Obituaries March 6, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Rachel Lewand
OXFORD – Rachel Gerdes Lewand, 67, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a graduate of Millsaps College and a retired schoolteacher. She was a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women, Daughters of the American Revolution, The Republican Women and Cosmopolitan Club. She was an avid Ole Miss sports fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church with Rev. Warren Black, Rev. Martin Case and Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Raymond Lee “Rocky” Lewand Jr. of Oxford; one daughter, Katie Lewand Pearson and her husband, Chip, of Oxford; one son, Raymond Lee Lewand III and his wife, Sarah, of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Corrine Bradford of Anderson, S.C.; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Chip Pearson, Ashton Pearson, Bill Morrow, Pat Barrett Jr., Harold Hammett Jr., Bob Rutledge, Don Mitchell and Guff Abbott.
Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or American Cancer Society, 607 W Main Street, Suite C, Tupelo, MS 38804.
To leave condolences online, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Barry Hannah
OXFORD – Howard Barry Hannah, 67, died Monday, March 1, 2010, at his home in Oxford.
The family will have a private funeral and graveside service. A public memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Fulton Chapel on the University of Mississippi Campus. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorial donations be made to: Barry Hannah Award in Fiction c/o The Yalobusha Review Department of English, C 128 Bondurant Hall, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848 or Friends of Pete, c/o Lele Gillespie, 1013 South Lamar, Oxford, MS 38655 or to the ASPCA Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20077.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Edgar Holland
HOLLY SPRINGS – Edgar Holland, 96, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grays Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 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 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday.
Mary Ann Moore
MEMPHIS – Mary Ann Moore, 45, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
James Vaughn
WEST POINT – James Monroe Vaughn, 86, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Hope Church of God in Christ. Burial will follow in Zion Springs Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Dorothy Thomas
NEW ALBANY – Dorothy Thomas, 66, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Pauline Conner
PONTOTOC – Pauline Bevill Conner, 97, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born Sept. 3, 1912, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Melvin Crawley and the Rev. Billy Conner officiating. Burial will be in Montevista Cemetery in Webster County.
Survivors include one son, William Conner of Pontotoc; one brother, William Ray Bevill of Houston; one grandson, two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Elton Conner; her parents, Willie Lonzo Bevill and Jinnie Mae Adams Bevill; a daughter, Willie Jean Conner; and four sisters and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Bro. Joey Johnson, Manchel Wages, Earl Abbott, Jimmy Heair, Jimmy Kirby and Larry Methvin.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today.
SSG William Seth Ricketts
Funeral services for SSG William Seth Ricketts will be at noon Monday, March 8, 2010, at the Crossroads Arena in Corinth with burial to follow in the Corinth National Cemetery with full Military Honors. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
SSG Ricketts died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at Bala Murghab, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was born on July 21, 1982, to William Craig and Sandi Hearn Ricketts. He wanted to be in the military since he was 9-years-old and on Sept. 12, 2001, he joined the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C. After completing basic training at Fort Benning, Ga., he immediately entered paratrooper training at Fort Bragg, and was stationed there throughout his entire military service.
Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife, Rose Jones Ricketts; two children, William Aiden and Oliver Cullen and a child due in September; one sister, Tiffany Steed; one brother, Ben Ricketts; grandparents, Bill and Frankie Ricketts; father- and mother-in-law, Bro. and Mrs. Warren Jones; two sisters-in-law, Katie Jones Davis and her husband, Eddron, and Sallie Jones; one brother-in-law, John Stuart Jones; grandmother, Carolyn Wagnon; four nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.
Family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to: Seth Ricketts Memorial Fund, CB amp& S Bank, 200 South Harper Road, Corinth, MS 38834, (662) 284-9710.
Visitation will be on Sunday, March 7, beginning at 5 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. There will be no visitation prior to his service on Monday. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of his arrangements.
Wilma Reeves
NEW ALBANY – Wilma Barkley Reeves, 81, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Ala. She was born June 13, 1928, in Union County to William Clarence Barkley Sr. and Maude McCurry Barkley. She was retired from the New Albany City School System, where she was a dietitian. She was a member of the New Albany Presbyterian Church. She loved singing in the church choir, cooking and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the New Albany Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Everett and the Rev. Randy Kolb officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Malcom Reeves of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Robin Monroe (Bob) of Huntsville; a son, Rodney Reeves (Charlotte) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, John Monroe, William Monroe and Josie Kate Reeves.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Beth Ann Reeves; a sister, Adelle Barkley; and a brother, William Clarence Barkley Jr.
