Obituaries 4.6.02

Daily Journal

Obituary Policy

The Daily Journal publishes obituaries, up to seven column inches in length, free as a public service. Obituaries are accepted only from funeral homes.

All obituaries will include the deceased person’s name, age, occupation, date and place of death, time and place of services, and names of immediate family survivors. A brief paragraph of information such as church and community activities also will be included.

Additional information may be included, but the charge for length exceeding seven inches will be $9.64 per column inch. Charges will be billed through the funeral home.

Funeral homes may call 678-1574, 842-2612 or 1-800-270-2612 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily to submit obituaries. The Daily Journal’s fax number is 842-2233. Any corrections must be called in by the funeral home.

Essie Mae Pace

BOONEVILLE – Essie Mae Pace, 89, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Independent Church of God. She was the widow of Joe Pace.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Fairview Church of God with Bro. Roy Joshlin and Bro. Lenarse Stricklen officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Annie Mae Henderson and her husband, Malcolm, of Booneville; two sons, Harold Pace and his wife, Judith, and Leonard Pace and his wife, Carolyn, all of Booneville; a brother, Roscoe Moore; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nellie Sue Pace; two stepchildren, Lester Pace and Ruthie Faye Moore; two sisters, Lillian Simmons and Pearl Oaks; and three brothers, Otto, Henry and Wesley Moore.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will continue until 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Marigene Taylor

Marigene O’Conner Taylor, 76, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 17, 1925, in Hillsboro, Texas.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Tupelo. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. Marshall & Marshall Funeral Directors of Hillsboro, Texas, is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Kenneth Taylor of Tupelo; three children, Kenneth Taylor Jr. and his wife, Gloria, of Tulsa, Okla., Cecille Goysich and her husband, John, of Tupelo, and Gene Taylor and his wife, Julia, of Dallas; five grandchildren, Ross Taylor, Kathleen Taylor and Kirkland Taylor, all of Dallas, and Matthew Goysich and Rebecca Goysich, both of Tupelo; a longtime friend, Anthony Shaw of Tulsa, Okla.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the First Baptist Church of Tupelo in memorial of Marigene O’Conner Taylor.

Virginia Grissom

STARKVILLE – Virginia Bridges Grissom, 89, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at her home. She was born in Starkville. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was a member of Chi Omega Sorority and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Welch Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Prentiss Gordon and the Rev. Bob Whiteside officiating. Burial will be in Oktibbeha Memorial Park.

Survivors include a daughter, Lucy Russell Betcher of Gulfport; a son, Edward B. Russell of New Orleans; five grandsons; two great-granddaughters.

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

Memorials may be made to the Palmer Home, French Camp Academy or the First United Methodist Church.

Charles H.

Strickland Jr.

ABERDEEN – Charles H. “Branden Lightfoot” Strickland Jr., 57, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at his home in Empire, Ala., after a long illness.

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the First Pentecostal Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. William E. Bowen officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Leah Lightfoot of Empire, Ala.; two daughters, Jacquelin Hopkins of Powder Springs, Ga., and Stephanie Crump of Caledonia; his mother, Rickie Odom Holiness of Aberdeen; two sisters, Linda Odom Smith of Una and Deborah Odom McLevain of Memphis; two grandchildren.

Jarod Clark

VICKSBURG – Jarod Daniel Clark, 20, died Saturday, March 30, 2002, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born April 3, 1981, in Bremerton, Wash., and had lived in Vicksburg since 1984. He graduated fourth in his class from Vicksburg High School in 1999. He was a member of the Quiz Bowl Team for four years and served as captain his senior year. He was a letterman in soccer, and a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society and the Key Club. He was a sophomore at Mississippi State University, where he was majoring in civil engineering. He participated in the co-op program and worked at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, for three years. He was a member of Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Alpha Theta Chi Collegiate Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. He enjoyed participating in intramural sports, including soccer and Frisbee.

Services were Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. Jerry Potter officiating.

Survivors include his mother, Pamela D. Clark of Vicksburg; his father, Robert L. Clark of Lake Charles, La.; his grandparents, Dillard and Dorothy Wright of Mantee; his uncle and aunt, Jim and Denise Wright of Columbus; a cousin, Merrin Elizabeth Wright of Columbus.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Patricia A. Clark and Ruth Isbell.

Honorary pallbearers were Paul Watkins, Niraj Vanmali, Kristin Chapman, Ryan Stinson, Brett Haley, Blake Haley, Keith Guillot, Megan Tubman and Stephanie Martin.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jarod Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Helen Burdine

ORLANDO, Fla. – Helen Burdine “Sam” Nelson, 61, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002, at her home in Orlando, Fla. She was born Jan. 6, 1941, in Choctaw County. She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with the Rev. Lanny Collum and the Rev. J.D. Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Choctaw County.

