Obituaries March 15, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Helen Rowe
ABERDEEN – Helen Andrea Rowe, 44, died Saturday, March 12, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 28, 1967, in Jackson to Lester Lackey Rowe and Andromache Castanis Rowe. She had lived the past nine years in Aberdeen. She was in retail sales at Bath and Body Works.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Jean M. Rowe officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
Survivors include her father, Lester Lackey Rowe and wife, Jean, of Brevard, N.C.; her grandmother, Helen Webster of Memphis; one sister, Nicole Heroux of Memphis; one niece, Alexis Heroux of Memphis; and a special friend, Bernay Sanchez of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Andromache Castanis Rowe.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Nancy DeLeeuw
OXFORD – Nancy Kay Newton DeLeeuw, 75, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Baptist Trinity House Hospice in Collierville, Tenn. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. DeLeeuw was a member of St, Peter’s Episcopal Church, where she taught Sunday school and participated in the choir. She was a homemaker. She was a former employee and volunteer at North Mississippi Regional Center and previously worked as a bookkeeper at the Oxford-University Airport.
A memorial service will be at noon Thursday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with Rev. Taylor Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the Courtyard at the church. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. Samuel DeLeeuw of Oxford; one daughter, Debbie Conway and husband, Don, of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, David DeLeeuw and wife, Sandra, of Collierville, Tenn., and Dan DeLeeuw and wife, Debbie, of Superior, Colo.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Lafayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655 or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 113 S. 9th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until noon Thursday at the church.
Norma Bell
ABERDEEN – Norma Jean Bell died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at her home.
Services were Saturday, March 12, at Daniel Baptist M.B. Church. Burial was in the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen was in charge of the arrangements.
To sign the online guest registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Dolores Baca
EUPORA – Dolores Womack Baca, 73, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Spring Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Wayne Speck
TUPELO – Gerald Wayne Speck, 71, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on May 1, 1939, in Union County to Leroy Speck and Ola Caldwell Speck. Before he retired, he was a furniture factory worker and had worked at Strafford and Barclay. He was a member of Glenfield Baptist Church. He loved fishing, hunting and Ole Miss basketball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Dave Jensen officiating, Burial will be in Old Glenfield Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Hill Speck of Tupelo; one son, Tim Speck (Amy) of Tupelo; one sister, Evelyn Jarvis (Jerry) of New Albany; two grandchildren, Ethan Speck and Ingrid Speck, both of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Mildred Lowrey
BOONEVILLE – Mildred Lowrey, 93, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Dec. 3, 1917, to John and Lillie Whitaker Thompson. She was a member of Thrasher Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and quilting.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kevin Merritt officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
She is survived by one daughter, Karen (Roy) Taylor of Thrasher; two sons, Dillard (Barbara) Lowrey of Thrasher and Danny (Loretta) Lowrey of Pickwick, Tenn.; two sisters, Delma (Louis) Sanchez of Tuscumbia and Etheline Lee of Rienzi; one brother, Harold (Jeanie) Thompson of Olive Branch; five grandchildren, Tracy (Lee) Jones, Richie (Andrea) Taylor, Will (Jennifer) Lowrey, Mark Lowrey and John Lowrey; and four great-grandchildren, Morgan Jones, Derek Jones, Haylee Lowrey and Miley Taylor.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Lowrey; her parents; three sisters, Ernestine King, Jewel Sheffield and Clynese Bowen; and four brothers, Ellis, Les, Lester and Hubert Thompson.
Pallbearers are her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834 or Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, 50 N. Dunlap St., Memphis, TN 38103.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Nancy Brewer
OXFORD – Nancy Pearl Hollowell Brewer, 67, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at her residence. Born in Lafayette County, she enjoyed fishing, riding four wheelers, checking cattle, her dog and her horses. She was a retired Engineering Coordinator for Whirlpool.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Childs officiating. Burial will follow in Browning Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Danny Brewer of Oxford; two daughters, Georgann Jenkins Boatright (Steve) and Tracy Jenkins South (Daryl), both of Oxford; one sister, Betty Gay Gooch of Oxford; one brother, Edward Earl Hollowell of Jackson; and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Brewer’s memory may be made to the Browning Cemetery Fund, 324 CR 321, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit our website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
Ricky Smith
TROY – James Richard “Ricky” Smith, 41, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his residence in Troy. He was born Sept. 20, 1969, in Pontotoc County to James David “Jimmy” Smith (Jamie) of Houston and Betty Gail Pettit Smith of Houlka. He worked for Babcock amp& Wilcox in West Point for 22 plus years. He was a member of Troy First Baptist Church and of the Boiler Makers Union local 903 where he served as a union safety representative. He was avid sportsman where he helped coach Upwards basketball, t-ball and girls softball. He was a member of the Cane Creek Hunting Club and Fox Hunter Association.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Herndon, Bro. Scott Griffin and Bro. Earl Barron officiating. Burial will be held at Eddington Cemetery in Troy. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Christie Jo Colbert Smith of Troy; his two daughters, Jacie Claire Smith and Addison Bailee Smith of Troy; his parents, James David “Jimmy” Smith (Jamie) of Houston and Betty Gail Pettit Smith of Houlka; one brother, David “Bo” Smith (Tabatha) of Mantee; two sisters, Connie Michelle Trammell of Houston and Hillary Dawn Cockell (Christopher) of Houston; his grandparents, Raymond and Marie Pettit of Houlka; his father and mother in law, Joe and Patricia Colbert of Tupelo; his grandmother in law, Lexie Warren of Troy; brother in law, Chad Colbert (Suzanne) of Brandon; his nieces and nephews, Jordan and Sara Grace Colbert, Hunter Smith and Tyler Kilcrease; several aunts and uncles; and his friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James “Pop” Smith and “Granny” Mayette Neal Smith.
Pallbearers will be Daryl Love, Daryl Neal, Brad Butler, Earl Smith, Brad Andrews and Joey Wright.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Fox Hunters of Miss.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be made to Ricky Smith Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 789 Tupelo, MS 38802.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
J.W. Cissom
DUMAS – J.W. Cissom, 74, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at his residence in Dumas. He was born Aug. 13, 1936, to the late Fant Cissom and Ruth Windham Cissom. He was a Methodist. He was retired from Kimes amp& Stone Construction as a heavy equipment operator and a cattle farmer.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Paynes Chapel Cemetery. Ripley Funeral is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Debbie Potts (Travis) of Dumas and Donna Murry (Kenneth) of New Albany; two sons, Don Cissom (Diane) and Doug Cissom (Jennifer), all of Dumas; one sister, Edith Ketchum of Ripley; four brothers, Elliott Cissom of Collierville, Frank Cisson, Johnny Cissom and Kenneth Cissom, all of Ripley; ten grandchildren, Tabitha and Samantha Potts of Dumas, Daniel and Shelby Cissom of Dumas, Tyler and Taylor Murry of New Albany, J.D. Chapman and Kayla Jarvis of Dumas and Hannah and Aaron Nelson, both of New Albany; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Lea Geiger Cissom; his parents; one sister, Kay Cissom; and one brother, Ray Cissom.
Pallbearers will be Fant Cissom, Randy Cissom, Jeff Ketchum, Billy Dixon, Ricky Cissom, Jonathan Cissom and Brian Cissom.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
William Wood
ECRU – William Alton Wood, 73, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 19, 1937, in Memphis to William Andrew and Cora Bell McLaughin Wood.
Services will be held at a later date. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Jerry Richardson Sr.
GLEN – Hedrick Jerry Richardson Sr., 71, died Friday, March 11, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Ed Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Hill Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Alexander
CORINTH – Dorothy Alexander, 89, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Whitefield Nursing Home. She was a member of Waldron Street Christian Church. She worked many years as a receptionist for various doctors and dentists in Corinth.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Ted Avant officiating. Burial with be in the Henry Cemetery. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her spouse of 71 years, Irl Thomas Alexander Sr.; one son, Dr. Tommy Alexander (Nancy); one daughter, Lynn Stine (Tommy), all of Corinth; six grandchildren, Rebecca Lynn Stine, Kimberly Dawn Alexander, William Stine (Alice), Deborah Lynn Baugus (Mike), Dana Leigh Laurie (Matt) and Dyana Rae Gates (Kenny); and eight great-grandchildren, Trae Stine, Alexander Byrd, Kaleb Byrd, Michael Baugus, Jordan Gates, Aiden Laurie, Madison Gates and Ashlyn Laurie.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Alfred Franklin and Grace Falls Godwin; three brothers, Willie D Godwin, Jack Godwin and NJ Godwin; and three sisters, Jesse Frances Smith, Laura Patterson and Patti Godwin.
Pallbearers will be William Stine, Mike Baugus, Kenny Gates and Matt Laurie.
Visitation was will be 1p.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at the funeral home. There will be a short visitation following the service.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
William Cole
PHILADELPHIA – William Howard Cole, 87, died Monday, March 14, 2011. He was born June 22, 1923. He was the founder of radio stations WHOC (AM) and WWSL (FM). He was a lifetime member and past president of the Mississippi Broadcasters Association, past president of the Mississippi Easter Seals, a lifetime member and past deacon of First Baptist Church in Philadelphia. He served in the U.S. Army from Dec. 1, 1942 through February 26, 1946. He served in the European Theater of Operations and was wounded twice in action on Nov. 13, 1944, in Achain, France. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, American Campaign Medal, European-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with two bronze stars), Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Services will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Philadelphia. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his children, David Cole (Sheree), Kevin Cole (Beverly), Laura Cole Thrash (Randy) and Leah Cole Jarrell(Jody); his grandchildren, Sean Cole (Amy), Lauren Cole Mohseni (Sean), Philip Cole, Sarah Cole, Neill Cole (Julie), Leigh Cole (April), Ellen Cole Wesson (Ryan), Rebecca Cole, Leslie Mitchell (Bryan), Lauren Crum, Haley Crum, Jason Thrash (Mindy) and Rachel Thrash Chew (Cody); and his great-grandchildren, Emily Cole and Jason Cole Thrash II.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Gerry Williams Cole; his parents Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Cole; his brothers, Wilbur Franks Cole, M. A. “Doc” Cole and Charles L. Cole; and his sister Rosa Cole Spencer.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at McClain-Hays Funeral Home in Philadelphia.
The family has requested that memorials may be made to The Cole Foundation, c/o First Baptist Church, 414 Pecan Avenue, Philadelphia, MS 39350; the Baptist Children Village, Jackson, MS or the charity of your choice.
Willie Casey
FULTON – Willie M. Casey, 73, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 18, 1937, to Ernest and Clara Rich. She owned and operated a dry-cleaning company in Flint, Mich., for over 20 years before moving back to Fulton in 1993. She was a devout Jehovah’s Witness. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, fishing, flowers, gardening and the ministry.
Services will be private for the family. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Joie Casey of Fulton; three sons, Richard R. Banks of Woodland, Calif., Robert L. Banks of Guntown and Mark A. Banks of Fulton; two daughters, Lillian M. Ferguson of Flint, Mich. and Selenia Galleon of Fulton; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers and sisters.
Baby Boy Jennings
HOUSTON – Baby Boy Jennings, newborn, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was the son of Robert and Lessana Elana Jennings.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at Montgomery Mortuary Funeral Home.
Peggy Carter
NEW ALBANY – Peggy LaRue Hale Carter, 77, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born in Maben on Feb. 27, 1934, to the late Lester Hale and Leona Clark Hale. Before retirement she had been co-owner of The Speedy Mart in New Albany, had worked as a bookkeeper at Irwin B. Schwabe and had been a caregiver for the last 18 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in New Albany and of the Joy club. She enjoyed cooking, working in her flowers, yard work and traveling with her friends.
Services will be 11 a.m. in the United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Tom Sumrall officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Susie Carter Moorehead of New Albany; one grandson, John Carter Shivers of New Albany; and one stepgrandson, Cory Moorehead of Union City.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmy Carter; and one sister, Patricia Hendrix.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Snyder, Gerald Roberts, Tommy McMillen, Roger Tate, Jim Hendrix and Cory Moorehead.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Edwin Churchill
POTTS CAMP – Edwin L. Churchill, 69, died Sunday March 13, 2011, at Baptist Memphis Hospital in Memphis. He was born on Oct. 15, 1941, to the late Cleo Churchill and Gussie Churchill in Union County. He worked for Holly Springs Utility Dept. for 25 years.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Vista Memorial Cemetery in New Albany with Bro. Bill Thompson officiating. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, David Lee Churchill (Alice) of Myrtle and one sister, Mildred Elliott of Ashland.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Pauline Churchill.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
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 Artesia; two sons, Edward S. Guerry Jr. of Macon and Mansel C. Guerry (Kate) of Canton; two daughters, Virginia K. Rampley of Niceville, Fla. and Sara E. “Peggy” Guerry of Saltillo; 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.
Madie Brown
COLUMBUS – Madie Geraldine Gibson Brown, 80, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at Aurora Health amp& Rehabilitation. She was born July 6, 1930, to the late Elbert and Henrietta Milstead Gibson. She moved to Columbus from Meridian in 1961 and was a retired cosmetologist. She was a member of the Community Baptist Church and attended the Stateline Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and her world revolved around her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Robert Gillis officiating. The interment will immediately follow at Memorial Gardens of Columbus.
Survivors include her son, Mike Brown (Jackie) of Tupelo; her daughter, Kathy Adams (Jack) of Columbus; her grandchildren, Courtney Williams, Amber Stafford, Amanda Brown, Wendy Stafford and Kacy Howell; and her great-grandchildren, Caitlin Williams, Paige Williams, Trey Williams, Kearstyn Stafford, Addison Gable, Connor Gable, Madison Stafford, Anna Claire Stafford, Bo Howell, Brody Howell and Austin Lancaster.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Marden Brown.
Pallbearers will be Frank Ferguson, Mike Williams, Trey Huey, Billy Secrest, Tim Williams, Bobby Stafford, Bill Rideout and Kenny Belk.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Stateline Baptist Church.
John Tharp
HOUSTON – John Wesley Tharp, 36, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at the Med in Memphis.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message at the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Betty Braddock
TIPLERSVILLE – Betty Braddock, 61, died March 11, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Annie Green
TUPELO – Annie Green died on Monday, March 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Harvye Parham
IUKA – Harvye Parham, 86, died Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Southern Magnolia Estates.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Mary O. Anderson
PONTOTOC – Mary O. Anderson, 75, died Monday, March 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Marlin Gober Sr.
VINA, Ala. – William Marlin Gober Sr., 91, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, in the Red Bay Hospital. Services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery in Vina.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
J.L. Smith
OXFORD – J.L. Smith, 66, died Sunday, March 13, 2011, at his residence in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.