Obituaries December 9, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ferrel Daniels
PONTOTOC – Ferrel Dean Daniels, 87, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 28, 1924, in Pontotoc, where she spent her life. She was an avid homemaker and cook, and had a helping heart toward her family and neighbors. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. David Hamilton, Rev. Jane Houser and Bro. James Francis officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Cherilyn Steadman (Joe) of Pontotoc and Merrillyn Alexander of Pearl; grandsons, Ron Yarbrough (Pam), Jamie Yarbrough (Teresa), Mark Alexander, Matthew Alexander (Leah), Jon Alexander; great-grandsons, Ryan Yarbrough, Landon Thomas Alexander and Ryan Mark Alexander; great-granddaughters, Katie Alexander, Abbey Alexander, Lacey Louise Yarbrough, Amber Cox, Tara Woodward (Jim) and Ginny Kennedy; one sister, Evangeline Winter.
She was preceded in death by Tynna Cheryll Tutor whom she had a special bond due to her being a special needs child; her father and mother; four brothers; a son-in-law, Tommy Alexander.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ron Yarbrough, Jamie Yarbrough, Matthew Alexander, Jon Alexander, and great-grandson, Ryan Yarbrough.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dec. 9, 2011, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses of Pontotoc Medical Clinic, especially Dr. Steve Montgomery; North Mississippi Medical Center of Pontotoc and Tupelo; Pontotoc Extended Care; and all the staff of Sanctuary Hospice House. We also acknowledge visits, prayers and expressions of love and support from friends and family, and family nursing her illness.
Glen Bristow
TUPELO – W.G. “Glen” Bristow, 94, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where he was a resident for the past two years. He was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Guntown to W.A. (Arthur) Bristow and Minnie Sigler Bristow. He attended high school at Cedar Hill. He retired from South Central Bell after 40 years. He served four years in the U.S. Navy during World War II aboard the USS New Jersey. He was a Sunday School teacher and Sunday School superintendent for the First United Pentecostal Church in Booneville for 20 years. In later years he was a member of St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Burial will follow in the Bristow family plot at Campbelltown Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Glenda Bristow; one sister, Anna Ruth Parker; a sister-in-law, Francis Bristow; three nieces and three nephews; a stepson, Mike Stone (Sybil) of Fulton; two step-granddaughters, Niece Stone Browning (Hal) and Natalie Stone; one step-grandson, Gary Stone; two step-great-grandsons and two step-great-granddaughters.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Pearl Nicholson Bristow; his wife of 20 years, Irene Hester Stone Bristow; his parents; two brothers, Ed Bristow and James Luther Bristow; two sisters, Ella Bristow Christian and Charlie Bristow Watts.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Lou Echoles
WOODLAND – Lou Ada Echoles, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Callahan Missionary Baptist Church in Woodland. Burial will be in Poplar Spring M.B. Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hollis Martin
SARDIS – Hollis Martin, 67, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Sylvia Dye
NEW ALBANY – Sylvia Dye, 55, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 13, 1958, in Union County to Alonzo Dye and Hazzie Jenkins Dye.
Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Mary United Methodist Church with the Rev. Colbert Graham delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Mt. Mary Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Brittany Dilworth and Whitney Dye of New Albany; her mother, Hazzie Dye Owens of Memphis; her siblings, Rev. James (Orber) Dye of Rienzi, Phylis Dye of Olive Branch and Meriel (Jerry) Dotson of Memphis; a special friend, Tommie Thomas; four grandchildren; a godsister, Diane (Charles) Boyd; a godbrother, Randall (Bloria) Bert; and a host of uncles and aunts.
She was preceded in death by her father and a brother, Wallace Dye.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mildred Hill
IUKA – Mildred Nixon Hill, 94, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. Born Sept. 3, 1917, in Paden, she was the daughter of Clinton Kelly and Annie Willard Robinson Nixon. She graduated from Tishomingo High School and attended the University of Mississippi. She married Martin Elton Hill on April 25, 1937. They had one daughter. She taught school in Prentiss County for several years. Later, she and her husband co-owned the Western Auto Store in Ashland. They participated in many youth activities with their daughter, especially as supporters of the early sponsorship of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After the death of her husband and daughter, she worked for several years at the Baptist Hospital in Memphis. After retiring in 1080 she returned to Iuka to be with her mother. She was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church and the Ann Judson Circle. She was a member and president of the 20th Century Club and a member and secretary/treasurer of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE), Jacinto Chapter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka with Dr. Ronnie Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Memphis Memorial Gardens. Ludlam Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Dorothy Dietch Nixon; two great-nephews, John and David Casavant; and many cousins from the Johnson and Nixon families.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Elton Hill; her daughter, Ann Hill; her parents; her sister, Helen Marguerete Nixon; two brothers, James Clinton Nixon and Edward Kelly Nixon; a niece, Louis Nixon Casavant; three sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Iuka Baptist Church, 105 West Eastport, Iuka, MS 38852; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 3704, Memphis, TN 38135.
Cecil Burnett
RIPLEY – Cecil Burnett, 80, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Essie Bell Clark
TUPELO – Essie Bell Clark, 80, died on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing amp& Rehab Center. Born on June 7, 1931, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Willie Mae Mabry Morris. She was a member of the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Nettleton. She attended Nettleton High School, She was a former employee of Purnell Pride for many years. She was a very good cook and a homemaker for many in the community. She loved her family and loved to talk about her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She enjoyed reading the Bible, listening to gospel music and ministering to her family.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jerusalem M.B. Church in Nettleton with Rev. Carl Shack officiating. Burial will follow in the Jerusalem Church Cemetery. Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her four sons, Billy Joe (Mae) Clark of Baldwyn, Auther Lamar Clark, Larry Thomas Clark and ConRalph Clark, all of Tupelo; one daughter, Margrat Diane Ambrose of Tupelo; one brother, Clyde Morris of Chicago; three sisters, Viola M. Foster of Plantersville, Mozell Curry of Shannon and Shirley Jean Marshall of Nettleton; 22 grand children, 32 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Willie Clark; two daughters, Ethylene Bowens and Brenda Bowers; one son, Ray Anthony Clark; two grandsons, Jonthan and Jerry Word.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.
Nathan Jones III
MEMPHIS – Nathan Jones III, 62, died Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Pisgah CME Church in Memphis. Burial will be at noon Monday at New Park Cemetery in Memphis. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from 8:30 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.
Delilah Evans
HOLLY SPRINGS – Delilah Batts Evans, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Samuel Chapel M.B. Church in Ashland. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church from 9 to 9:55 a.m. Saturday.
Annie Franks
BOONEVILLE – Annie Bell Franks, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville.
Services will be at noon today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery near Red Bay, Ala.
Beatrice Spencer
NEW ALBANY – Ida Beatrice Goode Spencer, 94, died Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born March 12, 1917, in Benton County to Wilburn Franklin Goode and Lena Belle Whiteside Goode. She was a retired cafeteria worker for Myrtle Attendance Center. She was an active member of the Myrtle United Methodist Church for over 50 years. She taught the Willing Workers Sunday School Class for many years. She was a choir member, a UMW member and served in various church offices. She was very civic minded, a member of Myrtle Library Friends and treasurer of Candy Hill Cemetery Fund. She was the Town Clerk for Myrtle for many years. She was a renowned cook, especially of butterscotch pies.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Myrtle United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Lawrence, Rev. Nathan Hodum and Rev. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will be in the Candy Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Little (Benny) of New Albany; her son, Pat Gray Spencer III (Judye) of Germantown, Tenn.; a brother, Curtis L. Goode (June) of Lakeland, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Timmy Little (Mary Morgan) and Dana Jumper (Greg), both of New Albany, Jeff Spencer and Ashley McGaw, both of Germantown, Tenn.; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Pat Gray Spencer Jr.; an infant son; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Will Jumper, Greg Jumper, Skip Goode, Scott Goode and Dennis Spencer.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. today at Myrtle United Methodist Church.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
William Boland
CALHOUN CITY – William Harold Boland, 96, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born Sept. 16, 1915, in Calhoun City. He was a retired merchant with J.M. Boland and Son and a member of Lewis Memorial Methodist Church in Calhoun City. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church in Calhoun City with the Rev. Scott Wright and the Rev. Charlie Simmons officiating. Burial will be in the Calhoun City Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Shirley (Larry) Bratton of Calhoun City; his grandchildren, Laura (Mike) Bratton Edwards, Scott (Amy) Bratton, Leigh (Shane) Bratton Childs; his great-grandchildren, Mitchell Edwards, Eric Childs, Alison Childs, Seth Bratton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James M. and Ruby Mallory Boland; brothers, Ross Mallory Boland and Howard Boland; and sisters, Helen Farned and Mildred Magers.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Memorial Methodist Church.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Edwards, Eric Childs, Jim Farned, Bill Farned, Brandon Lee and Paul Moore Jr.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Dr. Paul Wilson
TUPELO – Services for Dr. Paul H. Wilson, 81, longtime retired Southern Baptist minister, widower of Mary Ruth Wilson and father of Bobby Wilson, Wanda Wilson Smith and Sharon Wilson Rehberg, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Merry Makers Group, Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4875 Cliff Gookin Blvd. , Tupelo, MS. 3880l.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. A full obituary will follow in Saturday’s paper.
