By NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – Crystal Lynn Pettigo, 32, died suddenly Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at her dad’s home in Shannon. She was born May 13, 1979, in Tupelo to Clarence Russell Reed and Patricia Hall Reed Chambers. She grew up in Mooreville where she attended school and enjoyed all types of outdoor sports. A few of her hobbies included boat riding, horse riding, going to the park and listening to all types of music. She was a loving mother, daughter and sister. She and her children attended North Star Baptist Church in Saltillo.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Carl Estes officiating. Private burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.
Survivors include her father, Russell Reed of Shannon; her mother, Patricia Chambers (Charlie) of Mooreville; two sons, William Pettigo and Dalton Pettigo, both of Mooreville; two daughters, Summer Pettigo and Seirra Westmoreland, both of Mooreville; two brothers, Clarence Russell Reed Jr. (fiancampée- Hannah) of Pontotoc and Rocky Reed (Dena) of Fairview; her grandmother, Arlene Stricland of Saltillo; special aunt, Peggy Hall of Nettleton; aunts, Teresa Melendez of Plantersville and Sheila Chambers (Terry) of Guntown; and an uncle, Wayne Hall of Mooreville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Joe Pettigo; her grandfather, James Hall; and grandparents, James and Helen Reed.
Pallbearers will be Adriana Melendez, Dena Reed, Teresa Melendez, Sonya Floyd, Barbara Thrasher and Hannah Stacy. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Davis, Jajay Floyd, Justin White and Wayne Hall.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOUSTON – John David Thomas, 27, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 25, 1984, to David Thomas and Rita and Pete Tackett. A native of Mississippi, he was a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church. He worked as a driller at Parks amp& Parks Drilling. He was a Mason.
Services will be at noon Friday at Schooner Valley Baptist Church of Houlka with Bro. Linn Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Schooner Valley Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Leah Rape Thomas of Houston; his mother, Marguerita “Rita” Tackett and Pete of Pontotoc: five children, Haley Thomas, Braxton Hutchinson, J.J. Thomas, Alex Thomas and Madison Thomas, all of Houston; one brother, Chris Thomas and Tasha of Greenwood; his grandparents Hazel and Shorty McCammon of Pontotoc, and Annette Thomas of Water Valley; his great-grandmother, Dean Tallent of Houlka; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Thomas, and his grandfathers, Charles Thomas and Stanley Schwalenberg.
Pallbearers will be Larry Rape, Nathan Rape, Chris Thomas, Buddy Schwalenberg, B.J. Schwalenberg and Brad Evans.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Sansing, Jake Wilson, Wally Wilson and Michael Keith Jr.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Turner Doss Jr.
PRAIRIE – Turner “Man Doss” Doss Jr., 71, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born July 28, 1940, to Turner Doss Sr. and Amy Doss. He was a farmer and bus driver for many years. He was a member of Third Union M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B .Church. Burial wil be in the Third Union M.B. Church Cemetery at Prairie. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years. Gladys Doss; one son, Dayron (Sandra) Doss; five daughters, Linda (Otha)Wofford, Sandra Doss, Shomona (Daniel)Cunningham, all of Prairie, Ernestine Lyons of Aberdeen and Dianie (Keith)Walker of Ypsilanti, Mich.; five sisters, Annie Parson and Mary Broyles of Prairie, Susie Jenkin of Jackson, Betty Cook of Columbus and Jessie Kate of Atlanta, Ga.; one brother, Earnest Doss of Aberdeen; 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by five brothers; Walter, L C, Clemmie, Connie Mac and Andrew; one sister, Ada Lou Doss; and one brother-in-law, Douglas Jenkin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Saylor Haze Nicole Pinkley, 13 weeks, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at her home. She was loved very much by her father and mother. She blessed many lives and will be missed by everyone.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Sam Yarbrough officiating. Burial will be in Williams Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Justin and Brittany Pinkley; her brother, Cole Pinkley, and sister, Lanna Kate Pinkley, of Vardaman; her grandparents, Tim and Tracey Monts of Pontotoc, Terry and Sheila Talent of Bruce, and Paul Pinikley of Australia; three uncles, Brandon Grubbs and Tim Monts Jr. of Pontotoc and Josh Pinkley of Vardaman; four aunts, Katelyn Monts, Tasha Monts and Madison Monts of Pontotoc, and Christy Pinkley of Bruce; great-grandparents, Leland and Joyce Bailey, Turner Monts, Patricia Dykes and Ricky Tackitt, all of Pontotoc; cousins, Chloe Monts, Bella Monts, Addison and Alexis Monts, all of Pontotoc, and Allie Kassab and Abrianna Yancy of Vardaman.
