Obituaries March 18, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Joe Weldon
BUCKHORN – Joe Weldon, 69, went to be home with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 17, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born in Calhoun County, to Estelle and Major Weldon. He married Bobbie Taylor Weldon on Dec. 20, 1964. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all. He attended Hopewell Baptist Church. “And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said ‘I need a caretaker!’” One of Joe’s greatest passions was taking care of the cattle he raised. So God had truly made another farmer.
Service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Robbs Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. Donald Austin and Bro. Jr. Ritchie officiating. Burial is at Mize Memorial. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his spouse of 48 years, Bobbie Weldon; one daughter, Barbara Weldon of Buckhorn; one son, Jake Weldon of Buckhorn; one grandson, Jake Weldon II (Monica) of Big Creek; and one great-granddaughter, Abby James of Big Creek. His first great-grandchild is due August 2013. He is also survived by four sisters, Jeanette Goss (James), Nell Winstead, both of Greenwood, Ruth Ann Croft (Wayne) of Thaxton and Sue Aaron (J.C.) of Randolph; two brothers, Bro. Bob “Robert” Weldon Wilda) of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., and Pete Weldon (Angie) of Bruce; two sister-in-laws, Lena Dillard of Ecru and Jo Sullivan of New Albany; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Estelle and Major Weldon; one niece, Debbie Aaron Goree; one nephew, Joey Slayton; one sister, Helen Brown; and two brother-in-laws, Jessie Winstead and Jimmy Dillard.
Pallbearers are Bill Aron, Greg Victoriano, Kurt Brasher, Charles Washington, Arnell Fleming and Van Belk.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today and 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, all at Robbs Bethel Baptist Church.
James Kermit Helton
IUKA – James Kermit Helton, 78, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a member of New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church. He was retired from Genesco Shoe Factory and was later the owner and operator of Helton’s Trading Post.
Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka, officiated by the Rev. Ray Daniel Jr. Interment will follow in New Lebanon Cemetery.
He is survived by one son, Jeff Helton (Pansy) of Iuka; one daughter, Annette Daniel (the Rev. Ray Daniel Jr.) of Iuka; one brother, Wayne Helton of Iuka; six grandchildren, Chris Lowery (Tiffany), Eric Lowery (Lindsey), Brandy Johnson (Casey), Carmen Helton, Bethany Hannah and Nathan Hannah; and seven great-grandchildren, Devin, Brianna, Haley, Cassidy, Cooper, Lori Jo, and Annlee Lowery.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Helton; a son, Richie Helton; a daughter, Nanette Helton; a grandchild, Hunter Huckabee; a great-grandchild, Austin Lowery; his parents, Coleman and Maudie Lambert Helton; a brother, Orville Helton; and three sisters, Edna Earl Fuller, Earnestine Atkins and Opal McAnally.
Visitation is 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Johnnie Jones
AMORY – Johnnie Jones, 75, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Otts Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Riggins Chapel Cemetery in Monroe County.
Visitation is 1 p.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
John Vance
PHEBA – John Michael “Foots” Vance, 66, passed away, on Friday, March 15, 2013 at his home. He was born Dec. 30, 1946, in Houston, to Anna Lloyd Fant Morgan and Lt. Col. John Gurney Vance. He was a Conductor with Kansas City Southern for 30 years. He began working in 1971 with GM&O Railroad and he retired from the Kansas City Southern Railroad. He was a member of Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. He was an avid Bulldog fan. He loved all his grandhildren and enjoyed all his friends. He never met a stranger and all that met him loved him. He had served in Mississippi National Guard-Eupora. He married Flora Virginia McKee on June 17, 1978, in Pheba.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Brother Andy Parrish officiating. Burial followed in Providence Cemetery Maben.
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 and Tony Kevin Vance (Ashley) of Starkville; nine grandchildren, Kayla Huffman, Paxton Peay, Kane Perkins, Cole McMullin, Joe Riley McMullin, Jovi McMullin, Audrey Vance, Johnny Vance, and Trace Vance; his father, Lt. Col. John Gurney Vance (Bruna) of Montgomery, Ala.; mother, Anna Lloyd Morgan of Eupora; three sisters, Tanna Gary (Mike) of Eupora, Brenda Gary (Don) of Eupora and Elanora Orgish (Scott) of Houston, Texas; and all his brothers and sisters in law.
Preceding him in death were his grandparents, John Ed and Edna Vance, Samuel and Georgia Fant; stepfather, Willis Morgan; and a special uncle, Monk Fant.
Pallbearers were Casey Terrell Weeks, Toby McKee, Perron Sizemore, Joe Jack White, Jimmy Perkins, Josh McKee, Ren Gary and Robbie Hubbard. Honorary pallbearers were former co-workers with Kansas City Southern Railroad, staff at Cancer Center in Starkville, staff at North Mississippi Medical Center-Tupelo, staff at Starkville Wal-Mart Pharmacy and staff of Gentiva Hospice.
Memorials may be made to Providence Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Gola McMullen, 4581 MS Hwy 15, Maben, MS 39750.
Visitation was held from 5 until 8 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Nell Mauldin
TUPELO – Nell Mauldin, 76, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. She was born January 1, 1937, in Lee County, to Oscar Perry and Mary Virginia Raper Putt. She worked for many years as a nurse and was a member of East Heights Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W. E. Pegues with grandson-in-law, Bro. Louis Wilson and the Rev. Phillip McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include three children, Mike White, Bobby Mauldin (Michelle) and Delisa Stennett, all of Tupelo; honorary son, Ronnie Jaynes of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, Mike, Blair, Katie, Kelsi and Jackson White, Kelly Mauldin, April Wilson (Louis), Blake and Kate Stennett; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Annette Jordan, Cheryl Collins and Brenda Dry (Earl).
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters; and five brothers.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Curry, Earl Dry, John Mauldin, Kerry Barnes, Blayze Windham and Glen Gaines. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Phillips, Mike Altom and Ronnie Jaynes.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Linda Barnes
TUPELO – Linda D. Barnes died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Tommie Moore
AMORY – Tommie Ree Cantrell Moore, 89, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Oxford. She was born Jan. 30, 1924, in Monroe County, to George Thomas and Rose Ann Flippo Cantrell. She married Robert Lee Moore on April 9, 1945. She attended school in Greenwood Springs. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Methodist Church, but in her later years, attended East Amory Baptist Church, where she loved attending Sunday school. She was a supervisor at the Gulf Ordinance Plant in Prarie during World War II and later retired from Amory Garment. She loved spending time with her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her sister “Runt.” She was very independent and lived as a widow for nearly 35 years. She enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, gardening and always canned and froze plenty of vegetables.
She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Moore Hester (Billy) of Oxford; sister, Wiona “Runt” Cantrell Hicks of Becker; granddaughters, Kimberly Hester Burt (David) of Nettleton and Candace Hester Vasilyev (Scott) of Oxford; great-grandchildren, Senior Airman Tyler Lee Burt of Grand Forks, N.D., Vivian and Alexander Vasilyev of Oxford; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband; her parents; sister, Margaree Little; brothers, Leroy and Troy Lee Cantrell; and granddaughter, Christy Ann Hester.
A Celebration of Life service will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory, with Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Easter Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Scott Radin Vasilyev, David Allen Burt, Donnie Allen, G.T. Cantrell, Eddie Guin and Gary Wouldridge. Her great-grandson, Senior Airman Tyler Burt, who is currently honorably serving his country, will serve in his absence, as honorary pallbearer.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the Easter Cemetery Fund, 504 S. Thayer Ave. Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Mary Shumpert
TUPELO – Mary Evelyn South Schulz Shumpert, 53, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at her residence following an extended illness. She was born July 9, 1959, in Booneville, to Casey South and Ruby Evelyn Owens South. She grew up in the Pisgah community in Prentiss Co. and attended Booneville High School. She moved to Tupelo 35 years ago, making it her home and raising her family. She worked as a cook for Betty’s Steak and Breakfast for many years until it closed. She was a loving and devoted mother, sister, wife grandmother and friend. She was strong in her faith and loved her Lord unconditionally, attending Cross Pointe Ministries, where she was active until her health failed. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, decorating for the holidays, collecting antiques and reading the Bible.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Kevin Rea and Bro. Reggie Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park.
