By NEMS Daily Journal
Earl Wiggs Jr.
MEMPHIS – Earl Marcus Wiggs Jr., 89, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2012, at his home. A native of Chalybeate in Tippah County, he was born on Feb. 19, 1923. He graduated in 1939 from Chalybeate High School and in 1943 from Mississippi College, where he was a band member and where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Commerce. While at Mississippi College, Mr. Wiggs entered the V-12 officer training program of the United States Naval Reserve. Following midshipman school at Notre Dame, he served in World War II aboard LST-937 in the Pacific Theater, commencing his service at sea as an Ensign at the ship’s commissioning in September 1944 in Hingham, Massachusetts and continuing through and beyond the end of the war. He completed his U.S. Navy active service with the rank of Lieutenant (jg), serving as the ship’s Executive Officer and Navigator when LST-937 was retired from duty in Shanghai, China in May 1946. Following his return to civilian life, after graduate study at the University of Mississippi, Mr. Wiggs taught business education in Chalybeate, MS; Ashland, MS; and Birdville High School in Fort Worth, Texas. On Dec. 27, 1958, Earl Wiggs, Jr. married Patty Ruth Hollis, also of Chalybeate, and they moved to Memphis, where he worked as Accountant /Controller at Universal Warehouse Co., Inc. for 33 years. Together he and Patty raised four boys. A loving father who devoted hours to teaching them life skills like bicycling, swimming, and driving, by example he demonstrated for them the values of integrity and perseverance and encouraged them to observe, question and engage the world around them. Following his retirement in 1991, Earl and Patty enjoyed extensive travel and performed dedicated volunteer service, including 14 years with MIFA Senior Programs delivering weekly meals to the less fortunate, for which they received special recognition on MIFA’s Day of Reflection and Service in 2007. Mr. Wiggs was an active and dedicated church member throughout his life. He served as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Memphis and at Trinity Baptist Church of Cordova. For 70 years he was active in church choirs, serving to terms as President of the FBC Choir. He also taught Sunday School, including 16 years service as director and teacher of high school students.
Services were Friday at Trinity Baptist Church in Memphis with burial in Union Cemetery in Chalybeate.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patty Hollis Wiggs; his four sons, Earl Marcus Wiggs III (Rebecca) of Jackson, William Hollis Wiggs (Lois) of Knoxville, Tenn., Dr. Joseph Paul Wiggs (Alicia) of Franklin, Tenn., and Dr. Christopher Dean Wiggs (Holly) of Ridgeland; five grandchildren, Madeleine Wiggs, Noel Wiggs, Catherine Wiggs, Ellen Wiggs and Andrew Wiggs; two sisters, Louise Wiggs Elliott (R.G.) and Jean Wiggs Ketchum; three nieces, Barbie Elliott Adair (Jay), Donna Elliott Mowdy (Danny) and Betty Barber Anderson (Fred); two sisters-in-law, Ora Sue Hollis Hudson and Nancy Hollis Duncan (Joe); and a host of other nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Marcus Earl Wiggs and Myrtle Meeks Wiggs.
The family would like to give its heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hugh T. Overstreet for his diligence in providing skilled and compassionate medical care.
The family requests that memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 8899 Trinity Road, Cordova, TN 38018 or to MIFA, 910 Vance Ave., Memphis, TN 38126.
Online condolences and floral tributes may be made by visiting www. memphisfuneralhome.net.
BOONEVILLE – Donald Gene Hall, 55, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 23, 1957, in Monroe County, to William Cleve Hall and Ida Lee Duke Hall. He was a disabled veteran, and he was a member of the First Christian Church in Baldwyn. He was an avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ralph Culp and Bro. Kelly Carmichael officiating. Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery.
He is survived by a son, Tommy Hall of Nettleton; a daughter, Leighann Holifield (Joey) of Waynesboro; his parents, William C. And Dorothy V. Hall of Nettleton; two brothers, Donald Tubb of Shannon and John Tubb (Cheryl) of Coral Springs, Fla.; two sisters, Louise Cox (Dale) of Fulton and Patricia Reeves (Bill) of Nettleton; two granddaughters, Madison and Hannah Holifield; and a special friend, Elizabeth of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Cunningham; and his mother, Ida Lee Duke Hall.
Pallbearers are Daniel Tucker, James Hall, Larry Tubb, Philip White, Donald Tubb and Jerry Blaylock.
CORINTH – Mary Elam died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Mississippi Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home in Corinth.
PONTOTOC – Kathy Deneice Williams, 48, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at her residence. She was a member of By Faith Baptist Church. She served as a RN at Baptist Hospital in Oxford and was formerly employed at Stratford in New Albany. She was a loving wife, daughter, sister and mother.
