Obituaries Feb. 27, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Carl Martin Richardson
Carl Martin Richardson, 57, formerly of Vardaman, died Feb. 25, 2010, at his home in Shady Valley, Tenn. He was born Dec. 14, 1952, to Carthel Richardson and Mary Evelyn Martin Richardson. Carl had been suffering with multiple long term health problems for some time. His passion was music, his family and an untold number of friends from all walks of life. Carl attended the Presbyterian Church in Shady Valley, Tenn. He was a 1971 graduate of Vardaman High School.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Carthel Richardson and Mary Evelyn Martin Richardson, lifelong residents of Vardaman.
He is survived by his sister, Rosemary Richardson Massey of Vardaman; his brother, Stephen Hurt Richardson of Vicksburg; a niece, Angela Massey Azpell of Franklin, Tenn.; and two nephews, Luke Massey of Springhill, Tenn., and Dr. Jon Massey of Oxford; two great-nephews; his dog, Foxy Richardson; and a host of dear friends.
Carl’s kind and gentle spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
A memorial service will be held at Mountain City Funeral Home at 5 p.m. today, Feb. 27, led by Dr. Tom Peake. Visitation will be Monday, March 1, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Vardaman, beginning at 5 p.m. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 2, at Vardaman First Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Gary Richardson and Rev. Dale Easley. His body will be interred at Hillcrest Cemetery in Vardaman, alongside his parents.

Edna Jones
OXFORD – Edna Mathis Jones, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Lazette Rounsaville
CANTON – Lazette Kidd Rounsaville, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at her home in Canton. She was born July 4, 1917, in Ashland to Albert Sidney Kidd and Zenora Casey Kidd. She graduated from Blue Mountain College and attended graduate school at the University of Mississippi. She taught school for 36 years. She attended Ashland Baptist Church as a child and more recently had been a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Huntsville. After retiring, she served as a docent for the Huntsville Botanical Gardens. She loved dancing and gardening.
Services were Friday, Feb. 26, at Ashland Baptist Church with her great-nephew, Rev. Chuck Smith, officiating. Burial was in Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Zenora Joiner, and son-in-law, Larry Joiner, of Canton; nieces, Margaret Autry of Louisville and Ray Nora Smith of Memphis; nephews, Sidney Quay Kidd of Jackson and Charles Kidd Caviness of Mansfield, Texas; numerous great- and great-great-nieces, and great- and great-great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Benjamin Rounsaville Jr.; an infant son, Albert Benjamin Rounsaville; and five siblings, Mary Elizabeth “Mamie” Kidd Crawford, Titus Shelton, Tim Kidd, Louella Kidd Walker and Zenora Kidd Caviness.
Naomi Mitchell
GRENADA – Naomi Evans Mitchell, 87, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Friendship Baptist Church in Grenada. Burial will be in New Liberty Cemetery in Vardaman. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at Friendship Baptist Church.
Issac Ratcliff
NEW ALBANY – Issac Lashawn Ratcliff, 2 months, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Lance Phillips Sr.
NEW ALBANY – Lance Hart Phillips Sr., 54, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was born April 26, 1955, to the late Barbara Lamar MaGee of Ashland and Laurie Howell Phillips of Myrtle. He worked in the cutting department at Futorian for 32 years in addition to owning and operating his own business, Phillips Insulation, since 1978. His life revolved around his family and he worked very hard to provide for them. A quiet soft spoken man, he was a special person, liked by everyone who knew him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany. The Rev. Wayne Cobb will officiate, and his brother, Beau Phillips, will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Betty; three children, Holly Wilhite (Ronnie), Ashley Harrelson (Jason) and Lance Phillips II (Shai); three grandchildren, Alex Wilhite, Cooper Wilhite and Jaxxon Harrelson.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Ryne Wilhite.
Pallbearers will be Sammy Taylor, Randy Taylor, Mark Printup, Danny Rowland, Chris McDonald and Pat Norman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
William Brookins Jr.
OKOLONA – William Dewey “Dedus” Brookins Jr., 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was born on Aug. 1, 1927, in Graceville, Fla., to William Dewey and Cummie Miller Brookins. He was a devout and active member of the First United Methodist Church of Okolona. He was the owner and operator of Brookins Electric Service amp& Supply, retiring in 1996. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of the VFW and the Cattleman’s Association. He was the first person to bring Brahmas to Chickasaw County. An All State basketball player in high school, he was a star athlete in basketball, baseball and football. He loved to fish and to hunt but most of all he loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was well known as one who was always willing to put others above himself and that was reflected in his generous giving of his time, abilities and resources to help those in the community. His outgoing personality made him loved by all who came in contact with him.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Okolona with the Rev. Bryan Scarborough, the Rev. Bill Harrison and the Rev. Frank Millender officiating. Burial will be in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the First Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Virginia Jolly Brookins of Okolona; a son, William D. “Brook” Brookins III (Sharon) of Tupelo; a daughter, Jinny “Deedie” Pearson (Mike) of Pontotoc; five grandchildren, Merry Claire, Will, Todd, Hannah and Hillary; one great-grandchild, Presley; a brother, Harold Brookins (Shirley) of Panama City, Fla.; a sister, Bobbie Jean Tew of Panama City, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Winnie Dell Brown and Elois Brookins; a brother; Earl Brookins; and an infant grandson.
Pallbearers will be David Foy, John Vaughn, Richard Stallings, Preston Sullivan, Robbie Walls and Lance Belcher.
Honorary pallbearers are all of his former employees and Sonny Filgo.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church-Okolona, P.O. Box 436 Okolona, MS 38860; or Boones Chapel Cemetery Fund, c/o Cecil Lewis, 831 CR 173, Okolona, MS 38860.
Cowboy Cox
MOOREVILLE – William G. “Cowboy” Cox, 59, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2010, in San Bernardino, Calif. He was born Sept. 29, 1950, in Marion County, Ala., to Harley and Virda Mae Godsey Cox. He was a truck driver.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Minister M. Wayne Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Fulton City Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Nita Rines (Billy) of Vina, Ala.; one son, William G. Cox Jr. (Nikki) of Plantersville; three grandchildren, Waylon Rines, Johnny Rines and Autumn Lynn Cox; two stepchildren, Brandy Mattox and James Mattox; two sisters, Mary Wiser of Tyrone, Pa., and Nancy Rodgers of Mooreville; one brother, Harvey Cox of Auburn.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.
Elsie Dilworth
IUKA – Elsie Faye Dilworth, 53, died Monday, Feb. 22, 2010, at the Iuka Hospital.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. today at First Missionary Baptist Church in Iuka. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Wesley Bradford
CORINTH – Wesley Bradford, 78, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, in Corinth.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Ollie Dilworth
AMORY – Ollie Alford Dilworth, 72, died Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010, at Lawnwood Medical Center in Fort Pierce, Fla. He was born July 30, 1937, to Jim and Essie Mae Dilworth. He lived most of his adult life in the state of Florida. He was a member of Chism Chapel Holiness Church. He attended school at Athens, where he was an outstanding basketball player. He was a former employee of a plantation where he served as a Harvester of Fruits until he retired.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Freewill Holiness Church with the Rev. Willis Dobbs officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden amp& Sons Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Ollie (Trena) Dilworth Jr. of Shannon, Willie Earl Dilworth of Shannon and Donald (Elaynia) Dilworth of Wren; three daughters, Virginia (Bernard) Smith of Hamilton, Janice (Richard) Martin of Belden and Delois Ann (Kelvin) Randle of Amory; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Jean Dilworth; two sisters, Mary Lucille Troupe and Lonnie Mae Vinson; and one brother, James Dilworth.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Sunday.
Grady Nelms
GLEN – Grady Izear Nelms, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at his home.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Box Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Barbara McClendon
SHANNON – Barbara McClendon died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the family residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Peggy Tennison
BOONEVILLE – Peggy Jane Simmons Tennison, 63, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at her home. She was born Oct. 18, 1946, in Tupelo. She was a factory worker in the medical supplies industry. She was a member of Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed roses, hummingbirds, crocheting, and her dog, Trixie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Fairview Church of God with Bro. Gerald Duncan and Bro. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Brady Tennison, whom she married June 11, 1966; three daughters, Tammy Johnson (Dale) of Hammond, Ind., Mary Thill of Booneville and Teri Schultz (Ed) of Crown Point, Ind.; her mother, Sarah Caldwell of Tupelo; brothers, James “Hub” Smith (Connie) of Tupelo and Rex Smith (Phyllis) of Fox Lake Hills, Ill.; her mom, Colleen Simmons of Columbus; brothers, Wayne Simmons of Birmingham, Ala., and Gary Simmons (Judy) of Columbus; sister, Donna Gates (Greg) of Columbus; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers are Bradly Johnson, Brandon Kilgore, Eric Johnson, Nicholis Thill, Steve Carper and Justin McKinney.
She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Raymond Simmons; two sisters, Angel and JoAnn; and her grandparents, Big Mama and Da Holcomb.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the funeral service Sunday.
Charlotte Lee
MEMPHIS – Charlotte Pruitt Lee, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010, at Germantown Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Bear Creek Cemetery in Attala County.
Mildred Miller
TUPELO – Mildred Yarbrough Miller 85, died Thursday, February 25, 2010 at the Graceland Nursing Facility in New Albany after an extended illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Paul Brashier officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Jimmy Miller (Mary Carol) of Greenwood; two sisters, Clarice Bryson of Alpine and Jennie Sue Epting of Jericho; one brother, John Douglas Yarbrough Jr. of Pleasant Ridge; two grandchildren, Emily Miller Graves (Philip) of Brandon and Jim Miller (fiancampé, Allison Lott) of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dalton Lee Miller; her parents, John and Lue Tishie Hamblin Yarbrough; three sisters, Dolly Hardy, Mable Russell and Lucille Hodges; and her caregiver, Annie Walker.
Visitation will begin at 11:00 a.m. Monday and continue until service time at the funeral home.
The family asks that memorials be made to the Parkway Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Houston Edwards
NETTLETON – Taylor Houston Edwards, 81, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born March 25, 1928, in Lee County to Henry Weaver and Mary Bell Hill Edwards. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was a retired millwright at JESCO Inc. in Fulton and a member of Palestine Baptist Church. He enjoyed working in his garden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mike Brazeal and the Rev. Dale Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Johnnie Lou Farris Edwards of Nettleton; one daughter, Linda Fay Morton (Gene) of Nettleton; one son-in-law, Terry Hankins of Plantersville; three grandchildren, David Hankins (Kim) and Teresa Franklin (Danny), all of Nettleton, and Robert Dillard (Tabitha) of Pontotoc; seven great-grandchildren, Anna Grace, Kaylee Hankins, Casey Anthony, Grant Franklin, all of Nettleton, Lindsey and Josh Dillard, both of Pontotoc; one brother, Fred Edwards (Yvonne) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Brenda Hankins; one sister, Mary Helen Dickerson; and one brother, Clarence Edwards.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Franklin, Grant Franklin, Charles Flurry, Lamar Pettigrew, Robby Hankins and J.B. Berryman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Charles Cox
RIENZI – Charles Burton Cox, 76, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at his home in Rienzi.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Bro. Leburn Orear
FULTON – Bro. Leburn Orear, 82, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the Care Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Chance Thomas
TUPELO – Chance Thomas, infant, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Carol Ann Childers
NETTLETON – Carol Ann Childers, 60, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. She was a retired licensed practical nurse and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Walter Prather, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Old Petty Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Foster Childers of Nettleton; her mother, Barbara Jean Pitts of Nettleton; three sons, Clinton Childers (Beverly), Stephen Childers (Janis) and Gene Childers (Samantha), all of Nettleton; one brother, Kenneth Pitts; 14 grandchildren, Dalton, Tristan, Aidan, Gillian, Julian, Brianna, Halee, Hunter and Chase Childers, Zachary, Brandon, and Christy Reynolds, and Jordan and Carmen Samuelson.
She was preceded in death by her father, J.D. Pitts, and three brothers, Rickey Dean, David Pitts and Lamar Pitts.
Her sons and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Leo Lipsey
CORINTH – Leo Lipsey died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born Aug. 27, 1915, in Hodges, Ala., to James and Liddie Sullivan Lipsey. During his life he owned several restaurants. He was a Mason and a Shriner. After moving to Corinth 20 years ago, he joined Tate Baptist Church, where he was a faithful member. He loved to travel.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Cemetery in Hackleburg, Ala.
He is survived by his daughter, Carol Loriaux of Michigan; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Counce Lipsey, and a stepson, Jerry Wayne Counce and his wife, Shirley, all of Tennessee; several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alice Lipsey; one daughter, Anita Louise Carlyle; his parents; four brothers, Otis, Howard, Hoyt and Gilbert Lipsey; and two sisters, Grace Wright and Lucille Lipsey.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Maggie McMullan
ABERDEEN – Maggie McMullan, 94, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born Nov. 12, 1915, to John Preston McHenry and Mamie Rooker McHenry in Reform, Ala. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen, where she retired as personnel manager at Seminole Manufacturing. She graduated from Aberdeen High School. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Aberdeen.
Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory with the Rev. Roy McKay officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six nieces, Mamie Taylor of Aberdeen, Sallye Boyde of Columbus, Alice Hamil and husband, Ralph, of Madison, Janice Spencer and husband, Nicky, of West Point, Jean Bolin and husband, James, of West Point, and Jerri Pierce and husband, Larry, of Amory; two nephews, Jack Carr and wife, Alice, of Columbus and Billy McHenry and wife, Glenda, of Pearl.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Catherine Dorsey, Johnnie Carr and Pearl Lowrimore; and one brother, W.P. McHenry.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Amory Food Pantry.
To sign the guest registry or leave condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.