By NEMS Daily Journal
Prentice O. McKibben Sr.
WEST POINT – Prentice Owen McKibben Sr., 91, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at his home, in West Point. He was born Sept. 21, 1919, in Vardaman to the late Edna Griffin and Ernest McKibben. He was a new automobile salesman from 1955 until 1990 for Bishop Chevrolet and Larry White Chevrolet. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He married Mabel E. Higgins McKibben on March 1, 1947, in Hernando. She preceded him in death on March 27, 2002.
Services will at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. James Towery 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 sons, Prentice O. McKibben Jr. and Tim McKibben, both of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Polly Byars.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Davidson, Jimmy Clark, Ricky Tucker, Mike Mathews, Larry Barton and Larry Joe White.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Kathleen Stephenson Hartin, 87, died on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home. She was born June 4, 1924. in Charleston, W.Va., to Gladys Rice and Joseph Stephenson. She served in the U.S. Navy in the Waves Corps during World War II. She loved bowling and golf.
Graveside dervices will be held at 10 a.m. today at Greenwood Cemetery in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann and Buck Harmon.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Samuel H. Hartin.
Friends may send condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
ZION, Ill. – Gerald “Fitch” Robinson, 66, died Friday, July 22, 2011. He was born Sept. 19, 1944, in Pascagoula. He lived in Kenosha, Wis., early in his life, moving to Zion, Ill., in 1952. He retired in 1993 after 30 years with Abbott’s, all at the lake front site. His passion was 1960s era muscle cars and street drag racing.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Cemetery in Tremont with Bro. Ray Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a brother-in-law, Larry (Sharlene) Funderburk of Wadsworth, Ill.; a niece, Tina (George) Stamoyannos of Wadsworth, Ill.; a nephew, Matt (Kimberly) Funderburk of Wadsworth, Ill.; and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Theodore and Ana Stamoyannos, and Jordan and Rebecca Funderburk.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Funderburk, and his parents, Argus and Vola Robinson.
Memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities Meals on Wheels, c/o Senior Community Services, 671 S. Lewis Ave., Waukegan, IL 60085.
Don E. Easley
ABITA SPRINGS, La. – Don E. Easley, 64, died Saturday, July 23, 2011. He was a native of Vardaman. He lived in the New Orleans area for 37 years and in Abita Springs for the past four years. He was a 1970 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in civil engineering. He worked at Texaco Inc. for one year before joining Petro-Marine Engineering Inc. as a structural engineer in 1972. In 1996, after Mr. Easley and several partners purchased Petro-Marine from its founders, he became president and chairman of the board until his retirement in 2003. He was well respected in the oil and gas industry, known for his easy-going, level-headed personality. Known affectionately as “Gramps” by his grandchildren, he loved fishing, hunting and golfing, and he was an avid fan of the Mississippi State Bulldogs. His kind, gentle sprit will be deeply missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Reedy’s Chapel Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Fortenberry Easley; his children, Ashley Easley Moschella and her husband, Tony, Amanda Easley Miller and her husband, Alex, and Derek Brandon Easley; his grandchildren, Dean, Colin, Ava and Carter Moschella, Gabriel Miller, and Darren and Jase Easley; brothers, Bill Easley and Ronnie Easley; sisters, Sandra Doolittle, and Cheryl Hendrix; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harvey and Merle Easley.
Visitation will be form 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer donations to the ALS Association at www.alsa.org.
