By NEMS Daily Journal
VERONA – Lydia Rebecca McDaniel Pettit, 82, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her residence in Verona after an extended illness. Rebecca was born in Itawamba County on April 18, l930, to Demby McDaniel and Veron Wilburn McDaniel. She spent her youth in Itawamba graduating in l948 from Itawamba Agricultural High School. She married Winford Rudolph Pettit on August 13, l948, and spent almost 64 years with her sweetheart. They homesteaded on Pettit St. in Verona in l953 where she remained till her death. She spent 23 years as secretary to the plant manager at Eljer Plumbling in Verona. A master homemaker, cook and seamstress, she loved her home, her yard and flowers which won the “Yard of the Month” many times. She and Rudolph were active, engaged members of Verona United Methodist Church until her health failed. Rebecca was a beloved and doting mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. She will be long remembered for her total devotion to family which included attendance at all her children and grandchildren’s sporting, school and community events.
A celebration of her life will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Buddy Smith and the Rev. Dennis Fink officiating. A private family committal will be held in the Pettit family plot at Verona City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her husband: Rudolph; her daughter, Michelle Pettit Prince, her son: Marty Pettit and wife, Mimi Moore Pettit all of Verona; her grandchildren: Mack Pettit, Jacob Prince, Ashley Prince, Maggie Pettit and Ryan Pettit; her sister: Kay Gray (Ceburn) of the Carolina Community; two brothers: Roland McDaniel of Nettleton and Joe McDaniel (Ann) of Jackson; 2 sisters in law: Dorothy McDaniel Thompson of Tupelo and Robbie McDaniel of Booneville; and her special friends and sitters: Verna Copeland, Kathryn Johnson and Linda Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Mack, who died in the line of duty while serving his country in Vietnam; two brothers, Trubert and Hubert McDaniel; and a grandson, Ryan.
The family wishes to thank NMMC Home Hospice for their support and care.
Memorials may be made to the Ryan Pettit Memorial Educational Scholarship Fund, c/o Create Foundation, P. O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS. 38802. Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sidney Pipkin Sr.
TUPELO – Sidney L. Pipkin, 94, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born December 28, 1917 in Grenada, Miss. to Sam and Elgin Acee Pikpin and lived in Memphis, Pontotoc and Tupelo throughout his life A patriotic American, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Afterwards, he worked for Murdock Acceptance Corporation in Memphis and in Tupelo. He, along with his wife, Nancy, started Peoples Finance Company of Tupelo and Pontotoc. He served as the first president of Mississippi Consumer Finance Association and was instrumental in drafting consumer finance legislation that was enacted by the Mississippi Legislature and is still in effect today.
He loved golf and was a member of the Mississippi Senior Golf Association and enjoyed many of the Association’s golf trips. He was an avid all sports fan and enjoyed participating as a young man in football, baseball and track. He loved gardening and his yard and just being outdoors.
He and his wife, Nancy, were involved in numerous community and civic projects in Pontotoc and he was always willing to lend a hand for a benevolent cause. He was a member of White Zion Presbyterian Church in Furrs.
He loved his family and they say that he was one of the sweetest, most humble and caring people they had ever known. His beautiful smile would melt any heart and he giggled and smiled as he drew his last breath and said, “ I’m leaving ya’ll now.”
He is survived by children Sidney L. Pipkin, Jr. (Cathy) of Tupelo, Sharon P. McCool (Grady) of Madison, Bobby Pipkin (Tracy) of Saltillo, Barry Pipkin (Debbie) of Little Rock, AR., Nancy White (Walter) of Pontotoc; 9 Grandchildren and 16 great Grandchildren and his Caregivers, Carolyn and Martha.
He is preceded in death by his parents Sam and Elgin Pipkin of Memphis, his wives: Evelyn Campbell Pipkin who died in l952 and Nancy Marshall Pipkin who died May 6, 2008 and his grandson, Camp McCool of Madison.,
A service of Celebration and Ressurection will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the historic White Zion Presbyterian Church in Furrs with Rev. Will Howie officiating. Private burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802 or White Zion Presbyterian Church, 1266 Kings Hwy, Pontotoc, MS. 38863.
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TUPELO – Julian Hester Holland, 89, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. Julian was born in the Palmetto Community of Lee County on Oct. 14, 1922, to the late Thomas McKinley and Ottie Hester Holland, the first son of 7 offspring born to this union. He lived in Lee County growing up and graduated from Palmetto High School. A valiant soldier in World War II, Julian served two tours of duty in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Wallace. He married Mary Frances “Hattie” Sullivan and they made their home in Jacksonville, Fla. for many years before moving to Columbia, South Carolina where he lived before returning to Lee County 5 years ago. He was employed for over 20 years for Abrams and Lide Tile Company before owning his own tile company with his sons.
A master tile man, he was noted for his professional skills in the Columbia/Newberry area for over 40 years. Julian loved the outdoors and living many years on Lake Murray in Newberry. He was a great storyteller, hunter, a master of all piddling things and a sheer joy to be around. A 32 degree Mason, Bro. Holland was a member of the Verona Lodge for almost 60 years. He married Helen Houston Holland in 2007 after the death of his first wife. They enjoyed five great years together. Locally, he was a faithful member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.
A graveside committal service will be held at a future date in the Green Lawn Memorial Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina. Visitation will be from 5PM-7PM Tuesday night at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. A brief celebration of his life will follow visitation at 7 PM at the Tupelo Chapel. Bro. Bob Holland, his stepson and nephew, will officiate.
Survivors include his wife: Helen Holland of Tupelo; his daughter: Penny Holland Cooper (Glenn) of Columbia, SC; his sons: Eddie Carl Holland (Cathy) of Newberry, SC and Marty Holland (Bridgett) of Columbia, SC, a step son: Bro. Bobby Holland (Linda) of Birmingham Ridge. three sisters: Joanne Hester Wood (Sammy) of Tupelo, Mildred Holland “Mid” Burt (John Wayne) of Palmetto and Sandra Holland Sullivan of Shannon. Two brothers: Leon Holland of Tupelo and J.C. Holland of Shannon. 13 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Tommy Holland, Ottie Hester Holland and Farra Mae Ivy Holland, his wife, Hattie Sullivan Holland, his son, Tommy Lewis Holland, an infant daughter; Julia Frances Holland and his siblings: Evelyn H. Baldwyn, Mary H. Homan, Herbert Owen Holland, Herschell Holland, Bud Hester and a great grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Palmetto Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund, 154 Palmetto Rd., Tupelo, MS. 38801. Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSTON – Henry Nabors, 62, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Online condolences can be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
FULTON – Brian Bernard Hill, 40, died Thursday, July 19, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Visitation is 4:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneesemorris funeralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Maxine Godwin Canon, 87, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Trinity Healthcare Nursing Home in Columbus.
Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home.
IUKA – Martha Jean Ledbetter Hapner, 63, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Tri-County Convalescent Center in Adamsville, Tenn.
Services are at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Internment is at Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MANTACHIE – Kerry Lee Rathbun, 58, died Saturday, July 21, 2012. He was born on April 9, 1954, to Arthur and Dorothy Dieter Rathbun in Michigan. He was Baptist in belief. He was a CPO in the Navy. He was a member of the Gold Wing Riders Associations, American Legion and loved his dog, Brandy.
Service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Milton Barlow officiating. Internment is at Boguefala Cemetery in Mooreville.
He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Rathbun of Mantachie; son, Christopher Rathburn of Colorado; sister, Ruth Brault (Bob) of Michigan; brother, Arthur Rathbun Jr. of Michigan; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William and Linda Sanders; nephew, Steve Sanders; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Burt Rathbun; and niece, Dorie Rathbun.
Pallbearers are Tom Moore, Rick Moore, Greg Terry and Edward Terry.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time Tuesday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
PEPPERTOWN – Theresa Ann Spofford Deaton, 68, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at her residence in Peppertown. She was born Dec. 13, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, to William Spofford and Kathryn Kortemeyer Spofford. A graduate of Dubuque Senior High School, Theresa worked many years as part of the floor crew for Walmart before her health failed. Her hobbies included crocheting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. A resident of the Richmond Community for over 30 years, Theresa was an animal enthusiast and nature lover.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo with Father Tom Lalor officiating. Burial will be private. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Phillip Deaton (Wendy) of Madison, Ala., and Larry Deaton Jr. (fiancee Barbara Eaton) of Palestine, Texas; two daughters, Christina Foster (Ricky) of Ripley and Amanda Deaton of Peppertown; the father of her children, Larry Deaton of Richmond; a brother, John Spofford of Chicago, Ill.; seven grandchildren, Phillip, Mitchell, Brandy, Brooke, Liz, Madison and Savannah; and three great-grandchildren, Zoey, Hunter and Parker.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bill and Bob Spofford; and a sister, Mary Lucas.
Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo-Lee Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38801 or St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802.
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BOONEVILLE – Trena Thornton Plaxico, 53, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Sept. 3, 1958, in Booneville, to William Jimmy Reece and Bobbie Jean Henderson Reece. She was a Baptist and a secretary at Triple R Trailers. She enjoyed horses and loved her family and friends.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joel Tittle officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, James Ray Plaxico, whom she married on Sept. 1, 2005; two daughters, Jennifer Strange (Steven) of Booneville and Jamie Bascomb (Adam) of Rienzi; her mother, Bobbie Holloway of Booneville; a brother, Jamie Holloway of Booneville; grandchildren, Tanner Stevens, Sadie Strange, Caitlen Bascomb, Corey Bascomb and Brooklyn Bascomb; and special double first cousins, Maris and Marvin Reece.
She was preceded in death by her father, William Reece; her stepfather, O’Neal Holloway; a stepson, Eric Plaxico; and a grandson, Skylar Plaxico.
Pallbearers are Heath Hall, Steven Strange, Marvin Reece, Dustin Reece, Jamie Holloway and Adam Bascomb. Honorary pallbearers are Keith Reece, Kenneth “Bo” Stevens, Josh Reece, Mark Michael, Maris Reece, Bubba Pounds and the employees of Triple R Trailers.
TUPELO – James Kilgore, 60, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence. He was a Tupelo businessman and a Church leader.
A service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo with burial in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is assisting the family.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Church Parlor.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd, Tupelo, MS 38801 or to Sanctuary Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
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SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Sarah Taylor, 81, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Hardin Co. Nursing Home in Savannah, Tenn.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Farmington Baptist Church with burial in the Farmington Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 8 a.m. today and 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday at Farmington Baptist Church.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Emma Rickard died Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.
FULTON – Skyler Alexander King, 3 months and 1 day, died Friday, July 20, 2012, at his home. He was born April 19, 2012. He was greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Horace Barnes and Bro. Bobby Howell officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Zachary Day King and Ashley Nicole Howell; one brother, Stephen Lewis Hulett; grandparents, Chris King (Chasitie) of Amory, Karen Powell (Chad) of Dorsey, Cassandra Irwin (Matthew) of Fulton and Jody Kelton (Pete) of Tremont.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorris funeralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Macie Hester Cox, 95, died Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a housewife and of non-denominational faith.
Services are at 11 a.m. at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Nailleux and Bro. Charles Vaughn officiating. Burial is in the Unity Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Johnnie Herring of Guntown, Macie Burcham of Sterrett, Ala., and Brenda (Dan) Gentry of Baldwyn; one son, Jessie (Linda) Cox of Alpine; one stepson, Benny (Carol) of Mobile, Ala.; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim and Sally Strickland Hester; her husband, Woodrow Cox; daughter, Betty Kyle Herring; son, James O’Neal Herring; and grandchild, Jimma Carol Cox.
Pallbearers are Shannon Scott, Robbie Gentry, Bud Herring, Danny Gentry, Shane Cox and Terry Russell.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
ASHLAND – Vanessa Lay, 43, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Methodist Hospice Residence in Memphis Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
CORINTH – Brian Amos died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.
AMORY – Hal Young, 82, died on Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepickle funeralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Beulah Hodges Jones, 90, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
HAMILTON – Allie Frances Frazier died Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale/Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.