Obituaries October 6, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Earl Boatright
OXFORD – Earl Boatright, 89, died Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, at the V.A. Nursing Home in Oxford. He was born July 16, 1922, in Lafayette County. He was retired from the Entex Corporation and owner of Boatright’s Menswear. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps and a veteran of World War II, serving in the China, Burma and India Theater. He was a charter member of Temple Heights Baptist Church and a member of North Oxford Baptist Church. An avid Ole Miss football fan, he enjoyed gardening, and training and hunting with his bird dogs.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Johnny Flynt officiating. Burial will follow at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday and from noon until service rime Saturday at the funeral home.
He is survived by a daughter, Wanda Broun of Dunwoody, Ga.; a son, Tommy Boatright of Oxford; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elwanda Fleming Boatright; a daughter, Paula Ann Boatright; his parents, Thomas J. and Lavada Tallant Boatright; three sisters, Etta Mae Black, Dorothy Richey and Gladys Metts; and three brothers, Earnest Boatright, Curt Boatright and James Tallant.
Memorials may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655 or to the Pine Flat United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, c/o Sammye Baker, 294 Hwy. 328, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com to leave condolences.

G.W. Whitt Jr.
ROBBS – G.W. Whitt Jr., 70, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in the Ecru Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.

Irl Alexander Sr.
CORINTH – Irl Thomas Alexander Sr., 94, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at Whitfield Nursing Home. Mr. Alexander was a member of Waldron Street Christian Church, where he served as an elder, and at his time of death was an Elder Emeritus. He was a charter and lifelong member of the Corinth Civitan Club. His employment included being a car inspector for the railroad company and a butcher at Steve’s Grocery Store. He enjoyed working in his yard, fishing and traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Ted Avant officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Tommy Alexander (Nancy) of Corinth; one daughter, Lynn Stine (Tommy) of Corinth; one brother, J.R. Alexander (Fran) of Dallas, Texas; six grandchildren, Rebecca Lynn Stine, Kimberly Dawn Alexander, William Stine (Alice), Deborah Lynn Baugus (Mike), Dana Leigh Laurie (Matt) and Dyana Rae Gates (Kenny); and eight great grandchildren, Trae Stine, Alexander Byrd, Kaleb Byrd, Michael Baugus, Jordan Gates, Aiden Laurie, Madison Gates and Ashlyn Laurie.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Irl Robert and Edna Clifton Alexander; his wife, Dorothy Alexander; one brother, Johnny Alexander; one sister, Dorothy Alexander Harden; and one sister-in-law, Katie Alexander.
Pallbearers will be William Stine, Mike Baugus, Kenny Gates, Matt Laurie, Aiden Laurie, Kaleb Byrd, Michael Baugus and Trae Stine.
The family request, in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the Waldren Street Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 447, Corinth, MS 38835.
Condolences may be made online at mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Dorothy Burcham
WASHINGTON, Ill. – Dorothy Jane Burcham, 68, died Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Vanderford Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.

Betty Walters
NEW ALBANY – Betty Frances Walters, 75, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at her home in New Albany. She was born July 22, 1936, in Quitman County to Robert M. and Thelma Chadwick Shumaker. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Trey Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, David O. Walters Jr., and son, David A. Walters, both of New Albany; a daughter, Melody Carson (Mike) of Ingomar; a grandson, Cody Carson, and a granddaughter, Kasey Carson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church of New Albany.

Paul Richie
CORINTH – James Paul “Peachie” Richie, 86, died Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, at his home in Corinth.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Foote Street Church of Christ. Burial with military honors will be at Corinth National Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Online condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Olema J. Powell
AMORY – Olema J. Powell, 99, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at Golden Living Center. Born on Dec. 28, 1911, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the late Napoleon B. and Texie Wheeler Johnson. She attended Clay School in Itawamba County. She married John Woodson Powell on Dec. 20, 1936. A strong, marvelous and wonderful mother, she was a homemaker and a member of Christian Chapel Church of Christ. A great example of a lady, Mrs. Powell’s life was centered on her faith and her family. She enjoyed being outside and working in her flowers, gardening, sewing, cooking, reading, and listening to gospel music.
She is survived by her daughter, Ruth Adams (Robert) of Amory; three sons, Bo Powell (Linda) of Amory John Powell of Virginia Beach, Va., and James Powell (Shirley) of Amory; a sister, Ruby Mills of Fulton; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Edward Powell; sisters, Vonzie Taylor and Cloa Tucker; brother, Hubert Johnson; granddaughter, Lisa Ann Neal; grandsons, Steve Adams and Lance Powell; and daughter-in-law, Carrie Powell.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Marshall Eubanks Jr. and David Highland officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Alexander and Nicholas Comer, Joey and Jason Umfress, Patrick and Kevin Powell, and Tony Thompson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Powell and Tommy Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Christian Chapel Church of Christ, 60127 Vaughn Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

