Obituaries Feb. 23, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mary Ann Broadway
TUPELO – Mary Ann Hester Broadway died suddenly Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at her residence in Tupelo, just 24 days after the death of her husband of 40 years, Howard Broadway. Mrs. Broadway was born in Lee County on July 7, 1935, the second of three children of the late Gene and Gladys Owings Hester. She graduated from Amory High School in l954. She was a devoted, loving wife and a wonderful mother, grandmother and sister. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Verona and a born again Christian. Mary Ann was a managing business partner with her husband, Howard, owning Broadway Plumbing Co. & Broadway Rentals for 40 years. She loved college and NFL football games and loved life, never met a stranger and constantly surprised family and friends with her large, jovial and sassy personality. A pampered lady who loved diamonds, oatmeal and dry toast, Mary Ann also enjoyed travel and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. David Hamilton officiating and Bro. Randy Wood leading the music. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.
She leaves behind two devoted daughters: Phyllis Robinson (Jerry) and Ginger Renick (Jimmy), all of Tupelo. Her grandsons: Ike Gable (Deanna) of Guntown and Seth Renick of Tupelo. Three great-grandchildren: Jacob Issac Gable, Davis Claire Gable and Anna Meryn Gable. A sister: Edith Hester Miles (Billy) of Verona. Several nieces, nephews and cousins, and her longtime friend and housekeeper of 35 years, Mamma Jettie Rupert. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Howard, on Jan. 28, 2010; and a sister, Peggy Hester Knight, on March 6, 2003.
Pallbearers include Ken Miles, Van Miles, Dwight Christian, Roger Christian, Parker Owings and Roger Rupert.
Honorary pallbearer is Gary Ralson (man servant).

Chuck Ballard
EUPORA – Charles Thomas “Chuck” Ballard, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Eupora with Rev. Trey Harper and Rev. Larry Creel officiating. Burial followed in Reed’s Chapel Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation was held Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora.
Pallbearers were Clayton Allen, Steve Clark, Boyd Edwards, Danny Hodge, Pat Hyde, Larry Long, Mike McCully, Shawn Snellings, Butch Tindall, Clint Tindall, Jerry Tindall, Robert Tindall and Ruben Walker. John Deere employees served as honorary pallbearers.
Mr. Ballard was born Sept. 29, 1940, in rural Montgomery County. He attended Poplar Creek Nations School and Kilmichael High School. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Eupora.
The majority of his career was spent as a John Deere salesman for Pryor Implement Company and Grenada Equipment. He loved his career and cherished the relationship he had with his co-workers and clients.
Most important to Mr. Ballard was his faith, his family and his friends. In the small town of Eupora he developed lifelong friends with whom he shared joy, sadness and lots of laughs. And these friends became his rock of support during his recent illness. Wherever Mr. Ballard went, there was laughter. He was always joyful, and could find a way to make people laugh in any situation. The comment heard most often since his death is “We lost a hood one.” Indeed he was one of the “good ones,” and our loss is heaven’s reward.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Rushing Ballard of Eupora; daughter, Rhonda Ballard Boles and her husband, Russell, of Madison; grandchildren, Langston Ballard Boles and Camille Russell Boles of Madison; sister, Margie Chesteen and her husband, William, of Kilmichael, and sister, Jo DeShazier and husband, Stanley, of Grenada, and many nieces and nephews whom he adored.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Wesley and Jimmie Ballard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Eupora, Miss., or Reed’s Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora was in charge of arrangements.

