By NEMS Daily Journal
Martha Sue Walton
MANTACHIE – Martha Sue Davis Walton, 79, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. She was born in Itawamba County on June 2, 1932, to Dew Boyd and Delphia Mae Moore Davis. She enjoyed reading her Bible and Christian books and never met a stranger. Her witness for her Savior was clearly evident to all those who were blessed to know her as she was the hands and feet of Jesus to others. Along with her passion for Christ, she loved her family dearly. She lived in Mantachie where she was a member of First Baptist Church and worked as a seamstress. In 2006 she moved to Magnolia Manor in Tupelo, where she enjoyed playing bingo and being with friends until her death.
She was preceded in death by her childhood sweetheart and husband, Johnnie “Buddy” Walton, who died May 1989. She married Prentiss Jackson of Tremont in 1999 and enjoyed traveling with him until his death in 2009.
Survivors include her daughters, Vicki (Homer) Myers of Water Valley, Belinda (Terry) Black of Tupelo and Bridget (Don) Taylor of Saint Simons Island, Ga. She leaves grandchildren, Robert and Allison Myers, Jacob Whitney Black, Laurie Black (Braden) Bishop, Hillary and Jill Taylor; and two great-grandchildren, Morgan and Gabi Myers.
Brothers and sisters who preceded her in death were brothers, Charles, J.B. and Bill Davis, and sisters, Faye Wallace, Mae Nell Waddle and Dorothy Caygle.
A celebration of her life will be held at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Rev. David Smith. Burial will be in the Center Star Cemetary. Visitation will be held at McNeece-Morris from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 16.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Davis, Homer Myers, Don Taylor, Terry Black, Whitney Black and Braden Bishop.
Martha Sue was truly a Proverbs 31 woman, who devoted her life selflessly to God and others.
“She opens her mouth in wisdom and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue … her children rise up and bless her … but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. Give her the product of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.”
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to Sanctuary Hospice House or CareNet Crisis Pregnancy Center, 3548 Community Road, Brunswick, GA 31520.
NEW ALBANY – Hoyle Hayes Roberts, 68, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Mary Nell Hollis Roberts, and their two children and five grandchildren. Hoyle was a gentle, caring and loving husband, father and grandfather who was devoted to his family. To those who knew him, Hoyle was a gentleman, sportsman but above all, a trusted friend. He was loved by all of those who knew him.
Hoyle was born Dec. 11, 1943, to the late Woodie E. Roberts and Linda Greer Roberts of Blue Springs. He was a member of the first graduating class of East Union School in 1962. Following graduation, he was drafted into the Army, where he served two years as a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne. He became a Mississippi State Trooper, serving 28 years, followed by several years as a New Albany Police officer and a Union Co. deputy sheriff. He retired as a security officer at East Union Attendance Center. He was committed to making the highways a safer place, sometimes pointing a finger at passersby for them to slow down. Hoyle loved spending time with his grandchildren, teaching them about life, farming, hunting and animals. He loved to take his grandchildren “rabbit-hunting” on his four-wheeler or having picnics in the pasture. He also enjoyed riding horses, training hunting dogs and raising cattle. He was a board member of the Blue Springs Water Association and former member of the Dixie National Trail Ride Association. He was a member of Ellistown Baptist Church.
He is also survived by his children, David Roberts and wife Kim, and, Jennifer Pannell and husband Brad; his grandchildren, Taylor Roberts, Katie Roberts, Drew Pannell, Tatum Pannell and Hayden Pannell; his siblings, Carolyn Roberts of Blue Springs, Jean Herring of Tupelo, Joan Fox of Fort Smith, Ark., Mable Rakestraw of New Albany, Dean Roberts of Memphis, Tenn., Gerald Roberts of Youngtown, Fla,. Lynwood Roberts of Sherman; and many other beloved family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Mary Elizabeth Clayton; and his brothers, Richard Roberts and Lynden Roberts.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at Ellistown Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will follow in the Ellistown Cemetery with the MHP Honor Guard services. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be David Roberts, Taylor Roberts, Brad Pannell, Drew Pannell, Dennis Hall, Benny Rakestraw, Dennis Rakestraw and Mike Childers. Honorary pallbearers will be Hayden Pannell, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Union County Sheriff’s Office, New Albany Police Department and Blue Springs Water Association members.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association and Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Visitation will be today, Dec. 16, 2011, from 4 to 8 p.m. at United Funeral Service and again on Saturday from noon until service at Ellistown Baptist Church.
In honor of Mr. Roberts, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag and the State Of Mississippi flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
OXFORD – William Dalton “Pepper” Thomas, 77, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He graduated from Newton High School and attended the University of Mississippi where he played both football and baseball. He received a master of education degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was drafted into professional baseball for the Milwaukee Braves Organization where he remained for nine years. He was in the restaurant business in the Meridian area prior to moving to Oxford to become director of golf at the University of Mississippi, retiring in 2006. He coached Little League baseball and taught golf. He was an M Club member and was honored as a Legend of Golf at the Ole Miss Golf Course. He loved his family, friends and all sports.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at College Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Burial will follow in the College Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time in the fellowship hall at the church. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita Durham Thomas of Oxford; three sons, Stephen Wesley Thomas of Oxford, William Jeffery Thomas of Olive Branch and John Timothy Thomas of Tampa, Fla.; one brother, Milton Thomas of Jackson; and four grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
SARDIS – Odell Thomas, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011, at her residence in Sardis. She was a native of Sardis and a member of Faith Temple Church of Christ, where she served as a mother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Light M.B. Church in Sardis. The Rev. Bobby Walker and Bro. Angelo Beard will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Sardis. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Sue Ann (Bobby) Morris and Doris (Sylvester) Farmer, both of Sardis; nine stepchildren; a brother, Moses Johnson of Memphis; six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Tyren Hankins, 2-week-old son of Tavares Hankins and Tiffany Govan, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Charity Hill Cemetery in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Mary Alice Harper
SALTILLO – Mary Alice Harper, 97, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 6, 1913, in Lee County to Mannie and Rosie Bell Bowdry. She worked at Purnell’s Pride for many years. She was a member of Red Oak Grove M.B. Church in Saltillo, the Eastern Star Williams Chapter 417 and a former member of the Heroines of Jericho. She enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Red Oak Grove M.B. Church in Saltillo with the Rev Michael Williams officiating and the Rev. Willie Harper delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Pilgrim Rest cemetery in Saltillo. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Velma Riley, Hazel Fields, Minnie Harper, Cornelia Westbrook and Annie Morris (Fred), all of Tupelo; two sons, Rev. Willie Harper of Corinth and Charles Harper of Tupelo; special caregivers, Thomas (Virginia) Richey of Saltillo and Barbara Crayton and Twyla Crayton of Tupelo; and a sister-in-law, Lula Bowdry.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a grandson, Forrest Clifton; and eight siblings.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
George W. Owens
VARDAMAN – George W. Owens, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at Floy Dyer Nursing Home in Houston. He was born Aug. 19, 1929, in Calhoun County. He was a retired minister.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Taylor Church of God of Prophecy. The Rev. Jon Haimes will officiate, the Rev. Ted Patrick will assist. Burial will be in the church cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Kathy Stevens of Altus, Okla., Paula Roberts of Arlington, Texas, Donna McCullough of Glenco, Okla., Angel Owens of Horn Lake and Renee Bray of Hickory, N.C.; three sisters, Vannie Parker of Derma, Erma Shankles of Derma and Betty Haimes of Houston; one brother, Willie Lee Owens Jr. of Decatur, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Jeremy Stevens, Chris Stevens, Larissa Sugg, Jessica Roberts, Avery Bray and Porter Bray and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Ander Owens and Rosa Idell Tallent Owens, and two brothers, James Owens and Sherman Ray Owens.
Pallbearers will be James David Owens, Tim Parker, R.J. Riveria, Barry Shankles, Dave Shankles and Stacy Shankles.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the church.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
COURTLAND – Jennie Ruth Carr Porter, 87, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at her residence in Courtland. She was a native of Courtland and a member of Springhill ASA M.B. Church. She loved listening to Muddy Waters and having fun with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was known by everyone as “Granny.”
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh M.B. Church in Courtland. Elder Edwin Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Charlene Porter and Dorothy Ann Porter, both of Courtland; five grandchildren she raised as her own, Reanna McMurry, Bessie Cole and Antionette Chapman, all of Batesville, and Robert Tucker and James Tucker Jr., both of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Judy K. Ezell
TISHOMINGO – Judy K. Ezell, 65, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
BOONEVILLE – Zula Mae Henderson, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Donny Riley officiating. A private graveside service will follow at Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Zula Diane (Jackie) Akers of Booneville, Linda Kay Hill of Nashville, Tenn., and her daughter and caregiver, Debrah Henderson of the home (special friend, Johnny Floyd of Saltillo); three grandchildren, Zula Tonya McAnally of Tupelo, Chad (Kelly) Hill of Corinth and Brad (Colise) Hill of Bailey, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, TSGT J.T. Henderson; her mother, Zena Brumley Riddle; her sister, Reba Green; and her stepfather, Jim Riddle.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Akers, Chad Hill, Johnny Floyd, Scotty Green, Edward Haden and Greg Downs.
Honorary pallbearer will be Jimmy Green.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Betty Thompson Cannon, 75, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Somerville, Tenn.
WOODLAND – Alton Dean Virges, 49, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston.
Services will be at noon Saturday at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Frances L. Box
RIPLEY – Frances L. Box, 62, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
TUPELO – Donnell White, 55, died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, atSanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born June 30, 1956, in Lee County to Genette White and the late Lee Arthur White. He worked at the Daily Journal and Reeds Mfg. for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church with the Rev. Timothy E. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Jolly Chapel Cemetery in Okolona. Agnew amp& Sons funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Genette White of Shannon; his wife, Kathy White of West Point; two sons, Erick White (Kayla) of Tupelo and Donnell Watson (Tiffany) of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Peggy Bursey and Rosemary Crawford, both of Tupelo; two brothers, Ronnie White (Kathy) and Henry Shackelford (Nicole), both of Tupelo; one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Ricky White.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandson.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Rubin Monrow “Cowboy” Ethridge, 71, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. A Little Rock native, he was born Jan. 10, 1940, to Horace Franklin and Ruby Jewell Watson Ethridge. He was a longtime resident of Tampa, Fla., and worked as a truck driver. He married his wife, Charlene, on March 5, 1966. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. A loving and caring husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid fisherman and a member of the Baptist faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Ricky Ethridge and Terry Ethridge officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Charlene Ethridge of Blue Springs; his children, Kenneth Franklin Ethridge, Joshua Thomas Ethridge, Karen Cross (Charles) and Rubin Christopher Ethridge; his brothers, Vernon Ethridge (Mary Francis) and Jewell H. Ethridge (Carolyn); his sister, Patricia A. Kennedy (Kemp); eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Wiliam Gregory Ethridge; two brothers, Horace Franklin Jr. and Nagil R. Ethridge; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jason Brewton, Joey Ethridge, Mike Ethridge, Joey Birmingham, Jimmy Birmingham and Charles Alfreds, Christopher Ethridge and Kenneth Ethridge Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Darlington Oaks.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors to assist the family with expenses, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Ruby Mae Webb, 91, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
NEW ALBANY – Elijah Frazier, 13, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Billy Ray Gann
BELMONT – Billy Ray Gann died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Mae Ella Richardson
RIPLEY – Mae Ella Pannell Richardson, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011, at the Tippah County Health Services in Ripley. She was born on Jan. 3, 1922, to Quince and Annie Akins Pannell in Tippah County. She was a retired security guard for Benchcraft Corp. and a member of the First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, David Richardson Jr. of Ripley; one daughter, Shirley Samples (Waymon) of Ashland; one sister, Naomi Carter (Andrew) of Ripley; six grandchildren, Pet Samples (Lea), Kim Thrasher (Ricky), Lori Duke (Leslie), Candace Lowry (Robert), Chloe and Macy Richardson; six great-grandchildren, Wesley Thrasher (Katie), Amy Thrasher, Cody Samples, Caitlin Samples, Cayden Lowry and Kaylee Duke; one great-great-grandchild, Brodie Thrasher; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Richardson Sr.; her parents; and five brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Hollis Garrison, Ronnie Massey, Keith Irwin, Stan Irwin, Johnny Carter and Ronnie Martindale.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult V Ladies Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Ida B. Bennett
WOODLAND – Ida B. Bennett, 90, died Monday, Dec. 12, 2011, at her home in Woodland.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hope M.B. Church in Woodland. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
AMORY – John Ebb Scott, 51, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Lucille English Gann, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, at her home following an extended illness. She was born on Jan. 14, 1926, in Jumpertown to Granville and Vida McCord English. On Aug. 10, 1946, she married Paul Noel Gann, who died in 1998. She retired after 16 years as an assistant teacher at Booneville Head Start. A longtime member of Liberty United Methodist Church, she was an avid reader and especially enjoyed reading the Bible. She was a loving individual who was known for her kindness and love shown for everyone.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Jimmy Glover and Bro. Jason Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Randy Gann and Gilbert Gann (Demetria), both of Booneville; one daughter, Barbara Lindsey (Eddie) of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Robin Gann of Booneville; a sister, Ruth Grisham (Bob) of Jumpertown; two brothers, Bill English (Mona) of Collierville, Tenn., and Dean English of Jumpertown; two sisters-in-law, Pam English Brown (Dee) of Jumpertown and Elsie English of Byram; six grandchildren, Bradley McCord Gann (Lisa), Corie Robbins, Ben Lindsey (Ashley), Mary Kylie Ruff (David), Logan Walker (Brandon) and Jordan Gann; two stepgrandchildren, Wesley Champion (Anna Marie) and Tammy Harris (Jason); 10 great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mackie Noel Gann; her parents; a sister, Margie Hughey; and two brothers, Olis English and Eugene English.
Pallbearers are Brad Gann, Jordan Gann, Brandon Walker, David Ruff, Bart English, Jeffrey Grisham, Sam Grisham, Bobby Grant Grisham, Jerry English, Russell English and David English.