Jessie Boxx, Baldwyn

Bessie Brandon, New Albany

James Brumley, Adamsville, Tenn.

Jesse Curlee, Corinth

Eulus Fitts, Pontotoc

Velma Garth, Waukegan, Ill.

Hazel Grant, Guntown

Billie Sue Hammons, Southaven

Bo Hughey, Corinth

Armaree Jamison, Woodland

Jean Kerr, Tupelo

Virgie Murry, New Albany

Rev. Tate Presley, Iuka

Beatrice Smith, Corinth

Arveda Smith, Mantachie

Audie Sudduth Jr., Pontotoc

James Tharp, Tupelo

Essie Thomas, Tiplersville

Ruby Vance, Houlka

Ray White, Saltillo

Clayton Wright Jr., Belmont

Eulus V. Fitts

PONTOTOC - Eulus V. Fitts, 90, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was a retired farmer, plumber and cafe operator. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. James Lewis and Bro. Tommy Inmon officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Rennie Mae Fitts of Pontotoc; three daughters, Frances Henry and husband, Bobby, of New Albany, and Dorothy Hodges and husband, Watson, and Elizabeth Sledge and husband, Glenn, all of Pontotoc; two sons, Dalton Fitts and wife, Barbara, and Joe Fitts and wife, Sarah, all of Pontotoc; two brothers, Wayne Fitts and wife, Vera, and Lowell Fitts and wife, Nell, all of Pontotoc; 13 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by twin daughters, one sister, one brother, his parents and one grandchild.

Pallbearers will be David King, David Baumbaugh, Shane Faulkner, Andy Black, Bro. Randy Clark and Billy Bagwell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Beatrice Smith

CORINTH - Beatrice Parker Smith, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a homemaker, and a devoted mother and wife. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Earnest Edward Smith, on Sept. 22, 2003.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Coleman-Family Chapel in Corinth with Wayne Isbell officiating. Burial will be in Fraley's Chapel Cemetery in Alcorn County.

Survivors include three sons, Donald Lee Smith of Corinth, Thomas Ray Smith and wife, Shirley, of Corinth, and Bobby Wayne Smith of Dalton, Ga.; three brothers, Otis Parker of Memphis, and Robert Parker and James Parker, both of Corinth; two sisters, Mary Robbins of Adamsville, Tenn., and Sandra Bowen of Corinth; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her father, Charley Parker; her mother, Prency Parker; and a son, Rickey Smith.

Pallbearers will be Donald Smith Jr., Shane Parker, Lynn Newbourn, Billy Thomas, John Boren and Edwin Wiggins.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Ray White

SALTILLO - Charles Ray White, 66, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at his home. He was a retired employee of the Mississippi Highway Patrol and a former employee of the Lee County Sheriff's Department. He also served as an interim constable, completing Ralph Coggins' term. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Maylene Taylor White of Saltillo; five children, Billy Ray White and wife, Amee, of Vine Grove, Ky., Jimmy Ellis White and wife, Pam, of Saltillo, Tommy Craig White and wife, Theresa, of Saltillo, Tracy Brock White and wife, Sylvia, of Pontotoc, and Marlena Elizabeth White of the home; two brothers, Olen White and wife, Gay, of Pontotoc, and Robert White and wife, Shirley, of New Albany; 10 grandchildren, David White, Matthew White, Randi White, Reese White, Cory White, Josh White, Casey White, Drake White, Jared White and Nikki White; two great-grandchildren, Mary Helen White and Maeve White; his mother-in-law, Myrtle Taylor of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Allie White of Tennessee and Linda Hoffman of Shannon.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Brenda Joyce Brock White, in 1978; his parents, George Ellis and Clara Nell Ashmore White; and a brother, Curtis White.

Pallbearers will be members of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

Audie Sudduth Jr.

PONTOTOC - Audie Sudduth Jr., 71, died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2003, at the Madison Nursing Home in Madison, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Jessie Boxx

BALDWYN - Jessie Douglas Boxx, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired employee of Rockwell-Delta and a member of the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of Lodge No. 108 for 47 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn with Dr. Gayle Alexander and Bro. Kermit Brann officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Kesler-Coggins Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Ramona Boxx of Baldwyn; two daughters, Wanda Bass and husband, Mike, of Tupelo, and Meda Vassar and husband, Matthew, of Pontotoc; two sons, Jimmy Boxx and wife, Teresa, of Clinton and Greg Boxx of Biloxi; a sister, Elizabeth Mann and husband, Marcell, of Baldwyn; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Susie Boxx; a sister, Trannie Conlee; a brother, Charles Boxx; and a grandson, Justin "PeeWee" Boxx.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Vassar, Mike Bass, Brian Boxx, Jason Vassar, Chris Bass, Tim Bass and Jeremy Haselhorst.

Honorary pallbearers will be his Griffin Gin buddies and Sunday school class.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today.

Virgie Murry

NEW ALBANY - Virgie Lee Roberson Murry, 73, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born July 25, 1930, to the late Robert Lee Roberson and Mattie Frances Crawford Roberson. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church, where she was a former Sunday school teacher, former WMU director and former WMU Association director. She was the Tupperware district manager with Country Land Sales.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Terry Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.

