Obituaries October 29, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Joseph Washington Sr.
TUPELO – Joseph “Big Joe” Washington Sr., 89, died Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Texarkana, Ark., he was born Oct. 31, 1921, to the Rev. Joshua Samuel and Evelina Washington. He was a retired educator. He graduated from Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Spring and received his master’s degree from the University of Mississippi at Oxford. He taught science, coached football, and served as athletic director at George Washington Carver High School from 1946 to 1969. When the schools were integrated, he was assigned to Tupelo High School, where he served as the assistant principal until he retired in 1986.
Mr. Washington was a member of Lane Chapel CME Church, where he served as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, director of Christian Education, trustee, steward and lay leader. He served as coordinator for the North-East Mississippi Region Annual Conference. He served as the Boy Scout Master for Troop 51. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served a tour of duty in World War II. He was a member of the NAACP, Henry Hampton Elk Lodge, Tupelo Biracial Committee, C.C. Augustus Educator Association and the National Educators Association.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Hope Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Penson officiating and the Rev. Dr. Robert Jamison delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. Century Hairston Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lucinda P. Washington; two daughters, Cynthia Ann Washington of Las Vegas, Nev., and Gwendolyn Washington Pattman (Leon) of Cordova, Tenn.; one son, Joseph David Washington Jr. (Bea) of Tupelo; three grandsons, two granddaughters and four great -grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews and cousin; a brother-in-law, John Perkins (Ann); two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and Greta Perkins; a special daughter, Susie Ann Owens; and a special family friend, Monrobie Jennings.
The repast will be held at Peoples Community Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Jack Matthews
PONTOTOC – Donald Jack Matthews, 59, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, in Johnson City, Tenn. He was retired from Delta International after 33 years. He was currently working as a truck driver.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Matthews of Pontotoc; three sons, Scotty (Penny) Matthews, John Matthews and Kojack (Jeannie) Chambers; two daughters, Melissa Payne and Stephanie Chambers; one brother, Delanie Matthews; three sisters, Betty Matthews, Geraldine Jones and Patsy (Harold) McCreight; grandchildren, Shane and Will Puckett, Hope and Faith Matthews, Christian Coleman, Ashley and Kyle Florez, Troy and Patrick Chambers, and Dustin and Nicole Cantrell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Mallie Matthews; a brother, Donnie Matthews; a sister-in-law, Wilma Matthews; and a brother-in-law, P.J. Jones.
Pallbearers will be Ted Dowdy, Brad Dowdy, Brent McCreight, Mitchell Matthews, John Keith and James Keith.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Bobby Burcham
GLEN – Bobby Wayne Burcham, 60, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Care in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Rosie Moore
ABERDEEN – Rosie Louis Moore, 80, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medicla Center in Tupelo. She was a very charitable person in the community, and she loved arts and crafts, sewing, gardening, and church. She dedicated her whole life to her family and anyone who was in need.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Daniel M.B. Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Derrick L. Fields officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Barry (Barbara) Moore and Jimmie Hughes; and her daughter, Bonnie (Foster) Fields.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Moore, and a son, Oscar Lee Hughes.
James Ruff Jr.
PLANTERSVILLE – James Ruff Jr., 60, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Ruby Thompson
POTTS CAMP – Ruby Brownlee Thompson, 87, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Nov. 11, 1923, in Union County. She was a retired inspector for the Frieling Co. and a member of Salem Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Salem Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Bynum officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Robert “Buster” Thompson, Coy Floyd and Catherine Thompson Polston; her grandchildren, Chris Thompson (Andrea), Timothy Thompson (Liz), Bobby Thompson (Shelby), Peggy Monk, John Floyd, Saundra Maglipon and Michael Floyd; her great-grandchildren, Sarah, Patrick, Jeramiah, Jordan, Kylan, Logan, Evan, Blake, Shelby, Allan, Michael, Miranda, Corina , Marrissa, Ke’Koa, Kobe and Alexis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, G.R. Thompson; and her parents, Alva E. Brownlee and Mary Rhew Brownlee.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Beulah Brown
OXFORD – Beulah Mae Brown, 97, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at her home in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Nellene Smith
WEST POINT – Doris H. “Nellene” Smith, 81, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility in Baldwyn. She was born July 1, 1930, in Montpelier to Ona Lee Andrews and Elliott Hodnett. She married Thomas Franklin Smith in 1955; he preceded her in death on Dec. 18, 1989. She was a graduate of Montpelier High School. As a young woman she worked at Knickerbocker Manufacturing and then as an operator with Bell Telephone Company. She spent many years working with children at First Baptist Church Child Care, where she was fondly known as “Miss Nellene.” She was married to the late Tommy Smith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with E. Scott Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Pam Smith Bean of West Point; one son, Greg Smith (Gina) of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Candace Bean Ollis, Carly Bean, Clancy Smith and Jenny Kate Smith; one brother, Charles Hodnett of Pensacola, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Louis Hodnett. Louis Hodnett.
