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 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.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Helon Boozer.
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. today 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.
BOONEVILLE – Faye Caldwell, 93, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born on Jan. 17, 1920, in Prentiss County in the Marietta community to Zeb Thomas Fortner and Ollie Barnes Fortner. She attended Marietta School and married Vance Caldwell on Nov. 14, 1937, when she was only 17. They were married for 59 happy years. He preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1997. She and her husband shared a love for the Booneville Church of Christ where they were faithful members as long as their health allowed. Mrs. Caldwell used her cooking, quilting, and sewing talents as long as she could to help in various works of the church. She always had a heart for those in need. She always looked forward to Vacation Bible School every year from the time her children and grandchildren were small until she was well into her 80’s. As long as she could safely drive she brought many community children to VBS. She also enjoyed helping with refreshments during that week. She and her sister were in charge of that phase of VBS for many years.
She was an outstanding seamstress and enjoyed doing all kinds of needle work. She loved designing pretty frilly dresses with ruffles, lace and appliqués for her granddaughters. She crocheted a beautiful heirloom baby blanket for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren when they were born. When she was 92 she crocheted a pretty feminine blanket for her first fifth generation grandchild, a great-great-granddaughter. In 1968 she created and designed her daughter’s wedding dress, and she loved making pretty clothes for her beloved daughter-in-law who married her older son in 1959. In the early 1980’s she made ceramics and gave beautiful pieces to her family and friends. In the spring, summer and fall her days were spent outside. She was known all over town for her beautiful yard which was filled with beautiful flowers and shrubs. Even though yard work was her true passion, she was also a wonderful cook. Her three children and spouses will always remember her light fruit cakes she made from scratch for each family every Christmas.
She lived at home alone until she became disabled at age 91. She then moved to assisted living at The Landmark Community where she renewed some old friendships and also made many new friends. Since she had worked hard her entire life as a housewife and mother, she enjoyed her “life of leisure” at The Landmark Community for the last phase of her life. She loved her time there and became close to those there who cared for her needs and kindly thanked them daily for their loving care.
She is survived by her three children, Dean Caldwell and wife, Nellie, of Vicksburg, Joyce Morgan and husband, Larry, of Booneville, Rick Caldwell and wife, Benny, of Sheffield, Ala.; seven grandchildren, Cindy Mathes (Ray) of Edwards, Tim Caldwell (Michelle) of Spanish Fort, Ala., Christy Parker of Jasper, Ala., Jennifer Cowan (Mark) of Vicksburg, Michelle English (Todd) of Booneville, Brad Caldwell (Lisa) of Cabot, Ark., Bryan Senter (Lara) of Cordova, Tenn.; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; her sister Eloise Beard of Booneville; her brother Vernon Fortner (Stennis) of Houston; numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Mack Fortner and Zeb Thomas Fortner Jr.; and her sister, Irene Wright.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Booneville Funeral Home with Minister Jim Estes officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Tim Caldwell, Brad Caldwell, Todd English, Mark Cowan, Ray Mathes, Avery Mathes, Stephen Caldwell, Aaron Caldwell and Jay Caldwell, her grandsons, great-grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Memorials may be made to The Caring Cooks, Booneville Church of Christ, P.O. Box 28, Booneville, MS 38829.
Henry A. Suggs
NETTLETON – Henry Arthur Suggs, 64, died on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Sept. 18, 1948, in Amory, he was a son of the late Nathaniel “Soap” Suggs and Alice Jean Suggs. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of the West Amory (M.C.T.S.) High School. A great sports fan he loved baseball and was a super star at the third base position for the Amory Hawks. He enjoyed bowling and watching his favorite T.V. shows. A U.S. Army veteran he served for three years, then reenlisted in the Army on Sept. 22, 1977. Loving God and country, he was passionate about his church, his family and his military service.
He is survived by his wife, Doris Ann Suggs of Nettleton; two brothers, Phil (Ida) Suggs and Forrest (Deborah) Suggs, both of Louisville, Ky.; one sister, Annie Jean (Jasper) Clark of St. Louis, Mo.; one aunt, Henerene Holimon of Amory; and one uncle, Carl Edward (Mary) Thompson of St. Louis.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Suggs; a sister, Montye Faye Suggs; an uncle, Robert Earl Thompson; an aunt, Lola Mae Smith; and his grandparents, Edgar and Annie Suggs, and Arthur and Edgar Thompson.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday Aug. 25, at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leon Griffin officiating. Burial will follow in the Greater New Prospect Cemetery in Nettleton. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of
Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to services Sunday.
