By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Mr. J.W. Buse, 73, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center following an extended illness. He was born Nov. 11, 1939, in Tupelo to Allen Buse and Ada Williams Buse. A resident of Lee County most of his life, he graduated from Tupelo High School in 1958. He married Peggy Foote Jan. 31, 1963, served in the U.S. Army National Guard, and worked as an insurance representative for 25 years. He later owned and operated Whole Sale Vendors for 10 years before retiring. J.W. was an active member and served as Trustee at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Tupelo. He was the rock of his family, was a loving and devoted husband, and loved his children and grandchildren. He lived life to the fullest every day and greatly enjoyed fishing with his special companion and best friend, Brown Boots Buse. He will be remembered by those who loved him most for his kindness, generosity and strength to never stop fighting.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with the Rev. Don McCain and the Rev. Glyn Wiygul officiating. Private burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be Tuesday evening 5 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to service time. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Peggy Buse of Tupelo; three sons, Jim Harris (Diane) of Morepark, Calif., and their children, Sarah and Justin. Mitch Buse (Kera) and their children, Taylor, Conner and Brianna of Cordova, Tenn., and Jay Buse (Traci) and their children, Jade Allyn, Will and Bentley of Tupelo; nephew, Ken Pearson; best friend, Brown Boots Buse; special grandson, Trey Griffin of Houston. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, James Lee Buse; sister, Joyce Pearson; and nephew, Rickey Pearson.
Pallbearers will be Dick Johnson, Richard Gatlin, Charlie Wood, Ralph Miller, Bobby Dunavent, Homa Bailey and Bobby Sheffield. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Moore and the “Class of ‘58” of Tupelo High School.
Memorials in memory of J.W. may be sent to St. Mark United Methodist Church, 317 Elvis Presley Drive, Tupelo, MS 38804; or Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susie Ann Owens
TUPELO – Susie Ann Owens, 64, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 10, 1948, in Tupelo to Doris Juanita Owens and George (Mary) Warren. She was a 1966 honor graduate of George Washington Carver High School and a 1970 honor graduate of Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs. She later earned her master’s degree from the University of Mississippi. She started teaching in the fall of 1970 and taught for 33 years. She taught two years at Rosedale High School. In 1973 she returned to Tupelo and taught at Carver and Tupelo High. She retired from the Tupelo School District in May 2004. She was an active member of Lane Chapel CME Church. She was a Sunday school teacher, director of Christian Education, member of the choir, Missionary president (local and regional), a steward and a trustee. She served as an officer on the national Women’s Missionary Council Executive Board. She was a member of the General Convention Board of Christian Methodist Episcopal Church. She was a member of Kissia Clifton Temple 671; Tupelo chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; NAACP; and Tupelo, Mississippi and National Education Associations.
She is survived by her siblings, Dorothy Mae Leake of Chicago, Michael (Corennie) Partlow of Killeen, Texas, Annie Catherine Hellens of Racine, Wis., Henry (Melloney) Owens of Carpentersville, Ill., Louise (Emmit) Foster of Tupelo, Robert (Mabel) Warren of Baldwyn, George (Jacque) Warren of San Antonio, Texas; godson, Ramon (Carmen) Gary of Tupelo; aunts, Susie Matt, Cora L. Owens, Mae E. Ellis, Georgia Ann Owens; cousins, Earnestine Jamison, Mary Jo (Samuel) Bell Jr., Angela Montgomery, Reginald Sneed, Jenetia Ellis, Amos Owens, Eric L. Ellis, Rommel F. Ellis, Andre Nunn; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and special friends, Katie Gary and William Smith Jr..
She was preceded in death by her mother, Doris Juanita Owens; grandparents, Venia B. and Murray Owens Sr.; great-grandmother, Ida Mae Moody; brothers, Willie Albert Jr., Richard Warren; aunts, Rosie Head, Evelyn Abbott, Justine Jones; uncles, Murray Owens Jr., Robert Owens; cousins, Grady Owens Sr., Murray Owens III.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Lane Chapel CME Church with the Rev. Dr. Cheryl Penson officiating and the Rev. Dr. Charles Edward Holbrook as eulogist.Burial will follow in Porter’s Memorial Park. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will lie in repose from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Tupelo/Lee Baccalaureate Fund at Renasant Bank, P.O. Box 709, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Johnnie R. Hollimon
OKOLONA – Johnnie Rigdon Hollimon, 89, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Bedford Health Care Center in Marion in Lauderdale County, where she had resided the last year. She was born on April 10, 1924, in Kemper County to John Rigdon and Clara Williams Rigdon. She attended House School in Kemper County and married John Dandridge Hollimon in 1946. They made their home in Okolona where she was a much beloved and respected self employed hair stylist for more than 50 years. She was civic minded and was the recipient of the Meritorious Citizen Award in l993 from Okolona Chamber of Commerce. A member of First Baptist Church of Okolona, she was an avid conversationalist, a fan of beautiful flowers, a student of soap operas and a friend to many.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Eric Boykin and her nephew, Bro. Chuck Overby, officiating. Private burial will follow in East Chickasaw Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday only. Holland-Okolona Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements.
Survivors include her grandchildren, Rhiannon Shaw Fisher of Imperial, Calif., Mary Elizabeth Finney and Gregory Scott Finney II, both of Saltillo; two sisters, Wyvette Overby and Norma Johnson; and a brother, Ted Rigdon, all of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John D. Hollimon, on Nov. 6, 1996; her daughter, Nannette H. Finney, on Dec. 20, 2010; and eight siblings, Juanita McKinion, Elmo Rigdon, John Rigdon Jr., Bonnie R. Seals, Paul Rigdon, Willie J. Parkinson and two infants.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 201 West Main St., Okolona, MS 38860.
BOONEVILLE – Catherine E. Lambert, 64, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center after a brief illness. She was born March 23, 1949, in Greenwood to Walter E. Jagodinski and Etoyle Taylor. In addition to raising her sons and stepsons, she enjoyed taking pride in her work, entertaining family and friends, cooking for others, being outdoors, riding four-wheelers, boating, playing word games and her four dogs. She graduated from the nursing program at Northeast Mississippi Community College in 1996. She was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She worked as a registered nurse at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth for 15 years and most recently practiced nursing at Longwood Community Living Center in Booneville. She touched many lives throughout her nursing career and inspired everyone who knew her personally.
To honor her wishes, there will be a private ceremony at her home. Booneville Funeral Home is assisting the family.
She is survived by two sons, Taylor Lambert (Amy E.) of Iuka and Matthew Lambert (Christopher Munns) of Nashville; two stepsons, Tim Lambert (Melissa) of Corinth and Rob Lambert (Amy) of Burnsville; two brothers, Bill Bridwell (Joan) of Greenwood and Tom Jagodinski (Donna Sessoms) of Panama City Beach, Fla.; and one granddaughter, Savannah Lambert.
In lieu of flowers or memorials, donations may be made in her name to your local no-kill animal shelter.
ABERDEEN – Whitman Hill Lenoir, 83, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Care Center of Aberdeen. He was born Oct. 3, 1929, in Aberdeen to Sterling Payne Lenoir and Emma Mangum Lenoir. He lived most of his life in Aberdeen, but moved to Starkville for eight years in 2000. A true Southern gentleman, he was a fourth-generation owner and farmer of the family-owned Lenoir Plantation in Prairie. He attended Mississippi State University and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was an avid duck hunter and golfer, and a life member of Ducks Unlimited. He loved the MSU Bulldogs and was a season ticket holder to all sports. He served on the Board of Directors for Four County Electric Power Association for many years and served as school board president for the Aberdeen School System during the 1960s. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen and served faithfully on many different committees over the years.
