Obituaries November 9, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Richard Chittom
BOONEVILLE – James Richard Chittom, 73, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He was born Aug. 2, 1939, in Booneville. He was a graduate of Wheeler High School. He and his son, Andy, owned and operated an automobile business and auto salvage yard. He was a member of First United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing and baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent all the time he could with his family and friends. His grandchildren were his greatest treasures.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Booneville Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. David Lowery and Bro. Mark McCoy officiating. Burial will be in Little Brown Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Rhoads Chittom, whom he married on April 2, 1965; a son, Andy Chittom of Booneville; a daughter, Angie Payne of Booneville; a daughter-in-law, Jenny Chittom of Booneville; two brothers, Dwain Chittom of Mundelein, Ill., and Randy Chittom (Judy) of Booneville; and five grandchildren, Carly Chittom, Chase Chittom, Chance Chittom, Bryce Payne and Mayce Payne.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent and Jewel Chittom, and a brother, Hollis Chittom.
Pallbearers are Steve Simpson, Ransel Sparks, Mickey Murphy, Lee Lambert, Scotty Lindsey and Terry Cole. Honorary pallbearers are the employees of Andy’s Auto Salvage.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Sylvester Donegan
TUPELO – Funeral services for Sylvester Donegan will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Poplar Springs CME Church. Burial will be in Poplar Spring Cemetery in Shannon. N.L. Jones Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.
Debbie Walker
PLANTERSVILLE – Debra Kaye Westmoreland Walker, 58, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at North Missississippi Medical Center after a one-year illness. She was born in Tupelo on Nov. 17, 1953, to Sam and Joyce McWhorter Westmoreland. She attended Plantersville School, graduated from Tupelo High School in 1971 and attended Mississippi State University. For over 25 years, she was a teacher with the Children’s House Montessori School in Tupelo. She was a lifetime member of Unity Presbyterian Church, where she was the church pianist since a young girl. She had a jovial personality and was devoted to her family and many friends. A lover of the outdoors, she enjoyed landscaping and maintaining her yard.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Unity Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. John Armistead officiating. Burial will follow in the church 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 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.
Survivors include her husband, Brooks Walker, whom she married Jan. 26, 1972; children, Jeff Walker (Emily) of Tupelo, Jennifer Walker of St. Petersburg, Fla., Evan Walker (Beth) of Brunswick, Ga., and Kyle Walker of Starkville; grandchildren, Morgan and Molly Walker; sisters, Sheri Cason (Buddy) of Midlothian, Va., and Jill Walker (Tommy) of Vicksburg; brothers, Phil Westmoreland (Karen) of Plantersville and Tim Westmoreland (Carol Ann) of Kimberly, Wis.; and stepmother, Norma Westmoreland.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Joyce; and her grandparents, Coker and George Westmoreland, and Ben and Hattie McWhorter, who raised her.
Pallbearers will be Mac Reedy, Buddy Cason, Dane Jones, Mike Boyd, Mark Cooper and Matthew McMahon.
Memorials may be made to the Unity Presbyterian Church, c/o Mac Reedy, 1998 S. Eason Blvd., Tupelo, MS 38804 or to American Cancer Society, 607C West Main St., Tupelo, MS 38802.
Condolences may be emailed to hollandfuneraldirectors@comcast.net.

Lorene Dale
EUPORA – Lorene Barton Haney Dale, 92, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at A Place for Mom Nursing Home in Columbus.
Services will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Oliver Funeral Home Chapel in Eupora. Burial will be in Eupora Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to service time Sunday at the funeral home.

Ruth Plummer
HOLLY SPRINGS – Ruth Lucille Davidson Plummer, 80, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Rising Star M.B. Church in Holly Springs. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
The body will lie in repose at the church from 11 to 11:55 a.m. Saturday.
Maggie Jeanes
VICKSBURG – Maggie Wells Jeanes, 44, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital in Ripley. She was born Oct. 20, 1968, to Lue Wells of Vicksburg. She was a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church at Falkner. She grew up in the home of Sis. Lazine Jeanes and was loved and accepted by the other children in foster care. She was a loving mother to her two daughters and talked about them often.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem M.B. Church at Falkner with Pastor James Howell officiating. Burial will be in Ruckersville Cemetery at Falkner. Foster and Son Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Victoria Charlene Jeanes of Vicksburg and Vanessa Devon Bell of Walnut; her daughters’ grandmother who raised them, Virginia Jefferson; three siblings, Charles (Latoya) Wells Christmas of Ripley, Randy Wells of California and Mary Ann Wells of Natchez; her foster brothers and sisters; three nieces and two nephews; dear friends, Carolyn Andrews and David Brooks of vicksburg; and her boyfriend, Timothy Johnson of Vicksburg.
Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to service time.

Frederick Sykes
ABERDEEN – Frederick Jerome Sykes, 53, died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, at his home. He coached a ladies softball team named The Family in Aberdeen. He loved the L.A. Lakers basketball team and watching soap operas.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Aberdeen. Pastor James A. Cook will officiate. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two daughters, Alecia Reed-Owens of Madison and Markeisha Hoskins of Aberdeen; two brothers, Maurice Edmond (Sharon) and Larry Sykes of Anbach, Germany.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ora L. Sykes, and nephew, Marcus Edmond.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel in Aberdeen.
Sign the online register at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Richard Houston
LAKE WILHELMINA – Richard Houston, 64, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Theartris Ervin
SACRAMENTO – Theartis Ophelia Ervin, 60, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, in Sacramento, Calif.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in Tibbee Community 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.
Fannie Sacus
ABERDEEN – Fannie Mae Clay Sacus, 91, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Aberdeen. She was a member of Kings Chapel United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school. She was a member of Southside Ladies Social Club and a teacher in the old church school.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Kings Chapel United Methodist Church in Aberdeen with Bishop Eugene Sacus officiating. Burial will be in Oddfellows Rest Cemetery in Aberdeen. Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include two sons, Bobby G. Sacus of Ridgeland and Aberdeen, and Bishop Eugene Sacus of Aberdeen; three daughters, Mary Lee Sacus, Annie B, Sacus and Ethel Lee Wilson, all of Aberdeen; one brother, Will Clay of Aberdeen; one sister, James Anna Johnson of West Point; 17 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Visit the online register book at www.bellememorialfuneralhome.com.

Eligah Delbridge
WATERFORD – Eligah “Bunt” Delbridge, 84, died Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilkins Chapel CME Church at Waterford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in repose at the church from 10 to 10:55 a.m. Saturday.

R. Julian Allen III
OXFORD – R. Julian Allen III, 65, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at University of Arkansas Medical Center. He was born June 23, 1947, in Greenwood to Robert Julian Allen Jr. and Shirley Perry Allen. He attended the University of Mississippi. He became president of Constructor’s Inc. of Fayetteville, Tenn., in 1972 and founder of Allen Corporation in 1976. In 1980, he was co-founder, president and chairman of Delta Pride Catfish. He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Oxford.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Taylor Moore and the Rev. Penny Sisson officiating. Burial will follow in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will follow the graveside service at the cemetery. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Keach Allen of Oxford; three daughters, Kimberly Keach Allen (Chip) of Jackson, Tenn., Katherine Allen Beard (Brad) of Oxford and Karen Allen Blackburn (David) of Oxford; his mother, Shirley Perry Allen of Birmingham, formerly of Indianola; two brothers, Sidney Allen and Meredith Allen; one sister, Shirley Anne Stringfellow; and six grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
To sign an online guestbook, visit www.wallerfuneralhome.com.

Pat Leech
SMITHVILLE – Patrick Kelly “Pat” Leech, 48, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m. Sunday at Smithville United Methodist Church.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at eepicklefuneralhome.com.
Pearlene Presley
HOUSTON – Pearlene Finn Presley, 76, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Floy Dyer Manor in Houston. She was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Houston to James Creighton Finn and Mary Lou Griffin Finn. She was a seamstress for Fortune Mfg. Co. in Okolona, and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Houston Funeral Home in Houston with the Rev. Scott Samuell officiating. Burial will follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Houston. Houston Funeral Home of Houston is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include her daughters, Bonnie Myers, Sarah and Mitchell Gann, Darlene and Bobby Hillhouse, and Cynthia and Wayne King, all of Houston; her sons, Walter “Jr.” Huffman of Houston, Pone Presley of Houston and Charles Presley of Guntown; her sisters, Janice and Bill McLean of Jackson, Faye and J.V. Moore of Maumelle, Ark., Francis and Curtis Spencer of Greenville; her sisters-in-law, Debbie Finn of Tupelo, Peggy Finn of Greenville; her brother, Roger and Ruth Finn of Greenville; her grandchildren, Leslie Gann McMullen, Little Ronnie Paden, Mitch Gann, Joe Myers, Shane Presley, Dana Brown, Katie Presley, Todd Presley, Trent Huffman, Heather Carroll, Kelaree Barbato; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husbands, Walter Elzo Huffman and Floyd “Pone” Presley; and her brothers, Donald Finn and James Rubel Finn.
Pallbearers are her grandsons and her great-grandsons.
Visitation is today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Houston Funeral Home.
Friends and family may sign and leave a message on the online register book at houstonfuneralhomems.com.

Lola Mathis
CORINTH – Lola V. Mathis, 86, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at her daughter’s home.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Corinth. Burial will follow in Pleasant Hill Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.
Condolences can be left at www.memorialcorinth.com.
Mary E. Ballard
RIPLEY – Mary Etta Bryant “Big Mom” Ballard, 88, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Tippah County Hospital. She was born Oct. 18, 1924, to Frank Harmon Bryant and Maude Sappington Bryant. She was an active member of North Ripley Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, WMU director and always helped with Vacation Bible School. She was a strong Christain woman and worked hard to leave a legacy of love and hospitality. She touched many lives through years of baby-sitting and loved each and every child. She will be remembered for her delicious homemade biscuits and other cooking. She was retired from Genesco Shoe Factory.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Ripley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Chris Lewellen and Bro. Lamar Grisham officiating. Burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.
She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Jones (Albert), Linda Moffitt and Candiece Pannell (Bobby), all of Ripley; two sons, Kenneth Ballard (Ann) of Long Beach and Tim Ballard, (special daughter, Nancy Kennedy) of Ripley; 11 grandchildren, Laurie Kennedy (Doug) of Bonaire, Ga., Chris Jones (Rhonda), Corey Jones, Brandie Gammel (Jeffrey), Willie Pannell (Megan), Casey Jones and Johnathan Ballard, all of Ripley, Kenneth Ballard Jr. of Long Beach, Tiffany Bridges (Teddy) of Birmingham Ridge, Rodney Moffitt Jr. (Cindy) of Blue Springs and Joseph Ballard (Amber) of Olive Branch; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Aaron Armour Ballard; one son, Ralph Edwin Ballard; one son-in-law, Rodney Moffitt; three sisters; and eight brothers.
Pallbearers will be Gene Bryant, Phillip Bryant, Randle Beavers, Roger Bryant, Brandon Bryant, Pete Bryant and Jay Thorson. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.
To view obituaries online and sign the guestbook, visit www.ripleyfuneralhome.com.

Loretta Howard
TUPELO – Loretta Howard, 61, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was born Sept. 8, 1951, in New Albany to Boyce Howard and Sadie Lowe. She attended B.F. Ford School.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mallalieu United Methodist Church in New Albany. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home of New Albany is in charge of the arrangements.
Survivors include seven children, Samuel (Michelle) Howard and Timothy (Sandra) Howard of New Albany, Turkesa Howard of Blue Mountain, Marjorie Howard of Verona, Herbert Howard of Ripley, Derrick (Katherin) Howard of Racine and Kelvin (Tara) Howard of Nashville; three siblings, James Price, Boyce Howard Jr. and Christine Blake; 23 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; a special friend, David Lee Hurd and family; and aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dewayne Gates
HOULKA – Dewayne Gates, 47, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at his residence in Houlka. The Calhoun County native was the son of Icy V. Gates and the late Silas Gates. He was a member of Christian Fellowship Church in Houston, where he served as a minister of the church. He was transportation supervisor for the Coffeeville City School District in Coffeeville. He loved to fish and hunt. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served 15 years.
A celebration of life service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Christian Fellowship Church in Houston. Bishop Jimmy Jones will officiate. Burial will be in Cane Creek Cemetery in Vardaman. Kenneth I. Roberson Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Gates of Houlka; his mother, Icy V. Gates of Oak Forest, Ill.; two daughters, Takela Gunn of Chicago and Shay Tillman of Bruce; three sons, Malachi Gates of Houlka, Michael Gates of Thomason, Ga., and Kendrick Gunn of Corinth; two sisters, Rachel Parker of Oak Forest, Ill., and Frankie Welch of Grand Rapids, Mich.; four brothers, Kenneth Hughes of Grand Rapids, Mich., Randy Gates of Brunswick, Ga., Marcus Gates of Norwick, Conn., and Calvin Gates of Columbus, Ohio; his mother-in-law, Delilar Tillman of Bruce; and 10 grandchildren.
There will be no visitation.
Roger Jones
LAMAR – Roger Jones, 50, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at his home.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Serenity Funeral Home Chapel in Holly Springs. Burial will be in Robert Chapel CME Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Debra Monroe
CALHOUN CITY – Debra Jean Monroe, 53, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at her home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Belle Memorial Funeral Home of Bruce.

James Lusk
CORINTH – James Hilbert Lusk, 69, died Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth.
Services will be at noon Saturday at St. Mark M.B. Church. Burial will be in the Annie Dilworth Cemetery. Patterson Memorial Chapel of Corinth is in charge of the arrangements.
Visitation will be today at the funeral home.

Ken Oaks
TUPELO – Ken Oaks, 49, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at his home. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Holland Funeral Directors, Tupelo Chapel.