By NEMS Daily Journal
BREWER – Mary Luene Roebuck Waycaster, 93, known to her family as “Mama Ene,” went to be with the Lord Feb. 9, 2011, at the Gregory Green House at Traceway. She was born Feb. 2, 1918, to Claude and Gussie Morgan Roebuck of the Nettleton community, where she spent her early childhood and attended school. In 1937, she married W.E. “Elgar” Waycaster. The couple spent the majority of their life together in the Brewer Community and were both employed by the Shannon School. Luene loved to cook and prepared many meals in the Shannon School Cafeteria and for family and friends. She loved helping her husband tend a garden and people from around the county regularly came to their home to get vegetables. She loved to give food, flowers, seeds and other items. Luene made sure that anyone who came to visit her home never left empty handed. She was an active member of Brewer Baptist Church for over 60 years and served last as a Senior Adult Sunday School teacher. In her senior years, she received her license to drive and commuted to First Baptist Church of Tupelo to help with their Mother’s Day Out Program.
Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Billy Langley and Rev. Keith Wiseman officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Long (Jim) of Brewer; three sons, B.W. “Bill” Waycaster (Pat) of Houston, Texas, and Old Union, Benny Waycaster (Martha) of Old Union, and Mitch Waycaster (Christy) of Tupelo; two sisters, Sis Pettigrew of Nettleton, Jewelene Barber (Herman) of Memphis, Tenn.; her brother, Claude Roebuck (Ruth) of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren, Kim Waycaster, Kristen Lee (Kevin), Kara Wedemeyer (Steve), Jon Long (Susanne), Melinda Tidwell (Cliff), Sam Long (Diane), Brad Waycaster (Pam), Greg Waycaster (Kathy), Ginger Miller (Matt), Jill West (Josh), and Ross Waycaster; 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elgar Waycaster; a brother, Thomas Roebuck and wife, Laura; her brother-in-law, Carlos Pettigrew; three grandchildren, Kellany Waycaster, Keelyn Waycaster and Clay Waycaster.
Pallbearers will be Steve Wedemeyer, Kevin Lee, Jon Long, Sam Long, Cliff Tidwell, Brad Waycaster, Greg Waycaster, Matt Miller, Josh West and Ross Waycaster.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Faith Food Pantry Building Fund, 102 Front Ave., Nettleton, MS 38858; or Elgar and Luene Waycaster Ministerial Scholarship Fund, c/o CREATE Foundation, P.O. Box 1053, Tupelo MS 38802.
The family would like to express appreciation to the nurses and nurses assistants at the Traceway Gregory House and of North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice for the tender love and care they have given our mother, especially over the last few weeks.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Sara Hall Perkins
CLINTON – Sara Hall Perkins was born April 16, 1921, in Lavonia, Ga., to Horace C. and Jewell S. Hall. She graduated from Lavonia High School, Bessie Tift College, now a part of Mercer University, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
She was the first woman to take theology courses at Southern Seminary. It was in one of these courses where she met her husband of 58 years, Perry C. “Clif” Perkins Sr. For their entire marriage they were partners in ministry, serving churches in Kentucky, Main Street Baptist Church of Goodman, First Baptist Church of Booneville, First Baptist Church of West Point and First Baptist Church of Greenwood. In 1975, they moved to Clinton as her husband assumed a job with the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. During these 11 years they partnered in interim ministry around the state and, in retirement, served churches in Yazoo County. For the last three years of active ministry they were at the Central Baptist Church in Little Yazoo, where the fellowship hall was named in honor of their joint service.
She was active in First Baptist Church of Clinton and still teaching Sunday School until the time of her death. Ms. Perkins loved deep water aerobics, reading, and spending time with family and friends. One friend said about her, “She was truly a most loving and loyal friend.”
Sara Perkins deeply believed that her faith must be lived out in relationship to family, friends and the community – that one must leave the world a better place – and that was how she lived her life. Her son, Perry, said, “My mother was truly the most optimistic person I have ever met. Her joy of life and commitment to friends and to the community is part of the inheritance my sister and our family have received from her.”
