Obituaries October 24, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Helen Martin
AMORY – Helen Worthy Martin departed this life and entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, October 22, 2011 after a brief illness.  She was born on July 11, 1925 in Northview, Mo. to S.M. and Hazel Atkinson Worthy.  She graduated with honors in 1943 from Amory High School and attended Pensacola Junior College.  She was married for 59 years to Robert Martin, the love of her life.
Mrs. Martin retired from Escambia High School, Pensacola, Fla. where she served as secretary to the assistant principals.  She loved her work and performed her duties with precision and compassion touching the lives of many students during her years at the high school.  She was dedicated to her church, Myrtle Grove Baptist, where she taught sixteen year olds in Sunday School for many years.  Later, she taught senior adults.  She was an avid Bible scholar.  In recent years she moved to Amory and became a member of First Baptist Church.  Her Sunday school class held a special place in her heart and she felt a loving bond with her fellow class members.
Mrs. Martin loved to watch old movies, to read and sew when her eyesight allowed and she was a marvelous cook.  Her greatest joys came from being with her family and her many friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan Martin formerly of Amory, Miss and now of Mt. Dora, Fla. and her sister, Peggy Worthy Plunkett of Amory.  Also surviving are her niece Wandy Worthy and family of Winona, Miss., nephew, John Worthy of Ponte Verde, Fla., her sisters-in-law, Addie Ellis Martin of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Jane Foreman Martin of Opp, Ala., and nephews Paul (Cathy) Dorsey of Garland, Texas, Joe (Lillian) Martin of Montgomery, Ala., Rob (Sophie) Martin of Alabaster, Ala., and nieces Polly (Mike) Dubose of Memphis, Tenn., Jan (Dana) Fusco of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla. and Liz (Troy) Reid of McKenzie, Ala. as well as many dear friends.
Mrs. Martin was preceded in death by her dear husband, Robert; her parents, S.M. and Hazel Worthy; and her brother, John M. Worthy.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson and the Rev. Jimmy McFatter officiating.  Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home in Amory.  A graveside service will be 4 p.m. Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at the Peaceful Acres Memorial Gardens in Opp, Ala. with Dr. Paul Dorsey and Dr. Ron Lentini officiating.
Pallbearers will be Jack Francis, Jack Cantrell, Stan Vernon, Larry Johnson, Jackie Palmer, Dr. Bill Rogers, and Gregg Moore.  Honorary pallbearers will be Mary Lib Francis’ Sunday school class.  Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS  38821.
 “May the Lord watch between thee and me while we are absent from another.”

Charles Alexander
CALHOUN, La. – Charles Henry Alexander, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. He was born Oct. 23, 1922 to James Pascal Alexander amp& Elizabeth amp”Lizzieamp” Couch Alexander. He was a native of Houston, Miss. and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church of Houston with the Reverends Mike Childs and Larry Patrick officiating. Burial will be in Houston City Cemetery, with the Reverend Patrick Alexander officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Ann Alexander of Calhoun, La.; four sons, Charlie Alexander (Patsy) of Southaven; Jim Alexander of Front Royal, Va., David Alexander (Susan) of High Point, N.C., and Dr. Billy Alexander (Kim) of Calhoun, La.; six granddaughters, Elizabeth Alexander of Southaven, Marianne Heddings (Johnathan) of Lorton, Va., Hannah Ladehoff (Chris) of Columbus, Leigh Beth Van Eyke (Arie) of Newbern, Tenn., Mary Lynn Alexander of Calhoun, La., and Kristi Alexander of High Point, N.C.; five grandsons, Patrick Alexander (Martha Jane) of Morristown, Tenn., Eddie Alexander of Front Royal, Va., Clay Alexander, Ian Alexander, and Aaron Alexander all from Calhoun, La.; one great-grandson Caleb Alexander of Morristown, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Gladys Alexander Sherrod and Catherine Alexander Simpson; his brothers Pascal Waldrop Alexander, James Hugh Alexander, and Augusta “Gus” Evans Alexander.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and their spouses.
Visitation will be from 9:30 until 11 a.m. (service time) Tuesday, at the church.
Online condolences: www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com
Memorials: In lieu of flowers a memorial may be donated to Houston First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 123, Houston, MS 38851.

Mildred Anderson
PEPPERTOWN – Mildred Laverne Anderson , 79 , died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at her home.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece -Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 today at the McNeece – Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.

Lorene Outlaw
BALDWYN – Lorene Outlaw 86, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Lester Hendrix
TUPELO – Jeff Lester Hendrix, 74, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at his residence. He was born on May 29, 1937 in Lee County to John McKenny and Cora Mears Hendrix. He was a lifelong resident of Lee County, retired from Hyster after 28 years as a forklift mechanic and also was employed part time for four years at Peoploungers in Nettleton and was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. He was well loved and enjoyed pulling practical jokes and will be dearly missed by his friends and family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Cory Hall officiating. The eulogy will be delivered by Bobby Gene Johnson. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Louine Cook Collier Hendrix of Tupelo; four daughters, Joye Farris (Kent) of Booneville, Cheryl Russell and friend, Leighann, both of Brewer, Anne Tidwell (Jimmy) of Belden, and Tina Robertson (Dave) of Vernon, Ala.; one son, Steve Collier (Cindy) of Iuka; one brother, Bobby Hendrix (Glenda) of Nettleton; two half brothers, Johnny and Jimmy Hendrix, both of Fla.; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sons; three sisters; three brothers; and one grandson.
Pallbearers will be Jared Robertson, Matthew Cole, Johnathon Cole, Adam Smith, Les Hendrix, Bill “Bubba” Hilliard, III.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

J.D. Cooper
BETHEL SPRINGS, Tenn. – J. D. Cooper, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, in Bethel Springs, Tenn. at the age of 76 years, 11 months, 15 days. He was born on November 6, 1934 in Corinth, Miss. to William Robert and Jessie Haney Cooper. He was united in marriage to Carolyn E. Smith, who preceded him in death on May 12, 2011. He was a graduate of Biggersville High School. Following graduation, he attended trade school to study television repair and opened his own repair shop. He also worked for steel mills in Gary, Ind. and served in the U.S. Air Force as a military policeman. He was a member of the Bethel Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Selmer, Tenn. with Mark Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in the Lake Hill Memorial Gardens at Bethel Springs, Tennessee.
He is survived by two daughters, Brenda Moore and husband Jerry of Covington, Tenn. and Jeanette Rowland of Bethel Springs, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Tammy Lynn Carroll, Julie Ann Ables, Jerri Ann Lewis, Joseph Cooper, Chase Cooper, and Brandie Cooper; six great-grandchildren, Lance, Caleb, Sara Grace, Sarah, Christopher, and Macilynn Marie; two brothers, Thomas Cooper of Iuka, Miss. and Harold Cooper of Burnsville, Miss.; three sisters, Mary Ellen Goodman of Independence, Mo., Donnie Davidson of Tulsa, Okla., and Alice Thrasher and husband Ray of Corinth, Miss,; and many extended family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents; a son, Rickey Cooper; a stepson, Charles Byrd; a grandchild, Donna Rowland; four brothers, William H. (Baldy) Cooper, Lonnie Cooper, Johnny Cooper, and Connie Cooper; and three sisters, Louise Morton, Dorothy Bledsoe, and Margaret Taylor.
Visitation will be from 8 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Henry Flynn
VERONA – Henry Manuel Flynn, 94, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation where he had resided the last 17 days. He was born in Sulligent, Ala. on March 30, l918 to W. F. Flynn and Mary Jane Young Flynn. He served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II in the 13th Army Division. His stations of duty included Iowa Jima and Pearl Harbor. He served several years in the reserves after active duty. He moved to Lee County from Alabama in l946. He was an active and faithful member of the Old Union Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, camping, cooking, hunting and gardening. A York Rite Mason and Shriner, he was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was an avid Braves fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Billy Langley and Bro. Sammy Hardin officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Cordelia amp”Dellamp” Flynn of Verona; his stepdaughter, Melva Hardin (Sammy) of Plantersville; his grandchildren, Angelia Young (Chris Sawyer) of Nettleton and Sammie Denise Causey (Tim) of Amory; five grandchildren, Bailey Jordan Young, Austin Causey, Eli Causey, Derrick Sawyer and Shawn Sawyer; a brother, Collins R. Flynn (Diana) of Corpus Christi, Texas; a host of nieces and nephews; his special family, Mark and Shelly Harsin and their children, Chloe and Ivye.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Marty Pettit, Tim Causey, Austin Causey, Hunter Hardin , Mark Harsin, Wade Hardin and Paul Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be Rudolph Pettit, Bill Reed, John Cofield and Parker Mullis.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Old Union Baptist Church Building Fund, 113 CR 455, Shannon, Miss. 38868. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Marion Elliott
HOLLY SPRINGS – Marion Calvin Elliott, Jr., 75, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. He was born Nov. 29, 1935 in Benton County to Marion C. Elliott, Sr. and Bessie Childress Elliott. He was a member of First Baptist Church, was a plant superintendent of Holly Springs Brick and Tile Company and was a U.S. Airforce Veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Holly Springs with Bro. Paul Middleton officiating. Burial will follow in Ashland Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sue Whitehorn Elliott of Holly Springs; a son, Kerry Elliott (Delores) of Hernando; a brother, Roger Elliott of Potts Camp; two sisters, Valena West of Ashland and Patsy Bolden of Holly Springs; three grandchildren, Justin Elliott, Haley Elliott and Reagan Elliott; and one great-grandchild, Kyleigh Kee.
Pallbearers will be Men’s Sunday School class, and Wayne Sorrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Cooper and Tate Miller.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William Pettis
OXFORD – William “Bug” Pettis, 61, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Miss in Oxford. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by
Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Mae Riley
NETTLETON – Maggie Mae Stanford Riley, 82, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. She was born June 28, 1929 in Lee County to Jack and Cordie Brown Stanford. She had lived most of her life in Lee County and was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church in Tupelo. She was extremely talented, being able to learn piano, bells, glasses, flower arranging and sewing. She taught at christian schools and loved to introduce others, especially children, to her savior.
A private family service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Donny Riley and Victor Riley officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include two sons, Rev. Donny Riley (Bonnie) of Tupelo and Victor Riley (Rose) of Charlotte, N.C.; three sisters, Gracie Weeks (Lester) of Nettleton, Virginia Wiggins (Henry) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Patsy Johnston (Charles) of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Kristie West and Jonathan Riley; six great-grandchildren; and a special thanks to the employees of Darlington Oaks Community Hospice.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Raymond Riley; her parents; three brothers, Jessie James Stanford, Bobby Standford and James Stanford and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Child Evangelism, P.O. Box 348, Warrenton, Mo. 63383.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Janie Comer
FULTON – Jane Ethel “Janie” Comer, 76, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born August 29, 1935 to William Richard and Dora Ethel Wood Gober. She was a member of the Fulton Church of Christ. She was an all-state guard in basketball at Itawamba Junior College. She was also the homecoming queen for the football team at I.J.C. She was a member of D.A.R. She taught PE and coached girls basketball at Fulton Grammar School for six years. She was a counselor for Region III. She was retired from North Mississippi Regional Center. She enjoyed helping other people.
Services will be at 11a.m. Tuesday at the McNeece – Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Russ Crosswhite and Judge Mike Mills officiating. Graveside services will be at Itawamba Memorial Gardens with Bro. Bobby Stokes officiating.
Survivors include her husband of 56 1/2 years, James ” Dude” Comer; two sons, Ken Comer (Sally) of Jennings, La., and Richard Comer ( Kim ) of Fulton; three grandsons, Jay Comer, Alec Comer, and Reid Comer; one great-granddaughter, Zyla Jane Comer; one sister-in-law, Terri Jeltrup (Rick) of Charlotte, N.C.; special cousins, Betty Sue Wall, Martha Stewart, June Warren, Jerry Wood, Clara Jean Welch.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, O.L. And Beulah Stegall Wood; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Zack Stewart, Don Stewart, Don Holcomb, Chip Prestage, Wayne Haynes, Doug Smith, Jerry Wood, and Jay Comer.
Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Walls, Jack Creely, and Harry Wood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Velma M. Gates
RIPLEY – Velma Lou Jane Michael Gates, 97, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011 at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born January 24, 1914 to Edward Michael and Amanda Jane Morrow Michael. She was a housewife and enjoyed taking care of everyone. She had a very large extended family which included five generations. She loved working in her flower garden, quilting and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of Shiloh Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Terry Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Oma Guynes (Nickey), Lillian Guynes (Donnie), Bertha Thompson (Danny), all of Ripley, and Eunice Thompson Montgomery (Aubrey), of Memphis; five sons, Ernest Gates (Lyda), Verdis Gates (Mary Lou), Burton Gates (Effie Mae), Danny Gates (Mary Sue), and E. J. Gates, all from Ripley; special niece, Juanita Rogers; fourteen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; and six stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elgin H. Gates; her parents; eleven brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Philip Guynes, James Gates, Bradley Gates, Marty Gates, Richard Jeter, Scotty Thompson, Jeremy Stroupe, and Kenny Gates.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com

