Obituaries October 17, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Pauline Edwards
PLANTERSVILLE – Pauline “Polly” Edwards, 90, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 11, 1920 in Arkansas to Albert and Nora Bishop. She was a charter member of Temple Grove Baptist Church in the Temple Grove Community. In her earlier years, she served as treasurer and taught Sunday School. She loved God, church and family. She enjoyed gardening, canning, quilting and sharing her flowers with her friends and neighbors.
Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Pastor Ron Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Johnny Paul Edwards of McGhee, Ark.; her daughter, Barbara Coggin of Plantersville; one sister, Nora McGaughey of Little Rock, Ark.; one brother, William “Bill” Bishop of Truman, Ark.; two grandchildren, Bruce Allan Coggin (Robin) of Plantersville and Debbi Carol Coggin (Tony Reed Witcher) of the Richmond Community; six great-grandchildren, Jessica Courtney Smith, Joseph Allan Coggin, Mia Rose Coggin, Anna Leigh Enlow, Telsey Autumn Witcher and Boudin Carroll Coggin-Witcher.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.D. “Lum” Edwards; her parents; six siblings, Charlie, Tommy, Pearlie, Maudie, Zora and Rosie.
Honorary pallbearers will be Romie Holloway, Dennis Bolen and Bubba Joyner.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today, at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Zula Mask
CORINTH – Zula Mask, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements were incomplete at this time with McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors in charge.

Terry Johnson
EUPORA – Terry Wayne Johnson, 57, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

James Ransom
ABERDEEN – James “Bubba” Ransom, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Lola Shelton
JONESBORO, Ark. – Lola Maude Shelton, 95, died Friday, Oct, 14, 2011 at Creighhead Nursing Center. She was born Sept. 4, 1916 in Union County to Walter Lee Daniel and Willie Cox Daniel. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Prospect Primitive Baptist Church in New Albany.
Services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Rickey Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter Glenda Capooth of Jonesboro, Ark.; her son, Dan Shelton of Magnolia, Ark.; two grandchildren, Joy Escue of Jonesboro, Ark., and Kasey Capooth of Collierville, Tenn.; four great-grandchildren, Craig Escus, Grace Capooth, Rose Capooth and Will Capooth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Daniel Shelton; and her sisters and brothers.
Visitation will from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com

Truman Starling
MANTACHIE – Truman Starling, 87, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born January 13, 1924, to Claude B. “C.B.” and Alma Dodson Starling. He was a wonderful, loving husband and father. He farmed most all his life and worked as a supervisor at Mantachie Manufacturing for many years. He was a long-time member of Union Grove Family Worship Center near Mooreville. He enjoyed spending time with his family and dogs, working and collecting Indian rocks.
Services will be at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Union Grove Family Worship Center with Bro. Curtis Shelton and Bro. Ryan Napalo officiating. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Nora Lee Starling; two sons, Joe E. Starling (Jan) and Chad Starling (Angel), all of Mantachie; one daughter, Sondra Byrd (Chris) of Mooreville; one sister, Jean Ramsey of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Brandon Byrd, Matthew Byrd, Bradley Starling, Sallie Starling and Savannah Starling.
He was preceded in death by one son, Larry Starling; one grandson, Jackson Starling; four brothers, Herman, Sheffield, Dee, and Lamont Starling; one sister, Eunice Brooks; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p. m. today and from 11 a. m. until service time Tuesday at Union Grove Family Worship Center.

John Stafford
NETTLETON – John Wayne Stafford, 72, died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at his residence. He was born in Saltillo in Lee County, Miss., on May 13, 1939 to James Stafford and Jettie Clouse Stafford. He served in the U.S. Army, stateside, as a paramedic at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He completed his basic training at Fort Gordon, Ga. and served in the Army National Guard and Reserve.
On May 19, 1962, he married Violet Mills of Nettleton. For 28 years, he owned and operated Stafford Handy Mart in Nettleton. Previously, he was employed for 23 years in the shipping department of Blue Bell Manufacturing. A member of the Jones Chapel Baptist Church, he was an avid NASCAR fan and enjoyed writing poetry, fishing and traveling. He was an avid conversationalist and his store was the scene of many wonderful gatherings and “bull” sessions. He adored his family, especially his grandchildren and was well respected by his many friends and customers.
Services will be 10 a.m. today at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Corey Hall and Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Private burial will follow in the Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife Violet Mills of Nettleton; two daughters, Lynette Sandlin (Joey) of Mooreville and Christy Martin (George) of Nettleton; a son, Gary Wayne Stafford (Carol) of Nettleton; 10 grandchildren, Chris Payne (Carrie), B.J. Payne (Misty), Amanda Whitaker (Chase), Brittany Mulligan (Jason), Hollie Gilmore, Shawn Stafford, Samantha Stafford, Dustin Martin, Zech Sandlin and Austin Sandlin; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Geraldine Dementhieu (Pascal), Geannie Green (A.C.) and Diane Brown (Sam) all of Wren; two brothers, Bobby Stafford (Hilda) of Palmetto and Thomas Stafford (Bessie) of Hatley. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
Pallbearers will be Dale Stafford, Darren Stafford, Michael Stafford, Sam Brown, Marty Nicholson and David Nicholson.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

William Martin
CORINTH – William “Bill” Martin, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time, with McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors in charge.

Louis West
ABERDEEN – Louis T. West, 66, died Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, at his residence. Born March 5, 1945, in Monroe County, he was the son of Roy C. and Gwendolyn Boyd West. He graduated from Hatley High School in 1963. He worked as a welder at Babcock and Wilcox in West Point and retired with 31 years of service. After 22 years of service in the Army National Guard, he retired as a Staff Sergeant. Louis was saved in January 2009, and became a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Friends and family were an important part of his life; he enjoyed making them laugh with funny stories and jokes.
Passionate about working at his sawmill, West Lumber Company, Louis spent most of his free time there. Being outdoors was a pleasure to him, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He liked owning beagles, and he was especially fond of his beagle, Jack. On Saturdays in the fall, he loved pulling for the Ole Miss Rebs …well, until they became the Ole Miss Bears. He enjoyed traveling to the beach and mountains and had many memorable family vacations.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Pamela Rumsey (Shawn) of Birmingham, Ala., Karen Williams (Danny) and Paige West, all of the Athens community; mother of his children, Linda West of the Athens community; two sisters, Betty Phillips (Mac) of Amory, Mary Lou West of the Athens community; four grandchildren, Emily Lockhart, Dawson and Addison Williams, all of Athens, and Luke Rumsey of Birmingham, Ala.; and a special caregiver, Margie Earnest of Okolona.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roy E. West.
Pallbearers will be Len Crump, Lee Crump, Ronnie Crump, Jerry West, Wendell Pace and Dee Riley.
Memorials may be given to Rett Syndrome, c/o Rene Davis, 7564 Windsong Dr., Trussville, AL 35173.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Lessie Bryant
NEW ALBANY – Lessie Bryant, 95, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete, and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Itelle Spencer
EAST CHICAGO, Ind. – Itelle Woodard Spencer, 91, died Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
Services are set for noon on Tuesday at Piney Grove C.M.E. Church in Calhoun City, with burial in Piney Grove CME Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from 11 a.m. until noon on Tuesday at the church.
For on line guestbook www.bellememoralfuneralhome.com.

Earl West
PONTOCOLA – Earl Wayne West, 44, died at his residence after a brief illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel. A full obituary will follow in Tuesday’s paper.

Murl Walker
FULTON – Roy Murl Walker died Friday, Oct. 14, 2011, at Mease Countryside Hospital in Safety Harbor, Fla.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece -Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Itawamba Community College Health Science Building Fund, 602 West Hill Street, Fulton, MS 38843.

Effie Griffin
CORINTH – Effie Griffin, died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth.
Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.