By NEMS Daily Journal
SMITHVILLE – Eunice Towery Kennedy, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the Windsor Place in Columbus. Born Jan. 29, 1915, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of the late Bruce and Mary Sullivan Towery. She married Aura Kennedy; he died in 1998. She was a graduate of Smithville High School. She worked for Master Trousers in Amory and she retired from Monroe Trousers in Smithville. She was an avid animal lover and she enjoyed reading, working puzzles, yard work, and competitive walking which she started at age 70, having won over 100 gold medals and trophies with her last competitive walk being at the 2009 Mississippi Senior Olympics.
Services will be 10:30 a.m. today, Feb. 19, 2010, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Smithville with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Kennedy of Columbus and Dudley Bryan Kennedy Sr. (Janette) of Bolivar, Tenn.; one daughter, Bettie Devine Kennedy of Destin, Fla.; three grandchildren, Dudley Bryan Kennedy Jr., Cynthia Lane Kennedy and Marlin Flurry; and five great-grandchildren, Brian Kennedy, Daniel Kennedy, Amanda Kennedy, Adam Flurry and Shelby Flurry.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Dallas, Truman, Leslie and Laymon Towery; three sisters, Manila Coker, Madra Plunkett and Sybil Humphries; and a special friend, Chuck Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Dudley Bryan Kennedy Jr., Marlin Flurry, Brian Kennedy, Kenneth Towery, Frank Grice and Bobby Russell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry McGath, Ray Gildea III and Bobby Caldwell.
Visitation will be 9:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Thanks to the physicians, employees and other healthcare workers of Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center, Riverplace Nursing Center, Baptist Hospital-GT, Windsor Place and Smithville Medical Clinic.
Dale Baker Doherty
TUPELO – Dale Baker Doherty, formerly Margaret Dale Baker of Tupelo, died early Saturday morning, Feb. 13, 2010. She was 92.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Paul Stephens officiating. Interment will be in the Verona Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, George of Merida, Mexico, Nicholas of Ashland, Ore., and Raymond of New York City, as well as sister, Jean Butler of Jackson; grandchildren, Liam and Lilla Dale; and close cousins, Jack Reed and Frances Joyner of Tupelo.
Dale graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in 1939, where she studied ballet. In 1937 she and a classmate were featured in National Geographic posed lying among flower blossoms “artfully arranged by their dance teacher in a living mural.” The photo was featured again in the “Archives” section of the October 1998 issue. “We were sheltered girls,” Dale told the editor. “Although I have to say, I thought it was pretty silly to have us lying on the ground like that.”
After graduating she moved to Washington D.C., where she taught ballet at Arlington Hall and served as a secretary to Sen. Harry S. Truman.
She married George P. Doherty in 1942, then serving as an official at the War Production Board. They moved to Buenos Aries, where he was responsible for securing strategic war materials in an effort to keep them out of German hands. At the end of the war they moved to New York City, where Dale worked for the OSS as part of a secret operation tracking escaping Nazi officials.
In 1946 they moved to Oregon where Dale assisted her husband in an attempt to commercially produce the first frozen vegetables in history. She drove the harvester truck.
After raising her children in Highland Park, Ill., she lived for many years in Chevy Chase, Md., and in 2002 moved back to Tupelo, where she lived with her sister Grace Baker Dirlam, who passed away in 2008.
Her friends and family remember Dale for her charm, beauty and wit, and for her gracious contentment in her later years. She never ceased ensuring her children got a hot meal by hosting at least one of them every day for lunch or dinner at the AvonLea retirement community.
As Harry Truman wrote to his wife Bess, “Our girl Dale Baker announced her engagement to the office force this morning and you never heard so much ooh-ing and ah-ing and chattering in your life. She said she was getting the nicest man in the world and I told her that’s what she ought to think, but I was of the opinion he’d gotten the best of the bargain.”
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com or email@example.com.
CORNERSVILLE – Robert A. Rhea, 63, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Cornersville Cemetery.
