Obituaries December 6, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction
In the obituary for Ricky Stewart in Wednesday’s Daily Journal, the name of an officiating minister was incorrect. He is Bro. Tony Morrow.

Gene Hood
TUPELO – Richard Eugene “Gene” Hood, 82, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born Aug. 9, 1930, in Tupelo to Richard Henry Hood and Effie Rogers Hood. He was a patriotic man, serving in the Mississippi National Guard. He worked in the furniture industry his entire adult life. He attended Union Grove Church of God in Mooreville. He enjoyed cars, listening to gospel music and working in his garden.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Doris Hardin Hood of Tupelo; one son, Richard Alan Hood (Nita) of Grenada; three daughters, Vickie Purser Smith of Jackson, Susan Renee Hood (Stan Head) of Copwell, Ala., and Denice Enis (Larry) of Shannon; one brother, Wayne Hood of Tupelo; three sisters, Radar Keith of Mooreville, Odell Franks of Verona and Lorene Montgomery of Mooreville; five grandchildren, Chris Purser, Alan Hood (Stephanie), Kyle Hood, Brandi Russell and Brandy Head; and four great-grandchildren, Damien Hampton, Brandon Scales, Kevin Scales and Aubre Scales.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stillborn child, Rickie Hood; a brother, Haskell Hood; and sisters, Olene Bell and Rupel Grimes.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Billy Adams and Bro. Curtis Sutton officiating. Private burial will follow in Union Grove Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Bric Turner
BOONEVILLE – Bric Thomas Turner, 26, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Sept. 17, 1986, to Tommy and Dr. Anita Turner. He was a 2005 graduate of Booneville High School and attended Northeast Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He loved hunting, fishing and playing pool. He also loved to spend time with friends and family, and listen to music. His greatest dream was to someday have his own family which was fulfilled through his generous love and sacrificial giving to many.
Services were Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Gaston Baptist Church with the Rev. J.C. Prather, the Rev. Trey Lambert, the Rev. Kenneth Harrison and the Rev. Matt Brown officiating. Burial was in the Oak Lawn Memorial Park. McMillan Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are his parents; two sisters, Mariah Lucille and Angel Renee Tuner; other family, Loretta Polanco and Destiny Crunk; and his grandparents, Tom Turner of Booneville and Bobbie Jean Williams of Milton, Fla.
He was preceded in death by, his grandparents, the Rev. Clifford and Ruby Smart; and his great-grandparents Albert and Clara Turner.
Pallbearers were Jamie Davis, Jay Davis, Jake DeVaughn, J.D. Hawkins, Blake Jones, Warren Jumper, Chad Moore, Briley Morgan, Hunter Nanney, Rickey Nanney and Jeff Prentiss. Honorary pallbearers were Collin Turner, Timothy Turner, Justin Perrigo, Coy Perrigo, Brett Prather, Charlie Smart, Lonnie Smart, Bart Prather and the BHS Class of 2005.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society for Leukemia Research, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Mae Brice Griffis
TUPELO – Mae Brice Griffis, 107, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born on Dec. 9, 1904, in Tupelo, the daughter of Horace and Ora Lee Collier. She was a faithful member of Emmanuel Church of God In Christ, where she was active until her health failed. The namesake of the Griffis Green House at Traceway Retirement Community, she would regularly roll her wheelchair around, preach the gospel and sing her favorite song, “Amazing Grace,” to anyone who would listen. She worked in domestic service until she started her own business of making crocheted doilies.
A celebration of life service was held Wednesday, Dec. 5, at J.W. Porter Chapel at Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo. Elder Jeremiah Penro officiated. Burial was in Porter’s Memorial Park.
She is survived by her cousin and guardian, Lillie Faye Adams of Tupelo; and other cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, J.B. Griffis; and her brother, Horace Collier Jr.
Online condolences can be made to the Griffis family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Ruby J. Russell
PONTOTOC – Ruby J. Russell, 78, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 10, 1934, to Robert and Willie Tuneberg Ferguson in the Robbs community. She married Everette Russell and they shared many wonderful years raising four sons and a daughter. She loved her family. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Zane Parker officiating. Graveside service will follow in the City of Pontotoc Memorial Park. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by four sons, Jimmy Russell (Angela) of Jacksonville, Ark., Jerry Russell (Linda) of Pontotoc, Bobby Russell (Kim) of Ripley and Steve Null (Lori Gay) of Walnut; one daughter, Patty Blaylock (Jimmy) of Tupelo; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Johnny Ferguson of Plantersville and Haskell Ferguson of Reno, Nev.; a special niece, Barbara Ferguson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.

Caysen Franks
TUPELO – Caysen Keith Wright Franks, newborn, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. He was born Dec. 3, 2012, to Derrick Franks and Emily Reich Wright in Mississippi.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Salem Cemetery with Bro. Wesley officiating. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Emily Reich Wright, and his father, Derrick Franks, both of Fulton; his grandparents, Tonya Reich of Fulton, Jason Reich of Tennessee and Deanna Franks of Michigan; brother, Sylas Franks; and two sisters, Ariana and Marymakena Franks.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, James Franks; and his great-grandmother, Martha Ann Starr.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Lana Wieland
EUPORA – Lana Wieland, 53, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, in Oak Forest, Ill.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Marvin Hill Methodist Church in Cumberland. Burial will follow in the Marvin Hill Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.

Kathy Edwards
STURGIS – Kathy R. Edwards, 50, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. She was a 1989 graduate of Mississippi State University, where she earned her nursing degree.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville.
She is survived by her husband, Randolph Scott Edwards of Sturgis; her father, the Rev. Preston Bledsoe (Valetta) of Paducah, Ky.; daughter, Tracy Davidson of Maben; sons, Trent Davidson and Joshua P. Davidson, both of Maben; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Shirley Kelly Bledsoe; and two brothers and one sister.
Sign the online guestbook at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Davis
ALPINE – Mary Louise Lee “Liza” Davis, 76, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a homemaker and a longtime member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. She also attended Jericho Baptist Church. She enjoyed yard sales and antiques. She loved reading her Bible.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Marvin Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Donna Davis Pettigo of Alpine and Debbie Davis Stephens (Mike) of Pratt community; one son, Danny B. Lee of Alpine; two brothers, Lonnie Hampton of Baldwyn and Sylvester Hampton (Gayla) of Illinois; five grandchildren, Mattie Pettigo, Jennifer Carpenter (Paul), Daniel Lee (Tracy), Kimberly Powell (Matt) and Chris Pannell (Natasha ); seven great-grandchildren, Haley Carpenter, Katie Carpenter, Triton Lee, Tinley Lee, Kylee Hatcher, Coner Pannell and Tyler Pannell; and special relative, Jr. Scott.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Auris Lee Jr.; her second husband, Virgil “Tip” Davis; her third husband, Damon Herring; son, David Lee; and her parents, Colus and Edna Patterson Hampton.
Pallbearers will be Benny Rakestraw, Paul Nunley, Ricky Johnson and Christopher Pannell.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Sharon W. Moon
AMORY – Sharon W. Moon, 62, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Gilmore Memorial Medical Center. She was born in Conroe, Texas, on June 26, 1950, to Harris G. and Barbara Hayes Wood. She grew up in and attended school in Louisville. She was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church, where she was active in the Ladies Community Bible Study. Living the Christian life to the best of her ability, she studied the Bible extensively and always sought to help others. She was very active in community outreach programs. She loved her family very much and enjoyed cooking the Cajun way, reading, watching TV, traveling, especially to Rome and Israel, and keeping up with family and friends on Facebook.
She is survived by her parents; her husband, John Moon of Amory; son, Paul W. “Rusty” Singleton (Stacey) of Tennessee Colony, Texas; stepsons, Gavin J. Moon (Rebecca) of Covington, Ga., and Darrell Moon (Ronda) of Corinth; brothers, Danny Metzinger of Arizona, Sam Wood of Jackson and Patrik Wood of Memphis; grandchildren, Michael White, Christopher Singleton, Julie Fogarty (John), Theresa Moon, J.P. Moon and Caitlin Moon (Scott); and great-grandchildren, McKason Singleton, Lilli Caite Burcham and Andrew Strickland.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Lloyd Sweat officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Allen, David Roberts, Steve Reeves, Rex Coker, Van Burroughs and David Best.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sav-A-Life, P.O. Box 544, Amory, MS 38821 or First Friends, P.O. Box 117, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Nona Blain
BALDWYN – Nona Campbell Baldwyn Blain, 70, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Woodson Price
MYRTLE – Woodson “Bill” Price, 80, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lorene Jones
RED BAY, Ala. – Artie Lorene Jones, 75, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Tharptown Cemetery in Tharptown, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday.

David Abbott
RED BAY, Ala. – David Abbott, 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Jay Suppiah
VERONA – Jeya “Jay” Suppiah, 46, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, in Verona.
A Mass for the Deceased will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Catholic Church. Further arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Marty Franks
IUKA – Marty Franks, 51, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel at Glen. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in charge of the arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Dinah Rambus
WEST POINT – Dinah Rambus, 54, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Grove Poole’s M.B. Church. Burial will be in Poole’s Memorial Garden. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

D’Mitri Hall
HOLLY SPRINGS – D’Mitri Marquel Hall, 23, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday.

Claudia McGill
SPRING, Texas – Claudia McGill, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Spring, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Ashland Cemetery in Ashland. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Lloyd Haynes Sr.
CORINTH – Lloyd Daniel “Boone” Haynes Sr., 81, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Oxford.
Services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Jerusalem Church of Christ Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Paul Cavanaugh
OXFORD – Paul Morris Cavanaugh, 70, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his home in Oxford.
According to his wishes, there will be no funeral service. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the giver’s choice.
Online memorials may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Cheryl Robinson
CALHOUN CITY – Cheryl Lynn Rish Robinson, 47, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 31, 1965, in Gulfport. She was a homemaker and a member of Big Ridge Baptist Church.
A private ceremony was held Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City prior to cremation.
Survivors include her husband, Richard Robinson; two sons, Shannon Sellers of Vancleave and Luke Parker of Biloxi; three brothers, James Rish of Gulfport, John Rish of Houston, Texas, and Earl (Mary) Rish of Denham Springs, La.; two sisters, Teresa (Tom) Wright of Brandon and Marcella Nell Rish Lebanc of Biloxi; and one grandson, Ethan Sellers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Marion Garnsey Rish and Vivian Womack Rish.
Online condolences may be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Maxine Smith
HOUSTON – Maxine Lida Smith, 84, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She was born in Chickasaw County to Clive Parks Smith and Lida Belle Davis Smith. She was a retired inspector for Okolona Apparel. She was a member of Houston First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Larry Patrick officiating. Burial will follow at Concord Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include her nephew, Jimmy and Mary Margaret Smith of Houston; her great-niece, Heather Kay Smith; and her great-nephew, Jourdan Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Frances Evelyn Smith; her brother, Sam Smith; her nephew, Sammy Smith; and her great-nephew, Luke Smith.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time Friday at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Emmalean Dilworth
IUKA – Emmalean Dilworth, 96, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Iuka Hospital.
Services will be at noon Friday at Jones Chapel CME Church. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the church.

Lucille Mays
BRUCE – Lucille Mays, 98, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Calhoun City Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.