Obituaries April 24, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mildred Barnes
GUNTOWN – Mildred L. Barnes, 81, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at her home. She was born May 4, 1930, in Clay County to Orange and Amoree Loftin Harrell. She was a member of Ebernezer M.B. Church in Guntown, where she was minister of music and a member of the Missionary Society and Morning Star Court 105B. She was a music teacher and held many recitals with her students for more than 65 years. She was a retired employee of the North Mississippi Medical Center. She loved traveling, playing the piano, planting flowers, cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Her favorite songs were “Going To See the King” and “In the Garden.”
A life celebration service will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Ebernezer M.B. Church with Pastor Tommy Ratliff officiating. Burial will follow in Trinity Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Amor J. Mitchell of Antioch, Calif., and Martha N. McClendon of Guntown; two sons, Dudley C. Barnes of Saltillo and Willie E. Barnes of Guntown; two sisters, John Ola Chambers of Guntown and Josie A. Chandler of Chicago; 10 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Artist Barnes; and one brother, Willie L. Harrell.
Viewing will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the J.W. Porter Chapel. Family and friends hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Thursday.
Lurine McTune
EVERGREEN – Eva Lurine McTune, 89, died Monday, April 23, 2012, at The Courtyards in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Clay Jones
HOLLY SPRINGS – Clay Jones, 64, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at Alliance Health Care Systems in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Angelia Nichols
BOONEVILLE – Angelia Nichols, 36, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Billy Gene Howard
SPRINGTOWN, Texas – Billy Gene Howard, 55, died suddenly Saturday, April 21, 2012, while being a Good Samaritan and trying to help an accident victim early Saturday morning. He was born June 18, 1956, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Matthew and Luella Wurtz Howard. He was an employee of Chaney Trucking for the last three years and had worked at Texas Lil’ Dude Ranch for 15 years.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at White’s Funeral Home in Springtown, Texas.
Survivors include his wife, Tina Hughes Howard of Springtown, Texas; stepsons, Eric Hughes and Shelena Bishop of Springtown, and Tristan Farris and Aleigh of Saltillo; grandchild, Hayden Hughes; and brothers, Jimmy Dale and Bobby Joe Howard.
Clarence Scott
MICHIGAN CITY – Clarence D. Scott, 80, died Thursday, April 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hardaway M.B. Church in Michigan City. Burial will be in the Mitchell Cemetery in Michigan City. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Wednesday.
Jim Walker
CORINTH – James “Jim” Walker, 78, died Monday, April 23, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Corinthian Funeral Home. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.
Nellie Stinson
MENA, Ark. – Nellie “Dovie” Howard Stinson, 90, died Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Mena, Ark.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Vandervoort First Methodist Church. Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Ark., is in charge of the arrangements.
Sam Dean
CORINTH – Samuel “Sam” Dean, 83, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorials may be made to the Rocky Springs United Methodist Church Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Bonnie Jones
MT. PLEASANT – Bonnie B. Jones, 96, died Friday, April 20, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery.
Ruby Rogers
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Rogers, 72, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
Joe McDonald
NEW ALBANY – Joe Dewey McDonald, 61, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at his residence. He was born Jan. 16, 1951, in New Albany to William “Bill” McDonald and Dessie V. Foreman McDonald. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. He enjoyed fishing, being outdoors and mowing his grass.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Steve Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his former wife, Patricia McDonald of Myrtle; his daughter, Susan Perkins of Myrtle; three sons, Joseph Dewayne McDonald (Robin) of New Albany, Joe Dewey McDonald Jr. (Monica) of Myrtle and Mark Eugene Pickens (Tina) of Myrtle; a sister, Betty Sue McDonald Payne of New Albany; a brother, Danny Wayne McDonald (Kathy) of New Albany; and 11grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Allred, Steve Jumper, Alan Jumper, Billy Yager, Bud Hicks, Tony Clark, Mark Weathers and Robby Windham. Honorary pallbearer will be Gerald Hale.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Robert Sanderlin Jr.
BYHALIA – Robert E. Sanderlin Jr., 52, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at his home in Byhalia.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Meadowbrook Baptist Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in the Byhalia Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Brenda Mann
AMORY – Brenda Cowley Mann, 68, died on Saturday, April 21, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Feb. 14, 1944, in Amory, she was a daughter of Walta Mae Smith Wallace and the late Victor Brook Cowley Sr. She attended Smithville High School. On Nov. 24, 1983, she married Michael Mann. A former beauty salon owner, she retired from True Temper Sports. She was of the Free Will Baptist faith. Her life revolved around her husband, children, grandchildren and pets. A wonderful and caring lady, she was a strong yet tenderhearted person. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, interior decorating, fishing and listening to Elvis Presley.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Pastor Ryan Musgrove officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Michael Mann of Amory; her mother, Walta Mae Wallace of Amory; daughters, Cindy Leech-Black (Scott) of Houston, Texas, and Suzette Taylor (Tim) of Nettleton; sons, Tim Leech (Carol) of Smithville, and Stan Mann of Nettleton; grandchildren, Tyler and Lindsey Leech of Smithville; Claudia, Jackson and Josh Taylor of Nettleton; John, Chelsea and Kayla Black of Houston, Texas; Mercedes Norman of Corinth, and Chelsi Stevens of Smithville; great-grandchildren, Sophia and Ava Black of Houston, Texas, and Everett Norman of Corinth; and niece, Vicky Cowley Reeder of Fulton.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her brother, Victor Brook Cowley Jr., and a grandson, John Douglas Stevens
Pallbearers will be Don Mathis, Jack Horne, Tommy Mann, Bill Leech, C.D. Leech and Billy Holly. Honorary pallbearers will be Gunar Clark, Bill King and Ronnie Turner.
Memorials may be given to North Mississippi Kidney Foundation, 308 Hwy. 8 W., Aberdeen, MS 39790.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Geneva Goza
HOUSTON – Geneva “NeeNee” Neal Goza, 94, died Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 23, 1917, in Chickasaw County to William Neal and Candis Nabors Neal. She was the last surviving member of her large number of siblings. She was a retired sitter for many children in Houston.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with Dr. Randy Rinehart officiating. Burial will follow at Houston Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Langley of Batesville; her son, Robert Lamar Goza (Linda) of Houston; her grandchildren, Robert L. “Bunky” Goza Jr. (Heather) of Amory, Benny Goza of Houston, Rhonda Fox (Jacky) of Batesville; and her great-grandchildren, Kami Goza and Blake Fox.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert T. Goza; her grandson, Gary Langley; and a host of brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers are Norman Griffin Jr., Bruce Franks, Lee Nabors, Chris Oswalt, Frank Thomas and Ricko Nichols
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Betty Jo Ballard
IUKA – Betty Jo Ballard, 84, died Sunday, April 22, 2012.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in the Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Nell Howell
ABERDEEN – Doris Nell Howell, 87, died Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Oct. 17, 1924, in Aberdeen to Ira Green Howell and Mae Moulder Howell. She was retired from the United States Army Missile Command at Red Stone Arsenal. She was a Magna Cum Laude Graduate of University of Montevallo in Alabama. She graduated from Aberdeen High School, where she was valedictorian for the class of 1942. Before retiring to Aberdeen, she worked in Newfoundland, worked at the Embassy in Egypt in 1955, moved to Rome and then worked in various locations in the United States. She was a member of the Aberdeen Church of Christ.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Minister Charles Tharp officiating. Burial will be in Howell Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one sister, Ruby Howell Cole of Aberdeen; one niece, Lynn “Cissy” Howell Crump (Gene) of Aberdeen; three nephews, Glynn Howell of Aberdeen, Mark Howell (Sue) of Aberdeen, Jimmy Cole of LaCombe, La.; and one great-niece, Hannah Howell.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Bill Howell.
Pallbearers will be the deacons and elders of the church.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today.
Lynda Irby
PONTOTOC – Lynda Irby, 67, died Monday, April 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on Aug. 28, 1944, to Kreston L. and Mary L. Williams in Pontotoc County. She married William Irby on Oct. 16, 1961. She was a member of Toxish Baptist Church of Pontotoc. She was a loving mother and housewife.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, William Irby; one daughter, Angie Westmoreland (Ricky); two sons, Leonard Wayne Irby and Lesley Irby, all of Pontotoc; and friend, Sharon Coleman of Mason, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Kayla Herdahl (Richard), Lesley D. Irby Jr. (fiancampée, Haley Morris), Zach Irby, Ricky Westmoreland Jr. (fiancampée, Lindsay Henry), Jeremy Westmoreland and Josh Westmoreland; two sisters, Joyce Bailey (Leland) and Wanda Wells (Dale); three brothers, Steve Williams (Pam), Donnie Williams (Cheryl) and Sammy Williams (Tina); and four great-grandchildren, all of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary L. Williams; one infant son, William P. Irby; one sister, Ellen Sullivan; infant granddaughter, Abby Westmoreland.
Pallbearers will be Justin Wells, Chris Wells, Andy Ray Williams, Richard Herdahl, Adam Ray and Joseph Tutor. Honorary pallbearers will be Lucas Wells, Daniel Wells and Jamie Sullivan.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc.
Earlie Balford Sr.
PITTSBORO – Earlie B. Balford Sr., 68, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at his home in Pittsboro.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Midway M.B. Church at Vardaman. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
To send condolences or sign the guestbook, visit www.bellememorial funeralhome.com.