By NEMS Daily Journal
OLIVE BRANCH – Dorothy H. “Dot” Clark, a loving wife and devoted mother, went to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. Dot was born Sept. 7, 1925, in Tupelo. She graduated from Tupelo High School and Blue Mountain College. She met and married the love of her life, Lawrence E. “Ed” Clark in 1946. She worked at Mississippi State University while he attended. After his graduation, they moved to Memphis in 1950. Dot was a successful teacher for Memphis school system until her retirement. In retirement, she pursued her two passions – family and MSU sports. In Olive Branch, the Clarks attended Longview Heights Baptist Church. One of her favorite Bible verses was John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His uniquely born Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Dot leaves behind her husband, Ed, of 66 years, and children, Carolyn, Bobby (Tiffany) and Larry (Darlene). She has six grandchildren, Paul Clark (Julie), Rachel Baker (Jarrid), Jennifer Powell (Jay), Jaclyn Clark, Bryce Clark and Sarah Prisock (Evan), and seven great-grandchildren. She will be missed by all!
Services were Tuesday at Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch. Graveside services were in Tupelo at Tupelo Memorial Park Cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
ABERDEEN – Dorothy Nix Thomason, 68, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Flowood. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at First Baptist Church in Aberdeen with Bro. Roy McKay officiating. Burial will be at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the services. Visitation is scheduled for today, Aug. 9, 2012, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
Dot was born on July 7, 1944, to Carlos and Edna Mae Nix in Aberdeen. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen. She was a retired assistant teacher in the Aberdeen School System. After retirement she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandson. She thoroughly enjoyed her weekly group domino games with her friends. Sunday lunches spent with special friend, Ruby Gilbert, brought her a lot of joy. Dot never let an act of kindness go without receiving one of her famous thank you notes. Dot’s sweet nature, giving spirit and loving heart will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her husband and love of her life, Page Thomason Sr.; her parents, Carlos and Edna Mae Nix; her sister, Jean Nix Moore; and her brother, Carlos “Buddy” Nix Jr.
She is survived by her son, Page Thomason Jr. and his wife, Kim, of Raymond, and daughter, Teresa Thomason Ellis and her husband, Jeff, of West Point; granddaughter, Haley Thomason of Ridgeland; four grandsons, Justin Smith and his wife, Kelly, of Meridian, Tyler Ellis of West Point, Chad Shelby of Sarasota, Fla., and Drew Villar of Raymond; great-grandson, Landon Page Smith of Meridian.
The family is most appreciative of the Men’s Sunday School Class of First Baptist Aberdeen for their years of generosity and thoughtfulness in the upkeep of Dot’s yard.
Pallbearers will be Justin Smith, Tyler Ellis, Chad Shelby, Drew Villar, Carl Nix Jr. and James McCollum Jr.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Aberdeen, 310 West Commerce Street, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
MEMPHIS – Dennie J. Wade, 49, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, after a brief illness. He was a well-known floral artist in Memphis for many years. He has been partners in Flowers and Things, Dennie Wade Florist and Fine Gifts, Ramseys Flowers and A Flower Galleria, all located in Memphis. He did parties for Prince, Boy George, Madonna, Reba McIntyre, Bette Midler, Tina Turner, Brooks and Dunn, and former presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush Sr. and George Bush Jr. He traveled corporately for Contemporary Group out of St. Louis, Amway, Princess Cruise Lines and Federal Express. He truly felt that he accomplished his dreams as an artist. He was a founding member for Friends for Life. He always enjoyed helping other people accomplish their goals in life and bringing smiles to their faces.
He is survived by his father, Larry E. Wade (Teresa); stepsisters, Melissa Combs and Jennifer Brunetz; his uncles, Tom Wade (Sandra), Trey Wade (Larinda) and Bobby Wade; his aunts, Nova Sticht (Michael) and Joyce Chushman (Jimmy); seven nephews; many cousins; his godmother, Jo Ellen Schaeffer Buehler, and her children, Ashleigh Morgan and Thomas R. Campbell Jr.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Donna J. Wade; and his grandparents, Richard and Velma Bennett, and James William and Nova Wade.
Visitation will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis with services at 4 p.m.
Flowers are welcomed or memorials may be given to Friends for Life.
