Obituaries April 23, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Robert Rooker
SOUTHAVEN – Robert Neil Rooker, 89, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Hermitage Assisted Living in Southaven.
Services will be held at noon on Monday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with David Fisher officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Church of Christ Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon on Monday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Charlie Gillard
FALKNER – Charlie B. Gillard, 62, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Rhonda Pope
BALDWYN – Rhonda Kay Pope, 52, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at her home after a sudden illness. She was a retail clerk in the furniture business. She was a Baptist.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Wayne Pope of Baldwyn; one daughters, Bethany Pope Pannell (Stan) of Baldwyn; one stepdaughter, Kristen Wright of the Pratt community; one son, Gary Wayne Pope of Baldwyn; one sister, Gena Sunnie Pounders of Columbus; one brother, Kyle Bass of Jackson; and three grandchildren, Payton Conner Wright, Madison Wright and Hunter Wright.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gary Gene and Myrtle Albright Isbell.
Pallbearers will be Neil Pope, Mike Pope, Shannon Carter, Joe Vess, John Harper and Alex Pope.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
D.D. Dillard
PONTOTOC – Denna Carol “D.D.” Dillard, 48, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She loved her family, grandchildren, her dog, Grumpy, and the outdoors.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joey Swords officiating. Burial will be in Martintown Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Michael Dillard; two daughters, Tiffany Dillard (Chris Brown) and Keshia Harville (Shawn), all of Pontotoc; two brothers, Terry Murry (Debra) and Marty Murry (Donna), all of Pontotoc; one sister, Patricia Montgomery (Dickey) of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Dillon Sawyer, Seth Dillard, Montana Brown, Micayla Grace Harville and Jayden Elizabeth Harville; and four nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Velma Dean Murry Hall; her father, Ples Murry; and her grandparents, Woodrow and Lorene Willard and Troy and Pansy Murry.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Putt, Shane Putt, Weston Murry, Eddie Robbins, Ferrell Andrews and Anthony Andrews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
Mak Ford
SALTILLO – Makenzie “Mak” Ford, 18, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
William Barnett
NEW ALBANY – William Henry Barnett, 84, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. He was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Paris, Tenn., to Elton Clyde and Myrtle Clark Barnett. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a graduate of Memphis State University. He had been the Physical Distribution Manager of Futorian, a former employee of Firestone and Dayton Tire and Rubber and owner of North Haven Home and Garden. He was the former minister of New Albany Church of Nazarene.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Ronald Fry officiating. In honor of his service, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army Flag during his visitation and service. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Maria Barnett King (Al) of Franklin, Tenn.; his son, William Stephen Barnett of Tupelo; four sisters, Betty Griffith of Memphis, Margaret Hodge of Tulsa, Okla., Barbara Fry of Barrie, Ontario, and Rebecca Barnett of Memphis; and four grandchildren, Robert Barnett, Brock King, Andrew Barnett and Anna King.
Pallbearers will be Robert Barnett, Brock King, Andrew Barnett and P.J. Doyle.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Travis Gentry
MARIETTA – Travis Waide “Coffee Grinder” Gentry, 62, died Saturday, April 9, 2011, at his home. He was a truck driver for more than 40 years.
Services were at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. James Herman Gray officiating. Burial was in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Angel Hughes (Chris) and Stacy Austin (Jamie), all of Baldwyn and Pam Canida of Red Bay, Ala.; five sisters, Betty Tennison (Holley) of Brandon, Mittie Rosser, Opal Taylor, Margie O’Rear (Lealon) and Dorothy Bailey (James), all of New Site; six grandchildren and 38 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by Ted and Faye Ivy Gentry.
Pallbearers were Steve Taylor, Randy Taylor, Michael Taylor, Todd O’Rear, Jackie O’Rear and Josh Bailey.
Shirley Bell
CORINTH – Shirley Ann Bell, 57, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Magnolia Hospital.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Central Grove M.B. Church with Rev. Kevin Cummings officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Connie Dillard
ECRU – Connie Lynn Dillard, 51, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at her home. She was a member of Cairo Baptist Church and had worked at Ashley Furniture before becoming disabled. She enjoyed fishing, dancing, watching television and eating sweets.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Randy Parchman officiating. Burial will follow in the Cairo Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Dillard (Riley Maharrey Jr.) of Ecru; her mother, Bonnie Stokes Elliott of Blytheville, Ark.; two sisters, Gaye Clark and Joyce Chandler, both of Blytheville; one brother, Roger Dale Elliott of Blytheville; her granddaughter, Nevaeh Landsdell; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry Elliott; her husband, Mitchell Dillard; and three brothers, Melvin Elliott, Randle Elliott and David Elliott.
Pallbearers will be Jimmie Cullins, Tony Cannon, Bruce Payne, John Berryhill, Jason Clark and Chris Tucker.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Billy Riley
NETTLETON – Billy Wayne Riley, 70, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wilma South
GLEN – Wilma South, 74, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Corinthian Funeral Chapel with Bro. Rodney Windham and Bro. Frank Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Corinth Church of God Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Maylene Brown
NEW SITE – Pearl Maylene Brown, 86, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Jan. 3, 1925, in Prentiss County to Odus and Pearl Walden Brown. She had been the Lunch Program Manager at New Site High School and also served as a certified nutritionist over 13 headstart programs across seven counties. She was a member of Little Brown Creek Freewill Baptist Church and had served as a volunteer at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed singing at church, cooking and gardening. Her family was the most important thing in her life.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Doss and Dwain Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Little Brown Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Nann Bancks (Nick) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Rebecca “Becky” Lambert of New Site; four sons, E. Trenton Brown Jr. (Brenda) of Eatonton, Ga., Carroll T. Brown (Jean Ann) of High Point, N.C., Nathan O. Brown (Juanita) of New Site and Daniel Wyatt Brown (Lyn) of Eatonton, Ga.; two sisters, Virginia Penna (Wilma) of Memphis and Beverly Taylor of Russellville, Ala.; three brothers, Johnny W. Browne, Ewell Brown (Hazel) and Vance Brown (Louise), all of Booneville; two sisters-in-law, Eula Brown and Eva Nell Brown, both of Booneville; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Pamela J. Brown; two brothers, Leamon and Edwin Brown; a brother-in-law, Bobby Taylor; a grandson, Sgt. Jonathan Lambert; and a granddaughter, Ashley Shannon Brown.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Little Brown Creek Freewill Baptist Church, 151 CR 3280, Booneville, MS 38829.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Adrienne Steadman
ABERDEEN – Adrienne Hood Steadman, 79, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Feb. 1, 1932, in Aberdeen to Adrienne Ewing and Joe Berry Hood. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She was known for being a “Mid-South Pair Roller Skating Champion” in her high school years. She was a former member of the Junior Auxiliary. She loved Christmas, traveling and her pets.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday Greenwood Cemetery West Point with the E. Scott Allen officiating. Burial will follow. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Adrienne “Libby” Steadman of Houston, Texas; her god-granddaughter, Mitzi McGee of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Elaine.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Cecil “Bobby” Steadman Jr., whom she married April 4, 1951, in Aberdeen. He preceded her in death on Jan. 13, 1998. She was also preceded in death by her son, Charles Robert Steadman on Aug. 23, 1956.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P. O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236 or to American Diabetes Association, 16 Northtown Dr. Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211.
The family will gather at 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Greenwood Cemetery.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Jane Shook
BALDWYN – Jane Shook, 84, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at her home near Baldwyn. She was born April 1, 1927, in Prentiss County to William and Bessie Lindsey Johnson. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Wheeler Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her flower garden.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Ray of Southaven and Pat (Rodger) Burk of Pontotoc; three sons, Larry (Robin) Shook of Dublin, Ga., Mike Shook of Byhalia and David Shook of Franstown; two sisters, Velma Hill of Baldwyn and Joan Neblett of Wheeler; one brother, Boyd Johnson of Wheeler; four grandchildren, Lonny Shook, Jason Shook, Bradley Shook and Phil Burk; and two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Savanna Shook.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandchildren, Mitzi Ray and Shane Hall.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time on Sunday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
E’Staphono Scales
TUPELO – E’Staphono Scales, born March 7, 2011, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Porter’s Memorial Cemetery with Bishop Clarence Parks officiating. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Latasha Rigsby Scales of Tupelo; his father, Stevie Nichols of Plantersville; two brothers, Mahlik and Khalil Scales; one sister, Lamia Shumpert; his grandparents, Donna Brown of Tupelo and Mary Sparkman and Terry Bowen of Plantersville; his aunts, JoAnn Winfun of Tupelo, Candies Winfun-Cook (Jeremy) of Oxford; his uncle, James Winfun Jr. (Iris) of Chesterville; Slyvester Nichols (Shuntay) of Verona and John Nichols of Baldwyn; and a host of other aunts, uncles and cousins.
Paula Hester
PALMETTO – Paula Sue Sanders Hester, 61, died Friday, April 22, 2011, in Verona. She was born in Marion, Ill., on March 19, l950, to Paul Sanders and Ruth Shreve Sanders. She grew up in Easley, S.C., and moved to Tupelo in l964. She graduated from Tupelo High School in l968 and worked for Tupelo Manufacturing for years and H. M. Richards Furniture before becoming disabled. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed gardening and yard work, drawing and taking care of her grandchildren and her dogs.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be private. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Brian Jones (Belinda) of Mooreville; her daughter, Alecia Jones of Palmetto; her stepchildren, Ronny and Ricky Hester and Reta Hester Curbow; her grandchildren, Andrew Pitts and Marisa Jones, Christopher Hester, Shawn Hester, Richey Hester, Chance Curbow, Peyton Curbow and Courtney McGee; her sister; Sharon Miller of Tupelo; her brother, Don Sanders (Pam) of Milford, Ohio; a niece, Kim Miller of Tupelo; and her special friends, J. B. Monaghan of Amory and Margaret Pannell of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Thomas “Bud” Hester in 2006; and a stepson, Randy Hester.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and Matthew Jones.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. until service time Sunday, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.