Obituaries May 30, 2010

Col. Charles E. Long
HOLLY SPRINGS – Col. Charles E. Long, PHD, U.S. Army (Ret.), 78, died May 26, 2010. Born in 1931 of migrant workers in a corn patch near Seymour, Texas, Professor Charles Long realized early on that he loved learning. At the age of fifteen, therefore, he joined the Army Air Corp, in order to gain the G.I. Bill. Under the G.I. Bill, he finished his B.A. in German and English at Henderson State University in 1951 at the age of nineteen, simultaneously receiving an ROTC commission as Second Lieutenant Infantry. He was the first in his family to graduate from college.
After serving as a Platoon Leader (slightly wounded twice) and as Assistant Commander (night) of the Fifth Regimental Combat Team in Korea, he continued, again under the G.I. Bill, his graduate program, earning an M.A. in English, an M.A. in German, and a PhD in Comparative Literature (English, German, French, Russian, and Spanish).
At the University of Memphis (1957-1990), Professor Long served as Chair, Department of Foreign Languages, teaching German and Russian. While in this position, he hired the first African American professor to teach at Memphis State University. One of his favorite pastimes was studying Russian with Dr. Jared Wenger, one evening each week. He transferred to the Department of English where he served for another twenty-five years as Professor of English and Germanic Philology. He retired as the senior full professor at the age of fifty-eight.
Professor Long continued a parallel military career, spending 33 years on active duty and in the reserve, earning ranks from private to full colonel. He served nine years as Commander 409th Military Intelligence Detachment (Strategic 1967-1976) and five years as Commandant, 3291st United States Army Reserve School (1976-1981), as full colonel and Foreign Area Officer, qualified to command any embassy in the western or southern hemisphere. During his military career, he studied German, Russian, French, and Spanish, teaching German and Russian.
When not studying foreign languages, Professor Long served in all capacities in about a dozen German, Slavic, and English national academic and scholarly organizations, as reader, secretary, chair, nomination committees, etc. During his career, he has read and published over one hundred papers and articles and nine books, and over two dozen poems. Although he taught languages, he tenaciously devoted most of his free time to the study of Middle English and Middle High German Romances, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Keats, and Joyce’s Finnegans Wake.
In recent years, he has concentrated on writing and gardening, and on reading the Bible in nine languages.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Delashmit of Holly Springs; his children, Charles E. “Eddie” Long III (Alice) of Holly Springs, Carl Long (Heather) of Memphis, Walter Long of Memphis; Ray Salmon (Cyndi) of Covington, Sharon Elmore (Jimmy) of Knoxville and Michele Lee (Chuck) of Nashville; and by two grandchildren, Dominey Long and William Long, both of Memphis.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 1, at the Holly Springs Funeral Home, with Services at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Holly Springs.

Johnny Sullivan
NETTLETON – Johnny C. Sullivan, 46, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was born Aug. 23, 1963, to Shirley Edwards and Earnest Sullivan in Nettleton. He enjoyed working on cars, racing, fishing but mostly spending time with his family and grandkids.
Services will be at noon Monday at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors. Burial will be in Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Sarah Sullivan; one daughter, Kimberly Sullivan (Tony); one son, Curtis Sullivan; his grandchildren, Dawn Sullivan, Jo Jo Williams, Alexis Kizzire and Dalvon Johnson; his father and mother-in-law, James Edwards and Lottie Edwards; three brothers-in-law, David Edwards (Margaret), Tony Reeves and Wayne Reeves; one sister, Janice Fortner (Steve); three stepsisters, Linda Terry (Ricky), Jonell Williams and Diane Edwards; one step brother-in-law, Donnie Gray; one special niece, Rachel “Doodle Bug” Russell; one special friend, Russell Wells; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
He was preceded in death by one son, Johnny Lee Sullivan; one brother, Earnest (Junie) Sullivan; two stepbrothers, Rickey “Woody” Woods and James “Cotton” Edwards; and his grandparents, Lois Ann and Sylvester Pearson and Romie and Ozinie Sullivan.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 11 a.m. until noon Monday at at the funeral home.

