Obituaries Jan. 7, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lois McCoy
TUPELO – Lois McCoy died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Kevin Jones
OXFORD – Kevin Jones, 51, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Saturday at East St. Peters M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Larry Butts
OXFORD – Larry Robert Butts, 58, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born in Frankfort, Ind., he had lived in the Oxford area since 1958, where he had been self-employed as a real estate developer and contractor for many years. An avid outdoorsman, he particularly enjoyed hunting. He took pleasure in spending time with friends and family. He was a member of the Oxford-University United Methodist Church and a veteran of the United States Air Force.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Oxford-University United Methodist Church with the Rev. Warren Black and the Rev. Claire Dobbs officiating. Interment will be in the Oxford Memorial Cemetery in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Mize Butts of Oxford; his mother, Katherine H. Butts of Oxford; two sons, John R. (Leslie) Butts and Jason D. (Misty) Butts, both of Oxford; one daughter, Kristen Mize Butts of Oxford; three grandchildren, Anna Claire Anglin, Olivia Kate Butts and Caroline Elizabeth Butts, all of Oxford; two brothers, David O. Butts Jr. of Tupelo and Garry C. Butts of Blue Mountain.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Olan Butts Sr., and a granddaughter, Isabella Hayden Butts.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at the Oxford-University United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 South 10th St., Oxford, MS 38655 or the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Charles Williams
WEST POINT – Charles T. “Tag” Williams, 92, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at the Waverly Care Home in West Point. He was born July 16, 1917, in Baldwyn to Vida Outlaw Williams and Henry Grady Williams. He was a retired Mississippi Highway Patrol officer from 1950-1974. He also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for six years, then the U.S. Forestry Service for three years. He served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in the European Theater during World War II. He was a member of Starkville Church of Christ. He married Vernie Neal William on Jan. 7, 1939, in Monroe County. She preceded him in death on June 17, 1990. He married Melvie Rambo Williams on July 20,1991. She preceded him in death on Jan. 8, 2004.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Minister Andy Miller officiating. Mississippi Highway Patrol Burial Honors will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy E. Kilmer (Orvin) of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; one son, Van Williams (Abbe) of West Point; two grandchildren, Laura Williams Tinsley and Michael Williams; two sisters, Audrey Coley of Tupelo and Mary Carlton of Atlanta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Malvern H. Williams, Monroe Q. Williams and Clovis Williams.
Pallbearers will be Troopers from the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
Memorials may be made to Starkville Church of Christ, 1107 E. Lee Blvd., Starkville, MS 39759; or to Waverly Care Home, 315 W. Broad St., West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Vera Young
CORINTH – Vera Mae Talley Young, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Country Cottage Assisted Living.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Curtis Clardy
CEDAR BLUFF – Curtis Clardy, 46, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 24, 1963, in Starkville to Oneta Mann Childers and the late Walter Lucas Clardy. He was a self-employed general contractor.
Services were Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Bro. Ben Yarber officiating. Burial was in Double Springs Baptist Cemetery near Maben.
Survivors include two daughters, Heather Clardy and Christina Clardy of Cartersville, Ga.; two grandchildren, Haven and Brody; his mother, Oneta Mann Childers (Keith) of Cedar Bluff; three brothers, Dennis Clardy (Elizabeth) of Vernon, Ala., Shannon Clardy (Amy) of West Point and Eugene Clardy (Ashley) of Cedar Bluff.
Pallbearers were Doug Hannah, Donald Sheward, Johnny Betts, Scottie Betts, Eugene Clardy and Keith Childers.
Honorary pallbearers were Johnathon Eller, Allen Childers, Terry Garnett and his biker friends.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Hawks
TUPELO – Thomas W. “Ho Ho” Hawks , 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at his home. He moved to Tupelo in 1974 and helped start the Tupelo Eye Center. He retired as a dispensing optician after many years of service. He was a Mason, a Jaycette, and a member of the Rotary Club and Knights of Pythias. He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church. He was an avid gardener and loved to read.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tom McAllister and the Rev. Donny Riley officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, the Rev. Tom C. Hawks (Debbie) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Amy Hawks, Beth Ratliff (Michael) and Christy Kisner (John); two great-grandchildren, Trey Ratliff and Alyssa Kisner, all of Tupelo; one sister, Christine Lancaster of Dothan, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Fredia Marie Hawks, on Sept. 28, 2004.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Jackie Countiss
BRUCE – Jackie Blackwelder Countiss, 71, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at her home. She was born July 24, 1938, in Vardaman. She worked at Holley Carburetor in Water Valley. She was a member of Bruce United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Rex Wilburn will officiate, and the Rev. Joey Hamilton will assist. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce.
Survivors include her husband, Daniel Don Countiss of Bruce; one daughter, Staci Lynn Countiss Clark (Winnon) of Bruce; one son, Daniel Dee Countiss (Karen) of Brandon; four sisters, Helen Vanlandingham (Richard) of Pittsboro, Jimmie Denley of Bruce, Glenda Godfrey of Pelahatchie and Janell Stewart of Minden, La.; two brothers, Larry Blackwelder (Cathy) of Pittsboro and Vernon “Ham” Blackwelder (Dorris) of Gore Springs; and four grandchildren, Chase Clark, Cade Clark, Beatrice Countiss and Olivia Countiss.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Frank Blackwelder and Ora Lee Turner Blackwelder, and two sisters, Mary Lou Lagan and Frankie Jean Haire.
Pallbearers will be Alan Blackwelder, Tracy McCammon, Ronnie Ferguson, Kennon Ferguson, Freddie Stewart and James Roy Haire.
David Potts
RIENZI – David Potts, 68, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a former mayor of Rienzi. He was a member of the Booneville Church of Christ and a retired employee of the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tytus Tyer and Bro. Jeff Haney officiating. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery. Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, Mollie Joe Weatherbee Potts; one daughter, Vickie Baker and husband, Jay, of Rienzi; two sons, Chad Potts and wife, Gina, of Rienzi and Travis Potts and special friend, Tony Linan, of Denver, Colo.; one brother, Joe Randel Potts of Rienzi; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Pace, Alice Dodds, Mollie Pace, Megan Pace, Daniel Baker, D.J. Baker, Ayla Childers and Elijah Potts; four great-grandchildren, Hugh Thomas Dodds, Preston Dodds, Chloe Dodds and Greenlee Hodges; two aunts, Anna Jane Smith and husband, Collins, and Lucy Nunnery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy Potts and Mary Alice Potts, and two brothers, Ray Allison Potts and George Alvin Potts.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Rienzi Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 115, Rienzi, MS 38865.

Lillian H. Williams
ABERDEEN – Lillian H. Williams died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born April 1, 1915, to Homer Hinton and Ida Trimble in Verona. She was a member of Smith Chapel Holiness Church, where she was a Church Mother and a member of the Usher Board and Mother Board. She was a homemaker and active in many organizations such as the Blackwood Grove Singing Convention and 4-H. She was married to Monroe Verner; they had one child. He preceded her in death. On March 23, 1946, she married Willie Williams of Hamilton; they had four sons. She loved the outdoors, gardening and fishing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith Chapel Holiness Church at Quincy. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Ada Mae Verner Irons of Memphis; four sons, Willie (Silvia) Williams of Woodbridge, Va., Eddie Williams, Bobby Williams and Robert (Linda) Williams, all of Hamilton; 20 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and one great-great-great-grandchild; a sister-in-law, Irene Hinton of West Memphis, Ark.; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday and the family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Ronald Dilworth
CORINTH – Ronald Dilworth, 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Grayson’s Funeral Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Andy Dilworth Cemetery.

Wauline McGee
BOONEVILLE – Wauline Anderson McGee, 88, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Grayson’s Funeral Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday.

Marsha L. Bailey
CORINTH – Marsha L. Bailey, 58, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services and burial will be in Indianapolis, Ind. Grayson’s Funeral Services is in charge of the local arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at East 5th Street M.B. Church.
Marjorie Spradling
FULTON – Marjorie Gaither Spradling, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born June 12, 1926, in Fulton to Burgess and Ethel Wayne Sandlin Gaither. She was a lifetime member of Fulton United Methodist Church, where she was active in many church functions and assisted in the church office. She was retired from BancorpSouth, where she was a loan officer for 42 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fulton United Methodist Church. Bro. Jim Fisher and Bro. Glyn Wiygul will officiate. Burial will be in Fulton City Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Fikes (Ben) of Fulton; one son, Stanley Joe Spradling (Clair) of West Point; her grandchildren, Amy and Darrell Riley, Whitney Fikes, Melanie Spradling, Will and Emily Spradling and Anna Clair Spradling; four great-grandchildren, Macy Riley, Welton Riley, Keely Riley and Abel Spradling; one sister, Mary Alice Grissom of Fulton; two brothers, Fred Gaither of Fulton and Ralph Gaither of Marietta, Ga.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Spradling, Larry Pate, Will Spradling, Don Atkins, Darrell Riley and Welton Riley.
Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to service time today.

Rickco M. Pate
DETROIT – Rickco M. Pate, 37, died Thursday, Dec. 24, 2009, at his home in Detroit, Mich. He was born Feb. 22, 1972, in Tippah County. He was a longtime member of Second Baptist Missionary Baptist Church. He graduated from South Tippah School in 1990 and served in the U.S. Army for two years. He moved to Detroit, where he married Sherry McLemore and worked for Motor City Casino.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Foster & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Minister Michael Pate will officiate. Burial will be in the Ripley Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Sherry Pate; two daughters, Rickayla and Sharell; his father, Waymon (Nettie) Adams of Falkner; his mother, Cora Lee Pate Johnson; his stepfathers, Wiley Johnson and Kevin Gates, all of Detroit; four sisters, Latonya Cox of Racine, Wis., Jennifer Johnson and Heather Adams, both of Ripley, and Stephanie (Kevin) Simmons of Tiplersville; four brothers, Kassa Johnson of Detroit, Dameon (Annalee) Adams, Deniko and Dermontii Adams, all of Falkner; aunts, Nancy Pate of Milwaukee, Wis., Phyllis Pate, Helen Pate, Linda (Terry) Smith, Tina (Tony) Spight and Regina Pate, all of Ripley, Joyce (Moris) McDonald of Tiplersville, Sarah Adams of Falkner, and two aunts in Detroit; uncles, Michael (Sharon) Pate of Tiplersville, Ralph (Lorine) Pate, Ray Pate and Pat Pate of Ripley, Clyde (Sylvia) Pate of Blue Mountain, Lydale Pate of Nashville, James Pate of Jackson, Tenn., Edward McKenzie of Flint, Mich., Johnnie Ed Adams and Dennis Phinnessee of Ripley and three uncles in Detroit, one in New Albany and two in Ripley; two great-uncles, Willie (Peggy) Keenon and James Keenon of Ripley; his father-in-law, Joe and Willistien Hobson; a special friend, Melinda Evans; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, J.C. and Myrtle Adams, and Thomas and Lillie Pate; one aunt, Jimmie Maxwell; two uncles, Tommy Lee Maxwell and Charlie Robert Adams; and one sister, Nakita Wallace Adams.
Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the funeral home. A wake will be from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Alvin Smith
OXFORD – Alvin Smith, 72, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2010. at his residence in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clear Creek M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Serenity Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Albert Banks Jr.
WALNUT – Albert A. Banks Jr., 82, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Hospital in Corinth. He was born April 3, 1927, to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Banks Sr. of Jackson. He was a former member of Second Timothy M.B. Church in Chicago. After moving to Walnut he became a member of Macedonia. He was retired from Continental Can Co., where he worked for 35 years. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged on Feb. 18, 1947. He married Freddie Simmons on June 29, 1946. He touched everyone he met.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Willie Gunn officiating. The body will be cremated. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Freddie M. Banks of Walnut; Albert (Betty) Banks III, Darrel (Annie) Banks, Joseph (Joyce) Ash, Ewilda King, Pam Campbell, all of Chicago, Juarez Banks of Memphis, Derrick and Beverly of Washington, Evon of California; four sisters-in-law, Mary Winselle, Gladys Jefferson, Hattie Booker and Earnestine Clarke.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tony Shelton, and a daughter, Delinia.
Visitation will begin at noon Friday at the funeral home. A wake will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.

Christine McCandless
MT. PLEASANT – Christine McCandless, 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs. She was born May 21, 1921, in Louisville. She was a clerk for Marshall County and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Bro. Don LaBelle and Bro. Gerald Hodges will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Sharp of Lamar; two brothers, Joe Wright of Calhoun City and Jerome Wright of Louisville; one sister, Elsie Raye Francisco of Red Creek, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Anita Muncy of Lamar, Lorrie Vowell of McCool and Sheila Ferrara of Tampa, Fla.; six great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles McCandless, and her parents, Roscoe Wright and Bertha Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James Graham II
PLANTERSVILLE – James Ralph Graham II, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Darlington Oaks after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Bobby Reynolds
CORINTH – Bobby Reynolds, 53, died Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, at his home in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hight Funeral Home of Corinth.

Glenda Sentell
IUKA – Glenda Ellen Sentell, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at the Mississippi Care Center.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.