Obituaries February 1, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ronnie Waldo
RANDOLPH – Ronnie Dean Randolph, 53, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, in Randolph. He loved spending time with his friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Tootie Ward officiating. Burial will be in Oak Forest Cemetery.
Survivors include four sisters, Linda (Bill) Aaron of Toccopola, Bonnie Mathis, Donna Long and Rita Florek, all of Pontotoc; two brothers, Ricky (Dorthy) Waldo and Jerrell Waldo, both of Pontotoc; 11 nieces, six nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Estelle Waldo; his father, L.V. Waldo; a brother, Billy Waldo; and a niece, Denise Holloman.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Chunn, Joshua Chunn, Raymond Blansett, Jo Jo Holley, Randy Chapman and Bubba Mathis.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.

Martha Bynum
WEST POINT – Martha Louise Bynum, 55, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Third Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Greenwood Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Moore
BOONEVILLE – Mary Moore, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

Noonan D. Petty
GOLDEN – Noonan D. Petty, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Julia Clara Garrison
NEW ALBANY – Julia Clara “Mama Pud” Garrison went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Feb. 24, 1918, in Marshall County to the late Claude Allen and Lillian Rhea Black. Clara was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed time spent with her family and her church. She was a lifelong homemaker who cherished raising her two sons and caring for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Clara loved studying the word of God, singing in the church choir, attending Bible Conferences and teaching Sunday school class. She was a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where she taught the primary Sunday School Class for many years and was known lovingly by all as “Mama Pud.” She will always be remembered for her love of Christ, love for her family, and her desire to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all she came in contact with.
Clara was preceded in death by the love of her life, John Quitman Garrison; a beloved son, Billy Coleman Garrison; and two precious grandsons, Bryan Charles Garrison (Billy) and Christopher Dale Garrison (Johnny).
She is survived by her loving son, Johnny Allen Garrison (Doris Gene); five grandchildren, Melissa Garrison Long (Chris), Sonya Garrison Brewer (Jesse), Jessica Garrison Wright (Jamey), Joni Garrison Carpenter (Eric), all of the Macedonia Community, and Timothy Coleman Garrison (Cathy) of Potts Camp; nine great-grandchildren, Noel, Marley and Jed-Rucker Garrison Long; Jesslyn and John Quitman Garrison Brewer; Chloé, Zoey and Dawson Wright; and Garrison Thomas Carpenter; and one sister, Shirley Anne Shirley (James) of Macedonia.
Visitation will be held at United Funeral Home in New Albany today, Feb. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. The service will be at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Macedonia Baptist Church with Rev. Louie Williams and the Rev. Dr. Billy Foley officiating. Her body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at Macedonia Church. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 1033 CR 19, Myrtle, MS 38650 or to the Gideon Ministry.

Betty Sue Smith
BOONEVILLE – Betty Sue Smith died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She worked for the Department of Human Services in Booneville and Tupelo, and she was a social worker in Oxford for 11 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Matt Wilburn and Bro. David Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Monte Smith of Baldwyn; a nephew, Mark Allen Smith (Allison) of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Sue Nunley Smith, and a brother, Jimmy Smith.
Pallbearers will be The Friends Ladies Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church. P.D. Thornton and Sara Davis will be honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Mavis Mask
CORINTH – Mavis Gerneal Mask, 93, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in the Shiloh Presbyterian Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Harlon Farr Sr.
VINA, Ala. – Harlon D. Farr Sr., 46, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Sara Adams Burnett
TUPELO – Sara was born on Nov. 30, 1915, in Chesterville to Andrew Clark and Annie Carruth Adams. Her childhood was spent in Belden, where she was educated in her elementary years and then graduated from Tupelo High School. After high school she attended MSCW and then the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Tri Delta sorority. At the “W” she was Maid of Honor in Miss Pohl’s Freshman Jr. Wedding.
After college she worked at the Peoples Bank & Trust Company in Tupelo and on March 18, 1938, she married David Silas (Cy) Burnett. She and Cy made their first home at the Hotel Tupelo, where he was manager, and later at The Rex Plaza (later Sheraton Rex Plaza), where he was owner and manager. After retirement they made trips abroad and many trips to visit their grandchildren.
Sara was a homemaker and devoted wife and mother. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was among the organizers of The Wesley Fellowship Class. Her civic activities included Gray Lady at the community hospital, Cub Scout leader, member of the Tupelo Garden Club and the X Club. Her hobbies were bridge, golf, knitting and needlepoint. She made one of the needlepoint kneelers at her church.
Services will be noon Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Andy Ray officiating. A reception will follow immediately after the service. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, David Silas Burnett Jr. and wife, Linda, of Santa Clarita, Calif., and J. Clark Burnett and wife, Corlea, of Memphis; her sister, Jane Adams Reid of Charlottesville, Va. (now living in Charlotte, N.C.); her grandchildren, Sam W. Burnett, who is now in Quang Zhou China, Catherine “Casey” Hendricks and husband, David, of Charleston, S.C., David Michael Burnett, currently attending Springfield College in Massachusetts, and Benjamin Adams Burnett, currently a graduate student at UCLA in California; her sister-in-law, Camille Adams Hutton, and her special friend, Virginia Spight.
During her later years she was attended by many loving caregivers including Martha Ann Stewart, Betty McLarty, Robin Kelly and Diana Williams.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cy Burnett; her parents; one brother, Thomas Carruth Adams.
Pallbearers will be Lindsey Leake, Pete Poland, Jim Burnett, Tommy Adams, Don Stewart and Wilson Long.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rudolph Franks, Paul Eason, Fred Strange and Dr. Eugene Murphey.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, in the gathering room at the church.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Tupelo, 412 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Donna Harding
COLUMBUS – Donna Kirkwood Harding died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011.
Services were Sunday, Jan. 30, at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Interment was in the Oak Hill Cemetery of Water Valley.
Online condolences may be made at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.

Ashley Wooten
OKOLONA – Ashley Wooten, 39, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Sgt. Joshua Sheffield
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. – Sgt. Joshua Sean Sheffield, 29, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at his parents’ home in Tupelo. A native of Tupelo, he was born March 14, 1981, to John Hoyt and Lisa Camille Stegall Sheffield. He was a 1999 graduate of Mooreville High School. On Jan. 14, 2004, he joined the United States Army. He became a Calvary Scout with the Army, subsequently serving an 18-month tour of duty in Iraq. He was still currently enlisted and stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. He was an avid reader and loved to watch movies, especially science fiction. He loved his family and friends, and met God with a glad heart, knowing he was going home.
A Mass of Christian Burial with full military honors will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor officiating. A eulogy will be given by his sister, Sara Sheffield. Burial will be in St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery in Saltillo. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Seth Alexander Sheffield; his parents, John and Lisa Sheffield of Tupelo; one sister, Sara Sheffield; and his grandparents, Hoyt Sheffield of Tupelo, Ann Gusmus Sheffield of Saltillo, and Edith Stegall of Palmetto.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Royce Stegall.
The Military Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers Andy Sheffield, Ted Sheffield, Gene Knight, Kenny King, Matt Cox and Ed Cox.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. A Vigil for the Deceased will follow visitation in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues.
In lieu of flowers and gifts, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, Memorial Hope Lodge, 2008 Charlotte Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ellen Roberts
ASHLAND – Mary Ellen Roberts, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, in Ashland. She was born Sept. 25, 1925. She was a secretary for the Farese Law Firm for 39 years. She was a member of the Ashland Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ashland Baptist Church with Bro. Don Brown officiating. Burial will be in the Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, James R. Roberts Jr. of Ashland; one daughter, Anita Stokes (Donnie) of New Albany; grandchildren, Jeff Roberts (Erin) and Brandon Roberts (Megan); great-grandchildren, Jon Kaleb Roberts, Dylan Braddock Roberts and Landon Miles Roberts.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Russell Roberts, and her parents, Charles Brown and Josephine Flowers Brown.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Carroll, Larry Nance, J.B. Farese, Mark Orman, Steven Yelverton and Milford Chambers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ashland Baptist Church.

Kay T. Brown
PLANTERSVILLE – Kay T. Brown, 94, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bertha Kennedy
TREMONT – Bertha Kennedy, 89, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at the Courtyards Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Mattie Luster
CORINTH – Mattie Jean Garner Luster, 71, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Freedom Fellowship. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Grayson’s Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Craig Warren
PONTOTOC – Michael Craig Warren, 34, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at his home in Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Terry Dodds
BOONEVILLE – Terry Wayne Dodds, 46, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 12, 1964, in Booneville. He was a member of Martin Hill Free Will Baptist Church. He was an automobile body repairman with a special interest in Mustangs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and auto racing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rodney Brazil and Bro. Aaron Mize officiating. Burial will be in Martin Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his parents, Floyd and Emogene Tidwell Dodds of Booneville; seven brothers, Gerald Dodds, Jimmy Dodds (Jo Ellen), Howard Dodds (Carolyn), Charlie Dodds (Jo Carol), Tommy Dodds, Virgil Dodds (Wanda) and George Dodds, all of Booneville; two sisters, Carolyn Boren and Janice Winfield (Bobby), all of Booneville; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews; and a special friend, Phyllis.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Floyd Dodds; his grandparents, R.C. and Emma Mize Dodds, and Virgil and Ola Crowe Tidwell; two nephews, Chris Dodds and Larry Boren; and a brother-in-law, John Boren.
Pallbearers are Shane Dodds, Aaron Pollard, Perry Mason, Jamie Holloway, Tim Floyd and Jerry Gilley.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

John Rice Jr.
OXFORD – John Albert Rice Jr., 92, formerly of Columbus, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Azalea Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Oxford. He born Aug. 20, 1918, in Compass Lake, Fla., to Edalie Thomas and John Albert Rice. His family moved to Woodland, Ga., where he graduated from high school as the valedictorian of his class. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Blue Key Honor Societies, Beta Gamma Sigma, Scabbard and Blade, Omicron Delta Kappa and the Gridiron Club. He played basket ball as a freshman and was business manager of “The Red and Black”college newspaper. After graduation from college, He worked in the purchasing department of U.S. Steel in Birmingham, until he volunteered for active duty with the U.S. Army Air Corps. His first duty station was Barksdale Field. He was transferred to the new Columbus Army Air Corps Field in 1942 to head up the ground school. He retired with the rank of Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserves.
Mr. Rice was associated with Searcy and Rice Insurance and Real Estate from 1946 until his retirement in 2007. He was a past director of the Mississippi Association of Insurance Agents, past president of the Northeast Insurance Association, member and past president of the Columbus Board of Realtors, and was influential in starting the Multiple Listing Service in Columbus. He developed Briarwood Subdivision and co-developed Cady Hills. He served on the advisory board of National Bank of Commerce and served on the MUW Foundation Board and Columbus-Lowndes Recreation Board. He was one of the founders of the Magnolia Tennis Club and was a member of Lake Norris Fishing Club. He also held memberships in Columbus Investment Club, Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis Club of Columbus and Columbus Country Club. He was a past chairman of the Military Affairs Committee. He received the 1992 Woodland Award given by the Lowndes County Water and Soil Conservation District.
Graveside services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. The Very Rev. James F. Carlyle will officiate. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha Lide Searcy Rice of Oxford; his son, John A. Rice III (Beth) of Oxford; his daughters, Diane Rice Carter (Wayne) of Henderson, Nev., and Katherine Rice O’Connor of Birmingham, Ala.; five granddaughters, Tiffany Stephens, Natalie McDonald, Marion Hinson, Lisa Britton and Connie Moss; eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
The family requests memorials to the Macular Degeneration Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 531313, Henderson, NV 89053.

Lula King
HOUSTON – Lula King died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
Linda Niblett
PONTOTOC – Linda Joyce Nix Niblett, 51, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at her home in Pontotoc. She was a Baptist. She worked as a seamstress for several years at Genesis Furniture. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Ryan Niblett of the home, Shane (Candice) Niblett of Tupelo and Shawn Nix of Pontotoc; her grandchildren, Amber Nix and Bentley Niblett; four sisters, Judy (Mike) Priest, Kathy (Trinidad) Carlin and Ruth (Marvin) Britt, all of Pontotoc, and Mary (David) Britt of Toccopola; and three brothers, Bobby (Cathy) Nix of Houlka, Billy (Karen) Nix of Blue Mountain and Paul Nix of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lori Niblett, in 2006; a sister, Edna Dodds, in 2005; and her parents, William and Thelma Nix.
Pallbearers will be Cory Nix, Cody Priest, Rodney Nix, Seth Honeycutt, Terry Weaver and Ryan Sartin. Honorary pallbearers will be B.J. Nix, Kevin Nix and Leroy Russell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Novia O. Pennington
AMORY – Funeral arrangements for Novia O. Pennington, 86, are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.

Willie K. Odom
AMORY – Willie K. Odom, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at Beverly Healthcare in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ovenell Thompson
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Ovenell Sanderson Thompson, 88, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.