Obituaries January 29, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Eddie Carlisle
ABERDEEN – Eddie Carlisle, 96, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
James Peters
WEST POINT – James David Peters, 58, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Robert Jones
LAMAR – Robert Lewis Jones, 61, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Sunday at Hudsonville CME Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Sunday.
Pebble Wheeler
LAUREL – Pebble Mae Wheeler, 98, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Comfort Care in Laurel. She will be remembered for her strong devotion to her family and her faith. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading her Bible and quilting.
Services were Friday, Jan. 28, at Union Grove Baptist Church in Fulton. Bro. Bobby Amos officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home of Laurel was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, David L. Wheeler (Karen) of Laurel; a grandson, Dax Wheeler of Tupelo; a granddaughter, Natalie Wheeler of Laurel; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Tilden and Nora Dezzie Spencer Anthony; her husband, John L. Wheeler; a brother, Voy Anthony; and two sisters, Floss Farrar and Faye Riggs.
Pallbearers were Dax Wheeler, H.A. Spencer, Maurice Pierce, Billy Montgomery, Todd Farrar and Don Clayton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Red Cross.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.colonialchapellaurel.com.
Irma Bailey
VARDAMAN – Irma Brannon Bailey, 98, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. She was born Sept. 6, 1912, in Vardaman to William Alsey Brannon and Sara Easley Brannon. She was a homemaker and a member of New Liberty Baptist Church. She was an amazing woman of God. She read her Bible and prayed for her family every day.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at New Liberty Baptist Church in Vardaman with Jamie Hill officiating. Burial will follow at New Liberty Cemetery in Vardaman. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her granddaughter, Marcia Wood and her husband, Roger, of St. Augustine, Fla.; her great-grandsons, Michael Harris and his wife, Jill, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Isaiah Wood of St. Augustine, Fla.; and her great-great-granddaughters, Sophie Harris and Cassie Harris.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, James “Buck” Bailey; her daughter, Norma Jean Bailey; and her siblings, Ivey Brand, Jewett Brannon, Grady Brannon, Zelma Edmondson, Willie Brannon and Vera Roberts.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Monday at New Liberty Baptist Church.
Friends and family may leave a message at our online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
David Ajax
FALKNER – David Lee Ajax, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born Dec. 3, 1925, to Howard D. Ajax and Rosa Lee Long Ajax in Corinth. He lived in Falkner for the past 30 years. He was a member of Canaan Baptist Church. He retired as a freight clerk with the railroad.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Brady officiating. Burial will be in Canaan Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by one brother, Howard L. Ajax (Dot) of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jean McKee Ajax; and one son, David M. Ajax.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Catherine Gay
RIPLEY – Catherine Ladner Gay, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at DeSoto Health Care Center in Southaven. She was born Aug. 9, 1924, in Ripley. She was a lifelong, active member of the Ripley Presbyterian Church, where she played the piano for many years and contributed much of her time to church functions. She was a charter member of the Junior Civic League and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was involved in many local civic activities such as the Ripley Hospital Auxiliary. She was a supporter of Blue Mountain College, where she and her husband established music and ministerial scholarships for students. She enjoyed her bridge club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Ripley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. William Connolly officiating. Burial will be in the Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two children, Franklin Gerald Gay Jr. and wife, Becky, of Kissimmee, Fla., and Ginger Gay Britt and husband, Darrell, of Hernando; four grandchildren, Stephanie Gay Raymond and husband, Ben, of St. Cloud, Fla., Frank Gay III of St. Cloud, Fla., Katie Britt Marciano and husband, Manuel, of Paris, France, and Charlie Britt and wife, Jennie, of Southaven; nine great-grandchildren, Rebecca Catherine, Stephanie, Anna Margaret, Christianna and Benjamin Raymond of St. Cloud, Fla., Frank IV, Julianna and Capers Gay of St. Cloud, Fla., and Jessica Marciano of Paris, France; a brother, Robert Shelby Ladner and wife, Martha, of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Franklin Gerald Gay Sr.; her parents, Hiriam Griffin and Nyleen Ladner; a brother, Hiriam Griffin Ladner Jr.; and a sister, Virginia Ladner Campbell.
Pallbearers will be Shelby Ladner, Tom Margherio, Mark Kleber, Bob Neiman, Robert Edwards and Tommy Sappington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Martin, Bobby Elliott, Dr. Charles Elliott, John Reid, Marvin Reid, Charles Braddock, William Lee McBride, Carl Lee Nance Jr., Kermit Jones, Griff Ladner, Larry Gay, Gerald Gay and the women of the Ripley Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 7 to 9 a.m. Monday at Ripley Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ripley Presbyterian Church, 302 W. Cooper St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Jackie Norris
VERONA – Jackie Delaine Norris, 64, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at his residence. A native of Marks, he was born Dec. 26, 1946, to James Matthew and Sybil Jeanette Boyette Norris. He was retired from the United States Army after serving 21 years. He grew up in Marks and Lambert, and lived in Verona the past 20 years. He loved his daughters and spending time with his grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at Unity Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 21 years, Marjorie Hill Norris of Verona; three daughters, Peggy Roberson (Keith) of Okolona, Monica Camp (Timmy) of Shannon and Ashley Norris of Clarksdale; seven grandchildren, Courtney Russell, Madison Fowler, Britnie Camp, Anna Camp, Haden Hodges, Michael Braiden Mills and Annsleigh Sullinger; his sisters, Brenda Franklin (Jimmy Dale Oaks), Linda Doubleday (Lewis) and Pamela Norris; his brothers, Tony Norris (Susan) and Dale Norris (Judy); his aunt, Audrey Melton of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Billy Norris.
Visitation will be 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Grace Prather
OLIVE BRANCH – Grace L. Prather, 82, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011. Born and raised in DeSoto County, she graduated from Olive Branch High School and retired from the United States Postal Service. She was a lifetime member of Mineral Wells United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Interment will follow in Blocker Cemetery.
She is survived by her son, Joel Kent Prather of Memphis; her brother, Milton Darling of Auburn, Ala.; and her niece, Debbie Darling of Tupelo.
The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mineral Wells United Methodist Church.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.BrantleyFuneral.com.
Oneal Maxcy
TREMONT – Atlee Oneal Maxcy, 77, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at his home after a short illness. He was born Dec. 1, 1933, in Itawamba County to Sylvan and Sybil Gregory Maxcy. He was a member of Tremont First Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and adult Sunday school teacher for many years. He worked at Blue Bell and Itawamba Manufacturing and he was a salesman for Tremont Floral Supplies. He was also an insurance salesman for a number of years. After retirement, he owned and operated Cadamy Grocery in Tremont. He served nine years in the National Guard. He was a member of the Grand Slam Championship basketball team at Itawamba Agricultural High School in 1951. He was an avid Mississippi State fan and enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tremont First Baptist Church with Bro. Matthew Russell and Gail Satterwhite officiating. Burial will be in the Asbury Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Marcelle Maxcy; one son, Ronald Maxcy; two daughters, Shelia Garrett and Malinda North (Tony), all of Tremont; two brothers, Troy Maxcy of Tupelo and Jerry Maxcy of Amory; a special sister, Mary Pearl Spencer of Fulton; six grandchildren, Nathan Garrett (Danielle), Tasha Carter (Brad), Neal Garrett (Nikki), Stacy Seay (Craig), Amanda Morrow (Roger) and Cody North; seven great-grandchildren, Lana Garrett, Weston Garrett, Aubrey Seay, Ben Seay, Carter Seay, Carley Seay and Kelly Morrow.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Janie and Judy; and two brothers, Joe and Jimmy.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Garrett, Neal Garrett, Brad Carter, Craig Seay, Roger Morrow, Cody North and Ben Seay.
Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and men of Tremont First Baptist Church, Jim Cody, Mitchell Stevens, Troy Maxcy and Jerry Maxcy.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service Sunday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to be given to the Tremont First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 132, Tremont, MS 38876.
