Obituaries July 5, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Park Stevens
COLUMBUS – Park Coleman Stevens, 20, died suddenly Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
Visitation will be held Saturday, July 6, 2013, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mount Vernon Church, where he was a member, and funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. with Bro. Josh Daffern officiating. Interment will be in Asbury Cemetery at Van Vleet, with Lowndes Funeral Home of Columbus directing.
Park was characterized from birth as a fun loving child who was a friend to all and stranger to none. An offensive lineman for University of Mississippi, he was known off the field as a gentle giant with big crushing bear hugs. He was never afraid to say, “I Love You.” He fell in love with sports at an early age, playing basketball, baseball and football. He dreamed of playing SEC football and played the sport at Oak Hill Academy, New Hope High School and East Central Community College. During his senior year of high school, he was named a Max Emfinger All American and participated in the Louisiana/Mississippi All Star Game. Park’s dream was realized when he was invited to walk on at the University of Mississippi in the spring semester of 2013. His dedication, hard work and perseverance earned him numerous reps in the 2013 Grove Bowl. He was known as humble, caring and loyal to teammates and many friends. His heart extended in serving others through Joy Prom, the Boys and Girls Club, and Special Olympics.
Park is survived by his parents, Dean and Gail Stevens of Columbus; brother, Terry Dale (Pam) Cruse of St. Louis, Mo.; sister, Tina Beth (Justin) Brown of Columbus; three nieces, Maddie, Emma and Abbie Cruse, and one nephew, Parker Brown; grandparents, Jeannette Stevens of Van Vleet, and Harvey and Celia Fisher of Okolona; uncle, Ashley (Katie) Stevens of Columbus; three aunts, Donna Loftin of Aberdeen, Tina (Robby) Scholtes of Starkville and Mary Beth (Jimmy) Wilkerson of Madison; as well as seven cousins, Anna Katherine (Josh) King, Ashley Cole Loftin, Beck and Sarah Beth Scholtes, Laura and Thomas Stevens, and Evans Wilkerson. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Harold Stevens.
Pallbearers will be Robert Conyers, Preston Davis, Darius Petty, Tyler Mt. Joy, JoJo Reeves, Frank Richardson, Ben Still, Evans Swindall, Zak Thrasher and Tyler Warnat. Honorary pallbearers will be Cole Edwards, Laura Stevens, Thomas Stevens, Beck Scholtes and Evans Wilkerson; 2013 Ole Miss football team and coaches; 2011-2012 ECCC football team and coaches; 2010 New Hope football team and coaches; and the Tombigbee Muckdogs Little League baseball team.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon Joy Prom, 100 N. Mt. Vernon Road, Columbus, MS 39702.

Joan Stanford
AMORY – Joan Stanford, 75, died on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Aug. 25, 1937, in Amory, she was a daughter of the late Ollie Winfield and Geneva Rebecca Myatt Scott. She was a graduate of Becker High School, Class of 1955. She married Willie R. “Pete” Stanford on July 1, 1955. Before retiring from Amory Garment, she had taught preschool and kindergarten at Amory Christian Academy. One who loved going to church, she was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church and a former Sunday school teacher. Very loving and caring, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, flower gardening and being outdoors.
She is survived by her sons, Doug Stanford (Becky) of Amory and Mark Stanford (Amy) of Mooreville; sister, Jean Cantrell of Amory; grandchildren, John Stanford (Casey), Beverly Stanford Wright (T.J.), Brady Stanford, Emma Stanford and Jacob Reece Stanford; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Martin, and brothers, Hugh O. and George W. Scott.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6 at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt officiating. Burial will follow in Harmony Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joey Cantrell, Ray Gallop, Tony Parker, Jason Gallop, Phillip Wise and T.J. Wright.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

John Hampton Jr.
HOLLY SPRINGS – John B. “June Bug” Hampton Jr., 79, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today, July 5, at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs.
The body will lie in repose at the funeral home from 9 to 9:55 a.m. today.

Amy Hale
BYHALIA – Amy Bernadette Hale, 42, died Monday, July 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Mt. Pisgah CME Church at Cayce. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Thomas Ann Isom
TOLEDO, Ohio – Thomas Ann Wells Isom, 79, formerly of Holly Springs, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Mt. Newell M.B. Church in Red Banks. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Paris Cunningham
SALTILLO – Paris Cunningham died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Bernice Pannell
TUPELO – Bernice Garmon Pannell, 63, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at her home. She was born on Dec. 13, 1949, in Shannon to Mary Alice Thornton and Richard Henry Garmon. She was a lifetime member of New Salem M.B. Church in Pontotoc. A 1967 graduate of Carver High School, she worked 16 years at Purnell’s Pride before retiring from Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. after 17 years. An adoring daughter, aunt, sister and friend, she devoted the majority of her life exemplifying the qualities of a woman who consistently put others before herself.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Alice Thornton of Tupelo; two sisters, Fannie Ruth Copeland and Onnie Garmon-Dilworth of Tupelo; nieces, Pamela D. Mabry of Tupelo and Patina (Morgan Rashida) Mabry of Los Angeles, Calif.; nephew, Russell S. Copeland (Natasha) of Memphis; great-nephew, Russell S. Copeland Jr. of Memphis; great-nieces, Raven Simone Copeland, Raquel Selena Copeland and Nadia Renée Copeland of Memphis; aunt, Margaret (Toussaint) Massey of Chicago; cousin, Dorothy Edwards of Tupelo; brother-in-law, John L. Mabry of Tupelo. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Henry Garmon; her stepfather, William Lee Thornton; and her sister, Betty Jean Mabry.
Services will be at noon Saturday, July 6, at New Salem M.B. Church. Burial will follow. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Viewing will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.

Genie Mae Henning
CORINTH – Genie Mae Henning, 85, passed away Saturday, June 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. The daughter of Robert and Clara Bell Patterson Davis, she was born in the Synagogue community on April 22, 1928. She was reared by a special aunt, Christine Dilworth, whom she called Mama Christine. She graduated from Synagogue Rural School on Dec. 14, 1946. She was a former housekeeper and a cook in the Scale Elementary School. She was a member of South Parkway Church of Christ. She was a loving and caring person with everyone. An excellent Bible scholar, she lived her life accordingly.
A service honoring her life will be at noon Saturday, July 6, at the South Parkway Church of Christ in Corinth with Bro. Chris Whitaker officiating. Burial will follow in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her three first cousins, Barbara (Bob) Beard of Jackson, Tenn., Billie Jean Lesle of Detroit, Mich., and Quillar Ruff of Corinth; a special cousin, Shirley (James) Kirk of Corinth; a step-son, Dorsey B. Henning of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bro. Louis Henning; her parents; her Mama Christine; and one brother, James Davis.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at the South Parkway. Church of Christ in Corinth.

Eloise Adams
BALDWYN – Alma Eloise Ashby Adams, 73, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at her residence. She was born April 21, 1940, to Myrtle Wood Ashby and William Ashby. She was raised by her mother, Myrtle, and stepfather, Homer Justice. She and her husband were co-owners and operators of Auto Liquor Store & Adams Auto Sales. She had been a registered cosmetologist since 1963.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, July 5, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Caraway officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Vicki Adams (J.D. Pannell) of Baldwyn; one son, Chris Adams of Baldwyn; one grandson, Zach Adams of Tupelo; stepson, Guy Michael Adams (Ann) of Plano, Texas; two stepgrandchildren, Michael Adams and Cade Adams (Kerry); three stepgreat-grandchildren, Jackson, Caroline and Lila Grace of Dallas, Texas; nephews, Ricky Wren (Sherry) and Larry Wren; great-nieces, Kim Holley and Jennifer Pannell; sister-in-law, Marjorie Adams of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 46 years, Guy Adams; and a sister, Bobbie Wren and husband, Jimmy.
Pallbearers will be Will Pannell, David Wesson, Randy Cruise, John Pannell, Jerry Whitehead and Marty Gardner.
Lillian Brown
WREN – Lillian Faye “Tee” Brown, 67, died Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She loved fishing, working in her flowerbeds, and spending time with family. She was a faithful member of Union Grove United Methodist Church until her health failed. She was employed at MTD in Verona for more than 20 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Union Grove United Methodist Church. The Rev. Glen Parks will be officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge.
She is survived by two sons, Sterling O’Hara Brown (Sylvia) of Washington D.C. and Stuart O’Neal Brown (Jackie) of Wren; five siblings, Irie Griffin (Bertha) of Chicago, Carrie M. Word, Billie M. Griffin, Tommy L. Griffin (Mary) and Georgia A. Braylock, all of Wren; and three grandchildren, Nakayla Hogan, Isaac and Jehmon Brown.
Visitation from 2 to 5 p.m today at the funeral home.

Nita Fields
EUPORA – Nita Fields, 80, died Monday, July 1, 2013, in Eupora.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, July 5, at White HIll Freewill Baptist Church in Webster County. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.

James Cresap
AMORY – James Hershel Cresap, 91, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 4, 1921, in Iuka to Charlie and Mary Cresap. He was a loving husband and father and was loved by all who knew him. He was a proud World War II veteran, serving in the Air Force in India and later the South Pacific. He retired from the Mississippi State Highway Dept. after 31 years. He was a member of the Saltillo United Methodist Church. He was a member and resident of the Nettleton Hunting and Fishing Club in Amory, where he spent most of his retirement years, enjoying the outdoors and fellowship with the Liar’s Club members.
Survivors include the love of his life, his wife of 72 years, Blanche; four sons, Jimmie Cresap (Frances) of Eupora, Roy Cresap (Brenda) of Fulton, Troy Cresap (Beth) of Amory and David Cresap (Sharron) of Amory; one sister, Jenny Ray Morris of Iuka; 10 grandchildren, Bill Cresap, Mike Cresap, Leigh Mayo, Jody Ryan, Daniel Cresap, Zach Cresap, John Cresap, Brad Cresap, Brian Cresap and Suzanne Chancelor; 16 great-grandchildren, Taylor Cresap, Caden Cresap, Reed Cresap, Tyler Cresap, Maddie Mayo, Will Mayo, Peyton Cresap, Reagan Cresap, Garrison Cresap, Keely Cresap, Baylee Cresap, Kaillee Inmon, Ryder Cresap, Laura Chancelor, Jacob Chancelor, Celia Chancelor; numerous nieces and nephews; and a very special caregiver, Linda Ryan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Charles and Will.
A military service will be held graveside at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at White Sulphur Springs Cemetery at Pickwick Landing State Park. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers will be his seven grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to White Sulphur Springs Cemetery, c/o Doug Mayhall, Pickwick Cemetery Association, 22 CR 18, Counce , TN 38326.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

Jackie Grimes
RIENZI – Jackie O’Neil Grimes, 69, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Linda Dillard
SOUTHAVEN – Linda Faye Dillard, 63, formerly of Pontotoc, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Indian Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
James Hargett
JUMPERTOWN – J. Cobb “James” Hargett, 81, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a retired logger and farmer. He enjoyed rooster fighting, dirt car racing and riding in the big truck. He loved his family and grandchildren dearly.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. W.C. Alexander officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Viola Emerson (Robert) of Guntown and Renee Hargett (Timmy) of Baldwyn; three sons, Rayburn Hargett (Tracey), Lester Hargett (Donna) and Tommy Hargett (Lorie), all of Jumpertown; one sister, Alice Marshall (Alvis) of Jumpertown; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Hargett; one daughter, Diane Butler; one son, Junior Hargett; one sister and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Corey Horton, Randy Aldridge, Jason Hargett, Shane Emerson, Alan and Cody Marley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Don Loden
TOCCOPOLA – Freddie Don Loden, 76, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at home. He was a retired construction worker, and restaurant and lounge owner, He attended Antioch Freewill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Mike Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Kay L. Loden; three daughters and two stepdaughters, Debbie Massengill of Saltillo, Donna Loden of Nashville, Delores Klingenmeyer of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Shari Lee of Grand Junction, Colo., Sonya Bramlett of Silom Springs, Ark.; one son, Danny Loden of Iuka; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Loden and Erin Duke Foster.
Pallbearers include Mac Wardlaw, Michael Morris and Lane Herron.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday.

C.W. Ethridge
SHANNON – Charles Willie “C.W.” Ethridge, 30, died Tuesday, July 2, , at The Med in Memphis from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident on Zion Road in Pontotoc County. Born Nov. 16, 1982, in Tupelo to Charles Edmon Ethridge and Connie Lynn Hopper Smith, he grew up in the Shannon/Pontocola area and graduated from Shannon High School in 2003. He was an outstanding football player on the state championship team and excelled in the arts gifted program there. A great admirer of the outdoors, he loved fishing, mud riding, hunting and four-wheelers. He was a master artist in pencil art and painting and especially enjoyed spending time with his children and his many friends. He was employed by Cook and Riley Paint Contractors before becoming disabled. A member of the Pleasant Grove Church, he enjoyed singing, attending his church and living life to the fullest.
A service celebrating his life will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Randy Parchman and Bro. Billy Henderson officiating. Burial will be in the Crawford Berryhill Memorial Cemetery east of Plantersville. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service Saturday only at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland.
He is survived by his daughters, Kylee Ethridge and Kaydence Ethridge, both of Pontotoc; his mother, Connie Hopper Ethridge Smith (Fred) of Plantersville; his sister, Jessica Ethridge of Shannon; his grandparents, Gladys and John Morgan of Plantersville; his fiancée, Christina Hyland of Pontotoc. two nephews, Ethan Harris and Ely Davis, both of Shannon; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his dad, Charles Edmon Ethridge, and his grandparents, Edmon and Melba Ethridge.
Pallbearers will be Adam Reich, Daniel Perry, David Fisacerly, Randy Parchman Jr., Scott Fowler, Caleb Sloan, Daniel Sloan, Joseph Sloan and Tony Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be his high school buddies, his best friends, nephews and cousins.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Robert Williams
BELMONT – Robert Lee Williams, 95, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at Southern Magnolia in Golden. He was born in Alabama to Andrew and Leona Alice Massey Williams. He worked at Blue Bell for more than 30 years and he was a farmer. He and his wife, Hazel, owned and operated Williams Florist for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with John Williams, Kevin Williams and James Gibson officiating. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are two sons, Wallace Williams (Glenda) and John Williams (Betty), all of Dennis; six grandchildren, Keith Williams, Bret Williams, Cindy Bullock, Alan Williams, Jennifer Guyton and Kevin Williams; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Williams, and a son, James Williams.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Dees, Joey Moore, J.P. Wilemon Jr., James Holcomb, Ronnie Bullock and Jamie Guyton.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Marie Smith
DUMAS – Myra Marie Short Smith, 86, died Thursday, July 4, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Dec. 10, 1926, to Charlie and Maudie Lindsey Short in Brownville, Tenn. She was a lifetime member of Dumas Baptist Church. She spent her life serving others in her church and community. A pillar of the community and church, she was a Christian example of a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Dumas Baptist Church at Dumas. Bro. Bill Foley and Bro. Bill Baker will officiate. Family remembrances will be given by Janice Scalf. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Connie Duncan of Dumas; one son, Danny Ray Smith (Shirley) of Blue Mountain; two sisters, Sylvia Glover of Guntown and Charlene Reese of Pine Grove; seven grandchildren, Amanda Burroughs (Tommy), Rhonda Smith, Chad Smith, Nathan Harrison (Shawna), Lindsay Duncan, Emily Duncan and Blake Smith; six great-grandchildren, Brandon Mize, Cassie Mize, Austin Harrison, Riley Presley, Avery Duncan and Hadley Wagers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Smith; her parents; two sons, Sammy and Jackie Smith; one son-in-law, Ronnie Duncan; two brothers, J.C. Short and Travis Short; and one sister, Johnnie Cockrell.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Harrison, Brandon Mize, Bill Self, Frank Mask, Mike Kent and Johnny Hill.
Visitation will be at Dumas Baptist Church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Vera Thomas
FULTON – Vera E. Williams Thomas, 99, affectionately known as “Mawmaw” by those who knew and loved her, passed from this life on Thursday, July 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She joins her husband, Clyde Thomas, who preceded her in death on April 4, 1991. She had a zest for life and enjoyed living it to the fullest of her 99 years. Attending church services at the Fulton Church of Christ, where she was a member, and being a member of the Dixie Red Hats were among her greatest joys in life. She loved all children, especially her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, who were her pride and joy.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Minister Russ Crosswhite will officiate. Burial will be in Tilden Community Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, San (Mike) McLeod of Fulton; her grandchildren, Missi (Brad) Chatham of Fulton, Jon (Catherine) McLeod of Water Valley and Madison McLeod of Fulton; her great-grandchildren, Colin, Jade, Jordan and Brennen; one brother, Lawrence (Opal) Williams of Fulton; and one sister, Gena Miles.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Thomas; her parents, Monroe and Melverta Williams; two sisters, Era Palmer and Geneva Pearce; and a brother, Alfred Williams.
Pallbearers will be Richard Davis, B.W. Ausborn, Gerald Tanner, Doug Smith, Mackey Wade and Bill Miles.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Dixie Red Hats and her family at Charleston Place Assisted Living.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.