Obituaries March 22, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sidney Whitlock
OKOLONA – Mr. Sidney Hugh Whitlock, 75, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loved ones after an extended illness. He was born in Nettleton on May 17, 1936, to the union of Mr. Tom Whitlock and Mrs. Jewel Allen Whitlock. Sidney married his sweetheart, Brenda Lambert, on Sept. 1, 1966, and they made north Mississippi their permanent home, where they worked, raised their family and attended church.
Mr. Whitlock was a hard-working man. In the early 1960s, he started S&W Furniture and Fortune Furniture in 1968, where he worked until the early 1990s, when he opened Okolona Truck Leasing, which he owned and operated until his death. He served on the Bank of Okolona Board of Trustees for 40 years, and was instrumental in helping to bring the 1st Citizen National Bank to Okolona. Sidney was selected as one of America’s Most Outstanding Businessmen in the early 1980s. He very much enjoyed his tractor and working the land. He was a patriotic man, serving his country in the Mississippi Army National Guard for eight years as sergeant.
Mr. Whitlock was deacon of Zion Assembly Church of God, where he was a member for 40 years. He was a pillar to his church and his family. He was dedicated to God, his country, his community and his family.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Brenda’s Concert Hall in Okolona with Bro. Wade Phillips, Bro. Jimmy Bryan, Bro. Wayne Thorn, Bro. Joel Brooks and Bro. Claxton Cook officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to service, all at Brenda’s Concert Hall. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
His beloved survivors include his wife of 45 years, Brenda Lambert Whitlock of Okolona; three sons, Gary Hugh Whitlock of Harrison, Ark., Terry Lee Whitlock (Monica) of Okolona and Wade Whitlock of Okolona; one brother, Billy Whitlock (Jean) of Okolona; four sisters, Francis Russell of Okolona, Carolyn Pigg (Harlan) of Okolona, Linda Senter (Ferrell) of Fulton and Ann Bryan (Jimmy) of Okolona; five grandchildren, D.J. Whitlock, Sydney Whitlock, Austin Whitlock, Tiffany Bean and Toby Whitlock; three great-grandchildren, Jared Bean, Sydney Bean and Reid Whitlock; special niece and secretary for 21 years Jennifer Hester (Dusty) of Okolona; and a beloved great-niece, Shelby Hester of Okolona, who affectionately called him “Pawdy”; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Jewel Allen Whitlock; his brother, Bobby Whitlock; a sister, Tommie Nell Free; and two grandchildren, Emily and Erin Whitlock.
Pallbearers will be Joe Kilgo, Donnie Sullivan, Dusty Hester, Tommy Cook, Toby Whitlock, Austin Whitlock, Greg Lambert and John Andrew Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be Bank of Okolona Board members, Rabbitt Kennedy, Gary Moore, Doyle Belcher and Houston Minniece.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Lee Thomas
BLUE SPRINGS – Quitman Lee Thomas, 63, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at his residence. He was born Sept. 13, 1948, in Union County to Quitman R. and Lois Duncan Thomas. He was an air traffic specialist for the Federal Aviation Administration in Greenwood. He was a U.S. Army veteran, achieving the rank of sergeant. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. An avid Atlanta Braves fan, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at United Funeral Service in New Albany with Bro. Keith Cobb and Bro. Steve Parrish officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Gaines Thomas; four sons, Richie Bryant (Pam) of Blue Springs, Randy Thomas (Jen) of Abbeville, Robert Thomas (Erica) of Nacogdoches, Texas, and Jason Lee Thomas (Kelly) of Ecru; three sisters, Ima Jean Thomas of Myrtle, Peggy Mathis (Jack) of New Albany and Edith Dees of Myrtle; three brothers, Carol Thomas of Union City, Tenn., Travis Thomas of Myrtle and John Milton Thomas of Newburn, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, Wyatt, Wesly, Wendy, Ethan and Jaylynn Thomas, and Audrey, Hunter and Chandler Bryant, and James Cobb Thomas.
He was preceded in death by his parent and four brothers, Bill Thomas and H.R. Thomas, and two infant brothers.
Pallbearers will be Barry Mathis, Will Dees, Robin Whitten, Scott Gregory, Hugh Thomas and Steve Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Turner and the American Legion Post 72.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Thomas’ service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the U.S. Army flag during his visitation and service.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Jim Talley
PRAIRIE – James E. “Jim” Talley, 75, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.Jeffery Bonds
WALNUT – Jeffery Dale “Jeff” Bonds, 48, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, as the result of an automobile accident on Hwy. 45 near Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will follow in Campground Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Campground Cemetery Fund, c/o Barney Hudson, 1609 N. Pearl St., Iuka, MS 38852 or by calling (662) 423-6715.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Amber Brown
PONTOTOC – Amber Brown, 15, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday.Juanice Moorhead
BRUCE – Juanice Smith Moorhead, 82, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada. She was born Nov. 17, 1929, in Lafayette County. She was a homemaker and a member of Yalobusha Primitive Baptist Church. She married Edward E. Moorhead Sr. on July 15, 1948, in Lafayette County. He preceded her in death after 58 years of marriage.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Elder James Hall and Elder Grady Camp officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Sherry M. (Jerry) Beckett and Pam M. Young, all of Bruce; one son, Ed (LaQuita) Moorhead Jr. of Bruce; three brothers, Robert Smith of Oxford, Ray Smith of Blythwood, S.C., and Henry Smith of Oxford; five grandchildren, Phil Beckett, Brandon (Amanda) Beckett, Jennifer (Dean) Hellums Bennett, Chad Carpenter and Summer Sulta.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.

Tommy Floyd
GUNTOWN – Tommy Floyd, 80, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was an automotive repairman. He worked for Henderson Chevrolet, Bennett Chevrolet and John Houston auto repair in Baldwyn, and the Carlocks Automotive Group in Arkansas. He was a member of the Assembly of God.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Merle Floyd and Bro. Roy Loftin officiating. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by three sons, Steve Floyd (Tracy) of Guntown, Mark Floyd (Andrea) of Tupelo and Scott Floyd (Loretta) of Savannah, Tenn.; four sisters, Clara Baswell, Dora Lee Thrasher, Ann Bond and Sue Lewis, all of Guntown; two brothers, Junior Floyd of New Albany and Virt Pettigo of Guntown; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Jones Floyd; parents, Willie L. and Lucille West Floyd; son, Chris Floyd; brother, Henry “Slick” Floyd; and sister, Hattie Thrasher.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Hutcheson, Doug Farley, Mackey Floyd, Timmy Floyd, Charlie Thrasher, Roy Baswell, J.J. Jones, Bobby Baswell and David Thrasher.

Pauline Bundesen
CORINTH – Pauline Fay Bundesen, 73, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Scott Wade
CALHOUN CITY – Charles Anthony Scott “Big Wade” Wade, 30, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 5, 1981, in Houston, Texas. He was a 2000 graduate of Calhoun City High School, and he attended Holmes Community College. He was a truck driver for Townes Trucking in Coffeeville and a member of New Providence Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Mike Ramage officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in Derma. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Ronald James and Cynthia Wade Ostrander of Derma; a daughter, Addison Rose Wade of Mississippi; his grandparents, Lee Wade of Derma of Mississippi and Diane Ostrander of New Orleans, La.; his girlfriend, Tina Manteufel of Mississippi; his aunts, Kim Gilmore of Houston, Texas, and Kim Urban of San Diego, Texas; and an uncle, Charles Wayne Wade II of Calhoun City.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Charles W. Wade Sr. and Ronald Alexander Ostrander.
Pallbearers will be Jess Moore, Justin Moore, Eric Bonner, Brad Walls, Bernard “LaLa” Armstrong, Paul Black, Kendall Chrestman, Josh “Flop” Ferguson, Jon Gilmore, Jerry Good, Michelle Hitt, Brad Hood, Joe Kincade, Cory Phillips, Ricky Ulland and Chuck Wade.
Honorary pallbearers will be the 1999-2000 football team and Calhoun City High School Band.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.Linda Davidson
BALDWYN – Linda Holcomb Davidson, 64, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Meridian Specialty Hospital. She attended Grace Baptist Church in Guntown. She was a retired employee of Rosato clothing factory, where she was a sewing supervisor. She also worked for the Tupelo Country Club. She loved reading her Bible, working in her flower beds and spending time with her family.
Services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Kesler Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Neal Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the New Zion Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include, three daughters, Jennifer Korthuis (Kim) and Robbie Robinson (Terry), both of Saltillo, and Dawn Martin (Scott) of Houston; three sisters, Norma Kyle (Kent), Charlotte Snow and Connie Holcomb (Gary Gray); two brothers, Vernon Holcomb (Gisela) and David Holcomb (Lorna); seven grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arnold and Stella Holcomb; one brother, Charles Jackson; and one sister, Paula Brandon.
Pallbearers will be Christopher, Adam and Greg Spruill, Ricky Sheffield III and Arnold W. Holcomb.
Honorary pallbearer will be Braxton Kesler.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.

Ruth Tollison
BOONEVILLE – Mary Ruth Tollison, 91, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born Dec. 18, 1920, to William Moses Murphy I and Rosie Lee Morris Murphy. She was a member of East Booneville Baptist Church. She worked as a sales person at The Villager. She enjoyed spending time with her family.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Ben Parman officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Brenda Rone and Linda Hankins, both of Booneville; four grandchildren, Memory (Mark) Nowell, Joe (Denise) Rone, Luke (Rachael) Hankins and Joseph (Melissa) Hankins; nine great-grandchildren, Kiri (Chris) Parson, Mollie (Robert) Cornelius, Hailey Nowell, Josh (Britny) Rone, Justin Rone, Jennifer (Corey) Crippen, Brooke Reeves, Carrington Reeves and Gwendy Hankins; and two great-great-grandchildren, Ross Parson and Karleigh Rone.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Spud Tollison, in 1993; her parents; two brothers, Paul Murphy and W.M. Murphy II; two half brothers, Irvin Strange and Earl Strange; and a son-in-law, Hank Hankins.
Visitation will be from noon until 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the East Booneville Baptist Church Building Fund, 602 E. Church St., Booneville, MS 38829.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Roderick Pitts
MEMPHIS – Roderick Tennell Pitts, 37, formerly of Waterford, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at Kindred Chicago Central Hospital in Chicago.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Spring Hill M.B. Church in Waterford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose from noon to 12:55 p.m. Friday at the church.

Annie Pratt
NEW ALBANY – Annie B. Mosley Pratt, 82, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at her home. She was born Oct. 13, 1929, in New Albany to Joe E. Mosley (President Gray) and Ella Ford Mosley. She married John Pratt. They had five children.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Dam M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four children, Sarah Ruth Graham, Sarah Catherine Bails, Hugh Wesley Pratt and Larry (Teresa) Pratt, all of New Albany; eight siblings, Joe Edward (Shirley) Mosley of Peoria, Ralph Mosley, Sam (Margaret) Mosley and Onzie (Mae) Gray, all of New Albany, Charles (Carol) Gray of Myrtle, Willie Ed Gray of Jackson, Mary Ann Pullium of Racine and Rogers (Rose) Gray of Gulfport; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, Johnny Pratt; and a grandson, Clemmie Graham.
Visitation will be from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Peggy Wages
CORINTH – Peggy Gray Wages, 59, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Corinth as a result of an automobile accident. She was a member of East Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and a retired nurses aide. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, lying out tanning, cookouts and just having fun.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Rex Bullock and Bro. Bub Anglin officiating. Burial will be in the East Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Charylee Danielle Gray Swindle (Jessie) of Corinth; her mother, Margaret Gray of Baldwyn; two sisters, Betty Leathers (Dane) of Baldwyn and Diane Sanders (Boone) of Saltillo; two brothers, Billy Gray (Edna) and Danny Gray (Bobbie), both of Baldwyn; a godson, Sammy Wayne Miller of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Gray; and her husband, Dennis Wages.
Pallbearers will be Michael and Jamie Gray, Gary, Cary, Todd and Jonathan Leathers, Buddy Edge and Mickey Devaughn.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today.

Ruby Bridges
BALDWYN – Ruby Evelyn Bridges, 90, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility after an extended illness. She was a homemaker and a member of Hill’s Chapel Baptist Church. She enjoyed going to church and reading her Bible.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Jimmy Newby and Bro. Ray Guin officiating. Burial will be in Hill’s Chapel Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Shirley Ray (Robert) of Baldwyn; two sons, Thomas Bridges (Jackie) and Larry Bridges, all of Baldwyn; six grandchildren, Chris Bridges, Brandy Dobbs (Michael), Melanie Bruce (James), Jason Bridges (Amanda) and Courtney Mills (BJ); seven great-grandchildren, Cory Mills, Zac Mills, Riley Bridges, Hunter Dobbs, James Bruce (Hailey), Savannah Bruce and Troy Bruce.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bud and Maude Mabry; her husband, James E. Bridges; brothers, Archie Mabry, Buddy Mabry and Carl Mabry; sisters, Annie White, Edith Bean, Emma Mae Herring and Myrtle Griffin.
Pallbearers will be Chris Bridges, Jason Bridges, Josh Bridges, BJ Mills, James Bruce and Michael Dobbs.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Carroll Shields
BECKER – Carroll Shields, 78, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at his residence. Born Oct. 28, 1933, in Amory, he was a son of the late Jim and Maude Meek Shields. He was a graduate of Becker High School, Class of 1952. On Sept. 13, 1952, he married Eloise Pace. He honorably served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard. After working for 20 years as a salesman with Amory Wholesale Grocery, he opened and operated Shields Grocery for 26 years. He loved going to the Farmers Market in Tupelo to sell tomatoes and okra and especially looked forward to visiting with everyone at the market. He attended Becker Baptist Church. A wonderful husband, father and grandfather, he loved spending time with his family and enjoyed cooking Sunday lunch every week for 34 years for all his family. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, cooking, yardwork, picking and shelling peas, and showing off his stringer of crappie.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Randy Spencer and Bro. Robert Moore officiating. Burial with military honors will follow in Greenbriar Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Eloise P. Shields of Becker; sons, Keith Shields (Debbie) and Jeff Shields (Margaret) of Becker; grandchildren, Kaleena Richardson (Antwann), Dustin Shields (Mary), Lesley Shields, Holli Helton (Joey) and Jared Shields; great-grandsons, Easton Shields, Jace Richardson and Mason Helton; and nephew, Jimmy Sanders.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Barnett.
Pallbearers will be Billy Kirkpatrick, Carl Brangenburg, Dillard Pruitt, Jerry Weathers, Lyle Harris, Jimmy Sanders and Lee Boozer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Greg Deaton
BELMONT – Greg Deaton, 53, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Red Bay Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.Beulah Neal
AMORY – Beulah Gray Noe Neal, 83, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at her residence. Born Nov. 22, 1928, in Detroit, Ala., she was a daughter of the late John and Johnnie Young Noe. Attending school at Smithville and Hatley, she played basketball and graduated from Hatley High School. She was a seamstress at Amory Garment and Blue Bell until opening and operating The Drapery Shop with her mother-in-law. Always seeing the best in others, she was a member of Hatley Primitive Baptist Church. A lady with a big heart who was very genuine and sincere, her life revolved around her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed word search puzzles, cross-stitching, gardening and gospel music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 4 p.m. Friday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Elder Tim Cunningham and Bro. Danny Burks officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Poore Tubb of Amory; sisters, Estelle Vaughn and Inez Sullivan of Amory; brother, Jack Noe (Louise) of Starkville; grandchildren, John Hathcote (Heather) of Smithville, Jamie Houston (Chad) and Mary Bishop (Chad), all of Amory; great-grandchildren, Eli, Will and Lillie Hathcote, Andrew and Brady Houston, and Jolie and Graham Bishop; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Baxter Neal; sisters, Bernice Bryan, Clorine Phillips, Laverne Noe, Eunice Chism and Vertie Plaxico; and brothers, Buck, Hurston, and Eston Noe.
Pallbearers will be Chad Houston, Chad Bishop, Louis Hathcote, Todd McCollum, Dwight Vaughn, Steve Sullivan and Scott Noe.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 E. 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Jessie James Jr.
ABERDEEN – Jessie “Spoke” James Jr., 59, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Cindy Drummond
TREMONT – Cindy A. Drummond, 47, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a brief illness. She was born July 21, 1964, in Lee County to Marlin Frederick and Callie Ruth Goggans Carter. She lived much of her life in Pontocola. She graduated from Shannon High School, and later moved to Itawamba County. She was employed as a dental hygienist until becoming disabled. She enjoyed NASCAR, working in her yard, Ole Miss football, and spending time with her family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Tommy Kelly officiating. Private burial will be in Palmetto Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Matt Drummond of Tremont, whom she married on March 6, 2009; her son, Drew Bruff (fiancée, Leandra)of Mantachie; her mother, Callie Ruth Carter (Thomas) of Pontocola; her daughter, Lindsay Drummond of Pontotoc; two sisters, Ava McMullen and Tonya Scott (Jeff), all of Pontocola; two sisters-in-law, Becky Young and Barbara Bratton; four nieces, Ashley Williams (Richard), Kayla Stidham, Callie Scott and Cari Scott; one nephew, John Marlin Scott; two great-nephews, Colby Stidham and J.R. Williams; and one great niece, Nealy Williams.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Pallbearers will be Ken McVay, Richard Williams, Bill Hampton, Donnie Homan, Rob Whitten and David Newcomb. Honorary pallbearer will be Gary McVay.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

L.C. Fisher
ABERDEEN – L.C. Fisher, 88, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in the New Hebron Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
To sign the online guestbook and leave condolences, visit www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.Sidney Whitlock
OKOLONA – Mr. Sidney Hugh Whitlock, 75, died Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at his home surrounded by his loved ones after an extended illness. He was born in Nettleton on May 17, 1936, to the union of Mr. Tom Whitlock and Mrs. Jewel Allen Whitlock. Sidney married his sweetheart, Brenda Lambert, on Sept. 1, 1966, and they made north Mississippi their permanent home, where they worked, raised their family and attended church.
Mr. Whitlock was a hard-working man. In the early 1960s, he started S&W Furniture and Fortune Furniture in 1968, where he worked until the early 1990s, when he opened Okolona Truck Leasing, which he owned and operated until his death. He served on the Bank of Okolona Board of Trustees for 40 years, and was instrumental in helping to bring the 1st Citizen National Bank to Okolona. Sidney was selected as one of America’s Most Outstanding Businessmen in the early 1980s. He very much enjoyed his tractor and working the land. He was a patriotic man, serving his country in the Mississippi Army National Guard for eight years as sergeant.
Mr. Whitlock was deacon of Zion Assembly Church of God, where he was a member for 40 years. He was a pillar to his church and his family. He was dedicated to God, his country, his community and his family.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Brenda’s Concert Hall in Okolona with Bro. Wade Phillips, Bro. Jimmy Bryan, Bro. Wayne Thorn, Bro. Joel Brooks and Bro. Claxton Cook officiating. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to service, all at Brenda’s Concert Hall. Burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
His beloved survivors include his wife of 45 years, Brenda Lambert Whitlock of Okolona; three sons, Gary Hugh Whitlock of Harrison, Ark., Terry Lee Whitlock (Monica) of Okolona and Wade Whitlock of Okolona; one brother, Billy Whitlock (Jean) of Okolona; four sisters, Francis Russell of Okolona, Carolyn Pigg (Harlan) of Okolona, Linda Senter (Ferrell) of Fulton and Ann Bryan (Jimmy) of Okolona; five grandchildren, D.J. Whitlock, Sydney Whitlock, Austin Whitlock, Tiffany Bean and Toby Whitlock; three great-grandchildren, Jared Bean, Sydney Bean and Reid Whitlock; special niece and secretary for 21 years Jennifer Hester (Dusty) of Okolona; and a beloved great-niece, Shelby Hester of Okolona, who affectionately called him “Pawdy”; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Jewel Allen Whitlock; his brother, Bobby Whitlock; a sister, Tommie Nell Free; and two grandchildren, Emily and Erin Whitlock.
Pallbearers will be Joe Kilgo, Donnie Sullivan, Dusty Hester, Tommy Cook, Toby Whitlock, Austin Whitlock, Greg Lambert and John Andrew Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be Bank of Okolona Board members, Rabbitt Kennedy, Gary Moore, Doyle Belcher and Houston Minniece.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.