Obituaries March 5, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Carl R. Kingsley
TUPELO – Carl Raymond Kingsley, 90, went to be with his Lord and Savior Saturday afternoon, March 3, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Carl was born on Aug. 31, 1921, in Auburn and has lived in Lee County his entire life. Carl was a master mechanic and was talented with extraordinary gifts and skills when it came to working with his hands. He graduated ICC in air conditioning, heating and cooling and appliance repair and spent many years repairing appliances and small engines at his home. He attended Mississippi State University to be a teacher and chose to serve his country during World War II. He was honorably discharged from the Navy Sea Bees with the rank of machinist, Second Class. Carl was a patriotic American citizen and veteran. He served for many years as President and Vice Commander of the Tupelo Chapter of the VFW and was also active in the American Legion. A people person with a great personality and always encouraging words, Carl loved southern gospel singings, fishing, the breakfast bunch at Hardee’s on East Main and being a devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather to his family. After the death of his sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Marjorie Tucker Kingsley on June 22, 1999, Carl became best friend to his constant companion, his dog Katie, who went everywhere with him even to Church where she would patiently wait in his vehicle for him to come out. A longtime member of the Church of Christ, he attended the Skyline Church of Christ at his death but had enjoyed the fellowship of the East Main and Fulton Churches over the years. He was the rock of his family and will be sorely missed. But, the family rejoices that he is in Heaven walking the streets of gold.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Wendell Fikes and Minister Troy McNutt officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and one hour before service on Tuesday all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include three daughters: Linda Culpepper (Harry) of Pontotoc, Sandra Curtis (Steve) of Plantersville and Evelyn Baldwin of Lake Piomingo; nine grandchildren: David Riley, Larry Riley, Kim Riley, all of Tupelo, Kay Ward of Pontotoc, Craig, Todd and Rusty Reese, all of Tupelo. 22 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren. Three sisters: Dorothy Holloway and Jerry Wilson, both of Tupelo, and Mary Frances Carr (Hoyle) of Columbia, S.C. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie; a grandson, Barry Riley; a granddaughter, Angie Vanlandingham; and two great-grandsons, Austin Riley and Matt Riley.
Pallbearers will be grandsons: David and Larry Riley, Rusty, Craig and Todd Reese and Stuart Caples.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Skyline Church of Christ.
The family thanks the staff of Sanctuary Hospice House for their love and concern and ask that memorials be made to Sanctuary, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
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Birdie Clayton
MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Birdie Pauline Pannell Clayton, 98, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at her residence in Millington. She was born Sept. 22, 1913, in Union County to Earl Pannell and Pearl Rakestraw Pannell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Robert Daniels officiating. Burial will be in the Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Nella Herod (Tommy) of Millington, Tenn.; two sisters, Lucille Benefield and Adel Adair, both of New Albany; a brother, Rev. Wallace Pannell of Baldwyn, two grandchildren, Susan O’Kelly and Jeff Herod, both of Bartlett, Tenn., and one great-grandchild, Clay Hooker of Bartlett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leon Clayton; two sisters, Nora Lee Pannell and Gracie Gammel; and two brothers, Fred Pannell and Wayne Pannell.
Visitation will be at 10 until service time today at the funeral home.
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Gladys Cantrell
AMORY – Gladys Wright Cantrell, 101, died on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on June 5, 1910, in Vernon, Ala, she was a daughter of the late William Robert and Sara Margaret Robertson Wright. She married Brack C. Cantrell on Nov. 9, 1926. A loving, giving and unselfish lady, she was a homemaker and was a member of Christian Missionary Alliance Church. Always seeing the best in others and making everyone feel special, she was a mother to many. She enjoyed being with her family and cooking for family gatherings.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Garfield Powell and Jack Price officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Vivian (Elmo) Duke of Amory and Ann (Buster) Ros of Cullman, Ala.; grandchildren, Roger Cantrell of Hueytown, Ala., Ronald J. (Gretta) Duke of Jasper, Ala., Terry (Susan) Duke of Amory, Sharon (Jack) Price of Hueytown, Ala, Shelia (Ricky) Johnston of Smithville, Rob Lowery of Cullman, Ala., and Carol Ann Lowery of Huntsville, Ala; great-grandchildren, Tracy (John) Hill, Mark (Heidi) Duke, Rebecca (Chris) Henry, Fran (Eric) Glascock, Madison Watts, Kyle Watts, Brandon (Julie) Price, Angela (Shaun) Whitt, Keri Parham, Mallory Johnston, Matthew (Leslie) Duke, Justin (Loren) Duke, Elizabeth McAfee, Shelly (Gary) Pierce and Staci (Ryan) Loomis; a host of great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 74 years, Brack C. Cantrell, and sons, John Robert (Jewel) Cantrell and Jimmy (Jackie) Cantrell.
Pallbearers will be Jack Price, Larry Cantrell, Jackie Duke, Ricky Johnston, Brandon Price, Mark Duke, Justin Duke, Matthew Duke, Dickie Cantrell, and Kyle Watts. Honorary pallbearers will be J. T. and Bernice Wright.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Dayton Kay
TISHOMINGO – Dayton Shaker Kay, 74, died Saturday March 3, 2012.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Morris Hill Cemetery in Cherokee, Ala. Ludlam Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be at 6 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home.
Daniel Ward
BOONEVILLE – Daniel Ward, 87, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Darlington, Fla. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he was a farmer. He was a United States Army veteran of World War II, with service as a combat infantryman in the Pacific Theatre. He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, and four Bronze Stars. He enjoyed flowers, gardening, and raising Limousin cows. Most of all, he loved his family.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Booneville, with Bishop Wayne Smith conducting. Burial with military honors will be in the Mormon Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Hitchcock Ward, whom he married on June 30, 1946; three daughters, Margaret Smith (Roger), Sandra Gunter (Malcomb), all of Booneville, and Colleen Dona Jumper (Harold) of Pontotoc; two brothers, Loyce Ward (Monette), and David Ward (Mary Lee), all of Darlington, Fla.; a sister, Bobbie Jean Burkett of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Mildred Ward of DeFuniak Springs, Fla.; grandchildren, Tina Stevens (Tim) of Saltillo, Scott White (Lori) of Booneville, Gregg White (Kelly) of Tishomingo, Shane Smith (Amy) of Byhalia, Olivia Mink (Dewayne) of Booneville, Brittany McKeel (Dillon) of Ocean Springs, Darion Morris of Booneville, and Leigh Jumper Mercer; great-grandchildren, Erica, Mallory, Dillon, Colton, Cara, Brody, Serra, Leah, Victoria, Taylor, MaKayla, Tret, Crystal and Michael; a great-great-grandchild, Ivia Grace.
Pallbearers are his grandsons and great-grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers are the High Priests of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Ste 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, or online at
Jerry Reynolds
ALPINE – Jerry W. Reynolds, 59, died at his sister’s residence in the Alpine Community. He was born in Tennessee to Verda and the late L.H. Reynolds. He was a disabled furniture factory worker.
Services will be be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jeff Bryant officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at Martin Cemetery in Milan, Tenn.
He is survived by his mother, Verda Reynolds of Alpine Community; stepchildren, Sammy Durham and Jason Durham of Baldwyn; sister, Betty Pannell (Marvin) of Alpine; brother, Donald Reynolds (Kathy) of Hunningdon, Tenn.; nephews and nieces, Terry L. West, Gary C. West (Diane), Donna Bryant, Sissy Geans, David Rynolds; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Terry and Matthew West, Ashley Nicole, Merlin Haley and Heather West.
Brenda Moses
CORINTH – Brenda Moses died Sunday, March 4, 2012, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Inc. Feneral Directors.
Meredith Baker
FULTON – Meredith June Baker, 21, died March 3, 2012. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
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Lila Blount
RIPLEY – Lila Overstreet Blount, 84, died at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride in Ripley.
David Hitchcock
NEW ALBANY – David Earl Hitchcock, 62,died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at the V. A. Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born in Steele, Mo., on Oct. 30, 1949, to George and Ramona Hitchcock. He was a member of Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis, Tenn. and was a retired truck driver. He served his country in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Purple Heart Medal and a Combat Action Ribbon.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Lyndle Davis officiating. A private burial will be held. Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by wife of 15 years, Martha Frazier Hitchcock, of New Albany; two sons, Michael Hitchcock of Sarah and Jerry Van Allen of Nesbit; three daughters, Jennifer Bernas of San Antonio, Texas, Christina Cruz of Sarah and Dana Mercer of Nashville, Tenn; one stepdaughter, Sandra Giddens of Sarah; one sister, Ruby Emerson of Horn Lake; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, William George Hitchcock.
A Military honor guard will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 5 -9 p.m. today.
