By NEMS Daily Journal
ABERDEEN – General Lee “Red” Young, 89, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. He was born Feb. 22, 1923, in Aberdeen to Elnora and Eddie Young. He joined Morgan Chapel United Methodist Church at an early age. After his health failed, he moved to Holly Springs with his son and daughter-in-law. He was baptized at Victory Church of Christ in Holly Springs on Jan. 26, 2011. He was married to Helen Young. They had six children. He later married Fannie Walker, who preceded him in death. He served in the U.S. Navy for three-and-a-half years and was a veteran of World War II. During his life he was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator at the Shell Plant and he was self-employed as a skilled welder.
He was a strong humanitarian and fighter for justice, continuing the fight until his death. One of his first fights was the fight for the right to vote without paying a poll tax. He went on to become the first African-American to vote in Aberdeen. He started the first NAACP chapter in North Mississippi with 25 members and a membership fee of 25 cents. He was president of the local chapter until his health failed. He participated in the 1963 March on Washington with 250,000 other protestors. He was with Dr. Martin Luther King in Memphis on April 3, 1968, and was involved in the 1965 “Bloody Sunday” march. He also was noted for helping identify Emmitt Till in Money and the three slain Civil Rights activitists in Philadelphia in 1964.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Roy Hazzle Gymnasium in Aberdeen. The Rev. David Jackson will officiate. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Young (Mary) of Holly Springs and General Young Jr. (Bessie) of Omaha, Neb.; four daughters, Eva Hamilton of Holly Springs, Evelyn and Elnora Young of Easton, Mich., and Angie Michelle Blair of Columbus; two stepsons, Johnny Walker (Mary) of Aberdeen and Jimmy Walker; 27 grandchildren; one special grandson, Jalone Young; a special stepgranddaughter; two special nieces, Julie and Benita Young; and a special caregiver, Teresa Frost.
He was preceded in death by two children, Christine and Johnny Young.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Visit the online register book at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Rachel C. Nelson, 86, died on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. She was born on May 16, 1926, in Shelby County, Tenn., to the late Thomas and Hattie Kelley Carter. She was married to the late Stephen D. Nelson for 43 years. They made their life in Cordova, Tenn. She built an active life with her family and friends. She was a member of Shelby County PTA Council. Rachel loved all people and always helped them if she could. Rachel and her husband moved to Lake Arrowhead, Myrtle, and were residents for 18 years.
Stephen was president of Lake Arrowhead and Rachel was a member of Union County Homemakers.
After her husband passed, she moved to Bartlett, Tenn.
She leaves five children, Linda Rusch (Jim) of Bartlett, Tenn., Nanc
Crawford (Terry) of Lake Arrowhead, Myrtle, Donna Harden (Rodney)
of Arlington, Tenn., Martha Lohse (Billy) of Myrtle and Stephen
D. Nelson Jr. of Memphis; 15 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Carter.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at United Funeral Service in New Albany. Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time at the funeral home. United
Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
The cowbells are ringing in Heaven as the Lord welcomes Home one of the most devoted MSU baseball fans that the University has ever had. Mary Francis Thaxton Lindsey passed away in the early morning hours of Aug. 28, 2012, from continued medical complications. She was born Aug. 15, 1929, in Starkville. A strong nurturing woman, she enjoyed every moment of life until the age of 83. Mary Lindsey was an inspiration to all who knew her by beating breast cancer, surviving heart surgery to put in a pacemaker, intense food allergies late in life, as well as a stroke. Her life was one of service to the Lord and her fellow man. She served in the Selective Service Office of Oktibbeha County in the 1960′s. She also retired from the Forestry Department at Mississippi State University as well as served as house mother for the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity on MSU campus for 17 years where she touched countless lives. After retirement she kept busy by working in the church office at First Baptist Church in Starkville, as well as working with the Singles Department and teaching Bible Drills for many years.. As her eye sight began to fail from Macular Degeneration, the Lord led her to leave Starkville.
She left in Starkville her younger daughter, Merry Pennell, son-in-law. Joe Pennell, granddaughter, Katie Ruth (wife of Dale Ruth), grandsons, Ben Pennell and Sam Pennell, as well as great-granddaughters, Lindsey Claire Ruth and Mary Grace Ruth. Mrs. Mary moved to Blue Springs to be with her eldest daughter, Dr. LeAnna Hollis, as she raised her son, Ryan Hunter Hollis. She remained in Blue Springs until her passing Tuesday morning but took frequent trips back to Starkville to visit grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was an avid baseball fan and attended as many MSU baseball games as possible each year. Her love for baseball was only surpassed by her love for family and the Lord.
Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, at 9 a.m. with the services following at 10 a.m. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to either the Celiac Foundation at Celiac.com or to the New Children’s Building Fund at First Baptist Church of Starkville.
You may go online and sign our guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
BIG CREEK – Ethel Lollar Lester, 97, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born Feb. 7, 1915, in Big Creek. She was a homemaker and a member of Big Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Bro. Earl Flemons officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one granddaughter, Melissia Foster (Charles) of Vardaman; two great-grandchildren, Kyla Foster and C.J. Foster, both of Vardaman; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Lester; a son, James Sidney Lester; two daughters, Vivian Gibson and baby Willie Nell Lester; her parents, J.W. Lollar and Mattie Bush Lollar; and her brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Justin White, Steve Parker, Sammie Lollar, Waylon Logan, Wayne Bush and Larry Holloway. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald James, Paul Kilgore and Ricky Boyett.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
NEW SITE – Myrtis Quay Denson Mayo, 105, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at The Landmark in Booneville. She was born March 26, 1907, in New Site to George Mathis Denson and Amanda Victoria Lee Denson. She was a member of Little Brown Free Will Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, canning, taking care of others and reading her Bible daily.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Mayo Johnston and Bro. Jim Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Reba (James) Tolar of New Site, Dean (Jerry) Franks of Corinth and Quay Gray of Plant City, Fla.; one son, Richard (Mouvaline) Mayo of New Site; 15 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 27 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Prentiss Alexander Mayo, on Aug. 17, 1954; one daughter, Rachel Mayo; one son, Aaron Mayo; and four grandchildren, Wally Gray, Don Mayo, Jackie Garrett and Kay Ann Smith.
Pallbearers are Nicky Johnston, Sammy Tolar, Terry Tolar, Stanley Wayne Ellis, Wayne Mayo and Jimmy Johnston.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 8, Eldridge, AL 35554.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Era Gilmore Jr.
NETTLETON – Era Gilmore Jr., 62, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born on Dec. 22, 1949, in Lee County to Era Washington and Lilla Ellis Gilmore. He was a native of Mooreville, but had lived in Nettleton for the past 40 years. He was a quality control inspector at Super Sagless in Tupelo for the past 38 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, he enjoyed reading, sports and being with his granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Schumpert (Larry) of the Richmond community; two sisters, Pat Carr of Mooreville and Martin Dickerson of Hernando; two brothers, Charles Thomas Gilmore of Nettleton and Bobby Carl Gilmore of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Nancy McCollum of Plantersville; a brother-in-law, Johnny McCollum of Plantersville; and one granddaughter, Anna Schumpert.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Sue McCollum Gilmore; his parents; an infant son, Brian Scott Gilmore; a sister, Mittie Pearl Shattles; and two brothers, J.B. Payne and Sam Thomas Payne.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
ASHLAND – William Earl Matthews, 81, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.
To view and sign the onlineguestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Dr. Lucious Daily Jr.
WEST POINT – Services for Dr. Lucious Lee Daily Jr., 83, will be at noon Friday at Mt. Hermon M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BATESVILLE – Daniel N. “Boone” Carroll, 58, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dogwood Chapel in Aliceville, Ala. Internment will follow at Aliceville Memorial Gardens. Wells Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Carroll home at 1782 Terza Road in Batesville. The family will receive friends after the memorial service until 4 p.m. Sunday in the Dogwood Chapel.
Memorial donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.
PONTOTOC – John Billy Jones, 76, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a farmer and a factory worker. He loved fishing, working in the yard and spending time with family and friends.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Marcus Coward officiating. Burial will be in the Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Gracie Jones; a daughter, Laura; a son, Tony; grandchildren, Chris, Maranda, Leigh, John and John Charles; and a special friend, Peggy Carter.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Jones and Ida Sims; brothers, Troy Earl Jones, Jack Jones, Junior Jones and Eugene Jones; and a sister, Joyce Collins.
Pallbearers will be James Carter, Chris Wages, John Wages, DeWayne Tutor, John Moore and Tommy Ausburn.
Visitation will continue from 2 to 4 p.m. today.
BOONEVILLE – Freeman F. Justice, 82, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at his home in Booneville. He was born Sept. 8, 1929, to Howard and Isabell Justice. He was a member of Hopewell M.B. Church. He worked for the City of Booneville and he was a cook in a local restuarant in Booneville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hopewell M.B. Church in Rienzi with the Rev. Gabe Jolly officiating. Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Booneville. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Bobbie Nell Peoples of Atlanta, Ga.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; a special friend, Ellis Stubbs of Booneville; and his caregiver, Annise Roland.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
ABBEVILLE – Dwayne Everette Crockette, 51, died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jeffries Missionary Baptist Church in Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
JACKSON – Keith Ivy Johnson, 59, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. He was born on June 5, 1953, in Itawamba County to Dalton and Lorene Ivy Johnson. He loved Ole Miss football and watching sports.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include aunts, Hildred Howell, Rada Malone and Gladdis Wigginton; uncle, Wiley Lester Johnson; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Friday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
PRAIRIE – Willie George Randle, 68, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2012, at his home in Prairie. He was born March 21, 1944, to Charlie B. Randle and Ora Lee Laity Randle. He was a member of Union Baptist Church. He received his education from the Houston Schools. He was a former employee of Futorian.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church in McCondy with the Rev. Calvin Chandler officiating. Burial will be in Union Baptist Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Marshall Randle and Tonya Randle, both of Prairie; sons, Charles Randle of Okolona, Willie George Randle Jr. of West Point, Rickey Randle of West Point, Clyde Randle, Mack Randle, Anthony Randle and Calvin Randle, all of Prairie; one sister, Mary Louise Calvert of Prairie; two brothers, Walter Randle of Prairie and Cleotis Randle of Okolona; 23 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, Karmaria.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Arveria Randle; two brothers, Leotis Randle and Charles Randle; and three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
SPARTA – Ruth Moon Martin, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. She was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Chickasaw County to Lafayette Arnold Moore and Dellie Morris Moore. She was a homemaker and a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Arbor Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Jonathan Childress, Bro. Jim Ray and Bro. Tommy Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Arbor Grove Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Barry Martin and Terry Martin, both of Sparta; two sisters, Lynn Atkinson and Mike of Caledonia, and Doris Ledbetter of West Point; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Odie Martin, who died July 25, 2010; two sisters, Peggy Knight and Jean Smith; and three brothers, Jimmy Moore, Tom Moore and L.A. Moore Jr.
Pallbearers will be Josh Holder, Sammy Lovvorn, Scotty Martin, Danny Lantrip, Mike Kopp and Bobby Price.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
BYHALIA – Dorothy Norman, 59, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
AMORY – Jerry Wayne Edlemon died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
WALNUT – Melvin E. Greer, 83, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Kirby Woods Baptist Church. Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
BELDEN – Edward E. Hurd, 80, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Hospice House in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
EUPORA – Mary Louise Kilpatrick, 86, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – William Howard Davis, 76, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Loraine Baptist Church Cemetery.
CAROLINA – Ima Gene “Polly” Wiygul, 95, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. 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.
COLUMBUS – Carrie Johnson, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Harlon Smith Jr.
SALTILLO – Harlon Smith Jr., 38, died Monday, Aug. 27, 2012, in Dallas, Texas.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo First Pentecostal Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.