Obituaries September 10, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Annie Stokes
NEW ALBANY – Annie Marie Scruggs Stokes, 77, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at her residence. She was born Aug. 2, 1934, in Panola County to Noel Foster Scruggs and Evelyn Sanders Scruggs. She was co-owner of Stokes Supermarket. She enjoyed traveling with her family, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park in New Albany. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, James “Mose” Stokes of New Albany; a daughter, Theresa Childers (John) of New Albany; six grandchildren, Caleb Childers, Josh Childers, Carly Childers, Cullen Stokes, Anna Claire Stokes and Lyndi Stokes, all of New Albany; five great-grandchildren; and her two caregivers, Christine Watson and Ann Howell.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, Ronald Clayton Stokes and James Keith Stokes.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lois H. Edwards
BELLEFONTAINE – Lois H. Edwards, 75, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at her residence in Bellefontaine.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Claud Conner
ABERDEEN – Claud Mack Conner, 53, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at his home.
Graveside services were Thursday, Sept. 8, at Millport City Cemetery in Millport, Ala. Dowdle Funeral Home of Millport was in charge of the arrangements.

Vicki Bullard
SHANNON – Vicki Lynn Bullard, 46, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her home. She was born July 2, 1965, at Batesville. She was a homemaker and a member of the Full Gospel Church. She was an avid reader.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City with the Rev. Johnny Davidson officiating. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Barkley of Shannon; two daughters, Stephanie Hendricks of Texas and Lindy Barkley of Shannon; one son, Nicholas Bullard of Bruce; her father, Dearal Cook of Calhoun City; her mother, Linda Cook of Calhoun City; three sisters, Kim White (Kenneth), Cindy Scott (Ronnie) and Mindi Anderson (Sammy), all of Calhoun City; a brother, Michael Bullard (Denise) of Texas; and two grandchildren, Ramie Lopez and Kaleb Bullard.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Vivian Wimberly, and a nephew, Raymon Alejandro.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Susan Darwin
CORINTH – Susan Lynn Darwin, 51, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her residence.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Prospect Cemetery in Selmer, Tenn. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

John Hayes
ASHLAND – John Leslie Hayes, 37, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 19, 1974, in Memphis. He was a former construction worker before becoming disabled.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Larry Burns officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Kimberly Young Hayes of Ashland; two daughters, Ashley Nichole Hayes and Natalie Anne Hayes, both of Ashland; his father, James Luther Hayes (Linda) of Michigan City; his mother, Linda Lee Mize Burns (Larry) of Bolivar, Tenn.; two sisters, Felicia Wright (Timmy) of Ashland and Cindie Hamilton of Falkner; and one brother, Steve Hayes (Amy) of Moscow, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Bradley Hayes.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Mays Tallant
TUPELO – Carl Mays Tallant, 88, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Attala County, he was born Feb. 27, 1923, to William Jennings Tallant and Eula Underwood Tallant. He graduated from East Tupelo High School in 1941 as valedictorian of his class. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He held various positions in the Mississippi State Association of Letter Carriers from local offices to state president. During World War II, he was in Bridgeport, Conn., building aircraft. While there, he graduated from Bridgeport State Trade School. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church for 61 years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Private burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Cathy Rankin (Darrell) of Tupelo; one son, Scott Tallant (Phyllis) of Mableton, Ga.; four grandchildren, Nat Duncan (Carrie) of Jackson, and Brett Duncan, Walt Duncan and Candace Duncan, all of Tupelo; two great-grandchildren, August and Grant Duncan of Jackson; and a brother, Bill Tallant (Julie) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Hazel McCarty Tallant; his daughter, Sandra Tallant Duncan; his parents; two brothers, Rex Tallant and Ralph Tallant; and one sister, Joyce Lamb.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Nat, Brett and Walt Duncan; his nephews, Bob Lamb, Barry Tallant and Randy Pickens; and Thomas L. Rankin and Ben Rankin.
Honorary pallbearers will be The SEC Round Ball Sixers: Bill Burks, Joe Kilgo, Leon Malone, Bryron Sneed, Bill Tallant and the late James Rasberry.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sherry Pickering
BURNSVILLE – Sherry Lynn Moore Pickering, 39, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Burnsville City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Leave condolences online and www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Chuck Walker
ARLINGTON, Tenn. – Charles Bonds “Chuck” Walker, 82, died Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, at his home in Arlington, Tenn. He was born Oct. 19, 1928, in Baldwyn. He received his undergraduate degree in pre-law from American University and his law degree from the University of Detroit. He served three years in the U.S. Navy National Guard. He was a clerk, Special Employee and Special Agent for the FBI and received several Letters of Commendation and meritorious awards. He later was executive director of the West Tennessee Industrial Association in Jackson, Tenn., where he was responsible for establishing methods of attracting industry. He helped West Tennessee, including Memphis, obtain 95 new plants and nearly 30,000 jobs. He later joined First Tennessee Bank, from which he retired. After his retirement he was a part-time Realtor Associate with The Sterling Company. A beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, he enjoyed gardening, golf and debating about everything with anyone.
His body was donated for medical research. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Survivors include his sister, Annie Laurie Arnold of Baldwyn; his daughter, Barbara Hogg Edwards (Don) of Jacksonville, Fla.; a grandson, Kyle Alan Walker (Candice), and a great-grandson, Steven Alan Walker II, of Arlington, Tenn.; and Annie Charbonnet Gary (Derek) of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Shirley Hogg Walker; a son, Steven Alan Walker; an infant daughter, Laurie June Walker; and brothers, Paul Howard Walker and Francis “Mac” McElroy Walker.
Virginia O. Swinford
RIPLEY – Virginia O. Rainey Swinford, 85, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Bonnie Sue Robison
RED BAY, Ala. – Bonnie Sue Robison, 70, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Red Bay City Cemetery. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Paul Fancher
RED BAY, Ala. – Paul Fancher, 67, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at his residence.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmy Taylor
BELMONT – Jimmy Taylor died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

Edna Lois Dill
PHEBA – Edna Lois Jaynes Dill, 87, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at her home in Pheba. She was born April 10, 1924, in Pickens, Ala., to Cora Lee Rickman and Martin Lewis Jaynes. She was a seamstress at Monte Glove for 34 years and a member of Pheba Baptist Church. She married Lemuel Ethel Dill on April 9, 1942, in Clay County; he preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 1964.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery at Montpelier. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Ethelyn Murdock (John) of Long Beach and Faye Peeples (Jeff) of West Point; seven sons, John Dill (Jo Ann) of Birmingham, Roy Lee Dill (Dorothy) of Sioux City, Iowa, Kenneth Dill (Joy) and Dennis Dill (Cheryl), all of Starkville, James Dill, Ricky Dill (Deborah) and Jimmy Dill (Jane), all of West Point; 22 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Roberta Hudson of Oxford, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three sisters, Eoline Smith, Zora Sansing and Addie Lee Todd; two brothers, Woodrow Jaynes and Winfield Jaynes; and two daughters-in-law, Betty Dill, and Suzette Winter.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be Earley Foster, Dr. Edmund A. Miller Jr., and the North Mississippi Medical Center Home Health and Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Pheba Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Pheba, MS 39755 or to Palestine Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Jim Murray, 18515 Hwy. 46, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Taylor Hopkins
TUPELO – Taylor Hopkins, 93, at The Green Houses at Cedars in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Opal Jones
AMORY – Opal Beatrice Jones, 92, died Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, at the Oak Tree Plantation. 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. Sunday at the funeral home.

Lucille Rooks
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lucille Ayers Rooks, 89, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Powell Chapel M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.

Madgie Chandler
ABERDEEN – Madgie Chandler died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Funeral Home of Okolona.

Cotton Gattis
TISHOMINGO – James Mickel “Cotton” Gattis, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, at his residence.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Palestine Community Church. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Richard Nasce
TUPELO – Richard H. Nasce, 46, died suddenly in Lee County on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., on Oct. 22, 1964, to Thomas Anthony Nasce and Catherine Frances Widman Nasce. He moved to Starkville at age 15, graduated from Starkville Academy and attended Mississippi State University. He married Mitzi Lynn Adams of Fulton on June 20, 1987, and they made their home in Tupelo. At his death, he was employed as a certified food service consultant for Sysco Memphis LLC. Previously, he had been employed by the Keebler Company. Mr. Nasce was an active member of the Belden Baptist Church and enjoyed golf and music, especially the electric guitar. An extremely social and genial man, he enjoyed good conversation and was a master cook known for his lasagna. He was proud of his Italian heritage and was a great animal lover especially his dogs and pet guinea pig.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Gary Gray officiating. Private burial will follow in the Adams family plot at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Fulton. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mitzi Adams Nasce of Tupelo; his daughter, Hayley Nasce of the home; two brothers, Tommy Nasce (Kim) of Florence, S.C., and Bill Nasce (Bea) of Yonkers, N.Y.; two sisters, Mary Lou Nasce Alvarado (Jose) of Holt, Mich., and Joanne Pugni (Mike) of Yonkers, N.Y.; his mother in law, Wanda Adams of Fulton; his brother-in-law, Greg Adams of Fulton; his sister-in-law, Lori Little of Hanover, Md.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Anthony; and his father-in-law, Kenneth Adams.
Honorary pallbearers will be all his special buddies in area restaurant businesses.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.