Obituaries for Jan. 2, 2009

Mary Bynum, 54

Mary Elizabeth Bynum, 54, of Potts Camp, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at Baptist Memorial East Memphis. She was born May 11, 1954, in Union County to the late Edgar C. Gregory and Mary Chunn Gregory. She was a secretary for the University of Mississippi School of Education and a member of Salem Baptist Church.

Services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at Salem Baptist Church with Dr. David Skinner, Dr. Ed Gregory and Rev. Randy Bynum officiating. Interment was in Salem Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Rev. Randy Bynum; one daughter, Amy Elizabeth Hartley (Neal) of Henderson, N.C.; one son, Randle Bonds Bynum Jr. of Potts Camp; one grandson, William Oneal Hartley III of Henderson, N.C.; and three brothers, Allen Gregory (Carolyn) of Myrtle, Dr. Ed Gregory (Cynthia) of Anchorage, Alaska and George Gregory (Donna Jane) of Saltillo.

Pallbearers were Dan Cooper, Lynn McCallum, Bill Rowland, Jimmy Rushing, Mickey Givens and John Mansel.

Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Matthew Clifton, 24

Matthew Allen Clifton, 24, of New Albany, died Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at his home. He was born April 25, 1984, in Tupelo. He was a former corrections officer and a volunteer firefighter for the West Union Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.

Services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at Myrtle Baptist Church with the Rev. Kermit McGregor and the Rev. Earl Farley officiating. Interment was in Gerizim Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, David Lynn Clifton and Carmen Lee Simmons Clifton of New Albany; one sister, Elena Clifton of New Albany; one brother, Paul Clifton of New Albany; and his grandparents, Samuel A. Simmons of Myrtle and Aleta Clifton of New Albany.

Pallbearers were Brent Baker, Bobby Moorman, Jordan Hall, Tyler Harden, Ryan Russell and Matt Neal.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Colte Allen

Benson, 22

Colte Allen Benson, 22, a resident of the Williston Community and recent college graduate died at 8:40 a.m.. Saturday, December 27, 2008 in Memphis. He died unexpectedly.

Mr. Benson was born November 2, 1986 in Memphis the son of Jamie A. Benson and Stefanie Besinger Benson. He was a Graduate of the West Union High School at Myrtle, Mississippi and graduated earlier this year from Southwest Tennessee Community College in Memphis. He was presently completing his requirement for certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Mr. Benson was of the Methodist Faith and had resided with his family in the Williston Community for the past ten years.

Known for his love of music and his enjoyment for playing the guitar and singing, Mr. Benson was a lifelong resident of North Mississippi and West Tennessee. His interests included bicycling, sports, out of door activities and animals.

He was a family oriented person and his brother was his best friend.

Funeral services for Mr. Benson were conducted at 2 P.M. Tuesday, December 30, 2008, at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Oakland with the Rev. Jim Stubbs, Pastor of the Braden United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment followed in the Fayette County Memorial Park Cemetery on Highway 64. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes—West Chapel of Oakland.

In addition to his parents, Colte is survived by his sister, Kiefer Benson of Williston; his brother, Chanc Benson of Williston; his maternal grandparents, Paul and Margaret Besinger of Ripley, MS; his paternal grandparents, Frank and Lynn Benson of Germantown and numerous aunts, uncles and other family members and friends.

Those honored to serve as casket bearers were Alex Hall, Matt Martin, Josh Pearce, Brandon Pearce, Alex Carr and Elliott Copen.

The family request that Memorials be directed to the charity or organization of the donor’s choice.

John McGaha, 81

John Thomas “Pa” McGaha, 81, of New Albany, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 12, 1927, in Arkansas to Mack and Minerva Humphrey McGaha. He was raised in Alabama. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was retired from furniture manufacturing and had worked at several furniture companies in the sample room. He was a Mason and a Gideon. He was a member of Union Hill United Methodist Church and the Methodist Men’s Club. He was a lay speaker, a Sunday School teacher for 50 years and a Sunday School superintendent for many years. He served on many church boards and was instrumental in building Sunday School rooms and other additions to the church.

Services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Kyle Ivy, the Rev. Jody Anderson and the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Interment was in Glenfield Memorial Park.  United Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Annie Ruth Messer McGaha of New Albany; two daughters, Ann McGaha Gray (Gary) of Etta and Becky McGaha Foreman (Troy) of New Albany; one son, John R. “Bob” McGaha (Beverly) of New Albany; two sisters, Effie Mae Milsaps of Huntsville, Ala., and Clara Scaggs of Texarkana, Texas; four brothers, Dave McGaha, Claude McGaha and Clifton McGaha, all of Huntsville, Ala., and Tommy McGaha of Chicago; nine grandchildren, Jonathan Callicutt, Leslie Riddle, Josh Foreman, Brittany McGaha, Joseph McGaha, Jerrod Crawley, Braden Gray, Hailey Gray and Adam Gray; seven great-grandchildren, Maggie Smithey, Tyson Smithey, Isabella Riddle, Sam Callicutt, Emma Claire Callicutt, Jake Foreman and Cooper Crawley.

Pallbearers were Alfred Messer, Pat James, Ike Williams, Henry Potts, Gale Manning and Dale Manning.

Visitation was from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

John Scott, 75

John Holcomb Scott, 75, of Hickory Flat, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at University Medical Center in Jackson.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation was from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Robert “Bob”

Dillard, 73

Robert “Bob” Eugene Dillard, 73, of Blue Springs, died Saturday, Dec. 27, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 19, 1935, in Union County to the late Bethel Dillard and Lillie Yarbrough Dillard. He was a retired mechanic for Morris Scrap Metal, an Air Force Veteran and a member of Center Baptist Church.

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008, at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Interment was in Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Dillard; two sons, David Dillard (Patricia) and Danny Dillard (Donna), both of Blue Springs; and three grandchildren, Daniel, Amber and Cody Dillard, all of Blue Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers were Charlie Gardner, Joe Bryant, Tim Mayo, Mark Daniels, Kevin Letson and Ray Harris.

Honorary pallbearers were Daniel Dillard, Amber Dillard, Cody Dillard, John David Letson, Dylon Letson and Ella Grace Letson.

Visitation was from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Doyle L. Payne, 73

Doyle L. Payne, 73, of New Albany, died Monday, Dec. 29, 2008, at his home.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

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