Obituaries January 19, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Aaron Helms
PLANTERSVILLE – Aaron Tracy Helms, 87, passed from this life into a host of welcoming angels on Jan. 18, 2013, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland with his daughter at his side. Born on May 19, 1925, he was the son of the late Ezell and Sarchie Lou Helms.
Aaron served in the United States Army during World War II in Normandy, France, then later in Germany and Belgium. Upon returning to Mississippi, he was married to Annie Frances Harris Helms. They celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on November 28. The majority of his career was spent working at Day-Brite Lighting in Tupelo. He was a very humble member of the “Greatest Generation” and took pride in his service to his country and community. He loved to tell stories of his childhood and life experiences. An avid gardener, he spent much time outdoors working in his yard and helping others in the community tend to theirs. He also loved to watch birds and was especially fond of his blue bird houses. Aaron had a beautiful voice and loved to sing and listen to bluegrass and gospel music. He was a longtime member of Plantersville United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his loving wife Frances, daughter Sherrilyn Helms Brown (Patrick), brother-in-law Carl Harris (Marvalene), grandchildren Tracey Townsend Watts, Rob Sanderson, Will Riggs, and Maggie Riggs Brown (Jeff). He also leaves a legacy of love to his great-grandchildren Tre Watts, Tyler Watts, Chandlor Sanderson, and Ivy Sanderson, special niece Libby Berryhill Davis, and many other nieces, nephews, and their children.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter Julia Helms Riggs, sisters Earlene Berryhill and Luzelle Francis, brothers Marion Helms and Kelly Helms, and his beloved cat, Miss Sambo.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at W. E. Pegues Funeral Home on Jefferson Street in Tupelo, then from 12 to 1 p.m. Monday at Plantersville United Methodist Church with services immediately following The Rev. James Richardson and the Rev. Lynn Fair will officiate. Burial will be in Plantersville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Patrick Brown, Tre Watts, Tyler Watts, Jeff Brown, Jonny Davis and Andy Davis.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, 450 Towne Center Boulevard, Ridgeland, MS 39157 or Plantersville United Methodist Church, 839 Central Avenue, Plantersville, MS 38862.

Mildred H. Reese
TUPELO – On Jan. 17, 2013, Ms. Mildred H. Reese, known to all as “Ms. Millie, went to be with the Lord, her Savior. Born April 18, 1926, Ms. Millie was a treasure to all. Growing up in the “depression era” gave her a totally different outlook on today’s world. Upon her retirement from the Physical Therapy Department of the North Mississippi Medical Center, Ms. Millie became a babysitter and caregiver herself to numerous sweet adorable children. Many are now grown and married with children of their own. She derived much pleasure from this part of her life.
She is survived by her children, Paula Megginson Calhoun (Bill), Barbara Holcomb, Larry Reese (Tonya), Beverly Aldridge (Mike) and Jean Williams; her grandchildren, Andrew Megginson (Amber), Emily Addison (Michael), Michael and Chad Cook, Craig, Todd and Rusty Reese and Ricky, Cindy and Eva Williams; her great-grandchildren, Milly Addison, Tannor and Carter Megginson; her special friend, Bob Balekian “Tex,” with whom she enjoyed numerous discussions and conversations; her dedicated caregivers, Ms. Sharon Clifton and Ms. Jan Robbins, Hospice Advantage and numerous other committed to the care and fulfillment of her last days. She is also survived by one brother, Raymond Homan and former son-in-law, Terry Holcomb whom she always remembered for his fondness and kindness to her.
A graveside service will be 2 p.m. today, in Plantersville Cemetery with the Rev. Melvin Lewis officiating. Close family and friends are invited. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Lee County Humane Society, PO Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Mary Ann Markham
SALTILLO – Mary Ann Markham, 66, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Jan. 27, 1946, to Lafayette Reed and Pauline Davis Taylor. She was an avid animal lover, loved shopping, gardening, cooking, traveling, especially to the Smoky Mountains and spending time with her family. She was Church of Christ by faith.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Charlie Faust officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Joe Ronald Markham of Saltillo; two daughters, Tracey Adair Marshall (Freddy) of Guntown and Lesley Adair Stanford (Chris) of Saltillo; one stepdaughter, Shanda Michelle Gosa of Winfield, Ala.; and three grandchildren, Jared Marshall, Addison Stanford and Cody Dickerson.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Andrew Campbell
TUPELO – Andrew Campbell, 58, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013. He was born Dec. 2, 1954, to Margarite Patterson. He was a truck driver and served in the U.S. Army. He was educated at Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School. He was a member of New Zion M.B. Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Plantersville with burial in National Cemetery in Corinth.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Campbell; his children, Desmond Drew Campbell, Natasha Barnes, Eric Barnes and Katasha White; siblings, Diane Patterson, Bobbie Patterson, Cynthia Murphy, Arthur Patterson, Eddie Patterson and Billy Patterson.
Visitation will be 6 until 7 p.m. Monday at Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Joe Willie Jones
HOLLY SPRINGS – Joe Willie Jones, 70, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at Alliance Healthcare System.
Services will be 11 a.m. today at Greenwood M.B. Church in Lamar. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The body will lie in repose from 10 a.m. until 10:55 a.m. today at the church.
J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Oma Faye Dahlem
HAMILTON – Oma Faye Dahlem, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at her residence. She was born Feb, 17, 1930, to Jim Evans and Millie Hankins Evans in Monroe County. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton. She was a graduate of Hamilton School. She retired as a seamstress at Hamilton Manufacturing. She was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Center Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Edwards, Bro. Robert Moore and Minister Tim Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the services.
Survivors include a daughter, Gay Yarbrough (Donnie) of Hamilton; a grandchild Kim Honnoll; a great-grandchild, Lizzie Honnoll; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward Morgan Dahlem; two sisters, Bernice Faulkner and Emma Lou Williams; four brothers, Althea Evans, Albert Evans, J. D. Evans and twin brother, Johnny Clay Evans.
Pallbearers will be Barry English, Travis English Jr., J. C. Evans, Howard Dahlem, Terry Dahlem, Tommy Dahlem, Doug Dahlem and Ricky Faulkner. Honorary pallbearers will be Sanctuary Sunday School Class, Kenny West, Sammie Fields, Billy Glascow and family and Baptist Memorial Hospice.
Send condolences online at www.tisdale-lannmemorial.com.
Jane Jernigan Criddle
SALTILLO – Linda Jane Jernigan Criddle, 63, died Jan. 18, 2013, at her hom. She was born in Tupelo on June 23, 1949 to C. E. “Buddy” and Hazel Jones Adderholt. She was a life-long resident of Lee County and had lived in Saltillo for the last 10 years. She retired from Daybrite as a buyer after 27 years of service.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. today at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with a eulogy by Jimmy Chapman and Amy Adderholt Shankle and the Rev. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Cemetery in New Albany.
Survivors include her husband of almost seven years, Troy Criddle Jr. of Saltillo; two children, Linda Mitchell (Craig) of Tupelo and Lon Jernigan (Brooke) of Saltillo; four grandchildren, Maegin Anderson (Jazz) of Jacksonville, N.C., Jaelin and Katelyn Wyatt, both of Tupelo, and Avery Jernigan of Saltillo; two brothers, Steve Adderholt of New Albany and Sammy Adderholt (Peggy) of Tupelo; and one grandchild, Abbye Jernigan.
Pallbearers will be Michael Adderholt, Maurice and Eric Jones, John Shaurden, Cary Smith and Mike Ballard.
Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until service time today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tupelo Lee Humane Society, PO Box 1185, Tupelo, MS 38802, Tupelo Hog Roasters, 1748 Mitchell Road, Tupelo, MS 38801 or the Camellie Home Health Hospice, 1413 W. Main Street Ste. B, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Hershey Turnage
ABERDEEN – Hershey Emiline Quinn Turnage, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born April 12, 1926, to Hollis Lee Quinn and Leota Thompson Quinn in Old Hebron.
Hershey had a wonderful and busy life. She grew up on a farm in a time when everyone looked out for their friends and neighbors. Having grown up during the Depression, she was able to share stories with her children. She married her high school sweetheart, John Neil Turnage in 1947. She worked as a registered nurse while her husband attended medical school. At this time their daughters Susan and Laurie were born. After moving to Aberdeen, she helped her husband begin his medical practice next to Big Star and also an office in Hamilton. She worked alongside him and, soon after, welcomed Emily, Janet and Neil. She always set a wonderful Christian example for all of her children. She was instrumental in establishing the girls softball league, Girl Scouts and the pink ladies at the hospital in Aberdeen. She was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed help in her beloved hometown. She loved her church, St. Mark Methodist, and was always interested in all her church friends and their families. She had many dear friends and they will miss her almost as much as her loving family.
