By NEMS Daily Journal
SARDIS – Opal Workman Hales, 90, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at her daughter’s home in Saltillo. She was born in Harrisburg, Ark., on May 28, 1922, to Robert F. Workman and Lola Burrow Workman. She married Raymond Hales in 1942. She spent most of her life in the Mississippi Delta living in Sledge, Marks, Lambert and Sardis.
She helped manage and work the family farm, worked as a seamstress in a clothing factory and served as a nanny for two grandsons in Sardis. She ended her career as an adult caregiver at the age of 82. She was independent and a giving person. During all this time her home-spun wisdom, determination, strength of character and love guided her. Her children and grandchildren are like those in Proverbs 31 who know they are blessed by being loved and nurtured at the hands of a godly woman. The work ethic and Christian values passed down to her family will always be cherished. Because of this heritage, her children and grandchildren have all grown up to love God, family and others.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Wells Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Howard Beam officiating. Interment will follow in Longtown Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn (Bobby) Crouch of Saltillo, Linda (Jimmy) Crouch of Ponotoc and Brenda Hales of Sardis; one son, Dr. Randy (Margaret) Hales of Minden, La.; seven grandchildren, Rodney, Michael, Chuck, Nathan, Christy, Jonathan Crouch and Bethany Hales Sharp; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Lorena Bronson of Sardis; brother, Robert F. (Mabel) Workman Jr. of Sledge; sister-in-law, Joyce Workman of Crenshaw; and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, David Workman; and a sister, Geneva Davis.
Visitation is 12:30 until service time today at the funeral home.
The family appreciates the kindness, prayers and support of Pastor Howard Beam and members of First Baptist Church in Sardis, where she was a faithful member. Thanks also to her health physician, Dr. Deanna White and Ima of North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 108 West Lee St., Sardis, MS 38666.
FULTON – Donald Royce Pearson, 67, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. He was born Aug. 10, 1945, in Itawamba County, to Benjamin Omer and Lillie Hood Pearson. He was a member of the Tilden Church of Christ. He enjoyed traveling, collecting guns and movies, going to the beach and the Rocky Mountains. He worked at Mueller Industries for 31 years before ending his career due to health reasons. He will be remembered for his love of life and his sense of humor.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Chapel with Bro. Russ Crosswhite and Bro. Jeff Bates officiating. Interment is at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife and the love of his life, Martha Pearson; one stepson, Craig Senter (Monica) of Booneville; one stepdaughter, Tammy Pannell (Ray) of Fulton; two nephews, Edward Omer Pearson (Wanda) of Flowood and Phillip Leon Pearson of Houma, La.; one great-niece, Stephanie Nettles (Jerome) of Tupelo; one great-great-niece, Chandler Nettles; one great-great-nephew, CJ Nettles; and two sisters-in-law, Betty Pearson and Ellie Ingram.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edward Leon Pearson; and one sister, Mabel Pearson.
Pallbearers are J.D. Hale, Tony Brazile, Randy Tucker, Stuart Heering, Ernest Davis and Eugene Taylor. Honorary pallbearer is John Moore.
Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home and 7 a.m. until service time Monday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
OKOLONA – James Durward Ellis died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Okolona to Elmo Judson Ellis and Hazel Jernigan Ellis. He retired from Rose Hill Table Company in 1990. After retiring, he read the electric meters in Okolona for 17 years. He attended school at Egypt. He attended Okolona First United Methodist Church and Boones Chapel while residing in Okolona. He also served on numerous boards and committees in Okolona. He and his wife moved to the Tupelo/Saltillo area in 2006 to be near their sons and families. He was a member of the Saltillo First United Methodist Church. A man of his word, he was dedicated to his wife and his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be at Boone;s Chapel Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Doris Naron Ellis; one son, Terry Kay Ellis (Jackie); a daughter-in-law, Judy Crans Ellis, all of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Jason Ellis (Kami), Claire Harrelson (Jason) of Saltillo, Katie Simmons (Chad) of Olathe, Kan., Kim Huddleston (Rob) of Pontotoc, Bryan Ellis (Natalie) of Saltillo; 10 great-grandchildren, Ashton, McKenna and Madison Ellis, Ethen, Gabriel, Mary Ellis and Evelyn Harrelson, Ella Kate and Raelynn Simmons, and Aubrey Huddleston; one sister, Sarah John Westbrook (Frank) of Brandon; one brother, Kenney Ellis (B.J.) of Bristol, Tenn.; four sisters-in-law, Hazel Ellis and Mary Ruth Ellis of Okolona, Martha Smith (Lloyd) of Vardaman and Joyce Naron of Houston; one brother-in-law, Tommy Lane of Grenada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Jamie Ray Ellis; and two brothers, E.J. (Pert) Ellis and Oliver Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Ellis, Frankie Ellis, Jimmy Wayne Ellis, Jerry Jernigan, James Carl Cook and Howard Crump.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men from the Saltillo Methodist Church, Okolona Methodist Church and Boones Chapel.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at First United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2188, Tupelo, MS 38803; or Tupelo Veterans Park and Memorial for the Tupelo Vietnam Wall, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803 in memory of his son, Jamie Ray Ellis.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BALDWYN – Dwight “Red” Werner, 80, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the Santuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
AMORY – Oscar T. Poss, 85, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Born July 22, 1927, in Chickasaw County, he was a son of Andrew Augustus “Gus” and Bobbie Lee Townsend Poss. He married Alvada Marie Francis on Nov. 20, 1948. He attended Okolona, Aberdeen and Wren schools. He honorably served in the U.S. Army during WWII in Panama with the Military Police. He worked for Dryden Manufacturing Company, Atlas Truck Body as plant manager and later at Aircap Industries in research and development. He lived in Wren until moving to Amory in 2010. He was a member of Wren Baptist Church and enjoyed bowling, working in his machine shop and traveling.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Poss and Dr. Allen Simpson Officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Maxey Cemetery.
He is survived by his son, Tony Poss of Amory; brother, Bro. Bobby Poss (Carol) of Phil Campbell, Ala.; sister Mary Fletcher Williams of Amory; nieces, Jennifer Duncan (Chris), Darnell Collums (Philip) and Maedean Allbrittion (Bud); nephew, Roy Armstrong; great-nieces, Camille Collums, Gracie Duncan and Elisabeth Oliver; great-nephews, Daniel Williams (Kelli), Skyler and Cade Oliver, Bud Allbrittion Jr., Jacob and Issac Duncan; and great-great-nephews, Owen, Braden and Colton Williams.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Larry Williams.
Pallbearers will be David Poss, Charles Pate, Daniel Williams, Philip Collums, Billy Nicholson, Bud Stevens and Chris Duncan. Honorary pallbearers will be Tiger Adams, Harold Riley, Buddy Sullivan, Thomas Allen Rooker and Sank Owen.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Clyde Allen Blair, 80, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Dugan Memorial Home, in West Point. He was born March 5, 1932, in Hamilton to Laura Lee Broome Blair and
William F. Blair. He was a self-employed carpenter and a Primitive Baptist Minister and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Elder Paul Blair officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery Amory.
Survivors include his three daughters, Anne Blair Richardson (Johnny) of Macon, Della Blair Wilson (Frank) of Cedar Bluff and Betty Lynn Freeman (Casey) of Columbus; two sons, Allen Blair (Etta) of Petal, Aubrey Blair (Donna) of Cedar Bluff; 11 grandchildren; Eight great-grandchildren; his children’s mother, Dale Blair Haggard of West Point; one sister, Nadine Cochran (Dexter) of Steens; and five brothers, David H. Blair of Kosciusko, Joe Stanley Blair of Louisville, Ky., Leroy Blair of Guin, Ala., Loyd Blair of Powder Springs, Ga., and Wayne Blair of Hamilton.
Those preceding him in death were a daughter, Deborah Lee Blair; wife, Betty Jean Tullos Blair; one sister, Rebecca Blair; and five brothers, John Curtis Blair, Paul T. Blair, William Edward Blair, Walter Russell Blair and Frank Blair, Jr.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Blair, Justin Hairston, Herschell Hitchcock, Casey Freeman, Hunter Hitchcock and Johnny Richardson. Honorary pallbearers will be staff of Dugan Memorial and staff of Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks, P. O. Box 1028, Verona, MS 38879.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Myrtle Lois Brown, 82, died on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. Born November 11, 1930, in Hamilton, she was a daughter of Ira Griffin and Willie Bell Noe Brown.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at 2 p.m. today at Grady’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Wren.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Volene Lois Edwards Brown Walkers of Corinth; nieces and nephews, William Doyle Brown (Barbara) of Brandon, Donnie Brown (Debra) of Mooreville, Iris Brown Pearson (Jack) of Amory, Jan Brown Speck (Don) of Blue Springs, Barbara Brown Hutson (Bart) of Amory, Gail Barnes of Golden; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Emma Glo Brown; brothers, William Alvis (Edna Mae Bobo) Brown, Arvil Wilburn (JoAnn Varner Grant) Brown, Jessie Audis (Geneva Mae Cantrell) Brown, Artice Brown, Hershal C (Marvel) Brown, John Bankhead “J. B.” Brown and Ira Darling “R. D.” (Eunice Elsie Malone) Brown; nieces, Judith Eileen Brown Jones, Myra Elizabeth Brown Flurry and Kathryn Hoey Brown; and nephews, Jack Arvil Brown and John Charles “Pete” Brown.
