Obituaries January 26, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

John Rockette
DETROIT – John Edward Rockette, 63, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at Viewmont Hospital in Detroit, Mich. A native of Taylor, he was the son of the late John D. Rockette and Emma Norphlet-Rockette.
Graveside committal services will be at 11 a.m. today at Yocona Cemetery in Taylor. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived bythree daughters, Katherine Parker, Rose Andrews and Ashley Caine, all of Detroit, Mich.; six sisters, Jerry Brantley of Racine, Wis., Nina Rockette of Memphis, Earlie Rockette-Aderibigbe of Atlanta, Ga., Nancy Gordon of Abbeville, Mattie Rockette-Houston of Chesapeake, Va., and Elizabeth Rockette of Lorton, Va.; one brother, Jan R. Rockette of Taylor; nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, James R. Rockette.

Lula Mae Woodall
TAYLOR – Lula Mae Ivy Woodall, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at her home in Taylor. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Mattie Puffer
MYRTLE – Mattie Florence Hale Puffer, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at her residence. She was born Jan. 2, 1930, in Union County to George Beurman Hale and Rosie Florence Motes Hale. She was a retired seamstress for the New Albany Shirt Factory. She was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Louie Williams and the Rev. Chris Douglass officiating. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Jimmy D. Puffer of Myrtle, a daughter Shirley Herring of Myrtle; a son, Bobby Murphree of Memphis; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three sons, Larry Wayne Murphree, James Paul Murphree and Ricky Thomas Moore.
Pallbearers will be Robert Long, Bryan Herring, Wayne Murphree, David Herring, Andrew Douglass, Jacob Douglass, Chris Douglass and Tommy Hale.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

LaDonna Hamm
OXFORD – LaDonna Renee Hamm, 40, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the LaDonna Hamm Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 1200, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

George Reinemann
WATER VALLEY – George William Reinemann, 58, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will be in Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery in Panola County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be offered at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.

Gayle Chrisp Thomason
RUSKIN, Fla. – Gayle Jean Chrisp Thomason, 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at Life Path Hospice. She was born in Jackson, Tenn., the daughter of the late Charles Milton Chrisp and Gladys Marie Young Chrisp. Mrs. Thomason worked as church secretary at Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson, Tenn. She attended Plant City’s First Baptist Church in the winter months and also attended Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo. She was married in 1949 to Billy Neil Thomason. She was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also her daughter’s shopping buddy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today in the chapel of Englewood Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Williams and Dr. Philip Jett officiating. Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery. Lawrence-Sorensen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Surviving are her husband, Billy Neil Thomason of Tupelo; her son, Dennis Thomason (Kathy) of Ooltewah, Tenn.; her daughters, Deborah Gurriere (Raymond) of Asheville, N.C., and Dorothy Rogers (Tommy) of Okolona; seven grandchildren, Will Richardson, Rad Richardson, Charlie Thomason, Adam Thomason, Abby Shipley, Andy Rogers and Brian Rogers; and great-grandchildren, Reese, Issac, Samantha, Clara Grace, Kelsey, Bradley, Amara, Gracie, Destiny, Eason and Gabe.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Bette Marie Chrisp; and a grandson, Bradley Rogers.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Will and Rad Richardson, Charlie and Adam Thomason, Andy and Brian Rogers and grandson-in-law, Corey Shipley.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (www.pdf.org) or a church of your choice.
Visitation will be 1 until 3 p.m. today at the church.

Annie McCostlin
BRUCE – Annie Helen Ingram McCostlin, 89, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born Nov. 28, 1923, at Alva in Webster County. She was a retired employee of Brookwood and a member of Bruce United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Bro. Rex Wilburn will officiate, and Bro. J.R. Eaton and Dr. Daniel Hathorne will assist. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, James Ingram (Betty Carol) McCostlin of Bruce; two sisters, Faye Morris and Edna Earl Collins, both of Bruce; three grandchildren, Jason (Mitzi) McCostlin, Amanda (Bubba) Weeks and Bradley (Carla) McCostlin, all of Bruce; eight great-grandchildren, Hayden, Alexis, Maci, Jaxon, Marley, Swayze, Christa and Chelle; one great-great-grandchild, Bentley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Odell McCostlin; her parents, Jennings Bryant Ingram and Irene Pyron Ingram; her stepmother, Gladys Hemphill Ingram; a daughter, Brenda Diane McCostlin; two sisters, Mary Bryon Ingram and Odein Daniels; and two brothers, Arnold Ingram and Argolis Ingram.
Pallbearers will be Mack Burnett, Carlton Collins, Ronald Jenkins, Bradley McCostlin, Bubba Weeks, Hayden McCostlin, Jason McCostlin and Lee Morris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Myrtle Piefer
WALNUT – Myrtle Lavern Garrett Tomlinson Piefer, 93, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Sept. 24, 1919, to Walter and Beulah Jones Garrett in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Jamie Garrett and Bro. Kenneth Drewery officiating. Burial will be in Overton Hill Church Cemetery in Walnut.
Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Lanphere (Prentice) of Saltillo and Geraldine Stokes (Larry) of Collierville, Tenn.; three sons, Charles Tomlinson (Majell), Butch Tomlinson (Bonnie) and James Tomlinson (Betty), all of Walnut; one daughter-in-law, Doris Garrett of Iuka; one sister-in-law, Jan Regan of Florida; 16 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren.
She was prececed in death by her first husband, Mansel Tomlinson; her second husband, Frank Piefer; her parents; one son, J.L. Garrett; one sister, Pearl Bridges; four brothers, Rubel, Eugene, Odell and Fred Garrett; and a half brother, Roy Joe Regan.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com

Betty Wooley
CORINTH – Funeral services for Betty L. Wooley, 72, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Martin
SALTILLO – John Martin, 89, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He retired after 40 years service at One Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaners. He enjoyed gardening. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Saltillo First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will be in East Mt. Zion Cemetery.
He is survived by two children, Carolyn Edge (Buck) of Baldwyn and Johnny Martin (Peggy) of Guntown; seven grandchildren, Jonathan Payne (Jessica), Brad Martin, Wendy Vick (Justin), Jessica Robinson, Kayla Martin, Connie Hall (Steve) and Ashley Edge (Josh); 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Jessie Brisco of Saltillo and Jewell Martin (Homer) of Saltillo; several nieces and nephews; special friend and room mate, James “Chico” Chandler; special friends, Bob and Lynn Vaughn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Davis and Esther Howery Martin; one brother and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be Johnathan Payne, Michael Payne, Andy Roberts, Brad Martin, Josh Jarvis, Steve Hall and Ronny Blassingame.
Visitation will begin at noon today.

Charles Merrell Sr.
ANTELOPE VALLEY, Calif. – Charles Merrell Sr., 64, died at his residence in California. He was formerly of Mooreville and had been the custodian at Mooreville Elementary before moving to California. He was a Baptist.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Norris Chapel Baptist Church. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived his wife, Toni Merrell of California; five daughters, Charlene Merrell Yates, JoAnna Klarmt and Jamie Merrell, all of Illinois, Krystel Merrell of Nettleton and Kassie Merrell of Mantachie; two sons, Charles “Chuck” Merrell Jr. of Mantachie and Jeffrey Merrell of Illinois; two brothers, Roland Merrell of Mississippi and David Merrell of St. Louis; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Vern Merrell.

Tim Gilmore
BOONEVILLE – Timothy Dale Gilmore, 52, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Booneville. He was over the hotel/motel restaurant management division of Northeast Mississippi Community College for more than 20 years. He dearly loved his church family, DECA family, and the NEMCC colleagues and students.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Booneville. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret (David) Brown of Laurel; two sisters, Pam (David) Pickron of Haughton, La., and Tammy Gilmore of Charlotte, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Teresa Gilmore of Sebastapol; two nieces, Sarah and Jade; four nephews, Quint, David, Justin and Travis; 11 great-nieces and great-nephews; special friends (like a brother to him), Lance and Danette Chancellor, and their children, Kelsey (Steven), Darron and Trevor.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard Gilmore, and one brother, Ken Gilmore.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Tim Gilmore NEMCC Memorial Scholarship Fund at Northeast Development Association, 101 Cunningham Blvd., Booneville, MS 38829.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Billy Martin Sr.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Billy Martin Sr., 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at Garden Villa Health in Bloomington, Ind. He was born Aug. 16, 1930, to Thomas and Lois Brimingham Martin. He was retired from General Electric after 35 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and of the Apostolic faith.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Eldon McVey and Bro. Roy Joshlin officiating. Burial will be in the Piney Grove Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Nell Yarber Martin; four daughters, Anita June Bledsoe of Dyersburg, Tenn., Carol Jean Walker and Mary Annette Martin, both of Bloomington, Ind., and Fran Booker of Baton Rouge, La.; one son, Billy (Christie) Martin Jr. of Bloomington, Ind.; one sister, Almer Stevens of Booneville; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Agnes Coker; one brother, Jesse Martin; and two great-grandsons, Henry Isiah Stover and Nathan Allen Martin.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Sunday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Eddie Irons
CLEVELAND, Ohio – Eddie B. Irons died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Cleveland, Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Charles Moss
PONTOTOC – Charles Moss, 63, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 10, 1949, to John and Opal Moss. He was a Baptist. He attended school at Randolph, graduating in 1967. He served as a sergeant in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1975 and was later awarded the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism with “V” device for his service. He worked for Lane Furniture Industry for 32 years and was employed by Encore Furniture prior to his illness. He was an outdoorsman at heart and enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling and watching football. He was well known for his pranks, jokes and his sense of humor. He loved to make people laugh.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Pastor Murry Galloway officiating. Burial will follow in the Baldwin Memorial Gardens in Pontotoc. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Wilma Moss; three sons, Ken Moss (Cynthia), Mike Moss (Rena) and Tracy Boland; one daughter, Tammy Boland; one daughter-in-law, Gena Moss, all of Pontotoc; four granddaughters, Kendra Moss, Hannah Moss, Alexa Moss and Natalie Carter (Eric); two brothers, Ray Moss (Shirley) and Johnny Moss (Cathy); two sisters, Ethelene Cowsert (L.D.) and Kathleen Purdon; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Opal Moss; one brother, Tim Moss; one sister, Joyce Fay Moss; a son, Lee Moss; and his first wife, Jeanette Shook Moss.
Pallbearers will be Gary Purdon, Carl Purdon, Daniel Purdon, Jonathan Moss, Cody Box and Keith Hodum.
Visitation will be at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home from 4 until 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. until service Sunday.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Thomas Mullens
SELMER, Tenn. – Thomas Orman Mullens, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at McNairy Health Care Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at City of Refuge Church. Burial will be in the Family Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
There will be no visitation.

Eddie Falkner
HOLLY SPRINGS – Eddie Falkner, 98, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at his home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Smith Grove M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 12:30 to 1:25 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Ruby Williams
TUPELO – Ruby Jean Reed Williams, 54, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, at her home. She was born Sept. 3, 1958, to Willie Reed and Mary Standfield Reed. Always the life of the party, “Miss Ruby,” as she was affectionately known, loved to laugh, dance and listen to music. She had a caring and compassionate heart and a deep love for her children and grandchildren. She attended Shannon High School and later South Pontotoc High School, where she was actively involved in basketball. She was a cheerleader, a member of the homecoming court and participated in various other high school activities. She graduated in 1977. She several years she was employed at Belk’s Department Store and Jitney Jungle. She worked in a management position at Friedman’s Jewelers for many years. She loved working in retail, where she met many people from all walks of life.
Services will be at noon today at Mt. Calvary Outreach Ministry in Okolona. Minister Dan Collins III will officiate. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Sherria Collins (Ben) of Tupelo and Tiffany Floyd (Desmond) of Warwick, R.I.; one son, Nathan Williams (LaKrystal) of Tupelo; three sisters, Mary Mosley of Lawton, Okla., Barbara Reed of Tupelo and Mildred MaGee (Thomas) of Pontotoc; six brothers, Wardell Standfield of Detroit, Mich., Marvin Reed, Melvin Reed, Jerry Reed (Kim) and Tony Reed, all of Tupelo, and Steve Reed (Valerie) of Irvin, Texas; four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Willie Gene Reed Jr. and Henry Wendell Reed.

Ophelia Robinson
BLUE SPRINGS – Ophelia Robinson, 90, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

James Long
HOUSTON – James Murray Long, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born Sept. 12, 1927, in Chickasaw County to Jessie and Maybell Long. He was a farmer, a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of North Jackson Street Church of Christ in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston. Bro. Don Brady will officiate. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery in Chickasaw County.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jane Maxine Long; four sons, Mike Long of Houston, Keith Long and Barbara of Walnut, Mark Long and Regina of Houston, and Phillip Long of Houston; one brother, David Long and Delois of Houston; two sisters, Joyce Gann of Houston and Margie Woodridge of Meridian; five grandchildren, Brandy Long, Chris Long and Scott Long, Eric and Justan Palmer; seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters and one brother.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made to www.southernfuneralchapel.com.

Ethel Mae Dunaway
SALTILLO – Ethel Mae “Big Mom” Dunaway, 88, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her home in Saltillo after an extended illness. She was born June 9, 1924, in Saltillo to Claude and Alma Archibald Putt. She worked at Playcraft and the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a longtime member of Mayfield Church of Christ. She loved to sew and cook, and was known as “Big Mom” by everyone who knew her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Minister Clyde Mize and Minister Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in Mayfield Cemetery. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Paulette Frazier and Robert of Saltillo; one granddaughter, Suzette Ethridge and Anthony of Saltillo; two great-granddaughters, Kelsie Hankins and Andy of Tupelo, and Taylor Witt and Stuart of Saltillo; her namesake and great-great-granddaughter, Mackenzie Mae Hankins of the home; special caregiver, Melissa Ethridge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Dunaway; her parents; and one brother, Jack Putt.
Visitation will be noon until service time Sunday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Susan Rutledge
WHEELER – Susan Rutledge, 65, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Donald Kelly
As dawn was breaking Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, Donald A. Kelly left his earthly years and struggles behind, gladly answering the Lord’s beckoning call to rest.
Don was born to Flake and Addie Lou (Williams) Kelly in Tupelo, Sept. 9, 1939. He graduated from Tupelo H.S. (1957) and Mississippi State University (1961). Don moved northward, settling in the Quad Cities where he and his wife, Jean, raised their two daughters.
Don and his two partners formed Dadco Corp. in Davenport, Iowa, retiring in 1997.
In 2000, Don moved with his wife, Karla, to Freeport , Fla., where they shared 12 years of beautiful sunrises and sunsets from their home on the bay.
Those who knew Don recognized his enjoyment of people and readiness for a good laugh. One friend stated of Don, “We laughed with him, at him and sometimes in spite of him.” The stories abound as did his love and concern for his family. Don was always positive. He became acquainted with many in all phases of the medical community in the last few years and was always thankful and gracious to people in those difficult times. To all who touched his life, Thank You.
Don is survived by his daughters, Paige (Tim) Steffl of Naperville, Ill., and Meigan Kelly of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Alexa and Cole Steffl; his wife of 20 years, Karla; and sister, Lou Ellen (Bill) Derden, Tallahassee, Fla. Other survivors include nieces, Kathrine and Celeste, and their families; Jean Kelly, Davenport, the mother of his children; former sister-in-law and brothers-in-law; as well as numerous relatives of his wife, Karla.
Memorial services will be held later in the year. Any donations may be made in Don’s honor to The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, Box 2007, Eglin Air Force Base, FL 32542; or to the American Cancer Society Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge, 2121 SW 16th Street Gainesville , FL 32608 (designate restricted to Hope Lodge, Gainesville).
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.daviswatkins.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Watkins Funeral Home and Crematory, DeFuniak Springs, Fla,
“Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
and mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
a life of joy and peace.”