She is survived by her daughter, Beth Cox and husband, Adair, of Rome, Ga.; her son, Perry C. Perkins Jr. and his wife, Patricia, of New Orleans, La.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, Ginibeth Thompson and husband, Cory, of Decatur, Ga., and daughters, Audrey and Emily; Capt. Chip Cox, now on active duty in Afghanistan, and wife, Jennifer, of Fort Hood, Texas; Jessica Perkins-Smith and husband, Judson, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Sarah Perkins of Gretna, La.; and Rebekah Perkins Gilbert and husband, Ross, of Plano, Texas. She also leaves behind two sisters, Peggy Bolby of Hyannis, Mass., and Rose Dickson of Tyler, Texas; brothers-in-law, Gene Fowler of Bryson City, N.C., and J.C. Perkins and wife, Margaret, of Columbus; sisters-in-law. Betty Hall of Alpharetta, Ga., and Judy Perkins of Meridian; and numerous nieces and nephews and their families.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday evening at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home, 106 Cynthia, in Clinton. A second visitation will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday with services to follow at First Baptist Church, 100 College, Clinton. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Friendship Cemetary on 4th Street South in Columbus. Pallbearers will be family members.
The family requests memorials to be made to Northern Lousiana Interfaith, P.O. Box 7753, Monroe, LA.
ACKERMAN – Steven Britt Moss, 37, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Calhoun County. He was born Jan. 28, 1974, in Kosciusko. He was a coach and teacher at Ackerman High School. He attended Ackerman Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, coach and friend.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Ty Cobb Complex Gymnasium at the Ackerman High School. The Rev. Danny Irvin and the Rev. Steve Jordan will officiate. Burial will be in the Enon Cemetery in Ackerman. Coleman Funeral Home of Ackerman is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Abigail Clouse Moss of Ackerman; his daughter, Lily Katherine Moss of Ackerman; his father, Jackie Moss of Nesbit; his mother, Jeanie McBride Hearon of Kosciusko; a half sister, Lynn Brown of Lake Cormorant; and his grandmother, Mary McBride of Kosciusko.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Arthur Jack and Elizabeth Moss, and Britt McBride.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Coach Steven Moss Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 902, Ackerman, MS 39735.
To sign the guest registry, visit www.colemanfuneral.com.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Ty Cobb Complex Gymnasium at Ackerman High School.
HOUSTON, Texas – James J. “Jack” Askew, 77, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, after a lengthy illness. A veteran of the Korean War, he served on the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Valley Forge. He retired from Rancas Freight Service after many years as a self-employed contract driver. He loved the outdoors, including fishing, camping and bird watching. He and his wife would have been married for 52 years on March 1.
Private services were held Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Niday Funeral Home in Houston, Texas. Burial followed in the Veterans Cemetery in Houston, Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Gail; a daughter, Kim Dingell and husband, Chuck; a grandson, Reid, and granddaughter, Casey, of Friendswood, Texas; a brother, Earl Askew and wife, Juanita, of Trafford, Ala.; three sisters, Virginia Young of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Imogene Roberts of Chelsea, Ala., and Jane Sanchez of California; and a sister-in-law, Jean Askew of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Houston and Jackie Askew, and a brother, Houston Askew.
MANTACHIE – Kevin Ray Herring, 35, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at his residence. A Tupelo native, he was born Aug. 31, 1975, to Glenda Fay Herring and Charles Junior Dill. He worked for Jerry Cummings Mobile Home Service and was also a mechanic. He loved his family and enjoyed making people happy. He liked watching wrestling on T.V. He had a keen sense of humor and his family remembers his distinctive laugh.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Castor Buse and Rev. John Gale officiating. Burial will be in Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jena Hoard Herring; three daughters, Pamela Michelle Wheeler, Nicole Marie Herring and Chelsea Herring; two brothers, Matthew Tackett (Dawn) and William Tackett; his mother, Glenda Tackett, all of Mantachie; three stepchildren, Nikki Franks, Randal Hare and Jennifer Gant; his stepsister, Angie McCullom; eight grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather who raised him, Robert Lee Tackett; one sister, Angie Marie Tackett; and his grandparents, Earskin and Louella Herring.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Franks, Robert Franks, Rodger Franks, Joel Parker, Daniel Edgeworth, Ronnie Smith and Bone Edge.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Marie Smith Pringle, 63, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her residence in Oxford. She was a native of Lafayette County and a very active member of Second Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford. She was a graduate of Oxford Training School and Jackson State University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in English. She has done further studies at many other universities across the state and country and abroad at Cambridge University in London, England. She was a retired English teacher at Lexington Attendance Center, now J.J. MCClain High School, in Lexington. She was a former director of the language arts program for Holmes County and has also taught English at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena. She loved to cook, read, shop and travel, and she was known for her hats and beautiful dresses.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Missionary Baptist Church in Oxford. The Rev. Andrew Robinson Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Nicolette Pringle of Oxford; her mother, Catherine Smith of Oxford; two sisters, Cassandra Smith of Oxford and Modupé Ogunyemi of Oakland, Calif.; four brothers, Pastor Harry (Pastor Eyvone) Smith and Charles (Eunice) Smith, both of Oxford, Ester Lee (Shirley) Smith of Akron, Ohio, and Preston Smith of Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Second Missionary Baptist Church.
Beatrice M. Beasley
SALTILLO – Beatrice Marie Beasley, 82, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Elmsford, N.Y., she was born April 2, 1928. She worked as a bookkeeper in Newburgh, N.Y., until she began her career as a homemaker and mother for the next 57 years. Married to an Air Force veteran, she and her husband, Charles, lived all over the United States. She enjoyed roller skating, traveling, reading and needlework. She lived in the local area for five years.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Beasley of Saltillo; two sons, two daughters, three sisters and two brothers; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Joyce and Amy.
While no services will be held, expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Gary Thomas Bailey, 54, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Choctaw County as a result of a motor vehicle accident. He was a member of Westridge Baptist Church in Westridge, Ark. He was a truck driver for 3 Eagles Produce in Pontotoc. He was born in Waukegan, Ill., but lived most of his life in West Memphis, Ark. He made his home in Guntown, where he lived with his wife of six months, Shirley Shook Bailey and his dog, Duggie. He loved his family and friends dearly. He loved to fish, sing, ride his Harley and Elvis Presley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Eddie Painter officating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Bailey of Guntown; his parents, James Herman Bailey and Eva Culver Bailey, both of Mantachie; one daughter, Tonya Dodd (Jeffery) of Mantachie; three grandchildren, Parker, Kylie and Alan Dodd; one brother, John Harris (Allison) of Farmington, Ark.; three sisters, Brenda Bailey and Sue Bean (Lance), both of Mantachie, and Vicki Arnett (Steve) of Gainesville, Fla.; six nieces, Candice Berenquer (Gaston), Stevie Lynn Arnett, Bailey Brooke Arnett, Angela Brea Arnett, Jessica McMullen and Penny Bean (Tony); five nephews, Brad Arnett, Steve Arnett, John Harris, Drew Harris and Carson James Bailey; and five aunts, Doris Knight, Myrtle Horn, Ray Foster, Clara Kennedy and Dot Culver.
Pallbearers will be Randy and Billy Foster, Rodney Stroud, Michael Gardner, Kerry Crew and Gary Aron. Honorary pallbearers will be Carson, Parker and Alan.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today.
OXFORD – Mack Ivory Hamilton, 82, formerly of Houston, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Chapel CME Church in Houston. Burial will be in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
BOONEVILLE – Mettie Alma Henderson, 83, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born July 1, 1927, in Prentiss County. She was a machine operator in the clothing manufacturing industry. She was a member of New Covenant Family Worship Center. She enjoyed sewing, cooking, flowers and canning.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by two sons, Thomas Henderson (Lorraine) of Booneville and Paul Ray Yielding (Judith) of Des Moines, Iowa; two daughters, Betty Lambert (Marty) and Hilda McVey (Billy), all of Booneville; 10 grandchildren, Chris Eaton, Tonja Wren, Tessa Key, Will Key (Charlene), Wesley English, Sammy Henderson (Tina), Jeff Spang (Ronnie Ann), Kerry McVey (Jill), Sherry Baker (David), and Tammy Wright; 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Austin Henderson, on Jan. 31, 1976; her parents, William Carrol Lowery and Myrtie Ellen Majers Lowery; four brothers, Bruce Cornelius, Huley Cornelius, Coley Lowery and Joel Lowery; three sisters, Illa Hill, Ola Harris and Ella Barnes; and a great-grandson, Levi Dallas Eaton.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SHANNON – Bridgett Dianna Gardner Stovall, 43, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on Nov. 22, 1967, to Lee A. Gardner and Jannie Goree Gardner. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She loved to cook and sing. She was a member of Eternal Life Teaching and Preaching Ministry in Shannon, where she served in various positions. She was saved and loved God with all her heart. She was a woman of great faith and remained strong until the end.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Shannon with Pastor Clarence Frison officiating. Burial will be in the Fields Cemetery in Shannon. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 14 years Maurice Stovall; a daughter, Janie Sims; a son, Leonard (Ashley) Dixon; a granddaughter, Breanna Dixon; her father, Lee A. Gardner, all of Shannon; one sister, Lisa Dixon of Detroit, Mich.; three brothers, Greg (A’lea) Gardner of Flint, Mich., Lee (Carri) Gardner Jr. of Kalamazoo, Mich., and Chris Gardner of Detroit, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Anna Stovall; a brother-in-law, Henry (Mattie) Stovall Jr.; a special aunt, Minister Deloise Chatman.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Jannie Gardner, and her grandparents, G.P. (Leona) Goree and Euqennia Dixon and Henry Gardner Jr.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Okolona. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday.
AMORY – Joe Douglas Chamblee, 70, died on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on May 3, 1940, in Itawamba County, he was a son of the late Marshall and Ninnie Lou Tubb Chamblee. Mr. Chamblee was a graduate of Tremont High School, Class of 1958. While attending Itawamba Junior College, he went into the U.S. Army and honorably served his country for six years as a Specialist Helicopter Crew Chief. He owned and operated Chamblee Pest Control and Fence Company and worked as a sewing machine mechanic. He was Baptist. He enjoyed listening to gospel music, hunting and fishing, and traveling.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Johnny Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Sydnie Welch Chamblee of Amory; a son, Brien (Debbie) Chamblee of Amory; a sister, Fay (Robert) Lindsay of Amory; brothers, Marvin (Blanche) Chamblee of Hatley and Charles (Mary) Chamblee of Fulton; sister-in-law, Betty (Don) Leech of Amory; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Carlisle “Buck” and Eunice Jordan Welch; and a sister, Mary Lee Duvall.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Victory Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 418, Smithville, MS 38870 or to Liberty Grove Cemetery Fund.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
EUPORA – Phyllis Andrews Graham, 53, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, in Calhoun City.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Eupora First Baptist Church. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Ellisville Cemetery in Ellisville. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Rosie Lee Richardson, 65, died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona after a brief illness. She was born July 10, 1945, to Madella Montgomery and James Agnew. She was married to the late Charles Allen Richardson for 45 years. She was employed by NMMC for over 20 at the Baldwyn location. She was a member of TCD.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Temple of Compassion and Deliverance Church in Tupelo with Bishop Clarence Parks officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery in Guntown. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia (Andre) Stafford of St. Paul; three sons, Michael (Teresa) Witherspoon and Fitzgerald Agnew of Tupelo, and Rickey (Jacqueline) Richardson of Verona; one godson, Tony Stewart; five sisters, Rosie Mae Richardson, Shanty Montgomery, Diane Walker, Carolyn (Willie) Weathington and Debra Williams; three brothers, Charles (Johnnie) Agnew, James (Lucille) Garner and Jerry (Catherine) Montgomery; two half sisters, Martha Collins and Linda Young; three half brothers, Clarence (Katherine) Agnew, James (Georgia) Agnew and Bonnie (Sandra) Young; three great-aunts, Katherine Springer, Fenneller Freeman and Rose Eller Agnew; one brother-in-law, Doug Richardson; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
BALDWYN – Sherlyn “Shell” Calomese Springer, 55, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 7, 1955, to Daisy Calomese and Elbert Bowdry. She was a member of Springhill M.B. Church in Baldwyn. She married E
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Springhill M.B. Church in Baldwyn with Rev. Isaac Shinault officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Surviors include her hushand, Everonne “Bobby” Springer of Tupelo, whom she married May 8, 2000; two daughters, Rakedia Calomese and Rasheda Calomese, both of Birmingham; two grandsons, Brayden Jones and Johnthan Fields Jr.; two stepdaughters, Morgan Springer of Tupelo and Maegan Fields (Johnthan)of Biggers; one stepson, Darryl Springer of Marion, Ind.; two sisters, Geraldine Gillard and Rosalyn McCoy (Charlie) of Tupelo; three brothers, Murry Calomese (Martha) of Baldwyn, Joe Calomese (Mary) of Omaha, Neb., and William Bowdry (Virginia) of Baldywn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Cecil Calomese, James Calomese and Bobby Bowdry.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and Friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
Thomas H. Green
ABERDEEN – Thomas H. Green, 43, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cedar Grove M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
To access the online registry, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Anna Katherine “Katy” Crumpton Bryson died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Columbus after a brief illness. She was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Sturgis to John Rives Crumpton and Jennie Hannah Crumpton. She grew up in Starkville and attended Mississippi State College for Women before marrying James Russell Bryson, her husband for 51 years, and settling in Tupelo in 1952. She was a member and ordained deacon and elder of the First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo. She was a Sunday School teacher, youth leader and officer in her local church Presbyterian Women. She held many offices at Presbytery and Synod level of Presbyterian Women and was active with Mission Haven, serving as an officer for six years. She was moderator of St. Andrew Presbytery in 1995 and a commissioner to the PCUSA General Assembly in 1999.
The Clean Water U campus at Camp Hopewell was dedicated to Mrs. Bryson and Frankie Lawler in 2004. Mrs. Bryson participated as a Girl Scout leader for six years and a Cub Scout Den leader for two years. She volunteered with 4-H for 36 years as a leader and was selected to serve on the Lee County 4-H Advisory Council for many years. Not only did she win many honors in leadership, but she guided many youth of Lee County to local, district, state and national 4-H awards. She was selected for MS 4-H Honor Club and MS 4-H All-Stars. She was a lifelong member of Mississippi Extension Homemaker’s Volunteer organization, serving as an officer in local, county and state level. She was a volunteer with the Salvation Army in Lee County and a longtime member of its Board. She was Tupelo’s Outstanding Citizen in 1980 for her years of service for youth.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo with a private burial at Lee Memorial. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Survivors include her children, Charles Thomas Bryson (Nancy) of Leland, Nancy Lynne Bryson Curtis (David) of Columbus, John Russell Bryson (Mary Ann) of Tupelo and Jane Hannah Bryson O’Brien (Kevin) of French Camp; her grandchildren, Rev. Tom Bryson (Ashley) of Columbus, Steve Bryson of Tupelo, Jenny Bennett (Zack) of Birmingham, Ben Curtis (Blair) of Tupelo, Alan Bryson of Tupelo, Stephanie Bryson of Tupelo, Chris (Laura) O’Brien of Knoxville, Tenn., and Sarah O’Brien of Starkville; four great-grandchildren, Conner Bennett, Corrie Bennett, Mary Bishop Curtis and Michael Bryson; brothers and sisters, Capt. John Rives Crumpton Jr. (Eve) of Oxford, Maine, Rev. Dr. Robert Thomas Crumpton (Nancy), William “Bill” Ralph Crumpton (Rae Nell) and Jane Hannah McRae (Robert); and many nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a sister, Nancy Lee Crumpton; and a brother, Charles David Crumpton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Hopewell, 24 CR 231, Oxford, MS 38655 or Living Waters for the World, 5016 Spedale Ct. No. 399, Spring Hill, TN 37174.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOONEVILLE – Mary Edith McNeece, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. She was born June 11, 1915, in Itawamba County to Will and Cletra Walker McCostlin. She was a Baptist, and she was a retired restaurant hostess. She enjoyed flowers and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by a sister, Winfred Gardner of Booneville; a nephew, Mike Gardner of Booneville; a niece, Carolyn Bolen (Kimble) of Corinth; two sisters-in-law, Mazell Moore of Fulton and Margaret McNeece of Florence, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Clifton McNeece, on Feb. 20, 1991; an infant brother, Paul McCostlin.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
FULTON – Flora Waddle Pearson, 92, formerly of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Fulton, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the Kemp Meadows Assisted Living in Winfield, Ala. She was born Sept. 11, 1918, to James S. and Carrie Lee Jamerson Waddle. She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She participated in the Pink Ladies, 39ers, Dorcas Sunday School Class and the Friends of the Itawamba County Library.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Don Baggett and the Rev. Gary Heathcock officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Lesley of Fulton and Patti Dulaney (Donnie) of Muscle Shoals; four grandchildren, Dr. Bruce Lesley of Starkville, Laura Boswell (Dr. John) of Winfield, Joel Dulaney (Cindy) of Curry, Ala., and Daniel Dulaney (Lori) of Effingham, S.C.; six great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Huron O. Pearson, in 1986; her parents; four sisters, Zadie Hale, Mina Jarrell, Eunice Barnes and Winnie Jarrell; and two brothers, Webb Waddle and Wendell Waddle.
Pallbearers will be J.D. Hale, Bryce Barnes, Tom Pasiewicz, Johnnie Graham, Jimmy Wilson, Gerald Wallace and John Nail.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
BALDWYN – Forest Coleman died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
HERNANDO – James Brasher, 85, formerly of Bruce, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. He was born Nov. 30, 1925, in Paducah, Ky. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and served 20 years, retiring with the rank of petty officer 1st class. He spent two years in the South Pacific during World War II. After World War II he spent time on various ships and shore stations until his retirement from the Navy in June 1963. After returning to Bruce, he worked as a meat cutter in the local grocery store before moving to Hernando in 1994. He was a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church in the Paris community.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Billy Hill officiating. Burial with military honors will be in the Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Christine Kirby Brasher of Hernando; two sons, Harold Brasher and wife, Kay, of Hernando and Eugene Brasher and wife, Kathy, of Round Rock, Texas; four grandchildren, Teresa (Shawn) Hicks, Christina (Antonio) Espanoza, Eric Brasher and Elizabeth Brasher; and one great-grandson, Connor Hicks.
He was preceded in death by a son, Larry Brasher.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday.
Billy Glen White
HOUSTON – Billy Glen White, 65, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Feb. 21, 1945., to Eric and Beatrice Latham White. He lived most of his life in Caledonia. He was a construction worker before becoming disabled. He attended the Church of Christ in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Eugene O’Mary officiating. Burial will be in the Sullivan Family Cemetery in Caledonia.
Survivors include five children, Randy White and Rachel of Caledonia, Sandra White and Ricky Dye of Houston, William White and Joy of Houston, Lisa Griffin and Eddie of Woodland, and Ronnie White of Houston; two stepsons, John Douglas “Pebo” Taylor and John Wayne Taylor, both of Caledonia; 16 grandchildren and13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma Jean White; one sister, Elizabeth White; a grandchild, Tiffany Taylor; and a great-grandchild, Joshua Alexander.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Brandon White, Kevin White, Charlie White, Curtis White, Nathan Rape and John Thomas.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.
WALNUT – Luther “Cracker Jack” Watson, 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Prentiss County. He was born June 5, 1946, to L.A. and Mavis Irene Roberson Watson. He was a member of Charity Church and a farmer.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Charity Church with Bro. Tim Watson and Bro. Bradley Watson officiating. Burial will be in Medlock Methodist Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Scercy Watson of Walnut; one daughter, Karen Wright (Shane) of Walnut; four sons, Thomas Watson, Gary Watson (Lois) and Martin Watson (Lavonda), all of Walnut, and Randy Parks of Blytheville, Ark.; one brother, Grady Watson (Tommye) of Walnut; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons, Timothy Randle Parks Jr. and Jonathan Watson.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Wilbanks, Larry Blaylock, Larry Glass, Tony Perry, Phillip Harrington and Jerry Rich. Honorary pallbearers will be Ferrell Swords, Ronnie Newby, Richard Swinford and Ben Mathis.
Visitation will be today at Charity Church and will continue until service time on Saturday.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BELMONT – Thadis Adron Sartain, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at his residence. He was born March 27, 1936, in Dennis to James W. and Carrie Hill Sartain. He was retired from the U.S. Navy as a nuclear engineer. He repaired nuclear submarines and after retirement he helped build nuclear power plants all over the United States for General Dynamic.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 47 years, Vera Sartain of Belmont; four sons, Gary Stephen Sartain of Corinth, Donnie W. Sartain of Tishomingo, Thomas L. Sartain of Golden and Jerry A. Sartain of Belmont; one brother, James H. Sartain (Jane) of Memphis; one sister, Myra Ann Howe (Bubba) of Memphis; and two grandsons, Phillip Thadis Sartain and Adron William Sartain, both of Tishomingo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Rahmell Davidson; and two brothers, Bobby Gene Sartain and Wilbur Sartain.
Pallbearers will be Steve Sartain, Donnie Sartain, Jerry Sartain, Phillip Sartain, Jay Sartain and Ron Horne.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Saturday.
BELMONT – Vera Ann Deaton Greene, 97, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at Terrace Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Russellville, Ala. She was born July 7, 1913, in Mississippi to Homer and Oma Sartain Deaton. She was retired from Yarber Dry Goods after 25 years. She was a member of New Providence Primitive Baptist Church, which she loved dearly and served faithfully. She will be remembered by her many acts of kindness and the food that she lovingly prepared for others. She lived in Belmont for the first 90 years of her life, then became a resident of Terrace Manor in Russellville, Ala., where she was dearly loved.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Elder Cecil Woodruff and Elder Clinton Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery at Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Jolene Stockton of Russellville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Jeannie Clement (Travis) of Water Valley, Tim Stockton (Lisa) and Kathy Hall (Ricky), all of Russellville, Ala.; eight great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace Greene in 1972; a daughter, Marjorie Ann Moxley in 2010; two sons-in-law, Homer C. Moxley in 2006 and Marshall Stockton in 1998; a granddaughter, Cindi Michael in 1979; and one brother and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Lance Clement, Matt Stockton, Casey Stockton, Jason Stockton, Michael Hall, J.P. Wilemon, Charles Bailey and Jimmy Harris.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Providence Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Sammie Lee Pounds, 8 CR 11, Golden, MS 38847.
Carlos L. Dortch
SHREVEPORT, La. – Carlos L. Dortch, 34, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Willis Knight and North Hospital in Shreveport, La.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at New Bethel M.B. Church in Moscow, Tenn. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & 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 9:30 to 10:25 a.m. Saturday.
WALNUT – G.W. Camburn died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Alice Louise Wroten, 89, died Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Dec. 29, 1921, in Tishomingo County to John and Hattie Kennedy Burns. She was a presser and a machine operator at the Blue Bell plant. She was a member of Hills Chapel Church of Christ. She enjoyed sewing, dancing, flowers, gardening and working in her yard.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Haskell Sparks and Dwain Brown officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, James Wroten (Gail) of Booneville; a daughter, Kay Taylor (James) of Booneville; nine grandchildren, Harold Taylor (Dee), Mark Taylor, Jeff Taylor (Jeannie), Timmy Taylor (Tammie), all of Booneville, Angie Fair and Cindy Brown, both of Verona, Jason Wroten (Sandy), Joanna Mathes (Matt), and Amy Rorie (Brandon), all of Booneville; two sisters, Ethel Murphy of Booneville and Vanah Watts (Cal) of Gardendale, Ala.; 13 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death in 1992 by her husband of 53 years, Fred Wroten; two sisters, Ruby and Rosey; three brothers, Hurman, Jessy and Johnny; and three half sisters.
Pallbearers are Harold Taylor, Mark Taylor, Jeff Taylor, Timmy Taylor, Jason Wroten and Brandon Rorie.
OKOLONA – Rachel “Ms. Joe” Johnson James died Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Okolona. She was born Oct. 21, 1957, to Racheal Johnson and the late Gladist Johnson. She was a member of Red Bud M.B. Church, where she was an usher and youth teacher. She was very helpful in taking care of family members and others. She received her education from the Fannie Carter High School and M.I. She was a former employee of Beverly Health Care as a CNA and assistant manager at McDonald’s.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Red Bud M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ervin James of Okolona; her mother, Racheal Johnson of Okolona; one daughter, Jermekia A. Johnson of Okolona; one son, Jeremy A. Johnson of Okolona; her mother-in-law, Rena Gates of Okolona; her father-in-law, Benjamin James of Aberdeen; six sisters, Emma (Sammie) Farr, Mary (Dennis) Lester, Carry (Anderson)(Cunningham, Mimi (Eddie) Irons, Marg, Helen and Essie Hampton; six brothers, Claude Johnson, Scott Johnson, Willie (Eddie) Johnson, David (Tameral) Johnson, Rickey (Janell) Devauld and Shelby Devauld; three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Gladys Johnson; and a sister, Sara Patrick.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
PRAIRIE – Charles “Peanut” Booker, 60, died Monday, Feb. 7, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 27, 1950, to Theodore Booker and Iteria Fields. He was a member of Union Baptist Church, serving on the Board of Trustees and as a Sunday School teacher. He was a former employee of Kay Furniture and Futorian for 33 years. He’ll be remembered for selling peanuts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Booker of Prairie; two daughters, Nasheba and Janice Talley, both of Prairie; one sister, Marshell Booker.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Wayne Fields.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
ASHLAND – James Howard Hoyle, 73, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashland High School Gym. Burial will be in the Palestine M.B. Church Cemetery in Ashland. J.F. Brittenum & 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 school from 1:30 to 2:25 p.m. Saturday.
George O. Friar
BOONEVILLE – George O. Friar, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Wolf Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HICKORY FLAT – Raymond Earl Owen, 69, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
FULTON – Carlos Ray Nanney, 90, died Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Earlene Glover LeSure, 98, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & 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 the family receiving visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church from 9 to 9:55 a.m. Saturday.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Dallas Kimbrough Marion, 90, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Alliance Healthcare System in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hudsonville CME Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & 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. The body will lie in state at the church from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Saturday.
ASHLAND – Nehimiah Lesure, 80, died Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, at Baptist Hospital East.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Free Branch M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Faye Austin, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a member of the Pontotoc Church of Christ and a retired nurse for the Pontotoc County Health Department.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Minister Gordon Gentry officiating. Burial will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughters, Rhonda Reynolds (Dusty) of Flowood and Jamie Whitworth of Oxford; her sister, Dathal DuBois of Denville, Ill.; four grandchildren, Chad Reynolds, Matt Reynolds, Brandon Whitworth and Ashlee Whitworth; and two great-grandchildren, Kaylee Whitworth and Karlee Whitworth.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Head and Annie Lee Conaway Head; her husband, James Euell Austin; and a sister, Hoyle Duckworth.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
The family requests that memorials be sent to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.