Obituaries Aug. 13, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Linda Partlow
TUPELO – Educator/Coach Linda Partlow, 60, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Ms. Partlow was born on Sept. 22, 1949, in Tupelo to the late Roy G. “Buddy” Partlow and Helen Cotting Partlow. She grew up in Plantersville, attending the public school there, and was a regular attendee at the grass tennis court at Cecil Johnson’s Park, where her appetite for tennis was born and refined. She graduated from Tupelo High School in 1967, where she was a standout tennis player. Linda graduated from Mississippi University for Women in l971, where she attended on a tennis scholarship. She later received her M.A. in Math Education from the University of Mississippi.
Linda chose to become a teacher and, in l980, began a 28-plus year teaching career at Itawamba Community College, where she was a tough but beloved mathematics/algebra professor. She simultaneously began coaching girls tennis and softball. Coach Partlow led ICC’s Lady Indians to 10 AJCAA national tennis tournaments, with the highest finish being eighth. Her teams won nine state championships, five regional championships and five regional runner-up titles. She was chosen Coach of the Year four times by the Mississippi Association of Colleges and was elected to the MJCAA Women’s Tennis Hall of Fame in 2001. Coach Partlow was singularly honored by being inducted in 2007 in the prestigious Mississippi Association of Junior and Community Colleges Sports Hall of Fame. The same year she was inducted in ICC’s Athletic Hall of Fame after serving 22 years as women’s tennis coach. Coach Partlow left a legacy of excellence with literally hundreds of ICC students over her coaching and teaching career and was always a highly sought after mathematics instructor and mentor for young students struggling with life’s tough decisions.
After retirement, she relocated to the Mobile, Ala., area where she enjoyed living on the Gulf Coast and the surrounding beaches and ocean. She spent many of her last days at her second home at Smith Lake, where she optimistically enjoyed life to the fullest even in the midst of her struggle with pancreatic cancer. Linda was a longtime member of the Plantersville United Methodist Church and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo the last decade. She enjoyed helping others and especially was fulfilled by her many years of volunteer service to the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Rev. Reagan Miskelly officiating with personal and professional reflections delivered by her special friends, Rep. Steve Holland and Dr. David Cole. Private burial will be in the Partlow Family Plot at Plantersville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday only at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her sister, Cindy Partlow of Birmingham, Ala.; her special friend and soulmate, Patti Williams of Mobile, Ala.; her cousins, Marilyn Sheffield (Bob) of Winter Haven, Fla, Butch Sample (Kathy) of Greensboro, N.C., Woody Sample (Julie) of Jackson and Mac Cotting (Jeanne) of Madison; a special longtime family friend, Iteriza Partlow of Plantersville; and a host of friends, fellow educators and athletes all over the South.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, P.O. Box 1821, Tupelo, MS 38802; or to the Helping Hands Food Pantry, c/o First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 832, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Henry Williams Jr.
NEW ALBANY – Jacob Henry Williams Jr., 66, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Aug. 18, 1943, in Alcorn County to Jacob Henry Sr. and Laura Winkles Williams. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. He was disabled.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany. Dr. Robert Daniel will officiate. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Gail Thomas Williams; one daughter, Charlotte Hardin (John) of New Albany; one son, James Carl Williams (Pam) of New Albany; two brothers, Ike Williams of Myrtle and Jerry Wayne Williams of Booneville; and one granddaughter, Haley Elizabeth Hardin.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Alfred Whitley Sr.
SALTILLO – Alfred James Whitley Sr., 73, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at his home in Saltillo. He was born March 3, 1937, in Edward to Alex and Louise Whitley. At an early age he joined Broadview Baptist Church in Chicago. He moved to Mississippi and joined Ebernezer M.B. Church and later Mud Creek M.B. Church. He was retired from the Idea Box Company in Chicago.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mud Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. Tommy Ratliff officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Loretta Whitley of Saltillo; one daughter, Beverly Jones, and four sons, Michael (Linda) Brothers, Gregory Bean, Paul Edwards and Alfred J. (Ann) Whitley; six sisters, Earnestine Whitley, Ernie Lee Talbert, Ethel Lee Whitley, Elsie Prichard, Barbara Whitley and Ophelia Whitley; 11 brothers, Archie (Sandra) Hayes, T.J. (Pearlie) Whitley, Dan (Brenda) Whitley, Henry (Martha) Whitley, Ernest (Barbara) Whitley, Lynch (Sharon) Whitley, Jerry (Marie) Whitley, Lewis (Barbara) Whitley, James Whitley, Derek Whitley and Cederick Whitley; 24 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Gerald Lamont; and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Maxine Westmoreland
DECATUR, Ga. – Maxine Westmoreland, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. She retired from Rich’s Department Store after many years of service. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Decatur.
