By NEMS Daily Journal
SENATOBIA – Lloyd Kesler, 89, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home in Senatobia. He was born Sept. 12, 1923, in Abbeville. He was an Army veteran of World War II and an industrial electrician. He was a member of Open Door Bible Church in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Pastor Gary Starbuck officiating. Burial will be in the Bethesda Cemetery in Senatobia.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ann Kesler of Senatobia; three sons, Dennis Kesler (Jonnie) of Horn Lake, Kent Kesler (Barbara) of Burlison, Tenn., and Arnold Kesler (Deborah) of Drummonds, Tenn.; two daughters, Janice Hoke (Don) of Paragould, Ark., and Anita Blackburn (Steve) of Senatobia; one brother, Stan Kesler of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sisters, Vera Mae Young of Eupora and Loyce Keel of Coldwater; 12 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Augustus Kesler, and his mother, Lillian Smith Kesler.
BOONEVILLE – Jimmy Polk “Smiley” Shackelford, 59, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was a logger and a farmer before becoming disabled. He was a 3rd degree Mason of the Robert G. Smith Lodge 412.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Danny Short and Bro. Danny Estes officiating. Burial will be in the Little Brown Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a nephew, Jonathan Cagle (Jana) of Corinth; one brother, Gerald Shackelford; and a host of nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Harmon and Bessie Lee Cosby Shackelford, and a sister, Imogene Cagle.
Pallbearers will be Mike Huddleston, Gordon Short, Larry Harris, Tim Cunningham, Mike Adams and Mark Moreland.
VERONA – Elizabeth Fairchild, 63, died Sunday, April 7, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
RIPLEY – Omega Bryant Gibens, 78, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 1, 1934, to Charlie M. and Mary Doretha Beavers Bryant. She was a member of North Ripley Baptist Church. She worked at Ripley Medical Clinic and Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Harrison and Bro. Chris Lewellen officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Janet Turner (Michael) of Ripley; two sons, David Gibens and Allen Gibens (Kristie), all of Ripley; five grandchildren, Jennifer Harrison (Kenny), Mandy Null (John) and Jesse Gibens, all of Ripley, Brandon Gibens of Oxford and Courtney Gibens of Olive Branch; two great-grandchildren, Taylor Harrison and Easton Null, both of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wesley L. Gibens; three sisters, Janice Alsup and two infant sisters; and one brother, Robert Bryant.
Pallbearers will be John Ed Brotherton, Charles Bryant, Jesse Gibens, Daniel Alsup, Ron French and Steve Gibens.
In lieu of flowers, memories may be made to the American Cancer Society, Mid South Division at 1100 Ireland Way, Suite 300, Birmingham, AL 35205 or to Gideon Camp, P.O. Box 4, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – James Lester Tedford, 78, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 4, 1935, in Pontotoc County to Barles and Lovie Atkins Tedford. He married Shirley Holcomb Tedford on Dec. 31, 1966, and shared over 46 years raising a wonderful family together. He was a Christian and attended Pontotoc Apostolic Pentecostal Church. He was a handy man, farmer, cattleman and retired from Farmers Home Administration. He served our country in the United States Army and Air Force. He was a great husband, daddy and granddaddy. His greatest love was spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren.
Worship service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel of Pontotoc with the Rev. Bennie Randolph and Bro. Max Brassfield officiating. Burial will follow in the Baldwin Nowell Memorial Gardens. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Tedford; two daughters, Faith Johnson (Michael) and Hope Johnson and Bryan Johnson; one son, James Lester Tedford Jr. (Evelyn); nine grandchildren, Tamara Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Marissa Johnson, Chandler Johnson, McKinley Johnson, Emmison Johnson, Charity Tedford, Kimberly Tedford and Heather Tedford, all of Pontotoc; seven sisters and one brother.
He was preceded in death by parents.
Pallbearers will be Joe Montgomery, Jeff Holcomb, Bill Carter, Bryan Johnson, Bobby Prewett Jr., Stacy Simmons and Terry Horton.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday.
Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com.
TUPELO – James A. Davis, 77, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. He was born Jan. 8,1936, to John and Ethel Davis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Rising Star M.B. church with Bishop Bramlett Cooper delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Bessie Davis; his daughters, Renada Bennett and Jaquline Davis, both of Tupelo; his sons, Donald Davis, Garry Satterwhite (Joyce) of Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Annie Mae (Andrew) Williamson of Albany, N.Y., Clara (Lendon) Woods of Byhalia and Janice (Glen) Scales of Tupelo; two brothers, Jessie Davis of Chicago and Earlie( Barcelonia) Davis of Carson, Calif.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Sonny Warren Jr.
TUPELO – Sonny Warren Jr., 58, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Tyrone Thompson Sr.
