Obituaries November 30, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Marian Cousar-Getsin
OXFORD – Marian Cobb Cousar-Getsin, 79, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Having lived in New Albany most of her life, she moved to Oxford in May 2010. She was a member of the New Albany Presbyterian Church in New Albany.
A memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the New Albany Presbyterian Church, Hwy. 15 South, with Bro. Bill Everett officiating. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Sherri Robinson (David) of Oxford; four sons, David Cousar of Memphis, Tenn., Tim Cousar of Oxford, Joe Cousar (Pam) of New Albany and Rob Cousar of Tupelo; one sister, Diane Bullock of Corinth; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Cousar-Getsin was preceded in death by her husbands, Robert “Bobby” Lee Cousar and Morris Getsin; her parents, Dalton and Clara Cobb; and two sisters, Betty Foster and Helen Williams.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Albany Presbyterian Church, 605 Hwy. 15 South, New Albany, MS 38652. Online condolences may be left at
Junior F. Holloway
CORINTH – Junior Franklin Holloway, 69, of Michie, Tenn., died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at his residence.
Services are incomplete with Corinthian Funeral Home in charge.
Bernice Spears
RIPLEY – Bernice Spears, 59, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born May 13, 1951, in Tippah County, she was the daughter of Jamie C. Storey and the late Willie Murry Cox.
Visitation continues until 8 tonight at Foster amp& Son Funeral Home in Ripley. Her body will lie in repose one hour prior to 1 p.m. Wednesday services at Moses Chapel United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Sapada Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Boyd Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Gween Spears; two sons, Quincy Lavon Spears (Sonya), Timothy Octavian Spears (Natasha); three brothers, John Luther Cox (Marilyn), Dennis Louis Cox (Debra), Charlie Timothy Cox (Amanda); two sisters, Charlotte Theresa Relliford (Curlie) and Mary Elizabeth Kidd; eight grandchildren, JeVouhn Adams, Terrence Chills, Tatyana Nelson, Jada Prather and Sylvia, Dayla, Diamond and Xzavier Spears; Myeshia Nelson, who was like a daughter to her; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William Earl Cox.
Quina M. Foster
TUPELO – Quina Mae Foster, 83, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at her home.
She was a Tishomingo County native, she was born Sept. 22, 1927, to Raymond Davis Collier and Verlon Bostick Collier. She was a 1945 graduate of Plantersville High School. On April 27, 1946, she married Bill Foster, who died Jan. 7, 2010.
She worked for Reed Manufacturing and retired from Rosato Clothing as a supervisor after 42 years of service. After retirement she enjoyed working part-time for Chick-Fil-A in the mall. She loved to cook and enjoyed family get-togethers. Earlier in her life she enjoyed traveling with her husband to the Smoky Mountains and attending Bill Gaither concerts. She loved her family, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and was especially proud that her grandsons are all Eagle Scouts. She was a longtime member of Thomas Street Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 5-8 tonight and continue until service time at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Bro. Frank Panzrino officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Ann Kelley (Marcus) and Sheila Symes (Scott); one son, Danny Foster (Pam); five grandchildren, Kristen Cobb (Mark), Brad Foster, Kevin Foster, Ashley Symes and Eric Symes; three great-grandchildren, Kelby, Drake and Zayne Cobb all of Tupelo; four sisters-in-law, Rena McVay, Alice Collier Patrick, Eva Foster and Minnie Vanderford; numerous nieces and nephews.
She also was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Lewis and Lonnie Collier.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Clarence, Wayne and Tim Foster, Paul and David McVay, and Hoyt, George and James Sheffield,
Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Vanderford, Robert Sheffield and Ronald Collier .
Memorials may be made to The Boy Scouts of America, 505 Air Park Road, Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at
Tommy C. Richey
TUPELO – Tommy C. Richey, 57, died Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He joined Jones Chapel M.B. Church at an early age. He was an employee of Corinthian Furniture Co. in Corinth, and he loved playing checkers, computer games and watching sports on television.
Family Hour/Viewing will be 6-7 p.m. today at J.W. Porter’s Chapel, then his body will lie in repose at Jones Chapel church at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael William officiating with the Rev. John Young, eulogist. Burial will be in Mud Creek Cemetery.
Arrangements are by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Survivors include his mother, Clara E. Richey of Saltillo; a daughter, Tiwana E. King of Tupelo; a step-daughter, Daisy Montgomery (Perry), Guntown; three grandchildren, Tyquana, Shyvonna and Brentterris King of Tupelo; four step-grandchildren, Cameron, Xavie and Raven Robinson, and Merry Montgomery of Guntown; a step-great-grandchild, Cadin Sadler; six sisters, Ella Lucas (Jimmy), Alberta Ford, Carolyn and Clara L. Richey of Saltillo, and Betty and Lisa Richey of Tupelo; four brothers, Norris Richey (Polly) and John Richey of Tupelo, and Jimmy Richey Sr. and Larry Richey of Saltillo; two aunts, Annie McCardy and Ester Cross of Alton, Ill.,; four uncles, Tommy Richey (Virginia), Saltillo, and Jessie, Ardie and Henry Lee Ewing all of Alton.
Online condolences can be made at
Richard Goddard
BOONEVILLE – Richard Cullen Goddard, 73, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born March 20, 1937, in Prentiss County, to Everett Clyde Goddard and Mattie Bell Windham Goddard.
He was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church. He owned and operated an electric motor repair shop, a retail light fixture store, and a door, window, and gutter business. He was an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and a St. Louis Cardinal fan. He enjoyed his church activities and visiting with his friends at the coffee shop.
Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. W. C. Alexander officiating. Kermit Keenum will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery in Jumpertown.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Godwin Goddard, whom he married on June 6, 1959; two sons, Richard Goddard Jr. and Jeremy Goddard, both of Booneville; two daughters, Jessica Logan (Gregory) of Drasco, Ark., and Alicia Belle Goddard of Tupelo.; three brothers, Smith Goddard (Virginia), Bobby Goddard (Joan), and James Goddard (Donnie), all of Booneville; two sisters, Lora Bell Eaton of Booneville and Ruth Strakis of West Palm Beach, Fla.
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Esther Geno, Juanita “Dank” Gann and Mary Helen Goddard; one brother, Tommy Goddard.
Pallbearers are Albert Stolz, Jim Goddard, Marvin Geno, John Davis, Jimmy Moore, Tom Deaton, Kermit Keenum and Willard Robinson.
Memorials may be made to Crossroads United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 304, Booneville, MS 38829, or the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Vanessa ‘Nell’ Ruff
SHANNON – Vanessa Ann “Nell” Ruff, 52, of Shannon died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A graduate of Shannon High School, she worked at NMMC for 17 years.
Active at St. John M.B. Church, she served on the Usher Board, Kitchen and Anniversary committees. She loved cooking, playing cards and spending quality time with her family and friends. Her joy in life was her grandchildren.
Viewing will be 4-6 p.m. today at J.W. Porter’s Chapel. Her body will lie in repose one hour prior to the 2 p.m. Wednesday service at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Verona. Pastor David Walker, eulogist, and the Rev. Donnell Nichols will officiate.
Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Washington (Homer), Shannon; two grandchildren, Zacheaus and Madison Washington; her mother, Johnnie Ruth Johnson, Shannon; grandfather, Hal Pierce, Shannon; step-mother, Emma Kaye Pierce; mother-in-law, Dorothy Richardson; five brothers, Terry Johnson (Lillie), Plantersville, Garry Johnson of Shannon, Charles Goree of Tupelo, Lawrence Pierce (Kimberly), Dallas, Texas, and Bobby Pierce (Tonya), Shannon; a sister, Twanna Pierce, Shannon; four uncles, James Kirk of Shannon, Albert Kirk of St. Paul, Minn., Thomas Pierce (Jimmie), Shannon and Cliff Pierce, St. Louis, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald Wayne Ruff, her father, Coleman Lee Pierce, and grandparents, Johnny B. and Eddie Lue Kirk.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Brooks, John Ivy, John Holland, Lee Gardner, John Hersey, Lee Andrew Gardner and Thomas McIntosh.
Online condolences can be made at
Jetty P. Bolton
BELMONT – Jetty Pearl Bolton, 81, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at her residence. She was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Franklin County, Ala. She was a housewife, mother and a factory worker. She was a member of Northside Baptist Church, Red Bay, Ala.
Visitation continues today at Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, Ms. and until 2 p.m. services at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. J.C. Blackburn and Bro. Billy Turbyfill officiating. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Survivors include five daughters, Mary Lou Murphy, Cherokee, Ala., Nancy Watson (Freddie) of Golden, Linda Johnson (Johnny Wade) of Fulton, Carolyn Peterson (Ray), Hamilton, Ala. and Diane Gordon (Jerry), Belmont; 14 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bolton, her parents, Henry and Ollie Frost and two sons-in-law, R.C. Childers and Billy Joe Murphy.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Anthony Fugitt, James Thorn, Roger Thorn, Steve Thorn, Larry Bolton and Billy Bolton. Honorary pallbearers will be William Bolton and Johnny McGee.
Stephen Holland
BELMONT – Stephen Holland, 52, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 30, 1958, in Albany, N.Y., the middle of five children to Herbert and Marilyn Rapp Holland.
Stephen lived his younger years in Albany and attended Buffalo State where he studied theater. He later moved to Texas for several years where he met his wife, Chris, and they were married on Nov. 23, 1985. He was saved in 1993 and in 1996 he and his wife both were ordained into the ministry. He was a member of Agape International.
He moved to Senatobia in 1999 and transferred to Tupelo in 2004. He was a former general manager for Domino’s pizza in Tupelo. For the past two years he worked with his wife in her business, Covenant Creek Farm, where they made goat milk soap and other goat milk products. He was a member of 4-H and was on the board of Belmont farmers market. He was considered a master gardener and loved woodworking. Working with kids, being involved with youth activities and youth development were dear to his heart. Stephen was an avid conversationalist and never met a stranger and if he did they were soon his friend. He was loved by his family and all who knew him.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Wednesday only at Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.
Memorial services will begin at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. Haskel Sparks officiating. Burial will be at a later time.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Chris Holland of Belmont; two daughters, Chelsea Holland of Starkville and Aimee Sanders (James) of Tupelo; two sons, Nick and Jonah Holland of Belmont; two grandchildren, Tyler and Vinny Sanders; parents, Herbert and Marilyn Holland; three sisters, Lynn Holland, Sheryl Toseland and Debbie Holland; brother, David Holland, all of Albany, N.Y. and two nieces and a nephew.
Condolences may be e-mailed to
Brooxie Gross
SOUTHAVEN – Brooxie Gross, 81, formerly of Fulton, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. She was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Memphis, Tenn., to Wesley Carl and Lois Ozella Hood Watkins.
She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church and was a bookkeeper for Mid South Appliance Service in Fulton for several years.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Her body will lie in repose at Mt. Pleasant church at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Services will begin at 11 a.m. with Bro. Tim Holsonback officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Thomas (Sonny) of Southaven, Terrie Mc Neely (Rich) of San Diego, Calif., Susan Goff (Benny ) of Olive Branch; nine grandchildren, Wesley, Natalie, Zach, Brandon, Brian, Leigh, Lisa, Lacy and Lillian; 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, J.R. “Sonny” Watkins (Sue) of Fulton.
She also was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Gross, and sisters, Ruth West and Dorothy Jean Ledbetter.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Thomas, Brian Thomas, Wesley Goff, Zach Goff and Anthony Nabers.
Mary M. Rone
BOONEVILLE – Mary Mauveline Rone, 82, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born May 2, 1928, to Grover and Irene Gullett Padgett. She was a member of Crossroads United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will begin at noon today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. W.C. Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda McGaughy (Dean) of Burnsville; her son, Larry Rone of Booneville; three sisters, Madgeline Miller of Enterprise, Ala., Reba Michael of Rienzi, Joan Goddard (Bobby) of Booneville; one brother, Doyle Padgett of Dry Creek; five grandchildren, Tammy Bowen (Greg), Dionne Lambert (Terry), Chris McGaughy (Denise), Michael Rone (Tammy) and Christy Hicks (Orville); 10 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, R.J. Rone, in 1992, her parents, and two brothers, John and Earl Padgett.
Condolences may be left at
Otis ‘O.C.’ Black
HOUSTON – Otis Clifford “O.C.” Black, 76, of the Thorn community died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.
Known affectionately by his children as “Big Daddy,” he was a member of New Hope Church of God and retired from Union Camp after 28 years. He was born Feb. 10, 1934, in Hardin County, Tenn., the son of Roam and Cora Lard Black.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel. Services will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday with Bros. Johnny Kitchens, Greg Moss and Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will be in Houston City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dorothy Black; three sons, Johnny L. Black, Joseph W. Black (Kathy) and Jerry D. Black (Vickie), all of Houston; grandchildren, Daniel, Justin and Jessica Black, all of Houston, a great-granddaughter, Chloe Danielle Black, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and 17 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Clark, Ben Clark, Tommy Black, Paul Whitt, Steve Huffman, Herman Moss and Bruce Burkeen. Honorary pallbearers will be Conway Huffman and Raymond Moore.
Online registry at:
Lora T. Duncan
BALDWYN – Lora Nadine Thornton Duncan, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 3, 1919 in Union County, the daughter of the late William and Retha Brayon Thornton.
She was retired from Irwin B. Schwabe and was a member of Neely Baptist Church. She enjoyed crocheting, reading and working puzzle books. She loved her pet cat, Lovie.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. today at United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Wallerville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Duncan of Baldwyn; two step-daughters, Linda Timmons of Saltillo and Betty Gaines of Blue Springs; two sisters, Vivian Bailey and Mable Rakestraw, both of New Albany; a sister-in-law, Hermie Henry Duncan; a special niece, Dr. Emily Duncan Forsdick of Memphis and a special friend, Shawn Timmons of Saltillo.
She also was preceded in death by her husband, Gaston Duncan; six brothers and three sisters.
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Reba S. Adcox
WALNUT – Reba D. Smith Adcox, 54, of Walnut died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at Rest Haven Health and Rehabilitation in Ripley.
Services will begin at 10 a.m. today at Charity Church of the Lord Jesus Christ near Chalybeate with Bro. Tim Watson officiating. Burial will be in Gentry’s Chapel Cemetery near Middleton, Tenn., with McBride Funeral Home of Ripley in charge.
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Robert E. Thomas
Rienzi – Robert E. Thomas, 75, of Rienzi, died Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Hospital.
Services will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Eddie L. Jumper officiating. Burial will be in National Cemetery with Patterson Memorial Chapel Funeral Home in charge.

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