By NEMS Daily Journal
SHANNON – Martha Ann Thomason “Louann” Clemmons, 68, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness.
She was born Aug. 27, 1942, in De-Funiak Springs, Fla., to James Maxwell Thomason and Elevard Marie Roujeaux Thomason. She grew up in Florida, graduated from DeFuniak Springs High School and lived most of her life in that area before moving to Shannon in l999. She retired from the cafeteria at Shannon High School after her health failed.
A Baptist, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was affectionately known by her grandchildren as Nanna or Grandma.
Her life revolved around her grandchildren and her hobbies of fishing and being a master domino player.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2011, at the New Beginnings Church in Freeport, Fla. A riverside scattering of her ashes in the Apalachicola River at Gaskins State Park in Wewahitchka, Fla., which was special to her from her birth, will follow at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11, 2011. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Clemmons of Shannon; a son, Alan Patrick (Deanna) of Guntown; two daughters, Pam Patrick Knowles (Ricky) of Blountstown, Fla., and Barbie Patrick of Ponce de Leon, Fla.; four grandchildren, Amy Giorgenti (Nick) of Tupelo, Tyler, Tori and Tamber; five great-grandchildren, Trace, Jacklyn, Abby, Arianna and Brianna; one sister, Joanna Blount of Freeport, Fla.; a special niece, Gwen Taunton of Freeport; her best friend and sister in law, Shirley Clemmons of Freeport; sister in law, Faye Thomason of Freeport; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roy Thomason. Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
WEST POINT – Jake Moore, 65, died Sunday, June 26, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pilgrim Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Robert Shamblin-Traylor officiating. Burial will be in Tibbee Community Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Beatrice B. Bracy, 89, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
TUPELO – Debra S. “Debby” Hester, 54, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born in Shannon on Feb. 27, 1957, to Harold Gurvis “Junior” Hester and Betty Jean McNeese Hester. She worked at the North Mississippi Medical Center for 21 years. After retiring from the hospital, she worked three years as a medical biller with Professional Accounts Management.
In her earlier years, she had also worked with the Tupelo Blood Bank, Ballard Clinic and the Pediatric Clinic. She was a long-time active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. She enjoyed bonco and spending time with her family, friends and her dogs. She enjoyed reading and writing poems.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in the Auburn Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jesse Holladay; her mother, Betty Jean McNeese Hester; one sister, Peggy Hester Pounders, all of the Auburn community; and two brothers, Joe and Randy Hester, both of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her father and her sister, Betty Adele Heckman.
Pallbearers will be Jesse Holladay, Wesley Slay, Mason Slay, Nick Slay, Sam Slay and Tyler Leslie.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
MATHISTON – Phillip Parker, 60, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at his home. He was born June 2, 1951, in Houston. He was a retired draftsman for Gulf States Mfg. He was a member of Clarkson Baptist Church in Webster County.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Angelina Tumberlinson (Troy) of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one son, Don Parker (Amanda) of Southaven; one brother, James Parker (Carolyn) of Mathiston; and five grandchildren, Halla, Lina, Connor, Gage and Mackenzie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen ”Susie” Parker; his parents, Woodrow Wilson Parker and Gladys Allred Parker; and two brothers, Tony Parker and Dale Parker.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Kenneth Wade Chilcoat, 73, died Sunday, June 26, 2011. He was born Feb. 22, 1938, to Gallagher and Inez Johnson Chilcoat. He worked in the timber industry for many years before his retirement. He was a Baptist in belief and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being a grandfather.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. Burial will be in Mantachie Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Chilcoat of Fulton; four daughters, Brenda Harris (Wayne) of Dorsey, Shelia Hurley of Ryanswell, Tammy Davis (Jamie) of Fulton and Laura Thrasher of Fulton; two sons, David Chilcoat (Angel) of Fulton and Steve Chilcoat of Amory; 15 grandchildren; and three sisters, Sarah Davis, Odra Hamilton of Mantachie and Bobbi Gambill of Booneville.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kenneth Wayne Chilcoat; one grandson, Brian Thrasher; four sisters, Lizzie Crockrell, Linnie Flemmons, Dorothy Turner and Ortha Chilcoat; and five brothers, Ben, Walker, James, Forrest and Lynn Chilcoat.
Pallbearers will be Joshua Shewbart, Jackie Pettigo, Rodney Howell, Michael Hurley, Tim Lewis and Robert Harris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 8 a.m. until service time Thursday.
The family requests that memorials may be made to Senter Funeral Home.
TUPELO – John Walker died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Adranna Phillips, 81, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
Services will be held at noon Thursday at Mt. Gilead C.M.E. Church. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Thursday.
NEW ALBANY – Lawrence Willie “Mr. Bob” Cameron, 82, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at his home. He was born June 14, 1929 in Tippah County to Howard Cameron and Bessie Pickens Cameron. He was employed with the New Albany School System for many years.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Flatwood Grove Church of the Living God in Blue Mountain with Bishop Hardy Coleman officiating. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Eula Jones Cameron of New Albany; nine children, Willie Pearl (David) Carroll, James Wade (Pearlie) Cameron, Hazel Lee Jones and Jimmy Lee (Juanita) Cameron, all of Des Moines, Iowa; Rafield (Annette) Cameron, Lexie Ann (Archie) Penson, Lawrence “Buck” (Linda) Cameron, Henry Louis Cameron and Stella (Eldridge “Bo”) Berry, all of New Albany; 36 grandchildren; over 70 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Charlie and Lawyer Reid Cameron; a brother, Prince Albert Cameron; and three sisters, Daisey Pearl Stricklen, Emma Herron and Mildred Austin.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in the church one hour before the service Thursday.
Mattie Lou Massengill
RIPLEY – Mattie Lou Massengill, 92, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Charlotte Lee Akers Jackson, 69, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. She resided in Algoma. She was a dedicated member of Lee Memorial Baptist Church. She was retired from Smith Nephew and Richards and still served as part-time postmaster at Algoma and Randolph. She was secretary-treasurer of Pontotoc County Homemakers Association. She enjoyed working in her flowers, crocheting and spending time with her grandchildren and family.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Gary Pettit officiating and J.J. McVay delivering the eulogy. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Wiley Jackson of Algoma; three daughters, Teisha Jackson of Algoma, Jennifer Harrison (Barry) of Ingomar and Laura Hughes (Barry) of Blue Springs; one sister, Margaret Stegall (Wade) of Pontotoc; one brother, Terry Clay Akers (Deddie) of Pontotoc; grandchildren, Jon Brandon Williams (Nikki), David Williams, Emily Williams, Samantha Williams and Karley Jo Harrison; one great-grandchild, Piper Burchfield; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by one daughter; her parents, Claudie Clay and Willie Lee Akers; and one sister, Martha Brown.
Pallbearers will be Trai Stegall, Matthew Stegall, Jon Brandon Williams, David Williams, Rodney Akers and Ralph Akers. Honorary pallbearers will be Rex White, Red McVay, Paul James,Tim Putt and Mark Chism.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Pontotoc County 4-H; Pontotoc, Miss., Homemaker Volunteers; or Lee Memorial Baptist Church
BARTAHATCHIE – Bolin Hamilton, 91, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen with Rev. Darrell Sanderson and Rev. Bill Cornett officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Orene Lockhart Hamilton, of the home; one daughter, Peggy Collins (Granville) of Corinth; one grandson, Grant Collins (Priscilla) of Tupelo; and a great-granddaughter and a greatgrandson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert J. and Ellie Glow Hamilton; and 11 brothers and sisters.
Pallbearers will be John Ray Hamilton, James Springfield, Jimmy Springfield, Dan West, Wayne Bailey and Joey Lockhart.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Arthur C. Brown and Robert Duke.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m.today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church.
BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. – Casey Tankersley, 27, died Saturday, June 25, 2011, as the result of a watercraft accident.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 5, 2011, at the funeral home.
SHANNON – Dennis Wayne “Goldie” Gunn, 52, died Thursday, June 22, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a native of Memphis and a graduate of Westwood High School. He received vocational training at the Southwest Technical School in auto mechanics.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Shannon High School gymnasium with Rev. Michael C. Goins Sr., officiating. Burial will be in the New Hope Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Gunn of Shannon; his mother, Ollie Velma Gunn; father, Lebulun Gunn, both of Memphis; three daughters, Laquesha Johnson (Mark), Lashondra Gunn, all of Memphis, and Ardranna Doss of Shannon; five sons, Dennis Gunn Jr., of Memphis, Derrick Gunn of Memphis, Donald Gunn of Indianapolis, Ind., Dontae Witherspoon of Verona and Adrian Doss of Shannon; two sisters, Betsy Gillard and Angela Stegall and Ted, all of Memphis; and three brothers, Lebulun Gunn Jr. (Lisa), Peter Gunn and Rufus Gunn, all of Memphis.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the Williams Memorial Chapel. There will be a wake from 6 to 7 p.m.
BOONEVILLE – Martha F. Boothe, 73, formerly of Memphis, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis. She was a retired teachers’ aid for Prentiss County and a member of Berclair Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church in Tishomingo. Burial will be in New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens of Bartlett, Tenn., is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Rufus Boothe of Booneville; one daughter, Phyllis Higginbotham of Bartlett; grandchildren, Angela Higginbotham Whitten, Michelle Higginbotham Wheeler and T.J. Higginbotham; and great-grandchildren, Tristen Paul Whitten, Tensley Faith Whitten and Austin Ray Wheeler.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon until service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials can be made to New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be sent to www.memphisfuneralhome.net.
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Patricia “Pat” O’Rahilly Roberts, 75, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at her daughter’s home. She was born June 14, 1936, in Chicago to Daniel and Mary Ann Mullen O’Rahilly. She attended St. Edmonds Grammar School in Oak Park, Ill., and Trinity High School in River Forest, Ill. On Aug. 31, 1957, she married J.G. Roberts. Working mostly at the Glenn Manufacturing plant in Detroit, Ala., she began as a seamstress and retired as a floor lady supervisor. Growing up Catholic, she was an active member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where she worked closely with maintaining the church cemetery. A funloving lady, she cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and her friends. She enjoyed listening to Irish, country and western and gospel music; playing cards and bowling.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Ben Rountree officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Norma Roberts Cantrell (Jimmy) of Hatley; a son, Greg Roberts (Mary Ann) of Tupelo; a sister, Marge Thallemer (John) of Elmhurst, Ill.; a goddaughter, Kathy Peters of Carol Stream, Ill.; grandchildren, Jamie Roberts of Southaven, Casey Cantrell of Amory and Jennifer Reich of Tupelo; great-grandchildren, Kylie Harbin, Cameron and Kenleigh Grace Hadaway and Hunter “Honey” Reich; sisters-inlaw, Barbara O’Rahilly of Carol Stream, Beth O’Rahilly of San Diego, Calif., Elvis Faulkner of Columbus and Vivian Spruill of Sulligent, Ala.; brothers-in-law, Tom Dawson of Oak Park, Ill., and Winfred Roberts (Nell) of Hatley; and several nieces and nephews
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Dawson; brothers, Pete and Danny O’Rahilly; and sisters-inlaw, Estelle Carroll and Clorie Cumberland.
Pallbearers will be Herman Mays, Ray Cooper, James Estes, Paul Keys, Jamie Roberts and J.B. Markham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in the church from 9 a.m. until the service hour on Thursday.
Memorials may be given to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 26, Detroit, AL 35552; NMMC Hospice, 830 S. Gloster St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Rose Marie Ellis Dean, 61, died Monday, June 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born April 14, 1950, in Holmes County to Elsie Grantham and Earl Ellis. She was a bank teller for over 30 years. She was a member of Siloam Baptist Church serving as choir director. She was also a Weight Watcher leader in the Cairo community.
Services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Siloam Baptist Church with Rev. Payton Myers officiating. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Grafton Dean of Cedar Bluff; daughter, Karen Dean of Sharpsburg, Ga.; brother, John Wayne Ellis; and sister, Edna Earl Lane, both of Lexington
She was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Keith Dean.
Pallbearers will be Harry Ellis, Bubba Malone, Derrick Dean, James Watson, Lamon Watson and Dan Harris.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to McPherson Cemetery fund c/o Charles Whatley 530 A Mhoon Valley Rd West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may send condolences online at www.robinsonfh.net.
William Davis Jr.
OXFORD – William Eugene Davis Jr., 49, died Friday, June 24, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Water Valley. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Steven Dudley Nash, 55, passed from this earthly life to eternity with Jesus on Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial R.M.C. Born on Aug. 13, 1955, in Amory, he was a son of Bro. Dudley and Lucy Leech Nash. Steve surrendered his life to Jesus Christ in March 2011, his greatest accomplishment. Living most of his life in Amory, he attended Amory Schools. Steve enjoyed his work as a long-haul truck driver.
Survivors include his parents, Bro. Dudley and Lucy Nash of Wren; daughters, Krisi Nash Boren (Mark) of Amory and Mallary Nash of Mountain View, Ark.; grandson, who was the joy of his life, Walker Nash Boren of Amory; brother, Scott Nash of Tupelo and his children,Tyler, Madison and McKinlee; sister, Stacye Nash Hollomon (Joe) of Madison and their children, Elizabeth, Max, Sam and Alex Hollomon; uncles, Johnny Leech (Dale) of Amory and their children, John Leech (Christe) of Tupelo and Collie Jo Hill (Stacy) of Amory; Pete Nash (June) Pearl and their children, Mike and Kelly Nash of Pearl; aunt, Nell Nash of Hatley; and nieces and nephews, Corie Jones (Jason), Madison and their daughter, Lucy Jones.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents,
Collie and Louise Leech and Dee
and Madie Nash.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at North Mississippi Worship Center in Wren with Bro. Dudley Nash officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Johnny Leech, Jason Jones, Max, Sam and Alex Hollomon and Tyler Nash.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He will lie in state at the church from 3 p.m. until the service hour on Thursday.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome. com.
NEW ALBANY – William Clay “Billy” Ferrell, 82, died June 28, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born July 15, 1928, in Lafayette County to William Earl and Nettie Crestman Ferrell. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served in the Korean War in 1950 and received an honorable discharge in 1952. After his service in the military he attended William R. Moore School of Woodworking and Drafting. He began employment in the furniture industry in 1956 in Product Development for Futorian Manufacturing Company. Through his career, he was employed at Action Industries, Franklin Industries and retired in 1988 from Super Sagless Corp., as a field service engineer. A Christian man, he was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Lafayette County and was a caring and devoted daddy and granddaddy. During his years he enjoyed woodworking, gardening and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Bobby Irwin officiating. Burial will be in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery in Lafayette County. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Geneva Jamieson Ferrell of New Albany; two daughters, Babs Stepp (Mike) of New Albany and D’Anne Richey (Terry) of Tupelo; one brother, Thomas Ferrell (Shirley) of Holly Springs; one grandson, Chase Ferrell Stepp (Fiance-Morgan Lyons) of New Albany; two granddaughters, Stacy Stepp Peaster (Tee) of New Albany and Miranda Claire Richey of Tupelo; one stepgrandson, T.J. Richey (Callie) of Tupelo; one stepgreat-grandson, Rylan Richey of Tupelo; two special sisters-in-law, Brenda Gresham of Senatobia and July Wilson (Steve) of Southaven; and one special brother-in-law, Lee Norris Jamieson (Geneva Ann) of Lake Havasu City, ArizHe was preceded in death by his parents;
one sister, Corine Ferrell Lyles; and
two brothers, James Ralph Ferrell and
Pallbearers will be Randy Ferrell, Roger Ferrell, Jimmy Ferrell, Scott Ferrell, Michael Lyles, Jason Gresham, Kelly Gresham and Brad Wilson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Ferrell and Norris Millican.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38803 or to Philadelphia Baptist Church, 456 CR 255, Etta, MS 38627.
In honor of his service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during visitation and service.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.