By NEMS Daily Journal
OKOLONA – Thomas Lee “Peanut” Carnathan, 78, met his Maker on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a five-week illness. Peanut was born in Becker, Monroe County, to the late Clyde Baxter Carnathan and May Young Carnathan. He served in the U.S. Army Marine Corps during the Korean conflict. After honorable discharge, he returned home, where he married Betty Lou Perry on Aug. 12, 1956. They made their home in Okolona most of their adult lives. Peanut was employed in local furniture industries for over 40 years. He was a longtime, active member of the Okolona Presbyterian Church and thoroughly enjoyed his Wednesday night church suppers with his fellow churchmen. His hobbies include gardening, yard work, traveling, cooking, spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and his special friend and buddy, Zip. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the Okolona Presbyterian Church with his pastor, Rev. Sandra Sisson, officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Holland-Okolona Chapel and from 1 p.m. to service time on Sunday at the church. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Perry Carnathan of Okolona; four daughters, Cathy Hendrix (Ed) of West Monroe, La., Amy Griffin (Ricky) of Tupelo, Bonnie Wilson (David Peden) of Jackson and Ellie Curry of Palmetto; 10 grandchildren, Allison Hendrix May (Barry) of West Monroe, Matt Hendrix (Ashley) of West Monroe, Christian Spencer of Tupelo, Laura Criddle (Jon) of Houston, Drew Griffin of Tupelo, Allen Wilson of Pontotoc, Wendy Lopez (Ismael) of Pontotoc, Lamar Davis (Lindsey) of Okolona, Kim Romero (Juan) of Horn Lake and Brad Davis of Tupelo; 12 great-grandchildren; his sister, Susie Wardlaw (Charles) of Okolona; a brother-in-law, Dean Perry (Brenda) of Wren; 14 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Tommy Carnathan, on May 18, 1981; his sister, Clytee Copelin; and his brothers, Marlin and Buddy Carnathan.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Matt Hendrix, Lamar Davis, Brad Davis, Drew Griffin, Jon Criddle, Ismael Lopez and Dean Perry Jr.
The family extends their gratitude for the professional and personal care of Dr. Ken Harvey and Dr. Jamie Ungo, and the special nurses and staff in Intensive Care and 4 South A at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Memorials may be made to Okolona Presbyterian Church, 118 Robertson St., Okolona, MS 38860; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 Acct. 28998214,
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOULKA – Betty Jean Watson Reese, 73, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the Golden Living Center. A native of Tippah County, she graduated from Dumas High School, where she played basketball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Johnny Cook officiating. Burial will be in Robbs Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Ray Moore; two sisters, Area Akins, and Linda and Jerry Swords; two daughters, Barbara Walker and Rebecca Castle; two sons, Charles and Janice Watson, and Tommy Watson; 30 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Watson; one son, Jimmy Watson; her father, James Moore; and her mother, Pearl Moore; and two brothers, Vernon and Malone Moore.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.
NEW ALBANY – Daphne Fitzpatrick, 44, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
OXFORD – A.C. Coaten, 83, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Tammy Renee McVey Wright, 45, died March 25, 2011, in Alcorn County. She was born June 5, 1965, in Iuka. She was disabled, and she was a Pentecostal. She enjoyed music and doing things for her son.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Hayward Burcham and Bro. Russell Lormand officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Cody Brandon Wright of Booneville; her father, Billy McVey (Hilda) of Booneville; her mother, Louise McVey of Amory; a brother, Kerry McVey (Jill) of Booneville; a sister, Sherry Baker (David) of Amory; five nephews, Joshua Baker of Booneville, Jarrod Baker of Tupelo, Javan Baker of Phoenix, Ariz., Jamie McVey (Henderson) of Corinth and Jordan McVey of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Julius McVey, Josephine McVey, Elvis Jackson and Valker Jackson.
Pallbearers are Larry Jackson, Lanny Jackson, Kenny Jackson, Kenny Bennett, Ben McAnally and Jeff McVey.
David Levy Jr.
OXFORD – David Asher Levy Jr., 81, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at his home in Oxford. Born in Memphis, Mr. Levy was a member of North Oxford Baptist Church, LST and National Rifle Association. He was a retired service manager and salesman for Belk Ford. He was an EM1 officer for the United States Navy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial will follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at Waller Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Staten of Oxford; four sons, John Levy, and wife, Janice, of Oxford, Chris Lowery and wife, Christie, of Water Valley, David Levy III and William Lowery, both of Oxford; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Alice Levy Blinder.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
In honor of Mr. Levy’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Navy will be flown at Waller Funeral Home during the funeral service.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Walter Ray amp”Smokeyamp” Meinz, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Sept. 25, 1943, in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Clarence Meinz and Marie Schafer Meinz. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retired truck driver for Wangler. He loved farming, hunting, fishing and his grandchildren. He was a member of Center Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Billy Foley officiating. Burial will be in the Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his son, Mike Meinz (Kelly) of Blue Springs; a sister, Mary Helen Robinson of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Maggie Claire Meinz and John Bailey Meinz, both of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Shane Chunn, Adam Speck, John Moffitt, Mark Grubbs, Justin Hollis and Rick Gandy. Honorary pallbearers will be W.D. Chunn, Tony Speck, Harold Grubbs, Wayne Grubbs, Joe Bryant and Tommy Shettles.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Meinz, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Navy at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
OKOLONA – Patricia Ann Stokes, 50, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Sept. 21, 1960, to James Henry Stokes and Katie L. Robertson. She was the owner and operator of a daycare. She was also a caregiver. She was a member of Chapel Grove West Baptist Church. She especially loved children.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Chapel Grove West M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mahogany Collins (Larry) of Okolona; three grandchildren, Jalarujon, Sparkle and Pryiceless Collins of Okolona; one sister, Barbara (Billy) Stokes of Grand Rapids, Mich.; three brothers, James L. Stokes, Larry D. Stokes and James K. Stokes (Nikki), all of Grand Rapids, Mich.
NEW ALBANY – Marjorie “Jodie” Graddy Shannon, 86, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born April 17, 1925, in Ecru to John Hafford Graddy and Eunice Pearl Black Graddy. She worked for the Union County ASCS Office in New Albany. She was a member of the New Albany Presbyterian Church and a member of the Women’s Circle 2.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the New Albany Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Everett officiating. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Kay Wicker Kindrick and her husband, Chuck, of Memphis and Rosalie Wicker Morris and her husband, David, of New Albany; her stepdaughter, Grace Shannon Provence of New Albany; two stepsons, Biggs Shannon of Saltillo and Bob Shannon of Lake Charles, La.; three grandchildren, Bill Kindrick, Wick Morris and wife, Samantha, and Janet Aldridge and her husband, Chad; and five great-grandchildren, James David Morris, Sam Wicker Morris, Adalyn Aldridge, Isabella Aldridge and Eva Catherine Aldridge.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and father of her children, Billy Wicker; her second husband, J.B. Shannon; a sister, Geraldine Graddy Neal; and a brother, John H. Graddy Jr.
Pallbearers will be Wick Morris, Bill Kindrick, Chad Aldridge, James David Morris, Sam Wicker Morris, Will Cooper and Bob Myers.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans. 3725 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, KY 41076.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BRUCE – Bobby Fred Freely, 78, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 10, 1933, in Vardaman. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He was a former electrician, service station owner and truck driver. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander and the Rev. Billy Joe Beckett officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert McDonald Freely and Janie Lavera Vanlandingham Freely, and a brother, Danny Mac Freely.
Pallbearers will be Joe Beckett, Tim Beckett, Wayne Edwards, Elton N. Free, Donald Freely, Scott Freely, Lee Peden and Greg Rowsey. Honorary pallbearers will be David Bevill, Mike Blount, Clint Freely, Edwin Hellums and Jonathon McKinny.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Patsy Parker Sparks, 70, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a retired apartment manager and dorm mother at Northeast Mississippi Junior College. She was an avid reader and she loved to travel. She was a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Childs officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
She is survived by four daughters, Mary S. Morrison (Tommy) of Baldwyn, Susan S. Miller (Paul) of Guntown, Bobbie Leister of Baldwyn and Robbie Ryder (Jerry) of Tupelo; one sister, Wilma Beasley of Tupelo; one brother, Bucky Parker (Wanda) of Saltillo; 15 grandchildren, Johnna Johnson, Reed Morrison, David Morrison, Jessica Rodgers (Adam), Bridgett “B.J.” Hale, Corey Cruse, Brooke Scott (Jay), Nikki Miller, Bree Miller, Dallas Leister, James Roy Leister, Luysa Leister, Gabriel Leister, Olivia Rose Ryder and Kelly Ryder; two great-grandchildren, Easton Rodgers and Eli Rodgers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Mary Driskell Parker; a sister, Nita Mann; and a brother, James Roy Parker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to Sanctuary Hospice House.
FALKNER – Tommy Dean Boler, 53, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, as the result of a motorcycle accident in Benton County. He was born Jan. 21, 1958, to Shirley McCravy Massengill and the late Aldean Boler. He was a retired roofer for Memphis City Schools. He enjoyed fishing, riding his motorcycles and playing with his grandsons.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Clyde Thompson and Bro. Lane Finley officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery in Benton County.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Hughey Boler of Falkner; one daughter, Tracey Boler of Falkner; two sons, Jonathan Boler (Amanda) of Ripley and Jeremy Boler (Terry) of Olive Branch; his mother, Shirley McCravy Massengill of Ashland; one sister, Peggy Lindsey (Tim) of Blue Mountain; one brother, Danny Massengill (Teresa) of Ashland; and two grandsons, Trenton Perry and Keaton Boler, both of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Aldean Boler.
Pallbearers will be Mike Hogue, Tim Lindsey, Greg Davis, Rodney Stroupe, Chris Derrick and Ray Luna. Honorary pallbearers will be James Allen Hughey, Robert “Bubba” Russom, Darnel Link and Pete Hughey.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
GORE SPRINGS – Larry Melvin Clanton, 65, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at the Walthall Baptist Church in Walthall. Burial will follow in Bradford Chapel Cemetery in Calhoun County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RED BANKS – Roy Lee Washington, 61, died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at New Dimension in Holly Springs. Burial will be at the Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church at Hudsonville. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Tessa Marie Scott, 9, died Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011, at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Real Life Church in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at Real Life Church.
Leave condolences online at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Harold L. Givins
GLEN – Harold L. Givins, 70, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Choate Acres Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Leave online condolences at www.magnolifuneralhome.net.
Billie Jean Hutcheson
FULTON – Billie Jean Pettigo Hutcheson, 62, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. She was born on Jan. 19, 1949, to William and Christine Floyd Pettigo. She was a Christian. She enjoyed her flowers, gardening and being with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Jerry Hogue officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include her special friend and companion of 27 years, Bobby Wallace; one daughter, Tina Hutcheson of Mooreville; two sons, Tim Hutcheson (Anna) of New Jersey and Michael Hutcheson of Pratts community; 12 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mae Hinds of Guntown and Emily Bell of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Billy Wayne Hutcheson; a granddaughter, Mandy Bone; and a sister, Vivian Thrasher.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
IUKA – Mary Afton Weaver Minga, 85, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Iuka Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Monday.
Memorials may be made to the Iuka Baptist Church Library.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.