By NEMS Daily Journal
Ela Wilbanks Yancey
DENMARK, Tenn. – Ela Louella Wilbanks Yancey, 82, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn. She was born to Clifford Wilbanks and Sally Fryar Wilbanks Wildman on March 24, 1928, in Ripley. She was a former employee of Ripley Medical Clinic before moving to Tennessee. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Ararat Baptist Church in Hunterville, Tenn. and a former member of First United Methodist Church in Ripley.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Jason Harms officiating. Burial will follow in Tippah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Yancey Moss (Jim) and Terry Yancey Swindle, both of Denmark, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Jordan Baker (Justin), Corie Kennedy and Zachary Swindle; and one brother, Joe Wildman (Grace) of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her husband L.C. Yancey; her mother, her stepfather, Matthew Wildman; and her father.
Pallbearers will be Zachary Swindle, Justin Baker, Barry Yancey, Danny Yancey, Lanny Yancey and Ronnie Childs.
Memorials may be made to Ararat Baptist Church, 3608 Brownsville Hwy., Jackson, TN 38301.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guestbook, www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Pearl M. Moore
HOUSTON – Pearl M. Moore, 98, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at Floy Dyer Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Baptist M.B. Church with the Rev. Eugene Brandon officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
CORINTH – Lawrence Walker, 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at his home.
Funeral services are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
WEST POINT – Roberta Deans, 103, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Cedar Bluff . Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel.
TREZEVANT, Tenn. – Ruby Lee Cox Fowler Newcomb, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital, Jackson, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Church of Christ. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home. The body will lie in state from noon until service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Church of Christ Cemetery Fund, 157 CR 346, Glen, MS 38846.
Condolences at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
FULTON – Randall Lowell Owens , 91, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 8, 1919, in Itawamba county to James A. and Effie Johnson Owens. He lived in Fulton until May 5, 1942, when he joined the Air Force in World War II as a cadet and training aids instructor. He worked for the Civil Service Corp of Engineers. He retired from Boeing Airplane Co. He attended Itawamba Agriculture High School, East Miss. Junior College and University Of Tennessee Ext. School in Memphis. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed reading, writing, traveling, gardening, meeting and corresponding with friends and Bible studies.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Jarrell officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a special niece, Jackie Couch ( Jim) of Tupelo; a special cousin, Mary Sue Jones; and a special friend, Helen Butler, both of Fulton; and one nephew, Alfredo Giacometti ( Barbara) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Tommie L. Owens, who died in 2004; two sisters, Dorice A. Owens and Myrtle Catherine Owens; a brother, Marcus O. Owens; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Eldon Plunkett, Earnest Johnson, Claude Jones, Tom Childs and Shelby Graham.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Patsy Creely Ledbetter
BLUE SPRINGS – Patsy Ann Hawkins Creely Ledbetter, 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 12, 1935, in the Bigbee community to Robert Carl and Lucien Johnson Hawkins. A graduate of Amory High School, she was a member of the band drum corp. Earlier in life, she worked for the IRS in Georgia and Southern Bell as a telephone operator but spent most of her life as a homemaker, taking care of her family. She lived in the Blue Springs community since 1986. She enjoyed music, reading, shopping and loved plants and flowers. She also enjoyed watching educational documentaries. Her grandchildren lovingly called her Mimi.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Neal Davis officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Church Cemetery, east of Amory.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, William Thomas Ledbetter of Blue Springs; one daughter, Patty Creely Moore (Thomas) of Smithfield, Va; one son, George Roger Creely of Blue Springs; four grandchildren, Jennifer Frey (Joe) of Massillon, Ohio, Thomas Moore (Brandie) of Watertown, N.Y., Allison Stroud (Justin) of North Canton, Ohio, Matthew Moore of Massillon, Ohio; and three great-grandchildren, Alex Moore of Watertown, N.Y., Scarlett Frey and Gabrielle Frey, both of Massillon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and father of her children, George Thomas Creely who died Feb. 23, 1983; and her son, Carl Thomas Creely.
Pallbearers will be Mike Gentry, Kenneth Gentry, Wayne Gentry, Jimmy Gentry, Thomas Moore and Matthew Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 706, Tupelo MS 38802; or to The American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
George C. Loveland
BYHALIA – George Carrol Loveland, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, DeSoto.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial at Evangel Full Gospel.
Wesley Todd Alexander
OXFORD – Wesley Todd Alexander, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010. He owned Rebel Rebuilders in Oxford for several years. He owned Todds Grocery and worked at Sparks Auto Parts. He was a mechanic. He loved to fish, and he loved the outdoors.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Derek Starnes officiating. Burial will follow in Bellevue Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Carla Alexander Purdon (Kevin); two sons, Jeff Alexander and Jon Alexander; a granddaughter, Lauren Purdon; a brother, Dan Alexander (Debbie) of Toccopola; and a sister, Kay Winters of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roscoe Alexander; his mother, Irene Gates; and a brother, Junior Alexander.
Pallbearers will be Chris Alexander, Joey Alexander, Don Douglas, James Douglas, Barry Wardlaw, Walter Gardner and Mark Winters.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.
BOONEVILLE – Connie B. Trollinger Hall, 99, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born Dec. 25, 1910, in Booneville, to William Lamar Jones and Rausie Edna Moore Jones. She was a member of the North Rienzi Church of Christ. She was a nurse. She owned and operated a nursing home. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, her dog and her cat. She loved her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Wade Davis and Jerry Childs officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Frank Trollinger (Sharon) of Booneville; a daughter, Margaret Carnal of Booneville; one sister, Peachie Randolph (Floyd) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Tina Rodgers of Baldwyn, Jennifer Lesley (Andy) of Saltillo, Ted Trollinger (Susanne) of Baldwyn, Chuck Farris (Ginger) of Booneville and Tom Farris (Amanda) of Southaven; 15 great-grandchildren, Paul Rodgers, Ethan Rodgers, Mac Trollinger, Russ Trollinger, Andy Trollinger, Drew Lesley, Briley Lesley, and Josh, Casey, Karley, Jack, Avery, Grayson, Jacob and Brandon Farris.; and two great-great-grandchildren, Alexus Garrison and Camron Rodgers.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Bertha Clark, Edna Garvin and Siddie Cartwright; and one brother, Altus Jones.
‘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. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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; 11 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 pallbears will be members of the First Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class.
Homer Ray Grissom
IUKA – Homer Ray Grissom, 69, died Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo.
Surrounded by his family, Homer Ray Grissom went to be with the Lord after an extended battle with cancer. He was a member of Iuka First Pentecostal Church. He worked for many years at Tyrone/Dana Corporation in Corinth, then as a custodian at Tishomingo County High School and Lawhon Elementary School in Tupelo.
Loved by all who knew him, he was a man who loved God, his church and his family. He was a very gifted storyteller. He loved bluegrass and gospel music, and like to sing and play the guitar, fiddle and mandolin. He only had a third-grade education, and in his 50s, took classes to learn how to read. He thereafter spoke at schools and literacy events about his experience. In 2006, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, placed on hospice and was given weeks to months to live. He was later able to testify at numerous churches around the area about the healing power of God and being one of very few people to get “kicked out of hospice” for getting well.
Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Iuka First United Pentecostal Church with Bro. William Lambert and Bro. Larry Hill Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 13 years, Hilda Grissom of Iuka; two sons, Brian Grissom (Christy) and Brandon Grissom (Sherry), both of Iuka; a daughter, Joy Melton (Blake) of Iuka; two brothers, J.D. Grissom (Faye) and Earl Grissom (Shirley), both of Burnsville; two brothers-in-law, Roy Vanderford of Florida and Odis Bray of Burnsville; two sisters, Louise Talley (J.W.) of Rienzi and Joyce Crowe (Bozo) of Tishomingo; seven grandchildren, Cody Melton, Miranda Grissom, Alex Grissom, Caleb Melton, Reuben Grissom, Reily Grissom and Conner Grissom; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Onie Grissom; his first wife of 32 years, Lois Lyle Sanders Grissom; gwo sisters, Christine Vanderford and Clara Bray; and a nephew, Ronald Grissom.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Terry, Tim Grissom, Tim Williams, Raymond Carter, James Embrey, Clarence Melton, Lane Parker and Donnie Hill.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today and continue until service time on Saturday at Iuka First United Pentecostal Church.
