Obituaries May 29, 2010

John M. Soward
TUPELO – John M. Soward, 56, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
A celebration of his life will be at 8 p.m. today at the Club House at Big Oaks Golf Course off Barnes Crossing Road. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Sterling Simmons
SALTILLO – John Sterling Simmons, 94, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Verona native, he was born Aug. 15, 1915, to Joshua Milton and Bertha Estelle Hopkins Simmons. He worked 30 years as a supervisor for OshKosh B’Gosh Manufacturing. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid Atlanta Braves fan. He loved spending time with his family. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Tim Green and Rev. Charles Faust officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Bertie Simmons of Saltillo; three stepsons, Timothy Stogner (Brenda), Mark Stogner (Patty) and Eric Stogner (Tammi Marie), all of Saltillo; three sisters, Nadine Jones, Betty Westmoreland and Jo Ann Newman, all of Saltillo; one brother, Gill Simmons (Sara) of Carr Acres in Verona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Milton Simmons and Bill Simmons; and two sisters, Jeanette Arnold and Dorothy Smith.
Pallbearers will be Bill Jones, Andy Jones, Mark Simmons, Jon Newman, Eddie Simmons, Eric Stogner, Wes Westmoreland and Fred Westmoreland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Saltillo First United Methodist Church, Saltillo MS 38866.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Arthur Maples
LAKE CITY, Tenn. – Arthur Franklin Maples, 77, formerly of Fulton, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, Tenn.
Services were Friday, May 28, at Jones Mortuary in Clinton, Tenn. Burial will be at 11 a.m. today at Anderson Memorial Gardens in Clinton, Tenn.
An online guest book is available at www.jonesmortuaryllc.com.
Marie Ewing
FULTON – Marie Lewis Ewing, 87, of the Friendship community, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at The Meadows. She was born July 1, 1922, to William E. and Donie Mason Lewis. She was a member of the Friendship United Methodist Church, the Friendship Homemakers and the Mantachie Historical Society. She was a babysitter and a master seamstress, having won many awards for her quilting.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Fulton Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Beck (Troy) of Plantersville and Connie Graham (Danny) of Fairview; four grandchildren, Danane Lynch (Tom), Steve Beck (Wendy), Mark Graham (Heather) and Andy Graham (Anna Senter); seven great-grandchildren, Kelcie Graham, Marlee Graham, Emma Senter, Jonah Naron, Grace Beck, Loren Beck and Clare Beck; and one brother, Marvlee Lewis of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hersey N. Ewing, in 1970; her parents; and two brothers, Calvin Lewis and Basil Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Steve Wilburn, Carl Gaddy and Roger Snow. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Graham, Andy Graham and Steve Beck.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Raymond Howard
BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Raymond Eugene Howard died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at his home in Bolivar, Tenn.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Lula M. Gaston
NETTLETON – Lula M. Gaston died Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at her home in Nettleton. She was born April 22, 1932, to Sam B. and Maggie Hamilton of Houlka. She was a member of Houlka Baptist Church. She married Robert Gaston of Bruce in 1956; he preceded her in death in 2006. They had three children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jerusalem M.B. Church in Nettleton with Pastor Craig Fields officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery in Tupelo. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, twins Mary (Jamison) Birks and Robert L. “Bubba” Gaston of Nettleton; her grandchildren, Jamison (JJ) and Gaston (G) Birks, and Ebony, John and Shonda Gaston; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Judy Hamilton; a brother, James F. Hamilton; and seven nephews and 11 nieces.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Gaston; her parents; three brothers, T.A. Hamilton, Willie Sam Hamilton and James Wilson; five sisters, Jimmie Griffin, Oletha Watson, Mary S. Hamilton, Darlene Hamilton and Patty Harris; two uncles; and three aunts.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
Thomas McMeans
COUNCE, Tenn. – Thomas McMeans, 51, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Hardin Medical Center. He was a logger. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Jimmy Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Barnes McMeans of Counce, Tenn.; his in-laws, Charles and Nelda Barnes of Corinth, and Betty Barnes of Iuka; one son, Cpl. Nicholas McMeans of Counce, Tenn.; one daughter, Amy McMeans Glover (Ryan) of Iuka; two stepdaughters, Lacey Frederick of Counce and Jessica Frederick of Iuka; one brother, James McMeans (Jean) of Counce; two sisters, Carolyn White (Roger) of Glen and Linda Hinton (Claude) of Iuka; three grandchildren, Benjamin Glover, Emma Glover and Ayden Wilbanks.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Estes and LeOpal McMeans.
Pallbearers will be Jason McMeans, Mark Hinton, Kevin Hinton, Jerry Barnes, Randy Wardlow, Roderick White, Danny Wardlow and Steve McGee.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairview Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
William Morris
MEMPHIS – William Butler “Billy” Morris, 85, died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a brief illness. Mr. Morris lived most of his life in Memphis. He graduated in l943 from Southside High School. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during World War II and retired as a cotton classer for F.G. Barton Cotton Company. He was a member of the Belleview Baptist Church.
A graveside committal service with military honors will be Tuesday at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on Forest Hill-Irene Road. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Billy Morris, and his sister, Adelaide M. Andrews, both of Cordova, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert M. and Ollie Mae Jennings Morris, and three siblings.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Jimmy Arrington
OXFORD – Jimmy L. Arrington, 68, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in College Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to: College Hill Cemetery Fund, 339 C.R. 102, Oxford, MS 38655 or First Baptist Church of Abbeville Youth Fund, P.O. Box 80, Abbeville, MS 38601.
To leave an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Herman Young
VERONA – Albert Herman Young, 92, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Sunshine Rest Home in Pontotoc after an extended illness. A native and longtime resident of Lee County, he was born May 5, 1918, to Albert Clint and Fannie Victoria Moore Young. He was a retired dragline operator, working in the construction business for 30 years. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946. He married Mamie Caldwell Young on April 16, 1939. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed hunting. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Verona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Gary Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Mamie Young; two daughters, Mary Ann Wood (Gary) and Vicki Mears (David), all of Tupelo; three sons, James Young of Saltillo, Ralph Young (Barbara) of Quitman and O’Neil Young (Katy) of Pontotoc; one sister, Lois Saxon of Waterford; 10 grandchildren, Kenneth Young, Elizabeth Priest (Ed), Matthew Young (Shanna), Greg Wood (Paula), all of Saltillo, Dr. Tom Wood of Jackson, Tenn., Rebecca Miller (Todd) of Tupelo, Lennie Schilling (Ryan) of Hattiesburg, Shellie White (Jordan) of Pascagoula, Kevin Mears of Tupelo, Anna Marie Young of Fulton; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Murry Young; two daughters-in-law, Margaret Young and Dee Young; one sister, Modena Smith; and one brother, Talmadge Young.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Verona, P.O. Box 1093, Verona MS 38879.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
John R. Faught
CORINTH – John R. Faught, 84, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Foote Street Church of Christ in Corinth. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the R.H. Munford Cemetery in Covington, Tenn. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. to service time Monday at the church.
Betty W. Patterson
RIENZI – Betty W. Patterson, 65, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Stella Knight
HORN LAKE – Stella Mae Knight, 95, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at her home. She was born Feb. 28, 1915, in Tupelo to Thomas and Frankie Keith. She was a homemaker was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church in Mooreville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Twin Oaks Memorial Gardens in Southaven.
She is survived by two sons, Ray Knight and Freddie Knight of Horn Lake; two daughters, Pauline Jones and Opaline Rushing, both of Horn Lake; four brothers; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.B. Knight.
Jay Kidd
PONTOTOC – James J. “Jay” Kidd, 80, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 2, 1930, to Oscar and Bessie Kidd. He was employed at Miss Eaton in Pontotoc until his retirement.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Springville Cemetery with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Lucille Tackitt of Pontotoc and Joyce “Sis” McKnight of Saltillo; one brother, Buddy Kidd of Pontotoc; two children, Junior Kidd and Lori Allison of Alabama; four grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Burlon Kidd; and one son, Ricky Kidd.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gordon Duffie
FURRS – Gordon Leon Duffie, 74, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at his home. He was a retired construction superintendent.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Bro. Joe Herndon will officiate, and Jimmy Roberts will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in White Zion Presbyterian Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Mike Duffie; one brother, Raymond Duffie; three nephews, Donald, Terry and Bobby Duffie; two nieces, Wanda Dover and Shirley Anderson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Duffie; his mother, Usley Mae Meeks; and a brother, Calvin Duffie.
Pallbearers will be Donald Duffie, Terry Duffie, Bobby Duffie, Chris Duffie, Dusty Duffie and Dexter Calloway.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Johnny Tibbett
AMORY – John “Johnny” Tibbett, 59, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Faye Mason
RIPLEY – Jean Faye Mason, 78, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, at her residence in Ripley. She was born on June 29, 1931, to Henry Lee Lindsey and Ethel Estelle Carroll Lindsey. She was a Baptist. She was retired from Tippah County Hospital as a nurses aide.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Copeland officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
She is survived by one daughter, Joyce Parks of Ripley; four sisters, Mary Lou Brady (Roy), Carol Emery and Brenda Morgan, all of Ripley, and Betty Kellum of Sherman; five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Barry Sheffield, Cleve Carroll, Scotty Moore, Keith Moore, Steve Westmoreland and Glenn Leatherwood. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Sheffield, Rick Lindsey, Zac Brady, Nick Moore, Tristan Parks and Jeffery Parks.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
To view obituaries and sign the online register book, www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Nelda Dalton
CORINTH – Nelda Nash Dalton, 85, died Thursday, May 27, 2010, in Corinth. The daughter of Perry and Kennie Wright Nash, she was one of 11 siblings. She was raised in the Farmington community. After attending Wood Junior College, she was an Alcorn County agent. She was the secretary for the principal at Corinth High School for many years and then a sales manager for World Book Encyclopedia. She loved cooking for family and friends, telling stories ad jokes, traveling and meeting new people. She was a Sunday School teacher and an active member of Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Gaines Chapel United Methodist Church in Corinth. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Don Dalton and wife, Bonnie, of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter, Debbie Cooksey and husband, Harold, of Pontotoc; one sister, Carlie Bradley of Corinth; her grandchildren, Rev. Pat Ward and wife, Sarah, and Mary Lee Ward; one great-granddaughter, Sawyer Belle Nash; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Dalton; her parents, Perry and Kennie Wright Nash; and nine brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Terry Stoope, Warren Richardson, Greg Williams, Brad Bennett, David Owen and Billy Ashcraft.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Clausel, Bill Denny, Gordan Evans, Bobby Goddard, Terry Payne, Dan Pearce, Leonard Pratt, Harold Smith, Jimmy Thompson and Sherman Wilson.
Bernice Robinson
BOONEVILLE – Bernice Robinson, 90, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a member of the Osborne Creek Baptist Church and a factory worker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Jimmy) Newby of Booneville; 11 grandchildren, Lynn Robinson, Ann Anglin, Lola Mayes, Linda Johnson, Brenda Harper, Felicia Boykin, Michelle Mace, Vicky Pace, Carl Newby, Meranda Michael and Tracey Newby; 24 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Renard Robinson; one daughter, Elizabeth Robinson; and 1 son, Fines Robinson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Verna Mae Jolley
PONTOCOLA – Verna Mae Culpepper Jolley, 68, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. Mrs. Jolley was born on Nov. 5, 1941, in Marion County to Verna and Susie Mae Martin Culpepper. She married her husband of 52 years, Wiley A. Jolley Sr., on Jan. 17, l957. She was a master housewife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who revered her family and was beloved by them. She enjoyed cooking and feeding her family and friends, reading, vegetable gardening and her flowers, and she was a bird lover, especially enjoying her hummingbirds. She and her husband enjoyed motorcycling before her health failed and were members of the Southern Cruisers Club. She was a longtime faithful member of Calvary Assembly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Willis Miller and Bro. Ben Raper officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Wiley, of Pontocola; three sons, Allen Jolley (Melissa) of Baldwyn, Virgil Jolley (Melissa) and Evrette Jolley (Beth) all of Pontocola; six grandchildren, Lacey, Jordan, Jeremy, Amber, Bode and Sawyer; two great-grandchildren, Chaz and Lukas; three brothers, Dale, J.W. and Vaughan; three sisters, Faye, Wynona and Agnes; numerous nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Jolley, Jimmy Lanham, Ladell Bates, Tim Culpepper, James Culpepper, Thomas Chambliss and Joel Harris.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraladirectors@comcast.net.
MaKynli Voyles
VARDAMAN – MaKynli Claire Voyles, 10 days, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at her home. She was born May 18, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Bro. Dale Easley and Bro. Jeff Flat will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman.
Survivors include her parents, Summer Kilgore and Trae Voyles of Vardaman; her grandparents, Kim and Erick Coggins of Vardaman, and Karen and Tracy Voyles of Houston; her great-grandparents, Malinda amp& Jerry Bryant of Vardaman, Jesse and Louise Voyles of Houston, and Edna Giggs amp”G.G.amp” of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Kenny Kilgore.
Pallbearers will be Michael Bryant and Christopher Voyles. Honorary pallbearers will be Shawn Kilgore, Josh Voyles, Harlie Bryant, Christy Coggins, Zach Coggins, Ryan Harley Coggins, Jacob Cervantes and Skylar Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
John Dandridge
PONTOTOC – John Donaldson Dandridge, 77, died Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at his residence. He was a native of Pontotoc, a member of East Baptist Church and a retired factory worker. He loved fishing, mowing his yard and fixing cars.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pontotoc Second Baptist Church. Rev. Derrick Morrison will officiate. Burial will be Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Dandridge of Pontotoc; six daughters, Twynette (Jarvis) Bean, Linda Dandridge and Shelia Dandridge, all of Grand Rapids, Mich., Donna Coleman and May Pearl Dandridge, both of Atlanta, Ga., and Sylvia Dandridge of Cleveland, Ohio; four sons, Michael Dandridge, Kenneth Dandridge and John (Kathy) Dandridge Jr., all of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Felix Dandridge of Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Edna (Odell) Hendrix of Alton, Ill., Ruth Hamilton of Cairo, Ill., and Lois Stewart of Jackson, Tenn.; four brothers, Allie (Tiny) Henning of Grand Rapids, Mich., Ivy D. Henning of Jackson, Tenn., Robert Dandridge of Detroit, Mich., and Harry Lee (Virginia Page of Memphis; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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