Obituaries April 2, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jessie Kate Davidson
PHEBA – Jessie Kate Davidson, 73, went to be with the Lord, Friday, April 1, 2011. She was born to Levi and Amiree Reese Sims at Atlanta, Miss. She was a member of Pheba Baptist Church, where she served as nursery co-ordinator, WMU Leader, sang in the choir and was in the Ella Carty Sunday School Class, and was a substitute Sunday School Teacher and any other job she was called to do. Mrs. Davidson was a beautician, and a restaurant manager at Shoney’s. Jessie Kate Davidson married Thomas J. Davidson Aug. 8, 1955, in his parents home at Maben.
Funeral services will be Sunday, April 3, 2011, at 3 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include husband, Tommy Davidson of Pheba; one daughter, Christi Davidson Keeton (Frank) of Maben; two sons, Ricky L. Davidson of Pheba and Rev. Johnny L. Davidson (Linda) of Vardaman; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Virginia Sims Vail (Jimmy) of Carrollton, Ala.; three brothers, William “Bill” Sims (Carol Jean) of Montpelier, Roy L. Sims (Doris) of Columbus and J.R. “Ronnie” Sims of Montpelier.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Springer, Eddie Strickland, Ted Walker, Danny White, Stuart Vail and Frank Walker.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of Pheba Baptist Church, the Adult Class III, the Ella Carty Sunday School Class and Rev. Charles Dampeer.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Visitation will be Sunday, 1:30 until service time, at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Gretchen Johnson
NEW SITE – Gretchen Melvinia Johnson, 85, went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ Thursday, March 31, 2011. She was born June 10, 1925, in Prentiss County to Levi and Myrtie Vandevander. She married Thermon Johnson on May 4, 1940, and they would have celebrated their 71st anniversary this year. She lived most of her life in New Site. She worked at Brown Shoe Company and the New Site Post Office, but most of her life was devoted to caring for her family and working on the family farm. She also was the primary caregiver for her father-in-law, Clifford Johnson. She was a member of Siloam United Methodist Church where she served as church secretary for many years. Her faith was unwavering, and she loved her church and church family. She loved gardening and sharing her vegetables with family and friends. Her biscuits, chocolate and apple pies will be sorely missed.
Services will be 2 p.m. today, April 2, 2011, at the Siloam United Methodist Church with Bro. Jimmy Glover officiating. Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services today.
She is survived by her husband, Thermon Johnson; her five children, Joyce Waddle, Reba and Randle Downs, Richard Johnson, Larry and Deb Johnson, and Barbara and Fred Lee; nine precious grandchildren, Jeff and Lori, Chris and Amy, Van and Mindy, Brent, Jason and Brittney, Christie and Chuck, Alan and Stephanie, Tracey, David and Meghanne; her great-grandchildren, Noah, Seth, Meggan and Drew, Cory, Bailey, Brody, Daisy, Luke, Levi, Campbell and Ryan; one great-great-granddaughter, Kloye; one sister-in-law, Mary Jackson; a host of nieces and nephews that were very dear to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved daughter-in-law, Diane Johnson; two sisters, Ollie Hoard, and Zera Johnson and her husband, Lloyd; her brother, Horace Vandevander; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clifford and Annie Johnson; her four brothers-in-law, Flavil Johnson and wife, Mable, Eulas Johnson and wife, Avis, Johnny Lindley and William Jackson; three nieces, Myrtie Sartin, Jeanette Hoard and Peggy Hoard; nephew, Jessie Hoard.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jeff Johnson, Chris Johnson, Van Johnson, Brent Wilemon, Alan Johnson, Chuck Holly, Jason Downs and David Lee.
We love you now and always. We will cherish every moment that we shared with you!

Greg Davidson
CORINTH – Greg Davidson, 48, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his residence. He was a 1981 graduate of Corinth High School. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1985 where he earned his bachelor and master degrees in business administration. He was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus and a communicant of Saint James Catholic Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Rev. Richard Smith and Bro. Tony Pounders officiating. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, John and Jeanine Davidson of Corinth; and three brothers, Brad Davidson of Corinth, Cullen Davidson of Fairhope, Ala., and Johnny Davidson III of Marion, Ark.
