By NEMS Daily Journal
TILDEN – Eulis “Smooth” Gaddy, 82, former owner/operator of Texaco in Smithville, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at his home with his family by his side. He was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Itawamba County to the late Cullie and Leliar Gaddy and was an active member of Tilden Church of Christ. Smooth was very active in the community and was not afraid of hard work, a trait he instilled in his family. If you knew him, you loved him, and your life was better because of him. He leaves a legacy of love that started when he met Gena Lee Knight on Dec. 23, 1950. They eloped on Feb. 25, 1951, and made their home in Tilden Community. With faith as their foundation, they had a long and loving marriage for 60 years.
Along with his devoted wife, Gena Lee Gaddy, he leaves his children, Judy Gaddy Patton (Patrick) of Tupelo, Carl Gaddy (Dianne) of Fulton, Frank Gaddy (Phyllis) of Amory and Micki Gaddy Brown of Fulton; one sister, Ethel Mae Weaver of Fulton; eight grandchildren, Tina Rollins Bethay (Daniel), Regina Rollins Peebles (Joe), Rebecca Gaddy Jarrell (Tony), Liz McFerrin Beavers (Ben), Mindy Gaddy Bardon (Greg), Scott Rollins (Stephanie), Brock Brown and Catherine Gaddy Johnson (Seth); 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa Gaddy; his parents; three brothers, James Gaddy, Clarence Gaddy and Grady Gaddy; and one sister, Opal Morrow.
Services will be today, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m. at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. David Paden and Bro. Jerry Grammer officiating. Burial will follow in Tilden Community Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Brock Brown, Tony Jarrell, Greg Bardon, Adam Grimes and Mike Gaddy. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandchildren.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
The family requests that any memorials be made to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.
BLUE SPRINGS – Wanda Gail Allen, 50, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 2, 1960, in Vernon, Ala. She was a homemaker.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Bobby Casteel officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery in Monroe County. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Stacy Patterson of Amory, Nelson Patterson of Corbin, Ky., and Eugene Patterson of Cleveland, Tenn.; one sister, Gay White of Sulligent, Ala.; two brothers, Donald Cunningham of Amory and Jerry Cunningham of Vernon, Ala.; nine grandchildren; and a special friend, Wayne Deaton of Blue Springs, and his children, Pamela Payne and Donnie Deaton, both of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by two brothers, Will Cunningham and Howard Cunningham.
Pallbearers will be Josh Cunningham, George Gaye, Scotty Brazil, Ryan Payne, Michael Holloway and David Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Shirley D. Tidwell
WREN – Shirley D. Tidwell, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Cornerstone Family Fellowship. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
MERIDIAN – David Ross Killough Sr., 26; Angelica “Angel” Lynn Milan, 25; David Ross Killough Jr., 5; and Daniel Reese Killough, 4, died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2010, at their home in Meridian.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Robert Barham Family Funeral Home Chapel in Meridian with Rev. Dano Rainer officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Angel was a member of Arkadelphia Baptist Church at Bailey. David Jr. and Daniel were dedicated at Moss Hill Baptist Church at New Albany and at Arkadelphia Baptist Church at Bailey. David Jr. and Daniel attended The Education Connection.
David Sr.’s survivors include his parents, David Reese Killough of Meridian and Michelle Killough Jones of Myrtle; his identical twin brother, David Ray Killough, and his wife, Belinda Gail, of Meridian; nieces, Hannah Grace Dailey and Jasmine Cheyene Killough; and his grandmother, Vattie Mayfield of Meridian.
Angel’s survivors include her mother, Colleen Willis, and her father, Charles Willis, of Bailey; her sisters, Michelle Willis and Jessica Willis; her brothers, Charles (Chris) Willis and Travis Ducker; nine brothers and sisters of her father, the late Walter Bennett; her grandmother, Mary Milan Blanchard; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
David Jr. and Daniel’s survivors include their grandparents, David Reese Killough, Michelle Killough Jones, and Colleen and Charles Willis; their great-grandmothers, Vattie Mayfield and Mary Milan Blanchard; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
David Sr. was preceded in death by his grandparents, William Travis Killough, Luther J.D. Jones Sr. and Lennie Inella Avance.
Angel was preceded in death by her father, Walter Bennett; and her grandparents, William Milan of New York and Anna K. Willis of Southside, Ala.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family request donations be made to Angel Fund at Muna Federal Credit Union; American Legion Post 125; or Arkadelphia Baptist Church Building Fund.
Family and friends may sign online guestbook at www.robertbarhamffh.com.
Mary W. Boothe
BURNSVILLE – Mary W. Boothe, 92, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center following an extended illness. She was born Mary Josephine Wallace on Sept. 18, 1918, in Margerum, Ala., to Robert Houston and Lady Pearl Walker Wallace. She graduated as valedictorian from Burnsville High School in 1937. She worked for 16 years for the Mississippi Welfare Department as a clerk typist and stenographer. She was a member of Burnsville First Baptist Church for over 71 years. She taught Sunday School for many years and served as church treasurer for nearly 30 years. She enjoyed quilting and bird watching, and loved her church family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett will officiate. Interment will follow in Holder Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, John David Boothe and wife, Sally, and Jerome Wallace Boothe, all of Burnsville; three grandsons, John Daniel Boothe of Michie, Tenn., Michael Paul Boothe of Booneville and Chris Boothe of Burnsville; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Vindy Boothe; her parents; and her brother, Robert Earl Wallace.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International, Tishomingo County Camp, P.O. Box 314, Iuka, MS 38852, or online at www.gideons.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Joe Lewis Jones
TUPELO – Joe Lewis Jones died Friday, Dec. 24, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born to Annie Mae Jones and the late Duff Jones on June 6, 1944. He was a faithful member of Morning Star M.B. Church. He was an employee of Patterson Engineering for 36 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Morning Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Torrance Tyrone McIntosh officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Church Cemetery in Verona. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Annie Mae Jones; his wife, Clemmie Jones; three stepchildren, Ceola Weathington, Mattie W. Mabry and Mozella (Leon) Payton; five stepgrandchildren, Willie Weathington, Willenda Mabry, Matthew Mabry, Kristin “Nicole” Payton and Leon “Daniel” Payton; four sisters and four brothers; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Duff Jones; one sister, Sammie Jones; and four brothers, Dan Jones, Van Jones, Duffy Lee Jones and Izeal Jones.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.nljonesandson.com.
NETTLETON – James William Neal, 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at his home. He was born on Aug. 25, 1924, in Itawamba County to Mabry and Mattie Edwards Neal. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was a retired supervisor for Deviney Construction Company in Jackson and a charter member of Temple Grove Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He served in the South Pacific and earned a Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation. He served as an election commissioner in Lee County for 10 years. Affectionately known as “Uncle Billy” by his many nieces and nephews, he was an avid gardener and Mississippi State University sports fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mike Brazeal, the Rev. Wayne Higgins and Tommy Coggin officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Marcelle Conn Neal of Nettleton; two daughters, Rhena Coggin (Tommy) of Slidell, La., and Kay McCully of Tupelo; two sons, Bennie Neal (Denise) and Bobby Neal (DaLisa), all of Nettleton; two sisters, June Mann (Buddy) of Nettleton and Carlene Loveless of Red Bay, Ala.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Eva Higginbotham; two brothers, Lee Albert Neal and Herman Neal; one grandson, Christopher Coggin; and one son-in-law, Eddie McCully.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Romie Holloway, Dub Harris and Jimmy Coggin.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Veterans Memorial Park Fund, c/o Joe Hester, 389 CR 452, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
OXFORD – Alma B. Miller, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Cambridge Cemetery in Oxford. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Visit the website at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
BELMONT – Tulon E. “Jack” Credille, 95, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
RIPLEY – Clara A. Bryant, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of Academy Baptist Church. She was assistant guard to the state president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW. She was a lifetime member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, where she served as past president.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery at Ripley.
Survivors include two sons, Chester Randolph Bryant of Ripley and Floyd Roger Bryant of Ripley; one sister, Irene Barnard of Elizabeth City, N.C.; one stepbrother, Douglas Lamay of Raceland, La.; one grandson, Jeremy Davis of Montgomery, Ala.; and two granddaughters, Emily Christian Bryant and Stephanie Freeman, both of Birmingham.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester W. Bryant; her parents, William and Carrie Mae Braddock Simpson; an infant daughter, Clara Bryant; and four brothers, Lenard, Robert, Phillip and Randolph Simpson.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 10 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
WAVELAND – Helene Elizabeth Doxey, 51, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Lakeshore. She was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority and a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a master’s degree in education. She taught third grade at Gulfview Elementery-South Hancock County Elementary for 29 years. She also was employed as a real estate agent for Coldwell-Banker for 19 years. She received the Teacher of the Year and District Teacher of the Year honors in 2008-2009. She loved life, the beach, blackjack, spending time with family and friends, and especially her students, past and present.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today, with a prayer service at 4 p.m. today, at the Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis.
There also will be visitation from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the Holly Springs Funeral Home in Holly Springs, followed by a 2 p.m. graveside service at Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include a brother, Ralph Doxey and wife, Jean; nieces, Renee Yates (Bill), Elizabeth Carlisle (Neal), Kathleen Clarkson (Dustin); nephews, Ralph Doxey Jr.; five great-nieces and great-nephews; and a great-aunt, Hallie K. Chatham.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wall Doxey Jr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rocky Pagano, Tommy Hayes, Dave Richardson, Eddie Danzey, Brian Schmidt and Chris Austin.
MANTACHIE – Glenda Dian Grant, 51, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 18, 1959, in Illinois to Robby and Willie Hasseline Kennedy Mills. She worked as a lab technician at North Mississippi Medical Center for 20 years. She loved reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will be in Casey Creek Cemetery in Prentiss County.
Survivors include two daughters, Penny Grant of Phil Campbell, Ala., and Tiffany Grant of Mantachie; three brothers, David Mills (Carolyn), Bobby Mills and Robby Mills Jr. (Pat), all of Mantachie; one sister, Linda West (Charles) of Mantachie; a special sister-in-law, Toni Turner, of Fulton; and six grandchildren, Destiny, Angie, Jonah Jr., Keona, Noah and Delvonta II.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be David Mills Jr., Turner Bryant, Gary Ferguson, Delvonta Crayton, James Mills and Bobby Mills Jr.
Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
STARKVILLE – Jerry David Williams, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Interment will be in the church columbarium. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 3, in the Church Student Center and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4.
To sign the online guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.
HOUSTON – Robert Graham, 74, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Upper Prairie Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary Services of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Aubrey “Pete” Jeffries, 66, died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Friday at Strawberry M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the McIntyre M.B. Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Friday.
WEST POINT – Ruby Sanders died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, at Dugan Memorial Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home of West Point. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
BALDWYN – Gloria Linda Miller, 66, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. The daughter of Bessie Miller Price and the late Willie D. Price, she was born Dec. 4, 1944, in Lee County. She was a member of Sandhill M.B. Church.
Service will be at noon Friday at Sandhill M.B. Church with Rev. Danny Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arangements.
Survivors include her mother, Bessie Price of Baldwyn; one brother, Jessie Lee Miller (Kathy) of Baldwyn; two sisters, Barbara Kohlheim (Richard) and Brenda Grice (Wayne), both of Baldwyn; three nephews, Nicholas and Jarvey Grice, and Jarman Kohlheim, all of Baldwyn; two nieces, La Donna Coggins (Lee) of Corinth and Kim Kohlheim of Baldwyn; a host of nieces, nephews, stepnieces and stepnephews; and a special cousin, Ray Orr of Blytheville, Ark.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
THAXTON – Gladys Walker Russell, 100, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at Delmar Gardens Assisted Living in Acworth, Ga. She was born Sept. 2, 1910, to Otis F. and Irene Gardner Walker. She was a longtime devoted member of Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was a cafeteria worker at Thaxton High School and an employee of Riveria shirt factory in Pontotoc. She lived in Thaxton all her life until her health necessitated her moving to Georgia to be with family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Steve Weaver officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Springs Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Devonia Remy (Larry) of Acworth, Ga.; four grandchildren, David (Stephanie) Remy of Chesapeake, Va., Steve (Diane) Remy of Woodstock, Ga., Michelle (Marc) Richey of Simpsonville, S.C., and Jason Gallant of Little Rock, Ark.; great-grandchildren, Jessica and Jordan Remy, Neil David, Amanda (Mike) Moghaddam, Brandon Remy, Brittany (Ben) Densmore, Thomas, Emily and Tracy Richey; one great-great-grandson, Easton Densmore.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Grady Russell; her daughter, Marilyn Russell; and two sons, Larry and Ronnie Russell.
Pallbearers will be David Remy, Steve Remy, Brandon Remy, Jordan Remy, Mike Moghaddam and Neil Davis.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laodicea Church Fund or the Laodicea Cemetery Fund, 175 Walker Road, Thaxton, MS 38871.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Mary Sue Hammock
CORINTH – Mary Sue Hammock, 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.