Obituaries March 1, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jack Bird
ABERDEEN – George Douglas “Jack” Bird, 89, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Charlie Hill
NEW ALBANY – Charlie James Hill died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Bess Parks
DRY CREEK – May “Bess” Parks, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was a member of Pauls Chapel Methodist Church, and a retired employee of Prentiss Manufacturing and Aletha Lodge Nursing Home.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Buddy Rushing and Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Gale Parks of Dry Creek; three sisters, Sue Mauney of Dry Creek, Loretta (Jodie) Criswell of Corinth and Catherine (William) Yates of Dry Creek; one brother, Johnnie (Doris) Jumper of Ripley; two grandchildren, Johnny (Daphne) Parks of Dry Creek and Angela (Frank) Ilsley of Counce, Tenn.; one great-grandson, Austin Parks, and daughter-in-law, Debbie Parks of Dry Creek.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Parks; her parents; one son, Carol Parks; two sisters, Pat Thompson and Annie Jumper; five brothers, Melvin, Cullen, Lester, Edward and Donald Jumper; and one brother-in-law, Emmitt Mauney.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Russell L. Tallant
GOLDEN – Russell L. Tallant, 68, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 20, 1942, in Itawamba County to Clifford and Dera Cleveland Tallant. He was a member and deacon of Burntfields Baptist Church. He was retired from Blue Bell Inc. An avid gardener, he enjoyed visiting with his friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Robert Humphres officiating. Burial will be in Burntfields Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Montgomery Tallant of Golden; one daughter, Amber Franks of Plantersville; two sons, Waylon Sharp of Golden and Johnny Burns (Rhonda) of Booneville; two grandsons, Kole South and Conner Burns; one granddaughter, Ariana Franks; one sister, Christine Holcomb of Fulton; three brothers, Lawrence Tallant (Joyce) of Wauchula, Fla., Tyson Tallant (Brenda) of Tupelo and Bryson Tallant (Connie) of Douglasville, Ga.; four sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law; nine nephews and six nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Holcomb.
Pallbearers will be Michael Taylor, Eugene Buchanan, Charles Williams, Bud Holder, Bobby Cleveland, Rayburn Thomas, Clint Hurd and George Jordan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Dot Richardson
OXFORD – Dot Malone Richardson, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oxford Methodist Campground, c/o Bill Hopper, P.O. Box 1125, Oxford, MS 38655 or Cambridge United Methodist Church, c/o Fran Fuller, 212 Ross Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Hardy Rutherford Jr.
RIPLEY- Hardy Rutherford Jr., 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born July 29, 1939, to Hardy Lee and Modena Barnett Rutherford of Ripley. He was united in holy matrimony to Elizabeth Carroll Rutherford; they had four children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Foster amp& Son Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Pastor Jimmie Michael Haley officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Ripley. Foster amp& Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his three sons, Harvey Rutherford (Deborah) of Ripley, Ronald Rutherford (Michelle) of Blue Mountain and Samuel Rutherford (Jo Ann) of Tupelo; one daughter, Gail Pearson of Memphis; three sisters, Starlene Rutherford and Lane Rutherford, both of Ripley, and Hilda Haley (Pastor Jimmie Michael Haley) of Ripley; 12 grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren and five great-grandchildren; special cousins, Sarah Lowery of Racine, Wis., and James Rutherford (Susie) of Memphis; his aunt, Sallie Etta Howard of Beloit, Ill.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one stepson, Lee Spight Jr.; one brother, Dennis Rutherford; and one sister, Louise Carter.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time today at the funeral home.
Sissy Skelton
LAMAR – Jewell Frances “Sissy” Skelton, 83, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rice Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Anthony Lee
MEMPHIS – Anthony Lee, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at his home in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Loretta Hall
HORN LAKE – Loretta Blunt Hall, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. She was born May 24, 1935, in Tishomingo to Marion and Clara Hughes Blunt. She was a distribution manager for the State of Mississippi for 18 years. She attended Trinity Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Brad Walker and Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery at Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are five children, Kay Ezzell Putman of Joelton, Tenn., Debbie King (Tim) of Southaven, Tammy Beerman (Lauren Bland) of Horn Lake, Faye Sesler (Dwight) of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Dudley Hall (Phyliss) of Corinth; one sister, Tina Paulette Lancaster of Glen; one brother, Herbert Ray Blunt of Dennis; 12 grandchildren, Joshua Putman, Kacey King, Hunter King, Skylarr Beerman, Hudson Bland, Christy Walker, Ray Sesler, Heather Hall, Jonathan Hall, June Searcy, Michael Bassham and Buddy Bassham; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Ray Ezzell; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Blunt, Don Wallin, Joshua Putman, Skylarr Beerman, Mike Cede and Danny Lancaster. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter King, Dylan Cede, Brian Lancaster and Donny Blunt.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Wednesday.
Mary Hanks
TUPELO – Mary Little Hanks, 74, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Kimberly Buford
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Kimberly Carmen Buford, 28, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at her home in Upper Marlboro, Md. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Aaron Mardis
BYHALIA – Aaron Eugene Mardis, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Olive Branch Church of Christ in Olive Branch.
James Sparks
GOLDEN – James Dillard Sparks, 88, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital. He was born March 4, 1922, in Mississippi to Willie and Isabelle Scott Sparks. He was a truck driver for 18 years.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Holy Church of Christ in Belmont with Bro. Dwayne Wells and Bro. Wayne Bumgart officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Thelma Mae Sparks of Golden; one son, Dean Sparks (Linda) of Double Springs, Ala.; three sisters, Peggy Adams, Myra Sparks and Audrey Nunley, all of Belmont; and three brothers, Brian Sparks and Billy Wayne Sparks, both of Belmont, and Dalton Sparks of Tupelo.
Pallbearers will be Harold Rogers, Greg Collier, Harold Sparks, Glenn Wells, Leon Sparks, Jimmy Sparks and Jessie Glen Hester.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Fairview Holy Church of Christ in Belmont and will continue Wednesday until service time.
Grady Paden
RED BAY, Ala. – Charles Grady Paden, 91, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.