GOLDEN – James Darryl Holcomb, 28, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at his home. He was born April 15, 1980, in Amory. He lived in Smithville and in Itawamba County for seven years. He was a self-employed logger and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Belmont, where he worked with the Awana Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a wonderful father and husband, and he enjoyed being with his family and friends, especially his sister, Jana.
Services were at 2 p.m. April 14 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Billy Burge and Bro. Randy Buse officiating. Burial was in the Antioch Cemetery in Itawamba County. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Crystal Holcomb of Golden, whom he married in 2001; one son, Chip Holcomb of the home; one daughter, Isabelle Holcomb of the home; his mother, Loyce Holcomb of Smithville; his father, James Holcomb of Golden; one sister, Jana Holcomb of Smithville; his mother-in-law, Faye Swann (John) of Coffeeville; his father-in-law, Keith Stone (Jackie) of Conway, Ark.; and his grandparents, Shirley and Charles Stone of Water Valley.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Franks, and Mr. and Mrs. Noel Holcomb.
Pallbearers were John Michael Lay, Jerome Cox, Jefrey Coker, Brandon Pharr, Chad Tucker, Jayson Golston, John Hathcote, Nathan Gazaway and Daniel McCollum.
Honorary pallbearers were Dale Holcomb, Steve Parker, Jose Vega, Ab Pruitt, Bobby Pannell, Jr. Smith and Greg Robinson.
George Moore Jr.
OKOLONA – George Moore Jr., 61, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his residence in Okolona. He was born June 22, 1947, to the late George Moore Sr. and Della Gillespie Moore. He was a member of Chapel Grove Church and a former employee of the Houston School District. He was a kindhearted person who would help anyone and everyone.
Services were at 1 p.m. April 14 at Clarks Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. J.D. King officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Shazzan Moore of Houston; one son, Alvin Moore of Prairie; five sisters, Odesser Lowe (Eldridge), Florence Moore, Irma Jones, Angelane Houston (Rudolph) and Gwendolyn Sanders of Shreveport, Ill.; three brothers, Harold Ray (Lorene) Moore, James K. Moore (Jean) and Bennett (Toni) Moore; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Geneva Baker and Ulander Cannon; one brother, James Moore; and one grandson, Alvin Moore Jr.
NETTLETON – Eddie Wayne Gray, 59, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 18, 1949, in Itawamba County to Will and Ida Mae Wright Gray. He was a lifelong resident of the Liberty community, a self-employed farmer and car salesman, and a Pentecostal. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
Services were at 11 a.m. April 14 at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Bobby Whaley, Bro. Paul Beam and Bro. Billy McBunch officiating. Burial was in the Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Ida Mae Wright Gray of Nettleton; two sisters, Kathy Alvis (Robert) of Nettleton and Ramona Laney (Jackey) of the Peaceful Valley community; two brothers, Dickie Gray (Glenda) of Plantersville and Clodell Gray (Wanda) of Aberdeen; three half sisters, Earnestine Roberts of Amory, Lillian Freshour of Nettleton and Addeline Randolph of Pontotoc; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Will Gray, two half brothers, Wesley and Willie Gray; and a nephew, Andrew Laney.
Pallbearers were Clodell Gray Jr., Teddy Lee Gray, Richard Gray, Jed Davis, Justin Laney and Jake Laney.
Charlie Gray served as honorary pallbearer.
NETTLETON – Fay Corrine Hester Randolph, 84, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona after a long illness. She was born April 9, 1925, in Monroe County to Gurvis and Viola Worthey Hester. She was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Nettleton United Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed going camping and working in her flower garden.
Services were at 2 p.m. April 15 at the Nettleton United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Larry Davis and the Rev. Jason Salisbury officiating. Burial was in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Talmadge Allen Randolph of Nettleton; three daughters, Barbara Lesley and Faye Minich (Reggie), both of Nettleton, and Sherry Jones (Billy) of Amory; four sons, Sammy Randolph, Buster Randolph (Linda), Danny Randolph (Diane) and Mike Randolph (Donna), all of Nettleton; two sisters, Mary Lee and Joyce Elliott (Leonard), both of Nettleton; one brother, Paul Hester (Martha) of Nettleton; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Randolph of Nettleton; special friends, Marlin and Wanda Allen of Amory; 23 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jimmy Randolph; three brothers, Bobby, Claxton and Junior Hester; four sisters, Opal Hester, Ruth Hill, Elaine Waycaster and an infant sister; and a son-in-law, Arlin Lesley.
Pallbearers were Greg Randolph, Wade Randolph, Brad Minich, Shane Minich, Cayce Minich, Richard Randolph, Lance Randolph, Joey Randolph, Alston Holland and Jimmy Lee Randolph. Great-grandsons will be honorary pallbearers.
NETTLETON – Lelia Alma Berryman Cox, 90, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at her home. She was born July 2, 1918, in Itawamba County to John W. and Annie Virdell Smith Berryman. She married Julius Cox on March 22, 1938; he preceded her in death on April 30, 1959. She lived in Columbus and in the Nettleton area for 50 years. She was employed by Wilson Manufacturing for a number of years. She also cooked fish for the Country Squire. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren, and was known for her pinto beans and cornbread.
Services were at 2 p.m. April 15 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Mike Tucker officiating. Burial was in the Liberty Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include her son, John W. “Bill” Cox (Cissy) of Blue Mountain; five daughters, JoNell Cox of Nettleton, Peggy Minor (Lloyd) of Amory, Judy Nanney (Ricky) of Nettleton, Sue Clark (Thomas) of Shannon and Jean Cox Bogan of Tupelo; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one brother, Jack W Berryman; and two sisters, Alta Attaway and Gladys Hester.
Pallbearers were Johnny Cox, Wade Minor, Randy Minor, Corey Merrell, Wally Combs, Brent Cary, Terry Holland and Tyler Minor.
Honorary pallbearers were Bill Hester, Jerry Attaway, Morris Williams, Alex Arratia, Wesley Francis, PFC Sanders MZ, Devin Merrell, Cartavous Bogan, Anthony Minor, Aaron Minor, Jamey Holland, Jeremy Holland and Jayvionne Bogan.
Eva T. Simmons
HAMILTON – Eva T. Simmons, 101, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at the Loyalton Assisted Living in Biloxi. She was born Feb. 28, 1908, in Monroe County to James Thomas Simmons and Florence Arvey Simmons. She was a resident of Columbus before moving to Biloxi in 1996, where she lived at the Loyalton Assisted Living Facility.
She was the last charter member of the Hamilton United Methodist Church, where she was active until moving to the Coast. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School. She worked at the Sunflower Grocery Store and Midland Shirt Factory until she felt the call to take care of sick family members. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family.
Services were at 11 a.m. April 17 at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include her nephew, Billy Don West of Biloxi; her nieces, Alice Louise Glenn of Garland, Texas, and Mona Hagan of Whitehouse, Texas; four great-nephews, Gregory West of Starkville, Timothy West of Edwardsville, Ill., Jason West of Biloxi and David Glenn of Garland, Texas; great-nieces, Linda Green and Kathy Nichols of Garland, Texas; and many great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Era Simmons West and Stella Halbert; four brothers, Onro Simmons, Travis Simmons, Marvin Simmons and William Simmons; and her nephew, Thomas H. West.
Pallbearers were Martin Wilson, Johnny Hull, Walter Hugh Wilson, Robert Tucker, Dick Barrentine and Bo Robinson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hamilton United Methodist Church, 40027 Hamilton Road, Hamilton, MS 39746.
Melvin amp”Peasamp” Weed
PRAIRIE – Melvin amp”Peasamp” Weed, 92, died, Sunday, April 12, 2009 North MS Medical Center in Tupelo. Melvin Andrew Weed was born April 4, 1917 in Chickasaw County to the late Savannah Earl Dill and John Andrew Weed. Mr. Weed was a Farmer and Registered Paint Horse Breeder and was a member of McCondy Baptist Church. He was a Veteran of the U. S. Army Air Corp serving during WWII in the European Theatre of War. Melvin Andrew Weed married Lucy Jeannette Boyce Weed February 14, 1936, Chickasaw County and she predeceased his on December 14, 2007; as well as by his sons, James amp”Joboamp” Weed, and Charles Weed.
Services were April 14 at 9:30 a.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Bro. Bobby Lynn Brock officiating. Burial was in Macedonia Cemetery Houston. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Bobbie Ann Weed, Kay W. Howard, Nancy Cheryl Weed, Linda Wilson all of Prairie, Penny Hamblin of Houston; six sons, Bill Weed and, John Weed both of Dallas, TX, Donald Avery Weed, Tony Weed, Melvin Ray Weed and Carl Weed all of Prairie; 12 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; one sister, Marcelene Stevenson of West Point.
Pallbearers were Tim Weed, Dustin Weed, Scott Howard, Reed Howard, Terry Henley, David Moore.
OKOLONA – Maxine Clopton Barr, 73, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. She was born Feb. 2, 1936, to Ransom Clopton Sr. and Mary Whitfield Clopton. She was a member of Zion Spring M.B. Church. She was a Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Missionary Society and the choir. She was a former member of the New Hebron Choir. She was a former employee of Co-op Extension in Houston. She also worked in nursing. She was a homemaker. She loved animals and gardening.
Services were at 2 p.m. April 18 at Zion Spring M.B. Church with the Rev. Nollen Elzie officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Milton Barr of Okolona; three daughters, Lenda Franks (Demetenral) of St. Louis, Mo., and Wilma (Adam) McMillan and Jacqueline Ewing (Otis), both of Okolona; two sons, Marvin Barr (Theresa) and Dale Barr (Ruthie), both of Okolona; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Metcalf and Melissa Marshall, both of Aberdeen; one brother-in-law, Leon Mann of Aberdeen; four sisters-in-law, Magnolia Barr of Okolona, and Earline Williams, Alice Barr and Gertrude Barr, all of Aberdeen.
HALEYVILLE, Ala. – Alex Ray Meeks, 51, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, in Monroe County. He was born Nov. 2, 1957, in Mississippi to Imogene Smith Gilliam and the late Frances Meeks. He lived in Wetumpka, Ala., Birmingham and Haleyville. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and throwing darts.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m. April 18 at the New Hope Cemetery with Bro. Darrell Sanderson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Imogene Gilliam of Hamilton; his fiancampée, April Nelson of Haleyville; two sons, Alex Ray Meeks Jr. and Christopher Nelson; three brothers, Donald Ray Meeks and Robert Meeks, both of Huntsville, and Douglas Keel of Hamilton, Ala.; four sisters, Daphne Alred (Danny) of Amory, Mary Ann Buchanan of Huntsville, Frances Jean Altmon of Florida and Donna Bozsmen of Birmingham.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frances Meeks.
Pallbearers were Douglas Keel, Roger Phelps, Danny Alred, Don Earls, Shannon Carter and Steve Braden.
VARDAMAN – Pearl Rita Loretta Vinet Dauzat, 82, formerly of Thibodaux, La., died Friday, April 17, 2009, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Vardaman United Methodist Church.
Services were at 2 p.m. April 19 at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Robinson and Rev. William Montgomery officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in the Atlanta Community of Chickasaw County. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ramona Dauzat Pruitt, Deborah Dauzat Himel (Junius) and Edith Dauzat Andras (Gerald), all of Thibodaux, La.; five sons, George Dauzat (Dorothy) of Amory, Robert Dauzat (Phyllis) and Wayne Dauzat, both of Thibodaux, La., Pavay Dauzat III (Debra) and Terry Dauzat (Cathy) of Vardaman; three brothers, Louis Adams III and Harold Adams of Thibodaux, La., and George Adams of Lucedale; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pavay Dauzat Jr.; her parents, Jules Vinet and Mildred Vinet Adams; stepfather, L.C. Adams Jr.; son-in-law, Glenn Pruitt; and grandparents, Arthur and Alice Stevens and Alice Woods.
Pallbearers were Barry Himel, Gerald Andras Jr., Willie Andras, T.J. Dauzat, Thomas Dauzat, Joseph Dauzat, Corey Adams and Bobby Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers were Sammy Pruitt, Chad Pruitt, Jason Himel, Chad Dauzat, Robert Dauzat Jr., Christopher Dauzat, Aaron Dauzat, Tyler Brooks and Dennis Rodrigue.
NETTLETON – Jarmila “Gerry” Palmer, 63, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc before recently moving to Nettleton. She had worked at Tecumseh Products for 30 years before retiring in 2007. She was born Dec. 22, 1945, in the Czech Republic to the late Emil Sefcak and Stepanka Vlcka Sefcak. She came to the United States as a four year old. She loved her family and enjoyed working in her yard with her flowers. She was an animal lover, especially cats and dogs and she also enjoyed fishing. She had a special spirituality that gave her strength and purpose and she will be sorely missed.
Services were at 6 p.m. April 19 from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. John Stewart officiating. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Steve Cooper (Debbie) of Shannon; two daughters, Lana Cooper of Austin, Texas and Stephanie Copeland of Nettleton; three grandchildren, Kristen Copeland and Britt and Nick Cooper; and one brother, Lance Sefcak of Brazil, Ind.
