Obituaries November 7, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Timmy Brigman
HERNANDO – Timothy Shane “Timmy” Brigman, 36, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012. He was a registered nurse at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto. He was a Baptist.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hernando United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Hernando Memorial Park. Hernando Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Linsey Arnold Brigman of Hernando; three daughters, Brooklyn Helena, Kelsey Blair Brigman and Ellie Kate, all of Hernando; one son, Ryan Heath Arnold of Hernando; his mother and stepfather, Josie and Bill Kimberlin of Pine Bluff, Ark.; his father, Perry Lane Brigman of Baldwyn; one stepsister, Shauna Martin of Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Travin Lane Brigman of Booneville; two stepbrothers, Jason Ford of Winston, N.C., and Jarold Kimberlin of Pine Bluff, Ark.; his grandmothers, Lillie Lane of Neoga, Ill., and Luna Mae Brigman of Baldwyn; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Rella Renee Arnold and Terry Gene Arnold; and a host of cousins, aunts, uncles and nieces.
Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to the Brigman family.

Mary Ruth Bass
PONTOTOC – Mary Ruth Bass, 90, of Pontotoc died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Magnolia Manor of Tupelo. She was born Aug. 7, 1922, in Pontotoc County to Andrew Hankins and Quillie Kingsley Hankins. Mary Ruth married her late husband, Robert Lonzo Bass, July 1939, and they shared almost 63 memorable years together until his death, May 8, 2002.
Mary Ruth spent many hours studying and writing on the Bible and was active as a member of Valley Grove Baptist Church where she taught most of her adult life. Her greatest legacy was her faith in Jesus, and she spent her life living that example of faith. Like the virtuous woman of Proverbs, her greatest joy was providing for her family from the work of her own hands, as she was considered a master gardener, seamstress, quilter and cook.
A celebration of life service will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Valley Grove Baptist Church with Dr. James Alford and Bro. Steve Quarles officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and Thursday from 1 p.m. to service time at the church.
Survivors include three sons, Bubba Bass (Charlotte), Jerry Bass (Theresa) and Mike Bass (Tammy), all of Pontotoc; five daughters, Nan Barnes (J.M.) of Tupelo, Jackie Russell (Richard) of New Albany, Marilyn Helms (Buddy) of Pontotoc, Debbie Robbins (Bud) of Tupelo and Kim Bounds (Robert) of Pontotoc; one sister, Geraldine Davis (Franklin) of Hattiesburg; 17 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; extended family and caregivers who took such good care of her while at Magnolia Manor.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; three brothers, Leander Hankins, Carl Hankins, and Marvin Hankins; one sister, Dorothy Bush; and one grandchild, Leigh Allison Bass.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Regan Russell, James Shelley Helms, Kevin Robbins, Ben Bass, Lane Bass, Michael Bounds and Robert Bass.

Betty Welch
ANDERSON, Ala. – Betty Joyce McCarley Welch, 78, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Glenwood Healthcare in Florence, Ala. She was born Jan. 16, 1934, in Hodges, Ala.
Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Cemetery in Atwood, Ala., with Dr. Richard Welch and Bro. Billy Nichols officiating. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala., is in charge of arrangements.
She is survived by her children, Richard D. Welch (Karon) of Anderson, Al., Regina Welch Tyra of Zion, Ill., and Rhonda Welch Clark of Necedah, Wis.; her siblings, Kathrin McCarley Nichols, Nina McCarley Senter, Jerry W. McCarley, Lovetta McCarley Ashe and Harold B. McCarley; grandchildren, Russell Welch (Jennifer), Daryl Welch (Valerie), Kyle Tyra, Nicole Tyra, Chris Clark and Danny Clark; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, R.C. Welch; her parents, Isom Bradford McCarley and Hazel Adlee West McCarley; her brothers, Bobby A. McCarley Sr., Isom Edward McCarley, Don C. McCarley and Lurie Gean McCarley.
Pallbearers will be Harold McCarley, Russell Welch, Kyle Tyra, Billy Nichols, Jeremy McCarley and Jerry McCarley.
Visitation will be 11 a.m. to noon Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home in Red Bay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gideons International (www.gideons.org) to place Bibles in Mrs. Welch’s memory.

Marvin Sanders
COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Marvin L. Sanders, 69, formerly of Tupelo, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. He attended Collierville United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam. He was a graduate of the University of Mississippi with Ph.D. studies at the University of Cincinnati. He was the general manager of American Family Radio and the host of “Today’s Issues” and “Exploring the Word.”
He is survived by his wife, Donna Sanders; daughters, Michelle Monroe (Deron) and Deborah Thornton (Gene); sisters, Dr. Carol Nichols (Dr. John Nichols) and Becky Miles; brother, Davis Sanders; and four grandchildren, Jillian Thornton, Everett Thornton, Logan Monroe and Lawson Monroe.
A commitment service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Collierville Funeral Home. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday.

Reid Golding
EUPORA – Allen Reid Golding, 70, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 3. 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a retired commercial truck driver with Mohasco Upholstered Furniture Mfg. in Eupora and New Albany. He was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Eupora
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Bro. Willy Weddle will officiate. Burial will follow in the Webster Memorial Garden Cemetery in Webster County.
He is survived by his wife, Judy O’Brian Golding of Eupora.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Marguerite Pittman Golding, and his grandparents, J. T. and Nela Mansker Pittman.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Gary, Larry Gore, Charles Ray, Wayne Baker, Russ Turner and Stanley Maddox.

Terrie Brown
MYRTLE – Terrie Diann Messer Brown, 49, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at her residence. She was born Feb. 22, 1963, in Union County to Alfred Wesley Messer and Clara Agnes Greer Messer. She was a registered nurse and a lifelong member of Union Hill United Methodist Church. She loved to sing and to sew.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Union Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Greer, the Rev. Jeff Tollison and the Rev. Kyle Ivy officiating. Burial will be in Union Hill Cemetery. United Funeral Service of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Hancock (Robert) and Reagan Brown; a son, Chet Brown (Amy); her parents, Alfred Wesley and Clara Agnes Greer Messer; two sisters, Kristi Basil (Keith) and Robin Warford; a brother, Richard Messer (Janet); and four grandchildren, Jacob Hancock, Landan Hancock, Eden Harris and Sydney Brown.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Lillian and Earl Messer, and Bill and Annie Greer.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Senior Adult Men of Union Hill United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. to service time Thursday at the church.
For online condolences and guest registry, visit www.unitedfuneralservice.com.

Arlis Denson
BALDWYN – Arlis Anderson Denson, 79, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 5, 2012. He was born Nov. 23, 1932, to Albert and Annie Bennett Denson. He was a member of East Prentiss Baptist Church for over 60 years. He retired in 1979 from the U.S. Army after 28 years and attaining the rank of Master Seargent. He served during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
Services with military honors will be at 1 p.m. today at the McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Marty Roberts officiating. Burial will be in East Prentiss Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, June Wiginton Denson; one daughter, Diane Denson Shaw of Booneville; two sisters, Syble Lee and Maxine Bradick; one brother, Nolan Denson (Ruby); two grandchildren, James Denson Shaw (Michelle) and Kristie Elaine Shaw; and two great-grandchildren, Bryson G. Pounds and Makenzie Camille Shaw.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Ottis Denson.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Betty Turvaville
BOONEVILLE – Betty Sue Bishop Turvaville, 71, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center as a result of an automobile accident. She was born March 21, 1941, to Jack and Rachel Downs Bishop. She was a retired factory worker and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McMillan Funeral Home with Bro. Mark McCoy and Bro. Pete McCoy officiating. Burial will be in the Booneville Cemetery.
She is survived by one sister, Martha “Polly” Robinson of Booneville; her son-in-law, Keith Hatfield; one granddaughter, Morgan Michelle Hatfield of Booneville; one grandson, Trenton Brock Hatfield of Booneville; three sisters-in-law, Carolyn Bishop, Geneva Bishop and Inez (Frank) Wilson, all of Rienzi; and one brother-in-law, P.D. Thornton of Booneville.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Trenton Turvaville; her parents; three sisters, Inez Williams, Hazel Isbell and Nellie Murphy Thornton; and five brothers, Aaron, George, Victor, Eugene and Milton Bishop.
Visitation will be from 5 to 10 p.m. today and until service time on Thursday at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.

Van Wells
HAMILTON – Van Buren Wells Jr., 64, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Trinity Select Care in Birmingham, Ala. He was born Sept. 27, 1948, to Van Buren Wells Sr. and Mary Viola Graham Wells in Aberdeen. He was a lifelong resident of Monroe County. He graduated from Hamilton High School and attended Itawamba Community College. He retired after 34 years at Kerr McGee as supervisor. He was the owner of Hamilton Market and a member of Hamilton Presbyterian Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Chapel in Aberdeen with Bro. Robert Moore officiating. Burial will be in Center Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Williams Wells of Hamilton; three daughters, Lisa Savage (Mike), Lori Pritchett (Anthony) and Tina Cockerham (Glenn West), all of Hamilton; one sister, Mary Carolyn Cockerham (Frank) of Hamilton; eight grandchildren, Tori, Nathan, Shelby, Graham, Blake, Drew, Camryn and Lexy; two great-grandchildren, Braylie and Reese.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Cockerham, Graham Pritchett, Blake Pritchett, Sammie Fields, Tracey Fields and Donnie Fields. Honorary pallbearers will be J.W. Sprayberry, Donny Yarborough and Frank Cockerham.
Visitation will be from 4:30 until 7 p.m. today at the Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Aberdeen.
Contributions may be made to Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS 39703.
You can sign the register and send condolences online www.tisdalelannmemorial.com.

Jimmy Gurley
CORINTH – Jimmy Lee Gurley, 57, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Family will receive friends from 5 to 9 p.m. today.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.

Dock J. Pettit
PONTOTOC – Dock J. Pettit, 91, passed away Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at the Graceland Care Center of Pontotoc. He was born Feb. 18, 1921, in Crowder to Judd and Minnie Holloway Pettit. He married Mary Tutor on July 10, 1941, sharing almost 70 years together. He was a Christian and a member of Oak Dale Baptist Church. He loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren; working in his garden; and growing flowers. He was a die-hard Rebel fan and attended all the home games as long as his health permitted. He served our country in the United States Army and was a veteran of World War II. He retired from Pontotoc Hospital.
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 11 a.m. today at Baldwin Nowell Funeral Home Chapel with his son, Bro. Gary Pettit, officiating. Burial will follow in the Carey Springs Cemetery of Randolph.
He is survived by one daughter, Carol Newell of Columbus; one son, Bro. Gary Pettit (Donna) of Thaxton; two sisters, Lillian Pettit and Mattie Miles; two brothers, Dossie Pettit (Bobby Nell) and Jim Pettit; four grandchildren, Cris Newell (Lele), Shannon Newell, Dr. Andrea Warren (Greg) and Allison Armstrong (Cory); seven great-grandchildren, Scotty Waites, Hayden Baker, Eli Baker, Cade Armstrong, Conner Armstrong, Kayleigh Armstrong and Alivia Warren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a son-in-law, Keith Newell; three sisters, Valere Tiller, Magalene Knight and Sophie Pettit; and one brother, Felon Pettit.
Pallbearers will be Ricky Pettit, Shannon Newell, Joey Oswalt, Hayden Baker, Greg Warren and Cory Armstrong.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.

Bryan Kelly Steele
CULLMAN, Ala. – Bryan Kelly Steele, 20, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Tennessee. He was born June 4, 1992.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Catholic Cemetery with Father Patrick Egan, O.S.B., officiating. Moss-Service Funeral Home of Cullman, Ala., is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his parents, David Steele and Maria Paige Steele; two sisters, Megan Steele and Stephanie Steele; one brother, Austin Steele; his grandmothers, Gwen Steele and Ann Paige; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death his grandfathers, Harry Steele and Richard Paige.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 until 9 p.m. Thursday with a rosary service at 7:30 p.m.
Memories may be left at the online register book at www.mossservicefh.com.

Roberta Gentry
PONTOTOC – Roberta Westmoreland Pitts Gentry, 89, of Pontotoc passed away Nov. 5, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center of Tupelo. She was born March 11, 1923, in Tupelo to John and Laura McVay Westmoreland. She married Homer Gentry and they were together almost 47 years. She loved her Lord, family, church family, all her pastors and neighbors. She was well known for her fried chicken and her chicken and dumplings. She was a Christian and a member of Zion Baptist Church. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinal and Ole Miss Rebel fan.
A Celebration of Life Service will be Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at 2 p.m. at Baldwin-Nowell Funeral Home Chapel of Pontotoc with Bro. Robert Armstrong and Bro. Andy Bullock officiating. Sara Morton will bring special music. Burial will follow in Zion Cemetery with grandson, Captain Clark Sneed, officiating.
She leaves behind her husband, Homer Gentry; two daughters, Jeanette Henry (Jim) of Fayetteville, Ga., and Linda Sewell (Bro. Harvey) of New Albany; three sons, Dr. Wesley Pitts (Diane) of Louisville, Ky., Jerry Pitts (Joy) of Hernando and Tim Gentry of Memphis; three stepdaughters, Regina Sanford (William) of Collierville, Tenn., Sheron Glasgow (Thomas Earl) of Columbus and Phyllis Lindley (Jimmy) of Tupelo; 16 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two nieces and one nephew.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 23 years, Theron Pitts; her parents; infant daughter, Laura Jean Pitts; and three sisters.
Pallbearers to serve will be Jackson Pitts, Jonah Pitts, Michael Pitts, Marty Sewell, Captain Clark Sneed, Bill McKee and Jeff Fisher.
Visitation will be today, Nov. 7, from 5 until 8 p.m. and Thursday, Nov. 8, from 1 p.m. until service at 2 p.m.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Zion Baptist Church.

Verna Cayson
TUPELO – Verna Mae Cayson, 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House after a brief illness. She was born Dec. 8, 1933, in Fulton to Verlon and Ara Reich Wilson. She made many lifelong friends as manager of Chateau Royale Apartments. Later she enjoyed making her rabbits and snowmen at Midnite Pottery; and painting flowers and abstract art. Her life revolved around her family who were by her side with laughter and love during this brief illness.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues. Private graveside services for family members will be at Crossroads Cemetery. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include one daughter, Jennifer Hankins Shelton (J. Mark) of Tupelo; two sons, Dean Webb (Kristie) of Tupelo and Ronnie Clayton (Teresa) of Tupelo; one brother, Willie Wilson of Birmingham Ridge; seven grandchildren, Summer Rupert (Josh), Brandy Estes (Davy), Shawn Clayton, Cayson and Hayden Hankins, all of Tupelo, Justin Webb (Brittany) of Brookhaven and Savannah Webb of Tupelo; three great-grandchilren, Clayton Rupert, Boston Estes and Evie Webb.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Cayson; two sisters, Edna Woods and Mary Ellen Dunkin.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Justin Webb, Shawn Clayton, Cayson and Hayden Hankins, Josh Rupert and Davy Estes.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. .to 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Hospice, P.O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803.

Daniel Duncan
AUSTIN, Texas – Daniel Webster Duncan, 89, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at North Austin Medical Center in Austin, Texas.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Red Bay, Ala. Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay is in charge of arrangements.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Deaton Funeral Home.

Eunice Kennedy
BREWER – Eunice McDole Kennedy, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.

James H. Pittman
TUPELO – James H. “Jim” Pittman, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at The North Mississippi Medical Center after injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was born Feb. 13, 1929, to James Franklin and Mattie Lou Walden Pittman in Avera, Ga. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Augusta, Ga. For 41 years he worked for Borden Milk and Ice Cream from which he retired. He loved and owned many different animals. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at The Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. David Langerfeld officiating. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Augusta, Ga.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jean Ruland Pittman of Tupelo; one daughter, Bonnie Pittman of Booneville; one son, Emery Pittman of Tupelo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Eldred Pittman and Johnny Pittman; two sisters, Lollie Dye and Mattie Pittman.
Visitation will be from noon until service time Friday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.

Lois Bryan
BYHALIA – Lois Estelle Bryan, 82, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Methodist Germantown Hospital.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Collierville, Tenn., Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Thursday at the funeral home.

Gene Tracy
BYHALIA – Gene Dale Tracy, 64, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Holly Springs Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Evangel Full Gospel Church Cemetery in Holly Springs.
Visitation will be from noon to service time today at the funeral home.

Freddie Williams
CORINTH – Freddie Louis Williams, 86, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Grayson Funeral Services in Corinth. Burial will be in the Rienzi Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time today.

Glenn Moore
PONTOTOC – Wesley Glenn Moore, 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday.