Obituaries Nov. 27, 2007

Rev. Frank W. Smith
TUPELO – Frank Wilton Smith, 80, died Sunday, November 25, 2007 at Magnolia Manor-Tupelo.

He was born on February 5, 1927 in Meridian, Mississippi to the late Charlie Edward Smith and Hannah Elizabeth (Hitt) Smith. He was saved and born again on July 4, 1941.

On April 19, 1944 he married the late Reba Corene (Randall) Smith of East Tupelo and they were married for 61 years until her death in 2004. He felt the call of God upon his life to serve in the ministry as a young teen, and pastored his first church in 1947 at the East Tupelo Assembly of God Church, and went on to pastor fourteen churches with the Church of God of Prophecy until his retirement in the early 1990’s, after pastoring for 48 years. Although he retired from the leadership as a pastor, he never retired from ministering to others and continued to bless everyone he came in contact with.

During his life, he could always be found singing around the area at many gospel singings or revivals, or on local radio shows on the weekends singing with friends, as he was well known for his singing and playing the guitar.

He has received much recognition as he is known as “the man that taught Elvis Presley how to play the guitar”, as he was the pastor of East Tupelo Assembly of God church where the family of Vernon and Gladys Presley were members. He also taught Elvis the song “Old Shep” which he went on to record, and he is recognized in many books, documentaries, films and monuments for his relations with Elvis.

Although he remained a licensed minister with the Church of God of Prophecy until his death, he enjoyed attending church at West Jackson Street Baptist Church the last few years of his life.

He is survived by four daughters: Reba Evonne Maxwell and husband, Larry, of Zion, Illinois; Elaine O’Doherty of Dallas, Texas; Betty Kaye Brasfield and husband, Eddie of Okolona; and Tammy Ruth Smith of Tupelo; six grandchildren: Patrick Keith Maxwell, Amelia Elizabeth (Maxwell) Risch, Daniel Cahir O’Doherty, II, Siobhan Morie O’Doherty, Dorinda Suzanne Brasfield, and Nathan Miles Walker; five great-grandchildren: Haley Evonne Maxwell, Malai Alexandria Maxwell, Kyla Suzanne Risch, Ashlyn Elizabeth Risch, and Conner Cahir O’Doherty; one brother: Charlie Edward Smith, Jr. of Biloxi, Miss.; one brother-in-law, Edward Herman Randall of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Taylor of Armucheel, Georgia; Jewel Randall Worthey of Los Angelas, California; and his loving caregivers of Magnolia Manor-Tupelo.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Reba Corene (Randall) Smith on August 22, 2004; three brothers Thomas Eugene Smith, Jessie Lawrence Smith, and Paul David Smith; four sisters Mary Alice Smith Dubose, Flora Mae Smith Miles, Orelle M. Hodges, and Minnie F. Crenshaw.

He preached many times using the scripture “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith”, and he did just that.
Visitation is 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at Pegues Funeral Home – Tupelo. A “Homegoing Service” will be on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of West Jackson Street Baptist Church, Tupelo, Mississippi with Bro. Leslie Porter and Rev. Derwood Dubose officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Walker, Daniel O’Doherty, Darrell Grimes, and Eddie Randall.

Honorary Pallbearers will be his caregivers at Magnolia Manor.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Larry Blasingame
NETTLETON – Larry Randol Blasingame, 71, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at the HomePlace in Nettleton where he had briefly resided.

Mr. Blasingame was born on Dec. 2, 1935, in Ramer, Tenn. to the late Oran and Rachel McCullar Blasingame. He graduated from Selmer High School in 1954 and was a member of the Tennessee National Guard. He married Joyce Ann Crook on Feb. 7, 1958. Mr. Blasingame worked most of his life in the construction industry. He was a pioneer in the asphalt paving and emulsion business and developed the first cold mix in the State of Tennessee. He was the founder , owner and operator of Miss. Asphalt Company (MAC) and Mississippi Road Specialists (MRS) and served as a major supplier of his very own blend of cold mix to 26 counties in Mississippi and Alabama. He literally built asphalt plants on President Island in Memphis, in Verona, Miss., and Parsons, Tenn. His operation is presently located in the Wren Community of Monroe County. Mr. Blasingame was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Tupelo where he served as an elder. He was a founding member of the Good News Church on West Jackson Street where he was also an elder. At his death, he was a member of the Faith Outreach Church in Okolona. He was a founding member of Canaan Land Ministries in Autaugaville, Ala., was on the Board of the Baldwyn Children’s Home and was a former member of the Nettleton Lion’s Club. He was a devoted Christian family man who revered his wife, children and grandchildren, who affectionately called him PaPaw. He loved the great outdoors and his land where he mane his home east of Nettleton and was an avid hunter. His selfless life made a difference for the Kingdom of God and he will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
Services will he held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 at Faith Outreach Church in Okolona with Bro. Jimmy Bryan and Bro. Mack Gober officiating. A 3 p.m. graveside service at the Blasingame Family Plot in the Adamsville, Tennessee Cemetery will follow. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Crook Blasingame of Nettleton; two daughters, Jane Davis and husband, Doug, of Plantersville, and Libby Hudson and husband, Perry, of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Kimberly Davis, Lauren Hudson, Drew Davis and Blake Hudson; his sister, Glenda Garver and husband, Steve, of Marion, Ark.; one son-in-law, Bill Walton of Nettleton; one niece, Rebecca Walker and husband William; and two nephews, Roger Kirkman and Richard Kirkman and wife, Becky, all of Marion, Ark.
He was greeted in heaven by his parents and his daughter, Cindy Blasingame Walton, who died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007.

Pallbearers will be James Whitlock, Tommy Hudson, Mike Holloway, Sonny Clay, Leon Davis and Glen Wallace. Honorary pallbearer will be his former pastor, Bro. Cecil Pumphrey.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris and from 9 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at Faith Outreach Church, Highway 41 North, Okolona.

Memorials may be made to Canaan Land Ministries, P.O. Box 310, Autaugaville, Ala. 36033 or to Faith Outreach Church, 31312 County Line Road, Okolona, Miss. 38860.

Era C. Hamilton
MEMPHIS – Era Charline Hamilton, 76, of Bartlett, Tenn., died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. She was born Oct. 13, 1931. She was a member of the East Hill Baptist Church in Bartlett.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Hill Baptist Church in Bartlett, Tenn. Burial will be in the Cross Roads Cemetery in Jumpertown. Forest Hill East Funeral Home, 2440 Whitten Road, Memphis, Tenn. 38133, is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Virgil “Buddy” Hamilton; four children, Michael Parker (Sue), Kathy Hurley (Russell), and Tammy Norman (Kevin) all of Cordova, Tenn., and Mark Hamilton (Debbie); four sisters, Elizabeth Morgan, Billie Keenum, Linda Huddleston and Mary Ann Perri; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the East Hill Baptist Church Building Fund.

Mary Louise Vance
AMORY – Mary Louise Vance, 76, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at her home . She was a member of Rose of Sharron Church of God in Christ. She was a homemaker and continued school at Dueway under the direction of Mrs. Aaron James Henry.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Susie L. Darden Memorial Chapel at Darden and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

Survivors include her husband, Frank Vance of Chicago, Ill.; one daughter Martha Sinnie of Milwaukee, Wisc.; five brothers, Billy Ray Tilleylen , Leon “Tookey” Tilleylen, Johnny Lee Tilleylen, Arthur “Candy Cat” Tilleylen, all of Amory, and Edgar Tilleylen of Milwaukee; three sisters, Mary Lucille Dankins of Amory, Claudia Stallings of Aberdeen and Gussie “Tiny” Bennett of Milwaukee, Wisc.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded by her daughter, Effie Louise Diggs.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Valerie Payne
TREMONT – Valerie Lee Payne, 43, died Sunday, November 25, 2007, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a lengthy illness. She was born June 12, 1964, in Warner Robins, Ga. to Paul and Glennie Kirby. She graduated from East Union High School and attended IJC. She was a homemaker and home schooled all of her children. She was a member of the Christian Home Educators of North MS. She was an accomplished pianist and won the Gold Award through the public school system for playing the piano and she also taught piano. She was a member of Tremont First Baptist Church where she had been the pianist for the past eight years, a Sunday School teacher and a VBS leader. She was active in getting her children through Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. She took honors at the Miss. Wool Assn. for sewing and made numerous doll clothes for her daughters. She enjoyed traveling to the mountains and especially the ocean. She loved family gathering and sitting on the porch.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lavelle Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband, Ricky Payne of Tremont; three children, Stephanie Lee Payne, Joshua Waymon Payne and Rebecca Danielle Payne all of the home; her parents, Paul W. and Glennie Kirby of Fulton; two brothers, Paul William Kirby, Jr. and Michelle of Blue Springs and Mark A. Kirby and Christy of Peppertown; one sister, Jennifer Raines and Dale of Blue Springs; her father-in-law, Bobby Payne of Wren; two sisters-in-law, Melanie Ware and Rickey of Hudson, FL and Jobi McKinney and Scott of Southaven; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Beth Payne; and her mother-in-law, Joanne Payne.
Pallbearers will be Paul Kirby, Jr., Mark Kirby, Dale Raines, Johnny Yielding, Gail Satterwhite and B. J. Canup.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House.

