Obituaries June 29, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

David Thrasher
RED BAY, Ala. – David Timothy Thrasher, 48, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, in Red Bay. He was born July 30, 1964, in Russellville, Ala. He was a production worker at Gates Rubber Co. for 29 years. A member of Free Will Baptist Church, he loved his church family and horses.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Free Will Baptist Church in Red Bay with Bro. Steve Lindsay officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Judy Thrasher of Red Bay; his parents, Omer and Jackie Thrasher of Red Bay; a sister, Deborah Miller of Haleyville, Ala.; brother, Jason Thrasher of Huntsville, Ala.; nephews, Chase Miller of Haleyville, Randy Ivy (Marianna) of Red Bay, and Daryl and Jeremy Ivy of Cherokee, Ala.; nieces, Katti Miller of Haleyville, and Jennifer and Kristin Ivy of Sheffield, Ala.; godchildren, Hannah and Morgan McKinney; and brothers-in-law, Hugh Ivy (Andora) of Red Bay and Jimmy Ivy (Lori) of Sheffield.
He was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chester and Maxine Ivy; and his grandparents, Owen and Levada Mason, and Cim and Leora Thrasher.
Pallbearers will be Reggie Holland, Radley Holland, Tim McKinney, Scotty Hardin, Mack Bullard and Eric Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Brian Trulove, Benny Johnston, Steve Brown, Tim Hopkins, Luke Roberts, Billy Weatherbee, Wade Hutcheson, Jeff Clark, Steven Ables and Zane Pounds.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay. He will lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at Free Will Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Free Will Baptist Church, 1303 Highway 24 East, Red Bay, AL 35582.

Howard Parker
EUCLATUBBA – Howard L. Parker, 78, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice Unit. He was born in Itawamba County on March 6, 1935, to Kern and Grace Russell Parker. After graduating from Shannon High School, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. For many years, he was an employee of Pennsylvania Tire Company in Tupelo and retired from Tupelo Manufacturing Products as a machine operator. He was an avid NASCAR fan, loved fishing and keeping himself busy doing and fixing things for his family. He was a member of Euclatubba Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Bobby Holland officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Euclatubba Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Sallie Ellis Parker of Euclatubba; three daughters, Monda Lee (Mark) of Saltillo, Janet Lee Davis (Pete) of Hattiesburg and Melinda Evans (Mike) of Amory; two sons, Stephen Parker (Teresa) of Tupelo and Wayne Parker (Tina) of Saltillo; one sister, Nell Swinney of Guntown; one brother, Charles Parker of Tupelo; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Bob Parker and Terry Parker; and one grandson, Brady Parker Evans.
Pallbearers will be Steve Parker, Wayne Parker, Kyle Parker, Dustin Cagle, Craig Lee and Mike Evans.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Bobby Sullivan
BALDWYN – Bobby M. Sullivan, 78, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 13, 1934, in Prentiss County to Jessie and Havana Sullivan. He retired from Day-Brite Lighting Co. after 34 years. He was a deacon and Sunday school treasurer at Mt. Olive M.B. Church. He was a member of Young Lodge 38 and IBEW.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Mt. Olive M.B. Church in Baldwyn with the Rev. Wayne Myles officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Baldwyn. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Sullivan of Baldwyn; two sons, Rossie (Marilyn) Sullivan of Baldwyn and Stevie (Delander) Sullivan of Manchester, Tenn.; two daughters, Markeda (Kenneth) Coleman of Baldwyn and Renata (David) Wren of Shannon; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one grandson, Charles McKinney Jr.; four sisters, Lucille Fountain, Allie Bush, Bessie E. McGaha and Earline Sullivan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Judge William Lamb
OXFORD – Judge William Robert Lamb, 82, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday at Waller Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Interfaith Compassion Ministry, 440 North Lamar, Suite No. 5, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Anthony McGaha
CORINTH – Anthony McGaha, 25, died Friday, June 28, 2013, in Rienzi. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.

George Burress
BOONEVILLE – George Burress, 50, died Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in Meridian.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today, June 29, at Mount Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Mount Olive Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Paxton Ash
POTTS CAMP – Paxton Cole Nash, infant son of Jordan and Nicole Roberson Ash, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany.
Private graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 29, at Liberty Cemetery in Ashland. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Brown
GUNTOWN – Juanita C. Brown, 80, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Nancy Cliett
MONTPELIER – Nancy Harrington Cliett, 94, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Waverly Care Home in West Point. She was born March 16, 1919, in Houston to Andrew Jackson Harrington Jr. and Shirley Hawkins Harrington. She was a member of New Montpelier Baptist Church, but attended Palestine United Methodist Church, where she was church pianist for many years. She was well known for sharing her talent for music with so many as well as the countless number of funerals, weddings, receptions and vocalists that she accompanied. She was a graduate of Blue Mountain College and attended Mississippi State University for further course work in elementary education. She began her elementary education teaching career in the public school system in Tutwiler. She then continued her teaching career in Clay and Chickasaw counties until she retired her music and elementary education career. She was a member of the Pilot Club International for 28 years and served as the state chaplain. She married Aubrey E. Cliett on July 7, 1941, in Houston, and he passed away in 1970.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ben Rosenkrans officiating and the Rev. Eddie Brock assisting. Burial will follow in Palestine Cemetery in Montpelier. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Mike A. Cliett (Irene) and Ben E. Cliett (Donna) of Cedar Bluff; daughter-in-law, Kay Watson Cliett of West Point; six grandchildren, Jeff Cliett (Donna), Jay Jay Henderson (Jason), Brandy Cliett, James Cliett, Robert Cliett (Hannah) and Allena Sanders (Travis); and 10 great-grandchildren, Zack Pennington, Ryan Pennington, Kale Pennington, Austin Pennington, Cameron Henley, Jayden Henderson, Abigail Cliett, Brayden Cliett, Emma Sanders and Kristen Sanders.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, John L. Cliett.
Pallbearers will be Jim Murray, Gary Brock, Jason Henderson, James Cliett, Robert Cliett and Jeff Cliett. Honorary pallbearers will be Roy Lee Pate, Benny Borst, Willie Ed Murray, Billy Thompson, Floyd McKee, Durell Jones, all her former students, and the nurses and staff of Waverly Care Home.
Memorials may be made to Palestine Cemetery Fund, c/o Jim Murray, 18515 Highway 46, Pheba, MS 39755 or to Gideons International, P.O. Box 661, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Darrell Garrison
ETTA – Darrell Lee Garrison, 83, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born March 28, 1930, to Lee and Hattie Mayhew Garrison. He had been a heavy equipment operator and had retired from Masterbilt. He enjoyed gardening and helping his late wife, Dorris, babysit. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Harvey Reaves, the Rev. Charlie Cooper and the Rev. Wayne Garrison officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Church Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by four sons, Billy Garrison (Sandra) of New Albany, Allen Garrison (Dale) of Myrtle, David Garrison (Lisa) of New Albany and Dennis Garrison (Kay) of Potts Camp; one sister, Minnie Mitchell of Memphis; one brother, Wayne Garrison of Covington, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Tabitha Darby, Steve Garrison, Crystal Dodds, Labreska McLerory, Jonathan Garrison, Heathers Sanders, Tori Garrison, Abby Garrison and Kagan Garrison; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dorris Willard Garrison; three sisters; three brothers; and one granddaughter.
Pallbearers will be Walter Richardson, Jason Willard, Jeffery Willard, Brian Willard, Ricky Churchill and Matthew Garrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Jonathan Garrison, Steve Garrison, Kagan Garrison and Jayden Garrison.
The family requests memorials be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Bethel Baptist Church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Buddy Griggs
WEST POINT – Douglas R. “Buddy” Griggs, 65, passed away Friday, June 28, 2013, at USA Medical Center in Mobile, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.

Louise Kimery
FALKNER – Louise Hopkins Kimery, 82, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth. She was born Jan. 25, 1931, to Jodie David and Annie Tobitha Perkins Hopkins. She was a member of Canaan Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, June 29, at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Paul Adams officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Ann Brazil of Tiplersville and Rose Case (L.T.) of Stantonville, Tenn.; two sisters, Penny Kline of Fontana, Calif., and Janie Denman (John) of Millington, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and seven great-granddchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne Elmo Kimery; one daughter, Kathy Allen; one brother; and one grandson, Christopher Wayne Brubaker.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Kimery, Kyle Strickland, Bobby Strickland, Paul Jordan, Benny James and Donnie Allen. Honorary pallbearer will be John Denman.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Myrel Basham
NETTLETON – Myrel Basham, 88, died on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Born on Sept. 3, 1924, in New Albany, she was a daughter of the late Roy A. and Maggie Mae Parish Cobb. She was a graduate of Ingomar High School. On Oct. 3, 1942, she married Horace Basham. Retiring as a supervisor on Sept. 1, 1989, from Monroe Trouser, she had worked for Amory Garment and Wilson Manufacturing. A member of Central Grove Baptist Church, she served in years past as Training Union teacher and was active with the youth program. A sweet, wonderful, caring, and giving lady who was always positive, her life centered around her Lord, family and friends, and her dogs, Lady and Bouncy. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, spiritual music, and watching Charles Stanley and Adrian Rogers on television.
She is survived by her daughter, Joni Cornelius of Tupelo; sister, Ruth Day of New Albany; grandchildren, Kim Webster Thompson of Amory and Mel Webster (Glenda) of Wren; great-grandchildren, Meghan Webster and David Alan Thompson; several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Ricky and Peggy Carmack, Scott and Brandi Lancaster, her little buddy Keller “Diddle Diddle” Lancaster, John Earl Smith, Dale and Vicki Langford, and Larry and Diane Gibson.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Vera Mae Basham; and brothers, B.T., S.D. and Otto Cobb.
A celebration of life service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Smithey and Bro. Bill Roberson officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Chad White, Jeffrey King, George Adams Jr., Jimmy Hall, Rick Carmack and Dale Langford. Honorary pallbearers will be John Smith, Larry Gibson, Michael Adams, Wes Morton, Ronnie Gadd, Alan Boozer, Corey Kimble and her nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to the American Heart Association, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Roland Gipson
TUPELO – Roland Hill Gipson died Saturday, June 22, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today, June 29, at the Temple of Compassion and Deliverance. Burial will be in Grayson Memorial Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Clyde Smith Sr.
BOONEVILLE – Clyde Virgle Smith Sr., 76, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Memphis V.A. Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Jeff Bolton
GOLDEN – Jeff Bolton, 49, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today, June 29, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jimmy Massey
RED BAY, Ala. – Jimmy A. Massey, 72, died Friday, Jan. 28, 2013.
Services will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at New Union Missionary Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

David Harrelson
PONTOTOC – David Carrol Harrelson, 77, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his residence. He graduated from high school in 1953 at Calhoun City and from Mississippi State University in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc, the Pontotoc Eastern Star 42, Pontotoc Masonic Lodge 81, Scottish Rites and Hamasa Shriners. He was an Air Force veteran and a retired supervisor of Pontotoc County Farmers Home Administration. He enjoyed reading, painting and taking children to the Shriner’s Hospitals.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday, July 1, at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Bobbie D. Harrelson of Pontotoc; four sons, James L. Harrelson (Stephine) of Saltillo, David Bradford Harrelson of Sturgis, Winfred D. Harrelson of North Branch, Mich., and Christopher L. Harrelson (Lori) of Brentwood, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Beth Harrelson Grisham (Jay), Jacqueline Harrelson, Laken Harrelson, Gabby McWhirter and Elizabeth Anne Harrelson; and one great-grandchild, Caleb Grisham.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Bradford Harrelson and Lula Mae Pilgreen Harrelson, and his brother, James Adrian Harrelson.
Pallbearers will be: Pat Montgomery, Keith Reece, Perry Sewell, Jay Grisham, David Hall and Greg Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be the Masons of Pontotoc Lodge 81.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday in the fellowship hall and from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Gail Stevens
TUPELO – Rena Gail Stevens, 70, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at her home following an extended illness. She was born Jan. 17, 1943, in Greenville to William E. and Lola Mae Stevens. She graduated from Jett High School in Vicksburg and furthered her education at Hinds Jr. College. She served in various positions working for the telephone company for many years before retiring. She lived in Tupelo the past four years, coming from Charlottsville, Va., where she lived 30 years. She was of the Baptist faith.
A graveside service celebrating her life will be at 3 p.m. today, June 29, in Cedar Hill Cemetery at Vicksburg with her nephew, the Rev. Trey Stevens, officiating. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, William E. “Junie” Stevens Jr. (Phyllis) of Greenville; one sister, Peggy Stevens Bachtell of Tupelo; nieces, Stephanie Gregory (Andy) of Tupelo, Georgia Long (David) of Greenville and Nichole Brenton (James) of Mabelvale, Ark.; nephews, James Bachtell (Doreen) of Hixson, Tenn., and William E. Stevens III (Mandie) of Sheridan, Ark.; several great-nieces, great-nephews and great-great-nephews; and a special friend, Mary Haney of Louisa, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her paternal grandparents, John Samuel and Rowena Stevens; a brother, John M. Stevens; and a great-niece.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Betty Weeks
STEWART – Betty Jewel Manus Weeks, 72, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at her home in Stewart.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in William Springs Cemetery in Choctaw County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Hollands
ECRU – William H. Hollands died Friday, June 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Betty Cooper
RIPLEY – Betty Sue King Cooper, 72, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at her home. She was born Oct. 26, 1940, to Willie T. and Pauline Orman King in Ripley. She was a bus monitor for the South Tippah School District and a member of Blue Mountain Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Randy Hamilton and Bro. Randy Hurt will officiate. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Sondra Cooper Graves (Al) of Ripley; one son, Ken Cooper (Carol) of Ripley; four grandchildren, Trey Graves (Jessica) of Saltillo, and Brittany Hall, Colby Cooper Stokes (Jeff) and Alese Cooper, all of Ripley; and five great-grandchildren, Cooper, Sophie and Cohen Graves, and Maddee and Kylee Brooke Hall.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Derrell Cooper, and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Stokes, Trey Graves, Jerry McLemore, Blake Kuykendall, Tommy Benson and Mark Lindsey.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Sunday.
Memorials may be made to West Clinic-Wings, 2001 State Drive, Corinth, MS 38834 or American Cancer Society, c/o Peoples Bank, Roger Childs, P.O. Drawer 419, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.