SHANNON – James Lonnie “J.L.” Blake, 68, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at his residence in the Pleasant Grove community west of Shannon after an extended illness. He was born on Sept. 23, 1941, in Lepanto, Ark., to Joseph Blake and Myrtle Coleman Blake. He grew up there and farmed in Arkansas until moving to Mississippi in l989. He was a truck driver and retired from Comfort/United Furniture. A member of the Church of God, he was a quiet man who enjoyed worship and praising God. He loved watching western movies and “Bonanza” on television. He was a fisherman, and a doting grandfather to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew him as “Poppa J.L.”
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Pleasant Grove Mission Church with Bro. Billy Wayne Henderson and Bro. Ralph George, his brother-in-law, delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, James Lonnie Blake Jr. (Julie) and Larry Wayne Blake, all of Shannon; one daughter, Vickie Ballinger (Jimmy) of Fort Payne, Ala.; two brothers, four sisters; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Cleta Faye George Blake, who died Dec. 26, 2003; his parents, a brother, a grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be D.J. Crossen, Michael Crossen, Wayne Balinger, Steven George, Mark Nanney and Anthony Blake.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALDWYN – Joseph Claude Duke, 48, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He enjoyed anything outdoors, especially riding his motorcycle. He loved his grandchildren dearly.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. O’Neal Butler officiating. Burial will be in the Keownville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Lynnette Duke of Dumas; two daughters, Antoinetta Lamacchia and Lisa Duke of Dumas; three sons, Joseph Duke Jr. and Jessie Duke, both of California, and Michael Lamacchia of Dumas; one sister, Sharon Reilly McCaslin (Rick) of Dumas; a special nephew, Dillon Duke of Dumas; two granddaughters, Kadence and Addisyn.
He receded in death by his parents, Rubel and Judith Duke, and one sister, Donna Duke.
Pallbearers will be Joey Duke, Michal Lamacchia, Ronnie and Tona Rich, Rick McCaslin, Robert Pannell, Bric Turner, Cole Eubanks and Andrew Elliot.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
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NEW ALBANY – Joe Jr. Martin, 64, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Graceland Health Care Center in New Albany.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Beasley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery.
NEW ALBANY – Billy Wooley, 57, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
BALDWYN – Maudie Sue Oswalt, 77, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was a retired factory worker and a homemaker. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Gerald Carpenter and Bro. Peyton Meeks officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Melissa Wren (Michael) of Blackland; three sons, Larry Oswalt (Shelia) of Guntown, and Donnie Oswalt (Tammy) and Marty Oswalt (Valerie), both of Baldwyn; one sister, Sarah Medley of Mason Hall, Tenn.; one brother, Gerald Harper of Tennessee; 14 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Oswalt; twin sons; her parents, Robert and Velma Harper; and five brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Frost, Blake Frost, Jason Oswalt, Shane Arnold, Timmy Oswalt and Lee Oswalt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
PLANTERSVILLE – Alice Park, 62, wife of Johnny Mack Park, died at her home in the Cedar Hill area near Plantersville after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
PARRISH, Fla. – Myrtle Irene McCreary, 95, formerly of Booneville, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at Manatee Memorial Hospital in Bradenton, Fla. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
PONTOTOC – Faye Henry Coward, 84, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at her home. She was a homemaker and a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Marcus Coward officiating. Burial will be in Springville Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin Coward of Pontotoc; two daughters, Nita Ruth of Pontotoc and Judy Dailey of Bellbrook, Ohio; one son, Mark Coward of New Albany; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Lowell Henry.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Robinson, Jerry Robinson, Paul Washington, Randy Young, Henry Tunnell and Sonny Poynor.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.
BOONEVILLE – Willodean Smith Nunley, 80, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 15, 1930, in Prentiss County to Earl and Lula Aldridge Smith. She was a member of West Booneville Church of Christ. She enjoyed flowers, sewing and cooking sweets.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Ward Hogland officiating. Burial will be in the East Prentiss Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Terry (Delila) Nunley and Larry Roy (Pam) Nunley, both of Booneville; four sisters, Freida Wilson and Mauveline Moss, both of Booneville, Carolyn English of Virginia Beach, Va., and Frances Smith of New Site; four brothers, Paul Jack Smith, Fred Smith, Luther Wayne Smith and Bobby Smith, all of Booneville; 10 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Alvin Roy “Pop” Nunley; and two daughters, Diane Ross and Renaa Barnes.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Wilson, Randy Wilson, Shane Ross, Mike Graham, Mark Conley and Shawn Horton.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
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