Obituaries June 19, 2010

Bud Skelton
ASHLAND – Aldrich “Bud” Skelton, 75, died Monday, June 14, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born Jan. 14, 1935, in Marshall County. He was a farmer and a member of Bluff Springs Baptist Church at Ashland.
Services were Thursday, June 17, at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Rusty Miller officiating. Burial was in Bluff Springs Cemetery at Ashland.
Survivors include two daughters, Rita Hudson of Myrtle and Joyce Weatherly of Ashland; one brother, Charlie Skelton of Ashland; three sisters, Frances Overall of Falkner, and Robbie Maroney and Charleen Robinson, both of Ashland; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bobbie Ann Jordan Skelton; a daughter, Sandy Gaye Skelton; and his parents, James and Ruby Skelton.
Pallbearers were Steve Skelton, David Matlock, Austin Matlock, Michael Hall, Larry Mason, Wayne Wilson, Brandon Wilson, Andrew Miller and Austin Miller.

Mary Covington
BRUCE – Mary Elizabeth Harris Covington, 84, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the Bruce Community Living Center. She was born May 3, 1926, in Banner. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bruce. She was the retired head of the payroll department at Sears Roebuck & Co.
Services were Friday, April 18, at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Earl Alexander officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park in Memphis.
Survivors include four nieces, Linda Ward, Glenda Ferguson, Ruth Harris and Sandra Blair, and one nephew, Larry Bratton.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, S.T. Shaw and Howard Covington; her parents, Sam Edward Harris and Cora Beulah Roane Harris; four sisters, Joyce H. Bratton, Iris Harris, Audie Harris and Avon H. Shaw; and two brothers, Alvis Harris and Melvin Harris.
Pallbearers were Harold Ward, Larry Bratton, Shane Childs, Mike Edwards, George Donaldson.
Honorary pallbearers were Glenn Ferguson, Keith Misenhimer, Dr. Rodney Blair, Charles Griffin, David Harris, Danny Harris and Jack Cheshier.
George Campbell
POTTS CAMP – Robert Howard “George” Campbell, 42, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville. He was born April 19, 1968, in Marshall County. He was a Baptist and a heavy machine operator for Eplex in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Frank Feathers and Bro. Jimmy Wilbanks officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Survivors include his parents, Bro. Bobby and Connie Campbell.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Debra Ann Campbell.

Linda Denton
NEW ALBANY – Linda L. Denton, 70, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at her residence. She was born Dec. 24, 1939, in Union County to Stewart V. Gresham and Clara Mae Gresham. She was the co-owner of Ken’s Repair Shop and a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Clyde Pound and the Rev. Truman Thompson officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth B. Denton of New Albany; three daughters, Martha Jane Edwards (Jerry) and Sue Williams (Bobby,) both of New Albany, and Debbie L. Murphree (Pete) of Bruce; a son, Kenny Wayne Denton (Marie) of New Albany; five sisters, Sis Jordan (Harmon), Gene Gregory, Sammie Merritt, Nancy Chunn (Jimmy) and Frances Wooten (Bill); two brothers, William “Bill” Gresham and Abner Gresham; seven grandchildren, Brad Edwards, Brandon Edwards, Barry Edwards, Bo Williams, Amanda Turner, Cody Murphree and Adam Murphree; and 6 great-grandchildren, Elijah Edwards, Kaily Beth Edwards, Tyler Turner, Sydney Turner, Alayna Murphree and Gracie Murphree.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Johnny Gresham and Bobbie Gresham.
Pallbearers will be Brad Edwards, Brandon Edwards, Barry Edwards, Bo Williams, Cody Murphree, Adam Murphree and Tony Turner.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Ruth Lockhart
MENDENHALL – Ruth Leech Lockhart, 87, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison. She was born on May 2, 1923, in Smithville, where she grew up and attended school. She attended Mississippi State College for Women and received her bachelor’s degree in home economics in 1947. She taught at Hatley and Smithville schools until 1955 when she married Clifford Odell Lockhart. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Jackson and later Pearl. She resumed her teaching career in 1958 and taught at Brandon and Pearl public schools. In 1963, the family moved to Mendenhall. She taught briefly at Magee and then joined the faculty at Mendenhall public schools, where she worked until her retirement in 1985. She became a member of Mendenhall Methodist Church in 1963 and remained so the rest of her life. She will be remembered by hundreds of former students, many of whom she kept in contact with after her retirement.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Funeral Home in Mendenhall.
She is survived by two sons, Ted and Terry; a sister, Doris; two sisters-in-law, Eloise and Patty; and two daughters-in-law, Deborah Frank Lockhart and Kina Lockhart.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents, K. D. Leech and Connie Harmon Leech; her brothers, Ralph, Hershel and K.D. (Penny) Leech Jr.; and her sister-in-law, Villa.
Visitation will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today for family members and from 5 to 8 p.m. for friends of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mendenhall United Methodist Church Restoration Project, P.O. Box 85, Mendenhall, MS 39114.

Billy Russell
IUKA – Billy Orman Russell, 77, died Thursday, June 17, 2010.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in the New Lebanon Cemetery at Cairo.

Johnny Johnson
FULTON – Johnny Johnson, 46, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010. He was born Dec. 11, 1963, in Lee County to James Junior and Lucy Thibidoux Johnson. He was a construction worker. He was an organ donor, contributing so that others might live.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Bobby Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include his stepdaughter, Melissa Taylor of Fulton; his stepson, Marcus Little (Heather) of Fulton; three stepgrandchildren; two sisters, Charlotte Kilgore (Chris) of Dorsey and Nancy Johnson of Plantersville; two brothers, Joel Johnson (Lesia) of Tremont and Bobby Pack of Tremont.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vicki Johnson, and his father, James Junior “Samson” Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Posey, John Buckley, Ricky McDaniel, Johnny Harmon, Marcus Little and Russell McCracken.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Sunday.
Lou Vails
TUPELO – Lou Allie Vails, 89, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at her residence after a brief illness. She was born July 15, 1920, in Toccopola to Steve and Lou Emma Brownlee Hanson. She attended Toccopola and Mathiston High Schools, and then attended Wood Junior College. A longtime resident of Tupelo, she worked many years in the catalogue department for Sears. She was an active member of AARP and the Young at Heart Club. Her greatest priority was her family whom she loved dearly. She was the widow of Charles L. Vails, who died in 1994.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Jay Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Spring Valley Cemetery in Mathiston.
Survivors include two sons, Charles R. Vails (Elizabeth) of Linden, Texas, and Robert Wayne Vails (Jeanie) of Saltillo; six grandchildren, Teresa Vails of Tupelo, Charles R. Vails Jr. (Peggy) of Benbrook, Texas, Cindy Underwood of Lebanon Junction, Ky., Wendi McFerrin (Stacy) of Tupelo, Lorie Murphy (Tracy) of Saltillo and Quinton Vails of Unity; seven great-grandchildren, Jonathan and Patrick Underwood, Mac and Lou Allie McFerrin, Brandi Seawright (Heath), Courtney Murphy and Angie Vails; one great-great-granddaughter, Marlee Brook Seawright.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband; two sisters, Willie Nolan and Ruby Watson; and two brothers, Charlie Hanson and Buddy Hanson.
Pallbearers will be Quinton Vails, Ray Vails, Stacy McFerrin, Tracy Murphy, Keith Seawright and Jonathan Underwood.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Carrie Rich
TIPLERSVILLE – Carrie D. King Rich, 89, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Oct. 4, 1920, in Alcorn County to James Thomas and Alma E. Wilbanks King. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church, but attended Abundant Life Tabernacle UPCI in Walnut.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with the Rev. Jimmy Rich officiating. Burial will be in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Tiplersville.
Survivors include a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burkitt Jeff Rich; her parents; and two brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Ray, Gary Crum, Eric Melton, Phil Koon, Donald Crum and Jim Wilbanks.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Vaughan Metts Sr.
COUNCE, Tenn. – Vaughan Anderson Metts Sr., 70, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Pickwick White Sulphur Cemetery in Counce, Tenn.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Sunday.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Lois Kennedy
GOLDEN – Murdie A. “Lois” Kennedy, 79, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Golden. She was born Sept. 18, 1930, in Tremont to Elsie and Alvie Harris Middleton. She was a homemaker and a member of Dennis United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will be in Belmont City Cemetery.
Survivors are three sons, David Trotter (Sue) of Orlando, Fla., Steve Kennedy (Angie) of Belmont and Roger Kennedy (Melanie) of Russellville, Ala.; two sisters, Lois Vail of Fulton and Eloise Hussey of Paducah, Ky.; three grandchildren, David Trotter Jr., Ben Kennedy (Alyssa) and Brandon Kennedy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul L. Kennedy; two children, Gary Lee Trotter and Danny Kennedy; and two brothers, Travis Middleton and Trafford Middleton.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Kennedy, Ben Kennedy, Robert Shook, David Trotter, Robert Dale Shook and Tim Bell.
Visitation will be noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sylvia Wallace
ETTA – Sylvia Marie Wallace, 65, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 11, 1944, in Baldwyn to Herbert and Annie Jane Dill Taylor. She was the owner/operator of Sylvia’s Beauty Salon. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Kyle Ivy and the Rev. Rex Wilburn officiating. Burial will be in Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, James Wallace of Etta; three daughters, Tina White (Greg) of Memphis, Carla Parks (Ken) of Southaven and Angel Fletcher of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two sisters, Linda Beaty of Arlington, Tenn., and Mona Simpson of Clarksville, Tenn.; one brother, David Taylor of Myrtle; and four grandchildren, Jeff White, Brandon Parks, Alyssa Parks and Cody White.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bill Taylor.
Pallbearers will be Joe Moody, Michael Taylor, Skip Francis, Tommy Wallace, Tony Simpson, Ken Beaty and Buz Francis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Eva Thrasher
BRANDON – Eva Christine Meek Thrasher, 59, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in Laurel.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Eupora. Burial will follow at the Eupora City Cemetery. Wise Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.

William C. King
BOONEVILLE – William C. King, 79, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Elnora Hightower
HOULKA – Elnora Stovall Hightower, 86, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mays Chapel M.B. Church in Vardaman. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery at Vardaman. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To access the online register book, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Lushan Kendrick
NORTHPORT, Ala. – Lushan Kendrick, 80, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Hospice of West Alabama.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Private burial will be at the church cemetery. Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home of Northport, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Maybell Gossett
RIPLEY – Maybell South Gossett, 87, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, in Booneville after a brief illness. She was born on Jan. 31, 1923, to the late Ira Merritt South and Lottie Malone South. She was a homemaker and a member of Westminister Presbyterian Church. She grew up in the Shady Grove Community, graduated from Shady Grove School as valedictorian and was crowned Miss Ripley. She married James L. Gossett in 1940. She was a wonderful cook. She loved spending time with her family and talking on the telephone with friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Mark Lindley and the Rev. Bill Connolly officiating. Burial will be in Westminister Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Wilma Wood (Larry) of Booneville and Nancy Copeland (Mike) of Walker, La.; one son, James L. “Jackie” Gossett Jr. (Sue) of Ripley; nine grandchildren, Tonya Wood of Booneville, Karen Yancey (Allen) of Ripley, Keshia Williams (James) of Memphis, Robin Jernigan (John) of Walker, La., Bobbi Smith (Brian) of Albany, La., Tammi Copeland of Baton Rouge, La., Jim Gossett (Renita) of Ripley, Stacey Gossett of Memphis and Will Gossett (Angie) of Ripley; 11 great-grandchildren; special friends, Shirley Prather and Alice Hines; dear friend and caregiver, Karen Yancey; caregivers, Jackie Gossett, Wilma Wood and Tonya Wood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lawrence Gossett, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jim Gossett, Stacey Gossett, Will Gossett, James Gossett, Allen Yancey, Logan Yancey, Evan Yancey and John Jernigan.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Westminister Cemetery Fund, c/o Mike Carter, 3290 CR 502, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view obituaries and sign the online register book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Jim Witt
TUPELO – James E. “Jim” Witt, 64, died Thursday, June 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Campus. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday.

Doug Carmack
TUPELO – Fred Douglas Carmack, 66, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Hospice after a lengthy illness. A lifelong resident of Tupelo, he was born October 9, 1943, to Fred and Imogene Carmack. He retired from the United States Air Force, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant and serving during the Vietnam War. He was a member of First Christian Church in Tupelo.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Eldridge Flemming officiating.
Survivors include three sons, Freddie (Laurie) Lacapra of Sandy, Ore., Tim (Jennifer) Lacapra of Springhill, Tenn., and Michael (Tonya) Carmack of Pontotoc; one sister, Betty (David) Thomas of Houston; one brother, Ikey (Linda) Carmack of Tupelo; his mother, Imogene Paulk of Tupelo; one aunt, Dale (Jess) Cliff of Tupelo; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Fred L. Carmack.
Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until service time Sunday.

Jan Kirk
TUPELO – Jan Alison Houck Kirk, 81, died Wednesday, June 16, 2010, in her home after an extended illness. She was born on Feb. 5, 1929, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Walter and Grace Pritchard Houck. She graduated from Howe High School and attended John Herron Art Institute. In 1954, she married Charles Edward Kirk Jr. of Muncie, Ind. They moved from Indianapolis to Baltimore, Md., in 1962 and over the years also lived in Chicago, Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, Fla., until moving to Tupelo in 1974.
Jan made a memorable impact on the Tupelo community during her 36 years here. She worked as a patient representative at North Mississippi Medical Center for many years until her retirement in 1990. She was also a longtime humor columnist for the Lee County Courier. writing the weekly feature “Jest a Few Lines.” As a member of First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, she sent out birthday, get well and other greetings to the homebound who needed encouragement. Jan was an accomplished artist and donated much of her work to charity fundraisers. She and her husband also built and decorated dollhouses each year to raise money for Sanctuary Hospice House Celebration Village.
Along with her many wonderful friends, Jan leaves behind her loving family, including her husband, Charles “Charlie”; her daughter, Pamela Prentice (Bill) of Pittsboro, N.C.; her son, Robert “RC” Kirk (Lisa) of Morrisville, Vt.; two brothers, Don Houck (Cindy) and Earl Houck (Carol); and her special friend, Ralph. She is also survived by six grandchildren who adored her, Matthew Prentice (Amy), Elizabeth Kourkoulis (Thomas), Graham Kirk (Stephanie), Eric Kirk (Emily), Leyton Prentice and Evelyn Kirk. She was the proud great-grandmother to eight with two on the way. Jan was preceded in death by a son, Thomas Kirk, and a brother, James Houck.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 21, 2010, at First Presbyterian Church in Tupelo, the Rev. Dr. Tom Groome and the Rev. Dr. Ron Richardson officiating. Visitation is from 1 p.m. until the service Monday at McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian Church. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Honorary pallbearers will be Doyle’s Dandies Golfing Buddies and the 12 Step Group.
Memorials can be made to Sanctuary Hospice House Celebration Village, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1725, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.com.

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