Obituaries June 11, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tosha Merritt
LAFAYETTE SPRINGS – Natosha Layne Merritt, 30, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at her home. She was born March 26, 1981, in Union County to Clint McDaniel and Vicki Pipkin McDaniel. She had served in the Army National Guard. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoyed reading and computers. She always had a pleasant smile. She was a member of Denmark Baptist Church in Oxford.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Joe McKnight officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Clint and Vicki McDaniel of Blue Mountain; her fiancee, David House; one daughter, Kaitlyn; four sons, Clayton, Jon Brian, Kaleb and Brandon; three sisters, Nita Knight (Randy Chunn), Mandi Merritt (Corey Johnson) and Tiffany Merritt; four brothers, Jason Merritt (Sherri), J.R. Merritt, Paul McDaniel (Andrea) and Bubba McDaniel; her grandparents, Gerald and Muriel McDaniel and Betty Merritt; and 16 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clay and Frances Canerdy, John Pipkin and George Merritt; one aunt, Diane Merritt; and one uncle, Mike Pipkin.
Pallbearers will be Corey Johnson, Will Hall, Jeff Butler, Kevin Barnes, Rob Bishop and Steven Rossell.
In honor of her service to her country, United Funeral Service will fly the Army National Guard flag during her visitation and her service.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Raymond Wadkins
CORINTH – Raymond Earl Wadkins, 87, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his home after an extended illness. He was born in Tishomingo Co., in the Oldham Community. He moved to Corinth as a young boy and graduated from Corinth High School in 1941. When World War II began, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving with the 103rd Infantry Division in the European Theater. After he returned home, he attended Mississippi State University where he graduated in 1949 and remained a true and loyal amp”Bulldogamp” until his death. Upon graduation, he began working with the B.F. Goodwrench Company from 1949 until the store closed in 1976 at which time he sought employment with ITT in Corinth. He will be greatly missed by all.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Charles Curtis officiating. Burial will be in the family plot at the Snowdown Methodist Church Cemetery near Iuka. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Shirley Lail Wadkins; one daughter, Mary Ann Wadkins Mathis of Clevleland, Texas; one grandson, Michael Paul Mathis of Corinth; one granddaughter, Jenna Elizabeth Mathis; one great-granddaughter, Alison Grace Mathis of Butler, Ala.; one sister, Frances W. Kirkman of Dade City Fla.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Henry and Mary Lucille Smith Wadkins; two brothers, Paul Henry Jr. and William Lowell amp”Billamp” Wadkins; one sister, Mildred Aileen W. Pegues; and a very special uncle, Charlie Smith.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.
In lieu of customary remembrances, the family would like to request that memorials be sent to the MSU Bulldog Club, Bryan Athletic Administration Building, P.O. Box BT, Mississippi State, MS 39762 or (662) 325-3074; or Mississippi State Annual Fund MSU Foundation, 1 Hunter Henry Blvd., P.O. Box 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.

John Burcham
STERRETT, Ala. – John Harmon Burcham, 68, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the Cook Springs Rehab Center in Pell City, Ala. He was formerly of Booneville. He retired as crew chief from Shelby County Highway Dept. and had been a truck driver. He was a United States Army Vietnam veteran.
Services will be held at noon Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Kevin Nailleau and Bro. Slade Blend officiating. Burial will be in Jacinto Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Macie “Peggy” Cox Burcham of Sterrett; one son, John David Burcham of Sterrett; one stepdaughter, Connie Scott of Guntown; one stepson, Shannon Scott of Knoxville, Tenn.; two brothers, Tommy Burcham of Sterrett and Terry Burcham of Sterrett; two grandchildren, Jake Burcham of Sterrett and Joshua H. Burcham of Sterrett; and three stepgrandchildren, Madison Miles, Chaz Taylor and Zachary Scott.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Ruby Yarber Burcham; one sister, Emma Burcham; and two brothers, Aaron Burcham and Walter Burcham.
Pallbearers will be John David Burcham, Ron Burcham, Jake Burcham, T.J. Burcham, Jessie Cox, Danny Gentry and Robbie Gentry.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Barbara Walker-Jones
SOUTHAVEN – Barbara Walker-Jones, 43, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at her home in Southaven.
Services will be held at noon today at Mt. Level M.B. Church in Como. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Sauage Triplett
CORINTH – Sauage Lee Triplett, 84, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Sara Bishop
QUINCY – Sara Goodwin Bishop, 67, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial RMC in Amory. She was born Aug. 31, 1943, in Quincy, to Opal Robertson Goodwin Helms and Huey Goodwin. She was a graduate of Amory High School, Class of 1961. She worked as a beautician before graduating from IJC in nursing. Before retiring, she worked as a traveling LPN. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. A sweet lady who was full of life, she never met a stranger. She was a former member of the Red Hat Society. Spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, was important to her. She enjoyed doing crafts, flower arranging, tracing family genealogy and listening to country music.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Jack Dauphin and Bro. Ray Ware officiating. Burial will follow in Durrett Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Smith (James) Ware of Charleston, S.C.; her mother, Opal Helms; a sister, Julia Goodwin McNeese; a brother-in-law, Clinton McNeese, all of Quincy; grandchildren, Trevor and Taylor Ware of Charleston, S.C.; a niece, Kim (Dennis) Renfro of Amory; and nephews, Dewayne (Karen) McNeese, Tim McNeese and Kevin McNeese, all of Quincy.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Bishop; and her daughter’s father, Wayne Smith.
Pallbearers will be Dewayne, Matt and Drake McNeese; Rick Chaney; Denis Renfro and Donnie Boyd.
Visitation will continue this afternoon.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Edward Brown
SALTILLO – Edward Lee Brown, 83, died Friday, June 10, 2011.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home.

Billy Springer
NETTLETON – Vervone “Billy” Springer died Friday, June 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a graduate of Nettleton High School and attended Piney Wood Junior College. He was a member of Palestine United Methodist Church. During his residence in Marion, Ind., he united membership with Grace Community Baptist Church and served on the usher board. He retired from Dana Corporation after 40 years of service and returned to his Mississippi home, Nettleton, in 2009. He married in 1967 with Helen McCain and unto this union two children were born, Kimberly Ann and Keisha Monique.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Palestine United Methodist Church, Hwy. 6, in Nettleton with Rev. Dr. James Tucker officiating. Burial will be in Heavens Gate Memorial Garden. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Cynthia Owens (Lee) Hutton of Jackson, Kimberly Ann Springer (Todd) Walker of Virginia Beach, Va., Keisha Monique Springer of Smyrna, Ga., Kelly Carson (John) Goldsby of Portsmouth, Va., and Kim Carson (Shawn) Coats of San Diego, Ca.; one sister, Rosemary Springer Culpepper of Southfield, Mich.; twin brother Ervonne “Bobby” Springer and Eddie Don Springer of Tupelo; another brother, Leonard (Teresa) Springer of Nettleton; granddaughters, Cherish Goldsby of Portsmouth, Va., and Journey Marie Walker of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandsons, Deonte Watson of Kansas City, Mo., Brian Coats of San Diego, Ca., Joseph Vervone Goldsby of Portsmouth, Va., and Christopher Anderson of Virginia Beach, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R.B. and Celester Shumpert Springer; and one brother, Emmitt Clifton Springer.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Thomas Gordon
OXFORD – Thomas Eddie Gordon, 40, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

Ottis Miles
BOONEVILLE – Ottis Ray Miles, 63, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Hank Bierman Sr.
OKOLONA – Hank L. Bierman Sr., 73, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his daughter’s home in the Longview Community of Pontotoc Co., after an extended illness. He was born on Oct. 24, 1937, in Dumas, Ark., to Kiser Lee Bierman and Margaret Wood Bierman. He grew up in Oklahoma, graduated from the public schools there and attended the University of Oklahoma. He served 11 years with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. He and his late wife, Shirley Tacker Bierman, lived in Klamath Falls, Ore., and eventually settled in Okolona where they made their home. He was the co-owner of Teacher’s Pet in Tupelo for years and, after retirement, worked in security at United Furniture Company in Okolona. A member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church and a Master Mason, he enjoyed working in his yard, cooking great meals for family and friends, count cross stitching and being with his beloved dog, Crickett.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Boone’s Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Kenneth Corley officiating. Burial will follow in the church’s cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Kassaundra “Kassie” Tolar (Mark) of the Longview Community; his son, Hank L. Bierman, II (Lisa) of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Billy Joe “Trey” Cullum, III of Longview, Meghan Reichart, Sarah Bierman and Mallory Bierman, all of Tupelo; three sisters, Pearl Sanders of Texas, Jean Wineinger of Kansas and Mary Baker of Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley on Feb. 11, 2006; and nine siblings.
Pallbearers will be James Roy Parmer, Jim Jackson, Jon Tartt, Trey Cullum, Mark Tolar and Wade amp”Tankamp” Nicholson.
Honorary pallbearer will be his son, Hank, II.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from noon to service time Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Boone’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Janelle @ Bank of Okolona, P. O. Box 306, Okolona, MS 38860.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

James Foster
PONTOTOC – James L. Foster died Friday, June 10, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Algoma Baptist Church. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Bud Bain
BLUE SPRINGS – Luther “Bud” Arthur Bain, 83, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his home. He was born near Hickory Flat on March 16, 1928, to John M. “Boss” and Rosie Gullett Bain. He was a Baptist and a Mason. His hobbies included attending flea markets and auctions, feeding fish and playing music. He was the retired owner of BKB Coins and Jewelry, and Bain and Son Foreign Car Repair.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Amaziah Baptist Church in Hickory Flat with Bro. Billy Foley officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Yvonne Rogers Bain of Blue Springs; a son, Larry A. Bain (Pam) of Blue Springs; two daughters, Theresa B. Dillon (Lloyd) of Foley, Ala., and Brenda W. Coltharp (Alan) of Blue Springs; four sisters, Hazel Box of Ashland, Frances White of Henning, Tenn., Geneva Pilcher of Ripley, Tenn., and Doris Swinford of Hickory Flat; five grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, J.M. Bain and George Bain; three sisters, Dorothy Box, Mildred Hudson and Mira Hudson; and a son-in-law, Allen Whiteside.
Pallbearers will be Keith Wright, Hunter Coltharp, David Bain, Jamie White, Rusty Dillon and Dewayne Hudson.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons and sons-in-law.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospice, 3166 W. Jackson Street, Suite 2, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Edwayne Peeples
TUPELO – Edwayne Peeples, 73, died suddenly Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at his home in Tupelo. He was born in Goodman, Holmes Co., on Dec. 15, 1937, to Everett Peeples and Jewel Collins Schoggins. He had resided in Lee County for 50 years. He was a longtime employee of Collins Pest Control. A Baptist, he enjoyed conversations with friends, watching TV, gospel and country music and being outdoors.
A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Truslow United Methodist Church Cemetery, west of Senatobia. Burial will follow in the Peeples family plot there. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Brenda Payne of Tupelo; two stepdaughters, Sherry Whitten (Marvin) of Pontotoc and Karen Bennett (Gary) of Grenada; a grandchild, Ashley Parker Ellis of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Anna Brooke and Karley Paige; seven stepgrandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; two brothers, Bobby Peeples (Retha) of Independence and James Peeples of Senatobia; and a special friend, Cecil Collier of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Billy and Joseph Peeples.
Pallbearers will be Gary Bennett, Michael Whitten, Bubby Collins, Phil Wooten, Lynn Peeples and Zack Dominque.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Gorman Burchett
RIPLEY – Gorman Burchett, 71, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his home in Ripley.
Graveside services were held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2011. Burial was in Lowry United Methodist Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
To sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Clara Mae Hurley
AMORY – Clara Mae Hurley, 73, died on Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice. She was born Feb. 2, 1938, in Monroe County to Jim and Doshie Price Allred. She married Russell Hurley in 1959. She was a seamstress, having worked in the local garment plants. She was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed sitting outside watching the squirrels and the birds and visiting with folks at the campground. A bargain hunter, she enjoyed going to yard sales and thrift stores.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today in Hatley Cemetery with Bro. Bubba Kennedy officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at 1:40 p.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Kathy Hill and her friend, Pat, of Baldwyn; sons, Lester (Brenda) Harris of Biloxi, Joey Hurley of Baldwyn and Billy Hurley of Ft. Worth, Texas; brothers, Jimmy Allred of Becker and Willie Allred of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Joe Hurley; two sisters; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1:40 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Joe Lawson
CORINTH – Joseph Spencer Lawson, 67, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services with military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tate Baptist Church with Charlie Browning and Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the church.
Norman Bush
TUPELO – Norman D. Bush, 76, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

J.T. Farris
MANTACHIE – J.T. Farris, 76, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p. m. Sunday at Lakeland Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lakeland Baptist Church, 5719 River Road, Mantachie, MS 38855.

Joy Walton
MANTACHIE – Joy Friday Walton, 73, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Jan. 5, 1938, to Guy Houston and Jewel Wheeler Friday. She was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church. She worked at Deaton and Old Dominion Truck Lines for 42 years. She was a member of the Allegro and Good Sam motor home clubs. She was an avid camper. She enjoyed being with her friends, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Mark Tutor officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Billy Joe Copeland Jr., of Tremont; two grandchildren, Katie Copeland and fiancee, Adam Dancey, and Seth Copeland; two great-grandchildren, Houston Copeland and Greylynn Copeland; her special caregiver, Melanie Philpot of Tupelo; three nieces, Ann Tyra of Hamilton, Ala., Diane English of Clemson, S.C., and Paige Walton of Florida; great-nieces, Robin Wilmott (Derek) and Michelle Shaver (Jim); great-nephews, Scott Tyra (Ali) and Jay English (Angie); and several great-great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Allen Walton, who died in 2009; her parents; and two sisters, Maxine Scott and Geraldine Garrison.
Pallbearers will be Joey Walton, Jason Walton, Jim Shaver, Scott Tyra, Chris Wilson and Rian Botts.
Honorary pallbearers will be her former co-workers at Old Dominion Truck Lines.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Steve Pettigrew
BREWER – Charles Stephen “Steve” Pettigrew, 58, died Thursday, June 9, 2011, at his home in the Brewer Community. He was born on April 28, 1953, in Tupelo to Charles M. and Adelene Bacon Pettigrew. He grew up in the Union Community, south of Plantersville, where he enjoyed a beautiful childhood and youth. He attended the public schools at Nettleton. He was a lifelong woodworker and furniture and cabinet maker in keeping with many members of the Pettigrew family. At his death, he was employed as a design engineer for Pettigrew Cabinet Shop. He was a lifelong free spirit who enjoyed rambling the hills and bottomlands of Lee and Pontotoc Co., hunting, fishing and scouting for arrowheads. His collection of arrowheads was significant and extensive. Among his great loves was making music. He could play most any stringed instrument but bluegrass and gospel were his favorites. He was into wood carving, making fly fishing lures and sailing. He grew up in the Union United Methodist Church and was later a member of the Black Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Ray Dabbs officiating. Private burial will follow in the Pettigrew family plot at Union Cemetery south of Plantersville. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughters, Tiffany Pettigrew Brown (James) of Algoma and Joanie Pettigrew of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Amber Michelle Brown, Adelene Jewel Brown, Lauren Terry and Taylor Terry; his sister, Karen Peters (Donald); his brother, Sam Pettigrew (Rebecca), all of the Union Community; numerous nieces and nephews; and his uncles, Lamar Pettigrew (Frances) of Nettleton and Fred Pettigrew (Brenda) of Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Adelene; his son, Cain Pettigrew; a brother, Tony Pettigrew; and his grandparents.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan Pettigrew, Kevin Peters, Derek Peters, Daniel Peters, Nathan Peters, James Brown and Billy Wayne Martin.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo Children’s Mansion, 1801 East Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Leaunzia Siddell
NEW ALBANY – Leaunzia Siddell, 89, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Ann Adams
TUPELO – Dora Ann Adams, 67, died at the home of her niece and nephew in Tupelo after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.