Obituaries August 4, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Eugene Devers
CORINTH – Eugene Devers, 68, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He attended Biggersville High School. He was a member of Biggersville Methodist Church. He retired from Alcorn County 3rd District and had worked for Horton Brother Construction.
Service will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Jimmy Glover officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Cemetery.
He is survived by his sister, Gail (Joe) Doty; a brother-in-law, Henry Storey; and nieces, Kim (Ray) Wallace and Kathy (Glenn) Fowler.
He was preceded in the death by his mother, Beulah Smith Crum; his parents, Howard and Ida McCalla; and a sister, Jeanette Storey.
Pallbearers will be Danny Meeks, Danny Dilworth, Terry Barnett, Clarence Cummins, Mike Devers and Aaron Farris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Hamlin, Kerry Cummins, Hunter Fowler, Mitchell Wallace, Eli Mitchell, Bill Terry and Lee Horton.
Family will receive friends from noon to service time Sunday.

Rev. Lt. Hodges Sr.
WEST POINT – The Rev. Lt. Hodges Sr., 75, died Tuesday, July 31, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at noon Monday at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Strong Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Evia Girley
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Evia Crebrina Foster Girley, 44, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 30, 1967, to the Rev. Jim Foster Sr. and Dinah Mae Miller Foster in Myrtle. She married James Dirrell “Legg” Girley on Sept. 25, 1993. She then joined Bethlehem M.B. Church at Falkner. She was a Sunday school teacher for 16 years, an usher and a choir member. She was a 1986 graduate of Myrtle High School, where she was salutatorian. She worked at various locations in New Albany. She was an Avon consultant and secretary of the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Bethlehem M.B. Church at Falkner with Pastor James Howell officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 18 years, James Girley; two sons, Joshua Dé Vante Girley and Jacob Semaj Girley; one daughter, Zikeyah Elizabeth Girley, all of Blue Mountain; brothers, the Rev. Franklin Howell (Linda), Will Gassaway Foster, Minister Steve Foster (Perlinda), Jim Foster Jr.; sisters, Sharon Foster, Brenda Liddell and Lottie Constanza.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time.

Sarah B. Shelton
BELDEN – Sarah Brewer Shelton, 89, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Rosewood Residence in Belden. She was born on Friday, April 13, 1923, in Kosciusko to Percy B. and Sarah Lipsey Brewer. She was a member and former secretary at Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbus.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Gunter & Peel Funeral Home Chapel in Columbus with the Rev. Harold Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
Survivors include two sons, Compton L. Shelton (Mary) of Baldwyn and Percy Shelton (Linda) of Columbus; one sister, Katherine Foster of Columbus; one granddaughter, Mary Alice Gillespie (Greg) of Booneville; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Thomas Edward Shelton; her brother, P.B. Brewer; and her granddaughter, Beth Ann Shelton.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 511 Airline Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Carolyn Dicks
ARLINGTON, Wash. – Carolyn Scott Dicks, 58, died Wednesday, Aug, 1, 2012, at her home in Arlington, Wash., after a long illness. She was born Oct. 29, 1953, in Union County to Jack and Beva Lee Wait Scott. She graduated from Myrtle School and from the University of Mississippi. She was retired from the housing office of the U.S. Navy in Oak Harbor, Wash. She had great faith in God. She was a prayer warrior and a great friend to all, and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Guy Dicks, of Arlington, Wash.; two sisters, Sarah Scott Byers (J.A.) of Hickory Flat and Kay Scott Uriz (Tony) of Cantonment, Fla.; a brother, Buddy Scott, of Hickory Flat; four nieces; three nephews; one great-nephew, and one great-niece.
There will be no local services. United Funeral Service of New Albany is assisting the family.
Bro. Bobby White
BOONEVILLE – Bro. Robert Charles “Bobby” White, 75, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1936, in Booneville to Thomas Deverna White and Willie Dean Pardue White. He was a United States Army veteran. He was the pastor of the Guntown Assembly of God for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Mark Sanders and Bro. Mike Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Earnestine Bailey White; a son, Doug White (Ashley) of Guntown; a daughter, Christy Sanders (Mark) of Booneville; five brothers, Jimmy White (Martha) of Booneville, Larry White (Bonnie) of New Albany, Kim White of Blackland, David White of Guntown, and Sam White of Blackland; three sisters, Laquita Bane of Corinth, Diane Beck, and Gene Gahagen of Booneville; five grandchildren, Zach Sanders, Ashton Sanders, Lexie White, Ali Sanders and Kendal-Bailie White; and his stepmother, Avis White of Blackland.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, Joseph Harold White, Lester M. White, Kerry White, Milton White and Floyd White.
Pallbearers are Corey Barnett, Aaron Floyd, Chris White, Michael Pettigo, Jay Johnson, Roger Brooks and Dalton Floyd.
Honorary pallbearers are Robert Floyd, Mike Pettigo, Bobby Floyd, Adam White, Jody Holley and Will White.

Rev. Danny Mears
SALTILLO – Charles Daniel “Danny” Mears, 67, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at his home in Saltillo. He was born in Lee County on March 5, 1945, to Charles Willard and Geneva Scruggs Mears. A 1963 graduate of Mooreville High School, he then went on to attend the University of Mississippi. Over the years, he pastored several churches in Prentiss and Lee County. He worked for the County Extension for many years and was currently a sales consultant with the Helena Chemical Company. He was an avid reader and collector of guns and tractors and enjoyed trading cows and horses.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Faith Baptist Church in Saltillo with Dr. Marvin Murphy officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Diane Coker Mears of Saltillo; two sons, Randy Mears of Saltillo and Tracy Mears (DeeDee) of Molton, Ala.; one brother, David E. Mears (Vicky) of Tupelo; one nephew, Kevin Mears of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Rick, Jake and Katie-Beth, Jenny, Rebecca and Anna Claire Mears; and in-laws, Alvis and Dorothy Coker of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 553 CR 681, Saltillo, MS 38866.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Harrold Neal
POTTS CAMP – Harrold Neal, 66, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Jesse Hill
FULTON – Jesse Hill, 70, passed away Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Annie Mae Ford
PONTOTOC – Annie Mae Dandridge Ford, 87, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. A native of Pontotoc, she was the daughter of Robert “Bob” and Fannie Williams Dandridge. She was a member of McDonald United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the kitchen committee and the fellowship committee. She loved to cook, watch TV, bake cakes for the public, sing, check on her neighbors and friends, prepare meals for her pastor and their families, and she belived in education and order. She was the widow of Oliver “Bud” Ford.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at McDonald United Methodist Church. The Rev. Gloria McKinney will deliver the eulogy, and Dr. Maurice Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Phyllis (Rev. David) High of Pontotoc; two sons, James Oliver (Rachel) Ford Esq. of Tupelo and Barry (Willie Mae) Ford Esq. of Madison; a goddaughter, Gretrude Kimp of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents; four brothers, Oscar Dandridge, Eddie Frank Dandridge, Claude Raymond Dandridge and James Dandridge; and one sister, Elizabeth “Big” Dandridge-Duke.
Visitation is from noon to 7 p.m. today with family hour from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ola Derrick
BOONEVILLE – Ola B. Derrick, 79, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born April 14, 1933, in Booneville to William and Mae Davis Derrick. She was a Baptist. She was a retired caregiver from the Landmark Assisted Living Community. She enjoyed fishing.
No funeral services are scheduled. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a sister, Nola Davidson (Rodney) of Cameron, S.C.; a brother, Leroy Derrick of Ripley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, William Milton Pruitt; her parents; two sisters, Mary Faye Hurdle and Novis Brooks; and four brothers, Jessie Derrick, Jimmie Derrick, Charles Derrick and Billy Derrick.

Edward Jackson
BOONEVILLE – Edward Jackson, 75, died Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born July 25, 1937, to Clovis and Vera Kelley Jackson. He attended Carter’s Chapel Church of Christ. He served in the Mississippi National Guard. He had worked as a minister, a carpenter, and for the Booneville Police Department.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Foster and Bro. Randy Estes officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Olene Tedford Jackson; two daughters, Gina Dees of Ripley and Shelia Foster (Jim) of Altitude; three sisters, Catherine Stokes and Margie Ringer, both of Paden, and Sandra Stevenson of Booneville; four brothers, Gerald Jackson (Kathryn), Morris Jackson (Mary Ann), Tony Jackson (Sherry) and Perry Jackson, all of Booneville; three grandchildren, Alisha Basham (John), Chris Dees and Susan McCoy (David); and four great-grandchildren, Kodi Basham, Bratcher Basham, Jacy McCoy and Christian McCoy.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammi Jackson; his parents; and two brothers, Mike Jackson and M.D. Jackson.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
C.W. Waddle
CASON – Connie Wade “C.W.” Waddle, 64, died on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. Born on Nov. 3, 1947, in Itawamba County, he was a son of the late William Jesse Waddle and Lela B. Gilliland Waddle.
He attended Fairview School. On May 23, 1980, he married Ann Ridings. For over 20 years, he owned and operated C.W. Waddle Logging Company. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam with the 6th Batallion, 3rd Infantry Division Charlie Company. He and Billy Carney, Larry Rodgers, Charles Sledge and Paul Meadlo all served together in Vietnam and remained lifelong friends, referring to themselves as a Band of Brothers. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church, a former Sunday school teacher and Brotherhood Club cook. He was also a lifetime member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Tupelo branch. He was a devout husband, father and grandfather. He was often referred to as the best dad anyone could have. He enjoyed being with his family, fellow Vietnam veterans and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Waddle; daughters, Debbie Holland, Nettleton, Amanda Tucker (Luke), Becker; sons, Brad Waddle (Denise), Red Bay, Ala., Johnny Cox (Paula), Blue Springs; sister, Betty Hughes (Bobby), Tremont; brothers, Eudith Waddle (Etoye) and Milburn Waddle (Janice) of Ryans Well, Odell Waddle, Tommy Waddle (Patsy) of Golden, Billy Waddle (Delores), Smithville; grandchildren, Jamey Holland, John Gannon and Jackson Cox; sisters-in-law, Pearlie Waddle, Fulton, Wanda Christopher (Tommy), Plantersville; brother-in-law, Jackie Ridings (Nita), Nettleton; mother-in-law, Mary Ruth Ridings, Nettleton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister, Willerean Waddle; brothers, Odie and Roy Dee Waddle; and sister-in-law, Olene Waddle.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Baptist Church with Bro. Tommy Whaley, Bro. Johnny Cox and Bro. Clinton Worthey officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Billy Carney, Larry Rodgers, Charles Sledge, Paul Meadlo, Ricky Burt, Murlis Underwood, Todd Hughes, Jackie Ridings, Jon Michael Bramlett and Nolan Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Harlow, Bill Hester, George McBunch, the former crew of Waddle Logging, Al Brurgeois and friends of the V.A.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He will lie in state at the church from 1:15 p.m. until service time on Sunday.
Memorials may be given to the Vietnam Veterans of America, P.O. Box 48, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Sue Belk
ABERDEEN – Sue Belk, 68, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Billy Venson
TUPELO – Billy Venson, 50, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
Mary Lee
NETTLETON – Mary Magdaline Hester Lee, 76, died Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, at her home after a long illness. She was born Sept. 2, 1935, in Monroe County to Gurvis and Viola Worthey Hester. A lifelong resident of Nettleton, she was a homemaker and a member of Nettleton Pentecostal Church. She enjoyed vacationing in the Smokey Mountains.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Nettleton Pentecostal Church with the Rev. Larry Davis, the Rev. Rickey Pierce and the Rev. Mason Lee officiating. Burial will be in the Carolina Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in chrge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Raper (Dan) and Tammie Lee, all of Nettleton; three sons, Bobby Wayne Elliott (Debbie), Ken Lee (Sonja) and Tony Lee, all of Nettleton; one sister, Joyce Elliott (Leonard) of Nettleton; one brother, Paul Hester (Martha) of Nettleton; one daughter-in-law, Patsy Elliott of Nettleton; 16 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Byron Lee; her parents; one daughter, Linda Lee; two sons, Ray Elliott and Darron Lee; four sisters, Corrine Randolph, Elaine Waycaster, Ruth Hill and Opal Hester; three brothers, Junior Hester, Claxton Hester and Bobby Hester; and one great-granddaughter, Hannah Beth Harlow.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Visitation will be at Nettleton Pentecostal Church from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to service time Monday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Richard Southward
CORINTH – Richard Southward, 58, died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.