Obituaries Jan. 24, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Calvin Gatlin
MYRTLE – Calvin Gatlin died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Charles Langford
AMORY – Charles Langford, 81, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Geneva Gray
COLUMBUS – Geneva Glyn ‘Jonsey’ Gray, 103, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at Trinity Place in Columbus. She was born Nov. 1, 1906, in the State of Mississippi to Lena Mundy Fears. She married Thomas Leonard Jones, who died in 1949. She married Robert Glen ‘Bob’ Gray in 1960, who died in 1995. She lived in Amory for many years and for the past 13 years in Columbus. She was an LPN at Gilmore Memorial Hospital from 1947 until 1973. She worked at Prairie Ordinance during World War II. She attended St Andrew’s United Methodist Church and Amory Church of Christ. She enjoyed crocheting and quilting.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Ronald McDougald and Mr. Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery in Amory. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of services.
Survivors include her son, Eliot Jones and wife, Jane of Riverside, Calif.; her daughter-in-law, Bettye Jones of Columbus; her brother, Charles Reed Fears and wife, Darlene of Amory; her sister, Virginia Keys of Charlotte, N.C.; two grandchildren, Dr Robert Jones and wife, Arlene and Joby Coggin; three great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by both husbands; one son, Frank L. Jones; brothers, Norval, Ira and Ruble Fears; and one sister, Lillian Mann Duke.
Pallbearers will be Staff of Trinity Personal Care and Trinity Healthcare Staff.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Trinity Healthcare, 230 Airline Rd, Columbus, MS 39702 or to a charity of your choice.

Sarah Britt
PONTOTOC – Sarah F. Britt, 75, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at Community Hospice House Darling Oaks in Verona. She was born Sept. 22, 1934, to Walter Flaherty and Pauline Aycock Flaherty. She was a life-long resident of Pontotoc County. She was a homemaker and a member of Pontotoc Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mortimer Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Minister Gordon Gentry Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hartwell-Tutor in Pontotoc.
She is survived by three sons, Frank Britt (Jan) of Vernie, Mo., Donnie Britt (Donna) of Bruce and Wayne Britt (Karen) of Randolph; one sister, Bess Dodson of Shannon; one brother, Dee Flaherty; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Leamon Britt; her parents; and one sister, Ilene Burrough.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home,1872 CR. 700, Corinth MS 38834.
Junior Olive
DRY CREEK – William A. Olive Jr., 72, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was a self-employed construction worker and an avid coon hunter. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in the County Line Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hughes Olive of Dry Creek; four daughters, Alisha Carver (Shaun), Trisha Moore (Grady), both of Dry Creek, Tammy Joyce Nodus (Charles) of Burr Ridge, Ill.and Lois Marie Caviness (Johnnie); one son, Derrik ‘Moze’ Olive (Amy) of Dry Creek; one sister, Genell ‘Bell’ Tapp of Baldwyn; one brother, Gerald Olive of Dry Creek; 12 grandchildren, Amber Gardner (John) of Booneville, Ashlee Martin (Daniel) of Booneville, Hannah Nodus, Charley Nodus, both of Burr Ridge, Ill., Devin Olive, Dustin Olive, Destin Olive, all of Dry Creek, Holly Moore, Ashley Grace Moore, Logan Moore, all of Dry Creek, Noah Carver and Kye Carver, both of Dry Creek; three great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Macy, and Nicholas Gardner.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Olive Sr. and Amanda Holmes Olive; one sister, Rita Rachael Pannell; and one brother, Bobby E. Olive.
Pallbearers will be John Caviness, John Gardner, Daniel Martin, Tim Barker, Ray Alexander and Anthony Copeland.
Honorary pallbearers will be his coon hunting friends, Bob Arnold, Billy Joe Blankenship, Jimmy Hill, Dennis Grisham, Cletus Robbins, Will Moore, Fuzz Moore, Junior Pannell, Mike Cole, Danny Roy Hodges and Dan Gardner.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Fay Spearman
SALTILLO – Fay Hill Spearman, 77, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Sunshine Nursing Center in Pontotoc after an extended illness. She was born in Lee County on March 25, 1932, to Cordie Lee and Iva Lee Scruggs Hill. A life-long Lee Countian, she graduated from Saltillo High School. She married James M. Spearman Sr. on June 8, 1948, and he died July 21, 2004. She worked for many years at the People’s Bank and Trust Company (Renasant Bank), retiring as a teller. She was a faithful member of the West Main Church of Christ in Tupelo before her health failed. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and was a doting grandmother to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Minister Doug Greenway officiating. A private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her children, James M. ‘Jimmy’ Spearman Jr. (Brenda) of Eggville, Johnnie Spearman Hopper (Phillip) and Joey Spearman (Teresa), all of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Janie Plunkett Sanford, April Dabbs, Jim Spearman, Susan Spearman, Aaron Spearman, Andrew Spearman and Austin Spearman; five great-grandchildren, Thomas Sanford, Brooke Sanford, Cloey Sanford, Drew Dabbs and Avery Dabbs; two sisters, Sarah Turner of Mantachie and Freda Meek of Saltillo; and a brother, Ralph Hill (Mary Ann) of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jim, Aaron, Andrew and Austin Spearman and her grandson-in-law, David Dabbs.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 41817, Memphis, Tenn. 38174.

