Obituaries June 21, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Thomas E. Strickland
VINA, Ala. – Thomas E. Strickland, 78, died Sunday, June 19, 2011. Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Visitation was 5-9 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home and until service time on Tuesday. Burial will be in Dempsey Cemetery, Vina, Al. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala. will be in charge of arrangements.
Florence Prestridge
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Mrs. Florence Lewis Prestridge, 91, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., today at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
Rubel Lex Phillips
JACKSON – Funeral services for Rubel Lex Phillips will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 22, 2011, at Northminster Baptist Church in Jackson, with Rev. Charles Poole conducting the service. Visitation will be held at the church at 3955 Ridgewood Road, from 10 a.m. until noon, prior to the service. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Alcorn County. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is in charge of arrangements.
Rubel Lex Phillips was born March 29, 1925, in Alcorn County to William T. Phillips and Ollie Fare Phillips. He graduated from Alcorn Agricultural High School in Kossuth in 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in that year, and completed four years of active service to include wartime duty in the Pacific and with the post-war occupation. He retained a commission in the U.S. Navy Reserve, and retired with the rank of Commander in 1963.
Mr. Phillips was a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi School of Law. After graduation he was elected to serve as the Circuit Clerk of Alcorn County and Chairman of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. He was named Outstanding Alumnus of Millsaps College in 1956, and along with Charlie Sullivan and Paul Pittman, he was named one of three Outstanding Young Men of the Year by the Mississippi Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1959.
Mr. Phillips entered private law practice in 1958, and became a partner in the firm of Overstreet, Kuykendall, Perry and Phillips, and later the senior partner in the successor firm of Perry, Phillips, Crockett and Morrison. From 1979 until 1990, he was associated with Mobile Communications Corporation of America (MCCA), later Mobilecomm and a subsidiary of BellSouth, as a consultant and in-house counsel. In 1993 he was accepted as a Graduate Fellow in the Masters of Laws program at Cambridge University’s Downing College, in Cambridge, England.
Mr. Phillips was a former member of the Kiwanis Club and the Executive Committee of the Millsaps V-12 Program. He was active in the Mississippi Republican Party since 1956, and was the Republican candidate for Governor of Mississippi in both 1963 and 1967, motivated by the firm belief that the state needed a strong two-party system.
He was one of the five founders of Northminster Baptist Church, where he served as the first Chairman of the Board of Deacons and taught the men’s Sunday school class. Previously he had been a member of the First Baptist Church of Jackson, where he was a teacher of senior boys and a deacon. He was an avid supporter and active fund raiser for St. Andrews Episcopal School, Millsaps College, and the Mississippi Republican Party.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret James Phillips; and two sons, Rubel Lex Phillips Jr. and his wife Melinda, of Round Hill, Va., and Dr. William James Phillips and his wife Alison, of Jackson; two granddaughters, Caroline Marie “Cara” Phillips and Margaret Ann “Megan” Phillips. He is also survived by two brothers, William Maurice Phillips and wife Joan of Corinth, and Frank Price Phillips of Memphis, Tenn.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the mens’ Sunday school class of Northminster Baptist Church, the other members of the Founding Committee for Northminster Baptist Church, Judge Charles Gaudin, former law partners, and officers of the Millsaps V-12 Executive Committee. Special thanks are extended to Ms. Elayne Willis, Ms. Dorothy Almon, Mr. Charles Brown and other friends at the Blake for their constant, loving care-giving and support.
In lieu of flowers the family welcomes donations to Northminster Baptist Church, 3955 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211, or the M.I.N.D. Center, UMC, 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216, or the charity of your choice.
Ruth Lehman
SALTILLO – Ruth Lehman, 94, of the Natchez Trace Villas, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at home after a long illness. She was born Oct. 9, 1916, in Columbus, Ohio, to Harry and Mamie Stinson. She had lived in Tupelo since 1962.
She was a member of First Christian Church and a volunteer Gray Lady at NMMC for many years. She was a loving, devoted and generous wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. Services will be on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Rev. Ray Morton officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
She is survived by two sons, Bob Lehman and wife Pamela, of Tupelo, and Byron Lehman and wife Sherry, of The Woodlands, Texas; daughter-in-law Linda Lehman of Tupelo; a sister Donna Allison and husband Jim, of Virginia; a sister-in-law Jean Anderson of Ohio; six grandchildren, Bobby Lehman (Jody), Deborah Kellett (Wade) all of Tupelo, Ashley Wright (Tate) of The Woodlands, Texas, Laura Blackwell (Will) of Winston-Salem, N.C., Wesley Lehman (Lindsay) of Coral Gables, Fla. and Marissa Lehman of The Woodlands, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren, Pierce, Paris and Carden Lehman and Lake and Campbell Kellett all of Tupelo, Alec, Ethan and Olivia Wright of The Woodlands, Texas; Davis and Emory Blackwell of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Henry Lehman of Coral Gables, Fla. She was also blessed with special caregivers Annie Pannell, Angela Pannell, Ethel Jones, Sabrina Collier, Vonda Berry and Terry Hutcheson.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Lehman and two brothers, Ralph Stinson and Edward Stinson.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Lehman, Wade Kellett, Charles Watson, Marty Christian, Felix Rutledge and Richard Carleton.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, P.O. Box 2213, Tupelo, MS 38803. Condolences may be emailed to

Stephen Hambrick
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Stephen Lynn Hambrick, 55, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at his residence in Blue Mountain. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home.
Malinda Burney
TAYLOR – Malinda Burney, 30, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Donna Mae Moore
ODESSA, TEXAS – Donna Mae Moore, 76, of Odessa, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Regency Hospital of Odessa. She will be dearly missed by all as she was a very sociable person and a stranger to no one. Her life was dedicated to family. She raised two children and worked tirelessly attending to the needs of her granddaughters who she loved most of all.
She was born March 21, 1935, in Durham, Kan. to Rueben Berg and Laura Elizabeth Workman. She married George M. Moore in Hutchinson, Kan. on May 12, 1966. She was a devoted mother and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister and husband,George.
Survivors include two sisters Delores Prieb and husband Gary, of Hesston, Kan., and Karen Elliott and husband Ron, of Taylor Ridge, Ill.; a daughter Darla LaShomb, and husband Mark, of Odessa; a son Jerry Moore, and wife Debbie, of Tupelo; and two grandchildren Haley and Heather LaShomb, of Odessa.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials may be made to your favorite charity in Donna Moore’s name.
Hubbard-Kelly Funeral Home of Odessa is in charge of arrangements.
Easter Edge
BOONEVILLE – Easter England Edge, 85, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born April 11, 1926, in Tishomingo County to John Edward Edge and Fannie Shackelford England Edge. She was a bundler at Prentiss Manufacturing Company, and she was a member of Emmanuel Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed singing, playing the guitar, flowers and gardening. Most of all, she loved and enjoyed her family.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., today, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Michael Watson, Bro. Jimmy Edge, and Bro. Jeff Jones officiating. Burial will be in Hodges Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Keneth Edge (Carol), Gregory Edge (Terri), all of Booneville, and John C. Edge (Lara) of Lyons, Ga.; a sister, Vilent Edge; a special daughter-in-law, Martha Edge; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and 7 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by J. M. Edge, her first husband and father of her children, in 1996; a husband, Charlie Edge; a son, Danny Edge; two sisters, Mae Edge and Elizabeth Hardin; four brothers, Earl England, Willie England, Herman England and Charlie England.
Pallbearers are Charles Edge, Robert Edge, Charlie Edge, Danny Edge, Larry England and Maynard Edge.
Honorary pallbearers are Michael Hall and Mitch Edge.
Leonard Smith
KENOSHA, Wis. – Leonard Pershing Smith, 91, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, in Kenosha, Wis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Marjorie Clayton
HOLLY SPRINGS – Marjorie Clayton, 66, died Monday, June 20, 2011 at Baptist-Desoto in Southaven.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Ethel Faulkner
EUPORA – Ethel Scoggins Faulkner, 76, homemaker, died Friday, June 17, 2011, in Roundrock Texas. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Clarkson Cemetery. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
Eveline Rackley
PONTOTOC – Mary Eveline Rackley, 72, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Nov. 5, 1938. She was a member of By Faith Baptist Church. She retired from Lane Furniture in 2003 and loved spending time with her family and traveling to the mountains.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Marcus Coward officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Rackley; her children, Angie Rainer (Jimmy); Tina Elliott (Jeff); Jenna Nichols (Kenneth Jr.); Rusty Cossey (Pat); Chris Cossey and Jason Rackley (Courtney); her sisters, Gladys Webb (Tom) and Jane McKnight; 15 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, C.A. “Shorty” and Ruddell Smith; her brother, Wayne Smith; and her mother and father-in-law, N.E. and Elsie Rackley.
