Demmie Ethylene Chrestman, 88, of Houlka died March 17, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born Oct. 30, 1920, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Services were held Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Bruce with Bro. Danny Kelly officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include two sons, Harold Chrestman of Pontotoc and Benny Joe Chrestman of Houlka; one daughter, Rebecca Ann Washington of Houlka; five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Ramond Washington, Casey Washington, Craig Chrestman, Barrett Walls, Leroy Chrestman and Johnny Brummett.
Modess Bailey Dye, 92, of West Point died March 19, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. She was born May 4, 1916, in Calhoun County to Etta Pettit Bailey and Tom Bailey. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of West End Baptist Church. She was one of the founding members of Faith Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member. She had a new-found talent of drawing birds and in 2008 she won an award in a Jackson art competition. She married George Weston Dye on June 17, 1933, in Dublin; he preceded her in death on Dec. 4, 1972.
Services were held Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Ben Yarber officiating. Burial was in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include two daughters, Verna Wilbourn (Lamar) of West Point and Mary Bailey of Millford, Ind.; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lillian Biela of Columbus; and one brother, J.C. Bailey (Ruth) of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; a son, Tommy Dye; a brother, Winford Bailey; and granddaughter, Deshaun Dye.
Pallbearers were Allen Wood, Bill Ladd, Wayne Kuykendall, Gary Dedeaux, Jim Gillespie, Robert Wilbourn and Danny Bailey. Honorary pallbearers were Paul Wilbourn, David Clowers, Dr. Michael Duckworth and Dr. D.F. Sumrall; friends and staff at The Windsor Place; and her friends at West End Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, 1834 East Churchill Road, West Point, MS 39773.
Virgie Irene Sugg Hendrix, 100, of Big Creek died March 18, 2009, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born March 10, 1909, in Big Creek. She was a homemaker and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Services were held Saturday at Shiloh Baptist Church with the Rev. Billy Wells and the Rev. John Hearn officiating. Burial was in Shiloh Cemetery northwest of Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Paul Hendrix (Gail) of Bruce; four daughters, Helen Ruth Lee of Brownsville, Tenn., Mary Evelyn Wallace (Tom) of Vicksburg and Bettie Ramage (Tommy) of Mer Rouge, La.; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Hendrix of Big Creek; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, D.L. Hendrix; her parents, Richard Tilghman Sugg and Mary Roberta Parker Sugg; a son, David Hendrix Jr.; a great-great-granddaughter, Katelyn Grace Coulter; and five brothers, Ed Sugg, Till Sugg, Sam Sugg, Grady Sugg and Al Sugg.
Grandsons served as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Cemetery Fund.
Leonard Lee Jamerson, 101, of Calhoun City died March 15, 2009, at the Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was a great father, brother, grandfather and friend.
Services were held March 19 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Tracey Fox officiating. Burial was in North Union Cemetery at Bellefontaine. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, W.C. Jamerson of Gore Springs, Rufus Jamerson (Rene) of Memphis and Jack Jamerson (Betty) of Calhoun City; three daughters, Bonnie Hamblet of Coffeeville, and Betty Robinson and Annie Terry (Thomas), both of Calhoun City; two sisters, Naomi McKine of Calhoun City and Evia Mathis (Willie) of McComb; 28 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two sons, Horace Jamerson and Andrus Jamerson; two daughters, Rae Townsend and Shirley Kelly; three brothers, Haley Jamerson, Thaddeus Jamerson and Bruce Jamerson; and three sisters, Veonia Jennings, Ora McKay and Bessie Hartley.
Doyce Eugene Nolan, 90, of Pittsboro died March 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born May 26, 1918, in Calhoun County. He lived in the Oldtown community for 60 years. He was a farmer and an LP driver in later years. He was a law enforcement officer in the 1970s. He served in the U.S. Army 36th Infantry during World War II. He was a longtime member of Oldtown Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for more than 50 years. He lived the past three years at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He married Lura Vyrl Burt Nolan on Dec. 20, 1945; she preceded him in death in August 2005.
Services were held Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Joe Russell and the Rev. Wayne Gullett officiating. Burial was in Poplar Springs Cemetery north of Vardaman.
Survivors include four daughters, Tillie Gullick (Wayne) of Calhoun City, Linda Ruth Hill (Kenny) of Oxford, Debra Gail Hamblin (Mike) of Byhalia and Jimmie Nell Garrett (Tommy) of Oxford; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Hill and Andrew Hill, both of Oxford, Susan Hamblin Woo of Greenville, S.C., Michael Hamblin and Hannah Hamblin, both of Byhalia, Ann Marie Garrett Logan and Scott Garrett, both of Oxford; three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife; and his parents, George Washington Nolan and Lela Reid Nolan.
Pallbearers were Jonathan Hill, Andrew Hill, Michael Hamblin, Scott Garrett, Gerry Logan and Cody Clements.
Memorials may be made to the Office of the President, Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.
Sadie Louise Palmer, 91, of Baldwyn died March 20, 2009, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born March 2, 1918, in Hamilton, Ala., to Will and Mamie Warren. She was a housewife and mother for 73 years. She loved gardening vegetables and flowers, sewing and quilting. She was formerly of Teasdale.
Graveside services were held Monday at Bethel Cemetery at Teasdale with Bro. Neil Davis officiating. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Wilma Palmer of Baldwyn; one son, Gene Palmer (Joy) of Baldwyn; seven grandchildren, Linda Russell (Randy) of Lambert, Ronnie White (Lisa) of Baldwyn, Charles E. Inman (Carmen) of Memphis, Tracey Hollimon (Joey) and Casey Palmer of Okolona, Angie Inman of Houston and Stephany Sexton (Cary) of Deep Run, N.C.; 13 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Daniel Hal Palmer, and two daughters, Betty White (William) and Ruby Inman (Lee).
Gene S. Pumphrey
Gene Sargent Pumphrey, 84, of Mobile, Ala., formerly of Jackson, died March 21, 2009, at the Mobile Nursing Home in Mobile, Ala. She was born Feb. 11, 1925, in Derma to the late John Thomas Sargent and Agnes Middleton Sargent. She was retired from the Veterans Administration in Jackson and a member of Raymond Road Baptist Church.
Services were held Tuesday at the Memorial Funeral Home chapel in Houston with Bro. Cecil Pumphrey and Bro. Jonathan Childress officiating. Burial was in the Arbor Grove Church Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include one granddaughter, Jessica Anglin (Starrett) of Carthage; a grandson, Smitty Pumphrey (Brooke) of Jackson; five great-grandchildren; a niece, Carolyn Hogan (Bernard) of Mobile; and many more nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rush Pumphrey, Andy Pumphrey, Jimmy Pumphrey, David Hamby and Joe Harpole.
Joan Reid, 70, of Senatobia died March 18, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born June 18, 1938, in Bruce. She was a graduate of Delta State University and received her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She was a teacher for 38 years, retiring from Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia. At Northwest, she was director of the business department, sponsor and member of Phi Beta Lambda, and cheerleader sponsor. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Senatobia. She enjoyed reading and watching sports.
Services were held Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home chapel at Bruce with the Rev. Chuck Strong officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery northeast of Bruce.
Survivors include nieces and nephew, Tracy Hogan, Misty Robinson, Janine Edlin and Mike Edlin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Z.L. Reid and Kate Frances Murphree Reid.
Addison Rea Tutor, 70, of Randolph died March 19, 2009, at the Pontotoc Hospital. He was a member of Carey Springs Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and songleader. He was a building contractor. He touched many lives with his talent for writing songs and poems. He was a devoted husband and daddy.
Services were held Saturday at Carey Springs Baptist Church at Randolph with Bro. Jr. Ritchie and Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial was in Carey Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Tutor, whom he married April 8, 1965; two sons, Greg (Valerie) Tutor and Lawayne (Sharla) Tutor, all of Randolph; one daughter, Beverly (Clyde) Roye of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Cristin Tutor of Randolph, and Josh Perkins and Jessica Perkins of Pontotoc; one brother, Buster Tutor Jr. (Deborah) of Pontotoc; his stepfather-in-law, Flake Fooshee of Randolph; a half brother-in-law, Roger (Dara) Fooshee of Randolph; two half sisters-in-law, Jennifer Scarborough of Randolph and Stephanie (Glen) Inman of Pontotoc; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Ola Rea Tutor; his grandparents, Mac V. and Eric Tutor, and Melvin and Maudie Rea; and his mother-in-law, Catherine Tutor Fooshee.
Pallbearers were Rickey Miller, Ronnie Jenkins, Mark Gregory, Nathan Gregory, Tim Quarles, William Holcomb, F.G. Tutor and Q.P. Phillips. Honorary pallbearers were Walton Houpt, Malton Houpt, David Poyner, Charles Cowsert, Paul Heath and Joey Oswalt.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Carey Springs Baptist Church.