By NEMS Daily Journal
Judith H. “Judy” Myers, longtime resident of Calhoun City, was called home to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the age of 69. She was born on Sept. 11, 1941, at Houston to Leroy and Annie Pearl Harrelson. After graduation from Houston High School in 1959, Judy went to MSCW and then went on to earn her master’s degree in education from The University of Mississippi.
Judy was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She was an inspiration to all through her love and care for everyone she knew. Throughout her illness she never complained, but was always an encourager and an example to all who knew her.
Judy taught first grade at Calhoun City Elementary School for 30 years. She had a positive impact on the lives of her students, was highly respected by all those with whom she worked, and very deservingly received the Teacher of Year award in 1999-2000. Not only was she a dedicated educator, but she also served her community as a member of the Centennial Committee, the Calhoun City Spirit Committee, and a past member of New Century Club. She proudly served the town of Calhoun City as “First Lady” during her husband’s tenure as mayor. She and her husband, Chodie, were chosen as Grand Marshalls of the 1998 Christmas Parade in their home town. Numerous individuals in Calhoun City have been recipients of Judy’s caring and giving nature over the years. She loved helping others, and her love for people was evident throughout her community.
As a member of Calhoun City First Baptist Church, she served in many capacities throughout the years. She was a teacher in the Children’s 1 Department for many years. She also worked with the preschool choir, served as chairperson of the Hospitality Committee, and was presently co-chairing the Kitchen Committee. In addition, she served as president of the Ladies’ 1 Sunday School class which she dearly loved and remained faithful in attendance throughout her illness. She faithfully and persistently read her Bible daily and her devotion to her Lord was evident in her daily living. Judy loved her church fellowship, and her presence at Calhoun City First Baptist Church will be greatly missed.
After retiring from teaching, Judy enjoyed traveling with her husband, friends and her Ladies’ Traveling Club. She was always looking for interesting places to visit, planning a cruise, or finding the best places to eat. One of the highlights of all her travels was a trip to the mission field in Mexico where she and her husband worked with a dental team. She loved working in her yard which depicted her love for nature, for beauty, and for God.
Judy’s nature spoke volumes about her life. Although she was very humble, she loved being surrounded by her family, especially her grandchildren. They loved being with her, and she was well-respected by all of her family including her husband of 48 years, Chodie Terrell Myers; her son, Terry Myers and wife, Stephanie, of Batesville; her two daughters, Laurie Denley and husband, Michael Jon, of Calhoun City, and Tiffany Loveless and husband, Steve, of Fulshear, Texas; her six grandchildren, Kaylan and Mallory Myers, Lauren and Jon Garrett Denley, and Laken and Andy Parker Loveless. She had a special relationship with her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, and their mutual love was evident for their “Granny.”
She is also survived by one brother, Ken Harrelson and wife, Janice, of West Point; one sister-in-law, Jean Norman and husband, Tommy, of Calhoun City; two nephews, Dr. Ben Harrelson of Starkville and Dr. Brad Harrelson of Fox Elder, S.D.; one niece, Susan Colleta of Germantown, Tenn. In addition, Judy leaves a host of friends whose lives she has touched and who will sorely miss her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one granddaughter, Madison Loveless; one niece, Kristi Norman; and one nephew, Stephen Norman.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Calhoun City First Baptist Church with Dr. Anthony Kay officiating, assisted by Rev. Jacob Gill and Rev. Wayne Gullett with visitation at the church from 2 until 3 p.m. Burial will be at Oak Springs Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home is in Charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Dean, Jim Dobbs, Lee Harrelson, Dale Hays, Woody Jones, Jim Morgan, Fred Nabors and Barney Wade.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Calhoun City First Baptist Church Heating and Cooling Fund. P.O. Box 94, Calhoun City, MS 38916.
TUPELO – Dell Ewing, 96, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at the Green Houses at Traceway. She grew up in the Palmetto community. She married Edward Ewing in 1937 and they made their home in several different states. During her earlier years, she entertained and traveled extensively. After his retirement, they returned to Tupelo, She was a staunch member of First Baptist Church until her health failed her.
Services will be 12:30 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Burial will be in Palmetto Cemetery.
Survivors include her two brother-in-laws, Bryant Ewing (Terry) of Belden and Claude Ewing (Darlene) of Ripley; her sister-in-law and caregiver, Lola Sheets of Belden; her sister-in-law, Pebble Ewing of Oxford; one nephew, Mike Stone.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Ewing; her parents; and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be 11:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Carl LeFan, 68, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Pleasant Hill Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 p.m. today until service time Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Porter Eugene “Gene” Prather, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Dec. 13, 1930, in Myrtle to James Lacy Prather and Jewell Morgan Prather. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was a retired merchandise handler for Sears, Roebuck and Company in Memphis. He was a member of the Highland Heights Baptist Church in Memphis having moved his church membership from the Myrtle Baptist Church.
Services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jason Howell officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sisters, Lavelle Prather Hancock (Freddie) of Myrtle and Ruth Prather Buttrey of Tupelo; and a brother, Arnold Wayne Prather (Marie) of Bartlett, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, James Wesley Prather and Joel Jeffers Prather.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Prather, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Air Force at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
PHEBA – Jean Fowler Sizemore, 70, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 28, 1940, in Lexington to Vladye Edwards and Robert Lloyd Fowler. She was a retired beautician. She began her career with Jean amp& Margie’s Beauty Shop in 1960 and later worked at Dugan Memorial Home Beauty Shop 32 years. Mrs. Sizemore served on the Clay County School Board for 20 years. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church. She married Floyd Thomas Sizemore on Dec. 3, 1955, in Starkville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Middleton officiating and Bro. Barry Hathcock assisting. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery at Henryville. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Tommy Sizemore of Pheba; two daughters, Donna “Doopie” Cox (Bill) of Cedar Bluff and Melissa Wilson (Jimmy) of Mathiston; two sons, Floyd Thomas “Sonny” Sizemore of Pheba and Bill Sizemore (Scarlet) of Clinton; 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Jo Gresham (Bruce) of Tupelo; two brothers, Jimmy Fowler (Annette) of Laurel and Tommy Fowler (Sherri) of Cedar Bluff; a sister-in-law, Marie Butler of Dallas, Texas; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Harper and Bobbie Sizemore of Pheba,
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Bobby Fowler, Patsy Miller and Sue Fowler.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Brewer, Seth Robinson, Robert Champion, David Blansett, Ray Winfield, Eddie Strickland, Zack Walker and Larry Walker.
Honorary pallbearers will be North Mississippi Medical Center Stroke Unit, Webster General-Eupora, The Sanctuary Hospice House and Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to Hebron Cemetery Fund, c/o Hebron Baptist Church, 6230 Henryville Road, Pheba, MS 39755 and The Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
CUMBERLAND – Louis Davis, 74, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Cumberland Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Old Cumberland Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state in the church Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of services today.
BOONEVILLE – Alice Louise Wroten, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Edgar Hugh Howell, 63, died on Monday, Feb, 7, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on Sept., 7, 1947, in New Albany, he was a son of the late Roger A. and Mavis Lee Howell. He graduated from high school in Illinois and moved to Amory in 1973. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. A heavy equipment mechanic, he had worked at Scribner Equipment Company. His faith being very important to him, he was a member of North Boulevard Christian Church in Amory, where he served as an elder and teacher. A very giving and helpful man, he enjoyed riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing, and listening to country music.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sandy Littlejohn Howell of Amory; daughter, April (Brian) Rollins of Smithville; son, Jeff (Melanie) Howell of Amory; brothers, David Howell of New Albany and Roger Tate Howell of Belden; grandchildren, Matthew and Anna Howell, and Seth and Summer Rollins; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial donations may be given to North Boulevard Christian Church Youth Fund, 1201 N. Blvd. Drive, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PADUCAH, Ky. – Raphial Spencer “R.S.” Tutor, 74, formerly of Greenville, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at his home in Paducah, Ky. He was born June 24, 1936, in Pontotoc County to Partee and Shirley Tutor. He grew up in Pontotoc County, where he attended school. He graduated from Thaxton High School and went on to attend the University of Mississippi. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy, and he was a lifelong member of the Baptist church. He enjoyed fishing, telling jokes, and spending time with his children and grandchildren and especially his morning cup of coffee with his son, Michael.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Smith Funeral Home in Greenville with the Rev. David Lee officiating. Burial will follow in Indianola City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Frances Tutor of Paducah, Ky.; his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Suzanne Tutor of Paducah; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mona and Jeff Trotter of Jackson, and Amy and Jeff Hargis of Brentwood, Tenn.; a sister, Rita Russell of Olive Branch; two brothers, Derwood Tutor of Tupelo and Don Tutor of Oxford; and 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Landon Tutor.
Pallbearers will be Joe Few, Josh Amyx, Zach Tutor, John Thomas Trotter, Garrett Hargis and Will Trotter.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
FULTON – Herschel C. “Pete” Wilson, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1930, in Prentiss County to Elijah C. and Ida Mae Grant Wilson. He was a born again Christian and an active member and deacon of Bethany Baptist Church, where he was song director and Sunday School teacher. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved the Lord and God’s people. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He worked at Moore’s Meat Processing in Fulton for 25 years and for Tony Wallace Construction for 10 years before becoming disabled. He enjoyed coon hunting.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. James Peoples and Bro. James E. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Bernice Wilson of Fulton; one daughter, Mitzie Underwood of Fulton; one son, Harold Wilson (Carolyn) of Fulton; two granddaughters, Catherine Smith (Lavelle) of Tupelo and Claire Wilson of Fulton; three grandsons, Jonathan, Brian and Brad (Michelle) Black, all of Fulton; nine great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mae Evelyn Sheffield, Louise Grimes, Opal Frederick and Phyllis Pitts (Wayne); two brothers, J.D. Wilson (Mildred) and Bro. James Wilson (Louise); and a brother-in-law, Sylvan Jones.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ruth Jones; and several half brothers and half sisters
Pallbearers will be Stevie Jones, Tony Wallace, Hollis Moore Jr., Roy Johnson Jr. , Jeff Lentz and Brandon Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Bryant, Tony Wilson, Doug Wilson, Danny Holley and Danny Benefield.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
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FULTON – John R. Johnson, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at his daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
CORINTH – Martha “Marty” Downs Sourek, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at her residence. She was born Feb. 3, 1931, in the Holly community to James Marshall and Lessie Killough Downs. After graduating from Kossuth High School in 1948, she moved to Memphis to attend Draughns Business College. She lived in Germany, then relocated to the United States, where she lived in California and Jackson. She begin her interior design career in Portland, Ore. Moving to Nashville, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in interior design from Middle Tennessee State University. She started her own firm in Roanoke, Va., and also taught design at Virginia Tech, Radford College and Virginia Western Community College. She was an accredited member of the American Society of Interior Design. In 1988 she married Robert Sourek. They moved to Corinth. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and Little Garden Club. They have been involved in various mission works over the years, mentoring Samuel Vargas from Peru and traveling throughout the world.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Don Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Robert Sourek of Corinth; a son, Mickey Gurley of Ft. Meyers, Fla.; a sister, Mary Vickers of West Point; stepchildren, Margo (John) Cengic, Elizabeth Sourek, Mary (Tom) Schneider and Carol (Kevin) Drummond, all of the Cleveland, Ohio, area, Robert (Louann) Sourek of Carson, Wash., Sally (Andrew) Sanders of Seattle, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; special caregivers, Regina Rogers and Diane Franks; and special friends, Stephen and Charlotte Icardi.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Marshall Downs Jr.
Pallbearers will be Greg Barker, Phil Barker, Paul Vickers, C.W. Jackson, Stephen Icardi and Billy Newcomb.
Memorials may be sent to the Deacons Fund at First Presbyterian Church, 919 E. Shiloh Rd., Corinth, MS.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolence can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
ABERDEEN – Charles Wayne Seely, 59, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Jan. 8, 1952, to Roy Seely and Doris Berry Seely in Aberdeen. He was a lifelong resident of Hamilton. He worked at Walker Manufacturing Company for 20 years. He was an avid Ole Miss fan and a huge fan of NASCAR.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Survivors include one son, Tony Seely and wife, Amy, of Traverse City, Mich.; the mother of his son, Linda Seely of Aberdeen; one sister, Janette Patterson and husband, Travis, of Nettleton; one brother, Roy Seely and wife, Mary, of Hamilton; one niece, Sonya Pannell and husband, Jason, of Okolona; two nephews, Toby Duke and wife, Vickie, of New Albany and Craig Seely and wife, Kay, of Hamilton; great-nephews and great-nieces, Seth, Corey, Alley, Carley and Austin; a special uncle, Adrian Berry; special aunts, Norma Berry, Pauline House and Lena Mae Oliver.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Donations may be made to the Wayne Seely Fund at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
TISHOMINGO – Aretha Mae Brock, 47, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born March 7, 1963, in Shelby County, Tenn. She was a nurse for 27 years and a member of Carters Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Carters Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Anthony Welch officiating. Burial will be in Carters Branch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her mother, Ruby Brock of Tishomingo; his father, Louis Brock of Tishomingo; three brothers, Jerry L. Brock, Bobby L. Brock (Farcelina) and Danny L. Brock, all of Tishomingo; two sisters, Angie Houston (Myron) and Lee Ann Fossett, all of Tishomingo; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday at Carters Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Jean Alexander, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Longwood Nursing Home in Booneville after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
SHANNON – Bridgett Stovall, 43, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona with the family present from 5 to 6 p.m.
TUPELO – Katherine “Kathy” King Kelly, 55, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Cancer Institute of America in Tulsa, Okla. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
MANTACHIE – Kevin Herring, 35, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
CALHOUN CITY – Carolyn Nelms Parker, 78, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Calhoun City. She was a retired store clerk for Stubbs in Calhoun City and a member of Derma Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Vance and the Rev. John Warren officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Slate Springs.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Dan Parker Jr. of Calhoun City; two sons, Tommy Parker (Odean) of Calhoun City and Terry Parker (Rhonda) of Bruce; three grandchildren, Kelly Lowe (Wes), Kristy Parker and Sara Jane Parker; two great-grandchildren, Jon Garrett Lowe and Hannah Morgan Lowe; and her caregivers, June Ivy, Carolyn Hardin and Louise Gaither.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Jo Ann Parker; her parents, Earl Nelms and Estelle Richards Nelms; and three brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Smith, Jourdan Smith, Wes Lowe, Bobby Cozart, James H. Wright and Burl Adams.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Hugh F. LeNoir, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home.
RIPLEY – Dixie Oletta Rainey Gates, 79, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at her home in Ripley. She was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Ripley to Charlie and Vettie Downs Rainey. She was a Baptist, a homemaker and a retired employee of Foot Caress Shoe Company.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Peoples Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include her mother, Vetta Downs Rainey of Ripley; one daughter, Peggy Gates of Ripley; one sister, Inez Gates of Ripley; one brother, Edward Rainey (Maybelle) of Tiplersville; three grandchildren, Pamela Gates Hall, Rodney Gates (Michelle) and Dawn Gates Vance (Will), all of Ripley; four great-grandchildren, Ashley Hall, Jamie Hall, Zayne Vance and Easton Vance, all of Ripley; one sister-in-law, Tootie Rainey of Ripley; three brothers-in-law, William “Pete” Gates (Jan), C.B. Gates (Gladys) and Oval Gates, all of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Gates; her father, Charlie Rainey; one son, Jimmy Gates; a special nephew, Billy Gates; her brother, J.P. Rainey; two sisters-in-law, Ruby Gates and Billie Gates; and three brothers-in-law, Eugene, Bobby and Clyde Gates.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Joe Gates, Jarrett Jones, Kerry Gates, Steve Gates, Kevin Gates and Joey Rainey. Honorary pallbearers will be Rodney gates, Will Vance, Easton Vance, Zayne Vance, Jamie Hall and Ashley Hall.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Roger Childs, The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – William Curtis McClendon, 78, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Martha CarterPONTOTOC – Martha Carter died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
OXFORD – Mack Ivory Hamilton, 82, formerly of Houlka, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.