Jimmy Dillard
ECRU – Jimmy “Tex” Dillard, 64, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at his home. He loved spending time with his family, laughing and having fun. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trading dogs and spending time with friends at First Monday.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Kevin Merritt officiating. Burial will be in Cairo Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his caregiver and wife of 44 years, Lera Taylor Dillard; a daughter, Cathy Renae Dillard Davis (Steve); three sons, Jimmy Lynn Dillard (Becky), Billy Dillard (Angel) and Melvin Dillard; five grandchildren, Marandin Dillard, Adam Dillard, Carmen Davis, Cody Dillard and Madison Dillard; one great-granddaughter, Malaydyn Dillard; two brothers, Milton Dillard and Dean Dillard; two sisters, Lourine Walker Stewart (Harold) and Janice Dillard Morrison.
He was preceded in death by his father, Melvin Dillard and mother, Katherine Smith Dillard.
Pallbearers are Adam Dillard, Cody Dillard, Steve Davis, Jeff Stewart, Shane Dillard and Brandy Dillard.
Honorary pallbearers are Chris Stewart, Hugh Fooshee, Doc Williams and Jerry Bailey.
Visitation is 5 to 10 p.m. today and noon until service time Tuesday.
Zachary Martin
SATILLO – Zachary Neal Martin, 24, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born in Tupelo on Oct. 29, 1987, to Dr. Walter Neal Martin Jr. and Suzan Shorter Martin. After graduation in 2006 from Saltillo High School, he attended Mississippi State University. He was a fraternity member of Alpha Gamma Rho. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a talented musician.
Services will be at 10 a.m Tuesday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Zion Cemetery in Braxton.
Survivors include his parents; his two sisters, Jessica Martin of Starkville and Lizzie Martin of Saltillo; his grandparents, G.W. and Jessie Shorter of Braxton and Walter Neal Martin Sr. and Dorothy Tinnin Martin of Brandon.
Pallbearers will be Matt Shows, Jon Hunt, Brenton Woodall, Jordan Hood, David Peck and Scott Howell.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s, Research Hospital 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Woods, Wheels amp& Water Outdoors, 241 Shorter Rd. Braxton, MS 39044..
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Mike Nelson
IUKA – Mike Nelson, 57, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Willie Danner
HAMILTON – Willie Mae Danner died on Sunday, March 4, 2012, at Gillmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Funeral plans are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial in Aberdeen.
Shorty Oliver
NETTLETON – Cleveland W. “Shorty” Oliver Sr., 76, died Saturday, March 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. He was born on March 16, 1935, in Lee County to Wilson and Ida Mae Sullivan Oliver. He had lived most of his life in Nettleton. He was a retired barber and the former owner of Shorty’s Style Shop in Nettleton. Shorty’s Style Shop was established in 1971 and is the oldest family owned business in Nettleton.
He was the former owner and instructor of North Mississippi Barber College and was a former inspector for the Mississippi Board of State Barber Examiners. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Nettleton Masonic Lodge 451 and was a member and past president of the Lee County Shriners. He was also an active member of the Faith Chapel Church in Nettleton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Chapel Church in Nettleton with the Rev. Samuel John Raper and the Rev. J.D. Sullivan officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ginny Ann Oliver of Lubbock, Texas, Julie Mae Raper (John) and Pat Oliver, all of Nettleton; two sons, John Oliver of Memphis, Tenn and Woody Oliver of Nettleton; two sisters, Kathleen Oliver of Houston, Texas, and Faye Cooper (James) of Nettleton; four brothers, Doyle Oliver (Joyce) of Rome, Ga., Bobby Oliver (Mary) of Amory, Billy Joe Oliver (Geraldine) and Ruble Oliver (Ruth), all of Nettleton; six grandchildenm Tabitha and Brandice Johnson, Talitha Raper, Trey, Abby and Ally Oliver; three great-grandchildren; and 11 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by wife, Bobbie Jo Cogsdell Oliver, who died on Feb. 28, 2008; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Bodie Walls, Lanny Oliver, Dale Sullivan, Jason Bynum, Craig Yound and Steven King.
Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. John Allen.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at Faith Chapel Church, 7193 Will Robbins Hwy., Nettleton.
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Peggy Chandler
TUPELO – Peggy Raley Chandler, 85, died Sunday, March 4, 2012, in Collierville, Tenn., after an extended illness.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Tupelo with Rev. Rickey Young officiating. Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Ridgecrest Cemetery in Jackson, Tenn., with the Rev. Ivan Raley officiating.W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Hollie Pace
RED BAY, Ala. – Hollie Vernon Pace, 86, died Sunday March 4, 2012, at ECM Hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.