Obituaries September 7, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jane Lee Luke
JACKSON – Jane Lee Luke, 64, was received into the loving arms of her Savior Sunday morning, Sept. 4, 2011. Her death occurred after an emergency illness earlier in the week. Jane was born as the first of three daughters to Walter Gleason “Scrap” Luke and Juanita Hagan Luke of Union on Oct. 27, 1946, after her father returned from war. She was the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Sterritt Luke Sr. of Union and the late Mr. and Mrs. Romney Oliver Hagan of Birmingham, Ala.
Jane grew up in a close and loving family surrounded by her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. Her family was her life. Jane accepted Christ as her Savior at an early age and was very active in Sunday School, Choir and Methodist Youth Fellowship. She served as president of the local and sub-district MYF and later volunteered as the youth minister and pastor’s secretary.
Jane attended the public schools in Union, where she excelled in academics and music. She was an accomplished flautist and as a 10th grader was selected to perform as a member of the Mississippi Lion’s All-State Band and performed in Nice, France. She was a cheerleader, majorette and was chosen Miss Union High School. After high school graduation she attended East Central Community College, where she served as cheerleader and Homecoming Queen.
She entered Mississippi State University in the fall of 1968. She attended on an academic fellowship, where she was a Dean’s List Scholar and a member of Cardinal Key, Alpha Delta Pi, and was selected one of the Best Dressed Co-Eds on campus. After graduating in June of 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree she taught school in Tupelo, Union and Clinton. While teaching in Clinton she was chosen “Outstanding Young Educator of the Year.”
Jane served as legal assistant to attorney Erwin Ward before entering a long and rewarding career with Methodist Rehabilitation Center, where she was twice chosen “Employee of the Year.” For over 36 ears Jane was dedicated to the mission of MRC. She was loved by every employee as was evidenced by their visits to the critical care unit at University Hospital this week. Her family was overwhelmed by the support from the MRC. Jane was a very kind, compassionate and caring friend. Even in death she was giving as she became an organ donor.
She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents. She leaves to mourn her sisters: Nancy Luke Carpenter (Carol) of Columbus, Molly Luke Leiner (Jon) of Tupelo, and her nieces and nephews: Lee Kindwall of Knoxville, Tenn., Matt McCollough, (fiancée, Bonnie) of Mobile, Ala., Luke Carpenter (Raena) of Shreveport, La., Hunter Carpenter of Jackson, Molly Jane Carpenter of Columbus, and her great-nephew, Carson Kindwall of Knoxville, Tenn. She is also survived by her many cousins and her aunt, Nancy Hagan Case.
Her funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Memorial and Gunter and Peel Funeral Homes of Columbus. The visitation will be held Friday, Sept. 9, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Union United Methodist Church in Union. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at the church with burial taking place in Union Cemetery.
Her cousins will serve as pallbearers; Bill McMahen, Steve McMahen, Mike McMahen, Jim Luke, Joe Blount and David Case.
Honorary pallbearers will be the administration and staff of the Methodist Rehabilitation Center.
Memorials may be made to Patient Care Fund at Methodist Rehabilitation Center, 1350 East Woodrow Wilson Ave., Jackson, MS 39216 or to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Lisa Cole
HOLLY SPRINGS – Lisa Lynn Cole, 46, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis. She was born Aug. 4, 1965, in West Memphis, Ark. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She worked in advertising and marketing. She was captain of the Color Guard at the University of Mississippi. She was a District 1 chairperson for the Republican Party and an active Rotarian. She was active in beauty pageants and modeling. She loved horses.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Hope and Bro. Tony Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Abbeville Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Joan Bonds Fitch of Abbeville; a sister, Donna Shaffer of Holly Springs; her father, Thurman Lee Cole (Sharon) of Fort Mill, S.C.; a niece, Jessica Blessike of Holly Springs; her grandmother, Ailene Bonds of Abbeville; and her fiancampé, John Busby.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Sam Bennett
NEW ALBANY – Sammie Lee “Sam” Bennett, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born June 11, 1927, in Dyersburg, Tenn., to Frank Eugene Bennett and Leone Lavanda Wilson Bennett. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired employee for the Germantown Community Hospital as a boiler and maintenance engineer. He was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church in New Albany. He loved fishing, bird hunting and telling stories.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Cates Bennett; two daughters, Cindy Maxwell (Randy) and Michelle Robbins (Tony); three sons, Joel F. Bennett (Donna), Mike Bennett (Sally) and Jon E. Gibbs (Sharon); a sister, Mae Bennett Pascal (Ed); 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Mac Bennett, Wes Bennett, Chase LeRossignol, Tony Robbins, Jon Marshall Robbins and Kelly Ward.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, New Albany, MS.
In honor of Mr. Bennett, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flags of the U.S. Navy at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Rev. David Rhea
OXFORD – The Rev. David Eugene Rhea, 78, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Oxford-University United Methodist Church in Oxford. Services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Ernest J. Smith
TUPELO – Ernest J. Smith, 83, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Lee County native and lifelong resident, he was born Feb. 21, 1928, to Clyde and Vera Robbins Smith. He was a 1948 graduate of Mooreville High School, earned his associate degree from Itawamba Community College and also attended Mississippi State University. He served two years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War as a records clerk. Early in his working career he worked 17 years for Day-Brite Lighting. He then opened Smith Custom Jewelry which he owned and operated for over 10 years. He also contracted jewelry work for JC Penney and Sears, and drove a school bus for the Tupelo City Schools for 11 years. Later he worked for various jewelry stores in Tupelo including Orman and Maxcy, Stone Jewelers, and Dreifus Jewelers and Knight’s Jewelers in Houston. Last, he worked as a courier for Associated Couriers. He was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church, where he loved singing in the choir over 50 years. He enjoyed quartet and Southern gospel music, especially the Bill Gaither Homecomings.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Hazel Jeanette Stanford Smith of Tupelo; one daughter, Myra Smith Killough (Eddie) of Tupelo; two grandsons, Joshua Killough (Amy) of Robertsdale, Ala., and Matthew Killough of Tupelo; two great-granddaughters, Jessica Lyn and Karleigh Deanna Killough.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Faye Gattis and Betty Palmer; and two brothers, Holland Smith and Aaron Smith.
Pallbearers will be Brad Smith, Chad Smith, Mark Palmer, Todd Palmer, Steve Palmer, David Stanford, Allen Stanford, Dennis Stafford, Tracey Davis, Jason White, Eddie Killough and Terry Killough.
Visitation will be continue from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Ernest J. Smith Family Trust Fund through the Renasant Bank.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Marie Sullivan
NETTLETON – Marie Frances Ford Sullivan, 90, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on Aug. 5, 1921, in Monroe County to Gann and Maggie Hendrix Ford. She was a lifelong resident of Nettleton, a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed quilting, cooking, and being with family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. David Brooks officiating. Burial will be in Gray’s Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Raymond Ford of Wren; one granddaughter, Debbie Patterson (Craig) of Nettleton; two great-grandsons, Chris Patterson (Jessica) and Jonathan Patterson, all of Nettleton; eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Sullivan; her daughter, Patsy Sullivan Langley; and her parents, two sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Chris Patterson, John Gavin Patterson, Will Lowry, Jonathan Williams, Ricky Payne and Robert Patterson.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Faith Food Pantry, c/o Emily Patterson, 1338 Maple Road, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Mabel Schwalenberg
BRUCE – Mabel Pinion Schwalenberg, 70, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 27, 1941, in Mississippi. She was a member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. today at Mt. Moriah Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a host of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Thomas Pinion and Joyce Tapley Pinion, and her husband, Carol Schwalenberg.

Bobby McCarley
BALDWYN – Bobby Wray McCarley, 71, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Idell Butler
TUPELO – Mildred Idell Goodwin Butler, 86, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 5, 1925, to Harley and Ruth Fulton Goodman.
Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. David Hendrix and Bro. O.D. Hester officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include six children, Bill Goodwin (Sandy) of Ocoee, Fla., Roger Dale Goodwin (Brenda) of Columbia, Tenn., Jerry R. Goodwin (Betty) of Mooreville, Richard Goodwin (fiancampée, Linda Hester) of Tupelo, George Barry Goodwin (Sandra) of Calhoun, Ga., and Mildred Elaine Goodwin Driskell of Guntown; 27 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; her daughter, Mary Paulette Tidwell in 1972; and one brother and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be James Arnold, Ryan Driskell, Thomas Young, Donovan Smith, Jerry Allen and Johnny Payne.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sammie Michael
BOONEVILLE – Sammie Harold Michael, 63, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ricky Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Martha J. Wills
BYHALIA – Martha J. Wills, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at her home.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth.

Willie Harper
ABERDEEN – Willie Arthur Harper, 75, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 2, 1936, in Bigbee to Jeary Lee Harper and Betty Mae Walls. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was employed as a construction superintendent with Hays Construction Co., where he worked for more than 40 years, retiring earlier this year. He accepted Christ at an early age at East Springhill M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greater New Prospect M.B. Church at Nettleton. Pastor Leon Griffin will officiate. Burial will be in Mullen Cemetery in Nettleton.
Survivors include his daughter, Janice Walton Wright of Amory; one brother, Leo Harper of Nettleton; three sisters, Alice Marion and Glenda Denman (Michael) of Nettleton and Geraldine Ponder of Chicago; three grandchildren, Pvt. Debra Walton, Mary Orr and Kevin Childs, and one stepgranddaughter, Latoya Griffin; four great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Shirley Marshall of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann; a stepdaughter, Marilyn Griffin; and a stepgranddaughter, Shontina Hinton.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Allie Clayton
BOONEVILLE – Allie Tucker Spain Clayton, 99, of Booneville and Columbus, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Cemetery in Booneville.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.

Courtney Fluker
SOUTHAVEN – Courtney Fluker, 2, died Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Mansell Lindley
AMORY – Mansel P. Lindley, 94, died on Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on April 22, 1917, in Tremont, he was a son of John and Dellie Self Lindley. He attended schools in Red Bay, Ala. He worked as a machinist with Remington Arms in Illinois and moved to Amory in 1960. Mr. Lindley was a faithful member of The Church of God of Prophecy. He had worked as a night watchman for Wilkerson’s Manufacturing and also operating a fruit stand on Hwy. 278. A loving, caring and protective husband and father, he enjoyed talking to people, repairing bicycles, trading cars, pitching horseshoes and washers, playing Rook, and listening to gospel music.
He is survived by his daughters, Mary Johns (Homer) and Martha Eaton of Steele, Mo., Barbara Dykes of Amory, Kathy Eaton of Steele, Mo., Carolyn Johnson (Jerry) of Crete, Ill., and Anita Stephenson of Greenwood Springs; his sons, Freddie Lindley (Edna) of Smithville and Robert Lindley of Amory; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Spencer Lindley, whom he married on Aug. 4, 1934; a daughter, Opal Mann; two sons, Charles and Carl Lindley; and four grandchildren, Terry Johns, Diane Lindley, Ricky Lindley and an infant granddaughter.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. James Austin and Bro. James Gray officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Corrieleen Cuff
CORINTH – Corrieleen Cuff, 76, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo.

