By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – James Ewell Kilgore, 60, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, after a battle with cancer. He was born on July 15, 1952, to Aurther Richard and Iris Louise Kilgore in Star City, Ark. He was a graduate of Lee High in Columbus and served in the U.S. Third Army in Neumberg, Germany, for two years. In his early years, he managed Jack’s Hamburgers, worked for Sealtest Dairy and Tupelo Coca-Cola. He was also salesman for Allen Henry Company and Hopkinsville Milling Company for over 15 years. In April 1994, he and his wife, Jeannine, opened Kilgore’s Supermarket on South Gloster Street in Tupelo, and his son, Jason, joined the business in 2003. James became a Christian early in life and enjoyed serving his Lord in various church and community ministries. He was a faithful member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and Morrison/Smith Sunday School class. He loved to play golf, go duck hunting, visit the beach and build sand alligators with his grandchildren, ride his motorcycle, and visit friends and family who were shut-in or home-bound. He was a loving husband to his wife, a great father to his children, and a fun Pappaw to his grandchildren as well as a great Christian influence and role model in their lives. He was a successful businessman and a wonderful friend to many.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. today, July 25, 2012, at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. David Langerfeld and Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial will follow at Tupelo Memorial Park & Gardens on Joyner Avenue in Tupelo. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Jeannine Kilgore; his children, Jason Kilgore (Melissa) of Tupelo, Andrea Kilgore of Tupelo, Jason Wommack (Tammy) of Woodstock, Ill., and Melinda Wommack Conerly of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Peyton and Parker Robertson, Reed Conerly, all of Tupelo, Ashlee Cooper of North Carolina, and Jacob Cooper of Illinois. He is also survived by his sisters Betty McElrath (John) of Columbus, Carolyn Elam (Kelly) of Aberdeen; his brothers, Richard Kilgore (Linda) of Birmingham, Ala., and Ronnie (Linda) Fisher of Little Rock, Ark.; a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews; a multitude of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, a wife, Carol Nanney Kilgore, and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be William “Buddy” Long, Gary Pounders, Johnny Redmond, Gary Jennings, Ron Watkins, Lonnie Bell, Pete Gibson, Jim Hawkins, Charlie Estes, Peyton Robertson, Parker Robertson, and Reed Conerly. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Kilgore Supermarket, members of the Morrison/Smith Sunday School Class of Harrisburg Baptist Church, and Scott Conerly, Brandon Conerly, Tim Keith and Robbie Hutcheson.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at Harrisburg Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177 Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FALKNER – Lula Mae “Lou” Surber, 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 23, 2012. She was born Dec. 24, 1940, to Lawrence and Mavis Caviness Wilbanks in Benton County. She was a lifelong resident of Mississippi and was a member of Falkner Baptist Church. She retired in November 2010, from the finance business after serving for 19 years. Over those years, she developed a personal relationship of trust with many people and loved dealing and helping them with their financial problems.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Jones and Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Jim E. Surber of almost 52 years; three sons and their wives, Jimmy E. Surber Jr. (Kimberly Ann) of New Albany, Donald Wayne Surber (Connie Joy) and Kevin Earl Surber (Mary Beth), all of Falkner; seven grandchildren, Leslie Ann Mitchell (John), Donald Shane, Matthew Wayne, Andrew Dylan, Jacob Daniel, Kristina and Christopher Surber; three sisters, Shelia Ann Smith (Larry) of Falkner, Mary Sue Wasson (Terry) of Kansas City, Kan., and Sarah Dianne Hilliard (Dorsie) of Olive Branch; four brothers, Joseph Allen Wilbanks (Gaye), James Otis Wilbanks (Carol), Thomas Arthur Wilbanks (Nada) and Dennis Ray Wilbanks (Charlotte), all of Falkner; 14 nieces and nephews; and special friends, Anna Parker, Robin Childers, Linda Ayers and Jean Harrell.
Pallbearers will be Shane, Matthew, Dylan, Jake and Chris Surber. Honorary pallbearers will be Leslie and Kristina Surber.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Falkner Baptist Church.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneral home.com.
