By NEMS Daily Journal
Eloise Williams Comer
Eloise Williams Comer, a longtime educational films sales executive and former college teacher and theater director, died at her home in Solana Beach, Calif. on July 12, 2012 following an extended struggle with leukemia. She was 80.
An engaging and creative individual cherished by family and friends, Mrs. Comer was for more than four decades the devoted wife of U.S. Navy Capt. Joseph Scotch Comer, who cared for her continuously in the years prior to her passing. She is the mother of four children from her earlier marriage to former Judge George Warner of Meridian, Miss.
Mrs. Comer was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Louanne Love Warner.
Born in Shannon, Miss., Eloise Williams grew up in nearby Tupelo, the daughter of Roy and Ethel Williams and older sister of Mary Roy Williams. Early on, she displayed intellectual and theatrical traits as well as fierce independence. Her beauty and personality led to success in hospitality and beauty pageants.
She attended Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus before marrying George Warner and raising her four children in Meridian. Returning briefly to MSCW, accompanied by four children of grade school age, she completed her undergraduate work. Later, she earned a master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, penning a thesis on the plays of Tennessee Williams.
In Meridian, she filmed television ad spots, sometimes enlisting her children, taught speech and theater at Meridian Junior College, and became a key figure in the local performing arts community. Her roles as a theater director at MJC and the Meridian Little Theater were long remembered.
After marrying Scotch Comer, then a young Navy fighter pilot stationed in Meridian, she moved with him to the San Diego area, accompanied by children Louanne, Dewey and Cole. (Debbie was to join them later after high school graduation.) Mrs. Comer held a series of positions in the educational film sales industry in California, ultimately operating her own firm. She also provided essential support to her husband in his various military roles, including service in Vietnam, the Middle East and Panama, as well as in Florida and Southern California. Meanwhile, her commitment as a mother was passionate and unwavering.
Mrs. Comer is survived by her husband Scotch; eldest daughter Debbie; sons Dewey and Cole; by her sister Mary Roy; and by a host of grandchildren and other relatives. Spirited and loving to the end, she will be dearly missed.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Paul Allen Holliday died of liver cancer on June 23, 2012 at his home. Paul was born in Bellburn, West Virginia and raised in Rainelle. He graduated from Greenbrier West High School in 1971, the same year he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he served throughout Asia during the Vietnam era. Paul worked as a coal miner before joining General Parts, Inc. as a delivery truck driver at the age of 23. Rising through the ranks into management, Paul worked for GPI/Carquest in Raleigh,NC; Asheville, NC; Columbia, SC; Lakeville, MN; and Phoenix. During his 35 year career at Carquest, Paul hired, trained and worked with many talented people and took great pleasure in their successes and career advancement. He enjoyed all aspects of his job, especially the friendships he fostered with co-workers and customers. Paul enjoyed riding motorcycles, golfing with buddies, the Arizona heat and the Rusty Spur. He believed in family, friends and faith, and built his life around them.
Paul is survived by his wife, Emily Shelton Holliday of Scottsdale, AZ, formerly of Ripley; son Joshua Holliday and his wife Ashley of Murray, KY; grand-daughter Lyla Reese Holliday of Murray; mother-in-law Eloise Shelton of Ripley, sister Donna (Brandt) Cullen of Raleigh, NC; uncle Herb (Bonnie) Holliday of Bellburn, WV. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services were held in Arizona and West Virginia.
AMORY – Hazel Lee Smith, 85, died Wednesday, 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.
RIPLEY – Thomas Dee Mullins, 73, died Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 28, 1938, to Thomas Luther and Martha Ellie Swindle Mullins Jr. He was a factory worker and a Baptist. He was called Papa Bunny Rabbit by his granddaughter.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks and Bro. Tony Rowland officiating. Burial will be in Shiloh Cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Sonya Michelle Grimes (Lewis) of Saltillo; one son, Steven Dewayne Mullins (Alonna) of Ripley; two brothers, Blanchard Mullins of Ripley and J.C. Mullins of Corinth; a host of special sister-in-laws, Edith Street of Gulfport, Carolyn Street and Ailene Mullins, both of Ripley and Kona Miller of Corinth; brother-in-law, J.L. Street of Ripley; four grandchildren,Whitney Grimes of Saltillo, Trey Burroughs and Myleigh Burroughs, both of Ripley, Peewee Grimes of Pontotoc; two great-grandchildren, Myah Grimes and Aylissa Burroughs; and a special great-nephew, Bentley Newton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Genaweese Deloise Street Mullins; one brother, Leon Mullins; and two sisters, Ruby Arnold and Ruthie Thrasher.
