Obituaries August 23, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Susie Plemons
Susie Bean Plemons passed away peacefully on Aug. 16, 2012, at Baylor University Medical Center, surrounded by her three children. Since Aug. 1, she fought a courageous battle with Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
Susie was born in her family’s home in Mantachie on Christmas morn 1933. She graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School in 1952 and attended Itawamba Junior College and Mississippi Women’s College; she graduated in 1954 with an associate’s degree in home economics. She came to Dallas in 1961 to visit friends and decided to make Dallas her new home. She married Frank Lafayette Plemons on March 21, 1964, and built a home in Highland Park, where they lived and raised a family. She worked at Southland Corporation Insurance Company for 27 years. She was a devout member of Park Cities Baptist Church for almost 50 years. She taught Sunday school, worked in the nursery, volunteered at Brother Bill’s and cherished the members and her involvement in the Ruth Glaze Sunday School Class.
Susie enjoyed the company of her friends for monthly bridge games. She excelled at Southern style cooking and was an accomplished seamstress. She never lost her Mississippi accent and every aspect of her life had her Southern style, character and grace. She loved to garden and spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Upon retirement from the Southland Corporation in 2001, her family suspected that she would travel the world. Instead, she chose to attend her family reunion each summer in Mississippi and make numerous trips to Brooklyn, N.Y., to see her grandchildren. She also never missed her high school class reunion in Fulton, recently attending her 60-year celebration.
Susie is preceded in death by her husband, Frank L. Plemons Sr.; mother, Jennie Mae Loden Bean; father, Wiley Holder Bean; brothers, Wiley Bean, Joe Bean, Johnny Bean and Gayle Bean; and her sister, Jeannie Bean Moore.
Susie is survived by her children, Susanna Plemons of Dallas; Roxanna Plemons Velandria and husband, Ed, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Frank L. Plemons Jr. and wife, Renee Michelle Plemons, of Austin; her brothers, Billy Bean of Racine, Wis., and Dee Witt Bean of Iuka; and sisters. Mary Bean Buckner of Jackson and Eula Bean Anderson of Shreveport, La.; and grand children, Sarah and Sam Velandria; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home. Her memorial service will be at Park Cities Baptist Church in Ellis Chapel on Friday, Aug. 24, at 1 p.m. A reception will follow in Ellis Parlor. She will be interred at Rose Hill Cemetery in Ardmore, Okla., on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 11 a.m.
If friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to Park Cities Baptist Church Children’s, Senior Adult and Brother Bill’s Ministries.

Julie Buford
RED BAY, Ala. – Julie Ann Monroe Buford, 48, of Arlington, Texas, died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, in Texas. She loved going to church and enjoyed working at the Dallas Cowboy stadium. She spent most of her time as a volunteer for the Boys & Girls Club for the handicap and she loved her work there and made friends very easily. She loved watching wrestling and volunteering her time to different church groups around Arlington.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Jeral Gillentine and Bro. William Lambert officiating. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 11 years, Kevin Buford of Arlington, Texas; her father, Dave Robinson of Red Bay; three sisters, Jeannette Firnstahl of Merrill, Wis., Stacey James (Sonny) of Red Bay and Janet Thornburg (Larry) of Iuka; two brothers, John Robert Bush of Illinois, Jim E. Monroe of Alexandria, Ill.; special friends she considered family, PaPa Jeral Gillentine, who was like a second father, and wife, Sue; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie Robinson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Larry Christian
MANTACHIE – Larry Edwin Christian, 62, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at his daughter’s home in Fulton after a brief illness. He was born June 9, 1950, to Rander and Juanita Cleveland Christian. He was a boilermaker for Boilermaker Local 108 from Birmingham until he became disabled. He loved his Lord, and he was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid bass fisherman and enjoyed riding his trike. He was a member of the Brothers of the Third Wheel.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie.
Survivors include one daughter, Jeannie Perry (Jason) of Fulton; one son, Larry Alex Christian of Mantachie; one brother, Jimmy Christian (Sarah) of Mantachie ; the mother of his children, Jamie Christian of Fulton; and seven grandchildren, Kaylin, Joselyn, Syrianna, Arabella, Isreal, Laina and Logan.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Randy Christian; one sister, Martha Ann Christian; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Nicole Hursey
OKOLONA – Nicole L. Hursey died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Chapel of Okolona.
