By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Raymond Larry Steele, 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at the residence of his brother in Lee County after a courageous battle with cancer. Raymond was born on Nov. 24, 1954, in Crittenden County, Ark., to the late Milton D. Steele and Lillian Ewing Steele. He was a musician and master drummer since his early teens and a paramedic for 32 years, where he made a lot of friends, helped a lot of people and saved a lot of lives. He loved being a paramedic as long as he was able to work in the profession. He also loved his motorcycle, his convertible, his family, the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ole Miss Rebels and the New Orleans Saints. He was a member of Crosspointe Ministries.
A service celebrating his life will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Crosspointe Ministries on Eason Boulevard in Tupelo with his nephew, John Steele, officiating. The eulogy will be by his niece, Melissa Gunner, and others will have the opportunity to speak. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Crosspointe Church, 129 N. Eason Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804 with a time of fellowship with friends and family immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his two sons, Matthew Raymond Steele (Trish) and Zachary Rivers Steele, both of Tupelo; his brother, Milton Sanford Steele and his wife, Kim, of Auburn, who were his devoted and compassionate caregivers; sisters, Sharon Steele Collins (Gregg) and Trish Steele Roberts (Bill), all of Tupelo; nieces and nephews, Melissa Steele Gunner (Mark), Sandi Steele Foster, Kellie Steele Gritzman (J.R.), John Sanford Steele (Marie), Brandon Michael Collins (Emily), Rachel Collins Mazzanti (Michael), Max Satterfield (Amanda), Summer Roberts, and numerous great-nephews, great-nieces and cousins.
Sanctuary Hospice nurses became people who loved him and he loved them for taking such awesome care of him. The family wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Sanctuary Home Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Remembrances of Raymond may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST POINT – Wilburn Kellis Rish, 60, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home. He was born on Feb. 13, 1931, in Shuqualak to Otis and Maudie Elizabeth Rish. He was a member of Siloam Baptist Church and he retired from Bamp&W after 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Payton Myers and Rev. Duran Henry officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lee Rish of West Point; sister, Lois Ellen Dean of Winder, Ga.; aunts, Margaret Harper of West Point and Beatrice Charles of Cedar Bluff.
Pallbearers will be Drew White, Danny Huffman, Wayne Hindman, Glen Hindman, Keith Hindman and Lee Huffman. Honorary pallbearers will be Adult Mens Sunday School Class at Siloam Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church, 2686 Hwy. 47 West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may send condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
NEW ALBANY – Gene Frederick Williams, 83, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. He was born June 7, 1928, in Sarah to A.I. and Sarah Emily Williams. Mr. Williams was a retired golf cart repairman, a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany. Bro. Don Woods will officiate. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Williams, and a son, Ira Williams, both of New Albany; a granddaughter, Alexandria Williams; two stepgranddaughters, Courtney Coffey (Chad) and Mackenzi McKinney (Matt); and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Hell Creek Wildlife Management Area, c/o Steve Coleman, 131 C.R. 831, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.
ABERDEEN – Rosie Moore, 80, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
CALHOUN, La. – Charles Henry Alexander, 88, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. He was born Oct. 23, 1922 to James Pascal Alexander amp& Elizabeth “Lizzie” Couch Alexander. He was a native of Houston and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services were Tuesday, Oct. 25, at First United Methodist Church of Houston with the Rev. Mike Childs and the Rev. Larry Patrick officiating. Burial was in Houston City Cemetery, with the Rev. Patrick Alexander officiating. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston was in charge of the arrangements.
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; and his brothers Pascal Waldrop Alexander, James Hugh Alexander, and Augusta “Gus” Evans Alexander.
Pallbearers were his grandchildren and their spouses.
Online condolences may be made to www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to Houston First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 123, Houston, MS 38851.
GOLDEN – Jessie Gertrude Mayhall, 94, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at her residence. She was born Feb. 12, 1917, in Itawamba County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ at Golden with Bro. Jerry Grammer and Bro. John Stockton officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one son, Charles Ray Mayhall (Ivy Nell) of Golden; one daughter, Jearldine Lucius (Everett) of Golden; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by a son, Wilbur Mayhall, her parents, A.R. Mayhall and Sarah Jane Reynolds Mayhall, a brother, Austin Mayhall; and a daughter-in-law, Betty Mayhall.
Pallbearers will be Greg Tutor, Dustin Tutor, Brad Parrish, Allen Lee Mayhall, Chris Payne, Jason Woodward and Michael Mayhall.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
VINA, Ala. – Eva Louise Brown, 77, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at her residence.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at New Union Missionary Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie in state from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the church.