James Ray
CORINTH – James Thomas “Possum” Ray, 51, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Carpenter Cemetery at Burnsville.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Janice Barkemeyer
WEST POINT – Janice Evelyn Barkemeyer died Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at Fountain Lake Health And Rehab in Hot Springs, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home.

Verlie Tune
BELDEN – Verlie Tune, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. She was born in Savannah, Tenn., on March 26, 192, to John and Lizzie Smith. She was of Baptist faith. She worked as a nurse’s aide and a private sitter for many years for Hardin County and Park’s Rest Nursing Homes. Being a very creative and artistic person, she enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and tending to her flowers.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Terry Garrett officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Faye Boyette and Carlene Davis, both of Tupelo, and Karen (Jim) McGee of Belden; two sons, Ray (Nancy) Tune of New Albany and Lane Tune of Tupelo; one son-in-law, Billy Putt of Tupelo; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Anne Elizabeth Putt; one son-in-law, Henry Boyette; one grandson, Ricky Boyette; three sisters, Lottie Shook, Fleetie Faulkner and Hattie Sharp; three brothers, Millard, Ashley and James Smith.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Chris Boyette, Jason Boyette, Tim Putt, Jon Putt, Marty Davis Jr., Shane McGee, Austin McGee and Jason Morris. Honorary pallbearers will Bo Boyette, Mickey Boyette, Jimmy McGee and Scott Baughman.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Earl Wilson
RIPLEY – Earl Wilson, 67, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Delphia L. Hood
FULTON – Delphia L. Hood, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. She was born in Jasper, Ala., the daughter of Eli and Rosie Clark Painter. She was a member of the Plainview Church of Christ. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, and working in her garden and flower beds.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Tom House and Lyndell Fikes officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Katherine Stewart of Fulton; one stepdaughter, Eulene Pridemore of Guntersville, Ala.; one son, Wayne Edwards (Peggy) of Fulton; 14 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roland “Mutt” Hood, in 1985; a son-in-law, George Stewart; and three stepchildren, three grandchildren, two sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Josh Stewart, Eugene Clark, Wade Bullock, Jody McDonald, Allen Stewart and Craig Stewart.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Martha Hall
CALEDONIA – Martha Ann Hall, 61, died Wednesday, Oct 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Pauline Clark
FULTON – Iva Pauline Clark , 100 , died Wednesday , Oct. 5, 2011 at her daughter’ s home in Fulton. She was born Aug. 26, 1911, in Winston, Mo., to Clyde and Sophronia Caldwell Oak. She was raised in Winston, Mo. She was a 1929 graduate of Winston High School, where she was captain of her basketball team. She later lived in Kansas City for more than 30 years before settling in Perry, Mo. An avid basketball fan, she enjoyed crossword puzzles and flower gardening. She especially loved and supported her grandchildren. She was a Baptist in belief.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Grave-side services and burial will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lick Creek cemetery in Perry, Mo.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Petre Marchuk of Fulton; four grandchildren, Kathy Thomas, David Petre (Debbie) and Kenny Petre (Jacquelyn), all of Fulton, and Matt Petre (Tracy) of Houston, Texas; 10 great-grandchildren, Shane Whitaker (Joanna), Ami Davis Lohman, Crystal Biffle (Derrell), David Petre (Brandi), Petre Thomas, Elizabeth Petre Tally (Colton), Katelyn Petre, Colton Petre, Sloan Thomas and Dakota Nelson; eight great-great-grandchildren, Alexus Davis, Julia Whitaker, Kade Biffle, Kylee Smith, Perry Davis, Hunter Petre, Cora Whitaker and Brooks Biffle; nine nieces and nephews, Judy Carter (Leland), Wayne Vyrostek (Gayle), Michael Vyrostek, Darla Caffrey, Jon Oak ( Karen), Regina Oak, Paula Oak, Mark Oak and Kelly Willis (Jim); several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Clark; her parents; one sister, Sylvia Vyrostek; one brother, Clyde W. Oak ; one grandson, Clark Petre; two sons-in-law, Darrell Petre and Vernon ” Bob” Marchuk; and one nephew, Steven Vyrostek.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home. The family will also receive visitors after the graveside service on Saturday at Mrs. Clark’s home in Perry, Mo.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fulton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 907, Fulton, MS 38843.

