Obituaries September 28, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bonnie Wamble
WREN – Bonnie Eloise Jackson Wamble, 70, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bettye Davis
OXFORD – Bettye Jane Davis, 77, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, National Headquarters, 406 W. 34th St., Kansas City, MO 64111.
Alton J. Sargent
CORINTH – Alton J. Sargent, 78, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. He was born Sept. 15, 1932. He was a retired quality control engineer for ITT, where he worked for 31 years. He worked at Cortelco Telephone Outlet, at Sargent’s Restaurant and in real estate. He was a radio operator and a short wave Morse code operator in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the Church of the Crossroads, and a member of the church board and the Tweenagers Sunday School Class. He was an honorable family man who lovingly accepted his children’s friends in his home as they grew up. He enjoyed repairing telephones, bowling, golf, travel and playing with his granddaughter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Church of the Crossroads with Bro. Nelson Hight officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Veterans Garden of Honor at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Hight Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors his wife of 56 years, Willie Mae Sargent; a son, Keith Sargent; a daughter, Rebecca Sargent Claxton; a granddaughter, Ilyssa Claxton; one brother, Enoch (Mary) Sargent; and a sister, Sue Wilburn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Kate Sargent.
Members of the Tweenagers Sunday School Class will serve as pallbearers.
Annie Laura Bolden
ETTA – Annie Laura Bolden, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Oct. 17, 1923, in Marshall County. She was a former employee of Coated Abrasives and a Methodist.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Salem United Methodist Church in Etta with Dr. Bryan Collier and Dr. Steve Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Methodist Cemetery in Etta. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Charlotte Gregory (Sam) of Tupelo and Judy Collier (Charles) of Etta; three sisters, Charlene Gill and Barbara Sue Smith, both of Slayden, and Velma Wilburn of Ashland; grandchildren, Tracey Gregory, Julie Weems (Richard), Bryan Collier (Wendy), Jason Collier and Slate Collier (Anna); great-grandchildren, Olivia and Houston Collier, Kent and Sydney Collier, and Patrick Weems.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lilburn Bolden, and her parents, Charlie Cothern and Gertrude Mackey.
Pallbearers will be Randy Wilburn, Woody Smith, Slate Collier, David Hill, Jason Collier and Richard Weems.
Donations may be made to the United Methodist Ministerial Fund in New Albany.
Leave online condolences at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
Bud Carter
RIPLEY – Edgar Melvin “Bud” Carter, 80, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Benton County.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Dianne Tackett
AUBURN – Sherri Dianne Tackett, 57, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 27, 1953, in Tupelo to Bonnie and Joyce Stevens. Dianne married the love of her life, Terry (Ted) Tackett, on Jan. 20, 1974. They have two children and four grandchildren. She did private babysitting in her home for several years where she loved and cared for children she claimed her own. She later worked for Adcomm Graphics, a division of MTD products, until her health failed. Dianne earned a certificate from ICC-Tupelo for interior decorating. She has been a faithful member of the Tupelo Church of God for 18 years.
She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Dianne was a gracious woman who served her Lord and others. She had a very special talent during the past 11 years by touching the hearts of many by her testimony and her faith in God. She brought many different denominations together through their prayers for she and her family. Her faith in God gave her the strength to fight the battle with cancer until the every end. One of the last statements she made to her family was “I have such a peace about this and I am ready for his will for me whatever that may be.” Dianne was a woman of character and style. Her smile was contagious; her sense of humor was out of this world. She loved to be considered as “One Hot Mama” by her husband. She always considered her children to be perfect. Dianne loved her husband, children, grandchildren, her family and friends with her whole heart and soul and she always made sure each one knew that. She was a prayer warrior that you could count on. She believed in fasting and praying daily and she never waivered in her belief, trust and faith in God.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. today, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the Tupelo Church of God with Bro. Jack Ezell and Bro. David Laman officiating. Private burial will follow in Doty Chapel Cemetery east of Shannon. Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the Tupelo Church of God.
Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with all arrangements.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Dianne is survived by her husband of 38 years, Terry (Ted) Tackett; her daughter, Aleta Knox and husband, Greg; her son, Nick Tackett and wife, Courtney; four precious grandchildren, Madison and Brandon Knox, and Hunter and Brianna Tackett, all of the Auburn Community; one sister, Tammy Stevens Johnston and husband, Anthony, of Mooreville; two brothers, Tim Stevens and wife, Tina, and Larry Stevens, all of Saltillo; four nieces, Mallory, Erica, Leslie and Onnika; two nephews, Chris and Larry Jr.; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sue and Wayne Walls of Baldwyn; and a host of other family members and numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bonnie and Joyce Stevens.
Pallbearers will be Chris Johnston, Alan Plaxico, Jonathan Cox, Jimmy and Matthew Gumm, Randy Black, Gary Lovern and John Knowles. Honorary pallbearers will be the Good Samaritan Sunday School Class from the Tupelo Church of God.
Cliff Passmore
IUKA – Cliff Passmore, 51, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Edith Monts
PONTOTOC – Edith Monts, 90, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at the Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was born in Golden to Henry Gable and Vice Bell Harrison Gable. She married Tim Monts in 1935 and they were together for 50 years before his death. She was a homemaker, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star of Pontotoc and Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Truman Scarbrough officiating. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Martha McCoy of Florence, Janie Shaw (George) of Red Bay, Ala., and Norma Harlow (Pete) of Pontotoc; two sons, Turner Monts of Fulton and Aaron Monts of Bolton; 18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; one son, Lee Monts; and one grandson and one great-grandson.
Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from none to 2 p.m. today.
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Vonda Kay Pruitt
BELMONT – God called Vonda Kay Pruitt home on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, from her residence at the age of 44. She was born Dec. 29, 1965, in Waukegan, Ill. She worked for the Superintendent of Education for the Prentiss County School System for 13 years. She was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Landmark Baptist Church in Dennis with Bro. Hal Holt, Bro. Roger Wood and David Pruitt officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens in Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Hannah Johnson of Belmont; her parents, Avis and Vondeen Pruitt of Belmont; two sisters, Rhonda Wright (Martin) of Iuka and Judy Eaton of Belmont; two brothers, David Pruitt (Jodi) of Belmont and Ronnie Pruitt (Cassandra) of Belmont; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Paul and Ollie Barnett, and Sidney and Eppie Pruitt; two uncles, Jay Barnett and Flaves Pruitt; and an aunt, Emmie Pounders.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Sparks, Stone Pruitt, Ricki Barnett, Will Colbert, Justin Sparks and Tyler Sanderson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today, Sept. 28, at Landmark Baptist Church and until service time on Wednesday.
Dr. Sale Randle Sr.
ABERDEEN – Dr. Sale D. Randle Sr., 74, died on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Born on Feb. 1, 1936, in Greenwood Springs, he was a son of the late C. Sale and Christine Atkins Randle.
A graduate of Aberdeen High School Class of 1953, Dr. Randle received his undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Mississippi and did work at the University of Colorado and Mississippi State University. A lifelong educator, he began his teaching career in Aberdeen before moving to Greenville where he became a teacher, administrative assistant to the superintendent and later, assistant superintendent of the Greenville Public Schools. He served as Registrar for the University of Mississippi in 1974 and was later named as the first Director of the University of Mississippi Center in Tupelo. For nine years, he was on the staff of the Division of Continuing Education before being named President of Wood College in 1986. He was of the United Methodist faith. He was married for 30 years to the former Mary Lillian Fulmer of Hernando.
A committal service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with Dr. Eldridge Fleming officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:50 a.m. Wednesday.
He is survived by his daughter, Beth (Claude) Purvis of Hernando; son, LTC Don (Tammy) Randle of Tampa, Fla.; granddaughters, Meghan and MacKenzie Randle of Tampa, and Mary Anne Purvis of Hernando; sister, Ann Phillips of Sun City, Ariz.; brothers, Silas (Alicia) Randle of Austin, Texas, and Pete (Julie) Randle of Amory; and aunts, Lucille West of Aberdeen, Helen Atkins of Amory and Hazel Dahlem of Aberdeen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Eldridge Fleming, Dr. Billy Bishop, Tommy Chandler, Sam and Dennis Atkins, Sank Owen, David Randle, Mike, Donald, and Ronald Dahlem, Kevin and Danny Atkins, William Dean and Glenn Atkins, C. E. Jones and James Stockton.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be given to the University of Mississippi Foundation, Dr. Sale D. Randle Sr. Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677-0249.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Rev. Robert Shotts
DOWLING, Mich. – The Rev. Robert Lee Shotts, 84, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, in Battle Creek, Mich.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shottsville Community Church in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Shottsville Community Church.
Bazel Whitworth
RANDOLPH – Bazel D. Whitworth, 95, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford after a brief illness. He was born May 13, 1915, in Randolph to Dow Whitworth and Maizie Tutor Whitworth. He married Amma Lucille Griffin in October 1937 and they were married 71 years before her death in March 2008. He was a farmer and worked as a janitor at the Pontotoc Hospital before retiring. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother, who enjoyed spending time with his family. He attended Carey Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. John Stewart officiating and Bro. Junior Ritchie assisting. Burial will follow in Carey Springs Cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Louise Williams (Bobby) of Senatobia; three sons, Dever Whitworth of Randolph, Glynn Whitworth (Brenda) of Friendship Community and Philip Whitworth of Marshfield, Mo.; eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife; three brothers, Luster, Toy and Windom Whitworth; and two sisters, Pearl Pritchard and Hazel Terry.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Scott Whitworth, Nathan Whitworth, Justin Whitworth, Brandon Whitworth and John Eaves, and a nephew, Billy Rex Whitworth. Honorary pallbearers will be great-grandsons, Canden Dallas, Caulen Dallas, Carson Dallas and Landry Whitworth.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Albert Edwards
NETTLETON – Albert Allen Edwards, 65, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Leonard Bell
ABERDEEN – Leonard Bell, 82, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at Pioneer Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Betty Millican
NEW ALBANY – Betty Jean Mays Millican, 80, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at home. She was born July 28, 1930, at her home in Union County. She was retired from Bellsouth Telephone Company, where she worked for 31 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Dean Timbes and Bro. Ricky Blythe officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Norris Millican of New Albany; one daughter, Sharon Medlin (Terry) of New Albany; one granddaughter, Emily Roberts (Jason); two great-grandchildren, Ben and Colton Roberts of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Audie Mays and Willie Mays: three sisters Christine Gullett, Ruby Sloan and Mary Ruth Mays; and one brother, Cordie Mays.
Pallbearers will be Larry Millican, Terry Millican, Larry Gullett, Don Sloan, James Byers and Danny Jordan. Honorary pallbearers will be Galloway Jones, Robert Henderson, Billy Ferrell and Billy Parrish.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Kenneth Lipsey
ECRU – Warren Kenneth Lipsey, 65, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Susan Cooper
OKOLONA – Susan Cooper, 58, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.