Pallbearers will be Keith Mullins, Michael Miller, Shane Newton, Trey Burroughs, Chris Street, Christopher Mullins, Colby Mullins and Peewee Grimes. Honorary pallbearers are Randy Mullins, O.V. Short, Gerald Short, Estell Rainey and Jackie Mullins.
Visitation is 4 to 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries on-line and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
TREMONT – Beverly Ann Hicks, 48, died Friday, July 13, 2012.
A private graveside service was held earlier. Internment was at Altar Baptist Church Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 2:30 to 4 p.m. today at the Altar Baptist Church.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
ABERDEEN – Amos Gathings, 76, died Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
TUPELO – Sybil Patterson Holley, 83, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 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 traveled 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 at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo with the Rev. Jim Curtis and the Rev. Hershel Wiygul officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two sons, Joseph Holley Jr. of Memphis and Tom Holley of Tupelo; one niece, Nancy Sullivan; one nephew, Robert Patterson; and one special cousin, Gwen Boggs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph Holley Sr.; and one brother, A. E. Patterson.
Pallbearers will be W.E. Boggs, Robert Patterson, Mike Sullivan, John Shows, Louis Young and Mike Bishop. Honorary pallbearers will be Urcle Lomenick, Lavenia Moore, Mary Katherine Harris, Jonie Bower, Martha Fleming, Jane Sullivan, Mildred Coggins and Laverne Prince.
Visitation will continue today 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.
SHANNON – Carl Douglas Shannon, 58, died Monday, 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 was at 12:30 p.m. Saturday 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; brothers, James Shannon (Betty) of Shannon, Robert Shannon (Angie) of Shannon and John Shannon of Tupelo.
AMORY – Dorothy Nell Irvin Puckett, 82, died on Thursday, July 12, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. She was born May 17, 1930, to John Raymond and Birtha Turman Irvin. She married William Green Puckett in 1948. She was a devoted wife and mother and enjoyed cooking, sewing and quilting for her children and grandchildren. She worked in the garment industry, in the cafeteria at Beverly Nursing Home and was manager of the Hatley School cafeteria. She was a member of the Hatley Missionary Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Dean Smith and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, William Green Puckett of Amory; son, Jimmy G. Puckett (Charlotte) of Amory; daughter-in-law, Julia Puckett; brother, James Troy Irvin (Mary Ann) of Amory; three sisters-in-law, Margaret Irvin, Opal Irvin and Hazel Jones; four grandchildren, Amanda Puckett DeHertogh (Mark), Ashlee Puckett Cash (Billy), Emilee Puckett and Laura Puckett Evans (Jake); two great-grandchildren, Ella Grace Cash and Ricky Vade Cash; a host of nieces and nephews; and special caregivers, Peggy, Keisha and Angie Washington.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Ricky Lee Puckett; three brothers, Earnest, E.G., and Joe Irvin; and two sisters, Fletta Taylor and Bertha Lou Moore.
Pallbearers will be Anderson Ritter, Dean Irvin, Gary Johnson, W.D. Doster, Milton Threadgill, Dennis Mitchell, Tim Puckett and Donald Puckett. Honorary pallbearers will be David Irvin, Bobby Feaker, Roger Spratlin, Mitchell Puckett, Joel Puckett, Mark Puckett, Doug Puckett, Dean Baker and Johnny Irvin.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Hatley Missionary Baptist Church, 60271 Hatley Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
NETTLETON – Harley Ellis Mattox, 85, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1926, in Itawamba County, to Ellis Clayburn and Ethel Pauline Martin Mattox. He worked for Johns Manville during his working years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and socializing with neighbors.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Robert Maxey and Bro. Billy Lansdell officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Mattox, of Nettleton; four sons, Harley Mattox Jr. (Janet) of Tishomingo, Ken Mattox of Nettleton, Harold Mattox of Blue Springs and Norman Mattox (Sheila) of Sherman; one brother, Irvin Mattox of Memphis; seven grandchildren, Shay Collier, Dustin Collier, Heather Mattox, James Paul Mattox, Jessie James Mattox, Newman Mattox and Brandy Mattox; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, George Mattox; a daughter, Arlinda Mattox Turner; a brother, John C. Mattox; and his parents.
Pallbearers are Dustin Collier, Lyle Collier, Adrian Mattox, Jesse Mattox and Steve McCollum.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Tony McGee, 58, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a Baptist and a retired livestock dealer. He enjoyed raising cattle and Horses. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a graduate of Baldwyn High School.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jim Irvin officiating with burial in the Ingram Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. today until service time.
