Obituaries, Thursday, Feb. 19, 1998
Norma Faye Grissom
Norma Faye Grissom, 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at her home after a sudden illness. She was a lifelong resident of Tupelo. She was a retired church secretary and legal secretary, and a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. She was state historian and past state corresponding secretary for the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, and past president of the Hernando de Soto Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She was current president of the John J. Hart Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a past regent of the Mary Stuart Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Ron Barham and Dr. Prentiss Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Keith Grissom of Tupelo; one daughter, Ginger Jackson, and her husband, Eddie, of Aberdeen; one son, Michael Grissom, and his wife, Vanessa, of Saltillo; two grandchildren, John Keith Jackson and Barrett Womack.
Pallbearers will be Jim Brown, Benny Pippin, Tom Barnett, Robert Jenkins, Rob Gardner and Bobby Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Blue Long, Dr. Bill Kellum, Roy Boggan and Guy Ruff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
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Mr. James T. Robbins
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Mrs. Norma Faye Grissom
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Jefferson Street Chapel
Lee Memorial Park
BELMONT Josie Bell McKinney, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at the Daniel Nursing Home in Fulton. She was a native of Mississippi. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church and a retired machine operator with Blue Bell Inc. after 11 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leffa McKinney, in 1981.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Old Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Jackie Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Catherine Hall of Mundelein, Ill.; one son, Wilbur McKinney of Red Bay, Ala.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Billy Garrison, Duane Garrison, Roger Parrish, Michael Lindsey, Harold Hutcheson and Robert Beam.
TISHOMINGO Edna Mae Akers, 78, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
RED BAY, Ala. Kyler Bradford Williams, infant son of William Bradford and Tina Williams of Red Bay, Ala., died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at the Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
NEW ALBANY L.P. Horton, 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at his daughter's home in Rossville, Tenn. He was born Oct. 12, 1915, in Winston County to Lee and Emma McGahey Horton. He lived in New Albany for many years. He was a former employee of Houston's Dry Goods. He was retired from T.G.&Y. Department Stores, serving as store manager in Memphis and Baxley, Ga. He was a member of Glenfield United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Corene Childers Horton.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Smith Whiteside officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy Horton Bender, of Rossville, Tenn.; one son-in-law, Kenneth L. Horton of Pensacola, Fla.; one grandchild, Amy Monique Accord of Memphis; one great-grandchild, Taylor Hope Accord of Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
RIENZI William "Mr. Bill" Barnett, 62, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at the Booneville Baptist Hospital after a long illness. He was a truck driver for Quartet Manufacturing Co. and a Navy veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Chuck Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Glenda Bonds and her husband, Victor, of Kossuth, Shelia Follin of Jumpertown and Kimberly Barnett of Rienzi; one son, Regan Barnett of Kossuth; two brothers, Charles Ray Worcester and Ricky Worcester, both of Greenville, Texas; seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, "Big Bill" Barnett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; and until service time Saturday.
FALKNER Lucian Glee Rutherford, 90, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was a retired farmer, a Baptist and a member of the American Beagle Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Titus Tyer officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Edna Miller of Bartlett, Tenn., Kay Shelton of Tupelo, Oleta Butler of New Albany and Frankie Gaillard of Falkner; three sons, Lee Rutherford of Greenbrier, Ark., Orville Rutherford of Huron, Ohio, and Don Rutherford of Southamhurst, Ohio; 28 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Bryant Rutherford; a daughter, Lucille Marettia; and two sons, Glee Rutherford and Troy Rutherford.
His grandsons will be pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 3:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary Ann Ball
ECRU Mary Ann Ball, 80, died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was a member of Cherry Creek M.B. Church, where she was a former president of the Usher Board, a member of the adult choir and a member of the Heroines of Jericho.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cherry Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. Terry Baber officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Rome A. Ball of Ecru; four daughters, Juanita Griffin of Tupelo, Modenia Graves and Mary Griffin, both of Zion, Ill., and Cerecia Buchanan of Daleville, Ala.; five sons, Rome F. Ball of Highland Park, Ill., Hubert Ball of Streamwood, Ill., Louis Ball of Racine, Wis., Howard Ball of San Antonio, Texas, and John Ball of Crystal Lake, Ill.; three sisters, Nannie Stewart and Maggie Ryan, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Fannie Bush of Chicago; three brothers, Victor Coleman and Bilbo Coleman, both of St. Louis, and Cleveland Coleman of Chicago; 24 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.
NETTLETON Marvelene Johnson, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was the daughter of Archie and Alvie Green, and a resident of Peaceful Valley community of Itawamba County. She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Dan Louman officiating. Burial will be in the Keys Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Arlie "Jack" Johnson of Peaceful Valley; one son, William Harold Johnson of Water Valley; one daughter, Larie Wallace of Peaceful Valley; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Jimmy D. Turner
BANNER Jimmy D. Turner, 60, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Central in Memphis. He was the son of the late William Harold and Cora Luttrell Turner. He was an employee of Memphis Hardwood and Flooring in Bruce. He attended Lantrip Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating and Bro. Darrell Logan assisting. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Lee Turner of Banner; two sons, Sammy Lee Turner and his wife, Jennifer, of Birmingham, and Tracy Harold Turner and his wife, Judy, of Banner; one sister, Betty Hellums of Albertville, Ala.; one brother, Billy Turner of Banner; one granddaughter, Anna Grace Turner of Banner.
Pallbearers will be Dwight Ruth, R.L. Bennett, Leon Lee, Billy Lee, Douglas Parker, James Bryant, Rex Jarrett and Jerry Bowles.
Joe Cox Sr.
STARKVILLE Joe Prowell Cox Sr., 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998, at the TLC Home in Starkville. He was a native of the Tibbee community of Clay County and the son of the late Robert Lenoir and Carrie Louise Prowell Cox. He married Virginia Elizabeth Halsell on Nov. 7, 1947. He was a former manager for Crossroads Gulf Service Station. He later worked for Fairway Amusement Co. of Columbus. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a Protestant.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with the Rev. Stanley Williams officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia "Peggy" Cox of Starkville; one daughter, Sharon Cox Mize of Starkville; two sons, David H. Cox of West Point and Joe P. Cox II of Starkville; two grandchildren, Sara Mize and Lydia Mize, both of Starkville; five sisters, Lenoir Cox Josey of Greenwood, Virginia Cox Lance of Starkville, Nettie Cox Ritter of Fort Worth, Texas, Jean Cox Coleman of West Point and Marcella Cox Rhinehart of Chula Vista, Calif.
He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Cox, on Aug. 29, 1970.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Friends and family will gather at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to Methodist Children's Home, P.O. Box 2589, Madison, Miss. 39130.
SULLIGENT, Ala. Beatrice Smith, 83, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, in the Fayette Medical Center in Fayette, Ala. She was born in Monroe County to Leonard and Icie Guyton McMurry, and lived in the Sulligent area all of her life. She was the wife of the late Girlie Smith. She was a member of the Methodist church, and a former employee of the school cafeteria and McCoy Manufacturing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Norwood Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent with Bro. Edward Puckett officiating. Burial will be in Taylor Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Velma Smith of Birmingham; several nieces and nephews.
SULLIGENT, Ala. James Marris Lacy, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at Carraway Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala. He was born Feb. 4, 1925, in Lamar County, Ala., to Ettie Mae Hill Lacy and David "Mack" Lacy. He was a Baptist, and he attended the First Freewill Baptist Church in Sulligent. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired truck driver.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent with Bro. Billy Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Beaverton, Ala.
