Obituaries March 7, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

June Wildmon
TUPELO – June Wildmon, 80, longtime Lee County educator and beloved citizen, died suddenly Sunday, March 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are tentatively set for 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo with visitation from 6 p.m. until service time. Holland Funeral Directors will announce complete arrangements in a full obituary on Wednesday.
Linda Jacobs
LOUISVILLE – Linda Jacobs, 69, died March 6, 2011, at Louisville Health Care.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Old Mars Hill Cemetery. Nowell-Massey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign the guest registry, visit www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com.
Curtis Swanson
PONTOTOC – William Curtis Swanson, 84, died March 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 3, 1926, to Earlie and Ludie Swanson of Buckhorn. He was a WW II Veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Church Street Church of Christ in Pontotoc with Minister Gordon Gentry officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery on Hwy 9 South. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Judy Walker, Curtis Swanson and LaWanda Hardin; his grandchildren, Chad Walker, Kira Swanson, Tenor Swanson, Rebecca Oswalt, Melissa McGee, Jermy Swanson, Preston Robertson, Ethan Robertson and Evan Robertson; and special friends, Raven Morgan, Hallie Morgan and Krisyln “Shug” Morgan.
He is also survived by nine sisters, Estmer Coleman of Randolph, Frances Williams (Reggie) of Batesville, Nona Mullen (Bernie) of Hot Springs Village, Ark., Linda Hayles of Springville, Dorothy Cox (Wayne), Kathleen Moore, Leuvenia Purdon, Glenda Garner and Marilyn Holladay, all of Pontotoc; four brothers, Earnest (Betty) Swanson of Concord, Calif., Rayburn (Jane) Swanson of Tupelo, Jimmy (Lisa) Swanson of Endville and Larry (Cathy) Swanson of Bruce; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Marlin, L.V. and Richard Swanson; three sisters, Faye James, Norma Lauer and Earlene McKnight; his children, Jerry Curtis Swanson, Frankie Swanson and Dewayne Swanson; and his grandson, Chris Walker.
Pallbearers will be Tim Berry, Johnny Moore, John Moore, Robin Taylor, Chad Walker and Joey Purdon.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday , all at Church Street Church of Christ in Pontotoc.
Sandra Jordan
IUKA – Sandra Atkins Jordan, 47, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. She enjoyed gardening, working on puzzles and was an overall hard worker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Richard Schaffer officiating. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her father, James Atkins of Iuka; three daughters, Kim Atkins of Nashville, Tenn., Christy Lambert of Nashville, Tenn. and Brandy Jordan of Iuka; one brother, Jimmy Atkins of Iuka; one sister, Debbie Atkins of Iuka; and six grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bradley Lambert; and her mother, Quinn Atkins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Jamie Johnson
RIPLEY – Jamie Paulina Johnson, 85, died March 2, 2011, at Tippah County Nursing Home. She was born June 2, 1925. She was married to Robert Lee Johnson; they had four children. She confessed Christ at an early age. She was a member of Moses Chapel Methodist Church. She was a caring and loving individual, who enjoyed the sound of laughter. She also enjoyed cooking, growing flowers, collecting antiques and singing her favorite song, “Trouble Don’t Last Always.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Moses Chapel U.M.C. in Ripley with the Rev. Sapada Thomas officiating. Foster amp& Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two children, Jamie (Andrea) Meadow of Ripley and Virgina (David) Miller of Hinesville, Ga.; four brothers, Alex Cox Jr., Henry Cox, Albert (Irene) Cox and Clifford Cox; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends, Mary Prather Johnson, Benny Ray Cox, Joyclin Boyd, Theotis Nesbit, Louise Cox, Helen Johnson, Sally Storey, Eloise Strong and Inez Cook.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex Cox and Harriet Boyd; her husband; and two children, Willie Lee Johnson and Totsy Mae Nesbit.
Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. today and family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Tuesday.
