Obituaries August 28, 2013

David Harkness
JACKSON – David “Lynn” Harkness, 79, died peacefully after an extended illness at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. He was surrounded by family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, of 60 years, Mary Glynn Powell Harkness; daughter, Kathy Johns (Jimmy); son, Kevin Harkness (Rachel); and three granddaughters, Lindsey, Kelly and Katie Powell, and a stepgranddaughter, Blake Bell; two sisters,

Martha Tate (Billy) and Schwanda Foster; one brother, Donnis Harkness (Sybil); and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rebecca and Ervin Harkness; three brothers, James, Ross and Leighton Harkness; and one sister, Anne Simmons.

The family would like to thank his caretaker, Margie Patterson, for her dedication to the family and the care she provided to Mr. Harkness.

David “Lynn” Harkness was born on Sept. 20, 1933, in Ecru and graduated from Ecru High School in 1952. He served in the U.S. Army G-2 Intelligence Pentagon Room. He attended Itawamba Jr. College and Mississippi State University. Some of his accomplishments included: employment with Southland Oil Co.; executive VP Mid-Continent System; president and owner of United Oil, United Terminal, MGM Corporation and MGM Oil Inc.; president and owner of Harkness

Management Corp. He was also past president and member of North Jackson Kiwanis Club and Lexington Rotary Club. He served as the director of Holmes County Selective Service Board, Valley Bank, Tallahatchie County Bank and

Depositors Savings Association. He also served as director and chairman of Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi Hospital Association, Board of Mississippi Baptist Enterprise and a lifetime deacon at First Baptist Church Jackson.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Jackson today, Aug. 28, 2013, at 11 a.m. He will be buried at the family plot in Ecru. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to First Baptist Church of Jackson “Vision for Life Fund” at 431 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39201.

Naomi Barnes
MOOREVILLE – Naomi Barnes, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, after an extended illness. She was born in Lee County on Sept. 21, 1933, to Connie and Hazel Mitchell. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she adored. Working in her flower garden, faithfully studying the word of God and attending church services were among her favorite hobbies and activities. She loved her church family dearly. She was a member of Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy and attended the Church of God of Prophecy in Fulton.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim Winters and the Rev. Jeremy Lincoln officiating. Graveside services will follow at the Union Grove Cemetery in Mooreville.

Her survivors include her husband of 60 years, James Barnes Sr.; one son, Rolon Barnes (Jan); two grandchildren, Andria and Andrew Barnes, all of Mooreville; two brothers, Jack Mitchell (Judy) of Littleville, Ala., and Harvey Mitchell of Mooreville; three sisters-in-law, Ann Sheffield of Atlanta, Ga., Linda Mitchell and Jane Cockrell, both of Mooreville; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Connie and Hazel Mitchell; one daughter, Sarah Dean Barnes; and one brother, Joel Mitchell.

Her pallbearers will be Mike T. Mitchell, Michael J. Mitchell, Tim Foster, Jack Gunter, Carlton Green and Billie Jo Ewing. Honorary pallbearers will be Albert Jackson, Bo Young, Clarence Foster, Jeff Cockrell, Archie Opiela and Paul Coggins.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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

Dennis Hilliard
OXFORD – Dennis “Cookie” Hilliard, 52, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Larry Thompson
ABERDEEN – William Larry Thompson, 68, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born March 10, 1945, to William Herman Thompson and Pearl Williams Thompson in Aberdeen. He was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen and a graduate of Aberdeen High School. He retired from Big Star of Aberdeen. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Aberdeen and the Lions’s Club.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Roy McKay officiating. Burial will be in Greenbriar Cemetery.

Survivors include his cousin and caregiver, Janice Langford (Gerald) of Amory; and two cousins, Cecil D. Wilson (Mabel) and Flossie Berry, all of Amory.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Hazel Martin
IUKA – Hazel Martin died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Ollie May Mayhall
GOLDEN – Ollie May Holcomb Mayhall, 96, died Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born Dec. 12, 1916, in Tishomingo County. She was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, flowers and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 28, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Dean Warren and Bro. Ray Cantrell officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are one son, Eunice Mayhall (Barbara) of Golden; two grandchildren, Sundra Sabine (David) of Madison, Ala., and Mark Mayhall (Kim) Fulton; four great-grandchildren, Chris Sabine of Starkville, Noelle Sabine of Madison, Ala., and

Brody Mayhall and Abby Grace Mayhall, both of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hancy Mayhall; her parents, Thomas Ira Holcomb and Deliah Pruitt Holcomb; an infant granddaughter, Wanda Mayhall; a great-grandson, Nick Sabine; three brothers, Noel Holcomb, Henry

Holcomb and an infant brother; and two sisters, Ethel Underwood and Arline Noel.

Pallbearers will be James Holcomb, Harold Holcomb, David Holcomb, Eucellis Underwood, Charles Mayhall and Roger Page.

Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.

Gloria Kimble
BELDEN – Gloria Jean Kimble, 66, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born in Tupelo, she was the daughter of the late Harold Griffin and the late Evelyn Weathington. She professed her hope in Christ at an early age and joined Chandlers Temple C.M.E. Church. She later moved her membership to St. Paul Outreach M.B. Church. She was better known as “Maw-Maw Jean.”

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at White Hill M.B. Church. The Rev. William A. Shack will officiate. Burial will be in Palmetto Community Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband, Johnny B. Kimble of Belden; three daughters, Beverly Walls (Billy) of Verona, Pamela Ray (Tony) of Tupelo and Daine King (Randell) of Belden; one son, Stacy McGaughy of Tupelo; a special niece, Tashaiuna Cherry of Belden; three sisters, Ester Griffen of Valley, Ala., Ozro (Bunchie) Cox of Verona and Joyce Jackson of San Antonio, Texas; two brothers, Kenny Weathington of Peru, Ind., and Robert Weathington of San Antonio, Texas; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.

Charlie Petty
MASON, Tenn. – Charles Louis “Charlie” Petty, 53, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home and Cremation Center of Oakland, Tenn.

Maxie Russell
PONTOTOC – Maxie Russell passed away Monday, Aug. 26, 2013.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at West Heights Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

Jessie Orman
ASHLAND – Jessie Newton Orman, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at his granddaughter’s home in Rienzi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Bessie McCoy
HOLLY SPRINGS – Bessie Faye McCoy, 90, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holly Springs Funeral Home.

Amanda Massey
WREN – Amanda D. Massey, 36, died on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Memphis. Born on April 6, 1977, in Birmingham, Ala., she was a daughter of Terry W. and Nancy Clark Hallman. She was a graduate of SBEC in Southaven and attended ICC. After graduating from beauty school in Memphis, she worked as a hairdresser. Growing up Baptist, she was a former member of Bellevue Baptist Church. Having a big heart, a beautiful smile and a great personality, she was passionate about helping others, enjoyed telling jokes, doing crafts, singing, shopping and spending time with her mom and listening to U2.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Kristen Olivia Massey of Wren (fiancé, Kip Reese); granddaughter, Holland Massey; sisters, Stacey Hallman of Wren and Paige Kennedy (Bubba) of Evergreen; nieces, Lydia Heinz and Hadrien Hallman; and special friend, Josh “Jocawa” Warner of Memphis.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. today, Aug. 28, at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Clark and Bro. Bubba Kennedy officiating.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2:50 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Faith Ministries, 1634 N. Veterans Memorial Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Laquitta Baxter
BALDWYN – Mary Laquitta Baxter, 57, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013, after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 27, 1955, to Billy and Irva Fleming Thomas. She worked at Reed’s Manufacturing and Action Furniture. She enjoyed singing in a gospel quartet and playing the piano, spending time with her children and grandchildren and going to T-ball and football games.

Services will be at noon Thursday, Aug. 29, at Ozark Baptist Church with Bro. Dempsey Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Waters Funeral of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Brandi Bishop (Joe) of Mantachie; two sons, Chad Baxter (Crystal) of Mantachie, Aron Baxter (Courtney) of Kirkville; a sister, Bonnie Barnes; a brother-in-law, Tony Barnes (Sharon); two sisters-in-law, Rita Doorman (Danny) and Gayle Pharr (Jerry); 13 grandchildren, Rusty, Campbell, Preston, Kendall, Colten, Cooper, Haley, Laykin, Shelly, Kylee, Eden, Katilyn and Payton; and special friend and companion, Danny Baxter.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, James Mitchell Thomas

Pallbearers will be Tony Barnes, Cody Barnes, Dustin Barnes, Zac Barnes, Jamie Thomas, Rusty Thompson, Joe Bishop, Michael Swang Long and Brandi Bishop. Honorary pallbearers will be Chad Baxter, Colten and Cooper Baxter, Peyton Baxter and Preston Bishop.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10:30 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Carson Chandler
TUPELO – Carson Ethan Chandler, 2 years old, died Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. The son of Quintisha Chandler, he was born Jan. 22, 2011, in Lee County.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Morning Star M.B. Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Torrance McIntosh officiating. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery at Verona. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Quintisha Chandler of Tupelo; his grandparents, Twilla Chandler of Tupelo and Chris Ingram of Pontotoc; one aunt, April (Tony) Johnson of Saltillo; and two uncles, Quincy (Chassity) White of Guntown and Anterio Chandler of Tupelo.

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

Family and friends may sign the guest book at www.agnewandsons.com