Obituaries November 1, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Duffie Martin
OXFORD – Duffie Martin died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at the Yalobusha Nursing Home in Water Valley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
Danny Edlin
SARDIS – William Daniel “Danny” Edlin, 54, died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Desoto in Southaven.
Services were Monday, Oct. 31, at Wells Funeral Home in Batesville. Burial was in Wesley Chapel Cemetery at Sardis.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 23932 Hwy. 315, Sardis, MS 38666.
Vera Perry
NEW ALBANY – Vera Cobb Perry, 94, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Magnolia Place in New Albany. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Harold Holley
OXFORD – Leland Harold Holley, 81, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at the Graceland Nursing Home in Oxford. He was born Nov. 3, 1929, to Leland Sterling Holley and Minnie Bell Scott Holley. He was a veteran of the Mississippi National Guard and a welder.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Herman Clarke officiating. Burial will be in the Holley Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Hathaway Holley of Ormond Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Theresa (Joe Gray) Armstrong of Jacksonville, Fla.; two sons, Danny (Barbara) Holley of Olive Branch and Donnie (Elaine) Holley of North Carolina; two stepdaughters, Tina (Carl) Barbour of Ormond, Fla., and Terri Hathaway of Texas; one stepson, Tim Hathaway of Memphis; two sisters, Lucille Hoard of Marietta and Grace Rodgers of Memphis; one brother-in-law, Dayton Taylor of Booneville; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Laura Ann Horn Holley, in 1972; his parents; one sister, Ethel Taylor; one brother, Clarence Holley; and one granddaughter, Courtney Holley.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Darell Johnson
RIPLEY – Darell Walker Johnson, 64, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, at his home. He was born April 9, 1947, to Abe Walker Johnson and Lela Mae Bryan Johnson in Ripley. He formerly owned Johnson Windshield. He was a member of New Prospect Presbyterian Church and he attended Springdale Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in New Prospect Cemetery at Ripley.
Survivors include his mother, Lela Mae Bryan Johnson of Ripley; one daughter, Kilee Medlin (Bryan) of New Albany; one son, Clay Johnson (Shelby) of Dumas; one sister, Cheryl Stanford (Troy) of Ripley; and three grandchildren, Beth, Gabriel and Rebekah Medlin of New Albany.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Ronny Nunnally, Ronny Johnson, Dale Blythe, Leroy Stanton, Gary Bryan, Mike Bryan and Stacy Bryan.
Visitation will be from 7 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Mattie Stanley-Wilbanks
WALNUT – Mattie Evelyn Stanley-Wilbanks, 80, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at the Tippah County Hospital in Ripley.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Camp Ground United Methodist Church at Walnut. Burial will be in the Camp Ground Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 to 8 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
Jewel Burks
PONTOTOC – Jewel Burks, 95, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
James Osborne
TUPELO – James Osborne died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Community Hospice at Darlington Oaks in Verona. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Agnew and Sons Funeral Home of Verona.
Travis Coker
PONTOTOC – Travis Wayne Coker, 69, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born May 11, 1942, to Dowe and Mattie Blanch “Pat” McMillen Coker. He was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Pontotoc and attended Bethany Primitive Baptist Church for the last 15 years. A loving husband, father and grandfather, he loved his extended family, neighbors and friends.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church with Bro. James Hall and Bro. Larry Wise officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc Memorial Garden. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Glynda Wise Coker; two daughters, Debbie Douell (Johnny) and Cindy Daniels (Terry); one son, Michael Coker (fiancampée, Teresa) of Pontotoc; and Donald Parrish (Lisa) of Pontotoc, Jeff Parrish (Darlene) of Smyrna, Tenn., Lee Parrish (Cindy) of Olive Branch; four grandchildren, Tabitha Dillard (Robert), Jessica Holland (Jeremy) Kacie Daniels and Carl Coker; also, Anna Lauren Parrish, Tiffany Nason (Matt), Brianna Parrish, Jennifer Crunk (Jeremy), Matthew Parrish and Leanna Parrish; four great-grandchildren, Lindsey Dillard, Josh Dillard, Mac Crunk and Camden Crunk; four brothers, John Larry Coker (Fay) of Batesville, Billy Glen Coker (Lavara), Donald Mac Coker (Mary) and Jackie Coker (Dorothy) of Pontotoc; one sister, Melba Bootz (Hal) of Evansville, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and mother of his children, Teresa McElwain Coker; and one brother, Gerald Coker and wife, Betty Jean.
Visitation will be at Bethany Primitive Baptist Church from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday.
Donie Coleman
BRANDON – Donie Elizabeth Coleman, 75, died Saturday, October 29, 2011, at home. She was born on Dec. 10, 1935, in Mantee to the Rev. C.L. and Flora Boland. A talented musician, she could play the organ, piano and keyboard. Mrs. Coleman loved traveling and photography. She enjoyed flowers that her husband, Carl, grew in their garden. A Godly woman, she was a devout Christian and an active member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church, where she participated in the Joy Sunday School class. She worked part time at D.H. Holmes, where she was in charge of the gift wrapping department. She will be remembered most as a loving wife, a beloved mother, and a devoted grandmother, who loved and cherished spending time with her family and friends.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church with burial following in Lakewood Memorial Park South. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Sebrell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Carl Coleman of Brandon; daughters, Diane Pharr, and Carla Russell and her husband, Bobby, all of Brandon; sons, Steve Coleman and his wife, Jennie, of Meridian, Robert Coleman of Miami, Fla., and Ronald Coleman of Pontotoc; eight grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and brother, Charles Boland Jr. and his wife, Patsy of Water Valley.
Memorials may be made to the Mission Program at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, 7469 Old Canton Road, Madison, MS 39110.
Keith Smith
BOONEVILLE – Keith L. Smith, 94, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
A memorial graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery on Hwy. 30 East of Booneville. Booneville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
James Ruff Jr.
TUPELO – James “Buddy” Ruff Jr. died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born April 9, 1951, in Tupelo to James O. Ruff Sr. and Hazel Mae Ruff. He was a member of New Zion M.B. Church in Plantersville and a 1969 graduate of Shannon High School. For several years he was a DJ known as “Sugar Bear.” He was an employee of E.R. Carpenter until his health failed. He was a baseball fan.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at New Zion M.B. Church in Plantersville. The Rev. Celester Davis will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grayson-Porter’s Mortuary of Tupelo is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Love Ruff; one son, Corey Mallory of the Red Hill community; a sister, Roxie (James L.) Smith of Plantersville; two nieces, Nicole Smith and Brandy Smith of Plantersville; a great-niece, Taylor Babbitt of Plantersville; two stepchildren, Hiawatha Love and Xadrian Love of Atlanta, Ga.; five aunts, Annie Pearl Ruff and Mable Marion of Plantersville, Carrie Gibson of St. Louis, Mo., Robbie Ruff Shumpert of Columbus, Ohio, and Lue Jean Ruff of Amory; two uncles, Harry Marion Sr. and James Robert Brown of Plantersville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Pallbearers will be Harry Marion Jr., Rashad Shannon, John Reed Foster, Benjamin Bell, Ketrick Marion, George Davis, Charles Heard and Elzie Wren.
Visitation will begin at 4 p.m. today with the family hour 6 to 7 p.m. today at the J.W. Porter Chapel. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time.
Online condolences can be made to the Ruff family at www.grayson-porters.com.
Hazel Thompson
CALHOUN CITY – Hazel McFall Thompson, 93, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home. She was born Oct. 22, 1918, in Calhoun County. She was a retired employee of the Woodland Glove Factory and a member of Bentley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Vance officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Cemetery in Calhoun City.
Survivors include three brothers, Hugh McFall (Eloise) of Calhoun City, James McFall (Maxine) of Eupora and Barney McFall Jr. (Marie) of Calhoun City; a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Thompson, and her parents, Barney McFall and Myrtle Jones McFall.
Pallbearers will be Mike Wade, Barney Wade, Justin Wade, Johnathan Denley, Jordan Denley and Charles Hugh McFall.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today.
Online condolences may be made at www.pryorfuneralhome.com.
Virgie Mae Mosley
GARY, Ind. – Virgie Mae Mosley died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Gary, Ind. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.
Nellie Dixon
NEW ALBANY – Nellie Ruth Dixon, 76, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany.
Michael Dabbs
TUPELO – Michael Dabbs died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Bertha Pound
LONGVIEW – Bertha Pound, 98 died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Pontotoc after a brief illness. She was born March 24, 1913, in Tupelo to Andy Rufus and Sarah Elizabeth Frost. She married Quitman Pound on March 15, 1939. They were married more than 67 years until his death in September 2006. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was a member of Longview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Longview Baptist Church with Bro. Clyde Pound and Bro. Tony Morrow officiating. Burial will be in the Longview Cemetery. Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Regena Boyd (Barry) of Longview; five sons, Charles Andy Pound of Bremen, Ga., and Clyde Lee Pound (Lynda), Tommy Pound (Patricia), Keith Pound (Janice) and Mitchell (Debbie), all of Longview; one daughter-in-law, Rosemary Pound; 18 grandchildren, Connie Hoyt (Dan), Carol King (Andy), Chuck Pound (Wendy), Crystie Hensley, Kevin Pound (Eva), Tonia Huffman (Michael), Thomas Pound (Sandra), Tyson Pound (Andrea), Travis Pound (Melissa), Carla Lucroy, Bonnie Wilson (Frank), Brian Pound, Angie Rooker, Lesley Pound, Reed Pound, Lindsey Pound, Susan Boyd and Anna Boyd; 28 great-grandchildren, Landon, Holly and Ivy Hoyt, Clint and Jesse King, Kyle and Kelsey Pound, Daniel, Ashley and Reed Hensley, Peyton and Gavin Pound, Tanner, Faith and Logan Huffman, Lee Thompson, Elaine Pound, Ann Elise and Lottie Grace Pound, Blakley and Garrett Pound, Valerie Tutor, Corie Lucroy, Drake Merritt, Dayn Wilson, Blake Rooker, Kaylee Carpenter and Lexie Clayton; a host of nieces and nephews; and special caregivers, Raybelle James, Lottie Jones, Idella Alford, Betty Smith, Elizabeth Jaggers and Hazel Gordon.
