Obituaries December 9, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mattie Ruth Tabler
KIRKVILLE – Mattie Ruth Tabler, 85, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at her home in the Kirkville community. She was born Nov. 11, 1925. She worked at American Motors for 24 years in Kenosha, Wis., where she lived for 37 years before coming back to Mississippi.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ozark Methodist Church with Bro. Joe Coggins officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Paul Tabler of Kirkville; one daughter, Janice (Matti) Salmi of Pleasant Prairie, Wis; grandchildren, Jeremy (Christine) Salmi of Grayslake, Ill., and Scott (Yasmin) Salmi of Chicago.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Idella Gardner; an infant twin daughter; three brothers, Ellis Gardner, E.W. “Buck” Gardner and Charlie Gardner; and a sister, Joan Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be Matti Salmi, Jeremy Salmi, Scott Salmi, Larry Bishop, Jerry Bishop, Jimmy Tabler, Billy Tabler, Phil Harbor and Kasey Harbor.
Visitation will be at from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home. The body will lie in state at the church for two hours prior to the service Friday.

Jack Livingston
TUPELO – Russell Jerome “Jack” Livingston, 85, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, at The Meadows Rehabilitation Center after a short illness. A native of Sherman, he had lived in Tupelo for more than 45 years. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Sherman Cemetery with Dr. David Eldridge officiating. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Ruth Elizabeth Beasley Livingston; his son, Russell Jerome “Jerry” Livingston Jr.; and his parents, Lucille and Russell Livingston.

Randy Buford
EUPORA – Randy Buford, 30, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, in Starkville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Eupora. Burial will be in Sapa Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Danny Spain
RIPLEY, Tenn. – Danny Spain, 60, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital Lauderdale in Ripley, Tenn. He was retired. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Baldwyn City Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Nichole Breuer and Dana Breuer of Hallsville, Mo.; one son, Caleb Spain of Ripley, Tenn.; two sisters, Vickie Hendren of Dyersburg, Tenn., and Elaine Spain of Baldwyn; one brother, Benny Spain of Dyersburg, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Kaylope Breuer, Elsie Breuer, Gabe Breuer, Darion Breuer and Amelia Breuer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Gene and Ardith Evans Spain.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Krystal M. Tello
ASHLAND – Krystal Marie Tello, 25, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at her residence in Ashland. She was born March 2, 1985, to Doris Katheryn Swinford Hopkins Jones and the late Shirley Owen Hopkins. She was a licensed medical assistant.
Services will be at noon Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Roger Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Hopkins Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Israel Morales Tello of Ashland; her mother, Doris Swinford Jones (Roger) of Ashland; one sister, Tonya Grady (Jim) of Forsyth, Mo.; one niece, Mallory Grady of Forsyth, Mo.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Shirley Owen Hopkins; her grandparents, Thomas and Florence Swinford, and Vance and Velma Hopkins.
Pallbearers will be Nikki Watkins, Shannon Henderson, Karen Guerrero, Amanda Herring, Veda Randolph, Terry Hopkins, DeWayne Hopkins, Kevin Hopkins, Danny Matthews and Rick Streff.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Fred DeBow
GOLDEN – Fred DeBow, 88, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 23, 1921, in Mississippi. He was retired from Sunshine Homes and he attended Fairview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Gene O’Brian officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery at Tremont. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are a cousin, Gene DeBow of Tupelo; friends and caregivers, Rayburn Thomas and Jeff, Leah and Dixie Holt, all of Golden, and Chris, Vikki, Thomas and Marina Stanphill, all of Tremont.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grover and Cora Pitts DeBow.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Stanphill, Jeffery Holt, Chris Stanphill and Steve Scott.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.

Edna Rooks
BARTAHATCHIE – Edna Rooks, 88, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Ara Amerson
BURNSVILLE – Ara Amerson, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.

Armonde Walker III
BELDEN – Armonde Terrell Walker III, infant son of Armonde Terrell Walker Sr. and Monica Rachelle Walker, died at birth Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, at the North Mississppi Medical Center Women’s Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Big Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Glenn Parks will officiate. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are his parents; his grandparents, Marty and Evelyn Walker of Tupelo, Teresa Bolden and Danny Green, both of Pontotoc; and his great-grandparents, Annie and Arthur Blair Sr. of Columbus, Frank Walker Jr. of Columbus, Albertha Powell of Brownsville, Tenn., and Sadie Stanley of Verona.

Anival Morales
ASHLAND – Anival Morales Morales, 25, died Friday, Dec. 3, 2010, at his residence in Ashland.
Services will be at noon Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Shirley White
JUMPERTOWN – Shirley Janette George White, 68, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 at home. She retired from Red Kap Industries in Booneville. She was a Baptist and Church of Christ.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Jarrell and Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in the Sandy Springs Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, William H. White; two daughters, Marcella (Curtis) Mooney of Hills Chapel and Margie White (special friend, Brian Green) of Jumpertown; two sons, James (Angie) White of Jumpertown and Keith (Serena) White of Dry Creek; one sister, Debbie (Dennis) Mitchell of Mantachie; one brother, Hubert Johnson of Fairview; and nine grandchildren, Katelan and Michael White (Their mother is Melissa.), Aaron Stolz (His dad is Tim.), Tyler White, Matt Mooney, Hunter Mooney, Allie Mooney, Brian Haithcock and Alisha Inmon.
She was preceded in death by her parents, L.O. and Clarcie Opal Mae George.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Arlin Brawner
CORINTH – Arlin Adolph Brawner, 89, died at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. A lifelong resident of Alcorn County, he served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from Alcorn County Electric Power Association, where he was employed for 39 years. He was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church of Corinth, where he served as deacon.
Services will be at noon today at the First Presbyterian Church in Corinth with Dr. Don Elliott officiating. Burial will be at Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Annice Braddock Brawner; two sons, Arlin Braddock Brawner and wife, Judy, of Corinth and David Ray Brawner and wife, Geri, of Franklin, Tenn.; two daughters, Becky Brawner Plaxico and husband, Bill, of Corinth, MS, and Louanne Brawner Butler and husband, Johnny, of Corinth; one sister, Minnie Jamie Brawner Madden of Corinth; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Franklin and Minnie Joe Barker Brawner; four brothers, Ira Arnold Brawner, Sanford Boone Brawner, Joe Frank Brawner and Marcus Waddie Brawner; three sisters, Verda Lee Brawner, Carrie Sue Sparks and Maehenri McEwen; and a daughter-in-law, Becky Nash Brawner.
Pallbearers will be Arlin Braddock Brawner Jr., William Howard Plaxico III, David Ray Brawner Jr., John Andrew Butler Jr., Carson Brawner Butler, Christopher Flint Marshall, James Carlton Smith Jr. and Danny Hugh Northcutt Jr.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to service time today at the First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 919 E. Shiloh Rd., Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences my be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Blanche J. Rock
AMORY – Blanche J. Rock, 57, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born April 22, 1953, in Drew to Thurman D. and Martha Sue Rock. She was a member of the Life House Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Kevin Merritt and Bro. Wallace Strawn officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Survivors include four sisters, Virginia Christian of Fulton, Patsy King of Amory, Nancy Watson of Eupora and Brenda Parker of Amory; six brothers, L.D. Rock of Mooreville, Junior Rock of Amory, David Rock of Becker, Roy Rock of Fulton, Walter Rock of Mantachie and Danny Rock of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Betty Guyton and Emma Ruth Rock; and one brother, Elijah Rock.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.

Geraldine Gilmore
TREMONT – Geraldine Gilmore, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 13, 1931, in Mississippi to Argust Gilmore and Maden Plunkett. She attended the Asbury Methodist Church in Tremont. She was a garment maker at Smithville and Tremont. She loved spending time with her family and friends at The Meadows.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Methodist Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 62 years, John Gilmore of Tremont; two daughters, Linda Mitchell (James) of Fulton and Sandy Collier (Terry) of Mantachie; one sister, Pat, of Fulton; two special nieces, Jan Hughes (Glyn) of Fulton and Leisha Martin (Lee) of Oxford; seven grandchildren, Chris Mitchell of Fulton, Jason Mitchell (Melanie) of Saltillo, Jonathan Mitchell of Rome, Ga., Sherry Stephens (Shane) of Golden, Terri Lynn Herring (Todd) of Mantachie, Kerri Collier (Scott) of Mantachie, Andrea Thomas (Steven) of Tupelo; 13 great-grandchildren, Chase Mitchell, Ben Mitchell, Gage Mitchell, Leighton Mitchell, Chad Stephens, Cole Stephens, Cade Stephens, Trevor Herring, Ivan Collier, Lauren Collier, Paden Collier, Christian Thomas and Stevanna Thomas.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Loren Harbor; and one brother, Audie Plunkett.
Pallbearers will be Shane Stephens, Todd Herring, Scott Collier, Steven Thomas, Glyn Hughes and Lee Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren, Chris Mitchell, Jason Mitchell, Jonathan Mitchell, Sherry Stephens, Terri Lynn Herring, Kerri Collier and Andrea Thomas.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.

Merle Blanton
HOUSTON – Alva Merle “Miss Merle” Blanton, 86, died on her birthday, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Algoma to Denver Mitchell Blanton and Savannah Lee Smith Blanton. A graduate of Houston High School, she attended Wood Jr. College in Mathiston, received a B.S. degree from Delta State Teachers College in Cleveland and earned a master’s degree in School Administration at Memphis State University in Memphis. Miss Blanton was a lady of many interests and talents. She taught home economics in Arcola, served as a train hostess with the GM&O Railroad based in St. Louis, Mo., and went to Great Falls, Mont., to teach. She returned to Mississippi to supervise the school lunch food program in Northeast Mississippi. For 25 years she served as coordinator of School Food Service for the Memphis City Schools. After her retirement she moved back to Houston. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Houston and for 13 years she served as the church’s librarian.
Services will be 3 p.m. Friday at Houston Funeral Home with Dr. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will follow at Houston Cemetery. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sister, Barbara Carnes of Williamsburg, Ky.; her sisters-in-law, Etheleen Blanton and Omega Blanton of Houston; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Garland Blanton, Marlin Blanton and Bennett Blanton; and her niece, Marlene Blanton Brown.
Visitation will be at Houston Funeral Home from 2 p.m. to service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to Houston First Baptist Church, 201 West Madison St., Houston, MS 38851 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Friends and family may leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Louise Dowdy
ECRU – Louise Dowdy, 87, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at her residence in Ecru. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Barry Littlefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Wilma Vannucci of Bartlett, Tenn., and Delores (Bill) Sheils of Bartlett, Miss.; one son, Carl Glenn Dowdy of Byhalia; two grandsons, Alan and Andy Vannucci; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eddie Mancil Hill and Maggie Lee Johnson Hill; her husband, Cortez Dowdy; and four brothers, Clayton Hill, Clyde Hill, Sam Hill and Mancil Hill.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Laterrica Johnson
BYHALIA – Laterrica Monique Johnson, 23, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.

Gary Sexton
LAMAR – Gary Ross Sexton, 53, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at his home in Lamar.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Lamar Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Lamar United Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital or the American Cancer Society.
To access the guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Clay Steverson
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Clay Steverson, 52, died Monday, Dec. 6, 2010, in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Burnt Fort Cemetery in White Oak, Ga.
To access the guestbook, visit www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Lois Howell
NEW ALBANY – Lois Howell, 89, died Sunday, Dec. 5, 2010, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She was a retired licensed cosmetologist.
There will be no service. Burial will be Saturday in the Palestine M.B. Church Cemetery in Blue Mountain. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Mable Judon of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Merritt Graham of Blue Mountain; many grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bill Garner.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Dennis Ray Wallace
PONTOTOC – Dennis Ray Wallace, 65, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.

