By NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – John Meredith Soward, 56 , owner of Big Oaks Golf Course, died on May 7, 2010, with his loving wife, Debbie at his side at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo after an extended illness with brain cancer. He was born in Toronto, Canada on June 7, 1953, and lived there until his father was transferred to the United States. During his illness, he had wonderful support and care. We needed much help in understanding the condition and meeting his needs. The nurses, doctors, comfort keepers, infusion services, radiology staff and others were there for us. He attended and graduated from Valley High School in Des Moines, Iowa and participated in a higher education program in Canada.
He met and married his wife, the former Deborah Ann Lopeman, in Des Moines, Iowa on July 26, 1975. John ventured in several businesses before moving to Tupelo. He had a nursery and, when the state purchased his property for a bypass, he reinvested his money in Big Oaks Golf Club. One of John’s exciting experiences was owning a boat on Pickwick Harbor. He enjoyed it so much he bought a lake home in Alabama on the Tennessee River. He fished, boated and sat on the deck and watched the sail boats go by. On Holiday occasions and when the family members were together, one of his favorite activities was a group card game. Everyone participated and all had a great time. A very big part of his life was his two special dogs – Millie and Pedie. They loved John and could always be found close to him.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie; two children, Amanda Soward and Jason Soward, both of Tupelo. They are busy carrying on their father’s work and showing their love for the course he improved and developed; his parents, Jack and Linda Soward of Florida; an older brother, Ted Soward of Brasumpton, Ontario, Canada; two sisters, Linda Waggoner (Mark) of Dallas, Texas and Nancy Soward (Johunnes) of North Carolina; and eight nieces and nephews.
At John’s request, he was cremated. A Life Celebration and Appreciation for John Soward will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2010, at 8 p.m. at Big Oaks Golf Course. Everyone is invited to share their special memories and enjoy fellowship one with another. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel is entrusted with all arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to American Cancer Society, 607 C West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38804 (designate for brain cancer research), Sanctuary Hospice House, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo,MS 38803 or the Tupelo Children’s Mansion, P.O. Box 167, Tupelo, MS 38802.
To express your love and appreciation for John and his family, please direct all e mails to email@example.com.
SULLIGENT – Doris Flynn, 67, died Friday, May 7, 2010, at her home. She was born Nov. 20, 2010, to Edgar R. Hanson and Mary Maudeen Stark Hanson. She was a member of Mulberry Springs Baptist Church where she was a member of WMU. She enjoyed making and maintaining beautiful floral arrangements for the church. She was a 1960 graduate of Hamilton High School. She also graduated from Vaughn Beauty College in Aberdeen. Previously, she was a beautician at the Care Center of Vernon and also owned Curl and Swirl Beauty Salon from 1965 to 1972. She also worked with the Band Boosters for several years.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mulberry Springs Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Gilmer Addition/Sulligent City Cemetery. Otts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Rolland Flynn of Sulligent; two daughters, Alanna Flynn (Jim) Parham of Tupelo and Marla Flynn (Bryan) Serena of Hamilton; and two grandchildren, Bryson Serena and Ella Rilyn Serena.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her stepfather, Clarence Webb.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
J.O. ‘Buddy’ House
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – J.O. “Buddy” House, 78, of West Memphis, Ark., died Friday, May 7, 2010, at Memphis University Hospital. He was the President and General Manager of Lodging Development and Management Co. He was a member of 1st Baptist Church in West Memphis, a graduate of Memphis State University and a U.S. Air Force and Korean War Veteran.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home Chapel in West Memphis. Burial will be in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marian, Ark. Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis, Ark. is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Sarah House of West Memphis; one daughter, Paula House Miller of Poolville, Texas; two sons, Randy House of Marion, Ark. and Jeff House of West Memphis; four sisters, Marjorie Dobbs and Betty Hardin, both of Calhoun City, Polly McConnelly of Missouri City, Texas and Barbara Hutchins of Spring Branch, Texas; one brother, Joe House of Memphis; and six grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Sheldon; and a brother, Bob House.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to West Memphis Christian School, 1600 N. Missouri St., West Memphis, AR. 72301.
CALHOUN CITY – Yishiko Nabors, 82, died May 5, 2010, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. She was a former employee of Calhoun Appeal. She was a homemaker and a member of Duncan Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed attending church and working in her yard. She was the widow of Harley V. Nabors Jr. She was loved by her family and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Benny Hill and Bro. Derrick Finley officiating. Burial will be in Old Town Cemetery in Pittsboro. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of arrangements.
She was preceded in death by her husband; and her parents, Seimo Nasama and Matsuru Asato Nasama.
Pallbearers will be Mike Hill, Mike Shankle, Fred Nabors, Kevin Flemons, W.C. Ramsey and Ralph Nabors.
Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Payton Smith Sr.
ASHLAND – Payton “Mancy” Smith Jr., 87, died Monday, May 3, 2010, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Palestine MB Church in Michigan City. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum & Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Sunday at the church.
OXFORD – Calvin Fox, 55, died May 6, 2010, at his home in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford.
Billy Joe Moore
IUKA – Billy Joe Moore, 45, died May 5, 2010, in Oxford, Ala.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Eastport Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
PLANTERSVILLE – Dolly Mae Fields, 72, died May 2, 2010, at her home. At an early age, she joined New Zion Baptist Church. Years later, she reunited with the love of her life, Phillip Fields. They moved to Grand Rapids where she retired as a dietary supervisor at Olds Manor. In 2005, she moved back to Tupelo and joined The Sky Is the Limit Ministries (STL); she was a faithful member.
Services will be at noon today at The Sky Is The Limit Church with Bishop T.C. Cummings officiating. Burial will be at Chapel Hill Memorial Garden in Grand Rapids, Mich. N.L. Jones & Son Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors includes one goddaughter, Phyllis Betts; her stepchildren; 10 sisters, Williease Bell, Anna Garner, Dorothy Tilmon, Linda Murry, Cynthia White, Margaret Brown, Stella Jones, Wanda Long, Precta Brown and Verra Nabors; six brothers, Tom Cummings Jr., Prentiss Brown, Wayne Brown, Donnell Brown, Melvin Brown and Charles Brown; her stepmother, Carnelius Cummings; another brother-in-law, George Green; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time today at the church.
To sign the online guestbook, visit nljonesandson.com.
DALLAS, Texas – Jerry Dale Lloyd died May 4, 2010, in Dallas, Texas. He was born in Tupelo on June 8, 1953, to Maney and Pearl Lloyd. He was a Baptist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15, 2010, at Community Baptist Church in Royse City, Texas. He will be cremated, and his ashes will be placed in the Veterans National Cemetery in Grand Prairie, Texas. Rest Haven Funeral Homes in Rockwell, Texas is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by four sisters, Shirley Martin of Fulton, Doris Payne of Forney, Texas, Joan Nichols of Dallas, Texas and his twin sister, Judy Gaines of Royse City, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his mother; his father; and his brother, Kenneth Lloyd.
The family requests that memorials be made in his name to Community Baptist Church Building Fund, 6012 Hwy. 276 Royse City, TX 75189.
TUPELO – Alicia Nicole Carver, 37, died Tuesday, May 4, 2010, at University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. She was employed by Kid Company in Tupelo. She was a member of Temple of Compassion and Deliverance Church of God and Christ in Tupelo. She was a faithful missionary outside of the church showing compassion and love for others by doing selfless acts of kindness. She was a 1992 graduate of Warren Central High School in Bowling Green, Ky. She had a great love for her daughter and taking care of babies. She was the daughter of the Rev. Fred R. Carver Jr. and Marian “Laverne” Carver of Bowling Green.
Services will be at noon today at Little Zion Baptist Church in Bowling Green. Burial will be in Bowling Green Gardens. Burnam & Son Mortuary, Inc. of Bowling Green is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, LaDaishia Bunton of Bowling Green. (She will be graduating from Tupelo High School in May); four sisters, Lamisha (Adam) Reinhardt of Columbus, Ohio, LaSonya (Rev. Toriz) Hampton of Bowling Green, ShaMeca Carver of Bowling Green and Althenia Hill of Indianapolis, Ind.; four brothers, Sammie Cheston of Australia, Aaron (Dara) Carver Sr. of Bowling Green, Sherman Mosely of Tupelo and Fredrick Carver Sr. of Bowling Green; a special friend, Twana Woods of Bowling Green; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. today at the church.
BETTENDORF, Iowa – Norma Gayle Moser, 70, formerly of Iuka, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf. She was born Oct. 28, 1939, in Iuka. She was the beloved daughter of Ward C. and Blanche Helton Moser. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Mississippi Southern University in Hattiesburg. She worked in federal service for many years and retired as a budget analyst from the Rock Island Arsenal in l994. Her memberships included the Solo Steppers Square Dance Club, the Sitzmachers Ski Club and the Singletons. She enjoyed dancing, attending the theater, listening to music, reading and traveling.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka with Nick Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is in charge of arrangement.
She is survived by her sisters, Marie Moser of Memphis, Marion Hawkins of Houston, Texas, Shirley Poteet and her husband, John of San Antonio; her nieces, Ann Perry and husband, Thad of Nashville and Betsy Dodson and husband, Tom of Houston, Texas; her nephews, Tom Hawkins of Comfort, Texas and R.W. Rushing and wife, Haley of Austin, Texas; and eight grand-nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be her former high school classmates. Memorials may be made to Iowa Public Radio.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Nora Ruth Nix Gresham, 77, died May 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Aug. 7, 1932, in Tippah County to George Burton Nix Sr. and Inez Johnson Nix. She was a retired employee of Piper Industries and a member of the Neely Baptist Church. She was a member of the Homemakers Club for 20 years and chaired the yearly wildlife tasting buffet for 10 years. She was a most wonderful, gracious mother, wife and friend to all. She loved flowers and gardening until becoming disabled.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in the United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Adair and Dr. Kermit McGregor officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, James Abner Gresham of New Albany; her daughter, Diane Palmer (Carl) of New Albany; three sisters, Peggy Jumper, Kathy Breland (Ricky) and Alice Swords (Clark); two brothers, Burt Nix Jr. (Ann) and Gerald Nix (Jeanie); four grandchildren, Jerry W. McMillen (Jennifer), Brad Palmer (Veronica), Lisa Lloyd (Steven) and Melissa Mabrouk (Adnane); and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Jerry McMillen; and a granddaughter, Amanda Kate McMillen.
Pallbearers will be Brad Palmer, Robert Merritt, Billy Wooten, Rickey Windham, Kenny Denton, Gary Bailey and Billy Denton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Tim Thompson and Dr. Brad Scott.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
OXFORD – Robert Sidney Cooper, 83, died Friday, May 7, 2010 at his home in Oxford.
A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Eastern Cemetery in Forest. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family has asked that memorial contributions in Mr. Cooper’s memory be made to Oxford-University United Methodist Church, 424 S. 10th Street, Oxford, MS 38655.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Charles Westmoreland died Friday, May 7, 2010, at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
SHANNON – Varnell McCaleb “Nell” Homan, 85, died Thursday, May 6, 2010, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Feb. 5, 1925, in Mooreville to Claude A. and Willie Lee Eunie Scruggs McCaleb. She was a charter member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a faithful servant of Jesus Christ. She was a retired cosmetologist, who owned and operated Styles by Nell and co-founded Creations School of Cosmetology. Throughout her long career, her cosmetology chair often served as a place of council, prayer and opportunity to minister to her faith. She was a born entrepreneur and free spirit who during her long life ventured into many businesses. She most enjoyed making others look good. She loved people and people loved her for her positive attitude, generous heart and encouraging words. She always saw the glass half full and helped others meet adversity with courage and hope. She will be fondly remembered and greatly missed by all who knew her.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors with the Rev. Don Sparks and the Rev. Dean Moody officiating. Graveside services will follow at Lee memorial Park.
Survivors include two sons, Larry Elkin Homan (Laura) of Fulton and Andrew Pick Homan (Jessie) of Clinton; three daughters, Linda G. Homan Shelton (Percy) of Columbus, Janice Homan Boone (David) of Shannon and Lisa Homan Howell (Dillard) of Pontotoc; seven grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; one brother, Jeffrey Bodene “Bo” McCaleb (Josie) of Tupelo; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elkin Pick Homan; two brothers, Carl McCaleb and Thomas A. “Buddy” McCaleb; and one sister, Dewdrop McCaleb Cole.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Drew Homan, Clay Homan, Michael Homan, Matthew Homan and Grant Howell; and her nephew, Kenny Cole.
Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, April Boone Lamontagne and Lauren Elizabeth Howell.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 779 CR 506, Shannon, MS 38868.
Expressions of sympathy maybe left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
SOUTHAVEN – Teresa Chaffin Heberling, 53, died May 6, 2010, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-East in Memphis. She was born on Oct. 14, 1956, in Baldwyn to Bill and Lucy Chaffin. She was director of sales at Screenvision, and she was an active member of Central Church.
The first service will be at 11 a.m. today at Central Church in Collierville with Bro. Ernie Frey officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until service time. The second service will be at 4 p.m. today at East Marietta Baptist Church with Bro. Haskel Sparks officiating. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until service time. Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Justin Heberling (Chasen) and Ryan Heberling (Rachel); a grandson, Kyler Heberling; her husband, Ronald Heberling; her mother, Lucy Sholar; sisters, Judy Fraser, Dena Short (Jim), Sherry Devaughn (Teddy), Cathy Sanderson (Shane), Calente Tapp (Michael) and Pam Estes (Kenny); three brothers, Garner Chaffin (Teresa), Rance Pounds (Judy) and Lewis Paul Chaffin, who passed away in Nov. of 2009; her stepmother, Gwen Chaffin; her sisters-in-law, Anne Chaffin and Janet Pounds; her mother-in-law, Betty Heberling; special cousins, Janice Moreland (James Harold), Mark Warren (Betty), Monty Warren and Paul Ray Chaffin (Brenda); nieces and nephews, Gary Fraser (Amy), Luke Short, Zellie Short, Jamie Chaffin (Cathy); and a special niece and nephew, Maggie and Trey Fraser.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Chaffin; her brothers, Glen Pounds and John Chaffin; her stepfather, Jim Sholar; and her father-in-law, Roy E. Heberling Jr.
In Lieu of flowers, please make a donations to St. Jude, March of Dimes or the American Lung Association.
BOONEVILLE – Larry Wayne Boren, 30, died Friday, May 7, 2010, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
Martha Joe Wilson
ROSWELL, Ga. – Martha Joe Phillips Wilson, 89, formerly of Corinth, died May 5, 2010, at Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, Ga.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ASHLAND – Flora Bates died Friday, May 7, 2010, at Briarcrest Nursing Home in Ashland. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.