By NEMS Daily Journal
AMORY – Curtis Mitchell “Mitch” Riley, 86, died on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation. Born on Dec. 16, 1925, in the Carolina community, he was a son of the late Edgar and Pansy Coggin Riley.
Mr. Riley attended Carolina Schools. On Dec. 23, 1947, he married Louise “Punkie” Brooks; they met while she was waitressing on the railroad dining car. Retiring in 1987 after 42 years of service from Frisco Railroad and BNSF, Mr. Riley worked as a signal maintainer. He was a member of Meadowood Baptist Church. Mr. Riley’s life was guided by his faith, family and friends. He was passionate about reaching out to the lost and sharing the Gospel with them. Mr. Riley enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; talking railroad and attending the Railroad Club; and listening to hymns. A free-hearted and generous man, he was always willing to help anyone in need.
He is survived by his sons, Mike Riley (Donna) and Roger Riley (Beverly) of Amory; brother, Paul Riley (Frances), Nettleton; grandchildren, Melanie Stark (Matt), Amory, Scott Riley (Carrie), Tupelo, Luke Riley (Jennifer), Texas, Kelsey White (Eric), Amory, Ben Riley (Katharine), Tupelo; great-grandchildren, Drew, Colby and Caden Riley of Tupelo; Thomas Riley of Texas; Riley and Ann Brooke Stark of Amory; and Eli White of Amory; and a host of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Brooks Riley; sisters, Gertrude “Sis” Davis and Laverne Hester; brothers, Gene, Herman and Thomas L. Riley.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 16, at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Dr. Lloyd Sweatt, Bro. Danny Burks and Luke Riley officiating. Burial will follow in Hatley Cemetery. His grandchildren, who will honor PawPaw by serving as pallbearers, are Scott, Luke and Ben Riley; Matt Stark; Eric White; and Drew Riley. Honorary pallbearers will be his great grandchildren, Colby, Eli, Thomas, Caden and Riley; and his railroad co-workers, Bill Clements, Billy Gray, Bob Schaeffer, Van Hilt, Ronnie Heavner, Buford Bray and Ernie Vaughan.
Memorials may be given to Hatley Cemetery Fund, c/o Linda Worthey, 60023 Worthey Ln., Amory, MS 38821.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Edward Leo Sappington, 78, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired employee of Marshall Durbin and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He loved his family and his cat, Blackie.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Melvin Crawley and Bro. David Westmoreland officiating. Burial will follow in the Immanuel Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Sappington; his children, Mitzi Stokes (Wayne), Sharen Sewell (Perry), Karen Washington (Jeff), Chris Sappington (Shawn); grandchildren, Ashley Stubblefield (Chad), Anna Lauren Stokes, Haley Sewell, Wesley Sewell, Shelby Edwards, Jacob Edwards and Will Sappington; great-grandchild, Lizzy Hamblin; sister, Ophelia Sewell (Eugene); and brother, Glen Sappington (Helen).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brant and Gentie Sappington.
Pallbearers will be Will Sappington, Jacob Edwards, Wesley Sewell, Chad Stubblefield and Dewayne Sewell.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday.
GRENADA – Shirley Ann Howell Dowdy, 49, formerly of Holly Springs, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Holy Family School in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CASHIERS, N.C. – Ralph Lee Hicks died Dec. 2, 2011, in Cashiers, N.C. He was born April 1, 1924, in Belmont to Calvin Lee Hicks and Viola Gilbert Hicks. He attended grade school in Tupelo and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor of science degree with special honors in electrical engineering. He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, Blue Key, Kappa Mu Epsilon and Phi Eta Sigma honorary organizations. During World War II he was a heavy bomber (B-24) pilot in Europe and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Air Force Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Presidential Unit Citation and various campaign ribbons.
He was employed for a total of 33 years by the United States Air Force and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, specializing in guided missile and space vehicle research and development management and testing. He was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
In 1978, at age 54, he commenced his third career by entering Wake Forest University School of Law, receiving a juris doctorate, cum laude, in 1981. He started his legal career as a solo practitioner in Cashiers, N.C., then joined the firm of Coward, Hicks & Siler PA in 1986, with whom he practiced until his death. He was a man of many accomplishments and excelled not only in business, but in character.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Barbaranne Trigg Hicks; his sister, Willard Hicks Allen; twin daughters, Anne Hudspeth (Keith) and Leigh Kouns (Richard); his son, Ralph Wallace Hicks (Deborah Babb Hicks); four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Services and burial were in North Carolina.
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LAMAR – Wanda Sue Byrd, 54, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Clear Creek Cemetery at Lamar.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
HOLLY SPRINGS – Annie Cox Martin, 86, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at her home in Holly Springs.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Chulahoma M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. today. The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.
TUPELO – Hansford “Pop” Farrar, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. He was born March 19, 1929, to Sam and Floss Anthony Farrar in Itawamba County. He was the eldest of 11 children and a graduate of I.A.H.S. He married Charlene Wheeler in November 1947 and soon after, he started his career working for the Mississippi Highway Department, where he worked for 40 years until his retirement in 1991. After retirement, he enjoyed raising Black Angus cattle and working on his farm. He was a member of Mississippi Cattleman’s Association for many years. He was a Mason and recipient of a certificate and pin from Grand Lodge of Mississippi in recognition of his 50 Years of service to the Masonic Fraternity. He was an active member of Auburn Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bob O’Neal and Bro. Jimmy Henry officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet Martin (Jim) of Germantown, Tenn.; three grandchildren, Adam Martin (Melissa) of Texarkana, Texas, Alex Martin (Elizabeth) of Collierville, Tenn., and Matthew Farrar (Amy) of Lowell, Ark.; three great-grandchildren, Landon Martin, Tyler Martin and Caden Martin; two sisters, Cumi Miles of Fulton and Sherry Farrar of Hope, Ark.; three brothers, Joel Farrar of Fulton, Douglas Farrar Sr. of Winterhaven, Fla., and Sammie Farrar of Byhalia; several nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Barbara Dugger.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Charlene Farrar; one son, Frank Farrar; two sisters, Eloise Waddle and Thelma Bickett; and one brother, Ben Farrar.
