Obituaries, Aug. 22, 2012

John Chrestman    
SMITHVILLE – John Wilton Chrestman, 58, died on Friday, August 17, 2012, at University of MS Medical Center, Jackson.  Born on October 25, 1953, in Houston, he was a son of the late Wilton Eldridge and Dempsey Gwendolyn Riddle Chrestman.
He was a graduate of Houlka High School, Class of 1971.  Playing basketball while in college, he graduated from ICC in 1973; Delta State University in 1975; and received his Master’s degree in 1976, while serving as a Graduate Assistant coaching at Delta State University.  While in school, John went with a group of students to Guatemala, where they taught basketball skills to children.  John married Wanda Ford on September 27, 1984.  An educator, he coached basketball at Smithville High School, retiring in June 2001.  Accepting a job at Sulligent Schools, John served as the elementary school principal and girls’ High School basketball coach from 2001 until retiring in June 2011.  Loving the Lord, he was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and was a former Sunday School teacher.  He enjoyed farming, hunting, and old Gospel music.  John was a member of American Angus Association, ICC Alumni Board, Monroe County Power Board, and Mississippi Educators Association.  A compassionate and hard-working man who loved his family dearly, John lived his life by focusing on his daily walk with the Lord and then on his family and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, August 20, at Smithville Baptist Church with Bro. Wes White officiating.  Burial  followed in Haughton Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ford Chrestman, Smithville; daughter, Gwendolyn Kathleen “Katie” Chrestman, Amory; sisters, Rita Windham (William), Tupelo, and Margo Terry, Houlka; brothers, Charles Chrestman (Regina), Lumberton, N.C., and Kim Chrestman (Amy), Water Valley; nieces and nephews, Karen Windham, Keith Windham (Rhonda), Carla Cothern (Josh), Vicki Chrestman, David Chrestman (Kacy), Rachel Chism (Tommy), Ryan Terry (Raelynne), Elizabeth Chrestman, and Anna Chrestman; and special family, Phil Prewitt (Shannon), Smithville,  Aunt Juanita Michael, Booneville, Uncle and Aunt, Boyd and Velle Riddle, New Site, and Nancy and John Bomar, Grenada.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Will Terry; and a nephew, Stewart Windham.
Pallbearers were Jason McKay, Mike Cummings, Stacey Hathcock, Brad Stevens, Ben Gardner, and John Helton.
Honorary pallbearers were Bo Hathcock, Bo Stevens, Lamar Standifer, Donald Ray Vandiver, Jim Gunter, Jon Carithers, Travis Dulany, Carlos Walls, and Lillard Cummings.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church, PO Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870.
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C. W. Waddle
NETTLETON – Connie Wade (C.W.) Waddle, 64, died on Thursday, August 2, 2012,  at the VA Hospital, in Memphis.  Born on November 3, 1947, in Itawamba County, he was a son of the late William Jesse Waddle and Lela B. Gilliland Waddle.
Mr. Waddle  attended Fairview School.  On May 23, 1980, he married Ann Ridings.  For over 20 years, he owned and operated CW Waddle Logging Company.  He honorably served his country in the US Army, serving in Vietnam, with the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Infantry Brigade, American Division, Charlie Company.  Waddle,along with Billy Carney, Larry Rodgers, Charles Sledge, and Paul Meadlo, all served together in Vietnam and remained lifelong friends, referring to themselves as a Band of Brothers.  He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, a former Sunday School teacher and Brotherhood Club cook.  He was also a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Tupelo Branch.  He was a devout husband, father and grandfather.  He was often referred to as the best dad anyone could have.  He enjoyed being with his family and fellow Vietnam Veterans and fishing.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2 p.m., August 5, at Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Whaley, Bro. Johnny Cox, and Bro. Clinton Worthey officiating.  Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Waddle; daughters, Debbie Holland, Nettleton, Amanda Tucker (Luke), Becker; sons, Brad Waddle (Denise), Red Bay, AL, Johnny Cox (Paula), Blue Springs; sister, Betty Hughes (Bobby), Tremont; brothers, Eudith Waddle (Etoye) and Milburn Waddle (Janice) of Ryans Well, Odell Waddle, Tommy Waddle (Patsy) of Golden, Billy Waddle (Delores), Smithville; grandchildren, Jamey Holland, John Gannon and Jackson Cox; sisters-in-law, Pearlie Waddle, Fulton, Wanda Christopher (Tommy), Plantersville; brother-in-law, Jackie Ridings (Nita), Nettleton; mother-in-law, Mary Ruth Ridings, Nettleton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Willerean Waddle; brothers, Odie and Roy Dee Waddle; sister-in-law, Olene Waddle.
Pallbearers were Billy Carney, Larry Rodgers, Charles Sledge, Paul Meadlo, Ricky Burt, Murlis Underwood, Todd Hughes, Jackie Ridings, Jon Michael Bramlett, and Nolan Hamilton.
Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Harlow, Bill Hester, George McBunch, the former crew of Waddle Logging, Al Brurgeois, and friends of the VA.
Memorials may be given to the Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 48, Tupelo, MS 38802. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
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Wilma Redden
ABERDEEN – Wilma Lee Mitchem Redden, 64, died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born May 29, 1948, in Raleigh, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Sam Alfred and Laffon Brown Mitchem. She married Melvin Russell Redden in 1967; he died in 1992. She enjoyed playing bingo and painting. She was a member of the American Legion. She was of the Baptist faith.
A celebration of life service was at 2 p.m. August 15 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial was in the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Survivors include her son, Joseph Redden (Cathy) of Aberdeen; six sisters, Edith McQuillen (Bill) of Georgia, Barbara Lewis (Clayton) of West Virginia, Mary Gorbutt (Lee) of Amory, Sara Haggerty (John) of West Virginia, Debbie Davis of Amory and Kathy Krausa (Walter) of Aberdeen; three brothers, Woody Mitchem of Aberdeen, Dale Mitchem (Margie) of Aberdeen and David Mitchem (Julie) of Nettleton; granddaughter, Amy Mize of Aberdeen; and great-granddaughter, Lydiah Jimenez.
Pallbearers were Chris Mitchem, Donnie Stacy, Danny Morris, Jerry Morris, Eric Ray, Lucas Jimenez, Scott Carter and Wayne Butler. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Davis, Brandon Murff, J.J. Carter and Timmy Logan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and by brothers and sisters, Fairlena, Danny, Jimmy and Doug.
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Marion King
AMORY – Marion King, 87, died on Monday, August 13, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on May 7, 1925, in Sharkey County, he was a son of the late Vernon D. and Julia Merchant King. He was a graduate of Silver City High School and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. While attending the University of Mississippi, he was drafted during the Korean War and honorably served in the Korean War as a major. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Starting Mid-South Pest Control in 1965, he was the owner and operator for 47 years. Having a strong work ethic, he took pride in his work. On November 25, 1980, he married Joyce Hadaway. He attended Central Grove Baptist Church. Described as a Southern gentleman, he treasured his wife and enjoyed fishing and spending time with family.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 32 years, Joyce King; his daughter and son, Susan Atkins (Kevin) of Amory and Terry King (Julie) of Duncan, S.C.; grandchildren, Sonny Morgan of Amory, Jennifer Fines (Corey) of Amory, James Robert King (Jennifer) and James David King of Greenville, S.C.; five great-grandchildren; brothers, Vernon D. “Pete” King of Brandon and Olan King (Twannie) of Caledonia; stepdaughter, Brenda H. Cox (Ronnie) of Nettleton; stepsons, Lynn Hadaway (Anna), Eddie Hadaway, Jerry Hadaway and Teddy Hadaway (Deloris) of Amory and Larry Hadaway (Gloria), Fort White, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilyn Opal King; sister, Opal King; and brother, Jimmy King.
A celebration of life service was held at 11 a.m. August 16 at Straight Bayou Baptist Church of Anguilla with Pastor Tom Metcalf officiating. Burial with military honors followed in Straight Bayou Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ronnie Cox, Kevin Atkins, John Sullivan, Lynn Hadaway, Eddie Hadaway, Jerry Hadaway and Larry Hadaway.
Memorials may be given to Central Grove Baptist Church, 30298 Central Grove Rd., Aberdeen, MS 39730, or to Straight Bayou Baptist Church, 157 Church St., Anguilla, MS 38721.
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Hannah Jenkins
AMORY – Hannah Louise Jenkins, 81, died Sunday, August 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Services were at 2 p.m. August 18 at the Rose of Sharon Church in Amory. The Rev. Mabry officiated. Burial was in New Chapel Cemetery in Fulton. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by six sons, G. Ezell McKinney of Landover, Md., Dexter McKinney of Hawaii, Roger McKinney, Zachary McKinney, Curtis McKinney and Dudley McKinney, all of Amory; one daughter, Merlee Johnson; two sisters, Dora Morris of Gary, Ind., and Nollon McKinney of Fulton; 24 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Dorothy McNairy
ABERDEEN – Dorothy Marie McNairy, 73, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
Services were at 11 a.m. Aug. 18 at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church on the Egypt Road. Pastor Danny Gladney officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Dennis Ray McNairy (Kimmola) and Randal McNairy, both of Aberdeen, and Billy Wayne McNairy (Lisa) of McComb; two daughters, Fannie Simpson and Thelma Jean Haynes (Edward), both of Aberdeen; three brothers, James Alvin Sims of Jersey City, N.J., Larry Sims of Chicago, and Richard Sims of Bolton, Ill.; and one sister, Kimberly Hogan Bailey of Wren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Lee McNairy Sr.; two sons, Clarence and Kermit Sims; and a sister, Dorothy Jean Ware.
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Charles Holloway
HAMILTON – Charles Vernon Holloway, 67, died Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at his home in Hamilton. He was born February 7, 1945, in Monroe County to Noah Vernon Holloway and Madie Mae Neal Holloway. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He retired from Kerr-McGee after 25 years.
Services were at 2 p.m. Aug. 18  at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Billy Stevens officiating. Burial was in Center Hill Cemetery in Hamilton. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Wilma Holloway Coon of Hamilton and Margie Bernice Croney (Fred) of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Harold Wayne Holloway (Janis) of Hamilton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Dean Holloway and David Ray Holloway.
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Linda Hathcock
DETROIT, Ala. – Linda Gayle Hathcock, 67, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, at her residence. Born on February 24, 1945, in Amory, she was a daughter of the late Beldon and Ewing Wright Stanford. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. Before becoming disabled, she was a seamstress at Red Kap. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, spending time with her family, gospel music, and her special friend and puppy, Prissy. A loving, caring, and spunky lady. She loved spoiling all of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Hilbert Hathcock of Detroit, Ala.; daughters, Renee Mixon (Jonathon) of Detroit, Ala., and Renetta Bennett (Chad) of Fulton; sons, Travis Hathcock (Missy) of Sulligent, Ala., Terry Hathcock (Tammy) of Greenwood Springs, Tony Hathcock (Tammy) of Detroit, Ala., and Timmy “Bull” Hathcock of Detroit, Ala.; grandchildren, Eric Stanford (Lindy), Brian Scott (Cara), Craig Hathcock, Austin Hathcock, Kelsie Hathcock (Daniel), Jessica Canterburry (Will), Lashae Hathcock (Graham), Makayla Hathcock, Zoie Hathcock, Megan Hathcock, Harlee Bennett, Allie Bennett, Alex Bennett, Brandon Smith (Kim), Derrick Cooper (Deanna), Rocky Sides, Aaron Sides and Alex Sides; great-grandchildren, Braylie Prichett, Hadley Reece Canterburry, Jayden Cooper and Natalee Gresslin, Jon Johnson, MaKayla Johnson, McKenzie Gresslin, and Brian, Adrian and Easton Smith; sisters, Shirley Mills of Detroit, Ala., and Marilyn Jones of Smithville; brother, Ricky Stanford (Loretta) of Hamilton, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lawrence and Madaline Stanford and Howard and Bam Wright; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, B.G. and Mattie Hathcock.
