Obituaries December 2, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Zelma Ramsey
IUKA – Zelma Ramsey, 89, of Iuka, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be one hour prior to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

William Buchanan
DERMA – William Telle Buchanan, 91, died Nov. 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Church of Living God in Calhoun City. Burial will be in Piney Grove Cemetery in Calhoun City. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.
Online registry can be accessed at bellememorialfuneralhome.com.Verla Mae Stanton
HICKORY FLAT – Verla Mae Stanton, 78, died Nov. 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Oct. 7, 1932, to Jessie and Mary Smith. She was a member of Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and a homemaker. She loved her church, children and grandchildren. She also loved taking trips with the church and her family. She took great pleasure going to yard sales with her sisters and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ with Bro. Wilson and Bro. Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem of the Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery in Potts Camp. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her spouse, Frank Stanton; four sons, Danny Stanton (Gale) of Potts Camp; Sonny Stanton (Janna), Jerry Stanton (Sandra) and Franky Stanton (Sherry), all of Holly Springs; two daughters, Dian Gray (Robert) of Potts Camp and Mary Ann Wilson (Kenneth) of Macedonia; two sisters, Joyce Clayton and Faye Stanton, both of Potts Camp; 15 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Adolph Nance
RIPLEY – Adolph Nance, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Connie Sappington
NEW ALBANY – Connie Roy Sappington, 63, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born Sept. 6, 1947, in Tupelo to J.E. Sappington and Vera Mae Rowan Sappington. He was a Veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army. He served his country for 27 years. He was retired from being self-employed in furniture manufacturing. He was the president of the Wallerville Water Association and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He loved watching his grandchildren participate in sports. He never missed any of their games.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Shawn Davis and Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jane Sappington of New Albany; his daughters, Laurie Sappington Phillips (Kenny) of New Albany and Tina Lemar of Myrtle; his sons, Duane Graham of New Albany and Stevie Graham of Blue Springs; a sister, Martha Chandler (Eddie) of New Albany; three brothers, Charlie Sappington (Kay), Bobby Sappington (Jennifer) and Tom Sappington, all of New Albany; and eight grandchildren, Emily Graham, Ken Phillips, Mason Phillips, Gracie Jane Phillips, Lauren Olivia Graham, Charles Lemar, Hannah Graham and Madison Graham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a granddaughter, Gabriel Lemar.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Creekmore, Michael Moody, Benny Sappington, David Moore, David Boland, Kevin McBrayer, Bemmie Sloan and Ray McCarver.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Phillips, Mason Phillips, Charles Lemar, J.D. Waldo, Ike McCarter, Eddie Black, Charles Barnett and Johnson Grisham.
In honor of Mr. Sappington’s service to his country, United Funeral Service, Inc. will fly the flags of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Robert Johnson
CAIRO – Robert L. Johnson, 89, of Cairo, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a member of Harmony Hill Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII. He loved bluegrass music and was fondly known as “Paw Paw Rob” to Carolyn Timbes’ daycare children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Whitley officiating. Burial will be in Forked Oak Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Charles Johnson (Patty) and Bobby Johnson (Diana), both of Cairo; two daughters, Paulette Garamillo (Larry) of Nixa, Mo. and Pat Cox (Larry) of Cairo; one sister, Cleo Bain of Cairo; seven grandchildren, Tammy Bates of Nixa, Mo., Kim Price of Nixa, Mo., Michael Johnson of Huntsville, Ala., Maria Hurt of Stuttgart, Ark., Marcus Johnson of Cairo, Keith Cox of Corinth and Monica Tucker of Cairo; nine great-grandchildren, Hannah Bates, Madelyn Price, Ava Hurt, Eleanor Hurt, Eliza Hurt, Levi Johnson, Lexi Johnson, Dakota Tucker and Lauren Tucker; and a special friend, John Rorie of Burnsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mozelle Johnson; three daughters, Catherine, Carolyn and Margaret Johnson; and a granddaughter, Emily Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Marcus Johnson, Michael Johnson, Keith Cox, Mike Wright, Johnny Wright and Wayne Bain.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Rorie, Monica Tucker, Maria Hurt, Kim Price and Tammy Bates.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

