By NEMS Daily Journal
TREMONT – Ellie H. Bennett, 91, died Sunday, April 24, 2011. He was born Dec. 5, 1919, in Itawamba County to Elzie and Lela Bennett. He was a veteran of World War II. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his family.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kennedy’s Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Ray Stevens officiating. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Cathy Bennett of Tremont; one stepson, Wesley (Kim) Graham of Fulton; two grandchildren, Casey Plunkett and Telisa Stephenson; one great-grandchild Shain Stephenson; a host of nieces and nephews; and the mother of his daughter, Sue Bennett of Tremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Oleta Pearce.
NEW ALBANY – Mamie Alice Williams Drummond, 92, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. She was born May 11, 1918, in Union County to Varner and Dora Shirley Williams. She was a homemaker and a former clerk for NuWay Store. She loved reading, especially her Bible, and spending time with her great-grandsons. She was the widow of Merle Drummond and a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service with Rev. Tom Sumrall and Rev. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna (Sonny) Tate of Myrtle; two granddaughters, DeAnna (Bruce) McGehee and Pam (Joey) Bramlitt of New Albany; and four great-grandsons, Tate Bramlitt, Tyler Bramlitt, Cal McGehee and Ethan McGehee.
Pallbearers will be James Byers, Joey Bramlitt, Bruce McGehee, Joe Owen, Lavern Ketchum and James Mize.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Bryant and the staffs of Dogwood Plantation in New Albany and Amedisys Hospice Services.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BYHALIA – Gladys Marie Lyles, 76, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at Baptist Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Nunnely officiating. Burial will be in Clear Springs Cemetery in Coffeeville. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
RIPLEY – O.C. Thornton Thomas, 85, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her home. She was born on May 18, 1925, to Richard Webster and Ossie Lee Witt Thornton in Tippah County. She was a member of Ripley Presbyterian Church and the first woman to serve as an elder, deacon and church treasurer. She taught school at Hickory Flat and Chalydeate. She retired from The Peoples Bank as vice president with 37 years of service. She was awarded the Girl Scout “Thanks” Award for her many years of service. She was a member of the Eastern Star, a charter member of the Century Civic Club and an avid bridge club player.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ripley Presbyterian Church with Rev. William J. Connolly officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, J.D. Thomas; one daughter, Lynne (Norris) Howell of Ripley; one granddaughter, Julie Howell of Oxford; and one sister, Loverta Weinburger of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Noel Thornton; and four sisters, Bernice (Preston) Smith; Bill (Jasper) Bullock; Hazel (Junior) Griffin and Mattie Jewel and Fred Smith.
Pallbearers will be Doyle and Griffin, Don Smith, Bill Stewart, Doyce Burney and Hal Edge.
Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons of the Ripley Presbyterian Church, members of the Seekers Sunday school class and employees of The Peoples Bank.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Ripley Presbyterian Church Stained Glass Window Fund, P.O. Box 556, Ripley, MS 38663.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
STARKVILLE – Paul Thomas Broom, 59, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at O.C.H. Regional Medical Center in Starkville. He was born May 21, 1951, in Farmington, N.M., to Ernest L. and Lora Sue Bean Broom. He was a 1970 graduate of Jal High School. While in New Mexico, he worked as a custodian for the Carlsbad Public School System, in a commercial greenhouse and was a welder. He served as the groundskeeper for SENCA in Okolona. He was of the Primitive Baptist faith. He was an avid reader, up-to-date on current events and was a devoted football fan, with Mississippi State Bulldogs, the New Orleans Saints and the Mississippi Mud Cats being his favorite teams.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Tim Cunningham officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his sister, Rev. Linda Broom Stetter of Marlboro, Mass.; cousins, Becky Minniece of Okolona and Pennie England Williams of Ripley, Tenn.; and extended family, Jan and Jeana Cole of Canyon, Texas.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Rolling Hills in Starkville.
Memorials may be given to Hatley Primitive Baptist Church, 60267 Hatley Rd., Amory, MS 38821 or the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Robert F. Crump, 75, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Dec. 31,1935, in Prentiss County to Molly Gude and John Crump.
Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Booneville with Rev. Leroy Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Renizi Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Molly Gude of Booneville; three daughters, Debra Crump and Leartine (Alonzo) McDonald, both of Chicago and Delores Crump of Champange, Ill.; five sons, Robert (Fannie Louise) Crump Jr., L.V. (Hazel) Crump and Carl Crump, all of Rienzi, Robert A. Crump of Champange and Coleman Crump of Corinth; one brother, Sam Henry (Maraget) McGee of Booneville; 12 grandchildren; and a host of great and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
SHERMAN, Texas – Jeanette Magers Lowery, 81, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. She was born May 29, 1929, in Baldwyn to Leonard Lexus and Carlene Allen Magers. She attended Clark Memorial College in Newton. She married Robert Lowery on April 20, 1949, in Pineville. She was a homemaker and a member of West Sherman Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at West Sherman Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Wood and Rev. Lowell Howard officiating. Burial will be in Rosehill Cemetery with the Order of the Eastern Star. Johnson-Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband; her daughter, B.J. (Thomas) Carter of Bell, Texas; her nephews, Jimmy Rogers, Gary Baskin and Barry Davis; and her nieces, Sue Tapp, Sheryl Broome and Marci Havard.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Delores Davis.
Pallbearers will be Leslie Shelby, Mike Hastings, Gene Word, Jerry Horn, Richard Reynolds, Rich Reynolds and Ron Carter.
Memorials may be made to West Sherman Baptist Church Building Fund, 1830 W. Washington, Sherman, TX 75092 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at www.johnsonmoorefuneralhome.net.
ATLANTA – Howard S. Carnes, 81, died Monday, April 4, 2011. He was born March 16, 1920, to Elmer and Ruth Ferrell Carnes in Pontotoc County. He served with the U.S. Army in World War II and the Korean War. He attended Georgia State University. He retired in 1981 as regional vice-president of Fannie Mae for the Southeast United States. He was a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church and the Commerce Club.
Services were held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 8, 2011 at Arlington Cemetery in Sandy Springs, Ga. H.M. Patterson and Son was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Iris Oakes; one son, Phillip Carnes of Nashville; his sister, Rachel Carnes of Tupelo; and his brother, Ferrell Carnes of Williamsburg, Ky.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Robert and Reeves Carnes; and his sister, Marion Carnes Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association or Canterbury Court in Atlanta.
NETTLETON – Karen Elaine King, 58, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. she was born Oct. 1, 1952, in Union County to Rev. Wayne King Sr., and Olive Robinson King. She was a native of Union County, but resided in Nettleton for the past 20 years. She was an employee of Tupelo Neurology Clinic and a meber of the Church of God of Prophecy in Amory. She was an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and a graduate of the University of Mississippi.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Ed Clay officiating. Burial will be in Gray’s Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Judie Shelton (Earl) of New Albany and Janet McKenzie (David) of Shreveport, La.; two brothers, Wayne King Jr. (Pat) of Mooresville, N.C., and Roy King of Dallas, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, James Ray King.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Hall, David Hall, Jerry Wells, Doug Lucas, Keith Vaughn and Richard Tate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BOONEVILLE – James W. Sally, died Monday, April 25, 2011, after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth.
MANTACHIE – Jimmie Clippard, 72, died Monday, April 25, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
TUPELO – Sarah Jean Dunn, 67, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. She was born Dec. 23, 1943, in the Eggville Community to Clyde and Ruth Geneva Love Lucas. She was a graduate of Mooreville High School and lived most of her adult life in Tupelo. She worked many years with Boyd’s Flowers and Gifts and also in the payroll department at Daybrite Lighting. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, gardening, working with stained glass, traveling with her mother and fishing. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Gerald Gann, Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Boyd (Jeff) Kershaw of Dallas; two sons, Kirk Boyd of Baldwyn and Bill (Holly) Boyd of Tupelo; one sister, Lerlin (Durell) Comer of Dorsey; three cousins, Roger Lucas of Atlanta, Brenda Ivester of Hamilton, Ala., and Dane Lucas of Jacksonville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Melissa (Jason) Boyd McAnally of Tupelo, Taylor Boyd of Tupelo, Madeline Boyd of Tupelo, Carson Kershaw and Sarah Katheryn Love Kershaw, both of Dallas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Oren F. Dunn who preceded her in death Dec. 8, 1996; and one son, Mark Allen Boyd who died Dec. 21, 2002.
