Obituaries Sept. 15, 2010

Norma L.H. Fields
TUPELO – Norma Lee Hamilton Fields of Tupelo died unexpectedly Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010. She was the wife of the late Robert B. Fields.
She is survived by her five children: Robert H. Fields, doing business in China; David S. Fields of Vallejo, Calif.; Candace L. Renaud of Houston, Texas; Victoria C. Fields of Jackson; and Sarah E. Gray of Tupelo. She also is survived by four wonderful grandsons, Roderick and Nicholas Fields, Zachary Fields and Al Gray, and a lovely great-granddaughter, Shelby Gray.
Also surviving are her sister, Juanita Gray of Greenville; and her brother, Charles Hamilton of Fort Worth, Texas.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by sisters Edith Robertson of South Carolina, Lillian Gray of Memphis, and her parents, Norman and Hope Wade Hamilton, from New Albany.
She was well-known throughout Mississippi, and beyond, for her hard-hitting news stories, and sometimes scathing political commentary. It might be said that she was something of a pioneer in her field, and made many friends, and some enemies, but gained respect and admiration from both.
But before all of that, she was an Air Force wife, who managed not only to help her husband advance in his career, but raised five hooligans without losing a single one, regardless of the effort put forth on their parts.
Yes, she is known wide and far for her not inconsiderable accomplishments in journalism, but it took every bit of the force and determination she is known for publicly to make certain those children lived to see adulthood.
She marshaled us through countless moves overseas and around this country, until we all settled on a farm out in Pontotoc County, and eventually she became a stringer and then a reporter for the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. The bootleggers couldn’t hide their stills well enough that Mom would not be on the case.
The Ku Klux Klan had met a formidable foe. As kids, we didn’t get this so much from her articles in the paper as we did from the late-night, anonymous threatening phone calls we answered. They became sort of running jokes at home with one kid or the other, putting on our best “redneck” accent (all of you know what it sounds like), with as much menace as we could muster, to deliver the message to Mom or Dad.
It was fun, but we were a little scared for our mama, too, even though we knew, firsthand, how tough she was.
Eventually the threats subsided, but it was no more fun then.
Now, we were all “Norma Fields’ kids.” She got her well-deserved accolades, and we had to sneak around even more surreptitiously to misbehave and not get caught. We learned some really good tricks, though often we were found out anyway.
This was supposed to be about Mom, and it is. She was as unconventional a Mom as she was a reporter, journalist. We love her and will miss her. And with all her friends and family, we wish her safe passage.
If you’d like to join us, visitation will be at All Saints’ Episcopal Church Parlor in Tupelo at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, with services in the church at 2:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Attn: Donor Services, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309 or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Linda Gladney
CHICAGO – Linda Lue Gladney, 72, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2010, in Chicago.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Mays Chapel M.B. Church in Houlka. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery in Houlka. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Mays Chapel.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Charles E. Jennings
TUPELO – Charles E. Jennings, 85, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Mary Evelyn Johnson
BALDWYN – Mary Evelyn Johnson, 82, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County after a brief illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1928, to Vester and Viola Hogue Hall. She was a homemaker and member of the Jericho Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane Boatner (Ray) of Guntown; one son, Eddie Johnson (Ginger) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Melissa Miller, Jeffrey Boatner (Marissa), Corey Johnson and Kelli Boatner; great-grandchildren, Chandler Raines, Lexi Miller and Jayce Boatner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a granddaughter, Stephanie Diane Raines; brothers, Boyce Hall and Boyd Hall; and sisters, Annie Jean Thornton and Lanie Hamblin.
Pallbearers will be James Billy Hall, Dennis Guin, Larry Johnson, Jeffrey Boatner, David Mayben Jr. and Billy Ray Hamblin.
Mary Weir
MCCONDY – Mary Cecil Weir, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born on Jan. 21, 1920, in Caruthersville, Mo., to Archie Swain and Ivy Ornsby Swain. She was a retired employee of Amory Garment Company and a member of McCondy United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Steve Lampkin officiating. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Ebernezer Methodist Church Cemetery near Milport.
She is survived by one son, Henry Sylvester Weir Jr. and wife, Ann Weir, of McCondy; two grandsons, Christopher Weir of Praire, and Jonathon Weir and wife, Jennifer Weir, of Fayetteville, N.C.; one sister, Margie Taylor of Oxford; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry Sylvester Weir Sr.; one sister, Bernice Brazil; and one grandson, Chad Weir.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Jeannie J. Sanderson
SALTILLO – Jeannie Jo Sanderson, 70, died Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, at her summer home in Hale, Mich., after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 15, 1939, in Columbus, Ohio. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo and a homemaker for 51 years. She was a former president of the Saltillo Women’s Club, where she was instrumental in starting Saltillo Day and developing the Saltillo Park. She also started the local Red Hat Society and the Eggville Craft Club. She was heavily involved with special needs children at Rebelanes Bowling Alley and wrote Saltillo news articles for the Lee County newspaper. She enjoyed quilting, crafts and community service.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home in Verona with the Rev. James Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Springhill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, John Sanderson; her sons, Curtis, Doug and Trent; a daughter, Tracy (James) Burcham; grandchildren, Curtis, Stanley (Valerie), Stephanie and Jonathan Sanderson, Charles and Bryan (Jessica) Burcham; great-grandchildren, Blake Sanderson and Allie Burcham; and one brother, Butch (Linda) Kellner.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Margaret Kellner, and a sister, Kay Kellner.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Rev. Ferrell O. Cork Jr.
TUPELO – The Rev. Ferrell O. Cork Jr., 80, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A McLaurin native, he was born April 16, 1930, to Ferrell O. Cork Sr. and Margaret Anderson Cork. He was raised in Akron, Ohio. He graduated from Mississippi College in 1953 and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1959. He was a retired Southern Baptist minister. He served as pastor of Bogue Chitto Baptist, First Baptist of Gordo, Ala., Brooks Memorial Baptist of Atmore, Ala., First Baptist Church of Union, First Baptist Church of Aberdeen, and VanWinkle Baptist Church of Clinton. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a Ski Trooper. Also while serving in the Army, he was a Golden Gloves boxing champion. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. David Eldridge officiating. Graveside services will follow in Lee Memorial Park with Rev. William L. Davis officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Billie T. Cork of Tupelo; one daughter, Lynn High (Henry) of Tupelo; one son, Steven E. Cork (Cheryl) of Mooreville; one brother, James Cork of Akron, Ohio; six grandchildren, Jennifer Medders (Cliff) of Cleveland, Leslie Wood (Andrew) of Saltillo, Catherine Stegall (Charlie) of Pontotoc, Jason Silcox (Paige) of Nashville, Tenn., Collin Cork of Ripley and Cade Cork of Mooreville; five great-grandchildren, Lex Davidson, Kaylee Wood, Cas Stegall, Nora Silcox and Davis Silcox.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lullu Harrold; and one grandchild, Meredith Davidson, who died Sept. 17, 2009.
Pallbearers will be Collin and Cade Cork, Jason Silcox, Cliff Medders, Leslie Sullivan, Lamar Pruitt and Andrew Wood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Tinnon, Harold Long and Henry High.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Louise Powell
AMORY – Louise Powell died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Olen D. Priddy
FULTON – Olen D. Priddy, 65, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1944, in Nettleton to Cary Esmond and Lula Agnes Wallace Priddy. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Zion, Ill., and an auto mechanic. He enjoyed cooking.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. Robert Wood and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Melissa Shumpert and Melinda Buckley, both of Fulton, and Cindy Priddy of Mooreville; one son, Tim Priddy of Jackson; one stepson, Calvin Frazier of Fulton; grandchildren, Kyle “Tanker” Frazier, Lee Shumpert, Kristen Shumpert, Erin Felks and Darria Buckley; one sister, Millie Aldridge (Ken) of Caledonia; and one brother, Ken Priddy (Ann) of Athens, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sallie Priddy, in December 2007, and a sister, Catherine Priddy.
Pallbearers will be Cory Lewis, Jeff Oswalt, Sam Scott, Bill Klappa, Don Wallace and David Ethridge.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Bertha McGrone
FULTON – Bertha Mae Stewart Strode McGrone, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A former native of Noxubee County, she was the daughter of Robert Lee Stewart and Sue Willie Stewart. She was an active and faithful member of Shiloh CME Church in Fulton.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Shiloh CME Church with the Rev. Alice Robinson officiating. Interment will be in the Fulton Community Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Strode Jr. and James (Jean) Strode, both of Fulton; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.kennethrobersonfuneralhome.com.
Kent M. Anderson
PONTOTOC – Kent M. Anderson, 67, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 2, 1943, in Randolph. Raised in Randolph, he was a member of Randolph Baptist Church. He owned and operated Anderson Sheet Metal for 23 years. He also was a former Pontotoc County supervisor. After 17 years of running the family business, Pontotoc Plywood Inc., he retired. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Dr. Jody Kent Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Tutor Anderson; two daughters, Amy Holladay and husband, Keith, and Felicia Powers and husband, Greg; two sons, Chad Anderson, and Jody Anderson and wife, Allison; eight grandchildren, Nick Anderson, Olivia Holladay, Walker Kent Anderson, Abby Anderson, Molly Anderson, Chloe Anderson, Tanner Powers and Cassie Powers; and two sisters, Yvonne McCarter and Joyce Passmore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Maurine Anderson, and one sister, Jonivie Creech.
Pallbearers will be Gary Washington, Greg Washington, Jeff Washington, Chris Ritchie, Mark Ritchie, Stuart Creech and Jason Passmore.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lt. Col. Kelly Passmore, Richard Passmore and Stephen McCarter.
Linda Sartin
FULTON – Linda Sartin, 53, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. She was born Aug. 2, 1957, in Sulligent, Ala., to Lonnie and Helen Harris Plunkett. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she was treasurer and Sunday School teacher. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed her exotic birds and her grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Baptist Church with Bro. Ray Stevens and Bro. Mark Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Baptist Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Sartin of Fulton; one daughter, Angie Coleman (Scotty) of Fulton; four sons, Charles Sartin (Vanessa) of Fairview, Ronald Sartin (Julie) of Tremont, Roger Sartin Jr. (Brittnie) of Fulton and Jeff Sartin (Karilyn) of New Albany; grandchildren, Halie, Taylor, C.J., McKenzie, Katelyn, Miranda, Hunter, Nathanael, Aaron, Kane, Kristian, Koten, Konner, Landon and Farren; one great-grandchild, Natlie; one sister, Barbara McKay (Daniel) of Hamilton, Ala.; one brother, Johnny Plunkett of Louisiana; five half brothers and one half sister; and three stepsisters.
Pallbearers will be Roy Johnson Jr., Edward Sartin, Hollis Moore, Wade Sartin, Jimmy Dale Sartin, Daniel Peoples and Wayne Peoples.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wade Sartin, John Lefford and Chris Doolittle.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at Bethany Baptist Church.
Samuel Gholson
RICHARDSON, Texas – Samuel Creed Gholson, 91, a native of Holly Springs, died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, in Richardson, Texas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Ted Dickey Funeral Home in Plano, Texas. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family locally.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the SPCA.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Imogene Paulk
FURRS – Imogene Carmack Tennyson Paulk, 86, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Jack Riley Warren
TUPELO – Arrangements are incomplete for Jack Riley Warren, infant, and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Austin Krosp
TUPELO – Daniel Austin Krosp, 16, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center as the result of a car accident. He was born on Sept. 27, 2010, in Tupelo. He was a student at Mooreville High School. He loved to hunt, ride four-wheelers and just hang out with his friends. He was a member of Word of Life Church of Tupelo.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Pastor Tommy Galloway officiating. Burial will be Keyes Cemetery in Dorsey.
Survivors include his parents, Danny and Rhonda Krosp of Tupelo; two sisters, Mandolyn Shurden and Kayla Krosp of Tupelo; his grandparents, Wayne and Judy Parker of Tupelo, and Gina and John Gann of Jackson; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers are his uncles and special friends.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Nellie Robbins
PONTOTOC – Nellie Ruth Russell Robbins, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at Magnolia Place Personal Care Home in New Albany. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She had a strong faith, and enjoyed her flowers and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Oak Dale Baptist Church with Rev. J.W. Owen officiating and Rev. Mark Galloway assisting. Burial will follow in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Clay Robbins; her two daughters, Delores Mason (Mel) of Paducah, Ky., and Miriam Staten (Rex) of Pontotoc; her son, Jerry Russell (Barbara) of Pontotoc; her eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Amory and Donna Williams Hale; the father of her children, Lyson Russell; two sisters, Wyrene Hale and Winnie Hicks; and three brothers, Hazel Hale, Alvin Hale and Charlie Hale.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Salmon, Gary Mason, Neel Dean, Jeff Shepherd, Gary Richardson and Steven Wooten.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at Oak Dale Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Arliss Pearson
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Arliss Jouiner Pearson, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010, in Las Cruces, N.M. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Margie Harden
AMORY – Margie Hathcote Harden, 91, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Rev. Frank E. Williamson
IUKA – The Rev. Frank E. Williamson, 75, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Billy Davis
BOONEVILLE – William Lee “Billy” Davis, 77, died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at his home.
There will be no services. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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