Obituaries August 23, 2013

LaWanda Martin
SARDIS – Mary LaWanda Martin, 77, passed peacefully into the arms of her precious Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, after a brief illness. LaWanda was born in Lafayette Springs and graduated from Thaxton High School in 1954. She was employed by Bell Telephone in Oxford prior to her marriage to Culley Martin. In their 58 years of marriage, she was a wonderful wife and homemaker who delighted in caring for her children and grandchildren. She and her husband have attended Broadmoor Baptist Church since 1976. Her life was a testimony of her faithful walk with the Lord.

After her husband’s retirement, Culley and Lawanda moved to their lake home in Sardis, where she was able to engage in her passion and talent for crappie fishing. Her vegetable and flower gardens kept her busy and were enjoyed by all; most certainly by those fortunate enough to sample her legendary cooking. Having played in high school, she was a basketball enthusiast with her favorite team being the University of Memphis Tigers. Whether it be fishing, gardening, cooking, or rooting for her team, the common thread was always sharing time with family and friends and an abundantly generous spirit.

LaWanda was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Hubbard Hudson and Inez Hudson Carwile, both of Thaxton.

She is survived by her husband, Culley Martin; daughters, Donna Northcott and Lisa Martin; son, David Barry Martin (Richell), all of Memphis.

She was “MeeMaw” to four adoring grandchildren, Amber Northcott, Lindsey Northcott, Benjamin Martin and Samuel Martin.

She is also survived by five brothers, Collins Hudson (Sharon) of Southaven, Loyd Hudson (Mary) of Germantown, Tenn., Tommy Hudson (Charlotte) of Tupelo, Leighton Hudson (Diane) of Walls and Bill Carwile (Diane) of Amory; and many nieces and nephews.

The gathering of family and friends will be at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 N. Germantown Road, on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 2:30 p.m. Bro. Bo Grace will officiate. Interment will follow in Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be made at www.memphisfuneralhome.net.

Veronica Hawkinson
CORINTH – Veronica Marie Hausladen Hawkinson, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Dogwood Assisted Living Center in Corinth. She was born July 18, 1930, in Winsted, Minn. She was a homemaker. She was of the Catholic faith and a member of St. James Catholic Church in Corinth and Tupelo. A wonderful Christian lady, she was an excellent homemaker, caring for her family well.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Dale P. Hawkinson (Mary Jo) of Manhattan, Kan.; one daughter, Mary Hinton (Phil) of Corinth; one brother, Ray Hausladen (Nancy) of Eagan, Minn.; 12 grandchildren, Elizabeth J. Hawkinson Johnson (David), Andrew P. Hawkinson (Michelle), Micah P. Hawkinson (Magen), Joseph P. Hawkinson (Jessie), Timothy P. Hawkinson, Samuel P. Hawkinson, Nathanael P. Hawkinson (Larissa), Hannah J. Hawkinson Belsan (Jon), Tabitha J. Hawkinson, Naomi J. Hawkinson, Barnabas P. Hawkinson and Phil Richard Hinton Jr.; and 18 great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Christian, Garrison and Kenan Johnson, Rachel, Paul, Daniel, Joel and Abigail Hawkinson, Myrick and Matthew Hawkinson, Benjamin, Asher, Gideon, Judah and Ruby Hawkinson, and Olivia and Tate Hawkinson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Hawkinson; her father, Edwin Hausladen; her mother, Hilda Fasching Hausladen; and a sister, Florence Kieser.

Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Darrian Bobo
FULTON – Darrian O. Bobo died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

Sue Chandler
NEW ALBANY – Georgia Sue Cox Chandler, 83, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born May 9, 1930, in Chickasaw County to George Columbus Cox and Vivian Richardson Cox.

She was retired from Action Industries in Tupelo, where she worked as an upholsterer.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Okolona, where she volunteered in the nursery for more than 30 years.

She baked for the community and visited the Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona for many years.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at First Baptist Church of Okolona with the Rev. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in the Flatwoods Cemetery in Mountain View, Ark. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Kay Chandler Bratton (Randy) of Rome, Ga.; two sons, Dewey Cox (Sandra) of West Point and Don Chandler (Katie) of New Albany; a sister, Elizabeth Cox Whitenton (Doug) of Tupelo; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Hughie Everette Chandler.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Okolona.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Okolona.

For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

George Scott
TUPELO – George Wesley Scott passed away on Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an long illness. As a faithful member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, he served on the Deacon Board, Usher Board and Board of Trustees, and as Sunday school superintendent. He was a retired employee of McRae’s Department Story. He was a licensed barber for several years.

A life celebration service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Living Word and Praise Sanctuary. The Rev. Tony Hereford will officiate, and the Rev. Curtis McKinney Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in Hopewell Church Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his sons, Wesley Scott of Birmingham, Ala., Jerel Scott and Darain Scott of Tupelo, and Lawrence Scott of Memphis; sisters, Betty McKinney of Tupelo, Ruth (EddieLee) Guyton of Memphis, Annie (Charles Sr.) Copeland of Saltillo, Brenda Robertson of Derby, Conn., Debra (James) Tugger of Tupelo, Itassa Scott of Mooreville, and Veronica Ballard, Vanessa Ballard, Shewan Gorden and Shaunta Gorden, all of Chicago; brothers, Theodis Scott of Minnesota, Fred {Linda) Scott of Tupelo, Archie (Kim) Scott of Belden, David (Abby) Scott of Guntown and Olden Gorden Jr. of Chicago; several aunts and uncles; and five grandchildren.

Viewing will begin at 4 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel with family and friends hour from 6 until 7 p.m.

Online condolence can be made to the Scott family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Samuel Knox
TUPELO – Samuel Knox, 83, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Winona, the son of Henry L. Knox and Queen Ester Thomas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at FEBC in Ripley. Pastor Ronnie Gibbs will officiate. Burial will be in Saints Rest Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four sisters, Alberteen Cunningham, Willa Brandon, Jonnie Thomas and Gerldine Marble; and 18 children, Stanzel Knox, Samuel Knox Jr., Michael Knox, Denise Knox, Ange Knox, Samette Knox, Anthony “Tony” Knox, Michael J. Knox, Candice Clark, Rick Knox, Shamonica Knox, Cornelius Knox, Immanuel Knox, Heaven Knox, Moses Knox, Geneva Knox and Markus Knox.

He was preceded in death by his father, Henry L. Knox; his mother, Queen Ester; and his daughter, Mina Knox.

Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday at the church.

Tommie Todd
BOONEVILLE – Tommie L. Todd, 87, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 17, 1925, to Prentice and Lessie Holley Godwin. She was a retired school teacher and a member of Hills Chapel Church of Christ. She loved working in her garden, her flowers, reading and sewing.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Johnny Miller and Minister Don Green officiating. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Terry Wayne (Cathy) Todd of Booneville; one sister, Helen Long of Booneville; two grandchildren, Brandie (Thomas) White of Booneville and Chris (Stephanie) Robinson of Tiplersville; and five great-grandchildren, Lexie Robinson, Cade Robinson, Riley Robinson, Allie-Grace White and Coltn White.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Todd; her parents; and one sister, Mary Francis Riddle.

Pallbearers will be Thomas White, Chris Robinson, Keith Chase, George White, Larry Lambert and Ray Burcham.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jewell Howell
AMORY – Jewell Marie Pearson Howell, 91, died on Thursday Aug. 22, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Born Oct. 20, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Carl and Claude Kyle Pearson. She attended Wren schools and married Benford Howell in 1941. Before her retirement, she was a seamstress working for Amory Garment and later for Red Kap. She was a member of the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church in Hatley. She enjoyed reading.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Adam Pearson officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd Howell (Joyce) of Amory; four sisters, Frances Isbell of Guin, Ala., Peggy Head (Billy Wayne) of Athens, Glinda Smith (Greg) of South Carolina and Judy Dove (Carl) of Hatley; three sisters-in-law, Mary Sue Hilliard of Amory, Sarah Pearson of Hatley and Jural Pearson of Hatley; three brothers, Billy Pearson (Bonita) of Hatley, Herman Pearson (Martha) of Aberdeen and Dennis Pearson (Pat) of Amory; three grandchildren, Melissa Cowley (Connie) of Amory, Teresa Howell of Cordova, Tenn., and Craig Howell (Brandi) of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; and five great-grandchildren, Kaylin Cowley, Bryce Cowley, Lakely Howell, Jackson Howell and Abigail Jewel Howell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, W.C. Pearson, Lee Roy Pearson and Steve Pearson; and two sisters, Earnestine Roberts and Mary Ann Cantrell.

Pallbearers will be David Pickle, Lloyd Pearson, Boyd Pearson, Anthony Pearson, Jeff Pearson, Josh Pearson, Tommy Head and Brock Pearson.

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

Memorials may be made to the Hatley Cemetery Fund.

Condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Clinton McGreger
PITTSBORO – Clinton Elvis McGreger, 89, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at his home. He was born Sept. 26, 1923, in Calhoun County. He was a graduate of Vardaman High School. He was an active member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer for many years. He married Cela Mitchell and they made their home in the Rocky Mount community on the family farm. A farmer by profession he had a love for the land and for his farm.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Rocky Mount Baptist Church at Pittsboro. Bro. Larry Haggard and Bro. Clovis Logan will officiate. Burial will be in Rocky Mount Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Cela Mitchell McGreger of Pittsboro; one daughter, Sandra Rogers (Tommy) of Tupelo; one son, Mitch McGreger (Christy) of Bruce; one sister, Moss Green of Bruce; four grandchildren, Jamie Sims (Evelyn), Amanda Beckett (Brandon), Nathan McGreger (Angela) and Nicholas McGreger (Chelsea); three stepgrandchildren, Chad Rogers (Ann), Brad Rogers (Meadow) and Haley Williams; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Newton McGreger and Maudie Murphree McGreger, and three sisters, Audie Burt, Beatrice Haire and Birtis Bryant.
Pallbearers will be Lowell Bryant, Scott Collins, J.C. Haire, Sid Haire, Nathan McGreger, Nick McGreger, Jerry Murphree and Jamie Sims.

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

For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Rickey Young
GRAND JUNCTION, Tenn. – Rickey L. Young, 51, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. James Church of God in Christ in Grand Junction, Tenn. Burial will be in the Grand Junction City Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rickey Harris
GOLDEN – David Rickey Harris, 47, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

To leave online condolences or sign the guestbook, visit www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

James Burns
MANTEE – James Burns, 89, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was a member of Upper Prairie Creek Church, a farmer and a factory worker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Upper Prairie Creek Church with the Rev. Henry Brownlee officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Annette Jamison (Wayne) of Mantee, Pearly Mae Brownlee (Cecil) of Houston and Barbara Wardlaw (Jimmy) of Starkville; four sons, James Willie Burns of Mantee, Jake Burns (Emma Lou) of Cedar Bluff, Charles Burns of Mantee and Robert Burns (Angela) of Pine Bluff; 27 grandchildren; three sisters, Dora Clark of Mantee, Shery Cousin of West Point and Ruthie Mae Cousin of Chicago; and one brother, John T. Burns of Chicago.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Burns; two sons, Willie Silas Belk and Larry Burns; and two sisters.

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

Joshua Parker
OKOLONA – Joshua Montrell “Josh” Parker , 27, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013. He was born Nov. 10, 1985, to Leroy Parker Jr. and the late Jacqueline Vance. He received his education from the Houston and Okolona schools.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Trinity Church of God in Christ in Houston with the Rev. Calvin Chandler officiating. Burial will be in Chandler Grove Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Ja’shaya Parker and Jak’aily McIntosh; two sons, Joshua Jr. and Malik; his father, Leroy Parker Jr.; his grandmother, Mattie Baskins of Houston; his grandfather, Leroy Parker of Okolona; sister, Lashonda Atkinson; and brothers, Lamar Vance (Quineisha), Reginald Parker and Antonio Parker.

He was preceded in death by his mother; a sister, Chelsea Parker; and a brother, Derrick.

Jammie Williams
ASHLAND – Jammie Lee Williams, 54, died Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, at his home in Benton County. He was born on Dec. 10, 1958, to D.C. Williams and Broxie Williams Smith. He was a member of Macedonia CME Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Foundation of Life with Pastor Bradley Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia CME Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by five brothers, Sammie Williams of Colombus, Ohio, Bruce (Lisa) Williams, Ricky Williams, Kenneth (Mary) Williams and Alexander Williams, all of Ashland; five sisters, Rosie Williams, Jannie (Bobby) Bostick, Annie (Micheal) Bostick and Shirley Matthis. all of Ashland, and Claudette (Roosvelt) Williams of Ripley; three aunts; six uncles; and a special friend, Nook Bogard.

Ruby Coleman
LAMAR – Ruby Lee Marble Coleman, 54, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013, at her home at Lamar.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Mt. Pisgah CME Church at Cayce. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum 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 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Gloria Kimble
TUPELO – Gloria Kimble, 66, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L.Jones Funeral Directors.

Lola Butler
FURRS – Lola Hallman Butler died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday.

For online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Michael Booker
OXFORD – Michael Darnell Booker, 55, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today with the family present from 4 to 7 p.m. today.

Roosevelt Randle
WEST POINT – Roosevelt Randle passed away in Memphis, Tenn.

Services will be at noon Saturday Aug. 24, at Lake Grove M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.

Emily Boswell
OXFORD – Emily Hall Boswell, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 23, at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jessie White
VINA, Ala. – Jessie Ray White, 49, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Juanita Jenkins
HOLLY SPRINGS – Juanita J. Jenkins, 44, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Gospel Center Temple Church of God in Christ in Moscow, Tenn. Burial will be in William Temple Church of God in Christ Cemetery in Moscow. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Durard Barnes
MANTACHIE – James Durard Barnes, 85, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Lela Walker
OKOLONA – Lela Walker died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.