Obituaries January 28, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Jacky Byrd
MANTACHIE – Jacky Roy Byrd, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Buddy Barker
VINA, Ala. – Buddy W. Barker, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Huntsville Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Sparks Chapel Cemetery in Vina, Ala. Visitation is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Rita Kopp
HOLLY SPRINGS – Rita C. Kopp, 96, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Alliance Healthcare System in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Monty Woolven
NETTLETON – Arnold “Monty” Woolven, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 15, 1937, in Labette County, Kan., to Arnold Keene and Etta Mae Hamilton Woolven. He was a native of Oswego, Kan., but had resided in Lee County for the past 30 years. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired mandage of the private John Allen Fish Hatchery in Tupelo as a Fishery Biologist, in which he received a master’s degree from Mississippi State University. He was a Methodist, a Shriner and a 32nd Degree Mason. He enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle, going fishing and rabbit hunting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mike Hunter and the Rev. Ricky Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Homeside Cemetery with Masonic Rites.
Survivors include his wife, Terri Stephenson Woolven of Nettleton; one daughter, Monica Woolven of Nettleton; two stepdaughters, Christy Berryhill (Jody) of Nettleton and Stephanie Riley of Okolona; four sons, Kelly Woolven (Denise), Mike Woolven (Tobie), all of Nettleton, Jeff Woolven (Mindy) of Redland, Calif., and Joe Woolven (Dawn) of Horn Lake; one sister, Diane Dyche (Ed) of Estes Park, Colo.; one half-brother, Paul Woolven of Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Connie Sue Woolven; and his parents.
Palbearers will be Cotton Johnson, Sonny Lyons, Randy Snipes, Jody Berryhill, Cole Cochran and Mike Franks. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Fields and Royce Wood.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue noon until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

William Graham Sr.
MYRTLE – William W. C. Graham Sr., 86, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Ashland Health and Rehab in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Archie Saylors
BOONEVILLE – Archie Saylors, 96, passed away Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 28, 1916, to Toy and Ida Lou Saylors. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church of Blackland. He was a lifelong dairy and row crop farmer in the Blackland community where he enjoyed his many friends and family members, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His hobby was playing checkers with his friends at the Blackland country store. In 1988, he won the Mississippi State Checker Tournament in Petal. He was active in the community and church affairs, he was a longtime trustee of the Blackland Grammer School and he was active in the RCDC program.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Walter Downs and Bro. Robert McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery.
He is survived by three sons, Deryl (Brenda) Saylors of Booneville, Manfred Saylors of Booneville and Kerry (Elizabeth) Saylors of Amory; eight grandchildren, Deanna (Tar) Reid of Charlotte, N.C., Stephanie (Wade) Williams of Houston, Texas, Tracy (Terry) Cartwright of Booneville, Teresa (Randy) Calvery of Booneville, Paul Saylors of Tupelo, John Saylors of Booneville, Sharla Saylors of Amory and Laura (Justin) Gibson of Amory; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Miriam Saylors of Tupelo; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Moore Saylors; one son, Dean Saylors; his parents; three sisters, Ruby Mims, Ruth Wilson and Billie Jean Prather; five brothers, Youll V., John Allen, Van, Lacy and James Howard Saylors; one infant grandson, Timothy Deryl Saylors; and one infant granddaughter, Shelia Deanise Saylors.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Charles Melvin Geno, Gregory Geno, Jimmy Moore, Berry Moore, Charlie Mac Moore and Trent Moore.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Merle LeBlanc
IUKA – Merle LeBlanc died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at her home in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Gloria Phillips
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Gloria Shook Phillips, 90, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at her residence in Franklin, Tenn. She was born Dec. 21, 1922, to Annie Laurie Shook and Thomas Oscar Shook in Belmont. She moved to Starkville at the age of five, graduated from Starkville High School and attended Mississippi State University. She married W. E. “Skeeter” Phillips on Feb. 3, 1940, and they were married 70 years until his death on March 5, 2010. They raised their two sons in Starkville and lived there until 2006. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and loved to entertain, hosting many events in her home and church. She was involved with the United Methodist Women, serving as chairman and coordinator and was recognized with a special membership gold pen in 1995. She was also involved in many bridge clubs throughout the years playing bridge until the age of 88. In 2006, they moved to Avonlea Assisted Living in Tupelo. She moved to The Manor at Steeplechase in Franklin in July of 2011. She was actively involved in the lives of her family, loved to travel with her family and gather with them as often as possible, supported and encouraged her family in any way that she could and loved them beyond measure.
Services are 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Methodist Church in Starkville.
She is survived by her sons, Dr. Walter E. “Phil” Phillips Jr. (Teresa) of Brentwood, Tenn., and Bryan Phillips of Naples, Fla.; grandchildren, Stephanie (David) Cayson of Tupelo, Donnell McCorkle (Matthew) of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Michael (Beth) Grooms of Nolensville, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Alex and Maggie Cayson and Brooklyn and Ali Grace McCorkle; and brother, Col. Tom (Roxie) Shook of San Antonio, Texas.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Hal Shook; and her sister, Hazel Shook.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville and 10 a.m. until service time at the church.
Memorials may be sent to First Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2585, Starkville, MS 39760.
Online guest registry is available at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Madeline Thompson
NEWTON – Madeline Lanier Thompson, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. A native of Soperton, Ga., and longtime resident of Newton, she was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. She married Tommy Thompson in 1947. She and her husband lived in Newton from 1949 to 1953 and they moved permanently in 1961. She was an avid gardener, flower show judge, reader and enthusiastically involved with the Newton United Methodist Church.
Private family services will be held at graveside in Soperton, Ga.
She is survived by her sons, Tommy (Penny) and Lanier (Jarie); grandchildren, Gracie Menetre (Bailey) and Laura Thompson (Yuri Livshitz), Jesse, Ruddy and Jack Thompson; great-grandsons, George and Pate Menetre; great-granddaughter, Esther Livshitz; and many well-loved nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Tommy Thompson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newton United Methodist Church.
Virginia Bollinger
BRUCE – Virginia Spears Bollinger, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Jan. 15, 1942, in Calhoun City to Doyle L. Spears and Ila K. Cummings Spears. She was a devoted homemaker, a member of Parker Baptist Church and Ladies Christian Fellowship.
Service is at 2:30 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce, with Bro. Paul Morris officiating assisted by Bro. Forrest Poindexter.
She is survived by her husband, Dewey Ray Bollinger of Bruce; three sons, Anthony Ray Bollinger (Pam) of Bruce, Eddie Bollinger (Karen) of Calhoun City and John Bollinger (Melanie) of Calhoun City; one brother, Doyle Spears (Johnny) of Columbus; six grandchildren, Matt Bollinger, Colby Bollinger, Morgan Bollinger, Amanda Bollinger, Jonathan Bollinger and Lexie Bollinger and three great-grandchildren, Baylee Ray Bollinger, Miller Finn and Easton Bollinger.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers are Terry Joe Blount, Colby Bollinger, Johnathan Bollinger, Karl Bollinger, Keith Bollinger and Matt Bollinger.
Online Condolences may be made at: parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Laverne Ivy
FULTON – Margaret Laverne Reeves Ivy, 88 , died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born July 18, 1924, in Itawamba County to Audie and Ila Wallace Reeves. She was a member of the Hardens Chapel United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School. She lived a portion of her life in Nicaragua, where her husband was in the lumber business. She worked in retail and in her personal life she really enjoyed helping people. She was an avid reader and she especially adored her grandchildren.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with the Rev. Darrell Sanderson officiating. Burial will be in Harden’s Chapel cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Bettie Ivy Coniglio (James) of Belden; one granddaughter, Heather Lunceford Markham (Seth) of Purcellville, Va.; one grandson, William Troy Lunceford of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Meckenzie Markham, Rowan Markham and Dylan Markham; and one sister, Mary Ellen Gaddy of Chattanooga, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy C. Ivy; and her parents.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time today at McNeece-Morris funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Lesley
FULTON – Shirley Pearson Lesley, 74, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Tishomingo County on Nov. 16, 1938, to Huron O. Pearson and Flora Waddle Pearson. She lived most of her adult life in Itawamba County where she worked in the furniture manufacturing industry. She was the widow of James Herman Lesley who died in 1962.
All services will be private. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Dr. James Bruce Lesley of Starkville; and her daughter, Laura Lesley Boswell of Winnfield, Ala.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Louise Griggs
OKOLONA – Ruby Louise Finn Griggs, 87, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. She was born in Chickasaw County on Nov. 30, 1925, to William R. and Zue Ella Long Finn. A lifelong resident of Chickasaw County, she was a retired seamstress for Delta Trousers. She was a member of the Carnation Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was a joyful lady who always approached life optimistically. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who affectionately called her Mamaw, was known far and wide for her biscuits and chocolate pies, loved word find puzzles, reading her Bible and following the pursuits of her grands.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Dr. Wallace Cason III officiating. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include her son, Gary Griggs (Pam); her daughter, Joanie Griggs Word (Herbert), all of the Okolona area; nine grandchildren, Mandy Crane (Joey), Tom Griggs (Amanda), Lacy Lockhart (Andy), Branan Griggs (Missy), Jay Griggs (Keri), Scott Word (Ellie), Trey Word (Julie), Kathryn Pennebaker (Bo) and Mary Harris (Anthony); 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas (Tom) Griggs, who died in l998; her son, Larry Griggs in 2005; and her siblings, T.A., Henry, J.W. and W.R. Finn.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today and 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Trey, Branan, Jay, Tom and Phillip and Harold Jolly.
Memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 148 CR 137, Okolona, Miss. 38860.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Kathleen Nichols
BELMONT – Kathleen Nichols died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Church of Christ. Burial is at Lindsey Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today at Liberty Church of Christ.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 County Road 700, Corinth, MS 38834.

Polly Jackson
CORINTH – Mary A. “Polly” Jackson, 89, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab.
Service is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Interment is at Tippah Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. at Magnolia Funeral Home.

Charles Wilson
ASHLAND – Charles Wilson, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.