OBITUARIES FOR 08-23-04

Slestene Clark

HOUSTON – Marion Slestene “Tene” Clark, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. She was born May 8, 1928, in Calhoun County to Richard Mooneyham and Esther Bryant Mooneyham. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Bryan Gillespie officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Martha Cole and husband, Tony; two sons, Jim Clark and wife, Karyn, and Bobby Clark and wife, Kris, all of Houston; one sister, Opal Huffman of Calhoun City; one brother, Richard Mooneyham of Pittsboro; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Zane Clark, who died Feb. 6, 1996; her parents; four sisters; and five brothers.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Terry Brevard

NEW ALBANY – Terry “Birdy” Glenn Brevard, 47, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the Graceland Care Center. He was born Nov. 17, 1956, in New Albany to the late Joe Ollie Brevard and Shirley Jean Johnson Brevard. He was an emergency medical technician, a carpenter and a used car salesman. He was a Baptist.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Terry Hall and Dr. Robert Daniel officiating. Burial will be in the Locust Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Brandon Brevard and wife, Tara, of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Sharon Hogue and husband, James, of Blue Springs; one brother, Gary Brevard and wife, Vickey, of New Albany; one grandchild, Madison.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; and his special caregivers for 13 years, Lawrence and Bessie Lea Johnson.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Robbins, Ronnie Davis, Johnny Anderson, Steve Coleman, Joe Kizer, Dennis Spencer, Terry Willard and Ronnie McNeil. Honorary pallbearers will be his graduating class.

James W. Smith Jr.

TUPELO – James W. Smith Jr., 75, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the V.A. Nursing Center in Oxford. He was a Baptist and faithfully attended First Christian Church in Tupelo. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

An outstanding basketball player, he graduated from Wheeler High School, attended and played basketball for East Mississippi Jr. College and Northeast Jr. College, where he was Mr. Northeast. After graduating from Mississippi State he taught and coached for 14 years before entering the banking field in 1964. He was a graduate of LSU School of Banking and worked in banks in the Northeast Mississippi region for 30 years, retiring with Trustmark Bank. He was active and served on the board of CDF, was a longtime member and past president of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club and many other civic organizations.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Ray Morton and the Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Peggy Barkley Smith; a daughter, Janet Smith Alexander and her husband, Don, of Belden; a step-daughter, Julie Duke Holcomb of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Kimberly Alexander Wyatt and her husband, Matt, of Mantachie, Madison Holcomb and Sydney Holcomb of Tupelo, George Duke and James Duke of Kingwood, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Emma Smith; and stepson, Jeffery Duke.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Riley, Ray Powell, Scott Cochran, David Williams, Tildon Barkley and Sidney Holcomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of the First Christian Church, Billy Hughes, Dr. Alex Bibighaus and members of the Luncheon Civitan Club.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church of Tupelo or a charity of one's choice.

Paul Pannell

NEW ALBANY – Samuel Paul Pannell, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born Feb. 27, 1913, in Union County to the late Patrick Henry and Myrtle Rakestraw Pannell. He was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Locust Grove Baptist Church and the Joseph Warren Masonic Lodge in New Albany.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Locust Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Toby Smitherman, Bro. Earl Farley, Bro. Greg Garrison, Bro. Vic Garrison and Bro. Levi Garrison officiating. Burial will be in the Locust Grove Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Paul Lee Garrison and husband, Norris, of New Albany; one sister, Vister Lee Hartzo of Avinger, Texas; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Lee Thomas Pannell; his parents; two sisters, Minnie Lou Pannell and Clytee Coker; and one brother, Carol Pannell.

Pallbearers will be Walter “Buck” Pannell, Tony Vandiver, Joshua Vandiver, Larry Roberts, Mark Gregory and Justin Garrison.

The body will lie in state at the church from noon until 2 p.m. today.

Ruth Douglas

AMORY – Ruth Harrell Douglas, 96, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at her residence after a sudden illness. She was born Dec. 14, 1907, in Oktibbeha County to the late Andrew and Flora O'Brien Harrell. She lived in Mathiston and Amory for the past 59 years. She married Thomas J. Douglas in 1923; he died in 1971. She was a retired sales clerk in retail clothing employed by Black's Department Store and The Family Shop, both in Amory, before her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Amory where she was in the T.E.L. Sunday School Class, Women's Missionary Union and the Triple “L” Club. She was also a member of the Aurora Literary Club. She enjoyed reading and cooking.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Zell Douglas of Amory; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Clifton Harrell, Vernon Harrell and Dee Harrell; one sister, Ida Lee Oswalt.

Pallbearers will be Curtis Lewellen, Jerry Reese, Larry Palmer, Larry Pierce, Lawrence Stevens, Locke Stockton and Lester Cagle.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821, or to a charity of your choice.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue Tuesday until service time.

Jimmy Hampton

BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Jimmy Hampton, 67, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the Boliver General Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home.

Bessie Smetak

CORINTH – Bessie Reynolds Smetak, 69, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a homemaker.

