TUPELO – On Sept. 4, 1948, Elizabeth “Betty” Luckett McGowan Montgomery was born to Dibbus and Pat McGowan in Mendenhall. Following a childhood spent riding her bike to the library, Betty matriculated at the Mississippi University for Women, where she continued her love of books as an English major. After completing her Master’s Degree, she married the love of her life and best friend, Charles “Chaz” Weinacker Montgomery and shared her love of American literature with students – both in Mississippi’s public schools and Itawamba Community College (ICC) – for more than 30 years.
Over the years, Betty constantly strove to enrich herself: She earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Mississippi, facilitated Tupelo’s Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension (LIMEX) Program, and became a certified Master Gardener.
She also enriched others: She served as a former president of the Mississippi Association for Gifted Children, advisory board president for the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, and a member of the Leadership Mississippi program. As a teacher for the “Senior College” at ICC, Mississippi Humanities College, and Loyola University New Orleans Alumni College, Betty continued to share her love of Southern authors, particularly Flannery O’Connor.
When asked to describe her grandmother, “Bee,” Ann Luckett responded, “She is real fancy. She works all the time. She loves bees and peacocks. And she loves picking up sticks.” Betty loved to travel, recently returning from a trip to Spain following the life of Saint Ignatius of Loyola; her family often joked that she would accept a ticket to nowhere, if offered. Betty often combined her love of travel with her other true love – shopping – and has haggled with street vendors in Europe, Asia and South America. Although Tupelo was her home, Orange Beach, Ala., held a special place in Betty’s heart; she was a regular at Doc’s Seafood Shack, the Flora-Bama and, of course, the Outlets.
Betty is survived by her large, close and loving family: her husband, Chaz; daughters, Meadie Katherine “Katy” Montgomery and Ann Elizabeth Montgomery; son, Charles Weinacker Montgomery Jr. (Laura) and his children, Ann Luckett and Cal; son, George “Patrick” Montgomery (Colleen Coveney); and her mother, Mary Elizabeth “Dibbus” Luckett McGowan; four siblings; and many nieces and nephews. She also had two dogs, Oliver and Andalusia, whom she adored.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. today at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo with Father Lincoln Dall officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today at the Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to support the Loyola Institute for Ministry Extension. Checks can be mailed to: St. James Catholic Church, ATTN: LIMEX, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The obituary for Booker T. “Jock” Townsend Jr. in Friday’s Daily Journal contained an incorrect listing of his name.
Betty F. Thomas
KENOSHA, Wis. – Betty Faye Thomas, 73, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at United Hospital System-Kenosha Campus. Born in Fulton on Jan. 31, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Will and Norma Jarrell Beasley. In 1958 she moved to Kenosha. On Sept. 27, 1958, she married Jimmie R. Thomas in Kenosha. She was employed at Le Blanc for over 21 years until her retirement. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.
She enjoyed watching Packer games with her husband; breakfast club meetings with the ladies; flowers; fashion; and gardening. Her greatest enjoyment always came from spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and traveling down south to Mississippi or to the Smoky Mountains. For more than 50 years, she hosted her famous Christmas party, where her home-baked Southern desserts became legendary.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmie, of Kenosha; two children, Jeffrey (Mindy) Thomas of Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and Pamela (Langdon) Alger of Minneapolis, Minn.; four grandchildren, Taylor and Elliott Thomas, and Olivia and Langdon Alger; one brother, Charles “Buck” (Martha) Beasley of Gatlinburg, Tenn.; and one sister, Truma Oswalt of Kenosha.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Hollis, Clin, Travis and Jake; and one sister, Marie Hopkins.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, at Proko Funeral Home. Entombment will follow at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home.
Access the memorial book at www.prokofuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Delfa Lee Cornelius, 90, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley.
She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Ripley. In her younger years she helped on the family farm during planting time. She enjoyed quilting, embroidering and baby-sitting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 4, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Terry Vuncannon officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Lula Bell Pickens of Nesbit; and two brothers, Marvin Cornelius (Jane) of Ripley and Bud Cornelius (Jerry) of Independence.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albie and Lizzie Cornelius; one brother, Earnest Cornelius; and two sisters, Mary Lizzie Blassingame and Edith Vick.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday.
IUKA – Ralph Dean Luttrell, 66, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ABERDEEN – Paul Ford, 80, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
BALDWYN – William “Billy” Bowdry, 81, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 3, 1932, in Lee County to Elbert Bowdry and Mary B. Swinney Bowdry. He worked at Major and Poole Welding Company and more than 27 years at Mid-South Packers in Tupelo. He was a member of Sandhill M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 3, at Sandhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Danny Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Virginia Nevels Bowdry of Baldwyn; two sons, Frederick (Bertha) Bowdry of Tupelo and Elbert Bowdry Jr. of Baldwyn; six daughters, Matilda (Lamar) Standifer, Myrtle (James) Edward, Lisa (Charles)
Henderson and Teresa (Leon) Grady, all of Baldwyn, Mary Bowdry of Southaven and Melinda (Jared) Bolton of Guntown; one sister, Rosalyn (Charlie) McCoy of Tupelo; one brother, Murray (Martha) Calomese of Baldwyn; 17 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and three brothers.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
George Coleman Sr.
CORINTH – George E. Coleman Sr., 88, passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at Magnolia Hospital. He was born to Edward Lee Coleman and Bessie Brawner Coleman of Corinth on July 19, 1925. He was married going on 70 years to Sarah Wallace Coleman. The Colemans were owners and operators of the Coleman Funeral Home in Corinth for almost 40 years. He was an Air Force veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong member, Sunday school teacher and on the board of trustees of Church of the Crossroads (formerly First Pentecostal Church) of Corinth. He was a Paul Harris Rotarian, member of the American Legion and VFW, a 32nd Decree Mason, past president of the Corinth Area Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations throughout his life. He enjoyed boating, golf and gardening during his retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah Wallace Coleman; a daughter, Rebecca Coleman Phipps of Corinth; sons, George E. Coleman Jr. (Harriette) of Memphis, Dr. Michael Coleman (Becky) of Greenwood and J. Price (Meridith) of Oxford; eight grandchildren, Courtney Elizabeth Coleman of New York, N.Y., George Edward (Jennifer) Coleman III of Wilmington, N.C., Sarah Lyle (Emanuel) Dampoux of Versailles, France, Michael Wallace (Crystal) Coleman Jr. of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Dr. Lee Walker (Amy) Coleman of Greenwood, John Robert (Jennifer) Coleman of Greenwood, Dr. Sarah Grace Phipps (Dave) Hajjar of Kennesaw, Ga., and Dr. Caroline Coleman (Matt) Massey of Memphis; 16 great-grandchildren; other relatives, including nephew, Calvin (Patricia) Pierce of Corinth; niece, Beth Coleman (Ben) Brock of Memphis; nephew, David Lee (Katy) Coleman Jr. of Hartville, Ohio; niece, Prissy Alexander (Cy) Yates of Flowermound, Texas; Jimmy (Pam) Alexander of Whitesboro, Texas; Beverly Alexander (Skip) Arnold of Boulder, Colo.; and special friend of family, Leslie West of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by a brother, David Lee Coleman; and a sister, Betty Jo Alexander.
Pallbearers will be Edward Coleman, Wallace Coleman, Lee Coleman, John Robert Coleman, Dave Hajjar, Wallace Pierce, David “Davey” Lee Coleman Jr. and Tucker Brock.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Church of the Crossroads in Corinth. Pastor Nelson Hight will officiate. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the church.
Flowers may be sent to the Church of the Crossroads in Corinth or memorials may be given in honor to the Lighthouse Foundation in Corinth or the Corinth Animal Shelter.
POPE – Ralph E. Sullivan, 74, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Interment will follow in Tutwiler Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BANNER – Thomas Ray “Tommy” Shafer, 58, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at his sister’s residence. He was born May 14, 1955, in Lebanon, Tenn., to Thomas Robert Shafer and Jean Shafer Freeman. He was a member of Pontotoc Church of Christ. He worked in sales for many years and was a self-employed painter until he became disabled. He was an avid fisherman.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Minister Evan Kirby officiating. Burial will follow in the Banner Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Dorothy Little Shafer; a daughter, Tosha Surrette (Breck) of Water Valley; a son, Chris Shafer of Banner; two sisters, Patricia Hall (James) of Etta and Nancy White (Michael) of Tupelo; one brother, Mike Shafer (Rener) of Etta; three grandchildren; and 14 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; his parents; and his stepfather, Jim Freeman.
Pallbearers will be Mark Waldrop, Adam Wortham, Breck Surrette, Jeff Oliver, Robbie Cosby and Kevin Kirby.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
VARDAMAN – Raymon Lee Murphree, 84, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at his daughter’s home. He was born Dec. 19, 1928, in Calhoun County. He was the retired owner of Salvage & Scrap Metal Recycling and a member of New Liberty Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 3, 2013, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Bro. Tim Cook and Bro. Sherman Adams will officiate. Burial will be in Taylor Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Cathy Murphree O’Bannon (Mike) of Vardaman; one son, Tommy L. Murphree (Deborah) of Olive Branch; three sisters, Ruthell Reynolds of Memphis, Helen Shipman of Marshall, Texas, and Grace Dugard of
Vardaman; 10 grandchildren, Todd E. Murphree, John Raymon Murphree, Brian Scott Murphree, Cassie Murphree Free, Shane O’Bannon, Lane O’Bannon, Jonathan Murphree, Dana Sookrag, Tonya Daniel and Mandy Howe; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Floyd Murphree and Johnie Tallent Murphree; his wife, Louise Betterton Murphree; a son, Raymon Lee Murphree Jr.; a sister, LaBerta Parker; and a grandson, Tracy Murphree.
Pallbearers will be Matt Free, Brian Murphree, Dustin Murphree, Eric Shane Murphree, John Murphree, Todd Murphree, Lane O’Bannon and Shane O’Bannon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Allen, Terry Allen, Tony Allen, Don Dugard, Jim
Dugard, Steve Parker, Joe Reynolds, Chad Scott and Pete Weldon.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online guest register, visit www.parkermemorialfunerlahomes.com.
ASHLAND – Van Dee Nutt, 81, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at his home in Ashland.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Sunday.
BOONEVILLE – Brewer Franklin “Manzy” Windham, 71, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 3, 1942, in Prentiss County to James Vance Windham and Maudie Faye Geno Windham.
He graduated from Mississippi State University and taught vocational agriculture in the Prentiss County Schools for 32 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Booneville. He enjoyed gardening, farming, listening to Southern gospel music, doing art sketches, going to First Monday and spending precious time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Aug. 3, at the First Baptist Church in Booneville with Bro. Matt Wilburn and Bro. Jason Dukes officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Presley Windham, whom he married on Dec. 21, 1969; two sons, Greg Windham (Jamie) and Brian Windham (Elisha), all of Booneville; a brother, Duane Windham of St. Charles, Mo.; two sisters, Martha Jean Hagler (Roger) of Mobile, Ala., and Joyce Green (Glen) of Jumpertown; five grandchildren, Meghan Windham, Matthew Windham, Brandon Windham, Carter Windham and Luke Brady Windham, all of Booneville; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a nephew, Mark Hagler.
Pallbearers are Jody Presley, Tony Presley, Riley Presley, Larry Cole, Glen Green and Joe Reed. Honorary pallbearers are Jacob Presley, Joshua Presley, Kevin Hagler, Donald Windham, Bently Green, Ashley Green and Roy Gray.
Visitation will continue until noon today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church for one hour prior to the service.
BLUE SPRINGS – Emily Nell Roberts Cobb, 86, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Union County to Willie H. Roberts and Jenny E. Adams Roberts. She was a retired sales clerk for Graber’s Department Store. She was a member of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Fairfield Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dan Rupert officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfield Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Dye (Carey) and Kathy Tucker (Bruce), both of Blue Springs; a son, Dennis Cobb (Marion) of Gun Barrel City, Texas; five grandchildren, Ashley Campbell of Alpine, Angie Nanney (Evan) of Baldwyn, Amy Sears (Joe), Christie Pittman (Sean) and Jenny Barclay (Adam), all of Dallas, Texas; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James E. Cobb; and a granddaughter, Melanie Sellars.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Tucker, Ashley Campbell, Evan Nanney, Pat O’Callaghan, Kirk Sellars and Carey Dye.
Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
SOUTHAVEN – Norma Huddleston Church, 76, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at her home. She was born June 3, 1937, in Booneville to Granville and Edith Melton Huddleston. She married F.C. Church on Aug. 12, 1953, and they lived in Southaven for the past 50 years.
She was very talented in the ceramic arts and other crafts, was an avid reader, and enjoyed extensive genealogy research and making friends across the country. Her life was a testament to her faith in God and exemplified her deep love and commitment to her family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Gary Huddleston and Bro. Doug Rakestraw officiating. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, F.C. Church; three daughters, Wanda Hardy of Southaven, Teresa (Sammy) Estes of Hernando and Denise Howe of Horn Lake; two sisters, Charlotte (Thomas) Deaton of Booneville and Debbie Huddleston of Olive Branch; two brothers, Larry (Diane) Huddleston and Gary (Donna) Huddleston, both of Booneville; four grandchildren, Jennifer Adcock (Brad) Ward, Chad (Christina) Adcock, Derek Howe and Alicia (Jeremy) Ferguson; and four great-grandchildren, Garrett Ward, Lauren Ward, Layla Adcock and Mackenzie Ferguson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Terry Wayne Huddleston.
In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfunealhome.com.
TUPELO – Jettie Cross Sanders, 95, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Montgomery County on April 22, 1918, to John Monroe and Sabra Ann Greenlee Cross. She was a graduate of Draughon’s Business College in Memphis. After graduation, she was the office manager for Tombigbee Electric. Later, alongside her husband, she owned and operated Travelers Motel on North Gloster until her retirement in 1979. She was a longtime member of Parkway Baptist Church. She enjoyed being outdoors, loved her flowers, feeding and watching the birds. She was an avid dog lover, thrived with their companionship, especially the time she spent with her Yorkie, Jazzy.
Stateroom services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at W.E. Pegues in Tupelo with Rev. Matt Scopel officiating. Graveside services will follow at Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her children, Melinda Beth Sanders of Tupelo and Paul Robin Sanders (Sandra) of Gulfport; and her grandson, Paul Robin Sanders Jr. of Hammond, La.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Page Sanders; her sisters, Zenie Milstead, Thelma Cross Carmeen and Velma Cross; and her brothers, Dennis Cross and William “Dub” Cross.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.