Honorary pallbearers were her health caregivers at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany and Unity Hospice of Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to the Unity Hospice Charitable Trust Fund, 1413 West Main Street, Suite B, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to the Ridge Point Cancer Center, attn: Cindy Edwards, Camp Blue Bird Scholarship Fund, 990 South Madison Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
ASHLAND – Mary Elizabeth Childers, 79, died Sunday, April 19, 2009. She was born Feb. 25, 1930, in Benton County. She attended Ashland Baptist Church and was a homemaker.
Services were at 11 a.m. April 21 at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Michael Baker officiating. Burial was in Ashland.
Survivors include one son, Terry Childers (Marsha) of Ashland; three daughters, Judy Taylor (Benny) of Savannah, Tenn., Bettie Bradford of Ashland and Sherry Shumpert (David) of Nettleton; one sister, Josephine Gibson of Ashland; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Wayne Childers.
Nadine R. Hall
NETTLETON – Nadine R. Hall, 88, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in the Evergreen Community on Nov. 12, 1920, to Porter and Wilma Copeland Ridings. She was raised in the Evergreen community but spent most of her adult life in Nettleton. She was married over 56 years to Leroy Hall who preceded her in death June 1, 1991. During her working life she was a seamstress and had worked for several area garment manufacturing plants. Later in life she continued her love for sewing by doing alterations for the public out of her home. She was a faithful member of the Nettleton Presbyterian Church where she was a member for 57 years. She was also in “Women of the Church”, sang in the church choir for a number of years and was known for being first to church each Sunday morning to make the coffee for the church members. She enjoyed taking care of her flowers in her yard and was known for her love of animals, especially her cat “Tu Tu”.
Services were at 2 p.m. April 20 at the Nettleton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sonny Mason officiating. Burial was in New Chapel Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Annette Whitlock (Dale) of Nettleton; three sons, Durell Hall (Pat) and Tommy Hall, both of Nettleton and Jimmy Hall (Judy) of Little Rock, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Roger Whitlock (Marsha) of Union, Kelli Whitlock Lemons (Wayne) of Tupelo, Bryan Hall of Pontotoc, Jason Hall (Jan) of Amory, Amanda Hall of Houston, Texas, Jennifer Ringgold (Chris) and Joy Brock (Bud), both of Little Rock, Ark.; two amp”adoptedamp” grandchildren, Ronnie Sullivan (Valerie) of Tupelo and Jamie Gunnells (Natalie) of Ripley; five great-grandchildren and eight “adopted” great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one sister, Pauline Thomas.
Pallbearers were Roger Whitlock, Bryan Hall, Jason Hall, Billy Cheek, Joe Hester and Adam Fowler.
Memorials may be made to Nettleton Presybterian Church Building Fund, C/O Bill Cheek, 30007 Butler Rd, Nettleton, MS 38858; or the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
PRAIRIE – Alexander Heard, 60, died April 14, 2009. He was born April 26, 1948, to Clarence Heard and Joanna Barr Heard. He was a member of the Lake Grove MB Church and a former employee of Babcock and Wilcox for 34 years. He enjoyed cooking and laughing with friends.
Services were held April 19 at 2 p.m. at the Lake Grove MB Church where J.P. Orr officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona were in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Castella Owens Heard of Prairie; mother-in-law, Estella C. Owens of Houston; daughter, Mary Jane Heard of Tupelo; brother, Willie Heard of Kansas City, Mo.; brother-in-law, Alvin Porter; sisters-in-law, Jewel Neal (Eddie) of Houston, Helen Thomas (Rev. Kenneth) of Columbus, Ga. and Mary Robinson of Dolton, Ill.; and a special nephew, James Heard (Lynn) of Kansas City, Mo.
PRAIRIE – Shanzzan “Sally” Moore, 47, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Jan. 13, 1968, to Ruthie Moore and the late James Moore Jr. She attended Houston schools and was a former employee of Aircap, Super Saglass and Cooper Tire. She was a member of Clarks Chapel MB Church and enjoyed making people laugh.
Services were at 1 p.m. April 22 at Clarks Chapel Church with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home were in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Ruthie Moore of Okolona; Laura Bowers (Kefie) of Okolona; her grandmother, Lilly Mae Gates of Houston; three sisters, Bernice Moore, Shirryl Gates, both of Okolona and Donna Moore of Tupelo; four brothers, Alvin Moore of Prairie, Greg Moore, Donny Moore and Tony Moore, all of Okolona; and two nephews, Jacri Moore and Maikyah Bowers.
AMORY – Nettie Marlene Egger Whitten died Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Amory.