Obituaries Feb. 28, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Thomas Miller
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Thomas H. Miller, 90, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Jimmy Bowen
ABERDEEN – Jimmy Kenneth Bowen, 57, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born to Fred Bowen and Mary Elease Bagwell Bowen in Columbus. He lived most of his life in Aberdeen. He graduated from Aberdeen High School and Itawamba Junior College. He was a self-employed contractor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one son, Kehli Bowen of Anaheim, Calf.; his mother, Mary Elease Bagwell Bowen of Aberdeen; three sisters, Lavaughn Long (Karl) of Florence, Helen Morganstern (Larry) of Sherwood, Ark. and Carolyn Gwathney (Gene) of West Point; one brother, Jerry Wayne Bowen of Aberdeen; a special friend, Faye Bowen of Aberdeen; two stepdaughters, Dawn Rollins and Shelly Bowen; two stepsons, Leroy Baggett and Keith Baggett; five step grandchildren; and one step great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his father; and one brother, Joseph Bowen.
Pallbearers will be Keith Baggett, Heath Brand, Anthony Gwathney, Tommy Plunkett, Richard Plunkett and Mike Wofford.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Gwathney, David Wofford, Bronson Odom, Leroy Baggett, Joe McCallum, Dr. Pat Ewing, Dr. Arthur Brown, Dr. Joseph Adams, Nolan Bowen and Robert Gillreath.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Family Services, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.
To sign the online guest registry, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Shirley McCauley
OXFORD – Shirley Ann Godbold McCauley, 71, Insurance Agent, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, North Mississippi.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oxford-University United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Mrs. McCauley’s memory be made to the Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
To send an online condolence, please visit our website at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Lem Sheffield
SHANNON – Lemuel D. ‘Lem’ Sheffield, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born Aug. 29, 1929, in Okolona to Trenton and Lura Sheffield. He graduated from Mooreville High School and Itawamba Junior College. He was a United States Army Veteran, serving in the Korean War. He owned and operated the Shannon Cookhouse, Sheffield’s Grocery and hauled sand and gravel. He enjoyed going to church and was an active member of First Baptist Church in Shannon. He was a member of the Lion’s Club in Shannon and the Tupelo Hog Rosters. He loved working in his garden and spending time and cooking for his family and friends.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Cayson officiating. Burial will be in the Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Katherine Sheffield of Shannon; one son, Mike Sheffield (Angie) of Brewer; one daughter, Melanie Sheffield; three grandsons, Steven Sheffield (Stacy), Paul Sheffield and Brent Sheffield (Shelly); two great-grandsons, Cody Sheffield and Payden Sheffield; three great-granddaughters, Anna Sheffield, Emily Sheffield and Briona Sheffield; one sister, Marjorie Grissom of Saltillo; two brothers, Jimmy Sheffield (Pat) of Mooreville and Jerry Sheffield (Cindy) of Atlanta; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Bill Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be Woody Sheffield, Greg Sheffield, Billy Sheffield, Steven Sheffield and Brent Sheffield.
Honorary Pallbearers will be the members of his Sunday school class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Isiah Ratcliff
NEW ALBANY – Isiah Lashawn Ratcliff, two months, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 17, 2009, in New Albany to Brenda Thomas and Dexter Ratcliff.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Victory Life Center with Bro. Mark Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Mosley Chapel Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Brenda Thomas and Dexter Ratcliff; his siblings, Makayla Penson, Joidan Ratcliff, Dayza Ratcliff and Malachid Ratcliff; his grandparents, Larry and April Thomas and Linda and Monroe Churchill, all of Pontotoc and Arthur Ratcliff of Brookhaven; and aunts, uncles and other family members.

Marie Davis
AMORY – Marie C. Davis, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 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.
Kathryn Judge
BIRMINGHAM – Kathryn Judge, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, at her home. She was born on Feb. 1, 1931, to Nannie McCrary Barksdale and Curlie McCrary. She was married to Jessie Judge.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at N.L. Jones Chapel. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Kenneth (Rosa) Judge of Birmingham and Anthony Judge of Birmingham; four daughters, Patricia, Kathy, Sonja and Karen Judge, all of Birmingham; two granddaughters, Taja (Anthony) Nix of Mobile and Melissa Judge of Birmingham; two grandsons, Michael Judge of Tuscaloosa and Jonathan Judge of Birmingham; one goddaughter, Eva Houser of Birmingham; two sisters, Edna Cox of Shannon and Mary Davis of Roanoke, Va.; one brother, William (Mercedes) Barksdale of Las Vegas; and a host of other relatives.
Visitation will be from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

J.T. Graham
HURRICANE – John T. ‘J.T.’ Graham, 81, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at Darlington Oaks-Community Hospice in Verona. He was a longtime employee of Ram Golf. He loved hunting, fishing and gardening. He attended several churches in the Hurricane Community. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Joe Morse officiating. Burial will be in Warren Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Velma Rudell Graham; his sons, J.M. ‘Kenny’ Graham and Roger G. Graham; his grandchildren, Kim Brumley (Terry), Kandy Murdock (Bob) and Tony Graham (Tammie); his great-grandchildren, Josh, Wesley and Hunter Brumley, Riley Murdock and Braden, Luke and Connor Graham; and his brothers and sisters, Wilma Waldrop, W. A. ‘Pud’ Graham, Dewayne Graham, Dianne Caples and Lee Graham.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Austin ‘Buck’ Graham and Blanche Hearn Graham; and one brother, Leon Graham.
Pallbearers will be Tony Graham, Josh Brumley, Wesley Brumley, Hunter Brumley, Jeremy Graham, Aric Graham, David Waldrop and Ray Garrett.
Honorary pallbearers will be Riley Murdock and Michael Caples.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Bill Watson
RIPLEY – William L. ‘Bill’ Watson, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bro. Leburn Orear
FULTON – Bro. Leburn Orear, 82, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at the Care Center in Red Bay. He was born May 10, 1927, in Itawamba County to Novis and Nona Adams Orear. He was a member of the North Side Baptist Church and a member of the Fairview Masonic Lodge. He was a minister for over 50 years and served as Pastor at several churches. He was an avid worker for God. He worked for Senter Funeral Home for many years and was a very dedicated and faithful employee. He loved to trail horses for logging.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Greg Thomas and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Margie Grissom of Golden, Joy McClain (W.T. ‘Buddy’) of Golden and Charlotte Cockrell (Donnie) of Matachie; three stepdaughters, Brenda Reese, Sandy West, both of Fulton and Charlotte Hutcheson of Baldwyn; nine grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; seven step grandchildren; several step great-grandchildren; four sisters, Laru Stanford of Michigan, Lila Ruth Holland, Linda Blanton, both of Vina, Ala. and Glinda Sue Elrod of Zion, Ill.; and three brothers, Leland Orear of New Site, Addis Orear of Chicago and Dexter Orear of Golden.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Faye Johnson Orear; his second wife, Eunell Gentry Orear; one sister, Eva Lois Orear; and two brothers, Lionel and Lial Orear.
Pallbearers will be Delton Johnson, Jerritt McClain, Bradley Smith, Kevin Orear, Terry West, Corey Smith and Lonnie Smith.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.

Doc Fulton
PHILADELPHIA – D.M. ‘Doc’ Fulton, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at Woodlawn Personal Care in Newton. He was a native of Neshoba County and a longtime resident of Philadelphia. He had been a resident of Newton for the past four years. He was a retired funeral director/embalmer and worked with McClain-Hays for many years.
He was a member of First Baptist Church in Philadelphia, where he was a member of Truth Seekers Sunday School Class. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. He was a 60 year member of the American Legion and an avid fisherman.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McClain-Hays Funeral Chapel with Dr. Dan Howard and Dr. Eugene Dobbs officiating. Burial will be in Cedarlawn Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Kay Lucas (Van) of Newton; his son, Danny Fulton (Teresa) of Bruce; his grandchildren, Dr. Al Lucas (Christina) of Madison, Leigh Lucas Gilliland (Chad) of Memphis, Dr. Jon Lucas (Anne) of Nashville, Matt Fulton (Julie) of Tupelo and Dan Fulton of Bruce; his great-grandchildren, Charlie, Ben and Laurian Gilliland and Olivia and Jonathan Lucas; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Carter Fulton in 2004.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church Stain Glass Window Fund, 414 Pecan Avenue, Philadelphia, MS 39350 or to a favorite charity.

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. today 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; and one brother, Fred Edwards (Yvonne) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, 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.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Cassidy Koehan
PRAIRIE – Cassidy Abigail Koehn, infant, died Friday, Feb. 26, 2010, at LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. She was born February 5, 2010, to Christopher Charles Koehn and Lavina Lee Koehn.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Church of God in Christ Mennonite with Errol Wedel and Brad Wedel officiating. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents; three sisters, Tiffany Koehn, Courtney Koehn and Kimberly Koehn, all of Prairie; one brother, Trent Koehn of Prairie; her grandparents, Milton and Florence Lee of Aberdeen and Charles and Elizabeth Koehn of Prairie; five uncles, Nelson Lee, Fred Lee (Andrea), David Lee (Frances), Jeremy Lee and Allen Lee (Stacey), all of Aberdeen; and four aunts, Margie Wright, Brenda Honeycutt (Ricky), Lois Luker (Phillip) and Mildred Martin (Nelson), all of Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 8:00 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To sign an online guest registry and send condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

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, humming birds, crocheting and her dog, Trixie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fairview Church of God, with Bro. Gerald Duncan and Bro. Mike Smith officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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 and Gary Simmons (Judy) of Columbus; sister, Donna Gates (Greg) of Columbus; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be 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 continue from 8 a.m until noon today at the at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the funeral service.

Guy Norton Jr.
WEST POINT – Guy P. Norton Jr., 60, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel. A private burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Billy Leathers
NEW SITE – Billy Leathers, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 today at the funeral home.

Edna Minga
NETTLETON – Edna Brady Minga, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010, at her home after an extended 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.

Christine Wright
CHATTANOOGA – Christine M. Wright, formerly of Tupelo, 95, died Saturday, Feb. 27, 2010 in Chattanooga.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Monday in Tupelo Memorial Gardens. Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Chattanooga are in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Chattanooga, 165 Hamm Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405.