Obituaries April 17, 2013

Jerry Golding
Furrs
Jerry Golding, 51, died Monday, April 15, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Tracy Upton
Pontotoc
Tracy Smith Upton, 41, died April 8, 2013 at her residence in Blue Mountain.  She was born on December 10, 1971 in Hamilton, AL.  She was a Christian and a member of Wells Chapel Church.
Services were April 10 at 1 p.m. at the Wells Chapel in Blue Mountain with Bro. Terry Rodgers and Bro. Michael Lumpkin officiating.  Burial followed in Wells Chapel Cemetery.  Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents-Joe and Nora Emilie Shotts Lumpkin; one son William Upton all from New Albany; two sisters-Karla Lumpkin Rodgers (Terry) and Kim Lumpkin McFarling (Steve); 4 brothers-Michael Lumpkin (Kathy), David Lumpkin (Bethany), Kyle Lumpkin (Kristina), Joe Lumpkin (Darcy); 19 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her Dad-Terry J. Smith; her grandparents-Clay and Kattie Shotts, Selmer and Mary Marvelene Smith, J.F. and Overa Lumpkin.
Pallbearers were her brothers, her son and the men of Wells Chapel Church.

William Boone III
Manchester, N.H.
William F. “Thad” Boone died on Friday, Feb. 25, 1994, at the Eliot Hospital. He was born in Pottstown, Pa., to William F. “Bill” Boone and Marianne Wright Boone. He worked as a self-employed cabinet maker.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Pontotoc City Cemetery with Father Gerald Peterson. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, William F. “Bill” Boone Jr., Ocala, Fla., a native of Pontotoc; a sister,  Phoebe Boone Demers (Roger) of Ocala, Fla.; a niece, Lindsey M. Schneider (Eli) of Sharon, Mass.

Marianne Boone
Ocala, Fla.
Marianne Wright Boone died on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Trenton, N.J., on June 2, 1935, to Joseph M. Wright and Praxeta M. Wright. She was a retired educator.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Pontotoc City Cemetery with Father Gerald Peterson officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William F. “Bill” Boone of Ocala, Fla., a native of Pontotoc; a daughter, Phoebe Boone Demers (Roger) of Ocala, Fla.; a granddaughter, Lindsey M. Schneider (Eli) of Sharon, Mass.; and a brother, Jeff Wright of Lancaster, Pa., and his family.

Bobby  Tackitt
Woodland
Bobby Dan Jefferson Tackitt, 65 passed away Thursday, April 11, 2013 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS.  He was born to Willie and Lavada Duckworth Tackitt on September 20, 1947 in Pontotoc County.  He married Diane Pickering on March 2, 1968 and just celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary with family and friends at Woodland Baptist Church.  He was a Christian, a member of Woodland Baptist Church and a Mason.  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be greatly missed.  He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and working his mules.  He retired from Delta International.
Worship service was at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc at 2:00 pm on Sunday with Bro. Justin Varnon and Bro. Greg Herndon officiating.  Burial followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.  Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife-Diane Pickering Tackitt; one son-Kerry Tackitt (Tammy); one daughter-Kim Wilson (Jamie); four grandchildren-KaLeigh Tackitt, Hunter Tackitt, Gabe Wilson and Hayes Wilson; one sister-Susan Collins (Roy) and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers-Shirley Tackitt, Billy Ray Tackitt and Jerry Tackitt.
Pallbearers were Dick Williams, Larry Tackitt, Phil Hester, Jimmy Sewell, Ronald Stegall, Donald Stegall, and Larry Spencer.  Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Pickering, Mitchel Pickering, Allen Pickering, Rocky Pickering, Roy Collins, Travis Pickering and Timmy Matthews.
In lieu of flowers-donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas PI Memphis, TN 38105 and The Sanctuary Hospice House-5159 West Main Street-Tupelo, MS  38801.
Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com.

Helen Cooper
Morristown
Helen Cooke Cooper age 101 of Morristown passed away Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at The Heritage Center.   She was born to T.B. and Carolyn Cooke, December 9, 1911 in Pontotoc Co., Mississippi.
She was a member and ordained Elder of St. Paul Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Cooper was retired from Morristown Hamblen Hospital as an anesthetists after 25 years of devoted service and continued her work on the family farm and loved all kinds of animals.
She was preceded in death by her parents, T.B. and Carolyn Cooke; husband, Dr. J.K. Cooper; daughter, Carol Matthews and sister, Etol Millican.
Survived by her son-in-law, Frank Matthews; 1 nephew and 5 nieces.
Graveside service were 10:00 a.m, Thursday, April 11, 2013 in St. Paul Cemetery with Rev. James Carter officiating.
Mayes Family Services of Morristown, Downtown Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

James Blagg
Apache Junction, Ariz.
James Douglas Blagg, Sr., 87, died Wednesday April 10th in Apache Junction, AZ. after an extended illness.
He was born March 20, 1926 to Matilda and Joseph William Blagg.  He was a WWII veteran and a survivor on the USS Drexler destroyer that sank at Okinawa in 1945.  He was retired from Dixie Wax Paper Co.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sue Blagg and his son James Douglas Blagg,Jr.
Services were held at the Memphis Funeral Home,  Friday April 19.  He was the youngest of 5 children and survived them all as well as his son Gary Blagg.

Charles Gaines
New Albany
Charles Gaines, 76, died Friday, March 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 20, 1936, in Union County to Reuben Gaines and Mary Caldwell Gaines. He was a retired dairy farmer and a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church.
Memorial services were 2 p.m., April 13, at the Waterbrook Church. United Funeral Service of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Tina Walker (Johnny) of Belden and Amy Gaines Wilson (Barry) of Guntown; a sister, Nora McBrayer of Sherman; and six grandchildren, Jama, Brandon, Katelyn, Harley, Jonathan and Jacob.
He was preceded in death by parents; his wife, Pearlie Ann Johnson Gaines; one sister, Eula Mae Farrar; and five brothers, Raymond Gaines, Byron Gaines, Floyce Gaines, Robert Gaines and Samuel Gaines.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneral service. com

Sherrie Manning
Nassau, Bahamas
Sherrie Owen Manning, 58, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at her residence in Nassau, Bahamas, after a long illness. She was born Dec. 22, 1954, in New Albany to Jimmy Brown and Betty Garrett Sneed and lived in Ecru and Pontotoc for many years.  She was first married to Jim Owen of Pontotoc. She operated her own film production company in Memphis before moving to the Bahamas to become the Manager of the world famous Compass Point Recording Studios, a post she held for over 20 years.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Buster Wilson officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Terry Manning of Nassau; her father, Jimmy Brown of Manchester, Tenn.; a brother, Alvin Brown; her sons, Lucas Manning of Edinburgh, Scotland, and Cory Owen of Nashville, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Kacey Owen; a stepson, Michael Manning of Memphis; two grandchildren, Noah-Pogue and Cooper Owen of Nashville, Tenn.; and her stepfather, Bill Sneed of Ecru.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Garrett Sneed.
Memorials in her honor may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Mildred Loggins
Pontotoc
Mildred Marie Loggins, 81, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at her home. She was a former employee of Ram Golf and retired from the Pontotoc Walmart. She was of the Pentecostal faith. She enjoyed gardening, taking care of her flowers, cooking for her family, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving, caring, independent woman, always putting others and her family first. She was unselfish in her life for her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. The Rev. Ray Broadway will officiate. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a sister, Ida “Irene” Starnes of Saltillo; a brother, Leon Dodson (Carolyn) of MIllington, Tenn.; children, Rickey Loggins (Sherry), Roger Loggins (Denise), Susan Brandon (Jones); grandchildren, Eric Loggins (Amy), Kristy Bolin (D.J.)(, Rodney Loggins (Amber), April Flurry, William Stewart and Mackenzie “Boo Boo” Stewart, all of Pontotoc; great-grandchildren, Cole Loggins, Ethan Loggins, Hunter Bolin, Brandon Bolin, Aubree Loggins, Sebastian Flurry, Devon Stewart, Trinetty Stewart and Alex Stewart, all of Pontotoc; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Loggins; brother, Bobby Dodson; sister, Willie Lou Garrison.
Pallbearers will be William Stewart, Mackenzie Stewart, Rodney Loggins, Eric Loggins, Brandon Bolin and Cole Loggins.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Lu Bramlett
Pontotoc
Tallulah Falls “Lu” Bramlett, 78, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at her home. She was born in Miami, Okla., and reared in Hood River, Ore. She had lived the past 40 years in Pontotoc. She was a member of In Good Faith Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Nelson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Steve Bramlett (Marty); a daughter, Debra Fately (Ron); four sisters, Winona Branson (Nokie), Irene Dunaphin (Jack), Juanita Applegate and Navline Chapman; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Preston Bramlett; sons, Barry Bramlett and Delaney Bramlett; daughter, Susan Wagner; parents, Bert and Meryl Ketcher.
Pallbearers will be Steve Bramlett, Adam Bramlett, K.J. McCollum, Scotty Bramlett, Travis Brazil and Patrick Pettit. Eric Webster is an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.

Julia Mallard
Pontotoc
Julia Josephine Akins Mallard, 85, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Blue Mountain to Bondy and Mary V. Akins.
She graduated from Palmer High School near Ripley, Blue Mountain College and the University of Mississippi. She retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher. She was always active in her church as a Sunday school teacher. She was a selfless wife, mother and mamaw, and blessed with a sweet kind spirit.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Gordon Gentry and Bro. Jay Street will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Donald Mallard, whom she married in 1946; children, Don Mallard of Mountain Home, Ark., Becky Mulvey (Kevin) of Nashville, Tenn., Brett Mallard of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Ashley Mallard (Kim), Don Mallard (Courtney) of Fayetteville, Ark., Ian Mulvey (Patricia) of Nashville, Craig Mulvey (Holly) of Nashville, Jessica Mallard Taylor (Alan) of Starkville and Shannon Mulvey of Nashville; and five great-grandchildren; two sisters Hilda Horton of Ripley and Carolyn Hayes (Floyd) of Germantown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Dees and Bonnie Blackwell; and a brother, Harry Akins.
Pallbearers will be Don Mallard, Ian Mulvey, Craig Mulvey, Kevin Mulvey, Alan Taylor, Mark Waltrip, Skeeter Loden, Gene Turner, Johnny Moore, Walter White and Terry Bean.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Kathleen McNutt
Blue Springs
Clara Kathleen “Ms. Kat” McNutt 99, died Friday, April 12, 2013, at Griffis House of the Green Houses in Tupelo. She was the oldest member of the Antioch Church of Christ. She was a former employee of Playcraft and retired from Blue Bell Mfg. She enjoyed crocheting and stringing necklaces.
Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Gorden Gentry, Ferrell Hester, Clyde Mize and Darrell Beard officiating. Burial was in  Antioch Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Merrill Scott; a grandson, Lane Scott; a sister-in-law, Ruby Driscoll McNutt; and generations of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, James Woodrow McNutt, whom she married Aug. 20, 1932; a son-in-law, Billy Joe Scott; her parents, Thomas Jackson White and Susan Thompson White; 11 siblings, Lois Adair, Lester Laurens. Leonard White, Maude DeVaughn, Cecil White, Dorsey White, Lottie Deaton, Bernice Parham, Eva White, Elise Rackley and Charlye Newman.
Pallbearers will be Larry Gentry, Bobby Campbell, Jimmy Campbell, Bill Gibson, Jimmy Hitt, Randy Hitt, Pat Hitt and Larry Malone.
Honorary pallbearers will be her long tern caregivers at Griffis House, Kiesha, Jessica, Chelsea, Tina, Mary, Jody, Meme and Evelyn; and the staff of Sanctuary Hospice.
The family requests memorials be made to The Traceway Manor activities fund and Sanctuary Hospice.

Murrell Harville
Tupelo
Murrell Harville, 84, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at his residence. He was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Lee County to Edd and Ovie Harville. He was a member of Palmetto Baptist Church. He retired after 28 years of service at Krueger International. He was an avid fisherman, loved people and never met a stranger.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Monday at White Zion Cemetery in the Furrs community with Bro. Jimmy Webb officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Betty Jo Harville of Tupelo; children, Danny Harville (Ann) of Troy, Linda Russell (Freddie) of Tupelo, Randy Harville (Rhonda) of Tupelo and Ricky Harville of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Freddie D’Ray Russell (Pam), Wendy Russell, Blake Russell (Nicole), Lisa Davis (Michael), Ashley Harville, Cody Harville (Kayla), Heather Harville, Tom Harville, D.J. Harville and Amanda Harville; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister, Erline Witcher of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his son, David Harville; his parents, Edd and Ovie Harville; sister, Martha Dale Warren; and brother, Charles Harville.
Pallbearers were Randy, Ricky, Danny, Cody, Tom and Mike Harville and Freddie and Freddie D’Ray Russell.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Carl Ballard
Shannon
Carl Ballard, 72, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Jackson on Jan. 15, 1941, to Ernest Carl and Mary Inez Willis Ballard. He spent over 32 years in the military, serving in the Army, Air Force and the National Guard, retiring as a master sergeant. An entrepreneur, he was the co-owner with his late wife, Brenda, of Ballard Furniture. He still found time for volunteering and was a Shriner and a Mason. He was a member of the Tupelo Amateur Radio Club, Call No. K5BBA.
Services with military honors were Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Phil Wood officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include three sons, Ricky Lee (Tammy) of Brewer, David Lee (Lisa) of Nettleton and John Lee of Shannon; one daughter, Jessica McLevain (fiancé, Dee Sullivan) of Troy; seven grandchildren, Ashley Lann (Patrick), Amber Hall (Steve), Michael Lee, Brandon Mitchell Lee (Lenita), Brandon Paul Lee (Phyllis), Breanna Lee and Kyle Stafford; eight great-grandchildren, Ashtann, Madelynn, Seth, Kylie, Elli, Connor, Clint and Juleah; two sisters-in-law, Lillene Ballard of Shannon and Judy Ballard of Tupelo; two brothers, Paul Ballard (Ruth Jane) of Conyers, Ga., and Carley Ballard (Patsy) of Shannon; six sisters, Sally Harrison of Fayette, Ala., Ruth Bruce of Sherman, Mary Nell Gordon (Chester) of New Albany, Pat Warren of Saltillo, Judy Jones (Jerry) of Guntown and Charlene Centanni (Tony) of Thibodeaux, La.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Ballard; his parents; three brothers, William, Jim and Charlie Ballard; two sisters, Ann Hill and Sarah Wilson.
Pallbearers were Michael Lee, Brandon Paul Lee, Brandon Mitchell Lee, Steve Hall, Patrick Lann, Steven Hilliard, Dee Sullivan, Michael Ballard and Carl Ballard.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Center in Shreveport, La.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Zelma Williams
Derma
Zelma Hughes Williams, 80, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at her residence in Derma. She was a member of Goff Chapel Church. She was a retired employee of Joe’s Grocery Store and the widow of George Williams.
Celebration of life services was at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Porter’s Chapel CME Church in Calhoun City. Bishop Calvin Worthem will officiate. Burial will be in Friendship Church Cemetery in Calhoun City. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by four daughters, Linda ( Calvin) Worthem of Thaxton, Geneva (Willie) Welch, Donna Williams and Vickie Williams, all of Calhoun City; one son, Eugene (Jackie) Stevens of Pheba; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Bennie Cohran
Oxford
Bennie Ray Cohran, 59, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, he was the son of Frank Cohran and Juanita Joiner Terrell. He was a member of West Springhill M.B. Church. He was a custodian with the Oxford School District.
Celebration of Life services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M,B, Church. The Rev. John Crowder will officiate. Burial was in West Springhill Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Tara Cohran of Memphis and Kesha Cohran-Ivy of Collierviulle, Tenn.; two sons, Jonathan Cohran of Memphis and Brandon Cohran of Oxfrod; his parents, William and Juanita Terrell of Oxford; four sisters, Bernice Webb and Bobbie McEwen, both of Oxford, Frances Bullock of Memphis and Brenda Dickerson of Arlington, Texas; six brothers, Arthur Cohran Sr. of Jackson, William Terrell Jr. of Smyrna, Tenn., Odis Terrell of Tupelo, Michael Terrell of Memphis, Christopher Terrell and Danny Buford, both of Oxford; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Cohran.

Paris Franks
Mooreville
Paris Gracelyn Franks, 5, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 22, 2007, to Justin Franks and Tifphanie Barrett Franks. She enjoyed watching “Yo Gabba Gabba.” She loved listening to music, especially “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and {Jesus Loves Me,” and playing with jewelry and her little sister. She attended the McDougal Center in Tupelo.
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Father Nikolai Meyers and Bro. Doug Wilson officiating. Burial was in Fawn Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her father, Justin Franks of Ballardsville, and her mother, Tifphanie Franks of Ballardsville; a sister, Nela Isabella Franks of Ballardsville, and a brother, Liam Rivers Franks of Ballardsville; her grandparents, Victor Barrett of Fulton, Teresa Barrett of Fulton, Coy “Mike” Franks of Ballardsville and Janice Franks of Ballardsville; her great-grandparents, Juanita Franks of Mantachie, Ann Whitt of Pontotoc, Tom Whitt of Pontotoc, Ann Moore of Fulton; a special uncle, Lane Posey of Fulton; a special aunt, Amberlie Posey of Fulton; cousin, Talon Reed Posey of Fulton; special uncle, Jason Franks of Ballardsville; a great-great-uncle, Richard “PawPaw” Gaines Stegall of Fulton; and a host of aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by great-grandparents, Coy Lynn Franks, Gerald Moore, Maggie Barrett and Stanley Barrett.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senter funeral directors. com.

Loella McGregor
Pontotoc
Loella Whitworth McGregor, 96, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc where she provided the altar arrangements for 22 years. She enjoyed flowers and working with the area florist.
Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial followed in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Phyllis L. Hodum and Robert E. Hodum Sr. of Collierville, Tenn.; her son: Phillip L. McGregor of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister: Nell Flaherty of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Kelly Hodum Stinson and Robert Ethan Hodum Jr.; and two great-grandsons, Ethan Kent Stinson and Joel Grant Stinson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, the Rev. Jim Ike Whitworth and Lula McCord Whitworth; her husband, Samuel Harrison McGregor; and a brother, James Lowell Whitworth.
Pallbearers were James Flaherty, Bobby Flaherty, Robert Crouch, Ethan Stinson, Joel Stinson, Harrison Caldwell and Randy Moss.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Kenneth Forrester
Saltillo
Kenneth Daniel Forrester, 51, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Tupelo on Nov. 17, 1961, to Daniel and Charlene Langley Forrester. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.
Private family visitation and services were at W.E. Pegues.
Survivors include one son, Cary Forrester (Mariel) of Mooreville; one daughter, Kimberly Forrester Wilkes (Joseph Pafford) of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, Hailey Danielle, Hannah and Layla Forrester, Destiny and Elizabeth Wilkes, Michael Killough and William Pafford; nieces and nephews, Jeremy, Christopher, Lexie, Jennifer and Kendra; aunt, Faye Patterson; uncle, Sam Patterson Sr.; brother, Perry Lynn Forrester, and sister, Delisa A. Hood (Merle), both of Saltillo; numerous aunts and uncles; and the mother of his children, Theresa Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel and Charlene Langley Forrester.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Kerion Russell
Tupelo
Kerion Russell, 94, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013. at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born in Union County on Oct. 24, 1918, to Henry and Georgie Roberts. She was a longtime resident of the Macedonia Community until moving to Tupelo several years ago. She was a member of Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church. She was an accomplished seamstress working many years for Joyner-Fields, Hunter-Sadler and Blue Bell. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, watching gospel videos, especially the Gaithers, and watching church services on television. She was a sister and a friend to many people.
Services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial was in Fairfield Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sister, Wanda Gilmore (Bobby) of Tupelo; an aunt, Tula Colvin of Florence, Ala.; a special cousin, Nell Cobb of Fairfield community; a brother-in-law, Bob Pegues of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Hazel Roberts of Memphis, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earnie L. Russell; one sister, Faye Pegues; six brothers, Alvern Roberts, John Roberts, Gene Roberts, Grady Roberts, Claude Roberts and Charlie Roberts.
Pallbearers were Greg Malone, Steve Malone, Zack Malone, Matt Malone, Jeffrey Phillips, Michael Phillips and Freddy Roberts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Charles Hamblin
Ecru
Charles A. Hamblin, 86, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Darlington Oaks in Verona.  He was a mechanic by trade.  He retired from the Mississippi Highway Department at age 62 and worked the last 23 years at Union County Feed and Seed in New Albany.  He loved going to auctions, Ripley Trade Day, flea markets and Craving Catfish Restaurant.  He loved being on the go, meeting people and making new friends.
Services were at 2:00 p.m. on Friday at Cairo Baptist Church.  Bro. Tom Sumrall officiated.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Tutor Memorial Funeral of Pontotoc was in charge of arrangements.  Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Hamblin (Rose), Kenneth Hamblin (Nancy) and Chris Hamblin; three granddaughters, Pam Robertson (David), Donna Woods (Phillip) and Vickie Barnes (Glen); eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sandra Williams (Hershal), Annie Ruth McMillen (J.W.) and Nellie Jarvis; and one brother, Junior Hamblin (Mary).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorisce; his parents, E.I. and Wardie Hamblin; a brother Gene Hamblin; and a sister, Jewell Knighton.
Pallbearers were Chris Hamblin, Wayne Hamblin, Harlen Hamblin, Kenny Hall, Tim Holcomb and James Matthews.
Memorials can be made to the Shriners Children Hospital, 310- Samford Ave., Shreveport, La 71103.

 

John Murphy
Abbeville
John Henry Murphy, 74, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Lafayette County, he was the son of Selma and Pauline Murphy. He was a lifelong member of Smith Chapel CME Church. He was a retired custodian with the University of Mississippi. He loved gardening, yard work, fishing, working on cars, helping people, and strong discipline.
Services were Friday at Smith Chapel CME Church in Abbeville. The Rev. Michael James Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Linda ( Andrew) Parham of Warner Robbins, Ga.; one son, Alvin (Karen) Murphy of Pontotoc; four sisters, Mary James of South Bend, Ind., Annie Costephens and Dorothy (Ellis) Goss, both of Abbeville, and Gloria (Clyde) Holmes of Courtland; five brothers, Leroy (Mozell) Murphy of South Bend, Ind., L.C. Murphy (Lula) Murphy of Memphis, Tenn., Curley (Barbara) Murphy of Toledo, Ohio, Charlie (Edna) Murphy) and Sammie Murphy, both of Abbeville; and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Murphy, and a son, Willie Murphy.

Nellie Gray
Nettleton

Nellie Ruth Waddle Gray, 77, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Aug. 13, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Rochford and Amanda Conwill Waddle. She married James Gray in 1951. A hard worker, she took pleasure and pride in maintaining her home, enjoying yard work and gardening. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress in the garment industry. Her hobbies included camping and fishing. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Services were Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Bobby Cleveland officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Ruth Gray Murphy (Robert) of Pontotoc and Lisa Ann Gray of Nettleton; three sisters, Eudell Pender of Nettleton, Jimmie Parker of Nettleton and Lee Nanney of Tupelo; one brother, Bryson Waddle Sr. of Plantersville; four grandchildren, Phillip Chaney (Diala); Amanda Russell (Eric), Melanie Colburn and Robert Gray (Crystal); and six great-grandchildren, Lindsey Hester, Madison Colburn, Tayler Russell, Drew Russell, Elliot Chaney and Michael Chaney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Gray; one son, James Michael Gray; five sisters, Lois Park, Mary Randolph, Mable Tallant Scruggs, Winifred Cody and Lela Waddle; and four brothers, Leaton, Edward, Albert and Earl Waddle.
Pallbearers were nephews and grandsons.

Johnnie Newsum
Cairo
Johnnie Gates Newsum, 65, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of Cairo Baptist Church. He was retired from Piper Impact and the Mississippi National Guard. He was a security guard at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services were at 10 a.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Ronnie Caldwell and Bro. Marty Browning officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Newsum of Walnut; his father, Robert G. “Bob” Newsum of Cairo; one son, Greg Newsum and Amanda of New Albany; one daughter, Jennifer Newsum Sims and Brian of Toccopola; one stepdaughter, Jona Caldwell of Walnut; six grandchildren, Megan Newsum, Josh Newsum, Andrew Newsum, Kyle Thomas, Kendall Herrington and Evan Sims; and three stepgrandchildren, Jessica Rixie, Tyler Rixie and Erica Rixie.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Wilder Newsum; his sister, Glenda Newsum Koon; and a nephew, Brad Koon.
Pallbearers were Justin Caldwell, Mar Alshargatis, Billy Ray Bailey, Mike Swords, Don Bailey and Keith Newsum. Chris Burks will be an honorary pallbearer.

Richard Thrasher
Fulton
Richard Lynn “Dick” Thrasher, 75, died suddenly Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born May 21, 1937, to Jewel Webster and Elvie Rollins Thrasher.  He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Billy Burleson officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his children, Ricky Thrasher of Pensacola, Fla., Micky Thrasher (Liz) of Gulf Shores, Ala., Debbie Anderson (Tommy) of Pontotoc, Steve Thrasher (Melinda) of Fulton, Tommy Thrasher (Shannon) of Canton and Chris Thrasher (Beth) of Pearl; two stepchildren, Dr. Michael Albert (Sherry) and Debbie James (Robert); one brother, Dexter Thrasher of Fulton; two sisters, Onesta Pannell and Emma Lou Wilson, both of Itawamba County; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hubert Thrasher; a sister, Eunice Bishop; and a grandson, Brian Thrasher.

Pete Smith
Fulton
Virginia Hunter “Pete” Smith, 68, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 31, 1945, in Columbus to John Lee Hunter Jr. and Virginia Lavender Hunter. She was active in the American Cancer Society for many years. She was a creative seamstress who loved designing and making custom gowns and costumes. She was a member of the Methodist congregation and a lifelong supporter and participant of the Tabernacle United Methodist Campground in Ethelsville, Ala. She was co-owner, with her husband, Howard, of Smith Furniture and Appliance in Fulton. Her most cherished moments in life were being “ Mammie” to her grandchildren and spending time with her family.
Services were at 11 a.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church cemetery near Ethelsville, Ala.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, James Howard Smith of Fulton; one son, James Howard “Jim” Smith Jr. (Linda) of Tupelo; one daughter, Shannon Smith Wood (Jeremy) of Fulton; special nephew, John Wilson Bailey (Donna) of Ecru; one sister, Melissa Carson of Baton Rouge, La.; grandchildren, Eli, Sam and Solomon Smith, Cassidy, Tyler and Haylee Wood; a special great-nephew, Hunter Bailey; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Lee Hunter II; one sister, Sara Hunter Skaggs; and her parents.
Pallbearers were Herbert Caston, Hubert Caston, Thomas Smith, Larry Smith, Tommy Coleman and Hunter Bailey.

Josh Swann
Nettleton
Joshua Bradley Swann, 27, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born July 17, 1985, to Michael Wayne Swann and Teresa Daugherty Buse. A lifelong resident of the surrounding Tupelo area, he attended school in Saltillo and worked as a roofer. He was free spirited, enjoyed sports, and was a jokester. He loved his daughter and family. Joshua attended Saltillo First Baptist Church. Josh was a giver of life even in death as an organ and tissue donor.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Ted Burcham officiating. Private burial will follow in Maxcy Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 11 a.m. to service time only. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Swann of Pontotoc; one daughter, Montyna Swann of Pontotoc; his father, Mike W. Swann of Pontotoc; his mother, Teresa Buse (Greg) of Nettleton; four brothers, Michael Daugherty (Amanda) of Tupelo, Zack Bennett of Nettleton, Michael Swann Jr. and Jakob Swann, both of Pontotoc; two sisters, Beth White (Kenneth) of Fulton and Natalie Swann of Pontotoc; his grandparents, Maxwell Daugherty (Francis) of Mantachie and Mary DeCanter (Allen) of New Albany; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and other near relatives; special friend, Casey. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ann Daugherty, and uncle, Brian Daugherty.
Pallbearers were Jason Rush, Adam Christian, Corey Armstrong, Chris Murrell, Nathan Tidwell and Bryant White. Honorary pallbearer will be Baby Girl.
Memorials may be made to Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, 110 S. Broadway, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to LeBonheur Foundation, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174.

Verrell Ray
Thaxton
Verrell Ray, 90, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was a retired farmer and a veteran of World War II.
Services were at 11 a.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Greg Herndon will officiate. Burial was in Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Keith Ray of Thaxton; a brother, James Ray of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jewel Ray; his parents, Clyde and Cora Ray; and three sisters, Opal Hamlett, Inez Harris and Etoile Tackett.
Pallbearers were Paul Reynolds, Dual Gober, Toby Reynolds, Scott Reynolds, Kenneth Warren and Cecil Fitts.

Shirley Smedley
Laferia, Texas
Shirley Robertson Smedley, 76, died Friday, March 29, 2013, in Harlingen, Texas, following a brief illness. She was a loving wife and mother, a great conversationalist and encourager, and she enjoyed traveling, cooking, knitting and sewing.
A memorial service was. Sunday at her home church, Ingomar United Methodist Church, in New Albany, with her nephew, Dr. Jesse Robertson, officiating.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Smedley; one son, Steve Dowdy of Pontotoc; her mother, Rivers Robertson of New Albany; one brother, Troy Robertson of New Albany; one sister, Mary Langford, of Tupelo; and two grandsons, Phillip Dowdy and Jeremy Dowdy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Edna Robertson; and two brothers, Charles Robertson and Hugh Robertson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Ingomar United Methodist Church.