Obituaries, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 1998
MANTACHIE Kennie Smith, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was the son of the late Elmer and Eula Mae Frazier Smith. He was a former employee of Super Sagless Corp., a Mason and a member of Lakeland Baptist Church. He was an avid fox hunter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Danny Rushing and Bro. C.D. Hood officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery with Masonic rites.
Survivors include his wife, Evon Clippard Smith of Mantachie; two sons, Don Smith and his wife, Suzanne, and Kenneth Wayne Smith and his wife, Peggy, all of Mantachie; four brothers, Glen Smith and his wife, Bonnie, Ray Smith and his wife, Ann, Roy Smith and his wife, Jane, and Joe Smith and his wife, Jan, all of Mantachie; one sister-in-law, Eva Smith of Mantachie; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Clippard of Mantachie; five grandchildren, Suzette Smith, Cristy Smith, Lisa Smith, Kayla Smith and Kevin Smith.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Carol Jackson, and a brother, Earl Smith.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time Tuesday.
SHANNON Adrian Earl “Pete” Hester, 75, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at his home in Shannon. He was born Nov. 29, 1923, in Monroe County to Earl Gordon and Louise Mundy Hester. He was a retired truck driver and farmer, a Navy veteran of World War II, and a member of Oak Valley Christian Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim McMillen officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his children, James Earl Hester and his wife, Pat, of Winona, Larry Adrian Hester and his wife, Pat, of Okolona, Kevin Ellis Hester and his wife, Teresa, and Julie Hester Anderson and her husband, Phillip, all of Shannon, Daniel Lynn Hester and his wife, Dawn, of Pontotoc, and Donald Lee Hester and his wife, Dawn, of Saltillo; three sisters, Mildred Cregeen and Linda Faye Thompson, both of Shannon, and Juanita Illk of Stamford, Conn.; 20 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Hester, Jim Bo Hester, Kevin Hester Jr., Wesley Holcomb, Danny Soden and Brian “Spanky” Moses.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GERMANTOWN, Tenn. Thad Shannon, 95, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at his home. He was a retired vice president with Union Planters Bank-Whitehaven branch. He was a member of the Whitehaven Baptist Church, the Whitehaven Kiwanis Club and the board of the Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America. Before and after World War II, he served in a governmental position under President Roosevelt in Washington D.C.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Beal Harris Shannon; two daughters, Dorothy S. Todd of Germantown, Tenn., and Sue S. Goldberg of Memphis; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.
MICHIE, Tenn. Ottis Dixon, 84, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
Hazel R. Croom
OXFORD Hazel Roberts Croom, 77, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi after a brief illness. She was born March 29, 1921, in Eden, N.C., to A.D. and Annie Lewis Roberts. She and her husband lived in Charlotte, N.C., for 45 years before moving to Oxford two years ago to be near their son. She was a homemaker, a longtime active member of the Avondale Presbyterian Church in Charlotte and a volunteer worker for the Crisis Assistance Center.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford with the Rev. Dr. Sam Marshall officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home/Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Edward Mortimer “Ned” Croom Sr. of Oxford, whom she married Oct. 31, 1941; one son, Dr. Ed M. Croom Jr., and his wife, Kay, of Oxford; two grandchildren, Avery Mixon of Oxford and Caroline Croom of Oxford; one niece, Ann Hughes of Eden, N.C.; three nephews, Lee Page Leggitt and J.D. Croom III, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Bill Croom of Ashboro, N.C.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time today at the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Avondale Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 2821 Park Road, Charlotte, N.C. 20209 or to the First Presbyterian Church, 924 Van Buren, Oxford, Miss. 38655.
MOOREVILLE Danny Joe Howard, 52, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was a native of Greenwood and a resident of Mooreville. He was retired from the U.S. Army. He was a special agent with the Army’s Criminal Investigation Department and an instructor with the U.S. Military Intelligence School at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. He enjoyed hunting, making knives and gardening.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tim Murphy officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the National Cemetery in Corinth. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Oatley Howard of Mooreville; one daughter, Paige Howard of St. Louis, Mo.; his mother, Elnora Howard of Canton; one sister, Gracie Howard of Canton; three brothers, Harold Howard of Jacksonville, Fla., James Howard of Canton and Louis Howard of St. Louis; two grandchildren, Wesley Skidmore and Elaina Valasque.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Louis Howard.
Pallbearers will be James Drew Howard, Matt Luebbers, Jason Skidmore, Greg Gassmann, Charles Malatesta and Jeffrey Puckett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A wake service will be at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Lee County Chapter of the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1134, Tupelo, Miss. 38802.
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Corinth National Cemetery
CORINTH C.C. “Toby” Hardin, 77, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at his home. He was born April 3, 1921, in Corinth to Columbus and Mary Lou Bragg Hardin. He was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in China, India Burma and Central Burma. He was a retired farmer and automobile mechanic. He was the owner of Hardin Service Station in Biggersville for many years.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete Wooley officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth.
Survivors include three daughters, Clara Nell Richardson of Russellville, Ala., Loretta Thompson of Belmont and Patsy Loftis of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one sister, Eunice Holloway of Coldwater; four brothers, Nathan Hardin and George Hardin, both of Corinth, Joseph M. Hardin of Tupelo and William “Bill” Hardin of Burnsville; his friend and caregiver, Doris Johnston; six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
WEST POINT Bessie M. Betts Oswalt, 79, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point. She was born in the Craig Springs community of Oktibbeha County, the daughter of the late Will and Ibbie McClelland Betts. She was a homemaker and a Methodist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Vernon Oswalt, in 1975.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Avery Jones officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Oswalt Doss, Eunice Oswalt Chism and Joyce Oswalt Huffman, all of West Point; three sons, Jimmy Oswalt and Eugene “Peewee” Oswalt, both of West Point, and Johnny Oswalt of Gulf Shores, Ala.; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Arlene Hurst; a son, Tommy Oswalt; and two granddaughters, Johnnie Mae Doss and Vickie Lynn Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Hill, Ricky Blake, Chris Moore, Luke Lummus, David Lummus, Bob Lummus, Joey Wilson and Jimmy Pollan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andrew Wartak, Dr. Robert Lott, Dr. T.N. Braddock, the staff of Clay County Medical Center, Bea Holliday and Delois Manning.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ABERDEEN David Jones, 56, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary.
Loyd B. Thompson
PONTOTOC Loyd B. Thompson, 90, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at his daughter’s residence. He was born June 25, 1908, in Alabama. He was a graduate of Sulligent High School. He had lived most of his life in Pontotoc, and the Zion, Algoma and the Beckham communities. He was a farmer and a member of Algoma Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Baldwin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Earline West Thompson of Pontotoc; one daughter, Shirley Lowry and her husband, Carl, of Pontotoc; one sister, Ruby Luke of Louisville; two brothers, Leo Thompson of Memphis and Ben Thompson of Okolona; two grandchildren, Beth Lowry Greenhill and her husband, William, Mark Lowry and his wife, Stacey; four great-grandchildren, Collyn, Micah, Noah and Samuel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Thompson; one sister, Laurine Mallory; and four brothers, Herman Thompson, Harold Thompson, Dewitte Thompson and Draper Thompson.
Pallbearers will be Don Mallory, Paul Mallory, Donald Monaghan, Jahu Blissard and Don Young.
PONTOTOC James Rueben Cummings, 68, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. He was an employee of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company in Kenosha, Wis., for several years. When he returned to Pontotoc, he was an employee of Ram Golf. He served six years in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during World War II.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Ed Vitagliano officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Tanya D. Cummings, and her son, Gabriel Cummings, of Pontotoc; one son, Jimmy E. Cummings and his wife, Cheryl, and their son, Kevin, of Plantation, Fla.; one sister, Gwendolyn Sledge Shaw of Pontotoc; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James L. and Della M. Wilcutt Cummings.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to sponsor an angel from the Angel Tree or make a donation to the Salvation Army Christmas program.
PONTOTOC Opaline “Opie” Grisham, 88, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at the Pontotoc Hospital. She was a retired salesperson and a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. George Steward officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Elaine Conlee of Pontotoc; sisters-in-law; brother-in-law; nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Nix, Jim Grisham, David Grisham, Harvey Boland, Jack Smith and William Carter.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
RIPLEY Lillian Gertrude Linville, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a retired school teacher for Manning School in Tippah County and a Primitive Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oran Shelton Linville, in 1991.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Charles Walker officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery near Ripley.
Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Warnick of Alvin, Texas, and Jamie Clemmer and Judy Wright, both of Ripley; one son, Danny Linville of Ripley; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Curt Warnick, Andy Clemmer, Tony Hill, Terry Crum, Sean Thompson and Brad Hill.
RED BAY, Ala. Myra Nell Keeton, 65, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at her home. She was a native of Mississippi, a homemaker and a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with the Rev. Lewis Swindle officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, O.C. Keeton of Red Bay, Ala.; one daughter, Debbie Keeton of Red Bay; one son, Jimmy Keeton of Red Bay; three grandchildren, Katie Keeton of Phil Campbell, Ala., and Clay Keeton and Dacota Keeton, both of Belmont.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Effie Farris, and a daughter, Dianne Lindsey.
Pallbearers will be Bob Barksdale, David Lindsey, Tommy Farris, Gary Lindsey and Chris Barksdale.
BURNSVILLE Jamie Lee Stanford, 11, died Saturday, Dec. 12, 1998, at the Iuka Hospital as the result of an automobile accident. She was a sixth grade student at Burnsville Elementary School, and she attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Father Tom Burns officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather, Ramona and John Gray of Burnsville; her father, Perry Mask of Iuka; her grandparents, Alfred Russo of Burnsville, Wayne Mask of Corinth and Martha Mask of Burnsville; two sisters, Tiffany Stanford and Samantha Mask, both of Burnsville; one stepsister, Ashley Gray of Burnsville; two brothers, Perry Mask and Gary Mask, both of Burnsville.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Kay Russo.
Pallbearers will be Terry Rorie, Ricky Emerson, Ricky Barnett, Jamie Epperson, Shane Amerson and Nicky McRae.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Rhodes, Mike Haney, Melissa Kay and Courtney Wilson.
Visitation will continue until service time at the funeral home.
GLEN Lena Williams, 87, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at the Iuka Hospital. She was a Pentecostal for more than 60 years and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include two daughters, Donna Fiorelli of Barrington, Ill., and Mona Holcomb of Jacksonville, Fla.; five sons, James Williams and Lanny Williams, both of Centralia, Ill., Warren Williams and Noonan Williams, both of Corinth, and Danny Williams of Glen; one brother, Dugger Feltman of Iuka; 35 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Williams; a son, Truman Williams; and a daughter, Hilda Gay Williams.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ABERDEEN B.L. “Mac” McGarrh, 77, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at the Aberdeen-Monroe County Hospital. He was born Nov. 26, 1921, in Stewart to Luther and Velma Gibson McGarrh. He had lived in Aberdeen since 1964. He was a truck driver and a former employee of the Prairie Fire Department. He was a member of the Baptist church and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Dempsey Rowland officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Seperta Cemetery in Stewart.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene Boyette McGarrh of Aberdeen; five daughters, Sandra Camron of Madison, Annette Jackson and her husband, Felix, and Bernice Hamilton and her husband, John Ray, all of Aberdeen, Charlotte Lackie and her husband, Roger, of Hamilton, and Virginia King and her husband, Doug, of Jackson; two sons, B.L. McGarrh Jr. and his wife, Shelia, of Gattman and Darrell McGarrh and his wife, Shelby, of Amory; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ABERDEEN Jo Ann Doss Miller, 63, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 1998, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 25, 1935, in Dossville. She had lived in Aberdeen since 1962. She was a graduate of Kosciusko High School and Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus. She was a founding member of Faith Presbyterian Church. She was a civic activist for 30 years and was involved with many organizations, including the Clarence Day Foundation, Aberdeen Artist Guild, the Pilgrimage Association, the Elkin Theater Association, the Junior Auxiliary and the Sub-Debs.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Aberdeen First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Robert David Miller of Aberdeen; two daughters, Tanya Miller Loden of Houston, Texas, and Dana Miller Bullard of Corinth; two sons, Robert David Miller Jr. of Tampa, Fla., and Gregory Doss Miller of Aberdeen; eight grandchildren, Ashton Miller, Robert Miller, Will Loden, Joe Loden, Kristin Miller, Doss Miller, Sarah Bullard and Frances Bullard; her mother, Lou Willie Doss of Aberdeen; a brother, C.W. Doss of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Wright Doss, and a sister, Frances Doss Roby.
Pallbearers will be Dudley Williams, Frank Johnson, Freddie Field, Ray Lacey, Jimmy Prince and Brad Nester.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials are requested to go to: Methodist-Le Bonheur Healthcare Foundation, 850 Poplar Ave., Building 1, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or to Faith Presbyterian Church, Aberdeen, Miss.
Houston B. Egger
AMORY Houston B. Egger, 88, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
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