Obituaries June 19, 2013

Joshua Parrish McKay

January 5, 1979, to June 16, 2013

Joshua Parrish McKay was born in Natchez on Jan. 5, 1979, to the Rev. Roy Lee McKay and Marcia Ann Parrish McKay of Aberdeen. He passed away on Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Meridianville, Ala.

Besides his parents, Josh leaves behind a large family who loved him, especially his brother Matthew and his wife, Hannah McKay, and their son, Isaac, all of Oklahoma City.

On his father’s side he is survived by his grandfather, Dr. Vernon McKay of Aberdeen; his uncle, Dr. Jim (Marcy) McKay of Ft. Worth, Texas; his aunt, Marilynn (Roger) Ormson of Barron, Wis.; and his cousins, Stacy (Dr. Steve) Wood of Weatherford Texas, Teresa (Jon) Willis of Ft. Worth, Dr. Reagann (Jon) McCreary of Dallas, and Julie Walker and James (Stephanie) Ormson of Barron, Wis.

On his mother’s side he leaves his grandmother, Maurice Parrish; and his aunts, Donna Sue Parrish (Jimmy) Norris, Nannette Jackson Parrish and Cindy Parrish Dorosh, all of Starkville, and Lisa Parrish (Nathan) Turner of Tupelo. He also leaves his cousins, Andy (Heather) Parrish of Pheba, Carla Parrish of Birmingham, Jay Norris of Starkville, and Dee Lewis and Cody Turner of Tupelo.

After his early years in Mississippi, when his father was a pastor, Josh grew up in the Philippines and Germany, where his parents were serving as missionaries. Josh was home-schooled in the Philippines by his mother, then attended public school in Herford, Germany, beginning in the fifth grade, where he learned to speak, read and write German. He then attended the Black Forest Academy in Kandern, Germany, for two years of high school. After his parents returned to local church service in the U.S., Josh graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in Montgomery, Ala. in 1997, then attended Mississippi State University in Starkville. After he CLEPed three years of German and was an intern at the German Stock Exchange (Deutsche Boerse) in Frankfurt, he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in German and a BBA in International Business in December 2002. He was then hired by the U.S. Army as a DOD civilian in 2003. After initial training, Josh worked as a Logistics Management Specialist for the Army Material Command – Logistics Support Activity (LOGSA) at Redstone Arsenal in Hunstville, Ala. He was awarded a master of business degree through the Army Fellows Program at Texas A&M University, Texarkana, in 2009. Josh served two tours of duty in Kuwait and one in Iraq and received many awards for his work. He attained the rank of GS-13.

His funeral services will be held today, June 19, at Welch Funeral Home, 201 W. Lampkin St., Starkville with visitation from noon to 3 p.m. and the funeral service at 3 p.m.

Condolences may be expressed on the website at www.welchfunderalhomes.com or may be sent to his parents at P.O. Box 222, Aberdeen MS 39730.

Lucille Kendrick

BRANDON – Lucille H. Kendrick, 87, died on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Brandon Nursing and Rehab. Born on Jan. 3, 1926, in New Hope, she was the daughter of the late James and Ola Gertrude Jewel Halbert. She was a graduate of New Hope High School and the University of Alabama Nursing School. Serving as an LPN for 40 years, she began working at Doster Hospital and retired in the early 1990s from Dr. Henry J. Holliman’s practice in Columbus. She was a member of Grandview Baptist Church in Pearl and a former member and Children’s Church director at Central Grove Baptist Church in Monroe County. A fine Christian lady with a servant’s heart who was a great example to others, her passion was helping and serving others. With faith and family being most important to her, she enjoyed playing the piano, painting, collecting dachshund figurines, being outdoors working in the yard, gardening, growing African violets, watching the red birds, listening to and playing hymns and Southern gospel music, and most of all, watching and cheering for the Dallas Cowboys.

She is survived by her sons, David Lee Cox (Carol) of Tupelo and Peyton Rawls (Angie) of Pearl; sister, Frances O’Bryant of New Hope; brother, Buddy Halbert of Columbus; grandchildren, Cliff Cox (Misty), Jennifer Burleson (Jeff), Jaron Rawls and Melody Rawls; great-grandchildren, Andrew Burleson, Hunter Burleson, J.D. Burleson, Camryn Cox, Sam Cox and Bel Cox; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, James Marshall Cox, James Floyd Rawls and Joseph Winslow Kendrick; and sisters, Marjorie Chatham and Martha Elmore.

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Central Grove Baptist Church with Dr. Dennis Smithey officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Visitation will be from 10 to 10:50 a.m. Thursday at Central Grove Baptist Church.

Memorials may be given to Central Grove Baptist Church Children’s Church, 30298 Central Grove Road, Aberdeen, MS 39730.

Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Leonard Rosser

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. – Leonard Dexter Rosser, 90, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. He was born on May 18, 1923, in Belmont. He graduated from Belmont High School. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, serving in the Philippines and New Guinea. Upon returning from the war, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Memphis and a doctorate in business administration from Mississippi State University. He was a professor and an associate dean at the University of Memphis’s Fogelman College of Business and Economics from 1970 until 1993. While teaching at the university, he led the creation of a doctoral program for the Fogelman College of Business. He also wrote the program to revive the Tennessee Small Business Development Center and became the center’s first state director from 1983 until 1990, when he resumed his career as a tenured professor at the university until his retirement as Professor Emeritus in 1993.

He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a 50-year member of Al Chymia Shriners. After his retirement, he often drove children to the Galveston and Cincinnati Shriners Burns Hospital. He was a member of the Royal Order of Jesters Memphis Court 130. He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, most recently Germantown United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Parthine “Pat” Rosser of Germantown and Belmont; his daughter, Sharon Rosser Verheeck (Dr. Kenneth) of Lake Charles, La.; his son, Phillip L. Rosser (companion, Christy Atkins) of Cordova, Tenn.; and five grandsons, Kenneth Verheeck Jr. (Aimee) of Houston, Texas, Bradley Verheeck (Amanda) of Baton Rouge, La., Timothy Verheeck (Julie) of Lake Charles, La., Chad Rosser (Melissa) of New Albany and Hunter Rosser of Cordova, Tenn.; and six great-grandchildren, Buster, Andrew and Maddie Verheeck of Houston, Texas, Anna and Owen Verheeck of Lake Charles, La., and Frankie Rosser of New Albany.

Services were held Saturday, June 8, at Memphis Memorial Park. The Rev. Julie McKenna and the Rev. Ben Rosser officiated. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Condolences may be offered at www.MemorialParkOnline.com.

Linda Newman

NAPLES, Fla. – Linda Lou “Lulu” Newman, 65, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Naples, Fla., after a long illness. She was born Aug. 10, 1947, in Ashland, Wis., the fourth child of Edward Raymond and Mary Dorothy Bick. The family moved to the northern suburbs of Chicago in the early 1950s. She graduated from New Trier High School in 1965. She graduated from Southern Illinois University, where she met and married Dan Newman on Sept. 9, 1972. She was an ardent Catholic and a member of St. James for more than 30 years. She was an artist, seamstress, decorator, homemaker and an adventuresome person who was always positive and upbeat. She had several jobs in Tupelo and finished her career as an employment counselor for the state of Mississippi, where she worked for 10 years and helped many people find jobs. She was a kind, caring, generous and loving spouse, parent, grandparent and friend. Her special relationship with her sisters was marked by numerous vacations together and nightly group phone calls.

She is survived her husband of 40 years, Dan Newman; three children, Melissa Lesley (Donnie) of Germantown, Tenn., Daniel Newman (Tyler) of Charlotte, N.C., and Mary Ewert (Cory) of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren, Liza and Ava Lesley, and Yale Ewert; her sisters, Barbara Niehaus (Ed) of Escondido, Calif., Mary Susan Bick of The Woodlands, Texas, and Diane Dicks (Frank) of New Port Richey, Fla.; and numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, William Flynn Bick.

A memorial Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, June 21, at St. James Catholic Church in Tupelo. The family will meet and greet attendees from 3 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, make a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Martha Vanderford

BURNSVILLE – Martha Marie Bell Hatcher Vanderford, 88, passed away Sunday, June 16, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 7, 1924, to John and Jenny Hatcher. She was a homemaker and a member of Rowland Mills Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today, June 19, at Rowland Mills Baptist Church with Bro. Franky Smith and Bro. Edward Stacy officiating. Burial will be at Rowland Mills Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home of Booneville is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors are two sons, Jimmy (Ava) Vanderford of Corinth and Johnny (Ollie) Vanderford of Burnsville; seven grandchildren, Marty Vanderford of Red Bay, Ala., Gogie (Bill) Goodson of Baldwyn, Linda (Edward) Roberts of Burnsville, Matilda Belue of New Albany, Carolyn (Jerry) Stricklin of Burnsville, Sandy (Al) Wilkerson of Gilbert, Ariz., and Bruce (Donna) Evans of Booneville; 12 great-grandchildren, Gina (Jeremie) Bray, John Holland, Jonathan (Brittany) Roberts, Kayla Stricklin, Kristen Stricklin, Tererra Vanderford, Dustin Crump, Austin Belue, Heather Hughes, Brandy Evans, Brian Stricklin and Jay Stricklin; and four great-great-grandchildren, Max Parker and Rhett Hatcher Bray, Jason and Samantha Hughes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Vanderford; her parents; three sisters, Beulah Watkins, Verna Stidham and Freda Gray; and two brothers, Morrel and Buck Hatcher.

Visitation will continue until service time today at Rowland Mills Baptist Church.

Condolences can be made at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Elaine Perry

MATHISTON – Elaine Oswalt Perry, 75, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Mathiston.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Webster County.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thomas Brooks

OXFORD – Thomas L. Brooks, 77, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Mary Byrd

HOLLAND, Mich. – Mary E. Byrd, 95, passed away Friday, June 14, 2013, at Resthaven Care Center following a long illness. She was born Sept. 27, 1917, in Mississippi to Geneva and B.B. Hall Sr. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Union Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of local arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Ben (Marguerite Darlene) Stephens and Grady “Frank” Stephens, both of Holland, Mich.; one sister, Flora Patterson of Myrtle; a daughter-in-law, Ovella Stephens of Zeeland, Mich.; a son-in-law, Larry De Boer of Holland, Mich.; a sister-in-law, Annie Mae Hall of Tupelo; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Genoa Byrd; and children, Lawrence Stephens, John Stephens, Billy Joe Stephens and Mary De Boer.

Visitation will be from 10 to 10:25 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Hospice of Michigan, Holland, Mich.

For online condolences visit www.langelandsterenberg.com or www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Charles Yarber

MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. – Charles Yarber, 78, formerly of Iuka, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Cypress Cove Care and Rehab Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 19, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Snowdown Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to the Snowdown Cemetery Fund.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy DePoyster

BOONEVILLE – Dorothy M. DePoyster, 90, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Senatobia Convalescence Center and Rehab in Senatobia.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 19, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Claudie Wood

GOLDEN – Claudie S. Wood, 77, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. He was born April 4, 1936, in Itawamba County. He was retired from Sunshine Homes. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 19, at Calvary Baptist Church in Belmont with Bro. Randy Buse and Bro. Chris Higginbottom officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery at Atwood, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors are his wife of 52 years, Ann Wood of Golden; three children, Paul Wood of New Albany, Jennifer Wood of Golden and Heather Underwood (Byron) of Red Bay, Ala.; three grandchildren, Dustin, Hunter and Jack; two stepgrandchildren, Laken Reno and Morgan Higginbottom; four stepgreat-grandchildren, Noah, Rylan, Ava and Layla; two sisters, Shirley Mink of Zion, Ill., and LaRee Parker (Jerry) of Tremont; and two brothers, Bertie Wayne Wood (Dorothy) and Larry Joe Wood (Kathryn), all of Belmont.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Wood and Florence Sartain Wood; a sister, Wilma Jean Wigginton; and a brother, Ralph Wood.

Pallbearers will be Woody Watson, Tony Sparks, Dicky Turvaville, Lowell James, Jerry Morris and Greg Pharr. Honorary pallbearer will be Billy Credille.

Visitation will continue until service time today at the church.

Bryan Wilson

HOLLY SPRINGS – Bryan Dale Wilson, 29, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Belleville Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Ill.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Byhalia Cemetery in Byhalia. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.

Brenda Rawie

MEMPHIS – Brenda Gail Rawie, 57, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Robinsonville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Alec Leeka

CORINTH – Alec Leeka, 93, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home in Savannah, Tenn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.

Dorothy James

CORINTH – Dorothy James, 68, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at her home in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

Henry Pegues

MEMPHIS – Henry Wesley Pegues, 88, formerly of Holly Springs, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at his home in Memphis.

Services will be at noon Thursday, June 20, at Mt. Teamer CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 21, at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. 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 repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Thursday.

Florida Donald

WEST POINT – Florida J. Donald, 75, died Saturday, June 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. 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.

Rader Keith

MOOREVILLE – Rader Keith, 90, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Thomas Morgan

AMORY – Graveside services for Thomas E. Morgan, 93, were Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Masonic Cemetery in Amory. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Amory and was retired from the Frisco Railroad.

Survivors include his daughter, Carolyn Reece (John) of West Point; three grandchildren, John T. Reece II (Kimberly), Jeff Reece (Stephanie) and Morgan Lee Reece (Ronda); and five great-grandchildren, Justin, Tucker, Campbell, John T. III and Dane Reece; and two sisters, Margaret Wright of Lake Elsinore, Calif., and Frances Mize (Jim) of Olive Branch.

Services were under the direction of E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

Leon Bishop

OXFORD – Spurgeon Leon Bishop, 50, died Monday, June 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today, June 19, at Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.

Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

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

Lessie Newcomb

IUKA – Lessie Newcomb, 93, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Augusta Dixon

OKOLONA – Augusta Dixon, 68, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Dec. 10, 1944, to Alonzo Ivy and Dixie Mae Campbell Dixon. She was a homemaker and a caregiver for the elderly.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Williams Memorial Chapel in Okolona.

Survivors include six sisters, Ethel Daniels, Martha Ivy, Barbara Pulliam, Linda Ivy, Nancy (Isaac) Wallace and Diane Lucas; four brothers, Robert Ivy, James Ivy, Alonzo (Estelle) Ivy and Jimmy Ivy; a special nephew, Nichol Pulliam.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.