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OXFORD - Bonnie Lee "Country" Graham, 87, a native of Baldwyn, and a resident of Oxford for 52 years, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, in Oxford, after a lengthy illness. He compiled one of the greatest careers in Ole Miss basketball history.
Graham was the Rebel's first basketball All-American in 1938 and was the winningest coach in Ole Miss basketball history with 144 victories.
The 6-foot-3 Graham played at Ole Miss from 1936-1938, and pioneered the one-handed pivot shot. During his playing days, Graham scored 1,259 points, which still ranks 15th on the career scoring chart, with most of them coming on his patented hook shot called "Country's Fadeaway."
A 1938 All-Southeastern Conference pick, he averaged 16.6 points in his career and set 35 S.E.C. scoring records at the time, despite playing during the last years of the center jump.
He led the Rebels to a 53-27 record in his three years, including the program's first 20-win season in 1936-37 (20-6 record). In 1937-38, Graham helped Ole Miss reach the finals of the S.E.C. Tournament and led all scorers in the tournament with 71 points.
Graham was also a three-year letter winner from 1936-38 as an end on Harry Mehre's Rebel football squad. The 1938 team posted a 9-2 mark.
"Country" began his coaching career as head football and basketball coach at Jones Junior College, winning state championships in both sports.
From 1950-62, Graham served as the head basketball coach at Ole Miss and compiled a 144-167 record. During his coaching stint, Graham guided the Rebels to three straight state championships and coached All-Americans Denver Brackeen (1955) and Joe Gibbon (1957).
Graham also served as an assistant football coach from 1952 to 1960. He retired from Ole Miss in 1974 as assistant professor of physical education.
He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1963, and was a charter member of the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986. He also was named to the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel Star's All-Time Southeastern Conference third team in 1974, and in 1978 was chosen by Sports Illustrated as one of the seven outstanding players in American for the decade of the 1930's.
A poll of alumni, faculty and sportswriters selected him as the Most Outstanding Player in Basketball at Ole Miss from 1893 to 1950. In 1999, he was presented the Mike Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding performance as an assistant coach in football.
Although his coaching career ended following the 1961-62 season, Graham stayed in Oxford and continued his association with the Rebel Basketball program. He always stopped by practices and attended games up until 1998. Prior to the start of the 1997-98 season, the renovated media room/players lounge at Tad Smith Coliseum was named in his honor.
He was a member of Oxford University United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Warren Black, the Rev. R. Glenn Miller and the Rev. Marjorie Buckley officiating. Burial will be in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Martin Graham of Oxford; his daughter, Janis Graham Dowe of Tylertown; one sister, Hattie Graham Saucier of Paducah, Ky.; two brothers, Cecil Graham of Columbus, and Dee Graham of Corinth; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 10 a.m. until service time at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 44 south 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
POTTS CAMP - Donna Louise Gurley, 49, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Nov. 18, 1951, in Victoria, Texas, to Fredrick McDougle and Ruby Cothern McDougle. She was a Baptist and a bookkeeper for the Marshall County Correctional Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Larry Tate and Bro. David Helmic officiating. Burial will be in Potts Camp Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Steve Gurley and Jason Gurley, both of Holly Springs; three sisters, Linda Tate of Jackson, and Norma Holbrook and Nadine Huey, both of Holly Springs; three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Keeling, Troy Statum, Carl Cothern, Timmy Statum, Don Cothern and Billy Tate.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Tate, Jonathon Keeling and Joshua Keeling.
Landon Von Kanel
Landon F. Von Kanel, 18, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, in Kosciusko as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born in Mobile, Ala., to Randy and Cindy Farris Von Kanel. He spent his elementary years in Mississippi, living in Big Point (Pascagoula), Carthage and Hattiesburg. He was a former resident of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, where he was a swimmer and a participant in various competitions, including the British Championship at the Crystal Palce in London and at Puerto Rico competitions. He was the first gold medalist with the Cayman Island national swim team. He was a former resident of Jackson, where he attended Northwest Rankin High School and Madison Central High School. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Jackson, where he participated in the choir and other church activities. He moved with his family to Tupelo, where he graduated from Tupelo High School in 2001. He recently had moved to Baton Rouge, La., where he was a freshman business management major at Louisiana State University. He was a freshman representative to the Student Body Government.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Jackson. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Macpelah Cemetery in Pascagoula. Mark Seepe Funeral Home of Jackson is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Randy and Cindy Farris Von Kanel of Tupelo; a sister, Randa Von Kanel of Tupelo; his grandparents, Lewis Von Kanel of Pascagoula, and Billy H. and Rose Farris of Moss Point; his great-grandfather, Lezra Rogers of Moss Point.
