Obituaries March 31, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charles Hester
RED BAY, Ala. – Charles W. Hester, 61, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the Huntsville Hospital.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Church of God in Red Bay. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie in state from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the church.
Ruthie Mae Shaw
BRUCE – Ruthie Mae Shaw, 79, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.
Piggy Bonds
BOONEVILLE – R.J. “Piggy” Bonds, 80, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at his home. He was born February 25, 1931, to Roy Festus Bonds and Nellie Andres Smith Bonds. He worked at the Skyline Radio Network, radio station WBIP in Booneville, and WTUP in Tupelo for over 40 years. He was an air-traffic controller in the U.S. Air Force, a member of First Baptist Church in Booneville and Booneville Civitan Club and charter president of the Prentiss County United Way.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Booneville with Dr. Lynn Jones and Dr. Bill Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shelby Bishop Bonds; three daughters, Carla Bonds (Rick) Hill of Saltillo, Andrea Bonds (Greg) Owens of Booneville and Holly Bonds (Chris) Burks of Tupelo; one sister, Sara Bonds Pounds; and seven grandchildren, Austin, Andrew and Grantham Hill, Ashleigh and Wesley Owens, and Avery and Shelby Burks.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one niece, Annise Pounds Charlwood.
Honorary pallbearers are Isaac Sunday school class, 1949 undefeated Blue Devil football team, Booneville Civitan Club and the BancorpSouth Booneville Board of Directors.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 401 W. Church Street, Booneville, MS 38829.
Visitation will be until noon today at the funeral home. The body will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Laura Kate Cutshall
IUKA – Laura Kate Cutshall, 82, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Oldham Baptist Church with Bro. John Bray and Bro. Jeff Smith officiating. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service.
Memorials contributions can be made to the Oldham Baptist Church Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Billie Ray
VERONA – Willie Zora “Billie” Ray, 89, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was born October 30, 1921, in Darcy to Grady Robert and Dollie Ozella Essary Cox. She was a member of Columbus Church of Christ and a retired bookkeeper for the Tupelo Light and Water Department.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Billy Ferguson officiating. Burial will follow at 5 p.m. in Tupelo Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home in Columbus is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, James Halbert Ray Jr.; two grandchildren, Mary Suzanne Berry (George Robert) of Madison and James H. Ray, III of Woodville; and four great-grandchildren, Sgt. George Robert Berry, Lake Berry, Matthew Berry and Christian Berry.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James Halbert Ray Sr.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Friday.
Cecil Williams Jr.
EGGVILLE – Cecil Williams Jr., 68, passed from this life on earth to his new home in Heaven on Tuesday night, March 29, 2011, after a long illness. Born March 13, 1943, in Dorsey in Itawamba County to the late Ora Cecil and Marie Prestage Williams, he lived most of his life in the Auburn and Eggville Communities. A 1963 graduate of Mooreville High School, he attended and graduated from Bible Training Institute, a ministry of the Church of God of Prophecy. He read and studied his Bible daily with a passion to know more about God’s Word.
He worked for Blue Bell in Tupelo for many years before becoming a carpenter. Before having a stroke on December 25, 2002, he was employed with Glyn Hester Construction in Nettleton. His God given talent to design and build interiors of homes is evident in the numerous homes he worked on in the Tupelo area. The residents of each house he worked in became a most cherished part of his life.
He was a member of the Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy in Mooreville for 49 years where he served as children’s church director, youth director and taught Sunday school for many years.
He was an avid supporter of the National Rifle Association as a Benefactor Member (highest membership attainable). He loved to watch and collect old Western videos, never tiring of watching reruns of Roy Rogers and Gunsmoke, to name a couple.
Adhering to Cecil’s wishes, a private family burial will be held at the Union Grove Cemetery in Mooreville. Memorial services are 6:30 p.m. Friday at Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy, Road 1650, Mooreville, MS. Rev. Gerald Gann and Rev. Ryan Napalo will be officiating during the memorial service with a eulogy given by Woody Magers. Visitation is 5 p.m. until service time Friday. Holland Funeral Director is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three sisters, Della Faye Walton of Ballardsville Community, Martha Pharr (Rev. Edwin Pharr) of Okolona and Mary Green (Carlton) of the Eggsville Community; one brother-in-law, Carlos Reynolds of Mantachie; nieces and nephews, Cindy and Chris Reynolds of Mantachie, Jimmy Gattis (Betty) of Fulton, Brenda Pleasants (Miles) of Memphis, Jesse Walton (Tammy) of Hattiesburg, Bessie Stanfield (Steve) of Fulton, Rodney Pharr (Ponda) and Phillip Pharr (Galen) of Tremont and Malcolm Pharr of Vina, Ala.; 14 great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-nephew; a faithful friend, Woody Magers of Nettleton and a host of special friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Johnnie Reynolds of Mantachie; one brother-in-law, Grady Walton of Ballardsville Community; one nephew, Richard Pharr of Tremont; and one niece, Shelley Green of the Eggville Community.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Regional Rehabilitation Center, 615 Pelgram Drive, Tupelo MS 38801, where Cecil received free physical and occupational therapy from 2003 until his recent sickness.
Jimmy Brewer
BURNSVILLE – Albert Earl “Jimmy” Brewer, 62, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Briggs King and Bro. Allen Osborn officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Bernice Embry
BRUCE – Bernice Easley Embry, 96, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was the head librarian at Bruce Public Library, a member of Mississippi Homemaker Club, State Parliamentarian for MEHC, secretary for the Sacred Harp Singing Association and a member of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Herman Clark and Robert Embry officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Scottie Sue Bryant of Pittsboro and Carol Patton (George) of Kosciusko; four sons, Robert Embry (Geneva) of Oxford, David Embry (Debbie) of Pittsboro, Larry Embry and Billy Embry (Gwen) of Coffeeville; 16 grandchildren, Jena Schottmueller, Micah Embry, Richard Bryant, Marcia Daniel, Leslie Bryant, Donna Clark, Benny Bryant, Teresa Willoughby, Roy Embry, Anthony Embry, Lori Fox, John David Embry, Brian Patton, Barry Patton, LaDonnna Lee and Brad Embry; 29 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jasper Neal Easley and Alice Viola Ward Easley; two sons, Gerald Neal Embry, Charles Wiley Embry; one daughter, Rita Embry; two grandsons, Dana Lee Embry and Joseph Scott Embry; and one son-in-law, Donald D. Bryant.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Roy Embry, Anthony Embry, Brad Embry, John Embry, Brian Patton, Micah Embry, Richard Bryant, Barry Patton, Leslie Bryant and Benny Bryant.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guest register can be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Larry Todd
STARKVILLE – Larry Todd, 64, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 12, 1946, in Calhoun County. He attended Bruce High School and was an avid Ole Miss fan. He was retired and a member of First Baptist in Starkville. He loved his grandchildren and old cars.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Chip Stevens and Bro. Clifton Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Becky Peden Todd of Starkville; two daughters, Trina Pollan (Chris) of Starkville and Jennifer (Jason) Glenn of Olive Branch; one sister, Kathryn Warrington (Jerry) of Houlka; his mother, Edith Young Todd of Bruce; and five grandchildren, Nathan Pollan, Andrew Pollan, Jacob Pollan, Ashlyn Glenn and Madison Glenn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Will Todd; his brother, Leon Todd; his brother-in-law, Larry Mills; and his daughter, Dena Todd.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Young, Paul Gahagan, Tony Ruth, Gwin Winters, Gary Ledbetter, Jimmy Grace, Steve Box and Jim Taylor.
