Obituaries March 26, 2010

By NEMS Daily Journal

Robert L. Shaw
ALGOMA – Robert L. Shaw, 57, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at home in Algoma. He worked at McGregor & Sons Trucking for 14 years before retiring. A loving husband, father and friend, he enjoyed fishing, spending afternoons swinging on the porch and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc. Pastor Jody Rock will officiate.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Debie Dillard Shaw; two sons, Shane (Kim) of Chesterville and Shawn of Algoma; one daughter, Arvy Allen (Jacob) of Oxford; grandchildren, Chase, Cody, Chloe, tyler and Taylor; three brothers, Randy (Paula) of Lake Cormorant, Roger (Jean) of Thaxton and Rusty (Nancy) of Pontotoc; one sister, Rita Berryhill of Myrtle; his father, James Shaw of Oxford; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Shaw.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.
Darlene Newton
LIVE OAK, Fla. – Darlene A. “MeMe” Newton, 66, died Thursday, March 18, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident west of Live Oak, Fla. She was born and raised in Iowa and lived in Mississippi before moving to Florida in 1993. She was actively involved as a teachers aide at Melody Christian Academy since 2002, touching the lives of all her students. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. During her lifetime, she enjoyed traveling to various points of interest and exciting places, and collecting pig figurines from around the world. She was loved by many.
Services were held Tuesday, March 23, at Melody Christian Center. Pastor Frank Davis officiated. ICS Cremation and Funeral Home of Lake City, Fla., was in charge.
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Donald D. Newton of Live Oak, Fla.; one son, Dean (Denise) Newton of Clearwater, Fla.; four daughters, Debra (Steve) Gragnaniello of Stone Mountain, Ga., DeAnn (Juan Carlos) Cruz of Live Oak, Fla., Denise (John) Putt of Tupelo and Dawn Maklary of Live Oak, Fla.; 28 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters, one brother; her son, Darrel E. Newton; her granddaughter, Jill Newton; her great-grandson, Dawson Newton; and a daughter-in-law and son-in-law.

David Sanders
TISHOMINGO – David Sanders, 64, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Tishomingo. Burial will be in Paradise Cemetery in Tishomingo. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.

Billy Wayne Smith
POTTS CAMP – Billy Wayne “Backhoe” Smith, 64, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Nov. 26, 1945, in Tunica County to Earl McKenzie Smith and Limmie Modene Robinson. He was a heavy equipment operator, a plumber, an electrician, and owner and operator of the 349 Grocery.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Potts Camp Cemetery.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Smith (Suzanne) of Stevensville, Mont., and Randy Earl Smith (Kerri) of Corinth; one daughter, Debbie Ann Wilson of Potts Camp; two brothers, James Leon Smith and Jimmy Earl Smith of Ripley; and nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Flora M. Hodges
TUPELO – Flora M. Hodges died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary.
Robert Childers
MYRTLE – Robert Doyle Childers, 60, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was born Oct. 24, 1949, in New Albany to Oliver Pascal Childers and Mary Stacks Childers. He received his law degree from the University of Memphis while working for the Memphis Police Department. While practicing law in New Albany, he served as Justice Court judge for 22 years. He served as assistant District Attorney for four years, and then retired to practice law with his son, Chris. He was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Louie Williams and Rev. Billy Lee Foley. Burial will be in the Cornersville Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Sheila Guthrie of Myrtle; three daughters, Valerie Childers Meredith of Myrtle, Brandi Childers Shappley (Colt) of Olive Branch and Jennifer Childers Goudy (Ronnie) of Olive Branch; two sons, Robert Oliver Childers (Cateena) of Myrtle and Christopher Alan Childers (Jennifer) of New Albany; a sister, Sylvia Nolley of Myrtle; three brothers, James Pascal Childers (Jan) of Cordova, Tenn., Charles David Childers (Jan) of Berryville, Ark., and Michael Dewayne Childers (Wanda) of Ecru; three grandchildren, Katelyn Elizabeth Childers of Texas, Isabella Olivia Childers and Carson Reese Childers, both of Myrtle; and a stepgrandchild, Lakin Abbigale Nowlin of Myrtle.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ronnie Wayne Childers.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Rakestraw, David Rhea, Gaylon Baird, Sonny Downs, Alan Hancock and Ben Creekmore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 1033 CR 19, Myrtle, MS 38650.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Edith McCain
WEST POINT – Edith Marion Tygart McCain, 87, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point. Burial will follow in Greenhill Cemetery in Reform, Ala.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Memorials may be made to the Columbus Lowndes Humane Society, P.O. Box 85, Columbus, MS 39703; or Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.

Dottie E. Murphy
CORINTH – Dottie E. Murphy, 81, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Corinth Baptist Church in DeKalb. Burial will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in DeKalb. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at McPeters Funeral Home and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at Corinth Baptist Church in DeKalb.

Clara McCalister
CORINTH – Clara Jane Potts McCalister, 80, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at her home in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Brigman Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
Elbert Perrigo
RIENZI – Elbert Hal Perrigo, 76, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Rienzi. He was a graduate of Pisgah High School and a retired employee of Intex Plastics of Corinth. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and walking his dog.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McPeters Inc. Funeral Directors Chapel in Corinth. The Rev. Ricky Peoples will officiate. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Tony “Bones” Perrigo of Rienzi, Jerry Perrigo and wife, Pam, of Booneville, and Terry Perrigo and wife, Melanie, of Dry Creek; one daughter, Judy Tucker and husband, Walter, of Jumpertown; two brothers, Alford Ray “Frog” Perrigo and wife, Carolyn, of Booneville and James Earl “Pappy” Perrigo and wife, Clara Faye, of Corinth; two sisters, Janie Settlemires of Ripley and Margie Mancey of Trumann, Ark.; five grandchildren, Trae Perrigo, Bronson Perrigo, Destiny Harrison, Cheyenne Perrigo and Dakota Perrigo; and one great-grandchild, Aleigh Fayth Perrigo.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Chestine Perrigo; his parents, Dudley Elbert and Heddie Ozella Horton Perrigo; and a brother, Jessie Onell Perrigo.
Pallbearers will be Bronson Perrigo, Trae Perrigo, Dakota Perrigo, Marty Dean Lambert, Paul McCutchens, Jeff Perrigo and Jr. Perrigo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Stewart Windham
TUPELO – William Stewart Windham, 55, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 10, 1954, to William A. Windham and Reita Chrestman Windham. A lifelong resident of Tupelo, he was a 1972 graduate of Tupelo High School. He earned a degree in music from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a member of The Orchard. He was owner and operator of Tupelo Music and Rebel Music in Oxford with his lifelong friend, Jody Lackey. An accomplished musician, he played with several local bands and as owner of The Zoo, he was responsible for promoting many local concerts. He was the founder of the Mississippi Alpha-1 support group, a member of the National Alpha-1 support group and a member of the Organ Transplant National Advocacy support group. On several occasions, he spoke to Congress about health care reform and worked to make oxygen more available on airplanes. In 2005, he spoke to the House Appropriations Committee about additional grant money for the CDC. In 1996, he received the National Patient Advocacy Award. He loved his children, traveling to concerts, blues festivals and hummingbirds. He was an avid New Orleans Saints, USM and Brett Favre fan.
Services were Thursday, March 25, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Dean Ward officiating. Entombment was in the Chapel of Faith Mausoleum in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Evelyn Baldwin Windham of Tupelo; two sons, Blayze Windham and Chase Windham of Tupelo; his parents; one sister, Karen Harlow of Tupelo; one brother, Keith Windham (Ronda) of Corinth; four nephews, Zach Walters, Mason Tudor, Christian Walters and Matt Windham; and one niece, Sara Windham.
Pallbearers were Jody Lackey, David Drake, Jimmy Walters, John Emmons, Chad Nolan, Trey Lyons, Johnny Wigginton and Larry Gray.
Memorials may be made to the Alpha-1 Association.