She is survived by her son, Douglas Schulz Jr. of Tupelo (fiancé, Tanisha Harris) of Guntown; two daughters, Ruth Wilson (David) of Saltillo and Evelyn Pearl Shumpert of Tupelo; brother, Jerry South (Dot) of Booneville; two sisters, Betty Schulz of Verona and Jane Worley (James) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Brandon Gerhold, Brittany Gerhold and Cassie Gerhold; the father of Douglas and Ruth, Douglas Schulz, Sr.; and father of Evelyn, Ray Shumpert.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Junior South; and two sisters, Tina Moore and Joyce Wilson.
Pallbearers will be Keeysto Shumpert, Ray Shumpert, Dwayne Moore, Marvin Fairley, Ryan Lovvorn, John Marley, and Robert Trice.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon until service time Tuesday, all at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Ann Riley
PLANTERSVILLE – Gladys Ann Estes Riley, 74, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 19, 1938, in the Union Community, south of Plantersville, to Walter Sam and Ethel Edwards Estes. She lived all but seven years there, having spent that time as a professor at Jones Junior College in Ellisville in Jones County. She met her husband, Jerry Riley in Jones Co. and they were married on Nov. 20, l965, at the Union Baptist Church. A graduate of Nettleton High School, she received her BA in Education from the University of Mississippi, attended the University of Southern Mississippi, received her Masters in Education from Mississippi State University and later her Specialist from Mississippi State University. A beloved and devoted educator for 37 years, she retired in 2002 from Shannon High School, where she taught business studies, accounting, computer science and was a Teacher of the Year. She was a faithful member of the Union United Methodist Church, where she served for many years as church secretary. She enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, was an avid reader of good books and literature and was a great provider and encourager as wife, mother and grandmother to her family.
A service celebrating her life will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Lynn Fair officiating and Sheriff Jim Johnson delivering the eulogy. Burial will follow in the Estes Family Plot at Union Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Jerry M.Riley; her son, Sam Riley (Angie) and her granddaughter, Amber Riley, all of the Union Community; a special friend, Linda Trimble; several cousins; and her Friday Night Supper Club buddies from Union UMC, which brought her much happiness.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her only sister, Merle Estes Meeks.
Pallbearers will be Fred Pettigrew, Carroll Pettigrew, David Goggans, Fred Allen Payne, Joe Loden and Jim Johnson.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and 2 p.m. until service time Tuesday, all at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Virginia Fauver
PONTOTOC – Virginia Halsell Fauver, 96, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Tupelo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Along with her husband, Leonard, she founded and operated Progressive Shoe Store in Pontotoc until their retirement. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
A private family service was at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. Ken Horter officiating. Burial was in Pontotoc City Cemetery.
She is survived by son, Cecil Fauver of Pontotoc; daughter-in-law, Patricia Fauver of Pontotoc; grandsons, Tim Fauver (Tammy) of Pontotoc and Buck Fauver (Tammy) of Pontotoc; niece, Sarah Halsell Jenkins (Benny) of Jackson; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Fauver; sons, Joe Leonard Fauver and Donald Gene Fauver; brother, Boyce Halsell; sisters, Orene Halsell and Beulah Carnes; and parents, Lillie Sewell Halsell and Shelton Halsell.
Ruby McAlister
COTTON PLANT – Ruby Ozell Dodds McAlister, 83, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Dec. 14, 1929, in Union County to George Udell Dodds and Annie Maud Lollar Dodds. She was a retired employee of Benchcraft. She was a member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church. She loved watching basketball games and game shows, working puzzles and playing with her grandson.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Academy Cemetery with the Rev. Jimmy Carr and the Rev. Jerry Bishop officiating. Burial will be at the Academy Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Dottie Bishop (Kenny) of New Albany; her son, David McAlister of Cotton Plant; her granddaughter, Stephanie McNeely (Robert) of Cotton Plant; and her great-grandson, Mason McNeely.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul “Jack” McAlister; and a sister, Rudell Daugherty.
Pallbearers will be Robert McNeely, Bruce McNeely, Steve Stokes, Paul McAlister, Morris Carter and Darryl Nichols.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Luther Martin
TISHOMINGO – Luther Edward Martin, 74, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at ECM Hospital. He left Tishomingo at an early age to serve in the U.S. Army. After being honorably discharged, he moved to Flint, Mich., and began working at Chevrolet Truck and Bus. He later had a successful trucking business and then retired from General Motors.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Tishomingo with the Rev. Willie Bogan officiating. Burial will be in Carter’s Branch Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Brenda Diane Martin of Tishomingo; five children, Luther O’Neal Martin, Phyllis F. Robinson, both of Flint, Mich., Alison A. Martin of Meridian, Sonya A. Martin of Ariz., and Kyle L. Martin of Cleveland, Ohio; six grandchildren, KaLatta L. Martin, Antonio Martin, Terrika M. Stacks, Brittany N. Clark, ShaNeeQua K. Stacks and Nehemiah E. Parker; one uncle, Christee Hodges; mother-in-law, Ila Powell; sisters-in-law, Nellie Massie and Effie V. Martin; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Lillie Hodges Martin; sister, Mammie Finley; and brother, Alfred Edgar Martin.
Pallbearers will be Luther O’Neal Martin, Milton Martin, Lamar Bolton, Clifton Rhodes, Lewis Martin and Wallace Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Nehemiah Parker, Steve Finley, Tommie Powell and William Sells.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. today at Carter’s Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
Von Pitts
TREMONT – Von Dora Loden Pitts, 85, passed away Saturday, March 16, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 4, 1927, to John Alford Loden and Ruth Von Bara Franks Loden. She was a member of Lone Star Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed entertaining family and friends and working with her flowers.
Service is at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmy Lucas officiating. Burial is in Shady Valley Cemetery.
She is survived by her son, David Pitts of Greenwood; two grandsons, Jody (Carrie) Pitts of Hamilton, Ala., and Davy (Katie) Pitts of Pelham, Ala.; granddaughter, Ruth Pitts of Starkville; great-grandson, Gabriel Murphree; great-granddaughter, Piper Pitts; and sister, Mary (Bob) Killingsworth of Fulton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Pitts; parents, John Alford and Ruth Von Bara Loden; son, James Paul Pitts; two brothers; and two sisters.
Pallbearers are Jeffery Martin, Scottie Martin, Will Pettigrew, Hoyt Pitts, Halbert Pitts and Chris Spearman. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Garrett and Bob Killingsworth.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Genner Parrish
BELMONT – Genner Rae Parrish, 83, died Sunday, March 17, 2013.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Lindsey Cemetery in Dennis.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Lindsey Cemetery Fund.

Johny Loyd
FULTON – Johny Mack Loyd, 77, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.

Rick White
BALDWYN – Thomas Richard “Rick” White, 55, doed Sunday, March 17, 2013, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home.

Ira Manning
OXFORD – Ira Manning, 64, died Sunday, March 17, 2013, at Graceland Care Center of Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

Neal Claunch
BURNSVILLE – Neal Claunch, 60, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at his residence.
Services are at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen. Burial is in Little Flock Cemetery.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Zelda Walden
RIPLEY – Zelda Louise Franks Walden, 80, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Ripley Funeral Home.

Bettye White
AMORY – Bettye S. White, 63, died Sunday, March 17, 2013m at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.