He is survived by a sister, Carolyn Tidwell (Clarence) of Brewer; brother, Jerry McGee (Peggy) of Baldwyn; nieces and nephews, Melinda Robinson (Jimmy), Marty McGee, Christy Waycaster (Mitch), Charlie Tidwell (Deena), Cliff Tidwell (Melinda), Rothanne Richey (Clark), Matt McGee (Annette) and Wade McGee (Stephanie).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Mabel Gamble McGee; and brothers, Steve McGee and Billy McGee.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Waycaster, Charlie Tidwell, Cliff Tidwell, Matt McGee, Wade McGee, Clark Richey, Jimmy Robinson and Marty McGee.
CHARLESTON – June Denman Fox, 84, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at Fairfield of Batesville. She was born June 27, 1928, in Greenwood, to Daniel Webster Denman and Mary Louise Newkirk Denman. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville.
Services are at 2 p.m. Monday at the Womble Funeral Home Chapel in Charleston with Dr. Paul Middleton officiating. Interment is in the Charleston Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Sheryl Myers (Abbott) of Dundee, Karen Robertson of Grenada and Alice Robertson (Rick) of Pontotoc; one son, Harlin Fox (Karen) of Batesville; one sister, Joyce Rowland of Charleston; 12 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by husband Edgar Harlin Fox.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1505 Batesville, Miss. 38606.
CORINTH – Charles Manuel Eldridge, 55, died Friday, July 13, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital. He was born Nov. 2, 1956, to Manuel Buck Eldridge and Willie Mae Wilson Eldridge. He worked with the Booneville Police department and Prentiss County sheriff’s department. He was an avid Alabama football fan and a Baptist.
Services are at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Living Free Ministries with Bro. Tommy Wilson officiating. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a host of family.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Living Free Ministries P.O. box 224, Corinth, MS 38834.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
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 officating. 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, Richey 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 Guy, Josh Richardson and Mike Barber. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Tackett.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
PONTOTOC – Jeremy Allen New, 20, died Friday, July 13, 2012, in Tupelo. He was born in Tupelo on July 14, 1991, to Jerry Lyn New and Tracy Renee Clark New. He attended Oasis of Love Christian School and was a member of Oasis of Love Church. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, four wheeling, target shooting and being outdoors. He is and will forever be loved by his family and he had a heart of gold.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with the Rev. Kenneth McKenney officiating. Burial will be in the Oasis of Love Cemetery in Pontotoc.
Survivors include his wife of two years, Ashley New of Pontotoc; his children, Victoria and Gracie New and Sammy Guthrie; his father and best friend, Lyn New (Carol) of Pontotoc; his mother, Tracy New (Billy) of Tupelo; his siblings, Jennifer Kaufman (Edward) of Shannon, James New, Brianna Hendrix, Lucretia Rogers and Benny Bates, all of Pontotoc; his grandparents, Fred Clark of Shannon, Lucille Moreland of Arkansas, Carolyn and Jerry Lyn New Sr. of Pontotoc and Mary Woods of Pontotoc; and great-grandmother, Bessie Tackitt Brown of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Hubert Tackitt.
Pallbearers will be Lyn and James New, Pete and Frankie Tackitt, Jonathan Wilson and Farris Keith.
Visitation will be 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Robert Don Sullins, 21, died Friday, July 13, 2012, in Tupelo. He was born in Shreveport, La., on Oct. 21, 1990. He was a volunteer fire fighter for Longview and the Sherman communities. He enjoyed breaking and riding horses, fishing and hunting.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Steve Cohea officiating. Burial will be in Priceville Cemetery.
Survivors include fiancee, Grace Amador of Pontotoc; his parents, Jeff and Lynda Sullins of Pontotoc County; his grandmother, Dale Sullins of Pontotoc; one sister, Tiffany Bellach (Matt) of Kansas City, Mo.; niece, Kaelyn; his aunt and uncle, Debbie and Aaron Ross of Pontotoc; first cousin, Jordan Ross; one step-sister, Holly Grimes of Houlka; and one step-brother, Andy Lewis.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert “Ernie” Sullins.
Pallbearers will be William Hare, Bobby Amador, Daniel Scott, Kyle Holloway, William Bangorder and Aaron Ross. Honorary pallbearers will be Abraham Hostetler, Eric Hutcheson, Dwight Parker and Cody Verrell.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.