By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Leevester Fields affectionately called “Lee” by his family and friends departed his earthly life on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Lee was born in Benton Harbor, Mich., on May 25, 1942, to the late Mattie Fields.
He completed his Elementary and High School education in Benton Harbor, Mich. Lee was always a hard worker. Although a native of Michigan, Lee’s mother moved her family to Chicago, Ill., when Lee was a teenager. He was an outstanding employee of Sears Bank and Trust for over 30 years. In 1982, Lee moved to Milwaukee, Wis., to work for First Bank and later transferred to Walgreens Inc. were he remained a loyal employee until he was diagnosed with his illness.
Lee was married to Mrs. Fields to this union three sons were born Leevester Fields Jr, Rickey Fields, and Gregory Fields. Mrs. Fields preceded Lee in death. Later Lee had another son, Marcus L. Hill-Fields. Lee was a family man and loved to spend time with his sons and grandchildren when he could. He was an avid sports fan and you could always find him coaching basketball or watching his favorite sports team on television. If Lee wasn’t following sports you didn’t have to look far, he loved being outside working on or washing his car.
Services will be held at noon today at N.L. Jones Funeral Chapel in Tupelo.
He leaves to cherish his memory one brother, Charles Fields (Gayle) Los Angeles, Calif., four sons, Leevester Fields Jr. of Ohio, Rickey Fields and Greg Fields, both of Chicago, Ill., and Marcus L. Hill-Fields (Sabrina) of Kenosha, Wis. He also leaves his beloved god-daughter, Tanika Pointer and her daughter Kalya Ollie; two very special grandchildren, Marcus L. Hill-Fields II and Marcellus J. Hill-Fields; one aunt, Jessie Owens; a niece, Jackie Owens; a cousin, Annette Owens; special life-long friends, James and Lucy Schumpert and Jocelyn Hill; and a host of family and friends.
Lee was preceded in death by his mother, Mattie Fields; his twin brother at birth; and his sister, Thelma Owens.
VARDAMAN – Roger Wayne Walls, 78, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 25, 1934, in New Albany, to Glenn and Etoyle Gray Walls. He was a retired Band Director after 33 years of service. He was a Member of Vardaman United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Tupelo High School and of Mississippi State University with a B.A. and a Masters Degree in Music.
Service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Vardaman United Methodist Church with Bro. Harold Robinson and Bro. William Montgomery officiating. Interment is at Hillcrest Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Mamie Vanlandingham Walls of Vardaman; one son, Van Walls of Vardaman; four grandchildren, Brad Walls, Jamie Benefield, Anna Walls and Elliott Walls; and one brother, Kenneth Walls of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers are Bill Davis, Michael Dudding, Donald Freely, Scott Freely, Michael Jones, Mike Jones, Brad Walls and Tony Walls.
Honorary pallbearers are Charlie Davis and Members of Adult Bible Study Group.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences maybe made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
Jerry Parker Jr.
TREMONT – Jerry L. “Jake” Parker Jr., 47, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. He was born on Jan. 28, 1965, in Red Bay, Ala., to Jerry and Laree Wood Parker. He was a Mason and a member of the Tremont Lodge #462 where he had served as a past master. He was a gun enthusiast and enjoyed playing the guitar, bass and being outdoors.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Providence Baptist Church in Tremont with Bro. Bob Massey and Bro. Lynton Younger officiating. Interment is at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Paula Parker of Tremont; his parents, Jerry and Laree Parker of Tremont; one son, Scott Parker (Kaity) of Tremont; one step-son, Brandon Beam of Fort Smith, Ark.; one grandson, Joshua Beam; two sisters, Tammie Sartin of Tremont and Tonia Dill (Timothy) of Tupelo; and one brother, Billy Dale Parker (Jada) of Tremont.
He was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Ronnie Sartin.
