By NEMS Daily Journal
MARIETTA – Horace Russell DeVaughn 80, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a brief illness. He was born April 12, 1932, to William Howard “Gube” DeVaughn and Ruby Boren DeVaughn. He was a member and deacon of the East Marietta Baptist Church and an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi with bachelor of science and master of science degrees in education. He was a former coach and teacher in the Prentiss County School System. He was a retired businessman in the wood processing industry, and former mayor for the city of Marietta. He was a former Scoutmaster and was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Yocona Area Council and Boy Scouts of America. He was a charter member of the Marietta Lions Club.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at East Marietta Baptist Church with Bro. Ray Hall officiating with Gary Huddleson delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the East Marietta Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linda DeVaughn of Marietta; his children, Debbie Flurry (Eddie) of Booneville, Teddy DeVaughn (Sherry) of Marietta, Benny DeVaughn of Marietta, Marla Clark of Germantown and Sam DeVaughn of Marietta; a stepson, Ramey Wells of Aberdeen; his grandchildren, Jason Flurry (Kelly), Kevin Flurry (Ashleigh), Suzanne Flurry (Bradley Geno), Derek DeVaughn (Misty), Drew DeVaughn, Anna Kathryn Clark, Kyle Clark, Laken Clark, Zack DeVaughn and Darby DeVaughn; great-grandchildren, Colin Flurry, Reagan Flurry and Webb DeVaughn; his mother, Ruby DeVaughn; and brothers, Billy Joe DeVaughn, Freddie DeVaughn and David DeVaughn.
He was preceded in death by his father; the mother of his children, Virgina DeVaughn; and a granddaughter, Holly DeVaughn.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearer is Wendell “Fuzz” Harris.
The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time at the church.
OXFORD – Coty Lee Hensley, 11, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in Pilgrims Rest Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Coleman Funeral Home.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
Huntsville, Ala. – Anthony Cherry, 38, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala. He was formerly of Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
PONTOTOC – Maria D. Solis, 83, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 18, 1929, to Jose L. Solis and Maria A. Tovar Solis. In 1994, she moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and in 2009, she moved to Blue Springs.
Services are at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro Rocky Tzib officiating. Internment is at West Heights.
She is survived by seven daughters, Carmen Morphis of Blue Springs, Anna Guevara, Antonia Marquez, Marta Dimas and Delmy Solis, all of Los Angeles, Calif., Cora Cardona of Charlotte, N.C., and Jaimy Solis of El Salvador; three sons, Freddy Solis and Victor Solis, both of Pontotoc and David Solis of El Salvador; three brothers, Antonio Solis, Francisco Solis and Chima Solis, all of El Salvador; sister, Eva Solis of El Salvador; 39 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and sons, Juan A. Solis and Jose A. Solis.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 10 a.m. until service time Wednesday.
TUPELO – Betty A. Hughes, 60, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Biloxi on Nov. 8, 1951, to Cleveland Tollie and Mildred Jeleusish Roberts. She was a manager for Sodexo Food Service Company for over 30 years, where she was a dedicated employee.
A stateroom prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday at W. E. Pegues of Tupelo with Father Tom Lalor officiating. A celebration of her life and burial will be held Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Biloxi. Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home will be in charge of final services.
Survivors include her partner, Joe Shalley of Tupelo; one son, William Tollie Kidd (fiancee Treana Bonser) of Modesto, Calif.; and several neices and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, John Hough; and one sister; Teresa Knight.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Prentiss Wright Sr.
DOTHAN, Ala. – Prentiss Dean (Skeet) Wright Sr., 89, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at his daughter’s home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Evergreen Presbyterian Church in Dothan, Ala.
He is survived by his children, P. Dianne Haberle (John) of Slocomb, Ala., Prentiss Dean Wright Jr. (Kelly) of Syracuse, N.Y.; grandchildren, Heather Lee (Haberle) Bailey of N.J., Amanda Prentiss (Haberle) Blankenship of Alabama, Michele Lee (Wright) Milhiser (Dave) of Va., Stacy Lee (Wright) Barber of N.Y., Curtis and Lucas Cuilla of N.Y.; great-grandchildren, Addisen Rylee Blankenship, Madison and Michael Milhiser, Kayleigh, Noel and Jasmine Barber of N.Y.; sister-in-law, Evelyn Marguerite Wright of Plantersville; nieces, Mary Jeffie Webb (Johnny) of Mississippi and Frances Ann (Jerry) Herman of Kenosha, Wis.; nephew, Windham Floyd Wright Jr. (Bonita) of Carlsbad, N.M.; special friend, Stevie Wright Wise, of N.Y.; and a multitude of great-nephews, nieces and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Jacqueline Elizabeth Honea Wright; his parents, William Floyd Sr. and Francis Elizabeth Smith Wright; brother, William Floyd Wright Jr.; sister, Colene Wright Westmoreland; and great-grandchild, Kenneth Barber.
Family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Evergreen Presbyterian ChurchFood Bank Fund, 1103 N. Pontiac Ave., Dothan, AL 36301.
The family would like to express their deep appreciation to Gentiva Hospice for all the loving care, kindness and compassion shown during his illness.
UNION COMMUNITY – Hazel McDonald, 87, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 29, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born May 1, 1925, in Tupelo to George Washington and Myrtle Lloyd Hankins and lived in the Tupelo area all her life. She worked for Hunter Saddler for 14 years, H. I. S. in Verona for 9 years and was Co-owner of McDonalds Day Care. She was a member of Emmanuel Assembly of God Church in Nettleton. Her family would like to express their thanks to Dr. Rickey Parker and her nurses for all the extra care and concern shown during her illness.
Services will be 10:00 a.m.Monday, July 2, 2012 at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with Rev. Phil Wood and Rev. Jesse Strider officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Phillip McDonald (Leslie) of Union Community and Scott McDonald (Lori) of Mooreville; two daughters, Judy Justice (Harold) of Tupelo and Janice Gann (Leon) of Mantachie; one brother, Terry Hankins, (Jeanette)of Union Community; one sister, Shirley Robbins (Delbert) of Tupelo; twelve grandchildern, Michael, Matthew, and Christopher Gann, Tammy Lee, Teresa Williams, Danny, David and Dennis McDonald and Blain Bush who was her special caregiver, Bradley Reeves, Amanda Reeves and Victorya McDonald; two step-grandchildren, James and Scotty Poteet; thirty great-grandchildren and seventeen great great-granchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Calvin McDonald on January 14, 1997; three brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Danny, David and Dennis McDonald, Matt, Michael and Christopher Gann and Bradley Reeves.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Assembly of God, 193 W. Main Street, Nettleton, MS 38862.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Wayde Edwards, 72, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Methodist Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center of Oakland, Tenn.
ASHLAND – Johnnie Vernon Coker, 74, died Friday, June 29, 2012.
Services are at 3 p.m. today at Ashland Baptist Church.
Visitation is 2 until service time today.
SMITHVILLE – Lois Ellen Clardy, 65, died on Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, Ala. She was born on July 14, 1946, in Wren, to John Amos and Nora Inez Childers Clark. She went to Dental School and worked as a dental assistant for 30 years. She married Roger Clardy April 1, 1983. She was of Baptist faith and cherished spending time with all of her family. She enjoyed gardening, collecting pottery, collecting crosses and jewelry, and Gospel music.
A celebration of life service will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at E. E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Truman Carter officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her husband, Roger A. Clardy of Smithville; daughters, Melissa Poole Huddleston (Duane) and Tammy Sandlin Lansdell (Bobby), both of Amory; son, Rocky A. Clardy of Smithville; sisters, Juanita Sandlin (Herschel) of Becker, Linda Carter (Truman) of Amory and Dianne Malone (Bill) of Aberdeen; brothers, Raymond Clark (Ann) of Smithville, Keith Clark (Ruby) of Blountstown, Fla., and Roger Clark (Joyce) of Cullman, Ala.; grandchildren, Krista Smith, Laken Knight, Hayley Doler, Macie Randolph and Austin Morris; great-grandchildren, Tyse McDowell, Aleigh McDowell and Whitney McDaniel; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Tina Miller and Juanita Sandlin.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy Clark; and a great-granddaughter, Anna Beth McDowell.
Pallbearers will be Duane Huddleston, Bobby Lansdell, Lonnie Clardy, Johnny Clardy, Scotty Clark, Craig Lesley, Luke Moffett and Greg Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Steve Taylor, Dr. Gerald Parker, Dr. Woodrow Brand, Chris Clark, Austin Morris, Tyse McDowell, Gerald Jernigan, Robert Wise, Randy Hood and Pat Bailey.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
LITTLE ELM, Texas – Tyler David DeLozier, newborn, died Thursday, June 28, 2012, in Frisco, Texas. He was born to David and Lynsey Snider DeLozier.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Aubrey, Texas. Services are under the direction of Terri Slay and Slay Memorial Funeral Center in Aubrey, Texas.
He is survived by his parents of Little Elm, Texas; one brother, Tavin McAnear-DeLozier of Little Elm, Texas; three aunts, Kathryn DeLozier and Danielle DeLozier, both of Mundelein, Ill., and Calista Allen (Jason) of Amory; two uncles, Jon Michael Snider of Saltillo and Kevin DeLozier of Mundelein, Ill.; grandparents are Olen Micheal and Teresa Snider of Satillo, Raul and Veronica Alvarez and Kenneth and Patty DeLozier of Mundelein, Ill.; great-grandparents, William and Chris West of Tupelo, James and Paulette Moscato of Lena, Ill., and Pablo and Maria Alvarez of Norridge, Ill.
He was preceded in death by great-grandparents; Travis and Helen Whitfield, Sarah Hyatt, Olen and Francis Snider, Shirley Wages and Melvin DeLozier.
PONTOTOC – Mary Frances Newell, 86, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at the Methodist South LeBonheur Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She was born on Aug. 30, 1925, in Eupora, to Horace David Cossey and Mattie Prentiss Cossey. She married J.P. Newell in 1942 and had many wonderful years together until his death. She was a member of the Colonial Hills Baptist Church in Southaven. She was a member of the Parents without Partners and Seniors at Southaven. She was loved by her family, loved country music, playing the guitar and was known as a boot scootin’ grannie.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Forest Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Marilyn Newell of Southaven; one granddaughter, Tina Newell of Horn Lake; one grandson, Brent Newell (Christy) of Atoka, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Hunter, Keeley and Parker; one sister, Ruby Dorsett of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and two sons, Rickey Newell and Gerald Newell.
Pallbearers to serve will be Brent Newell, Hunter Martin, Anthony Holloway, Jeff Holloway, Randy Newell, Rodney Newell, Joey Ward and Shannon Newell.
Visitation will be noon until service time today at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
BURNSVILLE – James Randall Stewart, 74, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at his residence. He was retired from Ford Motor Company in Chicago Heights, Ill., after working for 46 years as an overhead crane operator. He was a youth baseball and basketball coach for many years and enjoyed NASCAR and Chicago Cubs baseball.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Internment will follow in Harmony Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Jackie Stewart of Burnsville; two sons, Matthew Stewart of Kankakee, Ill., and James Stewart Jr. of Joliet, Ill.; two daughters, Lorraine Stewart of Iuka and Cynthia Quintero (Johnny) of Burnsville; one brother, Charles Stewart of Braidwood, Ill.; one sister, Mary Lou Liberty of Joliet, Ill.; 18 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Preston Stewart; his mother, Alta Jones Mobley; a brother, Johnny Ray Jones; and a sister, Laura Jean Kincade.
Pallbearers are Timmy Joe Thacker, Billy Don Hamm, Jr., Ricky Joe Johnson, Tommy Dale Johnson, Matthew Whirley and Bud Johnson. Honorary pallbearer is Billy Don Hamm Sr.
Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; by phone by calling 800-ACS-2345; or online at www.cancer.org. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
COLUMBUS – Prentice Brewer, 89, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at his home in Columbus. He was born April 29, 1923, in West Point to Geraldine Marguerite Russell Brewer and Edgar Prentice Brewer Sr. He was the retired superintendent of maintenance at B and W after 27 years service and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. He was a cattleman and loved his working his old homeplace. He was a wounded veteran of World War II in the U.S. Army having served 32 months in the 512th M.P. Battilion, part of Patton’s 3rd Army. He married Mary Helen Brewer on May 14, 1950, in West Point.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Tommy Gillon officiating, assisted by the Rev. Sammy Crawford. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery West Point.
Survivors include wife, Mary H. Brewer of Columbus; daughter, Lisa Kay (Hank) Eaves of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; son, Prentice Kiplin (Gina) Brewer of West Point; three grandchildren, Garrett Blue, Kahlen Swoger and Lacey Brewer; sister, Martha E. “Libby” Harpole of Starkville.
His brother, James Kipling Brewer, preceded him in death.
Pallbearers will be Steve Harpole, Wayne Harpole, Shag Harpole, Darren Phelps, Tim Chaltry, and Chris Cooper. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. J. R. Powell, Auvergne “Smitty” Smith, Herb Ingram, Rex Pumphrey, Charles Bevel, Tommy Fowler, all his former co-workers at Babcock & Wilcox Company.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Mississippi Children’s Home, 1900 N. West Street, Jackson, MS 39202 or to Bethany Children’s Services, 116 Lawrence Ave., No. 3, Columbus, MS 39702.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Lula Bell Riley, 90, died Friday, June 29, 2012. She was born Oct. 5, 1921, in Itawamba County, to William M. and Carrie Thornton Cromeans. She worked in the garment industry. She enjoyed working in her yard and spending time with her family. She was a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Holsonback and Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Internment is at Hillcrest Masonic Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by son, Danny Riley (Sarah) of Fulton; grandson, James M.Riley (Cari) of Savannah, Ga.; three great-grandchildren, Hannah, Shelby and Ruthie Riley.
She was preceded by her parents; her husband, Douglas Riley; one granddaughter, Amy Nicole Riley, two sisters, Mizie Thomas and Beulah Riley; seven brothers, Flavous Cromeans, Zeke Cromeans, Price Cromeans, Ellis Cromeans, Ardie Cromeans, C.A.”Stuck” Cromeans and Charmal Cromeans.
Pallbearers are Jeff Frederick, Gary Hamm, Bill Thomas, James Neaves, Doyce Dulaney and Bobby Bennett.
Visitation is 12:30 p.m. until service time at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
NEW ALBANY – Robert Lee “Molly Hopper” Simmons, 86, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. He was born Sept. 6, 1923, to Oliver Simmons and Lula Mae Guyton Simmons. He was a member of Watson Grove Baptist Church and served on the deacon board. He served in the U.S. Army. He retired from Union Auto Car Dealership after 45 years of service and also worked for Ted Hobson’s auto sales.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Watson Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Avence Pittman officiating. Internment is at Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany if in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his children, Bobby Simmons of New Albany, Charlene Crusoe-Ingram (Ernest) of Atlanta, Ga., and Mary Spears-Richmond (James) of Holly Springs; sister, Lillie Scott (Arthur) of Pulaski, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Rodney (Angela) Spears, Catania Spears, Kimberly (Mark) Keys and Sylvester McKinley, all of New Albany, George Anthony Spears of York, Pa., and Jennifer Simmons of Oxford; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and a host of other family.
He was preceded in death by his wife Virginia Simmons.
FULTON – Steve Craig Stephens, 62, died June 28, 2012, at the Whitfield State Hospital. He was born Oct. 8, 1949, to Joann Stephens Walker and Howard Dudley Stephens.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with burial in the Stephens Cemetery.
He is survived by his sisters, Jan Nunley of Booneville, Iris McKinney (Jamie) of Booneville and Sonya Hall (Robert); and brothers, Butch Stephens (Vicki) of Wheeler, Mike Stephens (Debbie) of Baldwyn and Howard Stephens (Lori) of Connecticut.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers are Robert Botts, Brandon Nunley, Joesph Stephens and Koie Jackson.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
CORINTH – Mary Irene King, 81, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at Magnolia Regional.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at Corinthian Funeral Chapel. Internment is at Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery.
Visitation is noon until service time Monday.
LAMAR – James Walker Skelton, 88, died Friday, June 29, 2012.
Services are at 5 p.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today.
TOCCOPOLA – Judy Dianne Gouine, 46, died Thurday, June 28, 2012. She was born June 16, 1966, to Novel and Ophelia Hollis.
Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Tutor Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Jerry Hooper officiating. Internment is at Calvary Baptist in Bruce.
She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Steve “Sarge” Gouine; parents, Novel and Cheryl Hollis; four children, Teena, Steven, Jenni, and Sandy; five brothers, Gene, J.R., George, John and Andy; sister, Mandy; 15 grandchildren, Anna, Deondre, Xavier, Deven, Giovon, Keith Jr., Hope, Yusuf, Pete, Muhammud, Summer, Christian, Melana Tristan and Tripp “Poo Stinky”.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ophelia Hollis.
Pallbearers are J.R. Hollis, Keith Jackson, John Hollis, Andy Hollis, Jeff Heilig, James Gouine, Steven Gouine Jr. and Billy Joe Robbins.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Monday and 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday.
CORINTH – Dorothy Johnson Gann, 92, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Dogwood Plantation. She was a homemaker and loved her family, church family and her pets. She was a member of Oak Hill Christian Church.
Services are at 3 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Bro. Frank Williams officiating. Internment is at Henry Cemetery.
She is survived by her son, James H. Gann (Diana) of Florence, Ala.; daughter, Judith G. Ross (Wilbur); grandchildren, R. Lynn Ross (Stacie) of Corinth, S. Todd Ross (Sharon) of Corinth, Christie M. Gann of Guntersville, Ala., M. Todd Gann (Rachel) of Nashville, Tenn., and Josh H. Gann (Stephanie) of Portland, Ore.; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Ann Harwell (James) of Corinth and Martha Johnson of Corinth; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Gunn; grandchild, Zach H. Gann; parents, George W. Johnson and Marvin C. Johnson; brothers, Dr. Howard Johnson, Harold Johnson and George Johnson; father-in-law, G. Edgar Gann; mother-in-law, Pauline Gann; sisters-in-law, Camille Johnson, Norine Hammett and Hazel Babb; and brothers-in-law, Hafford Hammett and Welch Babb.
Visitation is 2 p.m. until service time today.
Leave your online condolences at www.magnolifuneralhome.net.
LAMAR – James Walker Skelton, 88, died Friday, June 29, 2012.
Services are at 5 p.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today.
DORSEY – William Steven “Steve” Sheffield, 67, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born October 26, 1944, to Frank and Agnes Sheffield. Steve was co-owner of S & B Auto Glass in Tupelo for 30 years. He was a member of the TEPA board, Gideons International, and the Dorsey Lions Club. He was a very active member of the Bethel Baptist Church and enjoyed being a bus driver in the church ministry. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, and even mowing yards. He was often known to mow for his friends and family for pure enjoyment. He dearly loved his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings, and extended family, regularly making the happenings in their lives become those of his own. It was well-known by all that his proudest moments in life came with one or usually all of his beloved grandchildren in his presence. He believed in service to his family, his community, but most of all to God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Tracy McMillen and Bro. Kevin Clayton officiating. Cyndi Bowen will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Dorsey Memorial Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sondra Parks Sheffield; his children, Brian Sheffield (Mary Ann), Dana Adams (Chris), Jaime Martin (Chad), Emily Lamb (Justin), John Bowen (Cyndi), Joey Bowen, and Christy Steele; his grandchildren, Dalton Sheffield, Paige Sheffield, Sarah Sheffield, Garrett Adams, Walker Adams, Tripp Adams, Kailee Martin, Kiefer Martin, Kruz Martin, Lindsey Bowen, Chase Bowen, Jacob Bowen, Leslie Steele Cheatham, and Dakota Steele; his great-granddaughter, Cadence Cheatham; his brother, Joey Sheffield (Susie); his sister, Louise Sheffield Gibbs; his father-in-law, Wayne Parks; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Nan Francis and Carl and Jane Patterson; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a wife, Ozelle Patterson Sheffield; a brother, Sidney Sheffield; a sister, Norma Sheffield Godsey; a mother-in-law, Dimple Parks; and two brothers-in-law, Jimmy Gibbs and Eph Godsey.
Pallbearers will be Robert Sheffield, Greg Sheffield, Thomas Brown, Wayne Francis, Paul Ryan, Carl Patterson, Buddy Long, and Mike Farris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Thrasher, Wayne Hughes, Jackie Bost, and members of the TEPA board and Dorsey Lions Club.
Visitation will continue from 9:30 a. m. to 12:30 p. m. at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at Bethel Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gideons International or the Bethel Baptist Church Bus Ministry.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.