Service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Marcus Coward officiating. Internment will be at West Heights.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Williams; sons, Donald Hamilton, Derek Hamilton (Brandy), Cody Hamilton and Greg Williams (Penny); daughter, Mistie Knight (Tyler); grandchildren, Adriana, Jazmin, Isaiah, Nevin, Braden, Steven, Clay and Sarah; Mother, Grace Clark; Father, James Albright (Wanda); brother, Scott Albright (Loni); nephew, Sean Paul; and nieces, McKayla and Miranda Miller.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Marsh Miller.
Pallbearers are Derek Hamilton, Cody Hamilton, Jeff Hill, Donald Hamilton, Steven Williams and Tyler Knight.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. until service time on Tuesday.
CORINTH – Julius H. Mathis, 79, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at Magnolia Regional.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Souls Harbour Apostolic Church. Internment is at Campground Methodist Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is at 6 p.m. today at the church and will continue until service time Monday.
COURTLAND – Winford Appleton, 66, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at his residence.
Services are at 4:30 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Internment is at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation is 2 p.m. until service time today.
MATHISTON – Will T. Cummings, 87, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Service is at 4:30 p.m. today at Fellowship Baptist Church located in Choctaw County. Internment will follow in the church cemetery. Wise Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 1:30 p.m. until service time today.
Terry Helms Jr.
SHANNON – Terry J. Helms, 80, husband of Mary Lee Helms, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness.
A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Chris McAllily officiation. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends and family 3 to 6 p.m. today at Holland-Tupelo Chapel. A full obituary will be in Monday’s Journal.
Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 16 Northtown Drive, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211-3058.
OXFORD – Azzie Shaw, 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Coffeeville. Internment is at Hopewell Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
The body will lie in repose 10 a.m. until service time.
RIPLEY – Doug O’Leary, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries online and sign a guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Allie Shields, 97, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at her son’s home in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillian Funeral Home.Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ASHLAND – Earnest E. “Sonny” Hunt, 84, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Services are at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Internment is at Ashland Cemetery.
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Douglas Sparks, 48, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
PONTOTOC – Dorris Nell Harris Stevens, 81, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 20, 2930, to Romey Lee Harris and Rosie Lee Caldwell Harris of Nettleton. She was a member of Pontotoc Apostolic Church and was a retired factory worker. She enjoyed reading her Bible, spending time with her family and she really loved her mother/daughter days of going to eat and shopping with her four daughters. She loved to take care of her family.
Service will be at 3 p.m. today at Pontotoc Apostolic Church with the Rev. Bennie Randolph and Bro. Harvey Sewell officiating. Burial will follow at Springville Cemetery. Tutor Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Albert Milburn Stevens; four daughters, Breandy (Billy) Randolph of Pontotoc, Wanda Holley of Nettleton, Lisa (John) Deaton of Pontotoc and Angie (David) Neal of Pontotoc; two brothers, Jube (Martha) Harris and Troy (Ann) Harris, both of Nettleton; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and son-in-law, Charles Holley.
Pallbearers will be Michael Neal, Jason Neal, Cody Neal, Jon Eddy Denton and Daniel Holley. Honorary pallbearers are Donavan Randolph, Skylar Neal, Hunter Neal, Eli Neal, Taylor Neal, Austin Byrd, Clayton Brewer, Hunter Canerdy and Jordyn Bennett.
Visitation is noon to service time today.
AMORY – Jerry R. Lewis, 76, died on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
NEW ALBANY – Roger Dale Kidd, 68, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired truck driver and Realtor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball and NASCAR. He loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Neely Baptist Church.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Bro Wayne Cobb and Bro. Keith Benefield officiating. Internment is at Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by four children, Sandra Hendrix (Shane) of Ecry, Denise Horton (Scotty) of Pontotoc, Kimberly Yarbrough (Robert) of Leander, Texas, and Roger Alan Kidd of New Albany; sisters, Elsie Williams (Phillip) of Pontotoc and Ellen Frazier (Thomas) of New Albany; brothers, Herman Delane Kidd (Ann) of Bradford, Ark., Robert Kidd (Shirley) of Little Rock, Ark., James Whitfield Kid of San Antonio, Texas, Steve Kidd, Rickey Kidd, Herbert Kidd (Patty), Jerry Kidd (Brenda), Johnny Kidd (Sandra) and Paul Kidd (Wynema), all of New Albany; grandchildren, Samantha Gregory (Justin) of New Albany, Amanda Cobb (Zack) of New Albany, Kari Huffstatly of Jackson, Amy Mayo of New Albany, Cason Horton of Pontotoc and Victoria Yarbrough of Leander, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert G. Kidd and Mildred Louise Watson Kidd; and grandson, Barry Mayor.
Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home and 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at Shady Grove Church.