DETROIT, Ala. Luther Wages Spruiel, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Lamar County, Ala., to the late Thomas Newton and Mary Ann Stuckey Spruiel. He was a farmer and a member of Friendship North Baptist Church. He was a 1937 graduate of Hamilton High School.
Services were Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Kelly and Bro. Tommy Spruiel officiating. Burial was in Friendship North Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Spruiel of Detroit, Ala.; three daughters, Margaret Masengal and her husband, Arley, of Guin, Ala., Joyce Finch and her husband, Edward, of Detroit, Ala., and Martha Cowley and her husband, Rickey, of Smithville; one brother, Roy Spruiel of Detroit, Ala.; one sister, Mary Cantrell of Sulligent, Ala.; five grandchildren, Brad Masengale and his wife, Lisa, Paul Masengale and his wife, Bridgett, Blake Cowley, Melanie Cowley Lafayette and her husband, Jeremy and Justin Finch; one great-grandchildren, Millie Grace Lafayette.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Laura Adams; two brothers, John Spruiel and Elton Spruiel.
Rama B. Sheppard
Rama B. Sheppard, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc after a long illness. A Monroe County native, she was born May 4, 1909, to Daniel Orlando Roebuck and Mary Lou Grady Roebuck. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo. She was a retired employee of Reed's Manufacturing, where she worked around 30 years. She was a member of the West Main Church of Christ. She was the widow of Dorris Wesley Sheppard, who died in September 1969.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Union Cemetery near Belden with Minister Charles Tharp and Minister Joe Herndon officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jeanette Bardwell and her husband, Melvin J., of Ferriday, La., Nancy E. Bell and her husband, Paul, of the Furrs community, and Doris M. Hardin and her husband, John, of Ecru; two sisters, Opal Hawkins of Pascagoula and Emogene Seiple of Warren, Ohio; one brother, James Roebuck and his wife, Ruby, of Aberdeen; five grandchildren, Gayle Bardwell, Terry Bostick and his wife, Candais, David Bostick and his wife, Denise, Sherrie Palmer and her husband, Keith, and Larry Bostick and his wife, Lori; 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by C.J. Bostick and his wife, Katrina, of Tupelo, and Chester Wade.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Dwight Wesley Wade, and a great-grandson, Dustin Frantom.
Pallbearers will be Bob Keith, Jimmy Keith, Bill Crabb, Allen Welford, Chuck Tharp and Howard Bland.
Honorary pallbearers will be G.T. Bostick and Chester Wade.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the West Main Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
NEW ALBANY Bertha Garner died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at her daughter's home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
BELMONT Molly Lucille "Nana" Vaughn, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the Red Bay Hospital in Red Bay, Ala. She was a native of Kentucky. She was a retired inspector for the HIS Corporation and a member of the Belmont First Baptist Church. She was the widow of Cecil Monroe Vaughn.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with the Rev. Jack Maroon, the Rev. Parrish Hartley and the Rev. Pete Morton officiating. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery in East Prairie, Mo.
Survivors include two daughters, Mona Neighbors and her husband, Mike, of Belmont, and Vicky Brown and her husband, Allen, of Booneville; five grandchildren, Misty Vaughn and her fiance, John Maxwell, of Tishomingo, Cecil Vaughn and his fiancee, Tiffany Martin, of Booneville, Molly Neighbors and Max Neighbors, both of Belmont, and Tasha Brown of Booneville; one great-grandchild, Skylar Maxwell of Tishomingo; three sisters, Audie Denton of East Prairie, Mo., Nell Underwood of Greenville, Mo., and Letha Wheeler of Dyersburg, Tenn.
Pallbearers will be Cecil Vaughn, Max Neighbors, John Maxwell, Randy Cornelison, Tim Belue and Mike Braden.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Family Life Center of Belmont First Baptist Church.
BELMONT Irene Emerson, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the Red Bay Hospital in Red Bay, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
BLUE MOUNTAIN Fay Wallis Street, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. She was a homemaker and a member of Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Wilbanks and the Rev. Ron Meeks officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Alvin Street of Blue Mountain; four daughters, Genaweese Mullins and her husband, Dee, of Ripley, Kona Miller of Corinth, Edith Street of Gulfport and Carolyn Street of Ripley; one son, J.L. Street and his wife, Mary, of Ripley; five grandchildren, Steve Mullins, Sonya Grimes and her husband, Lewis, Michael Miller, Linnea Miller and Chris Street; one great-grandchild, Drew Street.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Viola Green Wallis.
Pallbearers will be Lewis Grimes, Steve Mullins, Chris Street, Michael Miller, Danny Smith and Edwin Dees Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Lindsey, Brent Lindsey, Russell Robbins, Randy Robbins, Vance Moore and Doug Bain.
Lester Whirley Jr.
