Obituaries January 5, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Joey Sheffield
DORSEY – Marvin Joe “Joey” Sheffield, 58, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at his home after an extended illness.
He was born Dec. 11, 1954, to Frank and Agnes Sheffield. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. He served in the Navy and retired from the Army after 20 years of service, where he attained the rank of sergeant major E8. He served as the Third District supervisor for Itawamba County for four years. He then owned and operated an excavator and wood products business and was a contract worker for the National Guard. An avid deer and duck hunter, he lived life to the fullest.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Sheffield of Dorsey; an adopted daughter, Cherish Woods (Frank) of Jackson; a stepson, Bruce Sheffield (Lesley) of Saltillo; two stepdaughters, Lauren Lovett of the home and Lisa Darracott (Eric) of Dorsey; four grandchildren, Lia Darracott, Brodie Darracott, Daniel Sheffield and Evan Woods; one sister, Louise “Tootsie” Gibbs of Memphis; a sister-in-law, Sondra Sheffield; and countless nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Steve Sheffield and Sidney Sheffield; and one sister, Norma “Ducky” Godsey.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Brandon Sheffield, Greg Sheffield, Robert Sheffield, Brian Sheffield, John Bowen and Joey Bowen. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until 1 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton and 30 minutes prior to the service at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorris funeralhome.com.
Bonnie Clark
IUKA – Martha Bonnie Clark, 59, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Grove Church of Christ. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church for one hour prior to service time.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneral home.com.
Dianne Savage
CORINTH – Opal Dianne Savage, 57, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at her home. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holly Baptist Church. Burial will be in Holly Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is incharge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Bob Grant
PONTOTOC – Robert Lee “Bob” Grant, 70, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born in Hillsdale, Mich., on Sept. 29, 1942,
to Frank and Pearl Grant. After a hard-earned retirement, he enjoyed fishing, bead crafting, yard sales and being with friends. He was a member of the American Legion.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Oak Dale Baptist Church in Ecru. Serenity-Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Patsy; and two sons; a daughter; a sister; a brother; two stepsons; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Mark Grant; and two brothers, David and Jim Grant.
In lieu of flowers, send memorial donations to Renasant Bank in care of Patsy J. Grant.
Billy Bain
GLEN – Billy David Bain, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at his home. He was born Oct. 1, 1930. He was retired employee of APAC and a member of Burnsville First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. The perfect daddy, he was kind to everyone and never met a stranger. He loved fishing, going to ballgames and watching his grandchildren participate. Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Bro. Roger Wood, Bro. Doyle Ferrell and Bro. Scotty McCay will officiate. Burial will be in Love Joy Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sue Mann Bain of Glen, daughters, Kathy Ward (David), Vicki Malone (Brent) and LeAnn Tucker (Mike), all of Glen; nine grandchildren, Billy Tucker (Jenni), Kayleigh Tucker, Phillip Davis, Carl Davis, Rebecca Ward, Matthew Ward, Tiffany Davis Bumpous (Jason), McQuade Quillen and Andrew Quillen; one brother, Dale Bain (Retha) of Alcorn County; sisters, Betty Wasson of Pensacola, Fla., Patsy Hardwick (Gene) and Peggy Hardwick (Tommy), all of Alcorn County; a sister-in-law, Louise Bain; a brother-in-law, Jack Woodruff; special friends, J.T. and Judy Blakney, and Allen Vines; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Lee Bain, and his mother, Azlee Pharr Bain; two brothers, Thurston Bain and Harold Bain; a sister, Dorothy Woodruff; his mother-in-law, Virtle Mann, and his father-in-law, William Henry Mann.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Woodruff, David Woodruff, Tim Woodruff, Ronnie Crawford, Finis Ivy, Dean Mielke and Roger Dale Bain II. Honorary pallbearers will be J.T. Blakney, Allen Vines, Jack Woodruff and Roger Bain.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Thomas Simmons
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Thomas Murry Simmons, 55, died Saturday,Dec. 29, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born Sept. 16, 1957, in Tippah County to Jessie Eddie King and Ruby Simmons. He was an honorably discharged U.S. Army veteran. He was married to Mary Louise Lesure Simmons; they had one child. In later life he joined with Elaine Hill.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Antioch M.B. Church in Blue Mountain. Burial will be in Antioch-Academy Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lesure Simmons of New Albany; a daughter, Latoyra (Evan) Johnson of Baldwyn; his mother, Ruby Simmons Cook of Blue Mountain; five stepchildren, Steavon Lesure and Tulane (Latoya) Simmons of New Albany, Valeira (Corey) Woods of Baldwyn, David Lesure of Memphis and Chaddrick McDonald of Columbus, Ohio; his siblings, Willis Cook Jr. and Twadie Fitzpatrick of Milwaukee, David Lee (Mary) Cook of New Albany, Vickie (Larry) Cox of Blue Mountain, Charlett Edgeston of Ripley, Vashawn Cook of Georgia, James King, Ronnie King, Brenda King and NaNa King, all of Racine, Barbara Ferguson of Blue Mountain, Gwen Cook of Guntown and Johnny Johnson of Tupelo; his companion, Elaine Hill of Blue Mountain; two grandchildren; and 11 stepgrandchildren.
Oreace Ivy Sr.
OKLONA – Oreace Ivy Sr., 91, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at his home. He was born April 11, 1921, to the late Jim Ivy and the late Sarah Baker Ivy. He received his education at Prairie Mount School. A Bible scholar, he was a member and deacon at Union Baptist Church.
He was a farmer and a former employee of Day-Brite. He was a veteran of World War II. He never met a stranger.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Building at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona. The Rev. Richard Boone will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in Mt. Zion Troy Cemetery.
Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements. He is survived by four daughters, Mary Alice Jenkins (Walter) of Rockford, Mich., Alberta Baker (Eligah) of Rockford, Mich., Martha Ann (Charles) of Okolona and Glenda Stevens (Stanley) of Tupelo; seven sons, Oreace Ivy Jr. (Sarah) of Buffalo, N.Y., Jim Ivy (Louise) of Rockford, Mich., Charles Ivy (Cynthia) of Kalamazoo, Mich., Clarence Ivy (Diann) of Grand Rapids, Mich., Josh Ivy of Okolona, R.J. Ivy (Ann) of Byron Center, Mich., James Ivy (Darlene) of Kentwood, Mich.; one sister, Rosie White of Grand Rapids,
Mich.; 36 grandchildren; 79 greatgrandchildren; 23 great-greatgrandchildren; two special friends, Earnest Gilliam and Joe White; and two special nephews, Tommie “Chief” Ivy and Willie T. Ivy.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby Tate Ivy; seven brothers and six sisters.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at Williams Memorial in Okolona with a wake for family and friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today.
I.L. Fitzpatrick
HOLLY SPRINGS – I.L. Fitzpatrick, 58, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Pleasant Hill CME Church at Mt. Pleasant. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with visitation with the family from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Sunday.
Geneva Brooks
MANTACHIE – Geneva Brooks, 76, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 20, 1936, to Wilburn and Lovie Rogers Russell.
She worked as a seamstress for Reed’s, Mantachie and Playcraft manufacturing companies for anumber of years. She was a member of Center Star Independent Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed working in her yard, gardening, her flowers and cooking. She loved her dog, Lucy, and being around her family, especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Scottie Brooks (Missy) of Mantachie and Steve Brooks of Saltillo; two grandchildren, Haleigh Brooks and Amber Brooks; her godgrandchildren,
Mason Clark and Lydia Clark; three brothers, M.C. Russell of the Unity community, Bobby Russell of Saltillo and J.T. Russell of Evergreen; and one sister, Eva Joyce Franks of Mantachie.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Brooks, who died in 2010; one brother, James Russell; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Prentiss Brown, Scotty Clark, Marc Russell, Cary Russell, Harvey Brooks and Terry Reynolds.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie, In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Center Star Cemetery Fund.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorris funeralhome.com.
Leneka Byers
MEMPHIS – Leneka Byers, 35, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Methodist South in Memphis.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Opaline Pardu
DENNIS – Opaline Pardue died Friday, Jan. 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Dorothy Kerr
WEST POINT – Dorothy Jean Kerr, 87, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her home in West Point. She was born March 6, 1925, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Lottie Beatrice Johnston Kerr and John Brice Kerr. She graduated from West Point High School in 1941 and from MSCW in 1945.
She received her master’s degree from Mississippi State in 1955. She taught high school mathematics for 41 years in Mississippi, New Mexico and Utah, retiring in 1985.
She was a member of First Presbyterian Church EPC in West Point.
She is survived by her sister, Frances Kerr Botsford of Benton, Ark.; seven nieces and nephews; and many great- and great-greatnieces and great- and great-greatnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, Martha Eileen Addkison, Julia Elizabeth Kerr and John Brice Kerr.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point. Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church EPC with the Rev. Steve Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.
Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday.
Pallbearers will be Brice Kerr, Jim Kerr, Rick Daniel, Ryan Daniel, Rhett Daniel, Wade Willmott, Cameron Beyers, Joe Salmon and Randy Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. T.N. Braddock, Frank Autry, Billy Faye Simmons, Jake Garrett and Lamar Powers.
Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church EPC, P.O. Box 366, West Point, MS 39773 or French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.
Friends may leave a memory message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
Epell Brown
NETTLETON – Epell Marie Brown, 97, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. She was born on March 22, 1915, to John and Hassie Moore Gillentine in Itawamba County. She was a member of Carolina Missionary Baptist Church. She loved reading her Bible and watching preaching on T.V.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Roger Franks officiating.
Burial will be in Goodwin Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Katherine Howard (Ray), Betty Brown and Barbara Nell Grimes, (Lawrence), all of Nettleton; her sons, James Brown of Fulton, Jessie Wayne Brown of Amory, and Robert Brown (Phyllis), Johnny Mack Brown (Deborah) and Hollis Brown (Diane), all of Nettleton; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-greatgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Brown; her parents; four brothers; three sisters; two daughters-in-law; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Brown, Jamie Brown, Michael Grimes, Ray Brown, Ty Brown, John Marshall Brown and Matthew Brown.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senter funeraldirectors.com.
Cornelia Sharp
HOUSTON – Cornelia Eloise Seale Sharp, 86, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Floy Dyer Manor Nursing Home in Houston. She was born April 4, 1926, in Lauderdale County to George Seale and Essie Clay Seale. She was a member of Cornerstone Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston with Bro. Randy Hays officiating.
Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Sharp Bagwell Berryhill (Bill) of Terrell, Texas; two sons, Homer Flynt Sharp Jr. (Bridget) and Millard Brooks Sharp, all of Houston; eight grandchildren, Gene Bagwell, Billy Bagwell, Adam, Megan, Jessica and Caleb Sharp, Ashley Sackett, and Holly Mason; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor Bagwell, Stephen Rush, Jonathan Rush, Nathan Rush, Brytan Gargus, Tucker Sharp, Grady Roberts, Blakeley Miles and Lana Mason; one great-great-grandchild, Gavin Rush; and her sister, Frances Jackson of Sturgis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Homer Flynt Sharp Sr.; one brother, George “Buddy” Seale; and one sister, Ruby Jones.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
For online condolences, visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.
Benjamin Potter
ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. – Benjamin F. Potter, 84, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. He was born May 1, 1928, in Union County to Claude and Vira Caldwell Potter.
He worked for many years in the furniture industry, employed at Futorian and BarcaLounger. Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Rank Boyte and the Rev. Michael Baker officiating. Burial will in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy Luper Potter of the home; two daughters, Rebecca Brasfield (Jerry) and Brenda Gale Cone (Barry); a stepdaughter, Carolyn Alston (Larry); three sons, Benny Dale Potter, Jerry Lynn Potter and Terry Glynn Potter (Brenda); five grandchildren, Kevin Brasfield,Mandy Cone, Melanie Potter,
Brooks Alston (Candice) and Casey Morris; and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jewel Potter; a son, Bobby Hugh Robbins; and two sisters, Katherine Chism and Elaine Hill.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Maudie Brents
TUPELO – Maudie Mae Brents, 90, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her daughter’s home in Lafayette, Tenn., after a short illness. A Mississippi native, she was born Nov. 15, 1922, in the Ratliff community in Itawamba County to Maggie Mae Briggman and Alva Marshall Whitehead. At the age of 7 she moved to live with her foster parents, Odie and Lavada Gunter Franks. She was a retired factory seamstress. She enjoyed reading, sewing, crocheting, working with her flowers in the yard and cooking.
She was especially known for her potato salad and chocolate pie. She is a member of East Main Church of Christ in Tupelo.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with her grandson, the Rev. Thomas G. Jennings, officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Methodist Church Cemetery near Okolona. W.E. Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Ruby Jolly (Bobby) of West Point, Margaret Carter (David) of Hendersonville, Tenn., Alice Jennings of Tupelo, Linda Foster (Jim) of Lafayette, Tenn.; sons, Earl Brents (Donna) of Blue Ridge, Texas, and Harvey Brents (Tammy) of Wagerville, Ala.; two sisters, Jane Roberts and Lois Russell, both of Tupelo; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Brents; one daughter Annette Brents; her parents; her brothers; Tommy and Johnny Ray Franks, Audie Morgan, and J.W. and Claudie Whitehead.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, David Carter Jr., Brian Christopher, John Whisman, Bobby Jolly, Jessie Glatt, Kenny Glatt, Scott Corner, Daylin O’Bryan, Jeremy Thibault and Matt Sullivan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main, Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Helen Wammack
TUPELO – Helen Wammack, 83, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona after a short illness.
She was born March 28, 1929, in New Albany to Everett and Tishey Lou Melton Owen. She was a member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church. A devoted mother and grandmother, she was very involved in the lives of her family.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Baptist Cemetery.
Survivors include her two sons, Mike Wammack (Becky) of Sallis and David Wammack (Sherrie) of Tupelo; six grandchildren, Josh Wammack (Anita) of Yahoo City, Savannah and Shiloh Wammack of Sallis, and Mariann, Lee and Brayden Wammack of Belden; two great-grandchildren, Ashlynn and Tyler Wammack; brother, Harris Owen of Dumas; and daughter-in-law, Kathy Wammack of Belden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Wammack; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Robert Nance
TUPELO – Robert F. Nance Jr., 58, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was
born Dec. 24, 1954, in Memphis, Tenn., to Robert Finch Nance and Barbara Howell Nance.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the stateroom at W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo with the Rev. Bryan Collier officiating.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to services today.
Robert attended Northeast Mississippi Junior College and Mississippi State University, majoring in forestry. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved his family.
He is survived by one brother, Richard Nance, and special friends, Angi Ramage and Sarah Young. He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, 420 Magazine St., Tupelo, MS 38804 and the Tupelo Salvation Army, P.O. Box 706, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Marjorie Gilmore
OXFORD – Marjorie Gooch Gilmore, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford.
Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford. Services will be at 1 p.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Garden of Memories located at Coleman Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Providence Companion Care LLC, P.O. Box 2047, Clarksdale, MS 38614.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.