By NEMS Daily Journal
Rachel Hunt Mills
BRANDON – Rachel Hunt Mills, 66, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on High Street in Jackson.
A Prayer Service will follow at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 5, 2010, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Pearl. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Rachel was born in Vicksburg where she graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy. She served as a secretary/bookkeeper for Holy Family Church and School in Jackson, St. Jude Catholic Church and Daycare in Pearl and retired after 29 years as accounting clerk with the Catholic Diocese of Jackson.
She was a former member of Beta Sigma Pi-Iota Chapter and a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Pearl where she had served as the Chairman of the Finance Committee and Eucharistic Minister.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Catherine Margaret Ryan Hunt; her father, Ray Benjamin Hunt; and her infant sister, Margaret Isabell Hunt.
Survivors include her husband, Dixon H. Mills of Brandon; her sons, Andy Mills of Boston, Mass. and Ricky Mills (Emily) of Brandon; her granddaughters, Mallory Mills, Madison Mills and Mauri Mills, all of Brandon; her grandson, Mason Mills of Brandon; and her sister, Mary Eulalia Field (Bill) of Vicksburg.
Pallbearers will be Dixon Mills, Andy Mills, Ricky Mills, Bill Field Jr., Kirby Field and Trey Field.
Troy Rayburn McCraw
POTTS CAMP – Troy Rayburn McCraw, 61, of Potts Camp, went home to be with his Lord on July 2, 2010, while doing what he loved, fishing. He was born on December 27, 1948. He was an active and charter member of Open Door Baptist Church in Winburn. He was an Army decorated Vietnam Veteran and a retired truck driver for Conway Trucking in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m., July 6, 2010, at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. David Helmic, Bro. Bud McCraw and Bro. Bobby Brandon officiating.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, July 5, 2010, at the Holly Springs Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Gail Taylor McCraw; one child, Cheryl Kay McCraw Grisham (Randy); one grandson, John Randall Grisham; three step grandchildren, Larissa Hart and Blake and Bryson Grisham; five step great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Bro. Bud McCraw of Hickory Flat, Larry McCraw of Pinedale and Billy McCraw of Blue Springs.
He will be welcomed home by his parents, Otto Knox and Roberta; one brother, Bro. Gene McCraw; one nephew, Dustin Heatherly; Gail’s parents, Fred and Laverne Taylor; and one brother-in-law, Allen Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Tim McCraw, Keith McCraw, Terry McCraw, Bro. Neil Perry, Matthew Perry, Jonathan Perry, Joel Willard and Caleb Willard.
BARTLETT, Tenn. – Jewell Crane, 86, of Bartlett, died July 2, 2010. She was a Charter Member of Wells Station Baptist Church.
Services will be at noon Monday at Memphis Funeral Home on Poplar Avenue in Memphis. Burial will be in Longview Baptist Church Cemetery near Pontotoc, Miss. Memphis Funeral Home of Memphis is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Ken Crane (Eleanor) of Huntsville, Ala.; her daughter, Jacque McNair of Bartlett; her son-in-law, Mike Robertson; a daughter-in-law, Josie Crane; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and multiple nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Crane; her son, Dwight Crane; and her daughter, June Robertson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m until noon Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to the church of the donor’s choice.
BELDEN – Doris Faye Lackey Hudspeth, 81, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Dec. 24, 1928, to Jessie James and Eula Mae Morrison Lackey. For many years, she worked for Berl Olswanger Music Store in Memphis as a bookkeeper. She was the last member of her immediate family. For the last 24 years, she lived in the Belden Community, where she loved working in her yard, her flowers and gardening. She was the hub of her entire family gatherings, especially at Christmas and Thanksgiving. She was a member of Belden Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jim Holcomb officiating. Burial will be in Belden Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 39 years, Emmit R. Hudspeth of Belden; one son, Robert E. Ellison of the home; one daughter, Venica Harmon (Edward R.) of Destin, Fla.; one granddaughter, Lisa S. Burson (Rick) of Panama City, Fla.; one grandson, Jonathan Harmon (Genean) of Las Vegas; and four great-grandchildren, Matthew and Riley Burson of Panama City, Fla. and Rachel and Peter Harmon of Las Vegas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Belden Baptist Church, 4121 McCullough Blvd., Belden, MS 38826.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – James Lenor Vernon, 68, died July 2, 2010, at his home. He enjoyed working on automobiles and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Bro. Chris Aldridge officiating. Burial will be in Ecru City Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Paulette Vernon; two daughters, Vettis Tucker of New Albany and Shirley Swords of Ecru; four grandsons, Eric Vernon, Brandon Vernon, Skyler Tucker of New Albany and Nathan Swords of Ecru; his mother-in-law, Melba Beaty of Ecru; a special friend, Anthony Gordon of Pontotoc; four brothers, Danny Vernon, Phillip Vernon, Dennis Vernon and Steven Vernon; and two sisters, Ellen Mask and Edna Yankee.
He was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Leon Vernon; his parents, James Vernon and Vetis Vernon; one brother, Donny Vernon; and two sisters, Barbara Clark and Pat Stokes.
Pallbearers will be Eric Vernon, Nathan Swords, Tommy Gann, Jerry Gann, Paul Lawson, Terry Reeves and Johnathan Wray.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Virginia Doris Yates Hill, 79, died July 2, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in New Prospect Presbyterian Church Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.Geneva Vines
ABERDEEN – Geneva Pace Vines died Saturday, July 3, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
ECRU – Elvis Todd Fewell, 89, of Ecru, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born June 8, 1921, in Pontotoc to Lonnie and Nina Robbins Todd. She was a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church and a caregiver. She made ammunition during WWII. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Tupelo and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary in Pontotoc. She lived in Aurora, Ill. for 16 years before moving back to Ecru. She was a loving aunt to her nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Ecru with the Rev. J.W. Owen officiating. Burial will be in Baldwin Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home of Ecru is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her three sisters-in-law, Katie Todd, Ina Todd and Willie Mae Todd; her nieces and nephews, Jimmy Todd (Virginia), Dorothy Bailey (Melvin), Bobby Joe Todd (Oweeda), Dean Todd (Candy), Robert Todd (Thelma), Zelda Montgomery (Tranny), Marilyn McDaniel, Kelly Todd (Shelia), Barbara Ridgeway (John), Sadie Padgett and Jimmie Lea (Jimmy).
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fritz Fewell; a sister, Flossie Todd Rodgers; and four brothers, Thurmon Todd, Fulton Todd, Floyd Todd and Ornie Todd.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningecru.com.
BIGGERSVILLE – James William Brawner, 84, died July 2, 2010, at Dogwood Plantation in Corinth. He was the eldest of seven children born to Sanford and Cora Dee Brawner of Biggersville. He was a long time employee of South Central Bell, retiring in 1989 after 41 years of service. He was a faithful member of New Hope Presbyterian Church, where he was elected Elder Emeritus in 2004 after his service as a Sunday school teacher and Elder for 30 years.
A member of the greatest generation, he served in the United States Navy during WWII on board the destroyer USS Duncan in the Pacific Theater. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason with the honorary degree of Knight Commander code of honor in the Corinth Consistory. In retirement, he enjoyed playing golf.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Hope Presbyterian Church in the Biggersville Community of Alcorn County with Nicholas Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Doris Honnoll Brawner of Biggersville; their daughter, Charlotte Waller (Bill) of Jackson; their sons, Bruce H. Brawner (Leslie) of Madison; and Dr. William C. Brawner (Linda Lee) of Tupelo; and eight grandchildren, Dr. William Waller III of New Orleans, Jeannie Waller of Jackson, Clayton Waller of Jackson, Lauren Brawner of Madison, Bridget Brawner of Birmingham, Beau Brawner of Madison, and Will Brawner and Harrison Brawner, both of Tupelo.
He is also survived by his brother, Donald Brawner (Jo Ann); his sister, Mary Jane Green (Loyd), both of Biggersville; his sister, Sammie Williams (Willard) of Memphis; and 13 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Carroll Lee Brawner; his sister, Linda Brawner McNair; and sister, Sue Brawner McDaniel, all of Biggersville.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery Fund in care of George Settle, 546 B Hwy. 45, Rienzi, MS 38865.
To access our online register book, visit www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.Billy
IUKA – Billy Wayne Holland, 47, of Iuka, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at the Tishomingo Community Living Center following a brief illness. He was of the Baptist faith and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. His hobbies included playing the guitar, sketching portraits and doing pencil drawings.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Jeff Jones officiating. Burial will be in Hubbard Salem Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Rachel Holland Alsup of Iuka; one son, Shane Holland and wife, Ashley, of Rienzi; and two grandchildren, Madison and Hunter.
He was preceded in death by his father, Billy Ray Holland.
Pallbearers will be Leonard Casabella, Shane Casabella, Sidney Whitehurst Sr., Donnie Holland, Josh Meeks and Sidney Whitehurst Jr.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; by phone by calling 800-ACS-2345; or online at www.cancer.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
GUNTOWN – Taylor McCarthy, 94, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was a Veteran of WWII, serving in England and a dairy farmer for 59 years. He enjoyed working his land and taking care of his cattle. He was an avid coon hunter and bird hunter. One of his favorite stories to tell was of his coon dog, Jessro, who was buried in the coon dog cemetery in the Freedom Hills of Alabama. He was a member of Bethany ARP since 1927 and a former elder of Bethany ARP.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Martin Jacks and Bro. Dale Whitlock officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Ann Frazier and son-in-law, David of Guntown; his granddaughter, Olivia Frazier of Guntown; his grandson, Shane Frazier and his wife, Melissa of Morton; a sister, Anna Laurie Jordan of Jackson; a brother, John McCarthy of Memphis; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vira Smith McCarthy in 1997; his parents, John R. and Julia Haygood McCarthy; and two sisters, Frances Morrow and Hazel Roberts.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
JASPER, Ala. – Norma B. White, 87, formerly of West Point, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at the Ridgewood Health Care Center in Jasper. She was born July 25, 1922, in New Hebron to Alexandra Price Brinson and Adams Sims Brinson. She was a homemaker and had worked as a nursing assistant as well as a secretary. She was of the Baptist Faith. She was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) during WWII. She married Ottie White on July 24, 1945; he preceded her in death on Feb. 22, 1993.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today in Palestine Cemetery in Montpelier with E. Scott Allen officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Suzanne Goodwin (Larry) of Jasper; two sons, Jon Paul “Butch” White of Hamilton and Michael Boone of Tellico Plains, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Holly Creel (Eddie) and Price Wilkes; three great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Caleb and Justin.
Visitation will be from 1:45 until service time today at the cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Palestine Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Mr. Jim Murray, 18515 Hwy 46, Pheba, MS 39755 or to Alzheimer’s Association National Office, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
Friends may leave a Memory Message at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Edith Mae Worley Hendrix, 93, died Friday, July 2, 2010, at Whitfield Nursing Home in Corinth. She was born Jan. 4, 1917, in Prentiss County to Fate and Ethel Bacus McGaughy. She was of the Pentecostal faith and a retired factory worker. She enjoyed being with family and gardening.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fairview Church of God with Bro. Darrell Stafford officiating. Eulogies will be given by Bobbie Worley and M.C. Lentz. Burial will be in the Fairview Church of God Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Doris (M.C.) Lentz of Glen; her son, James (Bobbie) Worley of Booneville; two brothers, Emit (Clare) McGaughy of Booneville and Travis (Billie) McGaughy of Rienzi; six grandchildren, Jim (Pam) Worley, Susan (Ricky) Winders, Cindy (D.C.) Cartwright, Samuel Lentz, Joel (Joy) Worley and Joey Worley; three great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Ed Worley; her second husband, Ward Hendrix; one son, Gerald Worley; one stepson, Harold Hendrix; one sister; and four brothers.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be until noon today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church beginning at 1p.m. today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
PLEASANT PLAINS, Ark. – Tommie K. McDonald, 90, died Thursday, July 1, 2010, at White River Medical Center. She was born Aug. 14, 1919, in Lee County to James Watt and Bertha Lummus Robbins. She resided in Memphis for many years prior to moving to Pleasant Plains four years ago to be near her family. She was a homemaker and a member of National Avenue Baptist Church and a former Sunday school teacher. She loved her family and especially her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gerald Morrow officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Sylvia Church of Pleasant Plains; one son, Robbie (Sharon) McDonald of Floral, Ark.; six grandchildren, David Allen (Tammy) McDonald, Cristy Lynn (Tim) West, David Royce Church Jr., John Wayne McDonald, Molly Robbins McDonald and Syndi Page Sarrels; and four great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Michelle McDonald, Jonathan Roster, T.J. McDonald and David Allen McDonald Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dwight Watson McDonald; and a son-in-law, David R. Church Sr.
Pallbearers will be David Allen McDonald, David Royce Church Jr., Tim West, J.E. Marcy, Danny Marcy, Billy Reed and Paul Reed.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Royce Church and John Wayne McDonald.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
THAXTON – Hannah Beth Hunter, 4 weeks, died June 24, 2010, at Le Bonheur Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Thaxton Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.