By NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Maxine Merrill, 71, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
Graveside services will be at noon today at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Corinth. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
NEW ALBANY – Elsie Smith, 69, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Ochsner Medical Center in Kenner, La. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday.
Avie L. Dickson
RIPLEY – Avie LaBarreare Dickson, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Billy Joe Craig
LAUREL – Billy Joe Craig, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 2010, at Guardian Angel in Raleigh. He began working in the Cookville, Tenn., office of the Social Security Administration as a service representative trainee. After working in Cookville, he transferred to Laurel in June 1974. He was promoted to claims representative in April 1975, transferring to the Gulfport office. Later that year, he transferred back to the Laurel office where he remained until his retirement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Methodist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memory Chapel of Laurel with the Rev. Eddie Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Craig of Laurel; a son, Sam Craig of Oxford; a stepson, Mark Quinn (Joanna) of Taylorsville; a stepgrandchild, Brady Quinn; a brother, Jack Craig of Belden; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Adrain J. Craig and Anita Jernigan Craig.
Pallbearers will be Ricky McCraw, Todd Chambers, Kelly Pugh, Robert Dale Stringer, Bill Hester, Caley Hawkins and Keith Stringer.
Visitation will be from noon until the time of service today at the funeral home.
To sign or view the family guestbook, visit www.leadercall.com.
BOONEVILLE – Rickey O’neal Holloway, 50, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 1, 1959, in Booneville. He was a sewing machine mechanic and a member of Jacinto Church of Christ. He enjoyed fishing, playing his guitar, and writing poetry and music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Terry Roberts and Dr. Johnny Blythe officiating. Burial will be in Walden Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Lissa Watkins Holloway; his mother, Willa Dean Horn of Booneville; a son, Jason Holloway of Booneville; a grandson, Timothy Holloway; two sisters, Denise McGaughy (Chris) and Mary Tennyson (Jim), all of Booneville; two brothers, Jamie Holloway and Tim Holloway (special friend Jane Hooper), all of Booneville; his grandfather, Raymond Holloway of Tennessee; his stepmother, Bobbie Holloway of Booneville; two stepsons, Joey Crosby of Booneville and Shea Crosby of Pearl; three stepsisters, Trena Plaxico (James), Euvon Byrd (Arthur) and Sheila Russell (Jerry), all of Booneville; 27 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, O’neal Holloway; his stepfather, Bobby Horn; and two granddaughters, Paula Holloway and Savannah Holloway.
Pallbearers are Anthony Tennyson, Cody Hamby, Bobby Hamby, Neal King, Todd Harper and Jamie Holloway.
RED BANKS – Mary June Rhodes, 77, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Baptist Hospital East in Memphis. She was born Jan. 22, 1932, in Lexington. She was a Baptist and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Carey Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include five sons, Charles Rhodes, Harold “Luke” Rhodes, Dell Rhodes and Eddie Rhodes, all of Mt. Pleasant, and Mark Rhodes of Cordova, Tenn.; two daughters, Toni Bobbit and Carole Gossage, both of Hernando; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Rhodes, and her parents, Lonnie Guy Cannon and Ada Hearn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
SNELLVILLE, Ga. – Sara Ormon Davis, 73, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Gwinnett Medical Center. She was born Oct. 14, 1936, in the Liberty community in Benton County to Thomas Farley and Winnie Moody Ormon. She graduated from Ashland High School and attended Dallas County Community College in Dallas, Texas. She and her family lived in Texas for 17 years before moving to Georgia.
Services were held Sunday, Jan. 17, at Wages Snellville Chapel in Snellville, Ga. Another service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty United Methodist Church in Ashland. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Cecil “Pat” Davis; daughters, Cynthia Davis Wonnacott and husband, Thomas, Molly Davis Moore and Peggy Davis Storey; six grandchildren; brothers-in-law, Joe S. and Joanne Davis of Ashland, and Charles N. and Beth Davis of Iuka; one nephew and four nieces.
Gary R. Kimmel
TUPELO – Gary R. Kimmel, 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
RANDOLPH – Maudie Euree Grubbs McGreger, 85, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at her home. She was a member of Randolph Baptist Church for 70 years. She was employed at South Pontotoc High School cafeteria services for 40 years. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and family gatherings. She was a loving mother and wife with a servant’s heart.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Randolph Baptist Church with Bro. Terrell McGreger and Bro. Gerald Finley officiating. Burial will be in Randolph Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Reda (Tommy) Boren, Polly McGreger, Terrell McGreger, Brad (Jennifer) McGreger; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Max McGreger; brothers and sisters, Grady Grubbs, J.C. Grubbs, Obie Grubbs, Jimmy Grubbs, Wynona Collums, Mary Sue Busby and Bobbie McGregor.
Pallbearers will be Jim McGreger, Max McGreger, Greg Washington, Cole Boren, Greg Boren and Terry McGregor.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
Donations may be made to Randolph Baptist Church.
CLEVELAND – Molly Louella Reynolds, 95, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Bolivar Medical Center. She was born Feb. 9, 1914, in Saltillo to George M. Reynolds and Arvie Inmon Reynolds. She was a graduate of Gunnison High School. She was a retired nurse and factory worker at Baxter’s. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and United Daughters of the Confederacy. She attended New Prospect Primitive Baptist Church of Cleveland.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ray Funeral Home in Cleveland with Elder Jerry Britt officiating. Burial will follow at New Cleveland Cemetery.
She is survived by a brother, J.W. Reynolds of Cleveland; a sister, Betty Reynolds LaMastus (James) of West Memphis, Ark.; nephews and nieces, Jerry Britt (Joann), Glenn Britt (Peggy), Billy Britt (Rosalyn), Judi Proctor McGee (Bill), Sandra LaMastus Logan (Hubert) and Carol Reynolds Deweese (Larry); 10 great-nephews and great-nieces; and 10 great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces.
Pallbearers are Billy Britt, Glenn Britt, Clay Deweese, Larry Deweese, Dennis Edington and Bill McGee.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online guestbook may be viewed and signed at www.rayfuneralhome.net.
HODGES, Ala. – Maxine Cantrell, 79, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Helen Keller Hospital. She was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Arkansas. She was a seamstress for 40 years and a member of Hodges Convention Baptist Church. She loved her poodle, Tiny.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Friday at Hodges Convention Baptist Church with Bro. Stephen Cantrell and Bro. Loyd Ray Griffus officiating. Burial will be in Hodges Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two sons, Earl Cantrell (Anita) and Eddie Wade Cantrell (Cheryl), all of Hodges, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Vanessa Vargas (Leroy) of Temple, Texas, Stacy Cantrell (Karon) of Russellville, Ala., Stephen Cantrell (Candi) of Atwood, Ala., Mindy Price and Christa Anderson (Derrick) of Red Bay, Kim Pharr (Kevin) of Franklin, Ind., Tracy Bays (Chandler) and Selena Cantrell, all of Hodges, LeAnn Hardin (Jeremy) of Belmont and Brandi Moore (Jason) of Bear Creek, Ala.; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Irene Gills of Hackleburg, Ala., and Fran Henry of Arkansas; one brother, Frank Verdict (Louise) of Kansas; daughter-in-law, Cressoline Cantrell of Hodges; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mandy Littaker Verdict; her husband, Jack Cantrell; a son, O’Neal Cantrell; two brothers, Ted Verdict and Kenneth Verdict; and her stepmother, Beulah Richmond Verdict.
Pallbearers will be Phillip Cantrell, Larry Cantrell, Kyler Childers, Kevin Pharr, Jeremy Hardin and Jason Moore.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Hodges Convention Baptist Church and will continue until service time on Friday.
TISHOMINGO – Linda Sue Harris, 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at the Iuka Hospital. She was born July 25, 1944, in Tishomingo County to A.M. “O’Man” and Helen Marie Poole Wanner. She had been an employee of Blue Bell and was a member of Forrest Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Friday at Forrest Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Mickey Trammel officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Grove Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are four children, Teresa Cranford (Ray) and Bo Massey, all of Tishomingo, Macky Massey (Toni) of Golden and Lesa Judd (Mike) of Belmont; her mother, Helen Wanner of Tishomingo; one brother, Donnie Mac Wanner (Carol) of Belmont; one sister, Dottie Lynn (Harvey) of Clinton, Ark.; special caregiver and friend, Betty Hickey of Tishomingo; six grandchildren, Andy Bolding, Jackie Cranford, Skye Judd, Tyler Massey, Toni Massey and Sam Mink; one great-grandchild, Jaden Mink; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Massey; a son, Terry Massey; her father; and a brother, Ronnie Wanner.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Massey, Andy Bolding, Donnie Poole, Jeff Farris, Dustin Farris, Jeremy Allison, Jason Ayers and Eddie Cranford. Honorary pallbearer will be Buck Martin.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Forrest Grove Baptist Church and continue until service time on Friday.
