Hubert E. McDonald

RIPLEY - Hubert E. McDonald, 65, died Wednesday, June 15, 2006, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Ella Windham

ECRU - Ella Neal Windham, 88, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She loved her family and friends, her flowers and her cat.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Burial will be in the Ecru Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Scarlett Reeder and husband, Bill, of Tupelo; two sons, Bill Windham and wife, Diane, of Rockport, Texas, and Tom Windham and wife, Kathy, of Houston, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Sue Windham of Pontotoc; three sisters, Janie Roberts of Dallas, Texas, and Margaret Cannon and Jean Kelly, both of Millington, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren, Paula Windham, Wally Windham, Jeff Reeder, Melissa Sheffield, Walter Windham Reeder, Des Tillman, Mark Windham, Kelly Mlcak, Trish Pope, Cassie Windham, Beau Windham and Courtney Windham; 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewell T. Windham; a son, James H. Windham; a brother, Jimmy Little; and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Little.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. to service time today.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 85 Friendship Road, Ecru, MS 38841.

Ernest Hunt

WEST POINT - Ernest Hunt, 78, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born March 21, 1928, in Quincy to Minnie Mae Price and Otto Clyde Hunt. He was a riverboat engineer on the Mississippi River for 30 years. He was a member of the Pentecostal faith.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Columbus Memorial Garden Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Allen officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Ballard, and one son, Clyde Hunt, both of Heber Springs, Ark.; two grandchildren; four sisters, Frances Yarbrough of Columbus, Martha A. Foster of West Point, Gladys Miller of Crowder and Geneva Gilliland of Jacksonville, Fla.

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

Annis Wren

TUPELO - Annis Akins Wren, 88, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Pontotoc County native, she was born June 25, 1917, to the late Charlie and Bertha Whitworth Akins. She spent most of her life as a homemaker. She was a member of Worship Center Baptist Church, where she was saved on April 9, 2006.

Graveside services will be 12:30 p.m. today at Tupelo Memorial Park with Bro. Rodney West officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Jane Riley of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Kristie West and husband, Bro. Rodney West, of Pine Grove; five great-grandchildren, Blake, Elijah, Mollie-Grace, Izabella and Selah Sophia; one brother, Max Akins and wife, Hattie Lee, of Pontotoc; three nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Wren, and a great-grandson, Wade West.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home on Jefferson Street.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Cora Taylor

WEST POINT - Cora Zimmer Taylor, 93, died, Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the West Point Community Living Center in West Point. She was born June 16, 1912, in San Diego, Calif., to Alice Shuman and Walter John Zimmer. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Christian Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Forrest officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.

Survivors include three daughters, Ruth Fowler and husband, Gene, of West Point, Peggy Griffin of Mobile, Ala., and Betty Joyce Genereux of Norfolk, Va.; two sons, Willie Thomas Taylor Jr. and wife, Dottie, of Denham Springs, La., and Benny Taylor and wife, Barbara, of West Point; 14 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren, 13 great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Daughtery of Carson City, Nev., and Helen Richards of Charlottesville, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Thomas "Bill" Taylor Sr., on July 20, 1974, and a daughter, Lois Marie Elliott.

Grandsons will be pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and elders of First Christian Church.

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

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 208, West Point, MS 39773.

Henry Whitfield

TUPELO - Henry Massey Whitfield, 93, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A Florence, Miss., native, he was born Oct. 22, 1912, to the late Dr. Richard Noble and Annie Belle South Whitfield. A 1930 graduate of Florence High School, he then went on to Mississippi State University where he graduated in 1934. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of Tupelo, where he had served as chairman of the board of deacons and chairman of the finance committee, and where he taught Sunday School faithfully until only a few months before his death. He was also a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Blue Mountain College.

Whitfield was a licensed professional engineer and construction contractor who spent the majority of his career as C.E.O. of Hays Co. Construction, which he co-founded. For many years, he also owned a cattle and tree farm in Clay County, where he often spent weekends assisting in day-to-day operations.

His interests and activities were extensive, and pursued with a vigor undiminished by age. He earned a private pilot's license and flew his own plane for years. He was a Master Mason and 32nd degree Scottish Rite. In retirement, Whitfield traveled, played golf, hunted and fished, and became an avid gardener, supplying loved ones and neighbors with bushels of homegrown vegetables. Following heart surgery in 1994, he began to exercise regularly at the Wellness Center, where he made many new friends of all ages.