WALNUT – Nelda Odell “Littlen” Perry, 57, died Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 22, 1955, to Alice and Charlie Johnson. She was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church in Walnut.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at St. James Church of God in Christ with Pastor Terry Smith officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery in Falkner. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Amy (Robert) Evans and Shenese (Gary) Royston; six sisters, Mattie Johnson, Alice (Eugene) Hines, Rita (Fredrick) Spight, Charlene (Ted) Luster, her twin, Zelda (Harry) Barton, and Patricia (Charles) Stricklin; four brothers, James Franklin (Starlene) Johnson, Claudie (Ruby) Johnson, Howard (Jean) Mitchell and Robert (Ellie) Evans; two grandchildren, Cortez (Nichole) Perry and Deravion Hatch; and one great-grandchild, Rylan King.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Tracey Lee Albert Johnson; two brothers, J.C. Johnson and Jimmy Johnson; and one grandchild, Amari Shanese Garner.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.
NEW ALBANY – Margie Lee Massengill Roberts, 83, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born May 30, 1929, in Hickory Flat to Arland Chesley Massengill and Mary Ruth Butler Massengill. She was a homemaker and a member of the New Albany Presbyterian Church.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the New Albany Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bill Everett officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four sons, Franklin E. Roberts of Trapper Creek, Alaska, James A. Roberts (Judy) of New Albany, H. Alan Roberts (Leshia) of Nettleton and Robin L. Roberts (Connie) of Hattiesburg; three brothers, James Arland Massengill of Warner Robbins, Ga., Amos Hall Massengill of New Albany and Douglas Patton Massengill of Chicago; six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, the Rev. Alton Liddell Roberts; and a sister, Mary Sue Whitehorn.
Honorary pallbearers will be the elders and deacons of the New Albany Presbyterian Church.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the New Albany Presbyterian Church designated for the Joy Gift Offering.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
SHANNON – Opal Trice passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
TUPELO – Cornelius Adams, 88, passed away Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Ashland.
PLANTERSVILLE – Dorothy Ruth Rodgers Evans, 90, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at her residence in the Union community south of Plantersville after a lengthy illness. She was born March 16, 1922, in the Mount Vernon community to Jesse James Rodgers and Cora Belle Clayton Rodgers. She married David Hudson Evans in 1936 in the Union community where they made their home and raised their family.
As she requested, there will be only a graveside service at 10 a.m. today at Union Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her three children, Dorothy Ann Knowles (Medford) of Nettleton, Patricia Akers (Murray) of Greenville and David Hudson Evans Jr. (Janice) of Plantersville; one brother, Paul Clayton Rodgers of Starkville; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one daughter, Sara Frances Gary; one great-granddaughter, Hannah Rose Wood; and eight brothers; and four sisters.
Memorials may be made to North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice, 422A E. President St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
NETTLETON – Mary Audeen Monaghan, 83, widow of Bro. Buddy Monaghan of Nettleton, died suddenly on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 ro 8 p.m. today at the Nettleton Chapel.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALDWYN – Harlin Odell “Unc” Humphres, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, as the result of an auto accident. He was a sergeant in the United States Army. He served for three years at Fort Riley, Kan., where he was honorably discharged and awarded a certificate as a testimonial of honest and faithful service to his country on Dec. 3, 1945. He worked as a mechanic at Lincoln Mercury in Tupelo for approximately 45 years. He was a member of Hills Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Lloyd Stephens, Bro. Rodney Lindsey and Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Martha Mildred “Sister” Humphres of Baldwyn; brothers, Grover Humphres (Irene) and James Bud Humphres (Shirley); special nephew, Harold James (Susan); 10 nephews; four nieces; numerous great- and great-great-nieces and great- and great-great-nephews; and special caregiver, Sandie James.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Larry and Jerry; his mother, Fannie Humphres, and his father, Robert Humphres; a sister, Ruthie Ray; a brother, Wilton Humphres; a sister-in-law, Hazel; and a brother-in-law, Dalton.
Pallbearers will be Alec Surratt, Tommy Surratt, Bobby Joe Surratt, Eddie James, Rickey James, Michael James, Marty James, Robert Ray, Nathan Ray, Larry Humphres and Arlie Henry.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
OZARK – Robert Clark, 85, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at his residence. He was a retired steel worker and a Methodist. He enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ozark Methodist Church with Bro. Joe Coggins officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Lynn Livingston (Danny) of Farmington, N.M.; one son, Bobby Clark (Vickie) of Farmington, N.M.; one stepdaughter, Sarah Brody of Florida; his caregivers, Tommy Estes and Ted Estes, both of Ozark; four granddaughters; two grandsons; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Estes Clark; his parents, George and Marie Clark; and his brothers, Bud, Jake, John and Raymond Clark.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Brody, Kent Estes, Keith Estes, Randy Spigner, Burl Hicks and Bobby Estes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.
