By NEMS Daily Journal
FULTON – Milton Moore Brown, 90, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at his home in Dorsey. He was born Dec. 2, 1922, in Starkville to the late James Quitman and Dovie Brown. He graduated from IAHS in Fulton in 1940 and then worked several odd jobs in addition to working on a farm for his dad. He married his high school sweetheart, Grace, on June 27, 1942. After being married for 18 months, he was inducted into the Marine Corps. He left home in November 1943, just five weeks before their son, Larry, was born. He was in boot camp in San Diego at Camp Pendleton. From San Diego, he left on a cattle boat, the USS Polk, headed to the South Pacific. His first battle was at Peleliu on Sept. 15, 1944. He was in the First Marine Division, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines and was a gunner on number 2 gun, a 75 MM Howitzer. From Pelileu, he went to Guadalcanal headed to Okinawa. He landed on Okinawa on April 1, 1945, on Easter Sunday. The battles in which he was involved were fierce, and several times he had close calls, even having the stock of his gun shot out from under him. When the war ended, lacking a few points to be able to come home, he was sent to China. He left China on Dec. 20, 1945, headed to the United States. Once he got back to San Diego, he rode a slow-moving train to North Carolina, then to Birmingham, where buses were on strike. He managed to catch another train to get the rest of his way home. He loved his country and gladly fought as a proud Marine, but he was happy and thankful to get home to his family. He finally was able to see his son for the first time.
After being home for a few months, he was employed by JESCO Construction Company where he worked for 42 years until his retirement. He and his wife, Grace, moved from Fulton to Dorsey in 1990. He and his family were longtime members of Trinity Baptist in Fulton and Bethel Baptist in Dorsey. He was a deacon and a Sunday school teacher. He was a faithful member of the morning coffee group at Comer’s, where he boasted of his membership in the Democratic Party. He had a lively sense of humor and a distinct personality. He was recognized each Veterans’ Day at the high school as a Marine; students knew he was the one who always waved his cap and yelled when the Marine Hymn was played. The highlight of his life was when his daughter arranged for him to go on the honor flight to see the WWII monument in Washington DC.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Bethel Baptist Church with his grandsons, Matthew Brown and Terry Lolley, officiating. Interment will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens with military honors. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his children, Larry (Twila) Brown of New Salem, Betty (Lonnie) Harris of Dorsey, James Moore (Kerri) Brown of Columbus, Ga., and John Mark Brown of Indianapolis, Ind.; his grandchildren, Kevin (Debbie) Brown, Larinda (Terry) Lolley, Matthew (Nikki) Brown, Joey (Mary Kate) Brown, Candy (Steve) Knight, Beth (Luke) Dycus, Lisa (Brad) Cresap, Austin (Brook) Brown, Jonathan (Grace) Brown, and Russell, Karli, Lyndi and McKenzi Brown; his great-grandchildren, Glynn and Jordan Brown, Morgan and Erin Lolley, Emily, Nason, Timothy, and Kelly Brown, Josiah Milton, Carpenter, Sadie and Anna Katherine Brown, Noah and Anna Catherine Brown, Shelby and McKenzi Knight, Hannah and Eli Dycus, and Taylor and Caden Cresap; his sister, Mary Lilly Black; and his sister-in-law, Clyda Martin.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Grace; his parents, James Quitman and Dovie Brown; and his brother, James Edward Brown.
Pallbearers will be Kevin, Glynn, Jordan, Joey, Austin and Russell Brown, and Caden Cresap. Honorary pallbearers will be all the employees of JESCO.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton and from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the Bethel Baptist Church.
SHANNON – Robin Filgo died at home on April 28, 2013, after a long bout with cancer. Robin was a people person and a well known raconteur who loved entertaining people, especially children. He had a fine bass voice and loved singing. He adored his pets and they him. Robin was born on July 7, 1921, and grew up in Shannon. Leaving the South behind at age 19, he went to make his mark in California. He worked in an aircraft assembly plant during the pre-war years where he met his first wife, Maurice Bagley. During World War II, Robin enlisted into the Army Air Corps and trained as a pilot. After the war he worked as a carpenter and started his own construction business. He became a contractor and built several homes in San Diego. He and Maurice had five children, Robbie, Jerry, Susan, Sandy and Greg.
