Obituaries August 27, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Shelby
BYHALIA – Mary Earline Shelby, 65, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at her home in Byhalia. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Frances F. Ward
CORINTH – Frances F. Ward, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born May 28, 1926. She was a retired factory worker for the Coca Cola Bottling Company and a member of North Side Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Minister Lennis Nowell officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister, Mildred Fields Sherard of Birmingham, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Vangie Fields of Tupelo; a niece, Pam Sherard; three nephews, Rodney Sherard, Rusty Sherard and Don Fields.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Aubrey Ward; her father, George Fields; her mother, Nellie Chase Fields; and a brother, Alton Fields.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Grannie Garner
BOONEVILLE – Mary Francis “Grannie” Garner, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Jan. 23, 1933, in Baldwyn to Frank and Polly Orff Floyd. She was a machine operator at Prentiss Manufacturing Company, and she was a member of Christ Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, walking, and picking up cans. She loved cats.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Danny Garner (Cynthia) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Robert E. “Rob” Garner of Starkville, Curtis Gordon Garner (Haley) of Wren, Amanda Davis of Tupelo, Amber Barnes (Kevin) of Saltillo and Audrey Garner of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Wayne “Pop” Garner, on June 4, 1974; a son, James H. Garner; and her parents.
Pallbearers are Rob Garner, Gary Grimes, James (Elvis) Lytal, Bart Patten, Curt Garner, Jackie Stewart and Duane Hamm.

Joe W. Thorn
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Joe W. Thorn, 79, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the Helen Keller Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maud Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the 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.

Tony Tumbler
ABERDEEN – Tony Tumbler, 56, died Monday, Aug. 23, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Clark Chapel M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.
Ava Tallant
MARIETTA – Ava Tallant, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She enjoyed her flower garden, reading the Bible and shopping at Walmart. She retired from the North Mississippi Medical Center, and she was a waitress and seamstress. She was a member of Ozark Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ozark Baptist Church with Bro. Dempsey Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three sisters, Virginia Peters (Danny) of Saltillo, Agnes Shields (Clifton) of Tupelo and Eva Smith of Mantachie; two brothers, James Johnson and Bobby Johnson (Margaret) of the Ozark community; a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Vell Barnes Johnson; sister, Audrey Haggard; three brothers, Eddie Lee “Sonny” Johnson, Rex Johnson and Jessie Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Jason Peters, Greg Johnson, Mitchell Smith, Michael Johnson, Jody Johnson, Scott Johnson and Chris Johnson.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

Teresa Barnett
OKOLONA – Teresa Ann Griggs Barnett, 51, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at her residence in Okolona. She was born Dec. 14, 1958, to Larry James Griggs Sr. and Cratis Holcomb Griggs in Aberdeen. She lived in Okolona for the past 33 years. She graduated from Aberdeen High School and worked in the furniture industry. She was a member of Egypt Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Larry Jeffries officiating. Burial will be in Boone Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Barnett of Okolona; one son, John Barnett and wife, Toni, of Okolona; one brother, Larry James Griggs Jr. of Hamilton; and one grandchild, Kylie Barnett.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
To sign the register and leave condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

