Obituaries February 4, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Thomas Suggs
DERMA – Thomas Edward Suggs, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 20, 1935, in Calhoun County. He was a veteran of the National Guard and a member of Derma Baptist Church.
He was a retired educator. He touched the lives of many children over his many years as a coach, administrator and teacher. He was a football coach at Stateline High School, 1961-1964; Goodman High School, 1965-1966; Calhoun City High School, 1966-1968; Kossuth High School, 1968-1969; Shannon High School, 1969-1979; and Calhoun County Academy, 1993-1997. He was principal at Vardaman High School from 1979-1986. He was superintendent in Calhoun County from 1986-1991. Even after his retirement in the early 1990’s, he continued his service to helping children for many years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Glen Putman and Glenn Thomas Suggs will officiate. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Gardens in Calhoun City.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dora Bardwell Suggs of Derma; a daughter, Pamela Suggs Morneault (Dana) of Arlington, Tenn.; a son, Thomas E. “Tommy” Suggs Jr. (Kim) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; a sister, Martha Suggs Hamilton of Pittsboro; three grandchildren, Glenn Thomas Suggs (Heather), Katie Suggs and Shannon Morneault; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wirt Gholson Suggs and Mae Lillian Moore Suggs.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calhoun City First Baptist Church Heating and A/C Fund, P.O. Box 94, Calhoun City, MS 38916.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Maria Mora
HOLLY SPRINGS – Maria Mercedes Rodriquez Mora, 68, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her home in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs.

Jacqueline Kirkman
VERONA – Jacqueline M. Kirkman died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Nov. 15, 1966, to James Ellis Duster and Fannie Kirkman Thomas in Florence, Ala. She was a member of Blackland M.B. Church, where she served as director of the youth and drama departments, and as assistant financial secretary until her health forced her to resign. She was a 1984 graduate of Tupelo High School. She earned an associate of arts degree in accounting from the University of Phoenix. She was a former teacher with the Filmore Center in Tupelo. She was an inspirational person. Anyone who met her couldn’t help but smile and be encouraged.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Blackland M.B. Church with the Rev. Earlie Eddie Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in chage of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Wayneshia Jacques Nabors of the home; her mother, Fannie Thomas of Tupelo; four sisters, Cosetta (James) Edwards, Jo D. Kirkman and Mildred Kirkman-Devald, all of Tupelo, and Rebecca Duster-White (Bernard) of Cordova, Tenn.; three brothers, Charles Stanley Kirkman and Christopher B. Kirkman, both of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Luther Duster of Dallas, Ga.; her fiancé, Andy Elzie of Tupelo; one great-uncle, Matthew (Molly) Green of Florence, Ala.; one aunt, Lerena Frances of Memphis; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Ellis Duster; one brother, Curtis Kirkman; one sister, Sylvia Nadean Kirkman Kohilem; her grandmother, Sylvia Kirkman; and one uncle, Eugene Metcalf.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Online condolences can be made to the Kirkman family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Joe Hood
AMORY – Earnest Joel “Joe” Hood, 87, died on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Born on May 31, 1923, in Bigbee, he was a son of the late Paul Franklin and Betty Pearl Hood Hood. He attended Amory High School. He had worked for Amory Steam Laundry, was a presser with Amory Garment and retired as a machine operator from Walker Manufacturing. An active member of Meadowood Baptist Church, Mr. Hood served as an usher and sang in the choir. He enjoyed visiting with friends over a cup of coffee, woodworking, antiques, going to flea markets, collecting Moon and Star glass, listening to the Gaithers, watching Channel 39 and taking vacations.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Lucy Burks Nabors Hood of Amory; daughter, Emily (Bubba) Morris of Cleveland; son, Andy Joel (Barbara) Hood of Amory; grandchildren, Jennifer (Bobby) Tickner, Krista (Paul) Andy, Miranda (Shane) Gray, and Matthew (Brandi) Hood; great-grandchildren, Robert, Adron, George, Coleman, Shane, Isaac, Allison, Haley, Stormie and Robbie; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Alma Beachum, and brothers, Daniel, Ray, Elmer and Errol Hood.
Pallbearers will be Frank Owen, Pete Miller, Richard Wood, Winslow Cox, Van Ritter, Steve Rieves, Van Burrows and Mickey Miller.
Visitation will continue until the service hour today.
Memorials may be given to Meadowood Baptist Church Senior Citizens, 1510 Hatley Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Lula Mae King
HOUSTON – Lula Mae King, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born Feb. 7, 1924, to Charlie Hale Sr. and Mattie Doss. She was a member of Shady Grove M.B. Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Shady Grove Church with the Rev. Nollen Elzie and the Rev. Derrick Whitfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Rosie King (Isaih), Mattie Spears (Willie B.) and Alice F. Robertson (James), all of Houston; one son, Joe Lewis King of Houston; a sister-in-law, Gwendolyn, of Prairie; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willie “Zeek” King Sr.; four sons, Willie King Jr., Henry King, Dale King and Roy King; and two brothers, Charlie Hale and Johnny Carr.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Nellie Lacy
JUMPERTOWN – Nellie Lacy, 91, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Ned Waldrop
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Abraham “Ned” Waldrop, 64, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Tippah County to Esau Waldrop and Pearlena Knox Waldrop. He graduated from Line Consolidated School in Ripley. He was a member of Antioch Church and served on the Usher Board. He enjoyed working in his rose garden, flowers, fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Antioch M.B. Church in Blue Mountain with the Rev. H.G. Evans officiating. Burial will be in the Academy Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sisters, Annie Mae Cockrell and Ophelia Judon, both of Blue Mountain, and Mary Ann (Roosevelt Jr.) Gray of Ripley; nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Rafel Rieves
SMITHVILLE – Rafel Marshal “Bub” Rieves, 79, died on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at his residence. Born on April 18, 1931, in Smithville, he was a son of the late Ham Marshal and Valera Alice Young Rieves. A lifelong resident of Smithville, he attended Smithville Public Schools. He was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Following 40 years of working as a brakeman, conductor and a yard master, Mr. Rieves retired from Frisco-Burlington Northern Railroad to devote time to his passion of farming. A simple yet hardworking man, he lived life to the fullest, cherished his time spent with family and enjoyed watching Gospel Channel 39. One with nature, he admired nature’s beauty, loved shepherding his horses and cattle, and being outside.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Smithville with Rev. Charles Coggins officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his daughters, Barbara Rachelle(Craig) Jones of Amory and Rebecca (Chris) Waterer, M.D., of Jackson; son, Capt. Rafel Dwaine Rieves, M.D., of Washington D.C.; sisters, Margaret Haney of Grand Bay, Ala., and Marie Tubb and Mavis Parham of Hatley; grandchildren, Christopher Craig Jones of Amory, Joy Kate Waterer and Henry Christmas “Hank” Waterer IV of Jackson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Joy Taylor Rieves, in 2004.
Pallbearers will be W.H. Gregory, Ira Kennedy, Jim Young, Jimmy Cowley, John Gipson and Larry Cox. Honorary pallbearers will be Denver Wright, John Chrestman and Thomas Carroll.
Memorials may be given to the Joy Rieves Healthcare Education Fund, c/o Renasant Bank, P. O. Box 145, Smithville, MS 38870. This 501c3 fund was established in 2004 to provide scholarships to students at Smithville Public Schools who pursue a career in health care.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Gloria Dupree
WEST POINT – Gloria Jean Dupree, 52, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Lee Hill Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mackey Rodgers
BYHALIA – Mackey Bethel Rodgers, 70, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Emory Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Emory Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Marshall Academy in Holly Springs.

Craig Warren, D.O.
SPRINGBORO, Ohio – M. Craig Warren, D.O., 34, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at his home in Springboro, Ohio. He was born Feb. 17, 1976, in Union County. He was a hospitalist with several different hospitals in the Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio, areaa. He started school at North Pontotoc Attendance Center. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with his bachelor of arts degree in biology. He then attended medical school at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va. He did his internship and residency at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio. He earned a Ph.D. in public health with a focus on epidemiology from Walden University.
Some of his accomplishments include publications in several journals and textbooks. He also earned scholarships and grants for program development. He was a leader in implementing electronic medical records software in two different hospitals. He was passionate about his mission work and attended several mission trips to the Dominican Republic. He was actively involved in numerous professional associations, where he held various high ranking positions ranging from committee member to Board of Trustees. His most prized accolade was the establishment of the Benjamin Foundation, a group whose purpose is teen suicide prevention.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Marcus Coward and Bill Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Sand Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his parents, Mike and Judy Warren; his grandparents, Bob and Jo Lane Warren; two nephews, Brayden and Dalton.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ben Warren, and grandparents, Boyce and Pat Mooneyhan.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today and continue from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to the Midwest Medical Mission, 141 Toussaint, Oak Harbor, OH 43449.

John Moore Jr.
BELMONT – John Brewer Moore Jr., 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the Red Bay Hospital in Red Bay, Ala. He was born June 19, 1946, in Booneville to John Brewer Moore Sr. and Byrd Greene Moore. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Belmont. He loved his church family and served in many capacities including deacon since 1984, deacon chairman in 2011 and Sunday school teacher of Wisdom Seekers class. A graduate of Belmont High School, Northeast Mississippi Community College and the University of Mississippi, he received his administrator’s certification from Mississippi State University.
His education career began in 1968 and ended with his retirement in 2006. During his thirty-one year career, he was a math teacher at Red Bay High School, guidance counselor at Tishomingo County Vo-Tech Center, principal at Belmont High School for 19 years and Tishomingo County Schools superintendent. He enjoyed his association with the NEMCC Board of Trustees and the hospital board of the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Jack Maroon, Bro. Ray Burks and Bro. Kevin Tribble officiating. Burial will be in the Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Belmont and will continue until service time on Saturday.
He was survived by his wife of 45 years, Barbara Fancher Moore; three sons, Mike Moore of Belmont, Andy Moore and Mikki of Corinth, and Kirk Moore and Chasity of Iuka; four grandchildren, Brewer Moore and his mother, Kim, Macy and Molly Jane Moore, and Jackson Moore; one brother-in-law, Larry and Robin Fancher of Belmont; two sisters-in-law, Becky and Charlie Paden of Golden, and Bonnie and Robert Van Ness of Oxford; three nieces, Nicole and Bradley Roberson, Jessie and Jason Reeves and Morgan Van Ness; four nephews, Matt and Whitney Copeland, Alexander Fancher, Harrison Fancher and Peter Van Ness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brewer and Byrd Moore; his wife’s parents, Waymon and Faye Fancher; an infant granddaughter, Mikole Moore; and a brother-in-law, Mike Copeland.
Pallbearers will be Jack Alexander, Glen Harrison, Jerry McAnally, Danny McClung, Joey Moore and Boyd Lee Tidwell. Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of First Baptist Church, Steve Cain, Robert Cashion, Joe Chumbley, Jerry Hughes and Malcolm Kuykendall.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 855, Belmont, MS 38827.

Mandy Wilson
WATERFORD – Mandy Edith Pryor Wilson, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the Mt. Peel M.B. Church Cemetery in Laws Hill. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Saturday.

Dennis Kitchen
MORIARTY, N.M. – Dennis Kitchen, 55, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M., after a brief illness. He was born Dec. 22, 1955, in Tupelo to Farrell and Ruth Kitchen. After graduating from Shannon High School in 1973, he followed his childhood dream of becoming an over-the-road truck driver. He was currently employed by Beco Inc. for the past 13 years, where he worked as a postal contractor and supervisor. He was known as a master of modern communications, using the latest tech devices in keeping up with driver, family and friends as he was traveling. He was an active member of First Baptist Church in Edgewood, N.M., where he sang in the choir, taught, along with his wife, 3rd and 4th grade Sunday school, and attended church camp with the kids each year. He enjoyed taking motorcycle trips with his wife, camping, coyote calling, pheasant hunting and fishing. He loved his family and spending time with them.
Joint services for Dennis and his brother, Terry Kitchen, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Orchard with Pastor Brian Piatt officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Becky, of Moriarty, N.M.; one daughter, Kacie (Sam) Wellenseick of Denver, Colo.; his mother, Ruth Kitchen of Tupelo; three sisters, Angela (James) Patterson of Tupelo, Rita Kitchen and friend, Lori Snyder, of Tupelo, and Lisa (Terry) Rodgers of Sparks, Okla.; one brother, Michael (Doris) Kitchen; one sister-in-law, Sheila Kitchen of Hurricane; three stepchildren, Todd (Carol) Grimes and Troy (Heather) Grimes, all of Ulysses, Kan., and Amanda (Cody) Jaramillo of Las Cruces, N.M.; eight grandchildren, Trevor, Chelsey, Garet, Abigail, Luke and ReAnne Grimes, and Lillie and Emma Jaramillo; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Farrell Kitchen, and his brother, Terry Kitchen, who died just hours after him.
Pallbearers will be Sam Wellenseick, Todd Grimes, Troy Grimes, Brandon Patterson, Sean Patterson and Nathan Patterson.
Visitation will be held at The Orchard from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Wayne Henderson
OKOLONA – Wayne Larry Henderson, 66, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born Dec. 26, 1944, in Pontotoc County to Thomas and Pearlie Washington Henderson. He had lived in Okolona since 1965, where he worked for Walter Chandler Furniture for 35 years. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Pontotoc. An avid fan of Ole Miss, he loved attending football games with his children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Holland Funeral Directors Okolona Chapel with Bro. Robert Fowlkes officiating. Private burial will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Pontotoc County.
Survivors include his daughter, Rachael Henderson of Tupelo; two sons, David Henderson of Oxford and Jeff Henderson of Clemmons, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Kristopher, Savannah, Alyson, Jaden, Jordan, Johnovan and Justin; a brother, Merlin Henderson (Dianne) of Smyrna, Tenn.; two sisters, Annie Mae Stegall of Tupelo and Berdell Hillhouse of Okolona; a sister-in-law, Clara Henderson of Pelahatchie; the mother of his children, Mary Lee of Okolona; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Thurmon, Fred, Aaron, Thomas and Derwood; a sister, Faye Holmes; a niece Ava Brown; and a nephew, Carl Lee Henderson.
Pallbearers will be Sherman Hillhouse, Mike Hillhouse, Chuck Hillhouse, AaronHenderson, Billy Henderson and Richard Stegall.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Bill Baker Croft
BLUE SPRINGS – William “Bill” Baker Croft, 55, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born March 23, 1955, in Kenosha, Wis., to Lamar Croft and Betty Thornton. He lived the majority of his life in the Saltillo and Blue Springs area. He attended Saltillo High School. He served in the United States Air Force. His favorite pastimes were fishing and searching for all types of antiques. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and worked as a carpenter throughout his life.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Martin Jacks officiating. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Betty and Gerald Thornton of Blue Springs; his son, Madison Allen Croft (Cathy) of Blue Springs; his daughter, Nancy Olivia Croft, currently serving in the United States Army in Afghanistan; two grandsons, Madison Allen Croft Jr. and Matthew Lynn Croft of Blue Springs; five sisters, Leasha Segars of Saltillo, Sonja Nichols (Chad) of Blue Springs, Tonya Croft of Tupelo, Deanna Thornton of Blue Springs and Tammy Thornton of Texas; four brothers, Wayne Baker of Plantersville, David Baker (Donna) of Guntown, Joel Baker of Tupelo and Barry Baker of Blue Springs; his grandmother, Hazel Thornton of Blue Springs.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, Robert Putt, Ruby Nichols, Bernice Jenkins, Austin and Eppie Baker, and Raymond Thornton.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. today at The Saltillo Chapel.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Terry Kitchen
HURRICANE – Terry “Bubba” Kitchen, 56, died suddenly Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at his home. He was born Dec. 11, 1954, in El Paso, Texas, to Farrell and Ruth Kitchen. He was a longtime truck driver, most recently for Ashley Furniture Industries, with the CB handle, Easy Money. An avid motorcyclist with Harleys as his favorite, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cross-country motorcycle rides, the outdoors, riding his four-wheeler in the country and spending time with his group of lifelong friends. He dearly loved all of his family with a special place in his heart for his grandson, Parker, and his dog, Jack.
Joint services for Terry and his brother, Dennis Kitchen, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at The Orchard with Rev. Jay Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Sheila Kitchen of Hurricane; two daughters, Meri Kitchen of Saltillo and Cari Kitchen of the home; his mother, Ruth Kitchen of Tupelo; three sisters, Angela (James) Patterson of Tupelo, Rita Kitchen and friend, Lori Snyder, of Tupelo and Lisa (Terry) Rodgers of Sparks, Okla.; one brother, Michael (Doris) Kitchen; one sister-in-law, Becky Kitchen of Moriarty, N.M.; his grandson, Parker Hazel of Saltillo; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Farrell Kitchen, and his brother, Dennis Kitchen, who died just hours before him.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ewing, Rick Crone, Tommy Bickerstaff, Roger (Flash) Burke, Ron Watterson, Ron Gibson, Matt Long and Steve Estes.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of his father may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Visitation will be held at The Orchard from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Deannie Rixie
WALNUT – Elma “Deannie” Rixie, 75, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at her home. She was a housewife and a member of Abundant Life Pentecostal Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle with Rev. James Sims and Rev. Tim Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Community Pentecostal Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Cloise Rixie; one son, Mike Rixie; two daughters, Sheila (Harold) Barnes and Cindy Rixie, all of Walnut; one brother, Neal Roberts of Arlington, Texas; two sisters, Nona Hollis of Southaven and Ruth Russell of Pocahontas, Ark.; five grandchildren, Joel (Lindsey) Barnes, Dustin Barnes, Jessica Rixie, Tyler Rixie and Erica Rixie; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Bessie Eldridge; one son, Randy Rixie; one granddaughter, Amanda Kaye Barnes; a brother, Carlton Roberts; and a sister, Wilma Moss.
Visitation will be from 6 p.m. today until service time Saturday at Middleton Pentecostal Church.

Carolyn Kennedy
BELMONT – Carolyn Kennedy, 66, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1944, in Mississippi to Eddie Levi Blufford and Hellen Moffatt Gilley. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and had been employed in sales.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Haskell Sparks and Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are one daughter, Missy Braden (Mike) of Belmont; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Gilley of Tishomingo; six nieces, Shirley Ivey, Glenda Sue Williams, Virginia Johnson, Fredia Williford and Kathy Gober, all of Belmont, and Debra Browning of Dennis; two nephews, Tim Gilley and Lanny Virden; and special neighbors, Darby and Jacey Deaton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nealy Kennedy; her parents; two brothers, Irvin Gilley and Edgar Gilley; and one sister, Frances Gibson.
Pallbearers will be Mike Thorn, John Frasher, Jacob Frasher, Andy Deaton, Dr. Scott Segars, Alan Williams, Greg Pharr and Brandon Pharr. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Yarber and Dr. Robert Yarber.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Montana Missions, c/o Bobby Inmon, P.O. Box 72, Vardaman, MS 38878.

Mary Wortham
OXFORD – Mary Louise Wortham, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at her home in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Burns United Methodist Church in Oxford.

Virginia Kesler
OXFORD – Virginia J. Kesler, 74, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her home in Oxford. Born in Obion County, Tenn., Mrs. Kesler was a retired administrative assistant in the Registrar’s office at the University of Mississippi. She was a member of Abbeville Methodist Church, Oxford Homemakers Club, VFW Auxiliary Post 3978 and RSVP. She enjoyed reading and traveling and was a volunteer at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with Rev. Jim Peterman officiating. Burial will follow in Eastover Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Stanley E. Kesler of Oxford; five daughters, Suzanne Irby and her husband, Randy, of Oxford, Deborah Hargrove and her husband, Freddie, of West Point, Rebecca Allen and her husband, Tommy, of Bellevue, Neb., Julie Pepper and her husband, John, of Brandon and Gloria Cissom and her husband, Jimmy, of Walnut; one son, Keith Robertson of Biloxi; two sisters, Rachel J. Savage of Carthage, Texas, and Lynnie J. Turner of Columbus, Ga.; two brothers, William Jordan of Boston, Mass., and Don Jordan of Troy, Tenn.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to Abbeville United Methodist Church, 25 Business Hwy. 7, Abbeville, MS 38601.
Leave online condolences at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Jacqueline Young-Heard
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Jacqueline Young-Heard, 47, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in Kansas City, Kan.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Concord Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Katie Dillard
NEW ALBANY – Katie Sue Dunlap Dillard, 78, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 3, 1932, in Blue Springs to John Hugh Dunlap and Dolly Cox Dunlap. She was a dental hygienist for Dr. Jim Edwards, and then a caregiver at the Little Ewes Daycare in New Albany. She was a lifetime member of the Center Baptist Church
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Center Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Brazeal officiating. Burial will be in the Center Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Nita Faught (Joe) of Woodbridge, Va., and Kathy Wasson of Bartlett, Tenn.; two sons, Tony Dillard (Amy) of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Tim Dillard (Brandy) of New Albany; a brother, Grady Dunlap of Tallahassee, Fla.; and seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyce Dillard; her parents; two sisters, Marjorie Hall and Dorothy Alexander; and four brothers, Gerald Dunlap, Lamar Dunlap, J.W. Dunlap and Charles Dunlap.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Center Baptist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Center Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Center Baptist Church, Hwy. 348, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Karen Northington
SULLIGENT, Ala. – Karen Northington, 49, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at the Northwest Medical Center in Winfield, Ala.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at the Sulligent High School Gym. Burial will be in the Gilmer addition at the Sulligent City Cemetery. Norwood Funeral Home of Sulligent is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty M. Doyle
CORINTH – Betty M. Doyle died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 7 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:30 p.m. to service time today and after the service.

Donna Adkins
HATLEY – Donna Adkins, 51, died on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at her residence. Born on April 8, 1959, in Aberdeen, she was a daughter of Ray and Juanita Allen Adkins. An angel from God, she cherished her family. She loved to go camping, fishing and riding her bicycle, and she enjoyed listening to gospel music.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Hatley Cemetery.
She is survived by her parents, Ray and Juanita Adkins of Hatley; sisters, Sandi Smith of Hatley, Tony (Wendell) Westbrook of Westville and Susan Burks of Greenwood Springs; nieces and nephews, Ray (Jody) Smith, C.W. Smith, Wandava (Todd) Gentry and Carla (Michael) Westbrook; and great-nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Henery and Anita Allen, and Alton and Jettie Adkins; an aunt, Lucy Hood; and three uncles, Ray, Roy and Bill Allen.
Pallbearers will be Ray Smith, C.W. Smith, J.R. Smith, Cory Howard and Jim Conaway. Honorary pallbearers will be Dawn Davis, Caroline Perry, Harmony Holliman, Glenn and Jettie Rogers, Carolyn Horn, Doris Hodges, Francis McCain and Mattie Jean Upton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Bridgett Stovall
SHANNON – Bridgett Stovall, 43, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.

J.D. Rucker Sr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – J.D. “Bot” Rucker Sr., 88, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hopewell No. 1 M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Bowens Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today, both at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Charles Hastings
RED BAY, Ala. – Charles William Hastings, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Red Bay. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from noon to service time Saturday at the church.

Rev. Willie Moore Jr.
WEST POINT – Rev. Willie Melvin Moore Jr., 65, died Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point after a long illness.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be Sunday at Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery in Philadelphia. The processions will leave Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the J.F. Carter Memorial Chapel.