Obituaries March 8, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Johnny Guy
SOUTHAVEN – Johnny Guy, 76, formerly of Byhalia, died Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at the Golden Living Care Home in Southaven.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Union Valley M.B. Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum amp& 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 11 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Jefferson Brown Sr.
RED BANKS – Jefferson F. Brown Sr., 82, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Red Banks. He was born May 13, 1928, in Memphis. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Pleasant with Bro. Don Labelle officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Weeks Brown of Mt. Pleasant; three sons, Jefferson F. Brown Jr., Clayton Alfred Brown and Douglas Allen Brown, all of Mt. Pleasant; one daughter, Esther Lorraine Williams of Marion, Ark.; five brothers, William Brown and Jimmy Brown, both of Memphis, Spencer Brown of Rossville, Tenn., Jerry Brown of Millington, Tenn., and Tommy Brown of Atoka, Tenn.; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Campbell Brown and Tynie Evans Brown.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Leave online condolences at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Norma Palmer
BALDWYN – Norma June Palmer, 89, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Baldwyn. She was a retired employee of Blue Bell/Red Kap Industries. She enjoyed cooking for her family and traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro Joe Caraway officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Allen of Guntown and Debbie Hill (John) of Baldwyn; three sons, David Palmer (Judy) of Baldwyn, Eddie Palmer (Diane) of Booneville and Jimmy Palmer of Guntown; one sister, Juanita Smith of Tupelo; 15 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lindsey and Rosellen Pardon; her husband, Sid Palmer; a brother, Bill Pardon; and two sisters, Rosa Lee Garrett and Jimmie Lindsey.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Hendrix, Randy Hendrix, Brian Allen, John Palmer, Jim Palmer, John Mark Dugger and Mike Palmer.
Billy Forman
BOONEVILLE – Billy Wayne Forman, 72, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his home after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 20, 1938, in Alcorn County to Claude and Bell Thrasher Forman. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired construction worker. He enjoyed his chickens and loved his grandkids and great-grandkids.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Dixon and Bro. Merle Dixon officiating. Burial will follow in the Piney Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Janet (Kenneth) Bearden of Rienzi and Gennie (Richard) Blackburn of Booneville; one son, Danny (Teresa) Forman of Booneville; three sisters, Eva Bright, Mable (Jimmy) Allen and Evelyn Switcher, all of Corinth; one brother, Richard (Betty) Forman of Corinth; six grandchildren: 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Forman; his parents; three sisters, Daisy Allen, Edith Gant and Gladys Potts; two brothers, Cletus and Carl Forman; and one grandson, Richard Lee Blackburn.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Henderson, Casey Bearden, Patrick Davis, Terry Forman, Patrick Pounds and Jesse Armstrong.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
June Wildmon
TUPELO – June Boren Wildmon, 80, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, in Tupelo.
Services will be 7 p.m. Thursday with Dr. Rick Brooks and Dr. Brian Collier officiating. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. until service time in the Garden Room of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Educational Scholarship Fund at St. Luke UMC, 1400 Clayton St., Tupelo, MS. The family also encourages you to send remembrances of June via e-mail to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Annie Ruth Phelps
WEST POINT – Annie Ruth Criddle Phelps, 95, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Shearer Richardson Memorial Home in Okolona. Mrs. Phelps was born Nov. 25, 1915, in Woodland to Dollie Staggs Criddle and Ell Criddle. She was a homemaker and a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church. She married George Emerson Phelps on Nov. 25, 1935, in Chickasaw County. He died on May 28, 2004.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Lynn Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Arbor Grove Cemetery near Houston. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Bertha Earnest (Raymond) of Okolona, Louise Allen (Thomas) of West Point and Nell Duke of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Armarie Ashby of Okolona; two brothers, Troy Criddle (Dola) of West Point and Floyd Criddle (Dot) of Philadelphia.
She was preceded in death by her parents; 12 brothers and sisters; and a son-in-law, A.E. Duke Jr.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Allen, Andrew McDonald, Billy Ray Yarbrough, Jesse Barnett, Edward Cruse and Robert Langwith.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Shearer Richardson Memorial Home and Luther M. “Son” Williams.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Jamie Underwood
FULTON – Jamie Ray Underwood, 35, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 24, 1975, in Tupelo to James Ray and Deborah Joyce Franks Underwood. He was employed by Graham Lumber Co. in maintenance. He attended Family Worship Center and was a motorcycle enthusiast.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wesley Kingsley officiating and Tina Loyd delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his soul mate, Linda McMillen of Fulton; his parents of Fulton; one daughter, Alley Underwood of Fulton; one son, Jake Underwood of Fulton; two brothers, Jason and Jessie Underwood of Fulton.
Pallbearers will be Darrell, Tina, J.D., Preacher, Wildman, Brian, and Greg.
Visitation will be 8 a.m. today until the time of the service.
Max Hodges Sr.
INDIANOLA – Max Anderson Hodges Sr., 78, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Baptist Hospital in Jackson. He was born in Sunflower County to James Calvin Hodges Sr. and Martha Louise Hodges. He was married to Dot Hodges, his wife of 58 years, who preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2010. He was a farmer and a businessman. He was a longtime member of the Fairview Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, as Chairman of the Deacons, and Chairman of the Building Committee. He served as Chairman of the Building Comittee at Indianola Academy.
Services will be 11:30 a.m. today at Fairview Baptist Church in Indianola. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Debbie Bell (Neil White) of Oxford, Max Hodges Jr. (Carrie) of Indianola, Helen Abraham (Michael) of Indianola, Cheryl Mesler (Corey), and Will Hodges (Kim) of Dallas; one sister, Etoie Taylor of Beaumont, Texas; one brother, J.C. Hodges of Indianola; and eleven grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:15 a.m. today at Fairview Baptist Church.
Navis Williams
TUPELO – Navis Welford Williams, 91, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Cedars Heath Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Charles Hendrix
BOONEVILLE – Charles E. Hendrix, 51, died Friday, March 4, 2011, in Booneville.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Springhill M.B. Church. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Curtis Swanson
PONTOTOC – William Curtis Swanson, 84, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born September 3, 1926, to Earlie and Ludie Swanson of Buckhorn. He was a World War II veteran.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Church Street Church of Christ in Pontotoc with Bro. Gordon Gentry officiating. Burial will be in Carey Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by 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; nine sisters, Estmer Coleman of Randolph, Frances Williams (Reggie) of Batesville, Dorothy Cox (Wayne), Kathleen Moore, Leuvenia Purdon, Glenda Garner and Marilyn Holladay all of Pontotoc; four brothers, Earnest (Betty) of Concord, Calif., Rayburn (Jane) of Tupelo, Jimmy (Lisa) of Endville and Larry (Cath) of Bruce and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Marlin, L.V. and Richard Swanson; three sisters, Faye James, Norma Lauer and Earlene McKnight; three children, Jerry Curtis Swanson, Frankie Swanson and Dewayne Swanson; and one grandson, Chris Walker.
Pallbearers will be Tim Berry, Johnny Moore, Robin Taylor, Chad Walker and Joey Burdon.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service today.
Thomas Kennedy
SHANNON – M. Thomas Kennedy, 72, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at his home. During his lifetime he worked hard. At his retirement, he and his wife of 53 years, Lillie, traveled, fished and spent time between their three homes in Shannon, Zapata, Texas, and Panther Canyon, Texas. He passed on to all of his family a gypsy spirit and the uncanny ability to never remain still.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Shannon with Rev. Dean Moody officiating. Burial will be in Wildwood Cedar Groves Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie B. Kennedy; one son, Thomas R. “Sam” Kennedy; five daughers, Kathy West, Teresa Boner (Matt), Rita Roberson (Jesse), Anitah Redd (Malcolm) and Gala Kennedy; two brothers, Floyd Kennedy (Martha Louise) and Dwight Kennedy (Susie); one sister, Betty Seymore; 25 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren; and his adopted children Mario and Danetha Prado.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Archie and Artie Kennedy; one daughter, Julie Kennedy; one sister, Nancy; two grandsons, Jesse Smith and Jeremiah Horton; and two great-grandchildren, Victoria Kennedy and Justice Otis.
Pallbearers include his eight granddaughters, Alizabeth, Kim, Julia, Amanda, Elecia, Kristina, Sterling and Ashley.
Visitation will be 3 p.m. today and from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the church.
Dixie Beaty
CORINTH – Dixie Leigh Gould Beaty, 65, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Services will be Wednesday at Hight Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Gillie Parrish
RED BAY, Ala. – Kermit Gillie Parrish, 80, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at UAB in Birmingham, Ala. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home and until service time on Wednesday.
Ida Harris
GUNTOWN – Ida Harris, 59, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla.
Arrangements incomplete be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Jim Phillips
SALTILLO – James Paul “Jim” Phillips, 67, died suddenly Sunday, March 6, 2011, at his home. He was born May 21, 1943, in Grenada County to Paul and Ada Mae McCormick Phillips. He was a graduate of John Rundel High School in Grenada and a 1966 graduate of Mississippi State University. He served in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. He retired from Mac Tools after 20 years of service, which carried him to many states including, Texas, Missouri, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin before moving to Tupelo 10 years ago. He was a former owner of Steak Out in Tupelo. He loved his wife and his dogs, Bridgette and Tony. He was an avid MSU bulldog fan. He enjoyed investing, was practical jokester and a fabulous story teller. He and his wife opened their home to many International Exchange students.
Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Bro. David Langerfeld officiating. Graveside services are 3 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sydney B. Phillips of Saltillo; grandson, Dylan Holt of Dallas, Texas; stepdaughter, Deborah Richardson (Mike) of Cherokee, Ala.; four step grandchildren, Amy Voyles, Michael Richardson of Cherokee, Ala., Jamie Holt of Grenada and Cherie Holt of Greenwood; a sister, Betty Sue Sims (Charlie) of New Albany; two brothers Travis Denton Phillips (Carolyn) of Starkville and William Harrison Phillips (Dorothy) of Grenada.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Evelyn P. Gray, a stepson, Chuck Holt and a nephew, Denny Phillips.
Pallbearers are John McCown, Bernard Evans, Chuck Sims, Steve Sims, Max Miller, Rodney Oliver and Ed Phillips.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, Building Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Faye McCrory
OKOLONA – Faye Reese Caradine McCrory, 83, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona after an extended illness. She was born March 11, 1927 in the Una Community of Clay County to Dayton and Lenora Huffman Reese. She lived much of her life in Chickasaw County but lived for 30 years in Tupelo. She was a seamstress at Delta Trouser in Okolona over 20 years and sat with the elderly and home bound in later years of her life. She expressed a caregiver’s spirit in all parts of her life. She loved her family and was devoted to them as well as those she sat with in later life. A member of the South Gatlin Church of Christ in Okolona, she attended Saltillo United Methodist Church while living in Lee County. She enjoyed God’s creation, all flowers and gardening and animals.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Minister Doyle Britt officiating. Burial will follow in the Hatchett Cemetery in Clay County. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Jimmy Ray Caradine (Marianne) of Vardaman; one daughter, Janice Coleman (David) of Okolona; nine grandchildren, Shan Moore, Deanna Winter, Annamaria Caradine, Brianna Caradine, Hansol Joo, Patty Hallmark, David Caradine, Lisa Moore and Billy Joe Caradine; 10 great-grandchildren, Anna Katherine, Jesse, Garrett, Elijah, Jonah, Bradley, Cody, Courtney, Edward and Elizabeth; a brother, Earl “Billy” Reese of Grants Pass, Ore.; and two sisters, Flora Brand of McCondy and Inez Neyman of Coldwater.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Leon McCrory and Harold Caradine; two sons, Billy Joe and Jackie Caradine; and two brothers, Daton Reese Jr. and Jack Reese.
Pallbearers are her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Shearer-Richardson nursing home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to South Gatlin Street Church of Christ. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Leisia Ross
CORINTH – Leisia Gaye Ross, 50, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at her home. She was born March 10, 1960. She was a factory worker and a member of the Methodist faith.
Services will be held at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Larisa “Lacey” Ross of Corinth; two grandchildren, Terra Shea Ross and Abby Grace Ross; her mother, Ruth Allen Rose Ross of Adamsville, Tenn., her brother, Neal Ross (Ouida) of Corinth; her sisters, Pam Thornton of Booneville, Margie Hughes (Steve) of Corinth, and Ann Ross of Corinth; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
She is preceded in death by her companion of 10 years, Buddy Minor, and her father, Henry Thomas Ross.
Online condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net
Lola Mae Pannell
CORINTH – Lola Mae Pannell, 84, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Golden Living Center Nursing Home in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Pocahontas Apostolic Church. Burial will be in the Harmony Cemetery in Walnut. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue today until service time at the church.
Doris Moore
HOLLY SPRINGS – Doris Moore, 65, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Hope Baptist Church in Slayden. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Ethelene Pace
ABERDEEN – Ethelene Pace, 80, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Linda Garrett
CORINTH – Linda Garrett, 66, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Whitfield Nursing Home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be at Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.