NEW ALBANY – Herman Payton, 73, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
SOUTHAVEN – Deborah Ritter Crapa, 53, passed away Friday, July 20, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Desoto in Southaven. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date. Wells Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mayline Nelson, 46, died Monday, July 23, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
HOUSTON – Henry Clay Nabors, 62, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence. He was a native of Chickasaw County and a Baptist. He was formerly a truck driver and served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
Services are at 2 p.m. Thursday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston, with Bro. Steve Lampkin officiating. Internment is at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Nabors; one son, Clay Nabors (Lynn); two daughters, Teresa Nabors and Tabatha Nabors; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson; three sisters, Sadie Anderson, Cora Mae Criddle and Jinnie Lee Williams; and one brother, J.D. Nabors (Mary), all of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Spencer Nabors and Velma Yeager Nabors; seven brothers, Bill, Claude, Charles, Jack, John and Fred Allen Nabors and James Doss; and four sisters, Bessie Swindle, Sue Doss, Jimmie Cook and Willie Weems.
Serving as pallbearers are Norman Nabors, Tommy Swindle, Ricky Rowe, Doyle Criddle, Ricky Makamson and Karl Jernigan. Honorary pallbearers are Mykkie Smith, Andrew Nabors, Sam Lee, Ross Haig, Damion Haig and all his nephews.
Online condolences: www.southern funeralchapel.webs.com.
HAMILTON – Allie Frances Basham Frazier, 90, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Sept. 29, 1921, to Dr. James Woodie Basham and Mabel Crosby Basham in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton. She retired as a nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus, and also worked at Hamilton Post Office and Cadence Bank. She was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Lee Murff officiating. Burial will be in Ross Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Edward “Chuck” Frazier of Hamilton; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters, Stacia Gilliland, Adeline Black, Mary Sue Murff, Manie Vardaman, Elizabeth Frazier and Cara Cockerham; and two brothers, J.W. Basham Jr. and John Basham.
Pallbearers will be Bill Cockerham, Ricky Frazier, Woodie Frazier, Jerry Pittman, Charles Stanford, Tommy Clegg, John Bradford Basham, Mike Frazier and Bobby Frazier.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelann memorial.com.
OXFORD – Lucille Laverne Mills Perry, 79, passed away Monday, July 23, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
FULTON – Deward Hershel Ruth, 89, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Mooreville to Fred Lewis and UlaArdie Mishie Stevens Ruth. He was a World War II veteran, where he was in the 495th Air Squadron as an automotive equipment operator. He served at Normady Beach, England, France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. He lived in Illinois for many years where he was a machine repairman for Johnson Motors. He moved back to Itawamba county in 1980. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Micheal Yielding officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Grove cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Myra Freberg (Chuck) of Fulton; three sons, Ken Ruth (Lynda) of Oceanside, Calif., Dwayne Ruth of Mooreville and Dennis Ruth (Carrie) of Fulton; one sister, Betty Craddock (Tony) of Tupelo; one brother, Bob Ruth (Wren) of Louisville; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special friends and caregivers, Amelia Brooks, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wagner, Geraldine Wilemon, Randy Wilemon, Donella Wright, Linda Stanley, Barbie Hillhouse and Betty Ramirez.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Marie Yielding Ruth, who died in 1999; six sisters; two brothers; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Randy Wilemon, Erb Henley, Dale Ruth, Dillon Dorsey, Danny Yielding and Jason Bennett.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 51, County Veterans Service, 201 W. Main St., Fulton, MS or Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, P.O. Box 901, Fulton, MS 38843.
OKOLONA – James D. DeVault, 87, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence. An Okolona native, he was born Jan. 20, 1925, to Jesse and Sue DeVault. He, with his wife, owned and operated the Dixie-Bell Cleaners before retiring in 2003. He loved his wife and pets dearly. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Okolona. He was a sergeant assigned to Headquarters First Airborne Army in Germany, England and Italy, serving from 1943 to 1945 as Chief Clerk of the Preventive Medicine Division during World War II. During this time, he received the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Oak Leaf cluster, Good Conduct Medal and the Bronze Star.
Services with military honors will be 1 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Eric Boyskin officiating. Interment will be at the Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Nelle Bailey DeVault of Okolona; nephews, Jerry and David DeVault of Houston, Texas, and John DeVault of Tupelo; one niece, George Ann Thompson of Dayton, Ohio; and his caregiver, Pat Lockhart of Okolona.
Pallbearers include Tommy Alexander, Jerry Morgan, the Rev. Jay Stanley, Danny Bailey and Allen Lockhart.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. – Louise A. Wheeler, 68, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at her residence.
Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with burial following in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
FALKNER – Laverne Napper, 48, died Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
SMITHVILLE – Greg Hall, 54, died on Monday, July 23, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
WEST POINT – Thomas A. “T.A.” Dendy, 68, passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center of West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.