Obituaries January 29, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Al Burchfield
EGGVIILLE – Al Burchfield, 63, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Quitman to Amzie Lee and Grace Hamilton Burchfield. He grew up in Itta Bena but had lived in Lee County the past 42 years. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the U.S. Army and was a double Purple Heart medal recipient. He was retired from Gibson Container where he worked as a supervisor. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, NASCAR and loved spending time with his family.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Barnett officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Eydie Burchfield; his goddaughter, Laken Timms of Mooreville; three children, Alicia Mathieu (Andy) of Auburn, Robyn Holcomb (Kevin) of Eggville and Adam Burchfield of Tupelo; his grandchildren, Samantha Barnett (Jason King), Corbyn Thompson, Meladie Royce (Casey), Allana Burchfield, Nick, Dillion and Katie Mathieu, and Ali and Landon Holcomb; his great-grandchildren, Ayden Royce and Rody King; nephews, Lee Benson, Sammy Benson, Greg Baker and Jerry Scruggs; nieces, Brandy Lindsey (Michael) and Anita Brown.
Visitation will continue noon to service time today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Roy Rogers
DENNIS – James Roy Rogers, 68, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Iuka Hospital. He was a native of Mississippi and a construction worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Bobby Capps officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are four children, Shelley Green (Tony) of Smithville, Tammy Searcy (Joe) of Cherokee, Ala., Jesse Rogers (Sandy) of Iuka and Julie Johnston (Charles) of Tupelo; his mother, Jewel Rogers of Dennis; two brothers, Murrel Rogers and Gerald Rogers; 10 grandchildren, Michelle Peoples, Beth Rogers, Abby Clayton, Brody Clayton, Jesse Johnston, Elliot Johnston, Philip Johnston, Clara Green, Chloe Clayton and Taylor Searcy; four great-grandchildren, Brielle Peoples, Bailah Rogers, Brayden Johnston and Abigail Johnston; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Arvil Rogers, and a brother, Glen Rogers.
Pallbearers will be Tony Green, Joe Searcy, Charles Johnston, Brody Clayton, Jesse Johnston, Jesse Rogers, Craig Rogers, Phillip Kendrick and Elliot Johnston.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont and until service time on Wednesday.

Larry Plummer
BOONEVILLE – Larry Tobias “The Ox” Plummer, 52, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home. He was born June 19, 1960, in Memphis. He attended Harding Academy and graduated from Southern Baptist Education Center, playing center on the football teams at both schools. He was also a member of the Graceland swim team. He was a Repair Technician in the fish farming industry, a Baptist, and a member of the N.R.A. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, swimming, NASCAR, and spending time with his four nephews.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry Wallace officiating. Pamela Grooms will deliver the eulogy.
He is survived by his mother, Margie Plummer of Memphis; a sister, Pamela Grooms (David) of Booneville; and an aunt, Eola Summers of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his father, Harry Plummer; his grandparents, Orvil and Athalyne Summers, and Harry B. and Jessie Plummer; and two uncles, Orvil Eugene Summers and George Dempsey Summers.
Honorary pallbearers are his nephews, David A., Wesley, Chasely and Bradley Grooms.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Wanda Fae Crawley
BATESVILLE – Wanda Fae Crawley, 63, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at her home in Batesville. She was born Aug. 31, 1949, in Batesville to Viola Maynard and Tiger E. Crawley. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 23 years of service. She was a member of Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. She will be remembered as a jovial, fun-loving woman who enjoyed gospel music.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel in Batesville with the Rev. Derek Boyd, the Rev. Wes Sherman and the Rev. Lee Graham officiating. Interment will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery at Batesville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Survivors include her sister and closest companion, Dot Crawley Heath of Batesville; two brothers, Al Crawley (Diane) of Jackson and Melvin Crawley (Vicki) of Pontotoc; son-in-law, Derek Boyd (Karla) of Mesa, Ariz.; three grandchildren, Bowen, Jackson and Lily Grace Boyd of Mesa; three nieces who were like her daughters, Susan Heath Wright (Kenny) of Brandon, Sherry Heath Austin (Allen) of Courtland and Rhonda Heath Mastin (David) of Holly Springs; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to: Pilgrims Rest Cemetery Fund, 470 Pilgrims Rest Road, Batesville, MS 38606; or The Gideon Bible Ministry, Panola Camp, P.O. Box 791, Batesville, MS 38606.

