Obituaries July 2, 2013

Billy Joe Moffitt Sr.

Billy Joe Moffitt Sr. was born in Tippah County on July 25, 1935. He was the second of seven children born to the union of Roy Moffitt and Beulah Bennett Moffitt. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Moffitt, and survived by one brother, Roy Benton Moffitt and his wife, Norma, of New Albany as well as four sisters, Janice Willingham and husband, Tate, of Ripley, Shirley Bridges and husband, Tom, of Ripley, Jackie Goolsby and husband, Sonny, of Ripley, and Kay Moffitt of California.

Billy completed training for and served a time in the Mississippi National Guard.

On Dec. 24, 1955, Billy united in marriage to his longtime sweetheart and love of his life, Jo Ann Bennett of Ripley and has celebrated just short of 58 years together. To this union was born four children and two children came to this union by choice through adoption. Billy was preceded in death by his first-born son, Billy Joe Moffitt Jr., at the tender age of 17 months. Billy Joe is survived by three sons and two daughters, Steve Moffitt and wife, Julie, of Southaven; Jeff Moffitt of Carthage, Texas; Chris Moffitt and wife, Susan, of Ripley; Pamela Moffitt Bowman and husband, Jerry, of Ripley; and Amy Moffitt Horne and husband, Shane, of Southaven.

Billy was blessed with 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Billy Joe Moffitt was a talented athlete in his earlier years. He loved competing in the rodeo arena as a steer wrestler and bareback rider. Later, he was in great demand as a judge for the International Rodeo Association. In 1982 Billy not only served as a respected judge, but also as the state director for the Tennessee High School Rodeo Association.

He was also a very talented baseball player. Billy made a permanent mark with the Hernando-Desoto Fountain of Youth Baseball League, where in 1975 he held an impressive .600 batting average and was later inducted into their Hall of Fame. It is important to note the criteria for consideration into the Hall of Fame: Outstanding Achievement, Sportsmanship, Character and Overall Contribution to the League. That is the way Billy Moffitt lived his life, no matter what he did.

By trade, Billy began as a farmer with his father and later provided well for his family as a truck driver for several major freight companies, such as Roadway, Transcon and Jones Truck Lines and later, drove for several major movie productions. He left driving for a time to honorably serve as a Business Agent for Teamsters Local 667 in Memphis. Billy served in this capacity for about 17 years and was highly respected by his colleagues as well as those members in his charge.

Billy accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1958 and was baptized at Immanuel Baptist Church in Memphis. It was here that Billy assisted in the youth ministry of the church. He was currently a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Blue Mountain.

Billy Joe Moffitt Sr. entered his final rest and went home to be with his Lord on June 29, 2013, at the age of 77 years, 11 months and 4 days. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

Following cremation, the family will have a memorial service at McBride Funeral Home in Ripley at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with the service at 11 a.m. Interment will be held privately by the immediate family at a later date.

The family requests any memorials be made to Blue Mountain College SportsPlex Fund or the charity of choice.

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James Butler

PONTOTOC – James Nesbit Butler, 86, died in his sleep on Monday, July 1, 2013, from complications due to Alzheimer’s disease. He was at home surrounded by his family. A devoted husband to his wife of 64 years, Bettye Morrow Butler, “Bops” was also a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. His faith and his family were the cornerstones of his life.

A native of Pontotoc County, his parents were William Adolphus Butler and Opal Nesbit Butler. He graduated from Pontotoc High School and entered the University of Mississippi in 1944 as a freshman guard on the Ole Miss football team. He later served as the M-Club Alumni secretary for over 30 years.

After a tour of duty during World War II and completion of his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Ole Miss, he spent 10 years in New Albany and Pontotoc as a football coach, leading teams to the Little Ten championship. He also served as principal and athletic director of Pontotoc High School and coached basketball and youth sports teams.

A committed Ole Miss Rebel, Jim moved to Oxford in 1961, working with the Ole Miss Alumni Association, becoming the third director of Alumni Affairs in 1980. He started the Ole Miss Student Alumni Council during his tenure at the university. While at Ole Miss he served under Chancellors J.D. Williams, Porter Fortune, Gerald Turner and Robert Khayat. He and Bettye have a lifetime of memories and friendships during Ole Miss ball games, travels, alumni meetings, bowl games and events. Jim spent his career creating Ole Miss friendships.

Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford and was active in the Wilds Men’s Sunday School Class. He was also a deacon and lead usher and loved staying active in church activities until just recent weeks. He was a longtime member and Paul Harris Fellow of the Oxford Rotary Club and served as president. He was recognized as the Jaycee Man of the Year and chosen as an Ole Miss Outstanding Alumnus and a member of ODK. He also served as chairman of the Cancer Society.

His former football players continued to visit Coach Butler throughout his lifetime, inviting him to attend class reunions each year to celebrate friendships and Warrior memories.

