By NEMS Daily Journal
OKOLONA – Kenneth Joey Underwood, 49, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center due to injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Joey, as he was known to his family and friends, was born on Aug. 5, 1961, in Greenwood. The highlight and testimonial to his life can be found in his beloved daughter, Emalee Alaura Underwood, who at 6 years, was the joy of his universe.
He attended Mississippi State University and was a graduate of North Texas State University with a degree in business communications systems. Joey’s skills and education with computers served him well as a contract IT specialist with companies such as IBM, State Farm and many others.
His education at Mississippi State provided him with a lifetime hobby, being an avid Bulldog supporter and fan. Joey faithfully attended football, basketball and baseball games at his beloved alma mater, dressed in maroon and ringing his MSU cowbell, a passion and enthusiasm he fostered in his daughter Emalee as he took her to Bulldog games dressed in her cheerleader outfit and proper MSU fashion with cowbell and maroon and white pom poms.
Joey lived a life of travel, of living in different places, always on the quest for new experiences and learning. He was a friend to many, always happy to lend a supporting shoulder to a friend in need. He will be missed by many of the people he met along the way during his life. He was an avid fan of the Beatles, of Elvis and Eric Clapton, and anyone who knew Joey could attest to his knowledge of these artists by his singing and amount of trivia he could share. He was enthusiastically interested in the political, economic and sociology of the world. He studied politics, both local and national, and took pride in instilling the appreciation to others.
He enjoyed hunting, gun collecting, fishing, especially fishing for catfish on the family farm with his daughter. He was always tinkering and building computers and enjoyed the role of barbecue chef at get-togethers with family and friends. His favorite all time and outstanding role was that of Daddy to his little girl.
Memorial services will be at 2 p. m. Friday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. Roger Shock officiating. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and noon until service time on Friday.
Joey is survived by his daughter, Emalee Alaura Underwood of the home; his mother, Clytee S. Hansberger of Pontotoc; his father, Kenneth L Underwood; siblings, Lisa Hansberger, Susan Hansberger of Tupelo, Patti Hansberger Rivera (Julio) of Birmingham, Ala., Thomas Hansberger of Pontotoc and Gerald Hansberger (Debbie) of Barington, Ill.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, William Lyle Hansberger of Pontotoc.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOONEVILLE – James Wallace McCreary, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab. He was a member of the Church of Christ and a retired logger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
He is survived by two brothers, Lester McCreary of New Site and Floyd (Flora Arleana) McCreary of Booneville; four nieces, Janice Rutledge of Booneville, Linda Jackson of Marietta, Pam (Rusty) Cole of Booneville and Lafonda (Mac) Lindsey of Booneville; one nephew, Freddie (Mary) McCreary of Baldwyn; one sister-in-law, Lea Illa McCreary of Marietta; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, William Riley McCreary and Fred McCreary.
Pallbearers will be Chris McCreary, Jeffrey McCreary, Marty McCreary, Devin Inman, Matt Lindsey and Corey Jones.
Visitation will until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
BROOKSVILLE – Martha Jane “Janie” Hull died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Traceway Manor in Tupelo. She was born April 26, 1924, in Crawford to Joe and Aria Ewing Smith. A lifelong Baptist, She most recently attended Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo. She also enjoyed watching television ministries later in life. In order to make ends meet, she and her first husband, Troy Eaves, traveled extensively working on industrial jobs. She was a “Jack-of-all-trades” who later helped her second husband, Calvin Hull, operate their trucking business.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cockrell Funeral Home Chapel in Macon with Bro. Danny Avery officiating. Burial will follow at Brooksville Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Jean Eaves Parker (Rex) of Tupelo, Sandy Hull Davidson (Cecil) of Quitman and Becky Hull Canull (Craig) of Caledonia; one son, Larry N. Eaves (Donna) of Carrollton, Ga.; two brothers, Joe Smith of Cleveland, Texas, and Jack Smith (Lottie) of New Hope; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703; or American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland, MS 39158.
The guest register may be signed online at www.cockrellfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Charles Michael “O.D.” Jameson, 61, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, near Oxford.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Memorials may be made to the Charles Michael “O.D.” Jameson Funeral Fund, 7137 Carolton Drive West, Southaven, MS 38671.
IUKA – James Lonnie Maxwell, 68, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. at the Old Pleasant Hill Church in Iuka. A graveside service will follow at the Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
AMORY – Joe Hood, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
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.
AMORY – Jennie Mae Green, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at the Regency Hospital in Meridian. She was born on March 9, 1930, in Quincy to Willie Carr and Momie Anita Sarter. She joined Carter’s Chapel Faith Temple in Amory at an early age. She served as a member of the church choir and the Mother’s Board and as treasurer of the Sunday School Department. She attended Monroe County Training School in Amory. She was employed for more than 16 years at Red Kap Industry in Amory. She later retired from Monroe Trouser in Smithville. In March 1947, she married William David McMillian. They had one daughter and five sons. Later, she married Joseph Green Jr. on Dec. 27, 1970. They had one daughter.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Carter’s Chapel Faith Temple in Amory with Bishop Dr. G.T. Howell officiating. The Rev. Chris Traylor will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Quincy Cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Pamela (Pastor Chris) Traylor of Tupelo and Glenda (Earskin) Adair of Amory; four sons, Jerome (Josephine) McMillian of Amory, Odolphus (Rachel) McMillian of Nettleton, Alfonzo McMillian and Charles (Miriam) McMillian of Oklahoma City, Okla.; four stepdaughters and nine stepsons; two sisters, Mattie Shaw of Chicago and India Moore of Amory; two sisters-in-law; 24 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Green Jr.; her parents; one son, James McMillian; and two stepsons, four brothers, two aunts and three uncles.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
NEW ALBANY – Katie Sue Dunlap Dillard, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 3, 1932, in Blue Springs to John Hugh Dunlap and Dolly Cox Dunlap. She was a dental hygienist for Dr. Jim Edwards, and then a caregiver at the Little Ewes Daycare in New Albany. She was a lifetime member of the Center Baptist Church
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Center Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will be in the Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Nita Faught (Joe) of Woodbridge, Va., and Kathy Wasson of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, Tony Dillard (Amy) of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Tim Dillard (Brandy) of New Albany; a brother, Grady Dunlap of Tallahassee, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Marjorie Hall and Dorothy Alexander; and four brothers, Gerald Dunlap, Lamar Dunlap, J.W. Dunlap and Charles Dunlap.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Center Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Center Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Center Baptist Church, Hwy. 348, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Julia Clara Garrison
NEW ALBANY – Julia Clara “Mama Pud” Garrison went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Marshall County to the late Claude Allen and Lillian Rhea Black. Clara was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed time spent with her family and her church. She was a lifelong homemaker who cherished raising her two sons and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clara loved studying the word of God, singing in the church choir, attending Bible Conferences and teaching Sunday school class. She was a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where she taught the primary Sunday School class for many years and was known lovingly by all as “Mama Pud.” She will always be remembered for her love of Christ, love for her family, and her desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all she came in contact with.
The service was at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Louie Williams and the Rev. Dr. Billy Foley officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery.
Clara was preceded in death by the love of her life, John Quitman Garrison; a beloved son, Billy Coleman Garrison; two precious grandsons, Bryan Charles Garrison (Billy) and Christopher Dale Garrison (Johnny); three brothers Pete Black, Holcomb Black and Jim Black; and two sisters, Ida Lou Redding and Blanche Garrison.
She was survived by her loving son, Johnny Allen Garrison (Doris Gene); five grandchildren, Melissa Garrison Long (Chris), Sonya Garrison Brewer (Jesse), Jessica Garrison Wright (Jamey), Joni Garrison Carpenter (Eric), all of the Macedonia Community, and Timothy Coleman Garrison (Cathy) of Potts Camp; nine great-grandchildren, Noel, Marley and Jed-Rucker Garrison Long; Jesslyn Claire and John Quitman Garrison Brewer; Chloampé, Zoey, and Dawson Wright; and Garrison Thomas Carpenter; and one sister, Shirley Anne Shirley (James) of Macedonia.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 1033 CR 19, Myrtle, MS 38650 or to the Gideon Ministry.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
OKOLONA – Wayne Henderson, 66, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
BLUE SPRINGS – William Allen “Bill” Croft, 55, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
FULTON – Tressa Jones, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home. There will be no visitation.
OXFORD – Marie Smith Pringle died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
NEW ALBANY – Hattie Scales Vaughn, 87, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. She was a member of St. Mary United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and prepared Communion.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at St. Mary United Methodist Church with Pastor W.T. Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Shelby Vaughn (Denise) of New Albany and Celois Vaughn Jr. (Arthurine) of Meridian; one brother, Cliff Scales of Racine, Wis.; five sisters, Mattie Blakes, Ada Scales and Samella Scales, all of New Albany, and Lillie Scales and Mary Taylor of Racine, Wis.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time.
EUPORA – Eddie Steven Dahlem, 52, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 17, 1958, to William Dahlem and Ottie Mae Easter Dahlem in Aberdeen. He lived the past 20 years in Eupora.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating.
Survivors include his special companion, Frances Dian Pawnee of Eupora; one brother, Butch Dahlem of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Rafel M. Rieves
SMITHVILLE – Rafel M. “Bub” Rieves, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Lucy P. Brown
TOCCOPOLA – Lucy P. Brown, 75, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her home in Toccopola.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
BELMONT – Carolyn Kennedy, 66, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.