Willie Bassett
ABERDEEN – Willie D. Bassett, 65, died May 29, 2010, at Pioneer Hospital in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.

Wayne Barnes
NASHVILLE – Wayne Barnes, 61, formerly of Fulton, died May 29, 2010, in Nashville. He was born Dec. 31, 1948, to Allie and Eunice Barnes. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fulton. He was employed by Ford Motor Credit for 20 years.
A private family service will be at 5 p.m. today at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Mike Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth Quince and Melissa Doyle; four grandchildren, Coleman Doyle, Carson Quince, Hayden Doyle and Ally Grace Doyle; one sister, Ellaween Spencer; one brother, Brice Barnes; and the mother of his children, Cindy Barnes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Billy Barnes.
A private visitation for the family will be from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Ronnie Crowson
TUPELO – Ronnie Crowson, 68, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A Greenville native, he was born to Earl René and Jewel Armstrong Crowson. He attended Delta State University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree. He was a United States Army Veteran, having served time in Korea. After 32 years of service, he retired as a field representative from Ford Motor Credit. He attended St. James Catholic Church. Spending time with his family and friends was what he loved to do, and he especially loved his grandchildren. Fishing and cooking were his favorite past-times.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. James Catholic Church with Father Tom Lalor and Father Henry Shelton officiating. Burial with military honors will be in Corinth National Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Penny Crowson; two sons, Mike Crowson (Jenny) of Oxford and Kenneth Crowson of Tupelo; two sisters, Jane Reeves (Martin) of Ocean Springs and Betty Hasbrouck (Larry) of Ocean Springs; and three grandchildren, Kirsten Crowson of Tupelo, Caden Crowson of Oxford and Calen Raye Crowson of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and infant son, Joseph Martin Crowson.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at St. James Catholic Church and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Diabetes Assistance Fund, C/O Diabetes Treatment Center, 830 S. Gloster Street, Tupelo, MS 38804 or Veterans Memorial Fund, PO Box 3608, Tupelo, MS 38803.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jimmy Dill Sr.
TUPELO – Jimmy Houston Dill Sr., 57, died May 28, 2010. He was born Jan. 12, 1953, in Tupelo to Dan Houston and Ernie Mae Franks Dill. He worked maintenance in construction. He was a member of the Anchor Holds Church. He was an avid song writer, musician and hunter.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Sanders and Bro. Gary Tedford officiating. Burial will be in Fawn Grove Cemetery. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Dill of Tupelo; two sons, Jay (Lisa) Dill of Houlka and Preston (Kaye) Dill of Mooreville; one daughter, Trisha (Jack) Johnson of Belmont; his mother, Ernie Mae Dill of Mantachie; one brother, Danny (Sandra) Dill of Tremont; his grandchildren, Jacob Dill, Brittany Johnson, Trey Johnson, Alyse “Boo Boo” Dill and Jimmy Silas; his stepchildren, Brian and Kyle Dowdy, both of Pontotoc; and a special friend, Marie Brown.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dan Houston Dill
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Bell, Billy Kennedy, Danny Wayne Thomas, Wayne Musgrove, Gary Bell, Mike Brown, Wayne Brown and Ben Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Thomas and his grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.

