Obituaries April 27, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Frank Kimbrell
OXFORD – Frank Chester Kimbrell, 95, died Friday, April 23, 2010, at his home in Oxford. He was born in Webster County. He was a member of First Baptist Church and a retired attorney. He served as a state representative from Webster County for four years. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving as a private first class during World War II.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Joe Lovelady officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Karen Kathlea Smith of Oxford; a son, William David Kimbrell of Santa Fe, N.M.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Athleen Childs Kimbrell.
Memorial donations may be made to Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children, The Division of Public Affairs, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216.
Visitation will from 2 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Kimbrell’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Marine Corps will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Susan D. Nelson
BYHALIA – Susan D. Nelson, 61, died Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. She was born Feb. 13, 1949, in Memphis to Bill Day and Mae Grammer. She was a bookkeeper and a member of Emory Independent Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Emory Independent Methodist Church with Bro. Leon Burton officiating. Burial will be in Emory Cemetery in Byhalia. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John L. Nelson of Byhalia; one stepdaughter, Karen Ferguson of Memphis; two brothers, Bobby Day of Hernando and James R. Free of Moscow, Tenn.; one sister, Glenda Ballard of Holly Springs; and one grandchild.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bennie Norman
BYHALIA – Bennie Morris Norman, 56, died Thursday, April 22, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Matthews M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in St. Matthews Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today.
Jeffie Williams
AMORY – Jeffie L. Sizemore Williams, 68, died Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Aug. 24, 1941, in Beaverton, Ala., she was the daughter of the late Lee Roy and Eula Pauline Stockman Sizemore. She married Felix Williams in 2001. She was a resident of Dayton, Ohio. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress. She enjoyed making dolls and traveling.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Johny Cherry and Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in the Lovejoy Cemetery near Beaverton.
Survivors include her husband, Felix Williams of Dayton, Ohio; three sons, Jessie Will “Hank” Harrell Jr. of Lucedale, Chester Noel Harrell of Marksville, La., and Jeremy Will Harrell of Amory; four daughters, Melissa Adele Dodge of Marksville, La., Pamela Marie Howell of Lucedale, and Robbie June Bennett and Megan Sharie Harrell, both of Amory; five sisters, Ethel Flurry of Hailey, Idaho, Wanda Mae Pederson of Houston, Claudine Powers of Prairie, Sarah Jo Sizemore of Laurel and Nora Imagean Woods of Aberdeen; 18 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Lola Maroney of Banks, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, William Otis Harrell; and three brothers, Kenneth A., Archie K. and Thomas J. Sizemore.
Pallbearers will be William Stacy Harrell, Ashley Poss, Alton Norvelle Howell Jr., Jessie Ray Howell, Justin Dodge and Jack Dodge. Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Wayne Harrell, Jason Christopher Harrell, Don Moore and Gary Holt.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today and will continue until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Eleanor Scott
NEW ALBANY – Eleanor Faye Young Davis Scott, 67, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born May 14, 1942, in Tippah County to John Willie and Tressie Mae Ross Young. She was a member of Keownville Baptist Church and a sales representative for Avon.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Keownville Baptist Church with Bro. Charlie Ransier officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Clyde Scott; one daughter, Rebecca Anne Davis of New Albany; three sisters, Janie Marietta Nichols of Rienzi, Evelyn Colleen Grisham of Blue Mountain and LaWanda Carole Foreman of New Albany; one brother, Murry Dean Young of Hernando.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Russell Wayne Davis; and one brother, Kyle Eugene Young.
Pallbearers will be James Pannell, Barry Burgess, Mike Foreman, Kenny Grisham, Bud Foreman and Danny Grisham. Honorary pallbearer will be Levi Pannell.
Visitation will continue at the church until service time today.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Junie George
RIPLEY – Junie George, 92, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at West Ripley Baptist Church.
Dorothy McCoy
BOONEVILLE – Dorothy J. McCoy, 70, died Saturday, April 24, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Wright and Bro. Jack Whitley Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Carolyn Maxey
AMORY – Carolyn McCommon Maxey, 68, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Amory. Born April 13, 1942, in Amory, she was the daughter of the late Matt and Rivers Christian McCommon. A 1960 graduate of Amory High School, she attended Itawamba Junior College and Mississippi University for Women. She married Tommy Maxey in 1966. Before her retirement, she worked for the Amory Advertiser and Midsouth Fine Printers. She enjoyed golf and especially enjoyed watching her nieces and nephews play ball. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Warren Coile, Rev. Don McCain and Rev. Pat Ludlum officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Maxey of Amory; her mother-in-law, Claudine Maxey of Hatley; one sister, Sweetie Hill (Bob) of Amory; sister-in-law, Brenda Adair (Doug) of Plantersville; nieces, Karen Barrett (Wesley) of New Hope and Angela Fowler (Heath) of Auburn, Ala.; nephew, John Hill (Tracy) of Hernando; five grandnephews; and two grandnieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her father-in-law, Tom Maxey.
Pallbearers will be John Hill, Wesley Barrett, Skip Miles, Pete Patterson, Earl Bunch, Jimmy Morgan, James “Oober” Tate, Robert Chamblee, John Maxey, Larry Tartt, Warren Pickle, John Wesley Barrett, Rachel Barrett, Luke Barrett, Jacob Hill, Adam Barrett, Christian Hill and Lauren Barrett.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101 or to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821.
Eloise Kennedy
BIRMINGHAM – Eloise Faulkner Kennedy, 87, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at the East Glen Nursing Home in Birmingham. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Bobby Johnson
PONTOTOC – Bobby Lee Johnson, 69, died Saturday, April 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Nettleton, he was born Oct. 29, 1940, to Arlie and Martha Calmes Johnson. He was retired from Richco Plastics in Harvard, Ill., after more than 30 years of service. He moved back to Mississippi five years ago to be closer to family. He was an avid fisherman with approximately 3,000 fishing reels. He also raised dogs. He loved all his animals, especially his own, Tink and Bud. He was a member of Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Terry Lee and Rev. Danny Robbins officiating.
Survivors include three children, Frank Johnson (Nancy) of Melrose Park, Ill., Michelle Bolton (Bubba) of Ecru and Bobby Johnson (Judy) of Pontotoc; one sister, Martha Dunlap of Pontotoc; his mother, Martha Booker; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his birth father who died when he was 5 months old, Arlie Lee Johnson; his father who raised him, Frank Booker, who died October 9, 2002; a granddaughter, Rhonda Humphrey, who died in 1987; a stepson, David Andrew Grinuck; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Johnson, and Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Calmes.
Pallbearers will be Shane Coker, Johnny Kelso, Tim Holcomb, Thomas Calmes, Freddy Calmes and Dale Meyer.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Ernie Mae Boren
BOONEVILLE – Ernie Mae Cagle Boren, 89, died Sunday, April 25, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born on April 24, 1921, to Elbert and Callie Cagle. She was a devoted mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with her son, Rev. Don Boren, and Rev. Gary Hodum officiating. Burial will be at Casey Creek Cemetery.
She is survived by her sons, James “Jimmy” Boren of Fulton and Don Boren (Amanda) of Booneville; her grandson and caregiver, Terry Boren of Booneville; grandsons, Johnny Lambert, Tony Boren, Eric Boren and Joseph Boren; two granddaughters, Kara Boren and Kayla Boren; five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Elton Boren; a daughter, Dorothy Lambert; a brother, W.B. Cagle; and a sister, Ruby Miller Holt.
Pallbearers will be Billy Cagle, Larry Cagle, Mickey Cagle, Tony Boren, Eric Boren and Joseph Boren.
Sarah Francis
TUPELO – Sarah Francis, 77, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at the Golden Living Center. She was a homemaker and a member of Euclatubba Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Witcher officiating. Burial will be in Euclatubba Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors included a daughter, Gail Pierce of Wren; three sons, Alan Francis and John Michael Francis, both of Saltillo, and Jimmy Francis of White Hall, Ark.; one sister, Betty Hunter of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Will Francis, Wes Francis, Hope Pierce, Emily Francis and Savannah Francis; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John P. Francis, and her parents, Troy and Eula Hamner Hunter.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Addie Adair
HAMILTON – Addie Posey Adair, 100, died Sunday, April 25, 2010, at her residence in Hamilton. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Nov. 22, 1909, to Fair Posey and Rebecca Jane Malone Posey in Monroe County. She retired as a teacher at Hamilton School after 35 years of teaching, including 14 years as a principal. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for 71 years. She was a member of Town and Country Home Demonstration Club, and was on the Hamilton Library Board. She was honored by Center Hill Baptist Church on the occasion of her 100th birthday, which was featured on WCBI TV. She was one of the last children of a Civil War veteran.
Services will be at 11:00 a.m. today at Center Hill Baptist Church in Hamilton with Bro. Terry Edwards, Bro. James Towery and Bro. Larry Maugh officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Jane Adair Owens and husband, John, of Hamilton; two grandchildren, Lann Owens and Meg Owens Burns; and one great-grandchild, Olivia Addie Owens.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lamar Lomax “Mac” Adair; two brothers, Ambrose Posey and Bill Posey; three sisters, Cora Kendrick, Irma Crump and Mary Posey; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Center Hill Baptist Church.
To sign the register and send condolences on line, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Edna Lawrence
PONTOTOC – Edna M. Lawrence, 81, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at Pontotoc Health Care Nursing Home. She was a Baptist and she attended New Hope Baptist Church until her health declined.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Kevin Wallace officiating. Graveside services will be in Kenansville, Fla.
Survivors include one daughter and her husband, June and Jerry Haulcomb; one son and his wife, Tommy and Lisa Lawrence; seven grandchildren, Ricky Haulcomb and Loren Olson of Pontotoc, Jeri-Ann Grammer of Fulton, Patricia Felemingo of Fort Irvin, Calif., Thomas Lawrence of Eustis, Fla., Tammy Hudson and James Lawrence of Weirsdale, Fla.; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, James Cassidy and wife, Laverta, of Vero Beach, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Leslie Lawrence of Okeechobee, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 40 years, Berkley Lawrence Jr.; and a daughter, Joan Olson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Pauline Hamblin
DUMAS – Pauline Hamblin died Monday, April 26, 2010, at her daughter’s residence. She was a housewife and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Don Blackwell and Bro. Maurice Pinkston officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Stephens (Danny) of Hernando and Patricia L. Moody (Gerald Olive) of Baldwyn; two sons, James Earl Hamblin (Beverly) of White Hall, Ark., and David Hamblin (Mavis) of Hattisville, Ark.; host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Luther Hamblin; one son, Tommy Hamblin; one daughter, Linda Jackson; and her parents, William E. and Gladys Hall Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Jason Jackson, James T. West, Dewayne Hamblin, William Davis, Robert Hamblin, Randle Hamblin, Jeff Sykes and Bryan Hamblin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home.
Roy J. Roberts
BALDWYN – Roy J. Roberts, 83, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at the Baptist Hospital in Booneville. He was a motor grader operator for Lee County, a retired employee of Day Security and a farmer. He was a United States Army veteran and a member of East Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Adams officiating. Burial will be in East Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Hill Roberts of Baldwyn; two daughters, Christy Michael (Jimmy) and Pam Roberts, both of Baldwyn; one son, Brian Roberts (Penny) of Baldwyn; one sister, Nettie Pearl Hendrix (David) of Baldwyn; eight grandchildren, Jeff Michael (Amy), Jason Michael, Justin Michael (Wendy), Andy Roberts, Alan Roberts, Jordan Roberts, Will Roberts and Harleigh Roberts; five great-grandchildren, Keenon Michael, Abby Michael, Reid Michael, Ross Michael and Jace Michael.
He was preceded in by his parents, S.M. and Ethel Box Roberts; two brothers, Medford Roberts and Arlis Roberts; and one sister, Odean Roberts.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Michael, Justin Michael, Jason Michael, Andy Roberts, Will Roberts and Alan Roberts.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Johnnie Crawford
RIPLEY – Johnnie Sue King Crawford, 63, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 19, 1946, to John David “J.D.” and Billie Barkley King in Ripley. She was retired from Lane Industries. She was a faithful member of West Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include her husband, Wade Crawford of Ripley; one daughter, Vicki LaBarreare of Ripley; one son, Chuck Crawford (Keely) of Ripley; four grandchildren, Lindsey LaBarreare, Neely Crawford, Taylor Crawford and Brylea Bishop, all of Ripley; one great-grandchild, Peyton Crawford of Ripley; two brothers, Mike King of Ripley and Jimmy King of Grenada.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Tommy and Sammie King.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Taylor, Jerry Morton, Jonny O’Leary, Jerry Conely, Hugh Hamilton and Donald Hurt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Smokey Jackson
TUPELO – Johnnie “Smokey” Jackson, 88, died Sunday, April 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born March 1, 1922, near Humboldt, Tenn., in Gibson County to Hubert Floyd Jackson and Ada Jackson. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the German Campaign and Attue Islands during World War II. He lived many years in Memphis before moving to Lee County in l997. He was a Baptist, a longtime employee of Fruehauf Trailer Mfg. Company and a truck driver. Later in life, he drove for a wrecker service. He enjoyed fishing, eating and spending time with his grandkids, who affectionately called him “Papaw.”
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jordan Davis officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. at Concord Cemetery in Curve, Tenn.
Survivors include his five children, Shirley Ann Watson of Memphis, Dorothy Maricle of Southhaven, Shelia Renee Nelson of Tupelo, Johnny “Buddy” Jackson of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Fred Wayne Jackson of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Randall S. Ervin of Middleton, Tenn., Shelia I. Thompson of Memphis, Stephanie Ledlow of Mantachie and Staci Nelson of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and the mother of his children, Katherine Jackson, on Feb. 26, 1986.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today and after the graveside service in Curve, Tenn.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Crystal Enis
BOONEVILLE – Crystal Louise Spencer Smith Enis, 54, died Saturday, April 24, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1956, in Birmingham, Ala. She was a homemaker, and she attended New Covenant Family Worship Center. She enjoyed crocheting and flowers.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Eaton officiating. Burial will be in Gilmore’s Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Nita Smith and Christy Edge (William), all of Booneville; a son, Cary Smith of Booneville; her mother, Florene Spencer of Booneville; two sisters, Ruby Holley and Nancy Grooms, both of Booneville; an aunt, Grace Sample (Travis) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Harley Edge, William Edge, Krystal Edge, Nisa English and Rylan Tanner; her first husband and the father of her children, Ray Smith; two uncles, Harold Ray Spencer and Luther Wayne Spencer.
She was preceded in death by her father, Eldridge Eugene “Ben” Spencer; a brother, Elvin Spencer; a sister, Wanda Spencer; and her second husband, Ray Enis.
Pallbearers are Michael Butler, Patrick Edge, Mitchell Sample, James Grooms, Michael Sample and William Edge.
La’Mond Beckworth
PONTOTOC – Guy La’Mond Beckworth, 60, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, an Army veteran, and a plumber and electrician. He loved his dog, Sugar.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Randy Bynum and Rev. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Debra Beckworth of Pontotoc; his son, Brandon Guy Beckworth (Emily) of Myrtle; two sisters, Gale Evans (Glen) of Myrtle and Lane Andrews (Bart) of Cedaredge, Colo.; one grandson, Dalton Beckworth of Myrtle; a niece, Shelia Paige (Kenny); a nephew, Micheal Evans (Cindy).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Van Gale Beckworth and Birdie Ellen Carnell Beckworth.
Pallbearers will be Joe Brock, Josh Wilson, Brandon Smithey, David Foster and Jason Ray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Annie S. Burton
FLORENCE – Annie S. Burton, 90, died Sunday, April 25, 2010. She was born July 22, 1919, in Itawamba County to Atlee S. and Mary Rozella Lee Maxcy. She was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Gleaners Sunday School Class and the Young at Heart until her health failed.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dewitt Bain and Bro. Mac Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include one daughter, Rozella Franks (David) of Florence; a granddaughter, Rozana Conroy of Florence; one sister, Nellie Irene Jackson of Muscle Shoals, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren George Burton; one sister, Wilma Fields; and five brothers, Sylvan Maxcy, Echord Maxcy, Glen Maxcy, Leon Maxcy and Abra Maxcy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Martin Covington Jr.
SALTILLO – Martin Bryan Covington Jr., 81, died peacefully Sunday, April 25, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. A native of Mathis, Texas, he was born Jan. 15, 1929, to Martin Bryan and Francis Elizabeth Covington. He was a mechanical engineer for the Bendix Corporation. A very devoted husband and father, he was known for his honesty and Christian example to others. He enjoyed running, working outside and in his peach orchard. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md.
The family will have a time of visitation from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Covenant Life Presbyterian Church on Third Street in Saltillo. Burial will be at a later date in Monkton, Md. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Martin Covington III (Barbara) of Beckleysville, Md., Charles Covington (Julie) of Saltillo and Thomas Covington (Vicki) of Lancaster, Pa.; one sister, Dede Wyatt (Joe) of Abilene, Texas; one brother, William Covington (Peggy) of Ft. Worth, Texas; and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Patricia Covington.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Gladys Davis
VERONA – Gladys Hathcock Davis, 81, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, April 25, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. She was born Feb. 5, 1929, at Stafford Wells in Winona to William Edgar and Emma Louise Smallwood Hathcock. She was reared in the Winona area prior to her marriage to her husband, Herman Ray Davis, on Sept. 22, 1946. Together they lived in many Southeastern states prior to making their home in Elliott for 40 years prior to his death on Jan. 21, 1999. Gladys remained there until she moved to Rosewood Assisted Living in Belden on June 25, 2004. She was a loving and devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her Lord, her community and the many friends she made through the years. Her hobbies included cooking, writing poetry and being an encourager to others. She was past Matron of the Grenada Chapter 253 of Order of the Eastern Star and a member of Scotland Baptist Church of Winona.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the National Funeral Home in Grenada with Dr. Cecil Fayard Jr. of Elliott Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be at Memorial Gardens in Grenada.
Survivors include one daughter, Anita Rogers (Karl) of Tupelo; one son, Danny Ray Davis (Abigail) of Rocky Mount, N.C.; three granddaughters, Karla Scott (Tommy) of Dumfries, Va., Amanda “Mandy” Davis of Springfield, Mo., and Stephanie Davis and Dwayne Hester (fiance) of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Robert Rogers (Jenni) of Tupelo and Christopher Hamer of Van Buren, Ark.; three great-grandchildren, Micha Kay Hamer and John Terry Hamer of Van Buren, Ark., and Chase Rogers of Tupelo; three brothers, Raymond Hathcock (Ruth) of Chesterfield, Va., Wesley Hathcock of Goochland, Va., and Wayne Hathcock (Evelyn) of Deatsville, Ala.; two sisters, Estelle Bennett of Inverness and Eloise Jones (Jimmy) of Summerville, S.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is also survived by a special daughter, Sheila Martin of Pontotoc, and a special son, Clyde James “Buster” Peters Jr. of the Elliott community.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Ray Davis; her father, William Edgar Hathcock; her mother, Emma Hathcock Cross; her stepfather, T.W. Cross; a daughter, Paula Davis Hamer; a sister, Annie Mae Weber; a brother-in-law, Alton Bennett; and a sister-in-law, Joyce Hathcock.
Pallbearers will be Robert Rogers, Tommy Scott, Lee Fields, Jimmy Haynes, Charles Vance and Charles Norris. Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Boatner, Marilyn Hicks, and the staff of Community Hospice and Rosewood Assisted Living.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at National Funeral Home and from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.