Obituaries December 22, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Annie Smith
OXFORD – Annie Mae Greene Smith, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at her home in Oxford. Mrs. Smith was born in Dyer, Tenn. She was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was very active in her Sunday School class and in the Carroll Barr Circle. She was a Pink Lady for Oxford-Lafayette County Hospital Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Smith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford with Rev. John Semmes and Rev. Jonathan Scanlon officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Thursday in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include four sons, James E. amp”Jimmyamp” Smith Jr. of Jackson, Tenn., and Thomas G. Smith, Michael D. Smith and Lynn A. Smith, all of Oxford; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and her caregivers, Bessie Young, Twanda Jones, Barbara Sharp and Victoria Rollen.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Pantry, P.O. Box 588, Oxford, MS 38655; First Presbyterian Church, Debt Reduction, 924 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.
Leave an online condolence at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Charles D. Evans
IUKA – Charles Dwayne Evans, 69, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Mr. Evans graduated from Smithville High School in 1958. He then earned his B.S., M.Ed. and Educational Specialist degrees from Mississippi State University. He was an educator. He began his teaching career in Shannon. He also taught at Hatley Elementary and later served as principal of Furlow Elementary in Americas, Ga. He moved to Iuka in 1970 where he served as principal at Iuka Elementary School for 30 years prior to his retirement in 2000. He was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church, were he served in different capacities. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club, where he was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow and served as residence. He also served as president of the Iuka Jaycees. He served as Boy Scout Master of Troop 26 in Iuka for many years. He was a member of the Tishomingo County Retired Teachers’ Association and has served on the North Mississippi Medical Center – Iuka Hospital Board from 1997 until present. He was the recipient of the prestigious Boy Scout Silver Beaver Award given by the Yocona Area Council. He loved to travel. His hobbies included fishing and hunting. He liked to keep in contact with his former students and enjoyed hearing of their successes. The joy of his life was spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at noon Thursday at the Iuka Baptist Church. The Rev. Jim Manley, Dr. Ronnie Hatfield, Elder Clinton Barnett and Rev. Stanley Magill will officiate. A committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at New Salem Cemetery in Fulton with interment to follow. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Wanda Christian Evans; two sons, Charles Christian Evans and John D. Evans and wife, Jennie, all of Iuka; one sister, Linda Evans Adams and husband, Kenny, of Amory; three grandchildren, Jacob Owen “Jake” Evans, Anne Christian “Annie” Evans and Lucas Reed “Luke” Evans, all of Iuka; and one nephew, Evan Adams of Foley, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Owen H. and Daphne Elliott Evans.
Pallbearers include DeWitt Bean, Herbert Thomas, Bobby Joe Stevens, Billy McKissick, Jerry Reese, George Yow, Lyndon Cain, Evan Adams, Lloyd Murrah and Ben Patton. Honorary pallbearers include Eddie Woodruff, James Parker, Tom White, Jimmy Ramsey, Hosea Thorne, Gary Bullard, Jerry South, Fred Truesdale, Mack Lloyd Wadkins, and Dr. Jerry Clay Stone; the Iuka Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Classes; the current and former members of Iuka Boy Scout Troop 26; the Iuka Rotary Club; and the school personnel that he served with through the years.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iuka Baptist Church Stained Glass Window Fund; the Charles D. Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund at Renasant Bank, P.O. Box 357, Iuka, MS 38852; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Mary Saldivar
WAUCHULA, Fla. – Mary Katherine Saldivar, 60, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Hope Hospice in Sebring, Fla. She was born Aug. 10, 1950, in New Albany and had been a resident of Hardee County, Fla., for more than 40 years. She attended the First United Methodist Church of Sebring, Fla. She was employed at G. Pierce Wood Hospital as a supervisor and Human Service worker.
Services were Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Robarts Garden Chapel with the Rev. A.C. Bryant officiating. Burial was in Bowling Green Cemetery. Robarts Family Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Chaundy of Sebring, Fla.; three sons, Ramon Romero III and Johnny Saldivar, both of Bowling Green, Fla., and Christopher Saldivar of Wauchula, Fla.; three brothers, Ricky Todd of Bartow, Fla., Johnny Todd of Bowling Green, Fla., and Wayne Higgins of Nettleton; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Todd, and a sister, Carolyn Stinson.
Lenarse Stricklen
BOONEVILLE – Patrick Lenarse Stricklen, 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Sadie Hester
PONTOTOC – Sadie Mae McGuirt Hester, 87, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at Sunshine Healthcare in Pontotoc. A native of Pontotoc County, she was the daughter of Wilson and Lola McGuirt. She was a member of Usher Valley United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She loved quilting, talking on the telephone, gardening and sitting on her porch in the summer time. She was the widow of Joe Hester.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Usher Valley United Methodist Church in Algoma. The Rev. Maurice Smith will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be at East County Line Cemetery in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Earl (Jackie) Hester of Mooreville, Stevie (Marie) Hester and Dale (Erica) Hester, both of Pontotoc; two sisters Gladys Garrett of Beloit, Wis., and Sarah Hereford of South Beloit, Ill.; nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 today at the funeral home.
Evelyn Young
MCCOMB – Evelyn Ernestine Furr Young, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Wisteria Gardens in Pearl, where she had lived for two years. She was born Dec. 28, 1924, in Stephenson, now known as Crosby. She was the daughter of Earnest and Alice Scarborough Furr. She spent her early years in Wesson and graduated from Wesson High School. She attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. She moved to Pascagoula and worked at Ingalls Ship Yard during World War II. She married Charles F. Young of Wesson on March 5, 1946. They moved to McComb, where she worked at Mechanics Bank in 1948. She retired from Deposit Guaranty in 1983. She was a member of the North McComb Baptist Church and the Elizabeth Brent Sunday School Class. She was an active member of her bank retirees club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb.
Survivors include her son, Dr. Charles F. “Smokey” Young and Sharon of Tupelo; daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Young Parker and Glenn of Brandon; grandchildren, Blake Young and wife, Marleigh, Elise Young, Jake Parker and Ben Parker; great-granddaughter, Olivia Parker; special family friends, the Parker family, the Edwards family, and Kim and Tasha Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Gene Parker, Dr. Clay Parker, Dan Parker, Steve Blue, Hilton Lakushe, Ricky Browning and Dickey Fenn.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North McComb Baptist Church.
Mary Mills
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mary Louise “Momma Mary” Mills, 90, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Byhalia Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Visit the online guestbook at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Joan Johnson
PONTOTOC – Joan Johnson, 78, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Jan. 14, 1932, in Indiana to John Highsmith and Mildred Anderson Highsmith. She was a member of Maple Street Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Barbara (Henry) Nick and Marlene (Roy) Cirrinciore, both of Indiana; and nieces and nephews.
Nancy Wilson
FULTON – Nancy Mae Wilson, 58, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. She was born July 21, 1952, in Morton to Harsh Lee and Laura Mae Hales Searcy. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Jackson. She was a claims adjuster for All State Insurance Co. An avid reader, she enjoyed playing Bunko.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Hardens Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Nelson Wilson of Fulton; one daughter, Melissa M. Wilson of Fulton; two brothers, Dwight Searcy (Sammy) and Wright Searcy, all of Florence; one sister, Jane Bowling of Brandon.
She was preceded in death by a brother, John Searcy.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Wilson, Gary Lyles, Jackie Pounders, Eric Thorn, Donald Sandlin, Will Webb, Chris Mauldin and David Purvis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Edna Rice
BALDWYN – Edna Hardy Rice died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born Nov. 23, 1910, to Francis Palmer Hardy and Henry J. Hardy in the Pleasant Ridge Community. She was a member of First Baptist Church and she had worked for Blue Bell Mfg. for more than 50 years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Neil Davis officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by one daughter, Jean Jacobs of Baldwyn; one granddaughter, Jan Jacobs of the Baldwyn Nursing Facility; several nieces and nephews; and her son-in-law, Jimmy Whitaker and his wife, Jackie.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Norma Faye Whitaker; her husband, Clifford Rice; her parents; four brothers, Troy, Rutherford, Cecil and Luther Hardy; and two sisters, Willard and Annie Mabel Hardy, who died in childhood.
Pallbearers will be Billy Hardy, James Hardy, Hannon Ray, Jimmy Ray, Mitchel Ray and Larry Ray.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Darlene Castleberry
BELMONT – Darlene Harris Castleberry, 84, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at her residence. She was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Tishomingo County to Russie Quinton and Carrie Samantha Eaton Harris. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Randy Buse officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband of 56 years, Floyd Castleberry of Belmont; two sons, Roger Castleberry (Charlene) of Bartlett, Tenn., and Randy Castleberry (Amy) of Belmont; one sister, Reba Joy Harris of Belmont; one brother, Billy Roy Harris (Patsy) of Belmont; three grandchildren, Jessica Thompson (Ryan), Adam Castleberry and Allison Castleberry; three stepgrandchildren, Brent Adkins, Jacob Phillips and Zackery Smith; and one great-granddaughter, Isabelle Castleberry.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Ann George and Jean Kennedy; and a brother, Travis Harris.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Thursday.
Shirley Moye
WEST POINT – Shirley Jean Moye, 51, died Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Pelier Missionary Baptist Church in Mayhew. Burial will be in Mt. Zion White 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.
Dorthel McGowan
HOLLY SPRINGS – Dorthel Davis McGowan, 61, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Charity Hill Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Thursday.
Nannette Finney
SALTILLO – Nannette Holliman Finney, 51, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 21, 1959, in Meridian to John Dandridge and Johnnie Rigdon Holliman. She grew up in Okolona and lived her adult life in Saltillo. She graduated from Itawamba Community College. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Okolona. She worked in accounting at Stone Container before becoming disabled. Her passions were computer networking including creating and operating an online game, her dog, Ziggy, reading, arts and crafts, and arranging flowers. She loved her family dearly.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel with Bro. Charles Overby and Bro. Eric Boykin officiating. A private graveside service will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Garden.
