Obituaries April 10, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Blanch E. Baker
ALGOMA – Blanch E. Baker, 77, of Algoma died April 7, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a lengthy illness. She was born March 29, 1933, in Union County to Charlie Chaplain Higgins and Bulah Littlejohn Higgins. After graduating from Algoma High School in 1951, she married Waymon Baker on Dec. 8, 1952, and became a Navy wife.
She and Waymon traveled widely even after his retirement, then came back home to Algoma to live. They celebrated 57 years together.
Blanch was active in community events and had a lifelong passion for helping people. She had a big heart and was generous with her time, energy and money to help people in need. She also was a talented artist, gardener and fund raiser. She was responsible for raising the majority of the money for two of the buildings at the South Pontotoc School. One of these buildings has a room expressly for the purpose of providing Bible classes for the students. The other building is the band hall. Blanch received plaques of appreciation from the South Pontotoc Schools in 1989 and 1993, and a Certificate of Merit from the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding contributions to the citizens of Pontotoc County. Her greatest accomplishment was her children and grandchildren who she loved dearly. She was a member of Algoma Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Waymon Baker of Algoma; one daughter, Debra McFarland (Jerry) of Algoma; two sons, Randy Baker of Algoma and Eddie Baker (Judy) of Verona; three sisters, Mildred Grisham (Jim) of Thaxton, Sadie Bass (Paul) of Tupelo and Charlene Hill of Verona; two brothers, J.C. Higgins of Pontotoc and Howard Higgins of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, Jesse, Adam, Brandon, Lee, Derrick, Casey and Kerry; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Elizabeth Stegall and Hazel Wilson; two brothers, Cecil Higgins and Jimmy Higgins.
There is no visitation but there will be a private family service at a later date. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Correction:
The name of the officiating minister was inadvertently omitted from the obituary for Mae Holman in Friday’s Daily Journal. He is the Rev. John Cox. Also, she was preceded in death by her parents and four brothers.
Nell Parker
STARKVILLE – Nell Parker, 88, formerly of Durant, died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at her residence. She was born on Aug. 12, 1921, in Goodman to John Howard and Mary Waits Douglas. She was a graduate of Delta State University. She then went on to teach in the Kosciusko School System and also worked at the Goodman Library.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Goodman United Methodist Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Goodman. Southern Funeral Home of Durant is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are her son, William D. “Dusty” Parker Jr. and his wife, Wanda, of Pontotoc; her daughter, Bonnie Parker Wiseman and her husband, Marty, of Starkville; a brother, Dr. John Howard Douglas Jr. of Ridgeland; grandchildren, Kelly W. Szczepanski, Parker Y. Wiseman, William D. “Dusty” Parker III and Carly Parker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William D. “Bill” Parker; a sister, Doris Ethlyn Switzer; and her parents, John Howard and Mary Douglas.
Visitation will begin at noon today at the church.
Herbert A. Loving
TUPELO – Herbert A. Loving, 57, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Zelter Carter
PONTOTOC – Zelter Fay Carter, 84, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at her residence. She was a faithful member of Green Valley Baptist Church and a homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends, and working in her flowers.
Graveside services were held Thursday, April 1 at Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Bro. Marcus Coward officiated. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the service.
Survivors include her three daughters, Joyce Aron and Dr. Lee Aron of Madison, Teresa Holifield and Gerald Holifield of Pontotoc, and Robbie Dugas and Brian Dugas of Louisiana: her son, Danny Carter of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Welsy Cannon and Anna Mae Rich Cannon, and her husband, Oscar Harold Carter.
Pallbearers were Logan Aron, Jonathon Holifield, Lee Aron, M.D., Gerald Holifield, Jacob Benifield and Lee Weeks.
Eve Fernandez
BALDWYN – Evelyn Beatrice “Eve” Fernandez, 80, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. She ministered for 67 years. She was a member of and ordained by the Church of God. She was a lifetime member of International Gospel Assemblies, Oral Roberts Ministries and the Minister Alliance of Oral Roberts University. She was a gospel songwriter, composer and singer. She [pastored the New Albany Church of God in 1945. She was the Mississippi state youth director for the Church of God.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Light House Assembly of God in Saltillo with Pastor Mary Fortner officiating. Burial will be in the Pratt Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Paul Fernandez of Baldwyn; one daughter, Doris Harkey of Baldwyn; three stepdaughters, Jeanne Ray of Panama City, Fla., Gail McCausland and Jill Brown, both of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Daisy Hutcheson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Edward Simmons
BOONEVILLE – Edward C. Simmons, 73, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was of the Baptist faith.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Benny Nix officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by two grandchildren, Taylor Ryan and Kelsey Simmons; one sister, Faye Johnsey of Booneville; and nieces and nephews, Dora Lee Whittemore, Rita Carpenter, Judy Anderson, Marilyn Marr, Jim Key, Monty Yates, Edwin Yates, Charles Key and Johnny Key.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer Clinton “Clint” and Birdie Nix Simmons; one son, Shawn Simmons; and four sisters, Lillian Green, Lula Mae Key, Hazel Yates and Dorothy Simmons.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Doris Green
TUPELO – Doris Ann Green, 41, died Friday, April 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
John McRae
HATLEY – John W. McRae died Friday, April 9, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Dale Long
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Leslie Dale Long, 65, died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, near his home as the result of a farming accident. A lifelong resident of the Greenwood Springs community, he was born May 11, 1944, to Ernest Raymond and Mary Catherine Cantrell Long. He married Margaret Edwards in 1965. Before his retirement, he worked for Kerr-McGee. He was a member of the East Amory Baptist Church. He enjoyed antique tractors, and going to tractor pulls and equipment auctions. He loved his son and grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Long of Greenwood Springs; one son, Richard Dale Long (Kathy) of Greenwood Springs; one brother, James Gary Long (Dawn Rollins) of Aberdeen; two sisters, Dolores Flynn Barder (Michael) of Aberdeen and Judy Karen Walters (Linnie) of Greenwood Springs; two grandchildren, Joseph Strickland (Courtney) and Will Strickland; two great-grandchildren, Reed and Cooper Strickland; and five nieces and 10 nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandfathers, Ernest Long and Jim Cantrell.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Arnold, Jimmy Umfress, Jimmy Brewer, Jimmy Dahlem, Cecil Harris, Jerry Cantrell and Jerry Frederick. Honorary pallbearers will be the maintenance department at Kerr-McGee/Tronox.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
R.B. Hutcheson
CORINTH – R.B. Hutcheson, 62, died Friday, April 9, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hight Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Sandra Roberson
TUPELO – Sandra Forsythe Roberson, 63, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born March 9, 1947, to Buford and Bea Forsythe. A longtime resident of Tupelo, most of her life was spent as a homemaker. She married Bill Roberson on Feb. 11, 1992. She enjoyed crocheting, cross stitching, and reading. Before her health failed she loved to travel. She loved animals, especially her dog, Lady and her Siamese cat, Oliver.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oak Ridge Christian Church with Bro. Dale Carr, Bill Roberson and Bro. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Bill Roberson of Tupelo; her parents, Buford and Bea Forsythe of Corinth; one son, Jason Jaggers (Christy) of Mooreville; one daughter, Tana Mann (Brad) of Eggville; one brother, Randy Forsythe (Margie) of Iuka; two stepsons, Nicholas Roberson of Marion, Ark., and Landon Roberson (Jennifer) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Courtney Mann, Jordan Mann, Emily Roberson, Mathew Roberson and Scout Roberson.
Pallbearers will be Bob Knight, Tom Robinson, Kevin Doler, Terry Swindol, Dr. Ricky Parker, Guy H. Altom and Don Roberts.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Betty B. Taylor
CORINTH – Betty B. Taylor, 84, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Hospital. She was a graduate of the University of Mississippi. She was a member and an elder at First Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, A.H. “Lon” Taylor Jr. of Corinth; one son, A.H. Taylor III (Teresa) of Corinth; four daughters, Annette Thomas (Larry) of Clinton, Kim Smith (Scott) of Houston, Texas, Carole Counce (Mike) of Cordova, Tenn., and Gayle Webster (Ruston) of Seattle, Wash.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Family will receive friends in the narthex of the church from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 919 Shiloh Rd., Corinth, MS 38834 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Edith Wamsley
CORINTH – Edith Armstrong Wamsley, 90, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Glendale Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Kenneth Duncan
SMITHVILLE – Kenneth “Leo” Duncan, 51, died Wednesday, April 7, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born April 2, 1959, in Lamar County, Ala., to David Andrew Duncan Sr. and Nedra Mae Cummings Duncan. He was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. He attended Sulligent High School. He was working at American Power Source in Columbus and had worked several years at Zartic Inc. in Hamilton, Ala. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Bro. Tom Rossi and Bro. Jeffrey Scott will officiate. Burial will be in Stanford Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Randy Duncan of Amory; one daughter, Kristy Duncan of Smithville; one grandchild, Randy Tyler Duncan; two brothers, Benoit (Shirley) Duncan and Ray Duncan, both of Vernon, Ala.; four sisters, Rosie Hawkins, Violet Birmingham and Nell (Eddie) Scott, all of Sulligent, Ala., and Dale (Sherman) Fredrick of Decatur, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, David Duncan Jr. and Alvin Eugene Duncan; and a sister, Velvet Cottrell.
Gene Welch
BRUCE – Gene Welch, 62, died Friday, April 9, 2010, in Oxford. He was born Oct. 6, 1947, in New Orleans. He was a graduate of Meridian High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He was co-founder of Bruce Furniture Industries, which was named Business of the Year. He was also the owner of Leatherworks South and Lakefield Designs. He was most recently employed with Beckett Oil Properties. He was a member of the Jaycees in Tupelo. He was a former member and past president of the Bruce Rotary Club, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award, Rotary’s highest honor. He was a former member and past president of the Bruce Chamber of Commerce. He was voted Chamber Member of the Year and Citizen of the Year. An avid football fan, he followed the LSU Tigers and New Orleans Saints. He loved NASCAR, golf, and cooking and grilling for his family and friends. His laugh will be missed by all.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne will officiate, and Bro. Darrell Logan assisting. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Weeks Welch of Bruce; one daughter, Ashley Welch Oliver and husband, Brent, of Nashville, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Carla Cannon and Mary Elizabeth Crumby, both of Bruce; one stepson, Sean Cannon of Florence, Ala.; his mother, Sara Dean Welch of Meridian; a sister, Cindy McCaslin of Jonesboro, Ga.; four grandchildren, Hayden McCostlin, Wade Cannon, Anderson Oliver and Jenna Cannon.
Pallbearers will be Hugh Cannon, Jim Beckett, Jerry Beckett, Dr. Bruce Longest, Michael Plunk, Jamie Easley, Phil Yarbrough and Jeff Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will be Miles Jeffery’s Sunday School Class, Bill Snellings, Paul Hurst, Robert Edward Oakley, Hugh Cannon, Benford Doler, Don Ball, T.A. Beckett, William Ruth, Rex Jarrett and Otis Crocker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorial donations may be made to the Denley Scholarship Fund, c/o Bruce First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS 38915.
Elinore Fleming
RIPLEY – Elinore Elizabeth Gray Fleming, 72, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Myrtle to William Sumner and Velma McDonald Gray. She was active in Girl Scouts, serving as a leader. She was a Baptist.
Private graveside services will be held at a later date. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl Ann Fleming of Las Vegas, Nev., Sandii Turner of Grand Saline, Texas, and Jo Butcher of Atoka, Tenn.; two sisters, Sammye Pearcy of Smyrna, Tenn., and Zone Reed of North Little Rock, Ark.; two brothers, Ronald Gray of North Little Rock, Ark., and Joe gray of Columbus; four grandchildren, Aaron Dicks of Las Vegas, Joshua Washburn of Fort Morgan, Colo., Jordan Turner of Grand Saline, Texas, and Megan Pannell of Ripley; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi SIDS Alliance, P.O. Box 2170, Madison, MS 39130-2170.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Orma Ruff
BOONEVILLE – Orma Enid Ruff, 92, died Friday, April 9, 2010, at Chriswood Assisted Living in Booneville. She was born Nov. 28, 1917, in Oral Station, Ontario, Canada.
A stateroom service will be at 3 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Phillip Box officiating.
She is survived by three daughters, Bonnie Lee Turner (Frank) of Allentown, Pa., Nancy Lee Cederman (Louis) of Akron, N.Y, and Karen Lee Miller (Leighton) of Booneville; a sister, Averill Penseyres of San Diego, Calif.; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Ruff; her parents, Edwin and Mable Sampson Morrow; a sister, Leila Morrow; and a brother, Kendall Morrow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 235, Booneville, MS 38829, or to the Baddour Center, P. O. Box 97, Senatobia, MS 38868.
Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. today.
Stanley Davis
BOONEVILLE – Stanley Larry Davis, 60, died Friday, April 9, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Frances Briscoe
MEMPHIS – Frances Loraine Briscoe, 86, died Friday, April 9, 2010, at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Michelle Lee Little
RIPLEY – Michelle Lee Bryan Little, 39, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at her residence in Ripley. She was born May 24, 1970, to Bert W. and Jennifer Ferguson Bryan of Falkner. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church and Tippah Relay For Life. She worked for Gilberts Home Health.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Brady and Bro. David Blackwell officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, David Little of Ripley; one daughter, Mary Kayla Bryan of Ripley; one son, Logan Little of Ripley; her parents; her grandmothers, Nobie Ferguson of Winona and Mary Bryan of Ripley; two brothers, Chad Bryan (Tonya) of Walnut and Josh Bryan of Falkner; nieces and nephews, Dusty, Vanessa, Tatum, Channing, Alex and Zoe; two namesakes, Christopher “Lee” Marcy and Hayden Jerome “Lee” Oaks; her namesake, Donna Michelle Hennel of New York; her best friend, Mary Barnes of Memphis; special friends, Carissa Hopkins, Patty Kimery, Melissa Pickens, Pam Hall, Lori Presley, Amanda Herman, Maria Mays, Brian Wilbanks and Barry Schmitz.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Shorty E. N. Ferguson and Dan P. Bryan.
Pallbearers will be Keith Barnes, Christopher Marcy, Donnie Perkins, Charlie McDowell, Keith Kimery and Jeffrey Welch.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Lois Plunkett
OKOLONA – Lois Lamb Plunkett, 87, died Thursday, April 8, 2010, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Amory. She was born June 6, 1922, in Itawamba County to Robert Bruce and Cordie Alred Lamb. A native of Nettleton, she had lived in Okolona most of her life. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed listening to gospel music, talking on the telephone, and being with her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Warren Jones officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Melton of Okolona; one sister, Helen Louise Phillips of Amory; three grandchildren, Angela Lamagna (Tony), Heather Murray (Donald) and Ricky Story (Tammy); five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tommy Harlow; her second husband, William Dewey Plunkett; and her parents, three sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers will be T.J. Taylor, James Taylor, Dot Kimble, Robbie Kilgo, Bobby Mack Lamb and Marvin Lamb.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
William Hubbard
OKOLONA – William Hubbard died Friday, April 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.