Obituaries August 16, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Eugene Bolden
LAMAR – Eugene Bolden, 65, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1946, in Marshall County to Adolphus “Bill” Bolden and Margaret Allen Bolden. He was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church and a construction worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Clear Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Frank Feathers officiating. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery at Lamar. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Ron Bolden (Karen) of Byhalia and Greg Bolden (Renee) of Red Banks; two brothers, Ralph Bolden of Lamar and Sidney Bolden of Byhalia; grandchildren, Cheyenne Bolden, Jon-Wesley Eugene Bolden, Tyler Bolden, Rusty Bolden and Riley Bolden.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Bolden; his mother and father; a brother, James Bolden; and a sister, Eva May Bolden.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Walker, Jay Bolden, Winfred Allen, Terry Culver, John L. Allen, B.J. McQueen, Robert Allen and Lewis Skelton.
Minister Shirly Owens
OKOLONA – Minister Shirly Buchanan Owens died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Jennie Dowdy
PONTOTOC – Jennie Mae Dowdy, 91, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Emma Lou Swindle
EUPORA – Emma Lou Swindle, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at her home in Eupora.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Julius Spann
TUPELO – Julius “Bud” Spann, 67, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Expressions of sympathy may be left at
William B. Cofield
WALNUT – William B. Cofield, 80, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at his home.
Services were Monday, Aug. 15, at Hatchie Chapel Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Thelma McAllister
Thelma Elizabeth Gresham McAllister, 88, passed away into Glory, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011. Thelma was born Jan. 29, 1923, to Tommy Lee and Mary Benefield Gresham. She graduated from Myrtle High School. Thelma married Richard L. “Dick” McAllister in August 1947. She lived a fulfilling life as a Christian homemaker, seamstress and bookkeeper. Thelma worked for many years as a financial secretary at Long Wholesale, formerly Alcorn Wholesale.
Services will be today, Aug. 16, at 11 a.m. at McPeters Funeral Chapel in Corinth with Rev. Dennis Smith and Rev. Craig Curtis officiating. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery. There is no graveside service.
Mrs. McAllister is survived by one brother, Boyce Gresham, Myrtle; one daughter, Linda (Roger) Sipes, Jackson; and one son, Lee (Sue) McAllister, Tupelo; one granddaughter, Katie (Craig) Curtis, Clinton; two great-grandchildren, Joseph McAllister Curtis and Rosemary Claire Curtis, Clinton; and numerous nieces, nephews; stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and two “grand-dogs”.
Thelma was a faithful follower of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with Whom she now celebrates everlasting life. She loved Corinth First Baptist Church, her pastor, the music, Senior Adult Prime-Timers and especially “her girls” Sunday School Class. Thelma taught the Serendipity Ladies Class at FBC Corinth for over 20 years. Together they enjoyed Bible study, birthday meals and hosting bridal teas. Until this past year Thelma was actively teaching Sunday School and serving as Prime-Timers treasurer. “Mee-Maw T” took great delight in her grand-daughter, Katie, and great-grandchildren, Mac and Rosie Curtis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommy and Mary Gresham; brothers, Leroy Gresham and Travis Gresham; and husband, Dick McAllister.
Pallbearers will be Hoyt Alexander, Terry Cartwright, Mack Garrett, Mike Griffin, Taft Little, Randy Long and Ronnie Rhodes.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, Corinth, or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left at
Janice Clement
BOONEVILLE – Janice Davis Clement, 72, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at her home. She was born Nov. 18, 1938, in Prentiss County to Glenn and Jimmie Faye Oakley Davis. She was a secretary, and she was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Walter Downs and Bro. Melvin Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Fred L. Clement; a son, Miles Clement (Tracy) of Booneville; a daughter, Michelle Clement Ellenberg (Dean) of Booneville; a sister, Barbara Kelly (Jim) of Booneville; three granddaughters, April Michelle Ellenberg, Samantha Clement and Kayleigh Clement; nieces and nephews, Cindy Carter, Amy Lindsey, Bill Kelly, Sandra Poland, Jennifer Noel, Terry Dillard and Mike Dillard; and a special friend, Anita Deaton of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a nephew, Tony Clement.
Pallbearers are Kyle Carter, Charles Melvin Geno, Devin Carter, Bill Kelly, Drew Carter and Johnny Miller.
Honorary pallbearers are the employees of Advantage Hospice.
Emma Jean Riggins
LAGRANGE, Ky. – Emma Jean Riggins died on Saturday, Aug. 13,2011, at the Richwood Nursing Home in LaGrange, Ky. She was born June 22, 1925, to James G. and Ozella Dodds Wall in Hickory Flat. She was a longtime resident of New Albany before moving to Kentucky six years ago due to health reasons. She helped manage her husband’s architectural firm in New Albany until his death. She was house mother for Phi Kappa Tau fraternity at Ole Miss, and worked at Green Thumb agency assisting senior adults in finding part-time employment. Prior to her retirement she was president of the Pilot Club of New Albany and a member of First Baptist Church. She and her husband were involved in the founding of New Haven School, a school for special needs students.
She is survived by her daughter, Carla Purvis (Tommy); two granddaughters, Dorian Clark (Kevin) and Lydia Winters (Kurtis); two great-grandchildren, Camryn Clark and Elijah Winters; and a sister-in-law, Ione Wall.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Riggins; a granddaughter, Stacey Purvis; and a brother, James A. Wall.
Memorial contributions are requested to be given to New Haven School, 505 Garfield St., New Albany, MS 38652.
Stoess Funeral Home of Crestwood, Ky., assisted the family.
Slayden Murphree
TUPELO – Slayden H. Murphree, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 2, 1929, in Nashville, Tenn. He graduated from Goodlettsville High School and then attended University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He served in the Army during the Korean War as a Signal Corps instructor. After serving in the military he went into sales. He founded Murphree Service Company in 1970 which became Murphree Paving Company in Tupelo.
Mr. Murphree gave his life to Christ at an early age and was very active in the Methodist Church. He taught Sunday School and served as Sunday School superintendent in the past. He was an active member of St. Luke United Methodist Church for 41 years. He sang in the Chancel Choir, served in the prayer ministry and was involved in church activities. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, a member of the Centre Star Lodge No. 409 F.amp& A.M. at Whites Creek, Tenn. He was a former member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club. An avid woodworker, he made beautiful wood crosses and loved giving them to others.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke United Methodist Church with Rev. Rick Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Ruby Perryman Murphree, whom he married June 17, 1950; two daughters, Faye Murphree James (David) of Madison and Nyla Murphree Osborn (Rick) of Olive Branch; one son, Michael Murphree (Lisa) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Jason (Anna Leigh) Murphree of Charlottesville, Va., William Murphree of Houston, Texas, Robert Osborn III of Olive Branch, Rachel James of Madison and Sarah Beth James of Madison; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Murphree and Declan Murphree of Virginia; one sister, Harriett (Lonnie) Jones of Hopkinsville, Ky.; one brother, Jimmy (Connie) Murphree of Taylorsvile, Ky.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James W. and Alice Knight Murphree, and one brother, Harry Travis Murphree.
Pallbearers will be Ruben Hanson, Leon Cochran, Tommy Berry, Ted Gordon, Joe Fowler and Gerald Wages.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church to fund its many ministries.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time Wednesday at the church.
Condolences may be e-mailed to
Willie Gladney
ABERDEEN – Willie “Gat” Gladney, 60, died Friday, Aug. 12, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 6, 1951, to Gaston Gladney and Dezzie Heard Gladney. He was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. He received his education in the Okolona and Aberdeen schools. He was an employee of Tecumseh Products and a former employee of Futorian. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Genette Gladney of Aberdeen; three daughters, Jacqueline Gathings (Brandon) and Jessica Daniel (Billie), all of Aberdeen, and Bridgette Gladney of Cordova, Tenn.; one son, Willie Lamont Gladney (Charlene) of Aberdeen; five sisters, Barbara Smith of Hammond, Ind., and Lottie Gladney, Sarah Gladney, Vernell Gladney and Georgia Daniel (John), all of Aberdeen; three brothers, Q.E. Townsend (Mary), Jack Gladney (Belinda) and Frank Gladney (Barbra), all of Aberdeen; 13 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hon. Billy W. Shelton
SALTILLO – Honorable Billy Wyte Shelton, 79, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at his residence on Birmingham Ridge near Saltillo after an illness of several years. He was born Aug. 18, 1931, in Lee County to John W. and Willie Davis Shelton. Counselor Shelton was a longtime partner in the Shelton and Associates Law Firm in Tupelo, having practiced law for over 50 years. He always prided himself on representing hardworking everyday common folks. Hon. Shelton was a lifelong Lee Countian, a graduate of Tupelo High School, attended Itawamba Community College, received a business degree from Ole Miss and his law degree from the University of Mississippi Law School. He did additional study in taxation at the University of Miami. A veteran of the U.S. Army with service in the Korean War, Soldier Shelton served as an airborne ranger and armor officer as well as instructor in the Armor School and Command and General Staff College. He retired from the military after 34 years with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Mr. Shelton served four years in the Mississippi House of Representatives and was Lee County Prosecuting Attorney for four years. He owned several businesses over his lifetime, including hotels, restaurants, mobile home parks, furniture stores, trucking and hydraulics and was proud to be a farmer and landowner practicing solid stewardship of God’s creation. He and his wife, Ruth, were among Lee County’s best friends to animals and were the founders of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society and Spay Inc. A longtime member of the East Heights Baptist Church, founded by his late father-in-law, Rev. Ike Berryhill. Mr. Shelton was a former deacon and Sunday school teacher. He later in life attended the Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church near his home. He was 32nd degree Mason and Shriner, a member of the American Legion, Am-Vets and the Lee County, Mississippi and American Bar Associations. He was a devoted Ole Miss sports fan, an avid animal lover, especially to his special dog, Margo, and a friend to many.
Services, with military honors, will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will be in the Shelton family plot at Priceville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Ruth Berryhill Shelton, whom he married Dec. 31, 1951; a son, Barry W. Shelton, a commercial pilot, and wife, Amy, of Greenwood; a daughter, Sherrie Howell Dickerson, a teacher at Tupelo Middle School, and husband, Buddy, of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Brandon, Millie and Addison Shelton, Rocky Howell (Kacy), Joseph Howell (Heather) and Payton Dickerson; three great-grandchildren, Bo, Brody and Kingston Howell; and his brother, Hon. Jimmy Doug Shelton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Rocky and Joseph Howell, Brandon, Jon and Jason Shelton, Charles Hankins, Dee Streit, Tom Holloway, Hoyle Lyle and Hon. Paul Funderburk. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Dallas and the Lee County Bar members.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spay Inc., c/o Ann Land, 3421 Mossycup, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Condolences may be emailed to
Carroll Wallis
CORINTH – Carroll O’Neal Wallis, 58, died Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011, at his home. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College. He spent most of his working career at World Color in Corinth. He also worked part time at Roy’s One Stop. Loved by family and friends, Mr. Wallis will be missed.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Bob Sweeny Jr. will officiate.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Wallis; a daughter, Heather Nicole Holland of Corinth; a stepdaughter, Gina Holland; two grandsons, Gunn and Jordan Wallis; three stepgrandchildren, Christian, Sarah Grace and Hannah Holland; a brother, Willie Duane Wallis of Wheeling, Ill.; eight sisters, Geneva Jones, Norma Hemwell and Debbie Thornton, all of Corinth, Martha Eaton and Joan Moorman of Booneville, June Sweeny of Taylor, Janice Hopper of Rienzi and Paula Bridges of Jumpertown.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Lelon Wallis and Polly B. Michaels Wallis; a daughter, Holly Wallis; a stepson, Stephen Hunninen; a sister, Joyce Wallis Weaver; and a brother, Zane Carson Wallis.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday.
Marcus Edmond
ABERDEEN – Marcus Edmond, 18, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at his home in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and willbe announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Wade H. Bronson
CORINTH – Wade H. Bronson, 68, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in the Bain Family Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sharon Wood
RED BAY, Ala. – Sharon Credille Wood, 54, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011, at her residence. She was a native of Alabama and a factory worker for 25 years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Chad O’Brian officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two children, Shonie Carter of Aberdeen and Charlie Wood of Red Bay; one sister, Nell Alexander of Corinth; one brother, Keith Credille of Red Bay; and one grandson, Barker O’Bryan of Fairview.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Perry and Faye Credille; a sister, Gay Hammock; and a brother, Jimmy Credille.
Pallbearers will be Steve Scott, Gary Reeves, Bruce Stewart, Jamie Epperson, Bradley Long and Brandon Long.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Zack Summerford
TREMONT – Zack Summerford, 20, died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
O’Clay Brown
AMORY – O’Clay Francis Brown, 82, died on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on March 14, 1929, in Smithville, she was a daughter of the late Willie Casper and Pearl Truman Phillips Francis. She was a graduate of Smithville High School Class of 1947. She married James Douglas “Doug” Brown on Oct. 1, 1954. For 30 years, Mrs. Brown worked as an operator and cashier for Southern Bell/BellSouth. She was of the Free Will Baptist faith. A bubbly, fun, and outgoing lady, she never met a stranger. She enjoyed of taking care of people. Passionate about her love of animals, she loved her dogs and was a supporter of Amory Humane Society. She enjoyed selling Avon products, collecting glassware and being with her friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley, Bro. H.V. Brown and Bro. Bud McGraw officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her nieces, Wanda LeDain (John) of Beach Park, Ill., and Terrie Hanson and Amory; her nephew, Ray Priddy (Liz) of Burlington, Wis.; great-nieces, Jolie Hook, Tabitha Priddy and Heidi Priddy; great-nephew, Jason McCarley (Cyndie); and great-great-nieces, Riley and Reagan Hook.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; sisters, Opal Priddy and Afton Hanson; and great-nephews, Brandon and Benny Priddy.
Pallbearers will be Steve Brown, Phil Brown, Jim Cunningham, John Clingan, Barry Jones and David Stanford. Honorary pallbearers will be Ragan Fikes and Danny Robertson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For those who prefer, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821.
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Jo Gillespie
WEST POINT – Jo Ellen Roberts Gillespie, 73, died Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at her home in West Point. She was born Nov. 2, 1937, in Pontotoc to Irene Tutor and Edgar Roberts. She was a machine operator at West Point Casket Company and most recently a court bailiff for the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. She was a member of West End Baptist Church. She married Glenn Gillespie on April 24, 1954, in Pontotoc; He preceded her in death on Dec. 9, 2006.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Bro. Jerome Key officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Mize (Murray) of West Point; one son, David Gillespie (Marsha) of Columbus, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jennifer Shirley (Travis) and Summer Danovsky (Brian); four great-grandchildren, Matthew Shirley, Katlyn Danovsky, Logan Danovsky and Nathan Shirley; three sisters, Bernice Jenkins and Evelyn Walls, both of
Pontotoc, and Merle Goulart of Salinas, Calif.; two brothers, Keith Roberts (Ann) of Tupelo and Royce Roberts (Sue) of Pontotoc.; and a brother-in-law, Keith Gillespie (Faye) of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Doyle Roberts, Dorthy Morphis and Idelle Phillips.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Hancock, Ryan Boykin, Marc McClure, Eddie Scott, Wesley York and Jeff Hosford. Honorary pallbearers will be Judge Lee H. Howard, Judge Jim Kitchens and Bob Harrell.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
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