Obituaries March 30, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Annie Gilliam
TUPELO – Annie Bell Gilliam, 82, died Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab Center in Tupelo. She was born June 16, 1928, to Sam and Lena Cook in Lee County.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona with Rev. J. C. Humphrey officiating. Burial will be in the Porter Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Samuel Gilliam; four sisters and three brothers.
Survivors include one sister, Lena Mae Hickman; three sisters-in-law, La Velle Walker of Jacksonville, Fla., Dorothy Gillard of Tupelo and Fannie Mae Cleveland of Tupelo; three brothers-in-law, Paul Gilliam of Jacksonville, Fla., Moses and George Gilliam of Tupelo; a host of nieces and nephew and a special niece, Sharon Newsom.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
Clyde Easley
TUPELO – Clyde Easley, 91, died. He was born November 19, 1919, in Guntown to Ben Easley and Mary McFadden Easley. A member of Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, he served faithfully as a adult Sunday school teacher, the church trustee and the oldest male member of the church. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge #296. He was a former employee of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and Tupelo Water and Light Dept and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was devoted to his family, and he enjoyed gardening and spending quality time with grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Cox officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military funeral honors. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 69 years, Clara Mae Wiseman Easley of Tupelo; six children, Robert (Carolyn) Banks of Kansas City, Mo.; Frances Crump of Tupelo; Regina (Elzie) Ruff of Plantersville; Lenda Ruff and Mary Ann Brown, both of Tupelo; Rita (Jerry) Fields of Columbus, Ga.; and James Ronald (Carolyn) Easley of Jackson; one sister-in-law, Delma McFadden of Guntown; 25 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
He is preceded in death by one son, Billy Easley; one daughter, Sara C. Easley; three brothers; three sisters; a granddaughter, Gwendolyn McGlown and one great-grand, Kenadee Grace McCullough.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel and again in the church one hour prior to service time.
Online condolences can be made to the Easley family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Bob Copeland
TUPELO – Robert E. “Bob” Copeland, 73, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice. He was born to Isaac and Mary Copeland on December 8, 1937 in Baldwyn. He served in the United States Navy. He loved spending time with family and his dog, Benton. He enjoyed working in his shop. He served the Tupelo area as a real estate broker and appraiser for over 30 years and was a 32nd degree Mason.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Chapel with Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Barbara; one son, Robert E. “Bobby” Copeland Jr. (Sharon) of Tremont; one daughter, Shirley Copeland Hill (Rick) of Baldwyn; three sisters, Susie Copeland of Saltillo, Hallie Rowan (Charles) of Baldwyn and Hazel Langley of Tupelo; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, R.C. Copeland.
Pallbearers will be Chris Foster, Matt Foster, Bobby Saylors, Billy Burson, Ronnie Johnson and Don Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Lawrence Roberson and Gene Wallis.
Visitation be from 11 a.m. until service time at Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sancturay Hospice House.
For online condolences please visit our website at www.leememorialonline.com.
Gene Carter
NAPLES, Fla. – Luther Eugene “Gene” Carter, 81, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at his home in Naples. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Fred House
FULTON – Fred House, 77, died Thursday, March 24, 2011. He was born November 14, 1933 in Smith County, Tenn., to Earnest and Georgia Richardson House. He was a minister for 50 years. The congregations he preached at were in Tennessee: Sweetwater, Jasper, Alamo, Parson and Pulaski; Alabama: Madison, Gadsen and Birmingham; and Mississippi: Natchez, Fulton and Belmont. He was a friend to many and loved to fish. He was a member of Plainview Church of Christ and would have been married 60 years this December.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Davis Event Center (ICC Campus) with James Segars and Ivie Powell officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Janet House Rives (Kelly) of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Gina House Kelly of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one son, Tom House (Nina) of Tremont; two brothers, William Isaac House of Goodletsville, Tenn., and James Arthur House of Nashville; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joy House; his brother, George Henry; and his sister, Willie Lee Maynard.
Pallbearers will be Craig Evans, Kelly Rives, David Brown, Joey Moore and Russ Crosswhite.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Plainview Church of Christ, P.O. Box 815, Fulton, MS, 38843.
Betty Fay Thornton
BLUE SPRINGS – Betty Fay Baker Thornton, 73, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. She was born in the Friendship Community on October 18, 1937, to Robert and Ruby Putt. She was raised and lived in the Lee and Union County areas most of her life. She attended school at the Houston Community School near Kirkville. Her greatest joy in life was her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of almost 34 years, Gerald Thornton of Blue Springs; four sons, Wayne Baker of Plantersville, David Baker (Donna) of Guntown, Joel Baker of Tupelo and Barry Baker of Blue Springs; four daughters, Leasha Segars of Saltillo, Sonja Nichols (Chad) of Blue Springs, Tammy Thornton of Texas and Deanna Thornton of Blue Springs; a mother-in-law, Hazel Thornton of Blue Springs; a sister, Margaret Grissom (Wendell) of Saltillo; 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Bill Baker Croft; two brothers, Billy Ray Putt and Robert Allen Putt; and her father-in-law, Raymond Thornton.
Pallbearers will be Mac Croft, Zane Treadaway, Logan Treadaway, John Michael Segars, Eric Baker and Wayne Baker.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Joe Davis
DENNIS – Joe Davis, 66, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Verona.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of the funeral home. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Charles Hester
RED BAY, Ala. – Charles W. Hester, 61, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the Huntsville Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Joy House
FULTON – Joy House, 79, died Thursday, March 24, 2011. She was born September 25, 1931, in Waverly, Tenn., to Thomas and Mildred White Meadow. She was a homemaker, a member of Plainview Church of Christ and an avid gardener. She enjoyed fishing and being a minister’s wife. She would have been married 60 years this December.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Davis Event Center (ICC Campus) with James Segars and Ivie Powell officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Janet House Rives (Kelly) of Spring Hill, Tenn., and Gina House Kelly of Chattanooga, Tenn.; one son, Tom House (Nina) of Tremont; three sisters, Margaret Nealy of Nashville, Nancy Royster of Murray, Ky., and Jimmy Ann Roberts of Athens, Ala.; one brother, Dick Meadow of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Shee was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Fred House.
Pallbearers will be Carl, Tim and Scott Royster, Taylor Rives, Steve Holcomb and Adam House.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Plainview Church of Christ, P.O. Box 815, Fulton, MS, 38843.
Lucille Caldwell
NETTLETON – Lucille Hall Caldwell, 85, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. She was born December 10, 1925, in Lee County to Dillard and Ollie Richards Hall. She was a retired salesperson and garment plant employee and was a member of Central Grove Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and square dancing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in Wren Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Caldwell of Nettleton; two sisters, Maynard Shackelford of Plantersville and Frankie Jean Mann of Nettleton; one granddaughter, Tammy Russ of Columbus; three great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one son, Earnest B. Caldwell; one grandson, Charles Timothy Caldwell; one sister, Marba Golterman; and three brothers, Milford Hall, Johnny Murl Hall, and Dillard “Junior” Hall.
Pallbearers will be Chad Caldwell, Stacy Caldwell, Brent Caldwell, Charlie Hall, Steve Hall and Chuck Chism.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Smith, Fay Coleman and Calvin Wright.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in a state at the church one hour prior to the services Thursday.
Family and Friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Joseph Sorrell
BOONEVILLE – Joseph T. Sorrell died Tuesday, March 29, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth.
Linda Ketchum
FAULKNER – Linda Kay Roach Ketchum, 56, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Sarah Lloyd
BATESVILLE – Sarah Lloyd, 96, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home in Sardis.
Paul Barnes
BALDWYN – Paul Barnes, 68, died Saturday, March 26, 2011, at the Community Hospice House in Verona. He was the born May 5, 1942, to George Barnes and Prince Ella Barnes. He was a member of New Tabernacle M. B. Church in Baldwyn and was employed by Davis Lumber Co. and McKay’s Used Cars for many years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Tabernacle M. B. Church in Baldwyn with Rev. Charles McGaughy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Jean Barnes of Baldwyn; four sons, William (Janice) Barnes of Red Hill, Jason Barnes of Booneville, Paul Hampton of Tupelo and Lee Hampton of Illinois; four daughters, Carolyn Barnes of Tupelo, Valarie Barnes of Baldwyn, Tameca (Rico) Tate of Baldwyn and Vera Hampton of Tupelo; one sister, Mae Sue Anderson of Gary, Ind.; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister and six brothers.
Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today, and the body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Jean Allen Lee
WOODSTOCK, Ga. – Jean Allen Lee, 86, died Saturday, March 19, 2011. Formerly of College Park, Ga., and Greensboro, N.C., she was born and raised in Amory where her heart always remained. She was a beautiful, loving, sweet Southern lady. She enjoyed needle work, sewing, reading and precious visits with her families.
A private gathering will be held by her immediate family followed by services, in Amory, in the near future. Cagle Funeral Home in Jasper, Ga., is in charge of local arrangements.
She is survived by her children James Edmon “Jim” Lee (Sukochi) of Ellijay, Ga., and Paul Michael “Mickey” Lee (Dana) of Roswell, Ga.; her grandchildren, Erin Elizabeth Frink (Adam) and Bobby James Lee; her sister, Sara Crow of Starkville; her sister-in-law, Claydeen Allen of Amory; and many loved nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Oma Jaudon and Joseph C. Allen Sr.; her husband, Paul Edmon Lee; and her brother, “Joe” C. Allen, both from Amory.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory to First Baptist Church, 303 1st Avenue, Amory, MS, 38821.
For more information www.caglefuneralhome.com.
Lillian Yielding
FULTON – Lillian Lee Yielding, 93, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born December 1917 in Itawamba County to Ira Clayton and Betty Mae Green Beard. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. Her hobbies were quilting and gardening. She was a garment factory worker.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.
She is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Baine (Clifton) of Fulton, Ann Tanner (Tommy) of Fulton and Judy Scriber (Mike) of Mooreville; 15 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her father; her husband, Albert Yielding; four sons, Larry, James, Eugene and Windell and two sisters, Lona Lindsey and Lila Witt.
Pallbearers will be Danny Holley, Harold Wilson, Roy Johnson, Ken Lentz, Jeff Lentz and Donald Morris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Piggy Bonds
BOONEVILLE – R.J. “Piggy” Bonds, 80, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Peggy Randolph
ECRU – Peggy June Bramlitt Randolph, 60, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at her home. She loved being with her family. She was a dedicated member of Selah Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Selah Baptist Church with Bro. J.W. Owens and Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Cairo Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, James Randolph; two sons, Thomas Lane “Jobab” Warren of Ecru and Jon Warren (Angel) of Randolph; one daughter, Sandra Weeks (Gerald) of Houlka; two stepdaughters, Christy McCombs of Alabama and Jennifer Hooker Braden of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Chris Brown, Colton Weeks, Kacie Warren, Joseph Warren, Emma and Johnathan Warren; six stepgrandchildren, Seth and Fisher McCombs, Megan, Kayla, Brittney Hooker and Cole Braden; one brother, Estes “Tody” Bramlitt (Linda) of Troy; and one sister, Marilyn Bramlitt Laird (Mike) of Troy.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Inez Horton Bramlitt; her father, Lonnie Lee Bramlitt; her sister, Nona Bramlitt Dillard; her brother, Ustes “Coon” Bramlitt; her granddaughter, Lakyn Lona Warren; and her nephew, Nathan Coomer.
Pallbearers will be Michael Shawn Bramlitt, Joshua Kyle Bramlitt, Hubbard Dillard, Brandy Dillard, Cody Laird, Shane Bramlitt, Lane Bramlitt, Michael Lamar, Greenwood Tony Keith and Bill Welch.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Pontotoc County Police Force and Hurricane Fire Department.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m. today and from 8 to 11 a.m. Thursday, both at the church.
Kathryn Drews
BOONEVILLE – Kathryn B. Drews, 74, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born September 4, 1936, in Prentiss County to Deairl T. Lambert and Movaline Virginia Smith Lambert. She was a homemaker and a Lutheran. She enjoyed shopping, music and taking care of her house and yard.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Otts of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a grandson, Alexander Otts of Murfreesboro; two brothers, George A. Lambert (Virginia) of Rienzi and James Earl Lambert (Ruby) of Horn Lake; and a sister, Lyla Fugitt of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen “Big Al” Drews, on June 30, 2006; and her parents.
Pallbearers are Alexander Otts, Lanny Smith, Scott Otts, James Lambert, Aaron Lambert and Ricky Gargus.