Obituaries April 28, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Chesley Smith
HOLLY SPRINGS – Chesley Thorne Smith died at her home in Holly Springs on April 24, 2012. She was born June 1, 1910, daughter of Buxton Thorne and Voorhies Daniel. Educated at Mississippi Synodical College, Randolph Macon College and the University of Mississippi, she taught mathematics in Holly Springs and Jackson. She married Lemuel Augustus Smith Jr., who predeceased her. Appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1965, he retired in 1982 as presiding Justice. Two children survive: L.A. Smith III of Jackson and Caffey S. Litkenhous of Huntsville, Ala.; and two grandchildren: Edward Litkenhous III, of Huntsville and Anna L. Merritt of Birmingham; and three great-grandchildren: James Augustus Merritt, Alston Merritt and Margaret Merritt.
In 1996, Mrs. Smith published her memoir, “Childhood in Holly Springs.” She was noted as a photographer and collector of vintage photographs, as well as of historical documents related to her town and county. She began photography in 1918. She was generous in sharing materials from her collection, which were professionally arranged and preserved. The collections were used first in A Vanishing America” (1964) and later in “Shadow of a Mighty Rock” (1997) by the Rev. Milton Winter, and “A Southern Tapestry” by Hubert McAlexander (2000). Dr. Mary Carol Miller, well known for her books on Mississippi houses, used photographs and other material in her volumes on “Lost Mansions of Mississippi.” Dr. Miller also published in 1998 “Marshall County; From The Collection of Chesley Thorne Smith.” For her accomplishments and the widespread use of her collection in these books and others, she was awarded the “Ageless Heroes” award in 2000, sponsored by Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
She was a member and officer in Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century and Magna Carta Dames, and a charter member of the Mississippi Company, Jamestowne Society.
A member of Christ Church (Episcopal) in Holly Springs, Mrs. Smith was a member of Saint Stephens Episcopal Church while living in Jackson.
Services will be held today, April 28, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Bruce McMillan officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 596, Holly Springs, MS 38635.

Ray H. Bennett
WEST POINT – Raymond Howard Bennett, 85, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center, in West Point. He was born July 6, 1926, in Brooksville to LaLouise Howard Bennett and Raymond Elwood Bennett. He was a welding supervisor, and later the purchasing agent at Babcock amp& Wilcox Company for 33 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a veteran of the U. S. Navy, serving during World War II. He married Betty J. Temple Bennett on June 20, 1952, in Kentwood, La.; she preceded him in death on May 17, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.Calvert Funeral Home of is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Joan Bennett Powell (Theron) of Pearl; one son, Howard Bennett (Melissa) of Hattiesburg; four grandchildren, Lauren Powell, Tyler Powell, Carl Bennett and Sherri Dodson; four great-grandchildren, Hailey, Bailey, Josie and Nico.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wood, Carlisle Campbell, John Dean, Tommy Miller, Larry Pitre and Eugene Bailey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Baldwin, Tom Neely Miller, Greely Nash, Doug Wood and his former co-workers at Babcock amp& Wilcox.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Choir, P. O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Patricia Little
CORINTH – Patricia Ann Little died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads Baptist Church. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
Online condolences may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Wilma Followell
CORINTH – Wilma Catherine Followell, 90, died Monday, April 23, 2012, in Corinth. She was born July 9, 1921, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Emory and Ada Trowbridge Bocock. She married Aubrey Leon Followell and they spent their early years together in Columbus, Ind., raising a family. Her husband’s work sent them to Oneida, Tenn., and later to Tupelo where they lived for many years. She worked as a day care center owner while in Oneida. After her husband’s retirement, they became flea market vendors, selling their own homemade crafts. She was also an excellent seamstress, making hand-painted dolls, stuffed animals and pillows.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Private burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include children, Larry Followell (Ann) of Alabama, Linda Taylor (Tommy) of Texas, Brenda Henderson (Gary Briggs) of Corinth and Judith Koger (Clifton) of Tupelo; grandchildren, Pamela Taylor, Lansing Taylor (Chelsea), Steve Koger, Mike Koger (Sara); great-grandchildren, Tasneem, twins Ameera and Saara, Noora Khalid, Elias Aubrey Taylor, Ezra Taylor, Jacob and Drew Koger; extended family, Sonja Sue Piper, Chuck and Carlin Tally, Eddie Briggs (Pam), Rhonda Kirk (Keith) and Robin Ferguson (Joe).
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Aubrey Followell, who died July 31, 2008; her grandson, Scott Henderson, who died in 2011; her twin sister, Alma; her brother, Charlie; and her son-in-law, Clifton Koger.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Dave Curtiss
BOONEVILLE – David Andrew “Dave” Curtiss, 45, died Monday, April 23, 2012, in Booneville. He was born Sept. 7, 1966, in Jacksonville Beach, Fla. He was a factory worker, and he was a member of the Vineyard. He enjoyed playing with his children, watching professional football, cooking, and caring for the home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Cheryl Bennett Curtiss; four sons, Drew Curtiss of Tupelo, Jesse Curtiss, Jordan Curtiss and Jonah Curtiss, all of Booneville; his father, Don Curtiss (Gidg) of New Site; his mother, Linda Lesher Curtiss of Booneville; seven brothers, Mike Curtiss of Prattsville, Ark., Mark Curtiss of Cairo, J.J. Curtiss (Janice) of Sheridan, Ark., John Curtiss (Felicia), Paul Curtiss, Joel Curtiss, and Josh Curtiss (Ashley), all of Booneville; two sisters, Beth Ewer (John) of Doylestown, Pa., and Cathy Highsmith (Shawn) of Madison, Ala.; a granddaughter, Aiyana Wallis Weatherbee of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by a stepson, John Wesley Weatherbee Jr.; his father-in-law, Gerald Bennett; grandmothers, Clealer Bishop Curtiss and Fay Jean Lesher; and grandfathers, Gladly Curtiss and Robert A. Lesher.
Pallbearers are Tony Kelly, Stephen Curtiss, James Cross, Justin “Jabo” Miles, Austin Curtiss and Zack Penna.
Honorary pallbearers are Shane Klein, D.J. Wilkerson, Tommy Wilkerson, Corey Curtiss and Darrell Wilkerson.
Alma Hardin
GOLDEN – Alma Woodruff Hardin, 88, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. A native of Mississippi, she was an instructor for Vocational Rehabilitation for 15 years. She was a member of Eastside Church of Christ in Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Johnny Richardson and Danny Fuller officiating. Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery at Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are three daughters, Clara Nell Richardson (Johnny) of Russellville, Ala., Rita Thompson (Don) of Golden and Patsy Loftis of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two sisters, Syble Spillane and Jean High, both of North Carolina; one brother, Milton Woodruff of Mobile, Ala.; six grandchildren, Mabeth Nix, Chris Richardson, Mark Richardson, Jonathan Richardson, Ginny Thompson and Ellen Black (Chris); four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Mike Morrow, Charles Rickard, Tommy Woodruff, Randy Elliott, Chris Black and Don Thompson.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Curtis Billingsley
GUNTOWN – Willie Curtis Billingsley, 71, died Saturday, April 21, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Baldwyn on Oct. 14, 1940, to Hubert Billingsley and Sarah Kemp. He was a member of Bethel C.M.E. Church in Guntown and a retired employee of the city of Guntown.
Life celebration service will be at 2 p.m. today at Bethel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Charles McGaughy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his children, Cynthia Agnes, Virgnia McMillian, Jessica Mister, Lula Mister and Willie Curtis Mister, all of Guntown; the mother of his children, Jessie Mae Mister of Guntown; two special nephews he reared as his own, Mickey Billingsley of Ripley and Nach Ward of Guntown; three sisters, Lois Toney of Las Vegas, Nev., and Ida Ruth Pouncil and Jeanette Merriweather of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, Dale Jones of Dallas, Texas; an aunt, Pearl Robins of Tupelo; a special friend, Robert Williomon of Baldwyn; six grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Ann Billingsley and Sadara Jones; and one child, Dorothy Faye Mister.
Viewing will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Online condolence can be made to the Billingsley family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Paul Adams
SHERMAN – Paul Adams, 60, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Margaret Cain
BELDEN – Margaret Cain, 92, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the residence of her granddaughter, Nichole Hardin, and her family after an extended illness. She was born in Plains, Kan. She married Jerry Cain and they lived in Sublette, Kan., where she worked as an elementary teacher for 20 years. She was a member of Sublette First United Methodist Church.
A celebration of life service will be Saturday, May 2, 2012, at Sublette United Methodist Church in Sublette, Kan., with burial following in Banner Cemetery. There will be no local service. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Kate Michaelis of Phoenix, Ariz., Cindy Cohen of Winter Park, Fla., and Judy Ashbaugh of Rome, Ga.; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two half brothers, Raymond Bird and Robert Bird; and two half sisters, Irene Bird and Alma Bird.
Pallbearers will be Kirk Caddell, Scott Cohen, Mike Michaelis, Charles Hardin, David Asbaugh and Phil Cohen.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Loyce Shinall
RIPLEY – Emma Loyce Shinall, 99, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born July 31, 1912, to Frank and Plyner Walton Mauney. She was a member of Chapman Church of Christ and a homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Chapman Church of Christ with Minister Mark Lindley officiating. Burial will be in Chapman Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Yater Lee Shinall (Janet) of Olive Branch; three grandchildren, Dawn Jackson (Joel) of Ripley, Terry Shinall (Kelly) of Oxford and Chris Shinall (Susan) of Batesville; two sisters, Oleta Phillips of Ripley and Octavia McElroy of Olive Branch; seven great-grandchildren, Justin Jackson (Lysette), Megan Jackson Watson (Davis Watson III), Callan Shinall, Ally Shinall, Trevor Shinall, Jeremy Shinall (Amanda) and Maria Shinall; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Lee Shinall; her parents; one sister, Cassie Green; and three brothers, Lehman Mauney, Dennis Mauney and Clayton Mauney.
Pallbearers will be Terry Shinall, Joel Jackson, Chris Shinall, Jerry Reno, Jim Mauney and Barry Cook.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Dimple S. Underwood
MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Dimple Smith Underwood, 92, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Florence Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be for one hour prior to service time today at the funeral home on Saturday.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Virginia Smitherman
BOONEVILLE – Virginia Smitherman, 87, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Russell Bond
IUKA – Russell Bond, 32, died Thursday, April 26, 2012.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Fifth Street Baptist Church in Iuka. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Dorothy JoAnn Tucker
IUKA – Dorothy JoAnn Tucker, 82, formerly of Memphis, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at her home.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Freedom Baptist Church. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans at www.dav.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Eula Mae Johnson
FULTON – Eula Mae Johnson, 94, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012. She was born on Jan. 25, 1918, to William Houston and Ethel Tubb Miller in Mississippi. She was the oldest member of the Sandy Springs Baptist Church. She loved quilting and making bead necklaces.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include son, Larry Ted Johnson (Frances) of Fulton; daughters, Patsy Thomas of Fulton, Pam Simoneaux (Mike) of Fulton;daughter-in-law, Dollie Johnson; brother, Chester Miller of Tupelo; sisters, Ollie Rae Wiygul of Fulton, Elizabeth Morrow (Frank) of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Brad Thomas (Dedra), Cindy Jamerson (James), Christopher Helm, Amanda Johnson, Kayla Johnson (Brandon), Keith Johnson (Melba), Doug Johnson (Patti) and Ann Albritton; one stepgrandchild, Matthew Simoneaux; eight great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Johnson; her parents; one son, Charles Johnson; four brothers, Leslie “Pete” Miller, J.T. Miller, Bobby Miller and Ellie Hugh Miller; four sisters, Flora Lee Miller, Naomi Wouldridge, Pearl Boldin and Jimmie Mae Miller; one great-grandson, Harrison Reid Thomas; one great-great-grandson, Phillip Bishop; and one son-in-law, J.B. Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Keith Johnson, Doug Johnson, James Jamerson, Brandon Johnson, Christopher Helm and Brad Thomas.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Lon Taylor Jr.
CORINTH – Alonzo Huggins “Lon” Taylor Jr. died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 16, 1923, to A.H. and Annie Lou Biggers Taylor. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He served his country in the United States Army. He was a very active member of the Kiwanis Club and helped found Corinth Theater Arts. He was a lifetime member and Elder Emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church. He was also a partner in Biggers Hardware.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Corinth with Dr. Don Elliot officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his son, A.H. “Lon” 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 Nashville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Matt and Neal Thomas, and Hannah, Jacob and Drew Webster; five great-grandchildren, Nathan, Hayden, Elise, Case and Ella Thomas.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Betty Bowen Taylor, and his grandson, Collin Parker Counce.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall of First Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be made to: First Presbyterian Church, 919 Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS 38834, www.fpccorinth.com; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, www.stjude.org; or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745, www.frenchcamp.org.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Danny Harper
HOLLY SPRINGS – Danny Lee Harper, 52, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Crown of Life Church in Southaven. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Elton Wilson
NEW ALBANY – Elton Wilson, 81, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Billy Joe Bain
RED BAY, Ala. – Billy Joe Bain, 59, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Strickland Cemetery in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Rafael White
NATCHITOCHES, La. – Rafael Cameron White died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Jackson Parish Hospital in Jonesboro, La. He was born May 14, 1982,to Paula Colburn and Carlton White. He spent his early childhood in Itawamba County and attended school in Fulton. He was actively involved in sports. He moved to Louisiana, where he accepted Christ and became a member of The Will of God Ministries in Coushatta, La. He was a good dancer with a good sense of humor. Life lessons taught him to love and appreciate small things and all family members.
Services will be at noon Monday at St. Matthew M.B. Church with Pastor Larry Stone officiating. Burial will be in Fulton Community Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Williams White; his children, Rafael Cameron II, Trev’on Latrell and Alexianna Na’Shay; his mother, Paula (Jimmy); his father, Carlton (Cassandra); his grandmother, Sara Burks of Alabama; his sisters, Jade, Jeanetta, Nikky and Shanpel; his brother, Jenotis; six uncles, five aunts; special godmother, Doris Clifton; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Quantel.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Monday at St. Matthew M.B. Church.
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Felisha Starks
PRAIRIE – Felisha Starks, 28, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Chris Underwood
GOLDEN – Chris Underwood, 41, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Sunday.
Gaines Smith
BATESVILLE – Gaines Byron Smith, 84, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Funeral Mass will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Community Church. Burial with military honors will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday with Rosary at 2 p.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Community Church, P.O. Box 569, Batesville, MS 38606 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Marvin Arnold
BOONEVILLE – Marvin J. Arnold, 89, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Paul Durr
ATLANTA – Paul “Avie” Durr, 32, died Friday, April 27, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.