Obituaries March 8, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Wallace Kirby
WOODLAND – Wallace Hugh Kirby, 68, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. He was born April 18, 1941, to Robert Hugh Kirby and Mildred Loraine Wooldridge Kirby. He was a retired dairy farmer and a member of the First Baptist Church of Woodland.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Jack Inman officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Leigh Ann Edwards of Vardaman; his brother, James C. ‘Jimmy’ and wife, June Kirby of Woodland; his granddaughter, Meghan Edwards; his grandson, Aubrey Dean Edwards; and his great-grandson, Makon Dean Edwards.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Larry Brents, Danny Kirby, Sean Kirby, Ron Ross, Dan Womack and Derick Kirby.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Jonathan Harrison
RANDOLPH – Jonathan Tyler Harrison, 2, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Michael Waldrop and the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Tyler and Jessie Harrison of Randolph; two brothers, Steven Busam and Daniel Lee Harrison of Randolph; his grandparents, Steve and Kathy Gann of Grenada, Darrell Harrison of Randolph and Rebecca Faye Weinman of Lake County, Fla.; his great-grandparents, James and Anna Schwalenberg of Pittsboro, Linda and Jerry Dooley of Pittsboro, Ray and Carolyn Gann of Houston and Joyce Jackson of Randolph; his uncle, Thomas Ray Gann of Grenada; his aunt, Kimberly (Jerry) Manseill of Grenada; his godparents, Precious and Preston Harrison of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews
Pallbearers will be Tyler Harrison, Thomas Gann, Otis Schwalenberg and Preston Harrison.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Shelby Wren
BOONEVILLE – Shelby Dezn Wren, 72, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at 1st Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Burial will be in Old Danville Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be until service time today at the church.
David Cowart
OXFORD – David Wallace Cowart, 72, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, in Oxford. He was born in Memphis on Aug. 14, 1937, to David and Sara Cowart. Raised in Como, he graduated from Como High School where he developed his love for and excelled in sports. He went on to attend Marion Military Institute and Ole Miss where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduating from Ole Miss in 1958, with a degree in Business Administration, he married Carolyn Jackson, who preceded him in death in 2005. Carolyn was the love of his life.
After proudly serving his country as a Captain in the United States Army, he joined Proctor and Gamble, where he retired in Meridian in 1995. After retirement, he relocated to Oxford where he pursued his love for Ole Miss and the church. He was an active member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church in Oxford and served for many years as a lay speaker at Azalea Gardens and in numerous churches around the state.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Como United Methodist Church in Como with Dr. John Case and the Rev. Martin Case officiating. Burial will follow in Como Friendship Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, David Guy Cowart of Portland, Ore., John Wallace Cowart and his wife, Lawrence of Memphis and Mark Jackson Cowart and his wife, Mary Jordan of Indianola; one sister, Bess Carrier of Brandenton, Fla.; and ten grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11a.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Mr. Cowart’s memory may be sent to the Friendship Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 322, Como, MS 38619.
In honor of Mr. Cowart’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Lillie Marshall
AMORY – Lillie Bess Thornton Marshall, 64, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at her home. Born Aug. 20, 1945, in Slate Springs, she was the daughter of Henry C. and Beverly Lorene Clemons Thornton. A resident of Amory for 27 years, she worked for Gilmore-Puckett for the past 14 years and was a member of the New Beginnings Baptist Church where she served as treasurer. A devoted mother, she enjoyed her family, watching birds, collecting lighthouses and gospel music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Steve Reich officiating. Burial will be in the Greenbrier Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Audrey Gray (Bruce) of Amory and Rebecca Crump (Bobby) of Lackey; one brother, Mark Thornton (Donnie) of Bigbee; one sister, Sharron Daniels (Anthony) of Amory; three grandchildren, Lesley Ray (Dustin), Lacy Simmons (Lamar) and Brianna Gray; one great-grandchild, Trevan Alexander Ray; four nephews, Darron Thornton, Pearce Thornton, Tyler Daniels and Michael Daniels; and one niece, Kasey Daniels.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her grandparents, Charlie and Lillian Clemons and Jim and Nannie McPhail.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Daniels, Tyler Daniels, Michael Daniels, Darron Thornton, Kevin Morris and B.J. Morris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gilmore Puckett co-workers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, % Ray Clark, P.O. Box 299, Amory, MS 38821 or to the Gideons International, % Rex Coker, 1500 Highland Dr., Amory, MS 38821.