Clara Harpole
BLUE SPRINGS – Clara Dee Poe “Momma Dee” Harpole, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Union County to Charlie and Rebecca Wilmoth Poe. She was a seamstress, homemaker and caregiver to those in need. She was a lifelong member of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school, made sweet tea for church functions and was the caretaker for the church. She loved her family and the community of Fairfield. Her hobbies were walking, crocheting, gardening, and fishing with her friend, Sybil.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at the Fairfield Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dan Rupert and her great-nephew, Phil Sparks officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Lara Hampton (Billy Ray) of Blue Springs; her son, Ronald Harpole (Eva) of Blue Springs; a sister, Mary Marrow of Batesville; two sisters-in-law, Yancydine Smith of Calhoun City and Revenell Poe of Saltillo; two granddaughters, Venessa Greene (Hugh) of Dennis and Crystal Stegall (Bob) of Fulton; six grandsons, Johnny Hampton (Verna), Gene Hampton, Gary Hampton, J.B. Harpole, James Harpole (Summer), Donald Harpole (Kayela), all of Blue Springs; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wesley Robert Harpole, who died in 1969; four sisters, Estell Elmore, Nadine Dunn, Ruth Rodgers and Bessie Lou Melton; a brother, Ellis Poe; two infant sons; a granddaughter; and a great-grandson.
Pallbearers will be Ben Bolan, Anthony Campbell, J.B. Harpole, Donald Harpole, Nicky Hazel and John Ben Hazel. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Hampton, Gene Hampton, Gary Hampton, James Harpole and Alex Greene.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at Fairfield Presbyterian Church.
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Addie Chandler
OKOLONA – Addie B. King Chandler, 82, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. She was born Dec. 19, 1929, to Sam King and Octavia King. She was a member of Mt. Moriah M.B. Church and a former employee of Rose Hill. She loved gardening and her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Moriah M.B. Church with the Rev. McKinney Whitley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Ella (John) Edwards of Nettleton; three sons, Richard (Virgie) Chandler Jr., James Chandler and Bobby (Mary) Chandler, all of Okolona; one sister, Annie Williams of St. Louis, Mo.; three brothers, Charlie King of St. Louis, Ben King and Henry King, both of Arkansas; 17 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John R. Chandler; two daughters, Mary Bogan and Alice Chandler; a sister, Leonna; and a brother, Budd.

Anne Hodnett
HOUSTON – Anne Hodnett, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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Claudia Moore
BELDEN – Claudia Mae Moore, 73, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at her home in Belden. She was born June 9, 1939, in Lee County to Quince and Annie Bell Moore. She gave her life to Christ at an early age at Mud Creek M.B. Church. She spent her remaining youth and adult life in Grand Rapids, Mich. She joined Messiah Baptist Church. She graduated from Michigan State University. For 17 years she was a preschool teacher at Morris Pre-School, Grand Rapids. After her health failed, she returned to Belden and joined Hopewell M.B. Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and sports.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the H.L. Coleman Center in Tupelo with the Rev. Curtis McKinney Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Cemetery in Tupelo. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three nephews, Ben Bradley Sr. and Augustus (Carrie) Bradley, both of Belden, and Johnny (Sherry) Bradley of Tupelo; three nieces, Annie Glen and Doris (James) Ruff, both of Belden, and Dorothy Ray of Memphis; one sister-in-law, Daisey Bradley of Belden; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, James Bradley.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Robert Floyd
TUPELO – Robert Herman Floyd died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 25, 1936, to Sudie Mae Satterwhite and Chester Floyd.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church at Chesterville with the Rev. Henry L. Vaughn officiating. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Ydell Floyd; three children, Shelissa Montgomery (Ronald) of Las Vegas, Robert Kevin Floyd (Tina) of Plantersville and Carla Denese Floyd of Tupelo; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Minnie Pearl Traylor; two brothers, Ray Satterwhite (Willie) and James Satterwhite; an uncle, Fletcher Satterwhite; three brothers-in-law, James Patton (Susie), Sam Patton (Mae) and Terry Patton; three sisters-in-law, Delois Carruthers, Ruby Bailey and Verlean Elliott; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Derrick Bernard Floyd; and a brother, Otho Satterwhite.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family present from 6 to 7 p.m. today.

Tamara Nunley
SALTILLO – Tamara Lynn Nunley, 43, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at her home. She graduated from Iuka High School in 1987. She moved to Sonoma, Calif., where she worked for years in the wine industry, managing tasting rooms for various wineries. She moved back in 2011 to be near her family.
