By NEMS Daily Journal
Bill Crockett Sr.
MADISON – William Phillips “Bill” Crockett Sr., 73, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at his home in Madison. Bill was born in Tupelo to D.B. and Mildred Crockett. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1955. While a student at Mississippi State University, he married Marguerite Bartling. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and graduated from State in 1959. While fulfilling his military obligation in the U.S. Army Transportation Corp, he attained the rank of captain.
In 1961, he began his career as a federal employee with the Social Security Administration. His assignments were in Tupelo, Jackson, Gulfport and Memphis, before serving in managerial capacities in Natchez and Tallahassee, Fla. Bill received the Commissioner’s Citation from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare-Social Security division for outstanding office leadership in 1969.
In 1970, Bill became a resident health insurance representative for the State of Mississippi where he worked with Medicare contractors and other professional medical organizations within the state. He took early retirement in 1985 and subsequently worked for three years for Blue Cross amp& Blue Shield of Mississippi as director of Government Programs Marketing.
Beginning in 1989, Bill was a self-employed medicare hearing officer, where he handled Medicare cases under appeal for contractors in six states. He retired from this position in 1999, in order to spend time with his family and pursue his hobbies. During his retirement, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and collecting obsolete currency. His research resulted in contributions to two author’s books on obsolete currency.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Marguerite; his son, Lee Crockett (Kim) of Brandon; his son, Scott Crockett (Kelly) of Collierville, Tenn.; his daugther-in-law, Michelle Jacobs (David) of Madison; his grandsons, Taylor, Cameron, Cory, Clayton and Wilson Crockett; and his granddaughter, Claire Crockett.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his oldest son, Bill Crockett Jr. in 1994; and his oldest grandson, Bill Crockett III in 2003.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons as well as Lowery Germany and Bruce Bartling.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, to Blair Batson Children’s Hospital in Jackson, to Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland or to a charity of choice.
McKENZIE, Tenn. – Ruth Johnson, 83, formerly of Ripley, died March 19, 2011, at her home in McKenzie, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
GUNTOWN – Buford Franks, 76, of Friendship, died March 18, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
TUPELO – Merrill Theodore “Ted” Love died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. Ted was born in Jackson, Tenn. to Cecil Cole Love and M.T. Love. He lived in several cities in Tennessee with his father being employed by TVA before moving to Baldwyn, where he attended Baldwyn High School and Northeast Community College. He began working in the construction industry for his uncle, C.S. Poole, who established C.S. Poole Contractors. He worked with his uncle and two cousins, Charles and James Poole, building one of the largest general, mechanical and electrical companies, serving North Mississippi and the surrounding area for many years. Ted had the opportunity to continue working with Charles Poole in Alaska as an inspector on the pipeline, an experience he greatly enjoyed. He was awed by the majesty and beauty of Alaska. Until his recent illness necessitated his work cease, he was actively employed by Cook Coggin Engineers, another project he thoroughly enjoyed and made many new friends.
Ted loved boating and water sports, having purchased his first boat with a friend while still in high school and even racing boats until deciding family trips to the lake were safer. Owen Martin, a longtime friend, introduced him to 4-wheeling, and they shared many group trips to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Having always wanted to have a Harley Davidson motorcycle, he finally purchased his Harley and rode many miles with his son, Blake and close friends, Jim Baxter and Paul Rajacich. Collecting Indian relics was another hobby he shared with his son, Jason.
Ted was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Tupelo, a 32 degree Mason affiliated with the Robt. E. Lee Lodge in Tupelo, served eight years in the Mississippi National Guard, was a Woodman of the World volunteer and past board member for the youth camp. He lived life to the fullest and will be missed by a grateful family and large circle of friends.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Terry Rhodes, a longtime friend, and Bro. Cecil Pumphrey, his neighbor, officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Hilda Thompson Love of Tupelo; two sons, Jason Love of Saltillo and Russell Blake Love of Tupelo; his special nephew, Jeff Cooper of Humbolt, Tenn.; numerous other nieces and nephews; his cousins, Charles Poole of Fairbanks, Alaska, James Poole and Sandra Poole of Tupelo, Jackie Cole and Mary Ellen Goodson, both of Baldwyn; three half sisters, Becky Schmit (Otis) of Ten Mile, Tenn., who so graciously came to stay and help with his care, Ruth Ebert (Gene) and Mary Crawford (Keith), all of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and two half brothers, Mike Love (Sara) of Athens, Ala. and Tom Love (Kay) of Lawton, Okla.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his loving sister, Patricia Cooper.
Pallbearers will be Owen Martin, Phillip Bailey, Glenn McCarver, Jim Baxter, Chuck Holley, Don McKibben, Paul Rajacich, Billy Joe Bryson, Larry Roebuck and Milton “Bubba” Nash.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.
Reflections and expressions may be e mailed to email@example.com.
ANGLETON, Texas – Milton LeBlanc, 81, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 22, 1929, in Mermentau, La. to J.D. and Maya Landry LeBlanc. Milton lived most of his adult life in Texas, except for six years that he lived in Tupelo. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. He was retired from Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas, where he was employed as a lab technician for 33 years. Milton loved to fish and spend time with his family. He was a member of Belden Baptist Church in Tupelo and The Second Baptist Church in Angleton, Texas.
Service and burial will be private. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Reynolds LeBlanc of Angleton, Texas; three daughters, Tina Rose (Jim) of Tupelo, Linda Butler (Johnny) of Las Vegas, N.V. and Lois Lutz of The Woodlands, Texas; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Ruby Pousson of Mermentau, La. and Barbara Edigo (Kenneth) of DeRidder, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister; and three brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 607-C W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORINTH – Herbert Lambert, 79, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial will be in Possum Trot Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Glen.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Joe Ward Sr.
ABERDEEN – Joe Lee Ward Sr., 63, died March 15, 2011, at OCH Medical Center in Starkville.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Baptist M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial was in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Online registry can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
MOOREVILLE – Sara Gail Miller, 42, died March 18, 2011, in Mooreville. She was born June 20, 1968, to Robert Lynn Smith and June Henton Smith in Tupelo. She was a member of Tupelo Church Of God. She loved playing with her grandchildren, playing Bunco, camping and going to yard sales. She was the Mooreville Softball Team’s #1 fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband Johnny Miller; two daughters, Katelyn Holmes and Brad of Saltillo and Kelsey Miller of Mooreville; one son, Ben Miller of Mooreville; one sister, Beckey Smith of Tupelo; and two brothers, Seth Smith and Monica of Mooreville and Jake Smith and his fiance, Stephanie of Mooreville; her parents, Bob and June Henton Smith of Mooreville; her mother-in-law, Linda Floyd and the late Charles Floyd of Saltillo; her father-in-law, Buddy Miller of Manatachie; and her grandmother, Nell Henton of Tupelo.
She is preceded in death by her grandfather, John E. Henton Sr.; her grandmother, Ladelle Harlow Smith; and her grandfather, Leynorice “Screwdriver” Smith.
Pallbearers will be Austin Holmes, Austin Webb, Brandon Reid, Bill Henton, John Henton, Riley Henton, Eric Hoard and Robert Mason.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
BURNSVILLE – Dan Skelton, 67, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at his family home. He was a member of Grissom Chapel Church and loved attending church services there. He enjoyed helping people, taking care of his animals, farming and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Grissom Chapel Church with Bro. Larry Marshall, Bro. Danny Keymon and Bro. Briggs King officiating. Burial will be in Grissom Chapel Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Skelton of Burnsville; one son, Kenny Skelton of Burnsville; one stepson, Beau Green of Cherokee, Ala.; four stepdaughters, Judy Hamm (Tom) of Burnsville, Ruthie Green of Burnsville, Cookie Frazier (Scottie) of Poplar Bluff, Mo. and Linda Stanfield (Roy) of Cherokee, Ala.; two sisters, Nancy Brown (Eddie) of Iuka and Cathy Skelton of Burnsville; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alma Cooper and Paul Skelton; his brother, Robert Skelton; his sister, Janice Cooper; two nephews, Rod and Jessie Skelton; and his stepdaughter, Brenda Choate.
Visitation will be begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time Monday at the church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Doyle Brooks Sr.
GATTMAN – Doyle E. Brooks Sr., 72, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 19, 1938, in the Sparta Community of Chickasaw County to Lillie Mae Wheeler and Lonnie Brooks. Doyle E. Brooks Sr. was a maintenance man for Babcock & Wilcox Company for 33 years. He was a member of Gattman First Baptist Church. He was a member of West Point Masonic Lodge #40 F amp& AM and the Hamasa Shrine Temple of Meridian. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War. Doyle Edward Brooks Sr. married Mary Carole Reid Johnson on June 3, 1989, in Gattman.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jackie Pate officiating and Bro. Roy McHenry assisting. Burial, with full Masonic graveside rites, will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Carole Brooks of Gattman; one daughter, Tracie Brand (Roger) of West Point; a stepdaughter, Cathy Reeves (Bill) of Sulligent, Ala.; two sons, Doyle E. Brooks Jr . (Dana) of West Point and Glenn A. Brooks (Tina) of Macon; two stepsons, Alan Johnson (Kristie) of Guin, Ala. and Mark Johnson (Donna) of Wren; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; and two sisters, Dorothy Foster (David) of West Point and Martha Ann Gilmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sisters, Joyce Bramlett and Peggy Helmer.
Pallbearers will be Dale Brand, Steven Brand, Cody DeNise, Garrett Brooks, Austin Johnson, Jake Johnson, Ryan Reeves, Brandon Johnson and Brian Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jay DeNise, Corey Brooks, Brad Johnson, Don Browning and the Men of Gattman First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Crippled Children’s Hospital, c/o Hamasa Temple, P.O. Box 365, Meridian, MS 39301.
Family and friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Rebecca Pride Mills, 99, died March 19, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
COFFEEVILLE – George Edwin Denley died March 17, 2011.
Services will be held today at First Baptist Church Coffeeville with the Rev. Truman Scarborough and the Rev. Donnie Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Coffeeville Cemetery. Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
RED BAY, Ala. – Justine E. Davis, 80, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Mittie Hill Tate, 73, of Greenwood Springs (Sipsey Fork Community), died Friday, March 18, 2011, at her home. She is the wife of Kenneth Tate. Mrs. Tate was born in Lee County on Oct. 16, 1937, to Herman and Lillie Bell Box Hill. She previously worked at McCoy Manufacturing and Monroe Trouser. In her spare time, she enjoyed sitting with people in the community, working with flowers and crocheting. She was a member of New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Kelvin Price and Bro. Don Taggart officiating. Burial will be in Pickle Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Tate of Greenwood Springs; her sons, Donald (Debra) Moore of Winfield, Ala., David (Mary) Moore of Amory and Gary (Sherron) Moore of Amory; one stepson, Gary Bullock of Oseola, Ark.; one sister, Christine (Roger) Galloway of Vernon, Ala; her brothers, Russell (Pat) Hill of Hamilton, Ala. and Pete Hill of Montgomery, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two step great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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RIENZI – Evelyn Downs Gist Bloom, 82, died March 18, 2011, at her home. She was a housewife and a member of Hinkle Holiness Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Hamblin officiating. Burial will be in Wheeler Grove Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Patterson of Booneville, Cathy McKeown (Danny) of Jericho and Diane Russell (Eddie) of Rienzi; nine sons, Buddy Downs of Booneville, Curtis Downs (Carolyn) of Booneville, Thomas Downs (Dorothy) of Rienzi, Danny Downs (Sandy) of Rienzi, Bo Downs (Liz) of Booneville, Billy Downs of Iuka, Junior Downs (Michelle) of Booneville, Jackie Downs of Rienzi and Randy Downs of Rienzi; 19 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas C. Downs; parents, James and Margaret Gist; her sister, Sue Urish; her brother, James E. Gist; and her stepdaughter, Barbara Howard.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bobby Cornelius Sr.
PARSONS, Tenn. – Bobby Orliss Cornelius Sr., 69, died Thursday, March 17, 2011, at Jackson-Madison County General. He was born Sept. 17, 1942.
A private family service will be held Monday. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Carrington of Parsons, Tenn.; his sons, Bobby Orliss Cornelius Jr. of South Carolina, Terry Cornelius and wife, Sherry of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Kenneth Cornelius and wife, Susie of Walnut, Billy Joe Cornelius of Parson, Tenn., Michael Cornelius and wife, Michelle of Rienzi and Timothy Corbett of Bian, Okla.; his daughters, Lisa Mann of Corinth, Cynthia Phillips and husband, Kerry of Savannah, Tenn., Laura Cornelius of Rienzi and Krista heckel and husband, Edward of Sallisaw, Okla.; his grandchildren, Deven, Isaac, Isabella, Lainey, Elizabeth, Cheyenne, Michael Don, Jayden, Joshua, Stephen, Brayden, Bryce, Chenoa, Coda, Maya, Hayley and Lee; and his brothers, Dennis Cornelius of Corinth and Marvin Cornelius and wife, Francis of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marcus Dwight Cornelius; his mother, Ethel Cornelius; his brother, Jimmy Cornelius; and his sister, Lucille Parker.
Please leave condolences at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
BALDWYN – Lavelle Martin Davis, 90, died March 19, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a retired factory worker and a homemaker. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church, and she attended Jericho Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Marvin Robbins and Bro. Neal Davis officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Sue Taylor of Cabot, Ark.; one son, Robert Davis Sr. (Patty) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Tony Taylor, Susan Taylor Sneed and Robert Davis Jr.; six great-grandchildren, Leah Paul, Shay Taylor, Raleigh Sneed, Vaughan Davis, Stephen Davis and Alex Davis; one great-great- grandchild, Cayden Lavelle Sanders; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Cotton” Davis.
Pallbearers will be Robert Davis Jr., Larry Long, Eric Paul and Jerry Mardis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ola Mae West
PONTOCOLA – Ola Mae Pickens West, 94, died suddenly at her home of over 70 years in the Pontocola Community of Lee County on March 19, 2011. amp”Missamp” Ola Mae was born in Chickasaw County on Oct. 13, 1917, the daughter of Tom and Harriett Wilson Pickens. She attended public schools at Shannon and lived all her adult life on the family farm in the Pontocola Community.
She was a much beloved and respected matriarch in the Pontocola community and a friend to all. She and her husband, Garner West, who died March 25, 1975, were dirt farmers, who loved the land and its produce. She was a master gardener, supplying all her family and much of the community fresh produce from her garden. Ola Mae loved her family and genealogy and would often recollect families from years past with her exceptional memory, recall and diaries. Her father wrote and sang sacred harp music, and she maintained a lifetime of love for sacred harp singing and shaped notes. A longtime member of the Pontocola Baptist Church, she had attended Union Chapel Baptist Church the last few years.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Ralph Cain officiating. Burial will be in the West family plot at Pontocola Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her grandsons, Joe West (Audrey) and Earl West; her daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Reagh West, all of Pontocola; three great-grandchildren, Justin West of the U.S. Navy, stationed in Fallon, Nev. and Robby and Susan West, both of Pontocola.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Wayne West, on Oct. 22, 1994, and Douglas West on July 29, l998; and three siblings, Erskine and Ellis Pickens and Nona Pickens Vinson.
Pallbearers will be Ricky, Randy, Donnie, Danny and Lance Pickens and Tim Allred.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel and from noon until service time Monday.
Memorials may be made to Pontocola Baptist Church, 135 Road 506, Shannon, MS. 38868.
Condolences may be e mailed to email@example.com.
AMORY – Huel Riddle, 80, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on April 28, 1930, in Marion County, Ala., he was a son of Harvey Lee and Evelyn Gertrude Shotts Riddle.
Mr. Riddle was a graduate of Hatley High School, Class of 1950. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Retiring in 1993, he worked as a lineman for Monroe County Electric Power Association. Prior to this, Mr. Riddle worked as a lineman with Frisco Railroad and with the City of Amory. He was a member of North Boulevard Christian Church. His faith and family were important to him. Mr. Riddle enjoyed Bluegrass music; was an avid fisherman and hunter; loved to restore old boats, campers, tractors, etc.; loved to go camping; enjoyed playing cards at the hunting club; and tried playing various instruments such as the fiddle, banjo and mandolin. For 47 years, he had Halloween cookouts at his home for the community and enjoyed the fellowship. He was a Mason. Having a big heart, his ministry was helping those in need, especially repairing lawn mowers for widows.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Furman Anderson and Bro. Buzz Wilkinson officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his soul-mate and best friend of 54 years, Mary Berryman Riddle of Amory; daughter, Dana Leigh Riddle Parker of Amory; sons, Byron Huel (Suzan) Riddle and Nelson Scott (Tracey) Riddle, both of Amory; grandchildren, John Rico Parker, Brandi Elizabeth Parker (Ray) McDaniel, James Matthew “Matt” Parker, Andrew “Drew” Todd (Jaime) Riddle, Benjamin Scott Riddle, Coleman Scott Riddle and Rebecca Lyn Riddle; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Erman MacHenry “Mac” Riddle.
Pallbearers will be Drew, Scott and Cole Riddle, Rico and Matt Parker and Ray McDaniel.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Monroe County Electric Power Association and Standifer Creek Hunting Club.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 or to North Blvd. Christian Church, P.O. Box 472, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BELMONT – Gladys Sparks, 82, died Saturday, March 19, 2011, at her home. She was born Oct. 21, 1928, in Tishomingo County to Dennie Curtis and Gertrude Graves Payne. She was an employee of Blue Bell and a member New Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Golden Central Baptist Church with Bro. Jackie Hastings and Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating. Burial will be in the Sparks Family Home Place. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Byron Sparks of Belmont; four children, Patsy Ann Hastings (Jackie) and Rhonda Bonds (Mike), both of Belmont, Gary Sparks (Sherry) of Cairo and Kenny Sparks (Sandra) of Vina, Ala.; two brothers, Bob Payne (Mary) and Billy Joe Payne (Doris), both of Belmont; two sisters, Jeanette Barrett of Belmont and Eloise Parker (Elbert) of Vina; 14 grandchildren, Sarah Peppers, Kim Waldrop, Brandon Sparks, Patrick Hastings, Chad Hastings, Andy Sparks, Anna Sparks, Beth Davis, Chelsea Bonds, Austin Bonds, Kalie Sparks, Kendra Sparks, Kasey Sparks and Keenan Sparks; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Wade Sparks; her parents; and four sisters, Lorene Credille, Jewel Pardue, Lenette McDonald and Evelyn Sparks.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Patrick Hastings, Chad Hastings, Andy Sparks, Brandon Sparks, Keenan Sparks, Austin Bonds and Collin Peppers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the church.
GOLDEN – Elvie Loress Hamm Grissom, 89, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Dec. 24, 1921, in Itawamba County to Milas Harvey and Hattie Mae Livingston Hamm. She was a nurse at the Red Bay Hospital for 25 years and a member Altar Baptist Church. She always took the time to care for others and was loved by all who knew her.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four children, James E. Grissom (Diane) and Rickey Grissom (Judy), both of Brandon, Barbara Hayes (Ray) and Mike Grissom (Peggy), both of Golden; two brothers, Jim Hamm (Alice) of Texas and John Hamm (Maurine) of Arizona; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Garley B. Grissom; and nine brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Scott Grissom, Patrick Grissom, Mark Grissom, Chris Swindle, Jeff Stevens and Jonathan Scott.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Christine Austin, 87, died March 18, 2011, at Baptist-Desoto. She was born Feb. 3, 1924. She was a member of County Line Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in County-Line Cemetery in Pontotoc County. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Jackie (Joyce) Austin of Columbus and Danny (Libby) Austin of Grenada; her daughter, Jewell Robinson of New Albany; 12 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Austin; her son, Joe Ed Austin; and her daughter, Eloweese Morgan
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.