Obituaries January 6, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ray Strawbridge
AMORY – Duel Ray Strawbridge, 76, died on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on April 29, 1935, in the Grubb Springs Community, he was a son of the late Elbert Kirk and Vera Jewel Cox Strawbridge.
Mr. Strawbridge was a graduate of Greenwood Springs School. On Aug. 14, 1954, he married Robbie Culver. Moving to Zion, Ill., he began working for American Motors. He retired as a plant supervisor with Compacted Metals in Waukegan, Ill. One who could build anything, he also worked as a general contractor. With his wife, they owned Robbie’s Country Hit Cookin. Mr. Strawbridge was a member of Zion First Baptist Church and was active in the Zion Chamber of Commerce.
Moving to Amory in 1993, he served as an ordained deacon and treasurer of Victory Baptist Church in Nettleton. Helping to build two churches, he and his wife started Sonrise Fellowship in their home. With sports being his life, he was an avid Brett Farve, Green Bay Packers, and Atlanta Braves fan. Guided in life by his faith and family, Mr. Strawbridge instilled excellent character traits in his family, especially the importance of education. A hard worker and a work-a-holic, he was always tinkering when he wasn’t watching sports. Always smiling, Mr. Strawbridge was a prankster and had a great sense of humor. Having a love for children, he would help anyone in need. His family remembers him as a wonderful, loving and dedicated family man. Mr. Strawbridge loved music and watching Joel Osteen on television.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. R.D. Cline, Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Stan Blaylock officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Monte Roberts, Jeff Jones, Faron Wilbanks, Travis Williams, Kendall Powell, Ricky Reeves, Larry Yeager, Jim Strawbridge, Allen Garrett and Billy Wayne Hood. Honorary pallbearers will be the Amory Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Robbie Strawbridge, Amory; daughters, Debrah Lewis (Larry), Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Kimberly Sweeney (Michael), Snyder, N.Y., and Tanya Powell, Amory; sister, Willadean Reeves, Sulligent, Ala.; brothers, Edward Strawbridge (Lona), Sherman, and Leland Strawbridge (Mary), Amory; grandchildren, Brittani McCafferty (Sean), Brandi Hargrove (Bryant), Brent Lewis (Jennifer), Matthew Kuykendall, April Knourek (Ray), Samantha and Michael Sweeney, and Kalei Powell; 10 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Mary Scaduto, Amory.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Strawbridge; sisters, Vaudene Strawbridge, Shirley Davis and Erma Nell Haney; and brothers, James and Fred Strawbridge.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Alta Clayborne
AMORY – Alta Lou Thompson Clayborne, 101, was welcomed home to heaven on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. She passed away at the Gregory House of the Greenhouses of Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo. Born on July 10, 1910, in Cherokee, Ala., Alta grew up in Okolona.
She played basketball for Okolona High School, where she was salutatorian of her graduating class of 1930. Alta furthered her education at Miller-Hawkins Secretarial School in Memphis and worked at McCall’s Pattern Company in Memphis and Dallas.
On Aug. 21, 1936, she married Leland Kelly Clayborne of Tupelo. When they moved to Amory, Alta worked as a bookkeeper for Toney’s Bakery. She later worked for the Amory Electric Department as office manager until retiring in 1982.
Alta was a longtime, very active member of First Baptist Church in Amory, where she served many years as a children’s Sunday School teacher, VBS teacher, Sunday School Department director and was an active member of Triple L Club. She was a past president of Pilot Club and was a member of the Eastern Star. Known for her sense of humor and positive outlook on life, Alta loved going to church and spending time with her family and friends. An avid follower of Mississippi State sports, she especially enjoyed listening to Jack Cristil.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson and Bro. Jimmy McFatter officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dan Jenkins, Larry Fears, Mike Shelton and Jimmy Sharp. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Marion Thompson, Charles Kelly Thompson, Chris Toney Jr., Carl Thompson, Bobby Thompson and David Thompson.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service hour today at the funeral home.
Survivors include a son, Michael K. Clayborne (Julie), Tupelo; granddaughters, Kayla Clayborne, Nashville, and Kelsey Clayborne, Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Clayborne was preceded in death by her husband, Kelly Clayborne; parents, Frank M. and Lucy Rutland Thompson; two sisters; and seven brothers.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 or to Sanctuary Home Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Roger Long
RANDOLPH – Roger Dale Long, 63, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 21, 1948, to Mary Jewel and Jessie O. Long. He was employed at Ashley’s Furniture as a truck mechanic. He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his seven grandchildren. He was a member and deacon at County Line Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at County Line Baptist Church with Bro. Sam Holcomb and Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Linda Holley Long; three children, Hollie Kidd (Benjie), Lynn Parrish (Chad) and Jacob (Kalie) Long ; seven grandchildren, Rodney Parrish, Austin and Alisha Kidd, Alex, Lizzie, Eli, and Brody Long, all of Randolph; one sister, Delores Gillespie of Shannon; one brother, Donald Rex Long )Donna) of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Herman and Rudell Raines, Dora and Robert Long; one nephew, Wayne Gillespie.
Pallbearers will be Quay Sprayberry, Chad Austin, Nick Stangstalien, Bob Fisher, Steve Holley and David Austin.
Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of County Line Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 4 to 10 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Johnnie Jones Jr.
ABERDEEN – Johnnie Jones Jr., 87, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2012, at his home. He was born Dec. 1, 1924, to Johnny Jones Sr. and Busy M. Johnson Jones in Mississippi. He was a truck driver for 40 years while living in St. Louis. He returned to Mississippi three years ago.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Poplar Springs Church in Shannon with the Rev. Dr. Clementine Mays officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Polly Gunn Jones of Aberdeen; three daughters, Doris Fair (Stanley) of St. Louis and Diane Jones and Denise Jones, both of Aberdeen; one son, Henry K. Jones of St. Louis; one brother, Robert Lee Jones of Shannon; 40 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Lula Mae Gaston
SALTILLO – Lula Mae Gaston, 79, died Thursday, Dec. 29,2011, at her home in Saltillo. She was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Lee County to Sonny Montgomery and Obie Montgomery King. She was a member of Poplar C.M.E. Church in Saltillo. She was a member of the Missionary Board, the Usher Board and the choir.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion Community Church in Guntown with Rev. Eric Newberry officiating. Burial will be in the Old Camp Creek Cemetery in Guntown. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Pastor Clara Royster (Solomon) of Markham, Ill., Jeannie Palmer (Lark) of Houston, Texas, Debra Gaston (Vernon) and Sharon Gaston (James) both of Saltillo; five sons, George Montgomery of Chicago, Dennis Gaston (Sandra) of Mankato, Minn., Dannis Gaston (Rita) of Saltillo, Norman Gaston (Cassandra) of San Diego, Calif., and Keith Gaston (Natasha) of Saltillo; one brother, Bill (Ermma Jean) Montgomery of East St. Louis, Ill.; 62 grandchildren, 96 great-grandchildren and a host of great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Bud” Gaston; her parents; two sons, James (Randy) Gaston and Stanley Gaston; one daughter, Eudora Gaston Jamerson; two sisters, Earnestine Grays and Troy Harris.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com,

Johnnie M. Wilson
FULTON – Johnnie M. “Recie” Wilson, 74, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 12, 1937, in Itawamba County to Johnny Coy Wilson and Clara Rae Trulove Wilson. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He attended Itawamba Agricultural High School and worked at Dura Containers/Tombigbee Lumber for 36 years. He was an employee of the City of Fulton for five years where he retired due to health problems. He enjoyed gardening, being with his family and riding his Gator with his great-grandson, Case Gary.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Harden’s Chapel Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Earnesteen Graham Wilson, whom he married Dec. 22, 1956; one son, Jimmie Wilson and wife, Kathy, of Fulton; one sister, Gaynell Jackson and husband, Jim, of Fulton; one granddaughter, Lara Gary and husband, Trey, of Fulton; one great-grandson, Case Gary of Fulton; one niece, Emily Gray of Fulton; two nephews, Randy Wilson of Meridian and Joey Wilson of Fulton; two uncles, Murl Trulove and Hobert Trulove, both of Douglas, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Billy Joe Wilson and wife, Larue.
