By NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Arrie Sartin, 57, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at his home. He was born Sept. 24, 1955, to Albert Sartin and Maybelle Flanagan Sartin in Haleyville, Ala. He was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and riding horses, and he loved his family and his church family.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Jimmy Dale Sartin officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Jimmy (Penni) Sartin of Fulton and Ronald (Alene) Pickens of Haleyville, Ala.; two daughters, Doris (Steve) Robinson of Tremont and Dorothy (Jackie) Roberts of Haleyville, Ala.; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; two brothers, J.D. (Ruthie) Sartin and Roger Sartin, both of Tremont; two sisters, Ressie Moore and Margaret (Roy) Johnson, both of Tremont;
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sartin; his parents; brothers, Roy Sartin, Rex Sartin, Charles Sartin, Troy Sartin, Ermalo Sartin, Orville Sartin, Lowell Sartin, Frank Sartin and Junior Sartin.
Pallbearers will be Steve Robinson, Johnathan Robinson, Branden Roberts, Skip Johnson, Wade Sartin and Tony Bishop.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
RIPLEY – Ruth Pegram Davis, 88, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Erskine Williams Jr.
CORINTH – Erskine Williams Jr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 3, 2013, at the age of 84. He was born on Oct. 14, 1928, in Memphis, Tenn., the second child of Erskine Williams Sr. and Gladys Crawley Williams. Raised in Memphis, he learned the values of hard work and entrepreneurship from his father and grandfather, guiding him to earn his Eagle Scout. He was an outstanding athlete and went on to become a three-sport letterman (wrestling, tennis and track) at VMI in Lexington, Va., where he was also a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity. Before returning to Memphis, he ventured to Boston in order to complete his MBA studies at Harvard School of Business.
He married Mary Warriner Williams on Oct. 4, 1958, at Grams “Oak Home” in Corinth. They moved to Dallas in 1960, where he started his own foam plastics business, Williams Products. He loved his family and loved to show them the newest technical gadgets that he purchased, such as the TRS-80 computer in the ’70s, the Apple IIc in the ’80s, and one of the first digital cameras in the ’90s. He liked to document his family, travel and life experiences with his photography. He may not have been the best at remembering names, but he always made you feel as if you were the most important person at that moment with his strong sense of friendship, Southern charm and warm sense of humor.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Jane Droke; and loving and faithful wife of 35 years, Mary Warriner Williams Williams.
He is survived by his loving family including his daughters, Marnie Williams and Cayce Kemp; son-in-law, Greg Kemp; four grandchildren, Margaret Kemp, Mary Warriner Kemp, Erskine (Mac) Kemp and Martin Kemp.
A graveside service will be held at Henry Cemetery in Corinth on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at 3 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests anyone wishing to make a donation, make a contribution to the Boy Scouts of America.
McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
BATESVILLE – William P. “Bill” McNamee, 57, passed away Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at his home in Batesville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Park in Batesville.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Samella Black died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.
WEST POINT – Douglas Ellis Ward, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel. Burial will be in Shady Grove Abbott 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.
WALNUT – Ellis Marie Mullins, 70, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be at Campground Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday.
RED BANKS – Donald Ray Little, 77, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville.
A private family service will be held. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
BALDWYN – Peggy Pruitt Tolar, 74, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She retired in 2003 as ward secretary for NMMC after 23 years of service. She was a former employee of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover and a graduate of Northeast Mississippi Community College. She was a lifelong member of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, where she served as custodian and teacher for the seniors class. She enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles with her mother and sister and playing Bunko.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Jettie Pruitt of Baldwyn; two daughters, Kimberly Hughes (Jeff) and Allison McBrayer (Mike), all of Baldwyn; one son, Randy Tolar (Debra) of Baldwyn; one sister, Mary Hendrix of Baldwyn; two brothers, Douglas Dean Pruitt and Mancil Pruitt, both of Baldwyn; two special sisters-in-law, Jackie Pruitt and Olivia Pruitt, both of Baldwyn; eight grandchildren, Shannon Hughes (Kim), Brad Hughes (Holly), Heather Armstrong (Ben), Andrea Taylor (Richie), Brandy Foster (Brian), Courtney West (Matt), Logan McBrayer and Luke McBrayer; three stepgrandchildren, Jessica Stewart (Brian), Jesse Miles and Justin Miles (Jaren); 12 great-grandchildren; her best friend who stayed by her side until the very end, Doris Crabb.
She was preceded in death by her father, W.D. Pruitt; a great-grandson, Colton “Miles” Taylor; and a brother-in-law, Doug Hendrix.
Deputies of Prentiss County Sheriff’s Office will serve as her pallbearers.
Deacons of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the mission fund of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church, 676 CR 5011, Baldwyn, MS 38824.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.
OXFORD – Paul David Sims, 62, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, at his residence. He retired in 1997 from Southland Company in Batesville. He was a member of College Hill Heights Baptist Church.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at College Hill Heights Baptist Church. He chose to donate his body to Genesis Legacy of Life Program.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Courson Sims; a stepson, Robert Sterling Lee Jr. (Ashley) of Oxford; one sister, Juanee Pearson (Raymond) of Batesville; brothers, Winston “Ted” Sims (Faye) and Denton “Denny” Sims (Janice), both of Batesville; and one grandson, Benjamin Mathew Lee.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the College Hill Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 147 CR 102, Oxford, MS 38655.
CALHOUN CITY – Brenda F. Hardwick, 58, died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, at Calhoun County Health Services. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.
WALNUT – William Junior “Terrapin” Nabors, 77, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born March 30, 1935, to Clarence A. and Leland Dora Wright Nabors in Tippah County. A retired auto body repairman, he worked for Farrow-Ward Ford and D&J Chevrolet, and he was self-employed. He was a member of Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Middleton, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle Church in Middleton, Tenn., with the Rev. Tim Wilbanks and the Rev. Clay Hall officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Tippah County. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Shelia Nabors Ray (Tommy) of Ripley; three sons, David Nabors (Tonya) and Danny Nabors, both of Walnut, and Nickey Nabors (Carolyn) of Ripley; five grandchildren, Rosalyn and Will Nabors of Walnut and Eli, Gantley and Macon Ray of Ripley; one sister, Ruby Crum of Falkner; one sister-in-law, Mildred Nabors of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jo Muse Nabors; his parents; one daughter, Sylvia Jo Nabors Jones; one son, Ricky Nabors; two sisters, Mildred Windham and Ruth McDowell; and two brothers, J.C. and J.P. Nabors.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Nabors, Mike Nabors, Randy Jeter, Scott Pulliam, Brett Wooley and Mickey Martindale.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Coleman, Joe Pulliam, Wade Wooley, Jimmy Gunn, Benny Thornton, Terrell Thornton, John D. Gaillard and Billy Thornton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Thursday at Middleton Pentecostal Tabernacle Church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
George T. Hodge
PONTOTOC – George T. Hodge, 88, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Sunshine Rest Home. He grew up in Tippah County, moving to Pontotoc County in 1940. He was a farmer and a school bus driver, and he ran a country store at Randolph. For 20 years he was in the used car business with his son. He was a Christian man who loved to serve the Lord.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Gerald Finley, Bro. Wayne Cobb and Bro. Chip Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Frances; daughters, Shirley (John Lee) Pickens and Patty (John) Williams; daughter-in-law, Sharon Hodge; caregiver, Clara Nix; granddaughter and caregiver, Donna Stewart; three granddaughters, Tina Clark, Amanda Berryhill and Jennifer Russell; grandsons, Mike Pickens, Bobby Pickens and Rivers Hodge; 14 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Cletus Hodge; and a sister, Vera McDonald.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Missouri Hodge; sons, Jerry Hodge and Jimmy Hodge; brother, Hubert Hodge; and sisters, Lorene Alexander, Tressie Gitter and Eunice Vuncannon.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Rivers Hodge, Mike Pickens, Bobby Pickens, Rob Stewart, David Clark and Gene Gitter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Cowsert, Gearld Waldrop, Grover Warren, Charles Fowler, Danny Lucius and Gene Leopard.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
TOLEDO, Ohio – Dwight William Burcham, 49, died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the University of Toledo Medical Center in Toledo, Ohio, after a sudden illness. He was born on Dec. 15, 1963, in Mobile, Ala., to Charles Ray and Margaret Williams Burcham and for most of his life was a resident of Lee County. He was a born again Christian. He was employed at Illinois Tool Works, Tomco Division as a Human Resource specialist in Bryan, Ohio. He was a 1981 graduate of Tupelo High School. He graduated from Mississippi State University and studied human resources at the University of Alabama. He served as a first lieutenant in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was an avid Bama football fan and enjoyed professional wrestling and golfing, but his greatest joy in life was spending time with his children.
Survivors include two sons, Wesley and Carson Burcham of Indian Hills; his mother, Margaret Burcham of Indian Hills; two brothers, James W. Burcham (Tracy) and David O. Burcham, both of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Ray Burcham; his grandparents, James B. and Vera Burcham, and Oliver and Bernice Williams.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Randy Kolb and Pastor Charles Covington officiating. Burial will be in East Mount Zion Cemetery in the Pratts Community.
Pallbearers will be William Dixon, Charles F. Burcham, Bryan Burcham, Mark Burcham, Derrick Brock and Joel Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bart Brown and Jimmy Blaylock.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Maudie Lois Nolan, 94, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at Countrywood Plantation in Mantachie. She was born Oct. 7, 1918, in Burnsville. She was a faithful wife and devoted mother. She dedicated her life to taking care of her special daughter, Rachel, until her health failed when she was almost 90. She was a strong Christian woman who loved her Lord and Savior. She was a member of Priceville Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim McMillan and the Rev. Wayne Gullett officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Rachel Ann Nolan of Fulton; five grandchildren, Brad Nolan (Gena), Deanna Harrington (Russ) and Dennis Nolan (Melissa), all of Tupelo, Kevin Nolan (Selena) of Fulton and Tara Priest (Shelton) of Tupelo; 10 great-grandchildren, Bentley, Auston, Ben, Sam, Seth (Samantha), Ethan, Jon Eli, Katlin, Jaxon and Jude; one great-great-grandchild, Taze; two daughters-in-law, Ellen Todd (Bill) of Fulton and Judy Nolan of Tupelo; one granddaughter-in-law, Andi Nolan of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Nolan; two sons, Benny and Jerry Nolan; one grandchild; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Bentley, Auston, Seth and Ethan Nolan, and Ben and Sam Harrington.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jaxon and Jon Eli Nolan, and Jude Priest.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Mississippi Regional Rehab, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Inez Pannell, 99, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, at her home in the Center community. She was born May 18, 1913, in Union County to John Lee Pannell and Leilah Cox Pannell. She married Daniel Grant Pannell on Feb. 7, 1931. He died in 1992. She loved her Lord, family, friends and her church family. She was a faithful church member and Sunday School teacher. She had many hobbies including sewing, quilting, needlework, crafts and gardening. She will be sorely missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Center Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Breazel officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one sister, Jeanette Bullock; a sister-in-law, Sue Pannell; her children, Donald Pannell (Patsy), Margaret Bodkins (Larry), Laurie Derrick, Kathryn Goodwin, Douglas Daniel Pannell (Sarah) and Thomas B. Pannell; 25 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and many great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a daughter, Susan Whisenant; and an infant son, James Joseph Pannell.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons International.