By NEMS Daily Journal
PONTOTOC – Ulton Hayward “Big Munn” Munn 86, passed into his heavenly home on March 30, 2012, at the Pontotoc Extended Care. He was born Jan. 14, 1926, in Longview Community to Ulton and Callie Sappington Munn. He was married to Wilma Dillard Munn on July 2, 1952, and shared 52 wonderful years together while raising four sons before her homegoing on Feb. 7, 2005. He was a Christian and a member of Longview Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School teacher, Training Union leader, R.A. and Brotherhood leader. He served our country in the United States Army and received an honorable discharge. He received three metals: EAMETO/Europe-Africa-Middle East-Theater of Operations; Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory Medal. He worked at Rockwell-Delta for 38 years.
A celebration service will be Sunday, April 1, at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. George Steward officiating. Burial will follow in the Longview Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by four sons, Edwin Munn (Kathy), Marty Munn (Debbie), Joseph Munn (Carol) and Philip Munn (Denise); 12 grandchildren, Ryan Munn, Stephanie Vineyard (Chris), Michael Munn, Ginger Beghtol (Jason), Jennifer Blankenship (Rob), Maggie Patrick (Chuck), Lauren Munn, Annalea Munn, Rickey Munn (Desiree), David, Chris and Andrea Munn; six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four brothers, Floyd Munn, Billy Munn, Paul Munn and Jimmy Munn; four sisters, Gladys Dillard, Annie Fay Stubblefield, Louise Gentry and Dorthy Witt.
Pallbearers to serve will be Ryan Munn, Ricky Munn, David Munn, Chris Munn, Jason Beghtol and Rob Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Munn, Chuck Patrick and Chris Vineyard.
Visitation will be today, March 31, from 6 until 9 p.m. and Sunday April 1, from 1 p.m. until service at 3 p.m. at the Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.
TUPELO – Ruth Cannon Wilemon, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at The Sanctuary Hospice House after an extended illness. A native of Houston, she was born Feb. 15, 1928, to Melvin and Mary Foster Cannon. She was a devoted pastor’s wife, serving alongside her husband for over 50 years of ministry. She was a member of Wildwood Baptist Church. She enjoyed playing the guitar, camping, sewing, working in her yard, and being with her family. Her favorite pet was her dog, Chachi.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2012, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with her son, Pastor Dan Wilemon, and Pastor Alton Byrd officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Bro. R.J. Wilemon of Tupelo; her son, Dan Wilemon (Debra) of Tupelo; two granddaughters, Shonda Houser (Keith) of Pontotoc and Shea Wilemon of Tupelo; her stepgrandson, Brent Robbins of Tupelo; three great-grandchildren, Jason, Emma Kate and Gavin Houser; and a host of special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her great-grandson, Keith Martin Jr.; her sister, Jewel Cannon; and her brother, Mack Cannon.
Pallbearers will be Keith Houser, Criss Armstrong, Clay Armstrong, Cory Armstrong, Dale Wilemon and Ernie Wilemon.
Special honorary pallbearers will be Jason, Emma Kate and Gavin Houser. Honorary Pallbearers will be Harold Cannon, Denath Cannon and Darrell Cannon; and her pastor and evangelist friends and their wives.
Visitation will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. today at the funeral home and will continue from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
Memorials may be made to The Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Martha Maude Harrison Gavin Clark, 94, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County in New Albany. She was born Jan. 2, 1918, to Jessie Lee and Mary Virginia “Jennie” Scott Harrison in Choctaw County, Ala. She lived in several places in her life, but Butler, Ala., was her home. She moved to Ripley 30 years ago to help take care of some of her grandchildren. She was a homemaker. She was able to live out the remainder of her life at home with help from her sitters and caregivers.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel in Butler, Ala. Burial will be in Rock Springs Cemetery in Butler. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Martha Gavin Rolison (Gary) of Ripley; two sons, Rush Gavin (Nancy) and Mitchell Gavin (Marsha), all of Jackson Gap, Ala.; 10 grandchildren, Gary Wayne Rolison, Tony Rolison (Maria), Amy Rolison Melton (Bill), Jessica Rolison Jeter (Jason) and David Rolison (Brandy), all of Ripley, Milo Gavin (Kim) of Tampa, Fla., Scott Gavin of Dadeville, Ala., Lisa Gavin Ledbetter (Wendell) of Atlanta, Ga., Angela Gavin Smith (Kevin) of Alexander City, Ala., Laura Gavin Donald (Chris) of Birmingham; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and sitters and caregivers, Barbara Rowell, Mary Mask, Cindy Rutherford, Dorothy Boyd, Yolanda Carodine, Dacree Williams, Tina Rogan, Minnie Wade, Joyce Spight, Betty Clark and Dr. Eric Harding and staff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Roy Edgar Gavin; her second husband, Elisha C. Clark; three sisters, Edith, Gracie and Jeannette; and three brothers, Earl, Lee and Fred.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at Bumpers Funeral Home at 302 Vanity Fair Ave. in Butler, Ala.
To view and sign the onlineguestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Joe Edward Massengill, 63, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday.
NETTLETON – Marcella Winters, 82, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 24, 1930, in Fulton to Edgar Lee and Minnie M. Duncan Wallace. She was a member of the Itawamba Christian Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and being with her church, raising money for missions. She was a secretary for an auto parts manufacturer.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. JIm Wismer officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Ivy (Mary Jo) Wallace of Macedonia, Ohio; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman Paul Winters; and one brother, Homer Wallace.
Pallbearers will be Brad Goetz, Kyle Goetz, Jon Mattox and Wayne Mattox.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and from 11:30 a.m. to service time Sunday.
PONTOTOC – Earlene McKnight, 89, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her residence. She was a member of Turnpike Baptist Church for the past 10 years. She was a retired employee of Riveria Shirt Factory and a homemaker. She enjoyed her flowers and spending time with her family, and loved her church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Turnpike Baptist Church with the Rev. Pete Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in the Turnpike Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Juanita Owens (Jimmy) of Pontotoc; three sons, Gerald McKnight (Mary), Ted McKnight (Lori) and Billy Creel (Robbie), all of Pontotoc; one sister, Ruth McKnight of Southaven; one brother, Herbert Lavoy Burk (Joann) of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos Delter Burk and Ozella Baker Burk; her husband, Theron Addis McKnight; a son, James Dale McKnight; a sister, Dorothy Parker; and a brother, Evoy Burk.
Pallbearers will be Jackie Owens, Chris Owens, Nicky Owens, Nathan Owens, Tyler Mills and Colt Dye.
Visitation will continue until service time today at Turnpike Baptist Church.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
Mae Lee Holland
PITTSBORO – Mae Lee Hervy Holland, 90, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at her home in Pittsboro. She was born Oct. 26, 1921, in Calhoun County to Bill and Ellen Hervy. She was a lifelong homemaker and a member of Bridges Chapel M.B. Church. She was a fantastic mother to her eight children.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Bridges Chapel M.B. Church with the Rev. Tommy Goodwin officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary Services of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include four daughters, Mary (Humphrey) Graham of Houston, Mildred Holland of Port Gibson, Jimmie F. Holland and Pam Holland of the home; one son, Buster (Sarah) Holland Jr. of Flint, Mich.; one sister, Lucile White; three brothers, Lesley Hervy of Marion, Ind., Joe Hervy of Pontotoc and Sylvester (Rosile) Hervy of Bruce; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Buster Holland; three sons, Willie James Holland, Leonard Holland and Lonnie Holland; her parents; sisters, Johnnie Augustus Erby, Willie Rene and Ellen Faye Hervy; and five brothers, Lonnie, Herry, Albert, Willie James and Sammie Lee Hervy.
