By NEMS Daily Journal
BISSELL COMMUNITY – Paul “Ione” Sudduth, 91, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was a long time educator in Nettleton, Plantersville and Verona schools in Lee County.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the historic White Zion Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in the Sudduth family plot. Holland Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Holland Funeral Directors at the Tupelo Chapel and from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the church.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
RIPLEY – Bertha R. McDonald, 85, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born Oct. 1, 1926, to Ethel Cox Maxwell and Levi Maxwell. She was a member of Bethlehem M.B. Church in Falkner.
Services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethlehem M.B. Church with the Rev. H.G. Evans officiating. Burial will follow in White Oak Cemetery in Ripley. Foster & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include eight children, Edoria Wilson of Ripley, Doris Banks (Lurie) of Blue Springs, Moris McDonald (Joyce) of Tiplersville, Larry McDonald (Lois) of Ripley, Helen Miller (Calvin) of Booneville, Philip McDonald (Sharon) of Ripley, Kenneth McDonald (Olivia) of East St. Louis, Ill., and Sherry McDonald of Ripley; sisters, Mary McDonald, Dorthy Sheldon (Rikey) of Ripley, Linnie Cox of Youngstown, Ohio, Linnie V. Robinson of St. Louis, Mo., Louise Shannon of Plantersville, Loraine Coleman (John) of Jackson; brothers, Tommie Maxwell of Pontotoc and Jessie Maxwell of Canada; 28 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special caregivers, Sherry McDonald and General Johnson Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, James Gilbert McDonald.
Visitation will be noon until 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to the service Wednesday in the church.
INGOMAR – Jimmy “Jim” Frederick Riddle, 74, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Dec. 5, 1937, in New Albany to Jamie Riddle and Sarah Hayne Riddle McMillen. He established and owned Riddle Heating and Air Conditioning in New Albany. He was a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Ingomar Baptist Church with the Rev. Clyde Pound officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Myra Gaylord Riddle of Ingomar; four daughters, Tosha Riddle May (Kenneth) of Dallas, Texas, Susan Riddle Duke of Memphis, Tenn., Lisa Cruse Quenneville (Mike) of Huntsville, Ala., and Kim Cruse Wilson (Wiley) of New Albany; two sons, Jamie Riddle (Tracy) and Jim Riddle Jr. (Leslie) both of Ingomar; two sisters, Sarah Kern and Trisha Grisham (William), both of Ingomar; three brothers, Billy Riddle (Elsie) of Jackson, Butch McMillen of Ingomar and Harry McMillen (Debbie) of Ecru; and 12 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be W.C. Grisham, Skeeter Grisham, Dick Riddle, Buddy Dixon, Chandler McMillen and Jay Dowdy. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Neal Huffstatler, Luke White, John Robbins, Will Dodds, Cecil Dunaway, John Haynes, William Grisham, Ross Smith and Gordon Wade.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Ingomar Baptist Church and Wednesday from 9:30 until service time at the church.
Memorials may be made to the March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plaines, NY 10605.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
DELTON – D. “Jack“ Watkins, 79, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at his home in Oxford. He was born Sept. 11, 1932, to Andy Lee and Mary Rucker Watkins in Neshoba County. Jack was a retired captain of the Jackson Fire Department where he served for 30 years. He was an active member of Enterprise Church of Christ in Myrtle and greatly enjoyed working at the church and helping others. He loved spending time with his family and working in the yard.
Funeral services are at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Enterprise Church of Christ in Myrtle with Bro. Jay Tidwell officiating. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Lakewood Cemetery in Jackson with Bro. Stephen Evans officiating. Seven Oaks Funeral Home of Water Valley is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of twelve years, Mary King Watkins of Oxford; a daughter, Terri W. Hodges (Andy) of Owensboro, Ky.; a son, Dave Watkins (Susan) of Collierville, Tenn.; a stepson, Kerry King (Terry) of Dillon, Colo.; four grandchildren, Amanda H. Jackson (Bill) of Versailles, Ky., Bradley Hodges of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Catherine Watkins of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Andy Watkins of Collierville, Tenn.; three stepgrandsons, Ricky King (Sue) of Washington, D.C., Matt King and Charlie King of Oxford; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Billie Gray Watkins; a stepson, Buddy King; and his brothers and sisters.
Visitation will be held at 11 a.m. until service time on Wednesday at Enterprise Church of Christ in Myrtle and 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday at Baldwyn Lee Funeral Home (Robinson Road location) in Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the Enterprise Church of Christ Building Fund, 1005 CR 14 Myrtle, MS 38650.
OLIVE BRANCH – Dennis Wayne Lyle, 59, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at his home. He was born April 19, 1952, in Amory to William and Lois Lyle. He was a member of Palestine Baptist Church. He was a 1970 graduate of Shannon High School. He served full time in the Mississippi National Guard for many years and was currently employed with FedEx as a Senior Aircraft Mechanic. He enjoyed fishing and working on odd jobs. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and his dogs.
Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. William Holliday officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy Lyle of Olive Branch; two daughters, Shiloh Carr of Booneville and Randi Carter of Olive Branch; his mother, Lois Lyle of Tupelo; one sister, Cherry Kidd of Corinth; four grandchildren, Dennis Carr, Hannah Carr, Kaitlyn Carter and Andrew Carr; his best friend, William Riley of Belden; and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Dennis Lyle Carr, William Riley, Ricky Jaggers, Lane Robbins, Wade Hudson and Kevin Semmendinger.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 today at Lee Memorial Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
BALDWYN – Booker E. Starling, 97, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility. He was born March 1, 1915, in Baldwyn to Clifford and Effie Starling. He was an Army Veteran of WWII. He was a retired farmer and inspector for Supersagless. He was a member of the Ingram Baptist Church where he was a former Sunday School teacher.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Joe Herndon and Bro. David Payne officiating with burial in Ingram Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Elvis Starling (Joann) of Baldwyn and Mac Starling (Clyde) of Texas; two daughters, Jane Roberts (JD) of Ellistown and Mildred Bishop (Otho) of Baldwyn; three nephews; 13 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Velma Starling; two brothers; one sister; and a step grandson.
Pall bearers are grandsons Tommy Roberts, Jeffery Roberts, Jimmy Bishop, Johnny Bishop, David Bishop, Tim Starling and Aaron Starling.
Visitation will be 5 to 9 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Otha Foster Jr.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Otha Cavin “Sonny” Foster Jr., 81,died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. He was born on Sept. 5, 1930, in Houston to Otha Cavin and Benton Foster. He was a member of New Parkersburg Baptist Church and the American Legion. He was a Navy veteran having served his country during the Korean Conflict. He loved gospel music, fishing, Alabama Crimson Tide football, his children and his grandchildren.
Services are at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. Enoch Purvis officating. Internment will be at Wesley’s Chapel Cemetery in Houston with military honors. Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include wife, Mattie J. Foster of Blue Mountain; daughter, Debbie Camp (Tommy) of Coker, Ala.; two sons, Billy D. Foster (Patsy Smith) of New Albany and Tommy Foster (Pam) of Blue Mountain; brother, Jerry Davis Foster (Glenda) of Houston; one niece, Suzanne Foster Chilton (Alan) of Tupelo; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers are Scott Wilson, Ray Pickens, Alfred Steward, Lamar Frazier, Ray Huffman, Paul McAllister and Eric Hill. Honorary pallbearers are American Legionnaires.
Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ruth A. Heckmann, 67, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Alliance Healthcare in Holly Springs.
Memorial service to be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Fin’s Sports Bar and Grill in Red Banks.
ABERDEEN – L.C. Fisher, 88, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
TUPELO – Grace Fields died on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. – Ruby Jean Dooley, 74, of Russellville, Ala., died Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Morrison Funeral Home chapel in Cherokee, Ala. Internment will follow in Cherokee Memorial Park.
Visitation will be at 6 to 9 p.m. today at Morrison Funeral Home.
Rev. B.W. Bridges
FALKNER – The Rev. B.W. Bridges, 90, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born April 19, 1921, to Orlan Bridges and Ellen Daughdril Bridges. He retired from the ministry after 45 years. He served many churches including, Shady Grove, Pleasant Hill in Benton County, Community, Faith, Mt. Olive, and many other Baptist Churches in Central and South Mississippi and Louisiana. He was a member and deacon of Falkner Baptist Church. He was also a Veteran of the U.S. Army serving during WWII, and a member of the American Legion.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Huddleston officiating. Burial will be in Peoples Cemetery.
He is survived by two daughters, Annette Bullock (Danny) of Enterprise, and Dee Thompson (Eddie Sr.) of Hickory Flat; one son, Mike Bridges (Debbie) of Fulton; seven grandchildren, Heather Pippin of Enterprise, Mandy Bullock of Pensacola, Fla., Jonathan Bullock of Enterprise, Doug Bridges of Vernon, Ala., Dennis Bridges of Fulton, Eddie Thompson Jr. of Hickory Flat and Casey Thompson of New Albany; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lillian Hughes and Gladys Coulter, both of Prentiss; and three brothers, Nolan Bridges of Collins, Lewis Bridges of Prentiss, and David Bridges of Houston, Texas.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary Pallbearers will be Deacons of Falkner Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nyleen Taylor Bridges; and his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneral home.com.
