By NEMS Daily Journal
Services for Tim Cunningham will be held at noon Saturday at Zion Spring M.B. Church in Okolona. Burial will be in Patterson Memorial Garden
Services for Bertha Tumblin will be held at 1 p.m. today at Zion Spring M.B. Church in Okolona. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. She is also survived by her son, Johnny Gardner (Arvellar).
ASHLAND – Billy Simpson May, 77, of Ashland, died April 20, 2011, after a lengthy illness. Billy was born Aug. 12, 1933 in Benton County to Thomas Vander May and Lucy Alice Simpson May. He married Frances Jordan May on April 6, 1956. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force where he served in Korea, Japan, Greenland, Okinawa, Vietnam, Thailand and several U.S. locations. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 1970 for meritorious service and the impact of his contributions during the Vietnam War. He was also retired from the U.S. Postal Service and was an active member of Ashland Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, trustee and Discipleship Training Director. He served the community on the Tippah River Drainage Committee and Ashland Civic Club for several years. He was a devoted husband and loving father. He loved and was deeply committed to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Frances Jordan May of Ashland; one son, Craig May (Betty) and two granddaughters, Courtney Heldenbrand (Steven) and Kaitlyn May, all of Katy, Texas; one grandson, Joshua Brown (Karen) of Alexandria, Va.; one granddaughter, Valerie Maclin of Memphis; and one son-in-law, David Maclin of Collierville, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Karen Maclin who died April 4, 2010.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, all at Ashland Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Cossey officiating and Rev. Gerald Hodges, Rev. Don Brown and Rev. Steve Jordan assisting. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Benton County. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Stanley Childers, Larry Gresham, Buck Robinson, Bryan Shoup, Everett Shoup and Rudolph Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers include Ashland Baptist Church deacons and Billy’s coffee shop friends.
A memorial fund has been established with the Ashland Baptist Church Library Fund.
To view and sign the online guestbook visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Dr. S. Jay McDuffie
NETTLETON – S. Jay McDuffie, M.D., 88, lifelong Nettleton resident and revered family doctor for over 55 years in his hometown, died peacefully Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at the Griffis Greenhouse at United Methodist Senior Services. Dr. McDuffie was born on Nov. 20, l922, in Nettleton, the only child of Sam J. McDuffie and Carl Gladys Wiygul McDuffie. Doc was educated in the public schools of Nettleton, graduating valedictorian of his l940 Nettleton High School class where he was active in basketball and football. He received his B.S. degree from Mississippi State University in l943 and a B.A. degree from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga., in l946. In l947, he completed his two year medical coursework on the Oxford campus of the University of Mississippi and in l949 earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee in Memphis. Doctor McDuffie interned at the old Methodist Hospital in Memphis and shortly thereafter began his 55 year family medicine practice in his beloved hometown of Nettleton. He was a skilled doctor as well as being personally interested in the wellbeing of his patients. At the time of his retirement, he was still making house calls. After retirement, he served as the first medical doctor at the North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo. Upon his retirement there, the State Board of Mental Health named the hospital cafeteria in his honor. Dr. McDuffie served in the U. S. Army with the U.S. Public Health Service, which was a source of pride all his life. He volunteered his medical knowledge for decades to the Nettleton school athletic teams where he did physicals and attended medical needs during games. He was a longtime active practitioner at LIFT Inc. rural health clinics in Aberdeen and Amory specializing in treating children and, for over 25 years, served as “Doctor of the Day” at the Mississippi State Capitol. A staff member of the North Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. McDuffie was a member and past delegate to the American Medical Association, the Mississippi State Medical Association and former President and Secretary-Treasurer of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society.
A revered community leader, Dr. McDuffie was an Eagle Scout, a former member of the Nettleton Lions Club, a community board member of the Nettleton Branch of BancorpSouth, an active member of the Nettleton Presbyterian Church and its choir and a longtime member and supporter of the Ole Miss Alumni Association . An avid golfer and traveler, Doc was a resourceful conversationalist and historian of all things in and around Nettleton. He will be sorely missed by a grateful and loving family and the townspeople of Nettleton and surrounding area.
A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Nettleton Presbyterian Church with Rev. Will Howie and Rev. B.F. Lee officiating. Rep. Steve Holland will deliver personal reflections. Burial will follow in the McDuffie family plot at Nettleton Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, which is in charge of all arrangements. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time on Saturday.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Dorothy Hooks “ Dot” McDuffie of Nettleton, whom he married April 7, l945; his children, Kathryn Elizabeth “Kay” McDuffie of Oxford; Margaret Carl McDuffie Gratz (Mike) of Tupelo and Richard Jay McDuffie (Debbie) of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Michael B. Gratz Jr. (Mary Margaret), Mollie McDuffie Gratz and Samuel Jospeh McDuffie (Katie), all of Tupelo and Frederick Jason McDuffie (Melissa) serving in the U.S. Navy in Kuwait; and six great-grandchildren, Charlie Gratz, Lucy Gratz, Michael B. Gratz III, Owen McDuffie, Eli McDuffie and Joey McDuffie.
Pallbearers will be Dr. John Bowlin, Dr. Marion Winkler, Alan Bank, Billy Cheek, Glyn Hester, John Hall, Durell Hall, Bill Tapscott and Mike Tapscott.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Northeast Mississippi Medical Society.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Presbyterian Church, c/o Billy Cheek, 30007 Butler Rd., Nettleton, MS 38858 or to the Living Waters for the World Ministry, 5016 Spedale Ct., #399, Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174.
Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORINTH – Shirley A. Bell, 57, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
WATERFORD – Corrine Thompson Pryor, 87, died Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Peel M.B. Church in Laws Hill. Burial will be in the church’s 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. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 6 p.m. The body will lie in state from 9 to 9:55 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
BALDWYN – Rhonda Kay Pope, 52, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, from a sudden illness. Arrangements are incopmlete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
AMORY – Jane Flippo, 76, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on Dec. 11, 1934, in Quincy to Elmer and Annie Carter. She attended school in Quincy and Greenwood Springs. After 40 years of service, she retired as a supervisor with Amory Garment Company. She attended East Amory Baptist Church. She enjoyed riding her horse, Earl, traveling, sunshine, playing in the water and working in her yard.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Rogers Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband who she married on March 4, 1952, Earney Doyle Flippo of Amory; her daughters, Donna McCurley (Jimmy Hastings) of Gadsden, Ala.; Mitzi Dayball (Chuck) of Birmingham and Rhonda Williams (Mark) of Caledonia; her son, Richard Flippo (Susan) of Southaven; her brother, W.O. “Buck” Carter (Maudean) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; her grandchildren, Brad Riggan (Brandy), John Flippo, Jason Flippo, Shelley Flippo, Nathan McCurley, Pete McCurley (Shayna), Patrick Chism (Cassie), Sam Dayball, Darby Williams and Macy Williams; her great-grandchildren, Jessica Riggan, Ivy McCurley, Dezmond Flippo, Haylie Chism and Abigail Chism; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mable Dabbs; a granddaughter, Monica Chism; and a son-in-law, Chris McCurley.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Jay Harrelson, Larry Flippo, Daniel Flippo, David Flippo Ricky Flippo and Randle Flippo.
Memorials may be given to East Amory Baptist Church, 905 Hatley Rd., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Leo Sims, 92, died Thursday, April 14, 2011, at his home. He was born March 23, 1919, to Oscar Sims and Phoebe Walker Sims. He was married to Mary F. McWilliams and had three children. Later he married Marie Sampson Kidd. He worked for the railroad and as a carpenter. He studied at Southwestern Christian College, started working in the ministry and pastored churches in Amory and Okolona. He was the first black City Building Inspector for Tupelo.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at North Green Street Church of Christ with Bro. Daniel McCullen officiating. Burial will be in the Porter Memorial Garden. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dr. Glenda McKissack (Herman) of Gary, Ind., Pauline Crump of Milwaukee, Wis., and Debra Williams of Tupelo; three sons, Bobbie Sims, Leon (LaDonna) Sims, both of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Levi Sampson of Hammond, Ind.; a sister, Tamell Watkins of Louisville, Ky.; a special cousin, Eloise Smith; a caretaker, Deborah Bell; 25 grandchildren, 61 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Marie K. Sims; his parents; and his brothers, Williams, Raymond and Oscar Sims Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
TALLAPOOSA, Ga. – Harold Wayne Berryman, 71, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Iuka Memorial Gardens. Ludlam Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Robert Crump died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Booneville.
OXFORD – Inez Bonds Parks, 100, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, in Columbus. Born in Lafayette County, she was the widow of Fulton Parks. She was a lifetime member of Philadelphia Baptist Church and was also a member of the Philadelphia Homemakers Club, past member of the Eastern Star and the AARP. She was retired from Lafayette County School System.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia Baptist Church with Rev. Bobby Irvin officiating. Burial will follow in Philadelphia Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Faye P. Nelson of Oxford and Rebecca “Becky” P. Thomas of Columbus; one son, Jack Parks of Memphis; one brother, John Jim Bonds of Etta; and nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Philadelphia Baptist Church, 456 CR 255, Etta, MS 38627 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
For additional information or to send an online condolence please visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call (662) 234-7971.
BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Timothy Bagley, 45, died Tuesday, April 19, 2011, at his home. He was a retired truck driver and an employee of Cooper Tire. He enjoyed restoring old cars. He was a member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Casey Bagley and Josh Bagley, both of Pontotoc; his mother, Sarah Finney of Saltillo; one sister, Donna Willard of Saltillo; four brothers, Ricky Carter of Pascagoula, Nicky Carter of Birmingham Ridge, James Bagley of Birmingham Ridge and Joey Guidry of Tupelo; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Bagley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON – Glen Rogers, 63, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011. He was born Jan. 11, 1948, to Arvil and Jewel Mae Wingo Rogers. He was a member of Red Bud Holiness Church. He loved to sing and play guitar. He was a foreman at Sunshine Holmes.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Senter Chapel with Bro. Terry Wright and Bro. Claxton Cook officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Jettie Rogers of Golden; his daughter, Lisa Kendrick (Michael) of Golden; his sons, Craig Rogers (Melissa) of Belmont and Matthew Rogers of Golden; his mother, Jewel Rogers of Belmont; his brothers, Murrell Rogers of Belmont, Geral Rogers of Red Bay, Ala., and James Rogers of Belmont; and his grandchildren, Britany Kendrick, Phillip Kendrick, Isabel Hammock, Alexia Rogers, Elijah Rogers and Lathan Rogers.
He was preceded in death by his father, Arvil Rogers.
Pallbearers will be Larry Lawson, Danny Rogers, Tony Green, Charlie Johnston, Sammy Puckett, Alan Crumpton and Jeremy Molson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Saturday.
GUNTOWN – Harold T. Robinson, 70, died Sunday, April 17, 2011, at his home. He was born April 15, 1941, to Luelle Robinson Fisher and Bud Robinson. He worked at Baldwyn Gin and H and J Grain for many years . He was a member of Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church where he was on the usher and steward board and a member of the male choir.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church with Rev. Henry Damon officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Robinson of Guntown; his mother, Luelle Fisher; his children, Brenda Robinson, Lisa McDaniels Maria (Otis) Robinson Ruffin, Stephen Robinson, Lora (Jasper) Whitlock, Chris (LaGina) Moore and Anthony (Carol) Moore; 19 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Robinson; two brothers, Jimmy Ray Robinson and Charles Robinson; one aunt, Ebbie Webb; his mother-in-law, Bernice Burress; one sister-in-law, Rosie Cayson; two step-daughters, Linda Smith and Patricia (John) Cayson; one stepson, Leroy Tate Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Hayes Lynch Jr.
ABBEVILLE – Hayes Lynch Jr., 77, died Saturday, April 16, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Springfield M.B. Church in Abbeville. Burial will be in the church’s 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. The body will lie in state from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday at the church.
BALDWYN – Michael C. Kohlhiem died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
JACKSON – Dorothy Louise Kelly O’Cain, 88, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born on April 25, 1922, to Mr. and Mrs. Erskine Kelly in Dallas. She was an owner of Walnut Plumbing Company and a member of Walnut Methodist Church.
Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery in Walnut with Bro. Michael Wilbanks officiating. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Darlene Estes (Timothy) of Jackson and Belva Poland (Pete) of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Jarrod Estes, Paige Estes, Megan Estes, Christian O’Cain, Mandy Meeks and Kelly Marlin; six great-grandchildren; and one daughter-in-law, Debbie O’Cain of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Cleveland O’Cain; one son, Calvin O’Cain; and her parents.
To view and sign an online guestbook visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Elmer Hodges Jr.
VERONA – Elmer “Boonie” Hodges Jr., 52, died Friday, April 15, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 14, 1959, to Elmer Hodges Sr. and Angeelas Hodges Kirk. He worked at Super Sagless Corporation in Tupelo for many years. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church in Shannon. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pine Grove Baptist Church with Rev. George Kendrick officiating. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Hodges of Verona; one son, Deleon Demon Piece of Memphis; one grandchild, Deionna Ijames; two sisters, Shawana (David) Shannon of Shannon and Kimberly Hodges of California; one brother, Troy Hodges; one stepmother, Carolyn Hodges of California; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a very special aunt, Sylvia Trice Houston of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
An online guestbook may be accessed at www.nljonesandson.com.
Mrs. Johnnie White
OXFORD – Johnnie McCain White, 81, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Born in Lafayette County, she was the widow of William Paul White. She was a member of Cambridge Methodist Church and worked at North Mississippi Regional Center as a baker for 15 years. She was a homemaker.
Services will be 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Jim Petermann officiating. Burial will follow in Cambridge Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Shirley Glassgow of Oxford, Barbara Goolsby of Oxford, Linda Spence of Oxford, Glenda Davis of Holly Springs, Daisy Bullard of Oxford and Alice Fay Reaves of Oxford; one son, Raymond Lynn “Bubba” Davis of Abbeville; two sisters, Alice Lee Williams of Oxford and Beulah Fay Bell of Water Valley; one brother, Billy Joe McCain of Coffeeville; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cambridge Cemetery Fund, c/o Fran Fuller, 212 Ross Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information please call Waller Funeral Home at 662-234-7971 or visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com for online condolences.
NEW ALBANY – Mabel Ruth Pickens Downs, 93, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at her home. She was born Sept. 11, 1917, in New Albany to J. Frank Pickens and Mabel Ruth Pickens. She was a retired employee of Morgan Lindsey Department Store working in retail sales. She was a member of the Home Demonstration Club, the Golden Girls and the Liberty Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Janice Davidson (Charles) of Drummond, Tenn.; two sons, Curtis Downs (Kathryn) of Cordova, Tenn., and James Downs of Memphis; two sisters, Hazel Pitts and Helen Mounce, both of Memphis; two brothers, Ralph Pickens of Johnson City, Tenn., and Paul Pickens of Memphis; and eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James E. Downs.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Downs, Robert Koehler, Scott Davidson, Mark Davidson, Allen Wilbanks, Hunter Wilbanks and Kevin Wilbanks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Liberty School Community Center in New Albany.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
CORINTH – Virginia Ruth Mullins Butler, 91, died Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Dr. Kara Blackard and Bro. Ray Bennet officiating. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time Saturday at the funeral home.