aunts, uncles and a host of cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents Howard and Ruby Stafford, Billy Joe Berry; and aunt, Fran Stafford.
Pallbearers to serve were Stephen Stalnaker, Evan Akers, Gage Welch, Nolan Stafford, Harrison Lipscomb and Nathan Aaron. Honorary pallbearers were his Classmates and Sav-A-Lot Grocery Store Employees.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to “Mom’s On A Mission” of Pontotoc, 2835 Hwy 341, Pontotoc, MS.
Billie Z. Davis Ledington, 80, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House following an extended illness. She was born Aug. 28, 1932, in Barbersville, Ky., to James Davis and Ruby Browning Davis. She married Glen B. Ledington. She worked as a social worker in the health care industry before retiring. She was a member of Sherman Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her many friends and family.
Services will be Friday, March 29, in West Chester, Ohio, with visitation on Thursday evening, all at First Baptist Church in South Lebanon, Ohio. Hodapp Funeral Home in West Chester, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements there. Burial will be in Dearfield Township Cemetery. There will be no local service.
Survivors include two sons, Rex Ledington (Cheryl) of Mainville, Ohio, and Darrell Ledington of Sherman; two daughters, Connie Pittman (Carl) of Mt. Vernon, Ky., and Donna Kreimer (Joe) of Sherman; three sisters, Faye Warren of Corbin, Ky., Janie Ford (Lanis) of Michigan and Linda Anderson (Ronnie) of Zenia, Ohio; 12 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three brothers and four children.
Hal McKay Jr.
Hal Samuel McKay Jr., 68, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at his residence. He served in the Army.
Services will be announced at a later time. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Marjorie Coker Chapman (James) of Horn Lake; his wife, Janet Sue Corley McKay of Bruce; one daughter, Melissa “Missy” Townes of Grenada; two sons, John K. McKay (Pam) of Grenada and Shane McKay (Mackenzie) of San Diego, Calif.; two stepsons, Larry “Duece” Prewett (Amanda) of Pontotoc and Bradley Prewett of Okolona; two sisters, Brenda Allen of Birmingham, Ala., and Reba Hodge of Kosciusko; two brothers, Joe Pilkington of Water Valley and Jimmy Muncher of Nesbit; and nine grandchildren.
Condolences may be made online at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Raymond Burns Litton, 86, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was honorably discharged from the Army in September 1949. He worked in furniture all his life and loved all the employees. He also loved his racking horses and horse shows. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
Services were Sunday, March 24, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. The Rev. David Westmoreland officiated. Burial followed in the Immanuel Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Glenda Litton Meade, Elton Litton (Bonnie) and David Litton (Wanda); grandchildren, Kari Litton Robertson (Bryan), Brad Litton, Milicyn Little and Beth Grisham (Jay); and great-grandchildren, Zan Robertson, Solomon Robertson, Leti Robertson and Caleb Grisham.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Gentry Litton; his father, John Thomas Litton; his mother, Bell Dillard Litton; brothers, Nelson Litton, Curtis Litton, Frank Litton, J.T. Litton and Kirk Litton; and sisters, Quebelle Reneau and Ruby Litton.
Pallbearers were Mitchell Pound, Jay Grisham, Tim Gentry, William Earl Jaggers, Larry Douglas and James Elliot. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Hodges and Leon Elliot.
Billy Wayne Botts, 76, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. A veteran, he served in the Air Force from 1956 to 1960.
Services were Thursday, March 21, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Robert Armstrong and Dr. Adrian Horne officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of almost 50 years, Lillian Hortense Sullivan Botts of the Palmetto community; one daughter, Sandy Owen (Tony) of the Palmetto community; one son, Steve Botts (Carol) of the Palmetto community; three grandchildren, Steven Oven, Carly and Jon Botts; two sisters, Bonnie Malone of Ellistown and Faye Wade (Joe) of Tupelo; and one brother, Charles Botts of Ecru.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Willie Frances Hodge, 87, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Inpatient Hospice in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Randolph Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
H.B. Horton Sr.
Hubert Byron Horton Sr., 94, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a Baptist and retired from Futorian Manufacturing, after 35 years, where he was a Quality Control manager. He was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a tech sergeant. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a member of the NRA.
Services were Sunday, March 24, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Earl Barron officiating. Burial followed in the Troy Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, H.B. Horton Jr. (Frances); two grandsons, Brad Horton (Christy) and Jared Horton (Liz); and five grandchildren, Darren Griffin, Abby Smith, Paige Horton, Landon Horton and Ethan Horton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Hamilton Horton and Dolly Hinton Horton; his wife, Mary Alene Johnson Horton; his sister, Mary Alice Caffee; and a brother, Marvin Horton.
Pallbearers were Larry Poe, Mike Poe, Eddie Caffee, Ricky Caffee, Walter Parker, Matthew Poe and Jay Poe.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Wilma McCarver Gray Hooker, daughter of the late Gus Whitlow Gray and Keron McCarver Gray, passed away March 22, 2013, in West Point. She was born Oct. 5, 1921, on a farm in Pontotoc County. In 1939, Wilma Gray graduated from high school in Ecru, where she was chosen Most Beautiful. She married Aron Haywood Hooker of Thaxton, on June 10, 1939.
