By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Paul Eason, who was born on Nov. 4, 1921, died on July 1, 2013, in Ridgeland. He was 91.
Paul lived nearly all his life in Tupelo. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1939 and then went to Ole Miss, where he was elected president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. After Pearl Harbor was bombed, Paul increased his course load so he could graduate early and join the Navy. He served as a pilot and flight instructor until the war ended. He then returned to Tupelo, where he married high school classmate Margaret Brooks in 1950. They had two children, Margie and Brooks. Paul spent his career at Milam Manufacturing, Mantachie Manufacturing and FMC, serving as plant manager and holding positions in safety, purchasing and human resources.
Paul devoted his life to his family and his community. He is best known as the longtime Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 12. As the troop’s leader, Paul had a profound and positive influence on three generations of boys in Tupelo.
Paul was active in Troop 12 as a teenager and earned the rank of Eagle, Scouting’s highest achievement. After returning to Tupelo after the war, he agreed to become the troop’s leader. Paul served as the head Scoutmaster for the next 45 years and then as an assistant for nearly 15 more. During his almost six decades of working with the troop, 350 boys became Eagle Scouts, almost certainly more than under any other leader of any troop since the Boy Scouts of America was established a century ago. Troop 12’s Eagles include Paul’s son, three of his nephews, and one great-nephew.
Not long after Paul became the Scoutmaster, one of his Scouts suggested that the troop go camping every month. Paul agreed, and a tradition was born, a tradition that has now outlived him. Since August of 1951, come rain or shine, Troop 12 has gone on an overnight camping trip every month. On July 12, the troop will travel to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming for its 744th consecutive monthly campout, completing its 62nd year without missing a month. During his nearly six decades as a troop leader, Paul spent more than three years’ worth of nights sleeping on the ground in a tent.
In addition to the countless hours he devoted to his Scouts, Paul gave of his time in many other ways. He served on the Tupelo Park and Recreation Commission for a quarter of a century and was chairman for seven years. He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the Chapman Men’s Bible Class and drove the church van to and from Traceway Manor to take elderly members to church services. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels, delivering meals to the elderly and disabled, and with Habitat for Humanity, building homes for families in need. He served on the Education Committee of the Community Development Foundation and volunteered his services to the United Way of Greater Lee County.
After Paul retired from FMC in 1986, friends convinced him to run for the Tupelo City Council. He was elected three times as Councilman-at-Large. His fellow Council members chose him to be Vice Mayor, and he served as acting Mayor when the incumbent accepted another position.
Paul received many honors for his lifetime of volunteer service. He was selected as Tupelo’s Outstanding Citizen in 1976 and as the Best Man in Lee County two decades later. He received the Julius G. Berry Award for outstanding service to the United Way, the Liberty Bell Award for community service to youth, and the Jefferson Award for outstanding community and public service. He was chosen to be king of Tupelo’s Oleput Festival and grand marshal of the Tupelo Christmas Parade. The first soccer field at James Ballard Park was named Paul Eason Field. On his 90th birthday, Paul was honored with a resolution on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Alan Nunnelee. He also received the key to the City of Tupelo from Mayor Jack Reed.
Paul was grateful for the honors he received, but he always remained humble. He was a rare man, totally unselfish, always giving, always thinking of others. He served as an extraordinary role model for all who knew him – his family, his friends, his colleagues and his Scouts. He was a devoted father, grandfather and great grandfather. He always did the right thing.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, C.C. and Margaret Eason; his wife, Margaret; his three sisters and their husbands, Myra and Bob Leake, Puddie and Guy Ruff, and Doris and Tom Joyner. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Brendan Corrigan of Davie, Fla.; his son and daughter-in-law, Brooks and Carrie Eason of Ridgeland; six grandchildren, Megan Corrigan, Ann Lowrey Forster, Shannon Martin, Cliff Eason, Sean Corrigan and Paul Eason; five great-grandchildren, Ada Brooks Forster, Eason Forster, Shane Corrigan, Collins Forster and Dylan Martin; nieces and nephews, Eason Leake, Phil Ruff, David Ruff, Missy Flanagan, Leslie Bobo, Margaret Ann Cargo and Meg Kruse; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and more than a thousand former members of Boy Scout Troop 12.
Funeral services will be held at noon on Monday, July 8, at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with visitation at 10 a.m. and a reception following the service, both in the Gathering Room behind the sanctuary. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Paul Eason Fund of Boy Scout Troop 12, P.O. Box 312, Tupelo, MS 38802; First United Methodist Church, 412 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804; or Methodist Senior Services, MSS Development Office, P.O. Box 1567, Tupelo, MS 38802-1567.
WEST POINT – Joe Caldiero, 65, passed away on Monday, July 1, 2013, at his home, in West Point. He was born Oct. 29, 1947, in Jeffersonville, N.Y., to Vita Millici and Fortunato Caldiero. He was a retired senior master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with 25 years of service. He loved traveling and playing golf. He was a member of the Catholic faith.
Services will be at noon Friday, July 5, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Air Force Chaplain officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point with full military honors. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his five daughters, Cindy Collins of Tupelo, Sherry Baddley (Harper) of Nesbit, Jasmine Caldiero of Melbourne, Fla., Megan Gandy (Chris) of Tupelo and Bryanna Caldiero of Griffin, Ga.; five sons, Joseph Caldiero of Minneapolis, Minn., Anthony Caldiero (Cachel) of Maben, Nicholas Caldiero of Tupelo, Andrew Caldiero of West Point and Tarmarcus Caldiero of Griffin, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Debora, Emily, Trevor, Riley, Anastasia, Cameron and Amara.
He was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.
Pallbearers will be military pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to The Happy Fund LTD, c/o Mark G. Alexander, P.O. Box 8769, Columbus, MS 39705.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
MADISON – Faye Makamson Clifford, 65, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 3, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in the Indianola City Cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Judge Edwin Roberts Jr.
OXFORD – Judge Edwin H. Roberts Jr., 65, died on Monday, July 1, 2013, at his home in Lafayette County. He practiced law in Lafayette County for 30 years. He served as Lafayette County prosecutor and was elected as Chancery Court judge for the 18th Chancery Court District of Mississippi in 2002. He served 32 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard, retiring as a two-star general. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Oxford.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at First Baptist Church in Oxford with the Rev. Robert Allen and the Rev. Erik Hankins officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shela Moore Roberts; his brother, Judge Larry Roberts; his sons, James Michael Roberts and Scott Roberts; his daughter, Lisa Roberts; and eight grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Edwin Hayes Roberts Sr.; his mother, Velda Roberts; and his son, Edwin (Trip) Hayes Roberts III.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday and from 9 to 10 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church.
A memorial fund in his honor has been established. Any donations may be mailed to Mike Roberts at P.O. Box 2324 Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Richard Campbell, 64, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Miss in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Jeffrie Chapel M.B. Church in Abbeville. Burial will be follow in Beverly Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
ABBEVILLE – George E. Thompson, 78, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his residence in Abbeville.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, at Tallahatchie Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will follow in East St. Peter’s M.B. Church Cemetery in Abbeville. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
ABBEVILLE – Willie E. Herod, 63, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North in Oxford.
Services will be at noon Friday, July 5, at Providence United Methodist Church in Abbeville. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
STRASBURG, Va. – Conard Brewer McCarley, 58, formerly of Baldwyn, died Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Winchester Medical Center in Virginia. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
IUKA – Grady Hinton died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
PONTOTOC – Kathryn Ann “Kay” Pruett, 70, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was the daughter of William E. Gilbert and Marion Grace Moore. She graduated from Greenwood High School and attended Memphis State University. She was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She was a homemaker, a mother and a friend to many.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 3, at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ken Pruett of Pontotoc; two daughters, Debbi Lum (Mike) of Columbus and Ginger Douell (Jerry) of Clinton; six grandchildren: Ben Pierce (Lindsey), Brantley Pierce, Lexi Lum, Addy Douell, Taner Douell and Olivia Douell; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Kenny Pruett; a grandson, Ryder Douell; and her brother, George Gilbert.
Pallbearers will be Mike Lum, Jerry Douell, Ben Pierce, Brantley Pierce, Taner Douell and Lance Reeder.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to the Pontotoc Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 581, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
OXFORD – Mary Alice Evans Beard, 75, died on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at her home in Oxford. She was born in Oxford to William Hope and Myrtle Irene Evans. She was a member of North Oxford Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today, July 3, at Waller Funeral Home in Oxford with the Rev. Robert Frierson and the Rev. Donnie Williams officiating.
