Obituaries August 21, 2013

Gayle H. Tabor
TUPELO – Gayle Mary Harrigan Tabor, 61, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House on her 61st birthday, following an extended illness. Gayle was born Aug. 18, 1952, in New Orleans to Maurice and Norma Mae Shubert Harrigan. She grew up there in the home place in Audubon Park and graduated from Fortier High School. She continued her education at John McCrady Art School in New Orleans and was commissioned to paint a mural for a French Quarter restaurant in the early 1970’s. She moved to Tupelo eight years ago after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina. A true Fir De Leis girl, she loved cooking Cajun cuisine, her New Orleans heritage and all things NOLA. She loved fishing the waters of Louisiana, particularly her special spot near the fifth railroad pier on Lake Ponchatrain where the fish were always biting. A master equestrian, she had a devoted love for raising, grooming and riding horses. She volunteered with the local Hippo Therapy (horse therapy). She revered her pets, rescuing dogs and cats throughout her life. Gayle had an infectious personality and amazing wit. She was a member of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in New Orleans and had worked many years in food service sales before relocating to Tupelo.

A time of celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Father Donald Brice officiating. Private burial will be in the family mausoleum in New Orleans. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. Friday to service time. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include her son, Livingston R. “Hank” Tabor of Metairie; his father and her lifelong friend, Livingston R. “Ted” Tabor of New Orleans; her grandchild, Ryan Leigh Tabor of Metairie; her loving and devoted sister and primary caregiver, Lynn H. Ayres of Lake Piomingo/Tupelo; local cousins, Virginia Matthews (Bill) and Kathy Sparks (David), all of Tupelo; extended family, Mike and Barbara Duboise of Lake Piomingo; and her very special lifelong friend who rallied around her during her final days at Sanctuary Hospice House, Alice Virginia Daniel of Tupelo.

Memorials may be made to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society, P.O. Box 1185, or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Johnny Agnew
BALDWYN – Johnny Wayne Agnew, 55, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was born April 22, 1958, in Lee county to Nellie Grace Agnew and the late Johnny Clarence Agnew.

Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Bethel CME Church in Guntown with the Rev. Jeffrey Freeman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Nellie Grace Agnew of Baldwyn; two brothers, Bobby Gene (Linda) Agnew and Derrick Agnew, both of Baldwyn; three sisters, Sandra (Terry) Griffin of Grand Rapids, Mich., Ora (Rufus) Ward of Guntown and Ella (Willie) Holesome of Baldwyn; and several aunts, nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Juanita Jenkins
HOLLY SPRINGS – Juanita Jenkins, 44, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Collierville Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Lucinda Washington
TUPELO – Lucinda Elizabeth Perkins Washington, 87, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo. One of 12 children, she was born April 6, 1926, in Columbus to Luke Perkins and Delsie Alexander. She married Joseph D. Washington Sr. on Dec. 22, 1957, after a courtship of five years.

She was a graduate of Lane College in Jackson, Tenn., and an educator in the Tupelo City School System for 34 years, all at Carver High School. In 1978 she received a plaque from the Tupelo Association of Educators for her outstanding leadership and dedication.

She was an active member of Rising Star M.B. Church for 74 years. Over the years she served positions such as president of the Senior Women Mission Union and advisor for the Women’s Intermediate Auxiliary of the Spring Hill District Baptist Association. She was first vice president of the Senior Women Mission Union of the General Progressive Baptist State Convention. She was the corresponding secretary of Senior Women for the National Baptist Convention of America Inc. She has been a Sunday school teacher, president of Christian Education, a member of the senior choir and chairman of the Building Fund.

She was a longtime community leader and a woman of distinction in the community, receiving the Woman of Distinction Award from the city. She was a member of IBPOE of W (the Elks organization) Daughters Auxiliary for a number of years and held many positions within the organization such as member of Kissia Clifton Temple 671, Vice Daughter Ruler and president of the C.C. Augustus Education Fez Club. She was district deputy of District 11 (Tupelo, Columbus and Corinth) and District Deputy Emeritus. She was a Loyal Daughter Ruler of the Susie Brownlee PDR Council. On the state level she was president of the Past Grand Daughter Ruler Council and assistant to the Daughters state president.

She is survived by her son, Joseph D. “Joe” Washington Jr.; her daughters, Cynthia Washington and Gwendolyn Pattman; a stepbrother, John Perkins; stepsisters, Zeta Lauderdale, Greta Perkins and Mary Ellen Perkins; a nephew, the Rev. Robert Jamison Sr.; nieces, Jeanie Mae McCotrell and Ann Tuner; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, cousins, and other nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Rising Star M.B. Church in Tupelo.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Hope Church in Tupelo. Century Hairston Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of arrangements.

Repast will be at People’s Community Baptist Church in Tupelo after the service.

R.C. Grimes
DENNIS – R.C. Grimes, 94, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Helen Keller Hospital.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Deaton Funeral Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Thursday.

Christopher Lockett
NETTLETON – Christopher Lee Lockett, 25, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in DeSoto County. He was born April 17, 1988, in Amory to Willie and Ruth Canady Lockett. He grew up in the Wren community of Monroe County. He attended Nettleton Public Schools, graduated from the Youth Challenge Program at Camp Shelby and later attended William Carey College in Hattiesburg. At his death, he was employed by King Furniture in Horn Lake, where he worked in sales/delivery. He enjoyed fishing, music, hanging out with family and friends, keeping his and his sister’s automobile washed and cleaned, barbequing and playing drums at church. He was a lifelong member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. He was a beloved son, brother and father.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, off Highway 45 South of Nettleton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.

Survivors include his son, Bryson Lockett; his parents, Willie and Ruth Ann Lockett of Nettleton; and his sister, Christy Lockett of Walls.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Pallbearers will be Jaron Wilson, Robert Haynes Jr., Rathael Terry, Justin Jackson, Randy Anderson, LaCarlos Bows, DeWitt Fondren, Tim Jones and Percy Gardner. Honorary pallbearers will be Jarvitus Jernigan, Begundi Walton, Haji Perry and LeAndre Griffin.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comast.net.

Mary Belle Akins
RIPLEY – Mary Belle Roberson Akins, 77, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at her home. She was born Sept. 7, 1935, to Robert Lee and Mattie Francis Crawford Roberson in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of Community Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Tim Latch officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Ripley.

She is survived by her husband, C.E. Akins of Ripley; two daughters, Vivian Hall (Jackie) and Sharon Griffin (William), both of Ripley; one son, Ellis Akins (Beverly) of Ripley; one sister, Tommye Laster (Floyd) of Savannah, Tenn.; one brother, Jimmy Ed Roberson (Ella Mae) of New Albany; six grandchildren, Mark Hall, Neva Richardson, Kristi Shelton, Leanne Hurt, Jason Mauney and B.J. Mauney; and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and three sisters, Pauline Dixon, Jamie Bryant and Virgie Lee Nurry.

Pallbearers will be Mark Hall, Jason Mauney, B.J. Mauney, Shane Richardson, Patrick Shelton, Preston Hurt and Dylan Hurt.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

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

Luther B. Lomenick
IUKA – Luther “Brownie” Lomenick, 77, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Carrington House in Iuka.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Tillman Hurd
SPRINGVILLE – Tillman Hoyt Hurd, 64, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at his home after a long illness. He was born Sept. 10, 1948. He graduated from Fulton High School and Itawamba Community College. He was one of the first male nurses in Northeast Mississippi in the 1960s. He was a supervisor when the Tenn-Tom Waterway was built. He also worked as a security guard at North and South Pontotoc schools, and as auxiliary deputy, dispatcher and chief chauffeur for Sheriff Lloyd Moore. He was a member of the Pontotoc Masonic Lodge and Shriners. A unique individual who loved life, he will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Uvond Tutor Hurd; three sons, Charles Hurd, Jeffery Hurd (Jennifer) and David Hurd (Lisa); one daughter, Lacreshia Crawsby; his grandchildren, Miracle, Lindzie, Andi and Alisha Hurd, and Kimberly and Kevin Crawsby; sister, Betty Adams (Ricky); brother, Martin Hurd (Myra); his mother, Maxine Hurd Carlisle; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Harold Hurd; and his twin brother, Hillman Hurd.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Jody Riddle and Bro. Richie Jones will officiate. Burial will be Springville Cemetery with Masonic rites and Rites of Passage at the graveside.

Pallbearers will be Jason Owens, Wayne Tutor, Justin Tackitt, David Hall, Tommy Hancock, Derrick and Michael Johnson. Masonic and Shriner brothers will be honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday.

Mary Jo Swan
AMORY – Mary Jo Cunningham Swan, 86, died on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at her home. Born Oct. 22, 1926, in Manchester, Tenn., she was a daughter of George and Alice Simmons Cunningham. A homemaker, she married Richard Lee Swan in 1946. A woman of faith, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Amory. She enjoyed homemaking, collecting antiques, painting, gardening and spending time with her family and her Sunday school class.

A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 21, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home chapel in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory.

Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Parker (Terry) of Amory; son-in-law, Garfield Gosa of Hiram, Ga.; one brother, Bob Cunningham of Manchester, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Kristy Prescott, Tyler Parker and Trey Parker; and two great-grandchildren, Karmen Dallas and Delta Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years; a sister, Georginia Cunningham Bryan; and a daughter, Judy Swan Gosa.

Pallbearers will be Tyler Parker, Larry Tartt, Grady Swan, Ken Swan, Garfield Gosa Jr. and Terry Parker.

Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Scott Young
DAVENPORT, Fla. – Scott Taylor Young, 49, formerly of Booneville, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at home after an extended illness.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Aug. 24, in Orlando, Fla.

Arrangements for a memorial service in Booneville are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Ozane Medlin
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Ozane H. Medlin, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 3, 1933, to Euclid C. and Gladys Little Medlin in Tippah County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a supervisor in the cabinet department at Futorian Manufacturing Company. He was a member of Academy Baptist Church, serving as a deacon for 49 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Academy Baptist Church in Blue Mountain. Bro. Wayne Cobb, Dr. Jimmy Carr and Bro. Lyndle Davis will officiate. Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian Richardson Medlin of Blue Mountain; one daughter, Susan Smith Moffitt (Chris) of Blue Mountain; one son, Tim Medlin of Santa Fe, N.M.; one sister, Becky Medlin Hershfelt of Tupelo; one brother, James E. “Dank” Medlin of Oxford; five grandchildren, Amy, Jennifer, Ashley, Kaycie and Zach; and five great-grandchildren, Anna, Madison, Alyssa, Ella and Stevie.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Pallbearers will be Dr. James R. Medlin, Terry Medlin, Dr. Greg Medlin, Guy Childers, Zach Smith and Shaun Barton. Honorary pallbearers will be the men’s Sunday school class and deacons of Academy Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to noon Thursday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the church.

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

Debra Long
NEW ALBANY – Debra Diane Long, 62, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab. She was born Nov. 10, 1951, to Clarence and Virginia Franklin Adair. She was a domestic worker.

A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Park Along the River in New Albany. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by three children, Kimberly Oliver of New Albany, Robert “Truck” Smithey Jr., formerly of New Albany, and Luis Daiz of Illinois; three siblings, Ronald James of Illinois, Kathey Riffett of Texas and Barbara Sue Ivie of Mississippi; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Shane Oliver.

Sammy Williams
RIPLEY – Samuel Lee “Sammy” Williams, 63, died Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born April 20, 1950, to Nannie Lee Whitehead Williams and the late Samuel Luther Williams. He was a Baptist and a truck driver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Golden Hill Methodist Church with Bro. Doc Shelton and Sis. Anita Lawson officiating. Burial will be in Golden Hill Church Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one daughter, Jamie Rae Williams of New Albany; one son, Jason Lee Williams (Katherine Blalock) of Drummonds, Tenn.; his mother, Nannie Lee Williams of Baldwyn; one brother, Robert Dale Williams of Baldwyn; the mother of his children, Dale Kilzer of Ripley; and two grandchildren, Stashia Prather and D’Andre Calvin, both of Ripley.

He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Gregory Lane Williams.

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.

Billlie Chismond

EUPORA – Billie Lynn Pepper Chrismond, 77, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster County.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Freddy Brown

TUPELO – Freddy Brown, 64, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Cedar Grove Pentecostal Church Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Jess Newcomb

MARIETTA – Jess Newcomb, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com

Dr. John Patterson

PONTOTOC – Dr. John M. Patterson died Tuesday Aug. 20, 2013 at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Ronnie Cannon

MEMPHIS – Ronnie Vonta Cannon, 52, formerly of Marshall County, died Wednesday Aug. 14, 2013, at Methodist LeBonheur University Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at Newell Chapel CME Church in Victoria. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittentum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Thursday.

Jamie Williams

TUPELO – Jammie Williams, 52, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.