Obituaries, Monday, January 30, 2006

Wayne Wright

NETTLETON – Paul Wayne Wright, 45, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born March 18, 1960, in Tupelo to Dizzine Gray Wright and the late Clem Wright. He grew up in Itawamba County and in Nettleton and attended Nettleton schools. He was married to Donella Guyton in 2003. He was employed by Foamex for several years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and he enjoyed collecting car tags, mud riding, NASCAR and Old Miss Athletics. He was a Baptist.

Services were at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial was in the Conwill Cemetery in Itawamba County.

Survivors include his wife, Donella Wright of Nettleton; his mother, Dizzine Wright of Nettleton; one son, David Wright and his wife, Amanda, of Nettleton; one daughter, Heather Hendrix and her husband, Chad, of Nettleton; two stepdaughters, Ashley Williams and Leigh Ann Williams, both of Nettleton; two brothers, Earl Wright and his wife, Jan, and Johnny Wright, all of Nettleton; one sister, Brenda Sheffield and her husband, Windell, of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Austin Cox, Chase Wright, Madison Wright, Caleb Hendrix and stepgrandchild, Dalton Hendrix.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clem Wright; and one brother, Billy Joe Wright.

Pallbearers were Marty Keith, Joe Coptane, David Mackey, Curtis Fowler, Brent Hall and Darron Hendrix. Honorary pallbearers will be Robin Wright and Billy Guyton.

Alma Cooper

BURNSVILLE – Alma Cooper, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of Grissom Chapel Church and a former employee of ITT. She enjoyed quilting, spending time with her family, going to church and going to town. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Grissom Chapel Church with Bro. Larry Marshall and Bro. Paul Marshall officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Dan Skelton and wife, Faye, of Burnsville; one daughter, Nancy Brown and husband, Eddie, of Iuka; three brothers, Donnie B. Johnson and wife, Barbara, Bobby Johnson and wife, Debbie, and Donald Johnson, all of Burnsville; two sisters, Myrtle Hamm of Iuka and Bonnie Horne of Burnsville; four grandchildren, Sharon Ragan, Stefanie Bush, Michael Brown and Kenny Skelton; five stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren; five stepgreat-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Cooper; her parents, Deanyer and Annie Hudson Johnson; a son, Robert Skelton; a daughter, Janice Cooper; two grandsons, Jessie and Rod Skelton; two brothers, Charles and Will Mose Johnson; three sisters, Lou Dodson, Nettie Jay Johnson and Ethel Thacker.

Visitation will continue at the church until service time on Tuesday.

Delois Randolph

AMORY – Delois Grimes Scott Randolph, 76, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Gilmore Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 3, 1929, in Houston to the late Pervie Lee and Nancy Doss Grimes. She lived most of her life in Amory and was a member of the Central Grove Baptist Church and attended Bethel Baptist Church. She was married to Ellis Randolph in 1989; he died in 2005. She was a registered nurse at Gilmore Memorial Hospital and her hobbies included crafts, camping and fishing.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Spencer and her husband, Trice, of Amory, and Shirley Jones and her husband, Charles, of Jackson, Tenn.; one sister, Charlene Vance of Houston; five grandchildren, Sonya Pusser, Chuck Jones, Corey Jones, Don Ray Wall and August McElwain; six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Pervie Lee Grimes Jr. and one invalid brother.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Jones, Corey Jones, Tim Pusser, Don Ray Wall and Clay McElwain.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Linda Kay Jenkins

MACON – Linda Kay Newel Jenkins, 54, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Noxubee General Hospital in Macon. She was born Oct. 15, 1951, to Leta Lavell Smith and the late Hobert Selma Newell. She was a native of Alabama and was a lab technologist employed at Noxubee General Hospital for 25 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Macon. She enjoyed cross stitching and crafts and spending time with her family and friends. She loved listening to Christian music and reading her Bible.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery near Smithville. Cockrell Funeral Home of Macon is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Terrence Jenkins of Macon; one daughter, Michelle Susanne Jenkins of Macon; her mother, Leta Newell of Sulligent, Ala.; one sister, Sue Patrick and husband, David, of Columbus; one brother, Douglas Newell and wife, Janet, of Jasper, Ala.; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Pallbearers will be Tim Brown, Gary Bunn, Dewayne Simms, Cliff Ward, Terry Smith and Davis Patrick. Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Walker, Bob Denney, Richard Hayes and Danny McBride.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Cockrell Funeral Home in Macon and from 11 a.m. until service time on Tuesday at Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or church of the donor's choice.

