Obituaries June 5, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Elizabeth Allen
NEW ALBANY – Elizabeth Ann Allen, “Nana,” died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. She was born June 26, 1933, in Bethlehem, Pa. to John Peter Holub Sr. and Ethel Kish Holub. She was married to her beloved husband, Jesse Allen Sr. for 55 years until his death in July 2006. She was a housewife, a wonderful mother, and a loving “Nana” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her little dogs and watching the birds and squirrels in her yard.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Frank Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Christian Church Cemetery in Collierville, Tenn. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Cathy Owen (Kenny) and Cindy Baker (Ronnie); two sons, Jesse Allen Jr. “Skipper” (Denise) and Eric Allen, all of New Albany; eight grandchildren, Michael Brown (Noel) of Jackson, Lindsay Owen (Derek Payne), Ashley Rutherford, Nathan Baker, Nicole Baker, Cody Baker, Hailey Allen and Heather McMillen, all of New Albany; three great-grandchildren, Jackson Rutherford, Brayden Lyon and Layla Baker of New Albany; three sisters, Shirley Lucas and Olga Coyle of Philadelphia, Pa. and Pat Alfree of Hartley, Del.; one brother, John Peter Holub Jr. of Woodland Beach, Del.; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Eddie Lathon
WEST POINT – Eddie James Lathon, 91, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Pheba Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in First Baptist Pheba and Hogan Chapel Cemetery in Pheba. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Robin Blalock
TUPELO – Robin Lynn Smith Blalock, 52, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Robin was born on Nov. 18, l958, in Tupelo to P.V. Smith and Shirley Vinson Smith. She lived all her life here and graduated from Tupelo High School in l977. Robin was a part of the ambulance service at North Mississippi Medical Center for 21 years. She served the last 12 years as a master paramedic. Her devotion to providing quality emergency health care for Northeast Mississippians is legendary.
She enjoyed bowling and scuba diving, but Robin is best remembered as being a devoted and engaging wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all. She particularly enjoyed her grandchildren. Robin loved life and lived it to the fullest in the spirit of Christian brotherhood and sisterhood. She was a member of the East Heights Baptist Church.
Services, with medical honor guard, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Steve Hurt and Bro. Scooter Noland officiating. Burial, with last EMS call honors, will be held at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time on Monday at Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Blalock of Tupelo, whom she married on Aug. 18, l995; her sons, Paul McDaniel (Andrea) of Tupelo and Jerry “Boom” Blalock of Saltillo; a daughter, Lisa Byers of Lake Piomingo; her three grandchildren, Menley, Matthew and Madelynn McDaniel; her mother, Shirley V. Smith; her sister, Diana Stembridge (Jon) of Saltillo; and two nieces, Mattie and Riley Stembridge.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Pallbearers are Al Wright, Charles Morris, Jerry Mabus, Sandy Sanders, Rob Wood and Chris Elliott.
Honorary pallbearers are all NMMC, EMS, Fire and Police personnel.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Ann Dillard
NEW ALBANY – Ann Jumper Dillard, 67, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. She was as homemaker and a member of Moss Hill Baptist Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, John Hancock of New Albany, Carol Dillard of Pontotoc, William and Melissa Hancock, Crystal and Jeff Mabry of New Albany, Nathen and Laresia Page of Myrtle, Steve Dillard of Sardis, Jeffrey Page of New Albany and Terry Dillard of Sardis; 21 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and sisters, Betty Smith of New Albany, Shirley Johnson of Potts Camp, Faye Derrick of Potts Camp, Arlene Colston of Holly Springs and Kathy Cleveland of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Sisco; her dad, Dave Jumper; and her sister, Deborah Hawthorne.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon until 2 p.m. Monday.
Ivory Traylor
NEW ALBANY – Ivory Traylor, 75, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupleo. He attended school at Shady Grove in Myrtle and joined Shady Grove M.B. Church. Later, he moved to Detroit, Mich. and was employed at Detroit Steel for over 20 years. After his health failed, he moved back to Mississippi where he remained until his death.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Shady Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Robert Shamblin officiating. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include seven children, Ivory Traylor (Wanda), Dwayne Traylor, Gregory Traylor, Jacquelyne Nichols (John), Elissa Sims (Lonnie), Darreck Traylor and Curtis Traylor; three stepchildren, Deshawn, Rennell and Lynnell of Detroit, Mich.; five siblings, William Traylor, Hattie Sue Jones and Helen Marie Shamblin, all of New Albany, Freddie B. Traylor and Robert Traylor Jr., of Detroit, Mich.; 43 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Mattie Buford
NEW ALBANY – Mattie Faye Johnson Buford, 56, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at her home. She was born Nov. 16, 1954 in New Albany to George Johnson and Annie Hill Johnson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Zion Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Kaleb Williams officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Leroy Buford Jr. of New Albany; six siblings, Ann (Rev. Lee Russell) Howell, Mary Joyce Johnson and Kathy Johnson, all of New Albany, Betty Jewel Johnson of Jackson, Georgia Mae (John) Mosley of Racine, Wis. and William Bow Johnson of Fayetteville, Ark.; and four stepchildren, Stanley, Kenny and Chris (Angela) Buford and Tonya Clayton.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday with family hour from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Elizabeth Curtiss
TISHOMINGO – Elizabeth Ann White Curtiss, 52, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ricky Whirley Jr.
BURNSVILLE – Ricky Dewayne Whirley Jr., 27, died Saturday, June 4, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen.
Margaret Garner
BALDWYN – Margaret Garner died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
David Winfield
PHEBA – Mr. David Winfield, 68, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Phyllis Whitt
WEST POINT – Phyllis Carter Whitt, 69, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Phyllis Ann Whitt was born Aug. 29, 1941, in West Point to Mary Morris Carter and Hampton Guinn Carter. Mrs. Whitt was a supervisor of emergency room services for 38 years at Ivy Memorial, Clay County Medical Center and North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was a member of Hope Baptist Church. Phyllis Carter Whitt married Leonard Evans Whitt Sr. March 19, 1960, in Starkville. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1996.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Payton Myers officiating. Burial will be in Palo Alto Cemetery on Hwy 47. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Habel Moore (Richard); two sons, Leonard amp”Bubbaamp” Whitt Jr. (Sarah) and John David Whitt, all of West Point; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by her son, Phil Carter Whitt in 2004; her daughter, Tammy Whitt Robinson in 1993; two sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Braxton Whitt, Joe Salmon, Chris Gonzales, Charles Elliott, Bubba Wise and Brandon Benson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., all her friends at Ivy Memorial and North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point and Felix Estridge.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284 or to the Amercian Diabetes Association, 16 Northtown Dr. Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39211.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Madalene Gregory
TUPELO – Madalene Gregory, 90, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Cedars Health Care in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Harry Hamby
BOONEVILLE – Hezekiah “Harry” Callaway Hamby, 87, passed from this temporary life to eternal Glory with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 1, 2011.
He was born on May 1, 1924, in the Smoky Mountains at Beaver Dam, NC to John Quincy Hamby and Lillie Mae Nelson Hamby. His father died when Harry was only two months old. A house fire followed just a month later, which resulted in him and his siblings being taken in and raised by the Presbyterian Bachman Orphanage in Farner, TN. He learned and always quoted the 23rd Psalm and many other scriptures, even up until his last days. At the age of 17, he volunteered with the Marines and found himself landing and fighting in Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, at the beginning of WWII. He later joined the Air Force. Between his Marine and Air Force service, he was able to travel many parts of the world, including Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and New Guinea. He retired with an honorable discharge after 32 years of combined service to his country. He always stayed positive, and his war stories were almost always of the interesting people he met and places he went, though he did experience death at every side, including a serious bout of malaria.
He helped build and start the Church of God in Tampa, Fla. on Manhattan Ave., where he served as Sunday School Superintendent. Later on, he had a bus ministry in Shalimar, Fla. for the Church of God there and also served as Sunday School Superintendent at the Booneville Church of God.
He was very handsome, with a ready and big smile and was a people-person. His happy-go-lucky personality was a perfect fit in the area of sales for Prudential Insurance and General Motors in Tampa, Fla. After moving to Booneville in the early 1970’s, he worked with Liberty National Insurance as well as Produce Manager of Walden’s Big Star, H & W and a fireman for the city of Booneville. Always ready for an adventure and eager to learn, he attended NEMCC in his fifties. He was the class clown, always giving his fellow classmates something to laugh about.
Once he retired, he remarried and enjoyed his life in Tishomingo, with his wife, Edna Ruth, growing flowers and gardening, until his fight with colon cancer, which he won.
He loved his children and grandchildren, and is affectionately remembered as someone whose sole purpose in life was to make others smile and one who would spontaneously break out in song.
Though he will be sorely missed, his memory will be cherished forever in our hearts, with every red bird, forget-me-not flowers, bluegrass music, yard sales and big cars with dashboard ornaments that we see and hear.
Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, with visitation at the funeral home on Sunday, June 5, 2011, from 1-5 p.m. The funeral will be Monday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Ruth Gattis of Tishomingo; four sons, Glenn Hamby (Ann Riddle Bridges) of Burton, Chuck Hamby and Tommy Hamby, of Booneville, and Timothy Hamby (Kerrie Hux) of New Site; two daughters, Linda Pender Thorn (Terry) of Tupelo, and Patricia “Patty” Sample (Mitchell) of Baldwyn; the mother of his children, Evelyn Knight Hamby Moore, of Booneville; one half-brother, Robert Moss of Tacoma, WA; four step-sons, Danny, Larry, Tommy and Dennis Durham, of Tishomingo. His grandchildren, Derick and Jessica Pender, Tricia Agnew and Brian Sample, Bobby Dale and Cody Hamby, Haylee, Timmie and Jade Hamby; three great-grandchildren, Allayah Grace and Amari Agnew and Lee Pender.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first born, Diana Hamby, of Austin, TX; his brothers, Oliver Hamby, George “Jeff” Hamby, and Thomas Hamby; his sisters, Frieda Craig, Bernice King and little Albee Hamby; a half-brother, Winston Churchill “Mutt” Moss.
Pallbearers will be Derick Pender, Bobby Dale Hamby, Cody Hamby, Brian Sample, Timmie Hamby and Larry Durham.
Jennifer Edington
PONTOTOC – Jennifer Mitchell Edington, 30, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She graduated from South Pontotoc in 1999, and then joined the Marine Corps for eight years. She graduated from ICC in 2010, first in her class, with a degree in respiratory therapy. She loved the outdoors and spending time with her husband and family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at West Heights Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Edington Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ronnie Edington; her son, Caleb Goodwin; her stepsons, Aaron and Conner Edington; her parents; two brothers, Philip Mitchell and Robert Mitchell, all of Pontotoc; and her grandparents, J.C. and Margaret Mitchell of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Max and Gladys Davis of Pontotoc.
Pallbearers will be Robert Mitchell, Philip Mitchell, Daniel Russell, Donnie Edington, Kevin Patterson and Kim Crestman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bryon Hightower, Daniel Benitez and SSGT Abrego.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, all at West Heights.
Elizabeth Betts
BOONEVILLE – Elizabeth Betts died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.
S.T. Irons
GUY, Tenn. – S.T. Irons, 88, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Tri County Nursing Home in Adamsville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Warren Brimingham
BOONEVILLE – Warren Eugene Brimingham, 62, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at his daughter’s home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Snowdown Church of Christ Cemetery in Cairo. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Shirley Foster
BYHALIA – Shirley Ann Foster, 69, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Stone Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Charles Harris Jr.
BELMONT – William Charles Harris Jr., 66, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Tishomingo Community Living Center in Iuka. He was a police officer for 25 years, serving as the Golden Police Chief for 12 years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Ron Deaton and Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Elaine Harris of Belmont; two sons, William Charles Harris III of Red Bay and Linward Adam Harris (Ashley) of Tishomingo; one granddaughter, Aislyn Reece Harris; his mother, Evelyn Harris of Belmont; one sister, Janie Dees (Jerry) of Belmont; one brother, Steve Harris (Sherry) of Belmont; his uncle, Bobby Castleberry of Belmont; four stepdaughters; and seven step grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Charles Harris Sr.
Pallbearers will be Adam Humphries, Phillip Slayton, Adam Lynch and Greg Huffman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Davy Ginn and David “Wormy” Lynch.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Jennifer Edington
PONTOTOC – Jennifer Mitchell Edington, 30, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, all at West Heights Baptist Church.
Bobby Christian
THRASHER – Bobby W. Christian, 54, of Thrasher, died Thursday, June 2, 2011 at his home in Thrasher. He was a carpenter.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Charlie Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Brett Christian of Rienzi; three sisters, Cindy Christian Rostar (Mark) of Laingsburg, Mich., Stephanie Gable (Jeff) of Diamondhead and Regina Rae (Johnny) of Ringold, Ga.; three brothers, Stephen Christian (Tracy) of Lawrenceville, Ga., Harold Willis and Tony Willis, both of Ringold, Ga.; the mother of his son, Wanda Christian of Rienzi; two nephews, Sgt. Mark Thomas Rostar of El Paso, Texas and Adam James Rostar of Jackson, Tenn.; and a special friend, Ashley Whitley of Jumpertown.
He was preceded in death by his father, James B. Christian; and his grandmother who raised him, Mincie Ann Christian.
Visitation will be from noon until 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.