Obituaries August 1, 2013

Dorothy Crayton
FULTON – Dorothy Louise Green Crayton, 87, passed away Thursday, July 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born to Leonie and Lula Roberts Green on June 7, 1926. She was a member of Solid Rock Pentecostal Church. She was the head cook at Stouffer’s in Northland Mall in Detroit, Mich. She also worked at Michigan Bell Telephone Company until her health began to fail.

Services will be at noon Friday, Aug. 2, at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Dorsey with Rev. Dr. Leotis Tucker officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four sons, Sylvester Green, Russell Crayton, Marcel Crayton and Dwyane Crayton; one daughter, Sheila Stewart; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchilren; three brothers, L.E. Green, O’Neal Green and Lonnie Green; one sister, Sarah Gassaway; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Crayton; her parents; two sons, Dennis Crayton and Preston Crayton Jr.; one grandson, Sylvester Green Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Sylkieta Green; five brothers; and three sisters.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Friday.

Patricia Bailey
OXFORD – Patricia Oliphant Bailey, 56, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Born in Baumholder, Germany, she was a retired CPA and a member of Clear Creek Baptist Church and the American Institute of CPAs. An excellent cook, she loved spending time with her grandchildren and taking care of her dog, Baby.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Clear Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow in Browning Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Dale Bailey of Oxford; her father, Derald Wayne Oliphant (Marie) of Abbeville; two sons, Steven Jenkins of Germantown, Tenn., and Matthew Jenkins of Fayetteville, N.C.; one stepson, Anthony Bailey of Brandon; two sisters, Elaine Oliphant Brewer and Hope Oliphant Davis; two stepbrothers, William Roy Gibson and Gaston H. Gibson Jr.; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jeri Oliphant.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 or Browning Cemetery Fund, c/o Libby Callicoat, 324 CR 321, Oxford, MS 38655.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Arthur L. D’Haillecourt
AMORY – The Rev. Arthur L. D’Haillecourt, 95, died Monday, July 29, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 21, 1918, in Mulberry, Kan., he was the son of the late Henry and Amy Vanesse D’Haillecourt. He married Margaret Ellender Eubanks on Oct. 11, 1941. He graduated school in Christopher, Ill. He attended SIU in Carbondale, Ill., and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Over 60 years ago, he dedicated his life to preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and began his journey as a pastor of numerous Baptist churches in Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. Not only did he pastor existing churches, he was also involved in numerous church plantings. While pastoring in Illinois, he also worked as a mechanic and service manager for Ford Motor Co. He treasured his family, who was always by his side. He enjoyed fishing and fellowshipping with friends at the Baptist pot luck suppers.

He is survived by his daughters, Judy D’Haillecourt of Greenwood Springs, Amy Hester of Amory and Joan Hood of Amory; sons, Henry “Hank” D’Haillecourt (Pat) of Paducah, Ky., and Barry D’Haillecourt (Suzanne) of Becker; sister, Alice Porviznik of Mt. Vernon, Ill.; five grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mary, Angel, Flora and Martha; grandchildren, Sabrina D’Haillecourt, Anthony Hood, Donissia Hester, Lisa D’Haillecourt and Cary D’Haillecourt; great grandchildren, Brandon Sprouse and Allison Cooper; and a special cousin, Marcell Reinald.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sammie McMillen officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Sam Cooper, Jamey Brown, Brent Brown, Eddie Hester, Evan Hester, Tyler Sprouse, Shane Hood, Jason Hood, Mike Hood and Bryan Hester. Lindal Wray will serve as an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donations may be given to Community Hospice, 107 Skeet Drive, Verona, MS 38879.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ella Smith
NASHVILLE – Ella Smith, formerly of Columbus, died Friday, July 19, 2013, in Nashville.

Services were Saturday, July 27, in Nashville. Terrell Broady Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of arrangements locally.

Booker Townsend
HOUSTON – Booker T. “Jock” Townsend died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at the Aberdeen Care Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Rhonda Harriman
WHITTIER, N.C. – Rhonda Sue Harriman, 51, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at her home. She was employed at Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, N.C.

A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Bishop Center, 1300 Washington St., Corinth.

She is survived by her father, Gerald Harville of Tupelo; her mother, Bonnie Harville of Bedford, Ind.; her sons, Justin Harriman (Jessica) of Coldwater and Zachary Keele (Brittany) of Senatobia; and her brothers, Randall Wayne Harville of Tupelo and Curtis Lawson Harville (Su) of Shreveport, La.

