Obituaries January 8, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

James Manley
TISHOMINGO – James Q. Manley, 74, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at Tishomingo Hospital.
He was born Feb. 18,1937, in Prentiss County to Larkin and Hattie May Walley Manley. He was a farmer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening. He was a Baptist in belief.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Chapel with speakers Mike Deaton and Kathy Bircket. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Karen Martin (Charles) and Kathy Bircket (Randy) both of Illinois; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one sister, Dorothy Shumpert (James).
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Billy Manley.
Pallbearers will be Charles Martin, Randy Bircket, Mike Duncan, Terry Middendorf and Marvin McFadden.
Visitation will be at 11 a.m. today until service time at 2 p.m.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Laura Fritch
ABERDEEN – Laura Ann Fritch, 67, died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Oct. 11, 1944, to Alvin Edwin Roberts and Mildred Killian Roberts in Aberdeen. She was a lifelong resident of Aberdeen and a graduate of Aberdeen High School. She was a member of Aberdeen Church of Christ. She retired as a bookkeeper from Aberdeen Monroe County Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Minister Charles Tharp officiating. Burial will be in Beeks Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Fritch of Aberdeen; one daughter, Lee Ann Fritch of Aberdeen; one son, Tommy Fritch (Veda) of Pueblo, Colo.; one sister, Joyce R. Frederick (Jimmy) of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Ashley (Terry) Henley, Edwin and Beth Ann Fritch; and one great-grandchild, Tristan Henley.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
You may sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelann memorial.com.
W.C. Graham
NEW ALBANY – W.C. Graham, 61, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County. He was born July 23, 1950, in Tippah County to Willie Graham and Hattie Hunt. He was employed for many years with Woods Tire Store. He was married to Birdie M. Ivy Graham, and they had four children.
No services are planned.
Survivors include his wife, Birdie Graham, his children, Atwain (Ann) Graham, Fortonya (Jerry) Graham and Antonio (Crystal) Graham and Donyell Riddle all of New Albany, Albert Graham of Cordova, Tenn.; his siblings, his twin Willie C. (Mary J.) Graham of New Albany, Hubert Rutherford and Walter Smith of Mo., Daisey Rutherford, Josephine, Ethel, Lora Ann and Shirley, 13 grandchildren and other family and friends.
Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at Serenity Chapel New Albany.
Wayne Parker
RIDGELAND – Richard Wayne Parker died on January 6, 2012. Born in Marshall, Texas on June 7, 1942, Wayne moved shortly after birth to Jackson, Mississippi. He graduated from Murrah High School in Jackson in 1960. He subsequently graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1964 with a B.B.A. degree, obtained an M.B.A. degree from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas in 1965, and received the Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1968. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. After finishing his law degree, Wayne joined his father in the real estate development business in Jackson, and has been active in real estate development for forty-six years.
During his business career, Wayne developed and invested in real estate projects in Mississippi and beyond. He was on the board of directors of several publicly traded companies and banks. He served on the board of directors of several civic organizations, and was a member of the Mississippi Electoral College that elected President George Bush in 2004.
Wayne was most interested in his work with charitable organizations. He was a former member of the National Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Association, and was co-chairman, with Paul Volcker, of the Fiftieth Anniversary National CURE Campaign for the American Diabetes Association. He was also a former member of the National Board of Directors of the ADA Research Foundation. He was the recipient of the Charles H. Best Award. Wayne is a former member and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Mississippi College. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Mississippi College Alumni Association’s Award of Excellence selected from non-alumni supporters of Mississippi College.
During the last ten years of his life, much of Wayne’s time, resources, and energy was devoted to The LifeShare Foundation, a private foundation which helps meet needs in the lives of some of Mississippi’s most underprivileged and disadvantaged children. The missions of the Foundation have primarily consisted of providing help and assistance to children at the Mississippi Schools for the Blind and Deaf, the Magnolia Speech School, Mississippi College students, the LifeShare Assistive Technology Ministry, and the LifeShare Community Ministry, an inner city ministry for children at risk. Wayne considered The LifeShare Foundation his greatest legacy, subject only to his family.
Wayne was a member, for forty-four years, of Northminster Baptist Church where he had served as a member of the Board of Deacons and the Men’s Sunday School Class.
He is preceded in death by his father, Richard T. Parker, and mother, Ruby Boyd Parker, and one brother, Thomas Earl Parker. He is survived by his wife of forty-four years, Zeita Redfield Tupper Parker, and two children, Rick Parker of Jackson and Zeita Parker Jones (Matt) of Nashville, Tenn.; and three grandchildren, Tyler, Audrey, and Matthew Jones of Nashville. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Brenda and Dr. Benton Hilbun of Tupelo and their three children and spouses; Benton and Jenni Hilbun, Kevin and Karen Hilbun and Parker and Shane Spees and six grandchildren. The family wishes to thank friends, neighbors, business colleagues and hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to The Pastors’ Benevolence Fund at Northminster Baptist Church, or to your favorite charity.
On behalf of the remaining family, we would like to acknowledge what an honor and privilege it was to be the wife, son, daughter, and granddaughter of a man of such integrity and character.
Visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the funeral to follow at 2 p.m. Monday, January 9th, at Northminster Baptist Church, 3955 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS.
Thelma McPherson
FULTON – Thelma Telsie McPherson, 92, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at her son’s home in Savannah, Tenn., after an extended illness.
Services were Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton. Burial was in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.

Mike Guy
BOONEVILLE – Michael Ernest “Mike” Guy Sr., 61, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Carlene Lowe
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Carlene Lowe, 66, of the Hill District, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. She was formerly of Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Miller Street Baptist Church in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Coston Funeral Home of Pittsburgh is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Gilbert Lowe Jr. and Constance “Connie” Lowe; grandchildren, Gilbert III, Lamar, Jazzmeyne, Jainell, Chantelle, Charles and Jashawn; great-grandchildren, Niree, Tyzhere, Lamaya, Nemeyzjah, Rayla and Ziyon; sisters and brothers, Purvy Long, Nathaniel Stone, Billy Robinson, Luxsola Shack and Jeanette Meritt; and a godson, Jeffrey Crawford.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Visit the website at www.costonfuneralhome.com.
Evelyn Harris
BELMONT – Evelyn Harris, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Tishomingo Living Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home.
Douglas Orrick
GOLDEN – Douglas McArthur Orrick, 69, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery in Golden.
Visitation will be until service time today.
Cluster Banks
BLUE SPRINGS – Cluster Banks, 91, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at his home. He was chairman of the Deacon Board, an usher and a superintendent of Sunday School. He was a lifelong member of Red Hill M.B. Church and a member of the Sunlight Lodge No. 296.
Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at Red Hill M.B. Church with the Rev. Sparks Banks officiating.
Burial will be in church cemetery.
Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include daughters, Mary Williams (Don) of Indianapolis, Ind., Francis Hornbeak (Raymond) of Indianapolis, Ind., Evelyn Price (Roy) of Blue Springs, Willie B. amp”Pegamp” Banks of Blue Springs, Sherie Rucker (the Rev. Darreyl) of Blue Springs; sons, Robert amp”Billyamp” Banks (Janice) of Blue Springs, the Rev. S.E. Banks (Carolyn) of Blue Springs, the Rev. Lamar Banks (Wanda) of Blue Springs, and the Rev. Lurye Banks (Doris) of Blue Springs; 44 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Ben Davis
CORINTH – Ben Frank Davis, 71, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, at his home. He was born Aug. 6, 1940, and attended synagogue school. He was retired and was a member of Oak Grove CME Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove CME Church with the Rev. Henry Damons officiating.
Survivors include his children, Karaleen Martin, Tommie Davis, Keith Davis and Barry Davis; his siblings, Mae Ruth Bush, Annie Strickland, Gertrude Sorrell, Vistie Carpenter, Louise Sorrell, James Davis, Sammy Davis and John Davis; grandchildren, Carlissa Gilmore, Rosy Gardner, Charles Gardner, Tramine Davis, Tiffany Martin, Chris Walker, Blake Davis and Arlena Davis; and six great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilean Phillip Davis; stepdaughter, Jean Gardner; his parents, Ben and Lizzie Davis; his grandparent, Matt Davis; siblings, M.D. Davis, O.D. Davis, Joe Davis and Manerva Strickland; and grandchild, Chris Gardner.
Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at Patterson Memorial Funeral Home.
Jeffrey Akers
AMORY – Jeffrey Lee Akers, 51, died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. Born on August 25, 1960, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, he was a son of Charles Westerhout and Dorothy Jean Cooley Akers. He attended Phil Campbell, Ala. High School and graduated from Well Control School. He worked as an independent consultant in the oil and gas rig services, primarily working with Marcellus Shale in Montrose, Pa. Very loving and full of life, he placed his faith in God. He cherished time spent with his children and grandchildren. Full of laughter, he enjoyed being on the lake, fishing, and listening to old gospel hymns, country music, and the Beach Boys.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Miles and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating.
He is survived by his daughters, Amanda Leigh Ball (Shawn) of Amory, Alexis Michelle Akers of Wetumpka, Ala. and Katie Marie Goins (Justin) of Harriman, Tenn.; stepchildren, Pamela Lynn Ingram of Water Valley and Earl Stevens of Oxford; grandchildren, Tyler and Brittany Ball, Abby and Lee Ingram and Zoey Goins; and special friend, Candace Hunt of Water Valley.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Henrey and Ollie May Thompson Cooley.
Pallbearers will be Timothy Hawkins, Jerry Spears, Joel Outlaw, James Ballard, Matthew Welch, and Jay Parham.
Honorary pallbearers are David Craft, Michael Smith, Joe Murray, Larry Trimble, Al Owing, Michael Smith, Tom Weller, Drew Gladulich, Walt Davenport, Jerry Spears, Timothy Hawkins, Jay Parham, David Craft, and Larry Marrill.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
George Bradford
OKOLONA – George W. “Chopper” Bradford, 70, died Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 29, 1941, to Lillie Annie P. Bowens Bradford and Cornelius Bradford. He was a member of Zion Spring and as associated member of Clark Chapel. He was a construction worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Ozark Chapel MBC. Burial in the Zion Spring Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Shannon officiating. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Donaldson of Okolona; a daughter, Michelle Donaldson of Tyler, Texas; five sons, Michael Donaldson (Denise) of Nettleton, Tyrone Donaldson (Shelia) of Okolona, Jerome Donaldson (Katina) of Okolona, Rickey Donaldson of Okolona, Thomas Judd (Sheila) of Tupelo; two sisters, Bessie Green of Okolona, Elaine Williams of Memphis; two brothers, Walter Bradford of Memphis, Willie Williams of Okolona, 15 grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Goldie Mae and Bertha Mae; and three brothers, Bobby Bradford, Elance Bradford and Cornice Bradford Jr.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Williams Memorial Chapel.
Mollie Moody
NEW ALBANY – Mollie Ann Moody, 59, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at her residence. She was born Jan. 4, 1953, in New Albany to Mae Ardella Fish Page and Alonza Page.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Serenity Chapel New Albany Bro. Michael Lumpkin officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Billy G. Moody; four sons, Jeffrey (Chasity) Moody, Billie Lee (Sandee) Moody of Hickory Flat, Christopher (Vera) Moody of New Albany and James Moody of Holly Springs; her mother, Mae Ardella Page; and her siblings, Clara Mae Kegley (Larry) of Pearl, Elizabeth Inez Ferguson, Charles Gary (Judy) Page, Kenneth Wayne (Carolyn) Page, and Roy Gean Page all of New Albany; Mary Joyce (Jody) Clayton of Blue Mountain, Tammie Lynn (Mark) Stiles of Georgia and Edith Bruno of Memphis.
Visitation is from 2 to 9 p.m. today at Serenity Chapel New Albany.
Leroy Brooks
BOONEVILLE – Leroy Brooks died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Funeral services are incomplete but will announced later by Patterson Memorial.
Beatrice Hood
MOOREVILLE – Beatrice Montgomery Hood, 89, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the Golden Living Center in Amory. She was born February 14, 1922, in Nettleton to Semore and Sarah Nancy Newell Montgomery. She was an active member of Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy where she served as a church pianist and sang. She enjoyed making blankets and quilts, working in her yard, planting her beautiful plants and her vegetable garden. She loved her children and grandchildren and loved to cook for them.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday, at Union Grove Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Wayne Thorn officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Harrison Hood of Fulton, Virginia Dickey (Jimmy) of Mooreville, Martha Foster of Mooreville, J.R. Hood of Columbus, Frances Williams (Mack) of Tupelo, Eva Dunn of Nashville, Tenn., and Phillip Hood of Mooreville; two daughters-in-law, Joyce Hood and Becky Hood, both of Mooreville; three sisters-in-law including her special friend, Lorene Montgomery of Mooreville, Odell Franks of Verona and Radar Keith of Mooreville; two brothers-in-law, Eugene Hood (Doris) of Tupelo and Wayne Hood of Saltillo; special friends, Dr. and Mrs. Billy T. Collum of Fulton, Janice Nichols of Fulton, and Faye Collier, Christine Gentry, and Kay Brown; 22 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Haskel Hood, in 1972; two sons, James Hood and Jessie Hood; four sisters, Evelyn Owens, Effie Green, Leola Ratliff and Edith Hall; one brother, Loren Montgomery; two granddaughters, Jessica Hood Marcy and Loretta Lynn Rushing; a great-grandson, Matt Willnow; and a sister-in-law, Olene Bell.
Pallbearers will be Carlton Green, Paul Green, Robbie Jean Harris, Eddie Harris, Ronnie Harris, Mike Mitchell and Matthew Dunn.
Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-grandsons.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Church. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Emma Lou Wilbanks
WALNUT – Emma Lou Barnes Wilbanks, 92, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a retired employee of McGregor Manufacturing and a member of the County Line Baptist Church near Walnut. She was born on Dec. 13, 1919 to Lummie and Willie Wilbanks Barnes in Tippah County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at County Line Baptist Church near Walnut with Bro. Mike Johnson and Bro. Kenny James officiating. Burial will be in County Line Church Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include five daughters, Patty Blansett (Wayne) of Pontotoc, Lola Faye Bell (Fred), Sheron James (Kenny) both of Walnut, Ann Luna (Kenneth) of Ripley and Debbie Jones (Roger) of Southaven; three sons, Bobby Wilbanks (Mary Beth) of Brandon, Sammy Wilbanks (Grace) of Senatobia, Mikey Wilbanks (JoAnn) of Corinth; five sisters, Eleanor Shaw of Mooreville, Lovie Cross of Falkner, Ruby Akdreidge, Jean Talley and Edith Hamm all of Walnut; 23 grandchildren; Ronnie Blansett, James Bell, Mark James, Craig Forsythe, rickey Blansett, Dickey Blansett, Paul Blansett, Patrick Blansett, Rowland Whitsell, Jonathan James, Jeffery Jones, Daniel Turner, Cameron Wilbanks, Joey Wilbanks, Barry Forsythe, Paul Dorris, Vickey Stuart, Pam Branch, Pam Jackson, Michelle Graves, Barb Colvin, Risha Wilbanks and Robbie Hudson; 15 great-grandchildren; special nephews, Randall Wilbanks and Billy Shaw; and special niece, Jane Childers.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, R.C. Wilbanks; three children, Betty Jo Wilbanks, Brenda Johnson, David Wilbanks; three brothers, Raymond Barnes, K.C. Barnes, Ray Barnes and a sister, Hazel Wilbanks.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Blansett, Jonathan James, James Bell, Craig Forsythe, Jeffery Jones, Cameron Wilbanks, Ricky Blansett and Dickey Blansett. Honorary pallbearers are Mark James, Paul Blansett, Patrick Blansett, Rowland Whitsell, Daniel Turner, Joey Wilbanks, Barry Forsythe, Paul Dorris, Vicky Stuart, Pam Branch, Pam Jackson, Michelle Graves, Barb Colvin, Tisha Wilbanks and Robbie Hudson.
Visitation will continue today at the funeral home from 7 to 11 a.m. and then from 1 to 2 p.m. at the County Line Baptist Church.
To view and sign online guest book go to www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Eugene Sims
OKOLONA – Eugene “Duck” Sims died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
Earlene Hall
NETTLETON – Earlene Hester Hall, 90, died Friday, Jan, 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 27, 1921, in Monroe County to Verdo and Annie Harris Hester. She had lived in Nettleton most of her life, prior to living at the Reed House at the Greenhouses at Traceway in Tupelo for the past several years. She was a retired seamstress at the former Reed’s Manufacturing in Nettleton and was a member of the Nettleton Independent Methodist Church. She enjoyed flowers, cooking and listening to gospel music.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. James Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, John Hall (Kay) of Nettleton; one sister, Connie Morgan of Verona; three grandchildren, Chanis Murphree (Allen), Deanna Dabbs (Tommy Ray) and Brian Holland, all of Nettleton; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milford, Hall; her parents; two sisters; and four brothers.
Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, c/o Traceway Manor, 2800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Mary Barron
BOONEVILLE – Mary Edith Hill Barron, 94, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at her home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Arlinda Turner
NETTLETON – Arlinda Gail Turner, 43, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton.
Charles McCutchen
BOONEVILLE – Charles “Mac” McCutchen, 84, died Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at his home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Wilma McKinney
CORINTH – Wilma Lois Pennington McKinney, 77, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Hardin County, Tenn.
Visitation will be from 111 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
McPeters Funeral Directors in charge of arrangements.
Richard Gilmer
HOLLY SPRINGS – Richard Allen Gilmer, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Holly Springs.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Monday.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Azline Clark
GLEN – Mandy Azline Clark, 83, died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, at her residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Kris Bush officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Iuka.
Visitation will be noon until service time Monday at Magnolia Funeral Home.
Leave condolences online at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.