Obituaries July 8, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Nova Joe Tackett
NETTLETON – Nova Joe Roebuck Tackett, 86, died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

Annie Grimes
BOONEVILLE – Annie Lee Bearden Grimes, 81, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Martin Hill Cemetery.

Gene Lyons
GRENADA – Clive Eugene “Gene” Lyons, 79, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at The Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He was born May 8, 1933, in Ecru to Clive Paul and Ila Mae Lyons. He was the founder of Dixie Auto Auction in Grenada. He spent more than 50 years in the automobile business where he formed many lifelong friendships with dealers throughout Mississippi and the surrounding states.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today at The First United Pentecostal Church in Grenada. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in Grenada. Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Deanie Harrison Standrod Lyons; two daughters, Pam Moore (Kevin) and Beverly Hoop of Grenada; two stepsons, Rudy Standrod and Michael “Scooter” Standrod, of Grenada; eight grandchildren, Patrick Lott (Julie) of Clinton, Jeffrey Ables (Summer) of Byhalia, Lauren Moore of Jackson, Paige Parker (Will) of Cordova, Tenn., Emily Moore, Meredith Moore, Haley Hoop and Peyton Hoop, all of Grenada; two stepgrandchildren, Allen Harrel of Carrollton and Kayla Standrod of Grenada; six great-grandchildren, Hayden and Kash Parker of Cordova, Katlyn and Kacy Lott of Clinton, Andrea and Presley Ables of Byhalia; four sisters, Betty Whitten (Joe Phil) of Blue Springs, Barbara McAlpin of Germantown, Tenn., Laura Franklin (Donald) of Pontotoc and Nancy Phillips (Ronnie) of Tupelo; two brothers, Elbert Lyons (Mary Helen) and Delbert Lyons (Donna) of Pontotoc; and a cousin who was like a brother, Merle Hipps of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a wife and mother of his children, Elizabeth Ann “Dixie”; a daughter, Shirley Ables; a sister, Hazel Houston; and five brothers, Wayne, James, Clint, Clyde and Sammy Lyons.
Visitation will be 1 until 3 p.m. today prior to the service.
Memorials may be sent to The First United Pentecostal Church, 34 Bruce Road, Highway 8 East, Grenada, MS, or to The American Heart Association.

Bryan Strickland
FULTON – Bryan “Gator” Strickland, 40, died Friday, July 6, 2012. He was born Oct. 18, 1971, in Fulton to Johnny and Rebecca Bullock Strickland. He enjoyed fishing and talking on his CB radio.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. today at Fulton City Cemetery with Mike Deaton officiating. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his fiance, Diane Bass of Fulton; his parents, Johnny and Rebecca Strickland of Fulton; a sister, Teresa Johnson (Billy) of Mantachie; three brothers, Buddy, Dwayne and Robert Strickland, all of Fulton; one godson, Tyler Witcher; three stepdaughters; six grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by two nephews, Christopher and Phillip Strickland.
Pallbearers will be David Witcher, Tim Scott, William Johnson, Tim Witcher, Larry Painter and Shorty Mack McCracken.
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Hazel L. Smith
AMORY – Hazel L. Smith, 85, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Funeral arrangements were incom-plete and will be announced later by Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Bobby Ray Benton
BOONEVILLE – Bobby Ray Benton, 74, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at the Corinthian Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Fairview Church of God.

Imogene Miller
FORREST CITY, Ark. – Imogene Cowley Miller, 80, died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Crittenden Regional Hospital in West Memphis, Ark.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors.

David Doherty Jr.
NETTLETON – David Aubrey Doherty Jr., 52, died Friday, July 6, 2012, near Aberdeen. He was born Dec. 13, 1959, in Jackson County to David Aubrey and Adelaide Hurd Doherty Sr. A native of Pascagoula, he lived in Aberdeen 14 years before residing in Nettleton for the past 17 years. He was a chemical engineer for Tronox, LLC in Hamilton, having received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church in Aberdeen. He enjoyed going to locker auctions and was an avid Nettleton Tiger football fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. David Harrell officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memorial Park in Aberdeen.
Survivors include his wife, Jamye Thornton Doherty of Nettleton; his parents; one daughter, Jordan Doherty of Columbus; two sons, Trey Doherty of Starkville and Christian Doherty of Fulton; one brother, Alan Doherty (Donna) of Pascagoula; a niece, Kayla Doherty of Pascagoula; a nephew, Alan Doherty Jr. of Pascagoula; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Jake Brownlee, Steven Basham, Jeremy Patterson, John Schlicht, Jonathan Hester and Jessie Gillentine.
Visitation will continue from noon until service time today at the funeral home.
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Eloise Evans
TUPELO – Eloise P. Evans, 95, died Saturday, July 7, 2012, at Avonlea Assisted Living. A Newbern, Tenn., native, she was born March 25, 1917, to Homer B. Pope and Emma Lancaster Pope. She loved working puzzles, playing card games, crocheting and making baby blankets. She was also an avid NASCAR and golf fan. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Jefferson Street Chapel with the Rev. Bob O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery near Newbern, Tenn. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Eddie Evans and Charles “Captain Charlie” Watts (Rachel), all of Tupelo; and two daughters, Betty Adderholt (Oliver) of Birmingham, Ala., and Pat Evans Mitchell (Stanley) of Plantersville.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Honorary pallbearers will be Joseph Evans, Nathaniel Coleman, Robert M. Woods, Stewart W. Woods, Allen Adderholt, Steven Adderholt and Greg Watts.
Visitation will be 2 until 4 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home.

Ann Jefcoat Rayburn
OXFORD – Annie “Ann” Dale Jefcoat Rayburn, 84, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital North Mississippi in Oxford. She was born in Laurel and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Oxford. She was a homemaker, an antique dealer, Sunday school teacher and Bible school teacher. She was a member of the W.M.U., Oxford-Lafayette Historic Homes Inc., and University Dames. She was also a benefactor of the University of Mississippi.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Allen and the Rev. Eddie Willis officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be 4 until 6 p.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home.
Survivors include her husband, John R. Rayburn of Oxford; one son, Robert Kent Rayburn of Memphis; and a brother Lynn Barett Jefcoat of Jackson.
She was predeceased by her brother, William C. Jefcoat.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren, Oxford, MS 38655.
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Rosie Fair
TUPELO – Rosie Fair, 52, died Friday, July 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors.

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