Memorial donations may be made to the Diabetes Foundation.

Richard Freeman
OXFORD – Richard Freeman, 49, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Buddy Watson
WEST POINT – Thomas David “Buddy” Watson, 59, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Alvin Tilson
SHANNON – Alvin “Bud” Tilson, 83, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home in the Old Union community. He was born June 29, 1930, in Sunflower County to Louis and Allean Gant Tilson. He married Sarah Matthews on June 17, 1952, and together they celebrated 61 years of married life. He was a good and kind man, a responsible husband and father, always working to support his family thereby allowing his wife, Sarah, to be at home to raise their children. He was a farmer, worked at Penn Tire and also PeopLounger. Of the Baptist faith, he attended Doty Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing dominoes, fishing and most especially, visiting the Woodman of the World camp every September.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Jim Manley officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Sarah Matthews Tilson, of the Old Union community; three children, Roger Tilson (Joan) of Counce, Tenn., Kathy Keith (Donald) of Wren and Bonnie Green (Harold) of the Old Union community; five grandchildren, Shane Tilson (Tandi) of Savannah, Tenn., Michael Joseph Tilson of Chicago, April Keith Haynes (Dann) of Wren, Christy Shalene Davis (Doyle) of Counce, Tenn., and Joseph Keith Brooks (Candy) of the Evergreen community; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Emily, Elijah, Jordan, Tyson, Sarah Katherine, Eva, David and Brody; and one brother, Hugh Tilson (Thelma) of Pineville, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandson, Donavan Keith; his granddaughter, Amber Green; two brothers; and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Harold Green, Donald Keith, Shane Tilson, Dann Haynes and Joseph Brooks. Honorary pallbearer will be Michael Joseph Tilson.

Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Cox
NEW SITE – Mildred Leona Cox, 82, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 4, 1931, to Troy and Delia Lewis Aldridge. She was a Baptist. She enjoyed drawing, sewing and flowers.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Malcolm Garrett and Bro. Russell Clouse officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.

She is survived by six daughters, Pam (Jesus) Atkinson of Tupelo, Karen (Larry) Eaton of Marietta, Marilyn (Russell) Hockin of Tupelo, Joan Holland of Mexico, Kathy (Clayton) Adams of Golden and Darlene Cox of Clarksdale; one son, Lane (Rhonda) Cox of Burnsville; four sisters, Ora Mae Berryman, Shirley (Dale) Foster, Maxine (Eddie Wayne) Cole and Marie Cleveland; two brothers, Wayne Aldridge and Danny Aldridge; 17 grandchildren; and 46 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elton Nash Cox; one daughter, Margie Adams; her parents; one sister, Veliar Johnson; and three brothers, J.T., Hubert and Milton Aldridge.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth Reynolds
PONTOTOC – Kenneth Carson Reynolds, 77, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013. He was a father, grandfather, husband, uncle, brother and friend to many. He was in the Army as a young man stationed in the Philippines and working in intelligence. After returning home he married Judy Ann Billingsley.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 1, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Pete Gregory will officiate. Burial will follow in the Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his daughter, Kendra Hill; his sons, John Reynolds and Stephen Reynolds; grandson, Matthew Graham Hatcher; granddaughter, Elisabeth Grace Reynolds; his wife, Judy Ann Reynolds; two sisters; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Opal Pauline Westmoreland; his father, Hoyt Reynolds; two grandsons; his grandparents; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Pallbearers will be Stephen Reynolds, John Reynolds, Richard Rankin, Andy Rankin and Stacy George.

Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

Harry Knight
BAYTOWN, Texas – Harry Francis Knight, 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Baytown, Texas, after a brief illness. He was born in Guntown to Sally and B.T. Knight and had lived in the Houston, Texas, area for more than 65 years. He was a graduate of Saltillo High School. He married Inez McGuff of Tupelo. He enlisted in the Navy in 1940 and proudly served through the end of World War II. He was a career fire and safety officer with the Veterans Administration Hospital in Houston, Texas, and became chief of the department. He received numerous awards for achievement during his career. He and his wife were longtime members of Woodforest Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at the Saltillo Cemetery with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his son, Raymond Knight (Lee) of Winston Salem, N.C.; his daughter, Llinda Scholfield (Paul) of Alpharetta, Ga.; grandchildren, Kelly Knight Holder (John), Christin Scholfield Ellingsworth (John), Suzanne Scholfield Werner (Jonathan); and great-grandchildren, Madison and Georgia Ellingsworth and Hannah Werner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a brother and sister-in-law, Eugene E. and Clarice Jones Knight.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Saltillo United Methodist Church.

Luther Cox
SALTILLO – Luther L. Cox, 97, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at his residence. A Burnsville native, he was born Aug. 30, 1915, to Oliver C. and Birdie Henry Cox. He was in construction all his working life. He was a very avid fan of racing and wrestling. He loved his family, grandchildren and his dog, Sophia. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. today, Aug. 1, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial services will follow at Liberty Cemetery in McNairy County, Tenn.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances Pearson (Billy) of Saltillo; two sons, Freddie Cox (June) of Saltillo and Marvin Cox (Ann) of Saltillo; one sister, Birdie Luck of Jackson, Tenn.; one brother, Cecil Cox; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Rosetta Cox; an infant son; a granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan and Marty Cox, Coty Payne, Jeff Jackson, Scott George and Arlie Henry.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mark Cockrell
MANTACHIE – Mark Anthony Cockrell, 52, died Sunday, July 28, 2013, at his home. He was born April 5, 1961, to Jimmy O. and Johnnie P. Short Cockrell. He was a graduate of Mantachie High School and received a drafting degree from Itawamba Community College. He was a member of Lakeland Baptist Church and a warehouse manager in the fabric industry. He enjoyed yard work and was an avid NASCAR fan.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Stephens Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Neil Cockrell, and his wife, Teresa, both of Mantachie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Billy “Bird” Hughes, Paul Poteet, Lee Jones, Donnie Cockrell and Bradley Smith.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Amy Vest
NEW ALBANY – Amy Audrey Hill Vest, 98, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Nov. 1, 1914, in Appleton, Ark., to John Alexander Hill and Etta Louellen Wiley Hill. She was a practical nurse and a homemaker. She loved quilting, cooking, garden work and Atlanta Braves baseball.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday Aug. 2, at New Albany Church of Christ with Minister Ray Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by one daughter, Betty Jean Young (Terry) of New Albany; one son, John Robert Vest (Nola) of Brentwood, Tenn.; two sisters, Ola Kelly of Essex, Mo., and Emogene Dollar of Sikeston, Mo.; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond Vest; one son, Jimmy Ray Vest; two sisters; and three brothers.

Pallbearers will be Johnathan Vest, Jeremy Vest, Jim Vest, Phil Young, Matthew Young and Steve Todd. Honorary pallbearers will be Eli Young, Tyler Vest and Jimmy Vest.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at New Albany Church of Christ.

To leave an online condolence, visit www.unitedfuneral.com.

Joseph Paslay Sr.
OXFORD – Joseph Earlton Paslay Sr., 79, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Born in Como, he was the son of the late Dr. Byron Hicklin and Etta DeCell Paslay. He retired as director of Camp Lake Stephens in Oxford. He was a former camp director at Castalian Springs in Durant and state director of the Mississippi YMCA. An avid Ole Miss fan, he was an Ole Miss alumni and a member of the M Club. He was an active member and elder of College Hill Presbyterian Church and a veteran of the Army.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at College Hill Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Alan Cochet officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Jean Wall Paslay of Oxford; two daughters, Wendy Paslay of Oxford and Aki Hashimoto (Masa) of Chester, England; two sons, Joe E. Paslay Jr. (Beth) of Norman, Okla., and Clay Paslay (Susan) of Oxford; and six grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Memorials may be made to College Hill Presbyterian Church, 339 CR 102, Oxford, MS 38655 or any charity of the donor’s choice.

To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

H. Edwin Clayton
MONTGOMERY – H. Edwin Clayton, 87, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Baptist Medical Center East. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Mary Nell Fooshee
ECRU – Mary Nell Fooshee, 86, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Edward Dixon
COLUMBUS – Edward Thomas Dixon, 60, died Saturday, July 27, 2013, at Touchette Regional Hospital in Centreville, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.

Dorothy Taylor
BATESVILLE – Dorothy Carroll Taylor, 92, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Batesville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 1, in the Chapel at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery in Oxford.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Hwy. 30 E., Oxford, MS 38655.

To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

I.C. Holland
GOLDEN – I.C. Holland, 84, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Iuka Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

James Cooper
NETTLETON – James Elvin Cooper, 67, died suddenly Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jimmy Martin
SALTILLO – Jimmy Martin, 58, died Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today.