Survivors include a daughter, Robbie Murry Milam and husband, Ralph, of New Albany; a son, Larry Murry and wife, Rebecca, of Blue Springs; two sisters, Tommye Laster and husband, Floyd, of Savannah, Tenn., and Marybelle Akins and husband, Buddy, of Ripley; a brother, Jimmy Edd Roberson and wife, Ella Mae, of New Albany; her grandchildren, Edward Murry and wife, Christy, of Ecru, Joanna Jarvis and husband, Kevin, of Blue Springs, and Lee Murry, Jay Goudelock and wife, Laura, and Lori Goudelock, all of New Albany; her great-grandchildren, Tyler and Whitney Jarvis, and Richard, Sam, Brooklyn and Payton Murry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters, Pauline Dixon and Jamie Bryant.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayne Roberson, Steve Roberson, Ricky Roberson, Richie Bryant, Lloyd Ellis Akins and Stacey Childs.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Northside Baptist Church Mission Fund, 782 Hwy. 15 N., New Albany MS 38652.

Armaree Jamison

WOODLAND - Armaree Jamison, 87, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 2003, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.

Services will be at noon Saturday at the Lower Prairie Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. Henry Lee Brownlee officiating. Burial will be in Lower Prairie Creek Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Marvin Wayne Jamison of Woodland; three daughters, Arma Jean Mims of Houston, Earlean Jamison of Woodland and Maggie Ree Catron of Gary, Ind.; two sisters, Nanie Mosley of East Chicago, Ind., and Arletta Kilgore of Arkansas; 21 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Esker Jamison; her parents, Tommy and Maggie Mosley; a son, John Hubert Jamison; two brothers, James Mosley and Johnny Mosley; nine sisters, Ester Edward, Susie Stevens, Mary Jane Harroled, Maggie Mosley, Pearlie Chandler, Alice Hollins, Rosie Chandler, Malinda Ford and Martha Lee.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Hazel Grant

GUNTOWN - Hazel Grant, 68, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a member of the Guntown Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed playing dominoes, and playing with her dogs and cats.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Guntown Assembly of God with Bro. Merle Floyd and Bro. Bobby White officiating. Burial will be in Brices Crossroads Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sisters, Mary Floyd of Guntown and Ruby Ford of Baldwyn; a brother, Willie Lee "Bill" Floyd and wife, Nancy, of Indiana; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Grant; her parents, John P. and Nannie Roberts Floyd; an infant sister, Ivy Pearl Floyd; and two brothers, John Thomas Floyd and James Richard Floyd.

Pallbearers will be Larry Coggins, Pat Coker, J.C. Coggins, Barry Hallmark, Frankie Hallmark and Jeremy Stanley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mackie Floyd and Billy Williams.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

James Brumley

ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. - James Arnold Brumley, 63, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the Tri-County Convalescent Home in Adamsville, Tenn. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a bricklayer and a member of the First Baptist Church of Adamsville.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shackelford Funeral Home-Adamsville Chapel. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery in Hardin County, Tenn.

Survivors include two daughters, Shelley Kilburn and Kelly Foster, both of Fort Worth, Texas; his mother, Beatrice Brumley Wood, and stepfather, Jerry Wood, of Adamsville; four sisters, Maxine Kemp of Adamsville, Geraldine Talley of Savannah, Tenn., Dianne Schmidt of Tupelo and Margaret Harmon of Jackson, Tenn.; two brothers, Rickey Brumley of Shiloh, Tenn., and Larry Brumley of Savannah; three grandchildren.

Clayton Wright Jr.

BELMONT - Clayton Ben Wright Jr., 79, died Monday, Sept. 22, 2003, in San Simon, Ariz. He was a resident of Apache Junction, Ariz., and a former resident of Belmont. He was the owner of a shoe and western boot manufacturing shop in Amarillo, Texas. He was a former member of Belmont United Methodist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was the son of the late Ben Wright Sr. and Clarice Messer Wright.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ed Saunders officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Garden.

Survivors include two cousins, Raymond Shook Sr. and wife, Eva, of Golden and Nell Messer of Belmont; a host of cousins.

Visitation will be from 2:30 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

James Tharp

James Loyd Tharp, 70, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at his home in Tupelo. He was born July 13, 1933, in Alvie. He was a retired police officer, truck driver and songwriter. He was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bradford Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Brazil officiating. Burial will be in the Bradford Chapel Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Tharp of Tupelo; three daughters, Debby Harmon and Nancy Janette Tharp, both of Tupelo, and Annette Presley of Guntown; two sons, James Glen Tharp of Tupelo and David Bowman of West Point; two sisters, Ola Pittman of Eupora and Betty Miller of Knoxville, Tenn.; a brother, Johnny Tharp of Pittsboro; eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil Hatcher and Roy Tharp, and a sister, Lois Gamble.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Jessie B. Curlee

CORINTH - Jessie B. Curlee, 75, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at the Alcorn Health and Rehab Center.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at City Road CME Church with the Rev. Robert Fields officiating. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a brother, W.K. Curlee of Corinth; three sisters, Leaster Knight, and Doris Moore and husband, Chester, all of Corinth, and Katherine Kimmons of Fort Pierce, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Cullin and Lena Curlee, four brothers and three sisters.

Ruby Vance

HOULKA - Ruby Clark Vance died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Essie Thomas

TIPLERSVILLE - Essie Thomas died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Arveda Smith

MANTACHIE - Arveda Febea Smith, 84, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today.

Velma Garth

WAUKEGAN, Ill. - Velma "Bay" Garth died Sunday, Sept. 21, 2003, at her son's home in Waukegan, Ill. She was born April 5, 1929, to the late John Eddie and Elfreda James. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School and Mississippi Industrial College. She taught school in the Aberdeen Separate School District. She was a lifelong member of New Hebron M.B. Church in Aberdeen. She also attended New Hope M.B. Church. She was loved by family and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church in Okolona with the Rev. George Vance officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, L.C. Garth and wife, Ava, of Memphis, and Larry Darnell Garth and wife, Connie, of Waukegan, Ill.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Wiley Sanders of Chicago; three sisters, Ora Lee Bailey of Aberdeen, Lessie V. Guyton of Chicago and Annie Hrobowski of Berkley, Ill.; four sisters-in-law; host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lott Cary Garth; her parents; two brothers, John E. James Jr. and Cleveland James.

Bo Hughey

CORINTH - Winford "Bo" Hughey, 53, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at his home. He was a graduate of Corinth High School. He worked for ITT Manufacturing, Tyrone Hydraulic, Spun Steel and Leedo's Manufacturing. He was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia M.B. Church with the Rev. Lawrence Morris and the Rev. Bobby Geanes officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Grayson's Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Winford Terrell Hughey and Odis Lamar Hughey, both of Corinth; a sister, Shebra Spears of Milwaukee, Wis.; four brothers, Alvis Charles Hughey and wife, Dorothy, James Hence Hughey and wife, Demetria, and Kenneth Wayne Hughey and wife, Phildred, all of Corinth, and Jimmy Louis Hughey and wife, Beverly, of Ripley; five sisters, Flora Mae Hughey, Mary Elizabeth Hughey, Dorothy Ann Crayton and Lila Wade, all of Corinth, and Nellie R. Jones and husband, Marvin, of Booneville; a grandchild, Quavon D'mar Hughey; two aunts, Rachel Tye and husband, Edward, and Gertrude Geanes of Walnut; a greataunt, Alice Thomas of Holly Springs; an uncle, Tommy Hughey of Tupelo; nephews, nieces and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin and Earline Hughey; a daughter, Christie Hughey; and a brother, Andrew Hughey.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Billie Sue Hammons

SOUTHAVEN - Billie Sue Hammons, 66, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. She was a Baptist.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Gardens in Clarksdale.

Survivors include a daughter, Debbie Davis of Southaven; two sons, James Hammons of Horn lake and Jeff Hammons of Mooreville; three sisters, Geraldine Blakley of Memphis, Kissie Jones of Ocean Springs and Doris Patton of Clarksdale; a brother, Larry Burr of Ocean Springs; four grandchildren.

Rev. Tate Presley

IUKA - The Rev. V.T. "Tate" Presley, 87, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

Jean Kerr

Jean Hope Kerr, 76, died Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a six-month illness. She was born Nov. 9, 1926, in Memphis to the late Clyde Dawkins and Leah Hope Jolliff Dawkins. She moved to Tupelo from St. Louis, Mo., in 1975. She was a homemaker, a cook and a Catholic. She was an avid conversationalist and enjoyed looking at houses. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allen Newman officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Herb Kerr of Tupelo; two daughters, Joanne K. Hendrix of Tupelo, and Nancy Angle and husband, Michael, of Bellefontaine, Ohio; five grandchildren, Vanessa and Wesley Hendrix of Tupelo, and Bart, Brad and Jon Angle of Ohio; two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Lee Hendrix.

Pallbearers will be Wesley Hendrix, Bill Mattox, John Mattox, George Stone, Roger Davis, and Steve Holland.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Women First Breast Cancer Resource Center, 215 N. Gloster St., Tupelo MS 38804.

Bessie Brandon

NEW ALBANY - Bessie Lee Brandon, 84, died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2003, at her home. She was a retired employee of Ervin B. Schwabe, where she worked for 40 years. She was a member of the Bethany Primitive Baptist Church.

Services were Thursday, Sept. 25, 2003, at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Larry Wise and Elder Roger Browning officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Mortimer funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Trentham of New Albany; a sister, Lavada Tackett of Pontocola; three grandchildren, Barbara Ann Huffstatler of New Albany, Melinda J. Taylor of Etta and Robert Dale Brandon of New Albany; three great-grandchildren, Courtney Ann Huffstatler, Casey Erin Huffstatler and Serena Nichole.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Brandon; her parents, Rufus T. and Serena Davis Duckworth; a son, James Edward Brandon; and a brother, Rufus Duckworth.

Pallbearers were Bobby Dan Tackett, Douglas Trentham, Glen Duckworth, Jerry Tackett, Robert Mahan and Steve Williams.

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