Obituaries August 9, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Michael Crook
TUPELO – Michael Leigh Crook, 46, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, as the result of an automobile accident. He was a general labor worker and a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing, family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Toby Mears and Bro. Marvin Henry officiating. Burial will be in Hodges Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother, Sally Lindsey of Baldwyn; one daughter, Tessa Crook of Ripley; one son, Harley Parvin of the Hinkle community; two sisters, Linda Scott (Gayle) of Fulton and Sharon Holland (David) of Baldwyn; one brother, Jason Londsey of Baldwyn; one grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lola Sue Brown and Carrie Lynn Potts; a brother, William Luther Crook; a niece, Miranda Scott; and his stepfather, Carl Lindsey.
His pallbearers will be Austin Zahn, Brandon Hall, Matt Reno, Arther Wileman, Billy Williams, Carl King and Bryan Newman.
Curtis Vance
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark. – Curtis Lee Vance, 81, died Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011, at his home in Mountain View, Ark. He was born Nov. 1, 1929, in Houston to Henry Newman and Berdie Mae Warnick Vance. He was a professional industrial sewing machine mechanic for more than 50 years. He last worked for Capital-Mercury Apparel. After retiring, he and his wife, Mary Ann, owned and operated Vance’s Sewing Machine & Vacuum Sales and Service in Mountain View. He was a life member of Masonic Lodge 64. He had recently surrendered his life to God. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, he inspired and taught his family much about life, work and love. He will be missed daily.
A memorial service was held Monday, Aug. 8, at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Mountain View, Ark. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Scott Samuel and David Vance officiating. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Washington Reeves Vance; two daughters, Peggy Vance Howard and husband, Robert, of Conway, Ark., and Brenda Vance Burns and husband, Larry, of Fairfield Bay, Ark.; a son, Jackie Vance and wife, Marshia, of Fort Washington, Md.; a daughter-in-law, Jacque Vance of Mountain View; a stepdaughter-in-law, Myra Reeves of Houston; seven grandchildren, Chris Howard and wife, Ilyse, of Forrest City, Ark., Tim Howard and wife, Angie, of Conway, Ark., Heather Vance Wallace and husband, Anthony, of Valrico, Fla., Amy Vance of Orlando, Fla., Kyle Vance and wife, Bobbie, of Mountain View, Amber Vance Thomas and husband, Alex, of Atlanta, and Paul Vance and wife, Erin, of Mountain View; two stepgrandsons, Jonathan Reeves and wife, Chris, and Matthew Reeves, all of Houston; seven great-grandchildren and a host of stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jimmie Olean Pettit Vance; a son, Doug Vance; a daughter-in-law, Sharon Melton Vance; a stepson, Jimmy Reeves; his parents; four brothers, Ray, Farris, Oren and Doyle Vance; and a sister, Bertha Vance Clark.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home.

Ruby Wren
TUPELO – Ruby Wren, 73, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at her home. She was retired from Perfection Foam and AvonLea. She was a member of Crossroads Christian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Tim Alexander and Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Ruby Ross (Jimmy) of Plantersville; one brother, Lawrence Pope (Jenn) of Tupelo; two grandsons, Samuel Jerome PIerce II (Tiffany) of Tupelo and Emmanuel Pierce (Pam) of Shannon; two great-grandsons, Tamuir Pierce and Kamuir Pierce of Tupelo; one great-granddaughter, Alexis Brooks; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Sahyya Ragin and DeAsiya Ragin; special friends, Shirley and Loyd Williams, and Sue Glover.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Mills and Amos Wren; her parents, Otis and Lucille Terry Pope; and her brother, Levi Page.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Robert Brownlee
VERONA – Robert Brownlee died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
James Mayfield
TUPELO – James “Bud” “Cake Man” Mayfield died Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 27, 1935, to Birtous and Luvora Mayfield. He worked at Guyton Drug Store, City of Tupelo, Purnell’s Pride, Mid-South Packers and E.R. Carpenter. He was a member of Rising Star M.B. Church and the Sister Network of Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rising Star M.B. Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Dr. Melvin Lewis officiating. Burial will be in the Tupelo Memorial Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Birdie Mae Mayweather Mayfield, his parents; a sister, Ola Mae Gillard; a brother, Eddie Lee Mayfield; and three grandchildren.
