PONTOCOLA – Thomas Wilson West, 86, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at his residence in the Pontocola community after an extended illness. Mr. West was born in the Pontocola community on April 22, 1924, to the late Willx West and Edna Metcalfe West and lived his entire life on the farm where he was born. He married Charlene Farris West on Nov. 28, 1952, and she survives. Mr. West loved the land, and farmed and raised cattle most of his life in addition to working in area plants. He retired from Action Industries after over 20 years service. He was a lifelong member of the Pontocola Baptist Church. He enjoyed the family garden and was noted for raising peanuts, sunflowers and marigolds. He loved the Pontocola area with a passion and was known by all there for his pleasant smile and always jovial conversations. Mr. West was a great family man especially to his grandchildren, who called him “Papaw” and thought him to be the best grandfather in the world.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Fred Hartley and Bro. Mark Cayson officiating. Bro. John McAlister will do the committal service in the Chapel. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with all arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Charlene West of Pontocola; two sons, Scotty West and wife, Amy, of Pontocola and Thomas Karen West and wife, Mary, of the Skyline community; two grandchildren, Cody West and Krista West; his special friends and caregivers, Watchful Eye, Angelet Ryland, Rhonda Stegall and the staff of NMMC Hospice.
Pallbearers will be Scotty West, Karen West, Cody West, Larry Spencer, Jeffrey Spencer, Malcolm Farris, David Farris and Big Moe Leslie. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Farris, Buddy Spencer, Bobby McVay and Brad Smith.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUPELO – Eileen Catherine Repsold, 70, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born July 2, 1940, in Evanston, Ill., to Stephen and Jeanne Steffens. She was a longtime customer service manager for Treasure Island Grocery Store. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading, going to the lake, gardening, and spending time with her family and friends, and she loved her dog, Dixie.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Father Tom Lolar officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Richard Repsold of Tupelo and Patrick Repsold of Chicago; one brother Gerard George “Gerry” Steffens (Charlotte) of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Wayne Steffens.
Pallbearers will be Bob Knight, Clay Knight, Rick Fields, Samuel Franks, Bradley Baskins and Patrick Spilorto. Honorary pallbearers will be John Stigulmeier and James Kalmes.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
SHANNON – Travis McKay Knighton, 79, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Blue Springs to Johnny F. and Josephine Moorman Knighton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the American Legion Post 0106. He was the former plant manager of Jonathan Lewis in Sana Ana, Calif., and of Flexsteel in Riverside, Calif. He was also a former locksmith. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and yard work, and loved travelling in his RV.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at United Funeral Service in New Albany with Dr. Wayne Berry officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Rempa (Daniel) of New Albany and Anita Low of Texas; one sister, Ruth Espanto of Chino Hills, Calif.; five brothers, James Knighton of Myrtle, Roy Knighton of Myrtle, Robert Knighton (Julie) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Bobby Joe Knighton (Brenda) of Hickory Flat and Billy Knighton of Myrtle; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Katie Higgins Knighton, on July 14, 2010.
United Funeral Service will fly the United States Army flag during Mr. Knighton’s service in his honor for the service he did for his country.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
HOULKA – Bernice Lorene Clark Gann, 97, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 26, 1912, in Thorn to Lee and Ellie Clark. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Houlka United Methodist Church. She loved flowers and was known as the “flower lady.” She had an avid love for her church, her family and sports. She married John Clifton Grant on Aug. 4, 1932, in Chickasaw County.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Houlka United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steven Keen officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, David (Louann) Gann; five daughters, Maxine (Ike) Denton, Leila Faye Huffman, Ellie Ruth (Carlton) Moore, Lorene (Bobby) Huffman and Birdie (William) Burdine; three brothers, Cecil (Lou) Clark, J.P. Clark and Wayne Clark; three sisters, Amyree Lucius, Earline Linton and Ethyl Hinton; 25 grandchildren, 51 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Clifton Gann, on March 30, 1951; a son, Johnny Lee Gann, in April 1975; two sisters, Estelle Burgess Holiday and Vannie Chrestman Sullivan; two great-grandsons and one great-great-grandson; and two sons-in-law, Billy Joel Collums and Alfred Huffman.
Pallbearers will be Billy Joel Collums Jr., John Alfred Huffman, Mark Gann, James Dean Moore, Michael Huffman and Bill Burdine.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Huffman, Richard Huffman, Bobby D. Huffman, Jimmy Huffman, Bart David Gann, Brian Gann, Larry Moore, Kevin Burdine and Chris Burdine.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Houlka United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 125, Houlka MS 38858 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign the online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – William Randall Rutherford, 75, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at his home in Hickory Flat. He was born Sept. 28, 1934, in Ripley to Mansul Rutherford and Ethel Orman Rutherford. He was a supervisor for Continental Plastics and a member of the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Hess officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery at Holly Springs.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Wade Rutherford of Holly Springs; three sons, David Randal Rutherford of Olive Branch, James Alan Rutherford of Holly Springs and Carl L. Bland of Horn Lake; three daughters, Cathy Annett Pittman of Holly Springs, Lisa Gay Davis of Olive Branch and Cathy B. Mills of El Mirage, Ariz.; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren . He was preceded in death by a son, Robert C. Bland. Pallbearers will be A.W. Wade, Patrick Rutherford, Greg Dinger, Sean McGuire, Alan Wade, Terry McKnight, John Coates and Jessie Shoffner.
WATER VALLEY – Margaret Tidwell, 57, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
BRUCE – John Robert Collins, 82, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at the home of his daughter, Suzette Logan. He was born Oct. 20, 1926, in Calhoun County. He was a graduate of Ellard High School. He was a Military Police in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a retired saw filer for Weyerhaeuser. He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Ellard Baptist Church, where he was a deacon. He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and outdoor life.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Billy Hill will officiate, and the Rev. Kevin Chrestman will assist. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery at Bruce.
Survivors include two daughters, Suzette Collins Logan (Rodney) of Bruce and Amy Collins Lopez of Bruce; two granddaughters, Jana Logan Denning of Oxford and Jackie Logan of Bruce; one brother, L.W. “Chick” Collins of Bruce; a host of nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Janice Neal of Bruce.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Faye Murphree Collins; his parents, Jessie Leland Collins and Jettie Valeria Kimsey Collins.
Pallbearers will be Scott Collins, Thomas Dunn, Jerry Mitchell, Jeff Bryant, Noel Collins and Mike McKibben.
Memorials can be made to the Concord Cemetery Fund, 13 CR 235, Bruce, MS 38915.
Lester Neal Jr.
TUPELO – Lester Neal Jr. died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
AMORY – Fay Avon Braylock, 73, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at home after an extended illness. A Monroe County native, she was born March 1, 1937, to Hezzie Jackson and Lezema Poole Crawford. She attended West Amory High School, where she was a member of the basketball team. She was a loving mother and a retired seamtress and presser for the Amory Garment Manufacturing Company. She was a member of McGlown Chapel CME Church, where she served as the secretary of the Sunday School. She was a member and president of the Usher Board, and a member of the Missionary Society.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McGlown Chapel CME Church in Amory with the Rev. Willie Howell officiating. Burial will be in the United Memorial Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, George Thomas Boggan of Amory; one daughter, Jennifer (Merion) Meaders of Amory; one aunt, Levera “Aunt B” Ingram, and one uncle, Horace Ingram, both of Amory; two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, one niece and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Bessie Carolyn Heard.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today and family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service Wednesday.
TISHOMINGO – Ila Tucker Trimm, 92, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Carrington House in Iuka. She was born in rural Tishomingo County to George and Mary Tucker. She was an honor graduate of Holcut High School in 1937. She was an outstanding basketball player. She attended Freed Hardeman College, Northeast Community College, and received her B.S. from Mississippi State University. She also did graduate work at Ole Miss. A great educator and humanitarian, she taught school for 42 years at Boggs Chapel, Dennis, Golden, Belmont, and retired after a successful career at Tishomingo High School. Mrs. Trimm received many honors during her teaching career but being chosen by the Tishomingo Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2000 and being elected to serve as Grand Marshal of the Tishomingo Christmas Parade were two of her greatest delights.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Tim Hankins officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Lloyd Gene Tucker (Dot) of Tishomingo; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Tucker; six nephews and one niece; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Tucker; her husband, John Trimm; and one brother and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Tucker Russell, Randy Tucker, Corey Tucker, Lloyd Tucker, Gary Tucker and Joseph Tucker.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tishomingo Retired Teachers Association, c/o Hattie Alexander, P.O. Box 442, Belmont, MS 38827.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Stanley Wayne Vines, 42, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at his home in Aberdeen. He was born Dec. 30, 1967, to Bro. Arthur Wayne Vines and Geneva Pace Vines in Monroe County. He graduated from Hamilton High School. He worked as a paramedic supervisor for Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.
A graveside service will be at 1 p.m. today at New Prospect Cemetery with the Rev. John Maxey and the Rev. James Black officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mackenzie Vines and Meaghan Vines, both of Millport, Ala.; one son, Chad Cowart of Millport, Ala.; one brother, Keith Vines of Aberdeen; his grandmother, Ethlene Pace of Aberdeen; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Duke, Kenneth Lackey, Eugene Allen, Gus Joseph, Larry Leavell and Tony Wright.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sign the guest register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
PONTOTOC – Verna Sue Burgess, 85, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Pontotoc County on Dec. 5, 1924, to Sam and Ethel Bailey Clark. She was married to Malone Burgess and for many years they operated building supply companies in Pontotoc. For the past 26 years she owned and operated The County Village Grocery with her son, Scott. She was a dedicated member of the Church of Acts in Union County. She enjoyed cooking. Her family was her life. She enjoyed the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren all being together. She was better known as “Mama Sue” to her family, store customers and her church family. She loved her family and church family and was loved by everyone who knew her. She was a kind and loving woman who thought of others before herself.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Charlie Gainey and Sister Carolyn Bradford officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
Survivors include her two sons, Gerald Burgess (Patti) of Tupelo and Scott Burgess of Pontotoc; her two daughters, Sandy Lyon Hawkins of New Albany and Lisa Mathews (Steve) of Pontotoc; her six grandchildren, Sonya Jamison, Secyme Lyon, Jessica Whitehead, Hannah Oswalt, Torri Oswalt and Eden Mathews; her four great-grandchildren, Shayne Burchfield, Keli Wray, David Jamison and Corbin Whitehead; and two great-great-grandchildren, Nicholas Burchfield and Bradley Burchfield.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Lena Dowdy, Carolyn Byars and Mattie Quinn Todd; three brothers, D.H. Clark, James Clark and Curt Clark; and a great-grandchild, McKenzie Lyon.
Pallbearers will be Sam Anderson, Jerry Holloway, Tom Hinkle, Art Phillips, Roger Bradford and Allen Lowery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
Jo Ann Rowland
BOONEVILLE – Jo Ann Rowland, 87, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at her home. She was born April 26, 1923, in Prentiss County to Joseph Jackson Rowland and Mary A. Heavener Rowland. She attended Oak Hill Baptist Church. She was retired from Abbott Laboratories and Brown Shoe Company. She was an avid Atlanta Braves and Memphis Grizzlies fan, and she enjoyed arts, crafts, sewing, and making jewelry. She read her Bible every day.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Terry Scott and Bro. Ronnie Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by two nieces, Kathy Rowland of Booneville and Jana Hamilton (Gary) of Jonesboro, Ark; six nephews, Sam Rowland and Joe Rowland (Anita), all of Booneville, Norman McAnally (Carol) of Little Rock, Ark., Eldon McAnally (Cheryl) of Terrell, Ark., Billy McAnally (Fran) of West Memphis, Ark., and Lee Allen Stewart of Booneville; two special great-nieces, Beth Stewart and Leigh-Anne Scroggins (Jason), all of Booneville; a special great-nephew, Benji Stewart (Leigh Ann) of Henderson, Tenn.; special great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews, Caleigh Grace Scroggins, Cade Stewart Scroggins, Jaxon Stewart and Noah Stewart; other great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Edith Rowland and Gladys McAnally; two brothers, Frank Rowland and Ellis Rowland; and a niece, Mary Alice Stewart.
Pallbearers are her nephews.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
ABERDEEN – Levert Howell died Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2010, at the Care Center of Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
For the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
BURNSVILLE – Jerry Dale Davis, 54, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth, Burial will be in the New Danville Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences may be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
BOONEVILLE – Frank Palmer, 91, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
BYRAM – Gladys Marie Pickens French died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010. She was born Oct. 21, 1924, in Toccopola to Ira and Ethel Pickens. She graduated from Toccopola High School at age 15. She attended Mississippi State College for Women and Blue Mountain College, and graduated from the University of Mississippi. She began a teaching career in Guntown and went on to teach at Byram High School, where she met her future husband, James. They were married on Oct. 19, 1947. She left teaching to become the bookkeeper and secretary for the superintendent of Hinds County Schools. She was the church secretary and bookkeeper at West Park United Methodist Church for 25 years, and bookkeeper and secretary at First United Methodist Church in Clinton for 20 years. Upon retirement, she and her husband moved to Byram and joined Springridge United Church. An artist at heart, Mrs. French was known for her quilts, needlepoint and crosstitching. A lifelong lover of all things floral, she especially loved roses and magnolia blossoms.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Chancellor Funeral Home in Byram. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, James; her sister, Doris Thomas; three sons, James (Susan), Thomas (Pam) and William (Lisa); and six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother; her daughter, Mary Ethel; and seven brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guest book is available at www.chancellorfuneralhome.com.
WALNUT – Timothy Lamar Bryant, 46, died Monday, Aug. 16, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BALDWYN – Loretta Trice died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Ina Mae Bibbs
OXFORD – Ina Mae Bibbs, 82, died Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in the Beverly United Methodist Church Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Beverly United Methodist Church.
BOONEVILLE – Uthan Hall, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill M.B. Church of Booneville. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:55 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Dr. Lloyd H. Clark
OKOLONA – Lloyd Henry Clark, D.D.S., 87, died suddenly at his residence in Okolona after a lengthy illness. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
Dorothy M. Jolly
OLD UNION – Dorothy Edwards Jolly, 82, died at her home in the Old Union Community after an extended illness. Arrangements are pending and will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
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