By NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – Billy R. Warren, 59, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. He was born Nov. 11, 1950, in Itawamba County to John L. and Josephine Davis Warren. He was a truck driver and a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of Trace Roads Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and gardener.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Bro. James Earl Wilson, Bro. Clinton Worthy and Bro. Grady Davidson will officiate. Burial with military honors will be in Fulton City Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Diane Warren of Amory; his mother, Josephine Warren of Pontotoc; four sons, Mike Warren (Aymber) of North Carolina, Michael Ross of Amory, Eric Wilson (Lisa) of Shannon and Jimmy Ross (Angelia) of Nettleton; two daughters, Holly Whitworth of Mooreville and Rebecca Ross of Amory; one brother, James Warren (Sue) of Red Bay, Ala.; 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his father, John L. Warren, and one sister, Peggy Basden.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Whitworth, Brian Kelley, Sammy Hall, Eric Wilson, Donald Warren, John Warren, Mike Warren and Tim Webb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Friday.
BOONEVILLE – Billy R. Pounds, 79, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Minister Joe Waldrop Jr.
NEW ALBANY – Minister Joe Waldrop Jr., 45, formerly of Aurora, Ill., died Friday, June 4, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born June 18, 1964, in Thomasville, Ga., to the Rev. Joe Waldrop Sr. and Berniece Barker Waldrop. He was a graduate of East Aurora High School. He moved to New Albany in 1992. He was called into the ministry and preached his first sermon on June 24, 2007.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Pine Bluff Baptist Church at Myrtle. The Rev. Joe Waldrop Sr. and the Rev. Charles Keys will officiate, and Minister Reggie Miller will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the Gerizum Cemetery at Myrtle. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two children, Shica (Brian) Povich of South Elgin, Ill., and Tyler Waldrop of Aurora, Ill.; a grandson, Mason Povich; his parents, Pastor Joe and Lynette Waldrop of New Albany; his grandmother, O’Kattie Crockett of New Albany; his brothers, Tony (Elizabeth) McCoy and Jeffery (Wanda) McCoy, all of Tupelo; two sisters, Belinda (Alex) Williams of Oswego, Ill., and Kathy J. Hill of Chicago; uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Berniece Waldrop.
FULTON – Eupal Moore Thornberry, 99, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at her home in Fulton. She was born March 4, 1911, to Rhoten Watts Moore and Alice Brown Moore of Fulton. She married Erskine Thornberry in 1930. She was the oldest member of East Fulton Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and involved in many other church activities, including the Silver Saints and Young at Heart. A graduate of Mississippi State University, she taught English at Fulton Junior High School for 46 years. For many years she directed the county spelling bee and had 26 champions, including a Mid-South champion. She was involved in numerous educational activities, including the Mississippi textbook selection committee, Delta Kappa Gamma and the Mississippi Education Board.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at East Fulton Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Smith, Bro. Grover Laird and Bro. Dewitt Bain officiating. Burial will follow at the Oak Grove Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her sisters, Mildred Sheffield and Ola Rae Boren of Tupelo, and Dorothy Marlin and husband, Clifton, of Fulton; nieces, Jane Threldkell and Betty Womack of Tupelo, Carol Troutt of Memphis; a niece-in-law, Margo Marlin of Fulton; nephews, Dr. Philip Sheffield of Athens, Ga., Mike Pearson of Jackson, Tenn., and Don Pearson of Bells, Tenn.; and her caregivers, Sherry Norris, Charlotte Owens, Carolyn Hutcheson and Sally Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one sister, June Moore Pearson; and two nephews, Robert Watts Sheffield and Dr. Roger Boyd Marlin.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Philip Sheffield, Jim Threldkell, Dr. Bill Troutt, Mike Pearson, Don Pearson, Noel Womack, Christopher Womack, Gene Marlin, Judson Womack and James Marlin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Russell, Trent Bennett, Wayne Walker, Bud Spencer, Mike Mills, Danny Olswatt, Bill Todd, Roy White, John Cromeans and Billy Joe South.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
PONTOTOC – Christy Michelle Gillen Hall, 40, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at her home. She loved gardening, watching movies, reading and her pets.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Bro. John Steele will officiate. Burial will be in Ingomar Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Michael Hall; her three children, Leighton Hargett, Kaitlyn Hargett and Dylan Hargett; her grandmother, Mauna Sue Gillen; her mother, Delinda Sue Gillen; her brother, David Scott Blaylock; her sister, Beverly Anne McDonald; her uncle, Kenneth Dean Gillen; and her aunt, Brenda Diane Gillen.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Leighton Knox Gillen.
Pallbearers will be Rayburn Blaylock, Scott Blaylock, Zack Orsborn, Tom Orsborn and Justin Blaylock.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday.
MANTACHIE – Lillian M. Knight, 86, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at Countrywood Plantation Assisted Living in Mantachie. She was born Nov. 2, 1923, to Walter and Bertha Smith Cook. She was a member of the Mantachie Church of Christ. She was retired from Mantachie Manufacturing after many years of service. She loved working in her yard.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Caster Buse and Bro. Larry Lott officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one sister, Lanette Thompson Pollock of Mantachie; a special son-in-law, David Brown (Pat) of Mantachie; two grandchildren, Christi Nanney (Michael) of Fulton and Chanda Mears of Mantachie; two great-grandchildren, Carlee and Trey Nanney, both of Fulton; three sisters-n-law, Margie Cook of Eggville, Thelma Knight of Mantachie and Quay Hall of Cordova, Tenn.; nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Leroy “C.L.” Knight, who died in 1982; one daughter, Teressa Brown, who died in 1992; two brothers, Walter Hoyle Cook and W.C. “Dub” Cook; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Ted Ferguson, David Knight, Ricky Thompson, Tony Thompson, Randy Price, Mike Price, Roger Grissom and Terry Hall.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rachel Leathers; the staff at Countrywood Plantation; and the resident Hospice staff.
BALDWYN – Marion Leach, 7 months, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at home in Baldwyn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
CORINTH – John Thomas “Tom” Evans, 65, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1944. He was a security guard and an entertainment manager. He was of the nondenominational faith.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Bro. Billy Moody will officiate. A private family burial will follow.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Connie Marsh Evans of Corinth; sons, Nick Thompson and wife, Kay, of Ripley, Ryan Gray and wife, Inga, of Corinth, and Adam Gray of Georgia; daughter, Crystal Sagely and husband, Roger, of Eastview, Tenn.; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; his mother, Doris Cummings Evans Chrisop of Corinth; brothers, Roger Inman and wife, Cindy, of Corinth and Bill Cummings and wife, Karen, of Medina, Tenn.; an aunt, Nell Nance and husband, Gerald, of Jackson, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.T. Evans.
Honorary pallbearers will be Crossroads Security officers.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Dixie Opal Austin, 95, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She was a member of the Pontotoc Church of Christ. She formerly worked as a dietitian and a licensed practical nurse. She was an avid gardener, seamstress, artist and cook. A beloved mother, grandmother, friend and neighbor, she loved sharing with others and caring for others.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gordon Gentry officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Katie Eubank (Buddy) of Pontotoc and Betty Maloney Clark of Abbeville, La.; six grandchildren, Paula Elaine Austin Pinon of Edinburg, Texas, Thomas Kyle Eubank of Pontotoc, Dixie Lynn Maloney Cartwright of Starkville, Ryan Patrick Maloney of Lafayette, La., Candra Beth Clark of Reno, Nev., Marlin David Clark of Lafayette, La.; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Katie Lancaster Ferguson and Edgar Franklin Ferguson; her husband, Colonel David Austin; a brother, Dennis Wayne Ferguson; two sons, Billy Carl Austin and Paul David Austin; two grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Roger Griffin, Chad Moore, Wayne Carter, Duane Tutor, Terry Foster and Johnny Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday.
IUKA – W.E. “Billy” Hampton Sr., 79, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at the Tishomingo Manor Nursing Home. He was past president of the Memphis Life Underwriters Association and Memphis General Agents and Managers Association. He was the Chickasaw Council District Commissioner of the Boy Scouts of America. He was active in the Iuka Farmers Market. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Phillip Logan, Charles Hampton and Wade Hampton will officiate. Burial will be in Eastport Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Hampton of Iuka; five sons, Bill Hampton Jr. (Robin) of Olive Branch, Wade Hampton (Annette) of Franklin, Tenn., Phillip Hampton (Marcia) of Cordova, Tenn., Sam Hampton (Tammy) of Iuka and Charles Hampton (Trudy) of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; one sister, Francis Snell of Memphis; nine grandchildren, Amber, Adam, Josh, Mimi, Ann, Alex, Katie, Thomas and Gracie Hampton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Minnie Hampton.
Pallbearers will be Bill Hampton Jr., Wade Hampton, Phillip Hampton, Sam Hampton, Charles Hampton and Ronnie Mac Reedy.
Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Hampton, Ronnie Buck, Josh Hampton, Robbie Buck, Alex Hampton, Pauley Nunley, Thomas Hampton and Dustin Yarber.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
HOUSTON – General Brooks Lyles, 73, died Thursday, June 3, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Houston. Burial will be in General Lyles Memorial Gardens in Houston. 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.
PONTOTOC – Melody Harlow, 48, died in Houston, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning of Pontotoc.
NEW SITE – James Buford Moore, 74, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at the Lakeland Community Hospital in Haleyville, Ala. He was a member of the East Prentiss Baptist Church and a retired mechanic.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Johnson and Bro. Danny Short officiating. Burial will be in the East Prentiss Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Linnie Moore; one daughter, Paula (Terry) Chase of Booneville; one sister, Irene Campbell of Haleyville, Ala.; four brothers, Dayton Moore of Sulligent, Ala., Ray Moore of Wheeler, and Jerry Moore and Raymond Moore, both of Booneville; and one grandson.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Inez Moore; one son, Donald Moore; one brother, Jimmy Moore; and two grandchildren, Jessie and Angie Stafford.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Dorothy Jean “Spider” Scott, 64, died Sunday, June 6, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Nov. 2, 1946, to Roy Shelley and Lucille Mully Shelley in Baldwyn. She was given the nickname “Spider” by her brothers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Mud Creek M.B. Church with the Rev. H.B. Sadler officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Carol (Anthony) Sutton of Velseck, Germany, Deresa Ann Scott of Mobile, Ala., and Jimmy Lee Scott Jr. of Blue Springs; two brothers, Roy Shelley of Sherman and Billy Shelley of Canton, Fla.; 15 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a sister.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WREN – David Shell Word, 53, died Monday, June 7, 2010, in Tupelo after an extended illness. Born Nov. 22, 1956, he was the only son of Mabry Shell and Ruth Whatley Word. He attended Wren Schools and graduated from Amory High School, where he was in band. He attended Itawamba Community College. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was a member of Tranquil United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Rev. Harrison Upshaw officiating. Burial will be in the Tranquil Cemetery.
Survivors include his uncle, Ike Word and his wife, Martha; his caregiver, Betty Davidson; and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
PRAIRIE – Annie Kate Ivy, 87, died Tuesday, June 8, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Una. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
AMORY – Mary Frances Johnson Harrison, 86, died Tuesday, June 8 2010, at the Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Willie Mae Parker
MANTACHIE – Willie Mae Parker, 80, died Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born March 31, 1930, to Dove and Esther Langston Wilson. She was a member of Tombigbee Baptist Church. She was employed at Itawamba Manufacturing Co. and Reed Manufacturing Co. She loved her flowers. She enjoyed being the wife of a preacher before his death in 1991. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Nick Ulmer, Bro. Billy Adams and Bro. Terry Paul Graham officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Fulton.
Survivors include one son, Jackie M. Parker (Ann) of Sturgis; two daughters, Frances Calcote of Mantachie and Linda Taylor (David) of Plantersville; one brother, Junior Wilson of Antioch, Tenn.; two sisters, Clara Raye Dulaney (Frank) of Golden and Dorothy Dulaney (Gene) of Mantachie; three grandchildren, Chris Rinehart (Pam), Lee Ann Taylor and Emily Vanlandingham (Cash); three great-grandchildren, Ian Rinehart, Isla Rinehart and Alex Burton.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bro. Clinton Parker; one son, Donald J. Parker; and one grandson, Brad Parker.
Pallbearers will be Ray Senter, Chris Senter, Danny Cheatham, David Holcomb, William Holcomb and Jonathan Markham.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Tombigbee Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Harrison Lee Damons, 93, died Saturday, June 5, 2010, at the Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. Mark Baptist Church. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
WEST POINT – Willie Ed Eckford, 75, died Friday, June 4, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Prairie. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.