Pastor Michael Holland
SALTILLO – Pastor Michael R. Holland, 55, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born June 25, 1954, in Memphis to Ora Lee and Louis Benjamin Holland Sr. He was a graduate of Carver High School in Memphis. He attended Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash.; Oakwood University for a bachelor of arts degree in Theology; and Mississippi State University for a master’s degree in counseling. He was pastor with the South Central Conference of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and was the current pastor of Maranatha Seventh-Day Church in Tupelo and the West Amory Seventh Day Adventist in Amory. He was passionate and dedicated to serving God’s people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Longview Heights Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Memphis. Elder Dana Edmonds will officiate. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Reese-Holland of Saltillo; two daughters Ashley Holland of Keene, Texas, and Amber Holland of Memphis; one son, Michael Holland II of Saltillo; one grandson, Kaydan Holland; two sisters, Michele Tunstall (Earnest) and Beverly Stanton; two brothers, Stanley Holland and Rodney Holland; a cousin raised as a brother, Keith Holland( Rhonda); his mother-in-law, Florence Reese.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church.
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 was a member of the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. 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. today 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 today. Holland Funeral Directors is 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.
HORN LAKE – Charles Edward Isabell, 60, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2010, in Tunica County. He was formerly of Milwaukee. He worked as a service tech with Ameritech until his retirement in 2003.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Second Baptist Church in Houlka. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Isabell of Horn Lake; his mother, Carrie Isabell of Pontotoc; three daughters, Tiffany Leaphart of Hampton, Ga., Cortney Isabell of McDougah, Ga., and BreAnne Horton of Milwaukee; one son, Victor Dunlap of Milwaukee; three sisters, Dorothy Tatum and Colette McClinton of Helena, Ark., and Brenda Turner of Houlka; two brothers, Robert Isabell of Pearl and R.C. Isabell of Norcross, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
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. He was a Mason and a member of Prairie Lodge 87, where he was a past Master. 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.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of Prairie Lodge 87 and the Men’s Fellowship of the United Methodist Church of Okolona.
Memorials may be made to Prairie Lodge 87, c/o Kenneth McVay, P.O. Box 184, Okolona, MS 38860.
OXFORD – Parker William Mahew, infant, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Saturday in the chapel at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Memorials may be made to Tribute Program, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
AMORY – Aline Bailey, 85, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in Amory. Born June 6, 1924, she was the daughter of Will and Jannie “Aunt Jane” Davis. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She attended school at M.C.T.S. in Amory. She was an employee of The Peoples Drug Company of Amory until her health failed and she became disable. She was a homemaker for her three children. She enjoyed fishing and talking to relatives and friends.
Services will be at noon on Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Johniel Henry Jr. officiating. Burial will in the Masonic Cemetery of Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Robert Jr. Pack of Starkville; one daughter, Louise “Davis” White of St. Louis, Mo.; one brother, Louis “Lightning” (PattLynn) Davis of Chicago; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Billy Wayne “Football” Blair.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.
BOONEVILLE – Marsha Jane Thornton Grisham, 51, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 26, 1958, in Booneville. She earned her LPN degree at Northeast Mississippi Community College and spent her entire working life as a nurse. She was a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church and the Urology Nurses Association. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, flowers, her nursing career and most of all, her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Jumpertown Methodist Church with Bro. Jason Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff Grisham; three sons, Jered Grisham (Jeanette) of Booneville, Chris Grisham (Andrea) of Fredericksburg, Va., and Nick Grisham of the home; her father, Prentiss Dean “P.D.” Thornton; a sister, Vicki Cole (Richard) of Booneville; three granddaughters, Enjalique Destiny “Baby Girl” Grisham, Courteney Madison Grisham and Emmalynn Taylor Grisham; a grandson, Damien Lucian Grisham; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bob and Ruth Grisham; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Grisham and Ann Ryan (Mitch), all of Booneville; two brothers-in-law, Sam Grisham (Karen) and Bob Grant Grisham, all of Booneville; nieces and nephews, Alicia Green (Bo), Cody Grisham, Tyler Ryan, Jordan Ryan, Samantha Grisham, Darbi Grisham and Garrett Green.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Bertha Bea Bennett Thornton; her grandparents, Lee and Fannie Katherine Bennett, Noonan and Amy Belle Thornton, and Granville and Vida English.
Pallbearers are Cody Grisham, Dean English, Sam Grisham, Richard Cole, Tyler Ryan, Mitch Ryan, Bo Green, Jordan Ryan, Bob Grant Grisham and Ryan Hargett.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the medical community and members of the Tuesday Night Bible Study Group.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to the Martha Grisham Nursing Scholarship Fund, Northeast Mississippi Community College Development Foundation, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, MS 38829.
Elam H. Davis
IUKA – Elam H. Davis, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a member of Harmony United Methodist Church and the Methodist Men’s Club. He was a master gardener and loved farming and carpentry. He enjoyed gospel music and attending all day singings, and playing Rook and dominoes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Harmony United Methodist Church with Bro. Del Blackman officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Harwell (Sammie) of Cherokee, Ala., and Elaine Wynn of Iuka; one brother, Emmitt Davis of Colorado; one sister, Dorothy Hayes of Iuka; one sister-in-law, Imogene Davis of Iuka; a special niece, Sara Hayes of Iuka; two grandchildren, Michael Harwell and Michele Pounders (Yancy).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Davis; his parents, Finch and Nellie Davis; one daughter, Thalia Olivia Davis; one son, Elam Howard Davis Jr.; a son-in-law, Lowell Wynn; and two brothers, Elmer and Dick Davis.
Pallbearers will be Michael Harwell, Yancy Pounders, Thomas D. Hayes, Marty Davis, Jimmy Whitfield and Davis Willis. Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Brown and Bob Crume.
Memorials may be made to Harmony United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund or Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home Christmas Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
WALNUT – Audrey Lee Waldrop, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. She was born April 26, 1927, to Oscar Lee Wammack and Pearlie Bell Hopkins Wammack. She was a member of Assembly of God Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Paseur and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Alcorn County.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Clarence C. Waldrop of Walnut; three sons, Jerry Wayne Waldrop (Phyllis) of Lamar, Grady C. Waldrop (Deborah) of Ashland and Russell L. Waldrop (Lola) of Tiplersville; one sister, Ida Bell Roberson of Ashland; one brother, Lucion Wammack (Doris) of Bartlett, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Palmer Wammack and Luther Wammack.
Pallbearers will be Josh Waldrop, Ethan Waldrop, Kyle Waldrop, Wendell Waldrop, Johnny Box and Shaun Waldrop. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Waldrop, Jim Wilbanks, Caleb Stanley, Josh Stanley and Dustin Jackson.
To view obituaries on-line and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
VERONA – Lillie Mae Groner Trump, 91, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. She was born in Lafayette County on Oct. 13, 1918, to Selma Magnus and Lula Blanche Johnson Groner. She lived in Oklahoma and Ohio for several years and was a resident of Lee County for the past 35 years. She worked in the medical field for many years as an LPN and worked in the hospitality industry. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Batesville.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jordan Davis officiating. Burial will be in Verona City Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today.
Survivors include one son, Terry Free of Oklahoma; two brothers, Ira Price Groner of Batesville and William S. Groner of Oxford; one sister Mildred Mckinny of Verona; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, J.P. Free; and three sisters, Jewel Grace Delisio, Lucille Goodwin and Ruth Still.
NETTLETON – Cornell White, 61, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, in Okolona. He was born Feb. 22, 1948, in Memphis to John Pettigrew and Florene Hill. He received his education in the Monroe County School System. He was a member of Chapel Grove East M.B. Church. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Chapel Grove East M.B. Church with the Rev. Robert Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Florine Hill of Nettleton; two daughters, Shemicia Keita and Flecia Know of Chicago; three sisters, Sheral White of Southfield, Mich., Jeannie Hill of Hampton, Ga., and Joyce McDowell of Detroit, Mich.; five brothers, Doyle Hill, Earl Hill, Wendell Hill, all of Detroit, Darrell Hill of Lansing, Mich., and Sheldon Hill of Hampton, Ga.; three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Jessie “Jay” Simmons, 65, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Tallahatchie County to Silas and Ruby Simmons. He was a heavy equipment operator, loyal to his customers and friends. He love spending time with his family. A little man with a big heart, he was loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Laron Self and Bro. Tim Williams officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Union Cemetery at Tillatoba.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Reggie Free Simmons; his children, Debbie Williams (Thomas Sappington), Diane Carroll (Bobbie), Keith and Dawn Williams, Wally and Donna Witt, Angel Williams and Billy Joe Staten; grandchildren, Jessica Woolfolk, Jason, Kelly, Jacob and Kari Williams, Chasity Carroll, Lydia Witt, Chance Witt, Lanell Roberson, Daniel and Regina Scott; five great-grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Geneva Free of Houston; 10 brothers and sisters, Ollie Dogan, Ellen Mitchell, Hazel Harris, Linda Jones, Betty Osborne, Patricia Lindley, Gail Williams, and James, Robert and Wayne Simmons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lloyd Simmons; and his first wife, Linda Dean Simmons.
Pallbearers will be Wally Witt, Chance Witt, Jason Williams, Jacob Williams, Daniel Scott and Cody Woolfolk. Joe Steele will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
ASHLAND – William Thomas Gresham, 90, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at his home in Ashland. He was born May 19, 1919, in Ashland. He was a lifelong member of Ashland Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a Sunday School teacher. He was a farmer and a veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ashland Baptist Church with Bro. Randy Crews and Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Larry Gresham (Teresa) of Ashland; two daughters, Diane Taylor and Sondra Wilburn (Randy), both of Ashland; three brothers, Melvin Gresham of Ashland, S.B. Gresham of Holly Springs and Edward Gresham of Memphis; two sisters, Rosa Pierce and Dorothy Bishop, both of Memphis; seven grandchildren, Rochelle Wilbanks, Holly Robertson, Debbye Turner Olivia Weeks, Amanda Wilburn, Andrew Wilburn and Alicia Wilburn; 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Twyla A. Gresham, and his parents, Marvin Gresham Sr. and Elizabeth Johnson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Ashland Baptist Church.
OXFORD – Carl Gordon Gregory, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. A veteran of the United States Air Force, he was a sergeant during the Korean War. After 45 years, he retired from Kroger, where he was head grocery clerk. He attended North Lamar Oxford Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday.
Survivors include his wife, Juanice Mitchell Gregory of Oxford; one daughter, Gail Mardis and her husband, Edward, of Oxford; three sons, Carson Gregory and his wife, Vicki, of Memphis, Clark Gregory of Como and Carlton Gregory of Oxford; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh Cemetery Fund, 31 CR 429, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Gregory’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
Visit the website, www.wallerfuneralhome.com, for online condolences and guest registry.
BOONEVILLE – Sarah Marjorie Waters, 91, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the Landmark Community in Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in the Carpenter-Oakley-Waters Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
VINA, Ala. – Orvil Strickland, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at New Union Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery in Vina. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 2 p.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Lila Mae Blaker Johnson, 88, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her home in Somerville, Tenn. She was born in Lafayette County. She was a member of Anchor Baptist Church and a retired employee of Holly Carburetor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Shipp Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy “Dot” Atkinson of Oxford and Carol Hazel and her husband, Jack, of Somerville, Tenn.; one son, Harold Johnson and his wife, Christy, of Southaven; 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Darence Herman Johnson Sr., and a son, Darence Herman Johnson Jr.
Memorials may be made to Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association, c/o Jo Ann O’Quinn, 1406 Johnson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
ABBEVILLE – Robert Lee Braziel, 45, died Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, at his residence in Abbeville. He was a member of Smith Chapel CME Church and a mechanic. He loved to fish, cook and work on cars.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith Chapel CME Church. The Rev. Michael Paul James will officiate. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge.
He is survived by his mother, Jessie Doris Braziel of Abbeville; one sister, Loretta (William) Sims of Oxford; three brothers, Jerome (Maxcine) Woods of Abbeville, Tommy (Rhonda) Braziel of Las Vegas, Nev., and Joe (Christine) Braziel of Minneapolis, Minn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Willie H. Braziel.
WEST POINT – Charlene Young-Coggins, 50, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fountain Head Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in Third Union Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MEMPHIS – Linda Ketchum, 63, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Community Hospice.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
CORINTH – E.J. Merryman died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at Community Hospice.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Tippah Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time Saturday.
WOODLAND – Garth Floyd Crumby, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 17, 1921, in Hohenlinden to Homer Floyd Crumby and Fannie Iva Wofford Crumby. He was a graduate of Cumberland High School and a 1948 graduate of Mississippi State University. He received his master’s degree in agriculture economics from MSU in 1955. He was a retired educator and farmer. He was a member of Mantee Baptist Church, and a Sunday School teacher and deacon for 30 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European Theater and earning the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge. He was a loving husband of 67 years and a dedicated father.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mantee Baptist Church with the Rev. Bo Farrior and the Rev. Bill Baker officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Margie Ballard Crumby of Woodland; his son, Garth William Crumby of Baton Rouge, La.; his daughters, Margie (Rick) Largent of Jackson, Mary Garth (Ricky) Moore of Woodland and Fran (David) Barrentine of Madison; his grandchildren, Aimee Daigle, Katy Nance, Mimi Kimball, Mary Purvis, Melanie Burrow, Brad Hayden, Courtney Harris, Michael Barrentine, and Jenny Barrentine; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, James Lee Crumby; his sister, FaHoma Horn; and his brother, Tom Ira Crumby.
Pallbearers will be Charles Daigle, Fred Nance, Jay Kimball, Alex Purvis, Jamey Burrow, Brad Hayden, Brad Harris, Michael Barrentine and Steve Armstrong.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Ruby Ella Lucken Talley, 87, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010, at Select Specialty Hospital/St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Memorial services for Roger Tennison will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory.
AMORY – Peggy Markham, 62, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 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.
BRIDGE CITY, Texas – Connie Nichols Taylor, 48, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home of Houston.
Henry Stephens Jr.
RIPLEY – Henry G. Stephens Jr. died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
PONTOTOC – Leeta “Pauline” Welch, 95, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Oak Hill Baptist Church and retired from Joyner Fields in Sherman. She enjoyed spending time with her family, caring for her granddaughter and working with her flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Rick Parks officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Christy Chapman (Andy) of Endville; a sister, Audrey Reeder (Noel) of Pontotoc; one granddaughter, Nicole Landrum; a great-granddaughter, Kendall Landrum of Endville; two stepgrandchildren, Kaye Stults (Kevin) of Florida and Kim Harbor of Palmetto; four stepgreat-grandchildren, two stepgreat-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by parents, F.E. Pitts Sr. and Fannie McCord Pitts; her husband, James Clyde Welch; a sister, Lola Wages; and two brothers, F.E. Pitts Jr. and Grover Hugh Pitts.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Pitts, Earnest Wilder, Jerry Austin, Martin Ball, Mickey Baker and Michael Harkness.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
Rebie B. Pickens
TUPELO – Rebie B. Pickens, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L.Jones Funeral Directors.
NEW ALBANY – Janie Lou Mayo Malone, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 2, 1935, to Robert and Janie Ethel Baldwin in Hickory Flat.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Charles Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, James Ray Hefner of Booneville, Cynthia Kay Frayser of Potts Camp, William James Mayo and Robert Lee Mayo of New Albany and Kenneth Wayne Mayo of Dumas; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Willie A. Biggs
HOULKA – Willie A. Biggs died Monday, Feb. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Outreach Church of God in Christ. Burial will be in East Chickasaw Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
RICHMOND – Edna Earline Cooper, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her home after a long illness. 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.
MT. PLEASANT – Oscar Isom, 49, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Baptist Hospital in Collierville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.