Obituaries September 29, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jewell Thornton
BOONEVILLE – Jewell Ozbirn Pardue Thornton, 90, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at her home in Booneville. She was born Aug. 24, 1920, the daughter of Floyd and Mattie Belle Ozbirn. She was a member of Booneville Church of Christ. She was a ward secretary for Booneville Hospital and later for Baptist Memorial Hospital. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, reading, gardening, and traveling with her husband, J.A.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Church of Christ with Minister Greg Pollock officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, J.A. Thornton; one daughter, Anne Pardue Langford of St. Petersburg, Fla.; one son, Barry (Alice) Pardue Sr. of Booneville; one sister, Edna Caver of Memphis; two brothers, Aubrey Ozbirn of Rienzi and Kenneth (Hazel) Hughes of Columbus; two grandchildren, Christopher Ellenberger and Barry Pardue Jr.; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, James C. Pardue; one son, Jimmy Pardue; her parents; one sister, Elsie Ozbirn; three brothers, Alton Ozbirn, Allen Ozbirn and Gyther Ozbirn; and one grandson, Sean Ellenberger.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. today at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Debbie Swords
WALTHALL – Deborah “Debbie” Williams Swords, 56, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at her home in Walthall.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Cumberland Baptist Church in Cumberland. Burial will follow in the Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Marie Henderson
CAIRO – Marie S. Henderson, 93, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the Marshall Medical Center in Boaz, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Clif Passmore
IUKA – Clif Passmore, 51, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Iuka Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Sparks Family Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Allen Edwards
NETTLETON – Albert Allen Edwards, 65, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Aug. 23, 1945, he was a son of the late Noah and Clara Fredrick Edwards. He worked as a heavy equipment operator for Monroe County for 16 years. He lived in Smithville and the Parham community before moving to Nettleton. Having an outgoing personality, he loved his grandchildren, and enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Hester of Nettleton; daughter, Brandi (Marty) Kennedy of Okolona; son, Randle Edwards of Amory; sisters, Kathryn Reich of Amory and Jewel (Melvin) Harris of Tupelo; grandchildren, Katie Gail, Mylie Grace and Samuel Ware Kennedy, Isabella Dawn Marie Edwards, Kayla, Ashley and Danielle Hughes, Shawn and Sammantha Stafford, Jessica Brown and Brett Hester.
Pallbearers will be Tommy, Mitchell and Nathan Whitaker, Larry Sloan, Pat Walls and Buddy Edwards.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Roy Bryan
BALDWYN – Roy Carlton Bryan, 82, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired crop and cattle farmer. He was a member of Ingram Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Water Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Bobby Carr officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Eula Murley Bryan of Baldwyn; two children, Beneta (Larry) Hutcheson and Carl (Carol) Bryan of Guntown; grandchildren, Brian Hutcheson and Kellye Bryan; stepgrandchildren, Timmy Bryan and T.C. Childress; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Brett, Coley, Darby and Shelby Childress, Ana, Ali and Savannah Bryan; three sisters, Dorothy (Gene) Michael of Tennessee, Annie (E.J.) Murley of Ripley and Shirley Bryan of Pontotoc; three brothers, Percy (Helen) Bryan of Joliet, Ill., Jim (Carolyn) Bryan of Crossville, Tenn., and Hoyle (Jerri) Bryan of Fulton; sisters-in-law, Neva Bryan of Booneville and Joannie Bryan of Elmwood, Ill,; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Percell and Alma Smithey Bryan, and three brothers, W.J. Bryan, Henry Bryan and Harold Bryan.
His grandsons and nephews will be pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dutch Graves
TUNICA – Dutch Parker Graves, 31, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident in Memphis. He was president of Parker Tractor and Implement. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He was a member of the Tunica Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Tunica United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Tunica Academy. Burial will be in the Oakwood Cemetery at Tunica. Meredith-Nowell Memorial Funeral Home of Tunica is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jill Yoe Graves of Tunica; one daughter, Lillian Falkner Graves of Tunica; his parents, Nancy Parker and Charles Buckley Graves Jr., both of Tunica; two brothers, Charles Buckley Graves III and Nicholas Hastings Graves, both of Tunica; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Parker of Tunica.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the home of Nancy Parker.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Tunica United Methodist Church, the Tunica Presbyterian Church or Tunica Academy.
Bully Bishop
BLUE SPRINGS – Bobby “Bully” Bishop, 63, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at his home in the Jugfork community. He drove for J.B. Hunt for many years. He was co-owner of Bamp&H Trucking with Linton Herring, then he owned Bamp&B Trucking. He enjoyed farming, spending time with friends, hunting, chewing tobacco and the outdoors.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Bro. Harlon Smith will officiate. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Becky Smith (Rickey) of Mooreville; one son, Jon Bishop (Candace) of Saltillo; grandchildren, Brittney, Rachel and Jacob Smith, and Caitlin Bishop; brothers and sisters, Brenda Jones (Jimmy) of Blue Springs, Gail Reno (Jim) of Saltillo, Angie Hamilton (Darren) of Blue Springs, Teresa Barnett of Saltillo, Mickey Bishop (Judy) of Blue Springs, Jeff Bishop of Blue Springs and Mary Arnold (Henry) of Mooreville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wes and Ellis Mae Bishop; a sister, Peggy Bishop; and two brothers, Billy Wayne “Happy” Bishop and G.W. Bishop.
Pallbearers will be Frank Woods, Randy Hutcheson, Chad Bridges, Michael Morgan, John Robbins and Kenny Poe.
Sydney Earp
HOULKA – Sydney Deanna Earp, 4, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Le Bonheur Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. She was born Dec. 22, 2005, in Jackson to Ricky Dean Earp and Diana Lynn Tutor Earp.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Linn Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Ricky and Diana Earp of Houlka; her sister, Mallory Murphree and husband, Justin, of Randolph; her brothers, Morgan Earp of the home and Timothy Smith Jr. of the home; her paternal grandmother, Evelyn Logan Earp of Houlka; and her maternal grandparents, Janie and Herman Tutor of Houlka.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Howard Earp.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Gene Evans
TUPELO – Eugene Clark “Gene” Evans, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a 30-day illness. He was born on March 21, 1931, in Harlan, Ky., to William E. and Lila Cody Evans. He grew up in the Palmetto community of Lee County and graduated from Verona High School in 1950. He lived much of his adult life in the Columbus, Ohio, area, where he was a self-employed drywall installer in the building construction industry. He lived briefly in Dyersburg, Tenn., before returning to Tupelo 15 years ago.
Mr. Evans’ life passion was his horses. He greatly enjoyed connecting to old Palmetto friends after returning, especially his lifelong close friend, J.W. “Jub” Hester, and he was a member of the Palmetto Roadrunners. Known by many as the “last real American cowboy,” he enjoyed avid conversation, especially at the table at Kelly’s Grocery in Palmetto and visiting with his family, especially his nieces and nephews. He was a lifelong member of the Palmetto United Methodist Church and was a Master Mason affiliated with the Palmetto Masonic Lodge.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Dennis Fink officiating. Private burial will be in Columbus, Ohio. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time on Thursday only at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include his son, Robert Evans of Westerfield, Ohio; his daughters, Sue Ising of Canal Winchester, Ohio, Tammy Evans of Columbus, Ohio, Jackie Evans of Wilmington, N.C., and Patty Evans of Tampa, Fla.; one sister, Elizabeth “Liz” Bates (William) of Tupelo and Mac Evans of the Hurricane community of Pontotoc; several grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and his best friend, J.W. Hester of Palmetto.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carol Reiser Evans; three sisters, Hilda Magee, Mildred Lobdell and Edith Evans; three brothers, Bob, Charles and John Evans; and a grandson, Derek.
Memorials may be made to the Palmetto United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 370, Verona, MS 38879 or to the McDougal Center, 2434 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Lillian Estes
TUPELO – Lillian Reedy Estes, 98, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Avonlea Assisted Living and Retirement Community after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Doris Michael
BOONEVILLE – Doris Lynn Michael, 62, died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ta’Kya Shalae Jones
NEW ALBANY – Ta’Kya Shalae Jones, infant daughter of Tiffany High and Christian Jones, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital in Tupelo. She was born July 7, 2010.
Services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 26, at Faith Assembly of God in Myrtle with Bro. Jeffrey Smith officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Tiffany High, and her father, Christian Jones; a sister, Elizabeth High; three brothers, Thailan Cameron, Kerion Jones and her twin brother, Ta’Kyran Jones; maternal grandmother, Sabrina High; paternal grandmother, Karen Decanter; maternal grandfather, Frank High Jr.; paternal grandfather, Christopher Ivy; a special great-grandmother, Geraldine Sanders; two aunts, Monique High and Kiana Judon; and an uncle, Jimel Judon.
Susan Cooper
OKOLONA – Susan Cooper, 58, died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, at her home. She was born Oct. 11, 1951, in Hot Springs, Ark., to Henderson and Julie Stanfield. She graduated high school in Nashville, Tenn., and worked for Comcast Cable up until becoming disabled. She was a member of Carnation Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing, and she loved her cats and visiting friends and family.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Carnation Baptist Church with Bro. Truman Carter and Bro. William Warren officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Community Church Cemetery at a later date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her brother, Bob Stanfield and his, wife Teresa, of Okolona; four nieces and nephews.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Eloise Wamble
WREN – Bonnie Eloise Jackson Wamble, 70, died on Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Jan. 26, 1940, in Wren, she was a daughter of the late Ted and Mildred Dixon Jackson. A devoted, loving, caring wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Mrs. Wamble was known as “Gran” to everyone in the community. A lifelong resident of Wren, she was a graduate of Wren High School, Class of 1957. She retired from Security Bank in 1996 after a number of years employment. She was a member of Wren Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, reading, watching her grandchildren play sports, and playing BUNCO. Having never met a stranger and a great conversationalist, she volunteered at Gilmore Memorial RMC, delivered Meals on Wheels, and loved delivering flowers on Valentine’s Day for Amory Flower Shop.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Old Union Cemetery at Wren.
She is survived by her husband, Eddie Wamble of Wren, whom she married on Jan. 3, 1959; daughters, Kathy (Sam) Nerren of Amory, Kaye (John) Hannaford of Germantown, Tenn., and Amy (Brian) Jones of Amory; grandchildren, Miles Nerren, Mary Paige Francis, Madison Francis, Grant Nerren, Jed Hannaford, Anna Beth Hannaford, and Tanner and Parker Poole; her mother-in-law, Elizabeth Wamble of Wren; sister-in-law, Sue Wamble (Buddy) Wax of Dothan, Ala.; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Bill Wamble, and her brothers, Wayne and Bobby Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Jim Flaherty, Mabry Allison Jr., Buddy Wax, Dan Shepherd, Herbert Word, Kenneth Keith, Kenneth Archer, Ronald Archer, Tom Booth, Bill Cheek, Rusty Murphree, Bailey Haney and Richard Pearson.
Visitation will continue today until the service hour.
Memorials may be given to Old Union Cemetery, c/o Mabry Allison, 32696 Hwy. 45 N., Okolona, MS 38860.
Memories and condolences may be shared and viewed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Leslie W. Moss
IUKA – Leslie W. Moss, 78, died Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Carpenter Cemetery with military honors. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Baptist Church in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.