Obituaries December 6, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lois Howell
NEW ALBANY – Lois Howell, 89, died Dec. 5, 2010, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home.
Markle Mabry
AUSTIN, Texas – Markle Mabry, of Tupelo, died Nov. 14, 2010, in Austin, Texas.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at J.W. Porter’s Chapel. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Family and friends hour will be at noon today.
Online condolence can be made to the Mabry family at www.grayson-porters.com.
DeWayne Crenshaw
RIPLEY – DeWayne Arlyn Crenshaw, 62, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, while on duty with the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Crenshaw was making a disturbance call when he was fatally shot. Mr. Crenshaw had worked for the Sheriff’s Department for several years as a deputy and as a jailer. He was born Oct. 2, 1948, to Alora Cowan Crenshaw Hunter and the late Cecil Clyde Crenshaw. He was a retired U.S. Army master sergeant who earned several purple hearts and a bronze star in the Vietnam War. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Ripley Events Center in Ripley with Bro. Tim Wilbanks officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Evers Crenshaw of Ripley; his mother, Alora Cowan Crenshaw Hunter of Jacksonville, Fla.; two daughters, Tami Hayes (Mike Flynn) and Sandra Crenshaw, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Stephan Crenshaw (Lindsey) of Jacksonville, Fla. and Adam Crenshaw (Christalle) of Ripley; one stepdaughter, Heather Pavey of Hanover, Va.; two sisters, Lyllian Sapp (Denzel) and Christine Hunter, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Tippah County Sheriff’s Department and the Ripley Police Department.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ripley Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 4 , Ripley, MS, 38663.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Kathleen Williams
PALMETTO – Kathleen “Kat” Williams, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at her home after a sudden illness. A native of Itawamba County, she was born Sept. 25, 1932, to McGee and Winnie Walton Umfress. She was retired as Personal Manager of Hunter Sadlers. She loved her family, traveling and camping. She especially loved to visit Mt. View Arkansas. She was a member of Palmetto Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Lance Presley officiating. Burial will be in Palmetto Methodist Church Cemetery. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, James C. amp”Bearamp” Williams of Palmetto; one daughter, Debbie Mackey (Jimmy) of Birmingham Ridge; one son, Bruce Allen (Joanna) Willams; one daughter-in-law, Julia Presley of Palmetto; one sister Bobbie (Kenneth) Presley of Pearl; one brother, Lowery Tackett of Tupelo; five grandchildren, the Rev. Lance (Paige) Presley of Gulfport, Tracey Easter of Nashville, Tenn, Maria Presley of Atlanta and Anna Williams and Joe Williams, both of Palmetto.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Ricky Presley; and one sister, June Tackett.
Pallbearers will be Nicky Williams, Mark Williams, Matthew Williams, Wade Williams, Casey Williams and Charles Wade.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Susanne Campbell
WEST POINT – Susanne Miller Campbell, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010. She was employed by First National Bank for forty years, serving as Vice President and Assitant Trust Officer. She was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church and the Wesly Wason Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Kay C. Beggerly of Florence; two grandsons, Carlisle Beggerly of Brandon and John Robert Beggerly of Florence; one brother, Thomas Nealy Miller of West Point; and sisters-in-law, Mary Frances Miller, Grace Cliett, Marie Watson and Rachael W. Miller.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George L. Miller Sr. and Katie Dominick; her husband, John Robert Campbell; and a brother, Dr. George L. Miller Jr.
Pallbearers will be Carlisle Campbell, Eugene Bailey, George Hinnant, Bob Wyman, Tommy Miller, Carlisle Beggerly, John Robert Beggerly and Johnny Littlefield.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Whitmire, Ray Bennett, Rush Robinson, Luke Robinson and Robbie Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293 West Point, MS 39773.
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. today 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; his sons, Chester Paul Bass Jr. and his wife, Dot and Larry Arnold Bass and his wife, Dawn; his daughter, Sadie 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.
Memorials may be made to the Pontotoc Nursing Home.
Jonnie Gregory
PARIS – Jonnie Maeford Sharp Gregory, 87, died Dec. 4, 2010, at her home. She was born Sept. 10, 1923, in the PotLocona Community of Lafayette County. She was a member of New El Bethel Church and a homemaker. Her hobbies were gardening, sewing and playing with her grandchildren. She had a special interest in her family and church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New El Bethel Baptist Church in Paris with the Rev. Jimmy Sockwell officiating and the Rev. Bobby Snow assisting. Burial will be in New El Bethel Cemetery in Paris. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Lura McDonald of Paris, Nancy Petros (Jim) of Oxford, Jeanie Harwell (Danny) of Paris, Tina Foster (Tony) of Paris and Michelle Poyner (Brice) of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie W. Gregory; her parents, Earl G. Sharp and Daisy Franklin Sharp; a son, Jimmie W. “Butch” Sharp; a grandson, Greg Foster; and two brothers, Richard Aaron Sharp and Earl Q. Sharp.
Pallbearers will be Jason Foster, Jimmie “Roe” Gregory, Al McDonald, Blake McDonald, Bradley McDonald and Johnny McDonald.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Camp, Wesley Loptien, Carl McDonald, Randy McDonald, Terry Nelson, Josh Rogge and Johann Verrett.
Online condolences may be made at parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Lola Mae Smith
AMORY – Lola Mae Smith died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Francis Thomas
FULTON – Francis Thomas, 79, died Dec. 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 5, 1931, in Houlka to Dalton and Maylene Cole McCormick. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Fulton and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Southern Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Fred Thomas of Fulton; two sons, William Thomas of O’Fallon, Ill. and Michael Thomas, of Fulton; three grandchildren: Kevin Thomas, Anthony Thomas and Renee Young; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Doris Marion of Van Vleet and Barbara McManus of Houlka; and one brother, Lynn McCormick of Houlka.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and one sister.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online registery is available at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Tim Holt
MOOREVILLE – Tim Holt, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A Canton, Ohio native, he was born Sept. 10, 1929, to Dale and Hazel Cobb Holt. He was a Baptist. He retired as Chief Master Sergeant from the United States Air Force after 24 years of service. He also retired after 20 years of service from the United States Postal Service in Tupelo. He had lived in Mooreville since 1977.
Services will be at noon today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bill Warren officiating. Burial will be in Verona Cemetery. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Ronnie Holt (Aileen) and Jerry Holt (Beverly); one daughter, Debbi Fooshee; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a special friend, Sandy Foster, all of Mooreville.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years in 2005, Virginia “Louise” Holt.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Wood, Jeremy Melton, Zach Elliff, Ethan Brazile, Jason Loague and Gene Johnson.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Jane Lancaster
HAMILTON – Jane Cleo Fairchild Lancaster, 70, died Dec. 4, 2010, at the Golden Triangle Regional Medical Center in Columbus. She was born Nov. 7, 1940, in Monroe County to John Grover Fairchild and Cleo Irvin Fairchild. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She graduated from Hamilton School and received a PhD from Mississippi State University. She was a professor at Mississippi State University for several years and taught at Amory High School for four years. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church and a former pianist and organist for the church for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. Shawn Parker officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her father, John Grover Fairchild of Hamilton; her husband, Hollie Harwell “Pete” Lancaster of Hamilton; one daughter, Fonda Endres and husband, David Boyd of Houston, Texas; one son, Phil Lancaster and wife, Wanda of Hamilton; one brother, Marion Fairchild and wife, Joyce of Hamilton; and one granddaughter, Haley Michelle Endres.
She was preceded in death by her mother.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Aberdeen Humane Society, to the Columbus Humane Society or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Daniel Norton
SMITHVILLE – Daniel Norton, 33, died at his home Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, in Smithville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Sandy Balty
TUPELO – Sandy Taylor Balty, 65, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Jan. 14, 1945, in Tupelo to Lowell “Putch” Taylor and Sue Lollar Taylor. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Derek Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Jack Balty of Tupelo; one daughter, Christi Houston of Sherman; one son, Jay Carter (Cheryl) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Alexis Leigh Nash, Thomas Blake Houston and Cooper Ward Carter; four step grandchildren, Christa Balty, Travis Balty, Ty Balty and Jevin Balty; and three stepchildren, Arden Balty (Debra), Leslie Balty (Lisa) and Lyndel Balty (Debbie).
She was preceded in death by her father, Lowell amp”Putchamp” Taylor in 1999; and her mother, Sue Lollar Taylor in 2010.
Pallbearers will be Blake Houston, Mike Lollar, Mark Nabers, Scott Clark, Bill Clark and Larry Ward.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cooper Carter, Gene Taylor, Virgil Karnatz, Billy Wright, Jimmy Comer and Steve Taylor.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Tomie Lambert
IUKA – Tomie H. Lambert, 96, of Iuka, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at Tishomingo Community Living Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Harmony Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harmony Hill Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Palmer
RIENZI – Dorothy Palmer, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
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 were held at 5 p.m. Sunday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Burial was 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 were David West, Wade West, Pat Lauderdale, Max Lauderdale, Eck Lauderdale and Michael Smith.
Kay Coats
BOONEVILLE – Sharon Kay Coats, 62, of Booneville, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was a member of Oak Ridge Church of Christ. She retired from the Prentiss County School System after 33 years of teaching, where she taught the last 27 years at Thrasher Elementary School. She was a former member of the Mississippi Education Association and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. She graduated from NEMJC with an Associate degree, received her BS from MUW followed by her Masters degree from the University of Mississippi. She was a singer with the Mellotones and a vocalist and keyboard player with Kennedy International.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Scott Baggett and Minister Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Church of Christ Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Thomas Coats; two sons, William Thomas Coats II and Samuel Keith “Sambo” Coats, both of Booneville; an honorary daughter, Lola Johnson (Mark) Williams of Pratts; two brothers, Wayne and Larry Green, both of Booneville; and an honorary granddaughter, Jordan Eve Williams of Pratts.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Orbrey and Roxie Green; and one brother, Jackie Monroe Chapman.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Ford Williams
FULTON – Charles Ford Williams, 80, died Dec. 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 6, 1930, in Itawamba County to Forrest and Pearlie Waddle Williams. He was a maintenance engineer for General Motors for 34 years, a member of Burnt Fields Baptist Church and an avid outdoorsman.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Humphress officiating. Burial will be in Burnt Fields Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Betty Williams; two sons, Charles Dewayne “Chuck” Williams (Carol) and Ricky Williams (Cheryl), both of Las Vegas; two grandchildren, Chase and Cody Williams; three sisters, Rena Gray and Virginia Sheffield, both of Golden and Alene Hubbard of Hernando; and two brothers, Charlie Williams and Jim Williams, both of Fulton.
Pallbearers will be Mark Williams, Mike Steele, Chuck Steele and Rick Steele.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Wyneas Betterton
BRUCE – Wyneas Jeanette Betterton, 80, died Dec. 4, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born May 20, 1930, in Pontotoc County. She was a former employee of Glenn Slacks and a homemaker. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Darrell Logan officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, R. Jerry Betterton (Debba) of Ridgeland; one daughter, Rita Diestel of Bruce; and three grandchildren, Brandi Betterton of Greenville, S.C., Aaron Diestel of Greeley, Colo. and Leah Husar of Lorton, Va.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. “R.L.” Betterton; her parents, Hershel and Jewell White; and three brothers, J.C. White, Roger White and Billy White.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Thomas Shelley III
BOONEVILLE – Thomas W. Shelley III “Pee Wee,” died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident in Prentiss County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.
Carol Muntz
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Carol Akins Muntz, 69, mother of Paul E. Grooms of Myrtle, died Dec. 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville, Tenn.
Billie Easley
OXFORD – Billie Clarine Easley, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at her home near Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at College Hill Heights Baptist Church in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Wayne Fleming, Missionary, 2409 Sunset Blvd., Mission, TX 78574.
Mary Wallace
BOONEVILLE – Mary Wallace, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.