By NEMS Daily Journal
ASHLAND, Ore. – Ursula “Sue” Stauff, 90, died of natural causes at her home in Ashland, Ore., on Jan. 7, 2011. She passed on in the loving care of her daughter, Linda, a nurse midwife. Born at home near Mantachie on Oct. 24, 1920, she grew up on her parents’ cotton farm, then went on to attend Mississippi State College for Women. Sue graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics, and moved to Minnesota to work for the USDA, inspecting food. Within a year she moved to the west coast, continuing to work for the USDA in canneries in California and Oregon. She was employed in Sunnyvale, Calif., when she met her future husband, Lt. Cmdr. Robert Scott “Bob” Stauff in the post war years. They were married in Sausalito, Calif., in 1947, and moved to Portland, Ore., to begin their family. They had two children and lived on Garden Home Road for more than 30 years. Sue loved homemaking, singing, sewing, hosting, golf and hiking. She was an active member of the Multnomah Athletic Club Mello-Macs, and she enjoyed a stint as a realtor when her children were in their teens. She was an amazing mother, wife and friend, and had a wonderful presence as a host in the Portland, Ore., lumber business arena. Sue and Bob retired in Sisters, Ore., for 17 years, living in a beautiful home they built on a secluded rim-rock overlooking an untamed landscape. They then moved to Ashland, Ore., in their later years to be close to family.
Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2006, and her three brothers. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Martinez of Oklahoma City, Okla.; her two children, David Allen Stauff (Raelyn) of Salem, Ore., and Linda Stauff Lieberman (Paul) of Ashland, Ore.; five grandchildren, Kalima, Camas, and Adinah Lieberman, and Tyler and Kaley Stauff; and one great-granddaughter, January Jewel Johnson.
Sue was dearly loved, and her light and spirit live on.
BURNSVILLE – Carl L. Clance, 44, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Antioch Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Burnsville. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to send your condolences.
Ruby Boyd Parker
JACKSON – Ruby Boyd Parker died peacefully at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo on Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, with family by her side. Born in Canton on July 20, 1922, she was the daughter of Farrell J. Boyd and Omega Denson Boyd Binns. She graduated from Central High School in Jackson in 1939. The following year, she met and married Richard T. Parker of Mendenhall. They lived and worked in Jackson where they raised their two children. For 35 years, they shared a passion for real estate and development.
After the death of her first husband, she was blessed with a second wonderful husband, Clinton P. Hester of McComb. They resided in Jackson and enjoyed traveling and spending time with their two families until his death in 1993.
Ruby was a member of Northminster Baptist Church and was active in various community groups. She enjoyed her memberships in her bridge clubs and dinner clubs and treasured her many dear and loyal friends. In her starring role, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. A true southern lady, beautiful inside and out, her family will forever be grateful to “Mimi” for her unconditional love and generosity.
Survivors include one daughter, Brenda Parker Hilbun and her husband, Benton of Tupelo; one son, Richard Wayne Parker and his wife, Zeita of Jackson; five grandchildren, Benton Hilbun Jr., and wife, Jenni of Tupelo, Richard Kevin Hilbun and wife, Karen of Birmingham, Ala., Parker Hilbun Spees and husband, Shane of Birmingham, Ala., Richard Wayne Parker Jr. of Jackson and Zeita Parker Jones and husband, Matt, of Nashville, Tenn; nine great-grandchildren, Benton, Taylor and Betsy Hilbun of Tupelo, Lily Hilbun of Birmingham, Ala., Addy Parker and Michael Spees of Birmingham, Ala. and Tyler, Audrey and Matthew Jones of Nashville; two brothers, Joseph Heard Boyd of Jackson and Farrell J. Boyd Jr. and wife, Jenny of Clinton; and special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Richard T. Parker and Clinton P. Hester; and by her parents, Omega Denson Binns and Farrell J. Boyd.
The family would like to express their appreciation to her devoted caregiver, Linda Clark, to the staff at Campbell Cove/ St. Catherine’s Village and to the staff at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Funeral services are scheduled for 1 p.m Monday at Northminster Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until the service hour in the Great Hall. The interment will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park on Clinton Bolevard. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangemants.
BRUCE – Helen Ann Barnes Burt, 91, died Jan. 28, 2011, at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born March 4, 1919, in Honey Grove, Texas. She was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church and a homemaker. She was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves, and she loved working with her flowers and studying the Bible. She was devoted to her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Harrelson of Bruce; her grandson, Brent Harrelson and wife, Robin of Bruce; her great-grandson, Colton Walker of Bruce; her two sisters, Thelma Curtis and Mary Etta Williams, both of Sante Fe, Texas; her two sisters-in-law, Martha M. Burt of Houlka and Christine Burt of Vardaman; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Winford Burt; a son, Sidney Burt; and two sisters, Jean Curtis and Johnnie Fox.
Pallbearers will be Steve Bryant, Danny Hardin, Billy Van James, Charles Liles, Rodney Long and J.B. Rogers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Janet Jenkin’s Senior Adult Women’s Sunday School Class.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Bruce First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 535, Bruce, MS or to Poplar Springs Cemetery, c/o Vara Nabors, 578 CR 133, Pittsboro, MS 38951.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.ParkerMemorialFuneralHome.com.
TREMONT – Tommy D. Hicks, 60, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
OLIVE BRANCH – Betty Adale (Hester) Heckman, 57, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville after an extended illness. She was born July 4, 1953, to Harold and Betty Jean Hester and grew up in the Tupelo area. For 30 plus years, she lived in San Bernardino, Calif. and for the past six years, she lived in Olive Branch. She loved her pets, Spencer, Tracy, Boots and Graby and, she was a member of ASPCA, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She was a wonderful interior decorator. She was a member of Harvest Baptist Church in Olive Branch.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Bob O’Neal officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Kenneth Heckman of Olive Branch; her mother, Betty Jean Hester of Auburn; two sisters, Debra Hester and Peggy Hester Pounders, both of Auburn; Joe Raymond Hester of Tupelo and Harold Randy Hester of Auburn; two nephews, Jesse Holladay of Auburn and Shawn Hester of Florence, Ala.; and one niece, Donna Kay Hester of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her father, Harold “Junior” Hester; and her grandmother, Annie Bell Steen.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
John Nixon Sr.
ESCATAWPA – John Arch Nixon Sr., 82, of Escatawpa, died Jan. 29, 2011, in Pascagoula, John was born on Aug. 5, 1928, in Cumberland County, N.C. He was a devoted family man who loved his wife, children and grandchildren dearly. He was a proud Veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict; in which, he earned numerous medals and citations, including the Bronze Star with clusters.
He was a member of Escatawpa Baptist Church, and he was retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. He was known for his hunting, fishing and gardening skills. He entertained his family and friends with stories about his adventures and life. He was a mason and a member of AARP. He loved spending time and helping the senior citizens of Jackson County. All through his life, he was devoted to the lord.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel in Escatawpa. Burial, with military rites, will be in Serene Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Heritage Funeral Home of Escatawpa is in charge of arrangements.
He his survived by his loving wife, Mrs. Ann Winters Nixon of Escatawpa; and his children, Dr. John A. (Kathy) Nixon Jr. of Northport, Ala., Mary (Dr. James) White of Tupelo, Teresa (Robbi) Mowdy of Pascagoula and Tammy (Michael) Howell of Ocean Springs.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, Dr. John (Roxann) Ashley Nixon, Jessica (Dr. Mark) Pool, Julia (Rev. Jared) Cartee, Bettina White, Alena White, Robert White, Rachel Mowdy, Emily Mowdy, Jordan Howell, Skylar Howell and Brittany Howell; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffery Nixon Rugheimer; his parents, Charles Durant and Eva Nixon; and his brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Dr. John Ashley Nixon, the Rev. Jared Cartee, Robbi Mowdy, Skylar Howell, Michael Howell and Gerald Slade.
Honorary pallbearers will be Robert White, Dr. James L. White, Hilbun Boutwell and Jim Shaw.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online register book for John, visit www.heritgefuneralhome.us.
STARKVILLE – James Thomas Williams, 69, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Carrington House Nursing Home in Starkville.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Hebron Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m today at the funeral home.
SHANNON – Thomas Clark, 58, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at his home after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
AMORY – Ruby Gail Gray, 59, died Jan. 28, 2011, after a long illness. Born on Nov. 13, 1951, in Birmingham, she was a daughter of Lawrence Virgil and Hazel Ruth Blair. Spending her childhood in Birmingham, Mrs. Gray moved to Amory when marrying Thomas Glenn Gray. She worked as a seamstress with Amory Garment for 20 years before retiring due to health reasons. Mrs. Gray enjoyed being outdoors, fishing and working puzzle books. She cherished her time spent with her family and her dog, Amber.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Robert Fowlkes and Mr. Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in New Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangments.
She is survived by her husband of 41years, Thomas G. “Shelb” Gray of Amory; sons, Thomas Norman “Peanut” (Eva Ann) Gray of Okolona, Thomas Allen “Buster” (Dawn) Gray of Amory, Ronnie Glenn (Tina) Gray of Verona, Shelby Dwayne (Elizabeth) Gray of Amory and Glenn Allen “Tiny” Gray and his girlfriend, Mary of Amory; 24 grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; sisters, Joyce (Pierce) Roberts of Dorsey and Linda Stidham of Markone, Mo.; brothers, Tony (Donna) Blair of Pinson, Ala, and Larry Blair of Tennessee; mother-in-law, Lorene Gray of Nettleton; three brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special friend, Anne Potts of Columbus.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Johnnie Glenn Gray; her father-in-law; her grandparents; a sister-in-law; and a brother.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Ray Gray, Daniel Dwayne Gray, Thomas Benjamin Gray, Anthony Glenn Gray, James Brigham, Roy Hathcock and Justin and Tyler Gray.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
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.
OLIVE BRANCH – Donald Richard Jones, 80, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m until service time today at the funeral home.
Please leave condolences at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
WEST POINT – Mary Stockstill Lozes, 76, of West Point, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at her home. She was born in Picayune on Sept. 21, 1934, to Samuel and Annabelle Stroud Stockstill. Mrs. Lozes was a retired nurse and a member of the Friendly Fellowship Sunday School Class at the First United Methodist Church. She was a caring wife and mother who loved to travel and shop with her children.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Robinson Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Shannon officiating. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Gregory Allen Lozes (Marcy) of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Carol Lozes Herrington (Bubba) of Jackson and Janet Lozes Todd (Jim) of West Point; one brother, J.C. Stockstill (Carolyn) of Picayune; one sister, Gloria Stockstill Gjertsen (Roy); and four grandchildren, Cole and Mary Kathryn Todd of West Point and Curtis and Kenny Lozes of Phoenix, Ariz.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert Lozes; and a brother, Richard Stockstill.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society or to the American Cancer Society.
WOODLAND – Louise Wright Winter, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011, at Shearer-Richardson Memorial Nursing Home in Okolona. She was born March 6, 1922, in Calhoun County to Walter Wyatt Wright and Ollie Lee Landreth. She was a member of Faith Bible Church in Houston. She was retired from Shannon Chair Company.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Johnny Cherry and Bro. Scott Griffin officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery near Vardaman. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, James Robert Winter (Lavada) of Houston and Kenneth Winter (Lisa) of Woodland; four grandsons, James Winter (Susan) of Vardaman, Dewyatt Winter (Jennifer) of Mantee, Kelvin Winter (Terry) of Wren and Stephen Winter (Crystal) of Woodland; and one step grandson, Colton Rodrequez of Woodland; 17 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Clark of Southhaven.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Henry Winter; her parents; five brothers, Herman, Gene, Sanford, Cleo and Floyd Wright; two sisters, Ivy Morris and Martha Anglin; one daughter-in-law, Barbara Baker Winter; and one grandson, Jeffery Lynn Winter.
Pallbearers will be James Winter, Dewyatt Winter, Kelvin Winter, Stephen Winter, O.L. Melton and Shane Mann.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
HIRAM, Ga. – Lourie Strickland Allen, 96, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at her home. Born Jan. 12, 1915, in Kossuth, she was a daughter of Edward and Belle Bynum Strickland. Growing up in Belmont, she was a graduate of Blue Mountain College. Mrs. Allen taught English at Amory High School. Returning to school at the University of Alabama, she received her master’s and doctorate degrees. While teaching English literature at MUW for 18 years before retiring, she served as an assistant and associate professor before becoming a full professor of English. A believer and supporter of education, Mrs. Allen especially loved Blue Mountain College and MUW.
As a very active member of First Baptist Church in Amory and a wonderful Christian lady, she served as a Sunday school teacher in the WMU, sang in the choir and was a supporter of missions. Mrs. Allen was instrumental in starting Meadowood Baptist Church. In addition to her family and faith being important to her, she was always an inspiration in helping folks to better themselves through her teaching, counseling, assistance in learning English as a second language and the giving of her time and talents in sharing her faith. Mrs. Allen enjoyed playing Mexican Train Dominos and Scrabble with friends from church and the community center as well as post retirement traveling.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Masonic Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her son, Sam (Pat) Allen of Hiram, Ga.; a stepson, Keith (Maureen) Allen of Amory; grandchildren, Kim Goolsby and Beth Brace, both of Hiram, Ga., Laura Wallace of Acworth, Ga., Dr. Bob Allen of Decatur, Ala. and Dr. Tom Allen of Pensacola, Fla.; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Allen Sr.; sister, Hazel Moore; brother, J.B. Strickland; and three half sisters and brothers.
Pallbearers will be Don Leech, Frank Finney, Tommy Tapp, Curtis Lewellen, Gene Haney and Bobby N. Reeves.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church Missions Fund, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Beulah Howell Rodgers, 98, died Jan. 28, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 9, 1912. She was a member of Duncan Hill Baptist Church in Calhoun City, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home with the Rev. Derik Finley and the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Betty Rodgers of Calhoun City; her sister-in-law, Opal Howell of Calhoun City; her grandchildren, Debbie Keenum, Sandy Alley, Renea Denton and Micky Rodgers; 10 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Pittman Rodgers; and her sons, Jimmie and James Robert Rodgers.
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Jo Willie Barnes
FALKNER – Jo Willie Barnes, 71, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born March 17, 1939, to Albert Bonee and Irene Bowers Bonee. Mrs. Barnes was a member of Faith Fellowship Church. She was a retired factory worker and worked for Tidwell Industries.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Whitehead (Harold) of Ripley, Joyce Hodge (Eddie) of Memphis and Rochelle Boggs (Ricky) of Falkner; one son, Roy Barnes (Velda) of Falkner; three brothers, David Bonee (Linda) of Chalybeate and Jimmy Bonee and Bobby Bonee, both of Falkner; five sisters, Donna Watkins (Randy) of Falkner, Wilma Jean McCleskey (Guy) of West Memphis, Shirley Mott (Earl) of Tryonza, Ariz., Bonnie Sue Calvin (Web) of St Louis, Retha Mae Green (Charles) of South Bend, Ind.; one-son-law, Rosco Watkins; one brother-in-law, Winston Blanchard; 14 grandchildren, Heather Wilson (Mecha), Jesica Hodge (Joe), Roy Barnes (Cindy), Bonnie James, Donnie Barnes, Susan Culver (James), Becky Wilson (Lex), Rosco Watkins (Jesica), Amanda Jetter (Charles), Melisa Hogue (Clay), Michael Winkles (Angela), Jason Winkles, Debra Hopkins (Charles), Cristy Solmon (Randy); and 35 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Linda Watkins; one sister, Patsy Bonee; two brothers, James and John Bonee; and four grandchildren, Jonathan Boggs, Mitchel Winkles, Tommy Winkles and Misty Winkles.
Pallbearers will be Roy Barnes, Rosco Watkins, Mecha Wilson, Joe Boone, Michael Winkles, Donnie Barnes, Clay Clark and James Culver.
To view obituaries online and sign guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Michelle Faye Crowe Minatrea, 48, died Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Michelle was born on April 20, l962, in Lafayette, Ind. to Gene and Roberta Whitaker Crowe. She lived over 20 years in the Meridian area before moving to Tupelo 10 years ago. She was a homemaker, a Baptist and enjoyed all animals, especially cats and raccoons. Michelle was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and a Nascar enthusiast.
Private services will be held at the family’s request. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Roberta Crowe of Meridian; her best friend and caretaker, Randy Humphrey of Tupelo; three sisters, Tammy McElroy (John) of Nashville, Tenn., Debbie Chase (Michael) of Norfolk, Va. and Linda Jackson (Tommy) of Lauderdale; two nieces; 10 nephews; and four grand-nephews.
Condolences may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38801.
BYHALIA – Robert Ross Simpson, 85, of Byhalia, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at his home. Mr. Simpson was born in Byhalia to Mary Meade and Gordon Harris Simpson. He was the youngest of five children. Ross was a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather. After graduating from Byhalia High School, he joined the Navy. He received the rank of Pharmacist’s Mate Third Class during World War II. During the Korean War, he served in the Air Force Reserves at the Millington Base for two years. Ross worked in the Byhalia Post Office as clerk for 43 years. He was a very active and a faithful member of the Byhalia Methodist Church where he served in many capacities. He was director of lay speaking in the Sardis District for several years as well as a lay speaker. He was a member of the Masons and served as Master of Masons. He was a charter member of the Lions Club and also a member of the Byhalia Chamber of Commerce. He will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Byhalia Methodist Church. Burial will be in Byhalia Cemetery. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dilma; his son, Robert Ross II (Bert) and his wife, Yvonne of Holly Springs; his daughter, Karen Kay Simpson of Cordova, Tenn.; his son, Bradley Carlton and his wife, Laurin of Olive Branch; and five grandsons, Robert Ross III (Robby), Cory Wayne, Bradley Carlton Jr., William Ryan and Richard Darren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Laurens and Russell Simpson; two sisters, Katie Mae Tucker and Elzine Gee; his daughter, Deborah Ellen; and his infant daughter, Sandra Fay.
The family will receive friends beginning at noon today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Byhalia Methodist Church, Box 6, Byhalia, MS 38611, earmarked for family Enrichment center.
Online condolences may be made at www.BrantleyFuneral.com.
BOONEVILLE – Olene Pannell Thompson, 89, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born May 31, 1921, in Baldwyn to William Doyle Pannell and Sarah Lou Tollison Pannell. She was a cafeteria worker at Wheeler School, and she was a member of Wheeler Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, eating out with friends and singing in the church choir.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Matt Wilburn officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, Gerald Thompson (Carol) of Booneville; two daughters, Shirley Johnson of Booneville and Lana Warren (Gayle) of Marietta; a sister, Inez McCreary of Booneville; seven grandchildren, Lisa Wilson of Sardis, Clay Johnson (Melody) of Thrasher, Brent Johnson of Lafayette Springs, Dr. Cynthia Thompson of Batesville, Scott Thompson (Mary) of Oxford and Trent Warren and Grant Warren, both of Marietta; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Laxter Thompson in 1957; her parents; and three sisters, Clara Reynolds, Claudia Gardner and Louise Dawson.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
BELMONT – Lavell Johnson Flowers, 87, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 12, 1923, in Tishomingo County to Thomas Victor and Lucy O. Sparks Johnson. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Brian Weems officiating. Burial will be in Allen Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her brother, Marlon Johnson (Eva Jo) of Belmont; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Edward Flowers; her parents; and two sisters, Edna Johnson McCoy and Ela Johnson Tennison.
Pallbearers will be Gene Sparks, Nicky Newell, Randy Northington, Leon Sparks, Johnny M. Johnson and Dicky Sparks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lloyd Mack Elrod and Matthew Hunter Elrod.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home in Belmont.
BOONEVILLE – Juan Montanez Flores, 30, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, in Tishomingo County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation began Saturday at the family home at 403 South Second Street in Booneville.