Obituaries April 4, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Emma Lee Stegall
AMORY – Emma Lee Stegall died March 28, 2013. She was born on Feb. 7, 1931, in Itawamba County to the late Riley and Ester Bell McKinney Stegall. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined New Chapel Christian C.M.E. in Fulton, where she served as an usher and singer in the quartet group, The Silver Stars. Emma loved to sing and serve others. She was truly a people person. Because she loved so hard, people were drawn to her.
One person that was particularly intrigued by her ability to love was Paul Rogers Stegall, her husband. Paul and Emma were joined in holy matrimony on Aug. 13, 1953. She lived out the true meaning of her vows by loving him through better, worse, sickness and health. She cared for him in their Amory home until his death in the year of 2003. The were married for 50 years.
Shortly after they were united the couple moved to Gary, Ind., and remained there for 40 years. After their retirement they returned to their roots, Mississippi, to enjoy their latter years with their family. During this time, Emma and Paul reunited with New Chapel Church.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. today at New Chapel CME Church in Fulton with the Rev. Dr. Luther Minor officiating. Burial will be at New Chapel CME Church Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Emma’s memory will forever be cherished by her only surviving sibling, her sister, Jimmie Mae (Charles) Perks of Fulton; her special friend and sister-in-law, Evelyn Stegall of Amory; favorite cousin, Helen Mulligan-Tubbs; her nephew that lived with her, Floyd Perks; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service today.

Lloyd Tanner
DORSEY – Lloyd Edward Tanner, 80, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at his home. He was born June 29, 1932, in Guys, Tenn., to Buford and Lessie Smith Tanner. He grew up in the Corinth and Biggersville area and attended Biggersville High School. In 1950, he joined the Navy and served for 10 years. He retired from Paine Supply in Tupelo after 20 years of service. He attended Bethel Baptist Church. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed visiting all his friends at Comer’s Restaurant.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Kevin Clayton officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Green of Canton, Ga.; one stepdaughter, Trisha Trotter (Billy) of Dorsey; three grandsons, Leland Barnett Jr. (Erica), Thomas Barnett and Britney Johnston; one great-grandson, Tucker Barnett; three stepgrandchildren, Cody Trotter, Heather Bennett (Matt) and Maggie Waddle (Jake); six stepgreat-grandchildren, Braxton Bennett, Braiden Bennett, Emilee Bennett, Mason Bennett, Cooper Waddle and Chloe Waddle; and one nephew, Mickey Jones of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gena Sheffield Tanner; one daughter, Lois Johnston; one sister, Martha Peppard; one stepson, Jerald Green; and his parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be his circle of friends at Comer’s Restaurant.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Gary Blackmon
ABBEVILLE – Gary Darnell Blackmon, 49, died in Abbeville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the T.O.M.B. Building in Oxford. The Rev. Michael P. James Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church Cemetery at Abbeville. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Curtis Grimes
BOONEVILLE – Curtis G. Grimes, 74, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at his home. He was born April 3, 1938, to Clint and Novalee Grimes. He was a member of Tuscumbia Baptist Church. He served in the Air Force.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Lee Dillard officiating. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery.
Survivors are his wife, Rita Grimes of Booneville; one son, Curtis Mark Grimes of Booneville; his mother, Novalee Grimes of Booneville; one brother, Wayne (Gretchen) Grimes of Nebo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clint Grimes, and one daughter, Tammy Lynn Grimes.
Visitation will be until service time today.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Early Walker
PRAIRIE – Early J. Walker, 60, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at his home. He was a member of Baptist Grove M.B. Church where he served as an usher faithfully. He was employed at United Furniture for over 10 years. He was an avid sports fan.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church in Prairie. Pastor Joseph Lampkin will be officiating. Burial will be at Baptist Grove Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home- Aberdeen is in charge.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Annie Mae Walker; three sons, Marcus Rhodden of Flowood, Mario Crump of Aberdeen and Rishawn Walker of Prairie; four daughters, Kaytrina Simpkins of Florida, Eunice and Miranda Ford of Aberdeen and Makeshia McAfee of Tupelo; eight brothers, Roosevelt Walker of Lansing, Mich., George Willie Walker of McComb, Larry Walker of Shannon, Frank James, Wonder, Willie Jo, John Eugene and Charles H. Walker, all of Aberdeen; four sisters, Wilma Jean McMillian and Berniece Fields of Aberdeen, Joann Calvert of Riverside, Calif., and Bobby Elaine Walker of Tupelo; and an uncle, Frank Payne.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Deena Morgan
NETTLETON – Deena Carol Plunkett Morgan, 59, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born on Jan. 25, 1954, in Waukegan, Ill., to Aubrey Plunkett Jr. and Mary V. Plunkett. She was a native of Illinois, but had resided in Nettleton for the past 46 years. She was a retired nurse for Dr. Rickey Parker at the Tupelo Medical Group. She was a graduate of Nettleton High School, Class of 1972 and was also a graduate of Itawamba Junior College Nursing School. She was a member of the Nettleton First Baptist Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking, reading and being with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Nettleton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Pounders, the Rev. George Johnson, the Rev. Wayne Frederick and the Rev. Paul Sims officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Roger Morgan of Nettleton; two sons, Grant Morgan (Christy) of Tupelo and Barrett Morgan (Kayla) of Amory; two brothers, Harold Plunkett (Brenda) of Tupelo and Bob Plunkett (Kathy) of Nettleton; her mother-in-law, Faye Morgan of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Keeli “Sister” Hailey, Kaleigh “Sissy” Morgan, Weston “Bubby” Morgan, Russ “Tater” Morgan and Ava “Boo” Morgan.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Cheek, Dub Harris, Glyn Hester, Charles Morris, Woody Magers, Eddie Sullivan, Jason McKinney and Steve Clayton.
Visitation will be at the church from noon to 2 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the MS Foundation, AL-MS Chapter, 813 Shades Creek Parkway, Suite 100B, Birmingham, AL 35209.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Ora Avery
GUYS, Tenn. – Ora Avery, 87, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
Kadree Freeman
NETTLETON – Kadree “Cox” Freeman, 93, died Saturday, March 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1919, in Monroe County, to Andrew and Clinnie McGaughy. She grew up in the Blackwood Grove area and was a member of Blackwood Grove M.B. Church for many years. She was the boss and head cook in the kitchen. Later she moved her membership to Greater New Prospect M.B. Church. She loved to cook for family and friends. She enjoyed fishing and working her flower bed. She was a people person and never met a stranger. Bruce Cox was the father of all her children.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Greater New Prospect M.B. Church with the Rev. Dozie Cox officiating. Burial will follow at the Mullen Cemetery of Nettleton. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Gene Cox of Nettleton; seven sons, Dozie S. (JoAnn) Cox of Grand Rapids, Alford Lee (Verona) Cox of Grand Rapids, Gillie (Betty) Cox of Shannon, Shelley (Doreen) Cox of Wren, Ezell (Debra) Cox of Benton Harbor, Verell Cox of Nettleton and Hosea Bogan (Minnie); three daughters, Cloree Houston of Grand Rapids, Ary Kay Jernigan of Nettleton and Mattie (Ezra) Cayson of Plantersville; one brother, Calvin (Lula) McGaughy of Gary, Ind.; one uncle, L.Z. (Louise) Pruitt of Chicago; 34 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and 26 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil C. Freeman; one son, Andrew (AW) Walton; one daughter, Clenora Griffin; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and one brother, Lugene McGaughy.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service today.

Jimmy Roberts
BREWER – Jimmy Roberts, 72, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. He was born April 8, 1940, to Dewey and Lula Prather Roberts. A graduate of Jericho High School, he served six years in the National Guard. He worked as a supervisor in the receiving department of Blue Bell Industries, retiring after 40 years of service. He was an avid bowler and also enjoyed playing cards, fishing, and spending time with his grandkids and great-grandson, Andrew.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Brewer Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Tutor officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 20 years, Jewel Roberts of Brewer; his daughter, Radonna Roberts (fiancé, Byron Ferguson); his stepsons and stepdaughters, Marty Pitts (Gale) of Guntown, Gail Powell (Merrill) of Ecru, Damon Sherman (Diane) of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Summer Aldridge (Merrill) of Hernando and Casey Henry (Sabira) of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren, Jodi Moses (Christopher) of Tupelo, Nicole Nix of Smithville, Grant and Olivia Aldridge of Hernando, and Lily Henry of Houston, Texas; his great-grandson, Andrew Moses; two sisters, Janie Bishop of Guntown and Francine Scott (George) of Baldwyn; and one brother, Robert Roberts (Linda) of Baldwyn.
Pallbearers will be Chris Moses, Paul Kwasinski, Steve Whitten, Marty Pitts, Mike Ballard and Casey Henry. Honorary pallbearers will be James Parker and Gene Hallmark.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Charles Aters
RED BAY, Ala. – Charles Aters, 65, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Willie Mae Jobe
TEMPLE GROVE – Willie Mae Jobe, 90, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at the Golden Living Center after a lengthy illness. A Lee County native, she was born Sept. 24, 1922, to Willie Ed and Ethel Rhudy Edwards. She retired in quality control from Reed’s Manufacturing with 24 years of service. Her main mission in life was serving others. She loved sewing, quilting, crocheting and gardening. She was active in the Ladies Auxiliary with the V.F.W. and the Disabled American Veterans. She wanted her family to remember her for the love she had for them. She was a member of Temple Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jerry Estes officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary Christopher (David) of the Brewer community, Kay Sheffield of Tupelo, and Jennett Ruth Rochester of Cordova, Tenn.; one brother, John Edwards of Plantersville; seven grandchildren, Melissa Christopher, Jimmy Christopher (Tina), Lana Rea (Chip), Kevin Nichols, Luke Sheffield, Ian Rochester and Kate Rochester; eight great-grandchildren, Josh Pitts, Julie Manscoe and Wesley, Seth, Grant and Emilee Christopher; two great-great-grandchildren, Isabella Manscoe and Thrista Manscoe; and two special friends, Mary Gunn and Shirley Jackson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles E. “Peanut” Jobe; one son-in-law, Dave Rochester; one great-granddaughter, Krista Pitts; three sisters, Lucille Alred, Louise Parker and Bobbie Jean Clark.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Christopher, Luke Sheffield, Ian Rochester, Seth Christopher, Wesley Christopher and Chip Rea.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Millard Long Sr.
WEST POINT – Millard Armstrong Long Sr., 81, passed away on Tuesday April 2, 2013. He was born Sept. 29, 1931, in Starkville to Kathlyn Caston and Lewis Edward Long. He was a member of Siloam United Methodist Church. He retired from B&W with 30 years of service and was shop superintendent. He was a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors and the Mississippi Forestry Association. He was West Point Citizen of the Year for his assistance in bringing Navistar Industries to West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Robinson Funeral Home with the Rev. Matthew McGrew and the Rev. Doran Henry officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Anne Long of West Point; two sons, Millard Long Jr. (Monica), of Burlington, Ky.; and Lynn Long (Lori) of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Katelyn Long, Elizabeth Anne Long, Ryan Long and Jake Long.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Henry, Robert Macier, Keith Neely, Billy Allen, Shannon Wooten and Chris Walbington. Honorary pallbearers are employees at B&W, Olen Brock and Jake Ammon.
Memorials can be made to Siloam United Methodist Church, c/o Dale Randle, 7814 Siloam Rd., West Point, MS 39773; or Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Murry, 18515 Hwy. 46, Pheba, MS 39755.
Friends may leave condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Florence Maxey
EVERGREEN – Mattie Florence Maxey, 78, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Nettleton native, she was born July 4, 1934, to Tulus and Carrie Fowler Bishop. She was a retired seamstress from the garment industry. She was an accomplished guitarist and loved singing. Her family was very special to her and she loved cooking and caring for them. She also loved tending her flower gardens, especially her “big red rose bush.” She was a member of Evergreen Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. William Kirkman and the Rev. Steve Denton officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery near Nettleton.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 59 years, Robert Maxey of the Evergreen community; two daughters, Sharon Kisor (David) of Guntown and Gloria Hester of the Auburn community; one son, Rev. Bobby Maxey (Brenda) of Jackson, Tenn.; two sisters, Gerald Dean McKay (Jerry) of Pontotoc and Delaine Jones (J.J.) of Booneville; one brother, Hubert Bishop (Lavendar) of the Evergreen community; five grandchildren, Delisa Sheffield, TeTo Hester, Chanda Goff (Tracy), Angie Russell (Joseph) and Jerius Maxey (Alisha); and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jerius Maxey, TeTo Hester, Tracy Goff, Norman Mattox, Curtis Roberts and Mike McCollum.
Honorary pallbearers will be J.C. Killough, James Maxey and Jerry McKay.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Helen Grizzard
BOONEVILLE – Helen Crump Grizzard, 84, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born May 29, 1931. She was educated at Old Lincoln School. She was a cook at the Baldwyn School District, Booneville Hospital and Aletha Lodge Nursing Home. She was a member of the Methodist CME Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruben Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Henry Damons officiating. Burial will be in Ruben Chapel Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Laure Hurd Alexander and Mildred Ann Hurd Walker; siblings, Dortha M. Crump, Mancel J. Crump, Jean A. Tillis, Annie V. Gamble; grandchildren, James Rashad, Jay Walker, Joseph Darnell Hurd, Krystian Jamar, Marty Walker, Jason Scott Alexander; four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Otis Grizzard; her parents, Hattie and Trill Crump; her grandparents, John and Amie Thomas, Nathan and Virgina Crump; siblings, William A. Crump, Willie V. Crump, Minnie O. Allen, Gennie V. Sorrell, Mary V. Beene, Thomas V. Crump, Roy G. Crump, Bertha M. Crump and Nathan Crump.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

James Nesbit
NEW ALBANY – James “J.D.” Nesbit, 61, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Linda Nix
BOONEVILLE – Linda Faye Briley Nix, 65, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at her home. She was born June 26, 1947, in Colbert County, Ala., to the Rev. Curtis Briley and Mildred Posey Briley. She was a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. She worked as a teacher’s assistant at Hills Chapel School. She enjoyed sewing, cooking and collecting angels.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Rodney Brazil officiating and Bro. Matthew Pharr delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Martin Hill Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 47 years, James Wiley Nix Jr.; three sons, Benny Nix (Lori), Jackie Nix (Kathy) and Philip Nix (Kim), all of Booneville; two brothers, Paul Briley (Pat) of Florence, Ala., and Dexter Briley (Kay) of Center Star, Ala.; four grandchildren, Alamma Nix, Courtney Nix, Jay Nix and Chandler Nix; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.

Ida Campbell
BIRTMINGHAM RIDGE – Ida Campbell, 103, died Tuesday April 2, 2013. She was a homemaker and a member of the Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and baking.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will be in the McNeil Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances Mask (Windham) of Birmingham Ridge and Liz Bolen (John) of Tupelo; four sisters, Ada Hutcheson of Alpine, Bertha Garrett of Florence, Ala., Erline Ramey of Baldwyn and Kathleen White of Baldwyn; a brother, Charlie Wood of the Pratt community; grandchildren, Gay Mask Hitt, Cathy Bolen Talbot, Donnie Mask, Randy Bolen and Mike Mask; 11 great-grandchildren, 19 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Campbell; her parents, Jim and Angelina Wood; sisters, Martha Moore, Mary Brown and Era Long; and a brother, J.C. Wood.
Pallbearers will be Mike Mask, Randy Bolen, Craig Mask, Cory Bolen, Mike Mask Jr. and Dylan Talbot.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today.

Ruth Garrett
NEW ALBANY – Ruth Elizabeth Garrett, 84, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Feb. 16, 1929, in Tennessee to Homer Chester Johnson and Jimmie Lee Wilson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. The Rev. Charles Keys will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include her companion of 30 years, Hildrege Satterwhite Jr. of New Albany; three children, Annie Marie Garrett of Chicago, Tyrone Garrett of Milwaukee and Lamar Garrett of New Albany; a brother, Bob Jaoqueen of California; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruthie Pulliam
PRAIRIE – Ruthie Pulliam, 80, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plain M.B. Chu8rch. Burial will be in Randle Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to service time Saturday.

Billy Hill
BRUCE – Billy Ray “Frog” Hill, 54, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Belle Memorial Funeral Chapel in Bruce. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery at Vardaman. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.

Frank Elliott
AMORY – Frank Hubert Elliott, 87, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Julia Pugh
AMORY – Julia Carolyn Pugh, 77, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. 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.

Lee Goliday
OXFORD – Lee Arthur Goliday, 88, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Regency Hospital in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Charles Hamblin
ECRU – Charles A. Hamblin, 86, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cairo Baptist Church. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at Cairo Baptist Church.