By NEMS Daily Journal
George Thames Sr.
VERONA – George Richard Thames Sr., 82, entered into rest Thursday, Jan. 10, 1013, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born in Gulfport on May 27, 1930. At the age of 17, he entered the U.S. Army where he served in active combat during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in l955 as Sgt. 1st Class. He lived in California, Louisiana and Alabama for many years. He returned to Mississippi in l976 and retired from the Mechanical Maintenance Department of North Mississippi Medical Center in l992 after 16 years of employment.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in Selma, Ala. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
He is survived by his ex-wife, Reather Thames of Amory; two sons, George Richard Thames Jr. (Tracy) of Selma, Ala., and Edward Philip Thames of Centreville, Ala.; and three grandchildren, Justin, Alanna and Sam.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam W. and Pauline Thames; and his brother, Sam William Thames Jr. all of Mobile, Ala.
Special thanks are extended to his caregivers, Bessie Mills and her son, James. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church or charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PONTOTOC – Christine Pipkin Patton, 87, of Pontotoc, went to be with Jesus shortly after 3 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013. Christine was born in the Bethlehem community in Marshall County, to Onie Joe Pipkin and Easter Leona “Dinkie” Spence Pipkin. Her life was filled with love, kindness, caring and giving. She never really had a hobby, her life was about people. Chris loved the Lord and was a member of By Faith Baptist Church.
Christine’s early married life was spent in the cotton fields and was assistant mail carrier of Lafayette Springs. For several years she worked in the office of Doctors Guyton, Patterson and Howard Medical Clinic and then with Vocational Rehabilitation in Oxford, Tupelo and Pontotoc.
A Celebration of Her Life in Christ will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at By Faith Baptist Church. The Rev. Billy Ray Nelson and the Rev. Marcus Coward will be officiating. Interment will be at West Heights Cemetery with Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford in charge of services.
She is survived by her brother, Joe Pipkin (Irene) of Bethlehem; her two sons, Ron Patton and Pat Patton (Janie) of Pontotoc; her five grandchildren, Melissa Lacks of Atlanta, Ga., Leslie Underwood (Eric) of Jackson, Tenn, Miles Patton of Tupelo, Trey Patton (Jennifer) of Pontotoc and Martina Moore (Jeremy) of Pontotoc; and her 10 great-grandchildren.
Christine was preceded in death by her first husband, Knox Young Patton Sr.; second husband, James L. Hooker; her son, Shirley Joe Patton; and three sisters, Jarohn MCGregor, Ezsma Thomas and Juanita Coleman.
Pallbearers will be Ray Coleman, Kenny Coleman, Johnny Coleman, Tony Coleman, Sid Coleman, Ricky Pipkin, Patrick Shaw and David Patton. Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and great nephews.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at By Faith Baptist Church, 2290 Hwy 15 North Pontotoc.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Jerry Bennett, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
RANDOLPH – Fanny Gryder, 85, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
AMORY – Purley Mae Thompson Smith, 88, died on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at her home. Born Dec. 17, 1924, she was a daughter of Vick and Rosie Rye Thompson. She attended Quincy School and married Horace Smith in 1945; he died in 2001. Before her retirement, she worked as a seamstress in the area garment plants. Her hobbies included reading, flower gardening, crocheting and knitting. She enjoyed spending time with her family and church family and was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Chuck Moffett and Bro. Ricky Harlow officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Sheilah Randall of Amory; one son, Jerry Smith of Amory; five grandchildren, Elaine Harris, Tommy Harlow, Ricky Harlow, Vicky Champagne and Dee Smith; seven great-grandchildren, Alisha, Carissa, Chelsea, Misty Jade, Scott, Haley and Brittni; nine great-great-grandchildren, Bray, Colton, Cayden, Alexia, Clayton, Emma Grace, Peyton Lane, Madison and Preston; two step great-great-grandchildren, Caroline and Katlyn; and one brother, Boyd Thompson of Kosciusko.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; two brothers, R.B. and Carmen Thompson; and one sister, Inez Golden.
Pallbearers will be David Harris, Chris McCary, Joey Stewart, Richard Allred, John Wokosin, Bobby Sloan and Tony Champagne.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Christopher Todd McGonagill, 51, died Friday, Jan, 11, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born June, 20, 1961, in Memphis, Tenn. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman. He was self employed as a carpenter.
Service is at 1 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Jon Doler and Bro. Joe Caraway officiating. Interment is at Old McGonagill Cemetery in Delay Community in Lafayette County.
He is survived by his wife, Alicia Caraway McGonagill of Calhoun City; two daughters, Holley and Anna Grace McGonagill of Calhoun City; one son, Patrick McGonagill of Buckhorn; his mother, Helen McGonagill Wheeler of Ellisville; and one sister, Melinda Sams of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his father, Todd McGonagill; and a sister, Jan McGonagill.
Pallbearers are Eddy Creekmore, Paul Harrison, Eddie Hitt, III, William Hubbard, Jr., Jeff Jones, Timmy Jones, Shurden Owen and Lee Vance.
Online condolences maybe made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
BOONEVILLE – Sherry June Woodruff, 43, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her home. She was born May 15, 1969, to James V. and Evelyn June Edge Woodruff.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in the Woodruff Family Cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Evelyn June Woodruff of Booneville; one sister, Norma (Bryan) Beene of Booneville; and one brother, Terry (Daisy) Woodruff of McKenzie, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at McMillian Funeral Home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
RIENZI – Jean Rogers died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Services of Corinth.
RIPLEY – Patrick Reed Muse, 27, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, in Ripley. He was born Feb. 27, 1985, in Sardis. He was a surveyor for Sullivan Surveying.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Ripley, with Dr. Rex Yancey officiating. Interment is at Palmer Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Sandy Reed Muse of Ripley; his father, Timothy Bailey Muse of Southaven; sister, Ashley Muse Johnson (Bobby) of Ripley; brother, Jimmy Muse (Lauren) of Ripley; grandfather, Charles Reed (Nell) of Ripley; grandmother, Nancy Muse of Southaven; nieces, Bethany and Janna Johnson and Stella Rose Muse; and nephew, Reed Johnson.
He is preceded in death by his grandmother, Shirley McClain Reed; and cousin, Duncan Reed.
Pallbearers are Witt Johnson, Jason Mathis, James Ambrose, Robert Nabors, Been Nabors, Christian Reed, Austin Reed, Brock Yates, Nick McClain, Matt McClain and Brett Fortier. Honorary pallbearers are the employees of Sullivan Surveying.
Visitation is 7 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home and noon until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 202 E. Pine St. Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign online guest book visit, www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
ECRU – Ginger Chism Fryar, 34, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. She was born May 6, 1978. She graduated from North Pontotoc High School and attended Ecru Baptist Church. She was a loving mother and wonderful daughter, and she loved her horses.
Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Tom Summerall officiating. Burial followed in the Locust Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Victoria Brook Chism Fryar of Ecru; her mother, Barbara Chism Sparks of Ecru; grandfather, D.L. Swords of Ecru; four aunts, Mary Hightower (Bud) of Russellville, Ala., JoNel Haynie, Patricia Speck and Sandra Wilson (Donald); seven uncles, David Swords (Lesa), Danny Swords (Jeanie), Junior Swords (Shelly), Danny Chism (Kim), Doc Chism (Deborah), Cotton Chism (Shirley) and Carol Chism (Jane); four cousins, Ashley Swords, Daranda Cossey, Justyn Swords and Hannah Swords; and a host of other cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Chism; grandmother, Weta Swords; stepfather, Bobby Sparks; grandfather, James C. Chism and grandmother, Jewel Chism.
Pallbearers will be John Westfall, Danny Chism, Doc Chism, Junior Swords, Danny Swords and David Swords.
WATERFORD – Billy Grant Bing, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Interment is at Mt. Moriah Baptist Cemetery in Laws Hill.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
STARKVILLE – Joan O’Brian Wiggins, 82, passed away Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Starkville Manor.
Services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Center Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Center Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Welch Funeral Homes are in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Center Grove Baptist Church.
Memorials maybe made to Center Grove Baptist Church, 146 Center Grove Road, Maben, MS 39750.
Visit www.welchfuneralhomes.com to sign the online guest register.
OKOLONA – Mittie Margaret Ballard, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
OKOLONA – Elizabeth McPherson died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
WEST POINT – Robert R. “Rudy” Henry, 86, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangments are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
WEST POINT – Joseph Lynn Perry, 55, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. He was born Nov. 3, 1957, in West Point to Sarah Louise Morris and Olen Pliny Perry. He was a Certified Honda motorcycle technician and parts manager for Ellis Steel. He was of the Baptist faith. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson Softail Custom and work on any motorcyle or four wheeler. He married Lisa Carol Hamlin Perry Aug. 25, 1989, in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kirby Loyd officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery West Point.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa H. Perry of West Point; one son, David Perry of West Point; one brother, Michael Perry (Lillie Sue) of Cleveland, Tenn.; and his sister in law, Brenda D. Perry of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his son, John M. Perry; and by his brother Donnie Perry.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Cude, Brad Pettit, Mike Pearson, John Elliott, Hearne Foster and Mark Acker. Honorary pallbearers will be Gerry Moore, Stanley Pate, Albert Decker, Randy Bramlett, Dr. Edmund A. Miller and Van Williams.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to LeBonheur Childrens Medical Center, 50 Dunlap Street, Memphis, TN 38103 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Mark David Hollingworth, 49, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
WEST POINT – Dicie H. Fulgham, 87, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013 at Oktibbeha County Hospital Regional Medical Center in Starkville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
GREENWOOD – John Douglas “Doug” Crenshaw, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Tallahatchie County, Nov. 28, 1922, to Jimmy Bull and Cumi Glenn Orrell Crenshaw and lived in Greenwood for 67 years. He married Rachel Hilda Cole on Oct. 17, 1946, in Charleston. He was a graduate of Cascilla High School and was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Pacific and Guadalcanal as an anti aircraft artillery gunner in WWII. He received the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star, the good conduct medal, the distinguished unit badge and the WWII victory medal. He worked part time for Liberty Cash, Piggly Wiggly and Market Place Grocery until full retirement in 2009. He enjoyed the family farm and garden in Leverett in Tallahatchie County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Williams and Lord Funeral Home with the Rev. Bernard Wiggins officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in North Carrollton. Military Rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 29 in Greenwood.
He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Hilda Cole Crenshaw of Greenwood; daughter, Kay (Jimmy) Crenshaw Kent of Winona; three sons, John D. (Mary Ann) Crenshaw Jr. of Roswell, Ga., William Richard (Polly) Crenshaw of Tupelo and James Edwin (Twana) Crenshaw of Tupelo; sister, Rivers Crenshaw Crouch of Olive Branch; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Jane Metts Lord; and two brothers, Glenn Crenshaw and Dick Crenshaw.
Pallbearers will be Jim Kent, Jeffrey Kent, Jay Crenshaw, Michael Crenshaw, Chris Crenshaw and Cole Crenshaw. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews, Derrick Simpson and the employees of Market Place Grocery.
Visitation is noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Williams and Lord Funeral Home in Greenwood.
Williams and Lord Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and an online guestbook may be signed at www.williamsandlord.com.
Marie McCord Dowdy
PONTOTOC – Marie McCord Dowdy 89, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at her daughter’s residence in Pontotoc. She was born Dec. 26, 1923, to Luther Bennett McCord and Margaret Jane “Jennie” Bigham McCord of Pontotoc. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church for 66 years and was the last active charter member of the church. She was the custodian of the church for 35 years. She helped her husband with the farm, was a housewife, loved to work in her flowers and garden and loved spending time with her family. Being a Christian wife, mother and grandmother, cooking and taking care of her community and church family was among her favorite things to do.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Harmony Baptist Church with Mike Martin delivering the eulogy, Dr. Jim Carr and Jerry Caples officiating. Burial will follow in the Harmony Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda (Bennie) Martin; a grandson, Mike (Penny) Martin of Pontotoc; a sister-in-law, Virginia Dowdy of Columbus; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Maymon Dowdy; her parents, Luther Bennett McCord and Margaret Jane “Jennie” Bigham McCord; four brothers, Leo, James, Clyde and Samuel McCord; a sister, Florence McCord Anderson; a niece Wanda McCord Hall; and a granddaughter-in-law, April Caldwell Martin.
Pallbearers will be Larry Anderson, Benny McCord, Tony McCord, Sam Hall, Billy Harrison, Neil Cruse, Sammy Sappington, Sammy Cruse, Tracy Clayton and Bro. Stark Aldridge.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Harmony Baptist Church Building Fund, 3534 HWY 345, Pontotoc MS 38863.