Obituaries January 24, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Azalee Massey
RED BAY – Azalee Massey, 66, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Red Bay.
Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Old Burleson Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until noon Tuesday at the funeral home.
Nona McCoy
VARDAMAN – Nona “Neater” Meadows McCoy, 73, died Jan. 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 6, 1937, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a previous shipping clerk. She was a member of Sabougla Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Sabougla Cemetery in Calhoun City. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Tammie Hope Eldred of Olive Branch and Rosa Lee Goodson of Dayton, Texas; two sisters, Margaret Jones of Calhoun City and Mary Leonard of Calhoun City; one brother, J.W. Meadows of Calhoun City; and four grandchildren
She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Nona Owens Meadows; her sisters, Hazel Jean Chrestman and Ruby Barnett; and her brother, H.G. Meadows.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Baker, Tristen Childers, Jimmy Goines, Randy Jones, Chris Klinck, Barry Leonard and Eugene Skelton.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today prior to service time at the funeral home.
Online guestbook can be accessed at ParkerMemorialFuneralHome.com.
Jack Thrift
OXFORD – Jack Walton Thrift, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Jack was born July 11, 1930, to W.C. and Aleene Thrift in Tupelo. He served in the Air Force from 1948-1952. After receiving his MBA from Ole Miss, he was employed at Rockwell International in Tupelo for 23 years as personnel manager and safety officer. After retirement from Rockwell, he came to the University of Mississippi as personnel director/safety officer for the University’s physical plant, where he ultimately retired.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford with the Rev. Taylor Moore officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Janice Morgan Thrift; sons, Jack W. Thrift II, his wife, Therese and their children, Morgan and Allee of Seabrook, Texas and Timothy Thrift and his wife, Stephanie and their son, Alex of Cypress, Texas; daughters, Jill Hart and her husband, Mike and their sons, Kyle and Chris of Brandon and Amy Burns and her husband, David and their sons, Alden and Jack and their daughter, Elise of Water Valley.
He is also survived by a brother, William C. Thrift and his wife, Dolly of Tupelo; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time Tuesday in the church parish hall.
In honor of Mr. Thrift’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force will be flown at Waller Funeral Home during the time of services.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Bill Littlejohn
CORINTH – William Lee Littlejohn, 85, died Jan. 22, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 9, 1925. He was an insurance salesman and a history teacher. He owned and operated Zippo Drive-In in Selmer, Tenn. and the BBQ Restaurant in Corinth. He started Littlejohn Sign Company in the late 60’s, where he worked part time while working other jobs. He retired from there in 2009.
He was a 32nd degree Mason. He loved his family and enjoyed telling everyone about his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling and talking to anyone. He was a very knowledgeable man. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict; and he was a member of Oak Hill Christian Church.
Services, with military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Williams, Bro. Gerald Hadley and Bro. Alan Parker officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Christian Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, Randy Littlejohn and wife, Denise, Joel Littlejohn and wife, Andrea and Ronnie Littlejohn and wife, Vickie, all of Selmer, Tenn.; daughters, Cathy Taylor and husband, Ed of Selmer, Tenn. and Lisa Hovater and husband, Jim of Sheffield, Ala.; and grandchildren, Cary Littlejohn, Sarah Littlejohn, Jared Littlejohn, Bailie Littlejohn, Drake Littlejohn, Bryan Littlejohn, Stuart Littlejohn, Mistie Hanks and husband, John, Briley Taylor, Shelby Cox and Alex Cox.
He is also survived by his step grandchildren, Jonathan Taylor, Shane Taylor and Mandy Hartley; seven step great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth Pittman and husband, Arnold of Corinth, Annette Leigh and husband, LeRoy of Memphis and Betty Moore and husband, Des of Hurst, Texas; sister-in-law, Pat Littlejohn; and his companion and caregiver, Edith Bass.
He was preceded in death by his son, Danny Littlejohn; his parents, Robert Lee and Aner Warren Littlejohn; and his brothers, Herbert Littlejohn and Carl Littlejohn.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Cary Littlejohn, Jared Littlejohn, Drake Littlejohn, Stuart Littlejohn, Bryan Littlejohn and Briley Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Oak Hill Christian Church, other relatives and a host of friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
To send online condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
William Blevins
BARTAHATCHIE – William Blevins, 63, died Jan. 23, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Eldora Ford
PLANTERSVILLE – Eldora B. Ford died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Roger Weatherford
MOOREVILLE – Roger Weatherford, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc after a brief illness. He was born in the Ozark Community on May 16, 1923, to Jim and Tabbie Richardson Weatherford. After graduation from high school, he served in the United States Navy. In 1945, he married Mary Caldwell and they made their home in Mooreville and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. He retired after 30 years of service as a foreman in the fabrication department with Daybrite Lighting. He remained active and loved to garden and farm. He grew and provided the community with vegetables. He was a member of Boguefala Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Boguefala Baptist Church with Bro. David Perry and Bro. Royce Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Mary Caldwell Weatherford of Mooreville; three children, Carolyn Homan (Bubba) of Tupelo, Eddy Weatherford (Linda) of Tupelo and Jane Gatlin (Jim) of Oxford; four granddaughters, April Stewart (Keith Smith) of Tupelo, Becky Umfress of Portland, Ore., Melanie Russell (Chad) of Olive Branch and Ginger Byrd (Josh) of Jackson; two step grandchildren, Teresa Reeves (Terry) of Tremont and Wanda Sullivan of Tupelo; six great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Navonia Green of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Massey, David Estes, Gordon Smith, Willie Schumpert, James Carnathan and Jimmy Sheffield.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Carlton Franks
FULTON – Carlton Franks, 75, died Jan. 23, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born in Itawamba County on April 19, 1935, to Clyde and Esther Cayson Franks. Carlton was a businessman in Fulton since 1971. He was owner and operator of Franks Automotive Parts Store, which later became Franks Trophy World. He was also owner and operator of Byhalia Raceway Park in Byhalia since 1985.
Well known in the drag-racing arena, Carlton had a life-long passion for racing which he shared with his son, Mike. In the early 60’s, Carlton raced “The Cyclops,” the first A/FX car which is known as funny cars today in the South. In 1963, He was runner up in C-Gas Supercharge class at the Indianapolis Nationals. From 1962 – 1964, Carlton was a three time championship winner of the Invitational Meet at Green Valley Drag Strip in Gadsden, Ala. In 1983, his boat, “The Underdog,” won the World Series of Championship Drag Boat Racing with Gary Loague as his fearless driver. Franks and Loague struck again in 1984, when “The Underdog” set the world speed record in every sanctioned organization from the East coast to the West coast. In 2009, Carlton was named to the distinguished “Pioneers of Drag Racing Hall of Fame.” No matter where Carlton Franks raced in the United States, he became known for his fast engines and championship wins.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Booker officiating. Burial will be in Fawn Grove. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Edna Ruth Hamm Franks; his son: Mike (Sharon) Franks of Fulton; his grandson: Mikey Franks of Fulton; his honorary great-grandson, Cayden Jace Mitchell; and a lifelong friend, Bill Milner.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his stepmother, Luna Wallace Franks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Gracie Howard
HAMILTON – Gracie Howard, 76, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
For online registry, visit www.Bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Ozell Hines
TIPLERSVILLE – Ozell A. Hines, 79, died Jan. 20, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Sept. 3, 1931. She married John Hines on Dec. 22, 1951, in Tippah County. After her union with John Hines, she was baptized by the Rev. Ike Moore of Ball Hill MB Church. She also attended in her later years New Mt. Pleasant in Middleton, Tenn. until her illness. She was retired.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Ball Hill MB Church in Tiplersville with Pastor Lonnell Perry officiating. Burial will be in Ball Hill Cemetery. Foster amp& Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Leola Strong of Memphis; a brother, Willie “Deacon” Knox of Elonia, Ga.; her children, John Hines, Edward (Dottie) Hines, Doris (Michael) Kitchen, Annie (Rodney) Alexander, Cheryl Peterson, Phillip (Janet) Hines, Linday Elbeck, John L. Hines and Tony Hines; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hines; her mother and father, Will and Daisy Knox; and her siblings, Beulah Hill, Bertha Knox, Priscilla Rogers, Fawn Knox, Ralph Knox, John Luther “Snack” and an infant brother.
Visitation will be from noon until 6 p.m. today. Family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service Tuesday.
Ruth Lee
TUPELO – Ella Ruth Baker Lee, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Pontotoc County native, she was born Feb. 19, 1925, to Homer Lee and Bessie Volena Cummings Baker. She was married 42 years to Henry Lee, who preceded her in death on Nov. 15, 2000. She was a long time member of First Baptist Church where she served many years as director of the church nursery and as secretary of the Adult 6 Sunday School Department. Ruth was involved with the Bereavement Committee at the church and volunteered with Vacation Bible School, along with numerous other church activities and functions. She was known for her dedicated passion for visiting the sick and elderly and sending cards to others. She was an outstanding cook, who took great pride in caring for her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with Dr. V. Gayle Alexander, Rick Ball and Chad Grayson officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Janie Ruth Lee and Patti Lee Henderson (Bryan) both of Saltillo; one sister, Betty Baker Crawford (Bobby) of Brandon; and one brother, Edwin Baker (Joyce) of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Franklin Baker, Leland Baker, Grady Baker, Gaylan Baker and Eugene Baker; and one sister, Minnie V. Swinney.
Pallbearers will be Randle Feather, Jeff Cox, Jim Floyd, George Mason, Dr. John Bowlin, Rickey Reynolds, Paul Poland and Phillip Long.
Craig Chancey will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802, to First Baptist Building Fund, 300 N. Church St. Tupelo, MS 38804 or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1073, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Betty Williams
PONTOTOC – Betty Ruth Williams, 70, died Jan. 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She loved yard work and arts and crafts. She was a member of West Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Terrell Williams; three sons, Terry, Carthell and Kyle Williams; two granddaughters, Jessica Myers and Lindsey Myers; one grandson, Austin Williams; one sister, Linda Long (Andy); and one brother, James Flanagin (Opal).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Flanagin and Ruby Flanagin Wilson; her sister, Mary Busby; and two brothers, Boyd Flanagin and Pete Flanagin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Willie Elrod
MOOREVILLE – Willie Elrod, 60, died Jan. 23, 2011.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Richmond Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Marjorie Bean
TUPELO – Marjorie “Peggy” C. Bean, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Mitchell Center after a lengthy illness. She was born in Pontotoc County to Clarence and Geneva Clark. She was a member of Auburn Baptist Church. She was past owner of Clark Truck Line and an avid antique collector, and she was well known for her knowledge of country antiques.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Chapel with Bro. Bob O’Neal and Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Clark Tucker (Kay) of Tupelo and Bob Tucker (Liz) of Waterford; a sister, Betty Petteway (Mark) of Cherry Creek; a sister-in-law, Ann Clark of Cherry Creek; a brother-in-law, Calvin Tucker of Biloxi; four grandchildren, Margaret Kelly (John) of Shannon, Charlie Tucker of Starkville, Kristi Fogerty (Ryan) of Memphis and Jon Harkness (Amy) of Cordova; one great-granddaughter, Mary Clark Kelly; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Bobby Tucker, who died in 1972 and Lloyd Bean; and two brothers, David Clark and Ray Clark.
Pallbearers will be John Scott Kelly, Tim Howell, Charlie Tucker, Mark Cayson, Jon Harkness and Ryan Fogerty.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Auburn Baptist Church Building Fund, 1138 Rd 931, Tupelo, MS. 38804.
For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Zena Coley
BOONEVILLE – Zena Lambert Coley, 94, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. She was born Nov. 20, 1916, to John and Ida Bell Thompson Lambert. She was a member of Thrasher Baptist Church. She and her husband owned and operated Coley’s Grocery in Thrasher.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Rakestraw and the Rev. Edward Lowery officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Windham Morris and Betty Windham Williams; two sisters, Orbie Coley and Syble Barron; two grandchildren, Greg Williams and Wendy Williams Scott; and seven great-grandchildren, Jon Andy Scott, Jake Scott, Graham Williams, Molly Grace Williams, Kayla Smith, Lesa Smith Pace and Summer Warren Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Coley; her parents; three sisters, Sula (Buster) Cole, Mayda (Oscar) Curtis and Lavada (Lawrence) Cox; two brothers, Earl Lambert and Rayburn Lambert; and three grandchildren, Tony Smith, Gary Smith and Lisa Williams.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Ricky Barron, Kenneth Barron, Terry Barron, Billy Curtis, Jack Curtis, Max Coley, Donald Coley, David Cole, Horace Lambert and Pat Lambert.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at HYPERLINK amp”http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.comamp” www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Nelda Gilliam
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Nelda Maxine Gilliam, 82, formerly of Myrtle, died Jan. 22, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.