By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Robert Moffitt “Bubba” Thompson, 82, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Robert was born June 25, 1930, in Choctaw County to John Leland Thompson Sr. and Alma Moffitt Thompson. Bubba grew up in Choctaw County, was a graduate of Ackerman High School and continued his education at Delta State University, earning his B.A. in Education. He later received his Master’s in Education from Mississippi State University. Additional academic pursuits included work toward at Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Robert taught for four years in Ackerman. He moved to Tupelo in 1961 and spent 30 years as a history and social studies teacher and junior high coach at Milam Junior High before retiring in 1991. The last 10 years was spent as Principal. Principal Thompson devoted his life to public education where he doted over his teachers and uplifted and encouraged his students. He loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, working in his yard and flowers and was an avid reader of the newspaper. A patriotic American, he served his country in the U.S. Army in France during the post-World War II era. Robert was a longtime active member of First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, where he was a former elder and loved the church music program.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Tom Groome officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Holland, Tupelo Chapel, and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to service time at McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian Church.
Robert is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Chris Thompson of Tupelo; two children, Bob Thompson (fiancée, Meridith Perry) of Baldwyn and Joy T. Dowdy of Sommerville, Ala.; two sisters, Camille McGeachy (Sandy) of Charlotte, N.C., and Rosemary Scott of Baltimore, Md.; two grandchildren, Mackenzie Christine Dowdy and Alexander “Zander” David Dowdy; a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Leland Thompson Jr.
Pallbearers will be Zander Dowdy, Micky Linden, Travis Beard, B.L. Rieves, Durwood Tutor and Mark McCully.
Memorials may be made to Living Waters for the World, 5016 Spedale Court, #399, Spring Hill, TN 37174; Lee County Library, 219 N. Madison St., Tupelo, MS 38804; or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALHOUN CITY – “Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21). The Lord called his good and faithful servant, Robbie Goodson, to be with him on April 6, 2013. Everybody couldn’t help but love this smiling, kind-hearted woman, and anyone cared for by her knew that the Lord’s heart and hands worked through her. She is now dancing and singing in Heaven with her deceased husband, Willie, whom she was married to for 40 years.
She is preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Hines, and son, Rick Goodson. She is survived by her son, Davis Goodson of Calhoun City; and grandchildren, Chris Hines of Gilbert, Ariz., Daphne Goodson Eady of Middleton, Tenn., and Heather Goodson Owens of Pearl. She was also a loving great-grandmother of five.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home in Ridgeland. Graveside services will follow at 1 p.m. at Lakewood Memorial Park.
HATTIESBURG – Corinne Hollingsworth Gillentine, 63, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at her home. She retired after 30 years as a hairstylist. Devoted to her church and family, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where she was very active with WIC (Women of the Church).
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Riverwood Cemetery in Brookhaven. Moore Funeral Home of Hattiesburg is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Rodney Gillentine of Hattiesburg; two sons, Craig (Kathy) Smith of Nashville and Chad (Leslee) Smith of Hattiesburg; two stepsons, Matthew Gillentine and Michael (Josie) Gillentine, both of Tupelo; a stepdaughter, Ramona Gillentine of Tupelo; two brothers, Jerry (Sylvia) Hollingsworth of Tupelo and Mark (Vickie) Hollingsworth of McComb; and four grandchildren, Evan Smith, Mollie Smith, Bennett Smith and Celia Claire Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Geneva Hollingsworth, and a sister, Brenda George.
Memorial donations may be directed to: Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the church.
BALDWYN – Barry Jonathan Nabers, 35, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, in the Ozark community due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born in Lee County on Jan. 2, 1978, to Donald and Joanie Ellis Nabers. He graduated in 1996 from Mooreville High School. He worked as a research coordinator with Bridgepoint Hematology and Oncology in Tupelo. An active member of the Praise Barn in Mooreville, he enjoyed singing gospel music. He was an avid reader and treasured the time spent with friends and family, especially the niece he adored and spoilt, Karrie Coward.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with a eulogy given by his sister, Tabatha Sheffield, and with Bro. Danny Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his father, Donald Nabers of Baldwyn; his sister, Tabatha Sheffield (James) of Mooreville; paternal grandmother, Kathleen Nabers of Baldwyn, maternal grandmother, Annie Nichols of the Richmond community; and his very special niece, Karrie Coward.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Joanie Ellis Nabers; his grandfathers, Julious Nabers and John Thomas Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Jason Jones, Ross Perry, Larry Schumpert, David Lee, Cody Haney, Patrick Fain, Jonathon Westmoreland and Dallas Blair.
Honorary pallbearers will be his fellow co-workers, the physicians and staff of Bridgepoint.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Tracy Upton died Monday, April 8, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
NETTLETON – Joneil Hadaway, 70, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory after an extended illness. He was born on Aug. 24, 1942, in Monroe County to Sherlie and Edith Marie Gilmore Hadaway. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton, a retired employee of the Mississippi Highway Department and a member of Limestone Baptist Church. He enjoyed going fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mark Hoover officiating. Burial will be in Gray’s Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Tina Kent (Ricky) of Nettleton; one sister, Doris Fields (Roger) of the Richmond Community; two grandchildren, Samantha Marie and Brendon Tyler Kent.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Sizemore, Ken Randolph, Brent Repult and Ricky Kent.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. – Franklin D. “Frank” Hill, 79, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. He was born Jan. 30, 1934, in Mantachie. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher, and choir member. He was a retired pharmacist from John J. Pershing VA Medial Center. After his retirement, he continued to work part-time at many of the area pharmacies. He was also an active member of the Gideons International and veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed spending time with his family, church family and friends. On June 9, 1963, he married Zoetta M. Whitehead in Qulin, Mo.
He is survived by his wife, Zoetta; three sisters: Joyce J. Young (Willard) of Tuscumbia, Ala., Norma E. Dorroh (Gerald) and Kitty M. Brewer, all of Tupelo; a brother, Leonard M. Hill (Mary) of Tupelo; a brother-in-law, Lewis Frazier, of Saltillo; and many nieces and nephews.
His parents, Leonard and Lorine Cummings Hill, and a sister, Carolyn Frazier, preceded him in death.
Services were Saturday, April 6, at First Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, Mo., with Dr. William Vail officiating. Interment with full military honors was Monday, April 8, at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield. Cotrell Funeral Service of Poplar Bluff was in charge of the arrangements.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 551 N. Westwood Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901; or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 412, Poplar Bluff, MO 63902-0412.
Family and friends may share an online condolence at www.cotrellfuneralservice.com.
MOOREVILLE – Paul Thornton, 89, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his home. He was born June 7, 1923, to Willie and Beulah Stanford Thornton. He retired from the City of Memphis Light, Water and Gas Department. He was a Baptist and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He enjoyed fishing and mowing his yard and he was an avid sports fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Terry Booker officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Mae Thornton of Mooreville; one son, Gary Thornton (Kathy) of Benton, Ark.; two daughters, Ann Mitchell (J.B.) of Mooreville and Mitzi Reape (Donnie) of Brighton, Tenn.; one sister, Eva Smith, of Mantachie; seven grandchildren, Tim Mitchell, Kristi Butler, Summer Baird, Brandon Thornton, Dana Kenyon, Taylor Reape and Trevon Reape; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Cecil Thornton and Troy Thornton; and one sister, Ruble Hankins.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will continues until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Benjamin H. Ashmore, 78, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley after a long illness. He was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. He was a retired auto parts salesman. He was a member of the Tri State Coin & Relic Club and enjoyed metal detecting.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. David Haynes officiating. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Ashmore of Baldwyn; four daughters, Betty Mask (Mike) of Saltillo, Martha Sanders (Glen) of Germantown, Tenn., Donna Garrett (Ken) of Raleigh, Mo., and Cathy Mask (Ken) of Myrtle; two sons, Tim Ashmore (Dian) of Booneville and Frank Ashmore (Terri) of St. Louis, Mo.; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Callie Ashmore; three brothers, Gene, Junior and George Ashmore; one sister, Mabel Nichols; and an infant daughter, Laura Susan.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Wednesday
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
TUPELO – Frances Pate Elmore, 83, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. A native of Gordo, Ala., she was born on May 24, 1929, to Grover and Ada Pate. She was a devoted housewife and mother, and an employee of Wilson Upholstery and Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum. She was a faithful and devoted member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo and a member of the Ruth Faithful Followers Sunday School Class. She was also a longstanding member of East Heights Garden Club.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, at First Baptist Church of Tupelo with the Rev. Chad Grayson and the Rev. Ricky Young officiating. A private family burial will be held at Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William H. “Bill” Elmore, two sisters, three brothers, and a grandson, Jay Elmore.
Survivors include two daughters, Kay Randle (Bill) of Cookeville, Tenn., and Sandy Brandon (Ronnie) of Tupelo; two sons, Terry “Ace” Elmore (Michelle) of Tupelo, and Roger Elmore (Marla) of Okolona; eight grandchildren, Mary Frances Strange (Nathan) of Tupelo, Ben Elmore of Tupelo, Betsy Elmore and Bryan Elmore of Hamilton, New Zealand, Drew Randle of Lancaster, Pa., Steve Randle (Lani) of Heidelburg, Germany, Jennie Randle of Nashville, Tenn., and Christy Younce of Arkansas; and six great-grandchildren, Ethan Strange, Clayton Strange and Jay Strange, all of Tupelo, Ashlyn Henley and Georgia Kate Jackson of Nashville, Tenn., and Colin Randle of Heidelburg, Germany.
Pallbearers will be Bill Randle, Ronnie Brandon, Ben Elmore, Nathan Strange, Danny Riley, Bob Kelly, Phil Daughdrill and Craig Chancey.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Ruth Faithful Followers Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Pegues Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Frances Elizabeth Street Reid, 90, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was the daughter of Oscar and Annie Pitner Street. She was married for 62 years to Marvin Fay Reid, who preceded her in death on July 22, 2004. A graduate of Blue Mountain College, she taught school for 30 years in the Ripley School System, where she was affectionately known as “Miss Frances.” Her most treasured accomplishment in education was being appointed by Gov. John Bell Williams to the Board of Public Educational Television. She was a lifetime member of First United Methodist Church, DAR and Huguenot Society and a charter member of the Junior Civic League of Ripley. She continued her family’s legacy of contributing to the growth of Tippah County by raising funds to build the wrought iron fence that adorns Ripley City Cemetery. She has provided a wealth of information to all those interested in the history of Tippah County.
She is survived by her two sons, Marvin Reid (Jane) of Paris, Tenn., and John Reid (Martha) of Ripley; two sisters, Letha Ann Miskelly (Howard) of West Point and Jonye Rutherford of Tiplersville; four grandchildren, John Frank Reid (Heather() Elizabeth Behm (Josh), both of Ripley, Amy Knighton (Charlie) and Allison Fracchia (Jeff), all of Jackson; and eight great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist church in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Eddie Conner, Lloyd McClusky, Fred Fortier, Laron Shannon, Chip Miskelly, Burt Wilkins, Mark Frantz and Chris Marsalis. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Elliott, Frank Humphrey, Carl Lee Nance, Bobby Mays, Frank Gay and Jean Ketchum.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, then from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
DENNIS – Herman Bostick Lindsey, 98, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Feb. 5, 1915, in Dennis. He had worked as a market manager for several chain grocery stores. He was a member of Dennis United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of the Army Air Force, serving in World War II.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two daughters, Barbara Graham and June DeVore (Steve), all of Iuka; eight grandchildren, Kathy Sherard, Matthew Lindsey, Michael Lindsey, Andrea Richardson, Kimberly Williams, Gail Muse, Wendy Hudson and Andy Weaver; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lois Lindsey; a son, Alieff Larry Lindsey; his parents, James Poke Lindsey and Lennie Melinda Flurry Lindsey; and five sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Brandon DeVore, Ben Sherard, Charles Gilmer, Wallace Wilson, Galon Nichols and Jerry Lindsey. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandsons, Dillon Hudson and Johnnie Dean Hudson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Randall Bleu Bass, 27, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at his residence. He was born April 1, 1986, in Corinth. He was a factory worker and had worked for Lane Industries. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing softball and watching sports. He was a member of Glenfield Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with Bro. Timmy Bass and Bro. Steven Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lana Messer Bass; two sons, Randall Chandler Bass and Wesley Reed Bass, all of New Albany; his paternal grandfather, Gerald Bass of New Albany; his maternal grandmother, Janie Settlemires of Ripley; two sisters, Elise Fyke (Harry) of Oxford and Toby Thomas (Steven) of Ripley; and two brothers, Eric Waldon (Bethanne) of Ripley and Logan Bass of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Randall Bass; his paternal grandmother, Joyce Bass; and his maternal grandfather, Birt Settlemires.
Pallbearers will be Eric Tate, Eric Waldon, Logan Bass, Anthony Rasberry, Andy Nolley and Dustin Jones.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to an account at the Bank Of New Albany for Bleu Bass’ wife and children.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
OXFORD – Jerry Campbell, 58, died Monday, April 8, 2013, at his daughter’s home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
BOONEVILLE – Nellie Berniece “Nell” Olive, 90, died Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 301 N. Main St., Booneville, MS 38829, or Thrasher Baptist Church, 200 CR 1040, Booneville, MS 38829.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OKOLONA – Arementha Jenkins passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
CEDAR HILL, Mo. – Fannie Sue Smart, 76, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Jessie Bishop Jr.
CLARKSDALE – Jessie Bishop Jr., 95, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Clarksdale Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.