GLEN Lester Whirley Jr., 65, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the Iuka Hospital. He was retired from the Corinth Counce Railroad after 21 years. He was a member of Glendale Baptist Church. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McPeters Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Eva Nelson Whirley of Glen; one daughter, Deborah Marlar and her husband, Benny, of Glen; one son, Kenny Whirley of Dallas, Texas; his mother, Eula Mae Whirley Duckworth of Glen; one sister, Martha Meeks of Glen; one brother, Jesse Whirley of Burnsville; three grandchildren, Chad Marlar, Bradley Marlar and Emily Marlar.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lester Whirley Sr., and a brother, Lloyd C. Whirley.
Pallbearers will be Travis Nelson, Billy Weaver, J.W. Nelson, Billy Bass, William Weaver, Rodney Nelson and Wendell Nelson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Whirley, Randy Whirley, Ricky Whirley, Phillip Whirley, Kevin Whirley, Sean Meeks and David Meeks.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today.
Charles D. Swindle
CORINTH Charles D. Swindle, 61, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a retired machine operator and a member of the Fountain of Faith Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with the Rev. Buddy Cornelius and the Rev. David Gifford officiating. Burial will be in Overton Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Tanner Swindle; one daughter, Christy Hinton, and her husband, Teddy, of Corinth; two sons, Rodney Swindle and his wife, Carolyn, of Corinth, and Randy Swindle and his wife, Sarry, of Walnut; two stepdaughters, Marcie Horton and her husband, Johnny, of Covington, Tenn., and Etta Smith of Warwick, Ga.; three stepsons, Steve Johnson and John Johnson, both of Albany, Ga., and Leon Johnson of Copperas Cove, Texas; one brother, James Neal Swindle of Memphis; 20 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lester and Hazel Swindle; and a sister, Jo Frances Cummings.
CORINTH Sherman Long Whirley, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the Corinth Health and Rehab. He was born in Alcorn County and reared in McNairy County, Tenn. He was a retired employee of Intex Plastics and a founding member of Greater Life Pentecostal Church, where he served in various capacities.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth with Bro. Darren Killsworth officiating. Burial will be in forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Dora Hale Whirley; two daughters, Brenda Wood of Corinth and Maxine Johnson of Memphis; one son, James Faulkner of Southaven; one sister, Jessie Mae Lewis of Guys, Tenn.; three brothers, Commodore Whirley of Jackson, Tenn., and Joe Lee Whirley and Eddie Whirley, both of Guys, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Sarah Johnson Whirley, and a sister, Birdie Mae Mathews.
Annie Jane Taylor
NEW ALBANY Annie Jane Taylor, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the Memphis Jewish Home. She was born June 3, 1918, in Monroe County to the late Eddie Govan Dill and Mary Gilmore Dill. She was a former employee of Futorian Manufacturing Company and a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Rex Wilburn and the Rev. Billy Owen officiating. Burial will be in Old Baldwyn Cemetery.
survivors include three daughters, Mona Faye Simpson and her husband, Walter Thomas Simpson, of New Albany, Linda Beaty of Memphis, and Sylvia Wallace and her husband, Carlton Wallace, of Memphis; two sons, William Oliver "Bill" Taylor of New Albany and David Duane Taylor and his wife, Betty, of New Albany; three sisters, Norene Francis and Martha Easley, both of Amory, and Mary Eddie Tyus of Baldwyn; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert R. Taylor; and a sister, Geraldine Glover.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Roy Beaty, Reuban Dale Beaty, Michael Taylor, Jason Taylor, Andy Taylor and Ray Simpson.
HOULKA Doyle Vance, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a farmer and a member of Prospect Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Roy Childress and the Rev. John Flipin officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery at Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Walters Vance of Houlka; two sons, Stanley Vance and his wife, Helen, of Houlka and Dearmon Vance and his wife, Bobby, of Batesville; one brother, Curtis Vance of Mountain View, Ark.; six grandchildren, Clay Vnce, Justin Vance, Mike Vance, Victor Vance, Marie Moore and Clay Walls; 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Newman Vance and Birdie Mae Warnick Vance.
ABERDEEN Jimmie Wooldridge Foster, 70, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. She was born Jan. 23, 1930, in Chickasaw County to Eddie P. Brents and Perna Hayse Brents. She was a homemaker and a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Robert Gillis officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Larry Brents and his wife, Linda, of West Point; three grandchildren, Jim Stacy Brents and his wife, Jennifer, of Houlka, and Scott Brents and Stephen Brents, both of West Point; two great-grandchildren, Dakota Paige Brents and Dannah Brents, both of Houlka; two sisters, Juanita Handley of Rogers, Ark., and Lucille Brents of Blytheville, Ark.; one brother, Doyle Wooldridge of Clinton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Loraine Kirby.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Kirby, Micheal Brents, Gary Sledge, Scott Brents, Jim Stacy Brents and Stephen Brents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorial donations may be made to the Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1478, West Point MS 39773.
