By NEMS Daily Journal
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Kindle “Bud” Davis, a successful philanthropist, businessman and coach, died Feb. 23, 2013, after a brief illness. He was born Oct. 25, 1926, in the Cotton Springs community of Tishomingo County, MS, to Jessie Maulden Davis and Hubert Roscoe Davis. He has an identical twin brother, Windle “Buster” Davis, still living, Fulton, MS.
The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. today at the Davis Event Center on the ICC campus in Fulton, then Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 4 p.m. until the service at 6 p.m. at White Station Church of Christ in Memphis.
Senter Funeral Home in Fulton is in charge of local arrangements.
A private service for family and friends will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Rotunda at Memorial Park Mausoleum in Memphis.
He is survived by one son, Gary Kindle; a grandson and family, Andrea and Chris Blaylock, Kendall Joy and Sienna Rose; one sister, Faye Davis Mock (Arlis).
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Joy Brown Davis; his daughter and biggest fan, Anita Devon Davis Blaylock; brothers, Roy, Travis, Hollis and Floyd; and sister, Bertie Davis Brown.
Mr. Davis was a respected businessman and 51-year car dealer. During his last 37 years at Bud Davis Cadillac, the dealership won many awards, including 27 years as “Master Dealer” and seven years as “Top 100 General Motors Dealers,” one of its highest awards.
He started his career coaching high school basketball in Tishomingo and Kossuth, Mississippi.
His last two teams at Itawamba Community College won Mississippi junior college championships in 1960-61 and 1961-62. This team was named the Itawamba Community College “Team of the Century” in 2000.
“Bud Davis and his brother, Buster, left an indelible mark at Itawamba Community College,” said its president, Dr. David Cole. “Both of them coached – Bud first – and they put ICC on the map for college basketball.”
Mr. Davis was a “leader of men” and prided himself on his love of family and friends. His customers were the Number 1 priority in his working life. He was devoted to his faith and to White Station Church of Christ. Always active in the communities where he lived, he was named “businessman of the year” in several communities.
Philanthropy was a huge part of his life with his latest favorites being Itawamba Community College and the Porter-Leath Children’s Charities in Memphis. At his fundraiser for Porter-Leath, he loved interacting with the children and offering his “lessons for life.” A lifetime joy was playing golf with his buddies.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to White Station Church of Christ, 1106 Colonial Road, Memphis, TN 38117, (901) 761-2007 or Porter-Leath Children’s Charities at 868 North Manassas St., Memphis, TN 38107, (901) 577-2500.
“The Davis brother were as big a success in business as they were in sports,” Cole said. “They are legends.”
PONTOTOC – Donald Gean Clark, 64, died Saturday, Feb. 23, at his home. He was born April 21, 1948, in Chickasaw County, to Virt and Vera Bailey Clark. He graduated in 1971 for the University of Mississippi. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pontotoc. He retired from a career in business and industry. He was a avid Ole Miss Rebel fan and enjoyed sports, outdoors, gardening and spending time with family.He was a devoted husband, father, leader and friend to all. He was a man of conviction and principle who lived each day with a warmth that belied his toughness.
Service is at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc, with Kenneth Corley and Dr. Bryan Scarbrough officiating. Interment is at Poplar Springs in Vardaman.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Dr. Miriam Burt Clark of Pontotoc; sons, Don Clark Jr. of Germantown and Wes Clark of Hattiesburg; brother, James E. Clark (Glenda) of Houston; sister, Childa (Fred) Stevens of Okolona; nephews, Robert and Edward Clark, James and Michael Alexander; niece, Charlsie Burt Alexander; and special caregivers, Margaret and Brenda.
He was preceded in death by his son, John Martin Clark; and his parents.
Pallbearers are Q.T. Tuor Jr., James Ray Morrison, Robert Clark, Justin Brantley, Edward Clark and Vance Austin.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 308, Pontotoc, MS.
BOONEVILLE – Billy Joe Crabb, 73, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 4, 1939, to Herman Crabb and Gladys Crabb Files. He was retired from Hays Construction Company after 32 years and a member of First Baptist Church Booneville. He was also a U.S. Navy veteran.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home with Dr. Gayle Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Ann Barnett Crabb; one son, Jeffrey (Sandra) Crabb of Madison, Ala.; one grandson, Heath (Jennifer) Crabb; one granddaughter, Toni Crabb, both of Madison, Ala.; and one half-brother, Herman (Nora) Crabb of Central Point, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pounds and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Lee Crabb; and his stepfather, R.G. Files.
Honorary pallbearers will be his Hardees coffee buddies and his Sunday school class.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
CEDAR BLUFF – Bobbie Jean Jones Arney, 74, passed away Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her home. She was born March 25, 1938, in Sturgis to Lillie Jane Ray Jones and Wiley Hamilton Jones Jr. She had worked as a sales clerk at Cato Department Store, a designer-florist at West Point Flower Shop and a seamstress at Knickerbocker, MFG. Later she worked as a custodian at Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. She worked on a committee of three to write the history of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church 1895-1995, also serving as church clerk for 19 years, as well as a captain in the Church Bus Ministry Outreach program. She was presently a member of Hope Baptist Church. She was married to Marvin Arney on May 2, 1956, and he preceded her in death on May 31, 2000.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Eddie Brock officiating. Burial will follow in Craig Springs Cemetery Oktibbeha County.
Survivors include her daughter, Tami Arney Edwards (Vernon) of Cedar Bluff; three grandchildren, Traci Jean Ferguson, Diana Marie Ferguson and Jon Austin Ferguson (Alisha); seven great-grandchildren, Brianna Russell, E.J. Ferguson, Kaitlyn Jones, Devin Jones, Tristan Eggerson, Cheyanne Ferguson and Harbor Ferguson and the extended family; one sister, Lavis Coggins (Sonny) of Starkville; her brother, Willie W. “Peck” Jones (Pat) of Starkville.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her grandson, Troy Eggerson; and sister, Lecter Mae Boswell.
Pallbearers will be deacons of the church, Jim Bearden, Ricky Blake, Jimmy Edwards, Lynwood Hill, Rodney Johnson, Keith Manning, Ray Pumphrey, Rocky Wooten. Honorary pallbearers will be Jon Austin Ferguson, Clyde Edwards, John Edwards, Zachary Edwards, Billy Bennett and her friends at Hope Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P. O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Arlie Franklin Wicker, 64, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Methodist Hospital – Germantown.
Service is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Childers Hill Pentecostal Church in Counce, Tenn. Internment is at Pisgah Cemetery in Michie, Tenn.
Visitation is noon today and will continue until service time Tuesday at Childers Hill Pentecostal Church.
Online Condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
PONTOCOLA COMMUNITY – Marvin Woods Whitten, 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born in Charleston on April 24, 1948, to Lindsey Noel Whitten and Beulah Mae Brown Whitten. He married Sherry Gulledge on Aug. 8, 1970, and they moved to the Northeast Mississippi area, where he worked many years as a diesel mechanic for Transport Trailer Company and truck driver for D and D Trucking Co. before becoming disabled. His hobbies included working on cars of all types and wrestling. He was affectionately called “Buddy” by his grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was of the Baptist faith.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Sherry Whitten of Pontocola Community; two sons, Michael Whitten and John Whitten of the home; two daughters, Kim Whitten Partlow (Corey) of Pontocola and Michelle Whitten Lofton (Randy) of Southaven; mother-in-law, Hazel Peeples of Tupelo; six brothers, Lindsey Whitten Jr. (Renea) of Scobey, Rulius Whitten of Water Valley, Julius Whitten (Sheree) of Senatobia, Paul Whitten of N.C., Johnny Frank Whitten and Mike Whitten (Emily), both of Casilla; three sisters, Verna Phillips (Frank) of Hernando, Irene Wood (John) of Water Valley and Mary Cain (Charlie) of Calif.; five grandsons, James Dale, Cameron, Samuel, Gatlin and Kolten; and a special friend, Bonner Heatherly of Verona.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and two sisters.
Honorary pallbearers will be the grandsons, Bonner Heatherly, Larry Michaels and Darrell Duffie.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and noon until service time Wednesday.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FULTON – Faye Loague Riley, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral home in Fulton.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Elizabeth Stanford, 70, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 21, 1942, in Lee County to Ralph Long and Laverne Nicholson. As a lifelong resident of Shannon, she graduated in 1961 from Shannon High School and married James Stanford on May 28, 1965. She worked at Hunter-Douglas, retiring after 16 years of employment. She loved hummingbirds, with her backyard being a haven for approximately 100 birds each season. She enjoyed watching birds of all types, fishing, gardening, canning and preparing food for the freezer before becoming disabled. She loved having cookouts for her family, spending time with them and especially the grandchildren. She was a member of Brewer United Methodist Church.
A private family service celebrating her life was held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, James “Jack” Stanford of Shannon; mother, Laverne Long of Tupelo; two sons, Carter Stanford (Jennifer) of Brewer and Craig Stanford (fiancée Esmeralda) of Brewer; one daughter, Susan Young of Brewer; six grandchildren, Autumn Young, Jack Stanford, Charlie Stanford, Jacob Stanford, Katelin Smith and Scott; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father; twin daughters, Melinda and Melissa Stanford; and sister, Brenda Chrestman.
BLUE SPRINGS – Doris D. Terry, 74, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was a retired seamstress for Lucky Star Industries. She was a Baptist and enjoyed her pets and tomato gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jerry Bishop officiating with burial in Ellistown Cemetery.
Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Arabshahi (Joheil) of Blue Springs; son, Leland Ray Terry of Blue Springs; three brothers, Carey Dye, Clark Dye and Gerald Dye; grandchildren, Joey Arabshahi and Jamie Arabshahi; and one great-grandchild, Jonathan Arabshahi.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dulaney and Jewell Pannell Dye; husband, Leland “Popeye” Terry; and stepbrothers and sisters, Franklin Dye, Cornelia Grubbs, Isabell C. Rakestraw, Kate Dunlap and G.W. Dye.
Pallbearers are Robert Wayne Payne, Randy Brown, Brad Dye, Jimmy Crompton, Ken Briggs and Bobby Lee Rogers. Honorary pallbearers are the Nurses and staff of Sanctuary Hospice House.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
RED BAY, Ala. – Pat Blackburn died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay.
BELDEN – George Wheeler died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, in Pontotoc County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
SMITHVILLE – Lavada Stovall, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Peggy McMillen, 59, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
NETTLETON – Charles E. Caldwell, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on Oct. 14, 1929, in Monroe County to John Gilmer and Daisy Roebuck Caldwell. He was a native of Monroe County, but had lived mostly in Columbus, until residing in Nettleton for the past 13 years. He was a retired factory worker and insurance salesman for Life of Georgia, was a graduate of Wren High School and a member of Central Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed calling square dances and being with his family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will be in Wren Cemetery.
Survivors include his fiancee, Barbara Malone of Nettleton; one sister, Marie Humphries of Louisville, Ky.; one granddaughter, Tammy Russ of Columbus; two great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Murlea Caldwell of Nettleton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Hall Caldwell; his parents; son, Buddy Caldwell; sister, Kate Chism; four brothers, Gilmer, Franklin, Edwin and Charles B. Caldwell; and grandson, Tim Caldwell.
Pallbearers will be Brent Caldwell, Chad Caldwell, Stacy Caldwell, Mason Caldwell, George Stepp and Chuck Chism. Honorary pallbearers will be his square dancing friends.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue on hour prior to services Tuesday.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Colette Haimes, 65, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Calhoun City Health Services Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 15, 2941, in Verdun, France, to Yuan and Suzanne Perrin. She was a member of College Hill Baptist Church.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with Jon Haimes officiating. Interment is at Bethlehem Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia (Chris) White of Calhoun City and JoAnn Rounsaville (Dale) of Big Creek; sons, Bill (Felicia) Haimes of Vardaman and Chris (Renea) Haimes; sister, Yolanda Mathon of France; brothers, Roger Perrin and Jean Claude Perrin; nine grandchildren, Misty (John Logan) Haimes, Leona (James) Tutor, Monica (Jake) Weldon, Linda (D.J.) Dobs, Christy (J.R. Turner) White, Dylan Haimes, Stacie Haimes, Dewayne Lester and Catlin Lester; and five great-grandchildren, Alyssa Kellum, Abby James, Natalie Tutor, Nayomie Tutor and Brayden Tutor.
She was preceded in death by husband, William Dale Haimes; parents; brother, Seirge Perrin; sisters, Monique and Yvonne; and great-grandchild, Andrew Lester.
Pallbearers are D.J. Dobbs, Jake Weldon, Jarod Logan, J.R. Turner, Joe Hood and Jimmy Mooneyham. Honorary pallbearers are Boyd Hood and Jerry Haimes.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Mary Bell Buse, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Tupelo. She married James (Pete) Buse in 1938. She was a past employee of Lady Lee and also for Purnells Pride. She enjoyed quilting, crocheting, sewing, fishing and visiting with friends and her great-grandchildren. She loved working in her garden and working with her flowers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dwight Scott officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery.
She is survived by daughters, Eula Joyner Capps (Buster) of Guntown and Patricia Montgomery of Saltillo; son, Ronald Buse of Guntown; 12 grandchildren, Edmond Joyner, Jimmy Joyner, Steven Joyner, Sandra Joyner, Anthony Buse, Ronald Buse, Christy Rogers, Susie Dugard, Gary Montgomery, Lawrence Buse and Misty Gail Buse; and several great and great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Febie White Melton; husband, Pete Buse; sons, James Buse and Mitchell Buse; three brothers; three sisters; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Joyner, Kyle Martin, Gary Montgomery, Lawrence Buse, Shane Brown and Jason Floyd.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
BELMONT – Judge C. “J.C.” Clement Sr., 95, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at ECM Hospital. He was born Sept. 30, 1917, to Doc Walker and Mary Wigginton Clement. He was an overhead crane operator for Reynolds Metals.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont, with Bro. Roger Wood and Bro. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in the Ridge Cemetery.
He is survived by four children, Joyce Clement Thompson (Dr. Donald), Jack Ronald Clement (Dawn) all of Florence, Ala., Joel Clement Thompson of Birmingham, Ala., and J.C. Clement Jr. (Patsy) of Belmont; eight grandchildren, Angela Looser, Mark Dennis, Annalisa Jager, Todd Thompson, Tammy Bostick, Clay Clement, Mollie Walker McLemore and Carter Clement; 17 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Charles Clement of Sheffield.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Alvalene Mayhall Clement; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today and 8 a.m. until service time Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Bernard T. Clark, 69, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
TUPELO – Lena Mae Birmingham Blair, 81, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital, Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Alamo, Tenn., on July 17, 1931, to Walter Birmingham and Lena Mae Hill Birmingham. She was an accomplished homemaker, artist and gardener. She raised her four daughters in Jackson, Tenn., and Tupelo, where she was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church. Later she and her husband, John Blair, lived in Houston, Texas for 25 years until his death on May 27, 2006. They were married for 60 years.
A private family graveside service will be held at Tupelo Memorial Park in Tupelo. The family will receive friends 11 to 11:30 a.m. today at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, whom the family entrusted with arrangements.
She is survived by a brother, Jim Birmingham of Cudjoe Key, Fla.; sister, Ruth Overton of Memphis; daughters, Rita DeWeese (Don) of Memphis, Jennifer Locke of Columbus, Sherry Wilemon (Junior) of Tupelo and Kim Brown (Pete) of Orlando, Fla; eight grandsons and six granddaughters, Blair, Bainbridge, Britton and Kyle DeWeese, Rachel and John Bailey, Heatherly Wilemon Hopson, Trey and Chad Wilemon, Ashley Wilemon Tipton, Emily Wilemon-Holland, Summer, Jennifer and Andrew Brown; and 17 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by sisters, Rebecca Dooley, Lorene Wilson and Burlah Salyer; and brother, Hal Birmingham.
Honorary pallbearers are the grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Rd., Memphis, TN 38117.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
BOONEVILLE – Virginia Hill, 96, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Olive Branch. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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SMITHVILLE – Burnie Woodfin Rye Jr., 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at his residence in Smithville. He was born March 18, 1917, to Burnie Rye Sr. and Sallie Peck Bryan Rye in Monroe County. He was a life long resident of Monroe County where he was a farmer. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII, Korean War and the South Pacific. He was a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church where he had served as deacon.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Lucille Irvin Rye of Smithville; two daughters, Melinda Ann Rye of Dawson Springs, Ky., and Maggi R. Beardman of Smithville; two sons, Burnie L. Rye of Smithville and Charles Franklin Rye of Bartlett, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and several brothers and sisters.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
HOUSTON – Minnie Mae Holmes, 77, died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
MT. PLEASANT – Colon Ennis Joyner, 69, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Carey Chapel Baptist Church. Interment is at Carey Chapel Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BELMONT – Beatrice Northington died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Lauderdale Christian Nursing Home in Killen, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.