By NEMS Daily Journal
BELDEN – Charles V. “Chuck” Imbler Jr. completed his life on earth Tuesday, April 9, 2013. After a valiant and brave fight against cancer, his body finally succumbed although his will and spirit were strong to the end. God simply called him home!
Chuck was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Feb. 24, 1957, to Chuck and Sue Imbler. Chuck attended Holy Rosary School as a young boy. During that time he served as an altar boy at Holy Rosary Church. Chuck and his parents moved to Tupelo during his sixth grade year. He entered Milam Junior High School, where he met and made many lifelong friends. As a 1975 Tupelo High School graduate, Chuck was an honor student. He lettered in football and golf. Chuck was an avid Ole Miss fan. He received his undergraduate and MBA degrees from the University of Mississippi. He was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity.
Upon graduation from Ole Miss, Mr. Imbler joined Navistar Corporation. He worked in several of their regional offices to include Kansas City, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and San Francisco. He served in the Chicago national headquarters as Navistar’s Director of Marketing for parts. He also served as Manager of Medium Duty Sales. Chuck returned home to Tupelo in 1995 to join his father in their family businesses. He served as President of Truck Center Inc.
Chuck has served as the national President of both the Navistar and Idealease Dealer Associations. He is a past graduate of the CDF Leadership Lee. He served on the Tupelo Thoroughfare Committee for many years. Chuck was instrumental and took pride in road growth in Tupelo. He is a member of the Tupelo Kiwanis Club and was a past president of the organization. Mr. Imbler was also a loyal supporter of Tupelo Public Schools. He and his wife were honored as the Academics for Excellence members of the year.
Chuck enjoyed life to the fullest. In addition to Ole Miss athletics, he enjoyed many professional championship venues. He was a fan! Chuck attended the Superbowl, the Final Four, The Masters and played golf himself at Pebble Beach, Ireland and Scotland. His greatest joy in life, though, was attending events at Ole Miss and traveling with his wife and two daughters. He will be dearly missed by his family.
Chuck was a member of St. James Catholic Church. He attended and supported First United Methodist Church with his wife and girls.
Chuck is survived by his wife, Trentice Imbler, and his two daughters, Mallie, 15, and Carrol Trent, 11. He is also survived by his parents, Chuck and Sue Imbler of Tupelo, and in-laws, Lael and Mary Gooch, a brother-in-law, Trent Gooch, all of New Albany, and a sister-in-law, Terrie Gooch of Columbus.
Pallbearers will be Pat Caldwell, Mitch Ellett, Jim Ingram Jr., Glenn McCullough Jr., Mark Monts, Jim Pettis, Jimmy Robbins and Larry Stewart.
Honorary pallbearers will be all employees of Truck Center Inc. and Idealease of Tupelo.
Visitation for Chuck will be in the First United Methodist Church Sanctuary today, April 11, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. The funeral service, also at FUMC Sanctuary in Tupelo, will be Friday, April 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Curtis, Father Henry Shelton, the Rev. Lynn Mote and the Rev. Colby Cuevas officiating. A Eulogy will be given by Pat Caldwell. Interment will be at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802; St. James Catholic Church, 845 Lakeshire Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804; or to Chuck Imbler Jr. Scholarship Endowment at The University of Mississippi School of Business, c/o The UM Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677-1848.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Frances Pate Elmore, 83, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. A native of Gordo, Ala., she was born on May 24, 1929, to Grover and Ada Pate. She was a devoted housewife and mother, and an employee of Wilson Upholstery and Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. She was a faithful and devoted member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo and a member of the Ruth Faithful Followers Sunday School Class. She was also a longstanding member of East Heights Garden Club.
Services were Wednesday, April 10, at First Baptist Church of Tupelo with the Rev. Chad Grayson and the Rev. Ricky Young officiating. A private family burial was held at Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors was in charge of the arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William H. “Bill” Elmore; two sisters and three brothers; and a grandson, Jay Elmore.
She is survived by two daughters, Kay Randle (Bill) of Cookeville, Tenn., and Sandy Brandon (Ronnie) of Tupelo; two sons, Terry “Ace” Elmore (Michelle) of Tupelo and Roger Elmore (Marla) of Okolona; eight grandchildren, Mary Frances Strange (Nathan) of Tupelo, Ben Elmore of Tupelo, Betsy Johnson (Troy) and Bryan Elmore of Hamilton, New Zealand, Drew Randle of Lancaster, Pa., Steve Randle (Lani) of Heidelburg, Germany, Jennie Randle of Nashville, Tenn., and Christy Younce of Arkansas; and seven great-grandchildren, Ethan Strange, Clayton Strange and Jay Strange, all of Tupelo, Ashlyn Henley and Georgia Kate Jackson of Nashville, Tenn., Colin Randle of Heidelberg, Germany, and Maddox Johnson of Hamilton, New Zealand.
Pallbearers were Bill Randle, Ronnie Brandon, Ben Elmore, Nathan Strange, Danny Riley, Bob Kelly, Phil Daughdrill and Craig Chance.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ruth Faithful Followers Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803’ or First Baptist Church of Tupelo, 300 Church St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Edna Lula Pulliam, 58 died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center She was a member of Morgan Chapel C.M.E. Church, and she was employed at Walmart Sepercenter in Amory.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Daniel Missionary Baptist Church in Aberdeen. The Rev Eugene Terrell will be officiating. Burial will be in the Gibb Cemetery on Old Highway 8. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge.
She is survived by her husband, James Pulliam Sr.; two daughters, Patrina (Kendall) Covington of Antioch, Tenn., and Shauneraye Pulliam McMillian of Aberdeen; one son, James Pulliam Jr. of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Jan (Pat) Reese and Vernice (Nate) Maeweather, all of Syracuse, N.Y.; and four brothers, Alfred (Elizabeth) Maeweather, Willie (Jeanette) Maeweather and Henry (Dawn) Maeweather, all of Syracuse, N.Y., and Elbert (Caroline) Maeweather of Auburn, N.Y.
She was preceded in death by a grandchild.
Visitation will befrom 4 to 6 p.m Friday at the funeral home chapel.
ABBEVILLE – John Henry Murphy, 74, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Lafayette County, he was the son of Selma and Pauline Murphy. He was a lifelong member of Smith Chapel CME Church. He was a retired custodian with the University of Mississippi. He loved gardening, yard work, fishing, working on cars, helping people, and strong discipline.
A celebration of life service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Smith Chapel CME Church in Abbeville. The Rev. Michael James Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Linda ( Andrew) Parham of Warner Robbins, Ga.; one son, Alvin (Karen) Murphy of Pontotoc; four sisters, Mary James of South Bend, Ind., Annie Costephens and Dorothy (Ellis) Goss, both of Abbeville, and Gloria (Clyde) Holmes of Courtland; five brothers, Leroy (Mozell) Murphy of South Bend, Ind., L.C. Murphy (Lula) Murphy of Memphis, Tenn., Curley (Barbara) Murphy of Toledo, Ohio, Charlie (Edna) Murphy) and Sammie Murphy, both of Abbeville; and 14 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mattie Murphy, and a son, Willie Murphy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Smith Chapel Church.
Hollis O. Weatherford
TUPELO – Hollis O. Weatherford, 87, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was born Feb. 21, 1926, in the Ozark community of Itawamba County to Monroe and Gladys Weatherford. He enjoyed living in Georgia and Nicaragua, working in tool and die, and logging. After returning home in 1952, he made Tupelo his home, owning and operating Personal Finance Company until 1975 at which time he opened Weatherford’s Frame Shop. He was a master wood craftsman, and a man of many hobbies including beekeeping, gardening, and making grade stakes for surveyors in the area. He was a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club for many years. He loved his family, friends and church family at Wesley United Methodist Church, where he was a dedicated member from 1958 until his death, serving in many capacities before his health failed.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Father Paul Stephens officiating and Dr. Rick Brooks assisting. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
He is survived by his three daughters, Dianne Arendt (George) of North Little Rock, Ark., Holly Bullock (Steve) of Tupelo and Barbara Boggs (C.M.) of Kingsport, Tenn.; his grandchildren, Scott Miller and Kimberly Bullock-Shurden; three great-grandchildren, Megan Miller, Conner Shurden and Ava Shurden; one brother, Tommy Weatherford; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOLLY SPRINGS – David L. Crawford, 75, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Byhalia.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Yarbrough Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.
OXFORD – Linda Golden Partridge, 72, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at her home in Oxford. She received her bachelor of arts in education degree from the University of Mississippi and her master’s degree in elementary education from Mississippi State University. She begin her teaching career in 1963 and retired in 2003. She was actively involved in the food pantry, More Than a Meal and First Presbyterian Church.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford with the Rev. John Semmes officiating. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church. A private burial will be held preceding the memorial service. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Allison Jordan McCord (Steve) of Batesville and Ashley Jordan Hill (Max) of Oxford; 10 grandchildren; a brother, James Reginald Golden Jr. of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Susan Shaw (David) of Oxford; and a stepson, Steve Partridge of Richardson, Texas.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to: First Presbyterian Church, 924 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1905.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Berlin Petty Jr.
HOULKA – Berlin Thomas “Buddy” Petty Jr. died Monday, April 8, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 1, 1961. He was a farmer and a mechanic.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Glenn Washington officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy Petty; 13 children, Jason Berlin Petty III of Houlka, Randy Petty of Bruce, Matthew Alred of Vardaman, Tony Petty of Laurel, Jacob Petty and Christian of Marks, Jenell Petty, Lewis Petty, Dillon Petty, Amber Petty, Makayla Petty, Jordan Petty, Trea Petty and Addison Petty, all of Houlka; two brothers, Lewis Prestage of Aberdeen and Marty “The Duke” Tallent of Pontotoc; four sisters, Josette Cooper of Houlka, Lisa Petty of Tunica, Linda Russell of Ecru and Jamie Petty of Oxford; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Berlin Petty Sr. and Margie Nell Petty, and an infant son, Jordan Thomas Petty.
Visitation will be from noon to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
NEW ALBANY – Kenny Wayne Bishop, 61, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 24, 1952, in Union County to Clarence Daniel Bishop and Sally Ruth Bishop Whiteside. He served during the Vietnam War in the Mississippi National Guard. He was a truck driver for Callicutt Trucking. He was a member of Wells Chapel Church. He loved fishing, auto racing and motorcycles.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Carr officiating. Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dottie McAlister of New Albany; his mother, Sally Ruth Bishop Whiteside of New Albany; a stepdaughter, Stephanie McNeely (Robert) of Cotton Plant; a brother, Rob Bishop (Linda) of New Albany; a half brother, Fred Bishop (Amanda) of Pensacola, Fla.; and a grandson, Mason McNeely.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Daniel Bishop, and his stepfather, Ed Whiteside.
Pallbearers will be C.D. Bishop, Robby Bishop, Daniel Bishop, Jimmy Callicutt, Lane Heard, Robert McNeely and Daryl Nichols.
In honor of Mr. Bishop, 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.
NEW ALBANY – Hermie Irene Purvis Cobb, 92, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Dec. 26, 1920, in Pontotoc County to John Lewis Purvis and Lucy Eugene Chunn Purvis. She was a homemaker and a seamstress at Irwin B. Schwabe in New Albany. She was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Doug Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Glenda Wheeler (Richard) of Southaven, a son, Donnie Cobb (Kathryn) of New Albany; two sisters, Erlene Cobb of New Albany and Lavelle Gates of Pontotoc; a grandson, Jeff Wheeler of Southaven; two great-grandchildren, Hailey Cobb and Joseph Brown; and one great-great-grandchild, Bentley Barnes.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, B.T. Cobb; and two grandchildren, Wayne and Aaron.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BYHALIA – Iona Vinson, 80, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at The Med.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Bluff Springs cemetery at Oxford.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to Bluff Springs Baptist Church, c/o Linda Stone, 693A CR 251, Thaxton, MS 38871.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. – Leauzia Cullens died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Illinois. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.
TREMONT – Sherry Richardson, 54, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
FULTON – Virginia Hunter “Pete” Smith, 68, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 31, 1945, in Columbus to John Lee Hunter Jr. and Virginia Lavender Hunter. She was active in the American Cancer Society for many years. She was a creative seamstress who loved designing and making custom gowns and costumes. She was a member of the Methodist congregation and a lifelong supporter and participant of the Tabernacle United Methodist Campground in Ethelsville, Ala. She was co-owner, with her husband, Howard, of Smith Furniture and Appliance in Fulton. Her most cherished moments in life were being “ Mammie” to her grandchildren and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Graveside services and burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Tabernacle United Methodist Church cemetery near Ethelsville, Ala.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, James Howard Smith of Fulton; one son, James Howard “Jim” Smith Jr. (Linda) of Tupelo; one daughter, Shannon Smith Wood (Jeremy) of Fulton; special nephew, John Wilson Bailey (Donna) of Ecru; one sister, Melissa Carson of Baton Rouge, La.; grandchildren, Eli, Sam and Solomon Smith, Cassidy, Tyler and Haylee Wood; a special great-nephew, Hunter Bailey; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Johnny Lee Hunter II; one sister, Sara Hunter Skaggs; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Herbert Caston, Hubert Caston, Thomas Smith, Larry Smith, Tommy Coleman and Hunter Bailey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Denise Wood Gibens died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Nov. 9, 1971, in Memphis to Jackie and Betty Walker. She was a 1990 graduate of Alcorn Central High School and a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College. She was a former head Medicare biller at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She had worked eight years with the Corinth Police Dept. and was secretary for the Alcorn County Emergency Services. She was a member of Glendale Baptist Church. She was active with the Glendale youth and ACHS Band Boosters. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, James Nathan and Agirtha Bizzel; her paternal grandparents, Victor and Pallie Walker; and her father-in-law, Dewey Gibens.
She is survived by her husband, Ricky Gibens; sons, Evan and Nathan Gibens; parents, Jackie and Betty Walker, all of Corinth; brother, Darrell Walker of Trenton, Tenn.; sister, Rene (Dr. Jimmy) Williams of Trenton, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Jeanette Gibens of Corinth; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Glendale Baptist Church with Bro. Bob Cossey and Bro. Brandon Powell officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time Friday at the church.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
NETTLETON – Nellie Ruth Waddle Gray, 77, died on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Aug. 13, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Rochford and Amanda Conwill Waddle. She married James Gray in 1951. A hard worker, she took pleasure and pride in maintaining her home, enjoying yard work and gardening. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress in the garment industry. Her hobbies included camping and fishing. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Bobby Cleveland officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Ruth Gray Murphy (Robert) of Pontotoc and Lisa Ann Gray of Nettleton; three sisters, Eudell Pender of Nettleton, Jimmie Parker of Nettleton and Lee Nanney of Tupelo; one brother, Bryson Waddle Sr. of Plantersville; four grandchildren, Phillip Chaney (Diala); Amanda Russell (Eric), Melanie Colburn and Robert Gray (Crystal); and six great-grandchildren, Lindsey Hester, Madison Colburn, Tayler Russell, Drew Russell, Elliot Chaney and Michael Chaney.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James Gray; one son, James Michael Gray; five sisters, Lois Park, Mary Randolph, Mable Tallant Scruggs, Winifred Cody and Lela Waddle; and four brothers, Leaton, Edward, Albert and Earl Waddle.
Pallbearers will be nephews and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Benjamin H. Ashmore, 78, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley after a long illness. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He was a retired auto parts salesman. He was a member of the Tri State Coin & Relic Club and enjoyed metal detecting.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, April 10, at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. David Haynes officiating. Kesler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Ashmore of Baldwyn; four daughters, Betty Mask (Mike) of Saltillo, Martha Sanders (Glen) of Germantown, Tenn., Donna Garrett (Ken) of Raleigh, Mo., and Faye Metts (Ken) of Myrtle; two sons, Tim Ashmore (Dian) of Booneville and Frank Ashmore (Terri) of St. Louis, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Callie Ashmore; three brothers, Gene, Junior and George Ashmore; one sister, Mabel Nichols; and an infant daughter, Laura Susan.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
TREMONT – Agnes “Ma Ag” Conwill, 84, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 7, 1928, in Tremont. She was a retired employee of Genesco and a member of Oak Grove Church of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Todd Kemp and Bro. Harold Ozbirn officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are three children, Phillip Ray (Joann) and Pat Parrish (Larry), all of Tremont, and Kim Farrar (Mark) of Fulton; a stepdaughter, Vickie Cook (Ron) of Tremont; two grandchildren, Tim Parrish (Ann) and Lori Henson (Phil); three great-grandchildren, Rusty Parrish, Abby Parrish and Madison Woodruff; and three stepgrandchildren, Carson, Cullen and Steven Cook.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orville Conwill; a son, Russ Conwill; her parents, Zollie Pounders and Ophia Russell Pounders; and one brother and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Delane Earnest, Robert Patterson, Tim Parrish, Phil Henson, Rusty Parrish and Kenneth Pounders. Honorary pallbearers will be Madison Woodruff and Abby Parrish.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and until service time on Friday.
MEMPHIS – Juanita Etroy Hubbard Young Stewart, 88, formerly of Ripley, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett. She was born Oct. 15, 1924, to James A. and Dollie Wommack Hubbard. She was a homemaker and a member of Berea Baptist Church and Bethel Grove Eastern Star.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. J.L. Pittman officiating. Burial will be in Blackjack Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Terry O. Kennedy (John K.) and Joyce D. Menees, all of Bartlett, Tenn.; one son, James Roy Young (Billie) of Eads, Tenn.; one sister, Jimmie Lovett of Southaven; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cecil W. Stewart; two sons, Daniel Ward Young and Ottis W. Stewart; and two brothers, Charlie Hubbard and Edward Hubbard.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.
TUPELO – Watson Carlisle “Warden Berry” Berry, 73, formerly of Hamilton, Ala., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fulton Bridge Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ala. Burial will be in the Fulton Bridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Fulton Bridge Baptist Church.
Marion County Funeral Home assisted the family.
OKOLONA – Andrew Lee Conway died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
CAIRO – Johnnie Gates Newsum, 65, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of Cairo Baptist Church. He was retired from Piper Impact and the Mississippi National Guard. He was a security guard at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Ronnie Caldwell and Bro. Marty Browning officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Newsum of Walnut; his father, Robert G. “Bob” Newsum of Cairo; one son, Greg Newsum and Amanda of New Albany; one daughter, Jennifer Newsum Sims and Brian of Toccopola; one stepdaughter, Jona Caldwell of Walnut; six grandchildren, Megan Newsum, Josh Newsum, Andrew Newsum, Kyle Thomas, Kendall Herrington and Evan Sims; and three stepgrandchildren, Jessica Rixie, Tyler Rixie and Erica Rixie.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Wilder Newsum; his sister, Glenda Newsum Koon; and a nephew, Brad Koon.
