Obituaries June 29, 2010

Clyde Whitaker
TUPELO – Clyde Edward Whitaker, 74, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Nov. 4, 1935, in Sardis to Darel Wesley and Reba Whitaker. He grew up in Batesville and graduated from Batesville High School. He was a graduate of Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, where he served as student body president. He attended Millsaps College from 1955 to 1957. In 1958 he served in the U.S. Army. He returned to Batesville, where he worked with his brother, Punk, in Whitaker Electric Motor Co. After relocating to Tupelo in 1964, he worked for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company and later worked in real estate sales. In 1973, he was elected mayor of Tupelo, becoming the first Republican elected official in Lee County. He served as mayor of Tupelo from 1973 to 1981. While mayor, he served as president of the Mississippi Municipal Association and was active in the Republican Party at both the state and the national levels. In 1981, he formed Whitaker Realty and worked as a commercial real estate broker.
Whitaker worked to improve his community through his business and through membership in a number of community organizations including the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club and the Community Development Foundation. He was a longtime member of St. Luke Methodist Church and was a member of Tupelo’s Major Thoroughfare Committee. He served on the building committee and board of directors of Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a generous and loyal friend to many and was grateful for their expressions of support and affection during his illness. He faced death as he lived, with grace, dignity and unfailing good humor.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Luke Methodist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Rick Brooks officiating. Burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Beth Whitaker, of Madison, Wis.; his son, Darrell Whitaker (Paula) of Oxford; his stepdaughter, Amanda Lancaster, of Tupelo; four sisters, Mary Alice Broome (Wayne), Jo Whitaker, Alta Irving (Zach) and Barbara Smith (W.I.); one brother, Mirl Whitaker (Alene); and four grandchildren, Joseph Whitaker, Jack Whitaker, Martha Whitaker and Austin Lancaster; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dimple Whitaker; his parents; and his brothers, Vernon “Punk” Whitaker and James Whitaker.
Pallbearers will be Leon Whitaker, Paul Broome, Bill Ratliffe, Tracy Mask, Darrell Smith, Ted Gordon, Jerry Bristow, Rick Maynard and Greg Pirkle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; Camp Lake Stephens, 117 Camp Lake Stephens Drive, Oxford, MS 38655; The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasurer, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203 or at www.nature.org; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Robert Sellers
CORINTH – Robert Sellers, 62, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
Bill Hampton
MEMPHIS – Willie Lee “Bill” Hampton, 62, formerly of Lamar, died Friday, June 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Sand Hill M.B. Church at Lamar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Howard Johnson
FULTON – Howard Lee Johnson, 58, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Frank S. Wicker
TUPELO – Frank Stubbs Wicker, 91, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at his residence at Avon Lea Retirement Center in Tupelo after a lengthy illness. He was born on Jan. 6, 1919, in Tippah County to Mills Franklin Wicker and Katherine Palmer Stubbs Wicker. During World War II, he served in the Army Quartermaster Corps Special Services for 46 months. During his stateside duty, he operated an Army Post theater. Later in France, he was responsible for two Post Exchanges. In civilian life, he worked in sales for International Shoe Company, Peters Division, the Genesco Shoe Company and Hancock Fabrics Inc. for 15 years as store manager and eight years at the local Tupelo Hancock Fabric Store. He retired in l984. He then worked part time for North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a longtime member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, joining in l954. Earlier this year, he received a commendation from the Harrisburg family for service as a deacon for 50 years. At Harrisburg, he was active as an usher, a member of the Sanctuary Sunday School Class and served on two pulpit committees. Mr. Wicker was a patriotic American who revered his community, state and country. He loved his church, Sunday School class, family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who knew him as “Granddaddy.” He enjoyed working in his yard, traveling and going places.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and his nephew, Dr. Hayes Wicker Jr., officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Annie Faye Carter Wicker, whom he married June 22, 1943; three children, Frank Carter Wicker (Peggy) of Tupelo, Dr. David Lynn Wicker of Vallejo, Calif., and Gloria Ann Wicker Armstrong (Keith Easter) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Jonathan Hans Wicker, Todd Dempsey Wicker, Lee Ryan Armstrong and William Mark Armstrong; seven great-grandchildren; nephews, Dr. Hayes P. Wicker Jr, Jimmie Freeman, Bobby Freeman and Van Ford Wicker; and a niece, Sara Katherine Freeman Grass.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five siblings, J.U., Mills A., Bill R. and Hayes P. Wicker, and Sallie Mae Wicker Freeman; a nephew, Billy Pearce Freeman; and a niece, Billie Faye Wicker Mattox.