Services will be at 7 p.m. today at the Coleman Funeral Home Family Chapel with Bro. Marvin Fulbright officiating. Burial will be in the Pineville, La. National Cemetery.

Survivors include her nieces, Sharon Sanders of Corinth, Julie Fulbright of Union, S.C., Mary Jane Bonnett of Marksville, La., Beatrice Engolls of Alexandria, La., Linda Lassinge and Virginia Kendrick, both of Jena, La.; her nephews, Jimmy Engolls of Tullos and Ernest Engolls of Union, S.C.; one great-niece, Michelle McKim of Corinth; one great-nephew, Troy Martin; her special friend, James Lee Witmer of Corinth.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Laddie J. Smetak; her parents, Coley and Annice Dryden Reynolds; two sisters, Missouri Kennard and Mary Engolls; two brothers, Dosie Lee Reynolds and R.C. Reynolds.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dr. Dalton Earl Spears

WATER VALLEY – Dr. Dalton Earl Spears, M.D., 82, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004. He was born Nov. 30, 1921, in Pontotoc to the late Sidney Earl Spears and Alice Cara Hooker. He was a retired physician and a member of the First Baptist Church of Water Valley. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a past member of the American Medical Association and a member of the Chamber of Commerce.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley with Dr. David Ard, the Rev. Freddie Moorman and Dr. Joe Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Flat Cemetery in Lafayette County.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Spears of Oxford; one daughter, Nancy Spears Myrick of Florence, Ala.; one stepdaughter, Leigh Ann Simpson of Oxford; one son, Johnny Spears of Water Valley; two stepsons, David Bynum of Batesville and Jeff Bynum of Water Valley; one sister, Sylvia Maynard of Oxford; one brother, Durwood Spears of Oakland, Tenn.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Allie L. Brown

RED BAY, Ala. – Allie L. Brown, 88, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center. She was born in Mississippi and was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Addis Brown, in Sept. of 1988.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Barry Raper and Bro. Tom Scott officiating. Burial will be in the Joel Cemetery.

Survivors include three daughters, Myrtle Humphres, Vera Mae Barnes and Linda Folks, all of Red Bay; two sons, Addis Ray Brown of Red Bay and Chester Edward Brown of Golden; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ruby Westcott of Fulton; five brothers, Chester Ivy of Red Bay, Manard Ivy, Gordon Ivy, Shelby Ivy and Harold Ivy, all of Fulton.

Pallbearers will be Jack Ivy, Hugh Ivy, David Ivy, Larry Ivy, Tony Folks and Jerry Humphres.

Visitation will be fro 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clara Criddle

SHANNON – Clara Gertrude Criddle, 90, formerly of Woodland, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at her residence in Shannon. She was born March 8, 1914, in Chickasaw County to the late Clyde Gregory and Della Curry Gregory. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Charles Flake officiating. Burial will be in the Amity Baptist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William Sim Criddle.

Pallbearers will be Tony Wayne Gregory, Calvin Gregory, Wayne Gregory, James Franklin Gregory, Mitchell Gregory and Jimmy Langford.

Jimmy Butler

MYRTLE – Jimmy Earl Butler, 54, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Thelma Hardin

CORINTH – Cora “Thelma” Ballard Hardin, 77, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at her residence. She was a Baptist.

Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Trent Nethery officiating. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Gary Neal Hardin and wife, Carolyn, of Corinth; one daughter, Carolyn Hardin Steen and husband, Kendall, of Corinth; one brother, Stanley Ballard and wife, Sue, of Corinth; two sisters, Audra Rhinehart and husband, Robert, of Corinth, and Joyce Huggins of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Lisa Green and husband, Leslie, Ken Steen and wife, Julie, Stephanie Hall and husband, Ricky, Amanda Parker and husband, Eric, Zackery Steen and Jonathan Hardin; two great-grandchildren, Riley Steen and Breanna Parker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Hardin; her parents, Wardy and Ollie Stewart Ballard; four brothers, Denzel, Fornie, Bester and Caldwell Ballard.

Glover T. Stiles Jr.

BALDWYN – Glover T. Stiles Jr., 90, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was an avid farmer and lover of the land. He was a lifelong member, former Sunday School teacher and Elder of the First Christian Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Baldwyn First Christina Church with Bro. Joe Caraway and Bro. J.D. Seagroves officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Masonic Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Diane McFarland of Memphis, Midge Seagroves and J.C. of Lake Mary, Fla., and Peggy Russell and Lanny of Baldwyn; one brother, Dale Stiles and Margene of Baldwyn; two sisters, Helen Chisholm of Charleston, S.C., and Nancy Sneed of Amory; five grandchildren, Greg Seagroves, Amy Driscoll and Kevin, Barry Seagroves and Marylyn, all of Lake Mary, Fla., Brandon Russell of Brookhaven, Adam Russell of Baldwyn; seven great-grandchildren; his friends at Homeplace in Saltillo.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Flora Elizabeth “Presh” Stiles, who died in 1992.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Gene Foote Sr.

IUKA – C.E. “Gene” Foote Sr., 85, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at the Iuka Hospital. He was a member of the Iuka Baptist Church and an Army veteran of World War II. He was employed by Foote and Ramsey Trucking Co. for over 40 years and was also employed as a custodian at the Iuka Elementary School for a number of years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. C. I. Puckett officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Eloise Ramsey Foote of Iuka; one son, C.E. Foote Jr. of Jackson; several half-brothers and half-sister; one grandchild, Alison Townsend of Jackson.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Ras Foote.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dan Hardin

GUNTOWN – Danny Joe “Dan” Hardin, 59, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004, at his home. He was an automobile salesman, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Baptist.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Mixon Hardin of Guntown; two daughters, Jodie Enloe and husband, Mark, and Christy Williams and husband, Ken, all of Kansas City, Mo.; two sons, Danny Hardin and Tabra, and David Hardin and wife, Joyce, all of Kansas City, Mo.; two stepsons, Gene Petty and wife, Gina, of Guntown, and Kevin Petty and wife, Marbeth, of Rosharon ,Texas; two sisters, Patricia Crowder of Northport, Ala., and Debbie Elmore of Reform, Ala.; 21 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Ray and Geneva Bowles Hardin.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Brandon, Paul Stodard, Terry Turner, Steve Hurst, George Graves and Mark Gamble.

Honorary pallbearers will be Vernon Boyd, Jim Browne, Thomas Alexander, Jerry Turner and Sam Mitchell.

Maj. Harry W. Pierce, Ret.

EL PASO, Texas – Retired Major Harry W. Pierce, 85, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at the Sierra Medical Center in El Paso. He was born in 1918, in Waitsville, Vermont. He was a member of the Center Chapel Baptist Church in El Paso. He was a member of the Scottish Rites, a Shriner and a Mason.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Neal Davis officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Peach Pierce of El Paso, Texas; two brothers-in-law, Allen Peach and his wife, Imogene, of Tupelo, and Charles Peach of fort Wayne, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Laverne Peach of Saltillo; four nieces, Cheryl Galabiz and Cynthia Stout of Tupelo, Linda Ervin and Charlene Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two nephews, Neal Peach of Saltillo and Jimmy Peach of Bartlett, Tenn.

Lucy Faye Walton

WATER VALLEY – Lucy Faye Walton died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

James H. Patterson

CORINTH – James H. Patterson, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Polly Denson Norton

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Rose Polly Denson Norton, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004, at her residence in Columbia, Tenn. She was a native of Prentiss County, Miss., born to the late John Dewey and Flora Bennett Denson. She was a retired dietitian for the Maury County Board of Education. She was the widow of John Edward Norton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Robertson officiating. Burial will be n the Little Brown Freewill Baptist Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Fay Hallmark and husband, Gary, of Decatur, Ala.; two sons, Jim Norton and wife, Karen, of Mt. Pleasant, Tenn., and Rick Norton and wife, Trina, of Cleveland, Tenn.; a sister, Lorene Wax of Booneville; three grandchildren, Jennifer Still and husband, Paul, Jeffrey Norton and wife, Renee, and Elizabeth Ann Norton; several nieces and nephews.

Her family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and continue until service time on Tuesday.

Addlene Tutor

ECRU – Addlene Garner Tutor died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2004, at the North Miss. Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 9, 1927, in Buckhorn. she was a member of the Cairo Baptist Church and the Ecru Goodtimers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Cairo Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Dowdy and Bro. Billy Dowdy officiating. Burial will be in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Q.T. Tutor of Ecru; three daughters, Diann Easterling and husband, Larry, of Pontotoc, Clarice Turner and husband, Fred, of Ecru, and Regina Bailey-Rehberg and husband, Bill, of Memphis; six sons, Floyd Tutor and Mark Tutor and wife, Deadrie, all of Ecru, Q.T. Tutor Jr. and wife, Mary, and Nathan Tutor and wife, Carol, all of Pontotoc, Jackie Tutor and wife, Pam, of Randolph and Chuck Tutor of Memphis; her grandchildren, Shan Easterling, Connie Easterling, Ethan Easterling, Steve Tutor, Deanna Booth, Chris Tutor, Beth Miller, Rebecca Brantley, Craig Tutor, Daniel Tutor, Justyn Tutor, Tara Tutor, Cord Tutor, Anne Bailey, Hannah Bailey, Rachel, Aaron and Jesse Tutor and Jake and Josh Tutor; her great-grandchildren, Carys and Alden Easterling, Alana and Laura Booth, Luke and Dalton Tutor, Carson Brantley, Caroline Miler and Claudia Tutor; one sister, Fannie Dowdy of Ecru; one brother, W.R. Garner of Jackson, Tenn.; numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mamie Hannah and Clarence Garner; one sister, Wilma Jean Tutor; two great-grandchildren, Harrison Tutor and Anne Claire Brantley.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church and on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International or a charity of choice.