Honorary pallbearers will be her many friends at First Baptist Church, caregivers at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility and the staff at NMMC Hospice.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Early Childhood Ministry, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773 or to Baldwyn Nursing Facility Activity Fund, 739 4th Street South, Baldwyn, MS 38824.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. to service time Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Nona Houston
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Nona Wayne Houston, 87, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, at St. Joseph Campus, Mission Hospitals in North Carolina. A native and longtime resident of Tupelo, she was born Aug. 25, 1924, to R.A. and Vernie Lessel Kitchen. She graduated from Tupelo High School and married Roy Houston on Jan. 4, 1944. She was employed for 25 years at Central Service Association and had previously worked six years for Ladies Wearhouse. She was currently a member of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church in Asheville and a former member of East Heights Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Park with Rev. Kermit Brann officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Roy Houston Sr. of Asheville, N.C.; one son, the Rev. Roy Houston Jr. (Dana) of Candler, N.C.; two grandchildren, Lisa Holland and Lori Halyburton; two great-grandchildren, Levi and Caroline Holland; three sisters, Mildred Gore and Betty Young of Tupelo, and Dorothy Kettlemen of Holly Bluff; three brothers, Travis Kitchen of Connecticut, and Murle Kitchen and Charles Kitchen, both of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Farrell Kitchen.
The family will gather with friends following the graveside service at the cemetery.
Memorial may be made to East Heights Baptist Church, 205 Lake St., Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
David Croft
CEDAR BLUFF – David Nixon Croft, 72, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his home in the Griffith community. He was born March 10, 1939, in Noxubee County to Lula Belle Bledsoe Croft and Edgar Agnew Croft. He was a truck driver for Bryan Foods for seven years and a “B” fitter at Babcock amp& Wilcox for 25 years. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in West Point. He married Nona Beth Noblin Croft on March 11, 1961, in Reform, Ala.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sarah Windam officiating and Chaplain Betty Wyatt assisting. Burial will follow in Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Nona Beth Noblin Croft of Cedar Bluff; two sons, David Rex Croft (Susan) of Cedar Bluff and Michael “Mike” Croft of Caledonia; two grandchildren, Caitlyn Faith Croft and Steven Rex Croft; one brother, Charles Warren Croft of Hattiesburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Eugene Croft and Aubrey Croft.
Pallbearers will be Bill Tribble, Andy Tribble, Jimmy Donahoo, Butch Blake, Ricky Blake, Marion “Boodro” Marsac, Richard Ramsey and Floyd Bell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Peyton Petty, Lawerence Frye, former co-workers at Bryan Foods and at Babcock amp& Wilcox, and all friends and relatives.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 1230 Oak Drive, West Point, MS 39773 or to Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, c/o Anna Sims, 911 Henryville Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741.
Visitation will be from 2 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Delois Townsend
WEST POINT – Delois Townsend, 58, died Monday, Oct. 24, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lower Prairie Creek M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no public viewing.
Frances Keahey
IUKA – Frances P. Keahey, 91, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Iuka.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Frances Hobbs
HERNANDO – Frances Bailey Hobbs, 80, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto. She was born Dec. 31, 1930, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of Kellwood and a member of Hernando Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Pastor Cliff Pace officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery at Derma.
