Obituaries July 27, 2013

Glen Hill

KEOWNVILLE – David Glen Hill, 80, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013. He was born in Union County to Virgil Eugene and Maude Foremen Hill. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1953 to 1961. He was an avid farmer, a loving father and PawPaw, and a loyal friend. He enjoyed hunting, feeding the fish, driving around and playing jokes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at United Funeral Service with Bro. Don Wilson officiating. Burial will be at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

He is survived by three daughters, Brenda Gowdy (Paul) of Ripley, Patricia Lawless (Vernon) of Richmond Hill, Ga., and Beverly Harrell (Glenn) of Prairieville, La.; one brother, Norman Hill of New Albany; nine grandchildren, Michelle Haltom, Kevin Mauney, Trisha Guieterrez, Michael Gowdy, Sharon Graves, Russell Lawless, Kaylee Lawless, Victoria Wleczyk and Kathy Youngblood; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Gadd Hill; his parents; and six brothers, Noel, Earl, Floy, Jamie, Paul and Roy Hill.
Pallbearers will be Russell Lawless, Steve Gadd, Tim Rowland, Arthur Tate, Terry Hill, Richard Hill, Wayne Ligon, Steve Robbins, Larry Hill and Kenny Hill. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Hill, Bill Townsend, Rick Melson and Alvie Isaac.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today.

In honor of Mr. Hill’s service to his county, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.

Memorial donations may be made to Northeast Union Rural Fire Department, 1016 CR 331, New Albany, MS 38652.

Evelyn Harris
SOUTHAVEN – Evelyn Doris Harris, 90, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Golden Living Nursing Home in Southaven.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Louise Hickman
RICHMOND, Va. – Louise Odom Hickman, 92, died Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital in Richmond, Va. She was born June 20, 1921, to Arthur Odom and Rena Harris Odom in Townley, Ala. She lived most of her life in Aberdeen before moving to Richmond, Va., where she lived the past 17 years. She retired as co-owner of Hickman’s Grocery Store in Aberdeen. She enjoyed fishing and gardening. Her gardening efforts were rewarded as she and her husband received the “Yard of the Month Award” in Aberdeen. While in Aberdeen, she was a member of the First Pentecostal Church, where she served on the Board of Directors and as a Sunday School teacher. She was active in other church and civic activities and as a result of her work with youth at the Aberdeen church, the youth building was named “The Louise Hickman Educational Building” in her honor. While living in Richmond, she came to be a devoted and well-loved member of the Life Church, where she began a Senior Citizen’s Support Group.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Clarence “Buddy” Thompson, Bro. Ricky Bowen and Bro. Akil Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Gloria Jean Hicks of Richmond, Va., Audrey Harolyn Hatley of Tupelo and Sandra Louise Weeks of Brandon; one son, Clarence O’Kelly Hickman (Mary Anne) of Oxford; one sister, Mae Blair of Phoenix, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Tommy Hicks, Lynn Hicks, Angela Ackerman, Keith Reeves, Michelle Bowman, Scott Fulghum and Christopher Hickman; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clarence O’Dell Hickman; one grandchild, Michael David Reeves; and one brother, George Harrell Odom.

Visitation will be from 1 until 3 p.m. Sunday and from 12:30 p.m. until service time Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Ruby Dickens
SHANNON – Ruby Dickens, 90, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 23, 1922, in Sledge to John and Wilma Watson. She lived for many years in Indiana where she worked for Sullair Corporation until her retirement. She then returned to Shannon where she enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening, sewing and fishing. She was the widow of Vernon Dickens, to whom she was married for more than 30 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Larry Dunlap officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her daughters, Minnie Ruth Savage of Shannon and Mary Ann Seely; two brothers, David Watson of Baldwyn and John Watson of Saltillo; five grandchildren, Vickie Phillips Weaver (Jerry) of Tupelo, Kathy Scott (J.R.) of North Carolina, Barbara Keith (Tim) of Verona, Randy Tarwater and Shawna Whitman, both of Alabama; eight great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Michael Thurman Savage; two sisters, Sara and Patty Tramel; and a brother, Charles Watson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm. today.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Billy Crossen
NEW ALBANY – Billy Danuel Crossen, 74, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at his residence. He was born June 28, 1939, in Union County to Randolph and Levinia Little Crossen. He was a retired truck driver for KLLM Trucking. He enjoyed fishing and gardening and loved his grandkids.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at United Funeral Service. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. Untied Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by four daughters, Tammy Crossen, Ruth Koon, Dianna Moyer (Tim) and Deanna Province (James); two sons, William Crossen (Ramona) and Danuel Crossen (Serena); one sister, Julie McIntosh (Bob); four brothers, Jerry Crossen (Janet), Wayne Crossen (Dorothy), Tommy Crossen (Debbie) and Jimmy Crossen (Gail); 11 grandchildren; and special friends, Mary Lou DeVries and her parents.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Crossen, one sister, Mary Clemmens; and three brothers, Manuel Crossen, Ronnie Crossen and Charles Crossen.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Crossen, Wayne Crossen, Tommy Crossen, Jimmy Crossen, Ronnie Rutledge and Quitman Hall.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the family.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Johnnie Frank Dickerson
IUKA – Johnnie Frank Dickerson, 70, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Gulfport. He was of the Church of Christ faith. He was a retired senior master sergeant with the U.S. Air Force. While he was in the Air Force, he was a recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal. After his retirement, he worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, traveling, and going to the horse track. He also enjoyed telling jokes, finding great places to eat, and working crossword puzzles.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at Liberty Church of Christ in Michie, Tenn. Malcolm George will officiate. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.

