By NEMS Daily Journal
PEPPERTOWN – Billy Joe Sheffield, 76, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at his home after a long battle with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). He was born in Lee County on Dec. 22, 1935, to Samuel Grady Sheffield and Eunice McMullan Sheffield. He graduated from Itawamba Agricultural High School and attended Mississippi State University. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church and the Wilemon-Scott Sunday School Class, after having previously served as a deacon at First Baptist Church of Fulton and Greenwood Baptist Church. A successful entrepreneur, he, along with his wife, owned and operated Bill’s Minit Mart in Peppertown for 43 years. He closed the store in 2011 due to his failing health. During his 43 years in business, he employed countless young people, giving many their first job. “Mr. Bill,” as he was affectionately known by his store family, was extremely generous to all his employees and especially to anyone in need. His unequaled generosity was extended to strangers, friends, and family alike. Just last week, his life story was featured in the Itawamba County Times. He was on the Board of Directors at Bancorp South and a volunteer for the Peppertown Fire Department where he was Treasurer for over 15 years. He served his country as a soldier in the Mississippi National Guard. His greatest joy in life was spending time with his grandchildren. They considered “Pop” to be the cornerstone of their family. He loved his Lord, his family, and the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and Rev. Mark Tutor officiating. Larry Pate will give the eulogy. Burial will be in Dorsey Memorial Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lula Ruth “Cissy” Murphy Sheffield; two daughters, Melanie Jennings (Thomas) of Grenada and Myra Walker (Dr. Meredith) of Jonesboro, AR; three grandchildren, Anna Clare Walker and Loden Philips Walker of Jonesboro, AR, and Etta Kathryn Jennings of Grenada; one brother, Charles Sheffield (Jo Anne) of Tupelo; two nieces, Judy Loden (Jerry) and Joan Dozier Weathers (Larry) of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Barry Lee Sheffield; and a nephew, Eddie Dozier.
Pallbearers will be Loden Philips Walker, Jason Patrick Loden, Justin Samuel Loden, Evan Charles Dozier, Jordan Sheffield Dozier, Jerry Tim Loden, James Larry Weathers, Jimmy Alsaidi, and Scott Clouse.
Honorary pallbearers will be former employees and members of the Peppertown Volunteer Fire Department.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church or the National ALS Association.
Online condolences may be shared at http://www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com/.
AMORY – Linda J. Beason, 63, died peacefully at her home on July 12, 2012. Born September 16, 1948 she was a daughter of James and Imogene Coleman Reese. She lived and worked in Aurora, IL in her younger years and was employed by Western Electric. She later moved back to Mississippi, received her nurse’s license, and worked for North Mississippi Medical Center for 18 years until becoming disabled. She enjoyed working in her yard with flowers and enjoyed spending time at her home in Gulf Shores, AL. She enjoyed going to flea markets, yard sales, junk stores in and around Gulf Shores and Pensacola.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, July 13, 2012 at the Masonic Cemetery in Amory with Bro. Ray Carroll officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements. Pallbearers will be Bennie Wright, Ben Wright, Justin Wright, Steve Fowlkes, Darrell Harp, Jr., and Barry Wax. Honorary pallbearers will be Herbert Page, Jim Boozer, and Bobby Cox.
Survivors include her husband, Greg Beason of Amory; a special cousin, Glenn Coleman, a daughter, a son, 5 grandchildren, one brother, and 3 sisters.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
A special recognition would like to be given to her caregivers over the years: April Smith, Susan Parish, Holly Swan, Brandi Torre, Sharlet Torre, Laurie Westbrook, and Molly Bell Moore.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. until 1:45 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com
Manell P. Brice
TUPELO – Manell Patricia Brice, 88, of Arlington, VA, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo following an extended illness. A long time resident of Arlington, Ms. Brice moved to Tupelo earlier this year to be near her family, especially her sister Rosaline Bryson.
Ms. Brice was born June 14, 1924 in Wheeling, West Virginia, where she attended St. Alphonsus grade school, and St. Joseph’s Academy. She earned a B.A. in journalism, English, and education from Mt. St. Joseph College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She taught school in Ohio and served for thirty years as a public information officer for the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps. She was named an “Honorary Marine” at the conclusion of her distinguished career. She also was a volunteer leader for many years at Self Help for the Hard of Hearing, and a long time member of St. Thomas More Cathedral Parish in Arlington.
Her extraordinary generosity, compassion and love will be remembered by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Ms. Brice is survived by her sister: Rosaline Bryson of Tupelo and her brother: Fr. Donald Brice of Washington, D. C. She was preceded in death by her parents Tom and Marie Brice of Wheeling, West Virginia; three brothers who died in early childhood, Sa’eed, Bishara, and John; sisters Helen Johnson of Annandale, VA, Margaret “Dee” Kennedy of Wheeling, West Virginia and Dolores (Sr. Thomas Marie Brice, O.S.B) of Duluth, MN; and brother Edward J. Brice of Arlington, VA.
Ms. Brice’s surviving relatives in North Mississippi include nieces Cathy (Sid) Pipkin and Judy (James Riley) Hunter of Tupelo, Pat Bryson of Banner, and Danny Bryson of Corinth. She also is survived by niece Carol (Sam) Allen, of Knoxville, TN, and nephews Frank Bryson (Diana) of Jackson, TN, Ed Bryson (Pauline) of Memphis, TN, and Jeff Bryson (Carol) of Cary, NC.
Other surviving relatives include nieces DeeAnn (Phil) Gibbs of Upland, CA, and Joan (George) Olveda of Folsom, CA; nephews Tom (Linda) Kennedy of San Diego , Ed (Paula) Kennedy, of Palm Dale, CA, Pat Kennedy of Arlington, VA and Don Paul Kennedy of San Diego, CA.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2012 at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo, followed by the funeral Mass of the Resurrection at 2 p.m. Pallbearers are her nephews and great nephews.
A graveside committal service will be at 10 AM Saturday, June 21, 2012 in the Brice Family Plot at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling, West Virginia. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS, 38803. Condolences may be e mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
TUPELO – Larry Edward Ray, 70, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born January 30, 1942, in Paris, Tennessee, to Walton Edward Ray and Lucy Griffin Ray.
He graduated in 1960 from Grove High School in Paris and attended Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. He worked as the assistant manager of the New Southern Hotel before beginning his career in the millwork industry. He was Vice President of Madison Millwork in Jackson and moved his family to Tupelo in 1981 to serve as President of Triangle Distributors. He later founded Great Homes Gallery, where he served as CEO until his retirement.
He was an active member of the community and previously served on the boards of Sav-a-Life and The Yocona Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, Rotary Club and served as a volunteer small business mentor for the Renasant Center for Ideas’ “Smart Biz” program. He also served as National President of the Association of Millwork Distributors in 2008.
He was a dedicated member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, as a member of the sanctuary choir, and chaired the building committee during construction of the existing facility. His greatest ministry within the church was serving as a Sunday School teacher, which he did faithfully for the past 25 years.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who brought great joy to all who knew him. He leaves a legacy of genuine faithfulness, as he lived the call to glorify Christ in all circumstances.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Harrisburg Baptist Church. Private graveside services will be Sunday at Tupelo Memorial Park. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, with Rev. David Langerfeld officiating and Rev. Eddie Wren assisting. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sandra Oliver Ray; two sons, Greg Ray (Shannon) of Tupelo and Grant Ray of Memphis, Tennessee; one daughter, Heather Surholt (Shannon) of Tupelo; five grandchildren, Reagan Ray, Avery Ray, Anna Katherine Surholt, Ben Surholt and Walt Surholt; and his brother Jerry Ray (Amy) of Jackson, Tennessee.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be his nephews, Chris Ray, Mark Ray, Jay Oliver, Andy Oliver, Zachary Oliver, John Oliver and Graham Oliver.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Twitty-Rieves Sunday School Class of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803; Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Boulevard, Tupelo, MS 38801; or Parkgate Pregnancy Clinic, 100 Parkgate Extended #A2H, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Rosie M. “Rose” Fair died Friday, July 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1957, to George Jr. Fair and Gussie Mae Fair in Saltillo. She was employed at Microtel for several years.
Service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Inspirational Community Baptist Church with the Rev. Eric Newberry officiating. Burial is at Porters Memorial. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by daughters, Melissa Fair and Dalitha Fair of Tupelo; goddaughter, Ronica Bobo of Union City, Tenn.; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; mother, Gussie Mae Fair of Tupelo; sisters, Barbara (Charles) Saxton, Cathy Clanton, Regina (W.C.) Banks, Patricia Fair, Lisa Fair, all of Tupelo and Juanita Young of Guntown; brothers, George H. Fair of Saltillo, Robert Fair and Rickey Fair of Tupelo; and a host of nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father; and grandparents.
Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. today and family hour is 5 to 6 p.m. at N.L. Jones Chapel. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time. You may also sign the guestbook at nljonesandson.com.
JACINTO – Clarence E. Tucker, 76, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 27, 1936, to Arnold Kelly and Hattie Miles Tucker. He was a retired mechanist and attended Hill Top Church of God. He was a devoted husband and father.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Donald McCoy and Bro. Kenny Marcum officiating. Burial will be in Jacinto Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Willard Tucker; two daughters, Rhonda (Jerry) Eaton of Kossuth and Donna (Larry) Wildmon of Marietta; one son, Gerald Tucker of Jacinto; a stepsister, Retha Coker of Snowdown; eight grandchildren, Tim (Joanne) Eaton, Steven (Jessica) Eaton, Lucas (Angie) Eaton, Misty (Shane) Eaton, Michael (Brittnie) Wildmon, Jeffrey (Alison) Wildmon, Jeremy (Fonda) Tucker and Sarah Hall; and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepfather, Elbert McNutt; one brother, Clay Tucker; and two stepbrothers, Cleston McNutt and Jeff McNutt.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Lorainne Little, 89, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
IUKA – James Pounders died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
SHANNON – Carl Douglas Shannon, 58, died Tuesday, May 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 15, 1954, to Elzie Lee Shannon and Luella Gates Locus. He was a graduate of Siggers High School in Shannon. He was a mechanic and worked for Allen’s Auto Sales. He loved his family and did not meet any strangers.
Services will be at noon Saturday at the Blackoak Church in Okolona with the Rev. Lamar Banks officiating. Burial is at Oddfellow Cemetery in Okolona. Williams Memorial is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Johnson Shannon of Shannon; daughters, Juanda Johnson (Frankie) of Plantersville and Carla Johnson (Justin) of Tupelo; foster daughter, Alexis Hill; special niece, Chiquita Young of Shannon; sons, Fredriek Shannon of Tupelo, Joshua Johnson (Demeka) of Verona and Jermey Johnson (Corgey) of Shannon; foster son, O.J. Burress; sisters, Lenora Locus (Dennis) of Shannon and Lovie Lagrone of Tupelo; brothers, James Shannon (Betty) of Shannon, Robert Shannon (Angie) of Shannon and John Shannon of Tupelo.
Visitation is 3 to 6 p.m. at the Williams Memorial Chapel.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Frances L. Patterson, 82, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Services are at 11 a.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium on the campus of Rust College. Internment is at Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and 10 a.m. until service time at the auditorium.
ABERDEEN – David James, 89, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at his residence. He was a member of New Hebron MB Church where he served as a deacon, superintendent of Sunday school, Sunday school teacher and chairman of the fellowship committee. He retired from Walker manufacturing after 25 years and was a veteran of World War II in the Army.
Service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hebron MB Churchin Aberdeen with Pastor Sam Crawford officiating. Internment is at New Hebron Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen in in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Michael James and Willie Buckingham of Stone Mountain, Ga.; three daughters, Marilyn Hawkins of Witchita, Texas, Linda (Robert) Merhundrew and Loretta (Willie) Cox; sister, Essie Chandler of Albany, N.Y.; 24 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by wife Plascelia James.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
MICHIE, Tenn. – Thomas Ray Letson, 63, died Thurday, July 12, 2012, at McNairy County Regional Hospital in Selmer, Tenn.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Military Honors. Internment is at Dogwood Cemetery.
Visitation is at 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home
FULTON – Roger Dale Young, 58, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at his home in Columbus. He was born Jan. 23, 1954, in Waukegan, Ill., to Edgar W. and Velma Margaret Summerford Young. He was a graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High School and attended Itawamba Community College and Mississippi State University. He received his degree from St. Leo University in Virginia. He retired from the military after serving his country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He worked as a computer systems specialist for Columbus Air Force Base. He enjoyed playing with his dog, working on his computer and visiting with family and friends.
An informal memorial service will be held today at Columbus Air Force Base where the base flag was flown at half-staff in his honor. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Columbus Air Force Base Chaplain Philip Spitzer officiating. Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery south of Tremont.
Survivors include his twin sister, Linda Weatherford (Eddy) of Tupelo; two brothers, Tonney Young (Michel) of Evans, Ga., and Donnie Young (Pam) of Vero Beach, Fla.; three nieces, Melanie Russell, Ginger Byrd and Elizabeth Griffin; three nephews, Steve Young, Jason Young and Scott Young; and two special friends, Howard Smith of Fulton and J.D. Miller of Columbus.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Geneva Blaylock, 53, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Golden Triangle in Columbus.
Service is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest MB Church in Aberdeen with Pastor James Cook officiating. Burial is at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Justin T. Blaylock of Minnesota, Minn., Hansel Garth Jr. and Justo O. Garth; four brothers, Anthony Blaylock of Calumet City, Ill., Ervin Blaylock of Minnesota, Minn., Odell Blaylock and Jessie Blaylock of St. Paul, Minn.; two sisters, Mildred Sykes of Chicago, Ill., and Ella Blaylock of Minnesota, Minn.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Dorothy Puckett, 82, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
OLIVE BRANCH – Jimmy Rhodes died Thursday, July 12, 2012, in Olive Branch. Arrangements will be announced by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
P. Lamar Benjamin
BOONEVILLE – P. Lamar Benjamin died on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Booneville.
Services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Wheeler Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time on Saturday.
ABBEVILLE – Arthur D. Ivy, 70, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at his residence in Abbeville. He was the son of Sam and Margaret Ivy. He worked for 43 years for Tam Golf Cart and Zert Wilson Golf Cart. He loved working on golf carts, cutting firewood and being with his grandkids and family and never met a stranger.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford with the Rev. Eddie Goliday Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Oxford. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Ivy of Abbeville; four daughters, Chris Ivy of Champaign, Ill., Judy Johnson of Oxford, Sharon (Kenny) Mathis of Pontotoc and Karen ( Mark) Price of Abbeville; four sons, James (Michehhe) Ivy and Sam (Adrian) Johnson, both of Oxford, Terry (April) Bass of Jackson and Rontae (Katrina) Bass of Cincinnatti, Ohio; three sisters, Emma Mary Porter of Taylor, Ruby (Harvey) Lynch of Oxford and Ruth Ivy of Flint, Mich.; four brothers, Joe (Lavern) Ivy of Oxford, Sam (Dorothy) Ivy Jr. of Flint, Mich., Richard (Liz) Ivy of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Earnest (Lucille) Ivy of Tupelo; one aunt, Lula Mae Woodall of Taylor; 32 grandchildren; and 34 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.
NEW ALBANY – Sarah Cotton, 90, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
NEW ALBANY – Joe Nathan Sloan, 64, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at Baptist Memorial-Union County Hospital. He was a Baptist and served in the United States Army. He was a former employee of Mid-South Packing Co. of Tupelo and of Wilton Manufacturing Co. of Pontotoc. He was a 1967 graduate of B.F. Ford High School.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ecru Second Baptist Church with Pastor Terry Baber officiating. Burial is in the Cherry Creek cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter; one nephew, Curtis Sloan Jr. of Tampa, Fla.; three nieces, Robin Sloan of Evanston, Ill., Jennifer Sloan and Monique Sloan, both of Detroit, Mich., three sisters-in-law, Christine Sloan of Detroit, Mich., Liza Mae Sloan of Ecru and Juanita Sloan of S.C.; caretakers, Amos and Alice Williams; and a host of great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Nathan Sloan, Wesley Sloan and Curtis Sloan; and one nephew, Keith Sloan.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and the body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
NEW ALBANY – Mary Marie “Cricket” Gilbert, 74, died Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. She was born Nov. 20, 1937, in Union County, to Will Gilbert and Luela Bell Robinson.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Joe Waldrop officiating. Burial is at Union Prospect Cemetery.
She is survived by brothers, Charlie (Dora) Gilbert and Hessie (Mary Joyce) Gilbert of New Albany; caregivers, Larry “Hazel” Foster and Michal Gilbert; sister-in-law, Mattie Gilbert; special nephew, Eddie (Penny) Gilbert; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and other family.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Sam Earnest and Hue Paul Gilbert; and sister Luella Ella Montogomery.
OLIVE BRANCH – Robert M. “Bob” Johnson formerly of Ripley, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Olive Grove Terrace Assisted Living in Olive Branch. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
CORINTH – Robert Lee Banks, 76, died Thurday, July 12, 2012, at his residence.
Services are at 3 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Military Honors. Internment is at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery with Masonic Rites.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. until service time Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home.
NEW ALBANY – Dwayne “Pop Corn” Kimmons, 73, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Graceland Care Center Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
BOONEVILLE – Roger Junior Lesley, 59, died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at his residence.
Services are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church. Internment is at Rienzi Cemetery.
Visitation is 5 to 6 p.m. today at Grayson Funeral Services.
OXFORD – Jerry Lee Brown, 46, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, at North Mississippi Regional Center in Oxford.
Services are at noon Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs.
Visitation is 1 to 7 p.m. today at Serenity Chapel.