By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Steven Lee Brase, 51, died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 10, 1961, in Alexandria, Minn., to Leonard and Bernice Brase. He was a graduate of Waseca High School in Waseca, Minn. He was a patriotic man, serving in the U.S. Army during peace time. He moved from Rogers, Texas, to Tupelo in 2009 and worked as a truck driver his entire adult life, being self employed during his earlier years, and working for Waste Connection in Pontotoc before becoming disabled. He served as a volunteer fireman and “Cowboy Up” was his phrase when anyone around him was down and out. His call was “Raccoon, Hammer, Cowboy,” and his cowboy hat was his trademark. He was a people person with a great sense of humor and a constant smile. He had many hobbies including NASCAR (Dale Earnhardt Sr. was his favorite driver), football (especially the Dallas Cowboys), and he loved to sing and dance. He was of the Baptist faith.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel with Bro. Terry Faulkner officiating. Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors include his fiancée, Sandy Borders and her children, Billy, Ashley and Ryan; two daughters, Brittani Shepherd (Shawn) of Canyon Lake, Texas, and Staci Kinnear (Devan) of Woodway, Texas; son, Colton Risen of Galveston, Texas; two brothers, Duane Brase of Waseco, Minn., and Russell Brase of Good Thunder, Minn.; five sisters, Janet Donvan of Mesa, Ariz., Darlene Larson of Waseca, Minn., Beverly Lanes of Janesville, Minn., Susan Buchert of Mankota, Minn., and Linda Koester of Reno, Nev.; his special brother, Floyd Waddell (Kathy) of Buckholts, Texas; and Geneva (Ma) of Belton, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Mary Ellen Ruedy; an infant sister, Celone Brase; and brother-in-law, Keith Larson.
Pallbearers will be his work associates, Yellow truck drivers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike “Big Mike” Collier, Tom “Wrong Way” Brown, Michael “Hillbilly” Koenig Sr., David “Bubba B.” Bralisha, Doug “Hammer” Harper, Tony Deleon and Jerry Wise.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Mississippi Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Assoc., P.O. Box 4091, Brandon, MS 39047 or Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, 109 Road 1966, Tupelo, MS 38804.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Zy’Dareon L. Spann, 2, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Union Hill Cemetery in Blue Mountain. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his mother, Amanda Sanders, and his father, Wilbur Spann; sisters, Akeviah Lashaye Brown and Emonee Leonica Spann, both of Blue Mountain; one brother, Tyrese Whitted of Atlanta, Ga.; and grandparents, Willie Mae Battle, Kelly Dewayne Battle and Elzie Otis Sanders Sr., all of Cairo, Ga., and Lillie Lipford Sanders of Blue Mountain.
PINEDALE – Martha Shirley Weeden Henson, 75, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Feb. 26, 1938, the daughter of Willie Lee and Ainzie Tura Smith Watson. She was a longtime member of Pinedale Church of the Lord Jesus Christ and a longtime member of a gospel quartet, The Gospel Four. She loved quilting, her family and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Pinedale Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Bro.David Bishop, Bro. William Cook, Bro. Terrell Permenter and Sis. Barbara Hollands will officiate. Burial will be in Christian’s Rest Cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by six children, Angelia Weeden of Southaven, James Weeden (Dee) of Myrtle, Bill Weeden (Nell) of Lonestar, ReJenna Cheney (Gary) of Ecru, Mechelle Mayo (T.J.) of Lafayette Springs and Melonia Howard (Michael) of Pinedale; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; brother, Perry Canerdy of Lonestar; sister Barbara Whitehead (Delaine) of Lonestar; many nieces and nephews; a brother-in-law, Jimmy “Tut” Wilder; and a special friend, Barbara Hollands of Ecru.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 34 years, W.L. Weeden; her husband of 21 years Wilburn C. Henson; three brothers; three sisters; great-granddaughter, Hailey Nicole Cheney; and great-grandson, Bentley Franks.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Cheney, Chad Bolen, Jerry Cheney, Tony Giompoletti, Richard Driggers and Eric Driggers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Austin Howard, Hunter Howard, Richard Kelso, Gary Cheney, Michael Howard, T.J. Mayo and Terrell Permenter.
Visitation will continue at the church until service time today.
RANDOLPH – Samiley Audrey Walker went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who enjoyed life. She will be greatly missed.
Services were Friday, March 8, at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Jerry Grammer officiated. Burial was in the Carey Springs Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc was in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Bobby Walker and Maggie Tackitt, both of Randolph, Peggy Payne (H.C.) of Sherman and Lynda Vail (Bobby)) of Columbus; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren,; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willis Loyd Walker; 13 brothers and sisters; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Joe Roberts, Paul Tackitt, Kevin Payne, Brad Payne, Justin Tackitt and Dustin Hardwick.
VARDAMAN – Jessie Virginia Edington Carter, 92, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at her home. She was born July 19, 1920, in Vardaman. She was a retired teacher’s aide at Vardaman Elementary School and a member of Primitive Baptist Church in Vardaman.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City. The Rev. Bob Ward will officiate. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery at Bruce.
Survivors include two sons, John Edington (Suzanne) Carter of Ridgeland and George Fredric (Kathi) Carter of Tupelo; one brother, William “Bill” Edington of Pascagoula; and a special caregiver, Georgette Helton of Vardaman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.E. “Dude” Carter; her parents, Grover “Doc” Edington and Minnie Orr Edington; three sisters, Lorene Ramage, Lillian Burt and Nora Parker; and three brothers, George Edington, Oakley Edington and Charles Bailey.
Pallbearers will be Grover Edington, Walt Edington, Phillip Parker, Henry Ramage, Everett Ramage and John Burt. The Bridge Club will be honorary pallbearers.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
GOLDEN – Gladdis Ivy Wigginton, 90, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates. She was born Feb. 11, 1923, to the Rev. and Mrs. C.L. Ivy. She worked at Blue Bell and then taught Headstart. She was a member of Old Bethel United Methodist Church for 75 years. She enjoyed sewing, cooking for her family and spending time with her great-grandchildren. She had been married to Dallas Wigginton for 70 years at the time of his death.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Old Bethel United Methodist Church at Golden with Bro. Earl McAnally, Bro. Bobby Hankins and Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Old Bethel Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Peggy Montgomery; a grandson, Mike Montgomery (Tammy); a granddaughter, Mitzi Ramsey (Vance); five great-grandchildren, Kalee Montgomery, Abby Montgomery, Austin Ramsey, Carly Ramsey and Tyler Ramsey; one sister, Rada Malone; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Ivy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Wigginton; a son, Bill Wigginton; son-in-law, James Arthur Montgomery; six brothers, Grover, Austin, Houston, Otha, Troy and Roy Ivy; and six sisters, Ruth Ivy, Bernice Sparks, Mary McAnally, Evelyn Ivy, Lorene Johnson and Mildred Sartin.
Pallbearers will be Tillman Ivy, Carroll Ivy, Vance Ramsey, Austin Ramsey, Merle McAnally and Ralph Montgomery. Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Castleberry, Clyne Pounders, Travis Wigginton and Tom Embrey.
Visitation will continue until service time today at Old Bethel United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Old Bethel Cemetery, c/o Community Spirit Bank, P.O. Box 430, Belmont, MS 38827.
CORINTH – John Leland Grantham died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors in Corinth.
MT. PLEASANT – Wade C. Jones, 52, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
TUPELO – Michael Brownlee, 44, died Feb. 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at New Hebron Church. Burial will be in New Hebron Cemetery in Egypt. N.L. Jones Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
ACKERMAN – James Williams, 48, died Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Rush Hospital in Meridian.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Gospel Temple in Ackerman. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. today at the church.
CASON – Benjamin “B.L.” Curtis, 88, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. Born Feb. 12, 1925, in French Camp, he was a son of the late Robert Leslie and Carrie McWarter Curtis. He was raised and attended school in French Camp. He owned and operated Curtis’s Grocery Store in the Liberty community for 27 years and attended Cason Baptist Church. Realizing he didn’t like retirement, he worked as a security guard for Army Aviation Support in Tupelo for 23 years. Enjoying the simpler things in life, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren and always stayed busy doing something.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Holly K. Curtis; daughters, Elener Wilshans of Little Elm, Texas, Ann Cheney of Smithville and Teresa Harlan (Eric) of New Hope; sons, James Herman Reifers (Dee Dee) of Pontotoc, Robert Reifers (Brenda) of Arlington, Tenn., and Ricky Reifers of Bowling Green, Ky.; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.
A celebration of life service will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Tommy Whaley and Bro. Shane Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be Phillip and Murlis Underwood.
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.
Robert Bramlett Sr.
PONTOTOC – Robert Henry Bramlett Sr., 76, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Pontotoc Hospital. He served 23 years in the U.S. Army Special Forces and was wounded in Laos during the Vietnam War. He received the Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars, the Army Commendation Medal and the Soldiers Medal. He was a tireless advocate for veterans in Pontotoc.
A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Pontotoc County Courthouse Court Room. Eulogies will be given by Judge Fred Wicker, and Judge Jimmie Roberts. The message will be delivered by Bro. Pete Gregory. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by five sons, Robert Henry Bramlett Jr. of Chicago, Randall Scott Bramlett of Fayettteville, N.C., Regan Keith Bramlett of Charleston, S.C., Russell Allen Bramlett of Fayetteville, N.C., and Ryan Patrick Bramlett of New Orleans; sisters, Argie Bramlett Warren of Pontotoc and Arrie Effie Brown of Pontotoc; and brothers, Thomas Edward Bramlett of Las Vegas, Lonnie Lunsford Bramlett Jr. of Chicago, Wayne Eugene Bramlett of Chicago, William Lee Bramlett of Pontotoc and Rayburn Bramlett of Pontotoc.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Lunsford Bramlett and Iola Lunn Bramlett; and two brothers, Dee Emmitt Bramlett and Paul Keith Bramlett.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the court room.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Legion Post 16, 278 N. Brooks St., Pontotoc, MS 38863.
ASHLAND – Milton Simpson, 96, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Bobbie Nell Roden
TUPELO – Bobbie Nell Russell Roden, 79, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at her home after a brief illness. She was born June 3, 1933, in Thaxton to Moody E. and Louallie Gafford Russell. She was a graduate of Thaxton High School and attended business school in Memphis. She was a stewardess for Southern Airways in the mid-1950s and later worked as secretary for West Main Church of Christ. She was the owner of Travel Center of Tupelo and worked at her son’s business, Roden’s Piano and Music. While working for Southern Airways, she met her future husband, Cliff Roden. They married Nov. 11, 1956. They were charter members of West Main Church of Christ in Tupelo, which she attended for over 50 years. She loved to travel and was an avid Ole Miss fan.
A service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at West Main church of Christ in Tupelo with Doug Greenway officiating. Burial will be at Lee Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Monica Spencer (Jimmy) of Tupelo; her son, Rusty Roden (Karen) of Lafayette, La.; her brothers, M.G. Russell (Jan) of Memphis and Danny Russell (Tonie) of Thaxton; her sister, Donna Pettit (Gary) of Thaxton; her grandchildren, Annina Spencer of Tupelo, PFC James Spencer of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Hallie and John Roden of Lafayette, La.; nieces, Betty Brotherton, Alicia Russell, Dana Troyer, Gaye Ellis, Jenna Kentner, Andrea Warren, Allison Armstrong; and nephew, Greg Russell; and several great nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Cliff Roden, on July 11, 1997; her parents, Moody and Louallie Russell; her sister, Joyce Bevil; and her nephew, Randy Bevil.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Robbins and her nephews-in-law, Chris Troyer, Charles Ellis, Berry Kentner, Greg Warren and Cory Armstrong.
Honorary pallbearers will be her special Friday night friends, Jane Kellum, Peggy Ramsey, Lamoise Young, Betty Barber, Glenda Malone, Mary Master and Evelyn McEwen, and special friend, Nancy Kilpatrick.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at West Main Church of Christ and from 1 p.m. until service time Sunday.
Memorials can be made in her honor to the American Diabetes Association or the building fund for the Riverside Church of Christ, 111 East Camellia Blvd., Lafayette, LA 70503.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Susie Turberville Gosa, 88, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at her residence in Aberdeen. She was born Nov. 14, 1924, to L.L. Turberville and Emma Boley Turberville in Hale County, Ala. She graduated from Haleyville High School in Alabama. She lived the past 65 years in Aberdeen, where she retired as co-owner of Gosa’s Curb Market. She was a member of Athens Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Athens Baptist Church with Bro. Stephen Ford officiating. Burial will be in Beeks Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the services.
Survivors include one daughter, Tanya S. Mathews (Sonny) of Aberdeen; three grandchildren, Jennifer Paden, Erica Monroy and Amelia Rader; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles Thomas Gosa; one sister, Margaret Whitfield; and six brothers, Henry, Lyston, Paul, Allen, J.S. and Hugh Tuberville.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at Athens Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Athens Baptist Church or Community Hospice.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
SAREPTA – Imogene Braddock Bockman, 79, died Friday, March 8, 2013, at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born March 26, 1933, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of Glenn Slacks and a member of Sarepta Baptist Church. An avid gardener, she loved working with her flowers.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce with Bro. Larry Wicker officiating. Burial will be in Sarepta Cemetery.
She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Reynolds of Pontotoc; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dock Braddock and Millie M. Arlan Braddock; her husband, Woodrow Bockman; two brothers, Bill Braddock and James Braddock; and two sisters, Helen Swanson and Alma Gray.
Pallbearers will be Carl Dean Braddock, David Braddock, Roy Braddock, Gary Cozart, Billy Poynor and Robbie Moss.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made @www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
IUKA – Vada Helen Gray Kay, 99, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial will be in Cypress Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MICHIGAN CITY – Elma Williams, 55, died Thursday, March 7, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs.
ABERDEEN – John Callon, 25, died Friday, March 8, 2013, in an automobile accident in Hamilton, Ala. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
RIPLEY – Tammy Akins, 46, died Friday, March 8 2013, at her home in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.