By NEMS Daily Journal
MEMPHIS – Alma Jean Wood, 81, died June 3, 2012. She graduated from Booneville High School in 1949. She was a faithful member of Balmoral Baptist Church. She also enjoyed her Wednesday’s Lunch Bunch meetings with friends and Bosom Buddy meetings with fellow breast cancer survivors. She worked for the W.T. Grant Company Department Store for years before going to work for E.H. Crump and Company in the mid 1970s. She retired from E.H. Crump and Company after 15 years as an administrative manager. She also enjoyed spending time with her grandson, Dalton, and playing with her poodles.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis. Entombment will be in the Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorial Park Funeral Home of Memphis is in charge of arrangments.
She is survived by her son, who affectionately called her “Almer,” Michael Wood and his wife, Debbi; a brother, Don Williams and his wife, Betty of Booneville; a nephew Greg Williams; three special nieces, Wendy Scott, Gerri Ross and Kaye Williams; and four grandchildren, Dalton, Brandon, Olivia and Bella.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, William Eugene Wood; parents, Dewey D. Williams and Mildred Graham Williams; and a niece, Lisa Williams.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MYRTLE – Eugene Franklin Hitt, 90, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born Feb. 7, 1922, in Myrtle to Eric Carlisle Hitt and Flossie Eugenia Elliott Hitt. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the U.S. Army as a sergeant with the 505 Artillery Battalion. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the World War II Victory Metal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon and the Bronze Arrowhead. He worked as a farmer, a retired mail carrier and a retired school bus driver. He was a member of Myrtle United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Schuman officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Anna Stanton (Wayne) of Myrtle and Jane Stepp (Jeff) of Ecru; a son, John Hitt (Peggy) of Myrtle; a sister, Hilda Hawkins of Hickman, Ky.; six grandchildren, Dana Cobb (Shannon) of Birmingham, Alan Hitt of Myrtle, Joseph Hitt (Nicole) of Myrtle, Mark Stanton (Roxanne) of Clinton, Jessica Stepp and Julie Stepp, both of Ecru; and six great-grandchildren, Daylen and Reece Cobb, Johnathon, Grayson and Riley Hitt, and Aubrey Stanton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna Ruth Camp; a sister, Maxine Malone; and two brothers, Eric Hitt and Frazier Hitt.
In honor of Mr. Hitt, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – Motell Herbert Blakely, 85, formerly of Grenada, passed away peacefully June 3, 2012, after a long battle with cancer. She was born May 2, 1927, to James A. Herbert and Clemmie Gant Herbert. She married Samuel Caruthers Blakely on March 9, 1947, sharing 65 happy years. Motell was employed for many years at Grenada Industries. She was a past member of the Eastern Star and the Grenada Homemakers Club. Motell was a life-long Methodist. One of her greatest pleasures was cooking for her family and friends, and she was known for her delicious jellies, preserves, and pickles.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th at National Funeral Home in Grenada. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 7th at the National Funeral Home Chapel. Motell will lie in state a brief time in the Bethel United Methodist Church in Carroll County before burial in the cemetery where she will rest with five generations of her family. Rev. Rick Shepard and Rev. Ron Stephens will conduct the services.
Mrs. Blakely was preceded in death by her parents, James and Clemmie Herbert; three brothers, Wayne Herbert, Wade Herbert and James Herbert; and two sisters, Elsie Woodruff and Winnie Lou Herbert. She is survived by her husband, Samuel Caruthers Blakely; one daughter, Frances Blakely Williams and her husband, Phillip; one grandson, Blakely Williams and his wife Amy; and one precious great-granddaughter, Riley; one sister, Eunice Herbert; one brother, S.C. “Doc” Herbert; and a number of nieces and nephews.
A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she will be greatly missed.
Memorials can be made to the Building Fund of the Bethel United Methodist Church in Carroll County.
ABERDEEN – Lenora Wilson, 79, died June 4, 2012, in Baltimore, Md. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Mildred Caldwell Wilder
PONTOTOC – Mildred Caldwell Wilder, 92, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, Miss. Mildred was born March 2, 1920, in Pontotoc County to Charlie and Beulah Caldwell. She married Marvin Furr Wilder on January 6, 1940. She professed Jesus as her Lord and Savior at an early age and joined Longview Baptist Church shortly after her marriage. Mildred was a loving Mother and Grandmother who instilled Christian values in her family. She was a talented and resourceful homemaker, skilled in cooking, sewing and quilting. She was employed in the garment industry, Ram Golf and The Pontotoc Cooperative Extension Service.
Services will be held to celebrate Mrs. Wilder’s life at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Longview Baptist Church, Longview, Miss. Officiating will be Longview Pastor, Rev. Tony Morrow and cousin Rev. Terry Faulkner. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Clifton Caldwell of Columbus, Miss.; two sisters, Ruby Lee Dunlap of Ingomar, Miss. and Annie Loyce Stokes of Ecru, Miss.; two daughters, Martha Griffin of Tupelo, Miss, Betty Long and husband, Guy Long of Rome, Ga.; and three grandsons, Dr. Bronson Wilder Long and wife, Jeanette of Rome, Ga., Rev. Emmett A. Long and wife, Jenny of Rome, Ga., Nathan M. Long and wife, Dr. Elizabeth of Charlotte, N.C. She also leaves four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Beulah Caldwell; husband, Marvin Wilder; infant daughter, Marilyn Jeanette; two brothers, Charles and Troy Caldwell; and one sister, Estelle May.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Fitzgerald of New Albany, Miss., Russell Caldwell of Columbus, Miss., Gerald May of Memphis, Tenn., Rev. Emmett Long of Rome, Ga., Dr. Bronson W. Long of Rome, Ga. and Nathan Long of Charlotte, N.C..
Honorary Pallbearers will be Thomas Dunlap of New Albany, Theron Caldwell of Columbus, Miss. and Michael Dyer of Longview, Miss.
Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Evelyn Irene Armstrong died peacefully at her home in Zion, Ill. on Tuesday, May 29, 2012. She was born August 22, 1925, in Booneville, Miss. to Daniel Luther and Minnie Pearl Shook. She graduated from Booneville High School in 1943, and married W.L. Armstrong, a Marine, serving in WWII. Following his return from the war, they made their home in the Dallas, Texas area. They became parents to a daughter, Patricia and a son, Terry.
Irene lived in the Zion area for almost 50 years and loved the town she called home. She shared her ministry throughout the Great Lakes area and was a published writer of music, poetry, and books. She loved recording Christian music and her book signings were a joy to her in her later life. She served many years as the Zion Gold Star Mother, laying the wreath during the annual Memorial Day Service in Zion. She was a member of the Church of God in Zion.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia and her husband, Don Hazel of Tupelo, Miss.; her grandchildren, Renee Cameron of Saltillo, Miss., Keith Hazel and wife, Traci of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Meghan Sides of Cordova, Tenn., Nicole Hazel Kyle Cameron and Will Hazel of Tupelo, Miss., and Wesley Hazel of Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss.; her special great-great granddaughter, Chloe Grace McElhenney; her sister, Inez Keller of Booneville, Miss. and Bernice Smith of Jackson, Tenn.; and a brother, Edward Shook of Chattanooga, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Pfc. Terry Lee Armstrong, Vietnam; her sisters, Lucille Ricketts and Grace Counce; and her brothers, Herbert Shook and Herman Shook.
Funeral services were held Friday, June 1, 2012, at Congdon Funeral Home in Zion, Ill.
A graveside service will be held at Liberty Memorial Gardens, Hwy 30, Booneville, on June 6 at 4 p.m.
Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Church of God, 2700 Eshool Ave., Zion, IL 60099, for the Outside Electric Sign.
TREMONT – Orvil Sartin, 77, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at his home in the Patton Flat Community. He was born Feb. 11, 1935, to Albert and Mae Belle Flanagan Sartin. He was a member of Gum Church of Christ. He was a farmer and also worked at Big Bee and Atlas Manufactoring. He enjoyed watching television, trading knives ,and visiting family and friends.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Tom House officiating. Burial will be in Shady Valley Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three brothers, J.D. Sartin (Ruthie) of Tremont, Arrie Sartin of Peppertown, and Roger Sartin of Tremont; two sisters, Ressie Moore and Margaret Johnson (Roy), both of Tremont; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Sartin, who died April 30, 2007; eight brothers, Roy, Frank, Junior, Lowell, Rex, Armalo, Charles, and Troy Sartin; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneral home.com.
HOUSTON – Ruth Hearon Montgomery, 91, died Monday, June 4, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 26, 1920, in Lowndes County to Henry Hearon and Daisy Upton Hearon. She was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Prospect United Methodist Church in Houston with the Rev. Larry Patrick officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home of Houston in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Bonna and David Shanks of Houston; her son, Frank and Sheila Montgomery of Franklin, N.C.; her grandchildren, Dean Montgomery, Marcy and Buddy Bertling, Shann Montgomery, Franci Montgomery, Neshia and Matt Hardin, and Chad and Sommer Armstrong; and her great-grandchildren, McCoy Armstrong, Josi Bertling, Daniel Bertling, Maggie Hardin and John Wesley Hardin.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard Franklin Montgomery on May 6, 1999; and her son, Donald Montgomery.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to Prospect United Methodist Church, c/o Bonna Shanks, 102 Martin Dr., Houston, MS 38851.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
COFFEEVILLE – Lee E. Armstron, 66, died June 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
BELMONT – James Arthur Montgomery, 69, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. He was the former owner and operator of Montgomery Ready Mix. He was a heavy equipment operator in building the Tenn-Tom Waterway and owned and operated Montgomery Tractors until becoming disabled. He enjoyed gardening and avidly loved horses. He had horses 62 of the 69 years of his life. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, especially the five grandchildren. Above all, he loved his Lord. He was a member of Bay Springs Masonic Lodge and was a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of Old Bethel Methodist Church but attended New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. He was a longtime member of the Old Bethel Cemetery Committee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 236 CR 6, Belmont, MS. with Bro. Brian Weems, Bro. Bobby Hankins and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery in Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Peggy Wigginton Montgomery; one son, Mike Montgomery (Tammy); one daughter, Mitzi Ramsey (Vance); five grandchildren, Kalee and Abby Montgomery, and Austin, Carly and Ty Ramsey; his mother-in-law, Gladys Wigginton, all of Belmont; one special aunt, Eva Lois Johnson of Fulton; and a very special friend, Donnie Mac Wanner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Earnie Montgomery and Eleanor Prestage Montgomery; his father-in-law, Dallas Wigginton; and his brother-in-law, Bill Wigginton.
Pallbearers will be Larry Montgomery, Joe Barber, Gattis Joe Oswalt, Greg Collier, Robert Cashion and Tim Burton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Embrey, Johnny Roberts, Charles Montgomery, Terry Moore, Lynn Lindsey, Dr. Don Ratliff, Dr. John Prather, Ralph Montgomery, Clyne Pounders and his coffee shop buddies.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Bethel Cemetery Fund, c/o Community Spirit Bank, P.O. Box 430, Belmont, Miss. 38827.
SMITHVILLE – Jerry David Capps, 57, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born July 7, 1954, he was a son of Hazel Walden and Ida Mae Humbers Capps. He was disabled and enjoyed sitting in the rocking chair, swinging and listening to the radio.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Brenda Joyce Salinas of Lockhart, Texas; four brothers, William R. Capps and H.W. Capps, both of Smithville, James Capps (Earline) of Amory and Phillip Wayne Capps (Debbie) of Ocean Springs; one sister-in-law, Norma Fay Capps of Amory; one brother-in-law, Ollie Tucker of Smithville; a special niece, Brandy Flippo (Jason) of Amory; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Shirley Jean Tucker and one brother, Charles Ray Capps.
Pallbearers will be John Tucker, James “Killer” Capps Jr., Jason Flippo, Raymond Tucker, and Landon Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Williams and his home health caregivers, Caroline and Dawn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Cleo Marie Bolton, 87, died Sunday, June 3, 2012.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Cedar Creek Cemetery in Franklin County Alabama. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OLIVE BRANCH – Mary E. McAlvain, 60, died June 2, 2012, at Ashland Health and Rehab.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Huntington’s Disease Society of America.
CORINTH – Annie Lee Chappell, 83, died May 30, 2012, at Southern Regional Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Macedonia Church. Burial will be in National Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Jamie C. Storey, 81, died June 2, 2012, at her home. She was born July 13, 1930, in Ripley to Luther Thomas and Lula Irene Thomas. At a young age, she accepted Jesus Christ and became a member of Moses Chapel United Methodist Church. She was a widow of Roy Thomas Storey.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Moses Chapel United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Sapada Thomas officiating. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, John L. Cox (Marilyn), Dennis L. Cox (Debra) and Charlie T. Cox (Mandy), all of Ripley; two daughters, Charlotte T. Relliford (Curlie) of Southaven and M. Elizabeth Kidd of Olive Branch; one brother, Bobby Joe Thomas (Yvonne) of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Jurdine Alexander (the late Clyde Alexander) of Ripley, Mary V. Brasfield of St. Louis, Mo., and Glenda Simmons (Henry) of Ripley; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one son, William Earl Cox; one daughter, Bernice Spears; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service Wednesday at the church.
NEW ALBANY – Frances Cebelle Baker Crawford, 95, died Sunday, June 3, 2012, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1916, in New Albany to George Hubert Baker and Annie Smith Baker. She worked as a supervisor for the Farmers Home Administration. She was also a home economics teacher for the Myrtle School System and a member of Calvary United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tray Lambert officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Frances Diana Shaw (Richard) of Key Largo, Fla.; her son, John D. Crawford Jr. (Ursula) of New Albany; four grandchildren, Erica Crawford, Christina Crawford, Tim Shaw and Rob Shaw; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John D. Crawford Sr.; and three brothers, Joe Baker, Hubert Baker and Luther Baker.
Pallbearers will be Holland Garett, George Rowland, Arthur Tate, Tim Rowland, Terry Hill and Tim Gafford.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Don Bevill, Richard Tate, Norman Hill, Deward Stimpson, Larry Miller and Marvin Fitzgerald.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
RED BANKS – Michael Ellis Davis, 56, died Thursday, May 31, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Newell M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in Mt. Newell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. Visitation with the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the church. The remains will lie in state from noon until 12:55 Wednesday at the church.
WEST POINT – Billy Dick Steele, 92, died Monday, June 4, 2012, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
FULTON – Johnny Franklin Benefield, 79, died June 4, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Johnny was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Itawamba County. He was the son of John Robert and Martha Loden Benefield. Johnny resided in Louisiana as a young child, returning to Fulton in the eighth grade.
Johnny was active in Boy Scouts throughout his life. As a young man, he received his Eagle Scout award and the Order of the Arrow Brotherhood award from Troop 32 in Fulton. From 1968 to 1970, Johnny was the organizer and Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 222, sponsored by First Baptist Church in New Albany. In 1969, the Yocona Area Council recognized Johnny for his outstanding service to the Boy Scouts of America.
Johnny graduated from IAHS in 1950, then attended IJC and graduated from Mississippi State University. He entered the Army and served two years in Korea, where he obtained the rank of Sergeant with the 74th engineering battalion attached to the first Marine division. Johnny was also a DAV.
Johnny married Willena Brown Benefield on Aug. 29, 1955, after returning from the Korean War. They would have celebrated their 57th anniversary in August. Mr. and Mrs. Benefield resided in New Albany for 25 years before returning to Fulton in 1981.
After graduating from Mississippi State University, Johnny worked for the Mississippi Highway Department for 15 years. Afterward, he began a long career in heavy construction, owning several businesses and working for various construction companies. He was a concrete engineer on both Lock C and D on the Tenn-Tom Waterway. Later in his life, Johnny and his wife, Willena opened a tractor and implement company in Fulton.
After retiring, Johnny enjoyed raising cattle, gardening, watching Westerns, and football, especially Mississippi State. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Fulton.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Tim Holsonback officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Willena Brown Benefield of Fulton; his daughter, Katherine Benefield Earheart (Billy) of Fulton; his son, Joe Benefield (Tammy) of Fulton; five grandchildren, Will Earheart of Hilton Head, S.C., Nyla Benefield of Tupelo, Laura Moody (Nic) of Saltillo, Joe Wheeler Benefield (Amanda) of Fulton and Anna Benefield of Oxford; and one great-granddaughter, Bailey Cate Moody.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Danny Benefield, Carl Comer, Mark Graham, Chip Prestage, Jeff Wilburn, Leon Walters, Gary Barnes and George Gibson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Phillips, Ken Comer, Charles Spencer, Robert Moody, Billy Joe Raper and the Leon Walters Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Mt. Pleasant Building Fund, c/o Carol Gates, 2729 N. Mt. Pleasant Rd., Fulton, MS 38843
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
WEST POINT – Kenneth Cox Fortson, 55, died May 31, 2012, at West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.
CORINTH – Era Walters, 88, died Monday, June 4, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services, with Military Honors, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the National Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Magnolia Wiseman, 63, died June 4, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.