Obituaries April 3, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction:
The obituary for Dona Floyd in Friday’s Daily Journal did not include visitation. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at St. Bernard’s Episcopal Church.

Delbert Willis
CORINTH – Delbert Ray Willis, 64, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Shiloh C.P. Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Sunday.

John Harper
BALDWYN – John Brett Harper, 21, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville as a result of an automobile accident. He was a mechanic at Newby Used Cars. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a 2007 graduate of Wheeler High School. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandson and nephew. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his daughter.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Tim Childs officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Harper of Baldwyn; one daughter, Chole Harper of the home; his parents, John and Susan Harper of Baldwyn, and Michelle Harper of Baldwyn; two brothers, Braxton Harper of Booneville and Brock Harper of Baldwyn; two nephews, Kaid Harper and Gabe Johnson; his grandmother, Judith Nichols of Baldwyn; two uncles, Michael Nichols (Melissa) of Baldwyn and Reese Harper and friend, Skeeter, of New Albany; one aunt, Sharon Adams (Sheldon) of Sherman; numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Maurice and Carolyn Harper, and Danny Nichols.
Pallbearers will be Braxton Harper, J.J. Robinson, Cody Hendrix, Bo Ward, Josh Thorn, Josh Massengill, Josh McGuire and Justin Lambert
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time today.

Beatrice Merchent
PONTOTOC – Beatrice Swindle Merchent, 97, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Sunshine Rest Home. She was born Feb. 26, 1913, in Union County. She was a graduate of Mississippi State University. She was a retired teacher for the Tupelo City School District. After retirement, she moved to Pontotoc, where she was active in the First Baptist Church, Pontotoc Woman’s Club and Pontotoc County Homemakers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester and Bro. Mickey Gentry officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include one daughter, Katie Jackson and husband, Bill, of Pontotoc; one son, Ken Merchent and wife, Carolyn, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren, Bill Jackson Jr. (Carol) of Montgomery, Ala., Hillery Jackson Wise (Jeremy) of Pontotoc, Ken Merchent Jr. of Colorado, Bryan Merchent of Colorado and Mark Merchent of Florida; six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Swindle and Willie Kathryn Crawford Swindle; four sisters, three brothers, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Justin Harlow
HAMILTON – Justin Elliott Harlow, 29, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at his home in Franklin, Ky. He was born Dec. 14, 1980.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with Bro. Freddie Rasberry officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father and stepmother, William Fredric Harlow Jr. and Diane Harlow of Hamilton; his mother and stepfather, Debe Newton and John Newton of Franklin, Ky.; one brother, William Fredric Harlow III of Memphis; his grandparents, Fay and Ethel Coleman of Hamilton, and Tom and Betty Betts of Franklin, Ky.; a sister-in-law, Katie Kelso Harlow of Memphis; and a nephew, William Fredric Harlow IV of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Fredric Harlow Sr. and Martha Harlow.
Memorials can be made to: Hamilton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 95, Hamilton, MS 39746.
Carl Jackson Jr.
POCOLA, Okla. – Carl Jackson Jr., 82, died Monday, March 29, 2010, in Pocola. Born Feb. 6, 1928, in Monroe County, he was the son of Carl and Necie Riding Jackson. He served in the U.S. Navy for over 30 years. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
Graveside services were Wednesday, March 31, at the Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith, Ark., with Troy Conrad officiating. Evans and Miller Funeral Home of Pocola, Okla., was in charge.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jane Jackson of Pocola, Okla.; two sons, John Jackson (Shirley) and Edward Jackson (Virginia), all of Pocola, Okla.; two grandchildren, April Jarnigan (Kyle) and Easton Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Lily and Eva Jarnigan; two sisters, Brenda Cole of Tupelo and Peggy Smith of Aberdeen; one brother, Floyd Jackson (Louise); four nieces, Cindy Wilson, Cheryl Bradford, Tresa Been and Julia Ann Smith; one nephew, Allan Jackson; and a sister-in-law, Lorene Jackson of Pocola, Okla.

Bill Lemonds
COLUMBUS – William Wheeler “Bill” Lemonds Sr., 74, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at his home in Columbus. He was born on Wednesday, May 1, 1935, in Toccopola to Rex and Aline Burks Lemonds. He grew up in the Wheeler Grove community near Corinth. As a boy he developed a love for sports and radio. Around 1963 he began a career in radio with Buddy Bain at WCMA in Corinth. In 1973 he moved to Columbus and began working at WJWF and WMBC as manager. In 1979, he began managing WAJV gospel radio and WJWP. He was well known for broadcasting the “Gospel Ship” program each morning from 6 until 9 a.m. He was also responsible for sports casting of high school and college games. He was pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church in Noxubee County for about 28 years. Over the years he housed and mentored many who struggled with drug and alcohol addiction. He was an active member of the community of New Hope. A member of McBee Baptist Church, he loved the Lord Jesus Christ with all his heart, soul and mind. He will be loved and remembered by all who knew him.
Services were Friday, April 2, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church with his grandson, Bro. Jay Lemonds, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Columbus was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gracie M. Lemonds of Columbus; three sons, Larry Lemonds of Orlando, Fla., James David “Bo” Lemonds (Cathy) of Orlando, Fla., and William W. “Chip” Lemonds Jr. (Amy) of Columbus; one sister, Ula Mann of Columbus; four grandchildren, Valarie Lemonds, Jay Lemonds, Mary Katelyn Lemonds and Allison Elizabeth Lemonds; three great-grandchildren, Caris, Braden and Lucy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his stepson, Terry Wilbanks.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Nelms, Bill Holly, David Nelms, Joe Owens, Chris Sanders and Robert Brewer.
Memorials may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.

