By NEMS Daily Journal
VESTAL, N.Y. – Alice Whitaker Wagner, 89, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Vestal, N.Y., where she resided for the last seven years. Mrs. Wagner was born Jan. 30, 1921, to Frank Gideon and Minnie Mae Plant Whitaker of Aberdeen. She attended Ward-Belmont, Tenn., and she was a 1939 graduate of Aberdeen High School. She also attended Rollins College, Fla., and the University of Mississippi. She was a member of the Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church in Apalachin, N.Y.
During World War II, she was a USO hostess and met her husband, Sgt. Lawrence A. Wagner. On July 24, 1946, they married and lived in Aberdeen before moving to Piscataway, N.J., to raise their family. In the fondest way, she is remembered by those who knew her love, shared her laughter and will treasure her memory forever.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel of Aberdeen with the Rev. Truman Thompson officiating with a eulogy by York Craig Jr. Entombment will be at the Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.
She is survived by her son, Richard W. Wagner and his wife, Antoinette, of Easton, Pa.; her daughter, Francis W. Gallent and her husband, John, of Vestal, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Janine Ann W. Swauger and husband, Peter, Justin W. Wagner, John T. Gallent,and Francis E. Gallent; sister-in-law, Dorothy Wagner; brother-in-law, Lee Hill Harrington; four nieces and three nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence A. Wagner Sr.; a son, Lawrence A. Wagner Jr.; and sisters, Gwendolyn Mae Whitaker Harrington and Francis Plant Whitaker Craig.
Visitation will be from 11 a. m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Park Terrace Community United Methodist Church, 30 Glann Road, Apalachin, NY 13732.
Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
SMITHVILLE – Farris Lee “Buck” Terry, 76, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at his home after a long illness. He was born Nov. 5, 1934, in Smithville to Elmer and Era Terry. He was a former member of Spruell Chapel, where he was a member of the choir. He later became a member of New Chapel CME Church of Fulton. He graduated from MCIS High School in 1954. He loved hunting, fishing and making the best garden in the community. He enjoyed football, baseball and basketball. He was a member of the Willing 4 gospel group of Amory, one of the highlights of his life.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at New Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Luther Minor officiating. Burial will follow in the New Chapel Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Francis Terry of Smithville; four sons, Bobby (Anita) Terry of Smithville, and Billy Terry, Aaron Terry and Richard Terry, all of Smithville; four daughters, Darlene (Charles) Cox of Tupelo, Lisa (Bobby) Shumpert of Clinton, Sherlene (Elton) Troupe of Fulton and Chery Hogan of Smithville; one brother, Charlie Terry of Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Mae Peterson of Detroit; 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Alice Mae Coleman and Flora Mae Terry; and one grandchild, Tytus L. White.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
James C. Ledgewood
IUKA – James C. Ledgewood, 81, died Monday, Dec. 13, 2010, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. He was retired from the U.S. Army and he had also served in the Air Force during World War II. While in the Army, SFC Ledgewood fought in the Korean War and was honored with outstanding service medals and awards, including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with V for Valor, Korean Service Medal with five Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal – five awards, President Unit Citation, Korean President Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, American Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal and the Japan Occupational Medal.
Following his retirement in 1967, Mr. Ledgewood worked for Lockheed in California before starting his 15-year service as a U.S. Marshal. In this capacity he was assigned to guard Patty Hearst during her six-month jury trial. He was also very active in carrying the famous Hell’s Angels case to trial, shutting down their methamphetamine factories. He moved back to Iuka in 1985, where he worked at various times with the Iuka Police Department and the Tishomingo County Sheriff’s Department. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Iuka Lodge No. 94 F&AM.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. James Strange will officiate. Interment will follow in the Corinth National Cemetery with full military honors.
He is survived his wife, Polly Ledgewood; one daughter, Rebecca Ledgewood of Freemont, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Rita Hancock of Corinth and Lisa Callens of County, Tenn.; two sisters, Faye Nell Davis and Laura Belle Robinson, both of Iuka; one brother, Verdell Ledgewood of Savannah, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Odell Bullard of Iuka; two grandchildren, Chris Trantham (Rachel) and Donnie Johnson; one great-grandchild, Lauren Trantham; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lum and Erma Ledgewood; three sisters, Louise, Imogene and Wanda; and a brother, Leroy.
Pallbearers include members of the U.S. Military.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to Project Package (for active-duty military care packages), P.O. Box 856, Corinth, MS 38834.
An online guest book can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Mary Pearl Blair
AMORY – Mary Pearl “The Queen” Blair, 57, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born March 10, 1953, in Amory, she was the daughter of Mary Katherine and Finas Willie Glenn. A wonderful loving, caring and giving lady, she always looked out for and put others first. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Amory. She attended the West Amory High School. She was formerly employed at Amory Garment and in private domestic work. A homemaker, a super queen, and fan of football and baseball, she loved to cook for family and friends. A devoted wife, she was a mother to many in the community and loved to shop and take care of her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at The Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ with Pastor Johniel Henry Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the United Memorial Cemetery in Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Exie B. Blair of Amory; four sons, Ceasar (Bernita) Glenn, Marcus (Leslie) Glenn, Corey Glenn, all of Amory, and George “No. 5” (Nickie) Glenn of Tupelo; two daughters, Charlotte (Tracy) Crump and Chasity (Chris) Terry, all of Amory; six brothers, George (Nancy) Jones and Don Amechie (Pazita) Glenn, both of Amory, Willie Glenn Jr. of Louisville, Tony Hampton, Bobby Hampton and Arzell Hampton, all of Verona; six sisters, Bessie (Alfonzo) Rachel, Nancy Washington, Angela Hogan and Teresa Glenn, all of Amory, Francis (William) Edwards of Louisville and Mary Nell Smith of Aberdeen; 17 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, William “Bubba” Glenn; one sister, Alice Whitfield; and one granddaughter, Denesha Glenn.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
ARLINGTON, Va. – William Carey Mattox, 60, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean, Va. Interment will take place at a family cemetery in West Virginia. Arlington Funeral Home in Arlington, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Groves Mattox; his children, Benjamin Carey Mattox and Claire Armstrong Mattox; brothers, James C. Mattox of Greenwood, Steve J. Mattox of Mount Pleasant, S.C. and David B. Mattox of Mayock, N.C.; seven nephews and six nieces, including Robert Noles Mattox of Madison.
Friends may call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Lab School of Washington, 4759 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC 20007, www.labschool.org/giving; and Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure Foundation, 1717 Rhode Island Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20036, www.abc2.org.
To access the website, visit www.arlingtonfunerals.com.
James Sullivan Sr.
PONTOTOC – James Sullivan Sr., 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at Pontotoc Hospital after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 12, 1943, in Gainesville, Fla., to J.W. Sullivan and Flora Merle Silas Sullivan. He married Ellen Victoria Williams on April 15, 1966. Before becoming disabled he worked in furniture manufacturing. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in Williams Family Cemetery on Cabra Trail Road.
Survivors include his parents; two daughters, Rita Allen (Bobby) of West Point and Felicia Sullivan (fiancé, Nathan Taylor) of Pontotoc; one son, James Sullivan Jr. (Deana) of Pontotoc; five brothers, Eddie Sullivan, Wayne Sullivan, Harry Sullivan and Bobby Sullivan, all of Gainesville, Fla., and David Sullivan of Opp, Ala.; six grandchildren, Deavon Sullivan, Edward Sullivan, Victoria Allen, Jacob Norton, Johnathan O’Brian and Jasmine Sullivan.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Taylor, Bobby Allen, Nathan Morphis, Sammy Williams, Wayne Sullivan and Jacob Norton. Honorary pallbearers will be Harry “PeeWee” Sullivan, Eddie Lee Sullivan Jr. and David Sullivan.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Shelia Rene Maynard, 56, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born July 11, 1954, in Tupelo, the only child of the late L.C. and Joan Tigner Maynard. She was a lifelong resident of Tupelo and attended Harrisburg Baptist Church for many years. She received three educational degrees from the University of Mississippi and was an avid Ole Miss Rebel fan. She worked for Tupelo Light and Water and many years at The Alf Company before becoming disabled. She loved her dogs, Ned and Sassy. She was a caregiver and friend to many. An avid conversationalist, she enjoyed collecting antiques, especially milk glass, and going to auctions.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Steve Cohea officiating. A private burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation is 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
She is survived by aunts and uncles, Billy Maynard (Vonda) and Ann Stacy, both of the Furrs community, and Dot Seals of Pontotoc; cousins, Nancy Hamblin (William), Mike Seals, Carla Maynard, Debbie Fleming, Mark Tigner, Lisa Spradlin and their families; and special friend and caregiver, Kim Benefield of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MARIETTA – Reba Lynn Gardner, 71, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at her home in the Ozark community. She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her children. She was a former employee of Reeds Mfg. and a child care worker. She was a Methodist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Carl Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Ozark Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Paul Gardner of the Ozark community; two daughters, Rhonda Burns (Jerry) of Ozark and Shelly Varnon (Jason ) of Belden; two sons, Michael Gardner (Macy) of Verona and Stephen D. Gardner (Kim) of Ozark community; two sisters, Eva Bailey of Mantachie and Wyna Ray Foster of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Hazel Gardner of Shannon and Dorothy Culver of Tupelo; grandchildren, Adam Gardner (Atessa), Nicholas Gardner, Alan Burns, Austin Burns, Keaton Varnon and Steven M. Gardner; nine great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren, Randy Cates (Janna) and Jessie May Grande (Ernesto).
She was preceded in death by a brother, Guy Mitchell “Junior” Culver, and a stepbrother, Ray Grammer.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Randy Cates, Adam Gardner, Steven Gardner, Alan Burns, Austin Burns, Keaton Varnon and Nicholas Gardner.
Visitation will be at from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OLIVE BRANCH – Carolyn Daniels Reaves, 65, died Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Saltillo. Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Rev. George Washington Sr.
MANTEE – The Rev. George Washington Sr., 83, died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hogan’s Chapel AME Church. Burial will be in the Johnson Creek Cemetery in Pheba. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ASHLAND – William Melvin Orman, 88, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 18, 1922, to the late Vance Clarence Orman and Mattie Grisham Orman. He was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church.
Mr. Orman was retired from Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in Memphis after working for 27 years as a warehouse worker. He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the 106th Division of the 81st Combat Engineers, 424 Infantry. He received three Battle Stars from the three battles in which he fought, including the Battle of Bulge.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Orman Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Kenneth Orman (Stella) of Olive Branch and Gary Orman (Lynda) of Ripley; two brothers, Jessie Orman (Dorothy) of Ashland and Lonnie Orman of Collierville; six grandchildren, Greg Orman (Stacy), Brad Orman (Melonia), April Orman, Christy Orman, Luke Orman and Shelby Orman; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Fay Roberson Orman; his parents; one son, William C. Orman; one sister, Gracie Mauney; and two brothers, Clarence Orman and Pink Orman.
Pallbearers will be Alvin Rhodes, Carl Estes, Jerry Estes, Mickey Roberson, Richie Orman and Tom Mauney.
Visitation will be 5:30 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
OLIVE BRANCH – Terry Nolley, 46, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, in Southaven. He was born June 15, 1964, in Memphis to Sam Walter Nolley and Mary Jane Wilkerson Nolley. He was a small engine repairman and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. P.J. Scott officiating. Burial will be in Flatrock Cemetery at Hickory Flat.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Jane Nolley of Olive Branch; one brother, Dale Nolley of Olive Branch; and one sister, Ann Thomas of Shuqualak.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Nella W. Brown
MANTACHIE – Nella W. Brown, 79, wife of Jack Brown, died Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Mantachie Funeral Home.