Services will be at 1 p.m. (EDT) today in the chapel of A. S. Turner & Sons Funeral Home in Decatur, Ga., with Dr. Peter Ray Jones officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. (CDT) Saturday at Andrews Chapel Cemetery in Mooreville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
She is survived by her daughters, Betty Shuster and husband, David, of Gainesville, Ga., Pat Eggert and husband, David, of Jackson, Mich., Deborah Westmoreland of Norcross, Ga.; son, John Westmoreland and wife, Tonya, of Kennesaw, Ga.; siblings, Quanna Witt of Birmingham, Ala., Wanda Cantrell and Ernestine Elliff, both of Tupelo, J.T. Farris and Jack Aaron Farris, both of Mantachie, Avanell Sewell of Ocean Springs; grandchildren, Steven Shuster and wife, Heather, of Buford, Ga., Susan Hamilton and husband, Chris, of Lawrenceville, Ga., David Eggert and wife, Janet, of Lansing, Mich., Jonathan Eggert of Pittsburgh, Pa., Joanna Eggert of Jackson, Mich., Michael Eggert of Chicago, Rachel Westmoreland, Jonathan Westmoreland and Sean Westmoreland, all of Kennesaw, Ga.; great grandchildren, Ryan Shuster and Matthew Shuster, both of Buford, Ga., Elisa Hamilton of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Emma Eggert of Lansing, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, J.C. Westmoreland.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692.

Franklin D. Hurd
TUPELO – Franklin D. “Bodus” Hurd died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 18, 1948, in Pontotoc to John Marshall Hurd Sr. and Polly Duncan Hurd. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church. He was an employee of the Tupelo City School District for 29 years.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church in Pontotoc with the Rev. George Pulliam officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mae Lois Hurd; five sons, Robert Berry, Terry (Barbara) Hurd, Tyrone Hurd, Michael Hurd and Randy Hurd, all of Pontotoc; one daughter, Katina (Norman) of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Montana, Rodrick, Malcon, Kelexis, Marrece, Joseph and Will; two sisters, Juliette (Bobby) Pinson and Mary Stewart of Pontotoc; one brother, John Marshall Hurd of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, David Lee Hurd; and four sisters, Robbie Hurd, Virginia Wardlaw, Lottie Johnson and Alice Hurd.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
To access the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
James Adams
OXFORD – James Leroy Adams, 73, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010. He was born April 26, 1937, in Itawamba County to Bruce and Dessie Johnson Adams. He had lived at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford for the past 27 years.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Smith and Lorraine Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Lois McDougle of Olive Branch and Lee Sandlin (Mitchell) of Mesquite, Texas; five brothers, Kenneth Adams (Catherine), Roy Adams, Ricky Adams (Debbie) and Johnny Adams (Gail), all of Fulton, and Bro. Bill Adams (Gloria) of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Virginia Adams; and a brother-in-law, Henry McDougle.
Pallbearers will be Richard Beam, Lee Adams, C.J. Adams, Christopher Dickinson, Bill Adams Jr. and A.J. Adams.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the North Mississippi Regional Center Friends Organization, ATTN: Reena Buchanan, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.

Bill Tate
NEW ALBANY – William Carl “Bill” Tate, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at his residence. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, in New Albany to Carl Lee Tate and Laura Griffith Tate. He was retired employee of the New Albany City Schools. He was a Mason, and a member of the New Albany Civitan Club and Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Dean Timbes, Dr. Kermit McGregor and the Rev. Creighton White officiating. Burial with graveside Masonic services will be in the Vista Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Yvonne Tate; three daughters, Janice Young (Tony), Jewel Rushing (David) and Jane Smith (Jeff); two sons, Jerry Tate (Beverly) and Curtis Tate (Robbye); two brothers, Robert Tate and Richard Tate; 11 grandchildren, Shelly George, Leigh Tate, Baylee Welch, Gray Welch, William Rushing, Sam Rushing, Madeline Rushing, Jillian Tate, Jenna Tate, Roman Smith and Nicholas Smith; and a great-grandson, Caleb George.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Thomas Tate.
Pallbearers will be Josh George, William Rushing, Sam Rushing, Gray Welch, Tony Young, Jeff Smith and David Rushing. Honorary pallbearers will be his friends at the coffee shop.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hillcrest Baptist Church’s Building Fund.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Donald Lambert
CORINTH – Donald Ray Lambert, 54, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, in Corinth. He was born June 12, 1956. He received his education in the Thrasher schools, graduating from Thrasher High School in 1975. He went to work for Walmart after high school and held many positions with Walmart/Sam’s for more than 34 years. He was the manager of Walmart in Corinth for the past 16 years, and recruited and trained many managers. He was a Christian and attended the Church of the Crossroads. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time at his nephew, Lem’s, store, and spending time with his friends at Lonnie’s. But spending time with his wife, girls and grandson was the highlight of his life.
Services were Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Church of the Crossroads. Bro. Nelson Hight and Minister Charles Curtis officiated, and Bill Wulfers delivered the eulogy. Burial was in Forrest Memorial Park’s Garden of Reformation. Hight Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jerry Ann Lambert; two daughters, Callie Richey (T.J.) of Tupelo and Mollie McCoy Lambert of the home; one grandson, Rylan Richey; his in-laws, Tim and Imogene Maynard of Corinth; brothers, Bob (Sandy) Lambert of Tishomingo, Mike (Cammille) Lambert of Dennis, Ronnie (Angel) Lambert of Belmont and Wade (Betty) Lambert of Palos Hills, Ill.; sisters, Linda (Franklin) Jones of Glen, Judy (George) Robinson of Guntown, Kathy (Mickey) Mincy of Corinth, Dorothy (Bertie) Wood of Belmont and Barbara (Joe) Walden of Pascagoula; two stepdaughters, Leslie Petty (Jonathan) and family of Saltillo, and Andrea Tucker (Travis) and family of Tuscumbia, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Virginia Lambert.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Tommie McCoy Lambert, and his father, Nona Cedolois Lambert; one brother, Nona Wayne Lambert; and one sister, Rita Pearl Lambert.
Pallbearers were Larry Darwin, Adolf Taylor, Clayton Suggs, Bill Wulfers, Jerry Trimble, Jerry Tyson, Todd Raspberry, Charlie Rinehart, Lynn Lambert, Mike Letchman and Brad Sullivan.

Jimmy Ellis
SALTILLO – James Martin “Jimmy” Ellis, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. A Lee County native, he was born Aug. 22, 1944, to William Maynard and Louella Stovall Ellis. He worked as a salesman with Valenite for over 20 years and was recently employed as a store manager with Litco on Gloster for the past few years. He was a longtime member of the Nite Liters Band, an avid fan of Ole Miss, and enjoyed boating at Pickwick Lake. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and the activities they shared together.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Todd Ellis (Lisa) of Saltillo and Tim Ellis (Annette) of Knoxville, Tenn.; six siblings, Billie Stanley of Plantersville, Jean Helms (Pat) of Niceville, Fla., Martha Blythe (Ray) of Verona, Ann Drake (James) of Carr Vista, Sue Thomopson (Joe) of Blytheville, Ark., and John Ellis of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Lauren and Braden Ellis, and Lauren and Hunter Payne; his extended family, Tony Crenshaw and family, Blake Crenshaw and family, Amber Crenshaw, Belinda Howard and family, and Jeff Hicks and family; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Mike Ellis, James Drake, Ray Blythe, Moses Ruff, Sidney Barnett, Joey Stanley and Jeff Seals.
Honorary pallbearers will be the former members of the Nite Liters Band.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Stanley Harbin
GOLDEN – Stanley Harbin, 72, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. A native of Itawamba County, he was the son of Verlon Byron and Velma Woodham Harbin. He was a truck driver and he was of the Holiness faith.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Charles Johnston and Bro. James Smith officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery at Golden.
Survivors are his wife, Francis Smith Harbin of Golden; one son, Mike Harbin (Lynn) Burnsville; two daughters, Lori Harbin (Bryan Kent) of Golden and Mary Beth Cobb of Fulton; grandchildren, Joel Harbin of Golden, Brandon Harbin (Jani) of Tishomingo, Adreanna Harbin and Jeannie Harbin, both of Tupelo, Lacy Taylor and Rodney Taylor, both of Booneville, Lindsay Garrison of Fulton, and Katie Cobb and Justin Cobb, both of Mooreville; four great-grandchildren, Evan Goss, Jayce Taylor, C.J. Taylor and Gianna Arvonio; one sister, Faye Grubbs of Mantachie; two brothers, J.R. Harbin of Mantachie and Edkar “Doc” Harbin of Skyline; a special sister-in-law, Joann Harbin of Mantachie; and a special friend, Jerry Liles of Skyline.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Robert “Bobby” Harbin; his mother-in-law, Clara Tucker Smith; and six brothers, Wilburn, Elvin, Arlon, William “Bill,” Carlos and Jerry Harbin.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Harbin, Joel Harbin, Danny Smith, Mel Harbin, Billy Harbin, Kevin Smith, Ken Grubbs and Larry Harbin. Honorary pallbearers will be James Harbin, Eddie Harbin and Billy Smith.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Dorothy Fortson
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Dorothy Jean Fortson, 78, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at Beacon Place in Greensboro, N.C. She was born May 30, 1932, in Big Creek. She was retired from VF Corp., where she worked for 28 years. She was a member of Friendly Avenue Baptist Church in Greensboro, N.C. The loves of her life included her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and flowers.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Billie Joe Fortson of Greensboro, N.C.; her children, Vicki Shirley (Dennis) of Corinth, B.J. Fortson (Rita) of High Point, N.C., and Susan Brown of Saltillo; her grandchildren, Brian Shirley (Julie), Lisa Wilbourn (Stoney), Charles Brown (Candace), Rachel Oakes (Tim) and Crystal Kuhar (Ken); 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Faye Cheatwood (Happy) of Hayden, Ala., and Grace Unger of Shawnee, Okla.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Steve Fortson; a great-grandson, Jackson Shirley; her parents, Leonard M. and Mary Murphree; and five sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Richard Tenhet, Harold Patrick, Billy Carl Lipford, Ricky Murphy, Ken Weeden and Jack Stewart
Memorial contributions may be made to Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410; Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405; or the charity of choice.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to leave condolences.
Joe Tal Schreick
CALHOUN CITY – Joseph Talmadge Schreick, 63, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Aug. 19, 1946, in Arkansas. He was the retired owner of Schreick Supply and a member of the Calhoun City First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott Wright officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Schreick of Calhoun City; one daughter, Angela (Nick) Doles of Calhoun City; two aunts, Eva Gill of Blytheville, Ark., and Lita Palmer of West Covina, Calif.; two grandchildren, Kaitlyn Doles and Easton Doles; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo Schreick and Nettie Lannum Schreick.
Pallbearers will be Ray Allen Gill, Kirk Nichols, Thomas Earl Doles, Tim Ward, Lynn Rodgers and Tommy Keeton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, P.O. Box 333, Sherman, MS 38869.
Rev. Benjamin Nelson
AMORY – The Rev. Benjamin Nelson died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.
A native of Memphis, he was born Sept. 28, 1939, to Knox and Lillian Hamn Nelson. He was a graduate of Douglas High School in Memphis. He later received an A.A. degree from IJC (now ICC), a B.A. from Rust College in Holly Springs and a Master of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta. He joined the United States Air Force in 1961 and served 20 years and 5 months in service to his country. After serving his country, he moved to Tupelo, where soon after the Lord called him into His service. He pastored St. Paul United Methodist Church in West Point; Military Chapel in Columbus; Palestine and Pleasant Grove Charge United Methodist Church in Nettleton; St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Ga.; New Point United Methodist Church at Becker; Spruell United Methodist Church at Smithville; and St. James United Methodist Church of Amory. While serving, Rev Nelson was ordained as an Elder in the United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church Life Center in Tupelo with the Rev. George Pulliam officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Lilla Castleberry Nelson of Amory; son, Air Force Lt. Col. Benjamin (Robbye) Nelson of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; two daughters, Teresa (Bennie) Spates of Verona, and Gwendolyn Nelson of Amory; two sisters, Lillian (Isaiah) Henderson of Memphis and Anetta (Rosevelt) Caldwell of Detroit, Mich.; three brothers, Knox Nelson of St. Louis, Mo., Carl Nelson and James Nelson of Memphis; eight grandchildren, Janeria D. Orr, Benjamin K. Nelson, Gavin Simone’ Nelson, Quinetta M. Spates, Quaneshia D. Spates, Candace A. Spates, Makaylen Spates and Jaitavian J. Spates; one great-grandchild, Kennedy J. Spates; two uncles, Ford and Lindbergh Nelson; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Mildred King.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Al and Kenneth Nelson.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Sign the online guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Joe Gassaway
BLUE SPRINGS – Joe Lionell “Jo-Jo” Gassaway died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 24, 1961, in Detroit, Mich., to Joe Nathan and Willie G. Gassaway. He attended Detroit Public Schools and graduated from Northwestern High School. He served seven years in the Michigan Army National Guard. He was a member of the wire team (wire dogs) and was honorably discharged in 1991. In 1989, he moved to Mississippi, where he joined Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed at Bassett and Style-Line furniture companies until his health began to fail.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Red Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Blue Springs with Pastor Marvin McWhorter officiating. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his father, Joe Nathan Gassaway of Blue Springs; two sisters, Janet (Henry Jr.) Ezell of Blue Springs and Cheryl Gassaway of Detroit, Mich.; two nieces, Siobhan (Kevin) Lyles of New Bern, N.C., and Evonna Lynn Gassaway of Detroit, Mich.; one nephew, M.J. McWhorter of Blue Springs; a brother-in-law, Rev. Marvin (Celia) McWhorter of Blue Springs; two great-nieces, one great-nephew; one aunt, Sarah Gassaway of Redford, Mich.; a special cousin, Kimberly Gassaway of Tupelo; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Willie G. Gassaway, and his sister, Lajuana M. McWhorter.
The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.

Dave Woodard
CALHOUN CITY – Dave Allen Woodard, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
Willie Batts
DETROIT – Willie Batts, 75, formerly of Ashland, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at his home. A native of Ashland, he was the son of the late J.C. Batts and Able Williams Batts.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Samuel Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Joseph Davis officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include eight children, Tommie, Teresa, Kathy, Maria, Erle, Mark, Shelia and Rodney Batts, all of Detroit; a sister, Delilah Evans of Ashland; two brothers, Joe Louis Batts and Alfred (Carolyn) Kimbrough of Ashland; 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carlene Mason Batts; and his parents.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the church.

Idell Crumpton
CENTRE, Ala. – Eula Idell Rakestraw Crumpton, 99, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at the Cherokee County Rehab in Centre, Ala. She was born Aug. 28, 1910, in Union County to Wesley Rakestraw and Emaline Witt Rakestraw. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church of Centre, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Creighton White officiating. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Nella Fay Crumpton King; a son, Jerry Leon Crumpton (Shirley); two grandchildren, William L. King Jr. (Martha) and Robert Wooten (Stephanie); two great-grandchildren, Tori and Heather Wooten; a stepgreat-grandson, Brent Portera; a sister, Doris Elaine Rakestraw Littlejohn; a sister-in-law, Victoria Rakestraw; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Robert Cook Jr. and Betty Broom.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Leon Gaston Crumpton; and four brothers and four sisters.
Visitation will from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to a charity of choice.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Blanche Hodges
GRENADA – Blanche Carpenter Hodges, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Providence Assisted Living in Grenada. She was born July 10, 1924, to William Riley and Hattie O’Bryant Carpenter. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Grenada. She was a former employee of Union Planters Bank.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Grenada. Burial will be in Grenada Memorial Garden. Services will conclude at the church. Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Moss (Brooks) of Grenada, Jean Moon (Demming) of Tupelo and Donna White Johnson (Lloyd) of Grenada; five grandchildren, Brandon Moss, Barry Moss, Demetria Taylor Raper, Dr. Hugh Taylor and Julie Crouch Davidson; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Albert Russell Hodges; an infant grandson, Jim Hodges Taylor; and a son-in-law, Neal White.

Hattie Key
OXFORD – Hattie Mae Key, 93, died Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010, at her residence in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Philadelphia M.B. Church in Oxford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Curlye Hayes
MEMPHIS – Curlye Evelyn Hayes died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at her home in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Ashland.

Fletcher Brassell Jr.
OXFORD – Fletcher Brassell Jr., 71, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Harrisonville M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Daisy Briggs
LAMAR – Daisy Briggs, 81, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at Delta Medical Center in Memphis. She was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Fayette County, Tenn., to Louize Jones and Sam Henderson.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Concord M.B. Church in Lamar. The Rev. Clyde Williams will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jeanette Garrison (Harvey) and Bernice Briggs, all of Lamar; three sons, Tommy Briggs (Ardelia) of Memphis, and Lawrence (Delois)) Briggs and Timothy (Carolyn) Briggs Jr., all of Lamar; a godson, Leo Fields (Ruby) of Cordova, Tenn.; one sister, Geneva Pye of Lamar; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Timothy Briggs Sr.; and two sons, SFC Joe Edward Briggs and Robert Lee Briggs.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Lue Berta Blackwell
NEW ALBANY – Lue Berta Blackwell, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 19, 1933, in Houston to George Calvert and China Ray Crawford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Willie B. Sampson officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Willie (Zelma) Blackwell, Johnny (Robbie) Blackwell and Diane Worship of New Albany, Adrian (Tina) Blackwell of Indiana, Juanita (Freddie) McCree of Kentucky and Tony (Dorothy) Woods of Illinois; one brother, James (Perlita) Calvert of Indiana; 36 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Blackwell; a son, Billy Joe Wofford; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Scotia Hopper
TIPLERSVILLE – Scotia Zell Davis Hopper, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Southaven. She was born March 11, 1928, in Tippah County to Raymond Clyde and Annie Jamieson Davis. She was a homemaker and a member of Tiplersville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Tony Morrow officiating. Burial will be in the Tiplersville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Darrell E. Hopper (Melody) of Southaven; two sisters, Frances Farenty of Missouri and Lola King of California; one brother, Lester Davis of Colorado; five grandchildren, Michelle Johnston (Drew) of Collierville, Tenn., Derek Hopper (Rebecca) of Greenville, S.C., Sharon Hopper Free (Kevin) of Southaven, Alicia Wadlington (Clayton) of Memphis and Joshua N. Wren of Memphis; nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathan E. Hopper; one daughter, Wanda J. Hopper Wren; her parents; and two brothers, Marlon Ray Davis and Louis Davis.
Pallbearers will be Derek Hopper, Drew Johnston, Clayton Wadlington, Kent Wilbanks, Joe Sistaire, Wesley Wilbanks and Jack Quinn.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Saturday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Mac L. Pierce
PRAIRIE – Mac L. Pierce, 75, died Monday, Aug. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church in Prairie. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Myrtle Richmond
HOLLY SPRINGS – Myrtle Ola McAdams Richmond, 74, died Sunday, Aug. 8, 2010, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jones Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Ronnie Wheeler
ALGONAC, Mich. – Guy Ronald “Ronnie” Wheeler, 65, formerly of Tupelo, died Monday, July 26, 2010, at his home after a brief illness. He was born June 23, 1945, in Tupelo to Guy Mitchell and Virtrue Wheeler. He was a barber and co-owner of the Varsity Barber Shop for a number of years. He loved to deer hunt and he enjoyed sports.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Heights Baptist Church in Tupelo with Bro. Phillip McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Gilvo Cemetery.
Survivors include his companion, Joyce Trerice of Algonac, Mich.; sons, Chad (Tresi) Wheeler of Tupelo and Michael (Gippy) Wheeler of North Carolina; daughter, Michelle Wheeler of Tupelo; grandchildren, Drew, Greg, Anthony, Shea and Storm Wheeler, Hamilton and Grace Shoemaker, and Shelton Worthy; great-grandchildren, Bailey and Kimberley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; a sister, Mary Frances “Hattie” Holland; and a brother, Douglas Sullivan.
Memorials may be made to the Gilvo Cemetery Fund, c/o Joyce Loftin, 186 CR 1310, Tupelo, MS 38804; or East Heights Baptist Church, 205 Lake St., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Ricky Boykins
ABERDEEN – Ricky Donald Boykins, 47, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Sign the online registry at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Junior Aldridge
TUPELO – Emory Ward Aldridge Jr., 78, died Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 26, 1931, in Detroit, Ala., to Emory Ward Aldridge Sr. and Allie Mae Irvin Aldridge. He worked as a truck driver for several years.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Bro. Kevin Stewart officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Geneva Kimble of Nettleton; three brothers, Laroy Aldridge of Port Charlotte, Fla., Leon Aldridge of Mooreville and Wayne Aldridge of Marion, Ark.; and several nieces and nephews.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jessie Eavans
HOUSTON – Jessie Eavans, 51, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Houston.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Second Baptist Life Center in Houston. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

Micheal C. Hill
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Micheal C. Hill, 40, died Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.

Nelma Tipler
HOLLY SPRINGS – Nelma Montean White Tipler, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Greenwood M.B. Church at Lamar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.