By NEMS Daily Journal
BALDWYN – William Gartrell, 64, died Friday Nov. 23, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Sept. 13,1948, in Okmulgee, Okla. He was a Vietnam Veteran. He started driving a truck in 1984 and drove on the road for 20 years. He moved to Indiana in 1985 after he married his wife, Kay. They have lived in Mississippi since 1996. He became disabled in 2002. At that time he was able to work more diligently on his life with the Lord and he loved to talk about the Lord and continued until the day he died. He loved to tell jokes and stories to make people laugh and that is what he will be remembered for by his family and friends. He attended Journey Church in Saltillo and he loved and enjoyed his church family.
A memorial service will be held in his honor Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Journey Church. It will follow the regular morning service starting around noon. Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kay Gartrell of Baldwyn; daughter, Connie Gartrell of Oklahoma; two step-sons, Randy and Brian Neirynck; and three step-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons.
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. The 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 were at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, 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 daughtersm 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 (Megan), Colt 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.
Memorial gifts may be made to Thaxton Bapist Church, PO Box 38, Thaxton, MS 38871, or to a charity of donor’s choice.
RED BAY, Ala. – Molene Vaden Clark, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Helen Keller Hospital.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Olive Methodist Church in Tremont. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Tremont
Visitation is 6 to 9 p.m. today at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay, Ala., and the body will lie-in-repose at the church 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday.
FULTON – Avanelle Kilpatrick, 87, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
RIPLEY – Canary Gunn Edgeston, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born June 29, 1926, to Jeff and Julia Gunn. She married German Edgeston in November 1956. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and later united with Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church.
Services are at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Foster and Son Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Napolean Shields officiating. Interment is at Ruckerville Cemetery in Falkner.
She is survived by her children, Charles E. Robinson (Doris) from Oakland, Calif., Mack Daniel Gunn, Billy Wayne Simpson, Mycus Edgeston (Rosa), Jeanelle Bogard, all from Ripley, L.Q. Edgeston, Delois Edgeston from Tiplersville and Charleen Mitchell from Walnut; stepdaughter, Louise Simmion of Ripley; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband.
Visitation is noon to 8 p.m. today with family hour 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose one hour prior to service.
ABERDEEN – Sarah Annette Thomas Barton, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the Aberdeen Pioneer Hospital. She was born May 12, 1921, in Houlka, to Claude Elon Thomas and Clara Brown Thomas. She had lived in Aberdeen for the past 60 years. She was active with the Hospital Auxillary and was named Volunteer of the Year for the auxillary in 2000-2001. She had a degree in Home Economics and in Elementary Education. She was a Home Demonstration Agent for Monroe County and a 4-H Club Agent. She taught school for two years in Houston, and taught third grade in Aberdeen from 1968 until 1982. She enjoyed spending her time reading and studying her Bible, loving her family, sewing, gardening and cooking. She was an active member of the Aberdeen First Baptist Church, where she was involved in Adult Choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years and volunteered with Kitchen and Hospitality Ministries.
Services will be at noon Tuesday at the Aberdeen First Baptist Church with Dr. Paul Matthews and Brother Roy McKay officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by one daughter, Cathy Barton Ford (Mike) of Becker; one brother, C.E. Thomas (Rebecca) of Ft. Myers, Fla.; two grandsons, Rob Ford and Cory Ford; three great-grandchildren, Noah, Deanna and Madison Ford; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Beeks Barton; and two brothers, Haskell Thomas and Farell Thomas.
Pallbearers will be Roger Wright, Jim Reddock, James Foote, Mike Bunch, Henry Applewhite, Shelby Carter, Dewayne Ott and Dr. Arthur Brown. Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons and friends of the First Baptist Church.
Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the First Baptist Church. Contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church, the Gideons or to the Lottie Moon Fund.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
COLLINS – Juanita Glisson, 93, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the VA Nursing Home in Collins.
Services will be at 10 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora with burial to follow at North Union Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home.
BOONEVILLE – Lenard Reece, 67, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.
NEW ALBANY – Hilda Lee Lackey Hill, 83, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 7, 1929, to Norf Labon and Ruby Burson Lackey. Originally of Calhoun County, she spent most of her life as an educator in Union County. Her career as a teacher and encouraging personality touched many local students and families and she was always looking for the opportunity to leave a positive mark. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Blue Mountain College in English and speech. She followed that with a Master of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi in theater and was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Letters from Blue Mountain College. Specifically, she began her career as a television personality with WTWV in Tupelo, as the “Colonel’s Cook”. However her efforts were soon focused more sharply when she became a teacher after moving to the Ingomar Community. She also taught in the New Albany school system before accepting an opportunity at Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville. Hilda returned to her first Alma Mater – this time as an educator. She served Blue Mountain College as a professor and later as Dean of Students. Later, her teaching career was further focused in environmental education as she was selected to lead in the development of a project sponsored by Three Rivers Environmental Educational Cooperative. She, with the Northeast Mississippi Community College development team, was successful in proposing a project that eventually became Crow’s Neck Educational Center. She finished her professional career as a US Department of Agriculture coordinator responsible for outreach and public relations.
She lived at Avonlea Assisted Living Center in Tupelo where she was involved in local missions, including a reading ministry. She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church in Tupelo. She was married for 49 years to Charles G. Hill of New Albany. She and Charles raised two sons, Chuck and Joe Hill.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at United Funeral Service of New Albany with the Rev. Daniel Thompson and the Rev. Bill Beavers officiating. Burial will be in New Albany City Cemetery.
She is survived by sons, Chuck (Joy) Hill of New Albany and Joe (Susan) Hill of Senatobia; a brother, Judge Henry L. Lackey of Calhoun City; three grandchildren, Holly Hill Thompson (Rev. Daniel Thompson), Charlie Hill and Gavin Hill; and three great grandchildren, Aaron, Joshua and Caleb Thompson.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a sister, Geradine Lackey Beavers.
The family requests memorials be made to Blue Mountain College, P.O. Box 160, Blue Mountain, MS 38610.
Visitation is 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.
TUPELO – Jessica Sheree Altom Jones, 27, daughter of Steve and Sheree Alton and mother of Hayden and Zoie, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, in Aberdeen, as the result of a motor vehicle accident.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors with burial in Tupelo Memorial Park.
Visitation is 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Tupelo Chapel.
Condolences may be emailed to email@example.com.
BOONEVILLE – Gracie Rena LaShay Edge, infant daughter of Patrick and Darlene Edge, died Saturday Nov. 24, 2012, at the Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kesler Funeral Home of Baldwyn.
RICHMOND COMMUNITY – Lorene Rhudy Presley, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born in the Brewer Community of Lee County, on June 1, l925, to Thomas Clifton and Ossie Baldwin Rhudy. She attended Brewer Schools and received her high school diploma through Mooreville High School. She married Peford Presley on Dec. 28, 1940, a marriage that lasted more than 57 years until his death on Aug. 29, 1997. Her working career included many years as a seamstress for Blue Bell Manufacturing in Tupelo. A master housewife, she was a devoted caregiver to her husband, daughters and grandchildren as well as those closest to her in the Richmond Community. A charter member of the Richmond Pentecostal Church, she was loyal and faithful until her health failed. An avid Bible reader, she also enjoyed word find puzzles, cooking wonderful meals for family and friends and attending Church as often as possible.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Richmond Pentecostal Church with Bro. Ricky Pierce and Bro. Danny Robbins officiating and her grandson, Jonathan Mask assisting. Private burial will be in Andrews Chapel Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors is entrusted with arrangements.
She is survived by her daughters, GayNell Presley Mask (Travis) and Kay Presley Linley (Alton), all of Richmond; three grandchildren, Ginger Little (Scott), Joey Mask (Donna) and Jonathan Mask (Tasha), all of Richmond; three great-grandchildren, Sadie Kay Little, Brianna Mask and Lori Mask, all of Richmond; two sisters, Joanne Rhudy Sullivan Fowler and Mary Lou Lloyd, both of Richmond; a brother, Porter Rhudy of Michie, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews and her beloved church family at Richmond Pentecostal Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and three siblings, James Rhudy, Lavelle Morris and Tannell Sheffield.
Pallbearers will be nephews, Eddie, Ronnie and Jon Sullivan and grandchildren, Joey Mask, Jonathan Mask and Scott Little. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny and Harvey Raper, Truman Allen Presley and Larry Deaton.
Visitation will be at 10 a.m. until service time today at the Church.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOONEVILLE – Fredrick Lee “Fred” Clement, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Blackland Cemetery.
Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Ebin Nevels Jr. III, 60, died Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Mo.
Service is at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Hope C.M. E. Church in Red Banks. Interment is at New Hope Church Cemetery.
Visitation is 2 to 6 p.m. today at J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home.
PALMETTO – Charles William Staples, died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012. He was born on June 29, 1941, to J.C. and Irene Staples. He professed a love in Christ and accepted Him as his Lord and Savior at an early age. He then joined Blackland M.B. Church where he remained an active member until his illness.
As a young country boy, he began to sing Gospel music and during his music career he sung with some of the best groups around. He was one of the Original QC’s, one of the lead singers with the Sensational Star-Lights, he sung with the late great Willie Banks and The Messengers, and a number of other gospel groups. After his career as a gospel singer, he began to work in radio as a Gospel D.J. at WSEL, Pontotoc. That’s where many began to know him as The Country Boy Chuck.
He fell in love and married Clara E. Rupert, where they were joined in holy matrimony and remained married for 51 years. He was well-known around the area for his knowledge of fixing automobiles and selling gospel music.
Service is at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Blackland Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Earlie Eddie officiating. Interment is at Blackland Cemetery. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by his three sons, Danny Stone, Floyd Staples and Darrin Staples, all of Tupelo; two daughters, Dietrich (Jeffery) Lindsey of Tupelo and Angela Gardner of Okolona; daughter-in-law, Sarah Staple of Tupelo; 17 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, J.C. and Irene Staples; and his son Elzie Staples.
Pallbearers are Jeffery Lindsey, Shelton Nabors, Charles Reed, Robert McCoy, Chawn Martin and Cyrus Edwards.
Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. today at N.L. Jones Chapel.
FULTON – Richard C. “R. C.” Johnson, 78, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born June 7, 1934, to Windal and Eva Christian Johnson. He was a truck driver for Purnell Pride and Marshall Durbin and retired from Itawamba County Fifth District. He enjoyed playing dominoes, shooting pool and talking with a host of friends daily. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Howard Pearce and Bro. Tommy Moore officiating. Burial will be in the New Home Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Mary Sue Thomas Johnson; one daughter, Linda Guntharp (Randy); one son, Richard Johnson (Melissa); four grandchildren, Jason Guntharp (Shea), Dustin Guntharp, Kyl Johnson and Kayla Johnson; three great-grandchildren, Jordan, Lauren and Eden Guntharp, all of Fulton; four brothers, Troy Johnson (Mary Lou), Wayne Johnson and Billy Johnson (Debbie), all of Fulton, and Roy Johnson (Margaret) of Tremont; one sister, Ruby Johnson of Blue Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, J. W. Johnson; and a sister-in-law, Sandra Johnson.
Pallbearers will be Barry Childers, Ricky Nichols, Joel Wood, Gerald Christian, Harold Christian, Jim Witt, Doug Horn, Harold Justice, Skipper Johnson and Jeff Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be his friends from the Domino Hall.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcneecemorrisfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Katherine Louise Benefield Tidwell, 77, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at her residence. She was born on Dec. 31, 1934, to Tom and Lizzie Mercer Benefield in Tippah County. She was a homemaker and a member of Community Baptist Church.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Larry Harrison and Bro. Bob McKee officiating. Interment is at New York Cemetery in Ripley.
She is survived by daughter, Sondra Tidwell of Ripley; sons, Jimmy Tidwell (Karon) of Olive Branch, Tommy Tidwell (Bonnie) of Southaven, Donnie Tidwell (Charlotte) of Tupelo and Rodney Tidwell (Sandy) of Ripley; 18 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Curtis Tidwell; her paretns; brothers, James, William and Robert Benefield; sister, Salone Comella; and great-grandchild, Baily Scott.
Pallbearers are Rusty Benefield, Hunter Tidwell, Justin Tidwell, Jeremy Tidwell, Royce Tidwell and Jeff Tidwell. Honorary pallbearers are Jason Tidwell and Josh Tidwell.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today atn 7 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o The Peoples Bank-Roger Childs, PO Drawer 419, Ripley, MS, 38663.
To view and sign online guest book, visist www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
RIENZI – Marvin Edwin Holloway, 82, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories with Military Honors. Interment is at Kemps Chapel Cemetery in Rienzi.
Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. today and noon until service tine Tuesday at the funeral home.
MANTACHIE – Bill Strange, 84, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Senter Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
IUKA – Lawrence Wood died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
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IUKA – Joseph W. O’Neill Sr., 79, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
IUKA – Roy Lomenick, 68, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, at his residence.
Services are at 1 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home Chapel in Iuka. Interment is at Centerhill Community Cemetery in Counce, Tenn.
An online guestbooke can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.