Obituaries August 23, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Elois Woodall
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Elois Jean Huff Woodall, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at the Christian Care Home in Smyrna, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will follow in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.
George Gardner
VAN VLEET – George Gardner, 77, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Westbrooks Funeral Home.
Flip Baumgardner
TUPELO – James Floyd amp”Flipamp” Baumgardner, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Funks Grove, Ill., on July 15, 1932, to Floyd James Baumgardner and Maude L. Short Baumgardner. He attended Bloomington High School. He honorably served on active duty in the U.S. Army -9524 Technical Division-stationed at Clark Air Field, Manila, Philippines, during the Korean conflict. He retired from GTE/Verizon/Frontier Communications where he a switchman. Mr. Baumgardner moved from Illinois to Tupelo in 1992 and became active in American Legion Post 49, an organization he had been a member of for 47 years. He was also a lifetime member and past commander of VFW Post 4057 in Tupelo, a member of the Military Order of the Cootie of the USA and a member of the La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux Locale 1110 of Mississippi. He was a patriotic American who devoted much of his life to the cause of freedom and liberty for all mankind. He was the oldest person in the State of Mississippi to become a Master Mason in Tupelo Lodge 318 at 76 years of age. A former deputy commissioner of the Mississippi Athletic Commission, he was an avid NASCAR fan, enjoyed golf, fishing, spending time with family and friends and his dog, Buddy.
A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the American Legion Post 49 on Legion Lake Road in Tupelo with friends and family sharing personal reflections. A reception and scattering of the ashes will follow the life celebration. Holland Funeral Directors is assisting the family with all arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Strickland Baumgardner of Tupelo; his children, Sharon Kopp of Normal, Ill., Patricia Lynn (Larry) of Towanda, Ill., Michael Baumgardner (Jan) of Bloomington, Ill., and Linda Hilton (Rick) of Bloomington, Ill.; six grandchildren, Nicole Hilton, Megan Lynn, Evan Kopp, Jordan Lynn, Dylan Baumgardner and Taylor Kopp; one great-grandchild, Levi Kopp; the mother of his children, Katherine Chalkey Baumgardner of Shirley, Ill.; three stepgrandsons, Derek Courtright, Justin Ferguson and Caleb Graves; a special lifelong friend, Alice Sylvester of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 502 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to American Legion Post 49, 1875 Legion Lake Road, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Mary Morgan
NETTLETON – Mary Davis Morgan, 84, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a long illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Nettleton Chapel.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Juan Sanchez
PONTOTOC – Juan Jose Gonzalez Sanchez, 21, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, as the result of an automobile/bicycle accident on Hwy. 15 near Blue Mountain. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Frank Smith
AMORY – Frank Smith, 99, died Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011, at his residence. He was born on Nov. 5, 1911, in Monroe County. He was the son of the late Mitchell Sr. and Mary Jane White Smith. A gardener for many years, he loved to fish and hunt, cooking, and baking cakes and pies for friends and family members.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Susie Lee Darden Memorial Chapel at Darden and Sons Funeral Home in Amory. The Rev. Leon Griffin will officiate, and Pastor Willis Dobbs and Pastor Shay Avery will assist. Burial will follow in New Prospect Cemetery in Nettleton.
He is survived by a son, Archie (Aggie) Smith of Amory and Detroit; three daughters, Yvonne (Ozell) Marshall, Mary (Elliot) Jones, and Florine Freeman, all of Amory; one brother, Mitchell (Mozella) Smith Jr.; two sisters, Mary Jane Vassar and Gertrude Finnie, both of St. Louis; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Arisie Smith; daughter, Lenora Smith; brother, Atkin Smith; and sister, Noverta Griffin.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service today.
Donald Wright
SALTILL0 – Donald Wright, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House. A Tupelo native, he was born Oct. 21, 1937, to Frank and Sallie Wright. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School. He was the retired owner of Best Rubber Stamp and Engraving in Memphis. He lived in Saltillo for the past eight years and he was an active member of First Baptist Church of Baldwyn.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Stanley Huddleston and Dr. Chuck Herring officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Marilynn Wright of Saltillo; two daughters, Debby Perrotta (Joe) of Atlanta, Ga., and Cathy Frederick (Benny) of Wheeler; one brother, Jim Wright (Peggy) of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Brenda Wright of Tupelo; his mother-in-law, Elsie Griffin of Bradford, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Nicholas and Andrew Perrotta, Danielle Frederick Houston (Doug) and Trevor Frederick; a special family friend, Karen Bradley of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Danny Wright, and his brother, Bob Wright.
Pallbearers are Joe Perrotta, Nicholas Perrotta, Andrew Perrotta, Benny Frederick, Trevor Frederick, Doug Houston, Rev. Lynn Fair, Danny Bishop and Charles Meadows.
Visitation will be 4 to 7:30 p.m. today at The Saltillo Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Baldwyn, P.O. Box 337, Baldwyn, MS 38824 or The Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Frankie King
VICTORIA – Frankie King, 56, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Charles Carroll Jr.
MEMPHIS – Charles E. Carroll Jr., 85, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Sandra Akins
HOLLY SPRINGS – Sandra Kay Akins, 60, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born Nov. 9, 1950, in Holly Springs to Varner Burks Akins and Della Yates Akins. She was an English teacher and a member of the Holly Springs Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include two brothers, Richard Akins of Jonesboro, Ark., and Robert Akins of Ringgold, Ga.; two sisters, Peggy Moore and Becky Bryant, both of Holly Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Johnny Akins; and a sister, Dixie Sanderson.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
David Mason Sr.
MEMPHIS – David Harold Mason Sr., 81, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at his home in Memphis. He was born Sept. 20, 1929, in La Grange, Tenn., to Walter Mason and Clara West Mason. He worked in retail at Blue Ribbon Trophy Co. He was a Methodist and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner, and he belonged to many organizations. He was an avid bowler and he loved fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with the Rev. William Kemp officiating. Burial will be in Valley Grove Cemetery in Michigan City.
Survivors include one son, David H. Mason Jr. (Regina) of Memphis; three daughters, Nelda Skinner (Tommy) of Memphis, Linda Finley (Clint) of Olive Branch and Nancy Shelton (Rayford) of Michigan City; one brother, Walter Mason (Lottie) of Southaven; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelda Hinton Mason, and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bonnie Handley
RED BAY, Ala. – Bonnie Ree Brown Handley, 78, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Ruby Strickland
RED BAY, Ala. – Ruby Strickland, 88, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at the Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Shelia Moore
FULTON – Shelia Kay Moore, 44, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1967, in Illinois. She was disabled and a Baptist.
Memorial services will be held at a later date. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton assisted the family.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Moore of Fulton; one son, Brandon Coggins of Tishomingo; one daughter, Erica McGahey (William) of Clarksdale; her father, Wayne Evans, of Mufreesboro, Ill.; her mother and step-father, Sharon Kay and Sammie Painter of Fulton; one brother, Shawn Evans (Tina) of Fulton; her in-laws, Jerry and Linda Moore of Fulton; one sister-in-law, Sherry Johnson (Daniel) of Fulton; two grandchildren, Tyler and Taylor McGahey.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Timothy Evans.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.
Ann Morgan
ABERDEEN – Ann Cantrell McCormick Morgan, 68, died on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Born on June 16, 1943, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Jewel and Myrtle Marie Stanford Cantrell. She attended Amory High School. She married Sidney Morgan on Feb. 3, 1980. Before becoming a homemaker, she worked in the shipping department in the local garment industry and had a babysitting business at home. She was a faithful member of Bigbee Baptist Church. Very pleasant and outgoing, Mrs. Morgan loved helping others and would often sit with the elderly. Having a big heart, she adored her family, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed listening to gospel music, working crossword puzzles and doing find-a-word books.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Sidney Morgan of Aberdeen; son, Doug McCormick (Teresa) of Amory; brother, Bobby Cantrell (Elaine) of Hatley; grandchildren, Stacy Presley of Nettleton, D.J. McCormick of Amory, Taylor McCormick of Amory and Christy Phillips of Amory; great-grandchildren, Drake Pridmore and Lynnleigh Presley; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. “R.B.” McCormick, and a son, Barry McCormick.
Pallbearers will be Scott Cantrell, Steve Cantrell, D.J. McCormick, Jimmy Brown, Dennis Pickle and Mark Morgan.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Shirley Grisham
HALLETTSVILLE, Texas – Shirley Tanner Grisham, 68, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011. She was born on Nov. 17, 1942, in Prichard. She married Clyde Grisham on June 21, 1958, in Pontotoc. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hallettsville.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Clyde; two sons, Lee Grisham and wife, Lauri, of Wimberley, Texas, and Jeff Grisham and wife, Markie, of College Station, Texas; two brothers, Larry Tanner of Austin and Bobby Tanner of Pontotoc; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Justin Clay Grisham.
Kubena Funeral Home of Hallettsville, Texas, is in charge of the arrangements.
Clester Jackson
MARIETTA – Clester Jackson, 79, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Willie Miller
CORINTH – Willie Miller, 62, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
Thomas Houston
HOUSTON – Thomas Houston, 52, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
Patricia Pounds
PLANTERSVILLE – Patricia Ann Pounds, 52, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Noverta Griffin
NETTLETON – Noverta Griffin, 88, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
Marilyn Ray
MYRTLE – Marilyn Ray, 54, died Monday, Aug. 22, 2011, at her home near Myrtle. She was born on Sept. 13, 1956, in Booneville, to Leroy and Maydeen Mardis. She was a lifelong resident of Union County. She was the pastor of By Faith Apostolic Church, the Rev. Ray was also the founder and president of Woman to Woman Ministries.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Apostolic Revival Center of New Albany with the Rev. Gordon Winslow officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial park. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Ray of Myrtle; two sons, Steven Ray (Tawana) of Cabott, Ark., and Jay Ray (Stephanie) of Florence, Ala.; two daughters, Charlcy Ray of Myrtle, and Brittney Mardis of New Albany; two brothers, Jerry and Phil Mardis of New Albany; four sisters, Robin Bradley of New Albany, Dorothy Mardis of Blue Springs, Debra Pena of Jackson and Helen Sue Pooler of Panama City, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon today until service time Wednesday at Apostolic Revival Center.
Melinda Barton
WEST POINT – Melinda Washington Barton, 95, died Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Pheba Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Shirley Blake
HOLLY SPRINGS – Shirley Jean Blake, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Shelby Smith
MANTACHIE – Shelby Jean Smith, 66, died Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Aug. 1, 1945, to Garland J. and Alma Young Davis. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Henry Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Smith; one son, Charlie Smith; one daughter, Shelia Moss (Roy), all of Mantachie; two brothers, Johnny Davis of Red Bay, Ala., and Franklin Davis of Tupelo; two sisters, Frances Corley of Selmer, Tenn., and Louise Earnest of Memphis, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Dylan Smith, Tristan Moss, Tasha Moss, Dewayne Moss and James Roy Moss; seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Billie Lou Davis; and one brother, James Davis.
Family members will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.