By NEMS Daily Journal
Bill W. Blackburn
MEMPHIS – Bill W. Blackburn, 74, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Maynor O. Blackburn; daughters, Sherri (Chris) Hunter and Teri (David) Ford; sister, Susie Ingalls; brother, Charles Blackburn; grandchildren, Madison, Emily, Pearson, and Nathan Hunter; Anderson and Jackson Ford. He was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn Blackburn, and his sister, Mozelle Blackburn Anderson.
Bill was born May 11, 1938, in Humboldt, Tenn., to the late Tollie M. Blackburn and Willie Ada Weatherspoon Blackburn. He graduated from Humboldt High School in 1956 and Draughon’s Business College in Memphis in 1958. Bill served in the U.S. Army in San Antonio, Texas, from 1962-1964. He later attended Memphis State University, graduating in 1971, with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and attained his Certified Public Accountant license and certification in 1972. Bill became a member of the Tennessee Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs in 1973. He began his employment with Malco Theaters in 1970 and was the senior vice president and chief financial officer at the time of his death. Bill was tirelessly dedicated to his employer and thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of his job and the people who surrounded and supported him daily. If Bill was asked by family or friends, why he chose not to retire, given his 42 years of service, he would quickly laugh and respond, “Why should I? I love my job and I guess I will stay as long as they’ll have me.”
Bill married Maynor Estes on Aug. 30, 1959, in Tupelo. He met Maynor the year before at the local Dairy Queen in Tupelo and immediately told his friends that he had met the woman he was going to marry. Maynor was the love of his life. He adored her and spent the next 53 years demonstrating that love to her daily and enjoying life’s adventures with her. They were blessed with two daughters, Sherri Renee, on May 25, 1967, and Teresa (Teri) Lynne, on Oct. 15, 1970. Together, the family enjoyed many lake and beach vacations. They loved being together and creating family memories that will last a lifetime.
Bill’s other passion was bowling, a pastime which he started in 1959 and was an avid participant until his death. He shared this love with Maynor. Bill became an active participant in multiple bowling leagues and associations throughout Memphis and the Mid-South. Beginning in 1976, Bill was elected to the Board of Directors for the Memphis Area U.S. Bowling Congress (USBC). He served as secretary from 1978-1990 and again from 1996 to the present. He was made a lifetime member in 1987 and inducted into the Memphis Hall of Fame in 1989 for Meritorious Service. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee State USBC beginning in 1979. He served as vice president in 1979 and president from 1990-1991. He became a life member in 1979 and was inducted into the Tennessee State USBC Hall of Fame in 1995 for Meritorious Service. In the late 80s, Bill became involved with the Southern Bowling Congress (SBC), serving as vice president in 1989 and president in 1991. At the time of his death, he was serving as SBC executive director. He was made a lifetime member in 1991 and also inducted into the SBC Hall of Fame. Bill was truly dedicated to the sport of bowling, whether he was helping a bowler, a lead officer, a bowling center proprietor or seeing to tournament details, he always gave no less than 110 percent. He was the hub that drove the sport of bowling in our area and will be sorely missed by the sport and bowlers throughout the Mid-South. Over the course of Bill’s bowling “career,” he also participated in 34 consecutive USBC National Tournaments and multiple local, state and regional tournaments. Bill was very proud of his achievement of a perfect 300 bowling game, as well as two games of 290, a 298 game, and a 299 game.
Visitation will be today, Aug. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. with services Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 1 p.m. Both events will be held at Memorial Park Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be directed to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 498 Halle Park St. 102, Collierville, TN 38017.
ETTA – Irene Bishop Williams, 85, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at her home in Etta.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Inez Dunn, 91, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
DOWNEY, Calif. – Della Sue Gaskin Mall went to be with the Lord on July 25, 2012, after a long illness. She was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Okolona to Leon and Minnie Lee Gaskin. She met her husband of 56 years, James, while working for the FBI in Washington, D.C. She had lived in Downey, Calif., since 1962. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed cooking and gardening.
She is survived by her husband, James Mall; her children, Janis Wise, John Mall and Linda Currier; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Jean Callahan of Okolona; and her brother, Howard Gaskin of Mooreville.
Rose Hill Memorial Funeral Home of Whittier, Calif., assisted the family.
BOLIVAR, Tenn. – James Arthur “Cricket” Carpenter, 73, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at his home in Bolivar, Tenn. He was a native of Water Valley and a resident of Bolivar, Tenn. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and the retired owner of Affordable Automobile Sales in Somerville, Tenn.
Private services with military honors will be held at Peebles West Chapel in Oakland, Tenn. Burial will be in Fayette County Memorial Park near Oakland. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center of Somerville and Oakland, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Dayrel Carpenter of Memphis, William Carpenter of Mason, Tenn., Gregory J. Carpenter of Oakland, Tenn., and Michael Carpenter of Arlington, Tenn.; his sister, Betty Summers of Byhalia; his brother, William H. Carpenter Sr. of Mountain View, Ark.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Fayette County Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 44, Rossville, TN 38066.
RIPLEY – Richard Steele Farmer, 75, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born Oct. 20, 1936, to Emmitt Casteel and Myra Elizabeth Thompson Farmer in Marshall County. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and retired from Moltan Corporation in Middleton, Tenn. He was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker and Bro. Terry Ray Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Richardson Farmer of Ripley; one son, Scott Farmer of Ripley; two daughters, Robin Cornelius (Lynn) and Regina Steward of Booneville; one stepson, Shane Richardson (Neva) of Ripley; three stepdaughters, Tonya Mullins (James Fletcher), Connie Wilbanks (Oneal) and Carolyn Akins, all of Ripley; two brothers, Johnny Warren and Rickey Warren (Jen), both of Byhalia; one sister, Bontice “Bonnie” Biederer of McHenry, Ill.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Betty Carter Farmer; his parents; and one brother, Gary Farmer.
Pallbearers will be Michael Cornelius, Steven Cornelius, Paul Steward, Brandon Bryant, Bobby Manley, Jim Miller and James Fletcher.
Honorary pallbearers will be friends and co-workers at Moltan Corp.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
MANTEE – Sonny Akins, 53, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at his home in Mantee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Wake Forest Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ima Jean Berryhill
POTTS CAMP – Ima Jean Berryhill, 82, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 10, 1930, in Memphis. She was a homemaker. She attended Cornersville United Methodist Church.
Services were Monday, Aug. 6, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Bro. Don Newton officiated. Burial was in Cornersville Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, James “Buddy” Berryhill (Dot) of Fountain Inn, S.C., and Bobby Berryhill (Leah) and Terry Berryhill (Bonnie), both of Potts Camp; two daughters, Nancy Moncrief of Potts Camp and Becky Pitts (Robert) of DeKalb; two sisters, Eleanor Hartley of Hillsboro, Ohio, and Christine Jackson of Southaven; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Thomas Berryhill; her parents, Paul Reed and Ruth Hazel; one daughter, Martha Riley; two grandchildren, Rodney Eugene Dunn and David Dunn; and one great-grandson, Justin Pitts.
TUPELO – James William Harrelson, 83, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Elrod, N.C., on Aug. 19, 1928, to Boyd and Vallie Vernell Moody Harrelson. He was a United States Marine veteran and served on the USS Bexar. He retired after 35-plus years from Dickerson Construction, serving in many capacities including vice president.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Chris McAlilly officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include his two daughters, Helen Dyan Smith (Tommy) of Tupelo and Valarie Lynn York (Mike) of Dorsey; four grandchildren, Thomas Christopher Smith (Dana), Rebecca Lynn Tucker (Michael), Joshua Matthew Estes (Stephanie) and Veronica Dyan Ruth (Josh); two stepgrandchildren, James Edwin York (Brittany) and Christy Ann Ling (Eric); eight great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Colby Kyle, Tyler, Bridges, Tripp, Brittany, Meg and Grier; three stepgreat-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Tyler of Loris, S.C.; one brother, Freddie Thomas Harrelson (Nancy) of Florence, S.C.; two nephews, Ricky Harrelson and Thomas Carroll Harrelson; and one niece, Karen Hargrove.
He was preceded in death by his son, James W. “Rocky” Harrelson Jr.; his wife, Mary Little Harrelson; the mother of his children, Hazel Helen Jackson Harrelson; and one brother, Boyd Allen Harrelson.
Pallbearers will be Chris and Tim Smith, Michael Tucker, Josh Ruth, Josh Estes and Ed York.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Christine Herren, 89, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at the Green Houses at Traceway. She was born in Mantachie on Oct. 8, 1922, to Audie and Mittie Meeks Beene. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. She was co-owner, with her husband, of Christian Supply Services in Tupelo. She was a member of First Baptist Church and was actively involved with the children’s programs including teaching Sunday school. She was also very active with her husband in the Gideon Organization.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Gayle Alexander and the Rev. Dave Jensen officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two children, Susan Cantrell of Tupelo and Jan McDonough of Jackson; three grandchildren, Tina Wilson and Robin Cantrell, both of Tupelo, and Eric Riggs of Brandon; five great-grandchildren, Carissa Anderson (Daniel), Holly Wilson, Rebekah, Victoriah and Isabellah Riggs; one great-great-grandson, Vincent Anderson; and two nieces, Kay Brown and Fay Carrol Reid.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Herren, in 1993; her daughter, Phyllis Herren, in 2007; her parents; her brother and her sister.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Collins, Mike Maynard, Bryan Henderson, Phillip Richey, and Danny and Jason Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Turner and Bobby Simmons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Donald Anderson Jr.
DUMAS – Donald P. Anderson Jr., 86, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Dumas. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneral home.com.
FULTON – Vertie Mae Thornton, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Los Lunas, N.M., after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneral home.com.
SENATOBIA – Irene Marie Norton, 91, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at Senatobia Convalescent Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
MEMPHIS – Elizabeth “Buck” Rowland Hoff, 94, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Spring Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Richard Southward, 58, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Corinth.
TUPELO – Regina Montgomery died at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Jesus New Testament Church of Red Banks. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today.
PINEY FLATS, Tenn. – Katherine “Kristen” Edwards Garrison died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at her residence in Piney Flats, Tenn. She was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Dec. 22, 1968, to Jim and Roberta Edwards. She was a 1987 graduate of Tupelo High School and a 1991 graduate of Samford University in Alabama. She was a pharmaceutical sales representative and traveled extensively with several companies including Chanel. She enjoyed running, listening to music and participating in marathons.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield, the Rev. David Langerfeld and her uncle, the Rev. Gil Barrow, officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Caroline and Conner Garrison; her father, Jim Edwards of Tupelo; her mother, Roberta Edwards of Meridian; one sister, Elizabeth Edwards of Saltillo; one aunt, Barbara Barrow (Rev. Gil Barrow) of Montgomery, Ala.; three cousins; and the father of her children, Brian Garrison of Johnson City, Tenn.
Pallbearers will be Opie Hurst, Mark Stevens, Fred Nabors, Nate Sheffield and Bill Pennington.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Morrison-Smith Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and continue on Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
JACKSON – Robert Parker, 75, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Jackson Medical Center in Jackson.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Sylva Rena Cemetery in Yalobusha County. A graveside service will follow. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Kimberly Dawn Wommack, 28, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.