By NEMS Daily Journal
RIPLEY – Dorothy Ruth Jackson Lindsey, 65, died Dec. 21, 2012, at her home. Dorothy Ruth Jackson Lindsey went home to be with her Heavenly Father after a long and courageous battle with cancer. A lifelong native of Tippah County, Dorothy was always ready to lend a helping hand to others. Her faith was very important to her and that faith was reflected daily by acts, both seen and unseen, that revealed her true selfless nature. With a heart very tender and true, she devoted her life to those she loved, especially her family. She loved her children and her grandchildren, and they loved her in return.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (four miles east of Falkner) with Bro. Sammy Barnett and Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Malcolm Lindsey of Ripley; two sons, Michael Lindsey (Tasha) of Falkner and Mark Lindsey (Becky) of Ripley; one daughter, Stephanie Lindsey Griffin (Chris) of Ripley; 10 grandchildren, Reed Lindsey, David Lindsey, Megan Lindsey, Lauren Lindsey, Conner Griffin, Jackson Griffin, Autumn Griffin, Braxton Coombs (Elizabeth), Carson Coombs, and Adam Coombs; four sisters, Helen Earney (Billy) of Coldwater, Jean Vick (Robert) of Ripley, Judy Collins (Ronnie) of Collierville, Tenn., and Vickie Hatcher of Dumas; one brother-in-law, Jerald Jackson of Biloxi; and 10 nieces and nephews, Billy Sue Neely, Charlotte Red, Jimmy Earney, Robert Vick Jr., Eric Vick, Shannon Wilson, Chad Collins, Lindsey Guill, Kolby Collins, and Bradley Hatcher.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin Eugene and Ethel Lafaye McDowell Jackson; one brother, Bobby Jackson (Shelia); one sister, Shirley Jackson; and two nephews, Ronnie Jackson and Jason Jackson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church (four miles east of Falkner).
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
BELMONT – Ellen Elaine Segars died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at her home. She was born in Belmont to Lolan Fletcher and Audrey Beatrice Allen Credille. She was the secretary and bookkeeper at Red Bay School for many years and a member of Old Path Baptist Church.
Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Old Path Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Clatus NeSmith, Bro. Keith Hood and Bro. Dewayne Wells officiating. Burial was in Old Path Cemetery in Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Dr. James Segars; two children, Reggie Segars (Debbie) of Belmont and Donna Hester (Alton) of Vina; five grandchildren, Russ Hester, Kacey Johnston (Hugh), Barry Segars, Ashley Bostick (Josh) and Mandi Petty (Brandon); three great-grandchildren, Cayson and Talon Johnston and Britton Bostick; and one brother, Stanley Credille (Linda) of Plantersville.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers were Joe Chumbley, Andy Chumbley, Mark Chumbley, Hugh Johnston, Brandon Petty and Josh Bostick.
TISHOMINGO – Wayne Ramey, 70, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday.
BENTON, Ark. – Jennifer “Lea” Darnell Ellingston, 39, of Benton, Ark., died Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. She was born Aug. 10, 1973, in Little Rock to Mike Darnell and Debbie Littlejohn. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Benton. Before becoming fully disabled, Lea worked as a CNA.
Services in Benton, Ark. will be at 10 a.m. today at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton with Bro. Carl Richey and Bro. Mike Titsworth officiating.
Local services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Services in New Albany. Burial will be in New Harmony Cemetery in Blue Springs. United Funeral Services of New Albany is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Darrell Ellingston of the home; one son, Christopher Michael Casteel and girlfriend, Sarah Mantooth of Benton, Ark.; two daughters, Lauren Ashley Crosslin and husband, Zachery of Muldrow, Okla., and Carly Taylor Casteel and fiancé, Taylor Parsons of Alma, Ark.; her mother, Debbie Littlejohn of Benton, Ark.; her sister, Kelli Dawn McCallister of Benton, Ark.; two grandchildren, Benjamin Thadeious Crosslin and Jax Raymond Parsons; her grandfather, Kenneth Littlejohn of Benton, Ark.; her aunt, Marilyn Williams and husband, Joe, of Benton, Ark.; her nephew, Jeremy Jacob Lowrance; her niece, Deja Kendralyn; and her aunt, Margaret Darnell Lancaster.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her grandmother, Evalyn Littlejohn, and grandfather, Roger Darnell.
Local visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Services in New Albany.
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MANTACHIE – Jerry Lee Davis, 73, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at his home near Mantachie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Lakeland Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
A full obituary will follow in Wednesday’s edition.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Lanell Clayton, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Itawamba County to T.W. and Rosie Jewel Byram Steele. She worked many years at Itawamba Manufacturing Company before working at Itawamba Community College, where she retired in 1996. She was a member of the Union Chapel Church of God in Fairview. She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, flowers, reading her Bible and being around her family, especially her granddaughters.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Claudia Jones officiating. Her nephew, Terry Steele, will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Charles J. Clayton; one son, Jerry Wayne Spencer (Brenda) of Fairview; two daughters, Amelia Knight (Keith) of Mantachie and Cecelia Russell of Booneville; three brothers, J.W. Steele, Doyce Steele (Margie), both of Fairview, and Cloyce Steele of Dorsey; three sisters, Bamie South (James), Janie Lou Lindsey, both of Mantachie, and Doris Moore of Mooreville; seven grandchildren, Carrie Spencer, Tabitha Spencer, Tina Landry, Angie Johnson, Kevin Knight, Kerry Knight, and Kelly Wayne Knight; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, T.J. Spencer; one son, Jimmie Wayne Spencer; three brothers, W.J. Steele, R.D. Steele, and Bud Steele; one sister, Lavelle Kent; and her parents.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Ray Belue, 82, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in New Lebanon Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon Wednesday at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
KOSSUTH – Max Wade Lancaster died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home.
TUPELO – Henrietta Hodges Creely, 93, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the Reed Greenhouse at United Methodist Senior Services, where she had resided the last months of her life. Mrs. Creely was born in Dumas, Tippah County, Miss., on Feb. 28, 1919, to Henry and Addie Pickens Hodges. Her family moved to Tupelo in l935, and she graduated from East Tupelo High School (now Lawhon) in 1937. She married Albert F. Creely in Lee County on Sept. 17, l937. He died in l996. Mrs. Creely was first employed by the Lee County Tax Collectors office for four years and afterwards began a career with the Lee County Library that spanned over 30 years. She was assigned to be the Bookmobile Librarian where she met thousands of children and adults, teaching them to read and embrace literacy.
Mrs. Creely was one of Tupelo’s great church, community and civic leaders. She joined Harrisburg Baptist Church shortly after its origination and has faithfully participated as a Sunday school teacher and was the first woman to be chairperson of a church department. Before her health failed, she was President of the WMU, active in the Fidelis Sunday School Class, the Merry Makers and the Heritage Choir. Her community involvements were numerous including membership in the Sorosis Club; the Pilot Club locally, statewide and nationally; the Altrusa Club; the Daughters of the American Revolution; the United Daughters of the Confederacy; the Mississippi Federated Women’s Club; and Shepherd’s Center. An avid lover of all things historical, she was named National Woman of the Year in l977 by Pilot International. She was an avid traveler, seeing most all the western world. She loved growing flowers, especially her caladiums which numbered over 400 in her yard. She also loved her pershian cat, Miss Daisy. Mrs. Creely was devoted to all things Tupelo and Lee County, and her lasting legacy will be her unparalled service to her family and fellowman.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Forrest Sheffield, Bro. David Langerfeld and Bro. David Smith officiating. Private burial will be in the Creely family plot at Tupelo Memorial Park. Visitation will be from Noon-service time on Wednesday only.
Survivors include her sons, Gerald Creely and his soon-to-be wife, Johnnie Ozbirn of the Mt. Vernon Community of Tupelo and Earl Creely and wife, Sue of Tupelo; her grandsons, Andy Creely (Renee) and Matthew Creely (Jeanie Beth); a great-granddaughter, Drew Creely; and her special friend and caregiver, Cindy Leach.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert; and two siblings.
Pallbearers will be Brent, Jacob and Paul Creely, Tommy McCarter, Kenneth Warren and Chuck Herrington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fidelis SS Class at Harrisburg.
Memorials may be made to the Lee County Library, 219 Madison St., Tupelo, MS. 38801 or to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS. 38801.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
TUPELO – Billy Rutledge, 79, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BRUCE – William Earl Wright, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at his home. He was a member of Old Town Baptist Church and a retired plant manager of Westwood Furniture Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Robert Earl Alexander and Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Garden Cemetery in Pittsboro. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Baker Wright; daughter, Paula Wright Patton; son-in-law, Tommy Patton of Pittsboro; sons, Bryan Earl Wright, William Mark Wright, both of Pittsboro; brother, Bro. Ervin Wright and wife, Peggy Wright of Calhoun City; mother-in-law, Josey Baker of Houston; and four grandchildren, Briana Wright, Tori Patton, Abbie Patton and Brennan Wright.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin Cleo Wright and Mable Spratlin Wright; sisters-in-law, Patsy Ruth Mills and Barbara Ann Winters; father-in-law, Ruble Baker; and nephew, Steven Greg Wright.
Pallbearers will be Ted Easley, Don White, Richard Earl Murphree, Scott Cannon, Steven Winter, and Benny Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sammy Baker, Ben Johnson and Bobby Cannon.
Online Condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
PONTOTOC – Johnny Van Dowdy, 95, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was a Baptist, a retired farmer and an avid fox hunter. He was also an airplane electrical specialist in the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving during World War II from 1943-1945.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Dr. Terry Cutrer and Bro. David Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Lucille Dowdy of Pontotoc; his children, Judy Cobb (Hilton) of Pontotoc and Jeff Dowdy of Pontotoc; his grandchildren, Zack Cobb (Amanda) of New Albany, Josh Dowdy, Luke Dowdy, Hannah Leigh Dowdy and Sam Dowdy, all of Ponotoc; his sisters, Mildred Kidd (Gerald) of Pontotoc and Mary Joyce McMillen (Jack) of Senatobia; and his brother, Melvin Dowdy (Vaneta) of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents, H.M. Dowdy and Nannie Mae Buchanan Dowdy; sisters, Ruby Swords and Jewel Bailey; brothers, Travis Dowdy, Roy Dowdy and Troy Dowdy.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Gregory, Kenny Dowdy, Brock McWhirter, Gary Kidd, Bubba Cobb, Joey Wood, Mickey Swords, and Larry Wood.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Pontotoc County Fox Hunters Association.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
HOUSTON – Winnie Celestine “Tootsie” Sansing Weaver, 87, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born July 26, 1925, in Houlka to Clealon Sansing and Verla Alene Hinton Sansing. She was a retired seamstress for Shannon Chair Company, a member of Woodland Baptist Church, and attended Macedonia United Methodist Church while she was able.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Woodland. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Judy K. (Russell) Butler of Amory; her son, Jerry Edwin (Donna) Weaver of Houston; her half-brother, Joe Wade Sansing of Houlka; her grandchildren, Troy Alan (Stacy) Weaver of Starkville, Michelle Dawn (William) George of Amory and Angela Kay (Eric) Swan of Amory; her great-grandchildren, Matthew Charles Weaver, Addison Grace Weaver, Noah Daniel Swan, Madison Aleric “Ali” Swan, Evan Reid George, Carys Elizabeth George; and her step great-grandchildren, Anna Beth Robertson and Andrew Robertson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Edwin Weaver; her parents; her step-mother, Annie Eloise Bryant Sansing; her infant daughter, Verla Claudine Weaver; her infant great-granddaughter, Bella Katherine George; her sisters, Quida Bell Maharrey, Madine McWhirter; her half-brothers, Bobby Ray Sansing, Luther Dallas Sansing, James Clealon Sansing, and William Glen Sansing.
Pallbearers will be Troy Weaver, William George, Eric Swan, Noel McWhirter, Sam McWhirter and Van McWhirter.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
MANTEE – Mary Nell Davis Davison, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 31, 1920, in Chickasaw County to Joseph Wesley “Jodie” Davis and Lois Kimbell Davis. She was a retired homemaker, retail sales clerk and a deputy clerk for the Webster County Sheriff’s Department. She enjoyed her church as long as she was able to attend. She enjoyed her family, especially her grandsons. In her later years, she enjoyed traveling with her daughter and son-in-law.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. William Carpenter officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Mackie and Billy Willis of Mantee; her grandsons, David and Stacy Marie Willis of Ellijay, Ga.; Dr. Danny Willis of Boston, Mass.; and her many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolphus D. “Dave” Davison on June 8, 2007; her daughter, Mary Dolph Davison; her sister, Bonnie Henley; and her brothers, Bryant T. Davis and Ross K. Davis.
Pallbearers are her nephews, Kim Davis, Billy Wilemon, Drew Pruitt, Greg Hunter, Mike Davis, and Toby Davis.
Honorary pallbearers are her Church Family.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mantee Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 161, 1151 Main St., Mantee, MS 39751, to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Fund, Mantee, MS 39751; or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message at the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
OKOLONA – Lois Reeves Spencer, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
BELMONT – Annie Mae Wells Slayton, 94, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at her home. She was born in Belmont and was retired from Winfield Manufacturing. She was a member of Fairview Holy Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Kevin Rogers and Bro. Scott Bridges officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five children, Floie Mae Poole, J.W. Slayton (Janice), Gary Slayton (Debra), Ricky Slayton (Debbie) and Phillip Slayton (Charlotte), all of Belmont; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, DeWayne Wells (Martha) and Nolan Wells (Dorothy); one sister, Hazel Spees; and a sister-in-law, Ina Faye Wells.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny Slayton; her parents, Huey and Minnie Wells; son, Billy Doyle Slayton; daughter, Jettie Rose Lee Slayton; twins, Bobbie Dell and Joe Nell Slayton; an infant son; two brothers, Bufford Wells and Willie Wells; two sisters, Leona Payne and Lelarae Lawson; son-in-law, Kenneth Poole; and a brother-in-law, Jake Spees.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Poole, Kenny Poole, Terry Slayton, Jason Slayton, Justin Slayton, Mike Congdon, David Schumaker and Scotty Holland.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GREENWOOD – June Morgan Elliott, 86, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at her home in Greenwood.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Shady Grove Methodist Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
SHANNON – Katherine Foster died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
VINA, Ala. – Anna Faye Ozbirn, 68, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Generations of Red Bay.
Services will be at noon today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
OLIVE BRANCH – Rex Wayne Krieg, 65, deid Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at Baptist Hospital-Desoto County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
RED BAY – Alpha Dees Brooks, 82, died Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, at Generations of Red Bay. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.