Obituaries May 25,2008

Robert Hooper
FULTON – Robert Hooper, 76, died Friday, May 23, 2008 at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Adrian “A.J.” Cannon
NEW ALBANY – Adrian “A.J.” Cannon, 19, died May 24, 2008, at North Mississippi Medical Center as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home.

John Talton
NEW BERN, NC. – John Harold Talton, 79, of Hoods Creek Drive, passed away peacefully at home, May 23, 2008. He was born May 10, 1929 in Smithfield, NC. He was the son of the late John Baptist Talton and Jesse Smith Talton. He graduated from Smithfield High School and received his B.A. in Business administration from Wake Forest University in 1951.

Upon graduation, he began a career at First Citizens Bank in Newton Grove, North Carolina. In 1954 he served the U.S. Army until 1956, stationed in Germany. Upon his return, he resumed his distinguished career with First Citizens Bank in North Carolina, serving as Vice President in Spring Hope and later in Louisburg before taking on the responsibility of Vice President-City Executive in New Bern from 1969 to 1972. Later appointed Senior Regional Vice President fro Eastern North Carolina. He retired in 1994 after 43 years. He remained a consultant and member of the Board of Advisors until his death.

Harold’s commitment to the community was evidence by service to many organizations over the years including President and Director, New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce; President, New Bern Preservation Foundation, Inc.; Director and President, Craven County Committee of 100, LTD; Director, Craven County Tourism Development Authority; Chairman, All Saints Chapel Restoration Committee; Chairman, Advisory Committee Craven County Board of Equalization and Review; Member, Union Point Task Force; Chairman and President, United Way; Treasurer, Craven County 200th Anniversary Committee; Trustee, The Kellenberger Historical Foundation; Director and Treasurer, New Bern-Craven Historical Society Foundation, Inc.; Member, North Carolina 2000 Committee; President, New Bern-Craven County Development Corporation; Trustee, New Bern YMCA; Director and President, Dunes Club, Atlantic Beach, N.C.; Chairman, Haslen House Restoration Committee; Treasurer, New Bern Rotary Club; Chairman, Swiss Bear Inc. (Non-profit Downtown Revitalization Organization), 10 years; Chairman, Craven Regional Medical Authority and Director, 10 years; Chairman, Board of Directors, N.C. Community College Foundation; Member, Advisory Committee, Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library; Member, New Bern Urban Design Committee; Member, New Bern Land Use Plan Committee; Board Member, New Bern Municipal Services District Committee; Board Member, Craven County Crime Stoppers; Member, Board of Advisors First Citizen Bank; Director, Craven Arts Council and Gallery, Inc.; Board of Directors, Craven County Affiliate of the N.C. Community Foundation; Mason and Shriner; Craven County Commissioner from 1998-2002; Member of Tryon Palace Commission, appointed as Chairman in 1993-2004; Owner, Mitchell Hardware, and active member of Christ Episcopal Church.

For his work and commitment, Harold was recognized as the New Bern Civitian Citizen of the Year in 1972. He was the 1983 recipient of the Gertrude S. Caraway Award of Merit by Historical Preservation Society of North Carolina. He received the N.C. Main Street Award for the Citizen of the Year in 1988. He was named the Eastern Carolina Council of Boy Scouts of America Distinguish Citizen of the Year in 1990. He was also honored to have a waterfront section of Union Point named “Talton Overlook” in 1997 as a result of over $80,000 in donations raised for the project through the combined efforts of First Citizen Bank, its local board members and supportive friends and associates. In 2004, he was conferred to The Order of The Long Leaf Pine by North Carolina Governor, Michael F. Easley. His hobbies were gardening, cultivating camellias, raising horses and goats, tree-farming, woodworking and collecting old tools.

Harold is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Smith, a retired English teacher who taught in the public school of N.C. including a number of years in Havelock and New Bern. Patricia and Harold were married 54 years. He is also survived by his daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Talton Bump of Virginia Beach, Virg.; son John Talton, Jr. and his wife Kathryn Colombo Talton who reside in Pinehurst, N.C.; son David Smith Talton and his wife Sara Evans Talton from Tupelo, Miss; grandchildren, Davis Ann Talton, Jack Talton, Evan Talton, Rachel Talton and Rebecca Talton; two brothers, William Talton and Kenneth Talton; two sisters, Joyce Talton Gibson and Elizabeth Talton Sambleson; many loving relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Monday at 1 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown New Bern. The family will host visitation at Pollock-Best Funeral Home on Neuse Boulevard today from 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Episcopal Church Captial Campaign or Tryon Palace Commission for the N.C. History Education Center.
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Mary Ann Cook
RIPLEY – Mary Ann Richardson Cook, 44, died May 23, 2008, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born Aug. 19, 1963 in Union County to W.C. Richardson and Reba L. William Richardson. She was a housewife, and a member of the Mission Outreach Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mission Outreach Church with Rev. Billy Tatum officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery. United Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, John “Sam” W. Cook of Ripley; daughter, Jennifer Willard of Ark.; son, Beau A. Cook of Ripley; half sister, Kay (Bernard) Graham; brother, Kevin (Angel) Richardson of Pontotoc; 5 half brothers, Quinta (Linda) Willard, Jimmy (Ronda) Willard, Dennis (Renee) Willard, Ricky (Pat) Richardson and Gray (Lisa) Richardson; two grandchildren, Winter Willard and Marianna Willard.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Richard Willard and Billy R. Willard.

Visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Mission Outreach Church.

Adilynn Claire Cooper
MERIDIAN – Adilynn Claire Cooper, infant, died Wednesday, May 21, 2008, at Rush Hospital.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Collinsville First Baptist Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in Meridian in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her parents, Shay and Robbie Cooper of Meridian; brother, Camden Bryce Cooper of Meridian; maternal grandparents, Ricky and Lynn Ethridge Roberson of Meridian; paternal grandparents, Harold and Sherryel Cooper of Amory; paternal great grandmother, Hildra Cooper of Amory; maternal great grandparents, Ike and Jerry Ethridge of Collinsville; maternal great grandmother, Macie Roberson of Toomsuba, Miss; aunts and uncles, Candy and Brad Blalock of Amory, Kacie and Chris Luebbers of Stonewall, Miss, Cory Roberson of Meridian; cousin, Cooper Blalock of Amory.

She was preceded in death by maternal great grandfather, Sam Roberson; paternal great grandfather, J.W. Cooper; paternal great grandparents, Chap and Mary Parham.

Henrietta Garner
COLUMBUS – Henrietta McCown Garner, 94, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Nov. 5, 1913 to Charles McCown and Mattie Fortson McCown in Monroe County. She graduated from Nettleton High School. She was a resident of Columbus for the past 40 years. She was a retired employee from Railway Express Company.

Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at OddFellows Rest Cemetery with Rev. Ron McDougal officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one niece, Zora Lee Blosl of Silverhill, Ala.; two nephews, James B. Alinder of Columbus and Jack Woodard of Gainsville, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert J. Garner, Jr.

Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.

Essie Martin
IUKA – Essie Elizabeth Martin, 74, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, in Iuka.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Massey officiating. Burial will be in Unity Baptist Church Cemetery in Iuka.

Survivors include her husband, Fred Martin, Jr. of Iuka; two sons, Randall (Glenda) Martin of Iuka, Phillip (Shirley) Martin of Iuka; one daughter, Debra (Benny) Smith of Iuka; seven grandchildren, Ramona Stricklin, Beth Smith, Marty Smith, Melanie Martin, Kim (Jimmy) Lambert, Chip Martin and Jason Martin; 5 great-grandchildren, Kayla Smith, Megan Smith, Chris Lambert, Erin Picman and Alastair Lambert.

She was preceded in death by father, Elmer Curtis; mother, Elizabeth Curtis; son Gregory Lee Martin.

Visitation will be at 6 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral home in Iuka.

Doris Garrett
NEW ALBANY – Doris Waits Garrett, 73, died May 23, 2008, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Union County, Miss on June 2, 1934 to Herman and Alma Hill Sappington. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and was retired from Smith & Nephew in Pontotoc where she had worked as supervisor and she was a two time cancer survivor. She enjoyed painting landscapes and arts and crafts.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Mortimer Funeral Home in Ecru with Bro. Thomas Burchfield officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New ALbany.

Survivors include her son, Waymon Douglas Waits; two daughters, Linda Guy (Don) Rooker and Patricia Hale; one brother, Layton (Sarah) Sappington; two sisters, Dorothy Cunningham and Barbara (Doug) Martin of New Albany; five grandchildren, Melanie Sloan, Barry Waits, Nathan Hale, Jessie Cobb and Benjamin Hale; 6 great grandchildren, Allen Roberts, Casey Roberts, Grace Cobb, Kinzie Clair Waits, Eli Cobb and Barrett Waits.

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

Jessica Garrett
BALDWYN – Jessica Lynn Garrett, 28, died May 23, 2008, at her home. She was disabled.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Beech Springs Cemetery in Tupelo. Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Austin Garrett; parents, Frank and Katie Hall of Baldwyn; her aunts and uncles, Joe and Reba Vess, Lucy Burcham, Billy and Della Martin, Gene and Janice Miller, Glenda Turner, Linda Johnson, Fred and Gail Autrey and Bill and Rachel Wilson; several cousins.

Pallbearers will be Rick Durham, Cory Hall, Joe Vess, Winston Young, Bill Wilson and Fred Autrey.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and 8 a.m until service time on Monday.

Julius Dozier
NEW ALBANY – Julius Dozier, 20, died May 24, 2008 at North Mississippi Medical Center as a result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Robert Ledbetter Jr.
RED BAY, AL. -Robert H. “Junior” Ledbetter Jr., 86, died, May 23, 2008 at Princeton Baptist Memorial Center in Birmingham. He was born Dec. 22, 1921 in Franklin County, Ala. to Robert Hilton Ledbetter Sr. and Hettie Duncan Ledbetter. He was a self-employed electrician and plumber for 40 years. He was a member of Old Burleson Missionary Baptist Church and the American Legion. He was a deacon and Sunday School Teacher for 50 years. After graduating from Vina High School, he completed aircraft maintenance training at Anderson Airplane School in Nashville, Tenn.. He was then employed by the Glen L. Martin Company in Baltimore, Maryland, as an aircraft craftsman. He reported to duty at Miami, Fla where he was airlifted to the China/Burma/India (CBI) theater of operations during WWII. While in theater, he served as an aircraft engine mechanic on C-46 and C-47 aircraft in support of supply airlift to and from China, over the Himalayan Mountains, an operation known as “Flying the Hump.” During his tour, Private First Class Ledbetter diligently served his country in its time of greatest national military emergency in support of the Asian portion of its WWII operations. He was honorably discharged on July 3, 1946. While in the army, he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, with 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Overseas Service Bars, the Victory Ribbon, the Distinguished Unit Badge and the Good Conduct Medal.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Walter Bennett and Bro. William McClellan officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay, Ala. is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife Clyneice Blackburn Ledbetter; one son,Roger Ledbetter (Joan) of Prattville, Ala.; three daughters,Lennis Faye Ledbetter Sewell (Gary) of Leoma, Tenn., LaQuetta Ann Ledbetter Graham (Joel) and Wanda Ledbetter Nelson both of Red Bay, Ala.; 8 grandchildren,Robin Ledbetter Smith (Beau), Alison Rebecca Bearden (Kenny), Chris Sewell, Misty Sewell Price (Eugene), LaKristin Beth Graham, Hali Joelle Graham, Britta Scott Orrick (Jeremy) and Brooke Scott; 5 great grandsons,Cole Alexander Smith, Ethan Wade Bearden, Brady Dale Bearden, Nickolas Cheek, Bryson Hacker; two brothers,Troyce Ledbetter (Marcia Faye) of Florence, Ala., James Edward Ledbetter (Edith) of Red Bay; 3 sisters,Eva Grissom of Golden, Miss., Ellen Carrico (Paul) of Paducah , Ky. and Doris Eugenia Morgan of Phil Campbell, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers,Golden Ledbetter and Rev. Hollis Ledbetter; two sisters,Earnestine Self and Vaudine Ledbetter.

Pallbearers will be David Ledbetter, Beau Smith, Kenny Bearden, Jeremy Orrick, Chris Sewell, Harold Ledbetter, David Tiffin and Roger Holland.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Russell
MILLPORT, ALA. – Mary Ida Russell, 73, died May 23, 2008, at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala. She was born May 9, 1935 to James Thomas Crouch and Vernie Ailene Ash in Waterford, Miss. She was a retired-seamstress. She was a member of Higdon Church of God and a native of Millport, Ala.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Gardner officiating. Burial will be in Christian Chapel Cemetery in Lamar County, Ala.

Survivors include her husband Tharon G. Russell of Millport; daughter, Robin (Wayne) Slyaton of Columbus; sons, Demsey G. Russell and James L. Russell both of Millport; sisters, Calllie (Floyd) Hale of Tupelo, Linda Kay Algee of Corinth, Miss.;brothers, Thurman Crouch of Thaxton and David Crouch of Potts Camp, Miss.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Green.

Pallbearers will be Dempsey Russell, Michael Stokes, Brody Stokes, Wayne Slayton, David Crouch, and Stoney Dolohite.

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

Jim Burress
CORINTH – James Roy Burress, 61, died Saturday, May 24, 2008, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m.on Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home.

Luise Rass
TUPELO – Luise Helene Rass, 100, died May 23, 2008, at Sanctuary Hospice House.

Services to be held in Michigan.

Survivors include her daughter Luise (Norbert) Leppanen; grandchildren, John, Norbert, Kurt, Karen, Karla, Partricia and Eric; great-grandmother, DeCarol, Kathleen, Kurt, Katherine, Elizabeth and Ethan; dearest friend, Judy Petty.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Herman Rass.

Memorial tributes may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38803.

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Ann C. Nicholson
OKOLONA – Euvellia Ann Cox Nicholson, 63, died Friday, May 23, 2008, at her residence in Okolona after a six month illness. She was born in Chickasaw County on Sept. 19, 1944 to Cecil and Monette Lantrip Cox. She spent most of her life in Chickasaw County where she was much beloved and devoted citizen of Okolona. She retired this month after 32 years from the Okolona Public Schools where she was director of food services. She was president of the local MSFSA Chapter and had served as National President of the School Food Service Association. She had formerly served on the Okolona Board of Aldermen and was recipient of the 2008 Golden Heart Award by the Okolona Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of the Civitan Club, was active in Girl Scout work including being a camp mother at Camp Tik A Witha in Van Vleet. She was founding member of Baby Steps in Okolona as well as being active in the Homemakers Club. She was a devoted and active member of the First Baptist Church of Okolona where she taught Sunday School and had served in Children's ministry for decades. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ruth Chapter, in Okolona where she held many posts, including Worthy Matron. She was a devoted wife, precious mother and according to her grandchildren who affectionately called her”Grandmother” she was the best granny anywhere. She enjoyed traveling, reading and caring for others. In her last days, she was assisted at home by many friends and family members and was especially attended by special family friend, Delores Franks. She will be sorely missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Sanctuary in Okolona with Bro. David Eldridge officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her children, Kenneth Wade Nicholson, Jr. of Okolona; Jon (Kim) Nicholson of Saltillo, Mona Christian of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Joan Alexis Nicholson, Hollie Elizabeth Nicholson, Kenneth Dawson Nicholson and Madison Rae Christian; two sisters, Gail (James) Jaggers of Okolona and Suzette (Dale) Welch of Oakland, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years Kenneth Wade Nicholson, Sr. on March 23, 2007 and her parents.

Pallbearers will be Jeffrey, Jim, Wesley and Eric Jaggers, Drew Hicks, Scott and Danny Sullivan, Dee Bowling and Greg Welch.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the First Baptist Church. Memorial may be made to First Baptist Church Children's Ministry, P.O. Box 436, Okolona, MS. 38860.

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