Obituaries March 24, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Tony Todd
MYRTLE – Kenneth Anthony “Tony” Todd departed this world on Sunday morning, March 21, 2010, and his soul ascended to heaven to meet his Lord. He was killed in a motorcycle accident. He was a retired engineer from Wisconsin Central Railroad. He also served as a Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts of America while his son was in the Scouts.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Eugene Todd, who died at age 47.
He is survived by one daughter, Savannah Lynn Todd, 17, and one son, Kenneth James Todd, 15, who both reside in Ashford, Ala.; his mother, Flora Myrtle “Myrt” Dodds Todd of Atlantic Beach, Fla., formerly of Myrtle; and an abundance of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at Old Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Butler officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be today, March 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at United. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Old Oak Grove Baptist Church, 1561 CR 14, Myrtle, MS 38650.
For online condolences, please visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com

Correction:
The obituary for Belinda Lynn Simmons published in Tuesday’s Daily Journal contained an incomplete list of survivors. She was also survived by Whitney Simmons, wife of her son, Chad Simmons.

Millard Turner Sr.
COLUMBUS – Millard Larry Turner Sr., 71, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the Aurora Australis Lodge in Columbus.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Murrah’s Chapel Baptist Church in Columbus. Burial will be in Greenbrier Cemetery at Becker. Lowndes Funeral Home of Columbus is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society, P.O. Box 85, Columbus, MS 39703.

Marjorie Moxley
WATER VALLEY – Marjorie Ann Greene Moxley, 75, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at the Yalobusha County Nursing Home in Water Valley. She was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Belmont to Wallace and Vera Deaton Greene. She moved to Water Valley, where she was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir for many years. She was active in the Garden Club of Water Valley, serving as their president. She was widely appreciated by her neighbors and friends for her delectable pies and casseroles she created whenever there was a special reason.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today in the Henry Chapel of Seven Oaks Funeral Home. A graveside service will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Lindsay Cemetery in Belmont.
She is survived by her children, Jeannie and Travis Clement of Water Valley; her mother, Vera Deaton Greene of Russellville, Ala.; a sister, Jolene Stockton of Russellville, Ala.; three grandchildren, Charlotte Gray and husband, Steven, of Horn Lake, Lance Clement and wife, Andrea, of Water Valley, and Denise Tate of Cordova, Tenn.; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer C. “Buddy” Moxley; her father, Wallace Greene; and her daughter, Cindy Moxley Michael.
Pallbearers will be Lance Clement, Steven Gray, Drew Gray, Tim Stockton, Hubert Sanders and Tom Meek. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Paul Odom and Walt Hardy.

Lorene Kidd
AMORY – Lorene Barron Kidd, 91, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was a homemaker and a charter affiliate of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Nettleton.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Phil Kidd and Bro. Paul Kidd officiating. Burial will be in the East Prentiss Cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty Sue Tucker and Peggy Moncreif, both of Lexington, N.C.; two sons, James Kidd of Grafton, Ohio, and Dr. Phil Kidd of Amory; a sister, Johnnie Faye Palmer of Muscle Shoals, Ala.; two brothers, Clyde Barron of Booneville and Joe Barron of Belmont; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hudell Kidd; one daughter, Joean Ball; two sisters, Annie Mae Barron and Louise Smith; and four brothers, Travis, Thurman, Sherman and Henry A. Barron Jr.
Visitation will be until service time today.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Opal Stevens
TUPELO – Opal Stevens, 96, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Jimmy Gargus
CORINTH – Funeral services for Jimmy Gargus, 40, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9:30 a.m. to service time Thursday.
Dorothy Thornton
AMORY – Dorothy Ann Lantz Thornton, 85, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. A lifelong resident of Monroe County, she was born Aug. 30, 1924, to Irving Lee and Gillie Mae Hester Lantz. She married James Thomas Thornton Jr. in 1946. Before her retirement she was dietary manager at the Gilmore Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the North Boulevard Christian Church. She enjoyed camping, crocheting, sewing, cooking and Southern gospel music.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Buzz Wilkinson, Dr. George Forbes and Bro. Ferman Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, James Thomas Thornton Jr. of Amory; two sons, James Thomas Thornton III (Gwen) of Iuka and Gary Lee Thornton (Rhoda) of Holly Springs; one daughter, Lori Ann Thornton of Morristown, Tenn.; seven grandchildren, Derek Leavell Thornton, Micah Lee Thornton, Amy Lynn Bell, Steven Michael Thornton, Andrea Brook Thornton, Eric Lantz Thornton and Paige Olivia Thornton; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Daisy Mae Lantz; and one brother, Irving Hester Lantz.
Pallbearers will be Micah Thornton, Eric Thornton, Jackie Palmer, Chad Logan, Steve Logan and Bobby Tidwell. Honorary pallbearers will be John Carlson, Bob Alsup, Huel Riddle, Bobby Hill, Bobby Howell and Rhonnie Mixon.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home in Amory.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Beth May, P.O. Box 269, Amory, MS 38821 or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Bobby Peeks
BOONEVILLE – Robert Wayne “Bobby” Peeks, 76, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Thursday.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

James Gregory
REDLAND – James D. Gregory died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Mary Williams
TUPELO – Mary Evelyn Martin Williams, 92, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the Gregory Greenhouse Nursing Home at Traceway Retirement Community in Tupelo after an illness of several months. Born Oct. 3, 1917, in Rosboro, Ark., to Thomas Joseph Martin and Mary Ellen Fitzgerald Martin, she lived during her lifetime in Amity, Ark., Hot Springs, Ark., Trumann, Ark., East Orange, N.J., Memphis and Clearwater, Fla. She moved to Tupelo in 2006 to be closer to her family, living independently in the Tupelo Seniors Apartments before becoming ill in 2009 and moving to the Gregory Greenhouse.
Professionally she worked for many years as an LPN after graduating from the first LPN class at St. Bernard’s Hospital in Jonesboro, Ark. She worked at two physicians offices in Trumann, Ark., served as a plant nurse at the Singer Manufacturing facility in Trumann, and worked at several Veterans Administration Hospitals in New Jersey, Memphis and Tampa, Fla. She also worked as a private duty nurse. While living in Trumann, she assisted her husband, Ralph Williams, in his Allis Chalmers farm equipment business.
She loved to travel, meeting new people and learning about different cultures throughout the world. She traveled extensively to Europe and the USA and took frequent cruises to the Caribbean. She never met a stranger. Her family considered her warm-hearted, loving and very independent. Throughout her life she remained interested in news and held passionate views on politics and current event. For many years she kept a daily journal of her life. She was a Baptist and a member of the First Baptist Church of Trumann during her residence in Trumann, Ark. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to 18 direct descendants.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Trumann, Ark. The Rev. Jamison May will officiate. Burial will be in Marked Tree Cemetery in Marked Tree, Ark. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Diana Jones and Mary Evelyn “Susie” Dent (Don) of Saltillo; one son, Donald Williams (Cathy) of Vale, N.C.; one stepdaughter, Margaret Bussjaeger of Nashville, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Jeffery Alan “Jeff” Jones of Lexington, Ky., Tandy Bos Munson (Larry) of Littleton, Colo., Wendy Dent Pate (Ricky) of Tupelo, Alissa Dent Jackson (Kenny) and Alison Dent of Saltillo, and Erica Williams and Brian Williams of Vale, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren, Katelyn “Katie” Byers, Jacob Byers and Evangelia “Eva” Williams, all of Vale, N.C., Alex Williams of Somers, Conn., Larry Munson III of Littleton, Colo., and Mackenzie Pate, Lee Pate and William Jake Dent Jackson, all of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers and sisters; and three husbands, Ralph Kenneth Williams, George Alvin “Al” Barrett and Lyle Russell Williams Jr.
Pallbearers will be Don Williams, Don Dent, Jeff Jones, Kenny Jackson, Ricky Pate and Ron Martin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Trumann, Ark.

Robert Childers
MYRTLE – Robert Childers, 60, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service of New Albany. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Bill Clayton
ELLISTOWN – Billy Byron Clayton, 80, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at his residence. He was born in Union County on June 30, 1929, to Frank Clayton and Zubie Swindle Clayton. He was retired from International Harvester and from the Fish Hatchery. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, especially coon hunting, and he loved everything to do with horses. He was a member of the Ellistown Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel of New Albany with the Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in the Ellistown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years Lucille Clayton of Blue Springs; two daughters, Diane Hall of Blue Springs and Sherry Putt (David) of Saltillo; eight grandchildren, Dana Stout (Kelly), Chad Hamm, Tracie Putt, Janie Putt, Brad Putt (Kelly), Joseph Clayton (Jennifer), Keith Clayton and Kerri Pannell; nine great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Lanny Clayton; a sister, Doris Isham; and a son-in-law, Jimmie Hall.
Pallbearers will be David Putt, Brad Putt, Chad Hamm, Joseph Clayton, Ricky Campbell and Justin Rowell. Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Anderson, Steve McBrayer, Steve Adams, James Timmons and Danny Malone.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Delorse Funderburk
ABERDEEN – Delorse Stoddard Funderburk, 49, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born July 12, 1960, to Bobby Neal Stoddard and Cora Catherine Price Stoddard in Murfreesboro, Tenn. She lived in Aberdeen since 1975. She was a graduate of Hamilton High School and a homemaker.
Services will be at 11 a. m. Thursday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Funderburk of Aberdeen; one daughter, Diana Hitchcock and husband, Shawn, of Aberdeen; one son, Jason Funderburk of Starkville; one brother, Danny Stoddard and wife, Viola, of Aberdeen; and two grandchildren, Payton Hitchcock and Hunter Hitchcock.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Lorene Wooten
CORINTH – Lorene Bumpas Wooten, 89, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Strickland Church of Christ. Burial will be in Shiloh C.P. Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Danny Fooshee
NEW ALBANY – Danny Fooshee, 54, died Saturday, March 20, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born July 14, 1952, in New Albany to Kenneth and Mary Ruth Snider Fooshee.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Light House Baptist Church in New Albany with the Rev. Joe Gullick officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Jackie Stewart, Stephanie Akins and Brian Gilliam, all of New Albany, Tina Howard of Horn Lake, and Sunni and Summer Fooshee of Mooreville; his stepmother, Mary Nell Stephens Fooshee of Ecru; one sister, Janet Drew of New Albany; four stepsisters, Breezy (Lynn) Moody, Wanda (Mike) Childers, Deb Horton and Celia Belk, all of Ecru; four brothers, Kenneth (Paula) Fooshee Jr. of Blue Springs, Terry (Margie) Fooshee, Ronald (Kitty) Fooshee and Kevin (Jan) Fooshee, all of New Albany; two stepbrothers, Ronnie Stephens and Richard (Rosie) Stephens, both of Ecru; 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, an account has been set up at Regions Bank for donations for Danny Fooshee.

John Holmes Jr.
OLIVE BRANCH – John Albert Holmes Jr., 72, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at St. Peter Villa in Memphis. He was born May 20, 1937, in Memphis. He was the manager of a convenience store and a member of Parkway Baptist Church in Hernando.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. The Rev. Mike Ramage will officiate. Burial will be in Gaston Springs Cemetery in Pittsboro.
Survivors include his wife, Lillian Elaine Taylor Holmes of Olive Branch; four daughters, Mary Annette Haire of Pittsboro, Sonia Denise Coleman of Memphis, Cathryn Camille Gober of Bruce and Cynthia Holmes of Madison, Wis.; two sons, Jimmy Wade Coleman of Jacksonville, Fla., and Michael Holmes of Madison, Wis.; two sisters, Dorothy Bennett of Southaven and Barbara Ann Bennett of Hopkinsville, Ky.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Albert Holmes Sr. and Virginia Mae Rose Holmes, and a son, Billy Coleman.
Pallbearers will be James Roy Haire, Mark Gober, B.J. Coleman, Benji Haire, Sean Gober and John Hampton.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

L.D. Sheffield
MANTACHIE – L.D. Sheffield, 72, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie.
Paul Ray West
FULTON – Paul Ray West, 72, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. He was born May 16, 1937, to William Jessie and Evie Louise Waddle West. He lived in Itawamba County all his life and worked at Dura Crates Containers, Itawamba County Hospital and Walmart. He enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Horace Barnes officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Vernon Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, David Ray West (Kay) of Fulton; one daughter, Tammy West Rook (Jimmie) of Paragould, Ark.; one brother, A.J. West (Katherine) of Fulton; two grandsons, Justen Wallace (Jennifer) of Fulton and T.J. Pumphrey of Arkansas; three great-granddaughters, Natalie, Kaylee and Julia, all of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Louise West; an infant daughter; two sisters, Louise Velo Lewis and Ethel West; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Justen Wallace, T.J. Pumphrey, Jackie “Jack Hammer” Johnson, Jimmy Allred, Josh Turner and Daris White.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Wayne Moore, Kelby Shields, Ricky Adams, Gene Ewing, Terry West, Ernest Johnson and Melvin McMillen.

James W. Timbes
BOONEVILLE – James Willis Franklin Timbes, 90, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at his residence. He was born March 19, 1920, in Tishomingo County to James Minter and Fannie Shackelford Timbes. He served his country for three years in World War II and after he returned home he worked with his father as a barber in Tishomingo. He married Maxine Taylor on June 29, 1948, and they resided in Belmont for almost 40 years. He retired on Aug. 31, 1980, ending a 29-year tenure of federal service. He started his postal career on May 29, 1956, as a postal transportation clerk in Birmingham and Memphis. On Feb. 23, 1957, he moved to Tishomingo Post Office as rural letter carrier and remained there until his retirement. He served in the Rural Letter Carriers Association on a state and national level. The one thing that he loved the most was teaching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to play checkers. He was a member of Booneville Church of Christ and formerly Belmont Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Ron Deaton and Greg Pollock officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan Bridges (Jerry) of Brentwood, Tenn.; one son, Mike Timbes (Jimmie) of Booneville; one brother, Doug Timbes (Effie) of Tishomingo; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine, on Jan. 16, 2009; and his parents, two sisters and one brother.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Bridges, Jason Bridges, Adam Barnes, Dennis Timbes, Jerry Bridges and Stephen Ledley. Honorary pallbearers will be the American Legion.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Derrick Kitchens
NEWELL, Ala. – Derrick Wayne Kitchens, 32, formerly of Amory, died Sunday, March 21, 2010, in Newell, Ala. Born Aug. 18, 1977, he attended Smithville and Hatley schools. He attended New Hope Baptist Church. He enjoyed working on his truck. He married Kimberly Mitchell in 2002. He had resided in Newell, Ala., for the past seven years.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Hatley Cemetery with Bro. Tim McMillian and Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Vanessa Harrington (Allen) of Newell, Ala.; his father, Jerry Roberts of Columbus; his wife, Kimberly Kitchens of Newell, Ala.; two sons, Andrew Conner Kitchens and Xander Chase Kitchens of the home; and his grandmother, Flossie Berry of Amory.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wallace Berry, and Geneva and Leamond Roberts.
Pallbearers will be friends.
Visitation will continue until service time today.
Lila June Dillard
NETTLETON – Lila June Dillard, infant daughter of Jerry Daniel Dillard and Amanda Benson, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. She was born March 5, 2010.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Liberty Cemetery with the Rev. Larry Monaghan officiating. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her parents; grandparents, Phillip and Wanda Demoran of Tupelo; grandmother and stepgrandfather, Vanassa and Ricky Lewis of Amory; grandfather and stepgrandmother, Jerry and Judy Dillard of Nettleton.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Ralph Benson, and her great-grandmother, Lila Gertrude Tomlin.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Lewis, Jerry Dillard Sr., Payton Cosgrove and Ricky Lewis.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Phillip Williams
GOLDEN – Phillip “Pinky” Williams, 50, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at his residence.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Red Bay City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Ledbetter
BOONEVILLE – Mary Ledbetter, 90, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

William Windham
TUPELO – William Stewart Windham, 55, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Winnie Dulaney
MANTACHIE – Winnie M. Wilburn Dulaney, 90, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.
Idella Stewart
WEST POINT – Idella Stewart, 86, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Hopewell M.B. Church in Brooksville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

David S. Andrews
WOODLAND – David S. Andrews, 65, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.