By NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Sauage L. Triplett, 84, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at Magnolia Hospital.
Services will be held at noon Wednesday at Danvillle C.M.E. Church with Rev. Kenneth Miller and Rev. Dr. Lamar Walker officiating. Burial will be in Danville Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be all day today.
RED BANKS – Kathy Cartwright, 57, died Saturday, June 11, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch. Burial will be in Byhalia Cemetery. Brantley Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Feathers (Chad) of Byhalia; her son, Johnathan Cartwright (Reed Crockett) of Atlanta; grandchildren, Mitchell Cartwright and Brittany Feathers; her mother, Kathryn Wroten; sister, Eileen Moore; and brothers, Thomas Wroten and Joseph Armstrong.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.
RICHLAND – Minnie Mae Roberson McLendon, 96, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, after a brief illness. She lived with her daughter, Jackie, in Richland and was a member of First Baptist Church. She was fondly known by everyone as “Ma Minnie.” Her love for gardening and cooking was a blessing to everyone who tasted her home cooked meals. She loved doing for her family, church and friends in the community. Her life of serving others touched everyone who knew her.
Services were held Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Clinton. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home of Jackson was in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her four children, Rachel (Billy) Burrell of Collins, Jackie McLendon of Richland, Marty (Shelia) McLendon of Corinth and Jerry (Sandra) McLendon of Florence; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Gateway Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 3763, Jackson, MS 39207 or Children’s Building Fund, First Baptist Church, 1102 Hwy. 49 S., Richland, MS 39218.
PONTOTOC – Verneal Baker, 87, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at her home. She was a member of Springville Baptist Church and retired from Joyner Fields. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and delighted in the beauty of her flowers.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Shawn Moore and Rev. Kevin Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her four children, Sherry Ream of Montpelier, Linda Kapenekas (Bill) of Tupelo, Carrol Baker (Jennie) of Pontotoc and Gene Baker (Nell) of Amory; two sisters, Wanda Griffin and Evelyn Moss; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, J.W. Griffin and Ethel Reynolds Griffin; her husband, Leland Baker, whom she married Aug. 6, 1945; three sisters, Linnie Mae Reece, Ann Korzekwa and Elsie Pearson; and three brothers, Loyd Griffin, Dern Griffin and infant boy Griffin.
Pallbearers will be Rocky McCord, Billy McCord, Joseph Ream, Tony Baker, Roger Baker and Robert Baker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
PONTOTOC – Hermon Cheney, 79, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at his home. He was born April 4, 1932, in Pontotoc to Fleetie Bernice Cheney and John Curtis Cheney. He served in the U.S. Army for 11 years and eight months. He fought in the Korean War where his efforts earned him a Bronze Clip with 3 loops, a Bronze Star, a Korean Service Medal, a U.N. Service Medal and an N.D.S.M. Following his service in the Army, he served as the plant manager for Carnes Frames Inc., for many years. Howard Carnes and his family were very dear friends. Mr. Cheney was a member of the Toccopola Baptist Church, pastored by Bro. Earl Rush. He played the bass guitar during worship service for many years. Music played an integral role throughout his life. He was in many bands and played backup on recordings for other musicians. He played music all over the U.S. during his travels in life.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Morris officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Ann Cheney of Thaxton; four daughter, Glinda McDuffie of Texas, Debbie Foos of Oklahoma, Tracy Tallant of Pontotoc and Laura Byers of Little Rock, Ark.; eight sons, Tim Cheney of Texas, Mark Cheney of Olive Branch, Eric Jenson of Thaxton, Kip Jenson of Pontotoc, Scott Cheney of Pontotoc, Bryan Cheney of Ft. Bragg, N.C., Brandon Cheney of Pontotoc and Dan Cheney of Ft. Bragg; and 22 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Jensen, Justin Jensen, Michael Tallant, Steven Senior, Chris Jensen and Vince Cheney.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Mary Louise Mercer
THAXTON – Mary Louise “Granny” Mercer, 102, went home Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Sunshine Health Center after an extended illness. A native of Vaiden, she was born May 14, 1909, to Eugene and Annie Craft. She was an Avon representative for ten years. One of the first “Gray Ladies” at North Mississippi Medcial Center, she served as a volunteer for ten years and was a 20 year breast cancer survivor. She was a charter member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and was actively invoved in the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Roger Hunter and Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Julia A. (Judy) Mercer of Thaxton; her six grandchildren, Andy Mercer of Thaxton, Roger Mercer of Tupelo, Peggy Lawrence (Lee) of Columbus, Shirlie House of Tupelo, Mary Barron (Ken) of Tupelo and Chris Mercer (Tammy) of Mooreville; 26 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, James Mercer and William E. Mercer; a grandson, Anthony Mercer; a great-great-granddaughter, Gillian Angel Gordon; and 13 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
Her great-granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main ST., Box 1, Tupelo MS 38801; or a favorite charity.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Nia Alexndria Smith, infant son of Nicholas Smith Sr. and Lanisha Finnie died Friday, June 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Women’s Clinic.
Graveside services were held Monday, June 13, 2011, at Blackwood Grave Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona was in charge of arrangements.
OKOLONA – Dorothy F. Rogers died Monday, June 13, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
AMORY – Edna Knight died Monday, June 13, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
SMITHVILLE – Brenda Ford died Monday, June 13, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
AMORY – Linda Cadden died Monday, June 13, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
TUPELO – Leola Freeman, 87, died Friday, June 10, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Mary Ann Lawhorn
FULTON – Mary Ann Lawhorn died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a faithful member of St. Matthews M.B. Church until her health failed. She was a member of the Missionary Society and worked many years as an usher.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Matthew M.B. Church in Fulton with Pastor Charles Berry officiating. Burial will be in Fulton Community Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her nephews, Kenny Grear, Neal Hollis and Edward Grear; her Wiygul children, Diane Evans, Mitzie Grubbs, F.G. Wiygul Jr., Deborah Foster, Natalie Kellum and Tangela Davis; and a special friend, Maxine Ewing.
She was preceded in death by Tim Wiygul; her parents, Lacy and Dollie Ann Ware; a brother, Eugene Ware; and a niece, Lillie Ann Grear Jones.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
CORINTH – Billy Delbert Brawner, 91, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at Dogwood Plantations. He was born March 14, 1920, in Alcorn Co., to John Sidney and Elizabeth Brawner. He served four years in the Tenth Air Force as a sergeant with three years in India. He was a member of the American Legion, VFW and director in the Farm Bureau for 40 years. He worked for Weavers Pants Factory from 1952 to 1960 and operated a grade A dairy before being elected supervisor of the 3rd district where he served from 1975 to 1987. He was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Kara Blackard and Bro. Joe Loncar. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Brenda her husband, David of Corinth; grandchildren, Brian (Donna) Edwards and Brad (Tefinie) Edwards of Corinth; sister, Marie Sweeney of Jumpertown; grandchildren, Robin (Brain) Johnson of Burnsville and Ben Wilkinson of Jackson, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Bethany, Allie and Billy Johnson, Emma, Sarah, Hannah and Hallie Edwards; son-in-law, Jimbo Wilkinson his wife, Debra and their daughter, Amy Wilkinson; and sisters-in-law, Bit Brawner and Mattie Brawner.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hilda Sherard Brawner; his daughter, Carolyn Wilkinson; his parents; his brothers, Clyde, Earnest, Curtis and Robert Brawner; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Noel Johnson, Annie and Roscoe Dick, Ruby and J.W. Morton, Allie and James Carpenter, Jenny and H.F. Brewster; and brother-in-law, Walker Reed Sweeny.
Pallbearers will be Tony Morton, Bobby Sweeney Johnny Sweeney Lee Mincey, Bobby Brawner, Kenneth Brawner, Dr. Hardwick Kay, Max Brawner, Dan Carpenter and Jimmy Carpenter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Dilworth, Milton Barker, Jimmy “Whit” Rinehart and Don Brawner.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wheeler Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 21 CR 519, Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolence can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
OXFORD – Thomas Eddie Gordon, 40, died Friday, June 10, 2011.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the T.O.M.B. Building in Oxford with Rev. William Woods officiating. Burial will be in East St. Peter’s M.B. Church Cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home Chapel of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MICHIE, Tenn. – Jackie Lynn Inlow, 49, died Friday, June 10, 2011, in Orlando, Fla.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holly Baptist Church with Rev. John Boler officiating. Burial will be in Holly Baptist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.
AMORY – Hoyet Evin Hathcock, 84, died on Sunday, June 12, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born on June 30, 1926, in Monroe County, he was the son of the late Coleman Thomas and Omie Alice Nash Hathcock. Hoyet was a graduate of Smithville High School and attended Freed Hardeman College, Delta State University and was a graduate of Mississippi State University. He did post graduate work on his Masters at the University of Alabama. He married Sibyl Burrow on July 4, 1947, who survives. He was a teacher, retiring after 23 years where he taught at Caledonia from 1964 to 1966, Pickens County, Ala., from 1970 to 1972 and at Riverside Junior High School in Tuscaloosa County from 1972 until his retirement in 1988. Hoyet was a minister beginning his ministry in the 1950s and preached his first sermon in 1952 at Christian Chapel Church of Christ in Monroe County. His ministry began with the Church of Christ in Detroit, Ala., in 1956, then West Chapel in 1957 to 1959, Leland in 1960, Detroit, Ala., in 1961, Caledonia in 1962, Leland in 1963, Loan Oak in Lowndes County in 1964, Caledonia in 1964 to 1965, Mobile Ala., in 1966 to 1967, Koscuisko in 1968, Mobile in 1969, Berry Ala., in 1970 to 1974, Lawson Chapel in Clay County in 1975 to 1983, Detroit Ala., in 1984, Smithville in 1985 to 2005 and where he served as a substitute minister until 2008. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving under George McArthur Supreme Commander of the Pacific Arena on the USS Antietam in the Pacific Theatre from 1944 until 1945. Mr. Hathcock was faithful in whatever he was doing, being the best he could and following God’s will. He loved singing and enjoyed gospel music. Hoyet enjoyed working outside and traveling with his wife.
A Celebration of Life Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at Amory Church of Christ with Mr. James L. Segars and Mr. Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sibyl Burrow Hathcock of Amory; his daughter, Teresa Smith (Lex) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; his sons, Philip T. Hathcock (Cindy) of Amory and John M. Hathcock (Ellen) of Jacksonville Fla.; sisters, Bernice Nell McCormick and Delores Cox, both of Amory and Joyce Bunch of Tuscaloosa; grandchildren, Elizabeth Connell (Dusty), Emily Beck (Shawn), Laura Mills, Lindsey Cornelson, Sarah Hathcock and Katie Hathcock; and great-grandchildren, Savannah Elise Connell, Noah Evin Connell and Sadie Anne Beck.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Pierce, B.W. Ausborn, Danny Stephenson, Monty McCormick, David and Charles Holloway, Tom Fair, Lloyd Spann and John Fausz.
Honorary pallbearers will be Len Holloway, Gerald Lovern, Dale Wilson, Stephen Bunch and Sonny Riggan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Amory Church of Christ and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Church of Christ, Smithville Rd., Smithville MS 38870 or Amory Church of Christ Education Fund, POB 371, Amory MS 38821
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Narson McMillen, 81, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born March 2, 1930, in Union County to Lloyd F. McMillen and Lera G. Swords McMillen. He was a retired employee of Irwin B. Schwabe in New Albany. He was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and on numerous church committees.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Junior Ritchie and Dr. Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Elizabeth Berryhill McMillen of New Albany; two sisters, Helen Mathis (Jimmy) and Sylvia Simmons (Gerald), both of New Albany; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Ferrell Mathis, Jimmy Floyd Mathis, Keith Mathis, Chris Simmons, Ben Mathis, Rusty Berryhill and Carl Leslie Weeden.
Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday school class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fredonia Baptist Church’s Building Fund, 1616 CR 86, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
SALTILLO – Kenneth Jean Schaper, 79, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. A native of Pana, Ill., he was born April 23, 1932, to Roy and Huldah Kettlecamp Schaper. He served stateside as a rifle instructor in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After completing his education, he started Schaper Poultry in Pana. In 1968, he moved to Tupelo, continuing his work in the poultry industry. In 1981, he formed the Schaper Company of Tupelo. In the mid-1980s he purchased Eastport Marina on the Tennessee River in Iuka which he operated until his retirement. He was a member and past president of the Tupelo Country Club and the Iuka Country Club. He was a Sunday school teacher and Methodist Youth Fellowship teacher at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. He was currently a member of Iuka United Methodist Church. He was also past president of National Independent Poultry and Food Distributors of America and was elected Man of the Year in the early ’90s. He was also a longtime member of the National Broiler Council. He enjoyed golf, raising Santa Gertrudis cattle and boating and fishing with his golden retrievers, Bubba Soap and Rusty.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Jon Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in Jones Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 21 years, Judy Schaper of Saltillo; five daughters, Kathy Vandevander of Tupelo, Kim Estess (Joe) of New Albany, Linda Schaper of Marshville, N.C., Sherry Meharry (Tim) of Charlotte, N.C., and Dana Roberts (Randy) of Blue Springs; nine grandchildren, Brian Estess, April Vinet, Valerie Donnell, Corey Vandevander, Jessica Jacobs, Meghan McFall, Kallie, Kensie and Jessie Roberts; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Yvonne Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Joe Estess, Brian Estess, Randy Roberts, Wayne Stone, Jimmy Dees and Greg Royal.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801; or The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
GLEN – Rethie Lewis Kemp, 76, died Sunday, June 12, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Gerald Hadley and Bro. Travis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday, both at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Trudie L. Pennington died Monday, June 13, 2011, at the Meadows. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
NEW ALBANY – Sara Blanche Lathan Hardy, 92, died Monday, June 13, 2011, at her home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Visitation will be this evening at the funeral home.