Obituaries April, 1, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Dot Mayhall
CORINTH – Dorothy D. “Dot” Mayhall, 87, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Dogwood Plantation.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. until the service starts.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church Library or Baptist Children Village 501 Main St. Corinth, MS. 38834.

Fran McKinney
POULSBO, Wash. – Frances Marie McKinney, 88, died Feb. 21, 2012, on Bainbridge Island, Wash. She was born April 22, 1923, in Johnson City, Tenn., to Heil Manning and Martha Wilson Manning. She married James David McKinney Jr. on March 22, 1943, in Miami, Fla. They raised their three children in the greater Miami area and in Miami Springs, Fla. She worked as an executive secretary for the City of Miami Springs for a short time and at GE for six years, retiring in 1980. An avid birdwatcher, she loved her 12 Scotty dogs which she had over the years, and she enjoyed traveling, cooking. fishing with her family, playing the piano, and going to football games to watch her favorite team, the Miami Dolphins, with her son, Kevin.
A celebration of her life will be held April 21, 2012, at a private residence. Her ashed will be spread in the Florida Keys. Tuell-McKee Funeral Home of Bremerton, Wash., is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Kevin Michael McKinney of Poulsbo, Wash.; her daughter, Carol Pitts (Fred) of Tupelo; her two grandsons, Daron Pitts of Tupelo and Derick Pitts of Florida; her two great-grandchildren, Cassidy Pitts and McKinney Pitts of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Cora Mae and Sarah; her husband, James David McKinney Jr.; and her son, James David McKinney III.
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Lawrence Edwards
RED BAY, Ala. – Lawrence Edwards died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Mary Ware
CORINTH – Mary Ware, 91, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her residence.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Grayson’s Funeral Home. Internment is at Forest Hill Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Lorraine Davis
TUPELO – Lorraine Armstrong Davis, 84, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Boynton, Okla. on August 27, 1927, to Elzie Grady and Allie Armstrong. She was a 1946 Yazoo City high school graduate. She was a member of Gloster Street Church of Christ for 65 years. She retired from J. C.Penney as credit manager after many years of service. She enjoyed spending time with her family as well as being actively involved in Church activities such as Wednesday’s Friends. She loved working in her yard and bird watching.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Bro Chad Ramsey and Bro. James Segars officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of almost 64 years, John Dillard Davis of Tupelo; two daughters, Linda Davis of Tupelo and Sandra Pitner (Wayne) of Birmingham, Ala.; one son, John A. Davis (Linda) of Gainesville, Fla.; five grandchildren, Nathan Pitner (Becky), Jordan Pitner, John A. Davis II (Lori), Jason Davis (Christine) and Brittany Davis; nine great grandchildren; one sister, Mary O’Neal of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jack, David, Jason and John A. Davis, II, Nathan and Jordan Pitner and Wayne Washington.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834 or Faith Haven, PO Box 835, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Alva Montgomery
PONTOTOC – Alva Norman Maxie Montgomery, 87, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was born August 18, 1924, to Clarence and Lorene Maxie in Laurel. She and her husband, Clarence E. Montgomery, the love of her life, lived the majority of their lives in North Carrollton, where he owned Montgomery Drugs. They moved to Pontotoc upon retiring. She was a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church, Pontotoc, and unwavering in her devotion to the Lord.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Hester and Rev. Mickey Gentry officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter Patsy Montgomery Patterson (Tommy); her cherished grandchildren, Sidra Patterson Winter (Michael) and Hunter Patterson (Andrea); two adopted sons, James Lamar Montgomery (Liz) and Trent Maxie Montgomery; her older sister, Dorothy Walters; and her youngest brother, Teddy Maxie (Ina Jo); numerous nieces and nephews; and young people she nannied as children, Haley and Wesley Sewell, Ellen and Ann Taylor, and Kate Hester.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 54 years; and her first-born child, Chuck Montgomery; four brothers; and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Morton, Billy Montgomery, John Schubert, Eddie Taylor, Jim Long and Donnie Benjamin.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be sent to First Baptist Church, 31 Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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Mary Johnson
TUPELO – Mary L. Johnson died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

John Baker
NETTLETON – John Lee Baker, 76, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home in Amory.
Earl Wright
NETTLETON – Elmer Earl Wright, 64, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at his daughter’s residence in Belden. He was born in Itawamba County on April 6, 1947, to Clem Daniel Wright and Dizzie Gray Wright. He loved his job working as a truck driver for Ethridge Trucking Company for many years. He enjoyed painting, cooking, and spending time with his family, especially his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Full Gospel Fellowship.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Jack Ezell officiating. Private burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother: Dizzie Wright of Nettleton; his four sons, Michael Wright of Centerville, Ala., Jeff Cayson (Stephanie), Jason Earl Wright (Lorri) and Justin Wright, all of Nettleton; his two daughters, Sonya Hall (Farrell) of Belden and Jessica Riley (Jason) of Nettleton; a brother, Johnny Wright of Nettleton; a sister, Brenda Sheffield (Wendell) of Pontotoc; his grandchildren: Morgan, Janie Kay and Dylan Wright, Corey, Jade, Kesha, Tyler, and Dylan Cayson, Jasmine and Zachary Gilmore, Hayden Hall, Terra and Misha Riley; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, Paul Wayne Wright; and his wife of 43 years, Janice Kay Lann.
Pallbearers will be Boo Sheffield, Michael Sheffield, David Wright, Jerry Lann, Steve Lavender and Nicky Burt.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the Nettleton Chapel.
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Carey Tribble
CEDAR BLUFF – Carey Brian Tribble, 57, died on Friday, March 30, 2012, at his home, in Cedar Bluff. He was an offshore oil worker in the Mississippi Gulf of Mexico. He was born Oct. 1, 1954, in Clay County Mississippi to Betty Frances O’Brian Tribble and the late George Williamson Tribble. He was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Todd Chesser officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery in Cedar Bluff. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Heather Lynn Tribble Stemaly of Oceanside, Calif.; his mother, Betty Frances O’Brian Tribble of Cedar Bluff; three brothers, John David Tribble (Paulette) of Aberdeen, George Richard Tribble and Michael Dewayne Tribble, both of Cedar Bluff.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Tueday at Calvert Funeral Home.
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Beverly Waller
OXFORD – Beverly Brawn Waller, 90, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Azalea Gardens in Oxford. She was born in Brunswick, Maine and was the widow of Dr. Coy W. Waller. She was a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church, P.E.O., Chapter I, Oxford Garden Club and served as treasurer of Cedar Oaks. In addition to local organizations, she was an avid supporter of the University of Mississippi with the Beverly B. Waller Unitrust Endowment funded in her name.
Services will be today in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Warren Black and the Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating. Burial will follow in Wayne Memorial Park Cemetery in Goldsboro, N.C. with the Rev. Leland Helth and the Rev. Bobby Smith officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Debby W. Carnathan (Jim) of Houston and Liz W. Thomas (Keith) of Collierville, Tenn.; two sons, James W. Waller (Beatrice) of Ada, Okla. and David G. Waller (Beth) of Honolulu, Hawaii; nine grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. A visitation will be held prior to the graveside service at Tyndall Funeral Home in Goldsboro, N.C.
Memorial contributions in Mrs. Waller’s memory may be made to Oxford- University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
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Linda Kay Baker/Kapenekas
“Pontotoc Princess”

On the 30th of March 2012, Linda Kay peacefully passed at her home, to the sound of songbirds trumpeting her arrival onto eternities loving embrace.

“Fly away sweet Linda Kay, Fly away O’ glory, into your dear mother Verneal’s awaiting embrace.”


A simple girl with plain tastes, yet a brilliant women of keen insight, whose active mind and positive sense of self stood her well.
Linda Kay, up until her untimely illness, cared for those in need. For 30 years Linda Kay worked at North Mississippi Medical Center. Linda Kay began her career as a nurse’s aide. In 1984, Linda Kay received the highest accolade given by NMMC, when she was voted “Employee of the Year” by her peers and co-workers. Linda Kay ended her career working with her friends, the wonderful dedicated staff in the Nursing office at NMMC.
Linda Kay’s loving care of patients, cooperative spirit, selfless work ethic, concern for the needy endeared her to most anyone she cared for, worked with or knew her.
Slight in stature, solid as granite, Linda Kay was “devoted as mothers love, constant as God’s light, enduring as love is eternal”.
Linda Kay’s boundless love never wavered. Her love of family, for others and her many joyful years of service at North Mississippi Medical Center showed “the metal she was made of”.
Early on it was evident that Linda Kay’s dedication to serve others was very important. Working most every holiday, Christmas, Thanksgiving you name it Linda Kay would joyfully place the needs of others before hers.
From the 1980’s until Linda Kay’s unfortunate Illness in 2008, it became part of our family tradition to spend Christmas at the Hospital. We would meet up with Linda Kay in the nursing office and during her lunch break, dressed in a Santa’s cap, go the children’s wing to visit with the parents and children who unfortunately were too ill to be at home.
With smiles and gifts Linda Kay would bring much love to all during those very special days. If any gifts were left Linda Kay would say, let’s go see if there are patients without family and bring some joy to them. “That was Linda Kay”…
Her love for family was boundless, all knew it and loved her for it. Her love of animals, passion for flowers and thoughtful prayers for others was an essential element of and about the gentile, humane temperament Linda Kay possessed.
A husband couldn’t have been blessed with a better friend/mate/wife. Linda Kay allowed me the latitude to work the long hours and countless days and nights necessary to do my job, without complaint or expectation. She was exceptional…
Linda Kay, my “Pontotoc Princess”, my love, my life, the eternal essence of all that was beautiful, holy and sacred in life. Soul-mate’s forever as we journey onward toward blissful eternity.
May God keep you in gentle embrace until that time when once again you shall be in mine…


A reception/viewing for friends and family will be held from: 2 to 4 PM today (Sunday April 1, 2012) at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, 5281 Cliff Gookin Blvd Tupelo, with a service celebrating Linda Kay’s life to begin at 4 PM. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Pontotoc County.


Linda Kay’s loving family HUSBAND: vOz – BROTHER’S: Gene & Nell Baker, Carrol & Jenna Baker, SISTER: Sherry Ream/Baker – BROTHER IN LAW: John “Yanni” Kapenekas -NEPHEW’S: Rocky & Lee McCord, Joe Ream, Tony Baker, Robert & Roger Baker – NIECE: Amanda Ream/Kennedy – Amanda’s Husband: Ryan Kennedy – MOTHER-IN-LAW: Mae Kapenekas – STEP-DAUGHTER: Tabatha Lindsey – 8 Great Nephews & Niece’s.


We give special appreciation for all of Linda Kay’s care givers: Her primary physician Dr. Ken Harvey, Dr. Ben Moore, Dr. William Edmonson and all the many physicians, Nurses and nameless people who assisted Linda Kay during her life and days of special need.
Linda Kay would have wanted Mr. Gerald Wages and Mr. Dan Wilford to know that they were special to her as models of integrity and professionalism during her career at NMMC.
Plus all Linda Kay’s co-workers who together “endeavored to assist in the care of those in need” whose enduring friendship throughout the years, are too many to be named, but knowing who they are and were, were counted as: Linda Kay’s “Special Friends…”
Those friends and memories are truly the continuing legacy of Linda Kay’s life time of service and ultimate achievement…


The Staff and past employee’s of Vanelli’s all of whom were loved and appreciated by Linda Kay for the many countless sacrifices may throughout the years for our family…


Many Hugs and Kisses from Linda Kay to her Extended Family in Greece, who were always close in her heart and spirit…


A note of appreciation to: Mr. Steve Holland and staff at “Holland Funeral Directors” whose assistance in preparing our sweet Linda Kay for her eternal rest.


A very special note of appreciation to the Sanctuary Hospice House, staff and especially home care nurse Carol Price and aide Beverly Robinson along with the many others who came to Linda’s aid in our home and with selfless dedication brought much comfort to Linda Kay and her family in these last final days.


In Closing: A thought from Linda Kay’s beloved late Father-In-Law “Papa Vanelli” who affectionately called her “Lindee” would have reminded us all, and Linda Kay understood well: “To get, you must give…”


Peace be with all / Kyrie Eleison…
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In lieu of Flowers please send gift offering to the:
Sanctuary Hospice House
PO Box 2177
Tupelo, MS 38803

Robert Bowen
WEST POINT – Robert Dale Bowen, 54, dies Friday, March 30, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale Lann Memorial in Aberdeen.
Virgil Hester
TISHOMINGO – Virgil Hester, 75, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services are at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Internment is at Burgess Creek Cemetery.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the Burgess Creek Cemetery Fund.
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Hugh Clark
OXFORD – Hugh Rouse Clark, 76, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Baptist North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a retired steel worker and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Services are at 3 p.m. today at Shiloh Baptist Church in Big Creek with Dr. John Hearn and the Rev, Joe Russell are officiating. Internment is at Shiloh Cemetery.
He is survived by wife, Betty Clark of Chicago, Ill.; sons, Kerry (Nancy) Clark of Tenn., and Jeff (Nickie) Clark of Lusby, Md.; daughters, Debra (Scott) Thompson of Millington, Tenn., and Lisa (Joe) Munda of Munster, Ind.; brothers, Bill Clark and Fuzzy (Margaret) Clark, both of Big Creek; sister, Mary Goodman of Memphis, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Addie Clark; sister, Ella Terny; and brother, Charles Clark.
Visitation is at 1 p.m. until service time today.
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Gertrude Reid
CORINTH – Gertrude “Trudy” Reid, 84, died Saturday, March 31, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Internment is at The Morman Cemetery in Booneville.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Monday.
Louise Parham
AMORY – Louise Parham, 93, died on Friday, March 30, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. She was born on May 28, 1918, in Wilson, Ark., to Will and Belle Hathcock Miller. She attended Hatley and Parham Store Community schools. She married Oscar Parham in Nov. 1938, and lived in the Parham Community most of her life. She retired from Amory Garment after more than 55 years of service, as a seamstress. She cherished spending time with her husband and family, especially her grandchildren, and was a member of New Hope Church of Christ. She enjoyed singing hymns, working in the garden, hunting, fishing and sewing for her family.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. today at New Hope Church of Christ with David Highland officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Johnny Parham (Vicki) of Parham Community; sisters, Nellie Dean Parish of Amory, Virginia Parish of Fort Worth, Texas, Ruth Stanford of Bigbee, Jean Roberts of Memphis, Eunice Stevens of Fulton and Midge Belle Hodges (Mark) of Calhoun City; grandchildren, April Parham Smith and Heather Blake; great-grandchildren, Heath Blake, Mollie Beth Ann Parham, Ian Smith, Corben Blake and Chloe Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Parham; a daughter, Beverly Jane Parham; sisters, Jo Will Thornton and Mae East; and brothers, Dow, Daniel, and Clarence Miller.
Pallbearers will be Rick Yount, Terry Roberts, David and Danny Stanford and William and Bobby Ivey. Honorary pallbearers will be Frankie Stevens, Rodney Parish, Heath and Corben Blake, and Ian Smith.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 2 p.m. until the service.
Memorials may be given to New Hope Cemetery Fund, 60025 Worthey Lane, Amory, MS 38821.
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Veatrice Timmons
RIPLEY – Veatrice Wooley Ballard Timmons, 93, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Tippah County Health Services in Ripley. She was born on Nov. 3. 1918, to George and Ruthie Thomas Wooley in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a member of North Ripley Baptist Church.
Services are at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Internment is are New Hope Cemetery in Ripley.
She is survived by three daughters, Diane Ford of Ripley, Shirley Huffstickler (Walter Ford) of New Albany and Pat Harris (Bill) of Dunlap, Tenn.; one son, Sammy Ballard (Anita) of Ripley; one sister, Lorraine Heavener of Ripley; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Ellis Ballard; second husband, Wlbery Timmons; her parents; an infant son and daughter; sister Gracie Adkins; brother, George Wooley Jr., William Earl Wooley and Roy Wooley; and grandchild. Shane Holbrook.
Pallbearers are Jason Ballard, Brian Holbrook, Robbie Richardson, Wayne Huffstickler, Josh Decanter and Corey Ledbetter.
Visitation is 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Russell White
MONTPELIER – Russell White died Saturday March, 31, 2012.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
All other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Bradley Hall
STARKVILLE – Bradley Hall, 30, died Saturday, March 31, 2012 at the University Hospital in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral of Baldwyn.

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