By NEMS Daily Journal
Virgie Newsome Wilson
BRUCE – Virgie L. Newsom Wilson, 91, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at Bruce Community Living Center in Bruce. She was born July 29, 1920.
She was a member of First Baptist Church in Bruce. She was a retired seamstress of Glenn Slacks.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one brother, Jerald Newsom of Bolten, Miss.; three grandchildren, Darlene Clanton Box and Sherry Lenard of Bruce, Miss., and Richard “Rick” Wilson of Vardaman, Miss.; five great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank McConner and Mary Lou Neal Newsom; her husband, Richard Oscar Wilson; one daughter, Shirley Ann Wilson Clanton; one son, Jack Arnold Wilson; two sisters, Birdie Carter & Stella Marter; and one grandchild, Wade Clanton.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Byford, Raymond Carter, B.J. Farmer, Dickey Guyton, Doyle McKnight, and Mike Newsom.
Honorary Pallbearers are Brandon Box, Stephen Box, Jay Byford, Jeremy Byford, B.J. Farmer, Caiden Farmer, Colby Roberts, B.J. Wilson, and Rick Wilson.
Online condolences may be made @ www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
ABERDEEN – Roberta Edwards Mays, 83, died on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical
Center in Tupelo. She was born July 15, 1928 in Oktibbeha County, Miss. to Essie McClelland and Hugh Edwards. She was a homemaker and a postal worker at Prairie Post Office for 20 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and formerly of the Muldon Community in Monroe County. She was married to Richard Jasper “Buster” Mays.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery West Point.
Survivors include her daughter, Debbie Pfost (Jim) of Colonial Heights, Va.; two sons, Richard Mays and Todd Mays both of Aberdeen; step mother, Christine Edwards of Columbus; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two
sisters, Peggy Boone of Sanger, Texas, Juanita Brewer of Mountain Home, Ark.; her brothers, Clorus Edwards (Joyce) of Terry; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband in 1986; two sisters, Dorothy Holley, and Hughdell Stokes.
Pallbearers will be Mike Mays, Lee King, Buddy Mobley, Buddy Griggs, Eddie Howell, Donnie Collier.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Felix & Annette Jackson, Patsy McKee, Buddy & Hazel Mobley, Jimmy Raigins, Hugh & Leta Mae Hill, Danny & Donna Honnoll.
Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com
TUPELO – Mildred Gilliam, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Cedars Nursing Facility after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Josie Mae Westbrook
AMORY – Josie Mae Westbrook, 99, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Gilmore Regional Medical Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Darden & Son Funeral Home in Amory.
RIENZI – Helen Eugene Mitchell, 74, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 31, 1937.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hight Funeral Home in Corinth with message by Bro. Greg Warren and with son Timmy Mitchell delivering eulogy. Entombment is at Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CARR VISTA – Brenda Joyce Ballard, 66, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at her residence after an extended illness. A native of Nettleton, she was born April 28, 1945 to Vester T. “Jiggs” and Lavern Young Fowler. She was the owner of Ballard Furniture Manufacturing in Shannon for 12 years. While she was at home during her illness, she enjoyed playing free cell on her computer. A very proficient seemstress, she loved her growing flowers, working in her yard, and spending time with her family. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Shannon.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Charles Faust officiating.
Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Carl Ballard of Carr Vista; four children, Ricky Lee (Tammy) of Brewer Community, David Lee (Lisa) of Nettleton, Johnny Lee (Kim) of Tupelo, and Jessica Stafford of Troy; one sister, Linda Knaack (Larry) of Tracy, Calif.; two brothers, Robert Fowler of Tallahassee, Fla., and Marvin Fowler of West Point; her mother, Lavern Fowler of Nettleton; ten grandchildren, Ashley Lann (Patrick) of Shannon, Michael Lee of Wheeler, Brandon M. Lee (Lenita) of Guntown, Amber Quarles of McCundy, Brandon P. Lee (Phylis) of El Passo, Texas, Breanna Lee of Fulton, Kyle Stafford of Troy, Haley Williams, Kayla Neal, and Logan Neal, all of Tupelo; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Vester T. “Jiggs” Fowler; and two brothers, Sonny Fowler, and Sammy Fowler.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Mississippi Section Phone Network Flower Fund in care of John Black, 6010 Castle Rd., Vicksburg, MS 39180; or The Shriners Hospital for Children, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Chester Allen Grisham, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2011 at his home at Lake Mohawk. He was born on March 3, 1942 to Leland Jackson, Sr. and Margaret Roberta Craig Grisham in Memphis, Tenn. He was a retired mechanical engineer for Mississippi Chemical Corporation in Yazoo City, Miss. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Booneville.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Dumas Baptist Church and Dr. Lynn Jones and Bro. Michael Baker officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sissy Grisham of Lake Mohawk; one son, Paul Grisham (Christy) of Lake Cormorant, Miss.; one daughter, Ashley Grisham of Birmingham; two brothers, Dennis Grisham (Lynda) of Dumas, Kenneth Grisham of LaMesa, Calif.; one sister, Laura Jean Medley (Russell) of Huntsville, Ala.; one sister-in-law, Paula Grisham of Ripley, Miss.; three grandchildren, Rebekah, Anna Grace and Daniel Grisham all of Lake Cormorant, Miss.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Craig Grisham and one brother, Jackie Grisham.
Pallbearers will be Lee Jay Grisham, Kody Grisham, Brandon Curtis, Jeffrey Cook, Todd Hutchinson, Tommy Walter, William Walter and Flynn Fogerty.
Honorary pallbearers are Deacons of First Baptist Church in Booneville.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 7 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials can be made to Gideon International.
To view and sign online guest book: www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – George Aaron Lambert, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at his home. He was born March 11, 1938, in Prentiss County to Dearil T. Lambert and Movaline V. Smith Lambert. He was a truck driver, and he was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. He enjoyed the outdoors, riding motorcycles, tinkering, camping, skiing, and reading his Bible. He had an outgoing personality.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Pete McCoy and Bro. Johnny Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife Elizabeth Virginia Lambert; a son, Bubba Lambert of Olive Branch; two daughters, Deborah Vandiver (Shawn) of Smyrna, Tenn., and Sherry Lambert of Rienzi; a brother, James Lambert (Ruby) of Horn Lake; a sister, Lyla Fugitt of Booneville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Lanny Smith, Billy Joe Fleming, Keith Hamm, Shawn Vandiver, Tyler Hamm, and Ricky Johnson.
Visitation will continue at the funeral home Monday until service time.
NEW ALBANY – Charles Raymond Easterling, 76,
died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley, Miss. He was born August 20, 1935, at Birmingham Ridge, the son of Raymond and Mamie Miller Easterling. He was a member of Blue Springs Baptist Church and was a retired factory employee, having worked many years for Futorian. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and motorcycle rider.
Services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Brother Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany, Miss.
Survivors include a daughter, Jackie Gillen and friend, Bob Gaines; two sons, Jeff (Suchin) Easterling of New Albany, and Mark Easterling of Senatobia; the mother of his children, Clifford Easterling of New Albany; a brother, Larry (Lucy) Easterling of Blue Springs; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one grandson, Joseph Easterling.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Heather Harville Mayo
CORINTH – Heather Harville Mayo, 29, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was born Dec. 28, 1982 in Millington. She was a graduate of Alcorn Central High School and a 2005 graduate of Blue Mountain with a degree in elementary education. She was a member of Tate Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tate Baptist Church, with burial in New Hope Church of Christ Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Casey Mayo; a daughter, Kalee Mayo; her parents, Scotty and Patricia Harville; brothers Chad and Scott Harville; maternal grandparents, Hoyt and Martha Gahagan; paternal grandparents, Randall Wade and Cindy Harville and John and Flora Smith;
nephew and niece, Walker and Caitlyn Harville.
Pallbearers will be Chaz Kennedy, Keith Woodruff, Brain Anderson, Ben Gann, Landon Tucker, Jerry Mayhall.
Honorary pallbearers are Mississippi Highway Patrol and Corinth Police Department.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and Tuesday 11a.m. to service time at Tate Baptist Church
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MOOREVILLE – Gordie “Pete” Rhyne, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. He was born Jan. 2, 1934 to Elijah and Bell Thoroughkill Rhyne. He worked for 45 years for Loden Gas Company. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and old cars. He was a member of Jesus’ Name Pentecostal Church in Mantachie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home with Bro. Jacky Byrd officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Louise Rhyne; a son, David Allen Rhyne Sr.; a daughter, Wanda Sueann Rhyne of Pontotoc; an adopted daughter, Camry Rhyne; two grandchildren, Angel Rhyne and David Allen Wiley Rhyne Jr.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and Willy Rhyne; sisters, Gladys Lesley, Wynona Owens, Melveata Whitaker, and Lovie Gillentine
Pallbearers will be Bo Young, George Allen Stewart, Ricky Hester, Charles Brown, Bobby Joe Langley, Michael Joe Langley.
