Obituaries Jan. 19, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Elizabeth Ward
ABERDEEN – Elizabeth Ward died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Amy Stone
ASHLAND – Amy Stone, 98, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Canaan Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Canaan Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Rennie Lewis
CORINTH – Rennie Mae Lewis, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth with Bro. James Vansandt officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include Janet Feazell (Jacky) and Joyce Muse (Larry), all of Corinth, and Judy Curry (Gerald) of Birmingham, Ala.
Vivian Davis
BOONEVILLE – Vivian Louise Gray Davis, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at her home. She was born Aug. 3, 1921, in Prentiss County to Luther Thomas Gray and Lucy Eulala Whitaker Gray. She was a retired garment plant worker and a member of Gaston Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ben Parman and Bro. Matt Brown officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Davis, whom she married April 1, 1961; three daughters, Patsy Downs (Jack) of Booneville, Kay Brasfield (Frankie) of Rienzi and Sherry Pannell (special friend, Nick Stoop) of Booneville; a stepdaughter, Betty Jo Davis of Booneville; two sons, Leland Barnett (Juanita) and Chester Dodson (Becky), all of Rienzi; a stepson, Freddie Davis of Booneville; a sister, Eva Carpenter of Booneville; a brother, Tommy Gray of Stantonville, Tenn.; a special caregiver, Jesse Brasfield; 18 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Gladys Chittom and Virginia Holley; three brothers, Claude Gray, Clyde Gray and Raymond Gray; two grandchildren, Debbie Barnett and Frankie Barnett; and two great-grandchildren, Chris James and Alex Bray.
Pallbearers are her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers are members of her Sunday School class.
Robert Gordon
MILWAUKEE – Robert James Gordon, 49, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, in Milwaukee, Wis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mays Chapel M.B. Church. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery at Vardaman. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today.
For the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Louise Hobson
PONTOTOC – Lane Louise Hobson, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Formerly of Chickasaw County, she was the daughter George and Mittie Annie Bell Hobson. She loved cooking, sewing and arts and crafts. She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho 145, Houlka Court.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at East Baptist Church in Pontotoc. The Rev. Artis Webber will deliver the eulogy. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Annie Bell Hobson and Valonia Elzie, both of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Virginia (Randy) Bean, Ricky (Deloise) Hobson and Yana (Antonio) Bean, all of Pontotoc; one sister, Mattie Bean of Pontotoc; six great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Sarah Nations
TUPELO – Sarah White Nations, 90, formerly of Bruce, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born June 13, 1919, in Pelahatchie. She was a unit secretary in the operating room at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis. She was a member of the Bruce United Methodist Church and the Bartlett O.K. Houck Order of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Bruce United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rex Wilburn officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Doris Nations Glosson of Covington, Tenn., and Patsy Nations Carter of Knoxville, Tenn.; one son, Charles Calvin Nations of Faulkville, Ala.; eight grandchildren, Raymond “Buzz” Carter, Laurie Carter, Cheryl Masoner, Rebecca Glosson, Dawn Carter, Charles “Tad” Nations II, Merri-Margaret Snyder and Matthew Nations; 14 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Nations; her parents, William Columbus “W.C.” White and Dora Safronia Hayes White; a sister, Hazel White; and a brother, James “Jamie” White.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Shirley Armstrong
TUPELO – Shirley Armstrong died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Roark Childers
VINA, Ala. – Roark Childers, 52, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Charlie Christopher
CUMBERLAND – Charlie Lynn Christopher, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora after a brief illness. He was born July 20, 1938, in Pheba to Tom and Rubie Roberson Christopher. He was an active member of Cumberland Baptist Church, where he served for many years on the Building and Grounds Committee. He was a retired Mississippi Highway Patrol officer and an assistant inspector for Troop G in Starkville. He was a game warden for six years in Clay County. He was the retired owner of Christopher’s Trucking. He was a member of Retired Trooper Association, American Association of State Troopers and Webster County Cattleman’s Association. He served in the 223rd Engineering Battalion during the Berlin Crisis. An avid gardener, he adored his family and enjoyed family and school reunions.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cumberland Baptist Church. Burial will be at Old Cumberland Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Prescott Christopher of Cumberland; one daughter, Ranae Sisk and husband, Stanley, of Mathiston; one son, Tom Christopher and wife, Erica, of Mantee; two granddaughters, Laken and Keely Christopher; two grandsons, Bryse Christopher and Jeb Sisk; one brother, Thomas Carroll Christopher (Polly) of West Point; extended family, Mavis Fisher of Maben, Evelyn (L.D.) Brewer of West Point, Lynwood (Amelia) Prescott of West Point, Judy (Wallace) Hillhouse of Clarkson, Brenda (Danny) Reed of Mathiston, Jimmie (Bootsie) Cooper of Cumberland, Sherry Ferguson of Cumberland, Melissa (Danny) Sumner of Sturgis and Debbie (Fred) Vickers of Eupora; special friends, Ricky Rico, Joe Edd and Sue Cooper, Sybil Flanagan and Truman Fisher; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Rubie Roberson Christopher; his in-laws, Woodrow and Iler Prescott; his brothers-in-law, Rayburn Prescott and Steve Ferguson.
Pallbearers include Jerry Jones, Gene Williamson, Donnie Buckner, Ricky Rico, James Rico, Marion Card, Donald Wilson and Paul Crowley.
Honorary pallbearers include retired and present members of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, members of Cumberland Baptist Church, Dr. Charles Ozborn, Alton Shaw Jr., Louis Davis, Keith Hendrix, David Langford, Wayne Langford and Charles Dawkins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Kids Wish Network, P.O. Box 97977, Jackson, MS 39288; or Palmer Children’s Home, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
Mark L. Palmer
BALDWYN – Mark L. Palmer, 51, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was an ambulance Emergency Medical Technician for NMMC. He was a member of Casey Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Casey Creek Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Casey Creek Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lynette “Tootie” Baker Palmer of Baldwyn; two daughters, Jennifer Bishop and Autum Bishop, both of Florida; his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Monty Scherff of Ripley; one sister, Chris Dunn of Milam, Tenn.; five brothers, Carl Scherff of Tupelo, Fred Scherff of Brandon, Virgil Scherff of Waterford, Jerry Palmer of Ripley and Tim Scherff of Ripley; one grandchild, Peyton Henry of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his father, Travis L. Palmer.
Pallbearers will be Cary Leathers, Tommy “Buffalo” Owings, Gable Reeves, Brian Martin, Jim Foster and Jack Foster.
Honorary pallbearers will be the NMMC ambulance service.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to the Relay for Life Fund, c/o Casey Creek Baptist Church.
Irene H. Long
TUPELO – Irene H. Long, 87, formerly of Memphis, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was the wife of James V. Long for 55 years before his death in 1999. She was born in Lafayette County to the late Dellie and Cordie McCullough Hudson. She retired from the Shelby County, Tenn., government, where she worked as a Communication/Centrex operator. She lived in New Albany for 24 years and was a member of Glenfield United Methodist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with burial in Glenfield Memorial Park.
She leaves one son, James “Mike” Long (Debbie) of Nettleton; one daughter, Bonnie Rutherford (Don) of Memphis; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the following people for Irene’s wonderful care for the last year, Argie Williams, caregiver and friend, of Memphis; Traceway Retirement Community-Griffis House; the doctors and staff at North Mississippi Medical Center Critical Care Unit and the Sanctuary Hospice House Inc.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House Inc., 5159 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Gary Sanderson
SMITHVILLE – Gary Bascom Sanderson, 45, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in Aberdeen. Born July 30, 1964, he was the son of Robert and Peggy Brasfield Sanderson. He was a veteran of the Gulf War, serving in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church. He enjoyed SCUBA diving, bicycle riding, playing tennis and basketball, collecting guns, baseball cards, coins, and other sports memorabilia.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the E. E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Kelvin Price officiating. Burial will be in the Pearce Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Robert and Peggy Sanderson of Smithville; two brothers, Robert Lynn Sanderson (Kim) of Smithville and Richard Gregory Sanderson (Diane) of Smithville; his grandmother, Jettie Brasfield of Amory; and nieces and nephews, Starr Bray, Bobby Sanderson, Elizabeth Streets, David Streets, Jesse Sanderson, Tracy Flynn and Joseph Flynn.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Velma K. Sanderson; and his grandfathers, Bascom Mane Brasfield and Siscero Sanderson.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Sanderson, David Streets, Jesse Sanderson, Michael Lann, Mike Stevens, Jimmy Brasfield and Michael Brasfield.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Bobby Joe Barnett
SALTILLO – Bobby Joe Barnett, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He attended the Light House Assembly of God Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and running his dogs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Merle Floyd and Bro. Ronnie Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Euclatubba Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Sue Barnett of Saltillo; two sons, Tommy Joe Barnett of Masedonia and Dean Barnett (Jennifer) of Guntown; four grandsons, Shannon Barnett, Dustin Barnett, Tyler Barnett and Zach Barnett; one great-grandson, Kalaloa Barnett; four sisters and five brothers, Reba Floyd (Merle) and Edith Patterson both of Guntown, Ray Barnett (Francis) and Billy Barnett (Ruby) of Saltillo, James Hoyle (Judy) Barnett of Birminghan Ridge, Roy Barnett (Brenda) of Guntown, Durell (Pam) Barnett of Nettleton, Delphia Smith of Coloma, Mich., and June Butler of Coloma, Mich.
He was preceded in death by one son, Donald Barnett.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Barnett, Zach Barnett, David Lawrence, Scotty Floyd and Tony Dunaway.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Karen Osbirn
FULTON – Karen Sue Osbirn , 53, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. She was born April 23, 1956 in Port Huron, Mich., to Ernest Albert “Ernie” and Carolyn Lawler Schmidt. She was a registered nurse in labor and delivery at North Mississippi Medical Center for 20 years. She then was a traveling nurse for Travel Nurse Solutions. She enjoyed scrapbooking, being with her grandchildren, and her puppy, Molly.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harold Ozbirn and Bro. John McAllister officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny D. Osbirn; her mother, Carolyn Schmidt of Fulton; three sons, Mark Whitaker (Marilyn) of Calhoun City, Joey Whitaker (Bridget) of Fulton and Jamie Osbirn (Jodie) of Tupelo; one daughter, Katie Thomas (Bill) of Greenville, Ala.; one brother, John Schmidt (Dana) of Fulton; three sisters, Lynn Leech (Bobby), Susan Jones (Dwight) and Peggy Walton (Hady), all of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Whitaker, Devon Whitaker, Tyler Whitaker, Colton Hollis, Mary Frances Osbirn, Anna Claire Thomas and Evan Thomas.
She was preceded in death by her father and one nephew, Hady Walton Jr.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency, 12 River Bend Place, Flowood, MS 39232.
Retha Hearn
CORINTH – Retha Bell Vanderford, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Whitfield Nursing Home in Corinth. In 1942, while running their grocery store, she and her husband, Marvin, built and established the first mobile grocery store, making stops throughout the rural area of the county, eliminating the need of traveling into town for groceries. They continued running their grocery, restaurant, sawmill and lumber business until their retirement. Her favorite hobby was going to horse shows.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hight Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Smith officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Jean Hardin (Nathan) of Corinth; one son, Ray Hearn (Judy) of Germantown, Tenn.; three granddaughters, one grandson, two great-granddaughters and six great-great-granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Hearn; her parents, Albert Vanderford and Emma Maness.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Jaslynn A. McGee
CORINTH – Jaslynn A. McGee, 19, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, in Birmingham, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
James Stanford
MOOREVILLE – Jessie James Stanford, 84, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at his home in Mooreville after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Erik Wigginton
GOLDEN – Erik David Wigginton, 29, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Kathy Henry
FALKNER – Kathy Moore Henry, 46, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Methodist LeBonheur Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. She was a homemaker, and a former employee of Ashley Furniture and Tippah County Hospital. She was a member of North Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Lamar Grisham and Bro. Perry Reed officiating. Burial will be in Pope Cemetery at Falkner.
Survivors include her husband, James Keith Henry of Falkner; one daughter, Ashley Henry Presley (Josh) of Falkner; her father, Gaylon Rogers Moore of Falkner; one sister, Sue Shelton (Danny) of Ripley; four brothers, Gaylon Moore Jr. (Debra), Glenn Moore (Martha) and Randy Moore (Stephanie), all of Ripley, and Joel Moore (Kathy) of Falkner.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Emogene Rutherford Moore.
Pallbearers will be Josh Presley, Chris Moore, Tyler Henry, Jeffery Moore, Kyle Edwards and Jordan Franks.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Givens, Russell Robbins, Bobby Davis, Tristan Quinn, Jamie Presley and Cody Henry.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Shane Hicks
MOOREVILLE – Shane Hicks, 23, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, in Starkville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 Wednesday.
Dorothy Prescott
PONTOTOC – Dorothy Prescott, 87, ascended into Heaven on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, with her family by her side. She was born Nov. 26, 1922, in Lansing, Mich. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She was the mother of 11 children, grandmother of 51, great-grandmother of 54 and great-great-grandmother of eight.
The family will host a memorial service at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First Baptist Church in memory of Dorothy Prescott.

Jimmy Taylor
TUPELO – Jimmy Taylor, 71, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Zereda Houston
BYRAM – Zereda Houston, 89, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Willow Creek Nursing Home in Byram. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.