V. Kyle Welch
OXFORD – V. Kyle Welch, 77, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Robert Summerford
SMITHVILLE – Robert Summerford, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Faye Curbow
AUBURN – Faye Curbow, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Lee County native and longtime resident of the Auburn community, she was born March 10, 1926, to William Arthur and Edith Evelyn Davis Dickerson. As a pastor’s wife and homemaker, she loved taking care of her family and supporting her husband’s ministry. She had a heart for children and enjoyed working with Bible Drills. She was a member of Auburn Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Auburn Baptist Church with Rev. Bob O’Neal and Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Auburn Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Rev. Howard Tison Curbow of the Auburn community; two daughters, Nancy Allbrook (Danny) of Collinsville and Dawne Nabors (Mitch) of Fulton; two sons, Clark Curbow (Teresa) of Tupelo and Steve Curbow (Sandra) of Mooreville; her sister, Mary Frances Loyd of Eggville; her brother, Joe Dickerson (Patricia) of Park Ridge, Ill.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Howard Tison Curbow Jr.; a son-in-law, Rex Chaney; and six brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Hoyt Curbow, Britt Curbow, Jeff Rigdon, Andy Gregory, Art Loyd Jr. and Michael Dickerson.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Larry Holloway
WINTER PARK, Fla. – William Larry Holloway, 72, died on Saturday, Aug. 14, 2010, at the Hospice House in Winter Park, Fla. Born on Oct. 22, 1937, in Amory, he was a son of William Hasty Holloway and Ruth Lantrip Locke. He was a graduate of Amory High School Class of 1955. He lived in Florida for several years and worked as an architect. He was of the Baptist faith. An avid golfer, he enjoyed the outdoors, flower gardening and watching all types of sports. Mr. Holloway embraced life to the fullest and, as an artist, this was revealed in his paintings, especially his Masters painting.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. The family will receive friends following the service.
He is survived by a son, Lance (Brenda) Holloway Davis of Amory; grandchildren, Megan D. (Kyle) Tutor and Jarrett Davis, all of Amory; special friend, Jeannette Price of Winter Park, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.
Betty Jane Thompson
AMORY – Betty Jane Thompson, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at River Place. Born on Nov. 30, 1934, in Sulligent, Ala., she was a daughter of Henry and Flora Stanford Seales. She married Kenneth Gene Thompson on Aug. 23, 1950. Mrs. Thompson was a seamstress and retired from Amory Garment. She was a member Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church in Detroit, Ala. A hard worker, she enjoyed working in her yard and reading her Bible daily.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by a sister, Carolyn Boyd, and brothers, Jackie (Ann) Seales and Larry (Renee) Seales, all of Smithville; nieces, Mitzi (Tony) Summerford, Emily (Joel) Washburn and Tina (Doug) Maxwell; nephews, Scott Seales, Ryan (Miranda) Seales and Tim Boyd; and 13 great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Pallbearers will be Scott and Ryan Seales, Tim Boyd, and Steven, Todd & Wade Summerford. Honorary pallbearers will be the nurses and staff at River Place.
For those who prefer, memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 52, Smithville MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at picklefh@att.net.

Emmitt Williams Sr.
OXFORD – Emmitt Eugene “Hoot” Williams Sr., 84, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wilkie Bogan
FLINT, Mich. – Wilkie Bogan, 69, formerly of Byhalia, died Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, at McLaren Regional Medical Center in Flint, Mich.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Isaac Chapel CME Church in Byhalia. Burial will be in Watson Cemetery in Byhalia. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday.

Isaac James
HOLLY SPRINGS – Isaac James, 83, died Sunday, Aug. 22, 2010, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Peel M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today.
Van Cagle
TUPELO – Van Montgomery Cagle, Ph.D., 55, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, at his residence in Tupelo. He was born June 1, 1955, in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to Marion and Betty Montgomery Cagle. He attended First United Methodist Church. He was a 1973 graduate of Tupelo High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University in 1977 and received his master’s degree and Ph.D in oral and written communications from the University of Illinois in 1983. Mr. Cagle was a professor of sociology and popular culture classes in the Communications Department of Tulane University in New Orleans for six years. He loved Champagne, Ill., and New York City, where he lived for 10 years while working for the Center for Study of Media and Society. He was the published author of a book, “Reconstructing PopSub Culture: Art Rock and Andy Warhol.” He wrote a chapter about Elvis fans in the book, “Afterlife as Afterimage” and was the author of numerous articles in various publications. He had a love for art and pop culture.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tupelo Memorial Park with Rev. Andy Ray officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Marion and Betty Cagle of Tupelo; a sister, Libby Cagle Pollard (Roy) of Starkville; a niece, Lindsay Pollard of Oxford; and a nephew, Kyle Pollard of Starkville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Lee County Library, 219 N. Madison St., Tupelo, MS 38804; or Helping Hands, c/o First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.