She is survived by three daughters, Judy Diane Zinn of Tupelo, Mary Jo Beard Williams of Sardis and Tina Bryan of Oxford; a sister, Nita Beard of Oxford; a brother, Wayne Evans of Oxford; 11 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, David Allen Beard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Abbeville Cemetery Fund, Abbeville Bank, P.O. Box 39, Abbeville, MS 38601.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Mattie Jean Jones, 70, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
NETTLETON – Rubel Clifton Cook, 73, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Dec. 3, 1939, in Hatley, he was the son of the late John and Valena Wright Cook. He married Ina Faye Miller in 1962. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. Before his retirement, he worked as a plumber. He enjoyed stock car racing and hunting.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. today, July 3, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Suzanne Hester (Larry) of Nettleton; two sons, James Cook (April) and Robert Cook (Stephanie), all of Nettleton; six grandchildren, Stacy, Cade, D.J., Garrett, Carley and Grayce; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 50 years, Faye Cook; and two sisters, Mary Sue and Johna Lee.
Pallbearers will be Murlis Underwood, Junior Barnett, Byron Acker, Garrett Cook, Cade Cook and D.J. McCormick.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Thomas Ann Isom
TOLEDO, Ohio – Thomas Ann Wells Isom, 79, formerly of Holly Springs, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
Eddie Mae Nabers
KIRKVILLE – Eddie Mae Nabers, 84, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She retired from the Mantachie branch of Bank of Mississippi. She enjoyed crosstitching and watching gospel music videos. She was a member of Kirkville Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 4, at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Mike Bridges and Bro. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Mark Steven Nabers (Vickie) of Kirkville; sister-in-law, Joan Lollar of Kirkville; brother, Joe Ellis Lollar (Martha) of Kirkville; a grandchild, Kacy Raven Nabers; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tracey Freeman Nabers; son, Garvin Allen Nabers; parents, Garvin Algar and Mary Lee South Lollar; brother, Fred Wilford Lollar; and sisters, Jeane Lollar, Sue Taylor and Charlene Clark.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
DENNIS – Clifton H. Orick, 80, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
CORINTH – Brenda Dale Scott, 72, died Monday, July 1, 2013, in Corinth.
Services will be at noon Thursday, July 4, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
BURNSVILLE – Kimberly Cheche Huggins, 36, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 3, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Newcomb Cemetery in Glen.Faye
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
EUPORA – Samantha Caywood Crowell, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Walthall Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Walthall Memorial Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walthall Baptist Church Building Fund.
RIPLEY – Mandy Ernesteen Green Moore, 78, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 4, 1934, to Earnest A. and Nellie M. Green in Tippah County. She retired from Genesco Corp., where she worked for 32 years. She was a member of North Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 3, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Wayne Cobb will officiate. Burial will be in Concord Cemetery in Booneville. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Moore Jr. of Ripley; three granddaughters, Leah Roxane Hurt, Juliana Jade Hurt and Cassie Nashea Mize; and two great-grandchildren, Jaelee O’Neil and Jaylon Bentley Hurt.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Vicki June Moore Hurt; and a sister, Winona Hurt.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – John A. Filgo, 66, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center following a brief illness. He was born Nov. 3, 1946, in Tupelo to John B. “JB” Filgo and Mary Lou Allen Filgo. He graduated from Tupelo High School and continued his education at Itawamba Junior College. He earned his B.S. degree in accounting from Mississippi State University. He married Ann Dunn on Sept. 8, 1972, and worked as a dispatcher for the Mississippi Forestry Commission, retiring with 37 years of service. An avid fan of the New York Yankees and MSU ball teams, he enjoyed being outdoors and was very fond of his ‘77 Ford pickup truck and ‘89 Chevy Camaro. He loved his dogs and his kitty. He had a big heart, putting others before himself and helping everyone he knew in need. He was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church in Saltillo.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. Burial is private. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time Friday only.
Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ann Filgo of Guntown; his children, Chris Filgo (Gloria) of Guntown and Stacey Peden (Michael) of Schlater; one sister, Diane Harp (Birdell) of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Ashley Hess, Caitlyn Peden and Casandra Peden; one great-grandchild, Austin Martinez; nephews, Mike Dunn, David Dunn and Scott Williams; and nieces, Stephanie Ethridge, Connie Dickerson and Samantha Harp. He was preceded in death by his parents and his best friend, David McVay.
Memorials may be sent to LeBonheur Foundation, P.O.. Box 41817, Memphis, TN 38174 or Paralyzed Vets of America, 801 Eighteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
SHANNON – Charles Willie “C.W.” Ethridge, 30, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis as the result of injuries received in an automobile wreck on the Black Zion Road in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Olen C. Harbin, 72, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary in Tupelo.
Mary Alice Stricklin
CALHOUN CITY – Mary Alice Stricklin, 79, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.