She was preceded in death by her great-great-grandmother, Mary Lou Williams; and her great-great-grandparents, Tim and Edith Monts.
Pallbearers are Justin Pinkley, Tim Monts, Jr. Monts, Tim Monts Jr. and Cole Pinkley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Grubbs, Adam Chapman, Josh Harmon, B.J. Harmon, Josh Pinkley, Jonathan Keith and Justin Monts.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday.
OXFORD – Mary Allene Miles Faust, 87, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Water Valley, Mrs. Faust was the widow of Mr. William Upson Faust. She was a retired sewing machine operator for Kellwood Manufacturing. She was a member of South Lamar Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher and 3 year old daycare teacher. She enjoyed working out at Baptist Healthplex.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with Rev. Ron Provence officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include six daughters, Clara Smith, Nancy Smith, Carol Thweatt, Gloria Kelley and Billie Hudgins of Oxford, and Nona Crater of Victoria, Texas; four sons, Harvey Faust of Olive Branch, Charles Faust of Verona, Vernon Faust of Oxford and Kenny Faust of Tyrone, Ga,; one sister, Jeffie Dacus of Arlington, Tenn.; one brother, John Miles of Myrtle; 32 grandchildren and 56 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Charles Mask Memorial Library at South Lamar Baptist Church, 2885 S. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Athen Duke Sr.
WEST POINT – Athen Earley Duke Sr., 94, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at West Point Community Living Center in West Point. He was born July 14, 1917, in Monroe County to Pearl Brooks and Homer Duke. He was a foreman for Bryan Farms for 41 years. Mr. Duke was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He married Willie Mae Richards Duke on June 11, 1938, in West Point. She preceded him in death May 3, 2000.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his two daughters, Hazel Camp (Winston) and Betty Hession, all of West Point; eight grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Ann Sanders (Earl) of Prairie; his brother, James Ellis Duke (Sally) of Dixon Springs, Tenn.; a special friend, Louise Breitkreutz of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife; his son, Athen E. amp”Buddyamp” Duke Jr.; and two grandchildren, James Hamby and Debbie Camp.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bryan, Bucky Kellogg, Bud Tumlinson, David Marnell and James Cook.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Junior Wiley, Dr. Bobby Dill, Dr. Joe Yates, Kenny Dill, Clifton Trull, George Watson, Larry Adams, Dr. John Cox, Brett Miller, Dr. Ben Bennett, Dr. Min Kim, Frank Autrey, Kenny Ellison, Ben Bennett, Willie C. Swift, Willie E. White, Joe Bell, Willie Johnson, his friends at PLI, his friends on Douglas Lake Road and his friends in West Point.
Memorials may be made to, Sally Kate Winters Home for Children, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
HOULKA – Dorothy Luther Burgess, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born Sept. 13, 1924, in Burdette, Ark., to Henry Edgar Luther and Zadie Massengale Luther. She was a homemaker. She loved kids.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at His Grace Ministries in Houlka with the Rev. Tim Brown and David Vance officiating. Burial will follow in Hopewell Cemetery in the Buckhorn community. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, John (Ruthie) Burgess of Little Rock, Ark., Mickey Burgess of Houlka, Rickey (Ronnie) Burgess of Houlka, Bonnie Brown of Houlka, Zadie (George) Bailey of West Point; her grandchildren, Johnny Burgess II, Mike Burgess, Daphne Burgess Paden, Larry “Bubba” Burgess Jr., Tim Brown, Archie Brown, Andy Brown, Terry Cole, Ginny Allen, Lee Burgess, Kayla Frazier and John Ross Burgess; 17 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; her sisters, Montez Stubblefield of Wichita, Kan., Joan Morphis of Houlka and Joyce Chenault of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons, Ken Burgess and Larry “Bubba” Burgess; and two sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Michael Paden, Lee Burgess, Larry “Bubba” Burgess Jr., Johnny Burgess II, Terry Cole and Matt Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at His Grace Ministries in Houlka.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at
Dr. Paul Wilson
TUPELO – Dr. Paul Wilson, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Homeplace in Saltillo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – J.W. Freels, 68, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Somerville, Tenn.
ABERDEEN – Helen Marie West Franklin, 77, died on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Feb. 15, 1934, in Lamar County, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Bruce and Annie Corbell West. She attended Lackey Schools and graduated from Nettleton High School, Class of 1952. She attended Business College in Jackson. Retiring in 1996, she worked as a seamstress with Seminole Garment and South Monroe Sportswear. Mrs. Franklin was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. A one-of-a-kind mother who was very caring and loving, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren. Always seeing the best in everyone, she was a very giving person. She enjoyed gospel music, especially The Gaithers; watching Days of Our Lives; and cooking.
She is survived by her daughters, Teresa Ann Hutchins and Patricia F. Raines (Phillip) of Aberdeen; her sons, David Wayne Hutchins and Joseph Boyd Franklin (Rona) of Aberdeen; sisters, Mary Ann Welch (Aaron) and Margaret Elway of Lackey; brother, James Bruce West (Sarah) of Hamilton; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie “I.B.” Franklin; daughter, Sheila Hutchins Stanford; son, Jackie Houston Williams; granddaughter, Jennifer Nicole Stanford; and great-grandson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Howell Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dwayne and Terry Welch, Mike Sanders, Jason Munn, Kevin Stanford and Allen Franklin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to the American Heart Assn., 1101 Northchase Pkwy., Marietta, GA 30067.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Carolyn R. Benson
FULTON – The Hon. Carolyn R. Benson, 80, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
OXFORD – James Bland, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth R. Rowland
CORINTH – Kenneth R. Rowland, 72, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in Olive Branch.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday.
MEMPHIS - Ben McLevain, 61, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, after a long illness. At his request, his body was donated for cancer research.
A Celebration of Life service will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the home of Gail Taylor, 429 County Road 1389, Saltillo. Family and friends are invited to the service and a time of remembrance.
Vera Mae Barnes
RED BAY, Ala. – Vera Mae Barnes, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home Chaprl is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home.
MARIETTA – Lisa Pauline Guin, 43, died Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 17, 1967, in Waukegan, Ill., to Jerry R. and Martha Joan Hicks Jones. She was reared in the Tremont area and had lived in the Kirkville community the past several years. She worked in various factories, most recently at Marietta Manufacturing.
Visitation and memorial services will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gilmore Chapel Methodist Church in the Kirkville Community. Private burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home assisted the family.
She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Guin of Marietta; her son, Shane McDonald of Golden; her father, Jerry R. “Mousey” Jones of Tremont; three brothers, Jimmy Jones and Randy Jones, both of Tremont, and Adam Jones of California; two sisters, Gerrie Nabors of Olive Branch and Laura Williams of Tremont; and her friend, Bobby Pate of Marietta.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gary V. “Slick” Guin, and her mother, Joan Jones.
NEW ALBANY – Ida Beatrice Spender, 94, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at Myrtle Methodist Church.
Lee Anne Edwards
TUPELO – Lee Anne Edwards, 51, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at her home in Tupelo.
A private family service will be held in Tennessee. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Sadie Heard, 100, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the West Point Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Third Mount Olive Church. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
WEST POINT – Annie Thelma Wardlow, 63, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Cynthia Ann Lawson, 65, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.