Obituaries May 30, 2013


Rev. E.S. Furr

TUPELO – The Rev. Esta Stanley “E.S.” Furr, 90, reluctant war hero, faithful servant of the Lord, devoted family man, died May 25, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a short illness. E.S., born Sept. 15, 1922, in Aberdeen was the second of four boys born to Dr. Esta and Lottie Hansell Furr. E.S. graduated from Ole Miss in 1944. His diploma was sent to Fort Benning, Ga., by Railway Express, since he was called to military service for World War II before graduation, as were two of his brothers.

E.S. always said that the Army, with its loud and tough discipline, did not fit his personality. Nevertheless, he proudly served his country, and was sent overseas as an Army Infantry Private First Class. He saw his first combat in November 1944. On Jan. 22, 1945, E.S. displayed extraordinary bravery during the battle for Colmar, France, and was wounded in the right leg. His actions during that battle earned him the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.

After the war and working for the Middle Tennessee Tuberculosis Association, E.S. answered the call to ministry and attended and graduated from the Chandler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., in 1951. During seminary, in 1950, he married Ruth Hunter Allen of Tennessee. They remained married and devoted to one another until Ruth’s death in 2006.

E.S. was ordained as a United Methodist minister and served churches in Vardaman, Belmont, Calhoun City, Ripley, Booneville, Lexington and Corinth. He also served as the Tupelo District Superintendent and the Director of the North Mississippi Conference Council on Ministries in Grenada. He “retired” in 1988, but continued his ministry until the end of his life.

E.S. believed in “active” faithfulness and spent his life serving others. During different periods of his ministry, he was involved in Habitat for Humanity, serving as the warehouse manager supplying furniture to the needy. He tirelessly served meals to the home-bound with Meals on Wheels. He was a founding member of Kairos, in Mississippi, a prison ministry, and lovingly tended to the spiritual and even physical needs of prisoners, both while they were incarcerated and after their release. He never gave up on people, believing that all things are possible through God, working through people. He was active in various Twelve Step programs, serving as chaplain for several treatment centers. He was involved for many years in programs advocating better treatment for mental health. He was active in the Methodist Walk to Emmaus. He supported many causes aimed at eradicating world hunger.

E.S. was physically active and enjoyed jogging and working out with his buddies (the “Water Boys”) at the Wellness Center until a late age. He was a longtime member of the Luncheon Civitan Club and rarely missed a meeting. He moved to Traceway Manor in 2006 and enjoyed living in the community setting at the Manor, Mitchell Center, and finally at the Greenhouses.

Although E.S. was a Christian minister, he accepted and loved those of all faiths. He was active early in the civil rights movement, quietly (and sometimes loudly) urging acceptance and equal legal rights for all persons, regardless of race or ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation or economic circumstances. He proudly claimed to be a “yellow dog Democrat,” long after such designation was popular in Mississippi or anywhere. He loved his Republican friends and family and hoped they would one day see the light. He probably never voted for a Republican, the only possible exception being his Sunday School friend, Jack Reed, for Mississippi Governor. But, he would not admit even voting for Jack, though he loved him.

The month before he died, the Tupelo District Board of Laity honored E.S. for his lifetime of service to the Methodist Church and Christianity in general. He attended the award service with his family and was touched and uplifted by the last sermon he ever heard, which was preached by Rev. James E. Swanson Sr., Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Mississippi.

E.S. loved his family and was a wonderful and devoted husband and Dad. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, and his brothers, William Frazier Furr, Marion Hansell Furr, (and his wife Pearl), and Dr. Richard Theron Furr. He is survived by his son, Stanley Allen Furr of Tupelo, and his wife, Lynda Rowland Furr; and his daughter, Anna Furr Dexter of Ridgeland, and her husband Cecil Terry Dexter. He is survived by two stepgrandchildren, Darla Frison (Tremaine) and Jamie Wallis; and six stepgreat-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Rosemary Furr of Ocean Springs; 15 nieces and nephews, and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

As his last act of giving, E,S, donated his body to the University Medical Center. He was pleased that he could participate after his death in teaching and training those who would someday care and tend to those suffering from illnesses. He would also be pleased that his buddy, Steve Holland, was beaten out of the cost of a regularly priced funeral, including a V.A.-issued grave marker. A celebration of life service will be held at the First United Methodist Church in Tupelo at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2013. Visitation will be in the Gathering Room from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Honorary pallbearers are all United Methodist ministers and members of the Kairos/Emmaus Walk community.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Millsaps College for a scholarship in memory of E.S. and Ruth Allen Furr, 1701 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39210; to Helping Hands (a food and clothing organization for those in need), First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 854, Tupelo, MS 38802; to the Kairos Prison Ministry of Mississippi, P.O. Box 6, Stoneville, MS 38776; or to a favorite charity.

Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Gilbert Thompson

MEMPHIS – Gilbert David Thompson, 66, passed away May 27, 2013, at St. Francis Hospital ICU. Gilbert, a 1964 graduate of Overton High School, was a member of Colonial Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher and youth worker in years past. He loved his family, his church, his friends, and he never met a stranger. Gilbert was a brick mason during his earliest working years and spent his last 25 years of employment at Fed Ex. A crack shot, magic hands in breaking down guns, and an innate ability to repair them brought Gilbert many friends from all parts of the country. His knowledge of both American and qorld history was astounding, and he watched Jeopardy often to challenge the competitors. He also collected trains and had added a room to their home to house his collection, which Katie will love when she is older.

Services will be Friday, May 31, 2013 at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary of Colonial Baptist Church, 1511 Colonial Road in Memphis, with Dr. James Adams officiating. Visitation will be held beginning at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery near Myrtle. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda McNeal Thompson; his daughter, Laurie Thompson; his granddaughter, Katie Thompson, whom he adored. Survivors include nephew, Kevin McDonald and his daughter, Adriana, of Memphis; cousin, Benny Boals of Martin, Tenn., whom he loved like a brother, and Benny’s wife, Rosemary, and their daughter, Stacey, and her husband, Tim McCollum, and sons, Blake and Brandon; and their son, Bradley Boals, and his wife, April, all of Martin, Tenn.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Kathryn Thompson of Memphis.

For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Andrew Townes

GRENADA – Andrew Roane “Drew” Townes passed away at his home on May 28, 2013, at the age of 82. A native of Grenada, Drew was the son of the late Mary Roane Townes and Robert Burwell Townes. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Katherine “Kay” Townes, who died on Sept. 5, 2012.

Drew graduated from Millsaps College in 1953, where he played on the football, basketball and baseball teams and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order Fraternity and the “M” Club. In 1957 he graduated with a D.D.S. from Loyola School of Dentistry, where he was a member of Psi Omega Dental Fraternity and served as a clinic instructor at Loyola Dental School from 1957 to 1959. Additionally, in 1957 he received a commission as first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve and in 1959 began a 41-year dental practice in Grenada. He served as past president of the Northwest District Dental Society, and was a member of the State of Mississippi Board of Dental Examiners for 13 years, a Fellow in the American College of Dentists, and a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Active in his community, Drew served as a member of the board of directors of BancorpSouth for 30 years, and was past president and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Grenada Rotary Club. He was a member of Teoc Timber Hunting Club and the Grenada Arts Partnership. He was an original member of the Grenada City Planning Commission, serving as chairman for 12 years, and was an active member of All Saints Episcopal Church, where he previously served on the vestry and as finance chairman.

He is survived by his son, Andrew Roane Townes Jr., his wife, Jan Holland Townes, and his grandson, Holland Roane Townes, all of Jackson; and his brother, Dr. Robert Burwell Townes Jr., and his wife, Linda Spain Townes, of Grenada.

The family would like to thank Mae Fox for her thoughtful service over the past eight months and Linda Townes for her loving dedication and care for her brother-in-law. Drew was a unique and dapper gentleman who will be missed by his many friends and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 31, 2013, at All Saints Episcopal Church, Grenada, with visitation at the All Saints Episcopal Parish House at 10 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to All Saints Episcopal Church, 439 S. Main St., Grenada, MS 38901.

Garner-Harper Funeral Home of Grenada is in charge of arrangements.

Leslie Nabors

OKOLONA – Leslie Lynell Nabors, 42, died Friday, May 24, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born April 3, 1971, to Hattie Nabors and Earl Dearing. She was a graduate of Okolona High School and a former employee of Tecumseh Products Co. and Sonic. She was a member of Clark Chapel Church.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Okolona High School Gymnasium with the Rev. Larry Shannon officiating. Burial will be in Clark Chapel Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by two daughters, Tremecia Nabors and Brooklyn Nabors, both of Okolona; two sons, Jeremy Nabors of Oxford and LaJameous Nabors of Okolona; seven sisters, Aline Robinson (Willie) of Aberdeen, Tracey Johnson (Theodore) of Bellwood, Ill., Doris Berry and Tyra Nabors, both of Tupelo, Patricia Stevens (Jessie) of Okolona, Tom Mooney) Bennett, Tammy Nabors, all of Okolona, Rosie McIntosh, Earlene Blanchard, Sarah Bean, all of Okolona; brothers, George Nabors (Gretta) of Fullerton, Calif., Willie Nabors of Okolona, John Nabors (Shelia) of Tupelo; Earl Blanchard , Eldridge Blanchard and Don Blanchard, all of Okolona; and four grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Hattie Nabors; her father, Earl Dearing; and one grandchild.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and a wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Hattie Nabors

OKOLONA – Hattie Nabors, 77, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. She was born July 11, 1935, to the late Walter McClendon and Reverta King McClendon. She was a former member of Zion Spring and a member of the Clark Chapel Church. She was a former employee of Indian Creek Apparel.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Okolona High School Gymnasium. The Rev. Larry Shannon will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Spring Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include seven daughters, Aline Robertson (Willie) of Aberdeen, Dora Berry and Tyra, both of Tupelo, Patricia Stevens (Jessie), Toni Moore (Bennett), Tammy Nabors, all of Okolona, Tracey Johnson (Theodore) of Bellwood, Ill.; three sons, George Nabors (Gretta) of Fullerton, Calif., Willie Nabors of Okolona, and John Nabors and Shelia of Tupelo; one sister, Myrtice Johnson of Aberdeen; 36 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Leslie Nabors.

Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Shelby Kitchen

BIRMINGHAM RIDGE – Shelby Jean Bates Kitchen, 74, died on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, after an extended illness. She was born March 9, 1939, to Bilbo and Eva Lou Gable Bates. She graduated from Belden High School in 1956 and attended IJC. She was known for her gorgeous red hair and her smile. She enjoyed shopping and making friends at Walmart. She was a member of the Beech Springs Baptist Church in Union County. She grew up living and working at Bill Bates Grocery on McCollough Boulevard, where she dipped ice cream cones. During her earlier years she was employed by Lee County Schools, Tupelo City Schools and Quality Stamps and she retired at Behavioral Health.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Dean Moody and Felix Hutcheson Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include her husband and best friend for 52 years, Charles Kitchen of Birmingham Ridge; three children, Ricky Kitchen, Rhonda Herring (Richard) and Robbie Kitchen (Dawn); grandchildren, Justin Kitchen, Madison Kitchen, Asa McKinnon, Silas Herring, Brandon Ritchey and Garrett Ritchey; and one great-grandchild, Sarah Grace Kitchen.

Pallbearers will be Justin Kitchen, Asa Herring, Silas Herring, Brandon Ritchey, Garrett Ritchey and Drew Nanney.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday at Waters Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Claudia Stallings

ABERDEEN – Claudia M. Stallings, 90, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born July 23, 1922, to Lettie Reese and Willie Prentiss Hampton.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Missionary Baptist Church in Aberdeen. The Rev. Willie A. Davis Sr. will officiate. Burial will be at Burns Cemetery in Athens. Jackson Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her cousins, Rev. Willie A. Davis and Lois Ewing; and a nephew, Lawrence Holiday.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Julian Thompson

HAMILTON – Julian Thompson,80, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at his home in Hamilton. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.

Herman McMorris

SHANNON – Herman McMorris, 83, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

James Glidewell

CORINTH – James Glidewell, 80, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Lone Oak Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.

Leave condolences online at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Jimmy Moore

WATER VALLEY – Jimmy Lee Moore, 63, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Serenity-Daniels Funeral Home Chapel in Water Valley. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery at Oxford.

The body will lie in repose at the funeral home from 11 a.m. to service time today.

Jennie Rushing

DENNIS – Jennie Mae Solomon Rushing, 83, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013. at her residence. She was born May 15, 1930, in Iuka. She was retired from Tishomingo State Park. She was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Tishomingo.

Services will be at 5:30 p.m. today at Highland Baptist Church with Bro. Mark Daily and Bro. Bill Burcham officiating. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery at Tishomingo. Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont is in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Tulon Rushing of Dennis; two daughters, Karen Reed of Dennis and Paula Rushing (Richard Thompson) of Tishomingo; four grandchildren, Kerry and Amy Loveless of Normal, Ill., Dyon and Melissa Reed of England, Ark., Melanie and Jimmy Arnold of Tishomingo and Sandyand Ronnie Donahue of Booneville; two stepgrandchildren, Valerie and Steve Wheeler of Golconda, Ill., and Tara and Brady Siress of Benton, Ky.; 10 great-grandchildren, Jordan and Ashley Arnold of Okinawa, Japan, Payton Arnold of Tishomingo, Dalton and Conner Donahue of Booneville, Jody and Daniel Rittenhouse, and Kara and Todd Loveless, all of Normal, Ill., and Kendahl Reed; five stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; a lifelong friend, Earline Browning; and special friend, Gary Ramsey of Zachary, La.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Milton Solomon and Maggie Florence Page Solomon; two brothers, Lamar and Leon Solomon; and an infant sister.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Arnold, Ronnie Donahue, Richard Thompson, Payton Arnold, Kerry Loveless and Dyon Reed. Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Browning, Gary Ramsey, James Browning, David Browning, Mike Butler, Dalton Donahue and Conner Donahue.

Visitation will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Highland Baptist Church.

Richard Dees

GOLDEN – Richard Lee Dees, 43, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.

Hester Kennedy

CORINTH – Hester R. Kennedy, 88, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Shiloh Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from noon to service time Friday at the church.

Online condolences can be left at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.

Tom Nowak

IUKA – Thomas J. “Tom” Nowak, 79, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Iuka.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Burial with military honors will be at Cypress Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Jim Stephens

BOONEVILLE – James “Jim” Stephens, 73, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home of Baldwyn.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Mary Yeager

JACKSON – Mary Margaret Stewart Yeager went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 28, 2013. She was born in Houlka on April 7, 1937, to William Clyde and Sybil Nanney Stewart. She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Commerce. She was a member of Mortar Board, Epsilon Sigma Epsilon, Omicron Delta Kappa and Kappa Delta Sorority. She was also a cheerleader, homecoming queen, campus favorite and a beauty. She moved to Jackson and worked as a secretary at UMC. She married and had three children. She was an incredibly beautiful, generous and selfless mother. She enjoyed playing piano, golf and bridge, and traveling with her husband. She served as president of Meh Lady, the Jackson Lady’s Golf Association, and co-president of the 21 Club at the Country Club of Jackson. She married her husband of 20 years, Colonel William Morris Yeager. She was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the New Yorkers Sunday School Class. She was most proud of her grandsons Luke and Kyle Kantor of Jackson and never missed an opportunity to spend time with them or attend a program or event.

She is survived by her siblings, Nanette Rowan (Thomas), Ladye Clyde King and William Clyde Stewart Jr. (Karen); her children, Lee Ann Kantor (Kevin), William Stewart McKell (Linda) and Mary Kathryn McKell; her other grandchildren, Chris Hill (Ellen) and Anna Wozniak (Anthony); great-grandchildren, Lydia and Landon Hill; many special nieces and nephews; daughters, Sue Allen Tate (Granville) and Amy Smith (Roy); grandchildren, Bo Tate, Allen Tate, Laura Elizabeth Tate, Will Smith (Laura), Matt Smith and Lindsey Wiseman (Parker); and great-grandchild, Amelia Wiseman.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Christ United Methodist Church. Services will follow at 3 p.m. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Chris Hill, Bo Tate, Mike Pettit, Scott Carter, Wally Byrd and Parker Wiseman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Christ United Methodist Church, 6000 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211.

Hugh Roberson

LAMAR – Hugh E. Roberson, 66, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Collierville.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery at Lamar.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Malea Holland

CORINTH – Malea Taveah Holland, 5 months, child of LaQuita Holland, died Saturday, May 24, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Freedom Fellowship. Burial will be in Jeffries Cemetery at Lamar. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Jean Mathis

VERONA – Emma Jean Mathis, 68, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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