Berte Houston
ABERDEEN – Berte Carlisle Houston, 92, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at Garden Suites of Aberdeen. She was born Nov. 19, 1915, to Joseph E. Houston and Fannie Carlisle Houston in Aberdeen. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen and graduated from Aberdeen High School. She was a homemaker and caretaker of her family, a Girl Scout leader, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen and an honorary life time member of the Presbyterian Women.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 27, at the First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen with the Rev. Sandra Sisson officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Mary Houston and Jackie Houston, both of Aberdeen; one niece, Ann Houston Kelly; and three nephews, Houston Hardy, Joe Houston and Harold Clark.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Fannie May Hardy and Mamie Clark; and three brothers, Joseph Houston, Weaver Houston and Robert Houston.

Pallbearers will be Robert Clark, Steve Clark, Danny Kelly, Joseph Kelly, Tyson Langston and Murphree Evans. Honorary pallbearers will be her Girl Scout Troop.

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Aberdeen.

Rhetta Sue Fioretti
HOLLY SPRINGS – Rhetta Sue Fioretti, 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007, at Baptist Hospital-Desoto. She was born June 4, 1938, in Potts Camp to Ella Rhea Cook Whaley and the late Ware Whaley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs with the Rev. Zella Bobo officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Robin Bearden of Byhalia; her mother, Ella Rhea Whaley of Holly Springs; one sister, Mary Kay Garrison; two grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services at the funeral home.

Joseph T. Brassfield Jr.
CORINTH – Joseph Thomas Brassfield Jr., 43, of Corinth, MS, died November 25, 2007, at his home. He was born September 20, 1964 to Patricia Dianne Forman Carper and the late Joseph Thomas Brassfield Sr. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church. He worked for several years at Vanderford Scrap Metal, and he enjoyed fishing, deer hunting, and spending time with his family and friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Coleman Family Chapel with the Rev. Amos Smith officiating. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery in Corinth.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Thomas Brassfield Sr.; grandmothers, Opal Wells and Dora Brassfield; grandfathers, William Brassfield and Carl Forman; and uncle, Roy Lee Brassfield.
Survivors include his mother, Patricia Dianne Carper; two daughters: Christy Ann Nicole Brassfield, and Keithryn Joanne Brassfield; a son, Little Joe Brassfield; his sisters: Mary Brassfield and Brenda Gatewood (Mike); his stepchildren: Jason Hatcher, Missy Hatcher, Brian Hatcher, Lee Hamlin and Junior Hamlin; his stepgrandchildren: Chasity Hatcher, Marissa Hatcher and Elizabeth Hatcher; his special friend and companion, Paula Reynolds; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Thomas Brassfield Sr.; his grandmothers, Opal Wells and Dora Brassfield; his grandfathers, William Brassfield and Carl Forman; and his uncle, Roy Lee Brassfield.

Pallbearers will be Jackie Feacell, Willie Jarnagin, Tom Timms, Richard Reed, Doug Montley and Ronnie Davis.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Douglas W. Potts
CORINTH – Douglas W. Potts, Maj. USAF, Retired, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a native of Alcorn County. He attended Corinth High School through tenth grade but graduated from Selmer High School.

He was a 21 year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, had served in Vietnam and was a Master Navigator. Retiring as a major in 1982, he returned to his hometown where he was an associate of Eureka Vacuum Company, retiring with 10 years service. He was an associated of King Kars for seven years. His hobbies were bowling, driving and viewing the country. He was an avid Tennessee Vols fan.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Greg Philalee officiating. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery with full Military Honors.

Survivors include his wife, Judy D. Potts of Corinth; three sons, John Douglas Potts and wife, Jennifer, Wayne Kevin Potts, and Christopher Dale Potts, all of Corinth; two sisters, Judy E. Knight and husband, Willard, of Nashville, Tenn., and Faye Barron and husband, Eddie, of Guys, Tenn.; his stepfather, Virgil Curtis of Corinth; two cousins, Ramona Purvis and Norma Essary, both of Corinth; his brother-in-law, John Dorr and Linda of Los Angeles, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Jackie McCulloch and Alvin of Angleton, Texas; and two grandchildren, Tyler Burrus and Michael Little.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gladys Potts Curtis and J.B. Potts.

Pallbearers will be Joe Knight, Tommy Calvery, Ronnie Sumler, Eldon Nelson, Mike Doran and Ricky King.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Corinth Humane Society, 3825 Proper St., Corinth, MS 38834 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Judy Davis, 6508 N. Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS 38834.

Verlon Gilliland
SPLUNGE – Verlon Gilliland, 73, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Trixie Butler Gholston
BALDWYN – Trixie Butler Gholston, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Bobby Jerrell, Bro., Castor Buse and Bro. John Cagle officiating. Burial will be in the Friendship Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Gholston of the Pratt community; one son, Keylon Gholston (Teresa) of the Pratt community; one aunt, Polly Parker (Chubby) of Guntown; her grandchildren, Samuel Brent Gholston (Sonya), Keylon Cole Gholston, Margaret Lakin Gholston, Douglas Clay Gholston; her sister-in-law, Lula B. Gholston of the Pratts community; and her nieces and nephews, Joe Blassingame (Joan), Becky Cagle (Gerald), Robert Gholston (Nannette) and Patricia Rowland (Edward).

She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Douglas Gholston; one daughter, Elizabeth Ann Gholston; her parents, Noel and Rosie Young Butler; and two sisters, Susie Blassingame and Tannis Moffett.

Pallbearers will be Matt McCarthy, Eric Bishop, Austin Martin, John Adam Bryan, Ben Armstrong, Cliff Sherden and Corey Stidham. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Ray, Chubby Parker, Nelson Miller, Bobby Joyner, Larry McCarthy, Billy Rice, Frankie Hopkins, Joe Camp. LR., Burcham and Jack Hamblin Jr.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Ruby Tindall Harrison
EUPORA – Ruby Tindall Harrison, 88, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center Long Term Care Unit in Eupora. She was born Aug. 19, 1919, to the late Letson and Minnie Sparkman Tindall. She was a homemaker and enjoyed caring for her home, flowers, pets and being a part of her church family.

Services will be 2 p.m. today at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine with Bro. Jimmy Latham and Bro. Willy Weddle officiating. Burial will be in the North Union Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three children, Ann Harrison of Phoenix, Ariz., Gail Welch and husband, Pat, of Laurel, and Dale Harrison and wife, Brenda, of Baldwyn; five grandchildren, Margaret Liggett and husband, Mike, Patrick Welch and wife, Brandy, Kelly Henley and husband, Jason, Nathan and Kayla Harrison; four great-grandchildren, Tori and Jessie Liggett, Hayden and Piper Henley; and a sister-in-law, Valera Tindall.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her siblings, Beo Russell, Willie Stewart, Jewel Harrison, Lula V. Porter, H.B. Tindall, Howard Tindall and Leo Tindall.

Pallbearers will be James Evans, Rufus Marter, Joe James Miles, Jack Knight, Thomas Earl Latham and David Yarbrough. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Carroll Evans, Cloyce Nail and Robert Perry Sprayberry.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services.

Flora Bell Stafford
CORINTH – Flora Bell Leatherwood Stafford, 67, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center. She loved sewing, reading, music and spending time with her grandkids, great-nieces and nephews, walking and fishing. She worked at Garan Shirt Factory, Prentiss Manufacturing and was personal caretaker for the Bishop family, a Stewardess at Oak Grove CME Church and former Eastern Star Chapter 316.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Oak Grove CME Church with the Rev. Cheryl Penson officiating. Burial will be in the Adkin Chapel Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three brothers, Lawrence Leatherwood, John Leatherwood (Berlin) and Jessie Leatherwood (Helen); a special niece, Tammy Leatherwood; a brother-in-law, Junior Bell; her grandchildren, Anthony Hurd, Damion Leatherwood, Rochelle Johnson, Raven Johnson, Latia Johnson and Kiana Leatherwood.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elemer and Alice Leatherwood; one son, Samuel O. Leatherwood; her sister, Bertha Bailis, Verlma Leatherwood, Sarah Johnson and Beatrice Bell; and two brothers, Elemer Leatherwood and Robert Leatherwood.

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

James Luttrell
HOLLY SPRINGS – James Lawrence Luttrell died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holly Springs Funeral Home.

Harold Edwin Delk
HAMILTON – Harold Edwin Delk, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born May 16, 1918, to John Franklin Delk and Catherine Barnes Delk in Melburn, Ala. He was a lifelong resident of Hamilton where he was a retired farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and was a Mason.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include one daughter, Terry Blaylock and husband, Floyd, of Hamilton; one son, Harold Gene Delk of Amory; four sisters, Juanita Carr of Florida, Reva Robinson and Catherine Reeves, both of Columbus, and Jackie Flemming of Millport, Ala.; one brother, Ralph Delk of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two grandchildren, Cassie Jones and Brandy Faulkner; and two great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Jones and Alyssa
Jones.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille Homer Delk; one sister, Lillie Mae O’Conner; and two brothers, Avery Delk and Eugene Delk.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time on Thursday at the funeral home in Aberdeen.

Joe Jackson
OXFORD – James “Joe” Jackson, 85, retired maintenance mechanic with Fruehauf Trailer, died Sunday, November 25, 2007 at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. A veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a member of the 81st Engineer Battalion in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a 32nd degree Shriner, a Mason, a lifetime member of the VFW and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, at the Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Edmonds officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery.

Survivors include his daughter, Sylvia Kyle of Bartlett, Tenn.; one son, Mike Jackson of West Memphis, Ark.; three sisters, Gertrude James and Myra Vines of Oxford and Nancy Graham of Craigsville, W.Va.; two brothers, Glen Jackson of Jackson and Robert Jackson of Oxford; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances Jackson.

The family has asked that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in his name be made to Shiloh Cemetery Fund.

In honor of Mr. Jackson's service to our country, the flag of the U.S. Army is proudly flown during the time of services.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 today at the funeral Home.

Sidney Leroy Cox
PRAIRIE – Sidney Leroy Cox, 62, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at the North Miss. Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 29, 1945, to Elmer Cox and Grace Smitherman Cox in Aberdeen. He lived most of his life in Ocean Springs before moving to Prairie where he lived for the past eight years. He graduated from Pascagoula High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an Avionic Navigation Systems Technician and retired as an electrician for Ingles Ship Yard.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Grace Smitherman Cox of Prairie; one daughter, Candace Dawn Cox Boggs and husband, Daniel, of Grovetown, Ga.; one son, Christopher Lee Cox of Ocean Springs; two sisters, Kathleen Benson of Grand Bay, Ala. and Rhonda L. Schulmeier and husband, Elgin, of San Antonio, Texas; and three brothers, Edward Allen Cox and wife, Carolyn, and Winford L. Cox and wife, Linda, all of Prairie, and Kenneth J. Cox and wife, Donna, of Seguin, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his father.

Fred Q.Barnes
BYHALIA – Fred Q. Barnes, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at the Baptist Hospital-Desoto County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

John E. Brassfield
HOUSTON – John E. Brassfield, 84, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at the Trace Regional Hospital. He was born Feb. 28, 1923, to Middleton “Mid” Poole and Maude Stewart Brassfield in Chickasaw County. He was a Baptist and a retired factory worker.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include four daughters, Stella Kilgore, Debra Cook and Ronnie, all of Houston, Kathy Easley and Ronnie of Houlka, and JoAnn Brassfield of Pontotoc; two sons, Charles Brassfield and Warren Brassfield, both of Houston; one brother, Troy Brassfield of Houston; one sister, Lottie Wright of Houston; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Mae Brassfield; his parents; one daughter, Brenda Lancaster; one sister, Grace Colburn; and two brothers, Ervin Buford and Otis Brassfield.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and great-grandsons.

Newtie McGregory
OXFORD – Newtie Louise Rogers McGregory, 97, died Sunday, November 25, 2007, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a homemaker and attended North Oxford Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today, November 27, 2007, at North Oxford Baptist Church Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her son, Nathan Rogers Kenton of Oxford; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and thirteen great great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry M. McGregory; and by her daughter, Imogene Yancy.

Stanley A. Tollison
MABEN – Stanley A. Tollison, 61, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. He was born Oct. 8, 1946, in Chocktaw County. He was a marketing manager for GTS Duratek and a member of the Midway Church of Christ in Maben. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wade Stevens officiating. Burial will be in the Spring Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Mathiston.

Survivors include his mother, Vinita Oswalt of Mathiston; one daughter, Dawn Elizabeth Alexanian of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; one son, Jeffery Alan Tollison of Schuylerville, N.Y.; one brother, David Tollison of West Point; his special friend, Joann Douglas of Pheba; and two grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, James D. Tollison; and his brothers, James R. Tollison and Dewey R. Tollison.

Pallbearers will be Wade Vaughn, Danny Tollison, Mickey Tollison, Greg Tollison, Scott Tollison and Floyd McKee. Honorary pallbearers will be Claude McKee, Randy Tollison, Fred Hodge, Jimmy Orr and Emmitt Bigham.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Earl Turnage
POTTS CAMP – James Earl “Big Red” Turnage, 56, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2007, at the Grenada Lakes Medical Center. He was a member of Reid’s Gift M.B. Church in Potts Camp and a member of the Male Chorus. He was a machine operator at Wurlitzer of Holly Springs and Hill Craft of New Albany.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Reid’s Gift M.B. Church in Potts Camp with the Rev. L.G. Bogard officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Shelia Rucker Turnage of Potts Camp; one daughter, Melissa Ann Turnage of Hickory Flat; two sons, David Turnage of Potts Camp and Jonathan Traylor of Memphis; eight grandchildren; a sister, Juanita Dillard of Potts Camp; and one brother, Frank Turnage Jr. of Potts Camp.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Turnage Sr. and Willie Earl Miller; one sister, Linda “Dianne” Rucker; and one brother, C. W. Turnage.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home in Holly Springs with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

The body will lie in state at the church from noon until 12:55 p.m. Wednesday.

Elizabeth Jones
WEST POINT – Elizabeth Louise Johnson Jones, 77, of West Point, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2007, at her home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. Eddie Longstreet officiating. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two sons, James Albert Jones and Harold Edwin Jones, both of West Point; one daughter, Jacqueline Ann Jones Clark of Jackson; one brother, Johnny Lee Johnson of West Point; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee Johnson and Hattie Clay Johnson; one brother, Robert Lee Johnson; and one sister, Dorothy Virginia Johnson Brown.

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

Everett B. Brown
CORINTH – Everett B. Brown died Monday, Nov. 26, 2007, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of Waldron St. Christian Church. He retired from Michigan Mobile Glass and Trim and he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ted Avant officiating. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sarita Jean Brown of Corinth; his brothers, Arvid Brown and his wife, Jennie, of Michigan, and Russell Brown and his wife, Marlene, of Selmer, Tenn.; one sister, Donna Michael of Savannah, Tenn.; his nephews, Arvid Brown Jr. ( June), Jerry Michael, Samuel Michael II (Joyce), Richard Michael (Peggy), Paul Michael, Dale Michael (Angie), Russell Brown Jr., Ronald Brown (Kayla), Ralph Brown (Karen) and Randy Brown (Tamra Kai); his nieces, Kimberly Pressnell (Mike), Cynthia Rowe, Brenda Mistico (Fred), Patricia Flatt (Danny), Linda Lands (Aaron), Nancy Cole (Darrell) and Marlene Erickson (Len); 27 great-great-nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.