His survivors include four daughters, Linda Blackmon, Shirley (Richard) Agnew, Mary (Kenneth) Nash and Jacklyn (Rev. Lowell Walker Jr.), all of Tupelo; three sons, James Ed Mayfield,of Pontotoc, Jacky Mayfield of Tupelo and Lee Anthony Mayfield (Sadie-Mother) of Tupelo; one sister, Helen White, and one brother, Lorenzo (Essie) Mayfield of Tupelo; 15 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and his buddy, Fred Morris.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Jimmie Hart
HOLLY SPRINGS – Jimmie Ambrose Hart, 75, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at his home in Holly Springs. He was born Jan. 26, 1936, in Haywood County, Tenn., to Henry Ambrose Hart and Sally Davis Hart. He worked in the research department of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Chewalla Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Gurley Hart of Holly Springs; one son, Joey Ambrose Hart of Greenbrier, Ark.; four daughters, Cynthia Passons (Leland) of Southaven, Sherry Colhoun (Garrie) of Holly Springs, Jacquelyn Wilson (Billy Rex) of Brandon and Judy Forester (John) of Holly Springs; one nephew, Billy Cline of Germantown, Tenn.; one niece, Jeanine Cline Starbuck of California; grandchildren, Anna Passons, Thomas Passons, Elizabeth Colhoun, Rebecca Colhoun Moore (Jonathan), Zac Wilson, Margaret Wilson, Will Forester, Ashley Forester and Jim Hart.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs or the Lions Club of Holly Springs.

Andy Hogan Jr.
ABERDEEN – Andy Hogan Jr., 81, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Ronald Cooper
OXFORD – Ronald Edwin Cooper, 64, died Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at his home in Oxford.
A private burial service will be held Wednesday at Coleman Funeral Home in the Garden of Memories.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Mable McLain
TUPELO – Mable Elizabeth McLain, 89, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at her residence in the Simerson House of Traceway Greenhouses in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth with Jerry Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Forest Memorial Park. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald McLain (Lora) of Counce, Tenn., and Jim McLain (Barbara) of Memphis; two daughters, Jane Dickerson (Lyle) of Corinth and Ann Castile of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Leigh Frazier of Clarksdale, Holly Ring (Chris) of Arlington, Tenn., Katie Pannel (Jason) of Tupelo, Tom Dickerson (Melinda) of Amory, Matt Dickerson (Allison) of Pearl and Sean King of Counce, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law, Delois Meeks of Corinth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Clyde and Ethel Coleman Meeks; and her husband of 50 years, Raymond F. McLain.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Condolences may be made to www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

Bill Sansing
HOULKA – William Glen “Bill” Sansing, 74, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a member of Gershorm Baptist Church. He was retired from Brown & Root Construction and the Mississippi Department of Transportation. He enjoyed pulling mules, drinking coffee with his family and friends, and spending time tending his property outdoors. He was the “go to” guy for mechanical problems in his community.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gershorm Baptist Church with Bro. Junior Richey officiating. Burial will be in Williams Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Kathryn Logan Sansing; two daughters, Debby Sansing Boies and husband, Mike, of Baton Rouge, La., and Patty Sansing Stutsy and husband, Mike, of Gershorm; two grandsons, Clifton Fikes and wife, Kelly, of Kingwood, Texas, and Mason Porter (son of Patty Stutsy and Steve Porter) of Gershorm; two granddaughters, Mandi Stutsy of Pontotoc and Sarah Boies of Atlanta, Ga.; four great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Cole, Camille and Cooper Fikes; a sister, Celestine Weaver; a brother, Joe Sansing; brothers-in-law, Johnny (Carolyn) Logan and James Buren (Ginny) Logan; sister-in-law, Patricia Craig; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clealon C. Sansing and Lois Brant Sansing; three brothers, Luther, Bobby and Jim Sansing; and two sisters, Ouida Maharrey and Madine McWhirter.
