Obituaries Nov. 30, 2009

Shelby Waldrop
CORINTH – Shelby Wade Waldrop, 60, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.
Mary Joyce Davis
HAMILTON – Mary Joyce Davis, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. She was born Feb. 17, 1937, to Woodrow Winders and Mary Cockerham Winders Smith in Hamilton. She was a lifelong resident of Hamilton and a graduate of Hamilton High School. She was a charter member of Hamilton Baptist Church. She retired as cafeteria manager at Hamilton School. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Moore, Bro. Julian Thompson and Bro. Terry Edwards officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Harold Lloyd Davis of Hamilton; two daughters, Debbie Pittman of Aberdeen, and Alice McCartney and husband, Rusty, of Hamilton; one son, James Harold Davis and wife, Dawn, of Hamilton; her mother, Mary Winders Smith of Hamilton; seven grandchildren, Tracy Pittman, Cody Pittman, John Ross McCartney, Spencer McCartney, Kevin McCartney, Olivia Davis and Brady Davis.
She was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow Winders, and her stepfather, Wade Smith.
Pallbearers will be Tracy Pittman, Cody Pittman, John Ross McCartney, Spencer McCartney, Kevin McCartney, Olivia Davis, Brady Davis and Kirk Jacobs.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
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Nora Mae Wilson
NEW ALBANY – Nora Mae Wilson, 77, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.

Dwayne Richardson
RIENZI – Jerry Dwayne Richardson, 60, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.
Annette W. Smith
PONTOTOC – Annette W. Smith, 72, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at her home in the Longview community. She was born Jan. 11, 1937, to Arthur Westmoreland and Dora Westmoreland of Pontotoc County. She married Wesley Smith on March 17, 1955. She worked as a seamstress at Brookwood Furniture for 36 years before retiring. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and attending the nursery for many years. She was dedicated to other people’s needs and her church. She very much enjoyed flower gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Longview Baptist Church with Bro. Tony Morrow officiating. Burial will follow in Longview Cemetery. Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her mother, Dora Westmoreland; one daughter, Susan (David) Coomer; three sons, Steve (Yvonne) Smith, Nicky (Sherry) Smith and Ricky Smith, all of Longview; two sisters, Denise (Roger) Smith of Tupelo and Dona (Billy) Grubbs of Longview; two brothers, Dennis Westmoreland (Jill) of Pontotoc and Dwayne (Sherron) Westmoreland of Longview; 10 grandchildren, Wesley (Victoria) Smith, Adam (Candy) Smith, Morgan and Patrick Smith, Erick Coomer and Kendle Coomer, Brandy Whittington, Kelly (David) Hall, Brandi (Jared) Lee and Chad Sewell; 10 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Westmoreland; husband of 45 years, Wesley Smith; and a great-grandson, Spencer Smith.
Pallbearers will be Danny Park, Robert Faulkner, Mike Crane, Balford Patterson, Barry Boyd, Mitchell Pound, Dennis Westmoreland and Dwayne Westmoreland. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and spouses.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Longview Baptist Church Van Fund.

Sallie M. Wildman
SOUTHAVEN – Sallie M. Wildman, 95, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009. She was born July 7, 1914.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Hill South in Memphis. Burial will be in Forest Hill South Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Williams; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 12 great-great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Spurgeon Blaylock; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston M. Wildman; a daughter, Billie Ruth Geeding; a son and his wife, Johnny and Darlene Wildman; a sister, Annie Lee Blaylock; and a brother and his wife, Charlie B. and Bertha Moore.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today.
Ralph Thompson
MT. PLEASANT – Ralph Thompson, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Germantown Methodist Hospital. He was born Sept. 15, 1923, in Cayce. He was a carpenter and a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Nadine Smith Thompson of Mt. Pleasant; three sons, Ralph Thompson (Geraldine) of Slayden, Mood Thompson (Dot) of Mt. Pleasant and Jimmie Thompson (Beverly) of Collierville, Tenn.; one daughter, Myra Bailey (Wayne) of Mt. Pleasant; one brother, Wesley Thompson of Collierville, Tenn.; one sister, Jessie Stedman of Memphis; 12 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Moody and Mollie Ataway Thompson, and a granddaughter, Tammy Skelton.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today.

Henry Nix
TROY – Henry Neal Nix, 71, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was a veteran and a retired truck driver.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Nell Stegall Nix; three sons, Mitchael Nix and wife, Cassie, William C. Bailey and wife, Carol, and Mike Bailey and wife, Patricia; two daughters, Kim Nix, and Pam Aston and husband, Michael; his grandchildren, Cody Graham, Jessie Jaggers, Haley Chanult, Angel Bailey, Matt Bailey, Willie Bailey, Destiny Nix, Michael Nix, James Aston, Tiffany Aston and Kayla Aston; two sisters, Diane Simmons and husband, Jimmy, and Bobbie Jean Bridges; and two brothers, Bud Nix, and Kenneth “Red” Nix and wife, Carolyn.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Era and Thurman Nix; two brothers, Donald Ray and Thurman “Jiggs” Nix; and a sister, Martha Jean Nix.
Pallbearers will be Lonnie Earls, Larry Poe, Brad Horton, Jay Poe, Joe Harmon and Michael Poe. Jerry Brown will be an honorary pallbearer.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Allen Walker
ABERDEEN – Allen Walker, 51, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Ronnie Gerry
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Ronnie Gerry , 64, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.
Ray Elliott
NETTLETON – Johnny Ray Elliott, 57, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Oct. 24, 1952, in Lee County to Clyde and Mary Hester Lee. He lived in Nettleton for most of his life. He was a truck driver for Riverside Trucking Company in Tupelo and a Pentecostal. He enjoyed football, NASCAR, riding his motorcycle, his dog, Blue, and spending time with his grandchildren, who knew him as “Papa Ray.”
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton. The Rev. Horace Barnes, the Rev. Mike Allen and the Rev. Mark Williams will officiate. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park in Verona.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Patsy Elliott of Nettleton; his mother, Mary Hester Lee of Nettleton; two daughters, Patricia Gale Merchant-Jones (Billy) of Saltillo and Jennifer Dawn Wise (Robert) of Smithville; one son, Christopher Scott Elliott (Heather) of Nettleton; two sisters, Brenda Raper (Dan) of the Carolina community and Tami Lee of Shannon; three brothers, Ken Lee (Sonja), Bobby Elliott (Debbie) and Tony Lee (Cassandra), all of Nettleton; five grandchildren, Zack Merchant, Shelby Jones, Collin Elliott, Aaron Wise and Melanie Wise; two stepgrandchildren, Kim and Cade Jones; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Makayla McIntosh; three special cousins, Deborah Payne and Donna Elliott, both of Shannon, and Billy Wayne Elliott of Las Vegas.
He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Elliott; one sister, Linda Lee; one brother, Darron Lee; and one son-in-law, Jamie Merchant.
Pallbearers will be Levi Lee, Nathan Hill, A.J. Elliott, Rob Elliott, Bo Young, Brandon Parker, Matt McMahon and Allen Simmons.
Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of Riverside Trucking Company and Gibson Corrugated.
Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.

Lura Wingo
GOLDEN – Lura Irene Wingo, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009, at her residence. She was born April 6, 1922, in Itawamba County to Sim and Lula Castleberry Moore. She was retired from Abbott Laboratories. She and her husband owned and operated J&L Drive Inn.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Deaton Funeral Home in Belmont with Bro. L.D. Blevins officiating. Burial will be in Ridge Cemetery.
She is survived by her two daughters, Regina Inmon (Junior) of Golden and Colene Moats (Winston) of Cherokee, Ala.; two sons, James Wade Wingo (Christine) of Port Edwards, Wis., and Robert Terry Wingo of Zion, Ill.; three sisters, Dorothy Cross of Tremont, Louise Jackson of Fulton and Betty Hammond of Marietta; one brother, Dean Moore of Ryans Well; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Wingo; her parents; two children, Billy Wayne Wingo and Laura Nadene Crocker; and five brothers and two sisters.
Pallbearers will be James Church, Johnny Church, Matthew Church, Michael Church, Lee Bates and Johnny Davis.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.

Willie L. Tynes
BOONEVILLE – Willie L. Tynes died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home in Booneville.
Preston Shurden
WEST POINT – Preston Shurden, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Starkville Manor in Starkville. He was born March 30, 1935, in Bolivar County to Terrell M. Shurden and Bertha Gladys Baker Shurden. He graduated in 1954 from Starkville High School and worked at Bryan Foods from 1954 to 1978. He was owner of Shurden’s One Stop until he retired. He was also an active member of West End Baptist Church.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Bro. Mike Mathena officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery at West Point.
He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Sarah Shurden; three sons, David Shurden (Jill) of West Point, Darius Shurden (Gena) of Palisade, Colo., and Chris Spencer (Michelle) of Tar Heel, N.C.; one daughter, Lisa Spencer Clardy (Earl) of West Point; 12 grandchildren, Mitch Shurden, Nathanial Spencer, Nicole Clardy, Mary Margaret Shurden, Kristen Spencer, Austin Clardy, Dessirrie Clardy, Laura Shurden, Zack Shurden, Rebecca Shurden, Carolyn Shurden and Claire Shurden; one sister, Maylene Phillips Kendricks of Starkville; and one brother, Travis Shurden (Lola) of Colorado Springs, Colo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Katilyn Shurden; and a sister, Annette Moore.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Shurden, Austin Clardy, Zack Shurden, Blake Barksdale, Steve Fondren and Mark Randle. Honorary pallbearers will be Arky Beal, Eugene May, Allen Wood, George Bailey, Christopher Triplett and the Men’s Sunday School Class at West End Baptist Church.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to West End Baptist Church in memory of Preston Shurden, P.O. Box 388, West Point, MS 39773.

Madge Baggett
RIPLEY – Madge Baggett, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2009, at Golden Living Center Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Connie Thomas
NEW ALBANY – Connie Jean Thomas, 69, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2009, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born Nov. 21, 1940, in Huntington, W.Va., to William Blair and Katherine Blair.
Survivors include one daughter, Lucretia (Jermaine) Poole of New Albany; two grandchildren, Tara (John) Corbit of New Albany and Christopher (Judith) Capibianco of Knoxville, Tenn.; one great-grandchild, Trenton Corbit of New Albany.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.

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