Obituaries

2008-01-31T00:00:00Z Obituaries La Crosse Tribune
January 31, 2008 12:00 am

(As published Jan. 31, 2008)

ALLEN - W. Howard, 91, Cockrum, Miss.

BARNES - Ruth, 93, Jackson, Tenn.

BOLING - "Billy" Wayne, 56, Hickory Flat.

BROWN - William M. "Bill," 78, Hernando.

CRUTCHER - Johnnie, 80, Olive Branch.

DOUGLAS - Juanita, 80, Hernando.

FARROW - Rodney, 87, Blue Mountain.

FUNDERBURK - C. Dale Sr., 56, Sardis.

GASCON - Tim, 53, Horn Lake.

GREENWAY - Daron, 42, Memphis.

HALL - A.N., 83, Walls.

IRELAND - First Sgt. Edwin A., 78, Southaven.

KNOX - Mary Lynn McCain, 85, Memphis.

McDONALD - Elsie Gayle, 72, Olive Branch.

McWILLIAMS - Fayanne Fuller, 53, Florence, Miss.

MITCHELL - Rosie Leen Williams, 58, Memphis.

MORGAN - William T., 80, Southaven.

NEWSON- Ora Mae, 85, Memphis.

NORDAN - Albert "Earl," 79, Blytheville, Ark.

PAGE - Rhetta, 95, Olive Branch.

PRUETT - Robert "Bobby," 66, Horn Lake.

ROUTT - Robert Joseph, 69, Horn Lake.

SANDERS - Matthew, 19, Southaven.

SIDES - Jeffrey Fallen, 50, Southaven.

TEMPLE - Jimmy Dale, 48, Memphis.

VANCE - Rebecca Lynn, 51, Memphis.

WELCH - Betty N., 76, Olive Branch.

WELKER - Thomas Kenneth, 65, Memphis.

WILSON - Lawrence G., 79, Memphis.

ALLEN - W. Howard, 91, Cockrum, Miss., died Jan. 23, 2008. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, both at Brantley Funeral Home. Burial, Cockrum United Methodist Church Cemetery. Preceded in death by his wife, Gayle Allen. Survived by his son, Billy Allen of Cockrum; daughter, Diane Hawks of Washington, DC; two brothers, Bill Allen of Cockrum and Jim Allen of Tupelo; five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. Donations may be sent to Cockrum United Methodist Church.

BARNES - Ruth, 93, Jackson, Tenn., died on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at her residence. Her memorial services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, in the chapel of Arrington Funeral Directors with Bob Barnes officiating. Ruth was born in Benton Co., Tenn. on Aug. 22, 1914, the daughter of the late Houston and Alice Nordin Hatley. She was married to Johnie Barnes who preceded her in death. She was a member of Believer's Fellowship of Jackson. Survived by her son, Bob Barnes (Rillis) of Jackson; brothers, Dale Hatley, Ohio; Ellis Hatley, Memphis; Ray Hatley, Olive Branch; James Hugh Farris, Alabama; grandchildren, Jeffrey Barnes of Martinsville, Va. and Kathryne Barnes of Old Hickory, Tenn. and great-grandchildren, Nathan Barnes, Lindsay Barnes, Sarah Barnes and Hadley Barnes. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 at Arrington Funeral Directors.

BOLING - "Billy" Wayne, 56, Hickory Flat, passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at his home after a long illness. Boling was born Feb. 9, 1951, in Ruleville, Miss., was a Baptist and an Army veteran. Visitation was from 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven. Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the funeral home with burial in New Bethlehem Cemetery in Horn Lake. Survived by his son, Chris Cook of Southaven; mother, Marsha Boling Elliott of Southaven; brother, Frank Boling (Cyndee) of Eads, Tenn.; five grandchildren; niece, Brea Boling of Eads; nephews, Kevin Boling, Montgomery, Ala.; Kyle Boling, Foley, Ala.; Keith Boling, Birmingham, Ala.; and Kory Boling, Montgomery; and special friend, Paige Sellars of Holly Springs. Preceded in death by his father, Sam Boling, Somerville, Tenn. The family requests that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Billy was a loving, giving person; and he will be greatly missed.

BROWN - William M. "Bill," 78, Hernando, died Jan. 25, 2008. Graveside service held at 11 a.m. Jan. 28 at Forest Hill South Cemetery. Arrangements by Forest Hill South Funeral Home (901) 346-3250

CRUTCHER - Johnnie, 80, Olive Branch, died Jan. 22, 2008. Arrangements by M.J. Edwards Funeral Home (901) 327-9360.

DOUGLAS - Juanita, 80, Hernando, baker with Seessel's Bakery and server at Wesley Meadows Retirement Home, died Jan. 25, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. The family received friends from 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 and funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, both at Hernando Funeral Home. Interment, Batesville Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville. Preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Douglas. She leaves one daughter, Linda Jeffrey of Princeton, Texas; companion of 35 years, Lee Roy Purser of Princeton, Texas; son, Jerry Douglas of Hernando; sisters, Mary Little, Holly Springs; Christine Mitchell, Crowder; Jeanette Hannah, Marks; Ella Doris Bailey, Texas; brothers, James Bailey of Marks, and Eugene Bailey of Tillatoba; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

FARROW - Rodney, 87, Blue Mountain, retired farmer, veteran of the United States Army Air Corps serving during World War II, and a member of the Shady Grove Methodist Church, died Jan. 24, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Visitation was from 1:30 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at McBride Funeral Home. Burial, Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley, Miss. Preceded in death by his wife, Maggie Lee Coombs Farrow. He leaves a daughter, Dinah Burnett (Scott) of Germantown; sons, Mike Farrow (Linda) of Memphis and Steve Farrow (Janet) of Olive Branch; grandchildren, Maggie Burnett and Jack Burnett, both of Germantown; Daniel Farrow, Olive Branch; Emily Farrow Robbins (Matthew) and Jenny Farrow, both of Memphis. Memorials may be sent to the American Heart Association, c/o Roger Childs, The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.

FUNDERBURK - C. Dale Sr., 56, Sardis, engineer for Kroger and head coach for DeSoto County Eagles Baseball Team, passed away Jan. 20, 2008, at his residence. The family received friends from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25. Services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, both at Hernando Funeral Home. Survived by his wife of 35 years, Sue Funderburk; daughter, Kimberly Jones of Hernando; sons, C. Dale Funderburk, Jr. of Sardis and Bo Funderburk of Clarksville, Ark.; sisters, Dortha Mae Jenness of Okla. and Elsie Jean Wolfe of S.C.; brothers, William Lee Funderburk, Benjamin Franklin Williams and Donnie Ray Petty, all of Las Vegas, Nev.; and grandchildren, Chapley Loyd Jones and Mahaylia DeAnn Jones; and step-grandchildren, Dalton Gunn and Dillon Gunn.

GASCON - Tim, 53, Horn Lake, died Jan. 25, 2008. Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 with visitation from 12-2 p.m. before the service at Twin Oaks Funeral Home, Southaven. Interment, Twin Oaks Memorial Gaardens. He was born June 25, 1954, to the late Jesse Woodard Gascon Sr. and Bertha Mae Jerden Gascon. He leaves his brother, Jesse W. Gascon Jr., Horn Lake; sisters, Teresa Gascon and Linda Adkisson, both of Horn Lake.

GREENWAY - Daron, 42, Memphis, passed away tragically in a motor vehicle accident in Memphis. He was a paramedic with Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton in Covington, was a former volunteer firefighter with Eudora Fire Department of Eudora, Miss., former member of the Desoto County Search and Rescue Squad, a former reserve deputy with the Desoto County Sheriff's Department and dedicated his life to his work, helping save people and making a difference in someone's life. Preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and June Greenway. Survived by his daughters, Amber and Ashley Greenway, both of Southaven; brother, Sterlyn "Scott" Greenway of Millington. Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar. A funeral service was held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, with the interment following at Memphis Memory Gardens. The family has requested that memorials be sent to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton, Ambulance Department, Covington, Tenn.

HALL - A.N., 83, Walls, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008, at DeSoto Baptist Hospital after a brief illness. Hall, originally from Choctaw County, served our nation as a coxswain in the U.S. Navy at Pearl Harbor during World War II. He later worked with his brother, Bill, and other family members building custom homes and remodeling in Tunica for 40 years. Preceded in death by his parents, Frankie and A.N. Hall; and sisters, Avonell Dean and Georgia Ruth Henson. Survived by his wife of 20 years, Julia E. Hall; sisters, Shirley Edwards and Faye Morgan; brothers, Gerald Hall, Bob Hall, and Bill Hall; son, Steve Hall (Debra); daughter, Kittianne Velloff (Gene); step-sons, Stanley Thompson (Patti) and Sidney Thompson (Jennifer); grandchildren, Stephanie Hall, Kelly Leggett, Jennifer Ruiz, and Jonathan Hall; and great-grandchildren, Joseph, Jordan, and Kyra. Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 and from 10:30 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Minor Memorial United Methodist Church in Walls, where Hall was an active member. Hall was a gentle, compassionate man of deep convictions who will be missed by all who knew him and loved him.

IRELAND - First Sgt. Edwin A., 78, Southaven, died Monday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital - DeSoto. Visitation was at 11 a.m. with the funeral service following at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 25 at Garner Funeral Home in Ripley, Tenn. Burial, Woodville Cemetery. Ireland was retired from the United States Marine Corps after 25 years of service. He then later served as Security Officer for Rhodes College in Memphis for 23 years. Survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Elise Stanley Ireland; daughters, Freida McClellan of Southaven and Sandra Hoover of Hernando; son, James Ireland of Gaithersburg, Md.; sister, Charlene Ireland of Maine; brothers, Teddy and Paul of Maine, and Vernon of Fla.; eight grandchildren; and twelve great-grandchildren.

KNOX - Mary Lynn McCain, 85, Memphis, died Jan. 23, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. She retired from U.T. Medical School and Centralia Insurance and was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. Widow of Castle Redford Knox, and survived by her children, Sherry Knox Barry (Bill), Tampa, Fla.; Castle R. Knox, Jr. (Mikki), Germantown; Brian K. Knox, Olive Branch; Tracy Leigh Knox, Memphis; and Gregory C. Knox, Marietta, Ga.; and grandchildren, Ginger Lynn Barry, Carl Redford Barry, Adam Etheridge Barry and Krista Nicole Knox. Services were 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, with burial in Forest Hill Midtown. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the funeral home. The family requests that memorials be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

McDONALD - Elsie Gayle, 72, Olive Branch, died Jan. 26, 2008, at Baptist DeSoto Hospital. Visitation was from 1-3 p.m. with service following at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Olive Branch. She leaves her husband, Clarence McDonald of Olive Branch; sons, Cleatus McDonald, Collierville; Michael McDonald, Pine Bluff, Ark.; and Darrell McDonel, Prattsville, Ala.; sister, Samye Totty of Orange, Calif.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

McWILLIAMS - Fayanne Fuller, 53, Florence, Miss., schoolteacher, died Jan. 21, 2008. The family received friends from 12 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, both at Hernando Funeral Home. Interment, Surretts Cemetery. She was a member of Arkabutla Baptist Church. She leaves daughters, Kate McWilliams of Jackson, Miss. and Rebecca McWilliams of New Zealand; brothers, Dr. Robert Fuller and Tod Fuller; uncle, William F. Hagan of Hernando; cousins, Saprena Curry, Kelly Smith and Frank Hagan; and a host of nieces and nephews.

MITCHELL - Rosie Leen Williams, 58, Memphis, passed away Jan. 25, 2008, at Methodist Le Bonheur Germantown Hospital. Widow of Garner Mitchell, retired employee of FedEx. Visitation was from 4-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 at N. J. Ford & Son Funeral Home. Funeral services were at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Greater Galatian Baptist Church, 2418 Jackson Ave. Burial, West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery. She leaves two daughters, Wanda R. Montgomery (Cedric) of Olive Branch and Febbre Berry (Charlie) of Memphis; sisters, Ella M. Means, Martha Sims (Vada), Bettie J. Harris (Samuel) and Verastein W. White, all of Memphis; brothers, Henry Leon Williams (Eugenia), Campbell Williams (Clarice), Willie Lee Williams, Franklin Williams, Joe Williams, all of Memphis, Leroy Williams (Margie) of Nashville and Thomas Earl Williams of Whiteville; four grandchildren; aunt, Essie Matthews of Detroit, Mich.; uncle, Columbus Williams of Chicago; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

MORGAN - William T., 80, Southaven, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2008. Arrangements by M. J. Edwards Funeral Home (901) 327-9360

NEWSON- Ora Mae, 85, Memphis, formerly of Senatobia, died Jan. 20, 2008. Services were at 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at New Galilee Baptist Church, Memphis. Interment, Calvary Cemetery, Memphis. Rodgers Funeral Home, Coldwater has charge. She leaves her husband, Pink Lee Newson; sisters, Bertha Stevenson, Minnie Jones and Dorothy Hale, all of Memphis; brother, Sammie C. Batts, St. Louis, Mo.

NORDAN - Albert "Earl," 79, Blytheville, Ark., died Jan. 19, 2008, at his home. He was born in Darling, Miss. on Oct. 1, 1928, to Leo Vardamen Nordan and Lula Dill Nordan. Earl graduated from the Drew Public Schools. He joined the United States Navy at age 17 and served two years on the U.S.S Tanner. He used his GI benefits to attend Mississippi State University and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Animal Science. After his graduation, he became a Journeyman meat cutter for the Kroger Company. He completed his apprenticeship in one year rather than the usual three years. He worked as a meat cutter for Kroger stores in Miss., Ark., and Tenn. and retired after 47 years with Kroger. Earl moved to Southaven in the mid-1960s and remained there until 2001. Earl and his wife moved to Westminster Village in Blytheville in 2001. They both loved Blytheville and "the Village" and Earl soon became a volunteer in the Village Wood Shop. Earl was of the Methodist faith. Preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Jean Waldrup; and son, Jim Nordan. Survived by his wife, Joyce Hayes Nordan; daughters, Leslie Acred (Cliff), Southaven; Robin Still (Stan), Huntsville, Ala.; and Melanie Williams; sons, Randall Wheeler of Memphis and Steven Nordan. Earl made the decision to donate his body to the Genesis Gift of Life Program with the Medical Education and Research Institute in Memphis, TN. A private memorial service followed cremation. Earl requested memorials be made to the Blytheville Animal Humane Shelter at P.O. Box 1855, Blytheville, AR 72315.

PAGE - Rhetta, 95, Olive Branch, died Jan. 16, 2008. Arrangements by Holly Springs Funeral Home (662) 252-1161.

PRUETT - Robert "Bobby," 66, Horn Lake, died Jan. 21, 2008. Arrangements by Twin Oaks Funeral Home (662) 349-9720.

ROUTT - Robert Joseph, 69, Horn Lake, self-employed businessman, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. Routt was born Oct. 26, 1938, in Memphis, was a Baptist, and a Marine Corps veteran. Survived by his wife of 36 years, Maria Esther Routt of Horn Lake; mother, Martha Cole Routt of Kosciusko; brothers, William Routt, Memphis; Dr. Larry Routt, Kosciusko; and Donald Routt, Jackson, Miss.; and nieces and nephew. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

SANDERS - Matthew, 19, Southaven, died Jan. 22, 2008. Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 at Hernando Funeral Home with interment in New Bethlehem Cemetery. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 at the funeral home. He was a member of Bethlehem Presbyterian Church and attended Horn Lake High School. He leaves his wife, Cherish Sanders; daughter, Alexa Lynn Story Sanders, Horn Lake; parents, Belinda Joy and Todd Samples, Hernando and David C. Sanders, Southaven; sister, Brandi Cliburn (Dustin), Tupelo; brothers, Christopher Sanders (deceased) and Austin Morgan, both of Southaven; grandparents, Barbara Arnold, Hernando; Bobby Arnold (deceased), Bobby C. Sanders (deceased) and Ruby Sanders, of Senatobia; mother and father-in-law, Sherry and Gary Billings, Horn Lake.

SIDES - Jeffrey Fallen, 50, Southaven, died Jan. 23, 2008, at Regional Medical Center. Member of Southaven Church of God and a U.S. Army veteran. Visitation was from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 with the service following at 1 p.m., both at Hernando Funeral Home. Interment, Nesbit Cemetery. Preceded in death by brother, Michael Berry Sides. Survived by daughter, Amy Dawn Monroe; sons, Adam Wayne Sides, William Eugene Sides, and Jeffrey Allen Sides; parents, Alvin and Barbara Sides; sister, Leslea Brant; brother, James Terry Sides; and grandchildren, Shellie Fallen Monroe-Lewis, Mary Ashley Monroe, Evan Wayne Sides, Hailie Suzanne Sides, Christian Michael Sides, and William Jacob Sides.

TEMPLE - Jimmy Dale, 48, Memphis, went to his Heavenly home Jan. 22, 2008. He fought a long hard battle with complications of diabetes. He was a Baptist and a retired maintenance man and he loved to fish. Preceded in death by father, Walter Temple; brother, Bobby Temple; nephew, Chris Temple; and stepfather, W. Everett Walker. Survived by children, Tiffany Lott, Jacqueline Skelton of Horn Lake, Brianna, Shanna and J.D. Temple, Jr. of Bartlett; mother, Grace Camille Temple Walker; brothers, Spencer and Joe Temple and Brock Temple, all of Southaven, and Lee Temple of Calif.; six grandchildren; and dog, Radar. Services were at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel with visitation from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Memorials may be sent to the American Diabetes Association for Stem Cell Research, P. O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

VANCE - Rebecca Lynn, 51, Memphis, died Jan. 17, 2008, at her home. Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 and services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24, both at Memphis Funeral Home Germantown Road. Burial, Memory Hill Gardens. She leaves a daughter, Amber Martin of Memphis; son, Steve Looney, Jr. of Munford; sister, Sherry Eaton of Hernando; brother, Steve Eaton of Memphis; grandchildren, Zachary Looney, Tyler Looney, Hunter Looney, and Christian Martin; several nieces and nephews; and significant other, Daniel Yarnold.

WELCH - Betty N., 76, Olive Branch, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008. Attended First Baptist Church, Olive Branch. Widow of Willis C. Welch, Sr. Survived by children, Bill Welch, Barnard Welch, and Diane Latham, all of Olive Branch; grandchildren, Willis III, Melanie, Lauren, Alison, and Ethan Welch, and Erin and Garrett Latham; brothers, Bobby and Grady Nichols; and sisters, Lucille Dygert, Elizabeth Coopwood, and Mildred Youngblood. Services held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, Brantley Funeral Home, Olive Branch, with visitation beginning at 12 p.m. Interment, Blocker Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, family prefers memorial gifts to the American Cancer Society.

WELKER - Thomas Kenneth, 65, Memphis, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. Born in Little Rock, Ark., but grew up in Jackson, Tenn., and was a graduate of Lambuth College. He never met a stranger in his life and could often be found at the municipal golf courses with his friend, Ray searching for golf balls. Member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and was a loving husband, hero to his children, and will be missed by all. Survived by his wife of 43 years, Dorothy Jane; sons, Christopher Scott Welker (Judy) of Piperton, Tenn. and Timothy Daniel Welker (Denise) of Olive Branch; brothers, David Lee Welker (Marion) of Bangor, Maine and James Paul Welker (Pat) of Garland, Texas; and a host of other loving family members and friends. Family received friends from 6-8 p.m. at High Point Funeral Chapel, 3788 Summer Avenue Tuesday, Jan. 22. Mass began at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Memphis, on Wednesday, Jan. 23 with interment in Memory Hill Gardens Cemetery.

WILSON - Lawrence G., 79, Memphis, died Jan. 26, 2008, at St. Francis Hospital. Graduate of Tech High School, and retired from Bluff City Buick. Served in the U. S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Member of Eudora Baptist Church. Was an assistant scout master for Troop 343 at Kingsway Christian Church. Survived by wife of 56 years, Nida Annette Wilson; sons, James L. Wilson of Hernando and David C. Wilson of Southaven; 10 grandchildren, and three great- grandchildren. Visitation was from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 at Family Funeral Care. Services held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at the funeral home. Interment, Memory Hill Gardens. Family requests memorials be sent to Eudora Baptist Church or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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