BUCHANAN, Mich. - Roger Dale Webster, 50, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at his home. He was born May 1, 1951, to Walter and Lille Mae Webster of Grenada. He was a mechanic, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Bro. Steve Hence officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include his wife, Tanya Dee Elord Webster of Buchanan, Mich.; a daughter, Tina Webster of Memphis; five sons, Michael Webster of Memphis, and Billy Webster, Roger Dale Webster Jr., John Martin McConnell Webster and Jessie Burgess Webster, all of Buchanan, Mich.; two sisters, Dianne Foster of Omaha, Neb., and Deborah Carol Henry of Grenada; three brothers, Joe Wayne Webster of Ellisville, Steven Ray Webster of Memphis and Gary Walter Webster of Grenada; three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Gary Webster, Steve Webster, Barry Henry, Clovis Webster, Robert Foster and Tom Foster.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OXFORD - Leona Conner Lewis, 101, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at her home in Oxford. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She was the widow of Willie Franklin Lewis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. LaJoyce Busby officiating. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery at Oxford.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Lewis Howington of Oxford and Doris Lewis Myrick of Water Valley; two sons, Elex R. Lewis of Nesbit and Ron Lewis of Oxford; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Clear Creek Cemetery Fund.
BATESVILLE - Shirley Lorraine McGinnis, 48, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at her home in Batesville. She was born April 16, 1953, in Marks to Leo Frankie Laster and Mary Magaline Dunn Laster. She was disabled.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Batesville with the Rev. Eugene Howell officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Lake Cemetery at Batesville. Wells Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Tammy Bryant Biggers and Connie Vance, both of Batesville, Janice Vance of Memphis, Mary Ann Vance Mabry of Sardis and Blaine Michelle Vance of Oxford; a son, Jimmy D. Vance Jr. of Batesville; four sisters, Carolyn Laster Walker of Cleveland, Fran Laster Flemmings of Clarksdale, Betty Laster Robertson of Courtland and Barbara Laster Black of Oxford; four brothers, Paul Laster of Fort Payne, Ala., and Frank Laster, Donald Joe Laster and David Laster, all of Batesville; nine grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Emmanuel Baptist Church on the Curtis-Locke Station Road.
BALDWYN - Lavelle Grissom Malone, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2001, at the Fulton Courtyards Nursing Facility. She was a homemaker and a member of Palestine Methodist Church.
Services were Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at Waters Funeral Chapel with Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial was in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Betty Pounds of Kirkville, Jo Maxcy and her husband, Jim, of Baldwyn, Callie Spencer of Marietta, and Bea Holland and her husband, Lamond, of Kirkville; 11 grandchildren, Larry Pounds, Ricky Pounds, Eddie Pounds, Brenda Roberts, Judy Barnes, Jerry Maxcy, Betty Zane Spencer, Jackie Spencer, Billy Spencer, Connie Dingler and David Holland; 11 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; four honorary grandchildren, Austin Hamblin, Bradley Hamblin, Courtney Matthews and Miranda Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lynn and Betty Grissom; two brothers, two sisters; her grandson, Jimmy Maxcy; and two nephews.
Pallbearers were Jim Maxcy, Jerry Maxcy, Joe Lollar, Michael Roberts, Jamie Roberts and Terry Roberts.
BOONEVILLE - Inis Malone Storey, 77, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Booneville Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Pisgah Methodist Church. A Jeff Gordon fan, she also enjoyed fishing and canning.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Minnix and Bro. Glenn Jones officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Ann Windham and Jane Hyde, both of Booneville, and Sherry Cole of Corinth; three sons, Travis Storey and his wife, Rita, of Booneville, Tommy Storey and his wife, Lydia, of New Site, and Tony D. Storey and his wife, Mary, of Hammond, La.; a sister, Ruth Storey of Pisgah; a sister-in-law, Letha Hood; a brother, Bobby Hood of Rienzi; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elgann S. Storey; a brother, Clarence Hood; a granddaughter, Shawna Storey; and her parents, Durell and Mary Jane Hood.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Storey, Alex Hood, Rickey Hood, Kenneth Matthews, Jimmy Maddox and Billy Joe Spencer.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
BATESVILLE - John Leroy McMillan, 62, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at his home in Batesville. He was born July 25, 1939, in Lambert to Henry and Agnes Scott McMillan. He was a self-employed electrician and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member, past president and past district governor of the Batesville Lions Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with Robert Rawson officiating. Burial will be in McIvor Cemetery in Batesville.
Survivors include his wife, Edith McMillan of Batesville; a daughter, Robin Campbell of Batesville; two sons, Jeff McMillan of Riverside, Calif., and Jim McMillan of Fontana, Calif.; two sisters, Nancy Robbins of Las Vegas and Janie Paschal of Elko, Nev.; eight grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm. Wednesday.
BELMONT - Ruthie Milam, 92, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
BREWER - Alicia Dewdrop "Dee" Thompson, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at her home in the Brewer community after a one-year illness. She was born Jan. 8, 1922, in Itawamba County to the late Grover and Beaulah Castleberry Prestage. She and her husband, the late George W. Thompson, lived on Kelly Street in Tupelo for almost 40 years, moving to Brewer in 1990. She was a homemaker and an active member of the Grace Memorial Baptist Church in Skyline until her health failed. She was a longtime church clerk and Sunday school teacher. She enjoyed flowers and loved her grandsons, who affectionately called her "MeMaw."
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Verona with Bro. Joe Holcomb and Bro. Kerry Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include a son, George Allen Thompson of the Hebron community near Saltillo; two daughters, Jenny Curry of Marietta, Ga., and Pam Howard and her husband, Rickey, of Brewer; a brother, Ervin Prestage of Birmingham; a brother-in-law, Howard W. Thompson and his wife, Dorothy, of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Joseph Matthew Curry, and Graham, Jordan and Sam Howard.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a son-in-law, Hollis Curry.
Pallbearers will be Danny Dorman, Gerald Oliver, Eddie Thompson, and Graham, Jordan and Matthew Curry.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Howard, Bill Wright and Mike Knight.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Willie B. Peden
BRUCE - Willie B. Peden, 86, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. She was born April 8, 1915, in Webster County to Everett Sturdivant and Callie Roberts Sturdivant. She was the widow of George B. Peden. She was a retired school teacher, and a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Mississippi and the Eastern Star. She was a 1934 graduate of Slate Springs High School and a 1936 graduate of Wood Junior College. She received her master's degree in education from the University of Mississippi in 1968. She was a former member of Banner Baptist Church for 54 years and a former Sunday school teacher at Banner for 40 years. After retiring from the public school system, she taught at the First Baptist Kindergarten in Bruce for four years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. John Gray and the Rev. Joe Epting officiating. Dr. Bruce Longest will deliver the eulogy.
Survivors include two daughters, Dee Allen of Pontotoc and Becky Todd of Bruce; two sisters, Inez Sturdivant of Oxford and Mamie Sams of Memphis; two brothers, Tommy Sturdivant of Oxford and Bobby Sturdivant of Memphis; four grandchildren, Kim Allen, Michelle Allen, Trina Pollan and John Allen Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Travis Allen and Nathan Pollen.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and two granddaughters, Charlotte Ann Allen and Dena K. Todd.
Pallbearers will be Claude Brasher, John Coggins, Terry Sturdivant, Tommy Sturdivant Jr., Billy Fred Sturdivant and Mike Lane.
Memorials may be made to Banner Baptist Church.
Mary A. Lipsey
CHICAGO - Mary A. Lipsey died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at her residence in Chicago. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.
CORINTH - Roy Moss, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born May 26, 1916, in Alcorn County to the late Jim and Caroline Moss. He was a retired farmer and logger. He was a member of the Tuscumbia Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Tuscumbia Baptist Church with the Rev. Pete Wooley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include seven sons, Ambrosia Moss and his wife, Barbara, of Vermillion, Ohio, Charles Moss and his wife, Diane, of Walnut, Larry Wayne Moss and his wife, Geneva, Jerry Moss and his wife, Deborah, David Moss and his wife, Pam, Terry Moss and his wife, Patsy, and Alton Moss, all of Corinth; a sister, Leaner Dixon of Corinth; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cleo Moss; two brothers, Walter and Vester Moss; a sister, Zoney Rutherford; and a daughter-in-law, Maxine Moss.
Visitation is at the church.
CORINTH - Edith Aline Dickey Orr, 94, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at the Whitfield Nursing Home. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church for 74 years. She was active in the United Methodist Women and a member of the Lesta Henry Sunday School Class. She was a certified practical nurse at the old Corinth Hospital and Whitfield Nursing Home. She was a member of the Magnolia Hospital Auxiliary for many years and a member of the Home and Country Homemakers Club for 50 years. She enjoyed needlework, flower gardening and sharing her flowers.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Dale Hathorn, Dr. Alan Damron and the Rev. Charles Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, James Robert Orr of Huntsville, Ala.; two daughters, Jean Orr Jones and Marilyn Orr Robertson, both of Corinth; nine grandchildren, Demetra Orr Smith and her husband, Lanny, and Robert Orr, all of Huntsville, Ala., and Barbara Jones Malone and her husband, Jerry, David Jones, Judy Robertson Crider and her husband, Billy, Jerry Robertson and his wife, Kaye, Ronnie Pittman Jr. and his wife, Kristi, Sharon Pittman Ross and her husband, Todd, and Karen Pittman, all of Corinth; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marjorie Goodeive of Greenville, Texas; a half sister, Evelyn Roberts of Corinth; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, C.E. Orr; her father, Walter Dickey; her mother, Libby Vanderford Dickey; a daughter, Carolyn Orr Pittman; a daughter-in-law, Virginia Orr; three sons-in-law, Hoyle Ray Jones, J.B. Robertson and Ronnie Pittman; four brothers; two sisters; and a half sister.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Norma B. Phillips
SHERMAN - Norma B. Phillips, 96, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2001, at her daughter's home in Sherman. She was born March 16, 1905, in Fountain, Wis. She was an employee of the Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison, Wis., and recipient of a service award from the VA in appreciation of her faithful service to the U.S. government for 20 years. Before moving to Mississippi in 1989, she was a charter member of the Temple Baptist Church in Madison, Wis. She was a current member of the Belden Baptist Church. After retiring, she served as a foster grandparents for disabled children. She was an avid gardener and involved in many church activities.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Don Baggett officiating and the Rev. Ray Ware delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Linda Watkins of Sherman; two sons, Ian Al Peterson of Longwood, Fla., and Marvin G. Peterson of Carmichel, Calif.; two sisters, Celia Mae Braund Jensen and Verna Crystal Braund, both of Rapids, Mich.; a brother, Irvin Keith Braund of New Lisbon, Wis.; one grandson; six granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Ulyess Braund and Sarah Jensen Braund; two brothers, her twin, Norley Braund and Clarence M. Braund; and her stepmother, Alice Loucinda Peckham.
Pallbearers will be Stacy Watkins, Jim Perry, Lonnie Talbert, Johnny Beasley, Brent Sanders and Harold Duke.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International.
AMORY - Josephine Lee Derrick Gateley, 63, died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus after an extended illness. She was born July 15, 1938, in Monroe County to Marion Andrew Derrick and Addie Lou Sanford Derrick. She had lived in Amory for 10 years. She married Harold Brook Gateley in Harlingen, Texas, in 1955. She was a homemaker. Her hobbies included baking and collecting dolls.
Private services will be held at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Benton officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Brook Gateley of Amory; her mother, Addie Lou Derrick of Pontotoc; a son, David Harold Gateley of San Antonio, Texas; a daughter, Deborah Jo Childers of Mascouth, Il.; two brothers, Marion Andrew Derrick and George Sims Derrick, both of Pontotoc; a sister, Betty June McMillin of Pontotoc; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Louie Harvey Derrick.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory MS 38821.
MANTACHIE - Annie Marie Deason, 75, died Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at her home after a sudden illness. She was born Jan. 18, 1926, to the late Artemus Majors and Elsie Mae Tubbs Majors. She was a member of Morningview Baptist Church and was retired from the restaurant business. She was an avid cook and enjoyed traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Bill Waddle and Bro. Chris Burrows officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Robbie Butler of the home; four daughters, Wanda Mills of Red Bay, Ala., Barbara Witt and her husband, Larry, of Belmont, Nancy Riley and her husband, Titus Ralph, of Mantachie, and Debbie Thompson and her husband, Roddy, of Pontotoc; a brother, Archie Majors of Amory; two sisters, Arvella Cox and Mary Jean Hurley, both of Amory; 10 grandchildren, Carey Mills, Cassie Mills, Cindy Howie, Lori Vaughters, Jason Witt, Monica Riley, Jim Thompson, Sarai Cornwell, Matthew Butler and Jennifer Butler; 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ralph Douglas Vutler, in February 1999; a granddaughter, Tracie Riley, in 1998; a brother, Earnest Majors; two infant sisters; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Carey Mills, Jim Thompson, Ed Cornwell, Mike Comer, Rodney Williams, Larry Witt and Roddy Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
RIPLEY - Martha Louise Ellis Slack died Friday, Oct. 12, 2001. She was born March 7, 1924. She was a gift shop owner and a member of the First Baptist Church of Pecos, Texas, where she taught Sunday school and the GA's. She was a member of the Mordern Study Club of Pecos, where she held various offices.
A memorial service was held Monday, Oct. 15, 2001, at the First Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Larry Creel officiating.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha Slack Reid and her husband, John, of Ripley; five grandchildren, John Frank Reid of Ripley, Elizabth Reid of Jackson, and Amanda Slack, Kristan Slack and Susan Slack, all of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters, Peggy Ellis of Pecos, Texas, Nita Parker of Longview, Texas, and Sue Leach of San Antonio, Texas; a brother, Bill Ellis of Tucson, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T.C. Slack Sr.; a son, Thomas Colbert Slack Jr.; and her parents, E.V. and Bessie Ellis.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.