Honorary Pallbearers will be his first cousins, members of Bushby Sunday School Class and the coffee drinkers at Bruce and Starkville coffee shops.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Verdya Mae Irons
CORINTH – Verdya Mae Irons, 94, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
Lois Kirk
PONTOTOC – Lois Idell Kirk, 90, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc after an extended illness. She was born on September 17, 1920, to John and Roxie Johnson in Chickasaw County. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Her greatest joy in life was caring for and enjoying her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with her grandson, Kevin Williams, officiating. Memorial Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Daniel “Danny” Williams of Tupelo; her daughter, Jean Gibson of Millington, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Kirk; her son, George Vance and her daughter, Barbara Nichols.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Doss, Billy Doss, Roger Finn, Cooper Lee, Terry Finn and Keith Doss.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Gene Carter
NAPLES, Fla. – Luther Eugene “Gene” Carter, 81, died Sunday, March 27, 2011, at his home in Naples, Fla. He was born June 8, 1929, in Ripley to Luther and Bitha Wommack Carter. He was educated in local schools and following graduation from Mississippi State University joined the U.S. Navy. He served an extended tour in the Korean War zone. He retired from the Reserves with the rank of Commander. He joined the Travelers Insurance Company and served in numerous capacities. He retired in 1990 with the title of vice president.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sonja C. Carter of Naples; two children, David C. Carter and Lucinda Dobrynski (James) both of New Hartford, Conn.; two brothers, Kenneth Carter (Janice) and Johnny Carter (Mary Lynn); two sisters, Jamie Dickerson and Martha Ann Grisham (Thomas), all of Ripley; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Carter of New Albany and Betty Jo Carter of Ripley and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bernice “Jack” Carter and Billy Carter; and one brother-in-law, Lanier Dickerson.
Pallbearers will be Dan Dickerson, Steve Dickerson, Bennie Carter, Charles Carter, Mike Carter and Scott Carter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund, 3680 CR 701, Ripley, MS 38663-9410.
To view and sign an online guestbook visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Doug Watson
DUMAS – Douglas A. “Doug” Watson, 72, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Reita Walley
FULTON – Reita Walley, 66, died Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
Linda Ketchum
FALKNER – Linda Kay Roach Ketchum, 56, died Monday, March 28, 2011, at her home. She was born on February 18, 1955 to Russell and Pauline Chunn Roach in Ripley. She was a graduate of Blue Mountain High School. She was employed by J.D. and Beverly Hankins. She loved playing with her grandchildren on Sunday afternoons and listening to gospel music. She was a member of Falkner Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Falkner Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Jones and Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Little Hope Cemetery in Falkner. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Dennis Ketchum of Falkner; three sons, Michael Ketchum (Brandi) of Ripley, Kevin Ketchum (Elizabeth) of New Orleans, La., and Chris Ketchum of Falkner; one sister, Patsy Mauney (Anthony) of Ashland; two brothers, Kenny Roach (Janice) of Tupelo and Glenn Roach (Vicki) of Corinth; five grandchildren, Brandon and Laura Lee Ketchum and Eva, Jonathan and Tara Ketchum; four nephews and two nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Billy Roach, Jeremy Rainey, Bobby Roach, Jonathan Ketchum, Jeffrey Ketchum and Nathan Minor.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Roach, Phillip Joel Roach, Ethan Prather, Mike Rowell and Mark Rowell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. to service time on Saturday at the church.
To view and sign an online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Jakie Johnson
HOUSTON – James T. “Jakie” Johson, 67, died Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at VA Medical Center in Memphis. He was born October 9, 1943, in Memphis. He was a retired factory worker and a U.S. Army veteran.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. John Dendy officating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Woodland. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Sandra Baker Johnson of Houston; three daughters, Amanda Hutchens (Douglas) of Big Creek, Susan Brassfield (Robert) of Houston and Tiffany Easley (Johnny) of Brandon; two sons, Sean Harrison (Becky) of Calhoun City and Bobby Harrison (Lori) of Woodland; eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Talmon Johnson and Pearlie Mae Stafford; a brother, Billy Charles Johnson; and two sisters, Peggy Snyder and Zada Stewart.
Pallbearers will be Chris Harrison, Chris Terry, Jeff Howell, Natahan Williams, Carl Baker and Lee Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Parker Terry and Colby Gullege.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.