Obituaries January 2, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jennie Tomlinson
STARKVILLE – Jennie Ladell McMinn Tomlinson, 84, of Starkville, died Saturday, Jan. 01, 2011, at OCH Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Starkville. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Starkville. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Douglas Hurt
RIPLEY – Douglas Hurt, 69, died Jan. 1, 2011, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Michael Christopher
SHANNNON – Michael Wayne Christopher, 53, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.
Jerry D. Williams
STARKVILLE – Jerry D. Williams, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. A longtime resident of Starkville, he was born in Murray, Ky., and graduated from Murray State University with a degree in Music Education. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity. He received his Masters of Music Education from Northwestern University, in Evanston, Ill. He served in the 3rd Armed Division of the U.S. Army at Ft. Knox, Ky., and he was a member of the 179th Army Band at Ft. Carson, Colo.
Mr. Williams taught music in Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee before moving to Starkville, where he was music director at First United Methodist Church and the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. For many years, he conducted liturgy in Hebrew at Temple B’nai Israel in Columbus. He was employed by Mississippi State University for 36 years, where he was head of the Choral Department and founded the University Madrigal Singers. He served as director of State Music Camp for over 30 years and as an advisor to vocal and piano majors at the university. He was a member of the National Education Association, Tennessee Education Association, Music Educators National Conference, Tennessee Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Starkville. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Malinda Cox and husband, Rob, of Ft. Bragg, N.C. and Rebekah Smith and husband, Steve, of Ada, Mich.; a foster daughter, Susan Blankenship and husband, Shaw, of Crab Orchard, Ky.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, LaVora Holland Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Church Student Center.
Memorial donations may be made to the Jerry D. Williams Choral Scholarship Fund, c/o Cadence Bank, P.O. Box 1187, Starkville, MS 39759.
Virginia Gober
CULLMAN, Ala. – Virginia Brown Gober, 79, died Dec. 31, 2010, at Cullman Long Term Care. She was born Dec. 18, 1931, in Pontotoc to Dwight Alonza Brown and Gara Sewell Brown. She moved to Alabama in 1967. Later, she met and married Ollie Gober, and they recently celebrated 60 years of marriage. Virginia retired after many years of being the manager of Brown’s Fabric Center in Cullman. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Cullman. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, who was adored by her grandchildren. During her life, she loved various things, but the things she loved most was cooking for large family gatherings, doing needle works and crafts and making clothing for the family where she used her talent as a seamstress.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Cullman Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ed Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Cullman Memory Gardens. Cullman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Ollie Gober of Cullman; daughters, Janet (Stott) Campbell of Birmingham and Amy (William) McCracken of Cullman; her grandchildren, Will (Amanda) McCracken of Tuscaloosa, Candace Campbell of Arkansas and Maranda McCracken (Derick) Hallmark of Germany, formerly of Cullman; and a great-grandchild, Anna Caroline McCracken of Tuscaloosa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, J.C. Brown and Leon Brown; and a nephew, Dwight Jay Brown.
Pallbearers will be Sonny Mullins, Charles Howell, Rebun Williams, Dual Gober, Joe Wright and Billy Beasley.
Honorary pallbearers will be T.K. Ware, D.J. Ponville, Ralph Parvin and Bob Rowland.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a church, charity or hospice of the donor’s choice.
Jimmy Haney
WREN – Jimmy Lynn “Jim” Haney, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Leroy Caldwell
CORINTH – Leroy “Clyde” Caldwell, 37, died Dec. 31, 2010, at McNairy Regional Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Stantonville Cemetery in Stantonville, Tenn. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frank Neal
OKOLONA – The Angel of eternal life, rest and peace came and gently lifted the spirit of Bro. Frank Neal on Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at his mother’s home in Okolona.He was the youngest of four children born to Maggie Lou Johnson Neal and Forrest Baxter Neal Sr. on Nov. 27, 1970, in Aberdeen. He accepted Christ at an early age and united with Pleasant Plain M.B. Church under the pastoralship of the Rev. Durant. He was a faithful member until his health failed.
Frank was educated in the Okolona Public School System. His heart was kind and giving to his family and other people he befriended. He truly was no stranger to anyone. He had a smile for everyone he met. He loved to stay in contact with all his relatives near and far.
Frank’s memory will forever be cherished by a devoted and loving mother, Maggie Lou Neal of Okolona. She stood by right by his side through all of his battles during his illness.
He is also survived by three sisters, who loved him dearly, Shelia (William) Dearing of Oklolon, Doris (Michael) Lipsey of Pontotoc and Barbara (Michael) Moore of Nashville; one brother, Tony Neal of Bronx, N.Y.; two aunts, Margie Lee Ewings of Okolon and Bobbiette Johnson of Okolona; one uncle, Charles Johnson of Aberdeen.
He also leaves a life of memories behind in a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Forrest Baxter Neal Sr.; one brother, Forrest Baxter Neal Jr.; his maternal grandparents, Richard and Maggie Johnson; and his paternal grandparents, Frank and Easter Neal.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Robert Ledbetter
AMORY – Robert Marcellus Ledbetter, father, grandfather and brother, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at Oaktree Plantation after an extended illness. Born on March 31, 1919, in Vina, Ala., he was a son of Charles A. and Peggy Weatherford Ledbetter.
Mr. Ledbetter was a lumberman, an employee of True Temper of Amory and owned his own fabric business for many years. He was a deacon and a member of First Baptist Church in Amory for over 50 years. Mr. Ledbetter enjoyed farming, gardening, carpentry work and his church.
A retired U.S. Army Veteran, he honorably served his country in France and Germany during World War II. Mr. Ledbetter received the Bronze Star, Infantryman Army 1st Award, Occupational World War II Army Medal, Qualification Badge Combat Medal and Victory World War II Medal.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his children, Robert M. “Mark” (Nancy) Ledbetter Jr. of Tupelo, Peggy (Ronald) Parham of Hatley, the Rev. Tom (Donna) Ledbetter of Wilmington, Del., Celia (Mickey) McDonald of Baton Rouge, La., Karen (Billy) Tiffin of West Point and the Rev. Terry (Marla) Ledbetter of Tupelo; one brother, Burdette “Buddy” (Becky) Ledbetter of Jasper, Ala.; a sister, Bertha Ross Williams of New Orleans; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; his stepchildren, Robert (Connie) Marion of Randolph, N.J., Rebecca (Doug) Frields of Powatan, Va. and Pam (Anthony) Crvich of Portland, Ore.; and several step grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Mary Helen Pate Marcelle Caldwell and Mary Jeane Ellis Marion; his brothers, Coatsworth, Charles, Billy, Douglas and John Ledbetter; his sisters, Eva Wilson and Maggie Frederick; and a grandson-in-law, Brent Poor.
Pallbearers will be Tim, Clayton, Andrew and Aaron Ledbetter, Mark, Clint Alan and Tyler Clay, Clint McNinch, John Miller, and William and Thomas Tiffin.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Oaktree Plantation of Amory and the staff of Legacy Hospice.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821, to Northstar Church, P.O. Box 750, Saltillo, MS 38866, to Gideons International, to Tupelo North Camp, P.O. Box 1073, Tupelo, MS, 38802 or to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Beryl G. Toler
SMYRNA, Tenn. – Beryl G. Toler, 79, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Mayfield Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna, Tenn. after a lengthy illness. He was born March 26, 1931, in Baton Rouge, La. to Ardie and Goldie Toler. He was a United States Army Veteran and a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the senior choir. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Auburn University and was the past president of the MS Forestry Assn. He was elected a Fellow by the Society of American Foresters, and he retired from Packaging Corp. of America as Northern District Woodlands Manager in Filer City, Mich. He was a past president of the Lee County Friends of the Library and the past president of the Friends of the Library in Manistee, Mich. He was a past president of the Tupelo’s Breakfast Civitan Club and a member of the Rotary Club of Manistee, Mich. He was an avid gun collector and enjoyed running in which he met his goal of completing a marathon.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Bess Bodie Toler of Smyrna, Tenn.; two daughters, Leigh Mason Bennett and Jim of Smyrna, Tenn. and Julie Toler Brzezicki and Tony of Kathleen, Ga.; one brother, Desmond B. Toler of Mobile, Ala.; six grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 11a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Assn. of America.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Rosa Akins
MYRTLE – Rosa Lee Little Akins, 102, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at her home. She was born Sept. 19, 1908, in Union County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Bud McCraw officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Lonnie Lee Churchill and Jessie Ann Bramlitt (Dwight), both of Myrtle; two sons, Troy Akins and William Akins, both of New Albany; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Troy Akins; two sons, Edward Kenneth Akins and Willie James Akins; and a brother, James Earl Little.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Potts, Jeff Akins, Gene Akins, Jackie Lindsey, Mickey Lindsey, Doug Simmons and Terry Lee Simmons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Glenn King
BOONEVILLE – Roy Glenn King, 59, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at his home. He was born July 8, 1951, in Booneville. He was an electrician with IBEW 852, and he was a member of New Hope Primitive Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, ranching, music and spending time with his grandsons.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Ben L. Burcham and Jimmy Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Burcham King; a daughter, Jennifer Dill (Jeff) of Booneville; a son, Robbie King (Danielle) of Booneville; his parents, Carmon and Emogene Carpenter of Booneville; two sisters, Rita Walden (Billy) of Booneville and Kathy McCombs of Oxford; a brother, Randy Carpenter (Martha Carol) of Memphis; four grandchildren, Deven Dill, Alex King, Max King, and Tate King; and a host of nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Fate King.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Burcham, Anthony Burcham, Chris Burcham, Derick Garvin, Brad Walden, Greg Walden, John David Cox and Billy Walden.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Elder Ben L. Burcham, 88 Hwy. 30 E., Booneville, MS 38829.
Kathrine Wilson
RIPLEY – Kathrine Watson Cheek Wilson, 52, died Dec. 31, 2010, at her home in Ripley. She was born Sept. 7, 1958, to James Baker and Kathrine Caroline Watson Cheek in Vicksburg. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Ripley.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Jason Harms officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Phillip Wilson of Ripley; her mother, Kathrine Caroline Watson Cheek of Clinton; one daughter, Kathrine “Kittie” Prather of Ripley; one brother, Jay Chandler Cheek of Clinton; two grandchildren, Kathrine “Angel” Prather and Bryce Prather, both of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Baker Cheek.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Lillie Mae Wilkins
RIPLEY – Lillie Mae Orman Wilkins, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Jan. 13, 1932, in Ripley to Will and Cora Whitehead Orman. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the the Rev. William J. Connolly officiating and Elder Brad Crump assisting. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include two daughters, Paula Sain of Millington, Tenn. and Gloria Gray of Fort Wayne, Ind.; three sons, Lewis Wilkins Jr. of Fort Wayne, Ind. and Bert Wilkins (Sandra) and Jimmy Wilkins, both of Ripley; one sister, Irene Hicks (Arthur) of Southaven; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Wilkins Sr.; her parents; one daughter, Patricia Troy; one sister, Pauline King; and two brothers, Roy Orman and Wade Orman.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ansboro, Dennis Ansboro, Keith Hicks, Ken Cooper, Al Graves and Seth Wilkins.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Betty A. Davis
CORINTH – Betty A. Davis, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 3, 1938. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved gardening, quilting, painting and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Danny Lovelace and Bro. Craig Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Lorraine Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Mike Davis and wife, Lesa of Prairie Grove, Ark.; her daughters, Cindy Clement of Corinth, Greta Robertson and husband, Ricky of Corinth and Debbie Davis of Corinth; nine grandchildren, Heather Davis, Shawn Davis, Tyler Davis, David Devine, Tommy Brooks Devine, Chuck Watkins Jr., Christopher Crabb, Tommie Leigh Johnson and Brian Scott Glenn; nine great-grandchildren; her brothers, Bruce Rogers and wife, Bobbie of Pascagoula and Dewayne Rogers of Corinth; her sisters, Patsy Miller and husband, Louie of Huntsville, Vickie Morse and husband, Junior of Decator, Ala. and Camie Sargent and husband, Mickey of Corinth; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Tommy L. Davis; her father, J.B. Rogers; and her mother, Ophelia Smith Rogers.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Watkins Jr., Christopher Crabb, Trent Johnson, Brian Scott Glenn, Cody Sargent and Kevin Rogers.
Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Milton Nichols
CORINTH – Milton “Jack” Nichols, 67, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at his home after a sudden illness. He worked 17 years for Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Mich. He returned to Corinth in 2004. He owned Jack’s Body Shop where he also worked.
A memorial service will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Hight Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife, Dwana Nichols; his son, Ricky Nichols of Benton, Mich; his daughter, Melissa Nichols of Biggersville; his stepsons, James Brown of Florida and Joe Perie of Corinth; his stepdaughters, Brenda Perie of Michigan and Susan Wertz of Corinth; 20 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his mother, Oneata Mink of Saltillo; his sisters, Joan and husband, John Padgett of Mountain Home, Ark. and Linda and husband, Roger Cody of Guntown.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Nichols of Booneville; and his brother, Billy Nichols of Corinth.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Will Criddle
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Will Dunn Criddle, 70, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. He was born Nov. 10, 1940, in Chickasaw County to Jimmie Criddle and Edna Dunn Criddle. He was a heavy machine operator for over 30 years.
Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Waymon Betts officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Debbie Denham of San Antonio; one son, Stephen Thomas Criddle of Columbus; three brothers, Ernest Criddle of Crenshaw, Jerry Criddle of New Mexico and Sonny Randle of Houston; and one grandson, Justin Criddle of Amarillo, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Ricky Criddle; one brother, Leo Criddle; and four sisters, Martha Gilbert, Ann Mayo, Faye Benner and France White.
Visitation will be at 11a.m. Monday until service time at 1 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Ruble Hacker
AMORY – Ruble “Popz” Hacker, 71, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial RMC in Amory. Born on Feb. 12, 1938, in Monroe County, he was a son of Ellis Corbin and Geneva Ray Parish Hacker.
Mr. Hacker was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. A good-hearted and determined man, he enjoyed the time spent with his family. He was a retired roofer and had worked in the shipyard in Pascagoula. Mr. Hacker enjoyed listening to Gospel music, hunting, fishing, racing cars and playing checkers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with James Austin, District Overseer and Pastor Ed Clay officiating. Burial will follow in Center Hill Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Betty J. Hacker of Amory; daughters, Kathy H. Armstrong of Amory and Christina Garner and Melissa Davis of Newport, N.C.; son, Richard Hacker of Amory; sisters, Mary Lou Hyatt, Martha Gray, Carolyn Waters and Barbara Jones, all of Pascagoula, Debbie Jones and Betty Joiner of Forest, Jimmie Johnson of Aberdeen and Louise Young of Zion, Ill.; brothers, Lynn Hacker of Virginia and Robert Hacker of Becker; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David E. Hacker; sisters, Ethel and Ruby Ray and Joann Ross; and brothers, Larry and Audie Hacker.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Armstrong, the Golden Living Nursing Home staff and the Gilmore Memorial RMC staff.
For those who prefer, donations may be given to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Luke Hyland
BATESVILLE – Clifton Lee “Luke” Hyland, 64, also known as “Toddy,” died Dec. 30, 2010, in Batesville. He was a Baptist. He loved to hunt and play bingo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Oxford with Bro. Joey Swords officiating. Burial will be in County Line Baptist Church Cemetery in Pontotoc. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Tammy Swords (Joey) of Pontotoc; his sons, Rocky Hyland of Randolph and Michael Hyland (Cyndi) of Pontotoc; his stepson, Bill Osborn of Batesville; his sisters, Katie Marie Beard of Courtland, Barbara Fay Holley of Senatobia and Joyce Ann Leinhardt of Courtland; his brother, W.L. Hyland of Abbeville; nine grandchildren, John Swords, Jackie Hyland, Collin Hyland, Emily Swords, Leigh Hyland, Justin Hyland, Breanna Hyland, Ana Clark and Alayna Hyland; and one great-grandchild, Jayden Hyland.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Leon Hyland; his mother, Ressie Catherina Perkins Hyland; his brother, Noel L. Hyland; and his sister, Hazel L. Little.
Pallbearers will be Gary Potts, Ricky Beard, Bobby Fritzke, Jonathan Swords, Collin Hyland and Justin Hyland.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Arley Reed Sr.
SKYLINE – Arley Ray Reed Sr., 59, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Saltillo.

Dariel McCoy
TUPELO – Dariel Funderburk McCoy, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 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.
Bradley Tripplett
TUPELO – Bradley O’Neal Tripplett, 20, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Shenandoah Clark
TUPELO – Shenandoah Clark, 33, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.