Obituaries Jan. 31, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Doris Vinson
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Doris Letty Stallcup Vinson, longtime resident of Dyersburg, Tennesse, died November 27, 2009, at the age of 88 in Las Vegas, Nevada, following a very brief illness.
She was born near Halls, Tennessee on Feb. 1, 1921, to Dosha Porter and John C. Stallcup. The daughter of a railroad engineer, Doris spent her early years in Jackson, Tenn. and attended college at Union University, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. While studying there, she met and married the man that would be her lifelong companion, Casie Jones Vinson of Tupelo. Casie was an exceptional athlete at Sherman High School and received a full scholarship to the University.
They married on May 23, 1943, and he, being in the service, shipped out to serve his country in India and other distant parts of the world. For the next two years, she taught elementary school in Deering, Missouri. Upon Casie’s return, he used his G.I. bill to earn a masters degree at the University of Mississippi, where Doris continued her studies.
A brief residence in Batesville, Miss led to an offer of career advancement to Casie as Athletic Director at Bethel College in McKenzie, Tenn., where Doris completed her B.S. degree. With a passion for teaching and a devotion to her church, she taught for 19 years in McKenzie, every grade but first grade. Her favorite subjects to teach were American and World history. Her favorite age group was the 4th graders.
During this time, Doris and Casie became the proud parents of Casey Patrick in 1952, and Mary Lauralyn in 1956. After teaching two years in Lexington, Tenn., the Vinsons moved to Dyersburg, where Doris taught until her retirement in 1986.
After the passing of her husband in 1985, she was always devoted to her church. She continued to be a member of the Keenagers, Lydia Circle, the Women’s Club and other professional organizations. In 2001, she moved to Las Vegas, Nev. to live with her son, Patrick and daughter-in-law, Lucia, where she enjoyed her retirement, the beautiful weather and many new experiences.
Doris was preceded in death by Casie; her parents; Dosha and John Stallcup; one brother, Ralph Stallcup; one sister and her husband, Mary and Charles C. Glasgow.
She is survived by one son, Patrick (Lucia) Vinson of Las Vegas; one daughter, Lauralyn (Jeff) Palmer of Buckeye Lake, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Barbara Stallcup of Hattiesburg; several nieces and nephews, the Vinson family of Lee County; and many, many beloved students.
A celebration of life service was held in Las Vegas for family and friends on November 28, 2009. Her wishes were honored yesterday when she was interred next to her husband in the Vinson Family Plot at Union Cemetery near Belden. Holland Funeral Directors handled the local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 2280 Parr Avenue, Dyersburg, Tenn. 38024-2011.

Lillian Irvin
FULTON – Lillian Bridges Gilmore Irvin, 94, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, after an extended illness at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born July 25, 1915, to Joseph William and Martha Zuella Walker Bridges in Carthage, Miss. She was a member of the Church of God. She attended the First Baptist Church in Fulton for many years. During her early years, she attended the Wiggins Church in Leake County, Miss. where Baptist, Methodist and the Church of God all worshipped together in one church.
She was a member of the American Legion Auxilliary, The Retired Teachers of Mississippi and the Ladies Outreach Sunday School Class at the First Baptist Church in Fulton, Miss. Her life-long mission was teaching children. She had a singing heart, a smiling face, an understanding heart and always offered a helping hand to anyone in need.
She graduated from Carthage High School, East Central Jr. College and the University of Southern Mississippi before coming to Itawamba County. She taught nine years in Leake, Neshoba and Winston County schools with two years in the Indian Service. She taught 27 years at the Fulton Grammar School and six years of kindergarten. She was selected ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 1969.
She married Shelby G. Gilmore, whom she met while they were both attending the University of Southern Mississippi, on Dec. 22, 1945. After a Christmas honeymoon, Shelby and Lillian came to Itawamba County, which was Shelby’s home, to start their married life. Lillian started teaching at Fulton Grammar School. A son, Shelby G. Gilmore Jr., was stillborn in 1953. Shelby G. Gimore Sr. unexpectedly preceded Lillian in death in 1963.
Lillian married Lynn Irvin on Aug. 4, 1966, in the Fulton First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lynn Irvin; her first husband and son; her parents; four brothers, Willie Bridges, Warner Bridges, Herman Bridges and Leon Bridges; three sisters, Dorothy Bridges, Bertie Ruth Draper and Mary Lee Ashton.
She is survived by one brother, James Bridges of Anderson, Ind.; one sister, Melba Thornton of Ridgeland; six nieces; and seven nephews, all of whom she loved as her own children.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ken Bishop officiating. Burial will be in the Itawamba Memorial Gardens in Fulton.
Pallbearers will be Rex Hollingsworth, Bobby Beard, Wayne Newsome, Max Senter, Michael Nanny and Jackie Spradling.
Honorary pallbearers will be James A. Thrash, Dr. Graden Tubb, Dr. Ronald Wheeler, Dr. Robert Foster, Rev. C.D. Hood and the staff of the The Meadows.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 8 a.m. until service time Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the Fulton First Baptist Church Wee Care Fund or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Howard Broadway
TUPELO – Howard Douglas Broadway, 73, died peacefully at Sanctuary Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family, on Jan. 28, 2010. Mr. Broadway was born on Aug. 12, 1936, in Ardmore, Ala., one of 14 children born to Charles and Lottie McGowan Broadway. He was a devoted loving husband to his wife, Mary Ann Hester Broadway, and a wonderful, loving father and grandfather. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Verona and a born again Christian. He graduated from Hanson Chilhowie Baptist Academy and College in Chilhowie, Tenn. He was the owner of Broadway Plumbing Co. and Broadway Rentals for 40 years. He loved hunting and playing the guitar. He never met a stranger and constantly surprised family and friends with his zest for life, his quirky humor and spontaneity. He loved to travel and spend time with his family and canine companion, Charlie Brown.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, at Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, with Bro. David Hamilton officiating and Bro. Randy Wood leading the music. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be today from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Tupelo Chapel.
He leaves behind his wife and the love of his life, Mary Ann Broadway of Tupelo; two devoted daughters, Phyllis Robinson (Jerry) and Ginger Renick (Jimmy), all of Tupelo; three sons, Doug, Mark and Chris Broadway of Maryville, Tenn.; his grandsons, Ike Gable (Deanna) of Guntown, Seth Renick of Tupelo, Tyler, Ashton and Corey Broadway of Maryville, Tenn.; his granddaughters, Nessa and Dana Broadway, also of Maryville, Tenn.; five great-grandchildren. He leaves behind his sisters and brothers, Gerene Simmons of Tennessee, Louise Powers of Tennessee, Charles Broadway (Josephine) of Kentucky, Herman Broadway of Tennessee, Robert Broadway (Margie) of Tennessee, Connie Morton (Jack) of South Carolina, Lorene Murphy of Tennessee and Betty Thompson of South Carolina. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lottie and Charles Broadway; a brother. Donald; and two sisters, Sherley and Christene.
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Miles, Van Miles, Dwight Christian, Roger Christian, Preston Owings and Robert Rupert.
The family extends a special thank you to our family and friends who have kept us in your prayers; to the wonderful nurses and staff on One West at NMMC; to Dr. Rish, Dr. Ricky Parker and Dr. Condit for your care and concern for our family; and a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff at the Sanctuary Hospice House for their compassion and love.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Jerry Smithey
TUPELO – Jerry L. Smithey, 57, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at his residence after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 6, 1952, in Mississippi County, Ark.. He was a roofing and home repair contractor for 35 years before going into the excavation and general contracting business. He loved motorcycles, hunting and playing dominos. He especially enjoyed his motorcycle trips on his Harley out west with his wife and friends. He was a wonderful caring generous man who was deeply loved and will be missed by all who knew him. His greatest love was his wife and family, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Valarie Smithey of Tupelo; four children, Timmy Smithey of Shannon, Angie Bryant (Roy Nobles) of Myrtle, Kacie C. Hollimon (Luke) and Jacob Cameron, both of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Ashley Ramey, Christopher Bryant, Bayle Bryant, Nicki Smithey, Cameron Hollimon and Drew Hollimon; six sisters, Sharlene Dixon, Janey Smithey and Mary Ann Spence, all of Arkansas, JoAnn Smith (Herschell) of Florida, Tina Tacker of Arkansas and Tammy Smithey of Florida; two brothers, Johnny Smithey (Leann) of Arkansas and Tommy Smithey Jr. (Lisa) of Florida; his son-in-law, Michael Bryant of Sherman; and extended siblings of the Shumake Family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Tommie Smithey Sr.; his mother, Darlene Smithey Rowell; one brother, James Edward Smithey; one sister, Tommie Fay Smithey; and his extended parents, Randolph and Vahantee Shumake.
Honorary Pallbearers will be his close friends John Ivy, Joey Sloan, the friends he played dominos with and the ones he road motorcycles with.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Raymond Bray
IUKA – Raymond Chester Bray, 80, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 1p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Rutledge Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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Ewel Hughes
AMORY – Ewel Hughes, 51, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 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.
Idella Walton
OKOLONA – Idella Walton died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at her daughter’s home in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona.
Allene Grisham
RIPLEY – Lee Allene Hassell Grisham, 85, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at her home. She and her husband were owners of the Western Auto Store in Ripley for 36 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Andy Stoddard officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include one son, Buddy Grisham and his wife, Terrye of Ripley; one grandson, Jon Grisham and his wife, Heather of Ripley; two great-grandchildren, Ty and Katie Beth Grisham of Ripley; and her caregiver, Ruby Gray of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dean Grisham; her parents, Ben and Hessie Rogers; and one brother, Marcus Hassell.
Pallbearers will be Albert Thompson, Danny Young, Thomas Hassell, Larry Clayton, Brent McBride and Tony Ford.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Barbara Reynolds
CORINTH – Barbara Reynolds, 66, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. She was a waitress at Shoney’s for many years before her health failed. She loved reading and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery.
Survivors include her companion, Harold Downs of Corinth; her daughter, Tammy Morris of Corinth; her son, Ron Ridings (Jayne) of Tupelo; her mother, Francis Strain of Pontotoc; her brother, James Bouler (Brenda) of Pontotoc; her sisters, Linda Garner (Kit) of Lexington, Tenn. and Dianne Penfold (Jake) of Charlevoix, Mich.; her grandchildren, Trinity Morris, Noah Morris, David Bennett and Stephen Funderburk; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; Brutus Reynolds; and her stepfather, James Strain.
Pallbearers will be James Bouler, Cody Moody, Kit Garner, Scottie Morris, Allen Bouler and Lee Patterson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 today at the funeral home.

Mildred Kesler
GUNTOWN – Mildred Kesler, 81, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a Baptist and she loved her family dearly. She loved gardening and she enjoyed being outside with her dog, Jake.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Martin Jacks and Bro. Merle Floyd officiating. Burial will be in the East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Janie Pettigo (Vert) of Guntown; one son, Tommy Kesler (Cindy) of Baldwyn; one brother, Thomas ‘Mutt’ Reece of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Jessica Adams (Rod) of Guntown, Coty Kesler and Nikki Kesler, both of Booneville; and two great-grandchildren, Kayla Adams and Chloe Cox.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Kesler; one sister, Kitty Mae Croft; one brother, Andrew ‘Dick’ Reece; and her parents, Berry and Viola Reece.
Pallbearers will be Coty Kesler, Thomas Wilson, Rod Adams, Doug Farley, Charlie Thrasher and Ronny Kesler
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mollie Williams
WREN – Mollie Bell Harlow Williams, 84, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at the Community Hospice-Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. Born Aug. 5, 1925, in Monroe County, she was the daughter of Emmett and Juanita Kyle Harlow. She lived in Wren and in Tupelo since 2001. She married Garnett Rutledge Williams in 1943; he died in 1953. She was a member of the Grady’s Chapel United Methodist Church, and she had worked for Glenn Manufacturing and Amory Garment Co. for over 40 years. She enjoyed flower gardening.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Tommy Ray officiating. A private burial will be in the Wren Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James Rutledge Williams (Angela) of Wren; one daughter, Patricia Alred of Tupelo; two grandchildren, Tiffany Von Hiltgen of Tupelo and Casey Jones (Blake) of Jacksonville, Fla.; and four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Michael and Lola Von Hiltgen and Scarlett Jones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, Terry Wayne Williams; and two brothers, James B. and Thomas Harlow
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Betty Jo Morgan
IUKA – Betty Jo Morgan, 77, of Iuka, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010. She was a native of Texas, a retired beautician and a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Iuka.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at Gospel Assembly Church in Iuka with Bro. Zolon Zeh officiating. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka. Morrison Funeral Home of Cherokee, Ala. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Coach Tharon Morgan; son, Machael Morgan; brothers, Lloyd and Cecil McBride; sisters, Johnnie Stephens and Joyce Brumley; and a host of other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nander and Effie Lou McBride; sister, Rayde Wade; and brother, J.C. McBride.
Pallbearers will be Clark Godwin, Mark Godwin, Tom Nichols, Kerry Williams, Dan Chappel and Mike Province.
Visitation was 6-9 p.m. Saturday at Morrison Funeral Home of Cherokee, Ala. She will lie-in-state one hour prior to the service today at the church.

Braxton Craft
CORINTH – Braxton Corbitt Craft, 86, died Jan. 28, 2010, in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Herman Savage
SHANNON – Herman Savage, 74, died Friday, Jan. 29, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a lengthy illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1936, to Clarence and Mildred Savage. He was a retired mechanic who still loved to tinker with his tools. He was a loving husband, father, uncle, papaw and brother. He had a big heart and enjoyed life. He loved his tools, tool shed, going to Wal Mart, Big Lots and Harbor Freight Tools. He also enjoyed going to Kelly’s Grocery, the flea market for an ice cream cone and fishing and visiting people. He will always be remembered and deeply missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Roberson officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife and the love of his life, Minnie Ruth Savage of Shannon; three loving daughters, Vickie Phillips Weaver (Jerry) of Palmetto, Kathy Lynn Savage of North Carolina and Barbara Ruth Keith (Tim) of Palmetto; eight grandchildren, Amy Yeager (Lance), Tanya Cox (Jason), Danny Yeager (Katherine), Krissy ‘Shaye-Shaye’ Westmoreland (Bill), David Phillips Jr., Amanda Parker (Scottie), Timothy Keith (Mandy) and Brandon Parker (Erin); fourteen great-grandchildren, Kourtney Fooshee, Kayla Wages, Tristan Fooshee, Zak Keith, Blake Wages, Bradey Westmoreland, Hannah Wingate, Angela Parker, Keileigh Westmoreland, Harlie Keith, Scottie Wingate Jr., Emily Parker, Kenzie Westmoreland and Joseph Parker Jr.; four sisters, Vernell Evans, Weez Duvall, May Staten and Jean Wagner; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving son, Michael Thurman Savage; his brothers, Thurman Savage, Sonny Savage and Billy Joe Savage; and his sisters, Lorene Jones, Pauline Shepard and Janie Sue Savage.
Pallbearers will be Tim Keith, Timothy Keith, Bill Westmoreland, David Phillips, Brandon Parker and Danny Yeager.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Jerry Weaver, Jason Cox, Lance Hester, Scottie Wingate, Billy Savage and Britt Savage.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
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Frank Stewart
CORINTH – James Franklin Stewart, 74, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.

Mary Gettis
OKOLONA – Mary Gettis died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona.

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