Obituaries January 1, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Betty Vaughn
TUPELO – Betty Ruth Vaughn, 75, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 17, 1936, to Cartion Townsend and Daisy Townsend in Lafayette County.
Services will be at 12 noon on Monday, at Blackwood Grove M.B. Church in Nettleton, with the Rev. Joe Bowens officiating. Burial will be in the Porter Memorial Garden in Tupelo. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Georgia Johnson (known as Ann Betts), Bernice Turner and Armer Harris all of Tupelo; four sons Wilmer Wright, Otis Vaughn and Earl Vaughn all of Tupelo, and Robert Vaughn of Jackson; one stepdaughter, Dorothy Vaughn of Oxford; a stepbrother, James Vaughn Jr. of Memphis; three sisters, Rosie Johnson, Mary Vaughn and Martha Helen Carruthers, all of Oxford; one brother, James Townsend of Indianapolis; seven grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Bobby Vaughn and Harry Townsend; one sister, Sue Townsend; three grandchildren, Kartina Curtis and Patrick Betts.
Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services. Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Myra Barnes
IUKA – Myra Barnes, 58, died Friday, December 30, 2011, at her residence. She was a very active member of Harmony United Methodist Church, where she previously was a Sunday School teacher and led the UMYF. She was a caring, dedicated registered nurse for many years and truly cared about her patients. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday at Harmony United Methodist Church with Bro. Rusty Fair and the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time.
Survivors include one son, Corey Barnes of Iuka; one daughter, Courtney Barnes Fair (Rusty) of Winona; one sister, Kate Davis (Christopher) of Nashville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Callie Claire Barnes Kimbrell, Annsleigh Fair, Cole Fair and Ella Kate Fair; and one nephew, Jonathan Davis of Nashville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hurchel and Joyce Daniel Robertson.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Davis, Bo Johnson, Clint Berry, Jay Glover, Jason Randolph and Jackie Morris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Harmony United Methodist Church Fund or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Henry Mitchell
PLANTERSVILLE – Henry Mitchell died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral of Verona.
James Churchill
ECRU – James Lonnie “Preacher” Churchill, 12, died, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, at his home. He was born on Oct. 13, 1999, to Fred Monroe and Reecca Jean Mardis Churchill in New Albany. He was a 5th grade student in the Upper Elementary North Pontotoc School. He was a member of Victory Life Center in New Albany, and he loved going to church and playing football on the Broncos team of youth football league.
Services are at 11 a.m. on Monday at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Ecru with Bro. Mark Bishop officiating and eulogy by Coach Brad Harris. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Fred Monroe Churchill Sr. of Ecru; one sister, Melissa Ann Churchill of Ecru; one brother, Fred Monroe Churchill Jr. of Ecru; uncles and aunts, Clyde “Toby” and Jane Mardis; James Mardis and Angela Johnson, all of Ecru.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca Jean Mardis Churchill.
Pallbearers will be Terry Kelly, Tim Moody, Max Speck, Brad Harris, Bud Thomas and Billy Joe Mardis.
Honorary pallbearers are the Broncos youth football team.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. until service time on Monday.
Jefferson Watson
CEDAR BLUFF – Jefferson Lee “Corkey” Watson, 80, died, Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his home in Cedar Bluff. He was born Dec. 26, 1931, to Hattie Donahoo and John Alexander Watson. He was of the Baptist faith and was a retired “A” Fitter at Bamp&W in West Point in 1985 after 32 plus years of service. He loved his family, dog “Baby'” fly fishing, hunting, riding the roads to talk to friends and logging. He never met a stranger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Andy Parrish officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Joy Durham Watson of Cedar Bluff; two daughters, Sherri Singh (Nav) of Kula, HI, Dana Hudgens (Chris) of Millport, Ala; one son, Kent Watson (Stephany) of Cedar Bluff; one granddaughter, Bella Singh of Kula, HI; five grandsons, Joshua Watson of Shaw AFB, SC, Bryan Robert and Baker Watson of Cedar Bluff, and Jake and Luke Hudgens of Millport, Ala.; one sister, Margaret Colbert (Max) of Cedar Bluff; one brother, John Watson of Cedar Bluff and Gary Hillhouse (Mary) of Louisville; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and caretaker Cynthia Profit of Houston.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Mildred Rodgers, four half-sisters, Winnie Golson, Juell Wilson, Louise (Luke) Watson and Frances Howell; and one half-brother, Snook Watson.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wayne Donahoo, Bob Washington, Eddie Strickland, Blake Garrard, David “Buzz” Blansett and Mark Vaughn.
