By NEMS Daily Journal
BLUE MOUNTAIN – Lula Pearl White Owen, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at her home in Oxford. She was born June 11, 1935, in Harrellsville, N.C. She was an educator with 14 years in public education and 18 years as elementary education program and supervisor of student teachers at Blue Mountain College. She received many awards, including Outstanding EMC Faculty Member in 1985 and HEADWAE in 1992. She was a Christian and a loyal member and teacher at Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church. She led a Godly life and was devoted to her family, church and community. She was admired and respected by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Lowrey Memorial Baptist Church in Blue Mountain with Dr. Ron Mitchell and Dr. Douglas Bain officiating. Burial will be in the Blue Mountain Cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one son, Donald Glenn Owen Jr. (Angie) of Tupelo; three daughters, Lynn Clark (Paul) of Oxford, Lynda Gatliff (Jim) of Celeste, Texas, and Lisa Nachlinger (Dan) of Fort Worth, Texas; ten grandchildren, Christopher Einig, Kelly Owen, Casey Owen, Daniel and Chris Clark, Michael, Holly and Katie Gatliff, Lauren and Jordan Nachlinger; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Frost (Bill) of Baldwyn and Lillian Anne Johnson (Mark) of Harrellsille, N.C.; one brother, Leonard M. Holloman Jr. of Harrellsville; one sister-in-law, Jean White of Harrellsville.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Donald Glenn Owen Sr.; her parents, George and Charlotte White and Lillan and Leonard M. Holloman Sr.; her maternal grandparents, Pearl and Nate Hoggard; one brother, Nathan Hoggard White; two aunts and their husbands, Jennie V. Holloman (Willie) and Maggie Pearl Love (Earl).
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today at the church.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
GREENWOOD SPRINGS – Fred Allen “Freddy” McCaine, 46, died on Friday, Nov. 4 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born on Oct. 17, 1965, in Memphis. he was a son of Miriam Mize McCaine and H. A. “Mack” McCaine. He was a graduate of Hatley High School, Class of 1984. A man with a big heart, he married his best friend, Joyce Nix, on Dec. 6, 1985. Having worked at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in maintenance, he owned and operated McCaine’s Wash before becoming disabled. He attended Bartahatchie Baptist Church. Known as a prankster and as a person who would help anyone in need, he cherished time spent with family. Having a fun-loving personality that could light up a room, he loved to cook, especially grilling out and frying fish, for other people. Enjoying the outdoors, he loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed listening to country, oldies, soft rock and gospel music.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home with Bro. Phillip Lindsey officiating.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 26 years, Joyce N. McCaine of Greenwood Springs; a daughter, Sherry McCaine Box (Richard) of Parham Community; a son, James Allen McCaine of Greenwood Springs; grandchildren, Hunter McCaine, Jennifer Chavis and Cali Box; his mother, Miriam M. McCaine of Greenwood Springs; a sister, Teena M. McCoy (David) of Southaven; a brother, Harold Williams of Caledonia; father-in-law and mother-in-law, J. L. and Shirley Nix of Caledonia; sisters-in-law, Linda Kissel (Leslie) of Hamilton, Betty Murphy (Tommy) of Sulligent, Ala., and Brenda Hamric (Leslie) of Guntown; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Pallbearers will be Joey Taylor, Mike Steele, Jimmy Arnold, Jimmy Brewer, Franklin Webb, Dale Thompson, Doug Blaylock and David Boyd. Honorary pallbearer will be Roger Turman.
Visitation will be at noon until the service hour today at the funeral home.
Memorials may be given to Bartahatchie Baptist Church, 40512 Wolfe Rd., Caledonia, MS 39740.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
NEW ALBANY – Pansy “Grammie” Rucker Reagan, 96, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Union County Health and Rehab in New Albany. She was born Sept. 6, 1915, in Lepanto, Ark., to Milburn and Noda Couch Rucker. She was a retired employee for Lyon Metal in Aurora, Ill. She was a member of the New Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the United Funeral Service Chapel in New Albany with the Rev. Bobby Irvin officiating. Burial will be in the Glenfield Memorial Park.
She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Liz Bland of Laurel; a sister, Martha Gordon of Virginia Beach, Va.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Junior Reagan; three sons, Paul Bland, Vandy Bland and Eron Reagan; three brothers, Vail Rucker, Cecil Rucker and David Rucker.
Pallbearers will be Jim Ledger, Tim Bland, David Bland, Brett Willard, Chris Carwyle and Jeremy Bland.
