Obituaries Oct. 26, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Emily Matthews
NASHVILLE – Emily Ann Grantham Mathews, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. She was born in 1925 to Kirk and Lucille Grantham. In high school, she covered sports and news for the city paper with the by name, “Scoop Grantham.” After graduating from Tupelo High School, she attended Mississippi State College for Women and University of Missouri where she studied journalism. After college, she hosted various radio shows in Jackson, Tenn. and Clarksville, Tenn.
Services were held Oct. 11, 2010, at Woodmont Christian Church in Nashville.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Dr. Robert Mathews; her children, Roberta Corbett, Emily Dunn, John Mathews and Jennifer Smith; her grandchildren, Shelby and Emily Smith and Sean and Matthew Dunn; and her siblings, Martha Lu Jackson, Janie Sargent and Kirk Grantham.
She was preceded in death by a son, Todd; and a son-in-law, Tom Corbett.
Vickie Douglas
BYHALIA – Vickie Ann Douglas, 62, died Oct. 24, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs.
No services are scheduled. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Lankford
GORE SPRINGS – James Barry Lankford, 64, died Oct. 24, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Wise Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Embry Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Martha Furtick
CORINTH – Martha Horn Furtick died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A longtime resident of Corinth, she was a career teacher and librarian in the public school system following her graduation from Blue Mountain College, Bowling Green College and receiving a Masters Degree from Mississippi State University. She was a faithful and active member and former Sunday school teacher at First Baptist Church in Corinth. A founding member of Corinth’s Little Garden Club, she also participated in various other civic activities.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home in Corinth with the Rev. Dennis Smith of First Baptist Church officiating. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include sons, Mike (Vera) Furtick of Sarasota, Fla. and Jim (Diane) Furtick of Tupelo; grandchildren, Katie Furtick of Tallahassee, Fla., Sally Furtick of Eureka, Calif., Malloy (Nate) Lacktman of Tampa, Fla., Johanna Wood of St. Petersburg, Fla., Hannah (Jeff) Dreher of Cleveland and Carey Estes (Holly Senter, fiancee) of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and great-grandchildren, Colby Dreher and Oliver Lacktman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Furtick in 1996.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Boucher, Jason Richardson, Bill Green, AB Isbell, Jerry Monroe and Bob Foster.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 501 Main Street, Corinth, MS 38834 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be left at mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Mattye Rodgers
WEST POINT – Mattye Mildred Rodgers, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at her home in West Point. She was born on Oct. 25, 1927, in Kilmichael to John A. Watson and Hattie Bell Donahoo. She was a member of West Point First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with Robbie Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her three daughters, Kim Rodgers Harmon of West Point, Kay Rodgers Talbot of Byhalia and Tracy Rodgers McVaugh of Columbus; one sister, Margaret Colbert (Max) of Cedar Bluff; two brothers, Corky Watson (Joy) of Cedar Bluff and John W. Watson of Cedar Bluff; six grandchildren, Lyle Harmon, Leigh Harmon Harpole, Marcus Wright, Allison Wright Cantello, Chris Rodgers and Emma Claire Rodgers; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Rodgers; and her son, Tommy Rodgers.
Visitation will be from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Pyle, Marcus Wright, Joseph Halechko, Jimmy Donahoo, Greg Bennett and Kent Watson.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
Ed Archer
CORINTH – Lawrence Edmond “Ed” Archer died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born in Corinth to Harry L. and Pearl Johnson Archer on Wednesday, Aug. 11, 1920. He studied and worked as an electrician while attending Corinth High School. After graduating, he moved to Tupelo and opened an electrical repair shop.
On July 13, 1940, he married the love of his life, Ella Lea Baker. For the next 70 years, they practiced and lived their marriage vows every day. They lived in Tupelo until he was drafted in to the U.S. Army to fight in World War II and was deployed to Europe. He worked in the mail room while in Europe. Afer receiving his discharge, he returned to Corinth and began working for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier until he retired in 1977. During his years with the postal service, he never forgot his first interest in life, being an electrician.
After retiring, he studied, took the tests and obtained his Master Union Electrician from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. After receiving this degree, he taught at Alcorn County Vocational School for 20 years and was an instructor at North East Community College. Also, he was an electrical supervisor for Bechtel, an electrical, construction and project management company, located in Vicksburg.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Foote Street Church of Christ with Minister Benny Baker officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery near Corinth. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Ella Lea Baker Archer; one daughter, Linda Hill and her husband, Jim; and four grandchildren, Holly Brown and her husband, John, Dr. Sheri Hill and her husband, Tim Quagliaroli, David Hill and Susan Hill and her husband, Juan Velez.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Howell; and three sisters.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 County Road 700, Corinth, MS 38834.
Billy Childress
OXFORD – Billy Ray Childress, 52, owner of Metro Muffler, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at his home in Oxford. He was born in Oxford, and he loved hunting and fishing. He cherished his family and friends and was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. He was a Methodist with a strong faith.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. George Crowden officiating. Burial will be in Fulmer Cemetery in Harmontown. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Paquita J. Childress of Oxford; a daughter, Sabrina L. Childress of Grass Valley, Calif.; one brother, Charles “Ricky” Childress of Oxford; an aunt, Mary A. Beard of Oxford; and one grandchild.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Billy Ray, c/o Oxford University Bank, 1550 University Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655 or to the American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main St., Suite C, Tupelo, MS 38804.
To sign our online condolence registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Robyn O’Neal
OXFORD – Robyn Lenya O’Neal, 48, died Oct. 24, 2010, at home.
No services are scheduled at this time. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charles Langston
PRAIRIE – Charles Langston, 60, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home-Aberdeen.
www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Laken Young
DENNIS – Laken Noelle Young, 16, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 20, 1993, in Amory. She was a junior at Belmont High School, where she was a member of the Math Club and played fast amp& slow pitch softball. She was a member of the first Belmont basketball team that won the five-county championship. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she was an active member of the youth group. She worked at Piggly Wiggly, enjoyed spending time with friends and Alabama football.
Services will be at at 1 p.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Ray Burks and Bro. Kevin Tribble officiating. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her parents, Jeff and Susan Young of Dennis; a brother, Brett Young of Dennis; grandparents, Janice Skinner of Red Bay and Jim and Judy Young of Dennis; great-grandmother, Edith Francis of Red Bay; aunts, Jeneen Brooks (Clayton) of Belmont and Kim Wilson (John) of Rogersville, Ala.; and cousins, Paige Brooks, Peyton Brooks and Sloan Wilson.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Fran Skinner.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Johnson, Gary Walker, Royce Hopkins, Ken Shotts, Ed Moore, Jackie Caldwell and Dustin Wilemon.
The junior class of Belmont High School and other special friends will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the church.
Kenneth Ross
CORINTH – Kenneth Ross died Oct. 23, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born Sept. 24, 1938, and he attended Pleasant Hill Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dewayne Kirk officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sue Mauney Ross of Corinth; a brother, Ted Ross of Rienzi; and sisters, Peggy Owens, Eva (Fred) Mason, both of Rienzi, Jean (Odell) Crum of Eads, Tenn. and Dorothy (Hershel) Sims of Booneville; sisters-in-law, Faye and Janice Ross; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Cora Downs Ross; brothers, James and Dan Ross; and sisters, Mae Bell Johnson and Betty Elaine Ross.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Junior Walls
HOULKA – Junior Lee Walls, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at his home. He was born May 26, 1929. He was born in Calhoun County and was a Veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired water well driller and a member of Pearson Chapel Church of the Nazarene
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell and Bro. Jim Hewitt officiating. Burial will be in Ellzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lula May Walls of Houlka; three sons, Phillip Walls and wife, Mary, and Panu Lucier, all of Anchorage, Alaska, Robert Walls and wife, Debbie of Houlka and Stanley Walls and wife, Judy of Houlka; one daughter, Debbie Wright and husband, Danny of Houlka; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dot Black, Cathelene Moore, both of Houston and Charlene Langley of Woodland; and three brothers, Billy Walls of Woodland, Melvin Duncan and L.C. Duncan, both of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; Robert Lee Walls and Janie Duncan; and his stepfather, Henry Duncan.
Pallbearers will be Jerred Wright, Daniel Wright, Eddie Moore, Paul Whitt, Nicholas Duncan and Tommy Black.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Jerrie Ann Stanford
TUPELO – Jerrie Ann Stanford, 72, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Pontotoc native, she was born July 18, 1938, to John W. and Carnell Murphy Staten. A graduate of Randolph High School, she went on to attend cosmetology school. She loved to go to antique shops, where she collected many different types of glass wear, decorative dress pins and other antique objects. She loved and adored her granddaughters. Some of the hobbies she enjoyed were gardening and canning. She was a strong and courageous woman who had battled Juvenile Diabetes. She was a member of Bissell Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Roger Smith and Dr. Adrian Horne officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Edwin (Hank) Stanford; her daughter, Julie Howell (Ronnie) of Tupelo; one sister, Bobbye Bland (Quay) of Pontotoc; and two granddaughters, Haley Pate (Warren) of Franklin, Tenn. and Megan Howell of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Mancill, Jim Donald, Ricky Edwards, Buddy Irving, Travis Morgan and David Thomason.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Diabetes Assistance Fund, c/o Diabetes Treatment Center, 830 S. Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Mertice Vance
HOULKA – Mertice C. Grimes Vance, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, in Soddy Daisy, Tenn. She was born Oct. 24, 1927, in Houlka to Pervie Lee Grimes and Nancie Bee Doss Grimes. She was a retired dietary supervisor at Houston Hospital and a member of Houlka Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Jim Crowley officiating. Graveside services will be at Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Carter of Guntown; one son, Jimmy Dodd of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; several neices and nephews; and special friend, Christine Dent of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Pervie Lee Grimes Jr.; brother, Roy Doss Grimes; her son, Timmothy Dodd; and her sister, Lois Randolph.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Wanda Wright
AMORY – Wanda Hoots Wright, 59, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Larry Cunningham
ABERDEEN – Larry J. Cunningham, 62, died Oct. 25, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home.
Broxie Smith
HOLLY SPRINGS – Broxie Smith died Oct. 25, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Ashland.
Lavora Holoman
TUPELO – Lavora Holoman died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Kenneth Goolsby
RIPLEY – Kenneth Trent Goolsby, 55, died suddenly in a work related accident Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. He was a kind, caring and devoted husband and father who worked tirelessly to provide for his family. He was a man of unwavering character and loyalty. He worked in contracting and construction for most of his life, and he loved and took pride in his work. He was also an avid outdoorsman and loved to spend his time with family and friends. He was a member of Mt. Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Allie D. Rudolph officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lora James Goolsby; two daughters, Alysia Goolsby and Lessie Goolsby; his mother, Lena Jones Goolsby; one sister, Mary Goolsby Linville (Junior); and one brother, Danny Goolsby (Paula), all of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Randle Goolsby; and one brother, Randy amp”Buzzamp” Goolsby.
Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Goolsby, Jeff Harrell, Jerry Hill, Randy Roberson, Tim McElwain, Jimmy Thrasher and Steve Bennett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 11454 Alexandria, VA 22312.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Fay Wilder
TUPELO – Fay Caldwell Wilder, resident of Tupelo, former resident of Oakland, Tenn. and wife of the late Clarence Douglas Wilder died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House, where she had been a patient. She was 85 years of age and died following an extended illness.
Services were conducted at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Peebles West Funeral Chapel at Oakland with the Rev. Carl Meyer of Oakland First Baptist Church officiating. A private burial was conducted at the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. Arrangements were provided by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes–West Chapel of Oakland.
She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Jo Wilder of Oakland, Tenn.
The family requests that memorials be directed to St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.
Condolences can be left at www.peeblesfuneralhome.com.
Josephine Miller
VERONA – Josephine Miller died Monday, Oct. 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Melton Prewitt
OXFORD – Melton Wynne Prewitt, 79, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.