By NEMS Daily Journal
Mary Gardiner Tims
TUPELO – Mary Gardiner Tims died June 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an illness of about three months. She was 30.
She was the beloved daughter of Pamela Cox and Otis Tims, and the devoted sister and best friend of Elisabeth Clark Tims, all of Tupelo.
“MG,” as she was known to her many friends, loved the Episcopal Church. She was baptized in St. Peter’s, Oxford, and was a lifelong communicant of All Saints’, Tupelo, where she served for many years as an acolyte team captain. In her youth, she frequently attended the Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi and enjoyed the 1994 General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.
Mary Gardiner will be remembered by her diverse groups of friends for her powerful personality and intense love of life and as a delightful conversationalist.
An honors graduate of Tupelo High School, she studied literature and religions at The University of Mississippi. She was an avid Ole Miss football fan and enjoyed introducing new students to the University as an Ole Miss Ambassador.
Mary Gardiner was known for her keen interest and active participation in the performing arts. An actor, singer and dancer, she appeared in numerous Tupelo Community Theatre productions, beginning at age 9 with a role in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” She appeared in adult productions as well as youth productions and took special pleasure in her role as Winifred in “Once Upon A Mattress.” She had leading roles in many Tupelo High School theater productions. In addition to on-stage performance, she found fulfillment in the technical aspects of theatre, often working as a stage manager or assistant. She directed one Tupelo Community Theatre Summer Youth Production. She enjoyed and closely followed the New York theatre scene and developed a deep knowledge of Broadway musicals, especially the works of Stephen Sondheim. Before her recent illness, she was studying in the Theatre Department at the University of Southern Mississippi.
In addition to her parents and sister, she leaves an uncle, Arthur Anderson Cox (Mary Anne) of Naples, Florida; an aunt, Elva Kaye Lance (Kent Payne) of Starkville; her stepmother, Susan Tims of Tupelo; her step-siblings, John Morris (Jennifer) of Knoxville, Tenn., George Booth III (Stephanie) of Greenville, S.C., Catherine Lacey Booth of New York, N.Y., and Emily Roth (Andrew) of New York; her maternal great-aunts, Elsie Allums of Winter Park, Fla., and Robbie Clark (Gene Walters) of Centerville; her cousin, Dana Lance (Santiago Doyhenard) of Miami, Fla.; and her godparents, Wylly Stirling of Mobile, Ala., Jill Niell of Boston and Tom Pittman of Hernando.
Her grandparents were the late Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Anderson Cox of Marco Island, Fla., and the late Mr. and Mrs. William Elzie Tims of Waynesboro. She was descended from the earliest English settlers of New York, whose farms included the area now known as the Hamptons, as well as from a pioneer South Mississippi lumbering family.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Parish Hall of All Saints’ Episcopal Church. Services will follow at 3 p.m. at All Saints’, with the Rev. Paul Stephens, the Rev. Stanford Adams, the Rev. Gene Asbury and the Rev. Jim Curtis participating. Her ashes will be interred on the Ole Miss campus, at her family’s summer home in Daphne, Ala., and at St. Francis Chapel at Kanuga, the Episcopal Conference Center in Western North Carolina.
Gifts in memory of Mary Gardiner may be made to All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Tupelo, or to Kanuga Conferences Inc., Hendersonville, N.C.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SALTILLO – Mary Ann Dodson Lambert, 66, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. A Detroit native, she was born Feb. 4, 1947, to Eugene Edward and Emogene Pruitt Dodson. She served as a seamstress for Lanier from 1974 to 2005. A longtime resident of Saltillo, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael Lee Lambert. She loved keeping her grandchildren and cherished time spent with her family. She was a member of Greenwood Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Bro. Gary O’Neal officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Sheffield (Billy) of the Ballardsville community and Stacy Harlow of Saltillo; one special niece, Deanna Noe (Leon) of Portland, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Candice Ainsworth (Mark) of Brandon, Leslie Brown (Patrick) of Ballardsville, Tabitha Sheffield of Tupelo, Michael Sheffield (fiancée, Elisabeth Colburn) of Ballardsville, Amber Harlow, Lauren Terry (Chris) and Kinlee Harlow, all of Nettleton; eight great-grandchildren; a half sister and a half brother; two nephews, Eric Lambert of Detroit, Mich., and Paul Dodson; and one niece, Michelle Dodson Claud of Wyandotte, Mich.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and one brother, Eugene Dodson.
Pallbearers will be Matt Wilburn, Leon Noe, Chris Terry, Charles Little, Jim Johnson and Thomas Brown.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Greenwood Baptist Church Youth Fund, 1400 Greenwood Church Road, Fulton, MS 38843.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
MANTACHIE – Ruby Underwood Rusoe, 91, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her home. She was born Dec. 20, 1921, in Prentiss County to John Sidney and Sula Belle Stanford Underwood. She worked at Lucky Star in Fulton and Mantachie shirt factory. She then stayed home to care for her parents and children. She was a member of Mantachie Homemakers Club for many years. She was an active member of Mantachie United Methodist Church since 1954. She was an outstanding seamstress, enjoyed quilting, ceramics and cooking for her family, and had a passion for cooking and decorating cakes that left many great memories for all she loved. She enjoyed volunteering and spending time with her special friends at Mantachie Senior Citizens Center over the years. She was a dear sweet lady who was loved and cherished by her family and friends.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27, at Mantachie United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ron Schwake and the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in the Ozark Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her two daughters, Jane (Roy) Smith and Geneva (Joe) Malone; her son, Richard Rusoe; her brother, Howard (Shirley) Underwood; her sister, Annette (Ray) Smith; a sister-in-law, Kathryn Underwood; 11 grandchildren, Barry (Judy) Rusoe, Rodney (Sandra) Rusoe, Ramona (Bradley) Smith, Cathy (John) Pollock, Larry Smith, Billy Joe (Janice) Smith, Roger (Becky) Smith, Barbara (Michael) Taylor, Michele Moran, Tim (Karen) Malone and Jeff Malone; 27 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, S.T. Rusoe; her parents; her siblings, Ray Underwood, Jackie Franks and Zera Yielding; and a granddaughter, Becky Smith.
Pallbearers will be Corey Smith, Lonnie Smith, Eric Rusoe, Kevin Rusoe, Justin Kilgo and Lance Cpl. Trae Rodgers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p. m. Wednesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Mantachie and from 10 a. m. until service time Thursday at Mantachie United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
CALHOUN CITY – Nancy Louise Young Gregg, 70, died Friday, June 21, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 26, 1943, in Dover, N.H., to Donald Young and Hazel Smith Young. She was a self-employed beautician and a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Webster County.
She is survived by her husband, Denny Gregg of Calhoun City; one son, Shawn Edwards of Milbrook, Ala.; one sister, Janice Cloutier of Port Orange, Fla.; one brother, Robert Young of Dencoka, N.N.; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy “Snap” Edwards, and her parents.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. Bro. Matthew White will officiate. Burial will be in Old Bethany Cemetery in Slate Springs.
Pallbearers will be Lonnie Gregg, Barry Gregg, Lynn Ray Gregg, Cody Spark, Danny Gregg and T.E. Griffin.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
Jimmie Johnson Sr.
DORSEY – Jimmie Leland Johnson Sr., 74, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 12, 1938, to Vester D. and Ora Marie Johnson. He worked for Rockwell and did construction work. More recently, he hauled scrap iron and drove trucks for J&J. He attended Grace Community Fellowship Church. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed hunting.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, June 25, at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Tony Darracott and Bro. Grover Laird officiating. Burial will be in Bourland Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Jimmie Leland Johnson Jr. (Ann) of New Orleans, and Perry Keith Johnson and Kenny E. Johnson, both of Dorsey; two daughters, Teresa “Sister” Darracott (Louis) of Ballardsville and Lisa Ann Lewallen (Charlie Wayne) of Long Beach; two sisters, Mildred Malhas of Dorsey and Virblene Parrish of Tishomingo; eight grandchildren, Darrell Darracott, Eric Darracott, Landon Johnson, Tiffany Lewallen, Dustin Knowles, B.J. Harden, Leigh Anne Johnson and Breigh Anne Johnson; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Burlon Johnson; and a special caregiver, Francis Elrod.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons and Tony Johnson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Jerry William Owens, 66, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 8, 1946, in Prentiss County to Leon and Myrtle Owens. He was a retired auto mechanic and attended Northside Baptist Church. He was a very special man.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Northside Baptist Church. Bro. Terry Rodgers will officiate. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Rodgers Owens of New Albany; son, Jerry W. Owens Jr. (Belynda) of Corinth; four daughters, Cindy Owens Davis of Tupelo; Melissa Kidd (Scotty), Heather Denton (Jerry Baggett) and Shelly Hall (Eric), all of New Albany; brother, Mike Owens of New Albany; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and several special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Billy Owens, and his sister, Brenda Chapman.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Owens Jr., Scotty Kidd, Lane Rowan, Jerry Baggett, Hunter Baggett and Eric Hall.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Northside Baptist Church.
IUKA – Anne C. Kerr5, 98, formerly of California, died Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka.
A private memorial service will be Wednesday, June 26, at a family residence. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
SMITHVILLE – Basil Adolphus “Bass” Sizemore, 91, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his home. Born May 31, 1922, in Beaverton, Ala., he was a son of the late Robert and Madgie Savannah Minor Sizemore. He married Thelma Lou Tucker in 1945. A lifelong resident of Smithville he was a veteran of World War II, being wounded twice and receiving many medals and awards. Before his retirement, he worked for Palmer Machine Works. He enjoyed watching WWF, gardening and deer hunting. He was a Baptist.
A celebration of life service will be 10 a.m. today, June 25, at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Greenbrier Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Thelma Lou Sizemore of Smithville; one daughter, Peggy Gregory (E.J.) of Smithville; four grandchildren, Sherry Montgomery (Richard), Renee Caldwell (Chris), Edwin Gregory (Angela) and Patti Causey (Mike); five great-grandchildren, Eric Mills (Latasha), Daniel Montgomery (Stephanie), Amber Pearson (Matt), Taylor Causey (Dillon Scruggs) and Mallory Causey; four great-great-grandchildren , Drew and Ayden Gideon, Anna Grace Pearson and Georgia Kate Mills; one sister, Anna Atkinson of Alabama; caregivers, Allison Robinson and Terri Earl; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, June, Paul and Arthur Lee Sizemore, and an infant boy; sisters, Vera Mae McClusky, Earleen Jenkins, Tommie Faye Sizemore and a baby girl; a daughter Katie Nell Sizemore; and a great-grandchild, Allie Gregory.
Pallbearers will be Edwin Gregory, Richard Montgomery, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Pearson, Eric Mills, Gregory Caldwell, Chris Caldwell and Dillon Scruggs. Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Causey.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
HAMILTON – Max Earl Gosa, 79, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his residence in Hamilton. He was born Dec. 28, 1933, to Clarence Gosa and Myrtie Tate Gosa Best in Amory. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County and a graduate of Becker School. He retired as plant manager after 45 years at South Monroe Sportswear. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church. He was an avid sports fan, and loved football, gardening and yard work. He served in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army National Guard.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 25, at New Prospect Baptist Church with Bro. John Maxey officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen will be in charge of the services.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Melba Winders Gosa of Hamilton; three daughters, Marsha Reynolds (Ricky), Malinda “Lindy” Smith (Charles Lee) and Malissa Wood (Mike), all of Hamilton; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Cleta Mae Harmon of Amory; and one brother, Andy Wayne Gosa (Linda) of Smithville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Susan Gray; one sister, Verna Mae Williams; and two brothers, Jack Gosa and William Gosa.
Pallbearers will be Kelly Reynolds, Derik Wood, Wesley Wood, Landon Whitaker, Richard Hass and Bradley Burroughs.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at New Prospect Baptist Church.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
HOUSTON, Texas – Mary Evelyn Bowen Nickens died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at her residence in Houston, Texas. She was born May 30, 1931, in Aberdeen to Charlie Spraggins Bowen and Bessie Mae Allen. She had lived in Houston, Texas, for many years. She was a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Dudley Nash officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Denise Sullivan Nickens and Marilyn Nickens, both of Houston Texas; two sons, Roger Harrington and Wesley Nickens, both of Houston, Texas; two daughters-in-law, one son-in-law; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Milbern Nickens; a daughter, Charlene Harrington Fisher; and a son, Melvin Nickens.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
RIPLEY – Patricia Ann Bennett Jackson, 70, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Ripley. She was born Sept. 25, 1942, in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jone 27, at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Bro. Randy Hamilton will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Jeffrey Shane Prather of Hawaii; one daughter, Staci Thomas of Blue Mountain; two brothers, Eddie Gwenn Bennett of Hickory Flat and Ronnie Joe Bennett of Potts Camp; one sister, Rosalie Courson of Hickory Flat; and grandchildren, Aiden Prather, Ayla Prather, Joseph Prather, Patricia Lynn Howell, Leann Gadd and Lauren Howell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mike Jackson; her parents, L.Q. Bennett and Juanita Nutt Bennett; two brothers, Benny Bennett and Bobby Bennett; and a sister, Maxine King.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Marshal Ray Holder, 82, died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Jackson Madison County General Hospital in Jackson, Tenn.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, June 25, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Holder Cemetery at Burnsville.
Visitation will continue from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
CORINTH – Syble Delois Rutledge, 57, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Union Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
OLIVE BRANCH – Bobby Gene Gafford, 81, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
ABERDEEN – Reecie Lou Thompson, 95, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
VARDAMAN – Nathan Eli Tharp, newborn, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Center in Tupelo. He was born June 23, 2013.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Rose Hill Cemetery with Bro. Amison officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his father, Roy Tharp of Houlka, and his mother, Natalie Moore of Vardaman; his grandparents, Arlene Moore, Richard Ellis, and Vickey and Doug Holder, all of Vardaman; his great-grandparents, Arnold Gene and Marie Collums of Houlka; an uncle, James and Yalonda Tharp and children of Vardaman; an aunt, Bittany Tharp and Will Allen and children of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, John Moore and Glen Tharp.
For online condolences visit parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
BALDWYN – Lee W. Ragin died Monday, June 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Mary Ruth Edwards
SALTILLO – Mary Ruth Edwards, 86, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at her son’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
MANTACHIE – Kimberly Feist “Kim” Mims, 44, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Minot, N.D., on May 25, 1969, to Leonard Feist and Linda Anderson. She was a graduate of Surrey High School in Surrey, N.D., and worked as a customer representative in the insurance industry for many years. She moved to North Mississippi 12 years ago, working seven years at Acceptance Insurance Company before becoming disabled. She was a very talented crafter, enjoying all types of crafting, crocheting and yard selling. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family. She attended Living Water Community Church in Tupelo and, more recently, Baselia Baptist Church in Mooreville.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Derek Jones officiating. Private burial will follow in Mantachie Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday. Holland Funeral Directors , Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her mother, Linda Anderson of Minot, N.D.; her companion of 12 years, Michael Gann of Mantachie; one son, Travis Drew Mims of Gadsden, Ala.; two daughters, Courtney Marie Mims of Gadsden, Ala., and Haleigh LeShae Gann of Mantachie; three stepdaughters, Brittney Gann of Mantachie, Shanine Mims of Gadsden, Ala., and Brandi Nichols of Belton, Mo.; brother, Steve Feist (Karen Anderson), and sister, Lenore Dunn-Feist (James Murray-Feist) all of Minot, N.D.; and three grandchildren, John Barnett of Gadsden and Aurora and Chloe Nichols of Belton, Mo.
She was preceded in death by her father and a grandchild, James Barnett.
Pallbearers will be her brother, Steve Feist, and nephews.
Memorials to benefit the family may be sent to Baselia Baptist Church, P.O. Box 325, Mooreville, MS 38857.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUPELO – Latonya Denise Clifton, 27, died Sunday, June 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Poplar Springs CME Church. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
TUPELO – Roland Gipson died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
PONTOTOC – Gerald Keats Baldwin, 79, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Burial will be in Immanuel Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday.
FALKNER – Ruby Mae Hensley Jackson, 81, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today, June 25, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Benton County. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – William Dauler, 75, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
TUPELO – Ruth Tombrello, 88, died Monday, June 24, 2013, at Greenhouses in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
ABERDEEN – Demonte T. Partlow, 17, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at his home in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Jerusalem M.B. Church in Nettleton. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.