Obituaries September 27, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jimmy Hathcock
CORINTH – Jimmy Wayne “Rooster” Hathcock, 71, died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Baptist Church. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
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Thomas Clemons
PONTOTOC – Thomas Scott Clemons, 23, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Judy Maxey
PONTOTOC – Judy Anne Johnston Maxey, 68, died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Sunshine Nursing Center in Pontotoc after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 6, 1943, in Lee County to Clarence Columbus “Mose” Johnston and Daisy Henson Johnston. She lived most of her growing up life in Okolona, graduated from the public schools there and received her B.A. in music from Mississippi State College for Women, where she was an active member of the Lockhart Social Club. She was a master pianist and choral instructor in the Lee, Union and Pontotoc School Systems as well as teaching private piano and voice lessons. A resident of Pontotoc for 36 years, she was a former choir director at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc as well as youth choir director and also held membership in the First Presbyterian Church of Pontotoc. Her childhood church home was Okolona Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the DAR in Pontotoc and the Pontotoc Music Study Club. She was an avid and devoted music enthusiast, excelling in instrumental and classical piano as well as a master vocalist. She enjoyed traveling, cooking, collecting angels, all things Elvis and revered the time she spent with her boys and family.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Okolona Presbyterian Church with Rev. Sandra Sisson and Rev. Will Howie officiating. Burial will follow in the Johnston family plot at Oddfellows Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel and from 10:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Survivors include her three sons, twins Tracy C. Maxey of Olive Branch and Lt. Col. Stacy L. Maxey and his wife, Lisa, of the U.S. Air Force stationed at Jacksonville Air Force Base, Ark., and Patrick Maxey and his wife, Angel, of Pontotoc; the father of her sons, Terry Maxey of Olive Branch; two grandchildren, Nicole and Ashton; her sister, Martha Dale Stock of Cary, N.C.; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sisters, Dorothy Dean Hayes and Imogene Horn.
Pallbearers will be Edwin Stock III, Robert Ligon, Jay Hayes, Dalton Christian, Jack Gregory, Jason Carter, Chuck Mols and Joey Rodgers.
Memorials may be made to Okolona Presbyterian Church, 118 Robertson, Okolona, MS 38860 or to the Pontotoc Music Study Club, c/o Pat Henry, 127 North Columbia St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
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J.C. Walker
TUPELO – J.C. Walker died Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
James Taylor
POTTS CAMP – James Ralph Taylor, 72, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, in Verona.
Services were Monday, Sept. 26, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery at Hickory Flat.
Karol Jean Voge
NATCHEZ TRACE VILLAS – Karol Jean Voge, 69, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at her sister’s home in Oxford after a sudden illness. She was born July 25, 1942, in Oxford, to Richard Edwin and Gene Alberstett Keye. A 1960 graduate of University High School in Oxford, she went on to attend the University of Mississippi, graduating in 1964 with a bachelor of arts degree in education. She returned to Ole Miss and in 1969 obtained her master’s degree in education. For over 40 years she taught in the Tupelo Public School District, specializing the last 12 years of her career teaching in the Challenge Program for Gifted Students. She received several honors for her dedication to education, including being named the 2001 Tupelo’s Teacher of Distinction, and Pierce Street Teacher of the Year. Her greatest honor was knowing she was loved and respected by her students, parents and her peers. After retiring she volunteered at the Shepherd Center and the Good Samaritan Free Clinic. She was an avid Ole Miss Rebels fan. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the church knitting club. She had an impact on many lives and will be greatly missed.
Services will be 4 p.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Tom Groome officiating. Cynthia Coburn will deliver a eulogy. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Dennis Voge of Tupelo; two sister, Patti Keye Wilson (Joe) of Roswell, Ga., and Denny Keye Spencer of Oxford; one sister-in-law, Diane Voge of Beaufort, S.C.; one niece and two nephews; one great-niece and two great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Aubrey Patterson, Rich Wilson, Michael Wilson, Jason Moore, Jim McAlpin, Chris McAlpin and Luke McAlpin.
Honorary pallbearers will be the alumni of University High School.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in McFadden Hall at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804 or The University of Mississippi Foundation, The Memory House, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.
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Lila Poindexter
CORINTH – Lila Dyson Poindexter, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Glendale Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 3 p.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
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Nell Briscoe
OXFORD – Nell Briscoe, 86, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Born in Mantachie, Mrs. Briscoe was a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church. She was a retired loan department employee for Regions Bank. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Briscoe.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Clear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating and Eric Payne assisting. Burial will be at Clear Creek Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Donna Parchman and her husband, Bob, of Memphis; four sons, Eddie Jones and his wife, Beverly, of Gray, Ga., Mark Briscoe and his wife, Caren, of Oxford, Bill Briscoe and his wife, Jamie, of Oxford, and Danny Briscoe and his wife, Cynthia, of Oxford; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will from 10 until 11 a.m. today at Clear Creek Baptist Church.
Memorial donations may be made to: Clear Creek Baptist Cemetery Fund, 50 CR 313, Oxford, MS 38655 or Legacy Hospice, 103 Woodland Rd., Batesville, MS 38606.
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Robert Greenslade
MEMPHIS – Robert Lee “Bob” Greenslade, 75, died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. He was born on Oct. 28, 1935, in Memphis. He graduated from Tech High School in Memphis and attended Memphis State University. He was employed by Malone amp& Hyde, Fleming and Federal Express in Memphis. He was a longtime member of Desoto Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite. He has been a member of East Win Christian Church since 1999.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at East Win Christian Church in Memphis. Burial will be at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens in Memphis. Family Funeral Care of Memphis is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Martha; his children, Vicki Jarrett (Mark) of Tupelo, Doug Greenslade (Sallie) of Memphis and Cathy Carter of Germantown; four grandchildren, David Carlisle (Shannon) of Saltillo, Matthew Carlisle (Christina) of Sacramento, Calif., Justine Carlisle (Laura) of Hattiesburg and Martha Elizabeth Greenslade of Memphis; two stepgrandchildren, Courtney Wilemon (Trey) and John Mark Jarrett (Ashley), both of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Caroline Grace Carlisle, Mac and Clara Frances Wilemon; two brothers, Bill Greenslade (Betty) of Southaven and Thomas Greenslade (Billie) of Bartlett, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Zula Greenslade.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday.
The family requests that memorial donations be sent to: East Win Christian Church, 4350 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125.
Wordia Sanford
NEW ALBANY – Wordia Lewellen Sanford died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. Born on Dec. 11,1917, she was the daughter of Newt and Myrtle Lewellen. She was the widow of Merle Sanford. She was a well known and respected seamstress for a number of furniture manufacturers in North Mississippi. She was a member of First Baptist Church, but had been a longtime member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, where she was an active member of the Hilltoppers Choir and, for many years, church hostess in charge of Wednesday night meals. An avid cook for the public, she had many specialties and was known as the “Caramel Cake Lady.” She was a lover of life and one who loved her family to the fullest, always putting everyone else first.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Dean Timbes and Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Brooks, and two sons, Charles Sanford and Larry Sanford (Janie), all of New Albany; six grandchildren, Tony Brooks, Kim Moorman, Cassandra Upchurch, Teresa Walker, Shane Sanford and Mallory Sanford Horn; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Dale, Brenda and Patrick Goodwin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Merle Sanford; two brothers, Clyde Lewellen and Jack Lewellen; five sisters, Verna Robinson, Ruth White, Virginia Carr Freeman, Gladys Miller and Leola Roberts; and a son-in-law, B.C. Brooks.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Coker, Ralph Baker, Robert Henderson, James Byers, Allen Cousar, Danny Jordan, Lannia Bullock and James Gammel. Honorary pallbearers will be Betty McMillen’s Sunday School Class, and Ann and Jordan Hill.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at United Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund.
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Carolyn Walker
CORINTH – Carolyn Walker died Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth.
Bill Parker
OKOLONA – Bill William Parker Jr., 64, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Donley Rakestraw
NEW ALBANY – Donley Windell Rakestraw, 58, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2011, at his home in New Albany.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany. Bro. Edward Murry will officiate. Private burial will be at the Oak View Baptist Church Cemetery.
Elma G. Knickerbocker
IUKA – Elma G. Butler Knickerbocker, 89, formerly of Youngsville, Pa., died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center. She was born June 13, 1922, in Chicago. She resided in Youngsville, Pa., until 2008 when she moved to Iuka. She was a devout Catholic and a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She was a secretary, a homemaker, and an avid member of AARP. She enjoyed traveling, family and bragging about her grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Interment will be in Laurel, Md. There will be no local service. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Max E. Knickerbocker Jr. (Michele) of Iuka; one stepdaughter, Mary Hewitt of Talking Rock, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Heather, Michael, Ross, Benjamin, Karis, Brandon and Gabriel; and three great-grandchildren, Lander, Faith and Bailey.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest G. and Mary A. Butler, and her husband of 55 years, Max E. Knickerbocker Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 651, Iuka, MS 38852, or by calling (662) 423-9358.
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Lucile F. Cross
OXFORD – Lucile F. Cross, 90, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Graceland Care Center in Oxford. She was a native of Piedmont, Ala.
A private family memorial service will be held in Birmingham, Ala., at a later date. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of local arrangements.
She is survived by two sisters, Lois Freeman and Ruth Grant; two sons, Wayne Cross (Suzy) of Merritt Island, Fla., and Ronnie Cross (Konnie) of Yantis, Texas; two daughters, Sandra Crowe (Tom) of Oxford and Janis Cross (David Boyles) of Greensboro, N.C.; eight grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
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