He is survived by one sister, Jo Ann Dickerson of Nashville, Tenn.; two nephews, Stanley Whitehurst (Janet) of Killen, Ala., and Sidney Whitehurst Sr. (Terrie) of Iuka; one niece, Jada Ann Arkovitz of Nashville; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vera and Wade Dickerson; his brother, Robert Oneal Dickerson; and his sister, Virginia Whitehurst.

Pallbearers will be Jake Whitehurst, Sidney Whitehurst Jr., Ronnie Mills, Harold Monjeau, Charlie Moore and Lee Finonson.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. The body will lie in state 30 minutes prior to service time.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Crayton
FULTON – Dorothy Crayton died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Dr. Harvey Snow Jr.
OKOLONA – Services for Dr. Harvey Lee Snow Jr. will be at noon today at Red Bud M.B. Church. Burial will follow in the Snow Cemetery.

Robert Ghoston
AMORY – Robert Lee Ghoston, 86, died on Monday, July 23, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Nov. 21, 1926, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Essie Bell and Hosea Ghoston. He was of the Baptist faith and a member of St. Paul M.B. Church. He completed high school in Aberdeen. He graduated with a B.S. degree from Mississippi Industrial College of Holly Springs and later received his master’s degree from Jackson State University. He did further studies at both Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He was a Master Mason teacher for more than 40 years. He was assistant principal at West Amory School for many years. He coached basketball at Athens, Sulphur Springs and Hamilton. An avid diehard Amory Panthers fan, he enjoyed all sports, and he also liked fishing, hunting and gardening. He loved his church. A family oriented and sensitive man with a big heart, his life revolved around his wife, children and grandchildren.

He is survived by four sons, Russell Lee (Nancy) Ghoston of Buffalo, N.Y., Bobby Ray Ghoston of Amory, Kevin Gene (Edna) Ghoston of Philadelphia and Tony Anthony (Wanda) Ghoston of Memphis; one daughter, Vanessa Ghoston (Howard) Turner of Missouri City, Texas; one sister, Joyce Vasser of Aberdeen; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Connell Ghoston, and one son, David Earl Ghoston.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 29, 2013, at St. Paul M.B. Church with Rev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services on Monday.

Joan Sweat
BELDEN – Joan Diane Sweat, 70, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Memphis after an extended illness. She was born in Chicago on Dec. 3, 1942, to Stillman Joseph VanValkenburg and Lois June Hall VanValkenburg. She married Richard Lee Sweat and they made their home in north Mississippi, coming from Chicago in 1975. She was a homemaker who loved working in her yard and gardening flowers (especially roses). She loved her family, spending time reminiscing about things that made her happy in her earlier years with her late husband. She loved caring for her two dogs and cats. She was of the Catholic faith.

A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 29, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. to service time Monday.

Survivors include her mother, Lois VanValkenburg of Chicago; one son, Randall Wayne Goines of Belden; one daughter, Kimberly Diane Powell (Paul Daniel Luttrell) of Pontotoc; two brothers, Jack VanValkenburg (Anna) of Chicago and Terry VanValkenburg (Debbie) of Edgewater, Fla.; one sister, Victoria Berg (Bob) of Chicago; brother-in-law, Robert “Bobby Joe” Sweat (Shirley) of Chicago; special friends and caregivers, James and Kimberly M. Powell; two grandchildren, Erica June Sweat and Eric Lee Powell of Pontotoc.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her father and one brother, Lawrence VanValkenburg.

Pallbearers will be Jack VanValkenburg, Terry VanValkenburg, James Powell and Eric Lee Powell.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Bessie Rucker
HICKORY FLAT – Bessie Eugene Rucker, 85, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

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

Jean Harkins
PHEBA – Jean Harkins, 73, died Friday, July 26, 2013, at OCH Medical Center in Starkville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

James Smith
BLUE SPRINGS – James “Junior” Smith, 59, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A Pontotoc native, he was born Oct. 22, 1953, to James Alton and Mary Alfie Pritchard Smith. He served as leadman in the furniture industry for 10 years. He enjoyed traveling, cruises and most of all, watching Gunsmoke. He loved his family and cherished time spent with them.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Terry Ethridge and the Rev. Virgil Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Tammy Smith of Endville; two daughters, April McCullough (fiancé, Patrick Pettit) of Pontotoc and Cynthia Butler of Theodore, Ala.; one son, James Nicholas Smith of Mobile, Ala.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters, JoAnne Hager (Johnny) and Kathy Skipper, both of Mobile, Ala., and Debbie Broadus (Glenn) of Theodore, Ala.; one brother, Rickey Smith (Terry) of Theodore, Ala.; his mother, Mary Nichols of Mobile Ala.; his mother-in-law, Ruby Nichols of Endville; a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Smith Sr., and his grandparents.

Pallbearers will be Richard, James and Blake Nichols, Sidney Bonnecarrere, Patrick Pettit, Artie Chapman, Jimmy Williams and Rickey Smith. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Palmer.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Keenum
OAKLAND, Tenn. – Jerry L. Keenum, 64, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was vice president of operations for Coop and Associates.

He is survived by his son, Jerry Keenum (Stormy); his daughter, Christy Keenum; sisters, Janie Sanford (Larry) and Regina Gammell (Ricky); brother, Collins Keenum; and seven grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Elaine Keenum, and brother, Wayne Keenum.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at CrossRoads United Methodist Church in Collierville. Twin Oaks Funeral Home in Southaven is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

Relma Kemp
BLUE SPRINGS – Relma Lockridge Kemp, 102, passed away Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born May 23, 1911, to Calloway and Flurry Lockridge. She was a faithful member of Red Hill M.B. Church, where she was an usher, Sunday School teacher, and a member of the Mother Board and Heroines of Jericho.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Red Hill M.B. Church with Pastor Willie Bogan delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Red Hill Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her daughter, Laveren Kemp; a grandson, Jason Kemp; one granddaughter, Jan Kemp; two great-grandsons, Jason and Jalen Kemp.

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

Michael Shempert
HOULKA – Michael Leo Shempert, 55, died Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at his home in Houlka.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Willis
TUPELO – Sandra Paulette Willis, 70, died Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Amory after an extended illness. She was born May 7, 1943, in McNairy, Tenn., to R.C. and Betty Sue Glidewell Willis. She loved her family and cherished time spent with them. She was a member of Eggville Church of Christ.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 27, at Eggville Church of Christ with Bro. Leon Willis officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Manquita Grossheim (Dwayne) of Killen, Ala., Pristina Haddock (Randal) of Rogersville, Ala., and Shannon Tays (Troy) of Lexington, Ala.; one son, Kenneth E. Cathcart Jr. of Town Creek, Ala.; six grandchildren, Tia (Patrick), Maggie, Colby, Kenny, Garrett and Caycyn (Chris); three stepgrandchildren, Zevin, Hunter and Alexis; five great-grandchildren, Devin, Kateland, Maddie, Kailee and Addison; one brother, Leon Willis (Jean) of the Unity community east of Saltillo; one sister-in-law, Doris, of the Unity community; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Debbie; one brother, Danny; one stepgrandson, Dustin.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

John Cayson Jr.
TUCSON, Ariz. – John Edwyn Cayson Jr., 62, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at his residence in Tucson, Ariz. Born Oct. 3, 1950, in Tupelo to John E. “Eddie” Cayson Sr. and Betty Enlow Cayson, he grew up here, attended the public schools and graduated from Tupelo High School in l968. He graduated in three years from Mississippi State University, receiving a B.A. degree in psychology with a 4.0 GPA. He completed his formal education with graduate work at the

University of Houston in Texas. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he spent his life as an artist of renown and a writer/author of novels and poetry. He was affiliated with the First Christian Church of Tupelo.

A service celebrating his life will be held at 4 p.m. today, July 27, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Sherry Horton and Dr. Eldridge Fleming officiating. A private burial will follow in the Cayson family plot at Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time today at the Tupelo Chapel.

Survivors include his daughter, Candice Cayson Peterson of Scottsboro, Ariz.; his mother, Betty E. Cayson of Tupelo; two brothers, Joseph Bart Cayson (fiancée, Tara Hoteck and her daughter, Madeliene) and Barry Cayson (Connie) and granddaughter, Merritt, of Mobile, Ala.

He was preceded in death by his father, John “Eddie” Cayson; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Cayson, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl A. Enlow.
Memorials should be directed to the First Christian Church, 1590 McCullough Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804 or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.