Services will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at St. Mark Methodist Church with Bro. Kenneth Corley and the Rev. Sue McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the services.
Survivors include her daughters, Susan Wrighton of Aberdeen; Laura Simmons and husband, Steve of Aberdeen; Emily Lutz and husband, Joe of Madison; and Janet Jameson and husband, Sonny of West Point; her son, Neil Turnage and wife, Tina of Tupelo; her sister, Betty Wallace and husband, Dunk of McComb; and grandchildren: Lauren Wrighton Murray, Erin Wrighton, Stephen Simmons, Mallary Simmons, Beth Ann Simmons, Kate Anderson, Allison Hannah, Jack Jameson, Ben Jameson, Sarah Lutz, Hilton Lutz, John Neil Turnage III and Justin Turnage.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. John Neil Turnage Sr.; son-in-law, Donald D. Wrighton; sisters, Ronalda Turner and Shirley Boyd; and brothers, Sheldon Quinn, Malcolm Quinn and Everett Quinn.
Pallbearers will be Stephen Simmons, Erin Wrighton, Hilton Lutz, Jack Jameson, Ben Jameson, John Neil Turnage III and Justin Turnage. Honorary pallbearers will be St. Mark Methodist Adult Sunday School Class
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m, today, January 19, 2013, at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark Methodist Church or LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.
Send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Bud Searcy
BELMONT – Euell Wayne “Bud” Searcy, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. He was born Dec. 13, 1926, to Oscar and Geneva Kennedy Searcy. He served his country in the Army during World War II. He was a farmer and began his banking career at Tishomingo then later transferred to the Belmont branch. Bud enjoyed his job because he got to see the good people of the community. He was a member of the Church of Christ. He was formerly active in song-leading and serving as a deacon at the Belmont congregation. During more recent years of his life, he worshipped at the Liberty congregation in Dennis. He enjoyed gardening, working in the yard, listening to fiddling music but mostly spending time with his family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Liberty Church of Christ with James Segars, David Conley and Ron Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home, Belmont, will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Linda Searcy of Belmont; one daughter, Sandy Sartain of Belmont; granddaughter, Amee Sartain Scott (Thomas) of Belmont; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Nathan Scott; stepdaughter, Tracy Thrasher Hennessey (Jim) of Hattiesburg; stepgrandchildren, Kaitlyn and Keaton Hennessey; one sister, Nadine Patton of Belmont; one brother, L.D. Searcy of Fulton; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Helen Stacy Searcy; and seven brothers, Herman, Lois, Troy, Vester, Jack, Curtis and Claude Searcy.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Larry Searcy, Ben Patton, Charles Ray Searcy, Harold Searcy, Gene Searcy and Jimmy Searcy.
Visitation will be until service time today at Liberty Church of Christ.

Rodney L. Whitehead
PONTOTOC – Rodney L. “Tank” Whitehead, 46, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral of Pontotoc. at 6 p.m. there will be a memorial service in the funeral home chapel.
Mary Dendy Brand
CEDAR BLUFF – Mary Rose Dendy Brand, 63, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-GT, in Columbus. A resident of the Cairo community, she was born March 25, 1949, in Anchor community in Chickasaw County to Jewel Lorene Dendy and Ellis Adron Dendy. She married Lonnie Edgar Brand on Aug. 22, 1970, at Bethel Baptist Church. She worked as the lifestyle editor for the Daily Times Leader for 30 years. She was a member of Enon Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Brother Danny Avery officiating. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Houston.
Survivors include her husband, Lonnie E. Brand of Cedar Bluff; one son, Heath Brand (Sheila) of West Point; two
grandchildren, Parker Brand and Noah Brand; her mother-in-law, Mary Dye Brand of Cedar Bluff; one sister, Julie McMullen (Sam Thrash) of Columbus; two brothers, Marion E.”Punk” Dendy (Gaye) of West Point, Lamar Dendy (Cora) of Mantee; all her brothers and sisters-in-law, Billy W. Brand, Bobby Brand (Pat), Roger Brand (Tracy), Linda Brand Dendy, Jean Dendy, and Becky Dendy; and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by three brothers Pete Dendy, Phil Dendy and Thomas “T. A.” Dendy, and two sisters, Joyce Dendy Eaton and Josephine Dendy; and a nephew, Billy Wayne Eaton.
Pallbearers will be Larry Smith, Jimmy Smith, Shane Lamkin, Robbin Morris, Bobby Brand and Jason Walker.Honorary pallbearers will be Billy W. Brand, Roger D. Brand, Buddy Griggs, Brian Griggs, Mrs. Mildred Millsaps, Dale Hamlin, Tommy Summerall, Dr. T. N. Braddock, Mrs. Christine Henley, and all her former co-workers at the Daily Times Leader.
Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Family Services, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773-1233.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Edward Anderson
CORINTH – Eddie Ward Hinton Anderson, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Magnolia Regional.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Salem Christian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be noon until service time Sunday at the church.
Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Salem Christian Church Building Fund, 1195 Salem Road, Corinth, MS 38834.
Bill Gunn
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Bill “Terry” Gunn, 80, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, after an extended illness. He was born Nov. 10, 1932, in Walnut to Guila Holmes Gunn and Ruth Edward Mohundro. He graduated from Walnut High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954 until 1956 during the Korean Conflict. On July 25, 1958, he married Wilma Anne Coltharp, and they resided in Walnut until May 2006 when, due to his declining health, they moved to Pensacola to be near his daughter and family. He spent more than 40 years in the livestock business and was co-owner of Walnut Sales Company. He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Wilma C. Gunn; son, Greg Gunn; daughter, Denise Gunn and her husband Steve Weathersby; a twin sister, Twila Gunn Cross of Collierville, Tenn.; grandson, Andrew Kelleher (Jayme) of Manassas, Va.; granddaughter, Samantha Kelleher of Tampa, Fla.; sister-in-law, Kay Gunn of Walnut; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Willard, Edward and Don Gunn; sister, Evelyn Pulliam; and in-laws, J.W. and Ruby Coltharp.
The family will receive friends at noon today at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home until services at 2 p.m. with Pastor Pat Mobley officiating. On Tuesday, the funeral procession will leave the funeral home at 9 a.m. for Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station Pensacola where honors rendered by the U.S. Army Honor Guard will take place at 9:30 a.m.
Memorials may be sent to ARC Gateway Senior Adult Program, 3932 N. 10th Ave., Pensacola, FL 32503, in memory of Bill “Terry” Gunn and in honor of his beloved son, Greg.

Aria Peterson
MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Aria Peterson, 73, died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at St. Joseph Hospital.
Services will be noon today at Bethleham Baptist Church in Falkner with the Rev. James Howell officiating. Burial will follow in Ruckerville Cemetery.
Visitation will be one hour before the service today.
Patterson Memorial is in charge of arrangements.

Kathy C. Janes
BYHALIA – Kathy C. Janes, 45, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the Watson community of Marshall County.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Lee Memorial Cemetery in Verona.
Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John H. Spencer
FULTON – John Henry Spencer, 77, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013. He had a passion for working hard and helping people during their time of need. With the Mississippi Highway Patrol, he worked in many different capacities as a Mississippi State Trooper including rewarding work as a pilot. He worked in law enforcement for over three decades, with 23 of those years with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. He was a very caring and thoughtful person and a true servant of Itawamba County. Above all, his top priority and love was his beloved family and his home place.
A Celebration of Life service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel.
Survivors include daughters, Angela Hughes (Ted) of Fulton; Heidi Spencer Beasley (Brad) of Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Erin Beasley, Josh Beasley and Samantha Hughes; stepgrandson, Kyle Hughes; brothers, Charles Allen Spencer of Fulton, William Trice Spencer of Fulton, James Spencer of Oklahoma; sister, Fannie Moore of Fulton; several nieces and nephews; and the mother of his children, Shirley Shields of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles W. and Gervis Moore Spencer.
Visitation will be 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral
Memorials can be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Mildred Franklin
LELAND – Mildred Franklin died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Belmont. Burial will follow in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

David McCarter
MANTEE – David McCarter, 51, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at his residence. He was a brick mason.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Norine F. Barksdale
GRENADA – Norine Farrar Barksdale, 97, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Grenada Living Center. She was born April 11, 1915, to N.N. and Mattie Birmingham Farrar in Itawamba County. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Bobby Ray Cummings of Columbus; two daughters, Sue Gregory of Grenada and Carol Liner of Cordova, Tenn.; a sister, Elese Hinds of Mantachie; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell G. Barksdale; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11 a.m. today at Garner Harper Funeral Home in Grenada with services following at 11 a.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Minister Elizabeth McPherson
OKOLONA – Minister Elizabeth Gates “Baby Sis” McPherson, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 3, 1947, to Lillie Mae Gates and the late Willie Cunningham. She received her education from the Fannie Carter High School. She was a dietitian at the North Mississippi Medical Center for more than 30 years. She was a minister, serving in various ministries.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Clarks Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Larry Shannon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Lillie Mae Gates of Okolona; two sons, Charles Cunningham (Martha) and Robert McPherson; six sisters, Ruthie Moore, Alice McPherson (Lonzo), of Okolona, Lois McIntosh of Shannon, Mary Gates, Angeline Ivy and Gail Gates, all of Houston; four brothers, Lester Gates (Martha), Lee Earl Gates, Henry Gates (Linda), all of Houston, and Mel Cunningham (Norma); one uncle, Jimmie Lee White of Okolona; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gloria Morgan
CORINTH – Gloria L. Smith Morgan, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at her home. She was a factory worker, retired from GE in Selmer, Tenn. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Michie First Baptist Church.
Services will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with the Rev. Jessie Hisaw officiating.
Survivors include her sisters, Mary Frances Simmerman of Brownsville, Tenn., Elizabeth Burns (James) of Selmer, and Martha Leatherwood (Marcus) of Corinth; a brother-in-law, Bill Morgan (Joyce) of Booneville; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gordan Morgan; her parents, Casper and Nora Golightly Smith; brothers, Perry Smith and Charles Smith; and a sister, Carolyn Cooper.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday.

Ruby Louise Poff
ASHLAND – Ruby Louise Poff, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Ashland Health and Rehab. She was born in Hickory Flat on Sept. 16, 1936. She was a clerk with Benton County Circuit Clerk Maureen Bain, and worked for the Benton County School Superintendent and for the Farese Law Office. She was a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Bluff Springs Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Hodges and Bro. Farron Ash officiating. Burial will follow in Bluff Springs Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include three sons, Michael D. Poff of Brandon, Stanley D. Poff and Jeffrey H. Poff, both of Ashland; a daughter, Cynthia A. Hunt of Ashland; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Mack Palmer and Ruby Hudspeth Palmer; and her husband, Dewey Poff.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Clifford Potter
FULTON – Clifford David Potter, 93, died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Tupelo. He was born June 11, 1919, in Pawnee County, Okla., to Henry and Nellie Potter. He and his four siblings grew up on a farm where a strong work ethic was instilled that followed him his entire life. Growing up on a farm sparked his interest in how to make farms more productive and lead to his career with the USDA in the Soil Conservation Service. He was a veteran of WWII, having proudly served in the 58th Armored Field Artillery Battalion with service in Africa, Sicily, England, France, Belgium and Germany. After returning home he and his wife lived and worked in North Carolina before being transferred by the Soil Conservation Service to Mississippi in 1949 where he worked in Lafayette, DeSoto and Itawamba counties. He was an active member of the Fulton United Methodist Church for more than 40 years where he sang in the choir, was a member of the Charlie Mae Sunday School Class, and a member of the United Methodist Men. He served on the Tupelo Board of Laity, and as a lay speaker at churches in Itawamba County. After retiring, he took up the harmonica again and played at Sunday services at his church. He also participated in Leadership Itawamba and was a volunteer with the Adult Literacy Program of ICC. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener, and woodsman. He was known as a humble, kind, and generous man who was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need. He was voted Itawamba County Citizen of the Year for his many contributions to the community. He was a devoted Granddaddy to Matt and Will. Mr. Potter shared with them his love of the outdoors, as well as passing on to them Christian beliefs, and by example the importance of character, integrity, selflessness and passion for life.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. today at Fulton United Methodist Church with the Rev. Phillip Box and the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will follow in Itawamba Memorial Gardens. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Melody Potter Boyington (Brian) of Oviedo, Fla.; grandsons, Matthew David Reedy (Bonnie) of Woodstock, Ga., and William Samuel Reedy of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Velma Lindsey of Perry, Okla.; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Zella Mae Potter; his parents; brothers, Edgar Potter, Earl Potter and Elmer Potter.
Pallbearers will be Todd Boyington, Charles Guinn, Bill Howell, James Neaves, Larry Pate and Luzerne Wheeler.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the choir and the Charlie Mae Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
Memorials can be made to Fulton United Methodist Church, 301 E. Main St., Fulton, MS 38843.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Margaret Waldrop
HOUSTON – Margaret Lowe Griffin Waldrop, 88, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston.
Complete arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Donald W. Moore
HOUSTON – Donald Wayne Moore, 60, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam War. He worked as a carpenter and was a Baptist.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Chickasaw County.
Survivors include a brother, Billy Ray Moore of Houston; two nephews, Bobby Moore and Steve Moore, both of Houston; a niece, Nancy McGrew of Houlka; a stepson, Terry Bryant of West Memphis, Ark.; two great-nieces, Deanna McGrew and Kimberly McGrew; and two great-nephews, Daniel McGrew Jr. and Jacob Owens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bobby Ray Moore and Sue Jean Parker.
Visitation will be noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Edward James Pride
IUKA – Edward James Pride died Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 in Corinth. He attend Sledge Colored School and played baseball and basketball. He earned a scholarship to play baseball at Alcorn A&M College, but chose not to attend. He lived for a time in Memphis, and later moved to Tucson, Ariz., and then to Denver, where he met his wife, Melba.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will follow in Oaks Grove Cemetery in Iuka.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Melba Pride of Iuka; his son, Ronald J. Pride (Jeri) of Falling Waters, W.V.; his daughters, Miriam Wyatt of Denver, E. Yvonne Grove of Denver, Rosalyn Johnson of Naperville, Ill., and Adrienne Jones (James) of Palmdale, Calif; 14 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three sisters, Bessie Chambers of Chicago, Catherine Sanders of Denver and Maxine Pride of Dallas; six brothers, Jonas Mcintyre of Chicago, Mack Pride Jr. of Denver, Charley Pride (Rozene) of Dallas, Joe Lee Pride (Earnestine) of Lambert, Harmon Pride (Barbara) of Seattle, and Stephen Pride (Pamelia) of Garland, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Mack Pride Sr. and Tessie B. Stewart Pride; and a brother, Lewis Pride.
Pallbearers will be Wayne Helton, Paul Whitlock, John Whitlock, Greg Curry, George Reed and Knox Palmer.
Visitation will be 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. Monday until service time at the funeral home.

Linda Highland
CORINTH – Linda Jane Starnes Highland, 62, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at her home. She was a homemaker and loved cooking, canning and sewing. She was a member of the Pentecostal faith and loved God. She loved her family and grandchildren.
Services will be 1 p.m. today at Patrick Methodist Church in Iuka with Bro. Jason Pellizer officiating. Burial will follow in Patrick Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include her son, Ronnie Highland of Corinth; grandchildren, Nicholas Highland (Stephanie), Corbin Kilcrease (Amber), Richie Leatherwood, Donielle Leatherwood; great-grandson, Keylan Highland; brothers, James Starnes, Dally Starnes and Ricky Starnes, all of Corinth; and sisters, Sandra Kay Vincent and Debbie Starnes.
She was preceded in death by the father of her children; William Albert Highland; daughters, Vicki Kilcrease Leatherwood and Joann Martin; her father, Archie Wilson Starnes and her mother, Violet Powers Starnes.
Pallbearers will be Andrew Strange, Doug Starnes, James Vincent, Roger Vincent, Johnathan Lambert and Phillip Simpson. Honorary pallbearers will be Archie Starnes, Ricky Starnes Jr., Jerry Jones, Tom Vincent, Trey Bingham and Jake Bingham.
The body will lie in repose from 1 p.m. until service time today at Patrick Methodist Church.