Obituaries May 29, 2013

By NEMS Daily Journal

Ronny Barrett
PLANTERSVILLE – Ronald Williford “Ronny” Barrett, 50, died unexpectedly Monday, May 27, 2013, at his residence in the Union community south of Plantersville. He was born on Oct. 12, 1962, in Cleveland, Bolivar County to Walter Thomas and Betty Naron Barrett. He grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Bayou Academy, Class of l980. He was a sales representative for Applied Industrial Technology for many years, first in Greenville, being transferred later to Jackson and Tupelo. For the last l0 years, he was employed by Motion Industries, Tupelo Division, as an industrial sales rep. A resident of Lee County since 2000, he was a member of First Baptist Church of Tupelo and the Kenny Weems Sunday School class. He enjoyed drag racing, all sports especially the New Orleans Saints, Duck Dynasty, little babies and spending time with his family whom he loved dearly.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Chad Grayson, Bro. Ricky Young and Bro. Randy Wood officiating. Burial will follow in the Union Cemetery south of Plantersville. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to service time Friday, all at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Posey Barrett of the Union Community, whom he married Feb. 21, 1996; five daughters, Brooke Barrett of Pearl, Amanda Armas (Omar) of Tupelo, Brianna Barrett, Jessica Barrett and Emily Barrett, all of the home; one granddaughter, Lila Armas of Tupelo; his parents, Tommy and Betty Barrett of Cleveland; two brothers, Tommy Barrett (Sheila) of Grenada and Jimmy Barrett (Cerise) of Cleveland; his aunt, Peggy Barrett of Cleveland; his uncle, Tommy Naron (Memorie) of Cleveland; his mother-in-law, Helen Dorroh Posey of the Union community; his grandmother-in-law, Lottie Posey of Tupelo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law, Judge Tulane E. Posey Jr.
Pallbearers will be Brent and Bradley Barrett, Lane Posey III, Lane Posey IV, Gwin Berryhill, Chris Crawford, Timothy Berryhill, Tony Barkley and Matthew Barkley. Honorary pallbearers will be fellow employees at Motion Industries and his Sunday school class at First Baptist.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 N. Church St., Tupelo, MS 38804; or First Baptist Church, 101 N. Bolivar Ave., Cleveland, MS 38732.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Sharon Bogan
SHANNON – Sharon Jean Spearman Bogan died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Aug. 17, 1954, in Shannon to Cleodus McMorris Jr. and Martha Gamble Spearman. She was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church, where she was president of WIA, a member of the choir, chairperson of the senior citizens, a member of BTU and assistant church clerk. She was a member of Heroines of Jericho Court 634. She attended Nettleton High School and Itawamba Community College, where she studied interior design. She was an employee of Lanier Clothing and later of Walmart Supercenter.
Services will be at noon Thursday at Pine Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. George Kendrick officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Nesheka Shumpert (Michlin) of Montgomery, Ala.; two nieces she reared, Laquita Spearman and Latasha Spearman, both of Shannon; a foster daughter, Elizabeth Buchanan Hale (Clarence); four sisters, Barbara Fells (Raymond) and Paulette Spearman, both of Shannon, Edna McAlister of Milwaukee and Erica Berry (Willie) of Verona; two brothers, Albert Spearman and Ronnie Johnson (Juanita), both of Shannon; and two special mothers, Malissa Bogan of Shannon and Myrtle Westmoreland.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert Bogan; her parents; a sister, Vickie Spearman; a brother, Cordell Spearman; and her stepfather, Webster Spearman.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Hazel Jones
TUPELO – Hazel Jones, 88, lost her battle with cancer on May 27, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Hazel was born on Nov., 16, 1924, in Logan, Iowa, to Edward Theodore Wilding and Ada Crystal Jones Wilding. After graduating from Logan High School she moved to Omaha, Neb., where she met her husband, Deane Jones. They married on Nov. 27, 1945, and moved to Valejo, Calif., where Deane was stationed. After his discharge they moved briefly to Logan and then to Dunlap, Iowa. While living in Dunlap, she was active in Eastern Star and in 1955 became the Worthy Matron. They then moved back to Logan where she started the town’s first Brownie troop. She was initiated into P.E.O. Chapter DP in 1958. Upon retirement they moved to Apache Junction, Ariz. It was here that they began their love of RV’ing. After the death of her husband in 1992, she moved to Tupelo to be closer to family. She was a volunteer for the Women First Resource Center for 10 years and was responsible for making and sending over 13,000 cards for the Women’s First card ministry. Her longevity as a breast cancer survivor (60 years) made her an inspiration to many. Hazel loved playing bridge and any other card or board game. She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, E.T. and Ada Wilding; her brother, Jack Wilding; niece, Janice Wilding Hays; her son-in-law, Dean Abraham; son, Kenneth Jones; and her husband, Deane Jones.
Hazel is survived by her daughters, Sherry Abraham of Belden, Deana Jones Bigley (John) of Sugar Camp, Wis.; grandchildren, Shannon Abraham Overton (Tim), Tamala Abraham Amicone (Mike), both of Tupelo, Heather Abraham Roberts Gregg (Shannon) of Arlington, Tenn., Kenneth Bigley of New York and Ambrea Bigley Segner (Chad) of Plymouth, Minn.; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Luke and Zachary Overton, Logan and Lauren Amicone, Dylan and Nathan Roberts, and Braden Segner; her sister, Lorna Steinke of Loveland, Colo.; sister-in-law, Jerry Miller of Spokane, Wash.; and numerous nieces and nephews; and her special caregivers, Hazel Wright and Cherry Payne.
A private family graveside service conducted by the Rev. Dr. Bryan Collier will be held at Lee Memorial Park at a later date. There will be no local visitation. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Women First, 215 N. Gloster, Suite D, Tupelo, MS 38804 and Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Thomas Pugh
BATESVILLE – Thomas Brett Pugh, 51, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Quitman County. He was born in Starkville on Oct. 20, 1961, to Thomas Beverly and Elaine Ferrell Pugh. He was a former resident of Greenwood, where he attended Pillow Academy through junior high. He and his family moved to Panola County in 1975. He graduated from West Panola Academy and received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and entomology from Mississippi State University. He worked in farm management, entomology and sales. He was a member of Independence Presbyterian Church USA.
He is survived by his parents; his son, Thomas Brennan Pugh of Houston; aunts, Sondra Luttrell (Bob) of Germantown, Tenn., Yvonne Moody (Ernie) of Versailles, Ky., and Claudette Pickens (Bryan) of Knoxville, Tenn.; and cousins, Michelle Decker (Jim) of Knoxville, Tenn., Melanie Stigall (Rob) of Powder Springs, Ga., Melinda Thedford (Kevin) of Chattanooga, Tenn., David Pickens (Ann) of Brentwood, Tenn., Zach Luttrell (Amber) of Jackson, Tenn., and Shane Luttrell of Germantown, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T.B. Pugh, and Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ferrell.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. today at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville. Private burial will follow in Ashland Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Quay Lindsey
BOONEVILLE – Zena Quay Lindsey, 96, died Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 25, 1916, in Prentiss County to William Hester Huddleston and Sara Amanda Nichols Huddleston. She was a member of Mt. Pisgah Free Will Baptist Church, and she was a machine operator in the clothing manufacturing industry. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and sewing.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Glen Jones officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
She is survived by three sons, James L. Lindsey (Patricia) of Memphis, William “W.R.” Lindsey (Patsy) of Vancleave and Dwight Lindsey (Brenda Sue) of Burnsville; a daughter, Gladys Ann Huddleston of Booneville; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Robert Lee Lindsey, on June 3, 1988; two brothers, Ishmal Huddleston and James William Huddleston; and a sister, Oceil Michael.
Pallbearers are Sherron Barron, Ricky Johnson, Nathan Harrison, Cuthen Cagle, Paul Bennett, Randel Cole and Joe Gann.
Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Chad Griffin
PARIS – Chad Caffey Griffin, 32, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at his home in Paris.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Henry Chapel at Seven Oaks Funeral Home in Water Valley. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Water Valley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Kathleen Higgins
AUSTIN, Texas – Kathleen L. Higgins, 94, formerly of West Point, passed away Monday, May 27, 2013, at Emeritus at Spicewood Springs Skilled Nursing Facility in Austin, Texas.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at First United Methodist Church in West Point. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 293, West Point, MS 39773.
Friends may leave online condolences at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Frances Kennedy
TISHOMINGO – Frances Lee Neal Kennedy died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She devoted her time to her family. Her later years were spent enjoying her grandchildren and encouraging them to be successful in life. For the past year and a half, she and her great-grandson, Baby Ty, had become constant companions, loving and encouraging each other. She was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tishomingo City Cemetery at Tishomingo with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will follow. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont will be in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband of 68 years, Dwight Kennedy of Tishomingo; two daughters, Phyllis Whitlock (Paul) of Iuka and Cheryl Hood (Mark) of Blue Springs; five grandchildren, Amy Whitlock, Kinsley Nunley (B.J.), Jon-Paul Whitlock (Kendra), Laken Hood and Trevor Hood; one great-grandson, Ty Nunley; two sisters, Joy Strickland and Eddie Jean Murff; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kimberly Brook Whitlock; her parents, Judson and Audrey Neal; and a brother, Dwight Neal.
Pallbearers will be Paul Whitlock, Mark Hood, Jon-Paul Whitlock, Trevor Hood, B.J. Nunley and Barney Dick. Honorary pallbearers will be Ty Nunley, Trail Nunley, Kim Dawson, Gene Browning and Larry Greene.
Visitation will be from 10 to 10:30 a.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or LeBonheur Children’s Hospital.

Wayne Smith
ST. LOUIS – Wayne Smith died Sunday, May 26, 2013, in St. Louis, Mo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Thomas Nowak
IUKA – Thomas Nowak, 79, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home.

Lucille Coker-Cheatham
AMORY – Thelma “Lucille” Coker-Cheatham, 89, died on Sunday, May 26, 2013, at her residence. Born on July 3, 1923, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Lester Lee and Rowena Kennedy Duncan. She worked as a seamstress with Longnecker’s Pants Factory until moving to North Chicago in 1958. Retiring in 1977, she and her husband moved to Union City, Tenn. She moved to Amory in 2006 with her daughter and son-in-law. A lady who was very lovable and had a big heart, she strived to take care of herself and her family. She enjoyed crocheting, dancing, listening to country western music, fishing for catfish and going to flea markets.
She is survived by her daughter, Debra S. Coker-Stone (Scott A.); sister, Velma Louise Monaghan; sister-in-law and special friend, Libble Coker Booch, all of Amory; grandson, Jeff Stone of Montville, Conn.; great-grandson, Christian Stone; nieces and nephews, J.B. Monaghan, Barbara Monaghan Harlow and George Monaghan; and special friends, Guyther and JoAnn Spencer, Angie Schwalenberg, and Shannon Vaughn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ramon C. Cheatham; and twin brother, Elmer Boozer Duncan.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with the Rev. Don McCain officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Historical Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Harlow, Brent Harris, Greg Pressley, Aaron Pressley, George Monaghan and Jade Myers.
Visitation will be from noon to 1:50 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Hospice Advantage, 70 Highway 25 S., Aberdeen, MS 39730.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Lee Kuykendall
CORINTH – Lee Arlon Kuykendall, 90, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Graveside services will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Oaks Hill Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Willie Faye Fryar
BOONEVILLE – Willie Faye Fryar, 78, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson’s Funeral Home of Corinth.

Junior Barber
FALKNER – Dalton Junior Barber, 75, died Monday, May 27, 2013, in Tippah County. He was born Sept. 4, 1937, to George Dalton and Etta Elvie Beavers Barber in Tippah County. He was a self-employed logger and a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Jerry Jeter will officiate. Burial will be in Tippah Memorial Garden in Ripley. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Lena Mae Brown Barber of Falkner; two daughters, Wanda Hale (William) of Falkner and Vicki McClaughlin (Phillip) of Middleton, Tenn.; two stepdaughters, Wanda Bryant (Richard) and Christie Hopkins of Ashland; three stepsons, Freddie Hopkins (Casey) of Walnut, Dwayne Hopkins (Teresa) of Ripley and Frankie Hopkins (Lorie) of Walnut; two sisters, Elvie Gates (Ules) and Hilda Mardis (Bo), both of Ripley; two brothers, Dewey Barber (Rosie) and Jessie Barber, both of Ripley; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; seven stepgrandchildren; and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Edward Barber; one sister, Frances Sides; and one great-grandson, Matthew Nelms.
Pallbearers will be dwayne Hopkins, Frankie Hopkins, Nick Faries, Billy Hollands, Adam Robins and Thomas Sanders. Honorary pallbearers will be Cameron Shelton and Phillip McClaughlin.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Hattie Nabors
OKOLONA – Hattie Nabors died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Williams Memorial of Okolona.

Rev. E.S. Furr
TUPELO – A Service of Death and Resurrection celebrating the life of the Rev. E.S. Furr will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday only in the gathering room of First United Methodist Church. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements. A full obituary will be released later.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Leeiler Vance
VARDAMAN – Leeiler Vance, 79, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

Claudia Stallings
ABERDEEN – Claudia M. Stallings, 90, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Jackson Mortuary of Aberdeen.

Jo Ann Spears
TUPELO – Jo Ann Spears, 78, died suddenly Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at her residence. She was born July 9, 1934, in Helena, Ark., to Joseph Hall Spears and Lilla Mae Lancaster Spears. She graduated from the School for the Deaf in Anniston, Ala., and worked many years as a computer technician for the State of Alabama before retiring. She enjoyed sewing, quilting and reading. She attended Hope Church in Tupelo.
There are no services scheduled at this time. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include her caregiver and friend, Sue Goldman of Saltillo.
Memorials may be made to the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, P.O. Box 698, Talladega, AL 35161.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.