Obituaries February 20, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Helen H. Gregory
PONTOTOC – Sarah Helen Henderson Gregory, 91, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Helen was born in Pontotoc on April 5, 1920, to Ruth Corinne Ray Henderson and Jesse Joseph Henderson.
Visitation will be today from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. Following visitation, services will be at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester and the Rev. Grant Gregory officiating. Burial will be at the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. Robert P. (Joyce) Henderson of Jackson; her four children, Dr. Linda Gregory Jones of Pontotoc, Steve (Lois) Gregory of Fulton, the Rev. Grant (Laura) Gregory of Kosciusko, Joe (Shana) Gregory of Oxford; eight grandchildren, Rob (Katherine) Gregory of Franklin, Tenn., Meg Gregory (Patrick) McManamy of Atlanta, Ga., Alisha Walker (Corey) Hughes of Tupelo, Dr. Starner Jones of Memphis, Tenn., Henderson (Rebecca) Jones of Tupelo, Joni Gregory (Jason) Ingram of Starkville, Janna Gregory (Brandan) Wollfarth of Kosciusko, Jeri Gregory of Kosciusko; and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Joe Ray Henderson; and the father of her children, Andrew Grant Gregory of Amory.
Pallbearers will be Rob Gregory, Patrick McManamy, Corey Hughes, Dr. Starner Jones, Jason Ingram, Henderson Jones and Brandan Wollfarth.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Montgomery, Robert Welch, Shane Crosby, Hunter Patterson, Danny Todd, Jonathan Foster, Josh Wise and Michael Simon II.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Blue Mountain College, Office of Institutional Advancement, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610; or First Baptist Church Pontotoc, 31 Washington St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.

The obituary for Mary Frank Newby was inadvertently omitted from the Daily Journal in Sunday, Feb. 19. The Daily Journal regrets the error.
Mary Frank Newby
(1922-2012)
Mary Frank Grisham Newby passed away at the age of 89 on Jan. 27, 2012, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Florida, after a brief illness.
She was the first daughter born to Thomas Granville Grisham and Carra Bell Carter Grisham on Nov. 21, 1922, in Benton County.
She was a graduate of Palmer High School and a part of the “Greatest Generation” in which she bestowed her services toward the World War II efforts. Because she felt it was her duty to assist with the war efforts, Mary picked cotton to raise money for a train ticket to Chicago, Ill., and worked in the factories making clothing for the troops. After the war, she was employed by Genesco Shoes Inc. in Ripley for 33 years. Mrs. Newby spent her next 20 years doing in-home care for 20 ladies in the Ripley area for whom she loved dearly. Of those, she cared for Mrs. John Peeler for 11 years.
Mrs. Newby considered Florida as her second home and spent a lot of time there and traveling with her daughter, Jane. She loved her family and church. She was an active member of Christ United Methodist of Ripley for over 30 years. She also received great joy and happiness from nurturing her yard, growing beautiful flowers, and collecting butterflies and dolls.
Survived by her daughters, Jane Thomas Bolin, Florida, and Linda Sue Brock (Darvis), Falkner; four granddaughters, Rhonda Smith, Leiah Bolin-Jamison (Forrest), Jennifer Rickman and Janella Davis; one grandson, ‘T’ Bolin; five great-grandchildren, Callie, Mitch, Clay, Hanna and Mary Callie; and one great-great-granddaughter, Caroline. She is survived by one sister, Martha Ann Peeler (Carl), Blue Mountain; and three brothers, Donald (Sarah) Grisham, Germantown, Tenn., Hudson (Christine) Grisham, Memphis, and Douglas (Lucille) Grisham, Ripley. Also, one sister-in-law, Dessie Grisham, Ripley; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary Frank was predeceased by her parents; husband, J.T. Newby; the father of her children, William Russell Thomas; sister, Ruth Rivers Kent (Dorsey); brothers, Joffre (Geneva) Grisham, Newton (Jo Ethel) Grisham and James Wayne Grisham; and one son-in-law, Tommy L. Bolin.
A memorial service was held Sunday, Feb. 19, at Christ United Methodist Church, Ripley. Bro. William Johnson and Bro, Scott Falgout were in charge of the service.
Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Mrs. Newby’s name to her favorite charities; Christ United Methodist Church, 313 Parklane, Ripley, MS 38663; or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Janette Deaton
OXFORD – Janette “Jan” Deaton, 77, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a member of Cedar Creek Church of Christ in Oakman, Ala. She was a retired convenience store manager and business owner.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Mike Deaton (Mary) of Oxford; three sisters, Sylvia (Milford) Earnest of Oakman, Ala., Sue Moore of Paris, Tenn., and Margaret Ginn of Quinton, Ala.; two granddaughters, Nicki Deaton and Sarah Deaton, both of Oxford; one great-grandchild, McKenzie Deaton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Deaton; a son, Jay Deaton; and a brother, Jim Smith.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford and from noon to service time Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cedar Creek Church of Christ, 6309 Tutwiler Road, Oakman, AL 35579; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Yo sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Marie Byrd
SLAYDEN – Marie Byrd, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at her home in Slayden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Slayden Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Slayden Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Dora Morris
IUKA – Dora Morris, 86, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was a member of Iuka United Methodist Church and was formerly on the board of the Friends of the Iuka Public Library. She loved to travel, and enjoyed her hiking club in Tupelo and working in her yard.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with the Rev. Jon Kaufman officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Willard Morris of Iuka; one daughter, Elizabeth Jones (Connie Ray) of Iuka; one sister, Grace Phillips of Elkin, W.Va.; five grandchildren, Michael Jones (Renea), Amy Moore (Ed), Tammy Rone (Michael), Sabrina Austin (Chris) and John Morris; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Forest Morris; her parents, Frank and Maggie Plemons; two brothers, Jack and Bill Plemons; two sisters, Mildred Hastings and Margaret Bordnet; and her great-granddaughter, Farrah O’Toole.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Truman Sheffield
MANTACHIE – Truman D. “T.D.” Sheffield, 89, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born Dec. 22, 1922, to Noah and Maude Murphy Sheffield. He was a longtime member of Mantachie First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II. He was a house building contractor. He enjoyed fishing and hunting, and he was a member of the Peaceful Valley Hunting Club for many years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Dr. John Adams and Dr. J.E. Sims officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Larry Wayne Sheffield (Vickie), and one daughter, Joyce Gatlin (Robert), both of Mantachie; three grandchildren, Tim Gatlin (Misty), Cherry Wagster ( Bill) and Greg Sheffield; two great-grandchildren, Laken Dunaway and T.J. Gatlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lamoise Sheffield, who died in 1979; and 11 brothers and sisters, Marshall, Willie, Wilson, Treman, Charlie and Ray Sheffield, Nanny Mae Isabell, Mary Davis, Ruby Fireash, Vera Duvall, and Vivian Flanagin.
Pallbearers will be Tim Gatlin, Greg Sheffield, Frankie Lindsey, David Sheffield, Jackie Massey and Bill Wagster.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Mantachie.
David Bray
VARDAMAN – David George Bray, 82, died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born July 22, 1929. He was a member and deacon of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He was retired from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. He Served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating and the Rev. Benny Hill assisting. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery at Vardaman.
He is survived by one daughter, Debbie Graham (Lee) of Vardaman; two sons, Curtis Bray and John Bray (Brandi), both of Vardaman; one brother, Paul C. Bray of Coldwater; six grandchildren, Melinda Baird of Thorn, John Austin Bray, Nikki Bray, Kayla Copeland, Chris Graham and Jonathan Graham, all of Vardaman; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Marion and Tempie Jane James Bray; his wife, Delorese Haire Bray; one sister, Frances Elizabeth Bray McGregor; and one brother, Thayas Ray Bray.
Pallbearers will be Jason Dye, Will Fleming, Bubba Freely, Scott Freely, Clay Gregory, Doug Holder and Pete Murphree.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Fred Alexander, Dwight Cook, Rocky Fleming, Wayne Haire, Kenny Hardin, Bud McGregor and Sterlin Murphree.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Pat Holland
BOONEVILLE – Patricia Ann “Pat” Holland, 48, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Martha McNeece
AMORY – Martha Todd Faulkner McNeece, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
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.
Z. Gertrude Knight
ASHLAND – Z. Gertrude O. Knight, 74, formerly of Glen, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at Ashland Health and Rehab.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Tuesday.

Lois Harvey
SMITHVILLE – Lois S. Harvey, 65, died Saturday, Feb. 18, 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 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Bill Holloway
BOONEVILLE – William Burl “Bill” Holloway, 51, died Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born July 21, 1960, in Clarence, Iowa. He was a truck driver and a Pentecostal. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, making fishing lures, collecting Hot Wheels, taking care of his animals, and his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Mooney officiating. Burial will be in the Holloway Family Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Marie Crow Holloway, whom he married on June 3, 1978; two sons, Sterling Holloway of Booneville and Brandon Holloway (Mandy) of Frankstown; a daughter, Jessica Sellars (Adam) of Booneville; his parents, Burl and Opal Perkins Holloway of Pisgah; three brothers, Jerry Holloway (Cindy) of Agnos, Ark., Ray Holloway (Anita) of Pisgah and Paul Holloway (Gina) of Baldwyn; five sisters, Deborah Cleary of Booneville, Helen Holloway of Springfield, Mo., Dorothy Wright of Booneville, Sherie Lambert (Jim) of Pisgah and Dianna Brown (Brian) of Ripley; his grandchildren, Caitlin, Laila and Dalton Sellars of Booneville, Jarrett and Wynston Holloway of Dudley, Mo., Colton Holloway of Booneville, and William and Micheal Holloway of Frankstown; his mother-in-law, Eunice Crow of Wichita, Kan.; brothers-in-law, Michael Crow (Cindy), Scott Crow, David Crow and James Crow; sisters-in-law, Carla Kabbani (Joe) and Carrie Olsen (Thom).
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Hasadore and Pearl Perkins, Harve and Faye Holloway, and John and Tip Crow; and a brother-in-law, Joe Myers.
Pallbearers are Sterling Holloway, Brandon Holloway, Adam Sellars, Jamie Thomas, Mike Crow and Eric Lambert.
Honorary pallbearers are his grandchildren and nephews.