Obituaries Feb. 16, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Vessie Craig
MYRTLE – Vessie May “Bess” Craig, 102, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Jan. 28, 1908, in the house she was living in at the time of her death. She was the oldest member of Myrtle Methodist Church. She lived every day to the fullest and was very active.
She held several government jobs including substitute rural mail carrier for her father, chief price clerk for Union County, and postal clerk in Myrtle post office for 33 years. She served as mayor of Myrtle for 28 years and was instrumental in many improvements in Myrtle, including town water and sewer system, health center (now Senior Citizen Center) and improved streets. In addition, she was a well-known talented artist for one-of-a-kind creations, and did handcrafted items for the Woman’s Exchange of Memphis. She was active in PTA, Red Cross, Pilot Club, Library Club, Homemaker’s Club, and various other clubs over the years.
Services will be Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Smith Whiteside officiating. A special prayer will be delivered by her great-nephew, Jimmy Ray. Burial will be in the New Albany City Cemetery with United Funeral Service in charge.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary Ray Craig of the home, who was her whole life; a great-nephew, Jimmy (Sandra) Ray of Rockford, Ala., and Burt Simonton of Memphis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh A. Craig; her parents, J.I. and Mary E. Ray; one sister, Oviete Simonton; and two brothers, Lamar Ray and Walter Ray.
Pallbearers will be Dwight “Peanut” Pickens, Robert Russell, Clinton Scott, Hugh Tate, Graham Spencer and Allen McDaniel.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. David Ellis, Dr. Tom Shands, Sam Liddell, Billy Basil and John David Greenhill. Special friends include Peggy Russell, Mary Sanders, Terri Chailland and Nancy Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Roger Tennison
AMORY – Roger Lee Tennison, 56, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Monroe County, a day before his anniversary after a sudden illness while walking his dog. Born Nov. 4, 1953, in Corning, Calif., he was the son of Arthur Lee Tennison and the late Carol Campbell Tennison. He married Lee Barnes Feb. 14, 1999, in Laughlin, Nev., who survives. An electronic technician, he worked for the U.S. Navy on Air Navigation and Mine hunting systems for 25 years in San Francisco, San Diego and Panama City, becoming a GS-13 in 2000. Upon his retirement in 2007 he and his wife moved to Becker in Monroe County, building their dream log home on the waterway. Making many friends in Mississippi, he enjoyed reloading rifle cartridges and shotgun shells, and woodworking. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was proud of his prize trophy, a caribou he took while in Quebec, Canada. A beloved husband, his last act was to buy a dozen red roses for his wife, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. P.J. Mortensen officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Lee Tennison of Amory; his father, Arthur Tennison of Cottonwood, Calif.; one brother, Steven Arthur Tennison of Snohomish, Wash.; one sister, Donna Tennison Koch of Red Bluff, Calif.; and several nieces and great-nieces and nephews and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother.
Visitation will be 1 p.m. until service time on Friday at the funeral home.

Linda B. Forester
RIPLEY – Linda Brookes Sanford Murry Forester, 71, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Aug. 21, 1938, in Union County to Irvin McWhorter Sanford and Modell Duncan Sanford. She was employed at Futorian and CIT. She was a member of the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Becky Carson and Cindy Fields, both of Saltillo; a daughter-in-law, Martha Murry of New Albany; a son, Charles K. “Chuck” Murry Jr. of New Albany; five sisters, Phyllis Hill, Brenda Bullock, Georgia Allred, Mackie Spencer and Betty Hall, all of New Albany; two brothers, Bruce Sanford and Richard Sanford, both of New Albany; three grandchildren, Jennifer Davis, Ricky Davis and Brittany Murry; four great-grandchildren, Landon Freeman, Jonathan Freeman, Ethan Freeman and Anna Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Denise Murry; and a brother, J.W. Sanford.
Pallbearers will be Brad Allred, Craig Allred, Ricky Sanford, Joe Spencer, Brent Bullock, Jalon Bullock, Justin Sanford and Olin Hall.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Virginia Tutor
FRIENDSHIP – Virginia Dale Tutor died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born Feb. 17, 1929, to Jesse Abb Mask and Virginia Earlene Bramlitt Mask. She married Lowell Tutor at a young age. She was a beautician for over 40 years. She was a loving and giving person who loved people and loved to help people. She made a trip to the HUD subdivision in Pontotoc each Friday to pick up ladies who did not have transportation and took them to her beauty shop at no charge. She most loved watching her sons play football and basketball. She fed a houseful of kids almost every day and had several live in her home at different times.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. The Rev. J.W. Owen will officiate. Burial will be in the Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Jackie (Joel) Moorman; one son, Roger Tutor; five grandchildren, Deana Ferguson, Angie (Dan) Treadaway, Jesse (Jason) Hall, Kaylee (Mike) Ridling and Jessie Tutor; one sister, Margie (Oliver) Graham; one sister-in-law, Beverly Mask.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Lowell Tutor; one daughter, Angeline Tutor; one son, Biddy Tutor; her parents; and one brother, Billy Mask.
Pallbearers will be Lamon Graham, Lee Graham, Dan Treadaway, Hunter Treadaway Steven McBrayer, Jessie Tutor and Patrick McBrayer.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

