By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – James Douglas “Jimmy” Blue (“Blue”), 69, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his mother, Annie Grace (Trotter) Blue, and his father, Russell Graham Blue.
He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dorothy Marie (McDonald) Blue of Tupelo; his five children, Lisa Blue (Amy Cox) of Gluckstadt, Melissa Blue Peterson (Derek) of Helena, Ala., Tona Justice (John) of Madison, Mike Black (Marti) of Mantachie and Tina Osborne of Tupelo; his eight grandchildren, Carter Peterson, Avery Peterson, Alyssa Osborne, Lexie Osborne, Leighton Justice, Austin Black, Chris Black (Andrea) and Jonathan Black (Amber); one great-grandson, Reid Black; and a very special niece, Bennie Fowler.
Blue worked as a Customer Service manager for Coats American, and retired in 2001 after 31 years of service. While he enjoyed his time at Coats American, his proudest professional achievement was his time with the Army National Guard, where he served as a sergeant 1st class. He hung up his dress greens after 25 years of service, but his devotion to the United States and the Army National Guard lived on through stories that he shared with family, friends and fellow Guardsmen.
While the Army National Guard was his proudest professional achievement, his family was certainly his proudest personal achievement. Blue was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and he could often be found at home, grilling his famous steaks while sharing stories and jokes with his tight-knit family.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. Bro. Don Fox and Bro. William Shack will officiate. Derek Peterson, John Justice, Chris Black, Jonathan Black, Austin Black and Brian Gillespie will serve as pallbearers. B.L. Outlaw, Tim Gillespie, Ronnie Langley, Jorgen Scheuer, Bob Maynard, Clifton Shields, Gene Godfrey, Bill Keller, Jim Harrington, Larry Hisaw and Fred Shumpert will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Burial will be at Tupelo Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House.
BRUCE – Thomas Mack Ledbetter, 82, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at Bruce Community Living Center. He was born March 29, 1930, in Quitman County. He was a private 1st class in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and received Bronze Stars. He was a timber truck driver and a farmer. He was a member of the VFW and the American Legion.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Darrell Logan and Bro. Jay Packs officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery in Bruce.
Survivors include two daughters, Patty Ledbetter of Bruce and Frieda (Bill) Woodcock of Long Beach; two sons, Phil (Sherrie) Ledbetter and Scott (Susan) Ledbetter, all of Bruce; one sister, Bobbie L. (Reginald) Henry of Houlka; one brother, Jake Ledbetter of Enid; five grandchildren, Justin Ledbetter, Lakyn Ledbetter, Amelia Woodcock, Austin Ledbetter and Rebecka Ledbetter; two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Cowsert Ledbetter, whom he married Feb. 5, 1955; parents, Jake Morris Ledbetter and Winnie McCormick Ledbetter; three sisters, Elvie Howell, Lavelle Muffalotto and Martha Flippo; and two brothers, Clinas Ledbetter and Clinton “R.C.” Ledbetter.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Gordon Brown, Roncie Hardin, Sammy Joe Hawkins, John Levy, David Mills, Jeff Mills, Jerry Moore and Mike Winter. Honorary pallbearers will be David Brower and Jimmy Jello Chrestman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be posted at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
WEST POINT – Willie Clyde “Razzo” Elliott, 87, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at his home. He was born Oct. 12, 1924, in Beaverton, Ala., to Clara Woods and Grover Elliott. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was the owner of Elliott Refrigeration and a retired maintenance supervisor for Clay County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Marion “Bubba” Dees officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Lisa Elliott of West Point and Karen Corban (Randy) of Oxford; three sons, Dennis Elliott (Kay), Shane Elliott (Trish) and Bobby Huffman (Sherry), all of West Point; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Elliott; a son, Roger Elliott; a sister, Addine Harmon; and two brothers, James Buster Elliott and Thamon Elliott.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Riddle, Mike Putman, Robbie Brown, Lee Elliott, Roger Morris and Michael Elliott.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Round Table friends at Cathy’s.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
Walter Bullwinkel Jr.
NEW ALBANY – Walter Ernest Bullwinkel Jr. died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County after a long illness. He was born in Jersey City, N.J., on May 22, 1924, to Walter E. Bullwinkel Sr. and Louise Heise Bullwinkel. He served as an ensign in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II. He was a lifelong garment manufacturing executive, at one time overseeing 17 factories in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mexico. He had an abiding love for his family, church, community and country. He was a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in New Albany. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. in Wesley Hall at the church. United Funeral Service will be in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his children, Bruce A. Bullwinkel (Lois), Kathryn A. Bullwinkel and Gary R. Bullwinkel (Gail); his stepsons, Joseph D. Dail Jr. (Suzanne) and Carey Dail; 15 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, Mildred Mildred Akehurst Bullwinkel; his second wife, Chloe Dail Bullwinkel; a daughter, Carole D. Bullwinkel; and a grandson, Stephen B. Bullwinkel.
In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer that any memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
James Adams Jr.
NETTLETON – James Thomas Adams Jr., 78, died on Monday, June 18, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on June 7, 1934, in Smithville, he was a son of the late Minnie Mae Camp and James Thomas Adams Sr. He attended Becker School. On Nov. 7, 1953, he married Lois Johnson. Retiring in 1996, he was a hardworking, self-employed carpenter and also worked for William Sloan, Troy Hodges and Jerry Hood. Strong in his faith, he was a member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church. A wonderful man and a great provider, he loved his family, especially his wife of 58 years, fishing with his grandchildren, watching his son and grandsons play ball, and listening to gospel and bluegrass music. He was a longtime member of the Amateur Softball Association, serving as an umpire and coach, and a former member of the Blue Blazers in Amory.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. today at Jones Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Corey Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Jones Chapel Cemetery with Bro. Zack Evans officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lois J. Adams of Nettleton; daughters, Melissa Rogers (Steve) of Nettleton and Phyllis Evans (Allen) of Hamilton; son, James Carl Adams of Nettleton; sister, Mae Dean Chism (Gene) of Amarillo, Texas; brothers, Larry Adams (Caroline) of Becker and George Adams (Linda) of Nettleton; grandchildren, Jeremy Hester, Zack Evans, Joshua Rogers and Cody Rogers; great-grandchildren, Kyrstin Hester, Noah Hester, Makenzi Rogers and Anna Brooke Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Geraldine Myatt; brother, Danny Adams; and a great-granddaughter, Kyrstin Hester.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Hester, Zack Evans, Josh Rogers, Cody Rogers, Mike Hendrix and Bobby Hendrix.
Memorials may be given to Jones Chapel Baptist Church, 30151 Metts Rd., Nettleton, MS 38858.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
TISHOMINGO – Ailene Bringle died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
IUKA – Gregory C. Harris, 50, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
A celebration of life service for family and friends will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. A scattering will be held later on the Tennessee River during a private family service.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clyne Harris.
He is survived by his mother, Peggy Harris of Iuka; one son, Logan Harris, and one daughter, Bethany Harris, both of Iuka; two sisters, Linda Murrah of Iuka and Jane Cohick of State College, Pa.
Memorials may be made to the Bethany and Logan Harris Scholarship Fund at BancorpSouth in Iuka . An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Willie Joe Williams
CORINTH – Willie Joe “Red” Williams, 76, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Corinthian Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Farmington Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
WREN – Billy E. “Buddy” Price, 75, died on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks. Born on Aug. 12, 1936, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Bill and Eva Mae Plunkett Price. He attended Becker School. He honorably served in the U..S Marine Corps. He worked in construction as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He was an elder of Wren Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed working, gardening, woodworking, gospel music and watching Westerns, and he loved his dog, Sassy. He could always be found chewing his tobacco.
A celebration of life service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Masonic Cemetery with Bro. Bob Secrist, Bro. Maurice McIntosh and Bro. Bobby Price officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Buchanan Price of Wren; daughters, Dixie Tomlinson (Andy) of Starkville, Charlyne Schoolar (Ken) of Amory, Rose Land (Robert) of Oxford, Ala., Donna McWhorter (Eddie) of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and Charlene Felton of Lehigh Acres, Fla.; sons, Art Buchanan (Pam) of Amory and Lynn Price (Nancy) of Buckingham, Fla.; brother, Bobby Price (Ann) of Greenwood Springs; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Katherine Stoddard and Dorothy Kimbell; a brother, Leroy Price; and a son, Charles Buchanan Jr.
Pallbearers will be Bruce Schoolar, Patrick Schoolar, Dixon Tomlinson, Brandon Schoolar, John Walden and Danny Stoddard. Honorary pallbearers will be Jamie Hatcher, Lawrence Buchanan and the staff of Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, PO Box 269, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HOUSTON – Fred Brownlee, 77, died Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Kyle Chapel M.B. Church at Vardaman. Burial will be in Shady Grove M.B. Church in Vardaman. Montgomery Mortuary LLC of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Ola Mae Savage
OXFORD – Ola Mae Savage, 58, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
RED BAY, Ala. – Danny Ray Peden, 62, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at the Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Gerald William Gaines, 84, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at his residence. He was born Nov. 7, 1927, in Union County to Lunson Gaines and Lee Williams Gaines. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired employee of Futorian Manufacturing in New Albany. He loved to farm, raise cattle, and work in his garden. He was a member of Ingomar Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Ingomar Baptist Church with the Rev. Enoch Purvis and the Rev. Rickey Haynes officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Henry Gaines of Ingomar; two sons, Ted William Gaines and Bob Gaines (Jackie), both of Ingomar; a sister, Louise Haynes of Ingomar; a brother, John H. Gaines of Louin; three grandchildren, Melissa Manning (Jaysen), Jessica Gaines and Katie Hester (Cody); and three great-grandchildren, Will and Emily Manning, and Destiney Hester.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Michael Henry Gaines; and two brothers, Kenneth Gaines and James Gaines.
Pallbearers will be John Haynes, John Weeden, Russell Gaines, Bobby Henry, Jaysen Manning, Carl Turner, Jerry Oakes, Cody Hester and Carl Suddeth. Honorary pallbearers will be American Legion Post 72, and all of his coffee drinking buddies at J and J Grocery, Tommie Huffstatler, Charlie Neal Huffstatler, Wayne Gaines, Norman Dunlap, Frank Bramlett and Tom Haynes.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ingomar Baptist Church.
In honor of Mr. Gaines, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flags of the U.S. Army at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Jo Ann Clay
FULTON – Jo Ann Clay, 65, died Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Sept. 17, 1946, in Tupelo to Clifton Jones of Fulton and Edna Jones of Hartford, Conn. She worked for the State of Connecticut’s Veterans Home and La Salette Missionaries for 20 years, where she retired at the age of 60 and returned to her hometown.
Services will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors Chapel with the Rev. Charles Shell officiating.
Survivors include her mother, Edna Jones of Hartford, Conn.; one sister, Mary Cockrell of Fulton; one brother, Clifford Allen Jr. of Albuquerque, N.M.; five children, Timothy Clay of Holdenville, Okla., Glen Clay, Stephanie Clay, Novellette Price and Lana Clay, all of Hartford, Conn.; a special granddaughter, P’Cari Henderson of Hartford, Conn.; six grandchildren, Terrel Green, Feniqua Henderson, Patrick Thomas, Jordan Broderick, Raymond Hicks and Laniyah Hicks, all of Hartford, Conn.; two special friends, Phineas Rodgers of Fulton and Bessie Lee Wilson of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her father; a brother, Perry Clay; two sisters, Na’dine Copeland and Darlene Jones.
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PONTOTOC – Hilliard L. “Don” Young, 77, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at his residence in Pontotoc. He was born Aug. 17, 1934, in Houlka to Hilliard E. and Ellie Campbell Young. He married Shirley Morrison on Dec. 21, 1957. and they enjoyed over 54 years together. He was a Christian and a member of the Buckhorn Church of Christ and the First Baptist Adult 5 Men’s Sunday School Class (Renegrades). He retired from the United States Navy. He was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a wonderful, patient husband, father, grandfather and friend. He loved spending time with all of his grandchildren teaching them about family, hunting and fishing which he loved to do.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Morrison Young; his mother, Ellie Campbell Young; one son, Tommy Young (Sharon); one daughter, Donna Lunn (Brad); five grandchildren, Kelsie Young, Kassidy Young, Whitney (Ryan) Killough, Braden Lunn and Elizabeth Lunn; one great-grandson, Colton Cossey; two sisters, Karen Wilson (Gail) and Sandra Walls (Jerry); two brothers, Charlie Dwayne Young (Shirley) and Gerald Young (Carolyn); and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Hilliard E. Young.
Pallbearers will be Braden Lunn, Tracy Davis, Lee Hatcher, Dennis Cox, Michael Young, Blake Davis, Ryan Killough and Jerry Walls.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Buckhorn Church of Christ Cemetery.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Gloria Duncan Jones, 39, died Tuesday, June 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
CORINTH – Clayton Evetts, 76, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Magnolia Funeral Home’s Chapel of Memories in Corinth. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Online memorials can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.