Pallbearers will be Jason McAnally, Ken Spradling, Zachary Spradling, Matthew Prestage, Mike Vandiver and Karl Baccus.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Eula Mae Peden
HICKORY FLAT – Eula Mae Scott Peden, 83, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was born Sept. 13, 1927, in Benton County to Virgil William Wells Scott and Hurshel Howard Scott. She was retired from telephone sales for Sears Roebuck and Co. She enjoyed gardening, working in flowers and spending time with family. She was a member of Hickory Flat United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Bro. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shelia (Jack) Payne of Johnson City, Tenn., and Cherryl Hubbard of Hickory Flat; two granddaughters, Courtney Payne Shaw of Jonesborough, Tenn., and Angela Hubbard Woods of Hickory Flat; and three great-grandchildren, Caleigh Shaw and Connor Shaw, both of Jonesborough and Anna Reese Woods of Hickory Flat.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William A. Peden; and a brother, Howard Scott.
Pallbearers will be French Woods, Jack Payne, Ricky Pipkin, Larry Whiteside, Charlie Ballard and Lawrence Winburn.
Honorary pallbearers will be Scottie Goode, Mike Scott, Ronnie Scott, Johnny Winburn, Mitch Bennett and Warner Bradford.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Dr. Dick Trott
OXFORD – Rt. Colonel William Richard “Dick” Trott, Ph.D., 79, died Monday, April 25, 2011. He was born in Pennsylvania, raised in Blue Mountain and graduated from Ole Miss. He was in the Air Force. He was a mathematics professor at the University of Mississippi. He was member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford and well known for his powerful solos in the church’s choir.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Eric Hankins and Dr. Robert Allen officiating. In honor of his service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force will be flown over Waller Funeral Home during the time of services. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery with full military honors. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Billie Finke Trott of Oxford; his daughter, Caren A. Robbins of Memphis; three sons, Steven R. Trott of Memphis, John M. Trott of Oxford and Andrew T. Trott of Germantown, Tenn.; a sister, Dr. Judith Trott of Oxford; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service on Thursday at the church.
For additional information or to send an online condolence please visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
BALDWYN – William Jr. Wages, 80, died April 24, 2011, at the Pontotoc hospital. He loved the outdoors, John Deere Tractors and spending time with his kids and grandkids. He was a retired truck driver and farmer. He was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Holland and Bro. Felix Hutcheson Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon cemetery. Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by 11 children, Mike (Donna) Wages of Guntown, Randy Wages of West Virginia, Wayne (Della) Wages of Pontotoc, Nancy Watson of Baldwyn, Andy Wages of Baldwyn, Teressa (Johnny) Warren of Baldwyn, Madonna Kennedy of Byhalia, Malinda Wages of Guntown, Gary (Gail) Wages of New Albany, Derrick Wages of Baldwyn and Allison (Michael) Morgan of Baldwyn; one sister, Arlene (Ray) Thomas of Blue Springs; four sisters-in-law, Mary Vance Wages of Blue Springs, Marie Boone of Baldwyn, Marion Phifer of Paris, Tenn., and Ruby (Leon) Wigginton of West Memphis, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Maxie (Nadean) Steele of Baldwyn; 27 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; and a large host of special friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Frances Steele Wages; two brothers, L.D. Wages and Bobby Wages; and his parents, Elbert and Lucille Wages.
