Obituaries February 18, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Milton Bishop
BOONEVILLE – Milton “Mut Mut” Bishop, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at his home with his wife by his side. He was born Aug. 14, 1939, to Jack and Rachel Downs Bishop. Milton attended New Site, Jumpertown, Hills Chapel and Rienzi Schools. He was member of Rienzi Baptist Church, president of the Rienzi Rescue Squad, board member of the Corinth-Alcorn Emergency Management Agency, a member of the Corinth Civil Defense, president of the Rienzi Lions Club, former member of the Jaycees where he was Jaycee of the Year, former member of the Rienzi Fire Department, helped with the Rienzi 4×4 Club and a former member of the Rienzi Merchant Association.
He had been in law enforcement since 1958. He has served as a deputy in Old Mill Creek, Ill., worked as a deputy or reserve deputy for Grady Bingham, Ralph Lambert, Edwin Coleman, Jack Holt, Bill Gant, Jimmy Taylor and Charles Rinehart. Milton served as Rienzi Town Marshall for many years. He also worked as a reserve deputy for Prentiss County under Farrell Brumley, Bud Michael and Randy Tolar. He was also a Rienzi bus driver for many years. He has been a mink worker, farmer, used car dealer and a store owner with his wife Carolyn for 29 years. He, Carolyn, and the late Bobby Stacy started the Rienzi Christmas Parade and worked many benefits. Milton’s hobbies were being with his family and friends and running rabbits with his dogs.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. today, Feb. 18, 2011, at the Rienzi Baptist Church with Bro. Franklin Wilson, Bro. Charlie Cooper, Bro. Titus Tyer and Bro. Jerry Kelly officiating and Roger Voyles delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Danville Baptist Church Cemetery. Services are under the direction of McMillan Funeral Home.
He is survived his loving wife, Carolyn Moore Bishop, whom he married on May 20, 1961; two sisters, Martha “Polly” Robinson and family, and Betty Turvaville and family; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Geneva Bishop and family, Inez Bishop Wilson and husband, Frank, and family, Cathy Moore and family, Wayne and Maylene Moore and family, and Bill and Sue Moore Hively and family; caretakers, Kenny and Linda Monroe and family, Lori and Josh Hammock, and Brandon Moore and family; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and other family.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Ann Bishop; his parents; his in-laws, Rev. James H and Pauline Moore; his brothers, Vick Bishop and wife, Joyce, Aaron Bishop and wife, Vera, Gene Bishop, and George Bishop; brothers–in-law, Paul Moore, Jerry Moore, L.W. Robinson and Trenton Turvaville; sisters, Hazel Isabell and husband, Clyde, Inez Williams and husband, Lewis, and Nellie Murphy and husband, A.V.
Pallbearers are Brandon Moore, Larry Isbell, Dustin Moore, Paul Moore, Bobby Bishop and Jimmy Bishop.
Honorary pallbearers are Ricky Bishop, David Bishop, Kenneth Bishop, Jackie Robinson, Richard Murphy and Johnny Bishop, members of the Rienzi-Alcorn Rescue Squad, Corinth-Alcorn Emergency Management Agency and Alcorn and Prentiss law enforcement.
Visitation is conintuing at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Tillmon Flanagan
PITTSBORO – Tillmon Lee Flanagan, 77, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Dec. 9, 1933, in Pittsboro. He was a former employee of Kellwood, a farmer and the operator of a lawn service. He was a member of Pittsboro Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at the Pittsboro Cemetery. A Celebration of Life service will be at 1 p.m. today at Pittsboro Baptist Church. The Rev. Benny Hill and the Rev. Scotty Bland will officiate. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Billye Jacobs (Joe) of Pauma Valley, Calif., and Betty Walker of Orlando, Fla.; nieces, Amy Roberts (Bill), Beth Davis, Nancy Czesnakowicz (Bob), Lida Jacobs and Lynn Jacobs, all of Florida; nephews, Ed Braun (Ronda) of Alabama, Mark Braun of Florida and Jeff Jacobs (Ann) of Illinois; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bryant Flanagan and Ruth Adams Flanagan; a sister, Noryene Braun; and two nephews, Bob Walker and Joseph Jacobs.
Pallbearers will be Fred Bullard, Gayle Bullard, John Crump, John Ellard, Lee Ottis Flanagan and Larry Winter.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Betty Cantrell
AMORY – Betty Brown Cantrell, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at her home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

Norman Bailey
TUPELO – Robert Norman Bailey, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Josh Wilkes
SALTILLO – Joshua Jay “Josh” Wilkes, 26, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 14, 1984, to Terry and Shelia Williams Wilkes. He was a Baptist in belief. After his Dad passed away, his stepfather, David Melton, raised him as his own son. He loved his family; his kids were his life. He was a member of Unity Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, playing drums and singing gospel music.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Bro Anthony Tackett will officiate, and Jason Clardy will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Altar Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Tiffney Johnson Wilkes of Saltillo: two sons, Joshua Terry and Zackary Isaiah; two daughters, Chloe and Isabella; his mother and stepfather. Shelia and David Melton of Mooreville; two brothers, T.J. Wilkes (Shae) of Fulton and Randy Wilkes (Amanda) of Fairview; one sister, Nikki Wilkes of Mooreville; one stepbrother, David H. Melton (Amber) of Tupelo; one stepsister, Kim Priest of Mooreville; 13 nieces and nephews; his best friend, Jason Clardy; and Elizabeth Durham, the mother of Chloe and Isabella.
He was preceded in death by father, Terry Wilkes; and his grandparents, Billy and Sadie Williams, Ray Wilkes, and John and Dolly Barto.
Pallbearers will be Jason Clardy, Timmy Jackson, Melvin Higgins, Richard Priest, Lee Hoasley and John Edwards.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Holcomb Zack McKissak and the Unity Volunteer Firefighters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Ida Mae Clifton
TUPELO – Ida Mae Clifton, 98, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Spring Hill M.B. Church, where she served as a deaconess, Sunday School teacher, member of the Home Benefit Club, and secretary and treasurer of the Church Circle No. 4. She was a member of Wilson Chapter 438 Order of the Eastern Star. She was an employee of Tupelo Public School District at Miliam School for many years as a food technician. She was a graduate of Lee County Training School.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Spring Hill M.B. Church with Pastor Gary Long officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Garden. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Clifton Standifer (Edward) of Verona; two grandchildren, Reginald Howard (Terri) and Arlisha Howard Long of Tupelo; four great grandchildren, Adrian Howard (Sherritt), Danielle Howard, Meancha Wilson and Justin Howard Long; two great-great-grandchildren, Katelyn Fields and Adrianona Howard.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the church.

Linda Graham
BOONEVILLE – Linda Gayle Williamson Graham, 63, died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born June 29, 1947, in Tennessee to Hubert W. and Sylvia “Dean” Massey Williamson. She was a graduate of Frayser High School. She was a homemaker and a member of the Booneville Church of Christ.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Cave Springs Cemetery in Chester County, Tenn., with Minister Greg Pollock officiating. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Andrew L. Graham of Booneville; two sons, Scott Graham and Tracy Graham and his wife, Blair Moore Graham, all of Booneville; one sister, Carrolyn Lowe and her husband, Richard, of Bartlett, Tenn.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today and until noon Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

J.H. Garrett
RIENZI – J.H. Garrett, 61, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Marvee Franklin
OXFORD – Marvee Lorene Pegues Franklin, 77, died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at her residence in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, she was the daughter of James Pegues and Ada Mae McGlown Pegues. She was a 1951 graduate of West Springhill School. She was a former employee of Oxford Laundry, a nurse’s aide for Lafayette County Health Department and a former employee of Oxford Lafayette Medical Center. She was currently a foster grandparent at North Mississippi Regional Center. She was a member of Abiding Truth Prayer Temple. She had a strong belief in her church and her family. She loved her pet, Coco.
Services will be noon Saturday at North Oxford Baptist Church. Bishop Perry Lee Ivy will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Franklin of Oxford; one daughter, Sheryl Franklin of Memphis; one godson, Wayne (Floretta) Pegues of Oxford; four sisters, Bertha (Lafayette) Franklin and Lula (Douglas) Hill, all of Oxford, Doris (David) Wilson of Chicago and Oretha Anderson of Memphis; three brothers, Robert (Juanita) Pegues of Oxford, L.E. (Louise) Pegues of St. Louis and James (Rose) Pegues of Collierville, Tenn.
Visitation is 10 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday at North Oxford Baptist Church.

Linda J. Streetman
CORINTH – Linda J. Streetman, 54, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Crossroads M.S. Support Group, c/o Joy Gorsythe, 20 CR 620, Corinth, MS 38834.

Bettie Lockett-Jones
CORINTH – Bettie Thompson Lockett-Jones, 71, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Sammy Wright
EUPORA – Sammy Loyd Wright, 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Vickers Personal Care Home in Starkville.
Services will be Saturday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie James Hill
HOUSTON – Willie James Hill, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at his home in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

L.C. Manning
OXFORD – L.C. Manning, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Dan Robinson
FLINT, Mich. – Dan Robinson, 93, formerly of Potts Camp, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Flint, Mich.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Teamer CME Church in Holly Springs. 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 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Lorene Henson
SHANNON – Annie Lorene Henson, 70, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at her residence after a brief illness. She was born in Skyline on April 13, 1940, to George W. and Sally I. Horton.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues. Burial will be in Doty Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Judy Flood of the home, Angie Smith (Steve) of Jackson, Tenn., Stanley Stidham Jr. (Kim) of Shannon; one stepdaughter, Mary Lindley (Charles) of Palmetto; one stepson, John Henson of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Dawn Cornelison (Sheffie) of Jackson, Tenn., Jeremie Smith (Hannah) of Jackson, Tenn., Jason Stidham (Sherry) of Shannon and Justin Stidham (Kayla) of Shannon; 13 stepgrandchildren, Madonna McClain, Becky Adams (Aaron), Kathleen Christopher (Matt), Holly Dilbinan (Brian), John Henson II, Chista Henson, Colin Lindley (Jessica), Erica Ratliff (Thomas), Lindsey Miller, Jimmy Henson (Brandie), Beverly Jones (Tim), William Henson, Jr. (Kourtney) and Ashley Tucker; seven great-grandchildren; twenty stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepdaughter-in-law; one brother, Gene Horton of Kindelville, Ind.; three special nephews, James Dearmon (Dawn) of Walled Lake, Mich., Gary Horton (Wanda) of Shannon and Terry Horton (Brenda) of Shannon; one special niece, Loralee Gearhart (Bart) of Butler, Ind.; and a host of other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy I. Henson; one sister, four brothers and her parents.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jason, Justin, Jeremie, Sheffie, Matt and Aaron.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Roy E. Medlin
NEW ALBANY – Roy Everett Medlin, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. He was born June 24, 1942, to Faye Holly Medlin and the late Jimmy Lee Medlin. He was a retired maintenance worker in manufacturing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Mississippi National Guard, and a member of the Ripley VFW. He was a member of Deentown Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Hall and Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Pearl Ann Frazier Medlin of New Albany; two daughters, Robin Vanzant (Stan) of Hickory Flat and Mary Kay Denton (Delaine) of New Albany; three sons, Jeff Medlin (Shelly) of Ripley, Scotty Medlin (Belinda) of New Albany and Sonny Decker (Roxanne) of New Albany; his mother, Faye Holly Medlin of Slidell, La.; one sister, Louise Medlin of Hollandale, Fla.; one brother, Ray McKinny (Karen) of McComb, La.; 10 grandchildren, Amanda Arnold, Justin Medlin, Jennah Medlin, Chris Medlin, Jeffrey Gadd, Cayla Gadd, Paige Gadd, Amanda Hayes, Josh Decker and Deanna Decker; and three great-grandchildren, Kaliegh and Haven Hayes, and Eli Gadd.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Billy Hollands, Josh Decker, Sonny Decker, David Medlin, David Meeks and Kenny Shelton. Honorary pallbearer will be Jus Medlin.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Ima Louise Stewart
CORINTH – Ima Louise Stewart, 84, formerly of Milton, Fla., died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Gardens in Milton, Fla. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Lewis Funeral Home in Milton, Fla.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Lennie Givhan
TUPELO – Lennie Mae Givhan, 63, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Charlie Stegall
AMORY – Charlie Clinton Stegall died Sunday, Feb. 13, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Health Center in Amory. He was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Monroe County to Riley and Ester Bell McKinney Stegall. He was associated with Poplar Springs C.M.E. Church and New Chapel C.M.E. Church. He married Evelyn Evans on Aug. 13, 1961. They had two daughters. His bond with his daughters was a strong one and will remain in their hearts forever. He was an avid lover of music.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Poplar Springs CME Church with the Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays officiating. Burial will be in the New Chapel Cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Evelyn Evans Stegall; two children, Letricia French (Rufus) of Amory and Charla Stegall-Young of Louisville, Ky.; four children he helped raise, Patricia Ann Evans and Stanley Evans (Sheila), both of Tupelo, Shirley Booker (Charles) of Nashville, Tenn., and Larry Evans of Texas; two sisters, Emma Stegall of Amory and Jimmie Perks of Smithville; a special brother-in-law, Johnnie L. Young; an aunt, Clevis Owens of Houston; and many grandchildren, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Dennis Raper
RED BAY, Ala. – Dennis Gaylon Raper, 59, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funertal Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery in Hodges, Ala.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Saturday at the funeral home.

Charles Melton Sr.
KEMPNER, Texas – Charles E. Melton Sr. died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, in Kempner, Texas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Crossroads CME Church in West Point. Burial will follow in Sykes Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point and Chisolm’s Family Funeral of Copperas Cove, Texas, are in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Carter Funeral Home.

Jerry H. Hill
TIPLERSVILLE – Jerry H. Hill, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley.
Graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.