Obituaries March 12, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Kenneth R. Flemons
OXFORD – Kenneth R. Flemons, 75, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today Saturday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 2170 Business Center Drive, Suite 1, Memphis, TN 38134 or the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Leave online condolences at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Elaine McIntire
CHESTER – Mary Elaine Jenkins McIntire, 87, of Chester, died Thursday, March 10, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Riley McIntire; her parents, William Meredith Arnold Jenkins and Esther Geneva Trussell; brothers, Horace Vernon Jenkins and Bobby “Sonny” Lynn Jenkins; and sisters, Jimmie Lee Cheeks and Betty Wayne.
She is survived by her brother, Benny Harold Jenkins of Jackson and sisters-in-law, Christeen Dearman Jenkins of Pearl, Margueritte Joy McRae Jenkins of Duluth, Ga., and Sara Ann Halsell Jenkins of Jackson. While Sister Elaine did not have any children, she is survived by many nieces and nephews and friends who thought of her as a mother and grandmother.
Mrs. McIntire was graduated from Holmes Junior College with honors, earned a bachelor of science degree in education from Delta State University and obtained a master of education degree from Mississippi State University. She taught junior high school for 32 years in Choctaw County, at French Camp, at Pascagoula and at Moss Point, teaching mathematics and history.
Sister Elaine also helped her husband farm in Choctaw County, she was a writer, family genealogist and historian, a world traveler, quiltmaker, gardener and doll collector, but most importantly to her, she was a Sunday School teacher and Bible scholar, having read the Bible through many times, and she was a faithful witness for her Lord Jesus.
Sister Elaine accepted Jesus at the age of 12 and was a faithful member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Eupora for many years.
Funeral services will be held today, March 12, 2011, at 1 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home in Ackerman with interment to follow in the Salem Cemetery near Ackerman. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today, March 12, 2011, and last until service time at the funeral home. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of all arrangements.
To sign the family registry, visit www.colemanfuneral.com.

Lula Mae Bell
WEST POINT – Lula Mae Bell, 71, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Strong Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Elma Ingram
BYHALIA – Elma Ingram, 57, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Hazel Hilton
HICKORY FLAT – Hazel Barnes Hilton, 58, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Verlon Honeycutt
BOONEVILLE – Verlon Glenn Honeycutt, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, in Austin, Texas. She was born Jan. 16, 1919, in Burnsville to John Riley Glenn and Virgie Woodley Glenn. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Booneville since 1959. She graduated from Burnsville High School, attended the Mississippi University For Women, and received her bachelor’s degree from Delta State University. She taught first and fourth grades for 33 years, primarily in the Booneville School District. She served as a volunteer at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church in Booneville with Dr. Lynn Jones officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Glenn Honeycutt of Booneville; a daughter, Jane Thorne (Larry) of Austin, Texas; two sisters, Maxine Bergin of Florence, Ala., and Christine Fisher (Doyle) of Tulsa, Okla.; two grandsons, Thomas Glenn Thorne and William Jefferson Thorne; a niece, Cindy Bergin; a nephew, John Dingsor; and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Honeycutt; and her parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Nelda Luce
CORINTH – Nelda Luce, 64, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at her residence. He was a member of Strickland Baptist Church, where she was active with the Ladies Auxiliary. She loved spending time with her family and watching her love birds. She and her husband, Les, were members of the Magnolia Car Club. She enjoyed gardening and riding motorcycles.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Harold Burcham officiating. Burial with be in the Corinth National Cemetery.
Survivors include her spouse of 40 years, Les Luce; two sons, Richard Luce (Tammy) of Mayfield, Ky., and Gaines Luce (Krista) of Bartlett, Tenn.; one daughter, Lisa Luce Chandler (Louis) of Pontotoc; her stepfather, Gaines Wroten of Pensacola, Fla.; two sisters, Peggy Mills Harrison of Jackson, Tenn., and Debbie Wroten of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother, Michael Wroten (Gail) of Pensacola, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, Kristen Luce, Brittanni Luce Lynch (Derrick), Justin Veatch, Nicholas Luce, Cole Luce, Clay Chandler, Noah Luce, Benjamin Chandler, Haley Luce, Anna Chandler, Anna Emerson and Kirk Emerson; and two great-grandchildren, Deacon James Edwards and Hayden Riley Shipman.
She was preceded in death by her father, Earl Mills, and her mother, Lenora Blankenship Wroten.
Pallbearers will be Phil Young, Tim Young, Brian James, Jim Henry, Stan Barker and David Wooten.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Visitation was will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lawrence Herring
GUNTOWN – Lawrence Mitchell Herring, 57, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was an auto technician for Windham Ford and Tupelo Nissan. He was a member of Mayfield Church of Christ. He loved his animals, fishing, spending time at the lake, and visiting with family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Virginia Lee Herring of Guntown; one daughter, Gina Roberts (Anthony) of Baldwyn; one son, Keith “Opie” Herring (Charlene) of New Albany; one sister, Virginia Ann Trice of Jackson, Tenn.; two brothers, Ray Herring and Jeff Herring, both of Guntown; four grandchildren, Sara Roberts, Hannah Roberts, Alexandra Herring and Carlie Crum.
He was preceded in death by his father, John E. Herring; his brother, Clifton Herring; and his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Hamblin, Johnny Hamblin, Mike Hamblin, Charles William Hamblin, J.J. Herring and Charlie Hamblin Jr.
Ralph Hershfelt
TUPELO – Ralph Hershfelt, 88, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born July 17, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo., and served in the U.S. Navy as a training pilot during World War II. He worked in and owned his own manufacturing businesses for many years. In 1960, he moved to Tupelo, becoming a part of the community he loved. He will be remembered as a proud gentleman, cherished and respected by his many friends and family.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Ann Hershfelt of Tupelo; his sisters, MaryAnn Rueter of Decatur, Ill., and Betty Hershfelt Taylor of Dunedin, Fla.; his brother, Robert Hershfelt of Decatur, ll.; his children, Ralph Jr. and Augusta Hershfelt of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Don and Judy Hershfelt of Tupelo, Dan Rippeto and Chris Hershfelt of Chicago, Bill and Beth Parks of New Albany, and Guy and Emily Childers of New Albany; his grandchildren, Heath and Toni Hershfelt of Tupelo, Clay and Leigh Cruse of Tupelo, Jeff and Holly Hershfelt of Austin, Texas, Ralph III and Anne Hershfelt of North Carolina, Gretchen Hughes Stanfill of Tupelo, Alex and Amy Johnston of North Carolina, Jonathan and Sara Elisabeth Cobb of Birmingham, Ala., Anne Elise Parks of New Albany, and Anslie Claire, Becca Ann and Lilly Cate Childers of New Albany; his great-grandchildren, Hayden, Hayes and Perry Hershfelt, Sage, Grisham and Grey Cruse, Ruby Hershfelt, Harrison and Hailey Hershfelt, Caroline and William Hughes, Sarah Elizabeth Stanfill and Quinn Johnston.
Greatly appreciated is the loving professional care extended to Mr. Hershfelt by the extraordinary physician and friend, Dr. Billy Walton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Bailey, Jim Threlkeld, Billy Hodges, Buddy Prude, Russell Yarborough, Billy Wheeler, Jim Collins, Mickey Holliman, Len Pegues, Dick Hill, Darrell Smith, Tom Childs and A.J. Pitts.
Visitation will be noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Ralph Hershfelt spent his last days at Sanctuary Hospice House, where caring and loving attention to his needs were carried out by a serving and professional staff. The family wishes donations to be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Robert C. Joyner
TUPELO – Robert C. “Bubba” Joyner, 31, died Monday, March 7, 2011, in Tupelo. He was born in 1979. He was an employee of Fiber Craft Manufacturing Company. He was a Christian and an avid reader.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland, Tenn. Interment will be in Ebenezer Cemetery at Williston, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes West Chapel of Oakland, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Hillard and Leola Joyner of Tupelo; his sisters, Brenda Edwards of Horn Lake, Rita Harlowe of Tupelo and Tina Byrd of Nesbit; four brothers: Mickey Joyner of Tupelo, Donald and Jerry Perrigo, both of Jackson, Tenn., and Johnny Perrigo of Nesbit.
Memorials may be made to Hughes Baptist Chapel in Tupelo.
Visit www.peeblesfuneralhome.com to access the online guestbook.
James A. Euell
MT. PLEASANT – James A. Euell, 40, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant CME Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
R.D. Samples
CORINTH – R.D. Samples, 85, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Tate Baptist Church. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Alice Cook
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Alice Ridings Cook, 73, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Alice Pardue
BOONEVILLE – Alice L. Pardue, 66, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Evia Betts
NETTLETON – Evia Shumpert Betts died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her home. She was born Nov. 22 1919, to Eck and Georgia William Shumpert. She was baptized at Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton. She attended Nettleton schools. She worked at H.I.S. in Verona. She married and moved away for a short time, living in Chicago and Indiana. Upon returning back home she reconnected with her home church and remained a member until death. She served in many areas in the church, including Communion chairperson, Baptism chairperson, choir member, United Methodist Woman member, the Pastor Parish Committee member and many other capacities. She loved people and never met a stranger. In 1942, she married Levi Merritt. They had two children, Lera and Jean. He preceded her in death. In 1951, she married John Thomas Betts. They had five children, Larry, John W., Jerry Wayne, Georgia Sue and Rea Ann. They were married for 50 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Palestine United Methodist Church in Nettleton. The Rev. Dr. George Pulliam will officiate. Burial will be in Centerhill Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Lera Jones, Willie Jean Crayton (Robert), Larry (Ann) Betts, John W. (Eddie Jean) Betts, Georgia Sue (John) Harris and Rea Ann (Veshone) Shepherd; 19 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Itha Collier of Mt. Clemon, Mich., and Letha Little of Fullerton Calif.; two brothers, Herman (Pauletta) Shumpert of Tupelo and Theron Shumpert of Chicago; a special sister-in-law, Willie Sue Betts of Plantersville; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Betts; her parents, Eck and Georgia William Shumpert; a son, Jerry Wayne Betts; two brothers, Samuel and Harold G. Shumpert; and one sister, Epora Shumpert Forester.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Elizabeth Towery
GUNTOWN – Elizabeth Towery, 86, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at home after a lengthy illness. She was born Aug. 7, 1924, to Daniel L. and Cynthia Ann Stout Henderson. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Saltillo. After she could no longer attend services, she was blessed to have the care and support of a group of loyal friends.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Marvin Murphy and Mr. Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in the Saltillo Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Polly Phillips of Guntown and Peggy Towery of Nashville, Tenn.; three granddaughters, Melanie Adams of Saltillo, Michelle Towery of Nashville, Tenn., and Suzanne Dugger of Baldwyn; one grandson, Michael Towery of Nashville, Tenn.; one great-grandson, James Goodin of Guntown; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Deach Towery of Guntown; one son, Paul Towery of Nashville; and one daughter, Patsy Towery of Guntown.
Pallbearers will be Bill Mears, Tony Mears, Kevin Jaggers, Jerry Henderson, Milton Green and Kelton Adams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mack Towery and Lynn Powell.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1140 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801 or the charity of the giver’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left a www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Buford Hoskins
ASHLAND – Buford Dale Hoskins, 62, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Alliance Hospital in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville, Tenn.
Mary Kirkpatrick
TUPELO – Mary Kirkpatrick, 89, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Alice Pardue
BOONEVILLE – Alice L. Pardue, 66, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Helen Nixon
IUKA – Helen Marguerite Nixon, 86, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 4, 1924, in Paden to Clinton Kelly and Annie Willard Robinson Nixon. She was a resident of Paden until after high school. She attended Holmes Community College at Goodman. She has been a resident of Memphis; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Detroit, Mich.; Huntsville, Ala.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Iuka. She retired from the U.S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., in 1985 after 34 years of government service with the U.S. Air Force in Memphis, Defense Logistic Agency in Detroit, Mich., and U.S. Army at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.
Mrs. Nixon married RAF Capt. David Duncan Esler of Perth, Scotland, on May 4, 1944, in Montreal. She attended Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee in Memphis. She was active in many social clubs, including Beta Sigma Phi Sorority in Memphis, Detroit and Huntsville. She was Regent of the Chief Tishomingo Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Iuka. She president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees; and member of the Iuka 20th Century Club and the Order of the Eastern Star in Iuka.
She was active in First Methodist Church in Memphis, Metropolitan Methodist Church in Detroit, First Methodist Church in Huntsville and Iuka Methodist Church. She was active in the United Methodist Women in Huntsville. She was district secretary with 13 churches under her jurisdiction and president of the local unit in Iuka. She was vice president and treasurer of the New Albany District, United Methodist Women.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Jon Kaufman and the Rev. William V. Kemp officiating. Burial will be in New Prospects Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include her sister, Mildred Nixon Hill of Iuka; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Diesch Nixon and great-nephews, John and David Casavant of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; many cousins from the Nixon and Robinson families.
She was preceded in death by a son; her parents; brothers, James Clinton Nixon and Edward Kelly Nixon and wife, Gladys Griggs Nixon; a brother-in-law, Martin Elton Hill; and nieces, Kathryn Ann Hill and Louise Nixon Casavant.
Pallbearers will be Tuck Russell, Jo Jourden, Herbert Thomas, David Thorne, Danny McClung, Ben McClung, Donnie Brown, Harold Lomenick, John McDougal, Odester Wilson, Hank Hayes, Mike Carroll, Jody Dawson, Edna and Art Gaines, Shelia Thorne, Thelma Haynes, Brenda McClung, Diane McClung, Betty Ruth Carroll, Mary Waters, Corrie Hawkins, Loraine Mathis and Frances Patterson.
Memorials may be made to Iuka United Methodist Church, Iuka, MS and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 3704, Memphis, TN 38173.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today at the funeral home.
George Hurst
MANTEE – George Hurst died Friday, March 11, 2011, at his home in Mantee.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
Glendon Ray Smith
MANTACHIE – Clendon Ray “Bubby” Smith, 50, died Friday, March 11, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.