Obituaries February 27, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary-Ruth Stubblefield
PONTOTOC – Mary-Ruth Stubblefield, 84, died Feb. 26, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was a member of Bethlehem FWB Church. She enjoyed embroidery and playing with her nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. James Mills, Bro. Terry Booker and Bro. Steve Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Thaxton Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sister, Betty Mills (J.V.); her brother, Charles Stubblefield; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great nephews.
She was preceded in death by Mildred Gardner, John Stubblefield (Martha) and J.D. Stubblefield.
Pallbearers will be C.W. Franks, Anthony Franks, Paul Warren, David Mills, Johnathan Mills and Brandon Mills.
Honorary pallbearers will be the nurses and staff of Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Malcolm Belim
CALHOUN CITY – Malcolm Deron Belim, 22, died Feb. 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Calhoun High School. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery in Belle Fontain. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at the high school.
www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Norma Breland
NEW ALBANY – Norma Ruth Hill Breland, 62, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1948, in Lone Star to John Washington Hill and Ruby Lee Sappington Hill. She was a member of Wallerville Baptist Church. She was disabled.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at her home, located at 1264 CR 121, New Albany. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two brothers, Wayne (Janie) Hill of Pinedale and her twin, Norman Hill of Wallerville; her sister, Hazel Churchill of Pinedale; a half-brother, Ronnie (Amy) Hill of Wallerville; two half-sisters, Rhonda Ellis and Diane Rooks, both of Brunswick, Ga.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Michael Dwayne Hill; her husband, Bill Breland; her sister, Lynne Hill Mansel; her niece, Renita Churchill Jones; and her stepmother, Ruby Whisenant McCall.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 1879 North Coley Road, Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
‘Pookie’ Sheffield
FULTON – William Davis “Pookie” Sheffield, 67, died suddenly Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 2, 1943, to Walter and Varnell Riley Sheffield. He attended Friendship Grammar School through the eighth grade, and he attended IAHS through high school, where he was an all-conference football player. He was a member of Friendship Methodist Church. He worked at F.L. Crane amp& Sons for 35 years, and he owned and operated Sheffield Grocery from 1978 to 1986. He was an avid gardener, outdoorsman and cook.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Thelbert Hill officiating. Frank Russell will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Sheffield of Fulton; two sons, Derek Sheffield (Susan) and Justin Sheffield (Misty), both of Fulton; one daughter, Amanda Bundy (Doug) of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Nan Long (Jim) of Fulton and Janet Loden (Jimmy Dale) of Marietta; and four grandchildren, Wes Sheffield, Christian Sheffield, Bayleigh Sheffield and Brylee Sheffield.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Charles Crayton, Keith Shotts, Stacy Russell, Louie Bigham, Kevin Payne, Johnny Crane, John West and Reggie Waddle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary Cody
AMORY – Mary Magdalene Cody, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial RMC. Born Oct. 9, 1923, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of Vester and Roxie Camp Leech. Mrs. Cody attended Itawamba County Schools and married Carney Lee Cody in 1938. After moving back from Illinois, she owned and operated Cody’s Fruit Market in Amory and Fulton. A kind and loving lady, Mrs. Cody was a faithful member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church.
Her faith and family were very important to her. Having never met a stranger, Mrs. Cody had a contagious smile. She enjoyed reading her Bible, talking with people while working at her fruit stand, watching her children and grandchildren play sports and cooking for everyone on Sunday afternoons.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Jimmy Bryan and Mr. David Highland officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Gardens. E.E. Pickle Funeral home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Loyce (Sonny) Riggan of Smithville; sister, Carolyn Leech of Amory; brother, Don (Betty) Leech of Amory; grandchildren, Teresa Dill Johnson, Darwyn Riggan, Lisa (David) Hester, Debra (Jerry) Hodge, Chad Dill and Derrick Riggan; great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Dillon and Bethany Flurry, Dustin and Destiny Riggan, J.D., Jerrin and Jayci Hester and Cody Johnson; great-great-grandson, Chancellor Stone Riggan; niece, Marsha (Mike) Tapscott; and nephew, Michael (Debbie) Leech.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmom, Edna Hutson Leech; her husband of 59 years, Carney Cody in 1997; and a daughter, Joyce Dill.
Pallbearers will be Chad Dill, Derrick Riggan, Darwyn Riggan, Jerry Hodge, Steve Johnson and Michael Leech.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Flurry, Dustin Riggan and Dillon Flurry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory.
