By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Martha “Marty” Owens, age 63, died in her home Thursday, April 25, 2013, after an extended illness. She was born May 29, 1949, in Booneville. Marty loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this life and is now celebrating an eternal life with Christ.
Marty loved Christ and her church. She was a devoted Christian and member of Harrisburg Baptist for over 20 years, where she served as a first grade Sunday School teacher of many years and then several years with the fifth grade class until her health became such she could not serve. She loved working with children and seeing their eyes widen with excitement and understanding about the love of Christ. She served with the Women’s Jail Ministry for many years telling others how Christ had changed her life and how they, too, could have love and joy in their hearts with Jesus. She loved reading and studying her Bible and talking with God each and every day of her life. Marty went through many serious medical procedures and illnesses in her life, but she never faltered in her faith and trust in Jesus. She was praying for one thing as she made her last prayer journal entry on Thursday morning. Her prayer was, “Let me love you more and more, Dear Jesus.”
Marty was a career Civil Service employee for 30 years and 22 of those years at the Natchez Trace Parkway as administrative assistant to the superintendent. She always put her love for the Natchez Trace Parkway first and foremost in her career. She would say it was so wonderful to see the magnificently beautiful work the Lord had done. Early in her career she was an avid swimmer and became American Red Cross IT water safety instructor for the Pacific Region stationed at Clark Air Base, Philippines. She taught first aid, deep water rescue, and taught hundreds and hundreds of military personnel and their dependents how to swim and enjoy the water safely. While stationed in England, she served as teacher’s aide for special education students with learning disabilities. She loved teaching and helping children. Her Civil Service career ended as it started by her giving all she had to do her very best.
For 44 years Marty loved and shared her life with her husband, Jamie R. Owens. She supported his 25 year military career through the hardships and separations with love and understanding. She loved sharing the joys of visiting different countries, seeing a new play on the West End, walking in the British Gardens, and just enjoying life. Her love for him was only surpassed by the love for her Lord.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Anne and Clinton Windham; her brother, Clinton “Buddy” Windham. Marty is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jamie R. Owens; their two sons, Jamie (Sandie) Owens of Winchester, Va., and Michael Owens of Dallas, Texas; two grandsons, Tyler Windham Owens and Jack Paul Owens, and one granddaughter, Madison Elisabeth Owens; her sister, Shelia Shepherd, and aunt, Loura Cartwright, of Booneville; niece, Jackie Wilemon, and great-nieces, Shannon Shepherd, Sheila Anne Wilemon, and great-nephew, Michael Allen Wilemon; her nephew, Roger (Jamie) Shepherd, and great-nephew, Conner Allen Shepherd. She also leaves her most loved friend, Carolyn (Barnabas) Fairley, and her husband, Paul.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2013, at Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. David Smith officiating and Dale Wilkerson assisting. Private burial will follow in Booneville Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, and Monday from 2 p.m. to service time at Harrisburg Baptist Church. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, Annie Armstrong Mission Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Laverne Campbell, 86, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, following an extended illness. She was born July 18, 1926, in Guntown to Quitman and Sula Hester Braden. She married Floyd E. Campbell on Feb. 4, 1949, in Aberdeen. She spent most of her time serving in her church and enjoying her family. She loved her cat, Lucky.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with Pastor Jay Jentink presiding. Interment will be at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery following a reception at the church. Cedar Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her three sons, Tommy (Ruth) Campbell, Roger (Judy) Campbell and Mark (Carrie) Campbell; 10 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother; longtime family friend, Kirby Kirchner.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Floyd; and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to St. Luke’s Hospice Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Online condolences may be directed to www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.
BELMONT – Dorothy Mae Pharr, 84, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka. She was born May 21, 1928, to Daniel Richard Cleveland and Mary Ida Moses Cleveland of Belmont. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School in her early years. She enjoyed playing and singing gospel music with her children and grandchildren, crocheting and quilting, and tending to her roses.
Services will be at 5 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Micah Jackson and Phillip Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery at Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Hilda Moore of Red Bay, Ala., Sharon Reeves (Phillip) of Golden, Barbara Hall (Jerry) and Jimmy Pharr (Debra), all of Belmont; 10 loving grandchildren, Tina Gray (Jeff), Tracy Pharr, Michael Moore, Stacey Jackson (Micah), Kasey Eaton (Ronnie), Jason Reeves (Jessie), Tonya Rogers (Phillip), Alice Schnapka (Michael), Adrain Lynch (Chris) and Stephanie Massey (Brandon); and 24 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Pharr; a son, Jackie Pharr; a sister, Helen Wassman; and three brothers, Arnold, Richard and Noah Cleveland.
Pallbearers will be Landon Moore, Cameron Moore, Ryan Gray, Isaiah Jackson, Peyton Reeves and Will Pharr. Honorary pallbearer will be Dan Cleveland.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
BOONEVILLE – Jodene Lynn “Jode” Scalise, 55, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Huntsville, Ala. She was born Feb. 11, 1958, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Frank and Rosemary Miller Scalise. She was a volunteer at Manna House, a homeless shelter, and a member of The Rock, a non-denominational church, both in Huntsville. She enjoyed music, reading her Bible daily, helping other people, and sharing her testimony. She loved her dog, Whiskey.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Wilemon officiating and Fran Fluhler delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. A memorial service will be at the Manna House in Huntsville on May 4 at 11 a.m.
She is survived by a daughter, Lori Horn (Doug) of Booneville; two brothers, Michael Scalise of Huntsville and Tony Scalise of Des Moines, Iowa; a sister, LeAnn Scalise of Des Moines; three grandchildren, Memory Little, Kyle Horn and Brody Horn, all of Booneville; her former husband, Jody Ransom of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers are Joe Ransom, Mike Scalise, Doug Horn, Steve Babin, Jody Ransom and Anthony Holder.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Wanda Hutcheson died Friday, April 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth.
CORINTH – Nellie Brown Clark, 79, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
OXFORD – Glenn K. Henderson, 51, died Monday, April 22, 2013, at his mother’s home.
Services were Friday, April 26, at Second M.B. Church. Burial was in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
RIPLEY – N.T. Duncan, 88, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at a residence in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
COTTON PLANT – Ina Othel Kinsella, 79, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Aug. 30, 1933, in Terrytown, Ark., to Samuel Lee and Cellie Milligan Holloway. She was a former high school cafeteria worker, a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed cooking.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Vickie Covington Foley of Cotton Plant; two sons, Ronnie Keith Kinsella of Southaven and Carlton Lee Kinsella of Albany, Ore.; a brother, Danny Bruce Holloway of Georgetown, Ark.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BECKER – Jeffery Carroll Shields, 51, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 14, 1961, to Eloise Pace Shields and Carroll Shields. He graduated from Amory High School, where he was a drummer in the award-winning Amory Panther Band. He married Margaret Howell in 1981 and attended Becker Baptist Church. He worked for 31 years in the chemical industry, serving as supervisor at Georgia Gulf Chemicals in Aberdeen. He loved being outdoors and was an avid hunter, fisherman and farmer. For the last eight years, he has been a vendor at the Tupelo Farmers Market, known for his great purple hull peas and for some of the best honey in Northeast Mississippi. His love of the outdoors was only surpassed by his love for his family and his Savior.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Randy Spencer officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of almost 32 years, Margaret Howell Shields of Becker; two daughters, Kaleena Shields Richardson and Antwann of Columbus, and Lesley Camille Shields of Tupelo; one son, Jared Heath Shields of Becker; one grandson, Jace Richardson of Columbus; his mother, Eloise Pace Shields of Becker; one brother, Keith Shields and Debbie of Becker; one nephew, Dustin Shields and Mary of Amory; one niece, Holli Helton and Joey of Becker; two great-nephews, Easton Shields of Starkville and Mason Helton of Becker; and an extended family of in-laws. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Henry and Laura Pace, and Jim and Maude Shields.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Tate, Terry Barnes, Carl Brangenberg, Randy Harmon, Greg Edwards, Bill Tate, Brad Tate, Lee Boozer, Paul Kennedy, Billy Kirkpatrick, Jimmy Ashley, Steve Ponder and Corey Ponder.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family requests donations be made to Wheeling for Hope Inc., P.O. Box 660254, Birmingham, AL 35266. Wheeling for Hope is a brain-cancer research fund at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Memorials and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Patricia O. Mobley
TUPELO – Patricia Fay Oakley Mobley, 65, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 13, 1947. She was reared in the Grenada and Holcomb area, moving to Tupelo in the early 1980s. She graduated from Delta State University with a degree in teaching and served with the Tupelo Public School System as an assistant teacher until retirement. She was a faithful active member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church for over 25 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Chesterville Cemetery.
Survivors include her two daughters, Shay Allen (Doug) of Pontotoc and Lindsey Broadway (John) of Iuka; five grandchildren, Josh, Andy and Lydia Beth Allen, and Jackson and Hunter Broadway; her sister, Mary Crawford (Frank) of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Kathleen Timmons Oakley; her brother, Glenn Norris Oakley.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – James Johnson, 68, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charles Duke, 58, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Lola Van Kitchen
TUPELO – Lola Van Kitchen, 91, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 17, 1921, in Corinth to J.E. and Bessie Van Austin Trimm. She worked a number of years at Play Craft in Saltillo and later, she worked many years at Day-Brite Inc. She was the widow of Rev. Troy Kitchen, who died Nov. 26, 1996. She enjoyed fishing and was known for her outstanding ability to express her opinion. She was a member of East Heights Baptist Church.
A private family service will be held at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Alexander of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Tammy Van Roaten (the Rev. Tim Roaten) and Kelly Alexander (Melissa), both of Tupelo; four great-grandchildren, Timothy “T.J” Roaten (Anna), Travis Roaten, and Brandi and Jordan Alexander.
She was preceded in death by her parents and was the last surviving of seven siblings.
A gathering for friends and family will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the Monument Drive Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Flower Fund at Priceville Baptist Church, 713 N. Feemster Lake Road, Tupelo, MS 38804; or Monument Drive Baptist Church, 405 Monument Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Imogene McCarty Burleson, 84, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born May 1, 1928, in Lee County to William Alvin and Nona Franks McCarty. She was a homemaker and a member of Glenfield Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service in New Albany. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Burleson (Debbie) of Etta; a son-in-law, William “Bill” Daniel of New Albany; three sisters, Myvanee McDonald of Peoria, Ill., Rebecca Roberts of Wisconsin and Annie Ruth Kitchens of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Brady Daniel (Kym), Burl Daniel (Kim), Ben Daniel (Shanna) and Allie Ashmore (Nathan) and five great-grandchildren, Heston Brady Daniel, Fletcher Stanford Daniel, Hayes Faulkner Daniel, Bennett Burleson Daniel and Brody Greer Ashmore.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ervin Burleson; three daughters, Diane Burleson, Betty Daniel and Patsy Dix; a son-in-law, Ronnie Dix; and two grandchildren, Jeff Dix and Doriah Burleson.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – Mattie Lou Akins Call Huddleston, 89, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Fuenral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Ira Edgeston, 71, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
FULTON – Robert Irvin Weir, 85, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at the Courtyards Personal Care Home in Fulton, where he had resided for the past three years. A native of Newton, he was born Jan. 4, 1938, the son of Mem J. Weir and Eva Rae Burrage Weir. He was a 1946 graduate of Newton High School, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and attended Mississippi College, where he played football. He was employed with Traders and General Insurance Company in New Orleans and the Hartford Insurance Company in Baton Rouge and Jackson. Having played high school and college football, he was a devoted fan of the Ole Miss Rebels.
He is survived by his brother, Jim Weir (Ann); two nephews, Jay Weir (Kristina) and Mitch Weir (Christy); two great-nephews, Jake and Charlie Weir, all of Tupelo; and numerous other relatives in the Newton area.
He left his body to the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s research program. A private burial will be held at a later date in the family plot at the Masonic Cemetery in Newton.
PONTOTOC – Francies Lucille Sisco Whiteside, 60, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. She was the mother of four. She was a sewing machine operator for 40 years. She loved gardening, canning and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Doug Horton will officiate. Burial will follow in the Shiloh Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Chilcutt and Candi Clark; two daughters, Rachel Moore and Jimmie Kaye Chilcutt; brothers, Bill Sisco, Eddie Sisco, Frank Sisco, Roy Sisco and Buddy Sisco; sisters, Willie Mae Lewicki, Linda Dale Mullis, Nancy Ann Franks and Brenda Nell Sisco; grandchildren, Hunter Chilcutt, Jodie Waldon, Colten Underwood, Cambry Earp and Caden Earp; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special niece, Ann Whitehead (Terry).
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Lucille Sisco; a son, Billy Chilcutt; a brother, John Henry Sisco; and a sister, Molly Franks.
Pallbearers will be Randy Sisco, Billy Sisco, Chris Sisco, Shane Stroup, Andy Owens and Big Bubba Sisco. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Chilcutt, Hunter Chilcutt and Jamie Britt.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
BOONEVILLE – Lorean Sarah “Rene” Wren, 87, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
No funeral services are scheduled. Burial will be in Antioch No. 2 Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Thomas W. “Tommy” Clements, 80, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at his home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Cecil Brown died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.