Obituaries September 20, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Susan Meeks
CORINTH – Susan Lynette Smith Meeks, 52, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Shiloh Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue from 11 a.m. to service time today at Shiloh Baptist Church.
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Leonard Jones
NEW ALBANY – Leonard Jones, 55, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
William Hall
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – William Merideth Hall, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, after a sudden illness. The son of Finley Kincaid and Jane Elliott Hall, he was born in Tupelo and lived there until enrolling at the University of Mississippi. His college education was interrupted by his service as a Naval aviator. He served in the Pacific Theater, flying several types of combat aircraft, and also served as a Landing Signals Officer (LSO) aboard the USS Wasp. During the Solomon Islands operation, he was awarded the Navy Cross for his pursuit and successful downing of a large enemy aircraft inbound on American forces. After the war, he remained in the Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of captain. In 1945, he married Ruth Lou Halliburton, and they eventually settled in Jacksonville, where Mr. Hall became an investor and developer.
He is survived by his sister, Mary, of Jackson; numerous nieces and nephews; and Randolph Mahoney, Frances Moulder, Benham Purcell, and Cindy and Dale “Buddy” Purcell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; his son, William Jr.; sisters, Jane and Moezelle; and brothers Finley, Wallace and Henderson “Hink.”
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Astor Room of the Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville, Fla. Eternity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the charity of your choice.
Sandra Lee Chism
GATTMAN – Sandra Lee Chism, 52, died Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on Aug. 18, 1959, in Chicago, she was a daughter of Leon and Jimmie Elouise Owens Northington. She attended Caledonia High School. She was a member of Gattman Baptist Church. Ms. Chism loved to support her church in any way she could. Following God in all things, her three sons were the most important part of her life. Fun-loving and very laid back, she was an avid New Orleans Saints football fan.
She is survived by three sons, Tommy Jason (Stephanie) Hicks, D.J. Richardson and Chandler Chism; grandchildren, Dilan and Jason Hicks; sister, Sherlon (Danny) Scott; and brother, Robin Dale (Sharon) Bennett.
A Celebration of Life Service was held at noon Monday, Sept. 19, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Jackie Pate and Bro. Bobbie Price officiating. Burial was in Blaylock Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Shawn Funderburk, Corey Todd, Zakeri Jenkins and family friends.
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June Hardin
TISHOMINGO – Crista June Hardin, 56, known to family and friends as “June,” went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 17, 2011. She never met a stranger and had a compassionate heart. She enjoyed helping others and looked for ways to meet a need. She loved shopping and finding unique things and giving to those she loved. June enjoyed cooking and taking care of her husband, Mike.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ray Hall and Bro. Haskell Sparks officiating, followed by a graveside service at Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
She leaves to mourn her passing her husband of 28 years, Michael Hardin of Tishomingo; son, Allen Newcomb of Salina, Okla.; daughter, Stormy Ball of Casstown, Ohio; five treasured grandchildren, Ashley, Madison, Jacob, Chase and Emma; one great-grandchild, Zane; her mom, Beatrice Newcomb of Locust Grove, Okla.; two sisters, Darlene Johnson of Magnolia, Texas, and Julie Jacobs of Mannford, Okla.; two brothers, Joe Henson of Chouteau, Okla., and James Henson of Salina, Okla.; numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends.
She was preceded in death by a son, Shaunn; her father, David Newcomb; her mother, Wade Sansom; and a sister, Glenda.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of NMMC Critical Care Unit who cared for June and the many friends who ministered to the family during this difficult time.
Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Carroll Caldwell
OLD UNION – Visitation for Carroll Caldwell will continue from noon until the 2 p.m. service time today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
James Crowson
CEDAR BLUFF – James “Curry” Crowson, 89, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hebron Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Hebron Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
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Linda Ann Hester
TUPELO – Linda Ann Wilson Hester, 61, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at her residence. She was born in Panola County on July 15, 1950, to Henry and Ruby Wilson. She enjoyed cooking, fishing and going to church, and she loved her dogs, Fisty and Cheyenne. She was a member of Bethlehem Pentecostal Church of Potts Camp.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Michael White officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include three children, Jimmy Hardin Jr. (fiancampée, Ann Albritton), Danny Ray Hardin and Marianne Carroll (Carl); nine grandchildren, Tiffany Clifton (David), Josh Hardin, Dan Hardin, Kristen Hardin, Jessie Hardin, J.J. Hardin, Steve Gillen, Amanda Cartwright and D.J. Frazier; three great-grandchildren, Austin Walls, Zeaven Walls and Aleah Hardin; two sisters, Juanita Dunaway and Louise Thompson; two brothers, Thomas and Bobby Joe Wilson; and her fiancampé, Richard Goodwin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Upton Wilson; and three sisters, Rachel Winters, Odessa Morphis and Dolly Skynder.
Pallbearers will be David Dunaway, Mike Morphis, Hubert Wilson, Steve Gillen, David Clifton and Dan Hardin. Honorary pallbearers will be D.J. Frazier, and Josh and Jessie Hardin.
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Gladys Smith
RIPLEY – Gladys V. Smith, 98, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Dec. 12, 1912, to John E. Smith and Lilly Clemmer Smith. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Rucker Cemetery.
She is survived by nieces and nephews, Raymond Smith Jr., Janice Gaillard, Gail Clifton, Imogene Mathis, Johnnie Henson, Benny Yancey, Leo Smith and Cleo Boren, all of Ripley, Nellie Reynolds of Vardaman, Lee Smith of Olive Branch, and Robbie Newby and Joe Russell Yancey, both of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Carrie S. Yancey, Lucille Smith and Dora S. Bartlett; two brothers, Allen Smith and Raymond Smith Sr.; and three nephews, Clifford Yancey, Neil Yancey and Wayne Yancey.
Pallbearers will be David Smith, Mark Smith, Ben Smith, Rodney Chapman, Kevin Clifton, Jonathan Shoup and Jason Hubbard. Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Smith, Benny Yancey, Joe Russell Yancey and Raymond Smith Jr.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
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Edna Melton
FALKNER – Edna Hopkins Melton, 96, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born June 25, 1915, to Ellis and Bessie Ellis Hopkins. She married Pearl Melton on July 3, 1937. She was a member of Marlowe Church of Christ and a homemaker. She was a fine Christian woman and a wonderful teacher and example to her family and friends.
She is survived by two sons, Ray Melton (Pat) of Bartlett, Tenn., and Larry Melton (Elaine) of Hernando; two daughters, LaJuan Smith (Audrey) of Memphis and Jean Clemmer (Sidney) of Falkner; one brother, Jack Hopkins of Saulsbury, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Rodney Melton of Bartlett, Tenn., Kent Smith (Joy) of Germantown, Tenn., Gary Smith (Becky) of Collierville, Tenn., Shanon Phillips (Rodney) of Collierville, Tenn., Michael Melton of Jackson, Melanie Velasquez (Sho) of Meridianville, Ala., Mark Miller (Cindy) of Falkner, Rita Rutherford (Jimmy Dale) of Tiplersville, Burt Clemmer (Melanie) of Ripley; 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; and a longtime friend and caregiver, Madalyn White of Ashland.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; one brother, Lester Hopkins; and four sisters, Verna Street, Ola McKee, Lovie Allen and Earline Hopkins.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley with Bro. Rodney Hilliard and Bro. Harold McKeel officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today.
Pallbearers will be Billy Floyd Hopkins, Jimmy Dale Hopkins, Jackie Hopkins, Chuck Hopkins, Scott Hopkins and Charles McKee.
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James Owens
BOONEVILLE – James Melvin Owens, 62, died Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Prentiss County to Joseph Marvin Owens and Eula Irene Brimingham Owens. He was carpenter, restaurant owner and a jack-of-all-trades. He was of the Church of God faith. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working in his shop.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marshall Tennison, Bro. Jeff Jones and Bro. Davis Krech officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Garden.
He is survived by his wife, Lloyd Ray Reed Owens; two daughters, Cora Beth Owens of Booneville and Robyn Gales of Olive Branch; a stepson, Doug Cooksey of Booneville; a stepdaughter, Danna Scott of Olive Branch; a brother, Bradford Earl Owens (Clara) of Booneville; two sisters, Kathern Pace (Charles) and Kay Owens, all of Booneville; three grandchildren, Brianna Gales, Michael Gales and Makalia Gales, all of Olive Branch; a stepgrandson, Jay Marley of Booneville; a stepgranddaughter, Skyler Cooksey of Booneville; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a son, James Kevin “Jamie” Owens; his parents; his grandparents, George and Betty Brimingham, Ginny Cora Williams and Marion Bradford Owens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cora Beth Owens College Fund, 6 CR 2232, Booneville, MS 38829.
Robert Spear
TUPELO – Robert Earl Spear, 51, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Oneta P. Baker
AMORY – Oneta Pearce Baker, 88, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Dec. 21, 1922, in Amory, she was a daughter of Coleman E. and Clara B. Sewell Pearce. She was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School and a business college graduate. She worked as an executive secretary until retiring in 1993. She married John Robert Patton in June 1955, and they lived in St. Louis, Mo., and Memphis for several years. She married Ralph A. Baker in 1993. A faithful member of First United Methodist Church, she loved her church, was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class, and was always volunteering for church functions. Having served in several offices, she was a past president of the United Methodist Women. Passionate about the Flower Lovers Garden Club, Mrs. Baker was a Master Flower Show judge. She was a member of the Frisco Club and AARP, having served as vice president and secretary. A people-person, she always practiced the Golden Rule. A loving and caring lady, she enjoyed flower gardening and traveling.
She is survived by her cousin, John E. Sewell (Mary Ellen) of Pontotoc; aunt, Lorena White of Birmingham, Ala.; nephew, Burnell Hollingsworth (Barbara) of Aberdeen; and a host of other cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands; and a brother, C.E. Pearce Jr.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Rev. Warren R. Coile and Rev. Don McCain officiating. Burial will follow in the Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be John Creekmore, Bobby Flippo, Jay Harrelson, Stephen Hathcock, Roy Thomas and Ronald Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be the UMW, Friendship Sunday School class, Frisco Club and the Flower Lovers Garden Club.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821.
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