Obituaries May 24, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Chois Wilson Cox
HACKLEBURG, Ala. – Chois Wilson Cox, 68, died Sunday, May 22, 2011.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at Cedar Tree Cemetery in Hackleburg on Hwy. 43.
Survivors include his three daughters, Jackie Cox Ingle (Joey) of Tupelo, Joycelene Cox Hood of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Christi Jo Cox Kelly (Mike) of Hackleburg; six grandchildren, Heather Hood Falgout (Jason) of Tuscaloosa, Parker and Hunter of Tupelo, Joshua Hood of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Blair and Ann Catherine Kelly of Hackleburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Robbie Dean “Peachie” Cox, on April 27, 2011.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to hackleburghelpinghands.com.

Ted Brown Jr.
HOULKA – Ted Brown Jr., 67, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at his son’s home.
Visitation will be 5 until 7 p.m. today at Houlka United Methodist Church.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
Michelle Cockerham
HAMILTON – Michelle Lynn Faulk Cockerham, 38, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 4, 1973, to Enoch Faulk and Lynda McIntosh Brogle in Clearwater, Fla. She lived in Hamilton for the past 16 years where she was a member of Center Hill Baptist Church. She worked as a registered nurse at Grenada Lake Medical Center. She was a U.S. Army Veteran.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Center Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen is in charge.
Survivors include her husband, Kevin Cockerham of Hamilton; three daughters, Cheslee Cockerham, Madelynn Cockerham, Georgia Faye Cockerham, all of Hamilton; a son, Kemmins Cockerham of Hamilton; her mother, Lynda McIntosh Brogle and stepfather, John of Largo, Fla.; her father, Enoch Faulk of Largo; and a sister, Polly Sorrels (Aaron) of Largo.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Holly Gary.
To sign the register and send condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Aubrey Ozbirn
BOONEVILLE – Curtis Aubrey Ozbirn, 92, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at his home. He was born May 9, 1919, in New Site to Arthur Floyd Ozbirn and Mattie Belle Fugitt Ozbirn. He was a farmer and a Methodist. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. He enjoyed playing the fiddle and mandolin and watching boxing on television.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Terry Scott officiating. Barry Pardue Jr. will deliver the eulogy. Burial, with military honors, will be in Pisgah Cemetery.
He is survived by two sons, Danny Ozbirn (Elizabeth) and Roy Ozbirn, both of Rienzi; two grandchildren, Donna Ozbirn Morgan and Brian Ozbirn, both of Rienzi; a sister, Edna Caver of Memphis; a brother, Kenneth Hughes (Hazel) of Columbus; and two great-grandchildren, Zachary Ozbirn and Chasity Ozbirn.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Lauderdale Ozbirn, on Nov. 2, 2006; a daughter, Brenda Wilbanks; two sisters; and three brothers.
Pallbearers will be Harvey Ozbirn, James Ozbirn, Glenn Ozbirn, Wesley Ozbirn, Marvin Ozbirn and Nathan Ozbirn.
Visitation will be from 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Thomas Chapman
BELLA VISTA, Ark. – Thomas Edward Chapman Jr., 87, died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Ark. He was born in Merigold and lived in the Lynn community until he married and moved to Greenville. He was a longtime employee of Lucky Chevrolet Company in McGehee, Ark., before retiring and returning to Greenville. He was also a self-employed locksmith and handyman. He loved life and centered it around Christ and singing Christian songs in area churches. He loved spending time with his family and was adored by all, especially his grandchildren.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Boone-Wells Funeral Home in Greenville. Burial will follow in McGehee Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Edna Ruth Chapman of Bella Vista; two daughters, Linda West of Okolona and Brenda Chatman of Monticello, Ark.; a son, Eddie Chapman of Okolona; two stepsons, Ron L. Scrivner of Brandon and T.C. Scrivner of Bella Vista; a sister, Ruth Meredith of Memphis; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Edward Chapman Sr. and Everette Chapman; a brother, John W. Chapman and his first wife, Alice Chapman.

Jason Williams
ASHLAND – Jason Michael Williams, 24, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, in Leakesville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Ashland.
Wayne Pannell
NEW ALBANY – Wayne Lamar Pannell, 77, of New Albany, died Sunday May 22, 2011, at Methodist United Hospital in Memphis. He was born in Arkansas on Nov. 12, 1933, to James Earl Pannell and Pearl Rakestraw Pannell. He was retired from Futorian Mfg. Company, where he had worked as a foreman in the maintenance department. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a deacon at Harmony Baptist Church. He loved bird hunting and fishing.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the United Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Freddie Johnson and Dr. Robert Daniel officating. Burial will follow in Glenfield Memorial Park.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Pannell of New Albany; one son, Richard Pannell of New Albany; three sisters, Birdie Clayton of Millington, Tenn., Lucille Benefield of New Albany and Adell Adair (Roy) of New Albany; one brother, Wallace Pannell (Celia) of Baldwin; two grandchildren, Rickey Pannell (Jessica) of Falkner and Robert Pannell (Brittany) of New Albany; and one great-grandchild, Addison Pannell of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Nora Lee Pannell and Gracie Gammell; and one brother Fred Pannell.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Pannell, Robert Pannell, Jimmy Dale Baker, Dale Manning, Billy Metts and Mike Manning.
Honorary pallbearers will be John Goudelock, Mitchell Carson, his Sunday school class and the rest of the deacons of Harmony Baptist Church.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. In honor of his service to his country, United Funeral Service will fly the United States Army Flag during his visitation and his service.
For online condolences, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Ismay Harrison
AMORY – Ismay C. Myatt Harrison, 95, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, in Itawamba County. A native of Moorehead, she was born on June 28, 1915, to Benjamin Rufus and Carloba Walls Myatt. She was a graduate of Moorehead High School and attended George Washington University. She married Charles A Harrison in 1935, who preceded her in death in 1982. She was a retired accountant working for Post Engineers in Ft. Belvoir, Va. and Charlie Upton Company. Upon returning to Mississippi, she worked at Columbus Air Force Base. After her retirement, she worked at Wal-Mart as a greeter and volunteered at the Amory Regional Museum. She was a member of Turon United Methodist Church. She had an adopted granddaughter, A.J., whom she loved very much and always looked forward to every visit with her. Sharneka and Sherry were her hospice caregivers and Jean and Lois were her closest friends who brought happiness in her later years by simply listening to her and being by her side. She enjoyed all types of music.
She is survived by her son, Walter O. Myatt (Ann) of Smithville; her grandchildren, Corey Gray, Casey Gray and Alyssa Gray; and great-grandchildren, Laynie Gray, Kyland Gray and Austin Reems.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A Harrison; and grandson, Rickey Lynn Myatt.
A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Minister Steve Shappley officiating. Burial will follow in Turon Community Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Corey and Casey Gray, Jerry Harris, Mike Cox and Cecil Harris. Visitation will continue today until service time.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the Harrison family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Bob Keeton Sr.
GRENADA – Robert Wayne “Bob” Keeton Sr., 73, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was born July 13, 1937. He was a retired salesman for Jim Walter Homes. He was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He had worked for the U.S. Postal Service. He loved his church, Bethany Baptist Church in Slate Springs.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in New Gauley Cemetery in Calhoun City. Pryor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Dr. Robert Wayne Keeton Jr. of Keeton Allergy & Sleep Medical Clinic in Knoxville, Tenn. and his wife, Dr. Angela Keeton; three sisters, Sue Dye (Gene), Martha Guinn and Janelle Keeton, all of Calhoun City; special friend, Irma Boland of Calhoun City; two grandchildren, Robert Wayne Keeton III and Randall Wyatt Keeton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earnest Keeton and Clara Lucius Keeton; a sister, Margie Keeton; and two brothers, Roy Howard Keeton and Rudell Keeton.
Pallbearers will be Bill Funderburg, David Macon, Tony Hardin, Richard Easley, Stanley Criss and Shelton Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Henry West, Kyle Cannon and LaDerie Doler.
Online condolences may be left at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.

Curtis McDonald
MYRTLE – James Curtis McDonald, 59, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. He was born July 23, 1951, in Union County to Woodrow and Ruth Annise Mayo McDonald. He had worked at Mohasco prior to becoming disabled. He was a member of Union Hill Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Kyle Ivy and the Rev. Brian Gordon officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Hall McDonald of Myrtle; three daughters, Sharon Wilbanks (Frankie) of Booneville, Rachel Nichole McDonald of New Albany and Kimberly Denham of Myrtle; two sons, Jamie McDonald (Michelle) of New Albany and John Curtis McDonald (Scottie) of Myrtle; one sister, Mary Ann Greer (Lee Earl) of New Albany; two brothers, Billy Ray McDonald (Sissy) and David “PayDay” McDonald (Linda), both of Ingomar; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Tammy Denham Cruz; and a grandson, John Joseph “J.J.” McDonald.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Wilhite, Eric Brown, Mikle Turner, Tim Hall, Terry “Mac” McDonald, Bobby Rogers and Junior Hamblin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Lee McDonald, Drew Frost and Jonah Condon.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.

Rita Hillhouse
HOULKA – Rita Hillhouse, 78, died Monday, May 23, 2011, at her home.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Houlka United Methodist Church in Houlka.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.

Red Watson
NEW ALBANY – Jessie Frank “Red” Watson, 87, died Monday, May 23, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany.
Visitation will be 5 until 9 p.m. today at United Funeral Service. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service.
Clara Coston
BRUCE – Clara Bennett Coston, 96, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at The Arbor Terrace in Bastrop, La. She was born April 17, 1915, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Grace Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bruce Cemetery with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will follow in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge.
Survivors include two grandchildren, Owen Coston (Kelly) and Lee Coston (Susan), both of Bastrop; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Coston Nugent of Bastrop; four great-grandchildren, India Coston, Isabelle Coston, Allen Coston and Jacob Coston; and one stepgrandchild, Hollie Rice.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Coston; her parents, Sim R. Bennett and Cassie Ruth Coston; a son, Steve Coston; a sister, Mary Spratlin; and two brothers, Raymond Bennett and B.J. Bennett.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Barefield, Charles Bennett, Clardis Bennett, Frank Caulder, Lee Coston and Owen Coston.
Visitation will be noon until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Dorothy Hardy
BALDWYN – Dorothy Morris Hardy, 90, died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Baldwyn Nursing Facility. She was born Nov. 21, 1920, in Union County to Kirk and Lula Palmer Morris. She had worked for Gentry Jewelers, Shellnuts, Whites Dollar Store, The Harbor, Carol Marie’s and she retired from Blue Bell Mfg. She enjoyed spending time with her family, singing and gospel music. She was a member of Jericho Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Russell, Bro. Jimmy Morris and Bro. Wayne Frederick officiating. Burial will be in Jericho Baptist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Clyde Hardy; a daughter, Sandra McDonald (Miles) of Jericho; a son, Steve Hardy (Ethel); five grandchildren, Clark McDonald (Lagretta), Tim McDonald (Melissa), Allison Russell (Alan), Stephen Kirk and Stephanie Jordan (Ryan); nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Annie Michael of Tupelo; a brother, Jimmy Morris (Amy) of Searcy, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Fern Morris; and a special friend, Barbara Williams.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, G.W. Morris and Gene Hinds Morris; and a grandson, Jerrette Hardy.
Pallbearers will be Clark McDonald, Tim McDonald, Stephen Kirk Hardy, Ryan Jordan, Alan Russell and Brandon McDonald.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Jericho Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home.

Jenna Whitehead
THAXTON – Jenna Grace Whitehead, infant, was born Saturday, May 21, 2011, and died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today in Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Bishop officiating. A private burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 2 until 4 p.m. today.
Survivors include her parents, Kevin Delane Whitehead and Jenny Kay Collins Whitehead of Thaxton; twin brother, John Delane White; grandparents, Johnny Lynn Collins and Mattie Laura Collins and Delane Whitehead and Barbara Whitehead; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents.

Rosie Lee Powell
CALHOUN CITY – Rosie Lee Powell, 55, died Monday, May 16, 2011, in Rochester, Minn.
Funeral services were May 23 at Friendship M.B. Church in Calhoun City with burial in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge.
Carrie Kelly
PLANTERSVILLE – Carrie Lee Kelly, 94, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at the Cedar’s Greenhouses. She was born Sept. 7, 1916, in Pontotoc County to Robert Wesley and Frances Pairlee Holcomb. She was a longtime seamstress, retiring from Sadler Industries. She was a longtime member of Verona Church of Christ. She enjoyed working in her flower garden, attending her church and raising a garden, which she did for many years.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bobby Robbins officiating. Burial will follow in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her sister, Flossie Monts of Plantersville; one brother, Robert Wesley Kelly Jr. of Nettleton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Michael Glen Kelly, in 1977; three sisters, Nola Berryman, Grey Collier and Farrah Monts; and two brothers, Delmer Holcomb and Burdell Holcomb.
Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. today.
Online condolences may be made at www.leememorialonline.com.

Lula Bell Quarles
OXFORD – Lula Bell Quarles, 82, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Buford Chapel United Methodist Church with Eddie Goliday Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Buford Chapel Cemetery. Serenity-Martin Funeral Home is in charge.
Visitation will be 1 until 7 p.m. today at Serenity-Martin Funeral Chapel with the family present from 5 until 7 p.m.

James Tucker Sr.
HAZEL CREST, Ill. – James “Juebaby” Tucker Sr., 66, of Hazel Crest, Ill., died Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Visitation is from 6 until 10 p.m. Friday at Leak Funeral Home, 18400 S. Pulaski, Country Club Hills, Ill. Funeral services are 1 p.m. Saturday.
Darden & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Jimmy Strawbridge
RED BAY, Ala. – William Jimmy Strawbridge, 67, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Deaton Funeral Home and until service time Thursday. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Golden.

Leora Brooks
CORINTH – Leora Kurts Brooks, 76, died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at her home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Kent Bath officiating. Burial will follow in Mormon Cemetery. Visitation will be from noon until service time today at the church. Magnolia Funeral Home is in charge.
Condolences may be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.