Jody M. Bailey

TOMNOLEN – Jody McCain Bailey, 37, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 4, 1968, in Eupora. He was a heavy equipment operator and a member of the Tomnolen Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Tomnolen Baptist Church with the Rev. J.B. Rowe officiating. Burial will be in the Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Joy Wells Bailey of Tomnolen; his parents, Betty Bailey and Joe Bailey of Tomnolen; two daughters, Neely Bailey and Sidney Bailey both of Tomnolen; one brother, Mark Bailey of Columbus; two nephews, Austin and Bryson Bailey.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora, and on Tuesday the body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Geneva Williams

RIPLEY – Geneva Williams died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home.

Jessica Makentsy Nova

ECRU – Jessica Makentsy Nova, 12 days, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital of Amory.

Services were at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rocky Tzib officiating. Burial was in the West Heights Cemetery.

Survivors include Ahiud Nova, Karina Tinajero, Mario Tinajero, Micaela Romero, Daniel Nova and Alicia Vega.

Orene Doss Whitt

HOUSTON – Minnie Orene Doss Whitt, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Feb. 8, 1917, in Chickasaw County to the late William Patterson Doss and Rachel Tedder Doss. She was a retired homemaker and employee of Franklin Manufacturing Co. She was a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Arbor Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Jonathan Childress officiating. Burial will be in the Arbor Grove Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Rachel Warnick of Houston; one son, Jimmy Dale Whitt and wife, Betty Jo, of Houston; three grandchildren, Pam and Roger Curry, Dale and Betsy Whitt and Jeff and Mary Lee Whitt; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Whitt; two sons, Samuell Homer Whitt and a stillborn son.

Pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Whitt, Jeff Whitt, roger Curry, Dusty Curry, Adam Smith and Payton Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Arbor Grove Cemetery Fund or Family Life Center.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Lee Alvis Crawford

BALDWYN – Lee Alvis Crawford, 80 , died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at his home after a long illness. He was born Aug. 30, 1925, to the late Alpha and Gracie Criswell Crawford. He was a graduate of Wheeler High School. He worked at Davis Lumber Co. and retired from Buster McElroy Co. He was a Mason and member of Ingram Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and music minister for 50 years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving aboard the USS Phelps. He devoted his life to serving the Lord through singing, doing for others and loving and caring for his family.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Ingram Baptist Church with Bro. Merle Dickson, Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. Carey Crawford officiating. Burial will be in the Ingram Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Crawford of Baldwyn, whom he married in 1947; three sons, Ronnie Crawford and wife, Linda, Ted Crawford and wife, Catherine, all of Baldwyn, and Dr. Carey Crawford and wife, Patti, of Dallas, Texas; two grandchildren, Erik Crawford, Alice Adair and husband, Kevin, all of Baldwyn; two great-grandchildren, Cooper Dean Adair and Savannah Elizabeth Adair; one sister-in-law, Lorene Crawford of Baldwyn; one nephew, Jerry Crawford and wife, Judy, of Baldwyn.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Vardaman and Howard Crawford; one grandson, Alan Crawford.

Pallbearers will be Erik Crawford, Jason Crawford, Terry Burcham, Kevin Adair and Cooper Adair. Honorary pallbearers will be Leland Roberts Billy Joe Devaughn, David Devaughn, Gene Gambill and Jerry Crawford.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ingram Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Alan Crawford Memorial Playground to Ingram Baptist Church.

Tina Eaves

AMORY – Tina Eaves, 41, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the Gilmore Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Tony Dalrymple

BALDWYN – Anthony “Tony” Charles Dalrymple, 51, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 21, 1954, in Prentiss County to the late Louise Dalrymple. He was an active member of Mount Zion Community Church and a member of the male choir.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Zion Community Church with Bro. Johnny S. Agnew officiating. Burial will be in the Mount Nebo Cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Kay Dalrymple of Baldwyn; two sons, Anthony B. Dalrymple and Rodney C. Dalrymple, both of Baldwyn; his father, T.C. Davis of Baldwyn; two brothers, Terry Wayne Dalrymple of Baldwyn and Tommy D. Davis (Sharon) of Tupelo; three sisters, JoAnn Davis of Calif., Genice Davis of Rockford, Ill., and Shelia McGee (Michael) of Baldwyn; two aunts, Sandra Campbell (Willie) of Baldwyn and Janice Chandler (Willie) of Tupelo; two uncles, Ollie Lee Beene (Pearlie) of Baldwyn and O.L. Beene of Corinth.

He was preceded in death by two brothers.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Earnestine Ivy

OKOLONA – Earnestine Ivy died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Ruby B. Smelser

RED BAY, Ala. – Ruby Blacklidge Smelser, 94, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the South Haven Nursing Facility in Hoover, Ala. She was born in Franklin County, Ala., to James and Rhoda Nelson Blacklidge. She was a seamstress and attended the Red Bay Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Evett Smelser; and her sister, Elizabeth Smelser.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Turner Paseur officiating. Burial will be in the Hilcrest Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include one sister, Ira Thompson of Birmingham; two nieces, Lou Powell and Sue Crane and husband, Bill, all of Birmingham; one nephew, Jerry Smelser and wife, Mildred, of Huntsville, Ala.; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Rosa N. Hunt

BELMONT – Rosa Nunley Hunt, 93, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Aug. 29, 1912, in Tishomingo County to the late Robert Lee Nunley and Lottie Moody Nunley Taylor. She was retired from Blue Bell where she worked as a seamstress for many years. She was also a farmer's wife and loved raising a garden. She was a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church and dearly loved the Lord.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont. Burial will be in the Tishomingo Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 40 years, William Clarence “Dooley” Hunt; two grandsons, Joe David Jordan of Starkville and John Mark Jordan of Evansville, Ind.; two great-grandsons, Samuel Douglas Jordan and Benjamin Barnett Jordan, both of Evansville, Ind.; one great-granddaughter, Chloe Nicole Jordan of Caledonia; one sister, Lena T. Whitehead of Tishomingo; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Herbert Ezekiel “Joe” Jordan, who died in 1934, and William Clarence “Dooley” Hunt, to whom she was married 40 years; one son, Herbert Ezekiel “Sonny” Jordan; one grandson, Timothy Brian Jordan; one brother, Thedford Nunley; three half-brothers and two half-sisters, Grady Taylor, Simon Taylor, Herbert Taylor, Amy T. Southward and Mildred T. Lauderdale.

Visitation will continue today at the funeral home until service time.

Verlon Nichols

RED BAY, Ala. – Verlon Nichols, 63, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue on Tuesday until service time.

Jewell E. Coleman

CORINTH – Jewell E. Coleman, 62, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Frances E. Nelson

OAKLAND – Frances E. Nelson, 87, of Oakland, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center. She was born in Panola County to the late Wesley Edward Richards and Alice Armstrong Nichols Richards. She was a homemaker and a member of Oakland Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Ray Nelson and the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Goshen Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Jane Lee of Grenada; one son, Billy Nelson of Oakland; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tom Nelson, who died in April 1972; and her children, Edward Nelson, George Nelson and Ann Nelson Redwine.

Pallbearers will be Frank Brooks, John Whisenant, Brad Brooks, Travis Brooks, Rich Ross and Terry Frazier.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Catherine Moore

MOBILE, Ala. – Catherine Elliott Moore, 94, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2006, at the Hearthside Assisted Living Center. She was born Aug. 25, 1911, in West Point. She was a member of the First Christian Church of West Point and the widow of Jesse Harold Moore.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the West Point Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Bro. Jim Forrest officiating. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Jesse Harold Moore Jr. of Clinton; one brother, Jack Elliott of West Point; one sister-in-law, Louise Whitt Elliott of West Point; two grandchildren, Juana Moore Straughan and husband, Dan, of Mobile, and Lyle Moore and wife, Sharon, of Pearl; five great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the First Christian Church, P.O. Box 208, West Point, MS 39773.