By NEMS Daily Journal
HOUSTON – Mark Steven Whitt, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his home, as did his father, Billy Whitt, who preceded him in death on Feb. 23, 1993. He was a graduate of Woodland High School and a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church.
Mark entered the world with medical complications and had surgery the first week of his life. He fought through years of sickness and began work as a teenager with his father at Houston Dairy. From his father, Mark developed his “give 110 percent effort” to all that he did. He also did other route sales work for the next 25 years. From his mother, Martha Whitt Lancaster, he developed his “servant’s heart.” As did his mother, he would do anything to help family and friends. His last working years were spent in construction, from local jobs to post-Katrina coast rebuilding jobs. At his last job he had a heart attack, that, combined with his prior medical problems, left him disabled. Since work as Mark knew it ceased, he devoted the rest of his life to caring, doing, providing anything, everything he could for his wife, Joanne and grandson, Damian.
First and foremost Mark was a Christian. He had extensive knowledge of Bible history.
The body will lie in repose today, Feb. 25, 2012, at Arbor Grove Baptist Church from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. service time at Arbor Grove Baptist Church in Houston. The Rev. Jonathan Childress and the Rev. Jim Ray will officiate. Burial will follow at Arbor Grove Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Joanne Epting Whitt, and his grandson, Damian Cooper, whom he raised as his own; his mother, Martha Lancaster of Woodland; his daughters, Tiffani and Dewayne Evans of Starkville, and Jennifer Whitt of Woodland; his grandchildren, Jordan Evans, Brianna Evans and Mackensie Evans of Starkville; his sister, Sherry and William Carter of Kentucky; his stepsisters, Judy Lancaster, Pat and Lewis Easter, and his stepbrother, Mark Lancaster, all of Woodland; his brother-in-law, John and Mary Ann Epting; his nieces, Katie Carter and Megan Carter of Kentucky; his aunts, Eloise and Glen Vance, Opal and Newberry Brown, Mavis and J. Q. Williams, Sue Houston; and his uncle, Johnny and Sandra Turner.
Memorials may be made to Arbor Grove Baptist Church Family Life Center or the Cemetery Fund, 883 CR 93, Houston, MS 38851.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.
Charlie Harrell Sr.
RIPLEY – Charlie Jackson Harrell Sr., 73, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Tippah County Health Services. He was born Feb. 28, 1958, to Thomas Cyle and Virgie Lee Jackson Harrell in Falkner. He was retired as a sergeant and crime scene investigator with the Memphis Police Department. He had been a member of the Air National Guard of Tennessee. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Ripley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Jason Harms officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Faye Haley Harrell of Ripley; three daughters, Nancy Corzine (Don) of Bartlett, Tenn., Stephanie Ann Burns (James) of Hernando and Lisa Lollor (Gordon) of Hickory Flat; four sons, Charlie Jackson Harrell Jr. (Kristy) of Gentry, Ark., Robert Lee Harrell (Patty) of Bartlett, Barry Wayne Harrell of Ashland and Louis Eubanks of Edinburg, Tenn.; four sisters, Ellie O’Cille Harrell and Mamie Lee Buchanan, both of Overland Park, Kan., Pat Brown (Mike) of Houston, Texas, and Billie Ruth Stewart (Dan) of Olive Branch; one brother, Thomas Kyle Harrell (Frances) of Ashland; 18 grandchildren, Amber Simmons, Jason Harrell, Josh Harrell, Matt Harrell, J.R. Corzine, Angela Brown, Jamie Corzine, Megan Harrell, Melissa Ellis, Hannah Harrell, Cole Harrell, Cortney Baroni, Chase Burns, Ashley Warford, Jessica Rucker, Kimberly Hill, Kelsey Hill and Amanda Watkins; and 12 great-grandchildren, Jackson Tate Simmons, Austin Corzine, Alexis Corzine, Ayden Corzine, Ava Grace Corzine, Raegan Brown, Hunter Brown, Lakyn Rucker, Savannah Warford, Olivia Warford, Layla Watkins and Madeline Watkins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Pete Austein.
Pallbearers will be Cole Harrell, Jason Harrell, Josh Harrell, Matt Harrell, J.R. Corzine, Jamie Corzine, Chase Burns, Bo Rucker and J.D. Simmons.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 7 to 8:30 a.m. today.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 302 S. Main St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Annie Myrtle Rogers Pierce, 61, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 19, 1950, to Robert Rogers and Myrtle Berry Rogers. She was a 1968 graduate of Fannie Carter High School and a member of the Red Bud M.B. Church.
Services will be at noon today at Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Jamal Boddie officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Jacqueline Bean of Okolona, and Lori Dreax and Shelia Thomas of Lexington, Ky.; one stepdaughter, Mary Ezell of Houston; one son, James Pierce Jr. of Calhoun City; four sisters, Ruby Moore of Okolona, and Bessie Johnson, Geneva Nesbitt and Mary Goree, all of Racine, Wis.; three brothers, John Rogers of Okolona, Robert Rogers Jr. of Lexington, Ky., and Matthew Kyles of Racine; two stepbrothers, James Davis and Robert Jennings of Okolona; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Pierce of Calhoun City and Daisy Robinson of Una; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.
IUKA – Leon Lomenick, 72, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Snowdown Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
GOLDEN – Merlene McAnally, 74, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was a native of Mississippi. She was a seamstress for 40 years and supervisor at Golden Manufacturing.
There will be no funeral service. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont assisted the family.
Survivors are two children, Sheila Lawson (Glen) of Vina, Ala., and Bill McCary Jr. of Golden; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stanley Brown, Cully Cody, Matthew McCary, Craig Rogers, Kole Timbs and Derrick Miller.
HATLEY – Elvin Ausbon “Jack” Franks, 82, died on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his home. Born on March 21, 1929, in Itawamba County, he was a son of the late Alford Elvin and Luna E. Christian Franks. He married Nellie M. Law on June 27, 1948. Hardworking, he had worked various construction jobs before retiring as a foreman with Monroe County Electric Power after 33 years of service. Professing Christ as his Savior on July 16, 1962, he was a member of Hatley Missionary Baptist Church. A loving husband, father and grandfather who had a great sense of humor, many of his hobbies included fishing, hunting, and gardening.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Sidney McLeod and Bro. Dean Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Nellie M. Law Franks of Hatley; children, Jerry Franks (Dogama) of Nettleton, Cheryl Irwin (Jerry) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Brenda Turner of Hatley and Rickey Franks (Carol) of Hatley; sisters, Ernie M. Dill, Joyce Jackson and Loyce Holcomb, all of Fulton, and Linda Thompson (Oneal) of Aberdeen; mother-in-law, Evie Law, Hatley; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Faye Brown, Lavee Dill, Laverne Vess and Dathel McComb; granddaughter, Kim Irwin; great-granddaughter, Tiffany Franks; great-great-grandson, Bentley Franks; great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Watson; and father-in-law, Edward Law.
Pallbearers will be Chad, Tony, Jerry, and Donnie Franks; Alan, David, and Mark Adams; Roy Bottorf; and Lecil Ball. Honorary pallbearers will be past and present coworkers of Monroe County Electric Power and Rhonda Burrow and staff of NMMC Hospice.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Martha S. Boatwright, 78, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Christophers Care Home in Holly Springs. She was born May 4, 1933, in Mt. Pleasant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs. She was a homemaker who loved family, friends and arranging flowers.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Holly Springs with Bro. Milton Whatley officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Eddie Boatwright Jr. (Nancy) and Philip Boatwright (Prentis), both of Holly Springs, and Anthony Boatwright of Oxford; one brother, David “Nubb” Strickland of Holly Springs; two sisters, Mary Ann Wheeler and Virginia Walker, both of Holly Springs; and grandchildren, Paige Boatwright Tomsic, Preston Boatwright, Caroline Boatwright and Meg Boatwright.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie C. Boatwright Sr., and her parents, Henry Strickland and Eddie Moore Strickland.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Earnest “Te-Bag” Pack, 50, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Mary Ellen Smith
BOONEVILLE – Mary Ellen Smith, 68, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at her home, following a long illness. She was born Jan. 1, 1944, in Gloucester, Mass. She received her teaching degree from Adelphi University and her master of arts in education degree from Pepperdine University. She retired after 33 years of teaching. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Booneville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Phillip Box officiating. Tommy Dorsey will deliver the eulogy, and Freddie Sanders will offer remembrances. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Roger K. Smith; two sons, Bill Lemas (Bessan) of Boise, Idaho, and Roger Craig Smith of Orange, Calif.; two daughters, Tina E. Schroeder (Brian) of Orange, Calif., and Teri E. Smith of Oregon; eight grandchildren, Whitney Schroeder, Josh Schroeder, Abby Schroeder and Emily Schroeder, all of Orange, Calif., Charlie Vickery of Denver, Colo., Jalen Koehn of Tualatin, Ore., Ashley Lemas and Emily Lemas, both of Boise, Idaho; eight cousins, Tommy Dorsey (Cindy) of Richmond, Va., Maureen Eberhard of Venice, Fla., Beth Ann Kelly of Boston, Mass., Jane Dorsey Byers of Charleston, Mass., Jed Dorsey of Pittsburgh, N.H., Sheila Crowley of Cape Cod, Mass., Marie Crowley Walker of Monument Beach, Mass., and Jay Dorsey of Naples, Fla.; and an aunt, Jean Dorsey of Boston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert V. and Margaret Louise Dorsey; and a sister, Roberta Louise Dorsey.
Pallbearers are Boots Stell, Elan Stell, Coach Bill Ward, Tommy Vanstory, Hal Wright, Jerry Hutcheson, Larry Dornan Sr., and Larry Dornan Jr.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
ABERDEEN – Shirley Jean Williams, 74, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born March 29, 1937, to Henry Hill Stewart and Hilda Irene Duke Stewart in Lowndes County. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen and a graduate of Aberdeen High School. A member of Prairie Baptist Church, she was a Sunday School teacher for children, a children’s church leader and the Christmas program director. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and ladies clothing store manager. She retired from Aberdeen School as a teacher’s assistant.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Dempsey Rowland and Bro. George Collins officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Patsy Pigford (Lynn) of Aberdeen and Kathy Gill of Americus, Ga.; one son, Michael Williams of New Orleans; one brother, Otis Stewart of Tupelo; and four grandchildren, Kyle Gill, James Gill, Shay-Leigh Gill and Josh Brewer.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Aaron Williams; one brother, Henry Lee Stewart; and three sisters, Earlene Nash, Dorothy Greene and Gertrude Powell.
Pallbearers will be Glenn West, Lynn West, Johnny Williams, Tim Williams, Andy Skelton and Ron Brewer.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Prairie Baptist Church.
Donations may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 197, Aberdeen, MS 39730; or Prairie Baptist Church, 10146 Hwy. 382, Prairie, MS 39756.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
IUKA – Jo Watson, 71, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Mt. Evergreen Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NATCHEZ – Charles Jerry Thompson, 66, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Promise Hospital of Vicksburg.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Red Banks Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
DETROIT – Larry Donnell Smith, 61, died Friday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Detroit, Mich. He was formerly of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
ECRU – Jerry Graham Sneed, 65, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and talking about hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his family and a special pet, Skooter “Doody Rudy.”
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at the Apostolic Church with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Benny Randolph officiating. Burial will be in the Sneed Family Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Linda Sneed of Ecru; daughters, Sandy Sneed Walker of Ecru, Gina Gale Griffin (fiancé, Joe Sugarbaker) of Ecru, Carol Strickland (Jimmy) of Blue Mountain; and Katie Staser (Shenan) of Pontotoc; sons, Garry Jordan (Trisha) of Tupelo and Sonny Snider (Christina) of Ecru; sister, Jenny Canipe of Counce, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clive Brooks Sneed; his mother, Lella Launa Sneed; brothers, B.J., Cecil, Robert, A.Q. and L.K. Sneed; sisters, Ila Mae Cooper, Shelby Gene Hantz, Vivian Swords and an infant sister; and a grandson, Jerry Bobby Mansfield.
Pallbearers will be Barry Sneed, Dusty Sneed, Nathan Swords and Jason Swords. Honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Fooshee, Doc Williams, Bob Swords and Dale swords.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the church.
BURNSVILLE – Ruth Joan Moore, 71, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Spirit and Truth Christian Fellowship and a former factory worker. She loved her church, and enjoyed reading, watching T.V. game shows and watching her grandson play baseball.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Spirit and Truth Christian Fellowship. Bro. Tony Blakney and Bro. Jim Thornton will officiate. Interment will follow in Spirit and Truth Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Wayne Moore (friend, Angela Jourdan) of Tupelo; two daughters, Kathie Norman (Rusty) of Iuka and Debbie Willis (Mark) of Burnsville; one brother, Bert Gibson of Red Jacket, W.Va.; two sisters, Neville Skinner of Iuka and Fern Alsup of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, Cory Willis of Burnsville and Devin Norman of Iuka.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Elsie Gibson; and three brothers, Wally, Winford and Elmer Gibson.
Pallbearers include Johnny McDuffy, Dustin Mooney, Jacob McDuffy, Kaleb Mitchell, Hunter Lambert, Cory Willis and Craig Bain.
Visitation will be from 6 until 9 p.m. today at Spirit and Truth Christian Fellowship.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society by calling (800) ACS-2345 or online at www.cancer.org; or to Spirit and Truth Christian Fellowship, c/o First American National Bank in Burnsville, MS.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Eunice Evon Rayburn Young, 90, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, at Volunteer Community Hospital in Martin, Tenn. She was born Dec. 29, 1921, to Nate Rayburn and Annie Ford Rayburn in Petal. She was a retired licensed practical nurse.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Kevin Naillieux and Charles Vaughn officiating.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Wodkman of Palmersville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Christopher Workman, Matthew Workman and Kimberly (Tony) Marino.
She was receded in death by her parents; her husband, Nolan Gloster Young; and one son, Joseph Young.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BOONEVILLE– Braiden Corey Thomas, newborn son of Brian and Morgan Thomas, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012, at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
WEST POINT – Anna Terrell Tumlinson, 85, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at her residence. She was born June 13, 1926, in West Point to Eva Robinson and Harry Clay Terrell. She was the director of the Literary Program and involved in extensive civic programs. Her proudest work was as a wife and mother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Episcopal Church of the Incarnation. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Evan E. “Ted” Tumlinson; daughters, Eva Terrell Tumlinson of Denver, Colo., and Sarah Tumlinson O’Leary of Midland, Texas; and two grandchildren, Evan O’Leary and John O’Leary.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Harry C. Terrell III.
Pallbearers will be Clay Terrell, Bud Tumlinson, David O’Leary, Evan O’Leary, John O’Leary and Steve Kouach.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation or the Bryan Public Library, P.O. Box 675, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
ABERDEEN – David Graham, 51, died Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, at Hospice of West Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Harold R. Sims, 79, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at Silverleaf Nursing Home in Snellville, Ga. He was born Aug. 2, 1932, in Booneville to John Reynolds and Geneva Reynolds Sims. He graduated from Holcut High School and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Delta State University. He was a veteran of the United States Army and worked as an accountant most of his lifetime. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and active member of the Masonic Lodge in Paden.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Redd officiating Burial will be in the Clausel Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Janice Sims; two sons, John (Bonnie Davis) Sims of Lilburn, Ga., and James Kenneth Sims of Boston, Mass.; one granddaughter, Audrey Sims; one grandson, Evan Sims; two sisters, Josephine Louise Sims and Pauline Lotese Henry, both of Booneville; one brother, Kenneth (Betty Whitehead) Sims of Booneville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James Lowell Sims; and a brother-in-law, Edward Neal Henry.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Michael J. Fox Foundations for Parkinson’s Research, Clausel Hill Church or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Anthony Eugene “Gene” Bolton, 56, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012, at his home in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Johnny Stafford Jr.
PADUCAH, Ky. – Johnny “Pudding” Stafford Jr., 53, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2012, at Veterans Administration Medical Center in Lexington, Ky.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Grayson Funeral Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be at noon Monday at the National Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.