Obituaries August 11, 2013

Inez Crumby
TUPELO – Thelma Inez Hayles Crumby, 87, went to be with her Lord and Savior on August 10, 2013, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Inez was a radiant Christian and a loving example to her family, church, and many friends. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and cherished time spent with them.

She was born on May 11, 1926, to the late James Wesley and Minnie Eliza Hayles in Water Valley, MS and graduated from Water Valley High School in 1944. She married Wallace Crumby on September 27, 1946, and they moved to Tupelo in 1956. She was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo, where she was a faithful member of Merry Makers and loved being a member of the Golden Circle Sunday School class.

A service celebrating Inez’s life will be at 2 PM Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the Harrisburg Baptist Church with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Bro. David Langerfeld officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6PM-8PM Monday (8/12) at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 1:30-service time Tuesday at Harrisburg. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with all arrangements.

Inez is survived by her husband, Wallace Crumby; two daughters, Kay Hussey (John) of Corinth, Janet Hallstrom (Jeff) of Orange Park, FL; five grandchildren, Alesha Knight (Preston), Jennifer Garrett, M.D. (Brett) both of Corinth, Meredith Park, Ph.D. (Jeremy) of Southaven, Jill Bennett, Pharm.D (Brandon) of Saint Johns, FL, and Jeff Hallstrom, III, stationed with the US Navy in Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa, Japan; seven great-grandchildren, Emma Kathryn and Olivia Knight, Jon Worth and Jack Garrett, Cooper Byers, Cayson Park, and Tyler Bennett, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Raymond Sisler Hayles; two half-sisters, Louise Berry, Stella Mae Bell; a half-brother, Ernest Hayles; and her parents.

Memorials may be made to the Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4685 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801. Condolences may be e mailed to HYPERLINK “mailto:hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net” hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Clara W. Stephens
VERONA – Clara Mae Wood Stephens, 95, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born September 16, 1917, to Charles Franklin Wood and Bertha Long Wood in Iuka. She graduated from Iuka High School in 1936, where she was Valedictorian of her class. After attending Draughan’s Business College in Memphis, she worked for the Federal Reserve Bank in the Accounting Department. Upon moving to Tupelo in 1948, she continued her professional career as bookkeeper and office manager for Central Electric and Machinery. She was a member of the Tupelo Chapter of Business and Professional Women.

On February 22, 1958, she married James M. Stephens at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. They were married for 53 years until his death on January 15, 2011. Clara and Jim were one of the first families that helped charter St. Luke United Methodist Church before moving to Verona and joining Verona United Methodist Church. As an active and devoted member of her church, she participated in many activities including teaching the Adult Bible Class, the Nora Coggin Circle and founding the OWLS (Older Wiser Livelier Seniors). At the time of her death, she was the oldest living member of Verona United Methodist Church.

Clara lived a full life and had many friends. She was a member and former President of the Verona Lioness Club. She especially loved celebrating birthdays with the “Golden Girls,” teaching ceramics at Traceway Manor and also spending time at her home hobby ceramic shop. In addition to being a wonderful wife and mother, she was also a gifted writer, often penning superb and entertaining narratives for friends and family. Clara loved watching Atlanta Braves baseball, traveling, working crossword puzzles and her dog, Chipper. An avid reader, she enjoyed attending book reviews and Lunching With Books at the Lee County Library. Known for her kindness, generosity and caring nature, she was always smiling and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her loving son, Jimmy Stephens of Verona; her sister, Urcle Lomenick; her nephew, Eddie Lomenick and his wife, Janice; great nieces, Suzye Sheffield and Merrie Hughes and her husband, Andy; great-great niece, Mattie Hughes; and great-great nephews Tyler Sheffield and Jake Hughes, all of Tupelo.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother, Charles F. Wood, Jr.; and her brother-in-law, Clarence Lomenick.

Services will be at 11:00 am on Tuesday, August 13, at Verona United Methodist Church with Rev. Harold Robinson, Rev. Casey M “Buddy” Smith, Rev. Dennis Fink and Rev. Frank Davis officiating. A committal service will follow in Lee Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be David Allen, Clifton Hodges, Paul Odle, Galen Prouty, Ken Stephens and Jimmy Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be William T. “Buddy” Hall, Bobby Williams, the men of Verona United Methodist Church and the “Golden Girls.”

