Obituaries for January 14, 2009

Mary Crain, 75

Mary Morris Crain, 75, of Southaven, MS, formerly of Memphis, Tenn. passed away Sunday, January 11, 2009.   Born May 5, 1933 in Union County, MS, she moved to Memphis in 1953.  She was a member of Longstreet United Methodist Church.  

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at Memphis Funeral Home Poplar Chapel, with interment to follow in Memphis Memory Gardens Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James E. Crain; her 2 sons, Will Crain and Tim Crain (Denise) both of Nesbit; her granddaughter, Kaylee Marie Crain; and 3 brothers, Tommy Rhea Morris, Sr. of Olive Branch, Kenneth G. Morris of Tupelo, and Scott Morris of Shannon.

She was preceded in death by her son, Gary Crain; her parents, T.W. and Dorothy Rhea Morris; and her brother, Jimmy Reed Morris.  

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Longstreet United Methodist Church.  Mary was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and she will be deeply missed.

Visitation was from 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, at the funeral home.  

Nancy Sanford, 88

Nancy Sanford, 88, of New Albany, died Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Jeff Merritt, 89

John Jefferson “Jeff” Merritt, 89, of Myrtle, died Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born May 20, 1919, in Union County to Marvin M. Merritt Sr. and Jeffie Whittington Merritt. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. He was a mercantile business owner since 1958 and a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009, at New Hope Baptist Church in Myrtle with an American Legion chaplain officiating. Interment will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany. Mortimer Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one nephew, Charles Fred Merritt of Waterford.

Pallbearers will be members of the American Legion.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday.

Larry Thompson, 62

Larry Wesson Thompson, 62, of New Albany, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at his residence. He was born May 30, 1946, in New Albany to the late Erskin Hugh Thompson and Gara Frances Herring Thompson. He was a retired truck driver.

Services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating. Interment was in the Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife Nancy Cobb Thompson; two step-sons, Shane Mayo and Adam Mayo; one sister, Brenda Crumpton (Leon); three brothers, Elgin Thompson (Carolyn), James Thompson (Lucy) and Joe Thompson; and six step grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Wayne Thompson.

Pallbearers were B.J. Tanner, Shane Mayo, John Morgan Tanner, Michael Thompson, Adam Mayo, Geryl Thompson and Johnny Thompson.

Honorary pallbearers were Jessie Gilbert, Elgin Thompson, Joe Thompson, James Thompson, Michael Mooney, Chandler Thompson and Devin Mayo.

Visitation was from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Hershell Pannell, 71

Hershell Liddell Pannell, 71, of New Albany, died Saturday, Jan. 10, 2008, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. He was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Union County to G.M. Pannell and Loyce Pannell. He was involved in the furniture industry for 52 years. His last employment was as the plant superintendent for Kevin Charles. He was a 32 degree Mason and former Grand Master for the Joseph E. Warren Lodge. He was an avid golfer and a member of the Cedar Tree Lounge Golfers at Oaks Country Club. He was a member of Parks Baptist Church.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, 2009, at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Frank Wilder and Rev. William Cook officiating. Interment was in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his parents, both of Blue Springs; his wife, Kathryn Pannell of New Albany; one daughter, Rena Kidd (Mickey) of Blue Springs; one son, Charles Pannell (Pam) of Myrtle; three sisters, Lora Pannell (Jerry) of Blue Springs, Elaine Roberts (Lance) of New Albany and Hilda Fooshee (Curtis) of Blue Springs; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Serena Elise Pannell.

Pallbearers were Joe Bryant, Bo Collins, Dr. Richard Russell, Dewitt Wilder, Dr. H.F. Mason and Rusty Berryhill.

Honorary pallbearers were the Cedar Tree Lounge Golfers.

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

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

Emogene White, 71

Emogene Robbins White, 71, of New Albany, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 27, 1937, in Union County to Claude Robbins and Theolar Gregory Robbins. She attended Pontotoc and Union County schools. She joined Pleasant Grove Church at an early age and after moving to Tupelo, she joined Shammach Holiness Church. She married Nathanial White in June 1954.

Services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009, at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany with Rev. Michael Goins officiating. Interment was in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Henry (Bridget) White of Racine, Wis.,; two brothers, Clyde (Vollie) Robbins and C.W. (Helen) Robbins, both of Aurora, Ill.; four sisters, Hermia Souter of Milwaukee, and Fairy (Dwaine) Foster, Pinkey Lipsey and Linda (Frank) Listenbee, all of New Albany; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; and a son, Tommy White.

Her nephews and family members served as pallbearers.

Visitation was from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Edgar Q. Cobb, 73

Edgar Q. Cobb, 73, of New Albany, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, at The Med in Memphis. He was born May 4, 1935, in New Albany to Tom and Tishie Pannell Cobb. He was retired and a member of Beulah Baptist Church in Myrtle.

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Ransier officiating. Interment was in Beulah Cemetery in Myrtle.

Survivors include one daughter, Anita White of Fulton; one son, Harold Cobb of New Albany; four sisters, Mary Burkes of New Albany, Maxey Frazier and Nora Lee Frazier of Myrtle, and Rachel Robbins of Ripley; four brothers, William Cobb, Isaac Cobb, Burton Cobb and Walter Cobb, all of New Albany; two grandchildren, Marc and Emily Cobb of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Roger Lynn Cobb; a brother, Hollis Cobb; and a sister, Inez Mardis.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

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

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