Pallbearers will be Garvin Gray, Joel Patterson, Leon Hayes, Bill Gary, Harold Holcomb, Russ Ramey, James Jamerson and Ronnie Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Elizabeth Biggs
BIRMINGHAM – Elizabeth Gore Biggs, 83, died on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012. She was born and raised in Tupelo, surviving the famous tornado of 1936. Following graduation from Tupelo High School, she attended Huntingdon College and Birmingham-Southern, where she was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. For many years, she assisted her first husband, Martin Westgate McWhorter, as his secretary at the McWhorter Engineering Company in addition to raising their three children. She was a skilled bridge player, a pianist, an enthusiastic waterskier well into middle age, and an avid follower of professional tennis.
She was preceded in death by her second husband, William D. Biggs; her parents, Virgil E. and Margaret Gore; her sister, Mary Eloise Gore; and two brothers, John and Edwin Gore.
Survivors include two sons, Craig McWhorter (Carol) of Birmingham and Stephen McWhorter (Lorraine) of Macon, Ga.; a daughter, Diane McWhorter of Cambridge, Mass.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ridout’s Valley Chapel in Homewood, Ala. The family will receive friends one hour before services.

Tammie Whitaker
TUPELO – Tammie Louise Whittaker, 46, died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at her residence. She was born in Tupelo on Sept. 27, 1965, to McArthur and Mildred Louise Hickman Whittaker.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at Gray’s Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Gladys Warrell
MEMPHIS – Gladys Clarene Warrell, 61, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at her home in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Ali Al-Haidari
RIPLEY – Ali Munam Daod Al-Haidari, 58, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at his home. He was born March 17, 1953, to Munam Daod Al-Haidari and Afsar Akram Al-Haidari in Baghdad, Iraq. He was the founder and president of the Iraqi National Solidarity movement.
Graveside services were Wednesday, Jan. 4, at New Salem Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Pearl Sailors Daod Al-Haidari of Ripley; one brother, Hassan Al-Haidari; one niece, Dunya Al-Haidari, and one nephew, Munam Al-Haidari, all of Memphis; a special friend who was like a son, Aied Otaibi of Saudi Arabia.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Justin Gilland
BELDEN – Justin Matthew “IcyWyte” Gilland, 22, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center due to injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born in Tupelo on Aug. 29, 1989, to James “Lem” Gilland and Lisa Summers Gilland. He attended Tupelo High School and was employed by Ashley Furniture Manufacturing where he worked in shipping and receiving. He loved music of all kinds and was known all over the country for his musical talent, playing in clubs such as the Hard Rock Cafe. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, photography, cooking and most of all, the beach. He had many friends and family who loved him dearly and will miss him sorely. He attended Belden First United Methodist Church.
A life celebration service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Danny Wilburn officiating. Private burial will follow in Belden Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Survivors include his father and mother, Lem and Lisa Gilland; his girlfriend and mother of his child, Nikki Parmer of Belden; his newborn son, Skylar Matthew Lee Gilland; one brother, Chris Gilland (fiancampée, Jenny Schulman) of Tupelo; his grandparents, Trent and Martha Summers of Belden; aunt, Jennifer Kyle (Tim) of Blue Springs; nephew, Kayleb Gilland of Tupelo; uncles, Dave Gilland of Saltillo, John Gilland of Mooreville, Elmer Gilland (Anita) of Mooreville, Raymond Anglin (BethAnn) of Pontotoc, Gene Anglin and Dale Anglin, both of Detroit, Mich.; aunts, Shirley Russell of Detroit, Mich., Pat Anglin and Gail Anglin, both of the Richmond community, Micky Gilland of Tupelo, Carol Gilland of Hamilton, Ala., and Dorothy Quartaro (Jack) of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Opale Walls Gilland; his great-grandparents, Juan and Alva Herring Stokes, Lem and Lydia Gilland, and Walter and Ivy Murphy Summers; and aunt, Opale Sue Gilland.
Pallbearers will be Elmer Gilland, John Gilland, Eddie Ellis, Daniel T. Williams, Josh Kennedy and Chris Posey. Honorary pallbearers will be Raymond Anglin, John Morgan Gilland, Tristan Gilland, Dakota Gilland, Ricky Ellis, Randy Ellis, Eddie Allen Ellis, Randy Jo Quartario, Ben Parmer, Mike Parmer, Dustin Williams and Donovan Phillips.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Devin Mitchell
STARKVILLE – Devin Rajon Mitchell, 16, died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church in Starkville. Burial will be in the New Bethel Cemetery in Maben. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Jimmy Maples
OXFORD – James Floyd “Jimmy” Maples, 73, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in the Garden of Memories at Coleman Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at Coleman Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Taylor Baptist Church, P.O. Box 42, Taylor, MS 38673.

Laura Fritch
ABERDEEN – Laura Ann Fritch, 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Oct. 11, 1944, to Alvin Edwin Roberts and Mildred Killian Roberts in Aberdeen. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen and a graduate of Aberdeen High School. She was a member of Aberdeen Church of Christ. She retired as a bookkeeper from Aberdeen Monroe County Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Minister Charles Tharp officiating. Burial will be in Beeks Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Fritch of Aberdeen; one daughter, Lee Ann Fritch of Aberdeen; one son, Tommy Fritch (Veda) of Pueblo, Colo.; one sister, Joyce R. frederick (Jimmy) of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Ashley (Terry), Edwin and Beth Ann; one great-grandchild, Tristan.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Saturday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Rico Goolsby
OXFORD – Rico Deandre “Suave” Goolsby, 40, died Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was the son of the late John Wade and Mary Louise Goolsby. He was a member of East St. Peter’s M.B. Church in Abbeville. He was a graduate of Lafayette High School and an employee of the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He loved fishing, hunting and people.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at East St. Peter’s M.B. Church. The Rev. William Woods Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in East St. Peter’s Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by three sisters, Cynthia (Thomas) Parham and Eartha (Coach) Smith, all of Oxford, and Wanda Goolsby of Holly Springs; and one brother, Anthony amp”Tonyamp” Goolsby of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the church.

Dorsey Riley
NETTLETON – Dorsey Lee “Red” Riley, 77, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native, he was born May 31, 1934, to Bengie and Nancy Ola Smith Riley. He was retired from Rockwell Delta after 27 years of service. His friends knew him as Red, but his grandson and family knew him as Papaw. He loved spending time with his pride and joy, Parker Riley Tipton. An avid gardener known for his prize-winning tomatoes, he enjoyed raising blue healer puppies. gospel singings, growing and taking care of daffodils, and traveling with his wife, Lorene.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his grandson, Parker Riley Tipton of Nettleton; special friends and caregivers, Martha and Danny Tipton, and Flo Smith, all of Nettleton; his sisters, Vera Nell Taylor of Nettleton and Mary Etta McKinley (Sam) of Jackson; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lorene Riley, who died in 1994; his brothers, Lunsford and Hansford Riley; and a sister, Annie Laura.
Pallbearers will be Medford Knowles, John Knowles, Stevie Christian, Charles Flurry, Jimmy Carter, Jordan Smith, Danny Tipton and John Austin Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers will be Leroy Hargett, and Bobby Christian.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

George Bell Sr.
VERONA – George Bell Sr. died Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 23, 1935, in Baldwyn to Grover Bell and Nealie Bell. He was a member of White Hill M.B. Church in Tupelo, where he served as a deacon for 32 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at White Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Jeffery Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Verona Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Bell of Tupelo; five daughters, Margaret Bell of Oxford, Jacqueline Bell and Zandria Bell of Tupelo, Natalie Ezell (Oliver) of Fairfax, Va., and Minda Bell of Verona; one goddaughter Myrna Lauderdale; three sons, George Bell Jr. of Saltillo, Christopher (Karla) Gilliard of Madison and Sanders Bell of Verona; one godson, Victor Fields of Memphis; two brothers, Elotis Shumpert of Nettleton and Charlie Bell of Tupelo; 17 grandchidren and seven great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two aunts, Beatrice and Evelyn Hurd.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Sign the online guestbook at nljonesandson.com.

Dolly Posey
EGYPT – Dolly Frances Lewis Posey, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at her home in the Egypt community. She was born April 6, 1926, to Nathan Francis “Frank” and Nora Louella Rape Posey in Egypt. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. She loved caring for her children and grandchildren, working in the garden, watching “Wheel of Fortune” and quilting. Not a fancy person, she was known as Mama or Mamaw and was affectionately called “Doll” by her husband.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethany Church of God with Bro. Edwin Pharr, Bro. Gene Thornton and Sis. Lounez Scrivner officiating. Burial will be in Boones Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Eva Ann Gray (Peanut) and Ida Frances Lawler, and one son, Jamie Lee Posey (Terry), all of Egypt; seven grandchildren, Ben, Kimberly, Dakota, Gabriella, Alex, Jamie Jr. and Marlana; her sister-in-law, Nancy Lewis; a special friend, Carinne Posey, who was like a sister; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Posey, who died in March 2010; her parents; her grandparents; an infant son, Nathan Wallace Posey; two sisters, Edna Earnest and Lula Sheilds; five brothers, William, Lee, Lenzy, Ben and Herman Lewis, and a son-in-law, Ronnie Lawler.
Pallbearers will be J.W. Posey, Shelby Gray, Larry Edington, Robert amp”Tykeamp” Sullivan, Frank Hall, and Larry, Kenny, and Columbus Sheilds.
Honorary pallbearers include her son, son-in-law, grandchildren and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Bethany Church of God.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Ben Davis
CORINTH – Ben Frank Davis, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at his son’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Columbus Luellen
LAMAR – Columbus Luellen, 66, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Concord M.B. Church at Slayden. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Brenda F. Raines
PONTOTOC – Brenda F. Raines, 62, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at the Crossgates River Oaks Hospital. She was born May 20, 1949, in Pontotoc to Eddie Carl and Mauvleen Gilmore. She was a service representative for BellSouth for many years. She attended The Orchard. She enjoyed quilting, reading and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bryan Collier officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Leslie Raines of Pontotoc; one son, Brad Fowler (Myra) of Pontotoc; one sister, Carlos Ann Segrest (Chan) of Shorter, Ala.; one brother, Dewayne Gilmore of Pontotoc; three grandchildren, Brandon Fowler, Matthew Fowler and Brandi Fowler; two nephews, Kevin Gilmore and Michael Gilmore; two nieces, Ashley Gilmore and Rebecca Gilmore; three great-nephews, Jacob Johnson, Benjamin Johnson and Noah Xavier; one great-niece, Christi Johnson.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Courtney Houk
AMORY – Courtney Houk, 21, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bobby Lee Clark
BLUE SPRINGS – Bobby Lee Clark, 80, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at his residence in Blue Springs. He was born May 5, 1931, in Hattiesburg to John Jacob and Claudia Mobley Clark. He was a resident of Blue Springs since 2000 and had previously lived in Brandon and Jackson. He was a longtime sales representative for Motor Publications and Sun Electric Corporation. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He was a member of Ellistown Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and loved camping with his friends.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Ellistown Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Graveside services will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangments.
Survivors include two sons, Darrel “Keith” Clark (Diane) of Harvest, Ala., and Jason Clark (Tracy) of Brandon; five grandchildren, Christopher Darrel Clark, Matthew Keith Clark and Andrew David Clark, all of Harvest, Ala., and Taylor Ashley Clark and Grant Nathaniel Clark, both of Brandon; five great-grandchildren, Addison Renee Clark, Randee Nicole Clark, Dakota Faith Clark, Bryan Nicholas Gilliam and Lilah Faye Gilliam.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mary Kathryn Bell Clark in 1992; his second wife, Mary Alyce Coulter Clark in 2008; one brother; and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Clark, Chris Clark, Matthew Clark, Marty Clark, Randy Clark and Jimmy Guest.
Visitation will be 10 until 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Ellistown Baptist Church, 1006 CR 185, Blue Springs, MS 38828.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Gracie Thomas
VERONA – Gracie Beatrice “Sweet Mama” Thomas died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at Community Hospice. She was born Aug. 19, 1919, in Lee County to Sam and Mary Wilson. At an early age, she confessed her life to Christ and joined Palmetto Methodist Church. She later moved her membership to Blackland M.B. Church and remained a faithful member until her health failed. She married Andrew Frank Thomas on Dec. 24, 1938. They were married for 63 years and had six children.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Bishop H.L. Coleman Center with the Rev. Earlie Eddie officiating. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Earlie T. Cox and Minnie T. Harper (Lonnie), both of Tupelo, Bobbie Thomas of Chicago and Kathleen T. Holman (Rev. WL) of Greenwood; two sons, Rev. Claude Thomas (Betty) of Tupelo and Andrew Thomas Jr. (Dorothy) of Highland, Ind.; one sister, Mildred Little of Chicago; nine grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four godchildren, Rev. Ozzie Holland, Willie Doll Garrett, Viella Hook and Jean Walton; two godgrandchildren, Jayden Morris and Poo Agnew; one sister-in-law, Johnnie Wilson of Tupelo; two brothers-in-law: Ruben Little of Chicago and James Brown of Ecru; a special niece, Annell Evans; a special longtime friend, Luxola Shack; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, five brothers, and one sister.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.

Sandra Quinn
TUPELO – Sandra Quinn, 55, died Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 23, 1956, to Lillie R. Burchfield Quinn and the late J.Z. Quinn in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up in St. Louis while traveling to several states with her parents. She was an entrepreneur and sold clothes. She moved to Mississippi in November 2011 and became an usher at Bible Way Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mt. Calvary Outreach Ministries in Okolona with the Rev. Dr. Henry Gladney officiating. Burial will be in the Okolona Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Taaka Quinn of Tupelo; her mother, Lillie Quinn of St. Louis; a special friend, John M. Wren; three sisters, Shirley Rucker and Berdie Nance of St. Louis and Virginia Quinn of Chicago; two brothers, Larry Quinn (Barbara) and David Quinn of St. Louis; one grandchild, Masion D. Hudson; a special aunt, Fannie Burchfield of Mantee.
The body will lie in state at Mt. Calvary Outreach Ministries from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday.