OXFORD – W.C. Hill, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Union Hill M.B. Church near Etta. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church.
EUPORA – Sara Sue McKee Fortner, 73, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at her home in Eupora.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Sapa Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WYNNE, Ark. – Brittie Head, 85, died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010, at Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb. She was born July 12, 1925, to the late William Henry and Pearlie Bell Chambers Manley.
She was a retired homemaker and co-owner of the Head Shoe Store. She also worked with Home Health Care as a nurse. She was a member of the Feltner Assembly of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 24, at Harris Chapel Baptist Church with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in the Harris Chapel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Carol Thompson of Brookhaven, Ann Roberts (Sid) of Kelso, Wash., Mary Thames (Mike) of McComb, Vicki Deaton (Mike) of Fulton, Hope Woodall (Chris) of Fayetteville, N.C., and Lynn McFerrin (Brad) of Mantachie; three sons, Ricky Cavilee (Rose Mary) of Brookhaven, Phillip Cavilee of New Albany and Lamar Head of Wynne, Ark.; one sister, Bobbie Manley (Marvin) of Hattiesburg; one brother, Bill Manley (Nita) of Rochelle, Ill.; 17 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by five husband, Jack Cavilee, Drew Head, Al Warren, R.C. King and Ed Graham; and five children, Vickie Lynn and four infants.
Pallbearers will be Chris Wagster, Bill Wagster, Mickey Thames, Greg Inghram, Dale Inghram and Tyler Thames.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday, Dec. 24, at the church.
BELDEN – Nancy Lou Hoggard Solomon, 67, died Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Conway, Ark., to Marley and Lois Howard Hoggard. She spent much of her life in East Moline, Ill., where she was a longtime employee and retiree of the John Deere Company. She lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before recently moving to Tupelo to be near her son. Mrs. Solomon enjoyed reading and loved playing with her grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tupelo Memorial Park Cemetery with Elder Marshall Boyd officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will follow the graveside service at the cemetery.
Survivors include her six children, Karen Solomon of Des Moines, Iowa, Ricky Solomon (Chris) of Ohio, Kelly Solomon Logan of Virginia, Kristie Solomon of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Ron Solomon (Daphnea) of Tupelo and Kimmy Papit of Lewisville, Texas; seven grandchildren, Terance, Donald, Matthew, Amanda, Caleb, Hayden and Abigail; her siblings, Betty Love, Bill Hoggard and Jim Hoggard, all of Arkansas, and Eugene Hoggard of of Quad Cities, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Arnold Solomon, on July 3, 1984.
Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Mary Vivian Kozak
DOVER, Del. – Mary Vivian Kozak, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010, at her home. She was born May 6, 1936, in Ripley to P.A. and W. Murry Moffitt. She was a 1954 graduate of Falkner High School. Soon after graduation, she moved to Washington D.C., where she worked for the FBI. She married Bernard Kozak on March 5, 1955. They moved to Dover, Dela., where Mrs. Kozak worked in clerical positions for several businesses. Her main focus, however, was being a homemaker and mother to her two children.
Services were Thursday, Dec. 2, at Trader Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, Bernard, of Dover; two daughters, Teresa Trader and husband, Ross, of Dover, and Regina Wood and husband, Ron, of Marydel, Dela.; four grandchildren, Ariel Trader-Knauff, Chelsea Trader, and Rebecca and Robert Wood; her brother, Edward Moffitt and his wife, Earnestine, of Dumas; her sister, Flora Neri and husband, Bruno, of Dover.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Grace Church (www.Gracedover.com) or CenterPoint Church (www.Findyourcenterpoint.com).
MERIDIAN – Mollie Fairley, 93, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at Westchester Nursing Home in Bronx, N.Y.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill M.B. Church in Meridian. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
DAVENPORT, Iowa – Andrew Mayes, 58, died Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic in Iowa City.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at East St. Peter’s M.B. Church in Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
ABBEVILLE – Angela Bogard Buford, 39, died Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Springfield M.B. Church. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.