By NEMS Daily Journal
MYRTLE – James William Grose, 82, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his home near Myrtle. He was born Oct. 11, 1929, in Taylor to Robert Frank and Annie Louise Grose. He was a loving, caring man who loved the Lord and his family. He was a retired farmer and a member of Old Liberty Pentecostal Church. He had worked for Ertel Manufacturing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany with Bro. Daniel Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Philadelphia Baptist Cemetery in Lafayette County. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Opal E. Grose of Myrtle; one son, James Royce Grose (Joan) of New Albany; four daughters, Mary Young (Naaman), Virginia Ann Hulsey (Wayne) and Martha Kay Stanford (Willie), all of Myrtle, and Janie Ruth Hillhouse (Danny) of Pontotoc; six brothers, Robert, Jerry, Bennie, Dee and Larry Grose, all of Oxford, and Sonny Grose of Blue Mountain; three sisters, Pearl Carr of Bristol, Tenn., Sue Mahan of Pontotoc and Dorothy Harwell of Oxford; four stepchildren; 31 grandchildren, 65 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; and his caregiver, Samuel Bishop.
Pallbearers will be D.J. Blackard, Jonathon Grose, Shannon Young, Everett Carruth, Ryan Carruth and Tucker Dees.
Honorary pallbearers will be Veronica Browning, Christy Baker, Wendy Wilder and Brayden Robbins.
ABERDEEN – Bobby Len Bowen, 40, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Bryan Union Hall in West Point. Burial will be in Christian Hill M.B. Church Cemetery in Brooksville. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Leave online condolences and sign the guest registry at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Helen “Tot” Gates, 74, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.
NETTLETON – Landal Quay McLaughlin, 45, died suddenly Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Pontotoc County on July 22, 1966, to Quay McLaughlin and Sherry Graham McLaughlin Warren. He attended North Pontotoc High School. Before becoming disabled, he worked for many years as a truck driver and upholsterer in the furniture industry. He loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and camping. He attended New Vision Worship Center in Nettleton.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Nettleton Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jessie Strider officiating. Burial will follow in the Seymore Family Cemetery on the Seymore farm southwest of Nettleton. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Wednesday.
He is survived by his wife, Tami Seymore McLaughlin; his mother, Sherry Warren of Oxford; stepfather, O’Neil Warren (Bobbie) of Thaxton; three sons, Landal Douglas “Doug” McLaughlin of Becker, Scott McLaughlin of Oxford and Blake Holley of Nettleton; three daughters, Cassi Lewis (Butch) of Oxford, Emily Bramlett (Denny) of Oxford and Courtney Morton (Daniel) of Nettleton; sisters, Layne McLaughlin of Oxford and Lorye Logan of Hurricane; seven grandchildren, John Allen, Page and Allison Lewis, Payton and Paisley Bramlett, Ashton and Kaylee Morton; sister-in-law, Danielle Long of Nettleton; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John Allen “Pete” Seymore Sr. and Martha Seymore.
He was preceded in death by his father; one brother, Lowell McLaughlin; and his grandparents, Douglas and Loraine Graham, and Issac and Clara McLaughlin.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Patti B. Johnson
WEST POINT – Patricia B. “Patti” Johnson, 58, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born March 1, 1954, in Gulfport to Doris and William H. Burril. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Dr. James Towery and the Rev. Karl Novak officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in West Point.
She is survived by her husband, Alan Johnson of West Point ,whom she married Sept. 21, 1972; son, Steven Johnson (Annie) of Brandon; daughter, Danah Johnson Harpole (Stephen) of Brandon; three sisters, Judy B. Allen, of Brookhaven, Suzi B. Smith of Natchez and Bobbie B. Carpenter of Brandon; four grandchildren, William Alen Harpole, Stephen Jacob Harpole, Anna Cecile Johnson and Ava Lynn Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Stephen B. Harpole, Shannon Patterson, Mike Garrett, Seth Allen, Scotty Allen, Mathew Carpenter, Justin Carpenter and Charlie Dichiara.
Honorary pallbearers will be William Alen Harpole, Stephen Jacob Harpole and Leonard Dichiara.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
FULTON – Dessie M. Abbott, 84, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. She was born Feb. 4, 1928, in Hamilton, Ala., to William Victor and Dessie Jane Clingons Griffus. She was active in many churches. She devoted her time to ministering to people,and lived her daily life with a strong Christian faith. She enjoyed watching Fox News and eating at Kwik Sak.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in the Shottsville Cemetery.
Survivors include three sons, Gary Abbott (Sharon) of Tamarac, Fla., Danny Abbott Sr. of Fairview and Jacky Abbott (Debbie) of Fulton; one brother, Wesley Griffus of Vina,Ala.; one sister, Vicky Duncan of Bellville, Mich.; five grandchildren, Angela Abbott of Ireland, Danny Abbott Jr. of Tupelo, Derek Abbott (Brandi) of Mooreville, Ronnie Abbott ( Kristin) of Fulton and Lee Abbott (Ashley) of Fort Rucker, Ala.; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a special family member, Mary Savage; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Abbott, who died in 2002; three sisters, Jane Graham, Delona Griffus and Myrtle Duncan; three brothers, Brice Griffus, Marlon Griffus and Victor Hazel Griffus; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Abbott, Drae Abbott, Lee Abbott, Donnie Dulaney, Derek Abbott and Danny Abbott Jr.
HICKORY FLAT – Freddie Wayne Davis died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. He was born June 13, 1935, to Eph Davis and Eula Timmons Davis in Booneville. He was married to the late Gussie Davis. They had three children were born. He was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hickory Flat.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cornerstone Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmy Wilbank and Bro. Daniel Brookman officiating. Burial will be in Gaston Cemetery in Booneville. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his sons, John (Karen) Davis, Jimmy (Penny) Davis of Hickory Flat; daughter, Fay (Randy) Gross of Ashland; three sisters, Mildred Noe of Hickory Flat, Elizabeth Horn of Monee, Ill., and Gwen Woods of Chicago; one brother, Joe Davis of Sandford, N.C.; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife and parents, and one brother, Herman R.C. Davis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Cornerstone Baptist Church. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.
Mary Kathryn Sherfey
SHANNON – Mary Kathryn Gardner Sherfey, 95, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at her residence. She was born Feb. 3, 1917, in the Springhill community of Saltillo to Exer and Maude Gardner. At an early age, she moved with her family to Shannon. After graduation from Shannon High School on May 7, 1935, she attended Draughon’s Business College. She married Glen A. Sherfey Sr. on Jan. 4, 1948, and they moved to West Texas where she was a housewife and worked part-time for a doctor’s answering service and for a milk company doing product promotions. She and her family moved back to Mississippi in the early 1960′s and she worked for Tombigbee Electric Power Association until her retirement on Dec. 29, 1995, at the age of 78. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Shannon, where she sang in the choir and taught children’s Sunday School. She was also a member of Shannon Women’s Club. She was a caring and devoted wife, mother and grandmother with an outgoing personality and a beautiful smile.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Roger Smith and the Rev. John Box officiating. Burial will be in Shannon Cemetery.
Survivors include her son, Al Sherfey (Linda) of Shannon; granddaughter, Alana Fowler (Adam) of Nettleton; great-grandchildren, Aidan and Arin Fowler; her brother, Bunch Gardner (Martha); sisters-in-law, Frances Gardner, Alice Judon, Rhudy Fancher (Robert), Ruby Nell Sherfey; brother-in-law, Jake Sherfey (Ocille); several nieces and nephews; caregivers, Linda Thompson, Patricia Murphy and Carol Patterson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Glenn A. Sherfey Sr., on Aug. 27, 2009; her parents; and her brother, J.W. “Jim” Gardner.
Pallbearers will be Mike Filgo, John Ivy, Phil Fancher, Bud Gardner, Malcom and George McMullan.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andrews Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church of Shannon and current and former co-workers of Tombigbee Electric Power Association.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Shannon Building Fund, P.O. Box 26, Shannon, MS 38868.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS – Ronald A. “Ron” Caldwell, 55, on Monday, March 26, 2012, went to heaven to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ after a lengthy battle with diabetes, its complications and liver disease.
Caldwell was the son of Joyce Polk Caldwell and the late James W. Caldwell, and the brother of David M. Caldwell (Tina). He also leaves a precious niece, Sarah Caldwell.
Caldwell, a Memphis native and graduate of Memphis University School, earned a bachelor of science in journalism and advertising and master of arts in journalism degrees from the University of Mississippi.
He worked as director of public information for the American Cancer Society in Memphis and media relations director at Ole Miss as well as account executive at Thompson and Company Advertising. He was also a marketing director at WZEZ in Nashville before beginning a lengthy career in community journalism in editor roles at the Shelby Sun Times, Germantown News, Collierville Herald and DeSoto Times Tribune.
Caldwell, a member of Bellevue Baptist Church, also wrote a freelance sports column for more than 30 newspapers in the Mid-South while also stringing for the Associated Press and numerous regional and national publications. He won numerous awards from AP, Mississippi Press Association, Public Relation Society of America and the Mississippi College PR Society.
There will be a graveside service and burial at Old Monroe Cemetery in Algoma on Wednesday, March 28, at 1 p.m. Bro. Darrell Clarke will officiate. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Any memorials should be to Love Worth Finding Ministries at P.O. Box 38300, Memphis, TN 38183-0300; or Bellevue Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1210, Cordova, TN 38088-1210.
TUPELO – Zaylyen Ahmad McAllister, infant son of Adrian McAllister and Naporica Williamson of Tupelo, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at his home. He was born Jan. 20, 2012.
Graveside services will be at noon today at Red Hill Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents; his sisters, Mahogany Brown, Kadence Brown and Tryphera McAllister; his brothers, Adrian McAllister Jr., Zadarius Donald, Aiden McAllister and his twin brother, Braylyen McAllister; his grandparents, Lynda Williamson, Larry Mabry and Betty Guyton, all of Tupelo, and Willie Thomas of Dorsey.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time.
To sign the guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.
HICKORY FLAT – William Arlan Mask, 91, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 24, 1920, in Tippah County to William Washington and Ethel Kincaide Mask. He was a truck driver and heavy equipment operator, and worked in maintenance for the Mississippi State Department of Transportation and Tippah County. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a member of Turners Chapel Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Turners Chapel Baptist Church in Ripley with Bro. Howard Goolsby officiating. Burial will be in Turners Chapel Cemetery in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
?Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Mildred Louise Gowdy Mask of Hickory Flat; one daughter, Anita Louise Carter (Guy) of Batesville; one son, William J. Mask (Syndia) of Red Banks; one sister, Eular Gaillard of Ripley; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ella James; one brother, Marion “Bud” Mask; and one granddaughter, Mary Howard.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Mask, Bobby Mask, Lawrence Mask, Monty Carter, Chris Carter and Joseph Mask.
Honorary pallbearers will be Keith Mask, Lawrence Mask Jr. and Allison Mask.
Visitation will continue from 7 to 10:30 a.m. today at the funeral home, then from noon to service time today at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Lola Mae Pace
HAMILTON – Lola Mae Green Pace, 79, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
BOONEVILLE – Zane Ellis, 76, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was born July 7, 1935, to Walter Calvin and Olga Mullins Ellis. He was a Baptist and a farmer. He enjoyed woodworking.
No services are scheduled. There will be a visitation from 1 until 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Shelia Outlaw Ellis; two sons, Booby Lynn (Konnie) Ellis of Rapid City, S.D., and Michael Zane Ellis of Booneville; and two grandchildren, Karissa Ellis and Justin Ellis.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Gretchen Twitty; and a brother, Ethan Ellis.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
POTTS CAMP – Lacy Ivy, 90, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at his home at Potts Camp. He was born Dec. 8, 1921, in Blue Mountain. He was a Pentecostal and a farmer. He was a practical man who greatly loved the outdoors. He loved to till the land, bring frugal and appreciative of its harvest.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Jonathan Vasquez, Bro. Steve Wilson and Bro. Mike Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Chewalla Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include his wife, Melenia Ivy of Potts Camp; one son, Tommy Ivy (Dana) of Talbott, Tenn.; two daughters, Deborah Ivy of Potts Camp and Madean Ivy of Memphis; four grandchildren, Resha Howard, Summer Howard, Amanda Ivy and Langston Dillard; four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Darsie Bell Ivy; his parents, Alvie Otis Ivy and Mamie Gadd Ivy.
Pallbearers will be Ganus Gadd, Steve Gadd, Clifton Gadd, George Dickey, Ricky Gadd, Wayne Stoker, Charles Thomas and Raymond Gadd.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.
EUPORA – Velma Pittman Harper, 94, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, in Eustis, Fla.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Eupora First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
BURNSVILLE – Charles Denior Blakney, 66, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Antioch Freewill Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
AMORY – Warner J. Hester, 86, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Florence T. Boehm
BYHALIA – Florence T. Boehm, 86, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at her daughter’s home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Wyler M. Moore
VARDAMAN – Wyler M. Moore, 55, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Midway Missionary Baptist Church in Vardaman. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Wednesday at the church.
CORINTH – Marion Mills, 71, died Monday, March 26, 2012, in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church of the Crossroads. Burial will be in the Forrest Memorial Park’s Garden of the Good Shepherd. Hight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
PONTOTOC – Vance Boyd, 45, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
BALDWYN – Alvin Lewis, 82, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Mississippi Care Center in Alcorn County after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
SALTILLO – James Carter, 63, died at his home in the Birmingham Ridge community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
PONTOTOC – Steven Lee Buckles, 53, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, in Pontotoc. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. He worked as a police officer at Amarillo National Airport in Amarillo, Texas, and most recently worked for Security Plus in Ecru. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather.
Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Roberta Buckles; sons, Benjamin Buckles and Scott Yates; daughter, Rena Derrick; grandsons, Brian Hawley, Gabriel Derrick and Alexander Buckles; his mother, Carolyn Buckles; brothers, Paul Buckles and Daniel Buckles; sisters, Cynthia Fesler and Susan Dunlap; numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Merrill Buckles; an uncle, Curtis Buckles; his grandparents, Gladys and Dwight Buckles, and Grandpa and Grandma Alley.
HOUSTON – Henry James “Chicken” Carr, 82, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. He was born Sept. 28, 1929, to Elmer Carr and Mattie Doss. He was a member of Shady Grove M.B. Church. He was a former employee of Trace Industries. He enjoyed his family and riding.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Shady Grove McCondy Church with Bro. Derrick Whitfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Mildred Stallings (Robert) of Starkville, Vanessa Ivy (Joe) of West Point, and Marean Turner (Glenn), Jean Guido, Rodesta Tumblin and Dorothy Calvert, all of Houston; three sons, Warren Carr (Pearly), William Carr (Mary) and Herman Randle, all of Houston; 25 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
ASHLAND – Robert Jackson Nutt, 94, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Ashland Health and Rehab in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
OKOLONA – Bobby Ritchey, 80, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Shearer Richardson Nursing Home in Okolona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Josie Whitfield White died Sunday, March 25, 2012, in South Bend, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.