Obituaries, Aug. 29, 2012

Michael Edwards
DETROIT, Ala. – Michael Edwards, 62, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Marion Regional Medical Center in Hamilton, Ala. He was born July 7, 1950, in Amory to David and Jane Gray Hoots. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Becker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. He worked for several years at Family Dollar. He enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, NASCAR, boxing and traveling, and most of all he loved his grandchildren.
Services were at 2 p.m. Aug. 15 at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mack Phillips officiating. Burial followed in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, David and Jane Hoots of Becker; his wife, Barbara Edwards of Detroit, Ala.; one son, Michael Louis Lee Edwards Jr. of Detroit, Ala.; one daughter, Laticia Edwards of Detroit, Ala.; grandchildren, Emma Edwards,Taytawny Humbers, Rayven Edwards, Kalysta Edwards and Nickolas Edwards; sisters, Arlene (Jim) McRee of Louin and Darlene (Steve) Stockton of Amory and Jolene Hoots of Amory; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Craig (Dell) Stephenson of Greenwood Springs and Cherry (Roger) Scarborough of Greenwood Springs.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Willie Stephenson, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dock Lee and Emma Lee Stephenson.
Pallbearers were Billy Kirkpatrick, Jerry Camp, Bobby Sanderson, Ellis Mitchell, Kerry Mitchell and John Seals.

Elon Braxton
AMORY – Elon Gray Braxton, 83, died on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at her residence. She was a daughter of the late Carl and Lillie May Oliver Gray. She was married to the late Travis Braxton. She was born in Bruce and grew up in Calhoun and Tallahatchie counties. A very generous and caring lady, she was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, working as a caregiver to the elderly for many years. She willingly gave of herself, being proud of her 10 children she raised. In her earlier years, she attended First Assembly of God in Amory. She enjoyed listening to gospel and bluegrass music, watching birds, tending to her flower garden, especially her prized roses and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
A celebration of life service was held at noon on Aug. 22 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home, in Amory with Bro. Waylon J. Powell officiating. A graveside service followed at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23, in New Cleveland Cemetery in Cleveland.
Survivors include her daughters, Shirley (Jewel) Oswalt and Sharlet Torre, both of Amory, and Samantha Rittenhouse (Richard) of Hatley; her sons, Wayne Braxton of Wyoming, Johnny Braxton (Lucille) of Amory, Carl Braxton (Laura) and Henry Braxton (Rhonda), all of Ohio, and Anthony Braxton of Amory; sisters, Sue Steele of Wisconsin, Carry Hall (Jerry) of California, Geneva Carson (Charles) of Florida; a brother, J.E. Gray (Betty) of Louisiana; 24 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by two daughters, Mary Gaia and Martha Grimmett.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
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Matthew Northington
AMORY – Matthew Davis Northington, infant son of Helen Northington, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo.
Private graveside services were Aug. 23 at the Maxey Cemetery with Bro. Ferman Anderson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Helen Northington of Amory; his grandparents, Brett Northington (Sindy); aunts and uncles, Chasitie and Chris King, and Jamie and Caleb Snyder; and cousins, Emily and Abby.
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Danny Clardy
HAMILTON – Danny Clardy, 62, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, due to an accident. He was born Sept. 14, 1949, to James Allen Clardy and Doris Seawright James in Starkville. He graduated from Starkville High School and attended East Mississippi Community College in Scooba. He lived in Monroe County for the past 32 years. He retired at Cableone after being in the cable industry for 25 years. He was a member of River Bend Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in his garden.
Services were at 10 a.m. on Aug. 23 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. Roy McHenry and Bro. Charles Coggins officiating.
Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Coggins Clardy of Hamilton; two daughters, Dana Rainbolt (Chris) of Southaven and Deana Harrison (Matthew) of Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Dustin Clardy of Belden; three sisters, Nandra Langley and Judy Funderburk, both of West Point, and Tina Caston (Travis) of Yazoo City; one brother, Randy Clardy and Thomassen of Okolona; and two grandchildren, Zachary Rainbolt and Sadie Madison Rainbolt.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers were Dr. Arthur
Brown, Joe Wright, Danny Holloway, David Lusby, Tony Robinson and Bo Robinson.
Memorials may be made to the River Bend Baptist Church Building Fund.
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Chris Putnam
HAMILTON – Chris Putnam, 34, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at University Hospital in Jackson. He was born July 22, 1978, to Billy Ovin Putnam and Gaitha Dean Putnam in Eupora. He lived in Monroe County for the past 20 years and graduated from Hamilton High School. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. He worked as 1st mate on ACBL River Boat.
Services were at 10 a.m. Aug. 24 in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. John Maxey officiating. Burial was in Ebenezer Cemetery in Stewart.
Survivors include his wife, Christina Marie Prestage Putnam of Hamilton; one daughter, Abigail Phillips of Hamilton; one son, Tyler Phillips of Hamilton; his mother, Gaitha Dean Putnam of Hamilton; one sister, Ginger Putnam of Pheba; one brother, Brad Putnam (Brynn) of Hamilton; three stepbrothers, William Putnam of Aberdeen, Mike Putnam (Lisa) of Caledonia and Jeff Putnam (Leslie) of Caledonia; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew, Aiden Hall.
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Gibson Carlyle Flynn
MOUNT PLEASANT, S. C. – Gibson Carlyle Flynn, infant son of Mark David Flynn and Amy Fletcher Flynn of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012. Gibson was born August 6, 2012, in Charleston, South Carolina.
All services were private.
Survivors include his parents, Mark D. Flynn and Amy F. Flynn of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; brother, Fletcher Charles Flynn of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; maternal grandparents, Bob and Denise Fletcher of Awendaw, S.C.; paternal grandparents, Dolores Flynn (Michael) Barder of Aberdeen; maternal great grandmother, Mary Fletcher of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; maternal great grandparents, Esther (Samuel) McGlamery of Jamestown, S.C.; aunt, Penny (Brian) Sanders and children, Katelyn and Chase Duling of Aberdeen; uncle, Stephen (Christy) Flynn and children, Charlie, Molly and Gray Flynn of Tupelo; great aunts, Kathy Fletcher of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; Teresa Williams and Cathy Wally of Summerville, S.C. and great uncles, Michael Fletcher of Mount Pleasant, S.C. and Steve Brown of South Mills, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Charles W. Flynn.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to MUSC, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Attn: Diane Thorpe at 165 Ashley Ave Room 864 CH, MSC 329, Charleston, SC 29425. Checks should be made out to NNICU, Gibson C. Flynn (memo line).
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“Bill” Nelson
BECKER – Willie M. “Bill” Nelson, 65, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Born Oct. 24, 1946, in Becker, she was a daughter of Carlos and Lucille Jenkins Odom.
She attended Becker Schools. She married Joe Carl Nelson in 1975. A homemaker, she loved family gatherings, cookouts and all the fun-loving good humor at all the gatherings. She was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed fishing, flower arranging, her dogs, collecting all kinds of trinkets, listening to gospel music, and watching Gospel Channel 39.
She is survived by her daughter, Theresa Gann (Ned) of Becker; sons, Tim Nelson (Heidi) of Amory, and Jeff Nelson (Marsha) of Virginia Beach, Va.; sisters, Etoy Chism of Wren, Jean Waits of Wren, Lortez Tate of Bigbee, and Syble Caldwell of Valdosta, Ga.; grandchildren, Amanda Knight, Cory Box (Leanne), Devin Nelson, Savannah Nelson, and Luke Nelson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Carl Nelson; son, Rodney Wayne Knight; sister, Virginia Pace; and brother, L.C. Odom.
A celebration of life service was held at 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Johnny “Bo” Knight, Randy Smith, Ron White, Larry Reeves Jr., William “Buzz” Francis and David Chism.
Honorary pallbearer was Robert “Bob” Knight.
Memorials may be given to Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
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Marie James
ABERDEEN – Marie Reynolds James, 69, died Aug. 20, 2012, at her home.
Services were at 1 p.m. Aug. 25 at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Aberdeen with Pastor Willie K. Orr officiating. Burial were in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Raymond and Leonard James of Aberdeen; three daughters, Elaine James of Aberdeen, Peggy James of Shannon, and Shawnee James of Aberdeen; brother, Benjamin Reynolds Jr. of Ben Harbor, Mich.; three sisters, Celeste Ford of Aberdeen, Opal Hogan of Shannon, and Ethel Harrington of New Orleans, La.; and eight grandchildren.
An online register can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneral

Richard H. Carter
Muscle Shoals, Ala. – Richard Herndon Carter, 45, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Palliative Comfort and Care Center, Birmingham. He attended Hamilton, Ala., schools, before becoming a homeschooled student. After a successful liver transplant in 1988, he continued his education, receiving a B.A. degree with honors from Samford University and a Juris Doctorate from Birmingham School of Law. He was a member of the International Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu and a certified scuba diver.
Richard was an inspiration to all who knew him. Always counting his blessings rather than his troubles, his health never hindered his ability to laugh.  Richard will be remembered for his love of God, family, friends, and fun-loving ways.  A trophy of God’s grace, Richard was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
A celebration of his life and home going was held on Tuesday, August 14, at Colbert Memorial Chapel of the Shoals with burial following in Colbert Memorial Gardens.  Phil Herndon and Keith Nochols spoke on what their relationship with Richard had meant to them from the perspective of a cousin and a friend, respectively.
He is survived by his wife of 19 wonderful years, Sheila Carter; parents, Truman and Linda Carter and Jo and Leroy Howard; son, Mason H. Carter; brother, Truman Carter, II; sisters, Rhonda Sloan (Bobby) and Debra Kuykendall (John); a host of loving nieces and nephews; two uncles; two aunts; cousins; and friends.
Pallbearers were Scott Carter, Jim Grinnell, Terry Holcomb, J. B. Kuykendall, Tony Roberts, and Arlin Woodall.
Honorary pallbearers were Ken Ausborn; Steve Johnson; Dennis, Larry, and Phil Herndon; and Keith Nichols.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice.

Johnny Yeager
HAMILTON – Johnny Yeager, age 61, died Monday, August 27, 2012 at Baptist Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Andy Odom
Goodlettsville, Tenn. — William Andrew Odom, 35, formerly of Amory, died on Friday, August 24, 2012, in Amory. Born May 23, 1977, in Amory, he was a son of Dr. Terry W. and Elizabeth Ann Betz Odom.
A 1995 graduate of Amory High School, he also attended Itawamba Community College and the Savannah College of Art and Design and he worked as a graphic designer. A loving father, he was also amazingly creative and talented and loved artistic activities like woodworking, drawing, painting, and building things. He was chosen as Little Mr. Amory for 1982 and was also the poster child for the Mississippi Affiliate of the American Diabetes Association. He was a member of the Nashville Scooter Club and the Church of Christ.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29,  at the Amory Church of Christ with Minister Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Dr. Terry Odom (Ann) of Amory; one daughter, Oonagh Odom of Hendersonville, Tenn.; one son, Rocko Andrew Odom of Hendersonville, Tenn.; one sister, Betsy Odom of Chicago, Ill.; one brother, Greg Odom; uncles and aunts, Alan Betz (Teresa) of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Dr. Steven Odom (Delores) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Randy Odom (Jan) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; cousins, Ches Betz (Linda), Marilee Betz, Steven Odom (Adalyn), Deborah Odom, Lashlee Dobson (David), and Tate Odom.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. E.P. Odom and Chester and Carolyn Betz.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Boozer, Daniel Cresap, Richard Stockton, Ches Betz, Freddie McAllister and Kevin Patterson.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157.
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