Obituaries Jan. 27, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Kathleen Vanlandingham
BRUCE – Kathleen Vanlandingham, 86, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born March 17, 1923, in Memphis. She had worked in retail sales. She was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in Bruce.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Bruce with Sis. Mary Jean Morris officiating. Burial will be in Turkey Creek Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Holmes (Kenny) of Bruce; one granddaughter, Lacey Holmes of Bruce; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed Vanlandingham and Minnie Haire Vanlandingham; a brother, Gradis Vanlandingham; three sisters, Nona Williams, Hortense Seago and Lavey Rodgers; a special aunt and uncle, Adeline Haire Bennett and Ollie Bennett.
Pallbearers will be Will Tittle, Matt Daughdrill, John Brower, Trey Brower, Lynn Havens and Kenny Holmes.
Visitation will be from noon to service today at the church.
Clestine Jones
BRUCE – Clestine Hill Jones, 71, died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2010, at the Pontotoc Long Term Extended Care in Pontotoc.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 16, at Mays Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Joe Lee Jones officiating. Burial was in Bluff Cemetery in Houlka. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four sons, Jimmy Jones (Iris) of Bruce, Timmie Jones of Houston, William Jones (Alisha) of Bruce and Joey Jones (Rowena)of Bruce; three daughters, Regina Jones of Pontotoc, Sherlene Ware (Melvin) of Pontotoc and Melame Holesome (Julius) of Bowling Green, Ky.; three brothers, Edgar Marion (Gaile) of Pontotoc, Martin Hill (Danae) of Buffalo, N.Y., and Eddie Hill of Houlka; two sisters, Hence Spicer (Leon) of Houlka and Fannie Betts (Eddie) of Houlka: 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
For the online guestbook, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Joyce House
HAMILTON – Joyce Simmons House, 81, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at her residence in Hamilton. She was born Nov. 11, 1928, to Henry Clay Simmons and Virginia Frances Boyd Simmons in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton and a graduate of Hamilton High School. She was a member and Sunday School teacher at Hamilton Presbyterian Church. She was the Hamilton Outstanding Citizen of 1998. She retired in 1974 as a presser for Seminole Manufacturing. She worked as a Mary Kay consultant and assistant librarian. She completed the term as Monroe County supervisor, 3rd District, after the death of her husband.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Charles Caldwell and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy House Pugh of Hamilton; two grandchildren, Nichole Pugh and Ian Pugh and wife, Bryndi, all of Hamilton; two stepgrandchildren, Steve Chaffin and Kim, and Rich Chaffin and Lisa, all of Hamilton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William L. “Bill” House; one son, William Clay House; one daughter-in-law, Ritchie House; four sisters, Lillian Summerford, Irene Hood, Beatrice Simmons and Barbara Mabry; and three brothers, Allen E. Simmons, Houston Malone and Basil Malone.
Pallbearers will be Danny Simmons, Jeremy West, Danny Holloway, Don Holloway, Wesley Lawrence and Adam Harmon.
Honorary pallbearers will be nieces and nephews, Jimmy Kirkpatrick, Fay Coleman, Van Wells Jr. and Dorlos Robinson.
To sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Dave Sharp
TUPELO – Dave Mellwood Sharp, formerly of Lake Village, Ark., died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. He was born May 3, 1915, in Warren, Ark., to Zebulon Daniel and Blanche S. Sharp. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He enjoyed working, playing golf and gardening.
A graveside service will be held in Warren, Ark., at a later date. Frazer Funeral Home of Warren, Ark., is in charge of arrangements. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is assisting the family locally.
He is survived by his wife, Athalene W. Sharp; son, Z. Dave Sharp (Patti) of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Susan S. Wilf (Mike) of Aberdeen; and two grandsons, Lann M. Wilf of Aberdeen and Zachary D. Sharp of San Antonio, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, send donations to Frank’s House, Traceway Retirement Community, 2800 West Main, Tupelo, MS 38801.

Katherine Brown
TUPELO – Katherine C. Brown, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Betty Forrester
DORSEY – Betty Louise Cook Forrester, 75, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at her home. She was born June 1, 1934, and adopted by William “Bill” and Marcia Cook of Booneville. She was a waitress for many years in Booneville and Tupelo, where she retired from Pizza Hut. She married Lewis Edward “Ed” Forrester on Oct. 30, 1970. She was a member of Fawn Grove Free Will Baptist Church for many years. She loved her church family and spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed watching old movies, drawing, playing cards and dominoes with her family, and eating breakfast with her friends at Peppertown Restaurant.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fawn Grove Free Will Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Booker officiating. Burial will be in Fawn Grove Community Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, William E. Forrester and wife, Rose, of Dorsey; her daughters, Leah Khan (Shahid) of Baton Rouge, La., and Lynn James (Carl) of Corinth; her stepdaughters, Carolyn Orcutt (John) of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Debbie Cagle (Lamar) of Birmingham, Ala.; 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, Mary Myers (Bill) of Byhalia; her brother, Billy Cook of Florida; her brothers and sisters-in law, Donnie and Ruby Forrester, and Alton “Junior” and Mary Forrester of Columbus; her sisters-in-law, Helen Madison of Columbus, Goldie Morris of Atmore, Ala., and Lois Forrester and Jean Forrester of Starkville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Ed Forrester, on Aug. 11, 2008; her adoptive parents; and her birth mother, Bertha Riley.
Pallbearers will be Greg Malone, Perry Franks, David Howell, Doug Stamper, Ricky Rayburn and Ken Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Fawn Grove Free Will Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Hazel LeClair
FULTON – Hazel LeClair, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at her home. She was born March 20, 2010, in Itawamba County to Fred and Varnell Hare Lowder. She had worked as a nurse’s aide. She was a member of Bean’s Ferry Church of Christ.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister Jeremy Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley LaLound (Tim) and Gloria LeClair, all of Kenosha, Wis.; three sons, Norman Lee LeClair (Lela) of Tremont, James LeClair (Margaret) of Fulton and Paul LeClair of Chicago; four sisters, Autrey Ragsdale of Fulton, Nell Reiding of Oklahoma, and Ozelle McAlroy and Betty Nedweski, both of Kenosha, Wis.; one brother, Bill Lowder of Fulton; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tony LeClair, Michael Peppeto, David LeClair, Jerry Hopkins and Jim Ragsdale.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time.

Eugene Miller
IUKA – Eugene Miller, 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the Southern Magnolia Estate Assisted Living Facility in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church building fund.

Eddie Melton
CORINTH – Edward C. “Eddie” Melton II, 56, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at University Methodist Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Farmington Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the University Methodist Hospital’s Neurology Intensive Care Unit in Memphis.
Edna Davis
AMORY – Edna Catherine Smith Davis, 82, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born March 13, 1928, in Holly Ridge, she was the daughter of Ross and Edna Allen Smith. She married James E. Davis in 1946. She lived in Greenville and in the Amory area for 20 years. A homemaker, she enjoyed playing bingo and square dancing.
There will be no service. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until noon today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Davis of Amory; four sons, Clyde Davis (Brenda) of Bartow, Fla., Jerry Davis (Frances) of Amory, Mike Davis (Kathy) of Greenville and Stacey Davis of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two daughters, Deborah Davis of Amory and Toni Tarver of Greenville; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Lydia Moore.

Samuel Smith
HOUSTON – Samuel Lee Smith, 66, died Monday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Calhoun County Health Services in Calhoun City. He was born Nov. 14, 1943, in Sunflower County to Warren Marion Smith and Minnie Lee Suber Smith. He was a retired farmer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Houston Funeral Home with the Rev. James Hilderbrand officiating. Burial will follow at Old Montpelier Cemetery in Montpelier.
Survivors include his daughters, Mary Ruth Caves of Bogalusa, La., and Carolyn Louise Smith of Monticello; his sons, William Eugene Smith of Columbus, Danny Ray Smith of Woodland, James Edward Smith of Greenville, Warren Marion Smith of Puckett and Ray Allen Smith of Houston; his sisters, Elizabeth Ann Alexander of Polkville, Dorothy Marie Carter of Arkansas, Rita Faye Weeks of Oakland and Margie Holland of Oklahoma; his brother, Winford Earl Smith of Forrest; 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Smith, on Nov. 16, 2003, and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Frances Gibson
BELMONT – Frances Gilley Gibson, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born July 1, 1931, in Mississippi to Bluffford and Helen Moffett Gilley. She was a seamstress for 20 years and an employee of Ford Motor Company.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis.
Survivors are one son, Lanny Virden (Patricia) of Belmont; one granddaughter, Shana Virden of Whitelake, Mich.; one great-granddaughter, Alana Virden of Whitelake, Mich.; one sister, Carolyn Kennedy of Belmont; six nieces, Shirley Ivey (Marcus), Glenda Williams (Wallace), Virginia Johnson (James), Fredia Willorford and Kathy Gober, all of Belmont, and Debbie Browning (Joe) of Tishomingo; and one nephew, Tim Gilley of Tishomingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Edgar Gilley and Ervin Gilley.
Pallbearers will be Steve George, Allan Williams, Jay Tate, James Johnson, Kyle Bennett and David Bennett.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Julia Johnson
AMORY – Julia Allred Johnson died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Willie Frelon
BRUCE – Willie Frelon, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, in Pittsboro. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

Ruby Waddle
NETTLETON – Ruby L. Waddle, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Lonnie Oaks
CORINTH – Lonnie Oaks, 77, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was born May 18, 1932. He was a lifelong resident of Farmington. He attended Northeast Mississippi Community College for two years. He was an employee of Columbia Gulf Transmission Co. for many years before deciding to pursue his dream. His dream was fulfilled in August 1960 when he opened Lonnie’s Sporting Goods, which operated until his retirement in 2000. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a member of Farmington Baptist Church. An avid sportsman, he was a devoted and wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Farmington Baptist Church. Minister Charles Curtis, Bro. Glenn Jones, Dr. Randy Bostick and Bro. Tim Nall will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Betty Oaks of Corinth; one son, Tom Oaks and wife, Sharon, of Corinth; one daughter, Linda Oaks Potts and husband, Keith, of Fallbranch, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Lee Oaks and wife, Heather, Katie Oaks Cooksey and husband, Jonathan, and Sara Potts Mackiewicz and husband, Dan, and Jeff Potts; four great-grandchildren, Darbie Oaks, Matthew Oaks, Peter Mackiewicz and Andrew Mackiewicz; his brothers, Pete Oaks of Stratford, Conn., Joe Oaks and wife, Florence, of Jacksonville, Fla., Jack Oaks and wife, Nell, of Corinth, Jim Oaks and wife, Gloria, of Corinth, Roy Oaks and wife, Pat, of Corinth, Mack Oaks and wife, Brenda, of Michie, Tenn., and Bobby Oaks of Corinth; one sister, Betty June Vanderford of Corinth; a sister-in-law, Virginia Oaks of Corinth; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be David Darwin, Larry Darwin, W.G. Nelms, Adolph Taylor, Larry Wilkes, Dickie Short, Stan Wigginton and Danny Sitton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank P. and Jennie Lee Doll Oaks; one brother, Dock Oaks; one sister, Mary Alice Oaks; and a brother-in-law, Jesse Vanderford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday.

Cleatus L. Reynolds
BURNSVILLE – Cleatus L. Reynolds, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home in Iuka. She attended Rowland Mills Baptist Church. She was a retired factory worker and homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Allen Osborn will officiate. Burial will follow in Burnsville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Reynolds (Carol) of Florence, Ala.; one daughter, Kathy Milligan (Gene) of Iuka; six grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Buck Reynolds; her parents, Jack and Luta Parker; three children, Wayne, Brenda and Eddie Reynolds; a sister, Lillian Bray; and two brothers, Ledford and Edwin Parker.
Pallbearers include Tim Reynolds, Daniel Reynolds, Scott Reynolds, Josh Reynolds, Shane Carman, and Ethan Reynolds.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Tishomingo Manor Residents’ Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Ellen Short
BYHALIA – Ellen Irene Meeks Short, 89, formerly of Ripley, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at her home in Byhalia. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Gerald Short officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include two daughters, Rachel I. Hunsucker (Billy) of Byhalia and Mary H. Grigsby of Ripley; one son, James D. Short (Diane) of Olive Branch; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin Clayton Short; her parents, Joe Box and Carrie Barnes Meeks; one son, Arnold Wayne Short; four sisters, Mae Wages, Tenna Wilbanks, Etta Box and Vada Box; one brother, Joe Meeks; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Ruth E. Shaw
CHALYBEATE – Ruth Elizabeth Jamieson Shaw, 85, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Methodist Central Hospital in Memphis. She was born Dec. 16, 1924, to Thomas M. Jamieson and Willie May Horton Jamieson. She was a member of Chalybeate Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and very active in all church activities. She taught in Florida for 25 years and the last 15 years in North Tippah Schools. She was a member of Tippah County Retired Teachers Association and the Chalybeate Women’s Club.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bruce Ingram and Bro. Jay White officiating. Burial will be in Chalybeate Presbyterian Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Troy E. Shaw (Janice) of Walnut; two sisters, Lucy J. Boykin of Rolling Fork and Helen J. McMillin of Falkner; one granddaughter, Holley Shaw Vess (Darrell) of Walnut; one great-grandson, Wesley E. Cox of Walnut.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy E. Shaw Sr.; one son, James Thomas Shaw; her parents; two grandchildren, Keith Ellis Shaw and Chris Shaw; two brothers, William M. Jamieson and Thomas Leroy Jamieson; and a special cousin, Mary J. Horton Pitner.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Nowell, Hubert Bennett, Travis Jamieson, Jerry Crawford, Jim Jackson and Douglas Jackson. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Chalybeate Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Ripley Gideons Camp, P.O. Box 4, Ripley, MS 38663.

John Keys
NEW ALBANY – John Keys died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the Mississippi Veterans Home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Wanda Wakefield
OXFORD – Wanda J. Wakefield, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at her home near Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Melvin Houston
TUPELO – Melvin Dewayne Houston, 36, died Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010, in Shannon as the result of an automobile/pedestrian accident. He was born Nov. 26, 1973, to Carnell Houston and Angelean Moore Houston. He was a 1993 graduate of Okolona High School and a member of Clark Chapel M.B. Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Clark Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. J.D. King officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Carnell and Angelean Houston of Tupelo; one child, Ajalon Houston, and the mother of his child, Cherie Houston, both of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Lichiara “Cherrie” Darden (James) of Tupelo; two brothers, Carnell Houston Jr. of Chicago and Vanwyke Houston of Memphis.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today.

Maurice King
OXFORD – Maurice Bruce King, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at his home near Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories in Oxford.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.