Obituaries April 14, 2009

Correction:
The obituary for Aileene Brisco that ran in Monday’s Daily Journal contained an incomplete list of survivors. She was also survived by her brother, Marshall C. Adams of Tupelo.

Mary Kirk
IUKA – Mary Catherine Jones Kirk, 77, of Iuka, Mississippi, left the Tishomingo Community Living Center early Sunday morning, April 11, 2009, and went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was born August 9, 1931, in Memphis, TN, to Thomas Howard and Laura Carrie McKee Jones. She worked for years as a waitress at restaurants in and around Iuka, and was the owner and operator of the Pine Slab Restaurant in downtown Iuka from the late 1970’s to the early 1990’s. She was a longtime member of the Iuka Baptist Church, and a caring friend to many in the Iuka community.
Visitation is scheduled for 6:00 until 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14 at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Funeral Services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, at the Iuka Baptist Church, officiated by Bro. Ray Kirk, Rev. Dr. Ronnie Hatfield, and Jay Grisham. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers include Dr. Al Flannery and the staff of the Tishomingo Community Living Center.
Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka, MS is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include 1 son, Bro. Ray Kirk and wife, Eva, of Fulton, MS; 2 brothers, Charles Jones and wife, Nena, and Connie Ray Jones and wife, Elizabeth, both of Iuka, MS; 3 sisters, Louise Barnett of Tishomingo, MS, and Dorothy Clark and Jeanette Wilson, both of Iuka, MS; 5 grandchildren, Reid Kirk and wife, Amber, of Hernando, MS, Carolyn Kirk of Tulsa, OK, Jonathan Kirk of Fulton, MS, Jay Grisham and wife, Jessica, of Pearl, MS, and Ryan Kirk and wife, Laura, of Corpus Christi, TX; a special friend, Lamar Murrah of Iuka, MS; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Talmadge Kirk; a daughter, Denise Grisham; 2 brothers, Bill and Gaylon Jones; and 2 sisters, Odell Pharr and Lorene Bishop.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering at the Iuka Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com

Hilda Miller
DALLAS – Hilda Shumpert Miller, 92, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 9, 2009. She was born Aug. 30, 1916, in Itawamba County to Eythel and Floyd Shumpert. She grew up in Verona, graduated from Verona High School and TMI Junior College in Tupelo. A lover of life and people in particular, Hilda made worlds of friends as she moved around the state with her husband, living in nine cities from Biloxi to Tupelo, McComb to Columbus. She was a devoted mother and wonderful homemaker. After the death of her husband in 1965, Hilda moved back “home” to Verona in order to care for her mother. Here in Tupelo she began a new career at Reed’s Department Store where she clerked in the Ladies’ Department for many years before retiring in 1997.
Services will be at10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church in Verona with the Rev. Buddy Smith and the Rev. Dennis Fink officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Don Miller Jr and wife, Crys, of Huntsville, Texas; her daughter, Dr. Ginger Miller Wiygul of Dallas, Texas; her grandson, Jordan Miller of Los Angeles, Calif.; her granddaughter, Donelle Miller Beal and husband, Dennis, of Bryan, Texas; two great-granddaughters, Ellie and Margaret Beal of Bryan, Texas; and two nephews, Carroll Conner and wife, Debbie, of Pensacola, Fla., and Bob Seale of Palm Springs, Calif.; and a niece, Margaret Ann Berry and husband, Walter, of Birmingham, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Eythel Shumpert; her husband, Don Miller; and her sister, Dorothy Conner.
Pallbearers will be Kirk Biddle, Jerry Bost, Mike Gunner, Clifton Hodges, Willie Jennings and Marcus Posey.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Verona United Methodist Church, 167 Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Joe Westmoreland, Jr.
PASCAGOULA – Joe Westmoreland Jr., 53, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Pascagoula. He was born July 16, 1955, in Tupelo. He was the owner and operator of Dixie Glass on Market Street in Pascagoula. He had a true love for fishing and a natural desire to help other people.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home in Escatawpa with a memorial service following at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Westmoreland; his children, Sean (Crystal) Westmoreland of Pascagoula and Chad (Jill) Westmoreland of Madison; his grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jordan, Luke, Allie, Reese and Juliet; his parents, Joe and Betty Westmoreland; two brothers, Kenneth Westmoreland and Eric (Dale)Westmoreland; a sister, Denise Westmoreland (Paul) DuBois; his mother-in-law, Maggie Hughes.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Gail Westmoreland; his grandparents, Birdell and Elzie Holcomb, and Lorene Harris; and his father-in-law, Max Hughes.
To access the online register book, visit www.heritagefuneralhome.us.
David Fortson
CHICAGO, ILL. – David Fortson died Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Chicago, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

James Hill
BILOXI – James Michael “Jim” Hill died unexpectedly on April 5, 2009, while conducting business in Austin, Texas. He was vice president of Tidal Basin Government Consulting of Alexandria, Va., and was active in recovery programs associated with recent hurricanes along the Gulf Coast. He spent his youth in Tupelo and graduated from Tupelo High School in 1963. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1972 and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree in 1974. In addition to activities on the Gulf Coast, he held positions as commissioner/director of Planning and Development for West Haven, Conn., Montclair, N.J., Allendale, N.J., Meridian, Tupelo and Russell County, Ala. A recent assignment was senior consultant with Dewberry-Goodkind Inc. as FEMA Group Lead for Orleans Parish and the City of New Orleans, supervising numerous post-Katrina recovery projects. He served in the U.S. Army from January 1966-September 1969 as a Military Policeman and a combat officer in Vietnam as 1st Lt. in the 1st Cavalry. After his service he remained a life member of the First Cavalry Association and he was a past president of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 647.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m.Thursday at the Pass Road Chapel of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Home in West Biloxi. Burial with military honors will follow in the Biloxi National Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife Mary Alice Carlton Hill of Biloxi; one son, Michael Blair Hill of Tupelo; and two daughters, Ashley Hill of Oxford and Morgan Hill of West Haven, Conn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Janelle Patey McComb and Roy McComb.
Friends may visit one hour prior to service. To view and sign the register book online, visit www.bradfordokeefe.com.
Ruby Simmons
ROLLING FORK – Ruby Lee Simmons, 89, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at the Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork. She was born Nov. 27, 1919, in Kaiser, Ark., to Margaret Blansett and John D. Clemons. She was a homemaker and a seamstress at Knickerbocker Manufacturing and West Point Casket Company, both in West Point. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Rolling Fork. She lived in West Point from 1951 to 1994 before moving to Rolling Fork.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Pastor Millard Caulder officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Love Dykes (Griffin) of Rolling Fork, Eva Louise Kelly of Ocoee, Fla., and Mary Taylor of Coco, Fla.; one son, James Kenneth Nichols (Charlotte) of Clearmont, Fla.; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Washington Simmons, on Jan. 1, 1989; her son, Clyde Simmons; two stepsons, Thomas “Nick” Simmons and C.A. Simmons; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Charles Willingham III, Kenneth Willingham, Rodney Willingham, Jap Simmons, Tommy Simmons and Scot Simmons.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Jeanette Bedford
MOBILE, Ala. – Jeanette Roberts Bedford, 85, died March 22, 2009, in a Mobile, Ala., health care facility. She was born Dec. 24, 1923, in Mantachie. She was a member of Kingswood United Methodist Church.
Services were held March 24 at Mobile Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Burial was in Mobile Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, the Rev. Michael Roberts Bedford (Frances) of Saraland, Ala.; two daughters, Beverly Bedford Jones (Stanley) of Mobile and Brenda Bedford Beasley (George) of Columbia, Tenn.; one sister, Peggy Roberts Tabler of Mobile; five grandchildren, Jeff Bedford (Karen) of Brandon, Chris Jones (Louise) of Livermore, Calif., Kipp Beford (Cheryl) of Mobile, Robbie Williford (Stacey) of Leighton, Ala., and Amy McConnell (Ken) of Nolensville, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Carl A. Bedford; her parents, Qurles and Verna Roberts; and a brother, Nolan Cully Roberts.
Lorene Morphis
HOULKA – Bessie Lorene Morphis, 86, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Jan. 28, 1923, in Mathiston to Steven Forrest Shurden and Thelma Avant Shurden. She was a Baptist and a retired factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. John Flippin and Bro. Linn Hughes officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Hubert Morphis; two sisters, Mavis Fulgham of Maben and Jean Braden of Tupelo; three brothers, Lloyd Shurden, Leon Shurden and Harold Dean Shurden, all of Mathiston; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Maydelle K. Williams
WEST POINT – Maydelle K. Williams, 96, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born May 8, 1912, in Oktibbeha County to Anna V. and Daniel A. Kornegay. She worked as a clerk for the Lowndes County Tax Collector’s Office in Columbus. She was a member of East End Baptist Church in Columbus.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus with Dr. James Towery officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Henry Donour of West Point; three grandchildren, Gary Donour (Sandra) of West Point, Kenneth Donour (Kathy) of Millport, Ala., and Sharon Richardson (Colin) of Ft. Worth, Texas; a number great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Hinton Donour; her second husband, Charles Atwell Williams; her parents; and four brothers and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.

Darryl Holcomb
GOLDEN – James Darryl Holcomb, 28, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at his home. He was born April 15, 1980, in Amory. He lived in Smithville and in Itawamba County for seven years. He was a self-employed logger and a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Belmont, where he worked with the Awana Club. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a wonderful father and husband, and he enjoyed being with his family and friends, especially his sister, Jana.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Calvary Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Billy Burge and Bro. Randy Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery in Itawamba County. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Crystal Holcomb of Golden, whom he married in 2001; one son, Chip Holcomb of the home; one daughter, Isabelle Holcomb of the home; his mother, Loyce Holcomb of Smithville; his father, James Holcomb of Golden; one sister, Jana Holcomb of Smithville; his mother-in-law, Faye Swann (John) of Coffeeville; his father-in-law, Keith Stone (Jackie) of Conway, Ark.; and his grandparents, Shirley and Charles Stone of Water Valley.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elvin Franks, and Mr. and Mrs. Noel Holcomb.
Pallbearers will be John Michael Lay, Jerome Cox, Jefrey Coker, Brandon Pharr, Chad Tucker, Jayson Golston, John Hathcote, Nathan Gazaway and Daniel McCollum.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Holcomb, Steve Parker, Jose Vega, Ab Pruitt, Bobby Pannell, Jr. Smith and Greg Robinson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.

George Moore Jr.
OKOLONA – George Moore Jr., 61, died Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at his residence in Okolona. He was born June 22, 1947, to the late George Moore Sr. and Della Gillespie Moore. He was a member of Chapel Grove Church and a former employee of the Houston School District. He was a kindhearted person who would help anyone and everyone.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Clarks Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. J.D. King officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Shazzan Moore of Houston; one son, Alvin Moore of Prairie; five sisters, Odesser Lowe (Eldridge), Florence Moore, Irma Jones, Angelane Houston (Rudolph) and Gwendolyn Sanders of Shreveport, Ill.; three brothers, Harold Ray (Lorene) Moore, James K. Moore (Jean) and Bennett (Toni) Moore; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Geneva Baker and Ulander Cannon; one brother, James Moore; and one grandson, Alvin Moore Jr.
Linda Sossaman
COFFEEVILLE – Linda Dian Brown Sossaman, 61, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Jan. 19, 1948, in Vardaman. She was a retired employee of Panola Mills and a member of Lockestation Baptist Church in Batesville.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery at Vardaman.
Survivors include her husband, William A. Sossaman of Coffeeville; two daughters, Carolyn D. Austin (Charlie) and Janice M. Stacy (Larry), both of Bruce; two sons, Dennis W. Austin of Grenada and Bryan K. Austin (Amanda) of Pearl; two brothers, Travis D. Brown and Marvin F. Brown, both of Bruce; 17 grandchildren, Jonathan Austin, Mary Gordon, Jessica Reynolds, Rochelle Lester, Andy Austin, Michael Lester, Rowdy Reynolds, Paige Austin, Casarah Steele, Dajean Steele, Trinity Stelle, J.J. Steele, Alaina Barnett, Savannah Brook Vineyard, Dawson Dolden, Isaac Dolden and Bryan D. Austin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Travis W. Brown and Abby Marie Franklin Brown.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Austin, Andy Austin, Johnny Sossaman, Terry Sossaman, Daniel Sossaman, Billy Sossaman, Robert E. Gordon, Jo Morrow and Hunter Morrow.

Patricia Mason
NEW ALBANY – Patricia Ann Mason, 65, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at her home near New Albany. She was born Oct. 12, 1943, in Arkansas to Robert and Lorene Estess Pickles. She lived in Lee and Union counties most of her life. She was a retired seamstress and a member of Oak View Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Mike Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Mason; four sons, Cecil W. Malone Jr. of Byhalia, Larry H. Malone of Cordova, Tenn., Jerry W. Malone of New Albany and Joshua L. Mason of Baldwyn; four daughters, Kathy Jarvis and Delitha Irvin, both of New Albany, Joyce McClarty of Olive Branch and Debbie Bishop of Etta; one sister, Sheri Stanford of Tupelo; 21 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Chris Gilmore, Adam Cornelius, Cory Abbott, Eric Stanford, Andrew Stanford and Barry Carwyle. Donnie Walker will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to the Enterprise Cemetery Association, 1121 CR 515, New Albany, MS 38652.

Wayne Gray
NETTLETON – Eddie Wayne Gray, 59, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 18, 1949, in Itawamba County to Will and Ida Mae Wright Gray. He was a lifelong resident of the Liberty community, a self-employed farmer and car salesman, and a Pentecostal. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Bobby Whaley, Bro. Paul Beam and Bro. Billy McBunch officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Ida Mae Wright Gray of Nettleton; two sisters, Kathy Alvis (Robert) of Nettleton and Ramona Laney (Jackey) of the Peaceful Valley community; two brothers, Dickie Gray (Glenda) of Plantersville and Clodell Gray (Wanda) of Aberdeen; three half sisters, Earnestine Roberts of Amory, Lillian Freshour of Nettleton and Addeline Randolph of Pontotoc; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Will Gray, two half brothers, Wesley and Willie Gray; and a nephew, Andrew Laney.
Pallbearers will be Clodell Gray Jr., Teddy Lee Gray, Richard Gray, Jed Davis, Justin Laney and Jake Laney.
Charlie Gray will serve as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Howard Walker
CORINTH – Howard Walker, 47, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.

Sylvia Harris
ECRU – Sylvia Harris, 51, died Monday, April 13, 2009, at the Pontotoc Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Corrine Randolph
NETTLETON – Fay Corrine Hester Randolph, 84, died Sunday, April 12, 2009, at Community Hospice in Verona after a long illness. She was born April 9, 1925, in Monroe County to Gurvis and Viola Worthey Hester. She was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. She was a retired factory worker and a member of the Nettleton United Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed going camping and working in her flower garden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nettleton United Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Larry Davis and the Rev. Jason Salisbury officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Talmadge Allen Randolph of Nettleton; three daughters, Barbara Lesley and Faye Minich (Reggie), both of Nettleton, and Sherry Jones (Billy) of Amory; four sons, Sammy Randolph, Buster Randolph (Linda), Danny Randolph (Diane) and Mike Randolph (Donna), all of Nettleton; two sisters, Mary Lee and Joyce Elliott (Leonard), both of Nettleton; one brother, Paul Hester (Martha) of Nettleton; one daughter-in-law, Brenda Randolph of Nettleton; special friends, Marlin and Wanda Allen of Amory; 23 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Jimmy Randolph; three brothers, Bobby, Claxton and Junior Hester; four sisters, Opal Hester, Ruth Hill, Elaine Waycaster and an infant sister; and a son-in-law, Arlin Lesley.
Pallbearers will be Greg Randolph, Wade Randolph, Brad Minich, Shane Minich, Cayce Minich, Richard Randolph, Lance Randolph, Joey Randolph, Alston Holland and Jimmy Lee Randolph. Great-grandsons will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Edgar Coughran
NEW ALBANY – Edgar Lee Coughran, 91, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at the Sunshine Inn. He was born Dec. 4, 1917, in Little Rock to Jackie Coughran and Trudy Bedingfield Coughran. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was an engineer for the Quaker Oats Company and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Dean Timbes officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Raines Coughran of New Albany; one niece, Betty Phillips (J.D.) of Ball, La.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Deacons of Hillcrest Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Brenda Thompson
WEST POINT – Brenda Elaine Thompson died Sunday, April 12, 2009, in Denver, Colo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home in West Point.

 

Daily Journal