Obituaries September 4, 2010

Jermie Shelton
MEMPHIS – Jermie Shelton, 26, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Grace Wilkerson
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Grace Westmoreland Wilkerson, 71, died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010, at her home. She was a former resident of Ashland and Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville, Tenn.
John Forester Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – John William Forester Sr., 90, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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The obituary for John L. Chandler in Friday’s Daily Journal contained an incomplete list of survivors. He is also survived by a son, John W. Chandler.
Travis D. McClure
NEW ALBANY – Travis D. McClure, 79, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mary Gay Lee
CALHOUN CITY – Mary Gay Lee, 95, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born Feb. 21, 1915, in Perry County, Ala. She was a retired seamstress. She was a member of Grace Southern Baptist Church and a former member of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Morris and the Rev. Buford Usry officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include two daughters, Betty Jean Logan (Gordon) of Calhoun City and Barbara Morrison of Tallahassee, Fla.; five sons, Billy Lee (Lynn) of Mobile, Ala., A.W. Lee of Huntsville, Ala., James K. Lee (Yolanda) of Pensacola, Fla., Charles W. Lee (Teresa) of Pensacola, Fla., and Phillip Lee (Esther) of Nashville, Tenn.; one sister, Polly Thompson of Marion, Ala.; one brother, Corbrey Bailey (Dot) of Montgomery, Ala.; 16 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, 26 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Abner Lee; her parents, Henry Wesley Bailey and Lula Moore Bailey; and a great-granddaughter, Loretta Cole.
Bessie Jaggers
NESBIT – Bessie Alene Jaggers, 73, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Marie E. Harris
BOONEVILLE – Marie E. Harris, 69, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at the Magnolia Hospital in Corinth. She was a dorm mother at Northeast Mississippi Community College from 1995-2000 before she became disabled. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Wilburn officiating. Burial will be Prentiss Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Tammy Armstrong Holley (Tim) of Booneville; one aunt, Margaret Box Caver of Booneville; one sister, Lynda Figueroa of Clovis, Calif.; two grandchildren, Jarad Mathews and Tyler Boren; two great-grandchildren, Brylin Mathews and Cash Smith; special friends, Shelby Roberts and Betty Pace.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bertha Hughes; one son, Randy Howell Armstrong; two brothers, Billy Hughes and Bobby Hughes; and her grandparents, Clint and Ethel Bullard.
Pallbearers will be Jarad Mathews, Tyler Boren, Charlie Roberts, Marvin Ozbirn, Roger Griffin, Mitch Barrett and Gary Spencer.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Hannah Andrews
BELDEN – Hannah Lee Andrews, 81, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Lee County, she was the daughter of John Edward and Mattie Betts. She was a member of New Lebanon M.B. Church, where she was a member of the Mothers Board and an usher. She was also a member of the Heroines of Jericho and the Order of the Eastern Star. She loved to work and go to church. She was the widow of Paul “Jack” Andrews.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at New Lebanon M.B. Church. The Rev. Billy D. Rainey will officiate. Burial will be in Mattie Brame Memorial Cemetery in Pontotoc. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Wyonnia Pannell and Mattie Williams, both of Tupelo; one son, John Edward Andrews of Belden; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
Douglas Anderson
HOUSTON – Maurice Douglas Anderson, 73, died Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 26, 1937, in Chickasaw County to James Maurice Anderson and Opal Gertrude Spencer Anderson. He was a retired plant superintendent for Union Camp (International Paper), a member of the Masonic Lodge 67, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston. Most of all he will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Houston First Baptist Church with Dr. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Massey Anderson of Houston; his daughters, Darnell Wise and husband, Mike, and Karen Young and husband, Matt, all of New Albany, and Joan Underwood, Rhonda Edwards and husband, Robert, Allison Harrell and husband, Jeremy, and Amanda Brooks and husband, Jason, all of Houston; his mother-in-law, Corrine Massey of Bruce; his grandchildren, Markus Wise and wife, Christy, Laura Beth Mathis and husband, Barry, Kristin Buskirk, Natalie Young, Eli Young, Chad Douglas Underwood, Bobby Underwood, Jeremy Underwood, Matt Edwards, Anna Claire Edwards, Jackson Harrell, Ashton Harrell, Makenzie Brooks and Kendall Brooks, his great-grandchildren, Kari Wise, Erin Wise, Carter Mathis, Auden Underwood and Braleah Underwood.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Michael Anderson; and his sister, Patsy Dempsey.
Pallbearers are Markus Wise, Chad Douglas Underwood, Keith Houser, David Dempsey, Matt Edwards, Humberto Salazar, Maynor Salazar, Bobby Underwood, Jeremy Underwood and David Parker. Honorary pallbearers are former co-workers at Union Camp.
Visitation will be from noon until 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Houston Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Friends and family may leave a message at the online register book at
Wayne L. Tapp
TOMBALL, Texas – Wayne L. Tapp, 67, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, in Tomball, Texas. Mr. Tapp was a salesman for many years, as well as a financial counselor. He will be remembered most for his generosity to friends and his good sense of humor.
Entombment was at Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorial Park Funeral Home of Memphis was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his two daughters, Tammy (Kevin) Pullen and Sandy (Buddy) Maxwell; his first love, Brenda Tapp; his sister, Diane Barnes; his mother, Ruby Tapp of Benton County; and five grandsons, Justin (Cassie) Pullen, Josh (Courtney) Pullen, Jake Pullen, Blake Maxwell and Brandon Maxwell; and a multitude of extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his father, Ruel Wade Tapp; a brother, Ruel L. Tapp; his grandparents, Julian A. and Estella Davis Tapp, and John R. and Lillian Scott Liming of Benton County.
Helen C. Barksdale
RED BAY, Ala. – Helen C. Barksdale, 69, died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born April 16, 1941, in Marion County, Ala., to Albert Harold and Ethel Rosella Palmer Cantrell. She was a housewife.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Woodrow Taylor and Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband, Gene Barksdale of Red Bay; three sons, Terry Barksdale and Mike Barksdale (Christine), all of Vina, Ala., and Tim Barksdale of Golden; one daughter, Vicki Burgett (Shawn) of Vina, Ala.; three sisters, Mavis Holley of Haleyville, Ala., Essie Smith of Hamilton, Ala., and Hazel Riggs of Bigfork, Mont.; one brother, Kermit Cantrell of Missouri; eight grandchildren, Kristie Fountain, Beth Barksdale, Manly Barksdale, MiRanda Burgett, Landen Burgett, Brandy Horn, John Barksdale and Jessie Barksdale; four great-grandchildren, Paris Fountain, Isabella Fountain, Alyse Fountain and Nazaryah Fountain; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and five brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Jody Cantrell, Paul Holley, Don Cantrell, Wade Inmon, Donny Holland and Dean Scott.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and until service time on Sunday.
Tony Grubbs
Anthony L. “Tony” Grubbs died Sept. 1, 2010, peacefully at his home after suffering from ALS “Lou Gehrig’s” disease. 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 five mechanic. He married Judy George in Ovid, Colo., on Sept. 17, 1965. He was an avid fisherman, loved to play pool and poker, and a John Force racing fan.
A memorial will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. today, 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; and a sister, Pam, of the Aurora, Ill., area.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Guy Dowdy, Mattie Dowdy, Lafette Grubbs, Louella Littlejohn Grubbs, Howard Gregory and Mae Etta Gregory; and a brother: Talmadge 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.

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