Obituaries September 26, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Oscar Hamm
SOUTHAVEN – Oscar Clinton Hamm, 89, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at his residence.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial will take place in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one son.
Visitation is scheduled for noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Ja’Von Halcome
GOLDEN – Ja’Von Daniel Halcome , 9 months, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the
Red Bay Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born Dec. 8, 2010 to Jeffery Harris and Marie Halcome.
Services will be at 11a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece – Morris Funeral
Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. David Harrell and Bro.

John Griffus
officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Marie Bowling ( Michael) of Golden; his father, Jeffrey Harris of Fulton; three stepbrothers, Jerry, Joseph, and Joshua Bowling of the home; a special friend, David Lamar Smith of Mantachie; several aunts, uncles, and other family members.
He was preceded in death by his uncle, Daniel Halcome and his grandfather, Cleo Halcome.
Pallbearers will be Bill Bowling II and Sanford Earnest.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Merle L. Nelson
IUKA – Merle L. Nelson, 87, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Mr. Nelson was a member of the Iuka United Methodist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict, having served as both a pilot and an instructor. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Mississippi, and was a member of the Iuka Lodge #94 Famp&AM. He was a well-known and respected local businessman, having owned and operated Mill Creek Boat Dock, Nelson’s Marine, Nelson Finance Company, and Nelson’s Supermarket. He enjoyed playing golf, bird hunting, and raising cattle.
Services are scheduled for 11a.m. Tuesday, at the Iuka United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Jon Kaufman. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Steve Nelson (Sheri) and Mike Nelson, all of Iuka, three grandchildren, Stacey Nelson of Iuka, Mollie Nelson of Iuka and David Nelson (Erin) of Chapel Hill, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Nelson; his parents, Omer and Altie Nelson; and a brother, O.C. Nelson.
Visitation is scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Iuka United Methodist Church, 101 Eastport St., Iuka, MS 38852, or by phone at (662) 423-6097.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Gerald Bennett
BOONEVILLE – Clarence Gerald Bennett, 76, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at his home. He was born June 7, 1935, in Booneville. He was a member of Midway Free Will Baptist Church where he served as adult Sunday School teacher. He was a fireman, paramedic, certified scuba diver, machinist, and boilermaker. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Danny Short and Bro. Tracy Arnold officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Gibson Bennett; three daughters, Deborah Wilkerson of Booneville, Cathy Smith of Round Lake, Ill., and Cheryl Curtiss of Booneville; his father, Washington Clarence “W.C.” Bennett of New Site; seven grandchildren, Darrell Wilkerson, Tom Wilkerson, Cristy Valencia, Drew Curtiss, Jesse Curtiss, Jordan Curtiss, and Jonah Curtiss; ten great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Cleo Stepp Bennett; and two grandchildren, Christopher Lee Smith and John W. Weatherbee, Jr.
Pallbearers are Gerald Johnson, Billy Clark, Kevin Short, Matt Keys, Gene Taylor, and Benny Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers are Jim Grimes and Jim Shields.

John Vaughan
FORT WORTH, Texas (formerly of MS) – John Strickland Vaughan, 76, passed away Friday Sept. 23, 2011, in Fort Worth. Born Sept. 22, 1935, John grew up in Nashville, N.C. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1959. John earned his naval aviator wings in 1961. He joined American Airlines in July of 1967 and flew countless passengers for 29 years without a single mishap; he retired as a captain in 1995. He instructed Learjet pilots at Simuflite, until he was stricken with cancer in early 2011. He was an avid fisherman, bird hunter, and poker player. He was an authority on firearms, knives, bird dogs and vintage films. A consummate story teller and southern gentleman, John had a wide collection of friends who loved him. He was surrounded by his loving family throughout his long illness and his gregarious larger than life spirit will be treasured.
Mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Patrick Cathedral. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, JoAnn Trice Vaughan; children, Matthew G. Vaughan (Jackie), Bethany Collins, Susannah Davis (Chip), Travis Vaughan and Quinn Vaughan; grandchildren, Madelaine, Carter, Jack, Stephen, Chloe, John Gregory, Alexander and Lucy; special sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth, Dale, David and Janie, Sharon; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation is set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Funeral Home Chapel, with a rosary at 6:30 p.m.
View and sign guestbook at www.star-telegram.com/obituaries.

Nora Morgan
BOONEVILLE – Nora Jean Morgan, 61, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born December 5, 1949, to John Wesley and Nora Christine Robertson Youngblood. She was a retired administrative clerk with the City of Booneville.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Jill Morgan, Jennifer (Carey) McLain and Emily (fiancampé Brian Hueckel) Morgan, all of Booneville; one son, Jarrett (Staci) Morgan of Olive Branch; two brothers, Donald W. (Glenda) Youngblood of Collierville, Tenn. and Ricky Wayne (Kelly) Youngblood of Millington, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, Molly Goldade, Morgan Evans, Mackenzie McLain, Matthew McLain, Andrew McLain, Austin McLain, Kate Morgan and Charlie Morgan; two great-grandchildren, Ben Jones and Aubry Grace Evans; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Wayne Morgan; and her parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be the present and former employees of the City of Booneville.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main Street #C, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com

Eric Pope
HAMILTON – Eric Wayne Pope, 33, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident in Hamilton. He was born December 2, 1977 to Archie Wayne Pope and Susan Arlene Dahlem Lester in Amory. He lived most of his life in Monroe County and six years in St. Petersburg, Fla. He worked as a welder for KBR at Tronox in Hamilton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Tisdale Lann Memorial C Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Cary Nath Pope of Hamilton; a son, Fletcher Pope of Amory; two stepsons, Justin Spruill and Frank Spruill both of Hamilton; mother, Arlene Lester (Ronnie) of Amory; father, Wayne Pope (Margaret) of Aberdeen; a sister, Megan Pope of Amory; two stepsisters, Shannah Hudson (Rob) of New Hope, Sonja Steward (Bradley) of Hamilton; two stepbrothers, Richard Tribble of Columbus, and Stefan Tribble of Starkville, maternal grandmother, Josephine Dahlem of Amory.
He was proceded in death by his grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Marcus West, Tad Brown, Robbie Brown, Wesley Brown, Skylar Conwill and Rob Hudson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Sylvester Fernando
CORINTH – Sylvester Fernando, 38, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Services were incomplete but will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Silas Hale
NESBIT – Silas O’Don (Don) Hale, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011. He was born in Iuka and graduated from Burnsville High School in 1961. He served in the Army National Guard. He was a member of Sardis Missionary Baptist Church. After graduation, Don moved to Memphis, Tenn. where he met his wife, Evelyn, and went to work for Greyhound Bus Lines. He enjoyed the great outdoors – elk and deer hunting and boating with his family. He was an accomplished musician; he played lead and base guitar, piano and other stringed instruments.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Nesbit Church of Christ, 685 Nesbit Road, Nesbit, MS 38651, with burial at Sardis Church cemetery, CR 169, Iuka, MS at 3 p.m.
Don is survived by his wife of 45 years, Evelyn Palmer Hale; two daughters, Sherry Smith (Louis Jr) of Olive Branch, and Karie Hale of Oxford, one son, Marty Hale of Sommerville, Tenn.; two sisters, Martha Rushing (Frank) of Olive Branch, and Linda Bray (Larry) of Booneville; two brothers, William Delton Hale of Southaven, and Bobby Hale (Molly) of Olive Branch; four grandchildren, Brian Smith and Jeremy Smith of Southaven, Curt Hale (Julie) and Chris Hale of Southaven; and one great-grandchild, Tyler Hale of Southaven.
Don was preceded in death by his father, Williams Silas Hale and his mother, Julia Inez (Bishop) Hale.
Pallbearers will be Paul Hale, Matthew Rushing, Will Bray, Scott Beene, David Moore and James Palmer. Honorary pallbearer is Max Ruch.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Nesbit Church of Christ.
Memorials may be made to Friends Organization, North MS Regional Medical Center, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

Marvin Dickey
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Marvin E. “Gene” Dickey 61, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at his sister’s residence in Guntown. He was disabled and he loved to watch television and was an avid Nascar fan. He was a member of Open Acres Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenwood Cemetery in Montgomery, Ala. with the Rev. Ron Davis officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sister, Jo Ann Burns (Joe) of Guntown; two nieces, Janet Lytal (Marty) and Gail Ann Messick (Greg); three nephews, Jeff Burns, Scooter Dickey (Denise) and David Dickey (Ashley); great nieces, Lesley Dickey (D.J.), Amber Messick, Gracie Dickey and Brittany Pierce (Barry); great nephew, Jeremy Lytal (Lydia); Great Great niece, Peri Pierce; (3) Great great nephews, Greyson Lytal, Peyton Pierce and Wesson Pierce.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin “Buck” and Estelle Graydon Dickey; one brother, Kenneth L. Dickey; sister-in-law, Peggy Dickey.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Tuesday at Leake Funeral Home in Montgomery, Ala.

Lila Poindexter
GLEN – Lila Dyson Poindexter, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home

Ida Ford
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Ida Belle Allen Ford, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at the Baptist Hospital in Collierville. She was a native of Lamer in the Clear Creek area.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Jo Ann Ford of Collierville and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Oliver Odell Ford; her mother, Rachael Feathers Allen and her father William Lee Allen; and sisters Maggie Lee Skelton, Anna Mae Bumpas, Myrtle “Sissy” Skelton, Verlena “Sweetie” Skelton, Clarice “Sally” Skelton, Lillie Rhea, Mamie “Polly” Byrd, and brothers John Henry “Peck” Allen and ReLay “Slick” Allen.
Pallbearers will be Ross Reed, Winfred Allen, Jr., J.C. Allen, Roy Allen, Michael Nabors, Danny Rhea, Keith Glover and Jack Jones. Honorary pallbearers will be Glenn Skelton, Gene Skelton, Emmitt Jarrett, Boxie Skelton and Jan Dickey.l
You may send condolences to www.HSFuneralhome.com.

Joyce Wallace
CORINTH – Joyce Davis Wallace, 64, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Magnolia Funeral Home.

Karol Voge
TUPELO – Karol Voge, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at her sister’s residence in Oxford after a sudden illness. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced at a later date by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Sadie Tylers
CORINTH – Sadie L. Tylers, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Services were incomplete but will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Judy Maxey
PONTOTOC – Judy Anne Johnstone Maxey, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Sunshine Nursing Center after an extended illness.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Okolona Presbyterian Church with burial to follow in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 10:30 a.m. until service time at the church.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net. A full obituary will follow in Tuesday’s paper.