Lillie Pearl Blanchard
ABERDEEN – Lillie Pearl Blanchard, 83, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
SALTILLO – Ann Phillips, 62, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Fulton native, she was born Jan. 24, 1950, to Roy and Ruby Belle Bonds Tyler. She was raised in the Jug Fork community. A longtime resident of Greensburg, La., she worked over 20 years as a nurses aid in nursing homes in Louisiana and Mississippi. She enjoyed sewing and doting on her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Burial will be in Camp Creek Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Connie Manuel (John) of Jackson, La., Elsie Worley (Danny) of Amory and Ruby Newcomb (Alan) of Mantachie; one son, Buddy Worley (Diane) of Yazoo City; her mother, Ruby King of Saltillo; four sisters, Ella Tyler of the Carolina community, Brenda Jackson of the Fawn Grove community, Betty Floyd of Baldwyn and Jeanette Bridges of the Fawn Grove community; four brothers, Donald Tyler of Plantersville, Rickey Tyler of Saltillo, Calvin Tyler and Rodger Tyler, both of Birmingham, Ala.; 15 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Alan Newcomb, John Manuel, Zackary Worley, Jerry Worley III, Tony “T.J.” Parker and Andrew Cato.
Visitation will be 4 to 9 p.m. today at Saltillo Funeral Home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Early W. Fincher Sr.
MIDDLETON, Tenn. – Early W. Fincher Sr., 82, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, in Jackson, Tenn. He was born in Columbus, Ga., on Feb. 24, 1930, to Emory J.D. and Norma Ruth Smith Fincher. He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a truck driver for 45 years. In 2000, he opened Early’s Diner in Middleton and later moved it to Falkner. He loved people and enjoyed fishing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shackelford Funeral Directors in Middleton, Tenn.
Survivors include one daughter, Sissy Pogue of Clifton, Tenn.; two sons, Junior Fincher of Middleton and Allen Fincher of West Memphis, Ark.; six grandchildren, Robert Fincher, Kimberlee Johnson, Allison Fincher, Kyna Scott, Bobby Howell and Katelyn Howell; and eight great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by four sisters.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, visit www.shackelfordfuneraldirectors.com.
OXFORD – Nettie Iris Pulliam Stinson, 98, formerly of Walnut, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at her home in Oxford.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today at the church.
To view obituaries and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Frank “Lacey” Rye, 73, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born March 10, 1939, to Roy Franklin Rye and Lillie Cockerham Rye in Monroe County. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County.
A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Earl Fowlkes officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sisters, Marie Carlisle and Minnie Royce Guinn, both of Aberdeen.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and five brothers, John Rye, Atwell Rye, Guy Rye Sr., James Hoyte Rye and Randy Rye.
Pallbearers will be Chad English, Lewis Burroughs, Daniel Beasley, Bannan Besley, Guy Rye and Corey Warnick.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Sign the online registry and leave condolences at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BOONEVILLE – Ronnie Mack Lindley 56, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at his residence. He was born on April 6, 1955, in Baldwyn to Aaron and Margaret Ryan Lindley. He was a lifelong resident of Prentiss County and attended School in Booneville. He began his career working as a cook in a local restaurant, then worked at FMC and other factories for a number of years. He was a founding owner and operator of Booneville Machine and Metal. He enjoyed farming, raising quail, cooking, coin collecting and remodeling projects. He sponsored Little baseball teams for many years. One of his proudest achievements was supporting the 1999 Booneville State Champion football team which his son was a member. He attended the Church of Christ.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McMillan Funeral Home with Minster Tony Brown and Ricky Neaves officiating. Burial will be in the Prentiss Memorial Gardens. Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn in Charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Katie Jo Lindley; one son, John Ross Lindley (Bridget); three grandchildren, Aden, Cartlin and Johna Kate; his parents, Aaron and Margaret Lindley; one sister, Yvette “Vet” James (Gary), all of Booneville; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Guy and Gertrude Ryan, and Elzey and Leona Lindley; and his in-laws, Jimmy and Betty Jo Hill.
Pallbearers will be Bud Coates, Greg Burns, Jeff Ward, Tony Smith, Randy Ryan and Phil Ryan.
Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Booneville Machine and Metal.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. at McMillan Funeral Home.
OXFORD – Patricia Archie, 60, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
PONTOTOC – Pearlee Hickman Badie, 81, died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. A native of Pontotoc County, she was the daughter of W.Q. Hickman and Leona Cook. She was the wife of the late Joe Bell Badie. She was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church in Ecru, where she was a member of the Mother’s Board. She loved cooking, babysitting her grandkids and watching her soap operas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Paul M.B. Church in Ecru. The Rev. Lyndell Glaspie will officiate. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by eight daughters, Eliza Sloan, Maggie (James) Hobson and Onnie (Joe) Betts, all of Ecru, Doris (Dee) Tutor, Patricia (Howard) Townsend, Mary Badie and Mildred Long, all of Pontotoc, and Cathy Young of Tupelo; one son, Scotty (Delores) Badie of Aberdeen; three brothers, Caloway (Elnor) Hickman, Roger Hickman and Lynn Hickman, all of Chicago; two sisters, Mary Jean Brown and Frances Brown, both of Chicago; one sister-in-law, Lorene Shelton of Niagara Falls, N.Y.; one great-aunt, Velma Cook of Pontotoc; a special cousin, Annie Bell Pinson of Ecru; 21 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today with family hour from 6 to 7p.m. at the funeral home.
OXFORD – William Terry McDonald, 63, died Friday, March 30, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655.
Online condolences may be left at www.colemanfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Stella Faye Trim, 72, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Danville Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Danville Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation begins Saturday at 5:00 today and continues until service time Sunday at Danville Baptist Church.
John Denney Sr.
BAY SPRINGS – John A. Denney Sr., 91, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at the VA Nursing Home in Collins.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will follow at Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.
CALHOUN CITY – Lesa Gay Coker, 47, died Friday, March 30, 2012, in Calhoun City after a long illness.
Services will be at 5 p.m. Sunday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Gary Larson will officiate. Burial will follow in Bethel Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her father, Terrell Lee Coker; a brother, Randy S. Coker (Leighann); a sister, Candace Coker Strawn (Phillip); niece, Lakyn Strawn; nephews, Cole Strawn and Cameron Coker; aunts, June Coker Byrd (Les), Mona Larson (Gary), Darene Crenshaw (Kent) and Gwen McDonald; and an uncle, Andy Robbins.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ouida Coker McClarty; and her grandparents, Leon Coker and Onice Privette, and Oren and Frances Robbins.
Pallbearers will be Casey Crenshaw, Cole Strawn, Phillip Strawn and Kent Crenshaw.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Memorial donations should be made to Sanctuary Home Hospice in Tupelo.
Martha W. Scott
HERNANDO – Martha Webb Scott, 61, formerly of Belden, died Tuesday, March 27, 2012, at Hernando.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Billie J. Murphree
TUPELO – Billie Jane Murphree, 77, died Thursday, March 29, 2012, at her residence in Skyline. She was born in Toccopola on Sept. 27, 1934, to Alford Frank and Sina Beatrice Montgomery Flemons. She was a Jonestown High School graduate. Before moving to Skyline five months ago, she had lived in the Lake Enid area for more than 19 years.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Ron Richardson officiating. A graveside service will follow at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Gardens in Clarksdale.
Survivors include two sons, Tom Murphree (Debbie) of Alabaster, Ala., and Mark Murphree (Teresa) of Saltillo; one daughter, Gail Hester (Mike) of Tupelo; one grandson, Nate Hester; and two stepgrandchildren, Adam Haley (Cheryl) and Kim Brazil (Brandon).
She was preceded in death by her parents; and by her husband, Gene Murphree, on Sept. 4, 2008.
Pallbearers will be Nate Hester, Adam Haley, Brandon Benson and Ray Harmon.
Visitation will begin one hour prior to services on Sunday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.