Obituaries March 29, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Mattie Sue Blanchard
ABERDEEN – Mattie Sue Blanchard, 72, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at the Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. She was born Aug. 29, 1939, to Lou Ada Gates of Aberdeen. She accepted Jesus Christ and joined First Baptist M.B. Church in Aberdeen.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First M.B. Church in Aberdeen. The Rev. Willie A. Davis Sr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Lou Ada Gates; three sons, Michael Blanchard (Josephine) of Tupelo, Jerome Blanchard (Shirley) and Randy Blanchard (Angie) of Aberdeen; three daughters, Barbara, Frances and Sandy Blanchard, all of Aberdeen; two sisters, Verna Jones (Bo) and Annette Dawkins (Clyde) of Anaheim, Calif.; nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Willie James Smith and Annette Wright.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Annie Sue McFarland; her brother, George Hoskin; and her niece, Marie McFarland.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

James Allen Bishop
NASHVILLE – James Allen Bishop died Friday, March 16, 2012. A longtime resident of Nashville, he was born Sept. 26, 1952, to Algen N. Bishop and Rubye L. Chism in Union County.
He is survived by three sisters and three brothers.
He was preceded in death by his father, his mother and two brothers.

Sue Burcham
BOONEVILLE – Sue A. Burcham, 64, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at her home after a long illness. She was born July 4, 1947, to JC and Jewel Grey Stevens. She was a loving wife and mother.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Rex Bullock officiating. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, John Burcham; two daughters, Jennifer Burcham (Maris) Reece and Vicky Burcham; two grandchildren, Brooke Burcham (DJ) Kesler and Dylan Lee; a great-granddaughter, Ali Claire Kesler; her mother, Jewel Stevens; a sister, Exie “Need” (Buddy) Clark; two brothers, Kenneth “Bo” Stevens and James (Kay) Stevens; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father.
Pallbearers are Jason Downs, Jerry Clark, Jody Clark, Teddy Burcham, Garrett Reece and J.C. Bennett.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Joseph Radojcsics
TUPELO – Joseph Michael Radojcsics, 85, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 8, 1926, in Mansfield, Ohio, to Josef Radojcsics and Katherine Holzmiller Radojcsics. He served in the United States Army during World War II, stationed in Europe, where he was an interpreter at the Dachau War Trials. He later attended Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. On July 8, 1950, he married Anne Parsons, with whom he has shared almost 62 years. He and his wife moved to North Mississippi in 1967 with his job at Pennsylvania Tire and Rubber Co., where he worked for 24 years. Upon the closing of Penn Tire, he owned and operated Kurt’s Texaco with his son on West Main Street for 14 years, and he became affectionately known as “Joe Kool.”
He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 35 in Mansfield, Ohio. He was a lifetime member of both the Industrial Club of North Mississippi and the Okolona Country Club, where he was a former board member. He enjoyed the great outdoors; pheasant and quail hunting in North and South Dakota; mushroom hunting in Ohio and Michigan; and all types of sports including dirt track racing, basketball, which he also refereed, softball, bowling and golf. He shot a hole-in-one at Okolona Country Club at age 75. A jovial personality who loved his Coca-Cola, he was known as “Papa Joe” by his grandchildren. He was a member of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo.
A celebration of life memorial service will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at All Saints’ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Paul Stephens officiating. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Anne Parsons Radojcsics; his son, Kurt Joseph Radojscics of Pontotoc; his daughter, JoAnne Radojcsics Kent (Kevin) of Tupelo; his brother, Jake Radojcsics (Beverly) of Mansfield, Ohio, and Bradenton Beach, Fla.; his grandchildren, Jacob and Anna Kent of Tupelo; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Theresa Kasper Copland.
The family will receive guests in the church parlor from 3 p.m. until service time Saturday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