David Armstrong
PONTOTOC – David Lee Armstrong, 67, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at McDonald United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ronnie Waldo
RANDOLPH – Ronnie Waldo, 51, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in Randolph. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Memorial donations may be made to the Ronnie Waldo Funeral Fund, 270 Coffee St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Jacqueline Kirkman
TUPELO – Jacqueline Kirkman, 43, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Ora Carter
SARDIS – Ora Grace Carter, 93, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lela M. Engle
FULTON – Lela M. Engle, 91, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a native of Itawamba County and the daughter of the late Ellis and Beulah Butler Taylor. She was a retired garment factory worker and a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church. An avid gardener, she enjoyed working in her flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. James Segars officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Hayes (Junior) of Fulton; one son, Charles “Bud” Engle (Judy) of Fulton; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Virginia Shirley of Anniston, Ala., Earnestine Taylor of Tupelo, Elaine White and Cathy Smitty, both of Plantersville, Dean Leathers of Shannon, Nell Warren of Nettleton and Linda Cox of Euna, Md.; four brothers, June Taylor of Belmont, Deck Taylor of Fulton, Bill Taylor of Smithville and Dudley Taylor of Amory.
Pallbearers will be Greg Hayes, Brian Hayes, Larry Hayes, Elvis Taylor, Danny Taylor and Ronnie Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Orear and Charlie Hayes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie C. Engle, in 1991; and three brothers, Rack, Vess and Jay Taylor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Sunday.
Clara Garrison
MYRTLE – Clara “Momma Pud” Garrison, 92, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Lourie S. Allen
HIRAM, Ga. – Lourie S. Allen, 96, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at her home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Olene Thompson
BOONEVILLE – Alma Olene Pannell Thompson, 89, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wade Floyd
BOONEVILLE – Bruce Wade Floyd, 53, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at his home in the Holts Spur community. He was born Jan. 13, 1958, in Booneville. He was a member of Snowdown Church of Christ, and he was a logger. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding four-wheelers.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at Snowdown Church of Christ with Minister Don Green officiating. Burial will be in the Brimingham Family Cemetery in Glen. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Tabitha Brimingham Floyd; a son, Jamie Floyd (Emily) of Jacinto; three daughters, Brittany Floyd of Pontotoc, Dectony Hawkins of Glen and Faith Hawkins of Burnsville; his parents, William and Othello Kendrick Floyd of the Snowdown community; four brothers, Steve Floyd, Donnie Floyd (Mae), Billy Floyd (Peggy) and Mike Floyd (Melinda), all of Snowdown; two sisters, Barbara Tucker (Earl) of Snowdown and Sharron Lee of Rienzi; five grandchildren, Logan Floyd, Jacob Gloyd, Colby Floyd, Colton Floyd and Kamron Sanders; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Inez Brimingham of Glen; and a special friend, Jimmie Brown (Carrie).
He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Floyd; a sister, Sandra Poteet; and a nephew, Matthew Lee.
Pallbearers are Donnie Floyd, Billy Floyd, Steve Floyd, Mike Floyd, Jamie Floyd and Jimmy Brown. Honorary pallbearers are Doug Floyd, Billy Brimingham and Jeremy Floyd.
Hattie Vaughn
NEW ALBANY – Hattie Vaughn, 87, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
Mattie Luster
CORINTH – Mattie Luster died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services.
Lois Wallace
DUMAS – Lois Hill Wallace, 95, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Oct. 16, 1915, in Tippah County to Marion and Grace Cappleman Hill in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a member of Wesley Congregational Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Kenneth Harrison and Bro. Mark Tutor officiating. Burial will be in the Dumas Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Charles E. Wallace (Nellie) of Dumas; two grandchildren, Brenda Wallace and Wade Wallace, both of Dumas; one great-granddaughter, Ashley Wallis (Bruce) of Dumas; one great-granddaughter-in-law, Cortney Wallace of Dumas; two great-great-grandsons, Ryder Wallace and Whit Wallis; one sister, Virginia Bullock of Dumas; one brother, John Ray Hill (Janie) of Dumas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L.E. Wallace; her parents; one great-grandson, Jon Wallace; and three sisters and six brothers.
Pallbearers will be Elton Bullock, Robert Hill, Johnny Hill, Lavaughn Bullock, Phil Sparks and Chris Spencer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stan Hill, Benny Hill, William Albert Hill, Roger Hall and Bob Hall.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Betty Heckman
OLIVE BRANCH – Betty Adale Hester Heckman, 57, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Lillie Hayes
OXFORD – Lillie Bell Hayes, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at Mt. Mary’s Hospital in Racine, Wis.
Services will be at noon Monday at East Providence M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Robert Dilworth
CORINTH – Robert Lee Dilworth died Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Grayson’s Funeral Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.