By NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Betty Jean Sheffield Farrar, 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, after a hard battle with a brief illness. She was born on Nov. 4, 1937, in Amory. She was a lifelong member of Union Grove Baptist Church, where she played the piano. She was a retiree of the Itawamba County School District. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chris Duncan, Bro. Billy Thorn and Bro. Bobby Amos officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 58 years, Joel Anthony Farrar of Fulton; her children, Donna Barkley (Hal) of West Point, Todd Farrar (Amy) of Tremont and Rodney Farrar of Fulton; grandchildren, Holly Kulp (Luke) of Tupelo, Bailey Menetre (Gracie) of Tupelo, Corey Farrar of Starkville, Abbey Farrar of Tremont and Krishtan Farrar of Denver, Colo.: and two great-grandchildren, George Menetre and Carter Kulp; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Anita Farrar; her parents, O.O. and Lillian Sheffield; and sisters, Frances Noller, Elwanda Cantrell and Ezra Hughes; and brothers, Bob, Leon and Bill Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be Dan Farrar, Johnny Hughes, Anthony Pearce, Michael Pearce, Burt Sheffield and Danny Sheffield. Jeff Sheffield will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 10, 2012, and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
AMORY – Maribeth Lewis, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
WOODLAND – J.T. McQuary died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
BALDWYN – Richard Edward Fels, 58, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born March 8, 1953, in Queens in New York City. He was a member of Wheeler Baptist Church. He was employed by Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. He loved baseball and attended many Wheeler High School games. He was loved by many of the players. He will be missed.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Kevin Nichols officiating. His wishes were to be cremated. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Matthew Richard Fels of Baldwyn, Adam Edward Fels (Kim) of Selmer, Tenn., and Joshua David Fels of Baldwyn; two sisters, Nancy Rigas and Kathy Fels, both of Pennsylvania; one stepsister, Christine M. Enderle (Dale) of Booneville; two step-nieces, and one step-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Jane Norton; his father, Morris Fels; and one stepsister, Patricia A. Barron and husband, Billy.
GUNTOWN – Jeffrey Young died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
TUPELO – Forestine Coleman died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 7, 1944, in Guntown to Prince Williams and Sarah Young Williams. She had a love for God that led her to the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance, where she remained faithful until death. She was a homemaker and had a special gift in the kitchen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance with Bishop Clarence Parks officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Guntown. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Price and Dorothy Dixon (Earnest), both of Verona; four sons, Tommy Clifton, Jerry Clifton, Terry Clifton and Derrick Clifton, all of Tupelo; three sisters, Virginia Nell Moore of Kokomo, Ind., Mary Moore of Corinth and Annie Phyfe (WC) of Tupelo; five brothers, Prince Williams, Charles Williams and Carl Williams, all of Tupelo, Bonnie and Johnny Williams, both of Belden; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lee Coleman; a son, Forest Clifton; a sister, Emma R. Williams; and a great-great-granddaughter, Latisha Price.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Blanch Mackson LeSueur, 56, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Chris Temple Church of God in Christ in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Erma Dale Boxley Warren, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Alliance HealthCare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Valley M.B. Church at Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Matilda Lawrence Washington, 98, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Rising Star M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Forest Hill Cemetery Mid-Town in Memphis. 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 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.
TUPELO – John Arthur Carruth, 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 6, 1944, to J.D. and Helen Carruth. He graduated from French Camp Academy. He was in industrial sales in Memphis before moving to Tupelo in 1980 with Caterpillar Grady W. Jones Co. He then went on to sales of over-the-road trucks. The last nine years of his life he became a self-employed handyman.
Mr. Carruth was known for his straightforwardness, honesty and kind heart. Above all, he will be remembered for the love he had for his wife and family. He loved sharing his faith with others, along with the joy he shared married to his wife. It gave him great pleasure to watch his children, grandchildren and great-grandson doing anything they loved. He attended The Orchard Methodist Church.