James Carter
SALTILLO – James Lyn Carter, 64, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at his residence.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at McNeil Cemetery with Bro. Bobby Holland officiating. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bonnie Lee and Myrtle Miller Carter, and a brother, Gerald Ray Carter.
Tom Baty
HAMILTON – Thomas Harold Baty, 79, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born April 21, 1932, to Jessie James Baty and Johnnie McConnel Baty in Scooba. He lived in Aberdeen before moving to Hamilton in 2004. He graduated from Kemper County Agricultural High School and attended East Mississippi Junior College at Scooba from 1952 to 1954. He received his bachelor of science degree in 1963 from Livingston State College in Livingston, Ala. He worked on graduate studies at Mississippi State University from 1970 to 1971 and Oklahoma University in Norman, Okla. He joined the service in 1950 and served in the Korean War. He retired in 1986 after 20 years as maintenance manager at Kerr McGee Chemical Corporation in Hamilton. He was president of T. Baty & Son Auto and Marine Sales in Hamilton from 1983 to 1993. He was a member of River Bend Baptist Church in Aberdeen, Gideon International and the American Legion of Aberdeen.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Dr. Roy McHenry and Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby Boyd Baty of Hamilton; three daughters, Terri L. Baty Collums of Brandon, Deborah K. Baty Ward (Roger) of Becker and Pamela S. Baty Welch (Dewayne) of Hamilton; one son, Richard W. Baty (Brenda) of Hamilton; nine grandchildren, Shane Baty, Chad Baty, Josh Baty, Farrah Newman, Trent Ward, Mandy Hadaway, Anthony Welch, Jason Welch, Courtney Bennett; 16 great-grandchildren, Allen Baty, Abby Baty, John Evan Baty, Isabell Baty, Baty Newman, Will Newman, Nicholas Newman, Ryan Ward, Chloe Ward, Payton Ward, Haley Brooke Hadaway, Ashlyn Hadaway, Zachary Welch, Tanner Brewer, Seth Welch and Brooklyn Bennett; and one brother, J.B. Baty of Hattiesburg.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Belva Foster
ASHLAND – Belva Jean Foster, 69, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.
Online condolences may be left at www.hsfuneralhome.com.

Mae Lee Holland
HOUSTON – Mae Lee Hearvey Holland, 90, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Hillcrest Hospital in Calhoun City. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Montgomery Mortuary Service in Houston.
Ricky Frierson
OXFORD – George Ralph “Ricky” Frierson, 62, died Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis. A native of Oxford, he was the son of the late Bennie Frierson and Levora Polk Frierson. He was a member of Second Missionary Baptist Church. He was a Marine Corps veteran and served in the Vietnam War. He loved sports and people.
Services will be at noon Friday at Second Missionary Baptist Church. The Rev. Andrew Robinson Sr. will officiate. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by three sisters, Bennie Jean Frierson, Stella (Shermon) Buford and Vickie (John) Admas, all of Oxford; and one brother, A.J. (Wilma) Frierson of Oxford.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Second Baptist Church.

Vance Boyd
PONTOTOC – Vance Boyd, 45, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 1, 1966, in Union County to Dennis and Mary Frances Folsom Boyd. He was a custodian for New Albany Schools.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Chapel Grove Holiness Church at Belden. Burial will be in Ripley City Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his parents, Dennis and Mary Frances Boyd of Pontotoc; one brother, Dennis Jr. (Angie) Boyd of Tupelo; one niece, Tityana Boyd, and three nephews, Ahmad, Micah and Kennedy Boyd; three great-nieces, one great-nephew; aunts and uncles.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Martha Clark
RIPLEY – Martha Maude Gavin Clark, 94, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral of Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Marcella Winters
NETTLETON – Marcella Winters died Tuesday, March 27, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home in Fulton.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Kerri Edge
SMITHVILLE – Kerri Edge, 25, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
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.
Jim Mosier
STARKVILLE – James Robert “Jim” Mosier, 52, died Saturday, March 24, 2012, at his residence. He was born April 2, 1959, to Robert and Sally Mosier. He was associated with Oxford Falls in Starkville.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kathy Jackson Mosier of Starkville; his mother, Sally Mosier of Tupelo; one brother, Bill Mosier of California; three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; two nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Mosier, and his grandparents, Harry and Ruth Mosier, and Charlie and Sarah Pegler.
Condolences may be left at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.

Alma McQuiller
PHEBA – Alma Irene Chandler McQuiller, 89, died Sunday, March 25, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church 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.

Pearlee Badie
PONTOTOC – Pearlee Hickman Badie died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

George Pulphus
OKOLONA – George “Little George” Pulphus died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.