By NEMS Daily Journal
EUPORA – Larry Jay Gould, 70, died Sunday, April 28. 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Sunday 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 were Friday, May 3, at United Funeral Service in New Albany with the Rev. Ricky Blythe and the Rev. Paul Sizemore officiating. Burial was in Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service was 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.
Bill Cooley Jr.
TUPELO – Bill Cooley Jr., 89, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born May 5, 1923, in Bissell to Bill and Lora Irene Evans Cooley. He was a 33rd degree Mason. He received his Master Mason’s degree in San Francisco, Calif., Lodge 1 of San Francisco in 1957. He was initiated into the Hamasa Shrine in 1962 and served as Potentate in 1995. He has been a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies of Corinth since 1962 and York Rite Bodies of Tupelo since 1964.
He has always been active in numerous organizations. He was a charter member of the Lee County Shrine Club. He served on the Board of Regional Rehabilitation Center for over 25 years and also served on the Executive Committee. He was a member of the American Legion and V.F.W.
He retired from the San Francisco Police Department after being injured in the line of duty. He served aboard the U.S.S. Hornet with the United States Navy and continues to be a member of the U.S.S. Hornet Club. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church for almost 75 years and was the second oldest member. He always had a twinkle in his eye and a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed by all.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Forrest Sheffield and the Rev. David Langerfeld officiating with Masonic Rites to follow. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Kathryn “Kay” Malliaras Cooley of Tupelo; one daughter, Barbara Bath (retired Gen. Ron Bath) of Reno, Nev.; one granddaughter, Capt. Veronica Bath of Okinawa, Japan; sister-in-law, Patricia M. Cooley of Tupelo; one brother, Larry Cooley (Wanda) of Marietta, Ga.; and a host of special nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Bobby and Joe, who were killed in the 1936 Tupelo Tornado, and Jack Cooley in 1989.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Monday at the funeral home.
Memorial donations may be made to the Regional Rehabilitation Center of North Mississippi, 615 Pegram Drive, Tupelo, MS 38801; or Shriners Children’s Hospital.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Mary Catherine Elliott, 65, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will be at 4 p.m. today 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 today 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.
OKOLONA – Johnny “Godfather” Powe, 56, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Nov. 21, 1956, to Robert Lee Powe Sr. and Alice Garth. He was a graduate of Okolona High School and a member of Red Bud Church. He loved deejaying.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Red Bud M.B. Church with the Rev. Jamal Bodie officiating. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Kayla Chandler and Keyona Chandler of Okolona; one son, Danny Powe; his companion, Jerdean Chandler; eight sisters, Nadine Coleman, Lois Heron (Mike), Mary (Bryan) Smith and Ineace Oliphant, all of California, Dorothy Buchanan (James), Cathy Miller (Bobby), Annie McShan, all of Okolona, Sandra Perkins (Andre) of Verona; one brother, Willie Gathings (Linda) of Okolona; 10 grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today 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.
TUPELO – Geraldine “Sunshine” Jones, 57, died Thursday, April 11, 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. today 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.
IUKA – Donna Kay Williams, 58, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. today at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Iuka. Ludlam Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of the arrangements.
CORINTH – Earnest “Dude” Williams died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.
WEST POINT – J.T. Marble, 75, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 14, 1937, to Square Marble and Essie Gates Marble. He was employed by Clay County for 30 years. He loved gardening, especially raising greens.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church. The Rev. Micheal McGaha will officiate. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Henley Marble of West Point; daughters, Jean (Eddie) Pickens of Houston, Linda (Larry) Chandler of Aberdeen, and Patricia (Eddie) Hogan and Shirley Evans of Prairie; one son, Derrick Marble (Lisa) of West Point; seven stepchildren, Calvin Baskin of West Point, Leon Baskin of Memphis, Darian Henley of West Point, Marion (Carlos) Chandler of Killeen, Texas, Kim Henley of West Point, Pamela Henley of West Point, Sharon Henley of West Point; three sisters, Mary Johnson of Bronx, N.Y., Louise Davenport and Bernice McDavis of Prairie; two brothers, Andrew Marble of Ind, Iowa, and Perry Marble of Bronx, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, 20 stepgrandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren.
BLUE SPRINGS – William “Bill” Harvey Foster Sr., 75, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at his residence. He was born Feb. 9, 1938, in New Albany to John Lacy Foster and Nettie Mae Fields Foster. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force. He was a retired employee of Rebel Gas. He was a member and deacon of the Fairfield Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Fairfield Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Tom Hewitt officiating. Burial will be in the Fairfield Presbyterian Church Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eloise Adams Foster of Blue Springs; a daughter, Kim Coker (Bud) of Blue Springs; two sons, Billy Foster and Jeff Foster, both of Blue Springs; and six grandchildren, Celeste Foster, Maeghan Coker, Selena Foster, Tyler Coker, Weston Lane Foster and Macey Shea Foster.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Cora Lee Smith and Frances Oaks; and five brothers, J.B. Foster, Sam Foster, George Foster, Edward Foster and Robert Foster.
Pallbearers will be Carl Sullivan, Gary Adams, Pat O’Callaghan, Mike Gentry, Bill O’Callahan and Larry Foster. Carol Price and Melanie Muller are honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Home Hospice, Tupelo, MS.
In honor of Mr. Foster, United Funeral Service Inc. will fly the flag of the United States Air Force at the funeral home during visitation and service.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
AMORY – Larry Bennett, 56, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
ABERDEEN – Julie Pope, 46, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
OKOLONA – Charlie C. Johnson, 67, died Friday, April 26, 2013, at his home. He was born Nov. 13, 1945, in Webster County to Robert Lee Johnson and Willie Crawford. He lived in Okolona for more than 30 years. He was a factory worker.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Red Bud Church. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include six daughters, Lisa Johnson, Judy Bean (William), Shirley Miller (Alfonso), all of Okolona, Victoria Williams (Henderson) of Aberdeen, Linda Devauld (Frankie) of Georgia, Demetrica Atkinson (Willie) of Woodland; two sons, Curtis Goulding (Mary) of Tupelo and Dennis Goulding (Marilyn) of Okolona; one sister, Bessie Reed of Memphis; two brothers, Sammie Johnson of Wichita, Kan., and Robert Johnson of Memphis; 24 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren.
CALHOUN CITY – Ruble Parker, 83, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was born Nov. 8, 1929, in Calhoun County. He was a retired from Tension Envelope in Memphis after 35 years. He was a captain in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a member of Southern Grace Baptist Church in Calhoun City.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Taylor Church of God at Vardaman. The Rev. Jon Haimes will officiate, and the Rev. Sherman Adams will assist. Burial will be in the Taylor Cemetery at Vardaman. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Vannie Ree Owens Parker of Calhoun City; one son, Tim Parker (Wendy) of Horn Lake; three sisters, Glenda Barnett of Calhoun City, Bobby Nell Wiggs of Lake Village, Ark., and Brenda Reedy (Roger) of Luling, La.; two brothers, Porter Parker (Ester May) of Banner and Jimmy Parker (Dee) of Olive Branch; six grandchildren, Jeremy Parker of Calhoun City, Lee Parker of Vardaman, Lanie Parker of Southaven, Levy Allen Parker, Cody Parker and Ryan Parker, all of Horn Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bannie Parker and Lura Porter Parker, and two sons, Danny Parker and Tim Parker.
Pallbearers will be James David Owens, Rickie Parker, Barry Shankle, Dave Shankle, Scott Shankle and Stacy Shankle.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at Taylor Church of God.
In lieu of flowers, make donations to Taylor Church of God Cemetery Fund, c/o Tina Scott, 354 CR 433, Vardaman, MS 38878.
Online condolences may be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WALNUT – Deborah Lynn “Debbie” Richardson, 52, died Thursday, May 2, 2013, at the Golden Living Center in Ripley. She was born May 18, 1960, in Ripley to Earnest and Annie Dee Thrash Richardson She was a member of Ebenezer Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley. Bro. Larry Dollar and the Rev. Neville Vanderburg will officiate. Burial will be in Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery at Walnut. McBride Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by three sisters, Mayzell Mercer (Jimmy) of Falkner, Jean Mathis of Walnut and Dorothy Bennett (John R.) of Tiplersville; one brother, Randall Richardson (Pam) of Burnsville; a special brother-in-law and conservator, Marshall Mullins of Walnut.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Nelda Lyles and Peggy Mullins; and three brothers, Leroy Richardson, T.J. Richardson and Wayne Richardson.
Pallbearers will be Steve Bennett, Roy Lee Richardson, Bobby Lee Richardson, Scott Mercer, Greg Mullins, T.J. Richardson, Dewayne Lyles and Joey Richardson. Nieces will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will continue from 7 a.m. to service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – William E. “Billy” Cochran, 75, died Friday, May 3, 2013, after an extended illness. He was born May 28, 1937, in Florence, Ala., to Edgar and Eva Phillips Cochran. He worked at Penn Tire and Day-Brite until his retirements. He enjoyed reading, fishing, and riding around and visiting with his two brothers.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Dennis Kizzire officiating. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.
Survivors include his daughter, Lisa Cochran; his son, Phil Cochran (Amy); two grandchildren, Cole Cochran and Bentley Cochran; and two brothers, David Cochran (Linda) and Danny Cochran (Brenda).
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Nancy Doty Cochran; and his daughter, Kathy Cochran Janes.
Pallbearers will be Reuben Doty, Roman Doty, Tommy Doty, Shane Cochran, Chuck Cochran and Paul Wood.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Beech Springs Free Will Baptist Church, 146 CR 1702, Saltillo MS 38866.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.leememorialonline.com.
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Kayla Jo Street Dominguez, 25, died Friday, May 3, 2013, at her home in Blue Mountain. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.