Perry McAnally
SHERMAN – Perry Kenneth McAnally, 58, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, in Baldwyn. He was a member of Sherman Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a trucker driver before becoming disabled. He loved woodworking and being around people.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Sherman Baptist Church with Bro. Greg Thomas officiating. Burial will be at Liberty Cemetery in Nettleton. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jacqueline Graves McAnally of Sherman; one daughter, Malia McAnally Cox of Ingomar; one brother, Leonard (Vickie) McAnally Jr. of Saltillo; one sister, Ja’net (Glenn) McCarver of Baldwyn; two grandchildren, Kaylie and Jaelyn Cox; four nephews, Mike (Vickey) Hester, Rod (Sarah) Marsinelli and Vic (Tula) McAnally, all of Tupelo, and Matthew (Michelle) McCarver of Baldwyn; two nieces, Sherrie (Larry) Hearn of Saltillo and Dr. Jennifer (Dan) Nolan of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Ruth Tackett McAnally, and a sister, Helen Grubbs.
Pallbearers will be Terry Johns, Bryan Robertson, Derrick Hicks, Jeanie Biggs, L.N. Tollison and Rick Spencer.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church
Joe P. Berry
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Joe P. Berry, 74, died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at St. John Medical Center in Westlake, Ohio. He was a native of Vina, Ala. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving 1958-1961 in the Nike Missile Defense Program. He was a diesel mechanic with International Harvester Co. in Cleveland, Ohio, and was shop foreman for two years. In 1963 he started his own business, Joe’s Towing, and he towed from Florida to New York and from the east coast to Arkansas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Rick Murrell officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Norma Batdorf Berry of Cleveland, Ohio; one son, John Berry (Michele) of Parma Heights, Ohio; one daughter, Shari Rivera of Brookpark, Ohio; a son-in-law, Bobby Hacker of Vina.; two brothers, Johnny Berry (Alice) and Don Berry (Joy), all of Red Bay; two sisters, Brenda Berry Bridges of Tupelo and Charlotte Johnson of Goose Creek, S.C.; seven grandchildren, Scott Berry, Shawn Berry, Jason Hacker, Ryan Rivera, Russell Rivera, Rachel Rivera and Alexis Rivera; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Nelson Berry; a daughter, Carla Hacker; and a grandson, Joe Hacker.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
J.Y. Foster
CORINTH – J.Y. Foster, 80, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011, at his home in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Vikki L. Parker
GOLDEN – Vikki L. Parker, 56, died Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. She was born Sept. 21, 1955, to Golden “Bill” and Helen Credille Epps in Indiana. She was a teacher and a member of Golden United Methodist Church. She enjoyed photography.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Donny Riley officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Rick Parker of Golden; her mother, Helen Epps of Belmont; her daughter, Jessica Parker of Golden; her son, Justin Parker (Kala) of Fulton; one sister, Dianna Barker (Dennis) of Golden; two brothers, Eddie Epps of Belmont and Donnie Epps (Linda) of Golden.
She was preceded in death by her father, Golden “Bill” Epps.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Earlene Wilkins
HOLLY SPRINGS – Earlene Wilkins, 48, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Free Branch Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.