Obituaries July 1, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Doris Knight
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Doris Nell Knight, 84, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Oak Tree Plantation Assisted Living in Amory. She was born in Lamar County to Haston and Nettie Belk Spruiell. She was a member of the Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in Detroit, Ala., and had lived most of her life in the Splunge Community. She and her husband J.D. Knight were married for 62 years. She enjoyed caring for her dog, Butch, and her cat, Sadie. She loved shopping, working in her yard and spending time with her family and friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Norwood Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tim Markham and Bro. Tommy Spruiell officiating. Burial will be in the Wesley Chapel Cemetery. Norwood Funeral Homes, Inc., of Sulligent, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, J.D. Knight of Greenwood Springs; two daughters, Kathy (John) Priddy and Carol (Ray) Thompson, both of Sulligent, Ala.; one son, Dwight (Lori) Knight of Detroit, Ala.; six grandchildren, Melanie Thompson, Eric Priddy, Toby Thompson, Pamela Priddy (Jamie) Lovelady, Dusty Thompson Webster and Andrea Knight; and five great-grandchildren, Jaden Priddy, Garrett Lovelady, Slade Webster, Colton and Abby Webster.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Spruiell.
Pallbearers will be Larry Knight, James Estes, Eric Priddy, Don Spruiell, Bud Belk and J.B. Markham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Heckart, the employees of Oak Tree Plantation, Kenneth Knight, Kermit Minga, Melvin Noe, Bob Black, Tim Otts, Malone Knight, Brent Knight and Gary Knight.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Elizabeth Browning
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Elizabeth Harper Browning, 95, of Booneville, passed away June 29, 2011, at Hattiesburg Health and Rehab in Hattiesburg.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 3, 2011, at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Marecle officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 2, and from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sunday prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Oaklawn Memorial Park in Booneville.
Born Jan. 26, 1916, to Sam and Lucille Harper, Elizabeth was one of eight children.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters; two brothers; her son, Robert Carroll Browning; and her husband, Carroll Lacy Browning.
Elizabeth lived most of her life in the Osborne Creek community near Booneville. She was a long time member of the Osborne Creek Baptist Church. She worked many years as a bookkeeper, but her talents and interests were multi-faceted. An avid gardener, she was well known for her beautiful orchids and roses, being very generous in sharing her flowers with friends and family members whenever a special occasion would arise. She created beautiful quilts and needlework and excelled at solving crossword puzzles. A lover of nature, she experienced great joy and satisfaction in watching, feeding and caring for all the birds that flocked to her backyard.
No stranger to adversity, Elizabeth endured the heartbreaking losses of her only son, Robert, whose courageous battle with cancer ended in 1988. Four years later in 1992, she lost her beloved husband, Carroll. It was, however, through these painful losses, setbacks and unexpected bends in the road, that she emerged more determined, strong and resolute. Her fierce independent spirit, her dogged determination to navigate and press on through life’s storms and her unwavering faith in God enabled and equipped her to continue to live alone in her own home for many years. Elizabeth was the essence of the true southern “Steel Magnolia.”
She was blessed to have a devoted daughter-in-law, Rachel, who took on the care giving responsibilities in her declining years. Rachel provided uncommon love, loyalty and devotion.
While a resident at Trinity Mission and Rehab Center in Clinton, “Mom Browning,” as she was affectionately called, endeared herself to all, earning a reputation among the residents and staff as an “encourager”.
She is survived by one sister, Sarah Moore of West Memphis, Ark.; grandson, Bobby Browning (Lisa) of Purvis; granddaughter, Beth Neely (Robbie) of Clinton; four great-grandchildren, Jordan and Madeline Browning, Anna and Emily Neely; and daughter-in-law, Rachel Browning of Clinton.
A special extended family includes Kathy Clark of Saltillo and her children, Daniel, Kristin and Seth; as well as Jerry and Dawn Foster of Madison and their son, Kenneth.
Memorials may be made to Hope Family Ministries, 2754 Mattox Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Eddie Mae Gray
TUPELO – Eddie Mae Gray, 75, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She enjoyed music, traveling and spending quality time with her family and church family. She was a member of New Providence M.B. Church where she once served as choir president. She was also a member of the Adlene Agnew Missionary Circle, once a chair person of the program committee for the pastor’s aid and a founding member of the Graceful Agers senior group. She attended George Washington Carver High School. She was a member of the Kissa Clifton Temple #671 where she held several offices, a retired employee of Reeds Manufacturing and a member of the Gray Sister Quartet, where she served as business manager.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Providence M.B. Church with Rev. Robert Jaminson officiating and delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her devoted son, Rico Gray; five sisters, Lena Gray, Lucille Partlow, Vonnia (George) Clay and Mary (John) Bradley, all of Tupelo, and Florence (Westley) Robertson of New Orleans; three brothers, Ulish Gray, Jimmy Gray and Gregory Gray, all of Tupelo; and a host nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Tommy “Wolf” Gray and Willie Howard Gray; and one brother-in-law, Willie C. Partlow Sr.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.
Online condolences can be made to the Gray family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Eva Duncan
RIPLEY – Eva Augusta Bedi Duncan, 81, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born June 6, 1930, to Joseph and Margaret McElroy Bedi in Mount Pleasant, Pa. She grew up with ten brothers and sisters. She married Mancel Lemont Duncan in Sept., 1955, and they had six children. She was a loving, faithful and devoted wife and mother. She was very active in her church and faithfully ministered to many people. She loved to sing and write poetry; many of her poems were published.
Services will be held at noon today at New Life Mission Church with Bro. Paul Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Peoples Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Mancel Duncan of Ripley; two daughters, Malinda Powell (Dave) of Omaha, Neb., and Carol Sharpe of Ripley; four sons, Avin Duncan (Kathy) of Boston, William Duncan (Irma) of San Jose, Calif., David Duncan (Mary) of Omaha and Dennis Duncan (Jennifer) of Kimberton, Pa.; 14 grandchildren, Veronica, John, Jessica, Will, Vannessa, Dane, Faith, Dylan, Casi, Annie, Krissy, Steffan, Ian and Joshua; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Lou Sellers of Pennsylvania and June Crowe of Memphis; and one brother, Robert Bedi of Pennsylvania.
She was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be Steffan Cimino, Dane Duncan, Dylan Duncan, Dave Powell and Alan Baggett.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
View and sign the online guestbook at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Billy Brand
PRAIRIE- Billy Brand, 84, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born June 21, 1927, in Prairie to Arthur Brand and Edna Parker Brand. He was a farmer and cattleman and a member of McCondy United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Shotts Brand; his nephew, James Brand of Trebloc; two great-nieces, Angela Hollingsworth and Renay Moore, both of Houston; and four great-great-nephews, Jake and T.K. Hollingsworth, and Tyler and Hunter Moore.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Grace Moore and Thelma Goodwin; two brothers, Wilson Brand and W.A. Brand; one nephew; two nieces; two great-nieces; and four great-great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Randy Simmons, Eddie Davis, Randy Nichols, Charles Smith, Pete Dexter and Burt Brand.
Honorary pallbearers will be Steve Shotts, Stan Cole, Jake Hollingsworth, T.K. Hollingsworth, Tyler Moore and Hunter Moore.
For online condolences visit www.memorialfuneralhomehouston.com.

Pearl Hill
HURRICANE – Pearl Mae Myrick Hill, 86, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Franklin, Tenn. She was born Oct. 11, 1924. She was formerly of the Shady Grove Community and was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister, and a wonderful friend.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glenfield Funeral Home with Rev. Keith Benefield and Rev. David Barnett officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Lloyd Randall Hill of New Albany; three daughters, Charlene (Bob) Noll of Aurora, Colo., Cathy Lewis of Ashland City, Tenn., and Sylvia (Buddy) Ware of Franklin, Tenn.; a daughter-in-law, Gale Hill of Decatur, Ill.; three sisters, Mable Gates of Blue Springs, Hazel Davis of New Albany and Linda Smith, also of New Albany; 13 grandchildren, Kevin Moore, Tracy Wilkes, Gilbert Krause, Chuck White, Bryan White, Beverly Upshaw, Tonya Fiala-Gapp, Bradley Ware, Angela Heyman, Joy Perkins, Briana Stewart, Aimee Gallaway and Nicholas Koloski; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and by extended family, Greg and Judi Long of Franklin and Jerry and Sandra Seale of Lynchburg, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Hill; her daughter, Lora Krause; her son, David W. Hill; two sisters; one brother and her parents.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Ray Toy
BLUE SPRINGS – Raymond Arthur “Ray” Toy, 81, died Saturday, June 25, 2011. He was born June 10, 1930, in East Boston, Mass., to Raymond Toy and Gladys Viola Arthur Toy. As a a teenager living in Boston, he tried out for short stop with the Boston Red Sox and was called to play. However, he had already enlisted in and joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Guam during the Korean War, with the 479th Motor Vehicle Squadron and receiving the National Defense Service Medal and Korean Service Medal. His rank was Staff Sergeant. In 1950 he met and married Delores Speck Toy, a native of Mississippi, while he was serving at Norton Air Force Base in California. After being honorably discharged, he returned to the states where he worked and managed as a Land Title Researcher in California and Arizona. Later in 1977, he moved to his wife’s hometown in Mississippi and owned his own business – North Mississippi Land Title – before retiring in 1995. He was a lifetime member and past Commander of the VFW Post 4057, Tupelo and was Northern District Commander of the VFW for 7 years. He was a member of the American Legion 49, Tupelo, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and past president of the Lee Co. Shrine Club along with his wife. He was a member of Center Baptist Church. His favorite times were spent with his family and friends, especially his wife, children and grandchildren who gave him the name “Kinko.”
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. William Shack officiating. Burial will be in the Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Michael Toy (Keely) of Phoenix, Ariz.; two daughters, Carolyn Toy Calley (Don) of Las Vegas, Nev.; Deanna Toy Lineberry (David) of Blue Springs; four grandchildren, Nick Lineberry (Ashley), Kelly Lineberry, Kody Damour and Seth Calley; one sister, Gladys Toy Joost (Bob) of Grass Valley, Calif.; and many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his bride of 60 years, Delores Speck Toy; his brother, John Toy; and his sister, Marilyn Toy.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of VFW post 4057 and American Legion post 49, Tupelo.
In honor of his service to his country, the U.S. Air Force flag will be flown during his visitation and funeral.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Kimberly Cox
TUPELO – Kimberly J. Cox, 39, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 9, 1971, in Prentiss County to Mary E. Crump and T.J. Miller. She was a member of Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church in Baldwyn.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ruben-Chapel C.M.E. Church with Rev. Henry Damons officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Jamario S. Crump of Tupelo and stepson, Jamez Cox of Dorsey; two daughters, Itasca L. Cox of Tupelo and stepdaughter, Shakeitria L. Cox of Dorsey; her mother, Mary E. Crump of Baldwyn; her father, T.J. Miller of Booneville; three sisters, Mary Vaughn (Micheal) of Baldwyn, Angela Copeland (Danny) of Baldwyn and Ileshia McGee of Baldwyn; two brothers, Lenard Lowery and Roy Lee Lowery, both of Baldwyn; one grandson, Cadence J. Crump of Tupelo; a special friend, James Cox of Tupelo; and a close friend, Sandra Tiggs of Verona.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today with family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Nita Bishop
STARKVILLE – Juanita “Nita” Bishop, 82, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Starkville Manor Nursing Home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Providence Methodist Church in Maben. Burial will follow in the church’s cemetery. Welch Funeral Homes, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorial donations may be made to French Camp Academy, One Fine Place, French Camp, MS 39745.
Sign the guest register at www.welchfuneralhomesinc.com.
Bill Jones
RIPLEY – William I. “Bill” Jones, 75, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Tunica. He was born Sept. 10, 1935. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired industrial engineer and spent the last 20 years teaching G.E.D. classes and driving a school bus.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Foster and Son Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. James Dye officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Vivian; one daughter, Tiffany Erby (Michael); one son, Daland; and four grandsons, London, Roderick, Jeremy and Joshua.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today with family hour and wake from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Annie Bell Hadley
TUPELO – Annie Bell “Ma Bell” Hadley, 82, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was born Sept. 2, 1928, in Tupelo to Ida Bell Stokes and I.T. Worthem. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed cooking and feeding everybody that she came in contact with. She was married to Walter M. Fears in 1944 and to this union 11 children were born. In 2009, she married Rev. George Hadley Jr. She was a lifelong member of Chapel Grove Holiness Church before joining Holy Temple Church two years ago.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Global Pacific Center with Bishop G.T. Howell officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Grove Holiness Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of two years, Rev. George Hadley Jr.; two daughters, Lula Moore and Nora Sykes, both of Detroit; five sons, Patrick Fears, Horace Fears and Douglass Fears, all of Chesterville, Alfred (Jessica) Fears of Saltillo and Albert (Omega) Fears of Blue Springs; five step-children; one brother, Frank Worthem of Battle Creek, Mich.; three sisters, Myrtis Parker and Ireane Caruther, both of Battle Creek and Nona Washington of Union City, Calif.; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her children, Otha Lee Fears, Ida Bell Fears, Walter Fears Jr., Lawrence H. Fears, Barry K. Fears and Tracy E. Fears; her parents; and her first husband.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. at Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.

Margaret Byram
BELMONT – Margaret Yarber Byram died Wednesday, June 29, 2011. She was so much to so many – an encourager, a comforter, a loving person, a giver, a teacher and a Christian. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Belmont and a faithful member of the church choir. She enjoyed teaching and impacting young lives so much that she stayed in the classroom for 41 years as a home economics teacher. Throughout life, she found the beauty in this world by traveling to many places in the United States and abroad. She always treasured her time with her family and friends but most of all her quiet time studying her Bible. Even in her last days, she recited scriptures, sang praises and witnessed to others.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Ray Burks and Bro. Kevin Tribble officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arranagements.
Survivors include her husband, Jim Byram; her son, Phil Byram (Darlene Acton) of Mooreville; her daughter, Jill Harrison (Hudson Harrison) of Florence, Ala.; her grandchildren, Henry Harrison and Julia Harrison of Florence; one sister, Betty Dickinson of Belmont; two sisters-in-law, Quaye Ivey Yarber of Belmont and JoAnn Byram Monroe (Charles) of Dennis; one brother-in-law, Benton Byram (Carol) of Beaumont; nieces and nephews, Pam Dickinson Moore (Lloyd), Becky Dickinson Cornelison (Randy), all of Belmont, Terri Yarber Christian (Donnie) of Mooreville, Dr. Robert Yarber (Debbie) of Tupelo, David Monroe (Linda) of Lexington, Ala., Jeff Monroe (Ellen) of Florence, Scotty Monroe (Susan) of Red Bay, Ala., Tammy Monroe Wood (David) of Fulton, John Byram of Dennis and Joyce Byram McLemore of Hattiesburg; and many great-nieces and nephews, Rachel Cornelison Epps (Rodney), Trey Christian, Hannah Cornelison, Evan Yarber, Wesley Yarber and Marissa Yarber.
She was preceded in death by her parents,William Hersy and Mae Bess Greene Yarber; a brother, Bob Yarber; a brother-in-law, Frank Dickinson; and her father and mother-in-law, Aude and Lalla Byram.
Pallbearers will be Jerry McAnally, Steve McAnally, Mark Maroon, Terrell Pearson, Jack Alexander, Donnie Epps and Nick Alexander.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church and until service time on Saturday.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 855, Belmont, MS 38827.
Bobbie Johnson
BOONEVILLE – Bobbie Jean Galloway Johnson, 68, died Thursday, June 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 9, 1943, in Prentiss County to Alvis Lee Galloway and Etoile Barnes Galloway. She was a member of Jacinto Church of Christ. For 36 years, she worked at Renasant Bank (formerly The Peoples Bank and Trust Company) in Booneville, where she was known for her friendly, courteous service to her customers. She enjoyed word puzzles, reading, cooking, collecting cookbooks and caring for family members when they were ill. She loved her church and her church family.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with ministers Terry Roberts and Ed Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Mark Johnson Jr.; a brother, Hal Galloway (Jimmie Lynn) of Ocean Springs; a sister, Jan Pike (Doug) of Corinth; a sister-in-law, Marti Galloway of Madison, Ala.; a step-brother, Robert McCoy (Betty) of Las Vegas, Nev.; two step-sisters, Ann Breidenstein of Burke, Va., and Beth Ramsey of Memphis; four special nieces, Jana Johnson Dunahue, Ashley Johnson Harper, Vickie Johnson, all of Booneville, and Joan Johnson Rorie (Charles) of Rienzi; and a host of other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather, Julius McCoy; a brother, Jimmie Galloway; a sister, Katherine Jones; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mark and Gertrude Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Johnson, Keith Johnson, Doug Pike, Hoyt Wade, Randle Johnson and Ronnie Johnson.
Memorials may be made to Pine Vale Children’s Home, 1872 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Troy Little
NEW ALBANY – Troy Little, 84, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home. He was born Sept. 20, 1926, in Tippah County to Isaac Newton and Minnie Carter Little. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He was retired from the New Albany City Water and Sewer Department. He was a mason and a member of Academy Baptist Church. He loved fishing, being outdoors and working in his garden.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service with Rev. Wayne Cobb officiating. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Schmidt Little of New Albany; three daughters, Peggy Snow of Louisville, Judy Crowell (Bobby) of Louisville and Janice Hall (Brad) of Myrtle; two sons, Jerry Little (Liza) of California and Jeff Little (Cheryl) of New Albany; one sister, Cleo Gadd of Olive Branch; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Josh Little and Roy Little; and one sister, Mattie Lee Bryson.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Blackard, Hunter Lansdell, Robin Lansdell, Dwight Burks, Tony Brooks, Billy Kelly, Dustin Spears and Cody Barthol.
Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion Post #72.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In honor of his service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. flag during his visitation and funeral service.

Curtis Majors
VINA, Ala. – Curtis Majors, 73, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Jan. 1, 1938, in Bigbee. He was a member of Burnout Missionary Baptist Church and was an auto mechanic.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Dan Hindman officiating. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Martha Jean Majors; daughter, Cindy Lee (Don); grandson, Lance Mansell (Deanna); brother-in-law, Terry Humphres; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Timmy Majors and Arzina Gilmore Hill; brother, Kenneth Gilmore; granddaughter, Ashley Mansell Sartain; father and mother-in-law, Rube and Ethel Humphres; sisters-in-law, Ruby Horton and Patsy Humphres; and brother-in-law, Tom Humphres.
Pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class at Burnout Missionary Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Vernie Blaylock
TUPELO – Vernie Dew Blaylock, 88, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at her home after an extended illness. A Hamilton native, she was born Dec. 11, 1922, to David J. and Jettie B. Northington Peoples. She was retired from Richey Furniture Manufacturing where she worked as a seamstress. She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable garden. Her greatest joy in life was being with her family, whom she loved very much.
Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Wesley Kingsley and Bro. Paul Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in Center Star Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Barbara Reynolds of Mantachie, Wanda Dill (Jimmy) of Mooreville and Peggy Bailey of New Albany; six sons, Terry Ray Blaylock (Mary) of Fulton, James Olen Blaylock of Tupelo, Douglas Blaylock of Mantachie, Charles W. Blaylock of Tupelo, Bobby Joe Blaylock of Tupelo and Billy Wade Blaylock (Faye) of Tupelo; three sisters, Marie Guin (Prentiss) of the Houston community, Hilma Ann Ramey (Gene) of Mantachie and Jean Wilson (Emmett) of Kansas City, Mo.; one brother, Bill Peoples of Tupelo; 18 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, B.M. Blaylock, who died in March, 1996; one daughter, Betty Faye Blaylock; one son-in-law, Dale Reynolds; one daughter-in-law, Marilyn Blaylock; two sisters and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Terry Reynolds, Jason Bailey, Chris Blaylock, David Kemp, Jon Campbell and Brain Depriest.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Tommy Bailey, Tommy Jackson and Josh Blaylock.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ripple Lesley
FULTON – Ripple Lesley, 97, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at the Meadows. She was born Sept. 10, 1913, to Davis and Mary Alice Williams Hood in Mississippi. She was a member of the Friendship Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. She was a member of the Homemaker Club for over 50 years. She spent 15 years as a caregiver to her mother then she worked at Wal-Mart as a greeter for several years. She also worked at Itawamba Manufacturing as a garment worker. Her hobbies were crocheting, reading and writing poetry.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Friendship Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one niece raised as a daughter, Wanda Cooper of Cordova, Tenn.; Wanda’s children, Kecia Mowers-Yates and Benjamin Mowers, who she called her grandchildren; one sister, Opal Raysar (Darwin) of Pottstown, Pa.; a special niece, Lilly Jones; other nieces and nephews; and special friends, Harold and Gail Martin, Mary Lily Black and Honey Burleson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Lesley; her parents; three sisters, Ophelia Hood Burleson, Dovie Hood Cooley and Eupal Battesta; and two brothers, Ervin Hood and Alvin Hood.
Pallbearers will be Ben Mowers, Harold Martin, Jason Ones, Keith Jones, J.Q. Lesley and Larry Cooley.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Friendship Methodist Church.

Dock Crum
CORINTH – Marvin “Dock” Crum died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Walnut with Bro. Larry Dollar officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery with military honors. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday, both at the church.

Hollis Chittom
BOONEVILLE – Raymond “Hollis” Chittom, 68, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church and was retired from F.M.C.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Chittom; three sons, Doug (Rhonda) Chittom, Daniel (Laurie) Chittom and David (Melanie) Chittom, all of Booneville; three brothers, Richard (Shirley) Chittom of Booneville, Dwain Chittom of Mundelein, Ill., and Randy (Judy) Chittom of Booneville; and nine grandchildren, Celeste (Justin) Wade, Jordan Chittom, Hannah Chittom, Ravin Chittom, Austin Chittom, Dustin Chittom, Devin Starkey, Chelsey Starkey and Tye Starkey.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Jewell Chittom; and one brother, Larkin Chittom.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and until service time on Saturday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Jack Bullard
BALDWYN – Jack Riley Bullard, infant son of Brad and Jayla Thomas Bullard, was born June 23, 2011, and died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the LeBonheur Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
Bobby Moore
HOUSTON – Bobby Gore Moore, 67, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Dec. 10, 2943, to Charley Washington and Minnie Mae Moore. He was a member of Bethany Church of God. He was a native of Houston and a former truck driver until becoming disabled. He was a good neighbor and a loving father and grandfather.
Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. today at Bethany Church of God, Hwy, 32, Okolona, with Bro. Edwin Pharr and Bro. Hal Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Prospect Methodist Church Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Moore of Houston; two sons, Darrell Moore and Allyson of Columbia, Mo., and Paul Moore and Dianna of Ecru; two brothers, James P. Moore and Evelyn of Houston, and Charles Wesley Moore and Betty of Houston; seven grandchildren, Anna Claire and Susannah Moore, Gunnar, Shiana, Dravan, Avery and Kaleeanna Moore; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Bernice Moore Truman.
Pallbearers will be Kent Gore, Keith Parham, James Criddle, Tim turner, Clayton Shempert and Jimmy Lancaster.
Online condolences may be offered at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Nickey King
BOONEVILLE – James Nickey King, 45, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, in Blue Springs.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sandra Wilkins
HOLLY SPRINGS – Sandra L. Wilkins, 55, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Yarbrough Chapel C.M.E. Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today.
Sherman Greer
OXFORD – Sherman Lee Greer, 90, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.

Mary Sue Coward
HAMILTON – Mary Sue Coward, 85, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born Nov. 1, 1925, to William Darden Barrett and Florence Ada Westbrook Barrett in Franklin County. She lived in Hamilton most of her life where she was a homemaker and a member of Hamilton United Methodist Church. She was a graduate of Co-Lin Junior College
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. James Towery and Bro. Roger McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Sue Coleman and husband, Tommy of Hamilton and Sarah Diane Darty of Lackey; a son-in-law, Wayne Decker of West Point; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gordie Webb Coward; one daughter, Sherry Ann Decker; and one grandson, Wayne Decker Jr.
Pallbearers will be Sterling Coleman, Richard Walters, Ray Darty, Larry Wilson, Martin Wilson and Stuart Coggins.
Honorary pallbearers will be James Lucas and James L. Smith.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

James Davis
NEW ALBANY – James Davis, 68, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Jeff Hall
FULTON – William Jeffery Hall, 41, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an automobile accident. He was born July 11, 1970, in New Albany to Joe William Hall and Katherine Moore Warren. He was formerly of New Albany.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Church of God, South Central in New Albany. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Katherine Warren of Florida; his father, Joe Hall of Tennessee; four children, Melody Lynch, Kaitlyn Wright, Brandon Hall and Jacob Hall; his special friend, Jana Lynch of Fulton; two siblings, Nicholas Hall and Melissa Martis of New Albany; his grandmother, Birdie M. Moore of Florida; and other family and friends.

Joe Caldwell
WEST POINT – Joe Cephus Caldwell, 87, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bluff Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Pheba with Dr. Willie B. Lairy officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Zachary Parrish
VINA, Ala. – Zachary Alan “Zach” Parrish, 26, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Vina.
Services will be held at noon today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery in Hodges, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be until service time today.
Beatrice Bracy
TUPELO – Beatrice Forbes Bracy died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Verona with Rev. Charlie F. Barnes officiating. Burial will be in the Red Oak Grove Cemetery in Tupelo. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today. Family hour will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Zelma Dodds
BOONEVILLE – Zelma Estella Dodds, 98, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Cornerstone Health and Rehab in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Joseph Hacker
VINA, Ala. – Joseph Wayne Hacker, 29, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Verlie Jones
TISHOMINGO – Verlie Dean Jones died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tishomingo Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tishomingo City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

Ollie Mansel
POTTS CAMP – Ollie Vaughn Mansel, 94, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Bynum and Bro. Donald Worsham officiating. Burial will be in Abbeville Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gertie Ketchum
RIPLEY – Gertie Ketchum, 86, died Thursday, June 30, 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.