Service will be at 7 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn with Opie Hurst officiating. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her father, Kenneth Nunley (Erma) of Atlanta, Texas; her mother, Barbara Grimes (Bobby) of Belmont; sister, Michelle Bevill (Mike) of Baldwyn; brothers, Bryan Grimes (Dakota) of Belmont and Preston Nunley of Leaksville.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today and continue until service time at the funeral home.
Oneata Mink
SALTILLO – Oneata Mink, 91, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Lee County, she was born June 30, 1921, to Columbus and Ila Eaton Blankenship and for the past 12 years resided in Saltillo. For many years she worked as a seamstress in the furniture industry from which she retired. She loved doing arts and crafts, soft sculptured dolls, quilting, growing her roses and especially loved her family. By faith she was a Methodist.
Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery east of Booneville.
Survivors include two daughters, Joan Padgett (John) of Mt. Home, Ark., and Linda Cody (Roger) of Saltillo; eight grandchildren, Jason Bacon (Amy) of Myrtle, Danny Bacon (Crystal) of Dorsey, Brian Padgett (Michelle) of Mt. Home, Ark., Tim Padgett (Natila) of Springfield, Mo., Missy Nichols of Biggersville, Ricky Nichols of Benton, Mich., Mike Nichols of Michie, Tenn., and Tammy Howard of Detroit, Mich.; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, John Nichols, two sons, Billy Nichols and Jack Nichols; one brother, Olive Blankenship; two stepsisters, Vera Brady and Virginia Battles; and two great-grandsons, Hayden Padgett and Kyle Bland.
Pallbearers will be Brian Padgett, Tim Padgett, Danny Bacon, Jason Bacon, Roger Cody and Jason Morris.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
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Chris Putnam
HAMILTON – Chris Putnam, 34, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at University Hospital in Jackson. He was born July 22, 1978, to Billy Ovin Putnam and Gaitha Dean Putnam in Eupora. He lived in Monroe County for the past 20 years and graduated from Hamilton High School. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. He worked at 1st mate on ACBL River Boat.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. John Maxey officiating. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery in Stewart.
Survivors include his wife, Christina Marie Prestage Putnam of Hamilton; one daughter, Abigail Phillips of Hamilton; one son, Tyler Phillips of Hamilton; his mother, Gaitha Dean Putnam of Hamilton; one sister, Ginger Putnam of Pheba; one brother, Brad Putnam (Brynn) of Hamilton; three stepbrothers, William Putnam of Aberdeen, Mike Putnam (Lisa) of Caledonia and Jeff Putnam (Leslie) of Caledonia; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew, Aiden Hall.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
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Bonnie Bennett
BRUCE – Bonnie Bee Bennett, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at Bruce Community Living Center in Bruce. She was born March 2, 1923, in Calhoun County. She was a graduate of Bruce High School. She was a homemaker, a member of the Bruce First Baptist Church and a former member of the Bruce Twentieth Century Club and WMU.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, B.J. Bennett; one daughter, Linda Jean (Frank) Calder of Germantown, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Cassie Jean Calder of Nashville, Tenn.; one sister, Lois Young of Madison; and one brother, A.D. (Erma) Spratlin of Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earlie Arthur Spratlin and Ester Stewart Spratlin; and three sisters, Earlene Barnes, Elvira Vanlandingham and Hortense McKelroy.
Pallbearers will be Smoky Barefield, Charles Bennett, Clardis Bennett, Roy McDowell, Art Spratlin and Robert Ware. Honorary pallbearers will be Rex Jarrett, Dr. Bruce Longest, Dwight Ruth, Ricky Vaughn, Robert Ware, Joe Young and Sid Young.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
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John D. Cooper
RED BAY, Ala. – John D. Cooper, 85, died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. He was a native of Franklin County, Ala. He had been an employee of Mueller Copper Tube and Blue Bell. He attended Cornerstone Church of God. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cornerstone Church of God in Red Bay with Bro. Ben Young and Bro. Micah Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery in Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 62 years, Ruth Maxine Cooper of Red Bay; two children, Jackie Cooper (Dianne) of Dennis and Debbie Lindsey (Ken) of Red Bay; two sisters-in-law, Bonnie Cooper and Evelyn Cooper; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Bertha Cooper; one sister, Dorothy Faulkner; and two brothers, Charles Cooper and Aaron Cooper.
Pallbearers will be elders of Cornerstone Church of God.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Cornerstone Church of God.

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