Obituaries August 12, 2013

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 11a.m. 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. today, 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, MS. 38879. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Buddy Cockrell
BECKER – Buddy Verdo Cockrell, 68, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Born Jan. 16, 1945, he was a son of Avery Loyce and Faye Parrish Cockrell. Before his retirement, he was a heavy equipment operator and a driver for Nason Trucking. His hobbies included watching Westerns and wrestling; NASCAR; and he especially enjoyed time with his friends.

A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. today, Aug. 12, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Greenbrier Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Erma Cockrell of Becker; two daughters, Deann Lisk and Tina McCollum (Mike) of Becker; three sons, Johnny Cockrell (Angela) of the Athens Community, Sam Grant (Becky) of Lackey, and Chris Walton of Amory; one brother, Jacky Parrish of Hatley; nine grandchildren, Samantha Pierce (Matt), Joey Grant, Michael Cockrell (Brooke), Jacob Cockrell (Kelly), Kelly Dodge (Tim), and Aaron, Jordan, Cayden, and Mikaela McCollum; seven great-grandchildren, Marleigh Cockrell, Taylor Cockrell, Wyatt Cockrell, Sarah Dodge, Alyssa Dodge, Xavier Grant, and Olivia Grant; and a special friend, Karen Cockrell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Dessie and Jake Parrish; and two sons, Jacky Joe Cockrell and Jerry Cockrell.
Pallbearers will be Terry Hall, Jacob Cockrell, Michael Cockrell, Mike McCollum, Jr. Barnett, and Phil Moore.

Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Chism, George McBunch and Howard J. Nason.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

‘Dee Dee’ Bledsoe
IUKA – Delores “Dee Dee” Owen Bledsoe, 91, formerly of Memphis, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka.

A graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Iuka United Methodist Church at 101 E. Eastport St., Iuka, MS 38852.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Hattie Windfield
PONTOTOC – Hattie Windfield, 105, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Doris Medlin
NEW ALBANY – Doris Medlin, 73, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Thomas N. Miller Sr.
WEST POINT – Thomas N. Miller Sr., 87, of West Point, passed away Saturday Aug. 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center-West Point. He was born April 28, 1926, in DelRay Beach, Fla., to Katie Mae Dominick and George L. Miller Sr.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in West Point and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in World War II. He was retired from B&W with 30 years of service where he was office supervisor.

Services will be 11 a.m. today, Aug. 12, at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Rosenkrans officiating. Robinson Funeral Home is in Charge of arrangements.

He is survived by wife, Mary Frances Faulkner Miller of West Point; a son, Thomas N. Miller Jr. of West Point; a niece, Kay Beggerly of Florence; and two nephews, George Miller III of Lake Charles, La., and Gary William Miller of Destin, Fla.

Pallbearers will be Howard Bennett, Hugh Cooper, Billy Buck Staggers, Carlisle Beggerly, John Beggerly, Tim Robinson, Carl Miller, Bill Burris, Richard Pate and Larry Rice.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Ross, Dr. George Miller, Sam Barry, George Barry, Bob Wyman, Luke Robinson, Rush Robinson, Robbie Robinson, Gene Baldwin, Ronny Robinson, Bobby Mac Robinson, Gary Castle, Jerry Klutts, Billy Reid,

Elbert Smith, Kenny Heredria and Stokes Smith.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 200 Office Park Drive, Suite 303, Birmingham, AL 35223 or to The First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.

Friends may leave an online condolence at robinsonfh.net.

John S. Allen
WREN – John Sherrod Allen Sr., 85, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at his residence in Wren. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Christopher Payne
ABERDEEN – Christopher Payne, 30, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Victor H. Hale
WREN – Victor H. Hale, 59, died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Don Melton
MOOREVILLE – Don Melton, 56, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Billy Humphrey
SARDIS – William “Billy” Humphrey Jr. died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Charlie Cutberth
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – Charlie C.W. Ward Cutberth, 91, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Community Hospice House in Verona. He was born Nov. 7, 1921, to Samps and Sallie Emmons Cutberth in Tippah County. He was a retired supervisor in the construction industry and a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was a horse trader, and he loved raising and trading horses.

Services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Jesse Cutrert officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery in Walnut. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one brother, Howard Cutberth and wife, Bobby of Middleton, Tenn.; special caregivers, Norris Cutberth and James Albert Cutberth, both of Walnut; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Aline Chunn Cutberth; his parents; seven brothers, Claude, Herman, John, Gamble, Russell, Tom and Bud Cutberth; and seven sisters, Frankie Nodal, Velma Estes, Vernice Martindale, Ida Freundenburg, Lela Gately, Lula Mae Cutberth and Lee Earl McMillin.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Norton, Jimmy Marshal Cutberth, James Albert Cutberth, Milton Cutberth, Bobby Drewery, and Jimmy Stewart.

Honorary pallbearers are Bland McKeown, Roy Cutberth, Johnathan Drewery, Terry Hodge and James Fritz.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Sue Blansett
WEST POINT – Virginia Sue Wright Blansett, 72, passed away Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born Dec. 3, 1940, in Vardaman to Willie Bell McGregor Wright and Finley Wright. She was a seamstress for Big Yank for 30 years and was a member of the Baptist faith. She attended West Point High School. She loved cooking and knitting and was the main caregiver of her parents. She had a kind and generous attitude and would give you anything she had even if she had to do without.

Services were 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Moffett officiating. Burial was in West Point Memorial Garden. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her biological daughter, Lisa Gail Wright Ramsey of Village, Ark.; two grandsons, Forest Nathaniel Pierce and Brannon Douglas Griffith of El Dorado, Ark.; nine nieces and nephews; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews; two brothers, Bobby Wright (Donna) of El Dorado, Ark. and Benny Wright (Carolyn) of Amory; and brother-in-law, John Gilreath of Aberdeen.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Jo Gilreath; niece, Emily Wright Horne; great-niece, Faith Wright; and her husband, William Blansett

Pallbearers were Justin Wright, Ben Wright, Ryan Simmons, Finley Wright, Bobby Lee Wright, Earl Gilreath and Forest Pierce.

Honorary pallbearers are the staff of West Point Community Living Center.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.

Friends may leave a condolence or memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Fair
TUPELO – Bobby Fair died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Verlean Elliott
TUPELO – Verlean Patton Elliott died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Derrick Shumpert
TUPELO – Derrick Shumpert, 52, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porters Mortuary.