By NEMS Daily Journal
WEST POINT – Janice McClure Bowen Smith, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. She was born Jan. 18, 1938, to George Daggett McClure and Mae Elizabeth Bradley McClure in West Point. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen and in West Point since 1994. She graduated from West Point High School and attended Mississippi State College for Women. She was a member of Aberdeen First Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church of West Point. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson and Bro. Steve Davis officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jerald Smith of West Point; one daughter, Julia Bowen Casper and husband, Michael, of Atlanta, Ga.; one son, Nolan Bowen and wife, Shelly, of Caledonia; four grandchildren, Cason Casper, Emily Casper, Bradley Bowen and Anna Kate Bowen.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Allen Bowen; and a son, George Landon Bowen.
Pallbearers will be Billy Scruggs, Milford Forest, John Clemmons, Daniel Littwiller, Dale Pierce, Andy Danovsky, Walter Lann, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be the trustees of the First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen; and elders and deacons of the First Presbyterian Church of West Point.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Memorial may be made to First United Methodist Church of Aberdeen, First Presbyterian Church of West Point or the Palmer Home for Children in Columbus.
Sign the register book and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BALDWYN – Hazel Hopkins Cook, 90, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home in the Friendship community. She was born May 8, 1920, to Harvey and Bessie Elliff Hopkins. She retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Elaine Stone (Earl) of Friendship community; one son, Murray Cook (Helen) of Baldwyn; one brother, Taylor Hopkins of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Gary Stone (Karla), Sharon Lindsey (Ronald), Steve Stone (Carla), Cindy Lester (Mike), Angela Hughes (Greg) and Shannon Wood; 14 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 49 years, Wiley Cook; two brothers, Guy Hopkins and Cecil Hopkins; two sisters, Beatrice Herring and Gertrude Magers; and four young siblings.
Pallbearers will be Keylon Gholston, Joe Blassingame, Gearld Hardy, Jimmy Ray Martin, L.R. Burcham, Doug Arnold and Kevin Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
OXFORD – Herman Eugene McCluskey, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Water Valley.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Yellow Leaf Baptist Church Building Fund, 50 CR 435, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visit the website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Willie C. Parker
HOUSTON – Willie C. Parker died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 1, 1956, in Chickasaw County. He was a 1973 graduate of Houston High School. On Dec. 20, 1975, he married Teresa Washington Parker. They had one daughter.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church at McCondy. The Rev. Darrick Whitfield will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Teresa Parker; one daughter, Tracy Michelle Parker; one sister, Magnolia Barr; one brother, Rev. A.C. Parker Sr.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck amp& Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church on hour prior to service time Saturday.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.
Margaret Olene Yielding
FULTON – Margaret Olene Yielding, 65, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010 at her home. She was born June 22, 1945, to J.S. “Sam” and Mable Presley Lentz. She had worked at Reed’s Manufacturing in Dorsey and Mueller Brass Industries. She enjoyed watching television and visiting with her friends. She was a Baptist in belief.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Gene O’Brian officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Timmy Yielding of Tupelo; one sister, Betty Sue Tucker of Fulton; one grandchild, Alexis Yielding; a special friend, Kay Bullock of Fulton; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Windell Yielding; her parents; and one brother, Doyle Lentz.
Pallbearers will be Wade Bullock, Johnny Yielding, Tony Jackson, Tommy Tanner and James Douglas Sheffield.
Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Scribner.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
WOODLAND – Gary Wayne “Ruffie” Nichols, 54, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at his home in Woodland. He was born July 9, 1956, in Houston to Rufus Wayne Nichols and June Moore Nichols. He was a retired rural mail carrier and a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Houston Funeral Home with Rev. Danny Bryant and Rev. Roy Myers officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Woodland.
Survivors include his mother, June Nichols of Woodland; his sister, Libby Griffin and husband, Wesley, of Brandon, MS; his nieces, Tiffany Nichols and Amy Nichols of Houston; his nephews, Wade Griffin and wife, Katie, of Oxford and Jeffrey Griffin of Ridgeland.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rufus Nichols, and his brother, Steve Nichols.
Pallbearers are John Arledge, James Dendy, David Woodruff, Tony Gregory, Leon Morris and Jerry Haimes. Honorary pallbearer is Mark Dendy.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Ridge Cemetery Fund, c/o Phyllis Nelson, 570 CR 68, Woodland, MS 39776.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
FULTON – Mary Dianne Brazile, 57, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. She was born Jan. 1, 1953, to Jim and Lovie Moore Thomas. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She was a ward secretary and EMT for the Itawamba County Hospital. She was a homemaker. She enjoyed drawing, painting, reading and doing crafts.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the New Home Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Bridges and Bro. Phillip Graham officiating. Burial will be in the New Home Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry Brazile; two daughters, Lovie Brazile and Jessica Brazile; one brother, Joey Thomas (Deborah); two grandchildren, Josh and Matthew Brazile, all of Fulton; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant child and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Landon Thomas, Chris Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Freddy Jones, Tommy Bates and Paul Underwood.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Brazile and Mike Morrison.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 7 a.m. until noon Saturday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.
BRUCE – Anne Spencer Edwards, 69, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 29, 1940, in Bruce to John Henry and Annie Lois Hardin Spencer. She attended Hinds Community College and Mississippi University for Women, and received a degree in library science. She married Donald Edwards and made her home in Memphis, where she worked as a librarian at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center for 12 years. After retiring she was a coordinator for the Stuttering Foundation of America. She was a member of Union Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis. She enjoyed cooking large meals for her family, traveling, antiquing, spending time with her grandchildren, flower gardening. A devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother, she faced life with love, gratitude, optimism, faith and courage. She was a wonderful friend and selfless spirit who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Bobby Douglas will officiate, and the Rev. Jimmy Vance will assist. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Donald Edwards of Bruce; a son, John Lee Edwards (Angela) of Memphis; two daughters, Pamela Edwards Lieb (Brad) of Jackson and Amy Edwards Rowland (Brad) of Frederick, Md.; four grandchildren, Henry Lieb, Emmett Lieb, Jacob Edwards and Tyler Rowland; her aunt, Mary Jean Edwards of Bruce; sisters-in-law, Edna Earl Edwards of Oxford and Glenda Edwards of Bruce; brother-in-law, Charles Douglas Edwards (Dale) of Southaven; numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be Douglas Edwards, Harold Edwards Jr., Willie Jobe West, John Brasher, Sonny Hamm, and John Goudelock.
Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Green West, Carl Emory Spencer, Sonny Clanton and Boyd Collins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
DUMAS – William Don Bullock, 68, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born on June 14, 1942, to Solomon and Dorothy Hughey Bullock. He was a member of New Harmony United Methodist Church. Mr. Bullock was a farmer. He loved riding four-wheelers, helping people, his mules and the outdoors.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Billy Studdard officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery in Union County.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Smith Bullock of Dumas; two special daughters, Malena Owens (Monty) of Walnut and Mandy Roberts (David) of Blue Mountain; one special son, Kelly Roberts (Sandy) of New Albany; one stepdaughter, Susan Reese (Jim) of Dumas; one stepson, Mike Guest (Joyce) of Bentonville, Ark.; a special nephew, Jimmy Bullock of Dumas; one brother, Odene Bullock (Wilena) of Dumas; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Reese and William Reese, both of Dumas, Sarah Owens of Walnut, Victoria Wilbanks and Logan Wilbanks, both of Ripley, Cody Roberts and Cole Roberts, both of New Albany, Stephanie Embush and Scott Thompson, both of Oklahoma; one great-grandchild, John Embush.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Bullock; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Mike Guest, Jimmy Bullock, Mike Criswell, Kelly Roberts, Jamie Cockrell and Arthur Cockrell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Reese, Dib Ralph and Monty Owens.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries and sign the online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
LOS ANGELES – Willie Hughes Williams Askew, 29, formerly of Memphis, died Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010, in Los Angeles, Calif.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church in Walnut. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is assisting the family.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Mamie L Spight
IRVING, Texas – Mamie L Spight, 60, died on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010, in Irving, Texas. She was born on July 16, 1950, to Helen and Nathaniel Spight in Ripley. She graduated from Line Consolidated High School and from Jackson State University. She was a veteran of the United States Army. She retired as a social worker from the State of Tennessee Department of Human Services. After years of retirement she relocated to Irving, Texas.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Joseph Stone officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Kimberley Spight, and granddaughter, Sharnay Spight, of Irving, Texas; one brother, Lonnie Spight (Marva Jean) of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Peggy Spight, Charlene Spight and Zelma Brown; one aunt, Flora Simmons, all of Ripley; three uncles, Tommy Hughey of Shannon, George Spight of Detroit, Mich., and Tommy Lee Spight of Aurora, Ill.; nieces, Tiffany and Candice; nephews, Terrence, Kasime, Nathan, Chad and Marcus.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will begin at noon today at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Robert F. Belue Sr.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Robert F. Belue Sr., 95, formerly of Tishomingo County, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Highland Hills Adult Care in Tucson, Ariz. A native of Tishomingo County, he was retired from the Chicago-South Bend-South Shore Railroad. He was a Mason and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Robert Belue III will officiate. Interment will follow in Sardis Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the funeral home.
He is survived by four sons, Robert Belue Jr. of Burnsville, Robbin Belue of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Roger Belue of Rainbow City, Ala., and David Belue of Denver, Colo.; one daughter, Wilma Pisut of Tucson, Ariz.; three sisters, Pauline Waddell of Memphis, Irene McCoy of Booneville and Maxine Stahl of Stuttgart, Ark.; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Belue; his parents, William and Ada Belue; eight brothers; and one sister.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Elizabeth “Beth” Dixon Hawthorne, 55, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010m at her residence. She was born Dec. 16, 1954, in Union County to James Everette Hawthorne and Opal Hubbard Hawthorne. She was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Vista Memorial Park in New Albany with the Rev. Earl McAnally officiating. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sisters, Sylvia Ferguson (Bob) of Iuka and Nancy King (Bobby) of Tupelo; a brother, Fred Hawthorne (Nancy) of Atlanta, Ga.; an aunt, Beula Hawthorne of New Albany; three special cousins, Mary Hubbard of Atlanta, Ga., Ann McNamara of Robbinsville, N.C., and Tricia Wilson of Olive Branch; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the New Haven School, 505 Garfield St., New Albany, MS 38652, or the North Mississippi Regional Center, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Billy Joe Yant
WEST HELENA, Ark. – Billy Joe “BJ” Yant, 30, died Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, in West Helena, Ark. A Tupelo native, he was born Sept. 1, 1979, to Billy Wilson and Andria Diane Presley Yant. He grew up in Verona and lived there until moving to West Helena, Ark., five years ago. He was a former certified member of the Helena-West Helena Police Force and Fire Department. He loved his nieces and nephews, and enjoyed riding four-wheelers.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Alan Hall officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include Diane Yant of Verona; his stepson, Dylan Smith; two sisters, DeeDee Brown Hodge (Victor) of West Memphis, Ark., and Rena Yant of Aberdeen; three brothers, Bubba Yant (Amy) of Saltillo, Charlie Yant of Aberdeen and Eddie Yant (April) of Palmetto; his half sister, Pam Yant; his half brothers, Mitch Yant and Billy Yant Jr., all of Mooreville; his nieces and nephews, Emma, Brooke, Grace, Caroline, Chase, Andria, Tristam, Sierra, Zoey, Kimberly, Jessie, Jamie, Jonathan, Dalton, Dylan and Jason.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy W. Yant, and his grandmother, Annie Presley.
Pallbearers will be Kevin “Cheese” Ussery, Ricky “Phat Boy” Loden, Shawn Reese, Dallas Hall, Brian Lucas, Roy Covington Sr. and Travis Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Helena-West Helena Police and Fire Departments.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
John L. Chandler
PALMETTO – John L. Chandler, 60, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at his home in the Palmetto community. He was born in Houston on May 16, 1950, to Uleslie Chandler and the late Daisy Chandler. He was a member of Temple of Compassion and Deliverance in Tupelo.
Service will be at noon Saturday at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance with Bishop Clarence Parks officiating. Burial will be in the Lower Priare Creek Cemetery in Mantee. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Luvenia Chandler of Tupelo; six daughters, Ruby Chandler of Vardman, Linda Gillispie (John) of Bruce, Towonda Manning (Nat) of Chicago, and Angela Williams (Von), Brenda Dillon (Marad) and Latosha Holston (Richard), all of St. Paul, Minn.; his father, Uleslie Chandler of Tupelo; two sisters, Alberta Coleman (Jerry) of Verona and Sandra Betts (Pete) of Tupelo; five brothers, James Chandler (Margaret), Willie Chandler (Janice), Dennis Chandler (Jackie) and Johnny James Chandler(Juanita), all of Tupelo, and Larry Chandler (Tina) of Mantee; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Daisy Chandler; his son, John L. Chandler Jr.; his grandmother, Emma Jane Brownlee; and one niece, Ulisa Chandler.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
VARDAMAN – Gerald Wayne Criddle, 73, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 15, 1937, in Calhoun County. He was a member of Vardaman United Methodist Church. He was a Master Mason in the Vardaman Masonic Lodge.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Vardaman United Methodist Church with the Rev. Harold Robinson and the Rev. Jeff Gilder officiating. Burial will be in Elzey Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Criddle of Vardaman and Audrey Criddle Moore (Jerry) of Horn Lake; two sons, Marty Criddle (Ann) of Calhoun City and Aubrey Wayne “Bubba” Criddle of Vardaman; three sisters, Myrtle Morris of Calhoun City, Carolyn Williams of Big Creek and Joyce House of Water Valley; two brothers, Jimmy Criddle of Vardaman and Glenn Criddle of Calhoun City; eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Lynn Criddle; a granddaughter, Shanda Kemp; two brothers, George Criddle and Donald Criddle; two sisters, Melba Criddle and Mary Criddle; and his parents, Willie Noel Criddle and Josephine Hester Young Criddle.
Pallbearers will be Daniel Kemp, Nicholas Criddle, Kenneth Criddle, Garrett Moore, Terry Dauzat, Jimmy Criddle.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Baker, Bill Blue, John Jasper Adams and the Men’s Coffee Club.
BYHALIA – Bradley Wayne Carroll, 33, died Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was born July 20, 1977, in Memphis to Ancel W. Carroll Jr. and Cynthia Marie Givens. He was a Baptist and a machine operator in a manufacturing plant.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Blocker Cemetery in Olive Branch.
Survivors include his father, Ancel Carroll Jr. of Byhalia; one brother, Trey Clark of West Memphis, Ark.; one sister, Nikki Patterson of Arlington, Tenn.; his grandparents, Ancel Carroll Sr. of Byhalia, Robert Lee Edward Givens of Byhalia and Joy Rolleston of Cumming, Ga.
Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Visit the website at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
John Cockerham, M.D.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – John Taylor Cockerham, M.D., 56, died Aug. 17, 2010, at his home in Alexandria, Va., after a brief illness. He was born May 5, 1954. He lived in Lafayette several years, moving with his military family to various military bases. He graduated from West Springfield High School, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Virginia Medical School, Washington University of St. Louis and Harvard. He was a practicing pediatric cardiologist. At the time of his death, he was vice president of Medical Services at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Elizabeth; one daughter, Meredith Ann Cockerhan, and one son, Jeremy Taylor Cockerham; his parents, retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Samuel G. and Alice Dye Cockerham of Springfield, Va. (His father was formerly of Monroe County); one sister, Leslie C. Roth of Hilo, Hawaii; and his uncle and aunt, John Allen and Georgia Garner of Hamilton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jim and Lizzie Cockerham of Monroe County.
OXFORD – Pricilla Romanda Gladney, 38, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2010. She was a native of Water Valley.
Services will be at noon today at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home Chapel of Oxford with Pastor Reginald McClain officiating. Private burial will follow in the Cypress Grove M.B. Church Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Shantelsa Lyntrecia Gladney and Desirae Natecia King of Oxford; her mother, Dianne Van-Owens of Oxford; her father, Eddie Roy Upshaw of Coffeeville; three sisters, Dashunta Lasha Upshaw of Oxford, Debra Lynn Upshaw-Robinson of Alabaster, Ala., and Amanda LaKeshia Upshaw of Huntsville, Ala.; and a special friend, Lee “Pumpkin” Sisk.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Bonna Faye Massey
CORINTH – Bonna Faye Massey, 66, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to service time Saturday.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
MEMPHIS – Jamie Shelton, 26, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
WALNUT – Dorothy Lee Bell Meeks, 76, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home in Walnut. She was born Sept. 27, 1933, in Walnut to Arch Lane Bell Sr. and Nora Laverne Proctor Bell. She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Mike Johnson and Bro. Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery at Walnut.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Barnes (Randy) of Walnut and Mary Beth Gammel (Randy) of Ingomar; two sisters, Nora Pickens of Walnut and Jo Ruth Reed (Ed) of Collierville, Tenn.; three brothers, Wallace Bell (Joyce), Buddy Bell and Fred Bell (Faye), all of Walnut; six grandchildren, Lydia Meeks (Richard), Annabeth Barnes, Chloe Barnes, Cody Roberson, Chelsea Gammel and Hunter Gammel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hall “D.G.” Meeks; her parents; a sister, Mary Jean Bell Hodum; a sister-in-law, Jane Bell; and a brother-in-law, Clyde Pickens.
Pallbearers will be Lane Bell, James Bell, David Pickens, Gary Ray, Edward Reed Jr. and Tim Bell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Adron Hodum, Paul Settlemires, Kenneth Bryant, Cody Gammel and Hunter Gammel.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o The Peoples Bank, Roger Childs, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – James Junior Williams, 60, died Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a native of Pontotoc County and a member of Friendship CME Church. He loved to dance and fish.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Usher Valley United Methodist Church. The Rev. William Givhan will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Rose Williams, Bernice Williams and Alice Williams, all of Pontotoc; one son, James Williams III of Pontotoc; 14 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
BYHALIA – Ralph Lee Richmond, 75, died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2010, at Trinity Mission Health Rehab of Holly Springs.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Valley M.B. Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today.
PONTOTOC – Howard C. Chapman, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at his home in Troy. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the VFW and a charter member of the American Legion and the DAV. He was a retired Merchant Marine. He worked as a veterans representative out of the Veterans Service Office in Pontotoc. He was a member of the Troy First Baptist Church. He loved traveling, Cardinals baseball, politics and reading.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon and Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Troy.
Survivors include his wife, Geneva Chapman; brothers, Wayne Chapman and Ann, Charles Chapman and Mary Sue; stepsons, Wayne D. Cook of Pontotoc and David Cook of Coral Springs, Fla.; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H.C. Chapman Sr. and Jessie Belle Chapman; one brother, Henry Chapman; two sisters, Ailene Pannell and Mava Lee Harmon; nephews, Leroy Pannell and Bill Harmon.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the Troy First Baptist Church or Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.
CORINTH – Marie Harris, 69, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Harry J. Merritt
TUPELO – Harry J. Merritt, 67, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
BELDEN – Hannah Lee Andrews, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Ruth Skelton Lawson, 86, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at her home. She was formerly of Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home-Oakland Chapel.
Rebecca Jackson Carter
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rebecca Jackson Carter, 96, went to her heavenly home on Aug. 31, 2010. She was born on Oct. 26, 1913, in Tupelo to Albert Harrison Jackson and Mary McCord Jackson, the first of their eight children. When Rebecca was 12 years old, she was run over by a car, which broke her back and kept her in the hospital in Memphis for approximately a year. Mrs. Carter graduated from Tupelo High School in 1932 and went on to Goodman Junior College. She was also a graduate of Draughan’s Business College in Jackson. She met her future husband, Harvey Russell Carter, of Quitman in a revival at First Baptist Church in Tupelo, where he was leading the music. They were married on Sept. 6, 1938, in Tupelo. After living in Tupelo and Little Rock, Ark., the couple settled down in Jackson, hoping to raise a family. After losing several children through miscarriages, they finally had a baby girl in 1949. Mrs. Carter worked as a bookkeeper for the Mississippi Veterans Farm and Home Board until retirement. After she retired, she continued to work as a bookkeeper for several small businesses in Jackson. She and her family were very active in First Baptist Church of Jackson, living right across the street from the church for many years. Mrs. Carter taught Sunday School for over 40 years and was active in the WMU. In 1982, the Carters moved to Sherman, Texas, to be near their daughter and their four grandchildren. They immediately joined and became active at First Baptist Church in Sherman, Texas, where they made many new friends. In 1995, Mrs. Carter, by now a widow, returned to Tupelo and once again enmeshed herself into her family and friends still there and in Harrisburg Baptist Church. In May 2000, Mrs. Carter broke her hip in two places and after four surgeries, she was unable to walk again. In August of 2000, she moved to Knoxville, Tenn., to live with her daughter and son-in-law, where she remained until her death.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Burial will follow at Glenwood Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Becky and John Cleveland, Knoxville; four grandchildren, Curt Taylor, Kingman, Kan.; Carter Taylor, Los Angeles, Calif.; Casey Taylor, Glacier National Park, Mont.; and Clancy Taylor, DeSoto, Texas; also four great-grandchildren, Jordan, Austin, Teon and Bailey. Also surviving are sisters Prudy Parish (Ralph) of Memphis and Margaret Snipes, Mountain View, Ark.; sister-in-law, Billie Jackson, Tupelo; many nieces, nephews, other family members and a multitude of friends. Also left to mourn is a very special friend who helped care for her over nine years in Knoxville, Judy Reno, as well as special caregiver, Kenya Edkis.
Mrs. Carter was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell Carter; brothers, James, Robert, and Jessie; and sisters, Virginia and Sadie Bell Jackson.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Ricky Jackson and Horton Nash of Tupelo, Jim Jackson of Jackson, Bruce Jackson of Newton, Tim Parish of Memphis, Glenn Herrington of Birmingham, and grandson, Curt Taylor of Kingman, Kan.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, Tupelo; First Baptist Church, Jackson; or a charity of your choice.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Anthony L. “Tony” Grubbs died Sept. 1, 2010, peacefully at his home. He was born Jan. 21, 1943, at home in the Ingomar area of Pontotoc County to Margarette Dowdy Grubbs and Levi Lafette Grubbs. He was a truck driver for Astro Lounger and retired from JESCO Maintenance Group as a level 5 mechanic. He married Judy George in Ovid, Colo., on Sept. 17, 1965. He was an avid fisherman, and loved to play pool and poker.
A memorial will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010, at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Survivors include his wife; his beloved fiest dog, Ms. B, who stole his biscuit every morning when they went to the park to walk; his brothers, Donald (Lorine), Alan, Terry Guy and Delane; a sister, Pam, of the Aurora, Ill., area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Guy Dowdy, Mattie Dowdy, Lafette Grubbs and Louella Littlejohn Grubbs.
The family requests no flowers. Memorials can be sent in his honor to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Tony was a man who enjoyed his life to the fullest.
SALTILLO – Keith Noel Smith, 52, known to his friends simply as “Jethro,” died peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at his home.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his mother, Jewel Bumpers Smith; a brother, Kenny Dek Smith; a sister, Vickie Elaine Eaton; one daughter, Shannon Leigh Cox; one son, Kody Garrison Smith; two grandsons, Klayton Nathaniel Cox and Konner Noel Cox; numerous nieces and nephews; three half sisters, Margaret Bromwell, Kimberly Smith, and Janalyn Smith; a stepbrother, Chuck Groves, and many special friends.