Obituaries March 16, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Willard Hicks Allen
SYLVIA, N.C. – Willard Hicks Allen died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Highlands Cashiers Hospital, Highlands, N.C., following a brief illness. She was 102 years old.
Mrs. Allen was born July 19, 1910, in Belmont and moved to Tupelo as a young girl. She was a talented musician and served her community by teaching music and playing the piano. She was also the organist at the First Baptist Church in Tupelo, played the piano for the Businessmen’s Bible Class for 20 years, and was the pianist for the local Lions Club. She loved clothes and established Willard’s Store in Tupelo, which she operated for 12 years until marrying Lawrence H. Allen, an executive in the utility industry.
The couple lived in Evanston, Ill., where Mr. Allen was in business. While in Illinois, Mrs. Allen learned to play golf, a game which she enjoyed for many years to come. After a few years in Evanston, the couple returned to Tupelo, where Mrs. Allen was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church and played the piano for several Sunday School classes. She swam regularly and was six-time ladies golf champion at the Tupelo Country Club, where she also was awarded seven hole-in-one plaques. Following the death of her husband, Mrs. Allen moved to Chestnut Hill of Highlands, Highlands, N.C., in 1999 to be closer to her brother, Ralph Hicks, and his wife, Barbaranne, of Cashiers, N.C.
At Chestnut Hill, Mrs. Allen never lost interest in fashion and always amazed her friends with her good-looking outfits. She learned to play bridge as a young girl and continued to play until shortly before her death. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Highlands.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Barbaranne Hicks; three nieces, Leigh Kouns (husband, Richard), Anne Hudspeth (husband, Keith) and Ramona Lee Camara; and a nephew, Ralph Wallace Hicks (spouse, Deborah Babb).
Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Glenwood Cemetery for the immediate family in Tupelo. The family will receive friends from 9 until 10 a.m. at W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors in Tupelo.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Cliff Pickens
TUPELO – Clifford Alexander Pickens Jr., 77, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. Born Nov. 14, l935, in Fitzgerald, Ga., to Clifford Alexander and Thelma Sherrill Pickens, he grew up there, graduated from Fitzgerald High School and the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology, where he was a standout in the Dixie Red Coat Band. After stateside service in the U.S. Army, he married Jan Faye Paulk Pickens in l958. She died in l981. Cliff had a career with Sears, Roebuck and Company where he served as Regional Manager serving locations all over the Southeast.
In l980, the Pickens moved to Tupelo from Atlanta. He began his longstanding affiliation with St. Luke United Methodist Church, where he first served officially as Custodian and, by his death, had affectionately and reverently become known as “Mr. St. Luke.” A general purpose servant, Cliff served as Adult and Family Ministries chairman, tour director, bus driver, handbell choir leader, Wednesday Night chef and was the proud founder of the St. Luke Food Pantry, a ministry he began out of the trunk of his car. He was always compelled to serve the least, last and most vulnerable amongst us. He was a strong willed but jovial soul whose spirit and presence leaves a legacy of gregarious living which will last for generations. An avid conversationalist, he enjoyed cooking, traveling with his sweetheart, Elizabeth Ford, flowers, and gardening and yard work. At his death, he was a tax preparer for H&R Block.
A life celebration service will be at 3 p.m. today, March 16, 2013, at St. Luke United Methodist Church with the Rev. Rick Brooks officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Memorial Garden/St. Luke Columbarium. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church. Holland Funeral Directors/Cremations is entrusted with the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Catherine Graves (Richard) of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Pamela Louise Phillips (Joseph) of McDonough, Ga.; his brothers, William “Bill” Pickens (Lavonne) of Greensboro, N.C., and Robert Pickens (Betty) of Juniper, Fla.; his longtime companion and dear friend, Elizabeth Ford, and her son, Tony Ford, of Tupelo; four grandchildren, Eric Ferguson (Kiersten Ellis), Collin Ferguson, Chase Graves and Brandy Mowery (Steve); four great-grandchildren, Troy Ferguson, Draven Ferguson, Caleb Mowery and Brayden Mowery; his special family at St. Luke United Methodist Church; his H&R Block family; and his caregivers the last two weeks at the ICU Unit at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 1400 Clayton Ave., Tupelo, MS 38804.

Dale C. Clift
TUPELO – Dale C. Clift, 88, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Tupelo on Oct. 1, 1924, to Fred and Mary Hannah Carmack. A very faithful Christian, she served her Lord in many ways. She was a lifelong member of First Christian Church and served as the librarian for about 10 years. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. Her hobbies included collecting baskets and cookbooks. She enjoyed extensive travels with her husband. She was a very loving wife and mother; always considerate and compassionate of others.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues in Tupelo with the Rev. Johnnie Wray officiating. Entombment will be in Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum in Verona.
Survivors include her husband of 33 years, Jesse C. Clift of Tupelo; one daughter, Christi Traughber (Ed) of Florence, Ala.; four stepdaughters, Carolyn Blount (Charles), Charlotte Goodwin, Cindy Jackson and Carlene Williamson (Jimmy); many stepgrandchildren; two nephews and one niece; and a grandson, Lee Traughber of Florence, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Fred and Ted Carmack.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. today at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Ruth Smith
OLIVE BRANCH – Ruth Gaillard Smith, 84, formerly of Walnut, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Methodist Germantown Hospital in Germantown, Tenn. She was born April 15, 1928, to John Daniel and Flossie Hall Gaillard. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church and was retired from Kimberly Clark.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wynn Dollar officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Charles Talmadge Smith (Roselyn) of Olive Branch; one granddaughter, Christy S. Sibley (Taylor) of Marks; two sisters, Martha Sweatman (Clifford) of Walnut and Mary Kennum (Charles) of Memphis; and one brother, John D. Gaillard (Peggy) of Walnut.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Ray Smith; one sister, Sarah Eunice Wilbanks; and five brothers; Euclid, Wallace, William, Raymond L. “Bud” and Charles Gaillard; and one grandson, Charles Ryan Smith.
Pallbearers will be Danny Wilbanks, Bryan Wilbanks, John Wynn Dollar, Johnny Gaillard, Ray Gaillard and Randy Gaillard.
Visitation will be from 10 until 11:30 a.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Debbie Nave
BYHALIA – Debbie S. Nave, 49, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Memphis.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at First Southern Baptist Church in Victoria. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Gregory Pye
MEMPHIS – Gregory Pye, 52, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Concord M.B. Church in Slayden. Burial will be in concord M.B. Church Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

John Vance
PHEBA – John Michael “Foots” Vance, 66, passed away on Friday, March 15, 2013, at his home in Pheba. He was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Houston to Anna Lloyd Fant Morgan and Lt. Col. John Gurney Vance. He began working for GM&O Railroad in 1971. He was a conductor with Kansas City Southern for 30 years before retiring. He served in the Mississippi National Guard in Eupora. He was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. He was an avid Bulldog fan. He loved all his grandchildren and enjoyed all his friends. He never met a stranger and all who met him loved him. He married Flora Virginia McKee on June 17, 1978, in Pheba.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Andy Parrish officiating. Burial will follow in Providence Cemetery at Maben. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Flora Virginia McKee Vance of Pheba; his daughter, Tia McMullin Perkins (Jimmy) of Harahan, La.; his sons, Terry Colin McMullin (Sherry) of Mantee, John Michael Vance Jr. (Stacy) of Houlka, Bradley Scott Vance (Jill) of Houlka, Tony Kevin Vance (Ashley) of Starkville; nine grandchildren, Kayla Huffman, Paxton Peay, Kane Perkins, Cole McMullen, Joe Riley McMullen, Jovi McMullen, Audrey Vance, Johnny Vance and Trace Vance; and all his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; his father, Lt. Col. John Gurney (Bruna) of Montgomery, Ala., and his mother, Anna Lloyd Morgan of Eupora; and three sisters, Tanna Gary (Mike) of Eupora, Brenda Gary (Don) of Eupora and Elanora Orgish (Scott) of Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Ed and Edna Vance, and Samuel and Georgia Fant; his stepfather, Willis Morgan; and a special uncle, Monk Fant.
Pallbearers will be Casey Terrell Weeks, Toby McKee, Perron Sizemore, Joe Jack White, Jimmy Perkins, Josh McKee, Ren Gary and Robbie Hubbard.
Honorary pallbearers will be former co-workers with Kansas City Southern Railroad; the staff of the Cancer Center in Starkville; the staff at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo; the staff Starkville Walmart Pharmacy; and the staff of Gentiva Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Providence Cemetery Fund, c/o Gola McMullen 4581 Hwy. 15, Maben, MS 39750.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Ola Mae Waddle
CULLMAN, Ala. – Ola Mae Dulaney Waddle, 99, formerly of Fulton, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Cullman, Ala. She was born March 28, 1913, to Alonzo Dulaney and Cora Compton Dulaney. She was the oldest member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, fishing and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church with Bro. Jackie Gray, Mark Carnathan and Wade Bryant officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Ruth Freeman of Cullman, Ala., and Peggy (James Kelly) Miller of Silver Creek; brother, O.R. (Odell) Dulaney of Mantachie; two grandsons, Jon (Coleen) Freeman of St. Roberts, Mo., Corey Miller of Starkville; three granddaughters, Margie (Cecil) Alldredge, Becky (Will Burks) Smith and Jackie (Wade) Washburn, all of Cullman, Ala.; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo and Cora Dulaney; her husband, Wayne Waddle; son-in-law, Jack Freeman; grandson, David Freeman; and four sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Jon Freeman, Corey Miller, Wade Washburn, Will Burks, Mark Carnathan and Wade Bryan.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Gerald N. Moore
MONTPELIER – Gerald N. Moore, 79, passed away, on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. He was born Sept. 27, 1934, in Valley Station, Ky., to Lillian Vaughn and Walter Moore. He was a retired U.S. Marine master gunnery sergeant with 24 years and six months of service. He served in Korea and Vietnam. After retirement, he worked in civil service for the U.S. Navy. He attended Montpelier Baptist Church. He married Mary Powell Moore on Oct. 10, 1958, in Buford-Parris Island, S.C.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry King officiating. Cremation will follow. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Mary W. Moore of Montpelier; two daughters, Loretta Hall of Salem, Va., and Nannette Shinn (Michael) of Montpelier; five grandchildren, Wesley Hall, Emily Hall, Justin Shinn, Emerson Shinn and Savannah Shinn; and two sisters, Bonnie Green (Dan) of Cleveland, Tenn., and Doris Fiotakias of Wilton, Conn.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dixie Long.
Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236; or to West Point/Clay County Animal Shelter, 1212 Old Tibbee Road, West Point, MS 39773.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Tuesday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Virginia Kitchens
PONTOTOC – Virginia Kitchens, 75, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity/Autry Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Alice Dailey
BURNSVILLE – Alice Faye Lambert Dailey, 66, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial will be in Love Joy Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Max Staten
RANDOLPH – Max Colby Staten, 75, died Monday, March 11, 2013, in Pontotoc. He was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Counce, Tenn., to Cleophas and Elzie Parker Staten. He was a member of West Heights Baptist Church and a Mason. He graduated from Pontotoc High School in 1955 and attended Mississippi State University. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for Day-Brite and Super Sagless for many years. He owned his own TV repair shop for many years, and he was an accomplished locksmith and mechanic. An avid reader, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, being with his family and helping others.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Harvey Sewell will officiate. Burial will follow in the West Heights Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a brother, Curtis Wayne Staten of Randolph; an aunt, Louise Parker of Pontotoc; numerous cousins; and special friend, Jimmy Shepherd.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cleophas and Elzie Parker Staten; his grandparents, Sam and Dora Staten, and Levi and Nancy Castleberry Parker.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be his first and second cousins.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Annie Pearl Lowe
SHANNON – Annie Pearl Lowe, 66, died Monday, March 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 12, 1946, to Idella Baker Rogers and the late Jessie Rogers. She was a member of Jehovah Jireh and an instructor at the Milam Middle School until her health failed.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Poplar Spring CME Church. Pastor Linda Walker will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors are her mother, Idella Baker Rogers of Shannon; one daughter, Laquita Fellini Moore (Lamont) of Shannon; two sons, Leroy Christopher Williams (Arnessa) of Nettleton and Lazente Carnell Williams (Tina) of Okolona; one sister, Evenlyn Belford of East St. Louis; one brother, Carl Rogers of Shannon; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father; her husband, Gilbert Lowe; and a sister, Viola Martin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Wilbert Lindsey
SHANNON – Wilbert Lindsey died Friday, March 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Greg Lindsey
CORINTH – Greg Lindsey died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors.

Thomas Minga Sr.
IUKA – Thomas E. Minga Sr., 91, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Neal Claunch
IUKA – Neal Claunch, 60, died Friday, March 15, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Glen.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Glen.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Gail Witcher
TUPELO – Gail Witcher, 53, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born April 28, 1959, in Wagoner, Okla., to Harry and Clara Perry. She graduated from Muskogee High School in 1978. She worked at North Mississippi Medical Center for several years before becoming disabled. She attended Eggville Church of Christ. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and her animals.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Leon Willis officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Ricky Witcher of Tupelo; one son, Zack Witcher of Tupelo; and several relatives in Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Robbie Witcher, Rusty Witcher, Lawrence Roberson, T.J. McMillen, Kenneth Dunnam and Chris Collums.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 1 to 2 p.m. Monday.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.

Rev. Donald McGaughy
CORINTH – The Rev. Donald Eugene McGaughy, 73, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Life Tabernacle Pentecostal Church in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 10 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday at Life Tabernacle Pentecostal Church.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Billie Gaston
JONESBORO, Ark. – Billie Pruitt Gaston, 83, formerly of Iuka, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Saint Bernard Medical Center in Jonesboro, Ark.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Phillip Wilkins
CORINTH – Phillip David Wilkins, 42, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at his home.
Private burial will be at 11 a.m. today at Valley of the Dogwood Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in honor of Eric Wilkins.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Geraldine Tarlton Wiseman
CRAWFORD – Geraldine Lusk Tarlton Wiseman, 85, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Calhoun City to Dewey E. and Blondie Bingham Lusk. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and a graduate of Macon High School. She enjoyed her friends at Trinity and loved playing cards with them every day, except Saturday and Wednesday. Prior to retirement she worked many years at Tarlton’s Store.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gunter and Peel Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brad Hodges and the Rev. Tommy Gillion officiating. Interment will follow at Crawford Cemetery in Crawford.
She is survived by her son, John W. Tarlton (Dorothy) of Crawford; her daughter, Mary Tarlton Williams of Starkville; sister, Virginia Boland of Calhoun City; grandchildren, John W. Tarlton III (Janie), Nick Tarlton, Jackie Williams, Pattie Loftis (Lee) and Brian Windle (Karen); and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John W. Tarlton Sr., and her second huband, Jerry Wiseman.
Pallbearers will be her grandson, John W. Tarlton III, Nick Tarlton, Brian Windle and Lee Loftis. Honorary pallbeares will be her friends from Trinity and Aaron Clark.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1380 Livingston Lane, Jackson, MS 39213.

Lucille Ivy
BELMONT – Lucille “Maw Maw Lucy” Ivy, 89, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at her residence. She was born July 16, 1923, in Tishomingo County. She was retired from Blue Bell after 28 years. She was a member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church. She loved her dog, Buddie Sue.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Old Bethel United Methodist Church with Bro. Bobby Hankins, Bro. Donnie Riley and Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery at Golden. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are three children, Larry Ivy (Jeannie) of Red Bay, Ala., Hilda Roberts (Johnny) and Jack Ivy (Deneca), all of Belmont; grandchildren, Dana McKee (Franko), Mark Ivy (Heather), Natasha Ivy, Jack Ivy Jr. (Amanda), Kyle Ivy (Jessica) and Lacey Pearson (Robbie); 16 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Truman Ivy; her parents, Arnold and Sally Hammett; a grandson, Christopher Roberts; a great-granddaughter, Hillary McKee; three brothers, Alton, A.C. and Elton Hammett; and one sister, Pauline Whitehead.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Roberts, Franko McKee, Hunter McKee, Hugh Ivy, David Ivy, Jack Ivy Jr., Kyle Ivy and Mark Ivy.
Visitation will be 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Nancy Poores
RED BAY, Ala. – Nancy Mae Poores, 68, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at ECM Hospital.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Burial will be in the Joel Cemetery at Dennis. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Bea Holland
BALDWYN – Johnnie “Bea” Malone Holland, 77, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was a retired seamstress with Marietta Manufacturing. She was a member of the Kirkville Baptist Church. She enjoyed shopping.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Bill Adams and Bro. Jim Irvin officiating. Burial will be in the Kirkville Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Connie Dingler (Bruce) of Baldwyn; one son, Dave Holland of Baldwyn; and a sister, Jo Maxcy (Jim) of Baldwyn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Lavelle Grissom Malone; her husband, Lamond Holland; and two sisters, Betty Pounds and Bessie Lee Spencer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Nickey Gant
MOOREVILLE – Nickey Gant, 44, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013, at his residence in Mooreville. He was born Dec. 12, 1968, to Nick C. Gant Sr. and Mary L. Gale in New Albany. He was a Christian and a Baptist. A loving father, grandfather, brother and great friend, he was loved by all who knew him. He enjoyed fishing, cooking out, watching football and was an avid fan of the Atlanta Braves and Ole Miss Rebels. He worked at Ashley Furniture.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel of Pontotoc with Bro. Earl McAnally officiating. Burial will follow in the Glenfield Memorial Cemetery in New Albany. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Lauren Martin; three sons, Michael Keith Gant, Nick Coley Gant (Summer) and Michael Dale Martin, all of Pontotoc; two grandchildren, Caden Riley Gant and Asilann Grace Martin; his grandmother, Betty Joyce Wilhite; three sisters, Angie Wood (Shawn) of Mooreville, Brandy Gant and Tabitha Gant, both of Mantachie; three brothers, Chris Gant (Carla), Neal Gant (Marie) and Blake Gant (Amber) all of Mooreville; three aunts, Patsy Mills, Brenda Roberson (Steve) and Montez Wise (Phil); uncle, Larry Tallant (Judy); and a host of nieces, nephews and many cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Michael Shane Gant; grandfathers, Lonnie Tallant and Marvel Gant; grandmother, Ochless Gant; uncle, Robby Mills; and aunt, Sandra Gale.
Pallbearers will be T.J. Gresham, Allen Ellis, Tim Ellis, Ray Seger, Roy Seger, Chris Gant, Neal Gant and Randy Seger.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Sunday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home, 96 South Main St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.

Edna Caver
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Edna Caver, 95, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. She was born June 3, 1917, in Booneville to Arthur Floyd Ozbirn and Mattie Bell Fugitt Ozbirn. She moved to Memphis in 1955. She was a homemaker and a member of Colonial Park United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading, traveling, and needlepoint.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. William Copeland and Bro. Johnny Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Pisgah Cemetery.
She is survived by a son, Gary Caver (Sara) of Olive Branch; a daughter, Sandra Caver of Memphis; a brother, Kenneth Hughes (Hazel) of Columbus; two grandchildren, Karen True (Kris) and Bill Caver, all of Olive Branch; four great-grandchildren, Kristi Ann True, John Kyler True, Regan Caver and Alton Caver, all of Olive Branch; a stepgreat-grandson, Blake True; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Caver, on Dec. 1, 1959; her parents; four brothers, Alton, Aubrey, Allen and Gyther Ozbirn; and two sisters, Elsie Ozbirn and Jewell Thornton.

Rick Stanford
AMORY – Richard Wayne Stanford, 61, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born in Liverpool, England, on Jan. 1, 1952, to Archie and Mary Christina Stanford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues.
Survivors include one son, Cameron Stanford (Jessy) of Tupelo; one grandchild, Ashley Stanford.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Sandy.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to his funeral account, c/o W. E. Pegues, 535 W. Jefferson St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Rachel Cappleman
DUMAS – Rachel Carson Cappleman, 82, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Jan. 21, 1931, in Ripley to Troy Mitchell and Ora Katherine Windham Carson. She was one of triplets, Reuben, Rachel and Mary Ruth. She was an active, dedicated member of Dumas Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for over 50 years. She enjoyed quilting and ministering to others. One way was by volunteering at the Good Samaritan Center in Ripley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Dumas Baptist Church at Dumas with Bro. Marvin Robbins and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Dumas Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Cappleman Rowland (Jimmy) of Walnut and Deborah Cappleman Steverson (Wayne) of Ripley; two sons, Johnny Cappleman and Dr. Troy Cappleman (Susan), both of Dumas; two sisters, Johnnie B. Cox (Billy) of Marietta and Veona Plenge (Reno) of Panama City, Fla.; two brothers, Mitchell Reuben Carson (Nancy) of New Albany and Wendell Carson (Kathy ) of Ingomar; 10 grandchildren, Ashley Rowland (Carmen), Lee Rowland (Ashley Ann), Russell Wayne “Rusty” Steverson (fiancée, Ann), Jody Steverson (Lauren), Dr. Sarah French, Megan French, John Cappleman, Nathan Cappleman, Seth Cappleman and Anna Cappleman; two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Libby Rowland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Cappleman; her parents; an infant daughter, Wanda Rose Cappleman; a sister, Mary Ruth Meek; two brothers, Eugene Carson and Glen Carson; and a grandson, Daniel French.
Pallbearers will be Jody Steverson, Rusty Steverson, Ashley Rowland, Lee Rowland, Seth Cappleman and Mike Carson. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of the Good Samaritan Center in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at Dumas Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Tippah County Good Samaritan Center, P.O. Box 76, Ripley, MS 38863.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.