By NEMS Daily Journal
Morris O. Jarvis
TUPELO – Morris Oliver Jarvis, 72, passed away June 3, 2013, at the Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born in New Albany to Mary Lou and Robert Lafayette Jarvis on Nov. 20, 1940. He graduated from Center High School in Union County in 1959. He was a member of the Harrisburg Baptist Church for 39 years, where he served as a deacon and for a time as the chairman of the deacons. He served as the chairman of the finance committee at Harrisburg and also served on the personnel, mission, pastor’s search, and many other committees over the years. He graduated from Draughon’s Business College, the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, and the National Institute of Funeral Services. In 1965, he was named the top student by the faculty of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, where he also received the Frigid Fluid Meritorious Award. The award was given in recognition of high scholastic achievement, leadership, excellence in the art of scientific embalming and contributions to help raise the standard of the funeral profession.
He worked for the United Funeral Services in New Albany for seven years. Then he became a manager trainee of Hancock Fabrics. In 1968, he and his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to open the first Hancock Fabric store in Hurst, Texas. He opened four more stores in the Fort Worth area and later became the district manager over Fort Worth, Dallas, Arlington and Waco. This area became the largest district in the Hancock operation with 18 stores. He was named in the Marquis Who’s Who in the West and Southwest. In 1974, he and his family moved back to the home office in Tupelo, where he held the position of vice president of Retail Operation with the responsibilities for the firm’s 158 stores in 22 states.
In 1980, he was named president of Hancock Textiles Co. Inc. and later when he helped take the company public on the New York Stock Exchange he became the CEO and chairman of the board. At that time, Hancock Fabrics was only the second Mississippi-based company on the New York Stock Exchange. Under his leadership, Hancock Fabrics grew to almost 500 stores in 35 states. In 1990 he was named in the Business Week Corporate Elite issue for being the CEO of one of America’s 1,000 largest public corporations ranked by market value. As CEO of Hancock Fabrics, he lobbied before Congress on behalf of the sewing industry, built lasting friendships with other national business leaders, and extensively traveled the world searching for the best fabric for the best value for the company.
Morris was also known for his love to see Tupelo and Northeast Mississippi grow and develop for all its citizens. He worked tirelessly for many years on many community boards including the Community Development Foundation, the North Mississippi Medical Center, the American Home Sewing and Craft Association, the former Peoples Bank and Trust Company, the Community Relations Association, Allied Funeral Association, National Federation of Independent Business, Mississippi Economic Council, and the MRCA Information Services. He also developed properties with Donnie Richey in Tupelo and its surrounding areas.
Morris loved serving the Lord and beyond his service to his church he was formerly chairman of the board of Blue Mountain College, and served on the board of Global Outreach, where he traveled the world working with missionaries in many countries.
He retired from Hancock Fabrics in 1997, but he never lost his love for the people he met and worked with during his years with the company. He continued traveling the world to help people and missionaries through Global Outreach as long as his health allowed him to do so. He was devoted to God and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Sue Randolph Jarvis; daughters, Leigh Anne Orozco (Henry) and Leslie Holliday (Ed); and six grandchildren, Marina and Jacob Orozco, Peyton, Edison, Graham and Perrin Holliday. He is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Bob.
A celebration of his life will be 4 p.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at the Harrisburg Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Family and friends will meet to honor and remember his life from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, Harrisburg Baptist Church or Global Outreach.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Elizabeth James-Vassar, 101, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church. She enjoyed gardening .
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at New Hebron M.B. Church. Pastor Sam Crawford will officiate. Burial will be in New Hebron Church Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
She is survived by four grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
ABERDEEN – Charles L. “Too Tall” Harris, 70, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was self-employed with Harris Construction and an independent contractor with Eutaw Construction dor many years. He was a member of New First Baptist Church in Sawyerville, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Belle Memorial Funeral Chapel in Aberdeen. The Rev. Maurice Howard will officiate. Burial will be Sunday, June 9, in the Harris Cemetery in Sawyerville, Ala. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen in charge.