Jeffrey Blanton
WALNUT – Jeffrey Dale Blanton, 35, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at noon today at Community Pentecostal Church in Walnut. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. to service time today.

Kaleb Murphy
WALNUT – Kaleb Scott Murphy, 17, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the church.
Wilma Lee
RIENZI – Mary Wilma Lee, 76, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a brief illness. She was a member of Rienzi Church of Christ. She was a homemaker who loved her family, friends and life.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Daniel Holloway and Bro. Paul Ray Hall officiating. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today and until service time Sunday.
She is survived by her spouse of 57 years, Cullen Lee of Rienzi; three sons, Jerome Lee (Paula), Rickey M. Lee and Curtis “Dale” Lee, all of Rienzi; one sister, Doris “Jean” Nash of Hernando; four granddaughters, Michelle Lee Saylors (Corey), Amanda Lee and Brittney Lee Downs (Jason), all of Booneville, and Megan Lee Starnes (Daniel) of Rienzi; three grandsons, Jerrell Lee, Keegan Lee and Dylan Lee, all of Rienzi; six great-grandchildren, Grant Saylors, Conner Saylors, Camden Saylors, Matti Lee, JennaBeth Starnes and Adyson Starnes; and a special niece, Cheryl Davis Perry.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ace and Beatrice Davis; a son, Joseph M. Lee; and one grandson, Rickey “Matthew” Lee.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Boyd Harmon
TREMONT – Boyd Ray Harmon, 76, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 5, 1933, in Itawamba County to Holder Hansel and Minnie Viola Ferguson Harmon. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a public worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Asbury Methodist Church with Bro. Ray Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Asbury Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Phillip Harmon of Saltillo; two granddaughters, Shanen Harmon of Columbus and Katie Harmon of Tremont; a special friend, Mary Jo Stanley.
He was preceded in death by a son, David Ray Harmon; his parents; and a brother, Gene Auston Harmon.
Pallbearers will be Tim Scott, Joey and Eli Conn, Jerry Grady, Brandon Johnson, Sam Kennedy and Danny Stanford.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to noon today at the funeral home.

Trenton Turvaville
BOONEVILLE – Trenton B. “Mr. T” Turvaville died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born Feb. 20, 1933, in Arcola to Hosey B. and Zula Willis Turvaville. He was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. He worked for eight years at America Brass in Kenosha, Wis. After returning to Booneville he worked 23 years for Plumrose. After retirement from Plumrose, he worked at Anderson Elementary in Booneville. He was an outdoors sportsman who loved camping, fishing and hunting. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Pete McCoy and Bro. Kevin Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Betty Sue Bishop Turvaville; his daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Keith Hatfield of Booneville; a granddaughter, Morgan Michelle Hatfield; a grandson, Trenton Brock Hatfield; three godchildren, Mack Hare, Rick Hare and Lisa Worsham; brothers-in-law, Milton Bishop (Carolyn) of Rienzi and P.D. Thornton of Booneville; sisters-in-law, Martha (Polly) Robinson of Booneville, and Geneva Bishop and Inez Wilson (Frank) of Rienzi; lifelong best friends, Pete and Linda Perry, and Tony Palmer, all of Rienzi, Billy Joe and Betty McVey, and a former co-worker, Betty Jumper, of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Von Ray Turvaville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jack and Rachel Bishop; eight brothers-in-law, George Bishop, Vick Bishop, Gene Bishop, Clyde Isbell, A.V. Murphy, L.W. Robinson, Aaron Bishop and Louis Williams; six sisters-in-law, Inez Williams, Hazel Isbell, Joyce Bishop, Nellie Murphy Thornton, Virginia Bishop and Vera Bishop.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Bishop, Richard Murphy, Jackie Robinson, Anthony “Peewee” Williams, Jimmy Bishop and Ricky Bishop.
Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Perry, Jimmy Blue, Roy Elliott, David Entrekin, Larry Isbell and Gerald Dodds.
Visitation will be today until service time.

Judy Cook
RIPLEY – Judy Marlene Cook, 56, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Helen Kellum
OXFORD – Helen Ward Kellum, 73, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Born in Newton, she was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. She was a retired associate professor of speech and theater at the University of Mississippi. During the last 19 years, she served as a volunteer missionary with various Southern Baptist Convention agencies.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Anchor Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Shook and Dr. Scott Kellum officiating. Burial will follow at Anchor Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Cecil Glenn Kellum of Oxford; three sons, David Ward Kellum and his wife, Mary, of Oxford, Jeffrey Lynn Kellum and his wife, Ellen. of Oxford and Leonard Scott Kellum and his wife, Cathy, of Zebulon, N.C.; one brother, William H. Ward III of Gulfport; and 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the church of the donor’s choice or Anchor Baptist Church, Highway 7 South, Oxford, MS 38655.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Max Miller
WEST POINT – Max McIlarth Miller, 21, died Tuesday March 30, 2010, in Starkville. He was born Nov. 8, 1988. He was a lifelong resident of West Point and a graduate of Oak Hill Academy. He was a student at Mississippi State University in the field of biomedical engineering.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Karen Copeland of Fairfax, Va.; his father, Dr. Edmund Miller Jr. of West Point and his second mother, Brett Miller, of West Point; three brothers, Edmund “Ned” Miller, Archie Anderson Miller and Guy Robert Miller, all of West Point; two sisters, Lila June Miller of Paris, France, and Heather Miller Usry of Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Ned Miller, Philip Portera, Cameron Trull, Ben Callon, Robert Shields, Will Cox and Archie Baker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

John A. Russell
BRUCE – John A. Russell, 77, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Calhoun County Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Nov. 25, 1932, in Calhoun County. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a retired factory worker and a member of Pittsboro Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Benny Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Pittsboro Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Russell Skyles (Stanley) of Bruce and Sherry Harris of Grenada; two sons, Charles Alan Russell (Annie) of California City, Ga., and Heath Russell of the Mississippi Gulf Coast; a stepson Robbie Wright of Sarepta; a brother, Bill Russell of Pittsboro; a sister, Peggy Baker of Vardaman; and 13 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Russell and Maude Bryant Russell, and a daughter, Teresa Carol Russell.
Pallbearers will be Richard Hardin, Scott Hardin, Mike Russell, Keith Kellum, Tracy McCammon, Michael Skyles and Sidney Skyles.

Libby Garner
BOONEVILLE – Gladys Elizabeth “Libby” Garner, 85, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Landmark Nursing & Rehab in Booneville. She was born May 12, 1924, in Prentiss County to W.C. and Rita Cartwright Garner. She was a retired clerk for her father’s cotton office and a member of Grace United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing the piano and embroidering.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. C.D. Edge and the Rev. Gary Glazier officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by her sister, Sue Garner Phillips of Columbus, Ga.; her aunt, Trecia Cartwright of Booneville; two nephews, Michel Phillips and Garner Phillips; great-niece, Ivy Phillips; great-nephew, Benjy Phillips; and several special cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Ernestine (Stratton) Daniel.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today and continue until service time.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Junior Tedder
VARDAMAN – Junior Lee Tedder, 57, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 21, 1952, in Vardaman. He was a 1971 graduate of Vardaman High School. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church and a truck driver for Alexander Trucking.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Midway Baptist Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Floyd Lamb officiating. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Dina Langston of Calhoun City; two sons, George Ike Tedder (Christy) of Waynesboro, Ga., and Jonathan Tedder (Amanda) of Vardaman; his mother, Ruby Dean Langford Tedder of Vardaman; a sister, Edna Mae Gray of Vardaman; a brother, Lee Edward Tedder of Vardaman; and seven grandchildren, Laken Langston, Robert Langston, Gregory Tedder, Ama Marie Langston, Caitlin Tedder, Morgan Tedder and Jenna Tedder.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Edward Tedder.
Pallbearers will be Randall Langford, Billy Ray Stone, Danny Suggs, Chris Tedder, Darren Tedder, Ryan Alexander, Bob Armstrong and Lee Smith.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Clanton, Kenneth Alexander, Jamie Reedy and Barry Lester.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Vardaman.

Myrtle McVey
BOONEVILLE – Myrtle Louise Streetman McVey, 80, died Thursday, April 1, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. She was born April 5, 1929, in Corinth to Kenny Kendrick Streetman and Hattie Vester Short Streetman. She was a machine operator in the clothing manufacturing industry, and she was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and baby sitting.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Pete McCoy and Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.
She is survived by four daughters, Janice Pounds (Hubert Ray), Glenda Pounds (Wilford), Betty Pounds (Terry) and Carol Hardin (Troy), all of New Site; a son, Roundle McVey (Jannie) of Booneville; five sisters, Rosie Chittom of Booneville, Bobbie Gray of Iuka, Dellie Hisaw of Booneville, Bonnie Roberts of Baldwyn and Della Ross of Burnsville; 13 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ougah “Mack” McVey, in 1980; a son, Tommy Ray McVey; her parents; two brothers, Floyd Streetman and Leroy Streetman; and a great-granddaughter, Kara Pounds.
Pallbearers are her grandsons.

Nelda Parrish
CORINTH – Nelda Boatman Parrish, 88, died Friday, April 2, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Corinthian Funeral Home.

Mack Pannell
TUPELO – Mack Pannell, 94, died Friday, April 2, 2010, at the Jesse Helms Nursing Center in Monroe, N.C., after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Home.

Louise McCoy
TUPELO – Louise McCoy, 92, died Wednesday, March 31, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.