By NEMS Daily Journal
PONTOTOC – Belinda Simmons, 51, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
GRENADA – Peggy Sue Hamilton Parvin, 72, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Pryor Funeral Home with the Rev. W.R. Harrelson and the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in New Providence Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Candace Caldwell of Grenada and Debra Sue Logan of Calhoun City; one son, Tom Hodge III of Bruce; seven sisters, Ruth Cole of Calhoun City, Carolyn Henson of Memphis, Jean Sanderson of Kansas City, Mo., Shelba Willis of Southaven, Gloria Gilless of Southaven, Gwen Pace of Atlanta and June Edington of Vardaman; two brothers, Billy Burt Hamilton of Vardaman and Hugh Anderson Hamilton of Grenada; and five grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Gaston Hamilton; and her mother, Ruby Leola Hardin Hamilton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Carl Dennis Barkley, 78, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
TUPELO – Juanita “Nita” Butler, 84, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at The North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Feb. 9, 1926, in Tupelo to Labe and Beda Griffin Williams. She was a Tupelo High School graduate. While a senior, the government came and gave civil service tests and she scored 99.9. They hired her sight unseen. She left five days after high school and went to Washington, D.C. to work for the Bureau of Ships with the Department of the Navy. While in Washington, she attended the Pearl Atkinson School of Modeling and Dramatics. She was very striking and would later become Mrs. Mississippi 1967 and later placed as a former top 5 Mrs. America finalist. Her platform was the Regional Rehabilitation Center. She retired from the Social Security Administration after more than 35 years of service. She was the widow of Robert Butler, who preceded her in death on July 2, 2005.
In 1954, she launched a campaign to help people with specials needs in Northeast Mississippi, inspired by her brother, Milford Williams, who has cerebral palsy. Through her efforts, the Cerebral Palsy Center opened in 1956 at Harrisburg Baptist Church. The center was later re-named Regional Rehabilitation Center when it moved to Pegram Drive. She would continue to serve on its board and promote its cause until her death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Clark Alan Butler of the home and Philip Butler (Dian); two grandaughters, Mitzie Cecil and Kari Robison (Brandon); one grandson, Joshua Butler, all of Saltillo; four great-grandchildren, Alisha, Nicholas, Ainsley and Reese; one great-great-grandchild, Trevor; two brothers, Charles Williams of Marietta and James Milford Williams of Clarksdale; three special friends she considered to be family, Martha Langley, Josephine Higginbotham and Arthur “Grasshopper” Lamar Clark.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and one sister, Sybil Hill.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Regional Rehabilitation Center, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, Miss 38801.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Lubert Orear, 85, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
ABERDEEN – Irene Dahlem Gilreath, 97, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Aug. 11, 1912, to Holbert Adolph Dahlem and Mary Allena Basinger Dahlem in Monroe County. She was a life long resident of Monroe County. She retired as a seamstress for Seminole Manufacturing and worked at Texaco Food Mart. She was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol Fulton and her husband, Jimmy of Aberdeen; three sons, John Henry Gilreath and his wife, Jo Ann of Aberdeen, Robert Gilreath and his wife, Ivy of Aberdeen and Ernie Ray Gilreath of Aberdeen; six grandchildren, Danny Fulton, Lynn Smith, Earl Gilreath, Sara Gilreath, Tina Mills and Rita Gilreath; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Henry Gilreath Sr.; one daughter, Mary Virginia Gilreath; four brothers; and three sisters.
Pallbearers will be Donald Dahlem, Ronald Dahlem, Mike Dahlem, Ronnie Gilreath, Tommy Gilreath, Jimmy Dahlem and Ken Mangum.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Memorials may be made to Lebanon Cemetery Fund.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
ETTA – Thomas Paul Moody, 61, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at his home. He was born Aug. 11, 1948, to Leroy Moody and Annie V. Tidwell Moody in Union County. He worked at Masterbuilt. He was a Vietnam Veteran, having served in the United states Army.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Mac Phillips officiating. Burial will be in the Enterprise Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his care giver, Sarah Moody of Etta; one daughter, Becky Foreman of Etta; one son, Kenneth Wayne Moody (Gerri) of Ingomar, one sister, Diane Hale of Mo.; two brothers, Clyde Moody (Glenda) of Nettleton and Johnny Moody of Nettleton; and eight grandchildren, Kevin Moody, Ken Moody, Jaden Moody, Sarah Pickingstone, Richard Frazier, Ashley Moody, Kayla Foreman and Austin Foreman.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Moody, Michael Moody, George Oliver, Nathan Sizemore, Tommy Moody and John David Moody .
Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.
In honor of his service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Army Flag during his visitation and his funeral service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
VINA, Ala. – Barbara Gail White, 59, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 today at Red Bay Holy Church of Christ and continue until service time on Tuesday.
IUKA – Clarence Ray “Junior” Heavener Jr., 44, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. He was a member of Rocky Springs United Methodist Church. He loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends. He was a roofer with Heavener’s Roofing Company.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Bro. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his fiancé, Theresa Dole of Iuka; his mother, Chestein Hester Lambert of Iuka; one daughter, Cirena Heavener of Iuka; four stepchildren, Alex and Porsha Dunn and Lili and Angle Dole, all of Iuka; three brothers, Anthony Heavener (Donna) of Iuka, Lance Heavener (Cathey) of Iuka and John Heavener (Stephanie) of Memphis; one sister, Clara Nowak (Mike) of Algonac, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Benjamin Rudy, Jerry Newcomb, Steven Horne, Barry Bennett, Tim Dotson and Danny Powers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Rick Nowak, Mike Nowak, Douglass Heavener, Parker Heavener, Jason Heavener and Lance Heavener Jr.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Ray Heavener Sr.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Kenneth Anthony Todd, 44, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Union County. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
MADISON – Helen Abston Breckenridge, 93, died Friday, March 19, 2010, in Jackson. She was born in Hickory Flat on June 8, 1916. She graduated from High School in Hickory Flat and earned her teaching degree from the Mississippi University for Women. She retired from the West Point Public School District as a social studies teacher. She was a member of the Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 11a.m. Wednesday at Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church in Cedar Bluff with the Rev. Inge Halbert and the Rev. David Schultz officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Preston. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her two sons, Russell A. Breckenridge of Madison and James W. Breckenridge of Beaumont, Texas; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church, 2445 Hwy 47 West Point, MS 39773.
SMITHVILLE – Dorothy Irvin, 67, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
FULTON – Laurin Zbinden White, 46, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 3, 1963, in Pomona, Calif. to Gordon and Linda Zbinden. She was disabled. She loved her Grandson.
There will be a private family service with Bro. Butch Gaddy officiating. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Caleb Ozbirn and his girlfriend, Jessica; one daughter, Candace Peoples (Dallas) of Fulton; her mother, Linda Zbinden of Fulton; one grandson, Trent Peoples of Fulton; one brother, Gordon David Zbinden (Libby) of California; one sister, Michelle Radcliff of Fulton; one niece, Sarah Radcliff; a very special cousin, Randy (Jenny) Zbinden; and a host of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon D. Zbinden.
RIENZI – Willard “Wid” Nash, 87, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born on Monday, May 1, 1922, in Alcorn County to Erie and Letha Vanderford Nash. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. After returning home, he was a supervisor for Garan for 25 years He loved working in his garden, fishing, spending time with his family and attending church at Rienzi Baptist Church where he was a member
Services will be Tuesday at Rienzi Baptist Church with Bro. Titus Tyre, Bro. Charlie Cooper and Bro. Charles Stephenson officiating. Burial will be in the Kemps Chapel Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Susie Bullard Nash; three sons, Gerold Nash and his wife, Pauline, Randal Nash and his wife, Cathy, Gary Nash and his wife, Sue; one daughter, Carolyn Nash; three sisters, Gladys Lambert, Eveline Palmer and Lavern Dowd; 17 Grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Leon and Dewayne Nash; two brothers, Roscoe and Millard Nash; and one sister, Avis Burcham.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rienzi Baptist Church Building Fund.
To sign the online guest book, visit www.memorialcorinth.com.
MEMPHIS – Dorothy Parish Reid, 91, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the Extended Care Nursing Home in Pontotoc.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Memphis. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Park Funeral Home in Memphis.
OXFORD – Marguerite Still, 91, died Friday, March 19, 2010, at Lakeland Nursing Home in Jackson. She was the daughter of Lucius and Mary Frank Waller of Oxford. Reet, as she was affectionately known by all of her family and friends, loved to take care of her family by cooking, sewing and canning food from her garden. She loved to sing and play the organ with her grandchildren. She accepted Christ at an early age and she was a faithful member of Central Academy until her health declined.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Clear Creek Baptist Church with Minister Paul Meacham, the Rev. Charles Lipe and the Rev. Hal Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include, her daughter-in-law, Linda Allen Young of Jackson; two grandchildren, Beth Young Hosey (Jason) of Madison and John Kenneth Young (Mary) of Maumelle, Ariz.; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to Central Academy Church of Christ, 653 Central Academy Road, Batesville, MS 38606, Clear Creek Baptist Church, 50 CR 313, Oxford, MS 38655, or Mt. Olivet Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Deborah Johnson, 1368 B Shady Grove Road, Batesville, MS 38606.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Janie Outlaw Franklin, 91, died Saturday, March, 20, 2010, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after a brief illness. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Baldwyn.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Wayne Napier officiating.
Survivors include her daughter, Harriet Outlaw of Baldwyn; her sister, Lucille Heitzenrader of California; her grandson, Lee Outlaw of Baldwyn; her granddaughters, Susan Winstead and her husband, Darryl of Baldwyn and Mary Catherine Miller and her husband, Greg of Nolensville, Tenn.; and her great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Zachary and Nathan Winstead of Baldwyn and Sarah Cathryn and William Miller of Nolensville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Gordon Franklin; two brothers, Richard Outlaw and Sam Outlaw; three sisters, Sara Lee White, Margie Tilley and Nell Outlaw; one son-in-law, Lanny Outlaw; and one great-granddaughter, Victoria Lynn Miller.
The family wishes memorials be made to the Outlaw Service Scholarship Fund or the Food Bank, both in care of the First United Methodist Church in Baldwyn.
AMORY – Derrick Wayne Kitchens, 32, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, in Wedowee, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
NEW SITE – Jacqueline Hawkins, 55, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at her home after an extended illness. She was a Member of the Midway Freewill Baptist Church and a homemaker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the Midway Freewill Baptist Church with Bro. Danny Short officating. Burial will be in the Midway Freewill Church Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Linard Hawkins of New Site; one son, Danny Walters (Tabitha) of Pontotoc; six stepchildren, Rex Hawkins of New Site, Allen Hawkins of Marietta, Ronald Hawkins of Alabama, Brenda Merritt of Chattanooga, Patricia Thomas of Kansas and Tina Bearden (Dean) of Booneville; four grandchidlren, Courtney, Austin, Jaydin and Kaden; and 20 step grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Peggy Grisha; one son, Jeffery Walters; one daughter, Crystal Walters; and one stepson, Edward Hawkins.
Pallbearers will be members of the church.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until service time today at the church.
RIPLEY – Bobbie R. Huddleston, 69, died Sunday March 21, 2010, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Ruby Guy Michael, 92, died Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at Presbyterian Hospital in Rockwall, Texas. She had been living with her granddaughter’s family, Tara Carrell and husband, John since her husband’s death in 2003. She was born Jan. 2, 1918, in Prentiss County. A homemaker and a machine operator at Blue Bell Mfg., she also baked cakes for the public. She was a member of Carolina United Methodist Church where she taught the adult Sunday School class for several years. She truly loved her church and her church family. She enjoyed flowers, arts and crafts.
Services will be at 11a.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dwain Whitehurst officiating. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Jo Nunnally (James) of Ripley, Janie Raleigh of Stevensville, Md. and Cheryl Shelton (Maylon) of Booneville; a sister, Bervil Hopkins of Memphis; eight grandchildren, Miles Nunnally, Brad Rhodes, DeAnna Eskew, Tara Carrell, Tracie Kimberlain, Scott Davis and Ted Pass; and many great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.D. “Tootsie” Michael in 2003; two daughters, Ann Michael and June Stevens; a granddaughter, Lisa Reynolds; six sisters; and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Maylon Shelton, Miles Nunnally, Ted Pass, Scott Davis, Junior Cox and James Nunnally.
Memorials may be made to Carolina United Methodist Church, 2001 Ninth St., Booneville, MS 38829.
PLANTERSVILLE – Eddie Shumpert died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Home.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Louise Inghram Nanney, 63, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Jackson Hospital in Montgomery after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.
OKOLONA – Ellen Ruth Lay Criddle, 65, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at her home in Okolona after an eight month illness. Arrangements are pending and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Okolona.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel and from noon until service time Tuesday at the church.