Obituaries June 14, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sybil Holley
TUPELO – Sybil Patterson Holley, 83, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born August 26, 1928, to Aubrey and Reba Conwill Patterson. She attended Tupelo Schools, Belhaven College and was a legal secretary before her marriage in 1952. She travelled extensively for the next 14 years with her Air Force husband Joe. A First Methodist Church member since 1941, she was a member of the Belle Bennett Sunday School Class, a volunteer at Helping Hands, Friends of the Library, and the Saturday Reading Club. She was a former Pilot Club member, loved to travel and was an avid reader.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2012 at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Joseph Holley, Jr. of Memphis and Tom Holley of Tupelo; one niece, Nancy Sullivan; one nephew, Robert Patterson; one special cousin, Gwen Boggs.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Joseph Holley, Sr., one brother, A. E. Patterson.
Visitation will be 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 14, 2012, at the funeral home, continued Sunday one hour prior to service time in the Gathering Room of First United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Belle Bennett Sunday School Class or First United Methodist Church Building Fund, 412 W. Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

P. Lamar Benjamin
Funeral service for P. Lamar Benjamin 58 are set 2:00 P. M. Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel with Bro. Charles “Smiley” Mills officiating. Burial will be in the Wheeler Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Benjamin died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville, MS.
Lamar was born December 29, 1953 in Corinth. He attended and graduated from Kossuth High School in 1971. Lamar went on to Northeast and attended and graduated from the University of Mississippi, after finishing Ole Miss, he returned to Corinth and opened Ozone Music. He later moved to Tupelo, MS. Lamar retired from Better Brands Inc. in 2002. He was a member of Wheeler Grove Baptist Church. Those who know Lamar always had a story to tell, his witty, friendly personality made him a friend to anyone he met. Lamar’s love for motorcycle and Harley Davidson ran deep. And he found much enjoyment as a member of the Tupelo Tornado Racing Team for many years, always had a smile and was ready to have a good time. He will be greatly missed by those that know and loved him.
Preceded in death by his father and mentor Milton Benjamin, brother Lain Benjamin.
Survived by his mother Hazel Benjamin of Corinth, MS. Son Walter “Willie” Benjamin of CA, daughter Erica Anyzeski her husband Brad, granddaughter Abby Anyzeski all of Fl. Host of other family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers Kossuth High School class of 1971.
Family will receive friends from 11 to service time.
Condolence can be left at www.mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.
Hazel Smith
AMORY – Hazel Lee Smith, 85, died Friday, June 6, 2012, at the Gilmore Memorial Reginal Medical Center in Amory. She was born December 23, 1926, to Rev. John Wesley Smith and Mary Estelle Smith. She completed her high school degree at M.C.T.S. System in Amory. She was a member of the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, youth leader, member of the senior choir, the willing worker’s club, missionary society, member of the Mothe’s board, and a matron of the Heroines of Jericho Morning star No.#29, she formerly employed by Wilson Mfg Company of Amory, Later she was employed by Private Home until her health failed. She enjoyed spending time with her family, and friends, going to church and singing. One of her favorite songs ( If I Can Help Someone along the way, My Living shall not have been Vain).
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. saturday at St. paul M. B. Church, with ev. Lesley T. Mabry officiating. Burial will be in the New Prospect Cemetery of Nettleton, MS. Darden & Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include- her daughter-in-law, Jacqueline “Jackie” Mckinney of Amory; 3 granddaughters, Shey Mckinney, Lisa Stevenson, Denyetta Latham; 2 Grandsons, Derrick Herron & Jason Mckinney all of Amory; 2 special friends, Horace & Levera Ingram of Amory, 14 great-grandchildren. A host of nieces and nephews.
Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Mckinney, her son, Larry “Mule” Mckinney; 4 brothers, Charlie V. Smith, Ira Lee Smith, Robert Smith, and John (Baseball) Smith Jr.; 7 sisters, Pearlene Smith, Louise Flowers, Annie Mae Listenbee, Irene Smith, Ruth Turnbow, and 3 others.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time on Saturday.

Doug Long Jr.
PONTOTOC – Kevin Douglas (Doug) Long, Jr., 28, died Thursday, July 12, 2012 in Tishomingo County. He was born January 24, 1984 in Tupelo, MS to Kevin Long, Sr. and Jennifer Lynne Young and was loved by them very much.
Services will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Longview Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Matt Russell officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery.
He is survived by his mother-Jennifer Young (Reid); one sister-Kristan Ellis; one brother-Keith Garner (Anna); one son-Alex Young; two daughters-Laken Long and Brianna Lewis; grandmother-Alice Long; two nephews-Greg and Eli Smith; one niece-Ansley Smith and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins that loved him very much.
He is preceded in death by his father-Kevin Long, Sr.; grandparents-Tommy and Virginia Young and Edith Pound.
Pallbearers to serve will be Jamie Davis, Tim Mitchell, Bobby Nickels, Trent Nickels, Stephen Dahl and Matt Young.
Visitation will be Saturday, July 14, 2012 from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home in Pontotoc, MS and Sunday, July 15, 2012 at Longview Baptist Church from 1:30 pm until service time at 2:30 pm.
Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.

Mildred McElroy
TUPELO – Mildred Webb McElroy, 95, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at the Green Houses at Traceway. A native of Richland, Georgia, she was born to Ralph and Beulah Webb in 1916, and was a graduate of Richland High School and Freeman’s Business College. After moving to Tupelo in 1967, she earned a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi, and was employed by the Tupelo Public Schools for 10 years.
She was married to Lt. Col. James Thomas McElroy for 25 years before his death in Guam in June 1968. As the wife of a military officer, she traveled widely in this country and abroad.
After her retirement, she volunteered as a Gray Lady at North Mississippi Medical Center, and worked for many years as a volunteer at Lee County Library. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo. She was a member of the Peripatetic Club, and was an avid reader through her club and through her volunteer work at the library. She enjoyed travel, swimming, playing bridge, and golf.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2012 at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include three daughters, Marianne Maganano (Milo) of La Quinto, California, Sarah Ghantous (Salim) of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia and Margaret Vandenberghe of Newport Beach, California; one brother, Dr. Gill Webb (Ann) of Tampa, Florida; her grandchildren, Kelly Platt of Portland, Oregon, J. D. Platt (Marianne) of Bend, Oregon, Laura Ghantous Spratte (David) of Raleigh, North Carolina and Ali Ghantous also of Raleigh, North Carolina.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband.
Expressions of Sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Billie West
PRAIRIE – Beatrice “Billie” West, 90, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Feb. 9, 1922, to Isaac Oliver and Lady Margaret Page Box of Aberdeen. She was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, attended Wood Junior College and received her degree from Mississippi State University. She was the manager of the first Sears Store in Aberdeen, taught school for a few years and was a social worker with Mississippi Department of Human Resources. She was a member of Prairie United Methodist Church, where she served as the adult class Sunday school teacher and had been active in United Methodist Women.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. Sue McGrew and the Rev. John Price officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, James Hilton West (Faith) of Prairie; three grandchildren, Holly Foreman (Chris) of Nesbit, Charles Isaac West (Laura) of Hernando and Denny Buttrey (Brent) of Little Rock, Ark.; seven great-grandchildren, Haley and Sophie West, Haston and Price Foreman, and Ava, Lily and Bella Buttrey; nieces and nephews; and special caregiver, Joyce Brand.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Hilton Murry West; one grandson, Loren West; and siblings, Eugene Box, Mary Lou Neely, Lily Kate Box, Page Box, June Futch and James H. Box.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelann memorial.com.

Loraine Little
ABERDEEN – Loraine Gunter Little, 89, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born June 6, 1923, to Irby Ryan Gunter and Pauline Woodard Gunter in Akin, S.C. She was a homemaker and sales associate. She lived the past 12 years in Aberdeen and was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with the Rev. John Maxey officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Lynn Little Jones (Ronald) of Snellville, Ga.; two grandchildren, Bryan Jones and Scott Jones; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Howard “Jack” Little.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelann memorial.com.Jeanette Franks
MANTACHIE – Wilma Jeanette Franks, 74, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 17, 1937, to Audie and Frances Ray Shockley. She was a homemaker and a babysitter for many children who lovingly knew her as MawMaw Net. She was a member of Lakeland Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and grandchildren and watching Unity Broadcasting TV 39.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with Bro. Curtis Shelton officiating. Burial will be in the Mantachie Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Tommy R. Franks (Tangie) and Danny W. Franks, both of Mantachie; one daughter, Wanda Leathers (Eddie) of Mantachie; two brothers, Junior Moses of Mantachie and Audie Ray Shockley of Tupelo; two sisters, Ophelia Hicks (Milburn) of Pontotoc and Sarah Ashcraft of Mantachie; five grandchildren, Amber Campbell (Chris), Heather Russell, Maranda Jones (Nick), Cody Bruff and Christy Phillips; and eight great-grandchildren, Blake Campbell, Anna Grace Campbell, Chase Russell, Alex Russell, Taylor Belk, Sam Luke Jones, Raylee Jones and Chloe Jones.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Glyn Allen Franks; her parents; and two brothers, Wyman Moses and William Shockley.
Pallbearers will be Cody Bruff, Blake Campbell, David Cates, Jeff Ashcraft, Jimmy Hicks, Chase Russell, Nick Jones, and Chris Campbell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

William Tribble
WATER VALLEY – William L. Tribble, 65, died Sunday, July 8, 2012.
Services will be be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Coffeeville. Internment is at the Coffeeville City Cemetery. Seven Oaks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at First Baptist Church of Coffeeville.
Condolences may be made online at www.sevenoaksfuneralhome.com.

Harley Mattox
NETTLETON – Harley E. Mattox, 85, died Friday July 13, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.Bob Johnson
OLIVE BRANCH – Bobby Mack Johnson Sr., 78, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Olive Grove Terrace Assisted Living in Olive Branch. He was born Aug. 17, 1933, to Earnest and Clara Cruse Johnson. He worked as a machinist for Carrier Corp.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden.
He is survived by one daughter, Tracy Baggett (Chris) of North Richland Hills, Texas; three sons, Bobby Johnson Jr. of Olympia, Wash., Barry Johnson Sr. (Pam) of Cleveland, Tenn., and Johnny Johnson of Olive Branch; one sister, Nancy Smith of Memphis; one brother, Dan Johnson of Missouri; five grandchildren, Barry Johnson Jr., Crissy Champion, Zack Ragsdale, Nikki Cabrera and Sarah Baggett; and six great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be William Beaty, Reid Smith, Terry Porter, Thomas Porter, Al Watson, Jerry Watson and Larry Self.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Ellen Johnson; his parents; three brothers; and one sister.
Visitation will be 1 to 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituary and sign guestbook online, go to www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Robyn Ballinger
WEST POINT – Robyn Ballinger, 33, died on Friday, July 13, 2012, in West Point. She was born April 30, 1979, in Ogden, Utah. She was an AT&T sales representative.
A celebration of her life and a gathering of family and friends will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the Old Waverly Magnolia Room. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Abigail McFarland Ballinger; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Painter of West Point; two sisters, Heather Harbottle of Dale, Ind., and Melissa Ballinger Dees of Crawfordsville, Ind.; and her twin brother, Jerry Michael Ballinger of Shannon.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Brooke Ballinger Hastings.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

J.D. Smith
CORINTH – J.D. Smith, 87, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at his residence.
Services are at 3 p.m. Sunday at Farmington Baptist Church. Internment is at Smith Family Cemetery in Michie, Tenn. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and the body will lie in repose at 2 p.m. until service time at Farmington Baptist Church.
Online Condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.com.

Billy Morris
COLUMBUS – Billy Morris died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Fields Funeral Home of Okolona.James Pounders
IUKA – James B. Pounders, 81, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. He was the owner and operator of Pounders Barber Shop in Iuka where he worked as a barber for 52 years.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by Bro. Stanley Magill and Bro. Doug Christy. Internment will follow in New Lebanon Cemetery with military honors. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Woodruff Pounders of Iuka; two sons, Donald Pounders (Gladys “Gay”) and Delwyn Pounders (Marilyn), all of Saltillo; one daughter, Deborah Pounders Warren of Poplarville; one brother, L.C. Pounders of Killen, Ala.; four sisters, Jewel Hale of Killeen, Texas, Hester Enlow and Maxine Swedenburg, both of Columbus, and Juanita Woodruff of Holcut; 11 grandchildren, Rebecca Pounders Mathis of Woodland, Martha Pounders Vance of Louisville, Ky., Bryan Pounders of Saltillo, Jarrod Warren of Maricopa, Ariz., Kirsten Warren Worley and Lorrie Warren, both of Poplarville, Edana Pounders Nail of Fulton, Mindy Pounders Breaux of Tyler, Texas, Mallory Torres Safely of Atlanta, Ga., Micah Torres of Tupelo and Jordan Redmond of Saltillo; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
Memorial contributions may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House at www.sanctuaryhospicehouse.com or by calling (662) 844-2111, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Albert Pleasants Sr.
MOSCOW, Tenn. – Albert Morris “Odie” Pleasants Sr., 85, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Peebles Fayette County Funeral Homes and Cremation Center of Somerville, Tenn.Carl Shannon
SHANNON – Carl Douglas Shannon, 58, died Tuesday, July 9, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born May 15, 1954, to Elzie Lee Shannon and Luella Gates Locus. He was a graduate of Siggers High School in Shannon. He was a mechanic and worked for Allen’s Auto Sales. He loved his family and did not meet any strangers.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at the Blackoak Church in Okolona with the Rev. Lamar Banks officiating. Burial is at Oddfellow Cemetery in Okolona. Williams Memorial is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sandra Johnson Shannon of Shannon; daughters, Juanda Johnson (Frankie) of Plantersville and Carla Johnson (Justin) of Tupelo; foster daughter, Alexis Hill; special niece, Chiquita Young of Shannon; sons, Fredriek Shannon of Tupelo, Joshua Johnson (Demeka) of Verona and Jermey Johnson (Corgey) of Shannon; foster son, O.J. Burress; sisters, Lenora Locus (Dennis) of Shannon and Lovie Lagrone of Tupelo; and brothers, James Shannon (Betty) of Shannon, Robert Shannon (Angie) of Shannon and John Shannon of Tupelo.

Katherine Stroud
SARDIS – Katherine Marie Hutchens Stroud, 63, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at her residence. She was born July 8, 1949, to Chester L. Hutchens and Louise Butler Hutchens. She was a homemaker.
Services are at 11 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Tony Roberts officiating.
She is survived by her mother, Louise Hutchens of Potts Camp; sons, James Cash of Dumas and Terry Myers of Sardis; daughter, Kim Stroud of Sardis; sisters, Lavon Owens of Saucier, Virginia McCallen of Hickory Flat, Denise Hamby of Lakeland, Tenn., and Lynda Williams of Potts Camp; and 11 grandchildren.
She was preceded by her husbands, Gilbert Stroud and Jerry Myers; her father, Chester L. Hutchens; and brother, Chester “Pee Wee” Hutchens.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Jimmie Rhodes
OLIVE BRANCH – Jimmie H. Rhodes, 75, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at his residence.
Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Liberty Baptist Church. The body will lie in repose at the church for one hour prior to service time. Interment will follow in Grissom Chapel Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is entrusted with arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Longview Heights Baptist Church by calling Teresa Vess at (901) 603-1760. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Tony McGee
BALDWYN – Tony McGee, 58, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.

Manell Brice
TUPELO – A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited today at 2 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church for Manell Patricia Brice, sister of Roselind Bryson and Fr. Donald Brice. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. until service time at the church. A graveside committal service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, in the Brice family plot at Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Wheeling, W.Va. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of all arrangements.Johnnie Richardson
NETTLETON – Johnnie Mae Worthey Richardson, 79, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. She was born on March 26, 1933, in Lee County, to John Albert and Mandie Johnson Worthey. She was a native of Nettleton, a homemaker and a Baptist. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and reading.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with the Rev. Tim Barber and the Rev. Jerry Guess officiating. Burial will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Gary Richardson (Nathalene) of Byram and Perry Richardson (Lola) of Nettleton; one sister, Doris Locke (Claude) of Jacksonville, Fla.; two brothers, James Worthey (Betty) of Nettleton and Donald Worthey (Alice) of Belden; six grandchildren, Angie McDill, Rickie Guy, Josh Richardson, Mike Gray, Toby Gray and Brandon Gray; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruble Richardson; her parents; and one sister, Linda Shields.
Pallbearers are Mike Gray, Toby Gray, Brandon Gray, Richey Gray, Josh Richardson and Claude Locke. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Tackett.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from noon until service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.