TIPLERSVILLE – Ruby Mae Ferrell Perkins, 84, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Aug. 15, 1926, to Clyde Augusta and Mary Atlanta Higgins Ferrell. She lived in Tippah County all of her life. She married Roy Mancil Perkins on March 31, 1944, in Walnut. She was a member of New Salem Primitive Baptist Church since June 1954, serving as church clerk for a number of years. She was a homemaker and a retired dairy farmer. She loved working in her garden and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Salem Primitive Baptist Church at Tiplersville. Elder Malley Davidson will officiate. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Virginia Perkins Cook Murphree (Arch) of Tiplersville; five grandchildren, Joseph “Sonny” Cook of Tiplersville, Christy Murphree Eddington (Gerald) of Okolona, Tracey Murphree and Elizabeth Bostick (Bobby), both of New Albany, and Alan Murphree (Lisa) of New Hampshire; a special great-grandson, Joel Quinn Cook of Tiplersville; three great-granddaughters, Nicki Page (Richard), Jessica Farmer (Danny) and Amber Swinford; special friend, Dustin Wilbanks; one sister, Hazel Farrell Chamness of Johnson City, Tenn.; a special granddaughter-in-law, Rachel Cook of Tiplersville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; one grandson, Joel Allen Cook; and a brother, Troy Edward Ferrell.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Chamness, Mark Chamness, Darrell Ferrell, Jim Jackson, Chip McCoy and Bobby Manley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
SPRINGFIELD, Fla. – W.C. Hinton, 91, left this life on earth to be with his Lord and Savior on July 24, 2011 at Clifford Sims Veterans Home in Springfield, Fla. W.C. was born on June 21, 1920, in Houlka to Clara Bryant Hinton and Roscoe Hinton. He celebrated his 91st birthday at Clifford Sims Veterans Home with family, friends and staff on June 21, 2011. He attended school in Houlka. W.C. was a Mason and a life member of the American Legion Post 49 in Tupelo. W.C. was drafted into the Army as a rifleman in June 1943, Company “A” 314th Infantry Battalion. He served in the European theatre fighting across several countries. He is a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. He and two other brothers, Mack Hinton and Ray Hinton, were in uniform during WWII at the same time. After his discharge on Nov. 19, 1945, W.C. returned to his wife Gladys and children, Alice Faye and Patricia Ann, in Okolona. After retiring, he owned and operated Hinton’s Motel in Panama City, Fla. After his second retirement from the motel business, he and Gladys moved back to the family home in Okolona and lived there until the need to be near family required them to move to Lynn Haven, Fla. He is Methodist by faith and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Okolona for many years.
Services, with military honors, will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at the First United Methodist Church of Okolona with Rev. H.B. Miller and Rev. Bill Harrison officiating. Burial will be next to his beloved Gladys at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
He is survived by one sister, JoAnn Pate of Houlka; his daughter, Patricia Ann Commander (Charles) of Lynn Haven, Fla.; and his son-in-law, Phil Flynn of Starkville. He leaves behind grandchildren, Phyllis Flynn Mabowitz (Eric), Patrick Flynn, Shanun Commander White (A.J.) and Charlie Commander (Cassie). “PawPaw” also leaves six great-grandchildren, his pride and joy.
W.C. is predeceased by his wife of 67 years, Gladys Harmon Hinton, and daughter Alice Faye Flynn. Seven brothers and sisters predeceased W.C. They include: Mack Hinton, Ruby Shempert, Ray Hinton, Blanche Palmer, Kate Steele, Christine Winters and Roscoe “Rock” Hinton.
Pallbearers include Charlie Commander, A.J. White, Eric Mabowitz, Charlie Reifers, D.L. Winters and Skip Winters. Honorary pallbearers include his sons-in-law, Phil Flynn and Charles Commander.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Clifford Sims Veterans Home, 4419 Tram Rd., Springfield, FL 32404 and Covenant Hospice, 107 West 19th St., Panama City, FL 32405 for their loving care of Paw Paw. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to these worthy organizations.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PONTOTOC – James Edward Raines, 63, died Saturday, July 23, 2011, in Lexington, Va. He was born March 28, 1948, to James and Pauline Tackitt Raines. A truck driver for 33 years, he was driving for Cotton Plant Transport in New Albany. He served in the U.S. Army for 12 years and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He loved riding his Harley Davidson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Mitchell Tatum officiating. Burial will be in the Springville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Monika Raines; two daughters, Angie Owen (Terry) and Cheryl New (Chris); one son, Tommy Raines (Angela); his grandchildren, Addison and Carson Owen, Bobby, C.J., Brandon and Cassidy New, and Brianna and Tommy Raines; four great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Diane Biffle and Tracie Lester (Bobby).
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Davis, Ronnie Street, Gary Lee, Steve Tackett, Sam Tackett and Clyde Tackett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dennis Wilder, Ricky Loggins and Billy Massey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
MANTACHIE – Alvie “Gene” Yielding, 80, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 7, 1931, to Sidney and Jessie Southern Yielding. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Mantachie and was a 32nd degree Mason. He married Ruby Earlene Hare on Nov. 10, 1951, and moved to Kenosha, Wis., in 1952 where they both worked for American Motors. They returned home to Mantachie in 1956 and lived there until the fall of 2010 when they moved to Mooreville. He worked for 28 years as the body shop foreman at Dossett Big 4 in Tupelo before retiring in 1996.
Mr. Gene was a “gentle giant” who dearly loved his family. He looked forward to family get-togethers and Christmas dinners with his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and extended family at his daughters’ homes followed by an afternoon game of bingo. Granddaddy was present for the births of all his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and lived long enough to see them accept Jesus into their hearts. When his youngest great-granddaughter professed her faith while he was in the hospital, he cried tears of joy when told the news.
He was an avid outdoorsman who shared his love of fishing, hunting and camping with his daughters and grandchildren. He probably untangled more fishing lines than he could count, but he loved every minute of it.
Services will be at 11 a. m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Mantachie with Dr. John Adams and Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Earlene Hare Yielding, of Mooreville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Larry Fair of Mooreville, and Kim and Mark Mayhall of Fulton; one sister, Arvie House of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; four grandchildren, Chris Fair (Kendra), Brandi Lindsey, Brody Mayhall and Abby Grace Mayhall; three great-grandchildren, Maddie Lindsey, Jake Fair and Sydney Lindsey.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Preston and Avie Yielding.
Pallbearers will be Chris Fair, Brody Mayhall, James “Smoky” McMillen, Roger McMillen, Earl Yielding, Joe Barnes and Dan Moore Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Reich, Loyce McMillen, Mark Johnson, and members of James Kitchens’s Sunday school class at First Baptist Mantachie.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. – Mary Cardwell Stamey, 83, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was a member of the First United Methodist Methodist Church in Maryville, the DAR and the Park Wives Association throughout her husband’s career with the National Park Service. She was a retired schoolteacher who last taught science and home economics in the Tupelo Public School System. She worked as an interpretor on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. She recently retired as a real estate broker, serving the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge area. She was tremendously proud of her family, spending many years researching and publishing her family genealogy.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the West Chapel of Atchley Funeral Home in Sevierville, Tenn., with the Rev. Melvin Carr officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Smoky Mountain Memory Gardens.
She is survived by her children, Bruce (Suzanne) Stamey and Marsha (John) Bove; her grandchildren, James Edward Stamey and Jessica Marie Bove; her siblings, Anna (Bill) Blalock, Lois Kelley, Ruth (Ralph) Szweda and Francis Cardwell; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse F. Stamey; her parents, Samuel Ray and Mary Frances Cardwell; and her siblings, Schley (Emerson) Watson, James Cardwell and John Cardwell.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, make gifts to: The Hospice of Chattanooga Foundation, P.O. Box 19269, Chattanooga, TN 37416, www.hospiceofchattanooga.org; or The Alzheimer’s Association, Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011, www.alz.org.
Visit the website at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com.
Dr. George Page
PURLEAR, N.C. – Dr. George Thomas Page, 76, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at his home. He was born June 20, 1935, in Tupelo to John William Page and Mildred Rodgers Page. He received his education in Tupelo, Mobile, Ala., and Little Rock, Ark. He attended Little Rock Junior College and the University of Tennessee and graduated from Auburn University. At Auburn he was a member of Omega Tau Sigma Fraternity and the editor of the Auburn Veterinarian. He was a member of Millers Creek Baptist Church. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Morocco, North Africa, during the Korean War. He also served in the National Guard. Dr. Page was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a veterinarian at Holly Farms/Tyson. Before moving to Wilkes County, he owned Page Dog and Cat Clinic in Memphis, and served as veterinarian at the Overton Park Zoo in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Millers Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Jim Hamby and the Rev. Shannon Critcher officiating. Burial with military honors by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1142 Honor Guard will be at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Purlear, N.C. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Wilkesboro, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Galyn Mustoe Page of the home; two sons, George Thomas “Tom” Page and wife Bobbi of Willson, Va., and Hunter Todd Page and wife Beverly of Purlear; one daughter, Abby Lynne Jones and husband Brian of Charlotte, N.C.; and six grandsons.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Page, and his stepfather, Benjamin Littlejohn.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Joy and Heart to Heart Sunday School classes.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 or Hospice of Wilkes, 1908 West Park Drive, North Wilkesboro, NC 28659.
Online condolences may be left at www.reinssturdivant.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Elmo “Cool Man” Lyles, 80, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Dimension Salt amp& Light Ministries Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Hudsonville CME Church Cemetery at Hudsonville. 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. Wednesday at the church.
OXFORD – Santonio Bell, 27, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
WEST POINT – Mary E. Clay-Bradshaw, 76, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
PONTOTOC – Merial D. Russell, 74, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1955-1957. He was a truck driver and an avid NASCAR fan.
A memorial service and visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Survivors include one son, Rodney M. Russell and wife Dianne Russell; three daughters, Becky Hester and husband, Delton Hester, Angela Bunch and husband Tim Bunch, and April Derryberry and husband J.J. Derryberry; 13 grandchildren, Chad, Christy, Joey, Phillip, Bradley, Summer, James, Melissa, Drew, Brandon, Brooklyn, Anna and Emily; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister, Betty Trentham; three brothers, Bobby J. Russell and wife Joan, Billy R. Russell and wife Hazel and Charles M. Russell and wife Joyce; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.D. and Arcie Bell Russell; one brother, John H. Russell; two sisters, Carline Elliott and Wilma Mask; and one grandchild, Justin Wayne Hutcheson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
BATESVILLE – Dorothy Mae Hendrix, 85, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 9, 1925, in Lafayette County to Walter Edward Hall and Lovie Mae Weeks Hall. She loved looking after her family and friends.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Dickins Funeral Home with Bro. Hal Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Robert “Bobby” Hendrix and wife, Becky, of Shannon; her grandchildren, Shannon and Paul Hendrix of Shannon, Jason Williams of Batesville, and Janice McCullar and Dottie Boyette of Lambert; five great-grandchildren, Chris, Ty, Emily, Ashley and Amber; one brother, Larry Hall and wife, Ann; four sisters, Audrey Simpson, Flora Cantin, Annie Ruth Criswell and husband, Hayden, and Joann Kiihnl and husband, Buddy; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 66 years, Robert Eugene Hendrix; her daughter, Wanda Kay Williams; her great-grandson, Wesley McCullar; her brothers, Lois Edward Hall, Steve A. Hall and Walter G. Hall; and her sisters, Frances Hall, Wanda S. York and Ivy McMinn.
Pallbearers will be nephews and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Dickins Funeral Home.
Memorial donations may be sent to Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, c/o Bonnie Thornton, 2918 Mt. Olivet Road, Batesville, MS 38606.
PONTOTOC – Mary Sue Chapman, 76, died Sunday, July 24, 2011, at her home. She was a member of Troy First Baptist Church. She loved to feed her family, fellowship and have her “sister” time.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Edington Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Charles Chapman; two daughters, Glenda Hitt (Stephen) and Teresa Collums (Terry); a son, Matt Chapman (Christy); a brother, Felix Davis (Leona); four sisters, Annie Rae Franklin, Marie Kennedy (Glen), Mable Taylor and Linda Butler; 10 grandchildren, Vonda Staten, Marissa Staten, Zeb Collums (Natasha), Jana Irby, Stephanie Bramlitt (Chase), Mickey Collums, Halena Collums, Adam Chapman, Blake Lovell and Hunter Sanders; seven great-grandchildren, Vanessa Staten, Emma Irby, Clayton Collums, Kelby Collums, Carson Collums, Walyn Bramlitt and Briley White; sisters-in-law, Johnnie Mae Davis and Carol Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents George W. Davis Sr. and Lela Matthews Davis; sisters, Josephine Warren and infant Ruth; and two brothers, Hoyle Davis and G.W. “Dub” Davis Jr.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Franklin, Artie Chapman, Zeb Collums, Brandon Baker, Mickey Collums and Chase Bramlitt.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
CORINTH – Services for Barbara Counce Roberson, 74, will be at 1 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital.
AMORY – Laura L. Irvin Burks, 85, died Monday, July 25, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.