By NEMS Daily Journal
SMITHVILLE – Dorothy Leona “Mama Dot” Irvin Stegall, 67, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Born March 7, 1943, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., her parents were Frances Schrader and Weston Schrader. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic grade school and Loretto Catholic High School. In 1950 she moved with her parents to Zion, Ill., where she met Mr. Carlton Irvin; they were married July 17, 1963, and were married 40 years. They moved South in 1964 where she opened a child care center in her home. Dot knows they were God’s little angels (precious memories). She was a member of St. Helen’s Catholic Church. Our family circle will never be broken. We’ll meet again.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. today, March 23, 2010, at the St. Helen’s Catholic Church with Fr. Vincent Burns, Fr. Tom Lalor and Sr. Florita Rodman officiating. Burial will be in the Young Memorial Gardens in Smithville. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Hilt Stegall of Smithville, whom she married in 2006; two daughters, Leigh Duncan (Allen) of Smithville and Kimberly Brown Bowling (Dee) of Tupelo; stepdaughters, Janice Gentry (Johnny) and Patty Stegall; two brothers, Chester Haws (Mary) of Kenosha, Wis., and Weston “Andy” Schrader (Marian) of Waukegan, Ill.; one sister, Lilly Mae Bergeron of Zion, Ill.; six grandchildren, Emily Duncan, Katie Duncan, Matthew Duncan, Drew Brown, Eli Brown and Ryan Brown; two stepgrandchildren, Amy Franks and Whitney Waters (Travis); and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Megan Franks and Derreck Franks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlton L. Irvin; mother, Frances Schrader; stepfather, Weston Schrader; father, Stewart Rapson; two brothers, Sonny Haws and Robert Rapson; and two sisters, Patty Rosenberger and Peggy Young.
Pallbearers will be Woodie Coker, James Irvin, Dudley Pierce, Russ Bowling, Pat Patterson, Dan Chism, Teddy Faulkner and Derreck Franks. Honorary pallbearers will be Ed Suggs, Lionell Stegall and Jamie Coker.
Visitation will continue until 1 p.m. today at the funeral home in Amory.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
NEW ALBANY – Hilda Janet Bailey Andrews, 92, died Monday, March 21, 2010, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Aug. 14, 1917, in Union County to John Hubert and Lillian Loyce Stewart Bailey. She was a homemaker and a member of Northside Baptist Church. She was the widow of Charlie K. Andrews.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at United Funeral Service. Burial will be in Martin Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Kingley Andrews of New Albany; two grandsons, Steven Andrews and David Andrews, both of York, Pa.; and two great-grandchildren, Melissa Gilliss of Towson, Md., and Matthew Andrews of York, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband; a sister, Martha Jernigan; and a brother, William Bailey.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons and great-nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
Tommy L. Thompson Jr.
NEWTON – Tommy L. Thompson Jr., 86, died Friday, March 19, 2010. He was a native of Vidalia, Ga., and a longtime resident of Newton. He served as an Army Air Force B29 navigator in the Pacific Theater in World War II. After graduating from the University of Georgia, he worked for Kraft Foods. He lived in Newton from 1949-1953, moving to Newton permanently in 1961 to become partner in McClendon Cheese Co., Ford’s Ice Cream and Newton Feeder Service. He was an avid gardener and enthusiastically involved with the Newton United Methodist Church, the Boy Scouts of America, Lion’s Club and Habitat for Humanity. In 2006, he was named Newton Record Citizen of The Year.
Family visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Newton United Methodist Church, followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Madeline Lanier Thompson; sons, Tommy (Penny) and Lanier (Jarie); his grandchildren, Gracie Menetre (Bailey) and Laura, Jesse, Ruddy and Jack Thompson; his great-grandson, George Menetre; a brother, Ed Thompson of Menlo, Ga.; and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newton United Methodist Church.
BRUCE – Lillian Campbell McGreger, 89, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the Bruce Community Living Center. She was born Dec. 6, 1920, in Calhoun County. She was a seamstress, retired from The Cavalier Shoppe. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bruce.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. James Taylor and Bro. Cloves Logan officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Judith Carol Allred of Houston and Joy Lynn Parsons of Covington, Tenn.; one son, Bobby Dale McGreger (Sarah) of Pittsboro; one sister, Ellie Young of Bruce; seven grandchildren, Roger Swanson, James Michael Swanson, Teresa Smith, Denise Hall, Jeff McGreger, Leslie Faulkner and Ricky Parsons; 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hulitt Dale McGreger; her parents, Henry Author Campbell and Lona Bell Costin Campbell; and three brothers, Arlis Campbell, Odis Campbell and Jimmy Campbell.
Pallbearers will be Andy Ball, Jeff McGreger, Kevin Hall, Tyler Hall, Roger Swanson and Dewayne Young.
Ricky Parsons will be an honorary pallbearer.
CALHOUN CITY – Charles Harvey, 59, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the University Medical Center in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.
LAMAR – Walter Evans, 62, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Alliance Health Care in Holly Springs. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
ABERDEEN – Delorse Funderburk, 49, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
TUPELO – Mary Evelyn Williams, 92, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Gregory Green House at United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
WEST POINT – Tony Dichiara, 88, died Sunday March 21, 2010, at his residence in West Point. He was born Dec. 3, 1921, in Clay County Nettie Dichiara and Charlie Dichiara.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Robert Dore officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Robinson Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his sons, Charles Anthony Dichiara (Lynda) and Leonard Gregory Dichiara (Debbie); a brother, Frank Dichiara; a sister, Sara Dichiara, all of West Point; three grandchildren, David Dichiara (Robin), Gena Marie Dichiara and Shannie Thompson (Kevin); three great-grandchildren, Hope Dichiara, Gabby Thompson and Sam Thompson.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vatina Marie Dichiara, in 1985; a daughter, Anna Marie Dichiara; and a brother, Sam Dichiara.
Pallbearers will be Jim Chandler, Keven Thompson, David Dichiara, Paul Caskey, Richard Helm and Leonard Lamia. Honorary pallbearers will be John Caskey, Billy Caskey, Jim Lamia, Anthony Lamia, Leonard Frank Lamia, Phillip Dimino, Bucky Kellogg, Dr. John Cox, Larry Fretz Sr., Sal Cangelosi and American Can Co. workers.
A Rosary service will be at 5 p.m. today at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, with visitation from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 617 E. Main, West Point, MS 39773.
FULTON – Lubert Orear, 85, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was born Feb. 17, 1925, in Itawamba County to Carl and Hattie Wouldridge Orear. He was an auto mechanic and an avid outdoorsman. He attended Northside Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Keith Thomas, Bro. Jerry Nichols and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Sandy Springs Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Elouise Cockrell Orear of Fulton; one son, Ricky Orear (Phyllis) of Fulton; one stepson, Johnny Paul Rogers (Rachel) of Fulton; his grandchildren, Tabatha, Brianna (Nick), Shea, Tiffany and Jo Anna; his great-grandchildren, Kain, Maddie and Trevor; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dean Morris Orear; a son, Jerry Wayne Orear; his parents; and two sisters, Lavada Spencer and Juanita Timms.
Pallbearers will be Tony Timms, Gary Sullivan, Ronnie Cook, James Cox, Terry Collier and Jeff Sparks.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
RIPLEY – Carl Dennis Barkley, 78, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at his home. He was the owner and operator of Carl’s Dry Cleaners and a member of New Hope United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Bill Baker will officiate, and Bro. Ronnie Goodwin will assist. Gary Dunnam will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Gardens in Ripley.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine Meadows Barkley of Ripley; two daughters, Benecia Barkley Spellins (Jess) of Ripley and Ashley Barkley Martin (Joe) of Corinth; four sisters, Dot Booth (Homer) of Scottsboro, Ala., Maxine Smith (Joe) of Blue Mountain, Ahh Shearon of Douglasville, Ga., and Jane Tisdale (Billy) of Blue Mountain; two brothers, James Barkley (Dorothy) of Blue Mountain and Max Barkley (Helen) of Ripley; eight grandchildren, Chelsea, Price, Grace, Landon, Kaleigh, Samantha, Aaron and Avery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Clyde Lee Barkley, and one brother, Charles Barkley.
Pallbearers will be Johnny Thrasher, Haston Cross, Greg Barkley, Steve Tisdale, Gary Dunnam, Don Booth, Mike Shearon and Mark Shearon.
Honorary pallbearers will be his classmates of the Palmer School Class of 1950.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Danny Fooshee, 54, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
ELLISTOWN – Billy Clayton, 80, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Louise Inghram Nanney, 63, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the Jackson Hospital in Montgomery, Ala., after an extended illness. She graduated from Rebel Cosmetology School in Oxford. She was a clerk at the Maxwell Air Force Base and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn with Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Kirkville Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jimmy Nanney of Montgomery, Ala.; one daughter, Marianthi Peristeri and her husband, George Chatzimathios; one brother, Jimmy Ingram of Marietta; a half brother, Charles Inghram of Duncan, Okla.; two grandchildren, Fivos and Angel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Luranie Rodgers Inghram, and two brothers, Billy Inghram and Bobby Inghram.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Inghram, Greg Inghram, Lane Strickland, Sam Nanney, Chris Nanney and Jason Nanney.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the 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 Godon 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 sister, Michelle Radcliff of Fulton; one niece, Sarah Radcliff; a very special cousin, Randy (Jenny) Zbinden; her grandmother, Nellie Mulliken; aunts and uncles, Joyce and Bennie Enlow, and Butch and Kathy Gaddy; and a host of cousins.
She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon D. Zbinden.
OKOLONA – Ellen Ruth Lay Criddle, 65, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at her residence after a brief illness. She was born in Gattman on Sept. 16, 1944, to Willie and Annie Pearl Pennington Lay. She was a resident of Okolona since 1960 and a member of Boone’s Chapel Methodist Church. She worked in the garment industry and for the past seven years, she worked for Walmart Supercenter on North Gloster Street. She loved to travel and spend time with her family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church in Okolona with Rev. Frank Millender and Rev. Bill Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shelia Barnett (Roy) and Teresa Criddle (Jon Tartt), and a granddaughter, Anna Lynn Barnett, all of Okolona; her mother, Annie Pearl Lay of Amory; and two sisters, Helen Wilson (Jackie) of Hatley and Willie Mae Blair of Sulligent, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 26 years, James R. Criddle; her father, Willie Lay, in 1960; an infant brother; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Aaron and Minnie Vic Gann Criddle.
Pallbearers are Jon Tartt, Roy Barnett, Bill Criddle, David Criddle, Donald Gene Davis, Jason Ives, Willie Wilson and Sammy Graves.
Honorary pallbearers are Deno Corley, Jim McNeal, Frankie Clay, Luke Wilson, Jackie Wilson, Mickey Sizemore and Douglas Upton.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the church.
RIPLEY – Bobbie Ruth Passon Huddleston, 70, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born March 19, 1940, in Waco, Texas, to Clarence Art Passon and Edna Ruth McClain Tubbs. She was a member of Falkner Baptist Church. She was a member of the American Cancer Society and Tippah Relay For Life Committee, chairman of The Survivors Reception for five years, and a member of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Tippah County. She collected more 500 bras during the 2009 campaign. She worked for the Sheriff’s Department, Ripley Clinic, Falkner Post Office, and Falkner Elementary and High School for 30 years, the last 12 years with special needs children. She was a retired teacher’s assistant.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Stanley Huddleston and Bro. Mark Jones officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Aubrey Guy Huddleston of Ripley; one daughter, Cheryl Heavener (Lonnie) of Ripley; one son, David Brent Huddleston (Brenda) of Brandon; one sister, JoAnn Voigt of Ridgeland; five grandchildren, Kayla Dawn, Kristin Nicole and Matthew Brent Huddleston, all of Brandon, and Wesley Neil and Marlee Ruth Heavener, both of Ripley; 10 nieces and six nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Hoelzel, Harlon Lott, Steve Glidewell, Ronnie Huddleston, Don Huddleston, Bill Huddleston, Wade Huddleston and Jesse Lott. Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Ladies Sunday School Class at Falkner Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the 2010 Relay For Life Fund at Regions Bank in memory of Bobbie Huddleston, 305 East Pine St., Ripley, MS. 38663.
To view obituaries online and sign the guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.
MANTACHIE – Syble Laverne Stephens, 85, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born June 23, 1924, to Arthur and Eva Guess Franks. She was reared in the Shiloh community and moved to Memphis in 1959, returning home in 1976. She was a former employee of Mantachie Manufacturing and she was a homemaker. She was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, traveling, and talking and visiting with friends and family.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Mantachie with the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin and Bro. Grady Davidson officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Shoemaker (Joe) of Drummonds, Tenn., Gail Williams (Rick) of Brighton, Tenn., and Sandra Rhodehamel (Steve) of Munford, Tenn.; one sister, Augie Davidson of Mantachie; six grandchildren, Angie Diotte (Billy) of Brighton, Tenn., Shawna Leong (Greg) of Sulligent, Ala., Pam Szalay of Cordova, Tenn., Steve Rhodehamel (Jessie) of San Diego, Calif., Kelly Ryan of Searcy, Ark., and Sara Rhodehamel of Covington, Tenn.; nine great-grandchildren, Taylor, Kierstan, Kyle and Keegan Szalay, Tyler and Parker Ryan, Chelsea Diotte, Allie Leong and Hanna Rhodehamel; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Franks of Mooreville and Elizabeth Franks of Mantachie; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Stephens; her parents; four brothers, Cletus, Buddy, Boogie and Billy Wayne Franks; and one sister, Earlene Fennell.
Pallbearers will be Max Stephens, Sonny Stephens, Jerry Stephens, Bobby Gene Davidson, Travis Franks and Danny Franks. Ronny Witcher will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Belinda Lynn Simmons, 51, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Born Oct. 20, 1958, in Pontotoc, she was the daughter of Ruthie Garrison and the late Lenward McWhirter. She worked at the Farmer’s Market grain elevator and H&R Block in Pontotoc. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Pontotoc. She loved being with her family, reading and taking care of her animals. She was truly an Ole Miss fan and attended most of the football games.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Joe Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Sand Springs Methodist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Randy Simmons; one son, Chad Simmons; one daughter, Jessica Simmons; grandchildren, Aberee, Wesley and Ansley; her mother, Ruthie Garrison; and a sister, Michelle Walker.
She was preceded in death by her father, Lenward McWhirter.
Pallbearers will be Goody Daniels, Mike Scott, Neal Huskison, Ricky Simmons, Will Simmons and Shannon Conlee.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today.
HOUSTON – Eloise Catledge, 89, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo.
AMORY – Dorothy Thornton, 85, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
BOONEVILLE – James Willis Franklin Timbes, 90, died Monday, March 22, 2010 at his residence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Booneville Church of Christ and from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Paul Ray West
FULTON – Paul Ray West, 72, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.