Honorary pallbearers are be Dr. Edmund A. Miller, Jr., the nurses and staff of NMMC West Point, Nav Singh, Chris Hudgens, Reggie Bell, Turkey Durham, Richard Franklin, Ken Dixon, Johnny Mitchell, Eva Ray, Ranvir Singh, Jesse Soto, Robert Jones, friends and former co-workers at B amp& W, friends from Pheba Tech and all that knew him.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P. O. Box 746 Columbus, MS 39701, or to Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery c/o Mrs. Anna Sims, 911 Henryville Road Cedar Bluff, MS 39741, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Calvert Funeral Home.
Tommie Miller
ABERDEEN – Tommie Jean Shaw Miller, 82, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at the Meadows in Fulton. She was born Oct. 8, 1929, in Cuba, Ala. to Evan Shaw and Irene Walker Shaw. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen. She retired as a registered nurse from Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory and the nursing home. She received her nursing degree from Rush Memorial Hospital and Nursing School in New Orleans, La. She was a member of the Aberdeen First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Bro. Roy McKay officiating. Burial will be at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ann Hanks and husband Jim of Port Gibson; one son, Terry Miller and wife Mary Ann of Fulton; four sisters, Mattie Timmerman of Milton, Fla., Nettie Brown of Gordo, Ala., Inez Moilan of El Paso,Texas, Earnestine McCrary of Moundville, Ala.; two brothers, James Russell Shaw and wife Jimmie of Gordo, Ala.; Joe Shaw and wife Betty of Moundville, Ala.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Grady Miller, and one brother, William Rebel Shaw.
Pallbearers will be Mike Bunch and the Deacons of the First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 12 noon until service time on Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at ww.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Lenoel Evans
AMORY – Lenoel Evans, 75, died on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born on March 8, 1936, in Hamilton and was a daughter of Bryant and Vivian Collins Winders. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School. For 26 years, she worked as a housekeeper at Amory Manor before becoming a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith. Outgoing and fun-loving she cherished watching her grandchildren grow up and spending time with her family. A hardworking lady, she kept an immaculate yard and a very clean home. Living life to the fullest, she enjoyed crocheting, listening to country and gospel music and enjoyed dancing her feet off. A shop-a-holic, she enjoyed going places, especially going to yard sales. As a NASCAR fan, she always cheered for Mark Martin and Dale Earnhardt. She was proud to have been a seven-year ovarian cancer survivor.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Kendrick officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Kuykendall (Glenn) of Tupelo; sons, David Lee Evans (Brenda) and James Allen Evans (Phyllis) of Hamilton; a sister, Linda John Cox of Smithville; a brother, William Eugene Winders of Hamilton; grandchildren, Heather and Blade Kuykendall of Tupelo, Zachary Evans of Hamilton, and Clint Evans of Amory; step grandchildren, Jeremy Hester, Hamilton and Ginger McAlister of Amory, and Corey Kuykendall, Private, US Army; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Rabbit Kennedy, Jewel Thompson and Sandra Garner.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. Evans.
Pallbearers will be Zack and Clint Evans, Blade Kuykendall, Lynn Crump, Roland Minga and Terry Gardner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andrew Kellum and staff; the staff at River Place in Amory; and the staff at Darlington Oaks.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Bill Brown
GUNTOWN – William “Pops” Brown, 70, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in St. Louis, Mo. on July 21, 1941 to Doyne A. and Mattie Lou Cullum Brown. He was a United States Army Veteran. He worked many years in the financial community.