Bobby Harrelson Sr.
HICKORY FLAT – Bobby Gene Harrelson Sr., 62, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at his home near Hickory Flat. He was born April 30, 1949, in Bruce to Glenn and Clara Harrelson. He was a Baptist and a truck driver.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Friday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Louie Williams officiating. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby Harrelson Jr. (Debra) of New Albany and Jason Harrelson (Ashley) of Etta; very special friend, Connie Hodge of Gore Springs; two grandchildren, Shannon and Jaxxon Harrelson; three stepgrandchildren, Jessica Shorter, Eric Carpenter and Noel Wicker; and six stepgreat-grandchildren, Tristan, Ashten and Addy Grace Shorter, Garrison Carpenter, and Madeline and Miles Wicker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandparents, Les and Rosie Harrelson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday

Audris Jacks
GUNTOWN – Audris Nail Jacks, 89, died Monday, Sept. 5 , 2011, at her residence in Guntown. She was a retired schoolteacher and a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church in Guntown.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Sarepta Cemetery near Stewart
Survivors include a son, Bro. Martin Jacks of Guntown; a daughter, Annette Gutierrez of Grovetown, Ga.; a sister, Lovey Putnam of Eupora; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bro. Arnold Jacks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

L.A. Brumley
IUKA – L.A. “Judge” Brumley, 80, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Jessica Gurley
HAMILTON – Jessica Nicole Gurley, 20, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus from the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Avon Brumley
IUKA – Avon Brumley, 93, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Gilead Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Howard Anderson Jr.
CORINTH – John Howard Anderson Jr., 57, died Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011, as the result of an accident. He was a 1972 graduate of Corinth High School. He earned an associate degree from Northeast Mississippi Community College and later attended Mississippi State University. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Mr. Anderson was the owner of Anderson ‘s Auto Body and Frame Shop for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending time with his boys hunting, fishing and watching them play ball. He loved boating and spending time with family and friends on the lake. He was a longtime musician. The highlight of his morning was spending time with the breakfast crew at Harper Road Cafe.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Don Elliott and Dr. Randy Bostick officiating. Burial will follow in Oakhill Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Shaye Anderson and Chris Anderson of Corinth; the mother of his children, Stacy Anderson of Salem, Ill.; one sister, Rhonda E. Anderson of Corinth; his mother-in-law, Carolyn Ballard of Salem. Ill.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Howard Anderson Sr. and Peggy Nelms Anderson.
Pallbearers will be Marc Anderson, Alan Anderson, Phil Anderson, Rocky Anderson, Ken Anderson, Paul Anderson, Randy Anderson, Tanner Anderson, Mike Broadway and Harvey Cartwright.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Irwin, Grant Little, Jerry Hammett, Bill Page, Glen Waterman, Kimble Wilbanks, Gary Mitchell, Ronnie Essary, Tony Palmer, Jack Palmer, Bobby Roberts, Gerald McLemore, and the members of Harper Road Cafampé “Breakfast Club.”
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Fund, designated for the sons of Howard Anderson, Shaye and Chris Anderson, 919 Shiloh Road, Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences may be made at mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Aulton Ward
BOONEVILLE – Aulton Ward, 79, died Monday, Sept. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Prentiss County to David Elisha Ward and Ever Barnes Ward. He was an auto body repairman, and he was a Baptist. He enjoyed gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Baptist Church near Baldwyn with Bro. Johnny Wayne Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a daughter, Melody Copeland (William) of Booneville; a son, Kenny Ward of Baldwyn; four stepsons, Randy Potts (Sheila), Donny Potts, Ellis Aldridge and Bo Ward, all of Baldwyn; six stepdaughters, Evie Lou Mackin of Tennessee, Janice Stroupe (Darvis), Gail Mask (Bill), all of Ripley, Bernice Fugitt (Ruble) of Thrasher, Nina Owens (James) and Phylis Peters (Kenny), all of Baldwyn; two sisters, Novalee Holland of Baldwyn and Patricia Poteet of New Albany; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shelia Ward, on Dec. 13, 2006; two brothers, Leroy Ward and James Ward; and a stepson, Truman Aldridge.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the church.

Florence Bryant
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Florence Elizabeth Wells Bryant, 83, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, at Golden Living Center Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.