Obituaries Jan. 26, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Andrew Sartin
GOLDEN – Andrew Luke Sartin, 6 weeks, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 2009, in Amory.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. J.D. Sartin officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Haleyville, Ala.
Survivors include his parents, Nick and Ashley Sartin of Golden; his grandparents, Dennis and Carolyn Sartin of Golden, Andrea Kapler of Belmont and Randy Passord of Chicago.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Viola H. Hendrix
FURRS – Viola Holcomb Arnold Hendrix, 94, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of the Furrs community, she was born Sept. 9, 1915, to Albert L. and Loretta Perkins Holcomb. During World War II, she worked as a welder for Ingalls Shipyard. Prior to and following the war, she worked as a seamstress for Reed Manufacturing from which she retired. She enjoyed gardening and bird watching. She was the widow of Ivy Thomas Hendrix, whom she married in 1944. She was a member of Furrs Baptist Church and is remembered as a prayer leader for her family and friends. She will be grievously missed.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Steve Cohea officiating. Burial will be in New Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Loretta Frey (Edward) of Belden; one son, Rayburn Lee Arnold Sr. (Carolyn) of Starkville; five grandchildren, Glenda Dixon (Chris) of Vicksburg, Jeanette Britt (Greg) of Brandon, Rayburn Lee Arnold Jr. (Janice) of Cumming, Ga., Elizabeth Frey of Memphis and Catherine Frey of Tupelo; one sister, Grace Fielder of Furrs; one brother, Calvin Holcomb of Furrs; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charlie and Katherine Holcomb, and Arnold and Stella Holcomb; an infant sister, Connie Holcomb; a great-granddaughter, Jessica Dixon; a brother-in-law, L.D. “Slim” Fielder; and a sister-in-law, Marie Holcomb.
Pallbearers will be Chris Dixon, Joshua Dixon, Vernon Holcomb, Greg Britt, Charles A. Holcomb and Taylor Muse.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Sheila Waits
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Sheila Diane Harden Waits, 57, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, at her home. She was born March 25, 1952, in Vardaman to Margie M. Pettit Harden and the late Walter Evans Harden. She worked in Quality Control with Bryan Foods for several years. She was a Multiple Sclerosis patient for more than 30 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She married James Thomas Waits on Nov. 24, 1975, in West Point.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev. Roy Myers will officiate, and Dr. James Towery will assist. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, James T. Waits of Overland Park, Kan.; one son, Charles Mark Glasson (Candice) of Killen, Ala.; two grandchildren, Claire Elizabeth Glasson and Evan Thomas Glasson; her mother, Margie Harden of West Point; two brothers, Clovis Duncan (Gayle) of West Point and Ronald Evans Harden of Dallas, Texas; her caregiver and best friend, Nancy Tibbetts of Overland Park, Kan.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Evans Harden, and a brother, Gary Wayne Harden.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Waits, Jimmy Pee Jr., Paul Waits Jr., Tommy Duncan, Mike Harden and Todd Duncan.
Memorials may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid-South Chapter, 4219 Hillsboro Road, Suite 306, Nashville, TN 37215; or to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 460 McCord Street, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Eddie Melton
CORINTH – Eddie Melton, 56, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors.
Ruth E. Shaw
CHALYBEATE – Ruth Elizabeth Shaw, 85, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be today at the funeral home.
Emily Williams
AMORY – Emily Dean “Miss Dean” Kimbrough Williams, 70, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a short illness. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born June 6, 1939, in the Quincy community to the late George Armon and Eula Undean Easter Kimbrough. She attended Quincy schools. She married Waynard Williams in 1973. Before her retirement, she worked for 39 years at Amory Garment Co. She was a homemaker and a very active member of the Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Calvary Baptist Church with Bro. Mac Phillips and Elder Bobby Howell officiating. Burial will be in the Durrett Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Waynard Williams of Amory; one son, Michael David Williams of Tremont; one daughter, Tammy Lynn Knight of Shannon; three sisters, Mary Lou Thompson of Quincy, Bobbie Glen McNeese of Quincy and Martha Jean Howell of Amory; six grandchildren, Landon Williams, April Williams, Ashley Williams, Malcolm Williams, Jayson Knight and Joseph Knight.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Aubrey, James Roy, Troy Edwin and Audrey Kimbrough; and one sister, Fanny May Summers.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Howell, Steve Kimbrough, Timothy Murphy, Hershel Kimbrough, Donald Kimbrough, Phillip Thompson, Landon Williams, Anthony McNeese, Caleb Waycaster and Matthew Waycaster. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Knight, Joseph Knight and Malcolm Williams.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11 a.m. until service time Wednesday at the church.

Joyce House
HAMILTON – Joyce Simmons House, 81, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at her residence in Hamilton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Edna Davis
AMORY – Edna C. Davis, 81, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Lela Shields
CORINTH – Lela Evelyn Shields, 60, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at her home.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Jerry Seawright
FALKNER – Jerry Michael Seawright, 60, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at his home. He was born Dec. 10, 1949, to Vernice Dickerson Seawright of Falkner and the late Bruce Seawright. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He previously worked at Colorworld in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lyndle Davis officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Tippah County.
He is survived by his wife, Jimmy Richardson Seawright of Falkner; one daughter, Shannon Clark (Reed) of Falkner; one son, Justin Seawright (Tiffany) of Falkner; his mother, Vernice Seawright of Falkner; one sister, Maria Hill (Brad) of Falkner; three brothers, Ronnie Seawright of Corinth, Torri Seawright (Sam) of Pontotoc and Mickey Seawright (Amy) of Falkner; three grandchildren, Nace Miller Clark, Justin Ty Seawright and Wesley Michael Seawright, all of Tiplersville; mother-in-law, Imogene Newton (Don), and brother-in-law, Sammy Richardson (Dottie), all of Falkner; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his grandparents, Jewell and Iola Dickerson, and Luther and Minnie Seawright.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie, Torri , Mickey, Rodney, Chris and Heath Seawright. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Drewery, Randy Lancaster, Robby Richardson, Ronnie Childs, Kye Childs, Mitchell Seawright, Jordan Anderson and Nicky Richardson.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Brad Hurt
RIPLEY – Bradley “Brad” Stewart “Gator” Hurt, 33, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at his home in Ripley. He was an employee of Clean and Green Lawn Service and a member of the First Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Dr. Rex Yancey and Bro. Tom Young officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include his parents, Rickey and Linda Orman Hurt of Ripley; one sister, Mallory Hurt (Stephen Freeman); one brother, Willie Hurt (Kerra) of Ripley; his grandparents, Edward and Pauline Orman, and Harold and Effie Hurt, all of Ripley; one niece, McKinah Grace Hurt; one nephew, Landyn Rainey , both of Ripley; one aunt, Karen Holditch (Rob) and one uncle, Eddie Orman (Wanda), all of Ripley; cousins, J. Robby Holditch (Foley) of Memphis, Jennifer Childs (Matt) of Ripley, Jonathan “Big O” Orman of Oxford, Kevin “K.O.” Orman of Ripley and Penny Holditch of Tupelo.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Stokes, Bart Adams, Haston Cross, Paul Welborn, Benton Elliott, Steven Lefler, Dustin McAlister and Barry Childers.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 202 E. Pine St., Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Ellen I. Short
BYHALIA – Ellen I. Short, 90, formerly of Ripley, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at her home in Byhalia. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Betty L. Forrester
DORSEY – Betty L. Forrester, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, her home in Dorsey after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

James Dunaway
NEW ALBANY – James Allen Dunaway, 66, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at his residence after a brief illness. He was born on Aug. 16, 1943, in Lee County to Joseph and Delma Underwood Dunaway. He lived in Blue Springs for the past 20 years. He was a Baptist and a truck driver. He liked the outdoors and horses and loved his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Neal Davis officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park in New Albany.
Survivors include his wife of 23 years, Mae Dale Dunaway; two daughters, Teresa Robinson and Shelia Davis; one stepson, Mark Bedford; one stepdaughter, Joanne Loague; nine grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Mildred Patterson, Linda McCollum, Linda Faye Starling, Pam Barnett, Jan Upton, Ruby Wardlaw and Ann Upton; one sister-in-law, Juanita Dunaway.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers, Billy Joe, George, Joe and Junior.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gary Blagg
FULTON – Gary Delance Blagg, 59, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born July 16, 1950, in Pontotoc. He was a graduate of Kingsbury High School in Memphis, Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the United States Navy and the National Guard. He was a sixth grade science teacher and coach in Nettleton and a K-12 guidance counselor and coach in Grady, Ark. He was a member of the Tupelo Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of Mississippi Parents of Blind Children and National Federation for the Blind. An avid storyteller, he enjoyed genealogy and riding his Harley.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gene Voyles officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Cummings Blagg of Fulton; two daughters, Misty Blagg (Billy Bossier) of Austin, Texas, and Storm Mackey (David Phillip) of Fulton; three sons, Garan deLance Blagg (Simone Ciccel) of Pine Bluff, Ark., Steven Blagg (Aphilak) of Saltillo and Marcel McGill of Kansas; his father, James Douglas Blagg (Sue) of Arizona; his mother, Lavenia McDonald (Eurie) of Pontotoc; one brother, James Douglas Blagg (Oneida) of Boston, Mass.; six grandchildren, Caelan Blagg, Snow Mackey, Hail Mackey, Antonio Blagg, Raven Blagg and Harley Blagg.
He was preceded in death by two grandsons, Thunder Mackey and A.J. Robinson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Dave M. Sharp
LAKE VILLAGE, Ark. – Dave M. Sharp, 94, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Green House at Traceway Retirement Community after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Eileen Clemmons
HIGHLAND, Ill. – Eileen F. Franz Clemmons, formerly of Mississippi, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Highland, Ill.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, Ill.
Visitation will be today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or St. Joseph Hospital in Highland, Ill.

Gladys Todd
WEST POINT – Gladys Johnson Todd, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness.
Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is assisting the family.
She is survived by two sons, Michael E. Johnson (Terresa) of Houston, Texas, and William B. Johnson (LaDonna) of Columbus; one daughter, Nancy Sistrunk (Carols) of Starkville; three brothers, Marion Johnson of West Point, and Curtis Foster and Tommy Foster of Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles E. “Red” Johnson and Elmer J. Todd Sr.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Siloam Baptist Church.