Gilbert Luster
CORINTH – Gilbert Luster, 71, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Johnny Wilson
HOUSTON – John Andrew “Johnny” Wilson, 74, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at The Arrington Personal Care Home in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
Mary A. Elmer
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Mary A. Elmer, 79, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Manor Care in Cedar Rapids after a long illness. She was born on March 9, 1930, in Tupelo to Samuel and Mary Hussey Oxner. She married Edgar L. Elmer on Feb. 23, 1952, in Cedar Rapids. He died in 1991. She was a homemaker, and a member of the First Church of the Nazarene and the Women’s Auxiliary of the VFW. She was an avid Hawkeye and Chicago Cubs fan. She was a very caring person, always willing to help anyone. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
The body was donated to the University of Iowa for medical research. A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Church of the Nazarene. The Rev. Tim Carter will officiate. Cedar Memorial Park Funeral Home of Cedar Rapids is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Don (Donna) Thomas of Cedar Rapids and Anthony Elmer of Deptford, N.J.; and one daughter, Sandra (Ronny) Vann of Van Nyes, Calif.; one sister, Mildred Donald, and two brothers, James Sonny Oxner and Clarence Oxner, all of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Kendra, Jenna, Samantha, Natalie and Samantha.
She was preceded in death by her husband; one brother, Edward Oxner; two sisters, Della Lois Nanny and Louise Fowler; and two grandchildren, Christian and Dylan.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time Saturday.
Memorial donations may be given to Hospice Compassus.
Online condolences may be left at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

Helen Patton
SHANNON – Helen Louise West Patton, 74, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born April 6, 1935, in Smithville, Ark., she was the daughter of Eddie Lee and Ethel Mae Ratliff Davis. She lived in the Furrs community for 20 years and in Shannon the past two years. She was a member of the New Vision Worship Center Church of God and she was retired from 5 G’s in Verona. She enjoyed fishing and playing bingo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Jessie Strider and Bro. Matt Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Wren Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Harvey Mitchell West and Kenneth Manuel West, both of Nettleton, and Keith Daniel West of Shannon; six daughters, Sherry White of Sulligent, Janie Ann Merrell of Shannon, Mary Kaye Catt of New Albany, Deborah Louise Young of Nettleton, Brenda Lee Holloway of Shannon and Tamera Mae Allen of Amory; two stepdaughters, Joyce Lossie and Nora Duke, both of Ponum, Okla.; one brother, James Edward Davis of Farmington, Mo.; four sisters, Jessie West of Festus, Mo., Marvone Spratt of Wappapella, Mo., Janet Kelly of Gerald, Mo., and Karen Williams of Donifan, Mo.; 34 grandchildren and 52 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Harvey West and Bobby Allen Patton; one daughter, Linda Faye Haywood; a sister, Dora Mae Sisco; a brother, Eddie Dale Davis; a son-in-law, Billy Holloway; and infant children, Darren, Duane, Rebecca and Bonnie.
Pallbearers will be Danny Leach, Kenneth White, Bobby Allred, George Oliver, Martin Allen, John Michael Perkins, David Bush and Stanley House. Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Whitt and David Pickle.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Bettye Bates
SHERMAN – Bettye Mabry Bates, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at her home in Sherman after an extended illness. She was born April 20, 1935, in Baldwyn. She grew up in Belden, where she graduated valedictorian of the Class of 1953, and was a member of the Grand Slam Team of 1953. She married Clilon L. Bates on Feb. 12, 1955, and moved to Sherman. She worked in the clothing and furniture industry. She was a member of the Sherman Baptist Church. She enjoyed watching sports with her grandson, Zach.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Scott Cockrell officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Jacque Buzzard (Chris) of Gardiner, Maine, and Christie Gory (John) of Sherman; one son, David Bates of Tennessee; a special grandson, Zach Gory of Sherman; one sister, Helen Cook (Murray) of Baldwyn; and one brother, Michael Carrithers of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clilon Bates; and her parents, Pete and Mary Lou Carrithers.
Pallbearers will be Todd Bates, Terry Bates, Toby Bates, Phil Bates, Harold Cleveland, Mike Lester, Greg Hughes, Terry Jolly and Reggie Jolly.

Joe Wigton
AMORY – Joe T. Wigton, 74, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Monroe Isgett Sr.
FLORENCE, S.C. – Monroe Wilson Isgett Sr., 91, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, in a local health care facility after an illness. He was born on June 20, 1918, in Darlington, S.C., a son of James Ira and Rebecca Beulah Bland Isgett. He was married to Williadean Flowers Isgett. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Mars Bluff community of Florence.
He is survived by his daughter, Janet (Buddy) Hewitt of Florence, S.C., and their children, Wade Turner, Tammy Turner (C.B.) Derrick and Tracie Hill Turner, all of Florence, S.C., Terry Hewitt (Rick) Felder of Fayetteville, N.C. and Michael (Michelle Rozier) Hewitt of Charleston, S.C.; a son, Monroe (Dolly Torrance) Isgett Jr. of Saltillo and his children, Scott (Enza Dattolo) Isgett of Rockaway, N.J., Shawna (Tom) Hensell of Elkhart, Ind., Kelly Isgett, Elizabeth Isgett and Shane Isgett, all of Gulfport; a son, Billy (Debbie Matthews) Isgett of Florence, S.C., and their children, Matt Isgett of Statesboro, Ga., Tyler Isgett of Atlanta, Ga. and Chandler Isgett of Florence, S.C.; great-grandchildren, Brad (Whitney Buffkin) Turner, Amanda Reed (Gavin) Stokes, Lindsey Reed, Zachary Hill, Courtney Hill (Matt) Baxley, Chelsea Hill, all of Florence, S.C., Justin Turner of Summerton, S.C., Joshua Deering and Victor Felder of Fayetteville, N.C., Courtney and Paul Isgett of Rockaway, N.J., Mason Hartfield, Sandy Isgett and Jay Cee Koi Perez, all of Gulfport and Karissa Aitken and Samuel Hensell of Elkhart, Ind.; and great-great-grandchildren, Brayden Baxley, Liam Stokes and Eli Turner, all of Florence, S.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; brothers, Arthur, Ernest, Watson, Lonnie and Ellis Isgett; and sisters, Mabel Isgett Kelly Dennis, Florence Atkinson and Pearl Isgett.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 16-4 Brozzini Court, Greenville, SC 29615 or to the Florence Area Humane Society Shelter, 1007 Stockade Road, Florence, SC 29506.

Elsie Dilworth
IUKA – Elsie Faye Dilworth died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at the Tishomingo Hospital after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.
Jewell Wyatt
BIG CREEK – Jewell Lacy Wyatt, 96, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born April 26, 1913, in Big Creek. He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and chairman of the usher committee for more than 50 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served 3 1/2 years in the South Pacific with a radar unit, of which he was the only member from the South.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Billy Wells officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery at Big Creek.
Survivors include one son, John Lacy Wyatt of Big Creek.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Jessie Belle Willis Wyatt; his parents, John L. Wyatt and Mary Addie Burke Wyatt; three sisters, Alice Riley, Madie Newlin and Jimmie Sowell; and six brothers, Willis, Hervey, Hubert, Frank, Cecil and Robert Wyatt.
Pallbearers will be James H. Wright, William P. Wright, Donald Newlin, Vance Burks, Keith Johnson and Barry Black.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Cora Orman
CALHOUN CITY – Cora Chancelor Orman, 97, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born Dec. 15, 1912, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Baileyville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one sister, Virginia Hendrix of Warren, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Orman, and her parents, Bob Chancelor and Bertha Doss Chancelor.
Pallbearers will be Troy James, Phil Lucius, Bryan Angel, Ray Hamilton, Toxie Russell and Thomas Turner.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Laura Wheeler
VERNON, Ala. – Laura Wheeler, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala. She was born Jan. 23, 1921, in Walker County, Ala. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and quilting.
Services were Monday, Feb. 22, at Mt. Harmony Free Will Baptist Church. Burial was in Shiloh-Pinhook Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home of Sulligent, Ala., was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors were three sons, William E. (Linda S.) Wheeler of Northport, Ala., Phil (Shirley) Wheeler of Vernon, Ala., and Harold (Freda) Wheeler of Sulligent, Ala.; four daughters, Barbara (Ronnie) Blaylock of Gattman, Caroline Wheeler and Patricia (Richard) Alexander, both of Vernon, Ala., and Linda (Stanley) Hubbert of Fayette, Ala.; 18 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Jack Overton and Delia Ann Johnson Overton; her husband, Albert “Eldon” Wheeler; a granddaughter, Sherry Blaylock; a grandson, Jeremy Turner; three brothers, Lorenza, Ralph and Cecil Overton; and two sisters, Lula Moody and Elizabeth Poe.
Pallbearers were Randy Wheeler, Darrell Wheeler, Wayne Blaylock, Phillip Wheeler, Michael Wheeler, Brian Wheeler, Chad Wheeler and Kevin Wheeler.
Honorary pallbearers were David Estes, Jason Turner, Justin Hudson and Danny Estes.