Survivors include one son, Ric Brown of the Alpine; one daughter, Terri Blalock (Wesley) of Baldwyn; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters; and one brother.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Hershel Cartwright
BOONEVILLE – Hershel H. Cartwright, 86, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 6, 1925, to Renzy Lee and Mary Knight Cartwright. He was retired from Deviney Construction.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chuck Boxx and Bro. Jackie Spencer officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Anesia (Jimmy) Stevens of Booneville; three sons, Wade Cartwright, Floyd (Ann) Cartwright and Tommy (Becky) Cartwright, all of Booneville; three sisters, Modine Stroup, Emma Holland and Janell Windham, all of Booneville; ten grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Bertha McAnally Cartwright; his parents; two sisters; four brothers; one grandson, Danny Cartwright; and two daughters-in-law, Betty Cartwright and Elizabeth Cartwright.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Cartwright, Terry Cartwright, Casey Cartwright, Tyler Cartwright, Ray Joyner and Jamie Gray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time on Monday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Wib Johnston
TUPELO – Wilburn Lee “Wib” Johnston, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. He was born Aug. 29, 1923, in Middlebrook, Ark., to Lewis and Ella Davis Johnston. He was a veteran of the United States Army from 1944 until 1946. During that time, he served an extensive tour of duty in Germany including the Battle of the Bulge, where he received the Purple Heart as well as many medals for courage and bravery to his country. He worked many years as a farmer and as a truck driver for Airborne Express. He was a member of Belden United Methodist Church. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time fishing, hunting and gardening.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Danny Wilburn and the Rev. Charles Smith officiating. Burial will be in Doty Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Velva L. Weaver Johnston; seven children, Sammy Johnston (Ruby) of Jonesboro, Ark., Mary Boothe (Jimmy) of Walnut Ridge, Ark., Gary Johnston (Judy) of Tupelo, Reba Bailey (Oneal) of Belden, Brenda Horton (Terry) of Shannon, Karen Parker of Guntown, Anthony Johnston (Tonya) of Mooreville; twelve grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Johnston of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Mary Howell of Holcomb.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Bonita Johnston.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Hughes, David Bowen, Chris Johnston, Rodney Oliver, Jeffrey Oliver and Jeff Bowen.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Alvin Vinson, Denver Joplin, Richard Houston, Lowery Tackett and Joe Putt.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Belden United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 66, Belden, MS 38826. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Sandra Lambert
DENNIS – Sandra Lambert, 46, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont.
Jerome Porter
CHICAGO – Jerome Porter (formerly of Holly Springs), 19, died Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, at Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, Ill.
Memorial services are at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs.
Jake Bryant
BLUE MOUNTIAN – Jacob Reese “Jake” Bryant, 21, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident in Ripley. He was born August 27, 1990, to Cheryl Bryant Jackson and Rickey Lynn Bryant Sr. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church. He was a machinist for CECA Manufacturing in Ripley. He was also a Private First Class in the Mississippi National Guard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danny McAlister and Bro. David Pasuer officiating. Burial will be in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery with full Military Honors.
He is survived by one son, Ashton Lynn Bryant of Ripley; his mother, Cheryl B. Jackson, of Blue Mountain; stepfather, Charles Alvis Jackson, of Blue Mountain; three brothers, Rickey Bryant Jr. of Ripley, Lucas Bryant and Tyler Bryant, both of Blue Mountain; and grandparents, the Rev. Danny and Shirley McAlister of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rickey Lynn Bryant Sr, and grandparents, Lester and Bobbye Bryant.
Pallbearers will be members of his Mississippi National Guard Unit.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Rilla Johnson
VINA, Ala. – Rilla Ann Johnson, 95, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Generations of Red Bay. She was a member of Vina First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Atwood Cemetery
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
Martha Jean Taylor
SALTILLO – Martha Jean Taylor, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Graceland Health Care Center in New Albany after an extended illness. A Corinth native, she was born January 14, 1932, to Fred McAnally and Mittie Marie Ellis Key. She was an avid reader and loved to work with her plants in her yard. She was a member of Mayfield and Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Adam T. Miller officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Darlene Huntington (Les) of New Albany, Robin Wages (Ricky) of Birmingham, Ala. and Gina Tyra of San Antonio, Texas; three sons, Jerry Taylor (Ann) of Saltillo, Tracy Taylor (Patricia) of Tupelo and Dale Taylor (Brandy) of Saltillo; eleven grandchildren, Denise Billings of Pensacola, Fla., Kristi Munlin (Jason) of Pontotoc, Angie Taylor of Saltillo, Misty Taylor of Saltillo, Joey and Andrew Wages of Birmingham, Ala., Eric Tyra of San Antonio, Texas, Kelli and Jessica Taylor of Tupelo and Ali and Clay Taylor of Saltillo; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merle “Red” Taylor; and one sister, Bobbie Sue McCormick.
