Obituaries February 24, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Robert Mullins
OXFORD – Robert Jackson Mullins, infant son of Robert Brian and Leigh Carole Gordon Mullins, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Baptist Hospital in Oxford.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Shannon Cemetery with Dr. Roy McHenery and Dr. Eric Boykin officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, Brian and Leigh Carole Mullins of Oxford; his grandmothers, Martha Gordon of Okolona and Judy Barenis (Lutis) of Greenville; aunts, Natalie Rutledge (ED) of Acworth, Ga., Kim Gordon of Houston; one uncle, Chris Mullins (Mandy) of Hattiesburg; cousins, Beau Alison, Ann-Marie Alison and Rex Brown, all of Houston, Will Rutledge and John Harris Rutledge, both of Acworth, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Sen. Carl Jack Gordon; great-grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gordon, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Estes, and Herbert and Christine Horne.
Pallbearers will be Ted Gordon, Scott Sullivan, Ed Rutledge and Chris Mullins.
Honorary pallbearers will be cousins, Beau Alison, Rex Brown, Will Rutledge and John Harris Rutledge.
Visitation will be at the home of Martha Gordon, 110 Prairie Street, in Okolona, immediately following services for all friends and relatives.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, Louise Gordon White Christmas Fund at the First Baptist Church of Okolona or the charity of your choice.
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Jessie Hunter
EUPORA – Jessie Faye Hunter, 84, died Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Providence Personal Care Facility in Grenada.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Mantee.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James Caples
NEW ALBANY – James Shelton “Jaybird” Caples, 83, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at his residence in the Ingomar community. He was born on April 24, 1929, to Bill and Banice Caples. He was longtime member of Hurricane Baptist Church. He was retired from the Mississippi State Highway Department.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Bobby Caples, the Rev. Philip Brock and Dr. Terry Cutrer officiating. Burial will follow in the Sand Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Eula Mae Caples; one son, Ricky Caples (Sherry) of Thaxton; two daughters, Jennifer Sappington (Bob) of New Albany and Linda Foster (Dennis) of Ecru; one stepson, Jerry Coleman of New Albany; his grandchildren, Grant Caples, Chantelle Isbell (Tim), Randy Sappington (Katie), Lindsey Jones (Matthew) and Jamie Foster; step-grandchildren, Jeff Coleman (Jennifer), Michael Coleman (Dinah) and Lynn Collins (Jason); great-grandchildren, Gabrielle and Jacob Isbell, Levi Jones and Miles Sappington; nine step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Billy Caples (Camille) of Verona and the Rev. Bobby Caples (Diann) of Pontotoc; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Caples of Hurricane.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Elwood Caples; his first wife of 50 years, Velma Willard Caples; and one great-grandchild, David Jones.
Pallbearers will be Roger Heard, Phil Robbins, Phil Warren, Graden Hooker, Jeff Coleman and Kenyan Caples.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Lena Blair
TUPELO – Lena Mae Birmingham Blair, 81, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Visitation is 11 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors, who is entrusted with the arrangements.
Graveside funeral services are private.
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Gary Dunaway
BOONEVILLE – Gary Douglas Dunaway, 63, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Methodist/University Tennessee Hospital in Memphis. He was born Nov. 3, 1949, to Shelton and Elma Lee Dunaway in Tylertown. Raised in Biloxi, he attended Mississippi State University, where he received a BS in Industrial Engineering Technology in 1971. He also did post-graduate work at the University of Memphis, North Carolina State University and the University of Dubuque (Iowa). An industrial engineer, he took great pride in his work, and he especially enjoyed teaching, training and mentoring those around him. A godly man, he served as commissioned lay pastor at Falkner and Westminster Presbyterian churches in Tippah County, where he performed two services each Sunday morning in addition to his full-time job. He took great care to pass the Gospel of Christ on to his children, to whom he taught integrity, honesty, the value of hard work and the power of Christ. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Booneville, where he served as an Elder. He was a devoted family man, and he treasured his wife, his children and his four grandchildren. He loved spending time with his family, and he never lost his ability to put smiles on the faces of those around him. He was an active civic leader, serving as president of the Booneville/Prentiss County Chamber of Commerce, an officer of the Rotary Club, The American Heart Association, APICS as well as obtaining hundreds of certifications during his professional career.
A celebration of life memorial service will be 2 p.m. today, at First Methodist Church in Booneville with the Rev. Bill Connolly and Dr. Joe Carpenter officiating. Visitation with the family will be after the memorial service at the church.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy Cox Dunaway, whom he married on June 1, 1969; one son, Jason Michael Dunaway of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Amanda (Thomas Brandon) Walker of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., and Emily (BJ) Mauney of Saltillo; his parents, Shelton L. and Elma Lee Dunaway of Gulfport; his mother-in-law, Jane Cox Davis of Booneville; one brother, Danny Michael (Cathy) Dunaway of Greenville; four grandchildren, Emma Walker, Thomas Walker, Cyrus Walker and Griffin Mauney; two brothers-in-law, Jeff (Geri) Cox of Columbia, Tenn., and Jason (Edie) Cox of Pleasant Hill, Calif.; and one sister-in-law, Candace Cox (Robert) Maché of Memphis; three nieces, Vivian Maché, Jessica Cox and Kristin Dunaway Richardson; three nephews, Barton Cox, Darin Cox and Jeremy Dunaway.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Sidney and Ruby Lee Morgan, Earl and Bertie Glen Dobbins; his father-in-law, J.C. Cox; and two nephews, Dana Dunaway and Jeffrey Cox.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Jeff Johnson, Kenny Claunch, Tommy Covington, Ellis Hill, Brad Crump, Jeff Cox, Jason Cox, Bart Cox, Robert Maché and Eleanor Hastings.
Memorials may be made to Living Waters of The World, c/o The Presbytery of St. Andrew, 24 CR 231, Oxford, MS and also to Methodist UT Liver Transplant Unit in Memphis, TN, 1265 Union Ave; 10 Thomas, S1011, Memphis, TN 38104.
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Dillon Radke
BOONEVILLE – Dillon James Radke, 21, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Eric Jaggers
OKOLONA – Eric Gale Jaggers, 42, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at his residence in Okolona. He was born in Amory, on Nov. 29, 1971, to James and Gail Cox Jaggers. A lifelong resident of Okolona, he was a graduate of Okolona High School and owner and operator of Jagger’s Quick Stop in Okolona for the past 10 years. He loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and enjoyed spending time with store customers and his many great friends. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Okolona and active in his promotion of all things Okolona.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Okolona with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Danny Buskirk will read the obituary. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Holland Funeral Directors Okolona Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Paula Dean Corley Jaggers of Okolona; children, Anna Brooke Jaggers of Santa Fe, Texas, Lindsy Daniel Jaggers and Eric Hayden Jaggers, both of Okolona; parents, James and Gail Jaggers of Okolona; siblings, Jeffrey Jaggers (Amy) of Tupelo, Jim Jaggers of Birmingham, Ala., and Wesley Jaggers of Tupelo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Rob Herndon, Bobby Carnathan, Andy Young, Dusty Hester, Mac Simmons, Shorty Sanderson and Don Reed.
Visitation is 3 to 5 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel and one hour prior to service on Monday at the Church.
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Judith McCraw
ABERDEEN – Judith May Mercier McCraw, 71, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 11, 1941, in Chicopee, Mass., to Charles Henry Mercier and Henrietta Klause Mercier. She had lived in Aberdeen since 1980. She was affiliated with the Catholic Church. She was the insurance clerk at the Aberdeen Monroe County Hospital.
Private services will be held Wednesday at the McCraw Family Cemetery in Bay Springs. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Bobby Kendall McCraw of Aberdeen; one daughter, Nancy Cantrell (Jason) of Aberdeen; one son, Robert McCraw (Christina) of Southaven; two sisters, Sandra Mercier Gauthier of Chicopee, Mass., and Nancy Mercier Donofrio of South Hadley, Mass.; and three grandchildren, Austin, Hunter and Luke McCraw.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Donations may be made to Mississippi Special Olympics, Le Bonheur Childrens Hospital and to the Aberdeen, Humane Society.
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Ben Glover
WHEELER – Ben Glover, 64, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville. He did auto repair until becoming disabled. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was loved by everyone at the Landmark Nursing Home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Ricky Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
He is survived by two sisters, Freida Swinney (Lee) of Wheeler and Mary Alice Coats (Phillip) of Booneville; two brothers, Jimmy Glover (Betty) of Wheeler and Bob Glover (Alice) of Baldwyn; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Ola Glover; two sisters, Joyce Lindsey and Moiese Woodruff; and one brother, James Hollis Glover.
Pallbearers are Dan Glover, Todd Swinney, Billy Glover, David Coats, Bill and Richard Woodruff.
Maria Ramsey
IUKA – Maria Machelle White Ramsey, 42, passed away Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tony Curtis, Bro. Gary Wadkins and Bro. Robbie Crane officiating. Burial will be in South Crossroads Cemetery in Iuka.
She is survived by her husband, Randy Ramsey; father, Frankie White (Dorinda) of Iuka; mother, Janice Howie White of Iuka; daughter, Shelby Lee-Ann Price of Iuka; son, Tate Jackson Ramsey of Iuka; stepsister, Beatrice Cannon of Iuka; nephew, Micheal Lowell of Iuka; and several cousins, aunts and uncles.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elton White and Mr. and Mrs. Vester Howie; sister, Lee-Ann White Marbry; brother-in-law, Todd Marbry; nephew, Wheeler Marbry.
Pallbearers are Tim Howie, Brad Howie, Seth Howie, Brian Ramsey, Kevin Monroe and Robert Johnson.

Madge Evans
SALTILLO – Sara Magdalene “Madge” Evans, 80, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A Camp Creek community native, she was born Sept. 7, 1932, to Alec Burlin and Martha Elizabeth Noblett Wages. After graduating high school she worked for more than 40 years at Reeds Department Store. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and working with her flowers. She enjoyed meeting people, never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew her. She was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with Dr. Ken Anderson and the Rev. Jerry Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Renee Smith and Regina Counce (Rod) of Saltillo; three sisters, Clarice Tutor and Ruth Langford (Billy), both of Tupelo and Clara Gusmus (Raymond) of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Morgan Smith, Jace and Jude Counce, all of Saltillo; two special nephews, Mickey Wages and Carlton Smith (Marie); a host of other nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mike and Martha Gunner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Clytee Wages and Christine Thomas; two brothers, the Rev. James Wages and Leroy Wages; one son-in-law, Tommy Smith; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Daughtrey.
Visitation 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in honor of Mrs. Madge Evans to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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Lona Boren
TUPELO – Lona Louise Boren, 88, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at Magnolia Manor Assistant Living. She was born on May 24, 1924, to Elmer and Hattie Morris. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Gayle Alexander officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Missie (Tony) Barnett of Tupelo; two sons, Randall (Christy) Breedlove and Gary (Dell) Breedlove, both of Booneville; one stepdaughter, Michelle (Richard) Sissom of Atlanta, Ga.; one stepson, Mike (Charlotte) of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Betty Jo Downs of Booneville; son-in-law, Jerry Crystal; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Guy Boren; her parents; one daughter, Charlotte Crystal; three sisters, Oma Christian, Grace Sheffield and Billye Caver; and five brothers, Robert, Edgar, Everett, Roy and Earl Morris.
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Dovie Williams
NEW ALBANY – Dovie Omega Brandon Williams, 89, died Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at her residence. She was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Pontotoc County, to Thomas Preston Brandon and Maudie Wise Brandon. She was a retired sales clerk having worked for H and G Fabrics and Gibson’s. She loved singing, sewing, her flowers and garden and her children and grandchildren. She was a member of the Chewalla Primitive Baptist Church in Potts Camp.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Wise and the Rev. Grady Camp officiating. Burial will be in the Locust Hill Cemetery.
She is survived by four daughters, Norma Jean Taylor ( Eugene) of New Albany, Patricia Westmoreland of Potts Camp, Carolyn Sides of New Albany and Sandy Morris (Phillip) of New Albany; five sons, David Williams (Donna) of Nettleton, Steve Williams (Eleanor) of Ingomar, John Williams (Karen) of Cumberland City, Tenn., Mitchell Williams of New Albany and Tim Williams of New Albany; sister, Berlie Dunnam of Booneville; 21 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter “Dub” Williams; a son, Kenneth Williams; four sisters; two brothers; and two sons-in-law, Ray Sides and Tommy Westmoreland.
Pallbearers will be Nick Bland, Larry Westmoreland, Richard Westmoreland, Chris Sides, Hugh Morris, Josh Williams, David Williams, Cole Williams, Maxx Williams and Luke Morris.
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Mary Barton
NEW ALBANY – Mary Barton, 50, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New

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