Obituaries March 3, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Bro. Marvin Ward
PONTOTOC – Bro. Marvin “Tootie” Ward, 53, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at his home. Saved by grace, he was the pastor of Charity Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Charity Baptist Church with Bro. Lane Finley and Bro. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra; his daughter, Naomi Neff (Chris); his son, Nathan Ward (Kelly); five grandsons, Ely, Braydy, Luke, Caden and Ridge; his father, A.D. “Doug” Ward; brothers, Larry and Randy Ward; and sister, Jennie Ward.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Agnew “Dell” Ward, and a brother, Jerry Wayne.
Pallbearers will be David Allen, Danny Allen, Chris Neff, Cory Brown, Richey Crew and Ricky Taylor.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Charity Baptist Church; his church family; and five grandsons, Ely, Braydy and Luke Ward, and Caden and Ridge Neff.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to service time today at the church.

Novis S. Noe
SMITHVILLE – Novis Stanford Noe, 90, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born on May 6, 1921, in Sulligent, Ala., she was a daughter of the late D.W. and Etta Gilbert Stanford. She married Melvin Noe on Dec. 24, 1941. A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed taking care of her family. She was a member of Smithville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, housekeeping, spending time with her family and gospel music.
A private family funeral service will be held at 1 p.m today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Wes White officiating. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of more than 70 years, Melvin Noe of Smithville; daughter, Nova Noe Gillespie of Decatur, Ala.; son, Tommy Noe of Smithville; grandchildren, T.C. Noe, Ginger Noe, Crystal Noe, Jennifer Widner, Michelle Welander and Lisa Hanna; and several great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Hanna.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneral home.com.Woodie Murff Jr.
ABERDEEN – Woodie W. Murff Jr., 73, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at his home in Aberdeen. He was born June 14, 1936, to Woodie W. Murff Sr. and Cora F. Murff. He was a retired employee of Walker Manufacturing and a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Roy McHenry officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one stepson, Ricky Thompson of Hamilton; one brother Bobby Gene Murff of Aberdeen; three stepgrandchildren, Bryce Thompson, Jamie McMahen and Andy Thompson; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Mike Thompson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guest register and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.Judie Patterson
SALTILLO – Judie Lynn Patterson, 68, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. She was born Jan. 1, 1944, in Union County to Ellis and Ruby Fortune Little. She was a graduate of W.P. Daniel High School in New Albany and a licensed cosmetologist. Her latest job was working for Saltillo Senior Center. She possessed a caring and loving heart, was a caregiver to the elderly, and a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her greatest joy in life was her children and grandchildren. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Saltillo.
A celebration of life service will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jeff Lawrence officiating. Private burial will be in Vista Memorial Park in New Albany.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Jackie Patterson of Saltillo; two sons, Kevin Farrow (Lori) of Guntown and Chris Farrow (Kristi Evans) of New Albany; one sister, Patricia Henry (Don) of Cotton Plant community; and four grandchildren, Millie and Max Farrow of Guntown, Dustin Farrow and Emily Palmer of New Albany.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Daniel L. Little.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Farrow, Bradley Henry, Drew Henry, Tim Little, Robby Enfinger, Mike Scott and Max Farror. Honorary pallbearers will be the Saltillo Senior Center.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Dorothy Walters
SALTILLO – Funeral arrangements for Dorothy Dean Walters, 52, are incomplete and will be announced later by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.Leonard Croteau
BOONEVILLE – Leonard William Croteau, 64, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville.
There will be no visitation or services. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Viola Spears
CORINTH – Viola Spears, 99, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Mason St. Luke. Burial will be in the National Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Olen Easterling Sr.
BLUE SPRINGS – Olen Lamar Easterling Sr., 74, of the Jug Fork community, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Golden Living Center after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 8, 1937, in Union County to Leonard Sullivan Easterling and Ruth Irene Johnson Easterling. He was patriotic, serving his country in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Berlin Crisis. He worked for over 40 years as a truck driver for Malone & Hyde, Krueger Metal, Grant Trucking and Parker Trucking. His hobbies were mechanics, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren. He was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. John McAlister officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Jones Cemetery in Jug Fork.
Survivors include his wife of many years, Rebecca Hallmark Easterling of Jug Fork; three daughters, Mitzi Lee Easterling, Ashley Fair (Jonathan) and Anna Wilemon (James), all of Jug Fork; three sons, Terry Easterling (Linda) of Jug Fork, Johnny Easterling (Rena) of Baldwyn and Andrew Easterling of Jug Fork; one sister, Jennie Ruth Timmons (Jerry) of Jug Fork; 15 grandchildren, Chris Easterling, Melinda Easterling, Alana Easterling, Amanda Easterling, Brandon Wilemon, C.J., Britni, Amber, Alisa, William, Ashton and Shone Leigh, Tammy Sparks, Leslie Brown and Johnny Easterling Jr.; great-grandchildren, Dalton, Memory, Blakley, Brandon, Skyler, Shellby, Andrea, Jade, Trinity and Sydney; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Sammy, Quinton and Paul Neal Easterling; two sons, Ricky and Buddy Easterling; and one grandson, James Easterling.
Pallbearers will be Mark Hawkins, Danny Easterling, Bobby King, Donnie Easterling, Tomas Brown and Austin Easterling. Honorary pallbearers will be Bennie Easterling and grandsons.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Sunday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Retha Mae Barnett
RED BAY, Ala. – Retha Mae Barnett, 89, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at The Meadows in Fulton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.Dottie Stegall
PONTOTOC – Mary “Dottie” Stegall, 77, died Thursday, March 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in Verda, Ky. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church and a retired office worker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Victory Baptist Church with Bro. Doug Jones officiating. Burial will be in Victory Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Butch Stegall (Shelia), Lisa Stegall and Tami Onsby (Kelly); grandchildren, Amanda Stegall, Armour (Adam), Natalie Roberts and Bobby Onsby; great-grandchildren, Remington Roberts and Cort Aron; and a sister, Rebecca Lee Bain.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Dean Stegall; her parents, A.Z. and Sarah Huff; brothers, Robert Huff, Henry Huff and John Elbert Huff; and sisters, Lillian Blanton, Bertha Hair, June Pierce, Arlie Ridner, Lahoma Lewis and Mae Elliott.
Pallbearers will be John Williams, Shane Phillips, Neal Perry, Mike Montgomery, Steve Bramlett and Rick Chapin.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday, all at Victory Baptist Church.

Nyleene Mitchell
FALKNER – Almer Nyleene Mitchell, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at her residence in Falkner. She was born May 14, 1917, to James Henry “Jim” Robertson and Zula Zingara Drewery Robertson. She was a member of Falkner Baptist Church. She was a seamstress, gardener, horse enthusiast and known for her wonderful fried pies. She retired from Waldon Manufacturing and Pep Industries.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Doc Shelton and Bro. Bill Baker officiating. Burial will be in Falkner Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Zingara Wilbanks (Joe) of Falkner; one son, Joe Ralph Bates of Falkner; two sisters-in-law, Totsie Borrelli of Falkner and Clyda Robertson of Ripley; six grandchildren, Pamela Ann Coronado (Cleo) of Irving, Texas, Shelley Jo Rush (Bill) of Ovilla, Texas, Sherri Lynn Dooley (Danny) of Arlington, Texas, Joe Wilbanks (Theresa) of Thury-Harcourt-Normandy, France, Zandria Wilbanks of Collierville, Tenn., Kim Anderson of Athens, Texas; nine great-grandchildren, Robert Rush (Stephanie) of Athens, Texas, Lindsay Wilbanks of Memphis, Anthony Coronado (Sonia) of Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif., Marcus Coronado of Irving, Texas, Jeffrey Dooley (Christy) of Arlington, Texas, Josh Bryant of Southaven, Sherri Anne Coronado of Dallas, Texas, Bri’Ann Mixon of Athens, Texas, Savanna Anderson of Athens, Texas; eight great-great-grandchildren; and five caregivers, Mary Lively, Margie Stafiej, Sharon Mardis, Dicy Harmon and Betty Rainey.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Verner Bates and Ira Mitchell; her parents; three sisters, Corrie Etta Robertson, Carrie Eunice Robertson and Ethel Mae Robertson Tapp; nine brothers, James Gilbert, Hurbert Arlington, Thomas Lee, Ellis, Charlie Keith, William Clyde, Roy Mitchell, Gaines P. and Randolph Robertson; and one great-grandson, Jason Dooley.
Pallbearers will be Robert Rush, Steven Rush, Bill Rush, Josh Bryant, Cleo Coronado and Dan Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be Lindsay Wilbanks, Sherri Anne Bates, Bri’Ann Mixon and Savanna Anderson.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Research and/or Falkner Cemetery.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneral home.com.

Bobbie Nell Jenkins
BALDWYN – Bobbie Nell Jenkins, 78, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Landmark Nursing Home in Booneville after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.Stanley Morris
BOONEVILLE – Stanley Morris, 69, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 4 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Donald Lee Moore
BYHALIA – Donald Lee Moore, 62, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Blocker Cemetery in Olive Branch. Holly Springs Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.

Dorothy Morris
TUPELO – Dorothy Morris, 82, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home.

J.W. Calvary
OAKLAND, Tenn. – J.W. Calvary, 79, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Liberty Hill Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.

Eula Holcomb
FULTON – Eula Lavera Holcomb, 97, died Friday, March 2, 2012, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Dec. 15, 1914, in Tishomingo County to Jake and Carrie Viola Stacy Allen. She was a member of the New Bethel Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, traveling and loved her family and church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at New Bethel Baptist Church with Bro. David Holcomb, Bro. Brian Weems and Bro. Marc Howard officiating. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his son, Allen (Geraldine) Holcomb of Belmont; his daughters, Carolyn (Charles) Horn of Golden, Marilyn (Ronnie) Cunningham of Belmont; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Brooks Holcomb; a daughter, Louise Childress; a granddaughter, Pamela Kay Sparks; and an infant sister.
Pallbearers will be Alex Ewing, Tony Collum, John Howard, Steve Horn, Chris Cleveland, Tom Shadle, Rick Wargo and Cody Gray.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the New Bethel Baptist Church.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.