Obituaries August 19, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

William Craig
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. – William Keith Craig, 24, died Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012. He was born Feb. 24, 1988, in Greenville. He was a pipeliner and a mechanic, and a member of Sherman Baptist Church in Sherman.
He is survived by his father, Brian Craig (Bridgett) of Lake Village, Ark.; his mother, Mary Craig of Blue Springs; a brother, Elijah Craig of Lake Village, Ark.; a stepbrother, Brandon Jordan of New Albany; three sisters, Aaron Craig of Miami, Fla., Katlin Craig of Tupelo and Samantha Craig of Lake Village, Ark.; his grandfather, Leroy Craig of Lake Village, Ark.; and grandmother Edath McDowell of Sherman.
Service will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Sherman Baptist Church in Sherman. Arrangements are under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village, Ark.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Region IV Mental Health Chemical Dependency Center, P. O. Box 839. Corinth, MS 38835.

Howard McWhirter
FRIENDSHIP – Howard Max McWhirter, 90, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church where he was a former Deacon and Training Union Director. He worked in the therapy department of the Pontotoc Hospital for 16 years and served as Pontotoc County Tax Assessor/Collector from September 1977 to December 1987. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion Post 16. He was a farmer and raised cattle, and an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching and listening to ballgames.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Johnathan Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include his sons, Dr. Randy McWhirter (Susan) of Pontotoc and Teddy Windham (Mary) Aberdeen; two sisters, Ann Roye and Robbie Gregory; one brother, Nickey McWhirter (Carolyn), all of Friendship; two sisters-in-law, Laurie McWhirter of Belmont, N.C., and Mae McWhirter of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Christy Bowling (Brent) of Hattiesburg, Kelley McWhirter (Laura) of Metairie, La., Tina Bernard (Al) of Lovell, Wyo., Stephanie Johnson (John) of Hamilton and Brain Windham of Lovell, Wyo.; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rodger and Ina Gilmer McWhirter; his wife, Flora Fairon Windham McWhirter; and two brothers, Pete McWhirter and Joe McWhirter.
Pallbearers will be Kelley McWhirter, Brent Bowling, John Johnson, Brock McWhirter, Russell Thomas and Jim Brown.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the caregivers at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru as well as Sanctuary Home Hospice.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Otis King
ABERDEEN – Otis King, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Jimmie McCarty
EUPORA – Jimmie Odell Jones McCarty, 86, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center Long Term Care Unit in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Providence Baptist Church in Choctaw County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of all arrangements.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose at the church an hour before the service.
Amanda Odom
CHESTERVILLE – Amanda King Odom, 24, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. A native and lifelong residence of the Chesterville community, she was born Dec. 19, 1987, to Henry H. King Jr. and Carey Ann Crane King. She had worked for the Hilton Garden Inn as a housekeeping supervisor and for a short time for Block Inc. She doted on her son and loved spending time with her family and friends. Known to everyone as an outdoors enthusiast, she especially enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting. She was a member of Chesterville Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Wesley Stephens and the Rev. Ray Hall officiating. Burial will be in Chesterville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jason Hunter Odom of the home; her father, Henry H. King Jr. (Lisa) of Lake Mohawk; her mother, Carey Crane King (James Warren) of Chesterville; one brother, Jonathan King (Lindsay Wheeler) of the Furrs community; one sister Brittany King (Jeremy Kyle) of Chesterville; and grandparents, William Nunan and Mary Ann Crane of Chesterville.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Henry H. “Hershol” King Sr. and Doyce W. King.
Pallbearers will be Randy Towery, Matt Towery, Dan Crane, Jeremy Kelly, Jason Davis, John Stewart and Randle Towery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Leigh Soper, Terri Spurgeon, Carolyn Aurre, Amy Ivy, Trisha Watson, Hannah Davis, Tiffany Towery and Cole Bolin.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

John McElroy
BALDWYN – John Malvin McElroy, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born June 13, 1920, in Starkville to John Henderson “Buster” McElroy and Minnie Hartness McElroy. His family lived for a short time in the Graham community of Union County and at Bethany in Lee County before settling in Baldwyn during his early childhood. He and his wife, Julia, resided in Baldwyn until 2001 when they moved to the Traceway Cottages in Tupelo.
He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy and was assigned to Pearl Harbor, CINCPAC Headquarters, for 42 months. He was a 1939 graduate of Baldwyn High School and earned his BS in Business Administration from Mississippi State University in 1947. Following college graduation, he returned to Baldwyn to join the family business, Buster McElroy and Co., a hardware and lumber company. He was a member of the Baldwyn Presbyterian Church for most of his life, serving as an elder for 30 years. After moving to Tupelo, he attended St. Luke United Methodist Church. He served on the Board of Directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank for 40 years, attending meetings until his death. He was on the Baldwyn Board of Aldermen for more than 25 years and was a member of the Lee County Forestry Association.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Dr. David Eldridge and the Rev. Steve Hurt officiating. Burial will be at Prentiss County Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Julia Thomas McElroy; two sons, Thomas Melvin McElroy (Charlotte) of Tupelo and Richard Hartness McElroy (Janice) of Coronado, Calif.; four grandchildren, Mel McElroy (Alexa) of Birmingham, Ala., Chuck McElroy (Kristen) of Memphis, Tenn., Kristina McElroy and Michelle McElroy of Coronado, Calif.; four great-grandchildren, Ada, Hudson, Elizabeth, and Thomas; 17 nieces and nephews; siblings, Robert L. McElroy of Chattanooga,Tenn., and Nancy McElroy Long of Jackson; and sister-in-law/brother-in-law, Nell and Mike Wiygul of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sibling, Annie Ruth England, of Baldwyn.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, George England, Kel Long, Mac Long, John A. McElroy, Robert Wiygul, Tom Wiygul and Mitch Wiygul. Honorary pallbearers will be the officers and directors of Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn and one hour before service time Monday and immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803, or to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746. Columbus, MS 39703.
Henry Kerr
TUPELO – Henry H. Kerr, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born Feb. 2, 1923, in Vulcan, W.Va. He received his degree in engineering and served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II as an Aviation Electronics Technician, Mate 1st Class, aboard the U.S. Enterprise. He married Jean Dawkins in 1945 and they moved to Tupelo in 1976 from St. Louis, Mo. He worked as an engineer for Emerson and Daybrite Lighting, before retiring from Rockwell and Delta after many years of employment. Henry was an avid sportsman, enjoying the Braves baseball and MSU football. After retiring he continued to work on inventing various machinery. He loved his dog, Sugar.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 6:30 p.m. on Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his daughters, Joanne Hendrix (Roger Davis) of Tupelo and Nancy Angle (Mike) of Bellefontaine, Ohio; grandchildren, Wesley Hendrix, Vanessa Hendrix, Bart Angle (Jenny) and Brad Angle (Kim); and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; eight siblings; and grandson, Jon Angle.
Visitation will be 5 p.m. until service time.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38801. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Robert Barnes
TUPELO – Robert Earl Barnes, 50, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Service is at 2 p.m. Monday at North Green Street Church of Christ. Internment is at Porters Memorial. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from noon until service time Monday at the church.

Edna James
RED BAY, Ala. – Edna James, 84, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Jettie Burchman
TUPELO – Jettie L. Burcham, 89, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 6, 1923, to Elisha and Trannie Isaballe Tindall Gillentine. She was a devoted wife and mother and was a homemaker while raising her children. After her children began to leave home, she began working as a seamstress in several area garment manufacturing companies. What many people remember her by is when she worked a number of years in alterations at J.C. Penny’s. She was married to Douglas Burcham who died Dec. 25, 1977, and later widowed her second husband, Bert Gurney Feb. 14, 2004. She enjoyed needle crafts and was particularly known for her crocheting talents. She also had an extensive doll collection that numbered well over a 1000 dolls. She was a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church.
Services will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Jefferson Street Chapel with the Rev. Kerry Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Mackie Burcham (Brenda) of Mooreville; four daughters, Sheron Cockrell of Mantachie, Linda Stanley (Jerry) of Fulton, Maretta Hammock of Mooreville and Darlene Doster (Mike) of Smithville; 15 grandchildren, Gayle Cockrell, Marsha Kiser, Christopher Cockrell, and Derek Cockrell, all of Mantachie, Vickie Jones of Booneville, Jennifer Smith of Fulton, Erik Stanley of Fulton, Nat Burcham of Nettleton, Clarissa Burcham of Mooreville, Michael Hammock of Smithville, Earl Hammock of Guntown, Christey Roberts of Mantachie, Wade Hammock of Mooreville, Brandie Williams of Nettleton and Cole Doster of Amory; 32 great-granchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first and second husband; one infant son; one great-grandson; three son-in-laws; one brother, J.C. Gillentine; and one sister, Marjorie Murrell.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Helen Fears
RED BAY, Ala. – Helen Morris Fears, 84, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Cameron United Methodist Church Cemetery in Gurley, Ala.Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala., will be in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
Joe King
HOUSTON – Joe Reid King, 82, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at his home. He was born in Chickasaw County on July 19, 1930, to Charles Herman King and Vannie Lee Ashcraft King. He retired as an electrician and was a member of the IEBW. He was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Services will be noon on Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Houston. Burial will be in the Macedonia Methodist Church Cemetery in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jean Beaty King of Houston; one daughter, Mary Esther Shannon (Jimmy) of Shannon; five sons, Robert Lee King of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Roy Reid King (Vickie) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Lloyd Wayne King (Ann) of Mobile, Ala., Randy Eugene King (May) of Chong Qing, China, and Carl Wade King (Debra) of Houston; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one sister, Grace Sisk (Mitchell) of Shannon; and two brothers, Billy King (Dorothy) of Houston and Gene King (Sue) of Houston.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Lewis King and Jack King; and two sisters, Arlette Price and Jewel Gambrell.
Visitation is 1to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Charles Stanphill
FULTON – Charles Stanphill, 74, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. He was born Dec. 9, 1937, to Dave C. and Tula Petty Stanphill. He retired from True Temper and enjoyed camping with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchild.
Service is at 2 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Winters and Bro. J.C. Blackburn officiating. Internment is at Ebeneezer.
He is survived by his daughter, Sandra Lucas (Richard White) of Golden; son, Steve (Kirby) Stanphill of Fulton; grandchildren, Kayla Lucas, Dustin Lucas, Melonie Walton, Zach Stanphill, Chasity White and Mason Stanphill; great-grandchild, Kaitlynn Robbins; and sisters, Shirley Cox and Barbara (Billy Joe) Ewing, both of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Sue Creekmore Stanphill, of 48 years; and his parents.
Pallbearers are Richard McCain, Todd Grammer, Bobby Johnson, Roger Ewing, Michael Cox and Chris Petty. Honorary pallbearers are Dustin Lucas, Mason Stanphill and Zach Stanphill.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 7 a.m. until service time Monday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Helen Johnson
GLEN – Helen Louise Johnson died on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Hospital. She was born on Aug. 9, 1928, to Edward Allen and Katie Bell McCluskey South. She was a retired assistant cashier at the National Bank of Commerce, a homemaker and a member of the Strickland Church of Christ.
Services for Johnson are set for 3 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with Brad Dillingham officiating. Burial will be in the Indian Springs Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Teresa Johnson Harris (David) of Cherokee, Ala., and Janet Benjamin (Larry) of Corinth; three sisters, Margaret Hopkins (Kenneth) of Corinth, Linda Coln (Ralph) of Corinth and Barbara Huston (O’Neal) of Corinth; one brother, Charles E. South of Corinth; three grandchildren, Jenny White (Bryan) of Glen, Katie Lou Johnson of Memphis, Tenn., and Johnson Lee Benjamin of Corinth; two great-grandchildren, Molly Grace and Bryan Austin White of Glen; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Louis Mack Johnson; her parents; and a sister-in-law, Bonnie South.
Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials can be made in memory of Louis Mack Johnson to theAlzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or by visiting www.alz.org or Sharing Hearts, 501 Main St., Corinth, Mississippi 38834.
An online register has been set up for the family at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Elon Braxton
AMORY – Elon Braxton, 83, died on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, at her residence in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E. E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
John Chrestman
SMITHVILLE – John Wilton Chrestman, 58, died on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was born Oct. 25, 1953, in Houston, to Wilton Eldridge and Dempsey Gwendolyn Riddle Chrestman. He was a graduate of Houlka High School, Class of 1971. Playing basketball while in college, he graduated from ICC in 1973; Delta State University in 1975; and received his Master’s degree in 1976, while serving as a graduate assistant coaching at Delta State University. While in school, he served on a mission trip to Guatemala, using basketball to teach the Gospel to children. He married Wanda Ford on Sept. 27, 1984. An educator, he coached basketball at Smithville High School, retiring in June 2001. Accepting a position at Sulligent High School, he served as the principal and basketball coach from 2001 until retiring in June 2011. Loving the Lord, he was a member of Smithville Baptist Church and was a former Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed farming, hunting, and Old Gospel music. He was a member of American Angus Association, ICC Alumni Board, Monroe County Power Board, and Mississippi Educators Association. A compassionate and hard-working man who loved his family dearly, he lived his life by focusing on his daily walk with the Lord and then on his family and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Smithville Baptist Church with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Ford Chrestman of Smithville; daughter, Gwendolyn Kathleen “Katie” Chrestman of Amory; sisters, Rita Windham (William) of Tupelo and Margo Terry of Houlka; brothers, Charles Chrestman (Regina) of Lumberton, N.C., and Kim Chrestman (Amy) of Water Valley; nieces and nephews, Karen Windham, Keith Windham (Rhonda), Carla Cothern (Josh), Vicki Chrestman, David Chrestman (Kacy), Rachel Chism (Tommy), Ryan Terry (Raelynne), Elizabeth Chrestman and Anna Chrestman; and special family, Phil Prewitt (Shannon) of Smithville, aunt Juanita Michael of Booneville, uncle and aunt, Boyd and Velle Riddle of New Site and Nancy and John Bomar of Grenada.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother-in-law, Will Terry; and a nephew, Stewart Windham.
Pallbearers will be Jason McKay, Mike Cummings, Stacey Hathcock, Brad Stevens, Ben Gardner, and John Helton. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Hathcock, Bo Stevens, Lamar Standifer, Donald Ray Vandiver, Jim Gunter, Jon Carithers, Travis Dulany, Carlos Walls, and Lillard Cummings.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home. The body will lie-in-repose from 1 p.m. until service time on Monday at the church.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church, PO Box 52, Smithville, MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Larry Salmon
PONTOTOC – Larry Dale Salmon, 75, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 4, 1937, in Pontotoc County, to Thurmon and Mary Thompson Salmon. He was a Christian working and worshipping with the Hwy. 15 Church of Christ in Pontotoc. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 32 years, primarily as a letter carrier. After retiring from the Postal Service, he enjoyed working for Ritt McCullough at his store in Pontotoc county and most recently, making deliveries for Jody’s Flowers in Tupelo.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Minister Robert Kingsley officiating. Internment is at Salmon Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Dover Salmon; one daughter, Cindy Salmon Long; one son, Brent Salmon (Ramona); four grandchildren, Audra Long Perry (Hunter), Nicole Long Jackson (Nick), Emily Salmon and Ethan Salmon; one brother, Henry T. Salmon; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three sisters, Lorraine Salmon Jones, Mary Salmon Benjamin and Alma Ann Salmon Jaggers.
Pallbearers are Bobby Duke, Richard Jones, Danny Lucius, Cody Laster, Nick Jackson and Hunter Perry.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and 10 to 11 a.m. Monday.