By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Surrounded by her family and closest friends, Marlene Warner Chunn, 75, peacefully went home to her Heavenly Father on May 1, 2013, following an extended illness.
A true woman of godly grace, Marlene is remembered for her kind, loving spirit and the Christian legacy she left behind for her children, grandchildren and all who knew her.
Marlene was born to Etta Peterson Miller on Nov. 25, 1937, in San Francisco, Calif. She spent her childhood and young adult life in Ogden, Utah, before marrying a North Mississippi man and eventually settling in Tupelo.
An alumna of the University of Mississippi, Marlene taught at Shannon Elementary School for 26 years. Throughout her teaching career, she had the opportunity to touch many young lives and encourage children to make the right choices.
She and her late husband, Randall Chunn, were active members of West Jackson Street Baptist Church in Tupelo, where Marlene served as a ladies’ Sunday school teacher and women’s ministry leader. She led many women to the Lord and mentored them in their Christian walk.
In the weeks before her passing, Marlene mentioned several times to her family that she was ready to meet her Lord. Though her family weeps over her departure, they are at peace with the knowledge that her soul is in the hands of her Savior, and she is finally home.
Marlene is survived by her children, Steven Chunn (Yonea) of Blue Springs; Karen Thomas (Gregg) of New Albany; and Ronald Chunn (Nora) of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Matthew Chunn, Camp LeJeune, N.C.; Mary, Michael, Margaret, Martha, Mark, Macain, Molly and Mitchell Chunn, all of Blue Springs; Connor Chunn of Houston, Texas; Kayla Doster (Cody) of Columbus; Beth and Jonathan Thomas of New Albany; and one great-grandchild, Caleb Doster, of Columbus.
Marlene is preceded in death by her loving husband, Randall Chunn, and her mother, Etta Peterson Miller.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and at 1 p.m. Saturday at West Jackson Street Baptist Church, and services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. The Rev. Bert Harper and the Rev. Keith Cochran will officiate. Interment will be at Lee Memorial Park in Verona with Elder Isaac Guess officiating at the graveside.
Pallbearers will be Matthew and Michael Chunn, Jonathan Thomas, Raymond Moody, Owen Martin, Derril Rea and Marvin Heard. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons, Mitchell, Macain and Mark Chunn and Connor Chunn.
Online condolences may be made atwww.peguesfuneralhome.com.
BELDEN – It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Leona Givhan Davis (also known as Old Mama) announces her passing. She bid her family and friends farewell in the company of her home on April 30, 2013. She was born June 13, 1919, in Pontotoc County to Willie Givhan and Lula Wade. Leona had a heart made of gold and spent most of her life taking care of her family and others who were elderly or sick. She was a member of Davis Temple Church of the Living God, where she faithfully served on the Mother’s Board until her health failed. She had a passion for cooking, reading her Bible and for living life to the fullest. She also loved good old gospel singing. She prayed for her entire family every night before going to sleep.
Home Going Celebration of her life and legacy will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Davis Temple Church of the Living God at 1 p.m. Interment will be in Chapel Grove Cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
She is fondly remembered and will be sorely missed by her loving children: Willie Moore, Gladys Salter, Levora Davis, Mattie (Cloyzell) Satterwhite, Annie (Jessie) Pannell, Magnolia (Turon) Hooper, Shirley Montgomery, Marilyn Davis, all of Belden; and Jerry (Sandra) Davis of New Albany; her godson, James Robinson and family of Guntown; 34 grandchildren, 67 great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Annie Marie Salters; one brother, Raymond Givhan; and a countless number of other relatives and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Ivy Davis; her son, James Henry Davis Jr. “Sug”; two grandsons, Donnie Pinson and Christopher Larry Moore; her sisters, Ellen Stovall and Lucinda Stovall.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today, May 3, 2013, with the family hour from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel.
For online condolences visit www.grayson-porters.com.
The obituary for Elmira Langston in Thursday’s Daily Journal contained an incorrect cemetery name. Burial will be in Baptist Grove Cemetery at Prairie.
RIPLEY – Veldean Simmons Hayes, 90, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born Oct. 22, 1926, in Ripley to Richard and Dollie Simmons. She joined St. John Baptist Church at an early age. After moving to Memphis, she joined Union Valley Baptist Church, Greater Lakeview and Mt. Joyner. She was a good neighbor and great homemaker who opened her home to many foster children and family members.
Services will be at noon Saturday at St. John M.B. Church in Ripley. The Rev. Patrick Simmons will officiate. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include a special niece, Lorene Robinson; a sister-in-law, Pauline Simmons; a brother-in-law, Clayton (Maude) Horton; two daughters-in-law, Vernell Simmons and Essie Mae Simmons; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James E. Hayes; two sons, Robert Wilson Fleming and Clarence E. Simmons; eight brothers; and five sisters.
Visitation will begin at noon today. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.
NEW ALBANY – Quincey Charles “Q.C.” Williamson, 83, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. He was born Jan. 12, 1930, in New Albany to Lester Williamson and Lula Watts Williamson. He joined Pleasant Grove Church at an early age. In 1952 he moved to Milwaukee and worked for the United States Postal Service for 33 years. He married Bertha Lewis in 1974. He retired from the postal service in 1985 and returned to New Albany. He was ordained a deacon at Pleasant Grove Church in 2007. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and farming.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in New Albany. The Rev. Thomas Wilson will officiate. Burial will be in Milwaukee. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha Lewis Williamson of New Albany; five children, Janet Williamson, Darrel Williamson, Larry Williamson and Leona Lewis, all of Milwaukee, and Leone (Diane) Lewis of New Albany; one brother, Lester (Albertha) Williamson of Milwaukee; two sisters, Vivian (Fred) Carter and Lartha Blackwell, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Harold and Robert Williamson; and two sisters, Elaine Hyler and Ezell Williamson.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ETTA – Margie L. Archie, 71, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, at her home in Etta.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Union Hill M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
OXFORD – Bessie R. Buford, 78, died Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in Springfield M.B. Church Cemetery in Abbeville. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
MANTEE – Henry Thomas Vaughn, 70, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at White Hill Baptist Church in Webster County. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
NEW ALBANY – Liddie “Sis” Stroud Gray, 91, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 19, 1921, in Union County to Lacey Douglas and Mattie Hale Stroud. Through the years, she had worked at Futorian, Van Atkins, Gregory Jewelry, Wal-Mart and a local drug store. She was a member of Glenfield Methodist Church. She was preceded in death on April 20, 2013, by her husband, Stephen Vannoy Gray.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at United Funeral Service in New Albany with the Rev. Ricky Blythe and the Rev. Paul Sizemore officiating. Burial will be in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Linda Pannell (Clifton) of New Albany; her grandchildren, Stephen Pannell, Myra Pannell and Trent Pannell; and two great-grandchildren, Luke Pannell and Lauren Pannell.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
BOONEVILLE – Gerald Tennison, 83, died Wednesday, May 1 , 2013, at his home. He was a member of New Burton Baptist Church. He was a member of Prentiss County Farm Bureau and Prentiss County Soil and Water Conservation. He truly loved his grandchildren. He enjoyed farming.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at New Burton Baptist Church with Bro. Dewayne Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the Forked Oak Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Tennison of Booneville; one son, Eddie Tennison (Jane) of Booneville; one daughter, Kellie Nunley (Eddie) of Booneville; three grandchildren, Christy Ryan (Keith), Jonathan Nunley (Carley) and Phillip Nunley; two great-grandchildren, Cody Ryan and Ella Nunley; four sisters, Margaret Swindel and Anita White, both of Booneville, Sue Moore of Alpharetta, Ga., and Yvonne Moats of Louisville, Ky.; and one brother, Bill Tennison of Alpharetta, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R.K. and Stella Tennison; a brother, Robert Tennison.
Pallbearers will be Jim Calvery, Brian Tennison, Mackey Bullard, Dan Crabb, Gifford Smart and Wade Ashmore. Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Keith Ryan, Cody Ryan, Jonathan Nunley and Phillip Nunley.
Visitation will continue until service time.
OXFORD – Mary Catherine Elliott, 65, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Brinkley, Ark. Waller Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to North Mississippi Regional Center, Foster Grandparent Program, 967 Regional Center Drive, Oxford, MS 38655; or Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 W. Main St., Tupelo, MS 38801.
To sign the online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Charles Ivory Dukes, 58, died Thursday, April 25, 2013, at his home.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Redeemed Fellowship Ministries. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Joseph Thomas, 80, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Victoria Church of Christ in Victoria. Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery in Memphis. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday.
IUKA – James Clayton “J.C.” Marlar, 85, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his residence.
Services are scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Entombment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery Mausoleum with military honors. Cutshall Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to Crossway Church in Corinth.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
BOONEVILLE – Wilmer Eugene Jackson, 90, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be Candler Chapel Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Melissa Shana “Missy” Ford, 42, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at her home. She was born in Tippah County to Margaret Ford Stanton and the late Shalley Ford. She attended Hickory Flat Public Schools and Greenville Christian School in Greenville, where she excelled in basketball. She was recruited by Delta State University, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. She graduated from Hickory Flat High School and attended Northwest Community College in Oxford. She was a member of Parkview Baptist Church in Greenville and a skilled cabinet maker. She was a loving caregiver to many. She loved her puppy, Bella.
Services were Saturday, April 27, at Serenity Funeral Home in New Albany. Burial was at McKay Cemetery in Hickory Flat.
She is survived by her daughter, Shana Ford; her mother, Margaret Ford Stanton; her stepfather, Lelon Stanton; a brother, Marty Stanton; her maternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Mary and Milburn Hogue; her paternal grandmother, Colette Ford; her stepmother, Patti Ford; two aunts and three uncles; and two lifelong friends, Angela Hall and Cris Fisher.
BOONEVILLE, Ark. – Marjorie Harris Klek, 72, died Thursday, April 25, 2013.
Services were Monday, April 29, at Booneville Funeral Service Chapel in Booneville, Ark. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery in Hackett, Ark.
An online guestbook can be signed at www.boonevillefuneralservice.com.
WALNUT – Deborah Lynn “Debbie” Richardson, 52, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Randy Ray Moore, 63, died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Texas.
A stateroom service will be at 2 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home. Burial will be in Zion Rest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1:30 until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
TUPELO – Geraldine “Sunshine” Jones, 57, died April 12, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born Nov. 30, 1955. She was always smiling and friendly, and she tried not to bother anyone. Even though she lived outdoors, she tried to keep a positive attitude. She will be missed by The Salvation Army, Slim, and many others who knew her.
A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Salvation Army Chapel with the Rev. Matthew Benfield officiating. Holland Funeral Directors Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with arrangements.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
MANTACHIE – Gwendola Camp, 93, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 28, 1920, in Itawamba County to William Cleveland “Cleve” McMillen and Daisy Hardin McMillen. She retired from the U.S. Postal Service as Mantachie postmaster in 1988 after 20 years of service. She was a longtime member of Mantachie United Methodist Church, where she was an active member of U.M.W. She was a charter member of the Mantachie Pilot Club and a member of Mantachie Homemaker’s Club. She served as treasurer for the Itawamba County Historical Society for 20 years. She was an avid reader and enjoyed quilting, cooking, traveling, and working in her yard. She loved supporting her children and grandchildren in all their activities.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mantachie United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ron Schwake, the Rev. Ronnie Goodwin and Dr. John Adams officiating. Burial will be in the Stephens Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home of Mantachie is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Bill Camp (Teresa) of Mantachie; three daughters, Karen McFerrin (Joe Eddie) and Felicia Jones (Terry), both of Mantachie, and Barbara Randle of Tupelo; one brother, Loyce McMillen of Mantachie; a sister-in-law, Gladys Franks; six grandchildren, Leslie Morton (Shawn), Jodie Boyd (Garry), Matt Fennell (Julie), Dixie Westmoreland (Josh), Trae Camp (fiancee, Kelley), and Tyler Camp; three great-grandchildren, Martin Boyd, Anna Karen Boyd and Cayson Westmoreland; and her special caregiver, Angie Mills.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Herman Camp, who died in 1982; one grandson, Will Randle; one son-in-law, William Randle; and her parents.
Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Mantachie United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mantachie United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 33, Mantachie, MS 38855.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
ODENVILLE, Ala. – Mary Robertson Alexander, 87, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BLUE SPRINGS – Kenneth Ray Lofton, 63, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice following an extended illness. He was born July 25, 1949, in Kosciusko to Willie L. Lofton and Ruby Katherine Hutchison Lofton. He married Edith Mae Randolph on July 30, 1983, and worked many years for Pennsylvania Tire and Rubber Co. He was a member of Beech Springs Baptist Church. He enjoyed gardening, and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchild.
A private family memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at his son, Terry’s home in Blue Springs. Private burial will be in Jones Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Edith Lofton of Mantachie; sons, Terry Lofton and James Lofton, both of Blue Springs; stepson, Mark Warren (Beth) of Tupelo; three stepdaughters, Nancy Wofford (Brad) of Marietta, Shirley Stuart (Doug), and Pat Nelson (Jimmy), all of Oxford; brother, Jerry Lofton (Janie) of Tupelo; two sisters, Sue Adams (James) of Newport, Tenn., and Judy Bishop (Micky) of Blue Springs; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandson, Everett-Lee Dunaway.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in memory of Kenneth Lofton and Tommy Lofton to Beech Springs Baptist Church, 1263 CR 188, Blue Springs, MS 38828.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FULTON – Kenneth “Kenny” Graham, 62, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his home in the Patton Flat community.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton. Burial will be in Weaver Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
ATLANTA – Bessie Gilliam, a native of Okolona, died Sunday, April 28, 2013, in Atlanta.
Services will be today in Atlanta. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Episcopal Church in Okolona. Burial will be at 4 p.m. Saturday in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of arrangements.