Obituaries March 31, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Robert Posey
OKOLONA – Robert Lee Posey, 85, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 17, 1924, in Franklin County, Ala., to James Wallace Posey and Ellen Frances Spencer Posey. He attended Bethany Church of God. He served in World War II and did missionary work during the war. He retired from Futorian after 30 years. He loved spoiling his grandkids, watching television and talking with friends. He was a simple man, not the “Cadillac kind.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Bethany Church of God. Bro. Edwin Pharr, Bro. Gene Thornton and Sis. Lounez Scrivner will officiate. Burial will be in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dolly Frances Lewis Posey; two daughters. Ida Lawler and Eva Ann Gray (Peanut); one son, Jamie Lee Posey (Terry), all of Egypt; seven grandchildren, Ben, Kimberly, Gabriella, Dakota, Alex, Jamie Lee Jr. and Marlana; one brother, James Ray Posey (Carinne); one sister, Mary Maxine Perry (Lenard); a host of nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; an infant son, Nathan Wallace Posey; two sisters, Verda Cain and Eva Onice Earnest; one brother, Cecil Posey; and a son-in-law, Ronnie Lawler.
Pallbearers will be David Edington, JW Posey, Gerald Edington, Harry Edington, Gary Edington, Michael Edington and Larry Edington.
Honorary pallbearers will be his son, son-in-law and grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
To sign the online registry, visit www.southernfunerachapel.webs.com.
Harry Blaylock
ARLINGTON, Texas – Harry Long Blaylock, 71, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, in Arlington, Texas, after a long illness. He was born on Sept. 29, 1938, in Guntown to Josephine Long Blaylock and Glenn Blaylock. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force, serving from 1957-1963. He married Claudine Cromer in New Boston in 1962. They moved to Arlington, Texas, in 1978. He retired from a 27-year career at Internal Revenue Service in 1999. He was an active member of Tate Springs Baptist Church, where he enjoyed serving as a Sunday School teacher, deacon and in many other ways. He enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, Bible Study Fellowship and travel. After retiring from IRS, he worked part-time for Universal Health Services and volunteered on the board of their non-profit entity.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Tate Springs Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas, with Rev. Bart McDonald officiating. Burial will be in the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery in Dallas. Wade Family Funeral Home of Arlington, Texas, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Claudine Blaylock; son, Jim Blaylock and wife, Julie; grandchildren, Laura, Lindsey and Luke Blaylock; sisters, Glenda Rogers and husband, James, of Guntown, Ellen Turner and husband, Jerry, of Baldwyn, and Margie Herndon and husband, John, of Saltillo; a brother-in-law, Bill Cromer and wife, Janie, of Rusk, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ann Boatner.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial gifts may be made to Tate Springs Baptist Church Building Fund or Universal Health Resources, 1208 Country Club Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112.
Myrtha Daugherty
LAMAR – Myrtha Mae Bryson Daugherty, 68, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Sand Hill M.B. Church at Lamar. Burial will be in the Hebron M.B. Church Cemetery at Lamar. 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 state at the church from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Thursday.
Kenneth Gowen Jr.
OXFORD – Kenneth K. Gowen Jr., 85, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Thursday at First Baptist Church in Oxford. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to North Mississippi Hospice, 104 Skyline Drive, Oxford, MS 38655 or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 800 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Paul Botts
BOONEVILLE – Finis Paul Botts, 87, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born May 17, 1922, in Prentiss County to Finis Robert Botts and Vera Emma Denson Botts. He was a farmer, a member of the Church of Christ, and a United States Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed working, giving to others and his home life.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
He is survived by four sons, Bill Botts (Karen) of New Albany, Tony Botts (Patty) of Pontotoc, Robert Botts (Teresa) of Marietta and Tom Botts (Tonia) of Charlotte, N.C.; two daughters, Jan Botts of Tupelo and Paulette Botts Hidalgo of Saltillo; a brother, Gene Botts of Booneville; a sister, Mary Elizabeth Nash of New Albany; seven grandchildren, Carleigh Ballard, Andrew Ballard, Mary Alix Botts, Joshua Childress, Tyler Botts, Lauren Holt (Tyler) and Victoria Botts; and a great-grandson, Brodie Holt.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dr. Mary Ruth Botts, on April 27, 2006.
Pallbearers are Anthony Pharr, Roy Green, Jim Shirley, J.D. Moreland, James Thornton, Phil Adair, Drew Ballard, and Tyler Botts.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pleasant Valley Cemetery Fund, 435 CR 4141, New Site, MS 38859.
Jack Tumblin IV
ABERDEEN – Jack Ben “J.T.” Tumblin IV, 31, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at his parents’ home in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Nelson T. Hendrix
CORINTH – Nelson T. Hendrix, 85, died Monday, March 29, 2010.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Hilltop Cemetery.
Mildred L. Crow
BOONEVILLE – Mildred L. Crow, 84, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Mack Hubbard
IUKA – William Carmack “Mack” Hubbard, 90, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Annie McAlister
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Annie Laura McAlister, 82, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Andy Topp Jr.
TUPELO – Andy Topp Jr., 94, died Friday, March 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 1, 1915, to Andy Topp Sr. and Pheber Scales Topp in Tupelo. He grew up in the Tupelo and Pontotoc areas, and he lived in Hawaii for eight years. He was a veteran of World War II and a longtime member of Palmetto Methodist Church. He was a kind and good-hearted man.
Services will be at noon Thursday at East Main Church of Christ in Tupelo with Bro. Willie B. Gates officiating. Burial will be in the Topp Cemetery at Palmetto. N.J. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Annie Elaine (Excel) Ward and Cornelia (Willie Bob) Gates; two sons, Larry James Topp and Willie Matthew Topp; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Topp; his parents; three sisters, Alberta Topp, Hybumya Topp and Lizzie Coleman; two brothers, Chapman Topp and Dan Topp; and one granddaughter, Yolonda Ward.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Sign guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Nina J. Hand
AMORY – Nina J. Hand, 41, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Health Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Jerry Holland
FLORENCE, Ala. – Jerry Thomas Holland, 67, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Olive Gibson
RED BAY, Ala. – Olive Gibson, 85, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Wayne Earnest
OKOLONA – Wayne C. Earnest, 73, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Delane Moody
NEW ALBANY – Travis Delane Moody, 29, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 21, 1980 in New Albany to Larry Thomas Moody and Elizabeth McClure Moody.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Kenny Davis and Bro. Travis Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Martintown Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Tommy and Elizabeth Moody of New Albany; a son, Chandler Lane Moody of New Albany; a brother, Thomas Joseph “Joey” (Michelle) Moody of Iuka; his grandparents, Travis and Mamie Ruth McClure, and Herman Thomas and Leona Moody; aunts and uncles, Shirley and Gary Tedford, Dewayne and Regina McClure, Danny and Janet Thomas, Glen and Peggy Moody, John and Bonnie Moody, and Dewayne and Teresa Moody, all of New Albany, and Gaylia Moody of Shreveport, La.; a special cousin, Amy Snyder.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Jean Graham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Eva Paine
ABERDEEN – Eva Mae Paine, 74, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Hazel Dollar
UNION SPRINGS, Ala. – Hazel Estelle Harrington Dollar, formerly of Blue Mountain, died Sunday, March 28, 2010, at the Bullock County Hospital in Union Springs, Ala. She was a homemaker and a member of Lowery Memorial Baptist Church in Blue Mountain.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Ron Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bobby L. Dollar (Helen) of Fitzpatrick, Ala.; two sisters, Laverne Burgess of Memphis and Virginia Caviness of Blue Mountain; nine grandchildren, Debra Roberts (David), Vicki Thurmond (Gerald), Mark Dollar (Tina), Cheryl Wilkerson (Robert), Mona Robinson (Steve), Rex Stephens (Jessie), Diane Wayne (Bobby), Donna Hart and Ricky Stephens (Karen); 17 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Leon Dollar; her parents, John Hardy and Lola Mae Callicutt Harrington; one daughter, Billye Sue Stephens; one great-grandson, Cole Stephens; and two sisters and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Brian Thurmond, Jason Roberts, Adam Dollar, Nick Stephens, Shane Stephens and Michael Wilkinson.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Randy A. Wheeler
SALTILLO – Randy A. Wheeler, 52, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Earline Nash
SMITHVILLE – Earline Knight Nash, 93, died Monday, March 29, 2010, in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home in Smithville. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thurday at the Smithville Funeral Home.
Lillie Mae Lockridge
TUPELO – Lillie Mae Lockridge, 84, died Monday, March 29, 2010, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehab after a long illness. She was born Dec. 10, 1925, to Ike and Linnie Bell Lockridge. She was a lifelong resident of Tupelo. She was a faithful member of Lane Chapel CME Church, where she was a missionary and stewardess. She enjoyed cooking and cooked for the Tupelo Country Club for many years and catered to the community. A family-oriented person, she worked for numerous families for many years and opened her home to many people throughout the years. She will be missed by all that knew and loved her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lane Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Charles Penson and Dr. Cheryl Penson officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Pat Burton of Nashville, Tenn.; one daughter-in-law, Dorothy Lockridge of Tupelo; one brother, Willie Edwards of Coldwater; three sisters, Barcy Davis of California, Charles Etta Waters of Greenwood and Deloris Craig of South Carolina; three grandsons, Dietrich Lockridge of the home, Tracy Lockridge of Nashville and Allery Lockridge of West Virginia; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex Lockridge Sr.; her son, Rex Lockridge Jr.; one daughter, Susan Davidson; and three sisters and three brothers.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Barry C. Moorman
PONTOTOC – Barry C. Moorman, 45, died Monday, March 29, 2010, in West Monroe, La. He was born Feb. 9, 1965, in Pontotoc. He graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1983 and served as athletic trainer from 1980-1990. He was a paramedic for more than 20 years and a former Pontotoc County coroner. He was very active in numerous youth groups at his home churches.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at West Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Dan Robertson and Rev. David Hamilton officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Earnestine Moorman; sisters, Joyce Yates and Amy Hester; nephews, Terry Rackley, Kevin Rackley, Lance Sewell, Ryan Moorman, Jordan Yates and Dustin Waldron; nieces, Nicole Hastings, Christy Payne, Cady Hester and Beth Hester; great-nephews, Andrew Rackley, Drew Payne, Micah Rackley, Isaac Sewell, Blase Waldron and Blake Waldron; and great-nieces, Alli Rackley, Kylie Rackley, Evie Sewell and Ashlynn Waldron.
He was preceded in death by his father, C.O. Moorman; two sisters, Lyndia Rackley and Betty Sewell; and a nephew, Jeff Rackley.
Pallbearers will be Scott Kyle, Aubie Pearman, Andy Payne, Richie Wingo, Tom Campbell, Frankie Moorman, Bennie Moorman and Joey Moorman.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First National Bank for Barry Moorman.
Lynn Chilcoat
FULTON – Otis Lynn Chilcoat, 67, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 20, 1942, in Itawamba County to Galager Bryan and Inez Johnson Chilcoat. He worked in the timber industry as a logger. An avid hunter, he enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing with his dogs. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Watts and Bro. Caster Buse officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, June Crabtree Chilcoat of Fulton; two daughters, Sherry (Albert) Johnson of Fulton and Cindy (J.C.) Torrence of Golden; five grandchildren, Michael, Dustin, Lindsey, Mallory and Austin; three great-grandchildren, Dakota, Emma and Eli; one brother, Wade Chilcoat of Fulton; and three sisters, Bobby Gambill of Booneville, Odra Hamilton of Mantachie and Sarah Davis of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Ben, Walker, Forrest and James Bryan Chilcoat; and three sisters, Linnie Flemmons, Dorothy Turner and Lizzie Cockrell.
Pallbearers will be Michael Osbirn, Mike Roberts, Danny Raper, Jeff Hill, Marty Johnson, Albert Johnson, Caleb Waddle and Chris Puckett.
Honorary pallbearers will be D.T. Ivey, Bryan Waddle, Bud Gunter, Austin Johnson, Reggie Waddle, Jack Chilcoat, Daniel Campbell and Jackie Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Helen Gassaway
TUPELO – Helen Gassaway, 63, died Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors in Tupelo.