Obituaries February 12, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Nora Starling
MANTACHIE – Nora Lee Grimes Starling, 82, beloved Momma and Mamaw, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at home. She was born on Oct. 10, 1930, to Luther J. and Clytee Brazeal Grimes. Nora Lee married Truman Starling on Aug. 24, 1946, and spent their years by his side working with him on their farm and raising their four children, Larry, Joe, Sondra and Chad. She was a lifelong member of the Church of God of Prophecy, where she was actively involved with groups from youth to seniors as a faithful servant of the Lord. Her membership was at Union Grove, but she gladly assisted with church activities outside her home church, whenever and wherever needed. Nora Lee had a beautiful kind spirit that drew people to her. She never met a stranger and had a kind word, a smile, a wave and a hug for everyone she encountered. She worked various public jobs in addition to helping Truman with the farming, but is most known for her years working in the lunchroom at Mantachie High School, where she added to her count of children that considered her their “Second Momma.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 12, at the Union Grove Family Worship Center with Bro. Ryan Napalo and Bro. Claxton Cook officiating. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery. McNeece–Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Joe E. Starling (Jan) of Mantachie; one daughter, Sondra Byrd (Chris) of Mooreville; one sister, Lurene Brown of Amory; five grandchildren, Brandon Byrd and fiancée, Kelly, Bradley Starling and fiancée, Laura, Savannah Starling, Sallie Starling and Matthew Byrd.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Truman Starling, who died Oct. 16, 2011; two sons, Chad Starling and Larry Starling; one grandson, Jackson Starling; one brother, Ray Grimes; one sister, Faye Towery; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Randle Towery, Billy Towery, Mickey Towery, Jeff Willis, Adam Grimes and Tim Putt.
Visitation will continue from noon until service time today at the church.
Online condolences may be shared at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Irene Gardner
NEW ALBANY – Irene Elizabeth Frazier Gardner, 86, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Dogwood Plantation in New Albany. She was born Aug. 6, 1926, in Myrtle to Albert and Cora Porter Frazier. She was a homemaker and a member of Wallerville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Donnie Schuman officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Shelia McMillen (Bob) of Myrtle; two sons, John K. Gardner (Nancy) and Mike Gardner (Mary Nell), both of Tupelo; one brother, Joe Allen Frazier (Nora Lee) of Myrtle; eight grandchildren, Jeremy McMillen (Mary Jane), Shannon Rasberry (Dustin), Reggie Gardner, Ryan Gardner, Johnathan Gardner (Kelly), Laurie Elizabeth Gardner, Melissa Logan (Brad) and Michael Wright (Pam); and four great-grandchildren, Channing McMillen, Sydney Rasberry, Gracie Gardner and Elvie Logan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Laurie Gardner; one son, Ronald Gardner; one grandson, Scott McMillen; four brothers, James, George, Pete and Roy Lee Frazier; and one sister, Annie Rooker.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Lyna Holland
BRUCE – Lyna Pearl McLaughlin Holland, 98, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 5, 1914, in Mississippi. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Elder Ed Easley officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira J. Holland; her parents, William Jackson McLaughlin and Melissa Davidson McLaughlin; a sister, Lou Ida McLaughlin; two brothers, Tony McLaughlin and Richard McLaughlin.
Survivors include one son, Ira Alfred Holland of Bruce.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Jerry Wolf
HOULKA – Jerry Wolf, 70, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Mary Gilmore
RICHMOND – Mary Elizabeth Cogsdell Gilmore, 81, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at her residence. She was born July 24, 1931, in West Point to Barney and Josie Harris Cogsdell Kennedy. She was a native of West Point, but had resided in Richmond for the past 38 years. She was a retired secretary and a Methodist.
Our deepest gratitude to granddaughters Becky Walters and Shelly Johnson for all their help during her sickness and a special thanks to the hospice nurses who were so wonderful in her time of need.
Services were Monday, Feb. 11, at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Samuel John Raper officiating. A private family burial was in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her third husband, Bobby Gilmore Sr. (Wanda) of Tupelo; three daughters, Jean Schmidt (Jim), Lynn Sullivan, both of Richmond and Darlene Smith (Terry) of Mooreville; three sons, Charles Sullivan (Chris) of Mobile, Ala., Paul Smith Sr. (Kathy) of Sulligent, Ala., and Bobby Gilmore Jr. (Angie) of Mooreville; one sister, Minnie Kennedy of Marietta, Ga.; two brothers, Thomas Cogsdell (Marjorie) of Saraland, Ala., and William Cogsdell of Texas; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-granchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Houston Sullivan; her second husband, Dewey E. Smith; her parents; two sons, James Harvey Sullivan and Robert Earl Sullivan; three sisters, Eileen White, Lorene Kennedy and Barbara Jo Oliver; and a brother, James Cogsdell.
Pallbearers were John Schmidt, Tony Schmidt, Paul Smith Jr., Justin Smith, Derrick Sawyer and Shawn Sawyer.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Hubert Fisher
ABBEVILLE – Hubert Russell “Sut” Fisher, 62, died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Lafayette County, he was the son of Willie Fisher Sr. and Rose Fisher. He was a member of East St. Peter M.B. Church where he was an usher, choir member and driver of the church van. He was a truck driver for T.G. Baker before driving for himself. A very generous person, he loved to fish and hunt, motorcycles and making people laugh.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at East St. Peter M.B. Church. The Rev William Woods Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in East St. Peter Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his companion and closest friend who help provide his care, Earnestine Matthews of Abbeville; one daughter, Camille Fisher of Memphis; three sons, Warren Neal (Carla) Key of Abbeville, Kevin Fisher of Oxford and Broderick Rogers of Chicago; one sister, Lorraine (Joseph) Wilson of Taylor; four brothers, Frank Fisher of St. Louis, Mo., Willie Fisher Jr., Howard Fisher and Charlie Fisher, all of Taylor; four grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Virginia Skelton
BURNSVILLE – Virginia Faye Skelton, 72, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Grissom Chapel Holiness Church. Interment will follow in Grissom Chapel Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time at the church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Chuck Sanders
OXFORD – James R. “Chuck” Sanders, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Traci Mardis
ECRU – Traci Leeann Dash Mardis, 43, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at her home in Ecru.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cairo Baptist Church in Ecru. Cremation will follow. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Clyde Norman
MEMPHIS – Clyde Norman, 54, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, at Spring Gate Health and Rehab in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Shirley White
NEW ALBANY – Shirley Ruth Elder White, 75, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Sept. 26, 1937, in Keownville to Jamie Rawl Elder and Mary Jane Richey Elder. She was a retired secretary and a member of the Keownville Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Keownville Baptist Church with the Rev. Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will be in Keownville Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Earl White of New Albany; two daughters, Ruth Brown (Rick) and Stacey Bell (Keith), both of New Albany; a son, Bobby White (Debbie) of New Albany; a sister, Shelby Portis (Bob) of New Albany; a sister-in-law, Linda Elder of New Albany; a brother, Wendell Elder (Linda) of New Albany; four grandchildren, Porche White, Jordan Bell, Brooke Herring (Chris) and Beau White; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Jamie Waymond Elder.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Rick Brown, Chris Herring, Jamie Miller, Keith Bell, Jordan Bell and Beau White.
The body will lie in repose from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Keownville Baptist Church.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Larry Barron
BOONEVILLE – Larry W. Barron, 66, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 8, 1946, to Gus and Pauline Miller Barron. He was a member of the East Booneville Baptist Church. He was retired from the Mississippi Department of Transportation, worked at Prentiss County Power Association and was supervisor for eight years for the 1st District. He enjoyed farming, raising cattle and spending time with his blue tick hound.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. P.J. Scott, Jerry Hisaw and Gary Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Peggy Coley Barron; one son, Tim Barron of Booneville; one sister, Martha (Mark) Sheffield of Booneville; his stepfather, Gene Botts of Booneville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Matt Barron.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Hisaw, Gary Huddleston, Randle Breedlove, H.B. Lindsey, Charles Cleveland and Tommy Cadle.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Clara Mae King
SMITHVILLE – Clara Mae King, 87, died on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born on Dec. 25, 1925, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Arnie and Susie Stafford Knight. She attended Sipsey Fork School. On Nov. 13, 1945, she married Chester Clay King. After 50 years as a seamstress, she retired from the garment industry. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church. A great cook who loved her family and was always cooking for them, she was very proud of her sons and grandchildren. In addition to taking care of her family, she enjoyed gospel music.
She is survived by her sons, Chester Wayne King (Linda Kay) of Greenwood Springs, Charles Donald King (Linda Carol) of Greenwood Springs and Willie Washington “Bill” King of Smithville; grandchildren, Rhonda Johnson, Donna Parker, Joseph King, Candy Tacker and Chelsy Hall; great-grandchildren, David Johnson, Mason Stevens, Marlie Stevens, Clay Tacker and Miley Hall; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Alice Stafford, Shirley Wood and Dottie Bennett; and brothers, E.T., Dudley, Dick and R.L. Knight.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Wood and Byron Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Tacker, Mike Johnson, David Johnson, Melvin Parker, Dewey Lee Carruth and Joel Wood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Wesley Chapel Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 106, Detroit, AL 35552.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Sue Denison
NETTLETON – Sue Ann DeHaan Denison, 71, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center following an extended illness. She was born Aug. 23, 1941, in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Gerald DeHaan and Edna Rohring DeHaan. She lived her childhood in Grand Rapids, where she graduated high school and later worked in retail sales for a department store. She was vocally talented and sang in the church choir most of her life. She lived the past 18 years in the Nettleton area, and worked at Lane Furniture Mfg. in customer service before retiring. She attended Brewer Baptist Church, where she was an active member until her health failed. She enjoyed collecting lighthouses, bird watching, especially hummingbirds, rose gardening and crocheting. She loved animals, especially her dogs, and enjoyed playing games with anyone, including the grandchildren, who would sit down with her. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Tim Tutor officiating. Holland Funeral Directors Nettleton Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Michael Dowis (Laurie) of North Adams, Mich., and Mark Denison (Adriana) of Tioga, Texas; five daughters, Debra Bruton (Bob) of Summerset, Mich., Nancy McCoy (Bob) of Anderson, S.C., Diana O’Niell of Bryan, Ohio, Shirley West and Sandy Taylor, both of Nettleton; two brothers, Ed DeHaan (Kay) of Lupton, Mich., and Allen DeHaan (Betty) of Grand Rapids, Mich.; stepbrother, Jack Vanhestern of Dallas, Texas; stepsister, Gaylene Brownell (Larry) of Grand Rapids, Mich.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

William Groner
OXFORD – William S. “Boob” Groner, 89, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a foreman for the Chambers Corp. for 33 years and a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Batesville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with the Rev. David Taylor and the Rev. Charles Lipe officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by four daughters, Vickie Hester (Bobby) of Forrest, Sherry Hallmark (Mike) of New Bern, N.C., and Judy McCormick (Tony) and Susan Killen of Oxford; a son, Randy Groner (Donna) of Oxford; a sister, Mildred McKinney of Tupelo; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Ruth Ray Groner; grandchild, Justin Groner; four sisters, Jewel Delisio, Lillie Trump, Lucille Goodwin and Ruth Still; and brother, I.P. Groner.
Memorials may be made to the A.P. Fatherlee Scholarship Fund, MSU, P.O. Box 6149, Starkville, MS 39762; North Mississippi Regional Center Memorial Fund, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655; or the Mississippi State Veterans Home, 120 Veterans Drive, Oxford, MS 38655.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Gossie Jones
AMORY – Gossie Lee Jones died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Danny Rogers
CORINTH – Danny K. Rogers, 59, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1954, to James Albert and Birdie Rogers. He was a retired truck driver.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Donald Sculley officiating. Burial will be in the Dogwood Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Regina Coleman Turner; sons, Daniel Rogers and Scott Puckett; brothers, Jackie Dildy and Billy McKelvey; grandchildren, Alley and Dalton Rogers; great-uncle, Raymond Rogers; sisters-in-law, Linda Rogers and her children, and Lorene Rogers and her children; and a special family friend, Bob Sourek.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jimmy Rogers and Leroy Rogers; and a special son, Michael Turner.
Honorary pallbearers will be Kossuth Trucking Co. employees and the Breakfast Club at Martha’s.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ida DeVaughn
SKYLINE – Ida Mae Causey DeVaughn, 92, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at her home in the Skyline community. She was born Jan. 26, 1921, in Nettleton to Steve and Ruby Harlow Causey. She retired from Reed’s Manufacturing. She loved working in her garden and spending time with her dog, Coco. She attended West Mooreville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Earl Barron officiating. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Steve DeVaughn and Jim DeVaughn, both of Skyline; a special niece, Sharon Markham of Shannon; one sister, Nancy Lavell Markham of Shannon; one brother, John Taylor Causey of Nettleton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Oran “Shine” DeVaughn; her parents; five brothers, Frank, Buck, Tom, Jimmy Doyle and Charles Causey; a half sister, Willie Mae Maxwell; and a half brother, Dick Causey.
Pallbearers will be Bud Coley, Nick Humber, Johnny Dye, Perry Sheffield, Ike Brown and Jack Burnham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Christine Ivy
HOUSTON – Christine White Ivy, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home. She was born March 9, 1920, to Tom Gregory and Bertha Knox. She was a homemaker and factory worker, and a member of Lower Prairie Creek Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lower Prairie Creek Church with the Rev. Eugene Ford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Johnnie Hunter (Dempsey) of Tupelo, Gladys Marshall of Houston and Ruby Lofton of Savannah, Ga.; five sons, Charles White of St. Louis, Leon Ivy of Pheba, Jerry Ivy (Josie) of Woodland, Rev. Herbert Ivy (Josie) of Woodland and William Ivy (Jackie) of Houston; one sister, Georgia Tittle of Houlka; 72 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Udell White and Prince Lee Ivy Sr.; and three sisters, two brothers, two daughters and four sons.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.

James Parker
SOUTHAVEN – James W. Parker, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holly Springs Funeral Home.

Maylene Edwards
NETTLETON – Maylene Edwards, 70, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at her home in Nettleton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Virginia Rushing
CORINTH – Virginia Jeanette Rushing, 81, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Farmington Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Edgar Ratliff
AMORY – Edgar Ratliff, 83, died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Nedra Nabors
RIPLEY – Nedra Nabors died Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.