Obituaries October 11, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ricky Greer
HOLLY SPRINGS – John Howard “Ricky” Greer, 53, died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Powell Chapel M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Bernadine Graham
CORINTH – Bernadine Graham, 53, died Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Alcorn Baptist Church. Burial will be in Adam Chapel Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Faye McMurry
NETTLETON – Annie Faye Tucker McMurry, 88, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at her residence in Nettleton, where she had lived most of her adult life. She was born on Jan. 25, 1923, in Detroit, Ala., to Zomie Rye and Lillie Harbor Rye. She was the widow of James R. “Buck” McMurry, her husband of more 50 years. She worked several years as a seamstress at Glenn Manufacturing and was a master housewife the remainder of her life. She enjoyed collecting what-nots and trinkets. Mrs. McMurry attended the First Baptist Church of Nettleton. She was a beloved wife, sister and aunt to her many nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Dale Whitlock and Bro. Larry Davis officiating. Private burial will follow in Mullins (Nettleton) Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today only at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include two stepsisters, Zelma Lee Rye Whitehead of Nettleton and Connie Rye Grubbs of Tupelo; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and her sitters, Mary Kennedy, Dorothy Tapley, Jimmie Hendrix and Connie Hershfelt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Gladys Hester; and three half brothers, Red, Jimmy and Zoma Grey Rye.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Food Pantry, c/o Emily Patterson, 1338 Maple Road, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Hubert Dodds
BOONEVILLE – Hubert Harold Dodds, 75, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011, at his home after a long illness. He was born on May 3, 1936, to Will and Mary King Dodds. He was a loving husband, Daddy, Papaw and friend to many. He was a Mason, and devout Christian man who loved his church family at Liberty United Methodist Church. He was a retired carpenter and school maintenance worker at Hills Chapel School. He enjoyed working in his garden and talking about the good old days.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Matthew Henderson and Bro. Danny Short officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will follow in the Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Tolar and husband, Terry, and Vickie Blythe, both of Booneville; two grandchildren, Broc Hannon and wife, Kristin, and Chelsea Blythe; two brothers, Raymond Dodds and wife, Francis, and Gerald Dodds and wife, Nadine, all of Booneville; one sister, Martha White and husband, Jimmy, of Booneville; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Ileen Dodds; his parents; one brother, Vernon Dodds and three sisters, Thedus Breedlove, Ruth George and Rachel Gentry.
Pallbearers will be Tim Harber, Sam Harber, Greg Dodds, Mark White, Jody Holly and Justin Lambert. Honorary pallbearers will be Max Harber, Johnny Lambert, Joe Lambert, J.W. Jacob, Jimmy McDougal, Lee Lambert and Kenneth Ashmore.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Eugenia Feemster
NEW ALBANY – Eugenia Feemster, 81, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
James Scott
ABERDEEN – James Scott, 77, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Katherine Langley
TUPELO – M. Katherine Freeman Langley, 82, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 27, 1928, to Simon Curtis and Mamie Ann Strawbridge Freeman. A resident of Tupelo, she was a member of Old Union Baptist Church in Shannon, where her husband serves as pastor. She was a devoted wife, loving helpmate and mother who stood faithfully by her husband’s side throughout their ministry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bert Harper and the Rev. Howard Curbow officiating. Her son-in-law, Dr. David Greenhaw, will deliver the eulogy. Private burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Bro. Billy M. Langley of Tupelo; her children, Beverly Greenhaw (Dr. David Greenhaw), Paul Langley (Angie), both of Booneville, David Langley (Traci) and Amy Ramage both of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Bart Greenhaw (Anita) of Guntown, Leigh Smith (Chad) of Covington, Tenn., Dr. Brad Greenhaw (Ashleigh) of Charleston, S.C., Zach Langley (Lindsey) of Laurel, Cody Langley (Amber) of Booneville, Phoebe Parker and Kyle Ramage, both of Tupelo; seven great-grandchildren, Maddie Smith, Benjamin Smith, Christopher Smith, Jack Dawson Langley, Kathryn Ramage, Tripp Langley and Landry Greenhaw; two sisters, Christine Francis and Bobbie Jean Frost (Rufus), both of Tupelo; one brother, Garrel Mack “Doc” Freeman (Nancy) of Belden; and a special friend, Mark Greene of Tishomingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and their wives, Hoyt Freeman (Kay) and Kelby Freeman (Dorothy); and one brother-in-law, Floyd Francis.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons and their wives of Old Union Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Old Union Baptist Church Building Fund, 113 CR 455, Shannon, MS 38868.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Kenneth McKeown
NEW ALBANY – Kenneth Holmes McKeown, 71, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at his residence. He was born Oct. 4, 1940, in New Albany to Wendell Holmes McKeown and Flossie Woods McKeown. He was a retired employee of Master Bilt. He was a United States Air Force veteran and a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church in Cotton Plant.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Lou Zemek officiating. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Louise McKeown of New Albany; one son, Kenneth Jeffery McKeown of New Albany; and one sister, Mary Hamblin of Hartselle, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In honor of Mr. McKeown’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Air Force flag during service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Betty Ellis
NEW ALBANY – Betty Ellis, 68, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Iola Craine
HOLLY SPRINGS – Iola Lee Craine, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at Alliance Health Care. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Gwendolyn Wilson
Gwendolyn Childs Booth Wilson passed away at age 52 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center on Oct. 8, 2011. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. James Edward Booth, who died at the same hospital on June 17, 2011.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Joe Wilson; her daughter, Arey Caroline Childs Wilson of Bellefontaine; her mother, Mattelyn Reed Booth; sisters Anne Reed Booth Ross ( Henry), Caroline Booth Browder (Thomas) of Eupora, Judith Lee Booth Buys (Mark) of Vicksburg; one brother, James Edward Booth Jr. (Rachel) of Oxford.
Gwen was born on Aug. 18, 1959, in Eupora at a clinic and hospital owned by her father. At her birth was her great-grandmother, Mattie Ingram Childs “gave Gwen her first bath.”
Gwen graduated third in her class from Eupora High School in 1977 and was president of the Senior Class. She was a member of the Annual staff, president and accompanist for the chorus, and a member of the sextet. She received the Jaycee Award, Rotary Award, Merit Award, Beta Social Studies Award, and Most Outstanding Musician Award. She was a 12-year piano student of Margaret Lacey. She received the Paderewski Medal and gave a graduate piano recital. She also received the National Guild of Piano Teachers High School Diploma.
She was a member of the Eupora High School Band, Woodwind Choir, Flag Corp and played first chair clarinet.
She was Eupora’s Centennial Queen in 1974 and Eupora’s Miss Hospitality in 1978.
Gwen received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Mississippi State University in 1981. She also received a Bachelor and a Master‘s Degree in Music Education in 1983 and 1985 from Mississippi State University, where she taught and held a graduate assistantship with Dr. Jerry Williams.
She was a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Freshman Scholastic Honorary Fraternity; Lambda Sigma, Scholastic Honorary; Alpha Epsilon Delta, Pre-Medical Honor Society; Angel Flight, and Cardinal Key, National Honor Society. She was accompanist for the University Choir and a member of the Madrigal Singers. Gwen was also a member and president of Phi Mu Social Sorority, where she was selected national Phi Mu Queen in Indianapolis, Ind.
Gwen was a vocal and piano instructor at Madison Ridgeland Elementary School and Eupora High School. She also taught private piano and voice students. She played organ and piano at numerous weddings and revivals across the state.
Gwen was Minister of Music at First Baptist Church in Eupora from May 2005 until October 2008. Afterward, she was Minister of Music at Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine. She home-schooled her daughter and was the choral director of the Junior High Home school Choir.
At an early age, Gwen was exposed to and taught southern gospel music by her father. She along with her father, mother, and sisters performed southern gospel concerts throughout the state.
One of Gwen’s many loves was scrubbing with her father in surgery during the summers of her pre-medical training.
Services will be today, Oct. 11, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Eupora, where she served as youth music director during her college years. Officiating on the program were Rev. Trey Harper, Rev. Don Vaughan and Rev. Jon Doler. Eulogies were given by her cousins, Mary Lynn Booth Kotz and Jolee Childs Hussey. Musicians were Becky Carver, Mary Lynn McCully, Stephen Prewitt, Lisa Threet, Rev. Trey Harper and Booth Family Singers. Services were conducted by Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City.
John Leopard
RIPLEY – John Davis Leopard, 33, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, in Tippah County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Harvey Balch
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Harvey Neil Balch, 91, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He and his wife were passionate about travel and experiencing new cultures. They enjoyed assisting foreign exchange students as they adjusted to the culture of the United States and were “ambassadors” in the truest sense of the word.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens. Burial will follow in Memphis Memory Gardens.
He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Ann Miskelly; two nieces, Pam Carson (Chuck) and Marty Ishee (Jerry); three nephews, Chip Miskelly (Geri), Oscar Miskelly (Joyce) and Tommy Miskelly (Lisa); 13 great-nieces and great-nephews; dear friends, Guenter and Marcie Lensges; and special friend and caregiver, Sharon Estes.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Elva “Sally” Miskelly Balch; his parents, Harvey and Addie Balch; his sister, Lois Martindale; and nephew, Dan Martindale.
The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until service time today at Memphis Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.memphisfuneralhome.net.
Mary Lewis
VARDAMAN – Mary Joan Inmon Lewis, 93, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at the Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born Jan. 18, 1918, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a lifelong member of Midway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Midway Baptist Church at Vardaman. Bro. Don Wilson will officiate, and Bro. Billy Wells will assist. Burial will be in the Midway Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Huffman of Amarillo, Texas; one son, Joe Lewis and wife, Peggy, of Memphis; one sister, Rose Inmon Howard of Derma; four grandchildren, Gary Lewis of Memphis, Randall Ross and wife, Lynn, of Amarillo, Texas, Roderick Lewis and wife, Leanne, of Hernando, and Melinda Hendricks and husband, Jay, of Amarillo, Texas; seven great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, S.W. Lewis; her parents, Robert Lee Inmon and Alma Rish Inmon; and four brothers and 10 sisters.
Pallbearers will be Norman Wilton Griffin, Bobby Inmon, Gary Lewis, Gerald Lewis, Rodrick Lewis and Randy Ross.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at Midway Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Midway Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 72, Vardaman, MS 38878.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Altie Evans
CORINTH – Altie L. Ford Evans, 65, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday. Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
David Moody Jr.
NEW ALBANY – David Wilson Moody Jr., 16, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Aug. 9, 1995, in New Albany. He was a 10th grade student at Myrtle High School, where he played baseball on the Myrtle Hawks baseball team.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Victory Life Center. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, David Moody of Myrtle and Jena Miller Moody (fiancampé, Kenny Young) of New Albany; three brothers, Ryan Moody of New Albany, Daniel Moody of Pontotoc and Joey Moody of Myrtle; his grandparents, JoAnn Miller of Blue Springs, George Dale Miller of New Albany, and Ola Mae and Johnny Joe Moody of West Union; and uncles and aunts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Victory Life Center.
Earliedree Vaughn
NETTLETON – Earliedree Vaughn, 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at her home in Nettleton.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Greater New Prospect M.B. Church. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
To sign the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Sarah Janie Floyd
GUNTOWN – Sarah Janie Floyd, 65, died Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a Pentecostal and a housewife. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial in the Campbelltown Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Jerry Floyd of Guntown; two daughters, Connie Sparks (Craig) of Verona and Rachel Floyd (Veronica Berry) of Guntown; two sons, Randy Floyd (Angie) of Tupelo and Chris Floyd (Nikki) of Guntown; her randchildren, Craig Sparks Jr., Corey Sparks, Russ Floyd, Keith Berry, Ashley Floyd, Lexi Floyd, Lane Floyd and Sara Grace Moore; a sister, Mary Dew (Jerry) of Verona; three brothers, Jimmy Dale Johnson, (Nell) of Saltillo, Danny Johnson of Booneville and James Allen Johnson of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arther and Mamie Johnson, and a daughter, Karen Floyd.
Pallbearers will be Craig Sparks Jr., Corey Sparks, Russ Floyd, Lee Brown, Craig Sparks Sr. and Keith Berry.
Thomas Anderson
TUPELO – Thomas “Buddy” Anderson, 84, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born in Pontotoc County on Sept. 4, 1927, to Fred S. and Susie Mae Anderson. He was a veteran of the 82nd Airborne and served with the United States Army during World War II.
Private family stateroom services will be today at W.E. Pegues with Randy McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two children, Gerald Anderson (Mary) and Rose McCoy (Tommy), both of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Scott McCoy (Amber) of Greenwood, Ind., Neal McCoy (Holly), Guy McCoy (Amy), Clinton Anderson (fiancampée, Mary Heather) and Elizabeth Anderson, all of Tupelo; 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Bill Anderson (Sue) of New Albany; one sister, Rooney Maharrey (Billy Wayne) of Tupelo; two special cousins, Mary Edith Farrar of Tupelo and Ray Payne of Okinawa, Japan; special niece, Phyllis Dye (Ken) of Brewer; numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Dean “Dot” Austin.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Doris Bowen
WEST POINT – Doris Bowen, 84, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at her home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Katherine Hrecko
BOONEVILLE – Katherine Hrecko, 79, died Monday, Oct. 10, 2011, at her home in the Blackland community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.