Obituaries December 5, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ronald Holt
MOOREVILLE – Ronald E. “Tim” Holt, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 04, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Paul Bass
PONTOTOC – Chester Paul Bass, 84, died Dec. 4, 2010, at Pontotoc Nursing Home. He was a retired maintenance welder from W.R. Grace and Company in Memphis. He was a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran, serving in WWII. He loved his family and animals. He loved to work in his garden. He was married to his wife for 63 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Valley Grove Baptist Church with Jim Alford officiating. Burial will be in Valley Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sadie Higgins Bass; his sons, Chester Paul Bass Jr. and his wife, Dot and Larry Arnold Bass and his wife, Sadie; his daughter, Ann Bass Butler and her husband, Daryle; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; four sisters; and two brothers.
He was preceded in death by his mother; his father; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Shane Bass, Jason Bass, Daryle Butler, Brandon Keith, Andrew Bridgman and Kyle Bass.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Pontotoc Nursing Home.
Lourette Harrington
HOUSTON – Lourette Griffin Harrington, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 20, 1923, in Chickasaw County to William Wesley Griffin and Era Malone Griffin. She was a store clerk for over 50 years. She had worked for Dendy’s Department Store and Carson’s Department Store. She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Woodland with the Rev. Roy Myers officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Virginia (Melvin) Chrestman of Oxford and Joyce (Jim) Dickerson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; her sister, Vida Gill of Houston; her brother, Wayne (Corene) Griffin of Houston; her sisters-in-law, Ruth Hill of Okolona and Stennis Fortner of Woodland; her grandchildren, Mel (Melinda) Chrestman Jr. of Alexandria, Va. and Lee (Patricia) Chrestman of Oxford; and her great-grandchildren, Kate Chrestman, Maggie Collins and Griffin Chrestman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Durell Harrington on Aug. 28, 1969; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie-in-state from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Fund and to Rhodes Chapel Volunteer Fire Department.
Sandy Balty
TUPELO – Sandy Taylor Balty, 65, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Delma Gregory
TUPELO – Delma Gillespie Gregory, 86, was born June 8, 1924, in Itawamba County to Tom and Florence Gillespie and died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Magnolia Manor in Tupelo. While attending Itawamba Agricultural High School, Delma was an outstanding member of their 1940 and 1942 State Girls’ Basketball Championship teams. This determined and talented group of ladies who played together so well during that time still meet regularly for breakfast and fellowship. Delma treasured these gatherings and considered her “basketball girls” to be her dearest friends.
Always active in her church, Delma taught Sunday school for many years at Verona Baptist and then at Harrisburg Baptist in Tupelo. Later, she enjoyed the fellowship of the Merrymakers and the Brooks Marr Ladies Sunday School Class at Harrisburg. Those who knew her were often drawn into her favorite pastime of talking, laughing and visiting with friends and family.
Mrs. Gregory is survived by her son, Dr. David Gregory and wife, Cheryl of Atlanta; her daughter, Rhonda Gregory Robinson and husband, Glenn, of Waco, Texas; grandchildren, Sarah Kathryn Robinson and Jacob Robinson also of Waco, Josh Robinson of Austin, Texas and Dr. Chris Gregory and wife, Angela of Charleston, S.C.; and great-grandsons, Andrew and Carter Gregory also of Charleston.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Leroy Gregory; her parents; her brother, Johnson Gillespie of Verona; and her sisters, Earline Gillespie Cooley of Mantachie and Glenola Gillespie Loden of Tupelo.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren; and her nephews, Tom, Ed and Ken Cooley.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. A private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and one hour before service Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Michael Harris
RED BAY – Michael LeShane Harris, 33, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, in Colbert County, Ala.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Grace Baptist Church in Red Bay. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Monday at the church and continue until service time.
Eva Mae Foster
TUPELO – Eva Mae Foster, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Lee County on May 13, 1923 to James “Sump” and Myrtle Hall Wheeler. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Unity Presbyterian Church, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher for many years. She loved quilting, flowers and outdoors. In her earlier years, she worked on the family dairy farm. She also worked many years at Hunter Sadler. For the past two years, she had lived at the Martin Green House.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. John Armistead officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery (East of Plantersville). W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Clarence P. Foster Jr. (Rhonda) of Seminole, Fla., Wayne Foster (Connie) and Tim Foster (Becky), both of Tupelo; one sister, Annie Faye Barnes of Tupelo; three sisters-in-law, Rena McVay of Tupelo, Minnie Vanderford of Corpus Christi, Texas and Helen Wheeler of Madison; 15 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Presley Foster Sr. in 1993; and three brothers, John, Jim and Raymond Wheeler.
Pallbearers will be Gary Foster, Chris Foster, Matt Foster, Jacob Foster, Michael Dozier, Robert Goldstein, James Barnes, Roland Barnes and Tommy Foster.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church, c/o Charlie Mae Westmoreland, 1748 Hwy 371, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
‘J.L.’ Jackson
ASHLAND – James Lawson Jackson, 84, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at his home in Ashland. He was born June 4, 1926, to Jim Jackson and Alice Collier Jackson. Mr. Jackson worked for Billy Peeler Sawmill until he retired in 1985. He loved to garden and play with his grandchildren. He was a member of Hamilton Baptist Church in Benton County.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Huggins officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Donnie Allen (Doris) of Falkner; one daughter, Diane Hunkapillar of Booneville; three grandchildren, David Allen (Jackie) of Ashland, Kristy Mercer of Falkner and Craig Misenti (Ericia) of Topsham, Maine; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Hensley Jackson; his parents; four sisters; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Alton Jackson, Benny James, Glen McClure, B.J. Bell, Jody James and Karl Patrick.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Jack Guin
OZARK – Jack Guin , 90, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born July 6, 1920, in Itawamba County to Earl and Lilly Johnson Guin. He farmed most all his life, and he drove a school bus for twenty-five years. He was a 32nd degree Mason and was able to attend a ceremony in 2008, where he received his fifty year pin. He was a longtime member of Gilmore Chapel Methodist Church, He enjoyed hunting, fishing and his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Ray Guin and Bro. Keith Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Survivors include one daughter, Billie Webb (Mike); one brother, Prentiss Guin (Marie); three sisters, Jenny Lou Griggs (Jack), Lois Kitchens, both of Ozark and Bobbie Nell Jamerson of Ryans Well; five grandchildren, Teresa Reeves (Terry) of Fulton, Wanda Sullivan of Mooreville, Rodney Guin of Columbus, Karen Ritenour (Andy) of North Carolina and Jennifer Ruby Guin of Ozark; six great-grandchildren, Blake Nichols, Kellie Hill (Jordan), Jade Hankins, Shane Reeves, Alex Guin and McKenzie Carnathan.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Guin; one son, Gary “Slick” Guin; an infant daughter; four brothers, Deck, Ted, Carnus and Belden Guin; two sisters, Valley Nanney and Mary Sue Thomas; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie.
Beulah Thompson
TUPELO – Beulah Walker Thompson, 90, was called home to be with the Lord Dec. 3, 2010, at the Leeper House in the Green House Community after a lengthy illness. A native of Artesia, she was born May 7, 1920, to Henry and Ruby Walker. She was a beautician for several years on West Main Street and Central Avenue. She enjoyed cross-stitching, ceramics, quilting, macramé and telling a good joke. She was a good cook and always liked to try new recipes to share with her family and friends. She was truly a Christian lady who loved the lord and demonstrated it in every area of her life. She was a charter member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and a member of the Heights Club.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. Don Cartwright officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Cartwright (Rev. Don Cartwright) of Denmark, Tenn.; one son, Mel Thompson (Pam) of Tupelo; and one sister, Juanita Abernathy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Melvin Thompson in 1990; one son, John Carroll; and one sister.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Maxine Ivy
RED BAY – Mary Maxine Ivy, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Red Bay Hospital. She was born May 24, 1928, in Mississippi to Robert and Ada Thornton Gahagan. She attended Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Steve Lindsay and Bro. David Corum officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Chester Ivy of Red Bay; three children, James Hugh Ivy (Andora) and Judy Thrasher (David), both of Red Bay and Jimmy Ivy (Lori) of Sheffield, Ala.; one brother, Hoyt Gahagan of Corinth; and five grandchildren, Randall Ivy, Daryl Ivy, Jeremy Ivy, Kristin Ivy and Jennifer Ivy.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rita Gail Ivy.
Pallbearers will be Randall Ivy, Harold Ivy, David Thrasher and Jack Ivy
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Raymond Thorne
BOONEVILLE – Raymond Richard Thorne, 73, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born Feb. 28, 1937, in Prentiss County to Richard M. Thorne and Mattie Lauderdale Thorne. He was a farmer, and he enjoyed singing.
Services will be at 5 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three sons, Lee Thorne of Illinois, Keith Thorne and Richard Thorne, both of Booneville; two brothers, Tommy Thorne of Pisgah and Rex Thorne of Jumpertown; two sisters, Peggy West of Booneville and Tillie Ashcraft and her husband, Dick of Pisgah; his grandchildren; and his nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, William Thorne; and a sister, Doris Eaton.
Pallbearers will be David West, Wade West, Pat Lauderdale, Max Lauderdale, Eck Lauderdale and Michael Smith.