A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. August 18 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Tucker and Bro. B.J. Mills officiating. Burial followed in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Craig Hathcock, Austin Hathcock, Brian Scott, Eric Stanford, Rocky Sides, Derrick Cooper, Brandon Smith and Justin Stanford.
Honorary pallbearers were Tony Scott, Chad Jones, Daniel Kirkman, Graham Pritchett, Will Canterburry, Ben Brewer and Zach Merchant.
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Elon Braxton
AMORY – Elon Braxton, 83, died on Saturday, August 18, at her residence in Amory.
A celebration of life service will be held at noon Wednesday, August 22, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation is 10 to 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
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Drexel Hurley
PALACIOS, Texas – Drexel Hurley passed away at the age of 81 in Palacios, Texas, on June 12, 2012.
He was born on December 18, 1930, to the late Roy and Bertha Parish Hurley. He was born and raised in Monroe County, and was a long time resident of Amory prior to his passing.
Drexel moved to northern Illinois as a young adult to make a living and raise a family. He and Mary Jean settled in Zion, Illinois. Drexel was a long-time employee of American Motors, and worked at the Lakefront plant in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
He was active in youth sports, coaching baseball for several years as a member of the Zion Athletic Club. Drexel played bass guitar professionally from his early adulthood until retirement. He was a member of “Wes & the Plainsmen” for many years. This popular country & western band played throughout the Chicago area most every weekend at clubs and weddings.
Additionally, Drexel was asked on many occasions to play backup for famous entertainers at events in the Chicago area. Drexel was active in Freemasonry. He was first a member of the Waukegan (IL) Lodge #78. Upon retirement, he became a member of J.A. Mayfield Lodge #165 of Amory. Drexel and Mary Jean retired to Amory in 1987. He very much enjoyed the company of family in the area. A life-long fisherman, Drexel truly loved the regular fishing trips with his uncle, Homer Parish, in the waterways around Amory.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jean Hurley of Palacios, Texas; a daughter, Linda Faro (Danny) of Plymouth, Indiana; three sons, Tim Hurley (Janet) of Bay City, Texas, Terry Hurley (Sandy) of Russell, Ill., and Tony Hurley (Mike) of Seattle, Washington; two sisters, Claudeen Pannell of Brooksville,  and Pat Dixon of Sun City West, Arizona; a brother, David Hurley of Amory; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; son, Bob Hurley; sister, Evelee Fears; and grandsons, Jason Faro and Corey Hurley.
A memorial service for Drexel Hurley will be held in Amory  on a future date.

Otis Jan King
ABERDEEN – Otis Jan King, age 92, one of the Greatest Generation, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2012, at the Sanctuary Home Hospice in Tupelo.  The son of the late Otis Arthur and Ora Lee King, he was born in Newcastle, Texas, on March 20, 1920. A member of the Army Air Force and then the U. S. Air Force, he served his country from October 8, 1941, to January 1, 1963.  In WWII, he served in the India – Burma Theatre of Operations as an airplane crew chief on type C-54 and B-24 airplanes.
He moved to Hobbs, New Mexico in 1963, and was employed by Armco National Production Systems, retiring with 21 years of service.
He was an outdoorsman.  He hunted and fished with a true passion.  He was an avid gardener and took great pride in keeping his property looking beautiful.
He married Sarah Frances Ausborn on April 1, 1944 in Aberdeen.
Graveside services with full military honors will be at 1 p. m. on Thursday, August 23,  at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Survivors include two daughters, Patty McCorkle and son-in-law, Jim McCorkle, of Spring, Texas, and Jan Kroutter and son-in-law, Paul Kroutter, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; four grandchildren,  Chris McCorkle, Kim Jordan, Chas Woods and Mallory Coughlan; two great-grandchildren,  Ellie and Bekah Jordan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah; his parents; brothers, Clay, Douglas, Dusty, Kenneth and Travis King; sisters, Mary Singleton and Odessa Robertson.
Visitation will be from 5:00 until 7:30 p. m., Wednesday, August 22, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
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Danny Clardy
HAMILTON – Danny Clardy, age 62, died Monday, August 20, 2012, due to an automobile accident.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

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