Survivors include his wife, Pearlie Price Lacy of Sulligent; two sons, James Lacy and his family, and David Lacy, all of Vernon, Ala.; two daughters, Debbie Seller and her family of Panama City, Fla., and Brandy Spiers and her family of Caledonia; one brother, Rex Lacy of Sulligent; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
VERNON, Ala. Christine Evans, 64, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 1998, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Lamar County, Ala., to Argie Hollis and Palmer Howard. She was a Baptist and a seamstress at Glenn Manufacturing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala., with Bro. James Godsey officiating. Burial will be in the Love Joy Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Grafton Evans of Vernon; three sons, John Thomas Evans Sr., Arnold Junior Evans and Charles Ray Evans, all of Sulligent; three daughters, Rachel Ann Smith of Sulligent, and Patricia Nell Cunningham and Polly Sue Hawkins, both of Vernon; two adopted children, James Franklin Hill and Abby Marie Hill, both of Vernon; four brothers, Monroe Howard and James Wayne Howard, both of Vernon, Hollis Howard of Sulligent, and Palmer Howard Jr. of Amory; six sisters, Ruby Adams of Kosciusko, Jean Brown of West Point, Jeanette Sorrells of Gattman, Faye Watts of Fulton, Olene Porter of Moline, Ill., and Mary Jane Sandro of Iowa; 12 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
AMORY Vernon J.B. "Mutt" Monaghan, 78, died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998, in Monroe County. He was born May 18, 1919, near Nettleton. He attended Pine Grove schools. He lived in Amory for more than 50 years. He was a cattle farmer and a member of St. Matthews United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting and gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don McCain and Bro. Truman Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include his wife, Velma Louise Duncan Monaghan of Amory, whom he married in 1943; two sons, J.B. Monaghan Jr. and his wife, Susan, and George Monaghan and his wife, Kelly, all of Amory; one daughter, Barbara Harlow and her husband, Jimmy, of Amory; one sister, Mildred McKinney of Smithville; 11 grandchildren, Lisa Monaghan, Randy Monaghan, Angela Fears, Chadwick Monaghan, Daniel Monaghan, Michael Harlow, Lori Pressley, Jennifer Harlow, Craig Monaghan, Amy Taylor and Jessica Monaghan; 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George Monaghan and Annie Province Monaghan; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Roche, David Roche, Herman Tomlin, John Harlow, Bobby Harlow, Jerry Chaney, Danny Chism and G.W. Walls.
Memorials may be made to the St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Amory.
AMORY Christine Brister Reeves Mercer, 84, died Monday, Feb. 16, 1998, at the Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. She was born Sept. 10, 1913, in Charleston. She grew up in West Helena, Ark. She was a graduate of the West Helena School, Blue Mountain College, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. She married Floyd S. Reeves in 1937; he died in 1971. She was a longtime public school teacher, teaching in the West Helena, Ark., Amory, Hamilton and Bel Air, Md., school systems. She was a longtime resident of Amory and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Amory, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was active in church mission work in Puerto Rico, where she was a school principal. She was the state founder of the Kappa Kappa Iota Teachers Sorority. She was a member of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ron Kirkland and Bro. Dale Hathorn officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include her husband, B.L. Mercer of Tishomingo, whom she married in 1984; her sons, F.S. "Sonny" Reeves Jr. and his wife, Mary Etta, and William "Red" Reeves and his wife, Sherry, all of Amory, George "Doc" Reeves and his wife, Joyce, of Caledonia, Danny Reeves and his wife, Susan, of Hattiesburg, Ray Reeves and his wife, Letitia, of Flora; two daughters, Clara Donalson and her husband, Joe, of Panama City, Fla., and Cathy Stanley and her husband, Oliver, of Houston, Texas; one daughter-in-law, Linda T. Reeves of Columbus; one brother, Marion Brister of Vero Beach, Fla.; 25 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elwyn Montgomery Brister and Alice Ruth Watts Brister, and a son, Edwin Reeves.
Pallbearers will be her sons and Oliver Stanley.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Eastern Star.
Memorials may be made to the Palmer Scholarship Fund in care of the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, Miss. 38821 or to the Baptist Children's Village, Jackson, Miss. 39209.