By NEMS Daily Journal
WEST POINT – Wanetta “Big Mama” McGibbony, 78, passed away on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at her residence. She was born April 11, 1934, in Lamar County Ala., to Rigia Gosa and Sanders Woods. She was a member of West End Baptist Church and an avid sports fan who followed the Atlanta Braves and Alabama Crimson Tide.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Roy Myers and the Rev. Chris Craven officiating. Burial will be in Love Joy Cemetery in Alabama. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home. Visitation also will be from 1 to 2 p.m.Wednesday at Love Joy Freewill Baptist Church with a brief service at 2 p.m.
She is survived by a son, Harrod “Mack” McGibbony (Wendy) of Reidsville, N.C.; daughters, Debra Lee Wray (Jerry) and Marietta Kay Craven (Randy), both of West Point; brother, Gary Neal Woods of Beaverton, Ala.; sisters, Lanetta Gray Woods of Beaverton, Ala., Genetta Ray Easterwood of Beaverton, Ala., Loretta McGarity of West Point and Barbara Louise Clarke of Jasper, Ala.; 13 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Thomas Millsaps, Alex Millsaps, Sam Millsaps, Wes Millsaps, Scott Andrews and Brad Andrews. Honorary pallbearers will be Matthew McGibbony, Denton McGibbony, Jesse Harmon and Ann Sawtelle.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 1800 W. Main St., No. 1, Tupelo, MS 38801.
Friends may leave condolences online at robinsonfh.net.
OKOLONA – Franklin “Oliver” Ellis Sr. died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at his residence. He was born in Okolona on March 28, 1923, to Elmo Judson Ellis and Hazel Jernigan Ellis. He attended school in Egypt and upon graduation joined the U.S. Army. He served his country in Italy and Germany during World War II with the 88th Division and was discharged on Nov. 21, 1945. While in the Army, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Europe-Africa-Middle East Medal WW II (EAMETO), Purple Heart and WW ll Victory Medal. Upon being discharged from the military, he returned home and married Hazel Dawn Dexter on his 25th birthday on March 28, 1948. He farmed all of his life, raising cotton, soybeans, wheat and catfish. He also owned and operated Ellis Tire Company. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Okolona and a member of the American Legion and VFW.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Okolona First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wally Cason and the Rev. H.B. Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Boone’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Okolona Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from noon to service time Wednesday at the church.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Hazel Dawn Dexter Ellis; his three sons, Franklin Oliver Ellis Jr. (Wanda) of Pontotoc, John Dexter Ellis (Libby) of Columbus and Jimmy Wayne Ellis of Okolona; four grandchildren, Wendy Rogers (Lee), Christy Gregory (Paul) and Frank Ellis (Amanda), all of Pontotoc, and John Ellis (Heather) of Columbus; eight great-grandchildren, Brandon, Amanda and Colton Rogers, Kinzi, Kelly, Chloe and Mason Ellis, and Hayes Gregory; one great-great-grandchild, Allison Gregory; brothers, Durward Ellis (Doris) of Saltillo, Kenny Ray Ellis (B.J.) of Bristol, Tenn.; sister, Sara John Westbrook (Frank) of Brandon; sisters-in-law, Mary Ruth Ellis and Louise Dexter of Okolona, and Delores Stewart of Duck Hill; brother-in-law, Lester Dexter of Iuka; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, E.J. (Pert) Ellis.
Pallbearers will be Lee Rogers, Brandon Rogers, Colton Rogers, Frank Ellis, John Ellis and Paul Gregory. Honorary pallbearers will be Harvey Fisher, Preston Sullivan, Mike Sullivan, Clayton Corley, Tommy Jaggers, Larry Butler, Bobby Carnathan, Robbie Joe Carnathan, Gary Carnathan, Eric Jaggers and Cecil Lewis.
Memorials may be made to Okolona First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 436, Okolona, MS 38860 or Paralyzed Vets of America, 801 18th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20006.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AUSTIN, Texas – Daniel Webster Duncan, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala.
NEW ALBANY – Dell Lauderdale Thomason, 77, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Aug. 13, 1935, in Prentiss County to W.P. Lauderdale and Jewel Sparks Lauderdale. She was a retired medical transcriptionist and legal secretary. She was a former member of the Literacy Council and a former volunteer for Meals on Wheels. She was a member of the Hillcrest Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at United Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Whit Lewis officiating. Burial will be in Vista Memorial Park. United Funeral Service in New Albany is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, John E. Thomason Jr. of New Albany; two daughters, Laura Thomason Blalock (Robb) of Lakeland, Fla., and Amy Thomason Patrick (Cass) of Tupelo; a son, John E. Thomason III (Nancy) of Woodbridge, Va.; three sisters, Eugenia L. Messick (George) of Holly Springs, Martha L. Huntley of Greenville and Esther Lauderdale of Tuscumbia, Ala.; a brother, Larry Lauderdale of Booneville; a sister-in-law, Ilene Lauderdale; a brother-in-law, Dee Spencer; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Fay Lauderdale Spencer; and two brothers, Bobby Ray Lauderdale and Leon Lauderdale.
Pallbearers will be John E. Thomason IV, Paul Thomason, Bill Morris, Trey Slaton, Matthew Haynes, Jackie Clayton, Larry McCord and Mike Lindsey.
Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susan G. Komen, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309.
For online condolences visit unitedfuneralservice.com.
BALDWYN – Lottie Lavelle Ragsdale, 80, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at her residence near Baldwyn after a lengthy illness. She was born Jan. 2, 1932, in New Albany to Felix McClellan and Lottie Hamblin McClellan. She retired after many years from Reed’s Manufacturing and then worked a number of years at Wal-Mart on North Gloster Street in Tupelo. She loved her grandkids and enjoyed taking care of her chicken coop, working in her vegetable garden and especially mowing her yard. She was a homemaker and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Saltillo Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Greg Herndon officiating. Burial will be in White Zion Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her husband of 28 years, Ernest B. Ragsdale of Baldwyn; two daughters, Linda J. Keith (Gerald) of Pontotoc and Lawanda R. Hardin (Steven) of Sherman; one son, William Curtis Swanson Jr. of Mantachie; two stepchildren, Jeff Ragsdale (Brenda) of Guntown and Carol Warren (Jerry) of Woodstock, Ala.; 13 grandchildren, T.J. Jones Jr., Tammy Jones McDaniel, Shirley Jones Lancaster, Donna Butler, Gerald Keith Jr., Crystal Cassey, Anthony Jones, Stephanie Conerly, Preston, Ethan and Evan Robertson, Kira and Tanner Swanson; five stepgrandchildren, Tabatha, Michelle, Kayla, Nikea and Danny; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Lavada L. Underwood (Andrew) of Saltillo.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, Tommy H. Jones, who died Nov. 1, 2012, and James Jones, who died in 1989; one grandchild, Lanita Renee Butler; and two great-grandchildren, Summer West and Hayden Jones.
Pallbearers will be T.J. Jones, Gerald Keith Jr., Johnny McDaniel, Channing West, J.R. Underwood and Jeff Ragsdale.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
OXFORD – Joyce Hathorn Kendricks, 75, died on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at her home in Oxford. She was born in Oxford on July 31, 1937, to N.C. Hathorn and Hazel Miles Hathorn. She graduated from Durant High School in 1955 and attended the University of Mississippi before transferring to Delta State University where she received a teaching degree in business education. She taught business classes to high school students in Ruleville and Coahoma County high schools. After retiring from teaching in 1996, she moved from Clarksdale to Oxford. She became a member of First Baptist Church of Oxford after a long membership in Oakhurst Baptist Church of Clarksdale.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Allen officiating. The graveside service will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband, Sam G. Kendricks of Oxford; a daughter, Angel Kendricks of Oxford; two sons, Samuel Barr Kendricks (Susan) of Gulfport and Scott K. Kendricks (Marni) of Oxford; and seven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society, P.O. Box 1674, Oxford, MS 38655.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.
TUPELO – Linda Marie Held, 65, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012. She was born on July 1, 1947, to John Curtis and Eunice Ila Gray Donald in Mississippi. She was a member of Nativity Church in Tampa, Fla. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, being outdoors and spending time in Florida.
Services will be at 6 p.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Jack Ezell officiating. Senter Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Cynthia Ann Morrison of Tampa, Fla., and Rustye Michelle Ramsey of Dorsey; sisters, Gail Franks (Roger) of Mooreville, Carolyn Mauldin of Dorsey, JoNell McDaniel of Ballardsville community; six grandchildren, Cory Morrison, Aric Padgett, Loren Padgett, Brooke Ramsey, Jared Robinson and Garvin Morrison; one great-granddaughter, Kaylen Padgett; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, David Bruce Morrison Jr.; sisters, Frances Moore, Earline Sanderson, Imogene McCuller and Burma Lee; and brothers, Gene Donald and John Ray Donald.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
Online condolences can be expressed at www.senterfuneraldirectors.com.
Zader Lee Bailey
MABEN – Zader Lee Bailey, 78, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Choctaw Nursing Home, in Ackerman. She was born July 8, 1934, in Cumberland to Zada May Vail Bailey and Robert E.L. Bailey. She was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Cumberland.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. today with Bro. Jerry Lawson officiating. Burial will follow in Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery at Cumberland. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Nancy Prevost, Lera Hamilton and Opal Vaughn; and brothers, Robert E.L. Bailey Jr., John David Bailey, Joe Allen Bailey and Jesse Hugh Bailey.
Pallbearers will be Joel Josey, Jonathan Josey, Dallas Josey, Grady Alvin Prevost and John Wesley Prevost, Bobby Elmore and Sam Nason.
Memorials may be made to Cumberland Presbyterian Cemetery Fund, c/o Nellie Blade, 375 Bluitt Road, Maben, MS 39750.
Visitation will be from 1:45 until 2 p.m. today at the cemetery.
Friends may leave an online condolence at www.calvertfuneralhome.com.
RIPLEY – Lillian Inez Mason Crumpton, 95, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Tippah County Nursing Home in Ripley. She was born June 22, 1917, in Benton County to Thomas Oscar and Willie Ann Shelby Mason. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Benton County.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Tommy Wilder and Bro. Brad Hill officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery at Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Morton (Jerry) of Ripley and Jamie Inez Talley (Eddy) of Ripley; one son, Bobby Joe Crumpton (Kay) of Ripley; six grandchildren, Don Morton (Tina), Mark Morton (Missy), Lisa Jeter (Randy), Monica Towner, Haley Moffitt (Michael) and Heather Lefler (Chris); 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Hames of Cummings, Ga.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Oliver Crumpton; her parents; one grandson, Scott Morton; and one sister, Mamie Lee Grisham.
Pallbearers will be Trey Morton, Dylan Morton, Adam Morton, Rob Jeter, Riley Jeter, Gaven Lefler, Mason Morton and Keith Dunlap.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. to service time Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Hill Cemetery Fund, c/o Pat Boston, P.O. Box 186, Ashland, MS 38603.
To view and sign the online guestbook, visit www.mcbridefuneralhome.com.
PASS CHRISTIAN – Randy L. Tipton, 51, died on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Kenner, La. Born May 17, 1961, in Clarksdale, he was a son of the late William Donald and Mildred Maxine Bridges Tipton. He attended high school in Memphis. He was a carpenter by trade and a member of the Church of Christ. He enjoyed playing golf and woodworking. Having exceptional artistic capabilities, he enjoyed drawing.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home Chapel in Amory with Minister Tim Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the Jones Cemetery.
Survivors include one daughter, Jamie Lynn Tipton of Tupelo; one sister, Angela Fiebig (Jerry) of Hamilton; four brothers, Rickey Tipton, Joe Tipton and Mark Tipton (Cheryl), all of Hamilton, and Tony Tipton (Marie) of Houston, Texas; six nieces; and four nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Rickey Tipton, Joe Tipton, Mark Tipton, Tony Tipton, Jason Tipton and Mark Tipton.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Smith and Stone Tipton.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
EUPORA – Allen Reid Golding, 70, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora. Burial will be in the Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 3 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Gabe Floyd Jr.
BANNER – Gabe Floyd Jr., 68, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Calhoun Health Services Nursing Home in Calhoun City. He was born Jan. 10, 1944, in Coffeeville. He was a factory worker for Calhoun Industries and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Parker Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Bruce. Burial will be in Banner Cemetery. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his mother, Allene E. Davis Massey of Calhoun City; two sisters, Ruby Woods Davis of Murphy, N.C., and Elizabeth Galloway of Bruce; two brothers, Homer Floyd of Randolph and James Floyd of Water Valley; special friend, Jimmie Doss of Banner; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gabe Floyd Sr., and a sister, Mary Lamar.
Pallbearers will be Charles Doolie Jr., Homer W. Galloway, Joshua Galloway, Gary Graham, J.R. Hobson and Jimmy Shemper. Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Doolie, L.H. Johnson and Jim Patton.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials me be sent to; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN.
An online guestbook may be signed at www.parkermemorialfunerlahomes.com.
BOONEVILLE – Delmar Johnson, 82, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at his home. He was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Prentiss County to Leonard M. Johnson and Mary G. Bonds Johnson. He was a carpenter, a member of Jacinto Church of Christ, and a United States Army veteran. He enjoyed carpentry, hunting, gardening, crossword puzzles, dominoes, yard work, family photos and games, and studying the Bible. He loved his dog, Gizmo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Ministers Ed Floyd and Terry Roberts officiating. Burial will be in the Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Thompson Johnson, whom he married on March 25, 1954; three sons, Tommy Johnson (Brenda), Micky Johnson and Randle Johnson (Susan), all of Booneville; two daughters, Joan Rorie (Charles) of Rienzi and Vickie Johnson of Booneville; two brothers, Jackie Johnson (Bettye) and Mark Johnson, both of Booneville; a sister, Neva Bryan of Booneville; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Ronnie “Frog” Johnson; and a granddaughter, Mollie Grace Harris.
Pallbearers are Cody Johnson, Luke Johnson, Daniel Johnson, David Johnson, Jason Harris, Eric Davis and Chad Sparks.
BALDWYN – Arlis Anderson Denson, 79, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BOONEVILLE – Betty Sue Turvaville, 71, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home.
ANDERSON, Ala. – Betty Joyce McCarley Welch, 78, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Glenwood Healthcare in Florence, Ala.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Cemetery in Atwood, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
IUKA – Barbara Ann Johnson Ward, 74, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Tishomingo Manor.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories. Burial will be in Rienzi City Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.
Leave condolences online at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
CORINTH – Anne Maureen Stroud Brant, 68, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at her home. She was born Aug. 9, 1944, in Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, to Dixie Waymon Stroud and Kathleen Mary Ellen Hagarty Stroud. She was a retired family nurse practitoner, having practiced in Booneville and in Corinth for 16 years. She not only nurtured her patients physically, but also spiritually. She enjoyed being with her children and grandchildren. She was a devout Christian and touched many lives through her gift of poetry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Magnolia Funeral Home Chapel of Memories in Corinth.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Brant of Corinth; her mother, Mary Stroud of Corinth; one sister, Vicky Rudolph (Phillip Rudolph) of Irving, Texas; two sons, Michael Darley of Corinth and Joel Cottrell (Natashya Cottrell) of Corinth; two daughters, Rachel Carter of Corinth and Anna Crowley (Robert Crowley) of Middleton, Tenn.; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.
WALLS – Roy Lonnie Putman, 65, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He was born Jan. 31, 1947, in Pascagoula. He was a former resident of Birmingham, Ala. He was retired from electronic sales at IAC. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran. After retirement, he enjoyed riding motorcycles, photography, traveling and electronics.
Graveside services will be at 12:30 p.m. today at Old Bethany Cemetery in Webster County. The Rev. Jimmy Vance will officiate. Pryor Funeral Home of Calhoun City is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include three daughters, Dawn (Kurt) Richards of Argo, Ala., Holly (Jonathan) Dearman of Sylvan Springs, Ala., and Rachel Atto of Foley, Ala.; his mother and stepfather, Waldine Doss Putman Doolittle and Tom Doolittle of Calhoun City; sisters, Shelia (Frank) Hilleke of Snellville, Ga., and Candace (Kenny) Thomas of Lakeview, Ala.; six grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Henry Roy Putman Jr.; a stepbrother, Barry (Jayne) Doolittle; and a stepsister, Susie Wood.
Online condolences can be left at pryorfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Dock J. Pettit, 91, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Graceland Care Center in Pontotoc. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home of Pontotoc.
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Lanelle Brewer, 75, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Baptist Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born in Burnsville and moved to Memphis in 1998. She was retired from Kimberly-Clark in Corinth and from Marsh USA in Memphis. She was an avid reader and enjoyed interior decorating and working in her yard. At the age of 40, she returned to college and earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Alabama in Florence, Ala.
Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth. Burial will be at Antioch Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Burnsville. There will be no graveside service. Memphis Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her daughter, Carol Denise Brewer of Collierville, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances and John Henry Lambert; her brother, Danny Kip Lambert; and her half brother, Peyton O. Turner Jr.
Visitation will be at from 11 a.m. to service time today at Memorial Funeral Home in Corinth.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent the American Diabetes Association or to the charity of the donor’s choice.