Obituaries November 7, 2011

By NEMS Daily Journal

Nellie Berry
HAMILTON – Nellie Ruth Berry, 89, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at her residence in Hamilton, Miss. She was born Nov. 3, 1922 in Monroe County to Lonnie Berry and Emma Cockerham Berry Walden. She lived in the Grub Springs community for 24 years. She lived in Memphis for the next sixty years. She then retired and lived three years in Breman, Ind. In July of 2010, she moved to a retirement home. She was a member of the Seventh St. Baptist Church of Memphis. She graduated from Greenwood Springs High School. She worked at the Gulf Ordinance Plant in Prairie during World War II then retired from Armour Meat Packing Plant in Memphis.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Moore officiating. Burial will be in Cockerham Cemetery.
Survivors include three nieces, Linda Evans of Clearwater, Fla., Patricia Penzenik of South Bend, Ind. and Susan Klink of South Bend, Ind.; one cousin, John Allen Cockerham of Hamilton; one sister-in-law, Lois Waldon of Granger, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Leonard Warren Waldon; and one niece Sherri Price of Breman, Ind.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Brewer, Gayle Jaudon, Dean Minga, James Gill, Tyler Gill and Hayden Gill.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time today at the funeral home.
An online guest registry and condolences may be accessed at
William Kirk
TUPELO – William James Kirk Jr. 60, died Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, at his residence in Tupelo. He was born Nov. 30, 1950 in Lee County to William James Kirk, Sr. and Rose Alice Kirk. He was a member of Green Street Church of Christ. He was well known as being a newspaper boy in the Green Street area. He was also employed by Red Lobster for many years and most recently at Park Heights until his health failed. He was a wrestling fan and enjoyed watching and talking about football and baseball.
Services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday at Green Street Church of Christ in Tupelo with Bro. Daniel McCollum officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Agnew & Sons Funeral Home of Verona is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Birdie Kirk of Tupelo; one daughter, Angie Kirk of Tupelo; one son, Marcus Kirk of Tupelo; two sisters, Flora Smith (Robert) of Shannon and Susie Sykes of Tupelo; one brother, Freddie Edwards of Tupelo; his mother-in-law, Magnolia Miller of Pontotoc; five nieces, five nephews, seven sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law .
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. and family hour from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to service. Family and friends may sign the guest book at

Carolyn Robinson
VINA, Ala. – Carolyn E. Robinson, 72, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at Liberty Baptist Church in Vina, Ala.
Visitation will begin at 6 p.m. today at Liberty Baptist Church and will continue until service time Tuesday. Burial will be in Old Burleson Cemetery. Deaton Funeral Home, Red Bay, Ala. is in charge of arrangements.

Sybil Ross
OKOLONA – Mrs. Lon R. “Sybil Tackett” Ross, 87, longtime Okolona businesswoman and matriarch, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at her residence in Okolona after a brief illness. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced by Holland Funeral Directors, Okolona Chapel. Condolences may be emailed to
Mary Holladay
ABERDEEN – Mary Wilson Holladay, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at the Aberdeen Care Center. Arrangements were incomplete and will be announced later by Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Gwendolyn Chandler
WEST POINT – Gwendolyn Stevens Chandler, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, of natural causes. She was born Aug. 28, 1923 in Hillsboro, Ore. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother and friend and she will be greatly missed. The family is thankful for her life and for her deserved rest in Heaven.
Graveside Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point, with Father Lee Winter officiating. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her children, Dr. Creighton Chandler, Jr. of West Monroe, La. and his wife, Kathy, Steven Barry Chandler of Monroe, La., and by Dr. Eileen Kenny and her husband, Robert of Roanoke, Va.; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Creighton Chandler, Sr. Esq. of West Point, on March 31, 1984.
Visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.
The family wishes to express sincere gratitude to the many caregivers at South Roanoke Nursing Home, notably, to Mackey Johnson. A thanks is also expressed to the very dedicated hospital staff at Unit #8,West PCU Carilion Roanoke
Memorial Hospital who gave loving assistance. Very special thanks to Dr. Cecilia Steans and Dr. Robert Keeley. Your kindnesses and compassion were invaluable during this difficult time. Also to the colleagues and staff of Dr. Eileen Kenny at the Carilion Breast Care Center for their compassion and support.
Memorials can be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N.W. 9th Avenue / Bob Hope Road, Miami, Florida 33136-1494.

Leona Bridges
RIPLEY – Leona Poole Bridges, 67, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on Dec. 10, 1943 to Ross and Eura Mae Cheatwood Poole in Benton County. Before becoming disabled, she was a sales associate for Walmart in New Albany. She was a member of West Ripley Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Bill Baker and Bro. Randy Hamilton officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Ripley.
Survivors include two sons, Greg Bridges and Lee Allan Bridges (Shea) both of Ripley; four grandchildren, John Ross Bridges and Brandon Bridges, both of Falkner, Brinlee Bridges and Braelyn Bridges both of Ripley; two sisters, Betty Burks of Ripley and Irene Jeter (Denver) of Hattiesburg; one brother-in-law, Clyce Strickland of Ashland, two nephews, Tony Akins of Ripley, Mark Jeter of Hattiesburg; three nieces, Shannon Box (Evan) of Ashland, Melinda Smith (Scott) of New Albany and Amber Hancock (Scotty) of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Wade Bridges; her parents; one son, Billy Ross Bridges; one sister, Mary Nell Strickland; and one nephew, Keith Jeter.
Pallbearers will be David Ward, Greg Ward, Denver Jeter, Clyce Strickland, Tony Akins and James Page. Honorary pallbearers are Stevie Ward, Mark Jeter, Scott Smith, Bobby Joe Crumpton, Gerald Lewellen and Evan Box.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 7 a.m. until service time at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Rita Middlebrooks
TUPELO – Rita Lynn Davidson-Middlebrooks, died Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born on August 13, 1956 to Pearl Lee Dooley and Robert Irvin. She attended Carver High School. She was a faithful member of White Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Tupelo. She was the leader of the Nursery ministry and taught Sunday School.
Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at White Hill MB Church with Pastor Jeffery Daniel officiating. Burial will be in Porter’s Memorial Park.
Survivors include her husband, Victor Middlebrooks; three daughters, Stephanie Davidson, Hope Davidson and Zari Middlebrooks; siblings, Daniel Jenkins, Mitchell Jenkins and Kimberly Dooley Tiggs; one grandchild, De’Mya Davidson and her mother, Pearl Dooley.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Irvin; a grandmother, Margaret Herron; and a brother, Othaniel Jenkins.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at N.L. Jones Funeral Directors.

Billy Baird
CLINTON – Billy Neal Baird, 68, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jackson. He was born August 13, 1943, in Chickasaw County to James Thomas Baird, Sr. and Laurice Marie Neal Baird. He was retired from Anderson-Tully in Vicksburg.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. today, 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.
Condolences may be shared with the family at

John Mason, Sr.
ENTERPRISE – John Elton Mason, Sr., 76, died Friday, Nov. 4, 2011at his residence. He was born April 20, 1935, in Union County the son of Henry and Pearlie Hampton Mason. He was a Baptist, a mechanic and farmer, and had lived most of his life in Union County. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, outdoorsman, and enjoyed farming.
Services are scheduled at 11 a.m. today at Glenfield Funeral Home in New Albany with the Rev. James Wells and the Rev. Larry Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Joyce Mason of Enterprise; two sons, John Elton Mason, Jr., and Charles Glen Mason, both of Enterprise; two daughters, Donna Mayo and Crystie Moffatt (John) both of Etta; two brothers, Bobby Mason of Martintown and Jimmy Mason of Myrtle; four sisters, Mary Lee Hale of West Union; Joyce Harrison (Larry) of Dumas, Dorothy Akin of Pleasant Ridge, and Sylvia Stout (Loyce) of Ingomar; six grandchildren, Amanda Mayo, Brett Mason, Miranda Mayo, Reagan Moffatt, Jenna Moffatt, and Mason Moffatt; and one great-grandchild, Brooklyn Mason.
Pallbearers will be his nephews.
Jeff Rhodes
CORINTH – Jeff David Rhodes, 50, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at his residence after a brief illness. He was born Sept. 17, 1961 to Nina Anne Biggers Rhodes and Lex Ray Rhodes, Sr. He was the President of Rainbow International, a subsidiary of General Construction Services of Memphis. He was a graduate of Biggersville High School, Northeast MS Community College and Mississippi State University, where he majored in Construction Engineering. He was a member of First Baptist Church. He loved his family and enjoyed hunting and football.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Smith officiating.
Survivors include his wife, Mimi Rhodes; three daughters, Meloney, Julia and Della Rhodes; his father, Lex Rhodes, Sr.; his brothers, Lex Rhodes, Jr. and Matt Rhodes (Missy) all of Biggersville; nieces, Ashley Rhodes, Madeline Rhodes, Sarah Newman; nephew, Tyler Newman; mother-in-law, Janie Pulido; brother-in-law, James Pulido (Lexi); sister-in-law, Caroline Newman (Daryl); aunts, Jane Chamblee (Joe), Ann Rhodes, and Dorothy Lipscomb.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nina Anne Biggers Rhodes; and grandparents, Harry Lee Biggers, and Molly and Elmer Rhodes.
Pallbearers will be Tim Huggins, Bill Brawner, Frank Brinkley, Lamar Harris, James Pulido, Daryl Newman, and Tyler Newman.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the McPeters Funeral Directors. Burial will follow in New Hope Church Cemetery in Biggersville.
Memorials may be made to New Hope Cemetery Fund, 151 CR 420, Corinth, Ms 38834
Condolences may be made at

