Obituaries June 19, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

James Rutherford
BLUE MOUNTAIN – James “Bo” Rutherford, 50, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Willa Smith
TUPELO – Willa Searcy Smith, 75, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House.
Hurschel Whitaker
BURNSVILLE – Hurschel W. Whitaker, 86, of Burnsville, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Glen.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Hazel Alday
BOONEVILLE – Hazel M. Cooksey Alday, 89, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born June 21, 1921, in Webster County to John Henry Cooksey and Maddie Owens Cooksey. She was a homemaker, and she was a member of New Life Church of Jesus Christ. She enjoyed cooking, gospel music, flowers, going to church and most of all, her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Douglas McVey and Bro. Jack Arntd officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Grady Alday, whom she married in 1969; five sons, Melvin Harrison (Naomi), Sammy Harrison (Sherry), Gene Harrison (Tammy), Nathan Harrison (Denise) and Gary Harrison (Diane), all of Booneville; four daughters, Mavis McClellan, Alice Southern (Art), Grace Gurley and Candy Moore (Bill), all of Booneville; a stepdaughter, Lisa Woodruff of Baldwyn; 30 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, G.W. Harrison; a son, Roger Dale Harrison; a sister, Hattie Pearl King; two brothers, Daniel Cooksey and William Cooksey; and two grandsons, Kenneth Andrew Harrison and John Adam Harrison.
Pallbearers will be Steve McClellan, Greg Moore, Johnny Harrison, Anthony Harrison, Kenny Harrison and Jason Harrison.
Honorary pallbearers are Shane Harrison and Mark Harrison.
Elizabeth McDonald
NEW ALBANY – Elizabeth “Lizzie” McDonald, 88, of New Albany, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Home of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Larry Loden
TUPELO – Larry Thomas Loden, 58, died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center, after an extended illness. Larry was born in Tupelo on Jan. 16, 1953, to Glen C. Loden and Velda Mae Wilburn Loden. He grew up in Itawamba County and graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School in 1971. He completed his Associate’s Degree in Nursing at Itawamba Community College in 1977, his Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1981, and earned his Masters of Science Degree from Mississippi University for Women in 1985. His lifelong profession was that of a registered nurse and a nursing professor. He worked as a nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center from 1977-1983, and continued until 1998 as a part-time home health nurse, specializing in geriatrics. In 1983, he began his 28 year career as a professor of nursing at Itawamba Community College, just retiring in May of 2011. He received the ICC Meritorious Achievement Award in 2006 for his many years of dedicated, devoted service to the college. Professor Loden was a member of the Mississippi Nurse’s Association, was treasurer of the Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing from 2008-2010, was a National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. site visitor and was on the Board of Directors of the Mississippi State Board of Nursing. He was beloved by his many students over the years and highly respected by fellow faculty members and administration.
Larry’s most cherished roles were that of husband, father and devoted and faithful member of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. He and his wife, Cherith Sheffield Loden, were parents to four young children, Maria, Dallas, Jordan and Makayla. At Harrisburg, he was an ordained deacon, choir member and worked as a College and Career Sunday School teacher. Additionally, he had a passion for missions, going on many mission trips and actively participating in Evangelism Explosion. He was an avid Mississippi State University sports fan and missed few MSU Bulldog baseball games. Larry was loved, admired and respected, not only by all his family members, but by all who came to know him in life. He was truly a godly, Christian man who loved the Lord Jesus with all his heart.
His life celebration will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo with Bro. David Langerfeld and Bro. David Smith officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel and from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the Church. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cherith Sheffield Loden of Tupelo, to whom he married June 26, 1999; his four children, Maria, Dallas, Jordan and Makayla Loden, all of the home; two brothers, Aaron Loden (Diane) of Fulton and William Loden of Memphis, Tenn.; a sister, Margaret Loden Spigner of Fulton; brothers-in-law, Dr. Forrest Sheffield (Patsy) and Nathan Sheffield (Leah), all of Tupelo; stepsister-in-law, Jan Haas of Jackson, Tenn.; and grandmother-in-law, Faye Cook of Ada, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Glen Allen Loden; two sisters-in-law, Susan Sheffield Loden and Kay Oswalt Loden; a brother-in-law, Glendon Spigner; and a mother-in-law, Susanne Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be Roger Beachum, Terry Black, Bryan Tanner, Hamilton Smith, Wallace Crumby and Jim Beachum.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Chithom, Mike Ferris and Dr. Burt Duncan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Loden Children’s Educational Fund, c/o Renasant Bank, 209 Troy St., Tupelo, MS 38801 or any Renasant Branch Bank.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Evelyn Montgomery
SENATOBIA – Evelyn L. Montgomery, 83, died June 18, 2011, at Providence Place Assisted Living Center. She was a Justice Court Clerk for Tate County for many years and a member of Eastern Star. She was a former proprietor of the Montgomery Drive Inn and the Montgomery Furniture Store in Nesbit.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pate-Jones Funeral Home in Senatobia. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery in Toccopola. Pate-Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Hancock of Coldwater; her sons, Chris and James Montogomery, both of Senatobia; her sisters, Betty O’Brien of Pennsylvania and Anna Yancey of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Burton Montgomery.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimers Association or to the American Cancer Society.
A.K. Tribble
WEST POINT – A.K. Tribble, 89, of West Point, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at West Point Community Living Center. He was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Cedar Bluff to Leona Williams and A.K. Tribble Sr. He served in the USMC 6th Marine Division and was a veteran of WWII. He was a business man and former owner of West Point Flower Shop. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, EPC and a Mason, Masonic Lodge No. 40.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, EPC with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Brown Tribble; sons, Bill Tribble and Andy Tribble, all of West Point; and nieces, Mildred Noland of Steens and Nona Beth Croft of Cedar Bluff.
Pallbearers will be Mike Mathews, Van Williams, Billy Shirley, Sonny Sizemore, Wayne Hindman, Mike Croft, Rex, Croft and Wally McGee.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Johnston, James McLemore, Tom Green and W.V. Southern.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may send condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
Willie Wilemon
TUPELO – Willie Bryson Wilemon, 75, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was a member of East Fulton Baptist Church. He was a Shriner and a Mason. He was a Navy veteran. He worked for Greyhound Bus, and he retired from Mississippi Paper Co. He played fiddle for the morning show band for 281/2 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Jackie Gray officating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, North of Fulton. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Zannie Wilemon of Saltillo; four daughters, Monica Horton Martin (Michael) of Rienzi, Mitzi Horton Stennett (Brian) of Booneville, Talitha Brooks of Maryland and Sherry Buckingham of Jackson, Tenn.; three sons, Johnny Horton of Tupelo and Evan Wilemon and Jerry Wilemon, both of Fulton; one sister, Wyvonne Ausborn (Cecil) of Nettleton; and several grandchildren and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Velma Wilemon; and one brother, Tryson Wilemon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ed Harrell
TUPELO – Edward “Ed” Harrell, 75, died suddenly, Friday, June 17, 2011, at his home. Ed was born on Dec. 19, 1935, near Tremont in Itawamba County to the late Murvin and Erma Stone Harrell. He grew up in the Tremont area, graduated in 1954 from Tremont High School and served his country in the U.S. Army, during the post Korean Conflict period. Ed married Shirley Booth Harrell on June 16, 1957. The made their home in the Zion, Ill. area for 18 years before returning to Tupelo in 1971. He was the owner/operator of Harrell’s Refrigeration and A/C for many years before retiring in 1997.
Ed’s great passions were serving God through his Church and community, his family whom he revered and an uncommon love for all God’s creation, especially his yard. He enjoyed golf, fishing, bowling, yard work, viewing classic cars at shows and museums, gospel singings and bird hunting earlier in his life. He and Shirley traveled all over the USA and Canada. He was a devoted, faithful and active member and deacon of the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church, where he served in most lay capacities there including the Board of Trustees, Building and Finance Committees, teaching Sunday school (Jr. High boys) and the Masters Men’s Group. He was an ardent supporter of the Church’s home and foreign mission work as well as being a longtime Gideon. Ed Harrell was a quiet, well respected, joyful Christian man and patriotic American, who was looked up to by many.
A service celebrating his life will be at 3 p.m. today from the Sanctuary of the Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church on Veterans Blvd. with Bro. Terry Pierce and Bro. Bill R. Williams officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Shirley Booth Harrell of Tupelo; his son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Marsha Harrell; his grandson, Bryan Harrell of Tupelo; four brothers, Pete Harrell (Pauline, deceased) of Niles, Mich., Jim Harrell (Elizabeth) of Columbus, Terry Harrell (Dot) of Fulton and Tom Harrell (Linda) of Douglasville, Ga.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be the men of the Ambassador Sunday school class at Tupelo Free Will Baptist and special friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be his beloved Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church family.
Memorials may be made to Home and Foreign Missions, c/o Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church, 1650 North Veteran’s Blvd, Tupelo, MS. 38804 or to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA. 22312.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Marvin Barkley
HOUSTON – Marvin Eugene Barkley, 85, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born April 2, 1926, in Blue Springs to Lee Allen Barkley and Mary Ellen Malone Barkley. He was a truck driver and member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Randy Hays officiating. Burial will be in Arbor Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy May Andrews Barkley; one daughter, Carol Shearon of Southaven; four sons, Travis Barkley Sr. (Janice) of Pell City, Ala., Travis Barkley Jr. (Shannon) of Houston, Wayne Barkley (Susan) of Hot Springs, Ark. and Steve Barkley of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; one brother, Clarence Mitchell Barkley of Hughes, Ark.; two sisters, Margret Pollan and Dolly Mae Barkley, both of Grenada; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; two sisters; one son-in-law, Don Shearon; and one daughter-in-law, Denise Barkley.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home in Houston.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Dr. James Booth
EUPORA – Dr. James E. Booth, 86, of Eupora, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Eupora First United Methodist Church. Graveside services, with military honors, will follow the service at the Eupora City Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Connie Eaton
TISHOMINGO – Connie Sue Eaton, 60, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at DCH Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was a seamstress at Golden Manufacturing for 20 years and a member of the First Baptist Church in Tishomingo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Hal Holt officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Ray Eaton of Tishomingo; her daughter, Tracey Nicole Baty of Tishomingo; one sister, Jessie Kate Bennett (Harold) of Tishomingo; two brothers, Willis Randolph Flanagan (Kathy) of Tishomingo and Amos Jr. Flanagan (his friend, Faye) of Iuka; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Kate Flanagan.
Pallbearers will be Gene Eaton, Jimmy Eaton, Ronnie Eaton, Danny Joe Eaton, Ron Eaton and David Eaton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home in Belmont.
Mac Shell
TUPELO – Mac Shell, 46, died Friday, June 17, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
Cornell Knight
RIPLEY – Cornell C. Knight, 60, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
George Settle
CORINTH – George Franklin Settle, 96, died June 17, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Aug. 25, 1914, in Biggersville to William McDougal and Barbara Hill Settle. He was a 1932 graduate of Biggersville High School. He was a WWII Veteran, serving in the European Theater. He was a retired dairy farmer; lifetime member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder and trustee of the cemetery fund; a trustee of Biggersville High School; and a 45 year member of the American Legion.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Nicholas Phillips officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, Raymond (Sue) Settle of Ripley and Ed (Becky) Settle of Biggersville; his daughter, Evelyn (William) Farrior of Biggersville; his sister, Ruth S. Leggett; his grandchildren, Raymond (Tracey) Settle Jr., Christopher (Pam) Settle, Jason (Arlene) Settle and Jennifer (Chad) Watkins; and great-grandchildren, Jackson Settle, Cooper Watkins, Colton Watkins and Tressa Settle.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Avis Adair Settle; his parents; and his sister, Bessie Settle Doty.
Pallbearers will be elders of New Hope Presbyterian Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery Fund, 546B Hwy 45, Rienzi, MS. 38865.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.