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. 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. today at 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, Laura (Justin) Gibson of Amory; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Miriam Saylors of Tupelo and Emogene Moore of Jumpertown; 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; an infant grandson, Timothy Deryl Saylors; and an 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 will be until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jewel Perkins
THEODORE, Ala. – Jewel McCamey Mize Perkins, 90, passed away on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel, 8691 Old Pascagoula Road, Theodore, Ala. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
She is survived by her daughters, Rachel Merritt of Alabama and Sandra Michael of Texas; her stepson, David Mize of Mississippi; two granddaughters; six great-granddaughters; two great-great-granddaughters; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Bradford McCamey, Bill Mize and Luda Perkins, and two sisters.

Margaret Crawford
OXFORD – Margaret Karr Hewlett Crawford, 80, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Burial will follow in Yocona Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to College Hill Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 147 CR 102, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

J.V. Swindle
MAGEE – J.V. Swindle died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Collins. He was a retired high school administrator, educator and coach. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Magee and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Choctaw County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Floyd Swindle of Magee; two daughters, Shae Swindle Baria of Magee and Sherie (Timothy) Alexander of Richland; a son, Jay F. (Lynn) Swindle of Ellisville; a brother, J. E. (Lucy) Swindle of Pontotoc; two brothers-in-law, Charles (Betty) Austin and David (Frankie) Eldridge; three sisters-in-law, Jeanette, Boots and Mavis Swindle; seven grandchildlen; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Clif Foote
TUPELO – Roy Clifton “Clif” Foote, 81, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013. A lifelong resident of Lee County, he was born Feb. 15, 1931, to Roger Roy and Mary Catherine McPherson Foote. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and spent the last few years of his life at the Veteran’s Home in Oxford. He was a member of Verona Christian Church.
He is survived by one sister, Sue Foote Kilborn of Mobile, Ala.; one nephew, Jack Forbes Kilborn Jr. of Mobile, Ala.; and one niece, Mary Catherine Long of Gulf Shores, Ala.
Services will be at 11a.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Thom Perry officiating. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jacky R. Byrd
MANTACHIE – Jacky Roy Byrd, 65, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born Jan. 9, 1948, to Delmer Lee and Lelah Mauldin Byrd. He was a member of First Jesus Name Church in Mantachie for 43 years. He worked at Pepsi, Mississippi State Highway Department, and last worked at Loden’s Butane for 26 years. He enjoyed hunting and playing music, and he especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Ricky Pearce and Bro. Terry Pierce officiating. Burial will be in the Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Fennell Byrd; one son, Jacky Dale Byrd (Tonya); two grandchildren, Austin Byrd and Colton Byrd, all of Mantachie; one brother, Jimmy Byrd (Wreda) of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Heatherly Matthews (Garey) of Mantachie; three nephews, Roger Byrd (Ann) and Justin Byrd, both of Tupelo, and Perry Byrd of Jonesboro, Ark.; one niece, Glenda Thompson of Mantachie; an aunt, Louise Cody of Mantachie; and several cousins.
Pallbearers will be Roger Byrd, Perry Byrd, Justin Byrd, Eddie Ray Alexander, Roy Norris and Kerry Fowler.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Loden, Dr. Julian Loden, Robert Barber, Terry Bruff, Craig Stephens, Coach Scott Collier, Austin Byrd, Colton Byrd, Dustin Carroll, Chris Bruff, Nick Burns, Hayden Gordon and Austin Todd.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Charles Moss
PONTOTOC – Charles Moss, 63, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at 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, where he graduated in 1967. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. 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. An outdoorsman at heart, he 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 were Sunday, Jan. 27, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Pastor Murry Galloway officiating. Burial was in 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 Browning; 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; infant brother, Timmy Moss; infant sister, Joyce Fay Moss; a son, Lee Moss; and his first wife, Jeanette Shook Moss.
Pallbearers were Gary Purdon, Carl Purdon, Daniel Purdon, Jonathan Moss, Cody Box and Keith Hodum
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Carylon Evans
FULTON – Carylon Beasley Evans, 68, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at Court Yard Community Living Center.
A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Polly Jackson
CORINTH – Mary A. “Polly” Jackson, 89, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in the Tippah Shiloh Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at Chapel of Memories.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Roscoe Gandy
OXFORD – Roscoe Gandy, 86, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at his home near Oxford.
There will be no funeral service. Coleman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of local arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Billy Crunk
PONTOTOC – Billy Wayne Crunk, 69, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Anna McCary
WEST POINT – Anna Dell Edwards McCary, 88, passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at West Point Community Living Center in West Point. She was born Nov. 2, 1924, in Crawford to Eva Upton and John Edwards. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. She married Harry Lester McCary on April 25, 1940. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1998.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Eva Landis (Joe) of Ooltewah, Tenn.; one son, Larry McCary of West Point; one granddaughter, Michelle Rogers (Dave); two great-grandsons, Austin Rogers and Morgan Rogers; two sisters, Mildred Norwood of Birmingham, Ala., and Mary Ann James of Laurel; one brother, Wilson Edwards of Columbus; and her daughter-in-law, Ruth Peay McCary of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her son, Paul McCary.
Pallbearers will be Andy Naugle, Lonnie Peeples, Benny Edwards, John Ingram, Robert “Red” Rhea and Floyd McKee.
Honorary pallbearers will be Don Searcy, Charles Hill, members of the Progressive Sunday School Class, members of the Adult III Men’s Sunday School Class, the staff at West Point Nursing Home and the staff of Community Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157-5225.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Merle R. LeBlanc
IUKA – Merle Rushing LeBlanc, 88, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at her residence. She was born July 12, 1924, in Cairo and she graduated from Holcut High School. In 1963 she began working at Iuka Head Start. “Miss Merle,”as she was known, was employed there for 25 years. She was a member of Iuka United Methodist Church. She enjoyed collecting antiques and porcelain dolls, and spending time with her family and friends.
Visitation is scheduled for 5 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Services are scheduled for noon Wednesday at Iuka United Methodist Church. The Rev. Jon Kaufman will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Nick LeBlanc of Iuka; one son, Ron LeBlanc (Marsha) of Amory; two daughters, Paula LeBlanc of Cordova, Tenn., and Helena LeBlanc of Iuka; three grandchildren, Nicholas LeBlanc (Beth), Jared LeBlanc (Alicia) and Dana LeBlanc; three great-grandchildren, Abby, Anna and Carleigh LeBlanc; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Maggie Rushing; five brothers, Arlon, Kermit, Milton, Herman and Lesley Rushing; and four sisters, Thelma Rushing James, Melba Rushing Mounts, Maurene Rushing Johnson and Montrey Rushing Rountree.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Iuka United Methodist Church, the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Williams
AMORY – Ruby “Mamaw” Williams, 86, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at River Place Nursing Center. Born on Sept. 20, 1926, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late John Alvin and Lottie Mae Strawbridge Cantrell. She attended Trace Road Schools and played basketball. On July 7, 1945, she married Cecil H. Williams. Having worked as a seamstress at most of the garment plants in Amory, she retired from Penthouse Furniture. While working, she was a mentor to several, in particular the newly hired people. She was of the Baptist faith. Very loving and a friend to many, she was hands-on with her family, especially her grandchildren. She enjoyed flower gardening, crocheting, find-a-word puzzles, hummingbirds and Gospel Channel 39.
She is survived by her son, John Richard Williams (Janyce) of Becker; sisters, Shirley Martin and Jewel Lyle (Dickie) of Aberdeen; grandchildren, Penny Clay (Alan) of Becker, Tammy Brown (David) of Amory and Rusty Williams (Cindy) of Amory; great-grandchildren, Josh Brewer, Jessica Brewer, Kara Brown, Kayla Oliver (Jason), Cody Brown, Connor Brown, Kirk Roberts and Laken Williams; great- great-granddaughter, Jenna Pickle; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva Brown; brothers, Hoyet Cantrell, Joe Cantrell, John Cantrell Jr. and F. Wayne Cantrell.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Todd officiating. Burial will follow in Greenbrier Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Williams, Cody Brown, Alan Clay, Garry Sawyer, Robert Lucas and Larry Chism. Honorary pallbearers will be the Staff of River Place Nursing Center.
Memorials may be given to a charity of choice or Becker Baptist Church, P.O. Box 83, Becker, MS 38825.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Harold Echols
BOONEVILLE – Wesley “Harold” Echols, 87, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 28, 1925 in Dyer County, Tenn., to Ira and Fannie Mae Marley Echols. He has been a resident of Booneville for 55 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He retired from Brown Shoe Co. and Litco Petroleum Co. He was known by many as “Mr. Quik.” He was a seaman 1st class in the U.S. Navy and a veteran of World War II. He served on the USS Florence Nightengale the entire war, fighting in both the European and Pacific Theaters of war. He certainly lived up to the reputation of America’s Greatest Generation.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Hankins and Bro. Doug Rakestraw officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Memorial Gardens.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Peggy Echols; two daughters, Donna (Ronnie) Burrage of Memphis and Susan (Jim) Pounds of Booneville; one son, Jerry (Debbie) Echols of Booneville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters; and two brothers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a baby sister and a brother.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time on Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Boy Scout Troop 37.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

John Ross
FULTON – John Wayne Ross, 61, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. He was born Feb. 19, 1951, in Missouri to John William and Mable Ola Ross. He was a self-employed auto mechanic before becoming disabled. He enjoyed fishing, classic cars and spending time with his family and friends.
A graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Portageville Cemetery in Portageville, Mo. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, John Dee (Jessica) Ross of Fulton, James Lyn (Shellie) Ross of Mantachie, Jason McWhirter of New Madrid, Mo., Dustin (Tashieka) McWhirter of New Madrid, Mo.; daughter, Anna (jeff) Ross of Van Cleave; brother, Gordon Lays; sisters, Patricia (Cecil) Frankum of Dallas, Texas, and Violet Lays; grandsons, Cameron Ross, Jeremish Rossi, John D. Ross Jr., Logan Creasey, Tytus McWhirtey, Dominik McWhirtey; granddaughters, Sheridan Ross, Skiler Redden, Alexis Redden, Brooklyn Creasey, Querra McWhirtey; special friends, Jeff Watkins of Mooreville; and Kaye Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by his father, John William Ross; his mother, Mable Ola Ross; and a brother, Mike Ross.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Ross Family, c/o Senter Funeral Home, P.O. Box 247, Fulton, MS 38843.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Henry West
CALHOUN CITY – Henry Green West, 73, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born Nov. 19, 1939, in Calhoun County. He was a graduate of Calhoun City High School and Mississippi State University. He served as manager of the Calhoun County Co-op for 25 years and retired from Land O’Lakes after working 13 years as a district sales manager. He was faithful in his service to the Lord as song director and deacon of Spring Hill Baptist Church. He was a deacon at Bethany Baptist Church and a member of Gideons International. He was a veteran of the National Guard.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Bethany Baptist Church at Slate Springs with the Rev. Ethan Nanney and the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Nita Hardin West of Calhoun City; one daughter, Charlotte (Ethan) Nanney of Calhoun City; one son, Clay (Tamela) West of Calhoun City; one brother, Willie Jobe (Shirley) West of Calhoun City; and five grandchildren, Lydia West, Sadie West, Harrison Nanney, Faith Nanney and Samuel Nanney.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Jerome West and Wrispy Spencer West.
Pallbearers will be Scott West, Colby Parker, Ty Hardin, Tony Hardin, David Macon and Stanley Criss.
Gideons will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today at Bethany Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Gideons International or Bethany Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Monty Woolven
NETTLETON – Arnold “Monty” Woovlen, 75, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born on 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. today 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 the 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 Woovlen (Denise), Mike Woovlen (Tobie), all of Nettleton, Jeff Woovlen (Mindy of Redland, Calif., and Joe Woovlen (Dawn) of Horn Lake; one sister, Diane Dyche (Ed) of Estes Park, Colo.; one half-brother, Paul Woovlen of Joplin, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Sue Woovlen, 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 will continue from noon until service time at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Rick Davis
BALDWYN – Ricky Davis, 51, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at his home. He was a Baptist and a contract painter. He enjoyed playing the guitar and painting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. David Haynes officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Brandy Schaum (William Jr.) of Baldwyn and Elisa Griffin of Millington, Tenn.; his nother, Dolly Curtis; grandchildren, Stephanie Schaum, Elizabeth Schaum, Breanna Schaum, William Schuam III and Andrew Schaum.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Davis.
Pallbearers will be Martin Sneed, Justin Griffin, William Schaum Jr., Bill Heath, Billy Goines and Chris Heath.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Charles Wilson
ASHLAND – Charles Wesley Wilson, 79, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley . Burial will be in Coldwater Cemetery at Byhalia.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Linda Waldrop
RANDOLPH – Linda Merle Waldrop, 78, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Lee Walker
CORINTH – Lee R. Walker, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Troy Murphy
BOONEVILLE – Troy M. Murphy, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at noon Wednesday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Kathleen Nichols
BELMONT – Kathleen Nichols, 87, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a native of Mississippi and a homemaker. She was a member of Liberty Church of Christ.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Liberty Church of Christ at Dennis with Ron Deaton, David Conley and Glen Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two daughters, Gunita Cashion (Robert) of Golden and Joan Moody (Tommy) of Belmont; six grandchildren, Bryant Cashion (Dana), Kerry Moody (Keri), Amanda Ledbetter (Hal), Kendra Deaton (Andy), Kale Moody (Samantha) and Katie Crane (David); 13 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Moody, Maggie Ledbetter, Robert Cashion III, Darby Deaton, Olivia Cashion, Madeline Ledbetter, Kerstin Moody, Ava Crane, Jacey Deaton, Will Moody, Molly Moody, Anderson Crane and Adele Crane; one brother, Kelly Tidwell (Betty) of Dennis; a sister-in-law, Mary Lynn Wilbanks of Collierville, Tenn.; special nephews, Dr. Phillip Gray (Margaret), Bill Gray (Janice), Tim Gray (Regina) and Jeff Gray (Tina); and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Nichols; her parents, Henry Tidwell and Hestie Keith Tidwell; and her siblings, Otha Tidwell, Estie Leitch, Herbert Tidwell, Homer Tidwell, Maurice Tidwell, Eula Harrison, Ruth Byram, Billy Mack Tidwell, Nadine Gray, J.D. Tidwell, Nell Gray Pharr and Bobbie Bostick Ware.
Pallbearers will be Glen Harrison, Boyd Lee Tidwell, Jimmy Tidwell, Willie Smith, Buddy Hall, Danny Smith, Harold Oswalt and Robert Hester.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 County Road 700, Corinth, MS 38834.

Jewel Swanson
VALDOSTA, Ga. – Jewel Mathis Swanson, 85, passed away Monday, Jan. 28, 2013.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Interment will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Cleo Bryant
PONTOTOC – Lottie Cleo Bryant, 85, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of West Heights Baptist Church and a retired factory worker and homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at West Heights Baptist Church with Dr. David Hamilton and the Rev. Dan Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her four nieces, Nancy Webb of Salt Lake City, Utah, Jennifer Quareles (Randy) of Randolph, and Leona Ramey (Terry) and Robin Poppelreiter, both of Mooreville; one nephew, Joe Webb (Shannon) of Pontotoc; several great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Bryant; her parents, Bob Hipps and Rilla Mann Hipps; her sister, Jean Webb (B.W.); and a brother, Robert Hipps.
Pallbearers will be Austin Cook, Gary Carroll, Tommy Morton, Ricky Richardson, Joe Webb and Jack Yates.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flower donations may be made to the Benevolent Fund at West Heights Baptist Church, 328 W. Oxford St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Gerald Beasley
TUPELO – Gerald B. Beasley, 85, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born in Mississippi on Feb. 2, 1927, to Ezra and Linnie Beasley. He was a veteran of the Merchant Marines and the United States Army. He owned and operated M&B Construction Company and later retired from the Mississippi Highway Department as a road superintendent. He was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. He was an avid reader, and loved to travel both in the states and abroad. He enjoyed deep sea fishing and painting, especially Native American landscapes. He especially enjoyed spending time with his friends at the coffee shop in Mooreville and his beloved dog, Bo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Willis Miller officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Faye Nell McDaniel Beasley of Tupelo; his brother, Wayne Beasley (Nell) of Tupelo; two brothers-in-law, T.C. McDaniel (Shirley) of Tupelo and German (Sara) of Fulton; and caregivers, Freddie Morris, Tyrone and Theresa Garmon.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Steve, Tommy and Mark McDaniel, Joey Wilburn and Pat Beasley.
Honorary pallbearer will be Glen Denman.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or the charity of your choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Christopher Taylor
BRUCE – Christopher Dee Armstrong Taylor, 17, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 7, 1995, in Oxford. He was a 10th grade honor roll student at Bruce High School and No. 15 on the football team. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, Boy Scouts of America and the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He was a member of the Bruce High School Drama Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Bob Weldon officiating and Bro. James Taylor assisting. Burial will be in Haven Hill/Melton Cemetery at Coffeeville.
Survivors include his father, Christopher Louis Armstrong of Big Creek; his mother, Melissa Taylor Gray, and stepfather, Roderick Gray, of Bruce; one sister, Jami Sierra Taylor of Bruce; niece, Talia Stovall of Bruce; grandparents, Charlotte Armstrong, Walter (Betty Harper) Armstrong, the Rev. James and Linda Taylor, and Rod and Alberta Armstrong, all of Pittsboro; two uncles, Jimmy (Melissa ) Taylor of Bruce and Malcolm Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; one aunt, Stephanie (Scotty) Bardo of Coffeeville; first cousins, Breanna Taylor and Amyiah Bardo, both of Coffeeville, JimiAnn Taylor of Smithville; godparents, Jerry and Annie Doss of Coffeeville; godbrother, Sinatra Crawford of Coffeeville; and godsisters, Jereese Armstrong of Memphis, Yasmin Doss of Coffeeville.
Pallbearers will be Scottie Bardo, Greyson Denley, Shaun Hidalgo, Kalvin Hooper, Ritchie Logan, Chris Sansing, Casey Tutor and Malcum Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Bruce High School Football Team.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Make all memorials to Parker Memorial Funeral Homes. P.O. Box 458. Bruce, MS 38915.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Jack George
MANTACHIE – Edward “Jack” George, 69, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

David Johnson
RED BANKS – David Scott Johnson, 41, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs.
A memorial service will be at noon today at Bethlehem Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Burial will be in Doyle Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time.