MARIETTA, Ga. – Elizabeth Williams Smith, 93, who was reared and spent her young years in Utica, Miss., died on May 10, 2010, at Tranquility Hospice in Marietta, Ga. She was the eldest daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Owen Williams. Bro. Williams served Utica Baptist Church for many years and his wife, Mamie Williams, was a partner in his ministry to the community.
Elizabeth was born in Farmersville, Ky., on April 13, 1917. Her parents were called to two churches in Mississippi prior to being called to serve Utica Baptist. She is survived by two sisters, Rachel Miller of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Cissi Williams McChesney of Minneapolis, Minn.; four children and spouses, Elizabeth McChesney “Betty Mac” Smith Darden of Marietta, Ga., R. Curtis (Debra) Smith of Hattiesburg, Owen W. Smith of Austin, Texas, David F. Smith and Suzanne Winckler of Embarrass, Minn.; daughter-in-law, Debbie Smith of Louisville, Ky.; six grandchildren and spouses, David and Becky Darden, Morgan and Emilie Denmark Darden, Lauren and Kendal Land, Anna and Matt Gaspodinovich, Bradley and Sherri Smith, and Claire Smith; five great-grandchildren, Carlisle, Camper, Amelia, Elliott and Evangeline. In addition, she leaves many nieces, nephews and their children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Agnew Smith of Drew, Miss., and their youngest child, John W. Smith, who died at 39 years of age in Louisville, Ky., while studying at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Elizabeth was admitted to Tranquility Hospice on May 7. Her surviving children, granddaughter-in-law and one of her great-grandchildren were privileged to be at her bedside when she passed away.
Elizabeth graduated from Utica High School in 1935 and went on to graduate in 1939 with a B.A. degree from Blue Mountain College, where she was an outstanding student and leader and which she later served as a member of the Blue Mountain College Board of Trustees. After graduation she taught school in Mississippi briefly and then was employed by the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville, Tenn., where she was BSU liaison and assistant editor for the Southern Baptist Sunday School Board. In Nashville she met her future husband and they were married in August 1944. They lived in Austin, Texas, until he was discharged from the United States Army Air Corps. They then moved to Drew, Miss., where Curtis took over the operations of the family cotton farm and where all their children were reared. During her years in Drew, she was a timber of the Drew Baptist Church and was employed at A.W. James Elementary School as principal for several years. Her art talents were put to use by the schools, church and clubs in Drew. She crafted countless illustrations for school annuals, school newspapers, science projects and Scout badges. She had superb penmenship and enjoyed illuminating manuscripts. Many young women from the Delta have a framed wedding invitation illuminated by her. She studied art in college and later continued her studies at Delta State University. She loved painting magnolias and small Delta scenes, and numerous friends and family members treasure their magnolia paintings done by her.
In 1980 after her husband’s ill health necessitated his entering a nursing facility, she moved to New Albany, Miss., where her daughter’s family was living. She was employed by the Union County Hospital as a pharmacy technician. She was very proud of learning such a complicated new skill. In New Albany she was a member of the New Century Club. She enjoyed attending book talks at the library, visiting her sisters in Memphis, sewing for her grandchildren, traveling extensively with her sons and daughters, making the trip to Oxford to shop at the Square Books, and having lunch at the café on Bankhead Street in New Albany. She was known everywhere for her sense of style, her grace and her charm.
In 2008 she moved to Marietta, Ga., to be near her daughter. She resided at Gaines Park Assisted Living and will be missed by many people at that facility. Before her brief illness, she enjoyed going to the symphony, to art museums, and to concerts and parties with her children and grandchildren.
At her death she was surrounded by loving, caring family whose sadness at her passing away cannot be measured, but who know they were privileged indeed to have her for so many years. The family will travel to Drew for a memorial service at the Drew Baptist Church on July 3, 2010, at 3 p.m. Interment will follow at the Drew Cemetery with a private graveside service.
The family requests that any donations be made to Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610, or to an organization of the donor’s choice.
Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home & Crematory in Marietta is in charge of the arrangements. Visit the website at www.mayeswarddobbins.com.
OXFORD – Tracy Wallace Lusk, 83, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Affairs Home in Oxford. Born in Woodville, he was the husband of the late Jane Farrar Lusk. He was a retired associate director of Mississippi Mineral Research Institute at the University of Mississippi. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving as a sergeant during World War II. He was a member and past Master of O.D. Smith Lodge 33, past Grand Master of Masons in Mississippi and past president of all Grand York Bodies in Mississippi. He was a member of Foundation Christian Fellowship Church in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Foundation Christian Fellowship Church with Rev. Chris Kelly officiating. Visitation will be from noon until 1:30 p.m. at Waller Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beauregard Cemetery in Wesson.
Survivors include three daughters, Terry Lyons and her husband, John, of Oxford, Susan Krigbaum and her husband, Lynn, of Germantown, Tenn., and Laura Lynn Allen and her husband, Richard, of Brandon; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Foundation Christian Fellowship Church, 1740 Jefferson Avenue, Oxford, MS 38655.
In honor of Mr. Lusk’s service to his country, the flag of the United States Army will be flown at Waller Funeral Home.
To leave online condolences, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
HAMILTON – Jerry Clyde “J C” Jaudon, 71, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at his residence. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, he was born April 14, 1939, to Clyde Jaudon and Audrey Odell Patterson Jaudon in Quincy. He was a retired salesman for Lann Chemical and a member of Center Hill Baptist Church. He was a veteran and a member of the National Guard.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Moore officiating. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Lisa Jenkins and husband, Billy, of Brandon, Gina Lopoz and husband, Albert, of Raymond, and Jenny Slonaker and husband, Doug, of Wesson; one son, Sean Jaudon of Wesson; one sister, Carol Cannon and husband, Gene, of Lexington, Tenn.; three brothers, James G. Jaudon of Hamilton, William C. Jaudon and wife, Rachel, of Hamilton, and Ellis Jaudon and wife, Carol, of Greenwood Springs; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Gail Caldiero; and a special caregiver, Cindy Collins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one grandson, Bobby Garrard.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Jaudon, Jeff Jaudon, Sam Jaudon, Mike Jaudon, Ricky Clay, James Gill, Leo Seal III and Phil Pongitte. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill McGhee and Terry Cockerham.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
NEW ALBANY – Ruth Gault died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at her home. She was born on July 3, 1939, to James Irvin Brown and Ruby Williams Brown of Ingomar. She was a career housewife, mother and grandmother. She was an avid sports fan of New Albany City Schools sports program. She was a member of First Baptist Church of New Albany.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in New Albany with the Rev. Rickey Blythe, the Rev. Tom Sumrall and the Rev. Trent Grubbs officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Bobby Gault; three sons, Bob Gault (Wendy), Dr. Phil Gault (Lisa) of Hartselle, Ala., and Dave Gault (Farrah) of Southaven; two sisters, Jean Durbin (Jim) of Vero Beach, Fla., and Sherian Smithey (Irby) of New Albany; one brother, David A. Brown (Mary Ann) of Ingomar; nine grandchildren, Keely and Sarah Vance Gault, Phillip, Justin and Katie Gault, J.D. and Carson Gault, and Jake and Katherine Neuhaus; a great caregiver, Gloria McMillen; and a special friend, Janice Wheatley.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Evelyn Armstrong; and one brother, James Irvin Brown Jr.
Pallbearers will be Walter Johnson, Joey Tarrant, Kenneth Quinn, Hugh Tate, Dave Kitchens, Mike Staten, Jimmy Snyder and Malcolm Still.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at United Funeral Home in New Albany. The body will lie in state for an hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Leonard E. Thompson
OXFORD – Leonard E. Thompson, 74, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oxford. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at East Providence M.B. Church in Oxford.
PEARL – Raynard Turner, 43, formerly of Coffeeville, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, in Central Mississippi.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bayson M.B. Church in Water Valley. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Serenity-Martin Funeral Home in Oxford. A wake will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bayson Baptist Church in Water Valley.
John T. Barrett Jr.
A memorial service honoring John T. Barrett Jr. will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen. Interment will follow at Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
HICKORY FLAT – Marie Goolsby Mills, 77, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. She was born Nov. 11, 1932, in Benton County to William Jessie and Era Bradford Goolsby. She was a 1950 graduate of Hickory Flat High School. She attended Blue Mountain College and earned a B.S. degree in elementary education. She retired from the Benton County School District after teaching a number of years. She was a member of Ebenezer Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Rev. Bud McCraw officiating. Burial will be in McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
Survivors include her husband, Hugh Talmadge Mills; two daughters, Kathy Marie Davis (Gayle) of Tupelo and Rose Ann Jones (Terry) of Hickory Flat; two sons, Hugh David Mills (Darlene) of New Albany and Ronnie Mills (Theresa) of Hickory Flat; one brother, Larry Goolsby (Judy) of Hickory Flat; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Michael Davis, Hugh Davis, Devin Mills, Dylan Mills, Logan Mills, Carlton Rowland and Barry Goolsby.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BALDWYN – Lula Rowan, 92, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. She retired from Blue Bell and Red Kap and she was a babysitter for over 20 years. She was a devoted Christian and member of Ingram Baptist Church. She enjoyed working outdoors. She was very outgoing, and she never met a stranger.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Wallace Pannell and Bro. Jerry Grammer officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include two daughters, Janice Smithey and Connie Roberts (Gary), all of Baldwyn; one son, Harold “Buddy” (Reginia) Rowan of Baldwyn; one sister, Annie Pearl Waters of Booneville; one stepsister, Loyd Evelyn Harris of Kentucky; a sister-in-law, Ruby Jean Alexander of Booneville; one brother, J.M. Alexander (Sue) of Baldwyn; grandchildren, Tina Samples (Keith Samples, her special caregiver), Sherry Payne (Shan), Crystal George (Greg), Corey Roberts (Mallory); great-grandchildren, Brittany Samples, Brandie Samples, Bo Samples, John Benson, Jacob Payne, Anna Kate Payne, Carlie George and Parker George; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. Rowan; her parents, James and Exie Pearl Alexander; grandson, Kevin Smithey; son-in-law, James Smithey; brothers and sisters, Virginia Rowan, Bruce Alexander, Eland Alexander, Leroy Alexander, Mary Ruth Ivy, Aleene Outlaw and Mary Ruth McKinney.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
KOSSUTH – Dorothy Glidewell died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be in Tippah Shiloh Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Dessie Valeria King Turner, 88, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born June 6, 1922, in Benton County to John David and Dessie Brock King. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Stacy McKee officiating. Burial will be in Criswell Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include one daughter, Jamie Benefield (Cletus) of Jackson, Tenn.; two sons, James Elmer Turner Jr. (Brynda) of Memphis and John William Turner of Ripley; two sisters, Velma Barkley of Ripley and Martha Carpenter of New Albany; one brother, Charlie King of Ripley; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Elmer Turner Sr.; her parents; and one sister and two brothers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ALSAC, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
ASHLAND – Markita Leann Stone Morgan, 22, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Smith officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ashland.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Gene Morgan of Ashland; her father, Bobby Stone of Holly Springs; one sister, Mildred Stone of Holly Springs; and three brothers, Joseph Shelby of Ripley, Tyrone Stone of Holly Springs and Keith Stone of Lamar.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Cathy Shelby.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
ASHLAND – Mildred Samples Morgan, 92, died Tuesday, June 22, 2010, at Briarcrest Extended Care in Ashland. She was born April 15, 1918, in Benton County to N.P. “Pete” and Ida Shelby Samples. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church for more than 40 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Ashland with Bro. Brad Hill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Joe Morgan of Memphis; one grandson, Michael Morgan of Hughes, Ark.; two sisters, Melvie Grace Elliott of Ashland and Mary Dickerson of Memphis; three brothers, Clyde Samples of Franklin, Tenn., Luther Allen Samples and Waymon Samples, both of Ashland; one stepgrandson, Wayne Akins of West Memphis, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Milton Morgan; her parents; and two brothers, Troy Samples and N.P. Samples Jr.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
LOCUST HILL – Funeral services for Brendon Tyler Wood, 18-year-old son of Stan and Casey Wood, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Condolences may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
PONTOTOC – Virgil Andrew Plunkett, 88, died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at his home. He was a member of Boguefala Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Minnie Plunkett; two sons, Grant Plunkett and Rodney Russell (Diane) of Pontotoc; four daughters, Bonnie Teel (Jim) of Texas, Becky Hester (Delton) of Pontotoc, Shelia Prater (Jimmy) of Pontotoc and Cynthia Williams (Neil) of Thaxton; 15 grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, one son and one stepdaughter.
His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
TUPELO – Jenette Shumpert died Wednesday, June 23, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo.
PONTOTOC – Kenneth Ray Judon, 51, died Monday, June 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. He was the son of Ollie Lee Judon and the late Otie Edward Judon. He was a native of Pontotoc County and a member of Usher Valley United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Algoma Sluggers baseball team. He love baseball, football, basketball, cooking, fishing and spending time with his grandkids.
Services will be 1 p.m. Friday at Friendship M.B. Church. The Rev. Terry Baber will officiate. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Sue Judon of Pontotoc; one stepson, Willie James Cummings Jr. of Tupelo; one stepdaughter, Cassandra Denise Cummings of Pontotoc; his mother, Ollie Judon of Pontotoc; one sister, Bernice Judon-Bean of Southaven; three brothers, Billy Ray (Sarah) Judon and Artis “Ed” (Diane) Judon, all of Pontotoc, and James Ray (Lois) Judon of Houlka; and seven stepgrandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
WEST POINT – Lakeshia Jack, 32, died Friday, June 18, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in the New Hope Church Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
HOUSTON – Iselena Harris, 93, died Sunday, June 20, 2010, at the Floy Dyer Manor in Houston.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Palestine M.B. Church. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Saturday.
CORINTH – Adelia Allen, 71, died Saturday, June 19, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at noon today at Freedom Fellowship. Burial will be in Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
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