Obituaries April 16, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tim Cunningham
OKOLONA – James “Tim” Cunningham, 61, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona.
Tony Mallard
TUPELO – Anthony “Tony” Mallard, 46, died Friday, April 15, 2011, at his home in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Bonnie Hardin
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Bonnie Callahan Hardin, 64, died. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville.

Ruth Munlin
PONTOTOC – Ruth Munlin, 83, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a longtime member of the Pontotoc Church of Christ. She loved her yard sales, dolls and work.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pontotoc Church of Christ with Gordon Gentry and Jay Street officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Rachel (Duane) Tutor, Mickey (Faye) Munlin, all of Pontotoc, and Rebekah (Terry) Fields of Jacksonville, Fla.; her grandchildren, Jason (Kristi) Munlin, Reagan (Kevin) Kirby, Damian (Brandie) Tutor, Derek (Kim) Tutor, Shanna Fields, Shane (Jeanine) Harrell and Amanda (Bill) Hanna; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Moore and Mary Lou Moore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric Quinton Munlin; her parents, Will and Ella Holley Moore; her brothers, John H (Loyd) Moore, Boyce R. Moore, Troy D. Moore and Buddy Moore; and one sister, Lola Nash.
Pallbearers will be Troy Moore, Charles Moore, Johnny Moore, Tim Demirtas, David Wooley and John Moore.
Honorary pallbearer will be Larry Haynes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church building.

Eddie Tucker
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eddie Willis Tucker, 59, died Monday, April 11, 2011, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gray’s Chapel C.M.E. Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in the Gray’s Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Laverne Umfress
MOOREVILLE – Laverne Umfress, 87, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at The Meadows in Fulton after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth Gray
MARIETTA – Elizabeth Caldwell Gray, 83, died Friday, April 15, 2011, at Landmark Nursing and Rehab. She was born Dec. 31, 1927, to James A. and Ila Mae Todd Caldwell. She was a member of Zion Rest Church of Christ and was retired from Marietta Manufacturing.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Zion Rest Church of Christ with Tony Brown officiating. Burial will follow in the Zion Rest Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Shirley (Gene) Pharr of Marietta; one son, Larry (Diane) Gray of Marietta; one sister, Sherline Haynes of Lambert; three grandchildren, Shana (Darren) Hughes, David Pharr and Wesley (Tina) Gray; four great-grandchildren, Zoie Hughes, Reily Gray, Ashton Pharr and MacBeth Pharr and her extended family at Landmark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wilford Gray; two sisters, Eloise Floyd and Earlene Barron; and six brothers, James, H. L., Vance, Emmitt, Carnice and Spain Caldwell.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Eddie Gray, Ken Gray, Jerry Warren, Gerald Gray, Jeff Floyd and Randy Floyd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Benson
BREWER – Dorothy M. Benson, 78, died Thursday, April, 14, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 24, l932, in Lee County to Johnny K. Muse and Donnie Mae Shepard Armstrong. She spent over 35 years as a devoted and compassionate nurse at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a longtime member of the Verona Church of Christ and the Brewer Homemaker’s Club where she served as secretary-treasurer. Her cats, Sam and Susie, were her delights.
Graveside service will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Benson family plot at Brewer Cemetery with Robert Kingsley officiating. Holland Funeral Directors is charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two children, Randy (Barbara Ballard) Benson of Brewer and Sarah Benson (Ronny) Kelly of the Tater Hills Community; five grandchildren, Angela (Chris Smith) Ethridge, Scott Benson, Melanie (Justin) Washington, Greg (Katie) Kelly and Amanda Benson; nine great-grandchildren, Blake, Laken, Gabriel, Daniel, Olivia, Makayla, Elissa, Taylor and Christina; her sister, Becky Armstrong (Mike) Easley of Brewer; her brother, Jim (Patty) Armstrong of Houston, Texas; and three sisters-in-law, Beryl (Benny) Carson, Fay Benson and Evelyn Benson.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Donnie Mae; her stepfather, Boardman Armstrong; her husband, Ralph Donald Benson who died July 11, l988; her son, Ralph Benson, who died in l981; and a daughter, Susie Benson, who died in l957.
Visitation will follow the service at the cemetery.
The family requests that memorials be made in memory of Dorothy to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P. O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802 or that you adopt a pet in her memory.
Remembrances and special greetings may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Lillian Holloway
BOONEVILLE – Lillian Bullard Holloway, 89, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at the Cornerstone Health and Rehab in Corinth. She was born December 27, 1921, to Walter and Ona Walker Bullard. She was a member of Kemp’s Chapel Baptist Church. She worked for ITT for 11 years.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kemp’s Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Rayburn Richardson and Bro. Tim Dillingham officiating. The eulogy will be delivered by Ginger Holloway Warmath, her granddaughter. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Tim Holloway of Rienzi; three sisters, Susie Nash, Sarah Kakuirs and Shirley Smith; one brother, Walter Wayne Bullard; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H.C. Holloway in 2000; two sons, William Ray Holloway Sr. and Larry Holloway; one daughter, Carol Holloway; her parents; one sister, Ruth Maresko; and one brother, James Thomas Bullard.
Pallbearers will be Gary Nash, Randle Nash, Gerald Nash, Jacky Rowsey, John Warmath and Steve Patterson.
Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie-in-state at the church one hour prior to the service.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Vance Potts
BOONEVILLE – Vance Potts, 98, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Scott-Del Cottage Assisted Living. He was retired and was a member of the Carolina United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Lowery officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Rick Potts of Wentzville, Mo., and Herschel Potts of Booneville; one sister, Mildred Martin of Booneville; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife Ruth Bolt Potts; two brothers, Billy and Leeland Potts; and one great-grandson, Tommy D’Amico.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Harris Counce Jr.
CORINTH – Rev. Harris K. Counce Jr. , 80, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Care Center. He was a 1950 graduate of Corinth High School a 1956 graduate of Mississippi College. He also attended New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard during the Korean War, as a Sergeant and a cook. He started Campground and Minister at Mills Creek and founded Master’s Mount at J.P. Colman State Park.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kossuth Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Watkins and Rev. Ray Newcomb officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery. McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Ida Miller Counce of Corinth; daughters, Nancy Counce Bailey of Culman, Ala., Netia Counce Caviness of Ripley, Nebra Counce (Ken) King of Memphis, Nenna Counce (Steve) Stubbs of Ripley and Nandra Counce Nabors of Ripley; two sons; Jonathan (Lisa) Counce of Muscat, Oman, and Phillip (Amy) Counce of Tupelo; one brother, Dicky Counce of New Iberia, La.; one sister, Sue Counce Mullins of Corinth; grandchildren, Eric Bailey, Jamie Cahill, Amy VanHorn, Samantha Bailey, Betsey Caviness Brown, Joseph Caviness, Katie Caviness Hodges, Valerie King Janecek, Miranda King McGhee, Kimberly King, Amanda Stubbs Massengill, Jessica Stubbs Williams, Stephanie Stubbs, Robert Nabors, Ben Nabors, Graham Counce, Adam Hilderbrand, Leland Counce, Luke Counce and Emma Counce; and 25 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Ben Nabors, Robert Nabors, Graham Counce, Adam Hilderbrand, Ken King, Steve Stubbs, Leland Counce, Luke Counce and Joseph Caviness.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Kossuth Baptist Church Mission Fund, c/o Don Pace, 907 Hwy 2, Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences may be made to www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Alma Pickle
AMORY – Alma Pickle, 90, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Joe Shotwell
WOODLAND – Joe Silas Shotwell, 63, died Saturday, April 9, 2011.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at Upper Prarie Creek M.B. Church in Woodland with Pastor Dossie Gates officiating. Burial will be in Dixie Community Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary Service is in charge of arrangements.

Caleb Wesley
OXFORD – Christopher Caleb Wesley, 20, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, in Oxford. He was born in Greenwood and was a 2008 graduate of Dickson High School in Dickson, Tenn.; he also attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. He enjoyed working with children at The Scott Center in Oxford, music and singing.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Bro. Ryan Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Rolonda Wesley Gray of Oxford; his father, Shealyn N. Richmond of Holly Springs; his step-father, David W. Gray of Oxford; his brother, David Bojack Gray of Oxford; his sister, Cara Loree Gray of Oxford; and his grandparents, Ronald Wesley of Carolton, Rubye Britt Carlisle of Greenwood and Sally J. Gray of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Helen L. Wesley, and his grandfathers, James H. Wiltshire and Darrel Wayne Gray.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Scott Center, 401 North 5th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.

Dorothy Haynes
CORINTH – Dorothy L. Haynes died Friday, April 15, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the City Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.