By NEMS Daily Journal
Mary Frances Barber
NEW ALBANY – Mary Frances Collins Barber, 95, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born July 17, 1917, in Myrtle to Henry Clay Collins and Marietta Bridges Collins.
A graduate of Myrtle High School and Blue Mountain College, she enjoyed a long career in education, first teaching at Wesson, Water Valley and Red Banks, where she met and married Walter Lee Barber in 1943. Later, she taught in Union County at Pinedale, Macedonia and Center. When her daughter, Virginia, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a physician advised that salty sea air would be beneficial. So, in 1957 the family moved to St. Simons Island, Ga., where she taught at St. Simons Elementary School. Returning to Union County in 1974, she taught second grade at West Union until retiring in 1982.
During her career, she found her true calling when she moved from teaching upper grades to teaching elementary grades. Teaching was more than a job to her; it was a joy. Her natural rapport and love for young children helped her be an effective teacher, and it left a lasting impression on all of her students. They fondly remember being rocked by “Mrs. Barber” in the schoolroom rocking chair.
After retirement, eager to experience other cultures of the world, she traveled widely, visiting Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the countries of Western Europe, as well as all 50 states. Among all her trips, a trip to China is the one she cherished most. Basketball was her sport. She played on the teams of Myrtle High School, Northwest Junior College and Blue Mountain College. Anytime an Ole Miss or Mississippi State basketball game was being broadcast on television, she was watching it. She enjoyed the friendships she made as a member of the Ishtehotopah Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution. No kindness ever shown her was left unacknowledged. Her cards of thanks were written lovingly, in her immaculate handwriting. Living in the house her grand father Will Bridges built in the 1880’s, she put her talent for sewing to good use. Her specialty was making Christmas stockings, dozens of which she gave to family, friends and the children of the pastors of her church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her daughter and her brother, William Collins.
She is survived by her son, Collins Lee Barber; her granddaughter, Natalie Barber Arteaga (Francisco); and her great-granddaughter, Adrianna Arteaga, all of Sanford, Fla. She is also survived by her sister, Dorothy Collins Goolsby of Memphis.
She was a devout Christian and a devoted member of Friendship United Methodist Church, where, through the years, she taught adult and children’s Sunday School classes. Services will be at the church at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Pastor Jeff Tollison and former pastor Kyle Ivy have charge of the service. Visitation will be at United Funeral Service in New Albany from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to either Friendship UMC, 1689 State Road 30 W., Myrtle, MS 38650; Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38803; or Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814.
BETTENDORF, Iowa – Julia Lynn Wackenhuth, 84, passed away Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, following a long illness. She was born Nov. 20, 1927, in Blue Springs, a daughter of Cass B. and Elsie L. Garrett Hutcheson. On May 25, 1976, she married Charles R. Wackenhuth Sr. in Tupelo. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa. She enjoyed playing bridge, spending time with her family and friends, and was an avid traveler prior to her illness.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Runge Mortuary Chapel in Davenport, Iowa. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today at the mortuary.
Survivors include her husband, Charles; children, Thomas S. Shepherd, Charles R. Shepherd, Charles R. Wackenhuth Jr. and Kimberly Lynn Wackenhuth; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a brother, Escue Hutcheson.
She was preceded in death byher parents, four sisters and her four brothers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
Online condolences may be made at www.rungemortuary.com.
TICKFAW, La. – Robert Warren Hannigan, 70, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. He was originally from Verona.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Connie Hannigan; daughters, Bridget Kieff, Cristine Zeringue (Jeffrey), Melissa Novak (Jeffrey), Morgan Bilbo (Scott); son, Joseph Hannigan (Jamie); sisters, Barbara McElwain (Mack) of Tupelo and Margaret Barnes (Lee) of Nettleton; brothers, Dennis Hannigan (Sandy), Thomas Hannigan of Starkville and Patrick Hannigan (Melanie) of Nettleton; 14 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth Hannigan; his daughter, Jennifer; brother, Charlie; and granddaughter, Molly Ann Zeringue.
A memorial service was held Friday, Aug. 10, at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Albany, La.
BATESVILLE – Mamie Lucille Tidwell Goforth, 93, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at her home. She was a member of the Batesville First United Methodist Church for 60 years. She was a member of the Truth Seekers Sunday School Class. She enjoyed walking and loved flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Dickins Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with Thomas J. Mahan officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Dickins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Norma Jean Hudson (Walter Tubbs) of Batesville, Mary Ann Parham (Jimmy Dale) of Amory and Judy Goforth Mahan (Thomas) of Drew; two sons, Harold Lee Goforth of Jackson, Tenn., and Jimmy Horace Goforth (Kay) of Sardis; a brother, Robert Milton Tidwell of Richland; nine grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Ruby Merle Toler, and two brothers, Stovall and Marvin Tidwell.
Pallbearers will be Heath Hudson, Clint Roberson, Jim Parham, Drew Parham, Tim Douglas, Austin Douglas, Warren Childs and Mike Montesi. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Duke, Walker Wilson, Peyton Douglas Hays Hudson and Hunter Hudson.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Brenda Annette Howard died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
SALTILLO – Tina Harris Vandevander, 52, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at her home after an extended illness. She was a Christian wife, stepmother and grandmother. She was a friend to anyone she met. She was full of spirit and love. She loved to share her love of the Lord to all who would listen. She was passionate about singing gospel music. Tina leaves behind a very special friend in Cindy Buzan. Tina would look at the clock every day anticipating Cindy’s call.They would spend time laughing and talking about girl stuff. She was born May 27, 1960, in Loretto, Tenn. She loved to sing gospel music, mission work and loving her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Spencer officiating. Burial will be in the Saltillo City Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James Vandevander of Saltillo; her stepchildren, Mark Vandevander and Amber of Guntown, Kim Morgan and Steven of Saltillo, Sharon Kennedy and Dustin of Guntown and Chris Vandevander of Guntown; two grandchildren, Victoria Vandevander and Brooklyn Kennedy; her father, Russell Sims and Shirley of Lawrenceburg, Tenn.; her sisters and brothers, Dianne Hollis and Jim of Athens, Ala., Linda Baughn and Jerry of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Donnie Sims of Collinwood, Tenn., Ronnie Sims of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and her twin, Bobby Sims, of Huntsville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Sims; and her first husband, Larry K. Harris.
Pallbearers will be Mark Vandevander, Chris Vandevander, Tim Johnson and Jerry Baughn.
Doug Barnett Sr.
MABEN – Doug Barnett Sr., 85, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TISHOMINGO – Tim McKee, 39, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Burial will be in Rutledge Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Rutledge Salem Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Hannah Louise Jenkins, 81, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Elsie M. Whitt
WEST POINT – Elsie M. Whitt, 84, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Ocean Springs Hospital in Ocean Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church EPC. Burial will follow in Palo Alto Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday.
ABERDEEN – Wilma Lee Mitchem Redden, 64, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born May 29, 1948, in Raleigh, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Sam Alfred and Laffon Brown Mitchem. She married Melvin Russell Redden in 1967; he died in 1992. She enjoyed playing bingo and painting. She was a member of the American Legion. She was of the Baptist faith.
A celebration of life service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Lawn Cemetery in Aberdeen. Pallbearers will be Chris Mitchem, Donnie Stacy, Danny Morris, Jerry Morris, Eric Ray, Lucas Jimenez, Scott Carter and Wayne Butler. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Davis, Brandon Murff, J.J. Carter and Timmy Logan.
Survivors include her son, Joseph Redden (Cathy) of Aberdeen; six sisters, Edith McQuillen (Bill) of Georgia, Barbara Lewis (Clayton) of West Virginia, Mary Gorbutt (Lee) of Amory, Sara Haggerty (John) of West Virginia, Debbie Davis of Amory and Kathy Krausa (Walter) of Aberdeen; three brothers, Woody Mitchem of Aberdeen, Dale Mitchem (Margie) of Aberdeen and David Mitchem (Julie) of Nettleton; granddaughter, Amy Mize of Aberdeen; and great-granddaughter, Lydiah Jimenez.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and by brothers and sisters, Fairlena, Danny, Jimmy and Doug.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Wednesday.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TIPLERSVILLE – Andy “Pete” Story, 55, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at his home in Tiplersville. He was born Aug. 3, 1957, to Will Story Sr. and Sally Marie Horston Story. He was a lifelong member of Bethlehem M.B. Church. He worked at many jobs including working with his brother at Storey Erosion Control. Before becoming disabled, he was an employee of Carrier Inc. in Collierville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem M.B. Church at Falkner with Pastor James Howell officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Ekeisha Gibbs (Phillip Powell) of Covington, Ga.; granddaughter, Lauryn Powell of Covington, Ga.; his fiancée, Brenda Liddell of Blue Mountain; sisters, Ammie Jean Armstrong, Jimmie Dale Gaillard and Catherine Cowan (Roger) of Ripley, Mae Rene Gaillard (James) of Falkner and Lila Faye Story (Earnest) of Olive Branch; 18 nieces; and eight nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Chamika Storey; sisters, Mattie Mae Storey and Nellie Ruth Scott; and a brother, Willie “Sonny” Story Jr.
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.
Brenda S. Jones
CEDAR BLUFF – Brenda Sue Jones, 69, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at OCH Regional Medical Center in Starkville. She was born Jan. 25, 1943, in Talladega, Ala., to the late Mary E. Heath and Owen Mabry Beavers Heath. She worked as a convience store cashier. She was of the Baptist faith.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cedar Bluff Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cedar Bluff with Bro. Tyler Higginbotham officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her her daughter, Tammy Lynn Jones; and two sons, Mark Jones and Timothy Matthew Jones of Pheba; one grandson, Lakoda Lee Jones; and one sister, Beverly A. Beavers of Milwaukee, Wis.
Her brother, Robert Owens Beavers, and her parents preceded her in death.
Pallbearers will be Mark Jones, Timothy Matthew Jones, Scott O’Brian and Kenneth O’Brian Jr.
Visitation will be at the cemetery from 12:45 p.m. until service time.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – J.C. Guntharp, 86, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
WREN – Margaread Young Milstead, 99, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at the Care Center of Aberdeen. She was born Nov. 19, 1912, in Chickasaw County to Henry Young and Winnie Coggin Young. She lived most of her life in Wren. She was a seamstress at Amory Garment and a homemaker. She was a member of Central Grove Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at l p.m. Wednesday at Wren Cemetery with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, James Everett Milstead (Rachel) of Columbus and Richard Lynn Milstead (Debra) of Aberdeen; one sister, Pet Nichols (Walter) of West Point; one sister-in-law, Grace Young of Houston; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Drew Milstead; one daughter, Betty Joyce Milstead; two sisters, Sis George and Babe Alford; and three brothers, Son Young, Wayne Young and Bo Young.
Pallbearers will be Andy Milstead, John Milstead, Dylan Gordey, Drew Pounders, Harold Pounders and Matt Carpenter.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
An online guest registry andcondolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
CLARKSDALE – Jeannette McGregor, 70, died Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012, in Tupelo. She was a Chancery Clerk administrator in Coahoma County. She was a Baptist and a member of the Mississippi and National Associations of Legal Secretaries.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at National Funeral Home Chapel in Clarksdale. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include daughter, Patty Gray (Horris) of Tupelo; sons, Billy Rex McGregor Jr. (Mary Ann) of Crowder, James Shannon McGregor (Alicia) of Clarksdale, John Stanford McGregor (Carla) of Independence; six grandchildren, Justin McGregor, Nolan McGregor, Chase McGregor, Kayla Harris, Summer Harris Sarah Gray; and uncle, Billy David (Betty Ruth) of Brookhaven.
Benny E. Fulghum
CORINTH – Benny E. Fulghum, 66, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at his home. A native of Prentiss County, he was a 1964 graduate of Booneville High School and a 1971 graduate of Mississippi State University. He was a Vietnam veteran and served in the United States Navy from 1965 until 1968. Following his return home he was employed at the Wurlitzer Company for six years. He established Fulghum Construction Company in 1977 and later opened Alcorn Builders Supply Company where he was presently involved as co-owner. He previously served on the City Planning Commission and was a member of the Home Builder’s Association. He was actively involved with the North Mississippi Children’s Emergency Shelter as children were dear to his heart. He was known for his outgoing personality, generosity and will be missed by many. Known as “Pops,” he loved spending time with his grandaughters, early morning coffee with the guys and riding dirt bikes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel. Dr. Prentiss Gordon and Rev. Jonathan Cagle will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in the Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Sandra Jordan Fulghum; a son, Thad Fulghum (Jennifer) and his granddaughters, Kelsey and Katie Beth Fulghum, all of Corinth; his mother-in-law, Clara Jordan of Corinth; and sister-in-law, Vicki Bowen (Richard) of Iuka.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a half sister, Lynne Wetmore; and his father-in-law, John Jordan.
Pallbearers will be Bill Plaxico, William Butler, Ronald Lilly, Mike Byrnes, Roger Coln, Billy Gray, Terry Cartwright, Billy Webb and Keith Nichols.
Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Alcorn Builders Supply.
Family request memorials be made toFrench Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745 or Hopewell Cemetery Fund, 20 Beach Drive, Iuka, MS 38852. Condolences may be made to mcpeterersfuneraldirectors.com.
PONTOTOC – Thomas Dow Holloway, 76, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at the Aberdeen Care Center. He was a native of Smithville. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the benonite mines in Aberdeen. He was an avid rabbit hunter and a member of the Pontotoc Beagle Club. He enjoyed having breakfast with his friends at Hardee’s each morning. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Smithville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Greg Herndon and Bro. Earl Barron officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery.
Survivors include a son, Mike Holloway (Melanie) of Pontotoc; a daughter, Pam Leech of Tupelo; grandchildren, Zach Holloway (Monica), Drew Holloway and Madi Lee Holloway, all of Pontotoc; Jesse Leech of Tupelo and Kale Holloway of Amory; and the mother of his children, Laine Bost (Jackie) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Than Holloway; his mother, Dellie Wilson Holloway; two brothers, Edward Holloway and Newman Holloway; and one sister, Hilda Faye Starnes.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Baughman, Bobby May, J.C. Mayo, Jimmy Franks, Jamie Franks and Rev. Larry Vandiver.
OKOLONA – Mabelene Bryant Sullivan, 94, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Shearer-Richardson Memorial Nursing Home. She was born April 25, 1918, in Pontotoc County to Fred C. Bryant and Lottie Duke Bryant. She had been a resident of Chickasaw County since age 11 and graduated from Egypt High School. She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Okolona, where she was a member of the Joy Club. She was a homemaker, member of the Home Demonstration Club, a fabulous cook and enjoyed making ceramics. Her greatest accomplishment was caring for her family.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jim Ray officiating. Burial will follow in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her brother, M.L. Bryant (Dessie) of Okolona; niece and caregiver, Nancy Ellis (Skeet) of Okolona; nephews, Marvin Bryant and Bobby Bryant, both of Okolona, Richard Bryant (Carol) of Verona, Donny Bryant (Alice) of Tupelo, Gene Bryant of Meridian and David Bryant of Pontotoc; nieces, Marie Pope (Cletone) of Kosciusko and Janice Hunt (Lamar) of Jackson, Tenn.; great-nephews, Jimmy Ellis (Shelly) and Joe Ellis (Angela), all of Okolona; and great-niece, Mitzi Ellis (Gary Kilgo) of Okolona.
She was preceded in death by parents; husband of 60 years, Wesley Sullivan, who died in 2002; brother, Richard E. “Red” Bryant; sister, Mae Sullivan; niece, Patty Bryant Bostick; and nephew, Mickey Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ellis, Joe Ellis, Wade Ellis, Marvin Bryant, Richard Bryant and James H. “Skeet” Ellis. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Kilgo, Bobby Bryant, Donny Bryant, Gene Bryant, David Bryant, Lamar Hunt, Cletone Pope and Adam May.
Memorials may be made First Baptist Church of Okolona, 201 West Main Street, Okolona, MS 38860 or Boone’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Bank of Okolona, P.O. Box 306, Okolona, MS 38860.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
DETROIT, Ala. – Michael Edwards, 62, passed away Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Marion Regional Medical Center in Hamilton, Ala. He was born July 7, 1950, in Amory to David and Jane Gray Hoots. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Becker. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Vietnam War. He worked for several years at Family Dollar. He enjoyed fishing, coon hunting, NASCAR, boxing and traveling, and most of all he loved his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mack Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 until 8 p.m. today.
Survivors include his parents, David and Jane Hoots of Becker; his wife, Barbara Edwards of Detroit, Ala.; one son, Michael Louis Lee Edwards Jr. of Detroit, Ala.; one daughter, Laticia Edwards of Detroit, Ala.; grandchildren, Emma Edwards,Taytawny Humbers, Rayven Edwards, Kalysta Edwards and Nickolas Edwards; sisters, Arlene (Jim) McRee of Louin and Darlene (Steve) Stockton of Amory and Jolene Hoots of Amory; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Craig (Dell) Stephenson of Greenwood Springs and Cherry (Roger) Scarborough of Greenwood Springs.
He was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, Willie Stephenson, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dock Lee and Emma Lee Stephenson.
Pallbearers will be Billy Kirkpatrick, Jerry Camp, Bobby Sanderson, Ellis Mitchell, Kerry Mitchell and John Seals.
BALDWYN – Ray Vandever, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at the Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a member of the Antioch Church of Christ. He was a retired tech rep and salesman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Antioch Church of Christ with Minsters Darrell Beard and Ferrell Hester officiating. Burial will be in the Jericho Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Vandever of Baldwyn; son, Tim Vandever of Orlando, Fla.; stepson, Mark Blackard of Baldwyn; brother-in-law, Pat Hadaway of Baldwyn; one grandson, one great-grandson; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, three sisters; and his in-laws, Frankiln Anderson, Helen Anderson and Sue Anderson.
The men of the church will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time at the church.
HURRICANE – Earnie “Jack” Williams died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 31, 1916. He was a member of Pleasant Dale Baptist Church. In his younger years he farmed, but worked the majority of lhis life for Pontotoc County in both the 1st and 2nd districts. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, his Toyota trucks and family gatherings.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home. Bro. Doug Jones will officiate, and Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Winston Ross will give the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Harold Reed Williams (Carolyn) of Cordova, Tenn., Jerry “Doc” Williams (Linda) of Hurricane and Ricky Williams (Pat) of Pontotoc; seven daughters, Billie Jean Evans of Hurricane, Carolyn Johnson (Clayton) of Denmark, Sarah Hardin of Hurricane, Nickie Caldwell (Billy) of Sardis, Vickie Cruse (Joey) of Pontotoc, Lisa Langston (Ronnie) of Mt. Pleasant, Jackie Mayo (Paul) of Ingomar; daughter-in-law, Linda Williams of Joelton, Tenn.; 27 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and one sister, Estel Bramlett of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Sally Williams; two children, Kenneth Jack Williams and Jimmy Keith Williams; one grandchild, Mike Williams; one great-grandchild, Connie Evans; one great-great-grandchild, Dylan Evans; two sons-in-law, Lloyd Evans and Jimmy E. Hardin; parents, James Baxter and Sara Blagg Williams; four brothers, Amory Williams, Lamory Williams, Mamory Willians and Erk Williams; and two sisters, Cordel Tubbs and Lavel Bramlett.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Evans, J.D. Evans, Jacob Drewrey, Cody Carr, Chance Williams and Chase Derrick. Honorary pallbearers will be Kelly Drewrey, Calla Carwile and Jeremy Carwile.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
NEW ALBANY – Jerry Thomas Freeman, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was born March 9, 1951, in Houston to William Bell Freeman and Annette Park Freeman. He was a systems analyst for FMC in Saltillo, and then self-employed until he became disabled. He was a member and former deacon of Martin Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He enjoyed being outside and spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Martin Baptist Church with the Rev. Andy Russell, the Rev. Mike Johnson and the Rev. Chip Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Martin Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara McMillen Freeman of New Albany; two daughters, Amy Freeman Stanford (Michael) and Beverly Freeman McKinney (Jim), both of New Albany; a son, Jeffery Thomas Freeman of New Albany; two sisters, Gail Freeman Swords (Jimmy) and Louise Freeman Wilson, both of New Albany; a brother, William Evans Freeman (Sandra) of New Albany; and six grandchildren, Anna Kate Stanford, Jackson Stanford, Luke Stanford, Kailyn Freeman, Maggie McKinney and Mack McKinney.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Peggy Freeman Gann.
Pallbearers will be Luther Cook, Terry Bateman, Rickey Gaines, Robin Swords, Brian Freeman, Dustin Freeman, Jason McMillen and Steve McMillen. Honorary pallbearers will be the former deacons of Martin Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Martin Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Harold Wayne Clark, 63, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at his home. He was born March 5, 1949, to Ben Clark Sr. and Dovie Smith Clark in Blue Mountain. He was a veteran of the United States Army, and a member and past post commander of the VFW 4881. He was a member of Lowery Memorial Baptist Church. He was a retired security guard for Dirt Cheap and a former employee of Benchcraft Inc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lowery Memorial Baptist Church in Blue Mountain with Ray Crawford and Bro. Ron Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Bridges Clark of Blue Mountain; six daughters, Kim Waters (Lee), Casey Clark (fiance, John Hefner), Ann Holmes (D.P.), all of Pontotoc, Elizabeth Brown (Matt) of Blue Mountain, Debbie Beasley Hill (Cary) of Tupelo and Amanda Garrison (Steve) of Myrtle; one very special son, Jimmy Johnson (Angie) of Ripley; three sisters, Celia Clark and Anne Kelly (Jim) both of Blue Mountain and Betty Clark (fiance, Keith Henry) of Ripley; four brothers, Charlie Clark (Linda) of Ecru, T Clark (Melinda) and John Clark (Ellen) of Blue Mountain and James Clark of Dumas; and 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five brothers, Ben Jr., Ish, Bay, Willie and Lee Clark.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Stokes, Bill Hancock, Donald Brock, Eddie Goudy, Ron Renfrow and Sherman Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Ray Smith, Stanley Witt and Keith Bullock.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Lowery Memorial Baptist Church, c/o Von Coombs, Church Treasurer, P.O. Box 67, Blue Mountain, MS 38610 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
FALKNER – Velda Sue Wilson Winkles, 54, died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Faith Fellowship Church. Burial will be in Community Pentecostal Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue at the church until 11 a.m. today.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Melanie G. Keith
PONTOTOC – Melanie G. Keith, 49, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Robert Loftin Sr.
MT. PLEASANT – Robert Ralph Loftin Sr., 85, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, at Baptist Trinity Hospice House in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MYRTLE – Ora Estelle Nelson, 93, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Life Center in New Albany. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Robert Jones died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
SALTILLO – Mavis Bruce Littlejohn, 87, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
BOONEVILLE – Opal Fleming, 91, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at home. Arrangements will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.