Pallbearers will be Steve McCollum, Rodney Shands, Gene Tate, Vance Witt, Larry Treadaway and Howard Roberts.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at United Funeral Service. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the New Albany Presbyterian Church, 605 Hwy. 15 South, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Eva Pressnell
PITTSBORO – Eva Lue Austin Pressnell, 64, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at her home. She was born Oct. 28, 1945, in Pontotoc County. She was the owner of North Mississippi Carpet amp& Rug and a member of County Line Baptist Church. She loved her dog, Snuggles
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at County Line Baptist Church at Randolph with Bro. Wayne Cobb and Bro. Kevin Chrestman officiating. Burial will be in County Line Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Wayne Pressnell of Pittsboro; a daughter, Gay Tedford (Robert) of Bruce; a son, Tony Pressnell of Pittsboro; two brothers, Lance Austin (Vicky) and David Austin (Shelia), all of Randolph; three grandchildren, Danica (Josh) Doss, Justin Pressnell and Kyle Tedford; four great-grandchildren, Marley Hurst, Ryland Doss, Ainslee Doss and Baleigh Pressnell; special friends, Patsy Austin and Shirley Pierce.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Linel Cortet Austin and Edith Earlene Sprayberry Austin.
Pallbearers will be Bill Love, Chad Austin, Cody Austin, Douglas Reynolds, Josh Doss, Justin Pressnell, Kyle Tedford and Ricky Austin.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Walter Phillips Sr.
TUPELO – Walter E. “Skeeter” Phillips Sr., 89, formerly of Starkville, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Avon Lea Retirement Home in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 2, 1920, to W. Porter Phillips and Ada A. Hollingsworth Phillips. He attended Starkville High School and then attended and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1948. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific for three years. He was Adjutant and Commander of the American Legion Oktibbeha Post 13 and Chef-de-Gare of the American Legion (40 amp& 8) Voiture 1426. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Shriners and VFW. He served as a colonel on the staffs of Gov. Paul B. Johnson, Gov. Cliff Finch and Gov. Bill Waller. He was elected as Starkville City Clerk from 1948-1952. He was co-owner of Mutual Insurance Agency in Starkville for 20 years. He was chairman of the Mississippi Real Estate Commission under Gov. Paul Johnson. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Starkville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Starkville. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Gloria Phillips; sons, Dr. W. E. “Phil” Phillips (Teresa) of Brentwood, Tenn., and Bryan T. Phillips of Naples, Fla.; three grandchildren, Stephanie Cayson, Michael Grooms and Donnell McCorkle; four great-grandchildren, Alex and Maggie Cayson, and Brooklyn and Ali McCorkle; five brothers and sisters, Lee Roy Phillips, Dell Heck, Pauline Hudson, Louise Faust and Betty Harbour.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Porter and Ada Phillips; two infant sisters, Nancy Evelyn and Mary Elizabeth Phillips; and two brothers, Preston Phillips and J.P. Phillips.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to First United Methodist Church in Starkville or to Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Sign the online guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
David Pressly
MICHIE, Tenn. – David Dwight Pressly, 52, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery in Counce, Tenn.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
James F. Hardy
IUKA – James F. Hardy died Friday, March 5, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jimmy A. Fields
HAMILTON – Jimmy A. Fields, 52, died at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Barbara McClendon
SHANNON – Barbara Jean Sims McClendon, 66, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at her home. A native of Chickasaw County, she was the daughter of the late Dock and Addie B. Sims. She was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church in Shannon.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at New Hope United Methodist Church in Houston with the Rev. Jack Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Daniel (Cynthia) E. McClendon, Anthony C. McClendon and Rickey (Wilean) F. McClendon, all of Shannon; two daughters, Mildred (Michael) B. Parks of Okolona and Solzhenitsyn (Maurice) Shumpert of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Etoil Green of Shannon; one nephew reared in the home, Thomas “Zeeke” (Dollie) McIntosh; one brother, Johnnie (Maeda) Sims of Okolona; three sisters, Juanita Goree of Shannon, Alice Faye (James) Hughes of Okolona and Shirley (Willie) Goree of Kalamazoo, Mich.; 16 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; four brothers-in-law: three sisters-in-law; a special cousin, Pearlie Mae Carr of Houston; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Elex “Twist” McClendon; one son, Craig S. McClendon; her parents; two sisters, Lois Hicks and Mildred “Tennis” Gates; one brother, Willie Sims; her father- and mother-in-law: Aaron and Lenora McClendon.
Margaret E. Vines
SALTILLO – Margaret E. Vines, 52, formerly of Aberdeen, died Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at her home. She was born May 9, 1957, in Monroe County to Frank and Eleanor Bowling Vines. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Marion County Funeral Home of Hamilton, Ala., assisted the family.
Survivors include one daughter, Krista Runnels; one brother, Johnny (Sherry) Vines; and special friends, Amanda, Destiny and James Wells, Jan, Eric, Rayna, Bailey and Blake Carter, and Paulita Edwards.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her grandmother, Clara Bowling.
Dorothy Bain
RED BAY, Ala. – Dorothy Bain, 75, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at the Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Doris Walden
TISHOMINGO – Doris Walden, 78, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at her residence. She was born Dec. 22, 1931, in Mississippi to Ed Robert and Cecilia Lindsay Evans. She was a homemaker and a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tishomingo Baptist Church with Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in Forked Oak Cemetery at Burton. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Garner Walden, Bobby David (Bobcat) Walden, Robert Dale Walden (Sherry) and Sherman Walden, all of Tishomingo; five grandchildren, Bobby Walden Jr., Ellie Gene Walden, Robert Earl Walden (Lovie), Monroe Walden and Megan Nichole Walden; one stepgranddaughter, Kayle Dai; two sisters-in-law, Maurine Walden of Tishomingo and Lujean Evans of Livingston, La.; one brother-in-law, Newton Walden of Lawton, Okla.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Flip Walden.
Pallbearers will be Charles Pardue, Gaylon Pardue, Clayton Lutrell, Max Ray Whitehead, Doug Nunley and Joseph McNatt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Robert Wheatley Sr.
WHEELER – Robert Paul Wheatley Sr., 68, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at his home. He was a member of the Wheeler United Methodist Church. He was disabled. He enjoyed playing dominos, and he loved his grandchildren dearly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Bud Wheatley and Bro. Dalton Brown officating. Burial will be in the Bridges Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Wheatley of Wheeler; two sons, Bro. Bud Wheatley (Cathy) and David Wheatley (Melissa), both of Wheeler; five grandchildren, Jason Grisham of Falkner, and Matt Houge, and Jordan, Cannon and Macie Wheatley, all of Wheeler; three great-grandchildren, Cason, Ethan and Hunter Houge.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Lela Wheatley; one brother, Johnny Wheatley; and two sisters, Pat Shelton and Mae Stacey.
Pallbearers will be Jordan and Wayne Wheatley, Matt Houge, Jerry Hatfield, Bobby Johnson and Tim Bryant.
Honorary pallbearers will be Busby Niblett, Johnny Johnson, Ricky Way, Gene Greer, Glen Baker and Fred Fair.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today.
Edsel Turner
MANTACHIE – James Edsel Turner, 80, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Becky Butler
WALNUT – Rebecca Jane “Becky” Butler, 36, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at her home in Walnut.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Emmanuel Holiness Church. Burial will be in Family Cemetery near her home. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the church.
To view obituaries and sign the online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Hettie Brady
PORTLAND, Tenn. – Hettie Lee Perkins Brady, 93, formerly of Corinth, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at Brandywood in Gallatin, Tenn.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Henry Cemetery in Corinth. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society or American Heart Association.
Thomas Blount
SMITHVILLE – Thomas Asher Blount, 78, died Friday, March 5, 2010. He was a native of Belding, Mich., and a resident of Smithville.
Services will be held at a later date. Samart Funeral Home of Houma, La., is assisting the family.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Guthrie Blount; one son, Michael Blount and Sandra; three daughters, Michelle Roddy and husband, Albert, Tina Naquin and husband, Derrick, and Diana McDonald and husband, Dean; one brother, Harry Blount; three sisters, Betty Johnson, June Middleton and Elizabeth Short; 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tyler A. and Thelma Bower Blount; two sons, William and Lee Blount; one brother, Tyler Blount; and two sisters, Margaret Cain and Virginia Minard.
Nellie Ferguson
HOUSTON – Nellie Ruth Holley Ferguson, 83, died Friday, March 5, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Feb. 22, 1927, in Pontotoc County to Loss Holley and Charlotte Austin Holley. She was a retired seamstress for the furniture industry. She was a member of North Jackson Street Church of Christ in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Don Brady and Bro. Bob Stantz officiating. Burial will be in the Buckhorn Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include one son, Mike Ferguson of Houston; one daughter, Gail Allen (Tweety) of Houston; one sister, Luna Corder of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Josh Allen (Lauren) of Brandon and Bradley Allen (Ashley) of Houston; and one great-granddaughter, Annie Claire Allen of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dennis Wayne Ferguson; and three brothers and five sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, donations maybe made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Helen Searles
TUPELO – Helen Searles, 83, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born July 15, 1926. She was a resident of Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and was loved by all who took care of her. She enjoyed having her hair styled and spending time with her caregivers at the center.
Stateroom services will be at 3 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo with Bro. Terry Pierce officiating.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.