Obituaries January 6, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

B.G. Garrison
MADISON – B.G. Garrison passed away peacefully in his beloved home on the hill in Madison, on Jan. 3, 2013.
He was born in Tippah County, in the Buena Vista Community outside Ripley. He graduated from Delta State University and received a Masters Degree form the University of Michigan in Public Health Education. He worked for the Mississippi Lung (Tuberculosis) Association for many years where he devoted his life to educating children in the state of Mississippi regarding the hazards of smoking. He retired from the Mississippi State Board of Health in 1987. He enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII and served as a medical corpsman with the 5th Marine Division and was decorated for bravery with the Silver Star at the Battle of Iwo Jima. “By his fealess initiative and cool courage, he contributed to the saving of many lives and his unselfish devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service,” reads a quote from the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C., for the President of the United States. He lived his 90 years in the service of others. There will never be another man like B.G. Garrison. His memory will forever go on in the multitude of stories told by the people that loved him. B.G.’s faith, family, and friends were his life. He was a life long gardener, sportsman, and coach. He loved the outdoors and raising dogs, birds, bees, and livestock.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery.
He leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Peggy Jean Harris Garrison; sons, Glen Garrison (Karen) of Destrehan, La., and Don Garrison (Felicia) of Ridgeland; daughter, Kathy Scott (Russ) of Memphis, Tenn.; grandchildren, Keri Chatham (Ellis), Lacy Sharpe (Durden), Nick Garrison, Phillip Garrison, Lauren Garrison, Will Scott and Lilly Scott; great-grandchildren, Phillip Sharpe, Grace Sharpe and Karlee Chatham; and sisters, Geraldine Garner, Barbara Nell Garrison, both of Ripley, and Anne Roberts of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Odell Reaves Garrison; brothers, Lewis, Dennis, and Billy Mack Garrison; and one sister, Oretha Thurmond.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks you honor B.G. with giving to the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home.
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Dixie Davis
PASCAGOULA – Dixie Houston Davis, 78, died peacefully at home on January 5, 2013, in Pascagoula, after a prolonged illness. Born and raised in Itawamba County, she was the fourth of five daughters of the late Octo and Cavie Houston.
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Dixie had been a resident of Pascagoula since 1958. She attended Houston School (named for her grandfather) and Itawamba High School, where she excelled in basketball as a member of the All-State Team. She also attended Itawamba Junior College.
She was sustained throughout her life by an unfaltering devotion to her faith and family. She served as a proactive and devoted member of the First Baptist Church, where she selflessly taught Sunday School for 12 straight years and also played piano for the department.
As a member of the Women’s Missionary Union, Garden Club and PTA, she was involved in countless church, school and social functions and could always be counted upon to graciously contribute her delicious homemade chocolate pies to any special occasion. Her signature pies were created from her own unique recipe and she made each one with a touch of love, just as she did in countless other actions every day of her life.
All who knew her will have their own private memories of her kindness and mercy, gentle and compassionate heart, selflessness and devotion to her faith, family and friends. She exemplified class and Christianity, which was evident throughout all facets of her life and deeply embedded in the fabric of her soul. She will be fondly remembered and sorely missed by those whose life she touched.
Two memorial services are planned in honor of her life. The first will be held at the First Baptist Church in Pascagoula on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. Visitation will begin at noon with funeral services immediately following at 1p.m.
The second memorial service will be conducted at the Kirkville Baptist Church in Kirkville on Thursday, January 10, 2013. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in the Kirkville Baptist Cemetery. Local arrangements are with Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
Her survivors include her dedicated daughter, Rosemary Davis of Pascagoula; her beloved son, Maury Lee Davis (Jayne Carter Davis) also of Pascagoula; her sisters, Opal Houston, Margaret Nichols and Virginia Buchanan; one beautiful granddaughter, Madison Chapman Davis; five nieces, Regina Shumaker, Karen Mansky, Greta Bellinger, Michelle Niederhaus and Leslie Bitenicks; and her nephew, Craig Buchanan.
She was predeceased by her loving husband of 39 years, Noel Stanton Davis; and her sister, Rachel Cates.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, they would appreciate contributions in her memory to First Baptist Church, 902 Live Oak Avenue, Pascagoula, MS 39567 or to The Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 7669, Atlanta, GA 30357-0669.

Alfred Jordan
ABERDEEN – Alfred Smith Jordan, 84, died Saturday, Jan 5, 2013, at the V.A. Hospital in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He was born Nov. 15, 1928, in Alabama to Henry Jordan and Daisy Jones Jordan. He was retired from the United States Air Force.
Graveside services with military honors, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with Van Moore officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra Lee Barnes of Columbus, Shelia Duncan (Greg) of Columbus and Sarah Chism (Johnny) of Aberdeen; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John Wesley Jordan, Dewitt Jordan and J.B. Jordan; and three sisters, Ruby Gray Moore, Nellie Wells and Jessie Ree Morton.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Alzheimer’s Association.
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Thomas Fraser
ABERDEEN – Thomas William Fraser, 88, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at his residence in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Oreace Ivy Sr.
OKOLONA – 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. today 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 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; 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.

Anna Russell
OXFORD – Anna Savage Phillips Russell, 70, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her home in Oxford.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will follow in Pine Flat Cemetery.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions in Russell’s memory may be made to Pine Flat Cemetery, 40 CR 422, Oxford, MS 38655.
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Larry Tutor
ECRU – Larry Tutor, 64, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Service is at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. Monday and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
George Smith
PHOENIX, Ariz. – George Michael Smith Jr., 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Samaritan Hospital.
Services are 3 p.m. today at Wardel Chapel Methodist Church in Goodman. Interment is at Hillcrest Cemetery. Grayson Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 2 p.m. today at the church.
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Billie Mansell
SALTILLO – Billie Marie Mansell 58, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
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; 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. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main, Box 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
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Sue Stafford
PHEBA – Sue White Stafford, 78, passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at The Carrington Nursing Center in Starkville. She was born Aug. 28, 1934, in Chickasaw County to Nancy Bell Huffman and James Rupert Boyce. She worked in the Clay County Schools Cafeteria for 20 years and was a member of Pheba Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Terry Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow in Pheba Cemetery in Pheba.
Survivors include one daughter, Lisa Watson (Fred) of Durant; one son, Danny White (Merline) of Pheba; two granddaughters, Lillie Fuller and Jana Leigh White; and two sisters, Nancy Morris of West Point and Janice Millsaps (Tommy) of Pheba.
She was preceded in death by husbands, Charles D. White, William Howard Brand and Bennie E. Stafford; two granddaughters, Marlee and Daniele White; sisters, Emma Mae Blansett, Della Fitzpatrick and Lucy Jeannette Weed.
Memorials may be made to Pheba Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Mrs. Becky McNeel, P. O. Box 23, Pheba, MS 39755.
Visitation is 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home.
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Lois Shelton
BYHALIA – Lois Ann Shelton, 87, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her residence.
Graveside services are at 2:30 p.m. today at Byhalia Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude.
Joe Tackett
MOOREVILLE – Joe Allen Tackett, 82, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. He was born April 4, 1930. He was retired from Sheller-Globe Mfg. after 23 years. He was a deacon at Skyline Baptist Church for 44 years. He loved racing, football, westerns, wrestling and spending time with family. He owned and operated Joe’s Pillow Co.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Castor Buse officiating with a eulogy by his grandson, Marc Helms. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Modean Tackett of Mooreville; one son, Bobby Joe Tackett (Bev) of Tupelo; two daughters, Diane Helms (Rex) of Auburn and Betty Joe Melton (Don) of Mooreville; one adopted daughter, Audie Gilmore (Tony) of Skyline; nine grandchildren, Chris Tackett (Patty), Melisha Tackett, Allen Melton, Justin Melton (Danielle), Tyrone Ensey, Holly Barnett (Kevin), Marc Helms (Adrianne), Trista Rickman (Tony) and Zach Helms (Hannah); 16 great-grandchildren; a special grandson, Steve Barmlett of Tupelo; one brother, Ray Priest (Mary) of Mooreville; and one sister, Virginia Hester of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his son, Claude Caldwell Jr.; four brothers, James, John, Robert and Grady Tackett; and five sisters, Virdie, Frances, Reana, Bonnie and Martha.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Chris Tackett, Allen Melton, Justin Melton, Kevin Barnett, Marc Helms, Tony Rickman, Zach Helms and Steve Bramlett.
Visitation will be 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at

Opaline Pardue
DENNIS – Opaline Pardue, 82, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Mississippi to Lonzo and Oda Davis Robbins. She was retired from Golden Manufacturing after 30 years and was a member of Assembly of Christ church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Kevin Rogers officiating. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery.
Survivors are her husband of 62 years, Dupree Pardue of Dennis; one son, Shearl Pardue (Regina) of Dennis; one daughter, Nelda Allen (Randy) of Dennis; grandchildren, Kevin Allen (Justine), Lance Pardue, Stephanie Keeton and her children, Zack, Trent and Cassie Grace, Bridget Holland, Jamie Holland and his children, Austin, Ashley and Alexis; one great grandson, Trevin Allen; and two brothers, Dexter Robbins and R.C. Robbins.
She was preceded in death by a son, Boyce Pardue; her parents; three sisters, Lucille Pardue, Jewel Wilson and Verladean Dunningon; and one brother, Hoyle Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Ransel Sparks, Roy Robinson, Jamie Holland, Charles Pardue, Robert Calley and Kevin Allen.
Visitation is until service time today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Ruth Sneed
BELDEN – Ruth Allen Dale Sneed, 83, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at her residence. She was born June 6, 1929, in Lafayette County, to Grady Allen and Ruth Anderson Allen. She lived much of her life in the Tupelo area, moving from Lafayette County, where she was a graduate of Yocona High School. An avid community activist, she served as the Sunday school teacher for the “Ruth Class” at Harrisburg Baptist Church for over 50 years, was a proud leader of the Merry Makers senior adult group and a member of the adult choir. She taught training union, Vacation Bible School, Girls’ Auxiliary and served as officer for the WMU and various other church committees. Her hobbies included ceramics, embroidery and gardening, of which she was especially known for her beautiful roses.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Harrisburg Baptist Church with the Rev. David Langerfeld, Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Byron Sneed, whom she married May 5, 1947; her daughter, Lynda Bodenheimer (David) of Oxford; her son, Martin Sneed (Debbie) of Baldwyn; two brothers, Gayle Allen (Kay) of Denmark and Don Allen (Francis) of Oxford; two sisters, Mary Seabury of San Diego, Calif., and Pat Sheffield (George) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, David Bowen, Brett Bowen (Allison), Scott Bowen (Kristie), Martin Bodenheimer and Lauren Bodenheimer; five great-grandchildren, Coda, Ayla, Olivia, Preston and Piper Bowen; a son-in-law, Larry Bowen of Collierville, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Covis Russell of Thaxton; and sisters-in-law, Marie and Joan Allen of Lafayette County.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Laura Bowen; her brothers, George, Dwayne, Gene and Gary Allen; and her sister, Marie Russell.
Pallbearers will be Brad Allen, Larry Allen, Jerome Sheffield and her grandsons, David Bowen, Brett Bowen, Scott Bowen and Martin Bodenheimer.
Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801. Condolences may be emailed to
Merle Brazeal
SALTILLO – Merle Faye Brazeal 73, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Pincrest Missions (First Baptist Church-Saltillo). She was a retired seamstress after working at Lucky Star Ind. and Playcraft Ind. She loved to cook, work in her flower garden and was an avid animal lover.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating with burial in the Jones cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Brazeal of Saltillo; children, Charles Brigman Jr. of Saltillo, Tony Brigman of Baldwyn, Ricky Brazeal (Pam) of Saltillo, David Brazeal (Diane) of Guntown and Sylvia Epting (Gerry) of Baldwyn; sister, Betty Ruth Robinson of Tupelo; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Estelle Mays; son, Phillip Brazeal; and sister, Mary Frances Bell.
Pallbearers are Kevin Hendrix, Kevin Buse, Brad Tucker, Robert Cox, Dillon Armstrong and Jeremy Epting.

Dorothy Schmidt
BELMONT – Dorothy Nadine Oaks Schmidt, 83, died Jan. 1, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Tishomingo to Greely and Ora Aldridge Oaks.
A private family burial will be held at a later date. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are five children, Dorothy Perrault of Kingman, Ariz., Kay McDaniel (Pete) of Fulton, James Mike Pafford (Renee) of Dennis, Randy Pafford of Cicero, Ill., and Ron Pafford (Carol) of Belmont; 12 grandchildren, Celina McDaniel, Jeff Lindley, William Lindley, Perry Potts (Lynn), Jolene Potts, Neevus Potts, Becky Lynn Klinzing, Jessica Pafford, Jennifer James (Gary), Jonathan Pafford, Ashley Kaplar and Rhonda Fisher; 19 great grandchildren; and one sister, Velvateen Elliott of Memphis, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Luke Sartin; a son, Perry Alan Potts; a daughter, Nancy Jo Pafford; four brothers, Wilford Oaks, Milford Oaks, Jack Oaks and Gordon Oaks; one sister, Christine Grammer.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.

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