Pallbearers will be Adam Martin, Alex Martin, Matthew Farrar, Clark Tucker and Burmer Hood.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Sunday at Senter Funeral Home.
Memorials can be made to Auburn Baptist Church Building Fund, 1138 Road 931, Tupelo, MS 38804; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
MILWAUKEE – Christopher Dontae Doss, 30, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at his home in Milwaukee, Wis.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Mt. Calvary Outreach Church Ministries. Burial will be in Okolona Oddfellows Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Grady Hansel Geno, 83, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Crossroads Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
ABERDEEN – Dan O. Walker, 70, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
ABERDEEN – Ada Lou Blanchard Braylock, 100, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen.
CORINTH – Marvin Harold “Bobby” Caldwell, 88, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to service time Saturday.
WALNUT – David Richard Earnest, 59, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at his home.
Graveside services were Thursday, Nov. 15, at Ebenezer Cemetery in Middleton, Tenn. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley was in charge of the arrangements.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. – Darrell Wayne Livingston, 51, suddenly passed away on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. He was of the Baptist faith and was a security officer with Guards Mark for the Ronald McDonald House in Memphis.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel in Booneville with Bro. Glenn Jones officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.
He is survived by his father, Charles Livingston of Booneville; one daughter, Chasity Livingston-Wilburn of Anchorage, Alaska; one son, Charles “Charlie” Livingston of West Memphis, Ark.; one sister, Teresa Livingston Almeda (Michael) of West Memphis, Ark.; two brothers, Brian Livingston (Teresa) of West Memphis, Ark., and Tracy Livingston of Booneville: two grandchildren, Landon and Mary Kate Wilburn of Anchorage, Alaska; one niece, Carmen Almeda of Cordova, Tenn.; and one nephew, Logan Livingston of West Memphis, Ark.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Helen Padgett Livingston.
Pallbearers will be Logan Livingston, Keith Vaughn, Robbie Smith, Dustin Wilburn, Chris Carter and Kevin Carter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and until service time Saturday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Randal Lee Collums, 63, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Oxford. He was born June 14, 1949, in Oxford to Jimmie Lee Collums and Sibyl Swaim Collums. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting. He spent most of his working years helping others as director of LIFT Inc. and at Three Rivers Planning and Development in Pontotoc. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church after transferring his membership from Thaxton Baptist Church. He was a gifted basketball player while in school at Thaxton. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed sharing this pastime with his sons and grandsons. Widely known as a family man, he took immense pride in his children and grandchildren.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Guinn Cemetery with the Rev. Buster Wilson and the Rev. Jimmy Russell officiating. Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Beverly Young Collums, whom he married Nov. 1, 1998; his mother, Sibyl Collums; his daughter, Randa Jones (Bill); two sons, Toby Collums and Rusty Collums (Haylee); one stepdaughter, Laura Gibson; one stepson, John Gibson (Buffy); his brother, Butch Collums (Clarice); and six grandchildren, Avery Claire Jones, Andy Jones, Ty Collums, Madi Collums, Jack Gibson and Taylor Gibson; and his mother-in-law, Evelyn Young.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Rusty Collums, Toby Collums, Bill Jones, Mike Scott, Tim Russell and John Gibson. Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Jones, Ty Collums, Jack Gibson and Taylor Gibson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Browning Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 or at alz.org.
Online condolences may be offered at www.browningpontotoc.com.
AMORY – Albert Hilliard, 86, died on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at Oak Tree Plantation. Born on Jan. 14, 1926, in Aberdeen, he was a son of the late William Clifton and Annie Earl Wilson Hilliard. He was a graduate of Becker High School, Class of 1944. He honorably served in the US Navy. On May 18, 1948, he married Juanita McNeil Hilliard. Working as the manager at Bryan-Rogers Automotive, he retired after 45 years of service. A devoted man of faith, he was a member of First Baptist Church. Living life to the fullest, he loved his wife of 60 years, his son and his special granddaughter. He enjoyed church hymns and doing yard work.
He is survived by his son, Neil Hilliard (Mary) of Amory; granddaughter, Hannah Hilliard Adair (Clint) of Bartlett, Tenn.; and a niece and nephew, Nancy Cook and Joe Hilliard.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bill Hilliard.
A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Masonic Cemetery with Dr. Allen Simpson officiating. E.E. Pickle Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Pallbearers will be Richard Aldridge, Larry Flippo, Clint Adair and Phil Adair.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Everyone is asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be given to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 540, Amory, MS 38821 or to a charity of choice.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
COUNCE, Tenn. – Carla Parks Tennison, 38, died Monday, Nov. 12, 2012, at her home.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Poplar Springs Free Will Baptist Church in Iuka. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Shackelford Funeral Directors of Savannah, Tenn., is in charge of the arrangements.
RIPLEY – Annie Prather, 58, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley.
CORINTH – Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McPeters Funeral Directors of Corinth.