Obituaries December 23, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lenarse Stricklen
BOONEVILLE – Bro. Patrick Lenarse Stricklen, 74, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home with Bro. Tim Blakney and Bro. Rick Bowling officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James C. Chism
SALTILLO – James C. Chism, 76, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born June 19, 1934, to James Marion and Roxie Anna Hood Chism. A longtime resident of Saltillo, he was a truck driver for Scruggs Farm Supply for nearly 60 years, retiring in 1996. He enjoyed playing dominoes with family and friends and loved walking his little dog, Rusty. He was a member of Beech Springs Freewill Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Dennis Kizzire officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Frances Robinson Chism of Saltillo; four sisters, Jimmie Hester (Clinton) of Shannon, Alice Lyles (Kenneth) of Auburn community, Patsy Washington (Wayne) of Tupelo, and Peggy Hayes of Tupelo; his grandson, Richard Chism of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his son, Dale Chism; a sister, Bell Umfress; three brothers, Burt, Noonan and Bill Chism.
Pallbearers will be Chris Franks, Mitchell Scruggs, Tony Milam, Louis Cervantes, Scott Milam and Chris Summers.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Martha Randolph
MEMPHIS – Martha Louise Randolph, 87, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, at Methodist Hospital Germantown. She was born Dec. 7, 1923, in Potts Camp to Joseph Stanley Simmons and Margaret Ethel Boren Simmons. She was a Baptist and a homemaker. She was the widow of Ross Randolph.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Potts Camp Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, David Ross Randolph of Memphis; two sisters, Madalynne Ash of Potts Camp and Jean Nichols of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PBS or to a charity of choice.

Pauline Gibson
MANTEE – Pauline Barton Gibson, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston.
She was born May 11, 1918, in Mantee to Allie Watt Barton and Allie Laura Wood Barton. She was a homemaker and a member of Mantee Baptist Church.
Services are at 11 a.m. today at Mantee Baptist Church with the Rev. Randy Poss and the Rev. Bo Farrior officiating. Burial will follow at Wake Forest Cemetery in Mantee. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca Gibson Carter (Billy) of Mantee; her son, Benny Barton Gibson (Sandra) of Mantee; her sister, Lorene Haney Dale of Columbus; her grandchildren, Warren William Carter III (Michele), Rebecca Anne Wood (Bart), Samantha Williams (Jimmy), Taylor Gibson; her great grandchildren, Catherine Carter, Cole Wood, Carter Wood and Caroline Wood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, M. L. Gibson; her parents; and her brother, Dennis Barton Poss.
Pallbearers will be William Carpenter, Joseph Carpenter, Phil Ferguson, Donald Neal, Darold Neal and Jack Haney.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time today at Mantee Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Mantee Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 161, 1151 Main St., Mantee, MS 39751.
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Joan Taylor
SHERMAN – Joan D.Taylor, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. A Sherman native, she was born Dec. 21, 1931, to Walter Flaut and Bertha Shettles Dillard. She was a graduate of Sherman High School, a homemaker and business partner with her husband. Some of the things she enjoyed were quilting, reading and watching hummingbirds. She especially loved to work in her flowers. She was known by family and friends for her genuine Southern hospitality. She was a member of Sherman Baptist Church.
Services were Tuesday, Dec. 21, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Marty Roberts and Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial was in Sherman Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Morgan C. Taylor of Sherman; two daughters, Linda Rakestraw (Mike) of Tupelo and Mary Bell (Ronnie) of Tupelo; two sons, Everett Taylor (Peggy) of Sherman and Paul Taylor of Blue Springs; two brothers, John Dillard (Ruby) of Blue Springs and Jimmy Dillard (Betsy) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Suzanne Roberts (Rev. Marty) of Wheeler, Nia Brown (Brian) of Pontotoc, Chris Rakestraw (Kim) of Sherman, Jesse Rakestraw of Tupelo, Austin Taylor (Tara) of Tupelo, Will Taylor (Tori) of Fulton and Wesley Bell of Tupelo; six great-grandchildren, Liz, Lee, Emma Grace, Morgan, Colton and Madeleine.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Sherman Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Sherman Baptist Church, P. O. Box 406, Sherman, MS 38869.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

James Rowland
PONTOTOC – James “Jimmy” Edgar Rowland, 56, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at his home after a sudden illness. He was born Aug. 1, 1954, in Pontotoc to W.D. Rowland and JC Maffett. He grew up in Pontotoc surrounded by family who loved him. He attended Immanuel Baptist Church for many years.
Services will be 2 p.m. today in Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Melvin Crawley and the Rev. Felix Hutcheson Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Immanuel Cemetery.
Survivors include his father, W.D. Rowland of Pontotoc; one sister, Betty James (Leo) of Pontotoc; one sister-in-law, Vivian Rowland of Pontotoc, one niece and one nephew; caregivers, Robbie Tutor and Dorothy Dye.
He was preceded in death by his mother, JC Maffett, and brother, Dewey Rowland.
Pallbearers will be family members.
Visitation will be noon until 2 p.m. today.

Edless Vance Sr.
HOULKA – Edless Vance Sr., 83, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at Calhoun County Health Services.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 28, at West Grove M.B. Church of Houlka. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery at Reid. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 27, at the funeral home.
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Andrew Johnson
HAUGHTON, La. – Andrew Thomas “Red” Johnson, 53, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in Haughton, La., as a result of an automobile accident. He was born Sept. 8, 1957, in Okolona to Walter Cowden Johnson and Ruby Johnson. He attended Okolona High School. He was a member of the Eastwood Baptist Church in Haughton, La. He loved his wife and children dearly and was looking forward to the birth of his first grandchild. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his many friends. He was a fun loving and happy person who never met a stranger and considered everyone a friend, and everyone who met him was richer for having known him. He will be missed beyond words.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, with Rev. Jimmy Tackett officiating. Burial will be n the Johnson family plot at Pontocola Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Alisha Easter Johnson of Haughton, La.; one son, Brantley Hill (Raquel) of San Diego, Calif.; one daughter, Anne Marie Hill (Bryan) of Haughton, La.; his mother, Ruby Irene Bridgman of Okolona; two brothers, Danny Johnson (Debbie) of Brewer and Terry Johnson (Pam) of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; three sisters, Glenda Bolanes of Amory, Donna Franks of Brewer and Tammy Smith (Tony) of Amory; a brother-in-law, Tony Easter (Patty) of Haughton, La.; a sister-in-law, Kim Trotter (Jacob) of Amory; a stepbrother, Bobby Bridgman of Okolona; four stepsisters, Charlotte Curlings of Memphis, Kay Keifer (Rich) of Saltillo, Carol Sue Devough of Saltillo and Sandra Roberson of Saltillo; and host of nieces and nephews, Danielle and Ashley Easter of Haughton, La., Kaleb and Alyssa Schrok of Amory, Michael Johnson of Edmondton, Alberta, Canada, Stephanie Clements (Bryan) of Kent, Wash., Elizabeth Grohs (Adam) of Renton, Wash., Victoria Bolanes of Amory, Adam Johnson (Vicki) of Okolona, Daniel Johnson (Tracy) of Brewer, Crystal Kaiser (Nick) of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Eric Franks (Christy) of Wheeler, Beth Hughes (Andy) of Hatley, Natalie Allen (Justin) of Wren, Stacy Smith and Amanda Smith of Amory, Terra Johnson and Ashley Johnson of North Wilkesboro, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Cowden Johnson, and stepfather, Robbie Bridgman.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until service time Friday at Holland Funeral Directors- Okolona Chapel.

Voy Roberts
BALDWYN – Voy Roberts, 94, a resident of The Landmark in Booneville, went home to be with the Lord on Dec. 22, 2010. He was a car dealer for many years and the owner of Roberts’ Motors in Baldwyn. He loved fishing and honey bees. After retiring he raised bees and provided many people in surrounding areas with honey. He was fondly known to many as “The Bee Man.” He was a United States Army World War II veteran. He served from Nov. 27, 1941, to Sept. 28, 1945.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will be in East Mt. Zion Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Jackie Pruitt (Mancil) of Baldwyn and Jan Conn (Rodger) of Corinth; one sister, Mildred Griffin (Paul) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Derrick Pruitt, Lori Morris, Will Conn (Katie); great-grandchildren, Daniel Porch, Derrian Pruitt, Meri Morris, Brooke Morris and Mattie Magers Conn; great-great-grandchild, Lila-Kate Pruitt.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Winnie Magers Roberts; a son, Sebancil Roberts; his parents, S.A. and Almittie Scott Roberts; sisters, Cedeira Gholston, Delilah Hensley and Eulala Gibbons; and a brother Gaston Roberts.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to East Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 2792 Hwy. 370, Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Lucille Nunley
IUKA – Lucille Nunley, 94, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Asphalt Rock Cemetery in Cherokee, Ala.

