By NEMS Daily Journal
BOONEVILLE – Effie Pharr, 91, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
OXFORD – Fredye Joanna Baskin, 7-year-old daughter of Rodney Eugene and Carla Phillips-Baskin, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in Green Goshen Cemetery in Water Valley. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church.
Bonnie Caroll Winfield
BOONEVILLE – Bonnie Caroll Winfield, 56, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 19, 1953, in Washington D.C. Prior to becoming disabled several years ago, she worked as a sales representative for the local television cable company. She was a member of Tuscumbia Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and crossword puzzles.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles McGill and Bro. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden.
She is survived by her mother, Betty Wade Fraser Winfield of Booneville; a brother, Robert Neal Winfield (Janice) of Booneville; a sister, Katherine Prentice (Thomas E. Prentice Jr.) of Starkville; four nieces, Monica Craven, Madeline Winfield, Alaina Prentice and Leslie Prentice; two nephews, Caleb Winfield and Colby Winfield; and two great-nephews, Trey Craven and Carter Craven.
She was preceded in death by her father, Babe Winfield.
Pallbearers are Caleb Winfield, Ronnie Baggett, Ken Patten, Brett Patten and Kenny McGill.
NEW ALBANY – Joey Trent Stepp, 52, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 22, 1957, in Pontotoc County to William C. Stepp and Nancy Mathis Stepp. He was disabled. He was a member of the Turnpike Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Dr. Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in the Sand Springs Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Jason Stepp (Kimberly) of Hurricane and Adam Stepp (Rachel) of Pontotoc; five sisters, Sissy McDonald (Bill Ray) of Ingomar, Sarah Skiniotes (Jerry) of Ecru, Cathy Hodges (Gene) of Walls, Sandra Parker of Pontotoc and Renee Robinson of Tupelo; a brother, Cecil Stepp of Pontotoc; six grandchildren; special niece, Jennifer Dowdy (Stephen); special great-niece, Addy Dowdy; and a special great-nephew, Braxton Dowdy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Billy Dean Stepp.
Pallbearers will be Steve Wilson, Jerry Skiniotes, David Wilson, Jessie Sisco, Charles Stepp, Johnny Stepp and Eddie Morris. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter Stepp, Haden Stepp, Braxton Dowdy and Stephen Dowdy.
Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria, VA 22311.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
HOULKA – Howard Kim Patterson, 43, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 24, 1967, in Vardaman. He was a 1985 graduate of Bruce High School. He was a Baptist. He worked in the furniture manufacturing industry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Gerald Finley and the Rev. Marvin Ward officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include his parents, Huey D. Patterson and Olene Ward Patterson of Houlka; one brother, Michael D. Patterson of Hernando; three nieces, April Morales, Elizabeth (Brian) Collins and Erin Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Dean Patterson, Scott Patterson, Brad Ward, Jock Adams, Tony Easley and Davin Blansett.
MARIETTA – Jesse Dean Hoard, 65, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was retired security guard and a member of Little Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shawn Hoard and Bro. Shane Hoard officiating. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughter, Vanessa Hoard of Walnut; two sisters, Evelyn (Hoyt) Hunkapillar of Marietta and Peggy (Johnny) Glenn of Baldwyn; five brothers, James Hoard of New Site, L.V. (Louise) Hoard of Hernando, Horace Hoard and Troy (Denise) Hoard, both of Booneville, and Roy Hoard of Blue Mountain; four grandchildren; a special friend, Linda Burns.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Ollie Vandevander Hoard, and one sister, Myrtie Sartin.
Pallbearers will be his brothers and nephews.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
MONTPELIER – James Leslie Webber, 94, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at his residence in the Montpelier community. He was born Nov. 20, 1915m in Clay County to Della Cliett Webber and Benjamin Franklin Webber. He was a farmer and dairy cattleman producer. He was a member of New Montpelier Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for 54 years, a Sunday School teacher and song leader. He was a member of Montpelier Masonic Lodge 220 Famp&AM. He married Ellen Doris White Webber on Jan. 26, 1945, in West Point. She preceded him in death on April 26, 2000.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Bro. Jerry King will officiate, and Bro. Williams S. Weddle will assist. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery at Montpelier.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeannette Webber Scott of Montpelier and Paula Webber Miley (Allen) of Clinton; nine grandchildren, Eddie Scott, Shane Scott, Terry Scott, Tanya Scott West, Matthew Miley, Miranda Miley, Rachel Miley Martin, Michael Smith and Jessica Smith; 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Frances Smith, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jim Murray, Durrell Jones, John Wallace Webber, Clifford Webber, Robert Webber and Rell Webber.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock; his church family at Montpelier Baptist Church; the staff at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point; the staff at Dugan Memorial Home; and staff of Amory Home Health.
