By NEMS Daily Journal
HOULKA – Charles Delane Easley, born Feb. 18, 1920, at Ballentine, Panola County, passed away Memorial Day, May 28, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home, Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wade Earnest Easley, and mother, Mary Opal Griffin Easley; brothers, Theo Easley, Donald Easley, Wade Earnest Easley Jr., and Rev. Buford “Boots” Easley; and sister, Marjorie Easley Caviness.
He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Doris Bledsoe Easley; three sons, Robert Ernest Easley, LTC U.S. Army retired, and wife, Teresa, of Tupelo, Charles Delane Easley Jr., and wife, Pamela, of Caledonia, and William Keith Easley and wife, Claire, of Coldwater; his brother, Robert Andrew Easley of Houlka; and sister, Mary Easley Kinard of Hernando; and six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Lt. Colonel Easley was a devoted son, loving husband, beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved the Lord, his country, his family and friends. He appreciated life and lived it to his fullest. No matter where he lived, Houlka was always home.
Lt. Colonel Easley graduated from Houlka Attendance Center. After World War II, he graduated from Trinity University with a Bachelor of Science and later graduated from St. Louis University with a Master of Science.
Charles Delane Easley, Lt. Colonel, retired, enlisted in the Army during World War II, then joined the Army Air Corp and transferred to the United States Air Force when it was established.
Lt. Colonel Easley proudly served his country for 30 years. He rose from the ranks of private to lieutenant colonel. Upon retiring from the United States Air Force, he moved with his family to Houlka to become a successful farmer for over 30years. Lt. Colonel Easley was active in his community. He served as president of the Chickasaw Farm Bureau, president of the Cattlemen’s Association and served on the Houlka Creek Committee, served as commissioner of Chickasaw County Soil and Water Conservation District and was a Mason. He always had time for his sons, serving for years as a Little League coach, and as a Scout Master in the Boy Scouts of America.
Lt. Colonel Easley was a charter member of the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo. After World War II, Lt. Colonel Easley served our country within the United States of America as well as overseas in Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Japan and England. As a meteorologist, he specialized in forecasting weather for pilots.
Pallbearers will be James Burtron Easley, Dillon Easley, Robert “Bobby” Easley, Joe Easley, Andy Ratliff, Ryan Sewell and Jessie Davis.
Honorary pallbearers are the residents and staff of the Mississippi State Veterans Home, Oxford, Mississippi, Bill Moore and Bob Bethany.
Visitation will be held at Houston Funeral Home in Houston on Thursday, May 31, 2012, from 5 until 7 p.m. Visitation will also be at Schooner Valley Baptist Church, Friday, June 1, 2012, from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. The Rev. David Blackwell will officiate. Burial with full military honors will follow at Collums Cemetery located between Houlka and Bruce. Houston Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
OKOLONA – Robert Earl “Coot” Williams, 57, died in Okolona. He was born May 4, 1955, to Ruth Ada Hughes Williams and the late Hannibal Williams Jr. He received his education from Siggers High School in Shannon. He was self employed.
Services will be at 6 p.m. today at Mt. Calvary Outreach Ministries in Okolona. Burial will be in the Red Oak Grove Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth Ada Hughes Williams of Okolona; five sisters, Youlanda Williams of Okolona, Annie Williams and Felynthia M. Williams of Tupelo, Evonne Williams and Cynthia Williams of Okolona; four brothers, Larry Williams of Shannon, Melvin Williams of Okolona, Hannibal Williams Jr. of Okolona and Welford Williams of Atlanta, Ga..
He was preceded in death by his father; one sister, Jennette Williams; and one brother, Wendell Williams.; his grandparents, Roger Bill Williams, Letha Moore Williams, Booker T. Hughes and Maudine Ezell Hughes.
BOONEVILLE – Wallace Davis, 83, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Scott-Dell Cottage Assistant Living in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Marilyn Sue Chalk, 38, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Graveside services were Saturday, May 26, at New Hope Church of Christ Cemetery in Glen. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Dr. Tracy Hodges
TUPELO – Dr. John Tracy Hodges, 38, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Tupelo on July 7, 1973, to John Elvin and Linda Joyce Hodges. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1991. He graduated from Mississippi State University and the University Of Mississippi School Of Dentistry and immediately entered into private practice in his hometown of Tupelo. He graduated summa cum laude with numerous honors and was ranked first in his graduating class of 1999. He was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honorary dental society and also into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Commencement awards which have been presented to him include the following: Academy of Operative Dentistry Award, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Award, American College of Prosthodontists Achievement Award, Quintessence Publishing Company Clinical Achievement in Periodontics Award, Robert Allen May Memorial Scholarship, International College of Dentists Award, and Scholastic Achievement Award. He currently held membership in the following organizations: American Dental Association, Mississippi Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry and the Tupelo Dental Society. He was an avid supporter of Mississippi State athletics. He was a family man who adored his children.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Chad Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife and stepson, Jessica Hodges and Corbin Whitehead of Tupelo; his three children, Peyton, Isabella and Foster Hodges; his mother and father, John and Linda Hodges of Saltillo; sister, Robin Rodgers (Jerry) and children, Matt and Drew Rodgers; brother, Andy Hodges (Debra) and children, Brittany Pierce (Barry), Brooke and Devin Franks; his in-laws, Gerald and Patti Burgess of Tupelo; the mother of his children, Tara Pazzaglia of Brandon.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, James N. and Louise Hodges, and Annie Laura and Bill Waggoner.
Pallbearers will be Kip Tigrett, Copey Grantham, Dr. Brent Crumpton, Dr. Brad Roberts, Jay Scruggs, Dr. Frank Hodges, Dr. Buddy Wikle, Dr. Barry Thornton, Dr. Jason Digby, Dr. Murray Estess, Dr. Chad Miller, Dr. Roger Huey and Dr. Brant Kairit.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Ricky Lynn Parrish, 60, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 12, 1951, in the Friendship Community in Pontotoc County to Thurman E. and Lois Stubblefield Parrish. He was a Baptist and a truck driver.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is assisting the family.
Survivors include four sons, Kyle Parrish of Pittsburg, Penn., and Kody, Kevin and Korey Parrish of Myrtle; one brother, Thurman E. Parrish Jr. of Blue Springs; and one grandson, Logan Parrish.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Brian Parrish; and two brothers, Jimmy Ray Parrish and Kelly Wayne Parrish.
Annie Faye Walton
CROWDER – Annie Faye Rainey Walton, 79, died Monday, May 28, 2012, at the home of her daughter, Sherry Johnson, in Tupelo. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Crowder Methodist Church, but attended Crowder Baptist Church. She loved her family and friends very much.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at National Funeral Home in Clarksdale. Burial will be in Shelby Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Kelly Johnson (Lowell) of Tupelo; one son, Michael Walton of Lambert; grandson, Wayne Kelly (Samantha) of Tupelo; granddaughter, Stephanie Cagle (Jerrod) of Baldwyn; granddaughter-in-law, Elizabeth Kelly of Dorsey; five great-grandchildren, Jake, Casey and Jade Cagle of Baldwyn, and Caitlyn and Josh Kelly of Dorsey.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Lane Kelly; her parents, Elbie Rainey and Odie Rainey Watkins; her stepfather, Homer Watkins; a brother, Elton Rainey; and a son-in-law, Kenneth Kelly.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. today.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
LAWS HILL – Joyce Elaine Cook, 82, died Saturday, May 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Marshall County. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include two sons, Jerry Cook and Eddie Cook, both of Holly Springs; one daughter, Shirley E. Cook of Harmontown; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon S. Cook, and her parents, Archie Elmore and Kitty Fitch Elmore.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in memory of Joyce Cook to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090.
Willie C. Graham
NEW ALBANY – Willie C. Graham, 61, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
SHERMAN – Robert Lynn Abbott, 54, died Monday, May 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born in Memphis on Nov. 25, 1957, to Louie Calvin Abbott and Dorothy Lynnwood McNeely. He lived in the Sherman area for 25 years and was employed as an electrician early in life. For many years he was employed in area furniture manufacturing facilities, having last worked as a supervisor for H.M. Richards before his health failed. A member of the Longfellow Baptist Church in Memphis, he was fully engaged in life and living. He enjoyed his family, hunting and fishing, everything Harley Davidson and cruising the great American outdoors on his solid black Harley. He played a mean game of dominoes, almost always landing on the winning side.
A life celebration service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bill Foley and Bro. Greg Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Mary Jo Beasley Abbott of Sherman; mother, Dot McNeely Abbott of Myrtle; stepmother, Faye Abbott of Ashland; daughter, Ashley Abbott of New Albany; son, Jeremy Abbott (Madison) of Oxford; his grandchild, Ethan Abbott of Oxford; his sister, Pam Mathias (Tommy) of Memphis; one stepbrother, Paul Covington of Hernando; two stepsisters, Nona Hickman of Hernando and Mitzi Harris (Tim ) of Memphis; father-in-law, Joe Beasley of Sherman; two brothers-in-law, Kevin Beasley (Leann) of Greenback, Tenn., and Leonard Beasley (Rita) of Sherman; and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, L.C. Abbott, in 2010; his brother, Dewayne Abbott, in 2008; his mother in law, Geanette Beasley; and sister-in-law, Sandy Smith.
Pallbearers will be Curt Umphress, Mark Fleming, Jerry Gore, Jimmy Hill, Tony Cagle and Richard Nichols.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALDWYN – Dean Edward Stokes, 63, died Tuesday, May 22, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Greater Springhill Cemetery in Toccopola. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Eddie Joe Waldrup
MEMPHIS – Eddie Joe Waldrup, 65, died Monday, May 28, 2012, at the Kindred Healthcare Primacy in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow in Magnolia Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to a church or charity of the donor’s choice.
FULTON – Nan Haynes, 66, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
TISHOMINGO – Elmer Hodgers, 94, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery in Tishomingo.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
RIPLEY – John Edward Austin, 27, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was born July 28, 1984, to James Edward Austin and Kim Jordan Potter of the Shady Grove area. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was a carpenter and worked at Greer amp& Greer Equipment Rentals in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Latch and Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Nikki Duncan Austin of Ripley; two daughters, Chloe Jean Nicole Austin and Karlee DeAnn Marie Austin, both of Ripley; one son, John Hunter Edward Austin of Ripley; his mother, Kim Jordan Potter (Ricky) of Shady Grove; his father, James Edward Austin (Rebecca) of Shady Grove; grandparents, Pauline Jordan and Edward Austin; stepgrandmother, Ramona Austin, Mi Song and a special grandmother, Sue Jean Duncan; one sister, Lauren Marie Moore (Keith) of Shady Grove; two stepsisters, Chasity Bland of New Albany and Christine Murphy of Baldwyn; two stepbrothers, Dustin Bland of Texas and Michael Potter of Dumas; special cousin, Bradley McClain; brother-in-law, Jonathan “Jolly” Hudson; sister-in-law, Chelsea Hudson; mother-in-law, Lee Ann Cooper; and father-in-law, Greg Duncan.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, John Jordan; and great-grandmother, Mary Ellis Austin.
Pallbearers will be Chase Duncan, Jimmy Alhum, Cody Lansdell, Jonathan Hudson, Brodrick Rodgers and Matt Pannell. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne James and Bradley McClain.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Betty Holmes died Monday, May 28, 2012, at White County Hospital in Searcy, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Home in New Albany.
NEW ALBANY – A.L. Whittington died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
CORINTH – Charles Wheeler died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth.
VAL RICO, Fla. – Charles Wayne Austin Jenkins, 68, formerly of Tupelo, died Monday, May 28, 2012, in Brandon, Fla. A graveside memorial service will be held later at Tupelo Memorial Park. Arrangements will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
OKOLONA – Annie Coleman died in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Ralph D. Hicks
HOUSTON – Ralph D. Hicks, 87, died Friday, May 25, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 27, 1924, in Calhoun County. He was a Baptist and a retired carpenter.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Survivors include special friends, Marie Ashby of Okolona and Deborah Armstrong of Houston; three nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Eugene Hicks and Mamie Freely Hicks, and a brother, Granville Hicks and his wife, Dovie Hicks.
Online condolences may be left at parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
RIPLEY – Zula Elsie Wammack, 93, formerly of Memphis, died Sunday, May 27, 2012, at her residence in Ripley. She was born July 17, 1918, to Edgar Augustus and Dicie Jane Meeks Smith. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Harrell and Joe Wammack officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Joy Stafford of Horn Lake; four sons, Travis Wammack (Mitzi) of Russellville, Ala., Robert Neal Wammack of Corinth, William “Bill” Wammack (Lisa) of San Antonio, Texas, and Joe Wammack (Brenda) of Ripley; one sister, Zettie Smith Swindle of Mc Alester, Okla.; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; and special friend, R.C. Clayton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer Wammack; two daughters, Vivian Louise Wammack and Shirley Scott; her parents; three sisters, Edna Smith, Lillie Smith Vaughn and Minnie Hicks; five brothers, Vester, Venice, Herman, Ferman and Troy Smith.
Pallbearers will be Roscoe Watkins, Bradley Bryant, Walker McCollum, Dakota Spears, Chris Hughes and Samuel Harrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Mickey Robertson and Martin Thimmo.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Oscar Woodard, 82, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Amory.
OKOLONA – Viewing for Penny Keaton will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Williams Memorial Chapel in Okolona.
VERONA – Helen Watkins, 72, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
IUKA – Gladys McVay, 85, died Tuesday, May 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.