Obituaries December 4, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Susan Baldwyn
NETTLETON – Susan Michelle Baldwyn, 48, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a lengthy illness. She was born in Tupelo on June 25, 1963 to Eugene Baldwyn and Janie McKissack Baldwyn. She lived most all her life in the Verona and Nettleton area and worked in the business office at North Mississippi Medical Center for many years before becoming disabled. A Baptist by faith, she was a devoted mother and grandmother who loved and revered her family.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with family members delivering spiritual and personal reflections. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughters, Kimberly Mixon, Stephanie Dykes and Christen Brunetti all of Nettleton; four brothers, Mickey, Phil, Gary and Robert Baldwyn all of Nettleton; a sister, Renee Hazel of Mantachie; eight grandchildren, Taylor, Corley, Alex, Chandler, Catlyn, Braxton, Ethan and Peyton.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jason and Jimmy Pannell, Chris and Shane Cayson, Randy Childers and Tom Anderson.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today and from noon until service time Monday all at the Nettleton Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations may be made to Cason Baptist Church, 30018 Cason Road, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Katherine Freeman
RIPLEY – Katherine Imogene Hodges Freeman, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital Nursing Home. She was born on Jan. 2, 1926, to Oscar W. and Velma Jones Hodges in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services are at 10 a.m. Monday, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will follow in Tippah Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include a daughter, Sandra F. Upchurch of Starkville; a son, Gary Freeman (Betty) of Ripley; four grandchildren, Jennifer Miller of Columbus, Stephen Freeman (Mallory); Chris Freeman (special friend, Lauren) and Jessica Freeman of all Ripley; one great-grandaughter and her namesake, Katherine “Katie” Rose Miller of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son-in-law, Tommy Upchurch; one sister, Mary Tigrett and one brother, Curtis Hodges.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Freeman, Chris Freeman, David Russell, Laron Shannon, Waymon Tigrett, Travis Tigrett and Wes Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Devon Jones, Galloway Jones, Harold Bullock, Billy Cappleman and Wade Cappleman.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 7 a.m. until service time on Monday.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley, MS 38663 or a charity of donor’s choice.
Tommy Payne
BLUE SPRINGS – Tommy Dale “Slim Jim” Payne, 62, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born on June 18, 1949, to Flynn Payne and Emma Langston Payne.
He graduated from Saltillo High School, spent most of his working life as a truck driver for area furniture industries and was a Baptist. He was known countrywide by his trucking handle, Slim Jim and enjoyed as a chief hobby, fishing.
A Prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. today in the Tupelo Room of Holland Funeral Directors on Cliff Gookin. Burial will be private.
Survivors include his son, Stephen Payne (fiancampé, Rhonda Scott) of Vina, Ala.; a daughter, Amanda Pichette (Dale) of Ecru; his grandchildren, Haley, Josh, Preston, Bryce, Taylor and Madison; a great- grandchild, Arianna; three brothers, Lawrence Payne (Frances) of Olive Branch, Johnny Payne (Sarah) of Lake Cormorant, Miss. and Ronald Payne (Brenda) of Saltillo; a sister, Bonnie Smith (Jewel) of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Bobby Payne; a sister Anita Payne; and the mother of his children, Betty Payne.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time today.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net
Susie Aday
SHEFFIELD, Ala. – Susie Ellen Aday, 96, of Sheffield, Ala., formerly of Allsboro, Ala., died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Allsboro Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery.
Visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Susie Aday Funeral Expense Fund at First American National Bank in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Thomas Brinkley
RIPLEY – Thomas Edward Brinkley, 64, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center ER in Corinth. He was born Oct. 30, 1947, to Robert Odell Brinkley and Mary Odell Mathis Brinkley in Royal Oak, Mich. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church. He was owner of North Mississippi Mobile service, and he did framing for Grape Vine Village until his retirement.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jane Graham Brinkley of Tiplersville; one daughter, Mary Allison Campbell (Michael) of Golden; two granddaughters, Autumn Hope Campbell and Maryann Victoria Campbell, both of Golden; one grandson, Nicholas Brooklin Campbell of Golden; one sister, Bobbie Dell Arnett of Southaven; and one brother, David Michael Brinkley of Hernando.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Mathews, Ricky Hopper, John Holbein, Jimmy Windham, David Quinn, Kyle Gaston, Tyler Gaston, and Herbert Richardson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com
Norma Willis
TUPELO – Norma Faye Willis, 71, of the Auburn community, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at Golden Living after an extended illness.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Further arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
Faye Webb
FULTON – Faye Webb, 71, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at University Medical Center in Lebanon, Tenn. Details were incomplete and will be announced later by McNeese-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Gary Tyra
BELDEN – Gary Tyra, 57, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at his residence after a sudden illness. He was a diesel mechanic for Tri-State Mac Trucks in Tupelo with 30 years of service. He enjoyed riding and working on Harley-Davidson Motor cycles.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Gerald Herndon officiating with burial in the Hill’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Pam Freeman Tyra of Belden; three sons, Neal Tyra of Mantachie, Matt Tyra (Victoria) of Verona, Wesley Tyra of Belden; sister, Vicki Nastrom of Tupelo; brother, Randy Tyra of Mantachie; grandchildren, Tye Tyra, Jordan Tyra, Tyler Tyra, Brandon Tyra, and Alex Tyra; aunts, Geraldine Watson and Sarah Pannell; great-neices and nephews, Keith Berry, Veronica Berry, Ashely Floyd and Stacy Warren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Carlis Raybon “Tater” Tyra and Maudie Joyner Tyra.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Connie Atkinson
CONWAY, Ark. – Connie Diane Garrett Atkinson, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in her home surrounded by her family. She was born May 31, 1951, to Hazel Virginia Oliver Garrett (Johnson) who survives and the late William Charles Garrett. She grew up in a close-knit family, spending her summers on the family farm near Pontotoc, Miss. After graduating from the University of Mississippi, she married Keith Edward Atkinson of Oxford in 1972. In addition to being the devoted mother of two children, she earned her Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Mississippi in 1973. Throughout her career in public schools and hospitals of Mississippi and Arkansas, she served hundreds of children and adults.
Survivors include her husband Keith Atkinson; her children Emily Kate (Atkinson)Whitten, now of Nashville, Tenn. and Scott Edward Atkinson of Chicago, Ill.; her grandchildren, Rebecca Whitten and Anna Whitten; her mother and grandmother, Hazel Johnson and Annie Oliver of Houlka, Miss.; and her sister Denise Kelly of Copperas Cove, Texas.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Tudor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Delores Gasaway
DENNIS – Dimple Delores Gasaway, 67, met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Saturday morning, Dec. 3, 2011. She was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for over 30 years. For the last several years she taught a very lively women’s Sunday school class who loved her dearly. She was often thought of as the model Proverbs 31 woman. She was born on March 25, 1944, in Kennett, Missouri to Chester and Isabell Hill. Later the family moved to Florence, Ala., and eventually to the Holcutt/Paden area. Soon after she met Gene Gasaway, the man she would spend the rest of her life with. They were married on Feb. 18, 1961. They later made their home in Dennis. where they raised two sons, Scotty and Lanny. They recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. She enjoyed fishing, watching her hummingbirds and cooking for her family, but serving and meeting the needs of her family was her true passion. She especially loved spending time with her two grandchildren, Reed and Brittan. Her smile lit up every room and brightened every life. Heaven just got sweeter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Ed Young and Bro. David Gould officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont, Miss. is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Gene Gasaway; two sons, Scotty Gasaway and Lanny Gasaway; daughter-in-law, Heather Gasaway; two grandchildren, Reed Gasaway and Brittan Gasaway; several nieces and nephews and more friends than can be counted.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Willodean Cox.
Pallbearers will be Clint Martin, Jeff Martin, Griff Griffin, Andy Brien, Alex Martin and Robert Cashion.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home and until service time on Monday.
Mary Johnson
FALKNER – Mary Elizabeth Johnson, 69, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at her home in Falkner. She was born November 1, 1942, to Thomas H. Logan and Bessie Harris Weeden Logan. She was a Baptist, a retired factory worker and a homemaker.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Little Hope Cemetery with Rev. John Huggins officiating.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Johnson of Falkner; two sons, Toby Lee Johnson of Falkner, and Greg Russell (Keely) of Olive Branch; daughter-in-law, Cynthia Russell of Walnut; two granddaughters, Alli Russell of Olive Branch, and Chelsea Johnson of Falkner; four grandsons, Colt Ross Russell of Walnut, Tyler Russell of Olive Branch, Ryan Johnson and Noah Jonson, both of Falkner; her twin sister, Sara Richardson (Homer) of Ripley; and one brother, John Logan (Lilia) of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Frankie Russell; and one sister and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Ryan, Steven, Johnny, Danny, David, and Robert Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com
Honorable Carolyn Benson
FULTON – The Honorable Carolyn R. Benson, 80, died on Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at her residence after a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 5, 1931, to Homer F. Benson and Winnie Davis Benson. Her father and grandfather were two of the area’s leading attorney’s for many years. She attended the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, where she was a proud member of the “Million Dollar Band”, marching in the Inaugural Parade for in-coming President Harry S. Truman. Following her graduation from the University of Alabama “ROLL TIDE”, she taught Physical Education at Murphy High School in Mobile, Ala., later she taught at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she completed work for her M. S. and Ph. D. Degrees. She was also affiliated with Radford University, Radford, Virginia, where she taught and was Dean of Students of Applied Arts. In 1974, she entered the University of Mississippi “Ole Miss” School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctorate Degree. She carried out her private practice of Law, in her hometown of Fulton, where she served as Public Defender for Itawamba County for a period of over 25 years. She enjoyed the outdoors and her pets.
She is survived by her Life Partner, Maria A. Munoz; one sister, Patricia Schmitt (Robert) of Strasburg, France; one niece, Caroline Fiaschi (Leonardo) and children, of New Jersey; one nephew, Henry Schmitt of New York City.
There will be a memorial service at a later date and time to be announced.
In lieu in flowers, memorials made be made to Harden House of Fulton.
Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.
Warren Kennedy
DENNIS – Warren Kennedy, 87, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home Belmont, Miss.
Sylvia Dye
NEW ALBANY – Sylvia Dye, 55, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Details were incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany.
Janice Bagwell
RULEVILLE – Janice Polk Bagwell, 70, Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital. She was formerly from Tupelo but was a current resident of Ruleville, Miss. She was born in Sommerville, Tenn. on Aug. 31, 1941 to Earnest Polk Sr. and Pauline Mooneyham Polk. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed her garden and loved to attend her church and sing gospel songs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Bobby Casteel officiating, burial will be in the old Glenfield cemetery. United Funeral Service is in Charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Janet Knotts (Michael) of Decatur, Ala.; two sons, John Bagwell of Ashland, and Ronald Bagwell of Oxford; one sister, Joyce Holland of Byhalia; two brothers, Earnest Polk Jr. (Cleo) of Moscow, Tenn. and Charles Polk(Willene) of Byhalia; three grandchildren, Paul Drake of Birmingham, Matthew Drake and James Drake both of Decatur, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, Donald Bagwell, one daughter, Tabitha Bagwell and one sister, Lois Blalock.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Monday.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com
Tony Owen
TUPELO – Tony Owen, 53, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at his residence after a sudden illness. He was born June 12, 1958, in Lee County. He owned and operated North Mississippi Cleaning Services of Tupelo. He was an avid album collector, loved riding his motorcycle and spending time with his grandson and step-daughter. He was of the presbyterian faith.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Jim Curtis officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens in Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Michelle Owen of Tupelo; his daughter, Raquel Owen; his son, Chad Owen, both of Tupelo; his parents, Charlene and Jimmy Cook of Columbus; four stepchildren, Sophia McIntrie, Micaela McIntire, both of the home, Forrest McIntire of Tupelo and David Riley of Tupelo; one grandchild, Kane Richey; two sisters, Cindy Tingle and Lisa Richardson, both of Tupelo; two brothers, Jay Cook and Terry King, both of Columbus.
Pallbearers will be David Riley, Chad Owen, Andy Mannings, Johnny Jones and T. K. Moffett.
Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com
John Phipps Sr.

MOOREVILLE – John Spencer Phipps Sr., 73, died Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born on April 14, 1938 to Jack Stokes and Nancy Albritton Phipps, Sr. in Mayfield, Kentucky.
He graduated from St. Bernard’s Boys Prep School in Cullman, Ala. and went on to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University. He retired from Lee County as a Road Manager after 13 years of service. Also, he served in the Mississippi National Guard. He loved hunting, collecting war memorabilla, building and flying model airplanes, his dog “Lee” and was an avid reader. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. on Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Father Tom Lolar officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, John Spencer Phipps, Jr. (Amy) of Tupelo and Robert Matthew Phipps (Kelli) of Tupelo; two sisters, Nanette Phipps Holland (Duck) of Tupelo and Phyllis Jernigan (Bill) of New Albany; four brothers, Jack Stokes Phipps, Jr. (Patty C. Phipps) of Tupelo, Lawrence Albritton Phipps (Teresa) of Memphis, Timothy J. Phipps (Margaret) of Saltillo and Thomas Christopher of New Albany; five grandchildren, Andrew Spencer Phipps, John Colton Phipps, Caden Grant Phipps, Robert Weston Phipps, Karson Blayne Phipps; several nieces and nephews..
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 44 years, Brenda Loveless Phipps.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Huffstatler, John Thomas Asters, Bobby Evans, Martin Poe, Charles Richey, Philip Phipps, Kevin Cook, Drew Phipps, Charles Rousseau, Billy Rabb, Kevin Beard and Louie Bigham.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com