Obituaries Aug. 5, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

L.J. McGaha
BALDWYN – L.J. McGaha, 69, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born July 16, 1941, to Robert and Lillie Mae Spencer McGaha in Prentiss County. He was a member of Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Baldwyn. He worked as a certified welder in Mississippi for many years before going to work for Exxon Oil Company as a specialist in the oil industry.
Services will be at noon Friday at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Baldwyn with Rev. Wayne Myles officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Pearlie Sorrell McGaha of Baldwyn; one son, Louis McGaha of Baldwyn; three daughters, Mary McGaha and Lorenda McGaha, both of Memphis, and Samantha McGaha of Baldwyn; one sister, Annie Gardner of Nashville, Tenn.; four brothers, Frank (JoAnn) McGah of Guntown, John McGaha and George McGaha, both of Baldwyn, and Roger (Fannie Bell) Spence of Tupelo; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and eight brothers.
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.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.

Tommie Redmond
OXFORD – Tommie Redmond, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, in Chicago. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Maurine Robertson
VARDAMAN – Maurine Robertson, 88, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Nov. 9, 1921, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Vardaman, the Merry Hearts and the WMU. She enjoyed her family, cooking, reading and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Vardaman. The Rev. Dale Easley and the Rev. Fred Hartley will officiate. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Melba (James Marshall) Casey of Vardaman; two grandchildren, Justin Martin Casey of Pensacola, Fla., and Paul Porter (Jean Ann) Casey of Vardaman; three great-grandchildren, Kent Casey, Wesley Casey and Caroline Casey; nine nieces and eight nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Gene Robertson; her parents, John V. Martin and Leona Rhodes Martin; a son, Kent Robertson; a sister, Mary Evelyn Richardson; and a brother, Charles Fred Martin.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Hamilton, Jeff Hamilton, Tony Hawkins, Hal Reese Jr., Boyd Wayne Robertson, Jerry Hartley, William Haynes and Maurice B. Martin. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Hardin, Tommy Richard Morgan, Jim Fred Hamilton, James Duncan, Dewitt Spencer, Bobby Inmon and Jimmy Caradine.
Memorials may be made to the Vardaman First Baptist Church Building Fund, 302 Main St., Vardaman, MS 38878.

Lavern Burchfield
HURRICANE – Lavern Burchfield, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at the Magnolia Place in New Albany. She was born Oct. 1, 1919, in the Pinedale community in Union County to Hubert Hudson and Bertha Graham Hudson. She was the wife of Curtis Burchfield for 56 years. She was a retired schoolteacher. She received her bachelor of science degree from Mississippi State University in 1954. She also did graduate work at MSU, and attended Wood Junior College and the University of Southern Mississippi. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Pinedale.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Ronnie Galloway and Bro. Mark Jones officiating. Burial will be in Sand Springs Cemetery at Hurricane.
Survivors include one son, Dean Burchfield (Rita) of New Albany; one grandson, John Edward Burchfield of New Albany; one brother, Winford Hudson (Elaine) of Tupelo; two aunts, Uraina Young Ford and Burnice Graham; three sisters-in-law, Martha Lancaster of Georgia, Geraldine Burchfield of Hurricane and Clarice Burchfield of Germantown, Tenn.; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents, and a sister, Mildred Sneed.
Pallbearers will be E.C. Jackson, Gary Graham, Phil Warren, Gene Dowdy, Bill Wigington and Bro. J.W. Owen.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo or to Sand Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Bernard Graham, 265 Graham Road, Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Charles Strawbridge
ABERDEEN – Charles Leslie Strawbridge, 50, died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2010, at his residence in Aberdeen. He was born July 2, 1960, to James L. Strawbridge and Lois Helen Finley Strawbridge in Aberdeen. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen. He was a self-employed electrician and a member of Tranquil Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Harrison Upshaw officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Paige Strawbridge of Hamilton; one sister, Angela Oglesby and husband, Scott, of Columbus; one brother, David Strawbridge and wife, Debra, of Amory; an aunt and uncle, Bobby and Ellen Clark of Aberdeen; an aunt, Flora Mae Sullivan of Hamilton.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register book and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Ruby Lee
RIPLEY – Ruby Lee, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Methodist Central in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Domino Thrasher
BLUE SPRINGS – Marvin “Domino” Thrasher, 61, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a farmer and a past employee of Independent Furniture Mfg. He was a Pentecostal minister.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Grace Tabernacle Church in Baldwyn with Bro. Braxton Rutland and Bro. John Bridges officiating. Burial will be in the Campbelltown Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sabrina Floyd Thrasher of Jumpertown; his children, Gena Strickland (Matthew) of Baldwyn, Kennith Thrasher (Pam) of Baldwyn, Gary Thrasher (Candy) of Blue Springs, Jerry Thrasher (Sandy) of Blue Springs and Jacob Thrasher of the home; his grandchildren, Brittany, Ashley and Courtney Thrasher, Ethan and Grace Strickland, Austin and Lindsay Thrasher, and Bryson and Chase Thrasher; and a brother, Raymond Thrasher.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vivian Pettigo Thrasher; three brothers, Wilburn Thrasher, Rueben Whitey Thrasher and James Thrasher; and two sisters, Vern Thrasher and Irene Floyd.
Pallbearers will be Randy Barnett, David Thrasher, Larry Pettigo, Mike Foradori, Richard Floyd and Charlie Thrasher. Honorary pallbearers will be Dale Rutland, Thomas Rutland, Steven Gaulden and Anthony Fultz.
The body will lie in state at the Grace Tabernacle Church on Ripley Road in Baldwyn.

Martha Jobe
CORINTH – Martha Lucken Jobe, 84, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at her residence. She was born May 17, 1926, to Clyde Lesley and Mae Taylor Lucken. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Corinth and a homemaker. In later years she was a sales associate with Century 21 in Tucson, Ariz., and also a partner with J.B. Miskelly Realty of Ashland. She enjoyed sewing, art work and especially folk art painting in acrylic and oils.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Dennis Smith officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Troy R. Jobe; two children, Patricia Jobe and her husband, Bert Ardoin, of Corinth and Thomas R. “Tommy” Jobe and wife, Christine, of Lakeland, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Lindsey Jobe Elam and Leigh Jobe Wilburn (Jerreme), both of Corinth, and Caleb Jobe of Lakeland, Tenn.; and three great-grandchildren, Liz Ann Elam, Sam Elam and Lily Wilburn, all of Corinth; one brother, Lowell Lucken (Barbara) of Little Rock, Ark., and Lois Baker of Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, c/o Sharing Hearts Alzheimer’s Adult Care, 501 Main St., Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences may be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

John W. Holloway
OXFORD – Hon. John W. Holloway, former longtime Mississippi Highway Patrolman and mayor of Okolona, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at his home after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church of Okolona. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 201 Main St., Okolona, MS 38860 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Earlon L. Harrison
NETTLETON – Earlon L. Harrison died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Helen Carter
RIPLEY – Helen Louise “Moma Lou” Carter, 71, died Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born June 19, 1939, to Hardy Lee Rutherford and Nannie Barkley Gunn. She was a longtime member of Ripley Second Baptist Church. She was retired.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Second Baptist Church with the Rev. Willie Payne officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, John Wyatt Carter of Ripley, whom she married Aug. 31, 1961; one daughter, Helen C. Palmer of Ripley; one granddaughter, Brittany Dion Cox of Ripley; her mother, Nannie Gunn of Ripley; five sisters, Hilda Haley (Jimmie M.) of Tupelo, Lane Rutherford of Ripley, Starlene Rutherford of Ripley, Darlene (Derryl) Blige of Covington, Ga., and Mary (E.J.) Johnson of Peoria, Ill.; two brothers, Hardy Lee (Elizabeth) Rutherford of Ripley and Troy Evans of Peoria, Ill.; one godson, Dalton Story of Ripley; someone viewed as her own family, Jerry O’Neal Cox; a special niece, Latigra McDonald; special friends, Lorene Robinson, Gracie Bails and Shelia Ray Phillips of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her father, stepfather, stepmother and three brothers.
Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Charles Johnson
WEST POINT – Charles Virgil Johnson, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at his residence. He was born Feb. 20, 1922, in Clay County to Lila Fulton and James Johnson. He was a member and longtime deacon of Calvary Baptist Church. He worked for the USDA as a food inspector for many years. He was a Master Mason of the West Point Lodge 159. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the VFW.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in West Point.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine Southern Johnson of West Point, whom he married 65 years ago in Washington D.C.; a son, Charles Alan Johnson of West Point; a daughter, Joann Johnson of Meridian; two grandchildren, Danah Susan Harpole and Alan Steven Johnson; four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Steven Johnson, Stephen Harpole, Henry Myers, Andy White, Jonathan Edwards, Tony Cates and Dewey Cox.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of donor’s choice.

Velma Taylor
IUKA – Velma Taylor, 99, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. A devout Christian lady, she was a lifelong member of the Iuka Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her flower garden and quilting.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Iuka Baptist Church. The Rev. Jim Manley and Dr. Ronnie Hatfield will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, James H. Taylor (Bea) of Iuka, Charles D. Taylor (Jeanette) of Holly Springs and Harry Taylor (Carlene) of Potts Camp; four daughters, Betty Holland and Jan Tyson, both of Iuka, Glynda Lovell (Donnie) of Rienzi and Nina Frederick of Jackson; one sister, Mildred Franklin of Leland; 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerd Haynes Taylor; a daughter, Wanda Gail Gleaton; a granddaughter, Dawn Michelle Taylor; and four brothers; and three sisters.
Pallbearers include Chase Robinson, J.W. Bryant, Don Lovell, Robbie Taylor, Jonathan McDonald, Todd Talley and Brian Taylor.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Memorials may be made to the Iuka Baptist Church Building Fund.
An online guest book can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Joey Hamm
PONTOTOC – Joey Hamm, 57, died Monday, Aug. 2, 2010, in Tupelo. He was a truck driver for 35 years and a member of the Hwy. 15 Church of Christ. He loved hunting, fishing and gardening.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Robert Kingsley and Danny Rodgers will officiate. Burial will be in Old Dallas Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Hamm of Pontotoc; two sons, Joey Lamar Hamm of Pontotoc and William Bacon of Tupelo; three daughters, Frances Ann Hamm and Christina Hamm of Osceola, Ark., and Kimberly Allen of Fulton; his mother, Nona Fay Hamm of Pontotoc; two brothers, Edward Hamm of Missouri and Milton Hamm of Batesville; 19 grandchildren, Jarrett, Marlayna, Anna, Mateo, Octavio, Jose, Alesha, Paul, Brianna, Seaira, Dakota, Ashely, Jonathan, Rita, Caren, Christian, Caytlin, Sebastian and Gage.
He was preceded in death by his father, Loyce Hamm Jr., and a sister, Rita Fay Stanfield.
Pallbearers will be Joey Lamar Hamm, Jarrett Brown, Paul Simmons, Ricky Hamm, Kenny White, Jerry Cox and Frank Azua.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday.

Pete Poole
AMORY – Charles “Pete” Poole, 74, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. A native of Pickens County, AL, he was a son of Ernest and Alma Hager Poole. Mr. Poole was a retired machinist at Walker Manufacturing and a Baptist. He was a former member of the National Guard in Winfield, Ala. Always smiling, he was a practical joker. His favorite teams were the Atlanta Braves and University of Alabama football. His family was very important to him and he enjoyed country music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
He is survived by a daughter, Melissa (Duane) Huddleston; a sister, Lorene Warren; and a brother, Alfred Poole, all of Amory; his grandchildren, Krista, Laken and Hayley; his great-grandchildren, Tyse and Aleigh; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Earl, Barry and Eddie Poole, Randall and Tim Holloway, and Chris Clark.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to The ALS Association, 27001 Agoura Rd., Ste. 250, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.

Jewell Daniel
NEW ALBANY – Matha Jewell Butler Daniel, 96, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in at her grandson’s home in Guntown. She was born July 23, 1914, in New Albany to William and Lonnie King Butler. She was the widow of Charles Curtis Daniel. She and her husband were the owners of Daniel Big Star Grocery Store, and she was a retired bookkeeper for Wood’s OK Tire Store. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of New Albany and a member of Alam Sharp Sunday School Class.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with Rev. Leslie Nabors and Rev. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Dianne Daniel of New Albany; her son, Larry Daniel of New Albany; two sisters, Edith Butler Randolph of Forrest and Willie King Butler Bending of Denton, Texas; one grandson, Doug Farley (Mitzy) of Guntown; and one great-granddaughter, LeAnn Farley.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Charles Curtis Daniel; her parents; a sister, Ruth Butler Stevenson; four brothers, Clyde Morris Butler, Wallace D. Butler, William E. Butler and Eddice Butler.
Pallbearers will be Mike Farley Sr., Billy Bending, Allan Brealand, Jimmy Still, Ricky Stevenson and Bobby Stevenson. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Banks, Joe Robbins, Bill Smallwood, Sammy Goodwin and the nurses of Unity Hospice and CNA.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to Unity Hospice Care, 1413 W. Main St., Suite B, Tupelo, MS 38804.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Netta Taylor
OXFORD – Netta Taylor, 70, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Hazel Warnick
HOUSTON – Hazel Nabors Warnick, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 24, 1928, in New Liberty to William Edgar Nabors and Minnie Lou McQuary Nabors. She was a wonderful homemaker and cook, and a member of Faith Bible Church. She was loved by all and always displayed a Christian example to everyone she met.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Faith Bible Church with Rev. Johnny Cherry and Marion Hewitt officiating. Burial will follow at Chickasaw Memorial Gardens in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her brother, Robert Nabors of Fort Worth, Texas; her mother-in-law, Zula Warnick of Houston; nieces and nephews, Steve Hare, Curtis Hare, Ramona Farr, Hazel Lynn Whitt, Pam Cook, Peggy Livingston, Barbara Monts, Marilyn Green, Teresa Nabors, Eddie Nabors and Jim Nabors.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Edward “Billy” Warnick, in February 1990; her parents, William Edgar and Minnie Lou McQuary Nabors; her brothers and sisters, Louise Dobbs, Hubert Nabors, Nola Thomas, Curtis Nabors, Ellen Hare and Etoyle Nabors; a niece, Sandra Danforth; and a nephew, Curtis Nabors Jr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to the Faith Bible Church Building Fund, 110 Malcolm St., Houston, MS 38851.
Friends and family may leave a message on our online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Sylvia Perkins
WATER VALLEY – Sylvia Ann Perkins, 65, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at her home. She was born July 25, 1945, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include her husband, Allen Travis Perkins, whom she married June 5, 1993; two sons, Harold Wayne (Lisa) Walls of Tupelo and Henry Earl (Lisa) Walls of Memphis; two daughters, Sylvia Jo Ventrini of Water Valley and Margaret McCandless of Scobey; two sisters, Kathy McCharen of Water Valley and Judie (Gary) Davis of Cusetca, Ga.; four brothers, Daniel (Carol) Duke Jr. of Hernando, Roger Duke of Water Valley, Lynn (Dianne) Duke of Edwards and David (Barbara) Duke of Scobey; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

George H. Harville
GLEN – George H. Harville, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Friday at New Hope Church of Christ. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time Friday at the church.
Condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Carolyn Luna
HICKORY FLAT – Carolyn Luna, 66, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Tamia Bryan
RIPLEY – Tamia Bryan, 50, died Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.