Obituaries December 13, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Wilma Brown
TUPELO – Wilma Lee Onsby Brown, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. She was born Jan. 22, 1929, in Toccopola to Harvey and Estelle Onsby. She lived in Oxford for 50 years but had resided in Tupelo for the past seven years. She was a resident of the Reed Green House in Tupelo. Mrs. Brown was a retired supervisor for the Kellwood Co., where she worked for 27 years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Oxford.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with the Rev. Phil Daughdrill officiating. A private graveside service will follow. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.
She is survived by two sons, Jackie Brown (Lynn) of St. Joseph, La., and Rodger Brown (Diane) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Anne Marie Kelley (Kevin) of Lafayette, La., Carole Lee Brown (Sam, Oeun Aun) of Fort Collins, Colo., Greg Brown (Erin) of Pontotoc and Susan Daughdrill (Phil) of Tupelo; six great-grandchildren, John Braxton Daughdrill and Hopson Daughdrill, both of Tupelo, Laura Lee Brown, Jeb Brown and Ashby Brown of Pontotoc, and Pip Radah Sam of Fort Collins, Colo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James S. Brown, and two sisters, Margie Winter and Lynda Prater.
Pallbearers will be Greg Brown, Phil Daughdrill, Kevin Kelley, Tommy Stalnaker, Billy Winter, Wayne Tutor and Allan Tutor.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Kay Rowell
MYRTLE – Kay Madison Rowell, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at his residence. He was born Feb. 17, 1935, in Myrtle to C.B. and Martha Vera Crump Rowell. He was retired from Piper Impact Inc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with the Rev. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Rone of Myrtle; a son, Gary Rowell of Pine Grove; two sisters, Irene Whiteside of Memphis and Sue Lipford (Aubrey) of Myrtle; three grandchildren, Justin Rowell (Candise), Yancey White (Daniel) and J.P. Littlefield (Shanda); and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Jessie Rowell, Ruby Hogue and Shirley Daughtry; and four brothers, Ralph Rowell, Charlie Rowell, Mack Rowell and Jim Rowell.
Honorary pallbearers will be his coffee buddies.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Hazel Hines
NEW ALBANY – Mary Hazel Hitt Hines, 80, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Feb. 23, 1931, in Branyan to John Louis and Jewel Basden Hitt. She and her husband, Olen Hines, owned and operated Hines Grocery in Keownville for many years. She enjoyed attending church and was a member of Ellistown Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with the Rev. Andy Russell and the Rev. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Ellistown Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Shelia Springer (Randy) of Rogersville, Ala., and Tina Wood (Rickey) of New Albany; five grandchildren, Tory Springer, Adam Springer, Sheena Weigart, Hines Wood and Samantha Wood; five great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Olen Hines; and a brother, Keith Hitt.
Pallbearers will be Murry Basden, Robert Kidd, Bobby Parker, Bobby Rogers, Jason Yarbrough and Jimmy Dean Whitten.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Martha Shannon
NEW ALBANY – Martha Emma Thurmond Shannon, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 11, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born March 23, 1925, in Tippah County to Emma Lewellen Thurmond and Charlie Rucker Thurmond Sr. She was a homemaker and a member of Cleveland Street ARP Church of New Albany. She was the widow of Dr. Paul K. Shannon.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Cleveland St. ARP Church with Elder Roger Browning officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Paul Hampton Shannon of Ocean Springs and John Thurmond Shannon (Christy) of New Albany; her grandchildren, Amy Emerson (Aaron) and Leah Shannon, both of Orlando, Fla., Dr. Paul Jason Shannon (Marisa) of Ocean Springs and Ben Shannon of Oxford; and her great-grandchildren, Colin Emerson and Sophia Shannon.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Emerson, David Gadd, Mike Gadd, Keith Thurmond, Charlie Thurmond and Bart White. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Tommy Barkley, David Coleman, Dr. Jason Dees, J.L. Ledbetter, Delmer Watson and Dennis White.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time at Cleveland Street ARP Church.
Memorials may be made in her honor to the charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
David Caldwell
WALNUT – David Anthony Caldwell, 59, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mildred Sheffield
FULTON – Mildred Moore Sheffield died in Tupelo on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011. She was born in Fulton to Alice Brown Moore and Roten Watts Moore. She was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, where she was active for many years. She was educated in the Fulton School System and held both bachelor and master degrees from Mississippi State University.
A retired teacher, she taught English and history at Itawamba Agricultural High School and Western Civilization at Itawamba Community College. She was a member of numerous professional, civic and social organizations throughout her life. Along with her late husband, Philip A. Sheffield, the first president of Itawamba Community College, she assisted in establishing the college in 1948.
She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother as well as a master gardener and bridge player.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Dec. 13, 2011, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with visitation one hour prior to the service. Rev. Kenneth Bishop and Rev. Glyn Wiygul will officiate. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Jane Threldkeld (Jim) of Tupelo; her son, Dr. Philip Sheffield (Cindy) of Athens, Ga.; grandchildren, Mimi McGraw (Robin) of Tupelo, Susan Kimbrough (Jim) of Jamestown, N.C., Sally Threldkeld of Tupelo, Laura Westmoreland (Jason) of Carlton, Ga., and Nina Plagenhorf (Brent) of Marietta, Ga.; great-grandchildren, Jim McGraw (Allyson) of Tupelo, Mary Jane Cook (Chris) of Hillsborough, N.C., Ned McGraw (Marianthi) of Nashville, Tenn., Philip Kimbrough of Los Angeles, Calif., Chris White of Tupelo, Matt White of Tupelo and Paul Westmoreland of Carlton, Ga.; great-great-grandchildren, Jacey Beth Jenkins and Lilli McGraw; and sister, Ola Rae Boren of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Robert Watts Sheffield; a granddaughter, Melissa Sheffield; sisters, Eupal Thornberry, June Pearson and Dorothy Marlin.
Her great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Robert Floyd
Robert Bradley Floyd passed away Friday, Dec. 9, 2011. He is survived by his loving wife of 11 years, Shelley Gardner Floyd, and their two children, Kate (8) and Jake (5). Brad was a devoted, caring and loving husband and father, who was completely and passionately committed to his family. He is also survived by his parents, Kay and Tommy Floyd, and one brother, Brent Klutts, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and wonderful friends. To his many friends he was the consummate gentleman, sportsman, host and above all a loyal and trusted companion. He was loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Brad was born Oct. 8, 1968, in Columbus. He graduated from Oak Hill Academy, where he served as class president all 12 years, won the drama award several times for his many leading roles, played varsity tennis, and was awarded Outstanding Student and elected into the Hall of Fame his senior year. He also graduated from Mississippi State University with a B.S. in Marketing. After receiving his marketing degree, Brad was manager for Smith and Byars in Columbus. For the past 13 years, he served as Client Services Manager for Talent Force Staffing in Memphis. Brad was an avid fly fisherman who cared for and loved the outdoors. He was a regular platelet donor for Lifeblood and volunteer bell ringer for the Salvation Army as well as volunteer with the Angel Tree program. Brad was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and loved the Lord with all his heart.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 13, 2011, in Wilson Chapel at Christ United Methodist Church, 4488 Poplar Ave., Memphis, TN 38117 with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made in Brad’s memory to St. Mary’s Episcopal School, 60 Perkins. Ext., Memphis, TN 38117 and Christ Methodist Day School, 411 S. Grove Park, Memphis, TN 38117.
Canale Funeral Directors of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.
Jimmy Dale Brown
RULEVILLE – Jimmy Dale Brown, 63, died on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at North Sunflower Medical Center. Born on May 16, 1948, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Errie Judson and Leslie Gertrude Vick Brown. He attended Becker School and worked as a logger with Bill McAllister before retiring. Growing up in the Baptist faith, he was attending a Church of God. A caring person who had the ability to make others laugh, he enjoyed being outdoors in the woods, hunting and fishing, family get-togethers, and listening to gospel and country music.
He is survived by his daughter, Margaret Ann Striplind of Amory; brothers, Dubert Brown and William Brown of Amory, and Larry Gene Brown of Aberdeen; sisters, Ava Coplin, Janice Livingston, and Judy Adams, all of Amory; grandsons, Floyd, Jonathan and Dale Striplind; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at New Hope Cemetery with Bro. Shane Ray officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be David and Johnny Ray Edwards, Lamar Reeves, John Curtis, Cory Livingston, Stanley Gray and Blake Carlisle.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Linda Bea Elrod
CANTON – Linda Bea Pratt Elrod, 50, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her home. She was a member of Fellowship Christian Assembly in Canton and loved to sing in the Choir. She enjoyed making crafts and woodworking with her husband, Mike, and growing roses in her yard.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Ott amp& Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Brandon. Burial will be in the Gum Log Cemetery in Bailey. Ott amp& Lee Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Mike Elrod of Canton; her mother, Verna Pratt of Byram; stepdaughter, Candi Elrod of Shannon; sisters, Betty Phillips and Jeanita Rainey; and brothers, James, Glenn, Dell and Randy Pratt.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Dawn Orr, in July 2011.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Visit www.ottandleefuneralhome.com for online guest register book.
Randy Burlison
AMORY – Randy Lake “Burly” Burlison, 47, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011,at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Wendell Betts
PLANTERSVILLE – Wendell Ray Betts, 47, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at his home. He was born to Ethelene Rogers Betts and the late V.L. Betts on Oct. 28, 1964. He professed a hope in Christ at an early age and united with New Bethel M.B. Church. He completed his high school education at Shannon High School and attended Itawamba Jr. College one year and majored in graphic designing. He was employed at KI for a number of years. He was very active in church during his early years. He served on the Usher Board, Sunday School Secretary, and also prepared the bulletins for worship service. He was a kind-hearted person, and loved to embrace the mothers of the church each Sunday.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Bethel M.B. Church with the Rev. Jack Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Centerhill Cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Ethelene Betts Mabry, and his stepfather, James Mabry; two sons, Tyron D. Spearman of New York and Ray Davis of Atlanta, Ga.; two aunts, Willie Sue Betts of Plantersville and Bertha Griffin of Chicago; four uncles, O’Neal (Martha) Rogers of Plantersville, Celee (Mary) Rogers of Arizona, Perion Dozier of Michigan and Flozell Rogers of Tupelo; one grandchild Tyrhianna F. Davis; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, V.L. Betts, and one brother, Victor Kent Betts.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the online guestbook at nljonesandson.com.
Virginia Lindsey
FULTON – Virginia Ruth Bryan Lindsey, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born July 24, 1924, to Jessie and Pearl Call Bryan. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She was born and raised in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and factory worker, and had worked at Tupelo Manor Nursing Home. She enjoyed quilting, sewing and flowers.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Wexford Parmer officiating. Burial will be in the New Prospect Cemetery near Ripley.
Survivors include two sons, Milton Bruce Lindsey (Jackie) of Mooreville and Billy Lindsey of Fulton; four daughters, Peggy Wallace (Gerald) of Fulton, Carol Dickey (Larry) of Dorsey, Bonnie Villalobos (Rafael) of Fulton, and Betty Henson (Larry) of Mooreville; two brothers, Willie Bryan and James Bryan, both of Ripley; one sister, Lela Mae Johnson of Ripley; 22 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Lindsey, in 2001; four brothers, Gordon, J.Y., O.G. and Charlie Bryan; two grandchildren, Jerry Bruce Harden and Billy Wayne Lindsey Jr.; and her parents.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Dorothy Franks
MANTACHIE – Dorothy Mae Franks, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her home. She was born July 14, 1921, to Richard Norman and Bertha McCandless. She was a graduate of Mesick High School in Memphis and had lived in Memphis before moving to Mantachie in 2003. She retired from Bridgestone-Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. in Memphis. She was a member of the Fawn Grove Freewill Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Terry Booker and Bro. Ronnie Franks officiating. Burial will be in the Fawn Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Bro. Benson “Ben” Franks of Mantachie; two sons, Richard Franks (Charline) of Collierville, Tenn., and Ronnie Franks (Dell) of Huber Heights, Ohio; four grandchildren, Jessica Grigsby (Chad), Adam Franks, Corbit Franks (Caroline Beffa) and Eric Franks; and her mother-in-law, Nevell Franks of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Winford and Milton McCandless, and one sister, Loraine Keeling.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Farris, Mike Farris, Shane Metcalfe, Ricky Metcalfe, Corbit Franks, Adam Franks, Eric Franks and Chad Grigsby.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Rebecca Threadgill
GATTMAN – Rebecca Threadgill, 48, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Burial will follow in Lockhart Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at www.ottsfuneralhome.com.
Nova C. Gardner
PORTLAND, Ark. – Nova C. Gardner, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at home in Portland, Ark. She was born July 17, 1926, in Manila, Ark., to Samuel L. Montgomery and Maggie Rider Montgomery. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Lake Village, Ark.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Bishop Funeral Home Chapel in Lake Village, Ark., with Bro. Bill Noblin officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Bishop Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are one son, George H. (Marian) Gardner of Lake Village; three daughters, Linda (Bobby) Boney and Joyce Berry of Eudora, Ark., and Patsy Thompson of Saltillo; one sister Willa Dean Wilson of Elkhart, Ind.; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark “Pete” Gardner; a son, Jimmy “Jimbo” Gardner; a grandson, Bobby Joe Boney Jr.; his parents; five brothers, Ed, J.D. and George Seratt, Commie, and Delano Montgomery; two sisters, Reba Noblin and Wilma Mae Griffin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Delta’s Men Association for Children Hospital.
Mary Dees
RIPLEY – Mary Laska Akins Dees, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at the Tippah County Health Services in Ripley. She was born on July 20, 1924, in Tippah County to Bondy A. and Mary V. Carmichael Akins. She was an officer for Dees Oil Company and a member of the Ripley Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Patrick Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James Michael Dees and wife, Melinda, of Ripley; two grandchildren, James and Rachel Dees of Ripley; three sisters, Hilda Horton of Ripley, Julia Mallard of Pontotoc and Carolyn Hayes of Germantown, Tenn.; and her caregiver, Dorothy Mejia of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Lynwood Dees; her parents; one sister, Bonnie Faye Blackwell; and one brother, Harry Akins.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Ward, Benny Carter, Gary Parsons, Mike Graves, Jerry Reno, Leon Bailey, David Duncan, Barry Grisham and Johnny Carter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby P. Martin, Dr. Charles Elliott, Floyd Hayes and Will Weddington.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
James C. Belk
WEST POINT – James C. Belk, 95, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at noon Thursday at St. Paul M.B. Church. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
L.B. Whitehead
IUKA – L.B. Whitehead, 82, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Donnie Butler
WREN – Donnie Joe Butler, 66, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
Terry Ewing
TUPELO – Ellen Thersea “Terry” Ewing, 79, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.