Obituaries Feb. 11, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Caleb Avent
MATHISTON – Caleb Ryan Avent, 5, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, in Mathiston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Clarkson Baptist Church. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
In loving memory of Caleb Ryan Avent, a memorial account has been established with Cadence Bank. Please make donations to any Cadence Bank location or by mailing your contribution to Cadence Bank, N.A., P. O. Box 1187, Starkville, MS 39760. All donations will go directly to the grieving family.

Wayne Hall
TUPELO – Wayne Hall, 54, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.

Virginia Ocallaghan
TUPELO – Virginia Ocallaghan, 56, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel.
Maryian Petty
WARM SPRINGS, Ga. – Maryian Irene Stallings Petty, formerly of Birmingham and Montgomery, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. She was born in Cumberland, Miss. on Aug. 11, 1916.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ridout’s Elmwood Chapel in Birmingham with the Rev. Tim Meadows officiating. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham. Johns-Rideout Funeral Parlors of Birmingham is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Joy Ware of Villa Rica, Ga., Larry Petty of Manchester, Ga. and Gail Eulenstein-Juska of Estero, Fla.; ten grandchildren; and eighteen great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Erman Petty; her brother, Floyd Stallings; and a granddaughter, Kelli Burchfiel Wilson.

Doug Murray
BURNSVILLE – Doug Murray, 60, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Poplar Springs Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Malcolm Garrett officiating. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Connie White Murray of Burnsville; two sons, Douglas Wayne Murray and Donald Lee Murray, both of Clinton, Mich.; two daughters, Renee Lynn Nutt (Keith) of Westland, Mich. and Audra White Treadaway of Mobile; two brothers, Elmer Murray (Beverly) and Charlie Murray (Joyce), both of Burnsville; two sisters, Thelma Ann Stephens of Iuka and Margie Prince (Joel) of Slidell, La.; and five grandchildren, Keith, Shane and Jamie Nutt, Austin Murray and BreAnne Murray, all of Westland, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis D. and Gladys Brewer Murray.
Pallbearers will be Shane Murray, Doug Johnson, Jerry Wayne White, Roy Lee Richardson, Ricky Dotson, and Heath Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wilburn Joslin, Garry Moore, George Hudson, Dwayne Parsons, Tim Dotson and J.R. Blakney.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Reeves
HOUSTON – Jimmy Dale Reeves, 49, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was born May 19, 1960, to Howard Reeves and Mary Ann Washington Vance. He was a native of Houston. He was retired from Franklin Furniture Factory after approximately 20 years. He was a Nazarene.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Sammuell officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Myra Duncan Reeves of Houston; two sons, Jonathan Reeves and his wife, Christine of Houston and Matthew Reeves of Houston; his mother, Mary Ann Vance and her husband, Curtis of Mountain View, Ark; his grandmother, Catherine Reeves of Houston; one brother, James Reeves of Nashville; one sister, Janice Reeves of Kentucky; and three grandchildren, Tyler, Charlie and Jayden.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Reeves, who died in 1988; his grandmother, Irene E. Washington; his grandfather, Ordell Washington; his grandfather, Marvin Reeves; his grandmother, Lucille Davis Reeves; and his aunt, Faye Wheeler Reeves.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 today at the funeral home.
Selina Whitmon
NETTLETON – Selina Whitmon, 33, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at her home. An Aurora, Ill. native, she was born May 1, 1976, to Terry and Pam Oaks Stanley. She earned her associates degree in literature and her bachelor’s degree in history. She married Marc Whitmon on June 7, 2008, and they made their home in Nettleton. She was a customer representative for New Corp. She was actively involved with Bethel Baptist Church and the Living Water Community Church. She loves the Lord. She loved her involvement in leading the Ladies Bible Studies and reading her Bible. She was a devout Christian. She loved to travel out west to the mountains. She loved to fish and her little dog, Pasquale.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Martin Jamison and Bro. Horace Barns officiating. Burial will be in Dorsey Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her husband of nearly two years, Marc Whitmon of Nettleton; her parents, Terry and Pam Stanley of Dorsey; her grandparents, Dalton Oaks (Jane) of Pontotoc and Dottie Negre of Herrin, Ill.; her father-in-law, Bro. William Whitmon (Susan); her mother-in-law, Phyllis Clark (David) of Ocala, Fla.; two stepsisters, Amy Michaels (Jeff) and Jennifer Roberts (Jody), both of Pratts; and several aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her infant child.
Pallbearers will be Rick Carson, Bro. Bobby Thompson Jr., Officer Ken Stanford, Mickey Phillips, Rodney Marshall and Todd Nichols.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Danny Potts
BURNSVILLE – Danny Potts, 59, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at his home. He was a drywaller for over 35 years before becoming ill. He was a member of Rowland Mills Baptist Church, and he enjoyed farming and fishing.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at Temple Baptist Church with Bro. Frankie Smith and Bro. Gerald Glidewell officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
He is survivived by his wife of 37 years, Pamela Potts; his mother, Louise Potts; his sons, Gary Potts and Jay (Heather) Potts; his brother, Ronnie Porterfield; his sister, Han Porterfield; his grandchildren, Casey Flack and Madeline Potts, all of Burnsville; his caregivers, Nita Calton and Rita McCoy; a special friend, Joe Glidewell (Joyce); and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.C. Potts.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Bobo, Dustin Lambert, John Wells Jr., J.R. Blackney, Richie Wilmeth and Merrill Arnold.
Honorary pallbearers will be Leroy Ward, Johnny Vanderford, Jimmy Dean Vanderford, Sammy Bonds and James Bonds.

Katherine Hall
BELMONT – Katherine Hall, 85, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the Red Bay Hospital. She was born March 23, 1924, in Prentiss County to Claude and Fannie Barron Aldridge. She was a factory worker and a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Bethel Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Chad Albright officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery in New Site. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a very dear friend and companion, Hollis Wooten of Dennis; three children, Linda Johnson of Russellville, Ala., Randall Lewey of Dennis and Charles Hall (Emily) of Mantachie; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Hall; a son, Gary Hall; a granddaughter, Sidney Hall; two sisters; and three brothers.
Visitation will be until service time today at the church.

Grace Clark
WEST POINT – Grace Spencer Clark, 85, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Houlka to John Thomas and Elma Blevins Spencer. She married Vernon L. Clark Feb. 16, 1945. The young couple moved to West Point in 1954. She worked for more than 40 years at Harris & Riley Drug Company, which later became Rose Drug Company. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling with the Joy Club.
She leaves hundreds of adoring friends she made over the years, especially during the past seven years she spent at Henry Clay Retirement Center. She could be found each day at noon ‘holding court’ at the big round table downstairs in The Point Restaurant. Her friends nicknamed her the ‘Queen of The Henry Clay Hotel.’ Her friend, Sara Roberts, who was among her frequent lunch guests, was in awe saying, ‘you know, many people in her situation would just retreat and feel sorry for themselves. Not Grace, she made this a place where we want to come.’ Mrs. Sara also added that Grace would come down early each morning and fold napkins for The Point and prepare the silver ware, a thankless job, but one she did joyfully.
She was aptly named by her parents. Her zest for life was contagious in her community, and friends, from all walks of life, joined her for lunch each day. She lost her leg when a melanoma threatened her life. She took it in stride, learned how to navigate the landscape in her wheelchair but still spread joy and laughter wherever she went.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbeaers will be Bob Atkins, Bill Atkins, Corey Clark, Barrett Clark, Kenny Dill, R.B. Davis, Judge Jim Kitchens and Don Permenter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dewey Cox, Kieth Middleton, Ed Swoope, Jim Swoope, Dake Swoope, Mancil Ray, Jessie Harmon, Dr. T.N. Braddock, Dr. Robert Lott, Jim Helveston, Michelle Easterling, Andy Williams, Greely Nash, Robert Harrell, Jimmy Miller and Rush Robinson.
She is survived by her daughter, Norma and her husband, William ‘Bubba’ Atkins of West Point; her sons, James ‘Jimmy’ Clark and his wife, Judy of West Point, Larry Clark and his wife, Lisa of Amory; her sister, Anna S. Byars (Rueben) of Vardaman; her brother, John C. Spencer (Delores) of Houston; her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Dye, Helen Clark, Mary Clark and Charlene Clark; her brother-in-law, J.Z. McCormick; seven grandchildren, Bob Atkins (Shannon), Bill Atkins (Caroline), Kim Bridges (Jon), Corey Clark (Kristen), Barrett Clark and his fiance, Katie Miles, Caroline Clark and Kelly Bends (Chis); and 11 great-grandchildren, Montomery Atkins, Clark Atkins, Hunter Atkins, Evan Atkins, Hannah Atkins, Alex Bends, Maddie Bends, Caroline Bridges, Anna Clark Bridges, Hallie Clark, John Ross Clark..
She was preceded in death by by her parents; and her husband of 52 years, Vernon Lee Clark in 1997.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Methodist Senior Services of Henery Clay Hotel PO Box 1567 Tupelo, MS 38802 or charity of doners choice.

Eddie Troupe
HAMILTON – Eddie James Troupe, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Bethel M.B. Church in Hamilton with the Rev. Homer Cannon officiating. Burial will be in Bethel M.B. Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.
To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
Julia Hall
AMORY – Julia Carole Adams Hall, 60, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, in Amory. Born July 8, 1949, she was the daughter of Frances Varnon Presley and Rudolph Walter Adams Jr. She married Fred Hall in 1984; he died in 1999. Before becoming disabled, she was an LPN at the Amory Manor Nursing Home. She was a member of the Meadowood Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing dominoes, her cat Shasta and attending her 40th class reunion.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt and Bro. Ryan French officiating. Burial will be in the Baker Cemetery.
Survivors include her mother, Frances Presley of Amory; one daughter, Lalana Mason Glasgow (Adam) of Amory; one sister, Nancy Lee Foster of Aberdeen; and two grandchildren, Katelyn A. Glasgow and Quinton E. Glasgow.
She was preceded in death by her father; her stepfather, Merle Presley; her husband; and one sister, Susan Tubb.
Pallbearers will be Howard Hall, Cleve Hall, James Hall, Ronnie Colburn, Dylan Colburn and Tony Adams.
Honorary pallbearer will be Johnny Tibbetts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time on Friday at the funeral home.

Richard Frazier
TUPELO – Richard Clark Frazier, 63, died Feb. 7, 2010, at the Veteran’s Hospital in Memphis. He was born April 13, 1946, in New Albany to George Albert and Iccy Lee Wingo Frazier. He was a Vietnam War Veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He was awarded two Purple Hearts, a Silver Star and a Bronze Star. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Marty Merritt officiating. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery in Myrtle. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one brother, George Frazier of Myrtle.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Roberson, Alan Cousar, Woody Hill, Dwight Pickens, Clyde Gullick, Milburn Carter and Hollis Simpson.
Honorary pallbearers will be The American Legion.
In honor of Mr. Frazier’s service to his country, The U.S. Army flag will be flown during his visitation and service.
For online condolenences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

James Jackson
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – James Troy Jackson, 20, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, in Montgomery, after a sudden illness. He was born Oct. 4, 1989, in Jackson, Miss. and later moved with his family to Montgomery. He and his family spent six and a half years in Kijabe, Kenya, working as medical missionaries with Africa Inland Mission. There, he attended Rift Valley Academy until the family returned to Montgomery in 2004.
He was a 2008, graduate of Trinity Presbyterian School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, the French Club, Theatrical Sound and Lighting and Science Olympiad. He attended Mississippi State University and was a student at Auburn University in Montgomery. He was an active member of Youth Fellowship and Choir at Trinity Presbyterian Church. He had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and was loved by people of all ages.
To his many friends and family, He was larger than life, a free spirit filled with joyful enthusiasm and playfulness, a kind and loving heart and an unmatched exuberance for whatever lay ahead.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Montgomery. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Southern Memorial Funeral Home in Montgomery is in charge of arrangements
He is survived by his parents, Carol Montjoy Jackson and William Raymond Jackson Jr.; and two brothers, William Wilson Jackson and Kenneth Sellers Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert ‘Bobby’ Montjoy Jackson.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Africa Inland Mission, P.O. Box 178, Pearl River, New York 10965, www.aimint.org or to the Troy Jackson Youth Mission Fund at Trinity Presbyterian Church, Montgomery.

Burma Brown
AMORY – Burma Mae Armstrong Brown, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Berniece Wood
FULTON – Burniece L. Wood, 94, died Jan. 26, 2010, at the Courtyards Health Care Complex in Fulton. She was born Oct. 16, 1915, in Mississippi to Arthur and Cera Cooley Comer. She was a member of the Friendship Methodist Church. She loved her church and was active in Sunday school and share groups.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tom Sheffield officiating. Burial will be in Keys Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Ralph Wood of Scottsdale, Ariz.; one brother, Leo Comer of West Memphis, Ark.; two sisters, Etoile Grissom of Mantachie and Vonnie Tims of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Aline Smith
NESBIT – Aline Smith, 86, died Monday, Feb. 8, 2010, at Landmark of Desoto.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Rachel Hastings
CORINTH – Rachel Louise Hastings, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be at Wheeler Grove Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home.

Gordon Adams
MARIETTA – Gordon Adams, 76, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 1p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Smart officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Levora Jeffries
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Levora Pegues Jeffries, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.
Services will be at noon Friday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Friday at the church.

Annis Walker
CORINTH – Annis R. Walker, 66, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.