Obituaries December 19, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Dennis Carlisle Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Dennis Coleman Carlisle Sr. died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012., in Holly Springs. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, to Louise Bobo Carlisle and Gideon Clark Carlisle in Okolona.
In November 1944, he was drafted and joined the Navy. After training at the Great Lakes Naval Station, he was deployed in January 1945. He served on the USS Trippe DD-403 and traveled through the Panama Canal to Iwo Jima. He was then transferred to the USS Whilhoite DE-397. He was discharged on July 8, 1946.
He graduated from Okolona High School in 1947 and went to work at the Kroger Company in June 1947. He worked in stores in Amory, Starkville, Grenada and eventually became store manager in Starkville. On Aug. 21, 1949, he married the love of his life, Martha McGehee. While he was in the Navy, she wrote him a letter every day and he kept those letters his entire life. After they married, the two lived in Starkville for several years where all of their children were born.
He bought the Big Star in Holly Springs in November 1963 and remained there until he retired in 2001. He was a former member and president of the Rotary Club. He was a member of the First Methodist Church and served on many committees. He served on the first Board of Marshall Academy. In 1970, he was elected a director on the board of the Bank of Holly Springs and served until death.
In his spare time, he enjoyed working in his yard, reading about history, particularly World War II, and watching western and war movies.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha McGehee Carlisle; his sister, Mary Ann Thompson; his two sons, Dennis Coleman Carlisle Jr. and Fred Lewis Carlisle (wife, Patti); and his two daughters, Marty Carlisle McClatchy (husband, Sam) and Mary Louise Carlisle Davis (husband, Jeff); 11 grandchildren, James Neil Carlisle (wife, Elizabeth), Mason Clarke Carlisle, Sam Power McClatchy III, Margaret Carlisle Shaw, Molly McClatchy Booth (husband, Daniel), Fred Coleman Carlisle, Thomas Goff Carlisle (fiancée, Meade), Katherine McClatchy Boerner (husband, Michael), Stephen Carlisle Roberts, Alexander Banks Carlisle and Olivia McKeown Davis; and three great-grandchildren, Jorden Lane Carlisle, Madison Elizabeth Shaw and Landen Blaine Fennell.
Services will be today, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be William Earl Robinson and Larry Tidwell; the Board of Directors and officers of the Bank of Holly Springs; the employees of Carlisle’s Big Star; and the Birthday Girls.

Glenda Wall
TUPELO – Glenda Grissom Wall, 68, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. Glenda was born in Tallahatchie County to David Zona and Audrey Estelle Dewberry Grissom. Her parents were ministers in area Church of God of Prophecy Churches. She graduated from West Point High School and attended beauty school. Glenda married Herb Wall on Nov. 22, 1972, in Tupelo and became a partner in the family business, Rebelanes, until their retirement in 1999. An active and avid bowler, she was Rebelanes Bowler of the Year in l985 and was inducted in the Tupelo Women’s Bowling Hall of Fame in 2002.
Glenda was known for her positive and uplifting personality and her promotion of solid values in young people. Three years ago, she and Herb helped start Lifeline Fellowship in Tupelo. They previously attended Hope Church for over 20 years. Glenda grew up in church camps, playing the piano and singing gospel songs. She especially loved being in the church choirs and celebrating her faith through music. She loved her flowers, plants and the inspiration all God’s creation and nature brought her. She and Herb enjoyed trips and traveling and had just earlier this year celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in Hawaii, their 5Oth state to visit. A Godly woman, she will be forever remembered for her devotion to her Lord and Savior, family and friends and the sport of bowling.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Chris Barker and her cousin, Bro. Willard Cook, officiating. Her son, Scotty, will deliver family reflections. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time, all at the Tupelo Chapel.
Survivors include her husband, Herb Wall of Tupelo; two daughters, Ellen Wall and Debbie Gable, both of Tupelo; two sons, Chris Wall, who died on Oct. 6, 1993, and Scotty Wall (Laurie) of West Lafayette, Ind.; six grandchildren, Amber Malone (Bill) of Tupelo, Lindsey Harmon (T.J.) of Hatley, Cole Seymore of Tupelo and Abigail, Emmy and Bradyn Wall of West Lafayette, Ind.; three great-grandchildren, Cooper Malone, Eva Laurel Malone and Tucker Harmon; one brother, Doyle Grissom (Jean) of Pelahatchie; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Chris; a grandson, Graham Scott Wall; and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Wall.
Pallbearers will be Bob Triplett, Tony Roehrick, Biggs Shannon, Rick White, Jon Ginn and David Parker.
Memorials may be made to the Chris Wall Memorial Scholarship Fund, 4477 Chesterville Road, Tupelo, MS 3880l.
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Bill Appleby
Dr. William F. “Bill” Appleby passed away peacefully, Nov. 6, 2012, in Lake Junaluska, N.C. He was born June 20, 1928, in Drew and was a graduate of Eupora High School, Millsaps College (BA 1950 and Honorary Doctorate of Divinity 1987), Emory University Candler School of Theology (Masters of Divinity 1952) and the Methodist Theology school in Ohio (Doctorate of Ministry 1978).
A United Methodist minister, he faithfully served and loved many small and large churches in North Mississippi for 42 years. He held special affinity for small membership churches and was a co-founder of the first “Cooperative Ministry” in the North Mississippi conference involving 26 congregations on 3 pastoral charges in Thishomingo County. He served as District Superintendent of the Tupelo District and a Conference Council Director of both the North Mississippi and Mississippi Conferences. Additionally, he served on many conference boards and commissions as well as institutions affiliated with the United Methodist Church. He was honored to have served as a delegate representing his conference at the Southeastern Jurisdictional and the General Conferences of the United Methodist Church.
He was proud to serve the church and its people and to have mentored and counseled others, particularly young clergy. He cherished his deep and meaningful friendships with others.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Smith Appleby and leaves a loving wife, Minna Hayes Appleby, and his children, Frank and Libby (Marty Stamper), and their children Will and Lizzy Appleby and Layne and Taylor Smith as well as his step children, Greg Gilbert (Suzy) and Kyle Gilbert (Julia) and their children.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, 2012, at the Frist United Methodist Church in Clarksdale. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 9 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be private at LaGrange UMC in Choctaw County.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a United Methodist affiliated ministry or institution of your choice.

Billy Hamlin
WEST POINT – William R. “Billy” Hamlin, 71, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born Oct. 29, 1941, in Clay County to Margie Lee Willis and William Rooker Hamlin. He was a butcher, and the owner and operator of Hamlin’s Grocery in West Point for 34 years. He was a member of West End Baptist Church. He was a 1961 graduate of West Point High School and a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He married Wanda Byrd Hamlin on June 12, 1982, in West Point.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. R.C. Bryan officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda B. Hamlin of West Point; three daughters, Alisa Massey (Kent) and Melinda J. Hadley, all of Kissimmee, Fla., and Stacy Riley (Andy) of West Point; three sons, Chris Hamlin (Angela) of Kissimmee, Fla., Alan Easter (Sha) of Becker and Jason Easter of West Point; 12 grandchildren, Justin Hadley, Jamie Massey, Kenterra Massey, Caleb Easter, Danielle Riley, Zachery Easter, Katie Easter, Lacy Riley, Drake Riley, Drew Riley, Madi Easter and Marli Easter; one great-granddaughter, Bella Hadley; two sisters, Mary Emma Hamlin of Panama City, Fla., and Marie Kelley (Olen) of West Point; and one brother, Buddy Hamlin of West Point.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Harlow, Gary Golson, Joe McMillian, Robert Pittman, Mac Steadman and Alan (Abele) Pennington.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Home for Children, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773; Fellowship Baptist Church, 1491 Frye Road, Starkville, MS 39759; or to the church of your choice.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home.
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Kristen Hartley
FULTON – Kristen Dawn Shumpert Hartley, 21, died Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. She was born on Oct. 15, 1991, to Randy Shumpert and Melissa Oswalt in Tupelo. She attended the Church of Christ. She loved drawing, animals, music and spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Russ Crosswhite officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include her husband, Brian Hartley of Fulton; her mother, Melissa Oswalt (Jeff) of Fulton; her father, Randy Shumpert of Fulton; her grandmother, Linda Cummings of Fulton; sisters, Erin Felks of Fulton and Angel Tennison of Corinth; brother, Lee Shumpert of Fulton; nephew, Ashton Shumpert of Fulton; and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, O.L. and Virginia Shumpert, and Olen Priddy; and an aunt, Melinda Buckley.
Pallbearers will be Tim Priddy, Caleb Ozbirn, Cory Lewis, Cory Timms, Joey Hunt and Gary Barnes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and 7 a.m. until service time Thursday.
Online condolences can be expressed at
Euphus Dwight Ruth
BRUCE – Euphus Dwight Ruth, 84, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at home. He was born Sept. 22, 1928, in the Old Town community in Calhoun County. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bruce. He was a 1947 graduate of Bruce High School and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean conflict. He was a former manager of the Boyt Cottonwood Ranch in Devers, Texas, a retired co-owner of Bruce Motor Supply and a retired director of BancorpSouth of Bruce. He was a former member of Bruce Lion’s Club, an active supporter of Bruce Schools athletics and a charter member of the David Murphree Chapter of the Sons of the Revolution. He loved the outdoors and was an avid quail hunter and crappie fisherman. He enjoyed life to the fullest and cherished time spent with his family, especially his wife Mattye, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Dr. Daniel Hathorne will officiate. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Mattye Collins Ruth of Bruce; one son, Euphus Dwight Ruth Jr. of Greenville; one daughter, Deborah Ruth Cain; a son-in-law, Jerry Cain of Olive Branch; grandsons, Jeremy Cain, Joshua Cain, Jordan Cain, Cody Cain and Casey Ruth; two sisters, Mildred Ruth Moore of Marks and Nancy Ruth Turner of Memphis; one brother; B.C. Ruth (Clint) of Cleveland; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney and Flossie Ruth; brother, Dale Ruth; and sisters, Lorene Ruth Burris, Delphi Ruth Inman and Glennie Ruth Harrelson.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Cain, Jerry Cain, Jordan Cain, Joshua Cain, Brent Harrelson, Allen Jeffery, Casey Ruth and Cody Ruth. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Collins, Noel Collins, Scott Collins, Jimmy Hubbard, Rex Jarrett, Darrell Logan, Dr. Bruce Longest, Bob Peaks, Ricky Vaughn and members of the First Baptist Church of Bruce Men’s Adult Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at
Ronnie Duncan
DUMAS – Ronnie Joe Duncan, 51, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at his home. He was born July 9, 1961, in Ripley to Willie Mark and Etta Francis Sweatman Duncan. He was a forestry technician with the United States Department of Agriculture and a member of Spouts Springs Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Spouts Springs Presbyterian Church in Ripley. Burial will be in Spouts Springs Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Connie Smith Duncan of Dumas; two daughters, Lindsay Duncan of Ripley and Emily Duncan of Dumas; one son, Nathan Harrison (Shawna) of Ripley; his parents; one sister, Brenda Shelton (Jeff) of Ripley; one brother, Daniel Duncan (Amanda) of Ripley; and three grandchildren, Austin Harrison, Riley Presley and Avery Duncan.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Harrison, Jeff Shelton, Steve Gibens, Daniel Duncan, Nic Shelton, Duncan Shelton, Brian Bates and David Hopper.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
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Oleen G. Palmer
AMORY – Oleen G. Palmer, 85, died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, at her residence. Born on Aug. 17, 1927, in Sulligent, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Marlin and Mary Jane Noe Seales. She attended high school in Detroit, Ala. On Jan. 27, 1945, she married Rubel F. Palmer. She worked as a bookkeeper for C&F, Fowlkes Contracting, Cox Kitchens, Amory Body Shop, and for Soap Francis. A Godly lady who was a champion for Christ and passionate about her church, she was a member of First Baptist Church, Grace (Mary Lib’s) Sunday School class, and Triple L. She was a member of the Pilot Club and Junior Auxiliary; worked with Meals on Wheels; and was a strong supporter of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Strong-willed and the rock of her family, she enjoyed spending time with her family, being outdoors, playing bridge, working in her flowers, and listening to Southern gospel music.
She is survived by her daughters, Rita Hood, Amory, and Mary Jo Huffman (Robert), Meridian; son, Butch Palmer (Vickie), Smithville; grandchildren, Jason Hood (Kayla), Elisabeth Williams Oliver, Daniel Williams (Kelly), Nikki Sandifer (Jamie), Micah Huffman and Tanner Palmer; great-grandchildren, Skyler and Cade Oliver; Natalie, Mary Haley and Camden Hood; Ann Marie Taylor; and Owen, Braden, and Colton Williams; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rubel F. Palmer Sr.; a daughter and son-in-law, Janice and Larry Williams; and 11 brothers and sisters.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jason Hood, Daniel Williams, Micah Huffman, Jamie Sandifer, Tanner Palmer, Skyler Oliver and Cade Oliver. Honorary pallbearers will be Grace Sunday School class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or to American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821.
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Benny Kelly
ENDVILLE – Benny Ray Kelly, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at his son’s home. He was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and grandfather.
Survivors are one brother, Reed Kelly of Endville; one nephew, Shon Kelly (Valerie) of Endville; two great-nieces, Breana Shay Kelly and Marley Jade Kelly; five children, Skip Rodgers (Sue) of California, Ronnie Rodgers (Deloris) of Blue Springs, Tammy Bedford (