Jim is survived by his wife, Bettye; children, Carole Butler Haney (Hal), Lance Butler of Oxford and Mitzi Butler Linginfelter (Bill) of Atlanta. Grandchildren are Whitney Haney Harris (Russell) of Memphis and Hunter Haney of Oxford and William Butler Linginfelter and Elizabeth Jean Linginfelter of Atlanta. Great-grandchildren are Haney Evelyn Harris and Mallory Carole Harris of Memphis. He is also survived by two brothers, Tommy Butler (Jeanne) of Nesbit and Allen Butler (Virginia Ann) of Hattiesburg, and sister-in-law, Lola Butler of Tupelo, and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, David Butler, of Furrs and two infant brothers.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be at First Baptist Church in Oxford on Wednesday, July 3, at 2 p.m. Visitation will be in the Atrium of First Baptist Church beginning at noon Wednesday until the service. Honorary pallbearers are the Wilds Men’s Sunday School Class and the ushers and deacons of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be sent to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Ave., Oxford, MS 38655; Student Alumni Council, c/o Ole Miss Alumni Association, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 48677; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is assisting the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to

Herman C. Head

TUPELO – Herman C. Head, 91, achieved his final goal on this earth when he made his journey home on June 1, 2013, from Golden Living Center in Tupelo. He was born May 12, 1922, in Greenville, Texas, and married Lois Marie Kidwell. Herman was a patriotic man, serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany during World War II. He loved God, his country and his family. He received great joy when making people laugh. Herman had a servant’s heart, always willing to do more than his fair share. He never wore anything on his feet but cowboy boots.

He will be remembered and honored Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. in a beautiful service at his favorite fishing hole on the family farm with Steve Holland officiating. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.

Survivors include his son, Donnie Head of Tupelo; daughter, Karen McCoy of Tyler, Texas; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife and one son, David Head.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Head, Shane Head, Jeremy Dutton, Tyler Head and Jacob Head. Honorary pallbearers will be Melanie Dutton, Makenna Dutton and Chandler Head.

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Glen Nicholson

WREN – Glen Allen Nicholson, 24, died unexpectedly Monday, July 1, 2013, in Coldwater. He was born March 8, 1989, in Tupelo to Darel Nicholson and Jennifer Rosentreter Nicholson of Wren. A lifelong resident of the Wren community, he attended school in Amory and then Nettleton. Before becoming disabled he enjoyed driving the combine and working on the family farm. He loved spending time with his children, playing video games, and going on mission trips. He attended Palestine Baptist Church.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, July 3, at Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Mark Hoover and the Rev. Dennis Smithey officiating. A private family graveside service will follow in Wren Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Survivors include his parents, Darel and Jennifer Nicholson of Wren; his children, Jacob Nicholson and Claire Hunsucker, both of Smithville; sister, Kimberly Nicholson of Nettleton; grandparents, Mavis and Billy Riggs of Nettleton; aunts, Susan Hughes (Mark) of Wren, Janet Ballard (Charles) of Wren, Linda Adams (Richard) of Amory and Angel Gillentine (Roy) of Becker; uncle, Chris Herndon (Melissa) of Nettleton; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adolph and June Rosentreter, and uncle, Eddie Rosentreter.

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Martha Leachman

BRUCE – Martha Nell Leachman, 83, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. She was born Aug. 10, 1929, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker, and a member and piano player for Lantrip Baptist Church. She was a cake decorator.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Robert Earl Alexander will officiate. Burial will be in Sarepta Cemetery in Bruce.

She is survived by two sons, John Allen (Rita) Leachman and Loy Wayne (Patsy) Leachman Jr., all of Bruce; one sister, Sara Lou Suratt of Germantown, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Jay Leachman, Jennifer Plunk, Tony Pollan, Lacy Leachman, Jace Leachman and Lori Dale Leachman; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Loy Wayne Leachman; her parents, Allen Bullard and Jennie Lou Tedford Bullard; and two brothers; Nolan Bullard and Jack Bullard.

Pallbearers will be Benny Barefield, Carlton Leachman, Jay Leachman, Michael Plunk, Patrick Surratt and Tracy Turner.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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Clyde Smith Sr.

BOONEVILLE – Clyde Virgle Smith Sr., 76, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Memphis V.A. Medical Center.

Services will be at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, with military honors, will be in Prentiss Memorial Garden.

Visitation will be from 12:45 p.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.

James Conwill

NETTLETON – James Howard Conwill, 88, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after an extended illness. He was born on Nov. 27, 1924, in Lee County to William Henry “Dick” and Ivy Oviolet McCormick Conwill. He had lived most all of his life in Nettleton. He was a retired truck driver; a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War; and a member of Liberty Baptist Church. He enjoyed trading cars.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Clinton Worthey officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Mark Conwill of Tyler, Texas; three sisters, Eva Curry of Nettleton, Wilene Crye of Carson, Calif., and Bobbie Shumpert (Clifton) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren; and a special caregiver, Mary Clay of Nettleton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Loyce Edwards Conwill; his parents; three stepsons, James L. Culver, Bennie D. Culver and Jimmy Dale Culver; three sisters, Florene Rogers, Laverne Rowe and Anglean Conwill; and one brother, Billy Mark Conwill.

Pallbearers will be Carl Moses, Kenneth Gardner, Murles Underwood, Authur Cunningham, Tommy Curry and Carroll Pettigrew.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until time for services Wednesday.

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Carolyn Puckett

MERIDIAN – Carolyn McMullen Puckett, 82, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Anderson Regional Hospital in Meridian.

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 2, at Eupora City Cemetery in Eupora. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Micah Wade Willard

NEW ALBANY – On June 23, 2013, Micah passed away peacefully in God’s arms and was born into his parent’s arms on June 26, 2013. Micah is the son of Joel and Victoria Willard. The grandchild of David and Karen Willard, Wayne and Cathy Messer, and Kathleen White. The great-grandchild of Reece and Frances Newby, CV Willard, Nannie Messer, Beulah Bishop and Anna K. Hall. The honorary grandchild of Jerl and Martha Jeter. Micah is preceded in death by one sibling, Harper Willard; and three grandparents, Magdalene Willard, Newt Messer and Charles Hall.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital for their love and compassion that was shown to the family and Micah during Micah’s delivery and time spent with the family.

There was a graveside service at Martin Community Cemetery, Bro Andy Russell officiating. In lieu of flowers and cards, the family requests your prayers today and for the days to come.

Robert Sims

HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert Adolphus Sims, 56, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday.

William Hollands

ECRU – William Howard Hollands, 66, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in Tupelo. He was born May 26, 1947, in Sturgis to Hansel Hollands and Gladys Pike Hollands. He retired from Recline Design after becoming disabled.

Services were Monday, July 1, at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Ecru. Carly Lawson officiated. Burial was in Ecru City Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Hollands; his children, Tammy Hollands Jennings, William Clifton Hollands (Katherine), Thereisa Teran Santos (Cornelio), William Howard Hollands Jr., Bobby D. Hollands, Marie Russon (Bryan) and Lee Ann Davis (Chris); one sister, Jene King; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Darion Smith and Ray Hollands; and his parents.

Judy Patterson

TIPLERSVILLE – Judy Gail Patterson, 45, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at his home.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today, July 2, at County Line Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Anthony McGaha

CORINTH – Anthony A. McGaha, 25, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in Rienzi.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Hopewell M.B. Church in Rienzi. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bernice Panel

TUPELO – Bernice Panel died Monday, July 1, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Dr. James Tolbert

VERONA – Dr. James Tolbert died Monday, June 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Irma Terrill

TUPELO – Irma Francis Terrill, 91, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

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Paul Eason

TUPELO – Paul Eason, 91, longtime Boy Scout Troop 12 leader and former Tupelo councilman-at-large and vice mayor, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at his son’s home in Ridgeland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Bella Cayson

MOOREVILLE – Ferrin Isabella Cayson was born Friday, June 28, 2013, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis. She passed away after spending a few minutes in her mother’s and her father’s arms. She gave them a lifetime of wonderful memories in her brief time here on earth.

A private ceremony will be held today, July 2, at Voyles Family Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is assisting the family.

She is survived by her parents, Cody and Melissa McFerrin Cayson; paternal grandparents, Joe and Jan Cayson, and Kevin and Tabitha Walton; maternal grandparents, Barry and Billie McFerrin; great-grandparents, Lorene Holcomb, and Bobby and Mildred McFerrin; two special uncles, Tyler Cayson and Seth Cayson; and a host of other family members.

Eddie Mae Nabors

BALDWYN – Eddie Mae Nabors, 84, of the Kirkville community died Monday, July 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Jimmy Sisk

TUPELO – James Harold “Jimmy” Sisk, 81, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at his home after a brief illness. He was born in Nettleton on May 12, 1932, to Hoyt and Myrtie Sisk. He worked for over 37 years for Chicago Bridge and Iron Company, where he was a welder. He retired as a welding and QA manager. He was a member of Nettleton Church of Christ. He enjoyed playing dominoes, gardening and working in his yard. He was a faithful husband and loving father and grandfather.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Jimmy Bates and Minister Wendell Fikes officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mildred Tallant Sisk of Tupelo; two daughters, Debbie Fischer (Chip) of Atlanta, Ga., and Sharon “Shay” Luna (Mark) of Birmingham, Ala.; one son, Allen Sisk (Mitzi) of Cullman, Ala. 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Louise Cleveland, Gladys Sisk and Julia Cooley; three brothers, Bill Sisk, George Sisk and Charles Sisk.

Pallbearers will be Shane Sisk, Paul Waddle, Billy Pender, Patrick Moseley, Toby Bearden and Joe Hester. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Clemons, Dave Hipps, Paul Riley and Tightwad.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nettleton Church of Christ, P.O. Box 97, Nettleton, MS 38858 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

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