Obituaries July 24, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

James Pickens
NEW ALBANY – James Artie Pickens Sr., 92, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at Sunshine Health Care Home in Pontotoc. He was born April 30, 1919, in New Albany to Robert Allen Pickens and Henrietta Grubbs Pickens. He was a retired businessman who owned and operated Pickens Lion Oil and Bait Shop in Starkville. He was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, and he was a lifetime member of the Storey Nash VFW Post in Starkville. He was a member of Meadowview Baptist Church in Starkville.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Rakestraw officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Judy Pagano (Frank) of South France and Marsha Ray of San Diego, Calif.; two sons, James A. “Jim” Pickens Jr. (Leslie) of Lilburn, Ga. and Larry E. Pickens of Starkville; four grandchildren, Brian Pickens (Angie) of Madden, Pamela Pickens of Chattanooga, Tenn., Christianne Ray of Los Angeles, Calif. and Erica Ray Eagle (Craig) of New York, N.Y.; and three great-grandchildren, Carter Pickens, Gunner Pickens and John Pickens, all of Madden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nellie Carter Pickens; six sisters; and three brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Pickens, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Laura Mae Dillard
PONTOTOC – Laura Mae Dillard, 81, of Pontotoc, passed from this life and went to be with her heavenly father, Friday, July 22, 2011, while at her daughter’s residence in Pontotoc. She was surrounded by her family, who loved her and will miss her. She was born Sept. 5, 1929, in Pontotoc County to Clarence Edward Littlefield and Lorene Romans Littlefield. She married Winford William “WW” Dillard July 23, 1953, and they shared many years together until his death in 1971. Laura worked as a waitress at Fairway Restaurant for many years before retiring and was a member of Church Street Church of Christ in Pontotoc.
Services will be 3 p.m. Monday in Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jay Street and Bro. Gordon Gentry officiating. Burial will follow in Saint Peters Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Survivors include one daughter, Ginger Pettit (Johnny) of Pontotoc; one son, Billy Dillard (Teresa) of Pontotoc; four sisters, Frances Calfee of Toccopola, Joan Straehl (Chuck) of East Troy, Wis., Sybil Rymer (Randy) of Cudahy, Wis. and Patricia Bryant of Pontotoc; one brother, Cecil “Skeet” Littlefield (Bonnie) of Cudahy, Wis.; two grandchildren, Melissa Dillard and Candice Smith (Adam); four great-grandchildren, Shelby Payne, Brittney Payne, Steven Smith and Seth Smith; two great-great grandchildren, Lynlee Payne and Aubrey Payne; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her great-grandson, Spencer Smith; one brother, Vance Littlefield; and two sisters, Lavelle Arnold and Mary Jane Coggins.
Pallbearers will be Adam Smith, Steven Smith, Greg Calfee, Scotty Calfee, Smitty Littlefield, Keith Brown and Victor Littlefield.
Ezra McDonald
ASHLAND – Ezra Hayden McDonald, 87, died July 23, 2011, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hugh Provine Jr.
HERNANDO – Hugh B. Provine Jr., 73, died Monday, July 18, 2011 at his home. He was a retired deaf interpreter for the Memphis City Schools. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church and the CBHS Hall of Fame. He enjoyed helping deaf children and the elderly, and was the Santa for the deaf and handicapped children for 15 years.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Provine; a daughter, Pam Nichols of Yuma, Ariz.; a stepson, Doug Haley of Collierville, Tenn.; his sisters, Dorothy Isabelle Finger, Barbara Bradberry and Jo Carroll; and grandchildren, Stephanie, Becca, Cali, Colby, Penny, Cheryl and Jennifer.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Hill East Funeral Home with services and interment to follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorials be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Brandy Flanagan
GLEN – Brandy Lynn Bray Flanagan, 29, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Vanderford Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Online memorials can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Otho Morris
SMITHVILLE – Otho Gene Morris, 61, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Sept. 9, 1949, in Parkin, Ark., he was a son of Otho and Jewel Mae Pickering Morris.
Gene attended school at Saltillo and was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 1968. Before retiring as the Assistant Store Manager with O’Reilly Auto Parts, he had worked for NAPA and Carquest. Gene was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church. Independent, outgoing and loving, Gene enjoyed spoiling his grandchildren. He enjoyed fishing, listening to the Oldies, playing with his grandchildren and reminiscing about the past with his close friends. In his earlier years, he enjoyed racing cars. Gene was gifted with the ability to restore old vehicles and possessing a vast knowledge of all vehicles that enabled him to repair and restore them.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Jamie Stark officiating. Burial will be in Pearce Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Michele Morris Wardlaw (John) of Smithville; sons, Michael Gene Morris (Amanda) of Smithville, Anthony Morris of Becker and Wade Morris (Jennifer) of Smithville; sister, Judy Morris of Brandon; brother, Tony Morris of Sulligent, Ala.; grandchildren, Jesse Odom, Haley Bowen, Bethany Morris, Josh Morris, Austin Morris, John Cox, Cameron Wardlaw, Jordan Wardlaw, Kinsley Wardlaw, Korrie-Mae Morris, Reid Morris, Kallie-Rae Morris, Brayden Morris, Addison Morris and Molly Morris; and niece and nephews, Trinity Morris, Joseph Morris and Greg Gunnels.