Jaslynn A. McGee
CORINTH – Jaslynn A. McGee, 19, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, as the result of a fire in Hoover, Ala.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at True Holiness in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Corinth High School.
AMORY – Glenn “Dick” Walton, 49, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born April 17, 1960, to Annias Walton and Lois A. Walton Gilleylen in Monroe County. He was also reared by his stepfather, Billy Ray Gilleylen. He was a member of the Baptist church. He attended Amory High School. He was an outstanding catcher on the summer league baseball team. He loved to fish and work on cars as a mechanic. He always demonstrated acts of kindness and helped anyone he could.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Rose of Sharon Church of God in Christ in Amory with Superintendent Jessie L. Hutton officiating. Burial will be in the United Memorial Cemetery in Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his stepfather, Billy Ray Gilleylen of Amory; one son, Dionne Nelson of Aberdeen; three brothers, Michael Wayne (Teresa) Walton of Nettleton, Harold (Ty) Walton of Oxford and Steve A. Walton of Amory; four sisters, Janice Walton Wright, Sandra Kay (James) Wiley, Carol “Lucy” Walton and Shirley A. (Leroy) Poe, all of Amory; two aunts, Lucille Dankins of Amory and Gussie Mae Bennett of Milwaukee, Wis.; three uncles, Edgar Gilleylen of Milwaukee, and Johnny Lee Gilleylen and Authur Lee Gilleylen of Amory; one grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
TUPELO – Rex Blythe, 74, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona after an extended illness. He was born on Sept. 14, 1935, in Lee County to Samuel and Susan Viola Ray Blythe. He was a lifelong resident of Lee County and a Baptist. He served in the U.S. Navy post-Korea and worked for Naval Intelligence as a cryptologist. He worked as a salesman for 20-plus years with American Thread Company and was described as a “sometime” entrepreneur.
Services will be at noon Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jack Maroon officiating. Burial with military honors will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Corinth National Cemetery in Corinth.
Survivors include his wife, Laura Wright Blythe of Tupelo; one daughter, Lisa B. Scott (J.T.) of Tupelo; one son, Samuel R. Blythe of Memphis; one granddaughter, Lauren B. Scott of Blue Mountain College; one sister, Maye B. Harlow; one brother, Ray Blythe (Martha) of Verona; and a first cousin, Beth Ray Hodges (Clifton).
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Joe Clayton, Clifton Hodges, Paul Wood, Frank Wade, Barry Patton and Tommy Carruth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to noon Friday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Jimmy E. Green
MOOREVILLE – Jimmy E. Green, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. A Lee County native and longtime resident of Mooreville, he was born Oct. 25, 1937, to Woody and Charlie Green. While most of his working career was spent as a farmer, he had also worked for Day-Brite for a number of years as well as for the state highway department. He was an avid fisherman until his health failed. He attended Norris Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Kevin Hatfield officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Donnie Green (Dorce) and Ronnie Green (Darlene), all of Mooreville; two daughters, Pam Sheffield (Buddy) of Dorsey and Becky Jaynes of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren, Rodney Green (Shelley) of Tremont, Christi Elrod (Wayne) of Mooreville, Kim Tutor (Scott) of Pontotoc, Lynn Tackett (Jason) of Mantachie, PJ Smith of Eggville, Jimmy Ray Green (Diana) of Mooreville, Mandy Morris (Anthony) of Mantachie, Nikki Caldwell (Micheal) of Mantachie, Angel Green of Mooreville, Hattie Green of Louisiana; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Florene Gillentine, and one brother, Gary Wayne Green, both of Mooreville; and a very special friend, Hazel Cheney.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 31 years, Doris Green; one son, Mike Green; one daughter, Mitzi Green; four brothers, Tom, Harold, Fred and Ruble Green; and one sister, Barbara Pannell.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Ray Green, Micheal Parham, Jason Tackett, Wayne Elrod, Scott Tutor and Aaron Kessner.
Honorary pallbearers will be friends from the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice and his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Charles F. Morris
CORINTH – Charles F. Morris, 66, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at William Chapel M.B. Church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Humboldt, Tenn. Patterson Memorial Funeral Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Shirley Delores Minines Armstrong, 71, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Mississippi Industrial College, where she was Miss M.I. College and the homecoming queen. She attended the University of Mississippi and earned a master’s degree in elementary education. She was a lifelong educator. She taught in the Belden and Amory School Systems, and at Green Street Elementary School in Tupelo. She served in an administrative capacity as a supervisor for the Distar Follow-Through Program. She spent the majority of her teaching career at Thomas Street Elementary School in the Tupelo Public School System. She retired from teaching in 1995 after 33 years of service.
She was an active member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a deaconess, a choir member, a missionary teacher, and a member of the Graceful Agers. She was actively engaged in various civic and community programs, such as Meals on Wheels, Lively Ones, and the former Ladies Waymakers Club. She was a member the National Council of Negro Women and an active member of the Nu Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo. The Rev. Elston Kemp will officiate. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dr. Ketra L. Armstrong of Long Beach, Calif., Rhonda Armstrong Gibson of Tupelo and Sheryl McCaster (Willie) of Montgomery, Ala.; one sister, Earlean Webb (Jimmy) of Portage, Mich.; one granddaughter, Alexandria McCaster; eight sisters-in-law, eight brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and godchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Quintella Stith and Sam Allen Minines; her husband, Cornelius Armstrong; her brother, William Harvey Minines; and her sister, Betty Francis Ford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at New Providence M.B. Church. The body will be placed in the BancorpSouth Conference Center one hour before service time Saturday.
To leave online condolences, visit www.grayson-porters.com.
HOUSTON – Margaret Leona Dooley Bone, 75, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Mississippi Care Center in Corinth. She was born Jan. 2, 1935, in Leake County to D.C. Dooley and Lodie Webb Dooley. She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Carthage with the Rev. Larry McDonald officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Charlie Bone (Diana) of Houston and Mike Bone (Teresa) of Randolph; two daughters, Debbie Houser and Dena Diaz (Chad), both of Corinth; 10 grandchildren, Becky Pierce (James), Chad Diaz II, Alana James (Michael), Charlie M. Bone (Amanda) and Max Morgan, all of Corinth, Joshua Morgan (Windi) of Lakeland, Fla., Tosha McGee (Chad) of Houston, Texas, Mick Bone (Erica) of Pontotoc, and Troy Bone and Tristen Bone, both of Randolph; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Dorothy Bessinger, one brother, Danny Dooley; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles “Buddy” Bone; and one sister, Paulette Fortenberry;
Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour before service time today.
PONTOTOC – Glenda Allen Love, 60, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born June 29, 1949, in Cook County, Ill., to Albert Allen and Lula Lee Williams Allen.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in New Albany. Burial will be in McKay’s Cemetery at Hickory Flat.
Survivors include her children, LeRoy Tables of Pontotoc and Christy Love Smith of New Albany; one brother, Mitchell Allen of Memphis; one sister, Joyce Ann Allen of Benton; three grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m.
CEDAR BLUFF – Edna Mae Peacock Hazzard, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born June 22, 1923, in Webster County to Joe and Idell Peacock. She was a member of New Montpelier Baptist Church and a retired respiratory inhalation therapist at Delta Medical Center in Greenville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Webster County with the Rev. Jerry King officiating. Burial will be in Pine Forest Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Russell Charles Hazzard of Cedar Bluff; three sons, Charles Hazzard (Faye) of West Point, John Hazzard Sr. (Linda) of Cedar Bluff and Mark Hazzard of Greenville; brother, Lonzo Peacock of Round Rock, Texas; sister, Mary Elizabeth Tharpe of Jackson; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, William Russell Hazzard; a daughter, Ginger Faye Hazzard Fedrick; a granddaughter, Kim Hazzard; and a brother, William Peacock.
Pallbearers will be John Hazzard Jr., John William Hazzard, Rusty Hazzard, Peter Hazzard, Jonathan Hazzard and Richard Fedrick. Honorary pallbearers will be Tony Tharpe; the staff at Dugan Memorial Home; and members and friends at Glendale Baptist Church in Leland.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 PM today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Pine Forest Cemetery Fund.
AMORY – Levora Swan Carter, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
VINA, Ala. – Roark T. Childers, 52, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Liberty Church in Vina, Ala. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Liberty Church and until service time Saturday.
Grady L. Maricle
CORINTH – Grady L. Maricle, 70, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at noon today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Mary Ausburn died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.