Services were Tuesday, March 26, at First Baptist Church in West Point with burial in West Point Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hooker is survived by her children, Dr. Phillip Aron Hooker and wife, Carol of West Point, Elizabeth Gray Hooker Herron and husband, Charles of Meridian and Wilma Jane Hooker Maxwell of Germantown, Tenn.; by grandchildren, Dr. Phillip Aron Hooker Jr. and wife, Miranda, of Oxford, Andrew Haywood Hooker of Franklin, Tenn., Shelley Grace Hooker Hemphill of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., Andrew Newton Rayburn of Oxford, Thomas McCarver Rayburn of Jackson, Shelby Hooker Rayburn of Oxford, Suzanne Patton Herron Helveston and husband, Campbell of Meridian, Elizabeth Ann Herron of Birmingham, Ala., Elizabeth Drayton Maxwell Hutton of St. Louis, Mo., and Katherine Gray Maxwell of Chicago, Ill.; and great-grandchildren, Preston and Anna Hooker, Robert Hemphill Jr., Hart Rayburn, Patton and Collins Helveston, and Hannah, Abby, and Marie Hutton.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P O Box 704, West Point, MS 39773 or to Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd, Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Frankie Hobson, 92, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at her residence in Houlka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
William Bradley “Brad” Moore, 44, went to be with Jesus early Saturday morning, March 23, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. Brad had just begun working at Toyota in Blue Springs when diagnosed with colon cancer. Brad also served in the National Guard with 155th Infantry Regiment.
Services were Monday, March 25, at Nettleton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. David Parker delivered the eulogy. Burial was at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton was in charge of arrangements.
Brad is survived by his wife and children; his parents; his wife’s parents, Bill and Sheila Davis of Aberdeen; brother, David Moore and wife Lori of Nettleton; a nephew, Leevi Moore of Nettleton; a sister-in-law, Ashley David Breaux and husband Will of Bartahatchie; along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
The family asks that donations be made to the Samaritan Fund, P.O. Box 427, Nettleton, MS 38858, because everyone cared about Brad and helped in so many ways during his illness, that he and his family wanted to return the kindness.
Family and friends
may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Vernon William Ashe, Jr.,
Vestavia Hills, Ala.
Vernon William Ashe, Jr., known to family and friends as Bill, passed away suddenly on Friday, March 15, 2013. He was born in what he referred to as the “great state of South Carolina” in the city of Spartanburg. His laughter and good humor endeared him to everyone. He was known as a very humble servant to everyone and went out of his way to help those who needed him. He served as a Sunday School teacher nearly his entire adult life, and also served as a local pastor to Overton Road United Methodist Church. He and his wife are members of Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.
He loved his family and is survived by his wife, Gail; their three children, Jeff Ashe (Shewana), of Pontotoc, daughter, Cathy DeBardeleben (Perry), of Vestavia Hills, Ala., and daughter, Robin Thompson (Butch), of Starkville. He especially adored each of his eight grandchildren, Taylor and Andrew Ashe, Will, Abigail, and Mary Cate DeBardeleben, Anna, Olivia and Madelyn Thompson. He was a great daddy, fun-loving Papa, and set an unattainable high standard as far as husbands are concerned. He will truly be missed.
His Memorial Service was held Monday, March 18, at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. The service was officiated by the Reverend Dr. Bill Brunson and Reverend Don Mauldin.
Annie Ruth Cheek, 85, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at her home. She was born July 3, 1927, in Pontotoc County to Hunter and Maude Elsie Duke Pound.
Services were Tuesday, March 26, at Chesterville Baptist Church with the Rev. Sammy Coker officiating. Burial wasa in Chesterville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Dan Williams of Chesterville; two sons, James Cheek (Bonnie) of Chesterville and John Cheek Jr. of Merrillville, Ind.; six grandchildren, Christina Cheek of Tupelo, Courtney Cheek of Jacksonville, Fla., Sean Cheek (Nicole) of Auburndale, Fla., Bryan Cheek (Melissa) of Schererville, Ind., Aaron Cheek of Crown Point, Ind., and Michael Cheek of Chicago, Ill.; and four great-grandchildren.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.pegues
Sarah Laverne Vance, 93, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at her home in Houlka. She was born Aug. 11, 1919, in Newton County, to Grover Cleveland Vance and Emma Priscilla Massengale Vance. She was a homemaker and a member of Pearson Chapel.
Services were Tuesday, March 26, at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial followed at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include her daughters, Scottie Gann (Sonny) of Houston and Carol Barefield (Larry Wayne Sr.) of Houlka; her son, Jerry Wayne Vance (Martha) of Houlka; her sister, Bernice Belk of Moss Point; her grandchildren, Shane Gann, Dawn Davis, Darrin Vance, Shonda Clayton, Grant King, Serena Kilgore, Larry Barefield Jr. and Jeff Barefield; her great-grandchildren, Vance Gann, Danielle Tunnell, Blaize Gann, Preston Smith, Garett Vance, Emma Grace Kilgore, Lillie Vance, Rena Claire Kilgore, Brittany Clayton, Calleigh Davis, Brittney Samuell, Jacob Samuell and Jess Barefield; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Farris Neuman Vance; her parents; and her brothers, Alton Vance, Delmas Johnson Vance and Ray Vance.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Patty Mae Hood, 51, died Friday, March 22, 2013, in Leflore County. She was born on March 5, 1962, in West Virginia. She was a Baptist.
Services were Monday, March 25, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Hal Clark officiating. Interment was at Mt. Liberty Cemetery in Water Valley.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Hood of Ackerman; two sons, Devin Dickey (Heather) of Senatobia and Jason Womble of Water Valley; one grandchild, Juliana Dickey of Senatobia; and one sister, Gay Davis of Lorane, Ohio.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Davis and Rosella Davis; three sisters, Kay, Mary and Terrie; and one brother, Otis Andrews.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
The Rev. Frank Cayson, 73, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at his home after a long illness.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneral
Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.
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