Obituaries Jan. 30, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Faye Ausbon
AMORY – Ona Faye Ausbon, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Amory, she was born Oct. 19, 1923, John Clovis Herndon Sr. and Pernie Little Herndon. She attended Hatley schools. She married Roy G. Ausbon in 1946; he died in 2009. She was a member of the Amory Church of Christ and the Governor’s Ladies’ Staff. Before her retirement, she was a bookkeeper for Ausbon Supply Company. She enjoyed spending time with her family, doing crafts, reading and singing gospel songs. She loved her church and her church family.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the Amory Church of Christ with Philip Hathcock and Keith Sanders officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Sidney Howell of Amory; two daughters, Martha Wilkes of Amory and Jan Minch (Dennis) of Amory; one sister, Cora Lee Rogers of Amory; five grandchildren, David Howell (Tammy), Jason Minch (Kristen), Ashley Minch, Melissa Harper (Frank) and Michelle Bridges.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one granddaughter, Meredith Minch; one daughter-in-law, Lucy Howell; two brothers, Earnest and J.C. Herndon; and five sisters, Lowell Crawford, Wylma Parham, Ruby Vaughn, Joy Sanders, and Evangeline Brandon.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Sullivan, Phil Sullivan, Pat Bryan, Mike Bryan, Rick Ballard and Ron Leblanc.
Visitation will continue until 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Amory Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 371, Amory, MS 38821.
Lee Dowdy
PONTOTOC – Leola “Lee” Yancey Dowdy, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a Christian, a retired beautician and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, where she held several offices at the local, district and state level, and was awarded several accommodations and awards.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Danny Horton and Bro. Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Layne Dowdy of Pontotoc; her four daughters, Debbie Spencer (Phillip) of Thaxton, Vicki Cormier (Paul) of Tupelo, Renee Hopkins of Newton, Mass., and Wanda McClure of Arlington, Texas; two sons, Darryl Hopkins (Kim) of Tupelo and Steve Dowdy (Sandy) of Florida; two sisters, Elsie Huddleston of Lake City, Fla., and Marilyn Harrell of Falkner; two brothers, Fagin Yancey of Germantown, Tenn., and Willie Yancey of Pickwick, Tenn.; her sister-in-law, Jo Yancey of Ponce Inlet, Fla; her friends, James and Dorothy McCord of Pontotoc; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Yancey and Overa Wilbanks Yancey; her stepmothers, Wardie Yancey and Gertrude Yancey; the fathers of her children, Donald Ray Bigham and Wayne “Hoppy” Hopkins; her sister, Dolly Murphy; and her brother, Jim Yancey.
Pallbearers will be Michael McClure, Steve Murphy, Jason Bailey, Christopher Hopkins, Steve Organ and Scotty Bartlett. The honorary pallbearers will be the MS VFW members.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Tommy Hildreth
AMORY – Tommy Hildreth, 63, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at his home. Born Oct. 2, 1946, in Columbus, he was the son of Albert Eugene and Ellen E. Hickey Hildreth. He married Judy Downs in 1970. He lived in Amory for 40 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Amory, Mason, and a member of the J.A. Mayfield Masonic Lodge in Amory. He was a self-employed electrician, and he also worked for Glenn Mfg. for 28 years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Hildreth of Amory; two sons, Casey Hildreth (Jill) of Clarksville, Tenn., and Coby Hildreth of Amory; one brother, Albert Eugene Hildreth of Clarksville, Tenn.; two sisters, June Elizabeth Gatta of Amory and Mary Jean Wentz of Panama City, Fla.; and one grandchild, Annalyn Hildreth.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jerry Hildreth.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Glenn, Cory Glenn, Todd Glenn, Jimmy Forbus, Ronnie Herndon, Buddy Easley, and Don Carlisle. Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Greenhaw, Johnny Cadden, David Henry, Red Reeves, Bobby Harper, Mike King, and Phil Faulkner.
Visitation will continue until 1:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
C.T. Wade
CORINTH – Herman “C.T.” Wade, 85, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Betty Joe Morgan
IUKA – Betty Joe Morgan, 77, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Morrison Funeral Home of Cherokee, Ala.
Maylene Cody
FULTON – Maylene Tallant Cody, 89, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 4, 1920, to John Robert “Bob” Waddle Sr. and Myrtle Graham Waddle. She taught school at Ryans in Itawamba County for many years. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, David Tallant (Laura Dressel) of Thompson Falls, Mont., and Kemmy Cody of Fulton; one brother, Tommie Joe Waddle of Shannon; three sisters, Virginia “Ginny” Bohannon of Saltillo, Sandy McGrew of Franklin, Tenn., and Mary Nell Cooper of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Louis Tallant and Alton Cody; her parents; her step-mother, Mildred Waddle; one sister, Elizabeth Wouldridge; and five brothers, Jed Waddle, Morris Waddle, Jimmie Waddle, John Robert Waddle and Robin Waddle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Onita Cockrell
MANTACHIE – Onita Estelle Cockrell, 87, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 9, 1922, to Marshall and Susie Hare Moore. She was retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing. She was a member of the Berea Baptist Church. She loved her dog, Ben, and enjoyed sewing, quilting, fishing and watching Unity Broadcasting. She was a loving and caring grandmother to her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Howard Pearce and Bro. Steve Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Sheron Cockrell of Mantachie; one brother, Milford Gerald Moore (Ann) of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Stacy Steele of Mantachie, Donna Whitten (Kerry) of Tupelo, and Jenean Grubbs, Randy Hoyle (Beverly), Gayle Cockrell, Marsha Kiser (Steven), Chris Cockrell (Virginia) and Derek Cockrell (Mandy), all of Mantachie; 12 great-grandchildren, Steven Crum, Crystal Spradling Finnie (Marlo), Brandy Grubbs, Kelsey Hoyle, Brie Kiser, Laramie Kiser, Bailey Kiser, Cody Hoyle, Carrie Cockrell, Lindsey Cockrell, Kadin Cockrell and Ethan Cockrell; and two great-great grandchildren, Kennedy Nicole Crum and Payton Ray Cantrell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ershel Richard Cockrell; one son, Milburn Cockrell; two daughters, Martha Ellen Hoyle and Mary Estelle Massey; one grandson, Ricky Earl Hoyle; and nine brothers.
Her grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary Lou Malone
FULTON – Mary Lou Malone, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at Sebastian River Medical Center in Sebastian, Fla. She was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Fulton. She was a resident of Barefoot Bay, Fla., for 14 years, coming from Miami Lakes, Fla. She was a homemaker and a retired certified dietetic aide.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. today at Seawinds Funeral Home Chapel in Sebastian, Fla. Inurnment will be private.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara M. Sherman of Charlotte, N.C., Patricia G. Kushin of Reston, Va., and Roxanne Malone-Winarski of Valkaria, Fla.; one son, Jack D. Malone of Palm Bay, Fla.; significant other, J. Russell Hengst of Barefoot Bay, Fla.; two sisters, Catherine Steele of Salinas, Calif., and Murrel Thomas of Fulton; three half sisters, Joyce Miller, Peggy Whitt and Shirley Marie Guntharp; four half brothers, Gerald Wallace, Ted Wallace, Billy Ray Wallace and Bobby Joe Wallace; a stepbrother, Dewey Cowart; six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society Treasure Coast Chapter, 3253 Southeast Bonita St., Stuart, FL 34997.
Lillian Irvin
FULTON – Lillian Irvin, 94, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
John A. Keys
NEW ALBANY – John A. Keys, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Hall’s Chapel CME Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Beasley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Keys officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Rashid Keys and Latasha Keys, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Terry Foote of New Albany; two sisters, Bennie Elzie and Lucy Bailey, both of New Albany; one grandchild.
Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gladys Mills
PONTOTOC – Gladys Mills, 91, a resident of the Shiloh community in Lafayette County, died Thursday, Jan, 28, 2010, at her daughter’s home in the Toccopola community after a long illness. She was born Sept. 23, 1918, in Lee County to James J. Park and Kitty Laura King Park. She married Clarence Franklin Mills in 1936. She worked as a CNA for many years before retiring from Graceland Nursing Home. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where she was active in and enjoyed the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Billy Ray Nelson, Bro. Cary Worthington and the Rev. Derek Starnes officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Sanders (Jackie) of Toccopola; two sons, Rev. J.V. Mills (Betty) of Mantachie and Everette Mills (VeraLee) of Pontotoc; one brother, Roy Park (Sharon) of Joplin, Mo.; two sisters-in-law, Mildred Park of Longview and Marie Park of Memphis; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; a sister, Clara Roberts; and five brothers, Ellis Park, J.C. Park (Lavelle), Verlon Park, Clyde Park (Lilly) and Bonnie Park (Cicek).
