By NEMS Daily Journal
Mary Cooke Fisher
TUPELO – Mary Cooke Fisher, 88, went home to her Lord Thursday, March 3, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A lifelong resident of Tupelo, she was born June 29, 1922, the daughter of Walter and Coy Sims Thomas. She was a graduate of Tupelo High School and after putting her children through college, she furthered her own education. On Aug. 18, 1974, she graduated from The University of Mississippi, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education, and then on May 9, 1976, earned her Masters of Library Science degree. She was a retired librarian for the Tupelo Public Schools, working at Milam Jr. High, Tupelo High and Rankin Elementary Schools. She was a member of First Baptist Church for over 80 years and served as a Sunday School teacher for 30 years. Her life was her testimony by the way she lived it.
Services will be 3 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Rick Ball officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her son, Michael D. Cooke (Kathy) of Iuka; her daughter, Susan Cooke Couch of Florence, Ala.; her grandchildren, Kathryn Taylor Short, Mary Amanda Godwin (John) and Emily Arden Cooke; her great-grandchildren, Ethan Short, Evie Godwin and Jack Godwin.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Marvin D. Cooke; and her husband of 22 years, Robert David Fisher.
Pallbearers will be Clark Adams, John Adams, Dick Daugherty, Andy Lawhon, Jim Collins and Jerry Davis.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – William U. “Bill” Faust Jr., 90, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his residence in Oxford. Mr. Faust was born in Memphis. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War, with service as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a retired automotive supervisor with Sears. He was an avid fisherman, and loved his cats and working in his garden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Dr. Ron Provence officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Allene Faust of Oxford; six daughters, Clara Smith, Nancy Smith, Carol Thweatt, Gloria Kelley and Billie Hudgins, all of Oxford, and Nona Crater of Victoria, Texas; four sons, Harvey Faust of Olive Branch, Charlie Faust of Tupelo, Vernon Faust of Oxford and Kenny Faust of Tyrone, Ga.; two sisters, Bettye Galloway of Oxford and Nona Muldowney of Ocala, Fla.; 32 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy be made to: Shiloh Cemetery Fund, 31 CR 429, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Faust’s service to our country, the flag of the U.S. Army will be flown over Waller Funeral Home during the time of services.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS – Annie Maude Shearin, 97, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Memphis. She was a longtime member of Highland Street Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Shackelford Funeral Home in Middleton, Tenn. Burial will be in Middleton City Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Annette Shearin of Olive Branch; a niece, Evelyn Jamieson (Edsel) of Ripley; four great-nieces, Regina Gandy, Janet Bennett (Mike) and Melinda Walden (Jim), all of Ripley, and Ellen Dotson (Bobby) of Spring Hill, Tenn.; and one great-nephew, Joe Jamieson (Abby) of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Lester Shearin; an infant son, Roy David Shearin; her parents, Ottis and Cecil Brint; and a brother, Laverne Brint.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to a charity of choice.
Robert D. Liles
SALTILLO – Retired Lt. Col. Robert D. Liles, 75, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
NEW ALBANY – Carl David Swofford, 83, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his residence. He was born Oct. 11, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., to Samuel O. Swofford and Anna L. McGinty. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in the occupation of Japan. He was a retired purchasing agent for Master-Bilt. He was a Presbyterian, and an honorary member of the First United Methodist Church in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Leslie Nabors officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Dian Wescott (Chris) of Atlanta, Ga., Carla Delgadillo of Tupelo and Cindy Wilbanks (Jim) of New Albany; six grandchildren, Brian Wescott, Leslie Wescott, Margaret Angelita Delgadillo, Cindy Dian Delgadillo, Christie Wilbanks and Carly Wilbanks.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Margaret “Marge” Swofford.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society, 1599 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 and/or First United Methodist Church in New Albany, P.O. Box 156, New Albany, MS 38652.
In honor of Mr. Swofford, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
VICKSBURG – Robert M. “Bud” Richardson, 78, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be Monday at the Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home in Vicksburg.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Warrenton Independent Baptist Church Mission Agency.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.fisherfuneralhome.net.
FULTON – Jamie Underwood, 38, died Friday, March 4, 2011, in Itawamba County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
J.B. Knight Sr.
BOONEVILLE – John “J.B.” Knight Sr. 72, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at his home. He was born July 19, 1938, to Bonnie and Vera McVey Knight. He was the pastor of Blackland Church of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was retired from Intex Plastics.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Melvin Harrison and Bro. Roy Joshlin officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Knight; three daughters, Cathy (George) Brooks of Kentwood, La., and Judy Petty and Jayann (Terry) McMillan, both of Booneville; one son, Johnny Knight Jr. of Nettleton; two sisters, Lois Robinson of Rienzi and Clara Yarbrough of Booneville; three brothers, Howard Knight of Ripley, and Wilford Knight and Richard Knight, both of Booneville; seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death his parents and two brothers, Billy Rex Knight and James Lester Knight.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Charlie James Hill, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Aug. 10, 1943, in Tippah County to Charlie Hugh Hill and Mable Brooks Hill.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Nondenominational Church on Bratton Road with Bishop Albert Smith officiating. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Worship Hill; six children, Crystal (Essie) Calvin, Charlie Worship, Jamie Worship and Sammie (Kizzy) Worship, all of New Albany, and Patricia Hill and Randy Hill, both of Corinth; his siblings, Earline (Herbert) Snortons and Hazel Brady of Paducah, Ky., Ethel Gibbs of Milwaukee, Wis., Annie B. Smith of Ripley, Sarah Hill Spencer, Mary (Dale) Ratliff, Lillian Moore, Wanda Taylor, Willie (Renee) Taylor, Herbert Jr. Taylor (Beverly) and Jeffery Lynn Taylor, all of Corinth, and Johnny Frank (Debra) Taylor of Charlotte, N.C.; 18 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.
OXFORD – Jenks Maynard, 66, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, in McIntosh County, Ga. He was born in Miami Springs, Fla. Mr. Maynard was a truck driver and a veteran of the United Navy. He enjoyed reading, sports, animals and children, and he loved spending time with his granddaughter. He had a knack for debate.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Dr. Eric Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Maynard of Oxford; two daughters, Candice Maynard of Atlanta, Ga., and Vanessa Maynard LaFontaine and her husband, Andrew, of Byram; one brother, Gary Maynard of Dallas, Texas; and one granddaughter.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Maynard’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Navy will be flown at Waller Funeral Home during the time of the services.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Leave an online condolence at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Nevil Long, 89, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at The Courtyards Nursing Home. She was born May 1, 1921, In Itawamba County to Thomas Jefferson and Martha Jane Jamerson Senter. She grew up near Fulton and attended Itawamba County schools. She was a member of Golden First Baptist Church, and the Dulcimer and Folk Lore Societies. She enjoyed making cornshuck dolls. She taught her children that you can’t leave God out of your life and do well.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Jerry Ginn and Bro. Virgil Chism officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery at Red Bay, Ala. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Deaton (Gary) of Fulton; one son, Craig Long (Martha) of Fulton; grandchildren, Hannah Deaton Kusher (Corey) of Charlotte, N.C., Wes Deaton of Fulton, Belinda Orrick (Jody) of Golden and Nathaniel Long of Fulton; and three great-grandchildren, Holly Orrick, Justin Orrick and Madison Orrick.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Long; her parents; and 11 siblings.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Owens, Terry McGhee and Delain Chaffin. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Russell, Dolin Taylor and Davy Ginn.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday.
Rev. Dan B. Wright
CORINTH – The Rev. Dan B. Wright, 69, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at Community Hospice. He was born Dec. 24, 1941, in Calhoun County. He was a retired Baptist minister. He pastored these Baptist churches – College, Sabougla, Blythe Creek in Choctaw County, Macedonia in Winston County and South Corinth in Corinth. He was a Mason and a U.S. Navy veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Parker Wright of Corinth; one son, Jason Lee Wright of Corinth; a special granddaughter, Madison Paige Wright of Corinth; three brothers, Robert Doolittle (Judy) of Slate Springs, David Doolittle (Sandra) of Calhoun City and John Wright (Anne) of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. Wright and Letha Boland Odom.
Honorary pallbearers will be deacons from the churches he has served over the years.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Community Hospice Inc., Darlington Oaks, P.O. Box 333, Sherman, MS 38869; the American Cancer Society; or a charity of the donor’s choice.
BOONEVILLE – Brenda Sue West, 58, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born May 19, 1952, in South Bend, Ind. She was a nurse. She enjoyed flowers and vegetable gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Wallace and Bro. John Owens officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 39 years, Billy West; two sons, Bill West II of Pensacola, Fla., and Jamie West of Memphis; a brother, Jimmy Maddox (Sue) of Booneville; a sister, Linda Wallis (Bobby) of Baldwyn; two special aunts, Helen Swinney of Booneville and Betty Ashmore of Michigan City, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Edward Maddox and Mary Elizabeth Moody Maddox; and her grandmother, Ollie Maddox.
Pallbearers are Brian Wallis, James Swinney, Jay Swinney, Bob Maddox and Mitchell Maddox.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dr. Homer Horton
TUPELO – Dr. Homer A. Horton, 68, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at his home after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
RIPLEY – Robert H. “Bob” Chumley, 67, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Dec.. 30, 1943, to James Holmes Chumley and Nellie Ruth Brown Chumley. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was retired from Buckeye Technology as a quality control technician. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the Raleigh Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and a Hillbilly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shady Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Trey South and Bro. Joe Spencer officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Anita Chumley of Ripley; one sister, Brenda Clark (Stanley) of Memphis; two brothers, Paul F. Chumley (Velma) of Columbia, S.C., and James L. Chumley (Sarah) of Memphis; one sister-in-law, Charlotte H. Chumley of Pontotoc; and 12 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Newborn, Johnny Hopkins, Jody Brown, Robert C. Smith, Charlie Shelton, Ricky Pannell and Billy Hoyt Richardson. Honorary pallbearers will be the Raleigh Masonic Lodge and Hillbillies.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Madonna Learning Center, 7007 Poplar Ave., Germantown, TN 38138-2632.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
HERNANDO – Arlita Christine Wofford Buckingham, 91, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. She was born Sept. 14, 1919, in Mantee to John Quince Wofford and Edna Inez McCoy Wofford. She was a retired homemaker and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She and her husband, Buford “Buck”, traveled extensively because of his Navy career, including California, Japan and Florida. After his death she moved to Memphis. She was currently living at Wesley Meadows Assisted Living in Hernando.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Bo Farrior officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her brothers, John Q. Wofford Jr. of Hernando and Simpson Winborn Wofford of Mantee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Buford “Buck” Buckingham, in 1979; her parents; her sisters, Homa Frances Bradley and Ercille Wofford; and her brothers, Ira McCoy Wofford and Jim Fred Wofford.
Pallbearers will be Mark Wofford, John L. Wofford, Simp Wofford Jr., Don Wofford, Scott Young and Joseph Witherspoon.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
TUPELO – Bobby Ray Isby, 49, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 6, 1961, to George Isby and Kate Bradford Isby.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Tupelo. The Rev. George Pritchard will officiate. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kartina Isby; three daughters, Shanta, Jacqueline and Jasmine Doss; one stepdaughter, Mezziah; four sons, Tony, Monreal, Bobby and Brayden Isby; four sisters, Catherine Brandon of Shannon, Georgia Nichols and Brenda Isby, all of Verona, and Annie Sue Isby of Detroit, Mich.; two brothers, Robert Isby of Tupelo and Michael Isby of Jackson; two half brothers, June and Bobby Berry of Tupelo; his father-in-law, Mack Turner Sr.; his mother-in-law, Bernice Turner; two brothers-in-law, Mack Turner Jr. and Tremell Williams Jr.; three sisters-in-law, Kelcie Williams and Nakita Williams of Tupelo and Carlos Bailey of New Albany; and a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time today.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Stella Marie Shannon, 70, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Billy Joe Cummings, 75, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born Dec. 6, 1935, in Prentiss County. He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and the U. S. Army. He was a factory worker, and he was a Methodist. He enjoyed traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Blakney officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by two sisters, Shirley Henderson (Happy) and Ella Herring, all of Booneville; four brothers, Harold Cummings (Sarah), Jesse Cummings (Linda), Jerry Cummings and Roy Cummings (Jenner), all of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence E. and Kirksey Ophelia Littrell Cummings.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
HOUSTON – Ruby Ann Snowden Brassfield, 52, died Thursday, March 3, 2011. She was born Jan. 30, 1959, to Woodrow Wilson Snowden and Addie Mae Davis Snowden in Wayne County.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fedora Cemetery in Waynesboro with Bro. Ricky Williams officiating. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Stevie Anderson Brassfield of Houston; her daughter, Kelly Jean Snowden of Houlka; grandson, Keshawn Daniel Snowden of Houlka; and two brothers, Jessie Wilson Snowden and Bill Snowden of Waynesboro.
She was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Ray Brassfield; her parents; and one brother, Jerry Wayne Snowden.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Herbert E. Mize
AMORY – Herbert E. Mize, 83, died on Thursday, March 3, 2011, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. Born on July 13, 1927, in Quincy, he was a son of the late Thomas Chester and Grace Sims Mize. Mr. Mize was a graduate of Becker High School. He honorably served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army. He retired as a foreman with Mississippi Valley Gas Company. He was a member of Quincy Methodist-Baptist Church and a Mason.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with his nephew, David Kendrick, officiating. Burial will follow in Durrett Cemetery.
He is survived by his sons, Bert (Phyllis) Mize of Amory and Ray Harris of Oley, Pa.; sisters, Mae Harrison of Jackson, Tenn., and Eugenia Kendrick of Amory; grandchildren, Craig Gregory, Emily Mize Glenn, Amy Texter and Tina Haring; and great-grandchildren, Andrew and Anna Kate Glenn.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Joan Parchman Mize; sister, Bessie Grisham; brother, Bobby Mize; and daughter-in-law, Marlee Harris.
Pallbearers will be George Bowen, Luke Harris, Allen Glenn, Dan Rogers, Donald Steed and John Bingham.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service hour at the funeral home.
For those who prefer, memorials may be given to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.