By NEMS Daily Journal
Delmar H. Coleman Sr.
TUPELO – Delmar Hayes Coleman Sr. died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. He was born Aug. 11, 1946, in Lee County to Elsy Mae Coleman and George Warren. He was raised by his grandmother, the late Willie Lee Coleman. He was a graduate of Carver High School in Tupelo. He was retired from Malone & Hyde, where he was a dock supervisor for 28 years. He also worked at Wabash Fibre for two years. He loved fishing and being outside in his yard. He was a member of Miracle House of Praise Church of the Living God in Shannon. He was a decorated Vietnam veteran. His tour of duty was from June 12, 1967, to June 11, 1970. He was wounded and earned the Purple Heart.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Benjamin Dilworth officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
He was married to Luella Owens Coleman for 45 years. He said, “We practically grew up together.” The Lord blessed them to raise six children, four daughters, Ms. Debra Harper, Ms. Alice Kindell, Mrs. Valeda (Jamie) Smith and Mrs. Tinyko (Greg) Morgan, all of Tupelo; two sons, Mr. James Coleman of Shannon and Mr. Delmar Hayes Coleman Jr., of Tupelo; 12 wonderful grandchildren, eight boys and four girls. They called him “Coleman or Pa-pa and Delmar III just calls me awesome.” They are Ellery (Marissa) Coleman, SharRon Ruff, Mario (Brooke) Coleman of Waco, Texas; Brandi Kindell, Bethany Bonner, James Wheeler, Justin (Eriko) Wheeler of Okinawa, Japan, BreAnna Wheeler, Kizzie Cox, Jordan Kindell, Taylor Morgan and Delmar Hayes Coleman III, all of Tupelo; five special additions to the family, called great-grandchildren; two great-grandsons, Jaden Young and Charlton “CeeJay” Witherspoon Ruff; and three great-granddaughters, Ryli Coleman, Farrah Kindell and Rhyan Cameron. He also leaves to mourn, his mother-in-law, Elder Alice M. Smith of Tupelo; his special family friends, Brian and Earlene Bennett and their family of Rolla, Mo.; his three sisters, Mrs. Dyan (John) Laird of East St. Louis, Ill., Ms. Susie A. Owens and Mrs. Mary (E.C.) Foster of Tupelo; seven brothers, Mr. Vonzia Booker, Mr. James (Jody) Glass, Mr. John Lee (Jackie) Glass, Mr. Robert Warren and Mr. George Warren
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Mr. Sir Michael Glass and Mr. Rickey Warren.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Betty Jo Flaherty
PONTOTOC – Betty Jo “B.J.” Flaherty, 58, went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Pontotoc on May 28, 1954, to Otis and Nellie Flaherty. B.J. was a member of Victory Baptist Church. She graduated from Pontotoc High School and Itawamba Community College. After many years as a successful manager in the food service industry, she found her true calling as a compassionate nurse. Even when her failing health made it impossible to continue in her profession, she nurtured her mother and the plants in her yard and garden. B.J.’s other passion was sports, and she championed Alabama football, Tennessee and Connecticut Women’s basketball and Red Sox baseball. B.J. was loved by all who knew her for her big, loving heart and her unfailing sense of humor. Her presence was larger than life, and the void she leaves will never be filled.
Services will be Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at 1 p.m. at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Billy McCord officiating. Burial will follow in the City of Pontotoc Memorial Park.
B.J. leaves behind her mother, Nellie Flaherty; four sisters, Ann Williams, Paula Diane Brasher, Linda Flaherty and Cindy Barton(Gene); three brothers, Bobby (Loretta), James (Marie) and Larry Flaherty; best friends, Gaye and Kaleb Cooper and the Cooper family; several nieces and nephews to whom B.J. was a special aunt; and many friends.
B.J. is preceded in death by her father, Otis Flaherty; a brother, Anthony Wayne (Tony) Flaherty; grandparents, the Rev. James Ike and Lula Mae Whitworth, Eugene and Etta Augusta Flaherty; five uncles, Lowell Whitworth, Howard Flaherty, Eleson Flaherty, Sam McGregor and Floyd Turner; three aunts, Lynda Merle Whitworth, Zettie Mae Turner and Carrie Flaherty.
Pallbearers will be Allen Williams, Chris Williams, Greg Flaherty, Jeffrey Flaherty, Kevin Watts, Ryan Goldsmith, Johnny Crouch, Robert Crouch, Gene Barton and Lowell Barton.
Visitation will be today, Aug. 10, from 5:30 until 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon until service at 1 p.m. at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
SALTILLO – James Eleopoulos, 80, departed from this earth on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. He was born May 1, 1932, in Chicago. He was a
man who truly and unconditionally loved his children and grandchildren, a man who taught us all how to sweep.
He is survived by four sons, Jimmy Dale, George, James Jr. and Michael; and one daughter, Dimitra; cherished grandfather of Nicole, Nicholas, Ryan, Sean, Alex, Michael and John Michael; a special friend Margaret Thorsberg.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 10, 2012, at W. E. Pegues in Tupelo.
He will be laid to rest on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at Coal City Cemetery, during a private ceremony.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to N.C.A.D.D., 200 North Spring Street, Tupelo, MS.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SAGINAW, Mich. – Howard Lamar Woodruff, 90, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at his home. The son of the late Marion and Katie Riddle Woodruff, he was born Feb. 21, 1922, in Booneville. He graduated from high school in 1940 and served with the U.S. Army Cavalry during World War II. He moved to Saginaw, Mich., in 1949 and was employed by U.S. Graphite and Wickes Corporation, retiring with 30 years of service. He married Joan Marie Revard on July 20, 1951. He was a member of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the U.A.W and the American Legion and he was an active member of the Loyal Order of the Moose No. 82. He enjoyed fishing and cooking.
Survivors include his wife, Joan, and many nieces and nephew whom he helped rear.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hazel (Barnet) Browning and Maxine Shackelford.
Services will be at noon Saturday at W.L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel in Saginaw, Mich. The Rev. Robert L DeLand will officiate. Burial will be in St. Andrew Cemetery.
Friends may call at the chapel from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.
In lieu of flowers those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Francis Nursing Home or a charity of their choice.
Visit the website at www.casefuneralhome.com.
SAVANNAH, Tenn. – William Melvin Stricklin, 67, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Savannah, Tenn. Burial will be in Petty Branch Cemetery in Savannah. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
NETTLETON – Ruby Carnell Davis Tartt, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona after a long illness. She was born Aug. 21, 1923, in Lee County to Jessie Thomas and Mary Lydia Lawhorn Davis. She lived most of her life in Monroe County. She was a homemaker and a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing and working in her flower garden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Gary Scott will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Diann Griffin Loveless, Nan Murry (Richard) and Nancy Pennington (Bobby), all of Nettleton, Paulette Bryant (Lonnie) of Slidell, La., Dottie Daniel (Rick) of Verona, Pam Barnett (Roger) of Houston; 20 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John “Bud” Tartt; her parents; one sister, Exey Johnson; three brothers, Ray Davis, Bill Davis and Charlie Davis.
Pallbearers will be Gary Scott, Johnny Scott, David Loveless, Ray Laney, Paul Laurenz and Scotty Scott.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eric Barnett, Michael Mayor, Justin Mayor, Gary Scott Jr., Allen Pennington and Barry Young.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BOONEVILLE – Glen Clinton Rogers, 53, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIENZI – Lottie Helen Potts Jacobs, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
WEST POINT – Edith “Tootsie” Robinson, 86, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. She was born Nov. 11, 1925, in Vardaman to Lilly Putman and Charlie Parish. She was a member of First Baptist Church where she helped in the nursery for over 55 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
She is survived by a son, Ray Robinson Jr. (Pam) of Daphne, Ala.; daughter, Marilyn Peeples (Lonnie) of West Point; sister, Gay Sawner of Memphis; grandchildren, Angel Rohner (Mark) of Birmingham, Maranda Barry (Tony) of Stansbury Park, Utah, Heather Boyd (Scott) of Daphne, Ala., Laurel Vipperman (David) of West Point, Katy Susan Allen (Eugene) of Strong; 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Robinson Sr.
Pallbearers will be David Vipperman, Eugene Allen, Mark Rohner, Homer Dyer, Robbie Robinson and Mike Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at the Arrington.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Memorial Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773 or the Alzheimer’s Association MS Chapter, 1900 Dunbarton Dr., Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
Friends may leave condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
RED BAY, Ala. – Richard U. Handley, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Generations of Red Bay.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home.
NEW ALBANY – Ruby Frances Watson Browning, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 12, 1924, in Union County. She retired at age 79 from a job she loved as supervisor from the Housekeeping Department at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Union County after 19 years of service. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, cats and talking on the phone. She was a member of Ingomar Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Clyde Pound and her nephew, Ricky Kidd, officiating. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Jean Bechtel (Jeff) of Memphis, Polly Weeden (Berry) of Ingomar and Kaye Johnson (Calvin) of Iuka; five grandchildren, Tim Weeden, Jill Deaton, Kim Curet, Angie Minor and Missy Bishop; 16 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James W. Browning Sr.; her parents, Gid and Mae Burke Watson; a son, Sambo Browning; and two sisters, Lanell Ables and Louise Kidd.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Minor, Cody Minor, Herbert Kidd, Corey Minor, Charles Browning and Cameron Minor.
The family requests memorials be made to Ingomar Baptist Church Building Fund.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
SMITHVILLE – Essie Lee Cummings, 97, died on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice Center. Born on Dec. 10, 1914, in Itawamba County, she was a daughter of the Late George McKinney and Margie McKinney Mosley. She was a devoted Christian lady and a member of Spruell Chapel CME Church of Smithville. She served as a Sunday School teacher for Poole Chapel/Spruell Chapel for many years. She worked as a beautician in the city of Amory for many years. A loving and caring mother who was always thinking of others she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her two daughters, Priscilla Cummings (Bennie) Ellis of Columbus and Jacque Warren of San Antonio, Texas; one sister Dorothy Lee Mosley of Smithville; seven grand children and one great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents and husband, Carbin Clifton Cummings, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Patricia Cummings; one brother, Golden Leon Mosley, two sisters, Tessie Lee Mosley and Darcus Lee Mosley.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spruell Chapel CME Church in Smithville with the Rev. Jeffery Riddle officiating. Burial will follow at Warren Chapel Cemetery in Mantachie. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 a.m. to service time on Saturday.
VARDAMAN – Acie Douglas, 80, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kyles Chapel in Vardaman. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Samuel B. Bigham
WEST POINT – Samuel B. Bigham, 99, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. A native of Pontotoc, he was the son of the late Dr. Eugene N. Bigham Sr. and Elizabeth (Lizzy) Sample Bigham. He served in the Army for three years during World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church in West Point, and a deacon and choir member. He was inducted into the West Point Hall of Fame in 1992. He was an educator and served as a principal in the Pontotoc schools. He served as principal and superintendent in the West Point schools. When he retired in 1976, he was awarded the title of Superintendent Emeritus.
Survivors include his daughter, Virginia Ruth McCall; his son-in-law, John G. McCall III; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emmy Ruth Smith Bigham, in 1984; a brother, Eugene N. Bigham Jr.; and sisters, Marian Bigham, Mattie A. Cooper, Elizabeth Ellis and Frances Hassell.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating.Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Gene Bigham, Dr. John Hassell, Doug Hassell, Paul Savage, Gayle Savage and Sam Savage.
Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Dichiara, Donald Permenter, Norman Armstrong, A.R. Parks and members of the Bible Learners Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 797, West Point, MS 39773 or to a charity of choice.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Vertie Mae Thornton, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Los Lunas, N.M. She was born Jan. 29, 1923, to George Ruffus Burton and Vertie Mae Marbutt Burton. She was raised in Itawamba County. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed quilting, knitting, gardening and crossword puzzles. She was a great caregiver.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Scott Nicholson officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Thornton of Chebanse, Ill.; two daughters, Johnie Mayhew of Los Lunas, N.M., and Carrol Justice of Westland, Mich.; two sisters, Mina Palmer of Fulton and Belle Kent of Bourbounis, Ill.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Thornton, who died in 1980; and 15 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Thornton, Aaron Thornton, Todd Oger and William Lavy.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Oralee Collins died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at her home. A native of Union County, she was the daughter of the late Johnny Knowles and Elizabeth Wray. She was a domestic worker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mallalieu United Methodist Church in New Albany with the Rev. W.T. Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include nine children, Dale (Anita) Collins of Blue Springs, James (Wanda) Collins, David Collins, Steve (Terrie) Collins, Mary (Horace) Mullins, Nader (Larry) Johnson, Larry (Marietta) Collins, all of New Albany, Robert (Margaret) Collins of Myrtle; a sister, Mary McNeal of Racine; a host of grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Rexie Collins.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Annie Mae Jones Tate, 58, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 4:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Mt. Olive No. 2 M.B. Church in Collierville. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
OKOLONA – Raymond Earnest, 74, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. A Chickasaw Countian all his life, he was born Dec. 21, 1937, to Andrew Jackson Earnest and Edna Lewis Earnest. He married Bertha Phelps Earnest, his wife of 55 years, on Dec. 21, 1956. He loved the land and all its produce and raised soybeans, cattle and horses on his farm. A Methodist and a retired employee of the Road Maintenance Department of Chickasaw County, he was known far and wide for his good character, his strong work ethic and the strong bond his word carried. An avid conversationalist, his greatest joy was his family. He especially cherished his great-grandson who shared the farm chores with him.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jonathan Childress officiating. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.
Survivors include his wife, Bertha Earnest of Okolona; two daughters, Jenny Williams (Luther) and Becky Cruse (Edward), both of Okolona; one brother, Herbert Wayne Earnest (Sybil) of Okolona; three grandchildren, Leigh Ann Gray (Casey) of Smithville, Brooke Hilt of Okolona and Jonathan Morris (Courtney) of Branson, Mo.i; one great-grandson, Brayden McDonald of Smithville; two stepgrandsons, Nathan and Tanner Cruse of Okolona; very special friends, Andrew McDonald and Bill Fletcher. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Andrew McDonald, Andrew Earnest, Thomas Farr, Robert Farr, Darnell Perry and Quinton Snow. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie D. Lewis, Cecil Lewis, Donald Hamilton and Lonnie Snow.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEMPHIS – Joyce Jackson Sesley, 60, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at her home in Memphis.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Salt & Light Ministries in Lamar. Burial will be in Sims Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery in Michigan City. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Love Temple Church in Memphis. The body will lie in repose at the church from 2:30 to 3:25 p.m. Saturday.
NETTLETON – Mary Audeen Monaghan, 84, died unexpectedly Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Tupelo. She was born in the Eureka community of Lee County on Nov. 18, 1927, to William Bryant Taylor and Betty Lou Gosa Taylor. She grew up there and lived her entire life in the greater Nettleton area. She spent 42 years as a seamstress at Reed’s Manufacturing in Nettleton. For 58 years, she was a full-time pastor’s wife. She and her late husband of 63 years, Bro. Herbert G. “Buddy” Monaghan, who died Dec. 15, 2009, were a perfect pastor/wife couple at the Independent Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. A master cook, she was known widely for her delicious large meals, her prized biscuits, fried chicken and tea cakes. A co-founder of Regina Dean Restaurant in Amory, she enjoyed being the boss, chief cook, dish- washer and supervisor. A member of the Nettleton Civitan Club, she was devoted to her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, her God and his Church and all things Nettleton and Amory.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Steve Holland will deliver personal reflections. Private burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Regina Blankenship (Jimmy) of Amory, Dera Carter (Roger) of Smithville, Larry Monaghan (Nancy) and Gary Monaghan (Pam), all of Nettleton, Dan Monaghan (Leslie) of Saltillo, and Joe McCommon (Jennifer) of Amory; her grandchildren, Glen Blankenship, J.J. Blankenship, Abbie Dykes, Joe Monaghan, Nick Carter, Tiffany Johnson, Dana Langley, Ben Monaghan, Drew Monaghan, Staci Moffett, Layla Carter and Crystal Carter; her great-grandchildren, Dakota, Olivia, Taylor, Daniel, Kirby, Ashton, Landon, Katie, Zach, Aiden, Tai, Nate, Tripp, Eli, Jessica, Jasmine and Reanna, Micah, Lydia, Phillip, Jamie and Jessie; her sister: Jewel Kelly of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Ruth Monaghan Malone of Nettleton; three nieces, Carolyn and Charlotte Taylor and Jane Bush; seven nephews, Mike Stevens, Benny Taylor, John McCommon, Joe McCommon, Jason McCommon, Mike Buskirk, Melvin Malone and James Allen Malone; special friends, Ken Pitts and Wayne Arant, who was like her grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bro. Buddy Monaghan; and a sister, Mauveleen Stevens.
Pallbearers will be Joe Monaghan, Nick Carter, Jamie Langley, Wayne Arant, Keith West, James Allen and Melvin Malone and other family members.
Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research, Women First, P.O. Box 801, Tupelo, MS 38802 or Jones Chapel Cemetery Fund, 948 CR 1277, Nettleton, MS 38858.
TUPELO – Billy Joe Venson, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 15, 1961, in Blue Mountain to Carrie Lee Venson Barfield and Delma Venson. He was a member of the United House of Prayer. He was a 1980 graduate of W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany. He enjoyed cooking.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at United House of Prayer in Blue Mountain with Bishop Henry L. Finley officiating. Burial will be in Moses Chapel Church Cemetery in Blue Mountain. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three brothers, Jerry (Joyce) Venson, Myron (Dorcas) Venson and David Venson, all of Blue Mountain; two sisters, Tracy (Chester) Davis of New Albany and Phyllis Venson of Potts Camp; a special friend, Georgia Mae Cruz of Tupelo; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Benny Venson; a niece, Natasha Venson.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.
RIPLEY – Michael Sidney Love, 55, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, as the result of an automobile accident. He was born Oct. 19, 1956, to Sidney Elmo Love and Bettye Thompson Love in Waukesha, Wis. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a member and former commander of the American Legion Post 81. He was the owner and operator of Wingo Pest Control and Love’s Mini Storage. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ripley.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jason Harms officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Thomas Love of Ripley; his mother, Bettye Thompson Wingo (J.W.) of Ripley; one sister, Sue Love of Falkner; three sons, Bradley Bullock (Barbara), Joey Bullock (Kelly) and Ian Thomas (Lisa), all of Ripley; six grandchildren, Faith Elizabeth and Olivia Grace Bullock, Joseph Craig and Mary Katherine Bullock, and Kaden Jase and Chase Benjamin Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his father, Sidney Elmo Love; one granddaughter, Ragan Lee Bullock; and a stepsister, Lori Wingo.
The family will receive friend from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
AMORY – Marie Randolph, 91, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, after a long illness.
A celebration of life service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
VARDAMAN – Billy Wayne Mitchell, 73, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Dec. 23, 1938, in Calhoun County. He was a retired heavy equipment operator.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman with Bro. Sherman Adams officiating, and Bro. Freddy Buchanan assisting. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Henderson (Robert) of Cripple Creek, Colo.; three sisters, Sandra Tedder (Danny), Sue Odum and Emma Jordan (Walter), all of Vardaman; two brothers, Jerry Mitchell (Becky) of Bruce and Vernell (Janie) Mitchell of Jackson; four grandchildren, Robert Henderson, Jessica Henderson, Tony Pazor and Carla Henderson; four great-grandchildren, Travis Henderson, Dakota Henderson, Madison Pazor and Savannah Pazor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Emery Alvie Mitchell and Mable Davis Youngblood Mitchell, and a sister, Betty Jean Mitchell.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Jordan, Dillan Landreth, Jacob Long, Ty Long, John Odum and Eric Tedder. Honorary pallbearers will be Donnie Smith and Benny Thompson.
Online condolences may be left at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
POTTS CAMP – Windell “Wink” Howell, 55, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Potts Camp Gymnasium. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potts Camp. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the gym from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Walker Byrd Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Walker Byrd Sr., 78, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, in Olive Branch.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CEDAR BLUFF – Walter Louis Dean, 63, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at Starkville Manor Nursing Home in Starkville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Bluff. Burial will be in Hopewell Memorial Gardens in Cedar Bluff. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Evie Lou Mackin
BOONEVILLE – Evie Lou Mackin, 72, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.