Obituaries February 5, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Dr. James B. Bryant
ACKERMAN – Dr. James B. Bryant, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at his home in Ackerman. He was born March 13, 1930, in Union County. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. He was a dentist for 49 years and a member of Ackerman Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ackerman Baptist Church with the Rev. Danny Irvin and the Rev. Danny Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Enon Cemetery in Ackerman. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Caldwell Bryant of Ackerman; two daughters, Beth (Kent) Davenport of Wetumpka, Ala., and Amy (Brad) Womack of Tupelo; two brothers, Danny (Connie) Bryant of New Albany and Sammy (Willie) Bryant of Ripley; one sister, Tommie (Jack) Harris of Ripley; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today at Ackerman Baptist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ackerman Baptist Church Family Life Center or Christian Way United.

Tommie Lee Shelby
OXFORD – Tommie Lee Shelby, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Rev. Henry Biggers
CLEVELAND, Tenn. – The Rev. Henry Milton Biggers, 96, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, in Cleveland, Tenn.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at McCurtains Creek Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of local arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home.

Lena Stone
OXFORD – Lena Mae Stone, 96, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. Born in Lafayette County, Mrs. Stone was a retired homemaker and a member of Old Liberty Hill Methodist Church in Thaxton. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, and raising chickens and cows.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Adam Vinson officiating. Burial will follow in Christian Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Geneva Adcock of Myrtle and Linda Laney and her husband, Solomon, of Hernando, Fla.; a son, James Carl Stone and his wife, Linda, of Thaxton; a son-in-law, Rendell Sneed and his wife, Frankie, of Thaxton; two sisters, Margie Watts Smith and Francis Watts Smith, both of Oxford; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Affice C. Stone; a daughter, Betty Lou Sneed; her parents, Carl Watts and Minnie Francis Watts; and a son-in-law, Paul William Adcock.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 1682 Wilson St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Ellen McVey
BOONEVILLE – Ellen McVey, 94, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Nellie Lacy
JUMPERTOWN – Nellie Lacy, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Nov. 5, 1919, to James Leon and Dollie Lee Carpenter McCall. She was a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church. She was a retired packer from Brown Shoe Company and a homemaker. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening and working word puzzles.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Jumpertown United Methodist Church with Bro. Jason Franklin and Bro. Steve DeVore officiating, and Mae Dean Lambert delivering the eulogy. Burial will in Jumpertown Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Brenda (Dan) Crabb of Booneville, Hilda (Joe) Pulliam of Walnut and Diane (James) Robbins of Ripley; one son, Wayne (Frances) Lacy of Pine Grove; a special sister-in-law, Janie McCall of Jumpertown; 22 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Jefferson Lacy, in 2002; a son, Kenneth Lacy; her parents; one sister, Marie Smith; three brothers, Jimmy McCall, Robert McCall and Tom Henry McCall; and a grandson-in-law, Terry Barkley.
Pallbearers are Eric Godwin, Richard Shook, Shane Bourg, Jason Lacy, Dustin Lacy, Billy Ledbetter and Kent Geno.
Honorary pallbearers are Eli Shook, J.D. Chapman, Chance Lacy, Ryan Eaton, Ben Maldanado, Paul Faulkner, Vince Jackson and Manse Pulliam.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jim Richey
NEW ALBANY – James E. “Jim” Richey, 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home in New Albany. He was born July 6, 1943, in New Albany to Benjamin Arnold and Ruth Anderson Richey. He lived most of his life in New Albany, Tupelo and Pontotoc. He was a self-employed businessman, a truck driver and a Baptist.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Bobby Casteel officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include a niece, Lisa Weber Chris of Orlando, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Barbara Louise Richey.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Leroy Jones
PONTOTOC – Leroy Jones, 84, of the Longview community, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 12, 1926, in Mattson to Lloyd Elford Jones Sr. and Ethel Lucile Furr Jones. He served in the U.S. Army as a military police, stationed at Beaverton Ammo Station in Portland, Ore., during World War II. He farmed during his early adulthood. He retired from Roadway Express after 28 years as a truck driver. He was a member of Longview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Longview Baptist Church with Bro. Tony Morrow and Bro. Caleb Wood officiating. Burial will follow in Longview Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Willa Deen Jones of Longview; daughter, Betty Smith (Mark) of Pontotoc; sons, Calvin Jones (Shirley) of Anniston, Ala., James Jones of Starkville, Billy Ray Jones (Lavenda) of Spokane, Wash., and Gary Jones (Gina) of Helena, Ala.; grandchildren, Leanne Mash (James), Kathy Willard (Stephen) and Jonathan Wray (Mendy), all of Pontotoc, Amanda Mitchell (Mitch) of Nottingham, Md., Kristopher Jones (Meagan) of Bethesda, Md., Sarah Jones of San Pedro, Honduras, Benjamin Jones of Mathews, N.C., Brad Jones (Heather) of Olympia, Wash., Candace Wood (Caleb) of Chouteau, Okla., Michael Jones, Nathan Jones and John Jones, all of Helena, Ala.; 12 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; special cousins, Buster and Earline Brooks of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lloyd Elford Jr.; and a son, Darrel Wayne Jones.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Shelby Plemmons
HICKORY FLAT – Shelby J. Plemmons, 72, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 22, 1938, in Hickory Flat to Charles Bradley and Mable Gullick.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Plemmons; seven children, Mike Ganger, Gene Arrington, Veronica Mann and Sean Paul, all of Florida, Barbera Pryor of Georgia, Franklin Pryor and Shelby Pryor of Hickory Flat; two sisters, Margaret and Corine.

Joe Hollingsworth
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Joe Parker Hollingsworth, 79, died at his home on Jan. 23, 2011, in Albuquerque, N.M. Born in Calhoun County, he graduated from Batesville High School before attending North Mississippi Community College, Delta State University and the U.S. Naval Academy. He went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts and joined the Air Force, where he served for 24 years. Mr. Hollingsworth received the Airman’s Medal and the Bronze Star for his extraordinary service to his country in Vietnam. He attained the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Services were held on Jan. 29 at St. Mark’s On-the-Mesa Episcopal Church. Daniels Family Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford assisted the family locally.
He is survived by his wife, Kathy G. Hollingsworth of Albuquerque; his children, Gary Hollingsworth of St. Louis, Mo., Mary Paul Forsyth of Charlotte, N.C., Sarah Jo Eldridge of Lubbock, Texas, Sandra Smith of Houston, Texas. Clyde Shores of Lake Forest, Ill., and Elizabeth Wagner of Albuquerque; one brother, Tony Hollingsworth of Nashville, Tenn.; four sisters, DeLoraine Zimmermann and Ann Green, both of Nashville, Jerrie Moffat of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarah Robinson of Oxford; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Mark’s On-the-Mesa, 431 Richmond Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106.

Mary O’Conner
PONTOTOC – Mary B. O’Conner, 92, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. She was born Nov. 11, 1918, in Pontotoc to John Bramlitt and Maude Simpson Bramlitt. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Pontotoc. She loved her friends and family and her special friends at Graceland Nursing Home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Robert Kingsley and Bro. Danny Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Howard O’Conner; one daughter, Doris Jean Britt (Richard) of Anna, Texas; one grandson, Ricky Britt and wife of Anna, Texas; five grandsons of Anna, Texas; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Raymond D. Wise; a daughter-in-law, Belma Wise; one grandson, Ray Wise; five brothers, Audrey, Owen Neal, John Dee, Lonnie Lee and Boyce Burns Bramlitt; and four sisters, Earlene Mask, Cleo Mask, Daisy Duncan and Violet Graham.
Pallbearers will be Patrick McBrayer, Stephen McBrayer, Walter Morrison, Bubba Thompson and Keith Bramlitt.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Macie Burke
NEW ALBANY – Macie Burke died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at her home in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Major Travis Nelson
CORINTH – Major Travis M. Nelson, 91, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors.

Bobby Priest Sr.
BLUE SPRINGS – Bobby Caroll Priest Sr., 75, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born July 29, 1935, in Troy to Cecil Holloway Priest and Maggie Cox Priest. He was a truck driver, a gardener and the operator of a produce market in New Albany. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church.
Memorial service will be 1 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Larry Bain officiating. A second memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Saltillo Pentecostal Church. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Parham Priest; four sons, Walter Bud Priest (Tammy) of New Albany, Michael Steven Priest (Debra) of Plantersville, Billy Joe Priest (Missy) of Keownville and Bobby Caroll Priest Jr. (Debby) of Myrtle; a sister, Linda Paden (Elkin) of Pontotoc; a half sister, Elizabeth Priest of Amory; a sister-in-law, Lucy Priest; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Joe Bryant.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Doris Romato; two brothers, Frank Priest and Jimmy Arthur Priest; and a half brother, Jesse Priest.
Visitation will be 45 minutes prior to the service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Billy Sharp
CORINTH – Billy Hugh Sharp, 68, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Hatchie Chapel Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. to service time today at the church.
To leave condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Betty Jean Marion
COFFEEVILLE – Betty Jean Marion, 69, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Zion Springs Baptist Church in Bruce. Burial will be in the Zion Springs Cemetery. Seven Oaks Cemetery of Water Valley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Betty Jo Flippo
CORINTH – Betty Jo Flippo, 65, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in the National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

J.W. Sanders
CORINTH – J.W. Sanders, 84, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth.