Obituaries July 11, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Wyatt Thomas
MICHIGAN CITY – Wyatt Anderson Thomas, 93, died July 9, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was born July 6, 1919, in Benton County to Epps and Eugenia Thomas. He was a lifelong resident of Benton County. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1937, attended Mississippi State University and served in the U.S. Army in field artillery.
After his father died in 1942, he began farming. He also owned and operated a cotton gin and general store. Wyatt willingly and generously gave his time, gifts and service to others, so that they might have a greater quality of life. It has been said that he was the “Good Samaritan of Benton County.” He was a member of his dearly loved Calvary Episcopal Church in Michigan City, where he served as senior warden for over 50 years. He was a Mason and a member of the Ashland Masonic Lodge. He served as a Benton County supervisor for 12 years, on the Board of Directors of First State Bank for 48 years, the Benton County Soil and Water Commission for 25 years and as a member and past president of the Ashland Civic Club.
He was a cattleman and member of the Benton County Beef Association and the Benton County Farm Bureau, where he served as president of the association.
Wyatt Thomas loved people of all ages and races. He always had a ready smile, joke or hug for everyone he met. He brought so much joy into the world and will be missed by his beloved family and friends.
Services will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary Episcopal Church with the Rev. William Kemp and the Rev. Dave Richie officiating. Burial will be in Valley Grove in Michigan City. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Susan Thomas James of Michigan City; grandchildren, Michael Weeks, Wyatt Weeks and Stephen James; great-grandchildren, Logan, Madison, Matthew and Carson Weeks.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Sims Thomas; his parents; and one sister, Ann Faulkenbery.

Elcue Curry
WATERFORD – Elcue Nathaniel Curry, 85, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rust College Doxey Auditorium in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum amp& Son is in charge of arrangements.
The remains will lie in repose from noon until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive visitors from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Waterford. The remains will lie in state from noon until 12:55 Tuesday at Rust College.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenfield Presbyterian Church in Waterford.

Wiley Dawkins
CORINTH – Wiley Dawkins, 76, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Mitch Johnson
NEW ALBANY – James Mitchell Johnson, 57, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Baptist Hospital-Oxford after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 30, 1953, in Baldwyn to James Walter Johnson and Minnie Eloise Barnes Johnson. He lived most of his life in the Tupelo area and had recently moved to New Albany. He spent his whole life working in the building construction industry. A Baptist, he was a good-hearted person always willing to help anyone. He enjoyed life, old cars, street rods and hot rods.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 6 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Ed Harlow officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until service time today. A private burial will be in the Johnson family plot at Ozark Cemetery in Itawamba County. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his son, James Mitchell Johnson II of Hamilton, Ala.; and four brothers, Michael Johnson of New Albany, Chuck and Ken Johnson, both of Mooreville and Joe Nabers of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Sarah Nabers.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Gertha Scott
VINA, Ala. – Gertha O. Scott, 90, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, in Decatur, Ala.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements
Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Bro. John Womack
MANTEE – Bro. John Earl Womack, 75, minister, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crossroads Baptist Church in Webster County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Garnet Bond
IUKA – Garnet Bond, 42, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Helen White
WEST POINT – Helen Lee White, 88, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Ruby Gregory
SMITHVILLE – Ruby Culpepper Gregory, 91, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at her home near Smithville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Amory.

Billy Meador
NEW ALBANY – William “Billy” Mason Meador, 83, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1927, in Union County to William Pierce and Bessie Lee Wells Meador. He was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany, and he had a jail ministry for 36 years. He was in the construction business. He was a member of the New Albany Civitan Club and an original member of the New Albany Zoning Board, having served for 24 years. He also had been a Jury Commissioner. He was a Mason and Shriner, with the distinction of being the last charter member of the Fellowship of New Albany. He served as Grand Marshall of the 2004 Christmas Parade in New Albany.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Rickey Blythe and the Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Heather Chandler will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Martha McBryde Meador of New Albany; one daughter, Linda (Steve) Kirkland of New Albany; two sons, Don (Mona) Meador of Arlington, Tenn., and Brian (Leisa) Meador of Iuka; one sister, Sandra Lynn Meador of Hiram, Ga.; three grandchildren, Heather (Rev. Brad) Chandler, Dalton Meador and Brianna Meador; two great-grandchildren, Sarah Grace and Shiloh Faith Chandler; and a special great-niece and caregiver, Priscilla Jarvis.
Pallbearers will be Tom Whisenant, Burney Johnson, Matt Jarvis, David Brown, Jimmy McBryde and Gilbert Daniel. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fellowship.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Taylor Whitten
ENDVILLE – Taylor June Whitten, 68, died Friday, July 8, 2011, in Meridian. He was a retired truck driver.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Chad Whitten and wife Margie of Pearl; and a brother, George Whitten of Carthage.
He was preceded in death by his parents, June Whitten and Mildred Darwin Whitten; his wife, Peggy Gurley Whitten; and a sister, Dale Whitten.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Michael Ratliff Sr.
RIPLEY – Michael Ratliff Sr., 52, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Kathlyn Rackley
PONTOTOC – Kathlyn Purdon Rackley, 89, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at her home. She was a charter member of Maple Drive Presbyterian Church and a retired bookkeeper. She was a 1939 graduate of Pontotoc High School and a graduate of Wylie’s Business School in Memphis,Tenn. She was a member of the DAR, Cosmopolitan Club, Eastern Star, Pontotoc Music Study Club and the Pontotoc Historical Society.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Maple Drive Presbyterian Church with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Joyce Odom and husband Reg of Pontotoc; a son, Mark Rackley and wife Kitty of McDonald, Pa.; a daughter-in-law, Alice Tumberlinson Rackley of Pontotoc; a sister, Erma Hise of Coco, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil Victor Purdon and Myra Marie Anderson Purdon; her son, James Victor “Jimmy” Rackley; and a grandson, James Victor “Tory” Rackley Jr.
Pallbearers will be Harold Hodges, David Anderson, Toby Winston, Bruce McCoy, Karl Nelson and Joe Tynes.
Honorary pallbearer will be Bill Galloway.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at Maple Drive Presbyterian Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Levern Hopper
RIPLEY – Levern Hopper, 81, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at his home in Ripley. He was born Jan. 5, 1930, to Leonzie Hopper and Lula Richardson Hopper Thurmond. He was a member of Lowry United Methodist Church and a retired business owner and farmer.
Graveside services will be 9 a.m. today at Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Neal Vick officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Ruby Walker Hopper; two daughters, Irene Hopper and Marie Shackelford (Larry), both of Ripley; one son, Billy Joe Hopper (Johna) of Ripley; two sisters, Nellie Juan Robbins of Ripley and Shirley Hopper of Raymond; one brother, Billy Hopper of Raymond; seven grandchildren, Russ Buntin, Melissa Brazil, Jeff Shackelford (Trica), Erin Hollis (Casey), Jacob Hopper, Jordan Hopper and John Mark Hopper.
Pallbearers will be Russ Buntin, Jacob Hopper, Jordan Hopper and John Mark Hopper.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Shelby Jean Binford; one great-granddaughter, Ashley Buntin; and one half brother, Lee Thomas Thurmond.
To view online obituaries and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Kay Ketchum
INGOMAR – Mary Kathryn “Kay” Turner Ketchum, 85, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was born July 22, 1925, in Union County to George Washington and Annie Bell Mosely Turner. She worked at Shands Hospital and retired as Dr. Whiteside’s office nurse. She enjoyed painting, a hobby started after her retirement. She was a devoted member of Ingomar Baptist Church, and she loved her church family and enjoyed church activities.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Clyde Pound and the Rev. Charles Stubblefield officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, J.W. Ketchum; one daughter, Sharon (Butch) Lutterman of Colorado; one son, Phillip (Connie) Ketchum of Byhalia; two brothers, Paul (Helen) Turner of Memphis, Tenn., and Waymon “Buddy” (Geneva) Turner of Germantown, Tenn.; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Richard “Dick” Turner.
Pallbearers will be Roy May, Sam Brown, Ronnie Roberts, Charles Jeter, Jerry Edwards and Jack Savely.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Fellowship Sunday School Class of Ingomar Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Ingomar Baptist Church Building Fund or Ingomar Cemetery.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Charles Jernigan
SOUTHAVEN – Charles “Robbie” Robert Jernigan, 54, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Blue Bluff in Aberdeen. He was born on July 24, 1956, to Robert Edwin Jernigan and Elizabeth Watkins Jernigan. He was retired from the Army Reserve. He attended Cornerstone Assembly of God in Southaven.
Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Cody Childress officiating. Burial will be in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ilene Curtis Jernigan of Southaven; one daughter, Robyn Villalobos (Miguel) of Dallas, Texas; four sons, Chuck Cole (Jamie) of Walls, Bo Cole, Seth Cole and Curt Brewer, all of Southaven; one brother, Edward Jernigan (Cathy) of Houston; five grandchildren, Andrew Jernigan, McKenzie Cole, Kayla Cole, Sailor Cole, Crimson Cole; three nephews; and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Elizabeth Watkins Jernigan; and one grandson, Mathew Jernigan.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Cole, Bo Cole, Seth Cole, Curt Brewer, Miguel Villalobos, Jimmy Jernigan, Edward Jernigan, Curt Jernigan and Chris Gross
Visitation will be noon until 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston. com.