Survivors include her husband, Rick Nelson of Orlando, Fla.; her mother, Shirley Reese Burdine of Mathiston; her father, Odell Burdine of Mathiston; three sons, Clifton Borzych of Orlando, Fla., Chris Borzych of Naples, Fla., and Scott Nelson of New York, N.Y.; four sisters, Barbara Young of Meridian, Diane Burdine of Diamondhead, Linda Pollard of Mathiston and Donna Huff of Meridian; four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Noel Eaton

PISGAH – Noel Eugene Eaton, 71, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at his home after a brief illness. He was a retired employee of Crown Stove, a member of Antioch No. 2 Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete Wooley officiating. Burial will be in Antioch No. 2 Cemetery.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Diane Holley of Booneville; a sister, Mary Hardin and her husband, J.E., of Pisgah; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Louvenia Johnson and Veona Garner, and five brothers, Frank Eaton, Willie Lee Eaton, Grady Eaton, Jewell Eaton and Herman Eaton.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Gilbert Brazil

PONTOTOC – Gilbert Brazil, 87, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 30, 1914, in Pontotoc to Fred and Winneford Wilder Brazil.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Pettit officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery.

Survivors include a grandson, Kevin Brazil and his wife, Sabrina, of Pontotoc; a brother, Garland Brazil and his wife, Opaline, of Southaven; a grandson, Shawn Brazil of Pontotoc.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Brazil; his parents; and a son, Kirby Brazil.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Brazil, Jeff Brazil, J.J. McVay, Ted McVay, Billy D. Aron and Phil Watkins.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.

Joan Webb

SENATOBIA – Joan Goodwin Webb, 66, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at her home in Senatobia. She was a former resident of Lafayette County. She was a homemaker and a member of Laoxahoma Baptist Church in Senatobia.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Gerald Brookshire officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Batesville.

Survivors include her husband, Wardene Webb of Senatobia; a daughter, Sandra Burnett of Memphis; two sons, Mike Webb of Coldwater and Scott Webb of Pontotoc; two sisters, Laverne Wolfe and Maggie Ray, both of Memphis; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Michael Clement

GOLDEN – Michael Brian Clement, 23, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, in Denver, Colo. He was a native of New York and a construction worker.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with the Rev. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens.

Survivors include his parents, Jacqueline Franklin Sweeney of Golden and Brian Clement of Lenora City, Tenn.; three sisters, Nikki DeCook and her husband, Randy, of Tupper Lake, N.Y., and Lynn Marie Sweeney and Tonya Leigh Sweeney, both of West Palm Beach, Fla.; his grandparents, George and Dorothy Bombard of Jupiter, Fla., and Bernice H. and Evelyn Sweeney of Golden; aunts and uncles.

Pallbearers will be Robert Diehl, Stephen Phillabaum, Joe Slayton, William Sweeney, Bernie Sweeney IV, Michael Harland, George Hawkins and William Lanthier.

Benny Sweeney will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ella Faye Willis

Ella Faye Willis, 63, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at her home. She was a lifelong resident of Tupelo. She was retired and a Baptist. She was a devoted mother to her one son.

Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Union Cemetery at Belden with the Rev. Harold Adair officiating. Burial will follow. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her son, Jonathan Willis and his wife, Jennifer, of Belden.

Pallbearers will be Brett Estep, Scott Melton, Kyle Holley, Buddy Gilliam and Bryan Waldon.

Rufus Pace

AMORY – Rufus Clinton “Jabo” Pace, 59, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a sudden illness. He was born April 9, 1942, in Monroe County to Willie D. and Nettie Lou Gosa Pace. He lived in Springfield, Ill., before moving to Amory several years ago. He was an employee of Amwood Industries of Amory. He married Barbara Ann Lindley in Hamilton, Ala. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Ray Carroll officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Lindley Pace of Amory; a son, Rufus Pace of Springfield, Ill.; two stepsons, Darold Gene Dykes Jr. and Kevin Lee Dykes, both of Amory; four daughters, Mary Ann Pace of Illinois, Barbara Ann Pace of Springfield, Ill., Nell Funderburk of Amory and Tina Ann Lyons of Alabama; a brother, Reuben Pace of Amory; four sisters, Dorothy Fay Brown of Aberdeen, Lucille Hall of Amory, Agnes Edwards of Caledonia and Betty Sue Nelson of Hatley; 13 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Robert Pace, Ray Pace, Willard Pace, Curtis Pace and Larry Pace; and a sister, Corine Cantrell.

Pallbearers will be Scott Lindley, Kenny Funderburk, Chuck Smith, John Cruise, Chris Brown, Jeremy Brown, Joshua Dykes, Wade Stephenson, David Harrington, Andy George, Jeff Coplin, Bradley Brown, Jacob Dykes and Jarrett Dykes.

Visitation will continue at the funeral home until service time today.

Josephine Stuart

ABERDEEN – Josephine Stuart, 83, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Jerry Garrett

GUNTOWN – Jerry Ray Garrett, 49, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Iona Staggs

Iona Staggs, 95, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 31, 1906, in Dennis. She worked in the munitions factory in Prairie during World War II and was a dispatcher for many years for the Liberty Cab Company in Tupelo. She also ran a boarding house out of her home in Tupelo for several years. She was a member of the Baptist church.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lee Memorial Park with the Rev. Tim Lampley officiating. Burial will follow. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews;

She was preceded in death by her parents, George Pinkney Deaton and Lucy Gurly Deaton; her first husband, Cleve Harrison; her second husband, Plummer Staggs; four brothers, Erskin Deaton, William W. Deaton, Owen Grady Deaton and Charlie Deaton; and two sisters, Ottie Parrish and an infant, Ora Deaton.

Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home on Jefferson Street.

Sadie Coggins

ABERDEEN – Sadie Mae Fairley Coggins, 81, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at her home in Aberdeen after a long illness. She was born May 9, 1920, in New Augusta to the late Joseph Print and Venia Yann Fairley. She had lived in Aberdeen since 1955. She retired from nursing after working 17 years at the Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. She also was an Avon representative for 30 years. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, a former teacher for the King’s Daughters Sunday School and a member of the Royalty Telephone Ministry. She was the widow of Hubert Coggins Sr., who died in 1968. She enjoyed sewing, watching birds at the feeders and watching squirrels run.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Friendship Baptist Church with the Rev. Todd Bowen and the Rev. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include six daughters, Linda Record and her husband, Frank, of Cordova, Tenn., Dorothy Harris and her husband, Eddie, of Cedar Bluff, and Betty Spencer and her husband, Bill, Mary Ann Robertson and her husband, Butch, Diane Clardy and her husband, Danny, and Martha “Tuffy” Mobley, all of Aberdeen; a son, Hubert Coggins Jr. and his wife, Beb, of Hamilton; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Spencer Schreiter, Dr. Pami J. Taylor, Dr. Charles Rhea, Dr. R.H. Coghlan and Dr. Joe C. Files.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Chapter of the Lymphoma Society, 1855 Lakeland Drive, Suite G-10, Jackson MS 39216 or Friendship Baptist Church.

Doris Patton

CORINTH – Doris Patton, 58, died Friday, April 5, 2002, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Lucille Hare

BOONEVILLE – Lucille Hare, 90, died Friday, April 2, 2002, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Lois Dove

HAMILTON, Ala. – Lois Puckett Dove, 68, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at the Marion Regional Medical Center in Hamilton, Ala. She was born in Hamilton, Ala., to the late Clarence and Beatrice Boyett Puckett. She was a member of the Hamilton Free Will Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Norwood Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala., with Bro. Mark Puckett and Bro. Edward Puckett officiating. Burial will be in the Sulligent City Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Felix Dove of Hamilton, Ala.; three daughters, Dianne Leyendecker and her husband, Charlie, of Kenner, La., Ann Ling and her husband, Mike, of Vernon, Ala., and Wanda Paul and her husband, Bill, of Amory; three sons, Tracy Knight and his wife, Paula, of Guntersville, Ala., Jerry Wayne Dove and his wife, Mary Ann, and Terry Dove, all of Sulligent, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Kim, DeAnna, Brandon, Carissann, Trey, Victoria, Eric, Amanda, Nathan and Chelsea; five great-grandchildren, Justin, Tanner, Cole, Hunter, and Paige; four sisters, Willer Dean Spratlin and her husband, Elmer, of Hamilton, Ala., Vinnie Lou Embery and her husband, Frank, of Bristow, Okla., Ruth Vann and her husband, Wade, of Sulligent, Ala., and Wanda Blaylock and her husband, Ray, of Greenwood Springs; four brothers, William Green Puckett and his wife, Dorothy, of Amory, Bobby Puckett and his wife, Audine, of Detroit, Ala., Wayne Puckett and his wife, Wanda, of Greenwood Springs, and Edward Puckett and his wife, Patsy, of Hamilton, Ala.

Barbara Howard

BOONEVILLE – Barbara Ann Howard, 53, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at her daughter’s home. She was born Sept. 9, 1948, in Alcorn County. She was a machine operator in the furniture manufacturing industry and a member of Freedom Independent Church. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, cooking, crocheting and singing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Scott and Bro. Johnny Hamblin officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Ray Howard, whom she married March 15, 1987; two daughters, Sherry Gooch of Corinth, and Terri Wiginton and her husband, Roger, of Rienzi; five grandchildren, Kala Davis, Tommy Gooch, Jessica Gooch, Amanda Wheatley and Brittany Wheatley; four stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Clifton Downs, and her mother, Hazel May Jacobs Pounds.

Visitation will continue at the funeral home until service time today.