By NEMS Daily Journal
Evan Parker Cornett was born on Aug. 26, 2012, at 10:50 p.m. to his loving parents, Chris and Lauren Cornett, at the Women’s Center in Tupelo. He weighed 4 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 18 inches long.
While we knew his life would be short, everyone who knew him during this time was most certainly blessed by his presence. We anxiously awaited his arrival and once he joined us in this world he visited with us for four and a half hours before leaving his mother’s arms and was carried away by the embrace of our Lord. “There is no foot too small to leave an imprint in this world” and he did just that. He walked into our lives and touched our hearts forever.
We are honored and humbled by the charity and selflessness of those around us. We give very special thanks to Mary Meghan Mabus and Stephanie Rhea Barcia for documenting our time with our precious little one and Will Rambo for his continued support and prayer.
Evan is survived by his parents, Lauren and Chris Cornett; grandparents, Jan and David Rowan, and Charlotte Walton; great-grandparents, Katherine and Royce Hill; aunts, Leigh-Ann Corder and Camille Rodgers; uncles, Denny Corder and James Rodgers; cousins, Kelsey and Ethan Corder, and Adam and Ellinor Rodgers; and many great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and family friends. He is preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Annie Lois and Byron Fitzgerald, Jamison Rowan, and Argie Guy Cornett.
There will be a private graveside service at Pontotoc Memorial Gardens today, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m.
“An angel in the Book of Life wrote down my baby’s birth. Then whispered as she closed the book, ‘Too beautiful for this Earth.’” As we carry on, you will never be forgotten.
MANTACHIE – Ralph Hill, beloved husband of 58 years to wife, Ann, and loving father to Sherry, went home to be with the Lord. He departed from this earth on the 27th of August, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House.
He was the son of Cordie Lee and Iva Lee Hill. He fought a long and hard battle with diabetes, blindness and heart failure. His life struggles are finished and his spirit joined with God.
Ralph served his country for 20 years in the Air Force, retiring in 1972. He operated his own heating and air business for 30 years, retiring in 2010 due to health issues. He enjoyed his business, loved his customers and was very proud to have his grandson, Chris, working alongside with him for 25 of those 30 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Gerald Hill; and three sisters, Laura Jane Moonie, Doris Shirley and Faye Spearman. He leaves behind his beloved wife, Ann Hill; daughter, Sherry Lanphere; his son-in-law, Jon; cherished grandson, Chris McMillen (Bri); three great-grandchildren, Mason, Lillyan and Brayden; his siblings, Sarah Turner and Fredi Meek; and several nieces and nephews. He will be greatly missed. You did not go alone, God called you home. He was of the Baptist faith and attended church at Center Star. He was a 32 degree Mason.
He will be laid to rest at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Pallbearers will be the Columbus Air Force Base Honor Guards.
Memorial donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Johnny Yeager Sr.
HAMILTON – Johnny Wayne Yeager Sr., 61, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born July 6, 1951, in Monroe County to John Fair Yeager Jr. and Lula Mae White Yeager.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Phillip White officiating. Burial will be in Egger Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Watkins Yeager; his father, John Fair Yeager Jr.; his mother, Lula Mae White Yeager; three daughters, Tammy Yeager McMillian of Florida, Kathy Ann Yeager of Mississippi and Teresa Alawine White (Phoenix) of Maryland; one son, Johnny W. Yeager Jr. (Joyce) of Mississippi; one stepdaughter, Michelle Barringer (Jimmy) of Illinois; one stepson, Shane Eaton (Kristi) of Indiana; one brother-in-law, Marcel Hart (Gail) of Illinois; six grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two nieces, one nephew, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Mae Yeager; and his grandparents, Hugh and Lula Mae White, and John and Racheal Yeager.
Pallbearers will be Ron Godney, Jimmy Barringer, Cody Barringer, Shane Eaton, Vince Ungano, Otis Hill, Robby Kilburn, Hon. Richard White and Mike Yeager.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
All donations should be made to the family.
HOUSTON – Magnolia “Sugar” Hunter, 88, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, in Woodland.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Ridge M.B. Church in Woodland. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Grady Clark Jr.
MATHISTON – Grady Woodfin Clark Jr., 82, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Brooklyn Hall Personal Care Home in Mathiston. He was born Dec. 15, 1929, in Chickasaw County to Eula Mae Wilson and Grady Woodfin Clark Sr. He worked as a delivery driver for the Northeast Mississippi Coca Cola Bottling Company. He was of the Baptist faith.
