Obituaries January 22, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lois Mabel Rhodes
HUFFMAN, Texas – Lois Mabel Rhodes, age 98 years and 10 months, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 20, 2011.
Born on a farm five miles east of Guntown on March 30, 1912, she lived the first 86 years of her life in the Guntown area in Northeast Mississippi, where she was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church as a teacher, worker, choir member and in homebound ministry for many years and taught Sunday school for 40 years. She struggled in her early years to raise two sons with the help of her parents.
She entered nurses training early on and later worked almost 45 years as a seamstress with a large garment company, retiring as a quality control supervisor. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother that truly spent her life thinking of others and doing for others.
She was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as a Worthy Matron.
In 1998 she moved to Huffman, Texas, near Houston to live with her son, Wayne Farmer, and his wife, Doris. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles C. Rhodes, and a son, Jack Lowell Farmer, of Guntown, and parents, Patrick Troy and Ovie Pearl Buse, also a sister, Lillian Bourland of Guntown. She is survived by a son, Wayne Farmer of Huffman, Texas, and daughter-in-law, Virginia Ruth Farmer of Guntown.
She is also survived by a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren as follows:
Grandchildren: Don Farmer and his wife, Deborah, Dr. Pat Farmer and his wife, Debbie, Debbie Westbrooks, Dan Farmer and his wife, Vickie, Anne Easterling and her husband, Billy, and Dr. Jim Farmer and his wife, Dr. Susan Farmer.
Great-grandchildren: Matthew Farmer (Stephanie), Jennifer Nelson (Rodney), Sara Bradshaw (John), Kimberly Jeffries (David), Chris Westbrooks, Chad Westbrooks (Claudia), Aynsley Farmer, Seth Farmer (Hannah), Lowell Easterling (Anna), Leslie Sheffield (Bruce) and Sadie Farmer.
Great-great-grandchildren: Caleb Jeffries, Colton Jeffries, Brody Nelson, Collin Westbrooks, Daniel Sheffield, Phoebe Easterling and Isaiah Easterling.
Survivors also include two loving nieces, Carolyn Jennings (Rayburn) and Janice Hamner (Larry).
Viewing will be from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Waters Funeral Chapel in Baldwyn. Funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Bobbie Robbins officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery in Guntown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Music Ministry or Media Center, c/o First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 650, Porter, TX 77365.

Belton B. Cox
HAMILTON, Ala. – Belton B. Cox, 83, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Generations of Red Bay. He was born May 30, 1927, to Henry Cox and Rose Ella Feltman Cox. He was retired from Marion Regional Medical Center. He was a lifelong hard worker and a loving father and grandfather.
Services were Friday, Jan. 21, at Hamilton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Elvis Cochran officiating. Burial was in New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Cox of Dennis; one daughter, Wanda Foley (Ron) of Adrian, Mich.; one granddaughter, Caroline Foley of Adrian, Mich.; siblings, Eunice Stone and Dorothy Sprague, both of Adrian, Mich., Elton Cox (Mary) of Jacksonville, Fla., Loretta Howell (Rufus) of Red Bay, Ala., and Burlon Cox (Joan), Carolyn Taylor (Hurlon), Linda Quinn, Sonny Cox and Jimmy Cox, all of Hamilton, Ala.; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Cox; an infant daughter, Joan Delight Cox; and siblings, Ernest Cox, Ottis Cox, Mae Armstrong and Betty Jean Giddy.

Sulley Ayers
CORINTH – Sulley Detroy Ayers, 90, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Union Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Flora Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Flora Marie Johnson, 80, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was retired from Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville and Prentiss Manufacturing Company.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Brendi Sparks and Bro. Jerry Bunch officiating. Burial will be in the Pisgah Methodist Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Joyce (Kevin) Sweeney of Booneville; two granddaughters, Brendi (Stan) Sparks and Bronzie (Greg) Walden; five great-grandchildren, Stanton Sparks, Shannon Sparks, Layken Greene, Arianna Walden and Joyner Shade Walden; one sister, Bernice Bunch of Hayti, Mo.; three brothers, J.C. Lambert, Joe Lambert and Lee Lambert, all of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Omer and Fannie Lambert; four brothers, R.D. Lambert, Bug Lambert, Bay Lambert and Harmon Lambert; and three infant grandchildren, Lori Renaa, Johnathan Kevin and Brandon Allen Sweeney.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jim Carruth
HAMILTON, Ala. – James A. “Jim” Carruth, 71, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at North MISSISSIPPI Medical Center in Hamilton, Ala. Born on March 4, 1939, in Beaverton, Ala., he was a son of Alfred Blackman and Velma Lorene Holcomb Carruth. He was a graduate of Greenwood Springs High School, Class of 1957. Very patriotic, he honorably served his country in the U.S. Air Force for seven years during Vietnam. He also served with the honor guard for President Kennedy. After his discharge, he graduated from the University of South Alabama. From 1985 to 1992, he managed Pizza Inn, which later became Pizza Hut, in Amory. Moving to another store with his family working by his side, he ran Pizza Inn in Tupelo. Upon leaving the restaurant business, he worked as a government inspector until retiring. Well versed on the Bible, he was a Baptist. He enjoyed listening to country, blues and gospel music. In his spare time, he took pride in doing detailed hand carvings, writing and having books published, having morning coffee meetings on Facebook with friends across the United States and watching Fox News, especially Bill O’Reilly. A history buff, his idol was Gen. George Patton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy Carruth of Hamilton, Ala.; sons, Andy Carruth of Amory and Daniel (Tiffany) Carruth of Hamilton, Ala.; sister, Betty Cantrell of Amory; grandchildren, Jessica, Amber, Cameron and Noah Carruth; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Randy and Joan Potts of Booneville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Carruth.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Livingston, Raymond Tribble, Randy Potts, Joshua Funderburg, Dallas Burks and Cameron Carruth. Honorary pallbearers will be Capt. Tony Cantrell, USAF, and Gary Cantrell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Ethel Mae Tucker
FULTON – Ethel Mae Tucker, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at The Meadows. She was born Sept. 11, 1921, to Joseph and Johnnie Morrow Shaw. She was a seamstress at Blue Bell for 43 years. She was a member of Clay RCDC and she attended the Pine Grove Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and taking care of people in need.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tim Howard officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden.
Survivors include a daughter-in-law, Rita Chamblee (Tommy) of Fulton; two brothers, James Marlin Shaw of Gardendale, Ala., and Joseph Waldrop Shaw of Quinton, Ala.; one niece, Virginia Shackleford of Warrior, Ala.; two nephews, Ricky and Randy Shaw of Quinton, Ala.; grandchildren, Neal and Zac Tucker, Chris Underwood, and Vince, Sarah and Jeffrey Chamblee; a special friend, Margie Davis.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Tucker; a son, David Tucker; and a sister, Ruth Shackleford.
Pallbearers will be Glen Davis, Mike Davis, Carl Gaddy, Kendall Johnson, Daniel Umphress, Terry Wilemon, Larry Digby, Jimmy Tucker and Steve Johnson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.

Lisa Bevan
BATESVILLE – Lisa Hollowell Bevan, 49, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at her home in Batesville.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Forrest Memorial Cemetery in Batesville.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 607 W. Main St., Ste C, Tupelo, MS 38804.
To send an online condolence visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Andre Edgeston
RIPLEY – Rickey LeAndre “Andre” Edgeston, 45, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at his home in Ripley after a long illness. He was born Nov. 30, 1965, to Dorothy Belle McDonald Edgeston Conner and Rickey Edgeston (Josie) in Ripley. He married Crystal Pannell on Dec. 23, 2002. They had one daughter, Yianika Quanshae. He was a lifelong member of Terry Street Church of Christ. He was a 1984 graduate of Ripley High School, where he was a star running back. He attended Mary Holmes Junior College. He forged many lasting and dear friendships from his football playing days.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Terry Street Church of Christ in Ripley. Bro. Jeffrey Bohanna will officiate. Burial will be in White Oak Cemetery in Ripley. Foster & Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Crystal Edgeston; his mother, Dorothy Belle; his father, Rickey; his children, Brittney Cook (Shirley) of New Albany, Kashunna Ross McDonald (Pamela) of Aberdeen, LeAndre Wilson (Barbara Anne) of Blue Mountain and Yianika Quanshae (Crystal Edgeston ) of Ripley; a stepson, Lukas Dylan Hill of New Albany; one granddaughter, Leashia Williams (Brittney); sisters, Shuntell Edgeston Black and Tawan Spight (Brandon), both of Ripley; two brothers, Levar Edgeston (Kasha) and Rashad Conner, both of Ripley; a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Tom Warren and Bernice McDonald, and Daniel “Drag” and Christine Edgeston; and a sister, Miranda Edgeston.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home, with the family hour from 5 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Sunday.

Randel Hunkapiller
BOONEVILLE – Randel Floyd Hunkapiller, 77, died Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was born Dec. 2, 1933, to Levis Floyd and Lila Kennedy Hunkapiller. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a milk truck driver for Barber’s Milk Company.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Mitchell and Bro. Rickey Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Sandra Hunkapiller of Booneville and Teresa (Bill) Green of Brandon; a son, Randy (Judy) Hunkapiller of Booneville; two sisters, Virginia (James) Pruitt of Booneville and Frances Pace of Niles, Mich.; one brother, Robert (Diane) Hunkapiller of Baldwyn; seven grandchildren, Lindsey (Marc) Windham, Kim (Jared) Carstens, T.J. Green, Lane Hunkapiller, Kalyn Hunkapiller, Jacob Hunkapiller and Sam Spivey; 12 adopted grandchildren, K.K. Simpson, Ava McVey, Hayes Harber, Cole Harber, Jada Smith, Katie Smith, Hannah Lassiter, Hayden Lassiter, Carlee Grisham, Caden Boren, Channing Barkley, Logan Barkley; and four great-grandchildren, Derik Green, Alana Carstens, Emilee Nall and Kiersten Windham.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sue Jones Hunkapiller; his parents; one sister, Doris Rutherford; and one brother, Vernon Ray Hunkapiller.
Visitation will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Michael Wildman
CORINTH – Michael Wayne Wildman, 57, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in the Rowland Mills Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Sue Hunter
TUPELO – Mary Sue Hunter, 93, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born Oct. 16, 1917, in Dorsey to Robert E. and Clara Thornley Riley. A 1935 graduate of Saltillo High School, she attended Draughon’s Business College. She married James M. Hunter of the Cedar Hill community in north Lee County on April 22, 1939. She worked as a legal secretary until 1943, when she was employed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Following World War II, she and her husband purchased the Delta Inn Hotel in Sumner which they operated as a bed and breakfast until 1952. In 1953, they moved to Tupelo and began a 30-year career in the restaurant business. Hunter’s Restaurant was AAA rated and well known in North Mississippi for its great food. She obtained her realtors license and later her brokers license and formed Hunter Reality in 1983. She worked in the real estate business until retirement in 1995. She was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. David Eldridge, Dr. John G. Armistead and Father Donald Brice officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her sons, William Hunter and James Riley Hunter Sr. (Judy) of Tupelo; two sisters, Dorothy Harwood of St. Louis, Mo., and Barbara Sigafoos of Baldwin, Wisc.; her brother, Robert E. Riley Jr. of Garner, N.C.; four grandsons, Riley Hunter (Missy), John Hunter, Michael Hunter and Ben Hunter (Kory); her great-grandchildren, Mary Beth Hunter, James Riley Hunter III and Anna Maria Hunter; and special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James M. Hunter, on April 25, 1962; two brothers, Horace Ray Riley and Aubrey Riley; and her sister, Mildred Cunningham.
Her sons, grandsons and great-grandson will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN.
Anne G. Millsaps
WEST POINT – Anne G. Millsaps, 77, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born March 18, 1933, in Aberdeen to Ruth Wilson and Finis Young Owens. Mrs. Millsaps was a bookkeeper for Southern Inn Motel and manager for Kentucky Fried Chicken in West Point for a number of years. She attended Riverside Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Sallee officiating. Burial will follow in Beeks Cemetery in Monroe County. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy L. McKenna (Jim) of Lake Cormorant; one son, Larry Young Mitchener of St. Louis, Mo.; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thyra Ford of Columbus and Gwen Liebeler of Nashville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Jewell Johnson.
Pallbearers will be John Ruff, Joe Signaigo, Cameron Dahbashi, Austin Bowen and Aryan Dahbashi.
Memorials may be made to Dugan Memorial Home Resident Activities, 804 E. Main St., West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Leona Mize
DUMAS – Leona Mize, 95, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thomas Cummings
MANTACHIE – Thomas David Cummings, 67, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 28, 1943, to Willie Guy and Idola Duvall Cummings. He was a retired construction worker and a Mason. He was a member of the Mantachie United Methodist Church. He enjoyed playing dominoes and traveling, and he loved his grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Mantachie United Methodist Church with Bro. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Angela Nanney (Van) of Alpharetta, Ga., and Marsha Cummings of Ocean Springs; one sister, Jacqueline Evans of Mantachie; and two grandchildren, Joshua Nanney and Noelle Cummings.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 37 years, Sue Cummings, on Nov. 2, 2005, and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Richard Johnson, Jerry Johnson, Charles King, Glenn King, Hugh Duvall and Bud Duvall.
Visitation will be 7 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mantachie United Methodist Church.

Will Clemons
NEW ALBANY – Willie “Will” Clemons, 84, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at the Ripley Manor Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Gresta Stafford
WEST POINT – Gresta H. Stafford, 81, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Burial will follow in McPherson Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

A.C. Wood
FULTON – A.C. Wood, 63, died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, at his home in the Peppertown community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Jacalyn Sills
OXFORD – Jacalyn Diane Sills, 56, died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, at her home at 281 CR 323 in Taylor. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.