CALEDONIA Howard Harden White, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born April 8, 1921, to the late Hugh Franklin and Lula Mae Parks White. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Pentecostal church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with the Rev. Jim Blackstone officiating. Burial will be in Egger Cemetlery in Caledonia.
Survivors include two daughters, Alice Faye Worthey and her husband, Lavon, of Nettleton, and Edna Virginia McWhirter and her husband, John Wayne, of Houlka; four sons, Richard H. White and his wife, Melissa, and Hugh M. White, all of Caledonia, Rayburn L. White of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Dale White and his wife, Wendy Renee, of Okolona; six sisters, Jean Parker and Mae Yeager, both of Hamilton, Thelma Blackstone of Tampa, Fla., Laura Griffin of Sulligent, Ala., Flora Kilburn of Bartahatchie and Wilma White of Vernon, Ala.; one brother, Murff White of Sulligent, Ala.; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ludell Patterson White; three sons, William A. White, Don Willis White and John Newton White; and a daughter, Elsie Chandler.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PICKWICK DAM, Tenn. Sibyl Irene Davis, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at Harbert Hills Academy Nursing Home in Savannah, Tenn. She was born Nov. 26, 1917, in the Fairview community to Dr. W.T. and Virginia Bell Funderburk Collum. She graduated from East Central State Teachers College in Ada, Okla., in 1949. She was a retired school teacher and homemaker. She attended a Methodist church in Pickwick Dam, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Benefield Cemetery near Fairview.
Survivors include her husband, James Fred Davis of Pickwick Dam, Tenn.; two daughters, Linda Wardlaw and her husband, Hugh, of Bartlett, Tenn., and Teresa Williams and her husband, Robert, of Savannah, Tenn.; one son, Tommy Fred Davis, and his wife, Lynn, of Collierville, Tenn.; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Utrinka Collier and Pauline Huffman, both of Fort Worth, Texas; two brothers, Telpha Collum of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Dr. Billy T. Collum of Fulton.
Pallbearers will be Robert Williams, Hugh Wardlaw, Eric Wardlaw, Evins Wardlaw, Matthew Williams, Wayne Hanner and Lewis Wiley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
FULTON Nell Cromeans, 65, died at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
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BOONEVILLE Tina Sue Mayo Stephens, 39, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. She was born March 29, 1961, in Corinth. Before becoming disabled in 1988, she worked at Brown Shoe Company for five years and at Magnolia Regional Health Center for two years. She was a member of Little Brown Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing, dancing and working Search-A-Word puzzles.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russell Clouse and Bro. Ralph Ambrose officiating. Burial will be in the Little Brown Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Betty and James West of Corinth; her father and stepmother, Randall and Gayle Mayo of Booneville; a brother, Greg Mayo and his wife, Barbara, of Corinth; three sisters, Beverly Mayo of Oxford, Selena Scott and her husband, Donald, of Corinth, and Amanda Meeks and her husband, Jason, of Corinth; a nephew, Casey Mayo; three nieces, Heather Mayo, Felicia Mayo and Ravin Scott, all of Corinth.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Eddie Mayo, and Mr. and Mrs. Wiley Fred Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Stevie Allen, Kevin Allen, Tyron Allen, Keith Wilson, Danny Wilson and Anthony Studdard.
Merle N. McCurdy
POPE Merle N. McCurdy, 97, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center. She was born Aug. 29, 1903, in Pope to Felix and Maude Selby Nelson. She was a retired land owner and a member of Pope United Methodist Church. She was the widow of J. Carl McCurdy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pope United Methodist Church with the Rev. Cathron Camp and the Rev. Clay Baker officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara McCurdy Branscome of Grenada and Carolyn McCurdy Young of Metairie, La.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.
PONTOTOC Blanche Scroggins, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at her home in Pontotoc. She was the widow of Marcus Scroggins. She was born Sept. 26, 1909, in Pontotoc County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Cayson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Wayne Lee Scroggins and his wife, Joyce, of Pontotoc, and David E. Scroggins and his wife, Frances, of Fullerton, Calif.; seven grandchildren, David L. Scroggins and his wife, Kylus, Jimmy Vaughn and his wife, Heather, Ladotta Lincks and her husband, Jim, David Scroggins Jr., Debbi Hite and her husband, Steve, Kathi Kietzke and her husband, David, and Tim Scroggins; 16 great-grandchildren, Shuanda Vaughn, Brandon Vaughn, Nicole Vaughn, Dustin Vaughn, Christine Vaughn, Dillon Scroggins, Dalton Scroggins, Lucas Scroggins, Adam Hite and his wife, Sarah, Kalee Hite, David Scroggins III, Kara Scroggins, Kelsey Scroggins, Jeremy Kietzke, Brent Kietzke and Dustin Scroggins.
Pallbearers will be Bill Bass, Eugene Bass, Kenneth Bass, Timmy Stacks, Jimmy Vaughn and Ray Spencer.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to service time Tuesday.