She was preceded by her parents and her husband; a son, Bill Pound; a grandson, Michael Pound; and two daughters-in-law, Dollie Pound and Peggy Pound.
Pallbearers will be Charles Andy Pound, Clyde Lee Pound, Tommy Pound, Keith Pound, Mitchell Pound, Chuck Pound and Barry Pound.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc and from 1 p.m. to service time Wednesday at Longview Baptist Church.
Mary Moore
ETTA – Mary Lane Moody Moore, 76, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Union County to Spurgeon M. Moody and Lou Floyd Moody. She was a retired employee of South Central Bell, where she worked as a drafting clerk. She was a member of the Eastern Star, the Telephone Pioneer Club and the Philadelphia Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Irvin officiating. Burial will be in the Philadelphia Cemetery. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Wright Moore of Etta; a son, Terry Moore (Rebecca) of Etta; two sisters, Johnnie Jordon of Jackson, Tenn., and Shirley Brassfield of Hamilton, Ala.; two grandchildren, Mark Moore and Tiffany Heard (Russ), both of Etta; and two great-grandchildren, Dalton Moore and Braxton Moore, both of Etta.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Royce Moody.
Pallbearers will be Timmy Dickinson, Jeffery Brassfield, Aaron Spence, Scott Black, Jimmy Moody, Ben Morrisson, Jonathan Morrisson and Mike Smith.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to service time Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; or the Philadelphia Cemetery Fund, 456 CR 255, Etta, MS 38627.
For online condolences, visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Mildred Livingston
AMORY – Mildred Lee Livingston, 100, died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Oak Tree Plantation in Amory. She was born Aug. 8, 1911, in Jefferson Davis County to Sam and Katie Lee. She was a native of Prentiss and had lived in Amory for several years. She was a graduate of Belhaven College in Jackson. She taught school in Prentiss, Agricola and Mobile, Ala. In 1945, she and her husband, Egbert Livingston, returned to Prentiss, and bought and operated Palace Drug Store. Mrs. Livingston was a member of Prentiss Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and was an active member of the Women of the Church Organization. She was also a charter member of the Sororis Club. Her entire life’s focus was on her relationship with the Lord and her family. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Prentiss Presbyterian Church in Prentiss. Dr. F.W. Tripp will officiate. Interment will follow in Prentiss Cemetery in Prentiss. Saulters Moore Funeral Home of Prentiss is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Linda Poe (Glenn) of Amory and Madeleine Garner (James) of Chattanooga, Tenn.; her sister, Helen Burnett of Jackson; her brothers-in-law, Dr. Tom Braddock of West Point and Mark Campbell of California; her grandchildren, Amy Bowman (Michael) of Shreveport, La., Melinda Ford (Ricky) of Smithville, Susan Kennedy (Gregg) of Smithville, Pam Smith (Jesse) of Barbourville, Ky., Jill Hess (Gary) of Atlanta, Ga., Julie Ruppieko (Ian) of Atlanta, Ga., and Will Garner of Chattanooga, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Chellie, Forrest-Anne and Molly Bowman, Thomas Kennedy (Bonny), Kara Burks (Colby) and Ben Kennedy, Katie and Mary Smith, Watson, Haley and Thomas James Hess.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Egbert Livingston; her sisters, Vivian Braddock and Katherine Downing.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the church.
Pallbearers are Jesse Smith, Gary Hess, Ian Ruppieko, Michael Bowman, Ricky Ford and Gregg Kennedy.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to Prentiss Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1586, Prentiss, MS 39474.
Online condolences and a guest registry are available at www.saultersmoorefuneralhome.com.
Charles Westbrook
MEMPHIS – Charles Westbrook died Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.
Christine McCoy
TUPELO – Christine McCoy died Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones amp& Son Funeral Directors of Tupelo.