Viola Harriett Robbins Hawker, 90, went home to be with the Lord on July 22, 2013. She was born in Detroit, Mich., on June 28, 1923, and moved to Tupelo in 1986 to be with her daughter and grandchildren. Viola was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was her greatest joy and her life’s work.
Viola grew up during the Great Depression, which molded her into a strong and resourceful woman. During WWII, Viola began a correspondence courtship with a young soldier serving in the Pacific Theater, Sgt. DeMar Hawker. After the war ended, Viola and DeMar married. DeMar departed this life 41 years ago, but Viola never stopped missing him and wore her wedding ring until the day she passed away.
Viola’s favorite times were those spent at her Northern Michigan cabin. Every summer her family traveled to the cabin to enjoy the cool summer, the quiet woods and beautiful beaches of Lake Huron. She made her last trip north three years ago, but she continued to enjoy traveling to Tennessee and the Mississippi Gulf Coast to visit grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Viola was a member of Lawndale Presbyterian Church, the All American Garden Club and had enjoyed traveling with the First Baptist Church -Tupelo Senior group.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, Floyd and Edith Kring Robbins; two beloved sisters; and most of her friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Hawker Teasley (Rich) of Tupelo; her grandchildren, Breanna Rockstad Kincaid (Christopher) of Silver Point, Tenn., and Trevor Rockstad of Gulfport; and her great-grandchildren, Micah and Quinn Rose Kincaid. Her dear friends and caregivers, Bernice Caldwell and Dorothy Gillard, also survive her.
A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in Tupelo Memorial Park with the Rev. Bill Bradford officiating, followed by a Celebration of Life visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lawndale Presbyterian Church, in the
Lesley Chapel at 1500 Lawndale Drive, Tupelo.
Memorials may be sent to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803. Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
BECKER – Doris Cox, 70, died on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at her residence. Born on March 4, 1943, in Missouri, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Mary Brown Flanagan. She married Mickey Ray Cox on May 3, 1961. Returning to Amory in 1976 from the Gulf Coast, she worked as a seamstress in the local garment and furniture industries. She was Southern Baptist. Family-oriented, sensitive and having a big heart, her life revolved around her husband, children and grandchildren. She enjoyed dancing with her husband, her animals, being outdoors hunting, fishing and camping, listening to country oldies, and supporting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Mickey Ray Cox of Becker; sons, Rickey Cox and Stevie Cox (Sharon) of Becker; sister-in-law, Jo Ann Haines of Memphis; grandchildren, Bridgett Cox, Allen Davis, Clayton Davis and Brandon Cox of Becker; great-granddaughter, Georgia Lynn Davis of Caledonia; and special friend, Martha Jo, of Tupelo.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Ora Cox.
A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, July 23, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Camp officiating. Burial will follow in Young Memorial Garden.
Pallbearers will be Allen Davis, Clayton Davis, Rick West Jr., Rick West Sr., Rodney Young and Tim Holcomb. Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Fears, Ned Gann and B.J. Copeland.
Memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Charlie Bright Jr.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Charles E. “Charlie” Bright Jr., 82, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013. He was born Sept. 24, 1930, in Vanndale, Ark., to Charles E. Bright Sr. and Allie Mae Orman Bright. He moved to Little Rock in the mid-1950s.
He was a retired employee of the 3M Company. He was a Scimitar Shriner for more than 50 years, a member of the Clown Unit and affectionately known as “Pops.” During those 50 years he participated in parades and circuses throughout the country. Along with the Shrine, he was a 32nd degree Mason, Pulaski Heights Blue Lodge 673, Royal Order of Jesters Court 12 and an avid Razorback football fan.
He is survived by his best friend for 19 years, Mary Lou Cordell of Jacksonville, Ark.; daughters, Amber White (Johnny) of League City, Texas, and Brenda Dhooge (DJ) of Surprise, Ariz.; one brother, Bill Bright (Judy) of Conway, Ark.; two grandsons, Jacobs Overbey Clemons of Norfolk, Va., and Charles Everett Clemons of Kemah, Texas; niece, Terri Kern (Mike) of Chesterfield, Mo.; nephew, Ben Bright (Amanda) of Conway, Ark.; three great-nieces, Mary Claire Bright and Caroline Bright of Conway, Ark., and Hannah Heiges of Chesterfield, Mo.; and one great-nephew, Max Heiges of Chesterfield, Mo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 23, at Little Rock Funeral Home in Little Rock, Ark. Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Vanndale Cemetery in Vanndale, Ark.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. today.
Memorial gifts may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
EL DORADO, Ark. – Doyle Roland James, 83, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana, Texas. He was born Feb. 13, 1930, in Calhoun County to John Jackson James and Carrie Addice Murphree James. He was a former owner of Union Tire Company. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Joyce City Baptist Church and a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mitchell James of El Dorado, Ark.; one daughter, Phyllis James Day of Watson, La.; one sister, Faye Taylor of Memphis; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis James, and his parents.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in Vardaman. The Rev. Benny Hill and the Rev. Bob Hill will officiate. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Cemetery at Vardaman. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun
City is in charge of arrangements.
A memorial service will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Beth and Paul Burns’ home at 619 E. 5th St. in El Dorado.
Pallbearers in Calhoun City will be Packy Lawrence, Michael Driggers, Phil Taylor, Steve Bryant, Adam Taylor and Marshall Hill. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Taylor and Frank Tolley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to be made to Dennis James Memorial Scholarship, c/o South Arkansas Arts Center, 110 East 5th St., El Dorado, AR 71730.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Zena Mae Pannell Ketchum, 73, died Sunday, July 21, 2013 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 1, 1939, to Edd and Gertrude Turner Pannell. She was a member of Community Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Community Baptist Church with Bro. Tim Latch officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Freddie G. Ketchum of Ripley; three daughters, Tammy Martin (Timmy), Kim Grant (Donnie) and Wendy Grant (Wade), all of Ripley; two sons, David Keenum of Corinth and Jason Ketchum (Nicole) of Ripley; three sisters, Mevoline Tennison, Stella Lowry and Jamie Benefield; five brothers, Junior, Jerry, Terry, Jody and Johnny Pannell; and 10 grandchildren, Amanda Faulkner, Bethany Grant, Brandon Grant, Kaitlyn Martin, Carter Martin, Donovan Grant, Hannah Grant, Danielle Grant, Mason Ketchum and Dawson Ketchum.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Christine Gates, Bobbie Clark and Debbie Pannell; and two brothers, Jess and Buddy Pannell.
Pallbearers will be Tony, Kenny and Mark Pannell, Bryan and Allen Estes, and Brandon Grant. Honorary pallbearers will be Carter Martin, Donovan Grant, and Mason and Dawson Ketchum.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Community Baptist Church.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Sarah C. Harris, 99, died Monday, July 22, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home Inc.
MICHIGAN CITY – Juanita Bogard, 71, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Samuel Chapel M.B. Church at Ashland. 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 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Wednesday at the church.
Clyde Smith Sr.
BOONEVILLE – Clyde Virgle Smith Sr., 76, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Memphis V.A. Medical Center. He was born Aug. 28, 1936, in Memphis to Frank Smith and Creldia Lawrence Smith. He was a Baptist, and he was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was a warehouse supervisor at Wyeth Labs in Memphis and later a salesman for the National Training Service.
Services were at 1:15 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Travis Smith officiating. Burial with military honors was in Prentiss Memorial Garden.
He is survived by two sons, Johnnie Smith (Sandi) of Albuquerque, N.M., and Clyde Virgil Smith Jr.; a daughter, Teresa Smith of Booneville; two sisters, Frances Smith Maynard of Memphis and Wanda Smith Timmons (Chuck) of Kansas City, Mo.; three grandchildren, LeAnn Major (Vance), Shane Smith (Jennifer), and Shanda Smith; and one great-grandchild, Erin Marie Major.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Smith, on March 10, 1995; his infant twin brother, Clarence Franklin Smith; two other brothers, Lawrence G. Smith and Charlie G. Smith; and six sisters, Lenora Lakey, Vanolar Gayhart, Nawneeder Edwards, Lucille Linke, Janett Jones and Linda Smith.
NEW ALBANY – W.T. Richardson, 94, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 2, 1919, in Ingomar to the late Thomas Walter and Mary Elizabeth Wray Richardson. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at United Funeral Service, followed by a private family service. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery in Union County. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Mary Ruth Victory
NEW ALBANY – Mary Ruth Smith Victory, 75, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Nov. 18, 1937, in Jackson, Tenn., to Lamar Lowery and Mary Mercer Smith. She was a retired controller for Red Ball Motor Freight and the owner of Show Your Faith Arts and Crafts. She enjoyed sewing and crafting, loved her Bible study and playing the piano, and loved her pets. She attended the First United Methodist Church of New Albany.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 24, at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Barry Male officiating. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery in Blue Mountain. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Max Victory (Gail) of New Albany and Roy Victory (Nancy) of Myrtle; and four grandchildren, Angela Victory of New Albany, Mary Kathleen Victory, Max Wayne Victory III (Tonya) and Lamar Victory Jr., all of Myrtle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Max Wayne Victory Sr.; one daughter-in-law, Gina Kutzman Victory; and three brothers, Ralph, Hayes and Clifford Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – Martha Louise Prather Howell, 63, died Saturday, July 20, 2013, at her residence. She was born Sept. 18, 1949, in Union County to Arthur and Elsie Porterfield Prather. She was a co-owner of Howell Plumbing for 25 years and a nurse for North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She enjoyed reading, traveling and taking care of her grandkids.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at United Funeral Service. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, James Dugger Howell; one daughter, Julie Denise McCullough (Brian) of Florida; four sons, Robert Wayne Howell (Fennie) of Los Angeles, Paul Edgar Howell (Christi) of Tupelo, Michael James Howell (Patricia) of Tupelo and Adam Joshua Howell (Shelly) of New Albany; two sisters, Rosie Prather and Betty Prather, both of New Albany; three brothers, Bobby Prather of New Albany, Melvin Prather of New Albany and Ray Prather of Oklahoma; and nine grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Geneva Hale; and three brothers, Amos, Gene and Jamie Prather.
Pallbearers will be Robert Howell, Paul Howell, Michael Howell, Adam Howell, Mitch Howell, Jeff Fulgham and Brian McCullough.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
GOLDEN – Eugene Bohannon, 84, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at his residence. He was born Aug. 27, 1928, in Franklin County, Ala. He was a logger and a member of Landmark Baptist Church at Tishomingo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Landmark Baptist Church with Bro. Hal Holt officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Inner Jean Bohannon; one son, Randy Bohannon (Rhonda); four daughters, Kathy Wilemon, Patsy Kelton, Brenda Deaton (Donald) and Barbara Lindley (Tim); two sisters, Maxine Rea and Betty Jo Oliver; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Bohannon; his parents, Elick and Sarah Bohannon; two brothers, four sisters; and two sons-in-law, Bobby Joe Wilemon and Larry George.
Pallbearers will be Greg Lindley, Chris Lindley, Jonathan George, Brent Barker, Chris Massey and Steven Clements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Landmark Baptist Church and continue until service time on Wednesday.
CORINTH – Leroy Bates died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Longwood Living Center in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
CORINTH – Shirley Rowsey, 50, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
CORINTH – Nathanial Prather, 92, died Monday, July 22, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
ASHLAND – Velma Breedlove Crowley, 81, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at Alabaster Health Care in Alabaster, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home of Somerville, Tenn.
GUNTOWN – J.W. Shumpert died Sunday, July 21, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Michael E. Meldrum
SHANNON – Michael E. Meldrum, 73, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 5, 1939. He was the last known member of his family to survive.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Third Floor Chapel of North Mississippi Medical Center with Chaplain Bret McKee officiating with reflections by Karen Mathis. The NMMC Honor Guard will provide a salute.
His last family were his caregivers at NMMC, who have chosen to honor his life today. Holland Funeral Directors/Cremations is entrusted with final arrangements. Burial will be private.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRAIRIE – Mary L. Thompson, 66, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Clay County Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
TUPELO – Mattie Harris Wallace, 71, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at her home. She was a retired employee of Tupelo Manor and a member of Rising Star M.B. Church. She was a loving and caring person who enjoyed cooking and collecting dolls and clowns.
A service honoring her life will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at 1:30, at Rising Star M.B. Church with the Rev. Melvin Lewis officiating and Bishop Clarence Parks delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one sister, Helen Harris Traylor; nieces, Ilene Shumpert and Linda Richardson, all of Tupelo, Janice Davis (Corey) Butler of Nashville, Tenn., Carolyn Traylor Jamison of Memphis, Bonita Harris Whitfield of Nashville,
Deborah Traylor of Tupelo; nephews, George Preston Traylor of Tupelo, Tommy (Faye) Harris of California, Vester Harris and Patrick (Loretta) Harris, all of Tupelo; her special cousin, Taylor B. Harris of Wisconsin; and other cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ella Harris and Ed Barnes, and two sisters, Selena Harris and Mary Ella Lee.
Viewing will be from 5 until 7 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter’s Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service on Wednesday.
Online condolence can be made to the Harris/Wallace family at www.grayson-porters.com.