PONTOTOC – Joyce Dillard Burton, 74, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at her daughter’s residence after an extended illness. She was born in Pontotoc on January 1, 1935, to the late Lester Mitchell Dillard and Mable Marion Dearman. She was a retired homemaker and a member of Furrs Baptist Church. She dearly loved all her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Baldwin, Nowell Chapel with Bro. Steve Cobea officiating. Burial will be in the Zion Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the White Zion Presbyterian Cemetery. Baldwin, Nowell & Clark is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kaye Denton (Ricky), of Tupelo; two grandsons, Adam Denton (Noelle) of Tupelo and Joe Denton (Melissa) of Ardmore, Okla.; three great-grandchildren, Caleb Denton, Lorelai Denton and Jack Denton; brothers, Davis Dillard (Cherri) of Mantachie; one sister-in-law, Dot Talley (Bud) of Verona; two brothers-in-law, Johnny Long of Pontotoc and Carl Burton (Mary Lou) of Pennsylvania; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marlin Burton; one son, Scott Burton; and one grandson, Corp. Blake Burton Mounce.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MANTACHIE – Jamie E. Underwood, 85, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was born Sep. 16, 1923, to Martin and Pauline Kyle. She was married on March 1, 1941, to Edward Underwood. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was a devout Baptist and enjoyed crocheting, quilting and tending to her flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Edward Underwood of Mantachie; two daughters, Martha Dodson (Larry, Sr.) of Mantachie and Paulette McMillen (Junior) of Saltillo; three sons, Jerry Underwood Sr. (Joyce), David Underwood (Pam) of Mantachie and Paul Underwood (Peggy) of Houlka; one brother, Carroll Kyle (Terrena) of Pontotoc; two sisters, Katherine Shelton of the Carolina Community and Faye Ellen Conley (Jimmy) of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; eleven grandchildren, Debbie Rose (Tom), Larry Dodson Jr. (Wanda), Tabitha Underwood, Jerry Underwood Jr., Fara Adams (Gary), Melissa Sanchez (Chris), James McMillen (Janice), Paul Anthony Underwood (Jackie), Wyatt Underwood, Kyle Underwood (Samantha) and Blaine Underwood; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Hugh Kyle and Gaither Kyle.
Pallbearers will be Larry Dodson Jr., Jerry Underwood Jr., James McMillen, Paul Anthony Underwood, Chance Underwood and Blaine Underwood.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 7 a.m. until service time on Monday, both at the funeral home.
IUKA – Bertha Arnold, 95, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
PONTOTOC – Jimmie Lee Skelton, 84, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the VA Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was a world war II veteran and a former prisoner of war, awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. He was retired from Kimberly Clark and Triangle Appliance Center. He was a founding member and original Minister of Randolph Church of Christ where he was still a member.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Buster Tutor delivering the eulogy. Bro. Larry Cobb will assist in the services. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the services.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Tutor (Buster); one grandson, Lee Tutor (Beverly); two granddaughters, Kristi Hill (Rickey), Vicki Kidd (Johnny); six grandchildren, Aaron Tutor, Ethan Kidd, Evan Kidd, Eric Kidd, Emily Hill and Ella Hill; one brother, Carl Skelton (Mattie); and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Skelton; his parents, Robert and Jodie Walls Skelton; brothers, Joe Skelton, Dennis Chapman, Keefer Skelton and Kermit Skelton; and one sister, Dorinda Tutor Washington.
Pallbearers will be Lee Tutor, Johnny Kidd, Rickey Hill, Ethan Kidd, Evan Kidd, Eric Kidd and Aaron Tutor.
Visitation will continue from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pinedale Children’s Home, 1872 CR700, Corinth, MS 38834.
TUPELO – Charles F. “Charlie” Aycock, 89, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. A Shawnee, Okla., native, he was born Jan. 19, 1920, to Frederick and his beloved mother, Madeline Bowen Aycock. He graduated in 1938 from La Porte High School in La Porte, Texas. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. During World War II Chief Petty Officer Charlie Aycock served on the lead ship of her class of heavy cruisers and the USS Pensacola, nicknamed the “Grey Ghost” by Tokyo Rose. In Feb. 22, 1943, he married Georgia Peary Aycock, who later preceded him in death in 1977. They traveled extensively during this time due his continued military service in the Navy. After his discharge in 1945, they made their home in Houston, Texas. They had one daughter, Sandy. During this time in his life he was able to continue his education at the University of Houston graduating with a degree in journalism. A master plumber, he spent many of his years working in construction including his own business, Mes-Tex Steel Building in Houston, Texas.
He married Cynthia (Cinnie) Farrall on June 12, 1980, in the Epicopal Church. After retirement in 1981, he moved to Tupelo. He became very active in the Tupelo Rotary Club, Meals on Wheels, various other community activites and was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was known for his love of people and kindness in sharing the fruits of his garden and his homemade breads and preserves. He and his wife spent many happy years traveling extensively throughout the world and loved living in Tupelo.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Ray and Rev. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Park Cemetery at Lawndale in Houston, Texas. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Cynthia Aycock; his daughter, Sandy Dossett (Rudy); Grandchildren, Rudy Dossett III (Alison) and Noel Dossett Russell (Bo); great grandchildren, Tyler, Hayes and Claude Dossett and Georgia and Maddie Russell; Cinnie’s children, Bob Shannon (Ann) of Baton Rouge, La., Dan Shannon (Gail) and Jerry Shannon (Amy), both of Houston, Texas, Sally Theodosis (Mike) of Austin, Texas and Carol Willis (David) of Houston; grandchildren, Kate Shannon Adams (Ted), Mike (Stacy), Stephen, David, Greg and Lisa Shannon, Laura and Parker Willis, Cindy, Alex, Andy and Charlie Theodosis, Lauren, Suzanne and Brian Shannon; and great grandchildren, Patrick and Allison Adams,
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Georgia Peary Aycock; his parents; two sisters, Jewell Billy and Velva Pepper; and three brothers, Leroy, Kenneth and Clarence Aycock.
BOONEVILLE – Brooklyn Adams, 15, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tenn. as the result of an automobile accident in Prentiss County on April 12, 2009. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Marion Floyd, 53, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
EUPORA – Bill Elliot, 52, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora. Born March 28, 1957, he was a retired business owner and a member of First United Methodist Church in Greenwood.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Wise Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Willy Weddle officiating. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, June Elliot of Greenwood; two daughters, Gunny Martin (Steven) of Greensville and Katey Deaton (Michael) of Brandon; one son, Morgan Elliot; one sister, Kathy Elliot of Greenwood; two brothers, Leslie Elliot (Marilyn) Elliot and John Elliot, both of Greenwood, and two grandchildren, Emma Deaton and Abbey Deaton, both of Brandon.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
OKOLONA – Homer Marble died Friday, April 17, 2009. at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
WEIR – Harvey Ware, 83. doed Friday, April 17, 2009, at his residence. Born Dec. 27, 1925, he was a plumber and pipefiter and a member of New Haven Baptist Church of Weir. He was also a member of the Plumbers and Pipefiters Union No. 619 for over 50 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at New Haven Baptist Church with Rev. Robby Parish and Rev. Jim Ballard officiating. Burial will be in the New Haven Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Ware of Weir; two sons, Jim Ware (Kitty) of Huntsville, Ala., and Randy Ware (Betty Rose) of Dalton; Mary Sue Hoskins of Kilmichael; four grandchildren, Joey Ware (Debbie) of Houston, Texas, Kristy Boyd (Bryan) of Cowan, Texas, Tony Ware of Dalton, Ga. and Nicole Duncan (Devlen) of Calhoun, Ga.; and four great-grandchildren, Kyle McGee and Katie Ware, both of Houston, Texas, and Ryleigh Boyd and Lindsey Boyd, both of Conwan, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at New Haven Baptist Church in Choctaw County.
VARDAMAN – Pearl Rita Loretta Vinet Dauzat, 82, formerly of Thibodaux, La., died Friday, April 17, 2009, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Vardaman United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Harold Robinson and Rev. William Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in the Atlanta Community of Chickasaw County. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Ramona Dauzat Pruitt, Deborah Dauzat Himel (Junius) and Edith Dauzat Andras (Gerald), all of Thibodaux, La.; five sons, George Dauzat (Dorothy) of Amory, Robert Dauzat (Phyllis) and Wayne Dauzat, both of Thibodaux, La., Pavay Dauzat III (Debra) and Terry Dauzat (Cathy) of Vardaman; three brothers, Louis Adams III and Harold Adams of Thibodaux, La., and George Adams of Lucedale; 29 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pavay Dauzat Jr.; her parents, Jules Vinet and Mildred Vinet Adams; stepfather, L.C. Adams Jr.; son-in-law, Glenn Pruitt; and grandparents, Arthur and Alice Stevens and Alice Woods.
Pallbearers will be Barry Himel, Gerald Andras Jr., Willie Andras, T.J. Dauzat, Thomas Dauzat, Joseph Dauzat, Corey Adams and Bobby Phillips.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy Pruitt, Chad Pruitt, Jason Himel, Chad Dauzat, Robert Dauzat Jr., Christopher Dauzat, Aaron Dauzat, Tyler Brooks and Dennis Rodrigue.
James Aaron Cole
BOONEVILLE – James Aaron Cole, 70, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
NETTLETON – Jarmila “Gerry” Palmer, 63, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at her residence after an extended illness. She was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc before recently moving to Nettleton. She had worked at Tecumseh Products for 30 years before retiring in 2007. She was born Dec. 22, 1945, in the Czech Republic to the late Emil Sefcak and Stepanka Vlcka Sefcak. She came to the United States as a four year old. She loved her family and enjoyed working in her yard with her flowers. She was an animal liver, especially cats and dogs and she also enjoyed fishing. She had a special spirituality that gave her strength and purpose and she will be sorely missed.
Services will be at 6 p.m. today from the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with Bro. John Stewart officiating. Holland-Harris Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Steve Cooper (Debbie) of Shannon; two daughters, Lana Cooper of Austin, Texas and Stephanie Copeland of Nettleton; three grandchildren, Kristen Copeland and Britt and Nick Cooper; and one brother, Lance Sefcak of Brazil, Ind.
Honorary pallbearers will be her health caregivers at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany and Unity Hospice of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until services time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Unity Hospice Charitable Trust Fund, 1413 West Main Street, Suite B, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to the Ridge Point Cancer Center, attn: Cindy Edwards, Camp Blue Bird Scholarship Fund, 990 South Madison Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
NETTLETON – Nadine R. Hall, 88, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Nettleton Presbyterian Church.
PLANTERSVILLE – Lunce Seals, 96, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
CORINTH – Travis Land Wallace, 71, died Saturday, April 18, 2009, at his residence. He was a lifelong member of Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church, which was founded by his father, James Otha Wallace. He served there as a deacon, an adult Sunday School Teacher and was privileged to work with the bus and youth ministry for which he had a special love. He was also a Gideon and a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a carpenter, building contractor and owner of Barnes and Wallace Building Supply. He was a champion bass fisherman and loved hunting of all kinds.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Andy Lee and Bro. Charles Martin officiating. Ron Wallace will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Farmington Bapist Church Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Margaret Rickett Wallace; two sons, Timothy Land Wallace (Kay) and Mark Wallace (Angie), all of Corinth; a special granddaughter, Mary Annis Wallace; three grandsons, Wyatt Landon Wallace (Brook), Brad Guthrie (Tisha) and Barron Guthrie; three great-grandsons, Landon Wallace, Gavin Guthrie and Garin Guthrie; one great-granddaughter, Greylee Guthrie; one brother, Ronald Keith “Ron” Wallace (Debbie) of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Ann Ross (Melvin) and Lynda Wall (Steve), both of Corinth; two sisters-in-law, Betty Jane Glisson (Bill) of Corinth and Margie Jordan (John) of Forrest City, Ark.; one brother-in-law, Jimmy Rickett (Shirley) of Corinth; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. James Otha Wallace; his mother, Annis Wallace Rencher; and his parents-in-law, John and Bertie Rickett.
Pallbearers will be Brad Guthrie, Barron Guthrie, Tony Glisson, Joey Rickett, Keith Wallace, Jamey Wallace and Grant Wall.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Knight, Bill Glisson, Jack Jobe, Jimmy Don Manahan, Bobby Essery, Buddy James and Duran Barnes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue from 1 p.m. until service time on Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lakeview Missionary Church of Corinth; or to The Gideons International.
Harold Hughs Sr.
BLUE SPRINGS – Harold Hughes Sr., 63, died Friday, April 17, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 9, 1945, in Cleveland to Dalton and Clara Owens Hughes. He was raised in Marks and then went on to play basketball at Northwest Junior College. For seven years he served in the United States Army Reserve. As an adult he lived over 30 years in Tupelo and the last five years in Blue Springs.. He spent most of his working years in Automotive Sales, most recently at Belk Ford in Oxford. He attended Fairfield Presbyterian Church, was an avid golfer, and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Steve Graham officiating. A eulogy will be given by Rodney Rodgers. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Sherry Hughes of Blue Springs; two sons, Harold Hughes, Jr. (Lori) of Fulton and Corey Hughes (Alisha) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Trip Hughes, Chance Hughes, Taylor Hughes, Dalton Hughes and Ella Hughes; two sisters, Reba Hawkins of Bruce and Rose Callis of Eads, Tenn; and one brother, Culley Hughes of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com