Dell Vance
HOUSTON – Jimmie Dell Nolan Vance, 74, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born July 2, 1937, in Calhoun County to Durell Nolan and Maybell Rodgers Nolan. She was a retired secretary.
Services are at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, at Schooner Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Linn Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Houlka. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her sons, Michael Vance of Houlka, Victor Vance and Carolyn of Walls; her sisters, Helen Castle and Johnny of Houlka, Corine Smith and Rex of Houlka, Jeanette Alexander and Ray of Houlka; her brother, Sherman Nolan and Faye of Bruce; her grandchildren, Amy Vance, Conner Vance, Cheryl Jean Hughes, Zach Vance, Dustin Vance, Rachael Vance, Casey Vance; her great-grandchildren, Alycia Hughes and Gracie Hughes.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her children, Alicia Gail Vance and Royce Dale Vance, and the father of her children, Larry Dwight Vance.
Pallbearers will be Conner Vance, Doug White, Zach Vance, Tommy Taylor, Joe Loftin, and Carl Bollinger.
Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. today, at Schooner Valley Baptist Church.
Friends and family may leave a message at

Mary Ivy
FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Mary L. Phillips Ivy, 86, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011, at Grace Health Center. Visitation will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Other arrangements are incomplete and will be released later. Expressions of sympathy may be left at
Bonnie McNeece
WEST POINT – Voncile Anderson “Bonnie” McNeese, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Aug. 18, 1920 in Fayette, Ala. to C.A. Mary Monasco Anderson. She was a member of Calvery Baptist Church in West Point.
Services will be held at 1 p.m., Monday at Robinson Chapel with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Masonic Cemetery in Amory.
Survivors include a son, Don McNeece (Virginia) of Brandon; a daughter, Carol Gibson (Bill) of West Point; a sister, Bessie Mitchell of Amory; two grandsons, Matt McNeece (Maggie) of Raymond, and Billy Gibson (Katie) of Tupelo; a great-grandson, Will Gibson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, A.L. McNeece.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Clark, Robert Phyfer, Lee Coleman, James Mitchell, Matt McNeece, Billy Gibson.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home.
Friends may send condolences online at

William Houston
HOLLY SPRINGS – William Arthur Houston, 75, died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. He was born June 22, 1936 in Ashland to Emmitt Houston and Josephine Hunsucker Houston. He was a Flooring Inspector with Marshall County Road Maintenance.
Services are at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will be in Carey Chapel in Mt. Pleasant.
Survivors include his wife, Patsy Wilson Houston of Holly Springs; four sons, William Bishop of Senatobia, James Bishop of Mt. Pleasant, Frankie Houston of Walls, Allen Weaver of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters, Deborah Simmons of Byhalia, and Sheila Rushing of Lake Cormorant; a sister Mary Ann Whitehead of Memphis; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Herbert Willard
NEW ALBANY – Herbert Willard, 56, died Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at Ridgeland Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, Miss. Arrangements were incomplete, and will be announced later by United Funeral Service in New Albany.

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