Sheila Waits
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sheila Harden Waits, 57, former resident of West Point, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home in West Point.
Bunny Carpenter
MANTACHIE – Stella E. ‘Bunny’ Carpenter, 94, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born June 18 ,1915, in Canada. She moved to Mantachie 45 years ago. She was a member of the Tombigbee Baptist Church. She worked locally at Charm Step before becoming disabled. She enjoyed crocheting and was an avid reader. She was a strong supporter of the Itawamba County Library and the Harden House.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Nick Ulmer officiating. Burial will be in Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include two special long-time friends, Kay Spencer and Nancy Whitehead; and a special caregiver, Octa Patton, all of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Ellis Carpenter; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Dru Carpenter, Shane Umfress, Jeff Umfress, Edward Graham, Nicky Graham, Robert Graham and Danny Sanders.
Honorary pallbearers will be former and present staff of Daniel Nursing Home and The Meadows.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tombigbee Baptist Church Youth Fund.

Bonnie Ray
OXFORD – Bonnie Sue Ray, 64, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford. She was a long-time participant in The Special Olympics. She loved music (especially gospel), attending camp, dancing, exercising, going to the movies, shopping with her friends and attending school at the North Mississippi Regional Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery.
Survivors include her sister, Bettie Ray Hund and her husband, Ray of Oxford; two brothers, Bennie Ray and his wife, Peggy of Oxford and Billy Ray and his wife, Jo of Senatobia; and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy in Bonnie’s memory be made to Pine Flat Cemetery Fund, c/o Sammye Baker, 294 Highway 328, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign the online guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Ellic Barnes
FULTON – Ottis Ellic Barnes, 94, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at Courtyards Health Care Complex in Fulton. He was born July 12, 1915, in Prentiss County to Napolian Bonafar and Ida Wilma Warren Barnes. He was a member of the Northside Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed dirt track racing and gardening. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Robert Humphres officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, John (Deb) Barnes of Fulton; six daughters, Till Steele, Eva (Russell) Wilemon, Betty (Luke) Mock, Fay (Jackie) Mauldin, Gail (Larry) Graham and Mitzi Dunkin, all of Fulton; one brother, William ‘Bill’ Barnes of Fulton; 20 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ola Vera Barnes; one son, George Barnes; one daughter, Doris Barnes Brewer; two brothers; and four sisters.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Christopher Bonds
CORINTH – Christopher Richard Bonds, 37, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, in Hardin County, Tenn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Hight Funeral Home Park Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Education Fund for Children at Bank Corp South in Corinth.

Tinye Tutor
PONTOTOC – Tinye Rose Tutor, 77, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was born April 15, 1932, in Randolph to Johnny Lee Tutor and Danny Bell MacGregor Tutor. She married Bro. Thomas Reid Tutor April 4, 1948, and they served together as Pastor and wife in several Southern Baptist churches in Mississippi, Tennesse, Arkansas and Texas before his death in 1998. She was a member of West Heights Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton and Bro. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will follow at Baldwin-Nowell Memorial Gardens. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Pauletta Webb (David) of Fulton; a special niece, Kathy Sprouse of Pontotoc; one brother, James Keister Tutor of Randolph; grandchildren, Lawrence Williams, Robert Reid Williams, Paul Williams and Christina Rose Komarec (Robert); great-grandchildren, Thomas Williams, Brooke Williams, Sara Kate Williams, Markum Williams, Madelyn Williams, Owen Williams and Aleena Rose Komarec; and a host of other near relatives.
Pallbearers will be Lawrence Williams, Robert Reid Williams, Paul Williams, Ricky Layne, Robert Komarec and Thomas Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Tutor and Ronald Hall.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church.

Wilma Hurt
RIPLEY – Wilma Jones Hurt, 84, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 12, 1925, to William Lester Jones and Dot Yates Jones. She was a long-time member of Turners Chapel Baptist Church. She worked at Foot Carress and Blue Bell Manufacturing until her retirement. Her greatest joy was her family, especially her great-granddaughter, Hannah.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Howard Goolsby officiating. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Janet Goudelock (Larry) of Amory; one son, Jimmy Louis Hurt (Tammy) of Dyersburg, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Abby Pankey (Noah) of Dyersburg, Tenn. and Jason Goudelock (Nicole) of Houston, Texas; two step-grandchildren, Tiffany Lineberry Brimn (Jerry) of Dyersburg, Tenn. and Christopher Lineberry (Aubrey) of Dyersburg, Tenn.; one great-grandchild, Hannah Pankey of Dyersburg, Tenn.; and five step-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hurt; her parents; and one sister, Bernice Holliday.
Pallbearers will be Donald Luttrell, Jack Jones, Bill Shackelford, Bill Kuykendall, Randal Holland and Johnny Holliday.
To view obituaries and sign guest book on-line, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
Mark Lambert
BELMONT – Mark Keeton Lambert, 52, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at his residence. He was born Oct. 31, 1957, in Tupelo. He was a retired restaurant manager and truck driver. He was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church and a graduate of Belmont High School. He also attended Northeast Mississippi Community College.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Belmont United Methodist Church with Bro. Greg Forbus officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Jean Lambert Grisham of Athens, Ala.; a brother, David F. Lambert III (Sally) of Alexandria, Va.; a sister, Jean Anne Robinson (Lynn) of Athens, Ala.; a nephew, JED Aldridge (Tonya) of Dacula, Ga.; a niece, Katye Hanson (Garon) of Athens, Ala.; his wife, Bobby Lambert; a stepdaughter, Katrina McGee; two step-grandsons, Keeton Hamett and Kaleb Vick of Belmont; and his former wife, Anita Lambert of Selmer, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Ami Patrice Lambert; and his father, D.F. Lambert Jr.
Pallbearers will be David F. Lambert III, Robert Lynn Robinson, JED Aldridge, Garon Hanson, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Robert McQuoid and Charlie Sanderson.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the church.

Jewel Rakestraw
NEW ALBANY – Jewel Christine Rakestraw, 89, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Dec. 8, 1920, in New Albany to Reliford Erskin Pickens and Beulah Coleman Pickens. She was a retired employee of Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was a member of Parks Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Billy Wages and Rev. Frank Wilder officiating. Burial will be in the Parks Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Wavy C. Rakestraw; three daughters, Ruby Rakestraw, Sarah Denning (Gary) and Mary Garcia (Daniel), all of New Albany; a son, Benny Rakestraw (Mabel) of New Albany; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Clyde Hayes Rakestraw and an infant girl; and two sisters, Pearl Rakestraw and Claudine Pannell.
Pallbearers will be Perrin Rakestraw, Brian Denning, James Garcia, Terry McBrayer, Brett Rakestraw, Dennis Rakestraw and Casey McBrayer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Aline Grace
ABERDEEN – Aline Grace, 89, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at Trinity Place in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Funeral Home in Aberdeen.