Survivors include her two daughters, Rhiannon Shaw of El Centro, Calif., and Mary Elizabeth Finney of Saltillo; a son, Gregory Scott Finney II of Saltillo; and her mother, Johnnie R. Holliman of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Holliman, on Nov. 6, 1996.
Pallbearers are Robert Fisher, Charles Overby, Ronald Rigdon, Gary Kilgo, Gary Rigdon, Greg Finney II and Paul Pigg. Honorary pallbearers are Ray Johnson, Wayne McKinnon and Jody Smith.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday only at the funeral home.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Walterine Brown
HOUSTON – Walterine “Dink” Huffman Brown, 75, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Sept. 30, 1935, in Houston to Evans Eugene Huffman and Irene Criddle Huffman. She was a homemaker and attended of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Brock officiating. Burial will follow at McCondy Baptist Cemetery in McCondy. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the services.
Survivors include her sons, Mike and Melba Brown of Houston, Phillip Brown of Houston, Ray and Wanda Brown of Woodland, Daniel and Becky Brown of Houston; her sisters, Bennie Mae and Willie Lewis of Houston, and Annie Ruth Brown of Houston; her brothers, David and Mabeline Huffman of Pontotoc, and Wayne Huffman of Houston; grandchildren, Michelle and Robert Phillips, Suzy and Josh Langford, Jeanine and Shane Harrell, Deedy and Craig Turner, Nicole Brown, Josh and Michal Ann Brown, D.J. Brown and Denia Bocook; great-grandchildren, Jayde Harrell, Brantley Brown, Hagen Langford, John Parker Brown and Alec Bocook.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Phillip “Button” Brown, on Dec. 20, 2009; her parents; and her sister, Kathleene Huffman.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Nickey Gooch
BURTON – Nickey Dale Gooch, 44, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at his home after a long illness. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Church of God and a retired roofer. He was a gamecock fighter.
Services were Tuesday, Dec. 21, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn. Bro. Jerry Kelly and Bro. Dale Robinson officiated. Burial was in the Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Arlene Gooch of Burton; one son, Christopher Dale Gooch (Leslie) of Burton; one daughter, April Roshell Williams (Chris) of Booneville; one stepdaughter, Kimberly Vaught (Charles) of Rienzi; his mother, Birtie Gooch of Booneville; two brothers, six sisters; four granddaughters, Emily Gooch, Hailey Gooch, Chloe Williams and Sarah Vaught; and one grandson, Christopher Gooch.
He was preceded in death by his father, W.T. Gooch; one brother, Randy Gooch; his father-in-law, Gene Bishop; and his grandmother-in-law, France Austin.
Pallbearers were Chad Mitchell, Adam Basbomb, Heath Hall, Kevin Mills, Chris Holland and Ron Inskeep.
Honorary pallbearers were James Plaxico, Jerry Stone, Joey Wilson and Jermainah Harris.
Jurlie Watson
HOUSTON – Jurlie Bernice Watson, 81, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Second Baptist M.B. Church of Houston. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Woodland. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
To access the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Franklin Walker Jr.
ASHLAND – Franklin D. Walker Jr., 48, died Friday, Dec. 17, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ashland Church of Christ. Burial will be in Zion Chapel Cemetery in Ashland. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Ashland Church of Christ. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 1:55 p.m. Thursday. There will be viewing after the eulogy.
Grace E. Young
INDIANOLA – Grace E. Young, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Indianola Academy gym. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the gym.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mid Delta Arts Association, 315 Main St., Indianola, MS 38751.
Max Wade
TUPELO – Hulon Max Wade, 82, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice after a lengthy illness. He was born in Lee County on Oct. 31, 1928, to Frank and Bertha Wade. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the United States Army. He was a longtime member of Harmony Primitive Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was the manager for Tupelo News and Bluff City News in Memphis for 34 years. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, yard work, working in his shop, reading and watching sporting events.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Marshall Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Wilma Jean Wade of Tupelo; one daughter, Pamela Dawn Wade of Lakeland, Tenn.
Pallbearers will be Danny Foster, Brad Foster, Kevin Foster, Bud Crafton, Gerald Bishop and John Walden. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Minor, Wayne Minor and Ron Solomon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Harmony Primitive Baptist Church or Darlington Oaks Hospice.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Marie Walker-White
WEST POINT – Marie Walker-White, 77, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at Walker’s Day Care.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charlie Butler
WEST POINT – Charlie Butler, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Clay County.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Whites M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Mandy Lomax
CORINTH – Mandy Lomax, 99, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Mamie W. Drake
IUKA – Mamie W. Drake, 97, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
Donald Kuykendall
VINA, Ala. – Donald Oneal Kuykendall, 39, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Creek Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Cedar Creek Baptist Church and until service time on Thursday.
June B. Woolard
TUPELO – June B. Woolard, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Memory Williams
MOOREVILLE – Memory Lasha Lynn Williams, 2 months, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at her home. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Hezzie Wright
WATER VALLEY – Hezzie Wright, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, in Shreveport, La.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Everdale M.B. Church in Water Valley. Burial will be in the Water Valley Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at the church.
To access the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Edless Vance
BRUCE – Edless Vance, 83, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Calhoun County Health Services. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.