Obituaries June 10, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

Lisa Strickland
GOLDEN – Lisa Renae Strickland, 25, died Monday, June 8, 2009 at her residence. She was born Nov. 30, 1983, in Mississippi. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Belmont.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Bro. Scott Wilson and Bro. Jerry George officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her parents, Dennis and Martha Coats Kennedy of Golden, Ms.; one son, Christopher Adam Strickland of Golden; one stepson, Jonathan Strickland of Fairview; one brother, Michael Seth Kennedy of Golden; grandmother, Jean Kennedy of Golden; grandfather, Herman Coats of Vina, Ala.; and aunt, Linda Coats of Vina, Ala. She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Strickland; her grandfather, Lewis Kennedy; and her grandmother, Girlene Coats.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Rebecca Henry
PONTOTOC – Rebecca Owen Henry, 93, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at the Pontotoc Hospital. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pontotoc. She loved to travel, do crossword puzzles, read, crochet, sew and raise flowers. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a past Matron of the Pontotoc Chapter and served as an officer of the Grand Chapter. She worked as a bookkeeper for Browning Furniture.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Ken Hester and Micky Gentry officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include four sons, Jim (Chris) Owen, Bill (Judy) Owen, Ken (Joice) Owen and Glen (Shannon) Owen; one daughter, Janet (Bill) Rackley; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lelia Daugherty; her first husband, Vardman Owen; her second husband, Gradon Henry; her sister, Cora Owen; two brothers, Twist Daugherty and Bill Daugherty; and a granddaughter, Jennifer Yates.
Grandsons and Masons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Alzheimer’s Association Chapter, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Suite H, Jackson, MS 39216; or Pontotoc County Library; of First Baptist Church of Pontotoc.

Flora W. Smithey
PONTOTOC – Flora W. Smithey, 89, died at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice House in Verona. She was born April 22, 1920, in Pontotoc County to Richard and Della Mooneyham Wise. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church of Pontotoc.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Elder Larry Wise and Elder Jerry Wise officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Bill Bailey (Ellen) of Columbus; one daughter, Joyce Gentry (Dwight) of Sulligent, Ala.; two stepsons, Irby Ray Smithey of New Albany, Rev. Dennis Smithey of Amory and Jimmie Smithey of Meridian; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five stepgrandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Fred Bailey and Irby R. Smithey; and two sisters, Mamie Dyson and Ozella Dorrough.
Pallbearers will be Murl Bailey, Jimmy Bailey, Terry Wise, Mickey Swords, Stanley Wise, and Lyle Gentry.

Oscar Swinney
GUNTOWN – William Oscar Swinney, 85, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He retired after 37 years of service with Day-Brite Mfg. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a longtime member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and church members, and fishing, camping and small engine repair.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Martin Jacks, Bro. Felix Hutcheson Jr. and Bro. Walter Prather Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include four daughters, Wanda Hallmark (Elbert) of Saltillo, Linda Raines (Jimmy), Brenda Pannell (Johnny) and Deborah Jaggers, all of Guntown; a sister-in-law, Lavelle Davis of Baldwyn; 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, 13 great-great-grandchildren; number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Vera Martin Swinney; his parents, James Monroe and Alice Darwin Swinney; and two brothers, James Robert Swinney and Eddie Lee Swinney.
Pallbearers will be Dale Raines, Matthew Bishop, Michael Pannell, Ricky Hallmark, Shane Hallmark, Gerry Jackson and Jackie Myhand.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Senior Adult Class at Camp Creek Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Rev. John Jones
CORINTH – The Rev. John Wesley Jones, 73, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

Billy King
NEW ALBANY – Billy King, 54, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Bill Reemes
SLATE SPRINGS – Craig William “Bill” Reemes, 74, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at his home. He was born Oct. 13, 1934, in Marshall, N.C. He was a retired construction ironworker-welder for Taylor & Murphree in Asheville, N.C. He was an MP in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church in Marshall, N.C., and a Mason with the Slate Springs Lodge.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Bro. Dan Wright and Bro. Lynn Hughes will officiate. Burial will be in turkey Creek Cemetery in Water Valley.
Survivors include his wife, Louise “Tina” Reemes of Slate Springs; a daughter, Sharon Matthews (John) of Canton, N.C.; three sons, Edd Reemes (Shelia) of Water Valley, Thomas Reemes (Monica) of Branson, Mo., and Joseph Reemes of Covington, Ga.; three sisters, Faye Parham and Cathleen Brown of Asheville, N.C., and Evelyn Clark of Encachandler, N.C.; one brother, Ruben Reemes of North Carolina; and five grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edd Will Reemes and Ida Payne Reemes.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Carolyn Collins
WEST POINT – Carolyn Ivy Collins, 68, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Third Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in West Point. Burial will be in Fountain Head Church Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Eva Dale Ponder
TEMPLE GROVE – Eva Dale Caldwell Ponder, 94, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at her residence after a brief illness. A Brewer native, she was born July 7, 1914, to Press and Dora Dye Caldwell. She was a seamstress and a child care provider for many children over the years, especially her grandson, Johnny. She was a member of East Heights Assembly of God.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at East Heights Assembly of God with the Rev. David Lann officiating. Burial will be in Brewer Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda Herndon of the Temple Grove community; two grandsons, Johnny Herndon of the home and Barry Herndon (Jennifer) of Arkansas; one granddaughter, Mandi Beddingfield (Neil) of Plantersville; three great-granddaughters, Brittany, Kate and Rachel Herndon; one sister, Maxine Tallant of Tupelo; one sister-in-law, Willie Caldwell of Shannon; a host of nieces and nephews; and the Herndon family including Bobby Herndon, Jean Brea, Shirley Armstrong and Sadie Hester. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Ponder; a brother, Stanley Caldwell; a sister, Ruby Rains; a son-in-law, Billy Herndon; and special friends, Alma Herndon, J.E. Herndon and G.A. Herndon.
Pallbearers will be Barry Herndon, Kim Herndon, Dennis Bolen, David Bolen, Neil Beddingfield and John Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Herndon, Danny Bolen and William Heard’s Art Class.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at East Heights Assembly of God. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

James Reed
RIENZI – James Reed, 82, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 7, 1927, in Rienzi to Tom and Roxie Wilemon Reed.A member of Rienzi Baptist Church, he helped to build the existing church building. Each year on Friday of Vacation Bible School, he took all the children for a ride on a fire truck. After farming for many years, he worked for the City of Rienzi as Water Department manager and fire chief. He enjoyed gardening, especially growing tomatoes and sharing them with his friends. He loved working, being around other people, being “on the go” and his dog, Daisy.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Titus Tyer and Bro. Charlie Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Phillips (Freddy) of Corinth and Sandra Church (Ray) of Booneville; two brothers, Joe Reed (Carolyn) of Corinth and Larry Reed (Tina) of Counce, Tenn.; four sisters, Mary Yancey of Rienzi, Emma Vandiver of Corinth, Carolyn Pace (Leonard) of Booneville and Martha Powers of Ontario, Canada; two granddaughters, Tracey Church Moreland (Josh) of New Site and Brooke Phillips Norris (Cory) of Pickwick, Tenn.; a great-grandson, Jake Moreland of New Site; and special friends, Bobby and Judy Coker, and Dewayne, Amy, Brooke, Ethan, and Evan Norvell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Lois Reed, on Oct. 27, 2007; his parents; two sisters, Katherine Stanberry and Aden Hearn; and a brother, Jack Reed.
Pallbearers will be Jimmie Short, Gene Plunk, Bobby Coker, John Phillips, Dewayne Norvell and Jeffery Dickey. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Eaton and David Lee.
Memorials may be made to the Rienzi Baptist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 134, Rienzi, MS 38865.

Bertie Duckworth
BOONEVILLE – Bertie P. Duckworth, 98, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at the Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Feb. 28, 1911, in Alabama to George and Elizabeth Smith Patterson. She was a factory worker and a Pentecostal. She was an accomplished artist and songwriter. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and growing flowers.
Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. today at Hodges Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Boyce Holcomb officiating. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Herschell Duckworth of Saltillo and J. D. Duckworth of the Richmond community; 12 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dee Duckworth, in 1985.
Visitation will be from 3 to 3:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mamie Ruth Foote
IUKA – Funeral arrangements for Mamie Ruth Foote are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.

Mary Lively
BELDEN – Mary Florence Parks Lively, 69, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born July 26, l939, in Biloxi to Jessie Bland Parks and Edith Flora Humphries Parks. She graduated from New Albany High School, where she was a standout basketball player and majorette and in the school band. She and her husband, Billy, had lived in Lee County for over 40 years. A member of the Belden Baptist Church, she was formerly a beautician and was briefly a physical education instructor at Rankin School and retired after 15 years as cafeteria manager at Pierce Street Schools. She enjoyed the great outdoors, camping, fishing and boating but the joy of her life was her children and grandchildren, who affectionately called her “Mamaw.”
A memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her grandson-in-law, Bro. Brandon Britton, and Bro. Jim Holcomb officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time Thursday only.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Billy Ray Lively, whom she married April 26, 1958; three children, Michael R. Lively ( Debbie Foster Lively), Debbie Newell (special friend, David Black) of Pulaski, Tenn., and Penny Clayton (special friend, Chuck Jones) of Aberdeen; five grandchildren, Jade Britton (Brandon), Dana Newell, Rick Clayton (Dallas Hardin), Jesse Clayton and Raine Turner; four great-grandchildren, Reese and Kase Britton, Kalie Byrd and Baylor Clayton; a special sister-in-law, Vivian Spencer and her son, Ray, of New Albany; and her extended Parks families in New Albany and Biloxi. She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Todd Lively, on Nov. 3, 2008.
Pallbearers will be Rubin Greer, Paul Estes, James Winter, Walt Summers, Tony Roper and Buddy Clayton.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS. 38802.

Elizabeth Cartwright
BOONEVILLE – Elizabeth White Cartwright, 48, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. She was born Oct. 12, 1960, to Jacqueline Sutherland White and Harry V. White. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Booneville. She was a graduate of Briarcrest High School in Memphis and Blue Mountain College. She taught for 20 years at Pine Grove High School. She enjoyed art needlework and oil painting.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Lynn Jones officiating. Graveside services will be at Concord Baptist Church with Bro. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in the Concord Cemetery. Visitation will continue until service time today.
Survivors include her spouse of 20 years, Wade Cartwright; one daughter, Olivia Cartwright; one son, Tyler Wade Cartwright; her mother, Jacqueline Sutherland White, all of Booneville; two brothers, Harry V. White Jr. (Mary Beth) of Kissimmee, Fla., and Seymour, Tenn., and Emory Ewing Smith of Memphis; two stepdaughters, Patricia Croft (Shannon) and Shelia Owens; and two half sisters, Nancy Russell and Janie Bray (Paul) of Memphis. She was preceded in death her father, Harry V. White Sr.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Stevens, Keith Shackelford, Johnny Creel, William Scott, Sterling Akers, Marshall Dickerson, Joey Williford and Ray Scott.
In lieu of flowers, the family request contributions be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or First Baptist Church.

Billy Garrison
MYRTLE – Billy Coleman Garrison, 67, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at his residence. He was born Oct. 14, 1941, in Union County to John Quitman Garrison and Julia Clara Black Garrison. He was a retired farmer and farm equipment mechanic. He was a member of the Macedonia Hunting Club and the Macedonia Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Louie Williams and Rev. Billy Foley. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Julia Clara Garrison of Myrtle; one son, Tim “Bacroad” Garrison (Cathy) of Potts Camp; one brother, Johnny Garrison (Doris) of Myrtle; two grandchildren, Kimberly “Bobo” Ford and Kansas Downs; four nieces, five great-nieces and three great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, John Quitman Garrison, and a son. Bryan Charles Garrison.
Pallbearers will be Colin Collins, Patrick Rhea, Malcolm Rhea, Ray Shirley, James Shirley, Jimmy Baker, Bo Garrison and William Garrison.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons International.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Elnor Sockwell
OXFORD – Elnor Ruth Sanders Sockwell, 67, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at her home in Tula.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New El Bethel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in New El Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7 p.m.Thursday at Waller Funeral Home and from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.
Online condolences and the guest registry may be accessed at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Melvin Hood
AMORY – Melvin Dean Hood, 89, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at his home. He was born July 15, 1919, in Monroe County to John Roy and Addie Zepher Page Hood. He attended Bigbee and Amory schools. He married Mable Elliot Conwill in 1942. A lifelong resident of the Amory and Bigbee areas, he owned Hood’s Cleaners in Amory with his brother, Robert, for 35 years before retiring. He was a charter member of the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church and served on the Official Board of Stewards, various committees, and helped any way his church needed him until his health failed. He will be remembered as a gentleman; a great father; and a man with a strong love for God, his wife and family. He was a man anyone would be proud to call a friend. He enjoyed fishing and farming in the Carolina community, gardening, quail and dove hunting, his grandchildren, and his dog, Sarge.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mable Hood; one son, Kennon Hood (Beverly) of Amory; two brothers, James Orlan Hood of Olive Branch and Robert Page Hood (Wynelle) of Amory; one sister, Addie Etoyle Hood Earley (Myles) of Madison, Ala.; five grandchildren, Dr. Bryan Brister (Kristen), Ashley Hood Schermerhorn (Jimmy), Joey Hood, Erynne Hood Messina (George) and Melissa Hood; and one great-grandchild, Alex Brister.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers and sisters, Genevea Mae Wood, Roy Lamar Hood, Nell Louise Hood, Grace Jeanette Barnes, John Theron Hood and Marvin Elbert Hood.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Schermerhorn, Eric Larson, Ed Hood, Sgt. George Messina, USMC, Bob McDonald and Naveed Alim. Honorary pallbearers will be all nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and will continue until service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to the St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 535, Amory, MS 38821.

George Frank Pate
WREN – George Dee Franklin Pate, 75, died Sunday, June 7, 2009, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born Feb. 18, 1934, in Itawamba County to John Booker and Susie Mae Steele Pate. He married Charlotte Brenda Kennedy in 1957. Before his retirement, he worked as an electrician for Walker Mfg. for 23 years. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed playing cards with his family, working word search puzzles, gardening, yard work and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially riding them on his golf cart.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Bethel Baptist Church in Nettleton with Bro. Thomas Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Wren Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Charlotte Brenda Kennedy Pate of Wren; three daughters, Donna Haas (Calvin) of Shannon, and Kimberly Steele (John) and Judith Hall of Wren; four sisters, Johnnie Mae Ital of Marissa, Ill., Charlie Ray Hurley of Amory, Elois Giernoth (Wally) of Ingleside, Ill., and Enola Ann Powell (Larry) of Huffman, Texas; eight grandchildren, Charlotte Dianne Jones (Jason Lawrence), Jessica Renea Steele Lamb (Tim), Toria Pate Haas Neal (Brandon), Kelsey Breanne Steele, Nicholas Blake Haas, Pate Hall, Chloe Marie Hall and Maegan DeeAnn Hall of Wren; three great-grandchildren, Haylee MaKenzie Neal, Carley Elizabeth Lawrence and Aiden Wayne Neal; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ackles Leo and Melvin Lecil Pate; and three sisters, Etah McMickin, Euple Nell Watkins and Eugenia Ruth Smith.
Pallbearers will be Pate Hall, Nicholas Haas, Tim Lamb, Brandon Neal, Randy McMickin and Keith Ital. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Hurley, Terry McMickin, Larry Ital, Sean McMickin, Kevin Powell and Aiden Neal.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.
Memorials may be may be made to the Wren Cemetery Fund or the Bethel Baptist Church in Nettleton.

Don Foster
WEST POINT – Don Foster, 70, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, at his residence in West Point.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Hebron Cemetery near Pheba. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Calvert Funeral Home in West Point.
Memorials may be made to Hebron Cemetery Fund, c/o Hebron Baptist Church, 6230 Henryville Road, Pheba, MS 39755.

Kevin Durham
SALTILLO – Kevin Brent Durham, 54, died Monday, June 8, 2009, at Darlington Oaks in Verona after an extended illness. A native of Kokomo, Ind., he was born Oct. 14, 1954, to Daniel Durham and Wilma Jo Gearheart Durham Swanson. He was a printing press operator for Mid South Fine Printers and had previously been employed with Barber Printing. He enjoyed playing his guitar, exchanging e-mails with family and friends, gardening and cooking. He was a member of Birmingham Ridge Baptist Church.
Services will be at 5 p.m. today at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Bobby Holland and Dan Buchanan officiating.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 28 years, Sandy Durham of Saltillo; one sister, Cathy Figg-Hoblyn of Clear Lakes, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Dan Buchanan (Valerie) of Lovettsville, Va.; one sister-in-law, Ethel Warren (Charles) of Terry; his mother, Wilma Jo Gearheart Swanson of Santa Rosa, Calif.; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oscar and Eva Buchanan of Saltillo; a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Durham.
Visitation will be 4 p.m. to service time today at the Saltillo funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Billy Stout
NEW ALBANY – Billy Wayne Stout Jr., 43, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.