Memorials may be made to Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Murray, 18515 Hwy. 46, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Jewett Taylor, 105, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at Azalea Gardens Retirement Community in Oxford. Born in Providence, Ky., she was the widow of Charles Fred Taylor. She attended Indiana University, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta and named one of the 10 Most Beautiful. She was a graduate of Evansville College in Evansville, Ind. Upon graduation she taught English in Providence, Ky. She later moved to Kokomo, Ind., where she opened and managed an insurance company with her husband. In 1958, they moved to Sunset Ranch in the College Hill community of Oxford, where they raised prize cattle. She was a homemaker and a member of College Hill Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at College Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Burial will follow in College Hill Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Ethel Taylor of Metarie, La.; four nieces and nephews; 10 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 15 great-great nieces and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Friday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Angel Ranch, P.O. Box 120, Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Mary Odis Ophelia Morphis Miller, 86, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Millport, Ala., and a retired employee of Rivera Manufacturing in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Sherman Adams officiating. Burial will follow in the Macedonia Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Dennis Morphis (Taye) of Maryville, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Krissie Swan and Holly Usey; and one great-grandchild, Cassidy Stilwell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 8:30 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
NEW ALBANY – Shirley McIntosh, 53, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
TROY – James Monroe Estes, 76, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was self-employed in the used auto and junk car business. He was a member of Troy First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Bro. Greg Herndon will officiate. Burial will be in Eddington Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Julie (Kevin) Powell, Sandy (Terry) Street, Brenda (Ronny) Street, Debbie Estes (boyfriend, Billy Ellingburg, and daughter, Lizzie) and Shelley (Daniel) Wells; one son, Ray Estes; 10 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, one great-grandchild; one brother, Tommy Estes of Indiana; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine Presley Estes; and his parents, six brothers and three sisters.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today.
BELDEN – Mona Kay Dickey, 45, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She was born Nov. 19, 1964, in Houston. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo. The Rev. David Eldridge will officiate. Burial will be in Bradford Chapel Cemetery in Gore Springs. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Tom Dickey of Belden; two daughters, Olivia Grace Dickey and Lauren Alexander Dickey, both of the home; her mother, Raymona Rogers James of Gore Springs; two brothers, David Lamar James (fiancampée, Shelia Pinnix) of Tupelo and Daniel Robert James (Tange) of Gore Springs.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Lamar James.
Pallbearers will be Tim Robert, Tony Green, Wes Asters, Rob Edwards, Bob Chism, Gene McDade, Rick Reddout and Mike Crowson.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at Calvary Baptist Church and from 2 to 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Bradford Chapel Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Benevolence Fund.
Lola Mae Wilbanks
CORINTH – Funeral services for Lola Mae Wilbanks will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Christian Church. Burial will be in County Line Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin after 5 p.m. today at the church.
Andrew Lee Sr.
WEST POINT – Andrew O’Neal Lee Sr., 78, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at West Point Community Living Center. He was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Nettleton to Estelle Stegall and John Lee. He was a truck driver for Bryan Foods for 35 years. He was a Baptist. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He married Daisy Lorene Skinner Lee on Aug. 17, 1950, in Amory.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles David Young officiating and Bro. Mike Mathena assisting. Burial will follow in Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff.
Survivors include his wife, Lorene Lee of West Point; two daughters, Rita Faye Laster (Clifton) and Theresa Ann Cherry, both of West Point; two sons, Andrew O’Neal Lee Jr. of West Point and Allen Lee McDonald of Brentwood, Calif.; 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Jean Humphries of Jasper, Ala.; one brother, John Lee of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Valezquez, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris Moore, Clifton Laster, Billy Laster, Lonnie Bramlett, William Bagwell and Keith Bagwell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Ernest J. Harris
BOONEVILLE – Ernest J. Harris died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Booneville.
RIENZI – Thelma Jeraldine Rinehart, 90, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, working with flowers and crocheting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Fant, Bro. Dewitt Bain and Bro. Paul Ray Hall officiating. Burial will be in the Old Kemps Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by seven daughters, Jessie Mae Brimingham of Lepanto, Ark., Bernice McCalla (Hershell) of Rienzi, Vonnie Whitley (Horace) of Hurley, Maglene Whitley (Ray) of Booneville, Mary McCalla (Johnny) of Rienzi, Katie Robinson (Stanley) of Booneville and Jane Rinehart of Rienzi; two sons, Walter Hall and James Harold Hall (Mary Etta), both of Rienzi; 37 grandchildren, 64 great-grandchildren, 42 great-great-grandchildren and three great-great-great-grandchildren; and two special friends, Barbara Perry and Mary Keele, both of Rienzi.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Florence Magnolia Cheek Wingo; her husbands, Clyde Hall and Jessie Rinehart; three sons, Vernon Rinehart, Curlee Rinehart and Jerry Wayne Rinehart; two grandsons; two great-grandsons; one great-great-granddaughter; four sisters; and five brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Flossie Mae Gill
PONTOTOC – Flossie Mae Gill, 57, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was the daughter of the late Robert Earl Gill Sr. and Vertie Mae McKnight Gill. She was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church in Ecru, where she was chairman of the kitchen committee. She was a fun-loving person who loved to talk, eat and cook.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Pontotoc Second Baptist Church. The Rev. Raymond Shugars will officiate. Burial will be in Palmetto Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Jonathan Gill and Danny Gill, both of Pontotoc; five sisters, Zula M. Judon and Mammie Lou Cayson, both of Verona, Marsha Gail Chewe of Pontotoc, Essie Simmons (Billy) of Tupelo and Virginia Hill of Baldwyn; four brothers, Larry (Essie) Gill and Cardell (Heidi) Gil, both of Pontotoc, Leon (Sherry) Gill of Tupelo and Robert Gill Jr. (Dorothy) of Verona; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Twila Mae Coomer
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Twila Mae Coomer, 65, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries and sign the online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Vicki Morgan, 64, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at her home after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 10, 1946, in Tupelo to Charles and Mildred Holland. She was a ward secretary at the North Mississippi Medical Center for many years. She attended Waterbrook Church in Sherman. She enjoyed reading and was an avid animal lover.
The family will host a memorial service at 4 p.m. today at Waterbrook Church with Bro. Jim Varnon officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Don Morgan of Tupelo; one daughter, Amy Adderholt Shankle (Mike) of Tupelo; one grandchild, Jonathan Best of Tupelo; one sister, Patricia Sanford (John) of Tupelo; and her special friends, the Barkers of Amory.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dilworth’s Animal Clinic or the Tupelo Humane Society.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
MANTACHIE – Minnie Lee Walton, 73, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 17, 1936, in Itawamba County to Curtis and Ruthie Johnson Cates. She was a charter member of Shiloh Southern Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher. She worked at KI for 32 years and at Mantachie Attendance Center for four years. She enjoyed helping people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Henry Jenkins, Bro. Caster Buse and Bro. Howard Pearce officiating. Burial will be in the Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Paul Walton; one son, Terry “Bubby” Walton; one daughter, Teresa Cockrell (Mark); two brothers, Donnie Cates (Peggy) and David Cates (Carla); four sisters, Winnie Strange, Emma Walton and Sylvia Cleveland ( Arnold), all of Mantachie , and Irma Justice (Lavon) of Ft. Payne, Ala.; three sisters-in-law, Nell Lollar of Mantachie, Sue Walton of Tupelo and Lurene Walton of Peppertown; one granddaughter, Julie Thompson (Tracy) of Shiloh community; one grandson, Eric Crawley of Mantachie; two great-grandchildren, Kloey Thompson and Ethan Thompson, both of Shiloh; 10 nieces and six nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Glenford Hendrix; one nephew, Ronnie Strange; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Eric Crawley, Tracy Thompson, John Barry Thompson, Janie Cates, Dean Cates, Ethan Thompson, Ben Spigner and Thomas Bustamante.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Pernie Mae Danley
RED BAY, Ala. – Pernie Mae Danley died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Walter F. Preston, 90, died Monday, March 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 26, 1919, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to the late Victor Preston and Margaret Kate Preston. Twenty-three years of marriage and four children with Glenna Lee (Martin) Preston ended sadly with Glenna’s passing in 1972. He then married his wife of 32 years, Anna Takis Preston, on June 1, 1974. They made their home in Tupelo, moving from Detroit, Mich., in 1980. Walter was a Methodist and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tupelo. He was a simple man, never saying a harsh word about anyone. One of his favorite past times was to watch the Chicago Cubs. He was a loving and caring man who was deeply loved by all who knew him.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date in Michigan. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Glenn Preston of Pontiac, Mich.; three daughters, Kay Preston and Jill Preston, both of Illinois, and Lynn Preston Black (Luke) of New York; two stepsons, Bill Kapenekas (Linda) of Tupelo and John Kapenekas of Tupelo; one brother, Bob Preston of Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife of 32 years, Anna Preston, on June 12, 2006; and his beloved wife of 23 years, Glenna Lee (Martin) Preston, in 1972.
Memorials may be made to the CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo, MS 38802.
WOODLAND – Paul Edward “Peaches” Dendy, 78, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at his residence in Woodland. He was born Aug. 5, 1931, in Houston to Gus A. Dendy and Erie Bean Dendy. He was named All Little Ten Guard for Houston High School football in 1948. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1955. He was a staff sergeant in the Korean War from 1952 to 1953. He retired from Natchez Trace Electric Power Association, where he worked for 38 years as a lineman and foreman. He was a member of V.F.W., Sons of Confederate Veterans and Cane Creek Hunting Club.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Eddie Bullock and Bro. Thomas Wicker officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Agnes Felo Dendy; two sons, Mark David Dendy (Ladonna) and James E. Dendy (Kathy), all of Woodland; three grandsons, Joseph Tyler Dendy of Killeen, Texas, David Hunter Dendy of Woodland and Michael Weaver (Christy) of Oceanside, Calif.; two granddaughters, Hannah Dendy and Brittany Dendy, both of Woodland; four great-grandchildren, Connor Weaver, Aaron Weaver, Lea Grace Dendy and Matthew Tyler Dendy; and one brother, Richard Dendy of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Paul Michael Dendy.
Pallbearers will be Glenn Hunter, Jimmy Smith, Buster Robertson, Dan Dendy, Gary McQuary and Johnny Young. Honorary pallbearers will be Natchez Trace employees and retirees; and Cane Creek Hunting Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or Building Fund.
SHANNON – William Fields died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
FULTON – Oleta Nichols, 74, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at The Courtyards Nursing Home. She was born Sept. 21, 1935, in Itawamba County to Willie and Jessie Brazil Gentry. She was a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She married Richard Nichols on April 3, 1953. They owned and operated Nichols Tire Stores in Belmont, Iuka, Sulligent, Ala., and Fulton and also Nichols Restaurant for 50 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved spending time with her family and talking with her many friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Jarrell and Dwight Faulkenberry officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Nichols; two sons, Ricky (Janice) Nichols and Macky (Patricia) Nichols, both of Fulton; one brother, Verlon Gentry of Fulton; three grandsons, Scotty (Casey) Nichols, Jay Nichols and Taylor Nichols; one granddaughter, Courtney Nichols; one great-grandson, Ian Nichols, all of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Vernon Gentry; and a sister, Revis Cleveland.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Wood, Chaney Kennedy, Brent Timms, Jordan Kent, John Phelix Robertson, Austin Brown, Chip Prestage, Marx Prestage and Ken Prestage.
Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Gentry, Phillip Cleveland, Larry Gentry, Don Gentry and Kevin Gentry.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
TULSA, Okla. – Edwin Douglas Smith, 81, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at University Village in Tulsa, Okla. He was born Feb. 27, 1929, to Gaitha Hinton Smith and Georgia Roberts Smith in the Athens Community of Monroe County. He served in the Army for 23 years at Fort Sill, Okla., retiring as an E7. He lived most of his life in Lawton, Okla., and the Tulsa, Okla., area. He married Mildred Miller in 1952 and Sharon Tittle in 1982. He was a member of Cedar Ridge Christian Church in Broken Arrow, Okla., and a former member of Western Hills Christian Church in Lawton.
Services were Friday, March 5, at the Western Hills Christian Church in Lawton, Okla. Burial with Full Military Honors was in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton. The flag was presented to Sharon Smith by E6 Nick Hardin (grandson-in-law). Floral Haven Funeral Home of Broken Arrow, Okla., was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon, and his children, Mike Smith and Wayne Smith of Lawton, Okla., Faye Haskins of Owasso, Okla., Ed Smith of Pensacola, Fla., Shawn Tittle of Ocala, Fla., Shannon Tittle of Branson, Mo., and Tracie Tittle of Tulsa, Okla.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his siblings, Flora Elizabeth Smith Poplin and Martha Hawkins Reich of the Peaceful Valley community, Margaret Hawkins West of Franklin, Tenn., Paul Hawkins of the Richmond community, Stephen Hawkins and John “Buddy” Hawkins of the Quincy community and Charles “Buster” Hawkins of the Athens community.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Miller Smith, in 1982; his parents, Gaitha H. Smith in 1934 and Georgia Roberts Smith Hawkins in 2004; and his stepfather, Charles Hawkins, in 1984; his siblings, George Herbert Hawkins, Earnest Smith and Nancy Maude Hawkins; and a grandson, Jason Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to University Village, 8555 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK 74137 or to a charity of your choice.
MANTACHIE – Tony Smith, 71, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born May 8, 1938, to Charlie and Bertie Mae Christian Smith. He worked for Penn Tire for many years and did construction work before becoming disabled. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include Jimmie Johnson of Mantachie; one son, Tim Smith of Mantachie; one daughter, Felicia Sheffield (Phillip) of Guntown; one sister, Sherlie Richards (Horace) of Brandon; and one grandson, P.J. Sheffield.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lindon Smith and Roy Smith.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Nichols, Horace Richards, Bobby Gene Davidson, Jackie Robinson and Jerry Wilburn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Donald R. Ferrell
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Donald R. Ferrell, 65, formerly of Walnut, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at his home in Somerville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.