Memorials may be given to American Heart Association, c/o Beth May, PO Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks, PO Box 333, Sherman, MS 38869.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – W.T. Littlejohn, 91, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born July 19, 1921, in Union County to William Thomas Littlejohn and Georgia Ann Wages Littlejohn. He retired from Mohasco after 29 years. He loved working in his yard and was an avid gardener. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Wallerville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Rakestraw officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audie Elizabeth Littlejohn of New Albany; a son, Larry Thomas Littlejohn (Jackie) of New Albany; a granddaughter, Amy Lucovich (Lance) of Hernando; a great-grandson, Landon Lucovich; and a brother, Dewey Littlejohn of Olive Branch.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Frank Littlejohn, Bernice Littlejohn, Curtis Littlejohn and Raymond Littlejohn; and two sisters, Pearly Littlejohn Pickens and Pauline Littlejohn Langford.
Visitation is 3 to 6 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.
EUPORA – John E. Hester, 58, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital in Greenwood.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial in the Greensboro Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NETTLETON – Johnny McCollum, 55, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Nettleton Chapel.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at Nettleton Chapel in Nettleton.
CORINTH – Herschel Reeves Brown, 92, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at his home. He was born on Feb. 14, 1920, to John Lawson and Dora Daniel Brown in Benton County. He was a retired farmer, truck driver and operated a service station in Walnut. He was a member of the Foote Street Church of Christ in Corinth.
Service is at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Kenny James officiating. Interment is at Tiplersville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Ann Brown of Corinth; sons, Danny Brown (Betty), Jimmy Brown (Mary) and Freddie Brown (Brenda); daughter, Patsy Brown Haney (Fred); nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife and the mother of his children, Mildred Hopper Brown; four brothers; and two sisters.
Many thanks to Legacy Hospice, Margie Gray and Tracy Treece for making the last days comfortable.
Pallbearers are Floyd Brown, Wallace Brown, Simpson Street, Terry Hopper, Frank Hines and Tony Street. Honorary pallbearers are Billy Joyner, Kelton Melton, Billy Houston Reed, Richard Collins and Jack Roberts.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Clarence Robert Mathis, 94, passed away on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the State Veterans Home in Oxford. He served our country as a Corporal in the United States Army during World War II. He was a member of Midway Methodist Church in Oxford and of the VFW. He trained and showed Blue Tick Coon Hounds and was a member of the American Coon Hunters Association. He enjoyed spending time with his family and his mornings with friends at Handy Andy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Clay Farr officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Mathis of Oxford; a daughter, Wanell M McCoy (Johnny) of Oxford; a son, Roy Mathis (Debra) of Crestview, Fla.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the Mississippi Chapter APDA, P.O. Box 5943, Brandon, MS 39047 or The Mississippi State Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, Mississippi 38655.
In honor of his service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit our website www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.
CORINTH – Lila Fern Prather, 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. Interment is at National Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Patterson Memorial Chapel.
IUKA – Loretta Berryman, 74, died Satruday, Dec. 8, 2012, at Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
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BRUCE – Buford McCormick Jr.,71, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 4, 1941. He attended Concord Baptist Church.
Service is at 2:30 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce, with Bro. Casey Hughes officiating. Interment is at Rapers Chapel Cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, Dominic McCormick (Lana) of Montegut, La., Michael McCormick (Maybelle) of San Diego, Calif., and Lionel McCormick (Heather) of Fulton; three grandchildren, Michael Lintag McCormick, Charlie Marie McCormick and Nichole Mae McCormick.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Buford McCormick and Mildred Irene Simpson McCormick; brother, Thomas D. McCormick; and sister, Gayle Smith.
Visitation is 1 to 2:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolence may be made to: Parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Ray B. “Chubby” West, 68, died Saturday, Dec. 8, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 2, 1944, in Tishomingo County. He retired from Sunshine Mills after 33 years. He was a veteran of the US Army.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Tishomingo, with Bro. Bill Burcham, Bro. Tim Hisaw and Bro. Keith Shewbart officiating. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala. will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his children, Lisa West Graham (Gary) of Red Bay, Laura West Hisaw (Tim) of Iuka, Tammy West Lucas (Scott) of Belmont, Richie Ray West (Brandi) of Saltillo, Donna Barnes of Tishomingo and Amanda Young of Red Bay; his grandchildren, Morgan and Andrew Hisaw, Addison and Hunter Lucas, Hannah, Connor, Kyndall and Ava West; one sister, Lexie Shewbart (Keith) of Glenwood, Ark.; and the mother of his children, Francis West of Tishomingo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elijah and Hazel Lee Ann Meeks West; two brothers, David West and Wayne West; and one sister-Marie Bowen.
Pallbearers will be Scott Lucas, Gary Graham, Marty Thomas, June Holland, Hunter Lucas and Andrew Hisaw. Honorary pallbearers will be his co-workers from Sunshine Mills, Ralph Renfrow and Charlie Lindley.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today at Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church and until service time on Monday.
RANDOLPH – Emmie Mae (Madie) Austin, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at her residence. She was a homemaker and loving mother of seven children, 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking and caring for her family and church family and was famous for her homemade butter rolls.
Service is at 2 p.m. Monday at County Line Baptist Church with Bro. Wayne Cobb and Bro. Chip Johnson officiating. Interment is at County Line Cemetery.
She is survived by children, Jane Kelly, Brenda Sewell (Junior), Wanda Hatcher (Lee), Angie Stacy (Mike), Larry Austin (Kay) and Donald Austin (Tammy); grandchildren, Tina Clark (David), Kevin Rodgers (Michelle), Shane Roby, Chance Austin (Tara), Cade Austin, CeCee Austin, Kirby Sewell (Redele), Mendy Cook (Chris), Luke Hatcher, Marlee Hatcher, Amber Gillespie (L.D.), Caylan Austin, Eli Austin, Seth Stacy and Charity Stacy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Austin; son, Gene Austin; one grandchild, Deonna Marie Austin; three sisters; and three brothers.
Pallbearers are Lee Austin, David Austin; Auay Sprayberry, Scott Austin, Jimmy Angle and Sherald Finley. Honorary pallbearers are her grandcons and great-grandsons.
Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m. today and noon to 2 p.m. Monday, both at County Line Baptist Church.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Ather Hill, 77, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home.
NEW ALBANY – Ina Allene Raines Todd, 80, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at Magnolia Place in New Albany. She was born March 3, 1932, in New Albany to Joe Pinkney Raines and Flossie Blackard Raines. She was a retired employee of the Union County Schools at West Union. She was a member of the Poolville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Ridgeway (Jonathan) of Hickory Flat; a son, Kelly Floyd Todd (Shelia) of New Albany; a sister, Flora Coughran of New Albany; two brothers, Boswell Raines of Poolville and James Raines of Etta; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd Joseph Todd; three sisters; a brother; and a great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Raines, Johnny Raines, Mark Raines, Robert Ridgeway and Josh Ridgeway.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
RIENZI – Bobby G. Miles, 75, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center of Oakland, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements.
DORSEY – Mildred Virginia Ballard Sheffield, 100, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, at the Brandon Nursing Home and Rehab Facility in Brandon. She was born Oct. 12, 1912, to Clifford and LaVelle Harris Ballard. She was a homemaker and a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Dorsey. She enjoyed sewing and cooking.
Graveside services and burial will be at 1 p.m. today at the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. McNeece – Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Ewer (Bob) of Mobile, Ala., and Patsy Scott of San Antonio, Texas; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley S. Sheffield, who died in 1986; one brother, George Thomas Ballard; one sister, Lucell Ballard Evans; and her parents.
Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until service time today at Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Caradelle Brooks, 95, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a fashion designer for Loudon’s Dress Shop in Greenville.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Bridges officiating. Interment is at Immanuel Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Betty Thompson, Shirley Baldwin and Marilyn Brooks; grandchildren. B.J. Brooks, Ben Brooks, Chris Brooks, Steve Ragland, Shelley Ragland, Rhonda Watkins and Rob Hudson; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.