Obituaries March 11, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lucy Markham
TREMONT – Lola Lecile “Lucy” Camp Markham, 89, died on Thursday, March 10, 2011, at her residence. Born on July 25, 1921, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the late Tester Leech and Henry Arnt Camp Sr. A loving, faithful and caring Christian lady, she was a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church and attended Liberty Grove Baptist church. She lived in the Bethlehem community for 43 years and moved to Tremont after her husband died. Known as “Aunt Lucy,” she worked as a seamstress in the garment industry in Monroe County. She enjoyed visiting with people, listening to gospel music, crocheting, and loved her flowers and gardening. She had a big heart for the children’s ministries at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Smithville with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Bobby Fowler officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Garden.
She is survived by a brother, Henry Arnt “Junior” (Lucille) Camp Jr. of Florence, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Gwindolen (Johnnie) Webster of Jacksonville, Fla.; her niece and caregiver, Jemmie Lynn (Bobby) Fowler of Tremont; several other nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ravis Ray Markham; sisters, Irene Coker, Geneva Sullivan and Evele Wilson; and brother, Clevis Camp.
Pallbearers will be Arnie Camp, Leroy Camp, Tommy Poole, Charles Anthony, Noel Kennedy, Larry Cox and Bobby Cox.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Smithville.
For those who prefer, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or Le Bonheur Foundation, P. O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174-1817.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Georgia Rogers
AMORY – Georgia Mae Rogers, 85, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Mitchell D. Colburn
TUPELO – Mitchell D. Colburn, 58, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 16, 1952, to Glandon Leo and Lorraine Colburn in Chickasaw, Ala. He graduated from Gulfport East High School in Gulfport in 1970. He served in U.S. Marine Corps from 1972 to 1975. He graduated from the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss School of Law in 1980. He served as chapter president of Pi Kappa Alpha at Ole Miss and as a representative for Pi Kappa Alpha nationally. He practiced law in Pascagoula and Tupelo. He served on the Board of Directors of Trustmark Bank, American Red Cross and the Christian Women’s Job Corps. He was a founding partner of AvonLea Assisted Living and former owner of Tupelo Engraving and Rubber Stamp Company. He was an active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where he taught senior adult men’s Sunday School class. He served quietly, doing good deeds for his friends and family. An avid reader, he enjoyed playing golf, and good humor with his friends.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 10 a.m. today Friday at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Bro. David Smith officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Cynthia Rieves Colburn of Tupelo; one daughter, Shelley L. Colburn of Tupelo; one son, Tucker L. Colburn of Tupelo; his in-laws, Bill and Dot Rieves of Tupelo; two sisters, Kathy Colburn and Janice Colburn (Chris) Morris of Blackwell, Okla.; four brothers, Roy (Mary Lou) Yelverton, Bruce (Sue) Colburn, Richard (Roxie) Colburn and Robert (Angie) Colburn, all of the Wilkesboro, N.C., area.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearer will be Charles “Smokey” Young, John Hines, Bill Dickerson, Mark Monts, Tucker Walsh, Claude Gunner, Danny Barrows and Chuck Herrington. Honorary pallbearers will be the Rieves- Twitty Men’s Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made to the Mission Fund at Harrisburg Baptist Church or the Christian Women’s Job Corps.
For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
William Lusby Sr.
NESBIT – William Eugene Lusby Sr., 74, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011. He was born on Dec. 28, 1936, in Wren to Howard and Dudley Lusby. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Mississippi State University in 1959. After 36 years, he retired as a buyer-merchandiser manager with Super D Drugs Corp. in Memphis.
Mr. Lusby was a member of the Memphis Amateur Sports Hall of Fame and coached men’s fast-pitch softball for 50 years. He won one national championship along with four 2nd place finishes and never had a losing season. He was most proud of the fact that at one time or another his three sons played on his softball team. He was also proud of his daughter and her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Brantley Funeral Home in Olive Branch.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Eleanor Faye Lusby of Nesbit; his daughter, Valorie Mitchell (Gregg) of Senatobia; his sons, Bill Lusby (Laurie) of Alpharetta, Ga., and David Lusby (Anna) of Olive Branch; one granddaughter and six grandsons.
He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Lusby, and his parents.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Sign the online guestbook at www.BrantleyFuneral.com.
Scott Kemmerer
MAYLENE, Ala. – Scott Lee Kemmerer, 47, died Monday, March 7, 2011. He was a former resident of Picayune and a graduate of Picayune High School. An avid hunter and fisherman, he loved watching his son play football and his daughter play softball.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Natchez Trace Cemetery and Crematorium in Madison. The Rev. Tony Roberts will officiate. Ridout’s Southern Heritage Funeral Home in Pelham, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Priscilla Parker Kemmerer of Maylene, Ala.; his parents, Dr. Andrew and Madeleine Kemmerer of Brandon; one daughter, Parker Lee Kemmerer of Maylene; one son, Andrew Scott Kemmerer of Maylene; a brother, Mark Arthur Kemmerer of Clinton; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jean and Rex Parker of Tupelo; and sister-in-law, Darla Renae Kemmerer of Clinton.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Doris L. Brown.
Memorial gifts may be made to the National Cancer and Lymphoma Society.
Norma Bell
ABERDEEN – Norma Jean Bell died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Baptist M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign the online guest registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Annette Kindt
SALTILLO – Ethel Annette Kindt, 73, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born April 17, 1937, to Columbus Richard and Melverta L. Hill Norris. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching game shows, reading and was an avid NASCAR fan. She loved spending time with her family, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Bro. Jim Wismer officiating. A eulogy will be given by Craig Caygle. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Lerland Kindt (Judy) of Tupelo and Eddie Kindt (Tina) of Mantachie; one daughter, Gail Caygle (Craig) of Tupelo; three brothers, Gene Norris of Saltillo, David Norris (Jettie) of Tupelo and Roy Norris (Deletha) of Saltillo; two sisters, Bernice Palmer (Billy) of Eggville, who was also her close friend, and Mittie Green (Hugh) of Southaven; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a special niece, Melanie Williams; and a special aunt, Hazel Norris.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Kindt; one sister, Aileen Gattis; and two brothers, W.T. Norris and Monroe Norris.
Pallbearers will be Brian Rigby, Jakob Kindt, Brian Pollock, Corey Caygle, Jimmy Bennett and Tony Williams.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House Building Fund, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Mary Joyce Harris
MYRTLE – Mary Joyce Harris, 84, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the Union County Rehab in New Albany. She was born on Nov. 12, 1926, in Marshall County to Henry and Wincy Watkins Forrester. She was a housewife and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include one son, Charles C. Harris (Joyce Ann) of Myrtle; and four grandchildren, Colin Harris, Cory Harris, Christy Grubbs and Timothy Harris.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Harris; a son, Jimmy Wayne Harris; and a brother, Cloys Forrester.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.
Fred Thomas
FULTON – Fred Pearce Thomas, 85, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 29, 1925, to William and Alma Scates Thomas. Formerly of Houlka, he had lived in Fulton for several years. He was retired from the military. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1943-1944 and he was a veteran of World War II with the rank of lance corporal. He served in the U.S. Army from 1949-1969 and he was a veteran of the Vietnam War with the rank of staff sergeant. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Fulton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Dr. Don Baggett and Bro. Jim Wismer officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Houlka.
Survivors include his two sons, William Thomas and Maxine of O’Fallon, Ill., and Michael Thomas and Ivy of Fulton; his brother, Paul Thomas and Jerrie of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Violet Thomas of Athens, Tenn., and Annette Thomas of Houston; three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Francis Thomas, who died Dec. 5, 2010; and two brothers, Bob Thomas and Charles Thomas.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Dr. Raymond Pruitt
OXFORD – Dr. Raymond McRay Pruitt, 88, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to North Mississippi Hospice, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Helen Nixon
IUKA – Helen Marguerite Nixon, 86, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Dorris Lee
BOONEVILLE – Dorris Faye Lee, 52, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Crump Cemetery in Crump, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Leave condolences online at www.magnoliafuneralhome.com.
Rickey Blackwell
RIPLEY – Rickey Lee Blackwell, 50, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 3, 1961, in Jackson, Tenn., to Louise Simmons and John Lee Blackwell. He was a member of the Terry Street Church of Christ in Ripley and a former member of Bethlehem M.B. Church in Falkner. For many years he worked for a company delivering fruit in Milwaukee, Wis. He was a leadman for the Ashley Company for two years before his health failed.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Terry Street Church of Christ in Ripley with Bro. Jefrey Bohanna officiating. Burial will be in the Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Casey (Nikki) Prather of Falkner; two daughters, LaToya Edgeston and Trice (Tavaris) Story, all of Ripley; four brothers, Henry Edgeston, Johnny Fred Blackwell and Isaiah Simmons Jr., all of Ripley, and Billy Joe Edgeston of Tiplersville; three sisters, Ann (Bill) Palmer of Falkner, Lynn (Henry) Clinton of Milwaukee and Renee (Tommy) Adams of Ripley; nine grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Edward Guerry
ARTESIA – Edward Sims Guerry died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at his home in Artesia. He was born March 30, 1922, in Artesia to Dr. Newton D. and Mamie Watson Guerry. He graduated from Artesia High School and attended Holmes Junior College. In October 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and serves as a C-47 pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater during the final year of World War II. One of his most honored missions as an Army Air Corps pilot was to serve in the refueling squadron that supplied fuel to Gen. George Patton during the Battle of the Bulge. At the conclusion of World War II, he continued serving in the Army Air Corps during the European occupation and was honorably discharged in September 1946 with the rank of first lieutenant.
After his service to his country, he returned home and enrolled at Mississippi State College (Mississippi State University), where in 1949 he graduated with a degree in agronomy. He worked for a short period of time with the Mississippi Agricultural Farm Experiment Stations before going to work for Coker’s Pedigreed Seed Company. He worked there for more than 30 years, retiring in 1985.
A devoted Christian, he was a charter member of the First Independent Methodist Church in Macon and a member of more than 40 years. It was his hope that all his friends and family remember that, above all else, he loved his God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Artesia United Methodist Church with Rev. Curtis Bray officiating. Burial will follow at the Artesia Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sara Frances Guerry of Saltillo; two sons, Edward S. Guerry Jr. of Macon and Mansel C. Guerry (Kate) of Canton; a daughter, Virginia K. Rampley of Niceville, Fla.; and his five grandchildren, Chris, Brian, Thomas, Scott and Kathryn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Watson Guerry and William Walker Guerry; and a son-in-law, David M. Rampley.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Independent Methodist Church in Macon, the Artesia United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus.
Charles Quinn
WEST POINT – Charles Levelle Quinn, 49, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Debra Lee-Wynn
WEST POINT – Debra Denise Lee-Wynn, 44, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Robertson Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Maud Clark
HOLLY SPRINGS – Maude Lee Smith Clark, 80, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Robert Walton
TUPELO – Robert Lee Walton died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Robert Joyner
TUPELO – Robert Cleveland Joyner, 31, died Monday, March 7, 2011, in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville, Tenn.
James Kelley Jr.
MOOREVILLE – James Kelley Jr., 18, died Thursday, March 10, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Elizabeth Towery
GUNTOWN – Elizabeth Towery, 86, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at her residence in Guntown after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday in Saltillo.
Jerry Randolph
CORINTH – Jerry Frank Randolph, 79, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth.
Jessie Jacobs
CORINTH – Jessie J. “J.J.” Jacobs, 39, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Corinth.
Shirley Harvey
CORINTH – Shirley Mayes Harvey, 56, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at City Road Temple CME Church. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Faye Russell
OXFORD – Faye “Mama Faye” Russell, 109, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Magnolia Messenger, P.O. Box 1578, Kosciusko, MS 39090.
Essie Dean Gillespie
ABERDEEN – Essie Dean Gillespie, 64, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Johnson Chapel Holiness Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the Second Baptist M.B. Church Cemetery in Prairie. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Sign the online guestbook at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.
Wilma Lewis
CORINTH – Wilma Ruth Stutts Lewis, 79, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at her home.
Services were Thursday, March 10, at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial was in Lebanon Methodist Church Cemetery.
James C. Myatt
BECKER – James C. Myatt, 55, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 8, 2011, near Mobile, Ala. Born on Sept. 11, 1955, in Amory, he was a son of the late Geraldine Adams and Purvis C. Myatt Jr. He attended Becker Elementary and Amory High School. A career truck driver, his first job was with Bryan Foods. Having previously worked for Clay County Livestock and MTD, he was driving for Vernon Milling Company. He was Baptist. He loved children and enjoyed spending time with and spoiling his nieces and nephews. An easy-going guy, he was an avid NASCAR and Kasey Kahne fan, an Atlanta Braves fan, and enjoyed listening to Southern rock and working in his yard.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his son, David Hill of Minnesota; sisters, Marcia Hill and Lisa (Doug) Mitchem, all of Amory; uncles, Naum Lee Myatt of Becker and Willie G. Myatt of Amory; niece, Kristen Plunkett of Amory; nephews, Jimmy Doyle, James Douglas and Jerry Dewayne Fowlkes, all of Amory; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Matthew Plunkett.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Knight, Darnell Green, Coy Price, Larry Adams, James Carl Adams, Willie G. Myatt, Jr. and Josh Welch.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Martha Ruth Harris
MEMPHIS – Martha Ruth Harris, a native of Bruce, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn. She was born Sept. 7, 1935, in the Antioch community. Ruth was an honor graduate of Bruce High School in 1953 and moved to Memphis, where she graduated with honors from Memphis School of Commerce. She served as legal secretary to attorney David Silberberg for many years, later going to the General Sessions Court Clerk’s office and retiring from there in 2004. She was a longtime member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Rona Malone Harris; two brothers, Joseph Brooks Harris (her twin) and Charles Adrian Harris.
She is survived by two nephews, Daniel Harris of Birmingham, Ala., David Harris and his wife, Cynthia, of Cleveland, Tenn., and her grandnephew, Patrick, along with a very special devoted friend, Charles Griffin, of Memphis. Other relatives who mourn her passing are cousins, Sandra Blair of Palm Beach, Fla., Larry Bratton of Calhoun City, Fred Bullard and Gayle Bullard of Pittsboro, Paul Bullard of Meridian, Glenda Ferguson of Selmer, Tenn., Hilda Hill of Merigold, Bill Malone of Pittsboro, Ellen Spratlin of Hot Springs, Ark., and Linda Ward of Bruce.
Ruth was a very caring, loving person and will be missed by all who knew her. She was diagnosed with a rare form of skin cancer at an early age, which plagued her all her life, yet she never complained after almost constant surgeries through the years. She was an inspiration toward Christ, to her family and friends.
Services will be Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. James West officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Larry Bratton, Gayle Bullard, Daniel Harris, David Harris, Paige Martin and Dr. Harold Ward. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Memorials may be sent to the Antioch Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 506, Bruce, MS.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.