Jack Craig
BELDEN – Jack Craig, 67, died Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at his home after an extended illness. He was born in New Albany to Adrian and Anita Craig but moved to Laurel at the age of seven. He graduated from Gardner High School. He was a member of Anchor Baptist Church and served the American Legion. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. His hobbies were fishing and camping. He was an avid Ole Miss and New Orleans Saints fan. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Ranger Air Craft Carrier. He spent one year in Vietnam in gunery & weapons Helicopter Rescue Special Mission. After the Navy, he attended Jones Jr. College and majored in engineering. He worked in the oil fields off the coast of Mississippi and in Oklahoma. He was a Mud engineer for Haliburton, Gulf and Imco. He later became a private investigator for the law firm of John Arthur Eaves. He was a police officer for the Sherman Police Dept. for one year until retiring. He and his wife owned and operated Craig’s Bargain Barn of Sherman.
Services with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Anchor Baptist Church with Bro. Ted Burcham officating. Burial will be in the New Harmony Cemetery. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Judy Parrish Craig of Sherman; two sons, Michael Craig (Betty) of St. Johns Island,S.C. and James “Jim” Craig (Lawanda) of Myrtle; one daughter, Mellisa Herring (Sam) of Sandy Hook; two stepchildren, Gregg Parrish of Belden and Nena Scott (Donald) of Tupelo; 12 grandchildren, Allysa, Breanna, Colby and Elijah Craig and Brandi Smith, Vivian Taylor, Hunter and Harley Herring, Jacob and Ben Parrish and Zeke and Hunter Scott; numerous nieces and nephews; and a special sister-in-law he helped raise, Mary Alice Scroggins of Laurel,Mo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Ruby Busby Craig; one brother, Bill Craig; and one sister, Anita Madrian Bradshaw.
Pallbearers will be the Anchor Baptist Church family.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the church.

Jimmie Brooks
BELMONT – Jimmie Lee Brooks, 65, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at The Meadows Nursing Home in Fulton after an extended illness. A Lee County native, he was born June 4, 1944, to Tildon and Beatrice Brooks. He recently lived in Belmont but was formerly of Plantersville. He was a retired farmer and truck driver. He loved animals, doing yard work and being outdoors. He was a member of the Baptist church.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his daughter, Tonya L. Henley (Gerald) of Belmont; one brother, Johnny Wayne Brooks of Plantersville; two grandchildren, Brandy Collier (Ricky) of Baldwyn and Savannah Roberson (Shannon) of Belmont; and four great-grandchildren, Dalton, Shellie, Brandon and Anslie.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
John Tibbett
AMORY – John Chesley “Tib” Tibbett, 59, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born June 26, 1950, in Amory, he was the son of William Giles “Bo” Sr. and Birdie Fay Hester Tibbett. A graduate of Amory High School, he played football and was active in the Band and in the FCA. He attended IJC and was in the Forestry Program. He married Dianne Allred in 1993 on Santa Rosa Island in Gulf Breeze, Fla. He had worked as a paramedic and fireman and was an off shore surveyor for John E. Chance. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed the beach and hunting rocks.
Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at the E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Bro. Mike Todd and Bro. Malcolm Tidwell officiating. Burial will be in the Hatley Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne “Ann” Tibbett of Amory; one son, Matthew Irvin (Courtney) of Amory; two daughters, Bonnie Buchanan (Mark) of Athens and Tracy Shanklin (Dan) of Tupelo; two brothers, William Giles “Billy” Tibbett Jr. (Sandra) of Amory and James Hester “Jimmy” Tibbett (Jin) of Starkville; five grandchildren, Trey Edgil, Alex Buchanan, Dillon Irvin, Maya Irvin and Kalista Shanklin; three nieces, Ginger, Amanda and Deanna; and many great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Justice, Tommy Cole, Richard Edgil, Wayne Lindsey, Roy Dale Lindsey and Tommy Hester.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Smith and Benny Hill.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

Clarence Sutton
PITTSBORO – Clarence Sutton, 82, died May 28, 2010, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford. He was a retired Vice-President for Southwide Development–Federal Compress in Memphis after 35 years. He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of WWII and a member of the First Baptist Church in Bruce where he was in the TV Ministry. He was a charter member of Carriage Hills Baptist Church in Southaven.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Daniel Hathorne officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife 63 years, Wilma Jean Murk Sutton of Pittsboro; two daughters, Rita Carol Sutton Bennett (David) of Olive Branch and Peggy Anne Sutton Cecil (Robb) of Odenton, Md.; two sisters, Bernice Sutton Jenkins Bruce and Eliose Sutton Thompson of Memphis; two brothers, RV Sutton of Bruce and Larry Eston Sutton of Calhoun City; four grandchildren, Scott Bennett (Amanda), Steven Bennett, Clara Cecil and John Cecil; and one great-grandchild, Callie Bennett.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Hubert Sutton and Naomi Stewart Sutton; a sister, Leona Faye Sullivan; and a brother, Roger Lee Sutton.
Pallbearers will be David Bennett, Scott Bennett, Steven Bennett, Robb Cecil, William Ruth, L.H. Johnson, Jim Webb and Larry Whitaker.

David Sullivan
OKOLONA – David Owen “Dabo” Sullivan, 53, died May 28, 2010, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice in Verona. He was born Feb. 17, 1957. He was a life long resident of Egypt. He served five years in the U.S. Navy. Following his military service, he worked at Hancock Ranch in Tupelo and Eden Farms in Okolona. He was an active “country boy.” He enjoying fishing, hunting, horses and farming. He was an avid MSU Bulldogs fan. He also loved rodeo and was an all-around cowboy until illness forced him to retire.
Services will be at 2 p.m today at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. Randy Rhinehart and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will be in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery in Egypt. Southern Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one sister, Judy Mitchem (Chad) of Houston; one son, Robert Owen “Tyke” Sullivan of Okolona; three nieces, Margie Ellen McElwain (Shannon) of Pontocola and Charity and Chassidy Mitchem, both of Houston; one nephew, J.T. Naron of Thorn, one great-niece, Lauren Grace; and one great-nephew, Justin Clay, both of Pontocola.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Grace Ellen Nabors Sullivan in 1992 and Fred Owen Sullivan in 1995; one son, Cody Lee Sullivan in 1999; his grandparents, Maggilene and Hubert Nabors; and a special cousin, Van Kilgo.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Joe Davis, J.T. Naron, Hubert “Buddy” Nabors, Marvin Griggs, Delane Griggs, Brandon Griggs, Rodney Griggs and Robbie Kilgo.
Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Huffman, Eddie Smith, Matthew Sullivan, Dennis “Red” Sullivan, Howard Kilgo and James Robert Earnest.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Boone’s Chapel Cemetery or to a charity of one’s choice.
For online registry, visit www.southernfuneralc@webs.com.
John Fortner
HOULKA – John Abston Fortner, 92, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Floy Dyer Nursing Home. He was a retired carpenter and farmer, a deacon at Prospect Baptist Church and a Mason.
Services will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Southern Funeral Chapel in Houston with Bro. John Flippin officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Southern Funeral Chapel of Houston in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include three sons, Travis Leon Fortner of Houston, John Allen Fortner of Daytona Beach, Fla. and Gerald Morris Fortner of Houlka; four grandchildren, Lisa Harville, Jonathan Fortner, Holly Fortner and Joshua Fortner; one great-granddaughter, McKenzie Fortner; and two great-grandsons, Anderson Fortner and Asa Fortner.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine Fortner; one son, Leon Abston Fortner, his parents, Nathan and Bell Fortner; and one brother, Carl Fortner.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
For online registry, visit www.southernfuneralc@webs.com.

