Obituaries August 6, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Charlie Segars
PONTOTOC – Charlie Segars, 88, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. He was born Oct. 30, 1922, in Pontotoc. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater. After returning home from the service, he worked as a painter and a salesman at several places, including Mac’s Mobile Sales in Jackson and Heilig Meyers Furniture in Tupelo. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and spoiling his dogs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester and the Rev. Ricky Young officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Mae of Pontotoc; daughter, Bobbie Young (Larry); stepdaughter, Mary Simmons (Larry) of Jackson; four grandchildren, Randy, Ricky and Ronny Young, and Misty Simmons; eight great-grandchildren, Heather, Jay, Nathan, Nicholas, Kyle, Kara, Madison and McKenzie Young; one great-great-grandson, John Asher Young.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. Segars and Mary Jane Segars, and a sister, Susie Bishop.
Pallbearers will be Randy Young, Ronny Young, Jay Young, Nathan Young, Nicholas Young, Kyle Young and Larry Simmons.
Visitation will continue from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Jewell Oaks
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Jewell Champion Nail Oaks, 97, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was a native of Prentiss County and a former resident of Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Somerville, Tenn.

Joe Stewart III
MATHISTON – Joe Stewart III, 62, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Burial will be in the Baldwin Memorial Garden.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday.
Bonnie Farley
MABEN – Bonnie Williams Farley, 61, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Starkville to Sarah Elizabeth Arick and Tom Lee Williams. She was a resident of the Cumberland community. Mrs. Farley was a retired school teacher. She taught Special Education at Montpelier, Alcorn Central, Starkville and Wheeler for 31 years total service. She was a member of Marvin Hill Congregational Methodist Church. She loved her grandsons, who were her pride and joy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Marvin Hill Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Raleigh Richter officiating and the Rev. John Foles assisting. Burial will follow in Marvin Hill Cemetery near Maben in the Cumberland Community. Calvert
Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William W. “Jimmy” Farley of Maben; two daughters, Chelle Stephenson (Brad) of Rienzi and Janeen Richards (Jeff) of Lexington, S.C.; two grandchildren, Peyton and Ty; one sister, Pauline “Polly” Williams, and
one brother, Neal Williams (Margie), all of Cedar Bluff.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Bessie Davis, Lou Simpson and Carolyn Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Don Hodnett, Derrick Simpson, Jeff Williams, Christopher Gordon, Farley Fondren and Mark Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Hodnett, Tommy Williams, Jackie Cooper, J. C. Sisk, Dr. Andrew Kellum, the nursing
staff on the third floor at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo and the staff at the Cancer Center in Tupelo.
The body will lie in state at the church from 2 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Marvin Hill Cemetery Care Fund, c/o David Farley, P. O. Box 338, Maben, MS 39750.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Stanley Messer Sr.
HOUSTON – Stanley Lee Messer Sr., 72, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Chickasaw County to Stanley S. and Mary Christine Carter Messer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Thorn Church of God. He was disabled.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Arnold Amason officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Christina “Tina” Van Wagner of Houston; one son, Stanley Lee Messer Jr. of North Carolina; his grandchildren, Sandra Charlotte Van Wagner, Timothy Daniel Van Wagner II, Corey Allen Messer, Kenneth James Messer and Tiffany Nichole Messer; his uncle, James Carter of Houston;
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Alan Carter, Robert Taylor, Dennis Washington, Shawn Carter, Johnny Whitt and Rob Thompson.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Thorn Church of God, 1517 CR 405, Houston, MS 38851.

Tommy Laird
IUKA – Bobby “Tommy” Laird, 70, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at New Liberty Baptist Church. Burial will be in Grissom Chapel Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at New Liberty Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Emileigh Davis
TUPELO – Emileigh Rochelle Davis, 4, died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at the LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. She was born Dec. 24, 2006, in Tupelo to Jeffrey and Tanisha Harris Davis.
Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Full Gospel Deliverance Church in Baldwyn with Bro. Bobby Tyes officiating and Rev. Dr, Charlie F. Barnes delivering the eulogy. The burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Jeffrey and Tanisha Harris Davis of Dorsey; her grandparents, Robert Leo and Nancy Harris of Guntown, and Aaron and Diane Loden of Peppertown; her great-grandparents, Charlie C. and Violet Barnes of Saltillo, Virginia and Dale Nolan of Nettleton; three aunts, Delisha (Avery) Cowley, Cartesia Harris and Angie Hill; and four uncles, Robert Harris III, DeWayne Harris, Anthony Hill and Chris (Ana) Davis; and her godmother, Chasity Barnes.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Patsy Estelle Harris; her grandfather, David Davis; her great-grandparents, Robert and Erion Harris; and cousins, Micheal Tharp, Craig Tolbert, Charlie F. Barnes Jr., Malcolm Cowley and Charlie Barnes.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

David Hitt
PONTOTOC – John David Hitt, 49, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at his home. He was born Oct. 27, 1961, in San Antonio, Texas. He was a painter and a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one daughter, Megan Hitt of Bowling Green, Ohio; his father, John Hitt of Calhoun City; one sister, Laura Autry of Calhoun City; two brothers, Stephen Hitt (Glenda) of Troy and Gary Hitt (Michelle) of Rocky Point, N.C.; a special friend, Brenda Warren of Pontotoc; two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Beverly Kilborn Hitt.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Ronald Ash
NEW ALBANY – Ronald Morris Ash, 64, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Germantown, Tenn. He was born Aug. 12, 1946, in Waterford to Walter and Jaunita Thomas Ash. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, riding four-wheelers and his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Barry Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Spring Hill Cemetery at Waterford.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Lou Williams Ash of New Albany; three sons, Arthur Lee Ash of Olive Branch, Bryan Todd Ash of Rosemark, Tenn., and John Wesley Wright of New Albany; two daughters, Teri Lynn Daniels of Memphis and Tracey Ann Watson of New Albany; two brothers, Jerry Ash o and Harold Ash, both of Nesbit; three sisters, Cherly Bailey of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Myna Hughes of Olive Branch and Janice Tyus of Nesbit; 11 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Tyus, Brad Tyus, Andy Ash, Tommy Stewart, Charlie Moore and Tommy Taylor.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Crawford Wilson
BELLWOOD, Ill. – Crawford James Wilson, 57, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at his home in Bellwood, Ill. He was formerly of Waterford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Hope M.B. Church at Laws Hill. Burial will be in the Free Springs CME Church Cemetery at Harmontown. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Ruby Nell Penrose
TUPELO – Ruby Nell Penrose died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 22, 1942, to George and Maggie Johnson Penro. She was a member of Red Oak Grove M.B. Church and a retired employee of North Mississippi Medical Center, She enjoyed cooking, watching T.V. and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Red Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. J.C. Humphrey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her three children, Velma Jean (Johnny) Taylor of Oak ridge, Tenn., Michael Young of Tupelo and Ruby Jean Patton of Tupelo; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be the men of Red Oak Grove M.B. Church.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service today.
Online condolences can be made to the Penrose family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Lee Shelton
AMORY – Jerry Lee Shelton, 30, died on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at his residence. Born on Sept, 23, 1980, in Amory, he was a son of Jerry Lee Forrester and Mary Sue Humphries and the late Halbert Grady Shelton. He attended Amory High School. Having worked as a nailer-framer at FFM, he was a cook at Pickle Barrel. He enjoyed the outdoors abd did yard work on the side. He was a member of East Amory Baptist Church. His family and children were his pride and joy. He enjoyed fishing, visiting with friends, and listening country and gospel as well as a wide variety of music. Jolly and outgoing, he loved art, enjoyed drawing, and was a tattoo artist.
He is survived by his mother, Sue Shelton of Amory; his father, Jerry Lee Forrester of Amory; his wife, Elizabeth Jill Miles Shelton of Amory; one daughter, Katelyn Grace Miles of Amory; two sons, Jeremy Lee Shelton and Caleb Austin Weaver, both of Amory; Ivy Nicole Womac (Cody) of Columbus; brothers, Patrick Ray Forrester (Kim) of Amory; Larry Shelton (Angie) of Olive Branch, Kenny Shelton of Amory and Jonathan Patterson of Tupelo; and a nephew and niece, Hayden Miles Womac and Jayden Ray Forrester.
He was preceded in death by his adopted father, Halbert Shelton; his grandfather, Sidney Forrester; his great-grandmother, Ivy Hill; nieces, Mackenzie Alexus Forrester and Rachon Shelton; and nephew, Brayden Forrester.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Jim Foster, Brian Smith, Keith Johnson, David Benton, Larry Kuykendall and Nathan Kuykendall.
Memorials may be given to East Amory Baptist Church, 905 Hatley Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Nancy Osborn
IUKA – Nancy Osborn, 94, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Hubbard Salem Community Church. Burial will be in the Hubbard Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.
Memorials may be made to the Hubbard Salem Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook may be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Betty McLarty
SALTILLO – Betty McLarty, 74, died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in the Eggville community on Dec. 3, 1936, to David Arnold and Lucy Irene Holder Harris. She was an active member of Blair Gospel Tabernacle in the Blair community. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, traveling and visiting people.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. today at Eggville Cemetery with Rev. James Harris officiating. Burial will be in Eggville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Saltillo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Bobby McLarty (Kappy) of Guntown, Billy Wayne McLarty (Helen) of Saltillo, Charles McLarty (Lois) of Saltillo and Doug McLarty (Susan) of Saltillo; one sister, Shirley Roper (Paul) of Guntown; two brothers, Junior Harris of Saltillo and Rev. James Harris (Margie) of Guntown; 11 grandchildren, Kevin McLarty (Shawna), Billy “Mac” McLarty (Morgan), Amie McLarty, Jennifer Lollar (Brandon), Rev. Ricky Murphy (Brandi), Stephanie Harden (Jacob), Rachael McLarty, Bruce McLarty, Michelle Coker, Chris Sanders and Larry Dean Coker; great-grandchildren, Payton McLarty, Alli McLarty, Coley McLarty, Libby Kingsley, Carter Murphy, Alyssa Coker, Erica Bigbee, Christopher Sanders, Christopher Roberts Sanders and Austin McLarty; one granddaughter-in-law, Cecily McLarty; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Billy Joe McLarty; her grandson, Rodney “Kipp” McLarty; and a brother, J.D. Harris.
Pallbearers will be Billy “Mac” McLarty, Nathan Gunnells, Bruce McLarty, Jacob Harden, Tony Roper, Willie Brown, Michael Harris, Danny Harris and Kevin McLarty.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Judith Terrell
HAMILTON – Judith Margaret Terrell, 61, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a long illness.
No services will be held. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is assisting the family.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bill Dye
ELLISTOWN – William “Bill” Dye, 74, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was a resident of Graceland. He was a Baptist. He was a retired electrician and truck driver, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Jovonna Rainey (BJ) of New Albany, Tina Pannell of Blue Springs, Debbie Engleander (Scott) and Teresa Jones (John), both of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Mary Jane Threadgill (Charles) of Memphis; three brothers, Johnny Dye (Sandra) of Tupelo, Walter Dye (Shirley) of Aberdeen and Charles Dye of Birmingham Ridge; 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Dye, and his parents, Gurney and Christine Grissom Dye.
Pallbearers will be Gareth Pannell, Glenn Hutcheson, Gradon Pannell, Ted Long, BJ Rainey and Gary Pannell.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House.
Bonnie Farley
MABEN – Bonnie Williams Farley, 61, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center, in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 2, 1949, in Starkville to Sarah Elizabeth Arick and Tom Lee Williams. She was a resident of the Cumberland community. Mrs. Farley was a retired school teacher. She taught Special Education at Montpelier, Alcorn Central, Starkville and Wheeler for 31 years total service. She was a member of Marvin Hill Congregational Methodist Church. She loved her grandsons, who were her pride and joy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Marvin Hill Congregational Methodist Church with the Rev. Raleigh Richter officiating and the Rev. John Foles assisting. Burial will follow in Marvin Hill Cemetery near Maben in the Cumberland Community. Calvert
Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William W. “Jimmy” Farley of Maben; two daughters, Chelle Stephenson (Brad) of Rienzi and Janeen Richards (Jeff) of Lexington, S.C.; two grandchildren, Peyton and Ty; one sister, Pauline “Polly” Williams, and
one brother, Neal Williams (Margie), all of Cedar Bluff.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Bessie Davis, Lou Simpson and Carolyn Jackson.
Pallbearers will be Don Hodnett, Derrick Simpson, Jeff Williams, Christopher Gordon, Farley Fondren and Mark Davis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Hodnett, Tommy Williams, Jackie Cooper, J. C. Sisk, Dr. Andrew Kellum, the nursing
staff on the third floor at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo and the staff at the Cancer Center in Tupelo.
The body will lie in state at the church from 2 p.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Marvin Hill Cemetery Care Fund, c/o David Farley, P. O. Box 338, Maben, MS 39750.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Iler Hawkins
OXFORD – Iler Hawkins, 98, died Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Water Valley Civic Auditorium in Water Valley. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at Oak Grove CME Church in Water Valley.

William F. Hamblin
BLUE SPRINGS – William F. Hamblin, 83, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011. Mr. Hamblin was retired from Buckeye Cellulose in Memphis (formerly a division of Proctor & Gamble). He was a member of Wallerville Baptist Church in Blue Springs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Forest Hill South Chapel in Memphis. Burial will follow in Forest Hill South Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Katie L. Hamblin; two sons, Jack A. Hamblin of Blue Springs and Eddy G. Hamblin of Smyrna, Tenn.; one daughter, Charlotte H. Calvert of Wynne, Ark.; one sister, Clara Cocke of New Albany; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.