Edward Searcy
BOONEVILLE – Edward Verrell Searcy, 78, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of the New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church. He was retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation after 32 years of service.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church with Bro. Jack Whitley Jr. and Bro. Jack McQuary officiating. Burial will be in the New Lebanon Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Searcy; two daughters, Terri Lynn Jackson and Sharon Leigh Oswalt, both of Pearl; two stepdaughters, Denise Case of Pearl and Renee Herron of Saucier; one stepson, Kevin King of Charleston, W.Va.; one sister, Martha Boothe of Booneville; one niece, Phyllis Higginbotham of Bartlett, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Jason Edward Jackson and Olivia Leigh Ann Oswalt; six stepgrandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Visitation will continue until service time today.

Barbara Williams
HODGES, Ala. – Barbara Ellen Williams, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at Terrace Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Russellville, Ala.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Old Line Cemetery in Hodges, Ala.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
Lola Lang
SALTILLO – Lola Lang died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at her home in Saltillo. She was born July 23, 1925, in Scott County to Arthur and Bertha Crimm. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo and Saltillo. She was a graduate of Ringgold High School and an All State basketball player. She was president of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Tupelo VFW Post 4057 for 20 years. She supported various veterans programs including comfort and aid for shipments for soldier serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. She loved fishing and watching basketball games.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Forest. Burial will be in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include her children, Glynda Rogers, Clyde Lang, Billy Lang and his wife, Beverly, and Sheila Barber and her husband, Charles; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, C.J. Lang; her parents; one sister, Shirley; and three brothers, Cecil, Seaborn and Harlon.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mary Morrow
AMORY – Mary Helen Morrow died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010, at her home. She was born in New Madrid, Mo.. on May 3, 1946, to Classie Canady and Thomas Canady. She married Hosea Morrow, and they settled in Amory in 1971. She was a member of New Prospect M.B. Church in Nettleton. She retired from True Temper Sports, where she was employed for 29 years.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at New Prospect M.B. Church in Nettleton. Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Hosea Morrow; a daughter, Shana; a son, Joseph Morrow; two sisters, Velma Mason of Matthew, Mo., and Elsie Canady of Denver, Colo.; three grandchildren, Krissten Morrow, Krisstina Morrow and Gabriella Morrow, all of Amory; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will continue from 1:30 p.m. until service time today at the church.

Betty Ann Zondlo
COLUMBUS – Betty Ann Zondlo, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born March 12, 1942, in Lamar County, Ala., to Loventrice Holley and Roy C. Marshall. She was a homemaker and had attended Bethel Baptist Church in Columbus.
Private family graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Hope Cemetery in Lamar County, Ala. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Charles Edward Zondlo Jr. of Columbus; three sisters, Dorothy Hammond of Palmetto, Ala., Jean Robertson of Columbus and Lucy Bailey of Maryville, Tenn.; three brothers, J.E. Marshall of Haleyville, Ala., George Marshall and Bobby Marshall, both of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Louise Stratton; and a brother, Marvin Marshall.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Chester A. Walker
TUPELO – Chester A. Walker, 73, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at his home in Haven Acres. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

J.D. Hope
RIPLEY – James Durham “J.D.” Hope, 61, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Nathan Dunson
NEW ALBANY – Nathan James Dunson, 20, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.

Shawn Simmons
BOONEVILLE – Shawn Rourke Simmons, 44, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, from injuries received in an automobile accident.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.