Obituaries April 17, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Braylen Kirby
HOUSTON – Braylen D. Kirby, four months, died April 14, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Montgomery Mortuary Service of Houston.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elmer Hodges Jr.
TUPELO – Elmer Hodges Jr. died April 15, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Barbara Ann Kritner
MANTACHIE – Barbara Ann Kritner, 60, died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born in Baldwyn on Aug. 19, 1950, to Robert Edward and Gladys Ann Lindsey Davis. During her extended illness, she never stopped living her life, enjoying her family and her puppy, Bridget. She was an avid fisherman, and she loved gardening and Facebook. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Peppertown.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Mark Tutor and the Rev. Houston Dill officiating. Burial will be at Hodges Chapel. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Padraic Raines (Kathy) of Baldwyn, Paul Raines of Blue Springs and Shane Raines (Amanda) of Baldwyn; three daughters, Angie Grose (Jonathan) of Blue Springs, Wanda Williams of Tupelo and Melissa Parr (Jeremy) of Mantachie; and a grandson she reared, Zackery Raines of Mantachie; three brothers, Bobby Davis (Louise) of Marietta, Hayden Davis (Shelia) of Corinth and Carroll Davis (Rosemary) of Baldwyn; 17 additional grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband in 1972, Paul Dell Raines; her second husband in 1997, Art Kritner; her parents; and one brother, Larnce Clifton Davis.
Pallbearers will be Paul McMillen, Don Garnsay, Joseph Raines, Marty Davis and Eugene Davis.
Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Christopher Croot.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Willeen Owen
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Margaret Willeen Nisbet Owen, 86, formerly of Pontotoc, died April 16, 2011, at McCall Hospice in Simpsonville, S.C. Mrs. Owen was born Oct. 6, 1924, in Ecru to William Oswald Nisbet and Maude Pauline Vance Nisbet. She was the younger of two full sisters and two stepbrothers, all of who predeceased her. Mrs. Owen grew up in Ecru, attending Ecru High School. She moved to Memphis with her sister, Mary Elizabeth Nisbet, and friends to work during World War II. Mrs. Owen married Frank Keith Owen Sr. on Feb. 5, 1944, in Pontotoc. While her husband served in the Navy during the war, Mrs. Owen worked in her husband’s family retail store. After the war, Mrs. Owen became a full time wife and mother of her growing family.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Michaele Wood officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Frank K. Owen Jr. and Susan Ford Owen of Amory, Carlton Owen and Brenda Childers Owen of Greenville, S.C. and Jayne Owen Donovan and William J. Donovon of Charlotte, N.C.; her grandchildren, Shae Owen Byars and Ken Byars and their children, Jill, Keith and Dane; Sheldon F. Owen and Sarah Owen and their children, August and Alden, Josh M. Owen and Allison Owen and their children, Patrick and Meghan and Tabitha Michelle Owen and Bailey Gwynne Donovan.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frank Keith Owen Sr. on Dec. 24, 1985.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Owen, Bill Rutledge, Ken Byars, Van Ritter, Ken Butler and Wally Whitt.
Honorary pallbearers will be the caregivers at Homewood Residence of Greenville, S.C., the doctors and nurses at McCall Hospice House of Simpsonville, S.C. and Dr. Bala Krishniah of Greenville, S.C. for their loving support and care of Mrs. Owen.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Pearline Hill
AMORY – Pearline “Pearl” Hill, 50, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born Sept. 14, 1960, in Fulton to James Vasser and Evil Lois Hill. She was a member of New Chapel C.M.E. Church in Fulton. She attended high school in Detroit, Mich. She was a homemaker for her family. She was a master in making floral arrangements. She enjoyed cooking for family and friends. She really loved music and dancing.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Chapel C.M.E. Church in Fulton with the Rev. Luther Minor officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Evil Lois Hill of Belleville, Mich.; one son, Quincy Hill of Amory; two daughters, Sakina Hill and Satasha Hill, both of Amory; three brothers, Tony Ceresta Hill of Oklahoma, Coleman (Sarah) Vassar of Fulton and Paul Cooper of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; four sisters, Linda Faye Jackson, Jackie Hill, both of Detroit, Jackie Wiley of Flint, Mich. and Kathy Hill of Amory; seven grandchildren; and numerous aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time Monday.

Thomas Park
CORINTH – Thomas Wesley Park died April 15, 2011 at his home. He was born April 29, 1959. He was a mail carrier, serving since 1989 and most recently in the Kendrick area. He graduated from Iuka High School in 1977 and from Ole Miss in 1983. He was an active member of First Baptist Church, where he enjoyed serving on the Kitchen Krew. He attended the Boy Scout jamboree in Idaho which sparked his love of travel. Tommy was an avid Ole Miss, NASCAR and sports fan. He always enjoyed watching his children play sports. He enjoyed seeing the people on his mail route and spending time with his family. He especially enjoyed planning trips with his wife and children and taking them on road trip adventures.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Brenda Wright Park; his son, Hayden Wesley Park; his daughter, Alyssa Gregory Park, all of Corinth; his parents, Elmo and Ann Park of Iuka; his brother, Kenneth Park and his wife, Joyce of Iuka; his sisters, Cathy Paul and her husband, Neil of Biloxi, Carol Potts and her husband, Alan of Tupelo and Paula Hutchens and her husband, Duke of Corinth; his mother-in-law, Colene Wright of Selmer, Tenn.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by father-in-law, Bill Wright
Pallbearers will be Larry Beard, Sammy Allred, Norman Isbell, Ronnie Sleeper, Trent Rhodes, Richard Twitty, Chuck Counce and Preston Knight.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Youth Dept., 501 Main St. Corinth, MS 38834 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Online condolences can be accessed at www.memorialcorinth.com.

Ray Bishop
VINA, Ala. – Ray Bishop died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
Visitation will continue until service time Monday at Vina First Baptist Church.
Tony Mallard
TUPELO – Rick Anthony “Tony” Mallard, 45, died suddenly Friday, April 15, 2011, at his home in Tupelo. Tony was born Oct. 13, 1965, in Madison County, Ala., the youngest of four children, to Gerald Rickman Mallard and Virginia Ree Pounders Mallard. He spent his early years in New Albany with his family, and he moved to Tupelo in l979. He graduated from Tupelo High School in l983, and then from Itawamba Community College. Tony was a self employed master carpenter, specializing in home renovations. He was an active member of Parkway Baptist Church in Tupelo, where he was strongly involved in their missions program. His two sons, their hobbies, especially sports, were his life. A practical jokester and comedian, Tony was well known for his outdoor grilling and his trademark sweet tea. He enjoyed NASCAR and fellowship with his family and many friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Paul Brasier and Bro. Jerry Pounders officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, Anthony Rickman Mallard and Clayton Reed Mallard and their mother, Sandi Stewart Mallard, all of Tupelo; his mother, Virginia Pounders Mallard of Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Sheila Schulman of Saltillo, Melissa Carothers (Dick) of Tupelo and Angela Hodnett (Steve) of Atlanta; his grandmother, Lois Pounders of Russellville, Ala.; his nieces and nephews, Jenny and Sonny Schulman, Carly Douglas, Conner Carothers and Kayleb Gillard; and his aunts and uncles, Margie and Billy Nix, Jerry and Gwen Pounders, Charlotte McPeters, Landon Mallard and Colleen Mallard.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald.
Pallbearers will be David Hurst, Jason Roberts, Andy Whitt, Alex Pulse, Chuck Bunn, Dewayne Herring, Bubba Nicholson and Todd Carey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Floyd, Rueben Spencer, Chris Whitt, Chris Moore, Jeff Burleson, Andy Dyson, Randy Houston and Bill McDaniel; the men of his Sunday school class at Parkway Baptist; and his additional many friends.
Memorials are suggested to be made in Tony’s memory to his children’s educational fund, c/o Bancorp South, 456 S. Coley Road, Tupelo, MS. 38804.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

J.C. Watson
BYHALIA – J.C.Watson, 89, died April 15, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1921, in Union County. He was a Baptist, a farmer and a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery in Enterprise. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Watson of Ripley and James Earl Watson of Pontotoc; three daughters, Mary Walker Gray of Hernando, Linda Taylor of Ecru and Kathy Devaughn of Pontotoc; two brothers, Jessie “Red” Watson and Delmer Watson, both of New Albany; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell Henry Watson and Mary Maxey Watson.
Pallbearers will be Chris Hogue, Shane Waddle, Timmy Hymans, James Walker, Cody Waddle and Justin Anderson.
Honorary pallbearers are Renita Walker, Janice Waddle, Stephanie Anderson and Destiny Waddle.
Shaw Robbins
OKOLONA – Shaw Madison Robbins, 53, died suddenly Friday, April 15, 2011, at his home in Chickasaw County. Shaw was born on Nov. 8, l957, in Chickasaw County to the late William Aubrey Robbins Sr. and Mary Jean Bishop Robbins. A lifelong Chickasaw Countian, he spent most of his life farming with the Gregory family at Poverty Hill Farms West of Okolona. A Baptist, he enjoyed fishing, arrowhead hunting, riding his unicycle of which he was a master, playing the harmonica and visiting with family and good friends. He enjoyed his ride through life!
Services will be at 1 p.m. today from the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. H.D. Miller officiating. Burial will be in the Robbins family plot at Asbury Cemetery in Van Vleet. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today. Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Suzanne Brown Robbins of Van Vleet; his sisters, Jenny Logan of Pontotoc and Mary Shannon of Brewer; his brothers, Robert Kind of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Roy King of Chattanooga, Wayne King of Brandon, Junior Robbins of Okolona, Guy Robbins of Mobile and Randy Robbins of Gulf Shores, Ala.; a stepson, Clay Watkins of Houlka; and one grandson, Waylon Lane Watkins of Houlka.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jack Gregory, Bill Gregory, Bob Gregory, Tank Nicholson, Ricky Scott and Kebo Davis.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Vance Potts
BOONEVILLE – Vance Potts, 98, of Booneville, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at Scott-Del Cottage Assisted Living. He was born Sept. 25, 1912, to Leonard and Alma Moore Potts. He was a member of Carolina United Methodist Church, and he was retired.
Services will be at noon Monday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Lowery officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Rick (Michelle) Potts of Wentzville, Mo. and Herschel (Sue) Potts of Booneville; one sister, Mildred Martin of Booneville; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death his parents; his wife, Ruth Bolt Potts; two brothers, Billy and Leland Potts; and one great grandson, Tommy D’Amico.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at HYPERLINK “http://www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com” www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Catherine Farmer
WEST POINT – Catherine Pope Farmer, 89, died April 16, 2011, at the Waverly Care Home in West Point. Mrs. Farmer was born Sept. 21, 1921, in Pheba to Ethel Ellen Duke and Walter Brooks Pope. She was a switch board operator for Ivy Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1984. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Catherine Pope Farmer married William Herbert Farmer on Feb. 2, 1942, in Biloxi, and he preceded her in death on May 27, 2009.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron McDougal officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, James Robert Pope of West Point; one sister-in-law, Nellie Dye Pope of Columbus; one nephew, Robert E. Pope (Dudley Ann) of Columbus; several other nieces and nephews; and a great-niece and a great-nephew.
She was also preceded in death by her brother, Walter Duke Pope; and her sister, Christine Pope.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Robinson, Russ Walker, Larry McCary, Kenny Hudson, Burton Nix and Millard Long.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Rutledge and the staff of Waverly Care Home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Laverne Umfress
MOOREVILLE – Elsie Laverne Umfress, 87, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at The Meadows, in Fulton, after an extended illness. A Lee County native, she was born May 5, 1923, to Cortez and Jodie Christian Garner. She graduated from Auburn High School. Earlier in her working career, she was employed by Reed Manufacturing for a number of years. She later worked at The McDougal Center, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, serving as supervisor of housekeeping, and at Belden Daycare. She enjoyed traveling and cooking for her family. She loved her dog, Boo. She was the widow of William Edward Umfress, who died Nov. 16, 2004. She was a longtime member of Auburn Baptist Church, and she was active in the Joy Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Auburn Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob O’Niel and the Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth Umfress (Elizabeth) of Birmingham, Ala. and Phillip Umfress of Mooreville; five grandchildren, Gina Umfress, Amy Huckestein, Emily Hood, Becky Judd and April Stewart; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Larry Umfress; and her brother, Trice Garner.
Pallbearers will be Donny Pearce, David Pearce, Charles Sheffield and Jimmy Christian.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Auburn Baptist Church Building Fund, 1138 CR 931, Tupelo MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Leroy Foley
NEW ALBANY – David Leroy Foley, 96, of New Albany, died Friday April 15, 2011, at his home. He was born in Cotton Plant on Sept. 23, 1914, to William S. and Sally Hanks Foley. He retired from Railway Express in Memphis. He was a Veteran of World War II, in the 254th Infantry 63 Division. He was in the battalion that broke through the Siegfried Line into Germany. He loved fishing and hunting. He was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Billy Lee Foley officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Presbyterian Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lorene Foley of New Albany; one son Dr. Jerry L. Foley (Barbara) of Kansas City, Mo.; four grandchildren, Kimberly Nagel, Rebecca Mallen (Tim), all of Kansas City, Mo., Dr. Richard Sharpe (Stella) of Texarkana, Texas and Andrea Trent (David) of Little Rock, Ark.; and one sister, Marie Foley Lewellen of Southhaven.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mattie Lee Lewellen Foley; one daughter, Syble Louise Foley Smith; four sisters; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Jim Jennings, John Simpson, Sam Jordan, Richard Goudy, Vance Witt and David Steward.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Foley’s service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Army flag during his visitation and his funeral service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.