Sharron Thomas
PLANTERSVILLE – Sharron Kaye Chattin Thomas, 52, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., she has lived in Mississippi for the past three years. She was formerly of Birmingham. She was a former employee of Eagle One Logistics and a valued asset to Greg Driskill at Driskill Delivery. She was of the Church of Christ faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel of Wilson Funeral Home with Rev. Mark Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Lakewood Memory Gardens-East. The family will receive friends today from 8 a.m. until funeral time at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Wilson Funeral Home Wallis-Stewart Chapel in Ringgold, Ga.
She is survived by one son, Jeremy Thomas of Ringgold, Ga.; two daughters and son-in-law, Michelle and Rickey Daniel of Ringgold, Ga., and Ashley Thomas of Birmingham, Ala.; her father, James Chattin of Chattanooga; special friend, Greg Driskill of Plantersville; two sisters, Kathy Chattin of Chattanooga and Stephanie Chattin of Knoxville, Tenn.; one brother, Mike Chattin of Ringgold, Ga.; four grandchildren, Nick, Heavynne, Ashlynn and Hannah; four stepgrandchildren, Holly, Amber, Amanda and Rickey; and one niece, Shae.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Carolyn Griffith Chattin.

Mary Sue Sockwell
WATER VALLEY – Mary Sue Jones Sockwell, 99, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at Yalobusha County Nursing Home in Water Valley.
A private family graveside service will be held at Yellow Leaf Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Yellow Leaf Cemetery Fund, c/o Martha May, 221 Hwy. 334, Oxford, MS 38655.
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Grace E. Young
INDIANOLA – Grace E. Young, 72, died Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010. A native of Bruce, she was a music graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She initially moved to Indianola in 1960 to serve as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church. During her music career she served as the music and choral director for the Indianola Public Schools, Indianola Academy, Rolling Fork Public Schools and the Greenwood Public Schools. She also served as the Minister of Music at Indianola United Methodist Church and the Kosciusko United Methodist Church. Her life passion was teaching and sharing her love of music and encouraging students to experience the joy of music. She considered all of her students a part of her family and was always so proud of their life accomplishments. She was always delighted to share her faith and the source of her inspiration.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. today at the Indianola Academy Gymnasium. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today in the gym. A graveside service and burial will be at 3:30 p.m. today in the Bruce Cemetery. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Akin of Olympia, Wash., and Mildred Walls (Harold) of Houston; a sister-in-law, Lois S. Young of Grenada; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Hollie D. and Evelyn F. Young; her brother, Hollie Spencer Young; and her niece, Carolyn Y. Goodson.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Mid Delta Arts Association, 315 Main Street, Indianola, MS 38751.
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June B. Woolard
TUPELO – June B. Woolard, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at her residence. She was born June 1, 1928, in New Athens, Ohio, to John and Alice Ballog. A resident of Tupelo since 1963, she had also lived in Columbus, Ohio, and Birmingham. In 1971, she and her husband, Robert F. Woolard, started the Quality Coatings Paint Company, where she was the office manager. She served her community by volunteering at the Good Samaritan Free Clinic and the Salvation Army. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church where she participated in the sewing guild, the Women’s Club and Library.
A family memorial service will be held at a later date. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Karen Hodges (Zeke); and son, Robert F. Woolard Jr.; two grandchildren, Robert F. Woolard III and Karen Loni Hodges; one great-grandson, Calen Jared Hodges; and a special friend, Tom Hepner.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert F. Woolard; her parents; and her sister, Helen B. Keene.
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Irene Newsom
TUPELO – Irene Etheridge Newsom, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 9, 1921, to Winfield S. Etheridge and Annie Barnes Etheridge. She was a medical secretary and the widow of James Roy Newsom.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. today at Potts Camp Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Billie Baum of Saltillo and Toni Caldwell (Robert Jr.) of Columbus; grandchildren, Richard Baum (Alice) of Anchorage, Alaska, Rena White (Mark) of Guntown, Lt. Col. Thomas McCann (Kimberley) of San Diego, Calif., John R. McCann of Memphis; great-grandchildren, Molly White, Zach White, Hayden White, Jennifer Baum White, Katy Baum Corwin and Christopher Baum.
Memorials may be made to Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, P.O. Box 1567, Tupelo, MS 38802; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ruby Eades
PONTOTOC – Ruby Eades, 99, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

James Damons
CORINTH – James “Huggy” Damons, 59, died Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, at his home.
Services are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

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