Obituaries July 6, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

George Knight
George McCullough Knight, a believer and therefore, a child of God, passed from death into life on July 2, 2012, after a long battle with cancer.
He and his family have given thanks to God for the earthly angels that helped make his battle easier, especially Southern Care Hospice of Lucedale, and their exceptionally loving and caring staff members; Marcina Doze, Tara Hunt and Felicia Cook along with others. He was a retired mathematics teacher and coach having taught in Mississippi and Alabama.
Mr. Knight is preceded in death by his parents, John Allen (Chunk) and Mary Sue Bostic Knight; his paternal grandparents, Newton Berry and Carrie McCullough Knight; his maternal grandparents, John Erwin and Bettie Belle Holloway Bostic, all of Saltillo, Mississippi.
He is survived by his wife of 50 and one half years, Nona Faye Francis Knight, and three sons, Jonathan Todd Knight and wife, Donna, of Vancleave, Phillip Lee Knight and wife, LeaAnn, of Wesson, and Brian Patrick Knight and wife, Rebekah, of Vancleave; brothers, Allen Bostic (Loyce) Knight and John Harold (Mary Scott) Knight; seven grandchildren, Whitney Leigh Knight of Wesson, Tyler Scott Bray, Colin
Hugh Bray, Mary Todd Knight, Jonathan McCullough Knight, Madison Faith Knight and Makenzie Faith Knight, along with a greatly anticipated new addition in October, inlaws, Eunice Christine Francis Goodrich of Millington, Tenn., Alfred Escue Hutcheson of Saltillo, Dr. Charles Edward and Azalia Moore Sr., Mary Rochelle Francis (Wallace) Willard of Natchez; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends, especially two young men, Stacy Bennett and Mike Lundy.
Mr. Knight, better known as “Coach,” was born on Feb. 18, 1940, in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi in North Mississippi Community Hospital.
He was a 1958 graduate of Saltillo High School, Saltillo; 1960 graduate of Itawamba Community College, Fulton; and 1962 graduate of Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, where he also earned a Master’s Degree in 1970 with an advance degree in 1980 in Education Administration and Mathematics and was an avid State fan. He married his high school sweetheart, Nona Faye Francis, on Nov. 19, 1961.
He began his teaching and coaching in 1962, and retired after 48 years having taught mathematics and coached at Lawhon Junior High in Tupelo; Mooreville High School in Mooreville; Calhoun City High School in Calhoun City; Saltillo High School in Saltillo; and East Central High School in Hurley. Mr. Knight also taught mathematics at Mary G. Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala. “Coach” and his teams won many championships and honors through the years in various sports. He was chosen Outstanding Young Educator in 1973, and was selected by students as Star Teacher many times during his career. Coach Knight was a former All Star High School Basketball Coach and was 1995 Coach of the Year. He was a member of the Mississippi Association of Coaches and the National Council of Mathematics.
Mr. Knight served his communities in many ways, but had a special interest in Jaycees serving as an officer, Little League sports, as a coach, and the Boy Scouts of America, having obtained the rank of Eagle as a Scout and he was a member of the Order of the Arrow. He then served many years as a Scout Master and was presented with the Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit. His love of God, family, young people, academics and sports was very evident in his life. He felt God had given him the gift of teaching. He loved to talk and life presented him with many a “tale” to share with anyone who would listen.
Mr. Knight was an active member of Caswell Springs United Methodist Church in Wade, and formerly served as an Elder in the Presbyterian Church of Pascagoula and Saltillo. At the tender age of eight, he accepted Christ as his Savior.
Services celebrating his past life and his new life were held on Thursday, July 5, 2012, with visitation from noon until 2 p.m. in the sanctuary of Caswell Springs United Methodist Church located at 18601 Highway 63 in Wade. Burial followed at Caswell Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery. Officiating ministers were the Rev. Brian Scott and the Rev. H.W. Parker.
Pallbearers were Phil Flynn, Gary Long, Myrl Goff, Bert Garriga, Don Wierson, Neal Peach, Harold Kyle Waters and Jon Parker.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Caswell Springs United Methodist Church Building Fund and/or Mission Fund.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heritage Funeral Home located at 9721 Highway 63, Moss Point. You may view and sign and online register for Mr. Knight at www.heritage funeralhome.us.

Lawrence Mitchell
TAYLOR – Lawrence Mitchell, 91, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. A native of Shelby County, Tenn., he was born Jan. 20, 1921. He was a member of Mt. Hope M.B. Church in Taylor, where he served faithfully as a yard usher. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a retired custodian for the University of Mississippi and for the United States Federal Building in Oxford. He was a member of Taylor Masonic Lodge 52 and the Heroines of Jericho Court 95. He was the husband of Maggie Tyson Mitchell, who died on April 6, 2012.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Hope M.B. Church. The Rev. James Hull will officiate. Burial will be in Yocona Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Lila Mitchell of Taylor, Bettie (Eddie) Pearson of Oxford and Laura (Richard) Iqwike of New Orleans, La.; three sons, Willie Mitchell and Gary Mitchell, both of Taylor, and Glenn Mitchell of Memphis; one sister, Girlly McGlown of Belleville, Mich.; 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Mt. Hope M.B. Church.

Bill Moore
BOONEVILLE – William “Bill” Moore, 66, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Geneva Blaylock
ABERDEEN – Geneva Blaylock, 53, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Chuck Laney
MT. VERNON – Charles Thomas “Chuck” Laney, 49, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. He was born in Tupelo on April 17, 1963, to John Thomas Laney and Jamie Baggett Laney Witcher. A lifelong Lee Countian, he graduated from Saltillo High School in 1982 and from the refrigeration and air conditioning program at Itawamba Community College. A truck driver by profession, he had worked since 2004 for Con-way Trucking based in Tupelo. His CB handle was “Tadpole.” He loved the outdoors, fishing and deer hunting, and tending to his six dogs, 15 chickens and four goats and was a pretty good “shade tree” mechanic. He was saved at Belden Baptist Church and was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church at his death. His family and friends were very dear to him.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jim Varnon and his brother-in-law, Bro. Darryl Taylor, officiating. Private burial will follow in the Union Cemetery north of Belden. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time on Saturday.
Survivors include his wife, Lona Laney of Mt Vernon; his father, John Thomas “Buddy” Laney of Mt. Vernon; his mother, Jamie Witcher of Clinton, Tenn.; his daughter, Charla Laney of Guntown; his son, Jacob Laney of Mt. Vernon; four stepdaughters: Amber Jackson of Arkansas, Ashley Jackson of Marietta, and Trudy and Alisha Woodruff of the home; two sisters, Linda Taylor (Darryl) of Clinton, Tenn., and Suzanne Laney of Syracuse, Neb.; his brother, Doug Laney (Theresa) of Laurel; five grandchildren, Courtney, Lo’na, Lauren, Little Chuck and Jayce; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his stepmother, Charlotte Laney.
Pallbearers will be Mathew Brown, Johnny Pannell, Greg Malone, Ricky Kitchen, Rusty Sparks, Mike Gresham “Lo Bread,” Jimmy Reed “Speedo,” and Chris Brown “Bubba.” Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Baker and his Con-way associates, past and present.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Dorothy Butvidas
NEW ALBANY – Dorothy “Dot” M. Beresford Butvidas, 83, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born July 16, 1928, in Kearney, N.J., to David S. Beresford and Lillian Brzezinski Beresford. She was a homemaker and a member of the Harmony Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Dr. Robert Daniel officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a brother, William Beresford of Emmaus, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Carroll Gregory and Gus Butvidas; and a sister, Joan Butvidas.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Harmony Baptist Church, 1015 CR 59, New Albany, MS 38652.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Dorothy Jennings
MANTEE – Dorothy Ray Jennings, 79, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at R.P. White Nursing Facility in Meridian. She was born Jan. 23, 1933, in Chickasaw County. She grew up in Mantee and lived in Jackson for many years. She spent her later years in Meridian. She was a telephone operator for many years and a member of Mantee Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with the Rev. John Sweeney officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.
Survivors include two sisters, Fairy Mae Shaffer of Madison and Coy Jean Hunter and Gene of Houston, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan Wyatt Jennings and Coy Lee Dendy Jennings; three brothers, Milburn Jennings, Clifton Jennings and Curtis Jennings; and two sisters, Lottie White and Loudean Martin.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Malik Glaspie
BRUCE – Malik Glaspie, 10, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, as the result of a house fire at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce.

Madyson Smalley
BRUCE – Madyson Smalley, 3, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, as the result of a house fire. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

Evelyn Rogers
GOLDEN – Evelyn S. Rogers, 81, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.
John Wesley Herndon III
SALTILLO – John Wesley Herndon III, 79, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born March 11, 1933, in Memphis to John Wesley “Bud” Herndon Sr. and Willie Brice Wiseman Herndon and lived in the Tupelo and Saltillo area all his adult life. He was a descendant of Grandma Black (Mary Audra Black) of Cotton Plant. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a retired product engineer from Rockwell International. He served as secretary of Masonic Tupelo Lodge 318 for many years and was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Scottish and York Rite. His hobbies included fishing, loading and shooting guns. He was an amateur Ham Radio operator and amateur barbecue master. He was a great conversationalist and loved his grandchildren. He was a member of Antioch Church of Christ in Blue Springs.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Darrell E. Beard, Minister of Antioch Church of Christ in Blue Springs, officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery with Masonic graveside rites.
Survivors include one daughter; Rhonda Herndon Cooper (Michael) of Tupelo; one son, John Wesley Herndon IV (Aimee) of Saltillo; two grandchildren, Brice Ann Herndon and John Wesley “Bud” Herndon V; and a special family friend, Heaven Price.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 49 years, Betty Fuller Herndon, in August 1996; and one infant son.
Pallbearers will be Jerry McKee, Eric Jones, Lamar Clark, Terry Scott, Tyler Scott and Jimmy Long.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Parker, Johnny Carson, Steve McBrayer, Ronnie Parker and Jimmy Herndon of Ft. Myers, Fla.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Church of Christ, 1350 CR 197, Blue Springs, MS 38828.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Edward Howell
HOLLY SPRINGS – Edward E. Howell, 58, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Stinson Community Church in Rossville, Tenn. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
Johnnie Edwards
NETTLETON – Johnnie Lou Farris Edwards, 81, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at her home in Nettleton after an extended illness. She was born Sept. 23, 1930, in Itawamba County to Albert and Ila Grissom Farris. She was a native of Itawamba County, but had lived in Lee County most of her life. She was a retired seamstress for the former Lucky Star Industries in Nettleton and a member of Palestine Baptist Church. She enjoyed working in her flower and vegetable gardens, listening to gospel music and being with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Mike Brazeal officiating. The eulogy will be given by Bobbie Nicholson. Burial will be in Palestine Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda Fay Morton (Gene) of Nettleton; two brothers-in-law, Charles Mills of Nettleton and Fred Edwards (Yvonne) of Tupelo; three grandchildren, Teresa Franklin (Danny), Robert Dillard (Tabitha) and David Hankins (Kim); seven great-grandchildren, Casey Franklin, Grant Franklin, Anthony Franklin, Anna Grace Hankins, Kaylee Jo Hankins, Lindsey Dillard and Josh Dillard; and a very special caregiver, Bobbie Nicholson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Taylor Houston Edwards; her parents; one daughter, Brenda Hankins; one sister, Burma Jean Mills; one brother, Rufus Farris; one brother-in-law, Weaver Edwards (Mary Belle).
Pallbearers will be Bobby Cook, Mark Welch, Hal Mills, Robby Hankins, Mike Farris and Jerry Farris.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Flurry and Charles Mills.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends can sign the registry and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Fred Pannell
BALDWYN – Fred Pannell, 85, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Sadie Davis
BOONEVILLE – Sadie Davis, 93, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Tommy Carpenter
BALDWYN – Tommy Carpenter, 73, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Baldwyn on May 12, 1939, to Boyd and Annie Ruth Carpenter. He was a graduate of Baldwyn High School. He worked as the bread man for Wonder Bread in the Baldwyn/Booneville area for 28 years. He also worked as an agent for Liberty National Insurance 12 years until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of Ingram Baptist Church, where he served on various committees. He enjoyed farming, gardening, watching westerns, playing with grandchildren and visiting with friends. For several years he took special joy in delighting children at Christmas as one of Santa’s helpers. He was known for his loving and kind spirit, his humor and his smile.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Earl Barron officiating, and Jerry Turner and Gerald Carpenter delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife Bobbie Jo Carpenter of Baldwyn, whom he married Aug. 16, 1969; children, Beverly Harmon (Jim) of West Point, Pam Bates of Shelby Township, Mich., Janet Swindle (Robert) of Cordova, Tenn., Tim Carpenter (Renee) of Katy, Texas, David Carpenter of Baldwyn, Bart Carpenter (Linda) of Katy, Texas, Shane Carpenter of Corinth and Brian Carpenter (Paula) of Saltillo; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Linda Hallmark and Peggy McCarthy (Larry) of Baldwyn; and a brother, Mike Carpenter (Shelia) of Baldwyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Sam Mitchell, James Downs, Randy Hill, Cliff Foster, Bobby Carr and Mike Kesler. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Turner, Jerry Ford, Richard Bullock, Bennie Hitt, Billy Fleming, Doug Waters, John O. Cunningham and members of his men’s Sunday school class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Advantage, 401 Center Ave., STE A, Bay City, MI 48708-5939.

Diane Tannehill
TUPELO – Diane Evans Henderson Tannehill, 80, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at her residence after an extended illness. A Phoenix native, she was born Jan. 7, 1932, to Clifford Arthur and Violette Margaret Letts Evans. Her father died when she was 7 and several years later her mother married Alpheus Lester Henderson, who became her second father. She graduated from Duke University and later earned a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Mississippi. In 1954 she married Antone Walter Tannehill Jr. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, where she served for several years as church librarian.
Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Tom Groome and the Rev. Carson Overstreet officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Antone Walter Tannehill III of Newhall, Calif., David Henderson Tannehill (Melody) of Germantown, Tenn., and Jeffery Wyman Tannehill of Tupelo; and three grandchildren, Jonathan Davidson Tannehill, Katharine Margaret Tannehill and Sara Augusta Tannehill, all of Germantown, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her second father, Alpheus Lester Henderson; and her husband, Dr. Antone Walter Tannehill Jr.
Pallbearers will be John Castles, Dr. Swan Burrus, Charles Johnston, Heywood Washburn, Dr. Byron “Doc” Green, Dr. Benton Hilbun Sr., Mark Monts, Mike Marion, Dr. Peter Whithead, Tommy Wood, Benton Hilbun Jr., Grayson Robbins, Bill Lyle and Glenn McCullough.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour prior to service time Saturday in McFadden Hall of First Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorials be made to First Presbyterian Church, 400 Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804; The Antone Tannehill Good Samaritan Free Clinic, P.O. Box 1821, Tupelo, MS 38802; or Faith Haven Inc., P.O. Box 838, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Banks Livingston
TUPELO – Cayce Banks Livingston, 94, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Jason Modzelewski
MATHISTON – Jason Allen Modzelewski, 15, died Monday, July 2, 2012, in Mathiston.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Maben Church of God in Maben. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
Prentiss Wright
DOTHAN, Ala. – Prentiss Dean ‘Skeet’ Wright Sr., 89, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012, at his daughter’s home after a short illness.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Plantersville Cemetery in Plantersville. Ward Wilson Memory Hill Funeral Home of Dothan, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his children, P. Dianne Haberle (John) of Slocomb, Ala., and Prentiss Dean Wright Jr. (Kelly) of Syracuse, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Heather Lee Haberle Bailey of New Jersey, Amanda Prentiss Haberle Blankenship of Alabama, Michele Lee Wright Milhiser (Dave) of Virginia, Stacy Lee Wright Barber of New York, and Curtis and Lucas Cuilla of New York; great-grandchildren, Addisen Rylee Blankenship, Madison and Michael Milhiser, Kayleigh, Noel, Kenneth and Jasmine Barber of New York; sister-in-law, Evelyn Marguerite Wright of Plantersville; nieces, Mary Jeffie Webb (Johnny) of Mississippi, Frances Ann (Jerry) Herman of Kenosha, Wis.; nephew, Windham Floyd Wright Jr. (Bonita) of Carlsbad, N.M.; special friend, Stevie Wright Wise of New York; and a host of great-nephews, great-nieces and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Jacqueline Elizabeth Honea Wright; his parents, William Floyd Wright Sr. and Francis Elizabeth Smith Wright; a brother, William Floyd Wright Jr.; a sister, Colene Wright Westmoreland; and a great-grandchild, Kenneth Barber.
Family will receive friends following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Evergreen Presbyterian Church Food Bank Fund, 1103 N. Pontiac Ave., Dothan, AL 36301.

Jerry King
RIPLEY – Jerry Eugene King, 63, died Thursday, July 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 30, 1948, to John and Mamie Vandygriff King. He was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church and a truck driver.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Blue Mountain Cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Malissa Grisham (Ray) of Ripley; two sons, Larry King and John King, both of Ripley; two brothers, Wayne King (Gladys) of Savannah, Tenn., and Calvin King of Ripley; and seven grandchildren, Nathan, Brandon and Anna King, Kayla and Destiny Walker, Haley and Patricia Cook.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice King; his parents; one sister, Louise Thomas; and five brothers, Billy, Bobby, Sonny, Tommy and Charles David King.
Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries and sign the guestbook online, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.

Stevie Allred
MARIETTA – Stephanie Kathleen “Stevie” Allred, 26, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, in Fulton. She was born Dec. 28, 1985, in Tupelo to Dale White and Susan McMurray White. She graduated from Saltillo High School and later married Richard Allred. Her greatest joys were her two children whom she loved dearly. She was a member of Dorsey Baptist Church.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Dorsey Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Rushing officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Susan White of North Carolina; her husband, Richard Allred of Marietta; son, Peyton Allred, and daughter, Ayla Allred, both of Marietta; brother, Greg White of Baldwyn; three sisters, Chelsea White of Lake Piomingo, Melanie Floyd (Chad) of Marietta and Ally White of Booneville; and aunt, Jackie McMurray of North Carolina.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

J.L. Huddleston
RIPLEY – J.L. Huddleston, 70, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 27, 1941, to Eston and Ethel Meadows Huddleston in Ripley. He was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Ripley Church of Christ. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Trey South and Bro. Stan Roberson officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Wilson (Jamie) of Ripley and Carmen Yates (Kendle) of Brentwood, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Kristen Witt (C.J.) of Nashville, Craig Chunn of Ripley, Luke, Heath, Alec and Lily Ann Yates, all of Brentwood, Tenn., Brigg Mason of Blue Mountain; three sisters, Vernell Devault (Felix) of Chandler, Ariz., Lois Roberson of Ripley and Gerald Sidwell of St. Louis; the mother of his children, Judith Mauney of Ripley; special friend, Deborah Brooks of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steven Carl Huddleston; and four brothers, Terrell, Nelson, Leon and Waymon Huddleston.
Pallbearers will be Craig Chunn, Luke Yates, Heath Yates, Alex Yates, Ruble Huddleston, William Thrasher, Gary Huddleston and Homer Richardson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Bob Allison, Dale Kennedy, Jimmy Hughey and Danny Shackelford.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o The Peoples Bank, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.

Leroy Young
MEMPHIS – Leroy Young, 54, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at his home in Memphis. He was formerly of Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Concord M.B. Church in Slayden. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m.

Carol Pickens
TUPELO – Carol Pickens, 43, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Formerly of Vaiden, she was born Aug. 2, 1968, to Rudolph Pickens Jr. and Lisa Green Pickens in Winona. She was a 1987 graduate of Vaiden High School and she attended Itawamba Community College. She lived in Memphis for three years and in Tupelo for the last 17 years. She worked at Home Health Care and Walmart.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope United Methodist Church in Houston with the Rev. Donell Cherry officiating. Burial will be in the MIdway Cemetery in Vaiden. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, William E. Pickens of Tupelo; two daughters, Shakira S. Pickens and Precious T. Pickens , both of Tupelo; her mother-in-law, Mary Jane Pickens of Tupelo; three sisters, Dorothy Griffin (Gladney) of Okolona, Maxine Elam (Claude) of Carrollton and Patricia Blackmon (Charles) of Warner Robins, Ga.; three brothers, O.G. Mattox of Milwaukee, Wis., Wayne Pickens of Columbus and Harold Pickens (Melissa) of Southaven.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today and a wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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Robert Durham
HOLLY SPRINGS – Robert Michael Durham, 63, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. He was born Dec. 26, 1948, in Holly Springs. He was a Baptist. He worked in real estate sales. He was a professional rebel.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include his mother, Doris Avent of Holly Springs; a son, Nick Durham of Wake Forest, N.C.; three daughters, Kelly Sobol, Amy Durham and Brandy Durham, all of Ocean City, Md.; grandchildren, Ashley Sobol, Madeline Sobol, Matthew Sobol, Annie Durham, Charlie Durham and Brooklyn Durham; aunts and uncles, Rev. and Mrs. Torrence H. Maxey of Montgomery, Ala., John Dabney Brown, and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Emmett Brown of Pine Bluff, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Malcom Durham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Inez Flowers
AMORY – Inez Dixon Flowers, 91, died on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Nov. 7, 1920, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of the late Perd and Emma Johnson Dixon. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she graduated from Wren High School. She and her late husband, Roy Flowers, operated Flowers Grocery on McAlister Road. For 35 years, she was employed by Peoples Drug Company. She was a lifelong member of Grady’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Bond; a son-in-law, Jerry Bond; a granddaughter, Rebecca Garner; a grandson-in-law, Todd Garner; and great-grandchildren, Ann Gates and Mett Garner, all of Oxford.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Ray Dixon; sister-in-law, Sally Dixon; and grandson, Christopher Bond.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley, the Rev. Warren Black and the Rev. Harrison Upshaw officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Griffith, Bill Griffith, Ronald Archer, Joe Rieves, Paul Gregory, Gerald Marion and Dick Millender. Honorary pallbearers will be the Coffee Drinkers at People’s Drug Company.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:45 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are given to Grady’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 30038 Peacely Ferry Rd., Aberdeen, MS 39730 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jimmie Butler
HOLLY SPRINGS – Jimmie Butler, 50, died Friday, June 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Pisgah CME Church in Byhalia.
Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.