Obituaries May 8, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Beulah Wise
NEW HOPE – Beulah Mae Wise, 90, died Monday, May 2, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Hope M.B. Church in Woodland. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

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 (Bonnie) of Shannon; six nieces and two nephews, Stefanie 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.

Charles Owens Jr.
BRUCE – Charles Lee Owens Jr., 74, died at his home.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Pittsboro Community Cemetery. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Our online guestbook can be accessed at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Bertie Shoop
OXFORD – Mrs. Bertie G. Hanson Shoop, aka “GG” for great-grandmother, 97, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at her home in Oxford. She was a homemaker. She was born in Carpio, N.D. on Aug. 25, 1913. She loved being with her family, working in her garden, cooking, camping, traveling and collecting seashells.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gerald Shook and the Rev. Randy Bain officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Bonnie Curtis of Oxford; one sister, Thelma Lemke of Gig Harbor, Wash.; one brother, Raymond Hanson of Minot, N.D.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Milan V. Shoop.
Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. prior to service Monday at the funeral home.
The family has requested that expressions of sympathy in Mrs. Shoop’s memory be made to Anchor Baptist Church, Hwy 7 South, Water Valley, MS 38965.
To send an online condolence, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Fairy Huffman
HOUSTON – Fairy Rose Inman Huffman, 73, died Saturday, May 6, 2011, at her home in Houston. She was born Sept. 8, 1937, in Houston, to James Vardaman Inman and Kathleen Franklin Inman. She was a homemaker and co-owner with her husband, of Huffman Home Health Supply. She was a member of New Hope Church of God.
She was married to her husband, Conway, for 56 happy years. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She always placed her family above herself. A woman of many talents, she was a wonderful cook, an artist and a talented musician. A faithful servant, she served her church in many capacities from her youth until her passing. As members of the Gideons, she and her husband worked diligently to spread the word of God. She ministered to the poor, the lonely and those behind bars, offering them hope and peace that only Christ Jesus can bring. She possessed a beautiful spirit, and those who knew her, loved her. Yes, she was a beautiful rose indeed.
Services will be at 4 p.m. Monday New Hope Church of God in Thorn with Bro. Greg Moss and Bro. Francis Proctor officiating. Burial will be at Ellzey Cemetery in Vardaman. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her husband, Conway Raney Huffman of Houston; her daughter, Anita Rose and Mark Sanders of Thorn; her sons, Stephen Conway and Debbie Huffman of Belden and John Jeffrey Huffman of Houston; her grandchildren, Ryan Sanders of Thorn, Rosanna and David Cox of Alexandria, Va., Tracy and Gabe Hester of Belden and Bradley Huffman of Belden; her great-grandchildren, Rye Cox, Asa Hester, Lana Hester and Rosalyn Cox; her sister, Kate Hardin of Derma; and her brother, David and Marie Inman of West Point.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.V. Inman; her brothers, James Inman and Frank Inman; and her sister, Eloise Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Gideons, c/o Neal Colbert, 1927 CR 406, Houston, MS 38851
Family and friends may leave a message on our online register book at
houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Chad Hill
BALDWYN – Chad Hill died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Waters Funeral Home.

Thelma Barkley
NEW ALBANY – Thelma Ruth Barkley, 73, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of Zion Chapel M.B. Church and the widow of Riley Barkley.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Zion Chapel M.B. Church with Pastor Caleb Williams officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Diane Hurd of Hickory, N.C,; two sons, Anthony Barkley (Felisha) of Blue Mountain and Wade Barkley (Sarah) of New Albany; two brothers Clyde Bolton (Clarece) of Chicago, Ill. and Thomas Graham (Mary) of Aurora, Ill.; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hughes; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Kyle Harris
FULTON – Kyle Harris, 22, died Saturday, May 7, 2011. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Gary Sneed
HURRICANE – Gary Neil Sneed, 63, died Thursday, May 5, 2011, at his home. He was born May 30, 1947, to Lester and Delilah Williams Sneed. He was Mr. Hurricane and class president in 1965. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi in mechanical engineering. He served in the U.S. Air Force. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle, gardening and playing dominoes. He was an accomplished guitarist. He was a member of the Union Church of Nazarene.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Cecil Russell officiating. Burial will be in Union Nazarene Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by three children, Mary Nell Nanney (David) of Shannon, Laura Sudbeck (Jamey) of Jackson and Christopher Sneed of Thaxton; four grandchildren, Brittany and Michael Evans, Tristan Trott and Mackenzie Sneed; one great-grandchild, Vincent N. Kilbourne; three sisters, Betty Jo Coward (Murry) of Tupelo, Charlie Ruth Montgomery (Billy Q.) of Pontotoc and Jeanette Jones (Rivers) of Belden; and two brothers, Billy Ray Sneed (Arah) of Thaxton and J.C. Sneed of California.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lourine Frankline and Nadine Spears; and two brothers, L.D. Sneed and “Hooter” Sneed.
Pallbearers will be Randy Jones, Stephen Montgomery, Ray Sneed, Kevin Coward, Mike Sneed and Joseph Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Chris Cooley
FULTON – Christopher E. “Chris” Cooley, 22, died Thursday, May 5, 2011. He was born Sept. 24, 1989, to Ronney and Debbie Wilemon Cooley. He worked at B&M Paving. He loved playing with his son, Jace. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Services were held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray officiating. Burial was in Itawamba Memorial Garden. Senter Funeral Home of Fulton is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Jace Cooley of Fulton; parents, Ronney and Debbie Cooley of Fulton; one brother, Justin Cooley of Fulton; one sister, Allison Cooley of Fulton; grandparents, Bill and Dorothy Wilemon of Fulton; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Milburn Cooley and Mary Burks.
Pallbearers will be Will Ashley, Matthew Fortune, Bobo McCollum, Will Walker, Jamie Westmoreland and Michael Staub
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), 3149 Players Club Parkway, Memphis, TN 38125 or to IAHS c/o Sandy Prestage, 11900 Hwy 255 South, Fulton, MS 38843.

James Springer Sr.
MABEN – James O. Springer Sr., owner/operator of Springer Dry Goods & Furniture in Maben, 87, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Clarkson Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Beulah Wise
NEW HOPE – Beulah Mae Wise, 90, died Monday, May 2, 2011.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at New Hope M.B. Church in Woodland. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Montgomery Mortuary of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CDR Martha Herrmann
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – CDR Martha M. Herrmann, USN Reserve (Ret.), 93, of Hot Springs, Ark., died Thursday, May 5, 2011. She was born May 1, 1918, in Rienzi, the daughter of Earl and Allie Perry. She was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women and taught in Columbus, before completing her master’s degree at Columbia University, N.Y. After completing officer candidate school at Mt. Holyoke, Mass. in 1943, she served at various duty stations in San Diego, New Orleans, Honolulu, Hawaii, Glenview and Great Lakes, Ill. and Washington, D.C., until her retirement in 1964. Her decorations include the American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Naval Reserve Medal.
Graveside services, with full military honors, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Memorial Park in Corinth. Gross Funeral Home of Hot Springs, Ark. is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include nieces, Martha Scully (Bob) of Hot Springs and Sue Plummer of Norfolk, Va.; nephews, Marion Perry (Sue) of Cocoa Beach, Fla., John Perry (Johnnie) of Rienzi and Stan Perry (Debbie) of Booneville; great-nieces, Debbie Plummer, Desi Orsburn, Mary Perry, Ashley Perry and Melody Scully; great-nephews, Matt Scully (Corby), Earl Perry, John William Perry, Jason Perry, Curtis E. Plummer Jr.; and 13 great-great-nieces and nephews, who all dearly loved her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Edwin M. Perry and Lewis Earl Perry (Helen); sister, “Bebe” Hopper (Ed); nephew, Curt Plummer; great-nephew, Curtis E. Plummer; beloved mother-in-law, Susie Herrmann of Philadelphia, Pa.; and husband, Capt. Frank J. Herrmann.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Gross Funeral Home in Hot Springs.
Memorials may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703, or to the charity of choice.
Guest register can be accessed at at http://www.grossfuneralhome.com.

Dwight Thomason
BLUE SPRINGS – Dwight Foster (Ada) Thomason, 64, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at Darlington Oaks in Verona. He was born April 29, 1947, to Leroy and Edith Thomason. He attended Ecru High School and was formerly employed by Memphis Fire Department as a fireman/paramedic, where he received a medical discharge. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking, making wood carvings of trinkets and miniatures. He was a great storyteller and a member of Center Hill Baptist Church in Ecru. He truly loved his dog, Rascal.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at United Funeral Service. Burial will be in Fairfield Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by two children, Callie (Ken) Hudson and Gabe (Ambry) Thomason; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild, all of Olive Branch; two step children and four step grandchildren; one sister, Mamie J. Miller of Memphis; four brothers, Kenneth (Stella) Thomason of Tupelo, Guy (June) of Fisherville, Tenn., Winston (Nancy) of Sevierville, Tenn. and Donald (Maxi) of Battle Creek, Mich.; a half-sister, Lottie Milton; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Margaret Thomason, a sister, Fera Irene Lessel; and a nephew, Brad Thomason Miller.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In honor of Mr. Thomason, United Funeral Service will fly the Firemen’s Flag during his visitation and service.

Willie Cartwright
CORINTH – Willie J. Cartwright died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Mississippi Care Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at McPeters Funeral Directors Chapel. Burial will be in Forrest Memorial Park. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Jones
BOONEVILLE – John Luther Jones, 42, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
Tommy Epperson
BURNSVILLE – Tommy Wayne Epperson, 67, of Burnsville, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was the owner and operator of Epperson Trucking Co. Inc. for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, traveling and spending time with his family.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Glen with Bro. Briggs King officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Glen is in care of arrangements.
He is survived by one daughter, Dottie Epperson-Powers of Burnsville; one stepson, William Edward Spears of Indianapolis, Ind.; five grandchildren, Colton Wayne Grimes, Austin Grimes, Savannah Powers, all of Burnsville, Kyle Spears of Indianapolis, Ind. and Kara Powers of Elk Grove Village, Ill.; five nephews, Mike Epperson, Tim Byrd, David Byrd, all of Burnsville, Jamie Epperson of Tishomingo and Jason Kirk of Saltillo; two nieces, Daisy Williams of Iuka and Pam Johnson of Willington, N.C.; and two special cousins, Bobby Joe Lambert and Jerry Lee Clark, both of Burnsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVerne Epperson; his parents, Noel and Dorothy Epperson; and a brother, Journa Epperson.
Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in Glen.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association by calling 1-800-DIABETES or on the Web at www.diabetes.org.
An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.

Jeffrey Hayes
ATHENS – Jeffrey Leon Hayes, 41, died Friday, May 6, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.

Corinne Brown
BRUCE – Corinne Mitchell Brown, 84, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at her home. She was born Jan. 22, 1927, in Quitman County. She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Services will be at 4 p.m. today at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Barnett officiating. Burial will be in Memory Memorial Garden in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Donna Strickland of Millport, Ala.; one son, Glen Brown and wife, Dianne of Horn Lake; son-in-law, Kenny Hughes and wife, Vicky of Baton Rouge, La.; sisters, Clyde Bray of Mickey, Tenn., Cloise Austin of Bruce and Clela Mae Smith of Myrtle; five grandchildren, Sandy Haynes (Noel) of Horn Lake, Shelly Harrison (Brad) of Southaven, Steven Brown (Hannah) of Hernando, Crystal Scott (Josh) of Millport, Ala. and Allison Hughes of Hattiesburg; and seven great-grandchildren, Drew Haynes, Hailey Haynes, Ryan Nicholson, Avery Harrison, Ava Grace Harrison, Brooke Scott and Landon Brown.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Tutor and Galada Dickey Mitchell; her husband, William Freddie Brown; her daughter, Hilda Hughes; her son-in-law, Donnie Strickland; her sisters, Clarsia, Clara, Charlene, Christeen and Cathalene; her brothers, Clarence, Claron, Clinton and Charlie.
Pallbearers will be Charles Bennett, Michael Brown, Allen Gregory, Scottie Hughes, Dewayne Young and Mark Young.
Honorary pallbearers will be North Mississippi Hospice.
Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made @www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.

Sybil Wardlow
PISGAH – Sybil Wardlow, 92, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, at Baptist Memorial in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.