VERONA – Tyrone Thompson Sr., 55, died Monday, April 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Jan. 24, 1958, in Chickasaw County to William Henry and Joella Thompson. He worked for Homan Honey Farms for many years. He enjoyed fishing and doing handy work. He attended Siggers High and Shannon High School. He was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Shannon and later faithfully attended New Beginning Missionary Baptist Church in Plantersville until his death.
He is survived by his mother, Joella Thompson of Tupelo; one son, Tyrone (Alilah) Thompson Jr. of Tupelo; fiancée, Kerry Traylor of Verona; grandsons, Tilar Ty’ron Thompson of Atlanta, Ga., Myles Thompson, Darius Thompson, Khaywon McCoy, Brandon McCoy; granddaughters, Nada Thompson, Mikiyla Badie, Brooklen McCoy, Cypres McCoy; one great-grandchild, Malachi McCoy, all of Tupelo; one brother, Jackie Eugene Thompson; sisters, Henry Ella (Larry Sr.) Smith and Brenda (Daniel) Jenkins, all of Tupelo; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Henry Thompson; brothers, William Edward Thompson and John Willis Thompson; and one sister, Lillie G. (Thompson) Ward.
A life celebration will be held at noon today at Life Changing Ministries in Tupelo. The Rev. George Pritchard will officiate. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery at Johnson Chapel in Shannon. N.L. Jones is in charge of arrangements.
The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.
Bill Curtis Sr.
IUKA – William “Bill” Curtis Sr., 96, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. He was a member of the Iuka United Methodist Church. He served twice in the U.S. Army Air Corp and Air Force, serving in both World War II and the Korean conflict. He later served as the commander at the Iuka location of the Mississippi National Guard. He was a retired U.S. Postal Service carrier. He was a Mason, and a member of the Burnsville Lodge 233 F&AM. He enjoyed traveling, square dancing, camping and being a leader in the Cub Scouts. He was a private pilot who enjoyed flying many different private planes.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Iuka United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jon Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one son, William M. Curtis Jr. (Charlotte) of Tupelo; one daughter, Sandra C. Dorn (John) of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Arthur Reid Curtis of Tupelo, Lauren Young (Greg) of Franklin, Tenn., Candace L. Dorn of Jacksonville, Fla., and Eric J. Dorn of Jacksonville, Fla.; and two great-grandchildren, Wyatt Thomas and Cooper Bennett Young.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lady Joy Curtis; and his parents, Marshall and Minnie Curtis.
Pallbearers will be Carter Haines, Eddie Thomas, John Castleberry, Sidney Whitehurst, Frank Thomas and Robert Grisham.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Iuka United Methodist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Qa’Maria Sunshine Stephanie Malone, 26 weeks, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
LONGVIEW – April Marie Parmer, 33, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a member of the Longview Baptist Church and a graduate of Pontotoc High School. She enjoyed putting puzzles together, watching game shows, shopping, singing praise songs to her Savior, being outdoors, riding four wheelers, horseback riding, fishing and attending Millcreek Day Hab in Tupelo. Her greatest achievement is that she modeled God’s grace and love all her life. She gave people that look of what God’s love is and did it with a tremendous smile.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Longview Baptist Church with the Rev. Tony Morrow and Pastor Tony Nichols officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, James Roy Parmer and Trava Thorn Parmer of Longview; two brothers, Daniel Parmer (Michelle) and Luke Parmer; her grandmothers, Margaret Ann Parmer of Longview and Rosie Thorn of Nettleton; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins; and two special caregivers and friends, Kathy Lockhart and Toshiba Hodges.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, James M. Parmer, and Ted and Sarah Nell Thorn.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Baker, Eddie Johnson, Jeff Short, Johnny Pettit, Tyrone Peggen and Balford Patterson. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Millcreek Day Hab.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Longview Baptist Church.
HOUSTON – Elba Frances Allen, 78, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital. She was born April 2, 1935, in Okolona to James William Corley and Alice Pilgreen Corley. She married David Wilburn Allen on May 7, 1954. She worked as a telephone operator, a dairy farmer and a store clerk. She was a member of Boones Chapel United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Boones Chapel United Methodist Church with Bro. H.B. Miller and Bro. Walley Cason officiating. Burial will be in Boones Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Kay Lancaster and John of Houston, and Alice Dawson and Mike of Starkville; two grandsons, Allen Lancaster and Crisi of Goodletsville, Tenn., and Brad Dawson and Paige of Birmingham, Ala.; two granddaughters, Kimberly Lancaster of Columbus and Brittain Dawson of Birmingham; one great-granddaughter, Claire Lancaster; four brothers, Clayton Corley and Lottie, William Corley and Jeanne, and Douglas Corley and Carlene, all of Okolona, and the Rev. Kenneth Corley and Glenda of Pontotoc; a sister, Martha Cole and Stuart of Aberdeen; two sisters-in-law, Marie Vance and R.E. of Houston, and Sue Allen of Amory; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, David Wilburn Allen, who died April 20, 2000; her parents; one sister, Janell Rhodes; and one brother, Robert Corley.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Allen Lancaster and Brad Dawson, and nephews, Jim Corley, Anthony Corley and Krister Corley, Jim Cole and Rob Cole, and Drew Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jonathan Massey, Dr. Tige Lantrip, Dr. Edward Gore, Dr. James White; Mrs. Allen’s Sunday School Class led by Richard Stallings; her dear church friends, Bonnie Sue Gaskin and Mary Ruth Ellis; friends from the Buena Vista community; and her caregivers at Fernbrook.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Boones Chapel church building fund.
BYHALIA – Vivian B. South, 76, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn. She was born May 22, 1936, in Blytheville, Ark. She was a Baptist and a retired employee of Vendo and Walmart.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in the Byhalia Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Bruce South of Byhalia; one daughter, Debbie Kimble (Bobby) of Byhalia; brother, Jackie Bennett of Memphis; grandchildren, Billy Joe South, Warren South, Ashley South, Nick South, Jacob Laughter, Joseph Laughter; 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde William South Sr.; her parents, Vernon and Mary Montague Bennett; a son, Clyde South Jr.; a daughter, Teresa Laughter; a granddaughter, Bridget Kimble; and a sister, Waunice Bay.
Pallbearers will be Billy Joe South, Nick South, John Howard, Warren South, Bill Bailey and Rodger Webb.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
OKOLONA – John William Jaggers, 63, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born Feb. 6, 1950, in Tupelo to John Thomas Jaggers and Sudie Madalene Bryant Jaggers. He joined the Marines and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Upon returning home from the war, he worked as a truck driver until becoming disabled. He enjoyed being outdoors, watching Dr. Robert Schuller in the Crystal Cathedral of Garden Grove, Calif., and spending time with his family. He was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his son, John Wesley Jaggers (Leigh Ann) of Parson, Tenn.; brother, Tommy Jaggers (Ollie) of Okolona; two grandchildren, Levi Vaughn Jaggers and McKinley Brooke Jaggers, both of Parson, Tenn.; niece, Tina Hughes (Brian) of Arkansas, Ark.; nephew, Larry Jaggers of Teague, Texas; and great-nephew, Zack Jaggers of Okolona.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, John Jaggers Jr.; and a nephew, Luther Jaggers.
At the request of the family, there will be no public services at this time. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OXFORD – Betty Lee McGehee, 45, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. today at Church Road Baptist Church in Horn Lake. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
RAMER, Tenn. – Norman Ray Burkett, 54, died Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at noon Monday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be in Alcorn Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
CORINTH – Robert Patton, 76, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
ATLANTA – Bobby Williamson, 55, formerly of Holly Springs, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
TISHOMINGO – Carolyn Sue Hutcheson, 66, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 6, 1946, in Alabama. She was a homemaker and a ham radio operator for 20 years. She was a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Forrest Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Andy Elliott officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery at Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband of 53 years, Lloyd Hutcheson of Tishomingo; three daughters, Sherry Norris (Joe), Teresa Bostick (Joe) and Sharon Horn (Brian); two brothers, Walter Wilson and Johnny Wilson; six grandchildren, Andrew Straub (Candi), Chris Straub, Brittany Singleton, Eric Straub, Kristin Kennedy and April Walls; and nine great-grandchildren, MacKenzie Straub, Jeremiah Straub, Kristen Crum, Kandi Horn, Dillon Horn, Cody Daniel, Ryan Kennedy, Karlee Straub and Payton Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bryant and Ethel Wilson, and two brothers, Billy Wilson and J.D. Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Larry Southern, Joe Norris, Brian Horn, Andy Straub, Wade Hutcheson and Steve Parrish. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Bostick, Eric Straub and Chris Straub.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Forrest Grove Baptist Church and until service time on Sunday.
Richard Martin III
BELDEN – Richard Lee Martin III, 55, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 14, 1958, in Roswell, N.M., to Richard and Clara Belle Faust Martin. He served in the United States Marine Corps and worked for Phillips Day-Brite for 17 years. On Feb. 9, 2002, he married his wife of 11 years, Janie Martin.
A private family gathering will be held at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Janie Martin of Belden; three sons, Bryan, Britt and Blake Martin of Belden; three brothers, Dennis Martin of Pontotoc, Jack and George Martin, both of Tupelo; one sister, Penny Martin of Tupelo; his parents, Richard and Clara Belle Faust Martin of Arizona.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Gary Tate died Friday, April 19, 2013, at his home in Pontotoc County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
ST. LOUIS – Darlinda Barr Franks died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in St. Louis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
PHIL CAMPBELL, Ala. – Sheila Sanders, 51, formerly of Iuka, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Russellville Hospital.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.