Obituaries April 11, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tank Nicholson
OKOLONA – Kenneth Wade “Tank” Nicholson Jr., 49, left this world for a better place on Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born to Kenneth and Ann Nicholson on Nov. 12, 1962, in Okolona. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Okolona. He graduated from Okolona High School, where he played football and was president of the class of 1980. He attended college at ICC, and he worked in maintenance all of his life. He was an active outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting and fishing, (especially when accompanied by his sidekick and nephew “Dawman”. He considered himself an expert at dominoes, and never met a Rook hand that he could not shoot the moon with. He very seldom met a stranger, and made a tremendous impact on all of those fortunate enough to have known him. The biggest asset that he brought to all of those people in his life was the biggest, softest heart God ever created.
He is survived by his sister, Mona Christian; brother, Jon (Kim); nieces, Jona Alexis, Madison Rae, Hollie-Elizabeth; and nephew, Kenneth Dawson; special friend, Delores Anderson; and his adopted parents and loving caregivers, James and Gail Jaggers; aunts, Jewel Sullivan, Kathy Hicks, Suzette Welch; uncles, Dan Sullivan and Dale Welch; stepgrandfather, Wilburn Russell; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Cecil and Monette Cox, Clay Nicholson, and Pauline Russell; uncle, Robert Nicholson; and Annie Ray Chenault.
Pallbearers are Dennis Mitchell, Wesley Jaggers, Eric Jaggers, Dee Bowling, Danny Sullivan, Scott Sullivan, Dickey Wise, Jim Owens, Kebo Davis and Darrell Franks. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Jaggers, Jeffrey Boyce, Drew Hicks, Greg Welch, and all of those that visited with him in his time of sickness in the hospital, at home, and at Sanctuary Hospice House.
Visitation will be held at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. A “Celebration of Tank’s Life” will be held at 3 p.m. at the church on Thursday, April 12, 2012, with the Rev. Bryan Collier and the Rev. David Eldridge officiating. Special music will be provided by Rick and Dena Pike. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of his caregivers at Sanctuary Hospice House who provided much appreciated love, care and comfort to Wade and his family in his time of need. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Harold Boyd
TUPELO – Harold Lafayette “Pop” Boyd, 88, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 29, 1923, in McNairy, Tenn., to J. L. and Lillie Plunk Boyd. He attended McNairy School and graduated from Bethel Springs High School. On Oct, 7, 1939, he married Sarah Mildred Smith. For 35 years he and his wife were the owners and operators of Boyd’s Flowers & Gifts and Boyd’s Wholesale Florist of Tupelo. He was a member of Tupelo Masonic Lodge 318, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, past president of the Lee County Shrine Association and member of Tupelo Flying Fez. He was a pilot and loved to fly. He was a member of West Main Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Charles Tharp officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Boyd of Tupelo; one son, Bob Boyd (Robbie) of Furrs; three grandchildren, Kirk Boyd of Friendship community, William Boyd (Holly) of Tupelo and Susan Boyd Kershaw (Jeff) of Frisco, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Melissa Boyd McAnally (Jason), Taylor Boyd, Madeline Boyd, Carson Kershaw and Sarah Kate Kershaw; one brother, John Olen Boyd (Georgia) of McNairy, Tenn.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kenneth Boyd; one grandson, Mark Boyd; one sister, Rachel Hooper; and one brother, Herman Boyd.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Begnaud, Ken Kellum, Duke Loden, Earl Reese, George Boyd and Mike Boyd.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Charlie Pollard
BATESVILLE – Charlie Pollard, 75, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his home in Batesville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Sardis.

Leo Humphres
VINA, Ala. – Leo Humphres died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Leslie Berryhill
OLIVE BRANCH – Leslie Carol Berryhill, 60, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at her residence after an extended illness. A Hinds County native, she was born Oct. 12, 1951, to James William and Teresa Lorraine Winters. She was a longtime resident of Nettleton and worked many years for Tecumseh Products. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. A family graveside service will be held at Union Cemetery near Belden at a later date.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Jimmy Berryhill of Olive Branch; one daughter, Heather Lagrone of Verona; one son, Jack Matthew Berryhill (Melinda) of Nettleton; four sisters, Sue Cheek (David), Doris Goodman and Brenda Hitt (Steve), all of Piperton, Tenn., and Patsy Mills (Roger) of Batesville; six grandchildren, Farren Berryhill, Rashad Garner, Tyler Floyd, Kacy, Anna Marie and Jacob Berryhill; and one great-grandson, Brayden Hooks; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James Lindsay Winters; one sister, Nelda Fay Winters.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Steven Hicks
PONTOTOC – Steven Wesley Hicks, 59, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at his home. He was a member and deacon at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and a Mason. He loved God, his family and friends, and enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Bethlehem Freewill Baptist Church with the Rev. Chris Moody officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Joan Oswalt Hicks; daughters, Stephanie (Justin) Hicks Mills, Kristen (Jake) Hicks Kellar and Ashley (Bubba) Hicks Houser of Randolph; one sister, Evelyn (Don) Anderson of Tupelo; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Raymond and Dorothy Oswalt of Greenville; many aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Grace Bratton Hicks; his father, Thurman W. Hicks; brother, Christopher Hicks.
Pallbearers will be Ben Davis, Bubba Houser, Jimmy Foreman, Cotton Harrison, Jake Kellar, Justin Mills, Johnny Waldo, Derek Heatherly and Pat Woods,
Honorary pallbearers will be Rick White, Ryan Perry, James Brown and Brian Davis.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home or the Freewill Baptist Children’s Home in Eldridge, Ala.
Maezelle Watts
PONTOTOC – Volelia Maezelle Murphree Watts, 76, died Monday, April 9, 2012, in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Terry Faulkner officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany.
Survivors include her husband, C.G. “Pete” Watts; a son, Roger Watts; granddaughter, Anna Watts; aunt, Mattie Frances Potts of Union County; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two children at birth, John Clay Watts and Ronald Glen Watts; her parents, John and Opal Murphree; a brother, Wylie Murphree; and a sister, Beatrice Murphree Watson.
Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Joseph Douglas
HOLLY SPRINGS – Joseph N. Douglas, 90, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
William Donald
FULTON – William Howard Donald, 73, died Monday, April 9, 2012. He was born on March 18, 1939, to Hoyle and Eulane Crockrell Donald in Itawamba County. He was a member of the Ballardsville Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching sports and being with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Harold Fisher officiating. Burial will be in the Ballardsville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Marie Donald; daughters, Lynette Weatherford (Ted) of Fulton, Rhonda Saylors (Wayne) of Verona; sons, Ricky Donald of Ballardsville, Tony Donald (Dundee) of Ballardsville; sister, Ruth Ann Cook (Julian) of Ballardsville; 10 grandchildren, Clay Weatherford, Nicole Weatherford, Josh Saylors, Blake Saylors, Austin Saylors, Laken Dobbs, Kallen Donald, Dustin Donald, Hallie Donald, Jake Donald; three great-grandchildren, Tristan Dobbs, Braeden Dobbs and Addison Graham
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Clay Weatherford, Josh Saylors, Blake Saylors, Austin Saylors, Chad Garham and Gary Cook.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials can be made to Ballardsville Baptist Church, 100 Ballardsville Church Road, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Charles Tutor
BATESVILLE – Charles Ray Tutor, 64, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Liddell Sanders
TULSA, Okla. – Liddell Sanders Sr., 83, died Wednesday, April 4, 2012.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Crown Hill Cemetery and Funeral Home Chapel in Tulsa, Okla. Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at Crown Hill Chapel.
Cottrell Alexander
BLUE MOUNTAIN – John Cottrell “Tuck” Alexander, 89, died Friday, April 6, 2012. He was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Tippah County to Colonel F. and Eddie Adkins Alexander. He was a lifetime member of Adkins Chapel United Methodist Church. He attended agricultural school in Falkner. He worked on a farm until he entered the Army in 1942. He served during World War II and was stationed in Guam and Japan. After the war, he left the military, then married Mary Ann Williams in November 1947. She preceded him in death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Foster and Son Funeral Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. James Dye officiating. Burial will be in the Adkins Chapel Cemetery in Blue Mountain.
Survivors include daughter, Carolyn Gibbs of Memphis; sons, William Alexander, Edgar (Aretha) Alexander of Blue Mountain, Donnell (Cheryl) Alexander of Garland, Texas, Rochester (Clara) Alexander of Memphis, Earl (Dorothy) Alexander of Ashland and Eldridge Rose of Jackson; 16 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Reba Ellison of Jacksonville, Fla., and Eunice Lexia Hill of Blue Mountain; one brother, Broddie (Joann) Alexander of Ripley; one sister-in-law, Katrina Alexander of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother-in-law, Nathaniel Gunn of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. The body will lie in repose at the funeral home one hour prior to service time Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Adkins Chapel United Methodist Church.

Marjorie Richardson
SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. – Marjorie Lee Richardson, 89, died Saturday, April 7, 2012. She was born Aug. 21, 1922, to Paul and Gladys Cotterman of Dover, Ohio. Her life’s dream was to be a good wife and mother. At this she was highly successful as wife to her husband Harry for 57 years. She was also the proud mother of two children, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She most recently resided in Southern Pines at Belle Meade, The Coventry and the Health Center. Prior to moving to Southern Pines to be close to her daughter, she lived in Tupelo. She and her husband, Harry, lived in Dothan, Ala., then in Clearwater, Fla. Later they lived back in Ohio, Indiana and Alabama before making their home in Tupelo.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Clubhouse at Belle Meade with the Rev. Cynthia Strickland officiating. Boles Funeral Home and Crematory Inc. of Pinehurst is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Pete Richardson (Jill) of Marietta, Ohio; one daughter, Susan Purser (Geoffrey) of Pinehurst, N.C.; one grandson, Max Richardson (Henrietta) of Charlotte, N.C.; three granddaughters, Cambre Weller (Blake) of Greensboro, N.C., Molly Rodgers (Brendan) of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Elizabeth Vernon (Ben) of Charlotte, N.C.; and eight great-grandchildren, Finnean, Catherine, Peter, Van, Isabella, Brynn, Cecile and Daniel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry J. Richardson; her parents; and two sisters, Janet Updegraff and Jane Garber.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Moore County Public Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1992, Southern Pines, NC 28388 or to the Coalition.
Online condolences may be made to www.bolesfuneralhome.com.

Charolett Clayton
RIENZI – Charolett Clayton, 43, died Sunday, April 8, 2012, at her home. She was born June 3, 1968, in Memphis to W.L and Nancy Hutcheson Hopper. She was a housewife, and she attended the Mills Community Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, watching NASCAR and flowers.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Robert Clayton of Rienzi; son, Greg Clayton of Columbus; daughters, Tiffany Clayton; her fiancé, Jarell Chamblee of Rienzi; sisters, Carolyn (Rodney) Swindle of Corinth, Lorie (Billy) Garvin of Booneville; nephews and nieces, Derek (Lauren) Swindle, Cody Swindle, Claresia (Chad) Dees and Chelsey Garvin.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Cody Swindle, Cody Kelton, Derek Swindle, Chad Dees, John Hearn and Danny Brinson.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.
Billie Witherspoon
BLUE SPRINGS – Billie Joyce Tynes Witherspoon died Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a member of Emmanuel Church of God in Christ where she served as president of the Pastor’s Aid and the Mother Board. She was born in the Bethany community in Guntown on May 30, 1935, to George and Corrie Tynes. She attended Guntown Colored Schools. She was the widow of Bunyum Witherspoon, She was a former cook for several restaurants in Lee County area. After retiring, in 1977 she decided to become an entrepreneur and opened and owned North Side Dairy Bar, Cup and Spoon, Harlem Grill, T. Culp & W’spoon, along with her children, retiring from the restaurant business in 2004. Her joy in life was serving God and her church, attending church functions, gardening and her family.
A life celebration service will be at 2 p.m. today at Emmanuel Church of God in Christ with Pastor Jeremiah Penro officiating. Burial will follow in the Bethel Cemetery at Guntown. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Carlton (Linda) Witherspoon of Belden, Charles (Elizabeth) Witherspoon of Fremont, Calf., Jacqueline Witherspoon of Blue Springs, Michael (Patricia) Witherspoon of Kent, Wash., George (Sarita) Witherspoon of Tupelo, Dennis Culp of Kent, Wash., Jennifer Culp O’Neal of Tupelo, Angela Culp of Tupelo, Anthony Culp of Tupelo, Mary Culp and Wanda Freeman, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; one sister, Udotsey Tynes Spears of Milwaukee, Wis.; two brothers, Earl Randle (Mary Lois) Tynes of Riverside, Calf., and Ivo Grayson Tynes of San Jose, Calf.; one uncle, Johnny William Tynes of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Emma Tynes of San Jose, Calif., Lucille Witherspoon of Tupelo; 30 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, Margie Ruth Tynes Logan, one brother, Forrest Allen Tynes.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time today.
Online condolence can be made to the Witherspoon/Tynes family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Joe Nabors
PRATTVILLE – Capt. James Roy “Joe” Nabors, 72, died Monday, April 9, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.

Claudine Tollison
BALDWYN – Jessie Claudine Lewis Tollison, 88, died Thursday, April 5, 2012, at the University Medical Center in Augusta, Ga., after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.

Michael Farero
CORINTH – Michael Gene Farero, 48, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.