Obituaries August 22, 2013

Dr. John Patterson
Retired physician John Melvin Patterson, 87, died Tuesday morning, Aug. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

A true Southern gentleman, Dr. Patterson was a loving father and grandfather and a devoted husband to his wife, Maxine, who died in 2010. Named Mississippi’s Family Physician of the Year in 1992, Dr. Patterson practiced medicine in Pontotoc for 48 years, retiring in 2003 at the age of 77.

Dr. Patterson began practicing medicine at a time when it wasn’t unusual for patients to have the same physician from birth to death. He made house calls, set broken bones, performed appendectomies and delivered babies at all hours of the night. And very often, he played the role of trusted confidant as much as medical professional. His patients could count on him to be there for a medical emergency, a personal crisis and even a little help in the kitchen. Once on a house call, he recommended chicken soup for a patient, and she handed him a rifle and sent him outside to shoot a chicken for her.

Born in the Evergreen community of Itawamba County on Dec. 16, 1925, Dr. Patterson was the son of John Lee and Melva Black Patterson. He graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School in 1944 and served in the U.S. Navy before attending college on the G.I. Bill. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1948 and attended the then two-year University of Mississippi Medical School. He married Maxine McDaniel on Aug. 24, 1952, and they moved to Philadelphia where he completed his education at Jefferson Medical College. After graduating from Jefferson in 1954, Dr. Patterson completed an internship at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Dr. and Mrs. Patterson moved to Pontotoc in 1955, and he practiced medicine in the same office on Washington Street for his entire career. He said many times that he enjoyed the last day of practicing medicine as much as the first.
Within weeks of Mrs. Patterson’s death in 2010, Dr. Patterson was diagnosed with lymphoma. After chemotherapy weakened his immune system in 2010, he gradually learned to receive care from others as graciously as he had given it for so many years.

Dr. Patterson set high standards for himself and for others, yet was forgiving and understanding. He served in numerous leadership positions professionally and at Pontotoc First United Methodist Church. He served as chief of staff at Pontotoc Community Hospital and was a member of the courtesy staff of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was on the board of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, district director of the Mississippi Academy of Family Physicians, and president of the Family Health Foundation of Mississippi. Dr. Patterson had a brief career in the theater, playing the role of the doctor in the final scene of “Arsenic and Old Lace” at Pontotoc Community Theater in 2008.

He is survived by his sister, Dot Schumpert of Nettleton; daughters, Claire McGee (Bob) of Watkinsville, Ga., Mary Lise Parsons (Mike) of Dothan, Ala., and Patti Smith (Ritchie) of Memphis; and grandchildren, Alyson McGee Gembala (Ryan) of San Francisco, Robert McGee of Birmingham; Raynor Clifton and Brennan Clifton, both of Montgomery; and Rena Parsons, John Michael Parsons and Anna Parsons, all of Dothan, Ala.

A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Pontotoc First United Methodist Church. Visitation will be 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc, and 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Pontotoc Community House. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the building fund of the Pontotoc First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 308, Pontotoc, MS 38863 or other charitable organization.

David Carnell Jr.
BOONEVILLE – David Milton “Coach” Carnell Jr. was born Feb. 12, 1946, to David Milton “Book” Carnell Sr. and Mildred Irene Carnell.

Surrounded by his family, he passed from this life on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, after battling cancer for more than 10 years.

Carnell was a member of First Baptist Church and enjoyed sharing his faith with those around him, as well as teaching Sunday school classes.

Coach Carnell was well known in the sports world of North Mississippi. Carnell graduated in 1964 from W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany, where he was a member of the Bulldog football team and helped lead the team to an undefeated Little 10 championship in his senior season. He also was a member of the Bulldog football team that won 20 straight games and was named to the All Little 10 Conference team. Carnell also was a member of the Bulldog baseball team in high school.

Following his varsity career, Carnell signed a football scholarship with Mississippi State University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1969.

Shortly after graduation, he began his coaching career at Biggersville High School, where he was hired as the first football coach in school history. He coached at Biggersville until 1972 when he completed his master’s degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Mississippi and was hired at Northeast Mississippi Junior College as a member of the Tiger football coaching staff.

Carnell served as assistant coach on Coach Bill Ward’s staff until he took over the program as head coach in 1983. After three years as head coach, he gave up the head-coaching role and returned to be an assistant until 1996 when he finished his football-coaching career and turned his attention and energy to softball.

Coach Carnell restarted the slow-pitch softball program in 1993 and transitioned it to fastpitch softball in 2001. He coached the program through his retirement
in 2005. In 1996, Coach Carnell took over as athletic director and held that role until his retirement in 2006. After retiring,

Coach Carnell returned to help Coach Jody Long on the diamond until 2008, when he wrapped up his coaching career. In total, Carnell recorded 301 wins against 223 losses during his time as head football and softball coach.

Carnell was a part of five North Division titles, 13 straight Region XXIII Tournaments, a Region XXIII title with softball in 2003 along with a NJCAA National Tournament appearance. He was named Region XXIII Coach of the Year in 2003 and MACJC Coach of the Year in 2005. Coach Carnell was given the NJCAA Loyalty Award in 2005, as well. In 2010, he was inducted into the Northeast Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame.

Northeast’s softball program honors Carnell each year with its highest honor – the David Carnell Six Inch Award – for the softball student-athlete that makes the best decisions. His final sports achievement came in April 2013 when he was inducted into the MACJC Sports Hall of Fame. After his retirement, he turned his focus back to his first love – his cattle and farming. Carnell was a lifelong cattleman and was a member of the Cattleman’s Association.

Carnell was extremely proud of his family and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends – especially his four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, David Milton “Book” Carnell Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Patricia Carnell; two daughters, Heather Lee (Jeff) and Holly Arthur (Daniel); one son, David Milton Carnell III; four grandchildren, Beau and Lydia Lee, Emma and Trey Arthur; his mother, Mildred Irene Carnell; one brother, Roye Carnell (Elizabeth); two nephews, Chris and Will (Lauren) Carnell; and a host of nieces and nephews. Coach Carnell is also survived by numerous teammates from his playing days, coaching friends and former
players.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to David Carnell Scholarship Fund c/o NEMCC Development Foundation, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, MS 38829.

Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Bonner Arnold Coliseum. Chuck Boxx and Ricky Neaves officiated at the ceremony.

Burial was at the New Albany Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers were Jody Long, Bill Ward, Jock Calamese, Willie Blake, Chris Fulper, Bill Spain, Billy Southward and James Williams.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Front Porch Coffee Club, former teammates, players and coaches.

Correction
Some survivors in the obituary for Lucinda Perkins Washington in Wednesday’s Daily Journal were incorrectly identified. Survivors include her brother, John Perkins, her sisters, Zeta Lauderdale, Greta Perkins and Mary Ellen Perkins; and a nephew, Tyree Jamison. Also, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Cora Jamison and Wilma Jean Perkins.

Walter Donald
BALDWYN – Walter Clifton Donald, 55, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 28, 1958, to Willie F. Donald and Lassie Lee Young Donald in Lee County. He was a member of Trinity CME Church. He graduated from Itawamba Community College and attended Mississippi State University. He worked for Regional III Mental Health.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Trinity CME Church in Guntown with the Rev. Betty E. Clifton officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Mitchell Donald.

He is survived by his wife, Betty E. Starks Donald of Baldwyn; two sons, Clifton Donald and Terrance Jones, both of Baldwyn; one daughter, Akeaira Gregory of Pine Bluff, Ark.; one grandson, Makyrin Goodwin of Pine Bluff, Ark.; four sisters, Linda (William Jr.) Starks, Regina Peques and Cassandra (Jerry) Billups, all of Guntown, and Kathy (James) Burt of Nettleton; and one brother, Elder Willie O. (Pastor Carol) Donald of Guntown.

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.

Charles Rhodes
RED BANKS – Charles Edward Rhodes, 49, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, in Red Banks.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 22, at Carey Chapel Church. Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery at Red Banks. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today at the church.

James Burns
MANTEE – James R. Burns, 89, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Veronica Hawkinson
CORINTH – Veronica Marie Hawkinson, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Dogwood Assisted Living Center in Corinth.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. James Catholic Church in Corinth. Interment will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.

John Jackson Sr.
WEST POINT – John W. Jackson Sr., 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, at the V.A. Home in Kosciusko.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at St. Paul M.B. Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sonny Shaw
EUPORA – Thomas Eugene “Sonny” Shaw, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Bluff Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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 his home. He was born in Tupelo on April 1, 1949, the son of Marshall Spencer Brown and Vona Mae Presley Brown.

He grew up in Memphis and graduated from Westwood High School. He was employed with Super Sagless for 20 years and was currently working at the Tupelo Furniture Market.

A sports enthusiast, he enjoyed playing tennis and softball and coaching his daughters’ softball and soccer teams. He was a member of Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church.

Services will be at 6 p.m. today, Aug. 22, at Cedar Grove United Pentecostal Church with Bro. Danny Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Janie Brown of Tupelo; three daughters, Laura Smith (David) of Saltillo, Tammy Martin and Lisa Brown, both of Tupelo; eight grandchildren, Nicole Gatewood, Cody, Spencer and Chastity Floyd, Blake

Martin, and Drew, Ella, and Eli Smith; four great-grandchildren, Raegan, Alyssa, Brayden, and Carmen; and his nieces and nephews, Jimmy and Lee Clark, Johnny Haley, Trenna Brewer, and Mike, David and Jerry Brown.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Joyce Haley and Mary Clark; and a brother, J.P. Brown

Pallbearers will be Cody Floyd, Spencer Floyd, Blake Martin, Randy Phillips, Dustin Phillips and Brandon Bell.

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

For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Shea Padgett
BOONEVILLE – Rickey Shea Padgett, 40, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Tunica. He was born Nov. 2, 1972, in Prentiss County. He was an electrician and a member of Church of Christ. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and arrowhead hunting with his children.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 22, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Trey Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.

He is survived by a son, Caden Padgett of Jumpertown; three daughters, Parker Padgett, Emma Padgett and Taylor Padgett, all of Jumpertown; his mother, Margaret Lauderdale of Booneville; a brother, Bruce Padgett (Becky) of Blackland; two sisters, Lori Harris of Booneville and Kayla Manley (Kevin) of Blackland; and his grandmother, Cleo Davis of Booneville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Rickey Padgett; and grandparents, William Davis, Howard Padgett and Doris Eaton.

Pallbearers are Bruce Padgett, Wesley Bullard, Mark Grimes, Patrick Strickland, James “Petey” Strickland, Kevin Manley and Wally Davis.

Josh Parker
OKOLONA – Joshua Montrell Parker died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in McCondy. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Henry Suggs
AMORY – Henry Suggs, 64, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Jess Newcomb
MARIETTA – Jess Hulon Newcomb, 92, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Itawamba County on March 20, 1921, to Robert and Beatie Garrett Newcomb. He was a farmer and after retirement continued to enjoy his vegetable gardening. He loved to rabbit hunt with his beagles and to spend time with his family. He was a member of Hills Chapel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Castor Buse officiating. Burial will be in Hills Chapel Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Cordie Newcomb of Marietta; one daughter, Shirley Newcomb of Booneville; three sons, Ernest Newcomb and Jerry Newcomb (Ann) of Mantachie and Perry Newcomb of Booneville; 10 grandchildren, Rebecca White (B.J.) of Mantachie, Stephanie Hill (Josh) of Tremont, Carrie Hopkins (Nathan) of Booneville, Missy Phillips (Tim) of Corinth, Terry Newcomb (Emily) of Mantachie, April Baker of Bethel Springs, Tenn., Alan Newcomb (Ruby) of Mantachie, Tammy Levike (Webb) of Mantachie and Debbie Newcomb of Kenosha, Wis.; 16 great-grandchilren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by two children, Sarah Wilson and Wayne Newcomb; four sisters; four brothers; a daughter-in-law, Karen Newcomb; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be B.J. White, Allen Newcomb, Nathan Hopkins, Terry Newcomb and Tim Phillips. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Newcomb and Danny Raper.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the funeral account of Jess Newcomb, c/o W.E. Pegues Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1488, Tupelo, MS 38802.

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

Bobby Harrison
BIG CREEK – Robert Calvin “Bobby” Harrison, 67, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Feb. 2, 1946, in Grenada to Calvin Dee Harrison and Julia Brown Harrison. He was a self-employed upholster and a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. He was a member of the National Guard Armory and Masonic Lodge 506. He was a founder and fire chief of Big Creek Fire Department; president and certified operator of the Big Creek Water Association; and a member of the Big Creek Board of Alderman.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Thompson Harrison of Big Creek; a daughter, Pam (Turner) Shaw of Slate Springs; a son, Robert Dee (Tatyana) Harrison of Big Creek; his mother, Julia Brown Harrison of Derma; two sisters, Marilyn (Sidney) Weddle of Slate Springs and Brenda Genin of Calhoun City; two brothers, Nathan (Diane) Harrison of Calhoun City and David Harrison of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Nicole Langford (Bronson) Ganger, Olga Harrison and Calvin Dee Harrison.

He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Dee Harrison.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Jimmy Vance and the Rev. Alan Dearing will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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

Pallbearers will be Sidney Weddle, Brad Weddle, Bronson Ganger, Blake McCuiston, Sonny Harrison and Taylor Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Big Creek Fire Department and Calhoun City Fire Department.

Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.