LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Virgil Ellis Bird, 67, died on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born on July 25, 1946, he was the son of the late George Douglas Bird Jr. and Mary Nell Holt Bird. He married Linda Nina Danovsky on Feb. 12, 1977. They resided in Aberdeen, Columbus and Crossett (Ark.) prior to moving to their current residence of Lawrenceville, Ga., where they have lived for the past 21 years.
Virgil was a member of First Baptist Church and a former member of both the Aberdeen Lion’s Club and Aberdeen Rotary Club. He spent 46-plus years in various Human Resources roles, including serving as vice president of Human Resources for Unisource Worldwide, a subsidiary of Georgia-Pacific, at the time of his retirement in 2012. Over his career, he also worked for American Potash, Kerr-McGee and Georgia-Pacific. He served as an Aberdeen alderman (1981-1984), and his favorite part-time position was Monroe County deputy sheriff (1972-1976) for Sheriff Charles Clement.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Linda D. Bird; his son, Jason Douglas Bird; Doug’s wife, Bethany, and grand dogs, Ralphie and Riley of Lawrenceville, Ga.; his mother, Mary Nell Holt Bird of Aberdeen; his sister, Charlotte Bird Williams of Tupelo; his mother-in-law, Ardell Danovsky of West Point; his aunt, Evelyn Bird Smith of Greenwood Springs; his aunt, Betty Holt Keese and husband, Travis, of Kerrville, Texas; his aunt, Mary Sharp Holt of Scurry, Texas; and his uncle, Louis Meeks of Cedar Hill, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Douglas Bird Jr., on Feb. 28, 2011; his uncle, Edward Murry Holt; and his aunts, Velma Holt and Hazel Holt Meeks.
Pallbearers will be his friends, Charles Clement, Russell Butler, Robert Odom, Shelby Carter, Michael Nash, Walter Lann, Kelly Tucker, and cousins, Ronald Smith and Roger Smith. Honorary pallbearers include his brothers-in-law, Jack Danovsky, Andy Danovsky, Jimmy Littlefield, Wayne Gittleson, John Clemmons and Gene Brown; and nephew, Brent Trulove.
Visitation will be held today, Aug. 17, 2013, from 1 until 2:45 p.m. at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory followed by services in the chapel at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Wade Holland officiating. A private burial will be held in the Crenshaw Cemetery at Greenwood Springs.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society or the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (winshipcancer.emory.edu or (404) 778-5175). Memories and condolences can be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
WALNUT – Russell Allen Otten, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 26, 1933, to Richard and Marion Black Otten in Oregon, Ill. He was a printer for National Geographic. He was a member of Oakland Baptist Church in Walnut.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Oakland Baptist Church in Walnut. Bro. Michael Wilbanks and Bro. Robert Buse will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Inez Tapp Luna Otten of Walnut; four sons, Robin Otten of Peoria, Ill., Jim Luna (Misty) of Sardis, Don Luna of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Jerry Luna (Tracy) of Walnut; four daughters, Cindy Hatch of Dixon, Ill., Crystal Brazel (Rich) of Maryland, Sherry Richardson of Mt. Morris, Ill., and Doris Bennett of Ripley; and numerous grand-children and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Luna, John Voyles, Jim Wilbanks, Daven Flake, Lance Luna, Ronnie Luna and Little Joe Luna. Honorary pallbearers will be his Sunday school class members and the deacons of Oakland Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 7 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. service time Sunday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Herbine Marsh, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at her residence in Amory. She was born Dec. 6, 1934, to Bonnie Standifer and Ozzie Lee Shumpert. She lived in Smithville, Alabama, then back to Amory where she worked until she retired. She was a member of McGlown Chapel CME Church in Amory. She attended school in Smithville. Her family come first in her life, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed fishing and cooking for family and friends, working in her flowers and flower beds, and listening to music with friends and church family. She loved sports and was a die-hard Amory Panther fan.
She is survived by her five sons, Clarence Marsh Jr. of Okolona, Renford James (Vanessa) Marsh Sr., Robert Dean Marsh, James Lee Marsh and Charlie Lee Marsh, all of Amory; three daughters, Leona Ann Marsh and Darlene (Frank) Pruitt, both of Amory, and Gennie Pie (JJ) Barr of Colorado Springs; four brothers, Joseph (Linda) Standifer and Rome Barnes, both of Amory, Fred (Mae) Standifer of Florida and Jimmie Clark of Michigan; two sisters, Mary (Rev. Jimmy) Alpin of Michigan and Lola Mae Avery of Amory; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at McGlown Chapel C.M.E. Church with the Rev. Frederick Adams officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7: p.m.
BOONEVILLE – Johnny Oscar “Bobby” Lambert, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at his son’s home. He was born Sept. 14, 1937, in Prentiss County to Robert Oscar Lambert and Elois Odom Lambert. He served as Booneville police chief and Prentiss County constable. He was also an airplane pilot and a Mason. He enjoyed fishing, westerns and antique cars.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 17, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Melvin Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Lorene Lambert of Booneville; two sons, Timmy Lambert (Kathy) of Iuka and Mark Lambert (Darlene) of Booneville; two stepsons, Eddie Eaton of Athens, Ala., and Bobby K. Eaton (Cyndi) of Paris, Tenn.; a stepdaughter, Sara Martin (Gary) of Mooreville; three sisters, Kelyon Hathcock of Booneville, Okema Trulove (Junior) and; Gilda Stanford, all of Tupelo; 17 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Cullen Lambert and Sidney Lambert.
Pallbearers are Terry Lambert, Doug Palmer, Morgen Lambert, Doug Spencer, Anthony Harrison, Chic Key, Robbie Robinson and Rayburn Hargett. Honorary pallbearers are Ricky Lambert, Jacob Huffman, Eddie Eaton, Justin Lambert and Bobby K. Eaton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to go toward funeral expenses.
RIPLEY – Janet Kay Leatherwood Brock, 59, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at her residence in Ripley. She was born Sept. 22, 1953, to Cassie Nell Cummings Leatherwood and the late I.H. Leatherwood. She was a member of New Bethel Presbyterian Church in Selmer and attended Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ripley. She was a factory worker.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, A.W. “Arlin” Brock of Ripley; two daughters, Angela Bridges (Justin) and Tammy Moffitt, both of Ripley; two sons, Anthony Brock (Robbie) and Michael Brock (fiancée, Tonya Phipps), both of Ripley; her mother, Cassie Nell Leatherwood of Ripley; 17 grandchildren, Chelsea, Brittany and Tyler Brock, Cody and Jeremy Moffitt, Carliee Alsup, Madison, Emma and Haley Sanders, Weston, Jackson and Avriee Brock, Ally and Ella Bridges, all of Ripley, Brianna Brock and Audrie Lumpkin, both of Phoenix, Ariz., and Skylar Alsup of Moro, Ark.; and one brother, Anthony Quinn Leatherwood (Debbie) of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Moore, Thomas Moffitt, Ryan Jeter, John Sanders, Ronnie Brock and Jerry Brock. Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Bridges, Cody Moffitt, Jeremy Moffitt and Blake Leatherwood.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com
PONTOTOC – Agnes Inez Bevill Payne, 94, passed away Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at her home in the Toxish community. She was a homemaker and a member of Watchman Baptist Church, which she attended faithfully until her health failed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Tony Moore officiating. Burial will be in Sand Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her four daughters, her caregiver, Geraldine Wilson (Leon) of Toxish, and Verline Stepp (Talmadge), Wanda Shettles (Lawrence) and Chris Hanna (Bud), all of Hurricane; one son, James Payne of Abbeville; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Henry Payne; a son, John Robert Henry Payne; a daughter, Marilyn Payne; and a grandson, Robb Clement.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Stepp, Anthony Shettles, Jeff Shettles, Scott Brown, Eric Nunnelee and Tyler Nunnelee. Honorary pallbearers will be Jake Nunnelee, Miciah Heard and Kevin Shettles.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
SARDIS – Charles E. Galmore, 66, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 17, at Mt. Gillion M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
AMORY – Leland White, 58, died on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 7, 1955, in Red Bay, Ala., to Junior and Ophelia Kemp White and he was married to Linda Taylor. He worked in the furniture industry. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers.
Services will be at a later date. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Taylor White of Amory; daughter, Miranda Lynn White of Amory; one grandchild, Alyssia Astrid Beck; five sisters, Katherine Overton, Evonne McCarley, Jeweldean White, Tina Morris and Ivy Nell Pitt; and four brothers, Kenneth White, Jessie White, Terry White and Freddie White.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Joe and Dwight White.
Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BELDEN – Thelma Estes, 89, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. She was born Oct. 27, 1923, to James Arthur and Sula Bell Robinson Fowler. She was a longtime dynamic active Christian and a member of Belden Baptist Church until her health declined. An industrious woman, she worked in various public positions while always maintaining a loving home for her family. She especially enjoyed being outdoors and working in her vegetable and flower gardens.
Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Carl Estes officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her three children, Paul Estes (Latona) of Belden, the Rev. Carl Estes (Beverly) of Guntown and Linda Enfinger of Belden; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Lorene Dye and Erma Estes of Belden.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Allen Street, Jonathan and Joseph Estes, Neal and Floyd Enfinger, and Dustin Whaley. Honorary pallbearers will be Hunter and Clint Whaley.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Clydie Eddings, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at St. Rest M.B. Church. Burial will be in the National Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Billy Gene Sweatman, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 17, at Criswell Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Rudolph Clarett Sr.
HOUSTON – Rudolph Clarett Sr., 89, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at New Zion M.B. Church of Houston. Burial will be in Prospect Cemetery in Houston. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
NEW ALBANY – Sammie Lee Judon, 84, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013, at his home. He moved from Mississippi to Evanston, Ill., where he joined Springfield Baptist Church. He served as usher president and also served as state and zone of Illinois president for several years. He served a total of 50 years as an usher. He was employed by Wyeth Laboratories for 39 years in Skokie, Ill. Upon retiring he moved back to Mississippi in 1991 and joined Pleasant Grove M.B. Church, where he was an usher and president. He lived a fruitful life.
He was preceded in death by the mother of his twin daughters, Vernabell Williamson Judon; sisters, Odessa Vaughn and Flossie Owens; a brother, Willie T. Judon; a sister-in-law, Lowester Judon; and brothers-in-law, Tommy Vaughn and Leroy Owens.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Judon of New Albany; daughters, Brenda Handy of Waukegan, Ill., Glenda Stinnette of Evanston, Ill., Kim Williams of Charleston, S.C., Lisa Williams of Skokie, Ill., Cherelle Scott of Atlanta, Ga.; a son, Keith Scott of New Albany; one sister, Mary Frances Judon Keys (Charles) of New Albany; four sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Scott of Opelika, Ala., Beatrice Haith (Leon), Hattie Mims (Wesley) and Mary Hanson (Willie), all of Evanston, Ill.; a brother-in-law, Andrew Scott Sr. (Joanne) of Opelika, Ala.; a special nephew, Michael Scott of Opelika, Ala.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Aug. 17, at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church with Pastor Thomas Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Cherry Creek Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time today.