Pallbearers will be Les Huntington, Ricky Wages, Eric Tyra, Andrew Wages, Jack McCormick and Joey Wages.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Bobby Newcomb
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Lee Newcomb, 70, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at home. He was born August 23, 1941, to Walter and Lola Jefferies Newcomb. He was a member of the Church of Christ and was a retired truck driver. He was a U.S. Army veteran and an avid reader of Louis Lamour Westerns, and he loved his grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Don Green and Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Carter’s Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Missy (Tim) Ivey and Terrianna Brigman both of Booneville; one son, Leck Newcomb of Booneville; four grandchildren, Evan, Emma, Avery and Addison Lambert; four sisters, Nell McKee of Horn Lake, Janie “Cindy” Smallwood of Los Angeles, Cleta Dean of Iuka, Peggy Fleming of Florida; and one brother, Jerry Newcomb of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Matthew Lee Newcomb; one sister, Bonnie Osborne; and one brother, Donald Ray Newcomb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time on Monday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Wennon Miller
BLUE SPRINGS – Felon “Wennon” Miller, 80, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 6, 1931, in New Albany to Tate Miller and Lavada Rakestraw Miller. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was retired employee of Penn Tire in Tupelo. He was a member of the Beech Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Felix Hutcheson officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Casper of Blue Springs and Sandy Dansby (Tom) of Monroe, LA.; three sons, Robert Miller (Jan), Gary Miller (Kim), and Mark Miller all of Blue Springs; three sisters, Nancy Timmons (Gerald) of Blue Springs, Jane George and Eloise Floyd (Junior) both of New Albany; five grandchildren, Blake Canerdy, Andrew Miller, Sarah Elizabeth Dansby, Davis Dansby, and Katlin Miller; four great- grandchildren, Adam Courtney, Addison Courtney, Brianna Courtney and Hayden Bennett.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Dorothy Tidwell Miller.
Pallbearers will be Roger Canerdy, Darren Timmons and Derrick Timmons.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In his honor, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com

Sophie Kennedy
FULTON – Sophie Jaydn-Lee Kennedy, died Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011. She was the daughter of Jason & Jodie Kennedy. Sophie was in our life but for only a second. And now she is our sweet Angel forever. You will be always loved by us…….
Hugs & Kisses, Daddy, Mommy, Haydn, Kateland, Audrey, Anna, Baylee & Tyler and by Granny (Laverne Kennedy) and Paw (the late Eugene Kennedy), Poppie and Nannie(Jimmy & Bobbie Bostick), Pop Pop (Buck Martin), Aunt Sistie (Christie Crane), and Uncle Johnny
and Aunt Amy Bishop. In our hearts forever …… our sweet baby girl. Hugs & Kisses, Daddy, Mommy & Haydn.
Senter Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com

Smitty Smith
BURNSVILLE – Lephane “Smitty” Smith, 57, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at his residence.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; by phone (901) 578-2805; or online at www.stjude.org/donate. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Sallie Owen
NEW ALBANY – Sallie Little Owen, 92, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was born May 26, 1919, in the Bluff Community to James Redmon and Ella Viola Little. She married Lawrence E. Owen on February 25, 1940. She retired from Mattie Thompson Elementary as cafeteria manager. She was a member of Wells Chapel Church and later in life attended Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. Her heart was with her children and grandchildren. She loved reading and working puzzles.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Wilson and the Rev. Dwight Faulkenbury officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Joe Ann Reaves (Charles) of Rogers, Ark., and Sandra Williamson (Charlie) of Tupelo; two sons, Richard Owen (Sharon) of Andalusia, Ala., and Johnny Owen (Wanda) of New Albany, eight grandchildren, Lisa Reaves and Richard Reaves (Paula) of Rogers, Ark., Scott Williamson (Mignon) and Vanessa Turner (Chip) of Tupelo, Elizabeth Buchanan (Brad) of Brandon, Shay Owen, Hunter Owen (Heather), and Hope Owen of Andalusia, Ala., ten great-grandchildren Spencer, Remington, and Avalon Reaves, Lauren, Lydia, and Luke Williamson, Jackson, Addison, and Karson Owen and Barrett Buchanan. She leaves special friends Cheri Hobson, Earline Hall, Mary Etta Hill, Lucille Billings, Donna Thomas, Chris Robertson and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Lawrence Owen; three sisters, Gladys Medlin, Bonnie Jewel Foley and Ella C. Goudy; and two brothers, Byrd Little and Joe Earl Little.
Pallbearers will be Scott Williamson, Richard Reaves, Chris Robertson, Hunter Owen, Eddie Goudy and Roy Wayne Hodges.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state Monday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, Dumas, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Willie Meeks
CORINTH – Willie Meeks died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Wages officiating. Burial will be in Precious Memories Cemetery.
Visitation is from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Joy Loftin
CALHOUN CITY – Joy Estelle Evans Lofton, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a retired factory worker at Kellwood Company and Calhoun Apparel. She was a member of Derma Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will at 2 p.m. Monday at Pryor Funeral Home with Dr. John Warren, David Keeton and the Rev. Carl Morris officiating. Music will be presented by Donald Pendergrast, her grandchildren, Ginny Kate Lofton and Brandon Lofton. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Jerald Lofton of Calhoun City; sons, Frankie (Debbie) Lofton of Çalhoun City, Tommy (Tonya) Lofton of Abbeville, Miss., daughter, Shelia (Tim) Gann of Houston, Miss., a sister, Martha Keeton of Calhoun City, Miss., brothers, James (Deborah) Evans of Big Creek, Miss. and Rickey Evans of Jackson, Miss.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey L. and Evelyn Evans; a brother, Harvey Joe Evans.
Pallbearers will be Adam Lofton, Erick Lofton, Brandon Lofton, Robbie Abbott, David Keeton and Dustin Keeton. Honorary pallbearers are Donald Pendergrast, Tim Gann, Robert Earl Boland, Rickey Evans and James Evans.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In additions to flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association of Derma Baptist Church.

Katherine Pierce
BENTON – Katherine J. Pierce, 88, died, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011 at North East Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Benton Baptist Church.
Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at Benton Baptist Church with burial in the Shiloh Cemetery in Yazoo County. Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City is handling the arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Warren B. Pierce (Shirley) of Saltillo; daughters, Brenda Sue (James) Hegman of Yazoo City and Belinda Pierce Sanford of Dacula, Ga.; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, three step great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Ann Burns of Benton, brothers, James Johnson of Yazoo City and Frederick Johnston of Yazoo City.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Lena Hood and Lois Reeves; brothers, Paul Wayne Johnston and Hurbert Henry Johnston and a grandaughter.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Bethany Baptist Church on Eden Midway Road, Yazoo County.

Vernon White
SHANNON – Vernon Jackson White, 65, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a lengthy illness. He was born on May 29, 1946 in Lee County to Cecil and Helen Whiteside White. He was a lifelong resident of Shannon and former employee of Nonie’s Truck Stop in Shannon and was a Baptist. He was loved by everyone who knew him. He always loved giving to others and never wanted anything in return.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will be in Doty’s Chapel Cemetery in Shannon.
Survivors include ten first cousins; two special friends, Tommy Bishop and Brenda Hamby, both of Shannon; his caregiver, Nonie Knowles of Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Bishop, Elbert “Red” Sullivan, Sr., Eugene Sullivan, Jr., Jeffrey Sullivan, Tommy Whiteside and Jerry Bishop.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and will continue from 10 a.m. until time for services Monday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Opal Wallace
FULTON – Opal Wallace, 77, died Dec. 30, 2011. She was born July 5, 1934, to Rex and Jewel Senter Dulaney in Fulton. She was a member of the Northside Baptist Church. She worked 42 years at Itawamba Manufacturing. She loved and missed her church family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Graham (Wade) of Fulton; three sisters, Francis Christian (Clint) of Fulton, Cleta Walker of Fulton and Ethelene Leslie (Walter) of Mantachie; two brothers, Gene Dulaney (Dot) of Mantachie and Tom Dulaney of Holly Springs; three grandchildren, Ashley Ragsdale of Saltillo, Jonathan (Ashley) Ragsdale of Mooreville and Kimberly Hacker of Vina, Ala.; and a special great-grandchild, Shelby Ragsdale of Mooreville; very special friends, Robert Ragsdale, Zelma Hood, Jonathan Jackson, Betty Thrasherand Bro. Keith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy D. Wallace; one son, Jimmy Wallace; one sister, Edith Davidson; and one brother, Woodrow Dulaney.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Jackson, Bobby Barnes, Marshall House, Chris and Seth Graham, Ricky Leslie, Michael Kilgore and Kenny Davidson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. There will be NO services on Sunday, January 1, 2011.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Ethel Cooper
FURRS – Ethel Lounetta “Jackie” Cooper, 86, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born June 16, 1925 in Brewer to Gurley and Lonie Bell West. She was a homemaker and a seamstress at Reed’s Manufacturing. She was a longtime member of Furrs Baptist Church. She enjoyed piecing quilts, boat riding and going out to eat. She loved her family and going to church when she was able.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Walter Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her son, Gerald Cooper and wife Bobbie of Ecru; one sister, Hilda Sullivan of Evergreen; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert L. Cooper; two brothers, Clovis West and Ferrell West; three sisters, Gertie Bell Shumpert, Flora Dale Poyner and Sibyl Patterson Hall.
Pallbearers will be Carl Patterson, Gurley Poyner, David Poyner, Zack Sims, Paul White and Johnny Bowen. Honorary Pallbearers will be Sonny White and Andrew White.
Memorials may be made to Furrs Baptist Church
Visitation will continue today from 12:30 until 2.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Kathleen Manley
BOONEVILLE – Kathleen Carpenter Manley, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Marilyn McClinton
CORINTH – Marilyn McClinton, 49, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Heath Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.