TUPELO – Robbie Turner, 76, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Luther Burlison Brown, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011. He was born Aug. 9, 1919, in Bexar. Ala. He was a member of the Church Of God Of Prophecy. He was a carpenter and worked in construction. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. An avid musician, he especially enjoyed playing the guitar.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Winters and Bro. Shane Ray officiating. Burial will be in Anniston Memorial Garden in Anniston, Ala. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Willard Irene Brown of Fulton; two daughters, Virginia Brooks of Anniston, Ala., and Shirley Rains of Jacksonville, Ala.; one son, Marvin Brown of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Susan Mason of Saltillo; one stepgranddaughter, Karen Shellenburger; and three steprandsons, Timothy Jones, and Keith and Carey Tackett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives, a brother and a sister.
Pallbearers will be the men of the Church of God of Prophecy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Online condolences may be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
WEST POINT – Betty Jane Temple, 77, died Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. 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.
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TUPELO – Joseph D. “Joe” Washington Sr., 89, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a longtime educator and community leader of Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Hope Church, 2094 McCullough Blvd., Tupelo. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lane Chapel CME Church, 1509 N. Madison St., Tupelo. Century Hariston Funeral Home in Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
The repast will be held at Peoples Community Baptist Church, 1204 Lawndale Drive, Tupelo.
A complete obituary will follow.
RED BANKS – James Lamar Boatner, 54, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WREN – Hiawatha Gail Griffin McCaskill, 56, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Westbrooks Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Harry Patterson, 68, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
CORINTH – Fletcher Lee Clark, 89, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Margaret Ann Henderson Nance, 52, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at her residence in Collierville. She was born Dec. 25, 1958, to Annie Mae Ray Henderson and the late Thomas Earl “Tom” Henderson. She was a 1976 graduate of Ripley High School. She was a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College and received a bachelor’s degree from Lambeth University. She was an employee of Thysson Krupp Elevator Company for 33 years, currently serving as Director of Planning at the Germantown office. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Randy Latch and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
She is survived by her husband, James Cossitt “Jimmy” Nance of Collierville; one son, Trey Nance of Collierville; her mother, Annie Mae Henderson of Ripley; two sisters, Gail Baker (Larry) of Union City and Shelia Bryan (Gary) of Ripley; three brothers, Ray Henderson (Sherry) of Ripley, Doug Henderson (Emma) of Middleton and Ricky Henderson (Lisa) of Cameno Island, Wash.; one sister-in-law, Judy Carone (Dean) of Los Angeles; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Pallbearers will be Donnie Cousar, Wayne Baker, Michael Henderson, Jeff Bryan, John Henderson and Norris Howell. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Thyssen Krupp.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
WRIGHTSVILLE, Pa. – Chris Robison, 86, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at his home. A native of Smithville, he was the son of the late O.O. Robison and Emma Sullivan Robison. He worked in retail shoe sales for most of his life, beginning with The Ruth’s Shop Inc. in Columbus and ending with Irving Shoe Inc. in York, Pa. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving for four years during World War II. He loved to travel, visiting many places in the U.S. and abroad. He loved spend time outdoors, especially with his two buddies, Winston and McDugal. He especially treasured the time he spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was loved by all, always known for his ever-present smile.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home in Lititz, Pa. Burial will be private.
Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Barbara J. Summers Robison; his children, Stephen G. of Pearl, Nick A. (Wendy) of Columbus, Chris B. (Sue) of Caledonia, Katie Rowell (Phillip) of Aberdeen and Susan R. Kelly (Dr. Phil Kelly) of Wichita Falls, Texas; his stepchildren, Harry W. Shaeffer (Cindy) of Beaumont, Texas, Tammie M. Griffith (Dennis) of Robesonia, Pa., Larry D. Shaeffer of Wrightsville, Sheri Zynn (Schrack) of New Holland, Pa., and Michael Shaeffer of Tempe, Ariz.; his 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; his sister, Frances Carter, and his brother, W.C. Robison.
He was preceded in death by a son, Hal D. Robison; and his brother and five sisters.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To send an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com.
MEMPHIS – Margaret E. Tilley, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. She was born Dec. 6, 1921, in Hoxie, Ark. She graduated from New Albany High School and attended Memphis State University. A lifelong resident of Memphis, she retired from the Pharmacy Department at Baptist Hospital. She was a devout Catholic, a member of Immaculate Conception Parrish and a believer in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She had been a resident of St. Peter Nursing Villa since 2008.
While never having children of her own, Miss Tilley was instrumental in raising her great-nieces, Wanda Robinson Buchmiller, Rhonda Ballard Stanford and Donna Whittemore Krapcha, all of Albuquerque, N.M. Survivors also include a great-great niece, Penny Bakke of Albuquerque; a lifelong friend and companion of 60 years, George Smith of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Barrie Johnson Tilley; her father, John L. Tilley; and her stepmother, Polly Tilley.
There will be a Memorial Mass will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter’s Villa Chapel. A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the New Albany Cemetery, in New Albany. Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.