By NEMS Daily Journal
RED BAY, Ala. – Joel Dean Collum Sr., 81, left his earthly suffering behind on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, surrounded by family. He was born Jan. 5, 1932, to the late Joe W. and Ona McAfee Collum. He was a member of Red Bay Free Will Baptist Church. He was a former Sunday School teacher and Trustee. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1951-1955. He was a member of the American Legion Post 120 of Red Bay where he was past Commander and Adjutant. He was a past Commander of District 5. As long as his health permitted, Joel put up the flags on the streets of Red Bay on all flag flying days. He traveled the world while serving his country, but never wanted to live anywhere other than Red Bay. Joel loved his God, family, church, country and Alabama football in that order.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel, Red Bay, Ala., with Bro. Steve Lindsay and Bro. Ross White officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery, Vina, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala., will be in charge of arrangements.
Joel is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary Ellen Collum, Red Bay, Ala.; two sons, Joel Collum Jr. (Barbara) Nashville, Tenn., and Jim Collum (Cyndi) Jackson, Tenn.; two daughters, Rhonda Condrey (Jerry) Florence, Ala., and Wanda Berry (Joe) Madison, Ala.; grandchildren, Amber Patterson (Leon) Midway, Leslie, Matthew and Zachary Collum, Nashville, Tenn.,, Page Berry, Madison, Ala., and Sydney and Kyle Griffin, Jackson, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Kix, Beau and Arabella Patterson; sister, Lamell Roberts, Baldwyn; seven nephews and eight nieces.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Delmer Collum; four sisters, Reca Emerson, Ara Collum, Vernice Stacy and Tressie Cartwright; one niece, Glendell Stacy; and one nephew, Wendell Emerson.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family would like to thank Generations of Red Bay for the compassionate care given to their husband and dad during the last nine months.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today, Jan. 30, at Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala., and until service time on Thursday.
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 were Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Barnett officiating. Burial with military honors was 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; three sisters, Faye Benson, Jennifer Mayo (Freddie) and Rita Scruggs (Wayne); 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; and nieces, Brandy Lindsey (Michael) and Anita Brown.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
WEST POINT – Joey DeLaine Langford, 44, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Enon Cemetery at Cairo. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday at Faith Baptist Church.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Lee Russell Walker, 71, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Little Zion M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Alcorn Cemetery at Kossuth. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Troy M. Murphy, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 11, 1926, in Prentiss County. He was a die setter at a General Motors manufacturing plant in Illinois. He was a Baptist, a U.S. Army veteran, and a member of VFW and American Legion. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, reading, watching westerns, listening to music, gardening and cooking.
Services will be at noon today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel, with Bro. Bill Moore officiating. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery.
He is survived by a son, Michael Murphy of Joliet, Ill.; two daughters, Sherry Cooksey (Benny) of Booneville and Caren Murphy of Joliet, Ill.; a sister, Louise Rainey of Florence, Ala.; grandchildren, Kiley Murphy, Kaloni Hudson (Michael), Matthew Cooksey (Kelsey), Paige Cooksey, Justin Sweda (Megan), Royce Murphy (Stephanie) and Alex Murphy; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles William Murphy and Minnie Heathcock Murphy; a granddaughter, Lauren Marie Murphy; nine brothers; and four sisters.
Pallbearers are Alex Murphy, Michael Hudson, Matthew Cooksey, James Haire, Royce Murphy and Dillon Caviness.
Honorary pallbearers are Justin Sweda, Joe Lambert and Lee Lambert.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1101 Northchase Parkway, Norcross, GA 30067.
Ila Mae Logan
BRUCE – Ila Mae Parker Turner Logan, 90, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at her home. She was born March 9, 1922, in Calhoun County. She lived her early years in Myrtle, where she shared her faith and love of God to so many who participated in Camp Zion. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she remained actively involved as long as her health allowed. She loved gardening and sharing life stories with friends on the phone. Her family was always her pride and joy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Bryan Poteete officiating and Bro. J.R. Eaton assisting. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Turner (Ronnie) Poteete of Bruce; a stepdaughter, Shirley (David) Bray of Bruce; grandsons, Bryan (Kim) Poteete of Houston and Joey (Cindy) Poteete of Bruce; three sisters, Jane Bryant of Pittsboro, Syble (Johnny) Aven of Calhoun City and Billie Pearl (Dock) Bailey of Pensacola, Fla.; one brother, Lonnie W. Parker of Bruce; and seven great-grandchildren, Jake and Joeileigh Poteete, Zack and Brylee Poteete, and Kennedy, Layton and Austin Burdine.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Willie Parker and Pearl Shoemake Parker; her husbands, Ross Turner and Willie Logan; three sisters, Trudy Patterson, Etoyle Edwards and Nell Sprouce; and one brother, Buren Parker.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Barefield, Glenn Brown, Sammy Brown, Mike Burt, Larry Wayne Parker and Buddy Dye. Honorary pallbearers will be Robert Baker, Charles Bennett, David Collums, Buddy Dye, Veottis Ferguson, Danny Harrelson, Thurman Massey, Y.B. Patterson, Jeff Sullivan, Billy Taylor and Sammy Turner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
OKOLONA – Linda Watson, 65, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
James L. Harrell
WALNUT – James Lydell Harrell, 76, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at his residence in Walnut. He was born Jan. 2, 1937, to Bennie Jewell and Hazel Lee Moore Harrell. He was a member and Elder of Faith Fellowship Church and retired from Thyssen Krupp. He loved his family, church, farming and horses.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Warren Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Tiplersville Baptist Church Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Stewart Harrell of Walnut; one daughter, Regina Miller (Ken) of Ripley; two sons, Warren Harrell (Sherry) of Walnut and Dell Harrell (Jamie) of Tiplersville; one sister, Margie Shook of Tiplersville; one brother, Benny Harrell (Marilyn) of Falkner; eight grandchildren, Matt, Christy, Loretta, Sam and Zoe Harrell, Michael Miller, Katleen and Christopher McCollum; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Sam Harrell, Matt Harrell, Ken Miller, Michael Miller, John Harrell and Ricky Boggs. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Barnes, Truman Carter, Dennis Wilbanks and Lawrence Spight.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Pauline Lovell, 97, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Landmark Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
PONTOTOC – Eva Christine Phillips Hill, 92, went to be with the Lord on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Pontotoc Hospital. She was born in Quitman County on Oct. 31, 1920, to Cliff Phillips and Sallie Hellums Phillips. She married Robert Herbert “Hub” Hill on July 20, 1946. They were married almost 57 years until his passing on July 3, 2003. She loved her Lord, family, her friends and the staff at Pontotoc Extended Care Nursing Home. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc and the Ruth Sunday School Class. She was loved and will be missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Dr. Ken Hester will officiate. Burial will follow in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Kirby Lynn Hill (Jonell) and Rickey Lee Hill (Kristi); grandson, Joey Hill; two granddaughters, Emily and Ella Hill; three great-granddaughters; a host of nieces and nephews; and sister-in-law, Opaline Brazil.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three infant siblings; sister, Virgie Bea McCord; brother, Herman Phillips; special niece, Wanda Sue Hall.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Brazil, Jerry Fauver, Jimmy Phillips, Sam Hall, Jody Stringer and Rickey Crawford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.
PONTOTOC – Billy Wayne Crunk, 69, died Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. He was born on March 13, 1944, in Alcorn to Leander and Mary Elmille Barnett Crunk. He was a Christian and a member of First Pentecostal Church of Booneville. He loved playing with his seven grandchildren, loved his family, church family and loved building houses.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Russell Lorman officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Evergreen Cemetery (Toenail) in Iuka. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Melissa Crunk, Christy Townsend (Cedric) of Amory and Stephanie Crunk (fiancé, Tracy Miller) of Booneville; seven grandchildren, James Townsend, Loretta Polanco, Rayshon Crunk, Destiny Crunk, Emma Crunk, Jordyn Miller and Angel Turner; one sister, Dora Pukish of Florida; three brothers, Jerry Crunk of Memphis, Bobby Crunk (Becky) of Coldwater and Ugene Crunk (Garldine) of Pope; and Mary Baker, mother of Christy and Stephanie.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Ruth Hurse and Mary Conner; and one brother, James Crunk.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Crunk, Erik Wilson, Tracy Miller, Carlos Ashley, Monterll Townsend and Bruce Dobbs.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
OKOLONA – Pearl Crosby Pickens died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home. She was born in the Hurricane community to George and Alice Crosby. She was a member of Pontocola Baptist Church for more than 50 years and was a current member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo. She enjoyed gardening, traveling and farming. She was a homemaker and an accomplished seamstress, working for Delta Trousers. She loved southern gospel music and, along with her husband, attended numerous singings and helped him write several songs. She lived life to the fullest and loved her family dearly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ken Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Lee Memorial Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Green of Grenada; her son, Rex L. Pickens of Mantachie; a granddaughter, Sharon Tartt (Keith) of Grenada; a great-grandson, Will Tartt of Grenada; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Erskine Pickens; three sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers will be her nephews, Donnie Pickens, Danny Pickens, Randy Pickens, Ricky Pickens and her grandsons-in-law, Keith Tartt and Brandon Fowler.
Memorials may be made to Shearer-Richardson Nursing Home.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com
THRASHER – John Wilson “J.W.” Maness, 87, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a member of the Jacinto Church of Christ and a retired truck driver for Pittman Gas Company.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Wanda Lynn Robinson of Rienzi; three granddaughters, Corie Robinson, Christie (Chris) Basden and Candice (Jarret) Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Callie Basden, Carleigh Basden and Jaxon Johnson; two sisters, Bernice (Ray) Pace of Racine, Wis., and Mildred Morgan of Booneville; and three brothers, Hugh Maness of Cairo, Milford Maness of Lioma, Tenn., and Billy (Barbara) Maness of Corinth.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Artie Bell Maness, and his son-in-law, Rickey Robinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Frances “Floy” Parker, 78, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home.
SHILOH – Eugene Quitman “Buddy” Hood, 80, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton after a lengthy illness. A Mississippi native, he was born Nov. 13, 1932, to Walter and Elizabeth Clouse Hood. He lived most of his life in the Mooreville-Mantachie area and was a longtime resident of the Shiloh community in Itawamba County. He was the Quality Control manager with Barber’s Milk Co., where he retired in 1994 after more than 30 years of service. He enjoyed his vegetable garden. He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for many years. Later he joined Boguefala Baptist Church, where he became a longtime member.
Services will be 7 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Anita Fancher (Jim) of Mooreville and Rhonda Kelly (Jason) of Mantachie; one son, Paul W. Hood (Tammy) of Mooreville; two sisters, Ruth Franks of Tremont and Betty Jane Williams of Mooreville; one brother, Merle Hood of Saltillo; and six grandchildren, Jessica, Olivia and Caleb Fancher, all of Mooreville, Dalton and Caroline Hood of Mooreville, and Clint Kelly of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Joe and Roger Dale Hood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Community Hospice, 107 Skeet Drive, Verona, MS 38879.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Lila Frances Hall, 75, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Nov. 24, 1937, in Burnsville to Columbus and Hattie Mae White. She married Clifton Hall on Oct. 17, 1959. She worked at North Mississippi Medical Center for almost 32 years, retiring in 2002. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Ministers Matthew Benfield, Ed Easley and Ricky Taylor officiating. Burial will be at Little Flock Primitive Baptist Cemetery in Burnsville. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Regina Smith (Tim) of Saltillo; one son, Larry Hall (Donna) of Burnsville; six grandchildren, Amy Hughes, April Smith, Brandon Smith, Amanda Faulk (Clayton), Elizabeth Danovski (T.J.) and Justin Hall; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Jacob, Kinsley, Weston and Emma Grace; and two brothers, Berlin White (Nona) of Burnsville and Chamlee White (Gloria) of Rye, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; one daughter, Dela Fay White; one sister; three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Smith, Carl Wallace, Steve Minor, Wayne Minor, Frankie White and Michael Wilson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NETTLETON – James Richard “Moby” Wildman, 56, died suddenly Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
MANTACHIE – Edward Lafayette “Jackpot” George, 69, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born June 2, 1943, in Itawamba County to Girlon and Lillie Bell Timms George. He farmed for Jimmy Pearce most of his life, driving a tractor, which he loved to do. He was an avid fisherman.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Minister Carl Dunlap and Bro. Douglas Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jason Edward George of Tupelo; two brothers, James William George of Booneville and Daniel Lee George of Mantachie; three sisters, Shelby Jean Smith of Guntown, Ella Mae Barnes (L.G.) of Ozark and Martha Lee Brown of Mantachie; and the mother of his son, Oline Lee of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry Doris George; two sisters, Yvonne Smith and Brenda Louise George; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be his nephews. Jimmy Pearce will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will continue until service time today at McNeece-Morris Funeral home in Mantachie.
OXFORD – Willis Burt, 84, died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
PONTOTOC – Linda Merle Bratton Waldrop, 78, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Graceland Nursing Home in Pontotoc. She was born April 2, 1934, to Alka and Wana Bratton. She married the love of her life, Laderl Waldrop, on Nov. 26, 1953. She was devoted to her family, especially her grandsons, Jacob and Ben.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Gerald Finley and Judge Jimmy Roberts will officiate. Burial will follow in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy Gentry (Lyle); two grandsons, Jacob Gentry (Genevieve Turkett) and Ben Gentry; two brothers, Jimmy Bratton (Lucille) of Oxford and Junior Bratton of Grenada; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Laderl Waldrop; her parents; and a brother, Johnny Bratton.
Pallbearers will be Jacob Gentry, Randy Bratton, Tracy Bratton, Brandon Brewer, Floyd Stovall and Barry Gentry. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff at Graceland Nursing Home.
Visitation will continue from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
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 enjoyed fishing, classic cars, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a self-employed auto mechanic before becoming disabled.
A graveside memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Portageville Cemetery at Portageville, Mo. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his sons, John Dee (Jessica) Ross of Fulton, James Lyn (Shellie) Ross of Mantachie, Jason McWhirter of New Madrid, Mo., and Dustin (Tashieka) McWhirter of New Madrid, Mo.; his daughter, Anna (Jeff) Ross of Van Cleave; brother, Gordon Lays; sisters, Patricia (Cecil) Frankum of Dallas, Texas, and Violet Lays; grandsons, Cameron Ross, Jeremiah Rossi, John D Ross Jr., Logan Creasy, Tytus McWhirter, Dominik McWhirter and Skiler Redden; granddaughters, Sheridan Ross, Alexis Redden, Brooklyn Creasy and Qierra McWhirter; and special friends, Jeff Watkins of Mooreville, Kaye Ferguson and Terry Crow.