Graveside services were Monday, May 13, at Oddfellows Rest Cemetery with the Rev. Whit Lewis and Bro. Truman Thompson officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Sally Lenoir Scott (Bob) of Aberdeen and Betsy Lenoir Lewis (Howard) of Kosciusko; four grandchildren, LeLe Newell, Stephanie Thompson, Whit Lewis and Griffin Lewis; and four great-grandchildren, Hunter Sanders, Scotty Waits, Karsen Sanders and Liam Lewis.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Bettye Hudson Lenoir; his brother, Sterling Payne Lenoir; and his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the First United Methodist Church in Aberdeen or the Alzheimer’s Association.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Roy Byron Millican, 82, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was born Jan. 24, 1931, in Ellistown to Claude Millican and Minnie Clara McDonald Millican. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He was in sales for institutional foods. He was a member of Ellistown Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ellistown Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in Ellistown Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara Vance Millican of Blue Springs; two sons, Larry Millican of Tupelo and Terry Millican of Guntown; and five grandchildren, Shanda Millican, Sarah Kay Millican, Jackson Vance Millican, Charity Jackson and John Millican.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Sandra Kay Millican; and a brother, Norris Millican.
Pallbearers will be Charlie Greer, Dwight Whitehead, David Dill, Tommy Coker, Robert Wiggington and Wayne Raines. Honorary pallbearers will be John D. Adams, Edd Rainey, Louie Wages and Bobby Rogers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 a.m. ‘til 11 a.m. Wednesday.
In honor of Mr. Millican, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the U.S. Air Force at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Earlean Vanderford Hill, 72, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, Ala.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Victory Baptist Church at Glen. Interment will be in Williams Cemetery at Rienzi. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. today until service time Wednesday at Victory Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
BELMONT – Susana Mina Martinez, 62, died Monday, May 6, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.
Services were Wednesday, May 8, at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Vera Cruz, Mexico. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay was in charge of the arrangements.
BALDWYN – Opal Houston, 89, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
WEST POINT – Joey Bernard Bell, 44, died Saturday, May 4, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
MOOREVILLE – Vickey “Baby Doll” Strickland, 52, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 2, 1960, to Brenda and Sonny Dillard in Oxford. She was a wonderful mother and a loving person with a wild spirit. She enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren, and loved music and movies. She will be deeply missed.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Pastor Terry Ethridge will participate. Burial will follow in Ingomar Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Brenda Dillard; daughters, Glenda Sledge and Cassie Dillard; her companion, James Connors; grandchildren, Delilah Till, Sebastian Tackett, Laykn Tackett, Tayla Huffman and Hayden Huffman.
She was preceded in death by her father, Sonny Dillard.
Pallbearers will be Michael Britt, Daniel Britt, Steven Huffman, Michael Robinson and Artemus Shumpert.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
TREMONT – Buford Mae Bennett, 74, died Saturday, May 11, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.
There will be no public service. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
FULTON – Francis Fikes Elrod, 57, died suddenly Saturday, May 11, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born May 25, 1955, to Delmus and Sarah Parker Fikes. She was a member of Pearly Gates Church of God of Prophesy. She worked at Lance Garment and Golden Manufacturing. She enjoyed flea markets and arts and crafts.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Phillip Pharr officiating. Burial will be in Union Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include one son, Jay Humphries (Jennifer) of Vina, Ala.; four brothers, Clovis Fikes (Vicki), Connie Fikes (Tammy) and Ricky Fikes, all of Fulton, and Dale Fikes (Carol) of Tupelo; two sisters, Delores Gasaway (Ricky) of Tupelo and Charlotte York of Peppertown; and one grandson, Kent Humphries.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Fikes; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
SHEFFIELD, Ala. – Jewel Opal Belk Henderson, 87, died Sunday, May 12, 2013. A native of Hamilton, Ala., she was a member of Heritage Baptist Fellowship Church. She was retired from the Bolivar County School System with 25 years of teaching service. She was a member of Gospel Heralds Choir of Tupelo, DAR of Cleveland, Cleveland Garden Club and the Women’s Club of Cleveland. She held a bachelor of science degree in education, a master of education degree and an education specialist degree.
The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. today at Morrison Funeral Home of Tuscumbia, Ala. Services will follow in the funeral home chapel with Curtis Lewey officiating. An additional visitation and service will be held at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Pontotoc from 3 to 4 p.m. today. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery at Pontotoc.
She is survived by her husband, Odis W. Henderson of Sheffield, Ala.; daughter, Zina Kaye King of Milton, Fla.; foster daughters, Deborah Bise and Janis Proctor; and three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Rebecca and Matthew.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Cletus and Zina Francis Gann Belk; brother, Dayton Belk; and sisters, Emma Lee Greenhill, Beatrice Easterling, Geneva Green and Jessma Hanhuth.
Pallbearers are Ray Shirley, Tinker Evans, Kenneth Brooks, James White, Larry Smart and Allen Easterling. Honorary pallbearer is Matthew Phillips.
Memorials may be made to the Kaye King Trust at CBF Foundation, 2930 Flowers Road South, Suite 133, Atlanta, GA 30341.
An online guest registry is available at morrisonfuneralhomes.com.
HOUSTON – Poela Kelly Hughes, 45, died Friday, May 10, 2013. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home in Houston.
Mary Francis Oliver
AMORY – Mary Francis Harris Oliver, 70, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center. Born Feb. 3, 1943, she was a daughter of Ottis W. Burroughs and the late Vera Grace May Burroughs. She married Bobby Oliver in 1961. She grew up in Amory and graduated from Amory High School. A wonderful wife, mother and grandmother, she devoted herself as a homemaker to her husband and daughters. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Amory. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed taking care of her dogs.
She is survived by her husband of more than 50 years, Bobby Oliver; daughters, Karen Walls (Bodie) and Kim Oliver, all of Amory; father, Ottis W. Burroughs of Amory; sister, Brenda Harris Rohdy (Mike) of Birmingham; grandchildren, Nathan Whitaker (Carli Harper), Emily Whitaker and Ryan Walls, all of Amory; niece, Tasha Whitehead (Scott) of Atlanta; nephew, Michael Rohdy (Katrerine) of Birmingham; and great-nieces and great-nephews, Peyton and Ashley Whitehead, Mike, Allison, Andrew and Elizabeth Rohdy.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Vera Grace May Burroughs; and a brother, Michael Lewis Harris.
A celebration of life service will be at noon Wednesday at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. Burial will follow in the Piney Grove Cemetery of the Steens community.
Pallbearers will be John Craig Griffith, Cameron Vaughn, Dustin Parker, Patrick Swan and Chanler Wright.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Donations may be given to the Amory Humane Society, 1317 Old Highway 6, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Monroe Garrett, 66, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at Select Specialty Hospital in Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
PONTOTOC – Robbie Williams, 99, died Monday, May 13, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a Baptist and worked for the U.S. government making atomic bombs in Prairie. She enjoyed quilting, fishing, reading, books on tape and spending time with her great-grandsons.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Crew Cemetery, 2854 Macedonia Road, Pontotoc, with the Rev. Kevin Merritt officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Christine Pearson of Tampa, Fla.; her son, Dickey Crew (Shelia) of Pontotoc; her stepchildren, Bernice, Joe and Bondell Owen; her six grandchildren, Kerry Crew, Richey Crew (Sherry), Tabby Vaughn (Greg), Rickey Ramage, John Paul Pearson and Tonya Pearson; and three great-grandchildren: Bryer Vaughn, Max Crew and Cody Crew Dowdy; and a special niece, Flippia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Luther Jacobs and Maybell Coleman Jacobs; her husbands, Eugene Crew and Douglas Williams; her daughters, Pat Culbertson and Hazel Sue Ramage; and a granddaughter, Tracy Culbertson Summers.
Pallbearers will be: Kerry Crew, Richey Crew, Max Crew, Greg Vaughn, Bryer Vaughn and Rickey Ramage.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
James H. Pulliam
TUPELO – James “Howard” Pulliam, 76, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at his home. He was the owner of Limousine Connection and U.S. Land Cruiser Public Transportation.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Jolly Chapel M.B. Church in Okolona with the Rev. Chester McNairy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela “Michelle” Pulliam; six daughters, Delisha Pulliam, Phalenia Bean, Yasmine Bean, Toshima Pulliam, all of Tupelo, Tiffany Pulliam and Monique Pulliam of California, and Wendy Pulliam of Illinois; four sons, Donnell Pulliam of Illinois, Lance Pulliam, Kelvin Pulliam and Chris Pulliam, all of California; one sister, Barbie (Willie) Starks of Houston; one brother, Willie (Mary) Buchanan of Illinois; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service time Thursday.