Pallbearers are Rusty Cossey, Chris Cossey, Jason Rackley, Allen Rainer, Cody Rainer, Josh Stacks, Bryan Nichols, Justin Cossey, Steven Cossey, Daniel Cossey and Kenneth Cossey.
Visitation is today from 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday from noon until service time.
Memorials may be sent to Sanctuary Hospice House or By Faith Baptist Church.
Wayne Wolfe
OXFORD – Wayne Hardy Wolfe, 50, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his home near Oxford.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Thursday with Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at
Roy Warren
PONTOTOC – Roy Warren, 72, died June 15, 2011, at his residence in Pontotoc. He was born Jan. 1, 1937, in Memphis, Tenn. to Roy Warren and Ara Bell Warren and was married to Frances Mathis of Pontotoc. He served in the U.S. Air Force, worked several years with the Pontotoc Police Department and Renasant Bank before retiring. He attended First Pentecostal Church of Tupelo.
A memorial service will be held, Wednesday, June 22, at 1 p.m. at Baldwin-Nowell Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Larry Hill officiating. A private burial will follow at Oak Forrest Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Roy Eddie Warren Jr. of Saltillo; two sisters, Shirley Warren of Pontotoc and Jeanette Barbee (Ed) of Houston, Texas; a nephew, Randy Ross of Katie, Texas, and a host of other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.
John Thompson
LAKE HELEN, Fla. – John Silo (Bud) Thompson, 83, died Tuesday, June 14, 2011. He was born in Tupelo to the late Grider and Nell Thompson, on May 26, 1928.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Lyle Thompson, and three children: Madge Auerbach of Orange City, Fla., Michael Thompson of Hollywood, Fla., and Karen Thompson of Jacksonville, Fla. He is also survived by three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the American Heart Association.
James Cook Jr.
TUPELO – James Franklin Cook Jr., 86, died Sunday, June 19, 2011, at his residence. He was born March 9, 1925, to Mina and J.F. Cook Sr., in North Kansas City, Mo. He served with the 75th Division of the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought in three major campaigns, The Battle of the Bulge, Colmar Pocket, and the Rhineland. He was awarded three Bronze Stars, Purple Heart and the French Legion of Honor. He was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in chemical engineering. He retired from Aerospace Corporation. He was project manager of missile programs at Cape Kennedy. He was an avid golfer and traveler.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce M. Cook of Tupelo; two sons, James F. Cook III, and wife Hillary, of South Pasadena, Calif. and Thomas Alan Cook and wife Kate, of Sierra Madre, Calif.; five grandchildren, Crystal Reeck and husband, Nick of Durham, N.C.; Genny Cook and Sam Cook, both of Sierra Madre, Calif., James F. Cook, IV, of San Francisco, Calif. and Savannah Cook of Seattle, Wash.; one brother Robert Cook and wife Joan, of Richardson, Texas; one sister-in-law Joan Lankford of Aberdeen; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Margaret Cook and Dorothy Knipple; and his first wife, Frances Greer Cook.
There will be a private graveside service at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the service. An online registry can be signed at
James Dickerson
BALDWYN – James Dickerson, 75, died Monday, June 20, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. He was the retired owner and operator of the Baldwyn Upholstery Shop. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, flying planes and painting. He was a Methodist.
Visitation will be today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Shirley Stevens Dickerson of Baldwyn; two daughters, Kim Lewis (Stan) of Whitehall, Ark., Amy Darnell (Jim) of Collierville, Tenn.; a son-in-law, Steve Ryan of Baldwyn; brothers Max Dickerson of Tupelo, Jon Lewis Dickerson of Fla.; a brother-in-law, Jimmy Stevens of Tupelo; and five grandchildren, Gabe Ryan, Kylie Ryan, Jay Lewis, Leigh Lewis and Chase Pulliam.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pam Ryan; his parents; Linwood and Florence Dickerson; his brothers, Dave and Bruce Dickerson; and his in-laws, Cecil and Opal Stevens.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, the American Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice.