By NEMS Daily Journal
Lauren L. Groover
TUPELO – Lauren L. Groover, 41, died Monday, April 12, 2010. A Carlsbad, N.M., native, she was born Sept. 11, 1968, to Billy G. and Beverly K. Hammons. She graduated high school in Leesville, La. She then went on to attend the University of New Mexico.
She was an advocate/activist/advisor for children struggling with reading disabilities, dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. Some things that she loved included her family, advocacy, reading, boating, spending time with her kids, animals, fingernail polish, make-up, having fun, living life, shocking people, loving people, making changes, risk taking, gambling, people watching, wakeboarding, Northern New Mexico, Hawaii, California, arrowhead hunting, beaches, sand, sunsets, mountains, playing with clay, meeting real people, acting like she was 16, working with Mississippi’s State Legislature’s Education Committee and Department of Education, showing people how to live without judgments, changing their directions in life, the smell of popcorn popping, fresh flowers, margaritas, homemade pies, her Lab Chloe, watching hummingbirds in the back yard, and searching for Bald Eagles at her lake house.
She was an advocate for Dyslexia. Numerous times she testified before the Mississippi Legislature advocating testing of elementary students for dyslexia. The legislation passed to implement the requirement for Mississippi student in 2008. Through her extensive knowledge of information systems she became nationally known for her expertise in the treatment of breast cancer. Most recently articles about her appeared in CURE and Women’s Health Magazines. She was very active in online support groups and had many friends throughout the world. She touched many lives and made a difference. She received her wings after a fierce five-year battle with cancer. She was fun loving, quick witted and dedicated to her family. She was a member of The Orchard Congregation.
A Celebration of Her Life will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 15, 2010, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bryan Collier officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Groover; her twin sons, Kyle M. Groover and Troy W. Groover of Tupelo; her parents, Billy and Beverly Hammons; one sister, Lisa Morgan (Dean) of Fountain Valley, Calif.; one brother, Brian Hammons (Karen) of Natchez; one niece, Kayla Morgan of Fountain Valley, Calif.; three nephews, Clay Hammons of Hattiesburg, Collin Hammons of Natchez and Kade Morgan of Fountain Valley, Calif.; two uncles, Sammy Hammons (Ellen) of Capitan, N.M., and Charles Hammons Jr. of Belen, N.M.; two aunts, Charlene Cambell (Chester) of Texas and Karen Hammons of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas; numerous cousins throughout the U.S; a very special friend, Emily Sims Stookey of Huntsville, Ala.; her mother-in-law, Hilda Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, W. Howard Spence and LaRue Jackson, and her paternal grandparents, Charles W. Hammons Sr. and Cathryn E. Hammons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today, April 14, 2010, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the LIVE Foundation in Memory of Lauren Groover, Att: Ann Stanford, P.O. Box 709, Tupelo, MS 38802 to support ongoing charitable organizations that Lauren helped establish and was very passionate about.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Timothy Earl Vaughn, 51, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Desoto Baptist Hospital in Southaven. He was born Jan. 22, 1959, to Clarence Millard Vaughn and Rosebud Obrian Vaughn in Memphis. He lived the past 10 years in Holly Springs. He retired as a firefighter for Shelby County Fire Department.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Jody Hill officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include his father, Clarence Millard Vaughn of Holly Springs; one sister, Tina Louise Vaughn Taylor of Holly Springs; one brother, John Curtis Vaughn and wife, Elizabeth, of Bartlett, Tenn.; four nieces and nephews, and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Annie Mae Bolding
AMORY – Annie Mae “Big Annie” Worthy Bolding, 98, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born Nov. 15, 1911, in the Liberty community of Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late James H. and Ellen Taylor Worthy. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory. She was the widow of John Thomas Bolding, whom she married in 1934. She lived in Amory for 76 years. She was a former employee of G&Y Drugs, Coleman’s Barbeque, Hardee’s and Wendy’s, where she worked for almost 10 years. She enjoyed meeting and greeting people, dancing, watching country music on television, and playing Rook.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Warren Coile and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Gloria Vernon (Stanley) of Amory and Linda Hilliard of Springfield, Mo.; a stepdaughter, Robbie Merle Bolding Stephens of Amory; five grandchildren, Joel Montet (Tonia), Tina Monaghan, Johnny Hilliard (Debbie), Joseph Hilliard and Jerry Hilliard (Misty); six great-grandchildren, John Thomas and Kyle Montet, Tori Monaghan, Drake McNeese, and Katlin and Amory Hilliard; and many nieces, nephews and stepgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, six brothers and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Clay Hilliard, Joseph Thomas Hilliard, Jerry Dwayne Hilliard, Russell Joel Montet, Justin Drake McNeese and Dalton Kyle Montet. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe McGonagill, Buford Monaghan, Tommy Wilkerson, Bobby Joe Blake, Tommy Nelson, Danny Randolph, Eugene Johnson, Steve Miller and Bill Bacot.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Mary Ellen Tackett
ECRU – Mary Ellen Tackett, 83, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. She was a talented seamstress. She was known for her beauty and her warm-hearted manner. She lifted the spirits of all who knew her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Lynn Tackett; a sister, Alice Brown; two sisters-in-law, Corinna McMillen and Sibyl Tackett; and a brother-in-law, Thurman McMillen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Tackett; two sisters, Clara McKeown and Mavis Leach; a brother, Andrew Turner; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Strawn and Elizabeth Robbins; and a brother-in-law, E.J. Tackett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 434, Byhalia, MS 38611.
Richard Moreland Sr.
AMORY – Richard E. Moreland Sr., 82, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
SMITHVILLE – Charles Standefer, 79, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
BOONEVILLE – Jewel Bain Laster, 87, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab. She was a retired factory worker and florist. She was a member of Mt. Olive Church of God, where she was a devoted church worker. She loved to sing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Mt. Olive Church of God with Bro. Don Boren, Bro. Melvin Laster and Bro. Ted Laster officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Church of God Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her caregiver and nephew, Hoyle Lambert; two sisters, Katie Lou Morgan and Pauline Laster; sister-in-law, Jewel Bain Newton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rube and Hattie Parson Bain; her husband, Austin Laster; infant son, Auston Eugene Laster; her in-laws, B.C. and Lucy McAnally Laster; sister, Eura Mae (Millage) Lambert; two brothers, Marvin (Ilene) Bain and James Bain; sister-in-law, Tiny Laster Devoe; and two brother-in-laws, Lonnie Morgan and Garvin Laster.
Pallbearers will be M.C. Lambert, Larry Lambert, Gary Morgan, Eric Boren, Cliff Bullard, Bro. Franklin Henson, Billy Lambert and Randy Lambert.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Steve Robinson, 55, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at North Crossroads Community Church. Burial will follow in North Crossroads Community Church Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; by phone at (800) ACS-2345; or online at www.cancer.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
BIGBEE – Travis Murrell Loden, 78, died Saturday, April 10, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born April 11, 1931, he was the son of the late Charlie Burette and Verrie Ola Hadaway Loden. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he lived in the Bigbee community. He was a member of Cason Baptist Church, where he served as deacon. He married Doris Fay Ridings in 1954. Before his retirement, he was an employee of Amory Garment Co. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a Gideon. He enjoyed camping, woodworking, spending time in the Smoky Mountains, his grandchildren and his dog, Cadee.
Services were Tuesday, April 13, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. James Rutledge and Bro. Shane Crawford officiating. Burial was in the Jones Chapel Cemetery .
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Fay Loden of Bigbee; one son, Mike Loden (Cindy) of Bigbee; daughter-in-law, Judy Loden of Nettleton; two brothers, Farrar Loden (Martha Faye) and Sonny Loden (Barbara), both of Amory; one sister, Betty Jean Cook of Memphis; four grandchildren, Robin Loden, Michael Loden (Heather), Tessa Capps (Glenn) and Kelly Marie Loden; and four great-grandchildren, K’Lee Grace Capps, Kilee Brook Capps, Abby Grace Loden and Luke Loden.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kevin Loden; one brother, Jerry Loden; and four sisters, Edith Whitten, Sybil Benson, Charlie Mae Hester and Ramona Gardner.
Pallbearers will be Mike Loden, Michael Loden, Glenn Capps, Ricky Gardner, Jim Gardner, Alan Loden, Leslie Grant and David Stanford. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Brown, Thaniel Sargent, Daniel Sargent, Roger Dean, Danny Stanford, James Rollins, Kelly Ivy and all friends of the shop.
TUPELO – Milton Stough, 61, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
WALNUT – Hoover Bright, 77, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Bethlehem Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.
BOONEVILLE – Stanley Larry Davis, 60, died Friday, April 9, 2010, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. He was born July 7, 1949, in Prentiss County. He was a mechanic. He had been a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church since 1960. He loved race cars and western movies.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chuck Hampton officiating. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery.
He is survived by a daughter, Nycole Davis Stephens (Shane) of Corinth; three grandchildren, Todd Rhodes Davis, Dylon Stephens and Leeanne Floyd, all of Corinth; special family, Sandra Smith, B.J. Smith and Lorie Smith, all of Booneville; two sisters, Virginia Barger and Liz Kingsley (Joe), all of Booneville; three brothers, James Davis (Lois) of Booneville, Junior Davis (Marie) of Illinois and Jerry Davis (Jhada) of Booneville; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J. Frank and Ora Mae Davis, and two brothers, Fraiser Davis and Johnny Davis.
Pallbearers are B.J. Smith, Eric Davis, Mitchell Davis, Mike Davis, Mark Lambert and Allan Davis.
Honorary pallbearers are Todd Rhodes Davis, Mitch Yates, Ricky Yates, Ray Saylors and Allan Newby.
HOULKA – Millie Whitt Lucius, 90, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Shearer Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona. She was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Chickasaw County to Jack Whitt and Viola Burt Whitt. She was the retired owner of Houlka Café and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Services were Tuesday, April 13, at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Bryan officiating. Burial was at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
Survivors include her daughter, Sue Gann of Houlka; her brother, Jack Whitt of Caddo, Okla.; her sisters, Dorothy Webster Lewis of Memphis and Annie Mae Colburn of Amory; her granddaughter, Letitia Calabrese and Doug; her grandson, Wayne Gann and Karon; her great-grandchildren, Christine Spikes and Kevin, Tiffany Caswell and Caleb, and Bobby Calabrese; her great-great-grandchildren, Gavin Spikes, Krislynn Caswell and Kalynn Caswell.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Lillian and Ethel; and her stepson, David Lucius.
Pallbearers were Wayne Gann, Doug Calabrese, Kevin Spikes, J.R. Kilgore, Michael Fowler and Keith Robinson.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
PONTOTOC – Susie Prewett, 86, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Kevin Purdon and Rev. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in the West Heights Cemetery.
Survivors include her two daughters, Linda McCowan, and G.E. and Brenda Warren, all of Pontotoc; her brother, Herman Bowling of Pontotoc; three grandsons, Billy Galloway, Marty Warren (Kristy) and Doug Warren (Amanda); six great-grandchildren, Bill and Jake Galloway, and West, Emily, Josie and Kiley Warren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James Henry Bowling and Minnie Estelle Crosswhite; her husband, Bill Roe Prewett; her two brothers, William Henry “Buddy” Bowling and Jessie Bowling; her two sisters, Zonia Brown and Lela Mae Bratton; her son-in-law, Lynn Warren; and a grandson, Tony Galloway.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
GATTMAN – Mary Oberian Cantrell, 83, died Monday, April 12, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born April 29, 1926, in Monroe County to the late Muldrow and Ada Lockhart Wood. She was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School and a member of the Homemakers Club in Gattman. She was a member of the Gattman First Baptist Church and the WMU. She enjoyed gardening and reading.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Otts Funeral Home Chapel in Sulligent, Ala. Bro. Terry Edwards and Bro. Jackie Pate will officiate. Burial will follow in Pickle Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Joyce (E.L.) Betros of Columbus and Donna (Joe) Vaughn of Gattman; two grandchildren, Kim (Greg) Uhl and Johnny (Lisa) Vaughan; six great-grandchildren, Chris Uhl, Jake Hollis, Cole Hollis, Hunter Hollis, Nathan Vaughan and Matthew Vaughan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Ancil Cantrell; a granddaughter, Nikki Hollis; and three brothers, Erby, Rufus and Cliff Wood.
Pallbearers will be Greg Uhl, Chris Uhl, Jake Hollis, Brian Hollis, Johnny Vaughan and Nathan Vaughan.
BALDWYN – Ellis “Jigs” Hardy, 82, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a farmer. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Richie Hatcher and Bro. Rickey Hatcher officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Lula Mae Hardy of Baldwyn; two daughters, Sarah Fowler (Wade) of Baldwyn and Cindy Eddings (Rob) of Baldwyn; two sons, Jimmy Hardy of Keownville and Jerry Hardy of Golden; two stepsons, James Armstrong of Baldwyn and Dexter Armstrong of New Albany; two sisters, Louise Diggs of Tupelo and Edith Carlock of Guntown; two brothers, Billy Hardy (Hazel) and James Hardy (Beth) of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Tammy, Christy, Traci, Jerry Dale, Geneva and Dillin; six great-grandchildren, Cody, Austin, Sheyanne, Jeremy, Taylor and Keegan; three stepgrandchildren, Jamie, Bronzie and Christy; and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Geneva Johnson Hardy; his parents, Troy and Lillie Mae Melton Hardy; and a grandson, Mirl Fowler.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as his pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearer will be Lane Hatcher.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Thomas D. Pearce
AUBURN – Thomas D. Pearce, 82, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at his residence in the Auburn community after a long illness. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
CORINTH – Stanley McKee, 60, died Tuesday, April 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth.
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Cherful Dixon Taylor, 78, died Sunday, April 11, 2010, at Methodist Fayette Hospital. A native of Corinth, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Somerville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Peebles West Chapel with Dr. Frank Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Fayette County Memorial Park in Oakland, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Robert S. Taylor of Somerville, Tenn.; two daughters, Billie Sue Manahan of Michie, Tenn., and Theresa Adams of Germantown, Tenn.; two grandsons, Rodney Manahan and Eugene Manahan, both of Corinth.
Pallbearers will be Darrell Adams, Eugene Manahan, Rodney Manahan, James David Manahan, Glen Smith and Jerry Taylor.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Somerville, Tenn.
RIPLEY – Evie Mae Wilbanks, 77, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born Oct. 26, 1932, to Harvey Franklin Orman and Ruby Briscoe Orman. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jeff Moore officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
She is survived by one stepdaughter, Kathy Clemmer (Danny) of Ripley; two stepsons, Danny Wilbanks (Carolyn) of Iuka and Cletis “JR” Wilbanks (Jennifer) of Round Rock, Texas; one brother, Wayne Orman of Ashland; one niece, Jo Thompson (Bobby) of Ashland; one nephew, Johnny Stacks of Ashland; one granddaughter, Bessie Gatley; eight stepgrandchildren and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Cletis Wilbanks; one son, Larry Gatley; one sister, Etta Mae Stacks; and one brother, Ernest F. Orman.
Pallbearers will be Danny Clemmer, David Clemmer, Kenny Rainey, Danny Wilbanks, Johnny Stacks and Bobby Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Robert “Bob” Wright, 63, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
BALDWYN – Robbie Price Rowan, 72, died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Baldwyn. She enjoyed playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and playing dominoes with the girls.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Wayne Napier and Drew Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Price of Baldwyn; one son, Mike Price (Vivian) of Pickwick, Tenn.; a son-in-law, John Monaghan of Baldwyn; a daughter-in-law, Edith Lambert of Baldwyn; a special stepson, Phil Rowan (Peggy) of Baldwyn; granddaughters, Amanda Allen (Drew), Paige Skelton (Richard), Marsha Price and Christian Floyd; great-grandchildren, Lilly Floyd, Grady Allen, Isaac Allen and Leighanna Allen; one sister, Tommie Baker of Jackson, Tenn.; stepchildren, Don Rowan and children, Shelia Rowan and Mandi, and Larry Rowan (Dana) and children.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Paul Price and Merle Rowan; her parents, Harmon and Mattie Riddle; a brother, Henry Riddle; and a sister, Edith Fox.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON – Fay Davis died Tuesday, April 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
NETTLETON – Z.D. Mariah Stromey died Tuesday, April 13, 2010, at her home in Nettleton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona