Obituaries June 13, 2009

By NEMS Daily Journal

Myra Burthardt

HARRISON, Ark. – Myra H. Burthardt, 81, died Sunday May 31, 2009, at St. John’s Hospital in Berryville., Ark. She was born Feb. 18, 1928, to Henry Walton and Hurlie Waldrip Hattox. She had lived in Harrison since 2000, moving there from Mississippi. She worked as a production laborer at Tyson Foods.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Survivors include her son, John Burthardt of Lousiana; daughters, Judy Cruz of Alpena and Carol Schenk of New Jersey; two sisters, June Powell and Iris Richardson, both of Ecru; six grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Burthardt; a son, Joe Burthardt; a brother, Wright Hattox; and two sisters, Lillie Van Hattox and Kathleen Bullen.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Online condolences may be left at www.Coffmanfh.com.

Bill Holder

FULTON – William M. “Bill” Holder, 93, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at The Meadows in Fulton. He was born Oct. 27, 1915, to John Alexander and Lucy C. Hale Holder. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a lifelong farmer. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Minister David Paden Jr. officiating. Burial will be in the Tilden Community Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Holder (Mary Lou) of Wagner, Okla., and Eddie Holder (Lana) of Fulton; two daughters, Linda Crane (Roger) of Fairview and Laura Nanney (Frankie) of Fulton; one brother, Cecil Holder of Fulton; one sister, Altie Mae Wren of Hatley; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Miriam Holder, in 2004; two brothers, Millard Holder and James Marvin Holder; three sisters, Viola Bridges, Irene Harris and Inez Whitaker; and his parents.

Pallbearers will be Stacy Crane, Jeff Nanney, Chris Holder, Gabriel Holder, Alex Nanney and Cody Crane.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until service time today.

Lottie Richardson

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Lottie Virginia Richardson, 86, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at her home in Blue Mountain. She was a homemaker and a member of Lowry Methodist Church in Ripley.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Doc Shelton will officiate, and Bro. Gary Linville will assist. Burial will be in Lowry Methodist Church Cemetery.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Sue Sanders of Blue Mountain and Betty Ann Simmers (Terry) of Lyndenborough, N.H.; one son, Jerry W. Richardson (Linda G.) of Doniphan, Mo.; two sisters, Elizabeth Huddleston of Ripley and Sue Jean Smith of Blue Mountain; seven grandchildren, Sherri McDermott, Brian Silk, Keith Silk, Joseph Sanders, Terry Richardson, Shelby Simmer and Shylar Simmer; five great-grandchildren, Kelsey Clark, McKenzie McDermott, Kennedy McDermott, Christian McDermott and Amber Silk. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Hardie Richardson; one son, James Hardie Richardson Jr.; five brothers, Jimmy Lee Linville, Carl Ray “Tommy” Linville, Charles Murray Linville, Billy Neal Linville and Vernon Dewitt Linville; and two sisters, Annie Bell Martin and Barbara Ann Linville.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Sanders, Terry Richardson, Jeffrey McDermott and Jeremy Hogue. Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Lee “Jr.” Linville, Ricky Martin, David Linville and Larry Linville.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 7 a.m. to service time Monday. To view and sign the online guestbook visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Elaine Potter

BATON ROUGE, La. – Stella Elaine Potter, 82, died July 31, 2006, in Baton Rouge, LA. She was born March 3, 1924, in Pontotoc. She graduated from Pontotoc High School, where she was a charter member of the Fine Arts Club and a member of the Music Study Club. She graduated from Jackson Commercial College, served in the U.S. Navy Waves during World War II, and retired as a secretary from Equitable Life Insurance Company.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Pontotoc City Cemetery with the Rev. Kenneth Corley officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her sister, Mary Anne Potter O’Reilly; two nieces, Barbara Johnson (Robert) and Beth Owen (Greg); a nephew, William T. O’Reilly (Marina); four great-nieces, Alissa Kantrow (Ted), Kristy and Kelly Menge, and Alexandra O’Reilly; a great-nephew, Steven Menge; two great-great-nieces and a great-great-nephew.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Thompson Potter and Clara Elaine Hudson Potter.

Syble Franklin

PONTOTOC – Syble Franklin, 86, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the Cedars Health Center in Tupelo. She was born June 13, 1922, to Drew “Wash” Walton and Lena Moore Walton in Itawamba County. She was a homemaker and a member of West Heights Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. Ronnie Barefield officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include one daughter, Delores Smith of Newport, Tenn.; two sons, Rodney Franklin (Patricia) and Jimmy Franklin (Louise), all of Pontotoc; one brother, Darwin Walton; seven half sisters, Wilma Sartin, Rea Jones, Sandy Walls, Katie Walton, Joann Osborne, Lil Dulaney and Linda Sewell; four half brothers, D.C. Walton, Billy Walton, Thomas Walton and David Walton; six grandchildren, Lorinda Cabe (Mike), Jeff Smith (Karen), Robby Franklin, Michael Franklin (Jamie), Lee Franklin (Karie) and Terah Sparks (Josh); seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Artie Walton; her husband, Quitman Franklin; siblings, William Walton, George Walton, Ernie Lindsey, Theda Lindsey, Baby Walton and Mary Walton; and a son-in-law, Bob Smith.

Pallbearers will be Robby Franklin, Michael Franklin, Lee Franklin, Jeff Smith, Donald Franklin, Terry Walton, Donald Barefield and Larry Lindsey.

Visitation will be Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Tavaris Shelton

VERONA – Tavaris Lashawn Shelton, 15, died Saturday, June 6, 2009, as the result of an accidental drowning in the Tombigbee River.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Plantersville Middle School Gym. The Rev. Darrell Tate will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Union Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his father, Michael Walker, and his mother, Shalonda Hardin; three brothers, Brandon, Michael and Cameron Walker; four sisters, Makala and Keitashia Shelton of Verona, and Jalisa and Makaila Walker of Aberdeen. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jessie Mae Walker.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Bea Estes

BOONEVILLE – Belva Beatrice “Bea” Estes, 87, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at her residence after a brief illness. She was a member of Booneville Church of Christ.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Garvis Seymore and Minister Greg Pollock officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 pm until 8 p.m. today and until service time on Sunday.

Survivors include three sons, Jim Estes (Jeanita) of Booneville, Sam Estes (Annette) of Tennessee and Dan Estes (Kathy) of Georgia; three sisters, Virginia Sue Clegg of Texas, and Julius Lee Morris and Patrilla Maddox (Bobby) of Booneville; 14 grandchildren, Tim Estes (Tammie), Steve Estes (Nicole), Jay Estes (April), Jon Estes, LeAnn Jones (Jeremy), Ann Marie Karaki (Don), Elizabeth Adams (Dennis), Jeffrey Estes (Melanie), Mary Kathlyn Church (Bill), Joni Bedford (Victor), Benjamin Estes (Emily), Elisha Hampton, Emily McClain (Paul) and Spencer Estes; 16 great-grandchildren; and two special friends, Charlene Coker and Shirley Schragl. She was preceded in death by her parents, Julius W. and Florence Virginia Evans Dunn; and her husband of 62 years, Grover Estes Jr.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons.

Memorials may be made to Booneville Church of Christ or Freed Hardeman Associates, c/o Booneville Church of Christ, P.O. Box 28, Booneville, MS 38829.

Rebecca Coggin

AMORY – Rebecca Coggin, 89, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born May 4, 1920, in Plantersville to Ralph Cunningham and Jessie Brown Cunningham Mullins. She married William Carl Coggin Jr. in 1941; he died in 1998. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Amory, where she was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class, the choir and United Methodist Women’s Association. She enjoyed gardening and was a member of the Garden Club, the DAR, Canasta Club and Dance Club. She was known for her apple pies at church potluck dinners. Her smile and sense of humor will be missed.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Amory with the Rev. Warren Coile and the Rev. David Laman officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Bennie Watson (Murphy) of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Janice Kulp (Francis) of Oreland, Pa.; daughter-in-law, Joby Coggin of Columbus; six grandchildren, Amy Weathers, Jim Watson, Susan Watson, Stacy Hopper, Rev. David Kulp and Jessica Bragg; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one son, William Paul Coggin; two sisters, Mary Frances Foster and twin Rachel Dukeminier; one brother, Bennie Cunningham; and a great-granddaughter, Sydney Elaine Watson.

Pallbearers will be Frank Carlisle, Dr. Robert Cole, Phil Roberts, Fred Heckart, Brad Wilson and Jimmy Bost. Honorary pallbearers will be Herman Hester and Robert Malloy.

Visitation will be from 12:30 until 3:30 p.m. Sunday and until 12:45 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Choir Fund, P.O. Box 147, Amory, MS 38821.

Guy Coley

BOONEVILLE – Murry Guy Coley, 87, of Booneville died Friday, June 12, 2009 at the Landmark Nursing and Rehab after an extended illness. He was a Methodist. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He was the company commander for the Booneville National Guard from 1950-1951and a federal meat inspector for U.S.D.A.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Lee Dillard officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today and until service time Sunday.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Orbie Lambert Coley; one daughter, Peggy (Larry) Barron of Booneville; two sons, Don (Sylvia) Coley of Brandon and Max Coley (Cathy) Booneville; one brother, James (Jeanette) Trice of West Memphis, Ark.; five grandchildren, Tim Barron, Tracy Hawkins, Amanda Hawkins, Jennifer Davis and Jason Coley; five great-grandchildren, Hailey Hawkins, Madison Hawkins, Conner Davis, Ben Davis and Zada Marie Davis. He was preceded in death by his parents, James “Mac” and Amanda Roberts Coley; two sisters, Opal Manley and Era Blanch Coley; two brothers, Harold and Allen Coley; and one grandson, Matt Barron.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Barron, Kenneth Barron, Terry Barron, Jack Curtis, Bill Curtis, Horace Lambert and Pat Lambert.

Josephine Fortner

HOULKA – Josephine Hollen Fortner, 88, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 20, 1920, in Tippah County to Joseph Vardaman and Fannie Bell Morris. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. A devoted wife and mother, her ready words of kindness and her ever encouraging presence will be missed by all who knew her.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. John Flippin officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery at Houlka.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, John Abston Fortner; four sons, Travis Leon Fortner of Houston, Lealon Abston Fortner of Memphis, John Allen Fortner of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Gerald Morris Fortner of Houlka; four grandchildren, Lisa Harville of Bartlett, Tenn., Jonathan Fortner of Saltillo, Holly Fortner of Memphis and Joshua Fortner of Howell, Mich.; one great-granddaughter, Mckenzie Fortner of Saltillo; a brother, Anderson Morris of Batesville; two sisters, Ruth Buggs of Winona and Jean Oswalt of Columbus, S.C.. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Frank Morris and George Morris; and two sisters, Norverta Scott and Minnie Mae Morrow.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 12:30 p.m. to service time Sunday. To access the online guestbook, visit www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.

Florine Elliott

MOOREVILLE – Sara Florine Pleasant Elliott, 76, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 7, l932, in Vina, Ala., to Ira and Flora Turbyfill Pleasant. A longtime resident of Mooreville, she was employed as a lab technician for 40 years with the OB/GYN Clinic in Tupelo before retiring and literally served several generations of doctors and patients. She loved the fellowship of family and friends, particularly her church family at Mooreville United Methodist Church; the water, especially fishing; and spending time at the cabin at Pickwick. Her greatest contribution was her devotion to the well being of her husband, children and grandchildren. She will be sorely missed.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland-Harris Funeral Directors with the Rev. Sammy Washburn officiating. Private burial will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Itawamba County. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to service time today.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Charles Elliott, whom she married in March l953; her daughter, Sara Dempsey; her son, David Elliott; and her grandchildren, Chase Elliott and Marie Dempsey, all of Mooreville; her sisters, Doris Robbins of Verona and Rebecca Short (Jim) of Franklin, Tenn.; a brother, Earl Pleasant (Ginger) of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; nieces and nephews, Ken (Connie) Robbins of Birmingham Ridge, Renee (Scotty) Hughes of Mooreville, Phillip Bagwell, Christy Short and Jase Short, all of Franklin, Tenn., Dena (Scott) Baker of Waverly, Tenn., Mike Pleasant of Bowling Green, Ky., and Danny Pleasant and Kathyln Pleasant, both of Coco Beach, Fla. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother-in-law, Joe Robbins.

Pallbearers will be John Edwards, Gary Elliott, Halton Elliott, Ken Sullins, Jimmy Clifton and Dudley Walker. Honorary pallbearers will be great-nieces and great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Mooreville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 130, Mooreville, MS. 38857.

Vertie West

FULTON – Vertie West, 98, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at The Courtyards Nursing Facility in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.

O.H. Murley

ASHLAND – Otha H. “O.H.” Murley, 96, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Willie Dale Poss

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Willie Dale Poss, 53, died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. A memorial service will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Rev. John Jones

CORINTH – The Rev. John Wesley Jones, 73, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at his home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Synagogue Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mabel Pitts

WATERFORD – Mabel McNeil Pitts, 98, died Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at her home in Waterford.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Waterford. 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. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Sunday.

Cecil Edwards

NEW ALBANY – Cecil H. Edwards, 72, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.

Curtis Armstrong

SHERMAN – Curtis Armstrong died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

James Powell

AMORY – James A. Powell, 87, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the Riverplace Nursing Center in Amory. 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.

Robert C. Kneisly

Pratts – Robert C. Kneisly, 70, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.