Obituaries October 24, 2010

Frank O’Callaghan
BOONEVILLE – James Franklin “Frank” O’Callaghan, 68, died Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010, at his home. He was a member of St Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo and he retired from Malco, Inc.
Services will be at 11a.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shane Eaton officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Elizabeth O’Callaghan of Pontotoc; three daughters, Tammy (Dean) Thornton, Theresa (Macky) Barnes and Tonja (Jeff) Pannell, all of Booneville; one sister, Beth Pate of Tupelo; two Brothers, Pat and Gene O’Callaghan both of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Deena Mayo, BB Barnes, J.M. Pannell, William Pannell, D.J. Thornton, Haley Thornton, Hanna Thornton and Hagen Thornton; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Matti Mayo; three step-sisters, Janet, Rhonda and Karen; and a special friend, Wayne Holley.
Pallbearers will be Dean Thornton, Jeff Pannell, Macky Barnes, Wayne Holley, Bobby Joe Griffin and Lewis Stevens.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Roger Fowler
OKOLONA – Roger Fowler died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel.
Kenneth Goolsby
RIPLEY – Kenneth Goolsby died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, in Conway, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Martha Furtick
CORINTH – Martha H. Furtick died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.
Paula Windham
PONTOTOC – Paula Sue Windham, 56, died Oct. 22, 2010, in Pontotoc. She was a graduate of Pontotoc High School Class of 1972, a MUW graduate and a biology teacher at New Albany High School.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. David Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Mansfield (Jay); grandchildren Hunter and Payton Wright and Sarah and Danielle Mansfield; her mother, Betty Sue Windham of Pontotoc; a brother, Wally Windham (Linda) of Pontotoc; nieces Lacey, Emily Claire and Rachel Windham; and one nephew, James McKinley Windham, all of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Windham, and her grandparents, Jewell and Ella Neal Windham and Dixon and Opal McCord.
Honorary pallbearers will be New Albany High School students and colleagues.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Million Meals Food Ministry, c/o West Heights Baptist Church, 328 W. Oxford St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Betty Gifford
PISGAH – Betty Miller Gifford, 67, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at her home. She was a member of Mayfield Church of Christ and a retired secretary from the Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Phil Leonard officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Terry Gifford Jr.; one brother, L.E. Miller of Tucson, Ariz.; a host of nieces and nephews; and special caregivers Christie Smith and Shannon Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Viola Miller.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dalton Garner and Skip Glidewell.
Visitation will be from noon until 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Roger Chrestman
HOULKA – James Roger Chrestman, 71, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 19, 1939, in Houlka to James Wilson Chrestman and Ruby Lane Burt Chrestman. He was disabled.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Houlka Baptist Church in Houlka with the Rev. David Blackwell officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his niece, Julie Tinsley Jones and Steven of Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and his nephew, James Paul Tinsley and Amy of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Sandra Tinsley.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Terry, Kim Chrestman, John Chrestman, Charles Chrestman and Sonny Burt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the church.
James Oaks
CORINTH – James A. “Jim” Oaks, 80, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in Corinth National Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Corinth/Alcorn County Humane Society, 3825 Proper St., Corinth, MS 38834.
Gladys Burcham
CORINTH – Gladys Hughes Burcham, 80, died Oct. 23, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. A private burial will be at noon Monday in Corinth National Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Joe Moody
RIPLEY – Joe Thomas Moody, 78, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Jewel Witt
NEW ALBANY – Bessie Jewel Witt, 96, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Feb. 15, 1914, in Blue Springs to William Washington Thornton and Rheta Jane Branyan Thornton. She was a homemaker and a member of Academy Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. James Lewis and the Rev. Terry Hall officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a stepdaughter, Lee Griffin (Bob) of Booneville; two stepsons, Vance Witt (Tootsie) of New Albany and Bobby Witt (Nellie) of Tupelo; three sisters, Mabel Rakestraw of New Albany, Vivian Bailey of Wallerville and Nadine Duncan of Baldwyn; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Ervin Moore; her second husband, V.C. Witt; two sisters, Virgie Thornton and Mary Langford; six brothers, Clyde, Bon, Ted, Carl, Ralph and John Thornton; and her stepdaughter, Betty Barkley.
Visitation will be from noon until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Fay Wilder
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Fay Caldwell Wilder, 85, native of Pontotoc County, died Oct. 22, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles West Funeral Home Chapel of Oakland, Tenn.
Marvin Basham
HATLEY – Arice Marvin Basham, 83, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, at his home. Born on June 13, 1927, in Hamilton, he was a son of Robert Winston and Zaddie Lorene Nix Basham. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines. A jack-of-all-trades, he worked as a welder and a heavy equipment operator before owning and operating grocery stores in Becker and Amory. Outspoken, his priority was his family, especially spoiling his grandchildren. He enjoyed gardening and listening to Country Bluegrass. He was a former deacon at First Assembly of God and had earned his priesthood with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. A devoted husband, he had lived in Kenosha, Wis., Smithville and Becker before moving to Hatley. Attending Becker schools, he was proud of receiving his GED at age 61.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bishop Gene Voyles officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Center Hill Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Marcell (Wayne) Senter of Iuka; sons Jimmie (Linda) Basham of Waynesboro, Tenn., Tommie (Penny) Basham of New Hampshire, Dewayne (Cynthia) Basham of Hatley and Randall (Margie) Basham of the Philippines; sisters, Ann McCauley of Madison, Fay Conners of Aberdeen, Joyce King of Amory, Linda Hall of Tupelo, Ala Ree Smith of Wren and Sara Simmons of Vicksburg; 18 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by infant sons, Bobby Joe and Billy Ray Basham; a daughter, Gloria Kay Jones; brothers Horace, Arlin Lee and Charles Hubert Basham; brothers-in-law Curtis Smith, Dub McCauley and Jimmy Hall; a great-granddaughter, Sidney Robertson; and granddaughters Brandie Maschell Basham and Vivian Basham.
Pallbearers will be David, Jonathan, Jeff and Steven Basham, Kevin Senter and Kerr Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be Greg Basham, Joel Robertson and Bo Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

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