Obituaries July 10, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Benny Williams
RICHMOND – Waymond B. (Benny) Williams, 90, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks after a brief illness. A native of Dorsey, he was born May 26, 1921, to Walter A. and Mattie Belle Russell Williams. He attended Itawamba Agricultural High School and served in the United States Army, a veteran of World War II. He was also a lifetime member of The American Legion. He was a retired dry cleaner, having owned and operated Gilpin Cleaners for many years. He was known for his dry wit and sense of humor, always expressing the quote, “whatever it takes.” He was the oldest member of Richmond Baptist Church, where he attended faithfully until his health failed.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Clay Anthony and Sammy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Maxine Helms Williams of Richmond; his sister, Sarah Gray (Buddy) of Richmond; nieces and nephews, Martha Holloway (Jeff C.) of Richmond, Mitzi Bridges (Jim) of Germantown, Tenn., Vicki Goddard (J. Larry) of Tupelo, Patti Rowan of Palmetto, Melissa Metcalfe of Palmetto, Melinda McKnight of Palmetto, Hannah McKnight of Palmetto, Katie and Megan Linley of Palmetto, Jeffrey Holloway (Mandy) of Richmond and Caleb Goddard of Tupelo; a special great-great-niece, Olivia Holloway of Richmond; and a sister-in-law, Irene Helms McDaniel of Richmond.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Burma Williams Rheaume; and two brothers-in-law, John Rheaume and Eugene McDaniel.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Richmond Baptist Church, Bill Shumpert, John Locke, David Gillentine, Brad Gillmore, Mark Wilson, Michael Lindsey, Brian Lindsey, Rodney Lindley, Keith Strawn and Bob Shumpert.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class of Richmond Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Richmond Baptist Church Building Fund, 2243 CR 814, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Peggy Daniel
IUKA – Peggy Jean Daniel, 70, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Mitch Johnson
NEW ALBANY – James Mitchell “Mitch” Johnson, 57, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Minnie Robinson
WALNUT – Minnie Pearl Robinson, 87, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home.

William Meador
NEW ALBANY – William M. “Billy” Meador, 83, of New Albany, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sidney Barnett
THORN – Sidney Gaius “Boochie” Barnett, 73, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at his home. He was born June 23, 1938, in Chickasaw County to Jack “Big Jack” Barnett and Gertrude Johnson Barnett. He was a retired maintenance worker of Ark-Ell Springs, and he served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Scott Samuell and Bro. Paul Whitt officiating. Burial will be in Ellzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Southern Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Charlotte “Sis” Barnett of Houston; one daughter, Lucy Barnett of Houston; two sons, James Andrew “Andy” Barnett and Vickie and Christopher Lee Barnett, both of Houston; two brothers, Willie Joe Barnett and Mary and Curtis Wayne Barnett and Louise, both of Houston; two sisters, Sue Doggett and David of Lucedale and Jimmie Lou Hurst and Robert of Hernando; five grandchildren, Adam, Juli, Jana, Jonathon and Jacob Barnett; three great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Richard G. Barnett; and two brothers, Jackie Barnett and James R. Barnett.
Pallbearers will be Mitchell Byars, Charley Pettit, John Coleman, Jerry Buford, Charles Rucker and Scotty Bailey.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be accessed at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Eva Bland
MABEN – Eva Carroll Bland, 83, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Cumberland Baptist Church. Burial will be in Maben Memorial Gardens. Welch Funeral Home of Maben is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home in Maben.

Dixie Jones
RIPLEY – Dixie Lynn Jones, one month, died Saturday, July 9 , 2011, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
To view online obituaries and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Charles Jernigan
SOUTHAVEN – Charles Jernigan died Friday, July 8, 2011, in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.

Huwey Dilworth
RAMER, Tenn. – Huwey L. Dilworth, 53, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Barney Blackburn
VINA, Ala. – Barney L. Blackburn, 84, died Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Burnout Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Red Bay.

Barnett Douglas Hammond
CORINTH – Barnett Douglas Hammond (“Coke” to his grandchildren, “Doug” to all others) passed away Friday evening, July 8, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Doug was born December 5, 1929, in Holly Springs, Miss. He was an active member of the Corinth business community for over 40 years having owned and operated, along with his wife, three retail clothing stores, Reid Brothers Inc., The Clothes Pen and Hammond House. Doug was a proud graduate of Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. While there, he was involved in every phase of college life and was elected president of his class and chosen Master Major, Millsaps’s highest student honor. Doug participated in varsity athletics, playing both football and baseball and made several Little All American teams his senior year. He was later inducted into the Millsaps Sports Hall of Fame. After college and marriage, Doug joined the U.S. Navy and served for four years in various parts of the world as a junior officer, his longest service being in the Persian Gulf. After completion of his naval service in 1955, Doug, Martha and daughter, Candy made their permanent home in Corinth.
Doug served in many capacities of Corinth life and devoted much of his life to try and make it better. Notably, he was a Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church and served as chairman of the official board of the church. He was president of the Rotary Club, served on the Corinth Y board for nearly 20 years and was instrumental in obtaining the property where the Sportsplex is now located. In addition, he served two terms as president of Hillandale Country Club and two terms as president of Corinth Theater Arts. Two of Doug’s proudest achievements were assisting in the founding of the Corinth Candy Classic tennis tournament, named in memory of his daughter Candy, which has raised many thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society and St. Jude hospital over the last 31 years. Doug quickly recognized the value of the Main Street Mississippi program and was instrumental in Corinth being named the second Main Street city in the state. He loved his home town and was very proud of every good thing that happened there.
Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline Leach Hammond and Barnett Douglas Hammond Sr. of Holly Springs; his sister, Nell Waring of Vicksburg; and his daughter, Candy Hammond.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years and Corinth native, Martha Houston Reid Hammond; three daughters, Shannon Umstattd (Hale) of Austin, Texas, Courtney Love (Rob) of Jackson, Miss., Shelby Flaten (Rich) of Dallas, Texas and Barnett (Barney) Douglas Hammond of Dallas, Texas; and 11 grandchildren.
Pallbearers are H.L. Richey, Tim Maynard, Donnie Kitchens and Doug’s grandsons, Reid Umstattd, Sam Love, John Love, Luke Love and Clay Flaten. Honorary pallbearers are John Cooper, Joe Goodman and all the members of the ten o’clock coffee group at Borroum’s Drug Store. Doug will be dearly missed by his family and by his large and diverse group of friends.
Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 11th at McPeters Funeral Home in Corinth. Funeral services will held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 12th at First United Methodist Church. A reception will be held immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. Dr. Prentiss Gordon and Rev. Glenn Wiygul will officiate the service.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, should be sent to St. Jude Hospital in Memphis, TN or to the First United Methodist Church in Corinth.

Jimmy Grace
BRUCE – Jimmy Harold Grace, 58, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Dec. 24, 1952, in Sledge to Willie Clarence and Freddie Crawford Grace. He was a member of Bruce First Baptist Church, Gideons International and Yoda Creek Golf Club. He was a loving husband, faithful father, caring grandfather and a friend to all. He was an independent insurance agent for Family Heritage Life Insurance Company.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating and Bro. Darrell Logan assisting. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cheryl Johnson Grace of Bruce; one daughter, Amanda Stone (Scott) of Oxford; two sons, Robbie Grace (Kelli) of Brewton, Ala. and Corey Grace (Amy) of Corinth; three sisters, Joyce Jarrett (Charles) of Lee’s Summitt, Mo., Betty Britt (Johnny) of Batesville and Wanda Brown of Senatobia; one sister-in-law, Brenda Grace of Senatobia; four brothers, Willie Grace (Ann) of Sarah, Donnie Grace, Phillip Grace (Gwen) and Dwight Grace (Dottie), all of Senatobia; and seven grandchildren, Mary Caitlyn Cox, Baleigh Elizabeth Grace, Nicholas Jordan Cox, Jennings Hobbs, Kaylea Elaine Grace, Easton Robert Grace and Collins Leslie Grace.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Marilyn Crum and Rita Sowell; and his brothers, Billy and Ronnie Grace.
Pallbearers will be Michael Britt, Brandon Grace, Frankie Grace, Chip Jarrett, Cole Johnson, Craig Johnson, Ron Johnson, Brad Ledbetter and Chris Sowell.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Boell, Daryl Bramlett, Tommy Cox, John Ellard, Larry Mason, Robert Edward Oakley, Andy Stepp, Chad Stewart, Paul Ray Taylor and Phil Yarbrough.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Gideons Bible International.
An online register can be accessed at Parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

J.L. Street
RIPLEY – Joe Luther “J.L.” Street, 78, died Friday, July 8, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. He was born Feb. 15, 1933, to Othor and Inez Wilbanks Street in Tippah County. He graduated from Ripley High School in 1951. He was a self-employed TV repairman and a retired school bus driver for the South Tippah School District. He was a loyal fan and supporter of the Ripley High School football program. He filmed the Ripley High School football games for over five decades. He was active in Boy Scouts, receiving his Eagle Scout award. He enjoyed playing pool and dominoes. He loved the youth choir at First Baptist Church. He spent many afternoons at Lake Mohawk skiing with the young people, teaching them how to ski.
Services will be 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church in Ripley with Dr. Rex Yancey and Bro. Tom Young officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Odene Street Goolsby of Ripley; three nieces, Pam Sullivan of Jackson, Jamie Barnett of Howey in the Hills, Fla. and Deena Vuncannon (Terry) of Ripley; four great-nieces and nephews, Brook Sullivan Ryan, Lindsey Forbus, Brantson Vuncannon and Brian Sullivan; and two great-great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Vernon Ray Street and an infant brother.
Pallbearers will be Brian Sullivan, Brantson Vuncannon, Donnie Cousar, Ben Ridge, John Stanford and Bill Hill.
Honorary pallbearers will be Milton Wilbanks; J.T. Street; Anne Cross; Dr. Dwalia South; Wayne Ridge; Larry Ridge; the Ripley High School football teams, coaches and staff; and First Baptist Church choir members.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.