Mary Harrison
CALHOUN CITY – Mary Boatwright Harrison, 89, died March 6, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born Aug. 20, 1921. She was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was retired from Kellwood in Calhoun City.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chris Conley and the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include sons, Lee Knight (Dottie) Harrison of Grenada and Carl Hugh (LaNelle) Harrison of Grenada; one daughter, Jean Johnson of Calhoun City; nine grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira Harrison; her great-grandson, Justin Howard; and her great-great-grandson, John Cohen Crump.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Eunice Howard
CALHOUN CITY – Eunice Tennyson Howard, 94, died March 6, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born April 21, 1916. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Thorn since 1948. She was a retired florist and a member of Eastern Star.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Friendship Baptist Church in Thorn with the Rev. Fred Hartley and the Rev. Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include sons, Curtis (Betty) Powell Tennyson of Panacea, Fla. and David (Christine) Tennyson of Carthage; sisters, Mary Jo Tabb of Greenville and Betty Kate Nelson of Murphreesboro, Tenn.; brothers, Hugh B. Kelso of Wisconsin and Billy J. Kelso of California; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyne Curtis Tennyson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church Building Fund.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Evia Betts
PLANTERSVILLE – Evia Shumpert Betts, 91, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
D.J. Hedrick
BRUCE – D.J. Hedrick, 23, died Thursday, March 3, 2011, in Louisianna.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at Milling Funeral Home Chapel of Union with the Rev. Johnny Wilkinson officiating. Burial was in Evans Tabernacle Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Tamra Hedrick; his sons, Preston Hedrick and Ryder Hedrick, all of Newbraunfels, Texas; his daughter, Zoey Hedrick and her mother, Chelsea Liccon of Newbraunfels, Texas; one brother, Wesley Patrick and wife, Tiffany of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two sisters, Ashley Hawkins and husband, Tim of Sebastopol, Texas and Dallas Hedrick of Sebastopol, Texas.; maternal grandparents, W.R. and Nell Harrelson of Bruce; two great-grandmothers, Lorena Harrelson of Calhoun City and Lillian Hamilton of Pittsboro; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Hollie Dean Harrelson and Cecil Hamilton; his grandparents, Bud and Kate Hedrick; and cousin, Max Overton.
Pallbearers will be Chris King, Andy Wilkinson, Tim Hawkins, Tyler Glasco, Bryan King and Justin Hedrick.
Honorary pallbearers will be Maurice Jackson, J.D. Suggs, A.J. Overton and Travis Schuster.
Rosa Phifer
IUKA – Rosa Phifer, 81, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of Fifth Street Baptist Church, and she enjoyed sewing and cooking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Tony Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Cecil Phifer of Iuka; two sons, John Norris (Mitzi) of Jackson and Noonan Phifer (Lila) of Talladega, Ala.; one daughter, Brenda Whitfield (Jimmy Don) of Iuka; two brothers, Harvey Parham of Iuka and Marvin Parham (Dessie) of Belmont; one sister, Barbara Thomas of Kenosha, Wis.; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Avon Norris; her parents, James and Myrtie Mae Parham; and her son, Billy Ray Norris.
Pallbearers will be David Whitfield, Austin Whitfield, Andrew Whitfield, Alex Whitfield, Joshua Norris, Al Collins and Bobby Phifer.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fifth Street Baptist Church Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Jim Phillips
SALTILLO – James Paul “Jim” Phillips, 67, died Sunday, March 7, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Jamie Underwood
FULTON – Jamie Underwood, 36, died at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Morris Simpson
BALDWYN – Morris Simpson, 70, died Sunday, March 6, 2011 at Darlington Hospice House in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Gillie Parrish
RED BAY – Gillie Parrish, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
Melissa Alexander
GOLDEN – Melissa Jo Alexander, 35, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Florence, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
Dr. Homer Horton
TUPELO – Dr. Thomas Homer Horton died at his home on Friday, March 4, 2011, after a brief illness.
Homer was born in Grenada on Oct. 24, 1942, to Deloris White Horton and Earl Horton. Named for his paternal grandfather, Earnest Homer White, he was known around the square in Grenada as amp”Earl’s boy.amp”
He excelled in his studies, first attending Mississippi State University to study engineering and later transferring to Ole Miss to major in pre-med. Specializing in anesthesiology, Dr. Horton graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1970, and was certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology. He was a practicing anesthesiologist with Tupelo Anesthesia Group, P.A. from 1970 to September 2002 and served as managing partner from 1990-2000. Dr. Horton served as medical officer for 134th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, United States National Guard from1967 to 1973. From 1993-1998, Dr. Horton was coordinator and clinical instructor, University of Alabama, School of Nurse Anesthesia, Tupelo clinical site. He served as medical director of North Mississippi Surgery Center from 1986-2002. In 2002, he became medical director for HealtLink Preferred Provider Organization, medical director for Acclaim and NurseLink.
A man of many interests, Dr. Horton learned to fly when he was in high school. He piloted his own plane for many years and was frequently heard to remark, amp”Now, this would be a good day for flying!amp” Boating was another passion of Dr. Horton’s. He navigated many rivers in the South, traveling from marina to marina.
Collecting and reading books about Warren Buffet, Charlie Mounger and Benjamin Graham, Dr. Horton also studied investments and business management. He enjoyed examining the habits of other executives and following the success of the businesses associated with them. He was a lifetime learner. In recent years, he enjoyed taking courses in the Bible, welding, auto mechanics, piano and guitar. His library was extensive, and his love of books and learning never diminished. However, outside of medicine, his greatest interest was music. Dr. Horton loved all kinds of music and particularly enjoyed analyzing and researching lyrics.
Dr. Horton was a physician of great repute and compassion as evidenced by the numerous awards he received. He was designated Medical Examiner, 1971-1990, President of Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists, 1979-1980, Member of Finance Committee North Mississippi Medical Center 1990-1993,Chairman of Medical Staff NMMC 1991 and Member of Credentials Committee of Medical Staff, NMMC, 1992-1997, serving as chairman 1997-Present.
He was a member of the NMHS Corporation, Calvary Baptist Church, Tupelo Rotary Club and Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, the American College of Physician Executives, the American Medical Association, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, the Mississippi State Medical Association and the Mississippi Society of Anesthesiologists.
A service celebrating Dr. Horton’s life will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. David Eldridge, the Rev. Jimmy Criddle and the Rev. Jeff Flynn officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum at Lee Memorial Park with the North Mississippi Medical Center Honor Guard providing a military salute. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Letitia Parham Horton; sons, Thomas Homer Horton Jr. (Kerri) of Verona and Steven Earl Horton (Shelonda) of Charlotte, N.C.; stepsons, Douglas Wright (Stephanie) of Saltillo and Bennett Wright of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Victoria Horton, Ayden Horton, Ashley Horton, Nick Sims, Jordan Wright, Leighton Wright and Britton Wright.
He was preceded in death by parents; his previous wife, Elizabeth Harness Horton; and a sister, Ann Horton Jay.
Pallbearers will be Charles Johnston, Dr. James (Buck) Shirley, Dr. Jim Cooper, Dr. H. Read Jones, Dr. John Burk, Ed Neelly, Johnny Everett, Dr. Alex Bibighaus,
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Swan Burrus, Dr. Malcolm McAuley, Mike Gratz, Guy Lipscomb and Danny Hester; Tupelo Anesthesia Group; Members of the Wednesday Night Investment Club; and Co-workers from Health Link, Acclaim and Nurse Link.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Music Department, P.O. Box 1008, Tupelo, MS. 38802.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Ralph Hershfelt
TUPELO – Ralph Hershfelt, 88, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Christopher Holland
BALDWYN – Christopher Holland died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Louis Barnes
TUPELO – Louis Barnes, 67, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo
Allene Hall
NEW ALBANY – Ethel Allene Thomas Hall, 80, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born March 17, 1930, to Bonnard and Lora Bell Thomas. She was retired from Irwin B. Schwabe in New Albany. She was a member of Martin Baptist Church and a former member of Jericho Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, who lived her life as a testimony of great faith and Christian conviction.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Maxine Langford and Teresa Sloan (Tommy) of New Albany and Sereda Hall of Tupelo; two sons, Paul Dwight Hall (Sarah) of Jericho and Steve Hall (Cindy) of Baldwyn; one brother, Buster Thomas of New Albany; grandchildren, Stephanie Langford Thrasher (Everett), Dawn Langford Dyson (Jay), Paul Hall Jr. (Susan), Jennifer Hall Posey (Andy), Brandon Hall (Sunny), Jonathan Hall (Kristi), T.J. Sloan (Corinthian), Nick Goddard (Miranda), Heather Goad (Brandon) and Hannah Piraino; and great-grandchildren, Jacob and David Thrasher, London Jordan, Lizza Cate Dyson, Clay, Carter, Avery and Jack Walker Hall, Brianna Posey, Braylen, Kyan and Kynsie Hall, Preston J. Sloan and Brooklyn, Cierra and Colton Goad.
She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Cecil P. Hall; her daughter-in-law, Marie Hall; and her brothers and sisters, Corbert Thomas, Edna Thomas Tanner, Inez Thomas Taylor, Louise Thomas Pitts and Daniel Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Hall, Jonathan Hall, Paul Hall Jr., T.J. Sloan, Clay Hall, Everett Thrasher, Jay Dyson and Andy Posey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, Union County Room, 5159
West Main St. Tupelo, MS 38803.
Robert Lee
CLINTON – Robert Ross Lee, 86, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He and his wife, Doris, have lived in Clinton since 1991, after living 44 years in Memphis. He was a retired barber and a member of First Baptist Church of Clinton.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Prentiss Memorial Gardens in Baldwyn with Dr. John Compton and the Rev. Ramey Hankins officiating. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Doris Faye Lee; his sisters, Sue Smith (Reggie) and Mel Dunlap of Murfreesboro, Tenn. and Myrtle Smith (Verell) of Tomball, Texas; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mary Prather of Clinton, Terry and Joan Wingo of Olive Branch, Bobby and Ruth Grisham of Booneville and Bud and Tommie Grisham of Baldwyn and Hilda Grisham of Iuka; and 26 nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be given to the First Baptist Church of Clinton.
Lynn Mallory
VERONA – Lynn Mallory, 51, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at his home after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
June Palmer
BALDWYN – Nora June Palmer, 89, died Sunday, March, 6, 2011, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illiness. Arrangements are incomplete will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Thomas Kennedy
SHANNON – Marion Thomas Kennedy died March 5, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc
Visitation will be today from 3 p.m. until, Tuesday from 3 p.m. until and from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday, all at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Shannon.
Julia Harris
CAYCE – Julia Estelle Harris died March 6, 2011, at Collierville Baptist Hospital
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Slayden. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.