By NEMS Daily Journal
Rev. Frank Cayson
PONTOTOC – The Rev. Frank A. Cayson, 73, departed this world to be with his heavenly Father, Monday, March 25, 2013, following an extended illness. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of his passing. He was born Dec. 27, 1939, in Mooreville to Manny C. Cayson and Exie Irene McCaleb Cayson. He earned a GED and continued his education at Clark Ministerial College in Newton, where he earned an associate degree in Divinity.
He married Betty Sewell on March 7, 1964, and together they have served in the Southern Baptist Ministry for more than 52 years. Bro. Frank has traveled to several third world countries helping to spread the Word and God’s love for all. He has served the past 15 years as pastor at Open Door Baptist Church in Tupelo and worked part-time at Cockrell Banana Company. He enjoyed collecting old cars, knives and guns. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother. His passion was heeding God’s instructions, preaching and spreading the gospel to all who would listen.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m. Friday, March 29, 2013, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Jon Archie officiating and assisted by Bro. Ricky Lipp, Bro. Sonny Ocho, Bro. Arthur Scott and Bro. Doug Jones. Private burial will follow in Victory Baptist Church Cemetery, Pontotoc. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday from noon to service time. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Betty Cayson of Pontotoc; children, Allen Cayson, Twana Payne, Julie Mapp and Jackie Cayson, all of Pontotoc; three siblings, Jenny Lynn Johnson, the Rev. Mark Cayson and Quana Winders, all of Tupelo; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bill Cayson, Winford Cayson and Joe Cayson; and three sisters, Geneva Stevens, Betty Jean Guidry and Marrie Flener.
Pallbearers will be Ben Cayson, Taylor Blaylock, Hayden O’Callaghan, Blake O’Callaghan, Haley McIngvale and Ken Shaw. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Open Door Baptist Church, co-workers from Cockrell Banana Company, Randy Guidry, Jimmy Cayson, Gary Cayson, Mark Smith, Curry Harson, Darrell Woods and Ricky Cockrell.
Memorials may be made to Open Door Baptist Church, 746 Post St., Tupelo, MS 38804.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CORDOVA, Tenn. – Gloria Johnson Martin, 66, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Newnan, Ga. Gloria was born Aug. 9, 1946, in Greensboro, Ala., to Vernon and Clara Crawford Johnson. She was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women where she earned a bachelor of science degree in speech therapy.
Gloria was a person that you loved to see coming and hated to see leaving. She had an absolutely contagious smile that made everyone she met have a better day. Gloria’s presence in a room of people would just light up the occasion as not many could do. She will be remembered by family, friends and anyone she met as a person who cared for others and deeply loved her family. There was nothing superficial about this beautiful lady. She was the real deal and one of those rare spirits that we all see pass through a generation who help all of us to understand how we can make a difference. She was simply an outstanding wife, mother and grandmother who was dearly loved and admired by all in her family.
She leaves a legacy of how to love, compliment and influence in a positive way to all who knew her. Gloria has left a permanent mark on all of us and will be missed forever.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 28, at First United Methodist Church in Tupelo in the Sanctuary where her husband, Jim, and she were united in marriage 45 years ago. The service will begin at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jim Curtis officiating. Her son-in-law, Jimmy Murphy, will give the eulogy. McKoon Funeral Home of Newnan, Ga., is in charge.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Cancer Treatment Center of America’s charity to assist cancer patients and their families, Southeastern Assistance in Healthcare, 600 Parkway North, Newnan GA 30265.
Her memory is cherished by her husband, Jim Martin; daughter, Jennifer (Jimmy) Murphy of Eads, Tenn.; son, Jamie (Jackie) Martin of Cumming, Ga.; granddaughters, Claire and Kate Murphy of Eads; her parents, Adrian and Clara Thompson of Tupelo; sisters, Sheila (Buddy) Sellers of Lucedale, Lynette Bolen of Saltillo, Carean (Butch) Dendy of Belden; brothers, Tommy (Margaret) Thompson of Tupelo, Cecil Thompson of Saltillo; sister-in-law, Lyn (Ron) Schloemer of Oxford, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.
Preceding Gloria in death were her father, Vernon Johnson; granddaughter, Mary Brooks Murphy; and brother, Sam Thompson.
NETTLETON – Lonnie Long, 86, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 11, 1926, to Lonnie Long Sr. and Susie Hughes Long. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Fulton City Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Georgia Mae Long of Nettleton; three sons, Lannie Long of Sardis, Larry Long of Grenada and Randy Long of Tuscaloosa; one daughter, Angie (Roy) Cork of Tuscaloosa; three stepsons, Albert Valentine Jr. of Nettleton, Terry (Sharanda) Valentine and George (Renee) Valentine of Purvis; six stepdaughters, Juanita Valentine of Tupelo, Doris (Curtis) Oliver of Petal, Linda (Cheyenne) Pitts, Barbara (Barry) Drennan, Brenda Gladden and Renee Daw of Tuscaloosa; one brother, Vernon (Jan) Long of Memphis; and one sister, Dorothy Stewart of Memphis.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
PONTOTOC – Vera Louise Tucker, 92, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc. She was retired from Belden Wire Manufacturing. She was a member of Bethlehem Homemaker’s Club and the Forever Young Club. She enjoyed spending time with her family and traveling.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Don McCutchen and the Rev. Tim Tucker officiating. Burial will be in West Heights Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sister-in-law, Minnie Tucker; her niece, Yolanda Tucker-Hall (Bobby) of New Albany; four nephews, Joe Tucker (Beverly), Mark Tucker (Sherry Phillips), Tim Tucker (Lorena) and Eric Tucker (Anna), all of Pontotoc; 13 great-nieces and great-nephews; and 19 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews; and one great-great-great-nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert B. Tucker and Annie Mae Waldo Tucker; her sister, Hazel Sullivan, brother, William Baxter Tucker; and one great-nephew, Lance Cpl. Marc Lucas Tucker.
