Obituaries July 19, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Correction:
The obituary for Joe M. Gordon, published in the Daily Journal on Tuesday, July 17, contained an incomplete list of survivors. He is also survived by Howard Powell of Verona.

Dannie Chesnutt
GOLDEN – Dannie L. Chesnutt, 64, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012. He was born June 5, 1948, to Sherman K. and Susie Oliver Chesnutt in Itawamba County. He owned his own cycle shop by his home for many years. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and flying. He was a veteran of the Army. He helped others by serving as a volunteer fireman and EMR.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Robert Wood officiating. Burial will be in Butler Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Martha Mayhall Chesnutt; son: Sherman H. Chesnutt; brothers, Stevie Chesnutt of Fulton and Kelly Chesnutt of Golden; sister, Joanie (Ron) Chesnutt of Meridian; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will continue from 7:30 a.m. to service time today.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Ernest Hill
OXFORD – Ernest Hill, 91, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County and the son of Odie and Bell Hill. He was a member of East St. Peter’s M.B. Church, where he served as deacon, usher, Sunday School teacher, treasurer and choir member. He was also a member of Philadelphia Masonic Lodge 387 and Philadelphia Chapter 277 of the Order of the Eastern Star, where he was past Patron. He worked for over 50 years for the Tatum family and was also a foster grandparent for the North Mississippi Regional Center.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at East St. Peter’s M.B. Church. The Rev. William Woods Jr. will officiate. Burial will be in East St. Peter’s Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by one son, the Rev. Ernest Eugene (William) Hill of East St. Louis, Ill.; a granddaughter who provided his care, Angela (Marcus) Holmes of Georgetown, Ky.; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Blakley Hill, and daughter, Minnie Lou Hill-Gordon.
Visitation is two hours prior to service at the church on Friday.

Allene Mason
TUPELO – Allene Eaves Mason, 75, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born in Union in Newton County on May 27, 1937, to James Otis and Ava Lee Hardee Eaves. She grew up in Union and Philadelphia, and graduated from Waynesboro High School. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi, receiving a B.A. in education. She later received her M.A. in education from the University of Mississippi. She married Bobby Alton “Tony” Mason on May 3, l959, in Waynesboro. They lived in Tupelo the last 42 years. For 28 years, she was employed by the Tupelo Public School System as a teacher of vocational studies and business education. She was an active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church for 42 years, the Joy Sunday School Class there and was the pianist for the Children’s Department for many years. A people person, she was devoted to the happiness of her husband of 53 years, Tony, and exhibited uncommon kindnesses to her family, her students, her church and community. She enjoyed collecting Precious Moments items; crosstitching for her boys, her grandchildren, nieces and nephews; good conversation; music, especially playing the piano and all church music. She was an avid Mississippi State sports fan and a follower of the Golden Eagles of USM.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Harrisburg Baptist Church in Tupelo with Bro. David Langerfeld officiating. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time on Friday only at the church. Private burial will be in Lake Park Hills Cemetery in Laurel. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Tony, of Tupelo; her two sons, James Hardee Mason (Erin Clark) of Raymond and Bobby Alton Mason Jr. (Diana Kay) of Redlands, Calif.; four grandchildren, Luke Carter Mason, Noah Clark Mason, Jordan Daniel Mason and Elisabeth Ida Mason; one sister, Josephine Eaves Waites of Laurel/St. Catherine’s Village; and several nieces and nephews including her special niece, Jayne Edmonds Stringer (Johnny).
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother-in-law, Dr. James C. “Jimmy” Waites.
Pallbearers will be Claude Hartley, Louiedean Ball, Ray Pletcher, Richard Cook, Ricky Jackson, Joby Collins, Joe Petty and John Tomlinson. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Rieves-Twitty Sunday School Class at Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church Building Fund, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801 or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Twitty Berryman
GUNTOWN – Ronald Edgar “Twitty” Berryman Sr., 64, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at his home in Guntown after an extended illness. He was born Oct. 30, 1947, in Florence, Ala., to Benjamin Earl Berryman and Amanda Christine Twitty. He was a talented, self-taught guitar/bass player who started his musical career at an early age. He played professionally for 50 years before retiring in 2002 due to health concerns. He was a Christian who loved life, his family, and playing guitar/bass with his musician friends. Being a grandfather for the past two years brought him much happiness and many great memories. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, guns, cooking and spending time with his dog, Max.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tim Green and Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. A private family graveside service will follow at Campbelltown Cemetery in Guntown. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Debbie Easterling Berryman of Guntown; his son, Ronnie Berryman (Kristy) of Guntown; his grandson, Dalton Chase Berryman of Guntown; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; four nephews; one niece; four great-nephews; and four great-nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Jack Herring.
Pallbearers will be Ken Herring, Michael Morgan, Jason Herring, John Robbins, Kevin Hester, Brad Harlow, Ken Floyd, Tyler Young, Scottie Parker and Mart Blanton. Honorary pallbearers will be all his musician friends.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Trevor Burress
BOONEVILLE – Trevor M. Burress, 39, died Sunday, July 15, 2012, in Booneville. He was born March 10, 1973. He was a Baptist and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Beckley Chapel with the Rev. Charles Shack officiating. Burial will be in Corinth National Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Devon Burress of Austin, Texas; his father, John E. Burress, and stepmother, Cheryl Burress; aunts, Betty William, Gloria (John) McKinney, both of Booneville, and Ramona Conner of Houston, Texas, and JoAnn Boyd of Dayton, Ohio; uncle, Charles (Catherine) Burress of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Tisha Burress; his grandparents, Willie and Indiana Huff, and John and Mary V. Burress.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Dot McCullar
MAPLESVILLE, Ala. – Doris Dean “Dot” McCullar, 74, died Monday, July 16, 2012. She was born on Sunday, Nov. 28, 1937. in Chilton County, Ala., to Joseph Maddox and Carrie Willis Maddox. She was an accountant.
Survivors include her son, Ricky (Windy) McCullar of Maplesville, Ala.; two grandsons, Wade Bone and Heath (Savannah) McCullar, both of Maplesville, Ala.; two granddaughters, Rachael Brasher of Prattville, Ala., and Brandy (James) Patterson of Maplesville, Ala.; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Margie Nell Baker of Clanton, Ala.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Martin Funeral Home Chapel in Clanton, Ala., with the Rev. Ernest Fike officiating. Interment will follow in Martin Memorial Cemetery in Clanton.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.martinfuneralhomeinc.com.

