By NEMS Daily Journal
BLUE SPRINGS – Sharon Gurley Hudson, 56, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, from injuries received in a vehicular accident. She was born Nov. 13, 1956, in Tupelo to Charles E. Gurley and Mary Jo Gurley. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo, where she graduated high school. She attended Mississippi State University. After graduation she traveled to markets across the U.S. as a clothing buyer. She eventually settled in Tupelo, where she was employed at The Velveteen Rabbit and later Old Friends Clothing Co. In 1999 she and her family moved from Tupelo to Blue Springs, where she was a stay-at-home mom, actively involved in PTO. A devoted MSU Bulldogs fan, she enjoyed working in her yard and cooking for her family. A loving wife, mother and “MeMe,” she was dedicated to her family and friends and lived her life fully with dignity, generosity and great warmth.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Her uncle, Benny Dodson, will officiate. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Robert M. Hudson III of Blue Springs; daughter, Jennifer Hudson of Starkville; son, Matthew (Britney) of Blue Springs; two grandchildren, Levi and Mila Hudson; her father, Charles E. Gurley, and sister, Tina Foster, both of Blue Springs.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Jo Gurley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.
BOERNE, Texas – Mary Joyce Griffin Dawson, 88, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in Boerne, Texas. She was born in Shannon in 1924. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women and married Marion Oliver Dawson in 1945. They later settled in Houston, Texas, and raised their three children. The Dawsons returned to Shannon in 1978 and moved to Boerne in 2004. A passionate quilter and gardener with a special love for irises and daylilies which covered her yard in Shannon, she was also passionate about Christmas and famous for her beautiful and elaborate Christmas decorations. Her biggest passion was her family. She was a very loving and generous soul and a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Vaughan’s Funeral Home in Boerne, Texas.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Buddy Griffin of Jackson; her sister, Helen Williams of Tupelo; two sons, Gary Curtis (Patti) Dawson of Bulverde, Texas, and Charles Thomas (Freddi) Dawson, of Boerne, Texas; a daughter, Teresa Elizabeth Dawson Jones of Boerne, Texas; four grandchildren, Chad Oliver Dawson, Sarah Elizabeth (Garet) Gold, Esther Jones (Rick) Guerra and Caleb Dawson Jones; great-grandchildren, Ayden Parrish, Abigail Gold, Tanner Gold and Ava Joyce Guerra; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Marion Oliver Dawson; her parents, Curtis and Esther Griffin; and a granddaughter, Heather Kirkwood.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Health and Wholeness Center in Boerne, Texas, at www.benedictineministries.org.
To leave a message for the family, visit www.vaughanfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Kathleen Strong Walker, 67, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was a member of New Grove M.B. Church. She loved gardening and serving on the Aberdeen Housing Authority Board as secretary.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Baptist M.B. Church in Aberdeen with the Rev. Terry Williams officiating. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
She is survived by five sisters, Louise Walker, Earnestine Middlebrook, Ludie D. Trice (Shannon), Annie Lee Cunningham and Maggie Gates; two brothers, Roy Strong Jr. (Luvina) and West Strong of Aberdeen; a special niece, Mammie Forston (Pap), and a special nephew, Tony Cunningham (Dora Bell).
She was preceded in death by parents, Roy and Queen Annie Strong; four brothers, Willie B., Oren, Curley and Alfred Strong.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel.
Access the online register book at bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Vicki Deloris Bishop Patterson, 44, died Monday, April 22, 2013, in a motor vehicle accident in Longview, Texas.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MANTACHIE – Martha Nell Lidtke, 68, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 12, 1944, in Mantachie to E.P. and Tommie Rea McFerrin Yielding. She was a former member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and a present member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, where she played the piano. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking and sewing. She was an accomplished piano player and especially enjoyed playing church and classical music.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Shiloh United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don McCain and the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Roger J. Lidtke; two brothers, Bobby Dale Yielding (Evelyn) of Mantachie and Earl Yielding (Linda) of Pontotoc; two godchildren, Michael Gillentine and Will Jackson; and several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Andy Moncrief, Cason Moncrief, Michael Gillentine, Will Jackson, Jeremy Yielding, Eric Yielding and Danny Yielding.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at Shiloh United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – John Clifton Gable, 78, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House, in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 13, 1935, in Vardaman to Mattie Virginia McCullough and Waites Gable. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He worked with USF&G Insurance Company for 36 years as an adjuster in Natchez, Greenwood, Greenville, Jackson and the state office in Meridian, serving as claims supervisor until his retirement in 1992. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Scholarship Fraternity. He served in the Mississippi Army National Guard 223rd Engineer Battalion, when he was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis. He married Kay Low Gable on June 16, 1963.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Burial will be made in Greenwood Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include wife of 50 years, Kay Low Gable of West Point; one daughter, Kelly Gable Conway, and one granddaughter, Claire Elizabeth Conway, both of Tupelo; three sisters-in-law, Sandra McGaugh (Boyd) of Greenville, Judy Cannon (James) of Greensborough, Ga., and Penny Crowson of Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1818, Memphis, TN 38101 or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
UNITY – Joyce Mauveline Coggins, 83, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Booneville. She was born July 7, 1929, to Frank and Bunia Hathcock. She was a retired factory worker and sat with the elderly. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Heath Lovelace and Bro. Danny Lovelace officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Coggins Curry (Aubrey) of Iuka; a son, Tim Coggins of Booneville; sisters, Loretto Anderson (Slim), Addie Dunahue (Charles) and Dorothy Carruthers, all of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Brandon Coggins, Zack Curry and Justin Curry; and three great-grandchildren, Kyler, Kobi and Kyson Curry.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Coggins; brothers, Jackie and Henry Hathcock; and sisters, Christine Hathcock and Mary Reno.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Lindsey, Joe Coggins, Tom Hodges, Buck Edge, Terry Vandevander, Frankie Vandevander, Justin Curry and Bryan Lindsey. Reese Anderson will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Jesse H. Morgan, 74, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at V.A. Medical Center in Memphis after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
HATLEY – June Brasfield Fears Williams, 81, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – William Hal Frazier, 65, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – Jodene Scalise died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Mario Luis Ortiz Sr., 48, died Monday, April 22, 2013, in Gary, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
ABERDEEN – J.C. Davenport, 82, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Aberdeen Care Center. He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Clay County to Richard Davenport and Josie Davenport of Una. She attended school at Lake Grove Prairie. He was a member of St. Paul Holy Ghost Deliverance Church. He worked for Sharp Garment Plant for many years until it closed.
Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Paul Holy Ghost Deliverance Church in Aberdeen. Pastor John Otis Barrentine will officiate. Burial will be at Lake Grove Cemetery at Una. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two daughters, Lou Davenport Fears and Ethel Pearl Davenport; two sons, Charles Davenport and Richard Davenport; one son-in-law, Lance Fears; six grandchildren; one sister, Estella Dodson; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruthy Mae Cox Davenport; son, Willard Davenport; and 15 brothers and sisters.
Viewing will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
ST. LOUIS – Darlinda Barr Franks, 58, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo. She was born Feb. 9, 1955, to Milton Barr and the late Maxine Clopton Barr. She was a member of Zion Spring M.B. Church after moving to St. Louis. She joined Union Sinai M.B. Church. She was a graduate of Okolona High School and Jackson State University.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Zion Spring M.B. Church. The Rev. Lawerence Whitley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are her husband, Domentral Franks Jr. of St. Louis; her father, Milton Barr Jr. of Okolona; daughter, Darmetria Franks of St. Louis; stepdaughter, Tonya Franks of St. Louis; two sisters, Wilma McMillian (Adam) of Okolona and Jacqueline Ewing (Rev. Otis) of Okolona; and two brothers, Marvin Barr (Teresa) of Okolona and Dale Barr (Ruthie) of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Maxine Clopton Barr.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m.