By NEMS Daily Journal
John David Crews
John David Crews died shortly before midnight on Ash Wednesday at age 85. Services will be Saturday, Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with visitation from noon until 2 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Burial services will follow at Oxford’s St. Peter’s Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Crews was a longtime professor of literature at the University of Mississippi and an active member of the Oxford community who served as an Oxford alderman in the 1970’s. He loved teaching students and sharing his love of English literature, especially poetry and novels of the 19th and 20th Century. He led many community and church initiatives to improve Oxford, where he lived for over 45 years. As an alderman he was fondly known by family and friends as “Landslide Crews” after he won his alderman election by a mere three votes.
Dr. Crews was a native of Vicksburg where he spent much of his youth in activities at the YMCA and Christ Episcopal Church. His great-grandfather, Bernard Gotthelf, was the first Rabbi to serve the Jewish community of Vicksburg. He left Vicksburg in 1944 to join the U.S. Navy during World War II. After military service, he graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.
After serving as a journalist in Mississippi and Florida, he attended the University of Virginia where he received his Master’s and Ph.D. in English Literature. He then returned with his wife and four children to Oxford, where he joined the Ole Miss faculty.
He was a faithful and active member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford, where he served on the vestry and led many efforts to serve the poor and needy of the Oxford community. As one friend noted, “He had true and abiding compassion for his fellow human beings and showed special courage and integrity during the early 1960’s when he took his family to black churches and brought black families and friends with him for the first time to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in segregated Charlottesville, Va. That was a rare and courageous act in the South of the early 1960’s, showing special character and resolve.”
Dr. Crews loved classical music and listened to it daily. He wrote poetry and plays throughout his adult life and believed so strongly in the importance of education that he helped establish tutoring and other outreach programs in Oxford to assist the underprivileged youth of Oxford and Lafayette County. He read voraciously and as a special treat for his young children would engage in dramatic readings of great passages of literature.
John and June Crews married in 1953, and enjoyed a wonderful marriage and partnership of 58 years.
Dr. Crews is survived by his wife, June; his four children, John David Crews Jr. (Claire), William Lowrey Crews (Catherine), Emily Fox (Leland) and Lynn Crews; seven grandchildren, Mary Catherine Molpus, Lowrey Crews, Perrin Crews, Elaine Hatch, Brian Hatch, Battle Crews and Caroline Crews; and one sister, Anne Crews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cleveland Y. Crews, his loving mother, Evelyn Gotthelf Crews and his brother, James Crews.
In honor of Dr. Crews’ service to his country, the flag of the United States Navy will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Dr. Crews’ memory may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 113 S. 9th Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or PFLAG, 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 660, Washington, DC 20036.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit the website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
AMORY – Lynn Maree Duvall Dye, 71, died on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Lynn is survived by her cherished husband of 51 years, Jim Dye. She is also survived by her mother, Irene “Gagee” Duvall; her adoring sons, Jamey and Jerre; her precious grandchildren, Jack, John David, Maya; and the rest of her beautiful family, Marlene Dye, Jymme Ann Hodgson and Scott Duff. Lynn is preceded in death by her father, Jack “Poppa” Duvall, and her sons, John Dye and Glyn.
Lynn Dye was a wife, mother, leader, teacher, writer and loving friend to so many. Her passionate voice, loving heart and fierce compassion will live on for generations.
Lynn’s embrace was strong, as was her vision of “family.” She lived her life with a profound dedication to her children and grandchildren, while also opening up her home and heart to thousands of young people and friends throughout the course of her life. Lynn selflessly embraced, listened to, and counseled thousands of teenagers through Christian youth ministry. She cherished, inspired and supported her friends. Lynn served her community and celebrated the blessings in her life every single day. Above all, she was a woman of faith who believed in the power of prayer and a loving, forgiving God. Not a day passed that Lynn didn’t rejoice in His abundant blessings with a generous and grateful spirit. For these reasons, her legacy will live on, not only through her husband, children, grandchildren and friends, but also through generations of young people as they continue to lovingly raise families of their own. Her touch was gentle. Her impact was great. May we all love and live in this way.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Amory at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Thomas Griffith, Ray Jones, Carl Cadden, David Webb, Sheldon Green and Benjamin Green.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose from 11:30 a.m. to service time at the church.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be given to Amory Food Pantry, 123 S. Main St., Amory, MS 38821 or to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Youth Fund, 1123 Veterans Legion Drive, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HOULKA – Delavenia Mize Haley, 91, passed into her heavenly home Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born March 17, 1920, in Pontotoc County to John Aurthur and Addie August Tully Mize. Her father died when she was 4 years old and a well known brush arbor preaching evangelist, Rev. J.F. Tully and his wife helped raise her. On Feb. 19, 1936, she married Rad Walker Haley and shared 72 wonderful years before his homegoing on Feb. 22, 2008. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She enjoyed her very close large family and God’s beautiful creation. After the passing of her daughter, Nancy, she adopted her children, Melissa Haley, Bobbie Haley and Robert Haley. Her family called her Beloved Wife, Cherished Mother and Sweet Loveable Grandma, and she spent her entire life always cooking, canning, gardening, taking care of her family, making lots of biscuits for anyone that might stop by and join the fellowship around their table.
A Celebration of life service will be Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel of Pontotoc. Bro. Doug Jones and Rev. Lowell Johnson will be officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery of Pontotoc. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include nine daughters, Mary (Bud) Dillard of Pontotoc, Martha (John) Hamilton of Azle, Texas, Barbara (Larry) Reed of Antioch, Tenn., Shelby (Pete) Fowler of Antioch, Tenn., Shirley (Randy) Hall of Tupelo, Glinda (Thomas) Bolton of Pascagoula, Betty (Rick) Lichtenwalter of Roselle, Ill., Virginia (Jerome) Lynch of Smyrnia, Tenn., and the most loving, caring daughter a mother could ever ask for near the end of her life, April Haley; five sons-Frank (Virgie) Haley of Pontotoc, Roger (Eva) Haley of Tupelo, John Wayne Haley of Linden, Texas, David Haley of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Charles (Kay) Haley of Joelton, Tenn.; one sister-Katherine Sisk of North Carolina; 46 grandchildren, 84 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren; three adopted children; and three half siblings.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Nancy Haley; one son, Billy Wayne Haley; one sister, Elaine Pope; and one brother, John Thomas Mize.
Pallbearers to serve will be her sons and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 3 until 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Visitation for Etta Wells will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Midway Baptist Church.
PONTOTOC – Grace Marie Dillard, 54, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at her home. She was a restaurant manager in the Tupelo area for many years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Albany. She loved to cook and sew. Her favorite pastime was spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will be in West Heights Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Sammy Dillard; her mother, Carolyn Hemphill; her twin brother, Jerry Thomas; her children, Jessica Baker and John Flanagan; her stepdaughters, Joye Moore and Melanie Dillard; five grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Devon Hemphill, and a sister, Christy Thomas.
Pallbearers will be James Allen Thomas, Steven Thomas, Eddie Sanders, Mike Robbins, Bill Cornett and Ryan Moody.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
OKOLONA – Annie Myrtle Rogers Pierce, 61, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 19, 1932, to Robert Rogers and Myrtle Berry Rogers. She was a 1968 graduate of Fannie Carter High School and a member of the Red Bud M.B. Church.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Jamal Boddie officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jacqueline Bean of Okolona, and Lori Dreax and Shelia Thomas of Lexington, Ky.; one stepdaughter, Mary Ezell of Houston; one son, James Pierce Jr. of Calhoun City; four sisters, Ruby Moore of Okolona, and Bessie Johnson, Geneva Nesbitt and Mary Goree, all of Racine, Wis.; three brothers, John Rogers of Okolona, Robert Rogers Jr. of Lexington, Ky., and Matthew Kyles of Racine; two stepbrothers, James Davis and Robert Jennings of Okolona; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Pierce of Calhoun City and Daisy Robinson of Una; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Charles Grizzard, 56, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
TUPELO – Shelia Daniel Cobb, 56, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at her home. She was born May 24, 1955, in Lee County to John and Angie Bell Miller Daniel.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Red Hill M.B. Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Norris Cobb; two daughters, Dana Cobb and Tangra Cobb, both of Tupelo; her siblings, James Daniel, Arvern (Leon) Fondren and Elizabeth Daniel, all of Racine, Wis., Robert Daniel, Lennell Daniel and Annie Dykes of Tupelo, Gloria Collins and Cornell Gillespie of Seattle, Wash.; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Hue Thomas Daniel.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
BALDWYN – Samuel Thomas “Tom” Brown died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his home after a brief illness. He was born May 19, 1935, in Prentiss County to Henry and Minnie Akers Brown. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Baldwyn and a Mason. He was a factory worker, timber cutter, cattleman and hog raiser. Known to most as “Pop Sam,” he will be remembered for his quick wit and his hardworking habits.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. David Haynes, Bro. Tom Blanchard and Bro. John Wayne Bridges officiating. Masonic burial service will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery following the service.
He is survived by his wife, Ella Earnestine Brown; nine children, Billy Roberts (Karen), Benny Roberts (Deborah), Buddy Roberts (Sheila), Betty Pannell (Louie), George Brown (Missy), Bonny Baldwin (Verne), Bobby Justice (Randall), Bessy Roberts and David Brown (Carol); 35 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruby Reeves.
He was preceded in death by the mother of his two sons, Madge Nunley Brown; his parents; one grandson, Nick Croteau; two infant brothers; and two sisters, Mae Stephens and Lela Reeves.
Pallbearers will David Brown, Buddy Roberts, Billy Roberts, Louie Pannell, Verne Baldwin and Randle Justice.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Roberts, Steve Roberts, C.J. Roberts, Brian Roberts, Eric Roberts, Cody Follin, Daniel Buse, Shane Baldwin, Blake Nichols, Bryson Coats, Matthew Justice, Alex Croteau and his Masonic brothers.
Memorials may be made to Nick Croteau Scholarship Fund at Farmers Merchants Bank or Mt. Olive Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
ABERDEEN – Easter Lee Taylor, 92, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Golden Living in Amory. She was born April 20, 1919, to Joe Woods and Maggie Smith Woods in Beaverton, Ala. She retired from Sharp Garment as a seamstress. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Howell Cemetery with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Taylor of Aberdeen and Judy Taylor Nichols of Okolona; two sons, Charles E. Taylor of Tyrone, Ga., and Murrell B. Taylor of Tupelo; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Edison Taylor; one daughter, Peggy Taylor Carson; one sister, Gracie Gosa; two grandsons, Kenny Taylor and Chad Sides; one daughter-in-law, Glenda Taylor; one great-granddaughter, Madelyn Taylor; and one great-grandson, Cross Graham.
Pallbearers will be Brad Taylor, Mike Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Chris Mercer, Dewayne Taylor, Dale Robertson and Terry Robertson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Taylor and Cody Putt.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelann memorial.com.
Charlie Harrell Sr.
RIPLEY – Charlie Jackson Harrell Sr., 73, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Tippah County Health Services. He was born Feb. 28, 1958, to Thomas Cyle and Virgie Lee Jackson Harrell in Falkner. He was retired as a sergeant and crime scene investigator with the Memphis Police Department. He had been a member of the Air National Guard of Tennessee. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ripley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Jason Harmes officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Faye Haley Harrell of Ripley; three daughters, Nancy Corzine (Dee) of Bartlett, Tenn., Stephanie Ann Burns (James) of Hernando and Lisa Lollor (Gordon) of Hickory Flat; four sons, Charlie Jackson Harrell Jr. (Kristy) of Gentry, Ark., Robert Lee Harrell (Patty) of Bartlett, Barry Wayne Harrell of Ashland and Louis Eubanks of Edinburg, Tenn.; four sisters, Ellie O’Cille Harrell and Mamie Lee Buchanan, both of Overland Park, Kan., Pat Brown (Mike) of Houston, Texas, and Billie Ruth Stewart (Dan) of Olive Branch; one brother, Thomas Kyle Harrell (Frances) of Ashland; 18 grandchildren, Amber Simmons, Jason Harrell, Josh Harrell, Matt Harrell, J.R. Corzine, Megan Harrell, Melissa Ellis, Hannah Harrell, Cole Harrell, Cortney Baroni, Chase Burns, Ashley Warford, Jessica Rucker, Kimberly Hill, Kelsey Hill and Amanda Watkins; and 12 great-grandchildren, Jackson Tate Simmons, Austin Corzine, Ayden Corzine, Ava Grace Corzine, Raegan Brown, Hunter Brown, Lakyn Rucker, Savannah Warford, Olivia Warford, Layla Watkins and Madeline Watkins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Pete Austein.
Pallbearers will be Cole Harrell, Jason Harrell, Josh Harrell, Matt Harrell, J.R. Corzine, Jamie Corzine, Chase Burns, Bo Rucker and J.D. Simmons.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Leona Buckner Thompson, 92, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Baptisi Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a native of Oxford and the daughter of Ben and Mary Ella Buckner. She was a member of Greater St. John M.B. Church where she served as church clerk, an usher, missionary board member, choir, trustee and Sunday School teacher. She was a retired dietitian for the Oxford Public Schools. She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho and the Order of the Golden Circle. She was the widow of Isiah Thompson. She loved traveling, cooking, flowers, sewing, hats, wearing fine clothes, her church and pastor, and talking about the Bible.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Harold Johnson will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Alfredia Hamilton of Oxford and Charlene Cook of Florissant, Mo.; five sons, Karl (Laverne) Thompson of Oxford, Rodney Thompson and Anthony Thompson, both of Milwaukee, Wis., Alphonso (Jennifer) Thompson of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gregory Thompson of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sisters, Maggie (Manny) Jones and Lena Ruth Buckner, both of Alton, Ill.; one brother, Nathaniel Parks Jr. of Baltimore, Md.; 17 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Jacqueline Carothers, Susie Cook, Queenie Dixon, Lovie Green, Cardelia Webb and David Webb.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at Greater St. John M.B. Church.
NEW ALBANY – Sam Wilson, 51, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
MICHIGAN CITY – Emma Osler, 58, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Palestine M.B. Church in Michigan City. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Allen B. Weeks, 86, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
SALTILLO – H.S. Monroe, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.
AMORY – Mirtle Louise Buckingham, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 10, 1929, in Amory, she was the daughter of the late Clifton Morgan and Mary Carter Morgan. She was a graduate of M.C.T.S./West Amory High School. She was a member of Carter’s Chapel Faith Temple, where she served as the Mother of the Church. She was employed by the Pickle family for many years and later moved to Chicago where, in 1966, she married Ervie Lee Buckingham. After 23 years, she returned to Mississippi where she was re-employed by the Pickle Family until her health failed. She was a loving and honest lady whose life revolved around her family. She enjoyed cooking and preparing meals for family, church and friends, traveling, meeting people and spreading the Gospel according the Word of God.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Carter’s Chapel faith Temple with Elder James O. Howell officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Ervie Lee Buckingham of Amory; two stepsons, Nathan Buckingham of Chicago and John (Cynthia) Buckingham of Houston, Texas; four granddaughters, Zundra Dilworth of Mexico, Amanda (Ruben) Jenkins of Dallas, Texas, Brittany Dilworth of Dallas and Phyllis M. (Craig) Nichols of Amory; two stepdaughters, Laurine Buckingham of Salem, Mass., and Major Collette McKnight of Fort Hood, Texas; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sons, Kermit Jr. Dilworth and Frank Howard Dilworth; four brothers; and three sisters.
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 lie in repose at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.
TISHOMINGO – Arvid Alford Smith, 84, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 9, 1927, to Elbert “Bert” and Virgie Ann Osborn Smith. He was a member of New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He enjoyed life and his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Whitley and Bro. Jack McQuary officiating. Burial with military honors will be in New Lebanon Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dartha Lambert Smith; two daughters, Debra (Danny) Short of New Site and Denice (John) Parsons of Tishomingo; one sister, Billie Hoffman of Booneville; six grandchildren, Kevin (Melissa) Short, Dr. Dee Dee (Jamie) Coker, Memory (Matt) Stanford, Chase Parsons, Blake (Leann) Parsons and Channing (friend, Haley Whitley) Parsons; and six great-grandchildren, Austin Short, Alexis Short, Trace Duvall, Allie Grace Stanford, Jax Coker and Anna-Miller Coker.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Danny and Dennis Smith; his parents; seven sisters; one brother; and one granddaughter, Ginger Renee Short.
Pallbearers are his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are his great-grandsons.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
VARDAMAN – Marlenee Brianda Luna, 19, died suddenly, Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at her residence. She was born June 6, 1992, in Houston, Texas, to Juan Alberto Luna and Veronica Dominguez. She grew up in Texas and moved to north Mississippi three years ago.
She is survived by her father, Juan Alberto Luna, and stepmother, Lori Brock Luna of Eggville community; her mother of Houston, Texas; her grandparents, Billy Ray Brock and Joann Brock of Verona, and Maria Guevara and Dionicio Luna of Veracruz, Mexico; two daughters, Dayna Villagomez of Houston, Texas, and Gabriella Luna of Eggville; two sisters, Angelica Millan and Joanna Luna, both of Eggville; and three brothers, Juan Luna of Veracruz, Mexico, Bryan Luna of Houston, Texas, and Jason Luna of Eggville.
There will be no local service. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of local arrangements.
La Paz Funeral Home is in charge of services in Houston, Texas. Burial will be in Paradise North Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
Condolences may be emailed to hol email@example.com.
BECKER – Beulah Elizabeth Swan, 82, died on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Sept. 6, 1929, in Quincy, she was a daughter of the late James William and Ina Mae Best Miller. She attended Quincy School. She married Tommy Swan on Feb. 13, 1948. Working as a seamstress in the garment industry until 1974, she and her husband opened and operated Tommy’s Men’s Wear until retiring in 1990. Guided by her rock-solid faith, she was a member of Becker Baptist Church. Having a big heart for other people, she was passionate organizing Bible study groups at local nursing homes. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her church family, her Bible study groups, gospel music, gardening and cooking.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. David Jay, Bro. George Hensley and Bro. Randy Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Tommy Swan of Becker; daughter, Wanda Simpson (Dell) of Aiken, S.C.; sons, Gary Swan (Phyllis) of Becker, Barry Swan (Fonda) of Becker and Jerry Swan (Martha) of Collierville, Tenn.; sister, Ruby Thompson of Smithville; grandchildren, Philip, Jeremy, Drew, Tom, Will, Walt and Anna Beth Swan, Kim McCoy, and Trey and Matt Simpson; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Taylor McCoy; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Willa Mae Barrett, Myrtle Lou Thompson, Mavis Haney and Reba Miller; and brothers, Uldon Miller, William “Ben” Miller and Wendell Miller.
Pallbearers will be Philip, Jeremy, Drew and Tom Swan, and Trey and Matt Simpson. Honorary pallbearers will be Walt, Will, and Anna Swan, and Kimberly McCoy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Shirley Jean Williams, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
FLORENCE, Ala. – John E. Fant, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at the Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cherokee CME Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.
RIENZI – Dana Felks, 57, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012.
Services will be noon Saturday at Hill Top Church of God. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the church.
PITTSBORO – William G. “Billy” Baldwin, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. He was born Feb. 6, 1921. He was a retired rural mail carrier and a member of Pittsboro Baptist Church. He served with the Signal Corps in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was past president of the Mississippi Rural Mail Carriers Association.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with the Rev. Buford Usry and the Rev. Lyndle Davis officiating. Burial will be in Calhoun City Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, William Baldwin Jr. (Mary) of Iuka; one daughter, Beth Madison (Ronny) of Fayette, Ala.; grandchildren, Mark Baldwin and Emma Baldwin; great-grandchildren, Kenlee Baldwin; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maudine Riley Baldwin; his parents, William and Emma Baldwin; brothers, Paul Baldwin and Elmo Baldwin; and a sister, Earnestine Gore.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village; P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Mary Ellen Smith
BOONEVILLE – Mary Ellen Smith, 68, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at her home following a long illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WEST POINT – David Lee Vance, 59, died Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Union Baptist M.B. Church at Prairie. Burial will be in Shady Grove Abbott Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
FULTON – Jeffrey Eugene Langley, 52, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 8, 1959, in Greenville to Joyce Davis Langley and the late Jesse Eugene Langley. Finishing his education as a graduate of cosmetology school, he was proprietor of salons in Greenville and Fulton. Recognized as a cutting edge stylist in the industry, he also worked for Vogue doing hair shows throughout the United States and won numerous awards. He and his wife, Tawnya, created Lily’s Cafe in Fulton, which became an integral part of the community. They looked upon Lily’s as their personal ministry. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was a wonderful husband and father who never met a stranger.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Trinity Baptist Church with Dr. Don Baggett and Minister Russ Crosswhite officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Tawnya Langley; his children, Lily Grace, Madalyn, Cameron and Laken, all of Fulton; his mother, Joyce Davis Langley, of Aberdeen; one sister, Lazette Langley Phillips (Bee) of Baton Rouge, La.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father; his grandparents, George W. Langley, Allie Smith, Dennis H. Davis Sr. and Lena Davis; one aunt, Nadean Langley Thomas; and two uncles, Robert Langley and Dennis H. Davis Jr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Youth Mission Ministry, c/o Trinity Baptist Church, 302 South Adams Street, Fulton, MS 38843.
OXFORD – Ginger Morris, 62, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Martha Davis, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born May 14, 1929, to James and Genell Hill Franks. She was a member of the Wheeler Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Blue Bell and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years,Wallace Davis; one daughter, Martha Nell (Rick) McKee of Sumner, Texas; two sons, Bud (Evelyn) Davis and Jimmy (Mary Beth) Davis, both of Booneville; two brothers, Tony (Shirley) Franks of Winona and Joe (Linda) Franks of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Rex McKee, Jennifer Knowles, Kayce Hale, Eric Davis, Derek Davis, Ray Davis and Robert Davis; and 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents. Visitation will be until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Elvin Ausbon “Jack” Franks, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday
at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Ameria Marie Attinson died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L.Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.