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 12, at the Tupelo

Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, and from 10 a.m. until service time at the church on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Verona United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 370, Verona, Miss. 38879. Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Danny Johnson
BALDWYN – Arthur Danny Johnson, 58, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at his home after a brief illness. He was an auto body repair person and a Baptist. He loved fishing.
Services will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 11, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Richard Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Jessie Johnson, Arthur D. Johnson, Corey L. Johnson, and Gordon A. Johnson, all of Baldwyn; one sister, Mary Rogers of Verona; two brothers, Jimmy Johnson of Saltillo and James Johnson of Florida; four grandchildren, Ashley Priest, Dalton Johnson, Joshua Pullens, and Kaitlyn Ginn; and one great-grandchild, Jessica Edge.

Pallbearers will be Corey Johnson, Gordon Johnson, Dalton Johnson, Kenny Patterson, Gary Montgomery, and Bradley Buse.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur D. and Mamie Spencer Johnson; and his sister, Janie Floyd.

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Jean Riddle
BOONEVILLE – Mavis Jean Wilson Riddle, 61, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at her home in the Bunkom Hill Community of Prentiss County. She was born Nov. 18, 1951, in Prentiss County to James Arthur “Jim” Wilson and Charlene Bearden Wilson. She was a homemaker and caregiver, and she was a member of Hills Chapel Church of Christ. She enjoyed flowers, karaoke, visiting with family and friends, and enjoying the company of all the children who were special to her.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 11, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Garry Kennedy and Bro. Johnny Miller officiating. Burial will be in Holley Cemetery.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Tony Riddle; a son, Glenn Riddle (Cathy) of Booneville; a daughter, Tracy Riddle of Booneville; four sisters, Hazel Shook of Booneville, Gladys Bennett (Keith) of Dennis, Loretta Phillips (Sherman) of Mantachie, and Doris Geno of Pontotoc; a brother, Don Wilson (Kim) of Fulton; two grandchildren, Case Curtiss and Selena Riddle; and a host of dearly loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Charlie Wilson; and a sister, Sheena Chandler.

Pallbearers are Roger Bennett, Justin Wilson, Eric Wilson, Wade Phillips, Bill Green, Bradley Green, Garland Green and Garrett Green.

Joann Bowen
ABERDEEN – Joann Bowen, 69, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2012, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. She was born July 9, 1944, in Monroe County to Willie Bowen Sr. and Bertha Perkins Bowen. She was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a member of the Aberdeen Pentecostal Church.

Services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Aberdeen with Grant Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two sisters, Kathleen Lockhart of Huntsville, Ala., and Patricia Williams of Barrow, Alaska; and five brothers, Marvin Bowen of Memphis, George Bowen and wife, Virginia of Amory, Jack Bowen and wife, Carol of Lavaca, Ark., Robert Carlos Bowen and wife, Barbara of Fort Smith, Ark., and Jerry Bowen and wife, Sandy of West Point.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Bertha Bowen; two sisters, Juanita Bowen and Wanda Liebfried; and three brothers, Willie Bowen Jr., William E. “Billy” Bowen, and Seth Edgar Bowen.

Pallbearers will be Paul Williams, Chad Williams, Ronnie Bowen, Donnie Bowen, and Ricky Bowen.

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

An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Garlon Stroupe
RIPLEY – Garlon Rice Stroupe, 84, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 8, 1929, to Leonard and Ruth Simpson Stroupe in Benton County. He was a carpenter; a veteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean Conflict; and a member of the American Legion Post 81. He was a founding member of the Shady Grove Water Association, and was presently serving as president. He was a faithful member of Beech Hill Church of Christ. His hobbies were gardening and welding. Most of all, he enjoyed playing with his grandsons.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 11, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Minister King McCarver and Minister Donnie DeBord officiating. Burial will be in Beech Hill Church of Christ Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Ronald Stroupe (Jennifer) of Ripley; four grandsons, Griffin, Jase, Bricen, and Colee Stroupe, all of Ripley; one brother, Hal Stroupe (Eleanor) of Holly Springs; three sisters, Sandra Graves (Jimmy Dan) of Ripley; Brenda Williams of Southaven; and Grace Floyd of Ashland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Hugh Childers Stroupe; his parents; one son, Gregory Kim Stroupe; one brother, Neil Stroupe; and one sister, Carolyn Jordan.

Pallbearers will be Barry Hobson, Greg Ward, Eddie Joe McMillin, Mike Griffin, Robert Lee Scott, Ron Sanderson, Jimmy Pipkin, and Richard Bryant.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jackie Lence, members of the American Legion Post 81 and classmates of Shady Grove High School, Class of 1947.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Keith Kimmons
CHICAGO, Ill. – Keith Kimmons, 51, formerly of New Albany and Oxford, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Loyola University Hospital in Chicago. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Willodean Gargus
BOONEVILLE – Willodean L. Gargus, 73, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 23, 1939, in Booneville to Y.L. and Emma Byford Livingston. She was a homemaker, and she was a member of Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and church family. She enjoyed the Great Smoky Mountains and going to church.

Services will be 4 p.m. today, Aug. 11, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Glen Jones and Bro. Danny Short officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, John Gargus, whom she married on Oct. 24, 1957; two sons, Rickey Gargus (Leana) and David Gargus (Melissa), all of Booneville; three daughters, Shelia Gann (Donald) of Booneville, Tootie Carpenter (Milton) of Saltillo, and Pam Thomas (Wesley) of Booneville; five brothers, Charles Livingston of Booneville, Gordon Livingston of Anniston, Ala., Leroy Livingston and Jerry Livingston, both of Booneville, and Scotty Livingston of Anniston, Ala.; two sisters, Eva Vaughn and Sherry Jackson, both of Booneville; grandchildren, Chris Gann, Mitchell Gann, Misty Johnson, Amanda Hargett, Haley Brooke Carpenter, Samantha Gargus, Joshua Thomas, Stacy Thomas, Isabella Thomas, Alissa Gargus, Sara Beth Gargus, and Wade Gargus; and great-grandchildren, Amber Lynn Gann, Kimber Gann, Emily Gann, Dawson Gann, Kaileigh Johnson, and Brady Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Vern Smith, Mildred Livingston, and Carolyn Livingston; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wade and Isabel Gargus.

Pallbearers are Chris Gann, Mitch Gann, Joshua Thomas, Kenny Johnson, Brian Hargett, and Bruce Fuller.

Tommy Thompson
SMITHVILLE – Ezra “Tommy” Thompson, 85, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his home. Born June 8, 1928, in Odessa, Texas, he was a son of Ezra Sr. and Dertha Thompson. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was married to Bertie Lou Pickle and later to Judy Kuykendall. A member of East Amory Baptist Church, he formerly served as choir director and had served as choir director for the New Hope Baptist Church. Before his retirement, he worked for Kerr-McGee. His hobbies included camping, fishing, playing music, and he especially enjoyed being with his family.

A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 12, at East Amory Baptist Church with Bro. Roger Akers and Bro. Jeff Smith officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Judy Kuykendall Thompson of Smithville; two daughters, Brenda Eddy of Texas and Jacque Umfress (Jimmy) of Hatley; one son, Steve Thompson (Melissa) of Texas; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters; one brother; his first wife, Bertie Lou Pickle Thompson; and a grandson, Jamie Umfress.

Pallbearers will be Jeff, Jason, and Joey Umfress, Larry Kuykendall, John Bryce Kuykendall, and Ricky Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Kuykendall, Reich Mattox, John Kuykendall, and members of his Sunday school class.

Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until 12:15 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Virginia Blansett
WEST POINT – Virginia Sue Blansett, 72, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.

Services will be 2 p.m. today, Aug. 11, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Buddy Cockrell
BECKER – Buddy Cockrell, 68, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

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

Robert Stinson
MYRTLE – Robert Lamar Stinson, 72, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at his home. He was born Sept. 10, 1940, in New Albany, the son of Ellis and Ora Hale Stinson.

He attended Faith in Christ Church, and he was a retired factory worker. He enjoyed working in his yard.

Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Glenfield Funeral Home with Bro. Glenn Williams and Bro. James Williams officiating. Burial will be in Faith in Christ Church Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Linder Stinson of Myrtle; brother, Carl Franklin Stinson of Tupelo; and sisters, Dela Rose Williams of Hickory Flat and Mattie Joyce Robbins of New Albany.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gene Stinson; and a sister, Larrell Raines.

Pallbearers will be Dago Willard, Jimmy Willard, James Robbins, James Royce Grose, Mickey Asburn, Mike Stinson, James Willard, and J.R. Willard.

Visitation will be from noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Shannon Russell
IUKA – Shannon Gail Russell, 38, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Burnsville.

Services will be 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at Forked Oaks Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and from noon until service time Tuesday at the church.

To send condolences, visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Eunice Reynolds
TISHOMINGO – Eunice Reynolds, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor.

Services will be 3 p.m. Monday, August 12, at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Tishomingo. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Monday at the church.