By NEMS Daily Journal
OKOLONA – Alma Mae Cooper Armstrong, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012 at Shearer–Richardson Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 5, 1919, in Guin, Ala., to Thomas T. and Ila Mae Williams Cooper. She attended school in Wren, Okolona and Blue Mountain. She was a faithful member of Gatlin Street Church of Christ in Okolona. She loved her church and was active in the Ladies Class. Before she became unable to do so, she taught many children in Sunday School and Bible School. She loved gardening, canning, sewing, having yard sales and cooking “real food” for her family and friends. She loved her children, her grandchildren, greats and great-greats, always showing a continued interest in their lives. She lived in the home she had built for herself until after she was 90 and then moved to Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home. Being a very independent, single mother for most of her life, she provided all that was necessary for herself and her children. During her early years she worked in her home and in the cotton fields. Later, she worked as a seamstress at Delta Trouser for many years. Upon its closing, she also worked at Futorian Mfg. until her retirement. She was so many things to so many people, teaching lessons in life that will never be forgotten. She favored none above others, loving all with the same quality and zest for life. She was strong, courageous, and walked with God throughout her life.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Lawson and Bro. Doyce Britt officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include four daughters, Madelle Ellis of Clinton, N.C., Nita Staten (Durwood) of Amory, Helen Maharrey (Curtis) of Okolona and Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Keene of Fulton; 24 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 14 great-great- grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Janie Armstrong and Betty Armstrong Wilhite; many nieces, nephews and a host of friends; and special friends Arlene and Emily Hall and Dell Maharrey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Johnny Hood and Raymond Rufus Cooper; three sisters, Iola Gray, Edrel Chesser and Mary Wilda Holloway; one great-grandson, Robert David McRee; the father of her children whom she married in 1934, Millard Armstrong; one daughter, Louise Jacobs Keith; two sons, Thomas E. Armstrong and Raymond C. Armstrong; one son-in-law Billy Ellis; and one daughter-in-law Catherine Guerrio Armstrong.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Mike Ellis, Dur Staten, Curtis Alan Maharrey, Ray Armstrong, Donald Jacobs, Mitchell Earrey, T.J. Armstrong, Ben Armstrong and Jim Armstrong. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Hall, Ernie Walls, Ken McVay and her great-grandsons.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Dr. John Sanders
TUPELO – Dr. John R. Sanders, 66, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, from Alzheimer’s Disease. He was at home surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born in Greenwood on Oct. 8, 1945, to Curren Johnston and Almadora Cotton Sanders. Johnny attended Mississippi State University on a track scholarship where he set an SEC record in pole vaulting. Beginning in college, and continuing throughout his life, Johnny recorded several albums and toured the country as a member of the 60’s garage band, The Gants. Dr. Sanders graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, achieving membership in the AOA Honorary Medical Society and Board Certification in Obstetrics and Gynecology. After medical school, he served in the United States Air Force, prior to founding Sanders Clinic for Women in Tupelo. He was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Honoring his life long quest for knowledge, his brain has been donated to the Harvard/McLean Brain Bank in Massachusetts for advancement in research of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Curtis and Johnny’s nephew, Father Patrick Sanders officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Cindy Ross Sanders; three children, John R. Sanders, Jr. (Joan), Wendy Sanders Hutson (Kirby) and Taylor Sanders (Amanda); eight grandchildren, Sadler, Evans and Jack Sanders, Meri Weller, Sanders and Bishop Hutson and Carter and Catherine Sanders, all of Tupelo; two brothers, Dr. C.J. Sanders (Gwen) of Tupelo and Ronnie Sanders (Sheila) of Greenwood.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made for further research to the Alzheimer’s Association: MS Chapter, 196 Charmant Place, Ste 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157, in memory of Dr. John R. Sanders.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
HICKORY FLAT – Dora Mariah Brownlee Tidwell, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Jan. 4, 1926, in Marshall County to Ethan Baylous Brownlee and Ethel Leach Brownlee. She was a retired employee for Memphis Furniture where she worked as a seamstress/floor lady. She was a member of the Cornersville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Joe Epting officiating. Burial will be in the Cornersville Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, John Nesbit Tidwell of Hickory Flat; her daughter, Dian Poole (Jimmy) of Harvest, Ala.; and two granddaughters, Amanda Poole of Norcross, Ga., and Jessica Poole of Smyrna, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Dorothy Wayne Rhea and Janie Fay Whitehorn; and a brother, Junior Brownlee.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Cornersville Baptist Church, 1337 Hwy 2, Potts Camp, MS 38659.
For online condolences visit united funeralservice.com.
MANTACHIE – Joan Wilburn “Mamaw Joan,” 67, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. She had a talent for growing and arranging flowers, along with being an award-winning seamstress and an excellent cook. Her chicken-n-dumplings and dressing have always been a requested favorite at holiday family dinners and church meals. She and her husband built a home in Mantachie in 1967, where they raised their family. During this time, she owned Joan’s Flower Shop and later Special Occasions Formal Wear with her daughter, Roseanne. Singing in the church choir on Sundays brought her a lot of joy, but nothing brought more smiles to her than the love for her family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Wayne Wilburn; three daughters, Kimberly R. Morgan (Steve), Roseanne Beaty (Dale) and Natalie Shields (fiance, Fred Heckart); her pride and joy, grandchildren, Jessica DeVaughn, Whitney Crane (Justin) and Harrison Shields; three great-grandchildren, Aubrey Parker and Paisley and Rylee Crane; her sister, Donnie Bishop; her brother, Doyle Martin; a host of nieces and nephews; and her adopted children by love, Kim and Brian Rushing and Kevin Riley.
Pallbearers will be Stacy Spearman, Chuck Wilburn, Stevie Bishop, Christopher Banik, Jeffery Martin and Michael Orsborn. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Riley, Brian Rushing, Randy Martin, Lonnie Martin and Joey Banik.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Debra Kay Harwell, 56, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Ragland Cemetery in Tula.
Visitation 5 to 7 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Dimple Adell Carrett, 85, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.
Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka.
TUPELO – Edward Lee Shannon, 80, passed away Friday, Sept. 21, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was the second child born to the union of his parents, James Carl Shannon and Anna Reid on May 22, 1932, in the Palmetto Community in Tupelo. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He was a graduate of Rust College and Ole Miss and was a retired professor from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. He served the community of which he lived by working with the American Red Cross and serving as a volunteer fireman. He enjoyed so much in his lifetime – his family, the community and the people in his community. After his retirement from Vanderbilt University, he moved back home to be closer to his family in Tupelo.
A Life Celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. Burial will be at Spring Hill Cemetery in Madison, Tenn. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two nephews, Jerry Carl (Shelia) Shannon of Saltillo and Victor Lee (Annette) Shannon of Tupelo; two nieces, Joann Shannon Ford of Shannon and Gail Shannon Campbell of Saltillo; great nephews and nieces and other relatives.
He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Majorie Shannon; his only child, Venus Shannon; one sister, Cora Bell Shannon; and the aunt that reared him, Della Davis.
Viewing will be 3 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel.
Online condolences can be made to the Shannon family at www.grayson- porters.com.
BOONEVILLE – John McFerrin Curlee, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Booneville. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service Tuesday.
BOONEVILLE – Phyllis Wooney, 55, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, in Hamilton, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
AMORY – Russell J. Tubb, 78, died at his residence on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepickle funeralhome.com.
TUPELO – Patricia B. Clark, 83, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at the Reed Green House at United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo.
A service celebrating her life will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will follow the service at the Church.
ASHLAND – Addie Mae Skelton Allen, 92, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
WENDELL, N.C. – Frances Moore Adams, 93, passed away Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at Carebridge Assisted Living, Jacksonville, N.C. A native of Johnston County, she was the daughter of Algie O’Neal and William Y. Wood. She worked at FCX and Adams Egg Farm. She was a sweet and kind woman and a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Strickland Funeral Home of Wendell, N.C. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sister, Henrie Leigh Hobbs of Clayton N.C; her daughters, Ann Hall (Jerry) of Cary, N.C., Mary Jo Hargett (Hugh) of Jacksonville, N.C., and Doris Medlin (Pete) of Wendell, N.C.; sons, Bill Adams (Evelyn) of Wendell, N.C., Sherwood Adams (Annette) of Wendell, N.C., and Ricky Adams (Paula) of Jacksonville, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a very special friend, Ann Johnson of Wendell, N.C.
She was preceded in death by husbands, William L. Moore Jr. and Melvin O. Adams; son, Milton Adams; five sisters; and three brothers.
Visitation is 1 to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Women’s Missions 1, Clyde’s Chapel Baptist Church, 16657 Buffalo Road, Wendell, NC 27591 or to a charity of your choice.
Onlne condolences can be made at www.stricklandfuneralhomes.net.
OXFORD – Ryan Phil Malone, 24, died on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at his home in Oxford. He was a member of College Hill Presbyterian Church, a graduate student at Ole Miss and a member of PKA fraternity. While a student at Oxford High School, he was a medalist in pole vaulting at the state level and he was voted Most Dependable in the senior class of 2006. He was dedicated to health and personal fitness and was an avid bodybuilder. In 2010, he finished 2nd in the state in the Mississippi Classic Body Building competition. He was a loving and helpful friend to all who knew him and he felt a calling to help others with health and physical issues.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at College Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Burial will follow in College Hill Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Phil and Charlotte Malone of Oxford; girlfriend, Serena Tabor-Stewart of Oxford; and a grandmother, Joy Chadwick Lee of Tallahassee, Fla.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to College Hill Presbyterian Church, 339 CR 102, Oxford, MS 38655 or Interfaith Compassion Ministries, 904 N Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
FULTON – Lillian Justice Rogers, 88, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. She was born Jan. 4, 1924, in Itawamba County, to Sylvester and Offie Martin Justice. She enjoyed quilting, working in her yard and watching Unity Broadcasting Ch. 38. She was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harold Ozbirn, Bro. Terry Paul Graham and Bro. Garry Smith officiating. Internment is in Fairview Cemetery.
She is survived by six daughters, Betty Lindsey of Fulton, Elaine Ozbirn (Harold) of Fulton, Glenda Gasaway (Tommy) of Fulton, Brenda Williams of Fulton, Linda Petty (Trelvy) of Fairview and Patricia Carr of Mooreville; two sons, William Thurman Rogers (Ann) of Fairview and Harold Eugene Rogers (Wanda) of Golden; two sisters, Earlene Griggs Tranum (Doug) of Tupelo and Eula Jean Crites of Chester, Ill.; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Travis Eugene Rogers in 1989; her parents; one son, Hermon Rogers; two daughters, Nellie Curtis and Gloria Rogers; two sisters, Edith Hardin and Lydia Franklin; two brothers, Ottis Justice and Edward Justice; one half-brother; two half-sisters; and three son-in-laws, Wayne Lindsey, Jack Carr and Johnny Mayhall.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
GOLDEN – Randall Credille, 49, died Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
AMORY – Jimmie Mae Taylor, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.