Obituaries July 27, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Edna B. West
AMORY – Edna B. West, 83, died Monday, July 26, 2010, at River Place Nursing Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jackie Lawson
BOONEVILLE – Jackie Lawson, 61 died Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a Baptist.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. William Copeland and Bro. Danny Stites officiating. Burial will follow in the Mormon Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Nita Lawson; one son, Danny Lawson (Brenda); two grandchildren, Breanna Lawson and Ashley Lawson, all of Booneville; six sisters, Janet Bishop of Baldwyn, Bobbie Faye Thomas of Booneville, Evelyn Prentiss of Booneville, Margaret Hayes (Munsie) of Tupelo, Shelia Morrison (Earl) of Corinth and Nancy Lawson of Booneville; five brothers, Billy Park Lawson, L.P. Lawson (Mary) and Eugene (Ann), all of Booneville, Joe Lawson (Louise) of Gala, Va., and Glenn Lawson (Shelia) of Vina, Ala.; a special brother-in-law, Bill Cole of Rienzi; and a special friend and half sister, Emma Grove of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vance I. and Rosie Pearl Dodds Lawson; and a sister, Peggy Cole.
Pallbearers will be Shane Burcham, Jeremy Lawson, Richard Thorne, Kevin Aldridge, Josh Lawson and Jon Senter.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Maxine Miller Harris
TUPELO – Maxine Miller Harris, 85, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Prentiss County native, she was born Nov. 29, 1924, to Earl and Lorena Ryan Ray. She worked many years as a fashion coordinator in ladies apparel for several Tupelo stores. She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxillary and the Disabled American Veterans Ladies Auxillary. She enjoyed collecting antiques. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she taught a ladies Sunday School class.
Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bert Harper officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss County Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Robert Harris of Tupelo; two sons, Charles R. Miller (Pat) of Tupelo and Mike Miller (Donna) of Maumelle, Ark.; four grandchildren, Mary Pat Palmer, Jenny Filgo and Charlie Miller Jr. (Mande), all of Tupelo, and Michael Miller Jr (Paula) of Kingwood, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Hayden Palmer, Weston Filgo, Charlie Miller III, Olivia Jane Miller and Alexandria Iris Miller; one sister-in-law, Pattie Sue Pettigrew; and her caregiver, Helen Banks of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Charlie G. Miller; and her brother, Eugene Ray.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Miller Jr., Michael Miller Jr., Charlie Miller III, Hayden Palmer, Weston Filgo, Ronnie Parker and Austin Marshall.
Visitation will be noon until service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

T.O. Martin
SPARTA – Thomas Odie “T.O.” Martin, 90, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1920, in Chickasaw County to Odie Martin and Tessie Vaughn Martin. He was a retired farmer and businessman. He served as Chickasaw County circuit clerk for eight years. He was a supervisor for eight years and a deputy clerk for many years. He was a member of Arbor Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Baptist Association. He was a Mason and a member of the school board.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Arbor Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Jonathan Childress and Bro. Mike Mathena officiating. Burial will be in Arbor Grove Cemetery. Southern Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Ruth Moore Martin; two sons, Barry Martin and Terry Martin, both of Sparta; one brother, Leon Martin of Houston; two sisters, Nadine Lantrip of Sparta and Mary Francis Pedigo of El Dorado, Ark.; a special nephew, Mike Kopp of Houlka; many nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Cassandra Vance.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his siblings, Bill Martin, Phillip Martin, Nellie Sue Bumpus, Robert Lee Martin and Willie Mae Martin.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Dale Whitt, Sammy Lovvorn, Scottie Martin, Mike Kopp, Danny Lantrip and Bobby Price.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
To sign the online registry, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

James Shumpert
NEW ALBANY – James Roy Shumpert, 56, died Monday, July 26, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Jon Wallace
DUMAS – Jonathan Wade “Jon” Wallace, 21, died Saturday, July 24, 2010, as a result of a motorcycle accident. He was an employee of Albany Industries in New Albany. He was a member of the Wesley Congregational Methodist Church. He enjoyed riding horses, hunting and fishing. Most of all, he loved spending time with his son, Ryder.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Jim Hancock officiating and Dr. Patrick Chapman assisting. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cortney Lynn Murry Wallace of Dumas; his son, Jon Ryder Wallace of Dumas; his father, Charles Wade Wallace of Dumas; his mother, Christi Chapman Tatum of Falkner; five sisters, Ashley Wallis (Bruce) of Dry Creek, Kassi Tatum of Ripley, and Anna Chapman, Catherine Ann McCoy and Cede Tatum, all of Falkner; his grandparents, Charles and Nellie Wallace of Dumas and Brenda Chapman Downs (Sammy) of Ripley; and his great-grandmothers, Lois Wallace of Dumas and Christine Chapman of Ripley; a special aunt, Brenda Wallace of Dumas; three uncles, Rodney, Patrick and Jason Chapman, all of Ripley; two nieces, Kyler and Kacyn Curry of Tupelo; two nephews, Whit Wallis of Dry Creek and Kobi Curry of Tupelo; his father-in-law, Marty Murry of Ripley; his mother-in-law, Jenny Murry of Saltillo; one brother-in-law, Justin Curry of Tupelo; and one sister-in-law, Erica Cottongin of Saltillo.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, C.H. Chapman; and his great-grandfathers, Euclid Wallace and Mig Chapman.
Pallbearers will be Nick McCollum, Cody Wayne Bryant, Chris Bodkin, Keith Ray, Brandon Mize, Logan Barnes, Ethan Hatcher and Daniel “Dan” Cissom.
Honorary pallbearers will be Justin Curry, Michael Sudduth, Ben Johnson, Bruce Wallis II, Adam Roberts, Ryan Stroupe and Kobi Curry.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today.
To sign the online guestbook, visit mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Richard L. Nichols
FULTON – Richard L. Nichols, 80, died Sunday, July 25, 2010. He was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Prentiss County to Henry and Jewel Barnes Nichols. He was a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. A businessman for 50 years, he was the owner of Nichols Tire Store, Nichols Grocery and Nichols Restaurant. He also was co-owner of Rebel Motors and a foreman for MDOT in Itawamba County for eight years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Dwight Faulkenberg, Bro. Phillip Holley and Bro. Mike Haynes officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky Nichols (Janice) and Macky Nichols (Patricia), both of Fulton; grandchildren, Scotty Nichols (Casey), Taylor Nichols, Jay Nichols and Courtney Nichols; one great-grandson, Ian Nichols; three sisters, Clynese Allred of Fulton, Linda Pitts and Brenda Burcham, both of Tupelo; six brothers, Waldo, David, Jerry, R.B. and Gary Nichols, all of Fulton, and Calvin Nichols of Mantachie.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Oleta Nichols; his parents; and a sister, Elese Senter.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Wood, John Felix Robertson, Brent Timms, Jordan Kent, Chaney Kennedy and Austin Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.

Middleton Ray
FULTON – Middleton “Shack” Ray, 78, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 19, 1932, in Detroit, Ala., to George and Vernie Johnson Ray. He worked for American Motors and F.L. Crane before working several years at Day-Brite, where he retired. He was a member of the Tilden Church of Christ. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean conflict. He enjoyed farming and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Minister David Paden officiating. Burial will be in the Tilden Community Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Randy M. Ray; one daughter, Becky Dulaney (Donnie); two granddaughters, Lydia Dulaney and Laine Dulaney; and one great-grandson, Colton Lewis, all of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Loise Jean Ray, who died April 15, 2010; two granddaughters, Laticia Dulaney and Maranda Ray Little; a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Ray; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Dennis “Pab” Lewis, Tanner Lewis, H. A. Spencer, Ray Tutor, Joe Underwood and Mike Wiygul.

Gordon Morgan
CORINTH – Gordon Eugene Morgan, 86, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Baptist East Hospital in Memphis. He was a member of the New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy veteran, 32nd degree Mason and a truck driver.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Jesse Hisaw officiating. Burial will be in the Forked Oak Cemetery. Visitation will until service time at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Morgan, and one brother, Bill Morgan of Booneville.
He is preceded in death by his first wife, Reba McNiel Morgan; five sisters, Nona Lindsey, Clara Faye Eaton, Chessie Prentiss, Bessie Vinson and Florence Hisaw; five brothers, Woodrow Morgan, James Morgan, Shelby Morgan and Raymond Morgan and Elmer Morgan.
Pallbearers will be Stan Wright, Eugene Barnes, K’Boy Lauderdale, J.D. Moreland, Bobby Goddard and Tommy Massey.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Betty F. Gentry
RIPLEY – Betty Frances Gentry, 79, died Monday, July 26, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.

Louise Moore
BOONEVILLE – Louise Floyd Moore, 90, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.

Larry E. Harrison
EUPORA – Larry E. Harrison, 57, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at his home in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Sapa Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bobby N. Windham
BOONEVILLE – Bobby N. Windham, 78, died Monday, July 26, 2010, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Dr. Sara W. Smelcer
WEST POINT – Dr. Sara Kathryn Wood Smelcer, 60, died Monday, July 26, 2010. Born July 15, 1950, in Amory, she felt the call to help others at an early age. After graduating from Mississippi University for Women, she attended the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. She dedicated her life to emergency surgery, touching the lives of many with her passion for healing. She was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.
She is survived by her son, Samuel Smelcer of Ashland; a sister Shirley Rosenkrans (Ben) of West Point; and a brother, Charles Wood (Lanelle) of Hoover, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her son, James Michael Smelcer, and her parents, Fay and D.C. Wood.
Pallbearers will be Adam Ray, Dan Maxwell, John McBryde, Bob Rosenkrans, Irvin Morgan and Dr. Bill Billington.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 8217, Jackson, MS 39284-8217; or to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 192, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Lexell B. Ward
RIPLEY – Lexell Beatrice Ormon Ward, 88, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at her home. She was born Sept. 11, 1921, in Benton County to Arthur Ormon and Nora Davis Ormon. She worked for the Benton County Soil Conservation Office for four years. She and her sister, Jayme Stuart, went to Washington during World War II and worked as secretaries for the War Department. On Nov. 8, 1947, she married Lemuel Ward. They owned and operated P.A. Ward’s Store for over 40 years. She was a member of the Beech Hill Church of Christ.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister King McCarver officiating. Burial will be in Beech Hill Christ of Christ Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Drusan Hood of Ripley; one grandson, Jed Hood (Kelli) of Iuka; two brother-in-laws, Carlin Stuart and Gene Ward; special caregivers, Dorothy Bails, Johnnie Garrett, Wendy McKenzie and Renee Gillard.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lemuel Ward; her parents; one sister, Jayme Stuart; and one brother, Hillman Ormon.
Honorary pallbearers will be Don Ward, Stan Ward, Harry Ward, Dwight Ward, Greg Ward, Steve Ward, Mitch Ward, David Ward and Carlin Stuart.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Beech Hill Missions Fund or Youth Group Fund at Beech Hill Church of Christ, P.O. Box 37, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view obituaries and sign the guest book online, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Willie B. Broyles
PRAIRIE – Willie B. Broyles died Monday, July 26, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Joan Wallin
CORINTH – Joan Cole Wallin, 72, died Saturday, July 24, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in the Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery.

Gene A. Wilbanks
CORINTH – Gene A. Wilbanks, 74, died Sunday, July 25, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Leave online condolences at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Marlin Crum
RIPLEY – James Marlin Crum died Monday, July 26, 2010, at his home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Audry Reeder
PONTOTOC – Audry Reeder, 89, died Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a housewife and a charter member of Harmony Baptist Church. A loving mother and grandmother, she loved her flowers, birds and taking care of God’s creation.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Bro. Joe Herndon will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Noel Reeder; two daughters, Nancy Thomason (Winston) of Sevierville, Tenn., and Sarah Bell (Ricky) of Byhalia; three sons, Kenneth Ball (Sue) of Pontotoc, G.W. Ball (Linda) of Austin, Texas, and Martin Ball (Lisa) of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren;
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Ball; her parents, Fountain E. and Fannie Pitts; two sisters, Pauline Welch and Lola Wages; two brothers, Grover Hugh Pitts and Fountain E. Pitts Jr.
Pallbearers will be Don Thomason, Jeffrey Thomason, Joshua Thomason, Tim Ball, Jacob Ball and Ryan Yarbrough. Blake Wheatley will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.

Olin S. Holcomb Jr.
OXFORD – Olin S. Holcomb Jr., 87, died Monday, July 26, 2010, at his home in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Clear Creek Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Clear Creek Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.