Memorial services were held Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Davidson Clark of Mathiston; one daughter, Vickie Allen (Randy) of Houston; two sons, Rickie Clark of Memphis and Charles Clark of Starkville; three grandchildren, Justin Allen (Meagan) of Brandon, Carly Allen of Houston and Caitlin Clark of Starkville; two great-grandchildren, Camryn Grey Allen and Andi Reese Allen, both of Brandon; one brother, Robert Clark (Nora) of Houston; and two sisters, Maurine King of Woodland and Faye Johnson (Tom) of Houston, Texas.
Those preceding him in death were his wives, Doris Jean Lafayette Clark and Martha Benson Clark; and his brothers and sisters, Willie Clark, A. J. Clark, Fred Clark, Dorothy Watkins, Ruby Vail and Nanny Harrison.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 2219 East Main St., Columbus, MS 39701.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Sylvia Jean Gay Busby, 64, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 31 CR 429, Oxford, MS 38655 or American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
John Burke Jr.
AMORY – John P. “Johnny” Burke Jr., 93, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Johnny Goolsby, 72, formerly of Oxford, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
FALKNER – Kassey Nichole Napper, 19, died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. She was born March 24, 1993, in Memphis to Danny Napper and Laverne Sides Napper. She was a student and a part-time employee of Sonic Drive-In in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, Danny Napper (Connie) of Eads, Tenn.; her grandparents, Frank Jr. and Erma Joyce King Sides of Ashland and James Napper of Saulsbury, Tenn.; one sister, Breanna Michaela Lynn Napper of Falkner; two brothers, Nicholas Napper (Erica) and Jerrod Napper, both of Braden, Tenn.; two aunts, Renee Sides and Vickie Porterfield, both of Walnut; a special cousin, Lacey Culifer Flores (A.J.) of Walnut; one niece, Tru Faith Flores; three nephews, Ian Brody Napper, and Jayden and Miguel Flores.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Laverne Sides Napper.
Pallbearers will be A.J. Flores, Bradley Porterfield, Chris Culifer, Nicholas Napper, Jerrod Napper and Brett Weaver. Scott Bezzo will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Thursday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – John Scott, 55, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was of the Baptist faith. He was employed as a farm hand and truck driver at Triple C Farms. He was formerly employed at TVA and at Milan Express Trucking Co., where he received the Two Million Mile Safety Award. He was also a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family, fishing and farming. He was also a John Deere enthusiast.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Bro. James Rich and Bro. Keith Coleman will officiate. Interment will follow in Parker Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Rose Scott of Corinth; his mother, Dorothy Myers of Iuka; one son, John Scott (Heather) of Booneville; two daughters, Leta Osborn and Melinda Osborn (Jacob), all of Corinth; three grandchildren, Silas Osborn, Jorja Osborn and Jericho Osborn, all of Corinth; and a special nephew, Josh Marlar (Bridget) of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd Scott, and his stepfather, William Hollis Duncan.
Pallbearers include Scotty Roach, Jeff Kennedy, Josh Marlar, Randal Faulkner, Keith Coleman, Chris Marlar and Greg Kennedy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association by phone at (800) AHA-USA1; or online at donate.americanheart.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
CASON – Betty Booth Dillard, 84, died on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at her residence. Born on March 5, 1928, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late John Wilkes and Myrtle Riley Booth. She was married to the late Claude Dean Dillard. Living most of her life in the Cason community, she owned and operated Betty’s Beauty Shop for more than 45 years. She attended various churches in her community and was always willing to help anyone in need. She enjoyed visiting with her friends at the beauty shop, working in her flower gardens, watching Wheel of Fortune on T.V. and cooking for her family. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her sons, James West (Kathy House) of Cason, Randle West of Saltillo, Curtis D. West (Tamsie) of New Albany and Mike West (Beth) of Cason; sisters, Dorothy Bare of Lansing, Mich., Lizzie Gandy of Pontiac, Mich.; brother, Harold Riley of Wren; grandchildren, Jason N. West of New Albany, Gary West (Dawn) of Cason, Justin West (Brandy) of Mantachie, Daniel West (Brittany) of Oxford, Braxton and Lila Grace Welch of Tupelo; great-granddaughter, Lilly West; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Lorene Tucker, Francis Booth and Winnie Birmingham.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Plantersville. Pallbearers will be Bobby Sprayberry, Bobby Tucker, Justin Hendrix, Tim Tackett, Danny Hester and David Dykes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Harlon R. Smith Jr., 38, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Dallas, Texas, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
BATESVILLE – Lavern Emily Jones Rodgers, 76, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.