Obituaries July 13, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Helen Lee White
WEST POINT – Helen Lee White, 88, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Helen Lee White was born Feb. 26, 1923 in Pontotoc County to the late Estelle Whitworth and George C. Lee Sr. She was a member of First Baptist Church of West Point.
Helen was one of eight children, one of which died in infancy. There were six girls and one boy, and the children were incredibly close their entire lives. They were each other’s best friends. When the Lees got together, you knew that two  things were definitely going to be included: food and fun; they couldn’t have one without the other. We can’t forget the laughter. Whenever the combined families would get together, the laughter would ring throughout wherever they were gathered.
When Calvin White saw Helen for the first time with Nellie and J.D., Calvin said “I’m going to marry that girl.” They quickly fell in love and married in 1941 when Helen was 18 years old. At Calvin’s death in 1999, they had been married 57 years. They had three children: Sandy, Sherry and Mike. They sacrificed and worked hard to provide wonderful educations and a loving supporting home for their family.
Friends and family often described Helen as one of the kindest, sweetest and most gentle women they ever knew. She was known for her sweet demeanor, nonjudgmental and positive attitude, never having a negative word to say about anyone. She was the quiet one, the one who read all of the time. She was a very good student and was salutatorian of her 8th grade class. To celebrate, her parents gave her a ring of which she was very proud. She and her sisters were great singers, had a girls’ quartet, and sang at fiddlers contests, all day gospel singings and church services. Her asthma prevented her from participating in sports that most of the other siblings enjoyed, so she would turn to her books. It made her a little more introverted than some of the others; she was somewhat shy and preferred her family as the mainstay in her life. She always had time for any of them.
Some of the highlights of Helen’s life were visiting Sherry in Germany, Mike in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Sandy in Florida and a cruise to Nova Scotia. Helen worked most of her adult life, eventually retiring from the United States Postal Service in 1987.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 16, 2011, at 1 p.m. from Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Matthew Lee Patkus officiating.   Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Lee White Patkus (Lee) of Maitland, Fla., and Sherry Lynn White Jeffcoat of West Point; one son, Calvin Michael White of Jackson Hole, Wyo.; four grandchildren; Tiffany Jeffcoat and Josh Jeffcoat of Huntsville, Ala.,  Ginger Shackelford of Memphis and Gene Bruton of Cummings, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Catie Shackelford, Carder Shackelford, Julia Bruton and Jasmine Bruton; three sisters, Lora Holland of Macon, Nellie Yelverton of Germantown, Tenn., and Wanda Harrelson of Germantown; one brother, George C. Lee Jr. of Goldsboro, N.C.
Sisters Marie Goforth and Lillian Thomas preceded her in death.
Pallbearers will be Keith White, Tim Harrelson, H.O. Holland, Kenny Wayne Holland, Luke Lummus, Carder
Shackelford, Gene Bruton, David Lee White,  Byron Acker, Donald Acker and Josh Jeffcoat.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, 3000 Old Canton Rd # 100, Jackson, MS 39216-4216 or to West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, 1212 Old Tibbee Road, West Point, MS  39773.
Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until service time Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Oma Wright

DAYTON, Tenn. – Oma Slack Wright, 99, died Tuesday, July 21, 2001, at Lifecare of Rhea County in Dayton, Tenn.
She was a former resident of Tishomingo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Paden Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Tishomingo Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Garnet Bond
IUKA – Garnet Kirksey Bond, 42, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at her home.
After cremation, a private service will be held at a later date. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the
arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Martha Foster
WEST POINT – Martha Ann Hunt Foster, 84, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Grace Living Center in Edmond, Okla. Martha Ann Foster was born Nov. 8, 1926, in Quincy to Minnie Mae Price and Otto Clyde Hunt. Mrs. Foster was a barber by trade. She was a member of the West Point Church of God and the Martha Chapter #53 Order of the Eastern Star. She married Lee Olen Foster on May 13, 1942, in Caledonia. He preceded her in death on July 8, 2009.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Al Stockton officiating. Burial will follow in Columbus Memorial Garden Cemetery in Columbus. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Missy Worthen of Edmond, Okla.; one son, Larry Olen Foster (Petra) of West Point; eight grandchildren, Nichole Gernjak, Charles Parmamore, Travis Paramore, David Foster, Brian  Paramore, Kimberly Sparks, Anthony Foster and Joey Harvey; nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Geneva Gilliland of Jacksonville, Fla., and Gladys Miller of Crowder.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Hunt, Ernest Hunt and Alvin Hunt, and two sisters, Jeaneane Hunt, and Frances Yarbrough.
Pallbearers will be Charles Paramore, Travis Paramore, Brian Michael Paramore, Kenneth Wooten, Jeff Wooten and Danny Wooten.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andrew Wartak, members of West Point Church of God, George Ballard, John Sparks, Dee and Louise Rhea, Christine Angle and Miriam Elmore.
Visitation will be from  3 p.m. until service time Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

William Akins

HOLLY SPRINGS – William Calvin Akins died Monday, July 11, 2011, in Holly Springs. He was born April 18, 1926, in Ripley to Carl and Nadine Akins. He married Helen Margaret Coker on Aug. 29, 1951, while attending Southwestern in Memphis. She died in 2010. Later in life he married Katherine H. Fisher of Louisville, Ky. She died in 2004.
Mr. Akins earned his baccalaureate degree in vocal music at Southwestern (Rhodes) and a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City. His life was about music. He was a tenor soloist specializing in oratorio, opera and liturgical music. He was a retired music teacher for the New York and Memphis school systems. He was known for his annual school production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors” and was well known for his public productions of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.
A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Survivors include his children, Elizabeth Akins Pritchard of Germantown, Tenn., and William David Akins of Long Island, N.Y., both children of Helen.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Terry Long
TUPELO – Terry Lee Long, 52, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home in Okolona.

Helen E. Overley
TUPELO – Helen Elizabeth Overley, 86, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Homeplace after a brief illness. A native of Napton, Mo., she was born July 27, 1924, to Newt and Edith Hollywood. She was a homemaker until her children were raised and then she became part of the working force as the manager of the Holiday Shop in Tupelo. She also worked at Reed’s Gift Shop and Millie’s Hallmark until her health forced her to retire in 2004. She loved being a mother and wife but then equally loved working in retail. Her family, especially her sons-in-law and her grandson-in-law , will remember her as a wonderful cook and a person with a great sense of humor and the rare gift to be the first to laugh at herself.
A memorial service will be held for the family Saturday afternoon in the chapel at First United Methodist Church. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Garra Owens (Hank) of Tupelo and Tammy Tallent (Garry) of Whitefish, Mt.; her son-in-law, Mike Simmons of Norman, Okla.; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Rose (Kevin) of Tupelo, Ariel Owens of Tupelo, Lauren Simmons of Norman, Okla., Olivia Tallent and Isaac Tallent, both of Whitefish, Clay Simmons of Oklahoma City and Meredith Simmons Smith (Drew) of Tulsa, Okla.; four great-grandchildren, Lilee and Walter Rose of Tupelo, and Madeline Smith and Anderson Smith of Tulsa, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Thomas Overley; her parents; one daughter, Carol Simmons, and one brother, Kenneth Hollywood
Memorials may be made to .Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Wilma Mask
PONTOTOC – Wilma Elaine Mask, 84, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Her main goal was to reach the age of 100, be announced by Willard Scott and have her picture on a Smuckers jar. She loved crossword puzzles, Diet Coke, cakes and candy. She always watched Headline News and Jerry Springer. More than anything else, she loved her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Chapel in Pontotoc with Terry Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Rusty Mask (Danielle) of Pontotoc; four grandchildren, Jessika Mask, Becky Jennings (David) and Carter Mask, all of Pontotoc, and Samantha Estes of Nettleton; seven great-grandchildren, Claire Noble, Chip Noble, Hunter Wright, Layla Moore, Amanda Stepp, Jeanie Jennings and Katherine Jennings; two great-great-grandchildren, Joshua and Jaymie Stepp; one sister, Betty Trentham of Pontotoc; four brothers, Merial Russell of Pontotoc, Charles Russell (Joyce) of Houston, Bill Russell (Hazel) of Pontotoc and Bobby Russell (Joan) of Sherman; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Douglas Russell and Arcie Bell Russell; her husband, Gus Carter Mask; a son, Mike Mask; a brother, Johnny Russell; and a sister, Earline Elliott.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.

Artis LeSueur
JACKSON – Artis Carra LeSueur, 48, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident in West Jackson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Christ Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the LeSueur Family 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 and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Willie Marshall
AMORY – Willie Douglas Marshall, 86, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Amory.

Robert Sides
ASHLAND – Robert Andrew Sides, 24, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at his home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Opal Slack
IUKA – Opal Slack, 79, died Monday, July 11, 2011.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wanda Ford
WREN – Wanda Ford, 80, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory after a lengthy illness. She was born Nov. 27, 1930, in Alabama to Will and Daisy Bolen. She was a member of Central Grove Baptist Church. She was an accomplished seamstress, working in the furniture industry for several companies including Action and Peoplelounger. She was a homemaker and loved her animals and sewing.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Ford of Wren; two daughters, Brenda Williams (Paul Duncan) and Deborah Ridling (Jimmy) all of Becker; two brothers, Paul Bolen (Peggy) of Meridian and Bob Bolen; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Billy Alexander
RIPLEY – Billy G. Alexander died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Donald Banks
AMORY – George Donald Banks, 72, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. A native of Jasper, Ala., he was born on June 5, 1939, to Graydon George and Verna Lee Haynes Banks. He was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1957 and a graduate of the University Of Mississippi. He married Becky Kennedy on March 1, 1958. Mr. Banks was in the retail furniture business for many years, owner and operator of his retail stores, and retiring from Banks Furniture in Amory. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Amory. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, who called him “Donald Duck.” He loved traveling with his friends. His hobbies included playing golf and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Kennedy Banks of Amory; his son, David Banks (Libby) of Tupelo; his daughter, Dianna Outlaw of Amory; his brother, Dr. Frank Banks (Lucy) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Shane Outlaw, Nikki Banks Thompson and Renea Outlaw; his nieces and nephews, Nancy Johnson, Jeannie Peterson, Kathy Vann and Frank Banks Jr.; and special friends, Lawrence and Faye Stevens and Linda Geyer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald Banks, and a special friend, Charles Geyer.
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 at Haughton Memorial Park in Amory.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Stevens, Billy Rainey, Terry McCary, Don Leech, Jerry Maxcy, Curtis Lewellen, Dr. Henry Watson and Jerry Reese.
Visitation will continue today until time for the service to begin.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the Banks family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sonny King
TUPELO – Arnold Taylor “Sonny” King, 67, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 18, 1944, in Jackson to Louis Madison and Beatrice Stewart Madison. He was a 1962 graduate of Forest High School and a graduate of Mississippi State University. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He spent most of his working life at Jimmy Sander’s Seed Company in Cleveland. After retiring in 1997, he moved to Tupelo to be closer to his family. He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. He loved gardening and cooking. He was an avid sports fan and especially loved watching his children and grandchildren play. He was a generous man, a people person, loved his friends and will be missed by many.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Rick Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Nancy Underwood King of Tupelo; one daughter, Melissa Ann King Pittman (Tud) of Pontotoc; one son, Arnold Taylor King Jr. of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Don Pittman III, Anna Claire Pittman and Zachary amp”Zackamp” Taylor King; one sister, Jane Madison McNeil (Sam) of Newland, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
Visitation will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church or The American Diabetes Association, Local Chapter.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sylvia Mink
BALDWYN – Sylvia Mink 99, resident of Baldwyn Nursing Home, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, playing cards and fishing. She was a homemaker and a member of Parkers Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by four grandchildren, Laurie Johnson (David) of Georgia, Jeff Mink (Renae) of Alpine, Chris Mink (Cherie) of Baldwyn and Leslie Bean (Jeff) of New Albany; 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oren Mink; a son, Dennis Mink; grandsons, Dennis Mink Jr. and Randy Mink; great-grandchild, Pat Mink; her parents, Jeremiah and Annie Prentice Michael; and a number of brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Ray Michael, Bud Scott, Cliff Michael, Buddy Mink, Ellis Wayne Bishop and Tyler Arinder.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Hill and D.W. Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home
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June Rosentreter
OKOLONA – Eva June Martin Rosentreter, 71, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 27, 1939, in Lee County to B.B. and Elizabeth Clayton Martin. A registered nurse, she worked for the Monroe County Health Dept, State Board of Health and worked 18 years at Okolona Community Hospital and Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home. She was a member of Central Grove Baptist Church, where she was active in the Acteens, first place class. She enjoyed her vegetable and flower gardens, oil painting and making and painting wood crafts. She was a devoted caregiver for her family who loved and adored her.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. until service time Thursday.
She is survived by four daughters; Janet Ballard (Charles) of Wren, Susan Hughes (Mark) of Wren, Linda Adams (Richard) of Amory and Jennifer Nicholson (Darel ) of Nettleton; her grandchildren, Rachel Hughes, Andy Hughes (Beth), John Blissard, James Ballard, Patrick Ballard (Tina), Olivia Mink (Dewayne), Justin Rosentreter, Lacy Rutledge, Glen Nicholson, Kimberly Nicholson, Kaylee Adams and Kaleb Adams; nine great-grandchildren, Brooklynn Frost, Preston Atwood, Austen Blissard, Victoria Ballard, Eddie Ballard, Zack Ballard, Claire Nicholson, Jacob Nicholson and A.J. Hughes, her sister; Linda Joyce Martin of Santorium; two brothers, Earl Martin (Sharon) of Aberdeen and Prentice Martin of Wren; and a sister-in-law, Carol Lewis of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adolph Rosentreter; and a son, Eddie Rosentreter.
Memorials may be made to Valerie Pigg Rosentreter, Foreign Mission Fund, 30717 McAllister Road, Okolona, MS 38860.

Curtis Easley
BLUE SPRINGS – Curtis Monroe “Slim” Easley, 87, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at the Veteran’s Home in Oxford. He was born Aug. 11, 1923, in Black Oak, Ark., to Levi Will and Mattie Velma Garrison Easley. He was a U.S. Army veteran and former P.O.W. of World War II. He was retired from the cutting department of Mohasco and a farmer. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, working in the fields baling hay and other outdoor activities, and watching the Atlanta Braves play and watching wrestling. He loved going to church and was a member of New Harmony Baptist Church, where he formerly served as a deacon and a Sunday School teacher.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at New Harmony Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Nail and Rev. Charlie Ransier officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service will be in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Penny Elizabeth Easley of New Harmony; a son, Karl Edwin Easley (Juanitta) of New Harmony; two sisters, Louise McCutcheon of Texas and Lois Wood of New Albany; three brothers, Herman Easley of Pinedale, Clifford Easley of Glenfield and Billy Easley of Keownville; and two grandchildren, Karen and Hannah Easley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Golding Easley; two sisters, Macie Grant and Inez Cook; and four brothers, Norman Easley, Clyde Easley, Earl Easley and Paul Easley.
Pallbearers will be David Easley, Kenny Easley, Tommy Easley, Yancy Golding, Jonathan Greer and Charles Burcham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state on Thursday at New Harmony Baptist Church from 1 p.m. to service time.
In honor of Mr. Easley’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the P.O.W. Flag during his visitation and service.

Wiley Dawkins Jr.
RIENZI – Wiley Dawkins Jr., 77, died Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the Mississippi Care Center Nursing Home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Hopewell Rienzi Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Donnie Jones
BOONEVILLE – Donnie Jones, 90, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Oma Wright
DAYTON, Tenn. – Oma Slack Wright, 99, died Tuesday, July 21, 2001, at Lifecare of Rhea County in Dayton, Tenn. She was a former resident of Tishomingo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Paden Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Tishomingo Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Wade Barnes
WALNUT – Wade Barnes, 44, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, in Terrebonne Parish, La.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Community Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time at the church.

Pat Hallmark
NEW HOPE – Pat Woodruff Hallmark, 56, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was formerly of the Wheeler community.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Lowndes County Funeral Home in Columbus and from noon to 5 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home.
Garnet Bond
IUKA – Garnet Kirksey Bond, 42, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at her home.
After cremation, a private service will be held at a later date. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.