Obituaries January 18, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Darra Christman
OXFORD – Darra Lynn Christman, 44, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Clyde Fowler
CORINTH – Clyde D. Fowler, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Leave online condolences at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Lavern Smith
SARAH – Lavern Smith, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at her home. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Annette Smith and Michele (Tommy) Henley, both of Southaven; one son, Robbie (Kim) Smith of Strayhorn; one stepdaughter, Kim Welker of Columbus, Ohio; three sisters, Sherry Jackson, Dean Gargus and Eva Vaughn, all of Booneville; five brothers, Leroy Livingston, Charles Livingston, Gordon Livingston and Jerry Livingston, all of Booneville, and Scotty Livingston of Anniston, Ala.; seven grandchildren, James Michael Smith, Emma Henley, Heather Henley, Katherine Henley, R.J. Smith, Ava Smith and Jackson Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Y.L. and Emma Jean Byford Livingston; her husband, Jackie E. Smith Sr.; and one son, Jackie Smith Jr.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
M. Jane Millwood
PORT ARTHUR, Texas – M. Jane Millwood, 62, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas. She was born on July 19, 1948, in Tupelo to Charles H. and Effie Mae Erby Anderson. She had lived in Port Arthur since 1974. She retired as the librarian director for the Groves Public Library after 25 years of service. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church of Port Arthur, American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 7 and Friends of Groves Library.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bissell Baptist Church in Tupelo with Rev. Adron Horn officiating. Burial will follow at White Zion Cemetery. Levingston Funeral Home of Groves, Texas, is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry G. Millwood of Port Arthur, Texas; a son, Phillip Charles Millwood of Port Arthur, Texas; her father, Charles H. Anderson of Tupelo; and a sister, Janette Maharrey and husband, Robert, of House Springs, Mo.
A visitation for family and friends will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.
Memorial donations may be sent to: Groves Public Library, 5600 W. Washington, Groves, TX 77619.
Hellene Mize
TULA – Hellene Mize, 76, retired ATamp&T Southern Bell Switchboard Operator, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at her residence in Tula. Born in the Denmark community of Lafayette County, Mrs. Mize was the widow of Jimmy T. Mize. She was a member of Tula Baptist Church, the Business and Professional Women’s Club in Clarksdale, and the Pioneer Club. She was a retired bank teller from Union Planters Bank and a retired switchboard operator for AT&T Southern Bell. She was employed with Pro Matura Group in Oxford and she was a Mary Kay sales consultant.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tula Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Sockwell and Rev. Mark Hill officiating. Burial will follow in New El Bethel Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Tommy Mize of Paris, Terry Mize of Weatherford, Texas, and Tim Mize of Tula; one brother, Larry Dalton of Mize; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorial donations may be made to Tula Baptist Church, 234 CR 436, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Marilyn J. Roberts
NEW ALBANY – Marilyn J. Roberts, 91, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Cora M. Jordan
OXFORD – Cora M. Jordan, 69, died Monday, Jan. 10, 2011, at her home in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Paris-Yates Chapel on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Interfaith Compassionate Ministries, 904 N. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS.
Herman Williams
ASHLAND – Herman Lee Williams died Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, at his home. He was born on Jan. 12, 1939, to Willie Dewey Sr. and Everneeza Williams. He was a retiree of the Troxel Manufacturing Co. in Moscow, Tenn., after 37 years. He was a member of the North Benton Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Miracle Temple Salt amp& Light Ministries, where he served on the deacon board.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Miracle Temple Salt and Light Ministries at Lamar with Bishop L.T. Mason officiating. Burial will be in the Miracle Temple Cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lillie B. Williams; nine children, Marilyn (Frederick) Franklin, Lolita (Alfonzo) Reliford, Joyce (James) Preston, Lisa Hudson, Courtney Williams, Willie (Janice) Williams, Stanley (Bobbie) Williams, Michael (Regina) Williams and Tyrone (Angela) Williams; three grandchildren he reared, Carlos (Jameia) Franklin, and Almetria and Sherri Williams; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; five siblings, Cora (Robert) Griggs, Fannie (Walter) Hudson, Willie (Quetee) Williams, James (Rejean) Williams and Harold (Lois) Williams; a special sister-in-law, Nellie Williams; a special aunt, Lillian Bailey; 10 goddaughters; three godsons; and one godgranddaughter; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Lucy Liebling
STEENS – Lucille “Lucy” Marie Lovett Liebling, 92, formerly of Charleston, Ark., died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. The daughter of the late Bart and Eula Elkins Lovett, Mrs. Liebling was born Nov. 5, 1918, in Booneville. She was a graduate of Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Okla., and earned a master’s degree in education from National Teachers’ College in Evanston, Ill. She retired after 30 years of teaching and she was a member of the Illinois Retired Teachers Association. During her retirement years, she was active in various volunteer services in Evanston and Charleston, Ark., where she was a member of the United Methodist Church.
Visitation, followed by a funeral service, will be at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus. A second visitation and service, officiated by Rev. Benny Harmon, will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Putman Funeral Home in Fort Smith, Ark. Burial will follow in Roselawn Cemetery in Fort Smith.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Franklin B. and Tammy Woolbright Liebling of Steens; her brother, retired LTC Jack C. Lovett of Manchester; her sister, Hazel Nicholson of Fort Smith, Ark.; one granddaughter. Maryjane Lucille Liebling of Pittsburg, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bernard Liebling; a brother, Elkins Lovett; and two sisters, Gladys McLarty and Beatrice Harris.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
James Pennington
CALHOUN CITY – James “Bunk” Pennington, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. He was born Jan. 12, 1926, in Pontotoc County. He was a retired farmer and a member of Concord Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Ernie Wright officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include three nieces, Peggy Wright (Ervin) of Calhoun City, and Betty Hood (Rayburn) and Mary Mills (Robert), both of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred Pennington and Myrtle Douglas Pennington, and a sister, Mattie Lee Gillespie.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Earl Grauer Jr.
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Earl Self Grauer Jr., 80, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011, at Winkler Court Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Myers, Fla. Mr. Grauer was born on Aug. 2, 1930, in Chickasaw County. He graduated from Okolona High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi and his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University. He taught music at the University of Southern Mississippi, North Texas State University and the Southern Illinois University before accepting the position of chairman of Fine Arts at Saint Leo College in Florida. He later moved back to Mississippi and then retired to Florida in 1999.
He is survived by two children, Trey Grauer of Clewiston, Fla., and Lisa Clark of Cape Coral, Fla.; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren; and his sister, Barbara Grauer Rosato of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Barksdale Grauer; his sister, Dorothy Grauer Cooper Kelly; and his parents, Ruth Williams Grauer and Earl Self Grauer.
Howard Wright
FULTON – Howard Lee Wright died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a member of the Tilden Church of Christ. He worked at Itawamba Manufacturing Company for many years. He then owned and operated Wright’s Grocery in Tilden for several years. He was a United States Army veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was a lifelong member of the American Legion. He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister J.C. Enlow and Minister David Paden officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include four sisters-in-law, Geneta Clouse, Nancy Christian, Vivian Rieves and Lottie Mae Dennis, all of Fulton; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Wright, who died Jan. 17, 2003; his parents, Ausie and Amos Wright; and his stepmother, Alma Wright.
Pallbearers will be Gary Clouse, Kevin Pierce, Jerry Grammar, Benny Enlow, Rodney Howell and Ricky Robinson.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Forrest Wofford
HOUSTON – Forrest Colvin Wofford, 78, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, in Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born Aug. 17, 1932, in Webster County to Scott Brack Wofford and Sallie Oswalt Wofford. He was a longtime developer and builder in the Houston and Chickasaw County area. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Houston. He actively served and supported his community as a Jaycee, JCI Senator, a member of the board of directors of the Habitat for Humanity and other civic organizations.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Phillip Dearman and Bro. Mike Childs officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Reese (special friend, Dan McGregory); four sons, Bruce Wofford (Bettye), Tony Wofford, and Robin Wofford (Terri), all of Houston, and Ken Wofford of Birmingham, Ala.; 14 grandchildren, Dendy Holcombe of Raleigh, N.C., Mary Margaret Carnes of Pontotoc, Jennifer Klaver of Hendersonville, Tenn., Jessica Wilson of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Scott Wofford of Mantee, Maria Wofford of Del Rio, Texas, Robby Wofford of Tupelo, Brack Wofford, Tori Wofford, Kehli Reese, and Jake Reese, all of Houston, Jacqueline Wofford, Mackenzie Wofford and Jesse Wofford, all of Birmingham; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Margaret Wilson of Bellefountaine; two brothers, Bob Wofford (Mary Grace) and Dan Wofford (Sharon), both of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Wofford; his mother and father, Scott and Sallie Mae Wofford; two brothers, David Wofford and James S. Wofford; and one grandson, Josh Reese.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
To lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, P.O. Box 123, Houston, MS 38851; or to Prospect Cemetery Fund.
Billy Melson
TUPELO – Billy M. Melson, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 7, 1928, to Herbert and Chrisitine McGee Melson. He was a veteran of the United States Army and was stationed in Alaska during the late 1940′s. He retired at age 58 after 32 years of service as a sewing machine mechanic and in the Central Shop with Blue Bell Manufacturing. He then worked a number of years with the Tupelo Public Schools, first as a bus driver and later in the bus shop. He was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of over 30 years, Mary Gennell Melson of Tupelo; one daughter, Lisa Musser (Scott) of Boynton Beach, Fla.; one son, Rick Melson (Sara) of Huntsville, Ala.; one stepdaughter, Alisha Turner of Tupelo; one stepson, Wesley Turner of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Joni Melson and Anna Claire Melson, both of Huntsville, and Coley Turner and Riley Turner, both of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred, on Dec. 13, 1981; one stepdaughter, Karen Turner; one brother, Chalmers Melson; and two sisters, Beatrice Woods and Charlene Smithey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Leroy Bedford, Ed Harrell, Clifton Shields, Bobby Gilmore, Mike Chase and Louis Clark.
Visitation will be 9 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 1650 N. Veterans Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Peggy W. Coleman
AMORY – Peggy W. Coleman, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Aug. 7, 1923, in Hamburg, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late Alvin Hobart Ward and Eathel Kelly Ward. Mrs. Coleman was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, Class of 1942. She was a homemaker and a member of Smithville Baptist Church. A loving mother, she adored her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed crocheting, crafts, working with her hands, and listening to gospel and country music.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Center Hill Cemetery at Hamilton with Bro. Wes White and Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements. Everyone is asked to meet at 9:15 a.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Betty C. (Rollin) Turnage of Smithville; a son, James D. “Danny” (Verna) Coleman Jr. of Amory; grandchildren, Russ Coleman, Tracey Riddle, Susan L. McClelland and Wesley Turnage; great-grandchildren, Cole Riddle, Dani Coleman, Rebecca Riddle, Elise, Ashley and Christian Lingle, Millie and Everett Turnage, and Anthony McClelland; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, J. D. Coleman; a sister, Betty W. Barker and a brother, Herbert “Bus” Ward.
Pallbearers will be Cole Riddle, Wes Turnage, Nelson Riddle, Russ Coleman, Glenn McClelland and Christian Lingle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, Amory, MS 38821; First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821; Smithville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870; or a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Elbie Coleman
CORINTH – Elbie Coleman, 88, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Martha Safley
TUPELO – Martha Frances Hames Safley, 90, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ridout’s Brown-Service Funeral Home in Decatur, Ala. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Grace Sparks
BELMONT – Grace Davis Sparks, 71, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Mississippi to Arthur and Grace Green Davis. She was a store owner and operator for 20 years. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. William McClellan, Bro. Chad Albright and Bro. Brian Weem officiating. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery at Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are five sons, Donny Joe Sparks (Kathy), Eddie Sparks, Roger Sparks (Melissa), Randy Sparks (Barbara) and Brint Sparks (Anna); one brother, Doug Davis (Katheryn); one sister, Hattie Lee Hall; grandchildren, Shawn Sparks (Lyndsey), Byron Sparks (Lauren), Cassie McCutchen (Jeff)), Lashonda Ford, Bradley Sparks (Michelle), Tiffany Sparks, Justin Sparks, Brandon Sparks, Blake Sparks, Brennan Sparks, R.D. Sparks, Katie Sparks, John Horton (Carla), Joe Horton, Matthew Horton and Jeff Young; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hon. Judge Willie Joe Sparks; her parents; brothers and sisters, Opal Hammett, Lavern “Sis” Henley, W.D. Davis, R.C. “Cotton” Davis, Virgil “Tip” Davis, Arthur “Tator” Davis, Troy “Hook” Davis and John E. Davis.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at New Bethel Baptist Church.
Leatrice Tigrett
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Leatrice Leople Jones Tigrett, 90, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born May 12, 1920, to Thomas Lee Jones and Mary Elizabeth Hatcher Jones. She was a member of The Sanctuary in New Albany. She was a housewife, a retired store owner and a former employee of Blue Mountain College.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Troy Baker officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery.
She is survived by four daughters, Shirley Smith (Sherman) and Jamie Stevens, all of Blue Mountain, Mary Moore of Savannah, Tenn., and Jimmie Gay (Larry) of Ripley; two sons, Terry Tigrett (Jan) and Billy Tigrett, all of Blue Mountain; 15 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Mark Tigrett; one son, Charles Tigrett; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Sherman Smith, Larry Gay, Lavaughn Green, Steve Null, Ronald Moore, Steven Smith, Larry Lewis Gay and Greg Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.