Obituaries April 6, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Jo Wood
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mary Jo Wood, 75, died Saturday, April 2, 2011, at her home in Montgomery, where she lived with her son, Gary Wood and his partner, Travis Jernigan. She was born on April 19, 1935, in Arlington, Ky., and lived in Tupelo for 36 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. David Eldridge and Rev. Steve Hurt officiating. Burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Dennis Smith (Lauren Lynn) of Tucson, Ariz., Larry Wood (Janine) of South Bend, Ind., and Gary Wood of Montgomery; one daughter, Patricia Wood of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Kristen Wood Mendez (Oswaldo), Ashley Wood and Jeremy Wood; two great-grandchildren, Rosa and Elizabeth Mendez; three sisters and two brothers; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Wood.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Wood, Joe Wood, PeeWee Boland, Mike Bramlett, Steve Trawick, David Senter, Dr. Terry Perine and Randy Knowles.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Pegues Funeral Home.
Donations may be made to the charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Roger Elder
NEW ALBANY – Roger Brooks Elder, 82, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. He was born in Union County on October 19, 1928, to Luther Dillard Elder and Cora Reed Elder. He was a retired machinist, having worked at J. E. Love. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army. He loved working in his garden, fishing, playing his guitar and playing gospel music. He was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. William Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Pannell Elder of New Albany; one daughter, Cheryl Jarvis (Tim) of New Albany; three sons, Mike Elder (Wanda), Donald Elder and Bruce Elder (Pat), all of New Albany; nine grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Gladys Medlin, Jeanette Ford and Inez Todd; and five brothers, Finner, Raz, Rowell, James H., and Hortice Elder.
His grandsons will serve as his pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. In honor of his service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Army flag during his visitation and funeral service.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Tommy Hamilton
MABEN – Thomas “Tommy” Hamilton, 68, died Monday, April 4, 2011, in Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Center Grove Baptist Church in Oktibbeha County. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Jim Welte
URBANA, Ill. – James Vincent “Jim” Welte, 60, died Monday, March 28, 2011, in Hayti, Mo. He was born April 25, 1950, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Robert and Lorraine McFalls Welte. He served his country in the U.S. Navy for 22 years and was in the Seabees. He worked as the Director of Facilities for Provena Covenant Medical Center in Urbana, where he most recently resided. He spent a great deal of time in the Tupelo area, traveling back and forth between Illinois and Mississippi where his wife, Lynne, lives. While in Tupelo, he attended NorthStar Church. He was an avid basketball fan and enjoyed playing in high school and loved spending time with his family.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at NorthStar Church with Rev. Terry Ledbetter and Rev. Jeff Flinn officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 24 years, Jerilyn “Lynne” Welte of Tupelo; his son, Michael Welte of Biloxi; his mother, Lorraine Welte of Rockford, Ill.; three brothers, Ronald Welte (Kathy), Tom Welte (Kim) and John Welte (Jeanette), all of Rockford, Ill.; three step-children, Lauren Gonsalves of Hawaii, Brian Blazer of Long Island, N.Y., and Jill Blazer Baxter (Jesse) of Biloxi; five step-grandchildren, Dane Gonsalves, Sheldon Paishon, Brian Blazer, Brooke Blazer and J.T. Baxter, II.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will follow the service.
Memorials may be made to NorthStar Church, PO Box 750, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Arlis Bagwell
NEW ALBANY – Arlis Roy Bagwell, 87, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at Magnolia Place in New Albany. He was born August 13, 1923, in Pontotoc County to Rufus Elmo Bagwell and Rachel Linder Johnson Bagwell. He served in WWII in the Army as a military policeman in India, Africa, Tinian Island and in the Western Pacific Campaign. He was an artist, a trapper, an antique dealer, a farmer and a sawmill owner and operator. He enjoyed playing and watching baseball, especially the Atlanta Braves. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Robert Weldon, Bro. Jody Rock and Bro. Ronnie Galloway officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Virginia Motee Patterson Bagwell; one son, Kelly (Donna) Bagwell; three daughters, Wilda Weldon (Bro. Robert) of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Neva Nolley (Gerald) of Poolville and Denita Sneed (Harold) of Pontotoc; one brother, Carrel (Louise) Bagwell of Pontotoc; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his father, Rufus Elmo Bagwell; his mother, Rachel Linder Johnson Bagwell; three brothers, William, Albert and Edward, all of Pontotoc; and three sisters, Leoan Bagwell, Alma Watts and Mamie Pennington, all of Pontotoc.
Pallbearers will be Balford Patterson, Ricky Bagwell, Billy Bagwell, Michael Watts, Gary Morman and Barry Bagwell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carrel Bagwell, Dexter Pennington and Noel Watts.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contribution may be made to the Oak Forest Memorial Cemetery funds through 1st National Bank of Pontotoc, P.O. Box 29, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Ted Davis
PONTOTOC – Ted G. Davis, 48, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at the Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, a graduate of Pontotoc High School Class of 1981, an engineer at Masterbilt in New Albany and a member of the Civitans. He enjoyed duck hunting, baseball, riding motorcycles and watching his son play baseball. He was a fantastic husband, father, son and brother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Gates Davis of Pontotoc; his son, Blake Davis; his parents, Bobby G. and Wanda M. Davis; his brother, Tracy Davis (Angie) of Pontotoc; seven nieces and nephews, Madison and Aston Davis, Mitch McCoy, John David Gates, Casey Gates, Brandi Brown and Casey Sappington; and three great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Mitch McCoy, Ben Howard, Wally Henry, David Tutor, Tracy Davis, Perry Sewell, David Mitchell and Al Duff.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the church and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Richard Rogers
JACKSON – Richard Rogers, 67, died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his home in Jackson. He was born May 7, 1943, in Belden to Luchion “Bully” Rogers and Margaret King Rogers Kelley. He was a member of Greater Pearlie Grove M. B. Church in Jackson. He was a graduate of Siggers High School class of 1964. He was employed at Purnell Pride and Super Sagless before moving to Jackson where he was employed at Milwaukee Electric Tools before retiring.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Red Oak Grove M.B. Church in Tupelo with Rev. Charles Cox officiating. Burial will be at Porter’s Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Jackson Memorial Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Rogers; five children, Richie (Yolanda) Beane, Derrick (Tonisha) Rogers, Dustin (Tamekia) Rogers, Desmond Rogers and Alicia Mitchom; three brothers, James Rogers, William Kelley and Jeffie Kelley Jr.; ten sisters, Lola Shumpert, Hattie Payne, Eva J. Metcalf, Jessie Mae Traylor, Virga Ann Carter, Maxine Rosebud, Denise Peggen, Nadine Hodges, Grace Rogers and Venita Kelley; one mother-in-law, Reanna Buford; two adopted sisters, Alfanette Vaughn and Wanda K. Gray; one aunt, Clara King and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepfather, Jeffie Kelley Sr.; one brother, Terry Rogers; and one sister, Bobbie Sue Kelley.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Red Oak Grove M. B. Church in Tupelo and the body will be in the church from noon until service time Thursday.
Ann Cummings
IUKA – Ann Cummings, 52, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at her home. She was the owner and operator of Carrington House assisted living facility. She loved taking care of her patients. She was a true free spirit and she cherished spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger Woods officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her stepmother, Memphis Cummings of Burnsville; one son, A.T. Marlar, III (Cortney) of Burnsville; three brothers, James Ray Cummings, Charles Clay Cummings (Linda) and Ricky Cummings (Wanda), all of Iuka; two sisters, Marlene Bonds of Burnsville and Debbie Hudson (Steve) of Iuka; one step-sister, Rose Marie Ward of Corinth; four grandchildren, MCayden Marlar, Bella Marlar, Saydee Marlar and Trinity Marlar; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Cummings, Matthew Cummings, Peyton Cummings, Junior Cummings, Don Bonds, Monty Bonds, Tyler Vandiver and Ethan Vandiver.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arlie and Ruby Jewel Cummings.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Antioch Cemetery fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Marie Baggett
CORINTH – Marie J. Baggett, 84, died Monday, April 4, 2011, in Corinth.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Hight Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Carol McVey
BOONEVILLE – Carol Ann McVey, 53, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bobby Sue Warren
MANTACHIE – Bobby Sue Warren died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors in Tupelo.
Thurman Wood
PONTOTOC – Thurman Lee Wood, 92, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was a charter member of Green Valley Baptist Church, a retired farmer and a WWII Army veteran.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. Paul Sims officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Glen Ray Wood of Pontotoc; his daughter-in-law, Marianne Wood of Lake Cormorant; two granddaughters, Kimberly Northcutt and Kerry Yarber; and two great-grandchildren, Kaylee and Augustus Yarber.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hollis Lee Wood and Lender Herndon Wood; his wife, Margaret Hawthorne Wood; his son, Lee Hawthorne “Butch” Wood; his grandson, Calvin Lee Wood and his twin brother, Herman Edward Wood.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Elizabeth Kelley
WEST POINT – Elizabeth Ann Kelley, 64, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on May 7, 1946, in Choctaw County to Eolise Dennis and Herman Lovelace. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Maben.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Choctaw County. Robinson Funeral Home in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Raymond Kendricks of Cleveland, Tenn.; her daughters, Vickie Kendricks of West Point, Betty Kendricks of Dallas, Texas, and Barbara Tallent of Maben; her sisters, Ruth Ross of Savanah, Ga., Jean Gosa of Dallas, Texas, and Bonnie Spence of Olive Branch; 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bobby Lovelace; and a son, Carl Kendricks.