Mary Ellen Nelms
CORINTH – Mary Ellen Davis Nelms, 92, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Holly Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Marvin Delbridge Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Marvin Delbridge Jr., 57, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at his home.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jim Grisham
PONTOTOC – James H. “Jim” Grisham, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, in Pontotoc. He was born May 25, 1923, in the Thaxton community to Lonnie Labon Grisham and Corina Hodges Grisham. He married Polly Staten on Nov. 14, 1942, and they were married 63 years together until her death on Jan. 16, 2006. He was a cotton gin erector/operator in many states. He served in the United States Army from Sept. 15, 1943, at the age of 20 and was discharged Nov. 12, 1945. He was a World War II veteran. He was awarded the Purple Heart on May 14, 1944, the Good Conduct Medal and Bronze Star on May 1, 1945, Combat Metal and Three Campaign Stars. He had a great love for his family and friends and had a special relationship with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved gardening and sharing his produce with others. He was a member of the Maple Drive Presbyterian Church of Pontotoc.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc with Bro. David Smith, Bro. Brian Sansing and Bro. Robert Grisham officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Directors of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of almost 5 years, Mildred Westmoreland Grisham; one daughter, Patti Dunavent (Thomas) of Hernando; three sons, Staten Grisham of Sherwood, Ark., Jack Grisham (Marlene) of Marietta, Ga., and Max Grisham (Jerri) of Collierville, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren, Craig Grisham, Cindy Smith, Kimberly Ayers, Haley Teeter, Kelli Foree, Mandy Forslund, Cade Grisham, Robert Grisham, Taylor Grisham, Evan Grisham, Kelsey Grisham, Eddie Dunavent, Julie Dunavent and Stacy Crafton; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four sisters-in-law, Geneva Grisham, Nella Staten, Willie Mae Staten and Pearla Staten; one stepdaughter, Mable Crawford (Rodney); one stepson, Mike Westmoreland (Vicky) of Pontotoc; 10 stepgrandchildren and 17 stepgreat-grand children; three stepsisters-in-law, Sadie Bass, Charline Hill and Carolyn Higgins; three stepbrothers-in-law, Waymon Baker, J.C. Higgins and Howard Higgins; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie and Corina Grisham; his first wife, Polly Grisham; three brothers, Dewey Grisham, Jewel Grisham and Ed Grisham; four sisters, Gwen Yarber, Laura Dee Owen, Rhee Gregory and Cotton May.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. until service time Saturday. All visitation and service will be at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.

Joan Gann
TUPELO – Joan Gann, 72, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Patricia Berry
PONTOTOC – Patricia Berry, 57, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012.
There will be no service. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is assisting the family.

Lee Thomas
WEST POINT – Lee Alma Thomas, 64, died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, at Walker Consistent Care.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church. Burial will be in Poole’s Lee Hill Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

Johnny M. Lee
BALDWYN – Johnny M. Lee, 69, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Lora Davis
FULTON – Lora Christine Davis, 78, died on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on July 14, 1933, in the Carolina community, she was a daughter of the late D.C. “Dick” and Dolly Brown Dobbins.
She attended Carolina Schools. Before becoming a homemaker, she had worked part-time at a beauty shop, full-time as an inspector with Sterilite in Homewood, Ala., and as a daycare worker at Grace United Methodist Church.
Growing up Baptist and attending the Pentecostal church, she renewed her faith over a year ago.
A loving, caring, and giving lady, Mrs. Davis’s life revolved around her family and grandchildren.
She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and listening to Fats Domino, Elvis and country music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Ricky Pierce officiating the gathering. Burial will follow in New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Castaneda (Rene’) of Cullman, Ala.; a son, Randy Freeman (Christine) of Pell City, Ala.; grandchildren, Michael, Megan, and Ann Marie Freeman; sisters, Susie Shumpert of the Evergreen community and Betty Bishop of Fulton; brother, Ricky Dobbins of Carolina; and nieces and nephews, Tim Russell, Tammy Griffin, Tina Weatherford, Amy Dobbins, Christy Mask, Sharon Dobbins and Anthony Bishop.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Freeman.
Pallbearers will be Tim Russell, Roger Griffin, Jacky Langley, Gary Weatherford, Matt Goodwin and Brad Mask.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Kathleen Hill
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. – Kathleen Lancaster Hill, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Saxton Woods Health Care Center in St. Joseph, Mo.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Corinth National Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.