Obituaries December 3, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Omar D. Craig
OXFORD – Omar D. Craig, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He graduated from Mississippi State University in 1949 and from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1955. He was an attorney. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford for more than 55 years. He has been named Oxford’s Man of the Year.
Services will be at noon Monday at First Baptist Church in Oxford with Dr. Eric Hankins and Dr. Robert Allen officiating. A private family graveside service will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Bernice DuBard Craig of Oxford; two daughters, Dixie Craig Martin (Thomas) of Clinton, and Deanne Craig Giordano (Keith) of Pelahatchie; one son, Dennis D. Craig (Carol) of Jackson; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mary Stevens Craig.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 or Mississippi Kidney Foundation, P.O. Box 55802, Jackson, MS 39296.
To sign an online guestbook, visit wallerfuneralhome.com.
Deborah Smith
NEW ALBANY – Deborah Jo Hill Smith, 38, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. She was born April 26, 1973, in Aurora, Ill., to Norman J. Hill and Donna Manning. She was a bookkeeper and office assistant for D.C. Service Center in New Albany. She was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Keith Benefield officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Jim R. Smith of New Albany; her father, Norman J. Hill of New Albany; her stepfather and mother, Edd and Donna Lewis of Okolona; two daughters, Audrey Bryant and Brooke Clayton, both of Blue Springs; a son, Chance Clayton of New Albany; a stepson, Jacob Smith of Horn Lake; a brother, Marcus Hill (Michelle) of Myrtle; two stepbrothers, David Lewis (Lori) of Fulton and Stephen Lewis (Sherry) of Mantachie; and her grandmother, Helen Manning of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Ginger Manning.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Pong Praseut
TUPELO – Pong Praseut, 72, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born May 1, 1939, in Vientian, Laos. He spent much of his adult life in his native Laos, relocating to Tupelo in 1978, where he has lived since and raised his family. Praseut was the leadman supervisor at Metalloy for over 20 years. He was a devoted family man and revered his time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He loved all things outdoors, especially gardening and fishing. A Buddhist by birth, he was sponsored in his American citizenship by his friends at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and participated in their church activities the last few years.
A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Rev. Raymond Rooney officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and at the gravesite on Monday.
Survivors include his wife, Nae Praseut of Tupelo; his children, Phonekeo Langford (John) of Tupelo, Neophandy Praseut of Atlanta, Ga., Lanoi Strickland of Tupelo, Khamsouk Praseut (Stacy) of Raleigh, N.C., and Kakham Praseut (Amy) of Saltillo; six grandchildren, Drew Langford, Madison Langford, Harmon Hagan, Angelina Hagan, Kyle Praseut and Ryland Praseut.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Elizabeth Miller
WEST POINT – Elizabeth Lawshe Miller, 89, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born March 12, 1922, in Water Valley to Robert Burnie and Nina Edgar Lawshe. After graduating from Water Valley High School and Mississippi State College for Women, Mrs. Miller taught home economics at Hickory Flat High School and later served as Home Demonstration agent in Clay County for the Mississippi Extension Service. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, the Marcella Joiner Circle and the Wesley-Wasson Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Carl Robert Miller of West Point; and her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Danny Foote of Dalton, Ga.; her grandchildren, Cody and Carson Miller of West Point; sisters-in-law, Kathleen M. Jaco of Dalton, Ga., and Frances O. Lawshe of Oxford; nieces, Leslie L. Rucker of Houston, Texas, Laura L. Evans of Oxford, Joyce M. Robertson of Brandon and Jane M. Allison of Shreveport, La.; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack McDowell Miller; her parents; and her brother, John Robert Lawshe.
Pallbearers will be Cody Miller, Carson Miller, Danny Foote, Boyd Robertson, Dr. Jeff Evans and Dr. Rayford Edgar.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John Cox, Andy Williams, Ray Bryant and Rev. Don Bishop.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Harold Price
IUKA – Harold “Limey” Price, 64, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Patrick Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Ecolee Lamb
TUPELO – L.E. “Ecolee” Lamb, 84, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born April 3, 1927, to John Marvin and Maudie Lou Weathers Lamb. He graduated from Mooreville High School in 1945 and was a lifelong highly respected member of the Eggville community. He began his working career at the Tupelo Airport fueling planes. He worked at Day-Brite Lighting Company for 43 years and later he co-owned Eggville Airport and Air Services with his brother, John Lamb Jr. He loved growing his bees and was a lover of God’s creation and tremendously enjoyed being outside. He was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Pierce and Bro. Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Joyce Lanelle Butler (Alvie) of Dorsey; two sons, Richard A. Lamb (Diana) of Evansville, Ind., and Gregory Alan Lamb (Rhonda) of Eggville; one sister, Sarah Hardin (Bobby) of Eggville; one brother, Robert Gene Lamb (Brenda) of Saltillo; two brothers-in-law, Vernon Keith of Mantachie and Ted Ramsey of Michigan City, Ind.; four sisters-in-law, Sandy Biereichel of Colorado Springs, Colo., Ann Lauderdale of Eggville, Geri McCarty of Tupelo and Billie Lamb of Eggville; six grandchildren, Lee Lamb (Jennie) of McCutchanville, Ind., Largus Blake Lamb (fiancampée Christie Westmoreland) of Eggville, Sharon Muangprasert (Rob) of Evansville, Ind., Alysia Rhinefort (Troy) of Evansville, Ind., Beth Howell of Tupelo and LuAnn Butler of Booneville; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Ben Hardin of Eggville and a special friend, his beekeeping buddy, Phil Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 60 years, Joyce Lamb; one brother, John M. Lamb Jr.; one sister, Loeva Keith; and one sister-in-law, Charlie Mae Lamb.
