Obituaries May 29, 2011

Danny Sansing
HOULKA – Danny Lynn “Hop” Sansing, 53, died May 26, 2011, in Randolph. He was a kind and caring person, who loved to be with his friends and family. He had one granddaughter he called Lillie Carol, who he loved very much.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Schooner Valley Baptist Church with O’Neil Butler and Bro. Linn Hughes. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Robin Sansing (Shelia) of Fort Worth, Texas; one son, Josh Sansing (Sarah) of Falkner; one granddaughter, Lillian Carolyne Sansing of Falkner; three nieces; and two nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Louise Warren; his father, Luther Sansing; his brother, Donnie Sansing; and his sister, Carolyn Rath.
Pallbearers will be Raymond Blansett, Larry Mathis Jr., Joseph Holley Jr., Ricky Walls, Donny Chunn, Danny Joe Chapman, Glenn Stancil and Tim McElwain.
Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Floyd Chunn and Matt McElwain.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations for funeral costs can be made to Tutor Memorial Funeral Home or to the family.

Chester Carnell
NEW ALBANY – Chester Boyd Carnell, 70, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Chester Carnell, a lifelong resident of New Albany, was born Sept. 29, 1940, in Union County, the son of Lonnie and Elizabeth Reaves Carnell. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church and was a retired furniture manufacturer.
Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with Bro. Shawn Davis officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Faye Carnell of New Albany; two sons, Greg Carnell (Sandra) of New Albany and Chris Carnell (Lesia) of Hickory Flat; one daughter, Sharon Carnell of New Albany; one brother, Larry Carnell of New Orleans, La.; two sisters, Gaylia Kennon (Curtis) of New Albany and Sylvia Brock of Myrtle; and six grandchildren, Meagan Waldrip (Mike), Tyler Hendricks, Zach Carnell, Tyler Reed, Trey Reed and Noah Carnell.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gary Carnell; and a sister, Dolores Gregory.
Pallbearers will be Zach Carnell, Tyler Hendricks, Tyler Reed, Trey Reed, Charles Sloan, Raymond Alexander, Bob Wingo and Benny Sappington.
Memorials may be made to Liberty Baptist Church Building Fund.

Lonnie Dilworth
CORINTH – Lonnie Carl Dilworth died Saturday, May 28, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home.
Billie Davis
FULTON – Billie South Davis went home to be with her Lord on May 27, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 3, 1929, in Golden, to J.S. (Steve) and Etoil South. Prior to her peaceful passing, she was a devoted wife, loving mother and adored grandmother. Her uplifting spirit and charming personality never faded in spite of her struggles with her illness. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and friendly demeanor. She was an active member of the Fulton Church of Christ for 48 years, where she found great joy in serving her Lord and Saviour.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Davis Event Center in Fulton with Ministers James Leo Segers, Cecil May, and Russ Crosswhite officiating. The body will lie in state for one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Cotton Springs Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Of all the many interests Billie enjoyed, the closest to her heart was her family. She loved her family more than life itself and gave unselfishly of her time and resources to each of them. This unconditional love began 62 years ago, when she married the love of her life, Windle (Buster) Davis, on August 22, 1948. They began their life together as students at Northeast Community College, where Buster played basketball, and Billie was the first Ms. Most Beautiful at Northeast Community College. They then moved to Kossuth, where Buster coached basketball, and Billie devoted herself to being a loving wife and homemaker.
Their life’s adventures then took them to Amory, where their first child, Pamela Michelle, was born. They then moved to Belmont, and their second child, Patti Marlene, was born. While in Belmont, they bought their first business, an oil delivery company. In 1963, the family moved to Fulton, where Buster became the boy’s basketball coach at Itawamba Junior College, and Billie became the adoptive mother to his many players. She also served as a Brownie Scout Leader and a Sunday School Teacher. In 1964, they became owners of Davis Ford in Fulton, where she served as vice-president.
One of Billie’s passions in life was working with the young people in her church and community. She spent countless hours working in her yard and delighted in watching her flowers and her grandchildren grow. She was known in her community as a Christian example and a true Southern Belle. By demonstrating her generosity and kindness, she was a blessing to all with whom she came into contact. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed by friends, family, and her community.
She is survived by her husband, Windle (Buster) Davis; her daughters, Pam Davis Horton and husband, Michael of Oxford and Patti Davis Bennett of Fulton; grandchildren, Wendi Stone and husband, Justin of Atlanta, Ga., Micah Horton Yeck and husband, Paul of Washington, D.C., Tab Bennett and wife, Rachel of Fulton and Davis Horton of Oxford; great-grandchildren, Malloy Yeck and Bennett Stone; one sister, Jackie Duncan and husband, Ralph of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arlis and Faye Mock of Fulton; brother-in-law, Bud Davis; a special nephew, Gary Davis of Memphis, Tenn.; her caregiver and friend, Joyce Glanert; and caregivers, Eva and Betty.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tab Bennett, Davis Horton, Justin Stone, Paul Yeck, Gary Davis and Michael Horton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Arlis Mock, Chris Blaylock, Joe Williams, Marshall Sage, James Chandler, David Cole, John Lee Dickinson, Jason Dickinson, Chris Dickinson and Brian Dickinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave. 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001.

Ethel Turner
WATER VALLEY – Ethel Turner, 75, died May 28, 2011, at Yalobusha General Hospital in Water Valley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral home of Oxford.

Hazel Pruitt
AMORY – Hazel F. Pruitt died May 26, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen in management with N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Byron Mabry
SALTILLO – Byron Mabry, 41, died suddenly Saturday, May 28, 2011, at his home in Saltillo. He was born Feb. 22, 1970, in Tupelo to John Morris and Brenda Fugitt Mabry. He attended school in Saltillo, graduating in 1988 from Saltillo High School. His lifelong passion was law enforcement. He graduated from the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy in Tupelo and served with the Belmont, Plantersville and Maben Police Departments. His last employment before being injured in the line of duty in the Summer of 2000 and becoming disabled as a result was with the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department, where he was a Deputy Sheriff. Sheriff Jim Johnson made him an honorary deputy with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. Among his honors was his lifelong induction into the 100 DUI Club, of which he was most proud.
Byron was a member of First Baptist Church of Saltillo, a Master Mason with the Saltillo Lodge and 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason. Byron loved to talk with his many friends and family on the phone, collect sheriff’s patches and autographed photos of famous people and watch NASCAR. He was a huge fan of Dale Earnhart. He was particularly fond of his niece, Mackenzie, whom he called “little rabbit.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Terry Ledbetter, Dr. Ken Anderson, Rep. Steve Holland and Mr. Sammy Landsdell participating. Sheriff K.C. Hamp and the Tunica County Sheriff’s Department will provide law enforcement honors. Private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon until service time Monday. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his mother and father, John M. and Brenda Fugitt Mabry of Saltillo; his sister, Amy Mabry Tackett and husband, Scott of Saltillo; two nieces, Mackenzie and Rebecca Tackett of Saltillo; his uncle and aunt, Ed and Relda Fugitt of Plantersville; and special friends, Mary Bates and Cindy Leech.
Pallbearers will be Tunica County Sheriff’s Department staff.
Honorary pallbearers will be his many law enforcement buddies all over the Mid-South.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Condolences may be e mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Hilton Pittman
CARY, N.C. – Hilton C. Pittman Jr., 64, formerly of Corinth, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, at University of North Carolina Medical Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Mr. Pittman, a native of Corinth, was the son of Hilton C. Pittman Sr. and Orbie Camp Pittman. He was a 1964 graduate of Corinth High School, where he was a member of the Corinth Warriors football team. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he continued playing football with honors. Mr. Pittman served in the U.S. Army National Guard and then began his business career in the state of Texas; Oakridge, Tenn; and Virginia. He served on the Republican National Trust Committee and is presently the owner of the Blue Ridge Mining Company in West Virginia. Mr. Pittman was a member of First Baptist Church.
Services for Mr. Pittman will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel with Rev. Dennis Smith officiating. A family visitation will follow the service until eight p.m. Burial will be Wednesday in the Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Reed Pittman of Cary, N.C.; a son, Hilton C. Pittman III (Lauren); a daughter, Jenna Bracone (Roberto), both of Cary, N.C.; a brother, Thomas Michael Pittman Sr. (Teresa) of Corinth; his nephews, Thomas Michael Pittman Jr., Tyler Pittman and David Camp Pittman; and a niece, Meredith Pittman
Mr. Pittman was preceded in death by a brother, John David Pittman.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Irwin, J.B. Darnell, Dave O’Brien, Hull Davis, Steve Rue and Richard Cinn.
Family request memorials be made to Pinevale Children’s Home, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or The Lighthouse Foundation of Corinth.
Condolences may be made to mcpetersfuneraldirectors.com.

Anita Howe
NEW ALBANY – Anita Howe, 69, of New Albany, died Saturday May 28, 2011, in Chickasaw County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Martha Kidd
FULTON – Martha West Kidd, 69, died May 27, 2011, at the Court Yards Nursing Home. She was born Nov. 25, 1941, in Itawamba County to George Vernon and Gladys Mitchell West. She was a factory worker and a Baptist in belief. She enjoyed visiting family and friends
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Grady Fulton officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Vernon Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Patsy Savage (Tommy) of Mooreville; two brothers, Bro. Billy West (Kathy) of Eggville and Mike West of Fulton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Cathy Fulton.
Pallbearers will be Aubrey Fulton, Steve West, Noah Dodson, Jim Dodson and Barry West.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Dimple Moore Parks
DORSEY – Dimple Parks, 79, known as Mama Dimp by many, went to heaven on Friday, May 27, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Dorsey. She was born on September 27, 1931, to Bob and Grace Wardlaw Moore of Baldwyn. She married Wayne Parks of Baldwyn almost 59 years ago. Mama Dimp loved the Lord dearly and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Dorsey. She was known for her sweet smile and caring nature. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her husband; her youngest daughter, Nan Francis and husband, Wayne of Tupelo; and grandson, Robert Francis and wife, Melanie of Saltillo.
She is also survived by her oldest daughter, Sondra Sheffield and her husband, Steve of Dorsey; granddaughter, Jaime Martin and husband, Chad; and granddaughter ,Emily Lamb and husband, Justin, all of Dorsey; along with great-grandchildren Kailee, Kiefer and Kruz Martin.
Mama Dimp is also survived by a very special extended family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great granddaughter—Brian and Mary Ann Sheffield and children, Dalton, Paige, and Sarah; Chris and Dana Sheffield Adams and children, Garrett, Walker, and Tripp; John and Cyndi Bowen and children, Lindsey and Chase; Joey and Tammy Bowen and children, Josh, Makayla, and Jacob; and Christy Steele and children, Leslie Cheatham (husband, Christian and baby Cadence) and Dakota Steele.
Also surviving is her sister, Dorothy Moore and husband, Jimmy of Corinth; sisters-in-law, Edna Pharr of Marietta, Elizabeth Moore of Baldwyn, LaFoy Parks of Thrasher, and Marie Parks of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Leland Roberts of Baldwyn; along with a host of special nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Horace (Margaret) Moore and Olen Moore of Baldwyn; two sisters, Rubye (Rex) Darwin of Georgia and Inez Roberts of Baldwyn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Martha Parks of Baldwyn; a sister-in-law, Lucille (Leroy) Koon; brothers-in-law, Almus, Hoyle and Glasford Parks and Ross Pharr; and nephews, Melvin Moore and Gary Parks.
Pallbearers will be Steve Sheffield, Wayne Francis, Rob Francis, Chad Martin, Justin Lamb, and Carroll Parks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Roberts, Phil Moore, Jason Ramey, Michael Ramey, Bobby Darwin, John Bowen, Joey Bowen, Chris Adams, Brian Sheffield, Buddy Long and Wayne Sullivan.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p. m. Saturday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Martin Jameson and her brother-in-law, Bro. Jimmy Moore officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons, Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, or NMMC Hospice Program.

William Selph Jr.
SUMMIT – William Franklin Selph Jr., 82, an attorney, died Thursday, May 26, 2011, after a brief stay at G.A. (Sonny) Montgomery VAMC Hospice in Jackson. A resident of Summit, he was born May 23, 1929, in Laurel to William Franklin and Oris Clegg Selph. He was a 1946 graduate of Gardner High School in Laurel. He received a BBA from The University of Mississippi in 1950, and served as a commissioned officer in the the U.S. Army, 4th Infantry Division, both stateside and in Germany from 1950-1952.
He returned to The University of Mississippi where he earned his law degree and served as president of the law school class of 1954. He worked as a landman for Shell Oil Company and Atlantic Refining Company before moving to Dallas to become Administrative Division Manager for Atlantic’s U.S. and Canadian operations. He returned to Mississippi to practice law in 1962, and practiced both in Jackson and in Summit. He also did contract negotiations and curative work for Shell Oil Company and Shell Western E&P, Inc. in Mississippi and in Michigan. He was an Episcopalian, a member of VFW, a member of the Mississippi Bar, and a member of the American Association of Petroleum Landmen.
An avid Ole Miss fan, he took great pride in being the father and grandfather of attorneys who are graduates of The University of Mississippi School of Law. He celebrated his 80th birthday by attending the law school graduation of his grandsons, Scott Davis and Stuart Davis, in May 2009.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at Mediator-Redeemer Episcopal Church in McComb with The Reverend Chris Robinson officiating.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and by his sister, Dorothy Selph McLeod.
Survivors include his wife, Roenell Bell Selph of Summit; his daughter and son-in-law, Deborah and Jerry A. Davis of Tupelo; his son, William F. Selph III (Duke) of Long Beach; a daughter, Echo A. Hemming of Jackson; and grandchildren, Scott and Ginny Davis of Bay St. Louis, Stuart Davis of Oxford, and Maggie Selph of Jackson.
He is also survived by a niece, Patricia McLeod Hayes and family of Laurel; and his wife’s sons, Earl L. Bell II of Jackson and Samuel Hewitt Bell of New Orleans.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mediator-Redeemer Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1001, McComb, MS 39648, or to The University of Mississippi Foundation, Law School-Lamar Order, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677.
Theresa Antonitis
TUPELO – Theresa Jane Johnson Antonitis, 83, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Mrs. Antonitis was born in Chicago, Ill. Jan. 29, 1928, to the late Joseph C. Johnson and Mae Featherstone Johnson. She grew up in Chicago and attended the Catholic schools there. She and Kenneth W. Antonitis were united in marriage in Chicago on April 19, 1947, after his return from service in World War II. They both had illustrious careers with the FMC Corporation. They moved to Tupelo with FMC in 1974, and she retired in 1983, from the accounting department after 35 years of service.
Theresa was an active and devoted parishioner of St. James Catholic Church for 37 years. She served on many committees, including the Patoral Council and the Bereavement Committee. She was also a former president of the Ladies Club. She and Ken were volunteers with Meals on Wheels and participants in the FMC Retirement organization. Theresa was a lifetime member of the P.T.A. in Alsip, Ill. She enjoyed reading and was an avid conversationalist and collector of all things butterfly.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be recited at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor and Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Holland-Tupelo Chapel, with the Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo-Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Ken Antonitis of Tupelo; her daughter, Nancy A. Bowen (Bill) of Saltillo; her son, Bill Antonitis (Rita) of Evergreen Park, Ill.; her grandchildren, Michael P. Antonitis (Melanie) of Parker, Colo., Jason S. Antonitis (Heather) of Lamont, Ill., Kenneth H. Bowen (Tobi) of Saltillo and Katie M. Bowen of Saltillo; her great-grandchildren, Mason Miller, Bennet W. Antonitis and William J. Antonitis; a brother, James E. Johnson of Tinley Park, Ill.; and two sisters-in-law, Delores Johnson of Chicago, Ill. and Bonnie Stevenson of La Porte, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Mae Johnson; a beloved granddaughter, Julie Bowen on Dec. 17, 2009; and three brothers, Matthew, Joseph and Frank Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Michael Antonitis, Jason Antonitis, Kenneth Bowen, Sims Reeves, Tony Foster and James Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus and FMC employees.
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 Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

James Raigins Jr.
PRAIRIE – James Archie Raigins Jr., 90 , died Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. He was born July 25, 1920, in Prairie to James Archie Raigins Sr. and Lily Belle Henley Raigins. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He was a member of Prairie United Methodist Church. He was a retired post master of the Prairie Post Office. He was a member of the American Legion for 62 years, a member of the VFW and 32nd Degree Mason. He was a World War II Veteran. He served in North Africa and Italy and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. He played in the Army Division Band.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Rev. Sue McGrew and Roger Collins officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Ronald L. Raigins and wife, Greta and James E. Raigins, both of Prairie; two grandchildren, Jennifer Lee Franks and husband, Brian and John Aubrey Raigins; and one great-grandchild, Raigin Franks.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Earlene Earnest Raigins; one brother, Lee Henley Raigins; and one son, Kenneth Bell Raigins.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Staten, Bill Hudnall, Joe Franks, Bruce Lewellyn, John Raigins and Brian Franks.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home in Aberdeen.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Bryan Juckes
HOUSTON – Bryan “Shoe” Juckes, 53, died Saturday, May 28, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
Dorothy Parrish
AMORY – Dorothy L. Parrish, 71, died on Friday, May 27, 2011, at Gilmore Memorial RMC in Amory. Born on Oct. 30, 1939, in Monroe County, she was a daughter of Errie Judson and Leslie Gertrude Vick Brown. The oldest of fourteen children, Dorothy became the mother for her children when their mom died at a young age. She worked as a nurse’s aide for Beverly Health Care for several years before retiring and also worked as a sitter with elderly people. A devoted woman of faith, Dorothy was a member of True Word Gospel Church. Having a big heart, she was a sweet and lovely woman, who would do anything to help other people. Dorothy enjoyed getting out to go shopping, loved to talk with people, enjoyed crocheting quilts and loved animals.
She is survived by her sisters, Ava Copelin, Janice Ann Livingston and Judy Ann Adams, all of Amory; brothers, Dubert Brown, Jimmy Dale Brown and William Brown, all of Amory and Larry Gene Brown of Aberdeen; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Peggy Ann Parrish; sisters, Patricia Kay Oliver and Brenda Sue Peden; and brothers, Redus Ray Brown, Roy Douglas Brown and Doyle Edward Brown.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Hatley Cemetery with Bro. Robert E. Fowlkes officiating.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:45 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:45 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
Memorials may be given to True Word Gospel Church, 30005 Brown Road West, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

‘Katie’ Doyle
TUPELO – Elizabeth “Katie” Doyle, 60, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at the Tallahatchie Co. General Hospital after an extended illness. Born Sept. 12, 1950, she was the daughter of Ruby D. and Dudley Colston. She was a graduate of Baldwyn High School and ICC, where she was a majorette and was involved in the band. She was a dedicated registered nurse at North Mississippi Medical Center and several area nursing homes for over 20 years. In the past, she was an active member of Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed singing and playing gospel music on the piano, sunbathing and spending time with friends and family, but most of all, with her mom, daughters and grandkids.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. today at Tupelo Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Terry Pierce officiating.
Survivors include her mother, Ruby D. Colston of Baldwyn; two daughters, Ashley Winders Hogan (Johnathan) of Guntown and Kristen Doyle Griffin (Jamie) of Woodland; and six grandchildren, Christian and Alyssa Tutor, Bently Stephens, Jamison Parker, all of Guntown, and Clayton and Tanner Griffen of Woodland.
Gordon Christopherson
BLUE SPRINGS – Gordon Christopherson, 67, died Friday May 27, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. A native of Chippewa Falls, Wis. and a former longtime resident of Athens, Ga., he was the son of Leslie and Florence Christopherson.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Christopherson of Blue Springs; two sons, Mark Christopherson (Lisa) of Athens,Ga. and Randy Christopherson (Heather) of Athens, Ga.; three daughters, Susan Reed of Racine, Wis., Holly Walker (Dave) of Nicholson, Ga. and Wendy Kohel (Bill) of Athens, Ga.; one stepson, Brad Lewellen (Jen); one stepdaughter, Kathy Ferguson (Harold); two brothers, Larry Christopherson (Sheri) and Dale Christopherson (Debbie); two sisters, Susie Eidsor and Jeanie Schmidt (Mike); ten grandchildren, John and Daniel May, Amanda and Megan Reed, Aaron and Austin Christopherson, Josh Rindahl, Jordan and Lucas Lewellen and Samantha Kohel; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Dean Christopherson.
Memorial services will be held at 1p.m. Tuesday at Lord and Stephens Funeral Home (West) at 1211 Jimmy Daniel Rd in Bogart, Ga. 30622.
The family will receive friends at RAL 2005 Commerce Road, Athens, Ga 30607 immediately following services.
Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at 811 W. Evergreen Avenue Suite 303, Chicago, Ill. 60642.

Jane Owens
NETTLETON – Jane Ann Millwood Owens, 72, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona. She was born June 10, 1938, in Lee County to Leon and Maude Ella Edwards Millwood. She had lived most all of her life in Itawamba County and the past twelve years with her daughter in the Evergreen Community. She was a retired seamstress and a Baptist. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and going to yard sales.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Nettleton with the Rev. James Tyndall officiating. Burial will be in Beeks Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Nettleton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Kathy Gray (Bobby) of Evergreen; two sisters, Nell Hand (Gene) of Carolina and Sue Lewis (Earl) of Okolona; two brothers, Ed Millwood (Jo) of Pontotoc and Jerry Millwood of Texas; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Owens; her parents; and three brothers, Dan, Billy and Jimmy Millwood.
Pallbearers will be Bobby Gray, David Gray, Jimmy Gray, Johnny Gray, Wayne Davis and Ricky Gray.
Honorary pallbearers will be Corey Mann, Matthew Mann, Camden Putt and David Hester.
Visitation will continue from 8:30 until service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
Thomas Thornton
AMORY – Thomas Sherman Thornton Sr., 73, died on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at his home. Born on Oct. 1, 1937, in Amory, he was a son of Garfus Sherman and Letha Doris Hollingsworth Thornton.
Sherman was a graduate of Hatley High School, Class of 1956. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, during the Korean War. After returning home, he attended IJC and graduated from Mississippi State University. His career began at Amory Electric Service, and he worked for 21 years with Amory Marine. In June 1981, he opened Sherm’s Marine. Sherman was a member of St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church. A gentle, loving and kind husband, father and grandfather, he was passionate about farming, being outdoors and watching deer and turkeys. He was a member of the Evening Coffee Club at McDonald’s, Ducks Unlimited and the Wild Turkey Federation. A collector of old cars, he was a former member of the Car Club. He cherished the time spent with his grandchildren. Loving to laugh, he enjoyed hunting, listening to Gospel, Country and Bluegrass music, and had played in the Old Fashioned Jug Band.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Mavis Patricia “Pat” Johnson Thornton of Amory; daughter, Susan T. (Louis) Hathcote of Amory; sons, Tommy Thornton of Amory and Michael (Linda) Thornton of Petal; grandchildren, Olivia, Shelby, Claire and Katelyn Thornton; great-grandchildren, Eli, Will and Lillie Kate Hathcote, Andrew and Brady Houston and Jolie and Graham Bishop; step grandchildren, John (Heather) Hathcote of Smithville, Jamie (Chad) Houston of Amory and Mary (Chad) Bishop of Amory; nieces and nephews, Teb (Coleen) Thornton, Jim (Charlena) Thornton, Mark (Amy) Johnson, Jonathan (Kim) Johnson, Elizabeth (Chip) Henley and Warren (Melissa) Johnson; sister-in-law, Betty Rooker Thornton of Fulton; and brothers-in-law, Bill (Bettie) Johnson of Valrico, Fla., Dwight (Hilda) Johnson of Amory and Paul (Judy) Johnson of Hollandale.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only brother, Dr. William T. Thornton.
A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory with Rev. Tim Sisk officiating. Burial will follow in New Hope Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Steve Palmer, Thomas Griffith, John Hathcote, Bill Johnson, Paul Johnson and Dwight Johnson.
Honorary pallbearers will be Sonny Loden, Bill Ray Morrison, Phil Durbin, Bill Griffith and the Evening Coffee Club at McDonald’s.
Memorials may be given to St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 1123 Veterans Legion Drive, Amory, MS 38821 or to the New Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Worthey, 60023 Worthey Lane, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Marshall Adams
IUKA – Marshall Adams, 81, died Friday, May 27, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Moores Chapel Cemetery in Iuka. Ludlam Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Annie Stegall
FULTON – Annie Dale Stegall, 80, died Friday, May 27, 2011, at Select Specialty Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Billie Davis
FULTON – Billie South Davis went home to be with her Lord on May 27, 2011, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born October 3, 1929, in Golden, to J.S. (Steve) and Etoil South. Prior to her peaceful passing, she was a devoted wife, loving mother and adored grandmother. Her uplifting spirit and charming personality never faded in spite of her struggles with her illness. She will be remembered for her beautiful smile and friendly demeanor. She was an active member of the Fulton Church of Christ for 48 years, where she found great joy in serving her Lord and Saviour.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Davis Event Center in Fulton with Ministers James Leo Segers, Cecil May, and Russ Crosswhite officiating. The body will lie in state for one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Cotton Springs Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Of all the many interests Billie enjoyed, the closest to her heart was her family. She loved her family more than life itself and gave unselfishly of her time and resources to each of them. This unconditional love began 62 years ago, when she married the love of her life, Windle (Buster) Davis, on August 22, 1948. They began their life together as students at Northeast Community College, where Buster played basketball, and Billie was the first Ms. Most Beautiful at Northeast Community College. They then moved to Kossuth, where Buster coached basketball, and Billie devoted herself to being a loving wife and homemaker.
Their life’s adventures then took them to Amory, where their first child, Pamela Michelle, was born. They then moved to Belmont, and their second child, Patti Marlene, was born. While in Belmont, they bought their first business, an oil delivery company. In 1963, the family moved to Fulton, where Buster became the boy’s basketball coach at Itawamba Junior College, and Billie became the adoptive mother to his many players. She also served as a Brownie Scout Leader and a Sunday School Teacher. In 1964, they became owners of Davis Ford in Fulton, where she served as vice-president.
One of Billie’s passions in life was working with the young people in her church and community. She spent countless hours working in her yard and delighted in watching her flowers and her grandchildren grow. She was known in her community as a Christian example and a true Southern Belle. By demonstrating her generosity and kindness, she was a blessing to all with whom she came into contact. She was loved by many and will be greatly missed by friends, family, and her community.
She is survived by her husband, Windle (Buster) Davis; her daughters, Pam Davis Horton and husband, Michael of Oxford and Patti Davis Bennett of Fulton; grandchildren, Wendi Stone and husband, Justin of Atlanta, Ga., Micah Horton Yeck and husband, Paul of Washington, D.C., Tab Bennett and wife, Rachel of Fulton and Davis Horton of Oxford; great-grandchildren, Malloy Yeck and Bennett Stone; one sister, Jackie Duncan and husband, Ralph of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Arlis and Faye Mock of Fulton; brother-in-law, Bud Davis; a special nephew, Gary Davis of Memphis, Tenn.; her caregiver and friend, Joyce Glanert; and caregivers, Eva and Betty.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Pallbearers will be Tab Bennett, Davis Horton, Justin Stone, Paul Yeck, Gary Davis and Michael Horton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Arlis Mock, Chris Blaylock, Joe Williams, Marshall Sage, James Chandler, David Cole, John Lee Dickinson, Jason Dickinson, Chris Dickinson and Brian Dickinson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eight Ave. 7th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10001.

Aurelius Gibson Sr.
NEW ALBANY – Aurelius Bernard Gibson Sr., 77, an educator, died May 26, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was born July 19, 1933, in Mound Bayou, the only son of John Bernard and Leota C. Gibson. He attended public schools in Union County and Tuskegee Institute before being drafted into the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He was stationed for two years in Japan. After an honorable discharge, he obtained his barber’s license from Tyler, Texas. Later, he obtained a teacher’s certification from Rust College and master’s degree and triple A in science education from the University of Mississippi.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at New Albany High Auditorium with Rev. Colbert Graham officiating. Burial will be in New Albany Cemetery. Foster & Son Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements
Survivors include two daughters, Mildred Adele Gibson Stirgus of Vicksburg and Aurelia Gayle Gibson of New Albany; two sons, Aurelius Bernard Gibson Jr. of Granite Bay, Calif. and John Lenard Gibson of Los Angeles, Calif.; and three grandchildren, Meredith N. Stirgus, Adam C. Stirgus, both of Vicksburg and Stephen B. Gibson of New Albany.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Monday at Beasley Funeral Home in New Albany. The body will lie-in-state one hour prior to services Tuesday.

Dimple Moore Parks
DORSEY – Dimple Parks, 79, known as Mama Dimp by many, went to heaven on Friday, May 27, 2011, at her daughter’s home in Dorsey. She was born on September 27, 1931, to Bob and Grace Wardlaw Moore of Baldwyn. She married Wayne Parks of Baldwyn almost 59 years ago. Mama Dimp loved the Lord dearly and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Dorsey. She was known for her sweet smile and caring nature. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend.
She is survived by her husband; her youngest daughter, Nan Francis and husband, Wayne of Tupelo; and grandson, Robert Francis and wife, Melanie of Saltillo.
She is also survived by her oldest daughter, Sondra Sheffield and her husband, Steve of Dorsey; granddaughter, Jaime Martin and husband, Chad; and granddaughter, Emily Lamb and husband, Justin, all of Dorsey; along with great-grandchildren Kailee, Kiefer and Kruz Martin.
Mama Dimp is also survived by a very special extended family of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great granddaughter—Brian and Mary Ann Sheffield and children, Dalton, Paige, and Sarah; Chris and Dana Sheffield Adams and children, Garrett, Walker, and Tripp; John and Cyndi Bowen and children, Lindsey and Chase; Joey and Tammy Bowen and children, Josh, Makayla, and Jacob; and Christy Steele and children, Leslie Cheatham (husband, Christian and baby Cadence) and Dakota Steele.
Also surviving is her sister, Dorothy Moore and husband, Jimmy of Corinth; sisters-in-law, Edna Pharr of Marietta, Elizabeth Moore of Baldwyn, LaFoy Parks of Thrasher, and Marie Parks of Indiana; a brother-in-law, Leland Roberts of Baldwyn; along with a host of special nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Horace (Margaret) Moore and Olen Moore of Baldwyn; two sisters, Rubye (Rex) Darwin of Georgia and Inez Roberts of Baldwyn; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Jim and Martha Parks of Baldwyn; a sister-in-law, Lucille (Leroy) Koon; brothers-in-law, Almus, Hoyle and Glasford Parks and Ross Pharr; and nephews, Melvin Moore and Gary Parks.
Pallbearers will be Steve Sheffield, Wayne Francis, Rob Francis, Chad Martin, Justin Lamb, and Carroll Parks.
Honorary pallbearers will be Lee Roberts, Phil Moore, Jason Ramey, Michael Ramey, Bobby Darwin, John Bowen, Joey Bowen, Chris Adams, Brian Sheffield, Buddy Long and Wayne Sullivan.
Visitation was from 5 to 8 p. m. Saturday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Martin Jameson and her brother-in-law, Bro. Jimmy Moore officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons, Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, or NMMC Hospice Program.

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