Memorials may be made to the Iuka First United Pentecostal Church or the the Mt. Evergreen Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Howard Gene Halverson
OXFORD – Howard Gene Halverson, 72, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home. Visition will be from 9 until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign online condolence registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Mar Orer Clemons
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Mar Orer McGaughy Clemons, 93, died Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. She was a member of Bayview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Dorsey with the Rev. Albert Copeland officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Ruth Collins, Linda G. James, Aseelah Babalola and Linda F. Crayton, all of Clearwater, Fla.; two sons, Roy Lee McGaughy of Mantachie and Eddie Clemons of Clearwater; two sisters, Johnny W. Wilson and Ella Mae Cooke (Willie) of Palmetto; a special grandson, Dwight McGaughy; 21 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 38 great-great-grandchildren.
Viewing will be from 11:30 a.m. until service time Saturday at the church.
PITTSBORO – Lesley Covington, 61, died Nov. 30, 2010, at home.
Services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Bridges Chapel M.B. Church. Burial will follow in Bruce Community Cemetery in Pittsboro. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at the church.
Online guest registry may be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Juanita Martin, 83, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010 , at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Ovellar Smith Johnson
OKOLONA – Ovellar Smith Johnson, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Shearer Richardson Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home.
SALTILLO – June Rogers, 76, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at Rosewood Retirement Home in Tupelo. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
CALHOUN CITY – Larry Tucker, 58, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 6 p.m. today at Daniel’s Temple Church of God in Derma. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce in charge of arrangements
Online guest registry: www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
BRUCE – Velma Steen, 93, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.
Online guest registry: www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Keisha Franks Henley
PRAIRIE – Keisha Franks Henley, 28, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will follow in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 until 5 p.m. Saturday at Belle Funeral Chapel in Aberdeen.
Online guest registry: www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Adolph P. Nance
RIPLEY – Adolph P. Nance, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home . He was born Oct. 10, 1931, to Mack Bolden Nance and Kittie Turner Nance. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi, taught school at Pine Grove and worked in Memphis at the Art Gallery. In 1975, he started to work for the City of Ripley Police Department as dispatcher and retired in 1995 with 20 years of service. He served for seven years as a volunteer at the Tippah County Good Samaritan Center. He was a member of Ripley Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William Connolly and the Rev. Rueben Nance officiating. Burial will be in Nance Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge.
He is survived by his wife, Frances M. Nance of Ripley; three daughters, Thelma James of Ripley, Barbara Nance of Flintstone, Maryland, and Nancy Friedel, of Dallas; one son, William Fondaw of Brownstown, Mich.; one sister, Maxine Powell of Ormond Beach, Fla; three brothers, Dan Nance of Byhalia, Wiley Nance of Baldwyn and Rueben Nance of Tampa, Fla; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Darrell Nance, Rucks Nance and Leon Nance; and two sisters, Gussie Oldham and Virginia Barnard.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Pawlowski, Torri Nance, James Ward, Danny Nance, Dalton Ward and Jonathan Nabors.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Zona Delaine Purdon, 93, died Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at her residence. She was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Pontotoc County to Henry L. Purdon and Alice Eugenia Steward Purdon. She retired from Reed’s Manufacturing where she worked for many years. She loved her family and enjoyed having conversation with her telephone friends. She was a member of Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Bouchillon officiating. Burial will follow in Glasgo Cemetery.
Survivors include her twin sister, Zada McGregor of Pontotoc; a host of nieces and nephews; and her two caregivers, Virginia Dixon and Sonia Fuller.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters, Thelma Caldwell, Alma Purdon, Leora Kennedy and Johnnie McGregor; and one brother, Hilton Purdon.
Pallbearers will be Mike McGregor, James McGregor, James Caldwell, Andy McGregor and Collin McGregor.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday.
BALDWYN – James Alexander Roberts, 78, died Wednesday Dec. 1, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.
Bobbie Lummus Rhudy
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Bobbie Lummus Rhudy, 83, native of Tupelo, died Nov. 30, 2010, in Memphis. She was a retired employee of First National Bank in Memphis. She was a Christian and a published writer of Poetry.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Peebles Main Funeral Home Chapel in Somerville, Tenn. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Williston, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Sommerville, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Kate Kingsley of Tupelo and Marie Cate of Springville, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.