Terri Booker, Iuka
Gladys Brogan, Sparta
Cathryn Rose Clayton, New Albany
Rachel Duncan, Ripley
Ronnie Evans Sr., Amory
Alivia Hester, Saltillo
Joe Ben Jennings, Woodland
Alexzandria Jones, New Albany
John Rass, Brandon
Lillie Mae Shelby, Ripley
Christopher Stubbs, Tupelo
Ronnie Evans Sr.
AMORY - Rodney Ray "Ronnie" Evans Sr. died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2006, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born June 27, 1960, in Fulton to the late Otha Louise Evans and Harry Echols Jr. He received his education in Amory and Itawamba Community College. He was an employee of True Temper Sports for 26 years and a member of Poplar Springs CME Church in Shannon.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Poplar Springs CME Church with the Rev. Phillip Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Charlie and Evelyn Stegall; his wife, Tracey; four children, Rodney Ray Evans Jr., Jeremy Oneal Evans, and Marty and Divante Raynard Evans; two brothers, Larry Evans and Stanley Evans; four sisters, Patricia Evans, Shirley Booker (Charles), Charla Young (Robert) and Letricia French (Rufus); his father, Harry Echols Jr.; his stepmother, Luerine Echols; three brothers, Thomas Elliott, Robert Echols (Margaret) and Randy Echols Sr.; four sisters, Barbara Bowen, Carolyn Bowen, Mary Echols and Diane Boyd (George).
He was preceded in death by his mother Otha Louise Evans.
Cathryn Rose Clayton
NEW ALBANY - Cathryn Rose Clayton, 88, died at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. She was a beloved sister, wife, mother, grandmother, friend and resident of New Albany, where she had lived for over 60 years.
Born in Bolivar, Tenn., on June 6, 1918, Cathryn Rose Carter was the daughter of Hugh Edgar Carter and Kate Finger Carter. She graduated from Blue Mountain College with a major in theatre in 1939, where her senior recital piece was a one-woman dramatization of "Romeo and Juliet."
She married future New Albany City Attorney Hugh N. Clayton that same year. After a chance meeting on a small passenger train called "the Doodlebug," Mr. Clayton arranged for a blind date and pursued a devoted courtship, saying it was her big blue eyes that convinced him that this was love at first sight. They were married on June 16, 1939.
The Claytons had two children: Rose Clayton Cochran and Hugh Carter "Buzzy" Clayton, who died in 1972 of leukemia. The family lived on Bankhead Street for many years before building a home on Reeves, where Mrs. Clayton hosted many parties and gatherings.
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton traveled extensively, often with the American Bar Association, for which Mr. Clayton was a member of the Board of Governors. They were also involved with many civic enterprises, including the Sesquicentennial Celebration and the William Faulkner Birthplace Museum. Mrs. Clayton once sat for a portrait painted by Mrs. Maud Faulkner, the writer's mother. They belonged to the First United Methodist Church.
Remembered as a clever bridge player, an accomplished hostess, a sometime golfer, an adventurous chef, and a most organized housekeeper, Mrs. Clayton is survived by her sister, Peggye Anne Carter of Bolivar, Tenn.; daughter, Rose Clayton Cochran, the wife of U.S. Senator Thad Cochran; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Visitation is to be held Sunday, Nov. 19, from 1 to 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, with the funeral services directly following at the church. A private interment will be held at New Albany Cemetery.
John H. Rass
BRANDON - John H. Rass, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at The Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. A native of Detroit, Mich., he was born April 26, 1930, to Luise Rass and the late Herman Rass. In the early 1960's, he graduated from Lawrence Tech in Detroit. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was married to Grace D. Rass, who preceded him in death March 10, 1998. In 1992, he retired after many years of service with the Vickers Corp. in Jackson which is now Eaton Corp. Earlier in life, he enjoyed playing golf. He was a close family man and had been caring for his mother in his home. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren. He attended of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon with the Rev. Claude Shufelt officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors Saltillo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Karla M. Strickland (Robert L.) of Saltillo; two sons, John H. Rass and Kurt M. Rass (Tonya) of Brandon; his mother, Luise Rass of Brandon; one sister, Luise Leppanen of Farmington, Mich.; one brother, Herman Rass of Livonia, Mich.; three grandchildren, DeCarol Hardenburg III, Kurt Rass and Kathleen Rass.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
RIPLEY - Rachel Thomas Duncan, 93, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at her home in Ripley. She was a retired school teacher with 37 years of service. She taught adult education classes for 15 years. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association and Kappa Kappa Iota. She was a member of the Ripley Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Connolly officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Anne Barkley (John) of Columbus; one grandson, John Barkley Jr. (Raven) of Columbus; two great-grandsons, Trip and Chase Barkley of Columbus; two brothers, J.D. Thomas (O.C.) of Ripley and Verna Thomas (Madeline) of Olive Branch; a sister-in-law, Bernice Thomas of Ripley; a brother-in-law, Price Darby of Sardis; special friends, J.C. and Haley Ray, and Tommy and Shelia Ray, all of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey E. "Dutch" Duncan; her parents, Howard and Lillie Nance Thomas; a sister, Bobbie Nell Darby; and a brother, Elmer Thomas.
Pallbearers will be James McElwain, Jimmy Bingham, Woodie Childers, Lamon McClain, Dr. Norris Howell and Hollis Wigington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert E. Elliott, Dr. Charles Elliott and the elders of Ripley Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday at the funeral home, and from 1:30 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Ripley Presbyterian Church Capital Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 556, Ripley, MS 38663.
Lillie Mae Shelby
RIPLEY - Lillie Mae Webb Shelby, 87, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at the Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. She was a seamstress for Hickory Flat Manufacturing Company and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Benton County.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Edd McCafferty and Minister King McCarver officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Benton County.
Survivors include one daughter, Clara Lee Shelby Davis (Jimmy) of Ripley; two sons, Billy Glenn Shelby (Carole) and Bobby Lynn Shelby of Ripley; eight grandchildren, Jimmy Wayne Davis (Debbie), Pam Bateman (Dale), Angela Sullivan (Chuck), Renee Wallace (Jeff), Keith Shelby, Carla Manners (Phil), Aaron Shelby (Jennifer) and Jeff Shelby (Karen); 13 great-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a special niece, Kaylee Duke.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ross Shelby; her parents, William Richard and Sara Elizabeth Erwin Webb; and six sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayne Davis, Jeff Shelby, Keith Shelby, Aaron Shelby, Dale Bateman, Charles Sullivan, Phil Manners and Jeff Wallace.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Carolyn Sanderson, The Peoples Bank, P.O. Box 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
SPARTA - Gladys Brogan, 94, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born April 6, 1912, in Chickasaw County to the late Joe H. and Maybell Lyles Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Prospect United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Walter Goldsmith officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one daughter, Patsy Watkins (Bryant) of Sparta; one son, Tommy Brogan (Ruby) of Collierville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Paul Watkins of McComb, Amy Wilson of Starkville and Tara Brogan of Dayton, Ohio; two great-grandchildren, Timothy Watkins and Ryan Wilson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry T. Brogan; her parents; and one brother and four sisters.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Joe Ben Jennings
WOODLAND - Joe Ben Jennings, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen after a long illness. He was a retired factory worker and a member of Callahan Baptist Church in Woodland.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Callahan Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mississippi Funeral Services of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lou Emma Jennings of Woodland; three sons, Charles Jennings of Woodland, Bennie Jennings of Columbus, Ga., and James Jennings (Hortensia) of Houston; one daughter, Jerry Ivy (Orlando) of Tupelo; one sister, Catherine Jennings of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren, Valencie Jennings of Macon, Ga., Lance Ivy of Crestview, Fla., James Jennings Jr. of Houston, Whitney Ivy of Tupelo and Deidre Jennings of Houston; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and one stepdaughter.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the church.
IUKA - Terri Akers Booker, 53, died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, as the result of an automobile accident on Coleman Park Road in Iuka. She was a former nurse and floral designer. A few of the many activities she enjoyed was doing charity work, spending time with her grandchildren, and being on the lake with her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. James Taylor, Bro. G.D. Jones and Bro. Dwain Whitehurst will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Booker; her mother, Emma Frances Akers of Iuka; one son, Bradley Booker of Iuka; one daughter, Carla Branson of Iuka; three brothers, Stanley Akers, Buddy Akers and Mark Akers, all of Iuka; one sister, Stephanie Barnett of Iuka; three grandchildren, Ivy Branson, Sawyer Booker and Braleigh Booker, all of Iuka.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Christopher Edward Booker; her father, Bobby Akers; and a brother, Patrick Akers.
NEW ALBANY - Alexzandria Renee Jones, infant, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary in Tupelo.
TUPELO - Christopher Ashton Stubbs, infant, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women's Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary.
SALTILLO - Alivia Rose Hester, infant, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.