Obituaries February 22, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Janie Seymore
NETTLETON – Janie L. Anderson Seymore, 56, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on Feb. 8, 1955, in Lee County to John Charles and Mary Oveda Baughman Anderson. She was a native of the Furrs community, but had resided in Nettleton for the past 21 years. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed listening to country and bluegrass music.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Furrs Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Romie Glenn Seymore of Nettleton; her mother, Mary Oveda Baughman Anderson of Furrs; one stepdaughter, Amy Denise Mobley (Brian) of Becker; one stepson, Michael Glenn Seymore of Nettleton; one great-grandson, Jacob M. Mobley.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Charles Anderson.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Riley Seymore, Thomas Wayne Seymore, Michael Seymore, James Seymore, Jimmy Seymore and Dale Seymore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Alberta Holmes
BOGUE CHITTO – Alberta LaDora Holmes, 57, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at her residence in Bogue Chitto. Service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Zion Union M.B. Church. Williams Mortuary in Brookhaven is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today.
Florene Holec
MEMPHIS – Florene Holec, 70, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at the Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Grady L. Gist Sr.
CARLSBAD, N.M. – Grady Lynn Gist Sr., 82, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Carlsbad Medical Center in Carlsbad, N.M. He was born July 6, 1928, in Marietta to Bertha Warren and Thomas Marshall Gist. An avid hunter and fisherman, he was an active member and former president of the Carlsbad Sportsmen’s Club. He operated the lab and X-ray department at the Carlsbad Medical Arts Building for 35 years. He served his country as a specialty foreman shore man from July 1946 to January 1948. He was awarded with a World War II Victory Medal and an Army of Occupations Medal-Japan. His family was a top priority. He also loved his Yorkies, Rosie and Bear.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita Shearer Gist; a sister, Essie Curtis; his children, Grady Gist and wife, Renia, Grant Gist and Cindy Anderson; his grandchildren, Kerri, Katie, Kristy and Emily; his great-grandchildren, Justin and Brandon; his great-great-grandson. Truett; his closest family friends, Tony and Johnnie Becker, Draper and Betty Ann Brantley, Blair and Maren Becker, and their children, Brooklyn, Zoe, Leyton, Jenner and Daly.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Howard, Ray, Billy and Quinon.
Memorial donations may be made to the Masonic Lodge, First Baptist Church or the Carlsbad Sportsmen’s Club.
Condolences may be expressed at www.dentonwood.com.
R.W. Martin
BOONEVILLE – Ruben Walker Martin, 85, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Landmark Nursing amp& Rehab after a brief illness. He was born July 4, 1925, in Benton County to George W. and Artie Woods Martin. He attended Booneville High School and married Betty Jo Clark on Dec. 28, 1946. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1943 and spent two years in the South Pacific during World War II. He served in the Marshall Islands, Aniweta, Quadulene, and in the invasion of Okinawa. After an honorable discharge in 1946, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1948. He served in the 11th Airborne Division during the Korean conflict and was stationed in Munich and Batos, Germany. He retired from the Brown Shoe Company and was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a life member of the VFW and a member of the American Legion.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tony Brown and Dwain Brown officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in the Martin Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, James Walker Martin (Janet) of Germantown, Billy George Martin (Denise) of Booneville and Ruben Paul Martin (Bobbie Carol) of Kossuth; two daughters, Teresa Gail Massey (Lawrence) of Gulfport and Ellen Frances Bryant (Richard Saffa) of Sherman, Texas; one sister, Faye Lester of Booneville; seven grandchildren, Adam Martin, Alex Martin, Justin Massey, Joshua Martin Bryant, Clark Martin, Ali Martin and Ronna Leigh Martin; four great-grandchildren, Landon Martin, Tyler Martin, Anna Gray Massey and Caroline Massey; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Dottie West.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two sons, Dillard Carroll and Patrick Wayne; one daughter, Illora Lane Martin; his parents; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Ada Clark; two brothers, Olen Martin and Dewey Martin; and one grandson, Trey Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Adam Martin, Alex Martin, Justin Massey, Josh Bryant, Clark Martin and Wesley English. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Lester, Brian Lester, Claude Kennedy, Norman Young, Johnny Johnson, Kevin Stevens and Tim Hare.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Ethel Ingram
ABERDEEN – Ethel Mae Ingram, 73, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Nelva Lee Johnson
TUPELO – Nelva Lee Johnson, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Itawamba County, she was born June 13, 1931, to Gilbert and Marie Loden Carroll. She worked over 20 years as a secretary for Savings Oil of Tupelo, retiring in 1992. After retirement, she worked for the day care at East Heights Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, working in her flowers, and fishing. She loved her family and spending time with her grandchildren and her little dog, Macy. She was the widow of Hollis B. Johnson, who died June 5,1980. She was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Pierce and Terry Richardson officiating. Burial will be in East Fulton Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Karen Swindol (Terry) of Tupelo, Janice Miller (Willis) of Evergreen and Amy Kingsley (Wesley) of Mooreville; her son, Randy Johnson of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Tommy Swindol (Jessica) of Michigan, Callie Spivey (Kyle) of Saltillo, Sarah Johnson of College Station, Texas, Steven Miller (Shae) of Dorsey, Holly Miller and Andrew Miller, both of Evergreen, Evan Kingsley of Tupelo and Alex Kingsley of Mooreville; three great-grandchildren, Anna Claire Swindol and Emily Elizabeth Swindol, both of Michigan, and Britton Joel Spivey of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; her sister, Sybil Carroll; and her brother, John Henry Carroll.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Tommy Swindol, Steven Miller, Evan Kingsley, Andrew Miller, Alex Kingsley and Kyle Spivey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Britton Joel Spivey and the Grace Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Edward Spencer
FULTON – Edward C. Spencer, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at the Dogwood Plantation Assisted Living Home in Fulton. He was born Aug. 4, 1927, to Homer and Gradie Johnson Spencer. He was a member of the Southside Baptist Church. He was retired from G.I. Case in Racine, Wis. He was a Mason and a member of the Fairview Lodge 357. He was also a member of the Eastern Star, Belmont Chapter 217, He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was an avid fisherman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. C.D. Hood and Bro. James Segars officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Hildred Pettigo; three nephews, Jerry Spencer, Wade Pettigo and David Pettigo; and one niece, Charline Webb, all of Fulton; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, T.J. Spencer and Paul Spencer; one sister, Christine Spencer; one nephew, Jimmy Wayne Spencer; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Spencer, Wade Pettigo, David Pettigo, Brad Pettigo, Danny Webb, Justin Pettigo and Allan Culver.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Albert Herron
OKOLONA – Albert Herron, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at his home. He was born June 7, 1928, to Jesse Herron and Mattie Jarman. He was a former employee of Delta and a member of the Eastern Star M.B. Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Williams Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. J.D. King officiating. Burial will be in the Okolona Cemetery.
Survivors include his cousins and caregivers, Robert and Barbara Montgomery of Okolona, McEwen Baldwyn (Iris) of Yorktown, Va., Robert Montgomery Jr. of Okolona and Micheal Montgomery (Pam) of Alabaster, Ala.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Roger Russell
BOONEVILLE – Roger E. Russell, 71, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Jan. 30, 1940, in Corinth. He was a member of The Mission Lighthouse in Iuka, and he was a United States Navy veteran. From 1978 until 1992, he owned and operated Russell’s Jewelry in Booneville. He then worked as a plant engineer for Caterpillar in Corinth. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, working in his shop, buying and selling on the Internet, and playing with his grandchildren.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. John Gwatney officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Scruggs Russell, whom he married on April 9, 1966; two sons, Brad Russell (Melissa) of Booneville and Tom Russell of Birmingham, Ala.; a daughter, Amy Russell of Jackson; a sister, Carolyn Harrison of Iuka; four grandsons, Grant Russell, Noah Russell, Trey Hall and Morgan Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse C. Russell and Frances Nowlin Russell.
Members of the military honor guard will serve as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Annie Pate
BALDWYN – Elizabeth Annie Pate, 70, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was a retired travel agent and an LPN.
A private service was held Monday, Feb. 21, at Waters Funeral Home with burial in the Lebanon Cemetery. A public memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include two daughters, Nina Trammell of Marietta, Ohio, and Sandi Collins of Fort Meyers, Fla.; one son, Nate Pate of Naples, Fla.; one sister, Peggy Butler of Dallas, Texas; one brother, Joseph M. Bartlett of Illinois; her grandchildren, Christina Ann Southwick, Gage Pate, Tatum Pate and Kerry Collins; one great-grandchild, Preston Jay Roberts Stahl.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Callie Bartlett.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Ruth N. Wells
AMORY – Ruth N. Wells, 92, died on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on June 29, 1918, in Enterprise, she was a daughter of the late Robert Peyton Nash and Jewel Boatner Nash Wylie. She attended Enterprise schools. On October 12, 1936, she married Roy C. Wells. While in Memphis, she worked for 35 years for Memphis Police Department as one of the original school crossing guards. Having a love for children, she took pride in putting on her uniform, assisting children in crossing the road and being a mentor to them. A volunteer with the American Red Cross, Mrs. Wells served as an instructor. Moving to Amory with her husband in 1981, she was a faithful member of Amory Church of Christ. She loved her God, reading her Bible, and loved her church and her family. She enjoyed helping others, serving those in need, fishing, traveling, being active in outdoor recreation with her family, and listening to gospel music.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Philip Hathcock and Derek Moranto officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband, Roy C. Wells Sr. of Amory; sons, Phillip (Nancy) Wells of Paris, Tenn., Gene (Francis) Wells of Memphis and Roy C. Wells Jr. of West Virginia; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Erma Wells Henderson, and a grandson, Roy C. Wells III.
Pallbearers will be Dexter Butler, Michael Simpson, Jerry Cooper, Jay Vaughn, Ray Warren and Ed Best. Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Beko.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Willie James Hill
HOUSTON – Willie James Hill, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, at his home in Houston. He was born March 11, 1926, to James Hill and Louise Gardner Hill. He was a member of the Westside Church of Christ and a former employee of Griffin Motors, Ceramic Tile and Tab Mills. He enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Westside Church of Christ with Bro. Herman Martin officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Williams Memorial is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Jimmie Cooper of Houston, Bobbie J. Griffin of Houston, Elnora Harrington of Columbus, Betty Atkinson of Okolona, Brenda “Aunt Gennie” Pulliam of Okolona and Sharon Key Curtis of Houston; two sons, James Otis Hill (Carolyn) of West Point and Charles Hill (Mary Jane) of Verona; a special aunt, Rebecca Thickpin; 22 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Katie Lou Hill; his second wife, Willie M. Hill; and two brothers, Lee Hill and Ike Hill.
Visitation will continue one hour prior to service time today.
Ernestine Brice
RIPLEY – Lois Ernestine Collier Brice, 82, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Sept. 30, 1928, to Ernest and Angie Shelton Collier. She was a retired security guard for Walmart and a homemaker. Mrs. Brice was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Latch and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Memphis Memory Garden Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Reba McGill of Searcy, Ark.; one son, George Steven Brice (Sandy) of Brookings, Ore.; one sister, Frances Jordan of Ripley; one brother, Billy Collier (Sarah) of Arlington, Tenn.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Brice; her parents; one brother, Neal Collier; and one grandson, Shane Brice.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Dian Smith
CORINTH – Ruth Dian Smith, 63, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at her residence.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. today and noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bob Crawford
BLUE SPRINGS – Robert W. “Bob” Crawford, 80, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Paul Cogsdell
ABERDEEN – Paul Martin Cogsdell, 60, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at his sister’s home in Saltillo after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Ann Littleton
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ann Winters Littleton, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at McGraw Center Community Hospice in Jacksonville, Fla.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Private family burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Ralph C. Washington
SMITHVILLE – Ralph C. Washington, 93, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Kimberly Watkins
COLUMBUS – Kimberly Diane Watkins, 40, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at the Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon. Service will be at 2 p.m. today in the Lowndes Funeral Home Chapel. Lowndes Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. today at Lowndes Funeral Home.
William Shelton
UNION CITY, Tenn. – William Ross Shelton, 53, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union City. Service was held 11 a.m. Monday at White-Ranson Funeral Home Inc. White-Ranson Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Obion County Quarterback Club, c/o Crislen Bone, 2555 Bradford Pear Lane, Union City, TN 38281.
Mattie Hathcock
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Mattie Hathcock, 97, died on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. Born on July 15, 1913, she was a daughter of the late Gabe B. and Sarah Brown Silas. Mrs. Hathcock attended Bethlehem schools. A woman of faith, she was the oldest member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. A homemaker and a wonderful lady, she enjoyed being a housewife, gardening and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Smithville with Bro. Mike Tucker and Bro. Bobby Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Iva Nell West of Greenwood Springs; sons, Clinton Hathcock of Greenwood Springs, Rabon Hathcock of Detroit, Ala., and Hilbert and Wilburn Hathcock of Greenwood Springs; sister, Ali May Williams Williams of Sulligent, Ala.; 21 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Braxton G. Hathcock; sisters, Claudie Jones, Velcie Cavender and Emma Jean Simmons; and G.C. Silas.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Memorials may be given to Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.