Memorials may be given to SE Firefighters’ Burn Foundation, 3614 Dewey Gray Circle, Bldg. C, Augusta, GA 30909.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Bennie Grooms
BOONEVILLE – Bennie Grooms, 78, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at Baptist memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born March 9, 1932, to Clarence Edward Sr. and Ida Mae Durrance Grooms. He was a member of Booneville Church of God. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a retired truck driver.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Skelton and Bro. Beaux Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Church of God Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Ruth Arnold Grooms; two daughters, Bettie Sue (Tommy) Sheppard of Tishomingo and Janice R. (Phillip) Hall of Booneville; two sons, David E. (Pamela) Grooms and Ronald Joe (Pam) Grooms, both of Booneville; two sisters, Lena Jackson and Dorothy Myers, both of Booneville; one brother, Robert “Sarge” Grooms of Booneville; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Stella Benfield and Marie Strong; and four brothers, Johnny, Alex, General Lee and Clarence Edward Grooms Jr.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Zella Daugherty
ANDOVER, Kan. – Zella M. Daugherty, 88, retired executive secretary for Aircap Industries, died Feb. 19, 2011. She was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Shawnee, Okla. She was a resident of Wichita, Kan. from 1951-1962, of Tupelo from 1962-1994 and of Andover, Kan. from 1994-2011. She was beautiful, inside and out, and a talented “lady,” a credit to “The Greatest Generation.”
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. March 24, 2011, at Eastside Community Church, 14242 E 21st, Wichita, Kan. Heritage Funeral Home of Andover, Kan. is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Jean (Ernie) Fullerton; her grandsons, Lance (Trisha) Fullerton, Clint Fullerton and Dan (Brandi) Fullerton; five great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one great-great-grandson; her sister, Lorene Hunter; her brother, Lonnie (Ruth) Blakley; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; her parents, John and Opal Blakley; her sister, Linda; and her brothers, Sherman, Jimmy and Clifton.
Memorial donations may be made to Christian Broadcasting Network.
An online register is available at www.heritageofandover.com.
Ernestine Principi
MYRTLE – Ernestine Garnier Rucker Principi, 86, died Feb. 25, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County. She was born April 30, 1924, in Ripley to Ernest and Elizabeth Garnier Gaillard Rucker. She was a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Memphis. She was retired from Regions Bank, formerly known as Union Planters.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Cemetery in Memphis, with burial immediately following. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Margaret Speed (Mike) of Mantee; one son, Perry Eugene Principi (Katherine) of Harmontown; four grandchildren, Dennis Michael Long, Christopher Louis Long (Melissa), Miranda Gail Moore and Deya Kent (Jason); seven great-grandchildren, Haven Noel Long, Marley Brooke Long, Jed-Rucker Garrison Long, Joshua Guy Keel, Jon-Allen Keel, Audrey Kent and Jacob Kent; and one godson, Jimmy Foley (Terri) of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jake J. Principi Jr.; her parents; one son, John Joseph Principi; and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences,visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Faunchello Martin
OKOLONA – Faunchello Martin, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Willie McClendon
SHANNON – Willie McClendon died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at The Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Essence Welch
BOONEVILLE – Essence Danae Welch, 13, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, in an automobile accident in Prentiss County. She was born Dec. 22, 1997, to Mary Welch and Charles Garner. She was a member of Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. She was a sixth grade student at Thrasher Attendance Center. She loved her school, basketball and softball.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Thrasher High School Gymnasiun with the Rev. Leroy Harris officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Mary Welch of Booneville; her father, Charles Garner of Baldwyn; one sister, Raneisha Welch of Booneville; her grandmothers, Francis Welch of Booneville and Mae Gene Agnew of Baldwyn: and one nephew, Jontae Welch of Booneville.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Lydia Montgomery
GUNTOWN – Lydia Watson Montgomery, 77, died at her residence after an extended illness. She was an active member of the Family Christian Center. She was a quilter, seamstress and homemaker. She enjoyed flower gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. James Sanders and O.D. Hester officiating. Burial will be in the Campbelltown Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Alice Floyd of Baldwyn, Katie Lewis of Bernie, Mo., Mary Prince of Jackson, Mo., Trish Presley of Guntown, Carolyn Mace of Guntown, Sandy Lambert of Guntown and Angel Buse of Guntown; her sons, Terry Montgomery and Michael Montgomery of Guntown and Lon Lee Montgomery of Hazard, Ky.; 25 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 12 stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Irene Wood of Baldwyn; brothers, James Watson and Don Watson of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Lon Montgomery; daughters, Imagene Patterson and Peggy Montgomery; grandsons, Jerry Wayne Montgomery and Michael Dalton Montgomery; sisters, Betty Horton, Charlene Stegall, Judy Stephens and Ludie Watson; and brother, Bobby Watson.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kenny Patterson, Chris Floyd, Jason Floyd, Gary Montgomery, Corey Johnson and Allen Baswell.
Joel Rogers
TUPELO – Joel Lyndon Rogers, 69, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at his home after an extended illness. He was born April 5, 1941, in Lee County to Baxter and Lillie Samples Rogers. A lifelong Lee Countian, he worked several years as purchasing agent for Tupelo Water and Light and was a member of Mayfield Church of Christ. Joel was an avid football fan and an even bigger fan of the Ole Miss Rebels. He enjoyed fishing, playing dominoes and watching the weather channel. A family man, he loved and enjoyed spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved his dog, Conrad, and his cat, Boomer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Bro. James Leo Segers officiating. Burial will be in in Mayfield Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Billie Hankins Rogers of Tupelo, (On June 11, they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.); three daughters, Tammy Rogers Rowland of Tupelo, Connie Hannon (Martin) of Wheeler and Kristy McNatt (Robby) of Tupelo; son-in-law; Richard Rowland of Baldwyn; six grandchildren, Melody Walters (Dale) of Greensboro, N.C., Alex Rowland of Tupelo, Mallory Hannon (Justin) of Wheeler, Erik Hannon of Wheeler, Drew Rogers McNatt of Tupelo and Joshua McNatt of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Brock Walters of Greensboro, N.C. and Chase Moody of Wheeler; and three sisters, Jewel Lanphere of Saltillo and Virginia Allred and Dora Turner (Darrell), both of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Dorothy Miller.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Hankins, Roger Lanphere, Richard Rowland, Chad Scruggs, Willie McDonald and Phillip Allred.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Monday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Gloria Jones
PONTOTOC – Gloria Zinn Jones died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2011, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Lucille Mohundro
HORN LAKE – Lucille Watts Mohundro, 92, died Feb. 25, 2011, at Landmark of Desoto. She was born to Green and Mary Harrell Watts on Jan. 30, 1919, in Falkner. She was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Eastern Star and Colonial Baptist Church in Memphis. She lived for 47 years in Memphis. She also lived in Walnut, Inverness and Lake Providence, La. She had lived in Horn Lake for the last five years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Hammond officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Capps (Ronny) of Philadelphia, Pa. and Kay Wilson (David) of Nesbit; two sons, Bruce Mohundro Jr. (Rita) of Nashville, Tenn. and Ted Mohundro (Lauren) of Knoxville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bruce Ladrone Mohundro; her parents; two sisters, Latisha Reed Hill and Rebecca Jackson Miller; and three brothers, Jeffrey Watts, C.V. “Pete” Watts and Willie Harold Watts.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Hinely, Mark Anderson, Jeff Johnston, Ed Reed, Herman Ladrone Davis, Ronnie Mohndro, Kermit Davis and Tommy Mike Watts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Mohundro, Curtis Mohundro, Robert Street, Jim Davis, J.T. Jackson, Skip Kramer and Lorenzo Smith.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Leukemia Foundation or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Leslie Hall
PONTOTOC – Leslie “Kaye” Crook Hall, 55, died suddenly Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born June 15, 1955, in Ripley, Tenn. to William “Bill” and Della Jenkins Crook. Kaye was a graduate of Riverside High School in Ripley, Tenn., and she continued her education at various colleges. She received degrees in cosmetology, business accounting and applied music. She was a Christian and loved her church, Heaven Bound, in Pontotoc. She worked in various jobs over her life including, C amp& I Bank in Memphis, All Animal Hospital and was currently working from home for Cold Mix Incorporated. She was also an assistant teacher at Mooreville at one time. A reader, she had a very extensive vocabulary she enjoyed sharing with her family. Being an accomplished pianist, she loved to play music. For a brief time, she shared her gift with others as a teacher. Kaye loved her family, especially her granddaughter, Anslea Kay-ahna; and her dogs, Chopper, Enrekaye and her departed Spike.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Bro. Don McPherson officiating. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Robert Hall of Pontotoc; her daughter, Leslie Ann McCarty (Anthony Pinson) of Tupelo; her granddaughter, Anslea Kay-ahna Pinson of Tupelo; two sisters, Joyce Ann Blasingame of Nettleton and Peggy North of Memphis; a brother, Jerry Crook (Gloria) of Ripley, Tenn.; brother in law, Joe Dar Hall of Pontotoc; nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Hudson of Saltillo, Jane Davis (Doug) of Tupelo, Jerry Crook (Joyce) of Marietta, Ga, Billy Jo Wilburn (Rick) of Pontotoc, Richard Crook (Lorie) of Springdale, Ark., Earnie Crook of Okolona, Debbie Craig (Otis) of Saltillo and Tommy North of Memphis; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a special niece, Cindy Blasingame Walton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.