Obituaries Nov. 21, 2009

Pearlene Walker
AMORY – Pearlene Walker, 49, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Jewell Parker
NASHVILLE – Jewell Marie Parker, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, after an extended illness. She was born on Jan. 9, 1921, in Marion County, Ala., to George and Gertha Mays. She lived most of her years in Montgomery, Ala. She worked as a hairdresser for 40 years at Forest Hills Beauty Salon. She attended Churches of Christ throughout her life, including Dalraida in Montgomery and Vultee in Nashville. She nurtured many close friendships at church, work, Seton Haven and Nashville Christian Towers. She enjoyed books on tape.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted in Alabama at a later date. Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home of Nashville is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Janice Long of Tupelo and Jackie Parker of Nashville; a son-in-law, Butch Judkins of Nashville; a sister, Faye Postell of Alabama; granddaughters, Beth Long of Tupelo and Melissa Davis (Adam) of Starkville; four great-grandchildren, Rose Del-Grande and Clara Del-Grande, both of Tupelo, Drew Davis and Anna Davis, both of Starkville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene and Burrell Mays, and an infant daughter, Judy.
Rev. Dr. Robert Jones
CHICAGO – The Rev. Dr. Robert Vernard Jones died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in Chicago. He was born June 12, 1962, to Lucy Jones and Robert Martin. He received his education at Englewood High School in Chicago. He received a bachelor’s degree in math from the University of Illinois-Champaign; his master’s degree in theology from Southern Illinois University; and his doctorate from North Park College of Theology. He was a Mason and a member of Omega Psi Psi Fraternity. He was baptized at Union Missionary Baptist Church at an early age. He was called into the ministry in 1996. During his time in ministry, he was an associate pastor at Rising Star Church in Tupelo. He later became senior pastor at Jerusalem M.B. Church at Nettleton. After that, he was the senior pastor of the Second Baptist M.B. Church in Pontotoc. He was well versed in speech and had a strong and powerful prayer connection with God. He was a giving, caring and loving person and especially loved his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Christ Temple Baptist Church in Markham, Ill. Burial will be in Washington Cemetery in Homewood, Ill. W.W. Holt Funeral Home of Harvey, Ill., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Robert Jr. (mother, Tamara), Joshua and Miranda (mother, Marilyn), Joy (mother, Tanya) and James; his nephews, Antonne, Charles and Chris;
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Ozema; nephews, Mark, James and Mike; nieces, Navy, Tasha and Charlene; great-nieces, Ozema, Tylasia; great-nephews, Mike, Tay and Jovan; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of the Rev. Jones may be sent in care of Mavis Prude, P.O. Box 594, Verona, MS 38879.
Melvin Willis
HOUSTON – James Melvin Willis, 91, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the Hope Creek Care Center in East Moline, Ill. He was born Dec. 21, 1917, in Russellville, Ala., to Francis Nancy Guthrie and Thomas Burton Willis. He was a parts fabricator in furniture manufacturing and a member of Lawson Chapel Church of Christ. He married Maudie Lee Carter Willis on May 20, 1939, in Una. She preceded him in death on Aug. 23, 1995.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Minister Tommy Lawson officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Methodist Cemetery Clay County at Una.
Survivors include three sons, Melvin Lee Willis (Martha) of Moline, Ill., Billy Wayne Willis (Mackie) of Mantee and James Glenn Willis of Houston; four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; one sister, Vera Logan of Hamilton; one brother, Odell Willis of Denver, Colo.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Methodist Cemetery, c/o Brenda Henley, 13660 Baker Road, Prairie, MS 39756.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Zannie Pounds
HOLLY SPRINGS – Zannie Mae Pounds, formerly of Baldwyn, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Trinity Mission Nursing Home in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.
Charlie Mae Hester
BIGBEE – Charlie Mae Loden Hester, 82, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after an extended illness. A lifelong resident of Monroe County and living in the Bigbee community, she was born July 8, 1927, to Charlie Burette and Vera Hadaway Loden. She married Jimmie Hester in 1949; he died in 1973. She attended Monroe County schools. She was retired from Action Industries. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, but attended Cason Baptist Church. She enjoyed traveling, scrapbooking, and sewing. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was affectionately known by them as “Ginnie.”
Services will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Shane Crawford, Bro. James Rutledge and Bro. John Maxey officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Stanford (David) of Amory and Debbie Coggin (Ron) of Huntsville, Ala.; three brothers, Travis Loden (Fay), Farrar Loden (Martha Faye) and Sonny Loden (Barbara); one sister, Betty Cook of Germantown; four grandchildren, Jamie Loden Stanford (Devin), Jordan Stanford (Leigh Ann), Clint Coggin and Tyler Coggin; and two great-grandchildren, James and Jana Stanford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Remona Gardner and Edith Whitten; and one brother, Jerry Loden.
Pallbearers will be Bryan Hester, Alan Loden, Kelby Loden, Larry Maxey, Leslie Grant, Ricky Gardner and Jim Gardner.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Myrtis Taylor
JACKSON – Myrtis Shoemaker Taylor died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at Lakeland Nursing amp& Rehab. She was born Sept. 10, 1916. She was a lifetime resident of Mississippi, living in Jackson, Houston, Tupelo and her hometown, Magee. Because of her strong belief in God and the importance of her family, friends and community, she dedicated her life to rearing her children in a Christian home and gave over 20 years of service volunteering at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today at Lakewood Memorial Park South. Lakewood Funeral Home of Jackson is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son and his wife, Jim and Linda Shoemaker of Memphis; her daughter, Phyllis Shoemaker of Jackson; three sisters, Mary Campbell of Delray, Fla., Carol Herrington of Pelahatchie and Willis Brown of Richland; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Shoemaker, and her second husband, Raleigh Taylor.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to FRIENDS at Mississippi State Hospital, P.O. Box 75, Whitfield, MS, (601)351-8018; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Maggie Grisham
BALDWYN – Margaret “Maggie” Grisham, 76, died Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She had retired from Jockey International and from the Country Inn restaurant. She enjoyed her family, the holidays and her pet dog of 17 years, Sparkey.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Jeff Lee and Bro. Neil Murphy officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Jones (Dave) of Baldwyn; two sons, Roger Grisham (Donna) and Thomas Grisham (Pam), both of Kenosha, Wis.; two sisters, Irene Ratliff and her twin sister, Martha Oley (Ron), both of Wisconsin; one brother, Alfred Williams (Diane) of Wisconsin; her in-laws, Sue Nell Grisham, Billy Grisham (Barbara), Martha Reich (Larry) and Caroline Grisham, all of Baldwyn, and Nellie Williams of Wisconsin; seven grandchildren, Julie Grisham, Kelli Grisham, Kylee Fox (Shane), Kristi Grisham, Grant Grisham, Robbie Grisham and Stacie Jones; great-grandchildren, Jayden Johnson, Savannah Raine and Madison Belle.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Bonard Grisham; a son, Steven Grisham, brothers and sisters, John Williams, Millie Ours, Edith Thompson and Edward Williams.
Pallbearers will be Larry Reich, Jim Grisham, Rick Grisham, Rob Grisham, Grant Grisham and John Grisham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Oliver Grissom, Dexter Thrasher, Ron Oley, Billy Grisham and Zeke Garrett.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
William Brewer
HATLEY – William Albert Brewer died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at his home in Hatley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Dr. Andy Reese
CALHOUN CITY – Andy James Reese, D.O., 56, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada. He was born Jan. 16, 1953, in Calhoun City. He was a doctor and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church and the American Osteopathic Association.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Calhoun City. The Rev. Jimmy Vance, the Rev. Danny Spratlin, the Rev. Fred Hartley and the Rev. Dax Summerhill will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Reese of Calhoun City; one daughter, Melissa Reese Devall of Big Creek; his mother, Alice Maxine Reese of Calhoun City; two sisters, Betty Lindsey of Cleveland and Hilda Hemphill of Slate Springs; one brother, Hal Reese Jr. of Calhoun City; three grandchildren, Justin Devall, Lane Devall and Braden Devall.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hal Reese Sr.
Pallbearers will be Reese Lindsey, Ben Reese, David Hill, Joey Hawkins, Benny Langford, Gary Parker, Perry Goodson, Tommy Barton and Chris Devall.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Chapter 53 Motorcycle Club in Grenada County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rosa Nell Blackburn
VINA, Ala. – Rosa Nell Blackburn, 65, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at ECM Hospital in Florence, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Halltown Methodist Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m.today at Halltown Methodist Church and continue until service time on Sunday.
John E. Cummings
WEST POINT – John E. Cummings, 67, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the University of Alabama Medical Center-Birmingham. He was born March 8, 1942, in the Clarkston community of Webster County to Myrtle Strickland and Oren Cummings. He worked as a transport officer for the Clay County Sheriff’s Department. He was also a retired City of West Point selectman, serving for 24 years. He also served 25 years in law enforcement. He was a member of West End Baptist Church. He married Ann Hurst on June 22, 1962, at West End Baptist Church in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Mathena officiating and Dr. James Towery and Bro. Doyle Cummings assisting. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Hurst Cummings of West Point; two sons, James Michael amp”Mikeamp” Cummings (D’Juana) of New Hope and John Anthony Cummings (Beth) of West Point; six grandchildren, Aaron, Bradley, Jake, Beth Ann, McKenzie and John Charles Cummings; an adopted daughter, Franziska Werner from Soul, Germany; a host of nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Lena Hurst of West Point; one sister, Mary Ellen Hurst (Bud) of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Grover C. Hurst; and an infant daughter, Lisa Gail Cummings.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Cummings, Bradley Cummings, Jake Mathis, Brad Pettit, Landon Griffin, Keith McBrayer and Eddie Scott.
Honorary pallbearers will be Laddie Huffman, Kenny Ingram, Gary Dedeaux, Burt Nix and all of the cooking crew, David Winfield, Kenny Dill, Clark Baker, Marshall Miller, Tommy Riddle, all past City of West Point Board members he served with, all West Point City Hall employees, all Clay County Sheriff’s Department employees, and all City of West Point employees.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Melvin McClarin
SELMER, Tenn. – Melvin E. McClarin, 53, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at his home in Selmer, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNairy County Alumni Building in Selmer, Tenn. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery in Selmer. Grayson Funeral Service of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Ouida B. Hamilton
ECRU – Ouida B. Hamilton, 91, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James Roberts
DUMAS – James Carl Roberts, 68, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bobby Cox
TUPELO – Robert Howell Cox Jr., 70, died Friday, Nov. 20, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born on Oct. 26, 1939, in Greensboro, N.C., to Robert Howell Cox Sr. and Agnes Latham Cox. He graduated from Greensboro High School and later received a degree in psychology from Guilford College. He served in the North Carolina Air National Guard. He worked 25 years in retail management with J.C. Penney. He later managed several retail stores before retiring in 2003 and moving to the Tupelo area. He was an avid reader and loved spending time with his family and friends. He enjoyed listening to Southern gospel music and traveling. A member and deacon at First Christian Church, he loved fellowship with members and the Wednesday night meals.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Christian Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Ray Morton officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Robert Howell “Tripp” Cox III and wife, Deborah, of Tega Cay, S.C.; one daughter, Leslie Cox Montgomery and husband, Richard, of Bessemer, Ala.; a special friend, Winnie Jo Cox of Belden; two sisters, Linda Heathcote and Gloria Hopkins, and one brother, Randy Cox, all of the Burlington, N.C., area; one grandchild, Campbell Halie Cox of Tega Cay, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his wife and the mother of his children, Nancy Brunton Cox, on July 20, 2001.
Pallbearers will be the men of First Christian Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel and from 10 a.m. to service time on Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1, Tupelo, MS. 38801; or to the First Christian Church, 1590 McCullough Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Earl Dearing
OKOLONA – Earl “Chuin” Dearing, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at his daughter’s home. He was born March 28, 1931, to George Dearing and Ellen Gillespie Dearing. He was a United States Armed Services veteran and a farmer. He was a member of Zion Spring Church at Egypt.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Zion Spring Church with the Rev. Nollen Elzie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Earline Blanchard, Rosie McIntosh, Sarah Bean and Leslie Nabors, all of Okolona, and Tarus Nabors of Tupelo; three sons, Earl Blanchard (Dorothy), Donald Blanchard (Cynthia) and Eldrige Blanchard, all of Okolona; one sister, Lentin Box, and one brother, Eldridg Dearing, both of Chicago; 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Erskine and George Dearing; one sister, Erie Downs; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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