Obituaries February 8, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Thermon Johnson
NEW SITE – Thermon Jefferson Johnson, 93, went to spend eternity with his Savior, Jesus, Feb. 7, 2012. He was born March 17, 1918, in Prentiss County to Clifford and Annie Johnson. He married Gretchen Vandevander on May 4, 1940, and they were inseparable for 70 years. He lived his entire life at New Site. By trade, he was a carpenter, school bus driver, and he owned Johnson’s Grocery. But his true vocation was farming.
He was inducted into the Army and proudly served his country from July 2, 1943, until July 28, 1945. During World War II, he was stationed in Germany with Battery A, 307th Field Artillery Battalion. He was a 105 MM Howitzer Crewman. He received the Good Conduct Metal and the European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal.
He joined the Siloam United Methodist Church as a young boy and has been a faithful servant ever since. His faith was unwavering and he loved his church and his church family. He enjoyed reading the Bible and telling everyone about Jesus. He loved playing heated games of Rook and supporting the New Site Royals.
Visitation will be today, Feb. 8, 2012, from 5 until 9 p.m. at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Siloam United Methodist Church with Bro. Jimmy Glover and Johnny Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Siloam Cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.
He is survived by five children, Joyce Waddle, Reba and Randle Downs, Richard Johnson, Larry and Deb Johnson, and Barbara and Fred Lee; nine grandchildren, Jeff and Lori, Chris and Amy, Van and Mindy, Brent, Jason and Brittney, Christie and Chuck, Alan and Stephanie, Tracey, David and Meghanne; his great-grandchildren, Noah, Seth, Meggan and Drew, Cory, Bailey, Brody, Daisy, Luke, Levie, Campbell and Ryan; one great-great-granddaughter, Kloye; one sister, Mary Jackson; and a host of nieces and nephews that he loved very much; a special friend in Jesus and caregiver, Ann Chaffin.
He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Gretchen; his parents; and his beloved daughter-in-law, Diane Johnson; two brothers, Flavil Johnson and wife, Mable, Eulas Johnson and wife, Avis; two brothers-in-law, Johnny Lindley and William Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Ollie Hoard and Zera Johnson and husband, Lloyd; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Levi and Myrtie Vandevander; three nieces, Myrtie Sartin, Jeanette Hoard and Peggy Hoard; one nephew, Jessie Hoard.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Jeff Johnson, Chris Johnson, Van Johnson, Brent Wilemon, Alan Johnson, Chuck Holly, Jason Downs and David Lee.
Always Remembered, Forever Loved!
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Danny A. Littleton
TUPELO – Daniel Arthur (Danny) Littleton, 40, of Tupelo, was born in West Monroe, La., on Dec. 1, 1971, and passed away in Tupelo on Feb. 3, 2012. Danny was a graduate of West Monroe High School, the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Missouri State University. He was employed at the North Mississippi Medical Center as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. Danny grew up in West Monroe, where he was a member of McClendon Baptist Church. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo at the time of his death. Danny was a faithful, loving husband, a father who adored his two daughters, and a great friend to many people. He was an avid LSU fan. Danny also loved playing basketball and ping-pong with his daughters and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Lynn Gewin Littleton, and two daughters, Avery Claire Littleton and Addison Elise Littleton of Tupelo; his parents, Daniel and Lahonda Littleton of West Monroe; one brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Troy Littleton and Laura Beth of Littleton, Mass.; and two nephews, Ryan Littleton and Casey Brownell. Danny is also survived by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Benny and Elaine Gewin of West Monroe; his sister-in-law and her husband, Jeannie and Alan Tinker of Ruston, La.; and many other relatives and a host of friends.
No words can express how much Danny will be missed, how much our hearts ache at his home-going, but we take hope in the assurance that we will meet again. We are thankful for the love and support shown to us by the many relatives, friends and the wonderful neighbors who have wrapped their arms around us and surrounded us with love.
A Celebration of Danny’s life will be held at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in West Monroe. Pallbearers were David Avant, Marty Dexter, Clint Fontana, Keith James, Dr. Bill Kirksey and Chris Rousseau.
In lieu of flowers: Littleton Children College Fund, c/o Priest & Wise PLLC, P.O. Box 46, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Verrell Hooker
THAXTON – Milton Verrell Hooker, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi in Tupelo. He was a member of Thaxton Baptist Church and a retired farmer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Thaxton Lion’s Club, a Boy Scout master and an honorary member of the Thaxton Fire Department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, collecting arrowheads and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Thaxton Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Thaxton Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Russell Hooker of Thaxton; his son, Ricky Hooker (Juanice) of Thaxton; three daughters, Beverly Hutchinson (Don) of Knoxville, Tenn., Jill Westmoreland (Dennis) of Pontotoc and Regina Prewett (Bobby) of Thaxton; one sister, Verna Lee Russell of Thaxton; one brother, Keith Hooker of San Antonio, Texas; nine grandchildren, Chris Hutchinson, Julie Rauen, David Hooker, Brad Hooker, Jody Westmoreland, Jonathan Westmoreland, Rachel Westmoreland, Ethan Westmoreland and Katie Willard; two stepgrandsons, Jackie Caldwell and Tommy Caldwell; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton Hooker and Ernel Beard Hooker; his daughter, Marsha Hooker; a grandson, Jarrod Willard; a granddaughter-in-law, Amanda Westmoreland; and two brothers: Waymon Hooker and Preston Hooker.
Pallbearers will be the Thaxton Boy Scouts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday at Thaxton Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Thaxton Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 38, Thaxton, MS 38871 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Boy Scouts of America, 505 Air Park, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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Sharon McCaslin
BALDWYN – Sharon Reilly McCaslin, 56, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at her home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Steven Lefford
PARCHMAN – Steven Glenn Lefford, 59, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. He was born March 14, 1952, in Missouri to Calvin and Martha Lowder Lefford. He was a truck driver.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Mike Warren and Bro. James Wilson officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Liz Lefford Fulton; sons, Glenn (Terri ) Lefford of Blue Springs, Logan Lefford of Fulton; daughter, Kelly (Richard) Wood of Verona; brothers, Mark Lefford, Kenny (Gleana) Lefford and Timothy Lefford, all of Bald Knob, Ark., Paul (Ellie) Lefford of Golden; sisters, Darlene (Steve) Geary of Bald Knob, Ark., and Jeanne Lefford of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Alvin Lefford.
Pallbearers will be Scottie Jones, Cory Jones, Michael Jones, Jeff Lowder, David Lefford and Eric Lefford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
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Mary Elliott
RIPLEY – Mary George Holland Elliott, 91, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at her home in Ripley. She was born Oct. 20, 1920, in Mathiston to George H. and Ina Harrell Holland. She attended Mathiston schools and graduated from Wood Jr. College. She earned a degree in home economics at Mississippi University for Women. During this time she was a member of numerous organizations and president of the Senior Baptist Sunday School Class. She taught home economics at Walnut High School, retiring after 34 years. Teaching home economics was always a joy to her. During her years of teaching, she held many honors, including the office of president of the Mississippi Vocational Teachers Association with life membership. As an honorary member of Future Homemakers of America, she taught many outstanding students, three of whom held the office of state president. Pryor to teaching she was a home visitor for the Farm Security Administration, visiting farm families, and helping them with their menu planning and cooking. She was a member of the Mississippi Extension Service and an assistant home demonstration agent for Tippah County. She was a member of the Civic League, serving as president for several terms.
She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Ripley and served as a substitute Sunday School teacher as long as her health would allow. She was a member of the Baptist Senior LLL (Live Long & Like It) group. She loved her church and was faithful in her work, serving others throughout her life.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Ripley with Dr. Rex Yancey and Dr. Albert Wilkerson officiating. Burial will follow in the Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Frances Land of Tupelo and Doris Webb of Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Holland of Denton, Texas, and Margaret Holland of Mathiston; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, C.H. Elliott; her parents; one sister, Virginia Emerson; and three brothers, Clarence Holland, Dr. Joseph Holland and Wilbur Holland.
Pallbearers will be Leon Bailey, Ron Chamberlain, Benton Elliott, Price Elliott, Rob Elliott and Glyn Hilton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Elliott, Dr. Charles Elliott, Glen McCullough and the deacons of the First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, 202 E. Pine St., Ripley, MS 38663; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
James Callicutt Jr.
MYRTLE – James Walter Callicutt Jr., 92, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Myrtle to James Walter Callicutt Sr. and Minnie Irwin Callicutt. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired farmer, a former operator of W.T. Lamar Feed Mill and Cotton Gin, and a former employee of Y-Lab. He was a member of Myrtle Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Myrtle Baptist Church with Dr. David Skinner officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Jane Stembridge (Jim) of New Albany; two sons, Wayne Callicutt (Paula) of Rocky Face, Ga., and Jimmy Callicutt (Karen) of Myrtle; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia McMillen Callicutt; his parents; and five sister, Ruddell Butler, Beatrice Henry, Ruby Coltharp, Totsye Neal and Inez Callicutt.
Pallbearers will be Will Callicutt, Jay Callicutt, Tony Richardson, Randy Huffman, Jonathan Callicutt and Victor Stembridge.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at Myrtle Baptist Church on Thursday for one hour prior to service.
In honor of Mr. Callicutt’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
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Rev. Dwain Whitehurst
CORINTH – The Rev. Dwain Whitehurst died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Oct. 10, 1948, in Corinth to Martin Luther and Mildred Whitehurst. He graduated from Alcorn Central High School and received a B.S. degree from Delta State University. He was a minister for over 40 years, serving the North Mississippi area. Most recently he has been the pastor at Shady Grove Methodist Church. He has also been employed with the Alcorn County School District as a bus driver. He served as chaplain for the Prentiss County Fire Department and MRHC Hospital. He was a 32 degree Mason. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and helping others.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Rev. Wayne Napier officiating. Burial will follow with Masonic honors in the Box Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.
He was survived by his wife of 42 years Carolyn Whitehurst of Corinth; daughters, Jana Cagle (Rev. Jonathan) and Andrea Coleman (Anthony); brother, Gerry Whitehurst (Jaylene); grandchildren. McKinsey and Isabella Coleman, all of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be members of the Corinth Masonic Lodge 116.
Honorary pallbearers will be the New Albany District Clergy of the Methodist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday.
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Billie Pharr
MARIETTA – Billie B. Pharr, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Lee Harrington
ABERDEEN – Lee Taylor Harrington, 27, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at his residence in Oxford. He was born Feb. 27, 1984, in Lee County to Frank Whitaker Harrington Sr. and Catharine Robertson Harrington. He lived most of his life in Aberdeen, Ms. He was a student at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson and York Craig officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Ms. Frank Whitaker Harrington Sr. of Aberdeen; one sister, Ainsley Harrington Blue (Kenneth) of St. Francisville, La.; one brother, Frank Whitaker Harrington Jr. of Austin. Texas; his grandparents, Carol Robertson of Madison and Lee Hill Harrington of Aberdeen; two nephews, Waites and Lee Hill Blue; one niece, Lila Blue; one aunt, Gwynne Lee Barrett of Aberdeen; three uncles, Robin Barnett Robertson of Jackson, Randall Ball Robertson of Winter Park, Fla., and William J. Robertson Jr. of Nashville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Wyche “BB” Robertson Harrington; his grandfather, Bill Robertson; and his grandmother, Gwendolyn Whitaker Harrington.
Pallbearers will be Eli Lasky, Jon Tolar, Nolan Aycock, Daniel Bunch, Beau Martin, Baker Martin, Colby McClain, Ty Scott, Ty Brock, John McArthur, Tyler Robertson and James Tubb. Honorary pallbearer will be Carla Comer Arevalo.
Visitation will be today at the Frank Harrington residence.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the or for Pulmonary Hypertension.
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Dorothy Crump
ABERDEEN – Dorothy Lee West Crump, 78, died on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Leonard Alfonso and Betty Francis Lay West. She was a graduate of Becker High School. Before becoming a homemaker to rear her family, she worked as a telephone operator and a bank teller. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Very family-oriented, she enjoyed spending time with family, friends, flower gardening, cooking and writing calligraphy. A caring lady, she was passionate about helping other people. When unable to attend church, she listened to Adrian Rogers, David Jeremiah, John Hagge and Charles Stanley.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips and Rev. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will follow in Durrett Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Donna Crump Pate; sons, Leonard Crump (Vicki), Ron Crump (Tracy) and Lee Crump; sister, Catherine Funderburk; grandchildren, Will Pate (Crysta), Wes Pate, Jordan Crump and Jared Crump; great-granddaughter, Allie Kathryn Pate; numerous nieces and nephews.on to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Crump; sisters, Virgie Boyd, Mildred Boyd and Marie Pointer; and brothers, Roy, Albert and Bo West.
Pallbearers will be Toady Boyd, W.B. West, Jerry West, Bobby West, Sonny Allen, Jeff Shepherd and David Evans. Honorary pallbearers will be James West, Larry Sykes, David Banks, Troy Carter, Bill Tate and Marvin Griggs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for Calvary Baptist Church, 50053 Calvary Church Rd., Amory, MS 38821.
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Bennie Spradling
MANTACHIE – Bennie Grissom Spradling, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 15, 1917, to Oliver B. and Virlie Wiggington Grissom. She was retired from Mantachie Manufacturing Company. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, gardening, playing cards and dominoes, and spending time with her family. Loved by everyone that knew her, she was affectionately known to them as “Mammie.”
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Kelly Wade Spradling of Mantachie; one daughter, Marilyn Ann Breedlove of Tupelo; two grandsons, Wess Spradling (Elizabeth) of Mantachie and Justin Breedlove (Tabbitha) of Pontotoc; five granddaughters, Deborah Odom of Birmingham, Ala., Carolyn Moss (Tyron) and Sandy Maxcy (Carl), both of Mantachie, Amber Holt (Dana) of Carrollton, Ga., and Stefani Breedlove of Tupelo; 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Oliver Windell Grissom (Margaret) of Saltillo; and five sisters, Mildred Tucker of Mantachie, Faye Cross of Riverside, Calif., Lora McCabe of Sacramento, Calif., and Helen Gilbert and Myra Harper (Karl), both of Birmingham.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie R. Spradling, in 1981; two brothers, Willie Lawrence Grissom and Bruce Bonnet Grissom; one sister, Freda Dickerson; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tyron Moss, Carl Maxcy, Dana Holt, Shawn Odom, Kevin Spradling and Cole Spradling.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Don Kelly
WALNUT – Edward Donald Kelly, 51, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born May 14, 1960, to Louise Beavers Kelly and William Kelly. He was a member of Unity Baptist Church. He served in the Mississippi National Guard for 12 years and he was employed by Hill Brothers Construction for 19 years. He played football and graduated from Falkner High School. He will be missed by many.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Unity Baptist Church with Bro. Gerald Short and Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila Kay Wilkerson Kelly of Walnut; two daughters, Jackie Kelly and Trisha Kelly, both of Walnut; one son, Jimmy Kelly of Walnut; his mother, Louise Kelly of Falkner; four sisters, Darlene Hopkins (Bobby), Tina Robertson (Mark), Joy Kelly, and Stacey Holmes (Matt), all of Falkner; his father-in-law, Harril “Pops” Wilkerson, and mother-in-law, Pat “Mal” Wilkerson of Walnut; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Reno, Frankie Lee Johnson, John Kelly, Burt Wilkerson Jr., David Nelson, Ricky Miles, Phillip Bates and Billy Bates. Honorary pallbearers will be Tyrone Latham, Jim Kelly, Cameron Wilkerson, Terry Akins, Henry Bates, Nickey Newby and Gene Knight.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
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