By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Alvin E. “Bo” Bland, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at his residence in Tupelo. He was born in Toccopola on Oct. 20, 1924, to George Alvin and Fannie Bland. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and served in the U.S .Army Combat Engineers in Europe during World War II. Bo was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
He was a legend in the furniture industry where he began his 42-year career in 1954 with the Futorian Company. He co-founded Action Industries in 1970, where he served as CEO and Chairman until his retirement in 1996. Mr. Bland was inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame in October 2001 as the first member from the state of Mississippi. His legacy leaves behind literally thousands of friends in the furniture industry whose lives have been touched and shaped by his leadership. He was a true entrepreneur who with his partner, Mickey Holliman, built from nothing one of the most successful companies in the history of the furniture industry.
He served not only the furniture industry but his state, local community and church by serving on numerous boards throughout his lifetime including American Furniture Manufacturers Association, North Mississippi Medical Center, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, First United Methodist Church and the Community Development Foundation. His unselfish giving of his time and resources was one of his great accomplishments.
While his work didn’t leave much time for hobbies, he did have a love for the water, where he spent his later years boating at Pickwick on his beloved boat, “The Spoiler.” He was also fondly known at the lake as one of the silver-haired guys on Sea Doos.
Services will be held Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Jim Curtis and the Rev. Coy Hill officiating. Entombment will be in Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine “Judy” Bland; daughters, Ginger Bland and Gennie Adams; son, Roger Bland and his wife, Martha, all of Tupelo; a stepson, Ronnie Hill (Julie); a stepdaughter, Rhonda Swift (Joe); five grandchildren, Shannon Morris (Keith), Stacey Carter (Ray), Kelly Crawley (Justin), Andrew Bland (Jaime) and Patrick Bland, six stepgrandchildren, Cynthia Colburn (Randy), Jonathan Soden (Crystal), Brittany Watson, Katie Hill, Joe Swift III and Miranda Swift; four great-grandchildren, eight stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Beatrice Clark; and a very special friend, Woody Magers of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Fred Bland; and his first wife of 50 years, Mary Louise “Lou” Rodgers Bland.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Bland, Patrick Bland, Keith Morris, Ray Carter, Justin Crawley and Ronnie Hill.
Visitation will be today, Feb. 21, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801; the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; or the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite 1, Jackson, MS 39216.
TUPELO – William Arnold “Bill” Sisk died at North Mississippi Medical Center on Feb. 19, 2013, after a brief illness. Bill was born in Houston on Aug. 21, 1939, to Willie and Susie Sisk. He graduated from Houston High School. From there he served in the U.S. Army and later the National Guard. After being stationed in El Paso, Texas, with the U.S. Army, he went to work at Babcock and Wilcox in West Point, KBH Corporation in Clarksdale, CIT Corporation and First National Bank in Helena, Ark. He worked at Renasant Bank in Tupelo for 30 years, retiring in 2010.
Bill was ordained as a deacon at First Baptist Church in Helena, Ark. He had been an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo since 1981, serving as a deacon and chairman of ushers. He loved meeting and greeting each person that came to Calvary. He was often the first person that one met upon entering the sanctuary. In retirement, Bill found great joy in serving others as he and Betty delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors and others in the community.
He loved his Lord, his wife, his family and his church. He loved Tupelo High School sports, following them for over 30 years as their “honorary sideline coach.” He loved to spend his Sunday afternoons watching film with the coaching staff. His heart was also in Starkville with his Bulldogs as he supported the athletic teams at home and on the road.
The service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church on Friday, Feb. 22, at 2 p.m. with Dr. David Eldridge and the Rev. Steve Hurt officiating. Burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Park following the service.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Betty; his sons, Alan (Ann Marie) of Nashville, Tenn., and David (Amanda) of Charleston, S.C.; and his grandchildren, Ella, Lowry, Bailey and Xan Sisk.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his stepmother, Edna Sisk; his sister, Mary Ruth Brassfield; his brother, Quinn Aaron Sisk; and his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Lowry.
Pallbearers will be Joe Bailey, Terry Black, Gary Bonds, Lawson McClellan, Allen Maxwell, Danny Porter, Billy Scruggs, Richard Sisk, James Sloan, George Taylor and Malcolm Wesson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Adult 4 Sunday School Class, Ricky Black, Bobby Lewis Gann, Tommy Higginbotham, Harold Hinchey, Mickey Linder, Jim McAlpin, Bob Monroe, Calvin Roberson, Dan Steele, Scott Suber, Roger White and Larry Witcher.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. today, Feb. 21, at Calvary Baptist Church and one hour prior to the funeral service.
Memorials may be given to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 501 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804; Hope Family Ministries, 2754 Mattox Street, Tupelo, MS 38801; or Tree of Life Clinic, P.O. Box 847, Tupelo, MS 38802.
OXFORD – Linnie Bell Pettis, 100, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Miss-issippi in Oxford. A native of Lafayette County, she was born April 6, 1912, to Willie and Ella Dennis. She was the oldest member of Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville. She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho Webb Court 562. She was employed with College Hill Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years where she worked in the nursery. She was the widow of Jack Pettis.
Celebration of life services will be at noon Friday at Providence United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bobby Dailey will officiate, and the Rev. Alan Cochet will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her grandson, whom she raised as her son, Tony Hampton of Oxford; three daughters, Julia Phillips and Ella Oliver, both of Oxford, and Estella Mathis of Rockford, Ill.; 13 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be one hour prior services at the church on Friday.
OXFORD – Pearl Hollowell Kimzey, 94, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Anchor Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery in Oxford. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. Friday at Anchor Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Anchor Baptist Church, 1009 Hwy. 7 S., Water Valley, MS 38965.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com
SALTILLO – Annette Eubanks, 87, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at Specialty Select Hospital in Birmingham after an extended illness. She was born May 30, 1925, in Gulfport to Kennie and Virgie Turner Bynum. She graduated from high school in 1952 in Houma, La. She was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a master’s degree. She was a retired teacher with more than 30 years of service. She taught at a number of schools with her last 15 years at Saltillo Schools. She enjoyed golf, puzzles, reading her Bible, hummingbirds, USM and spending time with her friends and family, especially her great-grandchildren. She was a member of Saltillo United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Tim Green officiating. Private burial will be in the Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors are her daughter, Kathy Eubanks Reifers; granddaughters, Emily Morris and Jasmine Morris, great-grandchildren, Jada and Natalie Morris, all of Amory; cousins, Frank Turner (Jeanne), Harold Turner (Barbara); sisters-in-law, Laura Dawson, Alta Fisher (James), Lois Knight (Don); brother-in-law, Charles Eubanks (Debbie).
She was preceded in death by, her husband of 36 years, Andy Eubanks; and two great-granddaughters, Lindsey and Krisi Morris.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at Waters Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Saltillo.
GOLDEN – Elizabeth Jane Renfroe, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
TUPELO – Terry Carr, 72, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1940, in Tupelo to O.T. “Buck” and Suzanne Poole Carr. He attended Itawamba Junior College and Memphis State University, where he graduated with a BBS. He then went on to receive his master’s degree in counseling. He served in the U.S. and worked as a counselor at the Sate Technician Institute in Memphis. He was an avid photographer.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Kay Carr of Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Marie Martin, 96, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at her home. A native of Marietta, she was the daughter of Henry Edwards Mills and Oma Lee Evans. She retired from Franklin Furniture Factory, where she was an instructor seamstress. She was a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Ben Yarber officiating. Burial will be in Arbor Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include her three daughters, Bertha Free and Elton of Memphis, Charlene Shockley of Hickory Withe, Tenn., and Janice Moore and Walter of West Point; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie C. Martin; 13 siblings; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
ABBEVILLE – Pearlie Thompson-Logan, 96, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at her home in Abbeville.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery in Abbeville. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
PONTOTOC – Stephanie Tucker McDonald, 50, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at her residence in Pontotoc. She was born July 10, 1962. to Gerald “Doss” and Sue Earnest Tucker. She was a 1980 graduate of North Pontotoc High School, and a loving mother and wife.
A celebration of her life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Harvester Church on Hwy. 15 in Pontotoc. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 32 years, Scotty McDonald; two sons, Jonathan McDonald (Katlynn) and Jeremy McDonald (Teresa); five grandchildren, Gracie, Tucker, Asalynn, Piper and Cole, all of Pontotoc; five brothers, Frankie Thompson and family of Bolivar, Tenn., Gerald Tucker and family of Pontotoc, Tommy Tucker and family of Oxford, Jerry and Terry Tucker and families; two sisters-in-law, Lisa Bryant (Burt) and family, Teresa Bagwell (Ricky) and family; brother-in-law, Larry McDonald and family; three special friends, Barbara Westmoreland and family, Rachel Mathis and Nellie Matthews and family; the extended Earnest and Tucker family in Tennessee; and father-in-law, Clydie McDonald (Ruth) of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her mother-in-law, Martha McDonald.
Pallbearers will be Jason Bryant, Chad Bagwell, Nicholas Tucker, Chris Stewart, Kevin Tucker, Brandy McDonald, Mandy Warren and Audra Bagwell.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Judy Sue Gowland, 48, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
KOSCIUSKO – Anna Marie Cox, 42, died Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in Attala County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
OXFORD – Nellie Sue Herod, 60, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the funeral home chapel at noon Friday.
Billy T. Battles
CORINTH – Billy Thurman Battles, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Alcorn County to Alex and Vaudie Battles. He was a retired truck driver for Roadway Express. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Bro. Warren Jones and Bro. Lendell Davis officiating. Burial will be in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his daughters, Ann Parker (David) and Sue Hickman (Barry), all of Tupelo; one brother, James Edward Battles (Kathleen) of Corinth; four grandchildren, Christy Carroll (Tony), Chris Latch (Sarah), Stephanie Talley and Carrie Moore (Alan); eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Brian and Kattie Linville, Fannie Mae Battles and Ray Latch.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Brigman Battles; an infant son; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Stewart, Monk Stewart, Trent Eaton, Billy Eaton, Chris Latch and Ray Latch. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Gurley and Talmadge “Jabbo” Morgan.
Family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to service time Friday.
WEST POINT – Jessie Doris T. “Dot” Bandy, 91, passed away, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born July 16, 1921, in Montpelier to Earl McGee Thompson and Thomas Jefferson Thompson. She started her working career as a candy wrapper for Carter Candy Company. After the war she worked with her husband at Dairyland Feed and Seed until it burned in 1962. Next she put her skills to work filling vending machines for Bandy Candy at Babcock and Wilcox Company and other locations. Before retiring she kept books for D&B Auction and other auctioneers all over Mississippi and Alabama. To stay busy after retirement she worked with her daughter at D&B Furniture until she was 88. She was a member of First United Methodist Church. She married Harry Leech Bandy on Aug. 11, 1940, in West Point. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1995.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda B. Hood of Houston, Texas, Bernice B. Isaacs (Gene) of Tucson, Ariz., and Doris Ann Mitchell (Roy) of West Point; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her twin brother, Darrell Thompson; two sisters, Clara L. Simmons and Othell Moseley; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be John D. Hood, Thomas Werstlein, John Isaacs, Kevin Mitchell, John Hall and Steve Moseley.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Family Services, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773-1233.
Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
MICHIGAN CITY – Richard Lee Lewis, 77, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at noon Friday at Sims Chapel M.B. Church in Michigan City. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Friday.
CORINTH – Kelsey Brewer, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth.
SHERMAN – Earline Scott White, 88, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She was self -employed and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. P.J. Scott and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in the Sherman Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Donna McMurry (Danny) of Sherman; a son, William White (Barbara) of Blue Springs; nine grandchildren, Scotty White (Jackie), Tommy White, Jason White (Kim), Daniel McMurry, Amanda McMurry (Kenneth), Brad McMurry (Kendra), D.J. McMurry (Lindsey), Jenna Adams and Carlie Adams; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Thomas White; two brothers, Pat Scott and Ross Scott; and a sister, Christine Mears.
Pallbearers will be Scotty White, Jason White, Tommy White, Brad McMurry, D.J. McMurry and Reggie Jolly.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
GOLDEN – Carol Jane Young Hawkins, 66, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of the arrangements.
WALNUT – James M. Reynolds, 74, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Hatchie Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
RIENZI – Laura Lucille Bynum died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Baptist Hospital in Booneville after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
DENNIS – Hubert Smith Pharr, 86, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Mississippi. He was a pipeline engineer for 35 years. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in the South Pacific in World War II and was an expert rifleman. He was a member of Second Street Church of Christ in Belmont.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Ron Deaton and David Conley officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery in Belmont. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 65 years, Marilyn Miller Pharr of Dennis; one son, Danny Smith Pharr of Dennis; three daughters, Sylvia Liles (Doug) of Red Bay, Ala., Pat Deaton (Ron) Belmont and Donna Geno (Charles) of Booneville; five grandchildren, Kevin Deaton (Jennifer), Kerry Deaton, Doug Liles Jr. (Lori), Sean Liles (Kristy) and Lindsey Pharr; eight great-grandchildren, Hanna Deaton, Dylan Deaton, Kellee, Tessa, Lydia, Addyson and Hunter Breann Liles, and Zoe Henley; and four sisters-in-law, Edna Pharr, Dorothy Pharr, Cutaw Pharr and Dean Pharr.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bolivar Smith Pharr and Sarah Montgomery Pharr; a grandson, Dustin Smith Pharr; a daughter-in-law, Myra Pharr; one sister, Allie Lee Hicks; six brothers, Delbert, Woodrow, R.C., Leonard, Esau and Cebron Pharr; and two nephews, David Pharr and Jackie Pharr.
Pallbearers will be Richard Pharr, Dennis Pharr, Gary Pharr, Jimmy Pharr, Doug Liles and Kevin Deaton.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday.
OXFORD – Zola Turner, 70, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
EUPORA – Ruth Evelyn Booth Rowlen, 76, died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Eupora First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Eupora First Baptist Church.
SALTILLO – Ronald Dee Grissom, 50, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
RIENZI – Elaine Green, 71, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
PONTOCOLA – Marvin W. Whitten, 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
EGYPT – Charles B. “Charlie” King, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Okolona First United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Oddfellows Cemetery at Aberdeen. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday only.