At his request, his body has been donated to Genesis/Meri in Memphis in order that their research might benefit others.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at The Orchard Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jane Burcham Carruth; two daughters, Penny Cooley (Bill) and Robin Carruth; one son, Jeff Carruth; one brother, Richard Carruth of Newbern, Tenn.; his grandchildren, Katie Beth, Kelsey, Conner and Ashton Carruth; his great-grandson, John Everett Carruth; special family friends, Andy Redwood, Linda Carruth and his Orchard small group.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lisa; his parents, J.D. and Helen Carruth; his sister, Suzanne Bearden; two brothers, Tommy Carruth and James Carruth; and a daughter-in-law, Camille Hinchey Carruth.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Women’s First Resource Center in Tupelo or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
ABERDEEN – William “Bill” Crump, 82, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born March 19, 1929, to Amos Earl Crump and Annie Abbott Crump in Monroe County. He lived the past 36 years in Monroe County, where he was a member of River Bend Baptist Church. He retired as an electrician. He served honorably in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and has remained close to fellow members of his army unit. He received the Purple Heart during his time of service.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Hankins Crump of Aberdeen; one daughter, Kathy Williams Bourland (Kenny) of Louisville; two sons, William “Rusty” Crump (Judy) of Amory and James D. Crump of Aberdeen; three sisters, Evelyn Gibson of La Quinta, Calif., Jean Burns of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., and Sarah Schorder of Desert Hot Springs, Calif.; one brother, Robert Douglas Crump of Riggins, Idaho; and grandchildren, Shea Bourland, Katy Bourland Murray, Ben Bourland, Jamie Crump, Jeremy Crump, Matthew Crump and Sarah Crump.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Johnnie Mae Larrieu, Gertude Piccard and Annie Kate Green; and four brothers, George Crump, Richard Crump, Steve Crump and Ralph Crump,
Pallbearers will be Shea Bourland, Ben Bourland, Scott Murray, Len Crump, Ron Crump and Lee Crump.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to River Bend Baptist Church Building Fund, 50361 Old Hwy. 25 South, Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Sign the online guest registry and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Alma Caroline Hall Stermer, 82, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the Baptist Medical Center Downtown in Jacksonville, Fla. She was born Oct. 6, 1929, in Darlington, S.C., to Myrtle Mae Barber Hall and Carl Lee Hall. She was a former resident of West Point, living in Jacksonville for the past two years. She was a homemaker and a member of West Point Church of Christ. She married Karl Von Stermer on March 31, 1957, in Pascagoula. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2002.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tom Holley officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of
West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Candace Stermer of Sydney, Australia, and Robin Parimore (Thomas) of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sons, Steve Stermer of Colorado Springs, Colo., Daniel Stermer (Shelly) of Tampa, Fla., and David Stermer (Mari) of Floyds Knobs, Ind.; 16 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and her sisters, Ola Hall Carter of Clover Dale, Calif., Rea Hall Burch of Asheboro, N.C.
She was preceded in death by Fitzhugh Hall, John Mark Hall, Malcolm Hall, Thelma Hall Dooly, Dorothy Hall, Eugene Hall and Edsel Hall.
Pallbearers will be Steve Stermer, David Stermer, Dan Stermer, Timon Stermer, Tony Parimore and Ross Parimore.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Eather Bell Petty, 102, died Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012, at the West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shady Grove Abbott Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
WEST POINT – Nathaniel Hardy, 79 died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in the White Station community. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.
ABERDEEN – Patricia Bradley, 61, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
BELMONT – Martha L. “Marty” Davis, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Generations of Red Bay, Ala.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is assisting the family.
TUPELO – Geneva Doss McCafferty, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Welch Funeral Home Chapel in Starkville. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Sign the online guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
YAZOO CITY – Hubert Boutwell, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at his home. He was born June 2, 1919, in Attala County to Jeff Taylor Boutwell and Mary Beatrice Johnston Boutwell. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a POW for 22 months. He was a retired truck driver for the Yazoo County Road Department.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel in Yazoo City with Rev. Hugh Smith and Rev. Emerson Tedder officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery in Yazoo City.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Boutwell of Yazoo City; two daughters, Lois (Keith) Herring of Blue Springs and Jo (Jimmy) Vickers of Madison; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Patty Worthy; two sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Mat Tallant, Taylor Poe, Dennis Poe, Jeff Tallant, Eric Poe and Kelly Collins.
SMITHVILLE – Hazel Towery, 73, died on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at noon Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home. A private graveside service will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Joe L. Agnew
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Joe L. Agnew, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Metropolitan Hospital in Byron Center, Mich. He was a member of First Community AME Church in Grand Rapids. He was a 1959 graduate of Guntown Colored High School and a 1963 graduate of Mississippi Vocational College Itta Bena, where he majored in brick masonry.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ebernezer M.B. Church in Guntown. Brown Funeral Home of Grand Rapids is in charge.
He is survived by one daughter, Stephanie Marie Agnew, and one son, James Corey Agnew, both of Grand Rapids, Mich.; two granddaughters, Ashanti Nicol Banks and Brianna Mari McSwain, both of Grand Rapids; four sisters, Sula M. Agnew of Guntown, Bertha A. Thomas of Tupelo, Annie A. Robins (Leo) of Guntown and Debra R. Agnew of Saltillo; two nieces, Marilyn S. Motley (Jesse) of Memphis and TeKeishia L. Robins of Guntown; three nephews, Leo R. Robins Jr. and Brandon C. McFadden of Saltillo and Genelius McFadden of Baldwyn; one great-niece, Kellie C. Hodges of Memphis; three great-nephews, Keldrick C. Hodges of Tupelo, Nathaniel Louis Robins and Hunter Daniel Robins of Guntown; one great-great-nephew, MaKenzie Hodges of Tupelo; and a host of cousins.
He was preceded in death by wife, Earnestine McNeil Agnew; his parents, Thurman “Crocker” and Ruby C. Agnew; one brother, Charles E. Agnew; and his grandparents.