He is survived by a special friend, Luecinda Straughter; two sons, Henry Thomas of Millington, Tenn., and Zebedee Harris of Marion, Ala.; five daughters, LaToya Straughter (Kenneth) of Shannon, LaTasha Straughter of Aberdeen, Lucretia Phillips (Clarence) of Greensboro, Ala., Elizabeth Bryant (Shawn) and Lashawn Harris, both of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; seven brothers, Roosevelt Harris, Dave Ward, James Ward, Abraham Harris (Cora) and Alex Powell, all of Sawyerville, Ala., James Lewis and Eddie Powell, both of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; five sisters, Amy White, Annie Brown, Sarah Harris and Patricia Morse, all of Sawyerville, Ala., and Elizabeth Carter of California; three grandchildren; and seven stepchildren, Bobby Straughter (Althea) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., J.T. Straughter (Denise) of Shelbyville, Tenn., Larry Straughter (Yolanda) of Atlanta, Ga., Laddy Edwards (Larry) of Benton Harbor, Mich., Teresa Straughter, Kevin Straughter (Jeanie) of Aberdeen, Robert Straughter of Memphis, and Roderick Gray of Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Belle Memorial Funeral Home.
Ella Mae Moore
WEST POINT – Ella Mae Moore, 80, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Community Living Nursing Home in West Point . She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church in West Point. Burial will be in Lee Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge.
She is survived by her husband, Ruben Moore Jr.; three sons, William L. Moore of Huntsville, Ala., Gregory Moore of West Point and godson, Terry Surall of North Carolina; one daughter, Latasha Rush of West Point; three brothers, Johnny Mitchell Jr. of Detroit, Mich., John C. Mitchell and David Mitchell, both of Jackson; and three sisters, Callie Sullivan of Chicago, Jannie Davis and Jannie Lou Michell, both of West Point.
Visitation will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Waverly M.B. Church.
FULTON – Katie Box, 75, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
FULTON – Martha Buchanan, 64, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
CHEROKEE, Ala. – Samuel Marvin Stockman, 67, died Friday, May 31, 2013, in Cherokee, Ala.
Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Asphalt Rock Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Asphalt Rock Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Visitation is scheduled for 6 until 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka. The body will lie in repose at the church for one hour prior to service time.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Samuel Marvin Stockman Memorial Fund at Bank Independent in Cherokee.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Jimmy Dean Mauney, 73, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at his home in Blue Mountain. He was born June 24, 1939, to Manuel Earl and Mary Frances Heavener Mauney. He was a member of Ripley Assembly of Christ. He was plant manager for Mississippi Chemical Corp. He loved his lawnmowers, John Deere tractors and woodworking.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Street, Bro. Ned Bryant, Rusty Mauney and Marilee Mauney officiating. Burial will be in the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ Cemetery in Blue Mountain.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Mauney of Blue Mountain; three daughters, Carol Keup (Tim), Sharon Windham (Larry) and Andreanne Brown, all of Blue Mountain; two sons, Mike Mauney (Marilee) of Murray, Ky., and Jimmy Dale Mauney (Robyn) of Blue Mountain; one sister, Sarah Clark (Richard) of Blue Mountain; 10 grandchildren, Kisha Hodges of Gulfport, Sherrie Merritt (Jason) of New Albany, Samantha, Davey and Kacie Mauney, all of Murray, Ky., Rusty Mauney (Marsha) of Clarksville, Tenn., Katie Linville (Bryan), Bethanne Waldon (Eric), Maggie Mauney (Steven) and Ryan Windham, all of Blue Mountain; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Mauney, Ryan Windham, Jonathan Barnes, Keileen Hodges, Jimi Mauney and Vernon Reed. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Charles Elliott, Edward Vandygriff, Ronnie Dunnam, Stan Irwin and NMMC Hospice.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Hilbert Travis Hathcock, 68, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on Sept. 1, 1944, in Monroe County, he was a son of the late Braxton G. and Mattie Silas Hathcock. He was a graduate of Smithville High School. Working as a self-employed truck driver for 15 years, he later worked for D&C Trucking and Eskridge Trucking. A man of faith, he was a member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. He was a past Master Mason with Splunge Masonic Lodge 602. A devoted, kind, loving and caring father who was always helping others, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren; mules and wagons; fishing; squirrel hunting; and old country and gospel music.
He is survived by his wife, Donna S. Hathcock of Greenwood Springs; daughters, Renee Mixon (Jonathon) of Detroit, Ala., and Renetta Bennett (Chad) of Fulton; sons, Travis Hathcock (Missy) of Sulligent, Ala., Terry Hathcock (Tammy) of Greenwood Springs, Tony Hathcock (Tammy) of Detroit, Ala., and Timmy “Bull” Hathcock of Detroit, Ala.; grandchildren, Eric Stanford (Lindy), Brian Scott (Cara), Craig Hathcock, Austin Hathcock, Kelsie Kirkman (Daniel), Jessica Wiginton (Cody), Lashae Pritchett (Graham), Makayla Hathcock, Zoie Hathcock, Megan Hathcock, Harlee Bennett, Allie Bennett, Alex Bennett, Brandon Smith (Kim), Derrick Cooper (Deanna), Rocky Sides, Aaron Sides and Alex Sides; great-grandchildren, Braylie Pritchett, Hadley Reece Canterburry, Jayden Cooper and Natalee Gresslin, Jon Johnson, MaKayla Johnson, McKenzie Gresslin, Brian, Adrian and Easton Smith, and Jaxon Scott; sister, Iva Nell West of Greenwood Springs; brothers, Rabon Hathcock of Detroit, Ala., and Clinton Hathcock and Wilburn Hathcock, of Greenwood Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Linda Gayle Hathcock, and a niece, Angie Smith.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today, June 6, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. B.J. Mills and Bro. Mike Tucker officiating. Burial will follow in Bethlehem Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Craig Hathcock, Austin Hathcock, Brian Scott, Eric Stanford, Derrick Cooper, Brandon Smith, Tony Scott, Shane Murray and Lance Murray. Honorary pallbearers will be Pete Welch, Larry Knight, Reggie Jones, Wayne Myers, Brett Ballard, Paul Summerford, Jonathan Jones and Matt Jones.
Visitation will be from noon until the service hour today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Alma Nelson, 75, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
BALDWYN – Doris Stanton, 82, died Monday, June 3, 2013, at her residence. She had retired from Blue Bell Manufacturing. She was a member of Ingram Baptist Church.
Services were Wednesday, June 5, at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. Jerry Michael Williams officiating. Burial was in the Ingram Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Shelia Williams (Mack) of Baldwyn; brother, Jamie Thornton (Jeanette) of West Point; grandchildren, Jerry Michael Williams (Jan) and Suzanne Towery (Mickey).
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Stanton; parents, George and Callie Kennedy Thornton; and a brother, Haywood Thornton.
BELMONT – Roger Dale Thorn died Monday, June 3, 2013. He was born June 28, 1951, to Leonard and Marie Thorn. He enjoyed farming and spending time hunting and fishing with his grandson and granddaughter. He was a lifelong farmer and insurance crop adjuster for 26 years. He was a member of Old Union Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 5 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Old Union Cemetery in Belmont with Bro. Shawn Davis and Bro. Jerry Ginn officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife of 39 years, Debbie Gattis Thorn; son, Ricky Don Thorn; two grandchildren, Tucker Daylen and Alyssa Marie; four sisters, Margie Chaffin (Bob), Betty Jo Cole (Harold), Annette Lindsey (HB) and Barbara Barron (Grandel); two brothers, James Thorn (Ann) and Steve Thorn (Deborah); mother-in-law, Johnny Mae Gattis; sister-in-law, Jean Starkey (Richard); brothers-in-law, Tom Gattis, Rick Gattis (Lynn) and Don Gattis; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Woodrow Gattis; and an infant brother.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at Old Union Baptist Church.
BOONEVILLE – Jeanette E. Smith, 73, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PARAGOULD, Ark. – Millie Sue Shirley, 83, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. She was born Dec. 3, 1929, in Shannon to Sam and Effie Baker. She thoroughly enjoyed reading, quilting and tending to her flower garden. She was a member of New Haven Baptist Church and was retired from Arkansas Methodist Medical Center.
Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Robert Wade Shirley; brothers, J.D., Walker, Odel and Tom Baker; and sisters, Mozell Williams and Molly Scott.
Her survivors include her children, Patricia Ann Shirley of Jonesboro, Ark., Robert Wade Shirley Jr., John Wesley (Carla) Shirley and Susan Nanette (Tony) Horne, all of Paragould, Ark.; one brother, Jim Baker of Hartwell, Ga.; one sister, Volene Godwin of Memphis; grandchildren, Rob and Jake Page, Sarah Kashack, Hannah Mitchell, Rachel Shirley, Elias Reisenbichler, Matthew and Amanda Horne; and great-grandchildren, Zoey Kashack, Rylee, Brynlee and Jaxon Mitchell, Falan Poe, Cache Horne, Balee and Katee Page.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, in the Center Hill Chapel of Phillips Funeral Home in Paragould, Ark., with Jeff Dail and Ron Pickney officiating. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Phillips Funeral Home.
Access the online register at www.phillipsfuneral.org.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charles Taylor, 69, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
WEST POINT – Bettie Webber, 91, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tibbee Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Bobbie Stewart, 69, died Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Alliance Health Care System. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
SHANNON – James Curtis Mize, 72, passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Jan. 21, 1941, to Benny and Eva Claire Singleton Mize in Pontotoc County. He married Brenda McGreger Mize on Oct. 21, 1960. He was a Christian and a member Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Shannon. He was a truck-driver and retired from APAC of Mississippi. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend and great provider. He loved shooting pool and NASCAR racing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Bro. Dwain Ard and Bro. Jody Riddle will officiate. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Mize; one son, Mike Mize of Shannon; three daughters, Bethany Smith (Rookie) of Tupelo, Jennifer Dew (Jennings) of Shannon and Stephanie Mize of Shannon; two sisters, Annette Koehn of Shannon and Mary Gregory (Travis) of Randolph; one brother, Thomas Mize Sr. (Nanette) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Joshua Smith, Nikki Hays (Nathan), Taylor Smith, Dalton Dew, Austin Dew, Jaylan and Justice Rice; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Zane Mize.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Mize Jr., Phillip Goldsmith, Petey Powers, Bill Ethridge Jr., Brandon Ethridge and Wesley Kisor. Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Russell, Donnie Bishop, Joe Moore and Tommy Bishop.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.
Condolences may be made at www.baldwinnowellfh.com/admin.
IUKA – Dorothy Hester, 82, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Inpatient Hospice in Tupelo. She was born on Dec. 7, 1930, in Tishomingo County to Zeke and Etta Crawford Hester. She was a member of South Crossroads Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Holcut High School and Blue Mountain College. She liked gospel music and loved visiting with her family and friends. She especially enjoyed going to yard sales and eating out with her cousin, Virginia Gattis. She moved to Southern Magnolia Estates in 2006.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Mike Neighbors will officiate. Interment will follow in South Crossroads Cemetery.
Survivors include four nieces, Jane Smith (Jerry) of Utica, Ky., Patsy Hester of Saltillo, Carolyn Newman (Jim) of Browder, Ky., and Kim McDonald of Colombia, Tenn.; a sister-in-law, Janette Hester of Belton, Ky.; and her great-nieces and great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Joe and Braxton Hester; and a sister-in-law, Evelene Hester.
Pallbearers include Andy Crawford, Danny Gattis, Tommy Hester and Tim Ryan. Honorary pallbearers include Marion Crawford, Gene Hester, Jim Hester and Terry Hester.
Visitation is scheduled for 6 until 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka
Memorial contributions may be made to the South Crossroads Cemetery Fund, c/o Rick Dunn, 454 Hwy. 364, Tishomingo, MS 38873.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Martin Thomas, 41, died unexpectedly Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel.
OXFORD – Landers Slack, 88, died Wednesday, June 5, 2015, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.