By NEMS Daily Journal
– Tracee Davidofsky passed on Nov. 29, 2012, from cancer, at the age of 53. She was surrounded by family as she began her journey to Heaven. Born in Clarksville, Tenn., on Oct. 17, 1959, to Robert and Bettie Young. Tracee graduated from Tupelo High School and attended Ole Miss.
As a child Tracee enjoyed horseback riding and dance and as an adult she could always be found on the dance floor once the music started. Tracee was a skilled organizer and the driving force behind numerous neighborhood parties. Tracee loved travel, especially to places with sandy beaches, fruity drinks and starry nights. Tracee was a business owner, big sister and a loving wife and mother.
She is survived by her husband, Eric; her sons, Sam and Bradly; her parents, Doc and Bettie Robbins; and her siblings Angel Williams and Lance Young.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Collierville Funeral Home with burial in Flower Mound, Texas.
The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Bessie Lee Raper Brown, 94, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, Dec. 1, 2012, at Sunshine Rest Home after a long illness. She was born July 12, 1918, to Dexter and Fannie Horton Raper and graduated from Belden High School in 1936. On July 5, 1942, she married Charles E. Brown and made their home in East Heights for 60 years. She was a life long member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church and was active in all activites of the church until her health began to fail. She taught the Beginner’s Sunday School Class, was active in Ladies Auxiliary and Vacation Bible School. Also, she volunteered at Morganwood Youth Camp and participated in Lawhon PTA during her children’s school years. She was a member of East Heights Garden Club. Mawmaw Bessie was an excellent cook and always wanted to feed everyone who visited her. She also was a very talented seamstress and made all her daughters clothes, including their wedding dresses. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Steve Nichols and the Rev. Terry Pierce officiating. A eulogy will be given by the Rev. Jeff Nichols. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Nichols (Steve) of Guntown and Beverly Ford (Jerry) of Sumrall; one son, Eddie Brown (Janie) of Guntown; six grandchildren, Michael Nichols (Michelle) of Endville, Amy Brown of Saltillo, Charles Brown, III (Candace) of Booneville, Rachel Oakes (Tim) of Saltillo, Karli Douglas (Marc) of Sumrall and Harrison Ford of Durham, N.C.; 11 great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace Nichols, Sadie Bess Nichols, Meredith Brown, Cooper Brown, Ethan Oakes, Daniel Oakes, Aiden Brown, Henry Brown, Keeli Douglas, Jackson Douglas and Chance Douglas; and two brothers, Elkin Raper and Otis Raper of Osceola, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles E.Brown in 1983; two brothers, Lawrence Raper and Leonard Raper; and two sisters, Bernice Richey and Blanche Green.
Pallbearers will be Michael Nichols, Tim Oakes, Charles Brown, Cliff Nichols, Ross Nichols and Harrison Ford.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior at the church on Monday.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 1650 N. Veterans Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – God called Rosie May Pickens Griffin, 92, home to heaven on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Surrounded by her family whom she was completely devoted, Nanny Poss, as she was affectionately known, was born on May 1, 1920, in the Pontocola Community to the late Birdis Goodwin Pickens and Mallie Malvina Wilson Pickens. She married Curtis Griffin on July 2, 1942, a marriage of 56 years until his death on March 26, 2000. Rosie worked in the Okolona School Cafeteria before becoming associated with Futorian Furniture where she worked until retirement. A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Okolona, Rosie was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all. She loved life, had a jovial personality, was a master cook and caregiver to her family and community. She loved wrestling on TV, fishing and gospel music including ole time sacred harp singing. Hers was a worthy, purpose filled life.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jim Manley officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda McBunch (Billy Mc) of Amory, Donna Lindley (James) of Shannon and Pat Goodson of Wren, a son, Spencer Griffin of Okolona; seven grandchildren, Jon Page, Stacy Tate, Angie Young, Austin Griffin, Faith McDaniel, Kelli Griffin and David McBunch; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Loyd of Shannon/Okolona and Mrs. Opal Henderson of Covington, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Curtis; a daughter, Ruby Page; three brothers, Bill, R.T. and Abbey Pickens; and three sons-in-law, Gary Page, Henry Goodson and the Rev. Allison Bell.
Pallbearers will be Austin Griffin, David McBunch, Brandon Lindley, Talmadge Wayne Griffin, Gus Hamilton, Tommy Rogers and Billy McBunch. Honorary pallbearers will be nieces and nephews and the staff at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona which lovingly cared for Nanny Poss her last years.
Visitation is noon until service time today.
Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUPELO – Mae B. Griffis died at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson Porters Mortuary.
GUNTOWN – Hazel Brooks, 81, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Community Hospital in Verona. She was a retired beautician and driver for the handicapped and elderly bus. She enjoyed meeting friends, yard work and playing with her grandchildren. She was a charter member of Center Star Methodist Church.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Buddy Rushing and Bro. Curtis Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Center Star Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Harvey Brooks (Shelly) of Guntown; four sisters, Betty Moody of Truman, Ark., Peggy Blair of Dennison, Texas, Judy Thomas of Texas and Brenda Chisholm of Amory; two brothers, Jimmy Fleming of Aurora, Ill., and Jerry Fleming (Janice) of Fulton; one grandchild, Andy Brooks (Christie); two great-grandsons, Grayson and Deacon Brooks; and one great-granddaughter, Ella Frances Brooks.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, A.G. Brooks; parents, Carlton and Jewel Fleming; brothers, Larry Fleming and Floyd Fleming; and sisters, Helen Fleming, Bobbie Hahn and Susie Duboise.
Pallbearers will be Steve Brooks, Scotty Brooks, Donnie Jones, Mitch Rutherford, Jason Rutherford and Bobby Fleming. Honorary pallbearers are Don Nichols and Lisa McCarver.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Tommy J. Parsons
IUKA – Tommy J. Parsons, 65, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his residence.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery.
Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Billy J. Houston
BALDWYN – Billy J. Houston, 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his home. He was born July 11, 1930, in Ozark community of Itawamba County to Charlie and Belvie Waddel Houston. He retired after 30 years of service and maintenance at American Motors in Kenosha, Wis. He was a member of Kirkville Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in his yard and spending time with his family.
Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Busby (Johnny)of Pontotoc; a daughter-in-law, Connie Houston of Saltillo; sister, Robbie McDaniel of Booneville; three sisters-in-law, Brenda Houston of Madison, Ann Hopkins of Fulton and Betty Wiseman (John) of Baldwyn; four grandchildren, Matt Houston of Pontotoc, Amanda Poppelreiter (Jeremy) of Saltillo, Robert Busby (Jorden) of Memphis and Charlie Busby of Hattiesburg; great-grandson, Rock Busby; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife and mother of his children, Lucy Houston (1957) and second wife, Jimmie Lou Houston; son, Mike Houston; brothers, Jake Houston, Bo Houston, Sam Houston, Tom Houston and Charles “Red” Houston (Nov. 30, 2012); nephew, Gifford Houston.
Pallbearers were Robert Busby, Charlie Busby, Jeremy Poppelreiter, Mark Smith and Mitchell Hood. Honorary pallbearers were Doug Houston, Bill Fleming, Carl Hansen, his caregiver, Judy Wolfe, Edith, Michelle and Evon.
NEW ALBANY – Alice Lee Turner Brown, 91, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Aug. 30, 1921, in Pontotoc County to Virgle Lee Turner and Ora B. Turner. She was a homemaker. In her early years she enjoyed gardening, cooking and quilting. She also enjoyed gospel music. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Wilder and the Rev. Derrick Finley officiating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Hugh Paul Brown (Sandra) of New Albany and David Andy Brown (Annette) of Iuka; a granddaughter, Hannah Noelle Brown of Iuka; two stepgranddaughters, Nicki Marion of North Carolina and Shanna Scales of New Albany; a stepgrandson, Sam Stiles of New Albany; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Anna Stiles of New Albany and Kyla Marion of North Carolina; and two stepgreat-grandsons, Cody Pilcher and Josiah Scales, both of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 65 years, Jessie Paul Brown; an infant son, Stanley Wayne Brown; a brother, Andrew Turner; and three sisters, Clara Bertha McKeown, Mavis Leach and Mary Ellen Tackett.
Pallbearers will be Billy Ray Taylor, Wendell Elder, Gregg Fitzgerald, Cody Pilcher, Sam Stiles and Allen Russell.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – Billy Lynn Horton, 65, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of East Corinth Baptist Church. He was a 1964 graduate of Ecru High School and was a 1974 graduate of the University of Mississippi where he was a proud alumnus. He was a retired Command Sgt. Maj. in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He coached girls basketball and junior high football at several schools including, Iuka and Corinth and he was named the Girls Basketball Coach of the Year in 1978-1979. He was the current principal at Plantersville Middle School. He enjoyed the lake and boating, spending time with his family and was dedicated to educating children. He was a loving father and grandfather, a precious brother and a loving son to his parents.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Jimmy Russell officiating and Coach John Smiley and Coach Bill Rosenthal will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include his daughter, Ginger Carol Horton Murray (Steve) of East View, Tenn.; a sister, Gail Jaggers (Steve) of Pontotoc; a brother, Jerry Horton (Helen) of Ecru; three grandchildren, Casey James, Luke Bond and Kaitlyn Murray; three nephews, Jason Horton (Starla), Eric Jaggers and Matt Jaggers; one niece, Elizabeth Jaggers; and his great-niece and nephew, Myah and Jack Horton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Russell Horton and Ruby Lee Whitehead Horton.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Horton, coach Bill Rosenthal, coach Mike Scott, Mike Heatherly, Casey James and coach Sanrick Shannon. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Horton, Eric Jaggers, Matt Jaggers, faculty and staff of Plantersville Middle Schools, Superintendent of Education Jimmy Weeks and Shannon Primary School Principal Shelly Brooks.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
POTTS CAMP – Lucy Self, 55, died Nov. 30, 2012, at Baptist DeSoto. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity of New Albany.
TUPELO – James “Lightning” Betts, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at his residence in Mt. Vernon.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Lee Memorial Park.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today.
RED BAY, Ala. – James Robert “J.R.” Spencer, 73, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at ECM Hospital.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Ebenezer Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Willard Yancey Richardson, 87, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 3, 1925, to Clyde and Mary Yancey. She was a member of Rienzi Baptist Church and she was a member of Eastern Star.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Charlie Cooper officiating. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery.
Survivors are one daughter, Clarareece (Jimmy) Taylor of Corinth; two sons, Johnny (Annette) Richardson of Rienzi and Dennie (Donna) Richardson of Booneville; three sisters, Evelyn Thompson of Union Grove, Wis., Nell McCoy of Shannon and Sara Eaton of Rienzi; three brothers, Raymond, Gerald and Harold Yancey, all of Rienzi; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Richardson; her parents; two sisters, Lois Reed and Mildred Yancey; and five brothers, Bill, Joe, Jim, Marion and Robert Yancey.
Visitation is 3 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Monday at McMillan Funeral Home.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Elvie Joe Keown, 44, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of the Nazarene Church in Calhoun City. He was a mechanic for Cannon Motor Company in Oxford. He enjoyed fishing, camping and dirt track car races.
Service is at 3:30 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce, with the Rev. Jimmy Vance, the Rev. Mike Whitten and Bro. Chat Bush officiating. Interment is at Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.
He is survived by his parents, Charles and Sandra Keown of Calhoun City; two sons; two grandchildren; his sisters, Lisa Chrestman (Kendall) and Neda Rivera (Brad) of Calhoun City; three nephews, Ryan Chrestman of Pontotoc, Bradley Fletcher and Brandon Fletcher, both of Calhoun City; two nieces, Kayla Chrestman and Heather Mabry of Calhoun City; four uncles; and three aunts.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Elvie and Ruth Fleming, Roy and Virginia Keown; and an uncle, Jerry Keown.
Pallbearers are Kendall Chrestman, Ryan Chrestman, Bradley Fletcher, Brandon Fletcher, Michael Luther and Brad Scott.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
BALDWYN – Syble Jones, 94, died Dec. 1, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Olive Branch. She enjoyed reading her Bible, puzzles, playing solitaire and her dog, “Baby Girl”. She was a seamstress and housewife. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. John Cagle officiating. Burial will be in Friendship cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Virginia “Ginny” Fletcher of Olive Branch; sister-in-law, Donna Meador of Terrell, Texas; two grandchildren, Skip Fletcher (Michelle) and William Fletcher (Angy); four grandchildren, Lauren Alexandria Fletcher, Carley Jane Fletcher, Cady Elaine Fletcher and Courtney Lee Fletcher; host of nieces and nephews; and caregivers, Floyd and Eddie Mae Cockrell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Jones; great-grandson, David Andrew Fletcher; parents, George and Ida Meador; and brother, Dorsey Meador.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Joyce May Woolsey Criswell, 79, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born May 17, 1933, to William Russell and Grace Almeda Garner Woolsey in Osceola, Ark. She was a homemaker and worked for several years in food services at Tippah County Hospital. She loved and was loved by her family and friends and enjoyed spending time with them.
Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley, with Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Interment is at Criswell Cemetery in Ripley.
She is survived by her sons, Ronnie Criswell (Kathy) of Quito, Tenn., and Randy Criswell (Melissa) of Ripley; daughters, Cathy Wilbanks (Johnny) of Ripley and Paula Jordan (Vince) of Myrtle; six grandchildren, Jason Elliott, Cortney Wilbanks, Justin Jordan, Emily Michelle Criswell, Jenna Jordan and Emily Kate Criswell; step-grandchildren, Robert Wilbanks (Tammy) and Landon Smith; four great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Herbert Cleveland Criswell; her parents; sisters, Rachel Enrleen Woolsey Seek, Imogene “Polly” Woolsey Cushman, Eunice Woolsey Hastings, Ruth Lanell Woolsey and Mildred Louise Woolsey; brother, Chester Neal Woolsey; and half-brother, William Russell Woolsey Jr.
Pallbearers are Jason Elliott, Justin Jordan, Robert Wilbanks, Landon Smith, James Wilbanks and Jesse Wilbanks.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 7 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
To view and sign an online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Myrtle Lois Brown, 82, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
DERMA – Richard Earl Blaylock, 61, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 27, 2951, in Derma. He was a self-employed mechanic. He was a member of Derma Pentecostal Church. He served as alderman for the town of Derma for more than 20 years.
Service is at 1:30 p.m. today at Derma Pentecostal Church with Bro. Billy Patterson, Bro. Harold Smith, Bro. Jerry Wilson and Bro. Bob McCool officiating. Interment is at Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann Thomas Blaylock of Derma; his mother, Jessie Mae Langford Blaylock of Southaven; one sister, Mary Nell Marshall of Horn Lake; and one brother, John T. Blaylock of Southaven.
He was preceded in death by his father, J. T. Blaylock; and one son, Richard Timothy Blaylock.
Pallbearers are Scott Bennett, Terry Bounds, Keith Havens, Matt Lowe, Bobby Marshall, John Marshall, Larry Patterson, Greg Pollan and Randy Lee Skinner.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parker Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 458, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences maybe made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Lee Fields, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 25, 1942, in Michigan. He moved to Chicago, Ill. in his teenage years. He worked at a Chicago men’s clothing store for several years, as a security guard at Sears Bank and Trust, and as operating officer for Climb the Ladder for 32 years. He also worked at Walgreens for five years and First Bank of Milwaukee, Wis., for 10 years, when his health started to fail. He then moved to Tupelo.
Services will be held at noon Monday at N.L. Jones Funeral Chapel.
He is survived by one brother, Charles Fields of California; four sons, Lee Fields Jr., Ricke Fields and Gregory of Chicago, Ill., and Marcus Hill of Milwaukee, Wis.; several grandchildren; one goddaughter, Tankika Pointer of Tupelo; special friend, Carolyn Shumpert; and best friend, James Shumpert.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; and his twin sister.
SALTILLO – Tommy Ray Sanders, 65, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 27, 1947, in Tupelo, to Murry Edward and Martha McBrayer Sanders. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Frank Breaux officiating. Burial will be in McNeil Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Sanders (Sonya) of Pratts and Craig Sanders (Patty) of Saltillo; one brother, Willie Wimbs (Betty) of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Leslie Brown (Thomas) of Pontotoc, Andrew, Emily and Austin Sanders, all of Saltillo; two great-grandchildren, Andrea Yother and Jade Brown, both of Pontotoc; and a special friend, Mary Jane Patterson of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Charlotte Dean; and one sister, Brenda Jo Sanders.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Riddle, Andrew Sanders, D.J. Sims, Johnny Pannell, James Enis, Eric Bishop and Austin Ray Sanders.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Saltillo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Betty Abraham, 54, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Methodist Hospital North in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
TIPLERSVILLE – Ronnie Spight, 47, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home in Ripley.
BOONEVILLE – David Wyatt Mooney, 74, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors will be in the Mormon Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.