Martha Mask
CORINTH – Martha Adline Mask, 91, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Bingham Wade
CORINTH – Bingham Wade died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. He was a member of Foote Street Church of Christ and a graduate of Corinth High School Class of 1958. He was a retired employee of Kansas City Railroad after 38 years of service and a member of Sons of Confederate Veterans, Col. William P. Rogers Camp No. 321. He enjoyed doing genealogy.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth with Blake Nichols and Terry Smith officiating. Burial will be at Forrest Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Jewel Leatherwood Wade of Corinth; sisters, Evelyn Wade Claiborne (Jack) of Dyersburg, Tenn., Martha Wade Strickland of Germantown, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Nell Martin (Claude) of Memphis, Edith Leatherwood McCoy (Billy) of Booneville, Glenda Leatherwood Lee (Stan) of Cordova, Tenn., Joyce Blackwell of Byhalia; brothers-in-law, James Blackwell (Vel) of Buena Park, Calif., Charles Leatherwood (Ann) of Slayden, Wayne Leatherwood (Sarah) of Corinth; a host of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ardan and Elsie Bingham Wade; a brother, Bill Wade; a sister, Betty Wade Walker; brothers-in-law, Charlie Walker, Harold Strickland and Lawrence Blackwell.
His nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Maurine DuBoise
BOONEVILLE – Maurine DuBoise, 88, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 28, 1924, to Alf and Lucy Bell Gullett. She worked for Brown Shoe Company. She was a member of First United Methodist Church since 1947.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Hankins and the Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Mike (Barbara) DuBoise of Tupelo; and one grandson, Tim DuBoise of New Orleans.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl DuBoise, in 2009; her parents; two sisters, Charlene Gullett Woods and Imogene Gullett Moore; one brother, O.L. Gullett; and one grandson, Ashley DuBoise.
Pallbearers are Virgil Box, Anthony Gullett, Keith Gullett, Roddy Jackson, Phil Pervis and Tommy Counce.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sandra Bradley
OXFORD – Sandra Rea Bradley, 70, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at her home near Oxford. Born in Tupelo, she had lived in the Oxford area for 40 years. She was a retired bookkeeper. She enjoyed reading, movies and spending time with her grandchildren. She attended Bay Springs Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Garden of Memories located at Coleman Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, Milton Bradley of Oxford; two daughters, Tracie Bradley Russell and Leslie Bradley White, both of Oxford; one son, Scott Bradley of St. Louis, Mo.; one sister, Dianne Lotharp of Tupelo; and three grandchildren.
Her parents, W.C. and Jeanetta Caldwell Rea, preceded her in death.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Mullins
RIENZI – Ruby Nell McDonald Mullins, 75, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery in Guys, Tenn.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Tom Mize
DUMAS – William “Tom” Mize, 80, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born Jan. 5, 1932, to Johnnie Mize and Effie Hill Mize. He was a charter member of Reform Baptist Church and attended Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church. He was a truck driver in Memphis and worked at Sears as a maintenance man for many years. He was am Army veteran of the Korean War.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Holliday Mize of Dumas; three daughters, Tori Ray (Emmet) of North Carolina, Kristle Holliday of Dumas and Michelle Krist (Chuck) of Memphis; two sons, Bill Mize of Memphis and Dr. Thomas Wiggins (Barbara) of Anchorage, Alaska; four sisters, Etta Woods, Mary Etta Hill, Sarah Duncan and Jean Kent, all of New Albany; three grandchildren, Jack Ray, Brady Ray and Gracie Ray, all of Davidson, N.C.; and two grandsons.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Swan, William Holliday, Timothy Gailor, Marty Gailor, Terry Roberts and Adam Roberts. Honorary pallbearers will be the Rev. Bill Bell, Sammy Swan, Roger Mize, James Mize and James Holliday.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and three brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
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Henrietta Mortensen
AMORY – Ruby Henrietta McKinney Mortensen, 70, died Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at her residence in Amory. She was born Oct. 23, 1941, to Henry McKinney and Martha Louise Taylor McKinney in Aberdeen. She lived the past eight years in Amory and was a member of River Bend Baptist Church. She graduated from Mississippi College and UC Berkeley. She retired as mechanical engineer in the U.S. Navy, where she designed piping systems for nuclear submarines.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at River Bend Baptist Church with Dr. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Bro. John “P.J.” Mortensen of Amory; two daughters, Mary Scholl (husband, Rick Fonda) of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Martha Sholl (husband, Carl Johnson) of Haverhill, Mass.; one son, Kevin Sholl of Napa, Calif.; one stepdaughter, Kirstin Miller of Yucca Valley, Calif.; one stepson, Eric Mortensen (Lorna) of Winchester, Calif.; one sister, Emma Lee Smith (Don) of Jeffersonville, Ind.; two grandchildren, Dino Scholl Fonda and Julian Scholl Fonda; four stepgrandchildren; one nephew, John Mize (Sheila).
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Vivian Louise George and Carol Lynn Sweeney.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday at River Bend Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to River Bend Baptist Church Building Fund.
Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Steven Johnson
CORINTH – Steven D. Johnson, 64, died Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the V.A. Hospital in Memphis. He was born Jan. 25, 1948. He received his education at the Wick Anderson High School. He was a disabled veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth with the Rev. Ada Christian officiating. Burial will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the National Cemetery in Corinth. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mariore Johnson; his children, Steven Johnson (Charlene), Selwyn (Michelle) Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson and Cornelius Williams; his siblings, Alfred Motton, Barbara Anne Scott, Clara Guy and Shirley Howard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ida Bell and Alfred Motton.
Eleanor Parks
NEW ALBANY – Eleanor Gillis Parks, 80, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born May 19, 1932, in Greenwood to Dewey and Alice Odean Therrell Gillis. She was an graduate of MSCW in Columbus and received her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She was a former teacher of home economics at New Albany High School and Blue Mountain College. She was the owner/operator of Eleanor’s Drapery and Interiors. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of New Albany.
Services will be 11 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church of New Albany with the Rev. Barry Male officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Joanne Parks Tidwell (Matthew) of Athens, Ga.; two sons, Edward Alvis Parks (Sue) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and John Cliften Parks of Olive Branch; one brother, Benton Therrell Gillis of Oregon, Ill.; grandchildren, Carly June Marino, Holly Lynn Marino, Jackson Edward Tidwell, Melanie Rose Tidwell, Aubrey Nicolle Roberts, Amy Michelle Roberts and Jennifer Roberts McAfee; and great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn McAfee and Cameron McAfee.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Wesley Hall at First United Methodist Church of New Albany.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Crystal Grissom
BALDWYN – Crystal Martin Grissom, 39, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at her residence. She was a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church. She was a disabled worker for Berkline. She enjoyed crosstitching.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Johnny Hancock officiating. Burial will be in the Baldwyn Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Brittany and Amber Pullen of the home; her parents, Jerry and Pearlie Martin of Baldwyn; one sister, Sandy Dallas (Bill) of Baldwyn; two brothers, Scotty Cooper (Julie) of Fort Benning, Ga., and Randy Martin (Kristin) of Baldwyn; one grandson, Joshua Pullen of Baldwyn; three nephews and two nieces; and three great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be William Dallas, J.J. Robinson, Gregory Robinson, Christopher Williams, A.J. Johnson, Jimmy Moore, Ryan Sanders and James Sanders.

Earnest Waldrop Jr.
BYHALIA – Earnest A. Waldrop Jr., 64, died Monday, July 16, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Evangel Full Gospel Cemetery in Holly Springs.

Monica Cross
OKOLONA – Monica Leigh Cross, 35, died unexpectedly Wednesday, July 18, 2012, in Monroe County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.