Obituaries April 1, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

William Gann
HOUSTON – William David “Stinkin Jim” Gann, 68, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born March 21, 1943, in Chickasaw County to John Henry Gann and Maggie Belle Bradberry Gann. He was a veteran and a truck driver.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Cemetery with Bro. Randy Rinehart officiating. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Donnala Bennick Gann of Houston; three sisters, Johnnie Mae Wedgeworth of Meridian, Helan Griffin (William “Screwball”) of Houston and Jane McCollum of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Sue Gann.
Donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or American Heart Association.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Ruthie Mae Shaw
BRUCE – Ruthie Mae Shaw, 79, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce. Burial will be in Shepherd Cemetery in Calhoun County. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Belle Memorial Chapel.
Oplean Holliday
BURNSVILLE, Minn. – Oplean Holliday, 72, died Tuesday, March 22, 2011.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Baptist M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online registry can be found at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Bentley Crawford
OXFORD – Bentley Baker Crawford, 87, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born in Aberdeen but had lived in Oxford since 1969 after moving from Norfolk, Va. He was retired from the United States Navy with the rank of Commander having served in World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, the Rotary Club and the Rough Riders. He attended First Presbyterian Church in Oxford.
Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shelloy Persons Crawford of Oxford; two daughters, Shawn Crawford of Norfolk, Va., and Casey Crawford of Barbourville, Ky.; three sons, Bentley Crawford Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va., Dudley Crawford and Timothy Crawford both of Houston, Texas; one brother, George Crawford Jr. of Aberdeen; one sister, Frances C. Wilemon of Aberdeen; five granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George H. and Inis R. Crawford; one sister, Inis Dickerson and one aunt, Johnnie McDowell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1581, Oxford, MS 38655 or First Presbyterian Church, 924 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Poole
TREMONT – Thomas Jason Poole, 45, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness.
Services will be at noon today at the Gum Church of Christ. Burial will be in the Gum Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph Patterson
NETTLETON – Joseph Eli Wright Patterson, 16 days, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Jodie Lambert
TISHOMINGO – Jodie Sladen Lambert, 8 months, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Beginnings Fellowship Church. Burial will follow in Possum Trot Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Sunday at the church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Sorrell
BOONEVILLE – Joseph Thomas Sorrell, 59, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Baptist Memorial in Booneville. He was born Aug. 13, 1951 and attended school at Wick Anderson and Thrasher High Schools. He was a self-employed mechanic and attended Pleasant Grove M.B. Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. in Rienzi with Rev. Leroy Harris officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services in Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by four sons, Anthony (Chandra), Patrick, Torrey Sorrell and Brandon Groves; two daughters, Ella D. (Johnathan) Burdine and Brittany (Bryant) Watson; four brothers, Robert Sorrell, Larry (Cherta) Carpenter, Malcolm Hooper and Fred Louis Hooper; one sister, Pearlie McGaha; one step-sister, Merlon Hampton and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by one son, Jonathan Groves; his parents, John Lee and Louella Sorrell; and his step-mother, Ester Lee Stovall.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Birdie Sloan
CHERRY CREEK – Birdie Kitchens “Moma Sloan” Sloan, 96, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Sunshine Health Care Inc. She was a great storyteller and the pied piper of people. Everyone that came to her house had to eat and never left empty handed. She never ran out of things to give or love.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cherry Creek Baptist Church with Roger Reeder and Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Creek Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Dianne (Danny) Benjamin of Oxford; her son, Donald Sloan of Cherry Creek; her granddaughter, Danae (Rowdy) Horton of Hortontown; her grandson, Dannon (Heather) Benjamin of Hurricane; four grandchildren, Alex Horton, Sloan Horton, Heath Benjamin and Destiny Riley; and one special niece, Barbara Mallory.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Augie and Nette Kitchens; two brothers, Marvin Kitchens and Cliff Kitchens; and five sisters, Bertha Brandon, Jettie McGilll, Mary Lindley, Gladys Martin and Virginia Burleson.
Pallbearers will be William Kitchens, Randy Horton, Dannon Horton, Ray Douglas, Scotty Pound and Harold Reeder.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday both at the church.
Charlie Garrison
MAYWOOD, Ill. – Charlie Garrison, 71, died Thursday, March 24, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Garrison giving the eulogy. The body will be in the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today.
Betty Bigham
ECRU – Betty Doom Bigham, 77, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Ecru Baptist Church and retired from the First National Bank in New Albany, where she was a vice president and a loan officer. She was a past president of the National Association of Bank Women of Northeast MS Chapter. She also worked at the Cotton Gin and at the Ecru City Hall.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Barry Littlefield and Rev. James R. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Guy Waymon Bigham of Ecru; her son, Larry W. Bigham (Janice) of Ecru; one sister, Lillian Motchman, Memphis, Tenn.; one brother, Harry Doom of New Albany; two grandchildren, Larry S. Bigham (Crystal) and Stephanie Austin (Brent) and two great grandchildren, Landon and Chase.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Roy Doom and Earline Hamilton Doom; her sister, Mary Jo Richardson and a brother, Roy Arnold Doom.
Pallbearers will be Randy Cobb, Colt Doom, Brandon Lowery, Bill Riker, Brent Austin and Gary Floyd.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Whitehead, Jimmy Farris, Dr. Lester Willis, Bush Hamilton and Lewis McGee.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Sarah Lloyd
BATESVILLE – Sarah Lois Henderson Lloyd, 96, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. She was a native of Panola County and the daughter of Merce and Della Morgan Henderson. She was a member of Viney Creek M.B. Church where served on the mother’s board. She was a caretaker of children for many years and was known as “Mama Lois.”
Services will be held at noon on Saturday at Viney Creek M.B. Church in Sardis with the Rev. Ozine Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Viney Creek Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Ola Clark and Sarah (Wayne) Brown; one son, Ellis Lloyd all of Batesville; two sisters, Gladys Burdette of Memphis, Tenn. and Edna Edwards of Elgin, Ill.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Lloyd; and two sons, Lewis and James Lloyd.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Clem Jones
HOLLY SPRINGS – Clem Jones, 94, died Friday, March 25, 2011, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Isom Chapel C.M.E. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home, and the body will lie in state from 10 to 10:55 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
Doug Watson
DUMAS – Douglas “Doug” Audry Watson, 72, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley. He was born Oct. 1, 1938, in Union County to Willie Henderson Watson and Irene Roberts Watson. He was a retired used car dealer. He was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Billie Watson of Dumas; a daughter, Helen Bonds (Jeff) of Corinth; a sister, Louise Crostewait (Gene) of Texas; a brother, Edward Watson (Audrey) of Ripley; two grandchildren, Jennifer Johnson (Jeremiah) of Booneville and Heather Essary of Corinth; and a great-grandson Kegen Essary of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Norma Rene Watson; a son, Kerry Douglas Watson; and twin brothers, Orville and Norville Watson.
Pallbearers will be Jeremiah Johnson, Jeff Bonds, Jim White, Aaron White and Thomas Dodds.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Cecil Barton
WEST POINT – Cecil Barton, 87, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at his home. He was born on Jan. 6, 1924, in West Point to the late Margaret Salmon and Albert Barton. He graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering.
There will be no funeral services at this time. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his nephews, Chris Caldwell of Atlanta, Ga., and Lynn Barton of Swainsboro, Ga.; a niece, Angie Barton of Swainsboro, Ga.; and three great-nephews.
Reita Walley
FULTON – Reita Walley , 66, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 22, 1945, to James and Daisy Cochran Harvey. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church. She was employed by North Mississippi Medical Center for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Keys Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Stacy Walley (Missy) of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; one daughter, Gayla McGreger of Mooreville; one sister, Jean Carlisle (Herbie) of Amory; five grandchildren, Raena McGreger, Davis McGreger, Carly Walley, Madison Walley and Mallory Walley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carey Walley, who died in 1988.
Pallbearers will be Leslie Blaylock, Cliff Blaylock, John Paul Blaylock and Phillip Blaylock.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Fulton.
Don Stewart
PONTOTOC – Albert Donnell “Don” Stewart, 61, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Ruby Smith
WEST POINT – Ruby LaVonne Smith, 87, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Maggie Little officiating. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel.