Obituaries August 8, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Larry Sisk
MABEN – Larry Sisk, 61, retired Starkville Chief of Police, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, in Maben.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mathiston First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George McEwen
OXFORD – George E. McEwen Sr., 42, died saturday, August 6, 2011, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Jimmy Bruff
MANTACHIE – Jimmy Earl Bruff, 70, died Saturday, August 6, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born April 9, 1941, to Elzie and Melvie Johnson Bruff. He was a graduate of Mantachie High School and, he retired from MDOT as a permit officer. Before his health failed, he was a 40 year active member of Lakeland Baptist Church, where he served as song director, Sunday school teacher and brotherhood director for both the church and the county association. He was a Gideon speaker, and his mission after becoming ill was traveling and speaking for the Gideons. He also coached little league baseball, softball and football for many years. He was an avid Ole Miss Rebels fan who loved his family and the Gideons. Most of all, he loved his Lord and served Him faithfully until the end.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Danny Rushing, Bro. Wayne Higgins and Bro. Terry Paul Graham officiating. Graveside services will follow in Stephens Cemetery with Bro. Castor Buse officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Diane Bruff, whom he married Dec. 20, 1970, of Mantachie; one son, Terry Bruff (Sandy) of Ozark; three daughters, Debbie McMillen (Leon) of Ozark, Angie Izard (Phillip) of Fulton and Tangie Franks (Tommy) of Mantachie; seven grandchildren, Brad Jones, Maranda Jones (Nick), Cody Bruff, Drew Bruff, B.J. Cox, Mary Chandler Izard and Christopher Bruff; three great-grandchildren, Raylee Jones, Sam Luke Jones and Chloe Jones; a special niece, Cindy Bruff Stanford (Ray) of Mantachie; two special uncles, Gordon Johnson (Shelby) and Charles Johnson (Patsy); one aunt, Mamie Bruff; and special god-children, Candace Spradling, Ben Adams, Olivia Adams, Emily Johnson, Noah Beasley, Madelyn Beasley, Morgan Beasley and Austin Nichols.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Irene Bruff.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Christian, Haskel Kitchens, James Kitchens, Johnny Harmon, Max Albert Bryant, Chris Dickinson, John Marvin Smith, Gene Loden, Ben Johnson, Shawn Ellis, Lee Graham and Tommy Jones.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lindon Lollar, Winford Rogers, Kelly Sheffield, Bubba Spradling, Dexter Ramey, Dewey Wayne Moore, Dr. Christopher Croot, Dr. William Edmonds, Dr. Mitch Massey, his fellow Gideons and his former baseball, softball and football players.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International or Sanctuary Hospice House.

Eloise Bailey
AMORY – Eloise P. Bailey, 90, died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Tana Parkinson
SALTILLO – Tana Kaye Parkinson, 53, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice after a brief illness. She was born July 22, 1958, in Hohenwald, Tenn. to Jones and Helen Bates Cotham. Tana lived her whole life in Hohenwald, Tenn., before moving to Saltillo eight years ago. She was a Baptist and worked for several years as a nurse. She enjoyed life and loved her children and grandchildren.
Service are 1 p.m. Tuesday at The Dwelling Place in Hohenwald, Tenn. with Bro, Sam Livingston officiating. Burial will be in Edwards Cemetery in Hohenwald, Tenn. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel and from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the Church.
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Gary Parkinson of Saltillo; two daughters, Lachelle Culbreath (Ian) of Hohenwald, Tenn. and Shania Parkinson of Corinth; a son, Blake Parkinson of Saltillo; five grandchildren, McKenzie Staggs, Clayton Staggs, Drake Culbreath, Samantha Culbreath and Ava Culbreath; a sister, Mellonie Turner (Paul) of Saltillo; her mother-in-law, Phyllis Cook of Birmingham, Ala.; a niece, Kayla Tidwell of Saltillo; and two nephews, Michael and Matt Turner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Tina Faye Cotham.
Pallbearers are Larry Walton, Randall Baxter, Kirk Goodman, Tony Cotham,Derek Cotham Jason Walton, Trot Walton and Dwayne Goodman and her cousins from Tennessee.
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Charlie Hall
NEW ALBANY – Jewel Charles “Charlie” Hall III, 35, formerly of Brookhaven, died Aug. 6, 2011 at his home in New Albany. He was a supervisor at Ashley Furniture for two years, and he attended Christian Community Church of Ecru. He was the best husband and father to his wife and five children.
Services will be 5 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Joe P. Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Stormy Hall; his children, Tennessee Hall, Cherokee Hall, Albany Hall, Legend Hall and Rio Sienna Jewel Hall; his mother, Shelia Martin; his sisters, Christy Hall Case and Sandi hall Gagneaux; a friend who was also his brother, Justin Hughes; his stepfather, Reggie Martin; stepmother, Sharon Hall; grandparents, Sadie Morgan and June Rushing; two nieces, Taylor and Adyson; and four nephews, Zeke, Noah, Brayden and Ethan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jewel Charles Hall Jr.; his nephew, Jared Case; and his grandfather, Dan Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Zimmerman, Justin Hughes, Darby Shelton, Sky Shelton, Jeff Cox and Ben Oyler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Cain Blackwell, Chuck McArthur and John Hasson.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
James House
SHANNON – James Elgin House, 76, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at his home after a sudden illness. He was born Oct. 29, 1934, to Joe and Myrtle Louise House in Montgomery, Ala. He was a Baptist and a retired carpenter. He enjoyed working in the yard, fishing and playing with his grandchildren.
Services were 2 p.m. Sunday at Lee Memorial Chapel with Bro. Steven Denton officiating. Burial was in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Dale Long House; five daughters, Ann Dangler, Betty Goddard, Cindy Holbrook, Tina Roberson and Kayla Wilson; four sons, James Earl House, Terry House, Randy Kynard and James House; five sisters, Mary Jo Losse, Christine Anderson, Ruby Teel, Edna Jean House and Pat Sims; one brother, Jerry House; 17 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson; and one sister, Myrtle Olivia Lawrence.
Pallbearers will be James House, Lamar Long, Brandon Edwards, David Long, Curtis Roberson and Tommy Long.
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Kate Bennett
LAUREL – Kate Lightsey Bennett, 91, of Laurel, died Friday Aug. 5, 2011, at South Central Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, and she was retired from Western Union Telegraph Company.
A private graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. today at Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona. Memory Chapel of Laurel is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her stepdaughter, Marianne Christian of Tupelo; and three grandchildren, Karin Randolf, Kelly and Aaron Romito and Jim and Tonia Christian; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Joe A. Lightsey of Laurel; one sister, Rachel Hendon of Laurel; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lawrence Bennett; and her parents, Mott Gordon Lightsey and Bessie Boutwell Lightsey.
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John Hurt
TUPELO – John Earl Hurt, 92, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 4, 1919, near Martin, Tenn. He lived in Union City, Tenn. from the age of 11 until he joined the United States Army Air Force in 1940, where he served in both the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II. John was married to Inelle Broadway in April of 1947, in Georgetown, S.C. They had been married almost 61years at the time of Inelle’s death in March, 2008. John and Inelle lived in St. Louis, Mo. until 1951 when they moved to Tupelo. In 1952, he moved his family to Memphis where he worked for the Tayloe Glass Company until his retirement in 1984.
In 1994, John and Inelle moved to Mentone, Ala. where they lived and assisted their son, Phil and his wife, Marsha at Camp DeSoto. They moved back to Tupelo in 2004, living at Traceway Retirement Community. Always active and devoted to his local church, he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and director. He also served in numerous other ways in the Third Baptist Church of St. Louis, Highland Heights and Colonial Baptist Churches in Memphis, Moon Lake Baptist Church in Mentone, Ala. and at Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo. At Calvary, he has been known and loved for his telephone calls of encouragement to church members on their birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. David Eldridge, Rev. Steve Hurt and Peter Hurt officiating. Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bankhead Cemetery in Mentone, Ala. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one sister, Grace Ritchie of Wichita Falls, Texas; three children, Steve (Debbie) Hurt of Tupelo, Joy (Chuck) Hill of New Albany and Phil (Marsha) Hurt of Mentone, Ala.
He also leaves eight grandchildren, John (Rosie) Hurt of Henderson, Colo.; Will Hurt of Tupelo; Josh (Lauren) Hurt of Tupelo; Holly (Daniel) Thompson of Saulsbury, Tenn.; Captain Charlie Hill (currently serving in the US Army in Afghanistan); Peter (Nicole) Hurt of Fort Collins, Colo.; Stuart Hurt of Mentone, Ala.; and Sarah Hurt of Mentone, Ala.; and great-grandchildren, Sierra and Steven Hurt, Clayton and John Michael Hurt and Aaron, Joshua and Caleb Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Inelle; his parents, Emmett Leon and Alma Janes Hurt; four sisters; and one brother.
His grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult A Sunday School of Calvary Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the Church.
Memorials may be made to Blue Mountain College (P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610), to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund (P.O. Box 1008, Tupelo, MS 38802), or to Sanctuary Hospice House (5159 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801).
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Elma Thrasher
TIPLERSVILLE – Elma Glidewell Thrasher, 97, died Aug. 6, 2011, at Tippah County Health Services in Ripley. She was born Sept. 26, 1913, to William “Bud” and Anner Hall Glidewell in Alcorn County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Tiplersville.
Services will be 3 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Skippy Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Thrasher of Tiplersville; one daughter, Lois Kellum (J.W.) of Tiplersville; two grandchildren, Joe Kellum (Cynthia) and Crystal Wilkins (Nathan), both of Ripley; two great-grandsons, Jacob and Joey Wilkins; one sister, Virgie Lee Thrasher of Corinth; and two brothers, Clyde Glidewell of Tennessee and Andy Glidewell of Alcorn County.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Thrasher; her parents; two sisters, Dellar Clark and Ella Shelton; and four brothers, Troy, Luther, Oscar and Oliver Glidewell.
Pallbearers will be Monk Stewart, Keith Bullock, J.W. Kellum, Joe Kellum, Waymon Meeks, Larry Meeks and Buck Tatum.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
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Virginia Cole
AMORY – Virginia Cole, 90, died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
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Tritt Martin
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Tritt Martin, 20, died Friday, August 5, 2011, in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.

Michael Crook
BALDWYN – Michael Leigh Crook, 46, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

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