Kenneth D. Nickels
MATHISTON – Kenneth D. Nickels, 84, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at his residence in Mathiston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Double Springs Methodist Cemetery in Oktibbeha County.
Ronald Williams
PITTSBORO – Ronald Casey Williams, 54, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at his home in Pittsboro. He was born Feb. 19, 1955, in Calhoun City. He was a former employee of Quality Forest Products. He was a member of Pittsboro Baptist Church and the Pittsboro Volunteer Fire Department.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pittsboro Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Waldo officiating and the Rev. Jim Gore assisting. Burial will be in Pittsboro Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Anna Elizabeth (James) Schwalenberg of Pittsboro; one brother, James Henry (Betty Jean) Williams of Oxford; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Williams and Anna Lois Casey Williams.
PIttsboro Volunteer Fire Department firefighters will be pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Parker Memorial Funeral Home, P.O. Box 458, Bruce, MS 38915.

Robert L. Sandlin
SALTILLO – Robert “Bobby” L. Sandlin, 62, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after complications following surgery. He was a retired construction worker and a member of Bethany Baptist Church. An avid gardener and fisherman, he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Frank Breaux officiating. Burial will at home in the family cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Kim Sandlin; his mother, Mary Edith Sandlin of Saltillo; one son, Robby Sandlin (Stacey) of Saltillo; three daughters; Dena Griggs (Bob) of Tupelo, Nicci Sandlin of St. Amant, La., and Noel Sandlin of Saltillo; two brothers, Johnny Sandlin and Sammy Sandlin, both of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Mason, Chase, Lexi, Shelby and Mary Carrson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil Sandlin.
Pallbearers include William Brazeal, Stuart Cockrell, Jerry Duffie, Roger May, Danny McCollum and Bill Williams.
Honorary pallbearers include the coffee drinkers at Bren’s Diner, “left wing café” and the brothers of Masonic Lodge #294 in Saltillo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

William Cobb
MYRTLE – William Winfield Cobb, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born in Tippah-Union County to Israel Cobb and Tishia Pannell Cobb. He was formerly employed at Mohasco Furniture.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Bro. Charles Gainey will officiate. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
Survivors include his children, Robbie Stinson of Cotton Plant, and Danny Cobb, Penny Lewis, William Cobb, Barbara Ray, Don Cobb, Rickey Lynn Cobb and D.J. Cobb, all of Myrtle; three brothers, John, Walter and Isaic; four sisters, Macy, Mack, Rachael and Nora Lee; 22 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren.

Rickey Benson
HUMBOLDT, Tenn. – Rickey Eugene Benson died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Humboldt, Tenn. He was born July 4, 1956, in Corinth.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Shelton-Hunt Funeral Home in Humboldt, Tenn.
He is survived by two daughters, April Benson of Booneville and Lindsey Benson of Sheffield, Ala.; one son, Jared Benson of Booneville; one stepson, Jamie Robinson of Booneville; one brother, Clarence Benson and wife, Kelly, of Humboldt; one grandson, Cayden Goodlow of Sheffield, Ala.; three half sisters, Barbara Short, Brenda Hodge and Bonnie Seat, all of Savannah, Tenn.; and his stepmother, Sue Geans of Savannah, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Patricia and Joseph Benson, and a brother, John Benson.

Shawne Oliver
NEW ALBANY – Shawne Oliver, 38, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 31, 1972, in Aurora, Ill., to Sylvester Oliver Jr. and Debra Janes Long.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Locust Grove Church on Hwy. 30 East. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Fayette, Mo. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Amber Liemkuler of New Albany and Jacob Oliver of Missouri; her father, Sylvester Oliver of Yorkville, Ill., and her mother, Debra Long of Potts Camp; her fiancé, Mike Lewis of New Albany; her siblings, Luis Diaz of Pontiac, Ill., Robert Smithey of New Albany, Kimberly Hale of Potts Camp, and Amander Oliver and Kelly Oliver of Aurora, Ill.
She was preceded in death by a son, Devin Oliver.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. today at Locust Grove Church.

Johnny Carr
ASHLAND – Johnny Floyd Carr, 62, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at his home in Ashland.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday.

Johnny Davis
BELMONT – John Earl “Johnny” Davis, 82, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the Red Bay Medical Center in Red Bay, Ala., after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at New Bethel Baptist Church in Belmont.

James K. Miller
IUKA – James K. Miller, 63, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial will be in Mt. Gilead Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Hettie Ledbetter
BANNER – Hettie Odell Ledbetter, 94, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born July 22, 1915, in the Ellard community. She was a homemaker and a member of the Banner Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Rex Ard will officiate, and the Rev. Jackie Douglas and the Rev. Bobby Caples will assist. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Ruble Clinton “R.C.” Ledbetter of Banner; daughters, Phyllis (Donald) Camp of Banner, Barbara (Charles) Worley of Canton, Faye (I(ke) Prine of Hattiesburg and Raye (Frank) Brooks of Water Valley; one son, Gary (Pat) Ledbetter of Banner; one sister, Idell Watts of Batesville; 10 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar A. Simpson and Dora E. McIntyre, and four brothers, Hugh, Thomas, Wilson and Billy Glen Simpson.
Pallbearers will be Keith Camp, Ken Camp, Clinton Camp, Brad Ledbetter, Bill McNutt and Kenneth Worley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Annie Daves
BATESVILLE – Annie Lorene Lunceford Daves, 94, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at her home in Batesville. She was born Sept. 22, 1915, in Calhoun City to Perry E. and Clara Abbie Nelms Lunceford. She was a member of Pope Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville with the Rev. Roger Richards officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one son, E.C. Daves Jr. (Ginny) of Germantown, Tenn.; one brother, Rupert Lunceford of Calhoun City; three granddaughters, Christina L. Daves, Margaret Ann Finnie and Kim Finnie; six great-grandchildren, Jessica Daves, Christian A. Leininger, Huston M. Akins, Kayla M. Daves, Zachary J. Akins and S. Christopher Daves II.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett C. Daves Sr.; one daughter, Ann Daves Finnie; and one grandson, Stephen C. Daves.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 34, Pope, MS 38658.

