Obituaries February 4, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Cecil Loyd
SHANNON – Cecil Wayne Loyd, 76, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in the Pontocola Community on Oct. 3, l936 to Cecil C. Loyd and Addie Pickens Loyd. He moved to Okolona at an early age and attended public schools there and graduated from Shannon High School in l955. He attended Itawamba Junior College where he was a 150 lb center on the football team. His sweetheart of 57 years, Alice Ann Cordell Loyd, took his hand in marriage and they lived in the Shannon area the rest of their lives. He was a self employed farmer and cattleman and was known for his respect of the land and its produce and all God’s creation. He spent a lifetime enjoying the outdoors. He was a longtime member of the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. Later in life, he became legendary for his game suppers with his grandchildren and many friends. He loved working his grist mill making flour for family and neighbors. A quiet man, he was strong when it came to loyalty among his family and friends.
A life celebration will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Truman Thompson and his nephew, Thomas Loyd, officiating. Private burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church Cemetery west of Shannon.
Survivors include his wife, Alice Ann Loyd, to whom he married Sept. 5, l955; his daughter, Jeanne Loyd Dale (David B. Dale Jr.) of the Wren Community; his mother, Addie Loyd, who resides at Shearer Richardson Nursing Center in Okolona; four grandchildren, MacKenzie McMullin (Andy) of Georgia, David B. Dale III (Sarah Fisher) of Houston, Texas, William Loyd Hampton of Shannon and Alice Jordan Dale of Mississippi College in Clinton, now studying in Spain; and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Cecil; a daughter, Pam Loyd Hampton; and a sister, Shirley Jean Loyd.
Pallbearers will be David B. Dale Jr., David B. Dale III, Mark Perry, Roger Herndon, Jackie Moore, Ken Dye and Mike Loyd. Honorary pallbearers will be Ray Powell, Ricky Mask, Mike Filgo, Mike Wittauer, Dallas Leathers and the Men’s Breakfast Group from Shannon.
Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to the Shannon United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 1, Shannon, MS. 38868 or to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund, c/0 Renasant Bank, Shannon, MS. 38868. Condolences may be emailed to

Myrl Owen
CALHOUN CITY – Myrl Bounds Owen, 93, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born Nov. 2, 1919, at Charleston, to Timothy Monthree Bounds and Clara Boland Bounds. She was a retired seamstress and worked at Calhoun Garment Co. and Selective Service Secretary. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Calhoun City.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Interment is at Calhoun City Cemetery.
She is survived by her son, Danny Lynn (Wanda) Owen of Oxford; grandson, Jason Potts; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Megan and Andrew.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.A. Owen; parents; two sisters, Armarie Galloway and Earle C. Hensley; and brother, Charles Finley Bounds.
Pallbeares are Jimmy Coker, Doug Brown, Keith Taylor, Jimmy Cole, Mike Sutton and Daniel Lee. Honorary pallbearers are Henry Lackey, Joe Goforth, Lenon White, Wayne Harmon, Rupert Lunceford and Lee Harrelson.
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Rita Dykeman
RIPLEY – Rita Elizabeth Young Dykeman, 68, died on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Aug. 3, 1944, in Ripley to Mr. and Mrs. Reetus F. Young. She was a graduate of Ripley High School. She was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting and spending time with her family.
Services are at 2 p.m. at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley, with Bro. Randy Latch and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Tippah Memorial Garden Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include one son, William “Bill” Dykeman (Angela) of Forest; one daughter, Suzanne Sisco (John) of Ripley; four grandchildren, Matthew and Emily Dykeman of Forest, Katie and Thomas Stainback of Ripley; two sisters, Deborah Young Brooks of Ripley and Renae Young Kizer of Enterprise; one brother, Stanley Young (Lane) of Ripley; two sisters-in-law, May Rubel of Stoughton, Mass., and Peggy Johnson (Kenneth) of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; one brother-in-law, Jack Dykeman (Nancy) of Fryeburg, Maine; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, Roger W. Dykeman; one sister, Brenda Young Harris; and one brother, Junior Young.
