By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Jewel DeShong-Dale, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Traceway Retirement Community under the care of Hospice Advantage. A Tupelo native and lifelong resident, she was born Oct. 24, 1928, to Clifford and Troy Sarah Forbes Grissom. She was a graduate of Tupelo High School, and began working at age 13 at Woolworths and later worked for Tupelo Hardware. During her 48-year career with Hancock Textile Company, she worked a number of years as L.D. Hancock’s personal secretary and later as credit manager. She was jokingly known by many in the inner circles of Hancock Fabrics for helping Mr. Hancock keep the first dollar he ever made. She served on the Lee County Associate Board of The Peoples Bank & Trust Co. Jewel was an active member of Harrisburg Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir for over 58 years and also taught in the children’s Sunday School department.
Services will be noon today, Nov. 29, 2012, at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. A private graveside service will be led by the Rev. Paul Stephens at Tupelo Memorial Park.
Survivors include her daughter, Judith DeShong of Tupelo; her sister, Dot Heatherly (Roe) of Springville, Ore.; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, “Son” DeShong; and her second husband, Dr. Bob Dale Sr.
Judy wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff at Rosewood Assisted Living and deep gratitude to the staff of Hospice Advantage.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801 or All Saints Episcopal Church, 608 W. Jefferson Street, Tupelo, MS 38804.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
Rev. James Threlfall
GREENVILLE, S.C. – The Rev. James Albert Threlfall, D.D., 91, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. Born in Newburg, Mo., he was the son of the late George Hughey and Florence Miller Threlfall of Amory. He graduated from Amory High School in 1939 and was co-captain of the football team. He later attended Bob Jones University.
He is survived by two daughters, Dianne Rutherford (Ron) of Greenville, S.C., and Susan Ottavi (Neil) of Thompson’s Station, Tenn.; three sons, David Threlfall (Sheila) of Plano, Texas, Doug Threlfall (Barbara) of Seoul, South Korea, and Jim Threlfall of Indianapolis, Ind.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Jessie Threlfall of Clemmons, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Currey Threlfall; two brothers, Henry and William; two sisters, Mary and Bessie; and his parents.
Service will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel, in Greenville, S.C. Burial will be in Graceland East in Simpsonville, S.C.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to U.S. Church Planting Endowment Fund c/o Gospel Fellowship Association, 1890 Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 110, Greenville, SC 29609.
CORINTH – Annie Adams, 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel in Corinth.
Bobby Plaxico II
AMORY – Bobby W. Plaxico II died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home of Amory.
Memories and condolences may be expressed at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
BRUCE – Joyce Lynn Spratlin, 64, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born April 6, 1948, in Aurora, N.C. She was a member of the support staff at Haven House in Oxford and a member of Mt. Comfort Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home in Bruce with Bro. Kevin Chrestman and the Rev. Melvin “Porkchop” Faulkner officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Cemetery in Calhoun City. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Amy (Kevin) Macon of Brandon; two sons, Jody (Kim) Spratlin of Vardaman and Robbie (Tammy) Spratlin of Bruce; her mother, Della Robinson of Corpus Christie, Texas; one brother, Steve Robinson of Corpus Christie, Texas; one sister, Phyllis Pace of Beeville, Texas; and four grandchildren, Justin Spratlin, Taylor Spratlin, Cade Spratlin and Carson Spratlin.
She was preceded in death by her father, Hugh Robinson.
Pallbearers will be Kevin Barnette, Steve Robinson, Kevin Macon, Jody Spratlin, Justin Spratlin and Robbie Spratlin. Honorary pallbearers will be John Colquohoun, Barry Cannon, Chris Lucius and Jonathan Webb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
SHERMAN – Kerry Rena Seawright, 34, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She was a former employee of the Tupelo Buffalo Park. She enjoyed spending time with her family and children, and taking care of her cat, Frisky. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, mud riding, the outdoors and helping others.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Waters Funeral Home with the Rev. E.L. Greenhaw and Bro. Junior West officiating. Burial will be in the Springhill Cemetery.
Survivors include her husband, Chris Seawright; sons, Joey Pace and Josh Pace; and daughter, Amanda Pace, all of Sherman; her mother, Linda Coker (Pat) of Mt. Vernon; her father, Dan Stanley (Shirley) of Saltillo; brother, Jeremy Stanley (Kristal) of Saltillo; stepbrothers, Corey Coker (Melissa) and Craig Wilson of Saltillo; stepsister, Candy Wilson of Saltillo; nephews, Brycen Stanley, Corson Coker, Brandon Cooley and Logan Corwile; nieces, Harlee Rock and Ella Grace Coker, all of Saltillo; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins; and in-laws, Torri Seawright (Sam) of Blue Springs and Angela Seawright of Dry Creek.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John Henry and Dovie Floyd, and Joseph and Faye Stanley.
Pallbearers will be J.C. Coggins, Steven Hazel, Heath Roberts, Brad Presley, Gerald Whitfield and Buddy Watts.
Honorary pallbearers will be Barry Hallmark and Jonathan Hallmark.
POTTS CAMP – Mamie Lee Whaley, 82, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at the home of David and Joyce Whaley in Potts Camp. She was born Dec. 31, 1929, in Ashland to James Ottis Orman and Ruth Brown Orman. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Methodist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chuck Fowler officiating. Burial will be in Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery in Potts Camp.
Survivors include four sons, William Jobe Whaley of Holly Springs, Chad Lee Whaley (Debbie) of HIckory Flat, and Jimmy Whaley (Sue) and David Whaley (Joyce), both of Potts Camp; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jobe L. Whaley, and a son, Johnny Brown Whaley.
CORINTH – Essie Chastine Wright, 64, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Darlington Oaks in Verona.
Services were Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Corinthian Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth.
CORINTH – William Robert Newman, 59, died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at Regional Medical Center in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Peebles West Funeral Chapel in Oakland, Tenn. Burial will be in Rehobath Cemetery in Fayette County, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements.
CORINTH – James “Jackie” Brown, 62, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, at his home in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Peebles Main Funeral Chapel in Somerville, Tenn. Burial will be in Woods Cemetery in Hickory Valley, Tenn. Peebles Fayette County Funeral Home and Cremation Center is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday.
IUKA – Tommy Parsons died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka.
CALEDONIA – Robert O. Ball-Cook, 85, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Columbus. He was born Aug. 10, 1927, to Orville Washington Ball and Jennie Marguerite Shook in East Alton, Ill. He lived in Lowndes County for the past 11 years. He retired from the U.S. Navy as Chief Aviation Petty Officer. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Services with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Friday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Dennis Sullivan officiating. Burial will be Saturday in Memorial Park Cemetery in Gainesville, Ga.
Survivors include his wife, Claytina D. Young Cook of Caledonia; one daughter, Pam Donahue of Panama City, Fla.; one son, Robert Michael Cook (Evonne) of Gainesville, Ga.; seven grandchildren, Angela Evans, Joshua Cook, Brandon Carden, Dylan Donahue, Oliver Donahue, Zachariah Donahue and Elijah Donahue; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or to Lowndes County Humane Society.
You can sign the register and send condolences online at www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
NETTLETON – Opal Savely Flurry, 95, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center in Amory after a brief illness. She was born Sept. 12, 1917, in Lee County to Andrew and Gladys Smith Savely. She was a native of Smithville, but had lived in Nettleton for the past 62 years. She was a former farmer and business owner of several stores in Nettleton. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. She enjoyed going fishing and working in her vegetable and flower gardens.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Chapel of Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton with Bro. Tommy Whaley officiating. Burial will be in Liberty Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Booth (Earnest) of Nettleton and Martha Fay Guin (O’Neal) of Hatley; one son, Jimmy Ray Flurry of Shannon; 12 grandchildren, Earnest Booth (Pat), Diane (Jay), Linda Sue (Mike), Phyllis Homan (Kenny), Kathy Bynum (Marty), Mike Guin (Sherry), Randy Guin (Jennifer), Keith Flurry (Angie), Scott Flurry (Tanya), Christy Willian (Barry), Misty Swindle (Cary), Monica (Shawn); 27 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Farris Flurry; one son, Farris Wayne Flurry; her parents; one sister, Ruby Cummings; and one granddaughter, Gail Guin.
Pallbearers will be Mike Guin, Brian Guin, Randy Guin, Keith Flurry, Austin Flury and Scott Flurry.
Visitation will continue from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry and send condolences to www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.
EUPORA – Mattye “Pat” Hood Humphries, 91, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Carrollton, Ala.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Bellefontaine. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery in Webster County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
CORINTH – Anna Marie Burney, 77, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Dogwood Plantation. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Magnolia Funeral Home in Corinth.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Bobby Lee Davis, 79, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Oct. 27, 1933, to Harrison and Sally Davis. He was a retired lift truck mechanic. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Korea and the commander of VFW Post 5395 for 10 years. He loved having a big time.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Tommy Tackitt officiating. Burial will follow in the Midway Cemetery. Tutor Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two nephews, Harry Culpepper (Linda) and Wayne Culpepper (Sandra); two nieces, Betty Reeves (Wayne) and Joy Brown (Tommy); grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Kay Ward, Ronnie Brown, Craig Burger, Jennifer Allman, Carey Cossey, Allen Brown and Jason Burger; and 32 great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley; a sister, Marie Warren; and his parents.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Brown, Jamie Culpepper, Dan McKnight, Allen Brown, Bill Burger, Leo Mask, Craig Burger, Randy Roberts, Jason Burger and Dan Holcomb.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 1 p.m. to service time Friday.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
SALTILLO – Jamie Ray Ellis, 65, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born Sept. 30, 1947, in Tupelo to Durward and Doris Ellis. A Vietnam veteran, he served in the U.S. Air Force from 1966 to 1970 and served in the National Guard Reserve. He was a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner and loved trying to help Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 842 in Tupelo. He enjoyed woodworking, hunting, refinishing old furniture, golfing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was the constituent liaison for Sen. Roger Wicker’s office in Tupelo and was very devoted to his job, helping all veterans who had served. He was a member of Saltillo United Methodist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at The Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Tim Green officiating. W. E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Judy Crans Ellis of Saltillo; two daughters, Claire Ellis Harrelson (Jason M.) of Saltillo and Katie Ellis Simmons (Chad) of Olathe, Kan.; one son, Jason Ray Ellis (Kami) of Saltillo; one brother, Terry Ellis (Jackie) of Saltillo; his parents, Durward and Doris Ellis of Saltillo; and nine grandchildren, Ashton Ellis, McKenna Ellis and Madison Ellis of Saltillo, Ethen Harrelson, Gabriel Harrelson, Mary Ellis Harrelson and Evelyn Harrelson of Saltillo, Ella Kate Simmons and Raelynn Simmons, both of Olathe, Kan.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 842 of Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home in Saltillo.
Memorials may be made to Tupelo Veterans Park and Memorial for the Tupelo Vietnam wall, P.O. Box 3608, Tupelo, MS, 38803; (662) 842-6640.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Services for Leroy McKinney will be at 2 p.m. Friday at N.L. Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Tupelo. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Friday.
PONTOTOC – John M. “Ham” Hurd, 75, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Pontotoc Nursing Home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
BANNER – Oleta Brown Chrestman, 74, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at her home. She was born Sept. 6, 1938, in Calhoun County. She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Comfort Baptist Church.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Mt. Moriah Cemetery in Bruce with Elder Ed Easley officiating. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Pam Chrestman and Kim Chrestman, both of Banner; six grandchildren, Rachel Stephens, Derrick Chrestman, Melissa Tedford, Shayna Chrestman, Stacey Stephens and Ernie Stephens; and six great-grandchildren, Trinity, Emily, Isabella, Brayden, Aryssa and Braxton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ledford Lee Brown and Joyce Elizabeth Caldwell Brown; her husband, Johnny David Chrestman; a brother, Jerry Steve Brown.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Brown, Sammy Brown, Derrick John Chrestman, D.J. Lyons, McMillain McKennon and Ronnie Petty.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.parkermemorialfuneralhomes.com.
NEW SITE – Martha “Marty” Ray Barnes, 72, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after an extended illness. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a member of East Prentiss Baptist Church and a housewife.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ken Bishop and Bro. Dewayne Morgan officiating. Burial will be in the East Prentiss Cemetery.
She is survived by her mother, Ruby Moore of New Site; two sons, Terry (Phyllis) Barnes of Tupelo and Garry (Cindy) Barnes of Marietta; two sisters, Yvonne (Paul) Mayo and Sandra Harris, both of New Site; one grandson, Jeremy (Ashli) Barnes; three granddaughters, Alanah Barnes, Alexandria Barnes and Taylor Barnes; and three great-grandchildren, Jack Barnes, Madelyn Sun Barnes and Bently Barnes.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ray Moore.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Barnes, Dennis Mayo, Dylan Shook, Scotty Mayo, Rickey Stanley and Danny Mayo.
Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Ray Chaffin, Paul Mayo, C.T. Moore, Jamie Chaffin, Dale Michael, Steve Taylor and Richard Denson.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
RED BAY, Ala. – Edna King Holley, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at Huntsville Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Tri-Cities Memorial Gardens in Florence, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the funeral home.
TIPLERSVILLE – Johnathan Fredrick Bailey, 41, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. He was born July 8, 1971, to Alma Ruth Bailey and the late James Fredrick Bailey. He was a Baptist and a test engineer for Ayshire Electronics in Corinth.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Mary Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Campground Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Amy Skinner Bailey of Tiplersville; one daughter, Mattie Bailey of Tiplersville; one son, Hayden Bailey of Tiplersville; and his mother, Alma Ruth Bailey of Walnut.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Allen, Lane Bell, Todd Braddock, Johnny Gaillard, Chris Lambert, Ronnie Wright, Jim Wilbanks and Mark Montgomery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today Thursday at Ripley Funeral Home.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.