By NEMS Daily Journal
Juanita Ray Boland
Juanita Ray Boland, 88, of Zion Community, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away after an extended illness on Dec. 18, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. She was born on May 15, 1922, to W. Nelson Ray and May Medlock Ray, one of their six children, and she grew up in the Zion Community in Pontotoc County. She married Wiley N. Boland in 1946, and became a Navy wife–a vocation she held for 30 years, moving with him to several U.S. duty stations and rearing their three children, Deedy, Wiley Jr. and Chuck. She returned with Wiley to their beloved Zion Community in 1975, where she also settled into retirement and was able to focus on her passionate loves–homemaking, cooking, flower gardening and traveling with him to visit their children, grandchildren and later their great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Wiley N. Boland, of the Zion Community; her children, Deedy Boland of Tupelo; Wiley N. Boland Jr and Mary Ann of Orlando, Fla. and Charles “Chuck” Willis Boland and Tricia of Brownwood, Texas; her grandchildren, Bobby Johnson and Paige of Covington, La., Kevin Boland Johnson of Starkville, Kenan Boland and Christopher Boland of Brownwood, Texas, Daniel Boland and Becca of Berwick, Ill., Kate Meisner and Tracy of Richmond, Va. and Laurie Ann Fagan and Dave of Jacksonville, Fla.; her 13 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Janie Buchanan of Houlka and Daisy Stegall of Pontotoc; her sister-in-law, Callie B. Young of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Gambrell Ray and Opaline and Clifton Ray and Nell; her sister, Tressie Monts and Allen; and her brothers-in-law, Max Stegall, Wayne Buchanan and Billy Young.
She was a member of the Zion Baptist Church for more than 75 years and will be buried at the Zion Cemetery.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Zion Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Robert Armstrong officiating. Visitation will be from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. today at Baldwyn-Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc. In addition, visitation will be at Zion Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday.
Pallbearers will be Billy Donaldson, Randy Young, Glenn Harlow, Steven Donaldson, Daniel Bolans, Bobby Johnson and Kevin Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Zion Cemetery Fund, Zion Baptist Church.
EUPORA – Marie Moore, 70, retired factory employee and homemaker, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at her home in Eupora.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TAYLOR – Lerlean Burt Loggins, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was the widow of the Rev. Ed Loggins, and she was a native of Taylor and formerly of Waterloo, Iowa. She was a member of Mt. Hope MB Church in Taylor. She loved to cook, go to church, watch Westerns, walk and shop.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Hope MB Chuch in Taylor. with the Rev. James Hull officiating. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sisters, Ladell Fisher and Callie Norphlet, both of Taylor; two stepsons, Eddie Loggins of Waterloo, Iowa and Richard Loggins of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a niece and her caretaker, Willie Maebell Tyson of Taylor.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the church.
RIPLEY – Raiford Newell Long, 85, died Dec. 18, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. He was born Feb. 7, 1925, in Ripley to Erst Sr and Lavonia Owen Long. He as a World War II Veteran of the United States Navy where he served as Radioman Second Class in Guam as part of the FruPac Division (US Navy Fleet Radio Unit-Pacicic). He received a Presidential Citation for his service in this unit.
He was a retired owner and operator of Tippah Wholesale Company and served as past president of the Mississippi Wholesale Grocer’s Association. Raiford was an Eagle Scout, Silver Beaver Award recipient and an honorary lifetime member of the Boy Scouts of America. He was also a past president and Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient of the Ripley Rotary Club.
He graduated from the University of Mississippi and was a member of the Charter of U of M 1848 Society. As a member of the Ripley Presbyterian Church, he served as a deacon for 10 years, a trustee for 17 years and an elder for 31 years. Raiford was an avid outdoorsman, golfer and fisherman.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ripley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William J. Connolly officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Ray Long (Lorraine) of Meridian; Mike Long (Barbara) of Ripley; two stepsons, David Honnoll (Debi) of Batesville; Bob Honnoll (Jill) of Corinth; seven grandchildren, Witt Long (Pat), Mimi L. Hobson (Chris), Trey Lond (Enley), Beth Honnoll, Emily H. Grady (Jesse), Scott Honnoll and Matt Griffin (Miranda); 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Owen Long of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Ann Witt Long; his second wife of 35 years, Mary Frances Honnoll Long; his parents, Erst Sr. and Lavonia Owen Long; and one brother, Erst Long Jr.
Pallbearers will be Witt Long, Trey Long, Scott Honnoll, Chris Hobson, Matt Griffin, Aleck Hobson, Luke Hobson, Will Long and Kyle Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be elders of the Ripley Presbyterian Church, Boy Scout Troop #38 and the staff and nurses of Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ripley Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 556, Ripley, MS 38663amp>
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
SHERMAN – JoAnn D. Taylor, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at home in Sherman after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel
SALTILLO – Jenell “Nell” Pardin, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at her home place in Saltillo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo
Visitation will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel.
ASHLAND – John Alvis Sides, 70, died Dec. 18, 2010, at Baptist Desoto Hospital-Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
HOUSTON – Katherine Wright Stroupe Bumgart, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 9, 1927, in Chickasaw County to Sanford Wright and Lorene Foster Wright. She was a retired employee of Franklin Corporation in Houston.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Conner and husband, Bryan of Houston; one daughter-in-law, Greerlyn Stroupe of Memphis; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Jason, Jessica and Quintin; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ralph Stroupe and Jack Buckingham; and one son, Dean Stroupe.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Friends and family may leave a message at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Phillip Earrey Jr.
VAN VLEET – Phillip O’Neal Earrey, 31, died Friday Dec. 17, 2010. He was born June 10, 1979, to Virginia Estelle Cruse Earrey and Phillip O’Neal Earrey Sr. in Amory. He was affiliated with Bethany Church of God of Prophecy near Van Vleet.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany Church of God of Prophecy near Van Vleet with Bro. Edwin Pharr and Bro. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his three daughters, Kennedy Ann Earrey, Blakeley Nichole Earrey and Preslie O’Neal Earrey of Van Vleet; his parents, Phillip O’Neal Earrey Sr. and Virginia Estelle Earrey of Van Vleet; one sister, Jessica Earrey; one brother, Joshua Earrey (Nikki), both of Van Vleet; his grandparents, Murphree Lee Cruse and Elizabeth Cruse of Okolona; and his grandmother, Thelma Parker and step-grandfather, Louis Parker of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Rufus Earrey.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Earrey, Will Earnest, John Paul Brooks, Jay Griggs, Beg Gee and Bennett Moore
Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Earnest, Kenny Cruse, Joey Cruse, Darrell Franks, Eddy Cruse and Adrian Shoemaker
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethany Church of God of Prophecy.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.cm.
BERRY, Ky. – Martha Nell Hall Taylor Stanford, 73, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Harrison Memorial Hospital in Cynthiana, Ky. She was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Baldwyn. Mrs. Sanford was a former resident of Winthrop Harbor, Ill. and Dallas, Texas, and she retired to Kentucky in 1995. Mrs. Stanford was a great homemaker and helped with her family’s business, “Taylor Drywall.” She loved her family and enjoyed cooking for them. She was an avid bowler and traveled extensively for the WIBC (Womens International Bowling Congress) throughout the country. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Waukegan, Ill.
Services will be at 11a.m. Tuesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jimmy Glover officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey Memorial Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Charles Taylor of LaSalle, Ill., Gary (Mary) Taylor of Cynthiana, Ky. and Dennis Taylor of Brentwood, Tenn.; her daughter, Cindy “Taylor” Keen of Berry, Ky.; her grandchildren; Tonya Taylor, Charlie Taylor, Kevin Taylor, Gary Taylor Jr., Michael Taylor, Tim Taylor, Courtney Stevenson and Jessica Estep; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary (Jim) Mechaw of Cullman, Ala. and Grace Sturgill of Berry, Ky.; two brothers, Fred (Ann) Hall of Jacksonville, Fla. and Doug (Esthela) Hall of Corinth, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Cortez Taylor and Junior Stanford; her parents, Pete and Lillian Hall; two brothers, Gene and Bill Hall; a sister, Helen Hoffman; and a granddaughter, Tina Marabella.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
FULTON – Louie N. Garrison , 72, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Decateur General Hospital in Decateur, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
MT. POCONO, Pa. – Robert Eddie Berry, 71, formerly of Pontotoc, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at his home in Mount Pocono, Pa. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
TUPELO – Pamela Chambless “Pam” Tanner, 57, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Pam was born in Greenwood, Leflore County, Miss. on Oct. 19, 1953, to Stewart and Pauline Waugh Chambless. She attended Greenwood Public Schools, graduated from Greenwood High School in l971 and attended Mississippi Delta Community College. She married her husband and sweetheart of 35 years, Bryan Oliver Tanner Sr. on May 3, l975 ,in Greenwood. They made their home in several venues including Russellville, Ala; Woodland, California; Columbia, Tenn. and Eupora where their children were born before moving to Tupelo in l991.
Pam’s working career was spent primarily at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo where she was a highly revered and devoted preschool teacher for 17 years. Pam loved little children and watching them grow and develop. She had a servant’s heart and a strong passion for the little ones. She was an active and faithful member of Harrisburg Baptist Church where she served in many capacities including former Sunday school teacher, choir member, GA leader and was serving at her death as Director of the Handbells Ministry including adults, youth and children. Handbells were her most personal ministry. She took many groups to area and state handbell festivals and helped start the handbell ministry at Calvary Baptist as well as serving as the Mississippi Chapter President of the prestigious American Guild English Handbell Ringers.
