Obituaries May 12, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Rev. Edward Pendergrast
DERMA – Rev. Edward Walthall Pendergrast, retired minister, age 85, died peacefully on May 10, 2011, at home surrounded by family and friends. He committed his life to the ministry in December 1959 and was ordained to the ministry in July 1960. He was a graduate of Clarke College in Newton in 1966 and furthered his education at Luther Rice Seminary in Jacksonville, Fla., where he received his Bachelor of Divinity Degree. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he served on the U.S.S. Hansford in Iwo Jima, Okinawa, the Philippines and Yokohama, Japan. He was active duty from December 1943 to May 1946 with an honorable discharge. Edward was married on Aug. 1, 1947, to Willie Jean Ramage, and they were together for 64 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a loving servant of God. He was a minister for 46 years and had been a pastor at churches all across Mississippi including Union Grove, Pleasant Grove, Parker, College Hill, Second Baptist Church, Antioch and Rocky Mount in Calhoun County; Montevista in Webster County; Coldwater and Philadelphia in Neshoba County; Ephesus and Forest in Scott County; Carnation and Okolona in Chickasaw County; Philipp in Tallahatchie County; Randolph in Pontotoc County; and Glendale and Leland in Washington County. He was active in the community. He served on several committees in the Baptist Association, was selected as Who’s Who in Mississippi in May 1990, served on a medical-dental mission trip to Honduras in 1984, was a volunteer fireman for the town of Derma for many years, was assistant postmaster for the town of Derma and served as an alderman for the town of Derma.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Derma Baptist Church with Dr. John Warren officiating. Interment will be in New Liberty Cemetery in Vardaman. Pryor Funeral Home in Calhoun City is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Jean Pendergrast of Derma; a daughter, Deborah Lofton (Frank) of Calhoun City; a son, Donald Pendergrast of Ridgeland; two grandchildren, Brandon Lofton and Erick Lofton; one great-grandchild, Jacob Lofton; and a sister, Dorothy Felker of Fairview, Ore.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Kay Pendergrast; his parents, John L. Pendergrast and Myrtle Robertson Pendergrast; a brother, John Pendergrast; and three sisters, Mattie Ellen Baker, Nannie Mae Holloway and Bessie Ramsey.
Pallbearers will be Erick Lofton, Brandon Lofton, Gordie Haire, John Mitchell, Jerry McCammon and J.B. Rogers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Derma Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018; or NMMC, 422A East President St., Tupelo, MS 38801; or Derma Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1010, Calhoun City, MS 38916.
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Rusty Swords
NEW ALBANY – Ret. TSgt John Rusty William Swords Jr., 77, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his home. He was born July 13, 1933, in New Albany to John William “Willie” Swords Sr. and Cordie Horton Swords. After graduating from Ingomar High School he attended the Draughan Business School in Memphis. After completion of his studies he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and spent 20 years serving his country in the armed services. Tours of duty did include deployment to France and Thailand, but the majority of his enlistment was spent stationed at the Pentagon with the 15th. A.F. (SAC) where he retired as a Technical Sergeant. During his enlistment, he was decorated for meritorious service, receiving the U.S. Air Force Commendation Metal for his professional skill, knowledge and leadership. He was a computer technical specialist. He also received the National Defense Metal and the 1st and 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster Commendation Medals. After retirement he continued to serve his country by enlisting in the Civil Service program. He worked for the Secretary of Defense, CIA, Department of the Navy and Department of the Army. He was highly involved in the development of the Worldwide Satellite Communication System, today known as the Internet. He served through the Civil Service program in Thailand and Germany. He retired in 1991 after 20 years of Civil Service. After retirement he returned to his home community of Ingomar and loved spending time with his friends. He kept busy with carpentry projects, helping his wife in their shop, Florals N More by Pat, and spending time with his beloved dogs Jack, Shasha and Snoopy. He was a member of the Fredonia Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Pound and Rev. Andy Russell officiating. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Diane Swords of New Albany; two daughters, Cindy Swords of Virginia and Jennifer Loudermilk (Ronnie) of Marietta, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Cindy Ramey (Michael) of Marietta and Marsha Roberson (Nathan) of New Albany; a son, William Barry Swords (Mary) of Virginia; a sister, Cybil Nolan Richardson of Aberdeen; four grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; one great-grandchild; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and a special niece, Susan Goss (James) of Nettleton.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Dorothy Jean Swords Stanford.
Pallbearers will be Mike Maier, Will Goss, Randy Richardson, Mike Richardson, Michael Ramey and Nathan Roberson.
Honorary pallbearers will be James “Bubba” Goss, Jimmy Cobb and Billy Woods.
Visitation will be 5 till 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In honor of his service, United Funeral Service, Inc., will fly the flag of the United States Air Force at the funeral home during visitation and service.

Tommy King
OKOLONA – Thomas Wofford “Tommy” King, 64, died Monday, May 9, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. He was born April 16, 1947, in Chickasaw County to James D. and Lila Wofford King. A lifelong Chickasaw Countian, he was a 1965 graduate of Okolona High School where he was an outstanding athlete playing football, basketball, baseball and running track. He received many football scholarship offers before choosing Delta State University. He later attended Itawamba Community College and followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a heavy equipment operator until becoming disabled. He honorably served eight years in the Mississippi National Guard and was a longtime member of Okolona Presbyterian Church, a Master Mason affiliated with Prairie Lodge #88 and a Shriner. He enjoyed life, his many friends and never met a party he didn’t like. He was an ace poker player, a fisherman and loved to shoot his guns.
Services will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel with Bro. Jim Ray and Bro. Eric Boykin officiating. Burial will follow in Oddfellows Cemetery in Okolona. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his daughter, Kim Fellows (Chris) of McKinney, Texas; a son, Lt. Colonel Ty King (Gidget) stationed in the U. S. Marine Corps at Quantico, Va.; six grandchildren, T.J., Jake and Cayden Fellows and Paige, Morgan and Ben King; the mother of his children, Linda King of Okolona; a sister, Gara Land (Otto) of Benton, Ark.; three brothers, George King (Sondra) of Hatley, Danny King (Connie) of Huntsville, Ala., and Wayne “Lefty” King (Yvonne) of Youngsville, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, James Robert King.
Pallbearers are former football teammates at Okolona High School, Mike Milstead, Larry Williams, Jimmy Lowery, Earl Carter, Preston Sullivan, Larry Guin, Devan Hanna and Bubba Welford.
Honorary pallbearers are members of the 1965 Okolona High School football team and Coach Bob Tyler.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and 4 p.m. until service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
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Janice Pittman
WEST POINT – Janice Ann Pittman, 67, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at noon Friday at Carter’s Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Molene Lann
NETTLETON – Molene C. Lann died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at her home.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
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Lee Anna Dixon
CORINTH – Lee Anna Dixon, 88, died Tuesday, May 10, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Tuscumbia Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church’s cemetery. Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. Friday until service time Saturday at the church.
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James Johnson
WATERFORD – James Paul Johnson, 55, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, in Waterford.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Bro. Bobby Snow officiating. Burial will be in Springs Hill Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Katie Garrett
ABERDEEN – Katie Garrett, 98, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at Pioneer Healthcare in Aberdeen.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

Samuel Holman
OXFORD – Samuel “BoPete” Holman, 82, died Sunday, May 8, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Clear Creek M.B. Church in Oxford with Rev. Eddie Goliday officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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