Obituaries January 20, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lindon Ratliff
BALDWYN – Lindon Ratliff, 70, died Saturday morning, Jan. 19, 2013, peacefully at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 9, 1942, to Paul and Alice Powell Ratliff. He attended Wheeler High School and graduated in 1960.
He attended North East Junior College in Booneville and graduated in 1963. He was the first male graduate of the Registered Nurse program at NEMJC. After becoming a Registered Nurse, he worked at McNairy County General Hospital in Selmer, Tenn. where he met the love of his life, Lois Jones, who was also a nurse. They married on June 16, 1965.
He served during the Vietnam War in the Army Nurse Corp as an officer. Upon honorable discharge from the Army, he continued his career as a Registered Nurse. During his career, he worked at such places as Western State Mental Hospital, Magnolia Hospital in Corinth, Booneville Hospital and North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He retired from NMMC after working 22 years as a supervisor and later as Nurse Manager. Throughout his career, he cherished the many friends and “family” he encountered in both his patients and co-workers. The highlight of his career was his ability to work with his wife and children.
During his retirement he enjoyed spending time with his wife, Lois Ratliff of 47 years, his three daughters, Paula Ratliff, Pamela Ratliff, Patricia Ratliff and his son, Dr. Lindon Ratliff. He loved his daughter-in-law, Melissa Clemmer Ratliff and his two grandchildren, Joseph Ratliff and Isabella Ratliff. He enjoyed gardening, wood working and growing roses which he would give to his wife. He was a wonderful husband, father and Papa, devotedly religious Catholic and communicant of St Francis Catholic Church in Booneville, where he faithfully attended. He was devoted to God, Mary and his wife and family who, in turn, loved and adored him.
A Mass will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Booneville.
He is survived by his wife, Lois Ratliff; daughters, Paula Ratliff, Pamela Ratliff, Patricia Ratliff; son, Dr. Lindon Ratliff (Melissa Clemmer Ratliff); and grandchildren, Joseph and Isabella Ratliff.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Alice Powell Ratliff.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. today at W. E. Pegues, 535 W. Jefferson Street, Tupelo, Mississippi 38804 and continue Monday at the Church from 11 a.m. until service time.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Charles Cooner
BRUCE – Charles Edward Cooner, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a World War II Veteran, retired petroleum land manager, member of V.F.W. and member of the American Legion. He was a member of First Baptist Church Bruce.
Service is at 2 p.m. Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Darrell Logan officiating and assisted by Dr. Daniel Hathorne. Interment is at Bruce Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Cuvis Collins Cooner of Bruce; daughter, Cathy Stevens “Britt” of Philadelphia; son-in-law, Hugh Mitchell Cannon of Bruce; two grandsons, Jeremy Turner (Tara) of Water Valley and Cody Stevens of Philadelphia; one granddaughter, Jennifer (Steven) Cannon Curtis of Canton; four great-grandchildren, Cannon and Spencer Curtis, Austin and Alley Turner; and one sister, Jessie Mae Cooner of Water Valley.
He was proceeded in death by his parents, Claude and Velma Clark Cooner; son, Bobby Johnson; daughter, Mary Ann Cannon; and brother, Bill Cooner.
Pallbearers are Robert Edward Oakly, Jim Beckett, Jerry Beckett, Kennth Kellums, George Liles and Hugh Mitchell Cannon.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Walter Smith
BALDWYN – Walter Eugene Smith ,73, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Charles Bynum
WREN – Charles Wade Bynum, 75, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, in Amory. He was born April 27, 1937, in Monroe County, to Wilbert “Punch” Bynum and Mary J. Bynum. He, his three brothers and two sisters grew up on a farm in the Wren community where a strong work ethic was instilled that followed him his entire life. He was a member of New Prospect M.B. Church, completed his high school education in Monroe County and attended Jackson State University until he was drafted by the U.S. Army, where he served our country for more than 20 years. He received many Medals of Honor during his tours in Vietnam and Germany. He loved the games of sport, was an outstanding player in basketball and enjoyed playing cards with family and friends.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at New Prospect M.B. Church with the Rev. George Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the New Prospect Cemetery in Nettleton. Darden and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Elsie Bynum of Nettleton; one son, Cledus (Sonya) Bynum of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter, Carolyn (Harold) Dilworth of Nettleton; two sisters, Margie (Ben) Hayden of Plantersville and Gloria Jernigan of Okolona; one brother, Albert (Carolyn) Bynum of Amory; two sisters-in-law, Jimmy Bynum of Tupelo and Brenda Bynum of Augusta, Ga.; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Wilbert Bynum and Harold Bynum.
Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. today and family hour 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Monday.

Frank Ellis
HOLLY SPRINGS – Frank J. Ellis, 65, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Hud Holmquist
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Hudson “Hud” B. Holmquist, 92, died on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, at Kirby Pines Manor.
Graveside services with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Masonic Cemetery. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Visitation is 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Rodney Whitehead
PONTOTOC – Rodney “Tank” Whitehead, 46, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He love the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He was a Baptist.
Services are at 6 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Bennie Randolph officiating.
He is survived by his mother, Peggy Austing (Rick); father, Jim Whitehead Jr. (Linda), all of Pontotoc; sister, Kim Mooneyham (Johnny) of Pontotoc; nephews, Josh Howard (Seryene) of Louisiana and J.J. Mooneyham (Keri Beth) of Pontotoc; and great-nieces and nephews, Cora and Braylon Howard of Louisiana, Ivy and Payton Mooneyham of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents; and two aunts, Lisa Shepard and Carolyn Nix.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Myrl Armstrong
VARDAMAN – Myrl Hollingsworth Armstrong, 87, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Joy Healthcare and Rehab. in Cleveland. She was a retired employee of Kellwood Company and Vardaman Community Center. She was a member of Vardaman First Baptist Church.
Service is at 11 a.m. Monday at Vardaman First Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Ramage. Interment is at Elzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Parker Funeral Home in Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Rita Carter (Phil) of Raymond and Charlotte Dye (Calvin) of Cleveland; two sisters, Grace Young of Houston and Lou Swaim of Alexandria, La.; two brothers, Bob Hollingsworth of Vardaman and Jim Hollingsworth of Hernando; three grandchildren, Emily Elliott (John Mark), Claire Boyles (Jason) and Valerie Norton (Allen); and two great-grandchildren, John Coley Elliott and Scottie Elliott.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Coley Armstrong; her parents, Thomas and Clara Spratlin Hollingsworth; sister, Virginia Morgan; and two brothers, Milton and Ralph Hollingsworth.
Pallbearers are Jason Brooks, Gregg Hollingsworth, John Richard Lancaster, Clay Spencer, Adam Wright and Dennis Wright. Honorary pallbearers are Jeremy Brooks, Randy Brooks, Jimmy Hollingsworth Jr., Mark Hollingsworth, Tommy Richard Morgan, Randall Wright and Larry Young.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Connie Hill
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Connie Hill, 41, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home.
Jim Johnson
MABEN – Jim H. Johnson, 72, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at his residence in Maben.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Center Grove Cemetery in Oktibbeha County.
Reathie Ritter
SMITHVILLE – Reathie Melissa Benton Ritter, 96, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. She was born Aug. 30, 1916, in a log cabin, in the Clay Hill area of Cason Community, to Reason Clifford Benton and Latchie Pell Rollins Benton. She married Everette Eldridge Ritter on May 8, 1935. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she graduated Pine Grove School and was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
She was a devoted wife and mother, for over 45 years, to her husband and children by helping her husband in the fields, taking care of the livestock and raising her children was a great accomplishment for her. She was very devoted, often being the first person up and last person to bed at night, making sure her family’s need were met and she will best be remembered by her family as always giving of herself. She enjoyed sewing clothes for her family, making her prized quilts for her grandchildren, family get togethers, watching TV 39, reading and taking family vacations to the Great Smokey Mountains.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Benton and Bro. Truman Carter officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughters, Charlotte Ann Ritter of Amory, Mary Carolyn Wren (Henry) of Mantachie and Pamela Susan Wesson (Ron) of Mantachie; sons, Jimmie H. Ritter (Betty) of Smithville and Robert Everette Ritter (Elizabeth) of Athens Community; grandchildren, John Ritter (Susan), Justin West (Brandy), Malone Wren, Scott Wren, Leigh Ann Burt (Richard) and Deanna Wesson; great-grandchildren, Steven Wren, Brittni Holley (Chris), Britney James, Tiffany Ritter, Drew West and Lily West; and great-great-grandchildren, Hunter Sarten and Caleb Wren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Bettye Rebecca Ritter; sister, Ruby Hall; brother, Robert Benton; and niece, Nell Dean.
Pallbearers will be Billy Branham, Joe Benton, Malone Wren, John Ritter, Scott Wren and Justin West. Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Benton and Buddy Sullivan.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Louvisa Mears
BALDWYN – Louvisa Bear Mears, 88, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was a homemaker and co-owner of Mears Feed Store. She was a member of Pratts Christian Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Caraway officiating with burial in the Pratts Cemetery.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Jerry Mears; parents, Edward Bear and Edith Marie Dobie; stepfather, Bob Dobie; brothers, LeRay Bear, Eugene Bear, Gail Bear, Hybred Bear and Edward Bear; and sister, Billie Marie Tannem.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today.
Margaret Waldrop
HOUSTON – Margaret Lowe Griffin Waldrop, 88, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. She was born March 22, 1924, in Pyland, to Thurmon and Gladys Fleming Lowe. She worked as a store clerk and at several area factories, retiring from Ceramic Tile in Houston. She also baked cakes for the public and was well known for her delicious caramel cakes.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Southern Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Larry Patrick officiating. Interment is at Concord Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Pamela Griffin King (Jay) of Winston/Salem, N.C.; a granddaughter, Lauren King of Winston/Salem, N.C.; a grandson, Jamie King of Roanoak, Va.; a sister, Sharon Lowe Gilder of Vardaman; and two brothers, Thurmon “Ish” Lowe (Joanne) of Columbus and Franklin Lowe (Sara) of Thorn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thurmon and Gladys Fleming Lowe; two husbands, Henry M. Griffin and James F. Waldrop; her sisters, Monette Lowe, Dot Lowe Price and Jeannie Lowe Nathey; and one brother, James Davis.
Pallbearers are Wes Lowe, Jeffrey Lowe, Bill Gilder, James Ralph Lovvorn, Kenny Scott, Mark Harrelson, Mike Peel and Walter Archer. Honorary pallbearers are Kenneth Koon and Joe Taylor.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church of Houston.
Online condolences can be made at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Donald 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. today 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.; four great-nieces, Deanna McGrew, Kimberly McGrew, Makala Byars and Haley Moore; 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 today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Mary Glenn
FULTON – Mary Elizabeth Glenn, 90, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday.
Linda Gray
NETTLETON – Linda Wright Gray, 59, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at her residence. She was born Aug. 23, 1953, in Sunflower County to Mitchell Fair and Annie Lee Gray Wright. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Professors of Jesus Name Church. She enjoyed knitting and loved her dogs.
Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Professors of Jesus Name Church in Nettleton, officiated by Bro. Addie Clayton. Burial was in Wiygul Cemetery in Nettleton. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Franklin Gray Jr. of Nettleton; brother, Homer Lee Wright of Nettleton; and sister, Jo Ann Brown of Nettleton.
She was preceded by her parents, Mitchell Fair and Annie Lee Wright; son, Junior Dale Gray; and brother, Jimmy Dale Wright.
Condolences and special memories may be shared with the family at www.ottsfuneralhome.net.
Brenda Cole
PONTOTOC – Brenda Faye Cole, 65, of the Furrs community, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. She was born on May 25, 1947, in Amory, to Lucian Carl Jackson and Mary Etta Ridings Jackson. She retired from Super Sagless where she worked in data processing for many years. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.
There will be no local services. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Vickie Lynn Buckingham of Foley, Ala.; one brother, William Floyd Jackson of Aberdeen; and one sister, Peggy Jean Morgan Smith of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; four brothers, James Allen Jackson, Billy Truette Jackson, Herbert Leroy Jackson and Carl Junior Jackson; one sister, Thelma Louise Jackson; and a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Peters.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Jerry Clark Sr.
BOONEVILLE – Jerry Lee Clark Sr., 74, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Jacobs Chapel Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guest book, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Edward Anderson
CORINTH – Eddie Ward Hinton Anderson, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, at Magnolia Regional.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Salem Christian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from noon until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Salem Christian Church Building Fund, 1195 Salem Road, Corinth, MS 38834.
Gertrude Vinson
OXFORD – Gertrude Fooshee Vinson, 94, died Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford. She was born in Lafayette County. She was the widow of Mr. James Preston Vinson Sr. She was a member of Yellow Leaf Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking for her family. She was a retired seamstress and homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Jerry East officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, James Preston Vinson Jr. (Diane) of Oxford and Thomas Lynn Vinson of Columbus; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Yellow Leaf Baptist Church, 50 CR 435, Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Johnny Mathews
WEST POINT – Johnny Amos Mathews, 64, passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013. He was was born Sept. 10, 1948 in West Point, to Beatrus and Lula Mathews. He was a former captain of the Columbus Fire Department and was currently employed at the U.S. Post Office on Bluecutt Road in Columbus.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mt. Pisgah Waverly Missionary Baptist Church in West Point, with the Rev. Darren Harris officiating. Burial will follow at Union Star Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Carter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Eddie Clyde Mathews of Park Forest, Ill.; and two sisters, Mandy Lee of Dixmoor, Ill., and Vivian M. Presley of Clarksdale.
To sign the guest book, visit 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Josephine Pastis
TUPELO – Josephine Parivechio Pastis, 72, formerly of Marietta, Ga., died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.