Obituaries April 24, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Rosalie Bucy
SALTILLO – Rosalie Vetrano “Rosie” Bucy, age 103, died peacefully with her family around her at her Birmingham Ridge home on Monday, April 22, 2013. She was born on Dec. 27, 1909, to Italian immigrant parents, Joseph Antonio and Emilia Costanzi Vetrano. She was the oldest of seven children. She was raised in the Mississippi Delta, living in Lobdell and then Rosedale. She graduated from what was then Delta State Teachers College in 1932 and was the oldest living graduate at the time of her death. She was a member of the first freshman class to complete their degree at Delta State.
She married Jim Bucy and moved to the Bucy Garden Community in Saltillo in 1934. She was widowed in 1945, leaving her with two young children. She helped run the Bucy Brothers Gin and kept the family farm in operation until it was taken over by her son in 1959. She taught Business and Public School Music at Saltillo and Belden. She left teaching and went to work for the Lee County Welfare Dept. and later for the Mississippi Dept. of Welfare until her retirement. She was the organist for St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Saltillo for many years.
She loved to play the piano and was an active member of three bridge clubs until she was 97 years old. She was a wonderful conversationalist and always asked her family, “How will you ever learn anything if you don’t ask questions?” She was known for her cooking, especially her cakes, which she loved to bake and give away to friends and family.
As the matriarch of five generations, she is survived by two children, a son Jimmy Bucy, a daughter Anita Joe Bucy Long, and a son-in-law, Jimmy Long; four grandchildren, Debbie Morgan (David), Teresa Gregory (Scott), Mary Jo Brown (Kennon) and Jim Bucy Long; nine great-grandchildren, Emilia Morgan (John Thomason), Will Morgan (Carlee), Charlie Bronc Anderson, John Allen Brown, Jared Koon, Joseph Koon, Jenna Rose Koon, John Bucy Long and Stephanie Harrison (Robert); one great-great-grandchild, Isabella Rose Morgan; two sisters, Mary Vetrano Moss and Asterina Vetrano Carter, and one brother Ernest Vetrano, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Bucy; her parents, Tony and Emilia Vetrano; two brothers, Buddy Vetrano and Joe Vetrano; and one sister, Anita Vetrano.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Woe Vetrano, Bill Vetrano, Charlie Stanley, Jeff McCord, Mike Sanders, and special friends, Dan Franklin, Neal Clement, Malcolm Blissard, Michael Norris and Paul Anglin. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews, Tony Vetrano, Lester Robinson, Mike Kenney, John Kenney, Rick Hudson, Buddy Stanley, Carter Stanley, and special friends, Dr. Rud Robison, David Irwin, and her friends from Bridge Club.
A Rosary Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. today in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with visitation from 4:30 p.m. to service time.