Pallbearers will be Mike New, Chris Mann, Charlie Holloway, Paul Upton, Danny Steverson and Johnnie Morris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Trinity Morris, Chris Bennett and Jason Shook.
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.
Edith Hawkins
ECRU – Edith Hawkins, 93, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at her home. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, and she was retired from the Hi Lo Store. She enjoyed her garden, spending time with her family and her cat, “Frankie.”
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Jimmy Russell and the Rev. Matt Russell officiating. Burial will be in Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Judy Hawkins; a son-in-law, Darrell Berryhill; six grandchildren, Ron Berryhill (Stephanie), Jeff Berryhill (Tammy), Michelle Swords (Jason), Melinda Smith, Viva Dillard (Dean) and Jessie (Judy) Hawkins; 14 great-grandchildren, Dustin (Amy) Berryhill, Shawn Berryhill, Celeste Berryhill, Noah Berryhill, Anabelle Berryhill, Donavan Swords, Cole Swords, Skylar Swords, Jorden Smith, Kym Smith, Dalton Smith, Kylee Hawkins, Channa Hawkins and Taegan Hawkins; and a great-great-granddaughter, Lillian Berryhill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Susie Jane McDivitt Hadaway and George Sidney Hadaway; her husband, William Allen Hawkins; her daughter, Margie Ann Berryhill; and a son, Mack Allen Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be Bruce McCoy, Billy Walker, Ricky Walker, Tate Thrasher, William Anderson and Nathan Swords.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Don Wages and Terry Caples.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Charles Mason
OXFORD – Charles Leonard Mason, 70, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, near his home in Lafayette County.
Services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Coleman Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or to a charity of choice.
Lois Colburn
PLANO, Texas – Lois Nairmore Colburn, 90, died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at The Belmont at Twin Creeks in Allen, Texas. Born April 17, 1921, in Fayette, Ala., she was a daughter of Charlie Wheeler and Ruth Lee Lindsey Nairmore.
Mrs. Colburn attended Fulton schools. With her husband, Luther Dean Colburn, they owned and operated Colburn’s Laundromat and Produce Market. A very giving and faithful lady, Mrs. Colburn was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church. Living a Christ-like life, her family and her church were her priorities. Loving people, Mrs. Colburn enjoyed family gatherings and cooking for church functions, where she was known as the “Dumpling Queen.” She also enjoyed reading her Bible, cooking, quilting and listening to Gospel music.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips and Bro. H.V. Brown officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda C. Nash (Jim) of Plano, Texas; grandchildren, Darrell Colburn of Amory, Chris Colburn of Saltillo, Jennifer Cambre of Dallas, Texas and Kimberly Johnson of Midland, Texas; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Wayne Colburn; and a brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Evelyn Nairmore.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to Calvary Baptist Church, 50053 Calvary Church Rd., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Patty Leake
BOONEVILLE – Patty Barron Leake, 71, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 24, 1939, to Ben and Earlene Barron. She worked many years at the Booneville Hospital before leaving to care for her parents until their deaths. She was a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church but often attended Carolina Methodist Church and Oak Hill Baptist Church. She loved her dog, Wennie.
Services were at 3 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kerry Powell officiating. Burial was in Liberty Memorial Gardens. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one aunt, Margie Soto of California; and several cousins.
Pallbearers will be Bob Strange, James Boothe, Eddie Palmer, Junior Spiney, Bill White and Reed Coats.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Debbie Dunaway
BLUE SPRINGS – Debbie Dunaway, 46, died July 21, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Marie Queen
HICKORY FLAT – Marie N. Queen, 88, died July 22, 2011, at Alliance Healthcare Systems in Holly Springs.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Hickory Flat United Methodist Church. Burial will be in McKay. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today.
Billy McNutt
NETTLETON – Billy Wayne McNutt, 57, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home of Nettleton.
Willie Cunningham
ABERDEEN – Willie A. Cunningham, 87, died July 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Brandon Wilbanks
WALNUT – Brandon Tyler Wilbanks, 8, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 6, 2002, to Belinda Dodds and Joseph William Wammack Jr. Brandon was in the third grade at Kossuth Elementary School. He loved playing baseball and riding his bike. He enjoyed being outside, playing and spending time with family and friends. He loved deer hunting and fishing. He also loved his teachers and friends.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rodney Whittemore and the Rev. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Joseph William Wammack Jr. (Cassie Wammack) and Belinda Dodds Pope (James Pope); two sisters, Alison Wilbanks of Falkner and Claudia Inez Wammack of Walnut; three brothers, Zachary Dodds of Falkner, Taylor Lane Wilbanks of Ripley and Micah Aaron Wilbanks of Walnut; his paternal grandparents, Joe and Brenda Wammack of Ripley and Amos and Kay Smith of Walnut; his maternal grandparent, Harry L. Dodds of Corinth; his aunt and uncle, Jody and Sissy Jackson of Walnut and Ethan Smith of Walnut; his great-grandparents, Alberta Goolsby of Blue Mountain and OV Short and Iren Smith, both of Walnut; and his step-grandparents, Mike Pope Sr. and Colene Pope, both of Blue Mountain.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Justin Shane Wilbanks Jr; his maternal grandmother, Linda Ruth Hale; and his great-grandparents, Arlen Smith, Inez Short, Linda Francio, Claud Ray Wammack, A.B. Goolsby Sr, Lonnie and Ruth Pearl O’Kelly Dodds, Leon Hale and Mary Ruth Hale.
Pallbearers will be the Spout Springs Fire Department, Larry DeVore, Jarrett Jones, Michael Hurt, Dylan Lewellen, Jamie Hall and Jimmy Jarvas.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Pannell and Ethan Smith.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Troy Dingler
PADEN – Troy Leon Dingler, 70, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born Feb. 5, 1941, to Willis and Agnes Whitehead Dingler. He was a member of Lighthouse Pentecostal Church.
Services will be 4 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William H. Brucham officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Breane Colston of Belmont; two sons, Chris (Michelle) Dingler of Fairview and Greg Dingler of Belmont; one sister, Charlotte (Hugh) Bates of Paden; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Weatha Flannigan Dingler; his parents; and two brothers, Roy Dingler and Donald Dingler.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Otis Jones
SHANNON – Otis Jones died Friday, July 22, 2011, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Paul Swanson
TOCCOPOLA – Paul Swanson, 58, died July 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Maudie Hamlin
TUSCUMBIA, Ala. – Maudie F. Hamblin, 101, died July 23, 2011, at Keller Landing Care in Tuscumbia, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
Merril Cartwright
BOONEVILLE – Merril T. Cartwright, 81, of Booneville, died Friday, July 22, 2011, at his home. He had been retired for 25 years from a career in vocational education. He spent the first half of his occupational years as a teacher of vocational agricultural education, serving his first year at Merigold, his next four at Kossuth and the others at Booneville High School. The last years of his career were spent at the Prentiss County Vocational School, which he conceived, built, furnished, hired personnel and ensured its successful beginning.
During his childhood, he lived on a farm in the Osborne Creek Community. He graduated from Booneville High School in 1948, went to Northeast Mississippi Community College and attended Mississippi State College, earning a B.S. and a masters degree. He excelled in the FFA Organization, being one of the two in Prentiss County to be elected a National FFA Officer.
As an FFA advisor, he had numerous state FFA officers and worked actively with the organization. He was so proud that his son was a state FFA president, his daughter was a state FHA president and his son-in-law was also a state FFA president.
He had been a member of Mississippi Farm Bureau and the Cattlemen’s Assn., which went along with his cattle farming that he loved. He was a longtime member of the Booneville Rotary Club, serving as president for several terms. He was also named a Paul Harris Fellow.
He was a Methodist all his life. He had been a member since 1950 at the Booneville First United Methodist Church. During his younger years, he taught Sunday school there.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Phillip Box, Dr. Cliff Cartwright and Minister Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Laura Windham Cartwright; one son, Dr. Cliff Cartwright and his wife, Carolyn; one daughter, Christi Cartwright Allen and her husband, Dr. Johnny; three grandchildren, Wesley Cartwright and his wife, Carmen, Jessica Allen Morris and her husband, Jonethan and John Allen Jr. and his fiance’ Kayla Rowland; and one brother, Travis Cartwright and his wife, Eula Mae.
Pallbearers will be James Moffitt, Buddy Smith, Ray Gentry, Roddy Jackson, Gary Spencer and Billy Joe McCoy.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Wendell Goudelock
NEW ALBANY – Wendell Wayne Goudelock, 54, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County, New Albany. He was born Feb. 27, 1957, in New Albany to Olof D. Goudelock and Dorothy Stackhouse Goudelock. He was Vice President of Computer Operations for BNA Bank in New Albany. He was a member of the Academy Baptist Church and the North Mississippi Cruisers Car Club.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Lyndle Davis officiating. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Tonya Whitten Goudelock of New Albany; two daughters, Lori Moody (Jeremy) and Kayla Lyons, both of New Albany; a son, Jay Goudelock (Nancy) of Bartlett, Tenn.; a sister, Linda Hudson (David) of Ripley; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Steven Goudelock.
Pallbearers will be Henry Potts, Alan Hutcheson, Allen McDaniel, Larry Goudelock, Rob Taylor, David Hudson, Randy Gaillard and Hugh Tate.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the North Mississippi Cruisers Car Club and the employees of BNA Bank.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Kathy Quarles
TUPELO – Kathy Quarles died July 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors.