By NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Harold Elzie Black, 88, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was born July 16, 1924, in Jasper, Ala., to James Riley and Velia Privett Black. He loved his Airstream trailer and traveled with Era throughout the U.S. and Canada and enjoyed getting lost. He loved his family, friends and his church. Chalmette, La., was their home since 1953 until Hurricane Katrina brought them to Tupelo. He enjoyed his newfound friends and gathered together at the American Legion every Friday. He was an avid gardener and loved to cook and baked a cake every day. He was a member of Harrisburg Baptist Church.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Harrisburg Baptist Church with the Rev. David Smith officiating. Body will lie in state one hour prior to services at the church. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park. W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors will be in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Era Chris Jones Black; one daughter, Melinda Trapp (Dr. James Trapp) of Pontotoc; two sons, H. Lee Black, M.D., of Mansfield, Texas, and Jimmy Black (Jolene) of Frankinton, La.; three brothers, Carl Black (Ilene) of Jasper, Ala., Ben Black (Joy) of Birmingham, Ala., and Wendell Black (Sarah) of North Carolina; one sister, Carrie Mae Black of Jasper, Ala.; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Eldred Black.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Shelton, Jason McDuffie, Steve Helton, Ed Easterling, Russell Black, Kevin Miller, Jake Helton, Larry Cole and Staff Sergeant Michael Owen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Rieves, W.L. Helton, Wendell Trapp and Ernie Lucas,
Visitation will be 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the church.
Memorials may be made to Harrisburg Baptist Church, 4675 Cliff Gookin Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38801; or charity of choice.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at www.peguesfuneralhome.com.
PONTOTOC – Wesley Glenn Moore, 71, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a retired lieutenant DOT and retired from Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department. An avid hunter and rare gun collector, he was always full of life and fun and loved to make others laugh. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Tutor Memorial Funeral Home in Pontotoc. Bro. Wayne Cobb will officiate. Burial will follow in Pontotoc Memorial Gardens.
Survivors include his wife, Pat Moore; a son, Tim Moore; and a daughter, Leah Moore, all of Pontotoc; brother, Donald Moore (Gladys) of Mantee; two sisters, Cecelia Gann (Bart) and Elizabeth Duncan (Kenneth), both of Houlka; four grandchildren, Tyler Mooneyham (Cortney), Megan Mooneyham, Jay West Moore (Amber) and Preston Peters; three great-grandchildren, Danicka, Riley and Declan; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Pauline Moore, and a brother, Thomas Moore.
Pallbearers and honorary pallbearers will be members of the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today.
DALLAS – Jesse Owen Gordon passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012. He was born at Quincy on Feb. 14, 1939, to Cleveland Clayton “Buck” Gordon and Evelyn Aileen Ballard Gordon. He was a Presbyterian and a graduate of Nettleton High School. He served eight years in the Mississippi National Guard, howitzer company to Company D, 1st Battalion 198th Armor Division. His favorite pastimes were fishing, hunting, horse racing, oil painting and charcoal drawings. He was a Civil War buff as well as having an avid interest in American Indian studies. He worked as a pipeline foreman, owner of Gordon Concrete Co., a remodeler and subsequently built cabinets and outdoor Adirondack furniture.
A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at White Rock Lake’s Sunset Bay in Dallas.
He is survived by his daughter, Kimberly J. Gordon; grandson, Michael S. Wortman of Chattanooga; and his sister and caregiver, Elizabeth Ann Gordon of Dallas.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosemarie Church Gordon; son, Clayton L. Gordon; granddaughter, Jessica L. Wortman; and a special friend, Frank McSwain.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, Plains-Gulf Region, 8150 Brookriver Drive S-102, Dallas, TX, 75247; or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
WEST POINT – Hattie Mae Strong-Foster, 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012, at West Point Community Living Center.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Union Star Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Carter’s Mortuary Services of West Point is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
BATESVILLE – Virginia L. Cannon, 61, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home in Oxford.
BREWER – Eunice McDole Kennedy, 90, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. A lifelong citizen of the Brewer community, she born Dec. 28, 1921, to Will McDole and Alger Sanderson McDole. She graduated from Shannon High School in 1940 where she was valedictorian. On July 17, 1946, she married Thomas Kennedy, a marriage that lasted 60 years until his death on Oct. 4, 2006. Her early working career included working for the original Bank of Tupelo and driving Dr. Cowden, an early Shannon physician, as he made his rounds. She was a partner with her husband in Kennedy Cotton Buying Company for many years. She was a charter member and leader in the Brewer RCDC organization. She was a lifelong member of Brewer United Methodist Church and the oldest member at the time of her death. She served 20 years as the unofficial, unpaid administrative assistant for her husband, Thomas Kennedy, when he served as 5th District supervisor. She was completely family oriented and was known far and wide for her Sunday dinners which included her family and community friends. An expert seamstress, Coca-Cola drinker extraordinaire and avid gardener, Eunice was a beloved and renowned citizen of the Brewer community.
A celebration of life service will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Brewer United Methodist Church with the Rev. Chris McAllily and the Rev. Phillip Box officiating. Burial will follow in Brewer Cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the church.
Survivors include three daughters, Vickie Lindsey (Lynn) of Brewer, Sara Lauderdale (Tommy) of Brewer and Patsy Ballard (Carley) of Old Union; eight grandchildren, Emily Lindsey McKnight (John) of LaPorte, Texas, Jamie Lindsey (Susanne) of Brewer, Marilyn L. Gurner (Chris) of Brewer. Gary Lauderdale (Anna-Lauren) of Brewer, Carla Ballard Smith (Dewayne) of Old Union, Mike Ballard, Carl Ballard and Patrick Ballard, all of Old Union; 11 great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Kamri, Lindsey, Josh, Shelby, Jacob, Ben, Chris, Ashleigh, Caitlynn and Abe; and an honorary son, Bill Benson (Maria) of Brewer.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Robert A. McDole and Roy O. McDole.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and grandsons-in-law.
Memorials may be made to Brewer United Methodist Church Building Fund, 232 CR 855, Shannon, MS 38868.
Condolences may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MATHISTON – Marie Reed Fulgham, 83, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Crossroads Baptist Church in Choctaw County. Burial will be in Double Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Oktibbeha County. Oliver Funeral Home of Eupora is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeralhome.
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. today 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; one daughter, Becky Ann Turvaville Hatfield; three sisters, Inez Williams, Hazel Isbel and Nellie Murphy Thornton; and five brothers, Aaron, George, Victor, Eugene and Milton Bishop.
Visitation will continue until service time today at the funeral home.
Condolences may be left at www.mcmillanfuneralhome.com.
Debbie W. Walker
PLANTERSVILLE – Debra Kay “Debbie” Westmoreland Walker, 58, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Unity Presbtyterian Church east of Plantersville. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Tupelo Chapel of Holland Funeral Directors and from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Memorials may be made to Unity Presbyterian Church, c/o Mac Reedy, 1998 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804; or to the American Cancer Society. 607C West Main, Tupelo, MS 38802.
Walker L. Kelly
WEST POINT – Walker L. Kelly passed away Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point. A graduate of New Hope High School, he served in the U.S. Air Force, then graduated from MSU with a degree in accounting. He retired as comptroller from C.C. Clark Inc. in Starkville. A Baptist, he loved God, his family, his friends, farming and MSU football and basketball.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home in West Point with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia Daffron Kelly; two daughters, Debi K. Atkins (Gary) of Columbus Donna K. Kelly of Shawnee Mission, Kan.; a granddaughter, Kelly Elizabeth Brigham of Shreveport, La.; a brother, Jerry D. Kelley of Aliceville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Esom Johnson Kelley and Anne E. Kelley; a brother, Franklin Kelley; and a sister, Peggy Anne Kelley Leonard.
Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice or to NMMC-West Point Foundation or Crittenton Children‘s Hospital, 10918 Elm Ave., Kansas City, MO.
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 memorial service will be at 6 p.m. today at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Tupelo. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. today at the church.
A commitment service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Collierville Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at West Tennessee Veterans Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to AFA/AFR or to any crisis pregnancy centers.
OXFORD – Dorothy “Polly” Baskin-Sanders, 65, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at North Hopewell M.B. Church in Taylor. Burial will follow in Yocona Cemetery. Hodges-Freeman Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
RIPLEY – Mary E. Ballard, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ripley Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
JACKSON – Josephine Haxton, 91, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at her home in the Belhaven area of Jackson. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.
Bennie Huffman Sr.
CORINTH – Bennie Odell Huffman Sr. died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at his residence.
No services are set at this time. Memorial Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of arrangements.
CORINTH – William Henry Robbins, 68, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at West Corinth Pentecostal Tabernacle. Burial will be in Sardis Cemetery at Rienzi. Magnolia Funeral Home of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be at West Corinth Pentecostal Tabernacle from 5 to 9 p.m. today and from noon to service time Friday.
Online condolences can be made at www.magnoliafuneralhome.net.
CORINTH – James H. Lusk, 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth.
Sylvester Donegan Sr.
ABERDEEN – Sylvester Donegan Sr. died at the Pioneer Medical Center in Aberdeen. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Home of Aberdeen.