Mass will be recited at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 25, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Lincoln Dall and Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in the Bucy Family Plot at Saltillo Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
A special thank you to Dr. Rud Robison and the current staff at Saltillo Clinic; NMMC Hospice staff; and her caregivers, Shelby Rhynes, Rene’ Pepper, Patsy Halcomb and Debbie Prestage for their wonderful care for Rosie and our family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or LeBonheur Foundation, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Glenn Henderson
OXFORD – Glenn K. Henderson, 51, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at his mother’s home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Calip Barrett
FULTON – Calip Houston Barrett, 89, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at his daughter’s home in Vina, Ala. He was born March 4 ,1924, to Wiley Franklin and Letha McMillen Barrett. He was a member of Dorsey Baptist Church. His first job was working for Clyde Christian. He then worked at Plantersville Sports Wear until it closed and then at Dura-Containers for several years. He also worked security at Fulton Hospital. He enjoyed fishing, and squirrel and duck hunting in his younger years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Howard Pearce and Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Margaret Pitts (David) of Golden, Angie Jo Mayhall (Cecil) of Vina Ala., Marie Lockett of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., and Mary Nell Darracott of Peppertown; 101 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Barrett; his second wife, Anna Lee White Barrett; two sons, Johnny O’Neal Spencer and Jimmy Dale Spencer; one brother, Clintford Barrett; four sisters, Pat Repult, Marie Sheffield, Lenora Dozier and Annie Mae Moore; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jonah and Josh Greathouse, Bobby Ashley, Jerred Spencer and Ricky Plunkett. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Moore, Johnny Moore, Harlon Dozier, Roger Dozier, Mickey Dozier and Johnny Repult.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Annie Thomas
WEST POINT – Annie Rene Thomas, 74, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Greenwood M.B. Church Cemetery on Highway 45 Alternate North. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Fred Comer
TUPELO – Fred B. Comer died Monday, April 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was 80 years old. He was born in Fawn Grove in Itawamba County to Golden and Gertrude Comer. He graduated from IAHS in 1952 and attended Itawamba Community College. He was a veteran, serving in the U.S. Army for two years at the end of the Korean War. After many years with Futorian Manufacturing, he retired from Mississippi Department of Transportation. During his working years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. He was a Mason and belonged to the Scottish Rites and Shrine Clubs. He was a charter member of The Exchange Club of Tupelo and served as president, as well as holding other offices. He was also a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and a member of West Main Hardees’s Early Morning Coffee Club, where he enjoyed spending his mornings with friends there and at McDonald’s on North Gloster Street, where he had his second cup of coffee.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ray Rooney, assisted by the Rev. Don McCain, and the Rev. Hershel Wiygul officiating. Eulogies will be given by this nephew, Frank Comer, and his grandsons, Austin Clark and Brandon Allred. Visitation will be in the Gathering Room at Wesley United Methodist Church prior to the service at the church. Private burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Rosemary Graham Comer; daughters, Cathy Allred (Britt) of Tupelo and Christy Livingston (Joe) of New Albany; grandchildren, Austin Clark, Brandon Allred, Claire Livingston and Katie Allred; his sister, Betty Roberts (Wilford) of Tupelo; brothers Charles E. Comer (Lois) of Fawn Grove and Robert Comer of Tupelo; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Graham Comer, in 1965; and a brother and sister-in-law, Lamoin and Willena Comer.
He would be honored with donations to Wesley United Methodist Church, Building For the Future Fund, P.O. Box 2434, Tupelo, MS 38803; Women First Resource Center, 215 N. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38804; Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Dale Smith
CORINTH – Services for Robert Dale Smith will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Corinth. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home.

Edna Snider
SALTILLO – Edna Irene Snider, 93, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was retired from Playcraft. She enjoyed crocheting and baking.
Private graveside services were held Tuesday, April 23, at the Saltillo Cemetery with Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn was in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three nieces, Kathy Oswalt (Raymond), Betty Blackwood (David) and Judy Dunaway, all of Saltillo; one nephew, Jimmy Sanders of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Snider.

Mary Billings
NEW ALBANY – Mary Lucille Hendrix Lindsey Billings, 98, died on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab after a brief illness. She was born on Jan. 27, 1915, in Prentiss County. She is a charter member of Temple Baptist Church in Myrtle. She volunteered as a Gray Lady at the old Shand’s Hospital and later at Union County General Hospital. She was generous in helping others. Her favorite hobby was cooking and sharing with family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Danny Bryant and the Rev. Donnie Schuman officiating. Burial will be in Gerizim Cemetery in Myrtle.
She is survived by a son, David Lindsey (Connie); a stepdaughter, Mary Billings Daschner; 11 grandchildren; and a host of great- and great-great-grandchildren.
She was married for 31 years to her husband, the late Urban Lindsey, and later, for 13 years to the late Carmack Billings. She was also preceded in death by her parents, James E. Hendrix and Ella Reese Hendrix; brother, Howard Hendrix; two sisters, Syble Mayes and Bessie Graham; three sons, Jimmy Lindsey (Helen), Robert Lindsey (Jolene) and Charles Lindsey (Rose); one grandson, Jesse Lindsey; and a great-great-grandson, Craig Foley.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Temple Baptist Church in Myrtle.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Ona Ruth Collier
MICHIE, Tenn. – Ona Ruth Collier, 78, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Baptist Church in Michie, Tenn. Interment will be in Center Hill Cemetery in Counce, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Michie.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Stevie Little
OXFORD – Violet Stephanie “Stevie” Farris Little, 82, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at her home in Oxford. She was a member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church, Barbara McGregor Circle and Cosmopolitan Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and found joy in cooking for them.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Barksdale officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Stephanie Little and Cynthia Little Kizziah (Pat); two sons, Joel Campbell Little (Beth) and John Milton Little; three sisters, Betty Gilmer, Jane Johnson and Leara Miles (Howard); one brother, Banks Farris (Evelyn); six grandchildren, Katie Yoakum (Brett), Hannah Mathews, Will Mathews, Lendon King, Mary King and Emily Strickland; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Oxford, MS 38655 or to Friends of NMRC, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Dixie Ann Jones
IUKA – Dixie Ann Jones, 75 , died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. She was born April 22, 1938, to James Marlin and Alice Lillian Walker Lewellen. She was affiliated with Family Worship Center in Booneville. She was a seamstress in the drapery business.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Curtis L. Jones of Iuka; two daughters, Kathy Lockley (Larry) of Hernando and Connie Stevens of Memphis; two stepdaughters, Theba Escue (Montie) of Waverly, Tenn., and Beverly Marshall (Billy) of South Carolina; two sons, Keith Holley (Cheryl) of Atoka, Tenn., and Mickey Holley (Jan) of Booneville; two stepsons, Terry Jones of Iuka and Rodney Jones of Houston, Texas; one sister, Helen James of Ripley; nine grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Dickey Holley; one daughter, Susie Gravatt; two brothers, Roy and Troy Lewellen; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Christopher Gravatt.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Vicki Patterson
BOONEVILLE – Vicki Deloris Bishop Patterson, 44, died Monday, April 22, 2013, in a motor vehicle accident in Tyler, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Edith McClain
WATERFORD – Edith Shelton McClain, 71, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Sullivan
BYHALIA – Mary Ella Sullivan, 68, died Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Faith World Ministries. Burial will be in Carey Chapel 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.

Melissa Ford
HOLLY SPRINGS – Melissa Ford, 42, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Juanita Owen
INGOMAR – Jeanette Juanita Owen, 92, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Sunshine Nursing Home in Pontotoc. She was a charter member of Selah Baptist Church in Ecru. She loved spending time with her children and their families. She loved the outdoors and doing her gardening and flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Selah Baptist Church. Bro. J.W. Owen, Bro. Bill Thompson and Bro. David Barnett will officiate. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Bowling (Charles); her sons, Bro. J.W. Owen Jr. (Linda) and Mac Owen (Carol); sister, Fannie Mae Grisham; grandchildren, Marilyn Weatherly (Glenn), Mike Owen (Gina), Bubba Bowling (Laura) and Jewel Keith Owen; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jewel W. Owen Sr.; an infant son, Carl Whitten Owen; and three brothers, Bluford Wells Sr., Chester Wells and Hozy Wells.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Bowling, Brock Bowling, Glenn Weatherly, Jon Weatherly, Carey Snider, Mike Owen, Chase Owen and Jewel Keith Owen.
Visitation will be at Selah Baptist Church from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Selah Baptist Church for Samaritan’s Purse or Operation Christmas Child.

Mary Leathers
TUPELO – Mary Bourland Leathers, 83, died Monday, April 22, 2013, after a brief illness. She was the wife of the late D.D. “Dot” Leathers of Tupelo. She was born May 20, 1929, in Amory to William Chester Bourland and Reba Mary Dilworth Bourland. A native of Fulton, she had lived in Tupelo for more than 60 years. She was a dedicated member of Wesley United Methodist Church. She was active in Delta Kappa Gamma and served in many leadership roles. A retired educator, she began her teaching career in 1953 working in the Tupelo Public Schools for over 30 years as an elementary teacher, junior high teacher, Home Economics teacher at Tupelo High School, and serving as the first School Food Service director for the Tupelo Schools. She was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School. She received her B.A. from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and her M.A. from the University of Mississippi.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Ray Rooney officiating. A private family committal service will follow at Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Leathers Elmore of Jackson; one son, William Leathers (Lynn) of Destin, Fla.; six grandchildren, Nat Leathers (Bess), Matthew Leathers (BreAnne), Ben Elmore, Luke Leathers (Erin), Betsy Elmore Johnson (Troy) and Bryan Elmore; seven great-grandchildren, Hank Leathers, Will Leathers, Maddox Johnson, Graham Leathers, Lillian Leathers, Laurel Leathers and Taylor Leathers; one sister, Martha Burch (Tom) of Baton Rouge, La; and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Drew Lumsden, Scott Dutt, Ken Stevens, Bill Austin, Bill Mims and Hudson Bryan. Honarary pallbearers will be members of the Wesleyan Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the D.D. and Mary Leathers Youth Fund at Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2434, Tupelo, MS 38801; or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Martha Lidtke
MANTACHIE – Martha Nell Yielding Lidtke, 68, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Bob Parker
MOOREVILLE – Robert Borden “Bob” Parker Jr., 57, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Tupelo on May 2, 1955, to Robert Borden Parker Sr. and Doris Nell Bouchillon Parker. He grew up in Plantersville and graduated from Shannon High School in 1973. A roofer he was employed in the construction business working for several companies and also as a self-employed contractor. He was a member of Plantersville Baptist Church. He was artistic and loved to draw. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and especially his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Danny Balint officiating. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Debbie Parker of Mooreville; two daughters, Christie Brooks (Andy) of Saltillo and Ashley Westmoreland (Jordan) of Pontotoc; six grandchildren, Grayson, Deacon and Ella Brooks, Hannah, Jaime and Natali Westmoreland; his brother, Steve Parker (Kim); his sister, Judy Kindt (Lerland) of Tupelo; several aunts and uncles; nieces, Stephanie, Amy, Katie and Melissa, and nephews, David, Matthew and Case; and his mother, Doris Parker of Plantersville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Borden Parker Sr.
Pallbearers will be Jamey Bouchillon, David Parker, Thomas Craft, Jordan and Jaime Westmoreland and Bill McMurry. Honorary pallbearers will be Case Parker, nephew, Joey Bouchillon and David Westmoreland.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Dot Bushart
BETHEL SPRINGS, Tenn. – Dot Bushart, 62, died Saturday, April 20, 2013.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery at Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday.

Alisson Toro-Lopez
RED BAY, Ala. – Alisson Toro-Lopez, 3 months, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at her home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.

Reba Taylor
RED BAY, Ala. – Reba M. Taylor, 97, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Generations of Red Bay.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery at Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Clyde Collins
GUNTOWN – Clyde Eugene Collins, 79, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Tupelo on Oct. 11, 1933, to William Bill and Darlene Mosley Collins. He enjoyed fishing and wrestling but mostly just spending time with the family and grandkids.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his sons, Larry Collins of Guntown and Michael Collins (Loretta) of Tupelo; his daughter, Beverly White (Wayne) of Amory; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ruth Jones (Billy) of Collinsville, Ala., and Linda Hall of Guntown; one brother, Dale Collins of Tupelo; and sister-in-law, Martha Wilson of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Mae Collins; his daughter, Lori Collins; his brother, Johnny Collins; and two sisters, Annie Jean Henderson and Geneva Willett.
Pallbearers will be Steve Wilson, Billy and Rick Nunnelee, Adam Crocker, Daniel Anderson and Jerry White.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.