Survivors include a sister, Beatrice Caldwell (Manley) of Hernando; a sister-in-law, Letha Bailey of Calhoun City; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Monroe and Florence Bailey; sisters, her twin, Jean Baecher, and Corene Moreland, Audia Mosley, Lucille Wood, Dot Terry Smith and Ema Pounds; and a brother, Dale Bailey.
There will be a reception at the funeral home following the service.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Zakk Lindley
PLANTERSVILLE – Zakkery Dean Lindley, 20, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, near his residence in Mantachie after a sudden illness. He was born on July 30, 1991, in Tupelo to Carol Lynn Payne and Billy Dean Lindley Jr. He grew up in the Nettleton/Plantersville areas and just recently moved to Mantachie. He attended Shannon High School and was a master musician, especially proficient on the electrical and acoustical guitars and drums. Music was his life including writing and playing in several area bands. He greatly enjoyed hanging out with his many friends who were the hub of his life. He lived to the fullest each day and had the keen gift of making people laugh with his jovial personality and wittiness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. David Brooks officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from noon to service time on Sunday. Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Carol Payne (Joey) of Plantersville; his father, Billy D. Lindley of Florida; his siblings, Jazzmin Lindley and Eric Lindley, both of Plantersville, and Joren Lindley of Iowa; his grandmother, Brenda Lindley of Guntown, many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bobbie Nell Williams Payne and Ross Payne and Billy D. Lindley Sr.; and his uncle, William Payne.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Gene Prentice
BALDWYN – Dalton Eugene “Gene” Prentice, 85, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Bobby White
AMORY – Bobby G. White, 73, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Euclee Hoots
AMORY – Euclee P. Hoots, 95, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
David Malone
WEST POINT – David Oliver Malone, 63, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, on Hwy. 50 East near West Point. He was born Feb. 6, 1948, in Caledonia to Jewel Watson and Edward Floyd Malone. He was the marketing coordinator for CECO Mfg. for 40 years. He was a member of the Church of the Incarnation. He married Linda Lowry Malone on Sept. 30, 1972, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Father Karl Schaffenburg officiating. Burial will follow in Columbus Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Lowry Malone; one daughter, Emily Malone; one son, Eddie Malone (Kelsey), all of West Point; three grandchildren, Caylon, Branson and Zack.
Honorary pallbearers will be Don Permenter and Norman Armstrong.
Memorials may be made to R.I.D.E.S., 540 Gurlie Malone Road, Caledonia, MS 39740-9541 or to Bryan Public Library, 338 Commerce Street, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
James Fuller
PONTOTOC – James Norris Fuller, 78, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a factory worker for the last few years and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He loved his church and church family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Robert Kingsley officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Survivors include three sisters, Betty Crawson (Sam), Reva Ann Patterson of Pontotoc and Grace Jones of Southaven; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Autice Fuller, and his father, Lonzo Fuller.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803.
Col. Edwin Orr III
PONTOTOC – Col. Edwin R. Orr III, M.D., passed away peacefully at home after a decade long battle against cancer. His family was in attendance.
Survivors include his wife, Jan Lavine Kelly; daughter, Rachael Takei (Ken); grandson, Piper Takei, all of Atlanta; brother, Bill Orr (Susanna) of Brandon; an army of nephews and nieces; and countless friends.
Dr. Orr’s life was lived with service as its centerpiece. He graduated from Grenada High School in 1948. After four years in the USAF, he studied at and graduated from Millsaps College in 1957, then graduated from the University of Mississippi Medical School in 1961. Dr. Orr interned at Andrews AFB, Washington D.C., re-entered the USAF and over the next two decades rose from the rank of 1st lieutenant to the rank of full bird colonel. He served in bases on three continents, including one in Southeast Asia from which he participated in 69 combat missions during the Tet Offensive. He was decorated by USAF with nine medals including The Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious service, The National Defense Service Award for serving during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and The Distinguished Flying Cross for his leadership when a C-130 he was flying in was hit by ground fire over the Ho Chi Minh Trail in 1968. The aircraft caught fire and executed an emergency landing with no landing gear. He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam in gratitude for his service on their behalf. His 24 years of active duty was followed by 22 years of medical practice in North Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama. Dr. Orr was generous in every way, never forgot anything, was an avid fisherman, reader, collector and was a wonderful storyteller. He was, as they say, one of a kind.
Private graveside services will be conducted by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Dennis P. Morgan and his staff of Oxford. We also want to express gratitude to Baptist Home Care and Hospice and especially to Jillene, Paula and Leigh. Finally, we would like to thank chaplain, Bro. John.
Jerry Dye
BREWER – Jerry Dye, 69, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at his home in Brewer after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Velma Sparks
BATESVILLE – Velma West Sparks, 98, formerly of Booneville, died Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, at Fairfield Assisted Living Home in Batesville.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Lee Chapel at the First Baptist Church in Batesville. Burial will follow in Forest Memorial Park. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church, Samaritan Fund for Diana Moore, 104 Panola Ave., Batesville, MS 38606.
Velma Baker
GORE SPRINGS – Velma D. Baker, 82, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. She was born Feb. 12, 1929, in Greenwood. She was a homemaker and a member of Bradford Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Bradford Chapel Cemetery in Gore Springs.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Baker of Eupora; one son, W.D. Baker of Fulton; two sisters, Loretta Bingham of Dentontown and Loeva Clanton of Holcomb; two grandchildren, Mike Baker (Shana) and Jason Baker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. “Nook” Baker, and her parents, James D. Ferguson and Emma Dee Davis Ferguson.
Pallbearers will be George Kent Bingham, Jason Baker, Mike Baker, Pat Cumming, Ed Baker and Jacob Bingham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Omeria Jones
AMORY – Omeria N. Jones, 78, died on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Born on Dec. 27, 1932, in McCondy, she was a daughter of the late Irene Harper and Clifton William Nabors Sr. She attended Egypt schools and graduated from Houston High School, Class of 1950. Founding Amory Butane along with her husband in the early 1950’s, she was their bookkeeper. She later worked as an administrative assistant with Amory Marine. A very thoughtful lady who deeply loved her family, she was of the Baptist faith. Feisty and opinionated, Mrs. Jones was a country music fan, a member of numerous fan clubs, and was a 20-year attendee of the CMA Music Fest (Fanfare) in Nashville. Passionate about traveling, she loved attending all kinds of concerts, the circus, ice shows, performances by her granddaughters, and any other special events. She enjoyed scrapbooking, baking, sewing, making jams and jellies, and playing games. Always happy and fun-loving, she was most pleased with the accomplishments of her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.
She is survived by daughters, Melissa Rutledge (Tim) of Madison and Marsha Jones (Lew Weiss) of Nashville, Tenn.; sons, Mark Jones (Lina) of Vicksburg and Milton Jones (Donna) of Nettleton; grandchildren, Emily Whitaker (Jason), Drew, Shane and Seth Jones, Jonathan and Laura Rutledge, and Lendsi Jones; sisters, Imogene Langford of Amory, Eleanor Lenoir of Denham Springs, La., and Virginia Carter (Larry) of Van Vleet; a brother, James Nabors (Eunice) of Ridgeland; nine nieces and 16 nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Clifton Nabors Jr.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in McCondy Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Herbert, Mike, Richard and Corey Langford, Chris Finn and Jimmy Lenoir.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until the service hour Sunday at the funeral home.
The family requests memorials, in lieu of flowers, be given to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Charles Westbrook
MEMPHIS – Charles Westbrook died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Shelly Trout
NEW ALBANY – Shelly Jo Coleman Trout, 36, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. She was born Nov. 30, 1974, in Greenville to George and Arhonda Bullock Coleman. She was a school teacher and a homemaker. She enjoyed swimming, shopping and spending time with her family and friends. She was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church of New Albany with Rev. Kelly Wheat and Rev. Rick Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany will be in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Troy Trout; two daughters, Lela Trout and Eva Trout, all of New Albany; her parents George W. and Arhonda Bullock Coleman of New Albany; one sister, Nina Gillean of New Albany; one brother, Will Coleman (Dianna) of New Albany; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Bullock of Prentiss.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Pannell, Brad Neal, Gordon Battles, Jalon Bullock, Brad Scott and Joey Tarrant.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at First Baptist Church of New Albany from 1 p.m. to the service time Sunday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Lucille Pruitt
IUKA – Lucille Loveless Pruitt, 94, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Carrington House in Iuka. She was born in Tishomingo County on April 2, 1917, to Abner P. “Abb” and Emma Long Loveless. She married Ward “Pinky” Pruitt on April 15, 1939. She was a 1936 graduate of Tishomingo High School. She worked in the early 1950’s in the Tishomingo County Courthouse Sheriff’s Office. She worked 27 years at the Iuka Guaranty Bank. She was a member of Iuka Baptist Church for many years and was active in Friends of Iuka Library for several years as well as the Lucy Rowe Club. She was a former member of the Eastern Star where she served as past Worthy Matron. She loved traveling, her years of art classes, and her painting. She loved feeding the birds, and when she was able, working in her flowers and yard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Ron Plymel officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include first cousins, Mildred Long Smith of Imboden, Ark., and Miama Lou Haynes Robinson (Luke) of Texas; nieces, Suzanne Pruitt Martin (Charles) of Iuka and Sarah Pruitt Palmer (Buddy) of Homewood, Ala.; her caregiver of many years, Ann Johnson (William) of Iuka; her dear friends, Jim and Jean McDonald of Fulton; and numerous cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a sister, Fannie Mae Loveless.
Pallbearers will be Ben Seago, Stanton Clark, William Johnson, Nicky Cummings, Thomas Lee Bonds, Steven Perkins, Bob Enlow and Jamie McDonald. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles “Bo” Martin, Gene Jourdan, Lloyd Gene Tucker, Charles Jones, Dr. Bobby King, Michael Borden, Wesley Stricklin, Mike McRee, Dickie Robinson and Roy L. Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Iuka Baptist Church Fund at 105 W. Eastport Street, Iuka, MS 38852 or Friends of the Iuka Library at 204 N. Main Street, Iuka, MS 38852.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Vivian Longest
BRUCE – Vivian Grace Jenkins Longest, 75, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at her home. She was born Sept. 24, 1936, in Bruce. She was the retired manager of Bruce High School Cafeteria. She was a member of Ellard Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Kevin Chrestman officiating. Burial will follow in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, David Longest of Bruce; four sons, Gwin (Sarah) Longest of Bruce, Scott (Donna) Longest of Bruce, Tracy (Macy) Longest of Anaheim, Calif., and Chris Longest (Paula Neal) of Bruce; two sisters, Bonnie Todd and Nancy Ferguson, both of Bruce; nine grandchildren, Calla Brassfield, Canzas Williams, Dana Webster, Alicia Longest, Jessica Lacy Longest, Breanna Longest, Casey Longest, Laken Longest, Ethan Longest; 12 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Melissa Longest Ford of Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arlis Clay Jenkins and Loretta McKibben Jenkins, and a brother, A.C. Jenkins.
Pallbearers will be Tim Bowen, Tony Bowen, Aaron Brassfield, Ethan Longest, Joey Webster and Michael Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Bowen, James Coleman, Max Dorris, Dr. Bruce Longest, Casey Longest, Bobby Stribling, Troy Todd, and great- grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made @www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
Opal Grisham
SLAYDEN – Opal Grisham, 82, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at her home in Slayden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Rice Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hiawatha McCaskill
OKOLONA – Hiawatha Gail Griffin McCaskill, 56, died Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Aberdeen. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the Kingdom Hall one hour prior to services.
Donna Bynum
OXFORD – Donna Maria Ptak Bynum, 62, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Mrs. Bynum was a retired legal secretary for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a member of First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Allen and Rev. Pat Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Bynum of Oxford; her daughter, Bridget Bynum of Greenville; and her son, Ben Bynum of Southaven.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ivadell Mize Ptak.
Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801 or to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign the online condolence registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Keonna Fields
OKOLONA – Keonna Fields, 25, died Friday in Columbus as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Bobby Burcham
GLEN – Bobby Wayne Burcham, 60, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Care in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories.
Burial will be in Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.