Pallbearers will be Tim Tucker, Joe Tucker, Mark Tucker, Eric Tucker, Travis Jenkins and Ray Voyles.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
IUKA – Virginia D. Jones, 88, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka after a brief illness. She was born on Sept. 11, 1928, to George B. and Lona Denson. She was a homemaker and loved her family. She was a member of New Lebanon Free Will Baptist Church in Tishomingo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Whitley officiating. Burial will be in the Little Brown Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Tishomingo.
She is survived by one son, Billy W. Jones of the home; and two sisters, Grace (Dizzy) Johnson of Baldwyn and Jane Moore of New Site.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, the Rev. D.W. Jones; her parents; two sisters, Gloria Mae Wigginton and Rowena Clark; and two brothers, Edison and Edward Denson.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Billy Campbell, 57, died Friday, March 22, 2013.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery.
Visitation will begin at noon today at the funeral home.
WEST POINT – Carlene Brownlee, 62, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Pleasant Grove Pooles M.B. Church. Burial will be in Pooles Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Willie Fuller, 63, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.
BYHALIA – Jeffrey Wayne Copeland, 50, died Monday, March 25, 2013, in Byhalia.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Friday at East Win Christian Church. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to service time Friday at the church.
HOLLY SPRINGS – William E. Washington, 54, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Hopewell No. 2 M.B. Church in Hudsonville. Burial will be in Cottrell Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. today.
IUKA – Terry Cardin, 42, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Joel Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Frances Banks White, 83, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Windsor Place in Columbus. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
WEST POINT – Waymond Will Reid, 87, died Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Starkville Manor Nursing Home in Starkville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
RANDOLPH – Frances Hodge, 87, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a devoted Christian wife, mother and friend to anyone she met. She and her husband, George, were married for 70 years before his death 48 days before hers. She was a farmer’s wife and helpmate for many years. She worked with her husband running a country store at Randolph for several years. She also worked at Miss Eaton factory for 20 years before retiring. She was a Baptist and a member of Randolph Baptist Church. She always had a smile for everyone, even when her health was very bad. She loved watching her birds and all of nature in God’s beautiful outdoors.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Chip Johnson, Bro. Gerald Finley and Bro. Wayne Cobb will officiate. Burial will follow in Randolph Baptist Church Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Pickens (JohnLee) and Pat Williams (John); a daughter-in-law, Sharon Hodge; grandchildren, Mike Pickens, Donna Stewart, Bobby Pickens, Rivers Hodge (Karlee), Amanda Berryhill, Jennifer Russell and Tina Clark; 14 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; her caregivers; her granddaughter Donna Stewart and Clara Nix; a brother-in-law, Cletus Hodge; a sister-in-law, Vera McDonald; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George T. Hodge; sons, Jerry Hodge and Jimmy Hodge; parents, Lavert and Vera Hellums; and a sister, Mytrice Brown.
Pallbearers will be Rivers Hodge, Mike Pickens, Bobby Pickens, Rob Stewart, David Clark and Tony Smith Jr.
Visitation will continue from noon to 2 p.m. today.
BOONEVILLE – Manuel Nicholas Contreras, 61, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Booneville Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Betty Mae McAllister Wiseman, 84, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Charleston, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Bessie Burke McAllister. She was married to the late Jackson Witcher Wiseman. She was a retired cashier for Walmart. She enjoyed and loved her family.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Endville Cemetery in Belden. A visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra Lynn Smith of Batesville; two sons, Gary Carl Wiseman of Bartlett, Tenn., and Michael Wayne Wiseman of Arlington, Tenn.; three sisters, Carol Gallup of Batesville, and Phyllis Wiggins and Marvetta Faye Smith, both of Rockledge, Fla.; two brothers, David Burk and Donald Burk, both of Campbells Creek, W.Va.; eight grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Jimmy Lee “Ten Speed” Smith, 75, died Monday, March 25, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. He was born June 17, 1937, in Lee County to Clyde Smith and Margie Box Smith. He lived his entire life in the Lee County area. He was married to Lois Hargett Smith, and worked many years for Pennsylvania Tire and Rubber Co. before retiring. He greatly enjoyed karaoke and playing pool with his friends. He was active in the Baptist church and had a strong faith.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a host of nieces, nephews, and other near relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois Hargett Smith; one brother, John Smith; and one sister, Betty Ransom.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.