Pallbearers will be Marty Mills, Eddie Lynn Mills, Johnathon Mills, Eric Starnes, C.W. Franks and Anthony Franks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 12 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Norma Baskin
HOUSTON – Norma J. Baskin, 48, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 22, 1961. She was educated in the Houston School System. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Church and a former employee of Shannon Furniture and Skylounger.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Nicole (George) Jenkins of Okolona and Shanice Ivy of Houston; one son, Deshawn Ivy (Sandra) of Okolona; six sisters, Barbara King, Patricia (L.L.) Quinn, Thelma (Anothy) Sykes, Georgia Baskin and Yolanda Baskin, all of West Point, and Sophia Parker of Houston; eight brothers, William Walker (Laura) and Johnny Baskin, all of West Point, Andy (Kim) Baskin of Atlanta, Ga., Larry Baskin Jr. and Cortez Baskin of Okolona, James Baskin and Isreal Smith of West Point, and Dewayne Parker; two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Goldie (Spergon) Evans and Larry Baskins; a sister, Annie Baskin; her grandmothers, Sally Mae Bell and Pearly Mae Baskin; and her grandfathers, Johnny Walker and U.S. Baskin.
Ray Earls
TUPELO – Herbert Ray Earls, 66, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at his home. He was born on July 7, 1943, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Ollie and Ruth Earls. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Vietnam. He was a self-employed fiberglass repairman and a member of the Church of Christ. He was an avid fisherman.
A memorial service will be held at a later date at Sharp Cemetery in Evening Shade, Ark. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Sharon Koch of Evening Shade, Ark., and Sandra White of Coffeeville, Kan.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Wanda June Earls and Virginia McKenzie.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Jerry Smithey
TUPELO – Jerry L. Smithey, 57, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Herman Savage
SHANNON – Herman Savage, 74, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial funeral Home.
Oliver Armstrong
CALHOUN CITY – Oliver Derwood Armstrong, 77, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at the Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Oldtown Cemetery in Pittsboro.
Visitation will begin at noon Sunday at the funeral home.
Mollie Williams
TUPELO – Mollie Bell Williams died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Vera Criddle
HOUSTON – Vera Eugenia Criddle, 95, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was born Jan. 3, 1915, in Houston to John Willie Robertson and Jenny Hill Robertson. She graduated from Woodland High School and attended Wood Junior College. She worked at Prairie Ammunition Plant during World War II. She was a caregiver and a homemaker and a founding member of Parkway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parkway Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Rinehart and Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Emma Virginia Holladay of Houston, Vera Annette Moore of Van Vleet, and Vicki Jo Ann Love and Tracy of Thorn; one son, John Madison Criddle and Kaye of Thorn; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Criddle of Houston; five sisters, Thelma Weems of Oklahoma, Nora Baldock of Memphis, Dora Harris of Memphis, Gladys Sumner of Humboldt, Tenn., and Evolene Eaton of Sparta; 10 grandchildren, Walter Scott Criddle III, Barbara Jill Criddle, Michael Ashley Nick Holladay, Kathryn Johnette Morales, Stacey Eugenia Hamblin, Candace Bell Morphis, John Robert Moore, Angela Dawn Sullivan, Audrey Anna Love and Casey Ray Love; 14 great-grandchildren, Valerie, Audrey, Dylan, Makinzi, Carrie Grace, Jayla, Brooke, Amber, Katy, Carrie, Cooper, Maggie, Donovan and Stefano.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter Scott Criddle Sr.; one son, Walter Scott Criddle Jr.; three brothers, J.W. Robertson, Wilford Robertson and Leon Robertson; and Lavonne Renfro and Lorene Hall; and one son-in-law, Johnny Moore.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Criddle III, John Moore, Dylan Sullivan, Casey Love, Tracy Love, Nick Holladay. Wayne Hall will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the church.
To sign the online registry, visit www.southernfunralchapel.webs.com.
Georgia Rutherford
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Georgia Rutherford, 57, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Duane Jourdan
IUKA – Jackie Duane Jourdan, 38, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.