Obituaries April 29, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charles Whitehead
WEST POINT – Charles Leonard Whitehead, 71, died on Friday, April 27, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice. He was born Aug. 1, 1940, in Crawford to Georgia Edwards and Roy Whitehead. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Riverside Chapel Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Robinson Chapel with the Rev. Jim Sallee officiating. Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery in Crawford.
He is survived by his spouse, Elinor Whitehead of West Point; daughter, Sharon Coggins of West Point; three brothers, William Whitehead of Starkville, Billy Joe Whitehead of Starkville and Roy E. Whitehead of Columbus; sister, Erma Lois Booth of Columbus; two grandchildren, Jessica Lynn Coggins and Daniel Ray Coggins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Dorothy Thompson; brother, George Whitehead; grandchildren, Ariel Madeliene Coggins, Nicholas Taylor Coggins.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Allen, Norman Nevels, Willie Hightower, Michael Millis, Daniel Coggins, Dan Harris, Sammy Buskirk and Jerry Tucker. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Andrew Wartak and nurses at Community Hospice.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society 1800 W Main St. No. 1 Tupelo, MS 38801. Friends may leave condolences online at
Marilyn Herrington
WEST POINT – Marilyn Ramona Ellis Herrington, 60, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born Feb .9, 1952, in West Point at Ivey Memorial Hospital to Topsy and Marion Ellis. She worked at Baptist Memorial Hospital for 31 years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Robinson Chapel with the Rev. Steve Brown officiating. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by her spouse, Felix Randal Herrington of West Point; niece, Marion Mackenzie Merritt of Columbus; best friends, Sally Authier of Columbus and Marcia Alhabbash of Seattle, Wash.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her sisters, Rita Evelyn Merritt and Donna Jo Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Chad Creely, Bill Lancaster, Phillip Sanders, Todd Sanders, Butch Luke and Fred Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Hall, Alex Hall, Laith and Sari Alhabbash..
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. until service time today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Friends may leave condolences online at
Virginia Smitherman
BOONEVILLE – Virginia Smitherman, 87, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born July 24, 1924, to Walter Williams Smith and Virgie Sanford Smith. She graduated from Booneville High School in 1941 and from Mississippi State College for Women in 1945, where she received a BS degree with a major in both Bacteriology and Chemistry. She worked as a medical technician after graduation at Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
She and Marvin Jesse Smitherman were married April 18, 1947, in Booneville, where she had returned to live and work when Kennedy became a Veterans Hospital. Their marriage was blessed with three wonderful sons and she became, by choice, a full time wife and mother.
Virginia was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church first at Oak Grove Church in the Osborn Creek Community. In March 1947, she transferred her membership to First Methodist in Booneville and accepted a place in the Children’s Division of the church school as Nursery Home Visitor. In 1951 she began teaching in the Kindergarten Department – a job she adored and kept until the summer of 1970 when she was needed at home as caregiver for her aging mother and father. After their deaths, she returned to the church school, this time teaching in the adult division for 11 years.
In 1948, she joined two organizations in which she still held membership – the UNW and the DAR. In the early 1950’s she joined the Woman’s Club of Booneville and held that membership until her death. When the George E. Allen Library opened she became a member of the Friends of the Library and also held that membership until her death. She cherished the time she spent in these organizations because the fed her deep interest in faith, genealogy, both local and national history, continuing education and politics. Virginia loved art and was an artist herself, drawing family portraits and painting various types of abstracts.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home with the Rev. Philip Box officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by three sons, Marvin Richard (Julie) of Rochester, Minn., Walter Lee (Karen) of Hoover, Ala., and John Stanley (Kim) of Booneville; seven grandchildren, Rachel Scranton (David), Suzanne Jones (Greg), Richard Jr., Christopher (fiancampée, Julie), Steven, Field and Jack; three great-grandchildren, Kaylee Johnson, Emily Scranton and Whitt Jones; and her long-time caregiver and friend, Cindy Bishop.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one sister, Eleanor Weatherford.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at
Betty Crawford
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Betty Pounds Crawford, 84, passed away April 12, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. She was born in Belmont, but was reared in Booneville. She was the youngest daughter of nine children born to Warnie Wroten Pounds and prominent civic leader and banker Seth Pounds. She was a shining star blessed with beauty, brains and athleticism. She attended both Mississippi State College for Women and the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), where she was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. In 1948 she met her future husband, Bob Crawford, on a blind date. They were married in August 1949. They moved often with his job and made many lifelong friends along the way, until his death in 1992. She was a very beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and aunt.
She is survived by her two children, Pat Fields (Ernie) and Bill “Buddy” Crawford (Carlyn); four grandchildren, Rob Fields (Marie), Ryan Fields (Emily), Chelsea and Ashley Crawford; one great-granddaughter, Grace Fields; and one surviving brother, Dr. Billy D. Pounds; many nieces and nephews.
Betty was a beautiful Southern Christian lady whose family was her utmost priority. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed taking her gifts from the kitchen to those in need of cheering up. She particularly loved spending time and cooking for her grandchildren. She loved her home in Marsh Creek and all her special neighbors there before moving to Cypress Village in 2008 due to declining health. Betty bravely fought the terrible disease of COPD for many years but kept that sweet smile and disposition despite her suffering.
A very special thanks to Bethany and all the staff and caregivers of the Cypress Village Assisted Living who went above and beyond to care for Betty in her last days and especially to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Tamara, Rachel and Donna, who lead her so sweetly into her new life.
We celebrated her transition to her new life with Christ on Monday, April 16, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. for a visitation, and a funeral service on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 11 a.m. All services will be held at Arlington Park Funeral Home, 6920 Lone Star Road. The funeral will be officiated by Pastor Ryan Fields and Rob Fields.
If preferred, in lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Arlington United Methodist Church designated for youth camps.Effie Savage
GOLDEN- Effie Jewell Pounders Savage, 93, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at the Red Bay Hospital. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Dennis Memory Gardens in Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Richard Schlitz
SALTILLO – Richard A. Schlitz, 78, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at his residence. Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at the All Saints Chapel Mausoleum in Kenosha, Wis. Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy may be left at
Mary Stewart
Baldwyn – Mary A. Stewart died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at her home in Baldwyn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn
Patricia Little
CORINTH – Patricia Little died on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born on Dec. 30, 1949, to James and Nila Fay Emerson Holloway. She was the office manager at B and M Trucking Company in Corinth. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends due to her loving expressions and youthful demeanor. She lightened up every room she entered, wanted to have fun, made life a true joy, and always lived each and every day of her life to the fullest.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Patricia Ann Little will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Crossroads Baptist Church on Salem Road with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth are in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Doug Little (Brandie); two brothers, Mark Holloway of Corinth and Hal Holloway (Lynn) of San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law, Gloria Glenn Holloway; four grandchildren, Dylan, Lakin, Jayce, and Nyla Little; and several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Derek Little; and a brother, James Daniel Holloway.
The family will receive friends following the service.
Condolences may be left at
James Erhart
RIPLEY – James A. “Dr. Dolittle” Erhart, 58, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Velda Hetland
AMORY – Velda L. Addington Stoddard Hetland, 85, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Columbus Baptist Hospital Golden Triangle. She was born April 27, 1927 in the Bethlehem Community of Monroe County to Leaner Kennedy and Elzie Addington. She was a graduate of Smithville High School, where she enjoyed playing basketball. She worked for Amory Garment Company for many years. She married Roy Stoddard in Feb. 3, 1947. She married James Hetland Nov. 27, 1984. She was blessed with many talents; a pianist, singer, writer, seamstress and an artist. Her children and grandchildren were blessed to have a mom and grandma who served God. She attended Bethel Apostolic Church and Cornerstone Family Fellowship both in Amory.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Malcolm Tidwell and Bro. John Ward officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her sons, Rodney Stoddard (Pat), Larry Stoddard and Bobby Stoddard, all of Amory; stepsons, Tommy Hetland (Kay) of Montrose, Ark., and Ashley Hetland (Pamela) of Richmond, Maine; sister, Bernice Roberts (Charles) of Phoenix, Ariz.; four grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Addington of Amory; dearest friend, Linda Reich of Amory; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy Stoddard and James Hetland; brothers, John Arthur, Dow, Olen and Dexter Addington; sisters, Velmer and Dorothy Addington, Zora Mae Hughes and Wonnie Plunkett.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Stoddard, Kenny Stoddard, Joe Hughes, Phillip Addington, Gilbert Addington, Ronal Reich and Steve Reich.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at
Clifford Wiginton
BURNSVILLE – Clifford Autry Wiginton, 75, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at his residence.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Internment is at LoveJoy Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Sarah Lowry
CORINTH – Sarah Eckle Goforth Lowry, 97, died Saturday, April 28, 2012, at her residence. She was born April 9, 1915 in Alcorn County. She was a graduate of Kossuth Agricultural High School. She taught school in Tippah County. She worked at Rubel’s department store, Woolworth’s, Elmore’s and Fred’s Dollar Store. She was a member of Frst Pentecostal Church in Corinth. She loved gardening and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She was known for her homemade biscuits, chicken and dressing and fried pies.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Church of the Crossroads in Corinth with the Rev. Nelson Hight and the Rev. Russell Lormand officiating. Burial will be at Forrest Memorial Park in Corinth. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters, Sarah Mitchell (Lonnie) of Corinth and Mary Goldman (Steve) of Booneville; grandchildren, Betsy Gee (Cliff) of Crossett, Ark., Ginger Tarpley (Justin) of oxford, Shane Goldman (Jeannie) of El Paso, Texas, and Blake Goldman (Fiancampée Michelle) of Atlanta, Ga.; eight grandchildren; sisters, Shelley McDaniel and Louie Dugan; brother, Dee Goforth; a host of nieces and nephews; and special caregivers, Betty Riggs, Edna Glover and Pat Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram H. Lowry Jr.; her parents, Rube and Emma Goforth; sister, Flore Mattox; and brothers, Aubie Goforth and Herbert Goforth.
Pallbearers will be Blake Goldman, Justin Tarpley, Cliff Gee, Mike Dugan, Kenny Goldman and Paul Goldman. Honorary pallbearers will be Carl Dugan and Collin Dugan.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the church.
Marvin Arnold
BOONEVILLE – Marvin J. Arnold, 89, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. He was born Dec. 11, 1922, in the Cairo Community to Bob and Lillie Bullock Arnold. He was a United States Army Veteran. He was a Christian, and he was a mechanic in the road construction industry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising his garden, and helping his friends and family.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Jones officiating. Burial will be in Jacinto Cemetery.
He is survived by four sons, Gene Arnold (Carolyn) of Rienzi, Jerry Randall Arnold (Linda) of Iuka, Merle Arnold (Norma) of Corinth and Harold Arnold (Tina) of Walnut; five daughters, Nancy Holland (Lavon), Martha McNair (Joe), all of Glen, Pam Potts of Burnsville, Cindy Rorie (Wade) of Rienzi and Martie Marlar (Eugene) of Tishomingo; three brothers, Matt Arnold (Sarah) of Tifton, Ga., James Arnold (Quay) of Booneville and John Arnold of Douglas, Ga.; two sisters, Ruth Grooms and Elizabeth Horn, both of Booneville; 21 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; a very special friend, Earl Stone, who was like a brother; and special friends, Lester Wommack, David Baker, Jerry Gunn, Archie Tennison and Richard Kimes.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ockless Lambert Arnold; his parents; and three sisters, Maybelle Clark, Mary Flanagan and Magdalene Arnold; and a son-in-law, Danny Potts.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Arnold, Scottie Arnold, Rodney Arnold and M. J. Marlar.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Elton Wilson
NEW ALBANY – Elton O’Neal Wilson, 81, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at his residence. He was born on Sept. 18, 1930, to Ersnest D. and Georgie Lee Wilkerson Wilson. He was the oldest of four children. He was a member of Anchor Hold Church, retired from Tenneco, and was an Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was also a member of the American Legion and the Red Devils Battalion.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Mike Sanders, the Rev. Robert Hogue and the Rev. William Phillips officiating. Internment is at Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors are his wife of 58 years, Shirley Carson Wilson; four daughters, Karen Wilson Lang (Bill), Patricia Wilson Roberts (Barry), Regina Dianne Wilson and Janet Wilson Messer (Richard); 11 grandchildren, William O’Neal Lang (Beverly), Tara Lang McMillin (Steve), Brandon J. Lang (Lauren), Brittany Lang Madonna (Christofer “Bo”), Shianne Ely, Breanne Roberts, Shanna Roberts, Kayla Roberts, Ashley Messer Shackleford (Clay), Lana Messer Bass (Bleau) and Cierra Messer; two brothers, Aurbrey Wilson and Leland Travis Wilson; one sister, Idell Wilson Casey; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers are Bill Lang, William O. Lang, Jr., Barry Roberts, Richard Messer, Bronson Lang and Brandon Lang.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Edith Rogers
NEW ALBANY – Edith Laverne Rogers, 84, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 18, 1927, to Troy Wesley and Georgia Ella Grisham Williams. She was a member of Victory Life Center, and was retired from Brookwood. She loved her children, her grandchildren, her flowers, and the Lord Jesus. She was also a member of Peace Makers Quilting Club.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at Victory Life Center in New Albany with Bro. Mark Bishop officiating. Internment will be at Martintown Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by six daughters, Kay Boatner, Arlene Ferguson (Jerry), Shelia Thomas (Terry), Ginger Whitten (Robin), all of New Albany, Ellen Livingston of Tupelo and Carol Wray (Hardy) of Pontotoc; twelve grandchildren, Ricky Boatner (Julie), Tammy Radigan, Jason Boatner, Amanda Beasley (Casey), Jacky Wray, Josh Wray (Jennifer), Jill Scott (Toby) Brandon Pankey, Jagar Livingston, Leslie Cole (Wayne), Leah Stinson (Scotty) and Andrew Whitten; brother, Junior Williams of New Albany; five sisters, Louise Tolley of New Albany, Darlina Hudson, Aldora Vinsion, Evoyle Fooshee, and Betty Anderson, all of Pontotoc; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Raymond Williams; and a sister, Geneva Self.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House.
Paul Adams Jr.
SHERMAN – Paul Jack amp”Spratamp” Adams Jr., 60, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at his home. He was born January 25, 1952, in New Albany, to Paul Jack Adams Sr. and Alene Swindle Adams. He was veteran of the National Guard. He was a delivery driver for Magnolia Wholesale Florist. He was an avid crossword puzzle worker, a trivia buff, loved old black and white movies and music, especially the amp”oldiesamp”. He was a member of Sherman Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Marty Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Sherman City Cemetery.
He is survived by three sisters, Peggy Taylor (Everett), Janice Mitchell and Sally Hood, all of Sherman; and one brother, Eddie Adams, of Sherman.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Douglas Adams.
Pallbearers will be Jayson Adams, Chris Adams, Dusty Adams, James Mitchell, Adam Jolly and Brian Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Jolly and Mickey Jolly.
In honor of Mr. Adams’ service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit
Aline Hood
ABERDEEN – Aline Marie Morris Hood, 95, died Friday, April 27, 2012, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was born April 3, 1917, to Lon Morris and Zadie Bell Tubbs Morris in Hatley. She was a life long resident of Monroe County. She was a homemaker and a member of the Aberdeen Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Father Tim Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Coy Wayne Hood of Aberdeen and Wiley Theron Hood Jr. of Aberdeen; one brother, Eugene Morris of Aberdeen; six grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wiley Theron Hood Sr.; one daughter, Estelle Derrick; one son, Thomas Hood; six brothers; and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Terry Derrick, Gary Derrick, Gerald Hood, Justin Derrick, Johnny Hood, Cody Hood, Blake Duncan, Ricky Hood and Alex Whitaker.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at
Bill Gist
NETTLETON – William Harvey “Bill” Gist, 71, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, suddenly at his home. He was born July 8, 1940, in Itawamba County to Amos Roads and Vina Pruitt Gist. He lived most of his life in Lee County. He was a retired factory worker and a Baptist. He enjoyed being with his family, his friends and his animals.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Jerry Guess officiating. A private family burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Canterbury Gist of Nettleton; three daughters, Marilyn Carter (Dougley) and Glenda Orsborn (Michael) of Nettleton, and Tammy Baucom (Tim) of Columbus; three sisters, Betty Worthey (James) and Bonnie Guess (Jerry) of Nettleton and Juanita Anthony (Vance) of Tupelo; two brothers, Clyde and Jimmy Gist (Edwinna) of Nettleton; eight grandchildren, Bradley Gist, Jeremy Carter, Sean Baucom, Amberle Baucom, Stephen Baucom, Allison Hester, Matthew Hester and Hanna Hester; two great-grandchildren; four special friends, Hollis and Diane Brown and Doyle and Virginia Young.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Gist, Sean Baucom, Chris Gist, Kevin Gist, Cory Gist and Darrell Guess.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Carter and Hollis Brown.
Visitation will from 11 a.m. to service time today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to
Paul Durr
ATLANTA, Ga. – Paul Aviance “Avie” Durr, 32, died Friday, April 27, 2012, in Atlanta, Ga. He was born July 25, 2979. He was an educator at McEacheron High School. He attended Mosaic Covenant Church in Mableton, Ga.
Services are at noon Monday at St. Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Guys, Tenn., with the Rev. Broderick Santiago and the Rev. O.J. Salters officiating. Memorial service will be immediately after service. Internment is at St. Rest Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Paul and Sheila Ann Durr; his grandparent, Ora Avery; and his sister, Nikki Durr.
He was preceded by his grandparents, Laura Hampton and Albert C. “AC” Avery.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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