Pallbearers are Homer H. Reeves, Dale Mauney, John Sisco, Alex Harris, Matt Dykeman and Tommy Stainback.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Charlie Cates
MANTACHIE – Charles Edward “Charlie” Cates, 70, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at The Meadows. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Fay Thorn
RED BAY, Ala. – Fay Thorn, 90, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at the Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.
Billy Williams
BOONEVILLE – Billy Gilford Williams, 55, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born June 29, 1957, in Hayti, Mo. He was a graduate of Frasier High School in Memphis and NEMCC in Booneville. He was a forklift mechanic at Heartland Siding in Booneville, and he was a Baptist. He enjoyed bowling and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. J. D. Webb officiating. Burial will be in Tuscumbia Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Loretta Williams, whom he married on Dec. 9, 1988; two sons, Brian Bottenfield and Jason Williams, both of Booneville; two daughters, Mercy Williams and Sam Davis, both of Booneville; a brother, Bobbie Williams (Bernadette) of Maryville, Tenn.; three sisters, Betty Pollard (Dewayne) of Booneville, Beverly O’Leary (Tom) of Jackson, Tenn. and Betsy Rock (Marty) of Tupelo; two granddaughters, Lana and Trista Bottenfield; and 15 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Cephus Williams and Nevada Virginia James Williams.
Pallbearers are Terry Burgess, Bill Pate, Carlous King, Brian Bottenfield, Brandon King and Dustin King.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations toward funeral expenses.

Kathy Windham
PEARL – Kathy R. Windham, 60, went to be with our Lord Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, from her residence in Pearl. A long-time resident of Pearl, she was a true Pearl Pirate at heart. A member of Pearl Presbyterian Church, she served as the secretary for the Women In the Church. She was employed as a bookkeeper with Jefcoat Fence for many years. Her hobbies included playing pokeno and bunco with her friends, and she was joyously awaiting the upcoming birth of her first grandchild.
Services were Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Pearl Presbyterian Church with interment in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home of Pearl directed.
Survivors include mother, Eloise Newell; sons, Jake Windham (Kristen) and Daniel Windham Jr.; daughter, Sunshine Windham; brothers, Jason O’Brien Staten Jr. and James Rex Staten; and sister, Jan Staten Crawford.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jason O’Brien Staten Sr.; and brother, Chris Staten.
Memorials may be made to Pearl Presbyterian Church, 2933 Old Brandon Rd., Pearl, MS 39208.
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Gaynell Hudson
OXFORD – Mary Gaynell Hudson, formerly of Meridian, 65, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, near her home. She retired from BellSouth in 1998. She was a member of Communications Workers of America local 3516 of Oxford. She was former President of CWA labor board for Meridian and Tupelo and was currently acting treasurer for Oxford. She was a member of Christian Rest Methodist Church. A dear friend to many, she was an avid deer hunter and sportswoman, volunteer for Philadelphia Senior Center and a huge Ole Miss baseball fan.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Rest Methodist Church in Lafayette Springs, with Clay Farr officiating. Interment is in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, James “Bobby” Hudson of Oxford; sons, Jeff Tingle of Meridian and Jeff Hudson of Oxford; daughters, Cheri Miller of Oxford and Heather Gaines of Olive Branch; 11 grandchildren, Luke, Hannah, Nichole, Courtney, Shauna, Mabry, Garland, Adam, Austin, Corey and Victoria; sister Diane Myers; and brother, Jerry Caldwell.
She was preceded in death by father, James C. “Buck” Caldwell; and mother, Lucille Caldwell.
Pallbearers are Warren Gaines, Jeff Hudson, Mickey Sprouse, Nathan Sprouse, Tyler Hordan, Michael Hudson, Brian Hudson and Lee Masterson.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Oxford and 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Rest Methodist Church.

Daniel Bridgman
PONTOTOC – Daniel Dallas Bridgman, 38, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013, at Community Hospice House in Verona. He was born on Sept. 5, 1974, to Danny and Diane Bridgman in Pontotoc. He was a Christian. His first job on the water was as a deckhand with Hunter Marine. After working for them for four years, he came ashore to spend more time with family. He went to work as a welder for Johnny Wilder at Wilder Welding in Pontotoc. While working for Johnny he was able to express his creative side always seeing a different way to do things. After three years, his love of the water called him back to the boat. Starting back as a deckhand, he worked to achieve his U.S. Coast Guard Black Oil Tanker Certification, Marine Radio Operator License, Master of Towing License, Pilot of Towing Vessels upon Great Lakes, Inland Waters, Western Rivers, Radar Observer License and worked as Relief Captain. He was loved by family and many close friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel.
He is survived by his parents, Danny and Diane Jaggers Bridgman; one son, Drew Bridgman; one daughter, Jade Bridgman; one sister, Dana Harrison (Tommy); his grandmother, Betty Jo Jaggers; one niece, Lissa Harrison; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Lamar and Annie Boyce Bridgman and Morris Jaggers.
Pallbearers to serve will be Scott Jaggers, Ben Bramlett, Jonathan Tutor, Freddie Bridgman, Drew Bridgman, Tommy Harrison and Vic Bridgman. Honorary pallbearers will be Alan Wheeler, Perry Payne, Josh Cook and Derek Harris.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today and 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Mary Armstrong
NEW ALBANY – Mary Frances Armstrong, 75, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab. She was born June 25, 1937, in Pontotoc County to John and Estelle Wilder. She was a retired homemaker, loving Christian mother and devoted wife. She was a charter member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Don McCutchen and the Rev. Ray Hall officiating. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Michelle Thompson (Joe); two sons, Mike Armstrong (Michelle) and Jimmy Armstrong (Patricia), all of New Albany; one sister, Myzett Roberts of Tupelo; two brothers, Jimmie Wilder of Ecru and Dewitt Wilder of New Albany; four grandsons, Austin Armstrong (Brooke), Justin Armstrong, Brandon Armstrong and Mason Armstrong, all of New Albany; two granddaughters, Emily Garrett (Ben) of Oxford and MacKenzie Armstrong of New Albany; one great-granddaughter, Gracie Garrett of Oxford; a very special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jerry and Marion Armstrong of Dime Box, Texas; and a special niece, Joyce Lindsey.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 50 years, William Dean Armstrong; and two sisters, Doris Newsum and Pauline Dowdy.
Pallbearers will be Evan Denton, James McGregor, Jody Lindsey, Tim Wilder, Billy Creel and Johnny Newsum. Honorary pallbearers will be David Haynie, Austin Armstrong, Justin Armstrong, Brandon Armstrong and Mason Armstrong.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Sam Edge
BOONEVILLE – Samuel Brice “Sam” Edge, 20, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013, in Tippah County. He was born Oct. 6, 1992, in Tupelo. He was employed at Silver Dollar Sales in Golden. He was a member of Victory Harvest Church in Booneville. He enjoyed baseball, football and video games. He was well known for his large personality and everyone who knew him understood how much he loved his mother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop Charlie Wynn and Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his parents, Jimmy and Beverly Edge of Booneville; two brothers, Coty and Matthew Edge, both of Booneville; grandparents, Randy and Judy Mackin of Booneville, Junie Simmons of Ripley and Sammy Cumberland of Houston; great-grandfather, Milton Downs of Booneville and Roger and Ruth Finn of Greenville; godparents, Charlie and Jamese Wynn of Columbia, S.C.; a host of uncles, aunts and cousins; and special friend, Bailee Sparks of Belmont.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Judy Cumberland, Billy Edge, and Dean McKiney; and an uncle, Stevie McKiney.
Pallbearers are Aaron Duncan, Tre Welch, Clark Martin, Carlin Stephens, Adam Nichols, Clint Tucker, John Michael Carey, John Tull, Taylor Teddlie and Dalton Cartwright.
Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Arnold Edwards Sr.
MARSHALL COUNTY – Arnold Grant Edwards Sr., 58, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Holly Springs.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Interment is at Carey Chapel in Mt. Pleasant.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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