Lowery Robinson Jr.
FULTON - Lowery Marlin "Cruise" Robinson Jr., 66, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at his home after a long illness. He was born May 8, 1937, in Lee County to Lowery Marlin Robinson Sr. and Coleen Cummings Robinson of Fulton. He attended Lawhon Junior High School and graduated from Philadelphia High School. He graduated from Decatur Community College and Livingston State University. He earned two master's degrees from Mississippi State University. He coached basketball for 27 years at Bonn, Caledonia, Mantachie, Houston, Picayune and Walnut. While coaching at Houston, his teams won two state championships and his 1970-1971 Houston team won the State Grand Slam. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fulton. An avid quail hunter, he enjoyed the fellowship of his hunting buddies.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tommy Winders and Bro. David Aultman officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Lowery Marlin Robinson Sr. and Coleen Cummings Robinson of Fulton; his wife, Ann Swindol Robinson of Fulton; a daughter, Laurie Powell of Plantation, Fla.; a granddaughter, Brandy Powell of Plantation, Fla.; a niece, Coleen Thornton and husband, Ted, of Fulton; a nephew, Charles Steele and friend, Shelia White, of Kingsport, Tenn.; an aunt, Ernie Moore of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by a son, Grant Robinson, and a sister, Jo Ann Steele.
Pallbearers will be Mont Mars, Jerry Hunter, Dewey Partridge, Grayson Cummings, Wayne Newsom, Ken Bishop, Gary Sullivan and Paul Johnson.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today.
MEMPHIS - Eunice Armstrong Barnett, 88, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the Graceland Nursing Center in Memphis after a long illness. She was formerly of Iuka. She was a homemaker and a member of the Primitive Baptist church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Elder Cecil Woodruff officiating. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Paul Barnett of Memphis; two stepdaughters, Janice Franklin and Joyce Rodgers, both of Collierville, Tenn.; three stepsons, Jack Barnett of the Jacinto community, Clinton Barnett of Iuka and Harold Barnett of Gulfport; a brother, Warren Armstrong of Corinth; 22 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ted Barnett; two sons, Kenneth Taylor and Jerry Taylor; a stepson, Ken Barnett; and a grandson, Ricky Taylor.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Lula Mae Porter
GUIN, Ala. - Lula Mae Porter, 82, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the Pineview Health Care Center in Winfield, Ala. Born in Marion County, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Jim and Margaret Pugh Thomas, and the wife of the late Loyd Porter. She lived in Guin, Ala., most of her life. She was a member of the Guin First Free Will Baptist Church and a retired employee of Munsingwear Garment Plant.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Norwood Funeral Home Chapel in Guin, Ala., with Bro. David Beaty officiating. Burial will be in Guin City Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Atkins of Coker, Ala.; a son, Tommy Porter and wife, Kathy, of Guin, Ala.; four grandchildren, Rhonda Huffman, Doug Atkins, Jeffery Porter and Alison Ingle; four great-grandchildren, Alexandra Deavous, Nick Pearson, Nicholas Ingle and Jarett Henson.
FULTON - Larry Oneil Shumpert, 72, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at his home. He was born Oct. 17, 1930, to Chester and Cleta Wood Shumpert. He was an employee of Day-Brite Lighting for many years. He owned Shumpert's Grocery in Mooreville for six years. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. He enjoyed music and playing the fiddle, but most of all, he loved his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Pitts and Bro. Bill Lee officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Catherine Shumpert of Fulton; a son, Michael Shumpert and wife, Christie, of Fulton; four daughters, Cathy Mattox and husband, Adrian, and Beth Mann and husband, Johnny, all of Fulton, Donna Ballard and husband, Allen, of Columbus, and Emily Elmore and husband, Thomas, of Hartselle, Ala.; a brother, Elwood Shumpert and wife, Tomi, of Fulton; 11 grandchildren, Rich Mattox, Anna Johnson, Betsy Chesnutt, Sarah Parker, Shala Ballard, Josh Ballard, John Elmore, David Elmore, Lindsey Elmore, Katie Shumpert and Nick Shumpert; two great-grandchildren, Eliza Johnson and Mallory Parker.
Pallbearers will be Lowery Little, Roy Rock, Willie Gene Estes, James McMillen, Hershel Pearce and N.T. Clayton Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Loague, Thomas Christian, Milford Justice, Jimmy Hussey, Clifton Hodges and all Day-Brite retirees.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MEMPHIS - Gussie Mae Malone Chalmers, 58, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at her home in Memphis. She was a member of Union Hill M.B. Church of Michigan City. She was a disabled LPN for St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Pleasant Hill CME Church at Mt. Pleasant with the Rev. Willie Hoey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Willie Lee Chalmers of Memphis; two daughters, Patricia Mosley of Holly Springs and Sheila Vassar of Memphis; two sons, Willie Lee Chalmers Jr. and Darrell Christopher Chalmers, both of Memphis; four sisters, Flora Lee Hoyle of Ashland, Dorothy Mae Collins of Memphis, Rosie Lee Kennedy of Philadelphia, Pa., and Josie Mae Edgeston of Ripley; two brothers, Joe Louis Malone of Memphis and Charles B. Malone of Philadelphia, Pa.; five grandchildren; one great-granddaughter.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 to 6 p.m. today and at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.
HOUSTON - Gladys Sharpe Wright, 91, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 22, 1911, in Lowndes County to the late John Marshall and Sara M. Green Sharpe. She lived many years in Caledonia, where she graduated from Caledonia High School as valedictorian. She was a member of Vardaman United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Gunter & Peel Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus with the Rev. Bill McCord officiating. Burial will be in Vaughn Cemetery in Steens.
Survivors include a daughter, Doris Olds and husband, Claude, of San Antonio, Texas; a son, Don Wright and wife, Sue, of Hamilton; a daughter-in-law, Bettie Wright of Vardaman; eight grandchildren, Louis Olds, David Olds, Mitzi Baecher, Jeff Wright, Jason Wright, Shannon Wright, Tiffany Wilson and David Wilson; 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Louis M. Wright; a son, Louis "Sonny" Wright; and a granddaughter, Dawn Elise Wright.
Pallbearers will be Martin Wilson, Anthony Burfield, Charles Wright, Sam Crawford, Britt Long and Donnie Speed.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Kinard, Dr. Noel Garcia, J.C. Jones, Jimmy Wright, Joe Wright and Gene Wright.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE - Eva Bell Langston Cartwright, 65, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was an employee of Blue Bell.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Danville Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Regenia Crowson and husband, Lex, of Booneville, and Sherri Uselton and husband, Homer, of Cullman, Ala.; a son, Jerry Cartwright of Booneville; five sisters, Janice Cox and husband, Charles, and Betty Brooks and husband, Billy, all of Rienzi, and Ilene Cooksey and husband, Charles, Irene Johnson and Shelia Hales, all of Corinth; three brothers, Jack Langston, Duley Langston, and Ray Langston and wife, Thelma, all of Rienzi; six grandchildren, Angie Prentiss and husband, Billy Wayne, Leslie Mae Crowson, Charles "Chuck" Crowson, Dana Uselton, Adam Uselton and John Uselton; two great-grandchildren, Carissa Lewellen and Alex Crowson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leslie and May Langston, and a brother, Aaron Lee Langston.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Clessie E. Howard
RED BAY, Ala. - Clessie E. Howard, 89, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was a native of Itawamba County. She was a homemaker, a factory worker and a member of the Red Bay Church of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. J.E. Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include three daughters, Alice Pulen and husband, George, of Park City, Ill., and Peggy Hopson and husband, Frank, and Betty Ginn and husband, Harmon, all of Golden; a son, Jackie Howard of Atlanta, Ga.; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Howard, in 1973; a son, Robert H. "Bill" Howard in 1978; a grandson, Jeffery Anderson; her parents, Huston and Alice Hall; five sisters; and six brothers.
Pallbearers will be Rodney Howard, Dustin Howard, Mike Anderson, Tommy Brooks, Harold Ginn and Glenn Hopson.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
VINA, Ala. - Gwendalee Shotts Childers, 93, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was a native of Alabama and a homemaker. She was a member of Shottsville Methodist Church for 78 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Ricky Smith officiating. Burial will be in New Burg Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Sarah Smith of Guin, Ala.; four sons, Johnny Wayne Childers of Vina, Ala., Billy Haynes Childers and wife, Alene, of Atlanta, Ga., David Lane Childers and wife, Suzanne, of Birmingham, and Henry Chester Childers of Bull Mountain, Ala.; a sister, Velma Williams of Hamilton, Ala.; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, John Chester Childers, in 1980; a son, Max Young Childers, in 1934; and a great-grandson, Tanner Colby Smith, in 1999.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Great-grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services Saturday.
GUNTOWN - Lenora Mister, 89, died Monday, June 16, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Springhill M.B. Church in Baldwyn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Community Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. J.S. Agnew officiating. Burial will be in the Springhill M.B. Church Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Alberta Tyes and husband, Pete, of Baldwyn, and Jessie Mae Mister of Guntown; a brother, John Henry Nabors and wife, Annie Lee, of Baldwyn; 45 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren;
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.
WEST POINT - Mary Louise Strong, 69, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born Aug. 28, 1933, in West Point. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Town Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. Dr. Essie Clark George officiating. Burial will be in Green wood Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Herman Jones, Wes Terry and Fredrick Strong, all of West Point; three daughters, Shirley Strong, Bobbie Terry and Doris Jones, all of West Point; a brother, Horace Strong of St. Louis, Mo.; five sisters, Annie Bell McCotry, Mable Jamison, Lillie Lue Spraggin, Levora Bufford and Lizzie Mae Daniel, all of West Point; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie Lee Strong and Estell Strong; four children, Geraldine Sykes, Betty Joe Terry, Billy Joe Terry and John Richard Strong; and two sisters, Martha Strong and Ruby Banks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GATTMAN - Lesley Mathies, 79, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at his home in Gattman. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
GLEN - Ruth Sutton Johns, 78, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born April 16, 1925, in White Bluff, Tenn., to the late Clyde and Viola Sutton. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed flowers and caring for others.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Cecil Woodruff officiating. Burial will be in Johns Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Tommy Johns of Corinth, and Donald Johns and wife, Donna, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two daughters, Rita Lowery and husband, James, and Teresa Campbell and husband, Bill, all of Glen; five grandchildren, Christy Moore and husband, Jermey, Shannon Palmer and husband, Bradley, Joshua Johns, Sheena Campbell and Nathan Johns.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Johns; her parents, Clyde and Viola Sutton; and several brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.
HOUSTON - Jesse Foster died at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.
Hulen Buck Buchanan, 82, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Pontotoc County and lived in Tupelo for the past 53 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He was a retired electrician.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in the Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include a son, David Buchanan and wife, Barbara, of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Kenneth and Jonathan Buchanan of Tupelo; a sister, Mildred Cole ; two nieces, Charlene Bishop and Jackie Parker; a nephew, Billy Wayne Dillard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Buchanan , in 1999.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Della Sue Tucker, 81, died Wednesday, June 18, 2003, at her home in Tupelo after a long illness. A lifelong resident of Lee County, she was born July 14, 1921, in Nettleton to the late Jack and Fannie Edwards Albritton. She was a sewing machine operator for several area garment manufacturers. She was a member of Open Door Baptist Church. She was known for her enjoyment of doing for others. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James "June" Tucker, on Dec. 28, 1992.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Wally Cason and the Rev. Frank Cayson officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Gilmore and husband, Joe, and Frankie Jones and husband, Jay, all of Tupelo, and Audie Gilmore and husband, Sam, of State Park Road; a son, Tommy Tucker and wife, Lois, of Black Zion; a great-granddaughter reared in the home, Angela Crane and husband, Eric, of Nettleton; two sisters, Lillie Reed and Ollie Swanson, both of Tupelo; a special niece and nephew, Martha "Sis" Wade, and Jack Harbin and wife, Olean; 28 grandchildren; 48 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Samuel Holland, Ricky Franks, Keith Jones, Eric Crane, David Todd, Casey Clayton, David Clayton, Steven Coon and T.J. Barnett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Gilmore, Paul Hankins, Thomas Holland, Jack Harbin, Jordan Holland, Chris Holland and Michael Holland.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
HOUSTON - Lillie McIntosh, 59, died Saturday, June 14, 2003, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.
KINGWOOD, Texas - Jeffery Myles Duke, 38, died in Kingwood, Texas, after a long illness. A native of Tupelo, he was born July 29, 1964. He was a 1982 graduate of Tupelo High School and a 1986 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering. At Ole Miss he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Student Body Senate. He was a chemical engineer and project supervisor for KBR. He was a member of Kingwood United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. A. Franklyn Brooks and Dr. Eldridge E. Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, George Murray Duke and James William Duke, both of Kingwood, Texas; their mother, Linda Duke of Kingwood, Texas; his mother, Peggy Smith and husband, J.W. "Junior" Smith of Tupelo; his father, John Melvin Duke and wife, Debbie, of Tupelo; a sister, Julie Holcomb of Tupelo; a brother, John Stacy Duke of Tupelo; a stepsister, Janet Alexander and husband, Don, of Belden; two foster brothers, Nic and Matt of Tupelo; three nieces, Kimberly, Madison and Sydney of Tupelo; a special friend, Dr. Jane Murray of Kingwood, Texas.
Pallbearers will be Ben Logan, Sidney Holcomb, Matt Wyatt, Marty Duke, Tildon Barkley and Rhondie Burns.
Memorials may be made to the Jeffery Duke Fund, c/o Kingwood United Methodist Church, 1799 Woodland Hill Drive, Kingwood TX 77339.
RIPLEY - Elmetria McJunkins Isom, 53, died Tuesday, June 17, 2003, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a native of Lafayette County and a retired custodian at the University of Mississippi.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery at Abbeville. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Elvin Isom of Oxford; a daughter, Felecia Storey of Ripley; a son, Detrick McJunkins of Oxford; a sister, Trudy Young of Abbeville; four brothers, Alvis McJunkins Jr., Sheldry McJunkins, Charles McJunkins and Ray McJunkins, all of Oxford; three grandchildren.
Evie Gray Parham, 69, died Thursday, June 19, 2003, in Lee County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home.