Pallbearers will be Frank Brinkley, Bobby Fulgham, Billy Haygood, Bill Hamblin Jr., Jamie Owens and Sammy Henderson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Jimmie Nell Weir
ABERDEEN – Jimmie Nell Robinson Weir, 92, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Windsor Place Nursing amp& Rehab Center in Columbus. She was born July 4, 1917, to Albert Stephenson Robinson and Mattie Lou Farley Robinson in Lamar County, Ala. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen and the past three years in Columbus. She worked as a seamstress at Seminole Manufacturing. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Aberdeen.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Sue McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include two brothers, Willard Robinson and wife, Doris, and Gerald “Stub” Robinson and wife, Jala, all of Millport, Ala.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Harvey B. Robinson, Lewis Robinson and Hurskin “Cotton” Robinson; and three sisters, Dottie Jean Bittle, Zealon Ruffin and Ollie Elizabeth Robinson.
Donations may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Taylor Ford
TUPELO – Jeffrey Taylor Ford, 16, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Tupelo on July, 11, 1993, to Jonathan Jeffrey Ford and Melissa Joy Guntharp Lyons. He was an 11th grade student at Tupelo High School and a member of the Monument Drive Baptist Church. He enjoyed the outdoors, all sports especially baseball which he played as a youngster, computers and texting, but most importantly, hanging out with his friends. He gave the gift of life in death by being an organ donor.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jeff Kidd and Bro. Tim Roaten officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his mother and dad, Missy and Dennis Lyons of Tupelo; his father, Jonathan Ford of Saltillo; his grandparents, Charles and Joyce Guntharp of Fulton; his great-grandparents, Dr. Robert and Bea Foster of Tupelo; his sisters, Caitlin and Madison Lyons of Tupelo; his aunts, Jenny Guntharp Erikson (Tim) of Saltillo, Debbie Foster Lively (Mike), Sue Foster Baker (Vandy), Karen Johnson, Dian Ratliff, Evelyn Stazio. Jerline Hannon Guntharp (James), Ann Guntharp Taylor (Mike); his uncles, Dr. Robert L. Foster (LeighAnn), William Eubanks, Russel Eubanks, Roger Lyons (Lisa) and Michael Lyons (Lisa); his cousins, Gracie Carol Erikson, Wendy Foster, Matt Foster, Chris Baker, Sims Baker, Jim Hannon (Pattie), Angela Hannon Smitherman (Toby) and John Michael Foster.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ellen and Clint Lyons, and his great-grandparents, Hursey and Cordie Guntharp.
Pallbearers will be William Pannell, Caleb Bryant, Joseph Williams, Dillon McDaniel, George Ross, William Calloway, James Gates, Chris Livingston and Josh Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be all his running buddies.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time Wednesday only.
Bro. Randal Flake
WALNUT – Bro. Thomas Randal Flake, 61, died Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Jan. 20, 1949, in Lee County to Thomas and Mildred Flake. He was the pastor at Community Pentecostal Church for 37 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Community Pentecostal Church with Bro. N.P. Urshan, Bro. Gordon Winslow and Bro. Wayne Flake officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Dianne Flake; one son, Ethan Flake; one daughter, Melody Phillips, and husband, Shane; one brother, Sammy Flake; one sister, Twila Bateman, and husband, Neil; and her grandchildren, Dean Bullock and Casey Phillips, all of the Walnut area; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the church. A special celebration service will be at 7 p.m. today.
Daniel Jenkins
AMORY – Daniel Jenkins, 89, died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Carter’s Chapel in Amory. Burial will be in Chapel Grove East Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, with a wake from 5 to 6 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Vernice Cole
BOONEVILLE – Dorothy Vernice Cole, 85, died Saturday, June 26, 2010, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab after an extended illness. She was a member of Liberty Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Rev. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
She is survived by one nephew, Tony Mann (Barbara) of Beach Park, Ill.; one great-niece, Nanette Mann (Jeff) of Grafton, Wis.; and two caregivers, Norine Yearber of Booneville and Ann Studdard of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenny and Alma Champion Mann; her spouse, Artie Cole; and one brother, Roy Doyle Mann.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Lovie Ann Eubanks
PONTOTOC – Lovie Ann Eubanks, 69, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. A native of Pontotoc County, she was a member of East Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at East Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Pastor Artie Webber officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Eubanks of Pontotoc, Willie Lee Fitzpatrick of Beloit, Wis., and Annie Naylor of Rockford, Ill.; five sons, Wilson Eubanks of Pontotoc, Dan Eubanks of New York City, Eddie Joe Eubanks and David Eubanks, both of Rockford, Ill., and Curtis Armstrong of Milwaukee, Ill.; one grandchild and one great-grandchild.
Family fellowship will be held at East Baptist Church Fellowship Hall after the burial.
Buddy Dillard
IUKA – Ray Gene “Buddy” Dillard, 57, of Iuka died Monday, June 28, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Bobby McElroy
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Gene McElroy, 75, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. He was a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. He was a 32nd Degree Mason with Booneville Lodge 305 and a York Rite Mason.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Wilson and Bro. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will follow in Martin Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nell McElroy; two daughters, Pam Clark (Billy) and Kathy Volking (Russell); one sister, Ruby Brasel; one brother, Raymond McElroy (Priscilla), all of Booneville; two brothers-in-law, Thomas Wilson of Booneville and Kenneth Wilson (Kay) of Hartselle, Ala.; two sisters-in-law, Gail Wilson and Brenda Pharr (George), both of Booneville; four grandchildren, Amy Harris (Jason), Amber Janzen (Seth), Ryan Volking and Kurt Volking; and four great-grandchildren, Tyson and Jake Harris, Jaycee Drew and Clark Janzen.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie W. and Jewel Boren McElroy; and one great-granddaughter, Molly Grace Harris.
Pallbearers will be Larry Isbell, Nathan Pharr, Jackie Stokes, Doug Wilson, Boyce Barber and Thomas Bryde.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Margaret Burgett
KILLEN, Ala. – Margaret Burgett, 65, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Olyvia Johns
ABERDEEN – Olyvia Faye-Ann Johns, 3 months, died Saturday, June 26, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born March 10, 2010, in Jackson to Randy Travis Johns and Kayla Marie Morris Johns of Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p. m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with officiating. Burial will be in Cemetery.
Survivors include her parents; her grandparents, Jimmy Ray and Patricia Ann Morris of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Randy Wayne and Donna Faye Johns.
Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Jerry Cobb
NEW ALBANY – Jerry Cobb, 66, died Friday, June 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born March 4, 1944, to Troy Cobb and Annie Rene Dixon. He was a member of Mallalieu United Methodist Church. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 after high school and received an honorable discharge in 1967. He was a graduate of Foster’s Cosmetology and Barber College. He was employed at Mesker Steel for 20 years before retiring from Industrial Timber in July 2009. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary United Methodist Church with the Rev. W.T. Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Vaughn Cobb; three sons, Marcus Cobb of Bruce, Randy Cobb of New Albany and Reginald Cobb of Tupelo; five daughters, Alice Ambrose of Memphis, Mary (Anthony) Johnson of Bartlett, Tenn., Sinitika (Charles) Payne, Dacia Cobb and Jeri Cobb, all of New Albany; two brothers, Billy Ball of Indianapolis, Ind., and James Boles of New Albany; six sisters, Margaret Boles of New Albany, Bobbie Turner of Indianapolis, Ind., Marilyn Payton, Mary Ann Dixon and Mary Jane Boles, all of Milwaukee, and Janice (Michael) Mitchell of Racine, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Ball of New Albany; 18 grandchildren; a special cousin, Lee “Bish” Howard; special friends, Terry Lynn White, Willie Brown, Charlie Scales, Ed Cole and Willie “Crow” Strong; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Ball.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Peggy Griffin
PETAL – Peggy Griffin, 62, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at her home. She was a schoolteacher and a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Murray Hill Church of God. Moore Funeral Home of Hattiesburg is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Griffin, and a son, Michael Griffin, both of Petal.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jonathan Griffin, and her parents, Tommie and Sybil Cummings.
Memorials may be directed to the Jonathan Griffin Scholarship Fund at Jones County Junior College.
Ike Stacy
PONTOTOC – Ike Talmadge Stacy, 77, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at his home. He was born March 18, 1933, in Pontotoc County to the late Alsy Jackson Stacy and Elma Palmyra Tunnell Stacy. He was a former member and ordained deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and a founding member of Victory Baptist Church in Pontotoc, having signed the note to purchase the property and build the church building. He generously supported several preachers through the years with prayer, financial support and donations of furniture from his business. He supported many causes, such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, LeBonheur Hospital and Samaritan’s Purse, and served his country as a corporal in the United States Army. He was the founder and owner of Samp&S Manufacturing (Stacy Furniture). He started the business in the old Woodland school building in 1972, then moved to the Algoma School, and later building at its present location on Campground Road.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Baptist Church with Bro. Doug Odle, Rev. Doug Jones, Rev. Harvey Sewell and Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Imogene Sewell Stacy of Pontotoc; three sons, Roger Stacy (Penny) of Humboldt, Tenn., Dale Stacy (Tracy) and Mike Stacy (Angie), both of Pontotoc; two sisters, Betty Jean Martin of Pontotoc and Helen Duncan of Amory; a half sister, Dorothy McCoy of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Sonya Shelton, Sara Saxon, Benji Stacy, Holly Stacy, Justin Stacy, Caleb Stacy, Seth Stacy and Charity Stacy; six great-grandchildren, Sara Grace Allen, Will Allen, Isaac Shelton, Beth Saxon, Ashlyn Saxon and Taryn Jamison.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Robbie Nell Anderson; three half sisters, Sarah Stacy Cooley, Hattie Mae Ashmore and Annice Kate Warczak; and three half brothers, Wayne “Buster” Stacy, Howard Stacy and Pete Stacy.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the men’s Sunday School class of Victory Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at Victory Baptist Church.
In honor of Mr. Stacy, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
William Hill
WEST POINT – William Avery Hill, 92, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point. He was born June 18, 1918, in Peach Orchard, Ark., to Avery Alexander Hill and Naomi Brown. He served two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a top salesman for Celotex Corp. and Weyerhaeuser. He was a Christian, serving as a deacon and Sunday School superintendent at Highland Heights Baptist Church in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Rev. Kirk Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda Inez Hill of West Point; one daughter, Sandra Crawford (Mac) of Centerville, Ohio; two brothers, B.W. Hill (Ruth) and Hal E. Hill, both of West Point; three grandchildren, Laurie Courtney (Steven), U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mac A. Crawford (Lee Anne) and Ellisa Mills (David); three great-grandchildren, Lexa Crawford, Kyle Crawford and Annie Mills; two step-daughters, Cindy Carter (Reid) and Kristy Cliett (Chris), and their children, Kayla Carter, Rebecca Carter, Taylor Cliett and Cody Cliett; a brother-in-law, Phill Patterson (Theone) of Pangburn, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Amaryllis Smith of Cantonment, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Ina Patterson Hill; sister, Kathryn H. Steele.
Pallbearers will be Cody Cliett, Chris Cliett, Clark McCollom, Clay McCollom and Hal Hill Jr.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Gloria Waltman
ABERDEEN – Gloria Defene Norris Walden Waltman, 72, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at her home after a short illness. A native of Lowndes County, she was a daughter of Richard Hobson and Ordella Lindsey Norris. A former resident of Columbus, she had lived in Monroe County for several months and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church. She owned and operated a grocery store for 16 years and worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in hospital communications. She enjoyed watching hummingbirds and gardening, especially growing and caring for her yellow roses.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church with Bro. Danny Burks and Bro. Ben Yarber officiating. Burial will follow in Lann Cemetery. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Debbie (Barry) Abbott of Pensacola, Fla.; sons, Michael Eugene Walden of Caledonia, Emanuel M. (Debra) Walden of Greenwood Springs and John Melvin (Melissa) Walden of Aberdeen; sisters, Syble Robison and Joyce Toney, both of Caledonia; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Melvin Eugene Walden and Everett Waltman.
Pallbearers will be David Crocker, Tyler Walden-Leavell, Jared Walden-Leavell, Michael Walden Jr., Larry Leavell and Jimbo Adams.
The body will lie in state at the church from noon until service time.
Memorials may be given to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at picklefh@att.net.
Dorothy Grammar
KIRKVILLE – Dorothy Mae Bridges Grammar, 84, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was a member of the Ozark Methodist Church. She loved gardening, quilting, crocheting and cooking. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Douglas Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Diane Griggs of Marietta, Lynda Yanel of Kenosha, Wis., and Cathy Bartlebaugh (Don) 0f Kirkville; six grandchildren, Randy Griggs, Rhonda Graham, Freddie and Ryan Yanel, Lisa Pace and Donnie Bartlebaugh; seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tramble Grammar; her parents, Thomas and Lonie Bridges; two sons-in-law, Roy Griggs and Fred Yanel; and two brothers, J.E. and Leroy Bridges.
Pallbearers will be Randy Griggs, Donnie Bartlebaugh, Austin Murphree, Ben Graham, Nick Upton, and Ryan and Freddie Yanel.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
John Bailey
OXFORD – John Hugh Bailey, 81, died Friday, June 25, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
A memorial service will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Collierville First Assembly of God Church in Collierville, Tenn. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Nina Tapscott
BATON ROUGE – Dorothy Nina “Dottie” Tapscott, 62, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at her home in Baton Rouge after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 13, 1947, in Tupelo to Chester A. Tapscott Jr. and Marjorie Bell Tapscott. She retired earlier this year with 27 years of service from the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development as the Assistant Director.
She is a 1965 graduate of Nettleton High School and a 1969 graduate of Mississippi University for Women with a degree in history. After teaching in the Jackson Public School System and working as a city planner in Lafayette, La., she was employed by the State of Louisiana.
She was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. She had a wide circle of friends that were as diverse as her hobbies and interests. She and her dogs, which were certified by Therapy Dogs international, Inc., brought hours of enjoyment to nursing home patients. She participated in obedience and agility classes and trials through the Louisiana Capital City Obedience Club. She, along with her friends, traveled to competitions in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. She enjoyed attending meetings of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the MUW Alumni Association.
Survivors include three brothers, Chester A. “Scotty” Tapscott III of Jackson, Bill Tapscott of Nettleton and his wife, Carol, and Mike Tapscott of Tupelo and his wife, Marsha; two nieces, Dawn Tapscott Hairald of Nettleton and her husband, Shawn, and Rachel Atkins of Los Angeles; four nephews, Brent Tapscott of Ridgeland, Michael Atkins of Savannah, Ga., and David Tapscott and John Tapscott of Tupelo; two great-nephews, Payne and Cooper Hairald of Nettleton. She is survived by her two beloved Shetland Sheepdogs, Misty and Sailor, and her cat, Sonny Boy.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Marjorie Tapscott; one sister, Marilyn Tapscott Atkins; and one sister-in-law, Jewel Henry Tapscott.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo with Father Tim Lalor and Rev. Gail Tapscott officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Pallbearers will be Brent Tapscott, Charlie Farrar, Billy Farrar, Cody Sanders, Richard McDuffie and Darrell Rankin.
Charitable donations may be made to the individual’s charity of choice.
Bettie Ash
POTTS CAMP – Elizabeth Wayne “Bettie” Wilson Ash, 69, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
Born in Maxwell, Ind., she had lived in the Potts Camp area since 1948. Her husband, J.M. “Flick” Ash is the former mayor of Potts Camp, a former legislator, former Chancery Clerk and the former sheriff of Marshall County. Mrs. Ash began working for him in 1965 when he was sheriff. She was a former chief clerk and auditor for the Chancery Clerk’s office and the Sheriff’s office in Marshall County. She also had worked as a realtor/broker for Flick’s Realty since 1977 and was currently the manager of Flick’s Country Restaurant. Mrs. Ash enjoyed cooking, working and sewing. A member of the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, she loved children and her family.
Visitation will be held today, June 29, 2010, 5 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Potts Camp. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 30, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with Bishop Steve Wilson, Bro. Chuck Fowler and Pastor Jon Vazquez officiating. Interment will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, J.M. “Flick” Ash of Potts Camp; two stepdaughters, Ludis Reeves of Olive Branch and Liesa Weaver of Petal; one stepson, Jesse Ash Jr. of Potts Camp; four sisters, Joanna Murphy of Potts Camp, Frankie Bishop of New Albany, Becky Goldman of Colbert, Ga., and Martha Carson of Lafayette, Ind.; five brothers, Rev. John Wilson of Nashville, Tenn., Bishop Steve Wilson of Potts Camp, Sam Wilson of Potts Camp, Rev. J. Michael Wilson of Parsons, Tenn., and Tim Wilson of Potts Camp; 21 nieces and nephews; 32 great-nieces and great-nephews.
Her parents, J. Frank and Lillian Wilson, a stepdaughter, Donna Ruth Watts, a nephew, Patrick Wilson, and a great-niece, Brittany Bishop, preceded Mrs. Ash in death.
Memorials may be made to the Bethlehem Christian School, 88 Overton School Road, Potts Camp, MS 38659.
Jerry Cobb
NEW ALBANY – Jerry Cobb, 66, died Friday, June 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born March 4, 1944, to Troy Cobb and Annie Rene Dixon. He was a member of Mallalieu United Methodist Church. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 after high school and received an honorable discharge in 1967. He was a graduate of Foster’s Cosmetology and Barber College. He was employed at Mesker Steel for 20 years before retiring from Industrial Timber in July 2009. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary United Methodist Church with the Rev. W.T. Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Vaughn Cobb; three sons, Marcus Cobb of Bruce, Randy Cobb of New Albany and Reginalde Cobb of Tupelo; five daughters, Alice Ambrose of Memphis, Mary (Anthony) Johnson of Bartlett, Tenn., Sinitika (Charles) Payne, Dacia Cobb and Jeri Cobb, all of New Albany; two brothers, Billy Ball of Indianapolis, Ind., and James Boles of New Albany; six sisters, Margaret Boles of New Albany, Bobbie Turner of Indianapolis, Ind., Marilyn Payton, Mary Ann Dixon and Mary Jane Boles, all of Milwaukee, and Janice (Michael) Mitchell of Racine, Wis.; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Ball of New Albany; 18 grandchildren; a special cousin, Lee “Bish” Howard; special friends, Terry Lynn White, Willie Brown, Charlie Scales, Ed Cole and Willie “Crow” Strong; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jimmy Ball.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ike Stacy
PONTOTOC – Ike Talmadge Stacy, 77, died Monday, June 28, 2010, at his home. He was born March 18, 1933, in Pontotoc County to the late Alsy Jackson Stacy and Elma Palmyra Tunnell Stacy. He was a former member and ordained deacon at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and a founding member of Victory Baptist Church in Pontotoc, having signed the note to purchase the property and build the church building. He generously supported several preachers through the years with prayer, financial support and donations of furniture from his business. He supported many causes, such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital, LeBonheur Hospital and Samaritan’s Purse, and served his country as a corporal in the United States Army. He was the founder and owner of S&S Manufacturing (Stacy Furniture). He started the business in the old Woodland school building in 1972, then moved to the Algoma School, and later building at its present location on Campground Road.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Jones, Rev. Harvey Sewell and Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Imogene Sewell Stacy of Pontotoc; three sons, Roger Stacy (Penny) of Humboldt, Tenn., Dale Stacy (Tracy) and Mike Stacy (Angie), both of Pontotoc; two sisters, Betty Jean Martin of Pontotoc and Helen Duncan of Amory; a half sister, Dorothy McCoy of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Sonya Shelton, Sara Saxon, Benji Stacy, Holly Stacy, Justin Stacy, Caleb Stacy, Seth Stacy and Charity Stacy; six great-grandchildren, Sara Grace Allen, Will Allen, Isaac Shelton, Beth Saxon, Ashlyn Saxon and Taryn Jamison.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Robbie Nell Anderson; three half sisters, Sarah Stacy Cooley, Hattie Mae Ashmore and Annice Kate Warczak; and three half brothers, Wayne “Buster” Stacy, Howard Stacy and Pete Stacy.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the men’s Sunday School class of Victory Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at Victory Baptist Church.
In honor of Mr. Stacy, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
William Hill
WEST POINT – William Avery Hill, 92, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point. He was born June 18, 1918, in Peach Orchard, Ark., to Avery Alexander Hill and Naomi Brown. He served two years in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a top salesman for Celotex Corp. and Weyerhaeuser. He was a Christian, serving as a deacon and Sunday School superintendent at Highland Heights Baptist Church in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Rev. Kirk Chapman officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda Inez Hill of West Point; one daughter, Sandra Crawford (Mac) of Centerville, Ohio; two brothers, B.W. Hill (Ruth) and Hal E. Hill, both of West Point; three grandchildren, Laurie Courtney (Steven), U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Mac A. Crawford (Lee Anne) and Ellisa Mills (David); three great-grandchildren, Lexa Crawford, Kyle Crawford and Annie Mills; two step-daughters, Cindy Carter (Reid) and Kristy Cliett (Chris, and their children, Kayla Carter, Rebecca Carter, Taylor Cliett and Cody Cliett; a brother-in-law, Phill Patterson (Theone) of Pangburn, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Amaryllis Smith of Cantonment, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Ina Patterson Hill; sister, Kathryn H. Steele.
Pallbearers will be Cody Cliett, Chris Cliett, Clark McCollom, Clay McCollom and Hal Hill Jr.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Gloria Waltman
ABERDEEN – Gloria Defene Norris Walden Waltman, 72, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at her home after a short illness. A native of Lowndes County, she was a daughter of Richard Hobson and Ordella Lindsey Norris. A former resident of Columbus, she had lived in Monroe County for several months and was a member of Grace Fellowship Church. She owned and operated a grocery store for 16 years and worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in hospital communications. She enjoyed watching hummingbirds and gardening, especially growing and caring for her yellow roses.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. today at Grace Fellowship Church with Bro. Danny Burks and Bro. Ben Yarber officiating. Burial will follow in Lann Cemetery. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Debbie (Barry) Abbott of Pensacola, Fla.; sons, Michael Eugene Walden of Caledonia, Emanuel M. (Debra) Walden of Greenwood Springs and John Melvin (Melissa) Walden of Aberdeen; sisters, Syble Robison and Joyce Toney, both of Caledonia; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Melvin Eugene Walden and Everett Waltman.
Pallbearers will be David Crocker, Tyler Walden-Leavell, Jared Walden-Leavell, Michael Walden Jr., Larry Leavell and Jimbo Adams.
The body will lie in state at the church from noon until service time.
Memorials may be given to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at picklefh@att.net.
Dorothy Grammar
KIRKVILLE – Dorothy Mae Bridges Grammar, 84, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was a member of the Ozark Methodist Church. She loved gardening, quilting, crocheting and cooking. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Douglas Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Diane Griggs of Marietta, Lynda Yanel of Kenosha, Wis., and Cathy Bartlebaugh (Don) 0f Kirkville; six grandchildren, Randy Griggs, Rhonda Graham, Freddie and Ryan Yanel, Lisa Pace and Donnie Bartlebaugh; seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tramble Grammar; her parents, Thomas and Lonie Bridges; two sons-in-law, Roy Griggs and Fred Yanel; and two brothers, J.E. and Leroy Bridges.
Pallbearers will be Randy Griggs, Donnie Bartlebaugh, Austin Murphree, Ben Graham, Nick Upton, and Ryan and Freddie Yanel.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.

John Bailey
OXFORD – John Hugh Bailey, 81, died
Friday, June 25, 2010, at Graceland Care
Center in Oxford.
A memorial service will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Collierville First Assembly of God Church in Collierville, Tenn. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
To leave online condolences, visit
www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Tommy Fines
AMORY – Thomas Elbert Fines, 81, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 13, 1929, in Townley, Ala., he was the son of the late Euple and Sarah Louise Bagwell Fines. He graduated from Jasper High School and Itawamba Community College. He married Peggy Ann Miller Fines in 1953; she died in 1994. He then married Shirley Ann Ausbon in 1994. He owned and operated Fines Cleaners in Amory for 20 years and was an agent with the Frisco/BNSF Railroad for 46 years before retiring. He was a member of the 20+ Frisco Club and the NRA. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Korean War. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching old westerns and playing solitaire.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Ann Fines of Amory; three sons,Thomas David Fines of Tupelo, Randy Morgan of Fulton and Lee Morgan of Amory; one daughter, Tracey Bean of Shannon; five grandchildren, Allison Langford (Chris), Corey Fines (Jennifer), Ryan and Zakkery Bean, and Devon Putney; and three great-grandchildren, Kensli and Rylee Langford, and Mason Bean.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; and a half sister, Jackie Alba.
Pallbearers will be Leamon Edgeworth, Charles Langley, Tom Crook, Tim Walters, Corey Fines, Kerry Cole and Paul Morgan. Honorary pallbearers will be Dick Millender, Douglas Crook, Pete Randle, Jr. Crook, Joe Suggs, Peanut Estes, coffee buddies at Phil’s Place; Oak Tree and BNSF employees; and Dr. Bill Rogers.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

Gloria Hemmer
LAWRENCE – Gloria Gilpin Hemmer, 86, died Sunday, June 27, 2010, at Rush Hospital in Meridian. She moved to Greenwood as a child. She graduated from Greenwood High School and attended Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women and Louisiana State University. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and later a charter member of North Greenwood Baptist Church. She was a member of the Four Seasons Garden Club and Matine Musical. She was a former Sunday School teacher.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilson & Knight Funeral Home Chapel in Greenwood. The Rev. Gordon Heinrich will officiate. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Greenwood.
Survivors include one daughter, Hattie H. Swindle of Lawrence; two grandchildren, Franklin “Bo” Swindle of Lawrence and Kenyon S. Work of Potts Camp; four great-grandchildren, Chanlynn Swindle of Lawrence, and Trevor Swindle, Pipkin Work and Layden Work, all of Potts Camp; a cousin, Joyce Hughes, of Greenwood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. “Jug” Hemmer.
An online guest register may be signed at www.wilsonandknight.com.

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