Obituaries June 7, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Norman Clay
ABERDEEN – Norman Clay, 71, died Sunday, May 29, 2011.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Jackson Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mark Barbour
RIPLEY – Mark S. Barbour, 69, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
To sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Madalene Gregory
TUPELO – Madalene Gregory, 90, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at Cedars Health Care in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 14, 1920, in Itawamba County to Guy and Elzora Clayton Clifton. She was a retired school teacher and a member of the East Fulton Baptist Church. She was a member of and taught the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She enjoyed being outdoors, playing bridge and other games and was an avid reader and gardener.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Smith and Bro. Grover Laird officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Gail Petersen (Hal) of Marston Mills, Mass., and Sundra Malcolm of Eugene, Ore.; one son, Arnold Gregory of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; three grandchildren, Jeffery Petersen, Jennifer Petersen and Arikka Gregory (David Murray); and one great-grandson, Spencer Boyum.
She was preceded in death by her husband, D.L. Gregory; her parents; two brothers, W.D. Clifton and Copeland Clifton; and one son-in-law, Barry A. Malcolm.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Traceway Manor, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or the East Fulton Baptist Church, 105 Digby St., Fulton, MS 38843.

Annie Lou Cole
TUPELO – Annie Lou Cole, 79, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at her home after a brief illness. She was born May 17, 1932, in Tupelo to Finis and Ila Faye Brooks. She lived most of her life in Tupelo where she worked at Daybrite for 18 years. She was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church. An avid seamstress, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, quilting, doing crossword puzzles and cooking. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and was especially fond of her dog, Dottie. She was considered to be a good friend to everyone and was always pulling for the underdog. She was an encourager to those who were downtrodden and always did it with a smile. She spent 20 years in Kenosha, Wis., where she built a close relationship and was considered a sister by her family there. She maintained a close relationship with those she loved even though the distance was great between them.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel. A private graveside service will follow in Gilvo Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Patricia Rea, Pamela Byrd (Kevin) and Peggy K. England (Randy), all of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Samuel Rea (Abby), Benjamin Rea, Sunny Rea, Jeremy Kemp (Jenni) and Ginnifer Bryant (Ian); five great-grandchildren, twins, Ethan and Landon Kemp, Anna Montgomery, Olivia and Emily Bryant; two sisters, Charlotte Jenkins and Montez Raper, both of Tupelo; and a brother, Joe Brooks (Nancy) of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 42 years, Billie Gene Cole; a son-in-law, Joel Kemp; a brother, J.C. Brooks; and two sisters, Shirley Mize and Jewel Russell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Robert Arnold
IUKA – Robert Wayne Arnold, 72, died Tuesday, May 31, 2011. Services were held at Ludlam Funeral Home. Burial followed in Snowdown Cemetery.

Tootsie Garner
BALDWYN – Margaret “Toostie” Williams Garner, 65, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at the Magonila Regional Hospital in Corinth. She was born May 15, 1946, in Tuskeggee, Ala., to Otis Williams and Katie Francies Williams. She was a member of Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church in Baldwyn.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church in Baldwyn with Rev. Henry Damons officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, John Garner Jr., of Baldwyn; one son, Randy (Lena) Williams of Baldwyn; one sister, Lue V. Mitchell of Baldwyn; four brothers, Otis Williams, Hosie (Belonda) Williams and Willie Lee Williams, all of Baldwyn, and Joseph Williams of Nashville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Dynesha Ciera Williams; and a special nephew, De Corian Warren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Terry Stroud, Whitman Williams and John Henry Williams; and one son, David Williams.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the registry book at www.agnewandsons.com.

Melba Perrigo
BOONEVILLE – Melba Clayra Caldwell Perrigo, 78, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at her home. She was born March 27, 1933, to Emitt and Etoile Smith Caldwell. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, yard work and spending time with her family.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. David Lowery officiating. Burial will be in the Pisgah Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Amy Haynie and her husband, Johnny of Booneville; two sisters, Sara Leathers and her husband, Prentiss Wayne and Jerri Jackson, both of Booneville; one brother, Wayne Caldwell of Clinton; one granddaughter, Clayra Christina Haynie of Booneville; and a special caregiver, Cindy Bishop.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Perrigo; her parents; and one brother, Wimp Caldwell.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Bobby McDonald
AMORY – Bobby Wayne McDonald, 63, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born May 17, 1948, in Monroe County to Albert McDonald and Effie Tate McDonald. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a mechanic for Royal Trucking Co. in West Point. He was a Baptist.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Natasha Jones and husband, Billie of Tupelo and Gracie Morris and husband, Michael of Aberdeen; three sisters, Thelma Carter and husband, Doug of Quincy, Barbara Coxey of Smithville and Geraldine Mitchell and husband, Jerry of Becker; one brother, John McDonald of Amory; one half-brother, Luther McDonald of Chicago; one half-sister, Ruby Charles of Forrest City, Ark.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Juanita Dunaway.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his ex-wife, Minta Lou McDonald; and a half-sister, Polly Charles.
Pallbearers will be Billie Jones Jr., John Allen McDonald, Don Davis, Larry Reeves Jr., Rob Steele and Jimmy Knox.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Opal Pearce
SMITHVILLE – Opal Pearce, 83, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 3, 1927, in the Splunge Community to Robert Alex and Hattie Simmons Chambers. She attended Bethlehem Schools and married Thomas Pearce on Feb. 26, 1954. Before becoming a homemaker, she worked as a seamstress with Glenn and Wilson Manufacturing. She was of the Baptist faith. A very loving lady, she cherished the time spent with her family and friends. She enjoyed sewing, traveling, flowers, quilting and listening to country music.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Pearce Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Thomas Pearce of Smithville; a daughter, Patti (Daniel) Umfress of Fulton; her sisters, Sue Justice of Amory, Mildred Roberts and Audrey (Winslow) Cox, both of Hatley; her brothers, Robert (Mabel) Chambers Jr., of Hatley and Russell Chambers of Amory; a grandson, Joey (Nikki) Umfress of Smithville; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Harvey Justice; and a great-niece, Michelle Gray.
Pallbearers will be Joey Umfress, Andy Lindsey, Brian Gardner, Barrett Pearce, Vincent and David Justice, Mike Cox and Richard Chambers.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Larry Brownlee
VERONA – Larry J. Brownlee, 55, died Saturday, June 4, 2011, at the Community Hospice Inc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

J.J. Bonds
ETTA – J.J. Bonds, 92, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at his home in Etta. He served as a Motor Machinist 3rd Class in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He lived for over 30 years in Cary where he served as mayor and was a member of Rotary Club, the Masonic Lodge, Order of the Eastern Star, the York and Scottish Rites and a Wahabi Temple Shriner. He was a Sunday school teacher at Cary Baptist Church.
After retiring as Bellgrade Lumber Company manager, he became a member, deacon and Sunday school teacher at Philadelphia Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Philadelphia Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Irvin officiating. Burial will follow in Philadelphia Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary C. Bonds of Etta; two daughters, Sue Bonds Harvey and Marijon Bonds Bates, both of Etta; two sons, Sammy Lee Bonds of Cary and Gary Coffey Bonds of Tupelo; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service. In honor of his service, the flag of the U.S. Navy will fly over the funeral home during the time of services.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to: Philadelphia Cemetery Fund, 456 C.R. 255, Etta, MS 38627; Gideons International, Memorial Bible Chairman, P.O. Box 142, Oxford, MS 38655; or Save-A-Life, 295 C.R. 101, Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Clark Head
VARDAMAN – Clark “Jack” Head, 77, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at State Veteran Home in Oxford. He was born April 20, 1934, in Banner. He served in the Army and the Navy during the Vietnam War. He was a retired river boat operator and tow boat engineer for Brent Towing Co. He was a Baptist and attended Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery in Banner. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Hellums Head of Vardaman; one step-son, Randy McKinney of Houston; five step-grandchildren, Beverly McKinney Edge, John McKinney, Shawn McKinney, Jason McKinney and Bradley McKinney; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; two sisters, Maxine Crago of Birmingham, Ala., and Frances Louise Watson of Calhoun City; and two brothers, Raymond Head of Calhoun City and George Dewey Head of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Ray Head and Bessie Bell Head; four brothers, James A. Head, Roy Head, Bob Head and Durell Head; four sisters, Nina Peeples, Alice Logan, Clara Baker and Idell Head; two step-sons, Dean McKinney and Ray McKinney; and one step-grandson, Stevie McKinney.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Head, Jimmy Head, Jim Stewart, Lynn Stewart, Jeff Head and Aaron Brown.
Viistation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneral homes.com.

Bryant Williams
VERONA – Bryant Williams, 75, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.

Nellie Turner
DERMA – Nellie Faye Turner, 80, died Sunday, June 5, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born Sept. 18, 1930, in Derma. She was a member of Derma Pentecostal Church and a retired employee of Kellwood.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Derma Pentecostal Church with the Bro. Jerry Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Linda Reedy of Steens, Glenda Normandin of Columbus, Marilyn (Mark) Whitaker of Calhoun City and Tammy (Carl) Laster of Denham Springs, La.; three sons, James Arthur “Jig” Turner of Slate Springs, Roy (Christine) Turner of Calhoun City and Roger Dale (Sandy) Turner of Calhoun City; three sisters, Jessie Mae Blaylock of Southaven, Inez (Dean) Smith of Arkansas and Jane Rodgers of Grenada; three brothers, Frank Langford of Olive Branch, Jimmy (Gloria) Langford of Pontotoc and Johnny “Tom” (Ann) Langford of Calhoun City; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. “Doc” Turner; her parents, Curt and Clara Langford; three sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Lucius, Rob Edwards, William Hubbard, Kenneth Langford and Mark Whitaker
Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Talmadge Hester
TUPELO – James Talmadge “Tick” Hester, 76, died Monday, June 6, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Furrs Community native, he was born June 13, 1934, to Elvie Starks and Vivian Rennie Holcomb Hester. He married Bonna Jean Estes Hester. He worked 20 years for Pepsi Cola Bottling Company and then worked 20 years for Long’s Uniform Rental Service. His passions were playing the guitar and song writing. Earlier in his life, he played in several bands, most notably “The High Five” and Gene Simmons and the “Dixie Playboys.” Hunting and fishing were some of his favorite pastimes. He was a member of Furrs Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Steve Cohen officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his son, James Michael Hester of the Furrs Community; one grandson, Michael David Hester of Black Zion Community; his mother, Vivian Holcomb Hester of Tupelo; and one sister, Vonda Maynard (Billy) of Furrs Community.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonna Jean Estes Hester, on May 7, 2006; his father; and one brother, Thomas Allen Hester.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.