Pallbearers will be Richard Hill, Johnny Hancock, Joe Arick, Raymond Kendricks, Lee Kendricks and Frank Williamson.
Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Guest.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Tommy Taylor
TUPELO – Thomas Andrew “Tommy” Taylor, 80, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born June 19, 1930, in Mooreville to Claude and Lizzie Hollingsworth Taylor. He lived all his life in Lee County except for three years he lived in Indiana. He was a member of Sherman Baptist Church. He was a retired truck driver with Railways Express. His favorite pastime was riding the roads in his 1959 Ford pickup.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Bro. Reggie Bridges officiating. Private burial is in Union Cemetery north of Belden.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Willene Rakestraw Taylor; a sister, Patricia Hood (Olen) of Mooreville; four nieces, three nephews and several aunts and uncles.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Mike Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Todd Rakestraw, Chris Rakestraw, Mark Rakestraw, Jeff Bridges, Gerald Bridges, Joe Bridges, Albert Haddon and Brad Jackson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 pm today.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Mary Pulliam
HOULKA – Mary Nell Pulliam, 63, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Rebecca Harrison
ABERDEEN – Rebecca Harrison, 54, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
An online registry can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Ken Vaughn
AMORY – Ken Vaughn, 67, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial R.M.C. in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Amory Church of Christ.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneral.com.
John Wilson
BOONEVILLE – John Thomas Wilson, 83, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at the Tippah County Health Services in Ripley. He was born March 15, 1928, to William Guy and Julia Victoria Morgan Wilson. He was a retired Methodist minister. He was a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jason Franklin and Rev. Johnny Morris officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, David Wilson of Booneville and Barry (Amy) Wilson of Blue Springs; one step-son, Dean Koon of Tupelo; four sisters, Sylvia Coflin, Clifford Easterling, Nan (Ralph) Hill, all of New Albany and Janie King of Arcadia Fla.; two brothers, Jimmy (Arlene) Wilson of Avon, Mass., and Tommy Swindle of New Albany; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Wilson in 2008; his parents; and one sister, Dorothy Arnold.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
James Martin
IUKA – Bro. James Earl Martin, 79, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Danny Steele
PONTOTOC – Danny Steele, 61, died Saturday, April 2, 2011. He was born October 23, 1949, in Pontotoc County to Hannon and Ottis Steele. He was a 1967 graduate of East Union High School and a Vietnam War veteran serving in the United States Army. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing, hunting and camping. He enjoyed playing the guitar, reading and writing.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Endville Cemetery with Bro. James Steele officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Christina (Mark) Weaver, Teresa (Anthony) Knight, Jessica Adams, Stephanie (Jimmy) Powers all of Tupelo, and Medina (Max) Sosa of Ripley; his mother, Ottis Steele of Ripley; and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father; two brothers, Travis Steele and Sammy Lee Steele; and one nephew, Tim Steele.
Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Adams, Jason Clay, Alton “Beaver” Lessel, Judd Lessel, Phil Sparks and Dwight Thomason.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday at Endville Baptist Church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Shenia Rhodes
MT. PLEASANT – Shenia Ruth Rhodes, 53, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be at Carey Chapel. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary Sue Armstrong
BOONEVILLE – Mary Sue Armstrong, 77, died Monday, April 4,2011, at her home. She was a member of Jericho Baptist Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren and her family. She loved cooking potatoes for her family. She always was trying to help others and was loved by everybody who knew her.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Mike Reeves officating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Davis Armstrong of Booneville; three daughters, Monta Sue Wagaman (Donnie) and Melinda Wicker (Johnny), both of Douglas, Ga., and Phyllis Cunningham of Pine Grove; one son, James Armstrong (Jamie) of Booneville; one brother, Lamar Whitehead (Hazel) of Douglas, Ga.; one sister, Nannie Lee Williams of Baldwyn; her mother-in-law, Flora Mae Martin of Baldwyn; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Nana Lou Whitehead; one grandson, Michael Hurst; one great-grandson, Zachary Minter; and one sister, Maggie Briggs.
Pallbearers will be Jessie Armstrong, Wayne Palmer, Eric Ellington, Brian Watson, Joseph Williams and Michael Hardigree.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today.
Rodney Bland
TUPELO – Rodney Bland, 63, died Monday, April 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Old Union Cemetery Fund, c/o Paulette Dennis, 113 CR 375, Water Valley, MS 38965.
Shirley Morris
TUPELO – Shirley Morris died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona.
Eluester Moore
CORINTH – Eluester Moore, 64, died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Magnolia Regional.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church with Rev. Lawrence Morris officiating. Burial will be in National Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Maytee Riley
NETTLETON – Maytee Curry Riley, 81, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Nettleton Pentecostal Church.
Maxine Hisaw
BOONEVILLE – Maxine Kelton Hisaw, 81, died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at the Longwood Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.