Pallbearers will be Bill Hall, Joey Hall, Alan Moore, Mark Dauler, Tony Lewis and Roger Lewis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Holmes, Hoyle Palmer, Doug Bowen, Jimmy Beasley and James New.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Edith Green, 93, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 18, 1917, to John Henry and Eunice Lester Johnson. She was a member of Hills Chapel Church of Christ. She enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Don Green and Johnny Miller officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, William Gaston Green; one daughter, Norine Yearber of Booneville; one son, Henry (Alice) Green of Hills Chapel; six grandchildren, Bill (Melissa) Green, Bradley Green, Garland Green, Vicki (Monty) Trexler, Steve Yearber and Sterling (Angie) Yearber; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Delmer McAnally, Ira Barnett and Evie Tennison; and one brother, Bruce Burns.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Catherine Spruiell, 94, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at E.C.M. Hospital in Florence, Ala. She was born in Kennedy, Ala., to James W. and Kitty Richards. She served in the Women’s Army Corp during World War II and was a member of the American Legion for more than 50 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sulligent.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Otts Funeral Home in Sulligent. Burial will be in the Sulligent City Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Kittie (Don) Henderson of Birmingham and Joy (Dennis) Grover of Florence; her son, Jim (Lisa) Spruiell of Sulligent; eight grandchildren, Ben Grover of Tuscaloosa, Sarah Hovater of Florence, Nathan McGriff of Gadsden, Danielle Atkinson of Trussville, Jacob and Madison Spruiell of Sulligent, Heidi Russell of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Erik Henderson of Charlotte, N.C.; a great-granddaugher, Quinn Russell; her sister, Frances Wright of Springville; her sisters-in-law, Vivian Spruiell and Laura Trimm of Sulligent, Olean Richards Oswalt of Huntsville and Imogene Richards of Kennedy; her nieces and nephews; and her special friends Betty Hinkle and Lois Rhodes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Spruiell; one son, Richard Wilson Spruiell; and her siblings, Horace Richards, James (Forty) Richards, Fred Richards, Margaret Williamson, Jewel Dorroh and Sara Lou Richards.
Pallbearers will be Jim Spruiell, Nathan McGriff, Jacob Spruiell, Donnie Atkinson, Dennis Grover, Ben Grover, Josh Hovater and Don Henderson.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 217, Sulligent, AL 35586 or the charity of choice.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at: www.ottsfuneralhome.net.
GUNTOWN – Sarah Charlene Letson, 83, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was a retired employee of Blue Bell Industries, a former custodian for Bethany Associate Reform Presbyterian Church and Jericho Baptist Church and a former cafeteria worker for East Union School. She was a member of Jericho Baptist Church, the XYZ Senior Citizens Group and the Joy Sunday School Class.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Jericho Baptist Church with Bro. Rickey Blythe, Bro Dennis Smithey and Bro Marvin Robbins officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Peggy (Larry) Smith of Guntown; her son, Danny (Susie) Letson of Corinth; three sisters, Margaret (Max Dale) Blythe of Baldwyn, Jean (John) East of Germantown, Tenn., and Juanita (Junior) Little of Olive Branch; her brothers, Grover Wilhite Jr. of New Albany and Wayne (Pat) Wilhite of Baldwyn; her sister-in-law, Lucille Letson of Unity; her grandchildren, Richard Herring, Larry Smith Jr., Alice (Eddie) Randall, Kristie (Rudy) Kasimakis, Danielle (Brad) Martin, Jeremy (Erin) Moss and Jacob Moss; her great-grandchildren, Zachary Randall, Grady Randall, Brandon Smith, Joshua Herring, Callie Smith, Alayna Smith, Camden Barnes, Presley Moss, Bryenn Moss and Anthony Kasimakis; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Hal Letson; her parents, G.C. and Ada Wilhite; her in-laws, Fred and Ollie Letson; her daughter-in-law, Vickie Hinds Letson; her brothers, Lloyd Wilhite, Carl Wilhite and Merle Wilhite; and her sisters, Obera Hall, Ruth Smithey and Helen Thornton.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Blythe, Thomas Hall, Eddie Randall, Dennis Scott, Rudy Kasimakis and Benny Rakestraw.
Honorary pallbearers will be Max Dale Blythe, Johnny Letson, Dee Foster, Alison Reaves, and the nurses of Ripley Home Healthcare and Three Rivers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at church Wednesday.
MEMPHIS – Pauline Foote, 85, died Sunday, April 24, 2011.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Leonard Earl Hamm, 71, died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
BOONEVILLE – Carrie Dawn Burcham, 3 months, died Friday, April 22, 2011, at her home.
Private funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Private visitation for the family only will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.
FULTON – Corey Shumpert died Saturday, April 23, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors.