Lila Ayers, Corinth
Frankie Barnett, Booneville
Wendy Gay Benson, Saltillo
Robert Buggs, Kalamazoo, Mich.
George Hamilton, Ecru
Charles Hannah, Columbus
Sarah Hendrix, Shannon
Ben Hilbun Jr., Longview
C.J. King, Blue Springs
Bill McCary, Saltillo
Robert O'Dell, Holly Springs
Evelyn Phillips, Tupelo
Wanda Prichard, Booneville
Fred Richardson, Guntown
Lorena Shed, Holly Springs
Sidney Smith, Corinth
Ruble Thrasher, Saltillo
Pat Vinson, Golden
Brooke Williams, New Albany
Evelyn Lucille Bumpus Phillips, 73, died Friday, July 11, 2003, at Beverly Health Care in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 22, 1929, in Hickory Flat to William D. Bumpus and Inza McClung Bumpus. She was a former factory worker for Kimberly Clark and a member of the Primitive Baptist faith. She was an avid reader all her life.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Potts Camp Baptist Church with Bro. Tate Huddleston and Bro. Jim Buchanan officiating. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a brother, Mike Bumpus and wife, Holley, of Tupelo; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and a brother.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Literacy Council.
SALTILLO - John William "Bill" McCary, 51, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a four-month illness. He was born Nov. 20, 1951, in Baldwyn to William McCary and the late Faye McCary. He graduated from Baldwyn High School in 1969. He received a robotics degree from Itawamba Community College and a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Mississippi, where he was vice president of the Engineering Club. He was the owner and operator of McCary Pest Control for the past 29 years. He was an active member of the First Christian Church of Baldwyn. An avid fisherman and hunter, he also enjoyed collecting antiques.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Morris Norton, Bro. Joe Caraway and Bro. J.D. Segroves officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Cathy Baxter McCary of Saltillo; a son, Daniel Calley "Cal" McCary of the home; his father, William McCary of Baldwyn; three sisters, Jane Underwood and husband, Terry, and Mary Morris and husband, Phil, all of Fulton, and Rachel Taylor and husband, Dwayne, of Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Faye McCary.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Gray and John Underwood, Will Taylor, Michael and Jordan Morris, Cabot Fairchild, Allen Baxter and Trey Upchurch.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Memorials may be made to: First Christian Church, 996 S. 4th St., Baldwyn MS 38824; Itawamba Christian Church, P.O. Box 212, Fulton MS 38843; or Global Outreach, P.O. Box 1, Tupelo MS 38802.
NEW ALBANY - Kaitlin Brooke Williams, 13, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Dec. 30, 1989, in New Albany. She was a student at Ingomar School, and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and the GA's. She enjoyed singing and loved animals.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Philadelphia Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, Barry Glen Williams of New Albany; her mother, Vanessa Karen Spence Williams of New Albany; a sister, Jennifer Williams Roberts and husband, Jason, of New Albany; her grandparents, Hershel and Sandra Williams of New Albany, and Thomas and Jean Spence of Myrtle; several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Chadwick Neal Williams.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Williams, Justin Williams, Jason Roberts, Kevin Kent, Austin Kent and Aaron Spence.
The body will lie in state at the church from 9 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center in Memphis.
BOONEVILLE - Frankie Barnett, 40, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at his home. He was employed in refrigeration maintenance at Marathon Cheese in Booneville. He was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Regina Ivy Barnett; his parents, Leland and Juanita Barnett of Booneville; his grandparents, Van Tice of Corinth, and Vivian and Frank Davis of Booneville; a son, Leland Franklin "Lee" Barnett III of Booneville; two sisters, Vanessa Qualls and husband, Jimmy, of Corinth and Donna Malifronte.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Cortez Tice, and a sister, Debbie Pippin.
Pallbearers will be Bob Maddox, Raymond Huguley, Eddie Houston, Terry Downs, Steve Arnold and David Qualls.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
GOLDEN - Paskal "Pat" Vinson, 79, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Itawamba County, he was born Jan. 16, 1924, to Ruben Ross Vinson and Arizona Flossie East Vinson. He farmed cotton and corn most of his life and worked as a carpenter for 20 years. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and yard work.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Helen Faye Vinson of Golden; a son, William Durl Vinson and wife, Edith Faye, of Mooreville; two sisters, Lori Thorn and husband, Kenneth Odell, of Red Bay, Ala., and Maurie Kemp of Miami, Fla.; two grandchildren, Amanda Sabryati Vinson and Kimberly Xylina Vinson, both of Mooreville.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Ann Vinson, in 1981; his parents, Ross and Flossie Vinson; three brothers, Amon Vinson, Rennie Vinson and Rosco Vinson; and two sisters, Hazel Shoulders and Quinell Cromeans.
Pallbearers will be Les Hall, Rabern Thomas, James Gentry, William Robertson, Shane Cromeans and Terry Scott.
Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Ray Cleveland, Rex Martin, Windall Underwood and Charles Vinson.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today.
HOLLY SPRINGS - Lorena Shed, 92, formerly of Chicago, died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at Alliance Health Care of Holly Springs. She was a homemaker and a member of Rising Star M.B. Church of Holly Springs. She was a former member of Free Branch M.B. Church of Holly Springs and Union Baptist Church in Chicago.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rising Star M.B. Church of Holly Springs with the Rev. Robert McClain 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 a son, Coleman Bowen of Memphis; 18 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bennie Jones, and her parents, Tommy and Eva Shed.
Pallbearers will be Kelvin Ayers, Willie Reliford, Travis Reliford, Courtney Bowen, Dempsey Bowen Jr. and Duffey Bowen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Ayers, Antonion Bowen, Ben Nunally, Le Edward Reliford, James Bell Jr., Octavis Bowen and Charles Reliford.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Thursday at the church. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
CORINTH - Lila Fern Ayers, 76, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Johnny Rakestraw and the Rev. David Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Sulley Ayers of Corinth; a son, Buddy Ayers and wife, Sherolyn, of Corinth; grandchildren, Scott and Geri Benjamin, Brett and Lisa Benjamin, Shawn Robert Ayers and Tara Ayers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Tishie Rencher; a daughter, Nina Gale Benjamin; and a sister, Elois Marie Elliott.
Pallbearers will be Ladrone Mattox, Ronnie Burt Rencher, Brad Mattox, Johnny Mattox, Jim Benjamin and Jeff Rencher.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Charles T. Hannah
COLUMBUS - Charles T. Hannah, 84, died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at the Aurora Australis Lodge Nursing Home in Columbus. He was a native of the Emby community near Bellefontaine. He was a lifelong carpenter and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He married Sibyl Eastley on Dec. 21, 1936. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus with the Rev. Walter Butler officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Embry Cemetery at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in Bellefontaine.
Survivors include his wife of 66 1/2 years, Sibyl E. Hannah of Columbus; a daughter, Sue H. Little of Tupelo; a son, George T. Hannah of Columbus; a grandson, John Timothy Little and wife, Celena, of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Kourtney Little, Kaitlyn Little and Kayla Little, all of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George T. Hannah and Jinnie Johnson Hannah.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of the Aurora Australis Lodge Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ECRU - George Malvin Hamilton, 68, formerly of Houston, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at his home in Ecru after a long illness. He was a retired nightwatchman at the Franklin Corp. and a carpenter. He was a member of Pearson Chapel Church of the Nazarene and a veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston.
Survivors include two daughters, Sonya Hamilton of Jackson and Sylvia Hamilton of Morton; a son, Mickey M. Hamilton of Ecru; three sisters, Joyce Clark of Houston, Sarah Sanders and Rebecca Smith, both of Mansfield, Tenn.; brothers, William H. Hamilton of Lombard, Tenn., Gus B. Hamilton of Okolona and John E. Hamilton of Streamwood, Ill.; one grandchild, Makenzie Scot Hamilton of Ecru; the mother of his children, Frances Lee Hamilton of Morton.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Melanie Hamilton, and a son, Scott Hamilton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS - Robert Woodson O'Dell, 64, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was born July 7, 1939, in Oxford to Charles D. O'Dell and Fonta Woodson O'Dell. He was a cattleman and farmer, and a Presbyterian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Dr. Milton Winter and Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Hudsonville Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Vickie Hillhouse O'Dell of Holly Springs; a son, Phillip O'Dell of Hernando; three daughters, Lisa Hickman of New Albany, Patricia Willis of Walls and Ellen Johnson of Southaven; his mother, Fonta O'Dell of Holly Springs; a brother, Denton O'Dell of Dillard, Ga.; a sister, Margaret O'Dell of Holly Springs; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Robert E. Buggs
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Robert E. Buggs, 57, formerly of Houlka, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at his home. He was a native of Houlka and a graduate of Houston High School. He was a member of Galilee Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the church's male chorus. He was a member of King Solomon Lodge No. 60 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Thompson Chapel CME Church at Houlka with the Rev. Saul Peters III officiating. Burial will be in East County Line Cemetery at Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, LaVonne Buggs-Berry and husband, Ronrico, of Decatur, Ill.; his mother, Odell Buggs of Houlka; a sister, Bobbie Naugle and husband, Curtis, of Indianapolis, Ind.; two brothers, Tommie Buggs and wife, Jean, of Bronx, N.Y., and Henry Buggs and wife, Earnestine, of Houlka; six stepchildren, Leroy, Jeanette and Wanda Weatherspoon, Michelle Boyd, Tammy Rhodes and Carl Tilley Jr.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. Thursday at the church.
SHANNON - Sarah Louise Hendrix, 76, died Friday, July 11, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 5, 1927, in Brooksville to the late Winfield Moore and Patsy Lemon. She was a homemaker and a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church of Shannon. She was the widow of Porter Hendrix Sr.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pine Grove M.B. Church of Shannon with the Rev. G.L. Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery in Shannon. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six sons, Roosevelt Hendrix, John Lee Hendrix and wife, Joann, Joseph Hendrix and wife, Therease, and Porter Hendrix Jr., all of Shannon, Steve Hendrix and wife, Vanessa, of Tupelo, and William Hendrix of Dover, Dela.; three daughters, Katherine Martin and Lorene Ivory, both of Shannon, and Mary Friar of Tupelo; two sisters, Hattie Manning of Blytheville, Ark., and Elizabeth Benjamin of Detroit, Mich.; 23 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.
CORINTH - Sidney Wayne Smith, 60, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at his home. He was born Aug. 10, 1942, in Alcorn County to the late Sidney and Jewell Smith. He was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Post Office and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a former employee of Century Electric and ITT Telecom. He was a member of Tate Baptist Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed gospel music and taking care of animals.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Mitzia Smith Johnson and husband, Buddy, of Corinth; nephews, Steve Johnson and wife, Colleen, Jeff Johnson and wife, Cindy, and Craig Johnson and wife, Donna.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother, Dennis Talmadge Smith.
Pallbearers will be Danny Smith, Hayden Smith, Thomas Eugene Smith, Tommy Easley, Bobby Voyles, Bobby Huggins, Lloyd Huggins and Joe Jaudon.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
BOONEVILLE - Wanda Prichard, 68, died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
GUNTOWN - Fred Richardson, 56, died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Richardson Chapel Holiness Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Moriah Holiness Church with Elder George Howell officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Richardson of Guntown; two sons, Nathan Hill Richardson of Tupelo, and Gregory Richardson and wife, Teia, of Ecru; four grandsons, Deviaire Hill Richardson. Trabor Hill Richardson and Gacqueas Richrdson, all of Tupelo, and Brayden Richardson of Ecru; a sister, Louise McCoy and husband, Cecil, of Harvey, Ill.; three brothers, Q.C. Richardson of Tupelo, and Billy Richardson and James Richardson, both of Guntown; an uncle, William Miller of Chicago.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.
BLUE SPRINGS - Cleburn "C.J." King, 83, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was a retired employee of the Tennessee Valley Electric Company, a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was the husband of the late Caroline Elaine King.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memphis Funeral Home-Germantown Parkway. Burial will be in Memory Hill Gardens.
Survivors include six sons, Bobby W. King of Gurnee, Ill., Billy F. King of Southaven, James King and wife, June, of Mobile, Ala., Kenneth O. King and wife, Pat, of Brighton, Tenn., Larry S. King and wife, Bari, of Memphis, and M. Roy King and wife, Ann, of Harrisburg, Pa.; two daughters, Carolyn Fouts and husband, Gene, of Lakewood, Colo., and Brenda "B.J." White of Tupelo; a sister, Edith Tine of Jacksonville, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Roger Dale King.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the American Cancer Society.
Ben Hilbun Jr.
LONGVIEW - Ben F. Hilbun Jr. died Monday, July 14, 2003, at his home in the Longview community. He earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of many honorary organizations. He also served in ROTC, and Scabbard and Blade at MSU. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He was a 32nd degree Mason, completing both Scottish and York Rites. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Sons of the American Revolution, United Sons of the Confederacy and the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association. He was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Starkville, teaching the Johnston Sunday School Class for many years.
He was elected to serve in the state Senate while still in law school. He served eight years. During his tenure he chaired the State Building Commission and helped acquire many new buildings and facilities at MSU, including the Colvard Union and the Chapel. He was an avid outdoorsman and a strong supporter of MSU athletics, academics and assistance to students in need.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church Sanctuary in Starkville with Dr. Lloyd Humphrey officiating. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Rosanne Burleson Hilbun; two sons, Ben F. Hilbun III and William Walker Hilbun, both of Starkville; a daughter, Anne Howard Hilbun of Starkville; several cousins, including Dr. Benton and Brenda Hilbun of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Ben F. Hilburn Sr., and his mother, Josie Rosamond Hilbun.
Pallbearers will be Bryce Griffis, Roy Carpenter Jr., Terry Lunceford, Dolph Bryan, Larry Cohen, Chris Nettleton, Richard Davis and Allan Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Oktibbeha County Bar Association, the Starkville Board of Aldermen and the Starkville Cafe Liars Club.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Mississippi State University Development Foundation or the First Baptist Church of Starkville.
Wendy Gay Benson
SALTILLO - Wendy Gay Benson, 35, died at her mother's home in Saltillo. She was born Sept. 24, 1967, in Brookhaven to William Bill Benson and Rita Jane Smith Benson. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of Christ. She enjoyed swimming and arranging flowers.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo.
Survivors include three daughters, Brandi Bailey and husband, Tommy, of Fulton, Lisa Benson of Tupelo and Chasiti Richey of the Auburn community; a son, Justin Norris of Tupelo; her mother, Rita Payne of Saltillo; her grandmother, Margie Smith of Tupelo; three sisters, Melissa Brock and Samantha Tutor, both of Tupelo, and Crystal Gann and husband, Jerry, of Belden; a grandson, Hunter Shane Bailey; an aunt, Susan Reed; an uncle, Tim Smith.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Benson; and her grandparents, Troy Smith, and Bill and Mary Benson.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
SALTILLO - Ruble Thrasher, 73, died Monday, July 14, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. An Alcorn County native, he was born April 13, 1930, to the late J.C. and Doshia Agnes Leatherwood Thrasher. He was a retired automobile mechanic and truck driver. He attended the Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church. His passion in life was his family and working on cars. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel Mae Thrasher, on Dec. 19, 2001.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Danny Robbins officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Stella Bryant and husband, Larry, of Saltillo, Gloria Jean Thrasher of Mantachie, Janice Childers and husband, Steven, of Guntown, and Patty Edge and husband, Clem, of Mantachie; four sons, Michael Joe Thrasher and wife, Lucy, of Mantachie, Daniel Thrasher and wife, Fredia, of Saltillo, Roger Dale Thrasher and wife, Barbara, of Mantachie, and Chris Thrasher of Mantachie; three sisters, Anna Mae Hartley of Mobile, Ala., Liller Hallmark of Tupelo and Quilla Dean Dreaper of Mobile; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Flora Presley and Mary Lou McFerrin, and three brothers, Ruben Thrasher, Jim Henry Thrasher and Alton Jack Thrasher.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Thrasher, Danny Ray Thrasher, Chris Horton, Jimmy Bolen, Johnny Bolen and Ronnie Smith.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today at the church.