Obituaries May 6, 2011

Hattie Downs
BOONEVILLE – Surrounded by her family, Hattie Ellen Young Downs, 91, departed this earthly life Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the Landmark Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Booneville. She was born Oct. 29, 1919, in Booneville to Tandy K. and Etta Jane Michael Young. She was the salutatorian of the Jumpertown class of 1937. Following graduation, she married Earl Downs, and they shared 51 years together. She retired from Prentiss Manufacturing Company. After her husband died, she became a volunteer at Baptist Memorial Hospital. She was a faithful and dedicated member of Carolina United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, M.Y.F. leader and a member of the U.M.W.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Kerry Powell officiating. Burial will be in Oaklawn Memorial Park. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Janie Downs and Elizabeth “Sis” Koon (Obie), all of Booneville; a sister, Elminia Potts of Booneville; five grandchildren, Nelson Koon (Mary) of Fulton, Susan Lambert (Johnny), Annett Treece (Steve), Tyron Koon and Roy Koon (Leslie), all of Booneville; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two sisters, Mattie Calton and Mary Frank Inman; and three brothers, William Young, George “Tootsie” Young and Buster Young.
Pallbearers will be Tyler Koon, Cody Koon, Trey Koon, W.L. Potts, Jerry Young and Gerry Green.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Carolina Methodist Church Building Fund, 2001 Ninth St., Booneville, MS 38829.

Rebecca Zarecki
TUPELO – Rebecca Pace Zarecki ended her life’s journey on Thursday, May 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Aug. 10, 1952, in Meridian to Marcus Cleon Pace and Bettie Catherine Ainsworth Pace. Becky spent 20 years as a long haul truck driver for various companies and was until recently a cook for various establishments. She had a passion for gardening, reading, fishing and puzzles.
She is survived by a son, Kenneth Zarecki Jr. (Amanda); a grandson, Frederick Zarecki; three brothers, David Pace (Linda) of Mission Viejo, Calif., Albert Pace (Pearl) of Meridian and Robert Pace of Shannon; six nieces and two nephews, Stephanie Melton (Brandon), Robin Pace, Karen Pace, Chad Pace (Krista), Troy Pace (Brandi), Elizabeth Mercado, Catherine Pierce (Drew) and Patricia Pace.
Becky spent her last years with the man she loved, William “Bill” Hunsucker. She was blessed to be surrounded by his family whom she thought to be her own including wwo children, Donnie (Sugar) Hunsucker and Lorie Randolph (Chris); five grandchildren, Mandi Elam (Josh), Stacy Cox (Jordan), Rob Patton, Jamie Hunsucker, John Hunsucker (Leigh) and Tyler Randolph; and seven great- grandchildren.
Her life will be celebrated with a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, please send any donation to cancer research in her name.
The Pace family would like to thank the Hunsucker family for making Becky’s life full of love, compassion and laughter.
Condolences may be e-mailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Billy Barnett
SALTILLO – Billy Wayne Barnett, 73, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his home. He was born April 3, 1938, to Marvin and Gertha Sanders Barnett. He was a faithful Christian and member of Mayfield House of God. He loved spending time with his family and friends. He was employed at Super Sagless for 27 years. He enjoyed fox hunting, bird hunting, fishing and going to auctions with his lifelong friends.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Merle Floyd, Bro. Johnny Hamblin and Bro. David Lambert officiating. Burial will be in Campbelltown Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home in Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Ruby Barnett of Saltillo; one son, Kenneth Wayne Barnett of Tupelo; one daughter, Mary Barnett of Guntown; two grandchildren, Christopher Wayne Barnett and Raven Barnett, both of Tupelo; three brothers, Ray Barnett of Saltillo, Durell Barnett (Pam) of Nettleton and Roy Barnett (Brenda) of Tupelo; four sisters, Reba Floyd (Merle) of Guntown, Edith Patterson of Guntown, Dalphie Smith and June Butler Coloma, both of Michigan; and two special friends, Guy Dunaway and Danny Dunaway.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Elsie Stanford of Saltillo; four brothers, Gene Barnett, Bobby Barnett, Hoyle Barnett and Troy Lee Barnett, all of Saltillo; a sister-in-law, Frances Barnett of Saltillo; and a brother-in-law, John Patterson of Guntown.
Pallbearers will be Michael Patterson, Sammy Barnett, Randy Barnett, Josh Dunaway, Tracy Barnett and Danny Dunaway.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Barnett, Mike Barnett, Eugene Patterson, Gary Barnett, Eric Barnett and Dean Barnett.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Evalene Davidson
ALCORN – Evalene Davidson, 82, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at her home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Victory Baptist Church with Bro. Alan Parker officiating. Burial will be in Lebonan Methodist Cemetery. Corinthian Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be until service time today.

Calvin Rackley
PONTOTOC – James Calvin Rackley, 80, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. He was born Nov. 15, 1920, to James Carl and Annie Henderson Rackley in Pontotoc County. He was a ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church of America and a member of Maple Drive Presbyterian Church, where he taught Sunday School for many years. He was active in the 31st Division Association, serving as director for many years. He was a member of the Pontotoc Masonic Lodge, OES, Shriners, York and Scottish Rites. He was a member of the American Legion and Pontotoc Historical Society. He served in the Air Force Engineers for three years during World War II, with overseas duty in Germany and Belgium, earning three battle stars. He was a member of the Pontotoc’s National Guard Field Artillery Unit during the Korean Conflict. He ran the turkey business that his parents had begun until 1959 when he accepted a job as salesman and service engineer for Barker Poultry Equipment Company. For over 30 years he traveled all over the western hemisphere in his work. He was beloved by his family and friends.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Rev. David Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Pontotoc Memorial Gardens. Browning Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Kathlyn Purdon Rackley; a daughter, Joyce Odom (Reg) of Pontotoc; one son, Mark Rackley (Kitty) of McDonald, Penn.; a daughter-in-law, Alice Tumberlinson Rackley of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Ruffin I. Rackley (Martha) of Anacortes, Wash.; and a sister, Dorothy P. Rackley.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James Victor “Jim” Rackley; a grandson, James Victor “Tory” Rackley Jr.; and two brothers, Louis Earl Rackley and David Henderson Rackley.
Pallbearers will be Harold Hodges, Bruce McCoy, Joe Tynes, David Anderson, Karl Nelson and Toby Winston.
Honorary pallbearer will be Bill Galloway.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.

Martin Beck
MANTACHIE – Martin L. Beck, 90, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his son’s home in Atmore, Ala. He was born Sept. 17, 1920, in Rienzi to Henry and Callie Wilson Beck. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Mantachie, where he served as a former Deacon and Sunday school teacher before becoming inactive because of his health. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and served part of his time in Germany. He was employed by Super Sagless, The Tombigbee Water Association and the Itawamba County Schools as a bus driver until his retirement. He loved watching football and baseball on T.V. and before becoming disabled, fishing was a favorite pastime of his.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mark Tutor and Bro. James Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Kenneth Beck (Janette) of Atmore; two daughters, Shirley Wiygul of Gulfport and Geraldine Jones (Larry) of Mantachie; five grandchildren, Jeff Jones (Angie), Willie Wiygul (Shannon), Callie Wiygul, Keith Martin (Rochell) and Anita Murphy (Wayne); nine great-grandchildren, Olivia Jones, Rachael Martin, Scarlotte Martin, Samantha Rolin (Jonathan), Jessica Black( Cody), Marcus Murphy, Joseph Murphy, Melinda Monroe and Dawson Martin; five great-great-grandchildren, Lilly Grace Rolin, Jackson Keith Rolin, Justin Martin, Alexis Monroe and Ella Murphy; one sister, Millie Nichols (Joel) of Mantachie; and two brothers, Roy Beck of Tupelo and Marshall Beck (Grace) of Noxapater.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Eva Beck; his parents; a son-in-law, Randy Wiygul; a grandson, Randall Martin; six brothers, John, Wade, Wes, Clovis, James Beck and Clifford Lytal; and three sisters, Irene Dulaney, Jean Russell and Ruby Eaves.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Jones, Keith Martin, Wayne Murphy, Marcus Murphy, Willie Wiygul and Neil Cockrell.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 8 a.m. until service time Saturday.

E.G. Morehead
HICKORY FLAT – E.G. Morehead, 92, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

Hazel Noe
SMITHVILLE – Hazel Sheffield Noe, 80, died on May 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born June 16, 1930, in Smithville, she was a daughter of James “Carlos” and Ovie Holloway Sullivan. She attended Smithville schools. For more than 30 years, she was a seamstress with area garment plants in Smithville, Fulton and Amory. A woman of faith, she was an active member of Pearce Chapel Free Will Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school, church training classes and worked in the nursery. She enjoyed cooking, listening to the Gaithers, making quilts and blankets, flower gardening and growing and canning tomatoes and peas.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Bro. Van Dale Hudson officiating. Burial will follow in Haughton Memorial Park. E.E. Pickle Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her sons, Arlon Sheffield and wife, Susan of Jacksonville, Ala., and Burt Sheffield and wife, Melissa of Smithville; her sisters, Opalean Murphy of Amory, Eloise Lindsey of Amory, Reba Turner of Smithville and Mildred Culiverhouse and Lara Jean Wheeler, both of Fulton; her brother, James “Buddy” Sulllivan of Amory; her grandchildren, Josh, Lori, Jason, Brandy, Valara, Kacey, Sarah, Lindsey and Caroline; her great-grandchildren, Katie, Emily, Lane, Madison, Alex and Lilly; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Bealle “Bill” Sheffield and Hurston Samuel “Barn” Noe; her stepdaughter, Ginger D. “Gin” Leech; her stepson, Johnny Noe; and sister, Vernie Sullivan.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
Visitation will be from noon until the service hour today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Peace Chapel Free Will Baptist Church, 60174 Pearce Chapel Rd., Smithville, MS 38870, or to the Smithville Disaster Relief Fund, c/o First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Guy Pounds
BALDWYN – Guy Quthon Pounds, 78, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. He was a small engine repairman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He was a member of First Christian Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with Bro. Kelly Carmichael officiating. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two sons, Don Pounds (Lynn) of Southaven and Ron Pounds of Adamsville, Tenn.; one brother, Charles Pounds (Patricia) of Baldywn; and four grandchildren, Wes Pounds (Robyn), Katie Pounds, Clay Pounds and Clark Pounds.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Mabry Pounds; his parents, Doc and Lucille Cummings Pounds; one brother, Gene Pounds; one sister, Evelyn Harris; and one grandchild, Robert Pounds.
Pallbearers will be members of First Christian Church.

Willard Jantz
OKOLONA – Willard Dean Jantz, 65, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Community Hospice in Verona after an extended illness. He was born on July 13, 1945, in Turlock, Calif., to David B. and Susie Jantz. In 1966, he married the love of his life, Jane Ford. He was a farmer and a truck driver. He loved fishing, hunting, gardening and life. He had a great sense of humor. He was a member of Okolona Mennonite Church.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Okolona Mennonite Church with Minister Todd Becker officiating. Burial will follow in the Okolona Mennonite Church Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Jane; a daughter, Sherry Giesbrecht (Tony) of Winton, Calif.; his sons, Timothy Jantz (Julie) of Filer, Idaho, Ray Jantz (Nita Cleveland) of Tupelo, Keith Jantz (Joanae), Dale Jantz (Stephanie) and Joseph Jantz (Daena), all of Okolona; 13 grandchildren, Lori Giesbrecht, Andrea Giesbrecht, Shelby Giesbrecht, Mishawna Jantz, Caleb Jantz, Kiana Jantz, Kyla Jantz, Lindsey Jantz, Cassie Jantz, Mott Jantz, Melody Jantz, Carrie Jantz and Claire Jantz; four sisters, Josie Jantz of Ballico, Calif., Edna Giesbrecht of Cole Camp, Mo., Elnora Jantz (Ronnie) of Stover, Mo., and Leola Siemens (Vern) of Quartzsite, Ariz.; two brothers, LeVern Jantz (Nadine) of Gieger, Ala., and Wesley Jantz (Mary Anne) of Livingston, Calif.; a sister in law, Judith Edmonds of Okolona; and a brother in law, J.D. Ford (Kathy) of Brookings, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Elmer and Harry; and two sisters, Suzanna Koehn and Frances Jantz.
Pallbearers will be Brad Jantz, Darren Jantz, Dalen Holdeman, Marshall Jantz, Steve Goossen, Howard Martin, Rustin Unruh and Darcy Koehn.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and the body will lie in state one hour at the church Saturday.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Charles Chisholm
PONTOTOC – Charles P. “Chilli” Chisholm, 68, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. He was a retired pharmaceutical sales representative. He received his education at the University of Mississippi where he was a member of the Ole Miss Rebels football team in 1963 when they won the S.E.C. championship. He loved hunting, fishing and aggravating this four grandchildren. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Pontotoc.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Brian Sansing officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Linda Chisholm of Pontotoc; three sons, David Chisholm (Wendy) of Pontotoc, Stephen Chisholm of Nashville and Gary Chisholm (Amy) of Pontotoc; one brother, Dan Chisholm (Kaye) of Jackson; one sister, Nita of Jackson; and four grandchildren, Tyler Chisholm, Haley Chisholm, Rylee Chisholm and Titus Chisholm.
He was preceded in death by his father, P.V. Chisholm, and his mother, Nora Dean Kinard Chisholm.
Pallbearers will be Ken Prewett, Neal Huskison, Johnny Wilder, David Chisholm, Stephen Chisholm and Gary Chisholm.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101.

Lanny Brasher Jr.
BATESVILLE – Clancy Eugene “Lanny” Brasher Jr., 48, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Coleman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Willie Lou Cook
TUPELO – Willie Lou McKinney Cook, 81, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. A native of the Bissell community, she was the daughter of Turner Patterson McKinney and Mattie Ezell McKinney. She received her eduacation in the Okolona School System. She was a Member of West Grove M.B. Church in Houlka. After moving to the Tupelo area, she united with College Hill C.M.E. Church in Pontotoc. She loved flowers, sewing and especially cooking.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Palmetto C.M.E. Church in the Palmetto community with Rev Ernie Wright officiating. Burial will be in College Hill Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Grady Bean of San Diego, Ca.; two daughters, Vernell (Wayne) Williams of Buffalo, Ny., and Dorothy Bean of Tupelo; one brother, John Ware of East St. Louis, Ill.; one sister, Alice Coleman of Tupelo; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Lopez Gilley
INGOMAR – Lopez Lindsey Gilley, 77, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. She was retired from Futorian Mfg. She enjoyed gardening and gospel music. She was a member of Ingomar Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Waters Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Clyde Pounds and Bro. Gary Linvell officiating. Burial will be in Pratt Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Dale Garrison (Allen) of Myrtle and Anita Bullock (Mike Merritt) of Ingomar; three sisters, Betty Kennedy (Hayden) of Wheeler, Willen Joslin (Wayne) of Baldwyn and Onez Hill (Ray) of Aniston, Ala.; two brothers, Lemoise Lindsey (Eardell) of Baldwyn and Ronnie Lindsey (Joyce) of Guntown; five grandchildren, Chad Hill (Jessica), Crystal Dodd (Rickey), Steve Garrsion (Amanda), Ashley Bullock (Clay Morman) and LaBreeska MeLeroy; four great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Gilley; her parents, George and Ouida Wooldridge Lindsey; two brothers and one sister.
Pallbearers will be Steve West, Randal West, Johnny Kennedy, Mitchell Kennedy, Greg Joslin, Brent Lindsey, Keith Lindsey and Danny Lindsey.
Honoary pallbearers will be Randy Bullock and Clay Morman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Dorothy Witt
BELMONT – Dorothy Witt, 75, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Shoals Hospital in Muscle Shoals, Ala. She was a native of Mississippi and a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Dennis.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jerry George and Bro. Roger Wood officiating. Burial will be in Belmont Memory Gardens. Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Terry Witt (Resa) of Tuscumbia, Ala.; one granddaughter, Tia Kennedy (Brandon) of Birmingham; and one great-granddaughter, Darby Grace Kennedy of Birmingham.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Witt; two infant sons; and her parents, Claude and Mildred Tynes Holcomb.
Pallbearers will be Brandon Kennedy, Rickey Kennedy, David Pruitt, Matthew Haney, Roger Wood and Jerry Coleman.
Visitation will be noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alcorn County Animal Shelter or Storm Relief Fund in Mississippi or Alabama.

Bill Laster
PONTOTOC – William “Bill” Melvin Laster, 83, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at the Sunshine Health Care Center in Pontotoc. He was born Nov. 29, 1927, in Tyler, Mo., to William Melvin Laster and Ollie Bell Newcomb Laster. He was the last child of seven children. He married Hilda Mae Higgins on March 1, 1947. They enjoyed 64 years together. He was a farmer and security officer at Washington Furniture before becoming disabled. He was a member of Tyler Baptist Church in Tyler and attended Algoma Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Don Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Cruse Cemetery in Pontotoc. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda (Curley) Laster; three daughters, Sue Weeks (Tom) of Algoma, Audrey Thomas (Jim) of Saltillo and Melvin Laster (Hilda) of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren, Karla Robbins (Ronnie), Kollette Roberts (Greg), Kourtney Mathews (Barry), LaShae Wortham (Adam), Maggie Patrick (Chuck), Cody Laster, Ashley Thomas and Emily Thomas; 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Denver Wayne Laster.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Cody Laster, Gregg Roberts, Barry Mathews, Ronnie Robbins, Kyle Robbins, Adam Wortham, Chuck Patrick and Willey Jackson.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Dr. Kim Stasny
OXFORD – Dr. Kim Myrick Stasny, 55, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Baptist Hospital in Oxford. She was the superintendent of Oxford City Schools. She was a graduate of Millsaps where she earned a degree in elementary education. She received a Master’s Degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in curriculum and instruction, and a Doctorate from the University of New Orleans in educational administration. She was named Mississippi Superintendent of the Year in 2007 and served on the governing boards of the American Association of School Administrators and the Mississippi Association of School Administrators. She opened the first district operated Early Education Center in the State of Mississippi and was recognized by Gov. Barbour in his State of the State address for her work in rebuilding the Bay-Waveland School District after Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Stasny served on the Governor’s Commission for Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal Workforce Development. She was recognized by the Bay St. Louis Mayor and City Council as a “Local Leader and Hero.” Her 30 year career in education included 2 years as superintendent of Oxford City Schools and 19 years in the Bay St. Louis Waveland School District as superintendent, assistant superintendent and elementary school principal. She served as principal of Hancock North Central Elementary for 3 years and was a teacher for 7 years before becoming an administrator.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Oxford University Methodist Church. An additional service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel. Burial will be in Matthews Cemetery in Laurel. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, Chris Stasny; her sister, Frances Coffin; and her mother, Juanita Myrick.
She was preceded in death by her father, Casey Myrick. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at Oxford University Methodist Church. An additional visitation will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Memory Chapel Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Interfaith Compassion Ministry, 904 N. Lamar Blvd., Oxford, MS 38655.
For additional information or to send an online condolence please visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com, or call (662)234-7971.

Nadean Pierce
FULTON – Ellen Nadean Pierce, 77, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1934, to Willie and Opsie Crase Hall. She was a member of the Tilden Church of Christ. She worked at Charmstep and Dura-Crates, until they both closed, then she obtained her CNA in nursing. She enjoyed sewing, reading, flowers, gardening, hummingbirds, yardwork, and she especially enjoyed her grandchildren.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tilden Church of Christ with Minister David Paden officiating. Burial will be in the Tilden Community Cemetery. McNeece-Morris Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Michelle “Micki” Thompson of Fulton and Meredith Sims (Shannon) of Savannah,Tenn.; two brothers, William Hall of Guntown and Wendell Hall (Agnes) of Park Falls,Wis.; three sisters, Bodean Collum of Guntown, Betty Sue Hall of Fulton and Lois Ann Aquino (Frank) of Ft. Collins, Colo.; five grandchildren, Kayla, Kendra, and Walker Warren, and Kimberly and Samuel Sims; and a special friend, Marcia Brown.
She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Herman “Jake” Pierce; one sister, Emojene Casey; and her parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and one hour prior to services Sunday at the church.

Lenell Harris
CORINTH – Lenell Harris, 83, died Saturday, April 30, 2011.
Services will be held at noon Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Leroy Harris officiating. Burial will be in Rienzi Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pamela Harden
VINA, Ala. – Pamela Tate Harden, 49, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at UAB in Birmingham. She was a native of Russellville, Ala., and was a 911 dispatcher for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department for 10 years. She was currently manager of Windsor Apartments in Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Corum officiating. Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors are her husband, Tony Harden of Vina; one daughter, Brandi Cowley (Blake) of Amory ; three grandchildren, Tate Cowley, Will Cowley and Livi Cowley; her mother, Faye Tate of Golden; one sister, Judy Mattonen (Wayne) of Zion, Ill.; three brothers, Joey Tate (Chris) of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Jackie Tate of Golden and Mickey Tate (Deanni) of Edmond, Okla.; two special friends, Amanda Young and Carol Armstrong, both of Red Bay; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Jack Tate; and her twin sister, Deborah Kay Tate.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and until service time on Sunday.

Bobby Griffin
OKOLONA – Bobby Earl Griffin, 46, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 10, 1964, to Roxie McAlister and Clarence Griffin. He was a member of New Hebron M.B. Church. He received his education from Aberdeen schools. He was a truck driver.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Hebron M.B. Church with Rev. Sam Crawford officiating. Burial will be in Fields Cemetery. Williams Memorial Funeral Home in Okolona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Trenda P. Griffin of Okolona; his mother and stepfather, Roxie A. and Glenn T. McAlister of Aberdeen; three daughters, Wanda Parker, Chasisty Griffin and Carman Carouthers, all of Okolona; one son, Malcolm Boone of Phoenix City, Ala.; four sisters, Mary Walker (Rev. John), Linda Sykes, Brenda Meadows (Horace) and Gussie Gardner (Johnny) of Aberdeen; two brothers, Willie Griffin of Tupelo and Ryaion Keith McAlister (Pamela) of Aberdeen; and one grandchild, Milak Boone.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today. Family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Both will be at the funeral home.

Nell Gordon
ABBEVILLE – Nathan Lee “Nell” Gordon, 78, died Thursday, April 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford. He was a native of Abbeville and the son of Eddie and Frances Gordon. He was a retired groundskeeper for the University of Mississippi. He was a member of Jeffries Chapel M.B. Church where he was a member of the male chorus. He loved singing, fishing, being with friends and being around the Springfield Life Center. He was always full of life.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jeffries Chapel M.B. Church with Rev. McAuther King officiating. Burial will be in Jeffries Chapel Cemetery. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Denorise (Cornell) Hamilton of Texarkana, Texas; five sons, Benard (Stacy) Gordon of Mobile, Ala., Richard (Jeanette) Gordon of Nesbit, Jeff Gordon of Milwaukee, Wis., and Ricky Gordon and Adam Young, both of Oxford; one sister, Beulah Gordon-Hardy of New Orleans, La.; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a special friend, Sally Coleman of Oxford.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Gordon.

Van Gillespie
PONTOTOC – Van Gillespie, 55, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Bobby Massey
VINA, Ala. – Bobby Massey, 48, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala.

Vita Gill
HOUSTON – Vita Griffin Gill, 82, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 19, 1928, in Chickasaw County to William Wesley Griffin and Era Malone Griffin. She was the secretary for Houston Vocational Center and was a member of Houston First Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Houston Funeral Home with Dr. Daniel Heeringa officiating. Burial will follow at Houston Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home in Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda (Lamar) Naron of Diamondhead; her sons, Mike (Karen) Gill of Dallas, Mickey (Lynn) Gill of Houston and Jim (Dianne) Gill of Atoka, Tenn.; her brother, Wayne (Corene) Griffin of Houston; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Millard Gill.
Pallbearers will be Lee Chrestman, Chris Gill, Wade Griffin, Corey Gill, Jeffrey Griffin and Clif Naron.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Friends and family may leave a message at the online register book at www.houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Mary Davis
WEST POINT – Mary L. Davis, 73, died Saturday, April 30, 2011, at Clay County Medical Center.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Church in Woodland with Dr. Perry Montgomery officiating. Montgomery Mortuary L.L.C., in Houston is in charge of arrangements.
A family visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today.

Thelma Barkley
NEW ALBANY – Thelma Ruth Barkley died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

James Rye
AMORY – James A. “Bozo” Rye, 79, died Wednesday, May 4, 2011, at Golden Living Center 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. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Barbara Smith
WEST POINT – Barbara Gene Smith, 61, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at Darlington Oaks Community Hospice.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Third Mt. Olive M.B. Church with Rev. Al Lathan officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services in West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Allison Corey
BYHALIA – Allison Kristine Corey, 26, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in Lucedale.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home with Rev. Curtis Ferrell officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. until service time today.

Johnny Pierce
ABERDEEN – Johnny Ray Pierce, 52, died Sunday, May 1, 2011, at care Center in Aberdeen.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be found at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

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