Obituaries May 10, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Sarah Simmons
PONTOTOC – Sarah Frances Patterson Simmons, 91, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Magnolia Manor, where she had been a resident for four years.
She was born in Pontotoc County in the Springville Community on May 10, 1921, to George Patterson and Susie Pennington Patterson. After graduation from Algoma High School and two years at Wood Jr. College, she married Delton Simmons and moved to the Algoma Community.
Mrs. Simmons loved to help her children, helping her son raise baby calves on his dairy farm and her daughter with her embroidery business and restaurant.
She is retired from the Postal Service as a rural carrier, and also worked at the ASCS office, tax collector’s office and the sheriff’s office. After her retirement she got most of her joy working in her yard, raising all kinds of beautiful flowers, especially her hybrid tea roses. She loved taking flowers to her friends in the nursing home and fixing flowers for her church. She raised the flowers for many weddings including ones for three of her granddaughters. She never grew tired putting out one flower after another.
She dearly loved the Algoma Community and the Algoma Homemakers Club. She was always telling people she lived at Algoma and how much she loved it.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc, with the Rev. Kerry Powell officiating. Burial will follow in the Oak Forrest Cemetery. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Deaton and son-in-law, Wayne; a son, John Alan Simmons and daughter-in-law, Jeanette; six grandchildren, Johnna Corley and husband, Jim, Cara Holley, Casey Deaton and wife, Heather, Jonathan Simmons and wife, Heather, Jeana Bell and Joanna Simmons; 11 great-grandchildren, Caroline, Will and Wesley Corley, Brooks and Gwen Holley, Josie, Gideon and Lydia Deaton, Grace and Claire Simmons, and Ethan Bell; one sister-in-law, Mary Frances Patterson; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Delton Simmons; and three brothers, Calvin, Eulice and J.C. Patterson.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Magnolia Manor, especially her caregivers on A Hall and her special caregiver, Roxanne, also her caregivers from Sanctuary Home Hospice, Beverly and Lerenda. Beverly sang to mother each time she was there and Leranda was with her when she passed away. Her nurse from Sanctuary Hospice, Carol, was a tender loving nurse to Mother as well as Linda.
The pallbearers will be her nephews, Jimmy and Gene Patterson, Billy Neal Simmons, Larry Simmons, Dickson Simmons and Jimmy Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be: D.R. Simmons, Roger Patterson and Stanley Patterson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to Algoma Methodist Church, Attn: Catherine Roye, 470 McGregor Chapel Road or to Sanctuary Home Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Bobby Graham
TUPELO – Bobby J. Graham, 63, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Cornell Hudspeth
ASHLAND – Cornell Autry Hudspeth, 82, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 19, 1930, in Benton County. She was a retired employee of the Farmers Home Administration and a member of Ashland Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ashland Baptist Church with Dr. Gerald Hodges officiating. Burial will be in Ashland Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Alan Hudspeth (Deborah) of Tupelo; one sister, Lottie Mae Snowden of Gulfport; a daughter-in-law, Sherri Lollar Hudspeth of Walnut; and grandchildren, Liza Hudspeth (fiancé, Ryan Stockman), Leslie Hudspeth, Connor Hudspeth and Joel Hudspeth.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Leslie Hudpeth; her parents, William Albert Autry and Anna Eliza Cox Autry; and a son, Glenn Autry Hudspeth.
Pallbearers will be Connor Hudspeth, Ryan Stockman, Johnny Cross, Joel Hudspeth, David Bennett and Chad Thompson.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time today.
Memorials may be made to Ashland Baptist Church or the American Cancer Society.
Kathryn Kitchens
NEW ALBANY – Kathryn Ann “Doe” Kitchens, 84, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. She was born in 1929 in New Albany where she lived the majority of her life. A lifelong member of First Methodist Church, she was a Christian. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Mississippi and taught elementary school in Florida, Jackson, New Orleans, La., Los Angeles,Calif., and New Albany. She had many lifelong friends whom she was constantly traveling to visit, and it was on her last trip in mid-April, shortly after her 84th birthday, that she fell ill. A lover of the arts, she painted, composed music, and was an avid gardener of flowers and a big fan of tennis, but ultimately her greatest passion was people and their lives with a geniune concern for their well-being, always offering a smile and compassion.
She was survived by one son, Hub Barton, and two grandsons, Ernie and Peter Barton.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Ernest H. Barton and William L. “Billy” Kitchens; her parents, Boyd and Mary Pickens; a daughter, Mary Kathryn (Koko) Barton; and a brother, Boyd Pickens Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at First Methodist Church in New Albany with the Rev. Barry Male officiating.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today.

Willie Westmoreland
BRUCE – Willie J. Westmoreland, 60, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at his home. He was a member of Zion Springs M.B. Church. He was part of the Skuna Valley male choir and was known for selling furniture.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Jackson Chapel M.B. Church in Bruce with the Rev. Tommie Daniels officiating. Burial will be in Zion Springs Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lovie Westmoreland of Bruce; three brothers, Jimmy Westmoreland of Milwaukee, Wis., Billy Westmoreland of Bruce and Ira Westmoreland of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Visit online at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

King Wells
RED BANKS – King Wilson Wells, 74, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Collierville, Tenn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Newell M.B. Church of Red Banks. Burial will be in Mt. Newell Memorial Garden at Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.
Christopher Smallwood
BALDWYN – Christopher Brian Smallwood, 50, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born July 1, 1962, to Valarie Brantley and Leon Smallwood in Houston, Texas. He was a member Charity Temple Church in Baldwyn.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Charity Temple Church in Baldwyn with Pastor Brad Chandler officiating. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery in Booneville. Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Felicia Smallwood; one brother, Kenneth Robertson; and his adopted mother, Mary L. Smallwood.
Survivors include two daughters, Crystal Smallwood of Baldwyn and Valarie Smallwood Bradley of Belden; one son, Chris Gaskin of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Peter Smallwood and Johnny Duncan, both of Houston, Texas; and one grandchild, Jeremiah Smallwood of Baldwyn.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today with the family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com.

Lillie Sims
ABERDEEN – Lillie Fort Sims, 96, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was a member of St. Peters United Methodist Church. She loved her children and grandchildren, and her dog, Roxy.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church with the Rev Jerry Green officiating. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge.
She is survived by four sons, Alvin Sims Jr. (Lorene) of New Jersey, Larry Sims (Laura) of Chicago, Richard Sims (Lois) of Chicago and Anthony Sims of Aberdeen; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Visit online at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Roberta Tucker
ASHLAND – Roberta Tucker Allen died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at her home in Ashland. She was born July 29, 1946, to Laura Tucker McKay and George Brown in Lamar. She was married to Kirby Allen of Chicago.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greenwood M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by five children, Lori Ann Tucker, Theresa Tucker and Christopher Tucker of Chicago, Albirdia Brown (Wendell) of Ashland and Karey Tucker (Monique) of Springhill, Tenn.; eight brothers, George Brown Jr. (Nina), Eddie B. Brown, Olando Brown (Lemmie), Herman L. Brown, all of Holly Springs, Roy McKay (Devon) and Cornelius McKay (Teresa) of Ashland, John McKay of Potts Camp, Lafayette McKay of Brentwood, Tenn.; five sisters, Mozella Phillips of Holly Springs, Nina Bryson of Memphis, Rosie McKay of Ashland, Clara McKay of Holly Springs and Aretha Hampton of Potts Camp; 25 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Calvin Lewis Tucker and James Dean Tucker.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at J.F. Brittenum and son Funeral Home in Holly Springs. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time.
Ruchell Hill
RIPLEY – Ruchell Hill, 69, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Dec. 1, 1943, in Myrtle to Wilbo and Junie Bell Booth. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. She was a homemaker. She worked as a caregiver for Annie Rodgers for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Antioch M.B. Church in Blue Mountain with Pastor H.G. Evans officiating. Burial will be in Academy Cemetery at Blue Mountain. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her twin brother, Rudolph (Yvonne) Booth; one stepson, Arthur F. (Lorene) Hill of St. Louis; one stepdaughter, Dorothy (Rev. Lonnie) Sanders of Memphis; one stepdaughter-in-law, Eunice Hill of Blue Mountain; and a host of great-grandchildren, great-grandnieces, nephews, a niece and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Luther Hill; a brother, James Booth; three stepsons, Luther M. Hill, Thomas L. Hill and Robert J. Hill.
Visitation will be from noon to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family hour from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.

Shirley Raimey
LAMAR – Shirley Lue Howery Raimey, 55, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Foundation of Life Christian Learning Center at Lamar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.

Henry Brooks
WEST POINT – Henry Lee Brooks, 59, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church. Burial will be in Strong Hill Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Annie Patterson
PRAIRIE – Annie Pulliam Patterson, 51, died April 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church. Westbrooks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church from noon to service time Saturday.
Donald Medlin Sr.
RIPLEY – Donald N. “Pete” Medlin Sr., 83, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, at his home. He was born Feb. 27, 1930, to Thomas Eurge and Ethel Mae Hansford Medlin in Blue Mountain. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Korean War and the Vietnam War. After retiring from the military, he was employed by Walmart. He was a member of Palmer Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Brad Hill officiating. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Lucille Rice Medlin of Ripley; five daughters, Donna Griffith (Lewis) of Arlington, Tenn., Teresa Hills (Bruce) of Solon, Mass., Sherrie Vetter (Jordy) of Dallas, Texas, Melanie Medlin of Ripley and Betty Goolsby of Tupelo; one son, Donald Medlin Jr. of Oxford; one sister, Gynelle Foote (Billy) of Manchester, Tenn.; one brother, Lecoy Medlin of Ripley; 14 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Sue Medlin Moody; one sister, Laura Collier; and one brother, Murry A. Medlin.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans National Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 96648, Washington D.C. 20090-6648.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Lavada Fiveash
PONTOTOC – Lavada Laverne Long Fiveash, 87, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at her home. She was born May 2, 1926, to Louis and Mary Ramsey in Pontotoc. She was a charter member of By Faith Baptist Church and a former member of McGregor’s Chapel. She was a longtime employee of Shainberg’s in Tupelo, where she was a shoe saleslady. She was a manager of the Kent’s Store in Pontotoc until retirement. She loved reading, traveling and playing dominoes.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Marcus Coward will officiate. Burial will follow in the Long Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a son, Lanier Long (Patricia) of Orange Beach, Ala.; a daughter, Kay Coward (Marcus) of Thaxton; brother, Lou Ramsey of Pontotoc; sister, Laverlyn “B” Baker (Francis) of Pontotoc; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, one brother and her husbands, Laverl Long and Hubert Fiveash.
Pallbearers will be Matt Coward, Shannon Coward, Adam Coward, Trent Baker, Larry Ramsey, Logan Ramsey and Ben Seay.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Charlie Shaw
HOUSTON – Charlie Shaw, 72, died Monday, May 6, 2013. He was born Jan. 7, 1941, to William Shaw and Annie Williams. He was a member of Saints on a Mission and an employee of Walmart.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Saints on a Mission. Apostle Tommie White will officiate. Burial will be in Houston Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda Pulliam Shaw; daughters, Dorothy Shaw and Ruby Gwines (Clemmie), all of West Point, Gloria McAlaster (Eddie) of Aberdeen, Dorothy Daniels (Jamar) of Amory and Angeline Chandler (Hardey) of Okolona; stepdaughters, Mary Braxton (Gerald) of Beloit and Sandra Moore (Rickey) of Houston; sons, Charlie Shaw of Houston, Charles Shaw of Durant, Christopher Shaw (Thelma) of Macon, Jonathan London (Stephanie) of Durant; stepsons, Steven Seals (Temeka) of Indiana, Willie Beaty (Kayla) of Houston, Kelvin Beaty of Indianpolis; sisters, Shirley Shaw of Vardaman and Lou White of Houston; and 37 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Wofford Jr.
WOODLAND – John Lee “Dogg” Wofford Jr., 59, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, on Highway 15 in Woodland. He was born Oct. 20, 1956, to Jerlene Valliant Wofford and John Lee Wofford. He received his education from the Woodland Schools. He was a factory worker.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Calahan M.B. Church with the Rev. Gerald Valliant officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Jerlene Wofford of Woodland; daughters, Judy Gray (Tavarester) and Kwonika Wofford, all of West Point; son, Roger Pratt of Woodland; sisters, Diane Daniels of Missouri, Faye Clay (Leonard) of Woodland, Deniece Doss of Mantee, June Carol of Michigan, Suzette Ezell of Vardaman, Florence Ezell of Vardaman; brothers, James Wofford (Fannie) of Woodland, Thomas Wofford (Ludean) of Woodland and Daryl Wofford (Cheryl) of Woodland; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Lee Wofford, and a sister, Linda Carter.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Courtney Corrothers
OXFORD – Courtney Nicole Corrothers, 31, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Etta. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity-Martin Funeral Home of Oxford.

James Pulliam
TUPELO – James Pulliam died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home of New Albany.

Richard Johnson Sr.
SOUTHAVEN – Richard Horace “Jimbo” Johnson Sr., 77, formerly of Los Angeles, Calif., died on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Shelby. Fields Funeral Home of Okolona in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one son, Kenneth Johnson of Enid Okla.; three daughters, Demetrius (Michael) Lawson of Renova, Jacqueline (Douglas) Hall of Southaven and Angela (Cedric) Staples of Horn Lake; four stepsons, James (Berneice) Pritchett, Ledon Pritchett and Charles Pritchett, all of Mound Bayou, and Lloyd (LaTonya) Scott of Los Angeles; four stepdaughters, Marilyn Stout of Boston, Mass., Jennifer (Benjamin) Richard of Mound Bayou, Annie (Frederick) Griffin of Walls and Carla Johnson of Shelby; two brothers, Benjamin Stevenson of Redding, Calif., and Holston Robinson of Auburndale, Fla.; and 11 grandchildren.

Cheryl Sims
CORINTH – Cheryl A. Sims, 56, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth.

Hinton Pippins
BALDWYN – Hinton Pippins, 92, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn.