Obituaries April 24, 2013
Virginia Hunter “Pete” Smith, 68, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services were Friday, April 12, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Graveside services and burial were 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.
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, April 12, at Smith Chapel CME Church in Abbeville. The Rev. Michael James Sr. officiated. Burial was in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral home of Pontotoc was 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.
April Marie Parmer, 33, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a member of the Longview Baptist Church and a graduate of Pontotoc High School. She enjoyed putting puzzles together, watching game shows, shopping, singing praise songs to her Savior, being outdoors, riding four wheelers, horseback riding, fishing and attending Millcreek Day Hab in Tupelo. Her greatest achievement is that she modeled God’s grace and love all her life. She gave people that look of what God’s love is and did it with a tremendous smile.
Services were Sunday, April 21, at Longview Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Morrow and Pastor Tony Nichols officiating. Burial followed in the Longview Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, James Roy Parmer and Trava Thorn Parmer of Longview; two brothers, Daniel Parmer (Michelle) and Luke Parmer; her grandmothers, Margaret Ann Parmer of Longview and Rosie Thorn of Nettleton; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins; and two special caregivers and friends, Kathy Lockhart and Toshiba Hodges.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James M. Parmer, and Ted and Sarah Nell Thorn.
Pallbearers were Eddie Baker, Eddie Johnson, Jeff Short, Johnny Pettit, Tyrone Peggen and Balford Patterson. Honorary pallbearers were the staff of Millcreek Day Hab.
Debra Cook, died Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Services were Tuesday, April 23, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial was at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors are her husband, Ronnie Cook; one daughter, Michelle Russel (Sam) of Houlka; one son, Jason Cook (Carrie) of Ridgeland; her grandchildren, Jack Russell, Sean Russell, Ty Russell, Michael Keith, Katie Cook, Olivia Cook and Sam Cook; several great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charles Brassfield and Warren Brassfield; and three sisters, JoAnn Brassfield, Kathy Easley and Stella Kilgore.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bobbie Mae Brassfield; and one sister, Brenda Lancaster.
For online condolences, www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
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 was held Sunday, April 14, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Ted Burcham officiating. Private burial followed in Maxcy Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors was 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.
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 on Sunday, April 14, with Bro. Robert Armstrong, 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.
Ray Anthony Palmer, 63, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 30, 1949, to Thurman Palmer Jr. and Margaret Ridge Palmer. He was a member of County Baptist Church in Pontotoc County. He was licensed to preach the gospel April 29, 1979, at Randolph Baptist Church and was ordained to the ministry at Ner Robbs Bethel Baptist Church June 22, 1980. He attended Blue Mountain College in the early 1980’s. He was a self-employed business owner in Pontotoc for many years and worked as a mechanic for the Pontotoc County School Bus Shop before becoming disabled. He enjoyed television Bible shows, making family movies and spending time with family and friends.
Services were Tuesday, April 23, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Cary Worthington and Bro. Tommy Immon officiating. Burial followed in the Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Kidd Palmer; three daughters, Angela Wright (Paul) of Ripley, Janet Robbins (Jackie) and Nancy Peren (Joel); three sons, James Raymond Palmer, Samuel Palmer of New Albany and Thomas Palmer (Daisy); four grandchildren, Alyssa, Valerie, John Thomas “J.T.” and Haley Palmer; four step-grandchildren, Ann Robbins Keith, Brenda Robbins, Edwin Peren and Jose Peren; three step-great-grandchildren, Jacob Keith, Elanea Keith and Marina Peren; three sisters, Charlene Rodgers (Homer), Darlene Reeves (James) and Debbie Alexander (Danny); and three brothers, Robert Palmer (Ann), Randy Palmer and Ricky Palmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nell Alander; and two brothers, Roger and Rodney Palmer.
Cubell Young, 90, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was a seamstress and dietitian. She and her husband worked at Young’s Laundry for 40 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and square dancing.
Services were Tuesday, April 23, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Durwood Young (Brenda) and Joe Young (Belinda), all of Pontotoc; two granddaughters, Gale Mills (Joe) of Brandon and Vickie Carroll (Michael) of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Patrick Benson, Victoria Biggers, Montana Mills, Dallas Mills, Lauren Deaton (Bradley), Steven Young and Braylor Young; and four great-great-grandchildren, Hunter Benson, Carson Deaton, Aubrey Deaton and Grayson Young.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lemuel Porter Roye and Nettie Bell Sewell Roye; her husband, Cordis Durwood “Tot” Young; three sisters, Mary Edna Seale, Agnes Stegall and Blanche Stegall; six brothers, Gilmer Roye, Horace Roye, Chester Lee Roye, Theron Roye, Robert Roye and James Roye; and a grandson, Steve Young.
Pallbearers were Samuel Roye, Larry Young, Dale Holloway, Buddy Ellis, James Riley Seale, Patrick Benson and Steven Young.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Jack Williams Sr.
Bro. Williams of Corinth died April 20, 2013. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Corps.
Bro. Williams served the following appointments in the former North Mississippi Conference (later the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church): Swiftown-Caile-Morgan City; Goodman First; Tupelo, St. Mark-Oak Hill; Corinth, Gaines Chapel; Marks; Iuka, First-Mt. Evergreen; Pontotoc First; Macon First; Tupelo, St. Luke; Aberdeen First; Mantachie-Shiloh; and Booneville, Liberty.
Jack is survived by his wife of 67 years, Vetrice Moore Williams. Other survivors include Jack Williams Jr. and his wife, Nancy, of Olive Branch, Vetrice Delores Azary and her husband, Doug, of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Angela Carol Griffin and her husband, Jason, of Pickwick, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Cheryl Warren Williams and husband, Keith Warren, Brett A. Smith and wife, Leslie Smith, and Greg N. Azary; eight great-grandchildren, T.J. Griffin, Trevor Griffin, Wesley Stricklin, Corey D. Livesay, Andrew K. Warren, Lainey Smith, Alexandria Robinson and Taylor Robinson; and one great-great-grandchild, William Robinson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Marvin Williams Sr. and Annie Ruth Reynolds Williams; brothers, Lyman Delbert Williams, Thomas Marvin Williams Jr., and James David Williams; and one sister, Ruth Murphy.
Services for the Rev. Jack Williams Sr. were held Tuesday, April 23, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo, MS 38804, or to your favorite charity.
Billy Ray Roberts, 69, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County after a long illness. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed camping, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He loved trading guns and showing off his gun collection.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Joey Swords will officiate. Burial will follow in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Peggy; daughter, Cathy Hardin (Bim); two sons, Jimmy Lee Roberts (Debra) and Bill Roberts (Kristie); sister, Jennie Lou Newell, all of Pontotoc; brother, Grady Roberts of Gulfport; mother-in-law, Polly Gillespie of Pontotoc; brother-in-law, Randy Gillespie of Grenada; two sisters-in-law, Robyn Gillespie and Brenda Roberts of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren, Thomas Pennington, Tonya Criddle, Nikki Dobbins, Brandie Tutor, Chris Roberts, Chris Pickens, Lakan Roberts, Whitney Roberts and Patrick Roberts, all of Pontotoc; three stepgrandchildren, Brandy Jumper, Bridgett Hardin and Austin Hardin; 20 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Hazel Roberts; his grandparents, James and Essie Roberts, and Earck and Offie Enis; his father-in-law, James Gillespie; two brothers-in-law, Van Gillespie and Carl Russell Newell.
Pallbearers will be Randy Gillespie, Nic Gillespie, Thomas Pennington, Chris Roberts, Chris Pickens and Justin Criddle. Patrick Roberts will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon to service time Wednesday.
Jerry Golding, 51, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home in the Furrs community. He was born Oct. 18, 1961, in Tupelo. He was a member of Furrs Baptist Church and a truck driver most of his life. An avid Ole Miss fan, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be most remembered for his loud, booming laughter and big smile. He loved his family and friends and never met a stranger.
Services were Thursday, April 18, at Furrs Baptist Church. Bro. Steve Cohea officiated. Burial followed in the White Zion Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Ocie Lorene Akens Golding, and his father, Charles M. “Buddy” Golding; two sisters, Teresa Golding and Shelia Ratliff (Bart); and a nephew, B.J. Ratliff.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Nannie V. Golding, and Ollie and Minnie Akens.
Pallbearers were Randy Todd, Brent Todd, Johnny Keith, Robbie Moss, Carrie McMullen and Jeff Short.
Lynette C. Sudduth, 72, died Monday, April 15, 2013, in hospice care. She was born Aug. 1, 1940, to O.A. and Johnnie Tyler Cannon. She was a fifth grade schoolteacher in the North Pontotoc School System for 25 years. She lived the last years of her life with her soulmate of 53 years.
A celebration of her life was held Thursday, April 18, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Judge Jimmy Roberts delivered the eulogy. Burial followed in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Curtis Sudduth; two children, Barbara C. Westmoreland and Mark Sudduth; five grandchildren, Shayne Westmoreland, Jaime Westmoreland, Elzizbeth Westmoreland, Jordan Westmoreland and Marry Margaret Sudduth; six great-grandchildren; six sisters, Lubbie Watts, Fay Jones (Jerry), Kay Griffin, Ann Stegall (Richard), Shirley Chambers and Carolyn Webber (Jerry); and a special friend of 17 years, Inga Coats.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother; a brother, Jackie Cannon; and a still born son.
Pallbearers were three grandsons, Shayne, Jaime and Jordan; a brother-in-law, Richard Stegall; a nephew, Justin Sudduth; and a family friend, Russell McGillvray.
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 were Wednesday, April 17, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Gordon Gentry and Bro. Jay Street officiated. Burial followed in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was 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; five great-grandchildren; and 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 were Don Mallard, Ian Mulvey, Craig Mulvey, Kevin Mulvey, Alan Taylor, Mark Waltrip, Skeeter Loden, Gene Turner, Johnny Moore, Walter White and Terry Bean.
Mark Therrell Hood, 43, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born June 13, 1969, in Houlka to Thomas and Dorothy Hood. He was a carpenter and a member of Cook Memorial Baptist Church.
Services were Friday, April 12, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona.
Survivors include his father, Thomas Hood of Houlka; five children, Brett Hood and Marley Hood, both of Houlka, Clay Hood of Pontotoc, Katelyn Hood and Jared Hood, both of Houston; seven siblings, Johnny Hood and Rhonda of Houlka, Sherry Russell and Steve of Thaxton, Janet Clark and Billy of Houlka, Deidra Young of Okolona, Kevin Hood and Jody of Houlka, Melony Clark and Vic of Houlka, and Lara Huffman of Houston; his fiancée, Donna Stephenson of Houston; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Hood, and one brother Gary Hood.
Pallbearers were Matthew Clark, Jacob Clark, Michael Luther, Jock Moore, Joey Moody and Ricky Williams Jr.
Online condolences may be made at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
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 was held 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; 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.
Mary Louise Curtis, 83, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Pontotoc Extended Care. She was born March 8, 1930, to Newton Quay and Florence Rudell Gooch in Pontotoc County. She was a lifelong resident of Thaxton. She was member of Thaxton United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and was an avid fan of John Wayne She spent many years caring for children of others.
Services were Saturday, April 20, at Thaxton United Methodist Church. Bro. William Montgomery officiated. Burial was in Thaxton Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Nickey Curtis (Nan), Breck Curtis (Charlotte), Guy Curtis andTodd Curtis (Shellie); three daughters, Dianne Johnson (Fred), Patti Jo Blackburn and Natalie Curtis; sister, Shelby Ann Griffin (Barnell); sister-in-law, Betty Ann Washington; brother-in-law, Dawson Curtis (Shirley); and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cultus Dalton Curtis; her parents; brothers, Quay Dennis Gooch and William Dean Gooch; infant daughter, Betty Joyce Curtis; and great-grandson, Ayden Tuff Tyson.
Pallbearers were her grandsons and honorary pallbearers were her great-grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Thaxton United Methodist Church.
Gary Tate died Friday, April 19, 2013, at his home in Pontotoc County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
L.P. Joy, 62, died Sunday, Aptil 21, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. He was formerly of Taylor. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
William F. Boone III
William F. “Thad” Boone died Friday, Feb. 25, 1994, at 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.
A graveside service was held Saturday, April 20, at the Pontotoc City Cemetery with Father Gerald Peterson officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, William F. “Bill” Boone Jr. of Ocala, Fla., a native of Pontotoc; a sister, Phoebe Boone Demers (Roger) of Ocala, Fla.; and a niece, Lindsey M. Schneider (Eli) of Sharon, Mass.
Marianne Wright Boone
Marianne Wright Boone died 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.
A graveside service was held Saturday, April 20, at the Pontotoc City Cemetery with Father Gerald Peterson officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was 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.
Thelma Jean Parker, 55, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Services were Friday, April 19, at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial was in Keyes Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Mike Parker of Tremont; son, Michael (Brandy) Parker of Tremont; daughter, Jennifer Caples of Fulton; sisters, Barbara (Donald) Kirk of Fulton, Carolyn (James) Brown of Pontotoc, Anita Starkey of Fulton, Deborah (John) Davis of Saltillo; grandchildren, Madison Parker, Evan Parker, Caleb Caples, Parker Caples and Shyann Caples; stepgrandchildren, Raena Lee and Roman Lee; her mother-in-law, Virblene Parrish of Tishomingo; and her best friend, Sandy Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Viola Maurine Doss Easley, 91, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at her residence.
Services were Saturday, April 20, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Chaplain Sandy Long and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial followed in Collums Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include three daughters, Sherry Kay Whitsell of Gulfport, Amelia D. Witzleb of Memphis and Mary Easley of Newport News, Va.; five sisters, Clytee Christian of Houlka, Nell Rives of Mable Hill, Mo., Mae Una Arthur of Houlka, Anita Bratton of Denison, Texas, and Lucy Doss of Inverness, Fla.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Baxter L. Doss and Rose Elma Purvis Doss; two sons, John D. Easley and Dwight L. Easley; four brothers, Van Davis Doss, J.C. Doss, Wilburn Doss and John Doss; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Easley.
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Tina Yvonne Witcher, 45, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services were Saturday, April 20, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Troy McNutt and the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 22 years, Robby Witcher of Saltillo; mother, Joy Palmer of Saltillo; father, Larry Hall (Patricia) of Okolona; sister, Christi Whitmon of Mooreville; brother, Phillip Hall (Ashley) of Pontotoc; paternal grandmother, Arlene Hall of Okolona; stepbrother, Tim Jenkins of Pontotoc; stepsister, Emily Carnathan (Robbie) of Okolona; aunts, Jackie Ellis (Terry) of Saltillo, Judy Brewer of Pontotoc, Jill Hurley (Scot) of Amory and Melinda Simmons of Houlka; uncles, Ronnie Harper (Penny) of Louisiana and Jerry Hall (Sue) of Okolona; two brothers-in-law, Ricky Witcher and Rusty Witcher (Amber), both of Tupelo; mother-in-law, Betty Witcher of Saltillo; father-in-law, J.N. Witcher of Tupelo; nieces, Ella and Kelly; nephews, Austin, Landon, Zack, Josh, Brody, Colton, Brandon, Tate and Tyler; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Woodrow Hall, Darlene Harper and Leroy Nolte; aunt, Brenda Jolly; sister-in-law, Gail Witcher; and brother-in-law, Randy Witcher.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main St. # C, Tupelo, MS 38801 or the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802.
