By NEMS Daily Journal
Rev. James Lewis
RIPLEY – The Rev. James Aron Lewis, 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, March 4, 2013. He was born on June 1, 1934, in Mantee and reared in Webster County. He was saved at the age of 8 and called into the ministry and preached his first sermon at age 14. He was a graduate of Clarke College at Newton; Blue Mountain College and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary at Wake Forest, N.C.. He completed 65 years in the ministry and served as a pastor for 55 years. He faithfully served as pastor of Horton Memorial Baptist Church, Pontotoc; Wallerville Baptist Church, New Albany; Northside Baptist Church, New Albany; Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Creedmoor, N.C.; Wolf Pond Baptist Church, Pageland, S.C.; Sunset Road Baptist Church, Charlotte, N.C.; Blue Springs Baptist Church, Blue Springs; Academy Baptist Church, Blue Mountain; East Louisville Baptist Church, Louisville; Cherry Creek Baptist Church, Ecru; and Liberty Baptist Church, Pontotoc. He was active in the Mississippi Baptist Convention, serving on the Executive Committee for six years in the late 1970’s, working with disaster relief and college development. He taught seminary extension courses through the Pontotoc County Baptist Association for 15 years and served as a hospice minister with the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center for 15 years.
A wonderful godly father, husband and grandfather, he had a huge impact on those around him and loved spending time with his family and encouraging others. He truly loved people and ministered to his congregations as God led him. He will be dearly missed.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cherry Creek Baptist Church. Bro. Roger Reeder, Bro. Gary L. Berry and Bro. George Steward will officiate. Burial will be at the Ecru Memorial Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Melba Purdon Lewis; his children, Charlotte Ann Lewis Berry (Gary) of Belton, Mo., and James Allen Lewis (Staci) of Pontotoc; nine grandchildren, John Berry, Grant Berry and Sierra Berry, all of Belton, Mo., Brian Berry of Springfield, Mo., Amber Lewis and Andrea Lewis, both of Pontotoc, Bryce Akins, Brant Akins and Leigh Allison Akins, all of Ripley; two brothers, Clatie (Maxine) Lewis of Atlanta, Ga., and Raymond (Helen) Lewis of LaGrange, Texas; one sister, Martha Knudsen (Ray Barton) of Conroe, Texas; extended family, Erich and Joann Munn of Ripley, and Sean and Shelley Akins of Ripley.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Terry and Martha Ann Shaffer Lewis; three brothers, Guy Lewis, Thurman Lewis and George Lewis; three sisters, Sarah Holland, Vera Lewis, and Florence Boyd; and his grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the Cherry Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 603, Ecru MS, 38841.
Online expressions of sympathy and guest registry are available at www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Sarah Lugean Alexander, 62, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at Select Speciality Hospital in Memphis. A native of Lafayette County, she was the daughter of Horace and Hattie Mae Wortham. She was a member of New Hope M.B. Church where she was a member of the choir. She was a manager for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Oxford. She loved to cook, sew, people and was one who smiled all the time.
Celebration of life services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Tallachatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building. The Rev. Odell Draper will officiate. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three sons, Ira Lee Hickinbottom, Thomas (Gloria) Hickinbottom and Michael Alexander, all of Oxford; four sisters, Mattie Norphlet and the Rev. Annie Ruth Hickinbottom, both of Taylor, Mary Bobo of Sardis and Brenda Wortham of Oxford; one brother, Jerry Mackey of Chicago; and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be one hour prior services at the church on Friday.
Robert M. Hall
BELDEN – Robert Mayo Hall, 71, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice. He was born Aug. 4, 1941, at Fairfield (Union Co.) to Frazier Mayo Hall and Sallie Elizabeth Holder Hall. He lived his entire life in the Northeast Mississippi area, graduating from Shannon High School. He married Ova Jo Pate on Dec. 23, 1961. He worked as a self-employed general contractor during his younger years. A hard worker, he drove a route selling Tom’s Peanuts, potato chips, etc., for many years. He was a member of Calvary Assembly Church in Tupelo. He enjoyed traveling to the Smokey Mountains, camping, gospel music and playing golf, which he did regularly. He was a special man caring for his family whom he loved dearly, and will be sorely missed.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Ben Raper officiating. Burial will follow in Tupelo Memorial Park. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Ova Jo Hall of Belden; two sons, Jeff Hall (Beth) and Chris Hall (Lacee), both of Saltillo; one daughter, Tammy Bartee (Ed) of Tupelo; two brothers, Milton Hall of Gulfport and James Hall (Sarah) of Nettleton; and six grandchildren, Tad Bartee, Matt Bartee, Adam Hall, Anna Hall, Madison Hall and Rosalyn Hall.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Walter Hall and infant, Junior Hall.
Pallbearers will be Tad Bartee, Matt Bartee, Adam Hall, Marcus Pate, Gerald Pate and Bobby Kent.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 12:30 p.m. to service time Friday.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
James R. King Sr.
VIENNA, Va. – James R. King went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Vanessa King; his sons, James King Jr. (Audrey) and Jonathan King; five siblings, Melvin Caldwell King Jr. (Deborah) of Pittsburgh, Calif., Mablean Grigsby of Belden, Dorothy Leasy (Joseph) of Belden, the Rev. Marlin Bennett King of Jackson and Linda Witherspoon (Carlton) of Belden; a half sister, Bobbie McKnight (Mose) of Nashville, Tenn.; two granddaughters, Jordyn King and Jenay King, both of Laurel, Md.; his mother-in-law, Pinkie Miller of Natchez; four sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Melvin Caldwell King and Annie Mae King, and one brother, Bobby Walter King.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean, Va. Interment will follow at First Baptist Church Chesterbrook in McLean. Chinn Funeral Service of Arlington, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.
Viewing will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
BELLEFONTAINE – Ruby Hood Richardson, 83, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery in Bellefontaine. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Ilene Stokes, 88, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born Dec. 7, 1924, to G.L. and Cora Ann Jones Moore. She enjoyed gardening and cooking.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Krech officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Linda Kay Padgett, Betty Carolyn Pitts and Patricia Ann Miller, all of Booneville; one son, Ricky Dale Stokes of Pascagoula; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 18 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman Stokes; one son, Gary Stokes Sr.; her parents; and one brother, Olan Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Betty J. Loden Dickson, 84, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013. She was born Nov. 25, 1928, to James Nando Loden and Hattie B. Deaton Loden. She enjoyed her work as a beautician, flower gardening and watching TV. She loved her cats and dogs. She was a very simple lady.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dorsey Memorial Cemetery with Pat Williams officiating. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two brothers, Troy Lee Loden of Albany, Ga., and Robert Noel (Janet) Loden of Conyers, Ga.; and one sister, Joyce Loden (Jim) Odom of Scottsboro, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her father, James Nando Loden, and mother, Hattie B. Deaton Loden; her husband, William Nathan Dickson; a brother, James Hoyt Loden; and sisters-in-law, Yvonne G. Loden and Ruth Williams Loden.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
FRENCH CAMP – Jean Bramlett, 70, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Memphis. She was a member of French Camp Baptist Church. She was a retired assistant teacher with French Camp and a homemaker.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at French Camp Baptist Church. The Rev. Randy Bridges will officiate. Burial will follow in French Camp Cemetery. Culpepper Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, Pam Nail, Tracie (Robert) Peacock and Amy (Scott) Nowell; son, John (Janice) Bramlett; sisters, Amelia (Glen) Olita and Judy (Steve) Herges; brothers, Ricky (Glenda) Hill, Billy (Judy) Hill and Harold Hill; grandchildren, Tara, Katie, Colin, Haley, Kelcey, Emory, Brady, Raney, Haiden, Kassidy and Tucker; and two great-grandchildren, Analisa and Kayden.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Ross Bramlett, and her parents, Cecil and Dorothy Doster Hill.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Stevens, Terry Nowell, Jeff Ward, Travis Grice, Chad Fauver and Greg McDaniel. Honorary pallbearers are Glen Peacock and Hugh Dendy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and after noon Friday at French Camp Baptist Church.
For online condolences visit www.culpepperfuneralhome.com.
GORE SPRINGS – Martha V. Pittman, 84, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at her home in Gore Springs.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Bradford Chapel Baptist Church in Calhoun County. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
TUPELO – Kentavious Isby, infant son of Tyquana King, died Feb. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Women’s Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.
GLEN – George Wayne Fowler, 67, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at New Hope Church of Christ. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral HOme is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time Friday at the church.
Online condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
Charles W. Johnson
TUPELO – Charles W. Johnson, 82, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
RANDOLPH – Samiley Audrey Walker, 98, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
ASHLAND – Joe Wayne Hurt, 75, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CORINTH – Peggy Allen Woodhouse died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a long illness. Born in Aberdeen on Oct. 19, 1940, she was a 1958 graduate of Aberdeen High School and a 1961 graduate of Baptist School of Nursing in Memphis. She began her nursing career at Monroe County Clinic and after caring for patients in Texas, Louisiana and Panama, served the final years of the career as director of nursing at Magnolia Hospital in Corinth. She served several years on the Mississippi Board of Nursing. An advocate for the sanctity of life, she was a charter member of the Board of Directors of Save-A-Life Ministries in Corinth. She also made eight trips to Romania with Romanian American Mission, where she provided medical care and helped spread the love of her Savior, Jesus Christ. She was an avid gardener, growing a wide variety of flowers and vegetables, and she enjoyed cooking, camping, collecting glassware and “junking.”
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Corinth. The Rev. Dennis Smith will officiate and her daughter-in-law, Ann Woodhouse, will deliver the eulogy. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Al Woodhouse, and two sons, Allen Woodhouse (Ann) and Jeff Woodhouse (Missy), all of Corinth; her grandchildren, Amy Woodhouse Richey (Jeremy) of Gulfport, Ben Woodhouse, Allison Woodhouse and Betsy Woodhouse, all of Corinth; one great-grandchild; sisters, Patsy Wright (Eugene) of Amory and Glenda Kroll (Morgan) of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Johnny Allen (Martha) of New Orleans, La.; a sister-in-law, Claudia Allen of Luling, La.; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Francis Randle Allen; and brother, Jack Randle Allen.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Ambassadors Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church, Merrill Sanders, teacher.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Oasis Medical Center, 2668 S. Harper Road, Corinth, MS 38834; or Romanian American Mission, 2801 U.S. 31 S., Decatur, AL 35603.
AMORY – Marie “Tessie” Kirk, 80, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013. She was born April 6, 1932, to Bob and Leona Shumpert in Smithville. She was married to Reggie Kirk. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She worked in a domestic capacity for many years. She enjoyed cooking, dancing and singing.
A celebration of life service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Frederick Adams officiating. Burial will follow at Siloam Cemetery in Smithville. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Gennie “Pie” (Joseph) Barr of Colorado Spring, Colo.; one sister, Herbine Marsh of Amory; one brother, James Shumpert of Amory; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Ozzie Lee Jenkins, Dezzie Lee Standifer, Azelene Nails, Mellie Mae Davis, Odis Shumpert and Agatha Patrick.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in state at the church from 11 a.m. until service time Saturday.
HOULKA – William Paul Alexander, 66, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was born Oct. 3, 1946, in Chickasaw County to Mark and Silvia Alexander. He married Mary Frances Sims on Nov. 22, 1997. He was a retired employee of Action in Pontotoc and a member of Schooner Valley Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, brother, papa and friend. He was a great Christian men with a loving smile and heart who was loved by all who met him. He loved his dog, Bob.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Brian Gann and Bro. Scott Broughton officiating. Burial will be in Pheba Cemetery in Clay County.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances Alexander of Houlka; five children: Karen Alexander of Pontotoc, Cynthia Moss (Ken) of Pontotoc, Erica Krogmann (Heath) of England, Lamar Bigham of Maben and Nicholas Bigham (Amanda) of Maben; one brother Donald Alexander (Peggy) of Houlka; two sisters Ruth Hall (David) of Pontotoc and Darthie Galloway (Harlan) of Houlka; 14 grandchildren, Cedric Alexander, Christopher and Damien Murphy, Kendra and Hannah Moss, Kristian, Eli, Abby, Lila and Anna Bigham, Ty Freeman, and Summerlee, Kara, and Asher Krogmann; his father-in-law, Dan Sims, his mother-in-law, Marie Landon; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be David Hall, Harlan Galloway, Grant Galloway, Blake Galloway, Keith Alexander and Mark Hall.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Online condolences may be made at www.southernfuneralchapel.com.
PONTOTOC – Ruth B. Bridgman, 88, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc. She was born April 22, 1924, in Pontotoc County to the Rev. W.M. and Cleora Davis Blansett. She married David Bridgman and enjoyed their life together raising a family until he passed away on Oct. 11, 1989. She was a Christian and a charter member of Black Zion Pentocostal Church. She was a retired employee of Brookwood Furniture. She dearly loved her family and friends. She will be remembered for her sweet spirit that was full of love and grace.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Wright and the Rev. Larry Hill officiating. Burial will follow at West Heights Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Marilyn Schallock and Diane Taylor (Terry); one son, Steve Bridgman (Margie), all of Pontotoc; one sister, Nan Jenkins of Southaven; one brother, Wayne Blansett (Pattie) of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.D. (David) Bridgman; her parents; one sister, Corrine Staten; one brother, James W. (Bill) Blansett; and one son-in-law, Allen Schallock.
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Tim Roberts, Scott Whitt, Jeff Taylor, Mike Taylor, Brad Bridgman, Vic Bridgman, Ricky and Dicky Blansett. Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Friday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.
OXFORD – Irene Smith Willard Bryant, 83, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Hermitage Gardens in Oxford. She was born in Lafayette County to Johnny Wesley Brewer Smith and Mary Ollie Stephens Smith. She was a retired service representative for South Central Bell and a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Order of the Eastern Star, Telephone Pioneers, 1001 Club, Priscilla Club and the Women’s Missionary Union. She also enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling and singing in the church choir.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Dr. David Ard officiating. Burial will follow in Cambridge Cemetery in Oxford. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband, Harold Vester Bryant, daughters, Linda Williams and Wanda Lamb of Oxford; a son, Amery “Bubba” Willard Jr. of Starkville; a sister, Christine White; her stepchildren, Diane Lehr of Harvest, Ala., Hal Bryant, of Collierville, Denise Bryant and Stephanie Bryant of Myrtle; five grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and 14 stepgreat-granchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cambridge Cemetery Fund, 400 Vivian Street, Oxford, MS, 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
BALDWYN – Ethel L. Oliver, 64, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Baldwyn Nursing Facility in Baldwyn. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
WEST POINT – Pearline Washington, 89, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at her home in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Carter’s Mortuary Services Chapel in West Point. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today.
WEST POINT – Stoney B. Terry, 66, passed away Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at J.F. Carter Memorial Chapel at Carter Funeral Home in West Point.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
OKOLONA – Jennifer Finnie, 45, died Friday, March 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 8, 1967. She was a former member of Blackwood Grove and a current member of The Word Church. She was a graduate of Nettleton High School. She will be remembered for her big smile.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Coleman Temple Church in Haven Acres with the Rev. Fredrick Adams officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her mother and father, Dorothy Emma and Bobby McGory of Okolona; two daughters, Lanishia Finnie (Nicholas) of Tupelo and Biancha Finnie of Okolona; one son, Damion Finnie of Okolona; one brother, Servantes McGory (Miranda) of Okolona; two grandchildren, four nieces, two nephews.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday.