Obituaries March 13, 2013
Rev. Martin Williams
The Rev. Martin Williams, 85, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Carthage.
Services were Tuesday, March 5, at Carthage First Baptist Church with Pastor Stephen Evans and Dr. Eddie Hamilton officiating. Interment followed at Blackjack Church Cemetery in Benton. Wilcox Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his two sons, Martin “Butch” Williams, II (Dorothy) of Lena and Harry Williams of Brandon; brother-in-law, Ross Hodges of Blue Springs; sister-in-law, Donna Pepper of Benton; five grandchildren, Mark, Mary, Whitney, Bailie and Carter; and five great-grandchildren, Taylor, Hillary, Zane, Aliza and Wyatt.
Preceding him in death were his wife, Mary Anne Williams; his parents, Ophus and Nola Carter Williams; brother, James Williams; and sister, Marie Williams Hodges.
Bobby Kent Clark, 79, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He served one tour in Korea with the Tennessee National Guard, served one tour in Korea and one tour in Vietnam with the U.S. Army Combat Engineers, and retired after 20 years of service.
Services were Tuesday, March 12, at the Lee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Danny Balint officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Evelyn (Hutchinson) Clark; his sons, Paul Kent Clark (Charlotte) of Birmingham, Ala. and Roy Allen Clark of Madison; five grandchildren, Alexis (Emmitt) Taylor of Jackson, Britt (Jared) Jones of Decater, Ga., Morgan Clark (Shanuna) of Hamilton, Jennifer (Ronnie) Self of Pontotoc, and Billy (Andrea) Earnest of Hamilton, Ala.; nine great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Trey and Ryan Taylor, Lydia and Emerson Jones, Myles Clark, Tyler and Paul Self, and Noah Earnest.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W. Anderson Clark and Mary Ivy Lightfoot; brothers, William (Buddy), Linwood, and Herbert; and sisters, Estelle and Ruth.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Mary Lou Christian
Mary Lou McBrayer Christian, 86, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Services were Thursday, March 7, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Johnson officiating. Burial was in Auburn Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Diane McBrayer Sample (Billy) of Friendship; two stepdaughters, Diane Peters and Carolyn Clayton, both of Starkville; one sister, Sue Sheryl of West Memphis, Ark.; one brother, Ted Houston of Arkansas; five grandchildren, Tracy Sample, Scotty Sample, Tammy Eden, Beth Easton and Marion Cook; six stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, Megan, Autumn, Hannah, Brayden, Preston, Amanda, Emily, Cassie, Lauren, Madison, Riley, Katie, Caleb and Abbey; seven stepgreat-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild, Kalynn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bryan and Daisy Moore Houston; first husband, Eugene McBrayer; second husband, Stanley Christian; and a daughter, Sandra Hanson.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be may to the Sanctuary Hospice House.
Steven Lee Brase, 51, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a patriotic man, serving in the U.S. Army during peace time. He worked for Waste Connection in Pontotoc before becoming disabled.
A memorial service celebrating his was held Sunday, March 10, at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Bro. Terry Faulkner officiating. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors include his fiancée, Sandy Borders and her children, Billy, Ashley and Ryan; two daughters, Brittani Shepherd (Shawn) of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Staci Kinnear (Devan) of Woodway, Texas; son, Colton Risen of Galveston, Texas; two brothers, Duane Brase of Waseco, Minn., and Russell Brase of Good Thunder, Minn.; five sisters, Janet Donvan of Mesa, Ariz., Darlene Larson of Waseca, Minn., Beverly Lanes of Janesville, Minn., Susan Buchert of Mankota, Minn., and Linda Koester of Reno, Nev.; his special brother, Floyd Waddell (Kathy) of Buckholts, Texas; and Geneva (Ma) of Belton, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Ellen Ruedy; an infant sister, Celone Brase; and brother-in-law, Keith Larson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Assoc., P.O. Box 4091, Brandon, MS 39047 or Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 109 Road 1966, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Robert Bramlett Sr.
Robert Henry Bramlett Sr., 76, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Pontotoc Hospital. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces and was wounded in Laos during the Vietnam War. He received the Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal and the Soldiers Medal. He was a tireless advocate for veterans in Pontotoc.
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 10, at the Pontotoc County Courthouse Court Room. Eulogies were given by Judge Fred Wicker, and Judge Jimmie Roberts. The message was delivered by Bro. Pete Gregory. Inurnment was in Arlington National Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by five sons, Robert Henry Bramlett Jr. of Chicago, Randall Scott Bramlett of Fayettteville, N.C., Regan Keith Bramlett of Charleston, S.C., Russell Allen Bramlett of Fayetteville, N.C., and Ryan Patrick Bramlett of New Orleans; sisters, Argie Bramlett Warren of Pontotoc and Arrie Effie Brown of Pontotoc; and brothers, Thomas Edward Bramlett of Las Vegas, Lonnie Lunsford Bramlett Jr. of Chicago, Wayne Eugene Bramlett of Chicago, William Lee Bramlett of Pontotoc and Rayburn Bramlett of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Lunsford Bramlett and Iola Lunn Bramlett; and two brothers, Dee Emmitt Bramlett and Paul Keith Bramlett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 16, 278 N. Brooks St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Hilda Marie Holley, 82, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at North Mississippi in Tupelo. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She loved working in her flowers which she gladly shared with her church and friends.
Services were Monday, March 11, at County Line Baptist Church with Bro. Chip Johnson, Bro. Rocky Watts and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Herbert; two daughters, Linda Long of Randolph and Mary Ann Fisher (Bob) of Bolton; one son, Steve Holley (Brenda) of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Hollie Kidd (Benjie), Lynn Parrish (Chad), Jacob Long (Kalie), April Ruffin (Nick), Adam Holley (Melanie), and Andrew Holley; 10 great-grandchildren, Rodney, Austin, Alisha, Alex, Elizabeth, Eli, Ainsley, Mallory, Brody, and Noah; two brothers, Quay Douglas (Martha) of Bartlett, Tenn. and Jackie Douglas (Nell) of Randolph.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Polie and Errlene Douglas; and son-in-law, Roger Long.
Pallbearers were Adam Holley, Andrew Holley, Jacob Long, Rodney Parrish, Austin Kidd, and Danny Douglas.
Robert M. Hall
Robert Mayo Hall, 71, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. He was born Aug. 4, 1941, at Fairfield (Union Co.) to Frazier Mayo Hall and Sallie Elizabeth Holder Hall. He lived his entire life in the Northeast Mississippi area, graduating from Shannon High School. He married Ova Jo Pate on Dec. 23, 1961. He worked as a self-employed general contractor during his younger years. A hard worker, he drove a route selling Tom’s Peanuts, potato chips, etc., for many years. He was a member of Calvary Assembly Church in Tupelo. He enjoyed traveling to the Smokey Mountains, camping, gospel music and playing golf, which he did regularly. He was a special man caring for his family whom he loved dearly, and will be sorely missed.
A celebration of life service was Friday, March 8, in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ben Raper officiating. Burial followed in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ova Jo Hall of Belden; two sons, Jeff Hall (Beth) and Chris Hall (Lacee), both of Saltillo; one daughter, Tammy Bartee (Ed) of Tupelo; two brothers, Milton Hall of Gulfport and James Hall (Sarah) of Nettleton; and six grandchildren, Tad Bartee, Matt Bartee, Adam Hall, Anna Hall, Madison Hall and Rosalyn Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Walter Hall and infant, Junior Hall.
Pallbearers were Tad Bartee, Matt Bartee, Adam Hall, Marcus Pate, Gerald Pate and Bobby Kent.
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Thomas Rodney Marshall, 60, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jay Stanley officiating.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Darlene Marshall of Saltillo; his children, Zachary Marshall of the U.S Air Force, stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, and Jennifer LaMontagne (Eric) of Blue Springs; two brothers, Walter Franklin Marshall (Clara) of Horschton,Ga., and Larry Lee Marshall (Magdalene) of Verona; one sister, Polly Marshall Godwin (Randall) of Saltillo; two grandsons, Nicholas James and Ethan Hunter LaMontagne; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Rev. James Lewis
The Rev. James Aron Lewis, 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 4, 2013. He was born on June 1, 1934, in Mantee and reared in Webster County. He was saved at age 8 and called into the ministry and preached his first sermon at age 14. He was a graduate of Clarke College at Newton; Blue Mountain College; and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, N.C.. He completed 65 years in the ministry and served as a pastor for 55 years. He faithfully served as pastor of Horton Memorial Baptist Church, Pontotoc; Wallerville Baptist Church, New Albany; Northside Baptist Church, New Albany; Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Creedmoor, N.C.; Wolf Pond Baptist Church, Pageland, S.C.; Sunset Road Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.; Blue Springs Baptist Church, Blue Springs; Academy Baptist Church, Blue Mountain; East Louisville Baptist Church, Louisville; Cherry Creek Baptist Church, Ecru; and Liberty Baptist Church, Pontotoc. He was active in the Mississippi Baptist Convention, serving on the Executive Committee for six years in the late 1970’s, working with disaster relief and college development. He taught seminary extension courses through the Pontotoc County Baptist Association for 15 years and served as a hospice minister with the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center for 15 years.
A wonderful godly father, husband and grandfather, he had a huge impact on those around him and loved spending time with his family and encouraging others. He truly loved people and ministered to his congregations as God led him. He will be dearly missed.
Services were Saturday, March 9, at Cherry Creek Baptist Church. Bro. Roger Reeder, Bro. Gary L. Berry and Bro. George Steward officiated. Burial was in the Ecru Memorial Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Melba Purdon Lewis; his children, Charlotte Ann Lewis Berry (Gary) of Belton, Mo., and James Allen Lewis (Staci) of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren, John Berry, Grant Berry and Sierra Berry, all of Belton, Mo., Brian Berry of Springfield, Mo., Amber Lewis and Andrea Lewis, both of Pontotoc, Bryce Akins, Brant Akins and Leigh Allison Akins, all of Ripley; two brothers, Clatie (Maxine) Lewis of Atlanta, Ga., and Raymond (Helen) Lewis of LaGrange, Texas; one sister, Martha Knudsen (Ray Barton) of Conroe, Texas; extended family, Erich and Joann Munn of Ripley, and Sean and Shelley Akins of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Terry and Martha Ann Shaffer Lewis; three brothers, Guy Lewis, Thurman Lewis and George Lewis; three sisters, Sarah Holland, Vera Lewis, and Florence Boyd; and his grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the Cherry Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 603, Ecru MS, 38841.
Online expressions of sympathy and guest registry are available at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Sarah Lugean Alexander, 62, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Select Speciality Hospital in Memphis. A native of Lafayette County, she was the daughter of Horace and Hattie Mae Wortham. She was a member of New Hope M.B. Church where she was a member of the choir. She was a manager for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Oxford. She loved to cook, sew, people and was one who smiled all the time.
Celebration of life services were Friday, March 8, at the Tallachatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. The Rev. Odell Draper officiated. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Ira Lee Hickinbottom, Thomas (Gloria) Hickinbottom and Michael Alexander, all of Oxford; four sisters, Mattie Norphlet and the Rev. Annie Ruth Hickinbottom, both of Taylor, Mary Bobo of Sardis and Brenda Wortham of Oxford; one brother, Jerry Mackey of Chicago; and seven grandchildren.
James R. King Sr.
James R. King went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa King; his sons, James King Jr. (Audrey) and Jonathan King; five siblings, Melvin Caldwell King Jr. (Deborah) of Pittsburgh, Calif., Mablean Grigsby of Belden, Dorothy Leasy (Joseph) of Belden, the Rev. Marlin Bennett King of Jackson and Linda Witherspoon (Carlton) of Belden; a half sister, Bobbie McKnight (Mose) of Nashville, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Jordyn King and Jenay King, both of Laurel, Md.; his mother-in-law, Pinkie Miller of Natchez; four sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Melvin Caldwell King and Annie Mae King, and one brother, Bobby Walter King.
Services were Saturday, March 9, at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean, Va. Interment followed at First Baptist Church Chesterbrook in McLean. Chinn Funeral Service of Arlington, Va., was in charge of the arrangements.
William Thomas Holland, 85, died on Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Mississippi State Veterans’ Home in Oxford. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Young Memorial Gardens in Smithville with Bro. Danny Burks officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Clara Perkins of Sardis and Pam Bolton of Batesville; one son, Danny Holland of Pontotoc; two sisters, Jessie Sullivan of Tupelo and Yvonne McCain of Walls; one brother, O.C. Holland of Pennsylvania; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Debbie Harwell; one sister, Pauline Bailey; and two brothers, George Holland and James Holland.
Visitation will be until 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
William Paul Alexander, 66, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was born Oct. 3, 1946, in Chickasaw County to Mark and Silvia Alexander. He married Mary Frances Sims on Nov. 22, 1997. He was a retired employee of Action in Pontotoc and a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, brother, papa and friend. He was a great Christian men with a loving smile and heart who was loved by all who met him. He loved his dog, Bob.
Services were Friday, March 8, at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Brian Gann and Bro. Scott Broughton officiating. Burial was in Pheba Cemetery in Clay County.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Alexander of Houlka; five children: Karen Alexander of Pontotoc, Cynthia Moss (Ken) of Pontotoc, Erica Krogmann (Heath) of England, Lamar Bigham of Maben and Nicholas Bigham (Amanda) of Maben; one brother Donald Alexander (Peggy) of Houlka; two sisters Ruth Hall (David) of Pontotoc and Darthie Galloway (Harlan) of Houlka; 14 grandchildren, Cedric Alexander, Christopher and Damien Murphy, Kendra and Hannah Moss, Kristian, Eli, Abby, Lila and Anna Bigham, Ty Freeman, and Summerlee, Kara, and Asher Krogmann; his father-in-law, Dan Sims, his mother-in-law, Marie Landon; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers were David Hall, Harlan Galloway, Grant Galloway, Blake Galloway, Keith Alexander and Mark Hall.
Online condolences may be made at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
Ruth B. Bridgman, 88, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc. She was born April 22, 1924, in Pontotoc County to the Rev. W.M. and Cleora Davis Blansett. She married David Bridgman and enjoyed their life together raising a family until he passed away on Oct. 11, 1989. She was a Christian and a charter member of Black Zion Pentecostal Church. She was a retired employee of Brookwood Furniture. She dearly loved her family and friends. She will be remembered for her sweet spirit that was full of love and grace.
Services were Friday, March 8, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Wright and the Rev. Larry Hill officiating. Burial followed at West Heights Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Schallock and Diane Taylor (Terry); one son, Steve Bridgman (Margie), all of Pontotoc; one sister, Nan Jenkins of Southaven; one brother, Wayne Blansett (Pattie) of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.D. (David) Bridgman; her parents; one sister, Corrine Staten; one brother, James W. (Bill) Blansett; and one son-in-law, Allen Schallock.
Pallbearers were grandsons Tim Roberts, Scott Whitt, Jeff Taylor, Mike Taylor, Brad Bridgman, Vic Bridgman, Ricky and Dicky Blansett. Honorary pallbearers were her nieces and nephews.
Wayne Moss died Monday, March 11, 2013.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
Harvey Rutherford Sr.
Harvey Tommy Rutherford Sr., 82, died Feb. 27, 2013, at his home.
Services were Saturday, March 9, at United House of Prayer. Burial was in Rutherford Family Cemetery in Blue Mountain. Serenity Fuenral Home of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six sons, Lee (Marie) Satterwhite and K.C. (Keshia) Rutherford of New Albany, Steve (Noreka) Rutherford of Ecru, Pastor Harvey (Mary) Rutherford, Earnest (Minnie) Rutherford, Donnell (Judy) Rutherford, all of Cotton Plant; 10 daughters, Daisey (William) Foster, Susie (Robert) Grayson, Tracie Rutherford, Diana Triplett, Sanda (Larry) McAlister, Peggy Conner, Tenielle (Orlander) Foster, Brenda (Lamar) Sanders, Linda (Elder Donald) Smith, all of New Albany, Tommie Lou (Elder Fredrick) Moore of Blue Mountain; 38 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Sue B. Burton
Bobbie Sue Butler Burton, 79, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Magnolia Manor of Tupelo.
Services were Saturday, March 9, at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on High Street in Jackson. Her son-in-law, the Rev. David Blackwell, officiated. Burial was in the Raymond City Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia B. Blackwell of Houlka; grandson, Timothy P. Blackwell of Starkville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas L. Burton; her parents, N.O. and Bessie L. Butler; her sisters, Winnie L. Gipson and Ulma R. Sullivan; and her brothers, J.B. Butler, Bill R. Butler and Dennis M. Butler.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Garden Fund, First Baptist Church Houlka, P.O. Box 205, Houlka, MS 38850.
Bobbie Nell Roden
Bobbie Nell Russell Roden, 79, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at her home after a brief illness. She was born June 3, 1933, in Thaxton to Moody E. and Louallie Gafford Russell. She was a graduate of Thaxton High School and attended business school in Memphis.
A service was held at Sunday, March 10, at West Main Church of Christ in Tupelo with Doug Greenway officiating. Burial was at Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Monica Spencer (Jimmy) of Tupelo; her son, Rusty Roden (Karen) of Lafayette, La.; her brothers, M.G. Russell (Jan) of Memphis and Danny Russell (Tonie) of Thaxton; her sister, Donna Pettit (Gary) of Thaxton; her grandchildren, Annina Spencer of Tupelo, PFC James Spencer of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Hallie and John Roden of Lafayette, La.; nieces, Betty Brotherton, Alicia Russell, Dana Troyer, Gaye Ellis, Jenna Kentner, Andrea Warren, and Allison Armstrong; nephew, Greg Russell; and several great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Cliff Roden, on July 11, 1997; her parents, Moody and Louallie Russell; her sister, Joyce Bevil; and her nephew, Randy Bevil.
Memorials can be made in her honor to the American Diabetes Association or to the building fund for the Riverside church of Christ, 111 East Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, LA, 70503.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Martha Shirley Weeden Henson, 75, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany.
Services were Saturday, March 9, at the Pinedale Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bro.David Bishop, Bro. William Cook, Bro. Terrell Permenter and Sis. Barbara Hollands officiated. Burial was in Christian’s Rest Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by six children, Angelia Weeden of Southaven, James Weeden (Dee) of Myrtle, Bill Weeden (Nell) of Lonestar, ReJenna Cheney (Gary) of Ecru, Mechelle Mayo (T.J.) of Lafayette Springs and Melonia Howard (Michael) of Pinedale; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Perry Canerdy of Lonestar; sister Barbara Whitehead (Delaine) of Lonestar; many nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Jimmy “Tut” Wilder; and a special friend, Barbara Hollands of Ecru.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 34 years, W.L. Weeden; her husband of 21 years Wilburn C. Henson; three brothers; three sisters; great-granddaughter, Hailey Nicole Cheney; and great-grandson, Bentley Franks.
Samiley Audrey Walker went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed life. She will be greatly missed.
Services were Friday, March 8, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Jerry Grammer officiated. Burial was in the Carey Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Bobby Walker and Maggie Tackitt, both of Randolph, Peggy Payne (H.C.) of Sherman and Lynda Vail (Bobby)) of Columbus; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren,; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willis Loyd Walker; 13 brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joe Roberts, Paul Tackitt, Kevin Payne, Brad Payne, Justin Tackitt and Dustin Hardwick.
Imogene Braddock Bockman, 79, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Bruce Community Living Center.
Services were Saturday, March 9, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Larry Wicker officiating. Burial was in Sarepta Cemetery.
She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Reynolds of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dock Braddock and Millie M. Arlan Braddock; her husband, Woodrow Bockman; two brothers, Bill Braddock and James Braddock; and two sisters, Helen Swanson and Alma Gray.
Online condolences may be made @www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Benjamin “B.L.” Curtis, 88, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Holly K. Curtis; daughters, Elener Wilshans of Little Elm, Texas, Ann Cheney of Smithville and Teresa Harlan (Eric) of New Hope; sons, James Herman Reifers (Dee Dee) of Pontotoc, Robert Reifers (Brenda) of Arlington, Tenn., and Ricky Reifers of Bowling Green, Ky.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
A celebration of life service was Sunday, March 10, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Shane Crawford officiating. Burial followed in Liberty Cemetery.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Minnie Lee Clark Williams, 82, of Shannon, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at her home.
Services were Sunday, March 10, at High’s Chapel in Shannon with the Rev. Frank Townsend officiating. Burial was in New Shannon Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Wren (Elzie) and Mary Williams, both of Shannon; two stepdaughters, Luenell Clark of Palmetto and Willie Lee White of Shannon; five sons, James Williams, Johnny Williams, Mack Williams, Michael Williams (Patricia), all of Shannon and Willie Williams (Peggy) of Houston; one sister, Gladys Holmes of Woodland; one brother, Sheron Thomas Clark of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 22 grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Freddie Inman, Sr.
Freddie Thomas Inman, Sr. 54, of Toone, Tennessee died March 3, 2013 in Jackson, Tennessee.
He is survived by his parents, Eldon Thomas Inman and Audrey Faye Inman of Selmer, TN; wife of 22 years, Kimberly Inman of Russellville, AR; girlfriend, Debbie Nelson of Toone, TN; sons, T.J. Inman of Horseshoe Lake, AR, David Bevan of Colorado Springs, CO, James White and Cody White both of Russellville, AR, and Steven Murry of Toone, TN; daughters, Monica Baker of Earle, AR, Cheryl Seymour of Killeen, TX, Kana Crumby of Tupelo, MS, Sara Toro of Russellville, AR and Sonia Murry of Toone, TN; twenty seven grandchildren and one sister, Jan Hatmaker of Olive Branch, MS.
Services were Saturday, March 9, at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Interment was at Crittenden Memorial Park. Donations may be made to the family through Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, 201 N. Pine St. West Memphis, AR. 72301.
Online guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
Terry L. Taylor, 69, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo. He was born Dec. 29, 1943, to Nesbit L. and Katie Lee Garner Taylor in New Orleans, La. He married Diane Bridgman Taylor on Jan. 31, 1963, and they shared over 50 years together raising a wonderful family. He was a Christian and a member of Victory Baptist Church. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. He enjoyed life and his family. He worked for Golden Chair for many years as a truck driver.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc with the Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will follow in the Victory Baptist Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Bridgman; two sons, Jeff Taylor (Bobbie) and Mike Taylor (Christy); one daughter, Christie Sepulvado (Richard); nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; one sister, Peggy Simmons; and several nieces and nephews, all of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother-in-law, Robbie Hugh Simmons.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Simmons, Randy Simmons, Tim Roberts, Scott Whitt, Brad Bridgman, Vic Bridgman and Cody Roberts.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.
Timothy Phillip Crawford, 50, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford, where he was a resident. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, and he enjoyed visiting and spending time with his family.
Services were Tuesday, March 12, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Erin Grant officiating. Burial was in Oak Forrest Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Erwin Phillip Crawford and Janis Staten Crawford of Pontotoc; his brother and sister-in-law, Jon Staten Crawford and Allison of Oxford; his niece, Frances Crawford; his grandmothers, Blanche Crawford and Eloise Staten Newell, both of Pontotoc; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Jason O. Staten Sr. and Ervin Crawford; his uncle: David Chris Staten, SP/4 US Army; and an aunt, Kathy Windham.
Pallbearers were Brett Crawford, Barry Crawford, Chet Crawford, Mark Crawford, Brian Sansing and James Rex Staten. Honorary pallbearers were Jason O. Staten, Rodney Crawford and Mickey Crawford.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Mattie Young, 65, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Joe Donald McNutt, 72, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Ministers Darrell Beard and Clyde Mize officiating. Burial in the Jones Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years Carol McNutt of Blue Springs; four daughters, Leticia Trippe (Howard) of Saltillo, Angie Horne (John) of Inverness, Tammy Roaton (Terry) of Blue Springs and Pam Rowan (Jeff) of New Albany; one son, Matt McNutt (Ashley) of Cleveland; three sisters, Josephine Gibson (Charles Ray) of Guntown, Dianne Bullock (Wayne) of Sherman and Geneva Brooks of Blue Springs; eight grandchildren, Drew Presley, Lauren Copeland (Josh), Dustin Presley, Madison Roaton, Morgan Campbell (Will), Witt Roaton, Zack Pannell and Hallie Horne; three great-grandchildren, Molly Beth White, Maggie Ann McNutt and Caysen McNutt; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Aubrey and Betty Mae McNutt; a daughter, Donna Teresa McNutt; and a sister, Joyce McNutt.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Coffee, Bruce Sanford, Norman Treadway, Bennie Rakestraw, Randy Owen and James Byers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Jordan, and the Union County road and maintence workers.
Rosie Della “MeMe” Murray, 85, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. She was a homemaker and a sitter for the elderly. Her greatest joy was spending time with her children and grandchildren and her friends at the auction.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Clifton Waldron officiating. A private graveside service will follow at Friendship Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her three daughters, Carolyn Hicks (Ernest) of Hurricane, Pam Mizell (Melvin) of Lucedale and Cindy Collums (Steve) of Pontotoc; one son, Bobby Waldron; three stepsons; seven grandchildren, Justin Collums (Whitney), Haley-Rose Collums, Dustin Mizell, Lynn Burk (Christina), Janet Sykes (Eddie), Kenny Waldron (Tammy) and Catherine Elizabeth Waldron; 13 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren and seven stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William “Bill” New and Rosie Elizabeth Warren New; her husbands, James Earl Waldron and Lee Murray; a daughter, Patsy Burk; two sons, Randy Waldron and Roger Waldron; and two sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Lynn Burk, Corey Burk, David Burk, Chris Burk, Garrett Craig and Kyle Plunk.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Martha Ann Winters
Martha Ann Winters, 74, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at her home in Oxford, MS.
Services were Sunday, March 10, in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Daniels officiating. Burial followed in Springdale Cemetery.
She is survived by her three daughters, Kathy Winters Holliman (Barry), of Oxford, Lisa Carol Henry of Oxford, and Angel Bernice Winters Richardson (Kevin) of Thaxton; three sons, Wayne Winters (Martha), Tony Winters (Dana), and Robert Winters (Debbie), all of Oxford; four sisters, Margaret Franklin of Biloxi, Betty Jo White, of Crenshaw, Yvonna Nelson of Batesville, and Carolyn White of Oxford; fourteen grandchildren, and eight great-granchildren and one great great grandchild.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Winter’s memory may be made to the Springdale Cemetery Fund, 263 CR 46, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
Eugene Allen Land, 47, passed away Sunday, March 10, 2013, in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 18, 1966, in St. Louis, Mo., to Albert Eugene Rose and Estella Jergens Rose. He worked at Walmart in New Albany for many years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Inspired to help others, even with his death, he become an organ donor.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. Dean Moody officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Dillard Land of Pontotoc; two daughters, Aleatha (Reaf) Kennedy and Katherine “Beth” Dillard, and one son, Christopher Land, all of Pontotoc; a grandson, Connor Kennedy, and a granddaughter, Haley Kennedy, both of Pontotoc; two brothers, James Land of Pontotoc and Albert (Linda) Rose of Oneonta, Ala.; four nieces and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Eugene Rose.
Pallbearers will be A.J. Rose, Kevin Rose, Cody Rose, James Rose, Keith Burton and Larry Dillard. Honorary pallbearers will be Shane Smith and Jessie Nejera.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Mary Sue Brooks
Mary Sue Brooks, 85, passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, at The Leeper House of the Green Houses of Traceway Manor.
She is survived by one sister, Olivia Howell of Gaston; three children, L. Darwin Brooks of Belden, Dennis W. Brooks (Kathy) of Batesville, Ark., and Cheryl Brooks Ware (Jeff) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Andrea Brooks Torrence (Jason) of Conway, Ark., Wesley Brooks (Kelsey) of Batesville, Ark., Jenny Ware, Jessica Ware and Jared Ware, all of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wayne Brooks; her father and mother, George Darwin and Blanche Sewell Darwin; two sisters, Mildred Whitten and Georgia Williams; and one brother, Jesse Darwin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm. Wednesday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo with service at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 14. The Rev. Gowan Ellis will officiate.
Memorials may be made to Sherman Baptist Church, Sherman, MS 38869.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.
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