Obituaries May 31, 2013


Mary Ann Sneed

TUPELO – Mary Ann Sneed, 83, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. She was born in Tupelo on June 17, 1929, to Ward and Ola Belle Wilson. She was a 1947 graduate of Tupelo High School, attended MSCW, and she and her husband and best friend, Jim Sneed, owned Sneed Oil Company for many years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Ron Richardson officiating. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until service time in McFadden Hall at First Presbyterian Church. W.E. Pegues is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by a daughter, Dot Sneed Reedy (Stanley) of Brandon; two sons, Tom Sneed (Sandy) of Tupelo; and Pat Sneed (Tina) of Starkville; a sister Ruth McKee (Charles) of Tupelo; a sister-in-law, Virginia Sneed of Tupelo; seven grandchildren, Tyler Sneed (Courtney) of Hanceville, Ala., Pete and Sam Sneed of Starkville, Will Sneed (Jenny) of Birmingham, Ala., Katy Sneed of Starkville, and Jessica and Justin Reedy of Brandon; great-granddaughter, Katie Sneed of Hanceville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Sneed; her parents; her brothers, Jimmy, Billy, Zerk and George P. Wilson; and a sister, Helen Wilson.

The family appreciates the loving care of her caregivers, Sylvia Lipford, Amanda Benson and Mary Garrett, over the last few months.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Jacqueline Ashford

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Jacqueline “Jacque” Martin Ashford, 74, unexpectedly passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at her home in Charlotte, N.C. Born Jan. 29, 1939, in Tupelo, she was the daughter of the late James Granville Martin and Anna B. Young Martin. She grew up in Tupelo until her family moved to McComb, where she graduated from high school. She attended Mississippi State College for women for two years and finished her college education at the University of Mississippi with a B.A. degree in elementary education. She was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority during college. She taught school in Aberdeen and Racine, Wis., for a few years before becoming a full-time mother. In Racine, she became a member of the Junior League. She continued to be involved with the Junior League throughout her life and was a sustaining member in Charlotte. She and her husband of 52 years, Jim, lived part of the year in Highlands, N.C., and part of the year in Charlotte. They attended the First Presbyterian Church of Highlands and Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

An amazingly generous, kind and loving woman to her family and friends, she never forgot a birthday or an anniversary and always graciously opened her home to all. She loved to play golf, and made a hole-in-one on three different occasions. An active volunteer in her churches and throughout her children’s lives and a devoted Nana to her seven grandchildren, she was an amazing example of selfless love to her family and will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, James K. Ashford Sr.; three children, Diane A. Denton (Bill Denton) of Cornelius, N.C., James K. Ashford Jr. (Jennifer Ashford) of Davidson, N.C., and Catherine A Hensley (Andrew Hensley) of Charlotte, N.C..; seven grandchildren, Sarah Denton, Spencer Ashford, Michael Ashford, Harrison Ashford, Garrett Hensley, Carter Hensley and Alex Hensley; brother, James Martin (Candy Martin) of Burlingame, Calif.; and nephew, Tyler Martin of Burlingame, Calif.

Services will be held at noon Saturday in the sanctuary of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C. The family will receive guests from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Harry and Bryant Funeral Home in Charlotte prior to the service at the church.

There also will be a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church in Highlands, N.C. A reception will follow at Highland Falls Country Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be offered at www.HarryandBryantFuneralHome.com.

Pat Thomas

OXFORD – Joann “Pat” Searcy Thomas, 83, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at her home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.

Julian Thompson

HAMILTON – Julian Cecil Thompson, 80, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at his home in Hamilton. He was born Feb. 19, 1933, to John Oscar Thompson and Emma Mae Hatcher Thompson in Tifton, Ga. He moved to Monroe County in 1978 after retiring from the military. He was a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Graceville, Fla. He was a member of Hamilton Baptist Church. He was a retired pastor, serving at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Colquitt, Ga., Union Baptist Church in Seminary, Southside Baptist Church, Bartahatchie Baptist Church and Athens Baptist Church.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen. Bro. Robert Moore and Bro. Jim Harrington will officiate. Burial will be in Howell Cemetery with military honors.

He is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Brock (Benny) of Hamilton and Rose Lowery (Wayne) of Petal; two sons, Richard C. Thomspon (Patricia) of LaVernia,Texas, and Kenneth W. Thompson of Hamilton; one sister, Lutrelle English of Macon, Ga.; a half-sister, Sue Brooks (Danny) of Cornelia, Ga.; a half-brother, James Thompson of Chula, Ga.; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Edna Mae Thompson; six sisters and seven brothers.

Members of the military will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jason Lowery, Jared Lowery, Jonathan Brock, Andrew Grimm, Oscar Peden, Richard Thompson Jr., Jonathon Thompson, Drew Creamer and John Chess.

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

Sign the register and leave condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Kevin Griffin

HOLLY SPRINGS – Kevin Lemond Griffin, 39, died Thursday, May 23, 2013, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Anderson Chapel CME Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with family time from 6 to 7 p.m. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

Jean Mathis

VERONA – Emma Jean Mathis, 69, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness. She was born in the Union community south of Plantersville, the youngest of eight children born to Vess Lee Rogers and Emma Hinson Rogers. She lived most of her life in Lee County. She married Vance Edward “Junior” Mathis on Dec. 18, 1962, a marriage of 50 years.

A former substitute teacher in Verona Schools, she was a housewife, mother and grandmother. She was a former member at Old Union Baptist Church and a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Verona. She enjoyed cooking, taking care of the needs of her family and watching TV especially soap operas and game shows. She was an avid fan of all Southern gospel music.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 4 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with Bro. Marc Howard and Bro. Randy Wood officiating. Private burial will follow in the Rogers Family Plot at Union Methodist Church Cemetery south of Plantersville. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to service time today at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

Survivors include her husband, Junior Mathis of Verona; three children, Lee Mathis (Monica) of Mantachie, Lynn Mathis (Susie) of Thaxton and Lori Mathis of Verona; six grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brandy, Britny, Mac, Katie and Bradin; six great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; seven siblings, Inez Rogers Warren, Vera Rogers “Sister” Sanderson, Louise Rogers Collins, Katherine Rogers Wilson, Sammy Rogers, James T. (Sonnie) Rogers and Donald Rogers.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS, 38803.

Messages of sympathy may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

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 ready 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 McCullough 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. today 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 Herring, McKinnon Herring, Silas Herring, Brandon Ritchey and Garrett Ritchey; one great-grandchild, Sarah Grace Kitchen; one sister, Joan Nanney (Steve) of New Albany.

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

Visitation will be from noon to service time today at Waters Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.

Patsy Privett

NEWNAN, Ga. – Patsy Jane Morgan Privett, 76, formerly of Tupelo, died Tuesday, May 30, 2013, at Doctor’s Hospice in Fayetteville, Ga.

A service celebrating her life will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors.

Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Tupelo Chapel.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Estma Coleman

PONTOTOC – Estma Coleman, formerly of Pontotoc, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, in Russellville, Ark. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Leeiler Vance

VARDAMAN – Leeiler Vance, 79, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital of Oxford. She loved fishing, gardening, cooking and quilting.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mays Chapel M.B. Church. Pastor Moore will be officiating. Burial will be in the Cane Creek Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce in charge of arrangements.

She is survived by four sons, Franklin, Loyd, Michael and Jerry Vance, all of Vardaman; three daughters, Mary Barksdale, Doris Jones and Marsha Vance, all of Vardaman; one brother, Freddie Bean of Jamesville, Wis.; three sisters, Mayreen Ross, Ruthie Vance and Bernice Liitle, all of Milwaukee, Wis.; 22 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ann Glover

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Ann Ray Glover, 70, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at her home in Charlotte, N.C. She was born Dec.12, 1942. She grew up in New Albany and graduated from Memphis State University. She lived in Memphis for almost 50 years before she moved to Charlotte, N.C., in 2010, to be with her family. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother whose greatest joy in life was spending time with her three grandchildren whom she adored.

She is survived by her mother, Eddie Lou Ray of New Albany; and her daughter, LeAnn Glover Sommerkamp (Kenny); and her three grandchildren, Ellie, Anna Davis and Mack Sommerkamp, all of Charlotte, N.C.

She was preceded in death by her father, Vardell Ray.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church in New Albany. A visitation will be held prior to the service at 12:30 p.m. in Wesley Hall and a reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis or to Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.

Charles Orman Sr.

WEST POINT – Charles Manuel Orman Sr., 76, passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2013, at State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. He was born Oct. 16, 1936, in Clay County to Mabell Blake and Clarence Monroe Orman. He had worked at Babcock & Wilcox where he was a B-fitter for 36 years. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1953 until 1956.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with E. Scott Allen officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Joy Posey (Hal) and Demetra Logan; two sons, Charles Manuel Orman Jr. and Mark Orman all of West Point; 12 grandchildren, Jake Orman, Cooper Orman, Harper Orman, Shawn White, Candice Miller, Dori White, Beth Phillips, Mindy Logan, Jessica Logan, Britney Orman, Allen Orman and Stephen Orman; six great-grandchildren, Madison Bean, Ashlynn Stafford, Raeley Kate Barkley, Hannah Miller, Madylynn Stafford and Raelynn Logan; one sister, Irene Orman Tiffin of Easley, S.C.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Garland Ray Orman; four brothers, Preston Louis Orman, Curtis Orman, James Orman and Ernest Orman; and two sisters, Erleen Orman and Francis Orman.

Pallbearers will be Danny Lewis, John A. Kolb, Wayne Ray, Ronnie Tiffin, Red Rheaand David Orman. Honorary Pallbearers will be Harper Orman, Hardee’s Breakfast Club, and all his co-workers at Babcock and Wilcox Company.

Memorials may be made to Sally Kate Winters Family Services, P.O. Box 1233, West Point, MS 39773.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvert Funeral Home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.

Jim Stephens

BOONEVILLE – James “Jim” Stephens, 73, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after an extended illness. He was a retired truck driver and minister. He was a Southern Baptist. He enjoyed dirt track racing. He was a mechanic and an outdoorsman.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Elbert Ray Bennett officiating. Burial will be in the East Marietta Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Taylor Stephens of Booneville; four daughters, Janie Bishop (Jerry), Debbie Bishop (Ray) of New Site, Tammy O’Neal of Booneville and Linda Livley of Knoxville; three sons, Aaron Dwayne Stephens (Krystal) of New Site, Trannie Stephens (Denise) of Tupelo and James B. “Jimmy” Stephens (Crystal) of Booneville; brother, Lonnie Stephens of Denver, Colo.; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; and stepchildren, Susan Oxendin and Chet Oxendine, and one stepgrandaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Trannie D. Stephens and Martie Lee Barton.

Pallbearers will be Gene Watson, Buddy Lynch, James Ray Bishop, Chris Mullins, Nathan Sparks and Harold Clark. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Fleming and Jerry Bishop Jr.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Emma Martin

HOLLY SPRINGS – Emma Ruth Anderson Martin, 79, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at her home in Holly Springs.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Doxey Auditorium on the campus of Rust College in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Finley Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family time from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The body will lie in repose at Doxey Auditorium from 1 to 1:55 p.m. Saturday.

Ray L. Strength

PLANTERSVILLE – Ray L. Strength, 74, died unexpectedly Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Lake Willemena near Plantersville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors @comcast.net.

Bro. Sam Holcomb

CAIRO – Bro. Sam Holcomb, 77, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at his home. He was a dedicated man of God who loved his family, his church and helping others. He is now rejoicing in heaven with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Cairo Baptist Church. Bro. Tommy Inmon, Bro. Wayne Ward and Bro. Rocky Watts will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

He is survived by his wife, Reba Holcomb; daughters, Deanna Wooten (John), Dena Ward (Wayne), Donna Holcomb and Cheryl Reeder (Randy); six grandchildren, Kelli Mullen (Dylan), Barrett Wooten, Colby Harrison, Karlee Hodge (Rivers), Jamie PHillips (Chip) and Brenton Reeder; four great-grandchildren, Callie Ross, Luke Ross, Eli Ross and Danielle Lee; brothers and sisters, Lois Smith, Rachel Sommers (Al), clinton Holcomb and Tim Holcomb (Patricia).

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Holcomb; his parents, Loy and Pauline Holcomb; siblings, Wilma Berryhill, Willa Horton and Hoyule Holcomb; and grandson, Brady Wooten.

Pallbearers will be Colby Harrison, Barrett Wooten, Rivers Hodge, Dylan Mullen, Jacob Holcomb and Danny Merritt.

Visitation will be at the church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Dimple Tucker

ABERDEEN – Dimple Rose Tate Tucker, 79, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was born Feb. 15, 1934, to Rufus David Tate and Sadie Miller Tate in Monroe County. She was a lielong resident of Monroe County, where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for all age groups.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Friendship Baptist Church with Bro. Todd Bowen and Bro. Rick Burton officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by two sons, Howard Dahlem (Kim) of Decatur, Ala., and Terry Dahlem (Laurie) of Madison County; three sisters, Joyce Robertson (James) of Aberdeen, Ruth Owings of Greenville and Chris Porter (Latney) of Alamo, Texas; three brothers, Jesse Tate (Jackie) of Aberdeen, James Roy Tate (Bonnie) of Amory and Robert Tate (Debbie) of Amory; four grandchildren, Will Dahlem, Anna Jackson, Darah Dahlem and Katie Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, William Garland Dahlem; her second husband, James Mitchell “Jimmy” Tucker; two sisters, Frances Burroughs and Mary Evelyn Waycaster; and one brother, David Tate.

Pallbearers will be Louis Burroughs, Joe Robertson, Brad Tate, Bill Tate, Tommy Dahlem, Doug Dahlem, Travis English and Barry English.

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

Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church.

To sign the guest register and leave condolences online, visit www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jimmy Sanderson

AMORY – Jimmy “Squirrel” Sanderson, 74, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at his home in Amory. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.

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

Memories and condolences may be shared at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Annette Harris

NEW ALBANY – Annette Stephens Harris, 57, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born May 16, 1957, in Union County to Tilmon Stephens and Virginia Wright Stephens. She was a member of United House of Prayer. She worked in child care most of her adult life.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United House of Prayer in Blue Mountain. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity-Simmons Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

She is survived by her sisters, Myrtle Evon (Sammie) Riddle of New Albany, Lynnie (William) Garner of Myrtle, Patricia (Johnny) Edwards of Pontotoc and Mae Joyce Stephens of New Albany; brothers, Paul Stephens of Ohio, Dwayne (Willie Mae) Stephens, Kenneth Stephens and Jerry Waldrop of New Albany, and Jerome (Angie) Stephens of Wisconsin; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Willie Faye Frayer

BOONEVILLE – Willie Faye Frayer, 78, died Monday, May 27, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wolf Creek Cemetery. Grayson Funeral Services of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.

Hubert Brasel

BOONEVILLE – Hubert Brasel, 75, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center Hospice in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.

Annie Kimmons

HOLLY SPRINGS – Annie L. Kimmons, 83, died Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Powell Chapel M.B.

Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Cottrell Cemetery in Holly

Springs. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the

arrangements. Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today.

Joye Hester

AMORY – Joye V. Hester, 87, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Amory Church of Christ.

E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Wilma McDowell

WHITFIELD – Wilma McDowell, 71, died Friday, May 24, 2013.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sandy Springs Cemetery. Burial will follow. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences can be made at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.

Betty Wilbanks

ASHLAND – Betty Nell Wilbanks, 75, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at Hamilton Baptist Church at Walnut.

Willie Edwards

TUPELO – Willie L. Edwards, 73, died Thursday, May 30, 2013, at Ashland Nursing and Rehab Facility in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.

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