Obituaries, May 21, 2003

Lillian Bethay, Carolina
Krieger Bishop, Athens, Ala.
Jimmy Boland, Memphis
David Clark, Ramer, Tenn.
Marion Fortune, Memphis
Virginia Hamm, Mooreville
Otis J. Moorhead, Kilmichael
Mildred Long, Etta
Aden Moore Jr., Memphis
Angus Neaves, Jackson
Beatrice Rider, Corinth
Martha Russell, Batesville
Helen Strawbridge, Memphis
Helen Thornton, Walnut
Eula Trice, Tupelo
Daisy Vance, West Point
Lyda Winter, Pontotoc
Paul Yeager, Holly Springs

Lillian Bethay

CAROLINA – Lillian Dorris Bethay, 82, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Beverly Healthcare in Amory after several months of illness. A lifelong resident of the Carolina community of Itawamba County, she was born Feb. 24, 1921, to the late James Anderson and Lillie Todd Farr. She attended Itawamba County schools. She married Dewey C. Bethay on Sept. 12, 1941, in Itawamba County. She was a member of Cason Baptist Church and a former member of the New Bethel Baptist Church. She was a retired seamstress for the Amory Garment Company. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and working with flowers.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with the Rev. Howard Pearce and the Rev. Sammy McMillen officiating. Burial will be in the Carolina Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Dewey C. Bethay of Carolina; a son, Michael Bethay of Carolina; a daughter, Linda Dozier and husband, Roger, of Carolina; a brother, James Farr of Pascagoula; a sister, Margie Brown of Birmingham; five grandchildren, Teresa Blake, Scotty Dozier, Tanya Walton and John Dozier, all of Carolina, and Tina Ring of Fulton; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Sue Riley.

Pallbearers will be Scotty Dozier, John Dozier, Robert Ring, Levi Blake, John David Smith and Cory Maxwell.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday.

Helen Strawbridge

MEMPHIS – Helen Louise Strawbridge, 66, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at the home of her brother, John, in Cedar Park, Texas, after a brief illness.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery.

A memorial reception will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cherokee Baptist Church, 5340 Quince, in Memphis.

Survivors include a brother, John Strawbridge of Cedar Park, Texas; a sister-in-law, Sharlene; a nephew, Kevin Strawbridge and wife, Michelle, of Frisco, Texas; a niece, Serena Bredahl and husband, Robert, of Hutto, Texas; and grandnieces, Landry Strawbridge, Leighton Strawbridge and Madeline Bredahl.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Roger and Opal Strawbridge.

Memorials may be made to Cherokee Baptist Church, 5340 Quince, Memphis TN 38119.

Martha Russell

BATESVILLE – Martha West Bruckner Russell, 84, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at the Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. She was born Oct. 16, 1918, in Tate County to Albert Lon and Brightie Womack West. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Batesville Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with Robert Rawson and Michael Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Loxahoma Church of Christ Cemetery in Loxahoma.

Survivors include her husband, Curtis A. Russell of Lexington, Tenn.; three daughters, Gwen Bruckner Hulgan of Baton Rouge, La., and Alicia Bruckner Flint and Amy Bruckner Crume, both of Batesville; two stepdaughters, Valinda Russell Nobles of Jackson, Tenn., and Lavonda Russell Roberts of Lexington, Tenn.; a stepson, Charles Russell of Rugby, Tenn.; a brother, Lamar “Sonny” West of Loxahoma; 10 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Marion Fortune

MEMPHIS – Marion Lowry Oller Fortune, 72, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at her home. She was a retired nurse for Dr. John Houston and a Baptist.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memphis Funeral Home-Poplar Chapel. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Black Zion Cemetery in Pontotoc.

Survivors include her companion and caregiver, Phyles Abbott of Memphis; a brother, Edward Milton Oller of Williamsburg, Ky.; two nephews; three nieces; two great-nephews; five great-nieces; one great-great-nephew.

Daisy Vance

WEST POINT – Daisy Lee Vance, 71, died Friday, May 16, 2003, at the Clay County Medical Center. She was born May 21, 1931, in Monroe County. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Z ion Whites M.B. Church with the Rev. Robert Avant officiating. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter's Mortuary Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include five sons, Elbert Vance, Roosevelt Vance, Walter Vance, James Humphrey Vance and Willie Vance; 10 daughters, Myrtle Smith, Sarah Vance, Anna Vance, Berniece Vance Bilbo, Gertrude Shelton, Millie Hoskins, Jacqueline Vance, Trena Vance, Virginia Boyd and Virgie Dell Vance; 27 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Vance Sr.; her father, Jimmy Howard; her mother, Willie Lee Robinson; a son, Jimmy Vance; and a grandchild, Quarteshia Shelton.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmy Boland

MEMPHIS – James West “Jimmy” Boland, 41, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at his home. He was born April 18, 1962, in Chickasaw County. He was a project leader for the Mallory Group and a member of Ridgeway Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and son.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. John Doler, the Rev. Kenneth Armstrong and the Rev. Dan Wright officiating. Burial will be in Vance Cemetery at Slate Springs.

Survivors include his wife, Lynette Boland of Memphis; a daughter, Krystle Boland of Memphis; his mother, Irma West Boland of Calhoun City; his father, Jim Boland of Calhoun City; a sister, Jennifer Ayers and husband, Gregg, of Brandon; a brother, Jon Mark Boland and wife, Stephanie, of Maben; his grandmother, Norene West of Grenada; six nieces; five nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry Jackson West, and Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Boland; and a niece, Emily Boland.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons.

Otis J. Moorhead

KILMICHAEL – Otis J. “Toad” Moorhead, 74, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the Kilmichael Hospital in Kilmichael. He was a retired sergeant with the U.S. Army and a veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired employee of Winona Packing Company and a member of Kilmichael Baptist Church. He was an avid Ole Miss fan.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Winona with the Rev. Jimmy Latham officiating and Dan Beardain assisting. Burial will be in Pine Bluff Cemetery in Montgomery County.

Survivors include his wife, Quilladine Meadows Moorhead of Kilmichael; a daughter, Terry Tucker of Booneville; a son, Todd Moorhead of Winona; two grandchildren, Ben and Clint Tucker of Booneville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Paul Yeager

HOLLY SPRINGS – Paul Henny Yeager, 74, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at his home in Holly Springs. He was born Aug. 3, 1928, in the Early Grove community. He was a retired employee of Bruce Lumber Company and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Services will be at 5 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bishop Dan Barton officiating. Burial will be in the John C. Skelton Cemetery at Lamar.

Survivors include a son, Barry W. Yeager of Oregon; two daughters, Peggy R. Hurlie of Collierville, Tenn., and Patricia Blakey of Ashland; a stepdaughter, Shirley M. Skelton of Mt. Pleasant; two stepsons, Thomas D. Skelton Sr. and Bascom Eugene Skelton, both of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, Houston Yeager of Bruce; a sister, Robbie Jean Taylor of Potts Camp; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; five nieces; four nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robbie Yeager and Eliza R. Snow Byrd; and three sisters, Mollie Celestine Yeager, Annie Laurie Curtis and Violet Faye Alexander.

Lyda Winter

PONTOTOC – Lyda Marie Winter, 77, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Paul Sims officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery.

Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Strope of Pontotoc; a son, Ken Winter of Belden; five sisters, Ona Lee Cheney, Fairy Mae Campbell and Aline Campbell, all of Pontotoc, Ethel Stratill of Biloxi and Mary Fry of Clamore, Okla.; a brother, J.C. Cox of Pontotoc; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ab Cox and Evie Castleberry Cox, and her husband, James B. Winter.

Pallbearers will be Pat Todd, Phil Todd, Todd Winter, Patrick Winter, Perry Campbell and Chuck Robbins.

Visitation will continue from noon to service time today.

Mildred Long

ETTA – Mildred Elizabeth Long, 84, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. She was born Jan. 1, 1919, in Union County to J.P. and Era Graham Morris. She was a member of Salem Methodist Church and a retired employee of Futorian Furniture Manufacturing Company.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Salem Methodist Chruch at Etta. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery. Mortimer Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Annette Brownlee of Olive Branch; a sister, Virgia Mae Potts of Enterprise; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Alvis Long; her parents; a son, James Morris Long; and a brother, Robert Morris.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Salem Methodist Church of Etta.

Eula Trice

Eula Mae Beck Trice, 87, died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Chandler Temple CME Church in Verona, where she served on the Usher Board for many years.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Chandler Temple CME Church with the Rev. Charles Shack officiating. Burial will be in Porter's Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three sons, Ronald Trice of Tupelo, Herbert Trice Jr. and wife, Carolyn, of Jackson, and Willie Smith and wife, Mary, of Chicago; two daughters, Ann Lois Walker Blanchard of Tupelo and Velma J. Carson and husband, Andrew, of Muskegon, Mich.; a sister, Zettie M. Robinson of Tupelo; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a brother and a granddaughter.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour before services.

Honorary pallbearers will be the George Washington Carver High School Class of 1970.

Angus Neaves

JACKSON – Angus Neaves, 79, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the Rankin Medical Center in Brandon. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Krieger Bishop

ATHENS, Ala. – Harry Krieger Bishop, 66, died Sunday, May 18, 2003, at his home in Athens, Ala. He was born Jan. 16, 1937, in Conway, Ark., to the late Robert Lee and Sarah Krieger Bishop. He grew up in Memphis and lived in Houston, Texas, before moving to Athens, Ala. He attended the University of Oklahoma and Christian Brothers University. He was an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and a retired mechanical engineer for TVA. He was a member of the Society of Professional Engineers and the ATO Fraternity, and a lifetime member of the NRA. He enjoyed collecting World War II military memorabilia.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with the Rev. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in Tranquil Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Athens, Ala., at a later date.

Survivors include his wife, Cora Elizabeth Haney Bishop of Athens, Ala., whom he married Jan. 29, 1961, in Wren; a son, Brad Krieger Bishop of Houston, Texas; a daughter, Lisa B. Hall of Birmingham; a brother, Robert Lee Bishop of Memphis; three grandchildren, Kathryn Bishop, Shelby Bishop and Houston Hall.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be David Randle, Jason Kelly, Tim Johnson, Corey Baker, Scott Baker and Jim Armstrong.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Limestone County, Athens AL 35611; or Tranquil Cemetery Fund, c/o John Allen, 20507 McAlister Road, Okolona MS 38860.

Helen Thornton

WALNUT – Helen Marie Thornton, 79, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was a member of Tiplersville Church of Christ. She was a retired employee of McGregor Sportswear and also had a shop at First Monday Trade Day.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tiplersville Church of Christ with Minister Jerry Owen officiating. Burial will be in Tiplersville Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Hill of Falkner; four sisters, Mary Ruth Garrison, Montez Hill, Frankie McDonald and Mary Alice Moore, all of Selmer, Tenn.; a brother, Billie Joe Whitaker of Selmer, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Chris Goodson and wife, Heather, of Potts Camp, Rodney Goodson of Falkner, and Roxanne Sims, Cindy Hamilton and Stanley Smith, all of Selmer, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Thornton; her parents, James Marion and Julia Myrtle Whitaker; a sister, Lucille Foster; and four brothers, Milton D. Whitaker, James Marion Whitaker Jr., Jerry Neal Whitaker and Eulie Whitaker.

Pallbearers will be Donald Warren, Wayne Hinley, Lewis Wilbanks, Elijah Keenum, Raymond Keenum and Joshua Oakes.

David Clark

RAMER, Tenn. – Larry David Clark, 48, died Monday, May 19, 2003, at the McNairy County General Hospital in Selmer, Tenn. He was a store manager for McMeans and Associates, and a member of Frazier Independent Methodist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brian Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Jacob Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include his mother, Pauline Hopper Clark of Ramer, Tenn.; a sister, Lecia Dian Cichoracki and husband, Jim, of Spring Hill, Tenn.; two brothers, Luther Daniel Clark III and wife, Shelley, of Michie, Tenn., and Lindsay Dean Clark and wife, Paige, of Memphis.

He was preceded in death by his father, Luther D. Clark Jr.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Aden Moore Jr.

MEMPHIS – Aden C. Moore Jr., 88, died Dec. 5, 2002, in Memphis. He was a former resident of Amory and a resident of Memphis for more than 40 years. He was a retired railroad worker for the Frisco Railroad for many years.

Graveside memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory with Dr. Bud Gordon officiating. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of local arrangements.

Beatrice Rider

CORINTH – Beatrice Maracle Rider, 90, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the Alcorn Rehab and Health Care Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Virginia Hamm

MOOREVILLE – Virginia Ryan Hamm, 66, died Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at the Alcorn County Rehabilitation Facilty in Corinth after a long illness. She was born Jan. 5, 1937, in Saltillo to the late Samuel Leroy and Edna Alice Raines Ryan. She grew up in Saltillo and had been a longtime resident of Mooreville. Earlier in her life she worked for Hunter-Sadler for more than 14 years. She was a retired nursing assistant with many years of service at Lee Manor. She was a member of the Tupelo Church of God. She was enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren, and was an avid yard sales shopper. She was known for her love of life.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in the Saltillo Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Billy Wayne Hamm; two daughters, Judy Mayhall, and Nancy Kelly and husband, Mark, all of Mooreville; two sons, Carl Wayne Hamm and wife, Mary E. Hamm, of Saltillo, and David Michael Hamm of Mooreville; two sisters, Gladys Ryan Poole of Shannon, and Dorothy Slater and husband, Richard, of Gulfport; a sister-in-law, Inez Ryan of Saltillo; 14 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Presley; a brother, James Leroy Ryan; and her parents.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.