For online visitation visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
MEMPHIS – Denise Williams Gruerrero, 54, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at her residence in Memphis.
She was born June 29, 1957, to Calestine Williams and Alexander Williams Jr.
Services will be at 11:15 a.m. Monday at Elmwood Cemetery Chapel with Pastor Kevin Levy officiating. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery at 824 South Dudley Street in Memphis, Tenn. and Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Baldwyn is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her son, Luis Alberta Gruerrero of Memphis; her mother, Calestine Williams of Memphis; two sisters, Dr. Doris J. Brown of Mobile, Ala. and Cassandra R. Bright of Memphis; two brothers, Alex Williams, lll of Flint, Mich. and Rodney A. Williams of Memphis; aunt, Dr. M.A. Jones of Washington, D.C.; special cousin, Denise Leflore Wyatt of Memphis.
Visitation is at 9 a.m. Monday at the chapel.
Family and friends may sign the guest registry at www.agnewandsons.com
RED BAY, Ala. – David Martin Andrasik, 42, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 in Red Bay, Ala.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Monday at Trinity Assembly of God, Red Bay, Ala. Burial will be in the Red Bay City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Trinity Assembly of God. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala. in charge of arrangements.
Leonard Dukes Jr.
ABBEVILLE – Leonard Roy Dukes Jr., 57, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Larry Dukes officiating. Burial will follow in Abbeville Cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be 3:30 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
PONTOTOC – Wayne Mask, 61, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at his residence.
Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
MCKENZIE, Tenn. – Cecil Wilkes “Pete” Brown, 87, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at McKenzie Health Care Center. He was born April 8, 1924, in West Memphis, Ark., and is formerly of Bruce. He was a veteran of WWII where he served in the U.S. Army receiving the Bronze star, retired trucker and a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church.
Services will be at 3 p.m. today at Graveside Service Bruce Cemetery with military honors with the Rev. Hollis Vaughn Bryant officiating. Burial will be in Bruce Cemetery in Bruce. Parker Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a daughter, Angela Hamilton of McKenzie, Tenn.; two sons, Cecil Wayne (Linda) Brown of McKenzie, Tenn., and Steve (Candy) Brown of Bartlett, Tenn.; a sister, Sue Sanders of McKenzie, Tenn., and a brother, R.D. Brown, Jr. of Bruce; six grandchildren, Emily Kimmer, Laura Brown, Aimee Darwent, Chip Brown, Blake Snyder and Brody Hamilton and a great-grandson, Ben Kimmer.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Era Neil Brown, his wife, Ruby Murphree Brown and a brother, M.A. Brown.
Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today prior to graveside service time.
Online condolences at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.
EUPORA – Charles Bruce “Sonny” Bailey, 70, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011. at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. on Monday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel with burial in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Webster County.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
CLINTON – Billy Neal Baird, 68, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson. He was born Aug. 8, 1943, in Chickasaw County to James Thomas Baird, Sr. and Laurice Marie Neal Baird. He was retired from Anderson-Tully in Vicksburg.
Services will be at 5 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Clinton with Bro. Mitchell Hedgepeth officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Monday, at Prospect Methodist Church Cemetery in Houston. Memorial Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Lowry Baird of Clinton; two sons, Bryan Neal Baird (Kathryn) of Atlanta, Ga., and Colin Lane Baird (Lidia) of Clinton; four grandsons, Caleb Thomas Baird, Nathan Benjamin Baird, Isaac Owen Baird and Miller Samuel Baird; one brother, James Thomas Baird, Jr. (Judy) of Atoka, Tenn.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church in Clinton.
Condolences may be shared with the family at memorialfuneralhomehouston.com
RIPLEY – Nanny Gunn, 91, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, in Peoria, Ill. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Foster & Son Funeral Home in Ripley.
TISHOMINGO – Odis L. Ferrell, 76, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a dedicated and very active member of the Tishomingo Baptist Church, where he served as treasurer and on the maintenance committee for many years. He was a veteran of the U. S. National Guard. He retired from Genesco Shoe Company. He was also a volunteer at the Tishomingo County Food Depot. He enjoyed reading and gardening.
Services are scheduled at 11 a.m., Monday at the Tishomingo Baptist Church. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to service time. The committal service will be held in the church. Services will be officiated by Bro. Todd Cecil and Bro. Bobby Cobb. Interment will follow in Tishomingo Cemetery. Cutshall Funeral Home of Iuka is entrusted with arrangements.
Survivors include one brother, Harold Ferrell, and wife, Sarah, of Smyrna, Tenn.; two sisters, Rosemary Pound of Pontotoc and Loretta Lambert and husband, Billy, of Iuka; three nephews, Chuck Pound of Pontotoc, Michael Lambert of Iuka, and Ricky Lambert of Iuka; three nieces, Christie Hensley of Pontotoc, Candace Scruggs of Iuka, and Kelly Ferrell Mosely of Smyrna, Tenn.; and numerous great-nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Bertha Ferrell; and a brother-in-law, Bill Pound.
Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. today at Cutshall Funeral Home in Iuka.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tishomingo County Food Depot, P. O. Box 36, Iuka, MS 38852, or by phone at 662-423-2694. An online guestbook can be accessed at www.cutshallfuneralhome.com.
Rev. Montie Scherff
RIPLEY – The Rev. Montie Glenn Scherff, 80, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 2, 1931, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He pastored the Evangel Full Gospel Church in Holly Springs for 47 years.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Evangel Full Gospel Church Cemetery. Holly Springs Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of more than 57 years, Virginia Nance Scherff; his sons, Carl Scherff of Tupelo, Virgil Scherff of Waterford, Frederick Scherff of Florence, Jerry Palmer of Ripley and Timothy Scherff of Ripley; his daughter, Clarissa Dunn of Medina, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Marilyn Gray and Sue Gulley, and one brother, Larry Scherff.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Scherff, and a son, Mark Palmer and a sister, Laura Belle Scherff.
HORTONTOWN – Shirley Van Horton, 75, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a national guard veteran. He worked for Belden Wire for 30-plus years and retired from Sealy. He was a member of Buchanan Baptist Church. He enjoyed whittling, gardening, hunting, watching sports and other outdoor activities. He collected knives and matchbox cars. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
Services will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc with Bro. Jimmy Russell and Bro. Owen Hitchcock officiating. Burial will be in Ecru Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Mooneyhan Horton of 50 years; two sons, Scotty Horton (Denise) of Buchanan and Randy Horton (Danae) of Hortontown; four grandchildren, Amanda Horton Cobb (Zack) of Ingomar, Cason Horton of Buchanan, Alex Horton of Hortontown and Sloan Horton of Hortontown; one brother, Ronny Horton (Linda) of Endville; and one niece, Julie Crump of Endville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Bernice Horton of Hortontown.
Pallbearers will be Randy Heard, Jeff Heard, Joe Mooneyhan, Zack Cobb, Keith Hill and Bob Dowdy.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday.
Memorials may be made to United Blood Services of Mississippi Blood Services.
ALGOMA – Cecil Sneed, 68, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at his residence. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
NEW ALBANY – Melinda Tutor Dunlap, 72, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union County. She was born February 4, 1939 in New Albany to Milton Tutor and Madrid Hodges Tutor. She was a retired registered nurse for the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. She was a member of the Ingomar Baptist Church.
Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in the Ingomar Cemetery. United Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband Randal Dunlap of New Albany; her daughter, Cindy Richardson-Kuhl of Aiken, S.C.; and her grandson, Austin Kuhl of Aiken, S.C.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother Donald Keith Tutor.
Visitation will be from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
Verna Mae Lewis
RIPLEY – Verna Mae Lewis, 81, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. She was born Feb. 6, 1930 to Tom Pannell and Velma Cobb Pannell. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a housewife.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Richard Anglin officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.
Survivors include two daughters, Fredirene Hefner (Rickey) of Ripley, and Brenda Keene of Florida; four sons, Jerry Lewis (Deb) of Iuka, Ricky Lewis (Kim) of Kossuth, Tommy Lewis of Ripley, Tony Lewis and special friend, (Debra) of Ripley; three brothers, Tommy Pannell of Water Valley, Fred Pannell of Baldwyn, and James Pannell of Oxford; 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leroy Lewis; one son, Wayne Lewis; one sister, Ara Morrison; and one grandson, Brad Lewis.
Pallbearers will be Clinton Hayden, Kevin Crutchfield, Brandon Lewis, Justin Lewis, Sam Foshee and Jackie Lewis. Honorary pallbearers will be Kagan Hefner and Zackery Lewis.
Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home. To view obituaries online and sign guest book, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com
WEST POINT – Gwendolyn Stevens Chandler, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va.
Services were incomplete and will be announced by Calvert Funeral Home of West Point.
ENTERPRISE – John Elton Mason, 77, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany.
RIPLEY – Leone P. Bridges, 67, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home in Ripley.