Obituaries Jan. 28, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ferrell Green
SOMERVILLE, Tenn. – Ferrell Green, 77, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at the Memphis Veterans Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville, Tenn.

Travis Reynolds
PONTOTOC – Travis Reynolds, 54, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Levora Carter
AMORY – Levora Swan Carter, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born March 2, 1920, in Amory to Lindsey and Katie Mayo Ezell. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church and a member of the church choir and the Methodist Women. She attended and completed school at Bigbee. She was formerly employed at Merkle & Koff Gear Company of Chicago until she retired. Known as the No. 1 cook of the family, she loved reading the Bible, and cooking for the family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at St. James United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. Johniel Henry Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery. Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Frank Albert (Linda) Swan of Amory and Harold Leon (Varese) Swan of Chicago; one daughter, Saundra Ann (Edward) Listenbee of Amory; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Carter, and both parents.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Friday.

Alma King
MERIDIAN – Alma Kathleen King, 87, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Infinity Hospice. She was a native of Tishomingo. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and a former member of Central Presbyterian Church. She worked several years at Meridian and Bigbee Railroad.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Dr. Morris Taylor will officiate. Robert Barham Family Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Dr. Jerry King and wife, Teena, of Albuquerque, N.M.; grandsons, John King, Scott King, Christopher King, James Macdonald, Grant Macdonald; one nephew, Nash Vickers; one niece, Martha Lynn Ferrell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John King, and daughter, Sue King Macdonald.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Friends and family may sign the online guestbook at www.robertbarhamffh.com.

Mamie Redd
VICKSBURG – Mamie Booth Redd, 93, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home in Vicksburg.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Choctaw County.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ralph Hatfield
BOONEVILLE – Donald Ralph Hatfield, 64, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John R. Ballard
HORN LAKE – John R. Ballard, 67, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Born in Egypt, he was the son of the late June and Virginia Porter Ballard. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a salesperson. He was a born-again Christian in the Baptist church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Maple Springs Baptist Church near Mercer, Tenn., with Dr. Stanley Ballard officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Maple Springs Cemetery. Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home of Jackson, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Gail Smith Ballard; two daughters, Mica and Sunni; one son, Josh; two grandchildren, Preston and Belle; three sisters, Gayle Childers, Wanda Wilson and Carol Honsinger.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Curtis Gregory
NEW ALBANY – William Curtis Gregory, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 25, 1920, in Union County to Dennis C. and Selester Hale Gregory. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army 83rd Mortar Battalion. He earned the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was owner/operator of Gregory Grocery for 37 years. He was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jessie Betts officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Whitten, and one son, Mike Gregory (Paige), both of New Albany; two sisters, Ann Baker of Nashville, Tenn., and Lavance Muro of Florida; one brother, Gene Gregory, of Louisiana; five grandchildren, Cary Whitten (Sandra), Mark Whitten, Bridget Smith (Paul), Courtney Gregory and Justin Gregory; and two great-grandchildren, Harlie Whitten and Cohen Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Thompson Gregory; his parents; three sisters, Loyce Cobb, Ruby Denton and Katherine Gregory; and a brother, Carol Gregory.
The deacons of Harmony Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Gregory, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army Flag during the visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Guy Stewart
OLIVE BRANCH – Guy Edwin “Shorty” Stewart, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at his son’s home. He was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Banner. He was a retired pipefitter with Local No. 190. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of First Baptist Church in Olive Branch.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce with the Rev. P.J. Scott officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Clifford Stewart of Olive Branch; four sons, Eddie Stewart (Dianne) of Memphis, Fred Stewart (Mary) of Germantown, Tenn., Gary Stewart of San Mateo, Fla., and Joe Stewart of Bartlett, Tenn.; one daughter, Trella Stewart of Memphis; two sisters, Kay Bartram of River View, Fla., and Janie Brooks of Bartlett, Tenn.; eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie Maston Stewart and Augusta Cobb Stewart; the mother of his children, Justine Stewart; and five brothers and two sisters.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., FL 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

J.B. Easter
WEST POINT – J.B. Easter, 89, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point.
Visitation will be from 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Friday.
Memorials may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 1230 Oak Drive, West Point, MS 39773.

Ruby Waddle
NETTLETON – Ruby Louise Pender Waddle, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 20, 1921, in Fayette, Ala., to Harve and Velma Anthony Pender. She lived most of her life in Nettleton. She retired from Delta International Manufacturing Company after almost 16 years. She was a member of the Nettleton Church of Christ. She enjoyed fishing, crocheting, and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Nettleton Church of Christ with Bro. Jimmy Bates and Bro. Jeff Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Nettleton Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Gail Waddle of Nettleton; one son, Paul Edward Waddle (Doris) of Nettleton; one sister, Ann Harris (Troy) of Nettleton; six in-laws, Lucille Pender, Eudell Pender, Nellie Gray and Jimmie Parker (Walter Lee), all of Nettleton, Leatrice Nanney (Lloyd ) of Skyline and Bryson Waddle Sr. (Sue) of Plantersville; and special caregivers, Zebbie Caldwell and Betty Bolen.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Ray Waddle, in 1967; her parents; her stepmother, Dulcie Pender; and two brothers, B.L. “Dank” Pender and Leasel Pender.
Pallbearers will be Billy Pender, Roger Pender, Justin Pender, Brad Pender, David Lee Parker and Jimmy Sisk.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bryson Waddle Sr. and Walter Lee Parker.
Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 97, Nettleton, MS 38858.
The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Hazel LeClair
FULTON – Hazel LeClair, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at her home. She was born March 20, 1926, 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, Autry 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 husband; her parents; and a great-grandson, Zeke.
Pallbearers will be Tony LeClair, Michael Peppeto, David LeClair, Jerry Hopkins and Jim Ragsdale.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.

Thomas Bickerstaff Jr.
OXFORD – Thomas Alton Bickerstaff Jr., 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the T.A. Bickerstaff Scholarship Endowment Fund, c/o The University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.
For online condolences or guest registry, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Lee Dowdy
PONTOTOC – Leola “Lee” Yancey Dowdy, 72, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a Christian, a retired beautician and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She also was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, where she held several offices at the local, district and state level and was awarded several accommodations and awards.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Rev. Danny Horton and Rev. Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include her four daughters, Debbie Spencer (Phillip) of Thaxton, Vicki Cormier (Paul) of Tupelo, Renee Hopkins of Newton, Mass., and Wanda McClure of Arlington, Texas; two sons, Darryl Hopkins (Kim) of Tupelo and Steve Dowdy (Sandy) of Florida; two sisters, Elsie Huddleston of Lake City, Fla., and Marilyn Harrell of Falkner; two brothers, Fagin Yancey of Germantown, Tenn., and Willie Yancey of Pickwick, Tenn.; her sister-in-law, Jo Yancey of Ponce Inlet, Fla; her friends, James and Dorothy McCord of Pontotoc; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie Yancey and Overa Wilbanks Yancey; her stepmothers, Wardie Yancey and Gertrude Yancey; the fathers of her children, Donald Ray Bigham and Wayne “Hoppy” Hopkins; her sister, Dolly Murphy; and her brother, Jim Yancey.
Pallbearers will be Michael McClure, Steve Murphy, Jason Bailey, Christopher Hopkins, Steve Organ and Scotty Bartlett. The honorary pallbearers will be the MS VFW members.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.

Maude Ray
CLINTON – Maude Northam Ray, 92, died Monday, Jan. 25, 2010, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born Dec. 15, 1917, in Hamilton, Ala., to Ben Northam and Dizanie Palmer Northam. She was formerly from Houston. She worked at Trace Regional Hospital and Franklin Corporation for many years. She was a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Houston.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Wesley Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Scott Samuel officiating. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Ray Breland (Edward) of Clinton; two grandchildren, Debra Carol Stanley (Wren) of Clinton and John Joseph Breland (Angie) of Memphis; four great-grandchildren, Derick Stanley, Dustin Stanley, James Summers and Coen Breland; two sisters, Nellie Tuck of Haleyville, Ala., and Pauline Holloway of Monroe, La.; one brother, John R. Northam of Hamilton, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Lora Ray.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Stanley, Derick Stanley, James Summers, John Joseph Breland, Harold Ray and Darrell Ray.
Ottawa N. Smith
RIPLEY – Ottawa Nicholas Smith, 76, died Sunday, Jan. 24, 2010, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. He was born May 1, 1933, in Tippah County to John Wesley Smith and Beulah Zinn. He was a member of Adkins Chapel United Methodist Church, where he was a trustee and a Sunday School superintendent. He attended Antioch Colored School at Blue Mountain. After completing high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1954. He was a member of American Legion Lodge 252. He was employed at Biltrite Corp. in Ripley for 31 years. He became the first African American DJ in Tippah County, employed at WCSA Radio Station and WTXI Radio Station. He managed a gospel singing group, The Gospel Aires of Ripley, and created a hit gospel program, “The True Vine Gospel Express.” He was instrumental in the Civil Rights movement and served as past president of the local NAACP chapter.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Foster & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. The Rev. James Dye will officiate. Burial will be in Adkins Chapel Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jimmie Dale Smith of Ripley; eight children, Aubrey Smith (Linda), Pastor Christopher Smith (Vermacy), Sylvia Agnew (Jerry), Connie Smith, Lonnie Smith (Loretta), Prophet Patrick Johnson, Nicholas Smith (Anita) and Veronica Smith; two sisters, Beatrice (Pastor Lawrence McKinzie) and Ruth Knox (Harvey Lee); a special nephew, T.J. Smith; 24 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the funeral home with a wake from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.

Judson A. Johnson
TUPELO – Judson A. Johnson, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A lifelong Lee Countian, he was born on Aug. 22, l921, to John Duncan Johnson and Martha Kate Martin Johnson. He graduated from East Tupelo High School and attended Itawamba Junior College for two years. He married Lottie King Johnson on Dec. 22, l945. Early in life, he was a master bricklayer and carpenter, being self employed at age 14.
He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps from Aug. 8, 1942, until Oct. 1, 1945, as a member of the 320th bomb group, a division of the 12th Air Force serving during World War II. He served 63 combat missions as a crew member of a B-26 Martin Marauder. His active duty combat experience included the war time campaigns in Sicily, Naples, Rome and Southern France. He was involved in three major combat invasions; Sicily, June 13, 1943; Salerno, October 1943; and Anzio, January 1944. His commendations include an Air medal, three Bronze Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation with Palm and The French Croix De Guerre with Palm.
After returning from the war, he established a successful Allstate Insurance Agency, where he worked for 35 years before retirement. He received many sales awards for productivity and quality. A member of the East Heights Baptist Church for over 50 years, he was a vital part of the building of the present sanctuary and a former longtime deacon and Sunday School teacher. A former member of the Breakfast Civitan Club, he was civic and community minded and a devoutly patriotic Mississippian and American. He was an active participant for several years with the City of Tupelo Municipal Election Commission and served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Christian Women’s Job Corp. After retirement, he greatly enjoyed flying his Cessna 172.
Services with full military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the East Heights Baptist Church with Bro. Kermit Brann officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Lottie King Johnson of Tupelo; one daughter, Cheryl Johnson Bowie (Shelton) of Collierville, Tenn.; one son, Dan K. Johnson of Tupelo; three grandsons; Brian and Andrew Bowie, both of Collierville, and Justin Johnson of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and four sisters, Johnnie Fay Christian, Elizabeth Wyatt, Vera Kelly and Lucille Sisk.
Pallbearers will be Thomas King, Jimmie Christian, Brian Bowie, Andrew Bowie, Shelton Bowie and Justin Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Harry Martin and his Sunday School Class.
Memorials made be made to the Christian Women’s Job Corp, 530 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804-3834.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.

Charles E. Gilleylen
AMORY – Charles E. Gilleylen died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen. A wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of Christ in West Amory.
Norma Baskin
HOUSTON – Norma J. Baskin, 48, died Friday, Jan. 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 22, 1961. She was educated in the Houston School System. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Church and a former employee of Shannon Furniture and Skylounger.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Goldie (Spergon) Evans of West Point; her father, Larry Baskins of West Point; two daughters, Nicole (George) Jenkins of Okolona and Shanice Ivy of Houston; one son, Deshawn Ivy (Sandra) of Okolona; six sisters, Barbara King, Patricia (L.L.) Quinn, Thelma (Anothy) Sykes, Georgia Baskins and Yolanda Baskin, all of West Point, and Sophia Parker of Houston; seven brothers, William Walker (Laura) and Johnny Baskin, all of West Point, Andy (Kim) Baskin of Atlanta, Ga., Larry Baskin Jr. and Cortez Baskin of Okolona, and James Baskin and Isreal Smith of West Point; two grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mary Burchfield
PHEBA – Mary Burchfield, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 3, 1938.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Johnson Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in Chickie Hill Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Lillie McKinney of Pheba, Mary A. Watson of Maben, Ella R. Belk of Starkville, Shirley McQuiller (O.B.) of Pheba, Mattie (Rev. Elbert) Gates of Okolona, Jeanett Rice of Pheba; three sons, Vincent Burchfield, Tommie L. Belk and Tommie Johnson, of Maben; three sisters, Queen E. Belk and Sally M. Sharp, both of St. Louis, and Margie J. Johnson of Maben; one brother, Jessie Burchfield of Maben; 29 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gary; two daughters, Ola Mae and Pearlie; and seven sisters and brothers.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

Susie Baker
IUKA – Susie Bullard Baker, 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Poplar Springs Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Shannon Carter
STARKVILLE – Shannon Ernie Carter, 91, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Starkville. Graveside services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Thaxton Cemetery. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Town Square Museum, 59 S. Main St., Pontotoc, MS 38863; or Thaxton Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 23, Thaxton, MS 38871.
To sign the online guest register, visit www.welchfuneralhome.com.

Julia Johnson
AMORY – Julia Faye Allred Johnson, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.