Obituaries February 20, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Frances Frost
HUMBOLDT, Tenn. – Frances L. Johnson Frost, 95, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at the V.A. Retirement Home in Humboldt, Tenn. She was born and raised in Hamilton. She attended school in Aberdeen. After high school, Frances went to work for West Point Casket Company. After a few years, she decided to join the Army. She was a training medic for two years and then worked as an Army medic technician for approximately 20 years. She met and married her husband, William Henry Frost Jr., while in the Army. They were both there during World War II. Frances received two awards for her outstanding work. After years of being in the Army, they moved to Tacoma, Wash. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, William H. “Jack” Frost, who greeted his precious wife at Heaven’s gates. After Jack’s death, Frances moved back to Aberdeen. She loved to travel, read, play bingo and shop for pretty clothes. After suffering a stroke, she moved to Elmcroft Assisted Living in Bartlett, Tenn., to be near her cousin.
She leaves her cousin, Bettye Johnson Crawford, three nieces and six nephews.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. today, Feb. 20, 2013, at Center Hill Cemetery with Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the service.
You can sign the register and send condolences online www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Allen Hilliard
OXFORD – Allen Hilliard, 71, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his residence in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home.

Doris Bandy
WEST POINT – Doris T. Bandy, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
Loyd Warren Sr.
HOULKA – Loyd Carrol Warren Sr., 81, passed away Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his home. He was born on Oct. 6, 1931, in Pontotoc County. He was retired from Franklin Corporation, where he had held many jobs. He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, but attended First Baptist in Houlka with his family. He enjoyed bird hunting, fishing, watching sports and playing dominoes. He was a member of the Houlka Lions Club.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Houlka with the Rev. David Blackwell and the Rev. Jonathan Childress officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka.
He is survived by his children, Terri Turner (Garry) of Houlka, Loyd Warren Jr. (Alisha) of Houlka, Roger Warren (Chandra) of Houlka; his 14 grandchildren, Natalie Mirtich (John), Tanna Coleman (Jeremy), Gerren Turner (Stephanie), Mallori Williams, Hannah Warren, Kennedy Warren, Ry Warren, Weston Warren, Bethany Warren, Bailey Warren, Sarah Green (Brent), Stephen Simmons, Chris Farley and Lauren Burgess (Lee); his 10 great-grandchildren, Carter, Chloe, Colin, Abella, Max, Ava, Jase, Colby, Teagen and Ayden; his sisters-in-law, Jo Rowland (Stan) of New Albany, Grace Reeder Lyon (Bill) of New Albany; and his brother-in-law, Charlie Reeder of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Irene Warren Helms; his wife, Ellese Warren; and his brother, Kenneth Warren.
Pallbearers are Roger Griffin, Jerald Harmon, Mike Ford, Ken Warren, Jack Hurst, George Bailey, Gary Reeder and Randy Reeder.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Leslie Sayles
KEARNEY, Neb. – Leslie Sayles, 66, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Neb.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Home in Kearney, Neb. Burial with military honors will follow at the Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences or personal reflections may be submitted at www.orsfh.com.
Joseph Reagan Sr.
MEMPHIS – Joseph A. Reagan Sr., 86, passed away Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. He was born June 16, 1926, in Hattiesburg to Sylvester M. Reagan and Eva Annette Matherne Reagan. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radioman in the South Pacific. After his service ended in 1946, he worked for Bell South, retiring with 43 years of service. He was also in the Memphis Police Department First Reserve Class, serving 33 years, the longest of any First Reserve in its history.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Reagan; six children, Sandra Morales (Joe), Donna Lewis (Roger), Joe Reagan Jr. (Cindy), Kathleen Marshall (Danny), Patricia Crawford (Steve) and Patrick Reagan (Tonya); three brothers, Pete (Carolyn), Walter and John J. (Rita) Reagan; a sister-in-law, Elisa Reagan; 19 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and a brother, George M. Reagan.
A mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Memphis. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at West Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery. Honors will be provided by the Marine Corps League.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Family Funeral Care in Memphis.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Lora Haley
FAIR OAKS, Calif. – Lora Roye Haley, 97, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 29, 2013. She was born Feb. 4, 1915, in Chickasaw County.
She is survived by her children, Hugh Roye (Bobbie) Jackson and Chuck (Corky) Jackson; grandchildren, Tami, Mike, Rick, Scott and Sean; great-grandchildren, Sean, Ashley, Caitlin, Tiffanie, Haley, Kai, Cassidy and Quentin; great-great-grandchildren, Taylor and Jason.
Services were Friday, Feb. 8, at Mt. Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, Calif. Mount Vernon Memorial Park and Mortuary was in charge of the arrangements.
For more information visit www.mountvernonmemorial.com.
Roxie Little
AMORY – Roxie Hogan Little died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Nancy Kiddy
TUPELO – Nancy Anne Kiddy, 64, died suddenly on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Jan. 15, 1949, in Booneville to James D. “Jim” Bullard and Gladys Ricks Bullard. She graduated from Wheeler High School and completed a two-year nursing program at Northeast Mississippi Community College. She married Gary “Joe” Kiddy on April 3, 1987, and they made their home in Tupelo, where they both dedicated their time to rescuing animals, finding loving homes and nurturing several of their own furry friends, including Pup-pup, Ace, Gralen and Frankie. She worked as a surgical nurse at NMMC for 18 years before retiring. A loving wife and daughter, she was strong in faith and wanted to be “the change” for a better life. She was a perfectionist, enjoyed growing flowers, listening to music (especially doo-wop) and NASCAR, and she was an avid reader. She was a member of Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church in Prentiss County.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Elder Ed Easley officiating. Private burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Gary “Joe” Kiddy of Tupelo; her mother, Gladys Ricks Bullard of Tupelo; a brother-in-law, Greg Kiddy (Debra) of Corinth; niece, Kelsey Richardson of Corinth.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jim Bullard, in 1974.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Jackie Moorman
BOONEVILLE – Jackie Maness Moorman, 44, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 26, 1968, to Jasper and Santina Woolum Maness. She was a homemaker and a musician. She attended Fairview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville with Bro. Mark McCoy, Bro. Pete McCoy and Chris Woolum officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry “Fig” Moorman; a godson, Chris Woolum; one sister, Ola Faye Carter of New Albany; one niece, Hanna Butler; six nephews, Dillon Carter, Dalton Carter, Jody Wayne Clark, Trey Butler, Austin Dawson and Cass Dawson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Richey Hatfield, Chad Hatfield, Rob Dodson, Timmy McVey, Jody Wayne Clark, Tommy Gaylon Smith, Dwight Thornton and Chris Woolum.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
David Ellett
BIG CREEK – David Earl Ellett, 43, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1969, in Charleston. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Johnny Hearn will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Brenda Wall Ellett of Big Creek; one daughter, Jocie Ellett of Big Creek; one son, Hunter Ellett of Big Creek; his mother, Mary Ann Pettit Ellett of Charleston; and two sisters, Connie (Floyd) Simmons of Charleston and Regina Morgan of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jamie Earl Ellett.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Chambers, Barry Cannon, John Hill, Michael Williams, Chase Montgomery, Donald Dickey and Lee Warren.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
Alberta Goolsby
NEW ALBANY – Alberta Goolsby, 95, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in New Albany. She was born April 25, 1917, in Blue Mountain. She was a faithful member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a homemaker and a former employee of Blue Mountain College, where she worked for 15 years. In later years she sat with homebound patients and also provided child care.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Blue Mountain. The Rev. Joe McKnight, Bro. Caleb Smith and the Rev. Steve Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Lee Edwin Goolsby (Peggy) of New Albany and A.B. Goolsby Jr. (Mammie) of Jacks Creek, Tenn.; six daughters, Marie Swain (Jerry) of New Albany, Ann Stout of Broken Bow, Okla., Martha Rice (John) of Tupelo, Bobbie Carter of West Point, Becky Witt (Stanley) of Blue Mountain and Brenda Wammack (Joe) of Ripley; 19 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Abe Buron Goolsby; her parents, Walter Jackson and Rose Jackson; and a son, J.W. Goolsby and his wife, Hazel.
Visitation will be from from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.

Debra Cook
BALDWYN – Debra Ann Cook, 48, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of Glisteen Agnew Cook and the late Lester Frank Cook. She was a member of Sandhill M.B. Church in Baldwyn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sandhill M.B. Church with the Rev. Danny Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, LaKedria Cook, and two sons, Yavin Cook and Rafael Cook, all of Baldwyn; her mother, Glisteen Cook of Baldwyn; two grandchildren; two sisters, Melithia Agnew of Baldwyn and Gloria (Bruce) Enos of Plantersville; one brother, Wallace (Linda) Stewart Jr. of Columbus; four aunts, five uncles; one great-uncle; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby C. Poole; her father; and one sister, Carol Cook Warren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Ray Stubblefield
WALNUT – Ravland “Ray” Stubblefield, 59, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his residence in Walnut. He was born Jan. 25, 1954, to Arizona and Betty Arnold Chandler Stubblefield in Illinois. He was a member of Jesus Name Community Church and a retired engineer from IBM and Data General. He also served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Jesus Name Community Church with Bro. Gary Porterfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry Stubblefield of Walnut; one daughter, Shelley Heavener (Lionel) of Walnut; two sons, Ravland Stubblefield Jr. (Kei) of Walnut and Joshua Stubblefield (Verona) of Norfolk, Va.; two sisters, Patricia Hill of Woodville, Ala., and Tammy McAllister of Scottsboro, Ala.; two brothers, Mike Stubblefield of Huntsville, Ala., and Robbie Gentry of Scottsboro, Ala.; five grandchildren, Tyler and Jenna Heavener of Walnut, Eiji Stubblefield of Walnut, Nanami and Asa Stubblefield of Tuscumbia, Ala.; two honorary grandchildren, Tony Hedge and Anna Lauren Inman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Tina McGowen.
Pallbearers will be Tony Hedge, Russ Demoss, Bud Bates, Steve Adkins, Jay Thorson and Greg McAllister.
Visitation will continue until service time Thursday at Jesus Name Community Church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

David Ellett
BIG CREEK – David Earl Ellett, 43, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 24, 1969, in Charleston. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Johnny Hearn will officiate. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Cemetery at Big Creek. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Brenda Wall Ellett of Big Creek; one daughter, Jocie Ellett of Big Creek; one son, Hunter Ellett of Big Creek; his mother, Mary Ann Pettit Ellett of Charleston; and two sisters, Connie (Floyd) Simmons of Charleston and Regina Morgan of Batesville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jamie Earl Ellett.
Pallbearers will be Scotty Chambers, Barry Cannon, John Hill, Michael Williams, Chase Montgomery, Donald Dickey and Lee Warren.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

Ben Childs
RIPLEY – Ben H. Childs, 70, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his home. He was born Aug. 30, 1942, to Shafter Houser Sr. and Lela Smith Childs in Tippah County. He was retired from the Public Service Commission and from farming. He was born, raised and passed away on the home place, the farm, which he worked his whole life for the opportunity of passing it on to his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Peoples Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran. In the last three years, he was devoted to the care of his wife of 43 years, Frances Wall Childs, who passed away Feb. 6, 2013, eight days before his own death.
Services were Sunday, Feb. 17, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Isbell officiating. Burial was in Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Heath Childs (Amanda) of Tupelo and Todd Childs of Birmingham; two grandsons, Cooper and Carter Childs of Tupelo; one sister, Billie Sue Rowell of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Louise Wall Childs; his parents; two brothers, H.B. Childs and S.H. Childs Jr.; five sisters, Vernon Bullock, Virgnia Wooley, Laezona Childs, Leona Richardson and Peggy Lockhart.
Pallbearers were Stan Childs, Chad Newby, Craig Rowell, Cole Childs, Larry Charles Richardson and Beau Childs.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Annette Eubanks
SALTILLO – Annette Eubanks, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the Specialty Select Hospital in Birmingham, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Bobby House
HAMILTON – Bobby Edward House, 80, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born May 30, 1932, to James Edward House and Floye Sims House in Hamilton. He was a lifelong resident of Hamilton and a graduate of Hamilton High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Living Church of God. He was a retired bookkeeper for D.S. McClanahan & Sons.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Peggie House of Hamilton; two nieces, Anita Boozer (Emmett) of Jasper, Ala., and April Dill (Billy) of Starkville; two nephews, Eddie Rickman (Betty) of Columbus and Chris House (Joni) of Starkville; four great-nephews; and a family friend, Mae Hairston of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Martha House; one sister, Nell Todd; and one brother, Barry House.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Thursday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Sarah H. Weatherly
ECRU – Sarah Hardy Weatherly, 91, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. She was a member of Ecru Baptist Church and retired from Brookwood Furniture Manufacturing. She enjoyed baking for others, painting, crocheting, her plants and playing with Aggie.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Charles Stubblefield officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Leila Phillips (Rob Kendrick) of Mooreville; one niece, Diane Hardy Pollard; one great-niece, Lindsey Pollard, one great-nephew, Jason Pollard; two great-great-nephews, Miles and Owen Pollard; and a special family friend, Harvey Hillard.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolphus Hardy and Mamie Lou Andrews Hardy, and a brother: Howard Hardy.
Pallbearers will be Lewis McGee, Waymon Bigham, Rex Mooney, Sonny Stubblefield, Charles Mitchell and Charlie Stubblefield. Honorary pallbearers will be Sherald Weeks and Joe Sansing.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be sent to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Graham Russell Jr.
HURRICANE – Graham Rogers “Butch” Russell Jr., 56, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He graduated from Caldwell High School in Columbus in 1975. He eventually moved back to Pontotoc where he lived with and helped take care of his mother. He enjoyed playing most sports, especially all types of racing. He had a special place in his heart for kids and was known as “Uncle Butch” to many. He loved his church family at Pontotoc Apostolic Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pontotoc Apostolic Church. Bro. Bennie Randolph will officiate. Burial will follow in Sand Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Ruth Russell; a brother, Jackie Russell (Kathy); a sister, Kay McDonald (Gary); a sister-in-law, Nancy Russell; five nephews and one niece; four great-nieces and one great-nephew.
He was preceded in death by his father, Graham Russell; a brother, Terry Russell; an infant sister, Judy Carol Russell; and his grandparents, E.E. and Ida Russell, and Hugh and Desi Allred.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Moore, Landon Moore, Scott McGee, and nephews, Trent Russell, Russ McDonald, Evan Russell, Drew McDonald and John Tyler Russell.
Visitation will be at the church from noon to service time today.

Danny Pettit
PONTOTOC – Danny Wayne Pettit, 53, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Pontotoc. He was a down-to-earth, good-spirited father, brother and grandfather. He loved spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, William Pettit (Jennifer), Danny Dason Pettit and Brenda Lovelace Brafford (Stan); grandchildren, Hunter, Jessi, Emma Leigh and Courtney Pettit, and Autumn and Kimber Brafford; a brother, John Pettit; and two sisters, Peggy Rose and Faye Brown.
He was preceded in death by his father, James David Pettit, and his mother, Aline Pettit.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Merle Spearman
CORINTH – Bro. Merle Melvin Spearman, 69, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Life in the Word Church. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Earlie Townsend
WEST POINT – Earlie Mae Townsend, 64, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Progress Street Church of God. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.

Elizabeth Renfroe
GOLDEN – Elizabeth Renfroe, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Bill Sisk
TUPELO – William A. “Bill” Sisk, 73, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Bo Bland
TUPELO – Alvin E. “Bo” Bland, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at his cottage at Traceway Retirement Community.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.