Mary Jo Baird
HOUSTON – Mary Jo Baird, 67, died Saturday, May 29, 2010. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Houston Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Jimmie Cole
TUPELO – Jimmie Lloyd Cole died Saturday, May 29, 2010, on her 80th birthday, at the home of her daughter in Trussville, Ala. She was born on May 29, 1930, in the Tomnolen Community of Webster County to Shed and Ora Brown Hightower. She grew up in Webster County, worked several years at the Hosery Mill in Grenada and, after moving to Tupelo where she spent much of her adult life, was a tour guide and curator of the Tupelo City Museum (Oren Dunn Museum) for many years. It was there, she developed a love for history and shared the Tupelo/Lee County story with hundreds of thousands of visitors over the years. After retirement in the late l990’s, she lived in the Smyrna, Tenn. area for several years. Always the life of the party, Jimmie was an avid conversationalist and a joyful soul who never met a stranger. She was active for years in the American Legion Post 49 activities as well as local Masonic and Shrine events with her late husband. She enjoyed fishing, reading, spending time with her family and many friends everywhere. She also enjoyed supporting her community and Country as a patriotic American. She was a member of Crosspoint Baptist Church in Trussville.
Services will be at 11a.m. Monday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with her sons-in-law, Bro. Henry Willingham officiating and Chuck Palmer delivering the eulogy. A private burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include her daughters, Jackie Palmer (Chuck) of Trussville, Ala. and Sherry Willingham (Henry) of Umatilla, Fla.; four grandchildren, Christa Stem (Dustin) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Kimberly Palmer of Smyrna, Tenn., Angela Hicks (Walter) of Umatilla, Fla. and Ralna Lengemann (Michael) of Eustis, Fla.; two great-grandchildren, Tobias “Tobi” Lengemann and Alison Hicks; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Harold Gee on Sept. 6, l967, and Homer O. Cole Sr. on May 19, l996; and three sisters, Odean Cotten, Tommie Wilson and Jo Thatch.
Pallbearers will be Scott Trulove, Steve Holland, Jim Baxter, Bob Pittman, Richard Houston, Joe Parker and Tony Ingellis.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the Tupelo Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Oren Dunn Tupelo City Museum, 689 Rutherford Road, Tupelo, MS. 38803.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.
Phyllis Horton
JUMPERTOWN – Phyllis Baggett Horton, 63, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at her home. She was a member of Jesus Name House of Prayer and a housewife.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Scotty Downs and Bro. Buddy Marshall officiating. Burial will be in the Jumpertown Cemetery. McMillan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Lisa Brumley and Tina Hargett, both of Jumpertown; three sisters, Peggy Franks of Baldwyn, Mary Morgan and Linda Hammac, both of Booneville; two brothers, Bruce Baggett of Thrasher and Randy Baggett of Haleyville, Ala.; and four grandchildren, Bronson Brumley, Tabitha Brumley, Tyler Hargett and Cheston Hargett.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Haden Randolph Horton; her parents, L.A. and Mildred Baggett; and a daughter, Shelia Darlene Horton.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.

‘Bob’ Fortier
RIPLEY – Robert William “Bob” Fortier, 92, died May 29, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital. He was the retired owner of Ripley Insurance Agency, serving the community and surrounding area for 50 years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and a United States Air Force Veteran, serving during World War II. He was a member of the Rotary Club for 50 years and received the Paul Harris Fellow Award.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Ripley with the Rev. Andy Stoddard officiating. Burial will be in Ripley Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Onie Smith Fortier of Ripley; two sons, Fred Fortier (Jeannie) of Ripley and Eagle River, Alaska and Randy Fortier (Tish) of Whitehall, Mont.; six granchildren, Fred B. Fortier (Jill), Holly Coombs (Jeff), Ken Fortier (Lizabeth), Brett Fortier, Nathan Fortier and Stuart Fortier; six great-grandchildren, Kyle, Drew and Charlie Coombs, Tripp Fortier, John Fortier and Will Fortier.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Lillian Baker Fortier; a grandson, Andy Fortier; and one brother, Ken Fortier.
Pallbearers will be John Braddock, Jeff Coombs, Fred B. Fortier, Brett Fortier, Donnie Cousar, Rob Elliott and Witt Long.
Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Charles Elliott.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10:30 to 10:55 a.m. Monday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Noah’s Ark Day Care, 304 South Main Street, Ripley, MS 38663.
To view and sign online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.

Louise Stockton
AMORY – Katherine Louise McNeil Stockton, 87, died Saturday, May 29, 2010, at the West Point Community Living Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.

Junior Ward
MATHISTON – Junior Ward, 76, died Friday, May 28, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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