Pallbearers will be Jason Schmidt, Don Westmoreland, Kyle Gillespie, Zack McMillen, Van McWhirter and John A. Logan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Washington, Johnny Logan, James Logan and Purvin Metcalfe.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Lue Ella Babbitt
OKOLONA – Lue Ella Babbitt, 88, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
Virginia Cole
AMORY – Virginia Newell Cole, 90, died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at her residence. Born on Nov. 2, 1920, in Inverness, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Samuel Doak and Orrie Wamble Newell. She was a graduate of Inverness High School and the University of Mississippi with a degree in music. She taught music in the Shaw Public School System until marrying Thomas J. Cole Jr. in 1943. A dedicated and faithful member of First Baptist Church, she served as a choir director, a Sunday school teacher and the church organist. Mrs. Cole’s life was guided by her faith in God and by her parents. An amazing, sweet and gracious lady, she was a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer, former PTA president, Boy Scout den mother, Junior Auxiliary member and a member of Prairie Girl Scout Council. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, and listening to traditional Christian church music and classical music. She cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughters, Annette Phillips (Darrell) of Crystal Springs and Betty Cole of Beaufort, N.C.; her son, Tommy Cole of Amory; brother, Dean Newell of Inverness; grandchildren, Anne Tindall of Silver Spring, Md., Liz Harden Mills of Carrboro, N.C., Aaron Gentry of Athens, Ga., and Shelley Gentry of Houston, Texas; great-grandchildren, Sadie and Miles Tindall, and Walter Mills; nieces and nephews, Anne Newell, Dr. Sam Newell, Virginia N. Cunningham, David Hodo and Doug Hodo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Cole Jr. in 2000, and a brother, William Newell.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Futral and Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Mark Duncan, Johnny Leech, Larry Goudelock, Johnny Frank Turman, Jerry Maxey, Jerry Reese, Tommy Parish, Steve Greenhaw and Tommy Tapp.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 8:30 a.m. until the service hour on Wednesday.
Memorials may be given to a church or charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Eddie Ford Jr.
SIKESTON, Mo. – Eddie Frank Ford Jr., 70, formerly of Holly Springs, died Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church at Red Banks. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today and the family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday.

Terry Fulks
GUYS, Tenn. – Terry James Fulks, 44, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Lorraine Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Eloise P. Bailey
AMORY – Eloise P. Bailey, 90, died on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. The youngest of 11 children, she was born on Sept. 5, 1920, in Itawamba County to the late Arthur (Ott) Julian and Lula Booth Patterson. She married Charles Bailey on Christmas Eve, 1939. Mrs. Bailey was a hard-working, independent woman who had her own ideas and always shared them with family and friends. She was an excellent seamstress and avid gardener as well as a salesperson who could sell anything. Loving animals and always having a pet, she believed everyone should have a dog or cat in the family.
She is survived by a son, Jeffrey Bailey (Debra) of Dorsey; a daughter, Charlette Williams of Booneville; three grandchildren, Chris Williams (Rosanne) of Lake Bluff, Ill., and Darbie Bailey and Reid Bailey of Dorsey; two great-granddaughters, Cassie Williams of London, England, and Carson Williams of Glasgow, Scotland.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles W. Bailey; four sisters; and six brothers.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tony Parker, Marcus Posey, Roger Beacham, Eugene Beacham, Peyton Rawls, Nathan Wilbanks, John Robert Patterson and John Wayne Burt. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of River Place Nursing Center of Amory.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service hour today.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Verlene Norris
BOONEVILLE – Verlene Norris, 83, died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Willis-McAnally Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George Love
HOULKA – George Love died Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.