By NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – Hiram Spencer “Buddy” Smith, 52, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at his home. Born Aug. 6, 1957, in Lowndes County, he was the son of Hiram Spencer and Hattie Lee Turner Smith. He married Dorothy Sue Barrett in 1983. He lived in the Amory area for 27 years. He had worked for Delta/Rockwell in Tupelo.
Service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Bobby Cleveland officiating. Burial will be in the Turon Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Sue Barrett Smith of Amory; one son, Robert Lee Kozlowitz Jr. of Amory; and two sisters, Dorothy Mae Hudson of Sulligent, Ala., and Gloria Sue Johnson (Neal) of Vernon, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, L.C. Turner and Sonny Smith; and one sister, Flora Mae Smith.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Adkins, John Adkins, Jake Halfacre, Carlos Walls, Daniel Walls and Jerry Walls.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today and will continue until service time Friday at the funeral home.
SHANNON – Jessica Mae Fields, 47, died Friday, March 12, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She attended Shannon High School. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Verona. She was a very down-to-earth but fun-loving person.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at St. John’s M.B. Church in Shannon with Pastor David R. Walker officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Willie James (Ruth) Fields of Birmingham, Ala.; three sisters, Nadine Walkins and special brother-in-law, Benny, and Marilyn Fields, all of Shannon, and Maxine Fields of Tupelo; three aunts, Melissa Lee, Hazel Fields and Johnnie Ruth, all of Shannon; four nephews, two nieces, three great-nieces, three great-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Will Henry Fields and Maggie William; one brother, Samual Fields; one uncle, Richard Fields; and her grandparents, Willie and Viola Fields.
Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Friday.
Online condolences for the Fields family may be left at www.grayson-porters.com.
NEW ALBANY – Clyde Turner, 77, died Sunday, March 14, 2010, at Russ Hospital in Meridian. He was born Nov. 3, 1932, in New Albany to William Turner and Etoyal Waldrop Turner. He was a former employee of Union County Head Start.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the St. Mary Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae Turner of New Albany; nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
MEMPHIS – Janet Tyner, 89, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born April 28, 1920, to Richard Klein and Mary Miller Klein in LaPort, Ind.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Union Hill Cemetery at Enterprise. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Laura Smith of Memphis and Judy (Sam) Gullick of Myrtle; five grandchildren, Linda (John) Terraciano of Billings, Mont., John (Barbara) and Marsha Robbins of Myrtle, Tricia Bradford of Potts Camp and Jessica (Craig) Browning of Pinedale; 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home.
Bobbie Faye Nails
WALNUT – Bobbie Faye Nails, 74, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Overton Hill Church in Walnut.
Joseph M. Lee
RIENZI – Joseph M. Lee, 47, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Luther L. Millsaps
TUPELO – Luther Lee Millsaps, 83, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 14, 1926, in Clay County to Hiram and Evie Ellis Millsaps. He graduated from Pheba High School and received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Rust College. He married Lucile Curtis on Nov. 08, 1950. He was a veteran of the United States Army and trained as a combat infantryman. He served his country in the Philippines and was in the first group of troops that occupied Japan. He was also in a task force that established and maintained communications in the 8th Army headquarters.
For over 37 years, he was employed with the South Central Bell System. He started as a construction lineman and served the last 20-plus years as a group manager with responsibilities in Public Relations and the development of the public telephone market in Mississippi.
He was the past Master of the Blue Lodge 318, a life member and 33rd Degree Scottish Rite, Knight Templar, past patron of the Eastern Star and a member of the Shriners. He was a charter member and past president of the Corinth Civitans. For 48 years he was affiliated with all local offices of the Rotary Club, where he also served as past District Governor and International Council on Legislation. As the District Governor, he secured the adoption of a Kidney Dialysis Center. On May 1, 1985, he was appointed the first Regional Director for the Habitat for Humanity International, serving central west Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Many honors were bestowed upon him, including Corinth Young Man of the Year, Aberdeen Rotarian of the Year and Habitat for Humanity Hall of Fame.
He served as county chairman, Executive Committee and State Executive Committee for the Republican Party. He served from its inception for over 38 years on the Lee County Jury Commission. He was also the longest serving board member of the Mississippi Home Corporation (MHC), a federal program which was created by the Mississippi Home Corporation act of 1989 to address housing needs.
He became a Christian and a United Methodist at an early age. For over 50 years, he taught Sunday school, served on the local Administrative Board, Council on Ministry, Pastor-Parish Relations, United Methodist Men, and Missions for his local church. He also served on several boards for the District, State of Mississippi Conferences, nine Southeastern States Jurisdictional, and worldwide general conferences for the United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church with Dr. Landon Dowden, Dr. Prentis Gordon, Sen. Alan Nunnelee, Rev. Millsaps Dye and Amy Tuck officiating. Graveside services with Masonic rites and military honors will be at Forrest Memorial in Corinth. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of almost 60 years, Lucile Curtis Millsaps; one daughter, Rita Moffett (T.K.) of Tupelo; one grandchild, Tara Leigh Dowden (Dr. Landon Dowden) of Baton Rouge, La.; three great-grandchildren, Arabella Leigh, Adalaide “Lil’ Buddy” and Adoniram “Buddy Boy” Dowden; two sisters, Joy Brewer and Polly Christopher (Carroll) of West Point.
He was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings.
Pallbearers will be Josh McCahill, Jake McCahill, Bryant Millsaps, Kim Millsaps, Dr. Curtis McLemore and Gerald McLemore.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sen. Roger Wicker, Sen. Alan Nunnelee, Amy Tuck, Henry Tucker, Elmer Strachan, Dr. Max Hutchinson, Fred Strange, Jack Reed Sr., Phil Bryant, members of the Tupelo Rotary Club and the staff of the Cracker Barrel.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity, 213 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804-3958; The Fuller Center for Housing, 701 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Americus, GA 31719; or the First United Methodist Church, 412 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38804-3818.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Stephen Barry Harvey, 55, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Country Brook Living Center in Brookhaven. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
PONTOTOC – James R. “Jimmy” Munn, 82, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. He was a longtime member and deacon of First Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a Civitan. He was a salesman and distributor for Tom’s Toasted Peanuts for 55 years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Pontotoc with Dr. Ken Hester and Dr. Nathan Cothen officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc City Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dolores Weatherall Munn of Pontotoc; his four daughters, Brenda Holloway (David) of Clinton, Melissa Campbell (Preston) of Pontotoc, Vicki Cothen (Nathan) of Beaumont, Texas, and Lori Parker (Dale) of Clinton; his brother, Hayward Munn of Pontotoc; and his seven grandchildren, Lan and Brandon Holloway, Georgia Claire Campbell, Emory and Ethan Cothen, and Reed and Jake Parker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ulton and Callie Sappington Munn; and four sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be: Emory Cothen, Lan Holloway, David Holloway, Dale Parker, Preston Campbell and Ray Chaudoin. Honorary pallbearers will be the Jimmy Wise Sunday School Class.
The visitation will be held at First Baptist Church from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the fellowship hall and from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday in the sanctuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church, 13 Washington Street, Pontotoc, MS 38863.
Condolences may be offered at www.Browningpontotoc.com.
Alta Gail Fancher
SOUTHAVEN – Alta Gail Fancher, 73, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at her home. She was a retired employee of BancorpSouth. She was a member of Getwell Road Methodist Church and a pink lady at Methodist South Hospital. She loved life and she fought a good battle.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Forest Hill South Funeral Home in Memphis. The Rev. John Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill South Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, William “Bo” Fancher; a daughter, Rene Farrell (Jeff) of Bartlett, Tenn.; three sons, Kelly Fancher (Linda) and Tracy Fancher (Lisa), both of Southaven, and Brian Fancher (Terry) of Horn Lake; one brother, Woody Burrow (Janis) of Lonoke, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Alex, Reed, Logan, Madison, Dallas and Kendal Fancher, Lindsey and Jake Farrell.
The Fellowship class of Getwell Road Methodist Church will be honorary pallbearers.
Memorials may be sent to a charity of the donor’s choice.
ALBERTVILLE, Ala. – John Smallwood Clark, 78, formerly of Ripley, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at his home in Albertville, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ASHLAND – Robert Vollie “Bud” Cook, 28, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at New Hope Baptist Church in Ashland. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
MANTACHIE – Daniel Steele, 76, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Tishomingo Manor in Iuka. He became disabled many years ago and had been a resident of Tishomingo Manor for the past 13 years.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at the Walton Cemetery with Bro. Buddy Rushing officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a special caregiver, Mildred McCarthy, of Mantachie; and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Laverne Steele.
OKOLONA – Robbie Franklin Bridgman, 91, formerly of Pontotoc, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Community Hospice in Verona. He was born May 28, 1918, in Pontotoc County to Benjamin Franklin Bridgman and Mary Alice Stokes Bridgman. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during World War II. He was a member of the Church of God in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the Church of God in Tupelo with Bro. Jack Ezell and Bro. David Laman officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Ruby Tackett Bridgman of Okolona; seven daughters, Charlotte Curlin of Drummand, Tenn., Carroll Sue DeVaughn (Rodney) of Saltillo, Kay Kafer (Rich) of Belden, Sandra Robertson (Tom) of Saltillo, Glenda Bolanes of Amory, Donna Franks of Brewer and Tammy Smith (Tony) of Amory; five sons, Bobby Franklin Bridgman of Okolona, Danny Johnson (Debbie) of Brewer, Tommy Johnson (Alisha) of Haughton, La., Terry Johnson (Pamela) of Wilksboro, N.C., and Duane Holloway (Martha) of Smithville; five sisters, Margie Butler of Dundee, Pauline Rowe (Pete) of Tunica, Mary Eloise Smoak (George) of Branchville, S.C., Eunice Gray (Rufus) of Pontotoc and Lula Mae Freeman of Ormond Beach, Fla.; one brother, J.T. Bridgman (Jeanette) of Sara; 29 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Alver and Verlie Bridgman; one grandson, John Ashley Cruse; and one great-grandson, Trey Eddie Ferguson.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.
BRUCE – Ron Lundy, 75, formerly of New York City, died Monday, March 15, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born June 25, 1934, in Paris, Tenn. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean conflict and a member of the Bruce First Baptist Church. He was an on-air personality and disc jockey for WCBS Radio in New York City. He was placed in the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, the Radio Hall of Fame in St. Louis, Mo., and the Radio Hall of Fame in New York City.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Dr. Daniel Hathorne and the Rev. James Taylor officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Barnes Lundy of Bruce; one daughter, Jana Lynn Haggerty (Michael) of North Plainfield, N.J.; one son, Ron Lundy Jr. (Susan) of Prescott Valley, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Mark Haggerty and Erin Haggerty, both of North Plainfield.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Fred Lundy and Mary Lundy.
Pallbearers will be Terry Martin, Tony Martin, Jack Woodson, Carl Hayles, Jonathan Hayles, Mike Haggerty, Mark Haggerty and John Benton Long.
Honorary pallbearers will be WCBS air personalities.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Joseph Lee McDavid, 52, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. He was born Dec. 29, 1957.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home with Bro. Warren Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today.
To view obituaries and sign the online guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – L.C. Morrow, 58, died Sunday, March 14, 2010, at his home in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Belle Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen.
Visitation will be Friday at the funeral home.
Visit the online register book at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
SHANNON – Willie Washington, 65, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Anthony McCord III
SHERMAN – Anthony Lee McCord III, 38, died Tuesday, March 16, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. A Tupelo native, he was born Jan. 18, 1972, to Anthony Lee McCord Jr. and Charlotte Grant McCord. He was a 1990 graduate of Saltillo High School and worked for Walmart Distribution Center in New Albany. He also raised cattle. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, waterskiing and especially deer hunting. He loved spending time with his family. He was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be 4 p.m. Friday at the Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Rev. Lee Graham and Rev. Bud McCraw officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Danica G. McCord of Sherman; five daughters, Mindy Lafayette (Tobby) of Southaven, Birttany Scott (Mike) of Saltillo, Nikki McCord of Pontotoc, Kayla Reed (Keith Bass) of Tupelo and Destiny McCord of the home; his mother, Charlotte Grant McCord of Tupelo; one sister, Sheila Sanders (Tim) of Myrtle; and two grandchildren, Cadence Scott and Levi Bass.
He was preceded in death by his father, Junior McCord; and his grandparents, Anthony McCord Sr., Verna McCord, J.W. Grant and Lorene Grant.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Hindman, Wiley Young, Jason Young, Tim Hall, Tim Pannell and Bruce Skinner.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Beverly Denise Townsend, 49, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.
TOCCOPOLA – Doyleus Lyn Taylor McKinley, 41, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
CORINTH – Funeral services for Dimple Smith will be at 11 a.m. today at Jesus Name Community Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time today.