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•   Sharon Chaney (Jones)  6/13
•   Jamey Louise Gilton (Holtzclaw)  6/14

Corinth High School
Class Of 1962


Billy Ray Linville

A Celebration of Life Service for Billy Ray Linville, 77 of Corinth, will be Monday, May 23, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Magnolia Funeral Home – South Chapel with interment to follow at Magnolia Gardens. Bro. Raybon Richardson will officiate the service. Visitation will be Sunday, May 22, 2022, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday, May 23, 2022, from 10 a.m. until service time at Magnolia Funeral Home – South.

Mr. Linville passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born August 3, 1944, in Corinth to Marlin Linville and Lizzie Thrasher Linville. He retired as a supervisor at Dana Corporation and was a member of Biggersville First Baptist Church. He loved working in his yard, going to cafes to be with his coffee buddies, traveling, and cruises. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, working on lawnmowers and Sudoku puzzles.

Billy is survived by his wife of 52 years, Jean Linville; his daughters, Angie Pounders and husband Tony and Heather Lancaster and husband Michael; nine grandchildren, Kelsey Gant (Bryson), Lauren Pounders (fiancée Zachary Saucier), Steven Pounders (Jordan), Taylor Mitchell, Bryson Mitchell, Hunter Mitchell, Hunter Lancaster, Michayla Lancaster and Knox Lancaster (Due June 2nd); his sister, Lila Yancey (Charles); special friends, Johnnye and Norman Borden; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Linville; his father Marlin Linville and his mother, Lizzie Thrasher Linville.

Pallbearers will be Landon Elliott, Mark Austin, Lanny Elliott, Bryson Mitchell, Ronnie Joe Odle, Chad Borden, Marty Austin and Hunter Lancaster.

Honorary pallbearers will be Leroy Marlar, Brad Bennett, Eli Mitchell, Tommy Melvin and Terry Gifford.


Robert Whitehead


Brandon, MS - Robert Whitehead was born in Macon, MS, October 6, 1944, to Jack Randall and Mae Miller Whitehead.He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Jack R. Whitehead, and his sister Peggie McIntyre.

He leaves his much beloved wife Janet Montgomery Whitehead, their son Bob (Julie)Whitehead, their daughter Becky (Matt) Woods. Their six grandchildren Terrie (Thomas) Morrison, Amber Whitehead, Will Woods, Alex Woods, Rachel Whitehead and Jack Woods and great grandson Thomas Morrison. He leaves his sister Carole Rose Murphy and many loved nieces and nephews.

He founded and built two businesses during his lifetime. The first was Whitehead Equipment Company where he was a Stihl distributor for 20 years. Later he founded R.W. Distributors, Inc. with Honda, and has later added Exmark for the last 34 years. He was so thankful for all the people who helped him in growing these businesses and the friends he made through those many years.

Hunting and fishing were a wonderful love for him to share with family and friends. Travel with Janet and friends was also one of his passions.

He went to school for 10 years in Louisville, MS, but graduated from Corinth High School. He graduated from his beloved MSU. He was active in serving as PTO president for Brandon High School He served on the Rankin County School Board of Education for 11 years He was a great supporter of MSU. He had served on the MSU Foundation Board several times and loved to attend all the games.

He accepted His Savior Jesus when he was nine at First Baptist Church Louisville, MS. He loved to serve his Lord and Savior. He worked with New Orleans Baptist Seminary over forty years helping with scholarship, swap shop and many other projects. He worked with Ram missions. He helped Yellowstone Baptist College while it was in Billings, MT. He also worked with American Seminary, Blue Mountain College, and William Carey University. He was humbled when William Carey University presented him with an honorary Doctorate Degree in 2021 for his support of the University and their evangelic programs. He was privileged to be a charter member of Brandon Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and on many committees. He started mission groups going to WY for several years and led some to Louisiana.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 PM, Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon, MS and on Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 10am-11am at Brandon Baptist Church in Brandon, MS. Funeral Services will begin at 11am on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at Brandon Baptist Church with graveside services to follow at Crestview Memorial Gardens in Brandon, MS.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Brandon Baptist Church Building Fund at 100 Brandon Baptist Drive Brandon, MS 39042.

Most everyone in our class met our class President Dianne Miller Papasan's husband Larry at one time over the years.  Do not ever remember hearing anything but good things about Larry which is what I hope will remain in their memories as Dianne and her family go thru their lives with his loss.  Our deepest sympathy at this time.

For those of you who were unable to attend Larry's service on Saturday, 5/21/2022, you may view the video of the service here:



Dr. Larry Wayne Papasan

NOVEMBER 11, 1940 – MAY 1, 2022

Obituary of Dr. Larry Wayne Papasan


Memphis Funeral Home

Dr. Larry Wayne Papasan, 81, whose values of faith, hard work, and service above self were developed in a childhood on a North Mississippi farm and which led him to the pinnacle of business achievement, died Sunday, May 1, 2022, at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis. He was devoted to his wife of 58 years, Dianne Miller Papasan. His life was quintessentially Memphis: a boy from a humble rural background, drawn to a city with opportunity and whose deep commitment to his new hometown ultimately shaped its history.

Born on November 11, 1940, in rural Pinedale, Mississippi, to Robert Wayne Papasan and Mavour Ruth Gafford Papasan, he was an imaginative and enjoyable child. After seeing golf being played on TV, he took two pipes and bent the ends and flattened them into golf clubs, beginning a love of the game that would take him to the world’s most famous courses.

He attended North Mississippi Community College before transferring to Mississippi State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering in 1963.

After graduation, he was hired at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division as an engineer and advanced to become executive vice-president in 1982, and president and CEO in 1984, a position he would hold until 1991. His proudest and most rewarding accomplishment was a “people first” strategy that improved the public utility’s reputation with the public and repaired MLGW’s credibility. What he liked most about his job was “employees and customers.” He knew everyone’s name in the sprawling company and most years sent everyone a hand-written note. He contributed to MLGW’s accessibility and improved customer service by publishing his telephone number in the phone book and accepting calls from customers while he was at home. His phone would ring for years after he left MLG&W whenever power went out somewhere in town.

In addition, he became a much-quoted lecturer for the American Management Association, providing maxims that he learned from his longtime coach Maurice Mascarenhas that inspired other leaders. His mantra: “Happiness comes from being useful to God, family, and other human beings and the way to increase our happiness is to increase our usefulness to others.”

After Larry retired from MLG&W, he became president of the Smith & Nephew Ortho Division. Under his leadership, sales increased by more than 100 percent and profitability grew by 15 percent year-over-year. He created new programs that rewarded employees’ outstanding performance and one where any employee could directly ask him questions. Once he reached the corporate age limit in 2002, he retired, but continued as a director and lobbyist for Smith & Nephew for three more years. Another management principle that guided him: “If top management sets the example, there is no need to broadcast the rules,” and his example was one of humility, good humor, strategic focus, and empathy.

It often seemed that Larry had more hours in a day than anyone else. He mastered demanding jobs and inspired employees, he planned special family trips, he played golf whenever possible, and he began a lifetime of active, unselfish service to numerous organizations. They included, among others, Memphis Kiwanis Club president, Memphis Engineers Club, the Plough Foundation, Leadership Memphis (Class of 1984), United Way of Greater Memphis (general campaign chairman, 1987), University of Memphis’ Fogelman College of Business Advisory Board, Triumph Bank Board of Directors, First American National Bank of Memphis Board of Directors.

Although he served on corporate boards, his passion was fundraising for local nonprofits. His work included capital campaigns for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis Zoo, Shelby Farms Park and the Church Health Center. He was also President of the Board of the Bible Museum.

In 2007, Larry served as interim executive director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy during the critical 120-day start-up phase when it was transitioning from an advocacy group to manager of one of America’s largest urban parks. He later became a key member of the capital campaign cabinet which raised $72 million to realize the park’s vision. “There’s a reason the windshield of a car is much larger than the rearview mirror. To reach your destination, you need to look through the front windshield at the big picture and what’s happening down the road. You don’t go forward and make progress by looking in the rearview mirror,” he regularly said.

Servant leadership was the unshakable philosophy for his life: “Life is about service.” Because of his love for Memphis nonprofits and his understanding of their importance to his city, he was a gifted fundraiser, particularly if he could get a prospect on the golf course. Scott Morris, executive director of Church Health, described Larry’s fearless fundraising, asking for a million-dollar donation when Morris was prepared to ask for $10,000. It was said that he and his fundraising partners like Jim Prentiss were so effective that when potential donors saw them coming, they simply got out their checkbooks and started writing. Smith & Nephew also donated knee and hip replacements for patients at Church Health.

Among his proudest honors were Leadership Memphis Service to Community Award in 1991, the Le Bonheur Giving Societies Luminaire Award in 2012 for individuals who “held a light for others to follow their path,” the NEXUS Memphis Mentoring Award in 2017, and Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor’s Philanthropy Award. He was Chairman of the University of Memphis Board of Visitors, he established the Papasan Center for Public Policy, and he received an honorary doctor’s degree in 2012. He delivered the 2005 commencement address for University of Memphis on the theme of “The Main Thing is to Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing.”

He loved the game of golf and was a gifted player. He had three hole-in-ones and with Jack Blair played courses like Cypress Point Club at Pebble Beach, Augusta National, Royal County Down Golf Course in Northern Ireland, Turnberry Golf Club in Scotland, and many other famed links. He was proud of his civic awards and almost as proud as his many golfing trophies.

He was a devoted deacon for about a half century at East Shelby Church of Christ, where his fervent prayers brought tears to his own eyes as well as to the congregation’s. There was no surprise when he was asked several times for the most influential book in his life, he always answered the Bible.

In addition to his beloved wife Dianne, Larry is survived by a daughter, Jan Papasan Mars and her husband Brent and their children Natalie Mars Milam, (J.R.), Katie Mars (Thompson Ferguson), and Jackson Mars all of Memphis and Collierville; a great-granddaughter Mia Grace Milam and a son Robert Jason (Jay) Papasan and his wife, Wendy, and their children Gus and Veronica Papasan, of Austin TX; and; his brother, Dr. Bobby (Ann) Papasan of Tunica; his sister, Ruth Ann Stroud of Pinedale; and his special aunt June Gafford Jumper of Pinedale and his special uncle, Gerald Gafford of Oxford. He was predeceased by his mother and father and his brothers-in-law, Jr. Stroud and Lindsay Allen, and his sister-in-law Sylvia Miller Allen.

When asked to write his own obituary, Larry echoed his favorite maxim: “I want them to say Larry was a servant leader. His happiness came from being useful to God, family, and other human beings. He increased his happiness by being more useful. He enriched the lives and service of many people.” The response to his life comes directly from Jesus’ parable: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

The family is deeply grateful for the many communications of support from Larry’s friends and colleagues. A visitation will be held from 5-7pm, May 20, at the Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue. A second visitation will be held at 10am May 21, followed by a memorial service at 11am, at East Shelby Church of Christ (Collierville). In memorial, the family asks for donations to support the Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation, Church Health, Shelby Farms Conservancy, or Methodist Healthcare Foundation Hospice.



Hostesses Vonceil Brewster Smith and Patricia Jobe Ardoin would like to invite everyone to our next monthly get-together at Vacari's on Cruise Street in downtown Corinth on Wednesday, June 8th at 11 A.M.

Please note time has been changed to Eleven A.M. (11 A.M) instead of noon.

Same place, new time except due to a scheduling conflict with the DAR we had to shift to the second Wednesday of each month.  The conversations and memories never seem to stop flowing.

We hope any out of town classmates able to make the trip will join us.

In addition to providing a venue to meet and greet our classmates, we will be able to hear ideas and suggestions for our - SHOCKER - 60th reunion coming up THIS YEAR.  The proposed dates are October 14th and 15th, 2022. 

Please notify Vonceil (662) 872-9208 or Patricia (662) 415-5816 by Monday, 6/6/2022, if you can attend so we can give a head count to the restaurant.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


I've had my share of pleasure

      And even more of pain

And both I've come to treasure,

   The sunshine AND the rain;

    With little left to boast of

   The scars I bear a host of

Now help me make the most of

  The moments that remain.