Obituaries Feb. 17, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Robbie Love Williams
BELDEN – Roberta Brannin Love Williams, 55, went home to be with the Lord at The Sanctuary Hospice House on Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010. Robbie was born in Tupelo on Sept. 5, 1954, to Dr. Ross Brown and Evelyn King Love. She was a graduate of Tupelo High School, attended Mississippi State University for Women and graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BSN. She grew up in Calvary Baptist Church.
Memorial services are 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at The Orchard. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the church with the Rev. Brian Collier officiating. There will be private graveside services at a later time. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Edwin Dale Williams; her daughter, Amy Allison Williams Gray and her husband, Brent; her son, Edwin Dale Williams Jr.; her grandchildren, Ava Lyn Gray and Caleb Brannin McMurry, all of Tupelo; and her sister, Kathy Love Carter and her husband, Bobby, of New Albany; her nieces, Kathryn Douglas of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Mandy Ladner of New Albany; her nephews, Ross Gaston of Mobile and Dr. Rob Carter of Aberdeen.
Robbie was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lyn Love Gaston; and her nephew, Mitch Carter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Gray, Ross Gaston, Brown Douglas, Benton Douglas, Charlie Douglas, Bobby Carter, Dr. Rob Carter and Damon Ladner.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Rev. Dennis G. Rainer
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – The Rev. Dennis G. Rainer, 52, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010.
Services will be at noon Thursday at New St. Luke M.B. Church in Jackson, Tenn. Dixie Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Rock Hill M.B. Church in Tiplersville. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Heather Ross
CORINTH – Heather Faith Ross, 15 months, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home.
Jimmie Lee Blair
PLANTERSVILLE – Jimmie Lee “Jimbo” Blair died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 29, 1940, to Jimella Blair and the late Leroy Blair. He was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and uncle. He was a faithful member of the New Temple M.B. Church, where he served as an usher and trustee. He was a retired employee of Eljer Plumbingware in Verona with 36 years of service.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the New Temple M.B. Church at Fulton. The Rev. S.E. Banks will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Daisy Lee Blair; one son, James “Seymour” Hughes of the Richmond community; two daughters, Stacy Lee Hughes and California and Barbara Jean Topp of Tupelo; his mother, Jimella Blair of Tupelo; five brothers, Dallas (Gloria) Blair, Rev. Richard (Glendora) Blair, Marcia (Beatrice) Blair, Jimmy Wayne (Louise) Blair and Lewis Ray, all of the Richmond community; five sisters: Grace (William) Shumpert, Louise (Henry Mack) Weatherspoon, Shirley (Wilford) Springer, Glenda (Steve) Sims of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Anita (Man) Watkins of Verona; a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy “Devil” Blair; one brother, James; one daughter, Margaret Gunn.

Gertrude Sisk
EUPORA – Gertrude Hannah Sisk, 82, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Long Term Care in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Spring Valley Cemetery in Webster County.

Barbara Nix
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Barbara Nix, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Bruce. She was a member of East Side Baptist Church and a retired registered nurse.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, George Michael Nix of Mountain Home, Ark.; five daughters, Susan Nix Isom (Mike) of Conway, Ark., Sondra Nix Hoffman of Mountain Home, Ark., Paula Nix of Jonesboro, Ark., Paige Nix Benedict (Phillip) of Mountain Home, Ark., and Shanna Nix of Little Rock, Ark.; one son, Shane Nix (Angi) of Flippin, Ark.; her mother and stepfather, Allie and Arnold Gulledge of Bruce; one brother, Marvin Lee Coston and family of Big Creek; 16 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Earnest Coston, and a son, Jeffrey Michael Nix.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Alma Coats
RANDOLPH – Alma S. Coats, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
Johnny Davis
BELMONT – John Earl “Johnny” Davis, 82, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the Red Bay Medical Center in Red Bay, Ala., after an extended illness. He was a heavy equipment operator, working on various road and building projects throughout the state. He was an avid fisherman and loved to garden. He was a born again Christian and was baptized in October 2009, the day after his 82nd birthday. He was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Bethel Church in Belmont with Bro. Chad Albright officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Church Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years. Wreathel Hammett Davis of Belmont; two daughters, Tina Clifton (Greg) of Fort Worth, Texas, and Carol Wanner (Donnie) of Belmont; his mother-in-law, Audrey Hammett of Red Bay; two sisters, Hattie Hall of Halltown and Grace Sparks of Belmont; one brother, Doug Davis (Katherine) of Guntown; five grandchildren, Felicia Ayers (Jason ), Brandi Allison (Jeremy ), Emily Clifton, Carly Clifton and Chance Clifton; four great-grandchildren, Chandler, Logan, Conner and Cali; stepson, Mark Irvin (Wilma) of Florence, Ala.; six stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren; host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Authur E. and Grace Green Davis; two sisters, Laverne Henley and Opal Hammett; and five brothers, W.D. Davis, Cotton Davis, Virgil “Tip” Davis, Author “Tater” Davis and Troy “Hook” Davis.
Pallbearers will be Donny Joe Sparks, Jason Coker, Anthony Davis, Greg Clifton, Donnie Wanner, Billy Hall, Jason Ayers, Johnny Roberts and Eddie Sparks.

Zack Hasting IV
BRUCE – Zack Rabon Hasting IV, 25, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Banner. He was born June 2, 1984, in Shelby, Tenn. He was a 2002 graduate of Bruce High School. He was a cashier at Hilltop Convenience Store in Oxford and a member of the Bruce First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. John Coleman will officiate. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery at Banner.
Survivors include his mother, Paula Spencer of Water Valley; one son, River J. Hasting of Gore Springs; one sister, Savannah Hasting of Water Valley; his grandparents, Paul and Rita Spencer of Wayne, Mich.; a special friend, Cassandra Babb of Paris; and a nephew, Aysen Adams of Water Valley.
He was preceded in death by his father, Zack Rabon Hasting III, and his grandparents, Z.R. Hasting II and Willie Pearl Hasting.
Pallbearers will be Randy “Miller” Poyner, Willie Wells, Willie Malone, Jonathon Baker, Commetrius Wright and Eric Parker.

Michael Hilton
BYHALIA – Michael Nicholas Hilton, 12, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, in Byhalia.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Charles E. Waddle
BELMONT – Charles E. Waddle, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Oct. 8, 1928, in Marietta to Dean and Adelle Tesseneer Waddle. He was owner and operator of Waddle Service Station and was a maintenance worker at Winfield Manufacturing for 12 years. He attended Liberty Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Korean conflict and served as commander of the American Legion at Belmont for 19 years. He served 14 years on the Belmont Volunteer Fire Department and served as chief for 10 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery at Dennis.
He is survived by two children, Steve Waddle and wife, Lynn Waddle, of Baldwyn, and Regina Waddle and companion, Tim Gray, of Dennis; two brothers, Freddy Waddle of Golden, and Dannie Waddle and wife, Becky Waddle, of Marietta; three sisters, Jane Trigg of Salt Lake City, Utah, Frankie Crabb and husband, Tommy Crabb, of Baldwyn, and Reba Flurry and husband, Bill Flurry, of Fulton; two stepgrandchildren, Clint Neely and wife, Summer Neely, of The Woodlands, Texas, and Kate Neely of Scooba; three stepgreat-grandchildren, Gracyn Neely, Hannah Neely and Jacob Neely; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 43 years, Louise Waddle; one brother, Bob Waddle; and two sisters, Sue Ramey and Betty Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Thursday.

Rubye Thompson
RIENZI – Rubye Miles Thompson, 83, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at National Health Care Center in Somerville, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home in Somerville, Tenn.

Cornell White
NETTLETON – Cornell White, 61, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

Betty Richardson
SOUTHAVEN – Betty E. Richardson, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at her home in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
J.C. Staples
TUPELO – J.C. Staples, 86, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 24, 1923, to Sam and Myrtle Wright Staples. He joined Blackland M.B. Church at an early age. He was married to Irene Westmoreland. They had six children. He retired from Tupelo Oil Mills He served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1948.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Blackland M.B. Church with the Rev. Eddie Earlie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangement.
Survivors include his children, Charles Staples (Clara), Sammy Staples (Annie), Minnie Stone, Carnell Staples, Carolyn Martin and Floyd Staples, all of Tupelo: 21 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren and four great-great-great-grandchildren: two nieces, Brenda Ali of Chicago and Mae McAllister of Pontotoc: one nephew, Jack Carmicheal of Tupelo: one sister-in-law, Annie Westmoreland of Chicago.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene W. Staples; his parents; one brother, Sammie Ewing Staples; and one grandson, Elzie Staples.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Tony Hollingsworth
VILLA RIDGE, Ill. – Tony S. Hollingsworth, 63, formerly of Pontotoc, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the Southeast Missouri Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was born Sept. 13, 1946, in Hattiesburg to John W. and Birdie J. Obannon Hollingsworth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Joey McKinnis officiating. Burial will follow in the Jernigan Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sisters, Louise Garrett of New Albany and Carolyn Jenkins of Pontotoc; his brother, Shannon Hollingsworth of Villa Ridge, Ill.; a half brother, Harold Williams of Guy, Ark.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Randy Vernon, Logan Raines, Andy Tidwell, Jimmy Garrett, Brandon Garrett and Austin Garrett.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at Browningpontotoc.com.

Mary J. Solomon
TUPELO – Mary J. Solomon, 72, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. A native of Genoa, Ohio, she was born March 16, 1937. She had lived the past 10 years in Tupelo. While living in Debary, Fla., she was a member of the VFW and the Eagles. Her family remembers her as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and a wonderful entertainer.
There will be no public service. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is assisting the family with arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Cheryl McKiernan of Belden; her son, Michael A. Solomon (Valerie) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Brian Corbitt (Christy) of Fort Drum, N.Y., Terry Lorenzen (Veronica) of Fort Hood, Texas, and Brandon Solomon of Tupelo; four great-grandchildren, Jazmine Corbitt, Dominic Corbitt, Alexia Lorenzen and Tristen Guiterez.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack A. Solomon, in 1974; and a grandson, James Solomon.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks, P.O. Box 1028, Verona MS 38879.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ed Benjamin
CORINTH – Ed Benjamin, 65, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hight Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Charles Leonard will officiate. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Benjamin; one daughter, Beth Ann Sanders; and two sons, Billy and Benji Benjamin.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
James Scribner
NETTLETON – James Elgar Scribner, 91, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 2, 1918, in Lee County to Walter and Isalene Ridings Scribner. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was a retired farmer and carpenter, and a member of Union Baptist Church. He was a private first class in the U.S. Army, serving in the European Theater during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart. He enjoyed repairing small engines and being with his dog, Sandy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Nettleton First Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Pounders and the Rev. Paul Sims officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Dianne Langley (Murl) of Nettleton; one son, James A. Scribner (Jenoise) of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Kristy Scruggs (Richard), Melinda Peters (Joe), David Scribner (Yvonne) and Ginger Green (Chris); eight great-grandchildren, Cody, Dylan, Brayden, Bella, Cory, Perrish, Kaylee and Madalynn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Finney Scribner; and his parents, seven sisters and eight brothers.
Pallbearers will be Chris Green, David Scribner, Richard Scruggs, Cody Dickerson, Dylan Scruggs, Brayden Scruggs, Cory Scribner and Joe Peters.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

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 two tours of duty during the Vietnam War. 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-in-law, 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. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Mary Jane Chandler
OXFORD – Mary Jane Chandler, 90, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
A private family service will be held today. Burial will follow in Forrest Hill Cemetery Midtown in Memphis. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to The Baddour Center, 3297 U.S. 51, Senatobia, MS 38668-2926.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.