Most of all, Whitfield will be remembered as a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved spending time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For his family, he was an example of extraordinary integrity, vitality and willpower, as well as a font of idiosyncratic wit and wisdom. He will undoubtedly also be missed by countless friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched with his remarkable personality and generous nature.

Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo with Dr. Bryant Barnes and the Rev. Morgan Whitfield officiating. Graveside services will be 4 p.m. Friday in Florence Cemetery, Florence, Miss. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of eight years, Sue Kenney Whitfield of Tupelo; one daughter, Alma Lee Griffin and husband, Archie, of Valdosta, Ga.; two sons, Henry Lewis Whitfield and wife, Mel, of Tupelo, and Morgan Whitfield and wife, Ann, of Tupelo; three stepchildren, Jimmy Kenney and wife, Angie, Linda Kenney, and Melissa Kenney, all of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Dr. Scott Griffin and wife, Janice of Montgomery, Ala., Lee Anne Landrum and husband, John, of Cumming, Ga., Henry Whitfield III, of Oakland, Calif., Lt. Cmdr. Palmer Whitfield and wife, Roxanne, of Corpus Christi, Texas, John South Whitfield of Tupelo, Mary Morgan Whitfield of Memphis, Tenn., the Rev. Morgan Whitfield, Jr. and wife, Gwen, of Donalsonville, Ga., and John Whitfield of Huntsville, Ala.; five stepgrandchildren, Ashley Butler and wife, Christie, Ken Butler and wife, Buffie, Kris Butler and wife, Rebecca, Jake Kenney and wife, Donna, and Katherine Kenney, all of Pontotoc; 10 great-grandchildren, Rebecca Anne Griffin, Jessica Morgan Griffin, Griffin Walter Landrum, John Harrison Landrum, Katharine Scott Landrum, Archibald Kennedy Landrum, Josh Rider, Ashley Whitfield, Richard Morgan Whitfield III and Brendan Stanton Whitfield; nine stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters, Carolyn Henry and husband, Jim, of Florence, Mary Ann Goodson and husband, Charles, of Birmingham, Ala., and Amelia Gunnel of Vassar, Mich.; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Valeria Morgan Whitfield; two sisters, Emily Phelps and Sara Katherine Whitfield; five brothers, Dr. John South Whitfield, Richard Noble Whitfield Jr., Col. Fitzhugh Ails Whitfield, Dr. Edmond Lewis Whitfield and George Whitfield.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Adult A Sunday School Department of Calvary Baptist Church.

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

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, Mississippi State University Development Foundation or Blue Mountain College.

Anna Sylvia (Takis-Kapenekas) Preston

February 22, 1925 - June 12, 2006

Anna Preston, 81, passed away peacefully Monday, June 12, 2006, at the United Methodist Senior Services Green Houses in Tupelo.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan, on Feb. 22, 1925, to Stanley and Maria Takis. Her father Tselios (Stanley) was a Greek from the Island of Lesvos (Mytilini), her mother Marie was Armenian/French whose parents came from the city of Smyrna (Izmir) on the Aegean Coast in Turkey, an Armenian city during Anna's grandparents' lifetime. Anna's father served in the Greek Army during World War II. After the war he migrated to Cairo, Egypt, where he studied the culinary arts and later became a renowned chef in Michigan. In the early 1920s Tselios' brother Fotis (Nick) helped to bring him to the United States, where they built several successful restaurants in the years that followed. It was during these early years in Detroit when Tselios met Marie. They married and they had two beautiful children, John and Anna.

Anna was always her father's girl and spoke of the wonderful meals he prepared in the family home. She would recall with great enthusiasm the recipes she learned from him. Anna told us that her favorite time of the year was Christmas when her father would bring the children a simple gift; an orange for a present. She was always mindful that, though presents were nice, we should remember that we were celebrating the birth of Christ and that was the essence of the spirit of Christmas that evoked such joy in her.

I remember Anna telling us her Mother's family history, a history of persecution. Anna's grandparents were Armenians of the Christian Greek Orthodox Tradition. Early on during the first World War around 1915 a genocide was perpetrated upon 1.5 to 2 million Christian Armenians living in what had been historically called Anatolia, ruled by the last vestiges of the Ottoman Empire, whose Turkish Muslims created a nightmarish environment for those Armenians of Christian faith. Anna's Armenian uncle was killed in the streets of Smyrna in front of his family for no reason other than his religion and ethnicity. This was when Anna's grandfather changed the family's last name from Kalacyan to Halajlou, so that it sounded Turkish rather than Armenian and might possibly keep them from harm.

When our mother Anna told us these harrowing tales she also reminded us what her Mother Marie said to her, "Love was greater then hate and we should forgive but never forget."

I believe it was from this past that forged within Anna a fierce passion for family, faith and love of freedom, always a curious thoughtful individual with a heartfelt sympathy for those in need and a champion of the poor and mistreated. She loved animals as well as people and had many pets throughout her life.

Anna was a quick learner she told us of a story during her youth; though born in America, Greek was her first language, being spoken in the home. It was when she went into the first grade at Foch Elementary School in Detroit, Michigan, where and when she learned to speak English at the age of 5.

In 1943 during World War II Anna Sylvia Takis graduated from Southeastern High School in East Detroit, Michigan. After a short stay working in a dime store, she went to work as a welder at Chrysler, building vehicles to be used in the war effort. In 1944 she took a job at a Zenith factory working with her mother Marie, building carburetors for vehicles. Anna work there about 4 years during and after the war.

In 1947 Anna and her mother went to Marseilles, France, to visit family. It was there where she acquired her love of opera and music in general. She also fell in love for the first time with a French boy, Albert', but did not marry and came back to America later that year.

In 1952 Anna met her children's future father, Demetrios Kapenekas (Papa Vanelli). They married, had two boys, Vasilios and Yanni, but their marriage was not to last. They divorced in the mid-1960s. Both later successfully remarried.

Anna met a widower, Walter Preston, whom she later called "the love of her life" and married on June 1, 1974. Walter and his first wife, Glenna, had 4 four children, Glenn, Kay, Jill and Lynn. At the time of Glenna's unfortunate passing the two youngest girls were in their early teens, still living at home. Anna took to Jill and Lynn as her own, loved and raised them as best she could. Anna as well as Walter always thought of the all the kids as their children, never distinguishing between which were whose.

Anna always exhibited independence of thought and a love for art and music. It was from my mother that I first heard of the blues as sung by Bessie Smith and Billie Holiday, the trumpet of Louie Armstrong, the voice of Nat King Cole. She also loved the records of the classical composers, which she played in our home throughout my youth. She was the person who encouraged me to play music and got me my first piano, during a time when our family needed many other more pressing items for our home, like food!

A great lover of films, her favorite actresses was Judy Garland and Bette Davis. We began a tradition in our home treating every Sunday as if it were Mothers Day. Anna and Walter would either come to Vanelli's or our home for lunch. My brother Yanni would come and Papa Vanelli at times came with our stepmother, Mae. We would visit, call old friends and family, and watch vintage movies together. We did this just about every Sunday for the past four or five years till last month when Anna's inability to get in and out of the car made it impossible to travel.

Yanni, Linda and I are indebted to the wonderful staff at Cedars and the Green Houses for helping us arrange for transportation bringing her to our home on Thursdays for the last few visits that Anna and Walter were able to make. A personal Thank You is extended to Penny and Jewel for their love and service to Anna as well as the entire staff who assisted to Anna's needs. We are eternally grateful.

Anna was a woman of sincere faith and profound philosophical insight. I remember as a youth we always had interesting books in our home, provocative books that encouraged discussion and thought; from history, science, philosophy and literature to religion and art. The pursuit of knowledge and diversity was always a revered and welcomed guest in Anna's home.

In the mid-1970s Anna made her mind up to go to college, which she did, graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors Degree in Literature in 1979. Anna was 56 at the time.

A woman of great integrity, passion and energy, Anna was the kind of person who would finish what she began. Anna was passionate about Native American cultures, and once wrote a screenplay about them, called "The Four Lives of the Natchez Trace." Though there was never a chance that it would be made into a film, that did not stop her from writing and completing it.

In 1980 Anna and Walter moved to Tupelo, Mississippi, to be closer to her two boys, Vasilios and Yanni Kapenekas, who moved to Tupelo to work with their father, "Papa Vanelli," in the family restaurant.

In 1995 Anna fulfilled one of her most wished for dreams, going to Greece to visit the Island of her father's birth. Walter and Anna stayed about one month and she got to see most of the places that her parents had spoken of from her childhood. Never a quitter she did what she felt needed be done no matter the how difficult the task.

A woman of deep faith, Anna is remembered in her church (First United Methodist) as the lady who called and sent cards to all, wishing good tiding, remembering birthdays and special events. Baptized in the Greek Orthodox Tradition, Anna's love of Christ was her bedrock and unyielding bulwark that carried her and her family though many troubled periods, instilling in Anna a clarity of thought and a sense of self that only the sincere and humane are fortunate to experience.

Our family would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to all the volunteers and staff at United Methodist Senior Services for the kindnesses, assistance and support throughout Anna's Tupelo church life. We are forever indebted to you.

Though the last years of her life were hard for her, not able to move as she once did, she kept at it as best she could. Anna will be missed, but the love she left lives on, in all who were fortunate to have been touched by her gentleness and graced with her wonderful smile.

A Greek philosopher Plato wrote about the soul and if Anna were here today I believe she would agree with this thought:

"When life's spark has been extinguished, the soul is freed; and passes onward toward eternal bliss where Love lives on in eternity by the grace of the most holy."


Anna is survived by her husband, Walter Preston; brother and sister-in-law, John and Alex Takis; son and daughter-in-law, Vasilios and Linda Kapenekas; son, Yanni Kapenekas; a granddaughter, Tabatha and husband, Allen Gray; three stepdaughters, Kay Preston, Jill Preston and Lynn Preston-Black; a stepson, Glenn Preston; her nephews, Stanley Takis and Gerald Takis; a niece, Marie Vicknar; and many grandnephews and grandnieces.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 16, in the chapel at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.

If inclined rather than flowers, Anna would have been pleased if memorials in her honor be made to the charity of your choice.

Ode for Anna


Vasilios W. Kapenekas

All Rights Reserved ©

A Mother's love is like no other

Not a Father, Sister or Brother

Part Teacher, Part Preacher

The kind of love that only can reach ya

A Mother's love can span the oceans

Touch inside to your deepest emotions

Watched you grow up thru the years

Knows your likes, Feels your fears

Picked you up when you had fell

Taught you the first word you learned to spell

Tucked you in every night

Made you say your prayers, left on the light

God bless Mothers love

Read you stories, wiped your nose

Did without to buy you clothes

Stood beside you, Picked up your toys

You were your Mother's pride and joy

When you were sick she kept you warm

Stood beside when you were all alone

There for you right or wrong

Protected you, kept you from harm

God bless Mother's love

A Mother's love will not desert you

The kind of love you can always turn to

Never asked for anything

Wanted the best for you that life could bring

One day you'll find when she has gone

The love you shared was oh so strong

God bless Mother's love

Mother's love is always with you

Even though she can't be with you

Cherish Mother's Love

God bless Mother's love

Shirley Holt

TUPELO - Shirley S. Holt, 72, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Mississippi native, she was born July 17, 1933, to the late Purve C. and Florence Beane Smith. She retired as a real estate agent while living in Florida. She also had worked as an accounting clerk and secretary in Memphis. She was a member of Palmetto Methodist Church.

Services will be 3:30 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Don Sparks and the Rev. Steve Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Palmetto Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, George D. Holt of Tupelo; three sisters, Lula Holloway of Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Ruth Jackson and Faye Morton, both of Tupelo; two brothers, Fred Smith of Memphis and Russell Smith of Tuscaloosa, Ala; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Blanche Nichols and Allene Hattaway; and three brothers, Gilbert Smith, John H. Smith and O.E. Smith.

Pallbearers will be Charles Wade, Greg Hester, Bobby Williams, Ken Harris, Ricky Marshall and Bruce Williams.

Her nephews and great-nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Ruth Coker

ECRU - Ruth Rorie Coker, 92, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc. She was born May 2, 1914, in Union County to the late Robert E. Lee and Birdie Elizabeth Swords Rorie. She was a retired factory worker and homemaker, and a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting and working with her flowers.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with the Rev. John Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Helen Ruth Coker McCarver of Ecru, Virginia Coker Todd and husband, Jim, of Tupelo, Rachel Coker Jarrett and husband, Quay, of Oakland, Tenn., and Reba Sue Coker Graham and husband, Doc, of Ecru; nine grandchildren, Michael McCarver (Donna), Vickie McCarver Bishop (Tony), Deborah Jarrett Reid (Paul), Ronnie Jarrett, Donnie Jarrett (Jennifer), Bart Todd (Christy), Valarie Todd Price (David), Neva Graham Graves and Brenda Graham Bain (Mike); 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Coker, in 1989; her parents; a son-in-law, Mack McCarver; a grandson, Stephen Charles Graham; six brothers, S.B., Elvy, Chester, Earnest, Bill and Loyd Rorie; two sisters, Romie Shumaker and Annie Rorie Smith Joyner.

Pallbearers will be Mike McCarver, Mike Bain, Graham Lyons, Tony Bishop, Bart Todd and Donnie Jarrett.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shady Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Shady Grove Baptist Church, 1000 Shady Grove Road, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Pamela Collins

MANTACHIE - Pamela Jean Starling Collins died Thursday, June 8, 2006, unexpectedly at her home in Kenosha, Wis. She was born May 23, 1957, in Waukegan, Ill., to Lamont Starling and Della Jean Hale Starling. She worked at St. Joseph's Home for the Aged for 11 years. She loved her pets, gardening and books. She was a loving and caring person who dedicated her life to making others feel better and happy; she will be greatly missed.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Burial will be in the Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery in Lee County. Kenosha Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of local arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Lee Collins of Kenosha, Wis.; one son, John A. Cody of Waukegan, Ill.; one stepdaughter, Dawn (Stanos) Bombicino of Lindenhurst, Ill.; her parents, Lesley Lee and Della Bledsoe of Zion, Ill., and Lamont and Faye Starling of Mooreville; one brother, Joseph (Judy) Starling of Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; one sister, June (Randy) Mink of Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; three stepgrandchildren; two stepbrothers, Robert Swidersky of Houston, Texas, and Danny Dill of Mooreville; four stepsisters, Diana (Barry) Ford of Loganville, Ga., Glenda Waneck of Spring, Texas, Debbie (Ricky) Leach of Mantachie and Ann (Billy) Taylor of Smithville; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins; her best friend and cousin, Debbie (Johnny) Travis of Tupelo.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.

Glen Mercer

RAMER, Tenn. - Glen Mercer, 74, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Cornerstone Health Care. He was a Baptist and a retired steel worker.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth.

Survivors include one son, Richard Mercer of Ramer, Tenn.; three daughters, Dorothy Melancon of Boutte, La., Donna Lee and husband, Tim, of Ramer, Tenn., and Mona Sweat and husband, Greg, of Pocahontas, Tenn.; a special friend, Donie Crabb; grandchildren, Paula Mercer, Richard Mercer II, Daniel Mercer, Jay Childers, Justin Childers, Stephanie Harrelson, Candace Whitaker, Melissa Whitaker, Dusti Sweat and Luke Sweat; eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday.

Syble Hodum

WALNUT - Syble B. Hodum, 75, died Monday, June 12, 2006, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Aug. 22, 1930, in Tippah County to the late Dan and Artelia Bass. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was a caregiver for many people. She enjoyed crossword puzzles. She was the widow of Gaston Hodum.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Overton Hill Church with the Rev. Clay Hall and the Rev. Travis Shae officiating. Burial will be in County Line Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Danny Lee Hodum and wife, Kay, of Walnut; one grandson, Daniel Cody Hodum; a daughter-in-law, Becky Dowdy; a brother-in-law, Troy Lee Russell; a sister-in-law, Peggy Wilbanks and husband, David; several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Donald Dowdy, Jack Quinn, Tony Evans, Scott Elam, James Vincent and Ricky Starnes.

Katherine Ford

TUPELO - Katherine Eloise Gillentine Ford, 65, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at her home in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 11, 1940, in Itawamba County to Roy and Lizzie Prestage Gillentine. She was resident of Lee County, a homemaker and a member of Nettleton Independent Methodist Church. She enjoyed listening to gospel music and spending time with her family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Britt Young and the Rev. Sammy Raper officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Bishop and wife, Wanda, of Saltillo, and Ricky Bishop and wife, Melinda, of the Richmond community; one sister, Dorothy Culver of Fort Payne, Ala.; four brothers, James Gillentine of Nettleton, and Larry Gillentine, J.C. Gillentine and Bobby Gillentine, all of Richmond; three grandchildren, Jamie Bishop, Shonna Bishop and Rodney Bishop; six great-grandchildren; two special friends, Nava Jo Young and Gene Whiteside.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Joe Ford.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Correction: The obituary for Charles Ray Burcham in Wednesday's Daily Journal contained an incorrect spelling of his mother's name. She was Vera Yarber Burcham. Also, the list of survivors omitted names. Survivors include two granddaughters, Christy Duvall and husband, Paul, and Jennifer Faulkner; and a sister-in-law, Teene Burcham of Tupelo.

Arizona Floyd

RIENZI - Arizona Vanderford Floyd, 87, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at her home. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal by faith. Her hobbies included gardening, traveling with her husband, growing beautiful flowers in her yard for everyone to see and cooking special dishes for her family.