TUPELO – Roy Leander Carruth, 74, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after an extended illness. A Chesterville community native, he was born Aug. 30, 1938, to Horace Spencer and Leontine Heard Carruth. A graduate of Tupelo High School, he retired as a travel agent after many years of service. He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, in the Stateroom of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include one sister, Margaret Short of the Chesterville community; one niece, Kathy Most (Mike) of the Chesterville community; one great-nephew, Spencer Most of the Chesterville community; numerous cousins; and a special friend, Lane Scott of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother-in-law, Troy Short.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Chesterville (Lilly) Cemetery, 2556 Chesterville Road, Tupelo MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
FURRS – Lola Mae Hallman Butler, 77, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. A Pontotoc County native and lifelong resident of the Furrs community, she was born Sept. 26, 1935, to George and Birdie Lee Hinton Hallman. She was a graduate of Pontotoc High School where she was voted Most Beautiful. She married John David Butler on Nov. 6, 1954, and together they operated a family grocery store. She later became the owner of Korna Kopia Gift Shop which she ran for many years. She served her community as election commissioner. She was a dedicated member of Furrs Baptist Church, serving as church clerk for a number of years. Her family remembers her as a living example of a “Good Samaritan” who literally took in a sick and lonely stranger from New Zealand who needed a helping hand. This stranger and his family soon became lifelong friends. Her life revolved around her family to whom she was the central hub, opening her home at a moment’s notice and serving many meals to any who needed a place to stay or a bite to eat.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 24, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Dowdy and the Rev. Joe Epting officiating. Jackie Parker will offer a eulogy. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two daughters, Tami Butler of Columbus and Twila Bridges (Rick) of Corinth; an “adopted” daughter, Golda Vandiver of Columbus; two grandchildren, Mackenzie Bridges Jones (Rudy Nix) of Houston, Texas, and Madison Nelson (Jesse) of Corinth; her great-granddaughter, Jordy Nelson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; her sisters, Katherine Copeland (Louis), Christine Falkner (Gene) and Alma Russell (Johnny); and brothers, Morris Bass (Gladys), Jim Bass (Lorine) and Theron Hallman.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be noon to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Furrs Baptist Church and Sanctuary Hospice House.
For online condolences visit www.leememorialonline.com.
MANTACHIE – Durard Barnes, 85, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton. He was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Vina, Ala., to James Ira and Bonner McCulloug Barnes. A graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School, he was a recipient of the Balfour Award. He attended Ole Miss and then received his masters degree in accounting from the University of Memphis. A longtime resident of Verona, he spent the last seven years in Mantachie with his daughter. In his early life, he taught at Hopewell Elementary School and later retired from J.J. Rogers & Sons as a co-accountant. A musician and songwriter, he enjoyed the outdoors, particularly camping and fishing. He loved his family and cherished time spent with them. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Verona.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, Aug. 24, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Buddy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy Ellis (Louis) of Mantachie; one grandchild, Peter Gregory (Tammy) of Southaven; two great-grandchildren, Blake and Dolton Gregory of Southaven.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Berma Mask Barnes and Mary Nettles Barnes; his parents; and one brother, Howard Barnes.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials in his honor may be made to a charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Bobby Tribble, 71, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Jack Carlton Holland, 78, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Waterford. He was born Jan. 13, 1935, in Waterford. He was a plant foreman for Clipper Abrasive.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Waterford Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Lois Stone Holland of Holly Springs; two sons, Ed Holland of Waterford and Robert Holland of Holly Springs; one daughter, Virginia Miller of Fort Myers, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Joe Edd Murrah
HAMILTON – Joe Edd Murrah, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born Nov. 29, 1937, to Edwin Murrah and Elsie Dobbs Murrah. He retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Fig Hill Cemetery. A memorial service will follow at Hamilton Independent Senior Living Community Building. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jodee Adams and Melinda M. Lyles; five sons, Keith Murrah, Joe Murrah, Jesse Van Gunda, Michael Van Gunda and Mark Murrah; and one sister, Susie Perkins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Lidia Anne Murrah.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BOONEVILLE – Betty Mann Bolt, 73, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at her home in Booneville. She was born April 20, 1940, to Herman and Esther McVey Mann. She was a factory worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Dr. Joseph Pratt and Bro. Howard Rodgers officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty (Howard) Rodgers of Eupora and Ann (Chick) Key of Booneville; two sisters, Thelma Jean (Jack) Martin of Booneville and Triva Crane; two brothers, Robert Mann of Booneville and James Stanley Mann of Memphis; one sister-in-law, Francis Robinson; four grandchildren, Daniel (Rondy) Rodgers, Bo Key, David Rodgers and Melissa (Shane) Ross; seven great-grandchildren; and her companion, Wesley “Buddy” James.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Bolt; her parents; and one brother, Earl Mann.
Pallbearers are Bo Key, Daniel Rodgers, Michael Mann, Matthew Cox, Bill Robinson, George Robinson, Michael Robinson, Bryan Mann and Steve Mann.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Era Mae Williams
EUPORA – Era Mae Williams, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. She was born on Aug. 25, 1927, to Green Lee and Becky Russell. She delighted in singing gospel songs to her family and in her church.
She was a member of Harmony Freewill Baptist Church where she served as the children’s Sunday school teacher for 18 years. She loved sewing shirts for her family and working in her flowers. Her favorite pastime was decorating her home with her massive rooster collection and family pictures.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Harmony Freewill Baptist Church in Eupora with the Rev. Billy Michael Trull officiating. Burial will follow in the Montevista Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Anne Easter (Jimmy) of Cedar Bluff, Ella Hood (Billy) of Calhoun City and Johnnie Abbott (James( of Walthall; three sons, Tom Williams of Maben, Burl Williams (Dorothy) of Russellville, Ark., and Leon Williams (Mary) of Houston; 11 grandchildren, Colisa Johnson of Jackson, Angie Cooper (Shannon) of Oxford, Laura Williams of Houston, Texas, Jeff Fulgham (Kim) of Cedar Bluff, Michelle Bramlitt (Darrell) of Bruce, B.J. Hood of Clarksdale, Nathan Hood (Jena) of Jackson, John David Wise of Waveland, Phillip, Jonathan, and Justin Williams of Houston; and 11 great-grandchildren, Cris Keenum, Micah Johnston and Alana Smith, all of Jackson, Morgan and Cayse Cooper of Oxford, Abby Fulgham, Andrew Elkins, Skyler and Bailey Ray, all of Cedar Bluff, and Layla and Jillian Bramlitt of Bruce; and two sisters, Jennie Lee Carrier of Forrest City, Ark., and Dorothy Huffman (Jimmy) of Eupora.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Johnny B. Williams; a granddaughter, Becky Williams; sisters, Bealuh Russell, Polly Barnum and Goldie Knight; and one brother, Leon Russell.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Harmony Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 3735 Miss. Hwy. 9, Eupora, MS 39744.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Odice Lee Estes, 79, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, in Tennessee. He was a member of Mallalieu United Methodist Church and he served in the United States Air Force.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Mallalieu United Methodist Church with Dr. James Dye officiating. Burial will be in New Albany Cemetery, Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Ira Lee Estes of Racine, Wis.; three sisters, Betty McNeal (Haves) of Racine, Wis., Sarah V. Alexander of Memphis and Mary L. Edwards (Troy) of New Albany; four sisters-in-law, Nora Estes, Ernestine Estes, Alma L. Estes and Delphia Estes; and four foster children who are first cousins, Andrew Millsap, Charlie Lue Shackelford, Calvin Millsap and Josephine Ford.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
MADISON – Cathy Stalnaker Thornton Hartzog died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Wesley United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
To leave online condolences, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
RIENZI – Billy J. Sanders, 76, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Danville Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Sunday.
BALDWYN – Robert John “Bob” Green, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at his home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
SMITHVILLE – James W. Reese, 51, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. 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.
IUKA – Jim Bugg, 75, passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
HOLLY SPRINGS – William Lee Young, 78, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at his home in Saucier.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hill Crest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
EUPORA – Bobby C. Bingham died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
HOULKA – Carolyn Buggs died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
RIPLEY – Danny Wayne Walker, 70, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
NETTLETON – Chester Burt, 87, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.