Obituaries May 4, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Thomas Cowan
ASHLAND – Thomas Catrell Cowan, 26, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at his home in Ashland as the result of a tornado, which also took the life of his fiancampée, Latoya Long. He was a 2002 graduate of Ashland High School, where he was an honor student. He was a student at Foster Barber College in Ripley. He was a member of the South Ashland Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Ashland High School gymnasium with Bro. William J. Colburn officiating. Burial will be in the South Ashland Church of Christ Cemetery in Ashland. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Calrenease Cook of Lamar; his father, Thomas Cortez Cowan of Ashland; his stepfather, James Cook of Lamar; a brother, Trajvon Cowan of Lamar; a stepbrother, Terrance Cowan of Holly Springs; his grandmother, Louise Cowan of Potts Camp; his stepgrandmother, Carol Smith of Lamar; and his grandparents, Thomas R. Cowan of Potts Camp and Thelmon Smith of Lamar.
Pallbearers will be Hooker Toney, Bobby Bostick, Wesley Terry, Terrance Smith, Corey Wittfill and Eric Miller.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the Ashland High School gymnasium from 2:15 to 2:55 p.m. Wednesday.
Carol Alsup
AMORY – Carol Alsup, 71, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Harold Edmondson
VARDAMAN – Harold Norman Edmondson, 78, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, in Calhoun County. He was born Oct. 11, 1931, in Calhoun County. He was a retired line foreman for the Natchez Trace Electric Power Company, where he worked for 36 years. He was a member and deacon of New Liberty Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at New Liberty Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Easley and Jamie Hill officiating. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery in Vardaman. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Mae Ellis Edmondson of Vardaman; two sons, Paul Norman Edmondson (Amy) and John Scott Edmondson (Missy), all of Vardaman; one sister, Maurice Edmondson Griffin (Thomas Earl) of Calhoun City; five grandchildren, Ashley Edmondson, Payton Edmondson, Ethan Edmondson, Evan Edmondson and Kenneth Walls, all of Vardaman; four nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Norman Edmondson and Zelma Brannon Edmondson.
Pallbearers will be Billy P. Griffin, Homer Logan, Carlos Parker, Joe Youngblood, Ed Pittman, Stanley Varnado, Madie Moore and Lenon White.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Thomas J. Foster
VERONA – Thomas J. “T.J.” Foster, 85, died Monday, April 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 11, 1924, in Lauderdale County to Albert Foster and Inez Battee, who preceded him in death. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Chapel in Verona with the Rev. Willie F. Howell officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Corinth.
He was preceded in death by three sons, Dennis Foster, Johnny Foster and Calvin Foster.
Survivors include four daughters, Mildred McDonald of Detroit, Mich., Sarah Ross (Tommy) of Bellevue, Mich., Polly Foster (Charles) of Detroit, Mich., and Claudia Foster (John) of Tupelo; two sons Albert Foster (Johnnie) of Chicago and Ozie Foster of Warner Robin, Ga.; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Doris Jones, Roscoe Jones and Mamie Cole.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guest book at www.agnewandsons.com.
Bobby D. Hall
NEW ALBANY – Bobby D. Hall, 80, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Roy G. Hill
ETTA – Roy G. Hill, 68, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Born in Lafayette County, he was a retired Chief Financial Officer at Northeast Power after 31 years. He worked for eight years with Franklin Consulting and served for 11 years on the Board of Directors at Northeast Power, where he was currently serving as a board member. He was a member of the 8 Point Hunting Club.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Kramer officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Hill of Etta; three sons, Ronald “Scooter” Hill of Branson, Mo., James Hill of Etta and John Hill of Etta; his mother, Laverne Edwards of Water Valley; one brother, David Edwards of Water Valley; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a special aunt and uncle, H.C. and Jimmie Franklin of Oxford; and special cousins, Hugh and Linda Franklin of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Hill, and a brother, Robert Hill.
Memorial donations may be made to Make-A-Wish-Foundation of America, Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 749596, Los Angeles, CA 90074-9596.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Christine Roberts
NEW ALBANY – Christine G. Jones Roberts, 81, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at her home. She was born July 2, 1928, in Union County to George H. and Zelma Floyd Jones. She was employed at Futorian for 46 years. She was a member of Parks Baptist Church and the Bowling Hall of Fame.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Bro. Sammy Little officiating. Burial will be in Parks Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, John D. Roberts; two sisters, Margie Chapman Boothe and Winnie Ruth Banker; one brother, Bobby Jones; nieces, Katheryn Jennings (Joey), Shirley Wiginton (John) and Mildred Jones; nephews, Ed Bridges, Joe Bridges and Doug Wigington.
Pallbearers will be Joe Bryant, Charles Bryant, Jerry Pannell, Joe Bridges, Doug Wigington, John Wigington, Joey Jennings, Jim Chapman, Kenny Hanson and Steve Adderholt.
Juanita Ashley
GOLDEN – Juanita Ashley, 85, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven after a sudden illness. She was born Aug. 18, 1924, in Itawamba County to Forrest and Pearlie Waddle Williams. She was a factory worker and homemaker. She was a member of the Salem Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and being with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gene O’Brian and Bro. Terry Paul Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Pamela Kaye Edgeworth (Tommy) of Golden; three grandchildren, Brianna Edgeworth, Bethany Edgeworth and Brittany Edgeworth; three brothers, Ford Williams, Jim Williams and Charles Allen Williams, all of Fairview; and three sisters, Virginia Sheffield of Fairview, Rena Gray of Golden and Allene Rowin of Hernando.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Randle Ashley, in 2005; her parents; two sisters, Maylene Clayton and Exie Cromeans Reeves; and three brothers, Carson Williams, Cherry Williams and Johnny Williams.
Pallbearers will be Bill Sheffield, Jeff Ashley, Ford Williams, Stanley Underwood, Kelly Moses and Will Ashley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Thomas Woodard
IUKA – Thomas Woodard, 61, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Monique Braham
SHANNON – Monique Braham died Sunday, May 2, 2010, in an auto accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Benny Lindsey
GUNTOWN – Benny Lindsey, 58, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Jerrold House
HAMILTON – Jerrold House, 73, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Dorothy Hendrix
BOONEVILLE – Dorothy Juanita Clark Hendrix, 80, died Monday May 3, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born March 27, 1930, in Tupelo to Walter Roy Clark and Emmie Warren Clark. She was a Lee County resident for most of her life before recently moving to Booneville to be with her daughter, Debora, and grandson, Shane Glass. A Baptist, she worked as a waitress early in her life. She was a homemaker, mother and special grandmother the remainder of her days. She enjoyed reading and flowers.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Neil Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Pettey Cemetery (Old Chapel) southeast of Verona. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and one hour prior to service on Wednesday.
Survivors include her two sons, Steve Marsh (Judy) of Colbert, Okla., and Billy Armstrong of Tupelo; a daughter, Debora Fulgham (Ronnie) of Booneville; two brothers, Bobby Clark of Rockwell, Texas, and James Clark (Elaine) of Texarkana, Ark.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; special grandson, Shane Glass; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dale Hendrix; and two brothers, Charles Clark and Maxwell Clark.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Angela Massey
BANNER – Angela Massey, 25, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 18, 1985, in Jackson. She was a 2003 graduate of Clinton High School. She was a student in the registered nurse program at Itawamba Community College and would have graduated on May 13, 2010. She was a member of Utica Baptist Church in Utica.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Anthony Williams will officiated, and Bro. W.R. Harrelson will assist. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Nathan Massey of Banner; a son, Levi Allen Massey of Banner; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carl and Martha Massey of Banner; a sister, Chelsie Fulton of Raymond; her mother, Teresa Ferguson Cook of Utica; her grandparents, Martha Louise Flowers of Ridgeland and William Ferguson Sr. (Marjorie) of Durant.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ricky T. Fulton, and her grandfather, Bennie Flowers.
Pallbearers will be Dane Smith, Larry Fulton, Clinton Mooney, Michael Snider, Randy Potts, Larry Smith, Tommy Scroggins and Matthew Snider. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Massey, Chad Massey, John David Potts, William Ferguson Jr., William Ferguson Sr. and Nash Cook.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jim Keyser
CALHOUN CITY – James Edward “Jim” Keyser Jr., 75, died Sunday, May 2, 2010, at St. Vincent’s East Hospital in Birmingham, Ala., after a lengthy illness. He was born on Governor’s Island, N.Y., and as a child lived in Plattsburg, N.Y., Orlando, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla. He earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from LSU in Baton Rouge, La. From 1965 to 1975, he taught music at Northwest Mississippi Junior College, Senatobia, and was also chairman of the School’s Fine Arts Department. Jim served as Minister of Music, Youth and Senior Adults in several churches including First Baptist Church, Senatobia; Coldwater Baptist Church, Coldwater; First Baptist Church, Naples, Fla.; First Baptist Church, Calhoun City; and was most recently serving as Music Minister of First Baptist Church, Charleston.
Jim was a member of the Mississippi Singing Churchmen, an Air Force veteran, Boy Scout leader, and past president of the Calhoun City Rotary Club. For many summers he taught at Mississippi Baptist Youth music camps. He enjoyed opera, working on cameras, camping and LSU sports. His greatest passion was missions. He went on many mission trips and led several mission teams to Mexico.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence Relation Orr; his father, James Keyser Sr.; step-father, W.P. Orr; two infant siblings; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Boris and Christina James; and a sister-in-law, Shirley James.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette James Keyser; son, James E. “Eddie” Keyser III and wife, Donna, of Nashville, Tenn.; daughter, Mary Elizabeth Keyser of Calhoun City; grandchildren, Amy, Katie and Austin Keyser of Nashville; and brother-in-law, Paul James of Amory.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Calhoun City. Graveside services will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. Visitation will be noon until service time at the church. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Participating in the funeral service will be members of the Mississippi Singing Churchmen, who will also serve as honorary pallbearers. Graham Smith, past director of the Church Music Department of the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board, will officiate.