Obituaries October 14, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Emma Lee Jones
WEST POINT – Emma Lee Jones, 78, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Missionary Union Baptist Church in Columbus. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Columbus. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Willie Hue Mills
WALNUT – Willie Hue Richardson Mills, 93, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Brush Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in Brush Creek Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
John England
BOONEVILLE – John Wayne England, 50, died Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 19, 1960, in Chicago. He owned and operated a tree service business, and he was a member of Victory Harvest Worship Center. He enjoyed fishing, playing guitar, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.
Services were Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Jimmy Edge, Bro. Tracy Arnold and Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial was in Hodges Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Melissa Renee Edge England; two sons, Joshua England and Clay England (Andi-Beth), all of Booneville; his mother, Betty England of Booneville; a stepson, Kevin Parr of Booneville; a stepdaughter, Ashleigh Swartz (Jason) of Booneville; four sisters, Debbie Jackson, Linda Cramer (Thomas), Brenda Lambert (Mark) and Cindy Fugitt (Stacey), all of Booneville; a granddaughter, Addison Renee Swartz of Booneville; a special niece, Holli Fugitt; and numerous other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Lewis England, and a sister, Kathy Ann Horrell.
Pallbearers were Jeff Leslie, Donnie Jaco, Mark Lambert, Bob Horrell, James Johnson, Jim England, Bill Mays and Billy England.
Honorary pallbearers were Trevor Cramer, Connor Fugitt, Tyler Parker, Jonathan Taylor, Tom Cramer, Stacey Fugitt, Greg Calton and Al England.
Julia Blakey
BELDEN – Julia Dodge Blakey, 53, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, she was born Feb. 8, 1957, to Daniel and Lake Strain Dodge. She grew up in Gadsden, Ala., and graduated from Fairfax Hall Preparatory School in Fairfax, Va., before attending Stevens College in Columbia, Mo.
Very active in her community, Mrs. Blakey served as past chairman of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary as well as the originator and past chairman of the Empty Bowls program. She was also past chairman of the Junior Auxiliary and the Gumtree Museum of Art. She served on both the Link Center Culinary Arts Boards and on the Gardner-Simmons Board. She was a member of the Forthian Book Club and the Tupelo Garden Club. She was a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, where she served as senior warden.
Memorial services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church with Rev. Paul Stephens officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Dr. John M. Blakey of Belden; her daughter, Anna Merritt Blakey; Dr. Blakey’s sons whom she loved as her own, John J. Blakey of Nashville and Peter A. Blakey (Suzanne) of Tupelo, and their daughter, Margaret Claire Blakey.
Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary Empty Bowls Ministry, P.O. Box 706, Tupelo MS 38802; the Saints Brew Ministry of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 608 Jefferson St., Tupelo MS 38804; or The Gardner Simmons Home for Girls, P.O. Box 935, Tupelo MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Junior Bailey
VARDAMAN – Clifton Lee “Junior” Bailey Jr., 66, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at his home. He was born March 19, 1944, in Vardaman. He was a retired rural mail carrier for the United Postal Service. He served in the National Guard for six years. He was a member of Bailey Memorial Methodist Church, the Outlaw Hunting Club and the Calhoun County Fox Hunters Association.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bailey Memorial Methodist Church at Lloyd with Bro. Harold Robinson, Bro. Robert Earl Alexander and Bro. E.A. Bailey officiating. Burial will be in Bailey Memorial Cemetery in Lloyd. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Tom Bailey and wife, Barbara, of Vardaman; one niece, Sheba Naron of Vardaman; two great-nieces, Adrienne Myers and Tori Tutor, both of Vardaman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clifton Lee Bailey Sr. and Lora Lee “Sunshine” Bailey.
Pallbearers will be Andy Landreth, Bud McGregor, Dave Shankle, Michael Landreth, Pete Weldon, Jim Dugard, Charles Dee Mahan and James K. Hardin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Johnson, K.C. Smith, Barry Shankle, James Landreth, Larry Bailey, D.J. Dugard, Avery Marshal Landreth, Roy Lee Wells, Sonny Bailey, Lewis Bailey, Perry Bailey, Sterlin Murphree, Roy James Bailey and Rocky Fleming.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials can be made to; Bailey Memorial Methodist Church Fund or the Bailey Memorial Cemetery Fund, 852 CR 102, Vardaman, MS 38878.
Minister Jean A. Thornton
BOONEVILLE – Minister Jean A. Thornton, 90, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at Scott-Del Personal Care Home in Booneville. He was born Aug. 12, 1920, in Tiplersville to Christopher Columbus Thornton and Vergie Shannon Thornton. He was a retired minister of the Booneville Church of Christ. He preached for over 65 years for congregations in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. He served on the President’s Advisory Board at Freed-Hardeman University for over 40 years and was a past chairman of that board.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Booneville Church of Christ with Minister Jim Olive, Minister Jim Estes and Minster Ralph Gilmore officiating. Burial will be in the Tiplersville Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Jeanita (Jim) Estes of Booneville and Joyce (Ralph) Gilmore of Jackson, Tenn.: one sister, Julia (Bobby) Milstead of Florence, Ala.; one brother, John L. (Peggy) Thornton of Hendersonville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Jennifer (Jon) Nieuwboer, Jill Lewis, Rachel (Evan) Aldridge, Rose Gilmore, Tim (Tammie) Estes, Steve (Nicole) Estes, Jay (April) Estes, Jon Estes and LeAnn (Jeremy) Jones; 10 great-grandchildren; his second wife’s children, Ann Langford of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Barry Pardue of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife of 58 years, Delphia H. Thornton; his second wife, Jewell Thornton; an infant daughter and an infant son; one sister and four brothers; and an infant grandson and an infant great-grandson.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the Booneville Church of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be sent to the J. A. Thornton Scholarship Fund at Freed-Hardeman University, 158 E. Main St, Henderson, TN 38340.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
John Tate Harrell
FALKNER – John Tate Harrell, 70, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010. at his residence in Falkner. He was born April 6, 1940, to Waymon and Marie Yopp Harrell. He was a member of Falkner Baptist Church and a retired construction contractor. He loved playing with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Futral and Rev. Mark Jones officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jean Horton Harrell of Falkner; three sons, Greg Harrell (Dana) of Ripley, Jeff Harrell and Scott Harrell, both of Falkner; his twin sister, Blona Jose of Lyons; 11 grandchildren, Ginger Adair (Trent) of New Albany, Tyler, Cigi, Chelsea, Price, Grace and Jaden Harrell, all of Ripley, and Paige, Cat, Meg and Haley Harrell, all of Falkner; one great-grandson, Gage Harrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Goolsby, Chris Jumper, Larry Hall, Terry Akins, Howard Abrams, Tim McElwain, Dale Robertson and Tommy LaBarreare. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and Terry Rutherford.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Lou Etta Jordan
NEW ALBANY – Lou Etta Henderson Jordan, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at her residence. She was born May 19, 1920, in Union County to Joe and Lizzie Adair Henderson. She was a retired supervisor for Irwin B. Schwabe. She enjoyed working in her yard and gardening. She was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Rev. Jeff Lawrence and Rev. Nathan Hodum officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Sammy Jordan (Kay) of New Albany; a daughter-in-law, Wanda Jordan of New Albany; three grandchildren, Jimmy Jordan, Tammie Pennington and Stephanie Doyle; seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wyatte Jordan; one son, James C. (Satch) Jordan; three sisters, Ruby Taylor, Marie Jerringan and Modene Fielder; and one brother, Robert Henderson Sr.
Pallbearers will be P.J. Doyle, Brad Allred, Steven Allred, Austin Allred, Nickey Browning, Jimmy Jordan and Troy Nance. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Armstrong, Charles Reed, Ken Anderson, Terry Willard, Jim Jennings and Steve Coleman.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Timothy Walls
HOUSTON – Timothy Eugene Walls, 51, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 31, 1958, in Tucson, Ariz., to James A. Walls and Catherine Walls Griffin. He lived in Houston most of his life. He was a truck driver. He served in the U.S. Army from 1977-1980.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Enon Primitive Baptist Church with Bro. T.J. Funderburk officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three brothers, Ricky D. Chenault of Slidell, La., James A. Walls and wife, Sharon, of Shreveport, La., and Robert A. Walls and wife, Melissa, of Bossier City, La.; his special friend, Emma Haire of Houston; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Danny P. Chenault.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tenn.
For the online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
Byron B. Young
WEST POINT – Byron B. Young, 83, died Monday, Oct. 11, 2010, at Sacred Journey Hospice in McDonough, Ga. He was born Feb. 26, 1927, in Clay County to Beulah Edwards Young and Robert L. Young. He was an aircraft mechanic for Eastern Airlines for 38 years. Mr. Young was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He married Roma Goode Young on Oct. 17, 1947, in West Point and she died on June 8, 2005.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James S. amp”Jimamp” Young officiating. Burial will follow in Big Springs/Enon Cemetery near Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Martha McElroy of McDonough, Ga., and Debra Young Middleton (Pete) of Roswell, Ga.; one granddaughter, Kristi Curtis Mingledorff (Larry) of McDonough, Ga.; one great-grandson, Dylan Mingledorff; and a special cousin, Bobbie Jo Wooten of West Point.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Ricky Curtis.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Wooten, Jimmy Edwards, Robby Wooten, Kelvin Wooten, Leslie Goode, Kenneth Millsaps, Chris Wooten, Matt Wooten and Larry Mingledorff.
Honorary pallbearers will be friends at Calvary Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Big Springs/Enon Cemetery Fund, c/o Bobbie Jo Wooten, P.O. Box 1303, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Honnoll Windham
OXFORD – Honnoll Collins Windham, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Service will be at noon Friday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in St.. Peter’s Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Windham’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
To sign the online condolence registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Berlon Melton
CORINTH – Berlon Euther Melton died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery with military honors.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today.
Cid J. Jones
CALHOUN CITY – Cid J. Jones, 80, died Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010, at the Calhoun Health Services. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
Leslie Richardson
BOONEVILLE – Leslie Harold Richardson, 87, formerly of Rienzi, died Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 12, 1923, in Rienzi to L.D. “Douglas” and Maggie Whittemore Richardson. He was a member of the North Rienzi Church of Christ. He attended Hickory Flat and Rienzi schools, and Northeast Mississippi Community College. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving his country for more than 21 years. He served all over the world during World War II. He was a top turret gunner on the B-25. He was transferred to the Burma/China war zone and he remained in the Far East until the end of the war. He visited India, Brazil, the Ascension Islands, Egypt and Africa and walked on the Great Wall of China in Kuming, China, while serving as a soldier. He received his solo pilot’s license several years after the war and enjoyed going to airplane shows. He loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth with Bro. Wade Davis and Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery’s Veterans Garden.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Veronia Miles Richardson; 10 children, Cutie Mae (Tommy) Arnold, Earl (Gwen) Wheelington of Booneville, Mary Floyd of Baldwyn, Betty Williams and Patricia (Roger) Whirley of Rienzi, William “Bill” Harold (Star) Richardson of Corinth, Wanda (Bill) Harris of Poplarville, Carolyn (Jeff) Berryhill of Nesbit, Susan (Larry) Woodruff and Judy Stephens of Booneville; a daughter-in-law, Audrey Wheelington; 45 grandchildren, 83 great-grandchildren and 25 great-great-grandchildren; special caregivers, Cutie Mae, Tommy, Mary, Betty, Earl, Gwen, Audrey, Diane, Cindy, Pat, Patricia, Kim and Cat.
He was preceded in death by a son, Wade Wheelington; his parents; his grandfather, George W. “BaBa” Richardson; two brothers, Milton and Grady Richardson; two grandsons, Bill Jarman and Josh Wheelington; two great-grandsons, Austin and Preston Wildmon; and his stepmother, Hazel Johnson Richardson.
Pallbearers will be Dewey Daniel Eaton, Patrick Moran Whirley, Austin Taylor Whirley, Bradley Keith Stephens, William Noah Richardson, Kyle Marshall Gunn, Joshue Lehi Berryhill, Michael Adam Berryhill, Allan Joslyn Tolar, Jackie Carroll Tolar Jr. and Jermey Scott Tolar.
Honorary pallbearers will be all remaining grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth.
Mavis “Sally” Stone
Mavis Lemons “Sally” Stone, 97, a resident of Huntsville, Ala., and a former long-term resident of Tupelo, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 9, 2010. She was a faithful and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Norbin Stone, and seven siblings.
Sally is survived by her children: Richard Stone Jr. and wife, Sara, of Huntsville, Ala.; Sandra Luttrell and husband, Bill, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; Cherry Carey and husband, David, of Baton Rouge, La.; grandchildren: Richard Stone III, Betsy Rouse, Lynn LyBrand, Jennifer Wallace, Laura Gierhart, David Luttrell and Scott Saxon; and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with Rev. Hershel Wiygul, Rev. Andy Ray and Dr. Paul Sims officiating. Private burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Tupelo. The family will receive friends after the service in the Gathering Room at the Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Belle Bennett Sunday School Class.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comast.net.