Pallbearers will be Ben Hardin, Doug Lamb, Blake Lamb, Lee Lamb, Danny Baldwyn and Mark Weathers.
Honorary pallbearers will be staff of W.E. Pegues Funeral Home, Greg Pegues, Sandy Pegues, Sammy Lansdell, J.C. Robbins, Mike Easley, Landon Roberson, Harvey Raper, Robert Wilson, Shirley Mills, Joan McCraw, Joey Tutor and Willis Swain; and Kerrie Weathers, Steve Holland, Mark Duvall and Phil Morgan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Sunday.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 1650 N. Veterans Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804; and The Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Larry Cook
PONTOTOC – Larry Dean Cook, 66, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 23, 1944, in Holly Springs to Russell T. and Mary Wood Cook. Mr. Cook was a retired carpenter and construction worker, and a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in the Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Wingo Cook of Pontotoc; his mother, Mary Wood Cook of Hickory Flat; two daughters, Yolanda Moore (Sam) and Shawna Benson, both of Pontotoc; one stepdaughter, Toni Rena Smith (Aaron) of Memphis; two stepsons, Michael Graves of Ripley and Eddie Graves of Tiplersville; four sisters, Kathy Hoard, Anita Gadd (Wayne), Mary Lynn Colston (Bobby), all of Hickory Flat, and Martha Connell (Bill) of Sterling Heights, Mich.; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and 11 stepgrandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his rather, Russell T. Cook, and a daughter, Miona Roxanne Jeter.
Pallbearers will be Dean Miller, Cody Miller, Robert White, Tijuina Miller, Michael Graves and Warren Short.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Ream and Eric Gadd.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Laverne R. Hester
AMORY – Addie Laverne Riley Hester, 82, died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 31, 1929, in New Chapel community of Nettleton, she was a daughter of the late Edgar Lyle and Pansy Lee Coggin Riley. On Dec. 14, 1946, she married Warner Junior Hester. She was a graduate of Nettleton High School, Class of 1947. Receiving Jesus Christ as her personal Savior on Aug. 22, 1972, she lived her life to the fullest and was dedicated to serving others. She was the dietitian for Amory Elementary School for 27 years. A charter member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Mrs. Hester helped organize the Adult Choir. Faithfully serving her church over 50 years, she was a former secretary-treasurer of the United Methodist Women, a past president of the Crusaders Sunday School class, and for several years served as superintendent of the Kindergarten Sunday School department. She was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, was an avid fan of Amory Panther sports, loved Mississippi State and Ole Miss sports, and enjoyed sewing and cooking.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Warner J. Hester of Amory; her daughters, Dale Leech (Johnny) and Debbie Palmer (Larry) of Amory; her grandchildren, John Leech (Christe) of Tupelo, Collie Jo Hill (Stacy), and Brian and Lynn Palmer of Amory; her great-grandchildren, Gabby and Mason Hill of Amory, and John Harris and Addison Cate Leech of Tupelo; brothers, Mitchell Riley of Amory, Thomas L. Riley (Pat) and Paul Riley (Francis) of Nettleton; a sister-in-law, Sue Riley of Lakeland, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Arlin Hester of Hulaco, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Gertrude “Sis” Davis (Dick); brothers, Eugene Riley (Irma Mae) and Herman M. Riley; and brothers-in-law, Huey Hester (Minnie), Walter Hester (Audrey) and Albert Hester (Bert).
A Celebration of Life service will be at 3 p.m. today at St. Andrews United Methodist Church with Rev. Aubrey Boren, Rev. Tim Sisk, Bro. Dudley Nash and Rev. Mack Riley officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Billy Glasgow, Rayford Jones, Jim Dye, Rev. Gus Shelly, Thomas Griffith, Ralph Salters and James Burrow. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Crusaders Sunday School class.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until the service hour today.
Memorials may be given to St. Andrews UMC Kitchen Fund, 1123 Veterans Legion Drive, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Jeannette Wilkins
CORINTH – Jeannette Wilkins, 74, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at her home in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Brigman Hill Church Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Melvin Nails
FULTON – Melvin Joyce Nails, 57, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Paul CME Church in Smithville. Burial will be in St. Paul No. 1 Cemetery in Smithville. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
To sign the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Gary Tyra
BELDEN – Gary Tyra, 57, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at his home after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Dude Harmon
AMORY – Carrol “Dude” Harmon, 82, died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at his residence. Born on April 10, 1929, in Amory, he was a son of the late Leonard and Madie Moore Harmon. He attended Becker School and graduated from Shannon High School. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. On Sept. 24, 1954, he married Betty Jean Baker. A hard worker, Mr. Harmon worked at Pullman Couch for 17 years before becoming self-employed as a farmer and a carpenter. He attended Hatley Missionary Baptist Church. Outgoing, he was a great husband and provider for his family. He enjoyed being outside working, listening to his grandchildren sing, gospel and country music, and watching boxing on television.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Harmon of Amory; his daughter, Melissa Ann Harmon Aldridge (Richard) of Amory; his son, Randy Carrol Harmon (Cindy) of Amory; his grandchildren, Caitlin Aldridge, Collin Aldridge, Trent Harmon and Randi Kathryn Harmon; two nieces and four nephews; and special friend, Theron Ponder.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Gwen Hilliard, Nell Booker and Helen Cantrell; and his brothers, Charles and Billy Ray Harmon.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Sidney McLeod and Bro. Arlis Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Dudley Cantrell, Collin Aldridge, Trent Harmon, Tommy Harmon, Mickey Cantrell, Hank Cantrell, Larry Hamilton and Dudley Pearce. Honorary pallbearers will be Theron Ponder, Lawrence Walden and Leonard Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Martha Davis
FULTON – Martha C. Kennedy Davis, 77, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. She was born May 22, 1934, in Mississippi to Mitchell Lois and Ethel Orena Miles Moore. She was a member of Union Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary Smith officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Oma Davis of Fulton; one daughter, Susan Davis of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Peggy Gordon Lesley of Fulton; one stepson, Duane Davis of Evarts, Ky.; one sister, Linda (Jimmy) Basham of Waynesboro, Tenn.; one brother, Loyce (Ilene) Moore of Huntsville; sisters-in-law, Sandra Davis of Fulton, Noma (Tom) Dubois of Fulton, Myrna Davis of Kenosha, Wis., Diane Roberts of Fulton; one brother-in-law, J.P. Thomas of Decatur, Ala.; her grandchildren, Shelley (Jeff) Nanney of Fulton, Corey (Kristie) Davis of Robertsdale, Ala., Jesse (Carol) Davis of Baldwyn; stepgrandchildren, Russ Gordon, Brandie Phillips, Jordan Lesley and Brooke Balderas; great-grandchildren, Amber Nanney, Blake Nanney, Taylor Davis and Caroline Davis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, E.C. Clayton, and her second husband, Prentiss Lee Kennedy; a son-in-law, Benny Davis; a sister, Shirley Thomas; and a brother, Dan Moore.
Pallbearers will be Corey Davis, Jesse Davis and Jeff Nanney. Blake Nanney will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Helen Owen
CORINTH – Helen Tucker Glidewell Owen, 75, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. sunday and from 11 a.m. to service time Monday.
Jean Homan
TUPELO – Betty Imogene “Jean” Homan, 71, of the Furrs community, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 31, 1940, in Monroe, Ark., to Faber Joel Wilson and Annie Mae Ingram Wilson. She graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1968. She married Raymond Homan on Dec. 14, 1958, and moved to North Mississippi in 1966. She worked at Sears for more than 14 years in catalog sales and later at the service station. Later she worked as a supervisor at Day-Brite Lighting. Her daily routine has been reading the Daily Journal from the back to the front (her own way) staying abreast of current happenings locally and nationwide. She was a seasoned seamstress, enjoying embroidery, knitting and dress tailoring. Mrs. Homan was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. She was an active member of Chesterville Calvary Baptist Church until this year when she entered Tupelo Nursing and Rehab after becoming ill. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching National Geographic and Animal Planet and fishing. She loved all of her pets, especially Cricket and Tiny. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chesterville Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Wesley Stephens officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Raymond Homan of Furrs; one daughter, Annette Clemons (Casey) of Tupelo; daughter-in-law, Tonya Homan of Memphis; two grandchildren, Rachel Homan and Zach Clemons, an aunt, Nancy Jones of North Little Rock, Ark.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Brenda Weatherly; and a son, Robert J. “Bob” Homan, on July 28, 2011.
Her grandson, Zach Clemons, will be honorary pallbearer.
Memorials may be made to the Tupelo Hog Roasters, c/o Treasurer, Brian Nance, 901 Sycamore St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Pearlie Mae Vaughn
OXFORD – Pearlie Mae Vaughn, 100, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Ruby Garner
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Garner, 70, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the Booneville Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Susan Rogers
MANTACHIE – Susan Rogers, 48, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel.