Obituaries September 19, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction
On the Ray Walls obit from Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc in Saturday’s edition (Sept. 18, 2010), Mr. Walls’s sister, Elaine Jones and her husband, Jessie of Bartlett, Tenn. was unintentionally left off of the list of survivors.
Betty Gable
TUPELO – Betty Jo Gable, 70, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Tupelo native and longtime resident, she was born Feb. 15, 1940, to Dee Pearson and Addie Bell Garrett Hall. She was a nurse at the North Mississippi Medical Center for more than 30 years. She enjoyed camping, traveling and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Plesant Grove Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with her nephews, Steve Smith and Gerald Smith, officiating. Burial will be in Zion Cemetery in Pontotoc County. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Dennis Gable (Pam Holley) of Pontotoc, Sandy Brooks (Gene) of Rienzi and David Gable (Elizabeth) of Belden; two sisters, Dorothy Smith of Jasper, Texas and Faye Hall of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Lindsey Harmon (T.J.) of Hatley, Brianna Gable of Pontotoc, Sydney Brooks and Carrey Brooks, both of Rienzi and Addison, Connor, Prent and Maylen Gable, all of Belden; two great-grandchildren, Tucker Harmon and Brady Edlemon; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 33 years, Perlis Gable, who died in 1990; one grandson, Luke Austin Brooks; and two brothers, Marion Bonner (Short) Hall and Dee Pearson (Sonny) Hall Jr.
Pallbearers will be Lee Duncan Jr., Todd Jordan, David Jordan, Vince Haygood, Rex Haygood, Joe Young and T.J. Harmon
Honorary pallbearers will be John Brooks Belue and Kevon Brooks.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700 Corinth, MS 38834 or to the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main, Box 1, Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Neil Coombs
RIPLEY – Neil H. Coombs, 99, died Sept. 17, 2010, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Frances Barnett
SALTILLO – Frances Barnett, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at her home after and extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
Frankie Norman
BELDEN – Frank E. “Frankie” Norman III, 43, son of Frank E. and Pat Wheeler Norman, died Saturday Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 2, 1966, in Tupelo. He was a lifelong resident of Belden, a 1985 graduate of Tupelo High School and a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. He was an avid fan of Mississippi State football, the Dallas Cowboys, the Atlanta Braves and Nascar. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and traveling.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at West Jackson Street Baptist Church with Bro. Bert Harper and Bro. Nathan Harper officiating. A private graveside service will be at Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Frank and Pat Norman of Belden; two sisters, Kathy Wammack of Belden and Monia Beasley of Tupelo; four nieces, Mariann Wammack, Lee Wammack, Lindsey Beasley and Sara Kathryn Beasley; two nephews, Patrick Beasley Jr. and Brayden Wammack; and special friends, Eric Castillo and Connie Hershfelt.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank Sr. and Gwen Wallis Norman and Annie Mae and Hardy Prentiss.
Pallbearers will be members of Dennis Bond’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to service Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 3149 Players Club Parkway, Memphis, TN 38125 or West Jackson Street Baptist Church, 1349 West Jackson Street, Tupelo, Ms 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Mario Ortiz Jr.
JUMPERTOWN – Mario Luis Ortiz Jr., 20, died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born June 13, 1990, in Gary, Ind. He was a graduate of Jumpertown High School and Northeast Mississippi Community College. He was employed with Smith amp& Nephew Inc. of Memphis. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Antioch Baptist Church with Bro. Greg Warren and Bro. Jaime Serrano officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his father, Mario Luis Ortiz Sr. of Jumpertown; his mother, Nellie Ortiz of Jumpertown; one sister, Alexa Smith; two brothers, Ben (Cherie) Maldonado and David Ortiz, both of Jumpertown; his grandmothers, Doria Merced and Iris Ortiz, both of Gary, Ind.; his nephew, Benjamin Maldonado III; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Ismael Merced and Valentin Ortiz.
Pallbearers will be Reinaldo Ortiz, Rene Ortiz, Ben Maldonado, Caleb Serrano, Matthew Ortiz and David Ortiz.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and until noon Monday at the funeral home. Visitation will begin at 1p.m. Monday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Elveria Gillespie
ABERDEEN – Elveria Gillespie, 61, died Sept. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Lorene Taylor
BOONEVILLE – Lorene Taylor, 83, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. She was born April 8, 1927, the daughter of R.P. and Cornelia Garner Holloway. She was a member of Little Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, quilting and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Carolina Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Taylor of Booneville and Tammie (Bobby) Bullard of Booneville; one son, Ken Taylor of Booneville; three sisters, Lynda Kay Andrews of DeValls, Ark., Joyce Pierce of Wynne, Ark. and Lois Wilson of Hardy, Ark.; nine grandchildren, Katie Taylor (Will) Conn, Tyson Taylor, Holly Bullard, Dylan Ferguson, Bryce Bullard, Tuesday Taylor, Stormie Taylor, Dustin Ferguson and Dalton Ferguson; one grandson-in-law, Rick (Penny) Hare; and three great-grandchildren, Haley Hare (Jeremy) Jones, Sawyer Richey and Mattie Magers Conn.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Mathel Taylor in 2003; her parents; two daughters, Shelia Taylor and Tracie Ferguson; two brothers, Neal Holloway and Etah Holloway; and one granddaughter, Tina Taylor Hare.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers will be The Golden Girls.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Bettie Busby
PONTOTOC – Bettie Busby, 71, died Sept. 18, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Plantersville. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She loved to sew and especially loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Ricky Pierce and Bro. Jed Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Fay Sisco (Jessie), Becky Drewery (David) and Connie Williams (Randy); grandchildren, Jessica King, Adam Stepp, Jason Stepp, Jacob Drewery, Michael Williams, Kayla Williams and Halley Williams; great-grandchildren, Lacey Saettel, Desiree Montgomery, Hunter Stepp, Hayden Stepp, Phoebe King, Ila Stepp, Rain Stepp and Sophie King; and sisters, JoAnn McLarty, Judy White and Vanessa White.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ila and Chester White; and her husband, Gene Busby.
Pallbearers will be Adam Stepp, Jason Stepp, Michael Williams, Jacob Drewrey, Rick King and Randy Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter Stepp and Hayden Stepp.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
Lee Waldon
RIPLEY – Lee Boyd Waldon died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday at Lowry United Methodist Church. All visitation will be at the church.
To view online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Commanda Jamison
SHANNON – Commanda McIntosh Jamison, 30, died Sept. 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 26, 1979. She was a graduate of Shannon High School and attended Mississippi Valley State University.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Coleman Temple Holiness Church with Bishop George T. Howell officiating. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Canaan Jamison; two daughters, Aaliyah Jamison and Amari Jamison of Plantersville; her parents, Dollie and Thomas McIntosh Sr.; her husband, Carl Jamison; three brothers, Darrell (Stephanie) Goree, Thomas McIntosh Jr. and Matthew McIntosh; one sister, Vokesha McIntosh; and a host of in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
Her body will lie in state from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m. today at the church.
Elner Palmer
ABERDEEN – Elner Elizabeth Stanford Palmer, 100, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Aberdeen Care Center in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 30, 1910, in Sheffield, Ala. to Robert James Stanford and Mattie Megaline Mitchell Stanford. She moved with her family in 1915 to Monroe County near Bigbee. On March 6, 1927, she married Robert Demore Palmer. They moved to Itawamba County in 1934 and made their home in the Carolina Community where Rob farmed and ran a sawmill until his death on March 1, 1967. She worked as a seamstress for most of her life and retired at 80 years of age from Amory Garment Factory. She had been a member of St. Union Primitive Baptist Church in Amory since 1930. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, listening to gospel music and cooking for her family.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the chapel of Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Elder Bobby Howell officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Itawamba County. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include sons, James Albert Palmer and wife, Margie, of Pocola, Okla. and Larry Stephen Palmer of Nettleton; daughters, Grace Raymond of Amory, Mary Lou Oliver White and husband, Buddy, Lois Loraine Holley and Betty Joyce Walton, all of Carolina; two sisters, Ophia Mae Stanford Sokolowski and husband, Chester of Southfield, Mich. and Offie Faye Clark of Debary, Fla.; 14 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rob; two sons, Robert E. Lee and Buddy George Palmer; brothers, Robert Jefferson “Jack,” Walter Lee, Jessie Floyd and King Solomon Stanford; half-brother, James Allen Stanford; and half-sisters Rose Ella “Rosie” Parish, Lucy Isabell Crittenden, Roxie Caroline Rinehart, Fannie Mae Harrison, Erma Cleo Adams and Mary Lena Jeffreys; grandchildren, Tabitha Palmer and Craig Palmer; and great-grandson, Derek Carroll.
Pallbearers will be Glenn Wilson, Greg Oliver, Keith Oliver, Joseph Wilson, Bobby Jo Blake and Buddy White.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Union Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Church Clerk, 40106 Malone Road, Hamilton, MS 39746, or to a favorite charity.
Memories may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.
Billy Ruff
TUPELO – Billy Ruff died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, as the result of a motorcycle accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors.
Lynda Russell Langerfeld
TUPELO – Saturday morning, Lynda Langerfeld won the victory in her courageous battle with multiple sclerosis and went to her new heavenly home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Lynda was born to John and Carolyn Russell in Morganfield, Ky. and lived most of her early life in Columbus. She graduated from Lee High School. After attending MUW for one year, she graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education.
In 1970, she met the love of her life, David Langerfeld, at Camp Wrenwood in Wren, MS. They married in 1974, enjoying 36 wonderful years of faithful companionship. While at Mississippi State, they served First Baptist Church in Macon. After seminary, they served First Baptist Church of Madisonville, Tenn.; Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala.; Oakhust Baptist Church in Clarksdale; and have just completed 21 years of service at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo.
She was known by everyone for her beautiful, encouraging spirit; her joyful, gentle disposition; and her glowing, contagious smile. Lynda had a special ministry at Harrisburg which allowed the ladies of the church to stay with her and minster to her while her husband ministered at the church However, she also ministered to those same ladies in ways to numerous to count.
Lynda is survived by her husband, David Langerfeld of Tupelo; her parents, John and Carolyn Russell of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one brother, Russ (Pat) Russell of Columbus; two sisters, Susan (Gary) Aldridge of Denver, Colo. and Merrill (Theo) Shepard of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was blessed by four very special caregivers, Edith Hutcheson, Frances Cayson, Gloria Fitzpatrick and Rhonda Shannon; three “Home-Makeover” Specialists, Joan Rae Collum, Joann Henderson and Becky Jackson; and four very special “angels,” Lauren Patterson, Lisa Hawkins, Sue McAllister and Linda Hale.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Harrisburg Baptist Church with the Ministerial Staff of Harrisburg Baptist Church officiating. Graveside Services will be at 6 p.m. Monday at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Pall Bearers will be Paul Backstrom, Dr. Bert Duncan, Mike Ferris, Dr. Alan Flowers, Mickey Holliman, Dr. Bill Kahlstorf, Lee McAlister, John Smith, Dr. Robert Yarber and Dr. Smokey Young.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Dewey Stults
BENTON, Ark. – Dewey Stults, 78, formerly of Saltillo, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, in Benton, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Troy Tate
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Troy Tate, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the New Center Point Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pickle Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala. is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today and until service time Monday at the church.
Gloria McIntosh
AMORY – Gloria Dean McIntosh, 59, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Ronnie Minor
OLIVE BRANCH – Ronnie Minor, 58, died Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.