Pallbearers will be Justin Caldwell, Mar Alshargatis, Billy Ray Bailey, Mike Swords, Don Bailey and Keith Newsum. Chris Burks will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
FULTON – Richard Lynn “Dick” Thrasher, 75, died suddenly Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born May 21, 1937, to Jewel Webster and Elvie Rollins Thrasher. He was a truck driver for J&A Trucking out of Clanton, Ala., and did excavating and dirt work. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Billy Burleson officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his children, Ricky Thrasher of Pensacola, Fla., Micky Thrasher (Liz) of Gulf Shores, Ala., Debbie Anderson (Tommy) of Pontotoc, Steve Thrasher (Melinda) of Fulton, Tommy Thrasher (Shannon) of Canton and Chris Thrasher (Beth) of Pearl; two stepchildren, Dr. Michael Albert (Sherry) and Debbie James (Robert); one brother, Dexter Thrasher of Fulton; two sisters, Onesta Pannell and Emma Lou Wilson, both of Itawamba County; 20 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Hubert Thrasher; a sister, Eunice Bishop; and a grandson, Brian Thrasher.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Kenneth Forrester, 51, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
TUPELO – Randall Lee “Randy” Barrows, 66, died suddenly Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 24, 1946, in New Albany to Wilbur Barrows and Lyla Elizabeth Turner Barrows. A lifelong resident of Tupelo, he graduated the 12th grade and enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served two tours in Vietnam, spending 16 weeks in a Japanese hospital between tours. A patriotic American he returned home and worked many years as a truck driver, retiring from Clark Truck Line. He enjoyed the great outdoors as an avid fisherman and hunting deer and turkey, and he was a member of the American Legion Post 49. His faithful dog, “Black Dog,” traveled everywhere with him in his truck and they watched John Wayne movies. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. Private burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to service time only. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his son, David Barrows (Carrie) of Ripley; daughter, Raven Nicole Wilkerson (Brandon) of White Bill, Tenn.; one brother, Danny Barrows (Tomicene) of Tupelo; two sisters, Gloria Cole (Lloyd) of Tupelo and Judy Allen of Washington, Pa.; grandchildren, Hannah Deaton, Taylor Deaton, Kaylin Wilkerson, Triston Barrows, Mekenzie Barrows and Coen Barrows; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris Cole, Keith Cole, John David Rogers, Clark Tucker, Chuck Herrington and Kenny Goralczyk. Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Coralczyk.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
SHANNON – Carl Ballard, 72, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Jackson on Jan. 15, 1941, to Ernest Carl and Mary Inez Willis Ballard. He spent over 32 years in the military, serving in the Army, Air Force and the National Guard, retiring as a master sergeant. An entrepreneur, he was the co-owner with his late wife, Brenda, of Ballard Furniture. He still found time for volunteering and was a Shriner and a Mason. He was a member of the Tupelo Amateur Radio Club, Call No. K5BBA.
Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Phil Wood officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include three sons, Ricky Lee (Tammy) of Brewer, David Lee (Lisa) of Nettleton and John Lee of Shannon; one daughter, Jessica McLevain (fiancé, Dee Sullivan) of Troy; seven grandchildren, Ashley Lann (Patrick), Amber Hall (Steve), Michael Lee, Brandon Mitchell Lee (Lenita), Brandon Paul Lee (Phyllis), Breanna Lee and Kyle Stafford; eight great-grandchildren, Ashtann, Madelynn, Seth, Kylie, Elli, Connor, Clint and Juleah; two sisters-in-law, Lillene Ballard of Shannon and Judy Ballard of Tupelo; two brothers, Paul Ballard (Ruth Jane) of Conyers, Ga., and Carley Ballard (Patsy) of Shannon; and six sisters, Sally Harrison of Fayette, Ala., Ruth Bruce of Sherman, Mary Nell Gordon (Chester) of New Albany, Pat Warren of Saltillo, Judy Jones (Jerry) of Guntown and Charlene Centanni (Tony) of Thibodeaux, La.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Ballard; his parents; three brothers, William, Jim and Charlie Ballard; two sisters, Ann Hill and Sarah Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Michael Lee, Brandon Paul Lee, Brandon Mitchell Lee, Steve Hall, Patrick Lann, Steven Hilliard, Dee Sullivan, Michael Ballard and Carl Ballard.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children Burn Center in Shreveport, La.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.