Obituaries August 4, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction
In the obituary for Warrenne B. Cutcliff in Monday’s Daily Journal, the phrase “for her dedication to the needs of the community and her talent for working with people to accomplish so much for the good of Amory,” describing her selection as Amory’s Outstanding Citizen in 1976, should have been attributed to an article that ran in the Amory Advertiser. Also, in the list of pallbearers, Charlie Davis was the only great-grandson.

Meredith Blanks
WEST POINT – Meredith Perry Blanks, 85, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hermon M.B. Church in West Point. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Family hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

David McVay
TISHOMINGO – David Leon McVay, 62, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in the South Crossroads Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Haire
PITTSBORO – Kenneth Harold Haire, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at his home. He was born April 15, 1946, in Bruce.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Rocky Mt. Cemetery in Pittsboro.
Survivors include six brothers, Wayne Haire (Rose) of Houston, and J.C. Haire (Barbara), Clovis Haire (Shirley), Cecil Haire, R.B. Haire and Sid Haire (Linda), all of Pittsboro; three sisters, Clara Jean Murphree of Bruce, Hilda McNutt (Tommy) of Alto, Texas, and Jane Tebbets (Peter) of Leesville, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents; William Rex Haire and Hazel Beatrice McGreger Haire.
Pallbearers will be Curt Bray, John Bray, Jason Dye, Anthony Haire, Eric Haire and Michael Haire.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

James Macon
WEST POINT – James Earl Macon, 61, died Wednesday, July 27, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willard Michaud
HOLLY SPRINGS – Willard Michaud, 76, died Sunday, July 31, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Evangel Full Gospel Assembly in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. today at the church.

Ruth Nesbit
ECRU – Ruth Pitts Nesbit, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Rainbow Rehabilitation in Bartlett, Tenn. She was a servant of Jesus Christ and a member of Ecru Baptist Church. She was the Ecru town historian. She taught school for over 40 years and retired from North Pontotoc High School. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for teachers
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ecru Baptist Church with Rev. Barry Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Mike Nesbit (Nancy) of Arlington, Tenn.; her grandson, Ben Nesbit; and a sister, Hannah Beeks Pitts Kelly of Yazoo City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edd Houston Pitts and Laura Phifer Pitts; and her husband, Melvin Nesbit.
Pallbearers will be John Bailey, Charles Mitchell, Charlie Stubblefield, Wayne Stokes, Lynn Moody, Shawn Moore and Johnny Mounce.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at Ecru Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Ecru Baptist Church, P.O. Box 453, Ecru, MS 38841 or to the Ecru Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 526, Ecru, MS 38841.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.

Delores Wilson
AMORY – Delores Faye Wilson, formerly Delores Hall, 59, died on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at her residence. Born on July 13, 1952, in McRae, Ga., she was a daughter of Ethel Louise Sizemore Flurry and the late Monroe Evans. She attended Hatley High School. She worked as a seamstress in the local garment and furniture industries. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and attended East Amory Baptist Church. She cherished the time spent with her family and enjoyed listening to gospel music, especially the Gaithers and Jeff and Sherry Easter, and contemporary Christian music; singing; and sewing.
She is survived by her mother, Ethel Louise Flurry of Hailey, Idaho; daughter, Misty Oswalt (Timmy) of Amory; son, Michael Wilson (Kathy) of Amory; sisters, Kathy Parish of Amory, Esther Scott and Kay White (Michael), both of Hailey, Idaho; brother, Roy “Jody” Evans (Donna) of Columbus; grandchildren, Anna Oswalt, Kelcie Oswalt and Justin Tate; several nieces and nephews; and a very close, special friend, Dorothy Stivala of Amory.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Randy Wilson, and a granddaughter, Reagan Danielle Wilson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. James Wilson and Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Clint Parish, David Oswalt, Dave Oswalt, Kenny Oswalt, Trentt Taylor and Terry Holcombe.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in memory of Reagan Wilson, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jerry Fowler Sr.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jerry Curtis Fowler Sr., 64, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born March 1, 1947, in Tippah County to Willie Manuel Fowler and Hazel Edwards Fowler. He was an educator for 37 1/2 years, much of this time as principal of Blue Mountain Elementary and High Schools, where he also coached both high school basketball and baseball. He was a member of the Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as deacon for 40 years, and at the time of his death was serving as chairman of the deacons.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church with Dr. Ron Mitchell and the Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain City Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Rhonda Bennett Fowler of Blue Mountain; two sons, Curt Fowler (Fancy) of Ripley and Brett Fowler (Joanna) of Blue Mountain; a sister, Willene Fowler Massengill of Hickory Flat; and two grandchildren, Brian Fowler of Blue Mountain and Case Fowler of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Mike Gresham, Billy Wilkerson, Charles King, Ken Basil, Danny Henry and Ronnie Grisham. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Robbins, Arnold Witt, Jimmy Hopper, Jack Moser, Butch Coombs, Stan Irwin, and the deacons of the Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231 or to the basketball program at Blue Mountain College.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Carlton G. Johnson
RED BAY, Ala. – Carlton G. Johnson, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was a mechanic and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He attended Pentecostal Faith Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Jimmy Massey officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Eva Johnson of Red Bay, Ala.; three children, Debra Stanford (Bobby) of Russellville, Ala., Jeff Johnson (Diane) of Diamondhead and Sarah Ginn (Davy) of Golden; two stepchildren, Kathleen Townsend of Bessemer, Ala., and Douglas Orick of Vina, Ala.; one brother, Douglas Johnson (Jackie) of Fairview; one sister, Janice Johnson Wood (Bobby) of Fairview; one sister-in-law, Gladys Johnson of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Anna Stanford, Joseph Stanford, Brandon Johnson, Brittany Johnson and Colby Ginn; three stepgrandchildren, Christy Wells, Stephanie Underwood and Karly Hines; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nella Jean Wright Johnson; his parents, Flavis and Ruby Edith Hall Johnson; a brother, Ted Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Estleen Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Joseph Stanford, Bobby Stanford, Bobby Wood, Bryan Wood, Stephen Sawyer and Davy Ginn.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Imogene Hudson
WALNUT – Imogene Cribbs Hudson, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born April 27, 1928, in Walnut to William Shelby and Mernia Jackson Cribbs. She was a homemaker and a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Walnut. She retired from McGregor Manufacturing Company after 30 years of service. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Dewayne Whitehurst officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Hudson Clemmer Parker (Mike) of Ripley; one son, Mikey Hudson (friend, Donna Haven) of Walnut; two granddaughters, Leslie Clemmer Lovelace (Steven) of Olive Branch and Melissa Clemmer Ratliff (Lindon) of Meridian; two great-grandchildren, Joseph and Isabella Ratliff; and one sister-in-law, Hilda Cribbs of Corinth.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Cribbs.
Pallbearers will be Steven Lovelace, Greg Hopper, Donnie Jackson, Marshall Mullins, Mike Parker and Andy Braddock.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Ottis Houston
PONTOTOC – Ottis Houston, 91, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the VA Nursing Home in Oxford. He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and a retired engineer. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II, where he was involved in the Bataan death march. He was captured a few days after the bombing of Pearl Harbor and was a POW for three years, seven months and eight days. He was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star. He was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Johnathan Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Bay Springs Cemetery in Bay Springs. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his two daughters, Linda Houpt (Alan) of Ecru and Sandra Estes (Warren) of Bay Springs; a son, Johnny Stephens (Rachel) of Mendenhall; 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vester E. Houston and Hattie Daughtry Houston; his wife, Lucy Mae Thornton; and a grandson, Scott Estes.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Friendship Baptist Church, 85 Friendship Road, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Frank Jackson Jr.
TUPELO – Frank Barr Jackson Jr., 59, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born April 28, 1952, in Greenville to Frank Barr Jackson Sr. and Ann Thompson Caston. He was a graduate of Delta State University. He lived in Clinton, where he was a member of Wildwood Baptist church. He had made his home in Tupelo for the past 10 years. He worked over 20 years with Ford Motor Credit as an auditor before retiring several years ago. He was a simple man who loved spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be 6 p.m. Friday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel with his brother-in-law, Harold “Buddy” Bright, doing the Eulogy. Visitation is 5 p.m. until service time Friday.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Donna Bright Jackson of Tupelo; a daughter, Fran Timms and son-in-law, Danny Timms Jr., of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Kaylynn “Kennedy” Timms of Tupelo, Trinity Grace Timms of Tupelo, Corey Ray Timms of Fulton, Lorie Ann Timms of Fulton and Trenton amp”TJamp” Jene Timms of Fulton; his mother, Ann Caston of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; his mother-in-law, Frances K. Bright of Tupelo; his stepmother, Jean Jackson of Greenville; sisters, J J Brenelli of Tampa, Fla., Cindy Hunt of Hopedale, Mass., and Brenda Chapman of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two brothers, Michael Wood Jackson of Leland and Joseph Caston of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Barr Jackson Sr., and his father-in- law, Harold loyd Bright.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 607 West Main Street, Tupelo, Ms 38804 or Alzheimers Association, Mississippi Chapter, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Allen Gossett
AUBURN – Allen Frederick Gossett, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Dec. 9, 1929, in Paris, Ill., to Forrest and Ruth Jeanette Wiseman Gossett. A native of Lee County, he had lived in the Auburn community for the past 30 years. He was a retired truck driver for Parker Truck Lines and Monarch Mirrors. He was an avid gardener, and enjoyed cooking and being with his family.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Liberty Cemetery with Dr. Ken Pollock officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Teresa Gossett (Mark Cooper) of the Richmond community; one son, Chris Gossett (Sonia) of Peppertown; two grandchildren, Katelyn and Madalyn Cooper; two stepgrandchildren, Paden and Logan.
She was preceded in death by his former wife, Judy Scribner Gossett Allen; his parents; and his life partner, Ruby Metzgar.
Pallbearers will be David Cooper, Darrell Cooper and Matt McMahon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Greenwood, Charles Gaines and Steve Baker.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jim Aune
BOONEVILLE – James Blackmur “Jim” Aune, 85, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mormon Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Society, c/o Ruth Galloway, 202 E. Skyline Drive, Booneville, MS 38829.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Mayfield
TUPELO – James “Bub” “Cake Man” Mayfield died Monday, Aug. 2, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral of Verona.

Betty McLarty
SALTILLO – Betty McLarty died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Marcelle Neal
NETTLETON – Marcelle Conn Neal, 84, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. She was born on April 30, 1927, in Itawamba County to Clabe and Willie Harmon Conn. A native of Itawamba County, she had lived in Nettleton for the past 60 years. She was a retired cook for the Nettleton Primary School cafeteria and a member of Temple Grove Baptist Church. She was an outstanding homemaker and cook, and a loving mother and grandmother. She was a longtime MSU and Atlanta Braves fan.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Rhena Coggin (Tommy) of Slidell, La., and Kay McCully of Tupelo; two sons, Bennie Neal (Denise) and Bobby Neal (DaLisa), all of Nettleton; three brothers, Leonard H. Conn (Marie) of Wren, Horace Conn (Charlene) of Nettleton and James C. Conn (Joy) of Hobart, Ind.; nine grandchildren, Angie Coggin (Jimmy), Brian Coggin (Holly), Kristy Murray (Todd), Brad McCully (Jessi), Michael Neal, Angie Smith (Brad), Marty McCully (Katy), Kelli Smith (Chris), Kevin Neal; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James William Neal; her parents; one sister, Louise Price; one brother, Wayne Conn; one son-in-law, Eddie McCully; and one grandson, Chris Coggin.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Project Hope, c/o NMMC foundation, 830 S. Gloster, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Ruby Nell Greer
BREWER – Ruby Nell “Mama II” Greer, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at the West Point Community Living Center after a lengthy illness. She was born on Nov. 10, 1930, to John Henry and Annie Pearl Nicholson. She was a lifelong resident of Lee County. She was a sales associate for many years and worked for Black’s Department Store and Warehouse Liquidators. She was a longtime and active member of Brewer Baptist Church and taught children’s Sunday School for many years. She enjoyed spending time in the outdoors and working in her yard, shopping, cooking and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be 10 a.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Tutor and Bro. Joe Dye officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years Charles Greer of Brewer; one daughter, Risa Greer (Sonny) West of Senatobia; one sister, Laverne Long of Tupelo; one daughter-in-law, Connie Greer of Brewer; three grandchildren, Carron (John) Wooten of Saltillo, Penney (Tim Griffin) McCormick of Nesbit and Jason (Ashley) Greer of Brewer; four great-grandchildren, Andrew Burleson, Will Stanford, Wesley Stanford and Colton Greer; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Donnie Greer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Brewer Baptist Church music fund.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.