By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Ralph Hershfelt, 88, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born July 17, 1922, in St. Louis, Mo., and served in the U.S. Navy as a training pilot during World War II. He worked in and owned his own manufacturing businesses for many years. In 1960, he moved to Tupelo, becoming a part of the community he loved. He will be remembered as a proud gentleman, cherished and respected by his many friends and family.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating.
He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Ann Hershfelt of Tupelo; his sisters, MaryAnn Rueter of Decatur, Ill., and Betty Hershfelt Taylor of Dunedin, Fla.; his brother, Robert Hershfelt of Decatur, ll.; his children, Ralph Jr. and Augusta Hershfelt of Fernandina Beach, Fla., Don and Judy Hershfelt of Tupelo, Dan Rippeto and Chris Hershfelt of Chicago, Bill and Beth Parks of New Albany, and Guy and Emily Childers of New Albany; his grandchildren, Heath and Toni Hershfelt of Tupelo, Clay and Leigh Cruse of Tupelo, Jeff and Holly Hershfelt of Austin, Texas, Ralph III and Anne Hershfelt of North Carolina, Gretchen Hughes Stanfill of Tupelo, Alex and Amy Johnston of North Carolina, Jonathan and Sara Elisabeth Cobb of Birmingham, Ala., Anne Elise Parks of New Albany, and Anslie Claire, Becca Ann and Lilly Cate Childers of New Albany; his great-grandchildren, Hayden, Hayes and Perry Hershfelt, Sage, Grisham and Grey Cruse, Ruby Hershfelt, Harrison and Hailey Hershfelt, Caroline and William Hughes, Sarah Elizabeth Stanfill and Quinn Johnston.
Greatly appreciated is the loving professional care extended to Mr. Hershfelt by the extraordinary physician and friend, Dr. Billy Walton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Bailey, Jim Threlkeld, Billy Hodges, Buddy Prude, Russell Yarborough, Billy Wheeler, Jim Collins, Mickey Holliman, Len Pegues, Dick Hill, Darrell Smith, Tom Childs and A.J. Pitts.
Visitation will be noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Ralph Hershfelt spent his last days at Sanctuary Hospice House, where caring and loving attention to his needs were carried out by a serving and professional staff. The family wishes donations to be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – June Boren Wildmon, longtime Lee County educator and beloved citizen, died suddenly Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
June was the daughter of the late Clifton and Bernice Long Boren of Verona. She was born Feb. 9, 1931, in Itawamba County and spent her formidable years there until moving with her family to Shannon and then Verona. She graduated from Tupelo High School in 1948 and from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., in 1952. At Union University June was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha social society and was named to top honors including Miss Union University, Most Popular Girl, Most likely To Succeed and Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. She was the first female editor of the University newspaper. After graduation, she was employed as a hostess on G.M.&O. Railroad’s Rebel.
June married the love of her life, Johnny Wildmon , in 1954. They can be remembered for starting the June Bug Shop, a clothing store in downtown Tupelo. Selling came easy to June, because as she described it, “Selling is helping.” June would say, “Making people feel good is what selling is about, that will make you feel better than any amount of money.” After Johnny died in 1981, June returned to Union University to serve as their Director of Women’s Housing. Here June was a second mother to many.
Teaching was June’s passion. Her teaching career spanned over 30 years with most of those years teaching English in the Tupelo Public Schools. She and Johnny also spent several years teaching adult education classes for Itawamba Community College. Although June believed in education, she also believed in peoples’ potential for success in other areas of life. June constantly spoke of the good attributes in people. As her daughters, Jenny and Judy, will tell you, June was a sympathetic, understanding and caring woman. Those were the real lessons she taught. June would always say, “Look for the good in people. They may be different from the way they appear. You don’t know what they are going through or what has happened in their lives.” One of her all-time favorites: “I bet he or she is not a snob, just shy and doesn’t know what to say.” This attitude toward life is what made June a friend to everyone. June opened her home to all. It was a place you could go and know you were welcome and most certainly loved. June’s high school album perfectly describes her – “Loyal hearted, strong of mind, a finer girl you’ll nowhere find.”
June is survived and will be missed by her daughters, Jenny Decker (Larry) and Judy Simpson (Bill) of Tupelo; six grandsons, Cliff Decker (Leslie), John Decker, Ti Simpson, Mark Simpson, Ryan Hansen and JP Hansen; brother, Bill Boren, and sister, Nancy Williams (Leon); brothers-in-law, Don Wildmon (Lynda) of Tupelo and Allen Wildmon (Mickey) of Cordova; sisters-in-law, Louise Yancey (Mike) of Memphis and Helen Tenebaun of Burlington, Vt.; two great-grandchildren, Grace Decker and Mary Thomas Decker; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family extends a very special thank you to her special caregivers, Ann Blanchard, Emma Hatchett and her “Earth Angel,” Martha Rogers.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Johnny, in l981; daughter, Jan Wildmon Hansen, in 2005; and brother, Charlie Boren (Jean-deceased).
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2011, at St. Luke Methodist Church, Tupelo. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to service at the church. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to St. Luke United Methodist Church Educational Scholarship Fund, 1400 Clayton St., Tupelo, MS. 38801.
The family requests remembrances of June be e-mailed to email@example.com.
NETTLETON – Jimmy Earl Langley, 68, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
POTTS CAMP – Betty Catherine Kata “B.K.” Eilers Gysendorfer, 71, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City, Iowa. She was born Sept. 3, 1939, in Youngstown, Ohio, to Martin Eilers and Rubye Nelson Eilers. She was baptized at Sacred Heart Church in Youngstown, Ohio, and dedicated to the Sacred Heart. She dedicated her life to the Eucharist on her First Communion Day.
She graduated from Luana High School in Luana, Iowa, in 1957; from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1961 with a B.A. in English education, Latin and theology; and from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1970 with a master’s degree in theatre and communication. She taught high school English, speech and Latin, at M-F-L High School in Monona, Iowa, and South Tama High School in Toledo, Iowa. She taught at CADET High School in Holly Springs from 1970 to 1972. From 1972-74 she was assistant director of Patricia Stevens Career College and Modeling Agency in Memphis.
On Sept. 7, 1973, she married Steve P. Gysendorfer of Riverside, Calif., at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Holly Springs. She was asked to begin an integrated Religious Education Program in 1974 for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Holly Springs and served in many capacities in Religious Education for the diocese of Jackson, including preparing RENEW videos and training materials for the Diocesan Director of Religious Education.
From 1992-1998 she taught business communication and oral communication for the Northwest Mississippi Community College Vo-Tech Center in Ashland. She served as parish programs facilitator from 1998-2002 at St. Joseph’s in Holly Springs.
She has had poetry published in Emmanuel, Mid South Poetry Magazine, and World’s Top Poets. She won 1st place at Tupelo Gum Tree Festival’s Southern Writers Conference focusing poetry on Eucharist.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Holly Springs. Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel of Clear Lake, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one brother, Dennis (Gwen) Eilers of Luana, Iowa; three sisters, Karen (Jim) Orr of Bettendorf, Iowa, Eileen (Tony) Dudek of Cody, Wyo., and Anita (Paul) Langholz of Clear Lake, Iowa; a brother-in-law, Bill Bertrand of Delta, Colo.; a sister-in-law, Denise Eilers of Davenport, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Gysendorfer; a brother, Gerald Eilers; a sister, Margaret Rose Eilers Bertrand; and her parents.
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TUPELO – James Christopher Holland, 50, died Sunday, March 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born July 16, 1960, to Stella Holland and Willie T. Jackson in Prentiss County. He was a member of New Tabernacle M.B. Church in Baldwyn. He married Gussie Hans on Oct. 1, 1988. He was a member of the National Guard for several years.
Services will be at noon Thursday at New Tabernacle M.B. Church with Rev. Ricky Ball officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangement.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wilson Holland and Anna Holland, and one brother, Terry Holland.
Survivors include his mother, Stella Mae Holland of Baldwyn; his father, Willie T. Jackson of Booneville; three daughters, Tameka Holland of Baldwyn, Qunetta Chandler of Tupelo and Amber Chandler; two sons, Rashad (Nikehah) Hans of Booneville and Michael Beene of Verona; four sisters, Bernice Holland (Willie) jof Milwaukee, Wis., Kathy (Calvin) Burress of Booneville, Regina (Daryle) Rogers of Ripley and Lisa Gilbert (Louis) of Guntown; three brothers, Dennis Holland of Milwaukee, Wis., Joseph Holland (Cheryl) of Tupelo and Phillip Holland of Baldwyn; two grandchildren; special friend, Bonnie Mitchell, and her daughter, Brea Mitchell, both of Baldwyn; a great-great-aunt, Alma McGee of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
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. today 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), Anita Red (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 was 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 Otts.
Pallbearers include his nine granddaughters, Alizabeth, Kim, Julia, Amanda, Elecia, Kristina, Sterling, Ashley and Megan, and one grandson, Shelby.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the church.
ABERDEEN – Curley Strong, 83, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
CORINTH – Opal Seago, 80, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Country Cottage. She was a graduate of Farmington High School and a member of Tate Baptist Church. She worked as a beautician for over 35 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Tim Dixon and Bro. Smiley Mills officiating. Burial with be in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Artie Elora Mills of Corinth; one brother, Bill Joe Blankenship of Baldwyn; a special caregiver and niece, Daris Gray of Corinth; five nephews and six other nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William “Will” Able and Nina Brock Blankenship; her husband, Arlie Joe Seago; one brother, Loyd Leroy Blankenship; and two sisters, Ila Ross and Lenora Wroten.
Pallbearers will be Brad Mills, Chris Mills, Chad Mills, Rickey Ross, Jimmy Blankenship and Carroll Mills.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Robert D. Liles Jr.
SALTILLO – Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Robert D. Liles Jr., 75, died Friday, March 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A native of Topeka, Kan., he was born Feb. 27, 1936, to Robert David and Frances D. Creel Liles. He proudly served his country 26 years in the United States Army with two tours in Vietnam. He was a 32nd degree Mason in the Camp Knox Lodge 909 in Radcliff, Ky., and a Shriner at the Moolah Lodge in St. Louis, Mo. He enjoyed golf and fishing, but all his girls and grandchildren were the lights of his life.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Anne Carl Liles of Saltillo; two daughters, Sandra M. Liles and Kimberly A. Liles, both of Saltillo; three sisters, Carol D. Liles of Ontario, Calif., Nancy D. Kerr (Bill) of Johnstown, Penn., and Donna M. Carl of Saltillo; a sister-in-law, Mildred Beran (Eldon) of St. Louis, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Robert Carl (Connie) of Las Vegas, Nev.; three grandchildren, Robert M. Liles (Brooke) of Springfield, Mo., Meghan A. Davis and Connor E. Davis, both of Saltillo; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Jan Starling.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Saltillo Fire Department; the North Mississippi Medical Center Ambulance Service; Robert M. Liles, Connor Davis, Col. Ted Fichtl, Bill Williams and Dr. Ken Harvey.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the J.R. Gold Tour, c/o Don Hershfield of the Natchez Trace Golf Club in Saltillo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
VERONA – William Lynn Mallory, 51, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at his residence after a sudden illness. A native and lifelong resident of Lee County, he was born Sept. 1, 1959, to Jacob and Lavelle Mason Mallory. Before becoming disabled, he worked in the furniture industry. He was an avid sports fan and especially enjoyed NASCAR. He also loved working in the yard and talking with friends and family.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Billy Langley officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.
Survivors include his father, Jacob Mallory Sr. of Verona; his sister, Patsy Mattox of Verona; three brothers John Herndon (Margie) of Saltillo, Jacob Mallory Jr. (Venetia) of Old Union community and Gerald Mallory (Linda) of Pontocola community; four nieces, Tangi Bobo (Timmy) of Pontocola, Lori Moses (Jason) of Smyrna, Ga., Lauren Mallory of Old Union and Amber Moss of Pontocola; four nephews, Michael Herndon (Anne) of Jacksonville, Ala., William Martin Jr. of Mantachie, Craig Martin (Shannon) of Pontocola and Christopher Mallory of Old Union; three great-nieces, Brooke Herndon, Kayla Timmons and Cassie Dunaway; and six great-nephews, John Michael Herndon, Tyler Timmons, Daylan Martin, Evan Conley, Blake Martin and Wesley Moss.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lavelle Mason Mallory; and a special friend, Faye Ashberry.
Pallbearers will be William Martin, Craig Martin, Timmy Bobo, Tyler Timmons, Norman Mattox, Mickey Payne, Christopher Mallory and William (Dede) Martin.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Jimmy Dale Gatlin, 60, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was a maintenance worker.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Bluff Springs Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Miller Gatlin of Amory; two daughters, Michelle Gatlin Keltner of Amory and Cindy Gatlin Cannon of Cedar Bluff; four sisters, Becky and Miriam Fields, and Martha Lewis, all of Eupora, and Frances Merchant of Starkville; one brother, Raymond Fields of Eupora; four grandaughters, Brittany and Katelyn Keltner of Amory, and Hope and Carmen Cannon of Cedar Bluff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thurman and Adney Gatlin, and a sister, Shirley Pollan.
Ronnie Timms Sr.
KENOSHA, Wis. – Ronnie D. Timms Sr., 58, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the Hospice House. Born on Feb. 2, 1953, in Kenosha, he was the son of Horace and Molene Prestage Timms. He was educated in the schools of Kenosha and was a 1971 graduate of Tremper High School. He was self-employed for 30 years as owner and operator of Uptown Radiator. He was also a phenomenal musician, playing bass in several bands, the best known band the Southern Knights from 1978-1985. His hobbies included music and spending time with his extended family, children, and grandchildren.
Services will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kenosha Funeral Services.
Survivors include his children, Ronnie (Breyan Radeck) Timms Jr. of Germantown, Wis., Ryan (Christy) Timms of Waukesha, Wis., and Russel Timms of Kenosha; two brothers, Ted P. Timms of Kenosha and Gene Timms of Tupelo; four nieces, Sandy (Mike) Moran, Tammy (Michael) Gerber, Suzy (Greg) Christian and Anna (Tim) Sellers; two nephews, Tracy Robinson and Aaron (Melanie Delara) Timms; and two grandchildren, Ryan II and Kamryn.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis Timms; a sister, Peggy Robinson; and his parents.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Kenosha Funeral Services.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be appreciated.
ABERDEEN – Ethelene Eads Pace, 80, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Feb. 24, 1931, in Columbus to James Morgan Eads and Iown Helen Eads. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. She was a retired caregiver and a member of the Southside Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Prospect Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Sullivan and Bro. John Maxey officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Wanda Thompson and husband, Bill, of Baton Rouge, La.; one son, Richard Pace and wife, Mary Ann, of Aberdeen; four sisters, Beatrice Akin of St. Louis, Mo., Marie Wallace of Columbus, Irene Hankins of Pickensville, Ala., and Lavelle Bennett of Columbus; four brothers, Roy Eads, Herbert Eads, Melvin Eads and Earl Ray Eads, all of Columbus; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Franklin Pace; one son, Robert Earl Pace; one daughter, Geneva Vines; one brother, Woodie Eads; and one grandson, Stan Vines.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Ida E. Harris
CALLAHAN, Fla. – Ida E. Harris, 59, formerly of Guntown, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. She was a factory worker, a two-time cancer survivor and a loving grandmother.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Mark Tutor officiating. Burial will be in Ellistown Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Martha Locke (Bradley) of Guntown; two sons, Billy Wayne Harris of Callahan, Fla., and Steve Harris of Saltillo; one sister, Betty Stevens of Saltillo; one brother, Robert “Bob” Cooley of Gulfport; and four grandchildren, Nathan Harris, Stephen Harris, Tina Harris and Bradley Locke Jr.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Steve Harris; four brothers, Charlie “Toots” Cooley, Bill Ed Cooley, Billy Guy Cooley and John Lee Cooley; and a sister, Lula Mae Cooley.
Pallbearers will be Michael Humphrey, Landon Cooley, Joshua Palmer, John Owens, Gary Landrum and Bill Beaty.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Clara May McKinney, 26, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 25, 1984, in Chicago, Ill. She was disabled, and she was non-denominational. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, singing, drawing, arts, crafts, making jewelry and video games.
A memorial service will be at noon Thursday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel.
She is survived by her husband, Barry McKinney, whom she married on June 19, 2004; a son, Logan McKinney of the home; her guardian mother, Evelyn Makris of Atwood, Tenn.; two sisters, Rebecca Thomas (Tommy) of Selmer, Tenn., and Iana Mullen of Atwood, Tenn.; her mother-in-law, Betty Ann Akins of Booneville; two nephews, Dylan Thomas and Jacob Thomas; two nieces, Brianna McKinney and Shayleigh McKinney.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Ann Mullen, and her grandmother, Betty Allen.
ABERDEEN – Essie Dean Gillespie, 64, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
NETTLETON – Mary Logan died Saturday, March 5, 2011, at her home. She was born March 13, 1927, in Itawamba County to Lena Pounds and Emmanuel Weatherspoon. She joined Jerusalem M.B. Church at an early age and remained a member until her death. She married Huey C. Logan on Jan. 12, 1946; they had 10 children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Jerusalem M.B. Church in Nettleton with the Rev. Donnell Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the Jerusalem Cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Ophelean Pounds and Diann Logan of Nettleton; five sons, Emmitt (Glenda) Logan of Plantersville, Purtie Logan of Shannon, Johnny (Lesia) Logan, Ogie Logan and James Logan of Nettleton; two sisters, her twin, Martha Pounds of Plantersville and Christine Bolden of Detroit, Mich.; one son-in-law; four sisters-in-law; two aunts and one uncle; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Dorothy McCray; three sons, Eddie C. Curley, Charlie M. Logan and Ricky Sykes; one grandchildren and one great-grandchild; six sisters and six brothers.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Thursday.
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DUMAS – Charles Jason Kent, 34, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at his home. He was a construction worker for McCarty Construction and a volunteer firefighter for Dumas Fire Dept. He was a member of Ingram Baptist Church. He loved to hunt.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Whitaker and Ray Looney officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Liz Walker Kent of Dumas; a son, Charles Walker Kent; his parents, Charlie and Pam Kent of Baldwyn; his mother-in-law, Reba Walker of Dumas; his grandmother, Flora Perryman of Hernando; two brothers, Ray Looney of Columbus and Tommy Boxx of Madison; one aunt, Charlotte Dillard of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jimmie Kent.
Pallbearers will be Randy Wright, Chris Spigner, Donnie Garrison, Chris Street, Chad Jarvis, Eric Jarvis and Oscar Doty.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
TUPELO – Mitch Colburn, 58, died suddenly Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
CORINTH – Shirley Mayes Harvey, 57, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth.
Mary Jo McAnally
IUKA – Mary Jo McAnally, 67, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Iuka Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Iuka Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
WEST POINT – Essie B. Mattix, 77, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Paul M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
OXFORD – David Lee McCluskey, 54, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Melissa Jo Alexander
GOLDEN – Melissa Jo Alexander, 35, died Saturday, March 5, 2011, in Lauderdale County, Ala. She was born Dec. 17, 1975, in Missouri to Robert and Mable Sparks Alexander. She was a caregiver for eight years and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Belmont.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Brian Weems and Bro. Tony Gasaway officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her mother, Mable Alexander of Golden; and two brothers, Tim Alexander of St. Louis, Mo., and Robbie Alexander of Atlanta, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her father; a sister, Patricia Shepard; and her grandparents, Audie and Lera Sparks, and Oliver and Alma Alexander.
Pallbearers will be Wade Pardue, Brian Bentley, Scott Eubanks, Junior Hutcheson, Greg Sparks and William Nale.
TISHOMINGO – Timothy Dale Hale, 47, died Monday, March 7, 2011, in Colbert County, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
TISHOMINGO – Juanita Massey, 85, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
FULTON – Opal Bennett Wardlaw, 81, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Sept. 23, 1929, in Itawamba County to Benton and Cassie Upton Smith. She was a member of Kennedy Chapel Baptist Church. She was self-employed and worked as a sewing machine operator for several years. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, crocheting, gardening and raising flowers. She loved to spend time with her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Amy Daniels and the Rev. Eugene Stockstill officiating. Burial will be in the Kennedys Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Bennett Lann (Danny) of Tremont; one granddaughter, Amy Lann Daniels (John) of Hernando; one grandson, Matthew Lann (Elizabeth) of Tremont; one great-granddaughter, Mattilyn Grace Lann of Tremont; one sister, May Loveless of Haleyville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Cleatus Bennett and Guy Wardlaw; two sisters, Lucille Capps and Faye Smith; and two brothers, Edward Smith and M.C. Smith.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Lann, John Daniels III, Don Whitehead, Jeff Lann, Jerry Capps and Terry Hale.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
RIPLEY – Ricky Lee Blackwell, 50, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster amp& Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
HICKORY FLAT – Rex Douglas Stephens, 59, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, in Amarillo, Texas. He was born March 25, 1951, in Ripley to H.G. and Sue Dollar Stephens. He grew up in Blue Mountain and had lived in Hickory Flat for 41 years. Mr. Stephens was a truck driver for 40 years. He loved the Lord and attended Faith Assembly of God in Myrtle. He was a loving husband and good dad and grandfather. His hobbies included motorcycle riding, muscle cars and gun collecting. He never met a stranger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Faith Assembly of God in Myrtle with Bro. Tom Wiginton and Bro. Roy Bostick officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors his wife of 41 years, Jessi Stephens of Hickory Flat; son, Shane Douglas Stephens of Tupelo; two daughters, Melissa Stephens Ayers of Hickory Flat and Kellye Stephens Parker of Etta; brother, Ricky Dean Stephens of Hickory Flat; two sisters, Dianne Stephens Wayne and Donna Stephens Hart, both of Pass Christian; and six grandchildren, Cade Ayers, Jonas Parker, Addison Parker, Lauren Parker, Grady Stephens and Jacob Stephens.
Pallbearers will be Barry Grisham, Michael Wilkinson, Kevin Wayne, Matt Wayne, Max Victory and Charles Tredaway.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons.
IUKA – Roy E. “Bill” Bolton, 76, died Tuesday, March 8, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Fred P. Thomas
FULTON – Fred P. Thomas, 85, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
TUPELO – Navis Welford Williams, 91, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Cedars Rehabilitation Center after an extended illness. Born in Sulligent, Ala., on Dec. 19, 1919, to Harvey and Carrie Jones Welford, she grew up in Aberdeen. After marrying Rush Williams and moving to the Tupelo area, she worked as Director of Admissions and Discharges for 30 years at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Affectionately known as “Nanny,” she loved cooking for her family and friends, flower gardening and working in her yard. She also enjoyed playing cards with her friends at Avonlea, where she lived for the past three years. She was the first to be named “Resident of the Month” at Avonlea. She was a member of West Main Church of Christ.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home followed by graveside services beginning 2:30 p.m. at Glenwood Cemetery with Minister James Segars and Sammy Lansdell officiating.
Survivors include her two daughters, Mary Randle of Tupelo and Margaret King (John) of Lexington, Ky.; one granddaughter, Tracy Randle Dhinsa (Vikram) of Duluth, Ga.; one grandson, Jay King of Lexington, Ky.; one great-grandson, Landon Dhinsa.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Rush Williams, on Dec. 23, 1995; three brothers, Henry, Woody and W.G. Welford; and two sisters Myrtle Swinney and Jeanette Smith.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Project Hope, c/o Shirley Bennett at Avonlea Retirement Community, 2824 Lawndale, Tupelo MS 38801; or the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Iris Eleze Guillory, 77, died Monday, March 7, 2011, at Sunshine Inn in Myrtle. She was born in New Orleans, La., on Oct. 29, 1933, to Joseph and Josephine Hernandez. She was a housewife and a Baptist.
A private, by invitation only, service will be at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery East in Memphis. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Eileen and James Eileen Guillory Sr. of Avondale, La.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Daniel Guillory, and her parents.