Willie Thomas Dunn Wicker, 99, of Winborn, Miss., died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Christopher’s Assisted Living Center in Holly Springs, Miss. Services will be held today, April 8, at 2 p.m. at Winborn Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Pisgah United Methodist Cemetery, where six generations of her family lie. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She was born in Winborn, Miss., to Walter and Lucy Collier Dunn on Sept. 11, 1909. She was the eldest sister to five brothers whom she raised after her mother’s death. She married Richard Fenton Wicker in 1928 and had three sons, the Rev. Dr. Richard Fenton Wicker Jr., Dr. William Walter Wicker and Dr. Ralph Thomas Wicker. After her husband’s death when she was 58 years old, Mrs. Wicker attended and graduated from Blue Mountain College with a degree in education. She taught in the Potts Camp School District until her retirement in 1979. She was a member of the Winborn United Methodist Church that was built by her forebears. Meme, as she was called by her grandchildren, knew the value of hard work and education. She worked her dirt farm as long as her health would allow and ensured her sons’ success by insisting that education was of utmost importance. Even during the poorest of times, she made sure that books and the Sunday newspaper were always available. These values and her deep faith are evident in her sons’ vocations of ministry and naval service, library science and medicine.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Collier, Herbert, Jack and Walter Dunn; and her son, Dr. Ralph Thomas Wicker.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Worth Dunn and his wife, Ann, of Tampa, Fla.; her children, Dr. Richard Fenton Wicker and his wife, Louise, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Dr. William Walter Wicker and his wife, Nella, of Oxford; and her daughter-in-law, Dr. Carrol Wicker of Hattiesburg; her grandchildren, Richard Wicker III and his wife, Kiki, of Fredericksburg, Va., Dr. Stephen Wicker and his wife, Wendy, of Ithaca, N.Y., David Wicker of Virginia Beach, Va., Dr. Carolyn Wicker of Dallas, Texas, William “Billy” Wicker and his wife, Beverly, of Reston, Va., Lynne Wicker of Dallas, Texas, Jennifer Wicker McRae and her husband, John, of Meridian, John David Wicker of Pullman, Wash., and Emily Wicker of Cary, N.C.; her great-grandchildren, Sofia and Sebastian Wicker, Alex and Elena Wicker, and Collier and Anne Preston McRae; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Winborn United Methodist Church, the Richard F. and Willie T. Wicker Scholarship Fund at the University of Mississippi, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
PONTOTOC – Edna Wilson, 83, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin & Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Mildred A. Kieron, 82, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab in Holly Springs. She was born July 14, 1926, in Jersey City to Joseph Kierson and Stacia Cygarnik. She worked in production for the American Can Co. She was a Catholic.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, April 13, in North Arlington, N.J. Entombment will be in the Holy Cross Chapel Mausoleum in North Arlington, N.J. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a nephew and niece, Ernest and Judith Magri of Holly Springs.
SALTILLO – Barbara Diane Reedy, 61, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born Jan. 20, 1948, in Blytheville, Ark., to Arlis and Maida Moore Christian. She grew up in Itawamba County. Shortly after her marriage in 1970, she and her husband moved to Lee County. Her employment included working in the credit card department of BancorpSouth for the past 18 years. She was a member of Gumtree Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed riding motorcycles, church, shopping with her grandaughter, but especially just spending time with her granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Charles Covington officiating. Burial will be in Unity Cemetery east of Plantersville.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Bobby Joe Reedy of Saltillo; one son, Scotty Reed (Michelle) of Tupelo; one brother, Billy Christian (Linda) of Snellville, Ga.; one granddaughter, Anna Kathryn Reedy; a special niece, Tina Felks of Saltillo; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Christian of Tupelo; a brother-in-law, Mac Reedy of Tupelo; three nephews, Brad Christian (Abby) of Moyock, N.C., and Don Christian and Mike Christian of Tupelo; and a niece, Heather Dodd (Jason) of Cummings, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Tommy Roy Christian.
Pallbearers will be Carl Patterson, Jimmy Pace, Wheeler Pulliam, Joe Yerby, Mike Christian, Don Christian, Brad Christian and Vance Yerby.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Thadis Tarver Jr.
OXFORD – Thadis Milton “Thad” Tarver Jr., 71, died Saturday, April 4, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born in Lafayette County. He was a retired employee of ITT Continental Baking Company and a routeman for Wonder Bread for 23 years. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing.
Services were Monday, April 6, at Anchor Baptist Church with the Rev. Gerald Shook officiating. Burial was in Anchor Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Voncille Campbell Tarver of Oxford; two daughters, Debra Tarver Miller and Donna Tarver Lane (Gary), both of Oxford; two sons, Chris Tarver and David Tarver (Gina), both of Oxford; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Anchor Baptist Church, 1109 Hwy. 7 S., Water Valley, MS 38965.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – John Gurvis Garrett, 83, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born April 18, 1925, in Booneville to Walter and Dora Aldridge Garrett. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a retired supervisor for the railroad, a devoted member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason. He loved gardening, woodworking, and being with family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Kara Blackard and Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, John Micheal Garrett of Walnut; one grandchild, Seth Garrett of Walnut; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mae Garrett; two brothers, Bythel Garrett and William Garrett; and a sister, Bessie Eaton.
Pallbearers will be Larry Garrett, Jim Bo Wilkinson, Tommy Watson, Sammy James, Gary Holley and Kelly Walker.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Wheeler Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 21 CR 519, Corinth, MS 38834.
OXFORD – James Lee Jones, 47, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home in Oxford.
TUPELO – John O’Shields, 68, died suddenly Monday, April 6, 2009. A lifelong resident of Tupelo, he was born June 15, 1941, in Tupelo to Enoch and Mary O’Shields. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1959 and from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1963. While at Southern Miss, he was an active member of the Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity. He served in the United States Army Reserve. He was the night manager for Holiday Inn Express and a longtime employee of the Natchez Trace Inn. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was a huge Southern Miss football fan and enjoyed traveling and researching family history and Civil War history. He was currently arranging his high school’s 50th class reunion. He was the caregiver for his parents prior to their deaths.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one sister, Jennie (Howard) Boone of Tupelo; two brothers, Wayne (Ramona) O’Shields of Memphis and Tom (Pat) O’Shields of Clermont, Fla.; four nieces, one nephew, nine grandnephews, one grandniece and one great-grandnephew.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
CORINTH – Charlie Clyde Plaxico, 96, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at the Mississippi Care Center. He was a member of Tate Baptist Church for more than 70 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in Europe. He worked at Sanson Hosiery Mill for several years. He was the owner of the Daisy Queen Barbecue Restaurant in Iuka until his retirement. He was a deacon, Sunday School superintendent and teacher, and trustee of Tate Baptist Church. He had a perfect Sunday School attendance for 48 years. His Christian life personified the “fruit of the spirit.”
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Dr. Carl Weeden will officiate and Herby C. Key will deliver the eulogy. Remarks will be made by family members. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Ann Hyneman Poat of Memphis; three sisters-in-law, Sally Plaxico, Louise Crow Atkins (Douglas) and Sue Crow, all of Corinth; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 71 years, Pauline Crow Plaxico; his father, William Jackson Plaxico; his mother, Annie Johnson Plaxico; a brother, Howard Plaxico; two sisters, Mary Swain Smith on April 1, 2009 (C.D.) and Lillian Scott (Hubert “Pee Wee”); a sister-in-law, Mary Frances Crow Drasher (Danny); and two brothers-in-law, Phil Poat and James “Buddy” Crow.
Pallbearers will be John Hyneman, Bill Plaxico, Buz Plaxico, Bob Scott, Charlie Shaw, Scott Norman, Wayne Alberson and Tommy Magee.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class of Tate Baptist Church, Herby C. Key, teacher.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tate Baptist Church.
BENTON, Ark. – Doris Evalyn Littlejohn, 78, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Saline Memorial Hospital. She was born March 6, 1931, in Blue Springs to Willie Jewel Pickens and Tera Pearl Dunlap Pickens, who preceded her in death. She was a pharmaceutical clerk and a member of Holland Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, where she taught children’s Sunday School and helped in the nursery for several years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home with Bro. Jason Tallant and Bro. Carl Rickey officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Harmony Cemetery in Blue Springs.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Kenneth Littlejohn; two daughters, Marilyn Williams (Joe) and Debbie Littlejohn, both of Benton, Ark.; four grandchildren, Mark McClain, Lea Sullivan and Kellie Lowrance, all of Benton, Ark., and Matt McClain of Richmond, Va.; six great-grandchildren, Christopher Casteel, Lauren Casteel, Carly Casteel, Jeremy Lowrance, Morgan McClain and Meghan McClain; one brother, Robert Pickens (Patsy) of Blue Springs; three sisters, Joyce Treadaway (James), Edna Bolton and Carolyn Beasley (Donald), all of New Albany; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service in New Albany.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Ethel Peppers Humphres, 94, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at the Care Center of Red Bay, Ala. She was born Oct. 1, 1914, in St. Joseph, Tenn., to James Arthur and Matter Bell Rollins Peppers. She was a retired employee of Lance Garment and a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Dan Hindman officiating. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Jean Majors (Curtis) of Vina; one son, Terry Humphres of Cordova, Tenn.; two brothers, Marshall Peppers of Memphis and Clyde Peppers of Vilonia, Ark.; one sister, Elsie Pankey of Vilonia, Ark.; two granddaughters and three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rube Humphres; a son, Thomas Humphres; a daughter, Ruby Horton; a daughter-in-law, Patsy Humphres; and three brothers, Henry Peppers, Claude Peppers and Ethridge Peppers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
BRUCE – Earnest James Madkins, 69, died Friday, April 4, 2009, in Bruce. He was born March 30, 1940, in Charleston to Johnny Madkins and Mary Susie Herrod. He attended school in Charleston and Bruce, Natchez Jr. College in Natchez and Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs. He worked for Rapport Brothers for 15 years and retired from the New York Times after 33 years. A great athlete, he loved sports, especially baseball and basketball, playing cards and socializing with friends.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at New Hope Church of God in Christ in Bruce. The Rev. Thomas Tillman will officiate. Burial will be in Pittsboro Community Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Norma J. Madkins of Bruce, whom he married in 1963; his mother, Mary Susie Herrod of Bruce; one son, Christopher Madkins (Darcel) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; two daughters, Cynthia Madkins Coggins (Alex) and Tracy Madkins, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Gary Madkins of Bruce and Nathaniel Madkins of Queens, N.Y.; one sister, Bernice (Johnny) Herrin of Detroit, Mich.; seven grandchildren, one great-grandchild; an aunt, Elizabeth Kegler of Charleston.
He was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Madkins Sr., and a brother, Johnny Madkins Jr.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. thurday at the funeral home.
HOUSTON – Lorene Huffman, 86, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.
KENNER, La. – Retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Gwen Cathcart, 72, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was born in Nettleton and had lived in Kenner, La., for the past 37 years. He graduated from Nettleton High School in 1956 and attended Itawamba Community College. He served in the U.S. Air Force and in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He completed Officer’s Training School and Flight School, and became a helicopter pilot. In 1972 he transferred to the Louisiana Army National Guard and served as commander of the 813th Medical Detachment. He retired from the U. S. Army Reserve as communications officer for the 377th TAACOM. The U.S. Army awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Achievement Medal, Overseas Medal with five Oakleaf Clusters and Armed Services Medal. He also received the U.S. Air Force Overseas Medal. He retired from AT&T (BellSouth) in 1994 after 30 years. He was a member of Kenner United Methodist Church for 37 years. In recent years he was a substitute teacher at East Jefferson High School.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Kenner Funeral Home of L.A. Muhleisen and Son, followed by religious services at Kenner United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Carolyn Louise Boozer Cathcart; two sons, Benjamin Craig Cathcart (Becky) and Jeffrey Lee Cathcart (Robin); brothers and sisters, Glen, Cryil Lee “Bo” and Bennie Max Cathcart, Nell Green, Peggy Gray and Bonnie Patterson; and three grandchildren, Brandon Lee Cathcart, Amber Leigh Cathcart and Kalei Peel.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lula Viola Mills and Benjamin Franklin Cathcart.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
WALNUT – John Wayne Bobo, 69, died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at his home. He was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church. He was a mechanic who was retired from the family business, Bobo’s Auto Electric, after many years. He loved his family and friends, and enjoyed deer hunting, gardening and drag racing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with the Rev. Floyd Lamb, the Rev. Trent Nethery and the Rev. Joe Lamb officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Frances Brown Bobo of Walnut; one son, Jeff Bobo (Lynn) of Walnut; daughters, Elisa Fiveash (Tommy), Carolyn Johnson (Jeff), Donna Box (Johnny), all of Walnut; eight grandchildren, Jessica Alexander (Z.B.), Jamie Wilhite (Joseph), Brooke Lee (fiancé, James Cutberth Jr.), Justin Fiveash (fiancée, Jodie McEwen), Phillip Lee, Jessie Bobo, Tyler Box and Wesley Box; stepgrandchildren, Whit Johnson and April Johnson; great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Tull, Ally Grace Tull, Jaxen Lee and Jake Wilhite; stepgreat-grandchild, Joellen McEwen; brother, Bob Bobo (Faye) and Terry Bobo of Walnut; sisters, Mavis Selby, Peggy Cloud, both of Walnut, Patsy Clifton (Mitch) of Corinth; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, King Bobo; his mother, Myrl Sharp Bobo; a son, Johnny Dewayne Bobo; and a grandson, Tommy Shan Fiveash Jr.
Pallbearers will be Barry Hood, Durrell Crum, Steve Martin, David Glidewell, James Box and Vaughn Wilbanks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Corey Glidewell, Jeremy Glidewell, Mitch Clifton and Darren Howle.
The body will lie in state at the church beginning at 5 p.m. today and continuing until service time Thursday.
ECRU – Homa E. Pitts, 89, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a member of Cherry Creek Baptist Church. He was a farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with the Rev. James Lewis officiating. Burial will follow in Cherry Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include his sons, Ervin H. Pitts (Susan) of Newton, and Terry L. Pitts (Janice) of Blue Springs; three grandsons, Brian H. Pitts, David R. Pitts and Daniel L. Pitts; one great-grandchild and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Huey D. Pitts and Ada Caldwell Pitts; his wife, Zelma Barton Pitts; and a son, Wendell Pitts.
Pallbearers will be Brian Pitts, David Pitts, Daniel Pitts, Harold Reeder, Donald Sloan and Mack Reeder.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
FULTON – Joseph Lee, 71, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at his residence after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 13, 1938, in Cushing, Okla., to Ephrian and Lucille Lee. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a clerk for the Postal Service for over 28 years. He was a huge University of Oklahoma fan and enjoyed chess and football. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Anita Lee of Fulton; five sons, Anthony (Jessica) Lee, Joseph Lee Jr. and Andrew Lee, all of Fulton, Danny (Karen) Lee of Bristow, Okla., and Michael Lee of Oklahoma City, Okla.; two sisters, Louise Wilson and Marie Deford, both of Midwest City, Okla.; three brothers, Robert (Helen) Lee of Missouri, Hubert Lee of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Venus (Shelia) Lee of Midwest City, Okla.; his mother-in-law, Margaret Free of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Nathan Lee and Trinity Lee both of Fulton, Tashia Lee Of Kendrick,Oka., and Trisha Duncan of Stillwater, Okla.; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Drew Lee; a sister, Wanda Cable; a brother, James Lee; and his father-in-law, Charles Free.
Pallbearers will be Chris Ozbirn, Eric Ozbirn, Timothy Ozbirn, Chuck Free, Brian Moore and Tyler Sweeney.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
LOUISVILLE – Marion Walker Jernigan, 64, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at the Louisville Care Center. He was born June 22, 1944, in Van Vleet. He was a retired truck driver and a member of Parkway Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston with Bro. Franklin Lowe officiating. Burial will be at Asbury Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Paula Griggs of Macon; three sons, Danny Jernigan of Ackerman, and Karl Jernigan and Tommy Jernigan, both of Macon; six brothers, C.V. Jernigan of Freemont, Calif., Paul Jernigan and Robert Jernigan, both of Houston, Jimmy Jernigan of Fulton, Oren Jernigan of Pensacola, Fla., and Lynn Jernigan of Brandon; one sister, Beth Porter of Houston; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Collin Jernigan; his mother, Mary Heard Smith Jernigan; one brother, Tom Jernigan; an infant sister; and a grandchild, Caleb Griggs.
Pallbearers will be Mark Lowe, Curt Jernigan, Robby Jernigan, Joe Jernigan, Bryan Jernigan and Wayne Jernigan.
IUKA – Rodney Hudson, 35, died Monday, April 6, 2009, at his home. An avid Alabama Crimson Tide fan, he enjoyed baseball, hunting, fishing, NASCAR, golf, and spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Danny Lovelace and Bro. Heath Lovelace officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, George “Rooster” Hudson and Sarah Hudson of Iuka; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ellis and Madge Hudson, and Arthur and Eddie Mae Pruitt.
Pallbearers will be Andy Pruitt, Brian Kilpatrick, Chris Berryman, Steve Tomlinson, Wade Minyard, Harold Thomas, William Bolton, Paul Ryan and Steve Hudson.
Memorials may be made to the Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.