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 held Saturday, April 20, at the Waterbrook Church, 2360 Cochran Road, Belden. United Funeral Service of New Albany is 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.
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Myrtice Gail Cross, 62, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. She was a loving mother and grandmother and a beautiful person who cared for everyone. She will be greatly missed by many.
Services were Saturday, April 20, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Glen Washington officiated. Burial followed in Carey Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Joey Edington of Pontotoc and Jimmy Edington of Bruce; one daughter, Joy Cross of Houlka; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild; two brothers, Mac Gregory of Bruce and Buzz Hall of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Hilton Hall; her mother, Myrtice Maylee Hall; and a brother, Andrew Alexander “Andy” Hall.
Luna Holloway Corder, 90, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Buckhorn community, to Loss and Charlotte Holley. She was a resident of Randolph and then Pontotoc in her later years. She enjoyed spending time with family, quilting and gardening. She loved and adored her Lord Jesus and was a member of New Faith Baptist Church.
Services were Monday, April 22, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro Don McCutchen officiating. Burial followed in the Hartwell Tutor Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Lottie Jones (Joe), Faye Moore (Terry) and Patsy Morphis, all of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, George Jones, Lisa Pace, Mary Montgomery (Fletcher), Kathy Sellars (Ronald), Scott Moore (Kim), Staci Rushing (Derik), Chuck McLarty (Patti) and Dawne Taylor; 14 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Palmer Holloway and Rad Corder; six sisters, Jessie Bland, Minnie Mooneyham, Lena Bland, Leona Coomer, Grace Holley and Nellie Ferguson; three brothers, Wade Holley, Bud Holley and Wallace Holley.
Honorary pallbearers were George Jones, Grant Jones, Scott Moore, T.J. Pace, Tyler Moore, Chuck McLarty, Coy McLarty, Clay Taylor, Eli Rushing, Bonner and Cal Montgomery and Deven Moore.
Richard Lynn “Dick” Thrasher, 75, died suddenly Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Services were Friday, April 12, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Billy Burleson officiating. Burial was 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.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
Carrie Lee Magee
Carrie Lee Calcote Magee, 86, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Silver Cross Nursing Home in Brookhaven. She was a housewife.
Services were Saturday, April 20, at Damascus M.B. Church in Brookhaven. The Rev. Allen C. Herring officiated. Burial was in Rose Hill Church Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her caregivers, Carolyn and Kirby Humphries; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. “Doug” Magee, and her parents, Rev. Richard and Minnie Calcote.
Nellie Ruth Waddle Gray, 77, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.
Services were Friday, April 12, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Bobby Cleveland officiating. Burial was 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.
Richard Martin III
Richard Lee Martin III, 55, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Roswell, N.M., to Richard and Clara Belle Faust Martin. He served in the United States Marine Corps and worked for Phillips Day-Brite for 17 years. On Feb. 9, 2002, he married his wife of 11 years, Janie Martin.
A private family gathering will be held at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Martin of Belden; three sons, Bryan, Britt and Blake Martin of Belden; three brothers, Dennis Martin of Pontotoc, Jack and George Martin, both of Tupelo; one sister, Penny Martin of Tupelo; his parents, Richard and Clara Belle Faust Martin of Arizona.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Edith Ray Woods Boyd, 64, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Lafayette county, she was the daughter of Ebben and Versie King Woods. She was a member of Harrisonville MB Church, where she sang in the choir and was on the kitchen committee. She was a pressor for Mark’s Cleaners until her health failed. She loved to cook, sing and have children around her.
Life celebration services were Tuesday, April 23, at Harrisonville MB Church with the Rev. Darrin Fowler officiating. Burial was in Harrisonville Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Vonda Woods and Pamela Woods, both of Oxford; three sons, Mickey Woods of New Albany, Gregory K. Wooks and Willie K. Woods, both of Oxford; three step-daughters, Carolyn Johnson, Beverly Boyd and Tina Gordon; three sisters, Bobbie Jean Marion and Annetta Hardin, both of Oxford and Forestine McWilliams of New Albany; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 22 step-grandchildren; and 17 step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, James Boyd.
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 Saturday, April 13, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Greg Herndon officiated. Burial was in Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home was 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 Robertson Smedley, 76, died Friday, March 29, 2013, in Harlingen, Texas, following a brief illness.
A memorial service was held Sunday, April 14, 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.
Robert Luther Hicks, 82, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Regional Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was retired from the U.S. Navy with 22 years of service.
Services were Thursday, April 18, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. J.C. Newby officiating. Burial was in the Ozark Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Tucker (James) of Smyrna, Tenn., Brenda Taylor of Booneville and Wanda Yates (Edwin) of Booneville; two sons, Robert D. Hicks (Sandi) of Savannah, Tenn., and Cecil Hicks of Booneville; sisters, Bernice Estes of Ozark and Faye Beck of Dorsey; brother, Milburn Hicks of Pontotoc; 13 grandchildren, Chase Hicks, Kelly Alcott, Shaun Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Coree Tucker, Sharla Teel, Jessica Hicks, Brandon Davis, Scooter Allen, Bronzie South, Kim Holley, Stephanie Davis and Jeremy Yates; 21 great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Odie Tueffel of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ruble, James and Delbert Hicks.
James Lester Tedford, 78, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Pontotoc County to Barles and Lovie Atkins Tedford. He married Shirley Holcomb Tedford on Dec. 31, 1966, and shared over 46 years raising a wonderful family together. He was a Christian and attended Pontotoc Apostolic Pentecostal Church. He was a handy man, farmer, cattleman and retired from Farmers Home Administration. He served our country in the United States Army and Air Force. He was a great husband, daddy and granddaddy. His greatest love was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Worship services were held Sunday, April 21, at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel of Pontotoc with the Rev. Bennie Randolph and Bro. Max Brassfield officiating. Burial followed in the Baldwin Nowell Memorial Gardens. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Tedford; two daughters, Faith Johnson (Michael) and Hope Johnson and Bryan Johnson; one son, James Lester Tedford Jr. (Evelyn); nine grandchildren, Tamara Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Marissa Johnson, Chandler Johnson, McKinley Johnson, Emmison Johnson, Charity Tedford, Kimberly Tedford and Heather Tedford, all of Pontotoc; seven sisters and one brother.
He was preceded in death by parents.
Pallbearers were Joe Montgomery, Jeff Holcomb, Bill Carter, Bryan Johnson, Bobby Prewett Jr., Stacy Simmons and Terry Horton.
Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com.
Elba Frances Allen, 78, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital.
Services were Sunday, April 21, at Boones Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. H.B. Miller and Bro. Walley Cason officiating. Burial was in Boones Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Kay Lancaster and John of Houston, and Alice Dawson and Mike of Starkville; two grandsons, Allen Lancaster and Crisi of Goodletsville, Tenn., and Brad Dawson and Paige of Birmingham, Ala.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Lancaster of Columbus and Brittain Dawson of Birmingham; one great-granddaughter, Claire Lancaster; four brothers, Clayton Corley and Lottie, William Corley and Jeanne, and Douglas Corley and Carlene, all of Okolona, and the Rev. Kenneth Corley and Glenda of Pontotoc; a sister, Martha Cole and Stuart of Aberdeen; two sisters-in-law, Marie Vance and R.E. of Houston, and Sue Allen of Amory; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, David Wilburn Allen, who died April 20, 2000; her parents; one sister, Janell Rhodes; and one brother, Robert Corley.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Boones Chapel church building fund.
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 Friday, April 12, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Ronnie Caldwell and Bro. Marty Browning officiating. Burial followed in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was 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 was an honorary pallbearer.
Juanita Owen, 92, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013. at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Funeral Home
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