Obituaries February 14, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Frances Powell
SKYLINE – Mrs. Mary Frances Powell, 89, passed this life on Feb. 12, 2011, at the Laney House of the Greenhouses at Traceway Retirement Center after an extended illness involving advanced age, multiple strokes and heart disease. A native of Belden and lifelong resident of Lee County, she was born Sept. 23, 1921, to Martin Luther and Mary Sue Richey Payne. She was nicknamed “Frank” by her husband, Mr. Berlin Bordeaux Powell. They married on Jan. 7, 1939, and were separated by his death on Sept. 4, 1974. She lived through the “Great Depression” and exhibited the myriad strengths of the “greatest generation.” She was a seamstress for the Blue Bell Manufacturing Co. for 25 years after which she retired to enjoy her extended family and to spoil her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a caring, empathetic and giving individual who dearly loved her family and a multitude of friends, and she was greatly loved in return. She enjoyed nature and especially observing the many redbirds which she fed on a regular basis. These birds became her signature decoration, adorning many of her blankets, shawls and were always prominent on her Christmas trees. Frances had the ability to make a small universe out of her portion of God’s creation and spent a great deal of time tending her flowers, large vegetable garden and lawn while working with her husband to perfect their horticultural skills. Having the proverbial “green thumb,” she also enjoyed preserving and sharing the Lord’s bounty, and she was an expert cook. Her family was regularly treated to sumptuous old style southern meals, and she was well known for her homemade preserves, fried apple pies and sweet potato dishes. No holiday was complete without her signature ham, chicken and dressing and famous homemade coconut cakes, with all the grandchildren competing to crack, peel and grind the fresh coconut.
The family fondly remembers and will miss her delightful sense of humor, which was an essential ingredient at all family gatherings including holidays, Sunday dinners, quilting bees and canning preserves. Her humor eased the tension while waiting out tornadoes in the storm house. She was a faithful member of the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church and took great pleasure and comfort in reading and studying her Bible. She taught an adult ladies Bible class for 20 plus years before her health failed. She sought the Lord daily and endeavored to live a compassionate life, keeping “The Golden Rule.” Her favorite Bible verse was I Corinthians 13:13, “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 14, 2011, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Leon Willis officiating. Interment will be in the Willis Family plot at Gilvo Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her only daughter and primary caregiver, Caroline Sue Powell Willis (Jerry) of Tupelo; her son, Gary T. Powell (Susan) of Tupelo; her daughter-in-law, Kathy Powell of Jacksonville, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Dr. Gregg A. Willis M.D. (Kim) of Tupelo, Lynn Sanderson (Roger) of Mooreville, Pamula Galdi (Tony), Brian Powell, Wayne Powell (Pamela), all of Jacksonville, Fla., Jennifer Begrin (Mark) of Southaven and Jon Gary Powell (Jennifer) of Horn Lake; 14 great-grandchildren, McKenna and Olivia Sanderson, Stephen Tyler Willis, Zach, Tyler and Nichole Galdi, Justin and Preston Powell, Collin and Kieristen Powell, Adam, Matthew and Meadow Begrin and Noah Powell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Berlin Wayne Powell; one brother, Luther Ray Payne and one sister, Grace Briley.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Gregg A. Willis M.D., Stephen Tyler Willis, Jon Gary Powell, Brian Powell, Wayne Powell and Roger Sanderson.
The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the many special caregivers in the Laney House at the Greenhouse complex, Dr. Jennifer Lowery, Dr. John Mitchell, the physicians at the North Mississippi Family Medical Residency Center, NMMC hospice nurses and Malinda Ingram C.N.P. for their professional, compassionate and loving care.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Good Samaritan Clinic, 420 Magazine Street, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Millard Lowry
BEDFORD, Va. – Millard W. Lowry, 84, formerly of Houlka, died Feb. 11, 2011, at Oakwood Health and Rehab in Bedford, Va. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. He retired from Mississippi Skuna Valley Railroad. He served in the United States Navy during World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dot Fleming and husband, Rocky of Vardaman; Pam Moore and husband, Troy and Sarah Moore, both of Pittsboro; one son, Carter Lowry and wife, Kathy of Huddleston, Va.; a special granddaughter, Nikki Bray; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Warren and Mary Dorothy Isbell Lowry; his wife, Mary Jane Carter Lowry; one daughter, Margaret Bray; and two sisters, Juanita Whitten and Isodene Lowry.
Pallbearers will be Jim Aron, Joe Aron, Jerry Brasher, Robert Earl Brasher, Dave McCormick, Jeff McCormick, John McDonald and Jeff Sullivan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Aron, Curt Brasher, Fred Hawkins, Billy Fred Murphree, Charlie Shinall; and grandsons, Will Fleming, Christopher Lowry, Mitch Lowry, Jerry Moore, Roger Moore and Thomas Moore.
Prentiss Pearson
TUPELO – Prentiss Doyle “Chip” Pearson, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Lee County, he was born Sept. 27, 1930, to William Monroe and Ilaree Smith Pearson. He attended Lawhon School and was a graduate of the Dale Carnegie School of Business. He was retired from Mid South Packers after 32 years as a Sales Representative. For the past 17 years, he worked in auto sales. He was known as the “bubblegum man” to many and “Pop” to his family. He was also known for picking up any coin he found on the ground. He loved his dogs, especially amp”Delbert,amp” and he never met a stranger. He was a member of Skyline Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Al Franks officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Angie Pearson Cooper and her fiancee, Mike Riggs of Tupelo; two sons, Dewayne Pearson (Louise) of Tupelo and Brian Pearson and his fiancee, Elaine Spain of Tupelo; one sister, June Pearson Franks (Bro. Al Franks) of Kosciusko; two grandsons, Josh Pearson (Paula) of Olive Branch and Luke Pearson (Kristi South) of Tupelo; a granddaughter, Brandi Saucier (Clint) of Biloxi; four great-grandchildren, Emily Pearson, Blakleigh Pearson, Tyler Pearson and Aldyn Saucier.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ann Laura Pearson, who preceded him in death in 1974; two brothers, Hoyle Pearson and Jimmy Pearson; and one sister, Hazel Pearson.
Pallbearers will be Josh Pearson, Luke Pearson, Kenneth Pearson, Philip Franks, Stephen Franks, Paul Franks and Mike Riggs.
Honorary pallbearers will be his friends at Shockley’s Resturant and his friends at the Meadows.
Memorials may be made to The Magnolia Messenger, P.O. Box 1578, Kosciusko, MS 39090.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Morris Giachelli
HOLLY RIDGE – Morris Giachelli, 82, of Holly Ridge, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 16, 1928. Mr. Giachelli was a United States Air Force Veteran and a life long farmer in the Holly Ridge Community.
Rosary will be at 10:30 a.m. today with the Funeral Mass following at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Indianola City Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by six sons, Steve, Greg, Tommy, Jeff, Bobby and Doug; two daughters, Sandra Gilmer and Pamela Warren; 19 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oldo and Ersilia Raddicioni Giachelli; his wife, Pauline; two sisters, Pat and Mary; and a grandson, Kyle Patrick Giachelli.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. today at the church.
Lorene Gordon
MEMPHIS – Lorene Carter Gordon, 82, died Feb. 12, 2011, at Methodist Hospital North in Memphis. She was born April 13, 1928, in Pittsboro. She was retired from Active Bolt and Screw Co. of Memphis as a bookkeeper and from BLG Trasport of Memphis as a president. She lived in Memphis for many years and most recently lived in Southern Pines, N.C. for seven years. She was a lifelong member of Pittsboro Methodist Church.
Mrs. Gordon was a member of Loosa Schoona Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution, serving as Regent and the Mississippi Daughters of American Revolution and Sons of American Revolution committee chairman. She helped organize the David Murphree Sons of American Revolution chapter in Bruce and also the Sons of American Revolution chapters in Oxford and Kosciusko.
She was a charter member of the Calhoun County Historical and Genealogy Society, serving on the first board. She served several years as president of the Pittsboro Cemetery Association. Her hobbies were painting, and she had a special interest in Ole Miss football and basketball.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating and the Rev. David Johnson assisting. Burial will be in Pittsboro Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Linda Gordon Bradshaw of Bartlett, Tenn., Ronald Gordon of Memphis, Charlotte Gordon King of Memphis, Deborah Gordon Cross and husband, Eddie of Bartlett, Tenn. and Judith Gordon Perkins of Millington, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Leslie McCrone (Norman), Brandi Bray (John), Jennifer Newman (Tim), Katie Bradshaw, Justin Logsdon, Camille Byrd, Clayton Perkins; and four great-grandchildren, Devin McCrone, Kayla Copeland, John Austin Bray and Ansley Byrd.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Wiley Leftwich Carter and Lucille Bennett Carter; her husband, William “Billy” Barrett Gordon, whom she married Sept. 26, 1945; and a brother, Tommie Carter.
Pallbearers will be John Austin Bray, John Bray, Jerry Cox, Buddy Davis, Dwayne Gordon, Garrett Howse, Norman McCrone and Clayton Perkins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Purvis
CORINTH – John W. “Jack” Purvis Sr., 77, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was employed with ITT for 10 years and retired from OCI after 37 years of dedicated service. He attended Pinecrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Jeff Haney officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Sue Purvis of Corinth; one son, Johnny Purvis (Cindy) of Corinth; two daughters, Jackie Crum (Rickey) and Missy Wilbanks (James) of Walnut; two brothers, Jimmy Purvis (Marie) and Bobby Purvis, both of Corinth; one sister, Mildred Woods of Corinth; one brother-in-law, H.S. Mills of Memphis; one sister-in-law, Ramona Purvis of Glen; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Craig Purvis Sr; his mother, Mamie Leita Butler Purvis; one brother, Tommy Purvis; and two sisters, Janice Mills and Clara Alice Purvis.
Pallbearers will be Michael Crum, Shane Bayless, Corey Glidewell, Rodney Hardin, Jackie Farris, Rusty Purvis and Gary Wren.
Visitation will from 5 to 8 p.m today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Robert Presley
RIPLEY – Robert Harold Presley, 72, died Feb. 12, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born to James Robert and Francis Almedia Ketchum Presley on Sept. 15, 1938, in Tippah County. He was retired from Tidwell Industries, and he was of the Pentecostal Faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Minister Jerry Owen officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in chage of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Charlene Flake Presley of Ripley; one daughter, Melinda Clark (T) of Blue Mountain; two sons, Robert “Rick” Presley (Lauri) of Manchester, Tenn. and James William “Pete” Presley (Bobbie) of Blue Mountain; three sisters, Billie Floyd (Wallace) of Blue Mountain, Janice Richardson (Billy Hoyt) and Elsie Woods (Gary), both of Ripley; three brothers, Guyton Presley (June) of Collierville, Tenn., Tate Presley (Martha) of Pine Grove and Tom Presley (Judy) of New Albany; six grandchildren, Richard Litzau, Aaron Presley and Hastin Presley, all of Ripley and Frankie Presley, David Presley and Kaylie Presley, all of Blue Mountain; and one daughter-in-law, Sharon Presley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Ronnie Keith Presley.
Pallbearers will be Rex Flake, Charles Dooley, Danny Flake, Jeff Barkley, Ricky Selmer and Thomas Moffitt.
Honorary pallbearers will be the National Guard Armored Calvery #108.
Visitation will be until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Opal Grissom
BALDWYN – Janice Opal Grissom, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. She enjoyed nature and bird watching. She was a former garment factory worker, having worked at Blue Bell and Lucky Star Industries.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Stanley Huddleston and Bro. Dean Warren officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Harold Dene Grissom (Peggy) of Baldwyn; brother, Nelson Miller (Virginia) of Tupelo; brother-in-law, Jake Duncan of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Hal Grissom (Kim) and Brian Grissom, both of Baldwyn; great-grandchildren, Hunter Grissom, Allie Grissom and Camie Grissom; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Ruth Magers Miller; her husband, Odene Grissom; her grandson, Colton Grissom; and her brothers and sisters, Louise Melson, Alieen Ryan, Ovie Miller, Ellis Miller and Marie Duncan.
Pallbearers will be Hal Grissom, Brian Grissom, Roger Grissom, Larry Ryan, Steve Ryan, Randy Miller, Danny Bishop and Van Duncan.
Honorary pallbearers will be employees of the Baldwyn Nursing Facility for their care and compassion.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177 Tupelo, MS 38803.
Litha Davis
CORINTH – Litha Harden Davis, 88, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center .
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to send condolences.
Eddie Owen
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Eddie Owen, 61, died Feb. 13, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
Katherine Whitworth
ABERDEEN – Mary Katherine Whitworth, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born Feb. 6, 1939, in Aberdeen to James Leslie Whitworth and Mary Ann Wells Whitworth. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen and a homemaker. She was affiliated with the Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceeded in death by her parents.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at HYPERLINK amp”http://www.tisdalelannmemorial.comamp” www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Harold Bastian
TUPELO – Harold Bastian, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 09, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. A native of Philadelphia, Pa., he was born Jan. 6, 1942, to Eugene and Myrtle Byran Bastian. He was a meat cutter by trade, and he retired from this occupation. For the past eleven years, he made Tupelo his home. He loved living in Tupelo and helping with many of the city projects. He attended All Saints Episcopal Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Adrienne Overton of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sons, Albert Bastian of Las Vegas, Nev. and Harold Bastian Jr. of Wilmington, N.C.; and his special caregiver, Linda Gausline of Tupelo.
There will be no public services or visitation. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Rickey Brewer
OKOLONA – Rickey Lee Brewer, 48, died suddenly Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, while trucking near Amarillo, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.
William Weatherspoon
FULTON – William E. Weatherspoon, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Brandon. He was born Aug. 20, 2011, in Lee county to Emanuel Weatherspoon and Tennessee Weatherspoon.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at Friendship C.M.E. Church in Dorsey with the Rev. Patrick Head officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Kevin (Aretha) Nabors of Tupelo; two grandchildren; three sisters, Christine Bolin of Detroit, Mich., Martha Pound of Plantersville and Mary Logan of Nettleton; one aunt, Louise (William) of Tupelo; and one special niece, Joyce Mathis of Dorsey.
He was preceded in death by four sisters; four brothers; and one daughter, Priscilla Weatherspoon
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Ara Armstrong
TUPELO – Ara Armstrong, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
James Blissard
HOUSTON – James Kimble Blissard died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Houston. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
More information will be published at a later date.
Iva Hughes
CORINTH – Iva Mae Hughes died Feb. 12, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charlie Stegall
AMORY – Charlie C. Stegall, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.