In the mid-sixties Robin began a second career with the Navy as a civilian construction supervisor for which he won numerous awards. His work took him across the country and around the world. Robin retired from the Civil Service in 1983 and returned to Mississippi. He settled in Tupelo where he married Jean Westmoreland Lummus. Not ready to retire, Robin began another business. The only thing that slowed him down was Alzheimer’s disease which he battled for over 10 years with the support of his wife, Jean.
Robin was preceded in death by his parents, Ottis and Erin Morgan Filgo; his former wife, Maurice Filgo; his sister, Mary Fulman; his brothers, Fred and Jimmy Filgo; and his son, Jerry.
Survivors include his wife, Jean; his sister, Martha Jane Trenor; his brother, Jack Filgo; sons Robin and Greg Filgo; daughters Susan Murray and Sandra Olson; stepdaughter, Jean Lummus Lollar; along with 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Robin will be buried at Lee Memorial Park. A private service will be held at a future date. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The family would like to sincerely thank Sanctuary Home Hospice, the Rev. Earl McAlilly and Robin’s caretakers for giving Robin the best of care in his final months. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
RIPLEY – James Franklin Johnson, 68, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Rest Haven Nursing Home. He was born March 8, 1945, to Alice and Charlie Johnson.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. James Church of God in Christ with Pastor James Howell officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by seven children, Angela Johnson, Gregory Keith (Kiersten) Johnson, Leonard (Robin) Johnson, Cathita (Harry) Richardson, Denise Edgeston, Brandie Johnson and Shekellia Peterson; six sisters, Mattie Mae Johnson, Alice Faye (Eugene) Hines, Rita (Freddie) Srpight, Charlene (Ted) Luester, Zelda )(Harry) Barton and Patricia (Charles) Stricklin; three brothers, Claudie (Ruby) Johnson, Howard (Jean) Mitchell and Robert (Ellie) Evans; 14 grandchildren; three special friends, Donnie Gaillard, Michael Prather and Clem Adams.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, J.C. Johnson and Jimmy Johnson; and a sister, Nelda Perry.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service time at the church.
NEW ORLEANS – Gerald A. Maillian, 75, passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013. He was a native of New Orleans and lived there until relocating to Tupelo after Katrina. He was a retired Marine draftsman.
Services were Tuesday, April 30, at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home.
He is survived by two daughters, Clare Maillian and Therese Dupre (Michael).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alice and John Maillian, his wife, Beverly Yokum Maillian.
Condolences may be expressed at www.schoencanalstreet.com.
SALTILLO – Richard Laurence Smith, 91, passed on to see the Lord on Monday, April 29, 2013, at Cedars Health Care Center in Tupelo. He was born July 8, 1921, in Tupelo to Emily Sisk Smith and Rufus O. Smith. He was reared in Christian Science. He was educated at Tupelo High School and the University of Mississippi, where he attained a law degree in January 1951. In his profession as an insurance adjustor for the United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company (USF&G). He was promoted to the head of the office in Greenwood, where he retired. He and his wife, Earline Wood Smith of Dorsey, moved back to the Tupelo area and built a retirement home at the Saltillo Fishing Club. He enjoyed boating at J.P. Coleman Marina during his retirement years where he met many friends.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Dr. Kevin Clayton officiating. Burial will be in the Keyes Cemetery.
Survivors include his son, James Wood Smith of Saltillo and fiancée, Jeri Swift Beard.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Earline Wood Smith, who died Nov. 28, 2008; his parents; one brother, Robert O. Smith; two sisters, Jane S. Miners and Frances Sherer; and his maternal grandparents, Francis Marion Sisk and Karen Harris Sisk.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Roy Quay Bryant, 69, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a long illness. He was born June 16, 1943, in Pontotoc County to Roy Lee and Erlene LaVey Bryant. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, 323rd Engineering Company out of Camp Shelby. A computer technologist, he worked for First Tennessee Bank for many years until his retirement in 2004. He enjoyed buying and selling antique cars and loved raising and tending to his boxer puppies which he never could seem to give away or sell.
A graveside service will be held for the family at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lee Memorial Park Mausoleum with Bro. Sammy Coker officiating. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Kelli Michelle Otts of Tupelo, and his granddaughter, Kelsey Otts of New Albany.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Herald and Birdie Wages, and Willard and Mamie Bryant; and a sister, Mary Delores Bryant.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice House.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
MEMPHIS – Sharmin M. Patterson, 32, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. She was born April 23, 1981, in Amory. She was a stage hand and worked numerous music sets with many talented artists. She was very artistic and enjoyed drawing and painting. She loved animals, especially Lucy, her Chihuahua. She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church in Verona.
Services will be at noon Thursday at First Pentecostal Church in Verona with the Rev. John McAlister and the Rev. Scott Kitchens officiating. Burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two children, Brianna Barnes of Booneville and Gabriel Patterson of Tupelo; one brother, Bill Brand of Wren; two sisters, Sherri Busby (Corey) of Saltillo and Amanda Thrasher (Jacob) of Blue Springs; her mother and stepfather, Patricia and Mike Foradori of Booneville; her father and stepmother, Bill Brand Jr. and Sandra of Wren; and her grandparents, Earvin Terry of Nettleton and Peggy Floyd (Ray) of Blue Springs, and Louis and Ruby Brand of Aberdeen.
She was preceded in death by her son, Timmy “Jacob” Patterson.
Pallbearers will be Jacob and Bryson Thrasher, Danny and Guy Terry, Freddie Keith and B.J. Lindsey.
Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until service time Thursday.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
GOODLETTSVILLE, Tenn. – Matthew Wayne “Beezy” Bess, 32, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, April 27, 2013, in Boulder, Colo. He was born Aug. 31, 1980, in Nashville, Tenn. He grew up in Dickson County, Tenn., where he played baseball, basketball and attended Oakmont and Dickson Elementary. He came to faith in Christ while in Dickson and was baptized by his father. He moved to Tupelo at 12 years old. He played on travel baseball teams and AAU basketball teams. He played basketball for the Tupelo Golden Wave from 1996-1999 with a team record of 93 wins and seven losses. He graduated from Tupelo High School in 1999. He then attended Welch College in Nashville, where he played basketball for the Flames for four years. He was second all time in 3-point field goals, hitting 225 shots, and sixth all time in scoring with over 1300 points. He was an All -Regional selection and played in over 120 games. He graduated in 2004 with a B.S. degree in exercise science. He worked in Metro Nashville Public Schools from 2005 to the present. He worked in building improvements in Durango, Colo., for a short time. He was a people person who loved life and he was an excellent storyteller. A lover of music, he had a strong passion for the music of Phish and Wide Spread Panic, and he sang vocals with Corleone. A wonderful son, loving brother and faithful friend, he will be sadly missed and never forgotten.
He is survived by his parents, the Rev. Wayne Bess and Teresa Bess; sisters, Melody Cothern and Melissa Terrell; his grandparents, Melvin and Ruth Bess; nephews, Nathan Bess, Jackson Cothern and Noah Terrell; and his girlfriend, Lauren Brannon.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Troy and Doy Akers.
A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Goodlettsville First Baptist Church. Col. Byron Deel and the Rev. Wayne Bess Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden. Forest Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be his cousins, Allan and Andy Locke, Troy and Patrick Akers, Blake Burgett, Mark Bess, and nephew, Nathan Bess.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Welch College Flames Basketball), Cumberland Youth Camp or Ashland City Free Will Baptist Church.
AMORY – Stanley Doyle Hadaway, 76, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 25, 1937, in Amory, he was a son of the late Earnest Edward and Irene Alred Hadaway. He married Mary Jo Isbell on June 21, 1958. He grew up in Amory and graduated from Hatley High School and attended Itawamba Community College. A devout Christian man, he was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Amory. He honorably served his county in the Army, owned and operated Amory Marble Works for several years, and was a self-employed carpenter. A jack-of-all-trades he loved his family, especially his grandchildren, enjoyed working in his shop and playing golf.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, Mary Jo Hadaway of Amory; daughters, Christy Hadaway Brown of Smithville and Carol Ann Hadaway Bilbrey (Joey) of Florence, Ariz.; sons, Steve Hadaway (Tamra) of Roswell, N.M., and Tommy Hadaway of Morris, Ill.; brother, Wayne Hadaway of Amory; grandchildren, Ashley, Joseph, Savannah and Caleb Bilbrey, McKayla, Allie and Madison Brown, Spence, Alaina and Dylan Hadaway; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Hadaway.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at First Freewill Baptist Church in Amory with Bro. Randy Wright and Pastor Joey Bilbrey officiating. Burial will follow in Amory Historical Masonic Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tommy, Lynn, Eddie, Jerry, Teddy and Phillip Hadaway, Kenny Isbell and James Young. Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Adult Sunday School Class of First Freewill Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory. The body will lie in repose from 10 a.m. until the service hour Thursday at the church.
Donations may be sent to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
AMORY – Margaret Marie Turner Bailey, 82, died on Monday, April 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born Jan. 8, 1931, in Houlka, she was a daughter of the late William Roy and Lera Smith Turner. She was a graduate of Becker High School. Guided by her faith in God, she was a member of East Amory Baptist Church, where she served as organist. Much of her time was spent with her sisters and the ladies from East Amory Baptist Church. Her hobbies included watching tennis, gardening and visiting her son in Florida.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at East Amory Baptist Church with Bro. Roger Akers officiating. Burial will be in the Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Angela Doty (Roman) of Tupelo; two sons, Michael Bailey (Jay) of Vero Beach, Fla., and Kenneth Bailey of Amory; three sisters, Geraldine Ritter, Janette Cantrell (Voy) and Barbara Rollins (James), all of Amory; six grandchildren, Eric Bailey (Jennifer), Brittany Fryar (Caleb), Lauren Flynn (Kyle), Dustin Bailey, Demi Doty and Kenley Bailey; and five great-grandchildren, Olivia and Kamden Bailey, Brittan and Bella Marie McLearen, and Bailey Grace Flynn; and nieces and nephews, Steve Turner (Pam), Sharon Harris (Rickey), Sheila Lynk, Susette Bishop (Jeff) and John Seymour Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, William L. “Red” Turner; and a sister, Carolyn Hathcock Seymour.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Harris, John Seymour, Steve Turner, Jeff Bishop, Blake Olson and men of East Amory Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose from 12:30 p.m. until service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to East Amory Baptist Church, 905 Hatley Road, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE, Ark. – Marjorie Harris Klek, 72, died Thursday, April 25, 2013. She was born July 16, 1940, in Marietta to James Cecil and Lena Pearl Pounds Harris. She was a Girl Scout Brownie troop leader and active in a number of activities at Booneville Elementary School where she was known as “The Popcorn Lady.” She was involved in many activities with the Class of 2001 in Booneville High School. She loved her family and grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and an avid gardener.
She is survived by her husband, William Klek of the home; three daughters, Karen Bullard of Booneville, Ark., Mary Piovesan of Bellingham, Wash., and Amanda Klek of Booneville, Ark.; one sister, Marilyn Turvaville of Marietta; one brother, Wyndel Harris (Elledith) of Marietta; two sisters-in-law, Betty Harris of Greenwood, Ark., and Altie Harris of Alapha, Ga.; five grandchildren, Melissa Hathcoat of Victoria, Texas, Nicole Piovesan of Redmond, Ore., Tony Piovesan of Seattle Wash., Joleigh Tate of Booneville, Ark., and Clayton Wingfield of Alma, Ark.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Nancy Harris; and four brothers, Bobby, Kenneth, Waymon and Pounds Harris.
Pallbearers were her nephews and great-nephews.
Services were Monday, April 29, at Booneville Funeral Service Chapel in Booneville, Ark. Burial was at Old Union Cemetery at Hackett, Ark.
Online guestbook can be signed at www.boonevillefuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – Randy Ray Moore, 63, died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Paul Gordon Hatfield, 78, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He attended Jumpertown Church of Christ. He worked for Asplundh Tree Co. for 25 years. He retired from Tupelo Public Works. He enjoyed fishing and doing yard work. He loved his family dearly.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Kesler Funeral Home Chapel in Baldwyn with Bro. Terry Roberts officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Cora Hatfield of Booneville; two daughters, Anna Wren (Glen) of Baldwyn and Renee Roberts (Terry) of Booneville; two sons, Gary Hatfield (Gail) of Blackland and David Hatfield (Phyllis) of Starkville; one sister, Shelby Roberts (Charlie) of Baldwyn; nine grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Acker and Rachael Hatfield; one daughter, Shelia Coleman; and one brother, Robert Hatfield.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
IUKA – Lois J. Long, 99, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.
Services with Eastern Star rites are scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka,. Interment will follow in Forked Oak Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Food Depot, P.O. Box 36, Iuka, MS 38852.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
MYRTLE – Von Marion Ray, 89, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at his residence. He was born March 19, 1924, in Myrtle to John L. Ray and Lois Helton Ray. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He was self-employed as an upholsterer. He loved gardening, bird hunting, fishing and telling stories with his friends. He was a member of Myrtle United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with Dr. Lou Zemek officiating. Burial will be in the Candy Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three daughters, Linda Chism (Larry), Patricia Jeter and Barbara Gates (Terry), all of New Albany; four sons, Larry Ray (Kim) of Saltillo, Jerry Ray, Harry Ray (Beth) and Larry D. Ray (Sherry), all of Myrtle; 23 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Hilda Ray; and a son, Steve Ray.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Chism, Brad Ray, Corey Jeter, Patrick Jeter, Stevie Ray, Jay Ray, Joey Gates, Jason Gates, Jake Ray, Jason Ray and Roman Ray.
In honor of Mr. Ray, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Marine Corps at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
STARKVILLE – Dalton Lee Miller, 90, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at his home in Starkville. He was a member of Starkville Church of Christ and served as an elder for several years. He was active in Oktibbeha County Agriculture Club and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, where he taught swimming to Navy recruits. He received his B.S. degree in agricultural engineering from Mississippi State University in 1950. He went to work for Pontotoc County Power Association and raised chickens in Pontotoc. He moved to Starkville in 1958 and went to work for the Extension Service. He continued his education and received a master’s in agricultural engineering in 1970. He continued to work for the Extension Service until he retired in 1985. He received a Distinguished Service Award in Hershey, Pa., in 1985 from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents for his leadership in the Agricultural Engineering Department and design of swine facilities from farrowing through finishing, grain drying and storage systems design. He started a carwash business in 1965 and continued to grow and build the business until he passed away. He enjoyed the outdoors, drinking coffee with buddies, crappie fishing and gardening. He was passionate about donating to causes such as St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Easter Seals.
He is survived by his sons, Lee Andrew (Gwen) Miller of Starkville, Timothy Dalton (Danette) Miller of Houston, Texas, and Orin Hyman (Cindy) Miller of Starkville; grandchildren, Kyle S. Miller and Jordan J. Miller of Houston, Texas, Ashleigh N. Miller and Morgan E. Miller of Starkville; nephew, James Miller of Houston, Texas; nieces, Margret Green of Columbus, Balinda Miller of Laurel and Patricia Miller of Grenada; and special friend, Evelyn Pritchard of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clint and Pearl Miller; brothers, Otis K. Miller and A. Bernard Miller; his wife of 54 years, Juanita C. Miller, who passed away Aug. 20, 2001; and a daughter, Molly E. Miller, who passed away Sept. 16, 2009.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Starkville Church of Christ. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Starkville Church of Christ. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Park Cemetery in Starkville. Welch Funeral Home of Starkville is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital and Palmer Home for Children.
Sign the online guest register at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.
PITTSBORO – Frances Lucille Head Watson, 96, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Bruce Community Living Center. She was born Feb. 21, 1917, in Dale, Okla., to John Roy Head and Bessie Bell Head. She was a retired employee of Kellwood and a member of Duncan Hill Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Duncan Hill Baptist Church in Derma. Bro. Benny Hill and Bro. Robert Alexander will officiate. Burial will be in Providence Cemetery at Bruce. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Geneva Morris of Seabrook, Texas, Jane Hammett of West Monroe, La., and Judy Starks of Calhoun City; one sister, Maxine Craigo of Birmingham, Ala.; two brothers, Raymond Head and George Dewey Head, both of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren, Debra (Mike) Griffin, Laura (Bill) Addiego, Timothy (Janet) Morris, Shelly (David) Stoddard, Alice (Julius) Massey, Julie (Matt) Fulton, Olivia Bonner and Rhonda (Hoyt) McCormick; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She receded in death by her husband, Russell Watson; her parents; two sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be David Stoddard, Julius Massey, Matt Fulton, Tim Morris, Hoyt McCormick and Robbie Head. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Duncan Hill Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Duncan Hill Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Cemetery Association, c/o Darlene Box, P.O. Box 1277, Bruce, MS 38915.
Online Condolences can be left at Pryorfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Inez Hastings died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Longwood Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
CEDAR BLUFF – Pauline “Polly” Williams, 75, passed away on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Medical Center-GT in Columbus. She was born Aug. 21, 1937, in West Point to Sarah Elizabeth Arick and Tom Lee Williams. She had worked at Kroger as a deli manager for 11 years. She was a member of Cedar Bluff United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Junior Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Bluff Methodist Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Amy Sue Hodnett of Pensacola, Fla.; two sons, Don Hodnett of Cedar Bluff and Mark Hodnett (Roxanna) of Santa Cruz, Bolivia; three grandchildren, Justin, Nicole and Natalie; three great-grandchildren, Georgia, Kelly and Tommy; and one brother, Neal Williams (Margie) of Cedar Bluff.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four sisters, Bessie Davis, Lou Simpson, Carolyn Jackson and Bonnie Farley.
Pallbearers will be Don Hodnett, Mark Hodnett, Justin Truex, Peyton Nash, Chuck Portera and Steve Portera. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Williams, Tommy Williams, Derrick Simpson, Tim Davis and Jimmy Farley.
Memorials may be made to Cedar Bluff Methodist Cemetery Care Fund, c/o Janet Watkins, 135 Mhoon Valley Road, West Point, MS 39773; or to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39701.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
WEST POINT – Tommy L. Rushing, 75, passed away on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born Oct. 18, 1937, in Cleveland to Ora Rebecca Burgess and William Tommy Rushing. He worked in janitorial for the Blazon Tube Corporation for 25 years. He was of the Pentecostal faith. He married Violet Lee Collier Rushing on Aug. 30, 1965, in Greenville. She preceded him in death on Jan. 16, 2007.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Ridge Cemetery at Kosciusko with the Rev. Neal
Rammage officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Rickey Harrell (Patricia Porter) of West Point; one sister, Lyndhale Petrozza of Greenville; and one brother, Marvin Rushing of Madison, Wis.
Visitation will be from 10:45 a.m. until service time Friday at the graveside.
Friends may leave online condolences at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Hazel M. Christian Cantrell, 77, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at The Meadows in Fulton. She was born Dec. 7, 1935, to Marvin Christian and Emmaglo Plunkett Christian Guida in Tupelo. She retired from Hazel’s Country Kitchen after many years of service. She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, going to Barnhill’s to eat, fishing and cooking. She loved her church, Emmanuel Baptist Church. She was a beloved mother and grandmother and will be sincerely missed by all her family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home in Fulton with Bro. David Harrell officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Methodist Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three daughters, Denise Serrano of Waukegan, Ill., Janice Moran of Andalusia, Ala., and Tina (James) Boggs of Rogersville, Tenn.; three sons, Kenneth (Mary) Cantrell of Golden, Tim (Darlene) Cantrell of Belmont and Tommy Cantrell of Zion, Ill.; 29 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; two brothers, James (Deloris) Christian and Wayne (Wanda) Christian, both of Waukegan, Ill.; and a daughter-in-law, Donna Flowers of Sanford, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin Christian; her mother, Emmaglo Christian Guida; a son, Michael Flowers; a daughter, Teresa Eastman; and a sister, Deloris Dixon.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
HORN LAKE – Kelly Rae Ingle, 35, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven. She was born April 11, 1978, in New Albany. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Bobby Butler officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Ann Richardson (Lonnie) of Seymour, Tenn.; her father, Kent Wilson Kyle of Blue Springs; her grandparents, Herman and Lois Callicutt of Myrtle; a son, Chandler Rodgers, and daughter, Shelby Rath, both of Horn Lake; a brother, Shane Callicutt (Radene) of Salem, Mo.; twin sister, Kimberly Ezell (Brian) of Hurricane; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Shane McMillen, Jeremy McMillen, Seth Gaines, Austin Haynie, Destin Wells and Walker Dodson.
Visitation will be from noon until service time, Thursday.
Memorials may be made to Mental Health Services, Region III, 2434 S. Eason Blvd, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Rev. David Bledsoe Sr.
CORINTH – The Rev. David G. Bledsoe Sr., 78, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Corinth.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Interment will be in Arlington Memorial Gardens in Mount Healthy, Ohio.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
OXFORD – Hugh Maxel Goforth, 79, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at The Med in Memphis.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Waller Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Richardson officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peter’s Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. Thursday.
He held bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He was a retired engineer at North Mississippi Regional Center. He was a specialist 3rd class in the Army worked for Boeing Lockheed. His interest and admiration of NASA and space exploration led him into a dream job working on Apollo and Saturn as an engineer with Brown Engineering Company in Huntsville. He was a member of North Oxford Baptist Church and a volunteer at The Pantry.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Ruth Karr Goforth; two daughters, Tina Goforth Ross and Jimmy of Oxford and Anne Hernandez and Nelson of Marietta, Ga.; two sons, Hugh Maxel “Max” Goforth and Patrick Kittredge, both of Memphis; and two grandchildren, MacKenzie Ross of Oxford and Nelson Hernandez Jr. of Marietta, Ga.
Memorials may be made to The MED Foundation, 877 Jefferson Ave., Memphis, TN 38103 or the LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center, 50 N. Dunlap, Memphis, TN 38103-9984.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
CAIRO – Clovis J. Isbell, 83, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Clausel Hill Independent Methodist Church. Interment with military honors and Masonic rites will be in New Lebanon Cemetery at Cairo. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today at the church.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
ATLANTA – Bessie Gilliam died Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
OKOLONA – Johnny Powe died Monday, April 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial Funeral Home of Okolona.
BELDEN – Leona Davis, 93, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo.
WEST POINT – Elizabeth Poss passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in West Point. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Robinson Funeral Home in West Point.
Johnny Griffin Sr.
WREN – Johnny Melvin Griffin Sr., 63, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.
BOONEVILLE – Patti Jumper Downs, 53, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at her home. She was born April 13, 1960, in Prentiss County to Bill and Ara Jumper. She was a graduate of Jumpertown High School and Mississippi State University. She was a teacher at Jumpertown School, and she was a member of Jumpertown United Methodist Church. She enjoyed reading and taking care of her animals. She loved teaching and her students.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Jumpertown United Methodist Church with Bro. Robert McCoy and Bro. Jason Franklin officiating. Vickie Chaffin will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in Jumpertown Cemetery. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by a son, B.J. Ward (friend, Whitney Grissom) of Booneville; her parents; a brother, Danny Jumper (Eleshia) of Booneville; a niece, Sloane Jumper; and a nephew, Warren Jumper; extended family members, Cindy Hall (Jason), Brooke Lindsey, Dallas Pounds and Dalton Pounds.
Pallbearers are Anthony Michael, George Moore, Mikel Sims, Warren Jumper, Kent Geno and Freddie Corbin. Honorary pallbearers are the faculty and staff of Jumpertown School.
Jack H. Wiley
IUKA – Jack H. “Jackie” Wiley, 75, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Southern Magnolia Estates in Iuka. He was of the Methodist faith. He retired from Packaging Corporation of America after working 39 years as a millwright. He served for several years in the Mississippi National Guard. He was an avid golfer and tennis player, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing and music.
Services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Bro. Gary Watkins will officiate. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for noon until service time today at the funeral home.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Wiley of Iuka; one son, Doug Wiley (Beckie) of Iuka; one daughter, Debbie Lambert (Ricky) of Iuka; one sister, Betty Herrle of Memphis; one grandchild, Jessica Moore (Ryan) of Cairo; three stepgrandchildren, Devin Newcomb, Chance Newcomb and Ashley Allen, all of Iuka; and three stepgreat-grandchildren, Lilly, Avery and Dylan Allen of Iuka.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Web and Eula Hubbard Wiley; a brother, Billy Wiley; and a sister, Barbara Ann Waddey.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association by phone at (800) 272-3900 or online at www.alz.org; or to the Iuka Baptist Church.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
CORINTH – Sharon Brooks died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Corinth.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Lindsey Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
John P. Wilson
FULTON – John P. Wilson, 68, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home of Fulton.
RED BAY, Ala. – Keith Credille, 48, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at Red Bay Hospital.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Trinity Assembly of God in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and Thursday until service time at the church.
SHERMAN – Patsy Lynn Nichols, 50, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Locust Hill Baptist Church. She was very energetic and full of life. She never met a stranger. She loved all her family and enjoyed friends, traveling and going on trips.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Mark Bishop will officiate. Burial will follow in the Locust HIll Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by a daughter, Brittney Thomas; her mother, Vivian Washington; sisters, Alma Louise Pilgrim, Shirley Pritchard, Eydie Burchfield, Willie Faye Hulsey (Elton), Mamie Sue Wallace (Jerry) and Doris Jean Smith (Danny); brother, Jimmy Boyd (Anita); and her fiancé, Jeff Foster.
She was preceded in death by her father, Roy Edward Boyd; and two husbands, Earl Nichols and Danny Pannell.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today.
CORINTH – James Q. Adam, 86, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Cornerstone.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Forrest Hill Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.