Obituaries January 25, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jacalyn Sills
TAYLOR – Jacalyn Diane Sills, 56, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at her home located at 281 County Road 323 in Taylor. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.
Ellen Parsons
IUKA – Ellen Parsons, 90, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11a.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment will follow in Sardis Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Marlene Camp
BANNER – Marlene Wright Camp, 77, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of Delta Casket Co. in Memphis and a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Billy Foster officiating. Burial will be in the Banner Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Fay Camp of Banner; three sisters, Louise Wright of Bruce, Kathryn James of Bruce and Helen C. Phillips of Oxford.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Roy F. Camp, on Dec. 31, 2010; her parents, Avery Pascal Wright and Clarisse Mitchell Wright; sisters, Ivylene Wright Babb, Nonus Whisenant, Martha Jane Wright, Nova W. Kelley, Idell Mosley and Marguerite Wright; and brothers, Ivy Wright and Avery P. Wright.
Pallbearers will be Clint Camp, Donald Camp, Jason Camp, Kevin Camp, Larry Davis and Thomas Camp.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.parkerfuneralhomes.com.
Jack Thrift
OXFORD – Jack Walton Thrift, 80, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Jack was born July 11, 1930, to W.C. and Aleene Thrift in Tupelo. He served in the Air Force from 1948-1952. After receiving his MBA from Ole Miss, he was employed at Rockwell International in Tupelo for 23 years as personnel manager and safety officer. After retirement from Rockwell, he came to the University of Mississippi as personnel director/safety officer for the University’s physical plant, where he ultimately retired.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. today at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford with the Rev. Taylor Moore officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Janice Morgan Thrift; sons Jack W. Thrift II, his wife, Therese and their children, Morgan and Allee of Seabrook, Texas and Timothy Thrift and his wife, Stephanie and their son, Alex of Cypress, Texas; daughters, Jill Hart and her husband, Mike and their sons, Kyle and Chris of Brandon and Amy Burns and her husband, David and their sons, Alden and Jack and their daughter, Elise of Water Valley; a brother, William C. Thrift and his wife, Dolly of Tupelo; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Kevin Matthew Thrift.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time today in the church parish hall with a reception following the service.
In honor of Mr. Thrift’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Air Force will be flown at Waller Funeral Home during the time of services.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
Buddy Collier
CORINTH – Cletus Marvin “Buddy” Collier, 83, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at the Mississippi Care Center.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery in Counce, Tenn.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Gary Garnsay Jr.
PONTOTOC – Gary Duwayne Garnsay Jr., 48, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at his residence after a brief illness.
Memorial services will be held at a later time in Michigan. Holland Funeral Directors-Tupelo Chapel is in charge of local arrangements.
Maxine Gilliam
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Nelda Maxine Graham Gilliam, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Bartlett, Tenn., after a brief illness. She was born on Jan. 24, 1928, in Fulton to Douglas Copeland Graham and Fleta May Silas Graham. She graduated from Verona High School and attended Itawamba Junior College and the University of Mississippi, where she specialized in home economics, guidance counseling and computer programming. She spent more than 40 years as a personnel supervisor for the South Central Bell telephone company of Northern Mississippi. While with the telephone company she was based in Tupelo, but during her employment she traveled and worked in Grenada, Corinth, Hernando, New Albany and other locations in the Northern Mississippi area. After retiring from the telephone company she spent many years volunteering for her favorite charities and organizations before beginning a 10-year part-time position at Walmart in New Albany.
Mrs. Gilliam was an active member of Macedonia Baptist Church, where she for many years taught the adult women’s Sunday School class and took part in numerous volunteer activities. As an advocate of learning, she was often engaged in numerous religious education classes she used to enhance her Sunday School curriculum and other church work. She moved to Carestone Assisted Living in 2005 after an illness. While at Carestone she was active in the bell choir, led Bible study groups, directed activities, wrote and directed skits for the residents, and actively participated in other activities.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Myrtle with the Rev. Bill Foley and Rev. Tommy Peters officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Clayann Gilliam Panetta (John Carl); two grandchildren, Anna Clay Panetta and Joshua Charles Panetta; three sisters, Mary Wages, Annette Post and Brenda Ferguson; two brothers, Loyd D. “Sonny” Graham and William T. “Bill” Graham; and two special friends, Ed Reitzammer and Anna Summerford.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Clay Joshua Gilliam.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at United Funeral Service in New Albany. The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes prior to service time on Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Betty Jo Redwine
WEST POINT – Betty Jo Thompson Redwine, 74, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. She was born on Dec. 4, 1936, to Johnnie C. Thompson and Giffie Lou Little in Tishomingo County. Mrs. Redwine was a former employee of the Bamp&W Credit Union where she was the assistant manager. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and was very active in the church activities.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel with Jud Ward officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Redwine of West Point; two daughters, Lisa Henderson and Sheryl Fair, both of West Point; two grandchildren, Tabitha Poss and Robert Fair; three great-grandchildren, Gracie Poss, Carson Poss and Halle Poss.
Pallbearers will be Lanny Fair, Ashley Poss, Robert Brown, Stormy Henderson, Tom Ward and Cary Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Ed Miller and Dr. John Shields.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Aaron Smith
EGGVILLE – Clyde Aaron Smith, 65, passed away peacefully Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at The North Mississippi Medical Center surrounded by his family. A Lee County native and lifelong resident of the Eggville community, he was born Nov. 21, 1945, to Clyde and Vera Robbins Smith. He married the love of his life, Margie Williams Smith, on Feb. 21, 1969. Before becoming disabled, he was a long haul truck driver for Krueger International, driving over one million miles accident free. He was an old car enthusiast and a loving husband and father. He was a 32nd degree Mason of Lodge 294 in Saltillo and a member of Eggville Free Will Baptist Church.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial with Masonic rites will be in Eggville Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 42 years, Margie Williams Smith of Eggville; two sons, Brad Smith of Tupelo and Chad Smith and his special daughter-in-law, Laura Lynn Smith, of Plantersville; two granddaughters who were his angels, Paige and Chelsea Smith of Tupelo; one sister, Betty Palmer (Robert) of Eggville; one brother, Earnest Smith (Jan) of Tupelo; his extended family of brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, whom he loved like his own family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Faye Gattis; one brother, Weaver H. Smith; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elmer and Jettie Williams.
Pallbearers will be members of the Masonic Lodge 294.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Health Care Foundation of the North Mississippi Stroke Treatment Program, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Pete White
EVERGREEN – Robert C. “Pete” White, 73, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at his residence in the Evergreen community after a brief illness. A Lee County native, he was born Aug. 8, 1937, to Dennis Elvis and Lois Vernell Raper White. Earlier in his working years he farmed for over 15 years. Later he worked over 35 years with Evans Lumber Company, where he retired a number of years ago. He was a member of Richmond Pentecostal Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Richmond Pentecostal Church with Rev. Ricky Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Pauline Starling White; four sons, Kenneth White (Beth) of Evergreen, Wayne White (Beverly) of Evergreen, Johnny White of Evergreen, Jerry White (Tracey) of Senatobia; two daughters, Rhonda Ritter (Tim) of Auburn and Tammy McCray (Rickey) of Evergreen; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; one brother, Johnny Brown of Unity; and a half sister, Sara Holland of Shelby County, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Jeremy White.
Pallbearers will be David Dunaway, Mike McCollum, Ronnie Brown, Wesley Brown, Lynn Stults, Johnny Reid, Rickey Hester and Bobby Kelly.
His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Eldora B. Ford
PLANTERSVILLE – Eldora B. Ford, 76, died Sunday, Jan. 23,2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Bethel M.B. Church in Plantersville. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Dorsey. Agnew amp& Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.agnewandsons.com.
Grace L. Shumpert
FULTON – Grace L. Shumpert, 64, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home.
Mae White
WEST POINT – Mae White, 87, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at the Cleveland Personal Care Home in Cleveland. She was born Sept. 23, 1924, in Millport, Lamar County, to Gerzie Mae Miller and Clarence Valcus Billingsley. Mrs. White was a West Point School System bus driver and school lunch employee for 18 years. She was of the Baptist faith.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Payton Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Denise Richardson of Itta Bena and Jamie Cartee of West Point; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; one sister, Annie Sue Shelton of Columbus; and one brother, Harlon H. Billingsley of Mobile, Ala.
Pallbearers will be Keith Richardson, David Ellis, Taylor Cartee, Moe Rahim, Melvin Swindol and John David Higginbotham.
Visitation will be from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
James A. Clardy
WEST POINT – James A. Clardy, 82, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at his home near West Point. He was born Feb. 2, 1928, in Choctaw County to Katie Lou Allen Clardy and Lonnie L. Clardy. Mr. Clardy was a welder at Babcock amp& Wilcox Company in West Point for 31 years. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Mission and the West Point Masonic Lodge 40 Famp&AM.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jim Sallee officiating and Bro. Ben Yarber assisting. Burial will follow in Double Springs Cemetery near Mathiston. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Nandra Langley and Judy Clardy, both West Point; two sons, Danny Clardy (Diane) of Hamilton and Randy Clardy (Thomasene) of Okolona; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Iva Lee (Raymond) of West Point; three brothers, Lester Clardy (Christine) of Maben, Jim Clardy (Betty) of Louisville and Terrell Mannon Clardy (Jean) of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lonnie Clardy, T.J. Clardy and Walter Clardy; and one sister, Mary Lou McMullen.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Cliett, Corey Terry, Stanley Lee, David Estes, Choke Malone, Royce Bigham and Joe Huffman.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ashley Heflin, Allen Langley, Dustin Clardy, Brandon Clardy, Dr. Andrew Wartak, and the nurses and staff of the North Mississippi Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 103 River Oak Drive, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Octavia Crumb
HOLLY SPRINGS – Octavia Rae Crumb, 24, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Dimension Salt amp& Light Ministries in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at New Dimensions Church from 10:to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Jean Isbell
CORINTH – Jean Isbell, 81, died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Darrell Finley
HOLLY SPRINGS – Darrell Lamond Antwonnia Finley, 28, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Dimension Salt amp& Light Ministries in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum amp& Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at New Dimensions Church from 10:to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday.
Robert Smith Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert H. Smith Jr., 52, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Alliance Healthcare System. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Charles E. Baker
TUPELO – Charles E. Baker, 79, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born in Lee County on Jan. 14, 1932, to James and Eppie Baker and lived in the Auburn community for many years. He was a Korean War veteran, serving in the United States Navy. He was a self-employed heating and air contractor. He attended Oak Hill Methodist Church. He was a Mason and a Shriner and served as the president of the Lee County Shriners in the year 2000. He believed in hard work and helping others. He volunteered his time by working at the Coliseum for the Shriners. He enjoyed fishing, watching TV and playing electronic solitaire. His greatest joy was driving the hospital van back and forth to Shreveport, La., and Galveston, Texas, transporting children to the hospitals.
Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Donny Riley officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Baker of Tupelo; three daughters, Leasha Segars of Saltillo, Sonja (Chad) Nichols of Union County and Rebecca Keltz of Key West, Fla.; five sons, Wayne Baker of Marietta, David (Donna) Baker of Guntown, Barry Baker of Union County, Joel Baker of Tupelo and Robert (Sheila) Keltz of Tupelo; two sisters, Eunice (Ed) Campbell of Des Moines, Iowa, and Faye (Bobby Joe) Wooldridge of Mantachie; one brother, Merle (Margaret) Baker of Saltillo; one brother-in-law, Carl McKissick of Saltillo; his mother-in-law, Ann Norton of Tupelo; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Frances McKissick.
Pallbearers will be Zane Treadaway, Logan Treadaway, Eric Baker, John Michael Segars, Matthew Duffie and Barrett Rowsey.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, Lee County Shriners or Oak Hill Methodist Church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
Irene Bradford
HICKORY FLAT – Irene Fortner Bradford, 97, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at Yalobusha General Hospital Nursing Home in Water Valley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Flat Rock Baptist Church.