Obituaries September 14, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Burless J. Oyler
TUPELO – Burless J. Oyler, 66, of Tupelo passed away Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. He was born on Feb. 24, 1945, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Joe M. Oyler and the late Imogene Cornutt Oyler. He graduated from S.D. Lee High School in Columbus and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1973. He volunteered for active duty service in the Navy Seabees during the Vietnam War and also served on active duty with the Naval Reserves during Desert Storm, stationed in Saudia Arabia. He continued to serve in the Naval Reserves, where he finally retired with the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer. He retired in 2010 after 29 years with Renasant Bank, where he had many, many friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marilou Hunt Oyler; a son, Charlie Oyler and wife, Dawnmarie, of Cumming, Ga., and a daughter, Jennifer Oyler Olson and husband, Chris, of Little Rock, Ark. The apple of his eye was his little grandson, Connor, also of Little Rock. He is also survived by his father, Joe; a sister, Janice Nichols (Randy) of Roswell, Ga.; a brother, Winfred Oyler (Teri) of Millport, Ala.; three nieces and a nephew; and a large extended family.
Special thanks goes to the oncology ward nursing staff at North Mississippi Medical Center and the loving nurses at Sanctuary Hospice House.
A celebration of Burless’ life will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 1328 CR 885, Tupelo. Miss. Family visitation will be at the church at 10 a.m. preceding the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to either Oak Hill United Methodist Church or Sanctuary Hospice House.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Alexander
PEARL – After more than a seven-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Thomas L. Alexander, 71, passed away on Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
He was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Lake City, Tenn. He spent most of his childhood in Tupelo and Pontotoc and always considered Pontotoc his home. Tom will be laid to rest next to his parents, Claude and Kathleen Alexander, and his brother, Robert Alexander, who preceded him in death.
Tom worked for H.C. Bailey Company for 28 years in Jackson. Upon retirement he moved back to Pontotoc and lived there seven years. The remainder of his life was spent in Pearl.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Pontotoc with the Rev. Roger Shock and the Rev. Kenneth Corley officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Merrillyn; three sons, Mark Alexander, Matt Alexander and Jon Alexander; four grandchildren,; one brother, Kenneth Alexander; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Kathleen Alexander, and one brother, Robert Alexander.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Pontotoc.
The family wishes to thank the doctors of Jackson Oncology Associates and the nurses and staff at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. We also acknowledge the many visits, prayers and expressions of love and support from countless friends and family nursing his illness.

Billy Gillentine

SMELTERVILLE, Idaho – Billy Wayne Gillentine, 40, a native of Lafayette County, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011, at his home in Smelterville, Idaho.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Red Cross, 106 CR 207, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Ella Johnson
MEMPHIS – Ella Jean Johnson, 80, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at her home in Memphis. She was a native of Blue Mountain.
A memorial service will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Grey Road Pentecostal Church in Memphis. A funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Friday. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials donations may be sent to Grey Road Pentecostal Church, 4248 Grey Road, Memphis, TN.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

L.T. Beaty
HOUSTON – L.T. Beaty died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Ruby Dabbs
FULTON – Ruby Dabbs died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Betty Peters
TUPELO – Betty Sue Conlee Peters, 76, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at the Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie after an extended illness. A Plantersville native, she was born June 30, 1935, to Walter Monts and Mary Ruby Kelly Conlee. She graduated from Plantersville High School in 1953. She worked over 35 years for the Peoples Bank and Trust Company, retiring in the proof department. A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Plantersville, she actively taught 2- and 3-year-olds in Sunday School, worked in the nursery, and was a member of Aleene’s Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She enjoyed traveling with her family to the mountains.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Danny Balint officiating. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, James “Buddy” Peters of Tupelo; her son, Hilton Peters (Dana) of Plantersville; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Plantersville First Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Alvin D. Hurd
BOONEVILLE – Alvin D. Hurd, 48, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Grayson’s Funeral Chapel in Corinth.

Dorothy Brown
IUKA – Dorothy E. Brown, 75, died Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala.

Ojars Smiltnieks Sr.
WATERFORD – Ojars Smiltnieks, 74, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at his home in Waterford. Holly Springs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Billy Wayne Duke
VARDAMAN – Billy Wayne Duke, 44, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 3, 1966, in Houston. He was a member of United Methodist Church in Vardaman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Bro. Wendell Lancaster will officiate, and Bro. Robert Earl Alexander and Bro. Harold Robinson will assist. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Garden in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his mother, Willa Kay Patterson Duke of Vardaman; a brother, Bobby Lynn Duke (Stepheny) of Pittsboro; two sons, B.J. Duke and Jamie Duke, both of Pittsboro; the mother of his children, Darlene Duke of Pittsboro; and a nephew, Brandon Duke of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Lynn Duke; and his grandparents, D.L. and Trudie Morris Duke, and Charlie and Lucille Cowsert Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Duke, Bo Duncan, Bill Haimes, Eddie Nowell, Jeremy Patterson and Steve White.
Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Bevils, Leon Clements, Jimmy Harper, Raymond McDonald and Jerry Nowell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Maggie Robinson
FULTON – Maggie Robinson, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at Dogwood Plantation in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.

Lila Bridges
BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Lila Virginia Bridges, 60, died Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, at Bolivar General Hospital. A native of Chalybeate, she was the daughter of John Wilson Bridges and Callie Pearl Garrett Bridges. She was a graduate of Middleton High School, Class of 1969. She lived all of her life in Hardeman County, Tenn. She was a member of the Oak Grove Independent Methodist Church. She enjoyed all types of gospel and country music, playing games on the computer and spending time with her grandson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Oak Grove Methodist Church in Pocahontas, Tenn., with Terrell Gatewood officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Bolivar, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Ashley McKee of Pocahontas, Tenn.; three sisters, Elizabeth Hopper of Tiplersville, Betty Whisnant of Pocahontas and Linda Ragan of Middleton, Tenn.; four brothers, John Amos Jackson and Harold Bridges, both of Pocahontas, and Donald Jackson and Howard Bridges, both of Middleton; her grandson, Jadon Patterson of Pocahontas; numerous nieces and nephews.
Visit the website at www.shackelfordfuneraldirectors.com.

Marlis Steward
NEW ALBANY – Marlis Steward, 93, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Jan. 16, 1918, to Max Clark and Kate Lee Clark. She was the widow of Horace Steward, who died in 2001. Mrs. Marlis was a person who loved the Lord, her family and everyone. She was a faithful member of Wallerville Baptist Church, where she was a member of the choir, and taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School. She was a member of the Eastern Star for many years and Hillcrest Hilltoppers Senior Citizen Group.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with Rev. Dean Timbes officiating. Burial will be in

Wallerville Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Dodds of Tupelo and Mary Jo Crane (Robert) of New Albany; two special friends and caregivers, Glendora Roberts and Evelyn Beaty, both of New Albany; a sister, Prebble Campbell of Terry; three grandchildren, Gary Dodds (Mitzi) of Tupelo, Terry Crane (Karen) and Shane Crane (Audrey) of New Albany; and five great grandchildren, Jennifer Brown (Hunter) of Memphis, Stuart Dodds (Tina) of New Albany, Justin Crane (Brandi) of Ecru, Skyler Crane and Cade Crane, both of New Albany; and one great-great-grandchild, Hadley Brown of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son-in-law, Bud Dodds; and three brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Wallerville Baptist Church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Billy Ray McAllister
NEW ALBANY – Billy Ray McAllister, 54, died Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
There will be no service. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is assisting the family.