Obituaries June 30, 2011

Polly Tidwell
NETTLETON – Pauline “Polly” Sherman Tidwell died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 7, 1917, in Calhoun County to W.E. “Edd” and Idell Sherman. She lived for many years in Nettleton where she and her husband owned and operated Dixie Variety Store and Dixie Dry Goods until their retirement. She was an active member of Nettleton First Baptist Church, teaching in all Sunday school departments, but especially in the adults ladies class. She was a member of the W.M.U., serving as outreach leader, program chairman and president. She also served as girl’s auxiliary leader and teacher for many years. She truly loved her church and church family. Her hobbies included sewing and playing bridge.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Rev. Donald Pounders officiating. A private family burial will be in Nettleton Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two stepchildren, Larry “Buddy” Tidwell of Tupelo and Dorothy “Dot” Cowart of Mobile,Ala.; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, H.L. Tidwell who died in 1989; her parents; and two sisters, Clytie McKennon and Glennie Wray.
Pallbearers will be the deacons of Nettleton First Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and will continue from 9 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Nettleton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 427, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com


Yancy Armstrong
RIPLEY – Yancy Y.C. Armstrong, 73, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.


Mattie Lou Massengill
RIPLEY – Mattie Lou Massengill, 92, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born Oct. 16, 1918, to John Brumley and Fannie Phillips Brumley. She was a Baptist and a factory worker. She worked in the flower beds at the nursing home as long as her health permitted. She also enjoyed doing handy work and crafts, crocheting, sewing and putting puzzles together.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden. Ripley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Rakestraw (Steve Hughey) of Ripley; one sister, Ruby Smith (Jerry) of Denver, Colo.; five grandchildren, Tonya Massengill, Cindy Rakestraw, Stacy Spink (Chris), Tammy Lira (Nessel) and Marty Rakestraw (Alisa); 11 great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Cicel Massengill; her husband, Clyde Massengill; two sisters, Virginia Brumley and Mary Belle Wilbanks; and four brothers, Rufus Brumley, Phillip Brumley, Kenneth Brumley and Earnest Brumley.
Pallbearers will be Matt Rakestraw, David Brumley, John Hobson, Danny Massengill, Marty Rakestraw and Cade Parks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel. To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.


Marva Cromeans
FULTON – Jimmie Marva Cromeans, 71, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 4, 1939, to Jim Barnes and Lillie Irene Kelly Smith. She was a member of Open Door Worship. She worked for Itawamba Manufacturing and was a homemaker. She loved to sing, but her greatest joy in life was taking care of her husband, children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Open Door Worship with Rev. Shane Ray officiating. Burial will be in the New Home Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jimmy Cromeans (Sherry) of Fulton; three daughters, Clymeta Mitchell (Danny) and Vorchandra Griffus (John), both of Fulton, and Charlotte Whitaker (Ray) of Deltona, Fla.; five brothers, James Barnes, Oneal Smith, David Smith and Donnie Smith, all of Florida, and Jerry Smith of Nettleton; four sisters, Stella Beckham of Ocean Springs, and Joan Deese, Wanda Long and Donna Thompson, all of Florida; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Cromeans; one son,William Edward Cromeans; her parents; and her stepfather, Ollie Smith.
Pallbearers will be Shane Cromeans, Chris Mitchell, Shawn Ihle, Mike Emmons, Stephen Brazil and Al Harris.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the church.


Pauline Strickland
CORINTH – Pauline Strickland, 89, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Whitfield Nursing Home
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Vanderford officiating. Burial will be in the Henry Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.


Bobby Moore
OKOLONA – Bobby G. Moore, 67, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Southern Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bethany Church of God, Hwy. 32, Okolona.
Online condolences may be offered at www.southernfuneralchapel.webs.com.


Troy Little
NEW ALBANY – Troy Little, 84, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.


Steve Nash
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. today, June 30, 2011, 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.
He will lie in state at the church from 3 p.m. until the service hour today.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.


John Walker
TUPELO – John Wesley Walker, 68, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Jan. 12, 1943, to Artie Bell Walker Davis in Eutaw. He was retired after working over 35 years at K.I.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Tabernacle of Faith with Rev. Charles Shack officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Oak Memorial Park in Tuscaloosa, Ala. N.L. Jones and Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include ten children, Tressa Walker of Tupelo, Reginald Norfleet (Jennifer) of Chicago, Tina Bowens of Tupelo, Pamela Freeman of Tupelo, Paula Coleman of Tupelo, Derrick Ambrose of Dallas, Cedric Norfleet (Margaret) of Tupelo, Alexie Norfleet (Keisha) of Blue Springs, Dorothy Berry of Tupelo and Kenny Shelley of Tupelo; 15 grandkids and six great-grandkids; one sister, Elizabeth Annette Bell and a sister-inlaw, Bertha Mae Walker, both of Tuscaloosa; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and special friends, Dorothy Washington, Amos Raper and the Traylor family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Norfleet Walker; a brother, Nathanial Walker; and his favorite uncle, President Walker.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Eck and Georgia Shumpert Memorial Chapel at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time.
Sign guestbook at www.nljonesandson.com.


Elizabeth Browning
BOONEVILLE – Elizabeth Harper Browning, 95, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the Hattiesburg Health and Rehab in Hattiesburg.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.


Mavis Simmons
TUPELO – Mavis Lee Simmons, 87, died Monday, June 27, 2011, in Tupelo. She was born June 23, 1924, in Walnut to Henry Herman Gunn and Mamie Lee Gunn. She was a 1946 graduate of Blue Mountain College in Blue Mountain. After college, she taught as a student teacher at Hickory Flat. She married then–Capt. Robert Wyatt Simmons II of the U.S. Army Air Corps (later a Lt. Col. in the Air Force Reserve) and moved to Texas in 1948. She obtained a master’s degree in education in 1951 from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She found her passion teaching first grade, which she did for the majority of her career in a variety of Texas towns including Eagle Pass, Fort Stockton, Somerville, Alpine and Gilmer. She taught countless students in a variety of disciplines during her 36-year teaching career. She had a special interest in early childhood education and specialneeds students. She resided in Gilmer from 1977 to 2011. Born to parents who she says “always had a book in their hands,” she was an avid and discerning reader and a passionate student of American history. She was proud of her membership in Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as president of the Capt. Thomas R. Black chapter in Gilmer. She was also a member of Texas State Teachers Association and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, the international honor society for women educators. In 2010, she received a Dean’s Roundtable Award from Texas A&M’s College of Education, honoring her dedication to teaching. The only girl of five children, she was raised a Baptist but worshiped in Methodist churches all her adult life.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Gilmer. Croley Funeral Home of Gilmer, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include six children, Sue Ann Lockard of College Station, Texas, Robert Wyatt Simmons, III of Manor, Texas, Margaret Gaye Gibson of Tupelo, Linda Lee Forrester of Gilmer, Texas, Sharon Grace Hornfischer of Austin, Texas, and Joy Elise Simmons of Brookshire, Texas; 15 grandchildren, Marcus James Lockard Jr., Melissa Suzanne Lockard Daigneault, Lauren Grace Lockard Collins, Robert Wyatt Simmons, IV, Ryan William Simmons, Emily Elizabeth Simmons, Ellen Ruth Simmons, Michael Lee Gibson, Megan Elise Gibson Herndon, Anne Corinne Forrester, John Winston Forrester, Clarise Angelee Forrester, David James Hornfischer, Grace Ann Hornfischer and Henry Hutchins Hornfischer; three greatgrandchildren, Jillian Marie Simmons, Connor Lockard Daigneault and Carolina Grace Daigneault; and her brothers, Henry Sewell Gunn and Larry Herman Gunn of Walnut.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, James Curtis Gunn and Raymond Godwin Gunn; and by her husband, Robert Wyatt Simmons II, who died in 1984.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


Danny Pannell
SHERMAN – Danny G. “Trucker” Pannell, 60, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home. He drove a cow truck for many years. During the last six years of his life, he and his wife owned Klasik Furniture and Upholstery in Olive Branch.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Sammy Little officiating. Burial will be in Locust Hill Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Pannell; his stepdaughter, Brittney Thomas; and two nephews, Derek Pannell and Casey Pannell. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Pannell; his father, Todd Pannell; and his brother, Jimmy Dale Pannell.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Boyd, Evan Boyd, Eddie Killough, Herman Redwine and Charles Carter.
Visitation will be from 8 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.


Joe Hacker
VINA, Ala. – Joe Hacker died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Vina. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.


Thomas McDonald
RIPLEY – Thomas Earl McDonald, 71, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, at his home. He was born July 14, 1939, in Tippah County to Bill and Mary McDonald.He joined Moses Chapel United Methodist Church and later joined St. John M.B. Church, where he attended until his death.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. John M.B. Church in Ripley with Pastor G.T. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in St.John Church Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Annette McDonald; five daughters and one stepdaughter; two sons; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. Friday with family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, both at the funeral home. The body will lie in state one hour prior to service time Saturday at the church.


Billy Ferrell
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. today 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 sistersin-law, Brenda Gresham of Senatobia and Judy Wilson (Steve) of Southaven; and one special brother-in-law, Lee Norris Jamieson (Geneva Ann) of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Corine Ferrell Lyles; and two brothers, James Ralph Ferrell and Bernard Ferrell.
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 the service. For online condolences visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.


Bill Jones
RIPLEY – William “Bill” Jones, 75, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.


Mary Sue Coward
HAMILTON – Mary Sue Coward, 85, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.


Raymond Thornton
OXFORD – Raymond Thornton, 90, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at his home. He was a retired insurance appraiser, a body shop foreman and a past manager of the Oxford Country Club. He was born in Tunica and was the widower of Louise Metts Thornton. A World War II veteran, he served as a Tech. Sergeant for the United States Army. He was a member of First Baptist Church, the VFW and the Water Valley Country Club.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Allen and Dr. Erik Hankins officiating. Burial will follow at Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Harrison Thornton of Oxford; a daughter, Marie T. Sanders of Germantown,Tenn.; two sons, John George “Rusty” Thornton of Oxford and Thomas Thornton of Oxford; five stepsons, Gary Whitworth and Steve Whitworth, both of Batesville, Jim Whitworth of Wasco, Calif., Carl Whitworth of Lambert and Harry Whitworth of Marks; two sisters, Dorothy Elizabeth Aldridge of Marks and Grace Louella Dawkins of Sardis; 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Guy Thornton and Edward Thornton.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions can be made to: First Baptist Church in Oxford. Send an online condolence at www.wallerfuneralhome.com.


Josephine Gordon
HOULKA – Josephine H. Gordon, 86, died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.


Kevin Wilbanks
WALNUT – Kevin Joe Wilbanks, 25, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Corinth.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Jesus Name Community Church with Bro. Tim Watson and Bro. Gary Porterfield officiating. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today and continue until service time Friday at the church.


Zach Parrish
VINA, Ala. – Zach Parrish, 26, died Tuesday, June 28, 2011, in Vina. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.


Curtis Majors
VINA, Ala. – Curtis F. Majors died Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.


George Jones
WHITFIELD – George Jones died Monday, June 27, 2011, at Mississippi State Hospital in Whitfield. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

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