Pam loved the outdoors, especially horseback riding. She volunteered countless hours coaching developmentally challenged adults and children in therapeutic horseback riding and grew to love all the friends she met there. She was completely devoted to her husband and children, was a master seamstress and enjoyed knitting and ceramics. She enjoyed a large host of friends, who were blessed by her sweet spirit and delightful personality.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. today at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo with Dr. Forrest Sheffield, the Rev. David Langerfeld and the Rev. Aaron Tomes officiating. The Youth Handbell Choir will pay special tribute to their matriarch. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bryan Tanner; her daughters, Molly and Lindsey Tanner; her son, Bryan Oliver “Bo” Tanner Jr., all of Tupelo; two brothers, Robert “Bob” Chambless (Bette) of Atlanta, Ga. and Pat Chambless (Kaye) of Hattiesburg; her nieces and nephews, Susan Ruth Chambless, Kimblerly Chambless Lucas, Molly Wright Strickland, Jodi Wright Peacock, Hank Wright, Dana Tanner, Daniel Tanner and Barbara Sims; several great-nieces and nephews; and her sisters-in-law, Sandra Wright (Bill) of Albany, Ga. and Hilda Tanner of Tremont;
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law, Dan Tanner of Tremont.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Smith, Jim Smith, Billy Humphries, Larry Loden, Terry Black and Markel Whittington.
Honorary pallbearers will be her Sunday school class from Harrisburg, the Donna Kay Randle Class.
Memorials may be made to the Harrisburg Baptist Church Building or Music Ministry Fund, 4865 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Judy Estella Williams Kilmer, age 64, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., formerly of Columbus, died Dec. 18, 2010, at Druid City Hospital in Tuscaloosa. Mrs. Kilmer was born May 20, 1946, in Monroe County to Charles T. and Vernie Neal Williams. She was a graduate of Houston High School and attended Mississippi University for Women. She retired from Bellsouth as a sales representative while living in Columbus. Mrs. Kilmer was a resident of Tuscaloosa for the last 20 years where she was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed knitting, beading and doing various crafts.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gunter amp& Peel Chapel with the Rev. Benjamin Powell officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. Gunter amp& Peel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Orvin C. Kilmer of Tuscaloosa; her brother, Charles “Van” Williams (Abbe) of West Point; her sister-in-law, Joyce Kilmer of Columbus; her niece, Laura Tinsley (Brooks) of Tupelo; and her nephew, Michael Williams of West Point.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Bro. G.D. Jones
IUKA – Bro. G.D. Jones, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Iuka Baptist Church. Burial will be in Eastport Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to services today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Eastport Cemetery Fund, to Iuka Baptist Church Fund or to Gideons International.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
RED BAY – Iris Pugh, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, in Prattville, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
SALTILLO – Ruby Stevens, 76, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Dec. 4, 1934, in Lafayette County to Jessie and Rosie Frazier. She was a longtime employee of Tecumseh Products and a member of Freedom Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and cooking for friends and family. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Saltillo with Bro. Doug Jones and Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, the Rev. John Stevens of Saltillo; one daughter, Miranda “Randy” Crowder and Dinky of Saltillo; one son, Mark Stevens and Shirley of Southaven; two sisters, Evi Quay Bogue of Etta and Dee Wise of Okolona; one brother, William Clive Frazier and Philla Sue of Thaxton; five grandchildren, Christopher Lee (Misty) Crowder, Bradley Wayne (Heidi) Crowder, Timothy Matthew Crowder, Justin Mark (Amanda) Stevens and Jennifer Nichole (Sam) Reynolds; and five great-grandchildren, Olivia Claire Crowder, Chloe Addyson Crowder, Elizabeth Chandler Crowder, David Elijah Crowder and Madeline Grace Reynolds.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Jessie Lee Frazier; and one sister, Helen Frazier.
Pallbearers will be Chris Crowder, Brad Crowder, Timothy Crowder, Justin Stevens, Sam Reynolds and David Prather.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Freedom Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Ruth Hamm, 84, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
HICKORY VALLEY, Tenn. – Margie Smith, 85, formerly of Memphis and Iuka, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Pine Meadows in Bolivar, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Fairview Cemetery Fund or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
HOUSTON – Jurlie B. Watson, 81, died Dec. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
WALNUT – Jeffery “Jeff” Dewayne Wilbanks, 48, died Dec. 18, 2010, at his home in Walnut.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Christ Temple Apostolic Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Camp Ground Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.