Honorary pallbearers are George Thomas Watson, Bobby Watson, Donald Lee Watson Jr., Brandon Murphy, Wayne Kemp.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com
FRENCH CAMP – LaRue Stanford, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. She was born June 29, 1929 to Novis and Nona Adams Orear. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Zion, Ill. She enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Stanford; two sons, Dannie Barnes (Rita) of Tuscon, Ariz., Donald Keith Barnes of Sheffield, Texas; step sons, Brent Stanford (Pricilla) of Coffeeville, Miss., Guy Stanford (Judy) of Wynona, Miss.; step daughter, Diane Ansley of French Camp, Miss.; four grandchildren and six step grandchildren; brothers, Leland Orear (Margie) of Golden, Dexter Orear (Jana) of Fulton, Addis Orear (Joanie) of Zion, Ill.; sisters, Linda Blanton of Red Bay, Ala., Lila Ruth Holland of Red Bay, Ala., Glenda Sue Elrod (George) of Zion, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Dalton Barnes; brothers, Lial, Lionel, and Leburn Orear; a sister, Eva Lois Orear.
Visitation will be from 12 noon till service time Wednesday.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com
BECKER – David Ray Sorrells, Sr., 68, died on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at his residence. Born on September 26, 1943, in Beaverton, Ala., he was a son of Brownie and Christine Phillips Sorrells. He
attended Becker School. Following school, he honorably served in the US Army as a Paratrooper/Ranger in the 101st Airborne Division. Self-employed, he drove a truck for 40 years. He was Baptist. A hardworking and simple man, he enjoyed farming, hot housing, working on his tractors, spending time with family and friends, and listening to old country music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Calvary Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his sons, David Sorrells, Jr. (Jennifer), Dale Sorrells (Dana), of Becker and Brent Sorrells (Dana) of Kentucky; a sister, JoAnne Hilt (Van) Becker; grandchildren, Andrew and Alexis Sorrells, and Dylan Putney; two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Mary Francis Kelly Sorrells.
Pallbearers will be Willie Guy Myatt, Sr., Willie Guy Myatt, Jr., Wayne Pickle, John Strickland, D. J. McCormick, and Ronnie Griggs.
Honorary pallbearers will be Timothy Comer and Jimmy Livingston.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
WALNUT – Ray McKinney, 83, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at his home.
Services are at 4 p.m. Wednesday, at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Camp Ground Cemetery in Tippah County.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time on Wednesday prior to funeral.
RED BAY – Stan DeFrenchi, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011 at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home Red Bay.
SMITHVILLE – Lela M. Scott Holland, 81, died on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at her residence. Born on August 21, 1930, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of Curtis Lee and Flora Mae Plunkett Scott. She attended Sipsey Fork School and graduated from ICC Nursing School. She married William “Bill” Holland on July 29, 1987. For 38 years, she faithfully cared for her patients as an LPN, working at Gilmore Memorial Hospital and part-time in the local nursing homes. She was Baptist. A hardworking lady, she enjoyed tending to her flower garden. Her life was guided by her mother and her grandmother Scott. Hardworking, loveable, and free-spirited, she enjoyed being with her grandchildren, crocheting, and watching Gospel Channel 39.
A Celebration of Life Graveside Service will be held at 2 p.m. today Young Memorial Garden with Bro. Danny Burks officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at 1:50 p.m. today at the cemetery for the graveside service.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, William “Bill” Holland of Smithville; a daughter, Iva Nell Whitlock (James) of Greenwood Springs; a son, Joe Cowart (Mary Ruth) of Amory; step daughters, Debbie Harwell (Clifford) of Oxford, Pam Bolton of Batesville, and Clara Perkins of Sardis; grandchildren, Michelle Carter (Scott), NeNe Carter (Eddie), Blake Cowart, Jeff Phillips (Tammy), Kenny Phillips (Laurie), Christopher Little, and Elizabeth Little Clements (Dallas); four step grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and two step great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Hope Little.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
Memorials may be given to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 282, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Rachael Lynn Pollard Rinehart, 54, died Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 23, 1957, in Memphis. She was a nurse at NMMC, and she was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Dday Saints in Booneville, with President Gary Pettus presiding and conducting, and Bishop Ricky Howell officiating. Burial will be in Hinkle Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Bruce Rinehart, whom she married on Dec. 8, 1978; three sons, Jeremiah Rinehart, Justin Rinehart, and Jarrett Rinehart (April) all of Rienzi; three daughters, Jamie Rinehart, Jessica Rinehart, and Janna Boyer (Alan) all of Rienzi; her mother, Mary Deane Smith Pollard of Booneville; two brothers, David Pollard (Marsha) of Booneville and Andy Pollard (Emily) of Houston, Texas; three sisters, Becky Piersky (Randy), Dawn Floyd (Ned), all of Booneville, and Lorrie Haug (Kevin) of Las Vegas, Nev.; one grandson, Brandon Rinehart; four granddaughters, Abby Rinehart, Brittany Rinehart, Kensley Rinehart, and Carsyn Rinehart.
She was preceded in death by her father, Q D Pollard.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Palmer, Bobby Stewart, Matt Smith, Korry Rinehart, Kody Rinehart, and Danny Ballard.
BOONEVILLE – James E. Robinson, died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at his home. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons of Booneville.