Obituaries May 19, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ken Antonitis
TUPELO – Kenneth William “Ken” Antonitis, 89, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Leeper Greenhouse at United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo. Born March 5, 1924, in Westville, Ill., as the only child of William and Julie Antonitis, he grew up in the greater Chicago area where, in early life, he was known as “Beans” to his family and friends. Ken served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in Italy. In l974, he moved his family to Tupelo with the advent of the FMC Corporation, where he retired from the purchasing department. He enjoyed his longtime affiliation with the FMC family, especially the Retired FMC group. Ken was a longtime active member of the St. James Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He and his late wife, Theresa, were volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Ken was a quiet man of strong stature and presence. He enjoyed yard work and fishing in early life.
Funeral mass will be recited at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Lincoln Dall and Father Henry Shelton presiding. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 19, 2013, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with a Rosary recited at 8 p.m. Holland-Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Nancy A. Bowen and husband, Bill, of Tupelo; daughter-in-law, Rita Antonitis of Evergreen Park, Ill.; his grandchildren, Michael P. Antonitis (Melanie) of Parker, Colo., Jason Antonitis (Heather) of Lamont, Ill., Kenneth H. Bowen (Tobi) of Tupelo and Katie Cyr (Alain) of Ottowa, Canada; and his great-grandchildren, Mason Miller, Bennett A. Antonitis, Will Antonitis and identical twins, Lea and Lydia Bowen.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years: Theresa Johnson Antonitis, who died May 27, 2011; a son, Bill Antonitis, who died Jan. 11, 2013; and a granddaughter, Julie Bowen, on Dec. 17, 2009; and many of his associates from the opening of the FMC plant in Tupelo as well as his brothers and sisters from St. James in his 39-year association with the Parish.
Pallbearers will be Michael Antonitis, Jason Antonitis, Kenneth Bowen, Sims Reeves, Tony Foster and James Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus.
Memorials may be made to the Kathleen Mitts Scholarship Fund, c/o St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802; or to United Methodist Services Senior Fund for the Green Houses, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Steve Criswell
RED BAY, Ala. – Steven Ray Criswell Sr., 62, died Friday, May 17, 2013.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Berry Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Ray Ashley
RED BAY, Ala. – Ray Ashley, 82, died Friday, May 17, 2013.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at New Union Missionary Baptist Church in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Halltown Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 2 to 4 p.m. today at the church.

Icie Stevens
RED BAY, Ala. – Icie Mae Stevens, 88, died Thursday, May 16, 2013.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in Pleasant Site Cemetery.
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alice Lyles
AUBURN COMMUNITY – Alice Lyles, 72, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

John Bedford Jr.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – John L. Bedford Jr. went home to be with our Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was born Nov. 18, 1945, in West Point to Elizabeth and John L. Bedford Sr. Upon graduating from West Point High School, he went to Idaho to fight forest fires between college semesters. He attended Mississippi State University. He then served two years as a Marine in Vietnam, earning several medals, including a Purple Heart. He met his wife, Sharon, when both were working for the FBI in Washington D.C. He went on to work for Central Service Association in Tupelo for over 18 years. After his career with CSA, he moved to Texas and became a business owner until he retired. He owned Accutest Services Inc. and Corpus Christi Powder Coating. He was an active member of South Shore Christian Church and went over and beyond with his involvement there. In his free time he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandbabies. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he will be deeply missed by his family and his numerous friends.
He is survived by his wife of more than 43 years, Sharon Bedford of Corpus Christi, Texas; daughters, Tina Bedford of Corpus Christi and Carisa Walker (Clay) of Houston, Texas; sisters, Emily Schepens (Jim) and Paula Bedford, both of Kingwood, Texas; grandchildren, Macy, Abby and Myles Walker, all of Houston, Texas; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services were held Saturday, May 18, at South Shore Christian Church. Sawyer-George Funeral Home of Corpus Christi was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make contributions to South Shore Christian Church, 4710 South Alameda, Corpus Christi, TX 78412.

Ken Antonitis box
TUPELO – Kenneth William “Ken” Antonitis, 89, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at the Leeper Greenhouse at United Methodist Senior Services in Tupelo. Born March 5, 1924, in Westville, Ill., as the only child of William and Julie Antonitis, he grew up in the greater Chicago area where, in early life, he was known as “Beans” to his family and friends. Ken served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving in Italy. In l974, he moved his family to Tupelo with the advent of the FMC Corporation, where he retired from the purchasing department. He enjoyed his longtime affiliation with the FMC family, especially the Retired FMC group. Ken was a longtime active member of the St. James Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He and his late wife, Theresa, were volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Ken was a quiet man of strong stature and presence. He enjoyed yard work and fishing in early life.
Funeral mass will be recited at 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2013, at St. James Catholic Church with Father Lincoln Dall and Father Henry Shelton presiding. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 19, 2013, at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with a Rosary recited at 8 p.m. Holland-Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Nancy A. Bowen and husband, Bill, of Tupelo; daughter-in-law, Rita Antonitis of Evergreen Park, Ill.; his grandchildren, Michael P. Antonitis (Melanie) of Parker, Colo., Jason Antonitis (Heather) of Lamont, Ill., Kenneth H. Bowen (Tobi) of Tupelo and Katie Cyr (Alain) of Ottowa, Canada; and his great-grandchildren, Mason Miller, Bennett A. Antonitis, Will Antonitis and identical twins, Lea and Lydia Bowen.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years: Theresa Johnson Antonitis, who died May 27, 2011; a son, Bill Antonitis, who died Jan. 11, 2013; and a granddaughter, Julie Bowen, on Dec. 17, 2009; and many of his associates from the opening of the FMC plant in Tupelo as well as his brothers and sisters from St. James in his 39-year association with the Parish.
Pallbearers will be Michael Antonitis, Jason Antonitis, Kenneth Bowen, Sims Reeves, Tony Foster and James Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus.
Memorials may be made to the Kathleen Mitts Scholarship Fund, c/o St. James Catholic Church, P.O. Box 734, Tupelo, MS 38802; or to United Methodist Services Senior Fund for the Green Houses, 2800 West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Dorthy Stanton
NEW ALBANY – Dorthy Faye Hall Stanton, 83, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Feb. 6, 1930, in Union County, to Mark Calvin Hall and Mary Lou Adair Hall. She was a homemaker who loved her flowers and babysitting. She was a member of the New Prospect Primitive Baptist Church in New Albany.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Steve Weaver officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Jaggers (Duane) of Pontotoc; five sons, Wayne Stanton (Anna) of Myrtle, Melvin Stanton of New Albany, Mike Stanton (Connie) of Guntown, Tim Stanton (Brenda) of Etta and David Stanton of Guntown; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Estel Stanton; two sisters, Omie Kuykendall and Opal Hall; and two brothers Paul Hall and Clerance Hall.
Pallbearers will be W.E. Bullock, Jackie Hall, Crandle Hall, Jack Cox, Johnny Bullock, and Eric Barlow.
Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Charles Bennett
WEST POINT – Charles E. Bennett, 70, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Medical Center-GT, in Columbus. He was born July 31, 1942, in Chickasaw County to Willie Frances Nichols and Melvin Floyd Bennett Sr. He was a fitter welder for Ellis Steel for 18 years. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Aberdeen and a Veteran of Mississippi National Guard, retiring in June 1991. He served in the 223 Battlion at Houston. He married Robbie Sutherland Bennett on Nov. 29, 1985, in Chickasaw County in Houston.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Danny Washington officiating, assisted by Bro. John Ray Hamilton. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery West Point.
Survivors include wife, Robbie Bennett of West Point; four daughters, Robbie Lynn Tutor (Stanley) of Houlka, Angela Hester (Danny) of Pontotoc, Stacey Armstrong (Ray) and Pamela Briscoe (Jeff) all of Grenada; two sons, Matthew Bennett (Janice) of Pontotoc and Jason Brown (Stephanie) of Saltillo; 23 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Bennett Reedy of Grenada.
Preceding him in death were his grandson, Timothy Coats; his parents; and brother, Melvin Floyd Bennett Jr.
Pallbearers will be James Reedy, Barry Reedy, Eric Fretwell, Joey Fretwell, Kenneth Fretwell, and William Hamilton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Fretwell, Tommy Williams, Earl Gilreath, Kenneth Mobley, Ralph Coggins and Alvin Griffin.
Visitation is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Johnny Clouse
PEPPERTOWN – Johnny Robert Clouse, 46, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at his residence. He was born Jan. 15, 1967, to Carrester and Lizzie Clouse. He was a brick mason. He enjoyed arts and crafts and loved to draw.
Graveside services will be at 11 a. m. today at the Keyes Cemetery with Bro. Terry Lee officiating. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Lizzie Clouse; two brothers, David Clouse (Renee) of Mantachie and James Clouse of Peppertown; and two sisters, Jane Sartain of Peppertown and Eva Truelove of Fulton.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carrester Clouse; and one brother, Carl Clouse Jr.
Pallbearers will be Jimbo Steinbarger, David Clouse, Richard Clouse, T. C. Hubbard, Danny Pugh, Cole Hubbard and Zack Hubbard.
Visitation is 10:30 a.m. until service time at Keyes Cemetery.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.

Allene Brandon
ZION – Allene Ray Brandon, 89, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at Magnolia Manor in Tupelo. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church and a retired Elementary School Teacher and Administrator. She enjoyed cooking and teaching the Children’s Sunday School Class.
Service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with the Rev. Robert Armstrong officiating. Burial will follow in the Zion Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Phillip Brandon; her son, Ray Brandon (Melinda), all of the Zion Community; two grandchildren, Phillip Ray Brandon (Kara) of Rogers, Ark., and Katie Michelle Parker (Aaron) of Memphis, Tenn; and three great-grandchildren, Valerie, Zoe and Elena Brandon of Rogers, Ark.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos Ray and Birdie King Ray; one sister: Winnie Lee Latimer; and a brother, Herbert Ray.
Honorary pallbearers are the men of Zion Baptist Church.
Visitation is 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Edward Gilliland
WREN – Edward Boozer Gilliland, 86, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born April 5, 1927, to R. G. “Bob” Gilliland and Jency Thompson Gilliland in Monroe County. He was a Mississippi resident and lived in Wren for the past 15 years. He was a Master Sergeant in the United States Air Force and recipient of the AirForce Commendation Medal. He served his county in both the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army, prior to retirement from the U.S. Armed Forces in 1969. Following a distinguished military career, he continued to serve others as a health care executive. He served as both a hospital administrator and nursing home administrator at several facilities across the state of Mississippi. He was an active member of the Shriners, recognized for 50 years of continuous service. He was a Mason and a member of the Tranquil United Methodist Church. A friend to all he met, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and most of all, sharing the fruits of his labor with his family, friends and neighbors.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel with Bro. Harrison Upshaw and Bro. Paul Raley officiating. Burial will be in Tranquil Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Mary Armon Wood Gilliland of Wren; one daughter, Janet Gilliland Switzer (Ricky) of Irving, Texas; one son, Ronald Gilliland (Shirley) of Center, Texas; three stepdaughters, Patricia Hooser (Stuart) of Germantown, Tenn., Barbara Oliver (Glenn) of Tupelo and Suzy Hannah (Brian) of Ponchatoula, La.; one stepson, Bill Finley of Alpharetta, Ga.; three sisters, Elaine Garner of Memphis, Tenn., Shirley Thompson (Travis) of Aberdeen and Jane Knoop (Harold) of Aberdeen; one brother, Donald Gilliland of Aberdeen; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; by his first wife, Stacia Basham Gilliland; his sister, Azilee Gilliand Smith; and by his brothers. J. L. Gilliland and J. Russell Gilliland.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Oliver, Bryan Oliver, Andrew Hooser, Richard Switzer, mark Gilliland Tyler Jones, Daniel Brown and Christopher Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be men and women of TUMC, Henry Sargent, Robert Scott, Travis Thompson, Marvin Haney, Dennis Ransom, John Allen, Billy Dean McGhee, Bubba McGee, Ferrell Cunningham and Leonard Conn.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Wilson Craig
PRAIRIE – Wilson Craig, 95, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona. He was born Aug. 29, 1917, in Prairie, to Henry Andrew Craig and Josephine Alice Bourland Craig. He lived his last years in the house where he was born on Old Magnolia Highway. He began his education at Prairie, graduated from Aberdeen High School and received an Agricultural Engineering Degree from Mississippi A and M, now Mississippi State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Before serving his country in the United States Army, he worked as a shell inspector in Toccoa, Ga. After completing his service in the army, he returned home to Prairie where he taught farm machinery mechanics at Trades Training Institute and then farmed for more than 60 years. He served as president of the Aberdeen School Board and was representative on various U.S.D.A. boards. He was president of the Monroe County Cattleman’s Association, received their Lifetime Achievement Award, and was recognized by the American Quarter Horse Association for over 25 years of producing registered American Quarter Horses. He was a lifetime member of the Prairie Chapel United Methodist Church where he was a trustee. He also wrote a book, “The Way It Used To Be”.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Prairie Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Lampkin, the Rev. Ken Corley and the Rev. Sue McGrew officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth Haggart Craig of Prairie; two daughters, Bonnie Beth Craig Strohm (Sonny) of Fayetteville, Ga., and Ann Craig Staten (Tommy) of Aberdeen; grandchildren, Craig Craft (Leslie) of Hertford, N.C., and Kim Williams (Chuck) of Orlando, Fla.; step-grandsons, Shelby Staten (Kerrie) of Coffeeville, Jeromiah Staten (Carla) of West Point and Mark Staten (Tammy) of Hertford, N.C.; great grandchildren, Tarlie, Arden and Sidney Craft, Davis Williams and Collin, Kaylee, Abby, Cody, Dylan and Samuel Staten; special nieces, Faith Craig West and Barbara Ellard White; and special nephew, Buddy Craig.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Bonnie Jean Bounds Craig; siblings, Jim Craig, Hansel Craig, Nora Craig and Elizabeth Craig Ellard; and nephew, Craig Ellard.
Pallbearers will be David Haggart, Duncan Haggart, John Young, Wes Holdeman, Devin Holdeman and Alex Holdeman. Honorary pallbearers are Robert White, Willie Pierce, Roy Doss, Dr. Alan Flowers and Jesse Ballard.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Prairie United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 95 or Darlington Oaks Hospice in Verona, Ms., 107 Skeet Drive, 38879.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Julia Phillips
OXFORD – Julia Pettis Phillips, 66, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Malissa Paden
CORINTH – Malissa Paden, 84, died Sunday, May 5, 2013, at Whitfield Nursing Home.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Olive Baptist Church. Burial is at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation is 5 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Esther Baker
OXFORD – Esther Baker Mize, 85, died Saturday, May 18, 2013, at her home. She was a member of North Oxford Baptist Church. She loved her family, grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at North Oxford Baptist Church with Dr. Gary Richardson, the Rev. Warren Black and the Rev. David Bodenheimer officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.
Survivors include her six daughters, Vickie Cook (Mike Wright) of Oxford, Beverly Butts of Oxford, Amy Blair (Jim) of Brandon, Sandra Holmes (James) of Tupelo, Laura Kinney (Kin) of Oxford and Lynn McElreath (Mark) of Oxford; her sister, Fay Smith of Batesville; her brother J.P. Baker of Oxford; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Dulon Mize; her sister, Beatrice Faust; her brother, Victor Baker; and her great-granddaughter, Isabella Butts.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home and 10:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church.
Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to North Oxford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1700, Oxford, MS 38655 or to The American Cancer Society, 1800 West Main Street, Tupelo, MS 38801.
For online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com or call 662-234-7971.

J.C. Daniels
BATESVILLE – J.C. “Curt” Daniels, 66, passed away Saturday, May 18, 2013, at his home.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wells Funeral Home Chapel. Burial is at Forrest Memorial Park.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.