Larry Mulkey
BRUCE – Larry Gene Mulkey, 49, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011. He was an avid hunter who loved the outdoors. He was a member of Hamp&H Hunting Club where he served as past president of the club.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Antioch Baptist Church with Bro. Johnny Davidson officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Bruce.
Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Fay Alexander Mulkey of Bruce; five daughters, Christy Griggs of Vardaman, Christy Washington of Pontotoc, Jennifer Mulkey of Vardaman, Samantha Gillespie of Pontotoc and Kelly Keith of Pontotoc; four sisters, Priscilla Murrah of Southaven, Rita Allen of Marshall, Texas, Betty Gann of Bruce and Sandy Ferguson of Bruce; four brothers, Billy Dean Mulkey of Ashboro, N.C., Sean Mulkey of Vardaman, Gary Joe Mulkey of Bruce, Andy Mulkey of Bruce and his parents, Jimmy Neil and Anne Melton Mulkey of Bruce and ten grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Tony Neil Mulkey and a nephew, Christopher Eric Cooper.
Pallbearers are Billy Alexander, James Baker, robert Barnette, Johnny Gann, Dustin Griggs and Pate Hubbard. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Dean, Sean, Gary Joe and Andy Mulkey.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. prior to service time today.
Online condolences may by made at www.Parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Kellum
GUNTOWN – Mary Catherine Barnes Kellum 87, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the widow of the late John Harold Kellum her husband of “63″ years. She was a member of the Hillcrest Church of Christ, a graduate of Tupelo High School and a retired employee with “25″ years of service at the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Minster Tim Childs officiating with burial in the Campbelltown Cemetery.
Survivors include three nieces, Kathye Barnes Anderson, Sharon Barnes Relfers and Barbara Boggan Stephen; nephews, Bill Duke, Boggan and Prentiss Barnes; and caregivers, George Russell and Carol Ann Kellum.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Prentiss “Boss” Barnes and Floy Ballard Barnes; a
brother, James Edward Barnes; two sisters Edith Barnes Boggan and Elizabeth Barnes Duke.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to Roy Rowland Scholarship Fund, % Melba Gamble Baldwyn, MS 38824 or the Pinevale Children’s Home Corinth, MS.

Mildred Duke
PONTOTOC – Mildred M. Duke, 86, died Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born March 1, 1925 to Elmer and Zilpha Hall. She loved to travel, and loved sewing and quilting.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Dillard and Carol Orr (Robert) of Tupelo; three sons, Farrell Hall, John Wilson (Katherine) of Bruce, Ronnie Dillard; 33 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Zilpha Hall, two sons, Clayton Ray Hall, William C. Bufford, three brothers, Hilton Hall, Louis Hall and Freddie Hall.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Matt Hall, Andy Hall, Shane Dillard, Terry Dillard, Ryan Dillard and Ricky Orr. Honorary pallbearers will be Kevin Orr, Mike Hall, Chris Bufford and Aaron Bufford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home.

Ray Starling
NETTLETON – Howard Ray Starling, 66, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011 at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Ray was born near Plantersville in Lee County to Cleveland Starling and Kathryn Starling Jacobs. He grew up in the Richmond community and was a member of the Richmond Pentecostal Church. He worked for over 25 years for Evans Lumber Company in the Evergreen Community. He was a Master Mason with the Evergreen Masonic Lodge and enjoyed hunting, fishing, his pets and being with his family, especially his granddaughter, Sabrina.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Dale Whitlock officiating. A private burial will follow in the Liberty Cemetery in Itawamba County.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Payne Starling; a daughter Wanda Russell (Tim), and two sons, Randy Starling and Ricky Payne (Holly); his granddaughter Sabrina Pettigrew all of Nettleton; his stepmother, Marveline of Amory, a half sister Barbara Starling of Amory and two half brothers, Roger Starling of Dorsey and Tony Starling of Amory.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time on Tuesday all at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Food Pantry, 389 road 452, Nettleton, MS, 38858.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.