Obituaries April 12, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Syble Clayton
FULTON – Syble B. Clayton, 88, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012. She was born on Dec. 23, 1923, to Henry and Maggie Gilmore Williams in Mississippi. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She worked as a clerical in accounting. She enjoyed going to auctions and yard sales, and being with her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a foster son, Gary Moore (Shelia) of Tupelo; one sister, Ruby Clayton of Fulton; two special nephews, N.T. Clayton and Mark Clayton; one special niece, Sandra Newton; and a host of other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Trelvie L. Clayton; her parents; one brother, W.H. Williams.
Pallbearers will be Brian Newton, Clayton Moore, Jonathan Clayton and Hunter Clayton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Leo Humphres
VINA, Ala. – Leo Phay Humphres, 78, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his residence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala.. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue today until service time at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Jimmy Kidd
RICHTON – Jimmy Kidd, 64, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his residence. He was born on March 29, 1948, in Pontotoc County to Bollen and Qubell Kidd, who preceded him in death. He was the owner-operator of Jim’s Septic Tank Service in Richton.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Jones & Son Chapel in Richton with Bro. Gene Dolbear officiating. Interment will be in Buck Creek Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Ellen Ivy Kidd of Richton; son, Danny Kidd of New Augusta; daughter, Dana Powell of Richton; brothers, Earl (Sarah) Kidd and Billy Rex (Linda) Kidd of Shannon, James (Fay) Kidd, Robert (Brenda) Kidd and Ricky Kidd, all of Tupelo; sisters, Shirley (Wayne) Hughes and Jane (Stanley) Stidham of Tupelo, Patsy (Stanley) Stokes of Pontotoc, Peggy (Ken) Daws of Southaven; grandchildren, Rhianna Kidd, Tommy Kidd, Kaylan Powell and Trace Cooley and a number of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are Jody Kidd, William Kidd, Mark Hughes, Jackie Rowe, Jason Rowe and Bobby McKissack. Honorary pallbearers are Joey Trigg and Jerry Hill.

Frances Hopper
TIPLERSVILLE – Frances Mae Hopper, 83, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, in Walnut as the result of an automobile accident. She was born April 21, 1928, to Lewis Day and Ruby Mitchell Day. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church and a homemaker. She previously worked at Foot Caress.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Wilder officiating. Burial will be in Tiplersville Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Susie Smith (Tim) of Memphis and Brenda Downs (Gary) of Tiplersville; three sons, Steven Hopper (Mary) of Tiplersville, Brett Hopper (Robin) of Connelly Springs, N.C., and Bradley Hopper (Evelyn) of Shawnee, Kan.; 12 grandchildren, Dawn McCoy (Jay), Chett Hopper (Sherrie), Tara Johnson (Ethan), Tiffany Casey (Patrick), Beth Mullen (Brad), Steven Hopper (Caitlin), Jackie Vuncannon (Brad), Lindsey Downs, Josh Stone, Courtney Hopper, Jordan Hopper and Justin Hopper; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Enos B. Hopper; one son, Stanley Enos Hopper; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Benny Ray Hopper, Dennis Hopper, Glen Hopper, Mike Hopper, John Caldwell and Justin Caldwell. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jay McCoy, Chett Hopper, Patrick Casey, Ethan Johnson, Brad Mullen, Steven Hopper, Brad Vuncannon, Josh Stone, Matt Best, Jordan Hopper, Justin Hopper and Tanner McCoy.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Brandie Reynolds
PONTOTOC – Brandie Nicole Reynolds, 28, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on Oct. 24, 1983, to Marsha Reynolds and Donald Joe Reynolds. A graduate of South Pontotoc High School in 2002, she continued her education at Itawamba Community College. She was a currently a resident of Saltillo. She loved her dog, Bailey, shopping and spending time with her dear friend, George.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sisters, Britteney Walker of Pontotoc and Courtney Martin of Tupelo; nieces, Aubrey Walker and Hadleigh Rodgers; grandfather, Jerry Chapman of Olive Branch; grandmother, Dorothy Reynolds of Pontotoc; and friend and caregiver, George Wilson of Tupelo.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Shelby Chapman, and her grandfather, Clelon Reynolds.
Samuel Haddix
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – Samuel Haddix, 84, died Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Pine Meadow Health Care in Bolivar, Tenn. He was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Middleton, Tenn., to Josie Harper and Kelse Haddix. He accepted Jesus Christ at a young age and was baptized at New Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. He was retired. He formerly worked at Hartwell Brothers, Kilgore Corp., Carrier (Day & Night) Corp., Thyssen-Krupp (Dover) Elevator Division and the city of Bolivar. He also worked as a bus driver for Hardeman County Board of Education and as a paper carrier for the Commercial Appeal. He was active in the community and involved with the Masonic Lodge, the Independent Society No. 3, NAACP, past president of the Hardeman County Commission for Black History, Middleton Civitan Club and the City of Middleton Industrial Board. He married Emma Graham on Oct. 15, 1955. They raised six children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Middleton, Tenn., with Pastor Nathan R. Gibbs officiating. Burial will be in the Middleton City Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Emma Graham Haddix of Middleton, Tenn.; children, James (Betty) Graham, Michael (Carolyn) Graham, Eva (Michael) Anderson, Ramona (Ralph) Spencer, Charlotte Haddix and Wayne (Camillia) Haddix; one sister, Ester Lee Cole of Elgin, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Sarah Willis, Neely Walton and Virginia Gunn; and one brother, Curtis Walker.
Visitation will be from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at New Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church in Middleton, Tenn. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Christine Townsend
VINA, Ala. – Christine James Townsend, 85, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Helen Keller Hospital. She was a native of Alabama and a seamstress at Blue Bell for more than 20 years. She was a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church in Vina, Ala., with Bro. Dan Hindman and Bro. Brent Townsend officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two sons, Richard Earl Townsend (Deborah) and Tommy Lee Townsend (Charlotte), all of Vina, Ala.; daughter-in-law, Karen Townsend of Phil Campbell, Ala.; six grandchildren, Bradley Earl Townsend, Brent Tyler Townsend, Blake Caleb Townsend, Crystal LeeAnn Townsend, Kevin Lee Townsend and Claudia LaShay Townsend; three sisters, Marvelene Coats, Martha Jean Oliver and Barbara Collum, all of Vina; and one brother, Johnnie Houston James of Vina.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Townsend; two sons, Harold Townsend and Jeff Townsend; and her parents, Johnnie James and Claudie Shewbart James.
Pallbearers will be Donald Gober, Danny Shewbart, Terry James, Jerry James, Ronald Coats and Phillip Hughes.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. The body will lie in repose from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.

Dinah Smith
MARIETTA – Dinah Smith, 45, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie.
Walter Harrison Jr.
NEW ALBANY – Walter Cecil Harrison Jr., 80, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his residence. He was born July 6, 1931, in Union County to Walter Cecil Harrison Sr. and Martha Parks Harrison. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Joining the family business in 1955, he was the owner of Harrison Motor Company, which was in business from 1928 to 2005. His hobbies included woodworking, oil painting and stained-glass. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of Order of the Arrow, a Silver Beaver Award recipient and a past Scout Master for Troop 17. He led a group of area scouts to Philmont in the late 50s. He was a past member of the City Zoning Board of New Albany and was active in the Red Cross. He was a 57-year member of the Rotary Club, having served as past president and recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of New Albany, where he had served as Sunday School superintendent, a Sunday School teacher and on numerous boards.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in New Albany with the Rev. Barry Male officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mary “Libby” Morgan Harrison; a daughter, Mary Morgan Little (Timmy) and a son, Walter Cecil “Walt” Harrison III (Ray Ann), all of New Albany; one brother, Newt Parks Harrison (Mary Lene) of Jackson; five grandchildren, Walter Cecil “Sonny” Harrison IV, Alexander “Alex” Ryan Harrison, Kylie Claire Harrison, Morgan Elizabeth Little and Mary Spencer Little, all of New Albany.
Pallbearers will be Bill Smallwood III, Spencer Holmes, Bill Parks, Tom Wiseman, Mark Pannell and Geoffrey King. Honorary pallbearers will be W.C. Smallwood Jr., David Holmes, Joe Dillard, Robert Ladner, Wayne West, Bobby Thompson, Butch Gray and Billy Young.
Donations may be made in his memory to Boy Scouts of America, Yocona Area Council, 505 Air Park Road., Tupelo MS 38803; Sanctuary Home Hospice in Tupelo; or to First United Methodist Church of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today in Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church and from 9:30 a.m. until service time Friday.
In honor of Mr. Harrison’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Simon Taylor
OXFORD – Simon Claude Taylor, 89, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Tallahatchie General Hospital in Charleston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 15 CR 207, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Claude Colston
HOLLY SPRINGS – Claude Thomas Colston, 88, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be made at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Robert Hill
CORINTH – Robert Hill, 57, died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Capt. Joe Nabors
PRATTVILLE, Ala. – Capt. James Roy “Joe” Nabors, 72, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital in Montgomery, Ala. He was born Oct. 9, 1939, in Chickasaw County to Joseph Jackson Nabors and Amy May Nabors. He was a Baptist and a member of the American Legion and the VFW. He received his Ph.D. in business administration in 2004 from Suffolk University. He was retired from Civil Service as a contractor with the Department of Defense and as a captain in the military. He served his country with honor during the Vietnam War, where he received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation Medal and Presidential Citation.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Houston with Jim Nabors officiating. Burial will be at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Dianne Huffman Nabors; three sons, Joel Nabors (Susan) of Atlanta, Ga., Thomas R. Falkner, DVM, (Sterling) of Christiana, Tenn., and Martin Falkner (Valeria) of Sparta; five grandchildren, Jacob Nabors, Katelyn, Yance, Rebekah Joy and Bebe Carolyne Falkner; one great-granddaughter, Adalie Kate Falkner; two brothers, Jim Nabors (Gayle) of Dayton, Ohio, and Kermit Nabors (Priscilla) of Roanoke, Va.; one sister-in-law, Betty Nabors of Starkville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one granddaughter, Nollie Catherine Falkner; and one brother, Stanley Nabors.
The pallbearers will be his grandsons, nephews, and great-nephews.
Donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road Ste. 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256, or to your favorite charity.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.

Cornelius Sledge Jr.
OKOLONA – Cornelius Sledge Jr., 89, formerly of Brooksville, died Friday, April 6, 2012, at the Aberdeen Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Clark Chapel Cemetery in Okolona. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Deborah Moore
AMORY – Deborah Moore, 98, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Victory Temple in Amory. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.

Larry Towery
MEMPHIS – Larry Towery, 62, died Monday, April 9, 2012, after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.

Steve Starks
BALDWYN – Steve A. Starks died Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Rodney West
BALDWYN – Rodney West, 42, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at his home in Sommertown, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Clee Jones
AMORY – Ecclesiastes “Clee” Jones, 75, died Monday, April 9, 2012, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Ruth Jackson
TUPELO – Ruth Smith Jackson, 84, died Tuesday, April 10, 2012, at the Coen Green House at Traceway after an extended illness. A Lee County native and longtime resident, she was born Feb. 17, 1928, to Purve Clifton and Florence Beene Smith. She married Sidney Lee Jackson on Sept. 7, 1946. She enjoyed gospel music and working jigsaw puzzles but most of all, she loved talking with friends and family. She was a member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Pierce and her nephew, Bro. Steve Nichols, officiating. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Shelia Cooley (Ken) of Iuka, Diane Roberts (James O.), Pamela Westmoreland and Carol Armstrong (Eddie), all of Tupelo; her sisters, Faye Morton of Tupelo and Lula Holloway of Gatlinburg; eight grandchildren, Ryan Cooley, Amy Dotson (Tim), all of Iuka, Leigh Barnett of Tupelo, Lisa Williams (Jeff) of Pontotoc, Lori Bishop (Chad) of Mooreville, Danielle Webb of Nettleton, Paige Armstrong (Barry) of Oxford and Lindsey Armstrong (Eric) of Tupelo; nine great-grandchildren, Beth Walker (Brandon), Marley Williams and Micheal Williams, all of Pontotoc, Chris Barnett of Tupelo, Grant Bishop and Allyson Bishop of Mooreville, Will Webb of Nettleton, Lily Hope Cooley and Sawyer Dotson of Iuka; her brother-in-law, Tommy Jackson (Patsy) of Plantersville; a host of nieces and nephews including a special niece, Wanda Smith, and nephew, Brad Hattaway.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 38 years, Sidney Lee Jackson, who died Feb. 13, 1984; a granddaughter, Pamela Lynn Floyd; and eight brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Cooley, Chris Barnett, Jeff Williams, Chad Bishop, Grant Bishop, Brandon Walker, Will Webb and Micheal Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to United Methodist Senior Services, 2800 W. Main St., Tupelo MS 38801; or the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Cir, Jackson MS 39206.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Davis Marsh III
DALLAS – James Davis Marsh III, 41, formerly of Memphis, died Monday, April 9, 2012, in Houston, Texas, in an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.