Obituaries 11.01.01

Correction:

In the obit for Richard Lewis Farned, published in Wednesday’s Daily Journal, the name of an honorary pallbearer was omitted. He is Chuck Carlisle.

Velera Hankins

Ara Velera Hankins, 83, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born July 26, 1918, in the Fawn Grove community of Itawamba County to the late Alvin and Nona Franks McCarty. She and her late husband, Troy Hankins, who died on Nov. 24, 1999, were longtime residents of Brown Street in East Tupelo. She had lived at Riverbirch Residence in Plantersville for the past two years. She was a retired seamstress after more than 30 years, working at Reed’s Manufacturing and at H.I.S. Sportswear. She was a longtime active member of the Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the church choir. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening and talking on the telephone.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette McMurry and her husband, Fred, of Starkville, and Kathryn Stewart and her husband, Ron, of Baton Rouge, La.; two grandchildren, Valerie Turner and her husband, Rob, of Plantersville, and Jeffrey Inmon and his wife, Bridgett, of Los Angeles; seven sisters, Kay Roberts, Rebecca Roberts and Wyvonne McDonald, all of Tupelo, Annie Ruth Kitchens of Booneville, Eron Brown of Mooreville, Pauline Cauthen of Fulton and Imogene Burleson of New Albany.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Otha and Elton McCarty, and a grandson, Todd Inmon.

Pallbearers will be nephews and family friends.

Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Freewill Baptist Church Library Fund, 1650 N. Veterans Blvd., Tupelo MS 38804.

Helen Garrison

NEW ALBANY – Helen Hale Garrison, 88, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at her home. She was born March 4, 1913, in Union County to the late William Henry Hale and Estelle Erby Hale. She was a retired seamstress for the Irwin B. Schwabe Company and a homemaker for many years. She was a 4-H leader in her earlier years. She was an active member of Harmony Baptist Church, where she was a member of the WMU.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Robert Daniel officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery.

Survivors include three sons, John Thomas Garrison and his wife, Nancy, of Red Banks, Troy L. Garrison and his wife, Mary, of Randolph, and David Hale Garrison and his wife, JoAnne, of New Albany; a brother, John H. Hale of Potts Camp; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy A. Garrison; an infant daughter; and several brothers and sisters.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Joe Foster

FULTON – Loy L. “Joe” Foster, 78, died suddenly Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, while fishing at the Old Tombigbee River with his friend, Gerald Turner. He was born July 13, 1923, to the late John and Dena Yeager Foster. He was an accomplished brick mason for 50 years. He attended Trinity Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and gardener, and an accomplished and experienced storyteller. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. David Aultman officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Alene Spradling Foster of Fulton; three sons, Danny Foster, and Mark Foster and his wife, Patty, all of Fulton, and Joe Foster and his wife, Ann, of Tupelo; two daughters, Teresa Stephenson and her husband, Danny, of Smithville, and Debbi Smith and her husband, Gary, of Saltillo; four sisters, Merle Lawrence of Dresden, Tenn., Nadine Wright of Statesville, N.C., Lou Houston and Ann Hopkins, both of Baldwyn; six grandchildren, Chris Stephenson and his wife, Laurie, of Smithville, Sherry Harris and her husband, David, of Smithville, Ian Foster and his wife, Anya, of Tupelo, Niles Foster of Tupelo, Courtney Smith of Saltillo and Shannon Stephenson of Smithville; five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tyson Foster and Ellis Foster; a sister, Ozelle Peterson; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Brad Chatham, Brent Coleman, Cy Williams, Gerald Turner, Kelly Wade Prestage, Charlie McCarthy, Mike Spradling, Terry McCarthy, Ken Spradling, Jerry Foster, Billy Foster, Randy Foster, Jerry Spradling and Pete McDaniel.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.

David Wofford

MABEN – David Roy Wofford, 60, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at his home in Maben. He was born Aug. 8, 1941, in Webster County. He was the owner of B&D Awards Company and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church in Webster County.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Double Springs Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Beaird Wofford of Maben; his mother, Sallie Oswalt Wofford of Bellefontaine; three sons, Ronald Wofford and Tim Wofford, both of Maben, and Donald Wofford and his wife, Lisa, of Mathiston; a sister, Margaret Wilson of Bellefontaine; four brothers, Forrest Wofford, Bob Wofford and Dan Wofford, all of Houston, and Jimmy Wofford of West Point; five grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bob Staggs

EUPORA – Bob Staggs, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Oct. 21, 1916, in Choctaw County. He was a farmer, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William S. Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery in Webster County.

Survivors include his wife, Earlene Swindoll Staggs of Eupora; a daughter, Janice Gary of Eupora; a son, Hubert Staggs of Eupora; three sisters, Lizzie Duvall, Martha Staggs and Mavis Henley, all of Eupora; three grandchildren.

Evalinar K. Parker

NETTLETON – Evalinar K. Parker, 87, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at the Rosewood Residence in Tupelo. She was born June 10, 1914, in Wildersville, Tenn., to Bert and Lillie Pinckley Kirby. She was a resident of Nettleton. She was a retired supervisor for Reed’s Manufacturing in Nettleton after 43 years and a Pentecostal. She was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed crocheting. She won several awards for her pressed flower pictures.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mark Cayson officiating. Burial will be in the Brewer Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Chunn and her husband, Marvin, of Shannon, and Wynelle Benson and her husband, Bobby, of Brewer; a daughter-in-law, Eddielene Parker of Nettleton; seven grandchildren, Dale Chunn and his wife, Lorrie, of Mooreville, Deborah Smith and her husband, Donny, of Shannon, Becky Bowles and her husband, Jeff, of Smyrna, Tenn., Tim Parker and his wife, Debbie, of Wren, Terry Parker and his wife, Kathy, of Amory, Penny Benson and her husband, David, of York, Pa., and Angie Parker of Nettleton; 16 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Kisler Parker Sr.; and a son, James Kisler Parker Jr.

Pallbearers will be Dale Chunn, Donny Smith, Chris Parker, Michael Parker, Jeff Bowles and Kris Sanders.

Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Shannon Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 21, Shannon MS 38868; or to Brewer Methodist United Methodist Women, 280 CR 805, Shannon MS 38868.

Bernice Booker

OXFORD – Bernice Booker, 69, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a native of Lafayette County and a homemaker.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Rivers Hill Church of Christ. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Bernita Booker and Sherron Dixon, both of Oxford, and Rosiland Sewell of Stockbridge, Ga.; five sons, Wade Alfred Booker of Albany, N.Y., Steven Booker of Havenover Park, Ill., Jeffery Booker and Michael Booker, both of Oxford, and Anthony Q. Booker of Florence, Ky.; a sister, Dorcie Young of Detroit, Mich.; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Hodges Funeral Home Chapel.

Jason Root

FLOWOOD – Jason Paul Root, 22, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, in Ellisville. He was a native of Hinds County and a longtime resident of Saltillo before moving to Flowood this past year. He was a waiter at O’Charley’s Restaurant.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl. Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Brandon is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his father, Greg Root of Raymond; his mother, Debbie Jackson of Flowood; his stepfather, Jimmy Jackson of Jackson, Tenn.; a brother, Christopher Michael Root of Starkville; two stepsisters, Brandy Jackson of Tupelo and Stacy Jackson of Jackson; his grandparents, Gregory L. and Ida Ann Root of Gulf Beeze, Fla.

Pallbearers will be Matt Turner, Jason Bush, Tom Franks, Michael Sudduth, Robbie McNatt, Davis Irwan, Rocky Howell and Frankie Pinkerton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Relder Wardlaw

FULTON – William Relder Wardlaw, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born Sept. 11, 1912, in Itawamba County to the late James Samuel Wardlaw and Margaret Susan Nanney Wardlaw. He grew up in Itawamba County, then moved to Memphis, where he retired as a switchman for Frisco Railroad. He returned to Fulton after his retirement 26 years ago. He was a member of Fulton United Methodist Church and the Wesley Sunday School Class. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Blue Lodge No. 745. He was a member of the Shriners and the United Transportation Union. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Fulton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ray Stokes and the Rev. Glen Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Ovie Pauline Gilmore Wardlaw of Fulton; two daughters, Betty Jean Wardlaw Cunningham and her husband, John, of Germantown, Tenn., and Wanda Pauline Wardlaw Gaines of New Albany; eight grandchildren, Jamie Dalby, Robert Wardlaw Jr., Martin Wardlaw, Daniel Wardlaw, Ronald Cunningham, Charles Cunningham, Leigh Taylor and Amie Gaines; 19 great-grandchildren, Robert Wardlaw III, Alicia Wardlaw, Kayla Wardlaw, Amy Wardlaw, Martin Wardlaw Jr., Amanda Wardlaw, Joey Wardlaw, Sarah Dalby, Kevin Dalby, Ben Dalby, Jeremy Cunningham, Kimberly Cunningham, Olivia Cunningham, Max Taylor, McCall Taylor, Mills Taylor, John Marshall Taylor, Tyler Cunningham and Nathan Cunningham; one great-great-grandchild, Emma Leigh Wardlaw.

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Harold Wardlaw, and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Ryan Cunningham, Charlie Cunningham, Brad Taylor, Martin Wardlaw, Bobby Wardlaw, Daniel Wardlaw, Trey Wardlaw, Kevin Dalby and Ben Dalby.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Wesley Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be from 7 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home and from 11:30 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Bertha Mae Caldwell

PHEBA – Bertha Mae Caldwell, 87, died Monday, Oct. 29, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a domestic worker and a member of Pheba First Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pheba First Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, James Caldwell; two daughters, Thelma Andrews of Pascagoula and Ruby Deanes of Cedar Bluff; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Elaine Eudy

NEW ALBANY – Dr. Elaine Holland Eudy, 79, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at her home. She taught 44 years in public schools and retired from New Albany Schools as principal in 1988. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of New Albany for 41 years and a member of the Marjorie Houston Sunday School Class.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Giles Lindley and Bro. Lesley Nabors officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Virgil Eudy; a daughter, Connie Wilkins and her husband, Jack, of Helena, Ala.; a grandson, Jack, and his wife, Karen, of Las Vegas; a brother, C.W. “Buddy” Holland of Jackson; three sisters, Louise Crowley of Batesville, Joan Billingsley and her husband, Ramie, of Blue Springs, and Dr. Betty Hearn of Blue Mountain; 15 nieces; seven nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Whit and Jimmie Holland, and a sister, Mildred Daniel.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Marjorie Houston Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of New Albany.

Glidwell Hughes

MEMPHIS – Glidwell Hodges Hughes, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, in Houston. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of National Avenue Baptist Church.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Montevista Cemetery in Eupora. Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Hughes; a brother, Andrew James Hodges of Calhoun City.

Roy Thomas

MYRTLE – Roy McDuff Thomas, 93, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Beverly Health Care Nursing Home in Ripley. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Church of Acts in New Albany.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Ganey officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Quay Morris and Charlotte Foster, both of New Albany; four sons, J.C. Thomas, Olen Thomas and Vance Thomas, all of Ripley, and Johnny Thomas of Cullman, Ala.; 34 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren; four great-great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Verna Mae Crum of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Leona Plaxico Thomas; his parents, Jeff and Hassie Carson Thomas; two daughters, Annie Bell Cobb and Elise Bryant; and two sons, Harvey Thomas and Nolan Thomas.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Shirley Aldridge

OKOLONA – Shirley Mae Kriz Aldridge, 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born May 17, 1937, in Braidwood, Ill., to Anton and Rose Wesley Kriz. She had lived in Okolona for the past 40 years. She married Leo Aldridge in June 1960; he died in 1997. She was a medical billing clerk for Gilmore Chickasaw Health Services. She attended the First Baptist Church of Okolona, where she was treasurer of the Silver Street Sunday School Class. She enjoyed crocheting and needlework.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Lewman and Bro. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Lamar County, Ala.

Survivors include three sons, Boyd Aldridge and his wife, Sheryl, of Plantersville, Danny Lee Aldridge and his wife, Tracy, of Grenada, and Andrew Aldridge and his wife, Missy, of Okolona; a daughter, Carolyn Earnest and her husband, Randy, of Wren; two brothers, James Kriz of Braidwood, Ill., and Anton “Tony” Kriz Jr. and his wife, Karen, of Oswego, Ill.; two sisters, Barbara “Ruthie” Sellers of Winona, Ill., and Emily Emmert and her husband, William, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Bo Aldridge, Reed Aldridge, Jacob Matthews, Randy Earnest II, Matt Earnest, Paige Earnest, Tanner Aldridge, Alissa Aldridge and Jase Aldridge.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sisters, Annie Kriz and Gloria Bell.

Pallbearers will be John Wayne Huffman, Timothy Wayne Aldridge, Jim Patterson, Merl Kincade, Brock Puckett and Bobby Gene Young.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Silver Street Sunday School Class.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Mildred R. Stubbs

Mildred R. Stubbs, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the North Green Street Church of Christ with Daniel McCullum officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Lacey Stubbs Jr. of Tupelo; three daughters, Lillie Gates and her husband, John, of Tupelo, Teresa Duvall and her husband, John, of Moss Point, and Shirley Shumpert and her husband, Steve, of Plantersville; four sons, Willie Ramsey of New Orleans, Jimmy Ramsey and his wife, Annette, of Belden, Raymond Ramsey of Maryland and James Lacey Stubbs of Florida; two grandsons, Michael Stubbs of Tupelo and Denyal McCoy of Louisiana; one granddaughter, Sheritha Morris and her husband, Eddie, of Tupelo; a special cousin, Beatrice Neal of Gary, Ind.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

James Calomese

BALDWYN – James Calomese died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Carl D. Agnew

BALDWYN – Carl D. Agnew died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Minnie Kolesnik

OXFORD – Minnie Perry Kolesnik died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, at Graceland Nursing Center in Oxford after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona.

Beatrice Dulaney

FULTON – Beatrice Grissom Dulaney, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at her home. She was born Sept. 19, 1919, to the late Earl Grissom and Rada Bean Grissom. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School, where she was a member of the 1938 and 1941 state championship basketball teams and an All-State selection. She was a former employee of Itawamba Manufacturing Company and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Horace Thomas and Bro. David Aultman officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include a daughter, Marilyn Collins and her husband, Pete, of Madison; four brothers, John Grissom and Carl “Skeet” Grissom, both of Fulton, Floyd Grissom of Saltillo and Robert Grissom of Guntown; two sisters, Frances Crumpton of Fulton and Sarah Spigner of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Lee Dulaney of Oxford and Candace Dulaney of Fulton; a great-grandchild, Anna Grace Dulaney of Oxford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar H. Dulaney, on Oct. 2, 1987; a son, Jerry Dulaney; and a sister, Maurine Williams.

Pallbearers will be Charlie McCarthy, Hal Hicks, Clint Christian, Milton Brown, John Nail, Jay Love and Weir Byrd.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today.

Emma Gammill

EUPORA – Emma Mae Gammill, 86, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at Beverly Health Care in Eupora. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Eupora. She was the widow of John Gammill.

Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Old Cumberland Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Stewart officiating. Wise Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, Don Gammill of Sturgis and Roy Gammill of West Point; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clara Parks

JACKSON, Tenn. – Clara Nell Parks, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at her home. She was a registered nurse.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Unity Cemetery in Unity. George A. Smith and Sons (North) Funeral Chapel of Jackson, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a son, Marty Parks of Jackson, Tenn.; a sister, Alice L. Putt of Plantersville; a brother, William Homer Martin of Saltillo.

Jerry L. Crawford

CORINTH – Jerry L. Crawford died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, in Birmingham as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.

Shelia Carpenter

BOONEVILLE – Shelia Fitzsimmons Carpenter, 45, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jean Cappleman

RIPLEY – Jean Cappleman died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. today.

Virginia Thompson

Virginia Thompson, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.