Obituaries Feb. 24, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bobby Null
CORINTH – Bobby Wayne Null, 63, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He had worked with the Alcorn County School District for 40 years. He was a graduate of Kossuth High School and he held bachelor and master degrees from Mississippi State University. He was a member of Theo Church of Christ.
Services were Tuesday, Feb. 23, at Theo Church of Christ. Burial was in Oaks Hill Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Rainey Null, and two children, Nicole Null and Gabe Null, all of Corinth; his uncle, Billy (Jureleen) Weaver of Corinth; a special friend, Stanley Nelms of Corinth; a sister-in-law, Peggy (John) Wroten; and a niece, Elizabeth (Steve) Huddleston.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dessie Weaver Null; his grandparents, Orb and Callie Smith Weaver; his uncles, Roy (Anita) Weaver and Lewis Weaver; his aunts, Oble Weaver and Della (R.J.) Prince; and a cousin, Danny Prince.
Memorial may be made to the Oaks Hill Cemetery Fund in care of Danny Martin.

Nathan Dunson
NEW ALBANY – Nathan James Dunson, 20, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born June 22, 1989, in Forth Worth, Texas. He loved drag racing and playing video games. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will beat 11 a.m. Thursday in the United Funeral Service Chapel. Dr. Kermit McGregory and Bro. Wayne Cobb will officiate. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.
Survivors include his parents, Jackie and Reba Dunson of New Albany; his wife, Melissa Boyd Dunson of New Albany; one son, Nick Dunson, and one daughter, Brianna Michell Dunson, both of New Albany; and his grandmothers, Faye Benner of Tunica and Frances Dunson of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Oscar Benner and Henry Dunson.
Pallbearers will be Chris Kwasinski, Caine Little, Keith Brown, Jackie Brown, Mike Cobb and Brian Cobb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church Benevolence Fund.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bettye Drapala
STARKVILLE – Bettye O. Drapala, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Vickers Personal Care Home in Starkville. She was born Nov. 3, 1923, in New Orleans, La, and grew up in Hazlehurst. She lived in Starkville for most of her life. She earned an associate degree at Hinds Community College and received her bachelor of science degree in chemistry at Delta State University. She was a Patron of Excellence at Mississippi State University. She was a founding member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and a former member of Town and Country Garden Club. She was active in the Oktibbeha County Democratic Women. She enjoyed her church choir, reading, playing bridge, gardening, classical music, volunteer work and adopting stray cats.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Presbyterian Church. A graveside service will follow at Oktibbeha Memorial Gardens. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Patti K. Drapala of Starkville; one son, Joseph M. Drapala of Ridgeland; her sister, Patsy O. Galbreath of Jackson; and three nieces, Elizabeth Steele of Windermere, Fla., Jan Sandefur of Brandon and Cindy Latina of Dillard, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Walter J. Drapala, in 2005.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church of Starkville.
To sign the online guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Christine Wright
TUPELO – Mary Christine Wright, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Avonlea Assisted Living in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Johnny Wilson
HOUSTON – On Feb. 22, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer, John Andrew “Johnny” Wilson, 74, of Houston, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Johnny enjoyed an active life, which he shared with his wife, Nancy, for 57 of his years. Together they reared three daughters while owning and operating Wilson Furniture and Appliance Inc. and several businesses in Northeast Mississippi.
Johnny graduated from Houston High School in 1953, and he served in the National Guard for eight years in the 223rd Engineering Battalion. Afterward he went to school in New York and studied at the Radio Training Center and received a Technical Engineering Degree in T.V. and radio repair. He opened his first business in 1964.
Through the years he opened and grew several more businesses. He was owner and president of Wilson Furniture and Appliance Inc. and Curtis Mathis Home Entertainment Centers of Northeast Mississippi for 35 years.
Through his businesses he always coupled his love for serving others with his meticulous attention to detail and joy he found in fixing things.
He belonged to and served as chairman for several organizations over his years in business, such as The Chickasaw Development Foundation, The Exchange Club, Houston Proud, The Retail Merchants’ Association, The Jaycees and a member of The American Legion.
Johnny had many interests. He enjoyed traveling with his wife and children and together they saw many places. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast who could always be found “tinkering” around in the yard. Johnny also loved attending musical concerts and shows, especially anything Elvis. He also loved antique car shows.
Johnny was preceded in death by his father, James Leonard Wilson, and mother, Melinda Elizabeth Wilson.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy Wilson; his three daughters and their husbands, Angela and Walt Dallas of Jackson, Lana and Alan Whitworth of Houston, and Wendy and Steven Sullivan of Jackson; his three grandchildren, Lance Whitworth, Luke Dallas and Wilson Dallas; his two brothers, Robert Byron Wilson and wife, Mary Lois, of Houston, and James Ford Wilson and wife, Ruth, of Severna Park, Md.; his sister, Mary Emma Abernathy of Gulfport; and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Services will be Thursday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Houston with Rev. Phillip Dearman and Dr. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial will follow at Prospect Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers are Lance Whitworth, Luke Dallas, Wilson Dallas, Lanny Wilson, Jeffery Wilson and John T. Martin. Honorary pallbearers are Bobby Mooneyham, Dr. Noel Garcia, Bill Smith, Bob Scott, Bob Pearson, Charles E. Smith, J.R. Penick, David Shanks, Gene Dobbs, Harrison Upshaw, Johnny Griffis, James Calvert, Harry Robinson and Rev. Harold Robinson.
Visitation is today, Feb. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Houston Funeral Home.
Johnny was a lifelong member of Prospect United Methodist Church of Houston, where he donated many hours to the upkeep of the cemetery and grounds.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Prospect Methodist Cemetery Fund, c/o Mary L. Wilson, 1413 Hwy. 389, Houston, MS 38851 or to the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center, P.O. Box 123, Houston, MS 38851.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Roy White
NEW ALBANY – Roy Wayne White, 67, died Friday Feb. 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired truck driver. He loved his friends and family and drag racing. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by one son, Mark W. White of Palm Beach, Fla.; two granddaughters, Alexis and Elise, and one grandson, Larry; one sister, Virginia Shortnacy of New Albany; two brothers, Thomas White (Loretta) of Baldwyn and Jerry White (Margie) of Blue Mountain; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Mellie White; one sister, Dorothy Peak; and three brothers, G.W., Jessie and Robert White.
United Funeral Service of New Albany assisted the family.

Gilbert Luster
CORINTH – Gilbert Luster, 71, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Adam Chapel Cemetery in Ramer, Tenn. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.

Christopher Lykens
LAMAR – Christopher Don Lykens, 36, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010. He was born Dec. 4, 1973, in Merrgro, La. He was an electrician.
A memorial service will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the H.W. Byers Multi-Purpose Building. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Crystal Lewis Lykens of Lamar; his mother, Elva Lykens of Byhalia; two sons, Aaron Lykens and Chance Lykens, both of Lamar; one daughter, Alexis Lykens of Lamar; three brothers, Bryan Lykens of Cayce, Drew Lykens of Byhalia and Chris Lewis of Lamar; five sisters, Cynthia Brummitt of Lester, Ala., Susan Voss of Bartlett, Tenn., Samantha Guichard of Omaha, Neb., Candace Wooldridge of Olive Branch and Nina Lewis of Bartlett, Tenn.; and one grandchild, Laylah Lykens.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Lykens.

Shawn Simmons
BOONEVILLE – Shawn Rourke Simmons, 44, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Marietta. He was born Feb. 28, 1965, in Baldwyn and resided on the Deaton home place in the Zion Rest community of Prentiss County. Formerly an upholsterer in the furniture manufacturing industry, he was employed at Marietta Wood Supply. He enjoyed fishing, camping, dirt bike riding and restoring old vehicles.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Kelsey Simmons of Marietta and Ryan Simmons of Mathiston; his mother and stepfather, Peggy and Ron Williams of Hawthorne, Fla.; his father, Edward Simmons of Booneville; two aunts, Faye Johnsey of Booneville and Shirley Moreland (Kenneth) of Marietta.

Beulah Streeter
HOLLY SPRINGS – Beulah Cox Streeter, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010, at Methodist Hospital-South in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Beverly Chapel CME Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Thursday.

Grady Hand
AMORY – Grady Hand, 51, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Helen Mitchell
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Helen Mitchell, 89, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at her residence.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Greenhill-Ezzell Cemetery in Russellville, Ala.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

William C. Putt
SALTILLO – William Cleveland Putt, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at the Sunshine Rest Home in Pontotoc after an extended illness. A native and lifelong resident of Saltillo, he was born Nov. 17, 1921, to Elmore and Mary Archibald Putt. He was retired from the City of Tupelo Maintenance Shop. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Mayfield Church of Christ. He enjoyed playing and singing country music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Jerry Grammer and Bro. Don Fox officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, William P. Putt (Lynn) of Guntown and Richard J. “Rick” Putt (Mary) of Saltillo; 10 grandchildren, Christy Sweat and Kelly Williams of Guntown, Debbie Bunn of Saltillo, Richard W. Putt of Wheeler, Tricha Putt of Saltillo, Jullie Putt McElhaney of Ecru, Jeanette Putt, Selena Putt, Delia Putt and Hope Putt, all of Saltillo; 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 59 years, Edith Regina Rogers Putt; one sister, Mary Elizabeth Pirkle; one grandson, William Joseph Putt; and one granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Putt.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Rogers, Rick Sweat, Art Williams, James Pirkle, Terry Bunn and Eric McElhaney.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Corrine Harrison
FULTON – Corrine Steele Harrison, 87, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.

J.D. Hope
RIPLEY – James Durham “J.D.” Hope, 61, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at his home in Ripley.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. David Crutch officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

James Gann
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – James Richard Gann, 75, formerly of Ripley, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles West Funeral Home of Oakland, Tenn.

William Rasberry
TUPELO – William Millsaps Rasberry, 64, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Alvie Williford
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Alvie Linville Williford, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born on May 30, 1937, in Benton County. He was a member of the Ashland Church of Christ and a retired carpenter. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and Ole Miss football.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ashland Church of Christ with Minister King McCarver and Minister Tom Childers officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Westmoreland Williford of Blue Mountain; three daughters, Renee Bowers (Michael) of Pensacola, Fla., Risa Hill of Dumas and Brandy Brock (Jody) of Ripley; two brothers, Jimmy Williford (Doris) of Ripley and Edsel Williford (Martha) of Grand Junction, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Dana Lambert, Kolby Hertz, Miranda Newby, Brittney Holcomb, Tyler Hill and Brigette Johnson; four great-grandchildren, Colt Newby, Maclayton Newby, Hayden Holcomb and Jackson Lambert.
She was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene Franklin and Mildred Lee Linville Williford, and a sister, Birdie Lou Williford.
Pallbearers will be Blake Harris, Tyler Hill, Michael Bowers, Jody Brock, Kerry Newby, Brian Reese, Dewayne Hopkins, Terry Carter and Keith Williford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Thomas Hallmark
RULEVILLE – Thomas Davis Hallmark, 59, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at Ruleville Nursing and Rehab after a brief illness. He was born on Sept. 21, 1950, in Fayette, Ala., to Leander and Nocle Davis Hallmark. He lived in Tupelo in his early years and had resided in Ruleville for the past several years. He was a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at McNeil Cemetery in Saltillo with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sister, Linda Bishop of Saltillo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Robert and Junior; and two sisters, Mary and Ann.

Willa Moore
AMORY – Willa J. “Tootsie” Moore, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born June 19, 1933, in Itawamba County to Marvin and Charlie Lee Davis Gillentine. She was a member of Big Oak Baptist Church for 40 years. She was a homemaker and a loving mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Doug Wilson and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Franklin (Jerry) of Oxford; two sons, Dr. Danny Moore (Marilyn) of Fulton and Steve Moore (Selena) of Fulton; a daughter-in-law, Laurie Moore of Fulton; six grandchildren, Scott and Stacy Franklin, Sam Moore (Jessica), Ben Moore, Dusty Moore and Mary Moore; three great-grandchildren, Hunter and Brady Franklin, and John Daniel Moore; two sisters, Sue Waddle of Plantersville and Nell Parrish (Carl) of Pontotoc; one sister-in-law, Mary Gillentine of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gaston Moore, in 1977; a son, Mitchell Moore; a sister, Eva Mae Gillentine; and a brother, Kenneth Gillentine.
Pallbearers will be Scott Franklin, Stacy Franklin, Sam Moore, Ben Moore, Hunter Franklin and Tim Gillentine.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Blessing Banks
TUPELO – Blessing Breasia Banks, infant daughter of Jessica N. Middlebrooks and Garry Dewayne Banks, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.

Joe Wigton
AMORY – Joe T. Wigton, 74, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 17, 1935, in Blytheville, Ark., to Eldridge and Annie Mae Dhority Wigtion. He lived in Rockford, Ill., for 30 years and in Amory for the past 19 years. He was a retired machinist for the Guinte Corporation in Illinois and a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with the Rev. Bill Payne and the Rev. Bill Monaghan officiating. Burial will be in Jones Chapel Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Ramey Wigton of Amory; one daughter, Janice Borne (Earl) of Port Allen, La.; four sons, Travis D. Wigton and Jason Wigton (Maria), all of Rockford, Ill., Brian Wigton (Nancy) of Loves Park, Ill., and Kevin Wigton (Corniella) of Winnebago, Ill.; one sister, Donnie Duncan (Glen) of Blytheville, Ark.; three brothers, Darrel Wigtion of Blytheville, Ark., Monroe Wigtion (Bobbie) of Newbern, Tenn., and Charles Wigtion (Verda) of Winnebago, Ill.; three grandchildren, Angela Borne, Noah Wigton and Kayla Wigton; two great-grandchildren, Dillion and Brandon Borne.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, David Wigton; and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be J.R. Zepeda, David George, Bill Wong, Bobby Johnson, Bobby Hendrix and James Miller.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Jones Chapel Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Senior Saints at Jones Chapel Baptist Church, 30151 Metts Road, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jessie Kimble
OKOLONA – Jessie R. Kimble, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 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.

Lola Lang
SALTILLO – Lola Lang passed away peacefully at her home in Saltillo on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010. She was a longtime resident of Tupelo and Saltillo.
Lola was born in Scott County on July 23, 1925, the daughter of Arthur and Bertha Crimm. She had one sister, Shirley, and three brothers, Cecil, Seaborn and Harlon. Lola was married to the late C.J. Lang.
Lola is survived by her children, Glynda Rogers, Clyde Lang, Billy and his wife Beverly, Sheila and husband Charles Barber. She had seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Lola was a graduate of Ringgold High School and was an All State basketball player. She loved fishing and watching basketball games.
Lola spent her life serving others. She served as President of the Ladies Auxiliary of Tupelo VFW Post 4057 for 20 years. She supported various Veterans programs including comfort and aid for shipments for soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. today at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Hwy. 35 South, Forest. Burial will be at Ephesus Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Joe Tom Dulaney
CAROLINA – Joe Tom Dulaney, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at her home in the Carolina community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.