By NEMS Daily Journal
SMITHVILLE – Kerri Diane Edge, 25, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her residence. Born on Sept. 24, 1986, in Smithville, she was a daughter of Donald and Dessie Maxey Edge.
Kerri was a graduate of Smithville High School, Class of 2006. Working as a babysitter, she kept her niece and nephew, Khloe and Kaleb. A member of Rocky Springs Baptist Church, Kerri sang in the choir, volunteered for Operation Christmas Child and Vacation Bible School, and participated in all the Christmas plays. A sweet and loving, precious angel, she loved her family, enjoyed being with her friends, shopping, and listening to gospel music as she walked. When Kerri was asked for something, her favorite saying was, “It got blowed away by the tornado.”
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. H.V. Brown and Bro. Donald Edge officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Garden. Pallbearers will be Ray McCollum, Phillip Tucker, Ron Maxey, Chase and Alex Tubbs, Josh Elam and Van Dabbs.
She is survived by her parents of Smithville; sister, Kelli Edge Steadman (Matthew), Smithville; brothers, Kevin Edge (Angie), Hickory Flat, and Ken Edge, Aberdeen; and nieces and nephews, Jordan, Allie, Annslie, Kaleb and Khloe Steadman; Knollie “KK, ” Katch and King Edge; great-nephew, Braden Steadman; and special aunt, Linda Maxey King; special cousin, Alyssa Jo Towery; and a special little sister, Stacey Hinton, all of Smithville.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence Ruble and Vera Lee Goodwin Maxey; Orlando “Pete” Edge; and Ethel Short Elam.
Memorials may be given to Operation Christmas Child, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607 and LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
OLIVE BRANCH – Clyde Russell White, 72, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at his home in Olive Branch.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul CME Church at the Lake Center community near Holly Springs. Burial will be in Charity Hill Cemetery at Lake Center. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Cecil M. Bowen
EUPORA – Cecil M. Bowen, 83, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Eupora First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Sapa Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
CORINTH – Patricia “Pat” Sullins died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
PONTOTOC – Vance Boyd, 45, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 1, 1966, in Union County to Dennis and Mary Frances Folsom Boyd. He was a custodian for New Albany Schools.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Grove Holiness Church at Belden. Burial will be in Ripley City Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Dennis and Mary Frances Boyd of Pontotoc; one brother, Dennis Jr. (Angie) Boyd of Tupelo; one niece, Tityana Boyd; three nephews, Ahmad, Micah and Kennedy Boyd; three great-nieces; one great-nephew; aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home in New Albany, with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
Jimmie Lee Hatchet
PITTSBORO – Jimmie Lee Hatchet, 69, died Thursday, March 22, 2012. He was born Feb. 6, 1943, to Frank Hatchet and Mallie Mae Hatchet in Chickasaw County. He accepted Christ at an early age at West Grove M.B. Church in Houlka. He later joined New Hope COGIC in Bruce, where he was a deacon and assistant Sunday school superintendent. He was employed at Memphis Hardwood for 25 years and at Brookwood, until both businesses closed. A man of character, he was faithful, honest, helpful and hard-working.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Church of God in Christ in Bruce. Eddie Robinson Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mollie Ann Hatchet; daughters, Sesame Hall of Bruce, Sharon Hatchet of Nettleton, Alexis (Robert) Eacholes of Pittsboro; grandchildren, Justavian Tillman, Tekera Armstrong and Tylan Eacholes; four brothers, Willie Floyd (Emma) Hatchet and Henry Dee Hatchet, both of Houlka, Willie Frank (Margaret) Hatchet of Pittsboro and David Lee (Jessie) Hatchet of Bruce; five sisters, Louise Vance of Houlka, Mattie Lee Cook of Nashville, Ella Faye (Willie) Carodine of Chicago, Ruthie Faye (Reacy) Armstrong and Min. Georgia Mae (Jimmy) Westmoreland, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; and a special aunt, Lillie Freelon of Pittsboro.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Hatchet, and a sister, Sarah Mae Reel.
Frances A. Benson
POPE – Frances A. Benson, 94, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at her residence in Pope. She was a native of Panola County and a member of Springhill ASA M.B. Church. She loved cooking, traveling, singing and yardwork. She was the wife of the late Luster Benson Sr.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Batesville Junior High School Auditorium. The Rev. Willie L. Armstead will officiate. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery in Courtland. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Mary Alice Ladd, Rosie Mae Diggs and Gracie Liee Miles, all of Pope; seven sons, Allen Whitten of Chicago, Luster Benson Jr., Willie L. Benson, L.B. Benson and Joe Nathan Benson, all of Pope, Willie B. Benson of Courtland and Jimmy Lee Benson of Sardis; 150 grandchildren; 222 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren.
James Elliott Jr.
STARKVILLE – James Elliott Jr., 69, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Rush Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Muldrow First Baptist Church in Starkville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Martha Maude Harrison Gavin Clark, 94, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Jan. 7, 1918, to Jessie Lee and Mary Virginia “Jennie” Scott Harrison in Choctaw County, Ala. She lived in several places in her life, but Butler, Ala., was her home. She moved to Ripley 30 years ago to help take care of some of her grandchildren. She was a homemaker. She was able to live out the remainder of her life at home with help from her sitters and caregivers.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel in Butler, Ala. Burial will be in Rock Springs Cemetery in Butler. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Gavin Rolison (Gary) of Ripley; two sons, Rush Gavin (Nancy) and Mitchell Gavin (Marsha), all of Jackson Gap, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Gary Wayne Rolison, Tony Rolison (Maria), Amy Rolison Melton (Bill), Jessica Rolison Jeter (Jason) and David Rolison (Brandy), all of Ripley, Milo Gavin (Kim) of Tampa, Fla., Scott Gavin of Dadeville, Ala., Lisa Gavin Ledbetter (Wendell) of Atlanta, Ga., Angela Gavin Smith (Kevin) of Alexander City, Ala., Laura Gavin Donald (Chris) of Birmingham; 21 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild; sisters and caregivers, Barbara Rowell, Mary Mask, Cindy Rutherford, Dorothy Boyd, Yolanda Carodine, Dacree Williams, Tina Rogan, Minnie Wade, Joyce Spight, Betty Clark and Dr. Eric Harding and staff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Roy Edgar Gavin; her second husband, Elisha C. Clark; three sisters, Edith, Gracie and Jeannette; and three brothers, Earl, Lee and Fred.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bumpers Funeral Home at 302 Vanity Fair Ave. in Butler, Ala.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Roy Glen “Peapicker” Davis, 69, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Leanard, Texas, on May 9, 1942, to Earl Edwin Davis and Essie Mae Bryant Davis. He lived in Tulia, Texas, during most of his adult life. He served in the U.S. Navy, and he was self-employed as a truck driver, driving a bull wagon all over the United States. He retired in 2007 and came to north Mississippi, making Okolona his home.
A memorial gathering to celebrate his life will be at noon Sunday at Jay and Katy Lee Anderson Garner home. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
His survivors include his children, Trisha Speed and Cody Davis of Tulia, Texas; children by choice, Heath Ettinger (Jana) of Shannon, Katylee Anderson Garner (Jay) of Okolona, Darrell and Wendy Jenkins of Batesville; siblings, Jimmy Davis and Bennie Davis of Oklahoma, and Darlene McDaniels of Arkansas; grandchildren, Brandi, Jessie and Chance “Bubbie” Ettinger of Shannon, Clay and Jake Nelson of Okolona, and Allyson and Jenna “GG” Jenkins of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Rita Davis.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOONEVILLE – Donnie Kevin Nash, 38, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in East Marietta Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until service time today.
