By NEMS Daily Journal
Bro. James Townsend
ACKERMAN – Bro. James A. Townsend died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at his home in Ackerman. He was born April 20, 1919, to Boyd and Grace Townsend of Kosciusko. He was a graduate of Ethel High School, Wood Junior College and Delta State University. He served his country during World War II as an assistant in a field hospital and as assistant to the chaplain. During this time he was called to the ministry. He served the Lord in the ministry of United Methodist Church for 331/2 years. He will always be remembered for his kind spirit to those in need of someone with a listening ear, the spiritually bereft and his amazing memory. He loved reading, flowers, painting and music.
Services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Louisville United Methodist Church. Burial was in Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman was in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Grace Chambers (Eric) of Ackerman and La Fonda Poland (Brooks) of Batesville; two brothers, Carl Townsend and Cliff Townsend of Kosciusko; two sisters, Nell Turnipseed of Weir and Lucille Hathcock of Kosciusko; four grandchildren, Ben and Hannah Chambers of Ackerman, Brannon Poland of Newton and Anne Claire Henson (Chuck) of Batesville; one great-grandchild, Brayden Poland; and many nieces; and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy Douglas Townsend and Bonnie Reeves Townsend; parents; and one brother, Ralph Townsend.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Methodist Pension Program or the American Heart Association.
To sign the family registry, visit www.colemanfuneral.com.
AMORY – Tony W. Brown, 67, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at his residence in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
AMORY – Martha Wynell Payne Box Guyton, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at her home. Born Jan. 30, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Talmadge and Hattie Berryhill Payne. A homemaker, she was considered an exceptional cook and enjoyed cooking for others. Before her retirement, she was a seamstress in the area garment plants. One of her favorite pastimes was visiting with her sisters. Passionate about animal rescue, she enjoyed her dogs, Lil’ Bit and Annie. She was a member of Lakeside Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Clinton Worthey and Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa White (Richard Holcomb) of Smithville, Sara Kelly (Rob) of Plantersville and Teresa Northington of Galveston, Texas; two sons, Mike Gray of Nettleton and Frankie Box of Amory; two sisters, Fay Hutcheson (W.V. Sr.) of Columbus and Lou Ann Martin (J.D.) of Nettleton; nine grandchildren, Adam Gray, Chris Gray, Niki Gray, Nathan Gray, Nerissa Gray, Ashley Walker, Hunter Airhart, Hope Hall and Billy Box; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Butch Gray; grandsons, Nicholas Gray and Michael Gray; son-in-law, Billy White; her husbands, Elbert Box and Dewey Guyton; one brother, Douglas Payne; and three sisters, Sue Payne, Dorothy Earrey and Lavenia Reeves.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Martin, Tommy McDaniel, Kenny Shields, Ricky Payne, W.V. Hutcheson Jr. and Johnny Sloan. Honorary pallbearer will be Brandon Sloan.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue until service time on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Hwy. 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneral home.com.
BALDWYN – Bradley “Brad” McCreary, 35, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was truck driver for Waddell Trucking and a member of Hillcrest Church of Christ. He enjoyed NASCAR, fishing and spending time with his children.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Minister Tim Childs and Bro. Mike Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Ashlee McCreary of Baldwyn; parents, Sammy and Lisa Ann McCreary of Baldwyn; two daughters, Emma Kate McCreary and Autumn McCreary of Saltillo; two sons, Dylan McCreary of Saltillo and Jackson Edge of Baldwyn; one sister, Brittney Mortimer (Kent) of Winona; one brother, Ben McCreary of Starkville; and grandparents, Odell Roberts (Polly) and Jean McCreary, both of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Claudie McCreary, and an uncle, Bud McCreary.
Pallbearers will be Mark Gamble, Ricky Johnson, Matthew Pettigo, Lamar Latch, David Wallis Jr., Dr. Neal Roberts and David Tate.
Memorials may be made to the Rowland Scholarship Fund at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Baldwyn.
FULTON – Evelyn Adeline Campbell, 84, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, at Courtyards Nursing Facility. She was born July 3, 1928, to Henry Oswald Thalacker and Julia L. Cummings Thalacker. She lived in Kenosha, Wis., until moving to Fulton in 1985. She was a homemaker. She loved animals, bird watching and the outdoors.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, Wis. Burial will be in Ludington Cemetery in Fall Creek, Wis. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel R. Campbell of Kenosha, Wis., and Robert L. Campbell of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; four daughters, Rae Marie Ahern of Round Lake Park, Ill., Beryl L. Johnson of Margate, Fla., Phyllis A. Campbell of Wildwood, Ill., and Jane Gehrke of Mantachie; two brothers, Rodney Wood and Alvin Wood; three sisters, Bonnie Gruzelewski, Ellen Henning and Dorothy Carpenter; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Campbell, in 1996; two sons-in-law, Robert Ahern and David Johnson; two brothers, Arthur Wood and George Thalacker; and one sister, Leora Letts.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton and from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, Wis.
PONTOTOC – Edward Leon Hall, 56, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity/Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
NETTLETON – Eula Mae Bickerstaff, 85, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory after a long illness. She was born on May 26, 1927, in Arkansas to Homer Ellis and Letha Dean Brown. She had lived in Monroe County most of her life. She was a retired seamstress and a charter member of Nettleton Independent Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, going square dancing and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Rickey Jones and the Rev. Bubba Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Janice Francis (Skip) of Nettleton; three sisters, Wanda Webb and Joyce Stephens, both of Smithville, and Fredia Last (Mick) of Rock Falls, Ill.; two brothers, Johnny Mae Brown (Linda) of Amory and Mark Elmer Ellis of Dayton, Texas; two grandchildren, Amy B. Hurley of Nettleton and Chris Francis (Christie) of Baton Rouge, La.; and three great-grandchildren, Ally Hurley, Baxter Francis and Ethan Francis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.G. “Snookie” Bickerstaff; mother, Letha Brown (Elmer); and father, Homer Ellis (Lois).
Pallbearers will be Buford Monaghan, Jerry Rakestraw, Terry Patterson, Tommy Blake, Levi Blake and Tommy Burt.
Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Pettet, James Shumpert and C.B. Bickerstaff.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Nellie Jean Grimes
SENATOBIA – Nellie Jean Grimes, 85, died on Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at Senatobia Convalescent Center after a long illness. She was born Aug. 9, 1927, in Sarepta to Grace Arnold and Carnice Dickson. She was an active member of Sardis Baptist Church until her illness. She was a loving wife, mother and Nana.
She is survived by three daughters, Annette Fulmer (Lee) of Tiplersville, Sue Davis (Don) of Senatobia and Dorothy Jean Taylor (Alex) of Byhalia; two grandsons, Shane Taylor (Audra) of Delray Beach, Fla., and Wes Davis (Taylor) of Jackson; one great-granddaughter, Brooke Taylor of Delray Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law, Martha Dickson of Sarepta; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Wesley Grimes; parents; and two brothers, Arnold and Delaine Dickson.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ray-Nowell Funeral Home, Senatobia Chapel. Burial will follow in Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery near Sardis. Ray-Nowell Funeral Home, Senatobia Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to The Baddour Center, P.O. Box 97, Senatobia, MS 38668 or The Alzheimer’s Association, Mississippi Chapter, 196 Charmant Drive, Suite 4, Ridgeland, MS 39157 or a charity of the donor’s choice.
WEST POINT – Beth Millsaps Brantley, 67, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born Aug. 12, 1945, in Clay County to Evelyn Louise Foster and Samuel Lawrence Millsaps. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher for various classes, WMU director for many years and sang in the choir. She also served on the Hospitality Committee as chairman several times. She married James D. “Jay” Brantley on Aug. 23, 1967, at Calvary Baptist Church. He preceded her in death on July 23, 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Roy Myers officiating and the Rev. Terry Rhodes assisting. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, D’Juana Cummings of New Hope and Stacey Dengler (Chuck) of Hattiesburg; two sons, Ray Brantley (Cobe) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Lawrence Brantley of West Point; seven grandchildren, Aaron Cummings, Beth Ann Cummings, McKinzie Cummings, Charles Dengler, Kaden Dengler, Maddox Brantley and Lynn Dengler; one great-granddaughter, Karsyn Cummings; and one brother, Hiram Millsaps of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a brother, Randy Millsaps.
Pallbearers will be Ed McDonald, Chuck Millsaps, Ray Brantley, Lawrence Brantley, Aaron Cummings and Chuck Dengler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. John Cox, Sanctuary Hospice, West Point Ambulance Service, staff of North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point and staff of Dugan Memorial Home.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery, c/o Anna Sims, Henryville Road, Cedar Bluff, MS 39741; or to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvert funeralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Maryland Joanne Lawson Foreman, 70, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at her granddaughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
HOULKA – Myrtice Hall, 87, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
RAMER, Tenn. – Daisy Pearl Robinson, 59, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at Jackson General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Rest M.B. Church in Guys, Tenn. Burial will follow in St. Rest Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
MICHIE, Tenn. – Virgel H. Grissom, 83, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2012, at McNairy County General Hospital in Selmer, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
BALDWYN – Linda Davidson Crane, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneral home.com.
BOONEVILLE – Margaret A. “Peggy” Kleiman, 73, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in New Palestine, Ind.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Annie Mae Moore
TUPELO – Annie Mae Moore died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
WALNUT – Whitley Ray Heaston, 69, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www. ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Juanita “Nita” Bailey, 96, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Ira Lee Lipsey
HOUSTON – Ira Lee Lipsey passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.