Obituaries August 1, 2010

Bessie Maddox
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Bessie Lee Maddox, 99, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at NHC Nursing Facility in Somerville, Tenn. She was born March 25, 1911, in New Albany to Henry and Nancy Hogue Rogers. She was a member of Elliston Baptist Church in Memphis and a housewife.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Terry Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Henry Maddox (Dorene) of Oakland; two grandchildren, Derek Maddox and Deborah Mosley; and five great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace E. Maddox; and several brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital, Memphis, TN
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bettie Huffstatler
ECRU – Bettie Huffstatler, 86, died July 31, 2010, at Sunshine Health Care in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Rev. Ben Jones
FULTON – The Rev. Ben J. Jones, 76, died Tuesday, July 27, 2010, at his home. He was a retired pastor of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church where he served 28 years. He was a member of Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the North East Deacon Union Class as an instructor, the Lee County Chapter of the NAACP, the Spring Hill District Association as an instructor of ministerial and past moderator. He was a former Scout Master, a member of the Abney Lodge #2238, where he served as chaplain, 32nd degree Masons, served as past Worship Master, a member of the Eastern Star Ruth #466, Queen Shumpert #308 Court. He was an Army veteran and retired from the Mississippi National Guard. He was the widower of Ora Mae Jones.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Dorsey Attendance Center gym with Dr. James L. Tucker delivering the eulogy and the Rev. Greg Pegues officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Church Cemetery with Military Honors. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge.
Survivors include five children, Larry Wayne Jones of Grady, Ark., Rickey Jones of Fulton, Adrian Devon (Cassandra) Jones of Shannon, Jacqueline Denise Shumpert, Pamela (Willie) Mabry, both of Fulton; three brothers, Joel Jones and Tommie Jones, both of Fulton, and Toaddie Jones of Chicago; three sisters, Mae Lean (the Rev. Leon) Easterling of Unionville, Va., Clorene Davis and Florene Williams, both of Detroit; one aunt, Louise (the Rev. William) Johnson of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Mike Woodruff of Saltillo.
Viewing will begin at 2 p.m. today, with family and friends hour from 4 until 6 at the J.W. Porter Chapel. Viewing will be at the gym an hour before services on Monday.
Online condolences can be made to the Jones family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Charles Hefner
NEW ALBANY – Charles Hefner, 61, died July 30, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 11, 1949, in Benton County to Belton Hugh Hefner and Gladys Myers Hefner. A long life resident of Union County, he was a construction worker for Bond Construction. He was disabled and he was of the Baptist Faith.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Glenfield Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany with Bro. Kenneth Bishop and Bro. Joe Gullick officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Lucinda Biship Hefner; his mother, Gladys Hefner; one son, Charles Hefner (Heather) of New Albany; two daughters, Sara Thompson (Vincent) of Etta and Jennifer Wimblery (John) of Potts Camp; two brothers, Ricky Hefner (Rene) of Dumas and Harold Hefner of Pontotoc; three sisters, Emma Foreman of North Heaven, Lillie Ryder of New Albany and Hattie Cornelius of Pontotoc; and 11 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Sony Hefner.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leslie Chapman
BATESVILLE – Leslie J. Chapman, 38 died July 30, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Kathy Shields
ABERDEEN – Katherine “Kathy” Kiker Shields, 46, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. Born on March 14, 1964, in Sheffield, Ala., she was a daughter of Loring Haynes and Dorothy Braden Kiker. A very generous, compassionate and loving lady, she never met a stranger. Her ministry was helping those who were in need, especially the elderly. Being a people person, she enjoyed working at Movie Gallery in Aberdeen. She had a love for music, was a huge movie buff and enjoyed horseback riding.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at River Bend Baptist Church in Aberdeen with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Airrey David Shields; daughters, Shannon Shields (Brian M.) Ballard and Sarah Jessica-Anne Shields; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Faye and A.J. Shields, all of Aberdeen; sisters, Terry Campbell of Muscle Shoals, Linda Alford and Pat Kiker, both of Adairsville, Ga.; one grandchild, Keagan Airrey Rogers; and her nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Tim Corbell, Denton Harris, Rufus Harris, Terry Long, Luther Shields and Phillip Shields.
Honorary pallbearers will be Catlin and Christopher Alford, Brian Ballard, Luke Bishop, Brian Campbell, Walton Harris, Airrey Williams, Patrick Williams and Justin Woolbright.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.

Valerie Meyerding
BURNSVILLE – Valerie Jo Meyerding, 51, of Burnsville, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at her home. She was a dedicated member of Reaching Out For Souls Ministry. She enjoyed singing and playing music. She also enjoyed yard sales and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Spirit and Truth Fellowship in Burnsville with Sister Francis Blakney officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Case Meyerding of Burnsville; four sons, Curtis Miles of Iuka, Kevin Miles (Marlena) of Booneville, Eric Miles of Holly Springs and Andrew Meyerding of Burnsville; one daughter, Tiffany Meyerding of Burnsville; six brothers, Dee Newcomb of Kentwood, La., Harvey Newcomb, Jerry Wayne Newcomb, Jackie Newcomb, Wade “Pinky” Newcomb and Charlie McKinney, all of Burnsville; two sisters, Shirley Brown and Melissa Farr, both of Burnsville; and seven grandchildren, Curtis Miles III, Dylan Miles, Kevin Miles II, Kyle Miles, Emma Kissinger, Issac Kissinger and Abree “Sassy” Miles.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Nora Lee Wilkerson; her father, John King; and a sister, Wilma Wilkerson.
Pallbearers include Will Newcomb, Wade Newcomb, Jerry Newcomb, Josh Newcomb, Mike Newcomb and Buck Newcomb.
Visitation began at 5 p.m. Saturday at Spirit and Truth Fellowship in Burnsville.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Joey Spencer
VINA, Ala. – Joseph T. “Joey” Spencer, 48, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m Monday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Lillie M. Palmer
“May the Work I’ve Done Speak for Me.”
RIPLEY – Mrs. Lillie McAlister Palmer was born in Tippah County on Sept. 4, 1921, to her parents, Jim McAlister and Melverta Kelly McAlister. To this union, her brother, Jodie Lee McAlister (Alice Smith-McAlister) was born.
Our mother, Lillie Palmer, departed this life at 5:25 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Ripley.
Lillie was baptized into Christ many years ago and remained a faithful member of the Terry Street Church of Christ in Ripley until her death.
She worked for 27 years as a nurse’s aid at the Tippah County Hospital.
She was married to Henry Earl Palmer on May 12, 1945. To the union, three sons were born, Henry Lewis (Johnnie), Edward Charles and David Lee (Cathy). Lillie was grandmother to 10 grandchildren and the great-grandmother to 12 great-grandchildren. She leaves to celebrate her life, a special niece, great nieces and a number of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her brother.
Although saddened by her death, we will not mourn for what we lost, but we will celebrate her life and what we had together. We will not become bitter because she is gone, but we will celebrate her memory and the joy of the time that she was with us.
We thank God for that.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Terry Street Church of Christ with Bro. Jeffrey T. Bohanna officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Her body will lie in state one hour prior to the service today at the church.

Mary Baird
MYRTLE – Mary Lou Rodgers Baird, 87, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Sept. 20, 1922, in Union County to John Richard Rodgers and Sissy Bishop Rodgers. She was a retired employee of Futorian Corporation in New Albany. She was a member of the Enterprise Church of Christ.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Enterprise Church of Christ with Minister Jay Tidwell officiating. Burial will be in the Enterprise Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Janie Chism (Raymond) of Myrtle and Louise Riley (Randy) of Mantachie; five sons, Wallace Baird Jr. of Myrtle, Bobby Baird (Geneva) of Batesville, Jerry Baird (Carolyn) of Southaven, Rodney Baird (Carolyn) of Etta and Gaylon Baird (Brenda) of Myrtle; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wallace Baird Sr.; and a grandson, Keith Baird.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Enterprise Church of Christ Building Fund, Myrtle, MS.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Joseph Brown Jr.
RANDOLPH – Joseph Brown Jr., 48, died July 29, 2010, in Meridian. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Jimmy Weeks
CALHOUN CITY – Jimmy Weeks died July 30, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Sarah Fields
OKOLONA – Sarah Fields, 103, died July 30, 2010, at Care Center of Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Redbud M.B. Church in Okolona. Burial will be in Redbud Cemetery in Okolona. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
An online register book can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Mitchell Jackson
SALTILLO – Mitchell Boyd Jackson, 84, died Saturday July 31, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Lee County Jan. 10, 1926, to Frank and Nora Markum Jackson. He lived his life in the Saltillo area, where he raised vegetables and shared them with family and friends. He was a 1945 graduate of Saltillo High School and married Virginia Carr in 1946. He was a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist church in Saltillo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ron McCully, the Rev. Donald Pounders and the Rev. J.D. Johnson officiating. A private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Carol Buse and husband, James of Saltillo; son, Kirby Jackson and wife, Marsha of Nettleton; grandchildren, who affectionately knew him as pappaw; Michelle Timmons (Mark), Leslie Cheek (Bradley) and Lindsey Kyle (Joseph); great-grandchildren; Mason Timmons, Jackson Cheek, Haley Cheek, Jolie Kyle and Jay Kyle; brother, Jimmy Jackson (Teena); and two brothers-in-law, Jimmie Dale Carr (Geraldine) and Dudley McCully, both of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 63 years, Virginia Carr Jackson, who died on Oct. 25, 2009; and his sister, Opal McCully.
Pallbearers will be grandsons-in-law, Mark Timmons, Bradley Cheek, Joseph Kyle, his great-grandsons, Mason Timmons, Jackson Cheek, Jay Kyle and his community friends, Tommy White, Dean White, Larry Hamner, Michael Hamner, Gerald Bishop and Bill Lee.
Honorary pallbearers will be retired and present employees of Tombigbee Electric Power Association where he worked for 42 years.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Gideon International, P.O. Box 1073, Tupelo, Mississippi 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Lynn Hill
RATLIFF – Cherion Lynn Hill, 65, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Maxine Francis
MANTACHIE – Maxine Francis, 78, died Friday, July 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born March 13, 1932, to Edgar and Lela Bell Wallace. She was a homemaker and factory worker. She was Baptist in belief. She enjoyed collecting dolls and tea pots. A flower lover, she was known for raising day lilies.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in the Walton Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, James Francis of Mantachie; two sons, Hal Francis (Susie) of Houston, Texas and Jeff Francis of Nettleton; three sisters, Jo Ann Stone of Tremont, Martha Nichols of Ryan’s Well and Alice Faulkner of Skyline; three grandchildren, Will Francis of Baldwyn, Anna Carmie Francis of Saltillo and Wesley Francis of Nettleton; and three great-grandchildren, Dawson Francis, Will Andrew Francis Jr. and Makenna Kate Lyles.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Billy Wallace and Franklin Wallace; and a sister, Earlene Gray.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Emma Curry
WATERFORD – Emma Curry, 76, died July 29, 2010, in Waterford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Hamilton Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery in Waterford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association and the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford.

J.D. Brown
PONTOTOC – J.D. Brown, 64, died July 31, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 15, 1945, in Pontotoc. He was a lifelong resident of Pontotoc County and a Baptist. He was a former grocery owner and farmer. He was retired from MDOT and an avid horseman. He loved trail riding, showing horses and camping with his friends as well as spending time with his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Troy Baptist Church on Hwy 41 with Bro. David Hamilton, Bro. Earl Barron and Bro. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery in Pontotoc. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Stewart Brown, a son, Marty Brown of Pontotoc; a daughter, Melanie Brown Holloway (Mike); three grandchildren, Zachary Stewart Holloway, Drew Brown Holloway and Madi Lee Holloway, all of Pontotoc; three brothers, Alvin (JoAnn) Brown of Belden, Carrol (Margarete) Brown and Donald (Glenda) Brown, all of Pontotoc; five sisters, Joan Short, Katherine Young, Sue (Guy) Harrison, all of Pontotoc, Betty (Tim) Williams of Thaxton and Peggy (Sonny) Graham, of Saltillo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Carra Mary Godfrey Brown; and his father, Lenard Thomas Brown.
Pallbearers will be David Hall, James Worthey, Raymond Little, Jim McGregor, Joey Self and Bubba McVay.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronald Stegall, Donald Stegall, Burton Ware, Dan Shempert, Jeff Bethune, David “Coon” Bevill and the organizers of the annual St. Jude Trail Ride.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday. All visitation will be at the Troy Baptist Church.

Gerald Vice
HOUSTON – Gerald Vice, 73, died Saturday, July 31, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born March 8, 1937. He attended Pearson’s Chapel Nazarene Church. He was a native of Middletown, Ohio, a farmer and a steel mill worker. He was a NRA Benefactor Member, a North American Hunting Club Life Member and a member of HWMA Hunting Club. He served in the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Tunnell Vice; two daughters, Mary Ellen Vice of Eaton, Ohio and Barbara Ann Vice of Houston; one son, James David Vice of Houston; five grandchildren, Brenda Buffenbarger of West Alexandria, Ohio, Nicole Woods of Eaton, Ohio, Candy Vice Patton of Houston, Kyle Moore and Danielle Moore, both of Houston; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, June Flynn of Hammond, La. and Wilma Crouse of Germantown, Ohio; and two brothers, Harley David Vice of Mason, Ohio and Michael Ray Vice.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Wanda Sue Pheanis; and one grandson, James Kurtis Bullen.

Moses Phillips
OXFORD – Moses Phillips, 82, died July 31, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

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