Nancy Frame
RED BAY – Nancy Frame, 70, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Edith Smith
IUKA – Edith Smith, 89, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, in Jackson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Roy Hare
BOONEVILLE – Roy L. Hare, 73, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Vonceil Pounds
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Vonceil Caveness Pounds, 83, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 27, 1926, in Marietta to Ruby Lee Womack and Eddie Walker Caveness. She graduated from Booneville High School and attended MSCW. She married Kenneth Lee Pounds on June 22, 1947. After retiring from Prentiss County Health Department, she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Booneville First United Methodist Church, the Wesley Sunday School Class and the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a former member of the Booneville Women’s Club, Jaycettes and the Booneville Garden Club. An avid bridge player, she enjoyed travel, her family and her friends.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Livingston (Coy) of Tupelo and Marsha Beasley (Ray) of Brandon; two grandchildren, Lee Ann Beasley of Brandon and J Beasley (Sarah) of Jackson; a great-grandson, Logan of Brandon; a brother, Robert Caveness (Lynn) of Marietta; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her sister, Billie Caveness Barrow; and her brothers, Eddie Caveness Jr., and Gerald Caveness.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Dr. Vernon Barrow, Ed Caveness, Gary Caveness, Greg Caveness, Robbie Caveness, Jim Moore, Doug Moreland and Judge Jim Pounds.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Box 235, Booneville, MS 38829.
Estelle Dulaney
FULTON – Estelle Dulaney, 94, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at The Meadows Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Sam Burns
NEW ALBANY – Sam Burns, 69, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born on Sept. 12, 1940. He was a farmer for many years and also worked at the Cotton Plant Gin. When he was not working, he enjoyed fishing and spending time with family and friends. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marvin Cox and Bro. Dan Burns officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
He survived by two daughters, Jennie Barnett (Ricky) of New Albany and Brenda Willis (Davy) of Blue Mountain; four sons, Charles Thomas (Suzy) of Iuka, Kenneth Thomas (Darlene) of Myrtle, Larry Thomas (April) of Pontotoc and Donnie Thomas (Jane) of Ripley; one niece, Judy Burns of Potts Camp; two nephews, Howard Burns of Falkner and Jimmy Burns of Potts Camp; his caregiver, Sarah Thomas of New Albany; twenty-nine grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Burns; and three brothers, Howard Burns , Frank Burns and James Humphrey.
Pallbearers will be Davy Willis, Corey Willis, Ricky Barnett, Davy Willis Jr., Mike Frazier and Stephen Willis.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To sign online register, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Viola Wilson
WATER VALLEY – Viola S. Wilson, 88, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford after a lengthy illness. A Marshall County native, she was born Oct. 10, 1921, to Jace and Fannie Lou Betts Wilson. She had lived a number of years in Verona and Water Valley. Retired after many years as a seamstress, she worked with Rice Sticks Manufacturing in Water Valley and with Reed’s Manufacturing while living in Vorona. She was an avid animal lover and especially enjoyed taking care of her dog, ‘Sparky.’ She was known for her wonderful sence of humor and the gift she had for making friends wherever she went. She was a member of the Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Post Oak Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include one niece, Rose Jennings of Potts Camp.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mildred Wilson; and two brothers, Muldrew and J.E. Wilson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Kathy McShane
AMORY – Kathy Davis McShane, 59, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born July 4, 1950, she was the daughter of Journice F. and Annie Laura Shelton Davis. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. She married Richard McShane in 1970, who survives. A member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory, she was a member of the choir. She was an associate professor of nursing for the Mississippi University for Women. She was a member of the Mississippi Nurses Association and a charter member and past president of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the Beta Sigma Phi sorority. She loved golf, bridge, traveling and entertaining friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. Warren Coile and the Rev. Sylvia Czarnetzky officiating. A graveside service will be at 5:15 at the Young Memorial Garden in Smithville. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Richard McShane of Amory; one daughter, Laura McShane of Amory; one brother, Frank E. Davis (Julia) of Germantown; and six nephews, Rob, Paul, John and Bill McShane and Tim and Tom Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Reggie Swan, Bobby Hall, L.A. Cutcliff, David Brook, Mike Randle, Eddie Sanders, John Allen, Gregg Moore and Jerry Cantrell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and will continue until 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, % Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to the Caring Bridge Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 131447, Houston, TX 77219-1447.
W. E. Pegues funeral directors

Henry Micheal
BALDWYN – Henry B. Micheal, 86, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.
Irma Adams
NETTLETON – Irma Holley Adams, 88, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born on Oct. 25, 1921, in Monroe County to John Thomas and Betty Harris Holley. She had lived in the Nettleton area most of her life. She was a former factory worker and a beautician. She worked in a dry goods store, owned and operated Irma’s Fabric Shop and worked at the Dorothy J. Lowe Memorial Library in Nettleton. She was a member of North Blvd. Christian Church in Amory. She enjoyed sewing and working in her garden.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Bob Secrist officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, R.V. Adams (Sharon) of Nettleton; one brother, Wade Holley (Cheryl) of Nettleton; and four sisters-in-law, Mavoline Holley and Helen Holley, both of Amory and Estelle Holley and Carolyn Holley, both of Nettleton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon David Adams; her parents; and three brothers, Herman Holley (Opal), C.T. Holley and Hershel Holley.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Galloway, Joe Hester, Jimmy Holley, Robert Holley, James Hollaway and Richard Schlicht.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Food Pantry, P.O. Box 314, Nettleton, MS 38858 and to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, 50 Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103.
Family and friends may sign the online guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Bubby West
BREWER – Kenneth ‘Bubby’ West, 52, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Aug. 15, 1957, in Itawamba County to William ‘Doc’ And Lucille Barnes West. He was a native of Saltillo but had resided in Shannon for the past 12 years. He was a former factory worker and a U.S. Army Veteran. He attended the Church of God. He enjoyed going hunting and fishing.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Horace Barnes and the Rev. Elbert Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Summer’s Chapel Cemetery in Marietta.
Survivors include his mother, Lucille Barnes West of Shannon; three daughters, Michelle Hathcock (Roy) of Amory; Brandie Cole and friend, Bobby Robinson and Kelly Roach (Chris), all of Brewer; one son, Joshua West and friend, Robyn Poteet of Brewer; one sister, Barbara Christopher (Perry) of Brewer; eleven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Donald Denton, Donald Tubbs, Donny Barnes, Lance Bass, B.J. McMurry and Will Patterson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Johnson, Dean Hogue, Brian Johnson and Joseph Kennedy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the online guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Mark Brown
RIENZI – Mark T. Brown, 71, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James Burk
WALNUT – James Hassel Burk, 48 , died Friday, March 5, 2010, at his home in Walnut. He was born on Oct. 27, 1961, to James Coleman Burk and Florence L. Boyd Burk. He was a carpenter.
Services will be at noon today at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Wilbanks officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Leann Lively and Mary Lou King (Chad), both of Crossett, Ark.; one sister, Deborah Ann Burk of Oxford; three brothers, James Daniel Burk and Jake Burk, both of Ocean Springs and James Edward Burk of Oxford; and five grandchildren, Cydnee, Chloe and Colton King and Taylor and Kaylee Lively.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To sign online guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Bonnie Winfield
BOONEVILLE – Bonnie Caroll Winfield, 56, died Sunday, March 7, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Ruby Ashcraft
CORINTH – Ruby Lee Blackerby Ashcraft, 89, died Saturday, March 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 28, 1920, in Grant County Ark. She was a member of Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Lon Cleveland Sunday School Class. She was a retired employee of Wurlitzer and was a member of the Eastern Star. She loved her family deeply. Her greatest joy and talent was cooking for family and friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church in Corinth with the Rev. Bobby Hankins and the Rev. Tony Pounders officiating. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Delmon (Betty) of Madison, Hollis (Pat) of Thompson’s Station, Tenn. and Billy (Nita Sue) of Corinth; two daughters, Sandra (William ‘Skip’) of Birmingham and Melba (Scott) Talley of Corinth; three sisters, Jewel Swilling and Virginia Stewart of Pine Bluff, Ark. and Dess (Tom) Foote of Hot Springs, Ark.; two sisters-in-law, Audra Clement and Marilyn Ashcraft of Gapevine Ark.; seven grandchildren, Cindy (Dr. William) Harris, Dr. Del (Deanna) Ashcraft Jr, Ashley (Phillip) Herron, Missy (David) McDaniel, Matt Ashcraft, Kimberly (Mike) McCarthy and Eric (Stephanie) Talley; and sixteen great-grandchildren, Jodan and Bo Ashcraft, Caroline, Will and Anna Rose Harris, John and Charlotte Herron, Katie and Whitt McDaniel, Ben Brewer, Tyler and Anna Ashcraft, Hanna and John McCarthy and Tri and Trevor Talley.
Pallbearers will be Alva Dalton, Reed Mitchell, Elbert Lee Null, Terry Payne, Dean Pearce, Nathan Skelly, Billy Wayne Tyson and Greg Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lon Cleveland Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church, 1803 Highway 72 West, Corinth, MS 38834.
Gary Cantrell
WINFIELD – Gary Cantrell, 48, died Saturday, March, 6, 2010, at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Webb Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home in Sulligent is in charge of arrangements.
Amanza Jackson
TUPELO – Amanza Earl Jackson, 53, died March 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on Jan. 29, 1957, to Mr. Jessie James and Ms. Josie Ree Wilson in Bessemer, Ala. He confessed his hope and faith in Christ at an early age and joined Hopewell MB Church and remained a member for two years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hopewell MB Church in Rienzi with the Pastor Gabe Jolly officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell MB Church Cemetery in Rienzi. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brandi Jackson; two daughters, Nikitha Townes and Josie Jackson; two sons, Leandres Townes and Anthony McCain; two grandchildren, Demontez and Lakitha Holmes; five brothers, Bernell Wilson, Rev. Willie Jackson, Tommy Jackson Jr., Leroy James, Henry James and their spouses; three sisters, Arlena Jackson, Jessie Mae James, Oralee James and their spouses; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandmother; a nephew; a niece; and his best friend, Gary Greene.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home and one hour prior to service Tuesday at the church.
To sign guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Charles Fair
BOONEVILLE – Charles Shelton Fair, 66, of Booneville, died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, at his home. He was a born Oct. 14, 1943, to Hughie and Dorothy Roberts Fair. He was a retired driver for Sunbeam Bread.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Asbury Methodist Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Marti Hodge of Mantachie and Courtney (Brian) Crump of Blue Springs; one son, Mike (Angel) Fair of Mooreville; four sisters, Donna Eldridge of Burnsville, Shirley Puckett of Corinth, Mary Walker of Burnsville and Brenda Owens of Booneville; three brothers, Wayne Fair of Savannah, Tenn., Phillip Fair of Booneville and Paul Fair of Corinth; eight grandchildren; and 1great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruth Carrol Fair; and two brothers, Don Fair and James Fair
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Tuesday at the funeral home.