Ellen White
RIPLEY – Ellen White, 69, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Sarah Jo Turner
PITTSBORO – Sarah Jo Turner, 71, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at her home. She was born Aug. 2, 1940, in Calhoun County. She was a retired nurse for the Calhoun City Hospital with 32 years of service. She was a member of Bruce United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mt. Moriah Cemetery at Bruce with the Rev. Rex Wilburn officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James Keith Turner of Pittsboro; four grandchildren, Alisha Turner, Coty Turner, Hope Turner and Tommy Turner; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Travis Hughes; three sisters, Janie Mitchell of Raymond, Margie Blue of Laurel and Sue Cox of Pittsboro.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James “Big Red” Turner; her parents, Elmer Hughes and Mary Etta Murphree Hughes; and a brother, Fred Wayne Hughes.
Pallbearers will be Carlos Huertas, Kenneth Mann, Tim Murphree, Robbie Shipman, Coty Turner and Bubba Walls.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bruce United Methodist Women, P.O. Box 429, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences may be left at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Jimmy Plunk
PONTOTOC – Jimmy Knox Plunk, 71, died Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born March 9, 1940, to Sheley Cletus Plunk and Lila Mae Bland. He married Carolyn Lantrip Plunk in 1970 and had many good years with her until her death in 1999. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves and worked at Ram Golf for many years. He was a member of Springhill Methodist Church, a Master Mason and a member of Pontotoc Masonic Lodge 81.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Ricky Camp officiating. Burial will follow at Springhill Methodist Cemetery. There will be no graveside service.
He is survived by one son, Scotty Sledge (Cheryl) of Pontotoc; two sisters, Freddie Stegall (Billy Joe) and June Bland (H.C.), all of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, J.D. Sledge and Carrie Smith (Chris,) all of Pontotoc; one great-grandchild, Levi Smith of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his spouse, parents and one son, Rodney Britt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.

Clifton Barber
SALTILLO – William Clifton “Cliff” Barber, 92, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a sudden illness. He had been a resident of Magnolia Manor in Tupelo for the past year. Before that, his home was in the Beech Springs community in Saltillo. He was born Sept. 1, 1919, in Mantachie to Ula Spradling Barber and Will Barber. In 1986 he retired from TVA, where he was known as “Bull.” He was a lifetime member of Beech Springs Freewill Baptist Church in the Beech Springs community and served in numerous positions from deacon to cook. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Barber was an avid gardener and loved to grow huge tomatoes and turnips, including a turnip that weighed 25 pounds. He enjoyed hunting and fishing when he was younger.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Dennis Kizzire officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, W.C. Barber (Phyllis) of Pontotoc; his daughter, Linda Cochran (David) of Tupelo; two brothers, Marvin Barber of Mooreville and Garvin Barber of Tupelo; one granddaughter, Missie Young (John) of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, Kelsie Cochran and Garrett Horton, both of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Alice Barber, on March 23, 1999; a grandson, John David Cochran, on Aug. 22, 2008; and three sisters, Gladys Mears, Odell Nichols and Opal Foote.
Pallbearers will be Harry Floyd, Jamie King, David Putt, Sonny Oxner, Charles Ray Barber and Billy Irvin.
Honorary pallbearer will be a special grandnephew, Seth Sledge.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to Beech Springs Freewill Baptist Church, Beech Springs Road, Saltillo, MS 38866; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.