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.
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.
Marty is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jamie R. Owens; their two sons, Jamie (Sandie) Owens, Winchester, Va., and Michael Owens of Dallas, Texas; two grandsons, Tyler Windham Owens and Jack Paul Owens; one granddaughter, Madison Elisabeth Owens; her sister, Shelia Shepherd; her sister-in-law, Cathy Windham of Cordova, Tenn. and nieces, Jennifer Windham and Jessica Windham; her 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.
She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Anne and Clinton Windham; her brother Clinton (Buddy) Windham.
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.
BRANDON – Robert Thomas Halbach, 76, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013, at Hospice Ministries. A graduate of Old Dominion College, he served in the U.S. Army’s 15th Field Hospital at Ft. Bragg, N.C. He began his career in the wood products industry before becoming manager of human resources at Entergy and later Skytel.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Mark’s Methodist Church in Brandon. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Natchez Trace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Rae N. Halbach; sons, John C. Halbach, Brandt Halbach (Melissa) and Erik Halbach (Jaimie); and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to: Hospice Ministries 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157 or St. Mark’s Methodist Church, 400 Grants Ferry Road, Brandon, MS 39047.
CORINTH – Elsie Chappell Medlin, 93, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Interment is at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Visitation is noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
NEW ALBANY – Patrick Roger Ivy, 46, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 26, 1966, to Phillip Ray Ivy and Joyce Baughman Ivy. He enjoyed reading, drawing and writing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.
He is survived by his mother, Joyce Ivy of New Albany; one sister, Patricia Ivy of New Albany; and one brother, Phillip Ray Ivy Jr. of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation is 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, unitedfuneralservice.com.
SMITHVILLE – Bill D. Knight, 62, died on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home, Amory. Complete arrangements will be announced later.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Bessie R. Buford, 78, died April 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
IUKA – Janice Wood Jones, 46, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at North Crossroads Community Church. The body will lie in repose at the church beginning at 11 a.m. Monday. Interment will follow in North Crossroads Community Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m.today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Nancy M. Burleson, 59, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – N.T. Duncan, 88, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, in New Albany. He was born Sept. 3, 1924, to Turner and Georgie Roaten Duncan. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and a retired independent contractor in the construction business. He served his country proudly in the United States Navy during WWII. He was a lifetime member of the VFW and American Legion.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scott Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Church Cemetery with Military Honors.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Stark Duncan of Amory; one daughter, Susan Duncan West of Ripley; one son, John Robert Duncan of Amory; one sister, Winnie Abbott (Dale) of Ripley; one brother, Hershel Duncan (Nell) of Olive Branch; seven grandchildren, Kristin Duncan of Florence, Ala., Cody Duncan and Brody Duncan, both of Amory, Victoria Duncan of New Albany, Myra Mooney of Arkansas, Jessie Morton of Starkville and Jared Brittian Monagan of Amory; and two great-grandchildren, Cole Mooney and Alanna Hillis, both of Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Norman Duncan; and one brother, Wayne Duncan.
Pallbearers will be the Naval Honor Guard. Honorary pallbearers will be CB Gates, James Harrison, Pat Hopper, Dale Abbott, Bobby Joe Crumpton, Sammy Crawford, Gene Tate, J. W. Duncan, Gen. Dr. Horton Taylor, Sgt. James Taylor, Mark Duncan, Joe Duncan, Keri Walker, Randy Dunnam, Chase Garrison and John Callihan.
To view obituaries online and sign the guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.