A.J. Dillard
NEW ALBANY – Adron Joseph “A.J.” Dillard, 83, died Dec. 1, 2010, at his home. He was born Jan. 5, 1927, in New Albany to Adron Burdell Dillard and Flossie Beatrice Swords Dillard. He was a Veteran of World War II, having served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a retired salesman for the Northeast Mississippi Coke Cola Company. He was a Mason, a member of the Lion’s Club and a member and deacon of Center Baptist Church, where he taught the men’s Sunday school class.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Robert Daniels and the Rev. Mike Brazil officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Patty Dillard of New Albany; a daughter, Phyllis Dillard of New Albany; a son, Allen J. Dillard (Vicki) of New Albany; a sister, Dorothy Purvis; a brother, Willie “Bud” Dillard; and four grandchildren, Hayley Lipe, Courtney Dillard, Tiffany Mathis and Joey Dillard.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jerry McGregor, Shannon Holden, Jerry Towery, James Weeden, Joe Bryant and Charles Bryant.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Center Baptist Church, Hwy. 348, New Albany, MS 38652.
In honor of Mr. Dillard’s service to his country, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Barbara Richardson
WEST POINT – Barbara Wilcomb Richardson, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at her home. She was born Dec. 10, 1920, in St. Johnsbury, Vt. to Mildred Frazier and Archibald Daniel Wilcomb. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church EPC in West Point, where she served as Sunday Superintendent. She was also a member and an officer of the Hospital Auxiliary. Mrs. Richardson enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church EPC with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Susan Portera (Joe) of West Point; one son, Judson C. Richardson III (Carolyn) of Hendersonville, N.C.; grandchildren, Lori DeGeus (Tim) of Raleigh, N.C., Stephanie Portera Bristow (Vance) of West Point, Brian Portera (Jennifer) of Starkville and Cynthia Portera Lyon (Gil) of West Point; three great-grandchildren; four nieces; and one nephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Judson Cromwell Richardson Jr. USMC (Ret.).
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the Church.
Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church EPC, P.O. Box 366, West Point, MS 39773 or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Connie Hall
BOONEVILLE – Connie B. Trollinger Hall, 99, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mae Adams
TISHOMINGO – Mae Adams, 64, died Nov. 30, 2010, at Iuka Hospital. She was born Nov. 5, 1946, in Tennessee to Paul Jennings and Alice Maurine Davis McCarter. She worked for Tishomingo County Adult Day Care at Tishomingo State Park for many years. She was a member of Iuka Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Lance Foster officiating. Burial will be in Allen Line Cemetery in New Site. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, her twin sister, Lila Faye Wilson (Clay) of Paris, Tenn. and Connie Ann Watkins (Donald) of Middleton, Tenn.; two brothers, Sonny McCarter and Lester Gene McCarter (Florence), both of Middleton, Tenn.; three nieces, Donna Henson (Don) and Keesha Lamberth, both of Middleton, Tenn. and Mechelle Chase (Brad) of Toone, Tenn.; two nephews, Mickey McCarter of Middleton, Tenn. and Keenan Lamberth (Candice) of Selmer, Tenn.; four great-nieces and nephews, Haley Chase and Taylor Chase, both of Toone, Tenn., Reagan Lamberth of Selmer, Tenn. and Justin Henson of Middleton, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Kenneth “Ed” Adams; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Peter Holmes
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – Peter Anderson Holmes, 64, died Nov. 30, 2010, at his home in Virginia Beach, Va. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Maxine Armstrong
BOONEVILLE – Frances Maxine Armstrong, 87, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was born Sept. 25, 1923, to Allen and Eunice Voyles Smith. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Booneville. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. She also enjoyed playing bridge and working in her yard.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Lynn Jones officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Jimmy Armstrong and his wife, Sharon of Jackson; two grandchildren, Matt Armstrong and Emily Armstrong; three nieces; and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther M. Armstrong Jr.; her parents; one sister, Virginia Sanders; and one brother, Leon Smith.
Pallbearers will be Matt Armstrong, Ricky Stockton, Tony Smith and Duran Barnes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 401 West Church Street, Booneville, MS 38829 or to the American Lung Asociation, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Keisha Henley
PRAIRIE – Keisha Twanna Franks Henley, 28, died Nov. 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Allie Orange
OXFORD – Allie B. Orange, 70, died Nov. 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford
Services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial was in Cypress Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge arrangements.

‘Coach’ Billy Joe Rish Sr.
HOUSTON – “Coach” Billy Joe Rish Sr., 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was known as a firm but fair man both on and off the fields of competition during a career that spanned three decades as a coach, teacher and guidance counselor. Coach Rish was a long time member of First Baptist Church of Houston. Following his retirement, he served on the Chickasaw County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, enjoyed traveling and was an ardent supporter of Mississippi State athletics.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday with Bro. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Houston Mitchell Rish of Houston; four children, Karen Lyon (Hart) of Madison, Mary Frances DelMonico of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Billy Joe Rish Jr. (Rachel) of Houston and Bingham Mitchell Rish (Michelle) of Houston; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Julian Porter Rish; and one sister, Rebecca Rish Harvey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Helms and Jeff Windham Rish I; three brothers, Jeff Rish, James Donald Rish and Jack Rish; two sisters, Mary Russell and Frances Ard; and one grandson, Jonathan Paul DelMonico.
Pallbearers will be past members of the Houston Hilltopper Football program and include Ricky Allen, Mark Bray, John Crawford, James Earnest, Ricky “Snuffy” Smith and Frank Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the First Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lesley Covington
PITTSBORO – Lesley Covington, 61, died Nov. 30, 2010, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

James Alexander
TUPELO – James Alexander died Dec. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home.

Bennie McDonald
ABERDEEN – Bennie James McDonald, 51, died Nov. 24, 2010, at home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel M.B. Church in Hamilton. Burial will be in Bethel M.B. Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online registry can be accessed at bellememorialfuneralhome.com.