Obituaries Feb. 7, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Thomas Stottman
OXFORD – Thomas Leo Stottman, 74, retired Senior Airport Relations Manager for FedEx, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at his home. He was a Major in the United States Air Force, serving as a pilot during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association. He was a Eucharistic Minister and a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A member of the Knights of Columbus, he was 2009 Knight of the Year, a Lifeblood member and a volunteer with Meals on Wheels in Tennessee.
Services will be at noon Thursday at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Joe Tonos officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Maryanne B. Stottman of Oxford; one daughter, Bridget A. Lowes and her husband, William of Collierville, Tenn.; three sons, Thomas K. Stottman and his wife, Kelly of Murrieta, Calif., Timothy L. Stottman of Bozeman, Mont. and Terence V. Stottman of Oxford; one sister, Charlotte A. Stottman of Lafayette, La.; and six grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Thursday at the church.
The family has asked that expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions be made to St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 416 South 5th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Stottman’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force will fly at Waller Funeral Home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Hayden Ferguson
NEW ALBANY – Hayden Ferguson, 74, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Charles Mobley Sr.
ABERDEEN – Charles Edward Mobley Sr., 96, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born Nov. 23, 1913, in Calhoun City to Charles Coleman Mobley and Gertrude Denley Mobley. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in 1933. He was employed at Gulf Ordnance Plant in Prairie and was a Quality Control Inspector at Walker Manufacturing Company, retiring in 1979, with 21 years of service. He was also the president of Walker Credit Union for several decades.
He was an ordained deacon at Bethel Baptist Church in Darracott and was an active member and the oldest member of First Baptist Church in Aberdeen. He taught Sunday School, was a choir member and served on numerous committees in his 65 years of membership. He was a trustee of Lebanon Cemetery. He loved the Lord, his family, enjoyed gardening and was an avid reader.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Chris Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Jannette Peugh of Aberdeen, Sara Poss and husband, Charles of Aberdeen, Gloria Jackson and husband, Joe of Hartsville, S.C.; one son, Charles Edward Mobley Jr. and wife, Sharon of Concord, N.C.; two sisters, Mildred Roberts of Aberdeen and Viola Moon and husband, Chester of Clark Lake, Mich.; a special friend, Opal Riggs; his grandchildren, Charles Mobley (Dianne) of Maiden, N.C., Janet Ramsey (Bill) of Raleigh, N.C., Stephen Peugh (Joanna) of Shannon, Susan Fox (David) of Cumming, Ga., Todd Jackson (Tammie) of Hartsville, S.C., Jennifer Riggins (Danny) of Hartsville, S.C., Greg Poss (Lisa) of Caledonia, David Poss (Kelly) of Amory, Brian Poss of Aberdeen, Thomas Austin (Autumn) of Monroe, N.C. and Christopher Wilson (Harriet) of Monroe, N.C.; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years, Etta Mae Gilreath Mobley; an infant daughter; two sisters, Louise Gilreath and Martha Lenoir; three brothers, Coleman, Denley and Wilbur Fred Mobley; and a son-in-law, Bill Peugh.
Pallbearers will be Joe Jackson, Charles Poss, Stephen Peugh, Greg Poss, David Poss and Brian Poss
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Arthur Brown and the Adult 3 Sunday School Department of First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lebanon Cemetery Fund, c/o Walt Flicker, 10242 Basinger Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730 or to First Baptist Church of Aberdeen Mission Bibles, P.O. Box 723, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
To sign the register and send condolences, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Milton Walden
OCEAN SPRINGS – Milton Lee Walden, 79, died Jan. 28, 2010, in Ocean Springs.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. David Krech officating. Burial was in the Prospect Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Donna McPherson (Charles) of Clarksdale, Kathy of Jackson and Robin of Pelahatchie; two sisters, Gerleine Schooner of San Antonio,Texas and Joan Roebuck of Silsbee,Texas; two sons, Carl Walden of Olive Branch and Gilbert Walden; five grandchildren, Marie Rushing (Kevin) of Marks, Christopher Walden of Olive Branch, Clinton Walden of Robinsonville, Quentin Ashcraft of Ocean Springs and Vera Mize of Booneville; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Walden; his parents, Gilbert and Florence Mapp Walden; two brothers, Mark and Charles Walden; and two sisters, Frances Ellis and Lola Williams.
Charles Wright Sr.
NEW ALBANY – Charles S. Wright Sr., 78, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a extended illness. He was born March 16, 1931, to Maynard and Vola Rhea Heflin Wright. He was a retired business owner. He was a devoted member of the Christ Community Baptist Church. He will be best remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Neal officiating and the Rev. Jack Maroon assisting. Burial will be in the Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Wright; two sons, Charles Wright Jr. of Memphis and Perry Wright (Patti) of Dumas; one sister, Laura Blythe of Tupelo; two brothers, Jack Wright of Mt. Pleasant and David Wright (Hilda) of Milford, Conn.; two grandchildren, Randy Wright (Jennifer) and Karen Nan Rushing (Adam); two great-grandchildren, Gavin Rushing and Peyton Rushing; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Lillian Wright; one sister, Louise Wright Maroon of Belmont; one brother, Robert M. Wright of Fulton, Mo; and two nephews, Alan Black and Robbie Wright.
Pallbearers will be Sam Blythe, Tad Maroon, Mark Maroon, Brian Wright, Kevin Wright, Donnie Wright, Danny White, Tim White and Jerry Williams.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Joe Foley and Bryan Gillespie.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.leememorialonline.com.

Mike Wood
ECRU – Michael Gene ‘Mike’ Wood, 59, died Thursday Feb. 4, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. He was retired from sales and a Veteran of the Army Reserve. A member of the Baptist Faith, he was born March 30,1950, in Pontotoc County to William A. and Cora Bell McLaughlin Wood. He was a graduate of Ecru High School, where he was an avid football player earning the nickname, ‘Heavy,’ from his team mates.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Horton Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Charlie Swords and the Rev. Owen Hitchcock officating. A private burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Shirley Swords (Hub) and Carolyn Pannell (Bobby), both of Ecru; two brothers, David Wood (Helen) of New Albany and Alton Wood of Grenada; one sister-in-law, Diane Wood of Fulton; five nephews, Ferrel Swords, Eddie Swords, Andrew Wood, David Wood and Roger Wood; seven nieces, Darlene Robinson, Anita McMillen, Cheryl Kilough, Susan Babin, Anne Hershfelt, Lisa Wood and Rhonda Sellers; and a very, very good friend, Michael Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Tom Wood.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Gerald Lexa
OXFORD – Gerald ‘Jerry’ George Lexa, 77, a school teacher in the Oxford City Schools for 25 years, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at his home. He was born in Milwaukee, Wis. After college, he joined the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Korean War and in Vietnam, retiring following 20 years of service with the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant. He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, where he was active in the Men’s Club. He was a former Cub Scout leader and was very involved in Oxford City Schools Athletics for 35 years. He organized the first all school science fair and received the Outstanding Science Teacher award. He was recognized as the High School Teacher Citizen of the Year by the Oxford Lafayette County 4th of July Committee. He was instrumental in the planning, approval and construction of the Cancer Treatment Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church with Father Joe Tonos and Deacon Ted Klingen officiating. Waller Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary M. Lexa of Oxford; one daughter, Lauren E. Lexa of Franklin, Tenn.; a son, Scott M. Lexa of Oxford; and one grandchild.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, with Rosary to follow at 7 p.m. and preceding the Funeral Mass from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
The family has asked that memorial gifts in Mr. Lexa’s honor be made to St. John’s Building Fund, 416 S. 5th Street, Oxford, MS 38655 or to Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi, Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation, 350 N. Humphreys Boulevard, Memphis, TN, 38120.
In honor of Mr. Lexa’s service to his country, the flag of the U.S. Marine Corps will be displayed at Waller Funeral Home during the time of services.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Massey
TUPELO – Dorothy Paris Massey, 88, died Thursday Feb. 4, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. A native of Rome, Ga., she was born Oct. 30, 1921, the daughter of Robert Leonard Paris and Ruby Hoover Paris. She retired after many years with the Floyd County Tax Assessors Office and was a longtime member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. She attended Saltillo United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Campbell officiating. Burial will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Gardens. Daniel’s Funeral Home of Rome, Ga. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Michael L. Massey of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; her daughter, Ann Massey Carden of Tupelo; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Massey on Dec. 21, 1975; her parents; a sister, Margaret Russell; and a brother, Robert Leonard ‘Buck’ Paris.
Pallbearers will be Robin Paris, Elliott Lam, Bobby Lehman, Steve Sidwell, Delmas Franklin and Thom Holt.
Honorary pallbearers are Sam Evans and Joe Tarpley.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church, 606 Turner McCall Boulevard, Rome, GA 30165 or to the Saltillo United Methodist Church, 735 County Road 521 Saltillo, MS 38866.

Tara Toomer
CORINTH – Tara Lanise Toomer, 44, died Monday, Feb. 1, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Little Zion M.B. Church. Burial will be in St. Rest Cemetery in Guys, Tenn. Grayson Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Peggie Payne
BLUE SPRINGS – Peggie Jean Cannon Payne, 77, died Feb. 5, 2010, at her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was born March 29, 1932, in Pontotoc County to Everett Cannon and Era Gambrell Cannon. She was a housewife, a loving mother and grandmother and an avid reader. She was a member of the Blue Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Neal Davis and the Rev. Tony Morrow officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Bobby J. Payne of Blue Springs; four sons, David Payne (Connie) of Corinth, Robert Payne (Donna) of Blue Springs, Henry Payne (Tmora) of Pontotoc and Andy Payne (Christy) of Blue Springs; five sisters, Charlotte Harlow of Pontotoc, Mittie Hart of Memphis, Sue Cannon of Pontotoc, Anita Boyd of Pontotoc and Gail Jenkins of Mo.; a brother, Russell Gillen of Pontotoc; 11 grandchildren, Brandon Payne, Derek Payne, Amber Payne, Gina Walker, Anna Payne, Glen Payne, Michelle Payne, Sylvia Payne, Morgan Payne, Spencer Payne and Drew Payne; and six great-grandchildren, Madison Payne, Bronson Payne, Johannon Payne, Jase Payne, Gavin Payne and Brinlee Rickman.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Payne, Derek Payne, Glen Payne, Spencer Payne, Lane Bramlett, Kevin Rackley, Randy Brown, Leland Terry, Allen Whitten and Ken Fooshee.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Bobbye Dillard
FULTON – Bobbye Johnston Dillard, 88, formerly of Canton, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the Courtyards Community Living Center. She was born June 15, 1921, in Stringer to Robert Cecil and Elsie Ishee Johnston. She taught school in her earlier years and was a devoted minister’s wife. She was a member of the Thornton Chapel United Methodist Church. She served as state officer in the Mississippi Federated Music Clubs for many years. She was actively involved with the Friends of the Library at the Madison County Library, where she was the recipient of the Friend of the Year for the State of Mississippi in 1990. She will be remembered as an elegant lady and gracious host.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Providence Cemetery in Stringer. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the
arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Robyn Cogdell (Jerry) of Fulton; two grandchildren, Virginia Cogdell Hale (Stephen) of Starkville and Lauren Cogdell Storey (Ryan) of Oxford; two great-grandchildren, Reed Hale and Rylee Hale; one brother, Paul Johnston of Stringer; one sister, Mary Tillman of Laurel; a niece, Paula King; a nephew, James Tillman; and a host of great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John Harmon Dillard, who died in 1990; an infant daughter, Sharmon Elizabeth Dillard; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be James Tillman, James King, Kelby King, Stephen Hale and Ryan Storey.

Charles Poff Jr.
BELMONT – Charles L. Poff Jr., 85, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Dayton, Ohio to Charles L. and Esther Anspaugh Poff Sr. He was a retired supervisor with Aronsson Printing Co. in Detroit, Mich. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Force serving during WWII and a member of the Belmont Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member and past Master of Bay Springs Masonic Lodge #167, York Rite Mason, Shriner, 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and an honorary member of several Masonic lodges. He had a great desire for knowledge and a passion for the misfortunate and animals.
Services will be at 3 p.m.Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Don Rouse and Bro. Alan Rouse officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Wanner Poff of Belmont; a daughter, Cathy Landwehr of Cement City, Mich.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother,Melvin Poff of Beavercreek, Ohio; two sisters, Jean Fuller of Dayton, Ohio and Joyce Shrout of Tazewell, Tenn.; one godson, Quentin Rouse; a very special friend, Alan Rouse; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Dale Poff and Wilber Poff ; and a sister, Charlene Cundiff.
Pallbearers will be members of the Bay Springs Masonic Lodge.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

C.B. Boland
TUPELO – C.B. Boland, 90, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A Chickasaw County native, he was born Jan. 9, 1920, to Charlie Bethel and Bessie Lee Wilder Boland. He was a retired Cheif Commissaryman for the U.S. Navy after 21 years of service, where he was in combat during both World War II and the Korean Conflict. In World War II, he served from May of 1942, to December of 1943, aboard the Battle Ship USS Massachusetts, known as ‘Big Mamie’ to her crewmembers. From May 1944, to July 1946, he served aboard the USS A.B. SD-4 (an advanced based sectional dry-dock). He also served aboard several other service vessels during his Naval career including the USS Brownson, USS Daniel A. Joy, USS Farmington, and the USS Ault.
After the war, while serving on the USS Ault, he circumnavigated the globe on a goodwill peace mission. At the conclusion of his military career, he worked a number of years with the bureau of prisons. He later managed the cafeteria of the Tupelo Campus of Itawamba Junior College and was a chef with Vernon’s Steakhouse. He was married to Margaret K. ‘Peggy’ Boland, who preceded him in death on July 24, 2004. He was a longtime member of the Tupelo Luncheon Civitan Club. For a number of years he volunteered in food preparation for Meals-on-Wheels. He enjoyed playing and coaching shuffleboard and winning at dominoes. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfeld and Dr. Forrest Sheffield officiating. A eulogy will be given by his brother, Wiley Boland. Burial with full military honors will be in Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Callie B. Young of Pontotoc; one brother, Wiley N. Boland and his wife, Juanita of the Zion Community; and a number of neices and nephews; and a number of great-neices and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; two sisters, Elva McCleskey and Erin Ray; three brothers, Noel Boland, Rev. Leroy Boland and Cecil Boland.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Johnson, Randy Young, Ronny Young, Jay Young, Nathan Young and Nicholas Young.
Visitation will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802, Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801 or the Zion Cemetery Fund, c/o Ray Leeper, 372 Leeper Lane, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bonnie Townsend
GOLDEN – Bonnie Sarah Anne Reeves Mattox Townsend, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at her daughter’s home in Batesville. She was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Itawamba County to Noah S. and Minnie Mae Montgomery Reeves. She was a kindergarten and elementary school teacher. She was the oldest member of the Old Bethel Methodist Church. She was active in the UMW. She was a Sunday school and Vacation Bible school teacher. She served on the various church committees and was a Girl Scout leader.
Services will be at 11 a.m. at Old Bethel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donnie Riley officiating. Burial will be in the Old Bethel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. James Townsend of Golden; two daughters, La Fonda M. Poland (Brooks) of Batesville and Mary Grace Chambers (Eric) of Ackerman; four grandchildren, Brannon M. Poland, Anne Claire Poland, Benjamin T. Chambers and Hannah C. Chambers; one great-grandchild, Brayden M. Poland; and one sister, Ollie Mae Johnson (J.B.) of Golden.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Morris, Ruble, Bulus, Dillard, Boyce and Cleburn; her two infant brothers; and her sisters, Mallie Reeves, Eunice Williams, Ida Elizabeth Ann Reeves and Nancy Jane Reeves.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Brannon M. Poland and Benjamin T. Chambers; and her nephews.
Visitation will be from 5:30- 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.
Evelyn Pennington
HAMILTON – Evelyn Jones Pennington, 91, died Friday, Feb. 5, 2010, at Solon Point in Solon, Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

James Hetland
TUPELO – James E. Hetland, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Marie Wright
BOONEVILLE – Annie Marie Godwin Wright, 82, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jim Estes officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mildred Wilemon
FULTON – Mildred Wilemon, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Tilda Hill
HOULKA – Tilda Hill, 103, died at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be later announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Edith Tyson
TAYLOR – Edith Tyson died at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

David Harmon
TREMONT – David Ray Harmon, 50, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.