By NEMS Daily Journal
SMITHVILLE – Ralph Calvin “Mr. Baseball” Washington, 93, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Born July 9, 1917, in Goshen, W.Va., he was the son of George Washington and Bertha Stephenson Washington. He attended school in West Virginia. He was a member of New Macedonia Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a former employee of Mueller Brass of Fulton and a part-time farmer. A great sports fan of Major League baseball and an outstanding baseball player himself, he enjoyed gardening and truck patching. He loved the Lord, his church and his family.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. Harlin Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in the New Hope No. 2 Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Katherine Washington of Smithville; four sons, Calvin (Normein) Washington of Memphis, Jackie Robinson (Hattie Sue) Washington of Tupelo, Eli Haynes Washington and Thomas Ray Washington, both of Smithville; six daughters, Helen Washington of Downers Grove, Ill., Joyce Nell (Jimmie) Cole of Atlanta, Alice Bailey of Verona, Lillian Casey of Smithville, Kathy (Willie) Hampton of Ashland and Norma Derring of Verona; 24 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 17 great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Calvin Hester Jr. and Charles Ray Washington, and one brother, Freddie Washington.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – Ernestine Elizabeth Funderburk Wheat, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, in Las Cruces, N.M. She was born May 27, 1931, to Lee Funderburk and Lizzie Duncan Funderburk in Monroe County. She was a retired supervisor with AAFES and a Baptist.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Prospect Cemetery with Bro. Roy McHenry officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda McKissick and husband, Roger, of Las Cruces, N.M., and Cynthia Pickle of Atlanta, Ga.; one granddaughter, Lindsey Pickle of Nashville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Sean McKissick of Las Cruces, N.M., and Kristopher Pickle and wife, Leslie, of Laurel; one great-granddaughter, Finley Claire Pickle of Laurel; one great-grandson, Knox Alexander Delk of Nashville.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James C. Wheat.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Jewel E. Parker
MOOREVILLE – Jewel Elizabeth Parker, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A native of Arkansas, she was born March 10, 1939, to Luther Lee and Annie Lou Gray Stacks. She was raised and lived most of her life in Itawamba and Lee counties. She worked 30 years for Reed Manufacturing. She enjoyed playing bingo, dominoes, traveling, fishing and gardening. She loved spending time with her family.
Services will be 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Meryl Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Walker Parker Jr. of Mooreville; two sons, Danny Parker (Debbie) of Corinth and James Parker (Tonya) of Baldwyn; her sister, Betty Floyd of Mooreville; two granddaughters, Jessica and Brittany Parker, both of Amory; two great-grandsons, Connor and Cameron Parker; and a special sister-in-law, Betty Jo Stacks of Dorsey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Ruby Dunaway; and her two brothers, L.C. Stacks and Will T. Stacks.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Ida Belle Roberson
ASHLAND – Ida Belle Roberson, 92, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Briarcrest Extended Care in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Annie Grace Brown Martin, 81, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at Winston County Hospital in Louisville. She was born Nov. 12, 1929, in Pontotoc County to Laphrenia Ottis and Mattie Roseanna Clayton Brown. She was retired from the grocery business. She loved working in her flower beds and making crafts. She was very loving and always greeted everyone with a hug. She was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at United Funeral Service with Dr. Kermit McGregor and Rev. Donnie Schuman officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park.
She is survived by a daughter, Debra Cook (Terry) of Myrtle; five sisters, Lavonia LaFrain, Ottis Davis, and Mary Jo Alexander, all of New Albany, Novella Foster of Winborn and Jean Everett of Millington, Tenn.; two grandsons, Brandon Cook and Bryan Cook.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmy E. Martin; two sisters, Inez Gregory and Jewell Potts; and three brothers, Otto Brown, Dewitt Brown and James L. “Pete” Brown.
The family requests that memorials be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, New Albany, MS or to Alzheimer’s Association, 919 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
VICKSBURG – Jeannie Crans Haley Gardner, 64, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at River Region Medical Center. A native of Houston, she graduated from Houston High School and attended Mississippi State University. After working for the law firm of Young, Young & Scanlon of Jackson, she moved to Vicksburg in 1974 and began a lifetime career as a legal assistant with Wheeless, Bailess, Shappley and Rector, attorneys at law, primarily assisting Robert R. Bailess until her death.
As an active and dedicated member of CrossPoint Church, formerly First Methodist Protestant, Mrs. Gardner served as pianist. For many years, she served as the secretary for the Official Church Board, advisory positions for the church daycare, and on the school board for the former First Methodist Protestant Church School. She was involved each year in the Vacation Bible School program for the church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at CrossPoint Church with Rev. Robert Andrews presiding and Rev. E.L. Sharp assisting. Burial will follow at Cedar Hills Cemetery. Riles Funeral Home of Vicksburg is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Donald W. Gardner of Vicksburg; her daughter, Brooke Raymond (Tom) of Weirton, W.Va.; twin sons, Brett Haley (fiancée, Jenna) of Baltimore, Md., and Blake Haley of Ocean City, Md.; sister, Judy Ellis (Jamie) of Tupelo; granddaughter, Paden Raymond, and grandson, Mackenzie Raymond, of Weirton, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Hazel Crans, and her first husband, Wiltsie J. Haley.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to CrossPoint Church Building Fund, 510 Porters Chapel Road, Vicksburg, MS 39810.
OXFORD – Joann Hankins Golden, 72, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kimbro Funeral Home in Marks.
ORLANDO, Fla. – Anne Norman Houston died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at Hospice of the Comforter in Orlando, Fla. She was born on April 13, 1948, in Lexington, Ky. She was raised in New Albany and attended the University of Mississippi. She later received her R.N. degree and worked at North Mississippi Medical Center. She lived much of her adult life in Aberdeen, where she was president of Junior Auxiliary, a member of the Riverview Garden Club and St. Francis Catholic Church. She was named Outstanding Woman of the Year in Aberdeen in 1980. Mrs. Houston loved and cared for many animals, including her dog, Jack.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Francis Catholic Church. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Vista Cemetery (United Funeral Home) in New Albany. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Laura Houston Collins (Matt) of St. Petersburg, Fla., David Houston IV (Kara) of Nashville, Tenn., and Beth Houston of Orlando, Fla.; her grandchildren, Baylor Collins, Griffin Collins, David Houston V and James Rhett Houston; her brother, Roger Norman (Caroline); her sister, Jamie Norman Ison (Jay); niece and nephews, Hannah, Roger, Will, Philip and Wyatt; and an uncle, Robert Norman.
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Roger and Dorothy Norman, and by a family friend, Earnestine Gunn.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Comforter, Orlando Florida, a hospice in your area, or your favorite charity.
TUPELO – Syliva Salts, 93, died Tuesday, Feb.15, 2011, at the Hardin County Nursing Home. She was a retired secretary for Salts Funeral Home. She was a member of the Church of Christ.
Private services were held Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Burial was in Tupelo Memorial Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Mike Salts of Tupelo; and two grandsons, England Dan and Pat Rue Salts, both of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, E.E. Salts.
OKOLONA – Ann Laureen Southern Singleton, 74, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was born June 23, 1936, in Elwood, Ind., to Ray and Opal Southern. She lived in Okolona for 33 years, but had resided in Gordo, Ala., for the past year. She was a retired office clerk and a member of the Okolona First Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, working on her ceramics and craft projects, and her family pets, Tiki and Molly.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holland Funeral Home, Okolona Chapel, with Dr. David Eldridge officiating. Private graveside services will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
She is survived by one son, David Singleton (Kimberley) of Gordo, Ala.; one grandson, Boomer Singleton (fiancée, Lauren) of Gordo, Ala.; one granddaughter, Katie Evans (Caleb) of Jamestown, Tenn.; one great-granddaughter, Kaylee Beth Evans of Jamestown, Tenn.; Lauren’s daughter, Isabella Ruth Wiley of Jamestown, Tenn.; four brothers, Ronald Southern (Arlene) of Bristol, Ind., Steve Southern (Susie) of Elwood, Ind., Rodger Southern (Kanda) of Elwood, Ind., and Kevin Southern (Cindy) of Goshen, Ind.; three sisters, Carol Marshall of Elwood, Ind., Judy McClish (Jerry) of Olmsted Township, Ohio, and Linda Southern of Elwood, Ind.; one sister-in-law, Sharon (Jesse) Wagers of West Chester, Ohio; special lifelong friends, Don and Vick Clark of Shannon.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Jackson “Jack” Singleton; her son, Michael Wayne Singleton; and one sister, Maureen Southern.
Pallbearers will be Boomer Singleton, Caleb Evans, Chris Oswalt, Don Clark, Murry Blankenship and Garry Lawrence.
Visitation will be from from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Carolyn J. “Cootie” McVay, 67, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Wayne Medical Center in Waynesboro, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Asphalt Rock Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Asphalt Rock Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Marvin Henry Paulk, 80, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Mary Ann West
TUPELO – Mary Ann West, 73, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Arkansas, she was born Aug. 6, 1937, to Lonnie and Effie Lamb.
A Stateroom service will be 10 a.m. Friday at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Baker (Charles Spurr) of Belden; two sons, Danny Ryan of Sherman and Billy Dean Ryan (Kathy) of Texas; one granddaughter, one stepgranddaughter, three great-grandchildren and nine stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and two children.
Visitation will be 2 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
ALGOMA – Cecelia Rene “Bo” Tackitt, 56, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, in Pontotoc County. She taught at South Pontotoc Elementary beginning in 1976 and touched many lives during her 34 year career. She loved growing flowers, riding motorcycles and frequently visiting her retirement home in the Smokey Mountains. She loved her husband, her daughters and her grandsons.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at West Heights Baptist Church with Bro. Scotty Bland officiating. Burial will be in Guinn Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 36 1/2 years, Clyde Tackitt Jr.; two daughters, Tracy Tackitt of Algoma and Robin Duffie (Josh) of Saltillo; four siblings, Ricky (Sheila) Aron of Thaxton, Teresa (Sam) Tackitt of Piney Grove, Juanice (Rickey) Hooker of Thaxton and Steve (Kay) Tackitt of Pontotoc; her parents, Cecil and Clarene Aron of Piney Grove; in-laws, Clyde and Margaret Tackitt of Piney Grove; two grandsons, Hayes Robbins and Elijah Duffie; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Her pallbearers will be Ricky Aron, Steve Tackitt, Joey Tackitt, Sam Tackitt, Tommy Caldwell and Jackie Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff May, Billy Tackitt, H.C. Bland, Hayes Robbins, Elijah Duffie and Keith Bramlett.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
BOONEVILLE – Shirley Dale Johnson, 71, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Cornerstone Health and Rehabilitation Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – M.D. Meeks, 83, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2001. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Mortimer Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Knowledge Gipson, 79, died Friday, Feb. 18, 2011, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Friday at Hudsonville CME Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and 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 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Friday.
HAYDEN, Ala. – Carlton Grissom, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
Flossie M. Crosby
DENNIS – Flossie Marie Crosby, 86, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. She was born April 22, 1924, in Mississippi to John D. and Lela Adams Adair. She was a devout Christian loving mother and grandmother, and a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Dennis with Bro. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Lou Gasaway of Dennis, Judy Butler (Mike) of Dennis and Evelyn Keller of Cherokee, Ala.; three sons, Johnny Crosby of Dennis, Jack Crosby (Gloria) of Rienzi and Mark Crosby (Janet) of Russellville, Ala.; one brother, Josh Adair (Elaine) of Hodgkins, Ill.; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Mack Crosby; and her parents, four sisters, one brother, a grandson and two sons-in-law.
Pallbearers will be Chris Adams, Donnie Gasaway, Scott Conwill, Tony Crosby, Chan Gasaway and John Crosby. Honorary pallbearers will be Garrett Adams, Walker Adams, Mason Thompson, Dean Davis and Jasper Keller.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Dennis and until service time on Friday.
VINA, Ala. – Johnny Ray “Be Good” Lindsey, 58, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, at his residence. He was born April 28, 1952, in Alabama to John and Hazel Massey Lindsey, who preceded him in death. He was a machine operator, retired from NTN Bower of Hamilton, Ala., and was currently employed as a logger with Blue Harbor of Hamilton, Ala.He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, collecting arrowheads, squirrel hunting and water sports. He loved his dogs and his horses. He was a member of Old Burleson Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Arthur Hardin officiating. Burial will be in Sparks Chapel Cemetery of Vina, Ala.
Survivors are two daughters, Carrie Lindsey of Red Bay and Leah Lindsey Wooten (Cody) of Vina, Ala.; one sister, Doris Henson (Buddy) of Tampa, Fla.
Pallbearers will be Wade Barksdale, Jasper Peterson, Lewis Huguley, Harold Kuykendall, Jimmy Kuykendall and Travis Higgins. Honorary pallbearers will be Derek Harbor, Danny Inman, Roger Holland, Tony Barksdale, Dennis Byrd, Corey Tucker, Richard Kuykendall, Bill Turbyfill, Bill Lindsey and Norris Lewey.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay and until service time on Friday.
TUPELO – James W. “Jack” Carmickle, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Tupelo Nursing Rehab in Tupelo.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home Chapel in Verona. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of the arrangements.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
Charles H. Long
TUPELO – Charles H. Long, 87, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
PONTOTOC – Wayne Laprade, 80, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo. He was born Dec. 1, 1930, in Pontotoc County to John Cleveland Laprade and Verna Belle Crane Laprade. He served our country in the U.S. Army 7th Division Infantry during the Korean conflict. He was bookkeeper for Pontotoc Butane Gas and Pontotoc Co. Co-op. From 1969-1982 he owned and operated Oakhill Grocery. He worked as service tech for Oakhill Water Association since 1971. He worked at Baldwin Funeral Home from 1981 until 1991. He was highly thought of by everyone who knew him. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. He was a devoted husband, father, brother and grandfather.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Ken Hester and Bro. Thomas Littlejohn officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Robbie Laprade of Pontotoc; one daughter, Lisa Laprade DeLoach (Kenny) of Pontotoc; one son, Greg Laprade (Karen) of Pontotoc; three sisters, Eva Lois Littlejohn of Pontotoc, Frances Barlow (Harold) of Hazelhurst and Peggy Maddox of Jackson; three grandchildren, Tyson Meek (Krysta Clayton Meek), Kelsey Laprade and Kristen Laprade, and one stepgrandson, Kenny D. DeLoach (Ashley); two stepgreat-grandchildren, Skyler and Nicholas Deloach; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law, Arlis Littlejohn and Dan Maddox.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Littlejohn, Glen Barlow, Glen Inmon, Brian Laprade, Tyler Purdon and Josh Purdon. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Phil Whitten, Jeff Maddox, Kenny Maddox, Mike Barlow, Barron Inmon, Reed Inmon, Hayden Inmon and First Baptist Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and again on Friday from 9:30 am until service time in the Sanctuary.
PONTOTOC – Arthur R. Lassick, 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
RIPLEY – Zora Fay Robertson Duncan died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011. She was born on Dec. 12, 1912, in Tippah County to Willie and Zora Drewery Robertson. She married Marcus Lee Duncan on Dec. 10, 1929. She was a homemaker and a faithful Christian member of the Spout Springs Presbyterian Church for 68 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Spout Springs Presbyterian PCA Church with the Rev. Richie Lockhart, the Rev. Brian Miller and Min. Jerry Childs officiating. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Dorothy Duncan of Corinth; three sons, Mark Duncan (Francis) and J. W. Duncan, all of Ripley, Joe Duncan (Patricia)) of Corinth; one sister, Era Mae Kapenekas of Corinth; one brother, James W. Robertson of Corinth; 10 grandchildren, Ronnie Duncan (Connie), Daniel Duncan (Amanda) and Brenda Shelton (Jeff), all of Ripley, Maressa Mitchell (David) of Richmond, Va., Jason Johnson (Kathi), Letitia Fortier (Randy), all of Whitehall, Mont., Sally Lily (Matt) of Ripley, Mary Jones (Michael) and Molly Lee Duncan, all of Corinth; 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant son; three sisters, and one brother.
Pallbearers are Jason Johnson, Ronnie Duncan, Daniel Duncan, Harry Richardson, Michael Jones, Matt Lily and Jeff Shelton. Honorary pallbearers are Hershell Duncan, Charles Childs, N.T. Duncan, Bobby Childs, Woodrow Childs and Thomas Coleman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spout Springs Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.
TUPELO – Lula Tublin Taylor Jennings, 89, died Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Pleasant Plain Missionary Baptist Church in Prairie. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Carter Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.