Pallbearers and Honor Guards will be the Knights of Columbus of Saint James Catholic Church.
Nemorials be made to the church of your choice or to the Juvenile Diabetes’ Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY. 10004.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Truman Aldridge
RIPLEY – Truman Wayne Aldridge 72, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. He retired from TPI, Sunshine Homes and Tiffin Motor Homes. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. William Copeland officiating. Burial will be in the Highland cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Gary Wayne Aldridge (Carolyn) and Joshua Wayne Aldridge (Christy), all of Booneville; one daughter, Teresa Diane Burcham of Tishomingo; six sisters, Evie Lou Mackin of Tennessee, Barbara Gale Mask (Billy) of Ripley, Nina Faye Mason (James) of Baldwyn, Janice Ann Stroupe (Darvis) of Ripley, Sandra Bernice Fugitt (Ruble) of Thrasher and Phyliss Peters (Kenny) of Baldwyn; one brother, Ellis Ray Aldridge of Baldwyn; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mack W. and Sheila C. Adair Aldridge; one son, Terry Aldridge; and one sister, Brenda Eaton.
Pallbearers will be Steven Dees, Joey Peters, Tim Mackin, Bo Ward, Randy Mackin and Randy Tolar.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Bobby Burress Jr.
BOONEVILLE – R.H. “Bobby” Burress Jr., 74, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born in Booneville on Sept. 14, 1936, to R.H. “Bobby” Burress Sr. and Christine Waters Burress. He graduated from Booneville High School and Stetson University in Florida. He worked with Farm Bureau Insurance and retired from the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He loved fishing, hunting, and more than anything, spending time with his grandchildren.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kerry Powell officiating. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Deanna Durham Burress; three children, Julie (Jay) Burress Jordan of Columbus, R.H. “Bo” Burress III and Thomas F. “Tommy” Burress, both of Booneville; one brother, William “Pud” (Reba) Burress of Deland, Fla.; one aunt, Annie Pearl Waters of Booneville; three brothers-in-law, Walt Braudis of Brandon, Fla., Tommy (Francis) Durham of Colorado Springs, Colo., and George (Peggy) Durham of The Woodlands, Texas; eight grandchildren, Davis Jordan, Durham Jordan, Drew Jordan, Robert Burress, Stephen Burress, Mallory Burress (Stutts), Tanner Burress and Tate Burress.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Barbara Yarborough Braudis.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Bobbie Thompson
NEW ALBANY – Bobbie P. Thompson, 79, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Evelyn Edwards
TUPELO – Evelyn “Ev” Edwards died Friday at her home. incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Pansy Boozer
UNITY – Pansy Boozer, 87, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Lee County native, she was born May 28, 1923, to Willie Clark and Betty Marie Stovall Allen. She was a 1942 graduate of Plantersville High School and married her husband, Thomas Hursel Boozer, on Oct. 17, 1942. She served as the Lee County Farm Bureau women’s chairman and loved reading her Bible, sewing, and gardening. She had a keen sense of humor and enjoyed playing practical jokes on friends and family. She was the oldest member of Unity Presbyterian Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery, east of Plantersville. The Rev. B.F. Lee will officiate.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Rushing (Willie) of Fulton and Sherry Carter (Joe) of Plantersville; one son, Randy Boozer (Mary Jo) of Talledaga, Ala.; five grandchildren, Richard Rushing (Michelle) of Iuka, Traci Campbell (Brad) of Starkville, Brandi Lindsey (Tommy) of Pontotoc, John Hodges of Tampa, Fla., and Jonathan Boozer (Brittany) of Talledaga, Ala.; four step-grandchildren, Tim Carter, Paula Hall, Dewaine Smith and Cordelia Pope; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Hursel Boozer; her son, Don Allen Boozer, who was killed in Vietnam on March 5, 1968; and her sister, Rita Reedy.
Pallbearers will be F.B. Boozer, Robert Boozer, Emmitt Boozer, Grady Boozer, Bobby Reedy and Mac Reedy.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Unity Cemetery Fund, 1998 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo MS 38804; or the Vietnam Replica Wall, c/o CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Becky L. Waddle
MARIETTA – Becky L. Waddle, 55, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ashleigh Buntin
NEW ALBANY – Ashleigh Danielle Buntin, 17, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Oct. 26, 1993, to John Russell Buntin Jr. and Heather Glidewell Buntin Wickert. She was a member of Whittentown Baptist Church. She was a junior at Ripley High School, where she was a member of the symphonic and marching bands, and FCA. A true country girl, she enjoyed riding four-wheelers and mudding. She was an employee of McDonald’s in Ripley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Ripley Events Center at Ripley High School with Bro. Stacey McKee and Bro. Trey South officiating. Burial will be in Lowry United Methodist Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Heather Glidewell Buntin Wickert (James Arthur) of New Albany; her father, John Russell Buntin Jr. of Ripley; one sister, Kayleigh Shelby-Gayle Buntin of New Albany; grandparents, Glenn and Nancy Glidewell, Fredda Huddleston and William Bill Middleton, all of Ripley; great-grandparents, Jane Huddleston, Lavern and Ruby Hopper, all of Ripley; numerous special uncles, aunts, great-uncles and great-aunts.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Shelby Jean Binford and John Russell Buntin Sr.; and her great-grandparents, Leon Huddleston, Albert Russell “PePaw” Buntin and Eileen Frances Buntin.
Pallbearers will be Justin Gross, Glenn Glidewell II, Russ Buntin, Brandon Gates, Lee Huddleston, Colby Brents, Bryan Graves and Jeff “J.D.” Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Ripley High School Band, Sam Cunningham, David Epting and Tammye Hight.
Visitation will be from 3 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Wright
NETTLETON – Joseph Eli Wright, 16-day-old son of Michael Brandon Patterson and Robyn Nicole Wright, died suddenly Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his home. He was born March 15, 2011, in Lee County.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Jones Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Jackie Laney officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Michael Brandon Patterson of Shannon; his mother, Robyn Nicole Wright of Nettleton; his grandparents, Robin Wright of Nettleton, Melissa Wright of Hamilton, and Tony and Patricia Priest of Pontotoc; his great-grandmothers, Betty Wright and Ann Skelton, both of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Jessie Skelton.
Visitation will be at the funeral home one hour prior to the graveside service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Rita Weaver
WATER VALLEY – Rita Colley Weaver, 87, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at Yalobusha General Nursing Home in Water Valley. Mrs. Weaver was born in Rector, Ark. A resident of Oxford, she worked for many years as a beautician. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. David Reeves officiating. A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Forest Hill Cemetery South in Memphis.
Survivors include her daughter, DeeDee Weaver of Oxford; her son, Ricky Weaver of Oxford; one sister, Tessie Spink of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her stepdaughter, Barbara Bartlett.
Memorial donations may be made to: North Mississippi Regional Center Memorial Fund, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
Leave online condolences at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Junior Wilbanks
BYHALIA – Junior Franklin Wilbanks, 78, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at his son’s home in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Mildred Stanford
RIPLEY – Julia Mildred Hopkins Stanford, 97, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born March 24, 1914, in Brownfield to Claude Herschel and Thressa Mary Brown Hopkins. She was an active and faithful member of the Ripley First United Methodist Church, where she was a member of United Methodist Women Group 3, serving as treasurer for many years. She was a sufficient contributor to the volunteer nursery ministry from 1949 to 1976. She was a member of the Tuesday and Thursday Bridge Club, the Sewing Club and the Order of the Eastern Star, and a charter member of the Ripley Junior Civic League.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Jason Harms officiating. Burial will be in the Ripley Cemetery.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews; and her caregivers, Geanette Robinson, Bettie Ann Spight, Mary Elliott and Charlene Cobb.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Auvergne “Strawberry” Stanford; her parents; three brothers, Travis E. “Sonny” Hopkins, Paul Hopkins and Ward Hopkins; and four sisters, Louise Russell, Mary Smith, Carolyn Cade and Jean Keeton.
Pallbearers will be David Keeton, Bobby Keeton, Rich Cousar, Dean West, Doug Owens, Phil Hopkins, Donnie Cousar, Mark King and Everette West.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Ripley First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley, MS 38863 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Don Stewart
PONTOTOC – Albert Donnell “Don” Stewart, 61, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was a native of Pontotoc and the son of Earline Bolton Douglas and the late Melvin Stewart. He was a member of Naylor Chapel CME Church. He was a 1971 graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. He served as a 4th grade math teacher at Rosedale Elementary School in Rosedale and a junior high science teacher at South Pontotoc Attendance Center. He was a registered sanitarian, the first African American district supervisor for the Mississippi State Department of Health, a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, and former national president of Mississippi Valley State University Alumni Association.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Naylor Chapel CME Church. The Rev. Matthew Freeman will officiate, and Dr. J.Y. Trice will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Laura Stewart of Pontotoc; three sons, Stanley (Ramona) Gates of Columbus, Ohio, William Stewart of Batesville and Adam Stewart of Tupelo; his mother, Earline Douglas of Humble, Texas; four sisters, Beverly (Val) Simmons and Marilyn K. Carter both of Chicago, Janice (Jessie) Williams of Tupelo and Sandra (Augustus) Ashby of Humble, Texas; two brothers, Anthony “Gene” (Dortha) Bolton of Pontotoc and Kerry Gregory of Memphis; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today, all at the funeral home.
Janice Nichols
GUNTOWN – Janice Nichols, 19, died in March 2011 in Union County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Braxton Rutland officiating. Burial will be in Victory Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Sherry Fair of New Albany; her stepfather, Bobby Bullock; one sister, Shannon Oswalt of Booneville; one brother, Jonathan Phillips of New Albany; an aunt, Teresa Pate of Guntown; an uncle, Tim Lawson of New Albany; her grandmother, Shirley Fair of New Albany; and her grandparents, Wayne and Janet Adams of Marietta.
She was preceded in death by her father, Johnny Adams.
Pallbearers will be Charles Hamblin, Richard Bullock, Josh Oswalt and Eugene Olive.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at Waters 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 who came to her house had to eat and never left empty handed. She never ran out of things to give or love. She was a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today 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 (Randy) Horton of Hortontown; her grandson, Dannon (Heather) Benjamin of Hurricane; four grandchildren, Alex Horton, Sloan Horton, Heath Benjamin and Destiny Riley; and a special niece, Barbara Mallory.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Sloan; 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 Benjamin, Ray Douglas, Scotty Pound and Harold Reeder.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Olen Trapp
MILLPORT, Ala. – Olen Trapp, 84, died Friday, April 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born Nov. 19, 1926, in Pickens County, Ala., to James Belton Trapp and Madie Alexander Trapp. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He worked as a presser at Seminole Manufacturing for 42 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. Chester Shaw officiating. Burial will be in the Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Dowdle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Beverly (Bobby) Hooks of Starkville, Cindy (Stan) Brewer of Tupelo and Tiffany (Ken) Trull of Millport, Ala.; a sister, Mary Kate Shelton of Ethelsville, Ala.; six granddaughters, Kathryn Hooks Vaughan, Morgan Hooks Trotter, Marylea Hooks, Lauren Trull, Lana Trull and Lindsay Trull; and three great-grandsons, Caleb, Luke and Jonathan Vaughan.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Alvin Trapp, Wayne Trapp, Randy Shelton, Mervin McNees Jr. and Robert Rush.
Memorials may be made to the Bartahatchie Baptist Church in Bartahatchie.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church.