By NEMS Daily Journal
PONTOTOC – Doris Marie Bledsoe Lucas, 83, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Rome, Miss., on Oct. 3, 1927, to Rev. George C. and Vera Mae Creekmore Bledsoe Sr. She resided in Greenwood until 1987 then moved to the Pontotoc area. She attended schools in Greenwood and Itta Bena and was a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland. She was an ordained minister with the Pentecostal Church of God, served as State Youth Director for eight and a half years and Christian Education director for four years. Together with her husband, they pioneered and pastored a number of churches in Mississippi including Trinity Pentecostal Church of God in Greenville. She was a charter member of Abundant Life Pentecostal Church of God in Greenwood.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Williams and Lord Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Longo, the Rev. Ronnie Minor and the Rev. Larry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood. Williams and Lord Funeral Home of Greenwood is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, John Curtis Lucas of Roanoke, Va., and Thomas Edward Lucas of Louisville; two brothers, the Rev. Clovis Preston Bledsoe of Florida and Charlie Curtis Bledsoe of Greenwood, Ark.; two sisters, Jeanette Matkins of Pontotoc and Daphne Foster of Potts Camp; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Lucas Jr.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online guestbook may be signed at www.williamsandlord.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Richard Lee “Pete” Mays, 66, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at the Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Midway M.B. Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Ray Ball officiating. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
BIG CREEK – James Cooper Goodson, 64, died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 31, 1946, in Calhoun City. He was a retired employee of Med-Lift and a Baptist.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Winnie Jeana Daniel of Memphis; four sisters, Lucille Bevill of Derma, Mary Hobgood of Grenada, Virginia Fleming (Jerrell) of Vardaman and Faye Russell of Bolivar, Tenn.; two brothers, Howard Goodson (Mavis) of Middleton, Tenn., and Jerry Dale Goodson of Big Creek; one grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cooper Ray Goodson and Winnie Sims Goodson; two sisters, Linda Goodson and Martha Rea James; and two brothers, Earl Wayne Goodson and Edwin Allen Goodson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Quentin Edward Downing, 91, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at his daughter’s home in Cordova. He was born Nov. 13, 1919, to Harve and Virgie Phillips Downing in Olive Hill, Tenn. He formerly lived in Pocahontas, Ark., and Fenton, Mich. He retired from General Motors. He was a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, serving during World War II.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Veterans Cemetery in Corinth. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ella Stricklin Downing of Cordova; one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Jimmie Covington of Cordova; two sisters, Marcella Duggur of Pocahontas and Nellie Copeland of Kennett, Mo.; two grandsons, Michael Covington of Cordova and Carl Kontyko of Grosse Point Woods, Mich.; two stepgrandchildren, John Covington of Memphis and Jimmie Ann Spence of Biloxi; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter, Brenda Kontyko.
Visitation will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
View and sign the guestbook online at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Elinor Sue Talley Coleman, 69, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church with Pastor Brenda Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
ECRU – Kimberly Dale Lessel, 44, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, in Deridder, La. She was a loving and compassionate person. She loved horseback riding, trail riding, camping and the outdoors. She loved being with her family and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Buster Tutor Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Kaleb Keith; her mother, Carol Walker Waldo; her stepfather, Jerrell Waldo; her brother, Kenneth Martin Jr.; her sister, Katie Swindle; her grandmother, Eurene Lantrip; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Martin Sr.; and her grandfathers, Lawrence Lantrip and Norman Martin.
Pallbearers will be Peggy Wright, Leslie Stone, Randy White, Mike Nixon, Josh Nixon and Korey Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Memorial donations may be made to the funeral home.
MABEN – Peggie Pollard Cordell, 64, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Fellowship Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
IUKA – Jewell Kitchens, 97, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at her home. She was an active and lifelong member of Iuka Baptist Church. She was a very accomplished homemaker that enjoyed sewing, crocheting and quilting. She was a charter member of the 20th Century Club for 75 years. She was a 1935 graduate of the Mississippi State College for Women. She was in the Vertically Elite Club there for her straight posture, which was a big honor during that era. She also helped manage Eastport Marina for 25 years.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Iuka Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Ben Kitchens (Joy) of Iuka; one daughter, Martha Carol “Kaki” Bates (John) of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; one sister, Lila Frances Foote of Iuka; six grandchildren, Kaki Kitchens Pulliam and husband Dr. Rob Pulliam of Nashville, Craig Kitchens Oliverius and wife Allison of Charleston, S.C., Laura Kitchens Horn and husband Dr. Tom Horn of Philadelphia, Drs. Kiesha Kitchens Kirk and husband Alden of Oxford, Cande Oliverius Cook and husband Cal of Nashville and Benjamin Robert Bates of Chicago; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bryce Kitchens; and her brother, Carl Edward Broughton.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Honorary pallbearers will be Earl Walker, Melvin Davis, Edgar Lambert and Hugh Van Presley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Jessica Nicole McDonald, infant, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in New Albany.
A private graveside service will be held Monday with Bro. Kevin Crook officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Janice Hutcherson and Jamie McDonald, both of New Albany; her grandparents, David Hutcherson of Amory and Jennifer Hutcherson of Nettleton, Kim McNeese of Jackson and Clyde McDonald of Sturgis; her great-grandparents, Jackie and Elizabeth McNeece of Quincy and J.D. and Doris McDonald of Sturgis; aunt, Nora Hutcherson of Nettleton; a great-aunt, Mistie McNeese Chaney and Jeff of Amory; and great-uncle, David and Ryanne McNeese of Texas.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Elim L. Shawver, 72, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
CORINTH – Charles Ray Nichols, 67, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Brad Dillingham officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Helen Elizabeth Overley, 86, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Home Place in Saltillo after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
FULTON – Pauline Sheffield, 95, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born May 9, 1916, to Robert Lee and Emma Bennett Dozier. She was a factory worker and homemaker. She was a born-again Christian and had been a resident of the Meadows for eight years. She enjoyed flower gardening and cooking for her family.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Keyes Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Larry Hughes (Cathy) of Little Rock, Ark.; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Myra Woodall; one brother, Crafton Dozier; and two sisters, Mauvline Sheffield and Annell Gray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. today at the funeral home.
TREMONT – Charlie P. Runnels, 76, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1935, to Charlie P. and Pauline Bates Runnels. He worked for Big-Bee Metals for several years before his health failed him. He was a permanent fixture at the BP Station in Tremont where he made many friends through the years. His family was his little dogs and any of God’s small creatures, and he always made sure they were taken care of. He loved visiting with people and had a special place in his heart for children.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Arthur Hardin and Bro. Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will be in the Asbury Cemetery at Tremont. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his friends and neighbors in the Tremont Community.
Pallbearers will be Matt Stanford, W.C. Hale, Ricky Roberts, Clint Vanasselberg, James Cox, Robbie McCrory and Jake Garner.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
TUPELO – Bro. Robert “Bob” Lee Washington died Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a resident of Kansas City, Mo., for many years before returning to Tupelo. He was called into the ministry over 45 years ago. He received his Official Certificate of Ministerial Ordination from The United Christian Church and Ministerial Association in Nov., 1980. He created The Bob Washington – Life Changing Crusade. He was a missionary for over 28 years, preaching and teaching in South Africa. His last crusade was in Cape Town from Aug. 22 to Sept. 2, 1999. He received numerous awards for his ministries in several states and overseas. He said, “The godly man gives generously to the poor. His good deeds will be an honor to him forever.” He will be missed by many.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel with Pastor Willie Thornton officiating. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Magnolia Clanton.
Online condolences can be made to the Washington and Clanton family at www.grayson-porters.com.
MANTACHIE – Aletha Raper Pearce, 90, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at the Meadows. She was born Feb. 14, 1921, in the Centerville Community of Itawamba County to Rev. D.R. Raper and Viola Smith Raper. She was a member of the Mantachie United Methodist Church where she attended the Wesley Sunday School Class and sang in the choir. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School where she was an all-state forward on the 1940 IAHS State Basketball Champion team. She was a homemaker, housewife and seamstress who enjoyed sewing for her family and friends. She was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching her grandchildren play ball. She loved her family and her church family.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mantachie United Methodist Church with Rev. Ronnie Goodwin, Rev. Bobby Hankins and Rev. Ron Schwake officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 71 years, John Marvin Pearce; two sons, Robert Lee Pearce (Sarah) and John David Pearce (Diane); one daughter, Judy Ann Collier, all of Mantachie; seven grandchildren, Scott Collier (Kerri), Nancy Nichols, Allison Turner (David), and Leigh Anne Nichols (Richard), all of Mantachie, Rick Collier (Stephanie) of Fulton, Elise Rutland (Joseph) of Calhoun City and Amber Nowlin (Todd) of Ecru; and nine great-grandchildren, Ivan Collier, Zac Franks, Lauren Collier, Emma Nichols, Stone Collier, Makenna Nowlin, Breanna Nowlin, John Brayden Nowlin and Alexis Kate Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Maudie Rushing and Mildred Senter; and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Rick Collier, Scott Collier, Zac Franks, Ivan Collier, Max Senter, Bill Camp, Joseph Rutland and Todd Nowlin.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today and from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mantachie United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 33, Mantachie, MS 38855.
WARREN, Ohio – R.H. Kennedy, 64, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Trumbull Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 7, 1947, in Halltown Ark., to Chester and Mildred Aldridge Kennedy. He retired from Super Sagless Corporation in Mississippi following 30 years of service, where he worked as a foreman. He attended Grace United Methodist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on lawn mowers and small engines. He was described as an all around people person who never met a stranger.
Survivors include his wife, Cathy Greenlee Kennedy, whom he married April 14, 2000; a daughter, Deanne (Alan) Wiley of Missouri; a son, R.H. (Stephanie) Kennedy Jr. of Mississippi; a stepson, James (Christy) McCaslane of Mississippi; a stepdaughter, Lauren Baker of Farmington, Ohio; siblings, Leon (June) Kennedy, Joyce amp”Jodyamp” Gammons, Linda (Larry) Woods and Chester Kennedy Jr., all of Mississippi, and Jean (David) Attaberry of Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Larea Harrington; and a brother, Stan Kennedy.
Per his request, there will be no services or calling hours. Cremation will take place. Burial will be in Pineview Memorial Park. Carl W. Hall Funeral Home of Warren, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements.