Obituaries January 10, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Vena Wood Baldwin
BOONEVILLE – On Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, Vena Wood Baldwin went to sleep in the Lord at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Services will be at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Bill Duncan officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park.
Vena was born in Red Bay, Ala., on Dec. 31, 1915, the sixth child of William Dalton Wood and Minnie Mae Smith Wood. On Sept. 9, 1934, Vena married Nelson Ward Baldwin.They were married 54 years before his death in 1988.
To the Baldwins were born two children, Gayle and Sharon. Mrs. Baldwin was the keeper of the home and was very active in every aspect of the lives of her husband and her children. For the entirety of their lives together, she poured herself unconditionally and joyfully into them. She was a constant source of Godly guidance, encouragement and instruction. She was an excellent wife and mother who earned the utmost honor and respect. It was in her passion for her family that her true spirit and character were most clearly reflected. Anyone who ate at her table once never forgot the experience. She was an excellent cook.
She was a believer in the gospel of Jesus Christ and was unwavering in her commitment to follow Christ and His commands all her life. She worshipped most of her adult life at First Baptist Church of Booneville. She was a serious student of the Bible and could be found most any time of the day or night reading her Bible. Over the years, she served on many committees of her church, and she was a longtime WMU member. In 1971, she realized a lifelong dream of touring the Holy Land, visiting many areas she had read about in her Bible studies.
She will be remembered by all who knew her well as an extraordinary woman, full of grace and truth, who modeled true humility and a willingness to serve others throughout her life. In addition to her family, she tirelessly gave her talents, time and love to those who were so fortunate as to know her. Those who knew her best would agree that through her life, she made others’ lives richer.
Mrs. Baldwin is survived by her son, Richard Gayle Baldwin, and his wife, Glenda; her daughter, Sharon Baldwin Smith, and her husband, Jak; three beloved grandchildren, Dr. Nathan Ward Baldwin and his wife, Kelley, Hope Geno McCoy and her husband, Jonathan, and Manny Geno and his wife, Beth; and six precious great-grandchildren, Alex Baldwin, age 13, Jon Thomas McCoy, age 11, Eli McCoy, age 9, Clayton McCoy, age 6, Haley Brooke Geno, age 7, and Bennett Geno, age 5. She is also survived by many special and beloved nieces and nephews.
Her final years were blessed greatly by the presence of many special friends and loving caregivers.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.

Jackie Fitzhugh
MEMPHIS – Jacqueline Dannett Fryar Fitzhugh, 49, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Memphis. She was a Baptist and worked in housekeeping. While here with us, she treasured spending time with her family, especially her nieces and nephews. Now in Heaven, she is enjoying God’s presence reunited with her son.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jason Morgan officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Patricia Bullock Morgan of Memphis; her father, Donald Fryar; stepdad, Jesse Morgan of Memphis; three sisters, Donna Hill (Rube) of Dumas, Robin Criswell (Michael) of Pine Grove and Misty Byrd (Randy) of Ripley; two brothers, Shane Fryar (Kelly) of Dumas and Jason Morgan (Amy) of Memphis.
Pallbearers will be Blake Dees, Michael Criswell, Chance Criswell, Dustin Moreland, Shane Fryar and Jacob Morgan.
She was preceded in death by one son, Brandon Fitzhugh.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 10, 2013, at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Fraser
ABERDEEN – Thomas William Fraser, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his residence. He was born March 13, 1924, in Montana. He was retired from Walker Manufacturing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen with Bro. Truman Thompson officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Amy Smith (Ed) of Aberdeen; two sons, Randy Fraser of Aberdeen and Ronny Fraser (Patty) of Stevenspoint, Wis.; one sister, Jenora Pearson of Culver, Ind.; three brothers, Charles Fraser of Oregon, James Fraser of California and Davie Fraser of Illinois; four grandchildren, John Taylor Smith, Danny Fraser, Miranda Fraser and Scott A. Smith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Delores Fraser.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jimmy Wortham
OXFORD – Jimmy Lend Wortham, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rivers Hill Church of Christ. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Elizabeth Henderson
TUPELO – Elizabeth Christeen Henderson, 66, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 6, 1946, to Ab and Nettie Edge of Booneville. She was a member of Tupelo Church of God. She was loved by all.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jack Ezell officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Survivors are her husband, Aaron Henderson of Tupelo; one son, Sam (April) Henderson; one granddaughter, Braylee Henderson of Tupelo; two sisters, Leola Roper and Mary Nell (Leland) Rogers, both of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Friday at McMillan Funeral Home.
Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Dwight Laney
NETTLETON – Willie “Dwight” Laney, 66, died suddenly Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Nettleton on April 30, 1946, to James Clinton Laney and Mary Dale Kimble Laney. He was a graduate of Nettleton High School and retired after 23 years of service as a petty officer 1st class in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed aboard the USS Ranger, CV61, located in the Indian Ocean during the Vietnam War and later at the Naval Air facility in El Centro, Calif. He married Elaine Anna Spence Laumen on Feb. 7, 1985. His hobbies included fishing, gardening and going to every Nettleton High School sports activity. He was an avid Mississippi State Bulldog fan and enjoyed attending the games and loved his Bigbee Baptist Church family, where he was an active member.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Whaley, Bro. Mike Brezeal and Bro. William Cook officiating. Private burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery of Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday, all at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include his wife of 27 years, Elaine Anna Laney of Nettleton; four sons, Bill Laumen (Lesha) of Fulton, Bob Laumen (Christiana) of Tupelo, Chris Laumen of Bremerton, Wash., and Michael Laumen (Richelle) of West Port, Wash.; daughter, Heidi Laumen Hacker (Jacob) of California; daughter-in-law, Cathy Laumen of Bremerton, Wash.; two brothers, Jimmy Laney of Nettleton and Kenneth Laney (Paula) of Pontotoc; sister, Joyce Franklin Coggin (special friend, Duane Parchman of Amory) of Nettleton; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Fred Spence, who died in 2000.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Holley, Grant Franklin, Duane Parchman, Anthony Franklin, Lavon Worthey and Randy Leach. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Threadgill, Randy Blake, Steve Ponders and Bro. Rob Sargent.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Bigbee Baptist Church, P.O. Box 768, Amory, MS 38821.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

James Mayo
TUPELO – James Lester Mayo, 68, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. He was born June 27, 1944, in Orange, Texas. He served his country in the United States Navy for 20 years, retiring as a chief petty officer. He eventually retired a second time from the real estate business in 2005. He loved people and left behind many friends and family members.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Boguefala Baptist Church, Hwy. 371 N., Mooreville.
Survivors include his wife of more than 50 years, Ruth; his son, Chuck (Margie) of Charleston, S.C.; his daughter, Jo Wallace (Shawn) of Fort Worth, Texas; and his grandchildren, Samantha (Daniel), Nathan, Sarah and Michael, all of Charleston, S.C., Bryan of Fort Worth, Texas, and Melissa Johnson (Ned) of Oceanside, Calif.; one great-grandchild, Cosette, of Oceanside, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, (800) 805-5856.

Virginia Feirtag
SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. – Virginia Lee Feirtag, 71, passed away Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013. She was born and grew up in the Verona and Tupelo area. She was known then as Virginia Lee Coggin.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Michael; and her parents, David and Kathryn Coggin.
She is survived by her daughter, Vicki Ettesvold; grandchildren, Summer and Michael; sisters, Donna Kaye Eaton and Sheryl Coggin; nieces, Lisa Brown and Denise Barton; and nephew, Jason Eaton.
A memorial service will be today at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 2330 N. Dale St., Roseville, Minn. Visitation will be one hour before the service.
Palmer Foster
TUPELO – Palmer E. Foster, 89, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 10, 1923, in Jackson, Tenn., to Oscar C. Foster and Armissa Palmer Foster. He was an active member and deacon at Springhill M.B. Church in Tupelo. He was a veteran of World War II. He graduated from Rust College in Holly Springs and worked several years as a biology and chemistry teacher and football coach. He was later hired by the Yocona Area Boy Scouts Council as its executive and became the first African American Boy Scout professional in Mississippi. He was a volunteer worker for NMMC for many years. He was a founding board member of LIFT Inc. He served from 1988-2006 on the board of the North Mississippi Regional Water Supply District. He was named Tupelo’s Citizen of the Year in 1995. He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Springhill M.B. Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Gary Long officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Garden. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Jessie Mae Carpenter of Kansas City, Mo., Susan F. Stevenson and Martha Ann Garmon, both of Tupelo; three sons, Emmitt (Louise) Foster and Clarence Wayne Foster, both of Tupelo, and Melvin Foster of Brooklyn, N.Y.: one sister, Ida Wilson of Holly Springs; one brother, Homer C. (Margaret) Foster of St. Louis; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethell Foster; his parents ; two sisters; and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and the family time from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, both at Spring Hill M.B. Church.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Office of the President, Rust College, 150 Rust Ave., Holly Spring, MS 38635.

Carolyn Watson
SALTILLO – Carolyn Watson, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A native of Truman, Ark., she was born April 23, 1936, to Lex and Naomi Davis. She married John M. Watson on Dec. 6, 1952, and they lived in the St. Louis, Mo., area for many years. She worked as a supervisor and manager for several convenience stores. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Saltillo, where they have resided for 25 years. Her family remembers her sharp wit and keen sense of humor as well as her enjoyment of quilting, watching game shows and buying lottery tickets. She loved her family and the special times they shared.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with her son, Lexie Watson, officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, John M. Watson of Saltillo; four children, Debra Carter (Bart) of Tupelo, Lexie Watson of Bowling Green, Mo., and John Andrew Watson (Donna) and Sandra Kay Wiseman (Robert), all of Foley, Mo.; her sister, June Walker of Missouri; a sister-in-law, Ruth Davis, and a brother-in-law, Simp Parker; eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Virginia Parker and Frances Phillips; and one brother, Troy Davis.
Pallbearers will be Calvin Shirley, John David Wiseman, Tyler Webb, Cameron Carter, Robert Wiseman, Delbert Padgett and Larry Phillips.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Johnie Martin
PONTOTOC – Johnie William Martin, 88, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born in Pontotoc County to Will and Bell Martin. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong farmer and a former employee of MDOT. He was a member and deacon of Liberty Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Liberty Baptist Church. Bro. Harvey Sewell and Bro. Junior Ritchie will officiate. Burial will follow in the Carey Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 70-plus years, Syble Owen Martin; one daughter, Ann Martin Abbott (Dub) of Pontotoc; five sons, Owen Martin (Velinda) of Tupelo, Bennie Martin (Linda), Bill Martin (Lou Ann), Steve Martin (Shirley), all of Pontotoc, and Randy Martin (Renea) of Senatobia; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Ralph Owen (Martha Jo) of Memphis; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Martin of Pontotoc; a host of nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Billy “Pete” Jordan.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Aris and Maude Owen; a brother, James Martin; three sisters, Lillie Turner (Roscoe), May Franklin (Alvin) and Jewell McCullough (Mac); one granddaughter-in-law, April; and nieces and nephews.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be at Liberty Baptist Church from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Online condolences may be sent to tmfh99@yahoo.com.

Clara Crutchfield
CALHOUN CITY – Clara Ruth Bollinger Crutchfield, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Calhoun County Health Service Nursing Home. She was born Aug. 19, 1927, in Calhoun County. She was a retired seamstress for Kellwood Company, where she worked for 40 years. She was a member of Grace Southern Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Carl Morris will officiate. Burial will follow in Crossroads Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include one daughter, Jean (Brooks) Kelley of Calhoun City; one son, Tony Crutchfield of Calhoun City; two sisters, Vivian Massey of Bruce and Ruby Faye Parker of Algoma; five grandchildren, Stephanie (John) Hitt, Charles White, Michael (Karen) Kelley, Natasha (Travis) Scott and Brad Crutchfield; nine great-grandchildren, J.J. Hitt, C.J. White, Kirkland Crutchfield, Randle Kelley, Seth Scott, Gabriel Scott, Jordyn Scott, Breana Crutchfield and Haley Crutchfield.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Crutchfield; her parents, Henery and Annie Black Bollinger; grandson, Curtis Crutchfield; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Morgan; six brothers, Henery X.L. Bollinger, Maxie Bollinger, Watson Bollinger, Dero Bolllinger, Durane Bollinger and Laderl A. Bollinger.
Pallbearers will be J.J. Hitt, C.J. White, Charles White, Michael Kelley, John Hitt, Brad Crutchfield and Travis Scott.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.

George Smith
PHOENIX, Ariz. – George Michael Smith Jr., 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital.
Services were Sunday, Jan. 6, at Walden Chapel United Methodist Church in Goodman. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo was in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences can been made to the family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Nickey Coggin
NETTLETON – Nickey David Coggin, 59, died suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 12, 1953, in Lee County to Andy David Coggin Jr. and Bobbie Jean Coggin. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton and a Baptist. A retired schoolteacher, he taught special education for 25 years and coached junior high football for several years in the Nettleton School System. An avid Ole Miss and Mississippi State fan, he enjoyed collecting sports memorabilia. He loved his dog, Pistol.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. David Brooks officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include several aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special caregiver, Sandra Cavender.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his maternal grandparents, Felix and Vera Capps; his paternal grandparents, Eunice and Andy David Coggin Sr.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Tim Riley, Don Rogers, Danny Sullivan, Scott Sullivan, Gary Flurry and Travis Patterson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Irron White, Benny Mack Waddle and Tony Capps.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time friday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest register and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Christine Presley
LOUISVILLE – Christine Jones Presley, 78, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at her home in Louisville. She was born July 19, 1934, in Philadelphia. She was a homemaker and a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Porter Funeral Home in Louisville with the Rev. Trent Jaudon and the Rev. Jason Gross officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Sherman Presley of Louisville; one daughter, Linda (Terry) Holder of Louisville; two sons, Ron (Cindy) Presley of New Hebron and Don (Nancy) Presley of Baldwyn; one sister, Shirley Little of Madison; four brothers, Walter Jones of Philadelphia, Bobby Jones of Florence, Calvin Jones of Milton, N.Y., and Jerry Jones of Ocean City, Md.; five grandchildren, Allison Caston, Amy Treon, Stephanie Fuller, Mary Presley and Alexandra Presley; and one great-grandchild, Ava Caston.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Liddie Irons Jones and Hubert Jones; three sisters, Kathleen Brantley, Martha Murphy and Molly Jones; and two brothers, Wilbert Jones and Mitchell Jones.
Pallbearers will be Bill Nance, Scotty Nance, Woody Nance, Johnny Fanning, Dr. Harry Cosby and Ed Gresham.
To sign the guestbook, visit www.porterfuneralhome.net.

Christine Ware
BOONEVILLE – Christine H. Ware, 86, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Mark Stogner
SALTILLO – Mark Tracy Stogner, 54, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born in Tylertown on Nov. 18, 1958, to Marshall Lester and Bertie Lee Vince Stogner. He was a truck driver for 11 years. He then was an employee of Columbia Rope Company for 11 years. During his tenure with Columbia Rope, he was a forklift operator and worked in many other capacities especially the helicopter rope making machine. He loved bass fishing, riding motorcycles, watching horror movies and being a practical joker. He was a two-time recipient of The Roper Jones Bass Classic Tournament and he also won several other tournaments. He attended First United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 25 years, Patty Stogner of Saltillo; one daughter, Danielle Stogner of Saltillo; one son, Scott Stogner of Saltillo; two brothers, Tim Stogner (Brenda) and Eric Stogner (friend, Diane Lawson), all of Saltillo; his mother, Bertie Stogner Simmons of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marshall Stogner, his grandparents; and his mother-in-law, Maezell Prater.
Pallbearers will be John Ray Stogner, Billy Putt, Kelly Joe Vince, Brett Stogner, John Plunk and Jack Melson.
After funeral services, his family will gather at his mother’s home. Friends are invited.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Joyce Wilson
BOONEVILLE – Joyce Wilson, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

J.C. Richey
PISGAH – J.C. Richey, 93, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville.
Bonnie Rice
GUNTOWN – Bonnie Roland Rice, 83, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and a former employee of Guntown Slacks. She enjoyed sewing, camping and traveling.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today.
Survivors include one daughter, Billie Jean Stewart (Otis) of Tupelo; one son, Larry Rice (Judy) of West Point; sister-in-law, Mary Alice Messer of Tennessee; brother, James Roland (Maureen) of Iuka; grandchildren, Athena Mathis (Jimmy) and Wesley Rice; great-grandchildren, Travis Mathis and Calvin Mathis.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. & Beatrice Roland; her husband, William “Billy” Rice; and daughter, Sherrye Rice Moore.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friendship Cemetery Fund, c/o Joe Blassingame, 1037 CR 169, Baldwyn, MS 38824.

Travis Riddle
BURTON – William Travis Riddle, 85, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 6, 1927, to Albert Lieuallen and Essie Mae Claunch Riddle. He retired after 26 years from Production Credit Association as a branch manager.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Horace McCombs officiating. Burial will be in Colbert Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife, Miriam Johnson Riddle; one daughter, Jennie Riddle; one stepdaughter, Carolyn (David) Crouse; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Vernell Jackson Riddle; a son, Marcus Travis Riddle; and his parents.
Pallbearers are Bobby Jo Riddle, Larry Riddle, Jackie Woodruff, Mackie Riddle, Robert Deaton and David Denson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Rhonda Frenn
RIPLEY – Rhonda South Frenn, 47, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident. She was born Aug. 14, 1965, to Velva South Jarvis and the late Terry Vance South Jr. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and a homemaker.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home. Bro. Trey South and Bro. Stacy McKee will officiate.
She is survived by her two sons, Caleb Frenn and Caden South Jackson, both of Ripley; her mother, Velva Jane Miller South Jarvis of Ripley; one sister, Tammy Johnson of Ripley; one brother, Terry Vance “Trey” South IV (Sandy) of Ripley; Caleb’s father, Steve Frenn; and her grandmother, Velma McCown South.
She was preceded in death by her father; her grandparents, Irene Ballard Miller, Gilbert Miller and Terry South Sr.; Caden’s father, Ed Jackson; and one nephew, John Terry Johnson.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Deborah Pannell
PONTOTOC – Deborah Aycock Pannell, 62, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at home. She graduated from Algoma School. She loved country music. Where she exceled in her life was in her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Greg Herndon will officiate. Burial will follow in the Campground Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 44 years, Jerry Pannell; two sons, James and Ben Pannell; her mother and father, Verneel and Alvis Aycock; a sister, Donna Sparks; a niece, Amanda (Adam) of Tupelo; a daughter-in-law, Lacey Pannell; grandchildren, Jenna and Eben; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents.
Pallbearers will be Harvey Pannell, Steve Pannell, Hunter Ard, Sammy Bramlett, James Pannell and Ben Pannell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Eugene Brassfield
TUPELO – Eugene Robert Brassfield, 89, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Eupora. He was born Sept. 13, 1923, to Robert Vernon Cullins and Linda Blanche Mashburn Brassfield. He graduated from Lawhon High School and then went on to attend the University of Mississippi. He enjoyed fishing and playing dominoes. He attended the First Baptist Church of Mathiston.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Wade Stevens officiating. Burial will be in Ellistown Cemetery.
Survivors include seven children, Peggy Clark of Mathiston, Louise Collins of Houlka, Linda Diane Soffell of Trevor, Wis., Tim Jones of Tupelo, Robert Brassfield of Tupelo, Dewayne Brassfield of Tupelo and Tammy Crib of New Albany; 16 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Helen Jones Brassfield.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ivan Nash
BOONEVILLE – Ivan Wayne Nash, 41, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at The Med in Memphis from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident in Prentiss County on Monday, Jan. 7. He was born Nov. 9, 1971, in El Paso, Texas. He was a pipe fitter in the construction industry, and he was a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing and customizing semi-trucks.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Tony Brown officiating. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Nichole Frank Nash, whom he married on Nov. 7, 2008; two sons, Ryan Nash and Dakota Harris, both of the home; a daughter, Chloe Harris of the home; his father, Wayne Nash (Alice) of Mountain Grove, Mo.; his mother, Sandra Murrell (David) of New Site; three brothers, Jamie Nash, Jesse Murrell and Tyler Murrell, all of New Site; a sister, Rachel Raines (David) of Saltillo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers are John Samples, Phillip Ekstrand, Tyler Murrell, Jesse Murrell, Keith Stewart and Grant Warren.
Gladys Barton
BLUE SPRINGS – Gladys Barton, 91, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville. She attended church at Bethel Methodist Church. She was retired from Deville Furniture Manufacturing Co. She enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, flower gardening and attending the Ecru Good Timers.
Services were Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial was in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Alton Barton (Charlotte) of Blue Springs; two sisters, Dot Hardin (Claude) of Pontotoc and Opal Roberts (Harvey) of Winter Haven, Fla.; four grandchildren, Penny Barton, Scott Barton, Chris Barton and Eric Barton; and four great-grandchildren, Aron Barton, Karye Barton, Ethan Earnest and Bradley Barton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Mattie Lou Hardin Russell; and her husband, Erskine Barton.
Pallbearers were her grandsons.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Leon Berry
PONTOTOC – Leon Berry, 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Katherine Long
PONTOTOC – Katherine Long died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Franklin Turner
FULTON – Franklin Turner, 76, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton.

Anthony Sykes
TUPELO – Anthony E. Sykes, 49, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

Gerald Rollins
SMITHVILLE – Gerald Daniel Rollins, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus.
A state room service will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.