By NEMS Daily Journal
ECRU – Charlotte Holden Hooker, 95, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Church Street Personal Care Home in Ecru. She was born Oct. 30, 1917, to Jim and Mobley Holden. In 1936, she married James Oakley Hooker. They shared almost 54 years together, until his death in 1990. As a member of Thaxton Baptist Church, she attended church faithfully as long as her health permitted. Affectionately known as “Mama Hook” to both family and friends, she received great joy from serving other people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Thaxton Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmy Russell officiating. Burial will be in Thaxton Cemetery. Tutor Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by one son, Graden Hooker (Susan) of Hurricane community; two daughters, Janice Turner (Gene) and Kim Gilliam (Robert), both of Thaxton; daughter-in-law, Teresa Hooker of Thaxton; 12 grandchildren, Annalisa Lunn (Kevin), Cindi Webb (John), Tina Hooker, Lori Webb (Luther), Mitch Turner (Joy Beth), Beth Douglas (Tom), Trisha Jarrett (Shea), Cade Hooker (Brooke), Mandy Horton (Jonathan), Ben Holcomb (Marien) and Anna Gilliam; 27 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and one brother, M.W. Holden of Senatobia.
She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Larry Hooker; grandson, Ryan Porter; and two great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Mitch Turner, Cade Hooker, Colt Hooker, Ben Holcomb, Chad Spears, Christopher Webb, Luke Douglas and Neal Jarrett. Honorary pallbearers are Dillon Turner, John Ross Turner, Andrew Douglas, Sam Douglas, Joe Douglas and Wes Jarrett.
Visitation is noon until service time today at the church.
Memorial gifts may be made to Thaxton Bapist Church, P.O. Box 38, Thaxton, MS 38871, or to a charity of donor’s choice.
IUKA – Roy Lomenick died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
PONTOTOC – Zada P. McGregor, 95, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at her home. She was born Feb. 21, 1917, to Henry and Eugenia Steward Purdon in Pontotoc. She married Cleade B. McGregor in February 1941 and shared many wonderful years. She was a member of Hopewell Primitive Baptist Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc with Bro. Tommy Bouchillon officiating. Burial will follow in the Guinn Cemetery.
She is survived by one son, Billy McGregor; one daughter, Nelda Gardner (Lamar); four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one special caregiver, Virginia.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sons, Charles and Maurice McGregor; five sisters; and one brother.
Pallbearers to serve will be Collin McGregor, Andy McGregor, Randy Box, Jason Caldwell, Brad Caldwell and Todd Seales.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home.
FULTON – Shelby Graham, 89, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House. He was born July 2, 1923, in Itawamba County, to Walter Cleveland and Mattie Bell Wood Graham. He was a member of Harden’s Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II where he served as a Tech 4 Sgt. First Class in Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe. He received the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. He was part of the Engineer Combat Battalion attached to the 11th Armored Division under General George Patton, 3rd Army. He moved to Memphis and worked for Sam Beltz Upholstery for 12 years. Then, he moved to Houston, where he worked at Jackson Manufacturing for three years. He returned to his native Fairview where he operated Graham Grocery for 11 years and opened Graham Furniture Manufacturing, which he ran for approximately 18 years. After retirement, he worked part-time at Hardee’s in Fulton. An avid conversationalist, he enjoyed gardening and having fun with people.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Terry Paul Graham officiating. Burial will be in Itawamba Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Ravonell Collier Graham, whom he married Feb. 13, 1943; one son, Melvin Graham (Donna) of Fulton; one daughter, Janice VanAsselberg (Frank) of Fulton; four grandsons, Jason Graham of Tupelo, Ben VanAsselberg (Nichole) of Fulton, Clint VanAsselberg (Noell) of Tremont and Tyler Graham of Fulton; one brother, Elvin Graham (Sue) of Fairview; one sister, Earnesteen Wilson of Fulton; and two great-granddaughters, Novalee VanAsselberg and Caroline VanAsselberg.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Eucellas Graham, Cudellas Graham, Orville Graham, Leroy Graham, Eldridge Graham and Walter C. Graham Jr.; three sisters, Vista Graham Howell, Lois Graham Beam and Ruth Graham Howell; and a host of nephews and nieces.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons Jason Graham, Ben VanAsselberg, Clint VanAsselberg and Tyler Graham.
Visitation is 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 ATTN: Account Number 29892709 (Caroline VanAsselberg), or visit www.stjude.org.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Toni Renae Graves Smith, 39, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, at her residence. She was born on Jan. 31, 1973, in Ripley. She was a self-employed taxi-cab driver and a Baptist.
Services are at 1 p.m. Monday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Perry Reed officiating. Burial is in Ripley Cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, Aaron Smith of Memphis, Tenn.; mother, Cheryl Wingo Cook of Pontotoc; father, J.B. Graves of Dumas; daughters, Candis McMaster and Amanda Smith, both of Memphis; sons, Chris McMaster, Blake McMaster and Waylon Smith, all of Memphis; brothers, Michael Graves and Eddie Graves, both of Ripley; half-sister, Beverly Graves of Dumas; and step-sisters, Yolanda Moore and Shawna Benson, both of Pontotoc.
She was preceded in death by her step-sister, Roxanne Jeter.
Pallbearers are Zanes Graves, Zack Graves, Vernon Reed, Jeff Sullivan, Sammy Moore, Jerry Reed and Mike Yancey.
Visitation is 11 a.m. until service time Monday at the funeral home.
To view and sign online guest book: visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
FOREST – Elizabeth Mae Butler Randolph, 93, formerly of New Albany, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest. She was born and reared in New Albany and moved to Forest in 1996. She was member of the First Baptist Church of New Albany but faithfully attended the Forest United Methodist Church until her health failed. She began her teaching career in Bruce where she met and married her husband, Jack Randolph. She was an avid and talented seamstress and enjoyed cooking, with her specialty being sugar cookies. She was known and loved by the name of “Momma E”.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at United Funeral Service with the Rev. Rick Blythe officiating.
Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery.
Survivors include three daughters, Suzanne Still (Jimmy) of New Albany, Jacqui Patten (Ed) of Hazelhurst and Mitzi Breland (Allen) of Forest; a sister, Willie King Bending of Denton, Texas; eight grandchildren, Becky Still Mallette, Heather Still Crain, Claudia Still Shedd, Erin Patten Lane, Katherine Patten Carpenter, Elizabeth Patten Hitchcock, Jackson Randolph Breland and Marianna McInnis Breland; and 11 great- grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack of 54 years; three brothers, Eddice, Wallace and Morris Butler; and two sisters, Ruth Butler Stevenson and Jewel Butler Daniel.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
FULTON – R.C. Johnson, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McNeese-Morris Funeral Home in Fulton.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home
BOONEVILLE – Fred L. Clement, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
VERONA – Leory McKinney, 62, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arragnements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones of Tupelo.
PONTOTOC – Evelyn “Big Momma” Patterson, 84, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo. She was born in Pontotoc to Frank and Kate Thompson Wilder on March 17, 1928. She married Stanley Ford Patterson on April 5, 1946, and shared over 49 years together before his homegoing on July 1, 1995. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and was loved by all who knew her and will be missed by all. She was a retired factory worker, but her greatest joy was her family and keeping children in her home. She was a member of Algoma Methodist Church.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Monday at West Heights Baptist Church with Bro. Rob Grant, Bro. Kerry Powell and Brian Sansing officiating. Burial will follow in the Cruse Cemetery.
She leaves behind five daughters, Patsy Leggett (Ronnie), Peggy Stutsy (Tommy), Sandra Corder (Larry), Brenda Mills (Marty) and Melinda Nowicki; two sons, Frankie Patterson (Cathy) and Stan Patterson (Sue), all of Pontotoc; 17 grandchildren, Joy Murphy (David) of Florida, Kim Daniels (Chris), Lee Stutsy, Tammy Jacobson (Brandon), Chastity Mcknight (Chris), Jacqueline Shirley (Justin), Heather Corder (Brooks), all of Pontotoc, Cody Patterson (Carmen) of Nettleton, Shannon Holcomb (Raymond) of Pontotoc, Barry Russell (Michelle) of Southaven, Lydia Luther, Levi Luther, Jacqueline Barefoot (Chris), Jodi Garner (Brant), Krystin Nowicki, Kayla Nowicki and Kensley Nowicki, all of Pontotoc; 20 great-grandchildren, Keegan Murphy and Brendan Murphy of Florida, Will Etter, Kristin Daniels, Katie Grace Jacobson, Miranda McKnight, Noble Shirley, Adrianna Shirley, Alana Corder, Caden Corder, all of Pontotoc, Channing Jade and William Case Patterson of Nettleton, Catherine Holcomb, Emily Holcomb, Reid Russell, Jacen Barefoot, Anakin Barefoot, Jaina Barefoot, Claire Garner, Catherine Garner and Jack Garner; a sister, Ann Parmer; a host of nieces, nephews; and numerous loved ones.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Bobby Wilder; and a son-in-law, Kenneth Nowicki.
Pallbearers to serve will be Levi Luther, Lee Stutsy, Larry Corder, Barry Russell, Brooks Corder, David Murphy, Tommy Stutsy and Jody Goodwin.
Visitation is 2 to 8 p.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc and noon until service time Monday at West Heights Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to “Million Meals” at West Heights Baptist Church.
IUKA – Ora Mae Butler, 105, passed away Friday, Nov. 23, 2012.
Service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Ludlam Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Tishomingo Cemetery.
Visitation begins at 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
CHICAGO, Ill. – Dennis Gordon, 53, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, at Rush Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park, Ill. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
NEW ALBANY – Hilda Hill, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service of New Albany.
Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
GIBSON ISLAND, Md. – Amelia Weaver Cochran, 102, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012, at the home of her son in Arlington, Va. She was born Aug. 18, 1910, in Tupelo, the youngest of six children. Following her father’s death two years later, she was raised by her mother in Tupelo in the home across the street from her grandfather, Private John Allen, a banker, former Congressman and the source of her talent for story-telling. She studied for two years at the Mississippi State College for Women and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in English in 1932. Two years later she married Robert Samuel Cochran Sr. of Alexandria, an army officer and salesperson with General Electric Company. They lived in Washington, D.C., Richmond, Nashville and New Orleans, before retiring to Gibson Island, Md.
As a teenager, she was a frequent camper and counselor at Camp Glenrochie outside of Abingdon, Va. After graduating from Tupelo High School, Amelia spent two years at the Mississippi State College for Women before transferring to Vanderbilt University, where she received a degree in English in 1932. She then moved with a friend to St. Louis, where they held a brief series of jobs during the Depression.
In 1933, she moved to Washington, D.C., in hopes of getting a New Deal job. There she ran into a former Glenrochie camper, Bertha Cochran, whose brother Robert “Bob” watched from the porch and asked Bertha to invite her over. They married the following year in Tupelo and returned to live in Washington, D.C.
After losing her first son shortly after childbirth in 1936, she gave birth to two more sons, Robert Samuel Cochran Jr. “Rob” in 1938, and Thomas Brackenridge Cochran in 1940. When Bob was called up for active duty in 1941, the family accompanied him to Louisiana and then Kentucky. After Pearl Harbor, Bob was transferred to Washington, D.C., to serve on General George Marshall’s staff. When Bob was sent to Cairo in 1944, her and her sister, Olivia, moved back to Tupelo with their children and niece, Porge Weaver, first to a rented house and then home with their mother and her oldest brother, Robert Weaver. When a friend called in 1945 to say that she had rented a large empty house in Sarasota, Fla., the sisters moved there with their children.
Soon after Bob’s discharge in 1946, the family moved to Nashville, Tenn., where Bob resumed work with General Electric Company. They lived there until 1957, when Bob transferred to New Orleans, followed two years later by a transfer to Washington, D.C. They lived in Alexandria until March 1961, when they moved to Gibson Island, Md.
She is survived by her son, Thomas Brackenridge Cochran, of Arlington, Va.; five grandchildren, Courtenay Cochran Corrigan, of Los Altos Hills, Calif., Margaret Cochran Schlossberg of Baltimore, Md., Jaquelin Marie Cochran of Boulder, Colo., Robert Samuel Cochran III, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and Carrie Cochran Vaughn of Upper Marlboro, Md.; and 13 great-grandchildren, Lawton James Corrigan, William Weaver Corrigan, Robert Thomas Corrigan, Knox Samuel Schlossberg, Grace Carter Schlossberg, Charles Hap Schlossberg, Margaret Mae Schlossberg, Joshua Ambler Cochran-Holmes, Annabel Siobhan Cochran-Holmes, Olivia Marie Cochran, Margaret Courtney Cochran, Robert Samuel Cochran IV and her namesake, Amelia Mitchell Vaughn.
She donated her body to the State Anatomy Board of Maryland. Her family will hold a memorial service at St. Christopher by the Sea, Gibson Island, Md., on Dec. 15, 2012. Her ashes will be buried at the Episcopal Church of Leeds Parish in Markham, Va.