By NEMS Daily Journal
NEW ALBANY – Irene D. Hill, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
ASHLAND – Charles Benjamin “Chigger” Fortner, 91, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at his home. He was proud to be a veteran of World War II. He served overseas from 1941 to 1945. He was stationed in New Guinea, and he received several medals including the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the Honorable Service World War II Lapel Button.
He was born on July 10, 1919, to Charlie Allen and Elizabeth Poff Fortner. He is a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church, where the service will be held at 2 p.m. today with a graveside service to follow in the church’s cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one sister, Connie Fortner Curbo of Olive Branch; five sons and three daughters, Charles Edward Fortner, Tommy Lee Fortner (Renee), Jimmy Dale Fortner (Gloria), Brenda Fortner Hollimon (Larry), Betty Fortner Thompson (Keith), Rickie Lane Fortner (Tina), Vickie Fortner Gray (Paul) and Robert Allen Fortner; 14 grandchildren, Melissa Sue Hopkins, Charles Ashley Holmes, Adam Paul Holmes, Karla Lyann Fortner, Tammy Thompson Graves, Shane Benjaman Fortner, Marc Akin Fortner, Paige Nicole Thompson, Justin Lane Fortner, Colton Alexander Fortner, Charles William Gray, Mary Katherine Gray, Allie Sequoia Gray, Hannah Jo Fortner; and four great-grandchildren, Ashton Holmes, Madyson Holmes, Kendriana Dodson and Anna Katherine Graves.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Hardin Fortner; three children, Patricia Fortner Hopkins, David Benjamin Fortner and Mary Ann Fortner; three brothers, Ernest Fortner, Orville Fortner, Raymond Fortner; and two sisters, Ethleen Shoffner and Ina McCallum.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Ashley Holmes, Adam Holmes, Shane Fortner, Marc Fortner, Justin Fortner, Colton Fortner, William Gray and Keith Thompson. His granddaughters are honorary pallbearers.
FULTON – Linda Jane Williams, 63, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at her home. She was born Sept. 2, 1947, to Walter and Mildred Harrison Mayhall. She retired from Day-Brite Lighting after 30 years of service. She then drove a truck with her husband before working two more years at Day-Brite. For the last several years, she was a caregiver for the elderly and volunteered at the food pantry.
Services will be at 11 a. m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Ray Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Douglas W. Williams of Fulton; two sons, Dennis Williams (Stephanie) of Belmont and Steven Wren of Fulton; two daughters, Faye Williams (Sinapati Salanoa) and Brittni Sartin, both of Fulton; two brothers, Leonard Mayhall of Dorsey and James Earl Mayhall of Red Bay, Ala.; one sister, Kathleen Simmons of Fulton; five grandchildren, Tiffany Buse, and Ginger, Frankie Jr., Marina, Zachary and Tyler Williams; three great-grandchildren, Alex Buse, Hunter Sartin and Preston Buse; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son, Frankie Williams; her parents; and several brothers and sisters.
Her grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Juanita “Nounce” Vaughn, 67, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at her niece’s residence in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Herman Adam Henry, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at West Ripley Baptist Church.
WHEELER – Tom Minyard, 84, formerly of Baldwyn, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at his home in Wheeler. He was a retired supervisor with Hayes Construction. He enjoyed woodworking and insurance sales. He was a member of Baldwyn First Baptist Church and a veteran of the United States Army.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Neil Davis officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at Evergreen Cemetery in Carrollton.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Michael of Wheeler; two daughters, Sue Minyard and Georgia Ann Neize, both of Evansville, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Sherry Farrar (Elvin) of Booneville and Deli Ann York of Cleveland; granddaughter, Heather; stepgrandson, Darren Farrar; nephew, Larry Minyard (Mary) of Carrollton; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be W.L. Dubard, Elvin Farrar, Darren Farrar, Brad Cooper, Brian Cooper and Larry Minyard. Bill Cooper will be an honorary pallbearer.
TUPELO – Shenandoah Clark, 33, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born April 26, 1977, in Jackson to James Wesley and Nancy Sims Clark. He resided briefly in Jackson and was currently living in Tupelo. He was a member of Saint Theresa’s Catholic Church in Jackson. Mr. Clark was a former truck driver. He enjoyed dirt bikes and motocross racing and was a master motocross rider until becoming disabled nine years ago. He was a great mechanic and loved fixing up old cars.
A prayer service will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel with Father Tom Lalor officiating.
He is survived by his mother, Nancy Clark of Tupelo; his stepfather, David Porter; a sister, Tabitha White of Shreveport, La.; a niece, Colee Ryan Morton Gates of Ripley; and a special friend, Christy Welch.
He was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents, Mildred Moore, Alvin Sims, and Mr. and Mrs. Clark.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OXFORD – Ruby Doyle Vinson Hall, 86, a homemaker, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, Mrs. Hall worked as a welder in the Mobile shipyard during World War II. It was there that she met her late husband, Virgil Hall Jr. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford and a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Shannon Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery,
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Faye Robbie Vinson Bray and Myrtle Marguerite Vinson Bray, and three brothers, Henry Lawson Vinson, James Preston Vinson and Garvin Lee Vinson.
Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Ann Hall Davis and husband, Levi, of Oxford; one sister, Fredia Dorothy “Doris” Vinson of Oxford; one brother, Curtis Wade Vinson of Chesterfield, W.Va.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or First Baptist Church of Oxford, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Clyde Hopkins, 79, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born July 3, 1931, to N.O. and Gussie Ann McCoy Hopkins. He was retired from Rogers LP Gas Company. He was a member of Tuscumbia Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Glenn Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Smith Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Sanders Hopkins of Booneville; three daughters, Belinda (Danny) Bishop of Corinth, Diann (Tim) Ashmore and Robbin (Ricky) Johnson, both of Booneville; one son, Jerry (Elaine) Hopkins of Booneville; one brother, J.C. Hopkins of Booneville; nine grandchildren, Coley Hopkins, Jason Bearden, Tiffany Swindell, Kimberly Ashmore, Stephanie Coffman, Brittany Cole, Daniel Bishop, Nikki Johnson and Brett Johnson; four great-grandchildren; and three special friends, Renea Miller, Tasha Juette and Janice Fox.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. N.O. Hopkins; and three sisters, Marie Lewis, Ilene Campbell and Moise Crabb.
Honorary pallbearers are Glen Goodwin, Henry Grisham, Doyle Taylor, Tommy Gerald Taylor, James Olive and Willie Hatfield.
Viewing will be from 9 until 10 a.m., and visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
ALGOMA – Esther Dean Baldwin, 78, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. She was born April 21, 1932. She was a retired cafeteria worker for South Pontotoc Attendance Center and a member of Black Zion Pentecostal Church. She was loved by all who knew her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Black Zion Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Charles Wright, Rev. Larry Hill Sr. and Rev. Danny Washington officiating. Burial will be in Baldwin Memorial Garden. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, J.D. Baldwin; three sons, Danny Baldwin (Teresa) of Randolph, Johnny Baldwin (Rita) of Pontotoc and Mark Baldwin (Marka) of Pontotoc; two daughters, Debbie Wright (Charles) of Algoma and Beverly Hill (Donny) of Nettleton; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Joan Sitzes of Forrest City, Ark., and Mary Allen Huling of Marianna, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Martha Watson; one brother, Everette Watson; four sisters, Ernestine Robb, Helen Colvin, Bessie James and Atrail Jones.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today.
GREER, S.C. – Gracie Epps Goza Spearman, 87, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
AUBURN – Priscilla Robbins Booth, 67, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
EUPORA – Marvine S. Hood, 84, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Montevista Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Thomas H. Bynum
WREN – Retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Thomas Harold Bynum, a resident of Hephzibah, Ga., died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Williams Funeral Home in Hephzibah, Ga. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Prospect M.B. Church in Nettleton. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Brenda J. Bynum; two sons, Lawrence Bynum of Douglasville, Ga., and Thomas Bynum Jr. of Hephzibah, Ga.; six grandchildren; two sisters, Margie (Ben) Hayden of Plantersville and Gloria Jernigan of Wren; two brothers, Charles (Elsie) Bynum of Aberdeen and Albert Lee (Caroline) Bynum of Amory; and his mother-in-law, Zeldra Beeks of Amory.
PONTOTOC – Fairy June Long, 82, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2011, at her residence. She was born Dec. 8, 1928, to Edgar Montgomery and Lela Russell Montgomery. She lived all her life in Pontotoc County, where she met and married James C. Long Sr. She was a homemaker who enjoyed cooking, gardening and quilting. She was a loving mother and a member of Fairview Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Sheffield and Bro. Joe Montgomery officiating. Burial will follow in Jernigan Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Kaye Long of Memphis; one grandson, Chad Long (Amanda) of Asheville, N.C.; three great-grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth, Stuart and Martha Katherine Long, all of Asheville, N.C.; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; one brother, J.T. Montgomery; and a baby sister, Martha Katherine Montgomery.
Pallbearers will be Vaughn Long, Marty Abbott, Larry Montgomery, Arrie Montgomery, Dale Russell and Tommy Montgomery. Honorary pallbearer will be Red Tutor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.
SNOW HILL, N.C. – Nancy Jones Carvan-Beaman, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Wilkerson Funeral Home and Crematory of Greenville, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Lillian Crockett, 61, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.