MAGNOLIA SPRINGS, Ala. – Carol Dianne Vaughn, 66, died Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 11, 1945, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Keith B. “Pete” and Gladys Cheshire. She graduated from PS 91 grade school and from Broad Ripple High School in 1963. In the early years of her marriage she worked at a variety of jobs but decided to spend her time raising the children and supporting her husband’s career.
She was baptized in Christ at East 49th Street Christian Church early in life. She was active in the churches she later attended including: First Christian Church (D.O.C.) in Madison, Ind., First Christian Church (D.O.C.) in Tupelo, South Baldwin Christian Church (D.O.C.) in Foley, Ala., and recently transferred her membership to Fairhope Christian Church (D.O.C.) in Fairhope, Ala. She was past treasurer/secretary of Christian Churches of Alabama and Northwest Florida (D.O.C.) District V. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Jesse Kenneth “Ken” Vaughn, Magnolia Springs, Ala.; children, Suzanne Mechelle Vaughn of Magnolia Springs, Milissa D. Brooks (Scottie) of Guntown, David K. Vaughn (Tiffany) of Tupelo; brothers, Tom Cheshire of Anderson, Ind., Jim Cheshire of Indianapolis, Ind., and Paul Cheshire of Arlington, Va.; and two grandchildren, Haleigh and Amber Brooks.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Keith and Gladys Cheshire, and in-laws, Jesse and Helen Vaughn.
The Rev. Danny Barfield will conduct a memorial service at Fairhope Christian Church, Fairhope, Ala., at 3 p.m. Sept. 2. Cason Funeral Service of Fairhope is in charge of the arrangements.
It is the family’s wish that expressions of sympathy be made to Springhill Home Health & Hospice, 25558 Friendship Road, Suite A, Daphne, AL 36526 or Mitchell Cancer Institute, 1660 Springhill Ave., Mobile, AL 36604, Ref. GBM research.
RANDOLPH – Joseph Byron Swindle, 59, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Junior Ritchie officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Michelle Woltz of Canton, Ga., and Angela Swindle of Jasper, Ga.; one son, Steven Swindle of Canton, Ga.; sisters, Mindy Parrish of Canton, Ga., Caroline Graham of Hubert, N.C., and Jane Hanley of Randolph; brother, Clay Hanley of Bruce; granddaughter, Tatum Reece of Jasper, Ga.; uncle, Wayne Staten; aunt, Charlene Ridling; niece, Carissa Wages of Pontotoc; nephew, Caleb Hanley of Bruce; and honorary family member, Rayburn Tutor.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Frances Hanley; his father, J.W. Swindle; a sister, Sara Frances Swindle; and grandparents, Shelby and Ione Staten.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today.
INGOMAR – Ruby Browning, 88, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BATESVILLE – A.C. Smith, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Quitman County Nursing Home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sardis Lake Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Wells Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
MYRTLE – Jimmy “Snowball” Foreman, 59, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, as the result of an automobile accident in Etta. He was born Jan. 30, 1953, in Ohio to William and Alice Burns Foreman. He was a factory worker.
Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at Martin Town Cemetery with Bro. Art Phillips officiating. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Foreman of Myrtle; six children, Larry (Kristina) Foreman of Thaxton, Jimmy (Tonya) Foreman and Micheal Foreman of Potts Camp, James (Jessica) Foreman of Pontotoc, Brian and Peggy Foreman of Dumas; his siblings, Carol McGirt and Catherine Lambert of Indiana, Mary Cook and Thomas Foreman of New Albany, Linda Clark and Robert Foreman of Ecru, Judith Hall of Pontotoc, William Foreman of Iuka, Steven Foreman of Thaxton, Samuel Foreman of Etta and Johnny Foreman of Florida; eight grandchildren; and a special friend, Gerald Hale.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Foreman.
TUPELO – Delmar H. Coleman, 65, died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
OXFORD – Timothy O’Neal “Tim-Tim” Key, 30, died Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in Water Valley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at East St. Peter M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
ASHLAND – Lucy Mae Smith passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Briarcrest Nursing Home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Ashland.
NEW ALBANY – Oralee Collins died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.