Betty Washington
SHANNON – Betty Jean Wily “Bay Bay” Washington, 55, died Saturday, Dec. 4, 2010, at her home. She was born June 14, 1955, to Sam Harris and Louise Lambert. She was a member of Mt. Zion Church in Verona. She was a former employee of Lanier Clothing, Hickory Spring, Traceway and Cedars Nursing Home.
Services will be at noon Friday at High Chapel CME Church in Shannon with the Rev. A.C. Gilbert officiating. Burial will be in the Shannon Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmie Lee Washington of Shannon; one daughter, Atline Washington of Shannon; two stepdaughters, Garynelle Hughes and Linda Babbitt of Nettleton; three sons, Jimmie L. Washington Jr. (Lusette “San”) of Shannon, Arthur Washington (Lationa) of Verona and Tracy Washington of Shannon; one stepson, Jimmie Wayne Washington of Palmetto; two sisters, Mildred Smith (Johnny) of Verona and Janice Holmes (Melvin) of Woodland; three brothers, Johnny Wily (Peggy Ann) of Houston, James Wily (Sandra K. ) of Amory and Will Lambert of Okolona; 23 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jessie Thompson
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Jessie Sherrill Thompson, 92, died on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, at The Windsor Place in Columbus. Born on July 2, 1918, in Ethel in Attala County, he was a son of the late Thomas Benjamin and Bettie Stepp Thompson. Always upbeat and a giving person, Mr. Thompson loved to laugh. He operated Thompson Barber Shop in Vinegar Bend in Amory until retiring in 1971. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Sulligent. Known as a character, he loved people and storytelling. He was a Mason and a Shriner. An avid fisherman, he loved working in his shop making knives and walking sticks, and enjoyed gardening.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at First Free Will Baptist Church in Sulligent with Bro. Edward Puckett officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his daughters, Cheryl Thompson (Fred) Owen of Birmingham and Charlotte Thompson (Gene) Lanier of Columbus; stepdaughter, Mattie Lou (Jerry) Eastman of Sulligent; stepson, Bob (Ann) Birmingham of Tupelo; grandchildren, Amy Lanier Perkins, Jennifer Owen Larrabee and Stuart Lanier; and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Johnnie Cantrell Thompson and Robbie Birmingham Thompson; a sister, Catherine T. Rhodes; and brothers, Charles Ephron, Arthur, Ellis, T.B. and Randol Thompson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service hour at the church on Friday.
Memorials may be given to First Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 564, Sulligent, AL 35586.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Hilt Stegall
SMITHVILLE – Hilton Carl “Hilt” Stegall, 82, died on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a sudden illness. Born on March 12, 1928, in Itawamba County, he was a son of the late Henry Lee and Pebble McFadden Stegall. Mr. Stegall attended New Salem school. After working at Hatley Sportswear and Dura Crates, he opened and operated Stegall Backhoe Business for 30 years. He was a dedicated member of Smithville Baptist Church. A wonderful father and grandfather, his family was most important to him. He enjoyed farming and tending to his cows, spending time at the lake and his cabin, listening to gospel music and watching Unity Broadcasting.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Smithville with Bro. Wes White and Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Burial will follow in New Salem Cemetery.
He is survived by his daughters, Patty Stegall of Smithville and Janice (Johnny) Gentry of Tupelo; stepdaughters, Leigh (Allen) Duncan of Smithville and Kim (Dee) Bowling of Tupelo; sister, Kathryn Foy of Acworth, Ga.; brother, Dillard Stegall of Locksburg, Ark.; grandchildren, Amy Franks of Smithville and Whitney (Travis) Waters of Colorado Springs, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Megan and Derreck Franks, both of Smithville; stepgrandchildren, Emily, Katie and Matt, all of Smithville, and Drew, Eli and Ryan, all of Tupelo; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wives, Maxine Stegall and Dorothy Irvin Stegall; two sisters, Louise Stegall and Francis King; and two brothers, Bob and Dan Stegall.
Pallbearers will be Derreck Franks, Travis Waters, Bill King, Bob and David Stegall, and Doug Foy. Honorary pallbearers will be Lionel Stegall, Nick Stegall, Ed Suggs and Jason Robbins.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home in Smithville.
Memorials may be given to Smithville Baptist Church, 60021 Monroe St., Smithville, MS 38870.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.