David Wilkerson
BARTLETT, Tenn. – David Glen Wilkerson, 60, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at his residence in Bartlett, Tenn. He was born Jan. 24, 1950, to Marie Thomas Wilkerson and the late Otis Wilkerson. He was a member of the Baptist church. He worked in a chemical factory and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Bob McKee officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother, Marie Wilkerson, and several aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by his father, Otis Wilkerson.
To view obituaries and sign the guest book online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Doris Burcham
MARKED TREE, Ark. – Doris Yancey Burcham, 93, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at St. Bernard’s Hospice in Jonesboro, Ark. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Murphy Funeral Home in Marked Tree, Ark. Burial will be in Tyronza Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Randle Burcham of Caraway, Ark.; two daughters, Jo Eubanks of Hot Springs, Ark., and Jane Carruth of Tupelo; one daughter-in-law, Janet Burcham of Memphis; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Orlando Burcham, and one son, Ronnie Burcham.
Pallbearers will be Greg Eubanks, Todd Eubanks, Ron Burcham, Jeff Carruth, Conner Carruth and Bill Cooley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Artie Smith, Andy Redwood, Carson Burcham and Noah Eubanks.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Elbert Beard
TROY – Elbert David Beard, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born in Itawamba County on Aug. 2, 1934, to Elbert and Irene Beard. He was retired from the United States Navy, serving during the Vietnam and Korean Wars. He was a retired restaurant owner and a member of the Troy First Baptist Church, where he served as an usher. He was an avid hunter and gardener, and loved spending time with his grandson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou Beard of Troy; two sons, David Lee Beard of Tupelo and John Elbert Beard of Greenwood; one daughter, Nancy Beard of Tupelo; two sisters, Katherine Reese (Joe) of Eggville and Helen Dale of Tupelo; one grandson, Lee Stewart Beard of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Nora Walker
PONTOTOC – Nora Jamison Walker, 103, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Sunshine Healthcare in Pontotoc. She was born May 25, 1906, in Pontotoc County to Robert Lee Jamison and Manie Camp Jamison. She was married to Alvis Walker for 55 years until his death. She was an avid gardener of vegetables and flowers. She was a seamstress and wonderful cook. She was a member of Troy First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home with Bro. Greg Herndon and Bro. Fred Hartley officiating. Burial will follow in Troy Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Lexie Warren and Mary Prater of Troy; nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; two sons, Melvin Devan Walker and James Alvis Walker; an infant child; daughter-in-law, Jeanine Walker; grandson, Bobby Walker; and granddaughter, Patti Kent.
Pallbearers will be family.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Dera Thomas
MYRTLE – Dera Lucille Chesteen Thomas, 88, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 13, 1921, in Lafayette County to Conley and Lillian Raines Chesteen. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She had worked at H&G Fabrics in New Albany.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Robert Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Thomas; one daughter, Debbie Lynn Pearce (James) of Horn Lake; and one granddaughter, Jennifer Pearce.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Clara McNutt; and two brothers, Roy Chesteen and Ralph Chesteen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Roberta Williams
BELDEN – Roberta Love Williams, 55, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Mary J. Solomon
TUPELO – Mary J. Solomon, 72, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Tommie Lou Loden
FULTON – Tommie Lou Loden , 87, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at The Courtyards Nursing Facility. She was born Aug. 12, 1922, to Tom and Mattie Roberts Jones. She was retired from Itawamba Manufacturing Company. She enjoyed crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Ken Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy McMillen (Patsy) of Fulton; one granddaughter, Pam Rushing of Huntsville, Ala.; three great-grandchildren, Dustin Johnson, Hope Rushing and Chase Rushing; a special friend, Sue Cross.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Jim McMillen and Jasper Loden; two grandsons, Mickey Johnson and Jamie McMillen; four brothers, Walter, Dock, Johnny and Earl Jones; five sisters, Haley Barrett, Flora Creekmore, Flossie Rogers, Willie McMillen and Gladys Mason; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be John Barrett, James Barrett, Eddie McMillen, Frank McMillen, Joseph Jones, Raymond Creekmore and Chase Rushing.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Lavelle Kent
FULTON – Lavelle Kent, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 15, 1930, in Itawamba County to Trannie Wiygul and Rosie Jewel Byram Steele. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Chapel Church of God. She enjoyed crocheting, flowers and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Harold Ozbirn and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Ruble Kent of Fulton; one daughter, Renee Kent of Fulton; one son, James (Diane) Kent of Fulton; three brothers, J.W. Steele of Belmont, Doyce (Margie) Steele of Fulton and Cloyce Steele of Tremont; four sisters, Janie Lou Lindsey and Bammie (James) South, both of Mantachie, Lanelle (Charles) Clayton of Fulton and Doris Moore of Mooreville; eight grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, W.J. Steele, R.D. Steele and Bud Steele; and one great-grandchild, Grayson Wiygul Kent.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

James Scribner
NETTLETON – James Elgar Scribner, 91, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

J.C. Staples
TUPELO – J.C. Staples died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Robert Pulliam
BUENA VISTA – Robert Pulliam, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the V.A. Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Jimmie Blair
PLANTERSVILLE – Jimmie Lee “Jimbo” Blair, 69, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo.