Obituaries March 2, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Betty Fay Dill
FULTON – Betty Fay Dill, 71, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011. She was born in Arkansas on Nov. 22, 1939, to John Elbert and Dollie McNatt Wallace. She was a longtime resident of the Black Zion community and worked several years as a sewing machine opperator for Lane Industries. She enjoyed gardening and working outside in her flowers. She was a member of Black Zion Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. James Elbert Williams officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Troy Wayne Dill of Fulton; her children, Pat Roper (Randy) of Brewer, Donnie Huffman (Darrell) of Houston and Donna Clingan (Rex) of Pontotoc; her sister, Brenda Munn (Pete) of Albany, Ga.; her stepchildren, Trina Turner of Fulton, Melissa Thayer of Fulton, Danny Dill (Belinda) of Fulton, Richard Dill of Pontotoc and Michelle Ruby Dill of Pontotoc; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Horace Williams; her son, Terry Wayne Williams; four brothers, Levone Wallace, Robert Wallace, W.L. Wallace, Pete Wallace; and two sisters, Joann Wilbanks, Kathryn Kasper.
Pallbearers will be Chris Coln, Jason Clingan, Matthew Clingan, Blake Clingan, Jeremy Williams and Philip Hall.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Nora Gault
COLUMBUS, Ga. – Nora Ellen Smith Gault went to her eternal home, surrounded by her family, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Columbus, Ga. Mrs. Gault was born on Feb. 9, 1925, in Prentiss County to the late Wallace and Ova Smith. With the exception of her last 15 months residing in Columbus, Ga., she resided in Booneville.
An active member of First Baptist Church in Booneville, Nora enjoyed her Friendship Sunday School Class and the Joy Makers, as well as crocheting, quilting and gardening.
Mrs. Gault was employed by Fred’s Inc., for more than 40 years, where her devotion and expertise were appreciated by the Booneville customers, as well as her fellow employees.
The service will be held at McMillian Funeral Home on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at 2 p.m., with visitation prior to the service beginning at noon. Burial will follow immediately after the service in the Booneville Cemetary. Dr. Lynn Jones, pastor of the First Baptist Church, will lead the memorial service.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gault was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Gault; two sisters, Ema Lois Smith and Ernie Bell Johnson; three brothers, Arvil Smith, J. T. Smith and Buster Smith; and son-in-law, Charlton W. White.
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Peggy G. White of Columbus, Ga.; one son, J. Dale Gault (Audrey) of Mountain View, Ark.; five grandchildren, Ginger Surprise (Kyle), Heidi White, Timothy White (Lindsey), all of Columbus, Ga., Jackie Thompson (Keith) of Florence and Stephanie Albarez (Randy) of St. Francisville, La.; eight great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Bill Smith, Bill Caver, David Kellum, David West, Dewell Smith and Josh Tolar.
Honorary pallbearers are the Friendship Sunday School Class and the Joy Makers.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, 401 W. Church Street, Booneville, MS 38829.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jack Bird
ABERDEEN – George Douglas “Jack” Bird Jr., 89. died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Pioneer Medical Center in Aberdeen. He was born on March 10, 1921, in Monroe County to G.D. Bird Sr. and Minnie Pearl Ballard Bird.
His work life included: He graduated from Greenwood Springs High School and attended Mississippi
State University where he received his teaching certificate.
Teacher & Principal at Bartahatchie (1943), Oakhill (1944-46) and Gattman (1947-48).
He was in law enforcement for 13 years for the City of Aberdeen and Monroe County, serving the last four years as Chief Deputy Sheriff.
He retired after 20 years with Conoco Chemical logistics group in Aberdeen.
He was a member of Aberdeen First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. A Mason and member of Splunge Lodge 602 and Aberdeen Lodge 32. His certificate and pin for 65 years recognition was issued Feb. 22, 2011. He was also a Shriner and member of the Hamasa Temple in Meridian and a longtime member of the Mississippi Peace Officers Association.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Nell Holt Bird; a daughter, Charlotte Bird Williams of Tupelo; a son, Virgil Ellis Bird, and a special daughter-in-law, Linda Danovsky Bird, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a grandson, Jason Douglas Bird and his wife, Bethany Carla Nash, also of Lawrenceville, Ga. He is also survived by one sister, Evelyn Bird Smith of Greenwood Springs, and nephew, Ronald Eugene Smith and his wife, Donna, and their sons, Daniel Jackson Smith, Michael Thomas Smith and Gabriel Morgan Smith, and nephew, Roger Dean Smith and his wife, Susan, and their son, Aaron Dean Smith, and daughter, Jenna Nenette Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lois Inez Bird; a brother, Elmer V. Bird; a nephew, Robert Darryl Bird; and a brother-in-law, Cecil Jackson “Jack” Smith.
Special recognition goes to his caregivers: Bessie McClendon, Anna Marie Mayes, Patricia Walker, Patricia Crume and Pearl Barr.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Smith, Roger Smith, Russell Butler, Dale Pierce, Ronnie Boozer, William Dean Atkins, Shelby Carter and Dr. Leonard J. Goodgame.
Honorary pallbearers will be his great nephews: Daniel Jackson Smith, Michael Thomas Smith, Gabriel Morgan Smith, and Dr. Robert E. Coghlan, Dr. Arthur Brown, Fred Robinson, Russell Newman and Robert Odom.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to:
First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen
P.O. Box 93
Aberdeen, MS 39730
Visitation will be today, March 2, 2011, from noon until 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home with services at 3 p.m. Burial will be immediately following at the Crenshaw Cemetery at Greenwood Springs.

Aaron Mardis
BYHALIA – Aaron Eugene Mardis, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. He was born Nov. 6, 1944, in Union County to Clyde and Quay Joshlin Mardis. He graduated from Treadwell High School in Memphis in 1964. He was a Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam. He survived the siege of Con Thien, participated in 24 search and destroy operations, and fought in the Battle for Hue. He painted elevated water tanks. He was a member of the Olive Branch Church of Christ. In 1976, he caught a 16-pound, 4-ounce largemouth bass, which remains the Arkansas state record.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Olive Branch Church of Christ with Minister Mike Hixson officiating. Burial will be in the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kelley Richardson of Memphis; four grandchildren, Bailey Mardis, Andrea Marino, Erica Richardson and Bethany Richardson, all of Memphis; two brothers, Larry Mardis (JoAnne) of Taylor and Sammy Mardis (Sharon) of Tiplersville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Debra Mardis; and two brothers, Troy and Charles Mardis.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Mosby, Benton Brewer, Ronnie Brewer, Jan Vilscheck, Joseph Hemker and SSGT Matthew Mardis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Burney Tucker, Donna Kay Pannell Jeter, Gary Hampton and Charles “Chuck” Jackson.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the VFW.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Michael France
COLDWATER – Michael France, 61, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Happy Valley Full Gospel Church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visit the online guestbook at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Mattie Blake
NEW ALBANY – Mattie Blake died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Doris Seale
PONTOTOC – Doris M. Seale, 87, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at her home. She was a clerk and manager of the Dollar General Store in Pontotoc and Tupelo. She was the former owner of The Fashion Shoppe next to Furrs Drug Store on Main Street in Pontotoc. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she loved children. She was a member of the Pontotoc First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at By Faith Baptist Church with Bro. Marcus Coward officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Mike Seale; grandchildren, Felecia Tucker and Kevin Seale; one great-grandson, Nicholas Tucker; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Niemczyk; a sister-in-law, Elaine Conlee; a brother, Billy Maynard (Vonda); a sister, Ann Stacy; nieces, Carla Rea (Ricky) and Nancy Hamblin (Kenneth).
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sonny Seale; a son, Butch Seale; her mother and father, Susie Maynard and L.C. Maynard Sr.; two sisters, Iris Boland and Jody Stokes; and a brother, L.C. Maynard Jr.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Davis, Lamar Todd, Ken Clowers, Phil Tutor, Jimmy Roberts and Merl Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.

Norma Jean Bell
ABERDEEN – Norma Jean Bell, 44, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at her home in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Lucelle Evans
EVERGREEN – Lucelle Ballard Evans, 91, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. A native of the Ballardsville community, she was born March 15, 1919, to Clifford and Blanche Lavelle Harris Ballard. She graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School and attended Mississippi State College for Women. She married John Lewis Evans on Dec. 9, 1941. She was a longtime resident of the Evergreen community. She was a member of the Evergreen Homemakers Club and a faithful member of Evergreen United Methodist Church. She was a wonderful seamstress and cook, and she loved animals.
Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Doug Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her two daughters, Bettye West of Evergreen and Mary Ann Elmore of Saltillo; a sister, Mildred Sheffield, formerly of Dorsey; four grandsons, Randy West of Evergreen, David West of Kalama, Wash., Pat West of Evergreen and Luke Mosley of Starkville; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lewis Evans, on Feb. 9, 2000; and her brother, George Thomas Ballard.
Pallbearers will be Luke Mosley, Randy West, Pat West, David West, Cliff West, John Ballard and Milton Schumpert.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Countrywood Plantation, 145 Watson Drive, Mantachie, MS 38855; or The Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo MS 38802; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Grady Paden
RED BAY, Ala. – Charles Grady Paden, 91, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Helen Keller Hospital. He was born Oct. 30, 1919, to Charlie and Minnie Paden. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from Franklin Electric Co-op, where he worked for 39 years. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Red Bay.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. today with Bro. Coye Marbutt officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Paden of Red Bay; a daughter, Wanda Cooper (Phillip) of Belmont; his brothers, Earl Paden (Dimple) of Red Bay, Ala., Kenneth Paden (Hazel) of Booneville, Floyd Paden (Jean) and Charlie Paden (Becky) of Golden; his sisters, Reba Swindle of Corinth and Sybil Haber of Golden; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elouise Wooten Paden; and his brother, Cecil Paden.
Pallbearers will be Byron Hellums, David Paden, Ricky Wooten, Gary Williams and Ronnie Wooten.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; stjude.org/donate.

Lawrence Ott
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Lawrence Ott, 81, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his home. 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 at the funeral home.

Mary Hanks
TUPELO – Mary Little Hanks, 74, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born April 20, 1936, to John and Ethel Little of Black Zion at Pontotoc. She graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1956 and was a member of the 1953-56 basketball team, playing the position of guard. She married Kenneth Hanks on Dec. 1, 1956. Mrs. Hanks retired from Hancock Fabrics where she worked for 19 years. She also worked at Blue Bell Manufacturing Co. of Tupelo for 19 years. She was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church.
She loved playing softball and played for Exxon and Willis Motors from 1967-1999, winning the State Class C Championship in 1984. She and her husband began collecting antique cars in 1999 and showed their cars in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Louisiana. She was a member of the North Mississippi Cruisers Car Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Black Zion Cemetery at Pontotoc.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Kenneth Hanks; one son, Kenney Mack Hanks (Sarah Anne); two grandsons, Hunter Dalton Hanks and Jordan Walker Hanks, and one granddaughter, Katie Grace Hanks, all of Orlando, Fla.; one sister, Ann Brewer of Bartlett, Tenn.; one brother, Troy Little of Pearl; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Ruby Smitherman, Johnnie Warren and Francis “Jimmie” Little; and five brothers, Ed Little, William D. Little, Herman Little, Travis Little and James Arthur Little.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Hamilton, Drew Lumsden, Murray Coward, Kevin West, John Moore and John Warren.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Audie Inman
BANNER – Audie Mae Inman, 91, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Community Hospice House in Verona. She was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Banner. She was a homemaker and a member of O’Tuckolofa Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Roger Webb will officiate, and Doug Orlando will assist. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Tommy Inman of Banner; two sons, Charles Lynn McSwain of Millington, Tenn., and Bobby Gene (Sharon) McSwain of Birmingham, Ala.; one sister, Syble Brown of Reno, Nev.; five grandchildren, Vicki Lynn Bomar, Charles Christopher McSwain, Andrea Brooke Smith, Sharon Michelle Johnson and Steven Michael McSwain; 10 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Lewis Bomar, Chris McSwain, Dalton McSwain, Steven McSwain, Larry Smith and Tim Smith.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

James Richmond
AURORA, Ill. – James Willis Richmond, 58, formerly of Holly Springs, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Provena Mercy Center in Aurora, Ill.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs. Burial will be in McCraven Cemetery in Victoria.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the funeral home from 10 to 10:55 a.m. today.

Russell Taylor
SARDIS – Russell Lynn Taylor, 58, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, in Sardis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Temperance Hill Cemetery in Potts Camp.

Buddy Taylor
HOUSTON – John Edward “Buddy” Taylor, 90, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Jan. 26, 1921, in Prentiss County to Lewis Clark Taylor and Linnie Chaffin Taylor. He was a farmer and a logger, and retired from Chickasaw County. He was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include four daughters, Glenda Lovvorn (Wayne) of Houston, Linda Hughes (Douglas) of Tupelo, Charlotte Doss (Thomas) of Houston and Shelby Whitt (Jerry) of Okolona; three sons, Nona Taylor (Sarah), Robert Taylor (Shirley) and Gilbert Taylor (Bonnie), all of Houston; one brother, Frank Taylor of Batesville; one sister, Burta Baker (Kermit) of Malvern, Ark.; a special friend, Margaret Sutton; 21 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Willie Taylor; a daughter, Mary Murphy, two grandchildren, Arvie Wayne Lovvorn and Tammy Whitt; and several brothers and sisters.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
To sign the online guest registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Costin Murphree
BRUCE – Costin Lynn Murphree, 74, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his son’s home in Houston. He was born Aug. 15, 1936, in Calhoun County. He was a sewing machine mechanic and a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Pittsboro.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Jerry Wilson will officiate, and Bro. Charles Flake and Bro. Jason Salisbury will assist. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery at Vardaman.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Stone Murphree of Bruce; a daughter, Janice Vaughn of Bruce; two sons, Roy Lynn Murphree (Brenda) of Amory and Scott Murphree (Susie) of Houston; two sisters, Charlotte Maxey of Bruce and Elisabeth Lance of Calhoun City; four brothers, Laborn, Donald and Danny Murphree, all of Randolph, and Steve Murphree of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys Buford Murphree and Trudie Elvira Costin Murphree.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Hall, C.J. Murphree, Jerad Murphree, Jeremy Murphree, Peyton Murphree, Jason Salisbury, Marissa Vaughn and Miranda Vaughn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Parker Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 458, Bruce, MS 38915; or First Pentecostal Church of Pittsboro, P.O. Box 695, Bruce, MS 38915.

Lillie Cooperwood
OKOLONA – Lillie Ann Cooperwood, 52, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 14, 1958, to Henry Cooperwood and Queen E. Lucas Cooperwood. She received her education at Okolona High School. She was a member of Prairie Mount United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Mount Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Quemesha Bowens of Okolona; a son, George A. Cooperwood of Okolona; four sisters, Hazel Fleming and Meoline Cooperwood, both of Shannon, and Ruby Pulliam and Esther Fields, both of Okolona; three brothers, Billy David (Linnie) Cooper of Amory, and Henry (Shunta) Cooperwood and Don Lee (Katrina) Cooperwood, both of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

George Alexander Jr.
GREENVILLE – George Edward Alexander Jr., 78, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 19, 1932, in Greenville. Affectionately known as “Ebby,” he attended the University of Mississippi, where he was president of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He graduated in 1954 with a civil engineering degree. He retired from his engineering practice in 1997. An active birder, he was involved throughout his lifetime with the Mississippi Ornithological Society, leading Christmas bird counts for three decades for the National Audubon Society, and capturing and banding birds.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery. Boone-Wells Funeral Home of Greenville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his three children, Laurie Alexander Bridewell of Lake Village, Ark., G. Edward Alexander III of Tupelo and Elizabeth Alexander Smith of Memphis; and eight grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Virginia Ann Ford.
The family will receive visitors today at the home of his daughter, Laurie Bridewell, and from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday in the Parish Hall before the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested for St. James Episcopal Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Pete Pratt
CORINTH – Lester Earl “Pete” Pratt died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
Margaret Bailey
DUMAS – Margaret Jeanette Hill Bailey, 68, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at her residence. She was born Dec. 29, 1942, in Union County to Harold Lavon Hill and Margaret Elaine Potter Hill. She was a professional cake decorator for more than 30 years and a retired secretary for Temple Baptist Church in Myrtle, where she was a member. She enjoyed cooking, baking and spending time with her grandkids.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in the Wallerville Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Lavon Hill and Elaine Hill of Dumas; her husband, William Bailey of Dumas; two daughters, Karen Bailey Caviness (Doyle) and Paige Bailey Young (Phil), both of New Albany; a son, Chris Bailey (Stefanie) of Dumas; a brother, Harold Hill (Brenda) of Dumas; and two grandchildren, Phillip Bailey Young and Audrey Anna Young of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Gloria Jones
PONTOTOC – Gloria Dean Zinn Jones, 56, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at the University of Misissippi Medical Center in Jackson. A native of Pontotoc, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Virginia Gregory Zinn. She was a member of Pontotoc Second Baptist Church, where she was past president of the choir and an avid Sunday School attendant. She loved to sing, sew, cook, play spades and people.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church. Rev. Terry Baber will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Willie amp”Duneamp” Jones of Pontotoc; one daughter, Summer Jones of Pontotoc; one son, Julian (Vivian) Mayes of New Albany; one godson, Spencer Mayes of Memphis; four sisters, Carolyn Zinn-Dixon, Christine Zinn-Blanchard (Henry), Lisa Zinn-Hall (Rev. Charles) and Mary Zinn-Cherry (Joe), all of Pontotoc; one brother, Samuel Zinn of Pontotoc; and one godgrandchild.
Visitation will be 1to 8 p.m. today with family present from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Daniel Coward Jr.
PONTOTOC – Daniel Coleman Coward Jr., 96, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pontotoc, a World War II Navy veteran, and a retired furniture designer at Mississippi Eaton Furniture Mfg. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in his workshop.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Roger Shock officiating. Burial will follow in the Springville Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Dean Coward of Pontotoc; his daughter, Mitzi Voyles of Pontotoc; five sons, Warner Coward (Patty) of Las Vegas, Nev., Danny (Judy) of Amesbury, Mass., Johnny Coward (Trisha) of Madison, Phillip Coward (Mary) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Cory Coward of Yazoo City; two brothers, Joe Coward (Sherry) of Sacramento, Calif., and Marvin “Dick” Coward of Pontotoc; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Coleman Coward Sr. and Lucy Modenia Gooch Coward, and his two sisters, Dot Ray and Sarah Robinson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.

Gregory Tindoll
AMORY – Gregory “Greg” Tindoll, 50, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his home in Hatley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

Sarah Jane Ratliff
BOONEVILLE – Sarah Jane Ratliff, 54, died Tuesday March 1, 2011, at her home. She was a factory employee most of her life. While in high school, she was on the Tupelo High School swim team. She enjoyed swimming and interior decorating.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Ray Fulter officating. Burial will be in the Jericho Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her love companion, Lonnie Franks of Booneville; one son, Jarrett Watson (Kayla) of Blue Springs; one granddaughter, Lilly Watson of Blue Springs; her mother, Sarah Jane Gough of Oxford; her father, Thurman Longcrier of Booneville; one stepson, Matthew Franks of Walnut Ridge, Ark.; one brother, Phillip Gough (Julie) of Tupelo; and one sister, Leslie Hall of Utah.
Pallbearers will be Winston Young, Andrew Sisk, Gerald Fore, Michael Mink, Richard Chittom and Steve Waldon.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.

Cora McGaughy
SHANNON – Cora McGaughy died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Brenda Russell
PONTOTOC – Brenda Clarke Russell, 60, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at her home. She was an art teacher at the Community Bible Church School. She was a home decorator, winning many awards for her paintings, arts and crafts, and crosstitching. She was a member of the Homemakers Club. An avid animal lover, she leaves behind her faithful friend of 10 years, Rosa.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Chris Moody and Bro. Jed Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Survivors include her husband, Rodney L. Russell; a sister, Marsha Hudson; three sons, Steve K. Russell (Marcia), Shane R. Russell (Jeanette) and Scott R. Russell; one daughter, Amber Hicks (Josh); 11 grandchildren, Allyssa, Brittany, Tyler, Abby, Meagan, Maylana, Matthew, Landon, Chandler, Jace and Stevie; and one great-grandson, Dominick.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Frances Hudson; her father, Lister Clarke Hudson; a sister, Susan Hudson; and her grandparents, Susie and Lorenzo Dial Fondren.