Obituaries July 27, 2009

Sharon Coleman
OXFORD – Sharon Ann Coleman, 66, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Oxford or the Oxford Public Library in Oxford.

Ovie Wells
AMORY – Ovie Lee Nabors Wells, 90, died Friday, July 24, 2009, at the Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. She was born March 13, 1919, in Monroe County to Arthur and Leona Miller Nabors. She married Hershel Jack Wells in 1935; he died in 2007. She was a homemaker and a member of Christian Chapel Church of Christ. She enjoyed find-a-word puzzles, reading her Bible, and gardening. She was the last member of her immediate family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Marshall Eubanks Jr. and Keith Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Hershel Wells (Judy) and Michael Wells, all of Amory; two daughters, Ellen Phillips (Don) of Amory and Tula Nichols of Hamilton; 10 grandchildren, Vicki Williams, Donna Edwards, Keith Nichols, Chris Camp, Nikkyle Wells, Jaceon Wells, Sonya Poncione, Shawn Camp, Leah King and Shannon Nichols; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 71 years; one daughter, Barbara Wells; one son, Jerry Wayne Wells; one grandson, Jon Wells; one sister, Estell Miller; and one brother, Otis Nabors.
Pallbearers will be Jaceon Wells, Nikkyle Wells, Wade Williams, Shannon Nichols, Chris Camp and Chase Parham. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Edwards, Dylan Edwards and Scotty King.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Irene Tate
AMORY – Effie Irene Gilmore Tate, 66, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Oct. 23, 1942, in Lamar County, Ala., to Murry and Effie Gilmore. She lived in Bigbee most of her lifetime. She married Billy Tate in 1960. She was retired from Red Kap and she attended Bigbee Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to yard sales, fishing, working puzzle books, working and watching Wheel of Fortune.
Services will be 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Tate of Amory; two sons, Billy Joe Tate and Richard Tate, both of Amory; two brothers, Pat Gilmore of Peaceful Valley and Odene Gilmore of Aberdeen; two grandchildren, Pam Tate and April Tate Swan; and two great-grandchildren, Audrianna and Cooper Swan.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Larry Tate; and one sister, Betty Reynolds.
Pallbearers will be Jason Clements, Jeffrey Tate, Kyle Taylor, Nathan Ray, Shawn Ray and Nikki Clements.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Julia Smith
BOONEVILLE – Julia Smith, 62, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis. She was disabled from Quartet Mfg. and attended Oak Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Cagle and Bro. Jason Pilcher officiating. Burial will follow in Memory Hill Garden in Memphis.
Survivors include her husband, Fred Smith; two daughters, Barbara (Reed) Sparks and Mug (Jerry Ray) Henderson, both of Booneville; one son, Michael (Jill) Garcia of Olive Branch; one stepdaughter, Carol Koon of Boon; one sister, Marguerite Roe of Olive Branch; nine grandchildren, Austin Garcia, Sydney Garcia, Tony Sparks, Christopher Sparks, Trace Sparks, Dakota Sparks, Autumn Henderson, Joseph Henderson and Blaze Koon; one niece, Kimberly Ann Gunter of Olive Branch.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Doris Short.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at McMillan Funeral Home.

Opal Cruse McCoy
PONTOTOC – Opal Cruse McCoy, 82, died peacefully July 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc after an extended illness. She was born Feb. 16, 1927, to Fred and Prudell Owen Cruse of Pontotoc County. She was married to Lamar “Nub” McCoy on Aug. 1, 1947. She worked for Riviera Clothing Factory for several years and McCoy Meat Processing with her husband for many years. The highlight and greatest occupation of her life was caring for her grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking and having her family present. She was a member of Fairview Methodist Church.
Services will be Monday at 2 p.m. with Bro. Tom Sheffield officiating and the Rev. Ginger Holland assisting. Burial will be in Cruse Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Kay Nowlin (Larry), Debbie Corder (Stanley) and Becky Kidd (David), all of Pontotoc; one son, Jerry McCoy (Judy) of Pontotoc; two sisters, Neva Nash of San Diego, Calif., and Freddie Walker of Tupelo; one brother, James Cruse (Alice) of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren, Mitch McCoy (Kyla), Todd Nowlin (Amber), Evan Corder, Leslie Holladay (Jake), Jacob Kidd, Caleb Kidd, Scott Cummings (Becki), Kym Daniel (Brady) and Julie Norris; great-grandchildren, Makenna, Breanna, Brayden, Deuce, Elijah, Rossi Kate, Connor, Laken, Taylor, Abigail, Hayden, Heston and Hayes; two sisters-in-law, Yuvone Cruse of Pontotoc and Sylvia Cruse of Tupelo. She is preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Marie Huey, Helen Cruse and Carolyn Thomas; four brothers, Eugene “Fuzzy” Cruse, Raymond Owen “Buddy” Cruse, Samuel Boyd Cruse and an infant; three brothers-in-law, Wilder Huey, Robert L. Nash and Lamar Walker; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Cruse and Bobbie Cruse.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren, Mitch McCoy, Todd Nowlin, Jacob Kidd, Caleb Kidd, Evan Corder, Jake Holladay, Scott Cummings and Brady Daniel.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. service time today.

Charles Clark
FULTON – Charles “Chuck” Clark, 60, died Tuesday, July 21, 2009. He was born Jan. 12, 1949, in Gary, Ind., to Charles and Janine Lewendoski Clark. He worked and retired from Inland Steel as a coil inspector. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. An avid reader, he also loved fishing, wildlife and the outdoors.
Services were held Saturday, July 25, at Rees Funeral Home in Hobart, Ind., with Pastor Phil Humber and Pastor Christopher Clancy officiating. Burial was at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville.
He is survived by his wife, Diane Burkhart of Fulton; a son, Timothy (Tina) Deskins; two daughters, Carolyn (Christopher) Clancy of Columbus Ind., and Janine (Kurt) Harmon of Merrillville, Ind.; two stepchildren, Stacy (Mike) Newlin and Jeff Peek, both of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Cory, Brandon, Emily, Benjamin, Tyler, Hayden and Garrett; one brother David (Jackie) Clark of Cedar Lake, Ind.; three sisters, Nita (Kim) Sefton of Sterling, Ill., Susan (David) Thiele of Merrillville, Ind., and Nancy (Dan) Wentworth of Wisconsin.
Nine years ago Chuck under went a successful kidney transplant which was made possible through his wife, Diane’s, kidney donation as well as the skills of the medical staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In relation to his struggles with his autoimmune disease, the family would appreciate memorial donations to be made to the Kidney Foundation at Northwestern University Kidney Transplant Center in lieu of flowers.
To access the website, visit www.reesfuneralhomes.com.

Mary Martin
MEMPHIS – Mary Jewell Willis Martin, 77, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at Baptist Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Corinthian Funeral Home in Corinth with Bro. Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Audrey E. Horton
MEMPHIS – Audrey E. Horton, 57, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at Signature Healthcare at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Mary D. Wise
EUPORA – Mary D. Wise, 84, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Eupora. Burial will be in the Eupora City Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dayne Wilbanks
RIPLEY – Funeral arrangements for Gerald Dayne Wilbanks, 58, formerly of Starkville, are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Derrel Priddy
TUPELO – Derrel “Buster” Priddy, 69, went to be with his Lord and Savior early Saturday morning July 25, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer at his home in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 11, 1939, in Lee County to the late Myrtle Allen and John K. Priddy. He married the love of his life, Sylvia Ann Guntharp, on Jan. 30, 1960, and was anticipating their 50th wedding anniversary. He was a route salesman at Cockrell Banana Company for 50 years. He enjoyed his work and his customers were his second family. He was a charter member of West Jackson Street Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a youth Sunday School teacher. Buster loved sports and played on a minor league baseball team as a young man. He coached many summer league teams for his own children and was an avid Ole Miss fan. He enjoyed going to baseball games and to the “Grove.” Buster followed his grandchildren all over the country as they participated in church, school and sports activities. He was proud to know they all knew the Lord. Another delight of his life was his great-grandson, Cole.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, July 27, 2009, from West Jackson Street Baptist Church with the Bro. Bert Harper officiating, assisted by Bro. Nathan Harper. The body will lie at the church from 11 a.m. until service time. Burial will follow in Andrews Chapel Cemetery in the Richmond community. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sylvia Guntharp Priddy of Tupelo; one daughter, Debbie Leech (Michael) of Amory; one son, David Priddy of Memphis; three grandchildren, Joshua Priddy, Zachary Leech and Whitney Fisher (Michael); one great-grandson, Cole Fisher; five sisters, Pauline Norton (Charles) of McMinnville, Tenn., Flo Martin of Tupelo, Elaine West of Vernona, Martha Sanders of Hernando and Mary Jo Pannell of Tupelo. He was preceded in death by his sister, Geraldine Carr, and two brothers, John Allen Priddy, and Jimmy Priddy.
Pallbearers will be Micah Harper, Micah Moody, Austin Davis, Cole Davis, Steven Sloan, Kevin Byars and Doc Robbins.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Boys Youth Sunday School Class at West Jackson Street Baptist Church, where he taught, and fellow employees at Cockrell Banana Company.
Memorials may be made to West Jackson Street Baptist Church Building Fund , 1349 W. Jackson St., Tupelo, MS 38801.

Daniel Clardy Sr.
GUNTOWN – Daniel Gene Clardy Sr., 50, died Saturday, July 25, 2009, at his home after a long illness. He was born May 20, 1959, in Waukegan, Ill., to Carroll Eugene and Lucile Harkness Clardy. He had lived in the Saltillo-Guntown area for about 11 years. He was an employee of The McCarty Company Construction Group Inc. of Tupelo. He was a member of The Northstar Church in Saltillo. An avid conversationalist, he also loved fishing and hunting.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors. The Rev. Terry Ledbetter and the Rev. Jeff Flinn will officiate. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time.
Survivors are Tyra Clardy of Saltillo; Daniel Gene Clardy Jr., his wife, Fran, and their children, Lylla Clardy and Griffin Clardy, of Tupelo; Carroll Eugene Clardy and Shelby Smith of Guntown, Lucile Clardy of Guntown, Daine Harris (James) of Saltillo, Donny Clardy (Amy) of Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., and David Clardy (Tracie) of Guntown.

Kathrin Oxner
CORINTH – Kathrin Oxner, 83, died Sunday, July 26, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Tuesday at the church.

Enothy Wilson
HOUSTON – Enothy Wilson died Saturday, July 25, 2009, in Desoto County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.

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