Sherman Mayhall Jr.
CORINTH – Sherman Mayhall Jr., 66, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Burial will be in Dogwood Cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church.
Eloise Catledge
HOUSTON – Eloise Below Catledge, 89, died Monday, March 22, 2010, at her home. She was a member of Norton Spring C.M.E. Church, where she was active in various activities. She was a graduate of Okolona Junior College, Mississippi Industrial College and Mississippi University for Women. She taught at several schools in Chickasaw, Panola and Lee Counties, retiring from Verona in 1988. She worked at the Houston Hospital Extended Care Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Outreach Center Church of God in Christ with Pastor Aretha Bryant officiating. Burial will be in the Norton Spring CME Church Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include five children, Canzater Gillespie of Houston, Lizzie Banett of Olive Branch, Betty (Carl) Maple of Bloomfield Hill, Mich., Joann (Adolph Jr.) Harper of Akron, Ohio, and Sammy (Amber) Catledge of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren, three stepgrandsons, two great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, one great-great-great-grandchild, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, seven siblings and four children.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Online condolences can be made to Catledge family at www.grayson-porters.com.

Stella M. Johnson
FULTON – Stella M. Johnson, 86, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Jan. 1, 1924, in Tuscumbia, Ala., to Benjamin Otis and Annie Jane Wood Walker. She was a member of Fulton United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir and a Sunday School teacher. She was retired from Abbott Laboratory in Illinois. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and enjoyed music.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Pat Rye (Jerry) of Gainesville, Fla., and Barbara Lumber (James) of Round Lake, Ill.; four grandchildren, Jennifer, John, Jim and Bob; eight great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Jimmy, Jonathan, Allison, Matthew, Lauren, Timmy and Hailey; one sister, Faye Gray of Fulton; four brothers, Bill and Wayne Walker of Fulton, Roy Walker of Florida and Earl Walker of Tupelo.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Johnson; a daughter, Johnnie Mae Johnson; a son, John David Johnson; and a sister, Jean Guntharp.
Pallbearers will be John Rye, Jim Lumber Jr., Bob Lumber, David Milligan, James Moore, Steven Moore, Benjamin Gray and Jack Gaspard.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Billy Akers
COTTONTOWN, Tenn. – William P. “Billy” Akers, 74, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at his residence. He was born Sept. 3, 1935, in Prentiss County. He was an IT Systems analyst/computer programmer before retiring from MGM Windows in 2008.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Belmont with Bro. Jeff Horton officiating. Burial will be in Mackey’s Creek Cemetery at Paden.
Survivors are his wife, Barbara Haddon Akers of Cottontown, Tenn.; one daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Bill Cammarata of Cottontown; one grandson, Samuel Vincent Cammarata of Cottontown; one sister, Betty Isbell of Memphis; one brother, Robert Akers of Vina, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to The American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
Ellen Watson
SHILOH – Ellen Watson, 66, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of Michigan, she was born April 30, 1943, to Georg and Emily Clark Johnson. She worked for the Mantachie Public School System. She enjoyed quilting, drawing and taking long rides through the country, and she loved her dog, Prince. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Saltillo Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of nearly 23 years, Danny Watson of the Shiloh community; two children, Becky Robinson of Jackson and Craig Robinson (Terri) of Brownsville, Tenn.; one stepdaughter, Mary Kay Edwards (Brian) of Saltillo; three grandchildren, Grayson, Jackson and Eason Robinson, all of Brownsville; one brother, Chris Johnson (Marlene) of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Anthony Thompson, David Thompson, Ralph Thompson, Michael Wooldridge, Archie Cates and Jeff Butler.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Saturday at the Shiloh United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, 1704 Shiloh Road, Mantachie, MS 38855.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

John Mitchell
OXFORD – John Wesley Mitchell, 72, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at New Providence M.B. Church in Batesville. Burial will be in Orwood Cemetery in Batesville. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Annie Posey
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Charlotte Anne “Annie” Posey, 65, died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at Kindred Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. She was born in Houston. She moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., from Plainfield, Conn., in 2003. She was a retired quality control specialist for Johnson & Johnson.
Survivors include her daughter, Jacqueline Posey (Michael); a brother, Benan Rhea, and a sister, Alice Faye Griffin, both of Mississippi; two sisters-in-law, Bertha Lavoie and Joanne Champagne, both of St. Petersburg; her grandchildren, Rylee Mauro and Niko Principi, both of Connecticut.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Joseph Posey, and a brother, Jimmy Rhea.
Taylor Family Funeral Home of Pinellas Park, Fla., are in charge of the arrangements