Obituaries Feb. 18, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bro. Thomas Burchfield
NEW ALBANY – Bro. Thomas Owen “Tom” Burchfield Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 16, 2010, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, following a brief illness. He was born July 26, 1934, in Hurricane to Jack and Opal Burchfield. Bro. Tom was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, who cherished times spent with his wife and family most of all. He loved studying the word of God, attending Bible conferences, and spending time with his preacher friends. He was a successful businessman, working for 40 years as a drug wholesale salesman, and served as pastor of Rocky Branch Baptist Church in Bruce for 10 years. During his later life, Bro. Tom served as a supply minister throughout countless churches in the Mid-South.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church at Pinedale with Bro. Harvey Reeves, Bro. David Barnett and Bro. Ronnie Galloway officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.
He is survived by the love of his life for 56 years, Sue; a son, Thomas Owen Burchfield Jr. of Cookeville, Tenn.; three daughters, Leisa Ford (Terry) of Pinedale, Carol Cornelius of New Albany and Susan Burchfield of New Albany; two sisters, Jacklyn Pence of Pontotoc and Helen Richardson (Boyce) of Ecru; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church in Pinedale and until the service time on Friday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Wall of Grace Ministries, c/o Grace Baptist Church, 747 W. Magnolia, McKenzie, TN 38201, to aid ministers in need or to the American Cancer Society.

Charles Tiner
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charles Winfred Tiner, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. He was born July 2, 1933, in Pittsboro to Tom Gaines and Willie Ann Tiner. He was a retired tool and die maker and cattle farmer. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in Germany. He was a member of Oakville Lodge F&AM, a 32nd Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the Al Chymia Shriners. He was ordained a deacon at Westhaven Baptist Church in Memphis on Oct. 2, 1966. He was a member of Red Banks Baptist Church, a deacon and a member of the Board of Trustees. He had served as Sunday School director and teacher, and on various committees. His love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was evident to all who came in contact with him.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Red Banks Baptist Church. Bro. Jonathan Childress and Bro. Andy Skelton will officiate. Burial will be in Red Banks Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Cecelia McMinn Tiner; one son, Charles Wade Tiner of Collierville, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Daniel Tiner, Rachel Tiner and Blake Tiner; three sisters, Frances Shaw of Crowder, Tommie White (Horace) of Senatobia and Shirley Foster of Picayune; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Roland Tiner, Clifford Tiner and Jimmie Tiner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Betty Richardson
SOUTHAVEN – Betty E. Richardson, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at her residence in Southaven. She was born Dec. 15, 1932, to Emmitt Dukes and Ader Lee Green Dukes in Oktibbeha County. She lived most of her life in Monroe County and in Tennessee. She had lived the past six years in Southaven. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Ben Butler officiating. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. in Craig Springs Cemetery in Oktibbeha County.
Survivors include three daughters, Mary R. Walker and husband, Bob, of Memphis, Terry Gale Pace and husband, Terry, of Hamilton, and Sherrie Ann Roberts and husband, David, of Columbus; one son, Carry Nelson Richardson and wife, Sandra, of Columbus; two sisters, Ann Watson and husband, Finley, of Aberdeen, and Jeanette Frazier of Hamilton; one brother, Frankie Dukes of Biloxi; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Theryl Richardson; three brothers, Lee Dukes, Walter Dukes and Jack Dukes; and one sister, Nell Cooper.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and leave condolences on line at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Heather Ross
CORINTH – Heather Faith Ross, 15 months, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.

Virginia Lingelbach
MICHIE, Tenn. – Flora Virginia Robinson Lingelbach, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010 at the Savannah Health Care Rehab in Savannah, Tenn. She was born Oct. 9, 1918. She was a retired garment worker and homemaker. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Keith Driskell officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Community Cemetery in Shiloh, Tenn.
Survivors include two sons, Johnnie Eugene Lingelbach and wife, Diane, and Clayton Wendell Lingelbach and wife, Mattie, all of Michie, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Stephanie Lingelbach Lambert and husband, Marty, Lorie Lingelbach Webb and husband, Casey, Clayton Lingelbach and wife, Kimberly, and Stephen Lingelbach; seven great-grandchildren, Lillian Lorraine Webb, Jackson Clay Webb, Jim Casey Webb, Destiny BreeAnn Lingelbach, Alex Clay Lingelbach, Gillian Kendall Lingelbach and Jonathan Tyler Lambert; one brother, William David Robinson and wife, Rachel , of Tishomingo; one sister, Marilyn Evelyn Hampton and husband, C.D., of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Ellen Parsons of Iuka and Jackie Robinson of Huntsville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Henry “Clay” Lingelbach; her parents, L.E. and Birdie Leota Dexter Robinson; two brothers, Lawrence Elbert Robinson and Johnny Floyd Robinson; one sister, Birdie Lorene Robinson; her parents-in-law, John Lewis and Linner Lindsey Barnes Lingelbach; a sister-in-law, Ida Rhodes and husband, Ray; and a brother-in-law, Arlon Parsons.
Pallbearers will be Clayton Lingelbach, Stephen Lingelbach, Marty Lambert, Casey Webb, Alex Lingelbach and Jackson Webb.
Honorary pallbearers will be J. T. Lambert, Jim Webb and the deacons of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Jack T. Crowe
BOONEVILLE – Services for Jack T. Crowe, 84, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery in Booneville. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sue Anglin
TUPELO – Rubye Sue Anglin, 92, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Lee County native, she was born Feb. 13, 1918, to George Washington and Clara Christian Jones Easterling. She graduated from Sherman High School and then attended Grenada College, Delta State University and Mississippi State University, where she graduated with a degree in education. She taught high school math in Verona and Tupelo, as well as all over the country and overseas while her husband served in the Air Force. She was the widow of Lt. Col. Bill Anglin, who died Dec. 24, 2007. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Andy Ray and Rev. Jimmy Criddle officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her two sisters, Lavenia Moore and Marguerite Martin, both of Tupelo; her niece, Debbie McGehee of Belden; her nephews, Bob Moore of Colleyville, Texas, Jim Moore of Southlake, Texas, and Reese Martin of Smyrna, Ga.; one brother-in-law, Harvey Anglin of Tupelo; and one sister-in-law, Patricia Stanford of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by an infant son; her husband; and one brother, Leo Easterling.
Pallbearers will be Bob Moore, Jim Moore, Reese Martin, Curtis McGehee, Richard McGehee and Paul Anglin.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Helping Hands, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sue Pepper
COLUMBUS – Mary Susi “Sue” Higgins Pepper, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Windsor Place Nursing and Rehab in Columbus. She was born Aug. 10, 1921, in Fayetteville, Ala., to John Calvin Higgins and Ona Dovie Stockman Higgins. She was a retired homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Bo Farrior officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee.
Survivors include her husband, Granville Pepper of Columbus; her son-in-law, John Sexton of Lebanon, Ohio; her sisters-in-law, Faye Pepper of Mantee and Joan Pepper of Quitman; her niece, Lynn Pepper Shea of Mantee; her nephew, John Robert Pepper of Flowood.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughters, Shirlie Jean Sexton and Margaret Baswell; and her son, Jimmy Higgins.
Pallbearers will be Simpson Wofford, Glen Harden, Scott Harrington, Max Johnson, Larry Parker and Darold Neal.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhome.com.

Jay Simmons
PONTOTOC – Jessie “Jay” Simmons, 65, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Emma O’Neal
TUPELO – Emma Jean Ezell O’Neal, 57, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 28, 1952, to Henry and Delcie Ezell in Tupelo. She was a member of Living Word Praise Sanctuary. She attended Belden High School. She was a longtime employee of One Hour Martinizing. She loved her family and friends, and adored her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Red Hill M.B. Church in Sherman with Pastor Tony Hereford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Delcie Ezell; two children, Allen (Twyla) Ezell and Okeyche Wilson; three brothers, Henry (Janice) Ezell Jr., Clifford (Vera) Ezell and Teddy (Barbara) Ezell; three sisters, Tracey (James) Long, Beatrice (Rickey) Agnew and Sandra Conner; special friends, Aaron Dawkins and Patricia Kolheim; six grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
She preceded in death by her father, Henry Ezell Sr. ; and her grandparents, Elmo Ezell, Ida Mae Standifer, Jeffery Lee Guyton and Emma Guyton.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Ezell, Travonta Ezell, Rickey Ezell, Lamont Ezell, Latarus Agnew and Quincy Berry.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the Eck & Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the N.L. Jones Funeral Home in Tupelo. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign the guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Bob Culpepper
OKOLONA – Robert Cleo “Bob” Culpepper, 81, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Pontotoc County on April 24, 1928, to James David Culpepper II and Beulah Bell Aston Culpepper. He was a resident of Okolona for the past 44 years and a member of Pierce Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. He had attended First Methodist Church in Okolona since 1975, where he took an active part. He worked for Curtis Candy Company and drove one of their trucks. He retired after 25 years with Futorian as a security guard. Cooking was one of his favorite pastimes and he was often asked to help cook for special events with large gatherings. An avid conversationalist and great storyteller, he loved his family and friends, and reading, especially westerns and old American poems. He wanted to be known as a peacemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Methodist Church in Okolona with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Holland Funeral Directors-Okolona Chapel.
Survivors include his son, Robert E. Culpepper (Carol) of Okolona; three daughters, Jenny Tacker (Bill) of Smithville, Felecia Higgins (Tommy) of Amory and Donna King (Albert) of Amory; eight grandchildren, Angie Harmon, Carrie Moffett (Bryan), Suzanne Tacker, Bubba Tacker (Candy), Adam Higgins, Elizabeth Higgins, Zak King and Eli King; 10 great-grandchildren, John Robert, Lexi, Billie Claire, Mary Sue, Sam, Clay, Dustin, Devin, Dyllan and Katie Jane; sisters, Ruby Gregory of Smithville and Elsie Gregory of Pontotoc; very special friend, Billy Busby; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly “Pretty Lady” Culpepper, in 2007; his parents; three brothers, James, Milton and Bill; and sisters, Mary Collins and Earline Russell.

Robert Pulliam
BUENA VISTA – Robert Lee Pulliam, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia M.B. Church in Houston. Burial will be in Gibbs Cemetery in Houston. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday.
To sign the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Marsha Grisham
BOONEVILLE – Marsha Jane Thornton Grisham, 51, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Jumpertown Methodist Church with Bro. Jason Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 until 8 p.m. today.
Bill Spigner
TUPELO – Billy Dean “Bill” Spigner ,76, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born in Itawamba County on Jan. 19, 1934, to Elmer Homer Spigner and Girdean Boren Spigner. He was a graduate of Itawamba High School, where he was an All State Guard on the basketball team which won the state championship in 1951. He was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi in 1956. He began his coaching career and taught chemistry in Brooksville. He later taught chemistry and primarily coached football and basketball at Aberdeen and at IAHS in Fulton. He was head football coach, but he also coached basketball and baseball. Many of the plays he designed are being used by football coaches presently. A hunting accident in 1963 cost him his eyesight, but not his love for sports. He returned to the University of Alabama where he received his Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation. In 1968 he moved to Tupelo where he established Services for the Blind with the Regional Rehab Center. He retired as an instructor at ICC in 1995 after many years, and in 1996 began work with the U.S. Department of Labor finding jobs for older workers. He won numerous awards but the two he was most proud of were the ICC Alumni of the Year and Rehabilitation Worker of the Year awards. He was instrumental in making positive changes in many peoples lives.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Dr. Rick Brooks and Bro. Dempsey Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery. Visitation will be noon until service time Friday. Holland Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Sue Cornelius Spigner of Tupelo; one daughter, Cherie Ann Judd (Patrick) of Pensacola, Fla.; his mother, Girdean Spigner of Tupelo; an aunt, Vernell Pitts of Ozark community; a special friend, Jimmy Voyles; and several special cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer Homer Spigner.
Honorary pallbearers will be his former football, basketball and baseball players.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the Athletic Memorial Scholarship Fund at Itawamba Community College in Fulton in loving memory of Bill Spigner, 602 West Hills, Fulton, MS 38843.

Eunice Kennedy
SMITHVILLE – Eunice Kennedy, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at The Windsor Place in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Smithville.
Erma L. Pope
TUPELO – Erma Lee Pope, 101, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Sherman native, she was born Feb. 12, 1909, to Samuel Presley and Willie McCarty Caldwell. She was retired from Joyner Fields in Sherman. She was an active member of Sherman Baptist Church for over 88 years and the oldest member of her church. She enjoyed gardening, quilting and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Ted Burcham and Rev. Steve Cohea officiating. Burial will be in Sherman Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Julia Gilfert (David) of Saltillo and Marilyn King (Billy) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Melissa Greer (Kenneth), Sherry Young (Don), David Gilfert (Cindy), Tammy McMullan, Carey McMullan (Greta), Mark King (India) and Chris King (Christy); 11 great-grandchildren, Corey Treadaway (Kristen), Taylor and Charlie Greer, Morgan, Adam and Leah Young, Hannah Brasher (Justin), Carsen Koch, Grace McMullan, and Hyder and Johnathon King; three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Esca C. Pope; her parents; four sisters, Valera Caldwell, Lucille Caldwell, Pansy Caldwell and Lillian Crump; and one brother, Milton Caldwell.
Pallbearers will be Carey McMullan, Corey Treadaway, Don Young and Kenneth Greer.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sherman Baptist Church, P.O. Box 406, Sherman MS 38869.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sue Coats
RANDOLPH – Alma Sue Coats, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, in Pontotoc. She was a member of the Judah Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a beloved wife and mother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Judah Church of the Lord Jesus with the Rev. Danny Washington officiating. Burial will be in the Judah Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Malcolm Coats of Randolph; four sons, Donnie Coats of Robbs, Dewayne Coats of Ecru, Kelvin Hamilton of Caledonia and Brad Coats of Florida; six daughters, Cathy Betts of Randolph, Cindy Gryder of Randolph, Rebecca Mooneyham of Randolph, Orethia Ward of Bethlehem, Tammy Dugan of Springville and Pam Weeden of Ingomar; four brothers, Kenneth Stone, Charles Stone, David Stone and Billy Stones; five sisters, Francis Turner, Virginia Murphree, Barbara Bardwell, Vicki Darnell and Reda McFarlane; 35 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Therria Stone; three sisters, Jean Starks, Mildred Hamilton and Brenda Barnett; two sons, James Coats and Gary Coats; one grandson, Timmy Coats; and two great-grandchildren, Caitlin and Chloe Criddle.
Pallbearers will be Don Coats, Brandon Coats, Daniel Coats, Mikey Watson, Paul Watson, Andrew Watson, Matthew Mooneyham, Gary Mooneyham, Clayton Mooneyham and Quay Criddle.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.