By NEMS Daily Journal
Known as “Eppie” to her college and World War II friends. Born Aug. 25, 1923, to Robert Carl and Eunice Spencer Vance. Martha Epsya Vance Clanton died July 11, 2013, at NMMC in Tupelo.
Survivors include one son, Sonny Clanton of Calhoun City; three daughters, Melissa Clanton and Margaret Deavenport of Calhoun City, Candy Clanton of New Orleans; one granddaughter, Emily Rennie of Calhoun City; one stepgranddaughter, Rebekah Cruice of New Orleans; one great-granddaughter, Margaret Taylor Rennie of Calhoun City; one sister, Otye Vance Hitt of Corinth.
Epsya attended Mississippi College, worked at the Army Air Corps base in Greenville during WWII, was an elementary school teacher, a homemaker and an employee of the accounting department at Kellwood Company.
She became a member of Springhill Baptist Church at the age of 8. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Baptist Church, Calhoun City.
Her visitation will be held Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 9:30 am until service time at First Baptist Church in Calhoun City. Her funeral service will be at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jimmy Vance and Dr. Jon Doler officiating. Burial will be at Vance Cemetery near Slate Springs. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Pallbearers are J.R. Denton, Eddie Helms, Wood Spencer, Sidney Weddle, Willie Jobe West and Mike Wright. Honorary pallbearers are Stanley Criss, Harry Davis, Buddy Doler, Stephen Farmer, Braxton Franks and Jimmy Taylor.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Mississippi Baptist Children’s Village, P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060-0027 or Vance Cemetery Fund in care of Jody Doler, P.O. Box 286, Calhoun City, MS 38916.
A message from Epsya:
“When someone dies and funeral services are held, the speaker or speakers always tell how wonderful, good or great that person was. I don’t want that done. I was just a normal person and whatever good I may have done was balanced by some unkind or thoughtless deeds I may have done, whether I was aware of them or not.
God was good to me. He gave me godly parents and four wonderful children who were always there when I needed them. He also blessed me with two beloved grandchildren, Emily and Rebekah, and the best, my great-granddaughter Maggie. And of course, all of my friends.
Billy Graham once said that no matter how old you live to be, life is too short! That is so true.
This is what I would like everybody to remember…There are no second chances. Try to live so there will be few regrets. Try to forget your mistakes and move on. Make someone happy everyday. And don’t forget to hug people – some may not like it, but most will and it will probably bring a lot of smiles.”
Online condolences may be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Gary Cushman Crawford, 75, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at his residence. He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 9, 1937, to Evertt Cushman and Ruth Lillian Tripp Crawford. He retired as manager of Hodges Printing of Booneville after 30 years of service. An avid sports fan he loved watching the Green Bay Packers, Ole Miss Rebels and Atlanta Braves. Solving crossword puzzles and reading were among his favorite hobbies. He loved his family and will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Marquitta Dulaney and the Rev. Melvin Crowley officiating.
Survivors include six daughters, Cindy Sue Cavanaugh (Patrick) of Milwaukee, Wis., Frances “Sissy” Wren of Guntown, Mary Lou Wages (Mancell) of Pontotoc, Debbie “Tater” Williams (Rodney) of Pontotoc, Patty Tackitt (Mike) of Guntown and Nancy “Baby Girl” Crawford Smith (Jeremy) of Pontotoc; one son, Gary Crawford Jr. (Maria) of Norfolk, Va.; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; six great-great-granchildren; and special caregiver, Jeana Norman of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Pat and Barbara; and two grandchildren, Tyler Dabbs and Jeremy New.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons, James Crawford, Charles “Bo” Strickland, Steven Strickland, Chris Wardlow, Tommy Wardlow, Kendall Tackitt, Michael Tackitt and Thomas “Bubba” Keith.
Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Paris Lockridge Miller Cunningham, 82, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 15, 1930, in Lee County to Roy Lockridge Sr. and Hattie Lee Lockridge. She was a member of Mud Creek M.B. Church. She worked more than 27 years at Marshall-Durbin-Purnell’s Pride in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Mud Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. H.B. Sadler officiating and the Rev. Kenneth Miller delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery at Blue Springs. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Johnny Miller (Wanda F.) of Milwaukee, Wis., and Lamar Miller (Amanda) of Tupelo; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Troy Lee Miller and Bill Cunningham; two sons, Steven Miller and Alfonzo Miller; her sisters and brothers, Margaret Reed, Annie McGee, Vetrice Hickman, Detrice Owens, Mary Dean Peavey, Elie Lockridge, Joe Lee Lockridge, Roy Lockridge Jr., Eddie Lee Lockridge and Rex Lockridge.
Visitation is from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.
TUPELO – Alta Marie Ledbetter Varner passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 10, 1953. On Feb. 21, 1960, she married Gordon Varner.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Gordon Varner; her children, Charlotte V. Hester (Tom), Dennis W. Varner, and Cheryl Marie Travis; grandchildren, Daniel Palmer Hester (Hannah), Lauren Elizabeth Hester and Ryan Matthew Travis; brothers, Marvin Ledbetter, Marlon Ledbetter (Joan); sister, Audrey Ledbetter McCormick (Paul); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Valhalla Funeral Home in Huntsville, Ala. Interment will follow in Valhalla Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at the funeral home.
SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas – Dudley Harold Reedy died on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at his residence. Born on March 22, 1929, in Smithville, he was a son of the late Alvin Carlos and Winna Mae Cheek Reedy. He graduated from Smithville High School in 1947. He was class president in 1946 and Mr. Smithville in 1945. In 1951, he graduated from Mississippi State College with a B.S. degree in agriculture and dairy husbandry. He honorably served as a Med Tech in Germany for the U.S. Army during World War II.
Beginning to work for Borden Dairy Company in Jackson during his junior and senior years of college, he worked for the company in Corpus Christi, Texas, or 18 years, in Dallas for 10 years and for Borden Specialty in Sulphur Springs for 12 years, retiring in 1991. Hard-working, dedicated, innovative and witty with a dry humor, he was a perfectionist and family-oriented. He was guided by his job, family and health. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf in his younger days, cutting and baling hay, farming, being a rancher, repairing fences, traveling, new challenges and experiences, and old, traditional country and bluegrass music. He was a member of the Rotary Club, Quarter Century Club and Manufacturer’s Association. He was a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife, Kay Wells Reedy; four daughters, Gail Reedy Powell of Royse City, Texas, Leigh Ann Reedy of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Lisa Jane Reedy Beattie (William V.) of Humble, Texas, and Linda Ellen Reedy (Ron) of Rosharon, Texas; two stepdaughters, Kristy Wells Steger (Jeff) of Rockwall, Texas, and Tori Wells of Greenville, Texas; stepson, Casey Wells of Sulphur Springs, Texas; sisters, Carolyn Kisner (Byron) of Olive Branch and Ann Shelton (Richard) of Memphis; grandchildren, Clint Powell, Amanda Powell, Billy Beattie, Holly Beattie, Danny Beattie and Heather Reedy; great-grandchildren, Ethan Powell and Blake Beattie; and nephew and niece, Rick Shelton and Carla Shelton Fletcher.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lara Lynn Reedy Reiner; son-in-law, Mark Powell; sister, Doris Reedy; and niece, Donna Shelton.
A double graveside inurnment service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in Maxey Cemetery with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:50 p.m.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Jewel Lean Wells died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at her home. She was born Aug. 3, 1937, to Robert and Ada Loftis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Lane Chapel CME Church. The Rev. Dr. Cheryl Penson will officiate. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Darlene Lipsey (Larry), Johnnie Shannon (Lucious), Floyd Wells Jr. and Eddie A. Wells, all of Tupelo, and Robert W. Wells (Angie) of Chicago; a special daughter-in-law, Carolyn Wells of Tupelo; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter-in-law, Helen Wells.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.
TUPELO – Mildred L. Bradley died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born June 5, 1937, to Willie L. Bradley and Beatrice J. Bradley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at White Hill M.B. Church. The Rev. Jeffery Daniel will officiate. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two children, Anthony Bradley of Tupelo and Pamela Bradley (Joel Howard) of Guntown; her sisters, Verna Wheeler of Las Vegas, Ruthie Agnew of Tupelo, Lee Merri Weather of Jackson, Tenn., Joann O’Neal of Tupelo, Debra Bradley of Tupelo, Rhonda Ross of Tupelo; her brothers, Willie (Wilma) Bradley, John (Mary) Bradley, Larry (Eartha) Bradley, Michael (Flora) Bradley, all of Tupelo; three aunts, Mae Pearl Johnson of Mt. Clement, Teresa Baldwyn and Ruby Clark of Chicago; three grandchildren, Joel Howard, Takiva Howard and Porche Howard; and four great-grandchildren, Jarquez Howard, Jarkavis Howard, Ja’Kylyn Armstrong and Jaelyn Armstrong.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie Bradley.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today.
DUMAS – Cynthia “Cyndi” Bond, 50, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 9, 1962, in North Carolina to Jo Sprinkle Wilde and the late Dwight Wilde.
Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Wesley Congregational Methodist Church at Dumas. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her companion of 29 years, Lawrence Bond Jr.; four sons, Lawrence “Trey,” James and William Bond, all of Saltillo, and Keith Burgess of North Carolina; her mother, Jo Wilde; her siblings, Mark and Fredrick Wilde and Elaine Griffin, all of Saltillo; two grandchildren.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Rosie M. Crumb, 65, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
OXFORD – Jonathan Roves “Jon Jon” Malone, 24, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Springfield M.B. Church Community Life Center in Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
OXFORD – Indiana Cancer Price, 93, died Friday, July 5, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
BECKER – Charley J. McAnally, 73, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Peggy Sue Essary, 75, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services were Thursday, July 11, at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial was in Union Cemetery.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
DENNIS – Eunice Pardue, 79, died Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Iuka Hospital. She was born Nov. 5, 1933, in Alabama. She was a factory worker. She attended Highland Baptist Church at Tishomingo.
There will be no funeral services. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont assisted the family.
Survivors are one son, Kenneth Clingan (Ann) of Dennis; one daughter, Deb Clark (Dave) of Paducah, Ky.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.
COLUMBUS – Thomas Earl Gilder, 87, died Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was born July 14, 1925, in Vardaman. A Graduate of Vardaman High School, he received his degree from Mississippi State University in electrical engineering, He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a retired aerospace/electrical engineer for Rockwell International in Los Angeles. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Los Angeles.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Vardaman. Bro. Jeff Gilder will officiate. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery at Vardaman.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Elizabeth Edmondson Gilder of Columbus; two daughters, Dr. Jamison Gilder Hoff (Dr. Nicholas Hoff Sr.) of Hollis, N.H., Lynne Gilder Hartel of Charleston, S.C.; one son, Dr. Earl Edmondson Gilder (Edie) of Medford, Ore.; four Grandchildren, Dr. Nicholas Hoff III, Alex Hoff, Thomas Gilder and Hannah Gilder; and three sisters, Sarah Edmondson of Memphis, Bessie Fleming of Jackson and Jacqueline Gilder Eastridge of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus Rivers Gilder and Wilker Inmon Gilder; a sister, Alma Edmondson; and three brothers, Rufus Gilder, Jasper Gilder and Gene Gilder.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Henry Edmondson, Thomas Gilder, Alex Hoff, Dr. Nicholas Hoff III, Frank Wicker and Bobby Wiggs. Honorary pallbearers will be Carter Edmondson, Martin Edmondson and Hannah Gilder.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church, P.O. Box 72, Vardaman, MS 38878.
For online condolences, visit www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
BOONEVILLE – “Larry Tom” Coats, 58, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at home. He was born Aug. 24, 1954, to Minister Lester Beal and June McDonald Coats. He was the owner of Gopher-it Productions and The Sound Stage. He was a member of Ripley Church of Christ. He was the production manager for Jonathan Singleton and The Grove, he was the bass player and vocalist for Kennedy International and had the opportunity to play bass guitar with Collin Raye on the Grand Ole Opry in 2011.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at McMillan Funeral Home with Minister Doug Greenway and Minister Donnie DeBord officiating. Burial will be in Oak Ridge Church of Christ Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Regina Gandy Coats; his mother, June Coats of Booneville; two sons, William Thomas Coats II and Samuel Keith (Stephanie) Coats, both of Nashville, Tenn.; and one sister, Cheryl (Greg) Moss of Michie, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his father, Minister Lester Beal Coats; and his wife of 33 years and the mother of his sons, Sharon Kay Coats.
Pallbearers will be Jonathan Singleton, Josh Smith, Andy Dixon, Dustin Nunley, Justin Dudley and David Duncan.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Raymond Carl Highsmith, 72, died on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 12, at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford. Dr. Alice Clark will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in Woodlawn Cemetery in Orlando, Fla. Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today.
A native of Estate Center, Iowa, he was the son of the late Lewis Carl and Ruth Mary Collins Highsmith. He earned his B.A. degree in zoology at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in marine biology at the University of Washington. He was a former professor of marine biology and a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks for 20 years. An area of his life in which he never wavered or compromised was his honesty. An advocate for those treated unfairly, he believed that all races and ethnicities should be treated fairly.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Luz Hernandez Highsmith of Oxford; two daughters, Terry Highsmith and Dawn Ferguson of Hailey, Idaho; three sons, Jun Ueki of Japan, Jeanpierre Saldarriaga of Orlando, Fla., and Bryant Saldarriaga of Fairbanks, Alaska; seven grandchildren; and a special niece, Dayni Padilla of Texas.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
SMITHVILLE – Martha Jean Lewis Morgan, 79, died on Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory. Born Feb. 26, 1934, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Ethel Guin Lewis. She married James Hollis “Pot” Morgan. She was a homemaker for many years and before her retirement, she worked as a CNA and in laundry services for Beverly Enterprises. She was a member of the Smithville Baptist Church where she was active in WMU. A member of the Homemakers’ Club, she enjoyed gardening and canning, cooking, crafts, sewing and crocheting.
A Celebration of Life Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chuck Herring, Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes and Bro. Norm Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the Smithville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Tina Morgan of Columbus; two sons, Jeff Morgan (Judy) of Smithville and Tom Morgan (Janet) of Valley Stream, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Liza Morgan, Jay Morgan, Jameson Morgan, Cameron Morgan and Dylan Morgan; two great-grandchildren, Annie Brooke Morgan and Gus Morgan; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Olva Knight and Pat Sanderson; and one brother, Tom Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Jay, Jameson, Cameron and Dylan Morgan and Michelle Mitchell. Honorary pallbears will be the staff of Riverplace Nursing Facility.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue until service time on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org ; American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org; or to the COPD Foundation www.copdfoundation.org.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Roger Dale Deaton, 54, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Pickwick Lake in Tennessee as the result of an accidental drowning.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. Interment will follow in Cypress Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Iris Crestman Gattis, 83, died Thursday, July 11, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
RICHLAND – Services for Stanley Lavell Dellapenna, 68, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 13, at Calvary Baptist Church in Braxton. Burial with military honors will be in the Braxton Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday only at the church.
LAGUNA NIQUEL, Calif. – Annie Louise Ford Millard, 88, formerly of Okolona, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.
Services will be at noon Saturday, July 13, at Snowtown Church. Burial will be in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. today.