Pallbearers will be the Mason Lodge #462.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home and will continue noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Providence Baptist Church in Tremont.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
BOONEVILLE – Bette Shirley Lovvorn, 82, of Booneville, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Longwood Community Living Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1930, in Calhoun City, to W.L. and Vannie Shirley. She graduated from Calhoun City High School and was a graduate of MSCW. She married Dr. Ray Lovvorn Dec. 22, 1980, in Memphis. She was a member of Central Avenue Baptist Church in Memphis. She was extremely talented and was an exquisite canvas painter, an avid bridge player, interior designer, enjoyed travel, and coming to her brother’s family farm in the country near Marietta, especially during holidays. She loved to entertain her nieces especially taking them to Hilton Head, S.C. She was a beautiful lady with a beautiful smile and jovial personality and loved life to its fullest with her special sense of humor, especially with all her care givers and friends at Longwood, all of whom she loved dearly.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Ronnie Livingston officiating. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
She is survived by one brother, Jim (Linda) Shirley of Marietta; two nieces, Sonja S. (Harold) Smith of Marietta and Suzette S. (Will) Endris of Anacoco, La.; two great-nephews, Kyle Smith of Marietta and Cameron Endris of Anacoco, La.; a host of cousins; and special friends, Betsey Cook of Memphis, Doris Crone, Ed and Debbie of Colorado Springs, Colo. and Al and Mary Porter of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and her uncle and aunt, Cliff and Eloise Shirley.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Marietta Church of Christ, P.O. Box 96, Marietta, MS 38856
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Robert L. Raines, 92, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at his residence. He was born July 13, 1920, in New Albany to Robert Raines and Bertha Welch Raines. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was a retired plumber and electrician. He was a member of the American Legion and Glenfield United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Brownie Tohill officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
He is survived by two daughters, Mary Phyfer of Blue Springs and Theresa Roby of Amory; a son, Wayne Raines of Saltillo; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special friend and caregiver, Brenda Carter.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pauline Bolen Raines; and a son Billy Raines.
Visitation is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of his service, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – James “Lightning” Betts, 86, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at his residence in the Mt. Vernon Community. A native of Potts Camp, he was born Oct. 25, 1926, to Roy and Carrie Lewis Betts. He served in the Army during World War II and was a member of the VFW, American Legion Post 49 and the 40 and 8. He worked for Monts Tobacco Company for 47 years until his retirement. His wife, Pauline Lois Betts, preceded him in death in 1999. He enjoyed playing cards, traveling and taking care of his dog, Lady and his cat, Daisy. He attended the Mt. Vernon Senior Adult gatherings. His family remembers him as a smart and honest man and an avid story teller.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Lee Memorial Chapel with his brother, Bro. Jesse Betts officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include three children, Betty Betts, Larry Betts (Tina) and Tommy Betts; his sister, Ruby Patterson (Larry); three brothers, Jesse Betts (Martha), Herman Betts (Brenda) and Jack Betts; grandchildren, Hunt Betts, Brand Tamplain (Brandon), Sherri Collins, Becky Robinson, Craig Robinson (Teri), Denise Randleman (David); his great-grandchildren, Arthur Tamplain, Abigail Tamplain, Grayson, Jack and Eason Robinson and Daniel, Seth, and Carrie Randleman.
Visitation will continue 10 a.m. until service time.
For online condolences, please visit www.leememorialonline.com.
BOONEVILLE – David Wyatt Mooney, 74, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 18, 1938, in Prentiss County to David Authur Mooney and Mittie Jones Mooney. He was a member of Booneville Church of Christ and he was a United States Air Force veteran. Prior to his retirement, he was a computer analyst at Kerr McGee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and most of all, spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Greg Pollock, Jim Estes, Haskell Sparks and Willie Shinault officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Mormon Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Maness Mooney, whom he married on Aug. 25, 1958; two sons, Michael David Mooney of Booneville and Rickey Neal Mooney of Choctaw, Okla.; a daughter, Pamela Power of Choctaw, Okla.; a sister, Bethelene Mooney Arnold of Booneville; five grandchildren, Nikki Tucker (Chris) of Oklahoma City, Okla., Tara Randal (Jimmy) of Norman, Okla., Amanda Power, Hoktee Power, both of Choctaw, Okla. and John David Mooney (Mary) of Lexington, Okla.; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Scott Mooney; his parents; and two brothers, Dean Mooney and Billy Wade Mooney.
Pallbearers are Tommy Gerald Taylor, Doyle Ray Taylor, Jim Mooney, Gerald Mooney, Bobby Cole and Tim Stewart. Honorary pallbearers are Justin Cole and Jordan Cole.
AMORY – Lorene Edwards Box, 90, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at her home. Born Dec. 24, 1921, she was a daughter of Thomas and Lavada Lewis Edwards. She married Earnest Box and he died in 1976. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress for Amory Garment Co. for 50 years. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, her flowers and spending time with her family. A woman of faith, she was a member of Splunge First Free Will Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dale Ford and Bro. Cody Kennedy officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Helen Holley of Amory and Joyce Tubb (Doyle) of Charleston; eight grandchildren, Mitzi Frederick (Will), Tammy Marrison (Tim), Kimberly Jarrett (Steve), Petey Bennett (Vickie), Jeannie Newell (Brent), Darlene Evans (Rickey), Sharon Martindale (Randy) and Wade Tubb (Rhonda); 25 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death her parents; son-in-law, Hershell Holley; one son, David Wesley Box; three sisters, Louise Patterson, Eva Mae Colburn and Geneva Duke; and one brother, William Edwards.
Pallbearers will be Wade Tubb, Petey Bennett, Rickey Evans, Jr., Johnny Hawkins, Cliff Martindale and Tim Marrison.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
NESBIT – Herman Shelly Jaggers, 84, passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born March 4, 1929, in Pontotoc, to Earnest and Sally Mask Jaggers. He married Bessie “Betty” Taylor Jaggers in November 1986 and they shared 24 happy years until her homegoing on Sept. 3, 2010. He attended Hartland Baptist Church. He served our country in the United States Navy for six years. He retired from Del-Monte Food Corporation in 1965.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. There will also be a graveside service at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn.
He is survived by his son, Steve Allen Jaggers of Pontotoc; two grandsons, Jesse Jaggers (Melissa) and Steven Anthony Jaggers; one great-granddaughter, Virginia Ann Jaggers of Pontotoc; three sisters, Katie Stegall, Reba Sutter and Lucian Davis (Charles), all of Pontotoc; two special nieces, Toni Davis and Lisa Davis Cobb of Pontotoc; one step-daughter, Debbi Sanford (Wilborn) of Gulf Breeze, Ala.; three sisters-in-laws, Marlene Rich (Randy) of Millington, Tenn., Patricia McCurdy (Red) of Moscow, Tenn., and Charlene Pelton of Benton, Ark.; one brother-in-law, William Mask (Sandy) of Pineville, La. and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one brother, Earnest “Buck” Jaggers; and one sister, Modean Ball.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
JACINTO – Frances Willard Tucker, 74, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillian Funeral Home.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Betty Sue Newby Abraham, 54, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Methodist Hospital North in Memphis. She was born Aug. 21, 1958, to Thomas and Robbie Newby. She was a Baptist and worked as a data processor.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Anthony Brian Abraham (Renee) of Memphis; her parents, Thomas and Robbie Yancey Newby; one grandson, Andrew Abraham of Memphis; and a host of aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Benny Yancey, Jerry Henson, Joe Yancey, Jimmy Boren, Justin Grey, Don Payne and Al Stroupe.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Virginia Spain, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillian Funeral Home.
MANTACHIE – Chad Starling, 38, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie.
AMORY – Albert Wesley Hall, 39, died on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation is 10 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – George E. Williams died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Sabrina Kemp Anderson, 45, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at her parents home in Walnut. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
TUPELO – George Faught, 67, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Graceland Nursing Facility in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
TUPELO – Delores Saunders, 78, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.