By NEMS Daily Journal
LOUISVILLE – Maggie Hope Chaney, 85, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at her home in Louisville. She was born Jan. 14, 1928, in Louisville. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church. She was an avid bridge club and played with her bridge club for more than 55 years. She loved working in her yard, and her grandchildren were the light of her life.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Porter Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Charles Chaney of Louisville; a son, Jimmy (Brenda) Chaney of Brandon; two daughters, Hope (Matt) Wesson of Tupelo and Suzanne (John Taylor) Paschal of Louisville; eight grandchildren, Margaret (Rob) Eshleman, Betsy Wesson, Matthew Wesson, Brad (Danielle) Chaney, Kendall Chaney, Taylor (Candice) Paschal, Chaney Paschal and Cameron Paschal; and four great-grandchildren, Kinley and August Paschal, and Eden and Maggie Polk.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Louisville or French Camp Academy.
To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net.
BRUCE – Jerry Hill, 49, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cane Creek Cemetery in Vardaman. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mattie Hill of Columbus; two sons, Quinton and Jerry Hill of Columbus; six brothers, Cleo Tuggle, Sinatra Hill, Calvin Hill and Jo Eddie Hill, all of Bruce, Dennis Hill of Florida and Willie Hill of Toledo, Ohio; and one grandchild.
TUPELO – Jesse James Witt, 17, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Lee County as the result of a motor vehicle accident. Jesse was born on May 28, 1995, in Cullman, Ala., to Leonard and Shelia Mae Smith Witt. Tupelo became his home in 2001 when his family moved here from Alabama. Jesse attended Tupelo Middle School and was a senior at Saltillo High School, Class of 2013. Jesse’s plans were to attend Mississippi State University in the fall and pledge Kappa Sigma. A great lover of all God’s creation, Jesse loved the area waters and lakes, was an skilled wake boarder and enjoyed boating, fishing and hunting with his Dad and friends. He was a remarkable athlete, participating and attending as many SHS athletic events as possible this year. His Tiger Pride included being an ace tennis player, winning the MSHAA District Tennis Tournament just last weekend and formerly playing football. A diehard Alabama Crimson Tide fan, he was a joy to be around.
A joint life celebration service with his best friend, Gage Fidram, will be held at 4 p.m. today, April 17, 2013, at The Orchard Church on Coley Road in Tupelo with Bro. Barton Ramsey, Coach Charles Covington and his sister, Jade, officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today at The Orchard Church.
Survivors include his parents, Leonard and Shelia Witt of Tupelo; his sister, Jade Elizabeth Witt; his grandparents, James Richard Witt and Ella Faye Witt of Birmingham, Ala.; his aunts and uncles, Kathie Scofield (Dan), Rodney and Angie Smith, Doug and Tonya Witt, and Jimmy Witt; a host of cousins and other relatives; and his Saltillo High School family. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Shelba Jean and James Moody Witt, and his best friend, Gage Hamilton Fidram.
Pallbearers will be River Fidram, John Gann, Tory Gifford, Case Knight, Carson Crooks, Colby Hall, Worth Robinson, John Forrest Kelly, Thomas Harris, Matthew Ammerman, Justin Hughes, J.G. Miley, Matthew Miley, Matt Clark, Andrew Clark, J.P. Stanzill, Wesley Baker and Jake Wright.
Memorials may be made to the River Fidram/Jade Witt Educational Fund, 2541 Hwy. 145, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEW ALBANY – Lenora Garling, 90, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
RIPLEY – Clifford Lawrence Cox, 78, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born June 30, 1934, in Tippah County to Alex Cox and Harriett Boyd Cox. He was a veteran of the Air Force, a graduate of Mississippi Valley State and a teacher for many years. He married Maudine Mitchell in 1972. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church in Peoria.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Moses Chapel United Methodist Church in Ripley. The Rev. Joseph Stone will officiate. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two brothers, Albert (Hattie) Cox and Alex Cox; a sister-in-law, Dossie Nixon; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a brother, Earnest Cox; and four sisters, Lula Mae Carruth, Dinah Lee Simmons, Lizzie Etta Johnson and Jamie Pauline Johnson.
The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time today.
AMORY – Jerry L. “J.T.” Thompson, 65, died on Monday, April 15, 2013, at his residence. Born on May 28, 1947, in Smithville, he was a son of Mary P. Handley Thompson and the late Rubel L. Thompson. He attended Hatley High School. He began working as a presser and later became a supervisor at Amory Garment, retiring after 40 years of service. He was of Baptist faith. A friendly, outspoken and an easy-going person, he loved his mama and his family. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, gardening, playing pool, country music, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his mother, Mary P. Thompson of Amory; daughter, Darlene Goodin (Jeremy) of Amory; son, Danny Thompson (Sonya) of Smithville; brothers, Dennis Thompson (Sue) and Donald G. Thompson (Tamie), both of Amory; half sister, Gwendolyn Hickman; grandchildren, Ashley Rhynes, Vanessa Thompson, Matthew Thompson, Jeremy Pounds and Carol Pounds; great-grandchildren, Noah Lawson and Bayleigh Gist; nieces and nephews, Blake Thompson, Brady Thompson, Angie Parker and Maria Thompson; and special friend, Jerry Roche.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Thompson, and a son, Jason L. Thompson.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Reid Wilkerson officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Goodin, David White, Anthony White, Jerry Roche, Tommy Harlow and Cory Gist. Honorary pallbearer will be Noah Lawson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
RED BANKS – Timothy “T.J.” Justin Barber, 28, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Baptist-Memphis Hospital in Memphis after an extended illness. He was born on March 28, 1985, in Amory to Tim and Penny Pate Barber. He was a native of Nettleton, but had resided in Red Banks for the past four years. He was a former security guard and a member of the Thaxton Pentecostal Church. He loved going hunting and fishing and playing the drums.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Ben Raper, Bro. Mike Barber and Bro. Jackie Pate officiating. A committal service and burial will be at 4 p.m. in the Allen Family Cemetery in Lamar.
Survivors include his wife, Amanda Leeann Feathers of Red Banks; his parents, Tim and Penny Pate Barber of Nettleton; one son, Justin Tyler Barber of the home; one sister, Angelica Barnett (John) of Saltillo; his grandmothers, Jo Ann Barber of Nettleton and Lavern Tomason (Bill) of Nettleton; his in-laws, Kevin and Elizabeth Williams of Red Banks and Bruce Feathers (fiancée, Kitten) of Walnut; His sister-in-law, April Brooks (Chris) of Ashland; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins; four nephews, Branson and Brayden Barnet, Dominic and Leland Brooks; and a special friend, Anthony Rakestraw.
He was preceded in death by an infant sibling and his grandfather, James Barber and Jackie Pate.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Barber, Corey Barber, Chris Brooks, Robbie Pate, Justin Pate and Michael Wages. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce Feathers, Tony Pate, Brandon Wages and David Wages.
Visitation will continue at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
GRENADA – Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Clanton, 61, formerly of Calhoun City, died Friday, April 5, 2013, at Grenada Lake Medical Center. He was born Sept. 1, 1951, in Eupora to Braxton Clanton and Ruth Beck Clanton. He was a retired finn press machine operator for Heatcraft and a member of Bradford Chapel Baptist Church.
He is survived by one daughter, Jennifer Lynn (Eddie) Long of Independence; one brother, Steve Clanton of Gore Springs; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Sheryl Lynn Clanton; and a brother, Larry Clanton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Bradford Chapel Baptist Church at Gore Springs with the Rev. John Haimes officiating. Burial will be in the Bradford Chapel Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Mickey Trussell, Joey Trussell, Melvin Clanton, Ben Clanton, Chase Noel and Jimmy Blaylock.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
SAVANNAH, Tenn. – Robert Luther Hicks, 82, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Regional Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. He was born Nov. 11, 1930, in the Ozark community to Robert R. Hicks and Ada Shockley Hicks. He was retired from the U.S. Navy with 22 years of service. He was a former employee of Ingalls Shipyard. He enjoyed woodworking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. J.C. Newby officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Kathy Tucker (James) of Smyrna, Tenn., Brenda Taylor of Booneville and Wanda Yates (Edwin) of Booneville; two sons, Robert D. Hicks (Sandi) of Savannah, Tenn., and Cecil Hicks of Booneville; sisters, Bernice Estes of Ozark and Faye Beck of Dorsey; brother, Milburn Hicks of Pontotoc; 13 grandchildren, Chase Hicks, Kelly Alcott, Shaun Roberts, Jennifer Roberts, Coree Tucker, Sharla Teel, Jessica Hicks, Brandon Davis, Scooter Allen, Bronzie South, Kim Holley, Stephanie Davis and Jeremy Yates; 21 great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Odie Tueffel of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Ruble, James and Delbert Hicks.
Pallbearers will be James Tucker, Coree Tucker, Edwin Yates, Shaun Roberts, Jeremy Yates and Chase Hicks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
PONTOTOC – Julia Josephine Akins Mallard, 85, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 31, 1927, in Blue Mountain to Bondy and Mary V. Akins. She graduated from Palmer High School near Ripley, Blue Mountain College and the University of Mississippi. She retired after 30 years as an elementary school teacher. She was always active in her church as a Sunday School teacher. She was a selfless wife, mother and mamaw, and blessed with a sweet kind spirit.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Gordon Gentry and Bro. Jay Street will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Donald Mallard, whom she married in 1946; children, Don Mallard of Mountain Home, Ark., Becky Mulvey (Kevin) of Nashville, Tenn., Brett Mallard of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Ashley Mallard (Kim), Don Mallard (Courtney) of Fayetteville, Ark., Ian Mulvey (Patricia) of Nashville, Craig Mulvey (Holly) of Nashville, Jessica Mallard Taylor (Alan) of Starkville and Shannon Mulvey of Nashville; five great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Hilda Horton of Ripley and Carolyn Hayes (Floyd) of Germantown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Mary Dees and Bonnie Blackwell; and a brother, Harry Akins.
Pallbearers will be Don Mallard, Ian Mulvey, Craig Mulvey, Kevin Mulvey, Alan Taylor, Mark Waltrip, Skeeter Loden, Gene Turner, Johnny Moore, Walter White and Terry Bean.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
HOULKA – Mark Therrell Hood, 43, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born June 13, 1969, in Houlka to Thomas and Dorothy Hood. He was a carpenter and a member of Cook Memorial Baptist Church.
Services were Friday, April 12, at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial was in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona.
Survivors include his father, Thomas Hood of Houlka; five children, Brett Hood and Marley Hood, both of Houlka, Clay Hood of Pontotoc, Katelyn Hood and Jared Hood, both of Houston; seven siblings, Johnny Hood and Rhonda of Houlka, Sherry Russell and Steve of Thaxton, Janet Clark and Billy of Houlka, Deidra Young of Okolona, Kevin Hood and Jody of Houlka, Melony Clark and Vic of Houlka, and Lara Huffman of Houston; his fiancée, Donna Stephenson of Houston; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Hood, and one brother Gary Hood.
Pallbearers were Matthew Clark, Jacob Clark, Michael Luther, Jock Moore, Joey Moody and Ricky Williams Jr.
Online condolences may be made at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
HOUSTON – Ruby Ann Harrell Watkins, 66, died Monday, April 15, 2013. She was born June 18, 1946, in Calhoun County to Floyd D. Harrell and Clytee Duncan Harrell. She was a retired buyer and shipper of sweet potatoes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Rinehart and Bro. Scott Samuel officiating. Burial will be at Ellzey Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Carla Haire Landreth (James) of Vardaman; her son, Doug Watkins Jr. of Houston; four grandchildren, Kayla and K.B. Weaver of Houston, Avery Marshall Landreth of Vardaman and Zack Watkins of Houston; two great-grandchildren, Kylee Beth Martin and Elias Blaise Weaver both of Houston; one sister, Mary Neal (Johnny) of New Albany: two brothers, Eddie Harrell (Wanda) of Houston and David Harrell (Sandra) of Houston; and special friends, Mark and Rhonda Huffman of Houston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Clytee Harrell; and two brothers, Howard and Wayne Harrell.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Harrell Jr., Scotty Harrell, Bubba Neal, Kelly Harrell, Tony Watkins, Stanley Watkins, Jason Harrell and Shane Harrell.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
FURRS – Jerry Golding, 51, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home in the Furrs community. He was born Oct. 18, 1961, in Tupelo. He was a member of Furrs Baptist Church and a truck driver most of his life. An avid Ole Miss fan, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will be most remembered for his loud, booming laughter and big smile. He loved his family and friends and never met a stranger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Furrs Baptist Church. Bro. Steve Cohea will officiate. Burial will follow in the White Zion Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Ocie Lorene Akens Golding, and his father, Charles M. “Buddy” Golding; two nieces, Teresa Golding and Shelia Ratliff (Bart); and a nephew, B.J. Ratliff.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Nannie V. Golding, and Ollie and Minnie Akens.
Pallbearers will be Randy Todd, Brent Todd, Johnny Keith, Robbie Moss, Carrie McMullen and Jeff Short.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.
PONTOTOC – Lynette C. Sudduth, 72, died Monday, April 15, 2013, in hospice care. She was born Aug. 1, 1940, to O.A. and Johnnie Tyler Cannon. She was a fifth grade schoolteacher in the North Pontotoc School System for 25 years. She lived the last years of her life with her soulmate of 53 years.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Judge Jimmy Roberts will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Curtis Sudduth; two children, Barbara C. Westmoreland and Mark Sudduth; five grandchildren, Shayne Westmoreland, Jaime Westmoreland, Elzizbeth Westmoreland, Jordan Westmoreland and Marry Margaret Sudduth; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother; a brother, Jackie Cannon; and a still born son.
Pallbearers will be three grandsons, Shayne, Jaime and Jordan; a brother-in-law, Richard Stegall; a nephew, Justin Sudduth; and a family friend, Russell McGillvray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
BOONEVILLE – Berry Neal Davis, 71, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Tyrone Thompson, 55, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Home.
OXFORD – Keith Lipsey, 35, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Dove Health and Rehabilitation in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
TIPLERSVILLE – Dorothy L. Prather, 67, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
SUWANEE, Ga. – Tamer Lou Mosley, 84, formerly of Oxford, died Tuesday, April 9, 2013, in Suwanee, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
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WEST POINT – Bennie Lee Neely Sr., 58, died Friday, April 12, 2013, at University Hospital in Jackson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Payne Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
IUKA – Donald N. Strachan, 83, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his residence.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society by calling 800-ACS-2345; or online at www.cancer.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Frances B. Sparks, 93, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at Traceway Manor in Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.
Condolences may be made at www.memorialcorinth.com.