RIPLEY – Bobby Dean Michael, 77, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at his home. He was born June 3, 1934, to Bonnard and Clytee Chapman Michael in Tippah County. He was a retired heavy equipment operator for the Mississippi State Department of Transportation. He was a member of Chapman Church of Christ.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Chapman Church of Christ with Minister Mark Lindley officiating. Internment is at Chapman Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home in Ripley is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Jaunita Ann Jeter Michael of Ripley; daughters, Brenda Witt (Arnold) of Ripley and Freida Seriao (Charles) of Clarksdale; sisters, Juan Stroupe (Guy) of Ripley and Joyce Simmons (Larry) of Ecru; brother, Larry Wood (Wilma) of Ripley; grandchildren, Jennifer Witt Grisham (Greg) of Blue Mountain, Michael Witt of Ripley, Deana McAlister of Ripley and Drake Grisham of Olive Branch; and great-grandchildren, Hunter Johnson, Olivia Massey, Bailee Grisham, Garrett and Harlee Anna Grisham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Ronnie Wood and Gary Wood.
Pallbearers are Hunter Johnson, Michael Witt, Garrett Grisham, Jeremy Stroupe, Jimmy Spires and Logan Yancey. Honorary pallbearer is Evan Yancey.
Visitation is 7 to 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home and 1 p.m. until service time at Chapman Church of Christ.
To view and sign online guest book visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Sidney Merle Duncan, 85, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be at 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Waters Funeral Home.
Bill Rencher Jr.
CORINTH – William Perry “Bill” Rencher Jr., 65, died Thursday, March 15, 2012, at his residence.
Services are at 2 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with military honors. Internment is at Shady Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Visitation is at 11 a.m. until service time today.
Visit www.magnoliafuneralhome.net to send your condolences.
PONTOTOC – Billy Rex Russell died March 19, 2012, in Pontotoc. He was a deacon and member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and “pop.” He was retired from Tag Truck Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home with Bro. Terry Faulkner, Bro. Marty Browning and Bro. Kevin Wall officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are his wife, Hazel Faye Russell; sons, Boyd Russell (friend Linda) and Billy Wayne (Gwyn); daughters, Rhona Faulkner (Terry) and Kimberly Homan (Harold); grandsons, Daniel Russell (Karen), Wesley Russell (Kayla), Colby Russell (Carol), Jonathan Faulkner, Joesph Faulkner, Dustin Homan, Micah Russell, Zachary Homan and Benjamin Russell; granddaughters, Joanna Faulkner, Christian Russell and Jessie Faulkner; great-grandchildren, Grayson Russell, Hannah Russell and Cheyenne Russell; stepgrandchildren, Angel Hicks (Josh), A.J. Mann, Michael Cooper (Shonda); stepgreat-grandchildren, Seth Hicks, Marley Hicks, Harland Hicks, Daisy Hicks, Nicholas Cooper, Joesph Cooper and Christopher Cooper; brothers, Bobby Russell (Joan) and Charles Russell (Joyce); sister, Betty Tretham; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Douglas “Doug” and Arcie Bell Russell; brothers, John H. Russell and Merial Russell; sisters, Earline Elliott and Wilma Mask.
Pallbearers are Daniel Russell, Wesley Russell, Colby Russell, Jonathan Faulkner Joesph Faulkner, Dustin Homan and Micah Russell. Honorary pallbearers are Zachary Homan, Benjamin Russell and Grayson Russell.
Visitation is at 1 p.m. until service time today.
WEST POINT – Mary Olema Hankins Poss, 92, died, Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Dugan Memorial Home in West Point. She was born Feb. 11, 1920, in Itawamba County/Fulton to Delphia L. Spencer and Melvin Curtis Hankins and was a Secretary for Bryan Foods. She was a member of Siloam Baptist Church. She married Billy Barton Poss on Nov. 15, 1947, in Aberdeen. He preceded her in death Sept. 23, 1985.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. today at Siloam Baptist Church with the Rev. Doran Henry and the Rev. Payton Myers officiating. Burial will follow in Palo Alto Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Beverly Olema Poss Lang (Rocky) of West Point, Juanita Guy (Pete) of Columbus and Laverne Maddox (Harold) of Houston, Texas; one son, William V. Poss (Barbara) of Birmingham, Ala.; 11 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; one sister, Kathryn Crump of Aberdeen; and one brother, W. Douglas Hankins of Mobile, Ala.
Pallbearers will be Chuck Portera, Steve Portera, Jeffery Mattox, Chris Lang, Matthew Poss and Lance Portera.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Doyle Sumerall (Columbus) and Theresa, Dr. G. C. Galjour, Dr. Chad Altmyer, staff at Dugan Memorial Home, co-workers at Bryan Foods, friends and neighbors.
The body will lie in repose at Siloam Baptist Church from 2 p.m. until service time.
Memorials may be made to Palo Alto Cemetery Fund, c/o Jack Elliott, 9010 HWY 47, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave online condolences at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.