Obituaries June 6, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction
Jimmy Dillard, husband of Ann Dillard, was mistakingly omitted from her obit that ran Sunday, June 5, 2011.

Annie Cole
TUPELO – Annie Lou Cole, 79, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at her home after a brief illness. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ricky Whirley Jr.
BURNSVILLE – Ricky Dewayne Whirley Jr., 27, of Burnsville, Mississippi, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident in Burnsville. He was employed at Ferrous Metals and as a carpenter at Whirley Bird Construction. He enjoyed fishing, riding four-wheelers and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Alvin Meeks and Donnie Bobo officiating. Burial will be in Carpenter Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Nicole of Burnsville; his mother, Sherry Emerson of Burnsville; his father and stepmother, Ricky and Karen Whirley Sr. of Burnsville; his grandmothers, Paulette Whirley of Iuka and Wilma Walker of Burnsville; one son, Caden Whirley; one daughter, Sydney Whirley, both of the home; one brother, David Whirley of Burnsville; and four sisters, Heather Hamrick, Lauran Whirley and Brooklyn Emerson, all of Burnsville and Ciara Casillas of New York. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Larry Walker and Cooter Whirley; and his stepfather, Ricky Emerson.
Pallbearers include Christopher Walker, Jeremy Whirley, Billy Hamm Jr., Keith Hawley, Matthew Broadway, Jason Austin, Randy Whirley and Brandon Hamrick.
Honorary pallbearers will be Luke Calton, Anthony Whirley, Keith Ligon, Joe Kain and Chad Alderman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Glenn.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society of America online at www.autism-society.org or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; by phone (901) 578-2805; or online at www.stjude.org/donate.
An online guest book can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

David Winfield
PHEBA – David Winfield, 68, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born June 2, 1943, in the Waddell Community of Clay County to Lena Mae Langford Winfield and George Alexander Winfield. Mr. Winfield was a former supervisor of District 5 Clay County for 24 years. He was of the Baptist faith. David Winfield married Peggy Compton Winfield on Aug. 3, 1963, in Cedar Bluff at her parents’ home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Peggy Compton Winfield of Pheba; one daughter, Tammy Johnson (James) of Mathiston; two sons, Ray Winfield and Adam Winfield, both of Pheba; five grandchildren; Eric Johnson (Leslie), Michael Johnson (Traci), Scott Johnson, Laykin Haga and Lance Winfield; four great-grandchildren, Logan, Karra, Brady and Gibson Johnson; two sisters, Lorene Sims of Eupora and Susie Lucas of Mathiston; and one brother, Pete Winfield of Maben.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Chris Johnson; and brothers, John Bedell Winfield, George Robert Winfield and William Calvin Winfield.
Pallbearers will be David “Buzz” Blansett, Glen Allen Forrester, Jack Gregory, Luke Lummus, R.B. Davis, Eddie Strickland, Rudy Johnson and Kenny Tipton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cecil Hamilton, Laddie Huffman, Earley Foster, Bobby Champion, Rick Young, Kenny Dill, Burt Nix, Robert Townsel, Darren Quinn, Jerry Starks, Shelton Dean, Lynn Horton and all of his close friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pheba Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 5, Pheba, MS 39755.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Regina Finch
SILVIS, Ill. – Regina Finch, 91, formerly of Iuka, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at Genesis Medical Center in Silvis, Ill.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today in Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Nellie Turner
DERMA – Nellie Faye Turner, 80, died Sunday, June 5, 2011. She was born Sept. 5, 1911. She was a member of Derma Pentecostal Church and a factory worker at Kellwood in Calhoun City.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Derma Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Jerry Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include sons, James “Jig” Arthur Turner of Slate Springs, Roy (Christine) Turner of Calhoun City and Roger Dale (Sandie) Turner of Calhoun City; daughters, Linda Reedy of Steens, Glenda Normandin of Columbus, Marilyn (Mark) Whitaker of Calhoun City and Tammy (Carl) Laster of Denham Springs, La.; sisters, Jessie Mae Blaylock of Southaven, Inez (Dean) Smith of Arkansas and Jane Rodgers of Grenada; brothers, Frank Langford of Olive Branch, Jimmy (Gloria) Langford of Pontotoc and Johnny “Tom” (Ann) Langford of Calhoun City; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. “Doc” Turner; her parents, Carl and Clara Langford; three sisters; and one brother.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.

Liz Curtiss
TISHOMINGO – Elizabeth Ann White Curtiss, 52, of Tishomingo, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A graduate of Mississippi University for Women, she was a former elementary school teacher and was employed by BancorpSouth for the past 10 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Vera White of Tishomingo; one brother, Larry White (Nancy) of Killen, Ala.; one sister, Leigh Hamilton of Cherokee, Ala.; a special friend, John Sample; and her nieces and nephews, Brock Hamilton, Hayley Hamilton, Lauren White, Brad White and Ashley White.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bill White; and her grandparents, Henry and Lela Marlar and Grady and Lynn White.
Pallbearers will be Brock Hamilton, Brad White, Robby Grisham, Ronnie Joslin, Anthony Turner and Kirby McRae.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association by calling 1-800-DIABETES or at www.diabetes.org.
An online guest book can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Steven Dodge
TUPELO – Steven “Steve” Anthony Patrick Dodge, 62, died suddenly Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 27, 1948, in Brookline, Mass. to Anthony and Mary Sullivan Dodge. He resided in Melbourne, Fla. for 23 years before moving to Tupelo a year ago. A Vietnam Veteran, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He was a truck and bus driver for many years and worked for Celebrity Coaches of Tupelo for the last several years as operations manager. He was an avid photographer, taking pictures of the scenery involved in his travels. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed leisurely walking and being near the waters of his beloved Florida.
Memorial services celebrating Steve’s life will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation is from noon until service time Tuesday.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Dodge of Tupelo; a daughter, Amy Dodge of Lafayette, Ind.; two sons, Timothy Dodge (Vanessa) of Navarre, Fla. and Ryan Dodge of Melbourne, Fla.; two grandchildren, Jordan and Mackenzie; a sister, Ellen Dodge of Lakeland, Fla.; and a brother, Carl Dodge of Holton, Maine.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Susie Hester
RED BAY, Ala. – Susie E. Todd Hester, 89, died June 4, 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church in Red Bay. Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Ralph Loden
FULTON – Ralph C. Loden, 88, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Nov. 23, 1922, to Robert C. and Mary Martin Loden. He was a longtime member of Greenwood Baptist Church. He was a self-employed plumber and electrician before owning and operating Loden’s Grocery for many years. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the U.S. Army, including service in New Guinea. He received numerous medals. He loved his companion and dog, Roxie.
Services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Wayne Loden (Jeannie); one daughter, Lanis Moore (Dennis), both of Fulton; one brother, Homer Loden of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Shelley Woods (Stuart), Michael Davis, Larry Moore (Monica), all of Fulton and Tammy Coltharp (Tom) of McDonough, Ga.; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Willie Gaither Loden, who died in 2005; two infant siblings; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Stuart Woods, Larry Moore, Aaron Martin, Dale Martin, Frank Murrell and Michael Hare.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Karen Fairley
WEST POINT – Beverly Karen Fairley, 58, of West Point, died Saturday June 4, 2011, at her home. She was born Nov. 15, 1952, in Indianola to Cora Matheny and Walter Fairley. She worked for the Department of Human Services. She loved visiting with friends and family, and she was affectionately called Grammy by her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will be in Palo Alto Cemetery in Clay County. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Scott, Eric Watts, Mark Turner Sr., Jerry Holly and Adam Henderson.
She is survived by her son, Mark Turner Jr. of Helena, Mont.; daughters, Lesley Scott of West Point, Emily Turnage of Starkville, Jennifer Watts of Louisville and Chelsea Squires of West Point; sisters, Dawn Holly of Iuka, Nan Fairley of Auburn, Ala., Erin Fairley of Seattle, Wash.; and four grandchildren, Abby Scott, Sarah Scott, Lauren Scott and Wyatt Henderson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Palmer Home For Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.

Jennifer Edington
PONTOTOC – Jennifer Mitchell Edington, 30, died 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 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, J. Ralph and Pat Mitchell; one sister, Karen (Daniel) Russell; two brothers, Philip (Donna) Mitchell and Robert (Leah) Mitchell, all of Pontotoc; her grandparents, J.C. and Margaret Mitchell of Columbus; two nephews; and one niece.
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 Chrestman.
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.

Shayne McClure
WEST POINT – Shayne McClure, 48, died June 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Margaret Sharpe
BELDEN – Margaret Dean Sharpe, 86, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 19, 1925, to Milton Ezra and Mary Maurine Nethery Sharpe. A 1943 graduate of Mooreville High School, she then went on to work for 39 years for the Sears Corporation. Keeping her yard manicured was among the many things she most loved to do. Animals were very dear to her heart. She was a member of Belden Baptist Church, where she loved spending time with her Wednesday morning prayer group.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Jim Holcomb and Rev. Lamoyne Sharpe officiating. Burial will be in Verona Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Billie K. Reagh (Hubbard C. “Cotton”) of Baton Rouge, La.; and one brother, Rev. Lamoyne Sharpe (Judy) of Dacula, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, infant brother Lee, Joseph, Hugh and William Thomas Sharpe.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Jetton, David Sharpe, Ben Sharpe, Stan Williams, Walker Powell and Stanley Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lanier “Pete” Young and James Winters.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Belden Baptist Church Building Fund, 4121 McCullough Blvd., Belden, MS 38826.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Janie Hurt
RIPLEY – Janie Lee Dillard Hurt, 81, died June 4, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 6, 1930, to John Murray and Jettie Lumpkin Dillard in Tippah County. She was a retired employee of Tippah County Hospital, working as a CSN for 25 years. She was a beloved member of Mt. View Baptist Church. She loved to sew, but most of all, she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Ronnie Hurt (Deborah), Darrell Hurt (Karen) and Randy Hurt (Dianne), all of Ripley; two sisters, Betty Yarbrough of Ingomar and Lettie Hatcher (Lane) of Dumas; four stepsisters; and one stepbrother; eight grandchildren, Marty Hurt (Christy) of Fulton, Stacy Hurt (Michelle), Melissa Lipford (Dennis), Amanda Jones (Jonathan), Amanda Nance (John), Ashley Smith (Zach), Chelsea Bryant, all of Ripley and Angie Lowry (Dean) of Cotton Plant; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Cletus Hurt; her parents; one sister, Addeline White; two brothers, Alvie Dillard and Josh Dillard; one half sister; and one stepsister.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Lipford, Marty Hurt, Stacy Hurt, Jonathan Jones, Dean Lowry, John Nance and Zach Smith.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. today until service time at the funeral home.

Ervin Steinke
AMORY – Ervin Carl Steinke, 76, died June 3, 2011, at his home in Amory. He was born Dec. 11, 1934, in Lamesa, Texas to Bill and Henrietta Naumann Steinke. Living most of his life in Monroe County, Mr. Steinke married Shirley Mae Hill on Dec. 6, 1958. He worked as a carpenter for Dick Sanderson Construction in Amory for 30 years. Mr. Steinke was of the Lutheran faith. He enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren. Attending Wildwood Chapel Baptist Church for the past 11 years, he enjoyed going to church and being with his church family, listening to gospel music, fishing in his catfish pond and watching the Gospel Channel 39.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 5, 2011, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wesley Stephens and Bro. Chuck Moffett officiating. Burial followed in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mae Hill Steinke of Amory; sons, Bobby (Kay) Richey, Charles (Jamie) Steinke and Kenneth (Mary Jo) Steinke, all of Amory; daughters, Shirley J. Price of Memphis, Linda K. and Brenda L. Steinke and Jessica L. (Donnie) Sloan, all of Amory; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; six nieces and nephews; brother, Carl Steinke of Pasadena, Texas; and sister, Zelma Reed of Lamesa, Texas.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Hubert and Walter Steinke; and two sisters, Lydia McGraw and Edna Kinsey.
Pallbearers were Robert, James, Brandon and Michael Steinke, Tom Price, Eric Richey, Chris Harper and Omar Hood.
Memorials may be sent to Wildwood Chapel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 652, Amory, MS, 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Opal Pearce
SMITHVILLE – Opal L. Pearce, 83, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
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, 1958, in Tupelo to P.V. Smith and Shirley Vinson Smith. She lived all her life here and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1977. 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. today 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 9 a.m. until service time today 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 grandmother, Cleta Vinson; her sister, Diana Stembridge (Jon) of Saltillo; and two nieces, Mattie and Riley Stembridge.
She was preceded in death by her father; and her grandfather, George Vinson.
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.

Thomas Stone
CEDAR BLUFF – Thomas Leroy Stone, 75, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born June 11, 1935, to Florence Mixon Stone and William Travis Stone Sr. He was a truck driver, and he attended the Baptist Church. He had served in the Mississippi Army National Guard several years. Thomas Leroy Stone was married to Dorothy Ereline Miller Stone, who preceded him in death on Oct. 26, 2010.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry King officiating. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Joann Newman of Columbus; two grandchildren, Bo Helton and Christina Mulkey; 10 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Geneva Spruill of West Point, Myrtle O’Rourke of Saltillo and Cora Thompson of Eupora.
Pallbearers will be David Weaver, Lonnie Brand, Bo Helton and C.W. Walters.
Honorary pallbearers will be Vickie Weaver, friends at Cathy’s Restaurant and staff of Aurora Australis Nursing Home.
Memorials may be made to Montpelier Baptist Church, Tornado Relief Fund, Joe Stevens Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Mattie Dozier
NEW ALBANY – Mattie Lee Dozier, 90, died June 1, 2011, at Graceland Health Care Center. She was a faithful member of Shady Grove M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Shady Grove M.B. Church with Pastor Brian Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Church Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sisters, Albirta Cole of Myrtle, Dorothy Rivers, Mary Herman and Gladys Coleman, all of Memphis; and a special nephew, Tommie Lee Dozier Sr. of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service Tuesday.

Wilbur Haggerty
EUPORA – Wilbur Lee Haggerty, 72, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.