ABERDEEN – MacAuthur Cunningham, 62, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 29, 1949, to Daniel B. Cunningham and Alice Bailey Cunningham. He was a member of Zion Spring M.B. Church and a 1968 graduate of Fannie Carter High School. He loved his children, family and friends. He had an open heart and was willing to help anyone.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Zion Spring M.B. Church with the Rev. Odell Bowens officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughters, Stephanie Malone (Quinton) of Tupelo, Tyangela Crawford (Charles) of West Point, Crystal Matthew of Texas and Myia Hyatt of West Point; one son, Danny Crawford (Lachica) of Starkville; niece, Nadean Cunningham of Okolona; nephew, Richard Cunningham (Marsha) of Aberdeen; four sisters, Annie Cunningham and Ada Cunningham of Aberdeen, Betty Doss of Columbus and Emma Walker (Joe) of Kalamazoo; nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
James Wadley Jr.
ABBEVILLE – James Edward Wadley Jr., 49, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. A native of Lafayette County, he was the son of Rosie Wadley and the late James E. Wadley Sr. He was a 1980 graduate of Lafayette High School, where he excelled in football. He was a member of East St. Peter M.B. Church, where he sang in the Male Chorus. He was a supervisor at North Mississippi Regional Center and a member of Oxford Lodge 16 of the Masons.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. The Rev. William Woods Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in East St. Peter Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Wadley of Abbeville; his mother, Rosie Wadley of Abbeville; three sons, Lemetric Wadley of Enid, Okla., Kendrick Wadley of Memphis and Maurice Townsend of Atlanta; three daughters, Brittney Smith, Leresa Smith and Lateish Smith, all of Memphis; two sisters, Linda Thompson of Abbeville and Pearlie Clark of Holly Springs; two brothers, Willis Wadley and Eric Wadley, both of Abbeville; his mother-in-law, Alice Jones of Oxford; and nine grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at East St. Peter M.B. Church.
OKOLONA – Helen “Tot” Gates, 74, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 7, 1937, to Wesley McIntosh and Ella McIntosh. She was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star M.B. Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at the Eastern Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Anthony Rainey officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery at Okolona. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Henry Lee “Red” Gates of Okolona; three sons, Henry Gates Jr. of Okolona, Jerome Gates of Chicago and James Gates of Okolona; one daughter, Barbara Gates of Okolona; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and 10 siblings.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MYRTLE – Roger Carnell Bowling, 71, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Virginia Beach, Va. A native of Union County, he was the son of the late Cecil and Ivell Bowling. He graduated from Macedonia High School in 1958 and from Mississippi State University in 1963. He retired from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2007 after 44 years of federal service.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Baptist Church with Bro. Bill Foley officiating. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home of Virginia Beach is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Emily Bowling Berry of Virginia Beach, Va., and two sons, Alex Bowling of Virginia Beach and Brad Bowling of Indiana.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Mae Lee Holland
HOUSTON – Mae Lee Holland died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bridge Chapel at Pittsboro. Montgomery Mortuary LLC of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Ronnie Mack Lindley, 56, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
GUNTOWN – Danny Gene Saylors, 59, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 29, 1952, to Olin and Maxine Padgett Saylors. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Booneville and the Sons of the American Legion.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Walter Downs officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
He is survived by two stepdaughters, Suzanne (Hugh) Rice of Saltillo and Grace (Scotty) Hall of Little Rock, Ark.; one brother, Steve Saylors of Guntown; three grandchildren, Isaac Hall, Will Rice and Hannah Rice; and two aunts, Azell Windham and Shirley (Herschel) Morgan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Gary Saylors; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Padgett, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed L. Saylors.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
WALNUT – Ollie D. Gunn, 93, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Golden Living Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia M.B. Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
CORINTH – Stella Trim died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
CORINTH – Mary Ware died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her daughter’s home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth.
POPE – Billie Jane Murphree, 78, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at her home in Skyline. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
OXFORD – Willie Lee “Will” Chatman, 55, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at his sister’s home in Toccopola. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
PONTOTOC – Earlene McKnight, 89, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc