Obituaries, July 29, 2004

Correction:

The obituary for Harold Bailey, published in Tuesday's Daily Journal, contained an incomplete list of survivors. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. J.F. Bailey of Holly Springs.

Mildred Bailey

ABERDEEN – Mildred Taylor Bailey, 72, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Martha Flippo

POPE – Martha Ledbetter Flippo, 76, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at her home in Pope. She was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Sarepta to Jake Morris and Winnie McCormick Ledbetter. She was a member of Pope Baptist Church and the widow of W.E. Flippo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Al Mullan officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Antioch Cemetery in Bruce.

Survivors include three daughters, Martha Faye Turman of Pope, Deborah Kaye Roach of Cabot, Ark., and Lisa Jo Lewellyn of Munford, Tenn.; a son, James K. Flippo of Pope; a sister, Bobbie L. Henry of Houlka; three brothers, R.C. Ledbetter of Banner, J.M. Ledbetter Jr. of Pope and T.M. Ledbetter of Bruce; six grandchildren.

James Brown

FULTON – James Edward “Jay Bird” Brown, 83, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Daniel Healthcare Inc. He was born July 3, 1921, to J.Q. Brown and Dovie Moore Brown. He was a construction worker and worked for Hydro Hose. He was a longtime member of the Fulton United Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tom Hawks and Bro. Terry Coleman officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include a brother, Milton Brown and wife, Grace, of Fulton; a sister, Mary Lillie Black of Fulton; five nieces and nephews, Larry and Twila Brown, Betty and Lonnie Harris, James Moore Brown, John Mark Brown, and Carolyn and Danny “Teeter” Coleman.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Ralph Black.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Brown, Larry Brown, Lonnie Harris, Danny Coleman, Allen Coleman and Steven Coleman.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Agnes Wilemon

BOONEVILLE – Agnes Wilemon, 83, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab after a brief illness. She was retired from Blue Bell and supported her husband in his ministry. She was a member of the Booneville Church of Christ.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. J.A. Thornton and Bro. Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Winston Wilemon; a daughter, Carolyn Willcutt of Booneville; three sisters, Clister Mathis of Corinth, Clara Taylor of Booneville and Joyce Lewis of Jacksonville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Tandy Willcutt and Kevin Willcutt; three great-grandchildren, a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday.

Barbara Greer

GLEN – Barbara Faye Greer, 46, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a former employee of North American Pipe and a member of New Hope Church of Christ. She enjoyed the outdoors, working in her garden, flowers and fishing. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at New Hope Church of Christ with Bro. Jacob Brunjes and Bro. Paul Watson officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Larry Dean Greer; a daughter, Teresa Jo Modlin and husband, Dustin, of Glen; her mother, Eva Mae Pounders Lancaster of Glen; a brother, Michael Lancaster of Glen; four sisters, Catherine Weathers of Corinth, and Brenda Flanagan Hall, Gwendolyn Bascomb and husband, Lonnie, and Candace Hill and husband, Shannon, all of Glen; two grandchildren, Cameron Walker and Austin Modlin; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Orbie Vance Lancaster; a brother, Aaron Columbus Lancaster; her grandparents, Ellis and Alberta Pounders, and Aaron and Anna Lancaster; and her great-grandmother, Creasy Pounders.

Pallbearers will be Ray Wallace, Shannon Hill, William Gray, Keith Gray, Archie Harville, Roger Stevens and Tim Russell.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.

John W. Corvin

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. – John W. Corvin, 77, formerly of Sherman, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Bailey Park Nursing Home. He was born April 7, 1927, in Wyntheville, Va., to Ernest and Margaret Archer Corvin.

Graveside services were Wednesday, July 28, at Eddington Cemetery in Pontotoc with Bro. Bo Lowrey officiating. Baldwin Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a brother, Doug Corvin and wife, Marchelle, of Pontotoc; a sister, Frances Burchette and husband, Bernie, of Richmond, Va.; two nephews, Darrell and Brandon Waters of Pontotoc; a niece, Nicole Waters of Pontotoc.

Elvie Miller

SOUTHAVEN – Elvie Mae Shelby Miller, 87, formerly of Ashland, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. She was a homemaker and a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Ed McCafferty officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ashland.

Survivors include a daughter, Grace Childers and husband, Joel, of Southaven; two daughters-in-law, Annette Miller and Louise Miller Williford of Ashland; two grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, two great-grandchildren, seven stepgreat-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lois Miller; two sons, Nelson and Lois Ray Miller; her parents, James and Fannie Simpson Shelby; and three sisters and six brothers.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Shelby, Billy Shelby, James Miller, Charles Wayne Miller, Leslie Short and David Cost.

Lillian Watson

WEST POINT – Lillian Felder Watson, 86, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. A native of Unadilla, Ga., she was a homemaker and a member of Siloam Baptist Church. She married Thurman Allen Watson on July 12, 1934; he preceded her in death on Jan. 26, 1979.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Dampeer and the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery in the Siloam community.

Survivors include two daughters, Eloise Kisner and Emily Hopkins of West Point; three sons, Hubert L. Watson, Laymon R. Watson and James R. Watson, all of West Point; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; two sisters, Sarah F. Edwards of West Point and Lessie F. Sansing of Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Mary Story and Edward Lewis Felder; and a daughter, Alice Cantrell Nason.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Kisner, Curt Kisner, Bert Watson, John Cantrell III, Matt Watson, Corey Cantrell, Ray Hopkins and Lance Watson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to: Siloam Baptist Church Building Fund, 2686 Hwy. 47, West Point MS 39773.

Margaret Outlaw

PONTOTOC – Margaret Blevins Outlaw, 82, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 8, 1921, in Vanduzer, Ark., to Leonard and Alice Howard Wilson. She was a member of the Eastern Star and of a Methodist church near Camden, Ark.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Gary Pettit officiating. Burial will be at 5:30 p.m. today at the Greenwood Cemetery in Camden, Ark.

Survivors include a daughter, Bette Blevins of Biloxi; a sister, Lu Duke of Graham, Texas; a niece, Mary Jane Holloway of Little Rock, Ark.; special friends, Martha Brown and her children of Pontotoc.

She was preceded in death by her first husband of 35 years, Troy Blevins; her second husband, C.E. “Cotton” Outlaw; her parents; and a sister, Elizabeth Joyner.

Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today.

W.W. Jones

NEW ALBANY – Willard Warren Jones, 83, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Nov. 11, 1920, in Macon to the late Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Jones. He was a member of Neely Baptist Church for 57 years and served as church treasurer. He served in the SeaBees during World War II. He worked in bridge construction and was the co-owner of a bridge construction company.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Kenny Adair officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.

Survivors include two sons, Phillip Jones and wife, Shelia, of New Albany, and Dr. Allen Jones and wife, Dr. Ellen Jones, of High Point, N.C.; three grandchildren, Correal Jones and Lauren Jones of New Albany, and Catie Jones of High Point, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lera Gafford Jones, and his parents.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons.

Harold Fulton

IUKA – Harold Fulton, 57, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at the Shiloh Falls Golf Club in Pickwick Dam, Tenn. A native of Clarksdale, he was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. T.O. Fulton. He graduated from Clarksdale Coahoma High School. He attended Mississippi State University and graduated from Delta State University, where he played on the tennis team. He married Janet Gann of Iuka. They lived in Clarksdale, where he managed the Five-County Farmers Association, a co-op founded by his father. He and his family moved to Iuka in 1977. He was an employee and later co-owner of Piggly Wiggly. An avid sportsman all his life, he enjoyed tennis, snow skiing, dove and duck hunting with his son and friends, and especially golf.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Iuka United Methodist Church with Dr. Prentiss Gordon Jr., the Rev. Ed Temple and the Rev. Edna Kate Jacobs officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Janet Gann Fulton of Iuka; a son, Alexander Dean Fulton of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, T.O. Fulton Jr. and wife, Joyce, of Lyon; a sister, Francis Jacobs and husband, Jim, of Brandon, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Arch Corley, Tolly Payne, R.L. Brown III, D.O. Jourdan III, George Farris, Harry Graves, Charlie Rousseau and Raymond Terry.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Barnett, Matt Witt, Jason Freeman, Barry Johnson, Ralph Bolton, Gene Lowery, Gene Jourdan, Bill Rutledge, Ernest Bullard, Neil Davis, Pat Ragusa, Joe Ragusa, Bob Ferguson, John Gann, Ken Cooley, Donnie Brown, Bobby Worsham and Charlie Rousseau.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to: Iuka United Methodist Church, 101 E. Eastport St., Iuka MS 38852; or Boys and Girls Clubs of Iuka, P.O. Box 1191, Iuka MS 38852.

Walter E. McDaniel

TREMONT – Walter E. McDaniel, 88, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at the Aberdeen Hospital. He was born July 30, 1915, in Oklahoma to Emmett E. McDaniel Sr. and Leona Young McDaniel. He was a member of Asbury Methodist Church and a veteran of World War II. He was a 32nd degree Shriner and a member of the Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rites and Hamasa Temple. He was employed by JESCO Inc. as a surveyor for a number of years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Guth officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery.

Survivors include four nephews, his caregiver, Michael McDaniel, and Patrick McDaniel, Timothy McDaniel and Mike Bennett; three nieces, Nancy Woodward, Karen Guth and Sandy Gurber; three sisters-in-law, Mary C. McDaniel of Huntsville, Ala., Ida McDaniel of Canton, Ohio, and Mary Bennett of Tremont; a brother-in-law, Charles Kennedy of Tremont; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ouida Kennedy McDaniel; two brothers, Frank and Emmett E. McDaniel Jr.; and three nieces, Terri Sue Mayhall, Diane Gurber and Renea Shafer.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Hazel Roberts

BALDWYN – Hazel Roberts, 86, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Presbyterian Church. A loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she always enjoyed doing for others.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Martha Gardner; two grandsons, Cary Gardner, and Marty Gardner and Stephanie, all of Baldwyn; a great-grandchild, Lindsey Gardner; two sisters, Francis Morrow of Tupelo and Annie Laurie Jordan of Jackson; two brothers, Taylor McCarthy of Guntown and John McCarthy of Memphis; a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earnest Roberts; her parents, Jack and Julia Haygood McCarthy; and a son-in-law, H.D. Gardner.

Pallbearers will be Robert Parker, Gerald Parker, Mike McCarthy, Andy Parker, David Frazier and Mark Russell.

Ryne Talley

TUPELO – Gregory Ryne Talley, 17, died suddenly Wednesday, July 28, 2004, as the result of an automobile accident between Carthage and Philadelphia, along with his friends, driver Matthew Holdington and passenger Casey Ellington of Kosciusko. A native of Tupelo, he was about to begin his senior year at Tupelo High School. An active sportsman, he played for both the high school varsity football and baseball teams, and church basketball. He was a Christian and a member of The Orchard United Methodist Congregation of Tupelo, where he enjoyed fellowship and worship services. An avid Cubs baseball fan and car racing fan, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at The Orchard United Methodist Congregation with Dr. Bryan Collier, Dr. Randy Von Kanel and Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Dana Dickerson, his father, Greg Talley, a sister, Payton Dickerson, and a brother, Hunter Talley, all of Tupelo; his grandparents, Bud and Dot Talley of Verona, and Bobby Gene Harrelson and Dot Harrelson of Tupelo; aunts and uncles, Pete and Traci Harrelson of Pontocola, Charles and Anita Hutcheson of Baton Rouge, La., Kelly and Charles Watson of Tupelo, and Lisha Crouch of Tupelo; great-uncles and great-aunts, Bubba and Carolyn Homan of Tupelo, Zeke and Jean Homan of Long Beach, Evelyn Duncan of Tupelo, Frances Jo Calloway of Tupelo, Chuck and Jan Knapp of Tupelo, Johnny and Doris Long of Pontotoc, Carl and Mary Lou Burton of Gap, Pa., Charles and Barbara Talley of Palmetto, and Evelyn Bryan of Guntown; many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Louise Homan Kirk.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Stacks, Jake Lee, Craig Langley, Luke Atkins, Matt Anderson, Chris Bennett, Drew Bennett and Seth Renick.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Tupelo High School football and baseball teams, and the Tupelo High School Class of 2005.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time Friday at the church.

James Cockrell

MANTACHIE – James Elton Cockrell, 75, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at his home. A lifelong resident of Itawamba County, he was born Nov. 25, 1928, to Audie and Vivian Gann Cockrell. He was self-employed and owned Cockrell Motors for many years. A great cook, he also enjoyed baseball and football games, gardening and fishing.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Terry Booker officiating. Burial will be in the Fawn Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Cockrell of Mantachie; four daughters, Sherry Campbell and husband, Howard, of Lavaca, Ark., Cathy Boudreaux of Saltillo, Gail Harris of Mantachie, and Tina Velasquez and husband, John, of Baldwyn; a son, Stuart Cockrell and wife, Susan, of Baldwyn; two stepsons, Terry Grant, and Keith Grant and wife, Cindy, all of New Albany; 13 grandchildren, Kelsea McBride of Fort Smith, Ark., Trey Campbell of Lavaca, Ark., Nicci Molea of Louisiana, Robby Sandlin of Saltillo, Gaston Griffin of Baldwyn, Katrina Brackee of Mantachie, Channing Lomax, Emme Velasquez, Taylor Cockrell and Haley Cockrell, all of Baldwyn, and Brandon Grant, Justin Grant and Will Grant, all of New Albany; two great-grandchildren, Mason Moran and Shelby Jean Molea of Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by a son, James B. Cockrell, in 2001; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Trey Campbell, Robby Sandlin, Gaston Griffin, Brandon Grant, Justin Grant and Will Grant.

Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Soden, Robert Moody, James Odell and Scott Harris.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.

Shawn Hester

NETTLETON – Shawn Michael Hester, newborn son of Ricky Eugene Hester of Nettleton and Contessa Lynn “Sissy” Coplin of Nettleton, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with the Rev. Danny Burks officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents; three brothers, Nathan, Josh and Jonah Hester of Nettleton; a sister, Nikki Hester of Berry, Ala.; his grandparents, Thomas and Melissa Terry of Amory; his great-grandparents, E.T. and Olva Knight of Smithville, and Leonard and Mary Ann Terry of Hatley; aunts and uncles, Lottie Coplin of Amory, Jeff Coplin and fiancee, April Rayburn of Verona, Tommy Terry and wife, Lindsey, of Byram, Chris Terry of Washington, and Tammy Terry of Milford, Dela.; a cousin, Harley Taylor of Tupelo; several great-aunts and great-uncles.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Victoria Lynn Hester.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

Asther Ledbetter

SULLIGENT, Ala. – Asther Ledbetter, 90, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at her home. She was born July 31, 1913, in Sulligent, Ala., to Rilla and Dixie Holliday. She lived in Sulligent all her life except for a brief stay in Denver. She married George Franklin Peeler in 1935. Together they built and operated a “rolling store” that served the community until the 1940s. She later married Robert C. “Bob” Ledbetter on Dec. 25, 1951. They were married for 33 years.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala., with Bro. John Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in Sulligent City Cemetery.

Survivors include a son, Dik Peeler and wife, Florence, of St. Louis; two grandsons, Mark Peeler and wife, Jill, and Clay Peeler and wife, Terry; three great-grandchildren, Leah, Travis and Cory Peeler; a sister, Edna Barker of Sulligent, Ala.; four nephews, Paul Barker, Alan Barker, Bobby Holliday and Joe Holliday; a niece, Linda Sandlin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two brothers, Frank and Joe Bob Holliday; and a sister, Bonnie Stover.

Pallbearers will be Mark Peeler, Clay Peeler, Bobby Holliday, Alan Barker, Paul Barker, Travis Peeler and Cory Peeler.

James Howell Nabors

RIPLEY – James Howell Nabors, 83, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was a building inspector and chairman of the Zoning Board for the City of Ripley. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of the Administrative Council, chairman of the Board of Trustees and head usher.

His charitable endeavors were construction of the concession stand and rest rooms at the Ripley High School stadium; construction of the locker rooms and indoor practice facilities; construction of the Willard Taylor Band Hall; construction of a new fellowship hall, parsonage and gym at the Ripley First United Methodist Church; and assisting the elderly by installing hand rails at their homes.

He served as Scoutmaster for Troop 38 from the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. During that time 32 Scouts received their Eagle Awards. He served on the Yocona Area Council Board of Directors.

He received several honors including being named the LeBonheur-Walmart Man of the Year; receiving the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America; receiving the 1993 Award of Merit from the Yocona Area Council Eagle Scouts; being recognized by the South Tippah School District for his service to the schools; being honored with a Howell Nabors Day at the Ripley First United Methodist Church; and being given a boat by businesses in Ripley for his service to Scouting.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church of Ripley. The Rev. Tom McCalister, the Rev. Tom Potter and the Rev. William J. “Bill” Connolly will officiate. Witt Long will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Virginia Stubbs Nabors of Ripley; three daughters, Ann Nabors Castle and husband, Bobby, of Georgetown, Texas, Jean Nabors Davis and husband, Larry, of Ripley, and Linda Nabors Epting and husband, David, of Ripley; a sister, Maxine Nabors Nix and husband, Billy C., of Memphis; a brother, E.H. “Joe” Nabors and wife, Bama, of Ripley; six grandchildren, Cindy Castle Weathers and husband, Doug, of Ballwin, Mo., Jim Smith and wife, Angela, of Ripley, Rob Castle and wife, Cristie, of Hutto, Texas, Chris Castle and wife, Jennifer, of Houston, Texas, and Tracey Epting Creasie and husband, Jackie, of Ashland; three great-grandchildren, Claire and Catherine Weathers, and Luke Castle.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Tiny Bell Hall Nabors, and two brothers, Raymond Victor and William Earl Nabors.

Pallbearers will be Sean Akins, Witt Long, Mike Nabors, Matthew Goolsby, Jason Grisham, Keith Clark, Chris Clark, David Ford, Freddie B. Fortier, Craig Byrd, and Donnie Cousar.

Honorary pallbearers will be Regina Rogers, Harry Ward, Rayburn Jennings, Dr. David Ellis, Bobby Martin, Mike Harrison, Missy Shelton, Wayne Steverson, Steve Heavener, Bobby Benson and all his other Eagle Scouts.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley MS 38663; Michael Epting Memorial Fund, c/o The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley MS 38663; or LeBonheur Children's Medical Center Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 42048, Memphis TN 38174-2048.