James W. Blanchard, Ponotoc

Ophelia Brown, Pontotoc

Helen Butler, Tupelo

Ettle Lorene Chrestman, Calhoun City

Martha Scott Ganss, West Point

Keith Glasgow, Amory

Odea Holland, Tupelo

Mary Harmon Leeper, Tupelo

Angie Scott Phifer, Red Bay, Ala.

Nancy Purcell, Booneville

Doris Shaw Smith, Holly Springs

Lelia H. Sparks, Saltillo

Levi Speck Jr., Baldwyn

Gene Dale Williams, Belmont

Lamar Williams, Baldwyn

Martha Scott Ganss

WEST POINT - Martha Scott Ganss, 85, died, Friday, June 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point. She was born Feb. 22, 1921, in Eupora to Ethel Mann and Oliver Otha Scott Sr. She was retired with 25 years of service as the manager of Sears Catalog Store in West Point. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating assisted by Dr. Gary Richardson. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery .

Survivors include her husband Bob Ganss of West Point, whom she married Oct. 10, 1959; one son, Scott Murrah and wife, Barbara, of Columbus; five grandchildren, Jeff Murrah and wife, Lorie, Drew Murrah and wife, Amy, Robert Clark and wife, Leah, Steve Clark and wife, Lori, and Stephanie Haynes; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Elizabeth Shockey of Big Pine Key, Fla., Hazel Hall of Canon City, Colo., and Mildred Richard of Ocean Springs; one brother, Jim Scott and wife, Ann, of Ajijic, Mexico, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Thomas B. Murrah; a daughter, Linda Murrah Clark; a brother, O.O. Scott, Jr.; and a sister, Katherine Hester.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Murrah, Drew Murrah, Robert Clark, Steve Clark, Fletcher Clark and Jerry Townsend. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock, John Hollie Thomas, Les McKee and members of the West Point Lion Club.

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

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773 or to the Lions Sight Foundation, 431 Katherine Drive, Flowood, MS 39232.

Helen Butler

TUPELO - Helen Butler, 89, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was a native of Lee County, born to John Hugh Scruggs and Dora Price Scruggs. She was the longtime owner Helen Butler's Beauty Salon in Tupelo and a member of Chesterville Baptist Church. She was a member of the Altrusia Club. She loved to fish and hunt and was an avid race fan. She was the widow of Rex Butler.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Sammy Coker and the Rev. Bryan Collier officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include one sister, Monette Vaughn of Memphis; one brother, Walter Scruggs and wife, Virginia, of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Nita Butler of Tupelo and Bessie Scruggs of Peachtree, Ga.; one brother-in-law, Jessie Miles of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; and several brothers and sisters.

Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

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

Mary Harmon Leeper

TUPELO - Mary Harmon Leeper, 96, formerly of Oxford, died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She worked for 42 years as a schoolteacher in the Pontotoc County, Amory, Oxford Public School, North Mississsippi Regional Center and Grace Christian schools. She did volunteer work with the Retired Senior Citizens Program. She was a member of the North Oxford Baptist Church. She also owned and operated Merrilee Kindergarten from 1967 to 1974.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Dr. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial will be in the Eastover Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Tom Leeper and his wife, Dian, of Asheville, N.C.; two sisters, Miriam Morris of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Agnes Ramey of Laurens, S.C.; two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611.

Ophelia Brown

PONTOTOC - Ophelia Brown, 81, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at her residence. She was born Sept. 20, 1924, in Pontotoc. She was retired from Joyner Fields and Brookwood Mfg. She was a member of the Tale Tale Club and the Senior Citizens Group of Longview. She was a member of the Longview Baptist Church and the widow of Murdis Brown.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Baldwin Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Billy Ray Nelson and Bro. Terry Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in the Longview Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Swords Kyle of Longview, Claudia Jackson and husband, Jim, and Carolyn Mason, all of Tupelo; one son, Ross Brown and wife, Star, of Pontotoc; one sister, Dot Martin of Menden Hall; her grandchildren, Annalyn Clayton, Allyson Mitchell, Jan Carpenter, Angie Hanes, Jimma Walton, Carol Shrader, Talley, Mason, Len Mason, Jesse Brown, Jon Brown, Jave Brown, Jessica Adams and Ali Brown; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one son, Larry Brown; one sister, Martha Goggans; and three sons-in-law, Gerald Swords, Gaither Kyle and Terry Mason.

Pallbearers will be Jon Brown, Jaye Brown, Jesse Brown, Talley Mason, Richard Carpenter, Reggae Haynes, Kim Faulkner, Eddie Johnson and David Mitchell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Longview Baptist Church or the Longview Cemetery Fund.

Christi Lee

TUPELO - Christi Lee died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Gene Dale Williams

BELMONT - Gene Dale Williams, 75, died Thursday, June 8, 2006, at the Helen Keller Hospital. He was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Itawamba County to Barnie Williams and Nona Farris Williams. He was a forklift operator for Johns-Manville in Waukegan, Ill., for 23 years and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his father, and a brother-in-law, Archie Smith.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in the Butler Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Pruitt and wife, Ruth, Tommy Williams and wife, Lorrie, and Larry Williams, all of Malvern, Ark.; his mother, Nona Williams of Belmont; a brother, Bobby "Roger" Williams of Fulton; a sister, Barbara Smith of Hodges, Ala.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be David Pruitt, Shane Williams, Jerry Pruitt, Randy Pruitt, J.T. Ables and Tommy Hammock.

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

Angie Scott Phifer

RED BAY, Ala. - Angie Scott Phifer, 41, died Friday, June 9, 2006, in Pontotoc County. She was born March 20, 1965, in Red Bay to Archie Lee and Brenda Faye Scott. She was employed by Midsouth Leasing Co. and was a former employee of the Red Bay Hospital. She was a member of the Community Center Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother; her grandparents, Willie D. and Inez Wren and Archie and Rosie Scott; and a special aunt, Louise Dillard.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel of Red Bay with Bro. Dallas Culver and Bro. Billy Burge officiating. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Phifer of Red Bay; two stepsons, Josh Phifer of San Antonio, Texas and Matt Phifer of Red Bay; her father, Archie Lee Scott of Red Bay; two sisters, Cynthia Ezzell and husband, Donnie, of Belmont and Lisha Morrow of Florence, Ala.; one brother, Thomas Scott and wife, Amee, of Belmont; nieces and nephews, Mitch Davis and wife, Marie, Bart Davis, Kelli Davis, Drew Davis, Ashley Morrow, Tyler Morrow, Shelby Scott and Nathan Scott; two great-nieces, Jade Walker and Gracie Davis; her very special friends, Sonya Castleberry Brown and her son Jonathan.

Pallbearers will be Bart Davis, Drew Davis, Tyler Morrow, John Thomas Hampton, Jimmy Hester and Larry Sanders. Honorary pallbearers will be Phillip Cooper, Wayne Morrow, Jerry Lawson, Thomas Ingram, David Brock, James Herrington, Kevin Palmer, Burel Martin, Gene Thorn and Peanut Rhodes.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 today at the funeral home in Red Bay.

Odea Holland

TUPELO - Odea Holland, 83, died Friday, June 9, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 11, 1922, in Marion County to Lee Holland and Dorothy Clark. He was retired as a machine operator with 3M Corp. He was a veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel in Hamilton, Ala., with Bro. Parker officiating. Burial will be in the Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Doyes (Kay) Holland of Starkville; three grandchildren, Bo Holland of Lafayette, La., Lori Holland and Jack Holland, both of Starkville; one sister, Eula Pitts of Hamilton, Ala.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Keith Glasgow

AMORY - Thomas Keith Glasgow, 75, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Doris Shaw Smith

HOLLY SPRINGS - Doris Shaw Smith, 82, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at her home. She was born April 13, 1924, in Marshall County to Jesse Bailey Shaw and Stella Mae Cannon Shaw. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was the widow of Kenneth S. Smith.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Curtis Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Kenneth Shawn Smith of Holly Springs; two daughters, Dottie Smith Wilson of Memphis and Sherry Smith Reed of Cordova, Tenn.; one sister, Jessie Davis of Holly Springs; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Kenneth S. Smith, former sheriff of Marshall County; and two brothers, Sidney Shaw and John Shaw.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Nancy Purcell

BOONEVILLE - Nancy Evelyn McGill Purcell, 92, formerly of Michigan, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville after an extended illness. She was a homemaker.

There will be no services locally. A memorial service will be held at a later date in Michigan. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the local arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Hayes of Baldwyn; five grandchildren, Noreen Layman, Don Hacker, Judith Pelletier, Tina Pelletier and Tara Hawkins; one sister, Marie Wright of Tupelo; 17 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Don Watts Sr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred T. Purcell; three sisters; and one brother.

Ernie Bell Johnson

BOONEVILLE - Ernie Bell Johnson, 88, of Booneville, died Firday, June 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 4, 1918, in the New Hope community to the late Wallace and Mary Ova Smith. She was a homemaker and had worked at Fred's Dollar Store and was a member of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed her family and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home chapel with Elder Herman Clark and Elder Ben Burcham officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Hellen Johnson Norris of Booneville; a daughter-in-law, Margie Johnson of Booneville; two grandsons, Richard E. Norris and wife, Mellissa, and Delane Johnson; three great-grandsons, Matthew and Blake Norris and Tyler Gober; one sister, Nora Gault of Booneville; one brother, J. T. Smith of Booneville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl T. Johnson; her son, Wallace Johnson; one sister, Emma Louis Smith; two brothers, Arvil and Buster Smith.

Pallbearers will be Bill Smith, Hugh Green, Tony Lowery and Timothy White.

Visitation will continue today until service time.

James W. Blanchard

WEST POINT - James W. Blanchard, 58, died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at his home. He was born Jan. 16, 1948, to Tommy and Betty Blanchard. He was a graduate of Shivers Junior and Senior high schools. He served in the Vietnam War from 1967 to 1973. He received a Purple Heart for his courageous fighting. He was a member of Cross Road CME Church and also a member of the Holmes Lodge No. 225 in Prairie.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the UFCW Local 1991. Burial will follow in the Sykes Cemetery. J.F. Carter Memorial Chapel of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Dorothy Blanchard; his stepchildren, Ricky Nelson of Detorit, Mich., Mary Dardin of Shannon, Steve Smith of Southaven, Thomas Nelson of Tampa, Fla., Angela Nelson of West Point and Carmen Nelson of Prairie; three borthers, Tommy Gillie and George of Detroit, Mich., Sallie Oliver of Clarksville and Betty Clemmons of Fulton.

Ettie Lorene Chrestman

CALHOUN CITY - Ettie Lorene Chrestman, 87, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the Calhoun County Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 31, 1918, to Sam Massey and Velma Cain Massey. She was a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Moriah Baptist Church with the Rev. Joey Hamilton and the Rev. Kevin Chrestman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, David Glen Collins of Denton, Texas, Jerry Lane Collins of New Castle, Okla., and Larry Wayne Collins of Bruce; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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

Lamar Williams

BALDWYN - Lamar Williams, 89, died Saturday, June 10, 2006, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehab after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Lelia H. Sparks

SALTILLO - Lelia Hendrix Sparks, 96, died Friday, June 9, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a homemaker, a Baptist and the last of 10 siblings. She was the daughter of John and Stella Hendrix.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Roberts and Bro. David Hendrix officiating. Burial will be in the Jericho Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, Freddie and Louise Sparks and Jerry and Thelma Sparks, of Blue Springs, and Jimmy and Nancy Sparks of Tupelo; three daughters, Barbara and Merle Veithoffer of Belden, Paulette Lindsey of Saltillo, and Janice and Jerry McBrayer of Birmingham Ridge community; a daughter-in-law, Juanita Sparks Lesell of Blue Springs; 19 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Phillip Sparks; and three grandsons, Michael Sparks, Joey Sparks and Eugene Roberts.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Lindsey, Rusty Sparks, Derrek Hartline, Corey Ryan, Phil Sparks and Ricky Hathcock. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Sparks and Bryan Sparks.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Levi Speck Jr.

BALDWYN - Levi Speck Jr., 78, died Friday, June 9, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was a member of the Ingram Baptist Church and a retired bus driver. He was a retired Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be t 2:30 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joel Strayhorn and Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will be in the Ingram Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Blanche Speck of Baldwyn; one brother, James Speck and Jean of New Albany; his sisters-in-law, Mary Harbour and Lois, Evelyn Miller and Jerry, Joyce and Roy Copeland, all of Baldwyn, Clara and Tommy Rogers of Saltillo, Ann and Frank Porter of New Albany, and Virginia Roberts of Zion, Ill.; 13 nieces and nephews; 25 great-nieces and nephews; six great-great-nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Levi Speck Sr. and Lillian Allen Speck.

Pallbearers will be Bryan Ables, Dudley Land, Richard Thompson, Jeff Speck, Brent Stanford, Rickey Stanford, Wendell Gillette, Eric Gillette and Randy Copeland.

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