Services will be at 8 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy Hutson, Bro. Merl Dixon and Bro. Donald Borden officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Williams Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Lillard "Boots" Floyd; a son and daughter-in-law, Billy and Hilda Floyd; a daughter and son-in-law, Maxine and Franklin Henson; a daughter-in-law, Sue Floyd; grandchildren, Sidney Floyd and wife, Janice, Sheila Adams and husband, Jimmy, Trent Floyd, Rachel Bush and husband, Robert, Stephen Henson and wife, Sandy, Philip Henson and wife, Patsy, and Christy Floyd; two sisters, Nina Drue Bishop and Kate McNeil; one brother, Ovie Vanderford and wife, Reba.

She was preceded in death by a son, Randel Floyd; her parents, Elmer and Pearl Vanderford; three brothers, Vernal, Milburn and Elver Vanderford; two sisters, Opal McAnally and Utah Jones; two sisters-in-law, Earnestine Vanderford and Esterlee Vanderford; and three brothers-in-law, Dayton McAnally, James Bishop and Harold McNeil.

Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time today.

John Kitchens

COLUMBUS - John B. Kitchens, 82, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at the Aurora Australis Lodge in Columbus. He was a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He served as an aerial gunner in B-17 bombers during World War II. He was shot down over Berlin and spent time as a POW. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Ed Knox officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Gary Kitchens of Columbus and John T. "Jackie" Kitchens of Brandon; three grandchildren, McCarly, Sabrina and Kim of Brandon; one sister-in-law, Mauveline Estes; one brother-in-law, G.W. and Gloria Bell of Blair; numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline Bell Kitchens; a son, Paul Kitchens; and his parents, one brother and one sister.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Antioch Baptist Church and Dr. Lanch Busch.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Georgia Thomas

ABERDEEN - Georgia Mae Thomas, 97, died Wednesday, June 7, 2006, at her home. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club and the Aberdeen Kingdom Hall. She was the widow of Fred Thomas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at American Legion Post 26 in Aberdeen with Bro. James Waters officiating. Burial will be in Lake Grove Cemetery at Una. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include six daughters, Charlesetta Vance of West Point, Essie B. Harston of Kansas City, Mo., Zella M. Cooperwood of Kansas City, Edna B. Ausler of Independence, Mo., Lillian Robertson of Prairie and Sandy Gilbert of Aberdeen; two sons, Clisby B. Randle of Indianapolis, Ind., and Jerry Shafford of Kansas City; 352 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and great-great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Brenda Davis

NEW ALBANY - Brenda A. Davis, 59, died Tuesday, June 13, 2006, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born May 24, 1947, in New Albany to Herbert Boyd Malone and Ruby Pipkin Malone, who preceded her in death. She was a Baptist. A loving grandmother, she enjoyed making handmade crafts.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Doug Davis Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Ecru, Anthony Davis and wife, Christy, of Blue Springs, and Jamie Davis and wife, Robbie, of New Albany; one sister, Betty Medders of Grenada; one brother, David Malone of Thaxton; seven grandchildren.

Jack Blissard

HOUSTON - Eugene "Jack" Blissard, 68, died Monday, June 12, 2006, at his home. He was born Oct. 16, 1937, in Houston to William Jahu Blissard and Mandy Lowrey Blissard. He was a retired furniture factory worker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Ricky Blissard and Pam of Okolona; one daughter, Linda Jackson and Rex of Nettleton; one brother, Jahu Blissard of Houston; six grandchildren, John Blissard, Laura Beth Blissard, Mandy Rose Blissard, Stacy Hammett, Brittney Jackson, R.J. Jackson; three great-grandchildren, Austin Gage Blissard, Matthew Caples and Madison Hammett.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Gerald Dean Blissard.

Pallbearers will be John Blissard, Chris Blissard, Billy Clark, Russell Cothran, Terry Tunnell and Ronnie Cook.

Charlie Portera

WEST POINT - Charlie P. Portera died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home of West Point.

Fay Bostick

GOLDEN - Fay Bostick died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Jimmie Ivey

JOLIET, Ill. - Jimmie Ivey, 72, formerly of Fulton, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, in Joliet, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

Betty Sykes

MACEDONIA - Betty Petty Sykes, 74, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Jennifer Betts

TUPELO - Jennifer Betts, 32, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Florene Kidd

BOONEVILLE - Florene Kidd, 86, died Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at Longwood Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.

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